Obituaries Part 2

The first page got too long, so here are the obituaries from October 2010 going forward:

If you know of any classmates we have lost that are not mentioned here, please contact me using the Contact Form to your left. Send me the persons name and the paper the obituary was published in along with the date if know. Better yet, because if the obituary is older than 1 month, they charge to retrieve it, please send me a typed version, or scan the page and send me it as a picture. Use the “Contact Form” to the left.

NEW– I made sure that if mentioned, the graduation year is in this format: “class of 19XX”. Now you can search by using your browsers search bar on this page by class year. Hold down your Ctrl key and the “f” key and this will open a box that says ‘find on this page’. Type in the search string you are looking for -for example class of 1956 or what ever class you want, then click Next. keep clicking on Next until it loops back up and finds the same obituary again from the top. Now you learned something. Please do this for both pages -Obituaries and Obituaries Cont.

Ardis Jean Emmett Humphrey
Class of 1946 passed away in October of 2015, as reported by Jane Nichols class of 1965.

MORRIS — Burrell A. “Ted” Wheeler, 87, of Morris, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Ted was born the son of Leonard and Lillian (Hughes) Wheeler.
On Feb. 6, 1971, he married his wife Carol Lee Sampson in Morris.
At an early age of 20, Ted worked in electrical construction in many different states. He was a general manager/vice president for Power Line Constructors for 35 years and also owned and operated Wheeler Antenna Co. and Excavating.
Ted lived in Morris for 45 years where he was a member of the American Legion, VFW, BPOE Elks and Ducks Unlimited.
Ted and his wife spent the winter months in Arizona where he attended the First United Methodist Church in Gilbert, Ariz., and he especially loved Sedona, Ariz.
During the summer months they vacationed on the coast of Maine.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trap and skeet sportsman for which he won many state awards.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Lee; a sister, Joan (Douglas) Bush; two brothers, Jesse (Ruth) and Richard; two sisters-in-law, Andrea Guerriero, Susan Sampson; and one brother-in-law, Oren (Doc) Knapp.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Ethel Knapp and Nancy Angellotti; one brother, Leonard; one sister-in-law, Helen Wheeler; his in-laws, Christine and Rupert Sampson; his brother-in-law, Gary Sampson (Sandra).

ONEONTA — Donna Ann Beers, 69, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Donna was born on June 18, 1945, in Oneonta, a daughter of the late Donald and Geraldine (Walters) Holcomb. She attended and graduated from Oneonta City Schools.
On Nov. 29, 1964, Donna married John W. Beers at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Oneonta. Donna and John would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary later this month.
Shortly after their wedding, they moved to Andes, where John’s family was from, and lived there for close to 40 years. Sometime after Donna’s parents passed away in 2004, they came back to Oneonta and Donna was so happy to be back because she was moving into her childhood home. She loved being around John and doing things together; she had very special memories of their trips to Seneca and the Finger Lakes.
She had one of the kindest hearts you could ever imagine. She never forgot a birthday and loved her time spent with her family, especially “family night.” Family night consisted of a home cooked meal and card games like canasta with her children, and eventually grew to include grandchildren. One of her favorite family night activities was playing Parcheesi with her grandsons.
Donna was definitely a people person. She would go out of her way to say a kind word to strangers she met on the street or sitting out on her front porch with her husband and would always have a friendly greeting for anyone passing by.
Donna is survived by her beloved husband, John Beers of Oneonta; her daughter, Grace Healey and her companion, Ed Murray of Hewitt, N.J.; her son, Donald Beers and his wife, Julie of Oneonta; her five grandchildren, Bryant Beers, Xavier Beers, Mercedes Sawyer, Anthony Gallucci and Nicholas Gallucci; her sister, Judith Sobers and her partner, Arlene Nygren of Goodyear Lake and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her son, Tracy Lee Beers.

ONEONTA — Irwin Dwight “Butch” Waring, 99, of Maryland, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at his residence.
He was born on Aug. 18, 1915, in Otego, the son of Lamont C. and Jessie (Wannemacher) Waring.
He married Margaret J. Jackson in 1946, who predeceased him on Sept. 13, 2012. He was also predeceased by his brother, Wilbur Waring on Dec. 12, 1996.
Irwin grew up in Walton and Oneonta, graduating from Oneonta High School, Class of 1934.
He owned an electric motor shop in Oneonta at an early age until he entered the service on Jan. 27, 1943. He served in Europe from 1944 until 1946 with the 452nd Ordinance Evacuation Company as a wrecker crewman. He earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal as well as the World War II Victory Medal while attaining the rank of Sergeant. He distinguished himself in 1944 for his part in support of General Patton’s army following the breakout from Normandy.
Upon returning from overseas service, he worked as a foreman at the Lynn Coach Company in Oneonta. He then worked in Norwich with Osborne Electric where he returned to his original vocation in electric motor repair. He eventually bought the business and operated it until his retirement in 1977.
He and Margaret raised a family in Norwich, spending summers at their cottage on Goodyear Lake where they relocated upon their retirement. Winters were spent in Tarpon Springs, Fla., until they were in their 80’s, with Butch happily playing many a golf game with friends from Canada.
Irwin was a member of the Broad Street Methodist Church in Norwich, Cooperstown Junction Methodist Church, Norwich Elks Lodge and Oneonta American Legion.
Irwin is survived by his son, Robert L. Waring and his wife, Lilia of Westborough, Mass., and daughter, Jeanne A. Harrison and her husband, Don of Maryland. He is also survived by his granddaughters, Alison Waring of Westborough, Mass., and Sara Harrison of Maryland; grandson, USN Commander Michael P. Touse and his wife, Elizabeth of McLean, Va.; great-grandchildren, Jack, Rachel and Claire Touse of McLean; sister-in-law, Patricia Blakeslee of Oneonta; several nieces and nephews.
Irwin was known for his kindness and was loved by many for his selfless, caring ways.

ONEONTA — James Nicholas Georgeson, of Oneonta and Green Valley, Ariz., died Oct. 22, 2014, at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.
Jim was born Oct. 4, 1919, in Oneonta, the son of Christina Vlahos and Nicholas Georgeson, both natives of Greece.
He married Charlotte Lunn of Oneonta in 1951.
Jim was a lifetime resident of Oneonta except for his teenage years, when he lived in Norwich. After graduating from Norwich High School in 1937, he attended State Teachers College (now SUNY Oneonta) and then Hartwick College.
His formal education was interrupted by World War II; in February 1942, he entered the Army Air Corps. Jim spent four years stationed at Tyndall Field in Panama City, Fla., where he served as supervising officer of 80 aerial gunnery instructors.
Following his discharge from active duty in 1946, Jim remained in the Air Force Reserve for 23 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1969.
Jim resumed his college career at Hartwick College following the war and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1948. He pursued advanced studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving a Master of Letters degree in history in 1949.
In 1950, Jim accepted a position as a special agent with Prudential Insurance Company. In 1956, he was appointed field representative for the New York State Civil Defense Commission.
Jim was elected mayor of Oneonta in 1959, as a Democrat at a time when registered Republicans in Oneonta outnumbered Democrats two-to-one. His administration was noted for bipartisan cooperation and progressive reform. He served one term before returning to full-time employment selling life insurance for Prudential.
In 1964, Jim began his association with SUNY Oneonta as the college’s Director of Community Relations. He later served as Alumni Director and Admissions Counselor, retiring in 1981.
Jim joined the Board of Directors of Wilber National Bank in 1982, and remained in that position until 1990.
Jim served as president or chairman of many local organizations, including Greater Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, Oneonta YMCA Board of Directors, Oneonta Kiwanis Club, Hartwick College Alumni Association, Oneonta City Democratic Committee, and Parent Teacher Organizations of Center Street and Oneonta Junior High Schools.
He also served as Commander of American Legion Post 259 and as Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Susquehanna Division. Other organizations in which Jim held directorships include Opportunities for Otsego, Oneonta Community Chest, and Future for Oneonta Foundation. He took an active role in many other local organizations, most notably Oneonta Airport Committee, Indian Hills Girl Scout Council and Elks Club.
Jim chaired successful fundraising drives for Community Chest, Planned Parenthood and Oneonta YMCA.
Among the many recognitions Jim received during his long career as a public figure in Oneonta were Hartwick College Outstanding Citizen Award, Oneonta Daily Star Civic Achievement Award, Oneonta Jaycee Citizen of the Year Award and service awards from Oneonta YMCA and the State University of New York.
In 2003, he and Charlotte were honored by the Future for Oneonta Foundation as Mr. and Mrs. Oneonta. In demand as a Master of Ceremonies for more than 50 years, Jim was known for his quick wit and good-humored ribbing.
He was an avid bowler and lifelong tennis player, winning many tournaments and contests, including the City of Oneonta Singles Tennis Championship in 1953, and serving a stint as coach of the Hartwick College tennis team in the 1950s.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; sister, Mary Benjamin of Oneonta; brother-in-law, Joseph S. Lunn of Evans, Ga.; and his children, Rick Georgeson and his wife, Anne Woulfe of East Berne, Gail Georgeson and her husband, Jeffrey Bisberg of Boulder, Colo., Diane Georgeson and her friend, Dan Maskin of Oneonta, David Georgeson of Maryland, Christine Takores and her husband, Lawrence of Wallingford, Conn. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Alexander and Emma Bisberg, Sara and Patrick Jeffries, Sherry Georgeson, Dylan and Lauren Takores, Erin Miller, her husband, Sean, and their son, James, Diana Sakkos, her husband, Theodoros, and their son, Zachary and by nieces and nephews, Gregory, Daniel, Susan, and William H. Lunn III and Steven, Karen, James, Mark and Michael Benjamin.

AMHERST, Mass. — Dominick “Doc” Lattocco, 98, of Amherst, Mass., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
Born on Aug. 16, 1916, in Oneonta, he was the son of Frank Lattocco and Edith Scarno.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Virginia “Ginny” Evers in 2002.
He lived his life in Oneonta until 2005, when he moved to New England to be closer to family. A graduate of Oneonta High School, he enlisted in the United States military serving in the Army during World War II with the 175th Infantry, Company G. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement in 1945.
Post World War II he will be remembered for his many years working on Main Street in Oneonta in retail clothing sales until his retirement from Henderson’s Clothing in 1978.
He and his wife loved Saturday night disco dancing at the Holiday Inn with their many friends.
He was a talented woodworker helping his children and family friends renovate and remodel their homes.
He is survived by his son, Steven Lattocco from Menomonee Falls, Wis.; his daughters, Susan Bracci (Michael) from Rochester and Sally Shaffer from Amherst, Mass. He leaves his grandchildren, An-Marye Lattocco Haywood, Jacey Munger, Jeanna Bracci, Joshua Bracci, Erik Shaffer and his great-grandchildren, Christopher Finch, Jacob and Jaiden Munger, Brayden and Julianna Bracci-Court, Marin Shaffer and Ryan Thomas. He is also survived by niece, Sandra Briscoll and nephew, William Keeble.
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his grandson, Jeremy Thomas and his sisters Elizabeth “Betty” Chapman and Geneva Keeble.

ONEONTA — Fred J. Lewis passed away Aug. 2, 2014, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born on Nov. 12, 1922, in Athens, N.Y., the son of Henry M. and Ethel Johnson Lewis.
On April 2, 1946, he married Dorothy Moore in Laurens. Fred attended Oneonta schools and was a member of the Oneonta High School class of 1941.
Fred worked for more than 40 years for the D&H Railroad, starting as a trainman and then as a conductor for 32 years, retiring in 1982. He was active in railroad labor, serving as president of the local lodge of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Order of Railroad Conductors. These organizations became the United Transportation Union, of which he was a life member.
During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army for three years in the United States and Europe. He served in the Battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. After his discharge, he returned to work on the D&H.
Besides his union work, he served 17 years on the Oneonta Fire Department Call List and was a life member of the Oneonta Firemen Inc. He was proud to be a citizen of Oneonta and served on many committees and commissions. He served on the reapportionment committee when the city went from six to eight wards, and for many years on the Public Service Board.
Fred was a former member of the Democratic City Committee and twice ran for alderman from the Fifth Ward. He was a life member of the VFW, member of the Elks Lodge 1312, Civil War Round Table in Norwich and Civil War Preservation Trust.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lewis, Oneonta; their children Joanne (Stanley) Fuller, Delhi; Jeanne Lewis, Oneonta; James (Diane) Lewis, Kirkwood; Janice (Kevin) Yost, Canajoharie; and Julie Lewis, Oneonta; grandchildren, Kelly (Philip) Snyder, Bloomingdale; Patrick (Melinda) Lewis, Binghamton; Lindsey (John) White, Ithaca; Jillian Lewis, Charleston, S.C.; Megan (Jeremy) Dietz, Liverpool; and Katie Yost, Saratoga; and great-grandchildren, Annabelle Snyder, Avery and Adam Lewis, Gavin White, and Emma Dietz.
He was predeceased by his granddaughter Cara Fuller in 2012.

ONEONTA — Dorothy Moore Lewis passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oneonta.
She was born Sept. 24, 1922, in Oneonta, the daughter of George F. and Nellie (Thomas) Moore.
She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1940 and served in the U.S. Navy WAVES from 1943 to 1946. She was very proud of serving her country and that she was the first woman from Oneonta to enlist in the WAVES. She trained at Hunter College and was stationed in Washington, D.C., and Hawaii.
On April 2, 1946, she married Fred J. Lewis in Laurens, a marriage that lasted 68 years.
She was a homemaker in the true sense of the word and was always ready to volunteer as a classroom mother, Scout leader, to work at a rummage sale or to canvass for a charity. She also worked on the Fifth Ward Election Board for many years.
She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
She is survived by her children Joanne (Stanley) Fuller, Delhi; Jeanne Lewis, Oneonta; James (Diane) Lewis, Kirkwood; Janice (Kevin) Yost, Canajoharie; and Julie Lewis, Oneonta.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Kelly (Philip) Snyder, Bloomingdale; Patrick (Melinda) Lewis, Binghamton; Lindsey (John) White, Ithaca; Jillian Lewis, Charleston, S.C.; Megan (Jeremy) Dietz, Liverpool; and Katie Yost, Saratoga. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Annabelle Snyder, Avery and Adam Lewis, Gavin White and Emma Dietz.
She was predeceased by her husband, Fred J. Lewis, on Aug. 2, 2014; her granddaughter Cara Fuller in 2012; and her sister, Betty Whitbeck.

ONEONTA — Henry B. Hastie, 93, longtime resident of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Henry was born on Sept. 11, 1921, in Oneonta, the son of the late William B. and Ella (Bull) Hastie.
He attended Bugbee Elementary School and then Oneonta High School, where he was a charter member of the high school’s chemistry club. Henry was also a member of the German and mathematics clubs. Henry graduated from Oneonta High School in 1939 and then took his freshman year at Hartwick College before transferring to Cornell University, where he earned an Artium Baccalaureatus Degree in 1943.
Henry went to work for Norwich Pharmaceuticals for around seven years, where he was an organic research chemist. On June 3, 1952, Henry was granted a patent for a discovery he made during his research.
After leaving Norwich, Henry went on to hold teaching positions at several colleges and universities across the country including a return to Hartwick College, where he was a chemistry lab assistant from 1952 to 1954; an acting instructor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1959 to1960; a chemistry professor at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. From 1960 to 1962; and a biochemistry instructor at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1970 to 1972. His biography has been published in both “Leaders of American Science” and “Who’s Who in American Education.”
Henry was a senior member of the American Chemical Society and a former member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a former member of the American Association of University Professors. Henry was also a published poet and a member of the International Society of Poets. He was granted the Golden Poet Award at the World of Poetry in Sacramento, Calif.

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — David D. Rivino of Olive Branch, Miss., died following a lengthy illness on Oct. 19, 2014.
He was born Aug. 6, 1943, in Oneonta, a son of Peter Riccio Rivino and Madge Rivino.
He was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School, where he was an altar boy and sang in the church choir. He also attended Oneonta High School.
David also played football for the Oneonta Indians.
David worked for Bendix and the D & H Railroad until he was injured in the 1970s. David also coached Little League Baseball for several years and led his team to a state championship in 1985.
David is survived by his six children, Nicholas (Jayne) Buttice of Bainbridge, David P. Rivino of Oneonta, Robert (Christine) Gallup of Oneonta, John (Michelle) Rivino of San Diego, Calif., Mark (Patricia) Rivino of Greeley, Colo., and Mathew (Cila) Rivino of Olive Branch, Miss.; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Anthony (Sonny) Rivino; one sister, Vivian Worden of Liberty; several nieces and nephews.
David was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Madge Rivino; two brothers, Peter and Leslie Rivino; and two sisters Theresa Rivino and Carol Lester.

MICHIGAN CITY, IN -Chris (Youmans) Allen, April 26, 1958-March 19, 2014, 55, of Michigan City, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Franciscan St. Anthony Health after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born April 26, 1958, in Oneonta, N.Y., to Charles and Phyllis Youmans. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1976. She married Scott Allen on April, 23, 1983, in Houston, Texas. They moved to Michigan City in 1995.
Survivors, in addition to Scott, include three daughters Megan Allen and Kelli Allen, both of Michigan City, and Jamie Allen, Houston; a grandson Carson Morford, Michigan City; three brothers Charles (Betty) Youmans of New York State, Cory (Julie) Youmans and Bob (Kathy) Youmans, both of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Chris was an oncology nurse for more than 30 years. She worked with pediatric cancer patients for more than 10 years in Houston before moving to Michigan City, where she worked for Cancer Health Associates for 19 years before her illness and death. She enjoyed helping people and always made sure patients under her care felt comfortable while getting their treatments.
She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, friend and nurse and will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

ONEONTA — Edward Clifford Kilpatrick, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.
Ed was born on Feb. 22, 1924, in Oneonta, the son of the late Ira and Marian (Clark) Kilpatrick.
On July 1, 1961, Ed married Barbara J. Duncan in Sherrill. Ed and Barb celebrated 41 years of marriage until Barb’s passing in 2003.
He was predeceased by his brother, Karl C. Kilpatrick; and several cousins.
Throughout his life, Ed’s passion was sports. Whether he was participating or watching from the sidelines, Ed enjoyed being a part of the action.
He attended Oneonta schools, graduating from Oneonta High School in 1942. Following graduation, Ed enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. Upon his return from military service Ed attended Ithaca College, where he graduated in 1950, with a bachelor’s of science degree. He then went on to Springfield College in Massachusetts where he received his master’s degree in education.
Ed began his teaching career in South New Berlin, where he taught physical education and also coached basketball. After teaching there for just one year, he went on to teach and coach at both Otego and Oneonta High Schools, before accepting a position in Canastota Central School, moving there in 1955. While at Canastota, Ed taught and coached for over 15 years and at one point served as the school’s athletic director. He retired in 1979.
Ed moved back to Oneonta in 2004.
Ed enjoyed golfing in his spare time, and was a member of the Kanon Valley Country Club. He also devoted some of his time to his communities, being a former member of the Canastota Lions Club, and an active member of the Oneida YMCA. He is also a former member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Fayetteville, and a current member of the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta.
DELHI — Janet C. Bolles, 77, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at O’Connor Hospital, Delhi, surrounded by family.
She was born on Dec. 26, 1936, the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth (Jester) Cope. She married George E. Bolles on Dec. 7, 1957, in Oneonta.
A graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1955, Janet began her career working for the Division of Parole in Albany. She also worked at the Oneonta Telephone Company as an operator, and after she married she worked at the Victory store in Delhi.
She and George later settled on the farm at Hamden Hill where they raised five kids and she took care of the home. For many years she drove the Hamden Hill School bus.
Janet loved to be outside mowing the lawn and gardening. She also enjoyed square dancing and country music. She and George enjoyed traveling and looked forward to vacations every year. They often took evening rides to take in the countryside. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with her grandchildren, Brandon and Justin. Janet often attended and was there to support her children and grandchildren for many school and sporting events.
She was a longtime member of the DeLancey United Presbyterian Church, DeLancey.
Janet is survived by her husband, George Bolles of Delhi; her children, Candy Bolles of Newport News, Va., Roger and Joan Bolles of Delhi, John Bolles of Rochester, Kevin Bolles of Rochester, and Sherry and Mike Simonds of Delhi; grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Simonds of Delhi; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings, Beatrice McVay, Glenn Cope, Joyce Utter, Doris Robinson, Edwin Cope; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents and in-laws and siblings, Harry Cope, Lewis Cope, Clarence Cope Jr., and Marie Luckfield.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Suddenly while vacationing in Mexico on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 66, Dennis Mastro passed away at his wife, Jacqueline Mastro’s side.
Predeceased by his father, Dominic Mastro, and mother, Betty Mastro. Dennis graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1965.
He is survived by his loving wife Jacqueline Mastro; children, Casey Mastro, Rebecca Mastro, Ashley Lesh, Chip Lesh and Sean Corbin; sisters, Darlene Mastro Munson, husband, Steve, Michelle Mastro Eramo, husband Esa; and many more friends and relatives.
Denny will be deeply missed and loved by all whose lives he enriched and affected.
As a community leader Dennis served as Chairman of the Board of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, president of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation, as well as serving on the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network Board and the Tompkins County Workforce Development Board.
He was a 33-year employee of New York State Electric & Gas Corp., serving in multiple managerial capacities until his retirement in 2003, afterward working as Energy Smart Communities Coordinator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension until 2009.
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Lillian Cole Card, 86, passed peacefully on Feb. 8, 2014.
She was born Jan. 25, 1928, in Oneonta, to Lillian and Frank Cole.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1945, and attended Hartwick College.
She is survived by her husband, Roger, of 66 years; her daughter, Judy DiToma; grandsons, Geoffrey, Brian, Michael; and three great-grandchildren.
Her son, Bruce; two brothers, Harold and Russell; and sister, Arlene, predeceased her.
While living in Nanuet, she managed a Hallmark Card Store for 12 years. Retiring to Melbourne, Fla., she enjoyed 29 years of golf, tennis, tap dancing, bingo, water aerobics, mahjong and playing cards.
She was a member of the Park Methodist Church.
ONEONTA — Louis “Tarry” Brienza passed away at home on Feb. 11, 2014, of pulmonary fibrosis, with his wife and children at his side.
Tarry was born on Aug. 25, 1950, in Oneonta, the son of Louis and Betty Brienza.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1968. He obtained an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Hudson Valley Community College and later obtained a bachelor’s degree in hospital administration from Empire State College. He worked for many years at Bassett Hospital, first as a respiratory therapist and later as an administrator. Prior to his illness, his career took him and Deb to the Albany area where he worked for seven years as a health care administrator.
Tarry married Deborah Ritz on April 7, 1973, to begin their 40 years of marriage. Tarry always enjoyed his family and many happy times were spent with their children camping in Lake George and later with the grandchildren in their lovely park model RV near Saratoga Springs.
Tarry always enjoyed various sports and played catcher for the Milford Macs baseball team for several years after high school. He loved his many years of officiating basketball at the high school and college levels and was inducted into the Schohanna Board 46 basketball officials Hall of Fame in 2012, an honor he greatly cherished.
As a testimony to how much Tarry and Deb enjoyed their basketball, for their 25th wedding anniversary, they traveled to Indianapolis to attend the BIG 10 Women’s basketball tournament to cheer on their beloved Purdue Boilermakers.
Tarry will be sorely missed by all who knew him for the gentle soul that he was.
He is survived by his wife, Deb; his children, Melanie (Tom) Craig and Kimball Brienza; his grandchildren, Hannah Rose and Dylan Thomas Craig; his sisters, Bonnie (Tom) Bowen, Andrea (Chuck) Sawyer, Toni (Lil) Brienza, and Tammy (Kurt) Dean; his father-in-law, Don (Elsie) Ritz; brother-in-law, Jack (Marge) Ritz; an aunt, Louise Puylara; and several nieces and nephews.
Tarry was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Deborah Loeser, and a very special aunt, Rose Pallace.
LAURENS — Nettie P. Solovitch, 82, of Laurens, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at her residence.
Nettie was born Aug. 24, 1931, the daughter of Alford and Myrtle (Banker) Packer. She married Andy Solovitch on July 16, 1950.
She was a loving mother, grandma and Big Grandma. She enjoyed family parties, car rides, spotting bald eagles, proud to be an American, the warmth of the sun on her body. Spring was her favorite time of year. She loved to see the green of the grass and leaves and the flowers of spring.
Nettie graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1948. In her early years, she worked as a legal secretary. She later became a homemaker and stayed home with her kids. She worked at Fox Nursing Home from 1985 to 1987, then at A.O. Fox, Central Processing Unit from 1987 to 2001.
Nettie enjoyed traveling. She traveled the whole Eastern Coast. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, bird watching, especially the robins in spring, going out to eat, playing cards, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
She was a “tough old broad.”
Nettie is survived by her children, Drew Solovitch, Mark (Kelly) Solovitch, Tim Solovitch and Lynne Solovitch; grandchildren, Jane (Dan) Utter, Kristopher (Taka) Solovitch, Teri, Dustin and Summer Solovitch; great-grandchildren, Kaede Ogi, Rebecca Velasco, Natasha, Rylee and Ashton Solovitch, Dylan and Austin Utter; daughter-in-law, Barb Champlin; pets, Fluffy, Little Babe, Scrappy; and the chickens.
She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Alford Packer; ex-husband, Andy Solovitch; and daughter-in-law, Donna Solovitch.
DELHI — Janet C. Bolles, 77, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at O’Connor Hospital, Delhi, surrounded by family.
She was born on Dec. 26, 1936, the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth (Jester) Cope. She married George E. Bolles on Dec. 7, 1957, in Oneonta.
A graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1954, Janet began her career working for the Division of Parole in Albany. She also worked at the Oneonta Telephone Company as an operator, and after she married she worked at the Victory store in Delhi.
She and George later settled on the farm at Hamden Hill where they raised five kids and she took care of the home. For many years she drove the Hamden Hill School bus.
Janet loved to be outside mowing the lawn and gardening. She also enjoyed square dancing and country music. She and George enjoyed traveling and looked forward to vacations every year. They often took evening rides to take in the countryside. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with her grandchildren, Brandon and Justin. Janet often attended and was there to support her children and grandchildren for many school and sporting events.
She was a longtime member of the DeLancey United Presbyterian Church, DeLancey.
Janet is survived by her husband, George Bolles of Delhi; her children, Candy Bolles of Newport News, Va., Roger and Joan Bolles of Delhi, John Bolles of Rochester, Kevin Bolles of Rochester, and Sherry and Mike Simonds of Delhi; grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Simonds of Delhi; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; siblings, Beatrice McVay, Glenn Cope, Joyce Utter, Doris Robinson, Edwin Cope; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents and in-laws and siblings, Harry Cope, Lewis Cope, Clarence Cope Jr., and Marie Luckfield.
ONEONTA — Barbara M. Rizzo, 74, of Oneonta, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, with her loving family at her side.
Barbara was born on July 13, 1939, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late James D. and Anna E. (Gritt) McKean. Barbara graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1956.
She married Anthony M. Rizzo on Nov. 18, 1961, at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta. He predeceased her on Oct. 29, 2007.
Barbara was a claims examiner for the New York State Department of Labor. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Strike and Spare Ladies Bowling League, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club where she played in the Thursday Afternoon Card Club and the OHS Alumni Association. She was also a Mary Kay sales representative.
One of her favorite past times was visiting the Turning Stone Casino.
Barbara is survived by her sons, Michael Rizzo and his wife, Terri of Loganville, Ga., and Clinton Rizzo and his wife, Kim of Maryland. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Nicole, Tyler, Ryleigh, Brett, Lance, Derek, Damian and Aaliyah; her great-granddaughter, Lenora; her sister, Judith A. McWherter of Oneonta; her brothers-in-law, Nicholas S. Rizzo and Joseph L. Rizzo and his wife, Michal Ann; two nieces, Nicola Rizzo and Erin Doucas and her husband, Christian; a nephew, Joseph Rizzo; a great-nephew, Logan Doucas; many cousins; and her dear friends, Philip and Jeanette Colone.
Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her father and mother-in-law, Nicholas and Anna Rizzo.

FRANKLIN: Jeffrey E. Finch, 57, went home to be with his Lord and Savior January 26, 2014.  He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1975 .He died at home following an eight month battle with cancer. He was born December 21, 1956 in Oneonta, the son of Lynn M. and Shirley (Rose) Finch. Jeffrey was a dedicated member of the Walton Reformed Presbyterian Church. He also took great pride in his job as a Historic Building Specialist with the National Park Services. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ann (Hood) Finch; three daughters, Rachel and husband, Timothy Beers and their children, Nathaniel, Elsa, Elias, all of Deposit; Anastasia Finch and Emaline Finch of Franklin; his parents, Lynn and Shirley Finch of Port Crane; a brother, Gregory and wife, Melanie Finch of Waverly; and other dear family members.
ONEONTA — Jane Eyre Garlick, 79, a longtime Oneonta resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
She was born on Sept. 17, 1934, in Franklin, the daughter of the late Harold P. and Mildred H. (Sisson) Robinson. While Jane was still very young, her family moved to Oneonta, where she attended Oneonta schools graduating in the class of 1951.
On April 26, 1951, she married Phillip J. Garlick and they celebrated 51 years together until Phillip’s passing in 2002.
Jane worked for over 30 years as a tailor for the Fashion Clothes store in Oneonta.
Her faith in God was a very important part of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oneonta, where she also taught Sunday School for many years.
Jane was a kind and compassionate woman, with a very generous and forgiving heart. She was a natural caregiver who watched over, prayed for, and cared for family members and friends in need.
She loved dogs, and had many furry companions throughout her life. Jane also held a deep appreciation for the more simple things in life, like the splendor of a fragrant flower, the beauty of an afternoon sky, or the joy of receiving a simple smile from a stranger along her way. She loved old movies, Christmas trees, chocolate, and lunch on the patio.
She had a small flower garden she would visit often to pick a small, fresh bouquet of flowers for her kitchen window. Always up early, she would marvel at the morning sky often calling her daughters to share how beautiful the sunrise had been. She was a wise, courageous, and intuitive woman whose most significant message was to forgive, be kind, and pray.
Jane is survived by her daughters, Diana L. Covell and her husband, Larry of Oneonta, Audrey Ann Garlick of Oneonta, and Kim L. McElroy and her husband, James of Otego; her grandchildren, Debbie L. Baranska and her husband, Timothy of Clayton, N.C., Dustin St. Onge and fiancée Miranda Halstead of Richfield Springs, Ashley N. White of Laurens, and Heather A. White of Otego; two great-grandchildren, Brooke A. Baranska, and Nova-Lei St. Onge; and her best friend and beloved companions, her dog, Lacy, and cat, Muffins. She is also survived by her beloved friend and sister-in-law, Marjorie Robinson of Binghamton; and sister-in-law, Margaret Garlick of Oneonta; her nephews, Richard Robinson of Binghamton and Donald Robinson of Elmira; and her cousins, Howard Robinson and his wife, Margaret, Richard Garlick and his wife, Karen, Marilyn Kelsey and Fredrick and Rodger Miller of Florida.
Jane was predeceased by her brothers, Harold P. Robinson Jr., and Richard L. Robinson; her sister, Eva J. Galligan; her brother-in-law, Stanley Garlick; and her nephew, Ronald Robinson.
ONEONTA — Roger E. Ackley Sr., 71, passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, with his family at his side.
He was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Utica, the son of Harry and Leona (Johnson) Ackley. He was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1959.
Roger married Carol Ann Dimmick on July 21, 1962, at the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta.
He was employed by Scintilla (Amphenol) and the D&H Railroad for many years, after which he moved on to become an employee of our local phone company. He retired as the Head of Corporate Real Estate at Verizon Telephone Co., Oneonta, after 37 ½ years of employment. Roger was a very dedicated man.
Roger was a member of the 6th Ward Athletic Club, the Oneonta Moose Lodge, and the Telephone Pioneers. He was formerly a coach for Little League baseball, Pee Wee Football, and a volunteer for the Boys Scouts of America.
He was an avid outdoorsman; enjoying hunting, fishing, gardening, making maple syrup and loved all animals, especially his dogs and chickens. Roger, better known as Grampa Dot, was a true family man always wanting to be involved when he could. He also enjoyed his many vacations with his family.
He is survived by his beloved family; his wife of 51 years, Carol Ann Ackley; their children, Roger Ackley II and his wife, Maryellen of Oneonta, Patricia Ann and her husband, Richard Rock of Oneonta, and Rodney Ackley and his wife, Lara of Oneonta. He also has seven grandchildren, Raven, Devin, Roger, Ryan, Riley, Mel, Jade; and two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Alexia. He also has several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Dennis Ackley.
OTEGO — Delilah G. Lewis, 71, went to be with our Lord on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Jan. 14, 1942, at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, the daughter of Walter George and Martha (Short) Gravelin.
Delilah graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1960.
She married, her eternal partner, Thomas H. Lewis on June 24, 1961, at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta. Together they had four children, six grandchildren and a lifetime of memories.
Delilah’s greatest loves were her husband, her children, grandchildren, friends, the great outdoors, earth and animals.
Upon Tom’s retirement from the Oneonta Fire Department and her retirement as a day care provider they moved to Hilton Head Island, S.C., from May 1993 to May 2000. They returned home when the grandchildren began arriving.
Delilah made a difference in so many lives through her kindness, nurturing and loving manner. Her door was always open and she was always willing to listen and be a friend. She had fond memories of raising children, her own and many others. She loved getting together with family and friends to cook, laugh and celebrate.
She is survived by her children, Russell W. and wife Debra Lewis of Milford, Randy and wife Coleen Lewis of Otego, Renee and husband Bill Stanley of Otego, Robin and husband ThomasLiddle of Otego; grandchildren, Christopher Herrmann, Samantha Stanley, Wyatt Liddle, Georgia Liddle, Madison Stanley, and Katie Lewis; brother, Richard and wife Kathy Gravelin of Oneonta; a niece, Michelle Grygiel; a nephew, Andrew Gravelin and their families; and many cousins. In addition to family members Delilah is survived by many friends gathered during her journey of life, love and faith.
COOPERSTOWN — Eric D. Smith, of Cooperstown, died peacefully of a heart attack Sunday Jan. 12, 2014, at his Main Street apartment. He was 42 years old.
Born Dec. 24, 1971, in New York City, Eric was the son of Benjamin F. Harris and Cynthia Smith. When he was several years old he and his family moved to the Oneonta area where he was raised.
Following high school class of 1988, Eric pursued his lifelong love of cooking and found employment as a cook at a number of area restaurants. Most recently he was the chef at the Cooperstown Back Alley Grill. Although largely self-taught, he was well-known for his meticulous preparations, his wonderful and unique creations and for his unflappable attitude. Even when suddenly faced with a large number of hungry customers Eric would calmly state, “Just a little problem for a big giant.”
Eric or as some of his friends would call him “E-dog,” was a “people person,” he loved socializing and having a good time with friends. His numerous friends will be the first to say that the only things bigger than Eric (who was of large stature) were his smile, his laugh and his heart. He was a person that would truly give you his last dollar or “the shirt off his back” (other than his beloved NY Yankees or NY Giants shirts!) if you needed it.
He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Curry of Graniteville, S.C.; his four children, who he loved, cherished and adored, Erica Falk-Smith of Binghamton, Tavian Falk-Smith of Oneonta, and Quinten and Dayne Bissell-Smith of Oneonta; and by his three siblings, Anthony Smith of Binghamton, Trina Carter-Laurie of Freeport, Long Island, and Dorinda Smith-Harris of South Carolina. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
SCHENEVUS — Margaret A. Scott, 86, of Schenevus, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side, on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Otsego Manor.
She was born March 27, 1927, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Hugh C. and Beulah F. (Forman) McDonald.
Margaret graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1954.
On June 8, 1947, Margaret married Allen F. Scott in West Davenport. Allen predeceased her on June 8, 1987.
Her greatest love was feeding and watching birds. Margaret is survived by her two daughters, Priscilla Thompson of Otego and Beverly and Rick Amo of Maryland; two granddaughters, Pam and Joel Rose and their three sons, Parker, Cameron and Wyatt Rose of Great Mills, Md., and Michelle Jones and fiancé, Jason Harageones and their son, Jason Jr. of Otego; one brother, Lynn McDonald of New Hampshire; one brother-in-law, Lewis and Pat Scott of Florida; as well as several nieces and nephews.
MORRIS — Mary Rita Jump, 60, of Morris, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at her home.
Mary was born on Nov. 1, 1953, daughter of the late Francis R. and Theresa E. (Lambert) Ouimet in Oneonta.
Upon graduating from Oneonta High School class of 1970, Mary worked a variety of manufacturing jobs in the area, including Astrocom (Oneonta), Borden’s (Bainbridge), Landers Company (Binghamton) and Amphenol Corporation (Sidney).
While working at Borden’s, Mary met her beloved husband, Donald Jump. They were married on Oct. 24, 1992, in Masonville.
Mary loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed family history.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Jump, Morris; son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Amanda Nichols; and her two dearly loved grandsons, Caleb and Jacob Nichols, all of Norwich; stepdaughter, Donna Gray, Sidney; stepson, Michael Jump and his companion, Michelle Williams, Guilford; three brothers, Francis (Janet) Ouimet, Denny (Josephine) Ouimet and Joe (Robin) Ouimet; six sisters, Loretta (Larry) Place, Rosa (Montie) Nichols, Penny (Terry) Palmatier, Chrissy (Dave) Miller, Theresa Knowles and Amy (Glen) Harrington; as well as stepgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
ONEONTA — Pauline “Polly” D. Coats, 96, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Oneonta.
She was born Dec. 9, 1917, in Oneonta, the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Gardner) Coats.
Polly graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1934. She worked at the West End Ice Cream Bar, Karmel Korn Shop, Polar Bear, was a clerk at Bresee’s Department Store for 33 years, and was a receptionist at the First United Methodist Church from the late 1980s to Dec. 31, 2010.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and of the Bell Choir for 25 years.
Polly lived a long and wonderful life. She left such an impression on the world, has gifted so many with her wit and her laughter, and her love, especially for children. Her passing was peaceful and she is up in the hallways of the heavenly home telling people to “stop running” and singing her quirky little songs.
Polly was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Dorothy and Ruth; her second family, Willard and Mildred James and Doris (James) Fox.
She is survived by nieces, Carol Tomek, Linda Muehl and Susan Gray; and nephews, Steven Fox and Dr. Byron Chesbro and their families
ONEONTA — Jack Lee Bresee, 88, of Oneonta, passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Bassett Healthcare, in Cooperstown.
Jack was born on March 23, 1925, in Binghamton, the son of the late Bert E. and Letha (Cooper) Bresee.
He attended Bugbee School in Oneonta, and was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1942. After high school, Jack entered the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen School at Cornell University in Ithaca. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, aboard the Light Cruiser Providence (CL82), as a Gunnery Officer in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. After completing his Naval Service Jack returned to Union College, in Schenectady, graduating in 1947. At Union, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and later of the Union Garnet Society. After graduation Jack entered into business with his father at BEB Products, a mail order company.
Jack met Janet Jean Westlund (originally from Decatur, Ill.,) Physical Education and a Dance Instructor at SUNY Oneonta. On Aug. 24, 1952, he and Janet were married in the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City.
In 1960, he opened The Golden Rooster Gift Shop, on Main Street in Oneonta. With the store’s slogan being “As Usual, the Unusual” it was known by locals for its unique inventory. In Oneonta, Jack was a past president of the Downtown Merchants Association, a member of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce, and later the Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the first Chairman of the Fresh Air Fund, and was active in both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA organizations. During this time Jack also graduated from The Dale Carnegie Course, and served as a graduate assistant for two years.
Pursuing his interest in politics Jack was elected to the Otsego County Board of Supervisors in 1966. Later he became the Chairman of the Reorganization Committee, which became the new County Board of Supervisors. Elected for five consecutive terms, Jack was the Chairman of the Board during his last three years of service.
After selling The Golden Rooster Gift Shop in 1982, his retirement was short-term as he was asked to consult various local retail businesses. Also, he was a director of the Oneonta Federal Savings and Loan Association, and later at Astoria Federal Savings in Oneonta.
Jack enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, playing cards, and hunting for local Native American artifacts. Along with his interests he was a member of many local organizations including: Lifetime Member BPO Elks 1312, American Legion Post 259 (over 60 years), VFW Post 487, Oneonta High School Alumni Committee, Director of the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library and past president, Mid-Week Musings Book Club, past president of the Gutter Duster Bowling League, past president and first honorary lifetime member of the Little Delaware Fishing Club, Four County Library Board, All County Citizens Board, Executive Service Corps, and was recognized as Outstanding Citizen by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce.
In his early years, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta, where he served on the Board of Trustees and was a past president. In Jack’s later years, he joined the First Church of Christ Scientist in Oneonta.
Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janet Bresee; daughter, Bonnie Lee (William) Lado; son, Bret Ernst Bresee (Wendy Alley); grandson, Ryan Westlund Naatz; granddaughter, Tasha Lee Naatz; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by all four older sisters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Clay Chamberlain (Thelma) from Hyde Park on the Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. George Terpenning (Virginia) of Pennsylvania, Mr. and Mrs. John Bookhout (Betty) of Arizona, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Bates (Jean) of Connecticut.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Maxine Fieg Whiteside, last survivor of seven siblings from an old Oneonta family, succumbed to cancer in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 22. She was 87.
Maxine was born at home at 10 N. Sixth St. on Sept. 23, 1926, to the late Lothar and Florence Shields Fieg. She attended Oneonta public schools class of 1943 where she edited The Echo, the high school newspaper. From her first year in school through her last, she was a straight-A student.
Retired Oneonta High School coach Tony Drago, her schoolmate and friend, remembered her not only for her intellect but also for a radiant and congenial personality. “She was affable, always joyful, and very, very intelligent,” he said.
In 1948, Maxine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from State Teachers College in Oneonta (now SUCO) where she was Queen of the May, salutatorian and treasurer of her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha. She was a member of the Oneonta Presbyterian Church where she sang alto in the choir.
Because of her academic standing she was recommended to continue to graduate school, earning her master’s degree in education at the University of Iowa.
After marrying Dr. Robert Merl Whiteside of Storm Lake, Iowa, she set aside her plans to teach and together they raised four children in Sioux City.
The couple was active in the community, where Maxine joined the American Association of University Women and the Junior League and founded a women’s bridge club. They were also members of the Sioux City Art Center.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her siblings, Emilie Fieg McGonigal, Lothar E. ‘Bud’ Fieg Jr., Florence Fieg Bookhout, Franklin W. Fieg, V. Philip Fieg and Dorothy Fieg Roman.
WOBURN — Marion (Utter) Huntington, of Woburn passed away Oct. 19, 2013. She was 87.
She was the devoted mother of Frank Huntington and his wife, Sarah of Winchester; and grandmother of Charlie, Jamie, Kaylie and Karina. Also survived by four nieces and two nephews.
High-school sweetheart and loving wife of 63 years to the late Franklin Huntington.
She was born in Oneonta, and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1943, and from Elmira College in 1947.
She worked as a secretary to help Franklin graduate from Yale with a Ph.D. in history in 1954. She was a devout parishioner at St. Mary’s in Oneonta, St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield, Pa., and St. Barbara’s in Woburn.
She worked as a librarian at St. Francis and for the past 12 years at Country Club Heights in Woburn.
She loved gardening, public television, visiting friends in nursing homes, and all dogs, especially grand-dogs, Skipper and Lady.
ONEONTA — Diane T. McDaniels, 59, of Oneonta, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born May 1, 1954, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Anthony and Jean (Clarke) Scaccia.
Diane graduated from Oneonta High School, the Class of 1972, and had attended SUNY Oneonta.
On June 10, 1978, Diane married Jeffrey L. McDaniels in Oneonta.
For several years, Diane worked as a Mental Hygiene Therapy Aide and then a Direct Support Professional for Broome Developmental Center in Oneonta until her retirement in 2010.
Following her retirement, Diane and Jeffrey enjoyed traveling. They enjoyed spending time in Florida. Diane was looking forward to moving to Florida for the winter months. Most recently they enjoyed going to the horse races in Saratoga and Tampa Bay Downs.
She also loved being outdoors, whether it be tending to her garden or just enjoying the fresh air. But most of all, Diane loved her family and treasured the time that was spent taking care of them and her animals.
Diane is survived by her husband, Jeffrey L. McDaniels of Oneonta; her father, Anthony Scaccia of Oneonta; three children, Bryan Squaires of Oneonta, Toni-Lee McDaniels of Tampa, Fla., and Theresa-Rose McDaniels of Queens; one grandson, Kaleb Squaires; two brothers, David Scaccia of Laurens and Dale and Sandra Scaccia of Franklin; one sister-in-law, Connie Cole; three brothers-in-law, Pete and Ann McDaniels, Michael and Liz McDaniels and Tom and Colleen McDaniels, all of Canisteo; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her many animals.
She was predeceased by her mother, Jean Scaccia on Aug. 6, 2010.
GREENE — Barbara M. Kliment, 56, of Greene, passed away peacefully on Sept. 3, 2013.
She was born on May 30, 1957, in Oneonta, a daughter of the late Vern and Eneth (Roe) Walley.
On Dec. 17, 1978, she married Gary F. Kliment, who survives.
Besides her husband, Gary; she is survived by her children, Michael and Tanya Kliment of Columbus, Miss., and Eneth Davenport of Greene; her grandchildren, Dakota Davenport,
Cheyenne Davenport, Hunter Davenport, Kane Stafford, Kelsy Stafford and Konnor Kliment; her brother, Robert Walley of Oneonta; her sister, Elizabeth and Arthur Dejoy of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Vern Walley Jr.; and her sister, Joanne Goodspeed.
Barb was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed making her family her first priority.
She was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1977 and had worked at Raymond Corporation and was a group leader at Amphenol in Sidney.
She loved country music and dancing, but her passion was travel in her motor home. She also enjoyed crocheting.
ONEONTA — Robert A. Winn passed away on Aug. 14, 2013, with his family by his side, after a very courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He served as an inspiration to all with the courage and strength he displayed, not only during his illness, but throughout his life.
Bobby was born Oct. 29, 1958, the son of Alfred and Barbara (Bell) Winn. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1977.
Bobby married the love of his life, Jo-Ann Dilello on June 14, 1986.
Bobby was a talented man who was known for so many things. You may recall him as the childhood friend that you shared many memories with throughout your life or as the football coach that had such a passionate love for the game. He might also be known as the person who transformed or adorned your home with one of his one of a kind wood workings.
Bobby’s strong faith and values defined his life, and he loved attending church every Sunday and reading the Bible.
As a football coach, he not only tried to teach the fundamentals of the game, he was trying to teach responsibility and respect that would carry you into adulthood.
He was one of the first coaches of the Oneonta Pee Wee league. He followed his first team of junior players to the senior level of the league. He continued to coach at the senior league until he eventually became the varsity football coach for Oneonta Senior High. After stepping down as the coach for OHS, he went back to resurrect the Pee Wee league as the head of the program. Coaching football was just one of Bobby’s many passions.
Bobby was an extremely skilled, highly respected, and sought after master craftsman and cabinetmaker. He was self-employed as the owner of R.A. Winn Enterprises for the past 35 years. His talent of fine woodworking graces the homes of many people that weren’t just a customer by the end of the project, but a friend as well.
He took extreme pride in all of his projects and was known for adding unique touches to gifts given to his loved ones. His work was amazing and one of a kind. When asked why he didn’t build a bigger business to employ others to spread his work, his reply was because it wouldn’t have been made by him.
Not only was Bobby a talented cabinetmaker, he also was known for his painting and lettering abilities. In his late teens he painted all of the signs for the outfield at the Doc Knapp baseball field, as well as those in the old Damaschke baseball field.
Some of his later signs can be seen at Cobleskill Stone Products, the Welcome to Bainbridge sign as you enter the Village off I-88, the Oneonta Plains Cemetery and Otsego Auto Crushers.
For many years he did the pinstriping and lettering on the entire truck fleet for Riddell Bros. Trucking. Bobby would do this work after he had done his full day of woodworking, which is just one example of his strong work ethic and dedication to his craft.
Bobby took great pride in being an involved member of the community. He served on the Oneonta City School Board of Education for many years and was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church.
At home his interests included gardening, baking, tinkering in his workshop, and restoring his 1968 Mustang with his son, Alex. He was often seen cruising to the Golden Guernsey in the Mustang with his great-niece, Ava. He also looked forward to Saturday movie nights with his sisters. Reminiscing with family and friends brought him great joy.
With all of the things that Bobby was involved with, he also had a family that he loved very much. Family was the most important thing in his life and he always found time to be with them.
He is survived by his wife Jo-Ann, and their two children, Kristin (Todd Gould) and Alex, and his beloved grandchildren, Kendall Leila and Jakob Robert. He is also survived by his sisters, LouAnn Harrison, Karen Syron, Analee (Harry) Johnson and Mary Winn; brother, Jim (Roseanne) Winn. Also, his sisters-in-law, Robin (Randy) Winans, Julie Zaveral and Jill (Shawn)Bookhout; and brothers-in-law, Gary (Mindy) Dilello and John ‘Jay’ Dilello. In addition, he is survived by his aunts and uncles, many nieces and nephews, and numerous special friends.
He was predeceased by his parents.
OTEGO — Thomas H. Lewis, 72, went to be with our Lord, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
He was born Dec. 20, 1940, in Massillon, Ohio, the only child of Russell and Irene (Sulin) Lewis. He moved to Oneonta when he was 15 years old and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1959. After high school Tom attended SUNY Brockport.
Tom married the love of his life, Delilah Gravelin on June 24, 1961, at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta.
Tom was honored to serve as an Oneonta City Firefighter. Spending the majority of his life dedicated to helping others. Tom was awarded Fireman of the Year in 1986. Tom retired from the department after 20 years of service in 1993.
Tom and Delilah moved to Hilton Head Island, S.C., and lived there for seven years before returning to Otego to be closer to their grandchildren.
He was very dedicated to his family and loved spending time with them. Tom was quick with a joke and was the life of the party. He had so many friends whom he loved dearly and they loved him too.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, coaching Pee Wee Football, cooking and was always ready to share a favorite recipe and cocktail.
He is survived by his wife, Delilah Lewis of Otego; children, Russell W. and wife Debra Lewis of Milford, Randy and wife Coleen Lewis of Otego, Renee and husband Bill Stanley of Otego, Robin and husband Thomas Liddle of Otego; grandchildren, Christopher Herrmann, Samantha Stanley, Wyatt Liddle, Georgia Liddle, Madison Stanley and Katie Lewis; brother-in-law, Richard and wife Kathy Gravelin of Oneonta; a niece, Michelle Grygiel; a nephew, Andrew Gravelin; and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents.
FLORENCE, S.C. — Lynn “Shoes” Errol McAdams, 60, of Florence, S.C., passed away on May 19, 2013, at McLeod Hospice Home in Florence, S.C.
Lynn was born in Oneonta on Sept. 23, 1952. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1971.
Lynn was married to Elizabeth LaChausse on June 5, 2007.
Lynn was a professional custom meat cutter for Price Chopper in Oneonta, for over 39 years. For the past five years, he worked for KJ-IGA in Quimby, S.C., as a custom meat cutter.
He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, the Buffalo Bills and the Saratoga horse races. He frequently traveled to watch his favorite teams play.
Lynn is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his son, Nolan (Barbara) of Big Rapids, Mich., his daughter, Alexi of Oneonta; his stepdaughters, Lynn (Kent) Wilcox of Syracuse, and Antionette Chenard of Watertown; stepson, Nicholas (Courtney) Chenard of Saratoga; his grandchildren, Jonathan, Connor, Geralynn and Meredith McAdams, Liam Henry Curley, Olivia Rayne and Stella Grace Chenard; and his siblings, Debra, Bruce and Mary.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emma Jean McAdams
BROCKPORT — Kenneth Weatherly died June 28, 2013, surrounded by family.
He was born in Oneonta on Sept. 12, 1927, to the late Hiram and Frances (Hathaway) Weatherly.
Ken served in the Army during World War II. He moved to Western New York in the late 1950s and worked in the Lockport School System for over 30 years. In retirement he drove a bus for Happy Times Day Care, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was active with Habitat for Humanity.
Ken graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1944. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Plymouth Congregational Church and was a lifetime PTA member of Washington Hunt Elementary School.
Ken enjoyed sports and was active in softball, bowling and horseshoes. He especially loved his garden and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, June; two sons, Steve (Vickie) Judd of Oneonta and Daryll Weatherly of Binghamton; three daughters, Charlene Weatherly of Lockport, Charyll Sposito of Lockport and Carol (Ron) Tall of Gasport. Also surviving him are grandchildren, Angela Sposito, A.J. Roger, Sam Judd, Ronnie Tall, Haley Tall; and one great-grandchild, Alayna Sposito.
ONEONTA — Joan T. Angelotti Mileski, 74, died June 14, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
She was born July 21, 1938, in Oneonta, the daughter of James and Roselie “Dolly” Angellotti, who both predeceased her. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1956.
Joan married Brin R. Mileski on Jan. 12, 1958, in Oneonta.
She enjoyed working at Hartwick College for many years before retiring. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, crafting and rooting for the NY Giants. She especially loved traveling and making lifelong friends along the way.
She is survived by her husband, Brin R. Mileski; children, Jim and Ann Mileski, Colleen “Candy” and Robert Rowley, Brin and Beverly Mileski and Lance and Shawn Mileski; grandchildren, Jami, Sara, Erica, Tristan and Braden Mileski; sisters, Patricia Whitaker, Celeste Keto, Barbara Enck and Christine Colburn.
COOPERSTOWN — Zelma R. Ainslie, 87, of Oneonta, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.
She was born July 17, 1925, in Oneonta, and lived many years in Hartwick. She was the daughter of Bertrand Roberts and Ila (Cooper) Roberts.
Zelma was predeceased by her husband, George Ainslie; and sisters, Joyce Thompsen and Doris Graig; and brother, Carlton Roberts. Zelma is survived by her son, Norman Ainslie; and grandchild, Elizabeth Ainslie; a brother, Bertrand Roberts and sister-in-law, Joyce Roberts; and three nieces, Elaine Meyburg, Pamela Thomas and Rebecca Yarnold; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Zelma was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1942, and State University at Oneonta. She taught grade school at Davenport and Laurens Central School for 35 years.
She was a member of the First United Church of Oneonta and the Oneonta Elks Club.
She was a devoted wife and mother and an excellent teacher. Many of her former students live in the area and have often met with her to relate their memories of her as their third grade teacher.
She enjoyed playing golf and traveling with her family and friends, and will always be remembered for her fine cooking.
ONEONTA — Helen Arlene Swift, 74, of Oneonta, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
She was born in Summit, the daughter of Leslie Swift and Bessie (Cain) Swift. Helen graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958.
Helen was a nurse’s aide at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital and also worked in home health care as a private-duty aide in the Oneonta area for many years.
Helen was a member of the Moose Lodge in Oneonta and she enjoyed listening to music, especially Elvis.
One of her favorite things to do was being able to spend time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Edward Swift; her brothers, Harry (Rose) Swift and Gary (Sandy) Swift; brother-in-law, Bruce Norton; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her twin sisters, Frances Norton and Susie Oliver; her brothers, Leslie Swift, DeForest Swift; and brother-in-law, Dale Norton.
ONEONTA — Barbara Ada Ackerly, 76, of Oneonta, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born Sept. 4, 1936, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Clive W. and Edna Barney Wart.
Barbara graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1954, and went to work for the New York Telephone Company. She later worked and retired from SUNY Oneonta, working in the telecommunications department.
On May 17, 1985, Barbara married Richard Ackerly.
She was a member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, doll collecting and reading. Being with her family was one of her favorite pastimes.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Richard Ackerly of Oneonta; her son, DK Lifgren Jr. and friend, Donna Monte of Cape Cod, Mass.; grandson, Dustyn Lifgren of Cape Cod, Mass.; sisters, Sandra Cerosaletti of Unadilla and Cheryl L. and Gary R. Newton of Oneonta; brother, Clive W. and Dawn Wart of Fort Collins, Colo.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley and Joe DeSilva of West Davenport. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews; Bonnie Holmberg and child; John and Karlee Wart and children; Douglas Wart; Shelly and Cory Crocker and children; Victoria and Richard Marks and children; Timothy Cerosaletti; Deborah and Patrick Prendergast and children; David M. and Tracy Brandt and children; Garth and Georgia Codington and son; Bruce and Toni Codington and sons. She is also survived by her loving dog, Murphy and her cats.
She was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Al Codington.
DALLAS, Texas — Frank James Bevins, 49, formerly of Oneonta, passed away May 15, 2013, at his home in Texas.
He was born Jan. 3, 1964. He was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1982. The next day he entered the United States Air Force and served until 1989.
Frankie and his family lived in England and other countries during that time. After he was honorably discharged, he then worked as an officer in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, where he served for more than a decade. After retiring from the department, he retired to the Florida Keys briefly before moving back to Texas to work in personal security.
Frankie was also known for his participation and teaching of the martial arts. He was a sixth degree black belt in Taekwondo and a master teacher.
He was a proud and honorable man. He will be greatly missed by his father, Frank L. Bevins of Oneonta; siblings, Tammy Deyo, Doreen Bird and Chad Ritchko. He also leaves his legacy in his son, James; three stepchildren; and several grandchildren.
ONEONTA — Jared Simon Trotti, 18, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
He was born June 6, 1994, in Cooperstown, the son of Bryan C. Trotti and Lisa A. Onorato.
Jared was a graduate of Oneonta High School, Class of 2012. He was currently attending Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., majoring in business.
Jared loved sports. In high school, he played lacrosse and baseball and was on the ski team, and in college, ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse, baseball, flag football and dodge ball. He was a fan of LSU, the Giants and the Yankees. Jared was member of the United Methodist Church Youth Group. He enjoyed his time spent on Mission Service trips. He went to Jamaica to help build a church with the United Methodist Church in Oneonta, and in January, with the college, went to New Orleans to help those in need. He was a thoughtful and caring person; but above all, he most especially loved his little brother.
He is survived by his parents, Bryan Trotti and Lisa Onorato of Oneonta; his brothers, Kevin Trotti and Dustin Trotti; his sister, Ashley Trotti; grandparents, Mildred Trotti of Zachary, La., Francis and Bruna Onorato of Montvale, N.J.; aunts and uncles, Larry Trotti, Barry Trotti, Richard Onorato, Suzanne Holzman, Caroline Davies, Francis Onorato Jr. and their beloved families; a great aunt, Raye Onorato and many beloved friends.
He was predeceased by his grandfather, John Rawls Trotti.
ONEONTA — Michael J. Janitz, 30, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 27, 2013, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born May 29, 1982, in Oneonta, the son of Michael and Deborah (Heck) Janitz.
Michael attended Franklin Central School and Oneonta High School class of 1999. He was currently taking courses online at Ashford University, his goal was to be a drug and alcohol counselor. He was the owner of Dirty Deeds Landscaping.
Michael loved all kinds of music and all kinds of people. He was easy going and very personable. He was interested in computers and loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his parents, Mike and Debbie Janitz of Oneonta; brothers, Joseph and Lacey Janitz of Oneonta, Joshua Anderson of Oneonta, Jason Crane; a sister, Patricia Crane of Georgia; nieces and nephews, Evan and Aubrey Janitz and Ryan Mangrow; grandparents, Wayne Sr. and Margo Heck of Oneonta; aunts and uncles, John and Suzinna Janitz of New Lisbon and family, Pat and Sherry Janitz of Oakridge, N.J., and family, Mary Rose Purdy of Otego and family, Teresann Campbell of Oneonta and family, Stephen and Rebecca Janitz of Cooperstown and family, Judy of New Jersey and family and Bobbi of New Jersey and family, Wayne Heck Jr. of Mount Vision and family; several other cousins from New Jersey; close family friends, Frank and Emily Amuticco and family; and many other loving friends.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Paul Sr. and Mary Janitz; aunts and uncles, Paul Janitz Jr., Jennie and Al Fleshman, and Judy Anderson.
GUILDERLAND — Richard John Patrick left us on April 27, 2013, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.
Born on Valentine’s Day and raised in Oneonta, graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1950, the son of a policeman and second grade parochial school teacher. Oldest of five brothers and one sister.
NYS College of Forestry at Syracuse University. SU boxing team 1954, Forest fire lookout 1955, in the Siskyou National Forest. Designed the circle of flags around the Washington Monument in 1957, while working for the U.S. Department of the Interior. U.S. Army 1958 to 1964, active duty 1958 to 1959. City Planner for the City of Albany under Mayor Corning. Deputy Parks Commissioner under Mayor Whalen. Actor: Park Playhouse, Albany Civic Theatre, SUNY Albany, Russell Sage. Eagle Scout. Lifetime member of YMCA. Lifetime admirer and friend of wonderful women. Secretary, Westerlo Basic Valley Fish and Game Club, 2002 to 2013.
Married 54 years to Patsy Patrick, the best thing by far that ever happened to me. Father of great sons, Jan and Roger and grandfather of super grandchildren, Emily and Cole. Father-in-law to fine women and mothers, Christy, Tammy and Sue.
ONEONTA — John V. Russell, 63, of Oneonta, passed away April 5, 2013, at Otsego Manor, Cooperstown.
Born Dec. 15, 1949, in Cooperstown, John was the son of G. Vaughan and Bertha L. Russell. A graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1949, Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy, he then attended the University of Cincinnati Medical Center receiving a Doctorate of Pharmacy upon graduation.
John worked for many years in hospitals and pharmacy’s serving in positions as clinical, supervising, and staff pharmacist.
John was a dedicated person ever striving to improve conditions and learning new techniques. He presented professional presentations in the area of Hyperailementation and Parenteral Nutrition of which he was especially interested.
John received awards including Professional Awards from Rho Chi Honorary Pharmaceutical Society from his professional organization memberships. Memberships in the American Pharmaceutical Association, American Society of Healthcare Systems Pharmacists, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
John was involved in the Saturday’s Bread Soup Kitchen as a founding member and received the Apron Award for his dedication and support. He was also a founding member of the Habitat For Humanity in the Otsego County Chapter and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, serving as a member of the Sanctuary Choirs, Patrick Ministries Committee, Mission Commission, Lay Leadership Committee and the Administrative Board.
John is survived by his brother, Gerald T. Russell of Oneonta; cousins, Edwin Russell, state of Washington, Paul Russell, Ohio, Shirley Wright, Rome, Martha Titus, Florida, and Sonia Hall, Vermont.
COOPERSTOWN — Bertha Mae Clancy, 91, of Cooperstown, died Friday morning, April 19, 2013, at Otsego Manor.
Born Dec. 5, 1921, in Oneonta, she was the daughter of Lee and Dorothy (Decker) Sickler. She graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1940, and obtained employment as a secretary in the office at the former Elmore Milling Company.
On Sept. 3, 1946, she married Joseph Clancy of Cooperstown, and moved to his residence in Cooperstown. While her husband ran their family businesses, The Doubleday Restaurant and then Clancy’s Deli, Bertha Mae began her “career” as a member and volunteer for numerous local charitable organizations.
Among them, she was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown; a member, past president, secretary and treasurer of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7128; a member, past secretary, treasurer and director of the Cooperstown Criterion Club; a longtime volunteer for the Red Cross and their blood drives; a past member of the Cooperstown Fire Department Auxiliary; and a loyal volunteer at Bassett Hospital for over 40 years.
Bertha Mae was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 1988; and by her sister, Jean Hurlburt of Otego.
She is survived by her two sons, Terry Clancy and his wife, Janie of Weatherford, Texas, and Brian Clancy and his wife, Kathy of Cooperstown; and by two grandsons, Stephen and Richard, also of Cooperstown. Additionally, she is survived by her nephews James, Joseph and John Hurlburt; and her niece, Jan McGrath; as well as by her nephews, Martin, Dennis and Michael Clancy; and her nieces, Caroline Calhoun, Patricia Clancy and Kathy McDermott.

ONEONTA _ Claudine Decker Kane Speh, 76, of Oneonta, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at her home.
Born Oct. 15, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Claude S. and Arvilla (Lauer) Decker. She attended the Oneonta City Schools, class of 1953.
Many will remember Claudine for the work that she has done in the food industry locally. She worked in many local hotels and restaurants, including Morey’s Family Restaurant and the Otesaga Hotel, as well as catering many events at the Oneonta Country Club until her retirement.
In her spare time she was a member of the Oneonta Business Women’s Club. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing cards with her dear friends.
Claudine had four daughters. She was predeceased by her daughter, Rebecca Fein in 1987; and a granddaughter, Amanda Fein in 1979.
She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Lamb and husband Mark, Elizabeth Benjamin, and Mary Ellen Anderson and husband David; her granddaughters, Jessica Butera and husband Frank, Lisa Lamb and fiance Robert Vance and Brooke Anderson; and her grandsons, Bradley Benjamin, Jared Negron and Adam Fein.
Shane Marmet- Summer of 1997, graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1996.

Robert D. VanZandt
ONEONTA — Lifelong Oneonta resident, Robert D. VanZandt, died on April 3, 2013, from medical complications at Kindred Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Robert graduated from Oneonta High school class of 1950

Jennie H. Spence
GOODYEAR LAKE — Jennie H. Spence, 94, of Goodyear Lake, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home, Stamford.
She was born Jan. 26, 1919, in Sharon Springs, the daughter of the late Andrew Himes Sr. and Goldie (Graham) Himes.
Jennie graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1937.
On Aug. 12, 1943, Jennie married James A. Spence Sr. James predeceased her on July 18, 1986.
During the war, Jennie worked at the Mica Plant in Oneonta. She then was a maid at the Oneonta Hotel and later worked at Sears at the catalog desk until her retirement.
She made her home at Goodyear Lake since 1945.
She was a very loving mother and loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
Jennie was a member of the Home Bureau.
Jennie is survived by her two children, Jayne Spence of Goodyear Lake and James A. Spence Jr. and his wife, Beth of Goodyear Lake; two grandchildren, Jana Page and her husband, Mike of Portlandville and Rick Spence of Goodyear Lake; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Abby, Michael and Keagan; three sisters, Catherine Newell of Norwich, Edith Catella of Oneonta and Dorothy Himes of Sidney; sister-in-law, Beth Himes of Arizona; special niece, Judy Knapp of Milford; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Andrew Himes Jr., Wilbur Himes, Richard Himes and Gerald Himes; four brothers-in-law, John Newell, Fred Catella, Bob Miller and Clifford Hoffman; sister-in-law, Bertha Himes; and a niece, Linda Catella.

Sun City Fl.
Beverly Elliot Bishop, graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1962, passed away on March 26, 2013.

Kathleen M. Joyce-Bassett
ROANOKE, Va. — Kathleen M. Joyce-Bassett, 59, of Roanoke, Va., passed away at her residence on Feb. 23, 2013, after a prolonged illness.
She was born to the late Dorothy and William Joyce on Jan. 22, 1954, in Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1972.
Kathy had a lengthy career with the Virginia Department of Corrections; she retired in May 2008. She held the positions of probation and parole officer, ombudsman and warden.
Previously, she was a member and president of the Archeological Society of Virginia.
Kathy is survived by her devoted companion, Jay Blankenship; three sisters, Mary Jane Simpelaar, Dorothy Hurlburt of Oneonta and Nora Clifton of Florida.
Kathy was a kind and gentle spirit who will be sorely missed by all her family and friends.

Howard H. Michaels
MOUNT VISION — Howard H. Michaels, 91, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.
He was born Feb. 25, 1922, in Oneonta, the son of Herbert and Lula Mae (Becker) Michaels.
Howard graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1940.
He was a United States Army veteran serving during World War II from 1942 to 1944.
He married Adah Briscoe on July 18, 1946, in Otego.
After spending his early years in Oneonta, where he was a member of the River Street Baptist Church, he moved his family to Mount Vision and later spent his retirement winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.
Howard was an employee of the D&H Railroad in Oneonta for the better part of his life from which he retired in 1982. He was a member of the Brotherhood Railroad Trainmen.
He was also known as a fine carpenter and continued the trade after his retirement. He was always happy to take on a carpentry project for family and friends.
One of his favorite retirement enjoyments was the fruit picking he and his crew of retirees did for the poor in The Valley Sun, supplying the Apache Junction food bank and others with oranges, grapefruits and lemons, that the gracious people donated to them.
Howard was predeceased by his wife, Adah after 57 years of marriage; his son, Kirk William Michaels in 2005; and was the sole survivor of his and his wife’s siblings.
He is survived by his children, Wayne and wife Barb Michaels of Mount Vision, Cathy and husband Paul McCarthy of Latham, Jon and wife Lori Michaels of Goodyear Lake, and “adopted” daughter, Ann (Taber) and husband Ronnie Utter of Oneonta; grandchildren, Brenda Caruso, Brian Michaels, Carrie Bliss, Damien Kanser, Sara Michaels, Ryan McCarthy, Lauren McCarthy, Christopher Michaels and Matthew Brennan; great-grandchildren, Brittany and Candice Caruso, Kayla Michaels, Samantha and Kailey Bliss; and several nieces and nephews.

Elvira E. Bette Kennedy
BALTIMORE — Elvira E. Bette Kennedy, 89, passed away on Feb. 22, 2013.
Elvira E. Bette Kennedy (nee Lance), while serving as a Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class in World War II, met and married a blinded WW II veteran, the late Thomas Joseph Kennedy Jr. (founder of Dawn’s Office Supply).
She was the dear mother of Thomas J. Kennedy III and Kim M. Kennedy and his wife, Carole; dear grandmother of Katherine L. and John M. Kennedy; devoted sister of John H. Lance and his wife, Darlene Pidgeon Lance, and the late Mary Sandra Nolan. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Kennedy was born and raised in Oneonta. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1941.
She joined the Navy in August of 1943, where she met and fell in love with a U.S. Marine, who had lost his sight Christmas morning 1943, at Bougainville and was recuperating in a Navy Hospital in Northern, California. They married Dec. 29, 1944.
Mrs. Kennedy cared very much for children in need. She started volunteering her time at Children’s Hospital on The Women’s Board in the late 1970s.
In 1980, she received an engraved charm for over 1,000 hours and by 1983, she had received another for over 2,000 hours. She served as president of the board from 1982 to 1984.
She lived in the Dixon Hill neighborhood of Mt. Washington from 1953 until she moved to Emeritus in October 2012.
Mrs. Kennedy was devoted to St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, 1008 W. 37th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211, where a funeral Mass was offered Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment in St. John’s Cemetery (Hydes, Md.)

Carmen J. ‘Yibby’ Blasetti
ONEONTA — Carmen J. “Yibby” Blasetti, 87, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at his residence.
Yibby was born on July 16, 1925, in Oneonta, the son of Serafino and Saveria (Romiti) Blasetti. He would have graduated from Oneonta high school class of 1943 if not for the war.
He married Lois Fellows on July 1, 1950.
He was a carman for the D&H Railroad in Oneonta for over 30 years.
He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army where he was a prisoner of war. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Rifle Badge.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, American Legion Post 259, VFW Post 1206, Oneonta Elks Lodge 1312, Knights of Columbus and the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
Yibby is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois J. Blasetti of Oneonta; his children, Janet Riley and her husband, John of Brewster, and John Blasetti and his wife, Jennifer of Oneonta. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Alysa Blasetti and Patrick Riley; his two great-grandchildren, Isaak and David Morse; his sister, Irene Starkweather of Oneonta; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Enrico, Fred and Peter Blasetti; and his sisters, Anna Primiani and Mary Ferguson.

Mary Irene Judd
NORTH WATERFORD, Maine — Mary Irene Judd, 85, of North Waterford, Maine, formerly of Oneonta, passed away in Lewiston, Maine, on Friday, March 22, 2013.
She was born in Oneonta to her late parents, Doris F. (Duggleby) and Russell C. Wilson on June 25, 1927.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1954, she had been a singer for WGY radio station Schenectady in her youth. She was also an active member with many churches in places she lived throughout her life.
She was predeceased by her husband, Rollin L. Judd Sr., in 2000; a daughter, Teresa J. Hood in 1991; and a brother, Russell Wilson.
Surviving are her children, Linda J. Kellogg, Rollin L. (Deborah) Judd Jr., and Steven R. (Patricia) Judd; sisters, Beverly Graves, Sandra (John) Wilson-Stalker and Joann (George) Lanty; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces; nephews; cousins; and her companion, Vernon R. Vincent.

Don N. Natel
June 19, 1941 – March 8, 2013
NEWLAND, N.C. — Don N. ‘Shat’ Natel left the earthly home he loved so much on March 8, 2013.
Born in Oneonta, graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1959. Don moved to Avery County in 1989 where he fell in love with the people. He was married to Judith Witte for 19 years who Don referred to as his ‘backbone’ up to the day of his death.
A passionate skier and golfer, he worked with the French-Ski College for two decades while serving as golf director at the Willow Creek G. C. in the 1990’s. He would later run golf shop operations at Linville Land Harbor, the community he called home. He was a fixture at the Sugar Mountain Golf Club and Mountain Glen where he could be found carrying his golf bag most afternoons during the golf season. He will be missed at both courses.
In addition to his wife, Judy, Don leaves behind ‘a wonderful son,’ Eric Natel of Rochester.
His prayer is that all the wonderful people he came to know just ‘celebrate life’ everyday.
No memorial services are planned at this time.

Dominique T. Webb
ONEONTA — Dominique T. Webb, 29, died unexpectedly at home on Jan. 31, 2013.
Dom was born April 3, 1983, in Fayetteville, N.C. He and his family lived in Waco, Texas, before moving to Oneonta, in 1987.
He was very active in sports growing up, playing PeeWee Football, Little League and soccer. In high school he continued playing football and basketball. Dom graduated Oneonta High School, Class of 2001. He attended Hartwick College and Tompkins Community College.
Dom’s true passion in life was music. He was one of the lead singers for the band, Guava Smash. He was a creative artist who loved making music. He most especially loved his band mates, who he considered family.
Dom worked at several area pizzerias and currently was working at Legends Sports Bar as a cook and enjoyed filling in as a DJ when needed.
He is survived by his mother, Melanie (Rowe) Webb of Oneonta; his brother, Dashaun Webb of Oneonta; grandparents, Lester and Evelyn Rowe of Gilbertsville; aunt, Terry and her husband, John Marchev of Springfield Center; uncle, Kurt Rowe of Gilbertsville; several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles, and many special and beloved friends

Muriel Ann Holstead-Moore
1947 – 2013
OTEGO — Muriel Ann Holstead-Moore entered into life eternal on the wings of her angels Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, after a courageous and hard fought battle with an aggressive cancer.
Muriel Ann was born on Nov. 17, 1947, to the late Roland H. Holstead and Muriel M. Holstead, raised in Valley Stream, Long Island and Oneonta.
She was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1965, where she was a diligent student and a talented singer.
Muriel Ann’s accomplishments were recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution Award; the DAR is a non-profit, women’s organization for the descendants of individuals who aided in achieving American independence. She went on to post-secondary study for the Culinary Arts and received Advanced Certification.
Muriel Ann was a proud Long Islander, but thoroughly embraced and enjoyed life in Oneonta.
She was delighted in her work with Verona Oil’s Country Store where her engaging personality and managerial talents contributed to the company’s growth and success. Her later employment at North American Schuman B-Line was stimulating and challenging until her recent retirement.
Her successful retail experiences enabled her to have many friends and acquaintances throughout the region that will miss her welcoming smile, authentic sincerity, and caring words.
In addition to her father, Muriel Ann was predeceased by her brothers, Dale Brent and Christopher Stephen Holstead.
She is survived, to cherish her memory, by her loving and devoted husband, Roger; and his daughter, Melissa (Scott), granddaughter and great-granddaughters, and his daughter, Michelle (Steve) and granddaughter; her much beloved son, Robert Baldo (Judy); her mother, Muriel (Wilson) Holstead-Dix of Sidney and Springfield, Mass.; her brother, Dr. Roland Holstead (Sharyn) of Springfield, Mass.; and her sister, Deborah Holstead Sager (Ronald) of Sidney. “Annie” will be sorely missed by her nieces and nephews: Lisa Holstead Monti (Dean), Cathleen Holstead Siegler (Wayne), Janet Holstead Sorenson (Kevin), Anne Holstead Santaniello (Andrew) Jessica Holstead, Joseph Holstead (Nina), Gregory Flanagan (Brandy); and her cousins; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews; also her four-legged friend of 15 years, Mika.
Theresa A. Ballard
DAVENPORT — Theresa A. Ballard, 79, of Davenport, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.
Theresa was born on Jan. 17, 1934, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (Bevaqua) Arcuri. Theresa graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1952.
She married Floyd Ballard Jr. on Oct. 26, 1952, and he predeceased her on June 18, 1980.
Theresa was an assignment clerk for Bell Atlantic in Oneonta for 38 years, retiring in 1990.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Telephone Pioneers, the Oneonta Business Women’s Club and the Davenport Fire Department Auxiliary.
She was very devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her two children, Joseph A. Ballard of Davenport and Teri-Lee Fuchs and her husband, Gerard of Morris; her three grandchildren, Joseph F. and Michael H. Ballard, and Lee Ann Fuchs. She is also survived by her sister, Laura Germain and her husband, John of Greenlawn, Long Island; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Theresa was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Floyd; her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Ballard; her brothers and sister, Joseph Arcuri, Louis Arcuri, and Eleanor Dewan Farone.

Jean Parish
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jean Elizabeth Parish, formerly of Oneonta, died on Feb. 9, 2013, at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ms. Parish was born in Oneonta on May 24, 1917, to W. Earl Parish and Maude Beck Parish of Oneonta.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Robert.
She is survived by her niece, Elizabeth Parish Rattrie and her husband, Neil of Jacksonville, Fla., and their three sons. In addition she is survived by her second cousins, Mildred Parish of Oneonta and George Shear and his wife, Diana of Troy.
Jean Parish attended Oneonta High School, graduating in the class of 1935. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Ohio State University and a MFA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
After working as a designer in New York City and teaching at Drake University, Jean returned to Oneonta and was Professor of Art at the State University College of Oneonta. She also helped found the Upper Catskill Council of the Arts, where she served as a board member.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Parish was a practicing artist and exhibited widely, both locally and nationally. Three paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum in Utica. Other work is exhibited in the Hickory Museum, in Hickory, N.C., as well as with public and private owners.
After retiring from Oneonta State University in 1981, she moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., and then to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1997. She continued to paint and create three-dimensional works.

Wayne Georgia
WEST ONEONTA — Wayne Georgia, 71, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
He was born April 7, 1941 in Oneonta, the son of Carson and E. Pauline (Woerhle) Georgia.
Wayne graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1959, and the State University College at Oneonta in 1969.
He married Charlotte Holbrook in 1969 in Oneonta.
Wayne worked at Jerry’s Restaurant, Dietz St., Oneonta from 1963 to 1967 when he went on to work for the D&H Railroad as an engineer. He worked on the railroad until 1982. During his employment with the railroad he also went to work at the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) in Oneonta in 1975. He retired from SEMO as Deputy Director in 1996.
He was a member of the Oneonta Elks Club, the NRA and was a founding member of the Oneonta Young Democrats. Wayne was a member of OHS and SUNY Oneonta’s tennis teams and later went on to instruct the youth of the greater Oneonta area. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, attending his many grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events and spending winters in Florida during his retirement. His faithful lab, Opal, was always ready to go with Wayne whether it was to work or to play.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Georgia of West Oneonta; his daughters, Tracie and George Jones of Oneonta, Carrie Chickerell of Birmingham, Ala., Shelly and David Rosen of Washington, D.C., Tammy and Russell Southard of Oneonta, Darci and Kent Merwin of Davenport; Christina and Randall Zuill of Davenport, Michelle and Paul Catan of Oneonta. 18 grandchildren: Jasin, Heather, Michael and David Jones, Ryan and Colin Rosen, Reisa, Brandon and Tyler Southard, Stephen Georgia, Katharine and Luke Merwin, Edward and Rachel Zuill, Danika, Christopher, Reilly and Mackenzie Catan; four great-grandsons with the fifth expected next month.
He was predeceased by his brother, Carson Georgia. He is survived by his sister Lenore and Les Foster of Otego and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Francis C. Sullivan
AFTON — Francis C. Sullivan, formerly of Afton, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford. He has been reunited with his beloved wife of 54 years, Virginia and many loved ones.
Son of the late Dennis J. and Edna L. Sullivan, he was born in Oneonta on Oct. 11, 1921.
He attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1940, where he played football and track and was active in school chorus, band and orchestra. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. From 1940 to 1942, he attended Oneonta Normal School where he was active in chorus, orchestra and varsity basketball.
He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and served in Germany, Austria and Wales.
After the war, he graduated from Hartwick College in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Education. While at Hartwick, he was active in orchestra, band and chorus and was president of A?O fraternity. He taught Business Education at Afton Central School in 1949, after which he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and served in Austria. He returned to Afton Central School until his retirement in 1979.
He obtained his masters in Business Education from Albany State Teachers College in 1953. He obtained his Certificate of Administrative Education from SUNY New Paltz in 1969. He also obtained graduate credits from Syracuse University and SUNY Plattsburg.
While at Afton, he also taught Driver’s Education. He became the first high school principal from 1969 to 1979 at ACS. After retirement from full-time work, he continued his service in education as an interim administrator in Oneonta, Charlotte Valley, Schenevus, and Bainbridge-Guilford Schools, as well as interim superintendent for Afton.
He served on the Afton Central School Board of Education for three terms, one of which as president. He also served on the DCMO BOCES Board of Education for two terms, one as vice president. He was a member of the VFW, NYSSBA and former member of NYSUT.
During WW II, he was a musician with the “Yankee Tankers” of the 748th TK BN band. After the war as a member of the Musicians Union he played with the Little Falls Symphony; he taught String Bass for two summers at NYS Music Camp at Otter Lake. He played clarinet, saxophone and string bass in numerous area bands from the 40’s and 50’s. It was when he was playing a gig with a band at the Rock Inn, he was introduced to his future wife.
He served as Afton village clerk and was a member of the Afton Fire Department within which he later served as AFD secretary. He also served on the Afton village planning board and Glenwood Cemetery Association. He was a Notary Public since 1960. He also served as a member and trustee of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.
The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to the staff of Maple Neighborhood at the NYS Veterans Home at Oxford. We are grateful for all you have done for Dad. He has passed from your care into the arms of his Lord.
He will be missed dearly by his two daughters, Colleen (Kent) Dristle of Minetto and Patricia (Dean) Fiorina of Unadilla; and son, Michael (Phylis) Sullivan of Grand Island, Neb.; three grandchildren, Adam Dristle and Kathrine and Patrick Sullivan. He also is survived by a sister-in-law, Shirley Sullivan and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Peters Sullivan in 2006, daughter, Mary Theresa in 1959, his parents, one sister, Irene Disbrow, two brothers, Dennis J. and Harry Sullivan and nephew, Barry Sullivan.

Virginia C. Hurtubise
ONEONTA — Virginia C. Hurtubise, 88, a longtime resident of Oneonta, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by her family, following a long illness.
She was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Oneonta, to Michael and Philomena (Scott) Chicorelli.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1942.
She worked in procurement for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., and AT&T as a telephone operator before the company broke up.
Virginia married Eugene C. Hurtubise on Sept. 3, 1953, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Oneonta, who survives.
She was predeceased by her brother, Dominic M. Chicorelli; and two sisters, Mary Weirheim and Angie Gravelin.
She is survived by a brother, Louis Chicorelli, who is living in Long Island. She is also survived by two sons, Mark and Gary Hurtubise; and a daughter, Sharon Hurtubise; two grandchildren, Amber Typlt and Jennifer Zinis.
Virginia loved dancing. She and her husband met dancing and danced together many years after. She also loved bowling and bowled weekly for much of her life, she was very good at it.
She had a strong love and appreciation for art, two of her brothers were very talented artists; one showed his works in NYC and Long Island, which she and her husband traveled to see.
She was an excellent cook and baker. She cooked delicious meals for her family every night. Most of all, true to her Italian heritage, she thoroughly enjoyed dining out at Italian restaurants.
Virginia was a loving grandmother with a kind, generous heart. With her zest for life and spicy personality, life was never boring in her presence. She lived her life to the fullest, always.
She was loved dearly by her family and will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

Donald Bailey
ENDICOTT — Donald Bailey, 48, passed away at his home on Jan. 10, 2013.
He was born March 20, 1964, in Williamson, W.Va., the son of Carl Smith and Dorothy Bailey.
Don attended Schenevus Central School and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1982, where he was very active in sports, including football and gymnastics. Don was also very artistic and loved to draw.
He served with the United State Navy.
He is survived by his son, Donald Seamon; and granddaughter, Brooklyn Seamon Nolder; his daughter, Samantha Bailey Norris and family; and his former wife, Shawna Peterson; his mother, Dorothy Bailey; his brother, Fred Sellards and fiancée, Kathy Bice; his two sisters, Vickie Tolbert and Laura Tolbert; and nieces and nephews, Cassandra, Megan and Tyler Sellards, Brandon Wallach, Karina Preston, Garrett Roe, Ashley Marie, Amber Nichole, Jacqueline Rose and Wayne Ronald; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He will be always loved and dearly missed.

FERRISBURGH, Vt. — Peter T. VanWoert passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012, in the Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Health Care Unit in Middlebury, following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Peter was born on Oct. 27, 1941, in Oneonta, son of John L. VanWoert and Harriet Byard VanWoert. He attended the Bugbee School and Oneonta Junior-Senior High Schools, graduating in the Class of 1960. He also completed a post-graduate year at the Manlius Military Academy in Manlius. He attended Baldwin Wallace College and State University College of Oneonta.
Peter enlisted in the United States Army in the fall of 1963, and served in the military police in post-war Korea followed by a deployment to Vietnam, where he distinguished himself and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional performance.
Following his honorable discharge, Peter was employed for several years at the Weeks School in Vergennes; working with troubled and delinquent youth. He moved back to Oneonta in 1973, where he operated Brackett’s Book Store for several years with his brother David. After the closing of Bracketts’s, Peter lived in Florida for several years operating a small landscaping and property management business. Returning to Oneonta in 1986, Peter was involved with the operation of the Oneonta Oil & Fuel Company. After the sale of the business, Peter pursued other interests until his retirement in 1999, dividing his time between Englewood, Fla., and Ferrisburgh. When his health condition limited his ability to travel, he established permanent residency in Ferrisburgh in 2009.
Peter’s immediate survivors are his sister, Janet Cole and her husband, Carl of Ferrisburgh; brother, David of Las Vegas; nephews, Rod “Doc” Cole and wife, Kelli of Ferrisburgh, John and his companion, Tricia Danyow of Ferrisburgh; very special grandniece, Shannon Lane Cole; cousins, Win and Sandy VanWoert of Harpursville; nieces, Nancy VanWoert of New Jersey and Dianne VanWoert of New York. Peter also enjoyed the enduring friendship of Scott Lynk, Bill and Sue Connor, Greg Clark, Scott Brace, Nick and JoAnn Necrasen and Dwayne “Dee” and Mary Hathaway.

Connie Cathleen Folds
HARTWICK _ Connie Cathleen Folds, 57, of Hartwick, slipped away to join with her savior on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Connie was born on June 26, 1954, in Tallahassee Fla., the daughter of Carl Carroll and Frances (Cuozzo) Andrews.
Connie grew up in and around Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1972.
Connie married Claud Folds on June 24, 1975, in Hartwick. They later had two daughters and adopted a son.
Connie worked within the nursing field all her life. She began at various nursing assistant and at-home-care positions until she completed the LPN program in 1990; graduating at the top of her class academically and with perfect attendance.
Connie had many hobbies that she enjoyed participating in, especially if it included her grandchildren. Crafting of all varieties was a true pleasure for Connie, especially bead working and jewelry making. She also enjoyed camping, challenging word puzzles of all sorts, and she was an avid reader. Connie took great pleasure in gardening, especially enjoying flowers and little made her smile more than when those first few blooms arrived in the spring.
In spite of the odds, Connie survived a serious heart attack in January 2011. As was her way, nothing deterred Connie from her goals and ambitions. She spent the final year of her life surrounded by her children and grandchildren, just as she’d desired to. She found an immense joy with spending time laughing or sharing stories and activities in the company of family and friends. No matter the condition of her heart, she always had room for those she loved and cherished.
Connie is survived by her husband of 36 years, Claud Folds of Hartwick; two daughters and their spouses, Lisa Cathleen (Brian) Morgan of Warnerville; and Jennifer Leigh (David) Deselets of Hartwick; and one son, Jeremy James Folds of Hartwick; six grandchildren, Samuel Keith McCook, Claudia AlfreMahre Folds and Haley Cathleen Morgan, all of Warnerville, and Liza Cathleen Folds, Nicole Lynn Deselets and Samantha Leigh Deselets, all of Hartwick; her parents, Frances Andrews of Hartwick; and her father, Carl Carroll of Tallahassee, Fla.
Connie was the eldest of several children, whom survive her: David Andrews Jr. of Virginia; Frances Callahan of Albany; Lita Winters of Virginia; Frank Andrews of Virginia; Lillian Eldred of Virginia; Lorna Pozeg of Virginia; Joseph Andrews of Virginia; Carla Deterding of Florida; Rod Carroll of Florida; Tim Carroll of Florida; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Connie was predeceased by her stepfather, David Andrews; and one sister, Lucy Harris.

Donald W. Conner
GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Donald W. Conner, 93, formerly of Oneonta, passed away in his sleep Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Santa Rita Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Green Valley, Ariz.
Don was born on July 31, 1919, in Oneonta, son of James Joseph and Edna (Roberts) Conner.
He married Lodema Clapper on Oct. 12, 1945, in Preston Hollow.
He was an Ordnance Master Sergeant in the Army in North Africa and Europe from March 1942 to September 1945, was in the Army Reserve until 1950, and then active duty in Korea from September 1950 to July 1952.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1936, and Hartwick College, Oneonta. He first worked for and then owned the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta, until retiring and moving to Green Valley, Ariz., in February of 1982.
He was an elder and president of the Board of the First Presbyterian Church, a member of the BPOE No. 1312, F & A.M. No. 466, the American Legion, and the Kiwanis in Oneonta.
He was a member and Stephen Minister of the Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, AZ.
Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, hiking and traveling during his active years.
He is survived by his wife, Lodema; daughter, Joanne Griswold; son and daughter-in-law, James and Cheryl (Conway) Conner; grandchildren, Kevin and Tasha (Bryant) Griswold, Colleen (Griswold) Henry, Karen Griswold, Derrick and Megan (Conner) Kerr, and Sarah Conner; great-grandchildren, Julius Henry and Alexandra Kerr.

Janet Lorraine Bibeau Woodrow
HAINES CITY, Fla. — Janet Lorraine Woodrow, 65, of Haines City, Fla., died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in her home following a nine month battle with stage four cancer.
Janet, formerly of Maryland, attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1965. She worked for many years at Wilber National Bank and then at both Schenevus and Cooperstown schools in the business office.
Janet is survived by her husband, Gary; two daughters, Shelly and Maria; two grandchildren, Xander and Micayla; and three siblings, Paulette, Loretta and Daniel.

Marilyn J. Michaud- May 7, 2012. Graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958. Beloved wife of James. Dearest mother of Christopher (Kelly), David (Kim), Kathleen (Kimm), and Todd (Jill). Loving grandmother of Jack, Eric, Charlie, Darren, and Joey. Dear daughter of Minnie Bell

Sheldon ‘Terby’ TerBush Jr.
ONEONTA _ Sheldon ‘Terby’ TerBush Jr. of Oneonta passed away at Bassett Hospital on May 9, 2012, with family at his side.
Terby was born March 6, 1930, in Oneonta, to Sheldon TerBush Sr. and Dorothy Doster TerBush.
He grew up in Oneonta and graduated from Oneonta Senior High School class of 1948, where he played many varsity sports; football, basketball, tennis and track. He was a member of the very first ski team at OHS.
On June 3, 1951, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Michaels in Cooperstown. They enjoyed 60 years of faithful devotion and lovingly raised three children, Sheldon Craig, Ellen Jane, and David Charles.
Terby, Betty, and their family enjoyed many ski trips throughout the years. He especially enjoyed the trips to Banff, Canada, and St. Anton, Austria, with family and friends. In recent years there were many trips to Colorado and Utah, where Terby enjoyed skiing with his grandchildren, and son, David. Terby also served as a volunteer member of the National Ski Patrol for 38 years, serving primarily at Scotch Valley and Plattekill ski areas.
Terby was blessed with many friends with whom he shared many fishing, hunting, skiing and golf outings. Many of these friends shared these adventures for over 60 years.
Terby loved his church family (Laurens Presbyterian Church) and spent many hours helping and sharing his talents and skills with them.
Terby’s love for gardening has been passed onto his children and grandchildren. Each and everyone of them is guilty of stealing Grandpa’s fresh peas off the vine and eating them raw. Anybody that stopped by in season would always leave with fresh veggies.
Terby provided for his family through the years by working for Wilber National Bank, John Eckert Volkswagen, Stowe VW of Norwich, Ellenwood Auto Parts in Cooperstown, co-owner and operator with his daughter, Ellen of the Oneonta Dairy Queen for six years, where all the granddaughters worked summers. Terby worked as a carpenter and electrician for Patrick Welsh Contracting, and for several years as well with his son at Craig TerBush Builders.
Until recently he worked part-time for Baileys Property Ent. Inc., as an inspector and subcontractor.

Kimberly Anne Ewen
July 27, 1966-April 13, 2012
Kim passed away suddenly and peacefully. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1983.
She leaves her parents, Jack and Jann Ewen; daughter, Tabatha (Michael); brother, Todd (Melissa); niece, Emma; nephew, Jack; and fiance, Christopher Oleskiewicz.

COLUMBUS _ Hector Bradley Canfield, 73 years, of Columbus, died on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at his home in Columbus.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1938, in Stamford, son of Frederick and Grace (Collins) Canfield and spent his childhood in Oneonta, where he attended local schools. Upon graduating from Oneonta High School class of 1957, he worked on the Delaware and Hudson Railroad as a plumber’s helper and painter.
Hector was very proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps from 1958 until 1962, during the Vietnam War.
After serving his country he began an apprenticeship at Scintilla as a grinder and finished as a tool and die maker at Amphenol in Sidney. He retired in 1992, after 38 years with the company. Throughout his life he was fascinated with Indian artifacts and collected them for years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and watching John Wayne movies. During one of his hunting trips he bagged a 15 point buck which now hangs in his son’s home.
Surviving Mr. Canfield are two sons, Bradley Thomas of the Town of Columbus, and Theodore David of South Edmeston; and one daughter, Erin of Florida; one sister, Nancy Jester of Oneonta; and six grandchildren, Frederick Joseph, Thomas Bradley, Laura Grace, Bradley Hector, Rebecca and Jacob David Canfield; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Canfield was an avid member of the Sidney Legion. There will be a gathering of friends at the VFW 1417, 314 Ellis Road, Morris, at 2 p.m. Thursday.

ONEONTA — Bruce A. Jester, 71, of Oneonta passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 after a courageous battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) with his family by his side.
He was born Aug. 18, 1941 in Oneonta the son of the late Edgar Frederic and Clive (Bryant) Jester.
Bruce graduated from Oneonta High School in the Class of 1959.
On June 25, 1968, Bruce married Nancy Canfield at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Oneonta. Together they shared 44 years of marriage.
Bruce was an electrician for the D&H Railroad for 41 years and retired in 2001.
He enjoyed traveling, going to and watching sporting events, tending to his garden and canning all the vegetables that he grew and spending time at his home that he built. But most of all Bruce loved spending time with his family and friends. He always enjoyed the many family and friend gatherings and dinners.
Bruce played baseball for the Milford Macs and in 1959 tried out for the L.A. Dodgers. Bruce was an avid bowler and bowled on several area leagues including the railroad and the Elks Club league. He was also an Oneonta Little League Coach for the Elks team for 15years.
Bruce was a member of the Oneonta B.P.O.E No. 1312, the Local Union No. 1231 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Jester, of Oneonta; two children, Michael Joseph Jester of Oneonta and Karen and Cory Telarico of Oneonta; two sisters, Nancy and Bill Rasmussen of Oneonta and Betsy Squaires of Lewiston; three brothers, Donald and Dee Jester of Endicott, Richard and Joan Jester of Webster and Rodney and Evelyn Jester of Swan Lake; two sisters-in-law, Edith Jester of Schenevus and Charlotte Jester of Oneonta; one brother-in-law, George Wetmore of Davenport Center; two special children, Erin and Nick Stalder who have always held a very special place in his heart; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Sally Jester, Eunice Bush and Beverly Wetmore; and two brothers, Warren and Wayne Jester

ONEONTA — Alice L. Colwell, 88, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.
Alice was born on Jan. 26, 1924, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Raymond and Leona (Utter) Barbin. She was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1941.
In June of 1943, Alice married Robert Colwell in Oneonta and celebrated 33 years of marriage until his passing in 1977.
She was employed for over 40 years as a sales clerk at Kresge’s, Woolworths, and Family Cleaners.
She was a very devoted mother and grandmother who never missed a family get-together. Alice really loved spending time with her family and not a birthday ever went by without receiving a card from grandma.
She was a very active resident at Nader Towers for over 16 years, serving on many of the community’s boards and programs. She was also a devout member of the River Street Baptist Church of Oneonta.
Alice is survived by her children, Roberta Spina-Marrotta and her husband, Frank of Whitesboro, Donna Simons of Oneonta, Richard Roberts of Oneonta, Sue Ann Roe of Oneonta; and her son-in-law, Allen Schmidt of Mound, Minn. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; her brother, Donald Barbin of Cortland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alice was predeceased by her daughter, Carol Schmidt; her grandson, Robert Schmidt; and her sister, Doris Moore.

SANDY SPRING, Md. — Donald E. Starkweather, 90, formerly of Oneonta, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the Brooke Grove Retirement Village in Sandy Spring, Md.
He was born on June 21, 1922, in Worcester, the son of the late David and Jeanne (Lincoln) Starkweather.
In 1942, Don married Charlotte Monington of Oneonta and enjoyed over 66 years of marriage until Charlotte’s passing in 2008.
Don graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1939. After graduating high school, he worked as a salesman and fitter for Gardener’s Shoe Store in Oneonta.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, and proudly served his country until his discharge in 1946. While in the Army, he was an instructor of teletyping for use with cryptographic equipment.
After his time in the Army, Don received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta. Later he earned a master’s degree in science education from the University of Wisconsin. He went on to teach at the Bugbee School until its closing in 1975, and then became a professor at SUNY Oneonta.
Don was very involved in his church and community, serving as a Deacon at the West Oneonta Baptist Church and also hosting a radio program on Oneonta’s WDOS. He was also a volunteer for the West Oneonta Fire Department. After his retirement from SUNY Oneonta in 1985, Don taught at an American School in Caracas, Venezuela, and then he and Charlotte relocated to Roanoke, Va., where they resided for nearly 20 years.
In his spare time, Don was an avid chess player. As a father, grandfather, and great-grandpa, he loved spending time with his family.
Don is survived by his children, Richard A. Starkweather and his wife, Barbara of Bridgewater, N.J., David L. Starkweather and his wife, Traci of Longwood, Fla., Robert E. Starkweather of Tiger, Ga., Mary E. Christman and her husband, Dennis of Dalton, Pa., and Jan E. Carlson and her husband, William of Olney, Md. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his sisters-in-law, Angie Monington and Irene Starkweather, both of Oneonta.
Don was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte; and his brother, Lee Starkweather.

ONEONTA _ George L. Eggler, 80, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford, surrounded by his family.
He was born May 2, 1932, in Oneonta, the son of Walter and Millicent (Whitney) Eggler.
He graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1950.
George married Phyllis Hawver on Nov. 10, 1950, in Oneonta.
He was a United States Navy veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.
George was employed by NYSEG with Utility Construction Maintenance, retiring after 35 years.
He was a member of the Oneonta American Legion Post 259. He was a Civil War buff and was an avid woodcraftsman, he enjoyed carving, chair caning, leather tooling and was very artistic.
He was proud of the ribbons he won each year at the Wightman’s Lumber Competition. George also enjoyed playing his harmonica.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Eggler of Oneonta; three children, Sharon and Cliff Costello of Endwell, Gayle and John Heller of Oneonta, and George “Chip” Eggler and Evando Macario of Stratford, Conn.; grandchildren, Betsy (Jason) Wilcox, TJ (Kerstin) Sullivan, Sarah Sullivan and Tony Ciacola, Geoffrey (Morgan) Sullivan, John Heller and Jennifer Kilts, and Michael (Erika) Heller; great-grandchildren, Nadine Sullivan, AJ and Matt Wilcox, Lennox Sullivan, Donovan and Maddox Heller; a special aunt “sister,” Doris Gula; and several cousins.

STAMFORD — Jean Marie (Morgan) Hillson, 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at her home in Stamford.
Born in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Stanley G. and Mary (Bradbury) Morgan. Jean was a dedicated wife, mother, educator and a good friend to many.
Jean was a graduate of Oneonta Senior High School class of 1951. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the State University Teachers College, Oneonta in 1955. Jean’s teaching career in Home Economics spanned 30 years, from the mid 1950s to the late 1980s, including Stamford Central School, Jefferson Central School, and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta, where she also earned her Master’s of Science Degree in Education.
In 1954, Jean married David R. Hillson of Stamford, and they welcomed home their son, Eric, in September 1963.
Together, Jean and Dave enjoyed traveling, jazz music, visiting their grandchildren, playing bridge, but most of all, making many wonderful memories with dear friends.
Jean is survived by her son, Dr. Eric Morgan Hillson, daughter-in-law, Heather, and grandchildren, Jessica Lynne Hillson, Clayton Thomas Hillson and Tyler Bradbury Hillson, all of Gettysburg, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Morgan and Christina Hillson; and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David R.; and brother, James W. Morgan

ONEONTA_Bon in Oneonta in 1942, Frank “Bucky” Grygiel passed away around August 10, 2012. He graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1956.
On October. 6, 1959, Bucky, then 17, was playing at the Oneonta Country Club when he laced a drive about 305 yards off the 12th tee and was left with a 20-yard approach shot. With a wedge he holed out for an eagle 2. Look, fellas, no putter!
Bucky also got an eagle 2 on the 265 yard ninth hole but this time he used a putter. His drive carried onto the elevated green and he dropped the putt for the deuce.

ONEONTA _ Gary Lee Roberts, 65, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly with his wife by his side, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.
He was born Sept. 8, 1946, in Sidney, the son of Gerald and Wanda (Tiffany) Roberts.
Gary graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1966. Following graduation, Gary proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
On Feb. 14, 1969, he married Kathleen M. Lockwood. Together they shared 43 years of marriage.
For over 30 years, Gary owned and operated Roberts Refuse and Recycling retiring in 2006. In his younger years, he worked with his mother in the bakery and after her passing carried on her tradition of making wedding cakes.
He was also was a Boy Scout Leader and continued to support scouting throughout his life. He was an avid Boy Scout patch collector.
Gary was very proud and devoted to his family. He enjoyed spending time with his daughters while they were growing up and after they married and began having children he became the very proud grandpa of five wonderful grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He loved the time he spent with them taking them fishing.
He also enjoyed the winters with Kathy they spent in Florida. Gary was a very kind and selfless man. He would give the shirt off his back to someone if they needed it more than he did. He was always giving to others that were less fortunate than he was and expected nothing in return and did not want any recognition for it either. He had a kind and gentle heart.
Gary was a member of the Oneonta B.P.O.E. No. 1312.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen M. Roberts of Oneonta; his father, Gerald and Sylvia Roberts of Sidney; two daughters, Rebecca and Dennis Gleason of East Durham and Gara and Drew White of Manlius; five grandchildren, Liam, Shannon and Colin Gleason and Owen and Rileigh White; two sisters, Bonnie and Peter Negri of Northport, Fla., and Christy and Charles Yaffie of Rochester; one sister-in-law, Heidi and Bill Fedirko of Belleview, Fla.; as well as several nieces and nephews, who were dear to his heart; and many friends.

ONEONTA _ Curtis Jay Quackenbush, 42, of Oneonta, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.
He was born on Oct. 6, 1969, in Oneonta, the son of Norman and Constance (Simmons) Quackenbush. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1986. He resided in Oneonta with his wife, Christine, and his mother.
He was an avid guitar player and had played in many bands in and around Oneonta starting in his teenage years. His present bands were “Twisted Years” and “Bar Code.”
Curtis is survived by his wife, Christine; his mother, Connie; two half sisters, Sherry and Norma; two half brothers, Stephen and Danny; his uncles, Ronnie Simmons and his wife, Jackie, Jack Quackenbush and his wife, Carol, and Gary Quackenbush and his wife, Maria; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son, Holden; his father, Norman; and his brother, Bill Oakley.

ONEONTA– Margaret Catherine Young, 70, of Oroville, Wash., and former resident of the Oneonta area, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the Legacy Place in Twinsburg, Ohio, with her son by her side.
Margaret was born to the late Squire and Catherine Perry on Aug. 24, 1941, in Oneonta, where she spent her youth and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1959.
She later graduated from St Joseph’s College of Nursing in Syracuse and spent many years as a valuable member of the health care community in both Cooperstown and Oneonta.
In 1978, Margaret married Everett Young and together they had two children and shared 13 years of marriage until his untimely death in 1991.
Later in life she was active in the Royal Neighbors of America’s sunshine committee and tried to bring joy and hope to those going through difficult times in the state of Washington.
Margaret is survived by her two children, son, Michael and his family, wife, Kristy and daughter, Kinsley of Macadonia, Ohio; and daughter, AnnMargaret and her family, husband, Aaron and daughter, Annabelle of Los Angeles, Calif. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
As well as her husband, Everett, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and William and sisters, Ellen and Maryann.

CLIFTON PARK _ Richard A. Vroman, 75, of Clifton Park, entered into eternal life on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Oneonta on March 30, 1937, he was the son of the late Arthur and Myrtle Scutt Vroman. Richard was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1955, where he excelled in numerous sports and was the first student to be awarded “Athlete of the Year” during his senior year in 1955. He received a masters of science in education from SUNY at Oneonta in 1962. He continued his education at SUNY Albany to receive his certification in school administration and supervision.
Richard was employed for over 33 years at the South Colonie School District, beginning as a teacher of science and math at Lisha Kill Junior High School, then served as a vice principal at Sand Creek and vice principal and principal of South Colonie High School.
Richard became a Member of Central Administration involved in all aspects of the district’s operation serving as personnel director, purchasing agent, freedom of information officer, Title IX officer, and hearing officer. He was also responsible for the district’s middle and elementary schools scheduling, and was a member of the Association of School Administrators.
Throughout these years, he lovingly raised four children with his wife, Rosalie, and in more recent years, spent countless hours enriching the lives and enjoying the company of his 10 grandchildren. He enjoyed time with family and friends golfing, boating, fishing and traveling.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Rosalie (Fendick) Vroman, whom he married on Aug. 19, 1961; four devoted children, Renee (Robert) Ramsey of Glenville, Richard J. (Michele) Vroman of Sudbury, Mass., Debra (Zachary) MacDonald of Northborough, Mass., and Christopher J. (Heather) Vroman of Shrewsbury, Mass.; 10 grandchildren, (Rebecca, Kayla and Perry Ramsey, Michael, Andrew and Nicholas Vroman, Daniel and Anna MacDonald, Sean and Ryan Vroman); a multitude of nieces and nephews; two sisters, Peggy (Tom) Barry and Sandra (Lynn) Parsons; and one brother, Gerald (Carol) Vroman. He will be dearly missed.

Sister Mary Angeline Mastro
A Memorial Mass in honor of the late Sister Mary Angeline Mastro, RSM, who went to our Lord on July 21, 2012, will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta
Sister Mary Angeline graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1939.

HARTWICK _ Connie Cathleen (Andrews) Folds, 57, of Hartwick, slipped away to join with her savior on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Connie was born on June 26, 1954, in Tallahassee Fla., the daughter of Carl Carroll and Frances (Cuozzo) Andrews.
Connie grew up in and around Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1972.
Connie married Claud Folds on June 24, 1975, in Hartwick. They later had two daughters and adopted a son.
Connie worked within the nursing field all her life. She began at various nursing assistant and at-home-care positions until she completed the LPN program in 1990; graduating at the top of her class academically and with perfect attendance.
Connie had many hobbies that she enjoyed participating in, especially if it included her grandchildren. Crafting of all varieties was a true pleasure for Connie, especially bead working and jewelry making. She also enjoyed camping, challenging word puzzles of all sorts, and she was an avid reader. Connie took great pleasure in gardening, especially enjoying flowers and little made her smile more than when those first few blooms arrived in the spring.
In spite of the odds, Connie survived a serious heart attack in January 2011. As was her way, nothing deterred Connie from her goals and ambitions. She spent the final year of her life surrounded by her children and grandchildren, just as she’d desired to. She found an immense joy with spending time laughing or sharing stories and activities in the company of family and friends. No matter the condition of her heart, she always had room for those she loved and cherished.
Connie is survived by her husband of 36 years, Claud Folds of Hartwick; two daughters and their spouses, Lisa Cathleen (Brian) Morgan of Warnerville; and Jennifer Leigh (David) Deselets of Hartwick; and one son, Jeremy James Folds of Hartwick; six grandchildren, Samuel Keith McCook, Claudia AlfreMahre Folds and Haley Cathleen Morgan, all of Warnerville, and Liza Cathleen Folds, Nicole Lynn Deselets and Samantha Leigh Deselets, all of Hartwick; her parents, Frances Andrews of Hartwick; and her father, Carl Carroll of Tallahassee, Fla.
Connie was the eldest of several children, whom survive her: David Andrews Jr. of Virginia; Frances Callahan of Albany; Lita Winters of Virginia; Frank Andrews of Virginia; Lillian Eldred of Virginia; Lorna Pozeg of Virginia; Joseph Andrews of Virginia; Carla Deterding of Florida; Rod Carroll of Florida; Tim Carroll of Florida; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Connie was predeceased by her stepfather, David Andrews; and one sister, Lucy Harris.
FERRISBURGH, Vt. — Peter T. VanWoert passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012, in the Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Health Care Unit in Middlebury, following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Peter was born on Oct. 27, 1941, in Oneonta, son of John L. VanWoert and Harriet Byard VanWoert. He attended the Bugbee School and Oneonta Junior-Senior High Schools, graduating in the Class of 1960. He also completed a post-graduate year at the Manlius Military Academy in Manlius. He attended Baldwin Wallace College and State University College of Oneonta.
Peter enlisted in the United States Army in the fall of 1963, and served in the military police in post-war Korea followed by a deployment to Vietnam, where he distinguished himself and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional performance.
Following his honorable discharge, Peter was employed for several years at the Weeks School in Vergennes; working with troubled and delinquent youth. He moved back to Oneonta in 1973, where he operated Brackett’s Book Store for several years with his brother David. After the closing of Bracketts’s, Peter lived in Florida for several years operating a small landscaping and property management business. Returning to Oneonta in 1986, Peter was involved with the operation of the Oneonta Oil & Fuel Company. After the sale of the business, Peter pursued other interests until his retirement in 1999, dividing his time between Englewood, Fla., and Ferrisburgh. When his health condition limited his ability to travel, he established permanent residency in Ferrisburgh in 2009.
Peter’s immediate survivors are his sister, Janet Cole and her husband, Carl of Ferrisburgh; brother, David of Las Vegas; nephews, Rod “Doc” Cole and wife, Kelli of Ferrisburgh, John and his companion, Tricia Danyow of Ferrisburgh; very special grandniece, Shannon Lane Cole; cousins, Win and Sandy VanWoert of Harpursville; nieces, Nancy VanWoert of New Jersey and Dianne VanWoert of New York. Peter also enjoyed the enduring friendship of Scott Lynk, Bill and Sue Connor, Greg Clark, Scott Brace, Nick and JoAnn Necrasen and Dwayne “Dee” and Mary Hathaway.
Kimberly Anne Ewen
July 27, 1966-April 13, 2012
Kim passed away suddenly and peacefully. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1983.
She leaves her parents, Jack and Jann Ewen; daughter, Tabatha (Michael); brother, Todd (Melissa); niece, Emma; nephew, Jack; and fiance, Christopher Oleskiewicz.
MICHAUD, Marilyn J., May 7, 2012. Marilyn graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958. Beloved wife of James. Dearest mother of Christopher (Kelly), David (Kim), Kathleen (Kimm), and Todd (Jill). Loving grandmother of Jack, Eric, Charlie, Darren, and Joey.
Dear daughter of Minnie Bell.

ONEONTA _ Sheldon ‘Terby’ TerBush Jr. of Oneonta passed away at Bassett Hospital on May 9, 2012, with family at his side.
Terby was born March 6, 1930, in Oneonta, to Sheldon TerBush Sr. and Dorothy Doster TerBush.
He grew up in Oneonta and graduated from Oneonta Senior High School class of 1948, where he played many varsity sports; football, basketball, tennis and track. He was a member of the very first ski team at OHS.
On June 3, 1951, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Michaels in Cooperstown. They enjoyed 60 years of faithful devotion and lovingly raised three children, Sheldon Craig, Ellen Jane, and David Charles.
Terby, Betty, and their family enjoyed many ski trips throughout the years. He especially enjoyed the trips to Banff, Canada, and St. Anton, Austria, with family and friends. In recent years there were many trips to Colorado and Utah, where Terby enjoyed skiing with his grandchildren, and son, David. Terby also served as a volunteer member of the National Ski Patrol for 38 years, serving primarily at Scotch Valley and Plattekill ski areas.
Terby was blessed with many friends with whom he shared many fishing, hunting, skiing and golf outings. Many of these friends shared these adventures for over 60 years.
Terby loved his church family (Laurens Presbyterian Church) and spent many hours helping and sharing his talents and skills with them.
Terby’s love for gardening has been passed onto his children and grandchildren. Each and everyone of them is guilty of stealing Grandpa’s fresh peas off the vine and eating them raw. Anybody that stopped by in season would always leave with fresh veggies.
Terby provided for his family through the years by working for Wilber National Bank, John Eckert Volkswagen, Stowe VW of Norwich, Ellenwood Auto Parts in Cooperstown, co-owner and operator with his daughter, Ellen of the Oneonta Dairy Queen for six years, where all the granddaughters worked summers. Terby worked as a carpenter and electrician for Patrick Welsh Contracting, and for several years as well with his son at Craig TerBush Builders.
Until recently he worked part-time for Baileys Property Ent. Inc., as an inspector and subcontractor.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty); son, Craig TerBush (Connie); granddaughters, Rebecca Kohn (Dan) and Renae TerBush; daughter, Ellen Schmitt (Peter); granddaughters, Kristen Schmitt Lindner (Ned), Nicole Burdick (Michael), Jennifer Leksander (Neil); great-granddaughter, Gretchen Leksander; son, David TerBush (Sue); grandson, Tage; granddaughter, Teegan; as well as brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Barbara Michaels; nephew, Bill Michaels (Brenda) and their children; niece, Francine Hoffman (Warren) and their children; cousin, Sarah Andersen.

LAKELAND, Fla. _ Mrs. Frances “Panny” Gorham Hill, 103, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at her home due to natural causes.
She was born June 25, 1908, to James Jr. and Lulu (Tarpening) Byard.
Mrs. Hill was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), County Mental Health Board, chairman of the Wellsville Garden Club and a retired physical education teacher at Oneonta High School.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey D. Hill; and her six brothers and sisters.
Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

ONEONTA _ Michael F. Naples died unexpectedly Monday January 9, 2012 at the age of 58.
He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Michael was a lifetime resident of Oneonta, graduating from Oneonta High School Class of 1971. He worked for the City of Oneonta for three decades in various departments of public works. He was also recently elected city council member.
Michael was an avid hunter and best walleye fisherman around. He was very active in the Catholic Church and proud to see his son become a priest. He spent many years volunteering his time at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club and the Boy Scouts of America. He was a friend to many and always eager to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Peter Naples; and daughter-in-law, Tanya Naples.
He leaves behind his mother, Philomena (Colone) Naples; wife of 35 years, Jean Naples; father-in-law, Edwin VanHensbergen; siblings, Maryann Barbaro (Aldo), Peter Naples, and Angela Motler (Mark); his children, Dale, Brian, Timothy, David (Bailey), and Anthony. He also had four grandchildren, Owen, Gianna, Isaac and Colburn Naples; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

HARTWICK _ Connie Cathleen Folds, 57, of Hartwick, slipped away to join with her savior on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Connie was born on June 26, 1954, in Tallahassee Fla., the daughter of Carl Carroll and Frances (Cuozzo) Andrews.
Connie grew up in and around Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1972.
Connie married Claud Folds on June 24, 1975, in Hartwick. They later had two daughters and adopted a son.
Connie worked within the nursing field all her life. She began at various nursing assistant and at-home-care positions until she completed the LPN program in 1990; graduating at the top of her class academically and with perfect attendance.
Connie had many hobbies that she enjoyed participating in, especially if it included her grandchildren. Crafting of all varieties was a true pleasure for Connie, especially bead working and jewelry making. She also enjoyed camping, challenging word puzzles of all sorts, and she was an avid reader. Connie took great pleasure in gardening, especially enjoying flowers and little made her smile more than when those first few blooms arrived in the spring.
In spite of the odds, Connie survived a serious heart attack in January 2011. As was her way, nothing deterred Connie from her goals and ambitions. She spent the final year of her life surrounded by her children and grandchildren, just as she’d desired to. She found an immense joy with spending time laughing or sharing stories and activities in the company of family and friends. No matter the condition of her heart, she always had room for those she loved and cherished.
Connie is survived by her husband of 36 years, Claud Folds of Hartwick; two daughters and their spouses, Lisa Cathleen (Brian) Morgan of Warnerville; and Jennifer Leigh (David) Deselets of Hartwick; and one son, Jeremy James Folds of Hartwick; six grandchildren, Samuel Keith McCook, Claudia AlfreMahre Folds and Haley Cathleen Morgan, all of Warnerville, and Liza Cathleen Folds, Nicole Lynn Deselets and Samantha Leigh Deselets, all of Hartwick; her parents, Frances Andrews of Hartwick; and her father, Carl Carroll of Tallahassee, Fla.
Connie was the eldest of several children, whom survive her: David Andrews Jr. of Virginia; Frances Callahan of Albany; Lita Winters of Virginia; Frank Andrews of Virginia; Lillian Eldred of Virginia; Lorna Pozeg of Virginia; Joseph Andrews of Virginia; Carla Deterding of Florida; Rod Carroll of Florida; Tim Carroll of Florida; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Connie was predeceased by her stepfather, David Andrews; and one sister, Lucy Harris.

A letter from Mrs. Hartford (Arlie) Rutan informed us that Hartford Rutan died on 18 September 2011.
He graduated from Oneonta High school Class of 1945. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and I believe a retired police officer.

Gerald E Watkins, died on 29 November 2011 and is buried in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. He graduated from Oneonta High School Class of 1944.
He was a 63 year member of Oneonta Lodge 466 Free and Accepted Masons. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. He
and Mary (Betty) were married for about 60 years.

Anna Pasko Cooper, died on 21 December 2011, husband Donald survives. She graduated from Oneonta High School Class of 1944.She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

ONEONTA _ Anna P. Cooper, 84, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at the M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Anna was born on July 7, 1927, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Phillip and Wiera (Zedick) Pasko. She married Donald M. Cooper on May 23, 1954, in St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta.
Anna was a graduate of Oneonta High School, Class of 1944, which still gets together for lunch. She was also a graduate of the Mildred Elley School of Business in Albany.
She worked for the D&H Railroad in Oneonta as a stenographer for about 10 years, a part-time shoe clerk at the Triangle Shoe Store in Oneonta and was a secretary for Oneonta Tire and Auto.
Anna was a lifetime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta and was a member of their Altar Guild for over 25 years. She belonged to two different bowling leagues and was on the Oneonta Traveling Bowling Team. She was a volunteer on the Board of Elections.
She was an avid Duke basketball and N.Y. Yankees fan.
Anna was proud of “The Lower Deck” and lived in the same house for all of her life.
Anna is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald M. Cooper of Oneonta; her son, Phillip Cooper and his wife, Tina of Oneonta; her granddaughter, Emily Cooper. She is also survived by her nieces, Mary Powell, RoseAnne Pirone and her husband, William “Bud” and their children, and Elizabeth Powell; her nephews, Christopher Powell, Frederick Powell and his wife, Susan and their children, Ana and Heather; and her niece, Linda Bradley and her husband, Ed.
Anna was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Mary Powell; and her sister-in-law, Pauline Hoag.

RAYNHAM, Mass. _ Karen Atchinson Hart, 49, of Raynham, Mass., passed away quietly at her home on Dec. 30, 2011.
She was daughter of Joyce and the late William K. Atchinson Jr., born in Oneonta on March 3, 1962. She will be remembered fondly for her beautiful smile, her ready laugh, and her bright hazel eyes. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1980
Karen always put others first, whether they were family members, members of the Community, or customers who visited the Yellow Deli Cafe. She was filled with genuine joy which she shared freely with anyone she met.
Over the past 18 months as she battled her illness with cancer, she gave an inspirational lesson in courage, strength and grace; always making sure those around her were at peace.
Karen was the beloved wife of Kenneth Hart; and devoted to her Community family.
She is survived by her mother, Joyce Atchinson; and her brothers, William and Robert; her sisters-in-law, Deborah and Michelle; by her aunt and uncle, Barbara and Bob Harrison; and by her many nieces and nephews.

HARTWICK _ Monroe John Burch, better known as “Jack,” died unexpectedly Friday night, July 1, 2011, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 58.
Born Jan. 16, 1953, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Jack was a son of Marjorie (Conover) Burch and Orlo G. Burch.
A lifelong resident of this area, Jack first attended elementary school in Hartwick, then Bugbee Elementary School in Oneonta, and later graduated from Oneonta High School Class of 1972. He then attended Utica College of Syracuse University where he studied accounting, and graduated in 1976.
Jack was first employed for five years with ARC in Hartwick and then for the next four years with Crop Production in Oneonta. He was currently serving as a longstanding/20 plus year employee in the internet technology department as an IT Specialist at the Cooperstown headquarters of the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway (NYSW).
Jack loved Hartwick and throughout the years served his family’s community in several capacities. For 29 years he was a member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1 and the Emergency Medical Squad. Since he became a resident of Oak River Trailer Park, Index, he was currently serving with Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2.
In 1978, Jack served as the Supervisor of the Town of Hartwick. For the next 19 years (1979 to 1997), he served as the Deputy Town Supervisor, during which time his sister, Carole Burch Donahue, served as Supervisor.
In 1979, Jack ran for the office of Otsego County Representative. He also served at one time as a Trustee of the First Baptist Church of Hartwick.
In his leisure, Jack enjoyed vacationing with his sister, Carole, and nephew, Tim. Jack especially loved spending time in Daytona, Fla., and was an avid fan of NASCAR. He also liked to go to the movies, attend Buffalo Bills football games, photography, delving into Hartwick history, and spending time with his family and his cat, Mariah.
Jack is survived by his nephew, Timothy Donahue, and his wife, Meg Donahue, and their children, Kaylan, Andrea, M. Kelsea, Timothy “Devon,” Aislinn and Brennan Donahue; niece, Julie and Richard (Burr) Minckler, Malia and Maizie Minckler; nephew, Orlo (“Bill”) and Julie Burch, Orlo (“Nicholas”) and Alyssa Burch; niece Shelley and Ed Jackson, Andrew, Anthony and Cooper; niece, Keri Burch and her husband, Jeremy Losaw; niece, Amanda Burch; nephew, Matt Burch; nephew, David and Jessica Burch and Jacob Burch; brothers, Orlo C. Burch and wife, Cindy, and David G. Burch and wife, Sharon; his cat, Mariah; and his very good and devoted friend.

ONEONTA _ Richard J. Mead, 82, passed away in the loving arms of his wife on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Oneonta, the son of James Richard and Helena (Fuller) Mead.
Dick graduated from Oneonta High School Class of 1947. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1950.
He married Aneilia Blowers on Sept. 26, 1948, at the old Elm Park Methodist Church in Oneonta.
Dick owned and operated JR Mead & Son, a meat processing and smokehouse in Oneonta until 1972, when he moved the business to Winney Hill Road. After retirement he helped with his son’s business at Mead’s Reloading and Gun Supply.
Dick was an avid hunter and shooter. He took many hunting trips out West and especially enjoyed his time in Wyoming. He also enjoyed flying his airplane. Dick and his wife, traveled at great deal on his Harley Davison, attending many rallies and camping along the way with friends.
He was a life member of the NRA, a member of the Laurens American Legion, the American Legion Riders, and the Retreads.
Dick was an easy going man who was liked by his customers and friends. He will be dearly missed by his family.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Aneilia Mead; his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Sharon Mead; his grandson, Andy Mead; and several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dogs.
He was predeceased by his sister, Florine Mead Baird.

HAMILTON _ Elizabeth H. Jones, 92, of East Pleasant Street, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at Community Memorial Hospital, Skilled Nursing Facility in Hamilton.
She was born in Paisley, Scotland, on July 26, 1919, a daughter of the late William and Janet (Rennie) Hughes. She was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1929, Oneonta Normal School and did studies at Cortland College and Syracuse University.
On June 28, 1941, Elizabeth was married to Emerson D. Jones in Oneonta. Mr. Jones predeceased her on Dec. 21, 2007.
Mrs. Jones was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamilton. She was a former member of the Seven Oaks Golf Club, the 50 Club, and Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and enjoyed playing bridge. She was active in the community and the Republican Party. Mrs. Jones taught at Hamilton Central School from 1960 until her retirement in 1977. She will always be remembered as everyone’s second grade teacher.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Surviving are her sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert E. Jones of Staten Island, Richard A. and Nancy Jones of Springfield, Va., Thomas E. Jones of Hamilton; a sister, Janet Stanton of Oneonta; a sister-in-law, Peggy Hughes of Oneonta; her grandchildren, Sarah and Jon Monteux, Katie and David Jones; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special niece, Rennie Brown of Oneonta.
She was predeceased by a brother, William Hughes Jr., and a sister, Jean Salada.

ONEONTA _ Louis Leroy Knapp Jr., 73, of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at O’Connor Hospital, Delhi.
He was born March 14, 1938, in Oneonta, the son of the late Louis Leroy and Dorothy (Murdock) Knapp Sr.
Jr. was born and raised in Oneonta, graduating from Oneonta High School class of 1947. While in high school, he worked at Paul Myers Farm in Otego. He then went to work at Oneonta Tractor Sales. After leaving there, Jr. went to work delivering fuel oil for Reinhardt in West Oneonta, and then worked for Welder Supply and then Walt Renwick and Sons. Most recently he had his own heating and plumbing business which included repairing furnaces, doing electrical work and plumbing.
Louis was a member of the Pindars Corners Fire Department for 10 years and also the West Laurens Fire Department. He was also a member of the U.F.O. Club, the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society, the DO Line Railroad, the Antique Engine Club, the Otsego County Auxiliary Police and the Odd Fellows. Louis was also very involved with the Mountain Ears CB Club from the beginning to the end.
Louie is survived by his siblings, Marion Dargan of Plainville, Mass., Lillian and Robert Milke of Ontario, Karen Knapp of Guilderland Center, Shirley and Doug Bennett of Milford, Alden and Mary Knapp of Victoria, Texas, Robert Knapp of Oneonta and Glenn and Darleen Knapp of Oneonta; sister-in-law, Patricia Knapp of Walton; brother-in-law, Darwin Button of Harpursville; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Button; brother, Fred Knapp; and brother-in-law, James Dargan.

ONEONTA _ Walter J. Dorritie, 62, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 6, 1949, in Oneonta, the son of Daniel F. and Kathleen (McNally) Dorritie, he graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1967.
Walt was currently the steward for the Oneonta Elks. Prior to that, he owned and operated an Arnolds Bread route, and for a period of 17 years, he was a service representative with Abelove Linen Service.
Walt was a member of the Oneonta BPOE Lodge No. 1312, where he was currently their Exalted Ruler. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union and St. Mary’s Church. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed bowling, golf and the N.Y. Jets.
Walt is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen (Mame) Cain and her husband, J. Paul of Herkimer; his brother, Richard F. Dorritie and his wife, Sherilyn of Lake City, Fla.; his best friend and soulmate, Maddy Hayes of Oneonta; and one niece, two nephews and several cousins.
Marjorie E. (Swart) Cooney, age 68, a loving mother, grandmother, friend and aunt, died on Sunday evening, July 3, 2011, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Cooney. Born in Cooperstown, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Schuyler and Margaret (Taylor) Swart. She was raised and educated in Oneonta, graduating from Oneonta High School class of 1961, and earned an associates degree from Becker Junior College in 1963. She then moved to Brookline where she enjoyed working in retail. Marge married Joseph E. Cooney in 1967, and then in 1970, the couple settled in Wellesley where they raised their family. Marjorie created a warm and hospitable home and became somewhat of a “Mom to many”. She helped found Wellesley United Girls’ Soccer Program and coached for years. She had also been very active with the Wellesley Parent Teacher’s Organization and School Committee. When her children were older, Marge returned to retail and worked her way up to retail manager at Lord & Taylor. She reduced her workload in recent years but remained with the company. She moved to Millis in 1994. Marge, affectionately known as Meme to her 8 adoring grandchildren, treasured her time spent with all of her family. Those close to her knew that being a Grandmother was her proudest achievement. When she wasn’t with the children Marge loved to go on outings with her sister and her friends. Predeceased by her husband in 1987, she is survived by two daughters, Tara C. Baacke and husband Eric of Medfield, and Meghan M. Newberry and husband Peter of Belmont; a son, Jay E. Cooney and wife Greta of Menlo Park, CA; eight grandchildren, Grace, Drew, Lila, Nate, Finn, Will, Tess, and Hayes; a sister, Barbara E. Jansky of Franklin; and many nieces and nephews

ONEONTA _ Susan Fay Christman, 71 of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.
She was born in Oneonta, the daughter of John Leonard and Mona (Delberta) Leonard. She graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1959. She married Theodore Christman on May 3, 1964. He passed away Sept. 1, 1999.
She was a homemaker and mother and had also been employed as the cafeteria cashier at the Center Street School in Oneonta for several years.
She was a lifelong resident of Oneonta and a long-time member of the River Street Baptist Church.
Susan is survived by her children, Nicole Kneaskern and husband Shane of Morris and Timothy Christman of Albany; her grandchildren, Logan and Evan Kneaskern of Morris; her brothers, Carl Leonard of Binghamton and Joe Leonard of South Edmeston; her sisters, Jean Emmett and Carole Rogers. both of South Edmeston; and two great-aunts, Angie Monington and Annie Fradin.
She was predeceased by a brother John Leonard.

MORRIS _ Joseph J. Guerriero, 69, of Morris, passed away on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 30, 1942, in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Joseph DeVito and Jennie (Pisanelli) Guerriero. He graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1961. Joseph married Andrea (Sampson).
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a chef at Diana’s Restaurant and then worked at Amphenol until he retired. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.
Joseph was an avid artist and donated his time for several years painting scenery for the Melody Makers. He enjoyed doing NY Times Crossword puzzles, gardening, family barbecues and he coached little league.
He collected antique breweriana and ephemera. He also collected and enjoyed listening to his favorite music on his 45 records and eight track tapes. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his children and granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea; his children, Jessica (Karl) Sorensen of St. Johnsville and Andrew Guerriero of Zanesville, Ohio; his granddaughter, Eliza Sorensen; his sisters, Dolly Sherwood of Charlotte, N.C., Lorie NaKohon of Clovis, Calif., Elaine (David) Terpenning of Guntersville, Ala., Judith DeVita of Panama City, Fla., and Carole (Fred) Kohland of New Berlin; a brother-in-law, Joseph McAvoy of Albany; sisters-in-law, Carol Lee (Ted) Wheeler of Morris, Susan Sampson of Oneonta, and Sandra Sampson of Queen Creek, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Betty McAvoy; and brothers-in-law, Don Sherwood and Gary Sampson.

“THE FARM” _ Richard Lee Foster, formerly of Oneonta, husband, father, brother, coach, teacher and a respected community member died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at his home on “The Farm” in Rossie. Richard was a graduate of Oneonta High School, class of 1954. Mr. Foster had battled a rare form of brain cancer since 2006. His final years were spent in the loving care of his wife, family members and most recently Hospice staff. His wish, to remain at his home, was honored by the support of family, friends and Hospice

TUCSON, Ariz. _ George Y. Butler, 68, passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz.
George was born on Feb. 16, 1942, the son of Zell and E. Louise Butler.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1960.
George served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged.
George is survived by a son, Troy; and a daughter, Tracy. He is also survived by his mother, E. Louise; a brother, Allen Butler; sisters, Sylvia Vaughn, and Shirley Seybooth.
He was predeceased by his father, Zell Butler.

AMISSVILLE, Va. — Christopher Marvin Cuyler, 64, passed away suddenly due to a heart attack on Monday, May 9, 2011, at his home.
Chris was born on March 26, 1947, in Oneonta, to Wava (Hatcher) and George W. Cuyler Jr. Chris attended Bugbee School and was in the first graduating class at the “new” Oneonta High School in 1965. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master’s degree from Buffalo State University in 1987.
Chris was a Vietnam era veteran, serving in the Army in Seoul, Korea, starting in 1968. He received an honorable discharge in 1971, as Special Agent, Counterintelligence Corps, with the rank of Sergeant. Chris was then employed by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He retired in 1999 as Chief of the Firearms Programs Division. He had a part in many significant moments in American history during his lifetime, being called to investigate the first World Trade Center bombing (February 1993), and after helping to investigate the siege in Waco, Texas (April 1993), and coordinating the witnesses and evidence for the trial, he was made an honorary Texas Ranger. Beginning in April 1995, Chris was in charge of the investigation for ATF of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Chris was married to Margaret Jacqueline Vollmer of Fairfax, Va., in 1998. They lived in Culpepper County, Va., since 2004.

JAMES SOMMER
James Nicholas Sommer Born March 4, 1957; passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2011. Jim graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1975. Jim lived a full life in 54 short years, and touched the lives of all who knew him. Jim was the consummate renaissance man, with talents ranging from singing with his gifted baritone voice to acting in various plays, and a love of music he shared with his wife Shirley of 34 years. He was an avid reader. He was also a dedicated golfer and a member of the TOY golf club. He was a student of the world and curious about all things in it. Jim retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant after 20 years of service. During his time of service he and his young family lived first in Arkansas, where he received his undergraduate degree in communications. The family settled in Lakewood, WA in 1990. After his retirement from the Air Force he worked at Cable Craft in Tacoma. Jim is survived by wife Shirley, sons Paul and John, his father Jim, loving sisters Annie and Mary, several nieces and nephews, and many friends whom he touched throughout his life. He was predeceased by his mother Madeline.

GREENE – Gladys McFee, 93, of Greene, died on May 4, 2011 in Naples, FL. She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin A. McFee (class of 1934). She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Mary McFee, Naples, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Hogan, Sunset Beach, NC; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ann Nichols(’37) of Sherill, NY, Ardis Jean Humphrey(’46), Carbondale, PA and Carol Peknik, Watertown, NY. She attended Oneonta High School and Oneonta Normal School class of 1934. In 1939 she moved to Oswego and lived there for 35 years. In 1975 they moved to Greene and in 2006 they moved to Florida. Gladys enjoyed spending time with her friends golfing on Wednesday’s and meeting with her stitching group on Mondays’. Her great joy was writing notes each day to her family, friends and to shut-ins. She was a member of First Congregational Church, Greene.

VIRGIL – Stuart Evan Parsons, age 73, of Virgil, NY, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, at University Hospital, Syracuse, NY after a brief illness. Born February 7, 1938 in Oneonta, NY, he was the son of the late John and Marie Richards Parsons and husband of Catherine Romeo Parsons, whom he married August 12, 1961. He graduated Oneonta High School class of 1955.
Stuart was self-employed as a Floor Mechanic. He was a 40 year member and past Chief of the Virgil Fire Dept. He had been active with the Boy Scouts and he enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, traveling and gardening. Mr. Parsons is survived by his wife, Catherine Parsons at home; sons, Jeffrey Parsons of Manhattan, Thomas Parsons of MA; sister, Beverly Ritchko of Oneonta and Marilou (David) Stewart of PA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Earl Parsons and Delbert Parsons; and two sisters, Betty Moyer and Euretta Sponburgh

ONEONTA – Donna L. Hathaway, 46, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, after fighting a long battle with cancer.
She was born July 22, 1964 in Oneonta, the daughter of Duane and Mary (Colone) Hathaway.
Donna graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1982 and Utica School of Commerce. She was completing a four year Accounting degree at Empire State College. She was currently working for Sidney Federal Credit Union at the Oneida Street branch in Oneonta.
Donna was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta, Oneonta Business Women’s Club and SFCU Relay for Life.
We will not forget Donna’s spunky little personality and the beautiful and unforgettable person she was. Her smile and laughter lit up the world. She was a dear friend, daughter, aunt, sister and loving mother. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, motorcycle riding, boating, fishing, dining out, dancing and shopping.
She is survived by her daughter, Ariel Kinsey; her parents, Duane and Mary Hathaway; sisters, Cheryl and Tom Thornton and Lisa Hathaway and Mike Patrick; niece, Brigid Thornton; nephew, Sean Thornton; aunts and uncles, Philip and Jeanette Colone, Arthur and Denise Colone, John and Maryann Colone, Martin Patton, Eileen Colone, Ruth and Norbert Sands; step-grandmother, Angelina Colone of Italy; and many cousins.
She was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Philip and Pauline (Sabatini) Colone; paternal grandparents, Harold and Margaret (Major) Hathaway; uncle Herman Colone; aunt Gina Colone Patton; cousins, Susan Colone, Annette Colone and Christian Sands, step-grandmother Maria Grazia Colone.
Mom, Words cannot express how much I miss and love you. You will always be my best friend and my “twin”.
Aunt Donna, We love you very much and will miss you. We didn’t have enough time with you, but we will cherish the time we did have. “Good times never seem so good.”
Donna, We will never forget all the fun and crazy times the three of us had, dancing, singing, laughing and crying together. “Ride Sally Ride” We love you, Cheri and Lisa. Our lives will not be the same without you, we love you and we are going to miss you. Now you are at peace, Mom and Dad.

AMISSVILLE, Va. _ Christopher M. Cuyler, 64, of Amissville, Va., died suddenly Monday, May 9, 2011, at his home due to a heart attack.
He was born in Oneonta, the son of Wava and George Cuyler, he graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1964.

TAMPA, Fla. _ Nelson L. Short, 75, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Oneonta, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011, at the Tampa Memorial Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was the son of the late Orman D. and Pauline (Banks) Short of Binghamton, formerly of Oneonta.
Nelson had many special friends and enjoyed their company. He was a graduate of Oneonta High School, Class of 1954.
He proudly served in the Army National Guard, Company C, Oneonta, from 1954 to 1960.
He was well-known and respected in the Oneonta area. He was formerly employed by Drakes Clothing Store, Henderson’s Clothing Store, Bresee’s Department Store, and BJ’s in Oneonta.
He was a member of the Oneonta BPOE 1312. He was also a volunteer Salvation Army Bell Ringer.
He enjoyed golfing, traveling and making new friends wherever he went. He will be greatly missed by many.
He is survived by one brother, Frederick B. Short (Betty) of Brackney, Pa.; and two sisters-in law, Elizabeth Haney of Oneonta and Alma Short of Binghamton; several cousins and many beloved nieces and nephews. Also, close friend and caregiver, Robert E. Brown of Tampa; and special longtime neighbors, John and Joan Brooks and Craig and Marie Meyerhoff of Oneonta.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Roberta (Weidman) Short, who died in 1996. He was also predeceased by three brothers, Larry E. Short and Paul G. Short of Oneonta, and Charles D. Short and his wife, Frances of Binghamton.

ONEONTA — James W. ‘Bullets’ Barton
James W. “Bullets” Barton, 64, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
He was born March 17, 1947, in Oneonta, the son of Lewelyn “Pete” and Lois (LaClaire) Barton. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1964
He was employed at State University College at Oneonta in the janitorial and maintenance department for 33 years.
Bullets was a lifetime member of the Oneonta Sportsmen’s Club. He was an avid shooter and enjoyed going to the club. He was a people person and loved to be around his friends and family.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a granddaughter, Hayleigh Webb.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Corey Webb of Sherburne; and three grandsons, Nick, Tanner and Jaden.

ONEONTA _ Florence D. Balnis, 95, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 9, 2011, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
She was born August 27, 1915, in Oneonta, the daughter of Pearsall and Kathryn Dutcher.
Florence graduated from Oneonta High School and attended Oneonta Normal School (SUCO).
She married Joseph Balnis in New Milford, Pa.
Together, she and her husband, Joseph operated “Joe’s Bait & Sport Shop” until 1978.
She was truly devoted to her family and was always interested in their activities. Before she became blind, she enjoyed fishing, playing cards, crossword puzzles, dancing and playing slot machines at Turning Stone.
Many of these enjoyments of life were shared with her beloved friends, who helped to create the fond memories and good times. Florence was also an avid New York Yankees fan.
Florence’s loving family includes, son, Wayne Balnis Sr. of Oneonta; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Dewey Rogers of West Oneonta; grandchildren, Wayne Balnis Jr. (Carla) of Oneonta, Sherry Pidgeon (Brian) of Oneonta, Laurie Page (Steve) of Maryland, Renee Konicki (James) of Voorheesville, Rhonda VanShufflin (William) of Oriskany; great-grandchildren, Joseph and Caryn Balnis of Oneonta, Katrina and Shannon VanShufflin of Oriskany, Victoria and Adam Konicki of Voorheesville.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Balnis; daughter-in-law, Patricia Balnis; and a sister, Vivian Gibson.

ONEONTA _ Donald P. Tiderencel Jr., passed away suddenly at his residence in Oneonta on Saturday, April 9, 2011. He was 52.
Donald was born Aug. 17, 1958, in Charleston, S.C., Army Hospital, to Donald P. Tiderencel Sr. and Harriet (Frederick) Tiderencel. Born into a military family (USAF), Don grew up in Charleston, Binghamton, Plattsburgh, Oneonta, Dover, Del., SanVito, Italy, and Vicenza, Italy.
Upon his father’s retirement, the family moved back to Oneonta, where Don attended his senior year at Oneonta High School, graduating in 1976.
Upon graduation, Don joined the United States Navy. Don served in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman from 1976 to 1980, and 1981 to 1985, where he attended Hospital Corpsman School and Field Medical Service School. He was a National Registered Certified EMT and served aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He also worked at Lourdes Hospital, DiRienzo Brothers Deli, Binghamton Mets Baseball, Veteran’s Industries and Janitronics of Albany, and North Hampton VA Medical Center in Massachusetts.
Donald was predeceased by his mother, Harriet Tiderencel, in 2003.
He is survived by his father, Donald P. Tiderencel Sr., and his wife, Audrey of Dover, Del. He leaves behind four children, Elease Tiderencel of Jacksonville, Fla., Kristina Tiderencel of Utica, Joseph Tiderencel of Coxsackie, and Lorraine Tiderencel of Johnson City; two granddaughters, Jayla Grace Simon and Jenna Faith Simon of Jacksonville, Fla.; his brother, Ronald Tiderencel (Janis) of Maryland; his sister, Janice Pidgeon (Tim) of Oneonta; nieces, Lauren Tiderencel of Cameron, Mo., and Kelly Tiderencel of Oneonta; nephews, Brendan and Zach Pidgeon of Oneonta; several uncles and cousins. He also leaves behind a special loved one; his longtime friend, Joann Nahlovsky of North Hampton, Mass.
Don enjoyed all sports _ especially the Dallas Cowboy, the New York Mets, and watching his nephews play football and baseball.
He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his impressive knowledge of facts and trivia, in particular sports trivia and astronomy.

ONEONTA _ Barbara Jean Siegfried, 52, Oneonta, died of heart failure on April 2, 2011, at her home.
Born in Storm Lake, Iowa, July 16, 1958, she was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1976 and Philadelphia College of Art. Barb was a creative artist and was known as a kind, loving and funny person. Her Kitty provided her great companionship.
She had been employed by Soap Rocks, Hartwick College, Billy Beef’s and the Neptune Diner.
Barb’s family greatly appreciates the many expressions of sympathy already received.
Survivors include her mother, Alice Siegfried, Oneonta; sister, Heidi Siegfried, Brooklyn; brothers, Will Siegfried and family (Sue, Ellie and Tera), Potsdam, and Thor Siegfried and family (Fran and Meagan), Dunnellon, Fla.; and stepgrandmother, Joan Differt, Pataskala, Ohio.
Richard Siegfried, Barbara’s father, predeceased her in 1995.
A cancer survivor, she was grateful for the compassionate care from Dr. Leonardo, Patty Jacobs and the staff of the Oneonta Cancer Center as well as the many other doctors, nurses and nurses’ aides who cared for her at Bassett Hospital.

ONEONTA _ Frederic A. Morris, 77, of Oneonta, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
Born in Oneonta on Nov. 13, 1933, to Reid and Dorothy (McMorris) Morris. He graduated from Oneonta High School in the class of 1951. He is a Union College graduate of 1955, and was a part of ROTC program. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Air Force.
Fred earned a master’s of Special Education at SUNY Oneonta and moved on to teach sixth grade and special education in Owego and Apalachin. He then spent his remaining 30 years of teaching within the BOCES and Oneonta School System.
In 1955, he married Diane (Butler). In 1973, he married Tina (Weinstein/LaPotin).
Fred is survived by his wife, Tina; and children, Fred Jr. of East Meredith, David of Cottonwood, Ariz., Rebecca of Walton, Wendy (and Blake) of Morrisville, N.C., Gabrielle (and John) of Hopkinton, Mass., Nicole (and Mike) of Bedford, N.H. He is survived by a son-in-law, Mo Stranagan; and special cousins, Bob and Shirley McMorris. He will be fondly missed by his grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He also leaves his cherished pet dog, Andie.
Fred was predeceased by his brother, Bob; son, Jim; and daughter, Lori.
Leaving Mr. Morris classroom rarely meant Good Bye. He was frequently greeted with visits, phone calls, letters and cards from numerous former students. All with fond memories of caterpillars hanging from ceilings, filling weekly little pizza orders, hot games of Carom, and photo albums of the school year’s highlighted events.
A musician in his heart, he sang in award-winning high school and college choirs, directed a church choir and played a mean clarinet. As a writer of prose and poetry, he gifted both friends and family with sonnets commemorating special occasions.
In his retirement years, he and Tina enjoyed travels in and out of the country. He made sure to visit his children and grandchildren at their various homes all over the country, leaving behind wonderful memories with each excursion.
When home, he could be found solving anagrams, Sudoku, and crossword puzzles.
The family would like to thank the following Hospice providers for their gentle and loving care: Audrey, Christine and Soraya.

ONEONTA _ Imogene F. Colvin, 84, passed away at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 2, 2011.
She was born on July 3, 1926, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Edmund and Emily Murphy Stapleton.
Imogene graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1943. She was employed by the Stamford Central School District in the audio-visual department.
Above all, Imogene was a lifelong artist. Her portfolio of works began in high school and she continued to create pen and ink sketches throughout her life. During her later years and for the remainder of her life, she created artwork for her own enjoyment and for the benefit of others, donating her art to charity.
Imogene was an avid outdoorswoman and traveled extensively throughout the world. Her most memorable journey was her trip to China, which she said made her feel more culturally aware. She continued to enjoy her retirement as a resident of St. James Manor, where she made many friends and her artwork was displayed and appreciated.
Imogene was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Charles Colvin; and her sister, Mary E. Crowe.
She is survived by her sister, Norine Quick; and niece, Jill Mode, both of Fairfax, Va. She is also survived by niece, Patricia Crowe; and three great-nieces, Jill Ann Mode of Fairfax, Va., Tom and Karen Cuyler Oliver of Oneonta and Chris and Jackie Cuyler Jones of Schenectady; three great-great-nieces, Christina and Abigail Jones and Annabella Ager; and two great-great-nephews, Clark Oliver and Cameron Mode. Imogene was also survived by many special friends, who she touched throughout her life.

MARYLAND _ Linn G. Friis, 61, of Maryland, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born Oct. 5, 1949, in New Berlin, the son of the late Fred and Cora (Palmer) Friis.
Linn graduated from Oneonta High School the class of 1968.
Linn proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era from 1969 to 1972, until he was honorably discharged.
Linn was an avid outdoorsman. He loved trapping, hunting, fishing and his dogs. During the flood of 2006, Linn would not leave his house because he could not bear to leave his dogs so the neighbors first rescued the dogs by canoe and then came back for Linn.
Linn was also the first jumper for the Polar Bear Jump (he was one of the original 11) and continued to jump every year up until a couple of years ago when his failing health didn’t allow him to jump anymore.
He was a member of the Milford Fish and Game Club and also the Milford American Legion.
Linn is survived by his daughter, Stacey Penree; son, Bradley Friis of Oneonta; a very special son by heart, Richie Couse and family of Milford; one sister, Eileen and Tom Leach of Maryland; a special cousin who Linn considered a brother, Terry and Kat Friis of Somers Point, N.J.; one niece, Kerbi and John Burch of Milford; one nephew, Chad Leach of Cooperstown; special friends, Jesse and Greg; as well as numerous other special friends.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Krista Friis.
Linn’s family would like to extend a special thank you to a wonderful man, friend and caregiver, Bob Barney and Jenny Grimes from Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Linn during his illness and all the many friends that stopped by to see Linn.

SOUTH GLENS FALLS _ Kenneth W. “Kenny” Anderson, 67, of Route 9, passed away, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at the Glens Falls Hospital.
Born on Jan. 1, 1944, he was the son of the late Willard M. and Alice (King) Anderson.
Kenny was active in the Boy Scouts and Marching Band at Oneonta High School class of 1964. After graduation, he attended Utica Business School.
On Aug. 1, 1974, Kenny married Karen Allen, at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson Falls.
He retired as a machine operator for Ahlstrom, later known as CAE Screen Plates in Glens Falls. For the past 10 years, Kenny spent his retirement working a job that he loved, at Queensbury Parks and Recreation. He enjoyed being able to meet, talk to and help many different people.
Kenny was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
He was a strong man that never let anything slow him down. Kenny loved hunting in Otsego County with his friends and brothers. He had a wonderful sense of humor and cherished the people he worked with.
The center of Kenny’s life was his family. Kenny was a wonderful dad. The love for his boys and grandson was unconditional.
Besides his parents, Kenny was predeceased by his brother, Robert Lee Anderson; and his nephew, Michael Morrison.
He is survived by his two boys, Justin Anderson and his fiancee, Courtney Burke of Hudson Falls and Ryan Anderson and his companion, Alexandra McCormick of South Glens Falls; his grandson, Collin Michael Anderson; Ayla Adams, whom Kenny thought as a granddaughter; his brother, Arthur Anderson and his wife, Phyllis of Florida; his sister, Joan Morrison and her husband, Robert of Johnstown; the mother of his children, Karen Anderson of South Glens Falls; his dearest friends, Ray Cameron, John Moxley and John Wilcox; and several nieces and nephews.

Thomas N. Shedlock of Wallingford died suddenly on June 5, 2010. Mr. Shedlock was born in Oneonta, NY, the son of the late Carl and Dorothy (nee Kehoe). He graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1971. He was a graduate of SUNY Oneonta and did his Masters work at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He started his career with Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Rochester, NY, and was later employed by Chester County Hospital, Union Labor Life Insurance CO, and for the past 2 years he has been with DaVita as Director of Regional Revenue. Mr. Shedlock has been a resident of the Wallingford section of Nether Providence Township since 1992. While in high school and college, he was on the staff of Henderson Boy Scout Camp. He was presently an Assistant Scout Master of Troop 277 in Wallingford. Mr. Shedlock served as co-chair of Walkable Wallingford. An avid bike rider, he participated in the Tour DaVita, which is a 3 day bike ride to raise funds for kidney disease research. He is survived by his wife Mary “Mel” L. (nee Latus), sons Jordan T. of Dayton, OH and Benjamin R. of Allentown, PA, brothers Carl of Sarasota, FL and Robert of Clarks Summit, PA, sisters Marilyn Petkov of Freeville, NY, Margaret Sands of Vero Beach, FL, and Dorothy Shedlock and Patricia Shene of Oswego

WINTER PARK, Fla. _ Robert E. Mansbach Jr. was born in Cheverly, Md., on July 27, 1957, and, after a valiant fight against cancer, joined the Church Triumphant on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.
His family moved a number of times in the early years of his life, spending time in the Town of Tonawanda, New Haven, Conn., and Iowa City, Iowa, before settling in Oneonta. While living in Oneonta, he graduated from Bugbee School, and Oneonta High School class of 1975. Bob earned a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., (1979), and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tenn., (1982).
He practiced law in Orlando, Fla., and was a partner at the firm of Zimmerman, Kiser and Sutcliffe, P.A. The law firm describes Bob as a beloved member of the ZKS family. He had been with the firm since its inception, was a highly esteemed and successful trial attorney and the senior member of the litigation group.
He became a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in 1992, and held the highest rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell.
Bob was a past president of the Central Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council and chair of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section. He also served as vice-chair of The Florida Bar’s Civil Procedure Rules Committee and served on The Florida Bar’s Code and Rules of Evidence Committee. Bob was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.
He authored and updated the 2005 chapter titled “Summation” in The Florida Bar’s 7th edition of Florida Civil Trial Practice, and in 2009 he updated his chapter titled “Ethics” in the 2nd edition of The Florida Bar’s Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook. Always the avid, passionate reader, Bob was the host member of the Literary Society of the Orange County Bar Association.
On ZKS’s website, the firm said of him, “Bob will be remembered for his trademark tenacity, attention to detail and sharply focused trial skills. His quiet, calm demeanor always reflected his total preparation, which resonated with judges and jurors alike. Those who were close to Bob will also remember his warm heart, strong faith and exceptional depth of caring for those he knew were struggling through challenges in life. Bob was prayerfully concerned for those around him and encouraged others to use their gifts to impact all that they could. The firm is indebted to Bob for leaving a legacy of tireless work, as well as his constant dedication to training those around him to practice with excellence; he raised the bar for all of us.”
As a longtime resident of Winter Park, Bob served his beloved Lord in two congregations: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winter Park and Summit Church of Orlando. He also was a board member of the Lutheran Counseling Center in Winter Park.
He had a wonderful zest for life as husband and father. That same zest expressed itself in his hobbies: books, music, fine wine, photography, the dining experience, golf and travel.
Bob was a faithful husband to Daisy, his wife of 28 years, and a devoted father to their two outstanding children, daughter, Alexandra and son, Christopher. He is also survived by sister, Deborah Mansbach Lawrence and spouse Clifford Lawrence; parents, Dr. Robert E. and Maryalice Mansbach of Oneonta; mother-in-law, Maria Nieves; brother-in-law, Jessie Valdivia and spouse Lorraine Valdivia; sister-in-law, Mara Tollet and spouse Gary Tollet, sister-in-law, Xiomi Pena; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob will be greatly missed by all.

ONEONTA _ Gordon B. (Gordie) Roberts, 86, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at his home.
He was born in East Meredith on Jan. 18, 1924, and grew up on a 200 acre dairy farm owned and operated by his parents, Earl and Loreen Roberts. Gordie and his sister Margaret lived on the farm until they graduated from high school.
Gordie attended elementary school in a two-room schoolhouse in East Meredith and then graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1940. His college career began in 1941, at Hartwick College, but was interrupted when Gordie enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. After finishing his training as a B-24 Liberator pilot, Gordie was assigned to the 14th Air Force and stationed at Chengtu, China. By the end of World War II, he had completed 66 missions. After his discharge from the Air Force as a First Lieutenant in 1946, Gordie immediately returned to Hartwick College and graduated in June of 1947.
Following his graduation from Hartwick, the Travelers Insurance Company recruited Gordie to build an agency business in Oneonta. After attending Travelers insurance school in Hartford, Conn., he founded the Gordon B. Roberts Agency, Inc., in October 1947. Gordie’s hard work built a successful insurance business guided by his philosophy of providing personal customer service.
The agency continues to thrive today. His service to the insurance industry included continuous membership in the Independent Agents Association of NY, president and director of the Otsego County Insurance Agents Association, advisory council service for the Travelers and Chenango Mutual Insurance Companies and director of the Bankers and Shippers Insurance Company.
Gordie retired from the insurance business in 1997, nearly 50 years to the day of his founding of the Gordon B. Roberts Agency.
Grateful for the opportunities Oneonta offered for him to build his business and raise his family, Gordie made a commitment to spend 25 percent of his time serving the community. His history of community service impressively includes: Director and past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, director and past chairman of the Southern Otsego County Chapter of the Red Cross, director and past president of the Oneonta Country Club, director and past chairman of the West Kortright Center, director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Inc., member of the Oneonta City Parks Board, director and past president of the Oneonta Kiwanis Club, director and past president of the Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, director and past chairman of the Key Bank Regional Board, director and past president of the Hartwick College Alumni Association, director and past president of the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Board, director of the Methodist Home for the Aging, chairman of the Future for Oneonta Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees of Hartwick College, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the First United Methodist Church, director of the Board of Trustees of the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, Hartwick College Citizens Board and member of the Oneonta Lodge No. 466 F&AM Elks Lodge No. 1312, American Legion, Loyal Order of the Moose No. 0465, Eagles Lodge No. 1260, Oneonta Kiwanis and YMCA.
While his level of community service may seem like a burden, for Gordie it was all a labor of love and he would often say he was repaid 10-fold for the time he invested in the community.
Not one to toot his own horn, Gordie attributed the success of his insurance business to the people he worked with, describing the agency staff as tremendous people dedicated to treating customers as friends. He humbly credits his Air Force training and his Hartwick College education as the foundation for whatever leadership abilities he had.
Although he worked tirelessly at his business and in community service, Gordie was a man that enjoyed his life to the fullest, getting the best he could out of each and every day. He lived to enjoy time with his friends and family.
Gordie’s wife, Alyce, passed away in May of this year; and he is survived by his sister, Margaret Law of Charlotte, N.C.; his three children, Margo (and life partner, Terry LaCasse) Keyes of Chatham, Marcia (Mike) Davis of Rochester, and Jeffrey (Cindy) Roberts of Ballston Spa; and three stepchildren, Bonnie (and life partner, Charles Pederson) Townsend of Gouldsboro, Pa., Jerry (Michele) Townsend of Cooperstown, and Tracy (Mark) Fjeldal of Clarksburg, Md. Gordie is also survived by his 13 grandchildren, Lindsay (Drew) Valpatic, Scott (Nicole) Crampton, Christine (Dan) Welch, Shannon Keyes, Mary Beth (Michael) Noonan, Peter (Christina) Townsend, Nigel (Jill) Keyes, Rachel Keyes, Kyle Roberts, Josh Keyes, Olivia Roberts, Nikki Keyes and Angelene Roberts. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Noah and Caleb Valpatic, Michael and Cailyn Noonan and Wynston Crampton.

ONEONTA – Gina Colone Patton, 77, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 27, 1933 in Oneonta, the daughter of Philip and Pauline (Sabatini) Colone.
Gina was a 1952 graduate of Oneonta High School. She worked for the New York Telephone Co. for 20 years.
She married Martin R. Patton on November 23, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta.
Mrs. Patton was member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oneonta Women’s Business Club and Telephone Pioneer Club
She enjoyed attending her gifted grandchildren’s plays, recitals and sporting events. Always a healthy women she also enjoyed long walks with her husband and weekend getaways. During the summer she worked at the Cooperstown All Star Village in Oneonta guiding guests and family members during their stay. She is survived by her husband, Martin R. Patton Sr.; her children, Martin Patton Jr. and his wife, Brenda and stepsons, Eddie and Patrick Grace, and the late, Sean Grace; Cynthia Patton and fiancé, Joseph Marino; Paula and her husband, Allen Fassler and daughters, Alexandra and Vanessa; Patricia Bettiol, and her late husband, Eugene Bettiol Jr. and daughters, Carleigh and Brooke; Pamela Patton and son, Bradley; a sister, Mary and husband, Duane Hathaway; brothers, Philip and wife, Jeanette Colone, Arthur and wife, Denise Colone, John and wife, Marianne Colone and the late Herman and his wife, Eileen Colone; step-mother, Angelina Colone of Italy; a brother-in-law, the late Frank and his wife, Lorraine Patten; sisters-in-law, Agnes DeShaw, Dora and her late husband, Andy Colby and the late, Flora Patten; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father-in-law, Martin Patten and mother-in-law, Agnes Patten; nieces, Susan and Annette Colone and her step-mother, Maria Grazia Colone. Mom you are an extraordinary and loving mother, we are all blessed and proud to be a part of your life.
Mom, We miss you already. All our love, Dad, Marty, Cindy, Paula, Patty, Pamela and grandchildren.

ONEONTA _ Thomas E. Ingalls, 53, passed away on Oct. 21, 2010, at his home under the care of his loving and devoted wife.
He was born on Sept. 4, 1957, in Oneonta, the son of Robert and Lucile (Gehrke) Ingalls Jr.
He married the love of his life, Joi Marie Ingalls, on Nov. 16, 1985, at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta.
Tommy, as everyone knew him, graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1975. He attended college at SUNY Cobleskill. Following college, he went to work full time with his father and mother at Bob’s Appliance Service, where he proudly provided his service to the community. In 1999, following his father’s retirement, he went to work for himself, renaming the business Pro Appliance Service.
Tommy was an avid bowler, loved trips to Turning Stone with his wife and traveling with his family. But Tommy’s greatest love was drag racing. He was track champion at ESTA Safety Park and Mr. Bracket in 1989, as well as track champion at Skyview Drags in 2007. Tommy ran two perfect runs with his ’92 Corvette, adding to his success. His most prestigious award was winning the Division 1 Bracket Finals at U.S. 13, Delmar Delaware, in 1998. But of everything he accomplished in racing, the one thing he was most proud of was seeing his son, Joe, daughter, Crystal and son-in-law, Pete follow in his footsteps racing in Super Pro along side him at Skyview.
Tommy enjoyed life to the fullest and would never sweat the small or big stuff. He will be remembered as a stoic man, for his magnetic personality, sense of humor and very caring nature.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years; his three children, son Shawn Ingalls Valdosta, Ga., son, Joe Ingalls and daughter-in-law, Sara Ingalls of Oneonta; his daughter, Crystal Curpier and son-in-law, Pete Curpier of Oneonta; three grandchildren, Aykra Ingalls, Tyrell Ingalls and Alexia Ingalls; a godson, AJ Denmark; his father and mother; his sister, Marjorie Holdsworth and brother-in-law, James Holdsworth; many cousins and his devoted track family.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Robert and Emily Ingalls Sr., and his uncle, Alfred Gehrke.

LAURENS _ Clara B. VanBuren Scanlon Simmons, 87, of Laurens, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Born on Feb. 11, 1923, in Harpersfield, she was the daughter of the late Howard J. and Lillian (Cain) VanBuren.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1941, and then went on to graduate in 1944, from Binghamton City Hospital.
She married Donald J. Scanlon on Feb. 17, 1945; he passed away the day before their 50th anniversary on Feb. 16, 1994. She then married Kenneth J. Simmons on Aug. 20, 1998.
She worked at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital as a charge nurse on MS2 from 1945 until 1967. In 1968, she started working for Dr. John Spoor until 1969.
She was a member of the Laurens Presbyterian Church Women’s Group and Grandma of the Laurens Jaguar Color Guard in the 1980s and was involved in the “Nobody You Know”‘Special Olympics training.
She was known for making over 300 knitted Christmas stockings and many knitted Mary Maxim sweaters. She loved to read, knit, crochet, camp, flowers, watch birds, and fish. She was an excellent cook, a big New York Mets and NASCAR fan and she loved her jelly beans and chocolate.
Most of all she adored and cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Clara is survived by her children, Donna and (Ronald) Whitmore of Oneonta, Judith (and friend Jerry) Scanlon of Otego, Donald J. and (Nan) Scanlon Jr. of Oneonta and James (and friend Pat Davis) Scanlon of Laurens; two stepsons, Kenneth and John Simmons of Arizona; grandchildren, Jodi, Julie, Stephanie, Alicia, Emily, Erin and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Alivia, Benjamin, Abigail and Phoebe; her sister, Lillian Johnson; her brother, Howard J. VanBuren Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Donald Scanlon and Kenneth Simmons; and her two sisters, Virginia Scanlon and Frances VanBuren.

ONEONTA _ Bruce Donald Barnes, 57, of Oneonta, passed away on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at the M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Bruce was born on Aug. 10, 1953, in Oneonta, the only child of the late Donald and Julia A. (MacPherson) Barnes.
He married Mary Ann Lambeth on June 24, 1978, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bruce graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1971. He was the basketball manager during his high school years under Coach Nick Lambros.
He was commissioned as an Ordained Minister from the Salvation Army School for Officers Training in 1978. For 10 years, Bruce served as a Minister for the Salvation Army in Port Jervis and Stapleton, Staten Island.
Bruce was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church and at the Oneonta Salvation Army, where he taught Sunday school. He was chaplain for “Meal with a Message” and provided leadership for the men’s fellowship at the Salvation Army. He was involved in the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Port Jervis and Staten Island.
Bruce loved high school sports, serving as a time keeper for the Milford Central Schools. He was an avid book reader and a big local history aficionado.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Ann Barnes, of Oneonta; his brother-in-law, Marty Lambeth of Oneonta; his aunt, Marion Georgia of Oneonta; and his cousins, Nancy Powell and Myrtle Dingman.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents; his uncles, James and Andy MacPherson; his cousins, Elliot Pecor, Marianne Barnes and Robert Barnes; and his aunt, Letha Pignatelli.

ONEONTA _ Amanda May Pearsall, 25, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at home with her family.
She was born Aug. 6, 1985, in Mineola, Long Island, the daughter of Allan and Debbie (Brower) Pearsall.
Amanda graduated from Oneonta High School class of 2004 and also attended Henry Viscardi School on Long Island. She won a medal in the Special Olympics on Long Island for swimming. She also took several mediator courses and became a mediator.
Amanda loved watching scary movies and Twilight movies. She was a big fan of Harry Potter and the Big Time Rush Band. Her favorite shows were Degrassi and Big Time Rush. She loved to sing the songs of Taylor Swift, Big Time Rush and many other bands. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved all animals.
Amanda is survived by her parents, Allan and Debbie Pearsall; one sister, Olivia Elizabeth Pearsall; one brother, Allan Lucas Pearsall, all of Oneonta; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be dearly missed by all her friends and family members.

SCHODACK- Richard d. Grace, 74, died suddenly Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Memorial Hospital, Born in Oneonta, where he graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1954, he lived in the capital region his whole life. He retired in 2003 after more than 10 years as a sales representative for E. A. Morse of Hudson, NY. Richard was a Marine veteran and was past commander of the East Greenbush VFW he was also a member of the Rensselaer Elks. He was a proud grandfather and enjoyed his grandchildren’s accomplishments, both on and off the field.
Predeceased by his parents Albert J and Elizabeth Boyle Grace; his wife, Frances A. Hanavan Grace and a sister Eileen Hungerford.
Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth S. Slater, Darcy Grace, bothe of East Greenbush and Carol (Angel) DeLacruz of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl..; two sons, Richard D. (Mary) Grace Jr. of East Greenbush, Michael K. (Gina) Grace of Niskayuna; one sister, Patricia Rhydderach of N.C. and one brother, Edward Grace of Gainesville, Fl.; grandchildren, Stephen, Joseph, Kelly, Laura, Michelle, Thomas, Patrick, Trevor, Elise, Kathleen, Joshua and Daniel. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

ONEONTA _ Donald N. Short, 81, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
Born July 6, 1929, in Saugerties, he was the son of the late Frank and Florence (Convery) Short.
Donald married Mary Springall on March 24, 1951.
He retired from Oneonta Junior/Senior High School, where he was the industrial arts teacher for more than 30 years. He taught adult driver’s education in the City of Oneonta and worked part-time for the Tri County Motor Club for over 40 years. He was the chaperone for the AAA Safety Patrol trips to Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the National Guard during the Korean War. He was a Boy Scout leader, a lifetime member of the Saugerties Fish and Game Club, a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association), BPOE Elks Lodge, Odd Fellows, and the Shriners. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Past Master of Oneonta Masonic Lodge No. 466, a Past Commander of Otsego Commandery No.76 Knights Templar, a Past High Priest of Oneonta Chapter No. 277 Royal Arch Masons, and a Past Master of Oneonta Council No. 87 Cryptic Masons. He also was a member of many other Masonic organizations. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and camper.
Donald is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Mary; his children, Linda and Stephen Tracz of Roseboom, Donna and Mark Gilger of Houston, Evelyn and Ray Carhart of Cohoes, and Nelson Short of Baltimore; his grandchildren, Christopher Perrine, Michael, Katie and Caroline Gilger; Brian Kuiper, Sarah Lambert and Eric and Barbara Short; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Leslie Short.

UNADILLA – Russell W. Decker, 59, of Unadilla, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at home in Unadilla.
He was born on June 25, 1957, at AO Fox Hospital in Oneonta, the first child of Leon H. and Patricia A. (Ainsworth) Decker.
He was the recipient of the DAR citizenship award in 6th grade at Valley View Central School. He looked forward to summers at Crumhorn Mountain Boy Scout Camp, where he achieved the Order of the Arrow.
Russell graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1975.
On July 11, 1987, he married Patricia A. Sandt.
He began his career in the auto industry in the parts department, working for several dealerships in the area. He made many friends on established delivery routes as well as behind the counter. Most recently, he was employed as grounds keeper for Sidney Golf & Country Club, as well as sexton for Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Emmons.
He was an accomplished, self-taught guitarist and harmonica player. He was always eager to share his enthusiasm for guitar playing. He will always be remembered for his intellect, understanding, compassion, humor and pitch playing prowess.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; as well as his sons, Ryley W. and Lukas H. Decker; sister, Debra Chipman Reimer and her daughter, Amanda; brother, David C. Decker; aunts and uncles, Gary and Jackie Scavo, Gloria Brienza and Victor Calventi; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents and grandparents.

ONEONTA — Dennis M. Carr, 54, of Oneonta passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 peacefully at home with his family by his side.
He was born July 28, 1961 in Oneonta, the son of Roger and Gloria (Brown) Carr.
Denny graduated from Oneonta High School the Class of 1979, and then went onto SUNY Oswego and graduated with a degree in Education in 1983.
Following graduation, Denny became a teacher at Oneonta High School, where he taught technology for the past 30 years.
On April 5, 1986, Denny married Susan Swift at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Norwich.
Denny loved working around the house, and he always had a project going outside whether it was rebuilding his deck for the tenth time, or lifeguarding at his pool. He could fix anything with the help of his dad, and even built his own house. Denny always enjoyed family camping trips, and vacations to the beach.
Denny’s true passion was coaching. For over 30 years he coached everything from little league baseball, junior varsity lacrosse, and every level of high school football.
Denny was a loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend who will be deeply missed.
Denny is survived by his loving wife, Susan Carr of Oneonta; three children, Joshua Carr of Greensboro, North Carolina, Chad Carr and fiancé, Brittany Shea of Boston, Massachusetts, and Chelsea Carr of Oneonta; his parents, Roger and Gloria Carr of Oneonta; two brothers, Kevin Carr of Esperence, and Tim and Jacky Carr of Oxford; his Aunt Norma and Bill Slawson of Oneonta, and his Uncle Dale Carr of Oneonta; father-in-law, Ken Swift of Amblerville; sisters-in-law, Kathy and Joe Stewart of Norwich and Julie Swift of South New Berlin; brother-in-law, Joe and Marianne Swift of Florida, as well as many loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Lee Swift, and his brother-in-law, Kevin Swift.

NEW YORK CITY — Ellen Wilk Harris, 74, died on Dec. 16, 2014. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1959.
Her own profile in courage, Ellen fought a heroic two-year battle with breast cancer,
achieving some mighty victories before eventually succumbing.
She was a true force of nature, lighting up any room she entered. She deeply cared about people and it showed in all her actions. Renowned for her lively curiosity and her torrent of questions on any topic-large or small-she will be sorely missed. Adored and adoring wife of 37-years of Roger Harris; theirs was a love that defied description; devoted sister of Susan Berger (Michael); caring sister-in-law of Linda Russak and Barbara Pafundi; proud aunt of Eric Berger, Michele Berger, Jason Pafundi (Kirstin), Brian Pafundi (Deanna); excited great-aunt of the newly arrived Nathaniel; loving daughter of the late Hans and Edith Wilk. A unique and gifted advertising sales rep, Ellen had a storied 35-year career in magazine publishing, working for the best magazines in the business. Her “A” list included The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, Playbill, Shop, Etc. and New York Magazine (Thanks Larry).
In the days of our lives, she will always be remembered and cherished.

ONEONTA — Jack D. Bordinger, 75, of Oneonta, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta. Jack was born on Sept. 1, 1939, in Oneonta, the son of the late Clifford and Mary (Shearer) Bordinger. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1959.
He married Patricia A. Halter on Aug. 25, 1977 in Oneonta. Jack worked as a truck driver for the NYS Department of Corrections retiring in 1995. He enjoyed camping, hunting and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia Bordinger of Oneonta; daughter, Vicki Bordinger Oblinski and her husband, Jason of West Laurens; and a grandson, Lucas Oblinski. He is also survived by his two brothers, Donald Bordinger and his wife, Mary of West Oneonta and Morrison Bordinger and his wife, Jo of Davenport Center; as well as several nieces and nephews.

PANACEA, Fla. – Donald Charles Roe, 81, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 18, 2016, at Even Springs Rehab Center in Crawfordville, Florida.
He was born Aug. 24, 1934, son of the late Charles Roe in Oneonta. He is survived by his son, Donald Roe Jr. of Portland, Tennessee; two grandsons; brother, James A. Roe and wife, Carol; sister, Dorothy Beers and husband, Ronald Beers; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also predeceased by his wife, Doris Roe and sisters, Mildred Eastwood and Grace Nolin.
Don graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1952. He worked in the local carpenters union for several years and ran several local businesses in the Oneonta area until he retired in Florida with Doris.

ONEONTA – Noël E Ranieri, 61, of Oneonta, died Friday, April 22, 2016, peacefully, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born April 4, 1955, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Siro and Joan (Brophy) Vergari.
She married Scott T. Johnson on Aug. 20, 2012, in West Oneonta.
Noel graduated from Oneonta High School in 1973 and Sullivan County Community College with an associated degree in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after, she moved to Bozeman Montana with her then husband, Daniel Ranieri raising her two children, Daniel M. Ranieri and Rachel R (Ranieri) Ramsey. After thriving in the peaceful serenity of the Rocky Mountains for nine years, she moved back to Oneonta to live near her family.
Noël taught at ONC BOCES for 27 years, where she influenced the lives of many young children and her co-workers. Her caring and gentle nature touched all people she encountered, changing their lives for the better. She enjoyed the splendor of nature and all it offered, especially hours spent in her garden. The smile on her face was infectious while she spent time with her family, cooked, hiked, canoed, motorcycled and while on vacations with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Scott T. Johnson; children, son, Daniel M. Ranieri and his wife, Simia of Bozeman, Montana; daughters, Rachel R. (Ranieri) Ramsey and her husband, Matthew of Bozeman, Kayla M. Johnson and Joseph A. Anzalone of Franklin Square; and three grandchildren, Rio and Mira Ranieri and Carmella Noël Anzalone. She is also survived by her father, Siro J. Vergari of Oneonta; in-laws, Ted and Colaine Johnson of Milford; sisters, Joan Stanley and husband, Jack of Murfreesboro Tennessee, Ruth Avanzato and husband, Vincenzo of Oneonta, Inez Vagliardo and husband, Michael of Oneonta and Dawn Gillette and husband, Griffin of Otego; and brothers, David Vergari and wife, Dawn of Oneonta and Mark Vergari of Oneonta; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her mother, Joan M. Vergari of Oneonta and sister, Theresa Vergari of Oneonta.
ONEONTA – Wayne J. Balnis Sr., 76, passed away at home unexpectedly on Oct. 4, 2016.
He was born Jan. 22, 1940, in Oneonta, the son of Joseph and Florence (Dutcher) Balnis.
Wayne married Patricia A. “Patsy” Weitzel on Oct. 29, 1960, in Oneonta. She predeceased him on Feb. 6, 2011.
Wayne was employed by the City of Oneonta DPW for 34 years, working his way to becoming a working supervisor.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting casinos, listening to his granddaughter Caryn sing and sitting on his front porch as “Mayor of Gilbert Street.”
He is survived by his children, Wayne Jr. and Carla Balnis of Oneonta, Sherry and Brian Pidgeon of Oneonta and Laurie and Stephen Page of Maryland; grandchildren, Joseph and Caryn Balnis; sister, Barbara and Dewey Rogers; brother-in-law, Sam and Joyce Weitzel; sister-in-law, Mary and Dan Tranvaag; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Rick and Mary; and his beloved dog, BV.
He was predeceased by his parents.

ONEONTA – Margaret R. Carrington, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.
She was born April 4, 1931 in Oneonta the daughter of the late William V. and Bernice E. (Crounse) Rathbun. Peggy grew up on the Rathbun farm in Prosser Hollow. She went to a one-room school house and then went on to graduate from Oneonta High School the Class of 1947.
Peggy married Jack W. Mellott on March 5, 1949. He died Sept. 4, 1950. On July 31, 1955, she married Sterling J. Carrington. He died May 28, 2006. She later married Keith L. Carrington on March 28, 1974. Keith died August 26, 1983.
Peggy worked at Citizen’s National Bank, National Commercial Bank and Key Bank NA. She retired in 1992 as Manager of the West End Branch.
She was a member of the West Davenport Baptist Church for most of her life; she served as church organist and church treasurer. In recent years, she attended the Southside Wesleyan Church. Peggy was a member of the Oneonta Business Women’s, the Charlotte Valley Cemetery Board and played piano for numerous musical productions at Charlotte Valley Central School. But the greatest joy in Peggy’s life was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Peggy is survived by her three children, Sherry (Karl) Schoonover, David (Lori) Carrington and William (Darlene) Carrington; six grandchildren, Erik (Jennifer) Hanson, Kris Hanson, Todd Carrington, Jeanette (Pete) Tolson, Caitlin Carrington (Brandon Lesperance) and Jarrod Carrington (April Briggs); six great grandchildren, Mikeeli and Natalie Hanson, Olivia and Molly Tolson, Madison Morgan and Logan Wilson; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Danielle Dyer.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — S. Albert “Al” Haines, 77, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Oneonta, and graduated form Oneonta High School class of 1956. Al resided in Port Charlotte, Fla., for the last 17 years. He enjoyed many hobbies, including bowling, playing cards and reading. Most of all, Al enjoyed being involved in the family shenanigans. While serving his country in the United States Army, he achieved the rank of E-4. Al is survived by his brother, Robert (Sharon) Haines; daughters, Elizabeth (Robert) Petrone and Linda (Donald) Brown; son, Brian Haines; grandchildren, Misty Rose Haines, Dani Haines, Lindsey Brown, Megan Brown and Brianna Haines and beloved nieces and nephews. A full military burial will be performed in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. It is said that a man becomes many men throughout his lifetime, but passes as only one. Who you remember him as is up to you.