Edward C. Storck

1948 - 2017

BURLINGTON FLATS - Edward Casey Storck, age 69, passed into eternal life Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at his home in the Town of Burlington. 

He was born April 21, 1948, in Brooklyn, the eldest son of Edward and Geraldine (Dee) Storck. He was raised in Congers, Rockland County.

A true conservationist, Edward worked as a Chief Operating Engineer for the City of New York (DEP) in the Grahamsville Water Treatment Plant, retiring in 2003.

Ed lived for hunting and fishing, no matter what season it may be.

On October 11, 2002, Ed married Denise Taylor in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. After living in Orange County, Ed and Denise moved to Forestburgh in Sullivan County. After a romantic trip on Valentine's Day to Cooperstown, they decided to relocate to Otsego County in 2009 and made their home in the Town of Burlington. 

On April 13, 2016, Ed was Raised in Farmers Lodge No. 553, Free and Accepted Masons in Edmeston. Brother Storck truly enjoyed the brotherhood and fellowship of being a Mason. 

Ed is survived by his beloved wife, Denise Storck; their three children and four grandchildren, Chief Warrant Officer Elliott Weidel, USMC, his wife, Katylynn, and their children Leila and Liam of Okinawa, Japan, Michelle Galligan, FNP, her husband, Scott, and their children Hunter and Julie Grace of Cuddebackville, and Captain Michael Weidel, US Army, of Tennessee. He is further survived by his brother, Patrick Storck. 

In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Storck.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. At 7 p.m. a Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at the funeral home by Brothers from Farmers Lodge No. 553, F. & A.M. 

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor officiating. 

Immediately following Mass, all are welcome for a time of refreshment and fellowship at the Masonic Temple at 13 West Street in Edmeston. 

As an alternative to flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Ed to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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John J. Thorpe

1927 - 2017

HARTWICK - John J. Thorpe, age 90, died Sunday afternoon, November 26, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego. 

Born July 17, 1927, in Union City, New Jersey, John was the son of John and Alice Thorpe. Raised in Washington Township, he graduated from Westwood Regional High School. He was then inducted into the United States Army and proudly served his country during World War II. He often recalled the great time he and many other servicemen had in New York City on V-J Day. 

After his military service, John attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated with a bachelor's degree. For many years he was employed as a chemist with American Cyanamid in Pearl River. 

On May 15, 1954, John married Jean Cary in Westwood, New Jersey. In 1956 they moved first to Pearl River and then Nanuet where they raised their family. In 1995 John and Jean moved to Hartwick and settled on West Hill. 

Throughout his life John enjoyed fishing, hunting and target shooting, as well as boating on Otsego Lake. 

John is survived by two daughters, Nancy Higgins and her husband, John, of Middletown, and Carol Stankard of Hartwick; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Jean Casey -- who he affectionately called Rascal -- and her husband, Thomas of Middletown. He is further survived by one sister, Lucille Jorgensen of Pearl River, and her children, Kathe Jorgensen and Peter Jorgensen and wife, Brenda. 

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Jean Thorpe who died March 12, 2017; a son, John J. Thorpe, Jr. who died in 1976 and a son-in-law, Matt Stankard who died in 1999.

A private graveside service will be held in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, New Jersey.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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David Carl Lincoln, Sr.

1946 - 2017

ONEONTA - David Carl Lincoln, Sr., 71, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully with family by his side Saturday morning, November 25, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego. 

He was born May 7, 1946, in Ithaca, a son of Carl and Evelyn (Millspaugh) Lincoln. 

After graduating from Interlaken High School he attended Empire State College where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.

For many years he was employed in Schoharie, Seneca, Steuben and Otsego Counties as an officer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

David is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Evelina Fuller Lincoln; brother, John Lincoln (Ginny); sons, David (Laura), Chris, John and Mike (Victoria); grandchildren, Megan, Cassandra, Xanthian, Quinten, Tristen, Chris, Jeffery, Carter, Sadie, Emily, John Henry, Magnolia and Cooper; nieces and nephews, Matt (Brenda), Casey (Tina), and Carrie Wood (Jim); great nieces and nephews, Cody, Hunter, Zoey, Cameron, Jack, Rachel, Wyatt, Tanner and Lincoln. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at SUNY Oneonta's Morris Conference Center beginning at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the NHT Camps, c/o Director of Management and Budget Services, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5010. Please write DEC Camps in memory of David Lincoln in the memo section of your check. 

The Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown is assisting the Lincoln family.


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Jacqueline Parshall

JAMESVILLE - Jacqueline Parshall passed away Thursday afternoon, November 23, 2017, at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse after a brief illness.

She was born in Cooperstown, a daughter of Chester O. and Rosalina M. (Pugliese) Bridger. 

Raised in the family home on Maple Street in Cooperstown, Jackie graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1964. She then attended Brockport State College and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in education.

Jackie was an avid sports fan and closely followed the New York Yankees and Syracuse University's teams. She was an enthusiastic amateur golfer and a member for more than 20 years at the Pompey Club, where she currently served as treasurer of the women's golf league.

She also enjoyed bowling, playing cards and taking trips to the Central New York casinos with her family members and close friends. 

She was a long-time supporter and volunteer for the Special Olympics in Upstate New York.

Surviving are her daughter, Leigh-Ann Parshall of Jamesville, and her siblings, Phyllis Newell of Hartwick and Chester T. "Tim" Bridger and wife, Lora of Tonawanda and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Harry L. Parshall III, who died February 23, 2013; her father, Chet Bridger who died August 13, 1994; her mother, Rosie Bridger who died January 8, 2011; and a brother-in-law, Gary Michael "Mike" Newell, who died December 23, 2016. 

Per Jackie's wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be later in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Pathfinder Village Foundation, 3 Chenango Road, Edmeston, NY 13335-2314.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.


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Mary R. Wright

1924 - 2017

When the sun fades far away in the crimson of the west,
And the voices of the day murmur low and sink to rest.
Music with the twilight falls o'er the dreaming lake and dell; 
'Tis an echo from the walls of our own, our fair Cornell.

-- Henry Tyrrell, Cornell University Class of 1880

COOPERSTOWN - Mary R. Wright, who lit many new trails for women during her sixty years in hospitality as one of the first women hired to manage a hotel, chair a collegiate hospitality program, and start her own consulting practice, died on November 8, 2017, at her home in Cooperstown. She was 93.

Born July 1, 1924, in Syracuse, she was the only child of Roy Lafayette Wright, who was born in Siloam, and Syracuse-born Laura M. Newman Wright Barnard.

Raised in Herkimer, Miss Wright was introduced to Otsego County as a junior in high school when her father arranged a summer job for her as a carhop at Ye Olde Dutch Mill in Emmons.  Intrigued by the business, she took to waiting on tables the following summer and, on graduating from Herkimer High School, enrolled in Cornell University's hospitality management program. One of only five women among the one hundred students in her first year-class, she gave no thought to Cornell's male-dominated classes. In 1945 she graduated with honors and spent the next decade in New York City, first at Hilton's Plaza Hotel and then Horwath & Horwath, hotel accountants and consultants. A 1954 engagement took her to the Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. From there she went to McCormick & Co. in Baltimore, MD, then to two Boston-based hotel firms. In 1963 she was appointed Treadway Innkeeper in Batavia, where she was awarded the key to the city for community relations.  

She moved on to manage other properties until tapped in 1979 by Genesee Community College in Batavia to develop its hospitality-management program. Thereafter Miss Wright taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and Tiffin (Ohio) University, where she retired in 1990 and began consulting. Later she returned to Batavia as staff resident at the then "Victorian Manor." In 2001 she moved to Cooperstown and assisted at the Fly Creek Cider Mill until fully retiring in 2009 due to vision challenges. 

For many years she was an active Cornell and Hotel School alumna, holding offices in successive areas, raising scholarship funds, and writing class-news columns.  

In 1989 Mary joined Rotary in Tiffin and maintained her active membership until being designated an associate member in Cooperstown. A Paul Harris Fellow, she was curator of the Cooperstown Club's collection of over 720 banners. From her perspective, Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self" made membership a perfect fit for someone who was service-minded from the very beginning, and whose career was the service industry.  

Raised in the Episcopal faith, Mary found much comfort in later years as a devoted and faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown.

Wright always took great satisfaction in her multifaceted journey. She once stated, "I accepted that it was a man's world, and I always thought of myself as a business person in that world. I'm proud to have been the first woman or the first person in several of my jobs, and proud of the unexpected honors that I was privileged to receive."

Predeceased by her immediate family, she is survived by first-cousin families of Mikwanago, WI, and second cousins in central New York. She is further survived by her faith community at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, her fellow Rotarians, Cornell Alumni, those in the hospitality industry, and her former students and mentees. 

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Mary R. Wright will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor, officiating. A reception will follow in the adjoining Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326; or the Cooperstown Rotary Foundation, PO Box 1271, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Inquiries may be made of executor H. William Michaels of the Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek, NY 13337 (607-547-9692).

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Frederick J. Obermeyer, Sr.

1944 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Frederick John Obermeyer, Sr., 73, of Cooperstown, died November 6, 2017, surrounded by his family at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born March 19, 1944, in St. Albans, Queens, son of Frederick and Gloria (Cook) Obermeyer. 

After graduating from high school, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy on August 29, 1963. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, with his last assignment being aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). He received his Honorable Discharge August 25, 1965, and completed his reserve obligation November 27, 1967. 

On October 28, 1967, Fred married Camilla S. Gaynor in a ceremony at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island.

After moving from Long Island to Cooperstown, he was employed as a custodian for the Oneonta City School District. 

Fred was a lifelong and devoted Mets fan. He loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren as well as his extended family of nieces and nephews. Some of his hobbies included fishing, playing cards and watching baseball.

Fred is survived by his wife of 50 years, Camilla S. Obermeyer of Cooperstown; three daughters and son, Melissa Obermeyer of Cooperstown, Kimberly Seigle and husband, David of Richfield Springs, and Robin Tabor and husband, Bud of Cooperstown, and Frederick J. Obermeyer, Jr. of Cooperstown; two grandchildren, Brian David Seigle and Camilla Hope Tabor; brother Frank Obermeyer and wife, Dawn; sister Robin Sippel and husband, Brian. Also his brother-in-law Jerome Gaynor, sister-in-law Margaret Pena-Gaynor and nieces and nephews Brian Sippel, Jr., Jaime Obermeyer, Ralph Pena, Sue Pena, Kathy Trinidad, Diane Longo, and Christopher Pena survive Fred. 

He is predeceased by his parents Frederick and Gloria Obermeyer and nephew Frank Obermeyer, Jr.

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, on Friday morning, November 10, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m.

A Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ronald Fralick officiating. 

Burial with Military Honors will follow in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS,66675 and Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Franklin D. Merrifield

1932 - 2017

HARTWICK - Frank Merrifield, 85, died November 1, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego in Cooperstown. 

He was born September 20, 1932, in Girard, Ohio to Walter and Lida (Goist) Merrifield.

From infancy Frank was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and at the age of 12 was baptized, beginning his lifelong dedication to serving his God, Jehovah. As a youngster he enjoyed raising goats and playing tag.

His first job in high school was at Isley Dairy making Klondike Ice Cream Bars in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was one of their best customers. He graduated from Liberty High School in Girard, Ohio, in 1950. Leaving home at 18 he began eight years of service at the world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses in Brooklyn (now in Warwick). There he worked as a linotype operator in the printing factory. Later he transferred to Kingdom Farm in South Lansing to work as a beef feeder. It was there he met two lifelong friends, Dale Bostick and Wayne Rauscher.

In 1958 Frank met the love of his life, Millie Sterusky, from Edmeston. They married September 19, 1959, and had a beautiful union for 58 years. They made a home first in Schuyler Lake and then for 50 years in Hartwick.

For 35 years Frank worked as an insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha where his clients became his good friends. What Frank was most known for was the lead he took in the Schuyler Lake Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. He loved reading and studying the Bible and teaching people about the hope it holds out for everlasting life here on earth. In the door-to-door ministry, two of his favorite scriptures to share were Revelation 21:3&4 and Psalm 37:29. Frank could often be seen mowing his lawn on his John Deere tractor and took great pride in gardening and yard work. For a time he also enjoyed spending winters in Palm Springs, California, where enjoying the sunshine was a highlight of his life. He loved people and his outgoing personality and good sense of humor made him the life of many a party.

He is survived by many dear friends in both the Schuyler Lake and Oneonta Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses; his wife, Mille; his two daughters, Ginger (Tim) Lucas of Bridgehampton and Melissa (Duane) Piatt of Soldotna, Alaska; and grandchildren Zoe Lucas, Zack Piatt and Eve Piatt.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 7396 State Highway 28, Schuyler Lake. 

The Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown is serving the family.


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Laura M. Gohde

1939 - 2017

MILFORD - Laura M. Gohde, 78, of Tansey Hill Road in Milford, passed away early Thursday morning, October 26, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

She was born at the home of a relative in Pleasant Brook on July 8, 1939, one of twelve children of Donald E. and Mabel E. (Crewell) Hitchcock. 

After Laura was born, she and her family lived in Oneonta and resided on Pony Farm Road. After graduating from Otego High School in 1957, she attended beautician school in Binghamton in the 1960s. After living in Middlefield, she moved to the Town of Maryland in 1998, and then settled in Milford in 2002. 

On August 19, 1999, she married Richard Earl Gohde in a ceremony at the Middlefield home of Justice of the Peace Raymond E. Burr, Sr.

Through the years she was employed in various places, including Astrocom Electronics and Corning in Oneonta. For 10 years, she also cleaned houses, and was last employed by Bassett Healthcare at their print shop in Cooperstown. 

She is survived by two children, Melissa Moore of Fly Creek and Gordon Sparaco of Milford; four grandchildren, Douglas Moore and Derek, Nicole and Justin Sparaco; two great grandchildren; her siblings, twin sister Harriet Smith of Colliersville, Stephen (Grace) Hitchcock of West Oneonta, Iva (John) Hurlburt of Otego, Gordon Hitchcock of Otego, Barbara (Michael) Thorsland of West Oneonta, Rosemary (Richard) Westcott of Davenport, Deborah Hitchcock of Florida, Mark (Deborah) Hitchcock of Norwich, and Regina Shaffer of Florida; and many, many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Richard, who died August 7, 2016; and two brothers, Gary Crewell in 1961 and David Hitchcock in 1992. 

A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with the Rev. Ronald Fralick, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cherry Valley, officiating. The service of committal and burial will follow in Middlefield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Laura's family would greatly appreciate that donations in her memory be directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 97075, Washington, DC, 20090-7075.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Richard Lee Hanson

1944 - 2017

SPRINGFIELD - Richard Lee Hanson, a United States Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War, and a retired school teacher and farmer, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer Wednesday night, October 18, 2017, at his home in the Town of Springfield with his family by his side. He was 73.

Born March 30, 1944, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was the son of Lester Hans and Ellamae Jessie (Myers) Hanson. A gifted athlete, Dick attended Cooperstown Central School where he excelled in football, skiing, basketball and track. He was later inducted into the CCS Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. He was an accomplished skier, a passion that stayed with him throughout his life. After graduating with the Class of 1962, Dick attended St. Lawrence University where he was a member of the ski team and the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course (PLC). During his college years he also attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia.

After graduating from college with a bachelor degree in economics, Dick entered into active duty direct commission on June 28th with the United States Marine Corps. From 1967-1968, Captain Hanson proudly served his country overseas in the Vietnam War and earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze service star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation. His last duty assignment and major command was with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.

Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge from the Military, Dick returned to his native Cooperstown. On July 22, 1978, he married Mary Jane Hutchins in Wevertown.

For 18 years, Dick taught 7th grade math at Cooperstown Central School, where he also coached football and skiing. 

Following his teaching career, he ran Gahanunda Farms in Pierstown for 16 years. He retired from farming in 2004, and Dick and Jane settled into a new home in the Town of Springfield. He also served as President of the Board of Directors for the Otsego County Patrons Cooperative Fire Relief Association for many years. 

A dedicated Christian, Dick possessed a deep faith in God and was an active member and Lay Leader at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church. An avid outdoorsman, he was also a member of the Wedocandors Hunting Club.

A proud American and former Marine, Dick was an active member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579, was Senior Vice Commander of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7128, and was Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Corporation. For many years he was a part of the team that renders Military Honors for deceased Veterans. Whenever he served as Officer of the Day, the Marine in him was always evident: his deep, resonant voice always lent an air of dignity and respect to the military ceremonies for his departed comrades. 

Dick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jane; a daughter, Ellen K. Hanson, and a son, Michael M. Hanson and husband, Craig Sheil, all of Boston, Massachusetts; one sister, Diane Hanson Vredenburgh of Chenango Forks; and many dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins and family. 

He was predeceased by his father, Lester, who died July 14, 1982, and his mother, Ellamae, who died June 26, 2007. 

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Richard Lee Hanson will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Thomas LeBeau, pastor officiating. At the conclusion of the service, Military Honors will be rendered by Dick's friends and fellow Veterans from the local Legion and VFW and representatives of the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard. 

Immediately following services at the church, all are welcome to gather at the Cooperstown Veterans Club for a time of refreshment and fellowship. 

Memorial donations may be made to The Endowment Fund of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326, The Cooperstown Veterans Post, Inc., 60 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.

Eugene R. Smith

1945 - 2017

TODDSVILLE - Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, passed away Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.

Gene -- or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends -- was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.

After attending several area schools, Gene enlisted in the United States Army on December 31, 1962. He served during the Vietnam War as a cook, and received his Honorable Discharge on December 30, 1965.

It was during his time in the military that he married Lois M. Bridger on March 16, 1963, at the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Merlin W. Bradley officiating. For the past 42 years they have made their home in Toddsville.

For 28 years Gene was employed at Remington Arms in Ilion where he primarily was a machine operator.

Currently an Honorary Member of the Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary he served as a firefighter for 28 years.

Throughout his life, Bobby was an avid fan of NASCAR, with Kevin Harvick being his favorite driver. He also loved Dr. Who movies, New Years' Eve poker games and fishing. He could always be seen at his grandson's baseball games, and was never afraid to voice his opinions on officials and team members alike.

A fan of Jerry Lee Lewis and rockabilly, Bobby will be especially remembered for playing his guitar. He took great joy in entertaining people and played whenever he could, especially at family gatherings.

First and foremost Gene loved his family. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Lois M. Smith of Toddsville; their three children, Eugene R. Smith, Jr. ("Butch") and wife, Kathryn of Oneonta, Stacey Smith and Mark Kirkby of Toddsville, and Donald F. Smith and wife, Jessica Gilmartin of Cooperstown; seven grandchildren, Bethany and Terri Ingalls, Sean Strader, Sydney and Savannah Kirkby, and Alex and Braydon Hascup and their father, Brian Hascup; and a faithful canine friend, Casper.

He is further survived by three brothers, Richard F. Smith, Jr. and wife, Patricia of Oaksville, Ronald Smith and wife, Debbie of Oppenheim and Charles Smith of Cedarville; one sister, Grace Snyder of Oneonta; seven sisters-in-law, Joan Weiner, Elizabeth O'Brien, Mildred Jennings and Evelyn Gray, all of Cooperstown, Hilda Pomeroy of Fulton, Cora Petrucco of Cortland, and Wanda Laymon of Daytona, Florida; an uncle, Donald Roseboom and wife, Alice of Georgia; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Gene will be held at the Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

As an alternative to flowers, Gene's family requests that memorial donations be made to Cooperstown Youth Baseball, P.O. Box 282, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Katherine Byrd

1919 - 2017

GEORGIA - Katherine Byrd, 98, formerly of Pierstown, died Friday afternoon, October 6, 2017, in Blairsville, Georgia.

A native of Long Island, she was born June 18, 1919, in Glendale, a daughter of John R. and Catherine A. (Endrich) Loeffler. 

After graduating from Hicksville High School in 1937, she was employed for eight years by the Bank of Hicksville. In 1945 she entered Hartwick College School of Nursing, graduated in 1949, and then worked for a year as an apprentice public health nurse for the City of Oneonta. 

From 1950-1951 Katherine studied at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 1951 she received her license as a Public Health Nurse for New York State and became employed by Delaware County and Andes Central School. 

It was during this time that she met Roger Avery Byrd, and they were married October 12, 1951 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Oneonta with the Rev. Dr. Gustav Nordberg officiating. 

For a time Katherine and Roger had a farm in Fall Clove in Delaware County. Around 1962 they moved West and settled in Oregon, but returned to their native New York State in 1967 and purchased a dairy farm in Pierstown in 1968. In the Fall of 1982, they retired and moved back out West, this time to Sparks, Nevada. Following Roger's death August 9, 1995, Katherine lived in Crystal River, Florida, and later moved to Georgia to be near her son, Russell. 

A life-long Confirmed Lutheran, she was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary during her years in Otsego County. After moving to Florida, she became a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hernando.

Katherine is survived by a son, Russell Byrd and wife, Christine of Blairsville, Georgia; a daughter, Amy Foutch and husband, John, of Laurens; four grandchildren, Steven and Nicholas Byrd, Charles (Jenni) Foutch and Catherine (Phil) Schultz; a great grandson, Whitaker Foutch; a brother, John Loeffler and wife, Celia; and many loving nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband of 43 years, Roger, she was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Victor Hildebrandt. 

The Rite of the Burial of the Dead will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary, with the Rev. Paul R. Messner, S.T.S., pastor officiating. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

As an alternative to flowers, Katherine's family would appreciate memorial donations in her name to Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4636 State Highway 28, Hartwick Seminary, NY 13326. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.

Eleanor A. Carentz

1925 - 2017

TODDSVILLE - Eleanor A. Carentz, 92, a long-time resident of Toddsville, passed away surrounded by her family Sunday night, October 8, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego in Cooperstown. 

She was born August 2, 1925, in Oceanside, the daughter of Joseph A. Burr and Agnes Judd Burr.

In her youth, she loved the ocean at Jones Beach on Long Island. It was there she met Peter J. Carentz, lifeguard, and the two were married April 7, 1941, in Springfield. 

After moving to the Cooperstown area, she devoted her time to raising her family and caring for their home. In later years she was employed in the housekeeping department at The Otesaga and The Best Western Inn at The Commons in Hartwick Seminary. 

Eleanor is survived by nine children, Ronaele Haupt (Frederick) of Albany, Peter J. Carentz (Carolyn) of Waterville, Joseph C. Carentz of Toddsville, Janet Schliermann of Worcester, Valerie Carentz of Toddsville, William C. Carentz (Char) of Mt. Vision, Laura Perry (Edward) of Mohawk, Jeffrey S. Carentz (Kathy) of Mayfield, and Rachele Pickett (Scott) of Mohawk; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Jane Bogeskov (Bernie) of Florida; one brother, Raymond Burr (Joan) of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Peter, who died November 14, 1989, and a daughter, Barbara Carentz who died June 12, 1969. 

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

Graveside services will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the family plot in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. A gathering at the Cooperstown Fire Department will follow the service. All are welcome. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Richard J. Bachand

1959 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Richard James Bachand, 58, a resident of Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, passed away Saturday morning, September 30, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, surrounded by his loving family. 

This kind, sweet and gentle man was born April 2, 1959, in Hartford, Connecticut, a son of Edward A. Bachand, Sr. and Kathleen A. née DiPaola Bachand. Raised in Connecticut, he attended schools there. Then, in the late 1970s, he and his parents moved from Connecticut to Walden, New York, and he graduated from Valley Central High School in Montgomery. 

Following his father's death in 2000, Richard and his mother moved from Walden to Cooperstown to be near his sister, Margaret Savoie, and her family, and in 2012 he became a member of the Pathfinder Village family in Edmeston. 

Throughout his life he was the supreme and ultimate New York Yankees fan, and was a wealth of knowledge regarding team players and their statistics. Richard was truly well-loved, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Richard is survived by his sister, Margaret Savoie and her husband, Dennis A. Savoie, MD of Cooperstown; three nephews, Matthew Savoie and his wife, Christina, Benjamin Savoie and his wife, Jacqueline and Jonathan Savoie; two great nephews, Nathaniel Cooper Savoie and Christopher John Savoie; three aunts, Joyce Perkins, Anna Pollansky and Iona Britton; one uncle, Anthony DiPaola; and his extended family at Pathfinder Village. 

He was predeceased by his father, Edward A. Bachand, Sr. who died July 7, 2000; his mother, Kathleen A. Bachand, who died July 27, 2014; and his brother, Edward A. Bachand, Jr. who died January 10, 1997.

Family and friends may call and pay their respects from 11 a.m. until12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. A graveside service of committal and burial will follow at 1 p.m. in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, where Richard will be laid to rest with his parents and brother. 

Later that afternoon, a Memorial Service will be offered at 3p.m. in the All Faiths Chapel at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston. At the conclusion of the service, a reception will follow in the Kennedy Willis Center at Pathfinder Village to further celebrate Richard's life and love of food. 

Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Richard to Pathfinder Village for the benefit of Chenango House, 3 Chenango Road, Edmeston, NY 13335-2314. 

In Richard's memory, perform an act of kindness. It only takes a moment but its' impact can last a lifetime. 

Arrangement are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Beverly B. Lower

1932 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Beverly B. Lower, 85, of Cooperstown, passed away late Tuesday afternoon, September 26, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego.

She was born September 12, 1932, in Cooperstown, a daughter of Claude J. and Edna (Eldred) Bliss, and was raised in Hartwick.  

For many years Bev was employed as a telephone operator with AT&T in Binghamton.

Throughout her life she always enjoyed reading and had a passion for watching soap operas on TV. She also was a fan of baseball, and enjoyed watching games at Doubleday Field from the rear window of her home on Susquehanna Avenue in Cooperstown. 

Survivors include two brothers, Clyde G. Bliss and partner Barbara Calabrese of Otego and Keith D. Bliss and wife Florence ("Flossie") of Burlington Flats; a sister, Virginia Bauer of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Bev was predeceased by her son, Timothy Eric Lower who died January 9, 2013 and a sister, Mable Whalen who died January 26, 2012. 

With respect for Bev's wishes, there will be no services.  

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Harry Noel McManus

1930 - 2017

FLY CREEK - Mr. Harry Noel McManus, age 87, of Fly Creek, passed away early Sunday morning, September 24, 2017, at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin.

He was born September 18, 1930, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, the youngest of nine children of Harry L. and Mable E. (Grover) McManus. 

After graduating from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1949, Harry served in the National Guard for seven years. During this time he met Elizabeth Jane Hathaway while she was attending the State University Teachers College at Oneonta. They were united in marriage on April 12, 1952, in a ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown. 

For 31 years he was employed as an electric lineman for NYSEG, working first out of Margaretville and later Cooperstown. 

Harry was a 45-year member and Past Master of Otsego Lodge No. 138, Free & Accepted Masons in Cooperstown, and was also a long-time member of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting-especially grouse-and was a long-time member of the Cooperstown Sportsmen's Association and the Richfield Sportsmen's Club. Throughout his life, he always found sustenance by spending time outdoors walking in the woods with his dog(s) and appreciating plant and animal life. He was and always will be one with nature. 

Harry is survived by one daughter, Carol E. McManus (Mary Wake) of Milford; one son, Neal S. McManus (Shirleen Barnes) of Sharon Springs; three grandchildren, Jonathan McManus, Michael McManus (Mary Doherty) and Shannon McManus; two great grandchildren, Sawyer and Parker; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth McManus, who died April 27, 2013, and all his siblings, Harold P. McManus, James Grover McManus, Donald McManus, Mildred Elizabeth Sponenburgh, Edith Wickham, Isobel A. Wiltse, Doris M. Truax and Arlene Bailey. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Kurt Funke, former pastor of the Gilbertsville Baptist Church, officiating. 

As part of the services Monday morning at the funeral home, a Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted for Worshipful Brother McManus by Brothers of Otsego Lodge No. 138, F. & A.M.

Following the services at the funeral home, interment will follow in the McManus Family Plot in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Fly Creek. 

The McManus family respectfully requests that flowers not be sent. As an alternative, please consider a memorial donation to a local animal shelter or the Alzheimer's Association, Leatherstocking Region Office, 140 County Highway 33W, Suite 2, Cooperstown, NY, or Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

The McManus family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to everyone at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin and Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County for the kind, considerate and understanding care provided to Harry.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Helma Ann McNally

1941 - 2017

JEFFERSON - Helma Ann McNally (Linda), passed away following a valiant, indomitable, audacious battle with cancer Wednesday afternoon, September 13, 2017, at home in Jefferson. She was 76.

A former resident of the Bronx, she moved to Pleasantville in Westchester County then later moved to Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County.

After residing in Dutchess County for many years, Helma and her family relocated to Schoharie County a year ago and settled on property that had been in their family for many years.

Born July 3, 1941, at St. Francis Hospital in the Bronx, Helma was a daughter of Frederick (Fritz) and Helma (Renenberg, Honigmann) Moore. 

She was married to John Joseph McNally, a Veteran, who predeceased her November 15, 2011.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed caring for others more than she ever cared about herself. She was the most unselfish person. She had a generous heart and mind, and gave to those in need. At one time she owned and operated a craft business, and was also a spiritual teacher, herbalist and scholar. She was an ordained minister from St. Andrews Church. She was a woman far beyond her years. 

Helma will be greatly missed by her loving and devoted daughter, Tara Ann McNally and all other loved ones. 

We want to thank Catskill Area Hospice for everything!

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church, 31 Elm Street, Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, officiating.

The next day, Saturday, September 23, 2017, the McNally family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m. at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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William H. Zoeller

1925 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - William Henry Zoeller, owner of Lake Front Hotel and Cooperstown Marine, passed away Sunday evening, September 17, 2017, at his home in Lakeland Shores surrounded by his family. He was 92.

Born March 10, 1925, in Ozone Park, Queens, Bill was the only child of Michael G. and Lena P. (Schreiner) Zoeller. 

After graduating from high school, Bill entered into active service with the United States Army Air Corps and proudly served his country during World War II. During his time in the military, Sgt. Zoeller flew 19 missions in B-24 bombers, including one that was shot down. 

On July 8, 1950, Bill married Haidy Engelmann in Brooklyn. 

He was first employed as a photoengraver, and did work for various magazines and publications. 

In 1952, Bill and Haidy moved to Cooperstown, and in June 1955 the Lake Front Motel -- operated by Bill and his father-in-law, Alfred W. Engelmann -- formally opened to the public. Bill and Haidy also owned and operated Cooperstown Marine, building and shipping boats to the New York City area. 

Bill was a faithful member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary. He was also dedicated to the Cooperstown community and served on the village Board of Trustees in the early 1970s. 

A consummate entrepreneur, he truly enjoyed owning and operating his businesses as well as interacting with customers and staff on a daily basis. His presence will be greatly missed. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Haidy Zoeller; a daughter, Paula L. Wikoff and husband, Terry; a son, Alfred M. "Fred" Zoeller; five grandchildren, Tulsa Wikoff and husband, Joseph Lepetich, Alexander Zoeller and wife, Suzana, Lonnie Zoeller and wife, Jennifer, Christian Zoeller and wife, Marissa, and Brett Zoeller and wife, Lauren; 6 great grandchildren, Kohlee, Knox, Remini, Sophia, Aaliyah and Wesley. 

The Rite of the Burial of the Dead with Holy Communion will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary, with the Rev. Paul R. Messner, S.T.S, pastor officiating. 

The Service of Commital and Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Zoeller and Engelmann Family Plot in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

As an alternative to flowers, the Zoeller family respectfully requests that memorial donations be directed to Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4636 State Highway 28, Hartwick Seminary, NY 13326 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Esther C. Brooks

1929 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Mrs. Esther C. Brooks, 88, of Cooperstown, died early Sunday morning, September 10, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego.

Born Esther Claire Kent on August 24, 1929, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of Charles Francis Kent and Clara Mary née Balfour Kent.  

After graduating from high school Esther attended Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelor's degree in home economics. She then attended Russell Sage College in Troy and earned her Master's degree in Community Health Education. 

On June 21, 1952, Esther married Malcolm Norris Brooks in the First Baptist Church of North Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  

When Mal was hired as Director of the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium in July of 1963, the Brooks moved from Cohasset, Massachusetts to Cooperstown. In 1971 Esther became school lunch manager for the Cooperstown Central School District, and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1980.  She also was employed as an educator by L.E.A.F. (The  Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation) and was a dietician for several area nursing homes. 

During their years in Cooperstown, the Brooks made their home on Pioneer Street. In later years they moved to a home on lower Chestnut Street, and, following Mal's death in 2006, Esther moved into the Cooper Lane Apartments and later the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.   

A devoted and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown since 1963, Esther served the church in many capacities. She especially enjoyed helping out where needed with the yearly ice cream socials. An ordained Deacon in the Presbyterian Church, Esther, along with her husband, Mal, once served communion at a General Assembly held in Syracuse in the early 1990s, a memory they both held dear to their hearts. 

Esther and Mal travelled together extensively, and visited many countries and places including Finland, England, Hawaii, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and Alaska.  

They also enjoyed square dancing, and since 1979 were members of the Doubleday Square Dancers.  

Esther is survived by her three children, Charles M. ("Chuck") Brooks and his wife, Maryellen, of East Durham, Wayne M. Brooks of Phrao, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Mrs. Ruthanna Cherifi, and her husband, Said, of Silver Spring, Maryland; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Kent Brooks, Christopher Dunham Brooks (Theresa), Charles Adam Brooks (Michelle), Jennifer Anne Brooks DeHaven, Jeremiah Wayne Brooks (Tara Loewenguth), Malika Claire Cherifi, and Rabah Said Cherifi; and five great grandchildren, Austin David  DeHaven, Anthony Wayne DeHaven, Angela Josephine Brooks, Alison Rose Brooks and Tyler Colombo. She is further survived by her three sisters, Charlotte Sargent and Jane Cobleigh (Ray) of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and Evelyn Kent of Venice, Florida; their families; and many cousins. 

Esther was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Mal, who died unexpectedly May 30, 2006.

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. when Esther's family will be in attendance. 

A Funeral Service of Witness to the Resurrection, and Celebration of the Life of Esther Brooks will be offered at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes, pastor, officiating.  

Immediately following the funeral service, all attending are invited to join with the Brooks' family for a time of refreshment and fellowship in the church's Chapel.  

The Service of Committal will be conducted at a later date at the Columbarium in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  

As an alternative to flowers, Esther's family would appreciate memorial gifts to the Malcolm N. and Esther C. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2006 for a graduating Senior who has chosen to attend college to pursue a career in working with youth. Donations may be made payable to "Cooperstown Central School", along with a note stating that the gift is to be directed to this particular scholarship, and mailed to the school at 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, NY  13326. 

In appreciation for all of the care extended to Esther by her church family, memorial donations may also be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown Deacons' Fund, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY  13326.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Joseph Alan Theriault

1934 - 2017

MAMARONECK - Joseph Alan Theriault, of Mamaroneck, died Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the age of 83.

Born in 1934 to Angus and Anna (née Bianca) Theriault, Joseph was the proprietor of Angus Theriault & Sons Roofing.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores (née Miller) Theriault who died June 26, 1999.  

He is survived by his long-time partner Dottie Payne; children Allison Cacciola (Carl), Patricia Theriault and JoAnn O'Brien; and was brother of Ruth DiGiacomo and the late Arthur Theriault. Joe has five grand and five great grandchildren. 

A graveside service of committal and burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor of St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown officiating.

Local arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Bette Jane Konchar

1943 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Bette Jane Konchar, formerly of Hyde Park, died peacefully Thursday morning, August 24, 2017, at her home in Oneonta, following a valiant struggle with cancer. She was 74.

Born February 27, 1943, in Cooperstown, Jane was the daughter of Stanley L. and Albina (Cop) Konchar. 

A member of the graduating Class of 1961 from Cooperstown Central School, Jane was active in many extracurricular activities during her school years, including cross country skiing and horseback riding, and was a very musical person who played the French horn, violin, accordion and organ. 

Inspired by the challenge of research and experimentation, Jane was an enthusiastic learner and as an adult began taking courses at Hartwick College. At the age of 61 she earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry. 

For 26 years, Jane was employed by Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. Beginning in 1971, she served as a medical receptionist and then a medical secretary, and from 1980 until 1998 was a medical transcriptionist. She will be remembered as being extremely reliable and conscientious at her job, which she always did efficiently with a commitment to maintaining exacting standards. 

Jane is survived by her aunt, Rosemary C. Fisher of Mesa, Arizona, and many, many cousins and friends from the many facets of her life. 

She was predeceased by her father, Stanley, who died August 9, 1998; her mother, Albina, who died January 20, 2016; and her brother, Steven Alan Knochar, who died July 19, 1963. 

A Memorial Service will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, August 29, 2017, at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4636 State Highway 28, Hartwick Seminary, with the Rev. Paul R. Messner, pastor officiating.

She will be laid to rest with her parents and brother at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Index.

For those who wish to honor Jane, her family respectfully suggests that memorial donations be directed to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Dorothy J. Martin

1921 - 2017

FLY CREEK - Dorothy J. "Dot" Martin, loving and devoted wife of Peter L. "Pete" Martin and an integral and beloved part of the Fly Creek community, passed away Friday morning, August 18, 2017, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Nursing Home in Oneonta. She was 96.

Born May 5, 1921, in Pittsfield, Dot was one of 10 children of Leslie Calvin Day, Sr. and Agnes Alene née Daniels Day. One of her fondest memories as a child -which she always enjoyed sharing with others - was of one Christmas Day when she and her family travelled through a winter storm by horse-drawn sled to a family gathering.

After graduating from high school, she attended the State University College of Oneonta (now SUNY Oneonta) where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in education and later her Masters Degree. Her first teaching position was at Jefferson Central School, where she taught from 1943-1946. 

On July 25, 1946, she married Peter L. Martin in a ceremony at the Milford Methodist Church.

In 1952, the Martins purchased a home from Howard Aufmuth, Sr. on the corner of Bailey Road and Goose Street in Fly Creek. Throughout their lives Dot and Pete always enjoyed doing research and traced their large red Federal-style home back to the land purchase in 1786 by William Cooper from George Croghan as lot #17 of the Balston Purchase. During the early 1950s they offered farm vacations to families from New York City, but in 1956 Dot started teaching 1st grade in Cherry Valley which brought an end to the farm vacation folks. In 1963 they sold the dairy and Pete went to college to study Agronomy, while Dot continued teaching in Cherry Valley until 1966. After Pete graduated from college they rented their home in Fly Creek and moved to Tioga County where they lived 13 years. From 1966 until 1977 Dot taught 1st and 2nd grades at Newark Valley Central School. They moved back to Otsego County in 1979.

For many years Dot was an active, faithful and devoted member of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. Active with the Women's Society of Christian Service (W.S.C.S.), she taught Sunday School for 30 years, and will be remembered for the many cards she sent to people and for being the "grandmother" of her church family. She further served her community as one of the original deliverers of Meals-on-Wheels when it first came to the area. 

An avid historian, Dot was a long-time member of The Fly Creek Area Historical Society (a vital part of her and Pete's lives), as well as the New York State Historical Association, the Connecticut Genealogical Society, and Fairbanks Family, Inc. She was also a member of Westville Grange No. 540, the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the Home Bureau and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. 

Dot will be greatly missed by her husband of 71 years, Pete Martin of Fly Creek; their daughter-in-law, Judy Brown; two grandsons, Martin R. Osterhoudt and wife, Michelle and Timothy L. Osterhoudt and wife, Meka, all of Oneonta; three great grandchildren, Alex, Ella and Emma; a brother, Leslie C. Day, Jr. and partner, Joan Wilber of Milford; many, many nieces and nephews, and her many friends in Fly Creek and beyond.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a foster son, Charles F. Osterhoudt who died September 29, 1991; four brothers, Gerald, Roger, Douglas and Leon Day; and four sisters, Irene Lucille Winne Ackerman, Lois Bunn, Jeanette Holden and Ann Marie Day.

A Memorial Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek.

Memorial donation may be made to the Fly Creek United Methodist Church for the Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 128, Fly Creek, NY 13337, or the Fly Creek Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 87, Fly Creek, NY 13337. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


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Nicholas C. Kelly

1953 - 2017

SCHUYLER LAKE - Nicholas Charles Kelly, 64, died Monday afternoon, July 31, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

Nick was born January 30, 1953, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, first born and only son of Charles W. and Dorothy P. (Oblak) Kelly.

Nick grew up on the family farm where he worked alongside his father and grandfather, "J.W.". He graduated from Richfield Springs Central School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. Following graduation he worked with his Dad drilling wells and cutting logs. For 17 years he was employed as a lineman by the Otsego Electric Cooperative (R.E.A.) in Hartwick. In the fall of 2000 a disability led to Nick's early retirement.

On August 11, 1973, Nick married Patricia Ann Brophy in a ceremony at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown.

In addition to his wife of 43 years, Nick is survived by their sons, Sean Kelly of Nocona, Texas, Ryan Kelly and his wife, Jacelyn of Schuyler Lake, Patrick Kelly and his wife, Aisling, of Newton, New Hampshire and Lawrence "Guy" Johnson of Schuyler Lake, considered by all to be Nick's fourth son. Nick is also survived by his mother, Dorothy P. Kelly; seven grandchildren, Joseph and his wife, Alley, Hailey, Charlie, Mylee, Bryson, Grace and Kate; two great grandchildren, Nicholas Cyrus and Aubrey Elizabeth; three sisters, Jacqueline Young and husband, Fred of Burlington Flats, Karenlee Seamon of Richfield Springs, and Judy Kelly and husband Mike Savoy of Rochester; three brothers-in-laws, Michael D. Brophy of Glenside, Pennsylvania, James M. Brophy and wife, Jacqueline of Fly Creek, and Dennis J. Brophy and wife, Erin of Germantown, Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

Nick was predeceased by his father, Charles W. Kelly, who died November 1, 1996.

Nick was a lifelong outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, most recently on trips to Ohio with his boys, and fishing - his last fishing buddy was grandson Charlie. In the Fall, Nick enjoyed working on a Winter's supply of firewood. His Dad always said, "Firewood warms you twice, once when you cut it, and once when you burn it."

In recent years Nick and Pat enjoyed working with an English Setter rescue. Four of their many fosters became permanent members of the family, bringing the total number of family dogs to six. Nick's love of his dogs was matched only by their devotion to him.

Friends and family were the centerpiece of Nick's life. During his illness, Nick was deeply touched by the visits, phone calls and prayers from friends and neighbors whose lives he had touched over the years. The family will always be grateful for the unselfish gift of companionship given by Bill Kelly, Craig and Curt Wightman, Dennis Bresee, as well as the caring support provided by Catskill Area Hospice. 

The Kelly family will receive friends at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul R. Messner, S.T.S, pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary officiating.

Burial will be private. Nick will be laid to rest beside his father in the family cemetery, next to the apple orchard.

Nick loved few things more than preparing food for others to enjoy. All were welcome, and nobody left Nick's kitchen hungry! To honor this, the family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either of the local food banks: the Richfield Springs Food Pantry, 22 Church Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, or the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. If you prefer, donations to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326 would honor Nick's desire to help homeless animals.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.

Richmond D. Field

1950 - 2017

HARTWICK - Richmond D. Field, 66, of Hartwick, passed away due to serious health issues Monday afternoon, July 24, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born December 1, 1950, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, a son of Joseph E. and Achsah G. (Fuller) Field.

Raised in Hartwick, he graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1970. After working for a few years with Central Asphalt in West Oneonta, Rich went to work for the Town of Hartwick Highway Department. He was employed with them for over 30 years as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement 10 years ago. 

An avid outdoorsman, Rich loved hunting-especially for deer-and was a member of the Hartwick Rod and Gun Club. He also held Honorary Status with Hartwick Fire Department Co. #1 and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. 

On June 30, 1979, Rich married Sharon Prindle in a ceremony at the First Baptist Church in Hartwick. In addition to his wife of 38 years he is survived by his two daughters, Julie Marie Field of Hartwick and Melissa Lynn Wikoff and her husband Duane C. Wikoff of Davenport; two grandchildren, Peyton Grace and Joseph Charles Wikoff; one brother, Dennis C. Field and his wife Daphne Northcott of Merrimack, NH; two nephews, John and Thomas; a niece, Shannah; a great nephew, Samuel; two special friends, Thamar L. "Tim" Harper, Jr. and Eddie Skillen; and many cousins and family members. 

He was predeceased by his father, Joseph, who died June 7, 1984; his mother Achsah, who died March 13, 1988 and his sister-in-law, Joan Potter Field who died February 5, 2000.

A graveside service will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Hartwick Cemetery with the Rev. Laverne H. Saxer, pastor of the Hartwick Christian Church, and the Rev. Richard D. Howard, pastor of the Hartwick United Methodist Church, officiating. Immediately following the burial there will be a time of refreshment and fellowship at the Hartwick Fire Hall.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hartwick Emergency Squad, P. O. Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.


If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.