Pamela J. Stewart

1956 - 2018

“I love you one more than you can even say the rest of the day”

HARTWICK – Pamela J. Stewart, 62, passed away peacefully Tuesday night, August 14, 2018, with family by her side at her home on Buchanan Drive in Hartwick following a courageous battle with cancer. 

She was born July 2, 1956, in New Berlin, a daughter of Franklin Jay and Wanda L. (McLean) Stewart. 

After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1974, she attended college.

For many years she served as a residential aide at The Meadows, the Arc Otsego in Hartwick, and Springbrook in Oneonta. At one time she also worked for a cabinet maker in Virginia, a job she truly enjoyed.

She had a love for hunting and fishing, and was an avid fan of the New England Patriots. 

Pamela is survived by her children, Alicia Poole and husband, Luke of Hartwick, John Franklin Field and his significant other, Christina Jones of Davenport and Sean Patrick Field and his significant other, Julie Young, along with her two children, Kalynn and Kinsley, of Michigan; seven grandchildren, Dante and Andrew Wellman, Ian and Claire Poole, and Aiden, Jace and Gabriel Field; two sisters, Jodi L. Bottita and husband, Jack of Hartwick and their children, Jack, Roxanne and Chris, and Lori K. Stewart and wife, Melissa Cook of Rensselaer, and Lori’s son Sam Stewart. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Wanda L. Stewart who died July 30, 1999; her father, Franklin Jay Stewart who died June 22, 2004; a daughter, Emma-Leigh Frances Stewart who died August 19, 1994; and her brother, Willard Wayne Stewart who died November 5, 1977. 

A Memorial Service will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the Hartwick Christian Church, with the Rev. Laverne H. Saxer, pastor officiating.
Immediately following the service, Pamela’s family will receive friends in the church hall for a time of refreshment and fellowship.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Hartwick Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 251, Hartwick, NY 13348.

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.

Thomas J. Selover

1942 - 2018

COOPESTOWN - Thomas J. Selover of Cooperstown, NY, a devoted family man, egalitarian and friend to all, passed away on August 8, 2018, at the age of 76.

Born on April 24, 1942, in Merrill, WI, Tom’s parents, Anne and John, relocated his family to Murfreesboro, TN when Tom was 14. In Murfreesboro, Tom would go on to earn both a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University. 

Tom began his career as a science teacher in Hernando County, FL, then earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, becoming headmaster at Oak Hall Academy. It was in Florida where Tom met the love of his life and his bride for almost 47 years, Lynda, marrying in December 1971. Tom and Lynda crafted a journey-filled family life through cross-country travels and life-enriching experiences. 

In 1980, Tom and Lynda relocated to Cooperstown, where he would become a serial entrepreneur and businessman. Locally, Tom was the mastermind of several real estate projects, including his favorite, Hyde Bay Colony, while his love for thoroughbred horses developed from a childhood passion to a professional enterprise and personal occupation. Tom became well-known on the racetracks up and down the East Coast and in the sales barns of Keeneland and the Ocala Breeder’s Sales.

In Cooperstown, Tom served on the Cooperstown School Board, the Village Library Board and volunteered with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. His dedication to his family was always on display, especially with each of his three children, encouraging, mentoring and transporting them throughout their youth activities and helping them grow into their lives. 

Perhaps nothing defined Tom more than his willingness to engage everyone in conversation, with radiating kindness and a gentle spirit. Tom’s greatest pleasure came in reflecting on what he learned from others; whether it was a random encounter with a stranger on a park bench or in providing his own commentary with family and neighbors on the developments of the day. An avid reader, vociferous lawn mower and curious interviewer, Tom was always at the ready to help diagnose, problem solve and calculate the next right outcome. 

Tom’s zest for life was never more apparent than in sharing “Porch Time” with a glass of wine at Hyde Bay Colony. His devoted love of box wine set the tone in creating a warm, relaxed and loving environment for his family and neighbors to come together to share a story, have a laugh and discuss life’s challenges and opportunities from each day. He was tremendously proud and honored by his family and friendships that flowed freely in conversations. 

Tom was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Anne, along with his brother, Daniel. 

He is survived by his wife, Lynda and their three children: John and his wife, Amy, of Tallahassee, FL, and their four children, Molly, Ian, Ella and Lilly; David and his fiancĂ©e Natasha of Cooperstown and Natasha’s son Max; and Whitney and her fiancĂ© Brad of Fayetteville, along with so many friends who were like family in Cooperstown and Hyde Bay Colony. 

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at Hyde Bay Colony (1445 County Highway 31) on Saturday, August 25 from 3-5 p.m. All are welcome to attend and share a memory of Tom. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a scholarship fund that will be established in Tom’s name at Cooperstown Central School. Donations may be made payable to “Cooperstown Central School”, along with a note stating that the gift is to be directed to the Thomas J. Selover Memorial Scholarship. Donations may be mailed to Cooperstown Central School, Attention Business Manager, 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

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


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Jean Bowen Gerhartz

1923 - 2018

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Jean Bowen Gerhartz, aged 94, passed away peacefully Friday, August 3, 2018, at St. John’s in Rochester with her family by her side. 

Jean was born November 7, 1923, in Cooperstown, one of three daughters of Francis and Lena (Hood) Bowen.

A long-time resident of Springfield Center, Jean grew up there, graduating from Springfield Central School in 1941. She was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where, on April 15, 1945, she married the love of her life, William Frederick “Chick” Gerhartz. Soon after marrying, the couple made Springfield Center their home, enjoying 63 years of marriage before his passing on December 10, 2008. 

Jean was employed for many years as a medical secretary at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she participated in the Women’s Guild at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Fire Auxiliary of the Springfield Fire Department.

A devoted mother and homemaker, Jean delighted in spending time with her family. She thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing, and long walks, and she instilled this love in the hearts of her children and grandchildren. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a warm, kind spirit. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jean is survived by her sister, Meryl Ashton of Lake Wales, FL; son, William Gerhartz, Jr. and his wife, Joyce of Penfield; daughter, Jill Jensen and her husband, Steve of Agawam, MA; grandchildren, Julie Gerhartz O’Neill and her husband, Thomas of Nokesville, VA, Jamie Gerhartz of Manassas,VA, Sara Jensen of Suffield, MA, and Daniel Jensen of Agawam, MA; great grandchildren, Sage Gerhartz-Johnsen, Aiden O’Neill and Tenley O’Neill; cousin, Jane Doyle Prior of Springfield Center; niece, Susan Peasley Clapper and her husband Clark of Springfield Center; and many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her sister, Dorthea Peasley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Springfield Center. Interment will be in Springfield Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts are deeply appreciated and may be made to St. John’s Foundation, 150 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620, www.stjohnsliving.org/donate, or Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326, www.susquehannaanimalshelter.org/support.

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


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Richard G. Hoag, Sr.

1947 - 2018

MIDDLEFIELD - Richard Gerald Hoag, Sr. a lifelong area resident and owner of Valleyview Greenhouse, passed away Sunday morning, August 5, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in the Town of Middlefield. He was 70.

Born September 10, 1947, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was one of six sons of the late Lafayette C. and Gertrude M. (Eggleston) Hoag. 

Raised in Cooperstown, Dick was a member of the Class of 1967 at Cooperstown Central School. 

In 1968, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He received his Honorable Discharge from the US Army January 1, 1974.

Following his military service, Dick was employed for 9 ½ years as a painter with the Leatherstocking Corporation in Cooperstown. He then followed his true passion and opened Valleyview Greenhouse in Middlefield in 1975. He owned and operated this business for 45 years, providing many satisfied customers with flowers and landscaping services.  

An avid outdoorsman, Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping as well as picking ginseng with his son, pigeons, and going to car shows.  He especially enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his grandchildren, who affectionately called him Poppie.

Dick is survived by his wife, the former Barbara J. Gaughan, whom he married on July 1, 1972, at the Middlefield United Methodist Church; one son, Richard G. Hoag, Jr. and wife, Kelly of Middlefield; one daughter, Bonnie Hoag and Kevin Bear of Livingston Manor;  four grandchildren, Trevor James Hoag, Isabella Maxine Hoag, Brianna Arlene Bear and Kevin Michael Bear, Jr.; five sisters-in-law, Dawn Hoag of Milford, Kathryn Hoag of Milford, Leona Hoag of Maryland, Delores Kilts of Florida, and Barbara Hoag of Maryland; his wife’s siblings, Charles “Chuck” Gaughan and wife, Vicky, Sharon Curcio, Judy Baker and husband, Dennis, William Gaughan and wife, Suzi, and Margo Norman; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends.  

Dick was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude, who died January 24, 1979; his father, Lafayette, who died September 21, 2002; five brothers, Charles F. Hoag, who died July 31, 1989, Lafayette A. "Bud" Hoag, who died May 23, 2009, Douglas B. Hoag, who died June 19, 2012, Robert Carl "Bob" Hoag who died October 15, 2013, and Donald Philip Hoag who died May 7, 2014; his father and mother-in-law, James A. Gaughan, Sr. who died August 20, 1987 and Arlene W. Gaughan who died November 28, 2004; two nephews, James Hoag who died in September 1990, and Justin Robert Hoag who died September 27, 2016; and his dog, KeBri. 

Family and friends are invited to call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018. At the conclusion of the visitation, a Funeral Service will be offered at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Fralick officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Milford Cemetery.  

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


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Betty P. Ingalls

1922 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Betty P. Ingalls, 95, passed away Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018, at her home in the Cooper Lane Apartments in Cooperstown with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

She was born December 20, 1922, in Binghamton, a daughter of Walter F. and Beatrice (Marvin) Niles. After graduating from high school, she attended Wheaton College where she received a bachelor’s degree. She then attended the State University College of Education in Oneonta where she became certified as a teacher. 

After realizing that teaching was not for her, Betty joined the family printing business, Niles & Phipps, where she served as a secretary. When her husband, William G. Phipps, died in 1993, the business closed and she went to work as a secretary for the First Christian Church in Binghamton until she retired.

A devout and faithful Christian, Betty was an active member of the Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville. 

Betty is survived by her son, Jonathan N. Phipps and his wife, Kim McArdle-Phipps of Ontario, Canada. 

In addition to her first husband, William, she was predeceased in 2013 by her second husband, Rodney Howard Ingalls of Hartwick Seminary. 

A Memorial Service will be offered in September at the Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville.

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


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Charles A. Brown

1938 - 2018

SODUS POINT, NY – Charles A. Brown, 80 of Sodus Point, passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 17, 2018, at Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, NY.

He was born July 8, 1938, in Walton, NY, the son of John Francis and Mary (Denham) Brown.

Charles married Carol Beecher on September 8, 1962, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Walton, and together they had five children.

After graduating in 1956 from Walton High School-where he played baseball and basketball-he attended Siena College, graduating from there in 1961 with a BBA degree and a major in accounting, and later became a Certified Public Accountant. After graduation from college Charles was employed by Price Waterhouse & Co. in New York City for five years. He then worked for many years in the controllership function for several medium size companies, and ended his career as a self-employed financial consultant. 

He lived in several locations in the mid-Atlantic region, including Walton, NY, Goshen, NY and Moorestown, NJ. After he retired, Charles and Carol spent winters at their residence in The Villages, FL. 

Charles loved his family and enjoyed golf, genealogy, reading and travel, especially to Europe. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Orange County, NY Genealogical Society, the Villages, FL Genealogical Society and the Walton Historical Society. 

He is survived by Carol, his wife of 55 years; his five children, Dr. Matthew (Maria) Brown of Horseheads, NY, Michael Brown of Boulder, CO, Beth (Eric) Foertsch of Weston, CT, Patrick (Kelly) Brown of Boulder, CO, and Kathleen (Andrew) Chigounis of Moorestown, NJ; nine grandchildren, Brian, Sean and Patrick Brown, Clare, Daren and Andrew Foertsch, and Isabelle, Abigail and James Chigounis; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by his brother, Robert.

Services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


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Timothy M. West, Sr.

1956 - 2018

HARTWICK – Timothy M. West, Sr., beloved husband, cherished father and a dedicated member of the Hartwick community, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home Monday afternoon, July 2, 2018, following a courageous battle with glioblastoma. He was 61.

A native of Long Island, Tim was born on October 29, 1956, in Bethpage, a son of Hartland St. Claire West and Corinne Griffin Hanley West. 

On April 22, 1978, he married Victoria Maliszewski-also a Long Island native-at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Northport. They settled there and began raising a family. In November of 1991, they moved from Long Island to Hartwick where he established West Auto Transportation.

A certified Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) mechanic, Tim served for the past several years as a motor vehicle equipment mechanic for the New York State Police Troop C in Sidney.

A man dedicated to serving his community, Tim was a long-time member and current Assistant Chief of Hartwick Fire Department Company #1 and was a former Lieutenant with the Hartwick Emergency Squad. 

Of the Roman Catholic faith, he was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Valley.

Tim will be remembered for always helping anyone in need, as well as for his great work ethic and professional and responsible character as an automotive mechanic. Most of all, he will be missed by his family with whom he enjoyed spending as much time as he could. He will be greatly missed.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Victoria West of Hartwick; his cherished children, Ryan West of Hartwick, Timothy West, Jr. and wife, Joelle of Hartwick, Patrick West of Utica and Thomas West and wife, Carolyn of the State of Maryland; his grandchildren (who affectionately called him “Pop”), Hartland, Lillian, Grace and Ellis Frable, and Shelby, Joseph and Andrew West; and his mother, Corinne West Frassa of Virginia. He is further survived by one sister, Patricia Lorenzen (Peter) of West Virginia; two brothers, Michael West (Virginia) and Daniel West (Christine) of Northport; many beloved nieces and nephews; and his wife’s siblings, Joanne Allison of Hartwick, Mary Ellen Hughes (Chris) of Northport, Patricia Altadonna (Jeff) of Centerport, and Christine Feehan (Bill) of Aurora, Illinois and their families. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Hartland St. Claire West; his eldest brother, Sean West; his mother and father-in-law, Eleanor P. and Joseph G. Maliszweski; and a brother-in-law, Robert G. Allison, Jr. 

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, on Thursday, July 5, 2018, from 2 - 4 and 6-8 p.m. when Tim's family will be in attendance. 

Following a private Mass of Christian Burial, the Service of Committal and Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at Hartwick Cemetery. Later that afternoon all are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life at 5 p.m. at Hartwick Fire Department Company #1. 

Tim's family extends their heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to members of the New York State Police for their selfless dedication and support throughout this difficult time. The family further extends their appreciation to all the Hospice nurses and aides who provided comfort and care for Tim at the end of his life, as well as to members of the community too numerous to name who gave of themselves in so many different ways during his courageous battle with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in Tim’s name to the New York State Trooper Foundation at nystf.org, or Hartwick Fire Department, Company #1, PO Box 86, Hartwick, NY 13348, or Hartwick Emergency Squad, PO Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348, or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820, or the Thomas Lindsey Foundation at thomaslindseyfoundation.com.

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.

Dorothy M. Roediger

1930 - 2018

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Dorothy Marie Roediger, formerly of Richfield Springs and Spring Hill, Florida, passed away June 19, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Springfield Center. She was 88.

Born March 25, 1930, on Staten Island, Dorothy (“Dot”) was the daughter of William Joseph and Marie (Konroyal) Romaine. 

Dot was as funny and witty as she was elegant. Beautiful inside and out, she was never known to say an unkind word about anyone. Dot loved growing beautiful flowers and arranging them artfully. She was a loving mom and homemaker. Dot was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and she enjoyed sharing Bible knowledge with others.

In 1955, she married Richard ("Rick") William Roediger in Teaneck, New Jersey. They lived in Park Ridge and Hackensack, New Jersey. They moved to Warwick, New York and eventually to Exeter to raise their family. 

Following retirement, Dot and Rick operated Wagon Wheel Antiques on Route 20 in Richfield Springs, New York, where they lived until 1994. After wintering in the south for a number of years, they moved to Florida to enjoy a warmer climate. Their marriage was a loving union, full of devotion, support and respect. Following her husband’s death in 2014, Dot came to reside at Woodside Hall in Cooperstown. 

Dot is survived by her devoted daughter, Diane Wells and her partner, Rob Fiorentino, of Springfield Center; six grandchildren, Amber Lange and husband, Jaret, of West Sand Lake, David Wells, Jr. and partner, Amy Wells, of West Winfield, Nate Wells and wife, Viki, of Endicott, Brian Wells and wife, Mandie, of Sidney, Sarah Wells of Florida, Denise Malyana of Utica; and 11 great grandchildren, Mia, Sierra and Luke Lange, Kazmira Wells, Brian Wells, Jr., Amir and Sami Malyana, Kaylei Brown, Rena and Dennis Carlton, and Dani Wells

In addition to her parents, Dot was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Rick Roediger, who died in 2014, and a daughter, Gail Marie Wells, who also passed away in 2014.

A private memorial gathering will be held at the Otsego Golf Club in August.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Woodside Hall who cared for Dot’s daily needs, as well as the nurses and aides at Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care who helped provide comfort and care at the end of her life.

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


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.

Charlene B. Callahan

1932 - 2018

PANAMA CITY, FL – Mrs. Charlene Burnette (Charlene B. Connell) Callahan, of Montrose, PA, passed away in bed at her home in Panama City, FL, on June 20, 2018, at age 85.

She was born September 6, 1932, in Sayre, PA to the late Eunice G. Hopler Connell and Rev. Fred’rick W. Connell. A graduate of Syracuse University graduate school, she taught for 32 years in the Johnson City School District as a 5th grade teacher until retiring in 1992 from Lincoln Elementary. 

She was the loving wife of the late Thomas J. Callahan.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Funeral Director George L. Connell and Wallace Connell, who passed at birth; sister, Carolyn Chamberlain; grandmother, Julia Wells Connell; grandfather, John Connell; and her cat of 20 years, Aslan.

Charlene is survived by her son, Sean Callahan; nieces, Lydia Ertel and Gail Harris; and nephews, Todd Chamberlain and Garth Chamberlain. She also leaves behind her greatly loved newly adopted older cat, Miss Kitty.

She enjoyed reading, especially mystery novels, and was of the Methodist faith.
Friends and family members may attend a graveside service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018, in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery, 4473 State Highway 28, Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlene’s name will be welcome and appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City, FL, and 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.

Dennis A. Tallman

1942 - 2018

FLY CREEK, NY – Dennis Alfred Tallman, a man devoted to his family and a vital part of his community, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the age of 76.

Born June 6, 1942, Dennis was the son of Harold Winfield Tallman and Francesca Louisa Krack Tallman. Dennis was a graduate of Toccoa Falls Institute in Georgia. A natural craftsman, he began his career in a cabinet shop in Westwood, NJ where he excelled, but found his true passion at Garden State Tree Service in Old Tappan, NJ. In 1982, Dennis and his first wife, Karen, moved from Cresskill, NJ to Fly Creek, NY where he started Tallman Enterprises Tree and Aerial Services. A man of the Episcopal faith, Dennis was a faithful and dedicated member of Christ Church in Cooperstown, NY. He was a past president of The Friends of Bassett, served on the Village of Cooperstown Tree Advisory Committee and volunteered at the Cooperstown Food Pantry. 

Dennis possessed a very emotional and empathetic side to his personality, demonstrated in his ability to converse and connect with anyone he interacted with. He was creative, energetic, well-loved and helped many people through his years. Dennis was a role model to many and especially to his son, Kyle, after his marriage to Nancy. Not surprisingly, after working closely together for many years, Kyle found his passion in the tree business. Dennis loved splitting firewood, but also enjoyed riding his Harley with Nancy and friends. He treasured time spent with family. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. 

Dennis is survived by his beloved wife of 14 years, Nancy Tallman; their son, Kyle S. Tallman; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Robin Robinson and Dawn and Robert Geider; five grandchildren, Morgan and Michael Robinson, Amanda Thomas and husband, Dan, and Courtney and Eric Geider; one great grandson, Liam Thomas; and his former wife, Karen Steiner.

The Office of the Burial of the Dead with the Holy Eucharist (Rite I) will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Christ Church in Cooperstown, with the Rev’d Dane E. Boston, Rector officiating. 

Immediately following the funeral there will be a reception in The Louis C. Jones Center in the Main Barn at The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. 

Interment will be private in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.

In lieu of flowers, Dennis’ family respectfully suggests that memorial donations be directed to The Farmers’ Museum for the benefit of The Children’s Barnyard, PO Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company or Fly Creek Emergency Squad, PO Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

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.

Murl Shepard Gregory

MOUNT VISION – Murl Shepard Gregory died Wednesday afternoon, June 13, 2018, at home on the family farm in the Town of New Lisbon with family at her side. 

She has two surviving sons at home.

Murl graduated from Hartwick High School in 1950, and later graduated from Cortland Medical Hospital College in 1959.

At her request there will be no visitation or services.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Murl may do so to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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.

Ernest W. Chase

1919 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Ernest Wilson Chase, 98, a native of Cooperstown, passed away Friday night, June 1, 2018, at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community in Acworth, Georgia. 

Born December 13, 1919, in Cooperstown, Ernest was one of three sons of Earl Campbell and Lulu Belle (Wilson) Chase. Raised on the family dairy farm in Whig Corners, he graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1937.

On June 29, 1946, Ernest married the former Clara O. Parshall in a ceremony at the bride’s home in the Town of Middlefield. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage until her passing on May 22, 1996. 

For many years Ernest, along with his brother John, owned and operated Earl C. Chase and Sons farm machinery dealership in Cooperstown founded by their father. It was located in the building south of the village now occupied by Church & Scott.

A faithful and devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, Ernest was also a member and past President of several well-known Cooperstown organizations, including the Mohican Club, the Native Sons of Cooperstown, Wedocandors Hunting Club and for several years was an active instructor in the local 4H Club. He was also a life member of the Lions Club of Cooperstown, of which he was the last remaining Charter Member who had maintained his membership since the local Club’s founding in 1951. 

He is survived by his son, Stephen E. Chase and wife Barbara of Acworth, Georgia; three grandchildren, Erica A. Nel and husband Jaco of Dallas, Georgia, Ashley R. Jackson and husband Brad of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Charles E. Chase & wife, Stephanie of Dallas, Georgia; four great grandchildren, Zion, Sage and Noah Nel of Dallas, Georgia and Edison Jackson of Kennesaw, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Lewis E. Chase who died November 6, 1973, and John D. Chase who died June 6, 2005.
Ernest’s family will receive family and friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, with a Funeral Service being offered at 3 p.m., the Rev. Joseph Perdue, pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, 19 Elm Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Janet O. White

1940 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN - Janet O. White, 77, of Cooperstown, died following a brief illness Monday night, June 4, 2018, at Albany Medical Center. 

She was born Janet Linquist Owens on September 1, 1940, in Plainfield, New Jersey, a daughter of E. Alder and Dorothy (Conway) Owens.

After graduating from Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, New Jersey, Janet attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks where she studied hotel management and was a cheerleader. It was during her time at Paul Smith’s that she met Richard A. White, and they were married on September 10, 1960, in Mountainside, New Jersey.

In 1960 the Whites moved to Oneonta where Richard attended Oneonta State, after which he began teaching in Cooperstown. When Richard received a NSF grant in 1965, the Whites moved to Oregon where Richard completed a second Master’s degree. They returned East the following year, where Richard continued his teaching career at Cooperstown Central School, later serving as the Mathematics Department Chair and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach. Janet’s true passions were being a devoted mother to her children and being extremely supportive of Richard in all his scholastic and athletic endeavors, which often included team laundry and hot meals after practice. Richard and Janet enjoyed 47 years of marriage until his untimely death due to cancer on October 9, 2007. 

Over the years, Janet enjoyed antiquing, listening to country music, playing Bridge with friends, and golfing. She especially loved dancing and collecting any dish or cup with a Dogwood flower on it. For the past twenty years she enjoyed spending winters in Juno Beach, Florida. 

Janet is survived by a son, David Richard White and his wife Carol of Florence, South Carolina; a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Paruleski and her husband Nickolas of San Diego, California; and a son Jonathan Michael White and his wife Kim of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; five grandchildren, Emily and Sydney White, and Landon, Janet and Christopher Paruleski; a sister, Elizabeth Snyder and her husband, Ken of California; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ferrari of Vestal; and several nieces and nephews.

She is further survived by her dance partner, travelling companion and dear and loving friend, Arnie Jungkind of Springfield. 

In addition to her husband, Janet was predeceased by an infant son, Kevin Owens White, a brother, David Alder Owens, and a half sister, Barbara Owens.

A Memorial Service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor officiating. Immediately following the service, Janet’s family will receive friends in the adjoining Chapel for a time of refreshment and fellowship. Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown at a later date.

Janet’s family requests that any contributions in her name should be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. 

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


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Gunleif Jacobsen

ONEONTA & NEW YORK CITY – Gunleif Jacobsen, of Oneonta and New York City, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, at home in Oneonta at age 83.

Gunleif was born in Brooklyn, the eldest son of Elias and Olena Jacobsen, who had recently emigrated from Karmoy, Norway.

He graduated from Ft. Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, and Baruch College, The City University of New York. He retired from a successful career on Wall Street in 1996. Very proud of his Norwegian heritage, he then spent two semesters at the University of Bergen and two summers at Oslo University’s International Summer School to deepen his knowledge of the country’s language, culture and society.

A member of All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC, and the Sons of Norway, he was an enthusiastic supporter of many cultural and environmental organizations including Carnegie Hall, MusicaViva, NY, Bassett Hospital, Otsego Land Trust, The Glimmerglass Festival, the Fenimore Art Museum and Doctors Without Borders. 

In his early years he was an accomplished figure skater. Later he turned to tennis and, as a member of the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, won Singles and Doubles Tournaments there in the early 80s. Perhaps owing to his Norwegian DNA he excelled on the ski slopes and for many years impressed onlookers with his classic form on the challenging trails of the Rockies and Wasatch Range. 

He loved travel and made several road trips across the US and enjoyed visits to Europe, particularly Germany and Norway, where he spent time with friends and family. 

Gunleif is survived by his brothers Tom and wife Gail of Manahawkin, New Jersey and Roy and wife Mary Ellen of Charlestown, Rhode Island; niece and nephews Dianne, Erik, Toby, Jeffrey and Kirk; and by his partner of forty-one years, Thomas Simpson.

He was a kind and gracious man making friends wherever he went, and will be remembered by those fortunate enough to have met him as a modest and caring person, with a ready smile, and an understanding and compassionate ear. 

There will be a gathering later this summer to celebrate his life.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Fenimore Art Museum, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326, Otsego Land Trust, PO Box 173, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or the Guild of Glimmerglass Festival, PO Box 191, Cooperstown, NY 13326.


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Joseph C. Roraback

1936 - 2018

HARTWICK – Joseph Clark Roraback, 81, an area resident for the past 30 years, died Friday night, May 25, 2018, peacefully with his daughters by his side.

He was born October 11, 1936, in Hudson, a son of William Roraback and Betty (Balder) Darrah.  

For many years he was employed as a supervisor for several construction firms. At the time of his retirement he was working for Lash Contractors, Inc.

Joseph is survived by his two daughters, Aline Kieper of Feura Bush and Deb (Karl) Bastian of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; two grandchildren, Zachary (Stacy) Kieper and Janelle (Bryan Gottlieb) Kieper; a sister, Phyllis (Jack) Scheriff; a brother, James Darrah; his late nephew Scott (Shannon) Kowalski; his nieces Andrea (Michael) Coon and Brooke Piatt; and nephews Michael (Randi) Kowalski and Karl Darrah.

He is further survived by his loving friend and companion Lela Reed and her children Brenda, Lori, Sue, and the predeceased Billy.   

Per Joseph’s request, there will be no services.

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


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Kathleen M. McClaine

1949 - 2018

CHARLOTTEVILLE – Kathleen M. McClaine, a resident of the Charlotteville area, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 68.
Born June 9, 1949, in Schenectady, Kathleen was the daughter of Merlin Francis and Catherine Mae (Howland) McClaine.

For many years she was employed as a paralegal with the Law Firm of Peter W. Hill, Esq. in Oneonta.

Kathie enjoyed and was quite skilled at playing pool, winning many tournaments through the years. A member of the Oneonta 9-ball Division of the Mohawk Valley American Pool players Association (APA) League, she also enjoyed travelling to Las Vegas with fellow pool players to attend professional pool tournaments.

She will be fondly remembered by the residents of Charlotteville where she was active as a social member of the Charlotteville Fire Department.

Kathleen was predeceased by her husband who died in a motor vehicle accident in 1968; her father, Merlin F. McClaine who died in 1983; her mother, Catherine Howland McClaine who died in 1997, her brother, John F. McClaine, who died in 2017; and her longtime friend and companion, Joseph Vitale, who died in 2007.

Per Kathleen’s wishes, friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 104 Willow Springs Road, Jefferson.

In memory of Kathleen, please consider a memorial contribution to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, Inc., 304 Howes Cave Road, PO Box 40, Howes Cave, NY 12092.

Arrangements are with the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 




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Alice L. Talbot

1923 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Alice L. Talbot, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully with her family by her side early Thursday morning, May 10, 2018, at The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown. The widow of Howard C. Talbot, Jr., former Director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, she was 94.

Born June 11, 1923, in White Plains, Alice Caroline Losee was the eldest child of Edward Samuel Losee and Bertha Weiss Losee. 

In her youth she attended East New York School in Brooklyn, near Ebbets Field. She was first employed as an I.B.M. operator for National City Bank in Brooklyn. On June 1, 1944, Alice entered into active service with the United States Navy and proudly served her country during World War II. Upon receiving her Honorable Discharge from the Military on March 4, 1946, Seaman First Class Losee followed her family from Brooklyn to Edmeston. Alice then joined New York Central Mutual as a keypunch operator.

On September 11, 1948, Alice married Howard Chase Talbot, Jr. in a ceremony at the Second Baptist Church of Edmeston. They met in the youth choir and their shared fondness of music continued throughout their marriage. Soon after they wed, Alice and Howard moved to Cooperstown where they made their home first on Walnut Street before settling in at 95 Pioneer Street. They raised their family and remained there for 60 years. While Howard was “the Mayor of Pioneer Street”, Alice was “The First Lady”. Even with their busy work and family schedules, they always enjoyed sitting together on their front porch and eagerly welcomed family, neighbors, friends and passers-by for conversation and camaraderie.

Although she never graduated from high school, Alice was an ambitious student who enjoyed learning. She earned her GED and took night courses in accounting. She returned to work as her children grew older and did the first Medicare billing for Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. Alice also worked for the Otsego County Forestry Service and for the Real Property Tax Department for Otsego County. She retired at age 63. 

Being the wife of the Director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum meant that Alice was directly involved with many of her husband’s work-related affairs. At one particular Hall of Fame event that she was nervous to attend, new Hall of Fame Inductee “Pee Wee” Reese came over to meet her. Upon learning that he was her favorite ball player of all time, he embraced her and gave her a kiss on the cheek, then told her that she was indeed an important part of the Hall of Fame family by virtue of being married to Howard.

While living in Cooperstown, Alice was involved in many organizations, including as a volunteer at Bassett Hospital. She was a member of the Criterion Club, the Cooperstown Woman’s Club, and the Native Daughters of Cooperstown. She and Howard utilized the facilities at The Clark Sports Center including participation in bowling leagues, and Alice was also an avid Bridge player. They enjoyed early morning walks together and loved to take long drives around the countryside with no particular destination in mind. Alice continued this tradition of excursions on local country roads with her family in recent weeks even as her health declined. 

Alice and Howard moved to The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home in the spring of 2015. After losing her husband, Alice settled into widowhood and was an active resident who enjoyed participating in all of the varied activities offered at the home. Crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles filled her quiet time. Alice lived in comfort with her fellow residents while the staff provided her with the most compassionate care and true friendship. They became, and will remain, her extended family. 

The two most important things in Alice’s life were her strong Christian faith and dedication to her loved ones. 

Alice and Howard were devoted members of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown. Through the years she taught Sunday School, was a member of the Fidelis Guild (now the Women’s Guild) helped with rummage sales and in the kitchen with church suppers. She also enjoyed singing in the choir, and often sang duets with Howard. 

Alice's affection and love for her family was boundless. She was willing to participate in activities outside of her comfort if it meant being with her family, and they were always eager and grateful to have her join in the fun, which included hiking in her mid-sixties, parasailing at age seventy and boat rides into her nineties. She is survived by her three children, Julia T. DeLaurentiis and husband, Thomas, of Morris, Judy Talbot of Liverpool and Cooperstown, and James C. Talbot of Fayetteville; one granddaughter, Teresa M. DeLaurentiis and her husband, William C. Burdick of Morris; two great granddaughters, Fiorenza Marie Burdick and Silvana Marie Burdick; a sister-in-law, Jean Losee; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Alice was predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, Howard, who died July 18, 2015; three brothers, Robert (and his wife, Nellie), Frank and Edward Losee; and a sister, Florence (and her husband Graydon) France.

A visitation will be held at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, when the Talbot family will receive friends. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Joseph Perdue, pastor, and the Rev. Betsy Jay, officiating.

Immediately following the service at church her funeral procession will pause by their former home on Pioneer Street, and then wind its’ way through village streets to Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown for the service of committal and burial. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown. 

The Talbot Family respectfully requests that memorial gifts be directed to The First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 19 Elm Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Peter James Farmer

1956 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Peter James “Pete” Farmer, 61, a native of Cooperstown, New York, who resided in Lancaster, Massachusetts and in Cooperstown, died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism on Wednesday morning, April 25, 2018, at UMass Memorial Leominster, Massachusetts. 

He was born in Cooperstown on June 5, 1956, a son of Dr. Edward Truman Farmer, DDS and Gretchen Schweickhard Farmer. 

After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1974, Peter went on to earn a BS from Cornell University. Upon graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Chile. Pete loved his time there and made many good friends. After the Peace Corps, Pete remained in Chile for a year teaching fishery management at a local university. He recently visited Chile again, fulfilling a decades-old dream. 

After he left Chile, Pete looked for another adventure and found it managing a farm in Saudi Arabia. When he had time off he continued to see the world, visiting Spain, Thailand, and Nepal. Upon his return to Cooperstown, he earned his pilot’s license and worked as an airplane mechanic at Westville Airport. Pete was considering another international adventure when he reconnected with the love of his life and best friend, Abby Armstrong.

Pete and Abby married in 1990 and have lived in Lancaster, Massachusetts for the past 27 years. They also owned property in Cooperstown and truly were at home in both places. Pete earned a master’s degree in environmental science at UMass Lowell and worked in ground water cleanup. After their first son was born, Pete continued his ways as a ground-breaking pioneer and began his next great adventure: as an at-home-Dad. 

Pete’s love for activity was shared with his boys. Over the years, they joined extended family and friends camping in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. He was proud of the fact that the boys were the fourth generation of his family to camp there. He was happiest up in the air, but along with flying planes he loved fishing, camping, hiking with his beloved yellow Lab, Cleo, and skiing at Mt. Wachusett. Pete loved nature and outdoor activities, and protecting the environment was a passion. To that end, he served on the Lancaster Conservation Commission for the past 18 years, engaging in numerous town environmental causes. 

Recognizing the value of being a close part of his sons’ lives, Pete went to college nights to obtain a master’s degree in education at Fitchburg State University. Upon graduation, he taught high school earth science for many years.

Peter was a true renaissance man. A skilled craftsman, he could fix anything, mechanical or otherwise. He enjoyed telling the story of how he volunteered to sew together the quilt squares made by children in one of the boy’s pre-school classes and the teacher was shocked that he owned a sewing machine. He was particularly proud of having completely re-built a 1946 Aeronca 7 AC, affectionately called “The Champ”. You could often see him fly it over Cooperstown, “waving” the wings to say hello. Pete was also a talented chef. His wonderful cooking was second only to his gift for genuine hospitality and for making everyone around him feel welcome. 

Pete was a true “giver”. He would help anyone who needed his help, without a thought of thanks. He was exceptionally kind and non-judgmental. He was hard working, loving, fun and generous with his time and talent. He loved his family and friends and would do anything for them. His final act was to give the gift of life through tissue donation and his spirit will live on in the many lives he will touch through this humanitarian gesture. The world is a better place, in many ways, because Pete Farmer was in it. He will be greatly missed by many.

Peter is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Abigail M. Armstrong, of Lancaster, Massachusetts; their two sons, Brian and Kevin Farmer; a sister, Helen Crowell and husband Greg of Phoenix Mills; a brother, Edward A. Farmer of Floresville, Texas; nephews Dan Crowell and wife, Dee of Fly Creek, Sam Farmer and wife Jackie of Corpus Christi, Texas and Seth Farmer of Floresville, Texas. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends far and wide. 

Peter was preceded in death by his mother, Gretchen Farmer, his father, Dr. Edward T. Farmer, DDS, and his brother, Paul William Farmer.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at The Tryon Inn, 124 Main Street, Cherry Valley, New York. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Peter's name should be made to Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902, or The Lancaster Land Trust, PO Box 626, Lancaster, MA 01523, or the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA), PO Box 931, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Derward Jay "D. Jay" Gifford

1926 - 2018

WEST WINFIELD, NY - Derward Jay "D. Jay" Gifford, age 92, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2018 at his home.

D. Jay was born March 4, 1926, in Jordanville, the son of Raymond and Lena (Werner) Gifford.
D. Jay attended Van Hornesville School. At 17 years of age, he enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII. During his time in the Navy, he was involved in the Invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach.

D. Jay founded Gifford Paving in 1959 and built a thriving business that continues to be family operated today, three generations later. He was also formerly involved, for many years, with West Winfield Rotary and Optimist Club and currently a member of West Winfield VFW and the American Legion.

D. Jay is survived and loved by his wife, Elizabeth; three children, Thomas (Marlene), Marlene (Ronald) Loiacono and Craig (Theresa); nine beloved grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Christopher (Mary), Keith (Suzanne), Jack (Faith) Hotaling; seven step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren. D. Jay was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor Ruth Kissner; his parents; his brother, Gordon; and sister, Louise.

Per D. Jay's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.

Please consider donations, in D. Jay's name, to the VFW in West Winfield.

Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 26 to Apr. 28, 2018


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Charles A. Dimick

1934 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Charles Andrew Dimick, Native Son, passed away the evening of Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 84.

Born April 7, 1934, at Middletown Hospital in Middletown, Charlie was the son of Anna and Maurice Dimick.  

Raised in Cooperstown, Charlie attended Cooperstown schools and played in various athletic sports. His first job was at Angelo Pugliese’s shoe shop. He was then employed by J. Harry Cook where he worked for 4 years as a taxi driver. On Sundays, Charlie worked at the Leatherstocking Golf Course, where he would walk all 18 holes carrying two golf bags at a time. 

A member of Troop 12, Boy Scouts of America, Charlie later served on the Council with George Tillapaugh and Homer Osterhoudt.

After graduating from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1953, he and his friend, Charlie Michaels enlisted in the U.S. Army as they knew that the draft was still on because of the Korean War. Following boot camp, his and Michaels’ orders were to go to Korea, but that changed as the Signal Battalion went to Germany. 

After receiving his Honorable Discharge from the Military in 1956, Charlie came home and went to work for New York Telephone Company in Syracuse. He was eventually moved to the Cooperstown offices, and for 41 years worked for New York Tel and three for Bell South.

While in the Military, Charlie met Maria Johanna Pijnenburg, whose family came to America from Holland in 1952. On September 13, 1958, Charlie and Maria were married at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. On August 19, 1959, Yvonne was their first born child, with Scott, Yvette and Charles John to follow. For 48 years, Charlie and Maria were a couple devoted to each other and their family and made their home at 63 Chestnut Street. With great sadness, Charlie lost Maria to cancer June 22, 2006. He missed her greatly, and for many years after her passing he visited her grave each and every day, no matter the weather or time of year. 

Charlie truly loved his home town of Cooperstown, and through the years wore many hats in the community. Alongside his special brother fireman, Chuck Coleman, Charlie was a faithful and devoted member for 34 years of Mechanic’s Hook and Ladder Co. No. 5 of the Cooperstown Fire Department. He was also a member of the Native Sons of Cooperstown, the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579, and -along with Maria - the Doubleday Square Dancers. 

Charlie will be fondly remembered for his ability to tell jokes and make people smile-a good belly laugh would really warm his heart.

Charlie now leaves his family of four, with spouses and grandchildren, to be with Maria. 

Friends may call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. when Charlie’s family will be in attendance.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor officiating.

As a final tribute to Charlie’s dedicated service to the Cooperstown Fire Department, his casket will be brought to Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown in CFD’s 1952 Mack. The Service of Committal and Burial will be followed by Military Honors accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

As an alternative to flowers, the Dimick Family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to the Cooperstown Fire Department, PO Box 1, Cooperstown, NY  13326 or the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO 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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William G. Ronk

1947 - 2018

HARTWICK – William G. Ronk, Major USAR, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, April 12, 2018, at his daughter’s home in Hartwick. He was 71.

A native of the Hudson Valley, he was born March 16, 1947, at the Benedictine Hospital in Highland, a son of George Carpenter Ronk and Madaline (Loos) Ronk. After attending Clintondale and Triboro Schools and graduating from Highland High School, he studied nursing at the Hudson River State Hospital School of Nursing and eventually became a Registered Nurse.

On October 9, 1967, Bill enlisted in the United States Army, and proudly served his country in the US Army Medical Department. He transferred into the Reserves in 1970, ultimately earning the rank of Major when he received his Honorable Discharge.

For many years Bill was employed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and last worked for Upstate Medical University Gastroenterology in Syracuse.

He was a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Proud of his military service, he was a life member of the Reserve Officers Association and was a Past Vice -Commander, Commander and Adjutant of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown. He was a former member of the Cooperstown Fire Department and Highland Grange 888. 
Of the Episcopal faith, he attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Paltz in his youth, and during his years in Cooperstown attended Christ Church. 

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and especially cooking. 

Bill knew many people throughout his life that truly loved him, and he them. He is survived by his former wife, Kathryn Ronk of Cooperstown and his current wife, Patricia Conlon Ronk of Deer Park; four children, Jennifer Kehoe and husband, Jason of Hartwick, Amy Lynn Ronk and Richard O’Hara of Norwich, Katie Petreszyn and husband CJ of California and Ryan Ronk of Rochester; eight grandchildren Broc Gilbert, Haley and Natalie Kehoe, Aiden and Zachary O’Hara, Luka Petreszyn, and Layla and Piper Zylinsky; two sisters, Barbara Jane Burdine of Orchard Park and Beverly Briggs of Pleasant Valley; a brother, Leonard Ronk and wife Arlene of Gastonia, North Carolina; a niece, Amanda Burdine; and a nephew, Brian Briggs. He was predeceased by his father, George C. Ronk, his mother, Madaline Ronk Mackey, and a niece, Diana M. Burdine. 

Friends may call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, when Bill’s family will be in attendance. 

The Office of the Burial of the Dead with Holy Eucharist will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Christ Church, Cooperstown, with Rev’d Dane E. Boston, Rector officiating. Immediately following the funeral, Military Honors will be accorded in the Church-yard by members of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579, Cooperstown, and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard. 

He will be laid to rest with his father in Modena Rural Cemetery. 

As an alternative to flowers, Bill’s family respectfully requests memorial donations to Cooperstown Fire Department, PO Box 1, Cooperstown, NY  13326 or Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1, PO Box 86, Hartwick, NY  13348. 

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


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William E. Aufmuth

1961 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – William E. Aufmuth, a lifelong resident of Cooperstown whose love for wood made him known as an expert arborist and sculptor, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, March 30, 2018, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 56.

A native of Cooperstown, Bill was born April 6, 1961, a son of August Jack Aufmuth and Dorothy Zigon Aufmuth. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School, he travelled before returning to Cooperstown where he went to work as an arborist. He owned and operated Aufmuth’s Tree Service for many years, providing expert care of area trees for many customers.

He loved nature and animals. His love for wood extended to his talent as an artist and sculptor, and he was especially gifted in working with burl wood. In his leisure, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially loved being with his dog, Jack.

Bill is survived by his three children, Jacob W. Aufmuth of Westford, Emily Aufmuth of Hyde Park, and Desiree Maerz of Hartwick; two former wives, Sherry Wyckoff of Hyde Park (mother of Jacob and Emily) and Robin Aufmuth of Fly Creek; two sisters, Katherine Aufmuth Fistrowicz of Burlington Flats and Jacqueline Aufmuth Ayorinde and husband Omobowale Ayorinde of Rochester; a brother, Nicholas S. Aufmuth of Fly Creek; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was a kind and generous soul who had many close friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Jack Aufmuth, who died January 16, 1993, and his mother, Dottie Aufmuth, who died July 23, 2011. 
A private gathering will take place later this Spring.

Bill’s final act was to give the gift of sight and life through eye and tissue donation. His spirit will live on in the many lives he will touch through this humanitarian gesture.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family requests donations in Bill’s memory be made to Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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David M. Wilfeard

1954 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – David M. Wilfeard, 63, of Cooperstown, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Bassett Medical Center surrounded by his loving family, following complications stemming from the treatment of lung cancer. 

David was born at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown on September 7, 1954, a son of Herbert and Irene (Childs) Wilfeard. He attended Cooperstown Central School, graduating with the Class of 1973. He married Elizabeth Stager on May 21, 1983.

David lived in the area all his life, working in the past as an account clerk typist in the mid 1970s for Otsego County, as an administrative assistant at The Meadows from the late 1970s through 1992, and most recently, as a Facilities Manager at Basset Hospital until 2004.

He was a people person, always stopping to say hello and offer a helping hand if he could. A very generous, loving, kind-hearted man, he loved going out to the local stores and seeing his “peeps”, as he called them. It was always one of the highlights of his day. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, husband, father and more recently, grandfather, a title he loved and cherished, as he doted on his granddaughter, Emma. He will be truly missed by many.

He was predeceased by his father, Herbert in 1983; his mother, Irene in 2014; and his brother Bernard Wilfeard in 1999.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Elizabeth Wilfeard; his daughter, Ashlie (Albert) Dawson and their 1-year old daughter, Emma of Cherry Valley; his son, Jon-Michael (Caitlyn George) of Davenport and his son and namesake, David Wilfeard II of Cooperstown. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Stager and sister-in-law, Linda Stager of Cooperstown; his brother, Bradley (Kathie) Wilfeard and niece Andrea Wilfeard; his sister-in-law Judy Wilfeard and niece and nephew, Renee (Brian) Wilfeard-Duda and Bernard (Jessica) Wilfeard and their children; his sisters Peggy (Alan) Basile, Holly (Ed) Pearsall and niece and nephew Ashley (David) Schook and Aaron Pearsall, and Deanie (Ronald) Swift and nephew Ronnie Swift, as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be offered at 1 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with Rev. Betsy Jay, Chaplain at Bassett Medical Center, officiating. Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home from 11:00 am until service time on Saturday. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820 or Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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