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.


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.

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.


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.