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.


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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.


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.

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.


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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.


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Kyle W. Bronson

1989 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Kyle Willard Bronson, beloved father, son, and friend to many, died tragically Tuesday, July 18, 2017, as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on County Highway 11 in the Town of Hartwick. He was 28.

Born January 19, 1989, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Kyle was a son of Michael J. Bronson, Sr. and Patricia Mower Bronson.

Raised in Cooperstown, he graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 2008. For the past 7 years he had been employed as a residential counselor at Springbrook, where he was very well-respected and liked by the staff and residents alike.

Throughout his life, Kyle would do whatever he could to help just about anyone, and would always drop whatever he was doing to do so. This held true especially when it came to work that needed doing on the family farm. His favorite saying was "If there's a will there's a way" and he lived this motto everyday of his brief life. He loved his dogs, had a passion for hunting, and was an adrenaline junkie--he had "a need for speed". 

Most importantly, Kyle remained a dedicated family man who constantly doted on his daughter, Skyla--whom he loved dearly--and he was anxiously awaiting the birth of his second daughter, Sophia, who is due any day. Kyle will be fondly remembered as the glue that kept his entire family together--he will be greatly missed by them and his many, many friends.  

Kyle is survived by his girlfriend, Lindsay Arnold and their beloved daughter, Skyla Bronson of Cooperstown; his mother, Patricia E. Bronson and step-father, Larry J. Kukenberger, Sr. of Cooperstown; his father, Michael J. Bronson, Sr. of Cooperstown; a sister, Donna Lutz and husband, Nicholas, and their children, Addilee, Dakota and Kenzie of Milford; two brothers, Mike and Amanda Bronson and their children, Hayden and Mason of Oneonta, and Keith Bronson and wife, Veronica, and their children Parker, Miranda and Sage of Cooperstown; a stepbrother, Larry J. "L.J." Kukenberger, Jr. of Richfield Springs, and many, many close friends. 

He was predeceased by his favorite aunt, Margaret Orendorff, who died July 29, 2016.  

A gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 1-6 pm at the family farm at 1028 County Highway 33, Cooperstown.

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


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Edwin W. Thorne

1932 - 2017

OAKSVILLE - Edwin W. Thorne, 84, of Oaksville, passed away late Friday afternoon, July 7, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Cooperstown September 25, 1932, a son of Loren E. and C. Emergene (Thayer) Thorne, and graduated with the Class of 1951 from Cooperstown High School.

On October 10, 1953, Ed married Joyce Marie Cross in a ceremony at the Cooperstown Methodist Church. 

For 37 1/2 years he was employed by the Otsego County Forestry Department and was involved with building several County parks, including the one at Copes Corners. At the time of his retirement he held the position of Parks Foreman. 

Actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years, Ed served as a Leader of Troop 7 and for 22 years was District Camping Chairman. A true outdoorsman, he loved camping with his family, hunting and fishing, and was a member of the Oneonta Pistol Team. He was also a Life Member of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society and was noted for his pancakes at breakfasts sponsored by the Society. An avid woodworker, Ed could repair almost anything. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Ed is survived by his loving wife and best friend for 64 years, Judy Thorne of Oaksville; two sons, Edwin W. Thorne, Jr. and wife, Patricia of Sidney and Thomas L. Thorne and wife, Susan of Cortland; one daughter, Lori Jean Scorzelli and husband, George of Warnerville; six grandchildren, Crystal Hurn of Cobleskill, Jessica Thorne of Woodside, Tamara Freed of McGraw, and Katrina, Matthew and Benjamin Thorne of Cortland; nine great grandchildren, Victoria, Karissa, Lucas, Spencer, Harpyr, Makayla, Kristabella, Desmond and Serenity; two brothers, Ralph Thorne and wife, Delores of Franklin Square and Marshall Thorne and wife, Sandra of Cooperstown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by one grandson, Shawn A. Hurn, who died January 7, 2015.

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, on Wednesday morning, July 12, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m.

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Funeral Home with Ed's good friend Jim Atwell officiating. Burial will follow in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Fly Creek. 

Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Fly Creek Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 87, Fly Creek, NY 13337 or the Fly Creek Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

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


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Lindsay Macarthur, Jr.

1929 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Lindsay Macarthur, Jr., 87, of Venice, FL and Cooperstown, NY, died Thursday afternoon, July 6, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown with his family by his side.

Lindsay was born November 15, 1929, in New York City, son of Lindsay and Alice née Smith Macarthur, Sr. He grew up in Mahwah, NJ and attended Ramsey High School. 

After graduating with the Class of 1952 from Bowdoin College with a bachelor's degree in economics, Lindsay went to work for Hanover Trust Company in New York City. After only a few weeks of employment, Lindsay entered into active service with the United States Marine Corps on September 20, 1952, and proudly served his country during the Korean War. 

Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military on August 16, 1954, Lindsay returned to Hanover Trust Company. Following a successful career in the banking industry, he retired from Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company as an Executive Vice President in June1992. 

One of Lindsay's favorite pastimes was playing Bridge, and it was while doing so that he met his future wife, Warrene S. Nichols. Lindsay and Lennie were united in marriage on February 22, 1969, in the Chapel at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ridgewood, NJ, and they settled in Ho-Ho-Kus. Since 1992 Lindsay and Lennie divided their time between homes in Venice, FL and Cooperstown, NY. 

In addition to Bridge, Lindsay's greatest joys in life were his family, tennis and golf. He was a member of the Cooperstown Country Club, enjoyed playing golf at the Leatherstocking Golf Course, and was a member of the Mission Valley Golf and Country Club in Nokomis, Florida. A member of the Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice, FL he was also an ardent participant and supporter of Habitat for Humanity. 

Lindsay is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lennie Macarthur of Venice, FL and Cooperstown, NY; four children, Anne M. Booth and husband, Thomas of Winston-Salem, NC, Jennifer M. Davis and husband, Louis D. "Tripp" Davis III of Abington, PA, David P. Nichols and wife, Louise Reid Boyce Nichols of Wilmington, DE, and Peter L. Macarthur of Dobbs Ferry, NY; four grandchildren, Owen P. Davis (Midshipman, 3C USNA), Gwenyth A. Davis, Eliza Campbell Nichols and William H.W. Nichols; and several nieces. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Macarthur Stewart. 

The Macarthur Family will receive friends Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. at their home at 166 Stockingbrook Road in Pierstown for a time of remembrance, fellowship and refreshment. 

In lieu of flowers, those who desire to make a donation in memory of Lindsay are respectfully asked to consider Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc., 280 Alligator Drive, Venice, FL 34293, or a charity of your choice.

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


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Mary Joan “MJ” Kevlin

1958 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Joan “MJ” Kevlin, co-publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.AllOTSEGO.com for the past 11 years, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Bassett Hospital. She was 59, and had been struggling with cancer since October 2014.

MJ was born on April 19, 1958, in Endwell, to Joseph W. and Joan (Gaffney) Simmons, and was raised in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She graduated from La Salle University in 1979 and received a master’s in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1981.

As a planner for Jefferson County in Watertown, she met her future husband, Jim, who was an editor at The Watertown Daily Times. They married on June 25, 1983, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

She soon became Watertown’s first city planner, and administered the process that led to construction of 800 units of military housing in the city during the expansion of Fort Drum. She also obtained funding to begin the restoration of the city’s Frederick Law Olmsted park. Her successes brought additional responsibilities into her portfolio: For a time, she managed the city airport and the Thompson Park Zoo.

In the 1990s, she and her husband moved to Buffalo, then Pottsville, Pa., where she continued to pursue her professional interests. She served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, moving the organization from Bloomsburg to Harrisburg to ensure a firmer foundation for its future. She was vice chair of the Pottsville Area Development Corp. board, and was particularly interested in the redevelopment of a rare reverse-screen nickelodeon into the Majestic Theater, a community performing arts center. For several years, she taught the historic survey course in Cornell University’s Department of City & Regional Planning, documenting the architectural significance of such communities as Binghamton’s Abel Bennett location, that city's first "streetcar suburb" and neighborhood of former state Senate Majority Leader Warren Anderson.

In 2006, then in Norwich, Conn., she and her husband purchased Cooperstown’s Freeman’s Journal, founded in 1808 by William Cooper, village founder and father of James Fenimore Cooper. A wordsmith, MJ coined the company name, Iron String Press, from Emerson’s, “Trust thyself: Every heart vibrates to that iron string.” Her husband focused on the editorial side, while she ensured the smooth operation of the company through the founding of Hometown Oneonta in 2008 and the expansion of www.AllOTSEGO.com in 2015.

Locally, she served on the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and, currently, on the board of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.

In addition to her husband, James C. Kevlin, she is survived by two sons, Joseph J. Kevlin of Tempe, Ariz., and John C. Kevlin, his wife Meghan Burke and their daughter Kyla, of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters, Anne Lacey and her husband, Matthew, of Exton, Pa., and Karen Rylant and her husband, Keith, of Florence, Ala.; three Lacey nieces, Caitlin (David) Durkin, Anna (Ted) Hooven, and Tara (Kevin) Bogan, all of the Philadelphia area, and two Rylant nieces, Katherine and Caroline, both at the University of Alabama.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Calling hours are at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, followed by a service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tom LeBeau, pastor, Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oneonta Corps, The Salvation Army, c/o Salvation Army Processing Center, Box 16310, Albany NY 12212-6310. (Each Christmas for the past decade, MJ administered the newspapers' Angel Tree Fund, providing gifts for needy children.)

Arrangements are entrusted to the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home.


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Douglas E. Getman

1924 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Douglas E. Getman, 92, of Cooperstown, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, June 13, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born July 28, 1924, in the Town of Theresa in Jefferson County, a son of Ernest and Eva (Bell) Getman. 

After moving to Otsego County, he was employed for many years as a heavy equipment operator, and at one time worked for Edward Van de Bogart in Oneonta, as well as Hank and Donnie Burton. 

On January 14, 2012, Doug was united in marriage with Patricia Rose Kreutzfeldt at the Free Baptist Church in West Davenport.

Doug is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Cooperstown; a stepdaughter, Allison J. Santos of Milford; a brother, George Getman and wife, Lucille, of Turin; a sister, Gladys Pate of Castorland; two nephews, Dean Moxley and wife, Cindy, and Gary Moxley and wife Carlene; four nieces, Colleen Rogers, Gail Carey, Lois Gregory, and Judy; his nephews and nieces families; and many friends. 

He was predeceased by three sisters, twins Dorothy Moxley and Doris Marlof, and Pauline M. Seelman; a brother, Donald Getman; a son, John Edward Getman, who died in infancy in 1960; and a step son, Norman D. Vass. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Free Baptist Church on Charlotte Creek Road inWest Davenport, with Pastor Steve Estes officiating. A luncheon will follow-please bring a dish to pass. 

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


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Gordon L. Gray

1932 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Gordon L. Gray, 85, of Cooperstown, passed away Monday night, June 12, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born January 14, 1932, at home in the Town of Hartwick, a son of Walter F. and Ruth (Fassett) Gray. 

He lived his entire life in the Cooperstown area, and for 35 years was employed as the cafeteria manager at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. 

Throughout his life Gordie was a hard worker, and in addition to working at Bassett he mowed many lawns and plowed a lot of snow. In his leisure he enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most enjoyed just being with family and friends. 

Gordie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Bridger Gray, of Cooperstown; their four children, Barry D. Gray and wife, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, of Cooperstown, Pamela Madrid of San Antonio, Texas, Bonnie Garcia of Lancaster, California, and Brenda Lee Gray of Walton; a sister, Mrs. May Tymcheck of Hortense, Georgia; and many many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

One of 11 children, Gordie was predeceased by three brothers, Douglas, Donald and Clifford Gray; and six sisters, Ruth Short, Hilda Turp, Marion Dale, Betty Stalvey, Virginia Armstrong and Doris Armstrong.

At his request, there will be no services.

For those who wish to remember Gordie with a memorial donation, please consider Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

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


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Bernice E. Strong

1931 - 2017

MILFORD - Bernice E. Strong, 85, of Milford, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, May 23, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. 

She was born October 19, 1931, on Crumhorn Mountain in the Town of Maryland, the daughter of Lewis and Lillian (Wright) Virtell. 

As her father was a tenant farmer, Bernice and her family lived in various places throughout Otsego County while she was growing up. In later years, her family fondly recalls that whenever they were out driving around Laurens, Mt. Vision, Hartwick and Milford she would point to a house and say "we lived there!" 

On July 19, 1952, Bernice married Arthur C. Strong in Pennsylvania, and they settled into their home in Milford. 

From 1969 until 1993, Bernice worked for Milford Central School District as a school bus driver, and was well-liked by the many children she drove to and from school each day. Her true calling in life, though, was tending to and caring for her family. A great cook she will be especially remembered for her pies. An avid birdwatcher, she enjoyed watching cardinals and bluebirds (but hated the Blue Jays!) and also enjoyed dancing, doing crossword puzzles, crocheting and knitting. She also bowled for many years. Truly the matriarch of her family, she will be greatly missed.

Bernice is survived by her beloved husband of almost 65 years, Arthur C. Strong, of Milford; six children, Lewis Crawford of Rineyville, Kentucky, Evelyn Lacey and husband, William, of Vine Grove, Kentucky, Robert Strong and wife, Laurie of Milford, Vickie Konchar of Maryland, Michael Strong and wife, Sandy, of Milford, and Carla Strong of Maryland; 19 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Elna Virtell of New Berlin, Elizabeth Virtell of Milford, Judy Virtell of New Jersey and Helen Southworth of Cooperstown; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her three brothers, Peter, Paul and James. 

The family will receive friends at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 4-6 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017.

A Funeral Service will be offered at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, with Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the Milford and Portlandville United Methodist Churches, officiating. Burial will follow in Westville Cemetery.

As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 127. Milford, NY 13807, or the Milford Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 359, Milford, NY 13807.

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


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Ruth N. Fenstemacher

1922 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Ruth Naomi Fenstemacher, formerly of Cooperstown, passed away Sunday morning, May 14, 2017, at The Masonic Care Community of New York in Utica, where she had resided for the past 11 years. She was 95.

Born May 5, 1922, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Ruth was a daughter of Austin DeHart and Jean (Searfoss) Rome. 

She married Elmer S. Fenstemacher April 25, 1942, in Endicott. They resided in Vestal for many years until Elmer retired from IBM. She was also employed at IBM in Endicott and then the Vestal Central School District.

Because of her love of children, Ruth worked part-time in her retirement at a daycare center. 

Ruth and Elmer loved to travel and spent seven years travelling cross country in an RV before finally settling in Arizona. They moved back East to reside in Cooperstown to be closer to family. 

She and her husband enjoyed the outdoors as well as spending time helping to restore an old farmhouse and mill site that their son bought in the township of New Lisbon. 

Ruth is survived by two sons, Erich L. Fenstemacher and his long-time partner, Jill Preston of New Lisbon, and Keith A. Fenstemacher and his wife, Cara, of New Hartford; and two granddaughters, Jessica Fenstemacher of Chicago, Illinois and Corey Fenstemacher and husband, Mark Schruntek of Brooklyn.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer S. Fenstemacher, who died July 24, 2013, and two sisters, Gertrude Brown and Shirley Jenny. 

There will be no calling hours. A private family funeral service will be held at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, and interment will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

The Fenstemacher family expresses their sincere appreciation to the compassionate and caring staff at Wylie Hall and the Health Pavilion's Tarrytown Household, and the entire Masonic Care Community. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts be made to the Masonic Care Community of New York, 2150 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY 13501.

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


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Aline M. Heller

1921 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Aline M. Heller, a native of Cooperstown and long-time faithful member of Christ Church, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, May 10, 2017, at her home in Hyde Park with her family and the Rector, the Rev'd Dane E. Boston by her side. She was 95.

Born December 1, 1921, in Cooperstown, Aline was a daughter of Harry Grant Campbell and Pearl née Vroman Campbell. 

After graduating from Cooperstown High School in 1940 she met Bill Heller, 
who had just moved to Cooperstown and was working at Smalley's Theatre. They were married Easter Sunday, April 13, 1941, at Christ Church in Cooperstown. 

Of the Episcopal faith, Aline was a life-long member of Christ Church, and before her death was their oldest member. Through the years she served the church in many ways, including teaching Sunday School, serving on the Altar Guild and with St. Margaret's Chapter, and was the first woman elected to serve on an all-male Vestry. She was also member of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown and a life member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Auxiliary. A volunteer for many years at The Meadows, where she and Bill ran Bingo for the residents, she was the first manager of the Otsego County Nutrition Program. She led a full and productive life, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Aline is survived by two daughters, Sandra Thorne and husband, Marshall of Cooperstown and Marion Terpening of Warren, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jeffrey S. Thorne and wife, Stephanie, Matthew W.C. Terpening and Meredith M. Arn; eight great grandchildren, Dakota R. and Natasha L. Thorne; Andrew J., Matthew D., Jaden N., Trinity R. and Tristan Terpening, and Brenna M. Arn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, William R.P. Heller, who died February 6, 1998; a brother, The Rev'd Harry Grant Campbell, Jr., Lt. Col US Army (Ret.) who died May 14, 2000; and a sister, Thelma C. Ryan. 

The Office of the Burial Of the Dead (Rite One) with Holy Eucharist will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Christ Church, Cooperstown, with the Rev'd Dane E. Boston, Rector officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Christ Church All Souls Fund, 69 Fair 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.


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Larry G. Gallup

1952 - 2017

FLY CREEK - Larry G. Gallup, 64, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following an extended illness.

A Cooperstown native, Larry was born June 21, 1952, a son of Marge and "Pudge" Gallup.  Raised in Cooperstown, he proudly graduated as one of the Cooperstown "Redskins" in 1970 and recently retired as an electrician.

On October 10, 2003, Larry married Teriann Sammis in Shelby County, Tennessee.  They shared their life and love with chocolate labs named Reno and Hunter in Fly Creek Valley and Titusville, Florida.

An avid sports fan, Larry enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, bowling, watching NASCAR and racing cars, but his passion was for golf and it was a common sight to see his red Mustang GT parked at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.  He always looked forward to playing golf with his large group of friends, and cherished the memories of playing at St. Andrews in Scotland and Pebble Beach, California, and getting a hole-in-one.  He also had fond memories of bowling a 300 game, driving a race car at Michigan Speedway, and hunting with friends.  Oh, the stories he could tell!

Larry is survived by his wife, Teriann, of Fly Creek, and his tireless pal, Hunter; his brother Bob and wife, Kathy; Homer and Mavis Lindstadt; the "Florida Gallups"; and many lifelong friends and golfing buddies.  He will be missed by all.

He was predeceased by his parents, Marge and "Pudge" Gallup and his favorite dog, Reno.

The family will be present to receive friends from 2 - 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

At the conclusion of the visitation, a Service of Remembrance will be offered at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating.

Following the service there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Leatherstocking Golf Course Restaurant overlooking Larry's favorite golf course and Otsego Lake.

In lieu of flowers, Larry's family requests that gifts in his memory be directed to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Binghamton, NY 13790.

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.

Leslie A. Parshall

1926 - 2017

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
-- Philippians 4:13 (KJV)


COOPERSTOWN - Leslie A. Parshall, 90, of Greenough Road in Toddsville, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego.

He was born November 16, 1926 in Saranac Lake, New York, the son of Howard and Gladys (Gowett) Parshall. He first attended a one-room schoolhouse, then continued his education in Cooperstown. 

On August 19, 1948, Les married Lois M. Harvey in Cooperstown. 

A veteran of World War II, Les entered into active service October 30, 1944 and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Seaman First Class Parshall was involved with the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations and was in combat in the Marshal Islands. Upon receiving his honorable discharge on June 12, 1946, Les returned home and was employed for many years building circuit boards for the UNIVAC division of Sperry Rand Corporation in Utica. During those years he also served as a union arbitrator. After retiring from UNIVAC, he was employed as a painter at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. 

In his leisure, Les enjoyed fishing and camping with his family. 

As a symbol of respect for veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Les erected in 2005, on his property in Toddsville, an Honor Roll of World War II veterans from Otsego County.

Throughout his life, Les had a deep and abiding faith in God, and in his own way served Him many different ways. 

Les is survived by his second wife, Doris Parshall of Norwich and her family; two daughters Judy "Susie" Urbin and husband, John of Lufkin, Texas and Linda Miller of Holland, Texas; three sons, Stephen Parshall and wife, Barbara, of Daleville, Virginia, Thomas Parshall of Franklin, and Carl Parshall and wife, Nancy of Morris; ten grandchildren; many great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Merritt Harvey and wife, Elaine of Toddsville, and Donald Harvey and wife, Mary of Milford Center; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 47 years, Lois M. Parshall, who died July 8, 1996; a sister, Evelyn Warner; and two brothers, Howard "Sonny" Parshall and Robert Parshall. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with Rev. Stephen D. Fournier, pastor of the Milford Center Community Bible Church officiating.

The Service of Committal and Burial with Military Honors will follow in Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Fly Creek.


Family and friends may call and pay their respects at the funeral home on Friday morning one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 2, 4877 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.