Obituaries Part 1

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ONEONTA _ Kari J. Eramo, 53, of Oneonta, passed away on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
He was born on April 5, 1957, in Inkeroinen, Finland. He and his family moved to Oneonta in November of 1968.
Kari graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1976 and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1976. He lived in Florida for many years before moving back to Oneonta in 1993.
Kari was the owner and operator of K & D Auto Repair in Oneonta.
Kari loved his family very much. He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and camping, motocross and NASCAR.
He is survived by his mother, Anja Eramo, of Oneonta; his wife, Debra Eramo, of Oneonta; his children, Christopher Eramo and his wife, Jennilee of Anchorage, Alaska, Shannon Eramo of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Dillon Eramo of Dade City, Fla.; and his stepson, Joshua Carrington and his wife, Alycia of Fort Rucker, Ala.; his three grandchildren, Michael Singletary of Florida, Nicholas Courtney of Florida, Kaydence Carrington of Alabama. Kari is also survived by his brothers, Kimmo Eramo and his wife, Marie of Oneonta, Esa Eramo and his wife, Michele of Mount Vision; his nephew, Cody Eramo; and niece, Kayla of Oneonta; his aunt Lahja Signor and her husband, Alfred of Inverness, Fla.; and his cousin, Eric Signor of Oneonta.
He was predeceased by his father, Martti V. Eramo.
ONEONTA _ Julia Oster Kyker, 95.9 years-old, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
She was born Jan. 7, 1915, in Cohoes, the daughter of Adam and Tekla (Lyzinska) Ostaszewski.
Julia moved to Oneonta at the age of 12 and became a member of St. James Episcopal Church where she was very engaged and involved in a variety of activities and held several church positions.
After graduating from Oneonta High School class of 1932 she attended Oneonta Normal School. She worked as a police matron and was a waitress at Laskaris’ and the Diana restaurants.
Julia married Harry Lee Kyker on June 4, 1940, in Duanesburg. At the age of 35, she enrolled at the State University College at Oneonta, where she earned her teaching degree. She began teaching for Sidney Central School District. Her full of life and positive attitude inspired many young students for 25 years, as well as friends and family. She continued her college education earning credits just shy of a Master’s. Her sense of humor and honest ways has earned her much respect throughout her life. Her motto was, “We don’t get older, we get riper.”
By retirement she had become a world traveler. She also was a volunteer at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital and was involved in a numerous activities in Oneonta.
She is survived by her three daughters, Leah (Frederick) Michalson, Marshalee (Joseph) Stasky and Virginia Lee (David) Avery; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a nephew; and a cousin.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Harry on Sept. 4, 1996, and her sister, Mary Stanton.
ONEONTA _ Ethel P. Knapp, 81, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, with her children by her side, following her long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Oneonta, the daughter of Leonard and Lillian (Hughes) Wheeler.
Upon her graduation from Oneonta High School class of 1946, Ethel was employed as a telephone operator at New York Telephone Company.
She married Oren “Doc” C. Knapp in 1948, and moved to her home in the Town of Oneonta, where she gardened, volunteered for charities and raised her family.
Retiring from New York Telephone Company with 25 years of service, Ethel was a teaching assistant in the toddler room in the SUCO Children’s Center. Ethel also led the nursery room Sunday School at Elm Park Methodist Church for many years.
As a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ethel served on the Administration Board. Active in the Martha Chapter OES, she served as Worthy Matron in 1981. She was a longtime Committee Woman for the Town of Oneonta Republican Committee and member of the Women’s Republican Club.
Her proudest roles were loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Oren “Doc” Knapp, of Oneonta; two sons, Gary and his wife, Kathleen Knapp of Central Square, and John and his wife, Mary Knapp of Floral Park, Long Island; a daughter, Sharon Knapp of North Franklin; grandchildren, Garrison and his wife, Kim Knapp, Nicholas and his wife, Runa Knapp, and John Joseph Knapp; a great-grandson, Tyler Knapp; three brothers, Burrell “Ted” and his wife, Carol Lee Wheeler, Jesse and his wife, Ruth Wheeler, Richard Wheeler; a sister, Joan and her husband, Douglas Bush; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and her husband, James McNulty and Violet Knapp; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and their families, all of whom she was very fond and loved dearly.
She was predeceased by her beloved mother, Lillian Wheeler; her father, Leonard Wheeler; her stepmother, Marie Wheeler; her brother, Leonard “Sonny” and wife Helen Wheeler; and dear sister, Nancy Angellotti

ONEONTA _ Sept. 2, 2010, Amy Joy Lawton Gorsch died gracefully after a very long courageous battle with cancer with her mother, Sandra Lawton and beloved son, Aaron Gorsch, son of Daniel Gorsch, Goodyear Lake, at her side.
Amy was born in Fox Hospital, May 9, 1959, in Oneonta, the daughter of Sandra Burnside Lawton and Stephen P. Lawton Sr. She attended Oneonta schools, graduating class of 1977. April and Aaron, her children, became the light and love of her life.
For several years Amy was a loving day-care provider in her own home. She also enjoyed her many years as a teaching assistant at the SUCO Children’s Center. Amy loved and cherished the children she cared for and the people she worked with. She was admired for her dedication, compassion, and advocacy of the children in her charge.
Amy enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved laughing, dancing, listening to music, especially her son’s band, and most of all being with friends and family.
She is survived by her son, Aaron Daniel Gorsch, Ithaca; mother, Sandra Burnside Lawton, Oneonta; and longtime companion and soulmate, Michah Sickler, and his daughter, Sierra, Cobleskill. She leaves behind brothers, Stephen P. Lawton Jr., (Dolores), Goodyear Lake, Russel Lawton, Oneonta; nieces, Alecia Manley, Philadelphia, Stephanie, Nicole, and Hannah Lawton, Oneonta, and great-niece, Leah Ruling, Oneonta; nephews, Joseph and Andrew Lawton, Oneonta; aunts and uncles, Robert and Joan Cronauer, Franklin, Joy and Donald Fisher, West Davenport, Cheree Ruff and Annie Kinderman, Goodyear Lake, Uncle Richard Burnside, New York City, Ann Putnam; and many cousins from Voorheesville. She will also be missed very much by her Pug, Olive. Amy leaves behind best friend/cousin/sister, Robin Brower, (Dick), Franklin, and her namesake Amy and Jason Brower, Franklin.
She was predeceased by her daughter, April Joy Gorsch, father, Stephen P. Lawton Sr., and cousin, Suzanne Cronauer.

NORWICH _ Joseph “Joe” L. Zummo, 70, well-known longtime resident of the Norwich area and Vice President of Marketing for Sidney Federal Credit Union, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 25, 2010, in the Upstate Medical Center of Syracuse, following a short illness.
Joe was born in Oneonta in July of 1940, the son of Casimiro and Catherina (DiMatteo) Zummo. He grew up in the Oneonta area and was a 1958 graduate of the Oneonta High School and continued his education by attending Norwich University as well as Cortland State.
He returned home to work for a period of time in the Zummo family store in Oneonta. Joe came to the Norwich area in 1965, where he worked for GLA and its successor’s for a period of 25 years. It was during this time he also attended Empire State College where he earned his master’s degree in business administration. He first worked in the company’s engineering department and worked his way up to vice president of communications within the company. In January of 1998, Joe became the Vice President of Marketing for Sidney Federal Credit Union, a position he held up until his death.
Joe was also very involved within the Norwich community. As his son, Jason was growing up, Joe was an active member of the Norwich Cyclones Booster Club. He was a member of many local organizations and served on the Board of Directors and was past president of the Norwich Rotary Club, the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce and the Norwich United Way.
He was also one of the original members of the Norwich First Night New Years Eve Event.
On Oct. 18, 1997, Joe married Joyce Clark Sehm, who survives.
Besides his wife, Joyce; Joe is survived by his sons, Jason J. Zummo and his wife, Amber of Charlotte, N.C., John W. Sehm and his wife, Laura of Ontario, and Matthew Sehm of Rochester; his grandchildren, Mikayla and Aaron Joseph (A.J.) Zummo and Cassidy and Jack Sehm. Also surviving are his sister, Rose Marie Bratland and husband John of Bethesda, Md.; his brother, Jack Zummo and wife Linda of Wichita, Kan.; and his sister-in-law, Mary Zummo of Oneonta. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Joe was predeceased by his brother, Samuel Zummo.

TARZANA, Calif. _ Former Oneonta and Cooperstown resident, Carolyn Ann Moore, 70, died Aug. 21, 2010.
Carolyn was born Aug. 9, 1940, in Oneonta, to John T. Cahill Sr. and Lillian Cahill. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958.
Surviving are her son, Robert Moore Jr.; daughters, Cheryl Ann (Greg) Doxey, Jacqueline (Bruce) Martin, Mary Beth (Neil) Ackerman, Dawn Moore (James) Cummings; grandchildren, Carrie and Greg Doxey Jr., Rachel and Coltan Martin, Brianna and Ryan Patrick Cummings, Katelyn and McKenna Rae Ackerman; brother, Jack (Donna) Cahill; sisters, Clare (Richard) Page, Patricia Cahill, Dorothy Cahill, and Sharon Cahill; many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by beloved grandson, Matthew Ackerman; and sister, Shirley Sparaco.

UNADILLA _ Lori Jean Wiltsie, 56, of Unadilla, entered into rest Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at her home.
Lori was born Aug. 21, 1953, daughter of William and Rosemary (Thompson) Wiltsie. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1973. She was predeceased by her father.
Lori was employed for many years at Wilber National Bank in Oneonta.
Those who knew Lori remember her as a loving partner, mother and friend. Lori loved people and especially loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts and was a wonderful cook and housekeeper. She will be dearly missed.
Lori is survived by her longtime partner and best friend, Chris Hendrickson of Unadilla; son, Ryan S. and Kirsty Llewellyn of St. Thomas; daughter, Brinn Spencer of Oneonta; brothers, David and Kim Wiltsie of Otego, Jeff and Christine Wiltsie of Oneonta; grandson, Jake Llewellyn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
ONEONTA _ George H. Lambros, age 85, beloved husband of Mary (Carayanis) Lambros, died peacefully at home in Oneonta on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, surrounded by his family.
A lifelong resident of Oneonta, George was born in Fox Hospital on Dec. 3, 1924, to the late Harry G. and Mary N. (Zaharis) Lambros.
He attended Bugbee Elementary School and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1942. An outstanding athlete, George lettered in four sports (football, basketball, baseball and track). He attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., for one year and played on the Freshman basketball team.
He left college to enlist in the Army and proudly served in the 56th Armored Infantry, 12th Armored Division. George saw combat in Belgium and Germany at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge. He was twice wounded in action in December 1944, and received the Purple Heart. At the end of the war he attended the American Army College in Biarritz, France, for three months. He was honorably discharged April 16, 1946.
Upon returning to Oneonta, George joined his father in business at the Diana Restaurant, which Harry had opened on Main Street in 1921.
George married Mary Carayanis of Halandri, Greece, on Jan. 16, 1949, in St. James Church.
He was a successful businessman for over 40 years, with his wife at his side, providing a popular place for locals to eat and socialize. In June 1991, George and Mary retired and enjoyed many years of annual trips to Greece and Florida.
George was proud of his Greek heritage. He worked hard all his life, but also knew how to enjoy life. He was an avid reader, golfer, card player and sports fan and was a lifelong member of the Oneonta Country Club and the Elks Club where he was a fixture for over 60 years in the card room among his many lifelong friends. Everyone who knew George has a favorite story to tell. George dearly loved his grandchildren and took great pride in their many accomplishments.
In addition to his wife, Mary, survivors include, four loving daughters, JoAnn Pavlostathis (Spyros) of Atlanta, Ga., Kathy Curran (Ty) of Fairfield, Conn., Georgia Lambros of Arlington, Mass., and Donna Foti (Vince) of Oneonta; seven grandchildren, Alexandra and Georgia Pavlostathis, John, Tom and Christopher Curran, Joanna and George Foti; brother, Nick Lambros and his wife, Sharon; sister, Helen Stam; brothers-in-law, George Carayanis, Nick Carayanis and his wife, Marie, and Peter Schran; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved son, Harry; sister, Angie Bertuzzi; brothers-in-law, Sam Stam, Sam Bertuzzi; and sister-in-law, Katina Schran.

ONEONTA _ Sunil Chopra, 52, of Oneonta, passed away at his residence on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010.
Sunil was born on Sept. 26, 1957, in Pilani, India, the son of Krishan A. and Urmil Chopra.
Sunil was a computer programmer for Delaware County. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1976. He attended SUNY Delhi, St. John’s University and graduated from State University College at Oneonta.
He had a great love and devotion for his children and enjoyed sharing time in all aspects of their lives. Sunil took great pleasure in sharing his sense of humor with his many friends, and was known for his pranks. He enjoyed traveling, good food and Star Trek.
Sunil is survived by his parents, Drs. Krishan and Urmil Chopra of Queens Village; his children, Kaitlynn and Krishan Chopra of Oneonta and their mother, Jennifer Barry of Oneonta.
He is also survived by his sister, Sonu Khullar and her husband, Rajesh and their children, Rahul and Rishi of Newtown Square, Pa., as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins, both in the United States and India.

MELBOURNE, Fla. _ Katherine G. (Gallagher) Reilly, 86, of Melbourne, Fla., and formerly of Oneonta, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, surrounded by her family.
Kay was born in Oneonta, where she resided until 2008, when they relocated to Florida.
Kay graduated from St. Mary’s School, Oneonta High School Class of 1941, and Benedictine Hospital School of Nursing. She received her master’s degree in nursing from SUNY Oneonta.
She worked at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Homer Folks TB Hospital and SUNY Oneonta, until her retirement.
Before becoming ill, she volunteered at Fox Hospital for 20 years. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church and their Rosary Society.
She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, bird watching, golf, and writing in her journal daily.
Kay is survived by her husband of 65 years, William Reilly, of Melbourne, Fla.; her daughters, Patricia Fontaine and her husband, Paul of Daytona Beach, Fla., Katherine Higgins and her husband, Richard of Schenectady and Margaret Bacchi and her husband, Raymond of Satellite Beach, Fla.; her sons, William Reilly Jr. and his wife, Paul of Poquoson, Va., James Reilly and his wife, Debbie of Maryland and John Reilly and his wife, Francie of Mariposa, Calif. She is also survived by her brother, Edward Gallagher of Oneonta; her sisters, Mary Smith of Albany, Patricia Gorton and her husband, Ted of Venice, Fla., and Rosalie Pollman of Syracuse; her 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Kay was predeceased by her two brothers, John and Charles Gallagher.
ONEONTA _ Angela Craven, 62, of Oneonta, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Her life was giving and gentle; the elements so mixed in her that all of Nature might stand up and say, this was a fine and wonderful human being.
Angela was born on May 2, 1948, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Frederick and Margaret (Alley) Ploutz, Sr. She married Dean J. Craven on Dec. 11, 1992, in Oneonta.
Angela graduated Oneonta High School class of 1966 and went to work at State University College at Oneonta in 1968 in the Milne Library with her beloved Aunt Grace Shultis. She mentored hundreds of student managers as she guided their way through their college years at the Hunt Union and retired in 2008 after 40 years of service. She was awarded the prestigious Francis S. Daley Outstanding Service Award for Outstanding Performance and Contribution to the Division of Student Development. She was a member of the college enhancement committee, involved in all major events at SUNY, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, and the Golden Alumni of SUNY Oneonta.
Angela enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, shopping, spending time with her family, but most of all she shared a special love for all her nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the health care professionals at Bassett Medical Center, At Home Care, and Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care for their dedicated, professional care provided to Angela throughout her illness.
Angela is survived by her husband, Dean J. Craven of Oneonta; her sisters and brother, Pamela (Bruce) Amadon of Davenport Center, Frederick (Shari) Ploutz Jr. of Goodyear Lake, Marie (Olin) Benedict of Laurens and Patricia Ploutz of Oneonta.
She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Kim Sweet, Brad Amadon, Justin Ploutz, Megan Ploutz, Alli Benedict and Gialina Ploutz; her aunts and uncles, Glenn E. Shultis (Oneonta), Dorothy Slauson (Roxbury), Hilda Knapp (Schenevus).

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – Colburn, Michael Charles- Born and raised in Oneonta, he attended Oneonta High school class of 1969, Mike found the warm Florida climate more to his liking and had lived there for many years.
He found work suited to his interests as a machinist and gunsmith.
A man of few words, Mike was a sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors in many ways from a tree stand to a motorcycle.
He is loved and missed by his family. Wife, Christine (Angelotti); sons, Ryan and Michael; and beloved dog, Jasmine, of Rockledge, Fla. Locally, daughter, Tobi Monroe, her husband, Tony; and grandchildren, Gavin, Lauren and Logan. His parents, Frances and Charles Colburn; and sister, Patti Timoney and her husband, Hugh. He also leaves several aunts, uncles and cousins.

ONEONTA _ Ransom Carver Palmer Jr., passed away Friday, June 25, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Carver was born in Oneonta, to Ransom Carver Palmer Sr. and Mary Gioia Joy on Feb. 14, 1937. He was raised from an early age by his grandparents, Clifton and Florence Palmer and a devoted aunt, Helen Mosher, they predeceased him.
He married Madolyn Oliver on Sept. 15, 1957, in the First United Methodist Church, of which Carver was a member since his childhood. Throughout their life together they have continued to be members of this church and have been married there three times. Each of their children were confirmed there and all five of their grandchildren were baptized there, something they found comfort in through the years. They were married for 52 years and were constant companions and best friends.
His children survive him. A son, Ransom Carver Palmer III and daughter-in-law, Renee Palmer of Mason, Ohio; daughter, Sandra Florence Rudebush and son-in-law, David Rudebush of Saugerties and daughter, Carla Helen Balnis and son-in-law, Wayne Balnis Jr., of Oneonta. He is also survived by five grandchildren, David Nicholas Rudebush, Joseph Michael Balnis, Caryn Rachel Balnis, Justin Carver Palmer and Lily Renee Palmer. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Betty Hooks; and a niece, Donna Mclean; and nephew, James Hooks; sisters, Sherilyn Lucchesse and Rannata French; aunts and uncle; stepsisters; brothers-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
Carver was a devoted family man and his children and grandchildren were an important part of his life. Each of them share special memories of spending time with him.
Carver graduated from Oneonta High School in 1954, and worked at Bruno’s Food Market before going to work at Bendix Corporation.
He was proud of the time he spent in the United States Navy Reserves.
As his family grew he worked at Homer Folks Hospital, and then Delhi State College, where he worked as stationary engineer for 32 years until his retirement in 1994.
Carver had many hobbies. As a young man he started the first scuba diving classes at the YMCA. He was one of the first divers in the area and remained interested well into his retirement. He took pride in the fact that his son, Randy, and grandson, David, also became interested in diving.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed hunting with his son-in-law, Wayne, daughter, Carla, and grandson, Joe. He owned several small boats and enjoyed any time spent near the water. His interest in gems and stones that he collected during his travels brought him to yet another hobby, lapidary. He spent hours tumbling and polishing stones and making jewelry for his family. Taught by his daughter-in-law, Renee, he also mastered the art of making wooden pens.
He was an avid reader. Loved Mickey Spillane, and Randy Wayne White, and met both authors during his travels. He found the game of bingo a worthy opponent and considered it therapy for the mind.
His love of the fifties music made him a collector of many things. Anyone who knew him knew that he was a collector of Elvis books, records, movies, and bottles. He always said he had lived through the best years “The 50’s.”
He was proud of the fact that he had lived at the same address for over 45 years had the same telephone number, the year he met his wife, also the year when Oneonta went dial, married to the same women for 52 years, and held the same job for over 30 years.
He was a member of the Elks for 45 years, holding office several times. Most recently, he became a member of the Oneonta Moose Lodge where he enjoyed karaoke nights watching his granddaughter, Caryn.
He was a man who believed in faithfulness, to his wife, his children, his job and his church. Carver was a family man and wonderful father, who was never happier than when his children and his grandchildren were around him. It is because of that he will be missed by all of them as they view the many photographs, slides, and movies that were taken over the years of his life. Through all these memories he will live and be a part of their lives.
He took up kayaking during his retirement and experienced hot air balloon rides and parasailing. His greatest joys were creating memories with his wife and family in Ocean City, Md., Bradenton Beach, Fla., Arizona, Alaska and many more. These were his happiest years. Together with his wife, they made many friends from all over the United States during these travels.
Special thanks to our goddaughter and niece, Donna Mclean, who guided us through the past months and calmed our many concerns. She was a member of TEAM PALMER. Their daily support gave us strength through the past year.

THORNBOROUGH-Sarah Whiteman Thornborough, of Carlsbad, CA and a long time resident of Altadena, CA passed away on June 8th, 2010. She was 89 years old. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1941. She is survived by her loving family and friends.

Horace Booth Getman, age 83, passed away with his family at his side on Monday 5 April 2010. He had been ill for one month. He was born on 14 March 1927 in Oneonta NY and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1944, he lived in Ventura County CA for 41 years, moving from Hagerstown MD. Hork earned his degree from MI, having served during WW2 in the US Navy aboard the USS Pelias. He chose a career as an aeronautical engineer and worked at Fairchild Aircraft Co. in Hagerstown MD. One of his greatest thrills was to travel to crash sites and determine what had made a plane crash, taking him all around the world. In 1969 he wanted to settle down with this family in Thousand oaks, with job duties changing, to determining ‘stress in different aircraft’. He also was a consultant for the Arch of St. Louis, in determining the wind stress the Arch could handle. He retired from Lockheed in Burbank where he worked for 22 years.

He is survived by his wife and friend Joanne Finn Getman, of 61 years, son Donald B Getman(Lisa Pendleton), daughter Nancy L Rogers(Steven), son Michael D Getman.

WORCESTER _ Bernard Francis Cerra, age 93, passed away Friday, June 4, 2010, at his home in Worcester, with his wife, Minnie, and family at his side.
Born Dec. 3, 1916, in Carbondale, Pa., his parents were Italian immigrants Francesca and Pasquale Cerra. His father worked in the coal mines and later for the D&H Railroad.
He was preceded in death by four siblings, Rose Pascoe, Louis Cerra, Jenny Carline and Patrick Cerra.
Mr. Cerra moved to Oneonta at age 14, and spent the rest of his life in this area. His schooling included graduation from Oneonta High School class of 1934, a three-year program at Oneonta Normal School (1937,) his BS from SUNY Albany and later his MS in Education from Syracuse University (1946.) Always a strong student, he also excelled in leadership and athletics, serving as president of his fraternity and captain of his college basketball team
In 1937, Mr. Cerra began his teaching career in East Worcester, teaching JH English and Social Studies, and coaching several sports.
He met his future wife, Minnie, a star basketball player, when he coached the sport. Meeting later in Albany, they married Oct. 13, 1940, at St. Joseph’s Church in Worcester. That same year Worcester Central School hired Mr. Cerra as sixth grade teacher in English. For the next 39 ½ years, Mr. Cerra served the Worcester school district as teacher, principal and superintendent.
He was president of the Worcester Teachers Association, a member of the New York State Teachers Association, the National Education Association and the State Committee to Review Regents Scholarship papers and served as Director of Adult Education at Worcester Central.
“Ben” Cerra, as he was known to his friends and family, was a member and past president of the Rotary Club, a leader and committeeman for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, an American Legion Post 1584 member for 60 years, a member of the Civil Defense Evaluation Committee, a delegate to the NY State House of Delegater, and chairman of the Worcester Board of Fire Commissioners.
He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and the National Guard. He has been a member of St. Joseph’s Parish for 69 years and was instrumental when he volunteered to lead the renovation and capital improvements projects over the past many years.
In retirement his avocation was his garden, which was planted with his usual administrative skill: not a stone was to be found. Also, during these years he and Minnie traveled abroad in 11 separate trips, five of the trips being to Italy.
Bernard Francis Cerra is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Minnie; four children, Patrick (Burnie) Cerra, Frank (Kathie) Cerra, Theresa VanDeCarr, Deborah (Peter) Sheftic; 10 grandchildren, David (Catherine) Cerra, Lisa (Daniel) Klus, Francesca (Jeffrey) Brynski, Joshua (Nikki) Cerra, Christa (Mark) Ople, Nicole Cerra, Michelle (John) Griffin, Sara Jo VanDeCarr, Dana Sheftic and Erica Sheftic; and nine great-grandchildren, Marcella and Alexandra Cerra, Jacob and Nicholas Klus, Maria and David Brynski, Benjamin and Bryan Griffin, and Lucia Cerra. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Albert (Virgie) Naples; sisters-in-law, Philomena Naples and Mary Cerra and their families.

SYKESVILLE, Md. _ Helen Potter Mason, 103, of Sykesville, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Fairhaven in Sykesville, Md.
Born July 3, 1906, in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Samuel H. and Leila Tanner Potter, and she was the wife of the late Bradford O. Mason originally of Roanoke, Va.
Helen was a graduate of Oneonta High School, Oneonta, and the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, Mass. She held several secretarial positions in the state of New York, including Wilber National Bank in Oneonta and the New York State Forestry Department in Binghamton. She also was secretary to the president of the Oneonta State Normal School (now State University College at Oneonta).
Mr. and Mrs. Mason were married in Oneonta in 1934, where they lived until after Mr. Mason returned from serving in active duty in the United States Army. While in the service, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and completed his service in the European Theater during World War II.
After the service, the Masons moved to West Davenport, although they later moved back to Oneonta. Mr. Mason was employed by The Oneonta Star newspaper where he worked in the advertising department until his retirement. They then enjoyed their summers in upstate New York and their winters in Scottsdale, Ariz., until Mr. Mason’s death in 1985.
Helen was a member of the Oneonta Country Club where she played golf with her grandchildren until the age of 97. After reaching her octogenarian birthday, she also enjoyed playing golf with her grandchildren at the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, N.H.
She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta, and the Oneonta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Oneonta Women’s Club of which she served as director.
Helen also was an active member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), the Oneonta Garden Club and the Hartwick College Citizens Board.
Surviving are daughter, Nancy Mason Szlasa of Glenwood; and grandchildren, Mark Mason Zimmerly of Canton, Robin Lynn Zimmerly Meidhof and her husband, Jason of Bethesda, and Scott Mason Zimmerly of Canton.
She was predeceased by siblings, Elsie E. Potter and Phillip E. Potter.

SOUTH JAMESPORT _ Dolores E. Higgins of South Jamesport, died May 28, 2010, at her home. She was 77.
She was born Jan. 4, 1933, to Clare and Elizabeth Frisbie in Oneonta, where she was raised. After graduating from Oneonta high school class of 1950, she earned her master’s degree in teaching at State University College at Oneonta.
In 1953, she married George Higgins in Oneonta. A reading teacher with the East Islip School District for more than 35 years, she moved to the North Fork 28 years ago.
Ms. Higgins was a member of Mattituck Presbyterian Church, the Retired Teachers Association and Riverhead Garden Club.
According to her family, she enjoyed quilting, reading and needlepoint.
Predeceased by her husband in 2006, she is survived by her children, Lisa of Holtsville, and Michael; and three grandchildren.

ONEONTA — Keith R. Osborne, 46, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly at A.O. Fox Hospital on Thursday, April 22, 2010.
Born Sept. 23, 1963, at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., he was the son of Harold R. and Joyce (Sarrge) Osborne.
He graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1982. He enjoyed racing, and was a very devoted son.
He is survived by his mother, Joyce Osborne; his brother, Dale Osborne; and many extended family members.
PISECO LAKE _ Marjorie Carol (Maynard) Huntley, 75, of Old Piseco Road, passed into the hands of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, in Lake Pleasant. Marjorie was born April 12, 1934, in Oneonta, a daughter of the late Floyd and Pauline (Dodge) Baker. She graduated from Oneotna High School class of 1951.
She was united in marriage with Bruce Arthur Maynard in 1953. The couple lived in the town of Deerfield, while Mr. Maynard served as Superintendant of Poland Central School. Following his retirement, they spent summers at Piseco Lake and winters in Stuart, Fla. Bruce, her beloved husband of 42 years, died April 16, 1995. She married Harvey Huntley on Aug. 26, 1998, who preceded her in death March 3, 2004.
Mrs. Huntley was a devout Christian and was a dedicated member of both the Adirondack Bible Chapel in Piseco and Stuart Baptist Church in Florida. Survivors include four sons, Bruce Maynard Jr., of Saratoga Springs, William Maynard and his wife, Laura of Montezuma, Colo., Jeffrey Maynard and his fianc?e, Janet Norris of Frederick, Md., and James Maynard and his wife, Rachel of Lakewood, Colo.; one brother, Donald Baker and his wife, Nancy of Carlisle, Pa.; one sister, Beverly Daley and her husband, Gordon of Oneonta; four grandchildren, Daniel and David Maynard and Lucy and Molly Maynard; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Horace B. Getman, age 83, passed away in Thousand Oaks with his family by his side on Monday, April 5, 2010. He had been ill for one month.
Born March 14, 1927 in Oneonta, N.Y., Horace graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1944. He lived in Ventura County for 41 years moving here from Hagerstown, Md. Hork earned his degree from MIT, also serving during WWII in the Navy aboard the USS Pelias.
He chose a career as an aeronautical engineer and worked at Fairchild Aircraft Company in Hagerstown, Md. One of his greatest thrills was to travel to crash sites and determine what had made a plane crash; this work took him all around the world. In 1969 he wanted to settle down with his family in Thousand Oaks. His job duties changed to determining stress in different aircraft. He also had been a consultant for the Saint Louis Arch determining the wind stress that the arch could handle.
He retired in 1989 from Lockheed in Burbank where he worked for 22 years. He enjoyed retirement and traveling with Joanne, his wife. He was a head usher at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church and loved volunteering with Shop Ahoy. He was a member of the Ventura Shipbuilders Museum. Hork enjoyed building model ships from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He often showed them at Stage Coach Museum.
He is survived by his wife and friend, Joanne, of 61 years; son, Donald B. Getman (wife Lisa Pendleton); daughter, Nancy L. Rogers (husband Steven); youngest son, Michael D. Getman.
He was very proud of and loved dearly his grandchildren, Dana Getman, Daryl Getman, Ben Rogers, Andy Rogers, and his extended family, Marshall and Karen Mathison, along with their three children, Kendra, Tyler and Adam.

As reoprted by a classmate” Rev. Jack Michaels- class of 1944. No obituary provided.

GULFPORT, Miss. _ Mrs. Barbara F. Banks, 53, died at her home in Gulfport, Miss., on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.
Barbara was born in Oneonta, to John and Betty Rosher. Barbara graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1974, and was a graduate of Upstate Medical College at Syracuse, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She was an accomplished therapist having worked and lived throughout the United States. She was especially proud of her service with the early intervention of children’s needs.
Married in 1981 to Timothy Banks, Barbara raised a family that includes sons, Benjamin of Voorheesville, William of Burlington, Vt., and Nicholas of Gulfport, Miss.
She is survived by her husband; her children; her father, John Rosher of Oneonta; her brother, David Rosher of Lexington, Va.; and her treasured pet, Millie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Physical Therapy Department at Helping Hands School, 41 Werner Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
Barbara’s life has touched so many of us and she shall be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be private.

ONEONTA – Helen Hathaway Grandsburry, 102, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010, at Otsego Manor.
Helen was born July 19, 1907, in Oneonta, the daughter of Helen Ward and Lynn W. Hathaway, Esq. Helen’s mother passed away in the flu epidemic in 1918. Helen and her siblings spent many summers in Gilbertsville with the Ward family after their mother’s death.
Helen was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1924, and completed a Home Nursing Training in Albany on Jan. 19, 1926.
She moved to Utica, where she spent her working life. She worked for many families in the Utica area, among them the Edward J. Trosset family.
After her marriage to Ernest J. Grandsburry, Helen joined the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and served as a Jail Matron until her retirement in 1977, at the age of 70. After her retirement, Helen returned to Oneonta to live, until moving to The Meadows in 1999. She was among the first residents of the new Otsego Manor, where she was residing at the time of her passing.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest, on April 29, 1963; her brother, Dr. L. Ward Hathaway, DVM; her sisters, Charlotte H. Card and Laura H. Gilchrist; three half brothers, John G., Robert J. and Walter J. Hathaway; and half sister, Ruth H. Glazer.
Helen is survived by her half sisters, Donna H. Robinson of Wells, Maine, and Marjorie J. Hathaway of Oneonta; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

ONEONTA – Wayne Edward Carrington Sr., 79, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010, at his home with his family at his side.
He was born April 11, 1930, in Meredith, to Glenmore W. Carrington Sr. and Elsa McIlwain Carrington. The family moved to Southside Drive in Oneonta from Meredith in 1935.
He graduated from Oneonta Senior High School class of 1948, and later enlisted with his brother, Sterling in the United States Army in 1952, to serve during the Korean War assigned to the 8th Transportation Europe Traffic Regulation Control Group in Manheim-Kerfetal Germany.
He attended Albany Business College prior to a 41 year career at the Wilber National Bank, retiring in 1990.
Wayne married Dorothy A. Bennett of Sauquoit on Aug. 19, 1950, and enjoyed 59 years of faithful devotion as they lovingly raised three children; Kathie Anne, Judy Lynn and Wayne Edward Jr.
He was predeceased by his father, Glenmore, mother, Elsa; and three brothers, Sterling J., Keith L., and Glenmore W. Jr., and his wife, Norma.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Dorothy; and his children, Kathie A. Greenblatt, Judy L. Carrington and Wayne E. Carrington Jr. Kathie’s husband Arnold and their children, Dr. Rachel Aghara, husband Dr. Sukesh and newborn son, Rishikesh of Houston, Texas; Lauren Veltin, husband Jeff and son Mikah of Oneonta; Judy Lynn Carrington of Boca Raton, Fla., and Wayne E. Carrington Jr., wife Rebecca and their sons, Aben and Andrew of Oneonta.
Wayne is also survived by Shawn B. Hurlburt, a special friend; sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Howie Jones of Utica and family, Larry, Sue, Sarah, Steve and Jake; sister-in-law, Margaret Carrington; and nephews, William “Bill” and David J. Carrington; Bill’s wife Darleen and their family, Todd, Jannette, Peter, Karly, Olivia, Molly and Madison; David’s wife, Lori, and family, Jared, Catlin, Bruce and Logan; niece, Debra Eramo, husband Kari, and family Jenni Lee, Chris and Josh, Alycia and Kaydence Carrington. Margaret Bennett and Hank Boffi and family Danny, Peggy and MacKenzie; Diane, Chris, Jessica, Erin, Nate and Linda, Bill, Russell and April.
There were many others for whom he loved as family including those he worshiped with at Elm Park United Methodist Church and his brothers in Freemasonry.
The Masonic Fraternity was a guiding light in his life which he served faithfully for 50 years at Oneonta Lodge No. 466 F&AM. He was Master in 1986, and more recently a trustee and he also served as a Past High Priest of Oneonta Chapter No. 277 Royal Arch Masons, Past Master of Oneonta Council No. 87 and Past Commander of the Otsego Commandery No. 76 Knights Templar and as a member of Norwich Commandery Knights Templar.
He was very proud to serve as Past Grand Master, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of New York in 1994 to 1995, and as a trustee to the Grand Lodge of the State of New York from 1993 to 1997.
Wayne is a past President of the Grand Council Charity Corporation of the State of New York involved in Parkinson’s research and was also a member of Lodge, Council, Chapter Consistory of Utica, and a 32nd Degree Mason. He was a Past Pre Eminent Governor of United York Rite College No. 127, Utica, Past Sovereign Red Cross of Constantine, member of New York College Masonic Societas Rosicruciana, Order of Noah (Canadian) and the American Lodge of Research. In addition to Freemasonry he had been a member of numerous organizations including: Young Republicans, Rotary, Jaycee’s and the American Legion Post No. 259 of Oneonta.
Wayne enjoyed traveling back roads, golf, fly-tying, collecting fly fishing gear and history books on Delaware and Otsego Counties, but most of all he took great pleasure in his home, family and many, many friends.

ONEONTA _ Michael S. Lipari, 62, passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Baltimore, Md., the son of Dr. Michael and Charlotte (Chapman) Lipari.
Michael graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1964, and from Columbia University in 1968.
He was the president of Empire Abstract of Oneonta; and was a member of the Oneonta Lions Club.
Michael is survived by his beloved partner, Cheryl Carter; his children, Robert, Joseph and Katherine, and their mother, Cynthia Lipari; a sister, Louisa (Martin) Berger and her children, Daniel, Emily and Barbara; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Harlem and her sons, Ryan and Gregory.
He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother, Joseph.
At Michael’s request, a private service will be held.

MILFORD _ Phylis Jane Roe passed away unexpectedly at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown on Monday, March 1, 2010.
Phylis was born to Philip and Mildred Colwell on Sept. 17, 1945, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta. She was raised primarily in Oneonta and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1963.
In 1964, she married George Roe, with whom she had her only child, a son, George Roe Jr. (Joe) in 1965.
At the age of 20, Phylis was hired at Mold-A-Matic, in Oneonta, where she worked the majority of her adult life, 44 years. In 1971, she began her life with her soulmate, David Evans, until the Lord took her to rest Monday afternoon.
Phylis was a wonderful woman, wife, companion, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She had several interests throughout her life which included cooking, baking, quilting, yard sales, scrapbooking, tending to her garden and her flowers, going to the casino, traveling with her son and his family and watching NASCAR every Sunday afternoon and cheering on her favorite driver, Mark Martin.
In earlier years, every weekend of every summer she enjoyed going to her camp with her family at the East Worcester Fish and Game Club, where everyone would enjoy fishing, cooking out, playing horseshoes and just relaxing. Phylis loved this quality family time more than anything. Later on, as a grandmother, she found great enjoyment in attending the extracurricular activities that her grandson, Dalton, was a part of, like concerts, plays and sports.
One of Phylis’ greatest accomplishments in her life is her family, of which she took great pride. Anyone who knew Phylis knows that she was always a caretaker of others, always putting everyone else’s needs before her own. She was a very loving, kind, caring person who was loved deeply by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Phylis was predeceased by her in-laws, Glen and Peggy Evans; her sister-in-law, Donna Holstead; and stepson, Daniel Evans.
Phylis is survived by her loving partner of 39 years, David Evans; his daughter in California, Rebecca Whiting; Phylis’ beloved son, George Roe Jr. and his partner, Melissa Holliday, and their son, Dalton Roe; her best friend and cherished sister, Louise Storey; and her brother-in-law, Keith Storey; her nieces, Kim and Jenna Clancy; and nephews, Chad and Dakota Lyons. There were also many friends who were near and dear to her heart; Joan Wench and Fred Packer, Carol Pidgeon and Judy Mastropole Marshall, Warren and Theresa Prentice, Barbara Watson Sastra, George and Garrett Roe and Carolyn Halbert; and neighbors, Randy and Sue Hulbert.
Phylis Roe was unnaturally kind and everyone who knew her will remember that about her above everything else. Incredibly humble, and always with a smile on her face even in the worst of times and a laugh so infectious it could light up the whole room, she will always be missed and remembered lovingly and she will never be forgotten.

ONEONTA _ Ralph F. Saggese, of Oneonta, died Friday, May 1, 2009.
He was born in Oneonta, the son of Michael and Antoinette (Pastore) Saggese. After coming back from World War II, he married his high school sweetheart, Elinor Pratt, on May 12, 1945, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Oneonta.
Mr. Saggese was a lifetime resident of Oneonta and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1936. He joined the National Guard in 1938, was activated into the regular Army in 1940 and served until World War II was over in 1945. He was shipped to Pearl Harbor, then fought in the Southwest Pacific, including the Battle of the Marshall Islands and the Battle of Saipan. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received.
Ralph was employed with the New York Telephone Company for 35 years. He was president of the New York Telephone Pioneers of America and Retired Pioneers of America, Quartermaster of the VFW in Oneonta, a member of St. Mary’s Church, where he was previously the president of the Holy Name Society, a member of the Knights of Columbus and sang and performed in the St. Mary’s Minstrel Shows.
He was also a Boy Scout leader for Troop 26, producing the first Eagle Scout St. Mary’s ever had. He was named CYO Scoutmaster of the year in 1956. He was president of the Fraternal Bowling League, treasurer of the 6th Ward Booster Club and a member of the Susquehanna Bass Association. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting, gardening, and the New York Yankees!
He is survived by two daughters, Carol Saggese and husband Kevin Kelly, of Oneonta, and Kathryn Carey and husband Eugene Genzardi, of Wells Bridge; one son, Art Saggese of Laurens; a brother, Patrick Saggese of Ithaca; grandchildren, Brian Carey (Joyce), Kimberly Hendrick (John), Amy Bookhout (Troy), Rebecca Carey (Andy), Kevin and Jason (Krystel) Saggese; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Konnor and Kolby Bookhout, Philip Youngs III, Natalie and Jack Carey, Athena and Kyla Saggese; a sister-in-law, Mildred Saggese; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Elinor; brothers, Frank and Ernest Saggese; and sisters, Margaret Polo, Kay Colacecchi and Mary Microni.
Services for Ralph will be private.

GEORGETOWN, TX._ Barbara Indian Shove Madden died suddenly on July 29, 2009 at her home in Georgetown Tx. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1953.

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Beverley Jane Gage Mindnich Cusworth, 86, wife of Maynard Cusworth, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.
She was born May 17, 1923, to Ernest and Hazel Gage of Oneonta.
She was a graduate of Oneonta High School, class of 1941, Hartwick College, Oneonta, in 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Syracuse University in Syracuse, in 1945, with Bachelor of Science degree, Library Science. She achieved a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1965.
She was a member of Gamma Phi Delta at Hartwick College and Alpha Chapter, Pi Lambda Sigma at Syracuse University. She held certifications from the State Education Department of New York for School Librarian since 1959, and Library Media Specialist since 1972. Formerly of 116 Trinity Place in Syracuse, Beverley the Head Librarian at Valley and Corcoran High Schools, and retired in 1979 at age 56. She continued to work part-time with the Syracuse (Onondaga County) Public Library System.
As an avid Elderhostel travel enthusiast, she visited all 50 states in the U.S., as well as many locations overseas, such as Europe, Central America, Israel, and Australia, and attended classes of general interest, art, and history through local universities to include Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, Israel, and Australia.
She was affiliated throughout her career and retirement with the American Library Association, American Association of University of Women, Central New York Business and Professional Women’s Club, New York State Teachers Association, United Methodist Women, and many other spiritual and professional organizations. She was a tireless organizer of her high school and college alumni associations, and a devoted sports fan, following and attending high school and college events whether local, state, or national. She was active in and supported various local programs, including Meals-on-Wheels, Literacy Volunteers, Brail Society, and Each-One-Teach-One. She spent 20+ years volunteering for and at Habitat for Humanity in Americas, Ga., hammering nails to build houses and assisting in the offices administratively. Her greatest passions were her family, helping people, meeting new people, learning and traveling.
Beverley married Maynard C. Cusworth in 2003 and moved to West Columbia, S.C.
She attended Erwin First United Methodist Church in Syracuse and First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C.
She is survived by her husband, Maynard; three children, Jay S. Mindnich of Syracuse, Martin E. Mindnich of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mary M. Elskamp of Cameron, N.C.; brother, Edward E. Gage of Lexington, Ky.; sister Merilyn A. Sargent of Oneonta; three grandchildren, Christina Mindnich of Portland, Ore., Eric E. DeLong of U.S. Coast Guard Station 1, Cape Hatteras, N.C., and Kristen N. DeLong of Cameron, N.C.; four stepchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins very dear to her.

ONEONTA – Dorothy M. Bohm, 79, of Oneonta, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at her home.
Born March 30, 1930, in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Huff) Bohm.
Dorothy graduated from Oneonta High school class of 1941, and worked for Homer Folks until they closed and then went to work for the City of Oneonta, as a secretary to the Personnel Director until her retirement.
She loved cats, especially black cats, and making people smile. She had a sharp wit and everyone who knew her enjoyed her stories and jokes.
She is survived by her special lifetime friend, Grace Speranzi and family. Grace’s family was her family. She is also survived by a cousin, Clara Rosa and family.

OXFORD _ Jesse V. Horth, 89, of Oxford, formerly of Oneonta, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Born Feb. 16, 1920, in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Jesse and Florence (Bugby) Horth.
Jesse graduated from Oneonta High school class of 1941, then served in the United States Army during World War II.
He married Bernice M. (Wayman) in November 1958, she passed away in 2006.
He worked for the D&H railroad from 20 years and retired for the City of Oneonta Parks Department.
He loved to fish, make tomahawks and was an avid collector of Indian artifacts, which are on display at Hartwick College.
He is survived by his daughter, Florence R. Wagner of Lewistown, Pa.; his stepchildren, Rick Wayman, Victoria Darrow, V. Charles Smith and Debbie Moore; his brother, Willis and Helen Horth of Laurens; his sister, Bertha and Francis Redman of Sidney; seven stepgrandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, Bernice; and his parents, he was predeceased by his stepson, Gerald Smith; and his brothers and sisters, Josephine, Mike, Ken, Gerald, Inez, Henry, Irene, Ione, Katherine, Julian, Paul and Pauline.
ONEONTA _ Robert Lynn (Bob or Boomer) Armstrong died of a heart attack at his Oneonta residence, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010.
He was the son of the late Lynn G. and Dorothy M. (Worden) Armstrong. He was 62.
Born in Delhi on March 30, 1947, Bob graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1964, and the State University College at Delhi. He served in the United States Navy.
Bob worked many years at Seeley Ceramics and later was a dedicated employee of Wilber National Bank, retiring just recently.
An avid sports enthusiast, Bob was an excellent athlete at Oneonta High School, and as an adult, participated in bowling leagues at the Oneonta Elks Club and regularly played golf at Woodhaven Golf Course. Starting in childhood, Bob closely followed the destinies of teams and athletes at all levels of competition. He was an especially keen fan of local high school and collegiate sports.
Bob is survived by his sister, Beth Armstrong Benjamin and her husband, Wayne of Morris; and his brother, John and wife Susan, of Arizona. Brian Armstrong, Bob’s nephew, resides in Highland Falls with his wife, Brooke. Bob’s niece, Randi Armstrong, is completing her doctoral work in veterinary school at Auburn University in Alabama. His uncle, Robert Worden of Bloomville; and several cousins also survive.
Bob was known for his support of the Oneonta Elks Club where he served as trustee.
His many friends will remember Bob for his honesty, integrity, and loyalty. They also will long recall “Boomer’s” love of Oneonta, a good meal, a good drink, and good friends.

ONEONTA _ Ani P. Colone, 97, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Ani was born Dec. 17, 1912, in Oneonta, the son of Frank and Lucia (Valentini) Colone.
He was first married to Eva Jerome, who passed away in 1952. He then married Catherine Lynch in 1956 until her passing in 1987.
Ani was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Oneonta.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1950 with high honors. He then attended RPI, where he studied architecture. While there, Ani was sixth in his class. He also attended Albany Law School and Hartwick College.
Ani served on the Oneonta School Board for 17 years. He was instrumental in building Oneonta’s modern school system, including construction of five buildings.
An advocate of quality public education, Ani was a leader in developing BOCES, for which he served on its board as a member and its president for several years. He was also an Area 8 representative to the NYS School Board Association.
He was involved in scouting and served on the Eagle Board of Review for many years. For his faithful service, he was presented the coveted Silver Beaver Award.
Ani was very community minded and contributed a great deal to the activities in the community, which included the Sixth Ward Boosters Club, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club, the Italian-American Club and the Oneonta Youth Board.
He was a baseball fan and attended every Hall of Fame Induction ceremony for 50 years. Ani was a recipient of the SUNY Oneonta Distinguished Citizen Award.
Ani cherished his American heritage and was a speaker to many Memorial Day ceremonies both in Oneonta and Cooperstown.
For 36 years, Ani was employed as a case worker for Otsego County Social Services, as well as working part-time during a period of 50 years in the Bresee’s men’s shop, where he was noted for his trademark boutonniere and welcoming personality.
Ani is survived by his four children, Frank Colone, and his wife, Peggy, of Saratoga Springs, Albert Colone, and his wife, Diana, of Oneonta, Lucia Colone, of Cooperstown, and Patrick Colone, of Oneonta; his five grandchildren, Paul Colone, Lisa Colone, Christina Colone, Luke Colone and Gregory Colone; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Julia Colone.
He is also survived by his brother, Enio Colone, and his wife, Dolores, of Oneonta; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Ani was predeceased by his sisters, Alvira Colone, Ida Valensisi, Lisa Romiti and Ethel Sieder; and by his brother, Albert (Eddigate) Colone.

John Howard Clarke, 74. resident of Waxhaw. NC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday. January 16,2010, after succumbing to his battle with Myleofibrosis.
John was born on July 7. 1935, in Oneonta. NY to John Howard Clarke Sr. and Helena Clarke (Burns), the youngest of 4 children and the only son. He attended St. Mary’s Academy through 81h grade and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1952. He joined the Army in 1953 and served 3 years as part of the Signal Corps in the Korean War.
John worked as a plumber, electrician and carpenter, serving in various managerial maintenance positions before coming to JAARS. in Waxhaw. NC, in 2000. He married Judi Mullikin Roloson in 1990. John accepted the Lord as His Savior in 1995. For the past nine years he and Judi have been serving the Lord as Wycliffe Bible Translation Support Missionaries under Interlink Ministries. John worked in the Housing Department at JAARS, most recently as the Housing Manager.
The Clarkes’ sending church is Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, Vestal, NY. They are presently members of Taylor’s Grove Baptist Church in Lancaster, Sc.
His favorite pastimes were antiquing, collecting Delaware and Hudson memorabilia, doing crossword puzzles, and cooking. He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Notre Dame Football fan.
Surviving him are his wife of 20 years, Judi Clarke, his six children: Blaise (Sue), Justin (Natalie), Chris, Aaron, Rachael Clarke, and Katie (Marty Smith), his 4 step children: Scott (Sharyl), Brian (Debbie), Glenn (Kris) and Jeffrey Roloson, 20 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews, sisters: Marie Wetmore, Kay (Clarence Rycraft), brother-in-Iaws: Roy Moorby, Alan Mullikin (Judy) sister-in laws: Brenda Criss (Jim), and Ann Mullikin. A sister, Nan Moorby, predeceased him.
John will be remembered most for his love of people, servant heart
and his great sense of humor.

VOORHEESVILLE – Donald S. Hooks, 67, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 with his loving family by his side at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC after a year long battle with brain cancer. Donald was the son of Kenneth and Bertha Hooks, born and raised in Oneonta NY. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1960. He was married to his wife Betty in 1964 and remained her loving husband for 46 years. He retired in 2004 after having worked at Unisys Corporation and its predecessor companies for over 35 years managing customer service operations. Prior to his career in the computer industry, Donald served in the U.S. Navy submarine service for over 7 years as a nuclear reactor technician aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602), a George Washington-class fleet ballistic missile submarine, and subsequently earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration at S.U.N.Y. at Albany.
Don was an active volunteer in Boy Scouts of America Troop 73 and an active member of the Voorheesville American Legion Post 1493, where he served as its commander from 1985 to 1986. Don had a brilliant intellect, an infectious sense of humor and warm generosity. He would devour books and literature at a pace that was hard to believe. He enjoyed being outdoors all of his life, craving the ocean and beaches, spending his retired years maintaining his son’s forest acreage, and playing golf with his buddies. He loved making up stories for his grandsons and providing laughter for everyone around him through his antics. He loved and appreciated his family and friends.
Donald is survived by his loving wife Betty (Oliver) Hooks of Voorheesville, daughter and son-in-law Donna and Scott McLean of Cary NC and son and daughter-in-law James and Laurie Hooks of Pittsfield, MA. He was the loving grandfather of Brenden, Ian and Evan McLean. Donald is also survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Mrs. Brian (Marilyn) Sabean of Ft. Myers, FL and two brothers, Wayne Hooks of Escondido CA and Richard Hooks of Oneonta NY. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
The funeral service for Don will be held Tuesday January 19th 2010 at 12:00 p.m. at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Rd., Colonie NY (Rt. 155-south of Central Ave.). Calling hours will precede the service on Monday January 18th 2010 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery and Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don’s name may be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, Duke University Medical Center, DUMC Box 3624, Durham NC 27710, Attn: Ellen Stainback.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. _ Mary Lou (Wood) Knott, 64, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Johnson City Medical Center following a sudden illness.
A native of Oneonta, she was a daughter of Norma Vitch of Elizabethton and the late Austin Wood. Mary Lou graduated from Oneonta High school class of 1963,
Mrs. Knott was a retired schoolteacher. She was a very giving and loving person who enjoyed volunteering with Hospice.
Mary Lou was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Elizabethton. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors, in addition to her mother; include her husband, Larry “Skip” Knott; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Mei-Ling Farjellah, San Antonio, Texas, and David and Aimee Knott, Kingsport, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Nathan Bowersox, Casselberry, Fla., Megan Farjellah, Murphy, N.C., Davey and Kaylee Knott, both of Kingsport, and Joshua and Christopher Farjellah, both of San Antonio; a sister, Nancy Fodero and husband Joe, Oneonta, another sister, Doris Isherwood and husband Arthur, of Fairfield, Maine; and a brother, Stanley Wood and wife Bobbie, of Sherman, Miss. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

ONEONTA _ Craig H. Townsend, 67, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at his home after a courageous battle with prostate cancer; with great dignity and without complaint he remained strong for those he loved.
He was born Nov. 23, 1942, in Oneonta, the son of Albert and Ernestine (Hyde) Townsend.
Craig was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1962 and the State University College at Oneonta. After graduation he joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and moved out west where he became leader for the rural Missouri area.
In the early 1970s, he went to work for Otsego County Department of Social Services as a Case Worker. He then was employed at Broome Developmental Services as a Social Worker, where he retired.
Craig was a quiet man with much integrity who always led by example. Without reservation he would provide help and support to all that he could.
Most importantly to those around him, he was a devoted husband and father who worked hard to provide a welcoming, loving home for his family.
He regularly enjoyed running and was proud to complete both the Pitt run a full lap of Otsego Lake. He was also an avid Yankee fan and took great pleasure from their recent World Series triumph.
Craig is survived by his wife, Patricia (Otvos) Townsend, whom he married on June 6, 1981, in Oneonta; his daughter, Maura Townsend and her fiance, Sean Buckley of Philadelphia, Pa.; three nieces, Rachael Geelan, Amy Maurer and Sheri Cilano; his brother-in-law, Tracy Reynolds; his father’s widow, Betty Townsend; a grandniece, a grandnephew and several cousins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Reynolds.

Lorna Carol Williams, 77 of Toms River NJ, died on Friday Aug 28 2009 at home. Lorna was born in Suffern., NY to Richard and Violet Mihalko. She attended Brick Church School. Her family moved to Oneonta NY where she graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1960, and SUNY at Oneonta. She completed her graduate degree at Hunter College of the City University of New York. In 1970 Lorna lived in New City, NY and then Monsey, NY teaching in Clarkstown Central Schools of Rockland County where she retired after thirty-two years.
Lorna served as an elder of the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. where she was active m Presbyterian Women. having been past moderator She served as a trustee for Historic Allaire Village and president of the Allaire Auxiliary. Lorna
enjoyed p1aymg bridge for over fifteen years With her “bridge girls” -and tennis at Beaver Dam and the Woodlands. She camped all over the northeast for many years with the Farkels her special friends.
Lorna is survived by her husband James Williams; Sandra of Stony Point, NY, granddaughters, Tara & Keri Katt, and grandson Ronald Alba; step-son James Williams and wife Carol of Teguesta, FL; grandson Brian Williams- and Wife Carl, two great. grandchildren :Kelsey and Alex. and step-son Gregory W1lliams and wife Jill of Glen Ridge. NJ.; grandchildren Zachary Harrison, and Parker Williams. She is also survived by sister Joyce Trainor and brother in law Rev .Tom Trainor of Tuckerton, NJ. She was
Predeceased by Elizabeth Malayter and is survived by Elizabeth’s husband James of State College PA.; also survived by nephews Peter and Debbie Trainor of Williamsburg VA. Andrew and Cheryl Trainor of Scotia, NY and Kenneth and Christine Trainor of Hawley. PA. aunt Mildred Hall of Pitman Manor and cousins Marjorie Bell of VA. and Janet Simmerman of Pitman, NJ.

ONEONTA _ Martin L. Finch, 84, of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
He was born April 3, 1925, in Oneonta, the son of the late Mark W. and Lela Belle (Knapp) Finch. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1948.
In 1943, Martin enlisted in the United States Navy. He trained at Sampson Naval Base and proudly served his country during World War II as a diesel mechanic. He witnessed the invasion of Normandy from the reserve post on the USS Catamount and received a certificate of recognition from the Consulate of France for the part he played in the battles for the Liberation of France. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After returning from the Navy, Martin graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1948. He then attended and graduated from Delhi Agricultural and Technical School in 1952. He also attended Utica College of Syracuse University.
Martin married Freda Wells, who predeceased him. He later married Frances Mary Berner, to whom he has been married to for over 50 years.
By trade, Martin was a carpenter and building contractor. He worked for Neil R. Neilson Contracting for over 25 years. In 1979, he started Finch Contracting and did most of his work at Bassett Hospital for over 15 years.
You could always find Martin up in the barn puttering on some construction project.
But most of all, Martin loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Martin was a member of the Hudson Valley District Council of Carpenters and was Council Secretary for several years and also taught carpentry for the Union at Milford BOCES.
Martin is survived by his wife, Frances Mary Finch of Oneonta; children, Dana Martin Finch of Oneonta and Marta L. (David) Crouch of Lodi; grandchildren, Michelle (Hector) Perez, Amanda Finch, Ashley Finch, and Scott Finch, all of Oneonta, Tom Crouch and Allison Crouch of Lodi; great-grandchildren, Angel, Gabriel and Juliana Perez, Kobe, Dylan, Olivia, Malachi, and Kailea Finch; sister, Natalie Horth of Oneonta; brother, DeForest (Audrey) Finch of Florida; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by siblings, Flora Belle Finch, Stanton Finch and Mark Finch; brother-in-law, Ken Horth; and sister-in-law, Elsie Finch.
COOPERSTOWN – James U. Brophy, a devoted Irish Catholic who served for many years in the field of education, died peacefully Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, 2009, surrounded by family at his daughter’s home in the Town of Exeter. He was 82.
Jim was born at home in Oneonta on June 15, 1927, a son of John J. and Helen Veronica (McGinnis) Brophy. In his youth, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and later Oneonta Junior and Senior High School, graduating in tghe class of 1944.
On Sept. 4, 1949, Jim married the former Marion Grace Hancock, and the two enjoyed 53 years of marriage until her death May 22, 2003.
Deciding on a career in teaching, Jim attended the New York State Teachers College at Albany from 1944-1950. As this was during the time of World War II, Jim also served his country in the United States Army from August of 1945 until December of 1946.
In 1949, he received a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education and mathematics and social studies, and in 1950, received his master’s degree in school guidance and administration. Jim would later further his education by taking courses in educational administration at Colgate University and the State University College at Oneonta.
Jim went on to enjoy a successful, satisfying and professional career in education. From 1950 to 1952, he served as a secondary teacher in Hillsdale; from 1952 to 1954, he served a guidance counselor in Harpursville; and from 1954 until 1961, he was the BOCES guidance counselor supervisor for central schools in Richfield Springs, the Owen D. Young School in Van Hornesville, Cherry Valley, Springfield and Edmeston. From 1961 until 1967, he served as the BOCES Director of Pupil and Personnel Services and Special Education Programs; from 1967 until 1970, he was BOCES Director of Guidance for the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford and the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge; and from 1970 until 1975, he was assistant superintendent at Cooperstown Central School.
Jim was also actively involved with several area organizations. From 1973 until 1977, he served on the Board of Trustees for
the Village of Cooperstown and from 1975 until 1977, worked at the Leatherstocking Golf Course, where he greeted golfers, provided carts, and did general groundskeeping. He was also a member of the Catskill Mountain Educators Corporation from 1982 until 2009, and very much enjoyed their monthly meetings.
In 1977, Jim returned to his roots and became the student relations officer at Oneonta Senior High School, serving in this position until 1982, when he became a personnel officer for Otsego County.
From 1985 until 1987, Jim was the temporary assistant to the Director at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.
Throughout the years, Jim was devoted to the Catholic faith and was a very active communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. He thoroughly enjoyed his many years as a Eucharistic Minister as well as his time spent volunteering at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.
Jim will be remembered by many for his sense of humor, love of family and dedication to education. A true gentleman to the end, he will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.
Jim is survived by four children and their spouses, Michael D. and Cindy Brophy of Ambler, Pa., Patricia Ann and Nicholas Kelly of Burlington Flats, James M. and Jacqueline Brophy of Fly Creek, and Dennis J. and Erin Brophy of Germantown, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Sean, Ryan and Patrick Kelly, Brian and Justin Brophy, Alexandra Brophy, and Taylor and Clarisse Brophy; five great-grandchildren, Joey, Hailey, Charlie and Mylee Kelly and Mya Rose Brophy; two brothers, Jack Brophy of Voorheesville and Jerry Brophy and his wife, Patricia of Troy; and many nieces and nephews.

Hancock – Gerard Rocco Romeo died very suddenly on Tuesday evening, September 22, 2009 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Binghamton. He is predeceased by his father, Giovanni Romeo. He is survived by his mother, Pia (Farinola) Romeo of Pembroke Pines, FL; wife, Helen Robinson-Romeo of Hancock; daughter, Dominique and Nick Lazaros of Binghamton; five step-children Shawn and Denise Carmody of Taylor, TX; Shannon Robinson of Delhi; Shana and Francis Drake of Hancock; Shileen and David Jackson of Greene; and Yvonne and Shane Robinson of Greene; brother Gino and Nerys Romeo of Miami, FL; sisters, Cecilia and Ed Fitzgerald and Pia and Joe Dessi of Pembroke Pines, FL; and Elena and Adam Verklas of Coral Springs, FL. He cherished his countless nieces, nephews, cousins and step-grandchildren. He was a registered Sous Chef for several years, and he not only excelled in his profession, he truly loved it. He received many awards and Commendations throughout his career. One of his most prestigious honors being a special guest chef at the world premiere of the movie Armageddon, held in the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He was an “artist tres excellent” at carving beautiful creations from vegetables and fruits as well. He was also an avid Bonsai enthusiast for many years. He had a tremendous sense of humor, for which he was known all his life. He loved life, and life loved him. He was bigger than life, with a heart that far surpassed his size. Gerard’s family would like to thank the staff at Lourdes Hospital and Bridgewater Rehabilitation Center. Gerard truly appreciated the wonderful care he received. May God Bless you all. Gerard graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1975, he was 53 years old, and had planned on attending his 35th class reunion in October of aught 10.
WEST ONEONTA _ Carol A. Fuller, 67, a resident of West Oneonta, passed away on Friday. Oct. 9, 2009, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Carol was born on April 4, 1942, in Oneonta, the daughter of Michael and Nellie (Morzillo) Cannistra. Carol graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1959. She married Donald C. Fuller on June 17, 1961.
Carol worked as an office manager for Wachovia Securities in Oneonta until she retired in 2006. Prior to that, she was an executive officer for the Otsego/Delaware/Schoharie Board of Realtors. For a period of 25 years she was a dental assistant for Dr. Sam Pondolfino.
Carol was a member of St. Mary’s Church. She was an avid golfer and was a member of the Oneonta County Club.
Carol is survived by her husband of 48 years, Donald C. Fuller of West Oneonta; and her sister, Pat Conway and husband, Al, of Oneonta. She is also survived by her nieces and their husbands, Kristin and Christopher Twomey of Biddeford, Maine, Kathy and D.J. Stein of Otego and Kim and Jay Frazier of Oneonta; her five grandnephews and one grandniece, Casey and Cameron Twomey, Tyler and Nicholas Stein and Jackson and Makenna Frazier; her sister-in-law, Joan Fuller of Otego; and several cousins.
There will be no calling hours and a private family service will be held. Inurnment will be in the Mount Calvary Columbarium, Emmons.

SYRACUSE _ Joanne Gage Hartman, 70, of Syracuse, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Crouse Hospital following a recurrence of the cancer she defeated 10 years ago.
She was born Joanne Elizabeth Gage to Harold and Anne Gage of Milford; they moved to Oneonta, where she graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1955. She attended Syracuse University, and had been a Syracuse resident ever since.
Joanne worked for many years at Channel 3 (then WSYR-TV) and WSYR-FM, helping coordinate projects including county election result tabulation and station license renewal; later, managing WSYR-FM’s traffic department and coordinating national sales for WSTM-TV.
She was active in her church, singing in the choir and teaching adult Bible study for many years.
Joanne is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gary S. Hartman; her son, Jeffrey (Laurie); granddaughter, Hannah; her brother, Arthur (Margaret) Gage of Agawam, Mass.; and extended family.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at Rockefeller United Methodist Church, 350 Nottingham Road, Syracuse, NY 13210. Guests may greet the family following the service.
Interment in Milford Cemetery will take place this spring.

Ronald K. Hillis, beloved husband of Marilyn, passed away at home Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. He is survived by two sons: Wayne, and Darren and his wife, Kathleen; and four grandchildren: Kyle, Ryan and Connor Hillis, and Jacob Mehegan. He is also survived by his sister and brotherin- law, Dawn and John Wilcox; two aunts, Helen McClintock and Betty Grosfent; two nieces; two nephews; two great-nieces and one great-nephew. Ronnie was born in Charlotteville on July 25, 1938, the son of Kenneth and Pearl (Grosfent) Hillis.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1956, then went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps.
He married Marilyn Connolly on March 11, 1960.
When he came home from the service, he worked several years for Wilson Roofing, then two short stints at Pickett’s Building and Rowe Brothers. He then worked at Oneonta Tire until retirement. When Ronnie was younger, he enjoyed hunting and working on cars.
In the last few years he very much enjoyed shopping and traveling.

ONEONTA – Richard W. Cole, 81, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Oneonta, the son of Julian and Beatrice (Campbell) Cole. He was a 1946 graduate of Oneonta High School.
He married Pauline Lasher on Oct. 16, 1948, at the Portlandville Methodist Church.
During World War II, Dick was a volunteer plane spotter, scanning the skies over Oneonta from a top of the armory, hospital and the Oneonta Men’s Club (present Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home).
Dick was employed for more than 40 years by the J.J. Maloney Co. in Oneonta, as a candy and tobacco salesman.
He was a life member of the Crumhorn Rod and Gun Club and a member of the NRA. At one time he was a Troop leader for the Milford and Schenevus Boy Scouts. Dick love to work in his wood shop and was an avid trap shooter. For many years, he was involved in stocking fish in the local trout streams. Dick was a generous man, who was always there to help someone in need.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pauline Cole of Oneonta; three sons, William Z. and wife, Ruth Cole of Willow Springs, N.C., Jack R. and wife, Sue Cole of Walton, and Brian S. and wife, Shell Cole of Maryland; grandchildren, Erik and wife, Kim Cole, Cyndi and husband, Dwayn Fowler, Elizabeth Cole and Brian Magnin, Daniel Cole and Danielle Tharp and Timothy Cole; five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, John and wife, Rita Lasher; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

FLORENCE, S.C. _ Eugene “Gene” R. Pier, 48, passed away the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. He finally lost his courageous battle with brain cancer, after being diagnosed early in 2007. His loving and devoted wife of 11 years, Sonja, was at his side. He joins other veterans of the Gulf War, Desert Storm, who died from the same cause.
Gene was born Feb. 15, 1961, on Long Island to Lynn and Roger Pier. His family spent most of his childhood in Oneonta.
Gene graduatd from Oneonta High School class of 1979. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January of that year on the buddy program with his best friend, Donald Eldred.
After serving honorably for four years as a Huey helicopter repair technician, he was accepted into and completed the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Training program conducted at Ft. Rucker, Ala.
He was assigned to Ft. Drum as a MedEvac pilot. While deployed during the Gulf War in February of 1991, during a noncombat-related night flying maneuver, his chopper crashed.
The senior WO pilot was killed, and Gene suffered critical, almost fatal, injuries. After recovering, he was released from active duty in 1992. He was never able to return to having active flight status due to physical limitations resulting from the crash.
He did get some training and flight time with small fixed wing aircraft, but helicopters were his dream. Even though he was considered primarily disabled, Gene worked and lived in the South. Due to the debilitating advancement of conditions left from the crash, it was determined that Gene was 100 percent service connected disabled in 1999.
Gene remarried in May 1998. After that time, he was a resident of the Florence, S.C., area. He was a member of the Veterans Honor Guard. He served as a Guardian ad Litem for the Florence area judicial system, representing and assisting troubled youth and youth involved in the foster-care system when necessary. He also umpired local softball and officiated local youth volleyball.
He was able to return to the Oneonta area for a brief visit last month, to fulfill his dream of going up in a helicopter one more time, and piloting it. A wonderful young man named Pat Dillon of Utica was able to do that on July 12, 2009.
He is survived by his “sweet southern belle,” Sonja Pier of Florence, S.C.; stepdaughters, Laurie Shoffiet of Atlanta, Ga., and Amy Lee of Florence, S.C. and their children; his own “child,” a little white lap dog named “Munchie,” who was part of the immediate family; his mother, Lynn Gibbs, and stepdad, Ron Gibbs, of Darlington, S.C.; his sisters, Christine Andrews and husband Wayne of Harpersfield and Valerie Gordon and husband Scott of Oneonta; his Aunt Jeanne Brodie of Florence S.C.; his Aunt Glenda and Uncle Bob Moore of Milford; his Uncle Ronald and Aunt Pam Pier of Milford; nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
He is predeceased by his father, Roger A. Pier on May 1, 1995, and his favorite uncle and golfing partner, John Brodie, in 2007.

(Dated October, 1996) Lee (Terry) Bryant, 55, a former director of technical services,
University of Buffalo Survey Research Center, died of cancer Oct. 2, 1996 at Teresa House in Geneseo.
Bryant, who spent most of his academic life in the computer science field, had been associated with Geneseo State College since 1973, when he joined the faculty as assistant professor of computer science. He also served for several years as manager of academic computing at the college. In the late 1980s, for four years, he was chairman of the computer science department.
Before joining Geneseo State, he was director of technical services for the UB Survey Research Center.
Lee Graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1959. He held a bachelor’s degree in physics from Syracuse University, a master’s
degree in physics from State University at Albany and a Ph.D. in research and evaluation from UB.
Bryant was the author of numerous papers and reviews and presented workshops throughout the state.

NORWICH _ Aline P. Oliver, 84, formerly of County Road 29, and more recently of Mead’s Pond, Norwich, passed away late Monday night, June 29, 2009, at her home.
Born in Oneonta in August of 1924, Aline was the daughter of Lu and Clara Burrell Patrick. She grew up in Oneonta, was a graduate Oneonta High School class of 1941, and attended Hartwick College, from which she graduated with a BA degree in psychology.
Aline taught nursery school for a short time in Syracuse prior to her marriage in Oneonta on Oct. 25, 1947, to Lynn R. Oliver. The Olivers moved to Norwich, where Aline went to work as the first director of the Co-Op Nursery School at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. After two years there, she shifted employment and became a case worker for the Chenango County Department of Social Services, remaining there for 25 years prior to her retirement in 1984.
In retirement, Aline enjoyed traveling with her husband and seeing various places around the country.
Devotees of bluegrass music, Aline and Lynn were two of the original organizers of the Norwich Family Bluegrass Festival and spent many enjoyable times up and down the East Coast as vendors at other bluegrass festivals.
A warm, giving, family-oriented woman, Aline was strong-willed and raised her family with a firm but fair and loving hand.
She was a member of long-standing of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, where for years she taught Sunday school and actively supported the church programs. She and Lynn had been very involved in local community organizations, such as the Elks and the Lions.
Aline is survived by her children and their spouses, Linda and Bill Graves of North Syracuse, Greg and Mary Oliver of Schenectady, Ralph and Shelia Oliver of Davenport, Fla., Edward and Donna Oliver of Plant City, Fla., Betty and Pete Yaichuk of Groton, and Marie and John Sabo of New Milford, Conn.; by her 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and by her devoted little black poodle, “Ollie.”
She was predeceased by her husband, Lynn, on Oct. 25, 2007; and by her only brother, Dean Patrick.

ONEONTA _ Joseph Wakin, 84, of Oneonta, passed away Monday, July 6, 2009, at the A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Joe was a lifelong resident of Oneonta, graduating from Oneonta High School, class of 1942 and joining the Armed Forces serving in WWII as part of the 80th Airborne Division. He attended photography school in NYC and continued to enjoy taking pictures and working in his darkroom well into his 70s. He worked as a shipping clerk for more than 40 years at Oneonta Tire & Auto.
Joe loved playing golf and spent many hours on the golf course with his “golf buddies.”
Joe is survived by his three daughters, Linda (Bob) Maquire of Canajoharie, JoAnn (Dave) Simonds of Canaan, Ct., and Donna (Lynn) Taylor of Presque Isle, Maine.
He has four grandhildren, Robert (Tricia) Maguire Jr., Mark (Kristina) Simonds, Scott (Jane) Simonds and Kate Marie Simonds. Also surviving are Joe’s six, great-grandchildren, Maeve, Josephine, and Fiona Maguire, Madison and Jacob Simonds and Cole Simonds. Fiona Maguire was also Joe’s goddaughter. Joe is also survived by his beloved cousin and “guardian angel,” Jennie Stahl; as well as several in-laws; cousins; nieces; nephews; friends; and “golfing buddies.”
The thanks of the family are extended to the nursing staff at Fox Hospital for their care and compassion in Joe’s final days.

NORWICH _ Aline P. Oliver, 84, formerly of County Road 29, and more recently of Mead’s Pond, Norwich, passed away late Monday night, June 29, 2009, at her home.
Born in Oneonta in August of 1924, Aline was the daughter of Lu and Clara Burrell Patrick. She grew up in Oneonta, was a graduate Oneonta High School class of 1941, and attended Hartwick College, from which she graduated with a BA degree in psychology.
Aline taught nursery school for a short time in Syracuse prior to her marriage in Oneonta on Oct. 25, 1947, to Lynn R. Oliver. The Olivers moved to Norwich, where Aline went to work as the first director of the Co-Op Nursery School at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. After two years there, she shifted employment and became a case worker for the Chenango County Department of Social Services, remaining there for 25 years prior to her retirement in 1984.
In retirement, Aline enjoyed traveling with her husband and seeing various places around the country.
Devotees of bluegrass music, Aline and Lynn were two of the original organizers of the Norwich Family Bluegrass Festival and spent many enjoyable times up and down the East Coast as vendors at other bluegrass festivals.
A warm, giving, family-oriented woman, Aline was strong-willed and raised her family with a firm but fair and loving hand.
She was a member of long-standing of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, where for years she taught Sunday school and actively supported the church programs. She and Lynn had been very involved in local community organizations, such as the Elks and the Lions.
Aline is survived by her children and their spouses, Linda and Bill Graves of North Syracuse, Greg and Mary Oliver of Schenectady, Ralph and Shelia Oliver of Davenport, Fla., Edward and Donna Oliver of Plant City, Fla., Betty and Pete Yaichuk of Groton, and Marie and John Sabo of New Milford, Conn.; by her 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and by her devoted little black poodle, “Ollie.”
She was predeceased by her husband, Lynn, on Oct. 25, 2007; and by her only brother, Dean Patrick.

ONEONTA _ Debra L. Vagliardo, 60, of Oneonta, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Debra was born May 4, 1949, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Earl and Marie (Fisher) Fesler. She graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1967.
She married Joseph A. Vagliardo on Aug. 21, 1971.
For the past 20-plus years Debra was a real-estate agent who was well-respected by her peers. Most recently, she was associated with Realty USA and during her career, she has been recognized as a multi-million-dollar producer as well as receiving many other awards.
She enjoyed her daily walks with her dog, Sadie. She also loved gardening, pool time and visiting casinos. She loved to entertain and being surrounded by her family and friends.
Debra is survived by her husband of 38 years, Joseph A. Vagliardo, of Oneonta; her son, William J. Vagliardo and his wife, Denise, of Oneonta; an aunt, an uncle and many cousins.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta at which time the family will be in attendance. Memorial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Oneonta Fire Department EMS for all their efforts.

ONEONTA _ Frank A. “Gus” Grygiel, 72, of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born Aug. 18, 1936, in Oneonta, the son of Frank and Frances (Sokolowski) Grygiel. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1954.
He married Kathleen Canellis on June 16, 1962.
Gus attended Notre Dame University, and for a period of time served in the National Guard.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church.
Gus’ working career focused around the Oneonta Country Club, where he was assistant pro, head professional and golf course superintendent. He also was the head professional at Chenango Valley State Park. He was a lifetime member of the PGA.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen C. Grygiel, of Oneonta; his children, Christine West and her husband, Todd, of New York City, Mark A. Grygiel and his wife, Michelle, of Oneonta; two grandchildren, Zachary Grygiel and Alexandra West. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Grygiel, and his wife, Fiona, of Hilton Head; and a sister, Mary Roggio, of Hartfield, Va.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
DELMAR _ William J. Flanigan, 70, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Albany Medical Center, following a long illness.
Bill was born on April 15, 1939, in Tupper Lake. He was the son of the late Dorothy Brown Flanigan and Albert Flanigan, cherished husband of Mary Jane Hepinstall Flanigan and loving father of Peter J. Flanigan of Jersey City, N.J.
He grew up in Oneonta, graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1957 and earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College in 1961. He served from 1962 to 1965 in the U.S. Navy and toured both the Arctic and Antarctic. He then was employed by New York State government, retiring as director of planning for the Insurance Department in 1995.
He is survived by his sister, Karen (Kel) Moseley; sisters-in-law, Katherine Hepinstall and JoAnna Hepinstall; nephews, Christopher (Diane, children Ruby and Miles) LaSalle and James J. Dabek; nieces, Lisel Krezinski, Donna Hepinstall and Meaghan Holmsten; aunts, Bridget Bubniak and Kay Stadtler; uncle, “Dutch” Brown and several cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews.

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. _ A funeral service for William C. Spence Sr., 79, of Ormond Beach, Fla., who passed away at home from complications of COPD on Sunday, May 10, 2009, will be held at Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009.
Born on Oct. 30, 1929, to Jack and Betty Spence in Oneonta, he graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1947. He married Helen Herzberg of Ozone Park in 1952.
He retired from the United States Navy as a senior chief hospital corpsman, serving in the Korean War and serving aboard the USS Davis (DD937) and USS Yosemite.
He retired to Oneonta in 1966, where he earned a degree in education at SUNY Oneonta and taught fourth grade at Worcester Elementary.
He and his wife moved to Ormond Beach in 1973, and owned and operated the Crossed Palms Motel and Quarterdeck Restaurant. Not one to retire, he owned and operated the Coffee Pot Restaurant (now the World Famous Iron Horse Saloon). After that endeavor, he started another career, and retired from Scotty’s Hardware. After officially retiring, Bill and Helen spent their time traveling.
He lived a full and rewarding life and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; sons, Jack, Mike, Steve and Billy; his daughters, Susan Close (Steve), Kathy Poole (Bill) and Patty Thomas (Mark); 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his two brothers, Doug and Don of Ormond By the Sea.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. _ Janine Lynn Anderson, 56, of Maryville, Tenn., died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Blount Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Oneonta (upstate), to Richard and Jean (Dunham) Collins, along with her brother, Richard Collins Jr. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1971.
Janine was a very outspoken activist for the sick, dying and deceased former workers from nuclear complexes across the United States. She was the National Outreach Coordinator for the Coalition for a Healthy Environment (CHE), founding board member for the Alliance of Nuclear Worker Advocacy Groups (ANWAG) and one of nine people from across the United States chosen to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Cold War Patriots (CWP).
Janine, a former employee of the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (K-25) suffered from a multitude of illnesses attributed to her exposures received while working there. She was known as “a sick former worker, working for you.” Janine worked relentlessly to help others receive their deserved compensation.
Janine has been involved for approximately 12 years fighting for just and fair compensation for others. She was in Washington, D.C. the day President Bill Clinton signed into law the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Janine continued to spend many hours in D.C. each year talking with congressmen and senators, building a lasting relationship with many persons in Washington, D.C.
Janine had a dream to see a National Day of Remembrance for sick and deceased nuclear workers, also known as Cold War Veterans, those persons who did their part at home to support the war effort.
Janine shared her dream with the Cold War Patriot and its parent organization, Professional Case Management, which then started the movement that commenced with a kickoff at Oak Ridge, Tenn., with the signing of a 40-foot banner, which will be carried across the United States to gather signatures in support of this effort. The banner will be carried back to Oak Ridge, Tenn., at about September 2009, before it is taken to Washington D.C. The U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Rep-Tenn.) will sponsor the bill, which has been requested to bear Janine’s name.
Janine’s journey led her to many places, making lots of friends along the way. Her efforts touched thousands of lives. Though she has gone on to be with our Lord, her legacy will live on always.
Janine was also the proud owner of two former businesses in Blount County, Tenn., The Country Barn Antique and Craft Store and The Country Cupboard Primitives and Folk Art, where she built a very loving and loyal clientele of customers.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leland and Frances Collins and Rosalie and Lewis Dunham.
Survivors include her loving husband, Richard C. Anderson (Janine is his Princess); daughter, Callie Anne Pierce; father and mother, Richard and Jean Collins; brother, Richard “Ricky” Collins Jr.; niece, Rachel Collins; special cousins, Wendy Steelhammer and Joann Dunham; stepson and wife, Chris and Nina Anderson; stepdaughter, Dr. Delaine Anderson; sister-in-law, Bette Ratledge; niece, Nikki Daffron Smith; and her “adoptive Tennessee family,” Monica Aistrop, Carol Thomas, Ruth Swift and David Swift; also special friend, Debra Garner; her other special friends were her doggies, Tyke, Puppy, Gracie and Blazer.

MORRIS _ Patricia Foster, 72, of Morris, went to be with our Lord on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, while at Otsego Manor, after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born May 15, 1936, the daughter of Harold G. Oliver and Florence (Marble) Oliver in Oneonta.
Pat graduated from the Oneonta High School class of 1954. After working for several local businesses, she worked at the Oneonta Country Club and then for the Oneonta City School District until her retirement.
Her father and her mother predeceased her, along with her stepmother, Helen O. Oliver.
Survivors include Pat’s daughter, Cecelia (John) Britton, of Harrisburg, N.C.; her sons, Chester (Jaqueline) McAdams III, of Oneonta, and Douglas McAdams, of Morris; a treasured collection of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; her three devoted sisters, Madolyn (Carver) Palmer, of Oneonta, Janet (Gerald) Horth, of Oneonta, and Betty (Donald) Hooks, of Voorheesville; also many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

SEBRING, Fla. _ Ella T. Rutan, 88, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at Sunny Hills Assisted Living Facility in Sebring, Fla.
She was born June 17, 1920, in Oneonta, the daughter of George H. and Myrtle (Anderson) Terpenning.
She married Guilford C. Rutan on Aug. 28, 1964. He died March 29, 1998.
Ella graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1937, and from Mildred Elley Business School, Albany, in 1938.
She worked for many years in Bresee’s Department Store in the office before moving to Sarasota, Fla. There she worked as a secretary for Stokes and Brown Agency until her retirement. She then moved to Sebring, Fla.
Since November 2006, she had been a resident of Sunny Hills, Sebring, Fla.
Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. Pamela Osborn Smith, Virginia, Mrs. Diane Thoman, South Carolina, and Mrs. Linda Gunn, Pennsylvania; a nephew, David Terpenning, Vermont; several cousins; and a devoted friend, Maria Detelj.
She was predeceased by three brothers and their spouses, Gerald, Percy and George Terpenning.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. _ Beatrice E. Vrooman, 92, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Quality Heath of Fernandina Beach, Fla., after an extended illness.
Born May 6, 1916, in Oneonta, she was the last survivor of three children born to Charles and Mae Thomas. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1934.
Predeceased were her parents, brothers, James M. Thomas and Viron C. Thomas, and husband of 39 years, Judge Harold C. Vrooman.
Surviving are her children, David (Linda) Vrooman of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Nancy Perretta of Stroudsburg, Pa., and Joan (Charles) Mitchell of Plattsburg; three grandchildren, Nancy (James) Rogers of Boone, N.C., Charles (Catherine) Mitchell, Morrisonville, and Helenarose “Heidi” (Eddie) Perretta-Moyette, Stroudsburg, Pa., and two great-grandchildren, Colden and Myles Mitchell, of Morrisonville.
She was active in the Oneonta Country Club Women’s Golf Association, the A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital Volunteer Guild, and the League of Women Voters of Oneonta.
She will be remembered for her zest for life, her devotion to her family and her love of politics and current events. She always enjoyed trying out a “new recipe” for visiting dinner guests, and playing golf and bridge.

ONEONTA _ George Solovitch, 86, passed away at home Wednesday, April 29, 2009, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Oneonta, the son of Enatz and Ina (Suchinck) Solovitch. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1940.
George married Frances Lawler in 1944, in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
George was a United States Navy veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946 during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was proud to serve his country in World War II aboard the USS Menard APA 201. They made the invasion of Okinawa and took occupation troops into Nagasaki, Japan.
George was a lifelong resident of Oneonta and was a 7 Up distributor for 30 years.
He was a member of the Oneonta Bowman, putting on demonstrations at the Clinton Arena; the Oneonta Pistol Shooters; a life member of the Oneonta Sportsmen Club and the Oneonta VFW; and was also a member of the Oneonta Country Club for 50 years.
George was a great hunter, fisherman and trapper. As a great golfer, he was the club champion and winner of the President’s Cup several times at OCC. His lowest score shot at OCC was 58. He had eight holes in one; his greatest hole in one was in 1975, at the Margaretville Member Guest with Ivan Misner, when on the 10th hole of sudden death, George made a hole in one to win the tournament.
George is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances; a daughter-in-law, Janet; a sister-in-law, Pat; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, George Jr., in 2003; and his brother, Andrew, in 2003.

ONEONTA _ Frank Winsor Getman passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, with his family present as the result of complications from a brief illness. He was 77. Frank was a lifelong resident of Oneonta, having been born on Feb. 8, 1932. His parents were Damon Getman and Julia Winsor Getman.
Frank graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1949, where he played on successful baseball and basketball teams. He often reminisced about playing baseball at Ebbets Field. Frank graduated from Colgate University in 1953, where he played baseball and ice hockey. Shortly thereafter, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Korea until 1955. He continued in the Marine Corps Reserves until 1959 and was honorably discharged. He was proud of his service to his country, and celebrated the Marine Corps birthday every year. Frank earned his law degree from Albany Law School in 1958 and returned to Oneonta to practice law. After serving as an assistant district attorney, in 1971 Frank was elected to the first of five four-year terms as Oneonta City Court Judge. Frank left the bench after his final term expired in 1991 as Oneonta’s longest-serving elected official. Until he became ill in January of this year, Frank maintained a busy law practice with his eldest son, Michael. Frank was an astute businessman, as well as a successful and respected attorney.
Frank’s legacy of service to the Oneonta community included membership on many boards of directors, including the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Board, the Key Bank Board, the Riverside Cemetery Board and the Hartwick College Board of Trustees. In 2000, Hartwick College awarded Frank an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Frank was most passionate about his more than 20 years of service on the Dewar Foundation Board of Directors. During that time, under Frank’s leadership, the Dewar Foundation awarded millions of dollars of grants to local organizations, set up numerous college scholarships for Oneonta High School graduates and assisted in funding the construction of at least a half-dozen public buildings in Oneonta.
Frank’s first wife, Maggie, passed away in 1976. Frank later married Kathy Moore, who currently resides in Florida.
Frank is survived by his daughter, Margaret, of Harrisonburg, Va.; his son, Michael, and his wife, Ellyn, of Oneonta, his son, Frank Jr., and his wife, Ingrid, of Portsmouth, N.H., and his son, Willie, and his wife, J. Jaye, of Austin, Texas. Frank was most proud of his 11 grandchildren, Sean, Ceili, Mary Margaret, Maggie, Grace, Frances, John Paul, Isabel, Jack, Luke and Jillian. Frank’s older brother, Larry, predeceased him, but he is survived by Larry’s wife, June, and their children, Susan, Larry and Peter.

ONEONTA _ Timothy Earl Wilsey passed away April 6, 2009, his 58th birthday, after an extended illness.
Tim was born in 1951, in Oneonta, the son of Irma L. Scofield and Earl D. Wilsey.
He is graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1969, where he played fullback and defensive end for the Yellowjackets. Tim received a vocational degree from SUNY Delhi in 1970, and served in the Army National Guard’s 204th Engineering Battalion through the mid 1970s.
Tim began working as an independent general contractor in the late 1970s, founding T. Wilsey Construction, Inc. Notable local projects include the Oneonta Public Safety Building, the warehouse for Northern Eagle Beverages, and the Main Street restoration initiative in the early 1980s.
In the 1980s, he worked for Walter Rich on rail lines in New Jersey. Tim also owned and operated several student housing buildings in Oneonta.
Tim enjoyed fishing, camping at Arnold Lake, hosting parties, and spending time with his family and numerous friends. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
Tim is survived by his father, Earl D. Wilsey, and his wife, Doris, of Oneonta; his mother, Irma L. West, and her husband, Herbert, of Jefferson; his brother, William Wilsey, and his wife, Patty, of Kentucky; his sons, Jared Wilsey of Memphis, Tenn., and Darren Wilsey and his wife, Susan, of Irvine, Calif.; his daughters, Elissa Wilsey of New York and Jennica “Jennapoo” Wilsey of Maryland; his grandsons, Rocco and Oliver Wilsey of Irvine, Calif.; his aunts, Rose Barnes of Schenevus and Helen Miller and her husband, Gordon, of Smyrna, Del.; his nephew, Ben Wilsey, and niece, April Wilsey, both of Kentucky; a special friend, Sue Robinson of Davenport Center; and many cousins.

ONEONTA _ Marie Jean Kiser, 80, of Oneonta, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Marie was born on April 5, 1928, in Oneonta, the daughter of John and Mary (Hoffman) Dilello. She married Franklin Kiser, who survives, on Aug. 5, 1950.
She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1946 and the A.O. Fox Hospital School of Practical Nursing in 1964.
Marie was a licensed practical nurse for the Oneonta Nursing Home for more than 20 years. Prior to that, she worked for the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Her greatest pleasure was the time shared with family and friends over a cup of coffee.
Marie was a member and a past president of the Oneonta American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 259, a member of the Ladies of the Elks BPOE 1312 and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
Marie is survived by her children, David J. Kiser and his wife, Michele, of Lima, Sandra Rorick and her husband, Arthur, of Oneonta and Steven Kiser and his wife, Lynn, of Odon, Ind. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kara Dean and her husband, Shane, Kyle Kiser, Dan Rorick, Kate Rorick, Allison Kiser, Justin Kiser and Sean Kiser; her two great-grandchildren, Savanna and Sydney Dean; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Marie was predeceased by her infant son, James, her brother, John Dilello and his wife, Dawn and a sister-in-law, Caroline Kiser.

ONEONTA _ Scott Angelo Merlino, 37, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. He was born Sept. 16, 1971, in Oneonta, the son of Thomas and Dolores (Rheaume) Merlino Sr.
Scott was a graduate of Oneonta High School, class of 1989, where he enjoyed playing football.
He was a chef while living in Montauk and recently was working on his own website business, shadyideas.com
He is survived by his parents, Tom and Dee Merlino, of Oneonta; a sister, Kim and husband, Shawn, Scott of Virginia; a brother, Chris Merlino, of Oneonta; his children, Christina Merlino of Flushing and Matthew Fischer of Syracuse; his fiancée, Cathy Borello, of Flushing; nephew, Shane Scott; niece, Cierra Scott; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas M. Merlino II.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oneonta, with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor, the celebrant.
Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery will take place at a later date.

KILAUEA, Hawaii _ Nancy Ruth (Bowen) Tipple, RN of Kilauea, Hawaii, passed away Feb. 15, 2009, at the age of 69 after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Charles; her three daughters, Holly (Vince) Nomura of Bettendorf, Iowa, Heather Tipple of Westwood, Calif., and Deborah (Glenn) Matty of Sacramento, Calif.; grandsons, Miles and Charles Nomura; sister, Louise (Landin) Van Buren of Oneonta; brother, James (Ann) Bowen of Westmere and brother, John (Phyllis) Bowen of Catskill.
Her mother and father, Wilhelmina (Jensen) and Lucien J. Bowen preceded her in death.
Nancy will be remembered for her quick wit, amazing laugh, colorful quilts and caring nature.
Born April 28, 1939, in Cooperstown, she grew up in Oneonta, graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1956 and graduated from Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing.
She married her high school sweetheart, Chuck, in East Greenbush on June 6, 1961. They resided at various Air Force bases before settling in Wayne, Pa.; Mt. Holly, N.J.; and San Jose, Calif., while raising the girls. Nancy touched many lives in her chosen profession, as well in everyday life. Kilauea, Hawaii, has been their residence the last 11 years, where her time and talents were spent on her beautiful quilts.

ONEONTA _ Norman K. Blanchard, 82, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.
Norman was a lifetime resident of Oneonta, born Oct. 17, 1926, to Adrian and Wilhelmina Blanchard.
He was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1943. Shortly after graduation, Norman enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served his country. He served in World War II and left active duty in July 1946. Norman continued his military service in the Navy Reserve until November 1950, at which time he enlisted in the New York National Guard. He retired from military service in April 1983, having served his country for more than 39 years.
In 1951, Norman married the love of his life, Phyllis Odell Blanchard of Stamford. They settled in Oneonta, where they raised their three boys. They cherished their family and shared their love for 47 years.
Norman was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He loved to watch his boys play sports. In later years, he enjoyed traveling to watch his grandchildren play sports. Many trips were taken to Canada, Newfoundland and the Northern Adirondacks to enjoy fishing and hunting. Norman spent many days reliving the memories of a rafting trip down the Hudson River with his good friend, Ken Hungerford.
Norman retired from the Oneonta School District and took up golf. He spent many hours of enjoyment at the Woodhaven Golf Course.
Norman was predeceased by his parents, Adrian and Wilhelmina Blanchard; his wife, Phyllis Odell Blanchard, in 1998; his brother, Adrian “Greg” Blanchard, who was MIA in North Korea in 1950; his first son, James “Jim” Blanchard in June 2007.
Norman is survived by his sister, Sheila, and brother-in-law, William Martin of Oneonta; a sister-in-law, Joyce Doyle of Troy; a sister-in-law, Virginia Odell of Pompton Plaino, N.J.; a daughter-in-law, Joan Blanchard of Seneca Falls; his son, John “Jack” and his wife, Debbie Blanchard, of Oneonta; his son, Jeff, and his wife, Theresa Blanchard of Oneonta; his five grandchildren, Nicole, Jesse, Greg and Tricia Blanchard and Christopher McTighe; many nieces and nephews; and the wonderful staff at Otsego Manor

RUSKIN, Fla. _ Stephen B. Clapp, 58, was born July 11, 1950, in A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital to Richard and Clara “Jen” Clapp. He passed away at his home in Ruskin, Fla., on Dec. 21, 2008.
Steve graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1968. Steve lived in Oneonta through his school years and during that time he worked for Coddington’s Florist where he developed an interest in growing plants. He continued his education in that field and graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in ornamental horticulture.
He worked for numerous commercial greenhouses and as a grounds keeper for the Muirfield Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, where he was especially proud of the plantings and flower beds which he designed and cared for.
Steve was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed many deep sea fishing trips in Long Island, Rhode Island and Florida.
Steve was predeceased by his father, Richard E. Clapp; and a brother, William Clapp.
Steve is survived by his mother, Clara N. Clapp, Bartow, Fla.; brothers, David (LuAnne) Clapp, Oneonta, and Wayne (Sally) Clapp, Columbus, Ohio; sister, Jennifer (Kevin) Galloway, Crystal Lake, Ill.; nephews, Michael Alcott, Columbus, Ohio, David J. Clapp, Oneonta; nieces, Peggy (Eric) Travis, Walton, Lora (Adam) Duggan, Pingree Grove, Ill., Shannon Galloway, Crystal Lake, Ill.; and great-nephew, Joseph Travis, Walton; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

COOPERSTOWN _ Raymon G. Davie Jr., 77, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at home with his family.
Born Sept. 7, 1931, in Raleigh, N.C., he was the son of the late Raymon and Mary Elizebeth (Morris) Davie.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1949, before entering the Air Force, where he proudly served his country in the Strategic Air Command. He was a graduate of Oneonta State Teachers College and taught physical science and biology in public schools in Sidney and Ardsley in Westchester County, before retiring in 1987.
The Davies moved to Cooperstown later that year.
Fondly known as “Buz,” he enjoyed sailing, chess, jazz, woodworking, literature and political debate.
He is survived by Sonja (Thorsland) Davie, his wife of 52 years; a daughter, Lori Price of Leesburg, Va., and her husband, John; and a son, Stephen Davie of Chittenango, and his wife, Sharon; six cherished grandchildren, Jack Price, and Kyle, Ryan, Peyton, Dylan and Keelin Davie; a sister, Jean (Davie) Fieg of Greensboro, N.C.; a brother, Norman Davie of Bouckville; nieces, Judy (Fieg) Kestner, Diana (Fieg) Monaco and Phyllis Fieg; nephews, Bob, Jeff, Greg and Paul Davie; and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held in the spring.

WEST ONEONTA _ Jesse Emory Brockway, 90, of West Oneonta, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at his home with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Worcester on Aug. 15, 1918, the son of Jesse Levi Brockway and Edith (Rogers) Brockway. He lived his entire life on the Brockway family farm.
He married Elaine Chapadeau on Aug. 9, 1942, in Schuyler Lake. They had been married for more than 60 years. Elaine passed away Oct. 13, 2002.
Jesse was a well-known area farmer and had graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1938.
He joined the United States Navy on April 11, 1939, as a musician and trumpet player and served aboard the USS Erie in Panama, and at the Samson Naval Training Station in Samson. He served his country proudly for seven years. He was the first World War II veteran to join the Oneonta VFW where he organized and directed a band for four years.
Jesse was elected councilman in the town of Laurens in 1949, and remained in public office for 40, years which included town supervisor for 12 of those years.
He joined the Laurens Masonic Lodge No. 548 in February 1949, being a past Master, a thrice Potent Master of the Oneonta Lodge of Perfection and 32 degree member of the Kelura Lodge of Binghamton’s Scottish Rite. He received a 60-year-pin and the Distinguished Service Award. He was a member and the first secretary/treasurer of the West Laurens Fire Department when it was organized, and had been a member of the West Laurens Grange from the age of 13. Jesse was also a member of the West Laurens Community Church and the West Oneonta Baptist Church.
He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, having been able to stroll to the woods this fall to enjoy deer hunting even though battling the effects of cancer.
Jesse is survived by his two sons, Louis (Skip) Brockway and wife Charlotte, of Bosque Farms, N.M., and Richard (Rick) Brockway and wife Patricia, of West Oneonta; his three grandchildren, Kimberly S. Sparaco of West Oneonta, Richard J. Brockway of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Randy L. Brockway and wife Melissa, of Otego; and three very special great-grandchildren, Derek, Nicole and Justin Sparaco; and also one great-grandbaby Brockway, (Randy and Melissa) due any day. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many close and dear friends.
He was predeceased by his sister, Catherine Long of Ocoee, Fla.

FAIRPORT _ Mary H. Berezansky, of Fairport, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.
She graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1946. She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, John Bereznasky Jr.
Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Victor.

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. _ Felix L. Barnett passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, five days after his 101st birthday at the Coquina Center in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Felix was born Dec. 1, 1907, in Oneonta, the son of Mable (Yager) and Charles Barnett. He graduated from Oneonta High School Class of 1926
In 1941, Felix married Marjorie I. Stare in Oneonta, where they resided for many years.
He was a veteran of the United States Army. During World War II, he served in the European Theater.
Felix began his career with Wilber Bank in 1930. He served the bank as teller, trust officer, vice president and at the time of his retirement in 1972, he was the bank’s president.
Felix was active in many community activities. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Wyoming Conference of the First Methodist Church; member and treasurer of the Oneonta YMCA board of trustees; member of the executive board of the Boy Scouts’ Otschodela Council. He also was a member and past president of the Oneonta Rotary Club; past member of the Otsego County Cancer Society board of trustees; and treasurer of the March of Dimes for more than 10 years.
Felix is survived by his wife, Marjorie, in Ormond Beach; his sons, Robert (Robin) of DeLand, Fla., and Doug (Bev) of Schenevus; two granddaughters, Jen (Corey) Pier of Worcester and Kim Banner of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Felix will be held at the convenience of the family.

SYRACUSE _ Joanne Gage Hartman, 70, of Syracuse, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Crouse Hospital following a recurrence of the cancer she defeated 10 years ago.
She was born Joanne Elizabeth Gage to Harold and Anne Gage of Milford; they moved to Oneonta, where she graduated from Oneonta High School Class of 1955. She attended Syracuse University, and had been a Syracuse resident ever since. Joanne worked for many years at Channel 3 (then WSYR-TV) and WSYR-FM, helping coordinate projects including county election result tabulation and station license renewal; later, managing WSYR-FM’s traffic department and coordinating national sales for WSTM-TV.
She was active in her church, singing in the choir and teaching adult Bible study for many years.
Joanne is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gary S. Hartman; her son, Jeffrey (Laurie); granddaughter, Hannah; her brother, Arthur (Margaret) Gage of Agawam, Mass.; and extended family.

SALEM, Va. _ Alfred Benjamin “Al” Harris Jr., 65, of Salem, Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008.
He was born March 31, 1943, in Oneonta, and was the son of the late Alfred and Dorothy Harris. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1961.
Al served our country as a chief petty officer in the United States Navy with 20 years of service and he also retired from Steele Dynamics.
Al was known for his practical jokes. He also enjoyed collecting coins and was a sports fan. He enjoyed watching the Miami Dolphins.
He is survived by his wife, Donna L. Harris; a son, Mathew Harris and wife Michelle; daughters, Denise Ory and husband Warren, and Jill Harris and fiancé Robert Millikan; two sisters, Diane Argyle and husband Terry, and Susan Glanzman and husband Sam; and three grandchildren, Taylor Likens, Christian Harris, and Blake Ory

ONEONTA _ Jean Rogers Cox, 74, of Oneonta, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
She was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Frank “Ike” and Myrtle (Munson) Rogers.
Jean graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1952.
On March 6, 1955, Jean married Alvin I. Cox in Oneonta. Alvin predeceased her on March 17, 1989.
Before her marriage, Jean worked at Bresee’s Department Store. From 1955 to 1985, while maintaining a home and raising a family, she assisted her husband, who worked for Eastern A.I. Corp.
In 1990, she began volunteering at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital and continued working until December 2007. She accumulated 10,500 hours of volunteer service. In 2006, Jean was awarded the Carson Award based on her “exemplory service to the physicians and staff at the hospital.”
After going to the Hampshire House in July 2008, she began volunteering there, too. She would help with the mail or anything that needed to be done. She enjoyed participating in all the activities, and would gladly show a new resident around the facility.
Jean was a very positive person; even when her health was failing she didn’t let it get her down. Despite life’s many ups and downs, she was always able to see the positives in life. She always put others first. Jean enjoyed volunteering at the hospital, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.
Jean is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and John Cittandano of Whitesboro; her son, Stephen Cox of Walton; one granddaughter, Richelle and Gibril Dibba; two great-grandchildren, Shariff and Kareem Dibba of Spanaway, Wash.; and cousins, Nancy Moorby, Marilyn and Jim Boyea and David and Mary Ellen Munson.
She was predeceased by her cousin, Robert Moorby.
The thanks of the family is extended to Jean’s very good friends, Jan Ballard, Joanne Burdick, Wendy Fisher and Lillian Hall. Their friendship and support meant a great deal to Jean and her family. In addition, the family expresses its gratitude to the staff at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care.
A graveside memorial service in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta, will be held at a later date.

HERKIMER _ Anne M. (Chouffi) Johnson, 74, of Herkimer, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at the Valley Health Services in Herkimer.
Anne was born Feb. 27, 1934, in Oneonta, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (DeMarino) Chouffi.
Anne graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1952, worked for the city telephone company and also as a nurse’s aide.
She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church while living in the Oneonta area. She later moved to Richfield Springs, Little Falls and eventually Herkimer.
Anne is survived by her daughter, Shelia M. Johnson of Auburn, Mass.; many adored nieces and nephews; and her sister-in-law, Eunice Chouffi of Schenectady.
She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, Thomas and Michael Chouffi of Schenectady.
Anne was a vibrant soul, always cheerful and was especially endeared for her sense of humor. In her younger days, she loved fashion and parties, often showing off her new dresses. Anne and her mother enjoyed many kinds of entertainment, especially the movies. She had great compassion for people and animals alike and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Jacqueline M. Olsen, 68, of Hallstead, Pa., a well known dog trainer of Binghamton and surrounding area, passed away, Saturday, November 8, 2008, at her home. Born June 29, 1940 in Yonkers, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Lister) Minnette. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958. For many years she was actively involved in dog training, dog rescue and therapy training. Jacki and her husband traveled the east coast to many dog shows throughout her career. She was a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her loving husband of 45 years, Jon Olsen, Hallstead, Pa.; son, Michael J. Olsen, Denver, Colo.; daughter, Cheri Doughtery, Albany, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jessica, Cassidy and Justin Doughtery; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Dawn Minnette, Oneonta, N.Y.; and a very special friend, Margaret Mee, Starlite, Pa.; as well as countless others whose lives she touched throughout the dog loving community. Besides her parents; she was predeceased by grandparents, Herbert and Gertrude Lister

ONEONTA _ Lee Edward Gill, 62, of Oneonta, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at M.I. Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.
He was born Nov. 15, 1946, in Oneonta, the son of the late Andrew Joseph and Vera (Teare Shaw) Gill.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1964 where he participated in many sports.
Lee served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. While in the Army, Lee traveled extensively and enjoyed seeing the world.
Lee worked for the D&H Railroad in Oneonta for many years.
A lifelong area resident, Lee loved Oneonta. He loved meeting people and had numerous friends. Once you became Lee’s friend, you were a friend for life. He enjoyed spending time and surrounding himself with the people that he loved.
He was a member of the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
Lee is survived by his brother and his wife, Andrew J. and Carolyn Gill of Wyandanch; three nephews, Andrew A. Gill, and Anthony and Zachary Gill; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins; and a very special landlord and friend, Wanda Olmstead of Oneonta.
He was predeceased by his brother, Carl Gill.

ONEONTA _ Sharon Ann Shumway went to be with the Lord and joined her husband and parents on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. She died at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, at the age of 66.
She was born Nov. 14, 1942, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edward and Grace (Lillian) Elmendorf. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1961.
Sharon married Grant Shumway in 1985 at the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta. He predeceased her on July 5, 2004.
Sharon ran a beauty shop from her home on Main Street in Oneonta for many years. She then worked for the Oneonta School District as an assistant to the bus driver for special needs children.
She was member of the Main Street Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Sharon helped many elderly people over the past several years. She loved making chocolate and fudge for fairs and the holidays for family and friends, and also enjoyed arts and crafts and knitting.
Sharon is survived by her brother, Edward, and his wife, Carol, Elmendorf of Springfield, Va.; a nephew, Eric Elmendorf Sr.; a niece, Kim Schneider; great-nieces and -nephews, Abigail, Eric Jr., Blake, Brandon, Kailey and Harliegh; aunt and uncle, Vin and Helen Schoonmaker of West Winfield; and several cousins.

SIDNEY _ Norma Catherine Clint Nordberg, 83, of Sidney, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, at Chenango Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. Norma was born Sept. 6, 1925, in Oneonta, to the late James and Grace (Chase) Clint. She graduated Oneonta High School class of 1943. Norma met the love of her life when she was 9 years old and later married Stanley L. Nordberg on Oct. 2, 1944. Together, she and Stanley raised four children. They moved to Sidney in 1946, and Norma worked for Scintilla for 10 years. Later she drove bus for Sidney Central School District from 1970 until she retired in 1988. Norma enjoyed parties with the BOCES Girls, roller-skating, stock car racing, ceramics and spending time with her family. Norma is survived by her loving family, her husband, Stanley Nordberg; daughter, Dawn Smith and JR Barton, daughter, Joanne and Chick Darling; son, James and Lee Nordberg, son, Stanley and Phyllis Nordberg II; grandchildren, Robin Wallace, Shelley Delello, Timothy Carlin, Shane Nordberg, Travis Nordberg, Brian Nordberg, Lucas Nordberg, Crystal Nordberg, Lija Nordberg, Lynnea Ferrara, Christopher Nordberg and Jennifer McNealy; and 10 beautiful great-grandchildren. Norma is also survived by her oldest and dearest friend, Bertha Mae Clancy; and many dear and special friends who shared many great times and were like sisters to her.She was also predeceased by sister, Lola Hunt; grandson, Lance Holden; and granddaughter, Shawn Nordberg.Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Lauren Gough of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church officiating

KING FERRY _ Dolores Easley (Borden) Collins, 77, of Oberon Drive, King Ferry, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at her home.
Mrs. Collins was born in Plattsburgh, the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Pendergast Easley and resided in King Ferry since 2005. Prior to that she lived in the Ithaca and Oneonta area, she graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1948.
Mrs. Collins was a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, where she received her B.A. Degree and her Master’s Degree in Education.
She was employed as an elementary school teacher for 15 years in the Oneonta School District and for an additional 15 years in the Ithaca School District, retiring several years ago.
She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, a Master Gardener, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of King Ferry.
Surviving is her husband, Charles J. Collins, King Ferry; son, Gary D. Borden and his wife, Marcia of East Davenport; two daughters, Karen L. Borden, Milton, Fla., and Lynne Borden McClure, King Ferry; two stepsons, Joseph A. Collins and his wife, Luanne of Ithaca, and Michael A. Collins and his wife, Joanne of Brooktondale; one stepdaughter, Elizabeth A. Collins of Folly Beach, S.C.; three sisters, Lorraine E. Patten, Oneonta, Gwendolyn E. Nichols and her husband, Richard of South Glens Falls, and Penny E. Barber and her husband, Robert of The Villages, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Colin, Rebecca, Shyeanne, Robert, Daniel, Jesse, Carrie, David, Jennifer and Thomas; several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service, which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in the First Presbyterian Church of King Ferry. Interment will be in West Genoa Cemetery, King Ferry.

ONEONTA _ John K. Miller, 73, of Oneonta, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle against cancer.
John was born Oct. 26, 1934, the son of Robert E. and Helen Y. Miller.
He was a lifelong resident of Oneonta, and graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1952. He attended undergraduate school at Union College and obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Albany in 1956. John received a Master of Arts in teaching from Wesleyan College in 1965.
John met Elizabeth Nichols at SUNY Albany; they were married June 23, 1957, and he spent the next 52 years in the company of his soul mate.
He was particularly proud of all of the accomplishments of his nine children; and 18 grandchildren, who were the focus of his life. John (Da) was blessed recently to meet his first great-grandchild.
Mr. Miller returned to OHS as a mathematics teacher in 1956, and was an extraordinary educator for 33 years. He is remembered fondly by his students for his enthusiasm, love of learning and joy in teaching mathematics. John was the mathematics department chair for much of his career, as well as Union president, and in these roles he is remembered by his peers as a positive force for education in the Oneonta School District.
In retirement, John was a volunteer for AARP and was a founding member of the Oneonta area Man-to-Man organization, a prostate cancer support group.
He was known for his purchase of the Old Main Campus, and was proud of building a log cabin as well as having a hand in the refurbishment of several area residences. He loved to work with wood, and many of his creations are still visible throughout his home. John was an avid reader and was still an active learner in retirement. He will be sorely missed by his beloved dog, Bella.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Miller; and their children, Elizabeth Miller, Teri Miller, Valerie and Blair Harris, Johna Peachin and Ron Peters, Kathy and Tim Rushlow, Markella and Maurico Roma, Robert and Jean Miller, Kevin and Begona Miller and Jeremy and Rhonda Miller. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amber and her husband, Michael, Orlando, David and Nicole Harris, Steve and Kenneth Cross, Kevin, Benjamin and Jennifer Rushlow, Silvia and Andres Roma, Alexander, Katherine, Abigail and Jonathon Miller, Jocelynn Miller, Jeremy, and Michael and Caroline Miller; a great-grandchild, Lillian Orlando; as well as his sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, William Thompson; his sisters-in-law, Helen Thomason and Geraldine Miller; and brother-in-law, Oscar Patenaude. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his godchild, Kathryn Kosmider.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Helen Miller; brothers, David, Eugene and Douglas Miller; and his sister, Susan Patenaude.
John’s devotion to science and education continues as he has elected to donate his body to the Albany School of Medicine, and he encourages everyone posthumously to participate in organ donation and medical research programs.

JACKSONVILLE, FL. Roger died on Sept. 2, 2008. Roger was born in August 1944, the son of Edward & Allien Wenck. After graduating from Oneonta High School, class of 1963, he went into the Navy. After he retired from the Navy, he worked for Pizza Hut in Jacksonville. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, 3 children, his grandchildren, brothers, Alfred of Maine, Richard of Texas, sister Barbara of NC. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Edward. He was buried in Jacksonville, Fl.

ONEONTA _ Robert Dale “Bob” Olmstead, 66, of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, following an extended illness. He died peacefully surrounded by family in the home of his daughter in Avon Lake, Ohio.
He was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Oneonta, to Mary (Gallagher) and Dale Olmstead.
Bob was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1960, and served in the United States Air Force until 1964.
He was employed by NYSEG for 32 years, retiring in 1996. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling, was a former member of the Oneonta Bowman’s Club and Elks Club, and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees.
He is survived by his son, Robert M. Olmstead, and his wife, Stacey, of Middlesex, N.J.; his daughter, Mallisa Duffy, and her husband, John, of Avon Lake, Ohio; grandchildren, Kyleigh and Alexander Olmstead and Allysa and Amanda Duffy. He is survived by his mother, Mary Smith, of Schenectady; and brothers, Gerard of Florida, James of Oneonta, Michael of Schenectady and Patrick of Schenectady. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his father, Dale Olmstead; and his second wife, Gemma (Bagnardi) Olmstead.

ONEONTA _ Jason M. Vagliardo, 22, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, as a result of injuries sustained from an accident.
Jason was born March 1, 1986, in Oneonta, the son of Louis and Karen (Maier) Vagliardo.
Jason graduated from Oneonta High School class of 2004, and Milford BOCES. He graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2006, with an associate’s degree and was on the dean’s list in 2007 and 2008, earning his bachelor’s degree in End User B.T. in 2008.
He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 259 for 10 years.
He was currently employed by the Wilber National Bank in Oneonta since 2007, in the Information Technology Department. This was his lifelong goal to work with computers and electronics. Jason was well received by all employees whom he helped. In July 2008, he was nominated by his fellow employees and was selected as the recipient of the I.C.E. (Internal Customer Excellence) Award.
When you didn’t find Jason on his computer at home, he was cleaning and polishing his car which he called his “baby.” Jason enjoyed hunting, four wheeling, boating, and snowmobiling with his family and friends. What he enjoyed most was fishing with his dad for striped bass and tuna, especially off the tip of Cape Cod. Summer was his favorite time of the year and he enjoyed picking fresh cucumbers, strawberries and grapes from his Grampa Vagliardo’s garden.
He is survived by his parents, Louis V. Vagliardo and Karen Maier Vagliardo; his brother, Jared L. Vagliardo; his grandfather, James C. Vagliardo; and the love of his life, Sara A. Neu, all of Oneonta. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.
Jason was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John F. “Jack” Maier in 2004, and Wilma K. Maier in 2006, and his paternal grandmother, Dominica “Mimi” Vagliardo in 2005.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, in St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor, officiating.

ONEONTA – Joan Mickle was released to spirit at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, surrounded by many loved ones and well-wishers Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.
Joan was born in Richmondville to parents Dorothy Baker of Laurens and Everette Bailey of Oneonta, who predeceased her.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1957. She is also predeceased by her aunt, Anna Woodbeck, of Worcester; cousin, Gary Woodbeck, and her brother, Everette Bailey Jr.
Joan lived the majority of her life in Oneonta. She was employed at the Credit Bureau of Oneonta and A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. Upon retirement, Joan worked part time for Otsego County.
Loved ones who survive Joan include her uncle, Don Woodbeck of Worcester; former husband, Ernest Mickle of Oneonta; sister, Linda and husband, Bruce, Wheeler of Oneonta; niece, Jackie Frederick and family; niece and nephew, Kim and Jeff Wheeler; sister, Shirley and husband, Ron, Shaw of Montour Falls; nephews, Bryan Mattice and family and Mike Mattice and family; Joan’s children, Jason Mickle of Oneonta, Ron and wife, Jennifer, Mickle of Schenevus, and Patricia and husband, Alfred, Puylara of Laurens; grandchildren, AJ, Rebecca and Anjaela Puylara; as well as beloved family friend, William Davies of Oneonta.
The family expresses extreme gratitude for the remarkable care and dignity provided by the staff at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.

LEAGUE CITY, Texas _ Anna H. (Heck) Timm, 69, of League City, Texas, and formerly of Oneonta, passed over to be with the Lord, with family by her side, on June 17, 2008.
She was born on June 7, 1939, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Amand F. and Doris S. (Safford) Heck. She married Paul B. Fish on Dec. 26, 1965, and later in life went on to marry her best friend and soulmate, Rudolph R. Timm, on Aug. 20, 1988. Rudy predeceased her on March 18, 2006.
Anna attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1956. After graduation, she went on to work for Kodak Corporation in Rochester. She later returned to Oneonta to work as commissioner of deeds for the city of Oneonta, and as assistant to the dean of students at Hartwick College.
Shortly after her first marriage, and starting a family, while settling in Milford, Anna went to work at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown as a central service technician, and then as their assistant buyer. After 20-plus years of service at Bassett, she decided to retire and travel the states by RV with her second husband, Rudy. Being “snowbirds” for several years, they decided to make Texas their state of choice for residency. Being too “young at heart” to retire, Anna took on the job as activities director and water aerobics instructor at the Admiralty RV Park in San Antonio, Texas, for a few years, before following their friends, Don and Debbie, to League City, Texas, where Anna ultimately became manager of the Space Center RV Park, until her passing.
Many people would describe Anna as being,“full of life” and loving every minute of it. Although her life was filled with many hardships, she had a great sense of humor and a very strong faith that carried her through even the hardest of times. She had a keen sense about her and quick wit. She was happy most when she was making other people happy.

For numerous years, Anna loved being secretary to her dad, Mandy, who was secretary-treasurer for the New York State International Association of Machinists (IAM), typing officer and delegate badges, putting together agendas and attending NYS conventions of the IAM.

Anna was instilled by her grandmother, Helen and mother, Doris, with the love of crafts, needlework and sewing, and therefore enjoyed teaching others what she was taught.
There wasn’t a holiday that went by that she didn’t decorate for. She thoroughly enjoyed the holidays–sharing them with others, and trying to have them truly appreciate and feel the meaning of each, whether it be through her decorations or kind words spoken. Most importantly, she devoted her life to her family and friends–always wanting to make each one feel appreciated for who they were. She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother. She cherished the quality time she spent with them, whether it be in New York or Texas. To Anna, it didn’t make a difference what race, color creed or religion one was. She believed every person had a soul worth nurturing, and something to share. Everyone was always welcomed at Anna’s!
She is survived by three her children, Bridget Fish-Graves and her husband, William, of Oneonta, Timothy Fish, and his wife, Brigitte, of Jamesville, and Amanda Alger of Mount Vision; five grandchildren, Sarah, Cody and Kyle Alger, and Benjamin and Noelle Fish; three stepchildren and stepgrandchildren, Candace and Frank Liberati of Oneonta, Holly and Paul Tubiolo and children, Renee, and Christopher of Conesville, and Randall and Helen Timm, and daughter, Lindsay, of Conesville; her brother, Amand E. Heck, and his wife, Sheryl, of Richfield Springs and League City, Texas; her special niece and family, Timothy and Constance (Maria) Haney, and children, Sawyer and Carson of Hartwick; her nephew and family, Col. Amand (Fritz) and Maria Heck and children, Katelyn, Tyler and Hunter of Kathleen, Ga.
Survivors also include her former husband and his wife, Paul B. and Janet Fish, of Duanesburg, and her stepmother, Myrtle (Vincent) Heck, of Oneonta.
She is also survived by her very dear lifelong friend “sister” Sue Ann Simonds of Oneonta, her special godchild, Corinne Simonds of Oneonta, close friends, Bob Camp and Nagra of League City, Texas, and special friends, Louise Storey of Davenport, and Debbie Garrow, of Brownsville, Texas, along with many other friends and extended family members from her life’s passage.
As Anna would quote part of a script found in old St. Paul’s Church, Baltimore (1692), to many who knew her: “Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a children of the universe, no less the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shame, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy!”
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, in St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor, officiating.

GREENE _ Melvin A. McFee, 92, of Greene, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Naples, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys; son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Mary McFee, Naples, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Hogan, Sunset Beach, N.C.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Melvin taught in the business department of Oswego High School from 1939 to 1965. He then became an administrator at the school and retired in 1973 and moved to Greene.
Melvin graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1934, and from Hartwick College. He received his master’s from Syracuse University.
He served his country in World War II as a personnel technician.
Mel was an active student leader in college and was an avid sportsman, receiving four letters in sports and was president of his fraternity. In Oswego, he formed the cross country and tennis teams. He was Oswego city tennis champion in 1948 to 1949. He also coached JV basketball. He was president of Oswego City and County Teachers Associations and of Oswego County Athletic Association. He acted as a state representative of Accreditary Agency of Colleges and Secondary Schools in New York State.
ONEONTA _ Michael Myrus Swain, 46, died Saturday, June 21, 2008, at home in Rye, of pancreatic cancer.
A memorial service was held at the Unitarian Church in White Plains on June 25, 2008.
Michael was born at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta on Oct. 31, 1961, to William A. and Molly Myrus Swain III, who survive. He is also survived by his wife, Jennifer Cohan; daughter, Molly Bertini; and son, Jack Augustus; his brothers, William A. IV and wife, Margaret, of Greensboro, N.C., Dr. John D. Swain, Los Angeles, Calif., Peter McFee Swain and wife, Claudia, of Wakefield, Rhode Island; five nephews, Bradley and Daniel, Wakefield, Rhode Island, Kenji, Tokyo, Japan, Charles and Harry Cohan, Rye; and one niece, Marika, Tokyo, Japan; his mother-in-law, Edith J. (Bertini) Cohan; brother-in-law, Christopher and wife, Rita (Wong), all of Rye. He is also survived by maternal uncle, Carl Steere Myrus of Syracuse; paternal uncles and aunts; and 12 cousins.
He attended Bugbee School and was active in 4-H, where he excelled in entomology, rocks and minerals, and raising poultry, going on to win ribbons at the county and state fairs. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1979, where he appeared in many theatrical performances. He went on to study theater at the University of Utah, interned at Circle Repertory Theater in New York City, and acted in the TV series, “Days of Our Lives.”
Michael’s thespian talents proved valuable as he turned his knowledge and love of wine into becoming a salesperson, which led to the position of importer of fine wines for Vineyard Brands of Birmingham, Ala.
Michael’s love of interacting with new people and customs started at an early age, when he traveled to Tanzania with his family at age 2, and later to England, Liberia, and, as a Rotary Exchange student, to Tasmania.
Being an importer of fine wines afforded him opportunities to travel to many other countries.
Over the years, prior to his illness, Michael participated in community affairs, triathlons, mountain climbing, sharing his love of nature with his children and, above all, fly-fishing, especially at the Swain family camp at Upper Dam on Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine.
CLAYTON — George Solovitch Jr., 56, of Lyellton Drive, Clayton, passed away March 29, 2003, in the evening at the Samaritan Medical Center Emergency Room, Watertown.
He was born March 9, 1947, in Oneonta, the son of George and Frances L. Lawler Solovitch.
He attended Oneonta public schools, graduated from the Oneonta High School class of 1965, and the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, with a bachelor of arts degree in business.
He was a member of the Oneonta Elks Club and the Oneonta Country Club.
He lived in Syracuse and then West Monroe.
George married Janet I. Mallory on Aug. 31, 1985, in the Grenell Island Chapel, Clayton, where they moved in March 2001 and they resided there until now.
He was the district manager for the Combined Life Insurance Co. He was an avid trout fisherman, deer and bird hunter, and a golfer.
George is survived by his wife, Janet I. Solovitch, Clayton; his parents, George and Frances L. Solovitch, Oneonta; stepson, Gilbert L. Steele and his wife, Susan Zippel, Syracuse; stepdaughter, Irene S. Steele, West Monroe; and four stepgrandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at the Cummings Funeral Home, 320 John St., Clayton. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2003, with Fr. Christopher C. Carrara officiating, at the funeral h.

ONEONTA — Maud Hamilton Kiwiet-Pantaleoni, 44, of Kalamazoo, Mich., passed away on Aug. 17, 2004, in the town of Neversink, where she was vacationing. She was born on June 26, 1960, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Hewitt and Patricia (Hamilton) Pantaleoni.
She lived in Oneonta from 1960 to 1986, at which time she moved to Kalamazoo. Maud worked as a loan officer at the Comerica Bank. She graduated from Oneonta High schoool class of 1982. She attended college at the State University College at Oneonta and at the State University of New York at Albany where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theater. Throughout her life she continued to be a part of local theater both as a director and as an actor. She loved to sing and conducted a children’s choir. Recently, she took up creating works in stained glass.
She was a devoted and loving mother to her son.
She is survived by her son, Joshua Hewitt Kiwiet-Pantaleoni of Kalamazoo; her mother, Patricia Pantaleoni of Oneonta; her three sisters, Lucy P. and her husband, Joseph A. Bernier ,of Oneonta, Mary P. and her husband, Bear Boel, of Ithaca, and Alice H. Pantaleoni and Mark A. Lubell of East Worcester; her two nieces, Genevieve P. Bernier and Emily P. Bernier of Oneonta; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Maud’s brother, Timothy G. Pantaleoni, has been missing in the state of Hawaii since 1995. She was predeceased by her father, Hewitt Pantaleoni, in 1988.
ONEONTA – Coach Thomas H. Greene passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008, to start his next journey and to be with his Lord.
He was a proud Irishman who touched thousands of people throughout his life. Most of all, he was an incredibly kind and caring man who was devoted first to family, friends and his strong faith with the Lord.
Tom was born Aug. 16, 1922, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, to his parents, Thomas Herbert and Jessie (Naylor) Greene. His paternal grandparents, Patrick and Mary (Fleming) Greene came to America from Ireland in 1884 from county Roscommon.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1940. He went on to Ithaca College in the early 1940s before joining the United States Marine Corps on April 29, 1943. He was discharged on Dec. 4, 1945. Tom later graduated from Ithaca College in 1946. He earned a Master of Science degree, majoring in elementary education from the State University College at Oneonta on Aug. 13, 1954.
Maybe the proudest moment in his life was when he married Elizabeth Jane Barton of Schenevus on Aug. 18, 1948. This August they would have been married 60 years. Betty and Tom were devoted to each other from the beginning, instilling the strong beliefs of love of family, friendship and kindness.
Tom is survived by his wife, Betty Greene, and three sons, Thomas K. Greene and his wife, Laura Greene, and their sons, Jason and Tim of West Oneonta, Daniel G. Greene and his wife, Rose Greene, and their sons, Patrick, Connor and Keenan of Newberryport, Mass., and William Patrick Greene and his children, Danielle and William of Otego.
As a Marine, he served in the Pacific Campaigns of World War II. He served in the 2nd Marine Division and was assigned to the 10th Artillery Regiment at Tarawa, where they faced brutal combat before heading to Abemama. In early November 1944, he went ashore on D-Day plus six hours on Leyte as part of the forward observer group and stayed there for six weeks. They were later assigned to the Island of Guam and started to re-train for the final thrust toward Japan itself. Later, they were relieved of their duties and returned to Camp Pendleton in San Diego. All told, he spent nearly three years in the Marines with two years spent in the Pacific. He was a Marine to the end.
He coached high school sports for a year in Springfield, before going to Hartwick College as a coach of many sports until 1956. At that time, Tom and Betty moved to Lakeland, Fla., where Tom was the Athletic Director, Chairman of the Physical Education Department and basketball and golf coaches at Florida Southern college. At one point in time, he was the dean of all college basketball coaches in Florida. During this time, some of the most respected people in sports were friends and references, including Dean Smith, Adolf Rupp, Frank McGuire and Jack McCloskey.
The year 1972 brought Tom and Betty to North Adams State College in North Adams, Mass., where he was Athletic Director, Chairman of the Physical Education Department and basketball coach.
In 1977, Hartwick College asked Tom to return to Hartwick as Athletic Director. A Hartwick “Warrior” through and through, he remained until his retirement in 1986. Hartwick College honored Tom with the Degree of Pedagogy on Sept. 1, 1999, for the Art of Teaching. He was also inducted into the Athletic Halls of Fame at Ithaca College and Hartwick College.
For 60 years, Tom taught hundreds, young and old, to swim. In the 1950s and 1960s, he ran the swimming lesson programs at Wilber Park and in the afternoons he taught lessons in the creek in Franklin. As recently as last summer, he continued with private lessons.
Tom and Betty were involved in the life of their community, serving the United Methodist Church, United Way Health Programs for youth, Special Olympics, the Lions Club, the American Legion and Hartwick College Citizens Board.
Tom and Betty had the privilege of traveling to Ireland three times and visiting distant relatives there.
Coach was an advocate of fair play, an envoy for sports, an ambassador of good will and humanity. To this day, dozens of former players keep in touch, some from as long as 30 to 40 years ago. He relentlessly taught, guided, instructed, counseled and shaped young people.
Last but not least, he was fortunate to have an incredible number of dear friends who he cherished beyond belief. They love him and miss him dearly.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Thomas Clemow, pastor, officiating. Military honors will conclude the service.
Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Tom to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820.
BELLEVUE, Neb. _ John L. Hall, born May 14, 1957, in Wichita, Kan., and died July 4, 2008, in Bellevue, Neb.
John was born to John L. and Opal Jeannette Hall.
Survived by wife, Kim; daughters, Katie and Abbie; sons, Phillip (Angelina) of Boaz, Ala., and Christopher of Owego; grandsons, Christopher (CJ), Broc and Ethan; sisters, Katherine (Orlan) Larson of Omaha, Neb., and Melinda (Scott) Ackerson of York, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Deb (Jim) Tuepker and Karla (David) Zlatkovsky of Lexington, Neb., Kyle Delaney and Jennifer (Dave) Bennett of Omaha, Neb., Lisa Hennek of Dallas, Texas and Lori (Kurt) Weinberg of Lake Crystal, Min.; in-laws, Don and Margy Hennek of Lexington, Neb.
Preceded in death by his father, mother and grandparents.
John was in the automotive business for almost 30 years throughout New York and Nebraska.
John was a graduate Oneonta High school class of 1975 .
John was an avid Cornhusker fan, he also enjoyed golf and watching his children’s sporting events.
The celebration of life ceremony was held at 1 p.m. July 9, 2008, at John A. Gentleman Mortuary at 14151 Pacific St, Omaha, Neb.
OTEGO _ Sandy McCoy, 67, of Otego, passed away peacefully May 26, 2008, after her second courageous battle with cancer.
She was born March 25, 1941, to Harrison Lare and Elizabeth Calkins at Parshall Hospital, Oneonta.
After graduating high school from Oneonta class of 1959, Sandy went on to SUCO, from where she planned to graduate with a degree in teaching. This, however, was cut short after her first year when her father passed unexpectedly. Sandy then turned her attention to her mother and never ended up returning to school.
Sandy started a relationship with her husband of 45 years, David McCoy, shortly after high school, when her car “suspiciously” broke down in front of his parents house.
She began her working career at Woolworth’s on Main Street, Oneonta, when she was about 15. She had several jobs during the next 36 years; then she found her calling. Sandy began as a teacher’s aide at Unatego Junior-Senior High School during the 1992-93 school year. She was hooked from the start. “Mom,” as she was known, worked with and loved all the students, but she was especially proud of working with the eighth-grade special education classes.
After a hard decision this past winter, Sandy decided it was time to hang up the textbooks and enjoy her own family. She was slated for retirement, after 50-plus years of work in June of 2008.
We can only hope that she realized even a fraction of the lives, of both students and faculty, that she has touched over the years at Unatego.
Cancer may have won this battle, but Mom won the war. She was surrounded by what mattered most to her in life, a loving family with her, right to the end. For that, the cowbell rings one last time, for you, Mom.
Sandy truly loved all that life had to offer, especially when it came to family gatherings. When she could enjoy all her grandchildren together and all the chaos that comes with a tightly knit family … her family.
Sandy is predeceased by her father and mother; her father-in law, Paul McCoy, mother-in-law, Marion McCoy; and two special family friends, Gordon and Beulah Beames.
She is survived by her husband, David; her three children, Jody and Rodney Woods, Doug McCoy and Joyce Marchetti, and Scott and Christina McCoy, and Bret Leonard, her son at heart. A brother-in-law, John McCoy; a very special friend and sister at heart, Robin Hughes, and her husband, Steve; a former daughter-in-law, Anna Schworm. Also a niece, Kim McCoy; and nephew, Sean McCoy, both residing in California. Last but most important, seven granddaughters in order of age, Heather, Meghan, Alaina, Kassadi, Alyssa, Paige and Bailey; and six adopted grandchildren, Fred, Kori, Shelbi, Alex, Kaylee and Brianna; as well as hundreds of students, past and present, whom she considered just as important and special to her.

ONEONTA _ Louis Bertuzzi died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at the age of 96.
He was born in New York City on April 29, 1912, the son of John and Fortunato (Mazzacchi) Bertuzzi.
The family moved to Oneonta when he was very young. He attended the Oneonta School System and graduated high school class of 1932.
A veteran of World War II, he served with the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre of operations. Louis was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor as a member of the 124th Regiment 31st Infantry of the Dixie Division. After the war, he was employed by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs at the Oneonta State Armory, retiring after 31 years of service.
On Dec. 29, 1953, Louis married Margaret Rabey of Binghamton. She passed away Feb. 9, 1985.
He is survived by his loving companion of many years, Veronica Nelson; a sister, Mary Chapadeau of Little Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Sam Bertuzzi of Oneonta; two sisters, Rose Maney of Utica and Julia Allidi of Oneonta.
Louis was a member of the Elks Club, American Legion Post 259, VFW, and the Retired Officers Association.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. Thomas Clemow, pastor the First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
ONEONTA _ Nicholas J. Sparaco, 70, of Oneonta, passed away Friday, May 16, 2008, at the M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Nick was born June 9, 1937, in Oneonta, the son of Samuel and Josephine (Delberta) Sparaco.
He worked as a gold plater for Amphenol in Sidney for 40 years until he retired in 1997. Prior to that, he served his country in the United States Air Force. Graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1954. Nick was a member of St. Mary’s Church, as well as the Oneonta American Legion Post 259 and the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
Nick is survived by his brother, Aniello “Bill” Sparaco of Oneonta; his nieces, Linda Sparaco Brandt of Brandon, Fla., and Debbie Sparaco DuPuis of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and his nephew, William J. Sparaco of Syracuse. He is also survived by three aunts; an uncle; and several cousins.
Nick was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Sparaco and Mary Voorhis; and a brother, Michael Sparaco.
A graveside service with military honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Emmons with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, officiating.

ONEONTA _ Mary V. Miller, 76, a resident of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at the M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Mary was born March 12, 1931, in Oneonta, the daughter of Anthony and Rose (Arcuri) Scavo. She married Richard L. Miller on Oct. 26, 1958, in Oneonta. He predeceased her on May 30, 2007. She graduated from Oneonta High school class of 1949.
Mary worked for the Wilber National Bank in Oneonta for 47 years. She retired as an assistant vice president in 1995.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta and the Oneonta Women’s Business Club.
Mary was an avid cook who cooked for all who visited. She was always helping her family and friends.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Gina Miller, of Oneonta; her sister, Antoinette Williams, of Oneonta, and her very special friend and caregiver, Janet Palmer, of Oneonta. She is also survived by her many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, her parents, her brothers, Bruno, Angelo and John Scavo, her sisters, Katy Molinari and Nancy Osterhoudt.

Frances “Joya” Giardina Glad, 72, of Orchid Street, Lady Lake, Fla., died April 8, 2008 at Hospice House at the Villages, Florida.
Born in Carbondale, PA, daughter of the late Agustino and Mary Giardina, she lived in Oneonta, NY., and
graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1953. She also lived in Coopersburg, PA before moving to Florida. She worked as a waitress for many years, including Molinari’s Italian Restaurant in Oneonta, as well as other restaurants where she lived. She also worked in the Oneonta Theatre, and as a clerk in the City Drug Store in Oneonta. Joya was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, and was secretary to the Airheads Support Group in The Villages, FL where she lived.
Although her physical activity was curtailed, she had the quickest fingers this side of a computer and cell phone. She was the
quintessential family newspaper and will be missed beyond measure. The silence is deafening. She greatly enjoyed Italian cooking and sharing recipes.
She is survived by her husband Charles Glad, daughter Donna Nicoll and husband David, Gainsville, Fla.; two sons, Joseph M., Houston, TX., and Robert C. and wife, Tracey, Coopersburg, PA., a sister, Mary Weideman, Oneonta, NY: five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, including those she thought of as her brothers and sister, Louie Blasetti, Oneonta, NY, Freddie Blasetti, Granda Hills, CA, and Mary Ann Gleason, Chatham, NY. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Anna Blasetti,Oneonta, NY, Carmella Chellino, Carbondale, PA, and Josie Pulman,Easton, PA, and two brothers, James Giardina, Archibald, PA, and Tony
Gardina, Arlington, TX.

Jane Constable Deuereaux, 74, formerly of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Walla Walla, Wash., from cardiac arrest Feb. 29, 2008.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1951. After attending SUNY at Oneonta for three years, she graduated from Albany Business College in 1955.
For several years, she was employed in the medical records department of Homer Folks Tuberculosis Hospital.
Before her marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1957, she was a member of Elm Park United Methodist Church.
She and her husband left Oneonta in 1960, for California. Eventually they made their home in Walla Walla, Wash.
Jane was employed for 25 years in the medical records department and the purchasing department of the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
Jane was predeceased by her father, James H. Constable. She is survived by her mother, Mary Constable; and her sister, Roberta Constable Davis, of Greene. She is also survived by her children, Ken Deuereaux (Julia) of Pendleton, Ore., Mitzi Bonifer (Roger) of Walla Walla, and Sheri Meadows (Chet) of Columbia Falls, Mont.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews, and their families. She is also survived by two special school friends, Mary Giglio Spettel, of Oneonta, and Marie Egan Burnett, of Schenectady.

PALO ALTO, Calif. _ The Oneonta community will be saddened to learn of the death on Jan. 30, 2008, of Mary Laskaris, the daughter of John and Sophia Laskaris who, for nearly half a century, owned and operated the Laskaris Restaurant at 183 Main St. Her mother took her three daughters, Mary being only a 2-year-old _ she was born in 1913 — to take classes, as she once noted, “in the shadow of the Parthenon.” In fact, they were all trapped in Greece with their mother by the outbreak of World War I. The family returned to Oneonta in 1919. She graduated from Oneonta High class of 1931, intent on pursuing a career in the theatre.
After graduating from Ithaca College in 1936 with a B.S. in drama, she took the stage name, Tonia Lawton. “Tonia,” was an abbreviation of her sister’s name, “Antonia;” the “L” was for “Laskaris.” She made her first Broadway appearance as Sybil in “In the Bag,” a comedy by Don Carle Gillette, which opened at the Belmont Theatre on Dec. 17, 1936. It closed after the briefest of runs, but the reviewer singled out “Tonia Lawton from upstate” as one of the three “pretty and apparently intelligent ingénues.”
There followed a play with music, starring Frank Parker, called “Git Along Little Dogie.” It ran several months on Broadway at the 46th Street theatre. In 1936, she appeared in “Damn Deborah” in New York and in “Howdy Stranger” in Baltimore. She also had the ingénue lead in “The Queen’s Husband,” with the American Repertory Company, which opened in Orange, N.J., and played colleges and clubs throughout the season of 1937–1938. Her favorite leads, she once told a friend, were “Peg o’ My Heart” and “The Patsy.”
Though the parts were small, the reviews were always warm and favorable; her outstanding successes came at the Skaneateles Summer Theatre in Skaneateles, New York, during the 10-week summer season of 1938. In June, 1938, she was “especially imported for the part of the young daughter” in Mark Reed’s “Yes, My Darling Daughter.” According to one reviewer, she “plays young love pretending sophistication, and does a grand job of it.” Another reviewer noted that the play “brought much laughter from one of the largest first night audiences yet at the Skaneateles Summer Theatre.” He added: “Likewise, it gave Tonia Lawton, the indefatigable researcher into her mother’s past, for authority for individual inclinations, a great start as a clever ingénue.”
“Skaneateles Has Another Good Comedy,” headlined still another reviewer, noting that “the rib tickling situations developing were given a top notch presentation by the Skaneateles summer theatre company … before a large and laughing house.” He added: “Brought to the company especially for the one play was Tonia Lawton, who played Ellen with just the right amount of post-graduate self-assurance, letter perfect in the role and convincing as an actress.”
The second summer theatre production, Avery Hopwood’s comedy “Why Men Leave Home,” gave Tonia Lawton another opportunity to shine. Originally she had come to stay a week, for the opening bill, but her performance in the leading woman’s part, as Fifi, led to the invitation to join the company for an indefinite period. One review detailed “the inevitable Hopwood bedroom scene, in which the always charming Grandon Rhodes, as Tom, the misjudged husband, and Tonia Lawton, as the mistrusting wife, give such a convincing performance that we overheard one young lady remark, ‘Oh, mother, it’s so natural. It seems kind of real.’”
The review for the July production continued: “… Tonia can act. On top of that she fairly radiates personality. Her stormy petrel role of last evening was quite different from her part last week, and she did a marvelous job with it.” “Behind the Curtain,” a column devoted to the summer theatre, underlined the important invitation to join the company: “The members of the cast welcome her genuinely, not only as a highly capable actress, but as a charming person to have in our midst.”
The next production, Robert Sherwood’s “Idiot’s Delight,” an anti-war play imported from New York, where it had starred Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, also drew rave reviews. “…for the company had given a top notch performance of an ambitious production.” The cast of 20 was evidently crowded onto a tiny stage. Tonia Lawton played Shirley, one of the quartet of dancers, being chaperoned on a tour of Europe who find themselves marooned in a pension of the Italian Alps by the shadows of a coming war. A snapshot of the four shows a smiling Tonia Lawton in costume, bedecked with a crown and ruff of artificial flowers. The writer of “Behind the Curtain,” the column mentioned previously, paid special tribute to her performance: “ … we’d like to mention that the routine of the dancing chorus in ‘Idiot’s Delight’ was staged by none other than Tonia Lawton. She has proved herself versatile in more than her acting.”
July continued with the Leslie Howard comedy, “Elizabeth Sleeps Out,” imported from New York. Tonia Lawton once again received plaudits: “Tonia Lawton, as Amelia, the sheltered [niece] proves her versatility and real ability in a difficult role …” Another reviewer noted: “… Miss Lawton was especially well cast as the niece.” He went on to extol the dramatic talent of season’s players who were “… equally competent as interpreters of comedy of the hilarious type.” “The Man from Cairo,” a comedy by Yvan-Noe, translated from the French by Dan Goldberg, came next on the agenda. There were only three major roles, one of which, Leni, was played by Tonia Lawton. One reviewer noted enthusiastically: “… Miss Lawton’s work was flawless.” Another was equally charmed; “Miss Lawton, with her oddly-fascinating enunciation, makes appealing the role of the bewildered girl, and in a striking dinner dress in the last act, she is an especially charming picture.” Another added; “Lovely Tonia Lawton portrays to perfection the cloud-walking romance-starved girl friend [who] becomes intrigued with the mysterious Istvan.” Finally, “ Miss Tonia Lawton, ingénue, who has captivated audiences with her charm and versatility, has an outstanding role.”
The next production was a World Premiere, “Two by Two,” by Mary Ellen and Richard Taber. “Behind the Curtain” claimed that the “delicious farce” assumed life in the competent hands of the Skaneateles company. “Miss Lawton,” in particular, “has the perfect quality of Dodo, the independent young girl who is afraid marriage with Bob will spoil her career …”
The final play of the season, S. N. Behrman’s comedy, “The Second Man,” highlighted her talent. Monica Grey, “a flighty young girl,” was “played superbly” by Tonia Lawton, wrote one reviewer: “In fact, there are times when Tonia throws restraint to the four winds and a bit overplays her role. Last night’s audience appreciated that.” Finally, the critic Dick Coe enthused: “Tonia Lawton is lovelier than ever as the scatterbrained Monica Grey, who is infatuated with the writer, but is really in love with Austin Lowe, very capably played by Frederick A. Bell. Here again both these clever youngsters demonstrate their dramatic ability and give promise of ‘going places.’”
Success on the Broadway stage stayed just out of Tonia Lawton’s reach. After the summer season she moved to New York and tried out for a part in “Susan and God.” It would have made her career, but it went instead to Gertrude Lawrence.

ONEONTA – Norman Jay Quackenbush, 79, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2008 at his home.
He was born January 13, 1929 in Oneonta, the son of Norman A. and Virginia (Sloat) Quackenbush. Norman lived in Oneonta all his life. He was a member of the Oneonta High School class of 1946. He was employed by the D& H Railroad, working as a car repairman and inspector. He was a member of the Oneonta Fire Department for 30 years. While in the department, he worked with Walt Morrison in communications for the fire departments in Otsego County. He helped organize the first “Fill the Boot” campaign for MDA telethon and the first Fireman’s Convention held in Oneonta. Norman was also on scene for the D&H Railroad explosion in Colliersville. During the summer months he painted houses, and did electrical work part time, throughout the year. Norman was an avid science fiction reader and enjoyed working with computers and photography. He is survived by his wife, Connie (Simmons) Quackenbush; 5 children, Sherry and Harold Utter of Oneonta, Stephen Quackenbush of Franklin, Norma and Arthur Clarke of South Gilboa, Daniel Quackenbush of Florida, Curtis and Christine Quackenbush of Oneonta; two brothers, Jack and Carol Quackenbush of Syracuse and Gary and Maria Quackenbush of California; 4 grandchildren, Stephen Oakley of Oneonta, Stephanie, April and Joshua Quackenbush of Florida and several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a devoted brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Jacqueline Simmons of Oneonta.

He was predeceased by a step-son, William Oakley and two grandchildren, Daniel Quackenbush Jr. and Holden Quackenbush

Victor “Vic” Cutting
BEN WHEELER, TEXAS – Services for Victor “Vic” Cutting, 71, Ben Wheeler, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Edom, with the Rev. Greg Lytle officiating.
Burial will be in Edom Cemetery under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. Mr. Cutting died Jan. 22, 2008, in a Grand Saline hospital.
He was born May 7, 1936, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to the late Edmond Miles and Beulah Cutting. He graduated from Oneonta High School  class of 1954. He lived in East Texas for more than 50 years and retired from Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of First Baptist Church, Edom, Texas.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Udevilla Cutting, Ben Wheeler,Texas; sons, Kenneth Cutting, New Orleans, LA., and Bruce Cutting, Graford, Texas; daughter, Ann Rogers, Ben Wheeler, Texas; brother, Ed Cutting,Bosier City, LA.; sister, Beulah Cutting Nelson, Lone Oak, Texas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Elmer McLean, Craig Dailey, Sam Bass, Cody McCleary, Jason Shackelford and Larry Shackelford. Honorary pallbearers are deacons of First Baptist Church, Edom.

Beloved mother, dear friend and creative spirit.
Mary Ellen Parce-Warnken, 83, died in her sleep Dec. 28, 2007, passing peacefully into the hands of God.
Mary was born July 8, 1924, in Binghamton, the daughter of DeForest and Marion (O’Mara) Parce. She was a resident of Binghamton, Elmira and Oneonta, until 1942. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1941, and then attended Syracuse University.
During World War II, she proudly served as a United States Navy Pharmacist Mate from 1945 until 1946, and then returned to Syracuse University graduating in 1947, with BAs in fine arts and education.
She married in 1947, and moved to California to begin family life. Mary Ellen made her home in Concord until 1978, raising four children, Janet, Elizabeth, Donna and Fred. She then relocated to Salem, Ore., returning to California in 1989.
Mary had a 20-year career as a teacher in Mt. Diablo School District, teaching Head Start and kindergarten and as a field trainer and teacher in Salem Oregon’s Head Start Program. Her artistic talents were put to use creating wonderful projects for her students.
Upon retirement, she was a freelance artist in Pittsburg, Calif., starting her own business called “Mary’s Garden.” Her creativity and artistic talent were amazing and brought joy to her and to those she loved.
Mary was involved in various organizations throughout her life including: PTA, church choir and church committees, Campfire Girl leader, baseball scorekeeper and Peace Center newspaper editor. She was a woman of strong faith in the Lord and commitment to her Catholic Christian faith.
She was a devoted mother, letting us know that her greatest earthly love was for her children. Her family will miss her feisty spirit and deep love.
She is survived by her children, Janet Warnken O’Mara, Elizabeth Warnken Brackmann, Donna Margaret Warnken-Brill and Frederick DeForest Warnken; son-in-law, John Warnken-Brill; and beloved grandchildren, MaryAnn and Sarah Beth Leonard, Kati Elyse and Karl Robert Nottelmann, and Samuel John and Anna Margaret Warnken-Brill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, James (Jim) Parce.
Mom, we can almost see you dancing where the Kerry pipers play!

ONEONTA _ Mabel Hodges, 83, made her way to heaven Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008.
Born in Oneonta on Aug. 13, 1924, her life’s “Endeavor” was her “Don’t worry, be happy” philosophy which as the “Challenger” she was, she passed on to others with her wit and her smile. She graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1942.
Her “Discovery” was her love of life, which often landed her a picture in The Daily Star. Her final wish of, “Fly me to the Moon” will be fulfilled with her ashes being rocketed into space, making her the “Explorer” she always wanted to be.
She is leaving behind her only surviving brother among 10 Hodges children, Francis and his wife, Marrianna, of Mohawk; as well as three other sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews and their families; many friends and her wonderful attitude.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church (Red Door), 381 Main St., Oneonta, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the Rev. James Hicks, Pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta.

Victoria A. Kelly of Oneonta, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at Strong Hospital in Rochester.
Victoria was born in Carbondale, Pa., and moved with her family to Oneonta in 1928. She graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1939.
Victoria was predeceased by her parents, Jerome and Elizabeth Allegretti; and her sister, Antonette.
She is survived by her loving family, who will miss her very much. Her husband of 60 years, Salvan; her son, Stephen (Michele); her daughter, Mary (Tim) Oakes; her four grandchildren, Lauren, Gretchen, Meagan and Victoria; her sister, Rose Crain of Asheville, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews and special friends.
During World War II, she was employed at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. After the war, she worked at the New York Telephone Company in Oneonta. In 1957, she began working as a secretary for the Oneonta School District. After she retired in 1977, Victoria became a volunteer at the Fox Memorial Hospital.
Burial will be at a future date in Oneonta.

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Elnora J. Miller, 82, Phoenix, Ariz., went to be with her Lord on Dec. 16, 2005.She was born April 12, 1923, in Oneonta, daughter of Beulah E. (Barnett) Hickein and Fred W. Hickein.She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1941 and attended the 50th high school reunion in 1992.She married Robert E. Miller on May 15, 1944. He predeceased her Feb. 12, 2001.She worked for the Phoenix Union High School as a school instructional aide for 16 years.She was an avid crafter, winning many awards for her creativity in leather, Bunka, and as a member of the Small World Miniature Club and Grandmothers Club of Arizona.Her many friends will remember and miss her quick smile, bright eyes and ever friendly nature.She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Dorcas (Tom) Ross, Oneonta and Susan Holden, Phoenix; her brother, Fred G. (Eleanor) Hickein, Oneonta; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Susan F. (Feeney) Sweet, 68, of Springfield died Friday December 21, 2007 in Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. Susan was born in Cooperstown, New York on May 24, 1939. She graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1957. She has resided in Springfield for the past 11 years and was a communicant of Holy Name Church, Springfield. She is survived by her husband, Thomas D. Sweet; a sister, Carol Ulm of Seminole, FL; a cousin Patricia Pierce of Amherst; along with many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. Family and friends are asked to meet at Holy Name Church, 323 Dickinson Street, Springfield on Wednesday December 26, 2007 to celebrate the Liturgy of Christian Burial for Susan at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be later in Calvary Cemetery, Oneonta, New York. Visitation will be held at Holy Name Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:30 a.m. A Sampson Service.

Fonda M. Hurlburt went to be with her husband, Stuart A. Hurlburt Sr., on Jan. 8, 2008. He predeceased her Nov. 3, 1998.
She was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Oneonta, to the parents of Frank and Theresa (Farone) Sprecco. She attended Oneonta High School and was part of the class of 1949.
She is survived by their children, Stuart and SuAnne Hurlburt of Oneonta, Lorrain Turner of Pattersonville, Karen and Doug Brown of Otego, Dave Hurlburt and Stephanie of Oneonta, Doug and Sara Hurlburt of Oneonta, and Tammy and Ernie Fankhauser of West Hurley; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Fonda was predeceased by one grandson, Michael J. Hurlburt.
She is also survived by her brothers, Fran and Gretchen Sprecco, of Lakeside, Calif., and Anthony and Shirley Sprecco, of Colorado; one sister, Angelina Brienza, of Manchester; her brothers-in-law, Millard and Dottie Hurlburt, of Oneonta, and John “Jed” Elliot Hurlburt and his children, Johnny, Jim, Smoke and Janet and their families.
She was predeceased by her sister, Theresa Howland.
Fonda belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Oneonta and was also a member of the Eastern Stars for many years in Otego.
She was an avid craft maker _ she loved to crochet hats, mittens and dolls for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Fonda will be greatly missed by her family and friends

Madeline Sommer, beloved wife of 61 years to James, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, after a lengthy illness.
Madeline, “Lana,” was born May 1, 1922, in Oneonta, to Nicola (Voso) Rosher and Maria Michelena (Pizza) Rosher. Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1907 from Rutino, Italy, in the province of Salerno, region of Campania. Her Italian heritage was a source of great pride, as she was known to say often, “of course, you know I’m Italian!” She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1939.
Madeline found the love of her life in her husband, Jim, and they were married Oct. 26, 1946. Jim cared for her with great courage, love and devotion throughout their lives.
Madeline found her greatest joy in her children and grandchildren, Annie (Bob) Jorgenson and children, Kyle and Hayley of Santa Cruz, Calif., Mary (Rick) Tingley and children, Kathryn (Salata) Dejong and husband, Scott, and Christopher Tingley of Phoenix, Ariz., James (Shirley) Sommer and children, and Paul and John Sommer of Tacoma, Wash.
Madeline and Jim traveled often to see their families in the West and two times to Germany, where Jim and Shirley were stationed in the Air Force. Not bad for a little girl who grew up on Liberty Street!
In earlier years, Madeline was active in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the VFW, the Garden Club and in local choirs. Her interests were as varied as her talents as an accomplished seamstress, which also included knitting, crafts, ceramics, water colors, hooked rugs and the lost art of tatting. Her favorite pastime was dancing away the hours with Jim to the sounds of local artist Jack Stahl.
Madeline was predeceased by her mother and father; brothers, Michael, Frank (Chico), Tony, Nicholas; and her sister, Barbara.
In addition to her husband, Jim, she is survived by her “baby brother,” John; and several nieces, nephews and cousins of the Pizza and Sommer families, as well as Pizza and Guidice cousins in Rutino, Italy, and throughout the United States.
The family wishes to thank so many friends who supported them during this long good-bye, and in particular the incredible staff at the Oneonta Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center. Beth, Ruth, John and so many LPNs, RNs, CNAs and activities staff were a source of great comfort to their “Maddy” and our family.

Richard E. (Dick) Andrews Sr., 72, passed away at his home with his family by his side, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007.
Dick was born the son of Joseph and Oleta (Babcock) Andrews on Sept. 16, 1935, in Amsterdam.
Dick and Elaine Miller were joined in marriage at the West Oneonta Baptist Church in February of 1958. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1954. He volunteered to serve his country in the United States Army Reserves in 1958. He was a member of Company G at Fort Drum in Watertown.
Dick was considered to be a hands-on type of person. He worked for 42 years for the E. VanDeBogart Construction Company. During the summer season, he was a heavy-equipment operator. During the winter months, he was the head mechanic in the equipment shop. At one time or another, Dick operated every piece of equipment, from the complicated drag lines to bulldozers.
He was a lifetime resident and a member of many different organizations, including the Charlotte Valley Snowmobile Club, where he held many offices, the NRA and West Davenport Free Will Baptist Church, to name a few. He was also a past member of the Pindars Corners Fire Department and a temporary member of the operator engineers union.
Dick had a great love for his family, and all outdoor activities, which include hunting, fishing, camping, boating, four-wheeling, snowmobiling and trapping. He had great interest in antique cars and snowmobiles.
Dick is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; and family, a daughter, Cheryl L. Amo, and boyfriend, Gary T. Fisher, of Davenport; a son, Richard (Rick) Andrews and wife, Jodie, of West Davenport; five grandchildren, Michael, Lacey and Rickey of Davenport, Raina and Kyle of West Davenport; one brother, David E. Andrews Sr. and wife, Frances, of Davenport Center; two sisters, Jean and special brother-in-law, Keith Rider, of Davenport Center, and Elizabeth (Aunt Betty) Townsend, of Oneonta; a sister-in-law, Enid Vila, of Binghamton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by both parents, Oleta B. and John H. Sargent; his paternal father, Joseph Andrews; one brother, Wayne (Pete) Andrews; brother-in-law, Eugene Miller; and a sister-in-law, Earlene Illenberg.
Patricia J. Nichols, 64, of Syracuse, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.
Born in Buffalo, she was a longtime Syracuse resident. Patricia Jennings graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1959.
A 1963 graduate of SU School of Nursing, Pat was a school nurse at Webster Elementary School in Syracuse for 10 years and active with its mentor program. She was also a childcare provider for 20 years.
Pat was an usher at the Civic Center for more than 20 years, and was a member of Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 40 years, Benjamin; daughters, Elizabeth Newman of N. Granby, Conn., and Jessica Oehley of Trumbull, Conn.; brothers, Richard Jennings of Worcester and Douglas Jennings of Larue, Texas; grandchildren, Emily, Susan and Sarah Newman and Charlotte and Chase Oehley; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
ONEONTA _ Grace Kilquist Lent went to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Nov. 18, 2007, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
Grace was born Nov. 14, 1914, at Farmingdale, Long Island, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Emil Kilquist.
Grace graduated from Oneonta High School class of1931 as salutatorian of her class. She received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Syracuse University, 1935 and 1947, respectively.
Mrs. Lent taught school for 12 years in Otego, Chenango Forks and Margaretville, before her marriage to Ralph E. Lent of Otego on July 7, 1947.
While her husband attended college in Houghton, she taught French at the Houghton Academy.
When they moved to Jasper, she taught a class in Latin. In 1954, they both taught in Hancock schools. Grace retired to Otego in 1959, where she and husband lived until moving into nursing homes.
Grace and her husband were active in church youth programs, taking many of the young people to Bible conferences through the years.
Grace was a very faithful member of the Otego Baptist Church, Otego. She also made visits to local nursing homes where she would share Bible devotional times and cookie treats for the residents.
Grace was active in Girl Scout program leadership, Grange, Sunday school teaching, church choirs, and prayer meetings. She also belonged to various professional organizations, such as Classical Leagues, American Association of Teachers of French, N.Y.S. Retired Teachers Association, and the W.C.T.U.
Grace’s life motto was exemplified in two Bible verses: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” and “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Grace was predeceased by her husband, Ralph; a brother, George W. Kilquist; a brother and sister-in-law, Everett and Edith Earl, Sidney.
Survivors include a sister, Helen L. Kilquist, Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Nancy C. Lockwood, New York; three nieces, Jean H. Kilquist, Missouri, Lavina C. Maykut, New Hampshire, and Wendy K. Thatcher, Massachusetts; three nephews, Wayne Earl, Wyoming, Terry Earl, New York, and Gary Earl, New York; and seven grandnieces and six grandnephews.
ONEONTA _ Anthony M. Rizzo, 70, of Oneonta, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at his residence.
Tony was born June 12, 1937, in Oneonta, the son of Nicholas A. and Anna (DeGasta) Rizzo.
He married Barbara McKean on Nov. 18, 1961, at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1955. He was associated with his brothers in Rizzo’s Enterprises and was the proprietor of the Four Seasons Sporting Goods in Oneonta.
Tony was a sergeant with the Army National Guard, retiring in 1997, after more than 20 years of service.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church. He was an Eagle Scout and served as scoutmaster for Troop 111 and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 27. He served on the Boy Scout Council for many years. He played in the former American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.
Tony was an avid NASCAR fan, who loved to play cards and dine with his friends. He was also an avid outdoorsman and loved all activities associated with it. He was a member of the Friday traveling pistol team representing the National Guard.
Tony is survived by his wife, Barbara M. Rizzo, of Oneonta; his sons, Michael Rizzo and his fiancée, Kristi Gac, and her children, Sara and Cameron, of Bowden, Ga., and Clinton Rizzo of Austell, Ga. He is also survived by his brothers, Nicholas Rizzo of Oneonta, Joseph Rizzo and his wife, Michal Ann, of Oneonta; sister-in-law, Judith McWherter of Oneonta; two nieces, Nicola Rizzo and Erin Doucas and her husband, Christain; a nephew, Joseph Rizzo; a great-nephew, Logan Doucas; and many cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.
NEWNAN, Ga. _ Joanne Elizabeth Palko, 64, of Newnan, Ga., passed away at Hospice Atlanta on Nov. 5, 2007.
Born in Pottsville, Pa., she attended Oneonta High School graduating class of 1960, and Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N.J. She was retired from a marketing-manager career with Pan American World Airways and Delta Air Lines.
She is survived by her husband, Steven A. Bach, of Newnan; her mother, Carmella Evolo Palko, of Orwigsburg, Pa.; and many cousins. Her father, Joseph A. Palko, preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. George Roman Catholic Church in Newnan.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, with the Rev. Edward B. Connolly officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hillside, Pottsville.
CLEARWATER, Fla.—–Elna Parish Deighton passed away Dec 20, 2004, while visiting her family in aleigh, N.C. She was born in Oneonta on March 11, 1925, to Lee G. and Helen Ferguson Parish.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1943 and then worked as a teller in Wilber National Bank. After moving to Florida, she was employed by the Honeywell Corp. and became involved in volunteer work. Her greatest happiness in life has centered on her home, her son and daughter and especially her granddaughter.
She is survived by her son, Richard Lee Deighton of Dade City, Fla.; her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Gregory Buol of Garner, N.C.; and a granddaughter, Ashley Lynn Buol. Also surviving is her sister, Mildred Parish of Oneonta.
A memorial service is being held in Florida, and a committal service will be held at the Plains Cemetery in Oneonta in the spring.
OXFORD _ Frederick D. Tinker of 39 Scott St., Oxford, passed away Oct. 5, 2007, at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich.
He was born Sept. 17, 1910, in Oneonta, the son of the late Edward and Lillian (Tillinghast) Tinker.
On June 30, 1936, in Holland Patent, he married Kathryn Jones, who passed away Nov. 10, 1997.
Frederick is survived by his son and wife, Robert and Stephanie Tinker of Middleburgh; his daughter and her husband, Gwendolyn and Edwin Walker of Brockton, Mass.; his grandchildren, Stacey Welch of Palmyra, Brian Tinker of Arvada, Colo., Renee Young of Gilboa, Bronwyn Kelly of New York, Blair Tinker of San Jose, Calif., Matthew Walker of Franklin, N.H., and Kelly Wiegers of Hudson, N.H.; and 13 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Mei Yan Tinker, Nathan, Emily and Kristen Walker, Benjamin, Lauren, Sophia and Jacob Wiegers, Joshua Myers and Riley Young, Stella Tinker and Rachael Welch. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Eileen Tinker of Webster, widow of his son, Edward (Ted) Tinker.
Fred was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1927 or so, Hartwick College and Syracuse University. He taught English and drama, and coached basketball at Smyrna High School, was high school principal at Sherburne for five years, supervising principal at South Otselic for 11 years and superintendent of schools for 15 years at Oxford Academy and Central School.
Always a great lover of music, he played the violin and trumpet, was choir director of the First Baptist Church, Oneonta, the South Otselic Methodist Church and the Oxford Methodist Church, where he was a member since 1954.
He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, furniture and boat refinishing, clock building, gardening and hosting his extended family and friends at his beloved Kayuta Lake camp. He loved to share jokes and especially enjoyed a decade’s long practical joke competition with his dear next door neighbors, Robert and Margaret Carey.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at the Oxford United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Martin, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

BINGHAMTON Margaret (Peggy) Frances Goggin, 79, of Binghamton, died of lung cancer Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. Born June 25, 1928, in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Gerald A. Goggin and Grace E. Terbuson. Peggy graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1945 and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. She spent her engineering career with Bendix Corporation in New Jersey, retiring as manager of system effectiveness in 1979.
Peggy was a member of the parish of St. Vincent dePaul in Vestal and an active church and community volunteer, serving as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.
Her many interests included painting, rock collecting, antiquing, genealogy and many of the needlework arts.
She leaves her many parish friends who helped care for her during her illness; her beloved cat, Max; her second cousin, David Walpole and his wife, Elin, of Glastonbury, Conn.; her cousin, Jean Thompson of Roseboom, and her brother, Jack Sullivan and wife Marge of Harrisville, R.I.
She was predeceased by her brother, the Rev. Gerald A. Goggin, C.S.S.
Peggy was an independent, feisty soul who will be missed by many. A special thank you goes to Pam Brown for being such a big help to Peggy throughout her illness.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Vincent dePaul Church, Vestal, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Patsy Marion “Pat” Stevens Baker A memorial service for Patsy Marion Stevens Baker will be held 7 p.m. July 11 at Grace Harbor Church 1904 Halibut Point Road.Pat Baker, as she was known to Sitkans, died Dec. 16, 2006, in Okalahoma City , Okalahoma.

Betty J. DeVito McEvoy, of Latham, NY , went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 27, 2007 surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie DeVito. Betty attended Mitchell St. Elementary School and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958. She was a registered nurse for many years, more recently with the Eden Park Nursing Home. She was a communicant of St. Ambrose Church. She devoted her life to her family. Betty will be forever cherished by her husband, children, siblings, nieces and nephews for her self-sacrificing love that has given them immeasurable strength. She will be remembered for her gift of encouragement. She is survived by her husband Joseph McEvoy, her sons, Marc McEvoy, Sean McEvoy and Joseph McEvoy, Jr. She is also survived by five sisters, Dolly Sherwood, Charlotte, NC; Elaine Terpenning, Guntherville, AL; Lori Arnold, CA; Judy DeVito, FL; Carol Kohland, Oneonta; and one brother, Joseph DeVito Guerriero, Morris, NY ; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. from the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany, thence to St. Ambrose Church, Latham where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Wednesday after 9:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Internment will follow the Mass at St. Agnes Cemetery , Menands.

Those wishing to remember Betty in a special way, may sent contributions to the

American Diabetes Association,

PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131
Irene Marie (Tisenchek) Post
ONEONTA _ Irene Marie (Tisenchek) Post, 74, of Oneonta, went home to her Heavenly Father on Sept. 18, 2007, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
Irene was born Feb. 25, 1933, in South Kortright, the daughter of Emil and Alice Doroski Tisenchek.
She graduated Oneonta High School class of 1952. She married Lee B. Post on July 31, 1954, at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta. He predeceased her July 24, 1991.
Irene was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. She was a member of the Young at Heart at St. Mary’s as well as serving on the Bereavement Hospitality Ministry at the church.
She worked for 30 years as a telephone operator for Verizon of Oneonta and was a member of the New York Telephone Pioneers.
Irene is survived by her two daughters, Paula Cook and her husband, Jerry, of Delanson, and Janice Hinkley of Oneonta; and a son, Brian Post of Oneonta. She is also survived by her three brothers, Andrew Tisenchek and his wife, Tina, of Oneonta, Louis Tisenchek and his wife, Betty, of Oneonta and Donald Tisenchek and his wife, Linda of Oneonta; and three grandchildren, Christopher Post, Alicia Cook and Alexander Hinkley; her aunt, Sophie Kosier, of Lakeland, Fla.; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard and Mary Post and Dave and Mary Dresser; sister-in-law, Letha Post; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Keith Post; and a brother-in-law, Harry Post.

Nancy Harriet Lewis, 65, of Valley Road, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital with her loving family by her side, following a courageous battle against cancer.
She was born in Oneonta on Jan. 10, 1942, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Saggese Microni.
Nancy graduated class of 1959 from Oneonta High school.
On July 29, 1967, in Delhi, she married Wilbur J. Lewis. Their loving union lasted 23 years until Wilbur’s passing Aug. 7, 1990.
She co-owned and operated, with Wilbur, a small dairy farm in Delhi. In 1975, they moved to Knoxboro to continue farming until 1991. During that time, she also was employed at Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton. Nancy has spent the last 18 years working at the Hotel Solsville, where she made many special friends that have been a huge support to her.
Nancy is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Edward Rugar of Charleston, S.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Sharon Lewis of Clinton, and Mark and Tracey Lewis of Madison; a sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Doug Thompson of Florida; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Kathy Microni of Oneonta; an uncle, Ralph Saggese of Oneonta; eight beloved grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Rugar of Charleston, S.C., Zachary and Rebecca Lewis of Clinton, and Morgan, Brett, Heidi and Keith Lewis of Madison. Several nieces and nephews also survive Nancy.
Nancy’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Alicia Detraglia along with her nursing and professional staff for all the care and compassion that they gave to Nancy. Also, a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Faxton Cancer Center as well as general nurses and staff at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, which provided excellent care for Nancy in an atmosphere of love and dignity.

Gregory A. Zaccaria, 77, passed away unexpectedly at his home July 10, 2007, in Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
He was born May 9, 1930, in Carbondale, Pa., the son of Gregorio and Mary (Chellino) Zaccaria. He graduated from Oneonta Highschool class of 1948.
“Zack” served his country in the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a senior master sergeant. After his military career, Zack began working for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier, retiring after 20 years. Zack was known for his tireless volunteer work as a senior volunteer with the Spokane Police Department for 17 years.
Zack is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Leah A. Zaccaria, of Nine Mile Falls; children, Gregory Alan (Ruby) Zaccaria of Portland, Ore., David M. (Pati) Zaccaria of Calabasas, Calif., Anthony P. (Krishna) Zaccaria of Portland, Ore., and Mary Ann (Brad) Johnson of Chattaroy, Wash.; siblings, Joseph (Florence) Zaccaria of Long Island and Roseann Rogers of Voorheesville; grandchildren, Nathan Z. Johnson, Jacob A. Johnson, Madeline Zaccaria and McKenna Zaccaria. Zack was predeceased by his brother Bruno class of 1946.
Visitation was held Friday, July 13, from noon until 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, July 14, 2007, 9 a.m. and was celebrated at St. Charles Catholic Church, 4515 N. Alberta, Spokane, with committal and full military honors to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7200 N. Wall St., Spokane.

Robert J. Lawson Sr., 87, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.
Born Nov. 10, 1919, in Oneonta, Bob was the son of William and Anna (Melhorn) Lawson.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1937.
Bob was a United States Army Air Corps veteran, serving during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was a pilot of a B-17 in the European Theatre where he flew 26 missions. He obtained the rank of first lieutenant. Bob received Air Medals and three Oak Leaf Clusters, along with the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. In March 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he became a member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States and obtained the rank of captain.
Bob married Gladys M. Hrabak on Sept. 14, 1958, at the Lutheran Church in Oneonta.
Bob was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Oneonta, serving on the Church Council and Property Committee. Bob actively served his community. He was a Boy Scout leader, Davenport Troop 63, for more than 10 years. He was a founding member of the Pindars Corners Fire Department. He was the chairman of assessors in the town of Davenport for more than 35 years. He also delivered Meals-on-Wheels to those in need.
Bob was a member of the Davenport Memorial Post 487, VFW, and served as post commander for two years. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 2032 and retired from the New York State Power Authority in 1988.
Bob is survived by his wife, Gladys Lawson, of Oneonta; a son, Robert J. Lawson Jr. and his wife, Jean Ostrowski Lawson, of Oneonta, and their daughters, Hannah Marie and Lydia Grace; and a daughter, Patricia Lawson Ashe and her husband, Charles Ashe, of East Meredith.
Bob was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Boschetti.
Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be fondly remembered.

Robert A. “Mugsy” McMullen Jr., 42, passed away unexpectedly at home Saturday, May 12, 2007.
He was born Dec. 25, 1964, in Oneonta, the son of Robert A. Sr. and Janice (Alger) McMullen.
Mugsy was a graduate of Oneonta High School class of 1982. He took numerous college courses and had a love of learning, with a broad knowledge of many subjects.
He especially enjoyed music, playing his guitar and boxing. He was an avid outdoorsman, who like to fish, hunt and enjoyed nature.
Mugsy had the personality to make friends wherever he went. He could light up a room by simply entering it.
He was a member of the Calvary Chapel of The Hills in Oneonta.
Survivors are his father and stepmother, Robert and Genevieve McMullen; grandmother, Charlotte McMullen; sister, Karen and Larry Krom, brother, Brian and Marianne Baker McMullen, sister, Laurie McMullen, and sister, Kimberly McMullen and Lateef Duncan; nieces and nephews, Cole and Hayley Stabler and Richard and Michelle McMullen; a very special uncle and aunt, Joe and Debbie McMullen; and many cousins, aunts and uncles; and good friends, Darin Wilsey and Dave Cole.
He was predeceased by his mother, Janice Parson.
There will be calling hours from noon to 1 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Oneonta Assembly of God Church on Back River Road, with the Rev. Robert Baltodano, pastor of the Calvary Chapel of The Hills, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Butts, Richard Leroy (Dick)
A graveside committal service will be at noon Friday, May 18, 2007, in the Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta, for Richard (Dick) Leroy Butts, who passed away Nov. 25, 2006, at the age of 66.
He was born on Jan. 7, 1940, the son of Leroy P. and Virginia M. Butts.
Graduating from Oneonta High School’s class of 1958 , he married his high school sweetheart, Dawn Marie Baker, on Dec. 11, 1960.
He made his career in the grocery business, working at A&P, Grand Union, and was manager of the Oneonta Price Chopper at one time.
Over the years, he was active in the Oneonta community (PTO, Special Olympics Chairman 1971, Jaycee of the Year 1971, as well as involvement with the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts).
He and Dawn enjoyed the Oneonta area and would spend their family time riding motorcycles, boating, and camping. He spoke fondly off the “good times” at East Sidney Dam and Crystal Lake Campground.
Dick was also an avid singer and guitarist. He and his band performed at many local establishments and weddings over the years. He particularly enjoyed the music of Elvis Presley.
Dick’s hobbies included building RC Boats and Cars, trains, models, collecting state quarters and sports cards.
Dick is survived by a son, Richard; his daughter, Jeannine Minor (Gary Lumpkin); a granddaughter, Nicole (Thomas House); a grandson, George (Bradley) Minor; a great-grandson, Caleb T. House; a sister, Elaine Rummell; a sister-in-law, Marion (Gary Butts); and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, Dick was predeceased by his brothers, Gary and Jeff.
Cremation services were handled by the Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Florida.
Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta will be handling the committal service in New York.
Any memorial donations can be made in Dick’s memory to the Oneonta High School Alumni Association.
Published in The Daily Star on 5/12/2007

John E. Tilli, 54, of Oneonta, died unexpectedly Monday, April 16, 2007, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
He was born May 31, 1952, in Flint, Mich., the son of the late Oliver Edward Tilli and Margaret (Loynd) Tilli Lunn.
While growing up, John’s father was in the military. John had the opportunity to live and travel to many places throughout the world. No matter where he was, he learned appreciation for the nature and its surroundings. John was always was interested in the history of where he was living.
John graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1975 and SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in landscape management.
John loved working. He worked at Hartwick College for more than 25 years as a custodian/groundskeeper, and he also worked at Bassett Hospital.
John enjoyed photography, watching the History and Discovery Channels, collecting hats and tending to his plants. At one time, John had his own greenhouse. John was also an audiophile. He also loved to cook. John could mix ingredients together and create the most wonderful dishes.
John is survived by his stepfather, William Lunn, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one sister, Patricia Tilli Furukawa and her husband, Fred, of Sacramento, Calif.; and two nephews, Michael Norton of Arizona and Eric Norton of Sacramento, Calif.
He was predeceased by one brother, Michael James Tilli.

Ella Mae Swart, 87, of Phoenix, Arizona and formerly of Syracuse and Oneonta, died Friday, March 30, 2007, at her home.
She was born Nov. 17, 1919, in Oneonta the daughter of the late John and Maude (Peebles) Genberg. Ella graduated from Oneonta High School.
On Nov. 25, 1943, Ella married Charles Swart in Oneonta. Charles predeceased her on Jan. 16, 1987.
Ella was a draftswoman for General Electric in Syracuse until her retirement in 1982, at which time she and Charles moved to Arizona.
Ella is survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy Swart, of Syracuse (wife of the late Victor Swart); four nieces, Barbara Jansky, of Franklin, Mass., Marjorie Cooney, of Millis, Mass., Cheryl Johnson, of Syracuse, and Stephanie Leasore, of Phoenix, Ariz.; two nephews, Victor Swart and Gerald Swart, of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Graveside services for Ella will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery with the Rev. Mel Farmer, pastor of the River Street Baptist Church, officiating. There will be no calling hours.

Cheryle Wolcott Levine, 63, of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Levine was born in Walton on Aug. 14, 1943.
She attended Oneonta schools, graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1961 and from the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing in 1964. She was a registered nurse.
She and her family resided in Otego when she worked as the school nurse at Unadilla Elementary School. She moved to Roanoke, Va., in 1979 and then to Daytona Beach in 1991.
She enjoyed crafts, crossword puzzles and had a sincere love for animals.
Survivors include two daughters, Erin Farris and her husband, Mark, of Rock Hill, S.C. and Sara Massie and her husband, Steve, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a son, Joseph Levine and his wife, Paula, of Dublin, Va.; her mother and stepfather, Cecile and Robert Hawkins of Ormond Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Jim and Connie Wolcott of Raleigh, N.C., and Jack and Mary Wolcott of Jacksonsville, Fla.; her in-laws, Sidney and Muriel Levine of Oneonta; six grandchildren, Cade, Conner and Colin Ferris, Jacob Massie and Gage and Elise Levine; and several special friends, cousins, in-laws, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Levine.

Donald N. Fletcher, of Oneonta, went to be with his heavenly father and rejoin his earthly father on Nov. 20, 2006.
Mr. Fletcher was born July 17, 1938, in Oneonta, son of the late Clarence D. and Catherine H. Fletcher.
Don was a retired schoolteacher who lived and worked in the Oneonta area all his life. He was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
He enjoyed traveling, going out with friends and walks with his dog, Rags. He was known for his storytelling and recollections of family history.
He is survived by one sister-in-law, Jean M. Fletcher of Midlothian, Va.; and one brother-in-law, George Downing of Vicksburg, Miss. He is also survived by three nephews, C. Richard Fletcher and his wife, Linda, of Palmyra, Va., Daniel H. Fletcher and his wife, Rhonda, of Troy, Va., and Eric D. Fletcher and his wife, Antoinette, of Chesterfield, Va.; two nieces, Cyrena Downing of Vicksburg, Miss., and Lydia Kendall and her husband, James, of Cleveland, Miss. Nine great-nieces and -nephews, also survive him. Don was surrounded with many dear and close friends who were his family in New York.
He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Downing; and his brother, Clarence E. Fletcher.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Stephen Reese, pastor of the Columbus Community Church, officiating.

John Charles Constantine, 68, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Oneonta, passed away Jan. 9, 2007, at his home.
Born Dec. 1, 1938, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Dr. John and Mary (Oliver) Constantine of 30 Grove St., Oneonta.
A graduate of Oneonta High School, he served in the United States Army antiballistic missile technology program.
He then received his bachelor’s degree in 1965 from Alfred University, where he also did graduate work. While living in the Alfred/Hornell/Bath area, John was the sound technician for a local band called the Rogues. Later he worked as a researcher in ceramic capacitors and silicon-chip production for Engelhard Corporation in New Jersey; he was granted several patents for capacitor powders and inks.
He was a member and past treasurer of the American Ceramic Society.
Moving to St. Charles, John was co-founder and co-owner of Gateway Alloys.
John enjoyed woodworking, furniture design, car restoring and coin collecting.
He is survived by his stepchildren, Eric and Cari Golden of San Diego, Calif.; his brothers, James and Carol of Westport, Mass., Paul and Aniko of Dansville, David and Kate of New Berlin and Robert and Calla Bassett/Constantine of Syracuse and Albany; his former wives, Audrey (Henning), and Donna (Wyatt); nine nieces and nephews, three great-nieces and three great-nephews.
A memorial service was held in St. Charles on Jan. 27, at the Baue Funeral Home.
Locally, a memorial service will be held at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007.

Carson W. Georgia of Rutherfordton, N.C., went to be with his maker on Jan. 10, 2007.
Carson was born in West Laurens on Feb. 19, 1939.
He served his country in the United States Navy. He retired from the food and beverage industry in 2001.
He was also an active member of AA and lived a sober life for 25 years.
He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Karen Georgia; three loving and devoted sons, Randy Georgia of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Andy Georgia of Greenville, N.C., and Steven Dail of Vancouver, Wash.; four loving and devoted daughters, Cathy Lee Georgia of DeLand, Fla., Caren Perrucci of Palm City, Fla., Stacie Jakiel of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Cheryl Calderon of Palm City, Fla. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Charlotte Georgia of West Oneonta; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lenore and Les Foster of Otego. In addition, he is survived by nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Carson and Pauline Georgia; his sister, Paula; and daughter, Candy Georgia.

ONEONTA — Steven D. Harrington, 31, of Oneonta, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 18, 2003, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Born Sept. 13, 1972, in Oneonta, Steve was the son of Stanley and Mary Jane Holden Harrington.
Raised in Oneonta, Steve attended Oneonta schools graduating class of 1990, then graduated from Broome Community College.
He held positions at QFM, the Great American and the Oneonta City Fire Department. Most recently he worked for Cooperstown Medical Transport as a paramedic and Creative Electronics.
Steve was an Assistant Chief for the West Oneonta Fire Department and also volunteered as a Committee Member and Assistant Scoutmaster for Oneonta Boy Scout Troop 23.
Survivors include his fiance, Sandi Burrows of Oneonta; his parents, Stan and Mary Jane Harrington of Oneonta; a brother, Scott Harrington and his wife, Kerri of Oneonta; maternal grandmother, Lois Holden of Oneonta; uncle, Donald Holden of Oneonta, and other aunts and uncles including Ronald and Tina Gage of Frankfort.
He was especially proud of the extended family he found in Cooperstown Medical Transport, the Fire Departments and A.O. Memorial Fox Hospital, and his dog, Coco.
Steve was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Hubert Holden; and paternal grandmother, Jennie Harrington.
ONEONTA — Stanley D. Harrington, 56, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1947, in Schenectady, the son of Norman Anskar Harrington and Jennie Elizabeth Powers. Stan attended schools in Schenectady, Unadilla and Oneonta, graduating from the Oneonta City Schools.
He married Mary Jane Holden on June 1, 1969, in Oneonta. Stan previously worked for Oneonta Oil and Fuel Company. He was employed for the last 18 years at Custom Electronics, where he was Maintenance Supervisor. He enjoyed his years with Oneonta Boy Scout Troop 23, where he served as an Assistant Scout Master since 1984, and more recently as a Commissioner for Boy Scout Packs 24 and 91. Stan served on the Oneonta Zoning Board and was recently elected as a member of the County Board of Representatives. Stan is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, of Oneonta; his son and his wife, Scott and Kerri Harrington of Oneonta; his sister and her husband, Martina and Ronald Gage of Frankfort, Shelia and Wade Dingman of Mohawk, Dennis and Paula Harrington of Harpursville, and Michael of North Carolina; his brother-in-law, Donald Holden Sr. of Oneonta; his mother-in-law, Lois Holden of Oneonta; several nieces and nephews; Steven’s special friend, Sandi Burrows; his scouting family; his family from Custom Electronics; and his friend and minister, the Rev. Jay Henderson.
He was predeceased by his parents; his son, Steven; and his aunts, Alice Lindsley and Ethel French.

Terry E. Thayer, 57, passed away unexpectedly at home Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007.
He was born July 29, 1949, in Oneonta, the son of Allen E. and Vera (Norton) Thayer.
Terry was an Oneonta High School graduate, class of 1969. He then graduated in 1971 from the Albany Business College, receiving an associate’s degree in accounting.
He married Cynthia Morstatt on Aug. 29, 1971, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Garnerville.
Terry believed that the highlight of his life came on June 2, 1974, with the birth of his son, Frank. Frank brought so much joy and happiness to his life. “God must be glorified in and throughout the celebration. Although brain cancer has shortened my life with my family, my blessings have now and continue to fill my life to overflowing. As I go to my rest in Jesus as a husband, father, grandfather and friend I am secure in His love and the truth of His promise …”
Terry was an HVAC technician for 30 years, and his last position was with Mirabito Fuel Group in Oneonta.
He was a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Oneonta, where he was an Acolyte Thurifer Chalice Bearer. He was also a member of the Reminiscers Antique Car Club, his pride and joy being his 1977 Corvette. Terry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cindy Thayer, of Oneonta; his son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Jeanmarie Thayer of Goodyear Lake; four grandchildren, Eric Matthew (5), Benjamin Allen (4), Julia Cynthia (2), and Joseph Frank (9 months); his mother, Vera Thayer, of Oneonta; his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Cathy Thayer of Bremerton, Wash., and their children, Julia and John; his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and the Rev. David Dietche of Colonie, and their children, Tad and Meg; his mother-in-law, Gloria B. Morstatt, of Stony Point; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Allen Thayer; and his father-in-law, Frank Morstatt.

Lynda Lee Van Woert Hamilton, 66, of Oneonta (formerly of Tupper Lake), passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 8, 2007, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Lynda was born Dec. 11, 1940, in Hempstead, the daughter of James D. and Esther S. Van Woert.
She was a class of 1958 graduate of Oneonta High School. She received a B.S. in music education from Hartwick College in 1963, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and was involved in many musical activities. She received a certificate as a Teacher of Music in 1963 and taught in Massachusetts, Albany and Tupper Lake.
She was a home-health aide in the late 1970s. After moving back to Oneonta in the 1980s, she secured a job with Verizon. She later retired from Verizon in 1998, after 10 years, and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Lynda enjoyed spending time with friends, knitting and writing, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren.
Surviving are her daughter, Cynthia Hamilton of Manchester, Conn.; and her son, Clayton Hamilton of Otego; her brother, James Winston and his wife, Sandra, Van Woert of Harpursville; her grandchildren, Cassandra and David Hamilton of Ray Brook; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Lynda was predeceased by her parents, James D. and Esther S. Van Woert; and her daughter, Catherine W. Hamilton.
There will be no viewing or funeral.
Family will receive relatives and friends at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007.
Burial will be private.

Robert L. Henderson Jr., of Southside Drive, Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at his home.
He was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Oneonta, the son of Robert L. Henderson Sr. and Margaret (Hebbard) Henderson.
He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1948.
He married Barbara Weeks on March 24, 1956, in Harrington Park, N.J. Bob is now reunited with his beloved Barbara, who predeceased him Dec. 26, 2004.
Bob and his brother, Hugh, operated the family dairy farm from 1946, when their father purchased the farm on Southside, until October 2000, when the brothers sold their cows, ending more than a half-century of this family-owned dairy business.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served faithfully as an elder, and many years on the Building and Grounds Committee. He was a member of the Oneonta Masonic Lodge No. 466 and was on the Board of Trustees at the Glenwood Cemetery Association.
Bob’s greatest love was his family, and his farm. Taking time for annual camping trips, attending kids’ school programs and activities, keeping the various cars running, and traveling to spend time with his grandchildren, were always a joy.
Just about every Sunday, he’d get to church, albeit a little late.
With his big heart and his strong hands, he and his family prepared the soil for crops, harvested the hay and corn, milked up to 90 holsteins twice a day, seven days a week.
Most recently, you could find him enjoying a morning cup of coffee at the diner, starting his day with the newspaper and his friends.
Bob is survived by his three children, Jim and his wife, Pam, Henderson of Vernon, Debbie and her husband, Tim, Raymond of Sacramento, Calif., and Robin and her husband, Ray, Thomas of Tucson, Ariz.; his beloved grandchildren, Britney and Andy Thomas of Tucson; a brother, Hugh, and his wife, Betty, Henderson of Oneonta; and many nieces, nephews and cousins

James Robert Morris (Jim), age 50. Our beloved son, brother, father, uncle and friend passed away on Monday, May 7, 2007 at this brother Fred’s home in Gilbertsville with his loving family by his side.

Born March 7, 1957 in Houston, TX, he was the son of Frederic Morris and Diane (Butler) Hilts.

Jim grew up in Oneonta and attended Oneonta High School class of 1975 and SUNY Oneonta before serving six years in the United States Navy; five years in which he spent aboard the USS Ulysses S. Grant as a communications specialist/engineer. Jim worked at Amphenol in Sidney for the past 17 years as a computer numeric control operator.

Jim’s love of music transcended from his early teens and throughout his adulthood. He taught many of the people in his life to appreciate music by playing his guitar and writing his own songs. He was a voracious reader who was always up for a good debate or a serious game of poker. Jim will be sincerely missed and forever cherished by all who knew and loved him.

Jim is survived by his parents, Frederic (Tina) Morris and Diane (Harold) Hilts; his loving sons Joshua Morris who is enlisted in the United States Marines and serving in Baghdad, Jared and Jesse Morris of Endwell; his brothers, Fred (Shelly) Morris of Gilbertsville, David Morris of Tucson, AZ and sisters Lori (Maurice) Stranagan of Lodi, NJ, Rebecca Hilts of Oneonta, Wendy Morris of Durham, NC, Gabrielle (John) Giordano of Boston, MA and Nicole (Mike) Manni of NH. Jim is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Lawrence Peter ‘Lorenzo’ Scott, 85, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at his home in Sarasota, Fla.
He was born March 7, 1921, in the family home at 45 River St., Oneonta. His parents, Antonio (Scotti) and Carolina (Cornell nee Conte) Scott were both immigrants from Italy. He remained fiercely proud of his heritage throughout his life. He graduated Oneonta High School class of 1937 .
He attended State University College at Oneonta (Oneonta Normal School/State Teachers College) withdrawing in early 1941 to begin secondary air pilot training in Utica, and commercial flight school in Altoona, Pa.
As a civilian, he was chief flight instructor for the U.S. Army in Arcadia, Fla. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, serving in the Air Transport Command during W.W.II. Stationed largely in the China-India-Burma theater of operations he ferried new aircraft and supplies ‘over the Hump’ from his base in northern India into China. He was given two Battle Stars and near war’s end, he received a medal and certificate of bravery, personally awarded by Madame Chiang Kai-shek, for his actions ‘while danger was present and imminent.’
An entrepreneur, he purchased Scottie’s Grill on lower Broad Street in 1946, selling in 1949 when he purchased Molinari’s Restaurant on South Main Street. In the early 60’s he had interests in the Bean Brothers factory of Walton, a bowling pin manufacturer and Bundy Redi-Mix of Oneonta, a concrete and gravel supplier. He purchased the Homestead Restaurant in Colliersville, in 1964 selling in 1970. With his son Storm, he built and opened Christopher’s Restaurant on Southside, Oneonta in 1972.
He married Elsie (Nelson) Kling, of East Meredith, (now residing in San Diego, Calif.) on Sept. 10, 1947. They had sons, Storm of Sarasota, Fla., Christopher of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and daughter, Gale of Sarasota, Fla.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Philomena Chicorelli, Anna Dilello, Joseph Scott, Mary Ross, Samuel Scott, Caroline Scott, Louise Danzi, Anthony Scott Jr., and Helena Scott.
He is survived by his ex-wife and children; six grandchildren; a great-grandson and several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families, many still in the Oneonta area.

Robert Lee Anderson of Class of 1965 Passed on February 23,1988 He was good friends with Jerry Sullivan and Louis Leo. He has 3 children from 2 marriages. First son Donato Louis with Marilee Dana 2 Children Michelle and Robert f(from Regina Anderson-DeCarr)

Nancy Anne Lynch, 69, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully at her residence Friday, Jan. 26, 2007.
She was born in Oneonta on Sept. 2, 1937, the daughter of Thomas D. and Ethel (Hecox) Lynch.
A lifelong area resident, Nancy graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1955.
For a period of 36 years, retiring in 1992, she was employed by the Citizen’s National Bank and Trust Company, now known as the Key Bank.
She served as an officer and trustee for the Dewar Foundation Inc. for 15 years.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Oneonta.
She is survived by her brother, Thomas Lynch Jr., of Walnut Creek, Calif.; her nieces, Beckie (Douglas) Kinghorn of Fremont, Calif., Amy Lynch of Mendosina, Calif., Frances Lynch of Portland, Ore., Shauna (Wayne) Eisenmann of Antioch, Calif., and Kathleen (Kenneth) Miller of Hilo, Hawaii; four aunts, Isabella Martineau of Hempstead, N.H., Julia Georgia of Binghamton, Carmen Lynch of Oneonta and Virginia Lynch of Otego; as well as one grandniece; six grandnephews; and several cousins.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, William John Lynch; and a sister-in-law, Kay (Jenks) Lynch.

Lora M. Boone Haynes, born Aug. 8, 1947, a resident of Bethel, Ohio, ascended with God to eternal life on Dec. 25, 2006, at 8 a.m.
She is survived by her best friend and husband of 34 years, Jeffery B. Haynes, of Bethel; her brother, Jack D. Boone, of Oneonta; best girlfriend, Billie Mason, and many friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry D. and Ethyl Mae (Michaels) Boone of Oneonta.
She was a tenacious nurse of great intelligence, compassionate CCDII counselor, quick-witted, always with the curiosity of a child, loved people who could agree to disagree, a spontaneous writer and a non-conforming artist-in-residence the past 10 years to Boone Art Works in her Treehouse Studio.
She was one of a kind, created by God with a New York attitude.
Mary Shearer Bordinger, 90, died peacefully Jan. 20, 2007, surrounded by her loving family.
Born June 9, 1916, in Kortright Center, Mary was the eldest of David C. and Lena June (Stronigan) Shearer’s three children. She enjoyed growing up on the family’s ‘Big Roundtop.’ It was there that she contracted and overcame polio and infantile paralysis. She received a personal gift from Madame Chiang Kai-shek during her recovery that she cherished the rest of her life.
She moved with her family to Oneonta in 1922, and resided there for the remainder of her years. In Oneonta, she attended Bugbee School and Oneonta High School.
Mary met Albert Clifford Bordinger while dancing at Pond Lily; he married her Feb. 13, 1937. Together they raised four children in Mary’s ‘dream house.’ Mary, Clifford and the children enjoyed many fun-filled weekends at Goodyear Lake with their lifelong friends.
Always a dedicated worker, Mary began working for her father’s business, Shearer’s Express, while attending high school and continued after graduation. Mary and her husband, Clifford, later owned and operated a branch of Shearer’s Express, which serviced the Binghamton area.
During World War II, Mary also supported the war effort by working in the Mica plant on Dietz Street.
A favorite meeting place, The Polar Bear, was owned and operated by Mary; for 20 years she made some of the best homemade ice cream there ever was. Everyone who visited The Polar Bear has pleasant memories of ‘Mary’s Ice Cream Shop.’
Mary was president of the Women’s Benefit Association, a member of the Clothing Guild, secretary of the East End School PTA, secretary of Bordinger Trucking Company, and a Charter Member of the Oneonta Business Women’s Club.
She belonged to several Methodist Women’s circles and held various offices at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta.
Throughout her life, family was always most important to Mary; she loved her children dearly and doted on every grandchild and great-grandchild.
Her husband, Albert Clifford; her daughter, Patricia Lee; and her two brothers, Morrison and Bruce Shearer, predeceased her.
She is survived by her children, Jack and Patricia Bordinger of Franklin Mountain, Donald and Mary Bordinger of West Laurens and Morrison and Jo Bordinger of Davenport Center. Those honored to call her ‘Grams’ are Victoria (and Jason) Oblinski, Michael (and Jeanette) Lee, Donald D. (and Maureen) Bordinger, Patrick (and Jamie) O’Kelly, Michael Bordinger, Cynthia (and Brian) Utter, June (and Craig) Biernetsky, Charles Bordinger, and Samantha (and Jason) Ballard. She was also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is and always will be a most remarkable woman.
Marion P. Dokuchitz, 82, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at the Van Allen Nursing Home in Little Falls.
Marion was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Oneonta, the daughter of Peter and Julia (Kozeck) Dokuchitz.
She was a lifetime resident of Oneonta, attending and graduating from Oneonta High School class of 1942 , and from Albany Business College in 1943.
She was employed as a secretary for the Delaware & Hudson Railway Company for 31 years, retiring in 1984.
Marion was a member of the Russian Orthodox faith and in her early years attended the St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta.
Marion is survived by her brother, Peter S. Dokuchitz and his wife, Bonnie, of Oneonta and Florida; a niece, Diane Bowers and her husband, John, of Albuquerque, N.M.; five nephews, Harold Harris and his wife, Jean, of Venice, Fla., Peter Dokuchitz Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., David Dokuchitz and his wife, Mary, of Oneonta, Paul Dokuchitz and his wife, Dawn, of New York City, and Jonathan Dokuchitz of New York City. She is also survived by three grandnieces, Elizabeth, Natalie and Alexandra; and two grandnephews, Gregory and Daniel.
Marion was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Taklia Harris.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Deacon Charles Bailey of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Oneonta, officiating. Burial will be at the Dokuchitz burial site in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta.

Albert Victor ‘Abe’ Bagnardi Sr., 76, of Oneonta, died unexpectedly, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006.
He was born March 24, 1930, in Oneonta, the son of John and Josephine A. (DeFiore) Bagnardi. Abe graduated from Oneonta High School in the class of 1947 and then DeVry Technology Institute for Electronics, Chicago, Ill., in 1952.
On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1987, Abe married his sweetheart, Carol Ann Bridger, at the home of Diz and Jo Ann LaMonica in Oneonta.
A jack of all trades, Abe worked with his father, John, building and remodeling homes in Oneonta. From 1952 to 1967, he worked for Oneonta Video Inc., as the general manager and chief engineer for cable TV systems in New York state that entailed all phases of the system operation and he was in charge of personnel and the business offices. Abe also owned and operated the Travelers Motel, Restaurant and Golf Course in Oneonta, Portlandville Video Inc. and several apartment houses in the Oneonta area.
In 1981, he worked in automotive sales selling Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles, and from 1988 to 1995, he owned and operated Cal-Dot Enterprise. He specialized in all phases of home construction, cabinet work and remodeling.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (Prior Faithful Navigator of fourth degree), the Oneonta BPOE Post 1312 and the Oneonta Country Club.
Abe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be deeply missed.
Abe is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 20 years, Carol Ann Bagnardi, of Oneonta; two faithful companions, Callie and Domino; one daughter, Cynthia Bagnardi of Tucson, Ariz.; one son, Albert Victor Bagnardi Jr. of Cape Cod, Mass.; two grandchildren, Travis and Amanda Bagnardi of Cape Cod, Mass.; a dear aunt, Marge Mathews of Oneonta; two sisters, Angelina Lombardo of Albany and JoAnn Welge of West Va.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jo Ann and Diz LaMonica of Oneonta; one stepson, Tom Liddle of West Oneonta; as well as many wonderful friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Josephine A. Bagnardi; and two brothers-in-law, Pat Lombardo and Rich Welge.
There will be no calling hours

Geoffrey “Biff” Escher Brandt, 61, passed away peacefully, with his wife, Jane, at his bedside, at their winter home in Ft. Pierce, Fla., on Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2006, after a courageous fight with cancer.
Geoff was born Sept. 22, 1945, in Oneonta, son of the late John H. and Adelaide E. Wells. He married Jane VanDeusen Brown on March 21, 1996, in Florida. Geoff graduated from Oneonta High School, class of 1963. Geoff proudly served in the United States Navy upon graduation. He then attended Broome County Community College and graduated in 1969 with honors, with a degree in civil engineering. Geoff retired in 2000 after working 30 years with the local telephone company.
He was a past member of the Stamford and Oneonta pistol teams and made yearly trips to Camp Perry shoots. He also played competitive billiards in Oneonta leagues. He was an avid card player with many late night games with family and friends. Coming from a baseball family, Geoff and Jane were New York Mets fans. He spent many enjoyable hours metal detecting and selling his wares at local and Florida flea markets.
Geoff’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He was a kind and gently man, helping anyone in need. He was respected and truly loved by all his many close friends. We’ll miss his corny jokes, rather loud T-shirts and his amazing contagious laugh. Adios Amigo!
Geoff is survived by his wife, caregiver, and best friend, Jane; his sons, Richard Blakeslee and girlfriend Lee of Rochester; Aaron Brandt and wife Michelle of Bend, Ore.; Jane’s children, who Geoff thought of as his own, Robert Brown and wife Nanci of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sue Baker and husband Jim of Colorado Springs, Colo., Patty Seidl and husband Jim of Oneonta, Angela Meredith of Caroga Lake, Bonnie Albright and husband Larry of Easton, Md., and Richard Bruno of Seattle, Wash.; his brothers, David Brandt and wife Barbara of Oneonta, John H. Wells of Long Beach, Calif., William D. Wells of Cypress, Calif., Robert J. Wells of Oneonta and James “JR” Wells of Sunnyside; his sister, Marilyn Gerowe, and husband David of Oneonta; his aunt, Marjorie “Kit” Escher Raphbun of Jupiter, Fla.; his grandchildren, Sierra, Miranda and Amanda Blakeslee, Aaron and Michelle’s first baby due May 2007 (something Geoff was really looking forward to), Stephen, Deanna, Tracy, Thomas, Bambi, Marc, Amanda, Nicholas, Jennifer, Jessica, Marshall, Kalynn, Ben and Gilli; his great-grandchildren, Raymond, Dylan, Christopher, Tyler, Alyssa, Rebecca, Hunter, Timmy and Lilly Sue; and nieces, nephews and very special cousins, “The Escher Clan.”

William Keyser Atchinson Jr., 73, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born May 27, 1933, in Stamford, the son of William K. and Ethel (Stickles) Atchinson.
Bill married Joyce H. Roberts on Aug. 27, 1955, in Oneonta.
He was a graduate of Oneonta High School, class of 1951 , Hartwick College, class of 1955, and the Albany Law School, class of 1958.
Bill was the co-owner of Oneonta Agency and was a self-employed attorney. He was a co-founder of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Oneonta First Presbyterian Church, the Oneonta Country Club where he was on the board of directors and the president of the Men’s Golf Association. He was a member of the Oneonta Elks Club B.P.O.E. 1312, the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, Trout Unlimited and Little Delaware Club. Bill originated and was a director of the Coaches Club at Hartwick College. He was a former member of the Hartwick College Alumni Board and Citizens Board. He created and sponsored the Otsego County Amateur Golf Tournament, in memory of his father, The Atchinson Cup. Bill also was the president of Oneonta and Otsego County Bar Association and was an acting Oneonta City Judge.
Bill was an avid fisherman, hunter, bowler and golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce R. Atchinson, of Oneonta; three children, William K. Atchinson III and his wife, Deborah, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Robert Atchison and his wife, Michelle, of Lexington, Mass., and Karen A. Hart and her husband, Kenneth, of Oneonta; grandchildren, Sarah, Laura, Robert, Emily, Daniel, Katherine and Christine; a sister, Barbara Atchinson Harrison, and her husband, John Robert Harrison; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Richard B. Roberts and his wife, Nancy C. Roberts.
Friends may call Saturday, Sept. 30, from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Oneonta First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., with the Rev. Mark E. Montfort, pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in Oneonta Plains Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Contributions may be made to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, William K. Atchinson Jr. Fund, 18 Stadium Circle, Oneonta, NY 13820, or to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820.

Charles H. Barnes, 93, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born Dec. 3, 1913, in Oneonta, the son of Howard and Harriett Ida Barnes.
Charlie married Lucy Wilber on Aug. 20, 1934, in Oneonta.
He worked for D&H Railroad, Scintilla, Grand Union groceries, and then retired from Oneonta Grocery at the age of 65.
Charlie was a member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta and was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lucy Barnes of Oneonta; his son, David, and wife Jody Barnes of Oneonta; and a cousin.
He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Barnes.

Sarah Martha “Sallie” Bozanic, 53, passed away Sept. 21, 2006, after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Sallie was born Jan. 2, 1953, in Oneonta. She was the daughter of Nick and Genevieve “Jane” Loft Bozanic, who both predeceased her.
Sallie was a class of1971 , graduate of Oneonta Senior High. After graduation, she worked for the New York Telephone Company as a night operator. She was also employed in California, Las Vegas, Georgia, and most recently, Fountain Inn, S.C.
Sallie is survived by her sister, Sheila Osborn of Milford; her brother, Nick Bozanic (Lisa) of Charleston, S.C.; her niece, Shelly Annas of Ballston Spa; her nephew, Cory Osborn of Rock City Falls; three grandnieces and five grandnephews.
She was also predeceased by her brother-in-law, Charles A. Osborn in February 2006.
Graveside services will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Otego, at the convenience of the family.

Mr. Gerald W. Bruce, 93, of Burlington Flats, died early Monday morning, Dec. 4, 2006, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
He was born Sept. 12, 1913, in Oneonta, a son of John Francis and Minnie (Thompson) Bruce.
Raised in Oneonta, Gerald graduated from Oneonta High School and was then employed as a sales clerk for D.R. Torrey on Main Street in Oneonta.
On May 2, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during World War II as a soldier with Company F, 346th Engineering Regiment. During his time in the military, he was involved in battles for the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland. Gerald was also responsible for constructing runways and hangers as well as hospitals and ordnance depots in Europe. On Nov. 3, 1945, he received his honorable discharge from the military having attained the rank of sergeant.
Upon his return home, he settled back in Oneonta and married the former Julia Oblak on Oct. 6, 1946, in a ceremony at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
Gerald became employed as a baker at the Homer Folks Hospital in Oneonta and stayed there for approximately 30 years. When the hospital closed, he became employed as a repairman for four years with Oneonta Oil and Fuel until finally retiring.
Gerald was a devoted communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown and was also a member of the Oneonta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1206.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 60 years, Julia, of Burlington Flats; two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Bunal and her husband, Stanley, of Bristol, Vt., and Mrs. Kathleen Seoane and her husband, Candeloria, of Rome; one son, John F. Bruce and his wife, Irene, of Port Crane; three grandsons, Adam Bruce of Denver, Colo., and Anthony and Robert Seoane of Rome; and two brothers, Joseph Bruce and his wife, Marion, of South Carolina, and Robert Bruce and his wife, Helen, of Rochester.

James T. Catella, 82, of Oneonta, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006.
Jim was born in Margaretville on Oct. 21, 1923. His family moved to Oneonta while he was still an infant, and he would call Oneonta his home from then on. He graduated from Oneonta Senior High School and Empire State College.
Jim married Kathleen M. Logan on Aug. 16, 1952, in Hudson.
Jim practiced many aspects of the field of engineering during his career, most notably as the supervisor of streets and parks for the City of Oneonta. As a tribute to his dedication and impact on the community, the city dedicated Catella Park in his honor upon his retirement.
Jim went on to operate a consulting engineering firm and taught as an assistant professor at the State University College of Technology at Delhi. The greater Oneonta community includes numerous properties and buildings that he designed throughout his career.
His involvement with local charities and not-for-profit organizations was far-reaching, and his genuine kindness touched the lives of those he met. Jim served as a member of the Oneonta Lions Club for 60 years, was the past board chairman of The Salvation Army and the Glenwood Cemetery Association and served as a member of the board of the Otschodela Council of the Boys Scouts of America.
He acted for many years as the liaison between the City of Oneonta and the Delaware and Hudson Railway Company. Jim also served proudly as a call fireman for the Oneonta Fire Department.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen (Logan); his children, James (Lee) of Oneonta, John (Debra) of Gulfport, Miss., Timothy (Kelly) of Oneonta; his brother, Albert Catella; sisters, Rose Mayo and Julia Bennett; and his sisters-in-law, Edith Catella and Marion Myers.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew, James, Dustin, Nicholas, Caitlin, Mary Kate, Megan, Seamus; and his great-grandchildren, Camden and Dawson.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph Catella, Louis Catella, John Catella, Fred Catella, Leighton Myers, Donald Myers; and his sister, Ruth Murray.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Oneonta Lions Club, The Salvation Army or the Otschodela Council of the Boys Scouts of America.

Ann (Jacques) Efird, formerly of West Davenport, passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.
Ann was the daughter of Maurice and Pearl (Edwards) Jacques of West Davenport.
She graduated from Oneonta High School and upon graduation served in the Women’s Army Corps.
Ann later moved to Melbourne, Fla., where she met her husband of 43 years, Ralph H. Efird. Together, they owned and operated Reliable Cleaners for 26 years.
Ann is survived by her husband, Ralph; and daughter, Renee Melbourne; sisters; Marion Bell of Astor, Fla., and Bette Jacques of Dale City, Va.; and locally a niece, Nancy Lifgren of Schenevus; and a nephew, Raymond Jacques of Oneonta. She is also survived by many other nieces and nephews throughout the country.
Her brother, Harry Jacques; and sister, Mona Spencer, both formerly of West Davenport, preceded Ann in death.
The family gave the gift of life by donating her organs and tissues to the Southeast Tissue Alliance. This gift is typical of the generosity and kindness that was often shown to others throughout her life and that of her husband, Ralph.

Donald N. Fletcher, of Oneonta, went to be with his heavenly father and rejoin his earthly father on Nov. 20, 2006.
Mr. Fletcher was born July 17, 1938, in Oneonta, son of the late Clarence D. and Catherine H. Fletcher.
Don was a retired schoolteacher who lived and worked in the Oneonta area all his life. He was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
He enjoyed traveling, going out with friends and walks with his dog, Rags. He was known for his storytelling and recollections of family history.
He is survived by one sister-in-law, Jean M. Fletcher of Midlothian, Va.; and one brother-in-law, George Downing of Vicksburg, Miss. He is also survived by three nephews, C. Richard Fletcher and his wife, Linda, of Palmyra, Va., Daniel H. Fletcher and his wife, Rhonda, of Troy, Va., and Eric D. Fletcher and his wife, Antoinette, of Chesterfield, Va.; two nieces, Cyrena Downing of Vicksburg, Miss., and Lydia Kendall and her husband, James, of Cleveland, Miss. Nine great-nieces and -nephews, also survive him. Don was surrounded with many dear and close friends who were his family in New York.
He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Downing; and his brother, Clarence E. Fletcher.

Mary Lou Burgess Gould, 88, of St. James Manor, Oneonta, passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.
She was born in Canandaigua on March 13, 1918, the daughter of Henry Clinton Burgess Sr. and Bertha Mary (Case) Burgess.
She married John F. Gould in 1946. He passed away in 1968.
She attended Wellesley College and graduated from William Smith College in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree. She continued her education at Syracuse University, where she graduated with a library science degree in 1942.
She had worked as a librarian in the Rochester Library system during World War II. In 1959, she took the position of Oneonta High School librarian and continued in that position until her retirement in 1982.
She was a member of the A.A.U.W., the Oneonta Garden Club, the N.Y.S. Teacher’s Association., the N.Y.S. Librarian’s Association., the First United Methodist Church and Zion Episcopal Church of Morris.
Mary Lou was proud of the fact that she was one of six residents who lived at St. James Manor when it opened.
She is survived by her children, Peter C. Gould and his wife, Merilyn, of Morris, and Katharine Myers and her husband, Lauren, of Painted Post; her grandchildren, Stacey Gould and her husband, Jim Ehmke, of Binghamton, Christopher (Chris) Gould of Morris, Charles (Chuck) Gould and his wife, Lynne, of West Oneonta, Erik Myers and his wife, Jenna, of Painted Post, Gretta Dickerman and her husband, Steve, of Corning; as well as eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Edson Burgess, and his wife, Grace, of Cleveland, Ohio.
She was predeceased by a son, Richard Gould, and a brother, Henry Burgess.

Jane Monser Hazzard, 71, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Oct. 12, 2006.
She was born Aug. 26, 1935, in Oneonta, the daughter of Selime “Sam” and Betty S. Monser.
Jane was previously married to Leon Shultis and resided in Otego for many years. She then married Robert E. Hazzard on June 27, 1992.
She also resided at the Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, Fla.
Jane was a graduate of Oneonta High School. She received her bachelor’s in science at the State University College of Oneonta and then Post Graduate Library Science degree in 1977 from the University of Hawaii.
Jane was employed for the Oneonta City School District as a teacher and then a librarian. After her teaching career, she became the director of Alumni Affairs at SUCO, retiring in 1993.
She remained extremely active in various alumni organizations and as a result was the recipient of the 2006 SUCO Hall of Fame Award. Jane was also very active in many civic and cultural organizations.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Hazzard, of Oneonta; her stepson, Peter and his wife, Veronica Hazzard, of Kingston; a sister, Josephine Gilmour of Oneonta; two brothers, Philip Monser of Bethesda, Md., and George and his wife, Sue Monser, of Oneonta; nieces and nephews, Kathy and Rodney Clarkson, Paul Monser, Ann Eckler and Deborah Whitehead; sisters-in-law, Betty and her husband, John MacNeill, of Homer and Martha and her husband, Joseph Burgett, of Stevensville, Mont.; many special grandnieces, grandnephews and friends; and her beloved canine companion, Kelly.
She was predeceased by her brother, Jerry Monser; and a niece, Peggy Monser.

Maurice Walter Hodges, 70, husband of Joyce Mildred Harpur Hodges, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at his home.
Born in Oneonta, he was a son of the late Walter Louis Hodges and the late Mona Louise Jacques Hodges Spencer.
Mr. Hodges was a retired truck driver with the City of Palm Bay, Fla., and was a United States Marine Corps veteran.
Surviving are his wife of Sumter; a son, Chris Hodges and wife Dawn of Summerton; a daughter, Celeste Guyton of Columbia; two brothers, Robert Bjork of Summerfield, Fla., and Charles Bjork of Long Mount, Colo.; three sisters, Nancy Lifgren of Schenevus, Elyce Burkhardt of Lithia, Fla., and Margaret Snyder of Baltimore, Md.; two grandchildren, Hunter Hodges and Jessica Guyton; two great-grandchildren, Dontorian Best and Aryiana Best.

Helen D. Johnson, 94, of Intercession City, Fla., and formerly of Oneonta, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Healthcare Center in Kissimmee, Fla.
She was born March 25, 1912, in Oneonta, the daughter of Orville and Elizabeth (Brown) Shutts.
Helen married Harry J. Johnson on June 29, 1929, in Morris. Harry predeceased her Dec. 19, 1987.
Helen was a registered nurse at Homer Folks TBC Hospital for 20 years until her retirement in 1973.
She was a member of the Southside Wesleyan Church.
Helen is survived by her children, Stephen N. Johnson Sr. and his wife, Irene of Oneonta and Sharon Van Laningham and her husband, Roger of Intercession City, Fla.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Anna Johnson.

Jean E. Kelso, 88, of East Meredith passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.
Born Feb. 20, 1918, in East Meredith, she was the daughter of the late G. Roland and Clara Henderson of East Meredith.
Jean was a lifetime resident of East Meredith. She married Kenneth S. Kelso at the East Meredith Presbyterian Church on Oct. 7, 1944.
She was educated in a one-room schoolhouse in East Meredith and graduated at 15 years old from Oneonta High School. She graduated from Oneonta State Teachers College at the age of 19. Jean began her teaching career at the age of 20 in a one-room schoolhouse in the town of Kortright. She then taught in the South Kortright school district at the school in Bloomville for a number of years. Following that, she assisted her husband, Kenneth, on the Kelso family farm in the town of Kortright.
For more than 50 years, Jean sat on the election board in the town of Meredith and Kortright. She was a lifetime member of the East Meredith Presbyterian Church and was an ordained deacon as well as an organist for more than 60 years. She was a member of the East Meredith Women’s Society, the East Meredith Cemetery Association, Bloomville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, East Meredith Christian Endeavor and a lifetime member of the Hanford Mills Museum.
Jean was the taxi for the local ladies to get their hair done on Thursdays and enjoy a day out for lunch at Breese’s in Oneonta. She was always donating and giving her time to the elderly. She often spoke of her father teaching her to drive a team of horses and learned to drive the grocery truck for her Uncle Lyle’s grocery store.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Timothy S. and Maria E. Kelso of East Meredith; four grandsons, Bryon S. Kelso of Florida, Erik T. Kelso of Oneonta, Seth M. Kelso of East Meredith and Joseph Almanza of New Jersey; a brother-in-law, Louis Henderson of Delhi; three nieces, Eva Wren of Ohio, Linda Jones of Florida, and Joan Pickles of Lockport; one nephew, John Kelso of California; and a cousin, Elizabeth Caiazza of Worcester

Francis T. Lynch, 76, of Oneonta, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Oneonta, the son of James B. and Fanny (Bolles) Lynch.
He married Virginia M. Nardin on June 27, 1954, at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta.
A lifelong area resident, Francis served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was a local contractor and carpenter. He also worked as a maintenance supervisor for 18 years for the Housing Authority in Oneonta, until he retired in 1991. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish.
Francis was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oneonta VFW Post No. 1206, Oneonta Elks B.P.O.E. Post No. 1312, Oneonta American Legion Post No. 259, Past President of the Oneonta Little League, and the Civil War Round Table of Norwich. He did research to locate the graves of local Civil War veterans and Medal of Honor winners so he could acquire headstones for them.
Francis is survived by his wife, Virginia M. Lynch of Oneonta; a son, Edward J. Lynch and his wife, Teri, of Oneonta; a daughter, Deborah A. Manzer of Otego; and his godson, Brian T. Haines and his wife, Gerri-Lynn, of Oneonta. He is also survived by a sister, Julia Georgia of Binghamton; three grandchildren, Ryan Lynch of Oneonta, Jennifer Manzer of Otego and Brianna Haines of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews.
Francis was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Walter Hecox, Joseph Lynch and Robert Lynch; a sister, Ethel Lynch; his brother-in-law, Thomas Lynch; and his son-in-law, Richard Manzer.

Frances L. Molinari, 80, of Maryland, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at her residence.
Frances was born April 21, 1926, in Oneonta, the daughter of Thomas and Agnes (Whitmarsh) Kelley. She was a lifelong area resident.
She married Eugene J. Molinari Sr., on Aug. 8, 1948. He predeceased her Oct. 30, 2000.
Frances worked as the switchboard operator for the Oneonta Consolidated Schools for 20 years before retiring in 1988.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Young at Heart Club and the Oneonta Business Women’s Club.
She was an avid bowler in earlier years and was a member of the NYS Women’s Bowling Association. She enjoyed sewing and cross stitching.
Frances is survived by her children, Eugene J. Molinari Jr. and his wife, Bonnie, of Oneonta, Thomas A. Molinari and his wife, Bonnie, of Blue Point, Maria Frank and her husband, Robert, of Oneonta and Patricia J. Brooke and her husband, Ronald Sr., of East Meredith. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Anthony Molinari, Jason Burr, Jennifer Incze, Kayla Molinari, Ronald (R-2) Brooke Jr. and Nicole Frank; a great-grandson, Cameron Incze; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Grace Ida Munson, 95, formerly of Delhi and Cobleskill, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at Otsego Manor in the town of Otsego.
Mrs. Munson was born Nov. 29, 1910, in Northfield, the daughter of James E. and Ida A. (Setford) Wilson.
She graduated from Oneonta High School and Crouse-Irving Hospital in Syracuse as a registered nurse.
For 18 years, Mrs. Munson was employed as head nurse at the Delaware County Infirmary in Delhi. She was a member of the Delhi United Methodist Church.
In 1977, she moved to Cobleskill to live with her daughter. She was a member of the Cobleskill United Methodist Church and the Cobleskill Senior Citizens.
Her husband, William M. Munson, predeceased her in 1974.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary (Robert) West of Cobleskill; a granddaughter, Brenda (Ed) Vladyka of Granville; and a great-grandson, Jacob Vladyka, also of Granville.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, in Ouleout Cemetery, Franklin,

Elizabeth B. Murphy, 93, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at the Oneonta Nursing Home.
Born Dec. 11, 1912, in the town of Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Fayette and Goldie (Livingston) Brightman. She was a descendent of the late Colonel William Richardson, the first supervisor for the town of Oneonta.
On Nov. 3, 1942, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Oneonta, she married Walter R. Murphy. He died Jan. 18, 1989.
A lifetime resident of the Oneonta area, she attended a one-room schoolhouse, where she later taught as told by author Lynn Bissell upon graduating from the Oneonta Normal School. She later was employed as a bookkeeper and secretary for a number of years, retiring from the former T.P. and T.M. Hughson Insurance Company.
She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Oneonta, where she taught Sunday school for a number of years.
She worked the election polls for a number of years as well as delivering meals on wheels. She was a supporter of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.
Elizabeth is survived by her niece, Marian (Mabon) O’Connor of Camillus, as well as several other nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta. Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, prior to service time.

Harriett C. Rogers, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
She was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Niagara Falls, the daughter of Earl D. and Agnes (Cameron) Rogers. In 1930, when Harriett was 12, her mother predeceased her. Harriett and her father moved to Oneonta to live with his mother and stepfather.
Harriett graduated from high school in Oneonta and went to work for the Citizens Bank as a bank teller in Oneonta, which later became the Key Bank, where she worked for many years un-til she retired in 1980. She also volunteered for The Salvation Army throughout her life.
Harriett loved life. She had a wonderful attitude and was very independent. She had challenges as well as triumphs in her life but never let the difficulties of life defeat her.
She loved people and they loved her. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone. Har-riett had a sweet disposition and a sweet smile.
Upon arriving at the nursing home, she made many friends with other residents there as well as the staff. She had a generous heart and she appreciated in turn the kindnesses that were shown to her.
Harriett enjoyed listening to music, classical as well as other kinds of music, reading (she was a voracious reader, educating herself on many subjects _ even though she did not attend col-lege, she was very well read), shopping and eating out.
She loved to travel. She visited every state in the union, (except for Alaska), and the Canadian Rockies. In 1971, she and her father joined her very dear friends, Joyce and her mother, Addie, on a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
In later years, she enjoyed going to antique auctions and going to flea markets where she sold some of these items. She took great pride in making her display attractive and received compli-ments for her creative efforts. Here again, she enjoyed interacting with the public.
Anyone who knew Harriett will always remember her sense of humor, her appreciation of a good joke, her lifelong love of cats, her love of color (especially red), and her creativity.
Harriett is survived by one cousin, Rita Cameron of Tonawanda; and her very dear friend, Joyce Anderson and her daughter, Emily, of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.; as well as several other friends and neighbors.

TUALATIN- OREGON- Donna Fioravanti Cardeiro, residing in Tualatin Ore., was attended at home by her immediate family, succumbing after a gallant five-year battle with cancer on Nov. 19.
Born in 1957, in Goshen. She leaves behind her husband, Philip; her daughters, Brianna, Andrea and Kayla; her father, Joseph, and her stepmother, Shirley, of Oneonta; her mother, Helen Fioravanti, of Roseville, Calif.; a sister, Susan Robertson of Wildomar, Calif.; three brothers, Christopher of Voorhees, Stephen of St. Louis, Mo., and Michael of N. Tustin, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; Uncle and Aunt Umberto and Pat Fioravanti, Babylon; cousins, Patty Bonavida, Andrea Schneller, Albert Fioravanti, all of W. Islip, Joseph Fioravanti of N. Babylon.
Donna graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1975 and attended Wilma Boyd Career School in Pittsburgh prior to a career as a travel agent and tour director, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to visit the great cities of Europe, Mexico, the United States and Canada. This past summer, the Cardeiros spent two weeks in southwestern Ireland, visiting her ancestral roots.
She was profiled in 2004 in her community newspaper as having counseled cancer victims and grieving survivors. She prayed for guidance and found remission through Bible study, meditation, and missionary zeal, bringing God’s message to those most in need of divine counsel. An article she wrote of her encounter with God and cancer will appear in a Christian anthology detailing the healing power of prayer in San Diego in 2007.
Remembrance may be sent to Cancer Care Resources, 439 N. Broadway, Portland, OR 97209.

ONEONTA- Kenny Horth, of Oneonta, passed away Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, after a brief but heroic battle with Aplastic Anemia/Leukemia.
Kenny was the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart, Pamela, and devoted father of the two joys of his life, Brendan and Cameron.
He was born Dec. 14, 1968, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Kenny was active in Little League baseball and soccer. Kenny loved to work with his hands. He was an avid carpenter. There was no job that he could not do. Kenny was the light in everyone’s day and that light will be missed.
Kenny will be remembered for his kindness to everyone. Whenever you needed a hand he would be there, no matter when it was. He will also be remembered for his sense of humor. There isn’t a person that he did not play some sort of joke on. He will also be remembered as one of the greatest Boston Red Sox fans. Mostly, he will be remembered as a great husband and father.
Kenny is survived by his wife, Pamela; sons, Brendan and Cameron; his father, Vaughn Horth; sister, Brenda Andreassen and her companion, Casey Reed, and her sons, Mike and Chris; his sister, Misty Holling, and her children, R.J., Nicole and Andrew; his brother, Gary, and companion Debbie and their children, Alicia, Kyle and Kody; his sister, Robin, and her husband, Shawn, and their children, Mandy, Nate and Collette; his father-in-law, Ronald Schmidt; his brother-in-law, Thomas Schmidt and his wife, Donna, and their daughter, Gabby; and Mrs. Leighton Meyers.
Kenny was predeceased by his mother, Katie, and mother-in-law, Marilyn, who greeted him into heaven with open arms.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta and from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Main Street Baptist Church, Oneonta, followed by funeral services at noon with the Rev. Mel Farmer officiating.
Burial will follow in the Maryland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aplastic Anemia & MDS Foundation, c/o AAMDS, P.O. Box 613, Annapolis, MD 21404-0613, in Kenny’s name.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home.

ONEONTA — Elizabeth “Betty” McVinney passed away March 3, 2005, at the Oneonta Nursing Home after a brief illness. They came to Oneonta in 1946, with “Mac” serving as vice principal and boys guidance counselor at Oneonta High School. For a period of time she worked for the Oneonta School District under grants to prevent students dropping out of school before graduation.

ONEONTA — Mary E. Crowe, 82, died at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, with her family by her side. The cause of death was A.L.S., or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She courageously battled and accepted this illness She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1941.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Ivan E. (Bud) Smith, 86, died at his home in Stamford, Conn., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005.
He was born in Oneonta on May 21, 1919, the son of the late Ford M. and Ella Waters Smith.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Oneonta High School class of 1937.

ONEONTA — Mary “Molly” Finley Porter Bennett, 46, passed away quietly and unexpectedly at her home Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005. She was born Dec. 23, 1958, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Dr. Robert M. Porter and Mary (Walker) Porter. Molly was a graduate of Oneonta High School, class of 1977.

ONEONTA — Jeffrey J. Deleski, 51, of Albany passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, at his home in Albany.
Jeffrey was born the son of Edwin J. and Sara Joann (Wenner) Deleski in Oneonta on June 6, 1954.
He was a graduate of St. Mary’s School, Oneonta High School, Siena College and Albany Law School.

ONEONTA — Fanny P. Porteus, 97, of Oneonta died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta. She was born Dec. 11, 1907, in West Oneonta, the daughter of Homer and Ida (Renwick) Potter.
She graduated from Oneonta High School and from Hartwick College in the first graduating class, in 1932.

ONEONTA — Dillon Jeffrey Bott, 22, of Oneonta died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at the home of a friend.
Born March 2, 1983, Dillon attended Center Street Elementary School and Oneonta High School.

ONEONTA — Mr. John W. Clapp, 75, of Oneonta and recently of Burlington Flats, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, after suffering a sudden heart attack while singing a solo in his church on Aug. 14. Mr. Clapp attended Oneonta public schools. He was a graduate of Morrisville College and then served four years in the military. He then graduated from Oneonta Normal School, now known as State University College of Oneonta. He was a teacher at Valleyview Elementary School of Oneonta.

ONEONTA — Mary Ellen (Butler) Warnken, 77, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2005, at her residence. Mary Ellen attended St. Mary’s School, Oneonta High School and the College of St. Rose School of Nursing.

SAN DIEGO– June 18, 1957-Nov. 8, 2005 Glenn Anthony Shultis, 48, of San Diego died Tuesday. He was born in Oneonta, N.Y. and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1975. He was a sixth-grade teacher at Skyline Elementary School. Survivors include his wife, Julie Shultis; sons, Ryan and Casey Shultis; father, Glenn Shultis; sister, Deborah Buckley; and brother, James Shultis.

RICHMONDVILLE — Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Butler, 99, died Thursday, June 23, 2005, at her home on Main Street in Richmondville, where she had resided for 70 years. Elizabeth was a class of 1923 graduate of Oneonta High School and a 1925 graduate of Oneonta Normal School.
ALBANY — Henry (Hank) Clough, 80, died Monday, June 6, 2005, at the Albany County Nursing Home.
He was a graduate of Oneonta High School and served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II.
MESA, Ariz. — Kenneth James Simmons passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005, surrounded by family at the Hospice facility in Mesa, Ariz., after a long liver illness. He was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Oneonta, the son of John and Rose Simmons. After attending Oneonta High School, he enlisted and proudly served in the United States Army for 28 years.
DAVENPORT CENTER — Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 64, of Davenport Center passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta. She was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Oneonta, the daughter of Kenneth W. and Phoebe (McLean) Mattice. Mary graduated from Oneonta High School and then the State University College of Oneonta.

ONEONTA — Ivan Hugh “Ike” Pearson, 78, of Oneonta went to be with his Lord on Friday, May 6, 2005, at the New York State Veterans Home, Oxford, where he has resided since 2002.He was born on Franklin Mountain in Oneonta at his family’s old farmhouse, the son of Carl Douglas and Mary Alice (Dye) Pearson.He graduated from Oneonta High School with the class of 1945.Ivan served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

FREEVILLE — Thomas Gordon Jensen, 72, of Freeville died Friday, May 6, 2005.
Born April 19, 1933, in the town of Kortright, he was the son of Mary (Jorgensen) and Paul Jensen.
Thomas was a 1950 graduate of South Kortright Central School and worked at Chase Manhattan Bank from 1950 to 1953. A veteran of the United States Army, he was a military policeman stationed in Sweinfurt, Germany, from 1953 to 1955. He was a postgraduate of Oneonta High School in 1956.

OTEGO — Francine A. Campbell, 59, of Otego passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 9, 1946, in Oneonta, the daughter of George A. and Helen T. (Baldwin) Ouimet.
She was a 1964 graduate of Oneonta High School

NORWICH — Ella Mae Gorham, 71, of Golden Age Apartments passed away April 20, 2005, at Chenango Memorial Hospital. She was born in Franklin on Feb. 7, 1934, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Oles) Potter.
She graduated from Oneonta High School

WALLINGFORD, Pa. — Viola M. Wilsey, 80, most recently of Wallingford, Pa., and formerly of Brewster passed away Friday, April 15, 2005, at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Pa. Viola and Charles graduated from Oneonta High School before their marriage in 1944.

NORTH FRANKLIN — Arlene Mae (Anderson) Schmitt, 77, of North Franklin went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Oneonta to Mabel (Baker) and Basil Anderson. She grew up with her five brothers on Telford Street, and graduated from Oneonta High School on Academy Street.

BINGHAMTON — Patricia Cornish Chambers, who was born Nov. 27, 1938, in Cooperstown, died Feb. 22, 2005, after a long illness. She passed peacefully at her home. She was a graduate of Oneonta High School and attended the State University College at Oneonta.

ONEONTA — Eugenia (“Gemma”) Bagnardi Olmstead passed away Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at her home in Oneonta. After graduating from Oneonta High School in 1968, she was employed for many years by the Oneonta Dress Factory.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jacquelynn M. (Stanley) Rivera, 33, formerly of Oneonta and most recently of Orlando, Fla., passed away unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at her residence. Jackie graduated from Oneonta High School in 1990.

RICHMONDVILLE — Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Butler, 99, died Thursday, June 23, 2005, at her home on Main Street in Richmondville, where she had resided for 70 years. Elizabeth was a class of 1923 graduate of Oneonta High School and a 1925 graduate of Oneonta Normal School. ALBANY — Henry (Hank) Clough, 80, died Monday, June 6, 2005, at the Albany County Nursing Home.He was a graduate of Oneonta High School and served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II.

MESA, Ariz. — Kenneth James Simmons passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005, surrounded by family at the Hospice facility in Mesa, Ariz., after a long liver illness. He was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Oneonta, the son of John and Rose Simmons. After attending Oneonta High School, he enlisted and proudly served in the United States Army for 28 years.

DAVENPORT CENTER — Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 64, of Davenport Center passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta. She was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Oneonta, the daughter of Kenneth W. and Phoebe (McLean) Mattice. Mary graduated from Oneonta High School and then the State University College of Oneonta.

ONEONTA — Ivan Hugh “Ike” Pearson, 78, of Oneonta went to be with his Lord on Friday, May 6, 2005, at the New York State Veterans Home, Oxford, where he has resided since 2002.He was born on Franklin Mountain in Oneonta at his family’s old farmhouse, the son of Carl Douglas and Mary Alice (Dye) Pearson.He graduated from Oneonta High School with the class of 1945 . Ivan served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

FREEVILLE — Thomas Gordon Jensen, 72, of Freeville died Friday, May 6, 2005.Born April 19, 1933, in the town of Kortright, he was the son of Mary (Jorgensen) and Paul Jensen.Thomas was a 1950 graduate of South Kortright Central School and worked at Chase Manhattan Bank from 1950 to 1953. A veteran of the United States Army, he was a military policeman stationed in Sweinfurt, Germany, from 1953 to 1955. He was a postgraduate of Oneonta High School class of1956.

OTEGO — Francine A. Campbell, 59, of Otego passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at her residence.She was born Feb. 9, 1946, in Oneonta, the daughter of George A. and Helen T. (Baldwin) Ouimet.She was a class of 1964 graduate of Oneonta High School

NORWICH — Ella Mae Gorham, 71, of Golden Age Apartments passed away April 20, 2005, at Chenango Memorial Hospital. She was born in Franklin on Feb. 7, 1934, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Oles) Potter.She graduated from Oneonta High School

WALLINGFORD, Pa. — Viola M. Wilsey, 80, most recently of Wallingford, Pa., and formerly of Brewster passed away Friday, April 15, 2005, at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Pa. Viola and Charles graduated from Oneonta High School before their marriage in 1944.

NORTH FRANKLIN — Arlene Mae (Anderson) Schmitt, 77, of North Franklin went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Oneonta to Mabel (Baker) and Basil Anderson. She grew up with her five brothers on Telford Street, and graduated from Oneonta High School on Academy Street.

BINGHAMTON — Patricia Cornish Chambers, who was born Nov. 27, 1938, in Cooperstown, died Feb. 22, 2005, after a long illness. She passed peacefully at her home. She was a graduate of Oneonta High School and attended the State University College at Oneonta.

ONEONTA — Eugenia (“Gemma”) Bagnardi Olmstead passed away Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at her home in Oneonta. After graduating from Oneonta High School in 1968, she was employed for many years by the Oneonta Dress Factory.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jacquelynn M. (Stanley) Rivera, 33, formerly of Oneonta and most recently of Orlando, Fla., passed away unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at her residence. Jackie graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1990.
New Hartford: Hon.James W. (Jim) Morgan, 58 died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999 at his home. He was born Oct. 12, 1940 in Oneonta, son of Stanley G. and Mary Bradbury Morgan. He graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958 , attend State Universaty at Albany and Albany Law School in 1967. He practiced law with Kernan & Kernan and Balzano & Morgan. He served as Oneida Co. Family Court Judge from 1991 until the present, and at different times presided as an Acting State Supreme Court Judge. Married Marilyn Houghton in Oneonta and is also survivied by two sons and a sister, Jean Hillson of Stamford.

Oneonta: Marie Carolyn (Ross) Kobuszewski, lifelong Oneonta resident. Died onSunday, June 2, 2002 in her home. BD was March 31, 1941 daughter of Milo J. and Mary E. (Scott) Ross. She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958 , attended Broome Community College, worked a short time for General electric in Syracuse. She worked at the State University system in Cortland in an administrative postition before returning to Oneonta to work in the student affairs office at State University College at Oneonta. She was married to Fred Kobuszewski, mother of two sons, Michael and David and grandmother to three grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents of Oneonta and a sister Donna(Ross) L. Nolan of Syracuse who passed away August 1994.

Delhi: Barbara (Culver) Smith, passed away Monday, January 30, 2006 in Ocala, Florida. BD April 15, 1940 in Oneonta, graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958 . She lived in Delhi for 43 years, married James R. Smith. She is survived by a daughter and two sons, seven grandchildren, three sisters, Edna Atwell, and Jeanne Branigan both of Worcester, and Michele Fengler of North Syracuse, three brothers, Gerald Culver of Binghamton and Curtis Culver of Virginia Beach, Va, many nieces and nephews.

Albany: Thomas A. VanBuren died Thursday, December 23, 2004 in Albany at the Hospice Inn in St. Peter’s Hospital. Born in Oneonta-no date. Graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1958 . Lived most of his life in Albany. He was employed for 33 years by the Albany City School District, was principal of School 23 on Whitehall Road. Survived by his wife Dolores Vigliante-and two sons and two daughters and three grandchildren, and a brother Robert and two sisters Mary and Martha.

All 1958 grads listed : Dennis R. Ackley died April 28, 2003 in Tennesee; Patricia (Ainsworth) Decker passed away May 2005 not sure in Otego. Arthur Bates passed away October 1993 here in Oneonta. Bruce Bouton January 24, 2004 his obit was in the Oneonta Star. Wayne Darrah – passed away in Utica, NY no date; Ronald Hanzalik passed away here in Oneonta May 2003 obit in Oneonta Star. Robert F. Pestel passed away 2003 may have died in Germany- obit was in Oneonta Star. Robert (Weidman) Short passed away August 1, 1996 here in Oneonta. Gerry Adamovitch lived in Florida – no date for his passing.; Russell Chase passed away in 1961
submitted by class of ’58 representative
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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Elnora J. Miller, 82, Phoenix, Ariz., went to be with her Lord on Dec. 16, 2005.She was born April 12, 1923, in Oneonta, daughter of Beulah E. (Barnett) Hickein and Fred W. Hickein.She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1941 and attended the 50th high school reunion in 1992.She married Robert E. Miller on May 15, 1944. He predeceased her Feb. 12, 2001.She worked for the Phoenix Union High School as a school instructional aide for 16 years.She was an avid crafter, winning many awards for her creativity in leather, Bunka, and as a member of the Small World Miniature Club and Grandmothers Club of Arizona.Her many friends will remember and miss her quick smile, bright eyes and ever friendly nature.She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Dorcas (Tom) Ross, Oneonta and Susan Holden, Phoenix; her brother, Fred G. (Eleanor) Hickein, Oneonta; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

ILION — Beverly J. Kehoe, 76, of Ilion died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, New Hartford She was born Sept. 7, 1929, in Oneonta, the daughter of Martin and Lena (Lull) Northrup, and graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1946 . She was married to Andrew Kehoe in West Winfield on Aug. 5, 1961. He died in 1983. Bev enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Bill Coffin; and her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Julie Kehoe, all of Ilion; four grandchildren, Matthew Kehoe, Lindsay, Abby and Andrew Coffin; her brother and sister-in-law, Martin and Frances Northrup of Oneonta; her sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Richard Champlin of California; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband and her parents.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio- John H. Colyer Born March 25, 1940, to Mabel L. Colyer and the late Wesley A. Colyer in Oneonta, John lost his prolonged and courageous battle with cancer Aug. 2, 2006.
John was a member of the National Honor Society, high school choir, as well as lettering in football, basketball and baseball. While attending Oneonta High School, the local newspaper often referred to the first-ever home run ball hit out of the park at Damaschke Field, hit by John on one fine Easter Sunday.
After graduation, John played semi-pro baseball with the Milford Macs minor league team. John earned an academic scholarship to Princeton University and was the starting center on the football team. He graduated from Princeton in 1962 with a degree in political science.
John worked in the insurance industry in Chicago before serving his country in the United States Army.
In 1969, John moved to California, where in 1984 he met his wife, Molly S. Bradfield Colyer. After a career in data processing and marketing, John and Molly moved to Molly’s home state of Ohio and to Pickerington. John and Molly have been local community realtors with Re/Max and very supportive of various charities, specifically Children’s Hospital of Columbus and their Huntington Hills neighborhood.
An avid reader, John enjoyed traveling, bird watching, euchre club and, most of all, golfing.
John is survived by his wife, Molly; mother, Mabel L. Colyer of Otego; stepchildren, Bradley Gibson Corey of Pickerington, Ohio, and Lynn Anne Gibson of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; grand-children, Shannon Cliff of Florence, Ky., and Ryan Cliff of Huntington Beach, Calif.; sister-in-law Dianne Piastro of Wyoming, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also, loving aunts, Marge Garrah of Oneonta, Barbara Thompson of Maryland, Ethel Severinghaus of Colonie, and Frances Cooke of Sidney. Uncle Joe and Aunt Dorris of Pine City; as well as many cousins and close family friends in the greater New York area.
John and Molly are most thankful for the blessings, prayers and support of their many, many dear friends, family, neighbors and fellow realtors during these last few years.
Our entire family extends their appreciation to all of the medical professionals who cared for John during his prolonged illness. There are far too many to name individually, but they all know who they are. The care and comfort they provided not only to John but to all of those close to him will never be forgotten.

ATLANTA- The family of Geoffrey “Geoff” Charles Turner, 28, regrets to announce his unexpected death on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, in Atlanta, Ga.
Geoff was well-known in the local Charleston community, as well in his hometown of Oneonta, as a passionate musician and a dear friend to all.
Locally, he was a member of the Charleston band “aZwethinkweiZ,” but he has shared his love for music and has performed with many other wonderful musicians along the way.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Geoff’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2006, in Charleston.
Please call Palmetto Cremation Society at (843) 722-2555 or con-act a family member for location of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Geoffrey Turner Music Scholarship, care of 1304 Mapleton Ave., Charleston, SC 29412, which will be used to provide guitar lessons to a deserving young student who has the desire and passion to fill his/her life with music.
Geoff was born Jan. 5, 1978, in Oneonta, son of Christine R. Warnquist of Charleston, and the late Charles W. Turner.
He attended high school in Oneonta and later studied briefly at the College at Oneonta.
Geoff was a self-taught musician who wrote his guitar music and lyrics based on his amazing life experiences. He has written many songs about his dear friends, loved ones, and adventures that will be with us forever.
In addition to his mother, Christine, he is survived by two sisters, Kristin Leigh Turner and Erika Marie Galemore; his brother-in-law, the brother he never had, David Galemore; and his mater-nal grandfather, Harold Warnquist, all of Charleston. Also surviv-ng are his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Peter Sansiviero of Huntington; many cousins; and great-aunt, Norma Lee of Sarasota, Fla.
Even though Geoff comes from a small family, his many friends are a family of their own who will be traveling from near and far to remember him with us.
In addition to his father, Geoff was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Ruth Warnquist; and paternal grandparents, Rita Elizabeth and LeRoy Turner.

OTEGO
Leon H. Decker, 67, of Otego, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at his residence.
He was born March 16, 1939, in Oneonta, the son of William J. and Edna G. (Austin) Decker.
He married Patricia E. Ainsworth on Feb. 23, 1957. She predeceased him May 13, 2005. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1956.
Leon was a maintenance supervisor for 38 years for the City of Oneonta until his retirement.
He will be truly missed by his many friends because he was a very sociable person.
Leon is survived by his children, Russell W. Decker and his wife, Patricia of Wells Bridge, Pa., Debra D. Chipman of Franklin Park, Pa., and David C. Decker of Otego. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Amanda Michelle Chipman, Ryley William and Lucas Harmon Decker; two sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Scavo and her husband, Gary of New Orleans, La., and Gloria Brienza of Washington, D.C.,
A graveside committal service, to which all friends are invited, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris, with the Rev. Mr. Michael Donnell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Leon’s family requests donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Samantha Marie Simmerly met her peace with our Lord, God Almighty, on Aug. 30, 2006.
Samantha will continue to be loved and remembered by her parents, Herb and Deb Simmerly; her sister, Melissa; her brother (by marriage), Walter; her grandparents, Dolores Goodrow of Las Cruces, N.M. and Herb and Carol Simmerly of Fairview Park, Ohio; her godfather and uncle, Scott R. Simmerly of Avon Lake, Ohio; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and close loving friends.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in October.
The family recommends that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Samantha’s memory to the Family School, 431 Chapel Hill Road, Hancock, NY 13783.
Her sunshine will always warm our shoulders!
The Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home in Oneonta is serving the family.
James F. Hanna, 49, of Oneonta, passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006.
He was born April 2, 1957, in Watertown, the son of James and Betty Jane (Wolfe) Hanna.
He married Lisa DeLuca on Aug. 22, 1991, in Oneonta.
James is survived by his wife, four children, April Hanna of Farmingdale, Crystal, Christopher and Jessica Hanna, all of Oneonta; and a sister, Nancy Bouck of Weirsdale, Fla.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Stamford, to which all friends are invited.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.

Jon Michael Scheer, 28, entered the Heavenly City on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a result of a pulmonary embolus.
Jon was born April 30, 1978, in Oneonta, to Walter Drew and Rosemarie (Lundberg) Francisco.
When he was 6 months of age, he was placed in the Scheer home as a foster child. At age 3, he was adopted, with great joy, into the Scheer family and became the brother of Jeffrey, Barbara, Eric and Todd.
Jon attended Christian and public schools in Oneonta. He served in the United States Army after scoring a near perfect score in the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery).
Jon, a Christian, was gifted with a pleasing, outgoing personality. He was a kind and gentle person deeply loved by his family. He never lacked for friends. Close bonds were established with many of his friends, some of whom have said that Jon was closer than a brother to them.
Jon had the ability to “make things work” without even reading the directions and was sometimes called upon by his parents for assistance.
Loving family who remain on earth awaiting the time when they will be reunited with Jon include his parents, Albert and Marlene Scheer of Oneonta; three brothers, Jeffrey and Michele Scheer and their son, Austin, of Oneonta, Eric and Mary Scheer and their sons, Eric and Brandon, of Oneonta, Todd Scheer of Texas; and one sister, Barbara and Robert Bordner and their children, Albert, Angeline, Brian, Bianca and Danny of Maryland. Also surviving in his birth family are mother, Rosemarie (John) Stone of Oneonta, Kari Corcoran of Cohoes, John Evans of Chicago, Ill., Joann Evans of Massachusetts, and Christina Stone and family of Oneonta.
A celebration of Jon’s life will be held at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, with Pastor Don Yarborough officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Warren E. Odell of Oneonta, formerly of Schenevus, peacefully went home to be with his Lord on Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after a brief, but heroic battle with complications brought on from the onset of lung cancer.
Warren was the beloved husband of Arlene, father of five children; grandfather of 12; and great-grandfather of five.
He was born April 8, 1933, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta.
Warren was a well-known and highly respected dairy farmer, during which time he received Dairy of Distinction and many top-production awards, retiring in 1996. He became Superintendent of the Oneonta Plains Cemetery in 2001, a job which he took great pride in and loved, giving his best effort until his untimely death. He was a longtime member of the Schenevus Baptist Church, where he actively attended and served in different capacities, including deacon.
He was president of the Schenevus Valley Milk Producers Co-op and participated in other farming and community organizations as time permitted. Warren was always a hard worker and never let the handicap brought on by contracting polio at the age of 16 stop him.
He enjoyed nature _ watching birds and taking in the beauty of God’s creation around him.
He was very meticulous at any project he took on whether it was landscaping, planting trees, or painting a building. He could do just about any task at hand.
He also found great enjoyment reading the scriptures, singing hymns, listening to Christian music, and sharing his faith with others.
Warren is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 54 years; two daughters, Patricia of Oneonta and Christine of Pawling; three sons, Lyndon and wife Joan of Union Springs, James and wife Tracy of Schenevus; and Douglas and wife Karen of Pawling; grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Gary, Melissa and husband Jeffrey, Joanna, Brian, Kari, Timothy, Matthew, Michael, Julia, Rachel, Emily and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Kathleen, Ryan and Nicholas; a sister, Mary Riddell and husband Bob of Inverness, Fla.; stepmother, Ruth Odell of the Oneonta Nursing Home; and two half sisters, Phyllis Butts and husband Gerald of Schenevus and Carol Barrett and husband James of Andes; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces and cousins.
Warren was greeted in Heaven by his parents, Walter and Dorothy (Carrington) Odell; sister, Leta Mae; and half brother, William.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, 162 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Schenevus Baptist Church, PO Box 187, Schenevus, NY 12155.

Mrs. Grace Ida Munson, 95, formerly of Delhi and Cobleskill, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at Otsego Manor in the town of Otsego.
Mrs. Munson was born Nov. 29, 1910, in Northfield, the daughter of James E. and Ida A. (Setford) Wilson.
She graduated from Oneonta High School and Crouse-Irving Hospital in Syracuse as a registered nurse.
For 18 years, Mrs. Munson was employed as head nurse at the Delaware County Infirmary in Delhi. She was a member of the Delhi United Methodist Church.
In 1977, she moved to Cobleskill to live with her daughter. She was a member of the Cobleskill United Methodist Church and the Cobleskill Senior Citizens.
Her husband, William M. Munson, predeceased her in 1974.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary (Robert) West of Cobleskill; a granddaughter, Brenda (Ed) Vladyka of Granville; and a great-grandson, Jacob Vladyka, also of Granville.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, in Ouleout Cemetery, Franklin, with the Rev. Roger Yoder of the Franklin United Methodist Church officiating.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice Hope Foundation, 327 West Main St., Suite 3, Cobleskill, NY 12043.
Arrangements are by Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill and Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, Middleburgh.

Wayne E. Darrah, 62, of Utica passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at his home. He was born June 21, 1940, the son of Ross and Marjorie (Vaughn) Darrah. After graduation from Oneonta High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of Delhi College, he worked for Metropolitan Life in Utica for 10 years as an investigator for Oneida County Department of Social Services. He was a life member of the VFW, the American Legion and also the NRA. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Darrah Hubler, of Oneonta; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Douglas and Kathleen Darrah of Norwich, Larry and DJ Hubler of Fairport. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Seth Darrah, Chad Darrah, Karin Meyer, Stacy Darrah, Randy Hubler and Chip Hubler; and nine great-nieces and nephews. He leaves many friends in Utica, especially Tony and Henry, and his friends at the Courtview and the Department of Social Services. He was predeceased by his father, Ross Darrah, and his stepfather, Grip Hubler. Funeral and committal services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Eileen Cornwell, pastor of the Elm Park United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. Calling hours will be offered on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Oneonta Plains Cemetery, in care of Pat Odell, Hemlock Road, Oneonta, NY 13820 or to the Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820 in loving memory of Wayne E. Darrah.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta

She was born March 17, 1929 in Oneonta, N.Y. to Marion (Offord) and Charles Frank Stevens, and grew up on Goodyear Lake in upstate New York . She had many happy memories there, including riding in her birch bark canoe Splitcloud, named after the Canadian Indian who built it.

She developed a love of aviation early in her life. During World War II she rose early and did “dawn patrol,” watching for enemy aircraft. Her after-school job was washing airplanes at the local airport.

She wrote in her autobiography in 1943 about the thrill of flying a Piper J-3, and then later earned a single-engine land and seaplane license.

She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1946, and attended Hartwick College in Oneonta and then studied meteorology. Her interest in aviation led her to California to study and become an A & E (airframe and engine) mechanic in 1947. There were 407 students at Aero Industries Technical Institute at the Oakland Airport , and she was the only woman. It was there that she met her future husband Robert Baker when he gave her first aid for a welding torch burn. They married in Alameda, Calif., and relocated to Oregon , where the first two of their seven children were born.

In 1951 they moved to Alaska with the FAA, where their other children were born.

She is survived by James and Eddie Baker of Okalahoma City, Sandy Greba of Sitka, Alaska, Candy Baker of Portland, Oregon, Karen Evanson of Brighton Beach, Fla, and Becky Rich of Okalahoma City and David Baker.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Hannah, Paul, Eric, Dustin, Mandy, Hannah, Jeff, Jessica, Erin, Jeramy and Bryan; and two great-grandchildren, Bryan and Christy.

Also surviving is one brother John Stevens and a niece Francine in Oneonta, N.Y. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister Jeanette Stevens Necrason.

Memories of her will always be a comfort to her family and friends, and she will be missed.
Barbara H. Will
Stockton, CA – Barbara Helen will passed away on July 8, 2007 at Westchester Medical Center.

She was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on December 25, 1949, the daughter of Dr. Emery L. Will and Lois (Clise) Will.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1965 or 66, the Valedictorian of her class. Barbara attended SUNY at Albany and received her Master’s Degree from the SUNY Albany School of Library and Information Science.
Barbara was the head of Children Services at the Bethlehem Public Library, then the Youth Services Consultant at the Mid-York Library System. She served as President of NYLA/YSS and worked timelessly as an advocate for youth services. She left New York State to be come the state Children’s Consultant in New Jersey, and served on the Caldecott Committee, which each year honors excellence in illustrating children’s books.

Barbara then moved to California and was appointed as a Library Programs Consultant in Library Development Services from 1987 until her retirement in 2006.

According to the State Librarian of California, Barbara coordinated networking activities throughout the state and facilitated the development of what would eventually become the Library of California. She also monitored LSTA supported projects such as the California Preservation Program and developed very successful targeted grant programs, including services for people with disabilities and services for small businesses.

Barbara was nationally known as an expert on the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). She served on ALA committees and task forces advocating reauthorization each year. Barbara was very active in CLA and most recently served as chair of the Services to Restricted or Disabled People Round Table.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Gerry Bowers or Stockton, California; two step-daughters, Adriane and Shannon; a step-son, Adam; her mother, Lois Will of Oneonta; her sister, Janet Jameson and brother-in-law, Gene Loeser and her nephew, Gregory Jameson. She was predeceased by her father, Emery L. Will in May of 2007.
ONEONTA — Elizabeth B. Boggs, 61, of Oneonta passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Elizabeth was born Aug. 24, 1944, in Oneonta, the daughter of Richard J. and Florence (Fieg) Bookhout.
She graduated from Oneonta High School class of 1962 . She married David R. Boggs in March 1962.
She was a licensed real estate broker and co-owner of Oneonta Abstract Corporation.
She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, David R. Boggs of Oneonta; and their three children, Kathleen B. and her husband, Brian Clancy, of Cooperstown, John D. Boggs and his wife, Jenny Adcock, of Oakland, Calif., and Jennifer E. Boggs of Cooperstown; her grandchildren, Stephen and Richard Clancy of Cooperstown; her three sisters and two brothers and their spouses, Katherine and Robert Biggerstaff of Delmar, Anne Bookhout and Robert Morgan of Brookendale, William and Diane Bookhout of Cazenovia, Mary and Jack Wolcott of Jacksonville, Fla., and Richard and Sherry Bookhout of Nazareth, Pa.; and her brother-in-law and his spouse, William and Marillyn Boggs of Jackson, Tenn.