James Elwood Jackson

 1925 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – James Elwood Jackson, a retired New York State Trooper and World War II veteran, passed away Saturday night, December 8, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was 93.

Born February 15, 1925, in Endicott, he was the only child of Raymon James Jackson and Elizabeth J. Cass Jackson. Immediately after graduating from Owego Free Academy, James enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country during World War II, first aboard a merchant marine vessel and then on a battleship.  

Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, James returned home and entered the field of law enforcement. He first served with the Owego Police Department, and then in 1956 he entered the New York State Police Academy. He went on to serve as a New York State Trooper with Troop C in Richfield Springs until his retirement. After living in Toddsville, he moved to Apalachin where he made his home until his recent illness. 

For many years, James was a member of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7128 in Cooperstown and served as Commander from 1969-1970. Through the years he was also active in the Masonic Fraternity. Raised on April 19, 1950, in Friendship Lodge No. 153, Free & Accepted Masons in Owego, he affiliated in 1965 with Otsego Lodge No. 138, F. & A.M. in Cooperstown, and served that Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1972. 

He will be greatly missed by his family, which includes a daughter, Sherry L. Bass & husband, Christopher, of Christian Hill, Cooperstown; two sons, Raymon J. Jackson of Apalachin and Mark Jackson and Karla Harding of Speedsville; two grandchildren, Jillian Elizabeth Bass and Adam Jackson; four great grandchildren, Michael Samuel Bass, Aiden James Field, Gabriel Franklin Field and Jace Eric Field; and his former wife, Phyllis Higgins Estes and husband, Steven of Oneonta.

He was predeceased by his father, Raymon James Jackson (September 1931); his mother, Elizabeth J. Talbot (March 13, 1974); his stepfather, Donald R. Talbot (January 25, 1976); a 6-year-old son, Michael John Jackson (April 25, 1966); and a granddaughter, Jessica Kendra Bass (July 10, 2002). 

Accompanied by a New York State Trooper Honor Guard, Military Honors will be accorded next Spring on Saturday, May 18, 2019, when James will be laid to rest with his mother in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek.

For those who wish to honor James’ life, memorial donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY  13820 or the Cooperstown Fire Department, PO Box 1, 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.

Lloyd C. McMurdy

1927 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Lloyd Charles McMurdy passed away November 27, 2018, from metastatic multiple myeloma following a couple years at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

He was born January 22, 1927, to Lillie Roth McMurdy and Ollie McMurdy. In his youth he was active in 4H and sports, and graduated the top of his class in 1944 from Jefferson Central School. In late 1944 he was stricken with polio, which affected the use of his right arm. With all the challenges he faced, he coped with a smile and never felt disabled. 

In 1949 he graduated from Cornell University. He joined GLF – which became Agway – in the accounting department and began pioneering their large frame computer system. He worked as the Information Technology Manager for Agway Petroleum, retiring after 45 years to enjoy spending time with his family.

On October 29, 1955, Lloyd married Mary Sue Hedman. He was most noted as a gentleman. He was also a great provider, wonderful husband and father and loving grandfather. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Hedman McMurdy and a brother, Roy Arthur McMurdy.

Lloyd is survived by his daughters, Marjorie Anne McMurdy Struckle (David) and Cheryl Lee Kane (John); grandchildren Melissa Struckle and Danielle and Jeffery Kane; a sister, Lillie McMurdy Koenig; a brother-in-law, Edward Hedman; and many nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. 

At 3 p.m. there will be a funeral service with the Rev. Betsy Jay, Chaplain at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, officiating. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2018, at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Dewitt. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Cooperstown Center for their excellent care of Lloyd during his stay there, as well as the Bassett Oncology Department. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Louis Busch Hager Cancer Center Fund, 1 Atwell Road, 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.

Millie A. Merrifield

1931 - 2018

HARTWICK - Millie A. Merrifield, a long-time resident of Hartwick, died Saturday morning, November 3, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Bridgehampton. She was 86.

Born at the family farm on Kelsey Hill in Edmeston on December 27, 1931, she was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hutira) Sterusky. She was a 1950 graduate of Edmeston Central School.

In 1958 Millie met the love of her life, Franklin D. Merrifield. They were married on September 19, 1959, in New Berlin and had a beautiful union for 58 years. They made their home first in Schuyler Lake and then for 50 years in Hartwick.

Throughout their marriage, Millie and Frank were active members of the Schuyler Lake Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Together they loved reading and studying the Bible and teaching people about the hope it holds out for everlasting life here on earth. Millie loved her life of caring for others and making a loving, warm and secure home for her children, elderly parents and husband. She adored her garden and animals, never losing her love of “life on the farm”. She and Frank together enjoyed travelling, making many trips abroad and spending many winters in the Southern California and Florida sunshine. A description of her life would be incomplete if it didn’t include her delight of a beautiful meal and passion for shopping!  

She is survived by many dear friends in the Schuyler Lake Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses; two daughters, Ginger (Tim) Lucas of Bridgehampton and Melissa (Duane) Piatt of Soldotna, Alaska; and grandchildren Zoe Lucas, Zack Piatt and Eve Piatt. She is also survived by two nieces, Connie (Henry) Gregory and Laurie (Lenny) Melillo, both of Garrattsville. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, in November 2017, and one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Ward, of Edmeston. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 7396 State Highway 28, Schuyler Lake.  

Interment will be private in Hartwick Cemetery.

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.

Lois J. Gengenbach

1933 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Lois J. Gengenbach, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, passed away Tuesday afternoon, October 30, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. She was 84.

Born November 29, 1933, in Hudson, she was a daughter of Michael and Helen (Hover) Bessman. She married William H. Gengenbach, also from the Hudson area, on September 4, 1954, at The Church of St. Mary in Hudson.

Following her husband’s graduation from Cornell University in 1955, Lois and Bill moved back to the Hudson area to be near their respective families. In 1962, the Gengenbach family moved to Cooperstown where Bill began work as an agent for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego County. From 1973 to 1982 they owned and operated a farm in Hartwick Seminary and later settled into their home on upper Main Street in the Village.

For many years, Lois was employed as a personal health aide at The Upstate Home for Children and the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.

Throughout her entire life, Lois was a faithful Roman Catholic, and for many years was a devoted communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. She will be fondly remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Lois is survived by five daughters and three sons-in-law, Karen Beebe of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Laurie Gengenbach of Julian, North Carolina, Susan and Todd Snelson of Oneonta, Barbara and Michael Hatalla of Clifton Park and Maria and Godwin Cotter of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada; three sons and one daughter-in-law, William “Billy” Gengenbach of Hawaii, Brian Gengenbach of Worcester and Mark and Lori Gengenbach of Havre de Grace, Maryland; many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother, David Bessman of Albany; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Bill, who died May 12, 1997; one son, Michael Paul Gengenbach who died June 5, 2018; a son-in-law, Wayne Beebe, who died December 6, 1999; a brother, Michael Everett Bessman who died April 7, 1998; and a sister, Pauline H. Kirsch who died May 10, 2018.

The Gengenbach family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church, 31 Elm Street, Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding. Assisting will be Fr. David Wm. Mickiewicz, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta.

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.
Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.

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.

Helen P. Roberts

1924 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Helen “Pat” Roberts, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, died April 12, 2018, at Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Endicott. She was 93.

Born May 28, 1924, in Lowville, Pat was the daughter of John and Anna (Kosdemba) Paterek. After graduating from high school, she attended nursing school and became a Registered Nurse. She moved to Cooperstown and was employed for many years at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. 

Soon after she came to Cooperstown she met Lloyd A. Roberts who was working as a room clerk and bookkeeper at The Cooper Inn and The Otesaga Hotel. On April 19, 1952, Pat and Lloyd were united in marriage at a ceremony in Roxbury. 

During her years in Cooperstown, Pat served as a caregiver to young and old alike for several area families. A faithful and devoted member of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, Pat was a member of the United Methodist Women. She especially enjoyed quilting and knitting and was a member of Prayerfully Made, a knitting group at the Clark Sports Center. Pat also volunteered her time with the Bassett Auxiliary. 

Pat is survived by one son, Donald Roberts, and a granddaughter, Chelsea.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd, who died October 22, 1992, and their son, Timothy John Roberts, who died unexpectedly July 4, 1996, in Germany at the age of 42.

A Memorial Service will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church. A coffee hour will be served in the Fellowship Room following the service. All who remember Pat are encouraged to attend this celebration of her life.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Memorial Fund of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY  13326.

The Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown is assisting Pat’s church 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.

Charlotte R. Kniskern

1923 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Charlotte R. Kniskern, a native of Cooperstown and long-time resident of Lake Street, passed away Wednesday morning, October 17, 2018, at Teresian House in Albany. She was 95.

Born September 18, 1923, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Charlotte was the only child of Charles A. and Katherine R. (Tierney) Kniskern.

After graduating from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1941, she attended Cazenovia College and graduated in 1943. A Registered Nurse, Charlotte was first employed at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and then Faxton Hospital in Utica. She moved back to her native Cooperstown and for many years served as nurse anesthetist at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital.

Charlotte is survived by several cousins. 

A graveside service will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Fly Creek where Charlotte will be laid to rest alongside her parents. Rev’d David Wm. Mickiewicz, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to Teresian House Foundation, 200 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY  12203.

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.

Roger W. Newell

1948 - 2018

MESQUITE, TEXAS – Roger William Newell, a native of Cooperstown, passed away October 5, 2018, in Mesquite, Texas following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 70.

Born July 6, 1948, in Cooperstown, he was the son of Roger Gavin Newell and Edna Louise Bliss Newell. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1966, he attended Stony Brook University on Long Island, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. 

Since 1979, he had been a resident of the Dallas, Texas area and for 39 years was employed there as an engineer. A quiet man, he was very involved with amateur (ham) radio with his brother-in-law Craig and nephew Christopher. 

Roger is survived by his mother, Louise Newell of Pompano Beach, Florida; his wife, Teresa of Mesquite, Texas; his son, Colonel Matthew Newell, USAF and his wife, Tiffany, and their children, Brody and Rowan of Missouri; two sisters, JoAnn  Dow (John Schallert) of Cooperstown and Cheryl  Phillips (Craig Phillips) of Herkimer; two step daughters, Amy and Kim; step grandchildren and great grandchildren; and other family members.

He was predeceased by his father, Roger G. Newell of Cooperstown, who died May 30, 2008.

Graveside services were held October 10, 2018, at Strong Cemetery in Henderson, Texas.

Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


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.

Phyllis Basile

1928 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Phyllis Basile, 90, passed away at Midnight on Friday, September 28, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

Born August 4, 1928, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Queens, she was one of seven children of Mauro and Marie (Croce) Maiorino. 

Raised in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, Phyllis met and fell in love with another native of Queens, Joseph F. Basile, and they were married May 29, 1949, at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Far Rockaway. They spent their honeymoon in Atlantic City and liked it so much they returned there many times during their 63 years of marriage.

In 1972 the Basiles moved to Hartwick, and she became the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Joe Basile Speciality Millwork based in Index, which he opened in 1978.

When she was younger she knitted and crocheted many items, and throughout her life she never passed up the chance for a good card game and always enjoyed reading. She will especially be remembered for her love of shopping.

Phyllis will be greatly missed by her children, Alan P. Basile and wife, Peggy, of Cooperstown, and Joann M. Zeh and husband, Bernie, of Hartwick; a daughter-in-law, Claudia D. Basile of Index; seven grandchildren, John Basile and wife, Jennifer, Katherine Basile, Joe Basile and wife, Erica, Bernie Zeh III and wife, Kate, Christopher Zeh, Dominick Zeh and Michelle Zeh and husband, Cole; and four great granddaughters, Kaylee Basile, Rebecca and Raelynn Ryon and Isabella Zeh.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joe Basile, who died December 9, 2012, a son, Michael Joseph Basile, who died January 18, 2014, and all of her siblings.

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018. At 6:30 p.m., a service will be offered in the funeral home, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor of St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church, Cooperstown, presiding.

As an alternative to flowers, those who so desire may direct memorial donations to Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2, 4877 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY  13326. 

Funeral 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.

Richard P. O’Brien, Jr.

1949 - 2018

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

MILFORD – Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69, a lifelong area resident, passed away unexpectedly Sunday night, September 23, 2018.

He was born July 28, 1949, in Cooperstown, a son of the late Richard P. (“Dixie”) O’Brien, Sr. and Helen Gorney. He was raised on the family farm on Panther Mountain in Fly Creek Valley by an aunt and uncle, Joseph and Ruth Peplinski, whom he considered parents. He attended Cooperstown schools and graduated with the Class of 1967.

On October 3, 1968, Richard enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country at the Alameda Naval Air Station in California. Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1969, Richard returned home and helped run the family farm. 

On February 19, 1977, Richard married Deborah Lourdes Tilbe in a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church in Clayville. After they were married and began raising a family, he worked as a logger and shingle mill operator, and at one point he enrolled in the criminal justice program at Herkimer County Community College and worked nights at Remington Arms in Ilion. Following Debbie’s death at the age of 38 due to cancer, Richard continued to raise their four children and worked as an oil truck driver for W.L. Taylor & Son, Inc. and Bruce Hall Corp. in Cooperstown. 

In his leisure, Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping and was currently a licensed Commercial Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. 

Richard eventually met Marcelle Joussé and the two were married in Schuyler Lake on July 13, 1991. She was the love of his life and she will miss him more than words can ever express. 

In addition to his beloved wife, Marcy, Richard is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren, who called him Pop Pop: Robert Joseph O’Brien and wife, Beth, and their children Abigail, Hannah, triplets Hunter, Noah, and Lucas and Robert Jr.; Patrick Daniel O’Brien of Hartwick; Meagen Beth O’Brien of Brooklyn; and Katie O’Brien Cannistra and husband, Steven, and daughter Isabella of New Hartford; and step daughters Marcelle Denninger of South Jersey and her daughter, Makayla Love Denninger, and Dawn Malin and husband, Matthew of Brooklyn. He is further survived by a brother, John K. Cankar; two sisters, Carol L. Boulay and Joanne K. Tarbox; three step sisters, Judy Brown, Janet (Robert) Adam and Irene Young; and many nieces and nephews. 

Richard was predeceased by his first wife, Deborah L. O’Brien who died November 7, 1989; his father, Richard P. “Dixie” O’Brien, Sr. who died September 29, 1990; and his mother, Helen M. Cankar who died April 29, 2003.

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Immediately following the visitation there will be a celebration of Richard’s life at his home at 1202 County Highway 45, Milford. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hartwick Emergency Squad, PO Box 208, 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.

Robert W. Huddleston

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – Robert Webb Huddleston, 87, passed away September 11, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He was born in East Orange, New Jersey, the son of Surada Webb and Robert E. Huddleston. As a teenager he used to spend his summers in Roseboom with his maternal grandmother, Inez E. Webb, and his aunt and uncle, Badgley and Mary Webb.

He graduated from Williams College and joined the Foreign Service serving both with the U.S. Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His thirty-year government career took him to Dar es Salaam, Nariobi, Rio de Janerio, Freetown, Bamako, Mali and Washington, D.C.

While stationed at Sandia Base as an Army intelligence officer in 1956, he came to love the Southwest. He and his wife retired to Santa Fe in 2015. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Ambassador (ret.) Vicki Huddleston, his children Michele, Stuart, Robert and Alexandra, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, as well as a cousin, John Webb of Cooperstown. 

A graveside service will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Roseboom Cemetery, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by members of the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard and local veterans. 

Local arrangements are entrusted to 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.

Harold J. Berry, Jr.

1941 - 2018

WESTVILLE – Harold John Berry, Jr., a business owner in Westville, died Wednesday afternoon, September 12, 2018, in his office at the stone yard. He was 76.

Born October 16, 1941, at Montclair Community Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, Harold was the son of Harold John and Helen (Pontus) Berry, living first in West Orange and later in Wayne, New Jersey. 

After graduating from Wayne Valley High School, Harold enlisted in the United States Army and served his country with Battery B, 7th Guided Missile Training Battalion. He later served in the Army National Guard of New Jersey until February 1965.

In the 1960s he and his brother, William, owned and operated Berry Brothers, a trucking company in Wayne, New Jersey. At that time Harold also built stock cars and raced them at Middletown. 

He married Connie Kaist in Totowa, New Jersey, on November 22, 1967.

In 1972, they moved to the Cooperstown area, and Harold opened H.J. Berry & Daughters Bulldozing, doing mostly farm work such as land clearing, ponds and diversion ditches. 

In the late 1980s, he began selling locally sourced bluestone and fieldstone, in addition to top soil, stone dust, mulch, slate and granite cobbles. He also created custom-made stone tables, benches, trees, bird baths and other stone items, doing business as H.J. Berry & Daughters Stone Company, later H.J. Berry Stone Company LLC. 

Harold will be greatly missed, especially in Westville where he could always be counted on to help his neighbors. Never needing to be asked, Harold just showed up when he saw a need. 

Harold is survived by his wife, Connie K. Berry of Westville; daughters Dawn Bruns (Chris Bruns) of Haleiwa, Hawaii, and Tammy Henn (Jeffery Carter) of Niagara Falls, and granddaughters, Kaitlyn Fern and Isabella Sage. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, William.

Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to plant a little “stone garden”, as a way to honor Harold and beautify the world.

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.

Karl Dykstra

1961 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Karl Dykstra, a local contractor who built many fine homes in the Cooperstown area, passed away Monday afternoon, September 10, 2018, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 57. 

Born July 28, 1961, in Suffern, he was one of six children of Fred and Fernande “Nonnie” (Deligny) Dykstra. 

Karl was a strong and loving husband and father. He made family gatherings memorable with his wonderful sense of humor and antics. Karl’s hobbies included fishing, camping and golf. He enjoyed skiing with his children in winter and evenings on his boat with family in the summer. 

In March 1977, his father and mother moved the family from Campbell Hall to Otsego Hills Farm in Pierstown. Karl worked on the farm with his siblings until graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1979. From there he went to work for Bundy Concrete. In 1984, Karl and his brother Fred started Dykstra Construction with their father and mother, and through the years were responsible for many of the beautiful homes in the Cooperstown area. Karl’s creativity and care is woven into every home he built. 

On November 19, 1988, Karl married Catherine “Kitty” Coleman in a ceremony at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. They enjoyed 30 years of marriage and were blessed with four children: Karl Dykstra, Jr. and his fiancée, Becky, William Dykstra and his fiancée, Hilari, Julie Dykstra and Elizabeth Dykstra. He is also survived by his mother, Nonnie Dykstra; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Dolores Dykstra, Jr., and Eric and Maureen Dykstra; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Joanne and Bruce Osterhoudt, Jeanine and Jason Harter and Jerilynn and Bruce Bachanas; many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; his mother and father-in-law, Cathy and Bill Coleman; and his wife’s siblings, Susie Coleman and Donna and Bobby Clifford.

He was predeceased by his father, Fred Dykstra, who died December 4, 2014. 

Friends may call and pay their respects from 4-6 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. At 6 p.m. that same evening there will be a service at the funeral home with Deacon Randy Velez officiating. 

Burial will be private in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. 

His family would like to thank all of the wonderful and caring people from Cooperstown EMS and Bassett ICU who cared for them during this time. 
In lieu of flowers please send donations to 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.


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.

Sandra Jane Bliss


1947 - 2018

Courage is more exhilarating than fear.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

COOPERSTOWN – Sandra Jane Bliss, 70, died peacefully Monday evening, August 27, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home on County Highway 33 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Sandy was born in Cooperstown on November 12, 1947, the daughter of Claud and Anna Bliss. She graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1965 and SUNY Oneonta in 1969, received her Masters in Education from SUNY Cortland in 1974, and began her 40 year teaching career at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School in 1969. 

Sandy was a life-long learner. Naturally inquisitive, she furthered her education, perfecting her craft and feeding her passions – math, science, travel and the fine arts. Committed to equality, she worked tirelessly to ensure that educators were treated fairly. She was a dedicated member and officer of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), serving in leadership roles for her entire career and on the NYSUT Board of Directors for 24 years. Due to her strong leadership skills, she was included in a small group of educators who travelled overseas to Poland as part of NYSUT’s Solidarity Project.

Sandy was the first Director of the Mohawk Regional Teacher Center and, following her retirement in 2009, continued her advocacy by serving on the Retired Teachers Council, the Otsego County Senior Citizen Advisory Board, and at the Cooperstown Food Pantry.

Sandy took great pride in her family’s endeavors and accomplishments. The oldest of eight children, she is survived by her siblings: Constance Bliss, Patricia Bliss, Amy Bliss, David (Kim) Bliss, and Laura (William) Bliss Lamb, all of Cooperstown, Timothy (Janet) Bliss of Fredericksburg, VA, and Joanne (Richard) Reynolds) of Rising Fawn, GA. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Timothy (Heather) Bliss, Brendan Bliss and Kylee Bliss, and Tad (Becky Hutton) Bliss of Fredericksburg, VA, Rachel (Kyle) Grup and Kasey Grup of Cooperstown, Eric Bliss of Brooklyn and Ethan Bliss and fiancée Samantha Whitehouse of Saratoga Springs. She is further survived by her uncle, Carl Bliss of Encinitas, CA and aunt, Josie Bliss of Cooperstown, as well as numerous cousins.

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 12 Noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018, when the family will be in attendance. A service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, Sandy’s family requests donations to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 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.

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.


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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 fiancée Natasha of Cooperstown and Natasha’s son Max; and Whitney and her fiancé 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. 


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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 celebration of Betty's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Community Bible Chapel, 577 Greenough Road, Cooperstown.

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. 


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.