Ernest W. Chase

1919 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interment will follow in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

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

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


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Janet O. White

1940 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Gunleif Jacobsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Joseph C. Roraback

1936 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Kathleen M. McClaine

1949 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Alice L. Talbot

1923 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Peter James Farmer

1956 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Derward Jay "D. Jay" Gifford

1926 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Charles A. Dimick

1934 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As an alternative to flowers, the Dimick Family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to the Cooperstown Fire Department, PO Box 1, Cooperstown, NY  13326 or the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO Box 322, Cooperstown, NY  13326.

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


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William G. Ronk

1947 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and especially cooking. 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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William E. Aufmuth

1961 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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David M. Wilfeard

1954 - 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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