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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Josephine R. Martucci

1930 - 2018

MIDDLEFIELD – Josephine Rosalie Martucci of Middlefield passed away Sunday March 11, 2018, with her children by her side. 

She was born November 10, 1930, on Staten Island, daughter of Fredinando and Antoinette (Rendittis) Ciaburri.

Josephine married the love of her life, Anthony Martucci, in 1951. They shared 61 wonderful years of marriage.

A graduate of New Dorp High School on Staten Island, Josephine was employed by Chin and Lee Chow Mein Company in Manhattan until beginning a family. As her children grew up, she worked various jobs until retiring as a school bus matron on the bus her husband drove. In 1993, they moved to Middlefield. 

Josephine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother-her family was her number one priority. She was a collector of dolls and clowns and enjoyed word search puzzles, shopping, reading and watching TV. Everyone who knew her enjoyed her feisty disposition and sense of humor. 

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony in 2012; her sons, Anthony in 2005, and Joseph in 2009, and her brother Dominick. 

Josephine is survived by her children, Barbara Martucci of Manhattan, James Martucci of North Carolina, Richard Martucci of Middlefield and Frederick Martucci of Rockland County; two brothers, Salvatore of New Jersey and Anthony of Kentucky; two daughters-in-law, Ann of New Jersey and Drema of Illinois; 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

Josephine’s family would like to thank Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care and Doreen from Home Care Partners for the loving care given to Josephine. 

A memorial for Josephine will be held by the family in the summer. 

Memorial donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

If you would like to send a condolence message to Josephine’s family, you may do so at www.cooperstownfuneralhome.com or www.thedailystar.com. 

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


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Stephen Hammond, Jr.

COOPERSTOWN – Stephen Hammond, Jr., 83, of Cooperstown, died February 28th at Bassett Hospital after a long bout with cancer.

Known to all as Buddy, he was a familiar figure at local hotspots such as the Cooperstown Diner, and was known for his outgoing personality and wonderful story-telling. During his working years he was a teacher and school principal, and also ran two craft and jewelry stores on Main Street in Cooperstown with his wife Jean, The Hammond Gallery and Silver Shop and Silver Rings and Country Things. He was also a published writer, an artist and musician, a golfer, an antique collector and a Yankees fan. He loved life and lived it to the full.

Buddy is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Jean, a jeweler and craftsperson who was a vendor at the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market for many years. He had four children, Stephen, Matt, Topher and Carol, along with three grandchildren, Stephen, Jimmy and Thea, and two great grandchildren, Malia and Talia. Buddy also had numerous other relatives and a pet Newfoundland name Howard. All will miss him dearly.


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Mary Sue McMurdy

1934 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Sue McMurdy, 83, of East Syracuse, passed away suddenly February 28, 2018, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego.

She was born August 12, 1934, in North Harpersfield, the daughter of Harry and Marjorie Hedman.

Following graduation at Jefferson Central School, Mary Sue attended nursing school at Kingston City Hospital and graduated in 1955. She served as a Registered Nurse in Ithaca.

She was active in Home Bureau activities and the Brooktondale Fire Department. Mary Sue enjoyed painting and crafts and excelled in sewing and crocheting. When moving to Fremont Hills, East Syracuse she used these talents as a long time Girl Scout Leader.

Mary Sue is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lloyd, a resident of Focus; two daughters, Marjorie A.M. Struckle and husband David of Jordanville and Cheryl Kane and husband John of East Syracuse; three grandchildren, Melissa Struckle of Cobleskill, Danielle Kane of Buffalo, and Jeffrey Kane of Providence, Rhode Island; a brother, Edward Hedman and wife, Linda of Averill Hill; a sister-in-law, Lillie Koenig of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Hedman of Stewart, Florida.

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

At 6 p.m. there will be a brief funeral service with the Rev. Thomas LeBeau, pastor of Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating. Following the service the family will receive visitors at Focus Otsego.

Burial will be at a later date in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Dewitt.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Focus for excellent care of Mary Sue during her stay there. Also, special thanks to the Brookdale East Assisted Living in Fayetteville where she loved spending the past year.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM Care) at Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus, 4900 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215.

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.

Virginia Foote

1932 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN - Virginia Foote, 85, of Cooperstown, passed away February 20, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

She was born April 16, 1932, in Mahopac, the youngest of the seven children of John and Alvina (Blumer) Deinhardt. 

Virginia was a 1950 graduate of Mahopac High School. A dedicated homemaker while her children were young, Virginia then worked in retail prior to joining the Reader’s Digest magazine until her retirement.

In 1989, Virginia moved to Cooperstown to be near her daughter and worked at The Brookwood School as well as Moon Dreams Gift Emporium. She was an avid reader, cat lover, flower gardener, and especially enjoyed spending time with family. 

Virginia is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kim and David Bliss of Cooperstown; daughter-in-law Carol Votta; and five grandchildren, Jennifer Rudemyer, Steven (Jackie) Rudemyer, Rachel (Kyle) Bliss Grup, Eric Bliss and Ethan Bliss, as well as great granddaughters Olivia Renaud and Kasey Grup, several nieces and nephews and her extended “Bliss Family”. 

Virginia was predeceased by her first husband, Andrew Rudemyer, her second husband, Robert Foote, her son, John Rudemyer, and all of her siblings.

At her request there will be no services.

As a way to remember Virginia, her family respectfully requests that memorial gifts be directed to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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


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Evelyn J. Gray

1939 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Evelyn J. Gray, 78, of Cooperstown, passed away late Monday night, February 12, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

A native of Cooperstown, she was born March 15, 1939, one of 13 children of Orlando and Nellie M. (Page) Bridger.

Evelyn lived her entire life in the Cooperstown area, and for 30 years was employed by Eric Hill as a clerk for the Farm and Home Bargain Center located in The Stables on Main Street. She also worked for a time at Ron Brown’s factory store in the Doubleday Field parking area.

Not one to join clubs and organizations, Evelyn instead took great pleasure in spending time with her family, and especially enjoyed playing cards with them.

Evelyn is survived by four children, Barry D. Gray and his wife, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray of Cooperstown, Brenda Lee Gray of Walton, Pamela Madrid of San Antonio, Texas and Bonnie Garcia of Lancaster, California; six sisters, Hilda Pomeroy of Fulton, Elizabeth O’Brien and Mildred Jennings of Cooperstown, Cora Petrucco of Cortland, and Wanda Laymon and Lois Smith of Toddsville; and many many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Gordon “Gordie” Lee Gray who died June 12, 2017; her two sisters, Gladys Welch and Wilma Higgins Dyer; and her four brothers, Chester, Herman, Frederick and David Bridger.

At her request there will be no services.

For those who wish to remember Evelyn with a memorial donation, please consider the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO Box 322, Cooperstown, NY  13326, and 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.

Barrie McKennan Boyle

1936 - 2018

ONEONTA - Let us all remember the life of Barrie McKennan Boyle, who passed away at home on the morning of Feb. 12, 2018, following a prolonged illness.

Barrie was the fourth child and second son of William Pickard Boyle and Jesse Jane McKennan. He was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Mt. Kisco and was raised in nearby Briarcliff Manor.

Barrie graduated from Ossining High School in 1954 and then relocated to Hinman Hollow in Otsego County. While there, he met his first wife, Harolyn Alyce Hilton of Pulaski. They were married in January 1959 and settled in Cooperstown where Barrie found work at Bassett Hospital, his employer until his retirement in 1998.

Barrie and Harolyn had two children, John Mirrell, born August 1963 and Ellen McKennan, born April 1965.

Amicably divorced from Harolyn in 1971, Barrie was married to Florence Kyser of Oneonta from 1980 until her passing in 2016. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Barbara and Virginia; and his daughter, Ellen.

Barrie leaves behind his brother, William of Medina, Ohio; his son, John of Alameda, California; stepsons, Randall Kyser of Tallahassee, Florida and Ronald Kyser of St. Paul, Minnesota; and stepdaughter, Kathleen Daniels of Lost Creek, West Virginia; as well as a dozen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The Office of the Burial of the Dead with Holy Eucharist will be offered at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, in St. Agnes Chapel at Christ Church, Cooperstown, with Father Dane E. Boston officiating.

Interment beside his daughter and wife will be in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.

Friends and family may call to pay their respects from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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


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

Barbara Louise Couture

1946 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN - Barbara Louise Couture, a former resident of Kew Gardens Queens, Walton, and most recently Cooperstown, passed away Wednesday night, February 7, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 71.

Born June 14, 1946, in Fall River Massachusetts, she was a daughter of Arthur and Rita (Ferland) Couture.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University, Barbara went on to become an accomplished nurse. Her career spanned nearly 40 years having worked at Bassett Hospital, Fox Hospital, Albany Medical Center and later as a hospital nursing administrator for Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens where she served for 18 years. In 2007, she moved to Walton where she worked at Delaware Valley Hospital until she retired in 2013. 

A talented artist, for the last 20 years Barbara lived her passion, devoting herself to painting. She had formal studies in oils with renowned artist, former creative director of Tomson Leeds, teacher and lecturer, Rick Buchanan in New York City. She was a member of the Art Students League and studied drawing with Anthony Palumbo, oil painting with Frank Mason, and watercolor with Irwin Greenberg. Her work has shown at the Art Students League galleries, The Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Sego Café in Oneonta, and the Bright Hill Center in Treadwell. Her works are included in numerous private collections. She also taught privately for 12 years in New York City and Oneonta.

Barbara is survived by her four children, Michael A. Perrino and wife, Colleen, of Cooperstown, Christopher S. Perrino of Brooklyn, Matthew C. Perrino of Selden and Laurel E. Perrino of Manhattan; five grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, Danielle, Meaghan and Matthew; and her three siblings, sister Leslie Levy of Palm City, Florida, and brothers Brian and Bruce Couture of Charlotte, North Carolina.

She was predeceased by one sister, Lindell Couture.

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Michael J. Grant Funeral Home, 3640 Route 112, Coram. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram, where she will be laid to rest with her mother.

Memorial donations may be made to CCS Friends of Music and Art (FOMA), c/o Cooperstown Elementary/High School, 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

Local 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.

Joann M. O'Brien

COOPERSTOWN - Joann M. O'Brien, 59, of Cooperstown, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer Sunday morning, February 4, 2018, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

She was born in Port Chester, one of three daughters of Joseph Alan and Dolores (Miller) Theriault. A graduate of Mamaroneck High School, she later served as a bus driver in New Rochelle.

After moving to Cooperstown, Joann worked for a time with Head Start, and later did house cleaning and babysitting. Prior to her illness, she was employed as a sales assistant for Mirabitos. 

A communicant of St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown she was also a faithful member of the Cooperstown Fire Department.

Her perseverance and positive attitude through ten long years with cancer was inspirational. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. 

Joann is survived by her long-time faithful companion, Jerry "Jiggs" Monroe of Cooperstown; one son, Joseph O'Brien and his partner, Gabrielle Santoro of East Springfield; two daughters, Michelle Reckeweg of Springfield Center; and Janet O'Brien of Laurens; six grandchildren, Brianna, Emily, Brendan, and Kristin ("Buttercup") Reckeweg, and Alexis and Isabella ("Peanut") Furlan; two sisters, Allison Cacciola and husband, Carl of New Rochelle and Patricia Theriault of Shirley; her father's companion Dottie Payne of City Island; and many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Dolores Theriault, who died June 26, 1999, and her father, Joe Theriault, who died August 27, 2017.  

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding.

Burial will be later this Spring in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Joann's family would be greatly appreciated, and may be mailed to 279 Main 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.

Mildred W. Lehman

1921 - 2018

ONEONTA - Mildred W. "Mimi" Lehman, formerly of Cooperstown, passed away Friday evening, February 2, 2018, in her residence at St. James' Manor in Oneonta. She was 96. 

When we discussed our mother's obituary with her, she responded, "just say she died". We feel the need to elaborate on that a little.

A native of Delaware County, she was born November 2, 1921, in Trout Creek, one of six children of Clair L. and Mildred (Drake) Whitaker.  

After graduating from Delaware Academy in Delhi in 1939, Mimi attended the State Teachers College in Oneonta, and graduated from there with a bachelor's degree in education in 1943. 

Her first teaching position was in Baldwin on Long Island, where she taught for two years. In 1945 she moved to Cooperstown and began teaching 3rd grade at Cooperstown Elementary School. She later taught 2nd grade, and retired from teaching in 1976. 

Soon after she moved to Cooperstown, Mimi met Carroll Barnes Lehman, who had just started teaching science in the school system.  On April 12, 1947, they were married in a ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi, and then settled into their home on Walnut Street where they raised their three children. 

Mimi was a member and former Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, and after moving to Oneonta attended the First United Presbyterian Church (The "Red Door" Church). She was also a member and Past Regent of the Otsego Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), the Cooperstown Women's Club, and volunteered for over 20 years at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. In her leisure she enjoyed bowling and was on several area leagues. 

Mimi is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Werther of Latham and Barbara Rothermel and husband, Otto, of Oneonta; one son, Thomas Lehman and wife, Carolyn of Westminster, MA; eight grandchildren, Kimberly and Jay Werther, Jonathan, Brian and Kara Rothermel, and Thomas, Jennifer and Danielle Lehman;  eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Carroll, who died August 3, 1999, as well as all of her siblings, Dr. John Ogden Whitaker, DDS, LaVerne Whitaker, Annie Laurie Robinson-Ludington, Helen Whitaker Greene and Wanita W. Lewis.

A Memorial Service will be offered at 12 Noon Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the First United Presbyterian Church (The "Red Door" Church), 2 Walling Avenue, Oneonta, with the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Walton Leavitt, pastor officiating.

Mimi will be laid to rest later this Spring in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Carroll B. Lehman Memorial Science Award, c/o Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Avenue, 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.

Martha M. Fish

1918 - 2018

ONEONTA - Martha M. Fish, 99, passed away Monday morning, January 29, 2018, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

She was born in Otego on September 12, 1918, to Frank and Leita (Danforth) Shalor. 

Martha was a resident of West Oneonta for 85 years, moving to The Plains in 2011.

A graduate of Laurens High School, Class of 1936, she attended Delhi Agricultural and Technical College. She worked for New York State at the former Homer Folks Hospital in Oneonta, and retired in 1973 after 23 years of service. She later volunteered at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital for several years in any area where she was needed. 

On October 20, 1944, she married Carlton McLaury. He predeceased her on May 4, 1974. She later married Stanley Raymond Fish on July 20, 1991. Martha and Stan first met when she was attending college in Delhi, during which time he was dating Martha's room-mate. Stan died November 14, 2010.

The family homestead in West Oneonta was a two family home, and in the 1970s they rented the downstairs to Richard and Kathy Parsons. They quickly became very good friends and when Richard and Kathy's two sons, Stephen and Andrew were born Martha became a surrogate Grandmother to them. 

Martha is survived by three nieces, Helen (Ron) Kinch of Schenevus, Betty (John) Smallin of Oneonta and Marilyn (Larry) Millen of Bunnell, Florida; one nephew, Donald (Ruth) Shalor of Worcester; a step daughter Joanne (John) Luning of Lakeville, Connecticut; and several great nieces, great nephews and cousins. She is also survived by surrogate grandsons, Stephen and Andrew Parsons, and dear friends Richard and Kathy Parsons of Laurens, to whom a special thank you is extended for all that they have done for Martha over the years. 

She was predeceased by her parents, both husbands and a brother, Nathan Shalor. 

Per her request, there will be no calling hours or service. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family later this Spring. 

As an alternative to flowers and with respect for Martha's love for animals, memorial donations may be made to Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

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


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.

Katherine E. Rose

1923 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN - Katherine E. Rose, "sunshine mixed with a little hurricane" and Matriarch of the family, passed away Friday morning, January 19, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 94.

Born April 16, 1923, in Cooperstown, she was a daughter of George P. and Edith E. (Olmstead) Allen. She attended Cooperstown schools.

Upon marrying Edward E. Rose, the two settled in Cooperstown and raised their family. 

Kay is survived by three children, Kathleen Freeman and her husband Steve, Bruce E. Rose ("Bubby") and Cricket Kenney and her husband Joe (the #1 son-in-law); eight grandchildren, Audrey Marshall, Sebree Rizzo and her husband, Jim, Cody, Ashley, Jesse and Boone Rose, Michael Kenney, and Katie Murphy and her husband, Brian; eight great grandchildren, Isabel Brown and Deakin Rose, Claire and Erik Owens, Shamus and Molly Murphy, and Cora and Doran Rizzo; two sisters-in-law, Louise Allen of Cooperstown and Mary Luce of Troy; many nieces and nephews; and "Buddy-Cat".

She was predeceased by her husband, Ed Rose, who died February 22, 2008; a son, Michael A. Spore who died in 1974; a brother, Ellis H. Allen who died in 1989; and a sister, Ruth M. Gray who died January 28, 2013.

The family would like to thank the many kind staff members of Focus Rehab for providing compassion, friendship, and laughter throughout the years: you will never be forgotten.

There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held later this Spring in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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.

Alexander Johannesen

1987 - 2018

FLY CREEK – Alexander Johannesen, 30, formerly of Fly Creek, died unexpectedly in Dutch Harbor, Alaska., on Thursday, Jan. 18. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

Alex was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 30, 1987, the son of Jennie Johannesen, of Fly Creek, and Roy Johannesen, of Colfax, Calif. He was also the grandson of Dr. Robert William Mackie, of Fly Creek, who passed away in 2008.

Alex grew up living with his mother, grandfather and beloved older sister, Kate, and spending many summers in California with his father. No matter where he was, Alex was most at home outdoors and particularly loved fishing.

Alex graduated from Cooperstown High School in 2005. He spent countless hours on the basketball court at the Clark Sports Center and was an accomplished swimmer and wrestler. He also shared his talents as a natural performer in school musicals and the senior play. During summers in his teenage years, Alex could be found stocking shelves at the Fly Creek General Store and, later, crafting pizza at Tino’s.

Alex studied wildlife and fisheries biology at The University of Vermont in Burlington, graduating with a B.Sc. in 2010. After finishing his degree, Alex biked from Vermont to Washington with three friends, camping, working side jobs and generally hustling their way across the country. He had started writing a book about the experience called “The Squalor Boys.”

In 2011, Alex started working as a biological observer on fishing vessels in the Bering Sea based out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Observers are responsible for collecting data on the catch of commercial fishing operations and documenting safety or harassment violations, as well as any mishandling of marine mammals or protected species. It is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Alex excelled in the challenging conditions, helped train new hires, and he was recognized as one of the most competent observers in the industry. He worked for Alaskan Observers, Inc. at first and most recently, as a lead field biologist for Saltwater Inc.

The cause of Alex’s death is still under investigation by the City of Unalaska Department of Public Safety at this time.

Alex’s infectious sense of humor, quick wit, engaging storytelling ability, cooking, honesty and compassion made him a favorite of crews and fellow observers alike. The fishing community will gather to hold a memorial service for him in Seattle later this spring.

In between assignments at sea, Alex lived with his sister Kate in Denver, Colo., and enjoyed visiting friends in Vermont. He especially loved spending time at his friend Seth’s farm. Alex was also considering going back to school and becoming a high school history or English teacher. He was a voracious reader and always eager to discuss the mysteries and deeper meanings of both the human and natural world.

Alex’s immense appetite for life will be sorely missed by his friends and family. He will be remembered as an adventurer, philosopher, fierce environmental steward, confidant, protector, sportsman, all around Renaissance Man, and never one to miss a party.

In addition to his mother Jennie, father Roy, stepmother Carla, and his sister Kate and her fiancé, Eric Brenner, Alex is survived by his uncle Angus Mackie and his wife, Donna, of Cooperstown, and their children Morgan Segit and Kyle Mackie; his uncle Bill Mackie and his wife, Julie, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and their daughter Leska Haskell; his uncle Tom Mackie and his wife, Meg, of Sudbury, Mass., and their children Callie and Sam; his uncle Steven (Bo) Mackie and his wife, Martha, of Springfield, Va., and their children Sarah Schilling, Erin Van Buren and Joseph Mackie. He is also survived by family members in Homosassa, Fla., including his grandmother Svanhild Johannesen; his uncle John Johannesen and his wife, Cindy; his aunt Linda Bernardo and her husband, Tommy; and his aunt Grace Peters and her children Eric and Matthew.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Alex’s memory to Trout Unlimited at www.tu.org.

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

Ellen M. Armstrong

1928 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN - Ellen M. Armstrong, 89, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, died in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

A native of Little Falls, she was born there October 15, 1928, a daughter of Charles F. and Marie (Feeney) Kelly. 

After graduating with honors from St. Mary's Academy in Little Falls, Ellen came to Cooperstown in 1946 to work as a lab intern at Bassett Hospital. She married William Thomas Armstrong on July 31, 1948 in Little Falls. They made their home in Cooperstown, and for over 60 years they and their family resided on Susquehanna Avenue. 

Ellen saw motherhood as her calling and her joy, and she devoted herself full time to raising her large family. After her youngest child entered school, she worked part-time for several years as a teacher's aide at Cooperstown Elementary School. Soon afterward, she became the Guidance Office secretary at Cooperstown Central School where she worked for 14 years. In the Guidance Office, her helpful kindness touched many lives. Ellen loved working with students, and they loved her back, twice dedicating the high school year book to her. 

Ellen was a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. She was a former member of the National Council of Catholic Women, a Sunday school teacher, and a long-time Eucharistic Minister. She was a woman of great faith. 

Ellen loved music and was an accomplished tap dancer. She was proud of participating, at the age of 60, as a tap dancing chorus member in the 1988 CCS production of the musical "Anything Goes". She loved travel and particularly relished her many years of annual trips to Cape Cod with her mother and sister, children and grandchildren. Above all, she loved others. She was gifted with the ability to connect to people, and to raise their hopes and spirits. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and community member. She will be greatly missed. 

Ellen is survived by her children, Mark Armstrong and his wife, Mary, of Harrisville, New Hampshire, Maureen A. Parsons of Endicott, Andrew T. Armstrong of Cooperstown, Abigail M. Armstrong and her husband, Peter J. Farmer, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Erin E. Cullings and her husband, Ned, of Castleton, and Mary Ann Armstrong and her partner, Angelika von Wahl, of Easton, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren, John Parsons (Alysen), Megan Mercy (Brian), James Parsons (Jill), Emily Rader (Scott), Bridget and Natalie Cullings, and Brian and Kevin Farmer; and six great grandchildren, Ella , Joe, Ronan, Caitlin and twins Cooper and Carter Parsons.

She is further survived by her brother, Charles F. Kelly II and his wife, Ann of Norwalk, Connecticut; one brother-in-law, Tom Armstrong and his wife, Lillian, of Springfield Center; three sisters-in-law, Virginia Armstrong and Jeanette Armstrong of Springfield Center and Sheila Armstrong of Rome; and many nieces and nephews. 

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bill, who died June 18, 2014, and a son, Peter G. Armstrong who died January 10, 1966. 

A time of visitation for family and friends will be from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Gregory Weider, officiating. 

Interment will be later this Spring in St. Mary's Cemetery, Index.

Memorial donations in Ellen's name should be made to 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.

Paul J. Lambert

1930 - 2017

COOPERSTOWN - Paul J. Lambert, former Cooperstown Central School principal and superintendant of schools and later Director of the Clark Foundation Scholarship Program, as well as a coach and well-respected member of the community, passed away late Wednesday night, December 27, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. A loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather, he was 87.

Born March 24, 1930, in Sayre, Pennsylvania, he was one of nine children of Harry F. and Mary A. (Murphy) Lambert. A graduate of Athens High School, he attended Hartwick College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in history. In August 1955, he was inducted into the United States Army, and proudly served his country until receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1957. 

That same year, Paul came to Cooperstown as a social studies teacher, and for seven years was the volunteer director of the Cooperstown Youth Center, which was located above the old fire hall in the village. 

On July 9, 1960, Paul married Barbara R. Syron in a ceremony at St. Mary's Church in Oneonta, and they made their home and raised their family on Eagle Street in Cooperstown. 

In 1964 he was named Principal of the Cooperstown Elementary School. In 1976 he was named Superintendent of Schools, a position in which he served until his retirement in 1987. During his tenure with the school Paul became a well-respected administrator, who was appreciated by faculty members and countless students. He also coached football and basketball, and will be especially remembered for his Championship Varsity Basketball Teams from 1960-1964. 

Already a member of the Athens High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame, Paul was a member of the first class of inductees into the Cooperstown Central School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. This was in recognition of all of his accomplishments as an outstanding administrator and coach who brought pride and distinction to the Cooperstown School District and the community. He was further honored in 2010 as the recipient of the Clark Sports Center's annual Patrick C. Fetterman Award for his dedication to serving local youth, especially in the area of athletics. At the time it was noted that, "His accomplishments combined with his character make him a great role model."

Paul often said his coaching philosophy was "Play fair, play hard, play within the rules, win graciously and lose graciously", and that discipline and sportsmanship were as important as winning and losing. He always impressed upon his players that they were the same person on the court or the football field as they were off it, and required that his basketball players always wear shirt and tie to away games and act like gentlemen.

Upon retiring from the school system in 1987, he became Director of the Clark Foundation Scholarship Program, and served in that capacity until retiring from there in 2004. It was in his retirement that the track and football field at Cooperstown was named Lambert Field in his honor. 

Throughout his life Paul was a faithful and devoted Roman Catholic, and was a communicant of St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. 

An avid golfer, he enjoyed many rounds with friends at the Leatherstocking Golf Course, as well as the camaraderie of many friends at the Cooperstown Veterans Club and The Mohican Club. 

He will be fondly remembered for being very supportive of his children's, and later his grandchildren's activities as they were growing up. He served at one time as president of Cooperstown Little League and coached and umpired during the time his three sons were growing up. A familiar presence on the sidelines and in the stands at many football, basketball, baseball and soccer games, he will be sorely missed by his family and the community at large. He truly had a well-lived life.

Paul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara of Cooperstown; their three sons, James P. Lambert and wife, April of Albany, Michael J. Lambert and wife, Patty of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and The Honorable John F. Lambert and wife, Katie of Cooperstown; five grandchildren, Derek, Kurt, Jack, Anna and Charlie; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by two brothers-in-law, Joseph Syron of Schenectady and Michael Syron of Oneonta and a sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Antonucci (Frank) of Milford. 

He was predeceased by all of his siblings, Harold Lambert, Nora O'Brien, James Lambert, John Lambert, Kathryn Krouse, Barbara Fraley, Charles Lambert and Laura Sharkey. 

The community is invited to pay their respects to the Lambert Family from 3-6 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Gregory Weider, retired Priest, presiding.

Burial will be at a later date in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown

As an alternative to flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Paul J. Lambert Memorial Scholarship, c/o Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Avenue, 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.