Margery Norris Armstrong, R.N.

1933 - 2019

MILFORD  –  Margery  Norris  Armstrong,  R.N.,  who  served  for  many  years  as  head  nurse  of  the  ICU  at  the  Mary  Imogene  Bassett  Hospital  in  Cooperstown,  passed  away  peacefully  Monday  morning,  August  12,  2019,  at  her  beloved  home  on  Arnold  Lake.  She  was  85.

Margery  was  born  on  November  25,  1933,  in  Carbondale,  PA,  to  William  Melville  Norris  and  Amy  née  Quinlan  Norris  of  Wales,  U.K.,  but  spent  most  of  her  youth  growing  up  in  Oneonta.  

Marge  and  her  siblings  were  an  adventurous  group  easily  recognized  around  town  by  their  fiery  red  hair.  She  displayed  an  interest  in  science  and  math  at  an  early  age  and  was  the  first  girl  in  her  high  school  to  take  chemistry  and  physics.  She  began  volunteering  at  Fox  Hospital  at  age  14  and  started  working  as  an  intern  at  Bassett  Hospital  in  1952  while  a  nursing  student  at  Hartwick  College.  After  receiving  her  bachelor’s  degree,  Marge  joined  the  Bassett  staff  full  time  in  1955  and  became  head  nurse  of  Center  Two  working  with  the  medical  team  that  pioneered  the  use  of  bone  marrow  transplants  to  treat  leukemia.  

Marge  left  Bassett  in  1963  to  work  nights  at  the  Thanksgiving  Nursing  Home  so  that  she  could  be  home  during  the  day  to  take  care  of  her  newborn  twins.  She  returned  to  Bassett  in  1968  and  became  head  nurse  of  the  Intensive  Care  Unit  (ICU)  shortly  after  it  opened  in  the  new  hospital  building.  Marge  later  transferred  to  the  ASU  and  officially  retired  in  1994  but  continued  to  work  almost  full  time  at  the  hospital  on  a  per  diem  basis  until  2001.  

While  at  Bassett,  Marge  was  known  for  being  a  fierce  advocate  for  her  patients  and  for  the  nurses  who  worked  in  her  unit.  She  was  a  valuable  resource  even  long  after  she  had  retired  because  of  her  amazingly  detailed  memory  of  her  patients  and  the  care  they  had  received.  When  not  at  the  hospital,  Marge  could  frequently  be  found  visiting  others,  whether  it  was  to  help  them  manage  difficult  health  problems,  encouraging  them  when  they  were  recovering,  or  simply  to  stop  by  to  see  how  they  were  doing.  She  had  a  remarkable  ability  to  connect  with  people  and  to  make  everyone  she  met  know  that  they  were  valued.  

Marge  married  Robert  K.  Armstrong  on  December  8,  1962,  in  Oneonta.  After  living  in  Cooperstown  for  two  years,  the  family  became  the  first  to  stay  year-round  at  Arnold  Lake,  where  they  have  lived  ever  since.  She  truly  loved  their  home,  and  her  fervent  wish  to  live  there  until  she  died  was  fully  realized.    

Marge  will  be  greatly  missed  and  will  be  remembered  for  being  a  very  generous  person,  who  much  enjoyed  the  company  of  her  many  friends  and  neighbors.    She  is  survived  by  her  twin  children,  Norris  A.  Armstrong  and  wife  Shu-Mei  Chang,  and  Kathleen  A.  Armstrong;  two  grandchildren,  Cassie  F.L.  Armstrong  and  Alex  Y.C.  Armstrong;  a  sister,  Kathleen  Knafelz;  a  brother,  David  Norris  and  wife,  Carol;  a  sister-in-law,  Jana  Norris;  and  several  nieces  and  nephews.  

She  was  preceded  in  death  by  her  husband,  Robert  K.  Armstrong,  who  died  April  22,  1987,  and  a  brother,  Edward  A.  “Ted”  Norris,  who  died  July  13,  2014.  

With  respect  for  Marge’s  wishes,  there  will  be  no  formal  visitation  or  services  at  this  time.  There  will  be  a  celebration  of  her  life  in  the  summer  of  2020  at  Arnold  Lake.  For  now,  please  remember  the  times  you  spent  with  her,  smile,  and  know  that  she  is  at  peace.  For  those  who  have  stories  of  the  many  adventures  Marge  had  in  her  life  or  how  her  life  touched  others,  the  family  would  love  for  you  to  share  them.  This  may  be  done  by  mailing  written  stories  to  Connell,  Dow  &  Deysenroth  Funeral  Home,  82  Chestnut  Street,  Cooperstown,  NY    13326,  or  by  emailing  them  to  peterdeysenroth@hotmail.com.  

To  memorialize  her  life,  Marge’s  family  respectfully  requests  that  any  donations  be  made  to  the  Cooperstown  Food  Pantry,  25  Church  Street,  Cooperstown,  NY    13326,  or  the  Hartwick  Food  Pantry,  3080  County  Highway  11,  Hartwick,  NY    13348,  or  the  Hartwick  Emergency  Squad,  PO  Box  208,  Hartwick,  NY    13348,  or  the  Milford  Emergency  Squad,  PO  Box  359,  Milford,  NY    13807.  

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


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Mildred “Millie” L. Jennings

1931 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Mildred “Millie” L. Jennings, a long-time Cooperstown resident and retired chief switchboard operator at Bassett Hospital, died Wednesday evening, July 17, 2019, with her loving family beside her at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta. She was 88.

Mildred Lucy Bridger was born January 29, 1931, at home in Middlefield, one of 13 children of Orlando and Nellie Mary (Page) Bridger.

Raised in Middlefield, she attended school there. 

On August 27, 1950, she married Gerald F. Jennings in a ceremony at the parsonage of the Westville Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Miller officiating. For the next 60 years, Millie and Jerry made their home and raised their family on Elm Street in the Village of Cooperstown. 

While she was raising her own family, Millie also babysat for many area children at her home. Once her own children were grown, she began in 1970 what would become a 23-year career at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital as a switchboard operator. In his book, “Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York”, John S. Davis, M.D. notes that when she began, the lone switchboard operator worked out of a tiny office in the basement of the original fieldstone building. As the day-shift operator, Millie singlehandedly answered all the calls, paged physicians, coordinated conference calls, dialed long-distance calls, announced codes, and dispatched ambulances for the Cooperstown area. She told Dr. Davis that, “At the time you were lucky to get a break to go to the bathroom, and they trained the security guards to run the switchboards so the operators could have a break”. She further recounted that there was only one doctor on call: sometimes you could find them and sometimes you couldn’t. Prior to her retirement in 1993, chief switchboard operator Millie Jennings was chosen in 1992 as Bassett’s Ambassador of the Year, an honor she greatly cherished. 

In her leisure, Millie enjoyed travelling – often times with her sisters and nieces – and combined this with her love for country music, having visited Branson, Missouri and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. She and Jerry often recounted how much fun they had snowmobiling with their family and friends and trips to places such as North Lake and Pine Lake. Millie also enjoyed the simple things in life, such as a game of cards or dominoes, as well as going to casinos to gamble. She was also a sports fan, and enjoyed watching all kinds of sports on television, most especially her New York Yankees and Syracuse basketball. Game shows were also a favorite of hers, especially Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. 

Most importantly, it was all about her family and her church. For many years, Millie was a faithful and devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, where she was a proud member of the church choir. She could always be counted on to be the first to console family and church members with words of encouragement or by sending a card. Millie will truly be missed by her family and friends. 

Millie is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Susan Jennings of Hartwick and Charles ("Chip") and Carol Jennings of Cooperstown; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and William McCormick of Catskill; five grandchildren who absolutely adored her, Jessica Bryan and husband Marc, Bernadette Wellek and husband Mike, Colleen Lanigan, Adam Jennings and wife Amanda and Kerri Jennings Graber and husband Chad; three step grandchildren, Angelina, Joe and Kyrie McCormick; four great grandchildren, Christopher and Mia Bryan and Ava and Anthony Wellek; four sisters, Hilda Pomeroy of Fulton, Cora Petrucco of Cortland, and Wanda Laymon and Lois Smith of Toddsville: one brother-in-law, Ronald Jennings and wife Edith of Phoenix Mills; and many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Phyllis Newell. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Jerry Jennings, who died July 21, 2011; four sisters, Gladys Welch, Wilma Higgins Dyer, Evelyn Gray and Elizabeth L. O’Brien; and four brothers, Chester, Herman, Frederick and David Bridger. 

Millie’s family extends their appreciation and thanks to everyone at Woodside Hall in Cooperstown and the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta, for the kind compassionate and understanding care they extended to Millie during her time in their facilities. 

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, when Millie's family will be in attendance. 

A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, 19 Elm Street, Cooperstown, with the Rev. Joseph Perdue, pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or to a charity or organization of your choice.

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


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Frederick S. Vesely, Sr.

1927 - 2019

HARTWICK – Frederick S. Vesely, Sr., 92, of the Town of Burlington, passed away early Friday morning, June 28, 2019, at A.O Fox Memorial Nursing Home in Oneonta.

He was born February 24, 1927, in New Windsor, one of ten children of Andrew and Matilda (Gaydos) Vesely. 

In his youth, Fred attended a one-room schoolhouse in Little Britain. At the age of 16 he left school and went to work for Crowley’s Dairy Company. 

On August 15, 1948, he married Jeanne M. Oles in Newburgh. 

After working for Crowley’s for 30 years, he retired at the age of 46, and he and his family moved to Hartwick where he owned and operated a dairy farm. After the barn burned in 1976, he retired from farming and went to work at The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore House where he was in charge of buildings and grounds. 

After Jeanne passed away on December 10, 1987, Fred married Doris Grant on May 27, 1989, in a ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta. Doris passed away on August 16, 2010. 

For many years, Fred was a communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. 

Fred is survived by his two sons, Frederick “Rick” S. Vesely, Jr. and wife, Roberta, of Hartwick, and Michael “Mike” L. Vesely, Sr. and wife, Coleen of Springfield Center; ten grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and one great great grandson; one sister-in-law, Joyce Vesely, of Walden; a brother-in-law, Robert Ferris, Sr. of Vails Gate; and many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by one stepson, Robert Blais and wife, Linda and a step daughter-in-law, Sherri Blais, all of Bethel; one step daughter, Linda Citro Gorton and husband, Forrest of Jeffersonville; eight step grandchildren; and twelve step great grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanne M. Vesely, his second wife, Doris Blais Vesely; a step son, Jay Blais; and all his siblings. 

Family and friends are welcome to call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, Monday, July 1, 2019, from 6-8 p.m.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic, 31 Elm Street, Cooperstown, with Fr. David Wm. Mickiewicz, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta, presiding. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. 

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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Leon “Lee” A. Preston

1942 - 2019

HARTWICK – Leon “Lee” A. Preston, 77, of Hartwick, passed away peacefully Monday evening, June 24, 2019, with his children at his side, at A.O. Fox Memorial Nursing Home in Oneonta. 

He was born February 28, 1942, in Delhi, a son of Clara Tompkins. Clara married Charles Preston who adopted Lee and along with Clara raised him. 

On December 8, 1959, Lee married the love of his life, Bessie Belinda Gill in a ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Hartwick. This was the beginning of a long and happy life together as they bought a home and raised their family in Hartwick. Lee still resided in the family home of over 50 years.

As a young child, Lee attended a one-room schoolhouse in Westville of which he shared many stories. In his later school years he attended Milford Central School. 

For more than 40 years years, Lee was employed at The Lake Front Motel in Cooperstown as head of maintenance. This was a job that he really enjoyed. He was a master of many skills and took pride in his work and encouraged all staff that he mentored to do the same. 

Lee was a devoted family man. He had a great love for Bessie and his family. He was a selfless man that always gave more than he had to give. He looked forward to holidays and time spent together with those he loved. He was affectionately called “Poppy” by his grandchildren and “Pops” by his children. He was one of a kind-the mold was broken on him, in a good way.

Lee was very proud of his children and their accomplishments in life. He was also very proud of his grandchildren. He was very proud of and enjoyed his lunch time phone calls with his grandson, Tyler. He was very proud of Kate’s educational accomplishments. He was also very proud of Amy as mom to his two great grandchildren.

Lee loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and climbing mountains in search of the perfect ginseng root. He shared his outstanding hunting skills with his children and grandson Tyler. In his younger adulthood, he enjoyed playing softball and was captain of his team. He wasn’t a very big guy, but he was a heck of a first baseman. He enjoyed a good baseball game on TV and loved to watch his Dodgers and Red Sox play ball. 

Lee enjoyed sitting on his back porch watching the birds and enjoying a game of baseball being played by the neighbor children, Jaxon and Luci. He enjoyed visiting with his neighbors and his drives “around the hood”. 

Lee is survived by his three children, Jeffrey S. Preston (Meg), Janet L. Preston (Tim McLean) and Pamela K. Preston (Ron Moore), all of Hartwick; three grandchildren, Tyler and Kate Preston of Hartwick and Amy Preston of Norwich; two great grandsons, Dante Cancho and Jameson Long; three step grandchildren; step great grandson Derek Moore and several other step great grandchildren; two brothers, Kevin Preston (Ella) of Middlefield and David Preston (Gaye) of Florida; a sister-in-law, Darlene Lance of Oneonta; a sister-in-law Carol Preston; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lee is also survived by close friends Sandy Austin, Amy Field, Colleen Kukenberger, Rick Kleingardner and Ky Stickles. Lee had many friends as he had a compassionate heart and listening ear.

He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Bessie, who died May 13, 2015; their son, Keith A. Preston, who died July 21, 2009; his mother, Clara (Tompkins) Preston; his father, Charles Preston; and a brother, Ivan L. Preston, who died October 10, 2009. 

We will not say goodbye as you will be with us every day; we will only say I love you and can’t wait to see you again! 

In accordance with Lee’s wishes there will be no services. Remember your times spent with him, smile, and know he is at peace. The family may host a Celebration of Life to remember Lee at a later date.

The family would like to thank the 4th floor staff at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and the Unit 3 staff at A.O. Fox Memorial Nursing Home in Oneonta for the compassion and quality care provided to Lee these past few weeks.

Following the death of his son, Keith, a fund was established in his memory to assist those who wanted to experience Keith's love of sports and the outdoors by attending DEC and sports camps. For those who wish to make a gift in memory of Lee, his family suggests that contributions be made to the Benefit of Keith Preston and sent to the Leatherstocking Regional Credit Union, 24 Glen Avenue, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Or, contributions may also be made to The Hartwick Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 251, Hartwick, NY 13348.

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


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

Michael I. Savic, Ph.D.

1929 - 2019

ATLANTA, GA – Dr. Michael I. Savic, age 89, died in Atlanta, GA, on June 24, 2019.

He was born August 4, 1929, in Belgrade, Serbia to Miodrag and Jelena (Milisic) Savic. 

He married Rose Ruzica Micovic on June 3, 1961. They immigrated to the United States in 1967.

Dr. Savic was a professor of electrical engineering, most recently at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an inventor with over ten US patents. He lived in Wilbraham, MA, Ballston Lake, Sarasota, FL and Atlanta, GA. 

Survivors include his daughter, Alice Jane Savic of Atlanta, GA and a brother, Dr. Slobodan Savic of Serbia. 

Otpevanie at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Monastery, 1407 Robinson Road, Jordanville. Interment will follow in the Holy Trinity Monastery Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Monastery, PO Box 36, Jordanville, NY 13361.

Arrangements by Fischer Funeral Care in Atlanta, GA and Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 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.

Saidy Toufic Maalouf

1946 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Saidy Toufic Maalouf, a native of Lebanon currently residing in Cooperstown with her daughter and family, passed into eternal life Thursday evening, June 20, 2019, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by family. She was 72. 

Born August 15, 1946, in Hadath, Balbeck, Lebanon, she was a daughter of Toufic and Farida Maalouf. 

On May 6, 1971, she married Gebrail “Gaby” Abou Zeidan in Ablah, Lebanon. 

Saidy is survived by her husband of 48 years, Gaby, of Cooperstown; their five children, Nayef Bou Zeidan of Montreal, Canada, Roger Bou Zeidan of Lebanon, Dory and Chadi Bou Zeidan of Montreal, Canada, and Pascale Gebrail Raymond, MD and husband, John. F. Raymond, MD of Cooperstown; 8 grandchildren; three brothers, Tannous, Joseph and Emile Maalouf; one sister, Rachida Maalouf; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by two younger brothers, Nicolas and Gerges, and a sister, Souad. 

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Frs. Pierre Bou Zeidan and Rabih Zougheib, presiding. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.
“That Her Memory May Be Eternal”. 

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.

Gertrude Margaret Clark

December 14, 1923 – June 19, 2019

MUNFORD, TN - Gertrude Margaret Clark, 95, passed away June 19, 2019, in Munford, TN. 

She was a retired accounting department employee for Konica, a devout Catholic, loved her grandchildren, and enjoyed big band music. She was also proud to be Irish, and loved her cocktail time.

Mrs. Clark was predeceased by her husband, Ambrose David Clark, who died in 1975.

She is survived by her daughters, Maureen (Jerry) Butler and Sue (Daryl) Ketcham; sister, Barbara Searles; grandchildren, J.L. (Heather) Butler, Kaitlyn Ketcham, David (Sarah) Butler, Daniel (Claudia) Butler, Robert Butler, and Meagan Butler; and grandchildren, Hayden Butler, Dylan Butler, Damon Butler and Abigail Butler. 

Visitation and Services were held Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Munford Funeral Home in Munford, TN. 

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

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.

Roberta A. Morley

1933 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Roberta (Bobbie) A. Morley, a resident of Allerton House in Hingham, MA and formerly of Cooperstown, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019, in Hingham, MA. She was 85 years old.

Born December 22, 1933, in Newark, NJ, she was the daughter of Leonard and Viola (Smalley) Schilling. Bobbie attended Immaculate Conception High School and the State University of New York at Delhi and Oneonta. She received a nursing degree.

On February 27, 1954, Roberta married Joseph F. Morley in Bloomfield, NJ. They were married for 43 years before Joe’s death on February 21, 1997.

For 22 years, Bobbie and Joe resided in Cooperstown on Christian Hill. They raised four sons. Following Joe’s death, Bobbie moved to Stuart, FL. She married James DePietro in Stuart in April 10, 2010. James passed in February 2019. 

Bobbie was an active communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. She was a Registered Nurse and prior to retirement was working for Otsego County Public Health. Nursing was very important to Bobbie as she spent countless hours serving others. After retiring to Florida Bobbie was a volunteer at the St. Martin County Hospital in Stuart.

Bobbie is survived by three sons, Robert J. Morley of Phoenix, AZ, J. Scott Morley of Guilderland Center, and Curt G. Morley and wife, Katherine of Hingham, MA; six grandchildren, Griffith P. of Massapequa and Alec of Hartwick, Taylor and Brooke of Boston, MA and Samantha and Joseph of Hingham, MA; a great granddaughter, Donna Marie; a sister, Emily Swihura and husband Stephen of Melbourne, FL; a brother, Leonard R. Schilling and wife, Cathy, of Lowell, IN; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, Bobbie was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Louise who died in 1957, and a son, Peter who died June 21, 1988. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Kenneth Doyle officiating. The service of committal and burial will be private in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index. 

Following Peter’s death in 1988, a fund was established by his family and friends for a cash award to be presented in his memory to a member of the graduating class of Cooperstown Central School who plans to continue his/her education, and who personifies the qualities that Peter is remembered for, namely: scholarship, leadership, citizenship, athletic ability and involvement in school activities. Through the years money has been added to the principal of this fund in memory of his father and in recognition of the family’s support of education. These monies represent the Morley Family Fund, and that income, combined with that of the Peter G. Morley Scholarship Award is given to the appropriate senior. The Morley family therefore respectfully requests that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts for Roberta be made to the Morley Family Fund at Cooperstown Central School, 38 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.

Roberta L. Wood

1928 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Roberta L. Wood, 90, of County Highway 33, Cooperstown and formerly of Long Island, died Sunday evening, June 9, 2019, surrounded by family at her home in the Town of Middlefield. 

She was born July 27, 1928, in Brooklyn, a daughter of Walter F. and Laura (Wilson) Acker. 

On January 13, 1951, Roberta married Richard Corbett Wood, also from Brooklyn, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brooklyn. The two shared 55 years of marriage until Dick’s passing on September 3, 2006.

For many years she worked as an insurance agent for the K & C Agency in Valley Stream on Long Island, where she and Dick lived and raised their family. In the early 90s they moved from Long Island and settled in Cooperstown. 

Roberta is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard S. and Laurie Wood of Cooperstown and Douglas J. and Kathleen Wood of Bay Shore; her grandchildren, Jennifer Craver and husband, Tim, Rachael Wood and Dave Allison, Alyssa Wicker and husband, Brett, Amy Waldron, Brandy Hardy and husband, Robert, Dawn Saxon and husband, Tim and Janine Marie Perez; numerous great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Douglas Richard Wood, who died April 22, 2018, and a brother, Victor (Vic) Sinnott who died January 4, 2018. 

In accordance with Roberta’s wishes, there will be no services.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of 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.

William Walter Dornburgh

1931 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – William Walter Dornburgh, 87, of Cooperstown, died Sunday morning, May 26, 2019, at his home. 

He was born September 26, 1931, in Jersey City, New Jersey, a son of Edmund and Elizabeth (Meehan) Dornburgh.

Bill attended Jersey City public schools, where he was high school class president. He received a BS degree in economics from Saint Peter’s College in 1954, where he said the Jesuits had left an indelible Catholic mark on his life, as he put it, “warts and all”. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1951, served at Parris Island and received an Honorable Discharge in 1952. He earned an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University in 1964.

After his father died in 1936, Bill and his brothers spent summers on the family farm in Middlefield, which led to a lifelong love affair with Cooperstown. He worked summers at The Cooper Inn and The Otesaga Hotel from 1947 to 1953. During those summers he met Patricia Ann Butler, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown who became “the essence of his existence”. They were married at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown in June 1954, a marriage that lasted 60 years, seven months and two days. They raised their family in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Bill was an officer of the Bank of New York in New York City, and was subsequently a senior vice president of UJB Financial Corporation in Princeton, New Jersey, from which he retired in 1994. He was president of UJB Leasing Corp., and had also been an adjunct assistant professor of economics at St. Peter’s College for ten years. He also served as chairman of the Board of Governors of West Hudson Hospital in Kearney, New Jersey, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Accel International Corp. in Dublin, Ohio. Before he and Patricia retired to Cooperstown, he volunteered as a tutor at a Newark, New Jersey elementary school where he said he learned more that he taught.

In 1973, Bill and Patricia purchased a portion of the old Hinman/Dornburgh family farm in Middlefield, where they built a small summer cottage which they redesigned into their retirement home in 1995. They resided there until they moved into the Village of Cooperstown in 2004. They had wintered in Pinehurst, North Carolina from 1995 until 2006. 

In his retirement years, Bill was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, where he served as a lector, Eucharistic Minister and a member of the finance committee. He served on the board of the Town of Middlefield Historical Association and volunteered at The Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. He was also president of the Glimmerglass Opera Guild and was a member of the Center for Continuing Adult Learning in Oneonta, where he taught courses in economics and political science. He also served as a director of the Otsego County Heath Facilities Corporation, which was charged with the sale of Otsego Manor, a sale to Focus that he voted against. He was an advocate for affordable housing in Cooperstown, single payer health insurance, legalization of undocumented immigrants, a married priesthood and, most of all, of civil discussion. He was also a member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown. 

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Patricia, in 2015, who he “loved with all his heart and soul and every fiber of his being”. He was very proud of their five children who survive him: Kathleen Stuart of Apex, North Carolina, Leigh Dornburgh and his wife, Paula of Elmsford, Annie Hannah of Rochester, New Hampshire, Barbara Santurri and her husband John of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and Edmund Dornburgh and his wife, Elizabeth of Arlington, Massachusetts. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great grandsons. He was predeceased by two brothers, Edmund in 1944, and Leigh in 1948.

Bill’s full name was William Walter Joseph Dornburgh. His initials WWJD could be translated as “What Would Jesus Do?”, a moral imperative by which he lived. 

Friends may call and pay their respects to the Dornburgh family from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown 

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, presiding.

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, where Bill will be buried beside his beloved Patricia. 

He will be greatly missed by his loving family, especially for his unending guidance and support.

In addition to flowers, the Dornburgh family respectfully requests that memorial gifts in memory of Bill be directed 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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​Paul L. Ingalls

1947 - 2019

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Paul L. Ingalls, a man who devoted his life to farming, died unexpectedly Sunday night, May 19, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 71.

Paul was a descendent of the first Ingalls who came to the new world in 1628 and settled in Lynn, Massachusetts. A seventh generation farmer, he was born July 6, 1947, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, a son of Rodney Howard Ingalls and Virginia Mary McGraw Ingalls.

Paul graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1966. On January 19, 1967, Paul was inducted into the United States Army, and he completed his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey in March, 1967. He received infantry training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and was stationed in Fort Lewis before going to Viet Nam on August 3, 1967. After a year’s tour of duty with the 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi, Viet Nam, he returned home to his parents’ home in Hartwick Seminary. Following this leave, he was reassigned to Cu Chi for a voluntary extension of six months. While serving in Viet Nam, SP4 Ingalls received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Viet Nam Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious combat service in the Republic of Viet Nam. Specialist Ingalls received his Honorable Discharge from the Military on January 18, 1973.

Paul attended vocational school in Washington State where he studied welding. He used this skill often in his future farming career. During his time at school, he connected with a Campus Crusade for Christ group (now CRU), a ministry that was influential in his life and about which he often reminisced.

For many years Paul owned and operated Ingalls Farm in Hartwick Seminary. Farming was truly his passion. He especially loved growing fruit and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor. He raised his kids on the farm and taught them many valuable skills, some through his strengths and some through his faults. He gave many local kids a summer job and a safe, fun, family-oriented place to hang out. More recently he was teaching his grandkids how to plant and harvest because he wanted them to learn where their food came from and to value the work that farmers do to provide for them.

He attended Faith Baptist Church in Hyde Park for the past couple of years and participated in their ministries. One of his favorite Bible verses was Proverbs 11:30, which states, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”

Paul is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Deborah Ann Leonbruno, of Hartwick Seminary; their children and their families, Jesse and Amber Ingalls and their children, Connor and Grayson, and Justin and Ashley Ingalls and their daughter, Paislee, all of Cooperstown; Jenny Lynn and Charles Brett and their children, Dionna, Amy, Alexandrea, Makenzie, Hunter and Reuben of Afton; Joanna Ingalls of New York City; Robert and Chrissy Miron and their children, Tailynn, Gabrielle, Ava, Allison and Reilly of the State of Maryland; and Laura and Stephen Berg and their children, Ayla and Emerik of California. He is further survived by one brother, David E. Ingalls and wife, Darlene of Hartwick Seminary, and one sister, Marybeth Ring and husband, Jeffrey of Baltimore, Maryland, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia M. Ingalls, who died April 26, 2007, his father, Rodney H. Ingalls, who died November 19, 2013, and a brother, Timothy H. Ingalls, who died at the age of 6 on February 10, 1963.

Family and friends paid their respects on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home (formerly Ingalls Funeral Home), 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

At the conclusion of the visitation, a Funeral Service was offered at 5 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael A. Glisson, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Hyde Park, officiating. Military Honors were accorded at the funeral home by members of the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard and the Cooperstown Veterans Club.

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

Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 4898 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.


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

Jean C. Huntington

1933 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN - Jean C. Huntington, wife of the late Donald C. Huntington, died early Sunday morning, May 19, 2019, at Woodside Hall in Cooperstown. She was 86. 

Born February 25, 1933, in Oneonta, Jean was a daughter of Raymond J. and Cassie (Fowler) Cower. Jean grew up in Oneonta and graduated from OHS in 1951.

On February 22, 1953, Jean married Donald C. Huntington in a ceremony at the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta. A “city girl”, Jean adapted to farm life when she and Don settled in the Westford area where they raised their family.

In the early 80s, Don and Jean moved to Wildwood, Florida where they lived for many years. They moved back to Cooperstown in the middle 90s, living in different houses in their Trolley Line Development.

Jean enjoyed many travels with Don around the USA and abroad. She worked daily on her journal, loved to garden and read.

Jean is survived by one daughter, Jill Huntington-Smith and her husband, Herbert, of Clermont, Florida; two sons, Donald C. Huntington, Jr. of Schenevus, and Eric “Rick” L. Huntington of San Diego, California; three grandchildren, Lowell and Jamie Huntington and Eric C. Smith; and many nieces and nephews. 

Jean was predeceased by her husband Don, their son Christopher Jon Huntington, brothers Richard C. Cower and Erwin J. (Sonny) Cower, and a sister, VerNetta Riccitello. 

There will be no services for Jean. Remember your times spent with her fondly, smile, and know that she is at peace.

Jean’s ashes will be laid to rest with her husband’s at a later date in Westford Cemetery.

Jean’s family is very grateful for her wonderful care at Woodside Hall, her devoted church family of St. Timothy’s, Westford and her and Dad’s “gang” of friends in Cooperstown. 

As an alternative to flowers, Jean's family suggests that memorial donations be made in her memory to St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 74, Westford, NY 13488-0074, or 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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Irene M. Harbison

1938 - 2019

MIDDLEFIELD – Irene M. Harbison, 80, passed away early Monday morning, May 13, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

She was born October 25, 1938, in Cooperstown, a daughter of Glenn D. and Geneva (McRorie) Morrison. 

A graduate of Cooperstown High School, Class of 1956, Irene was employed for many years as a secretary at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cooperstown. She later stayed at home to take care of her mother until her passing in 1992. 

A long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, she faithfully served the Middlefield Center Cemetery for many years in various capacities and was a long-time volunteer at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. She was also involved with 4-H, and in 1976 was recognized with grateful appreciation for her outstanding 20 years of service to the Otsego County 4-H Youth Development Program.

Irene is survived by her guardians, nephew David Morrison of Shapleigh, Maine, and niece Donna Hupe of Springvale, Maine, and numerous other nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Theodore “Ted” Harbison (2002), and her three brothers, Donald W. Morrison (2000), Lester C. Morrison (2004) and Walter G. Morrison (1981).

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, May 18, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

In accordance with Irene’s wishes, there will be no services. 

As a way to remember Irene, her family respectfully requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Meadows Office Complex, Suite 5, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Elaine More

1931 - 2019

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Elaine More of Sharon Springs and formerly of East Springfield, passed away early Saturday morning, April 13, 2019 at Cooperstown Center following a short illness. She was 87.

Elaine was born November 15, 1931 in Cooperstown, a daughter of J. Emory and Wilma (Curry) Bloomer. 

Raised in Hyde Park, Elaine attended Cooperstown Central School, graduating with the Class of 1949. On October 30, 1949 she married Avery G. More and for the next nine years they lived and farmed on the west side of Otsego Lake near Pierstown. In 1959 they moved to a farm in East Springfield where she continued to help her husband with their farm until his death on February 9, 1973. In 1974 Elaine went to work at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, first as a unit clerk and later in Central Processing, retiring in 1994.

Elaine was an active and devoted member of The First Presbyterian Church of Springfield and served as its treasurer for many years.

Elaine is survived by her son, Stephen Avery More and his wife Arlene of East Springfield; her daughters, Linda Oldick and her husband Steve of Cooperstown and Barbara Henza and her husband Richard of Cortland; five grandchildren, Bill Oldick and his wife Anne Margaret, Brad Oldick and his wife Karen, Raymond More, April Grecho and her husband Dave, and Alissa Henza; six great-grandhildren, Brock Oldick, Joseph Gigilo, Thailor More, Ocea More, Sierra More and Avery Grecho; her siblings, Malcolm H. Bloomer and his wife Brenda of Hartwick, Kenneth E. Bloomer of St. Louis, MO, Genevra Placek of Plantsville, CT, and Velma Vibbard and her husband, Kenneth of Burlington; a sister-in-law, Lois Bloomer of Bangor, ME; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Elaine was predeceased by her brothers, Ernest D. Bloomer on July 17, 2001, John E. Bloomer on July 23, 2014 and her sister June Travis on June 27, 2009.

A funeral service will be offered on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Connell Dow and Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with Elaine’s nephew, Dave Bloomer, officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Cemetery.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until service time, at the funeral home, when Elaine’s family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elaine may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, 5503 US Highway 20, East Springfield, NY 13333 or Springfield Fire Department. P. O. Box 358, Springfield Center, NY 13468 or Springfield First Responders, P. O. Box 358, Springfield Center, NY 13468.

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


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Alexandra Xanthaky

1943 - 2019

ONEONTA – Alexandra Xanthaky, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019, at her home in the Town of Milford, surrounded by family. She was 75.

Born August 25, 1943, in Glasgow, Scotland, Sandra was a daughter of Alexander and Margaret H. (Morison) Findlay. Following World War II, the Findlay family emigrated to the United States and first settled in Jersey City, New Jersey, and then later moved to Levittown on Long Island. 

Sandra was a Registered Nurse, and for thirty years was part owner and office manager for Upper Main Street Associates, her husband’s medical practice in Oneonta. 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gregory J. Xanthaky, MD, of Oneonta; two sons, George S. Xanthaky and his wife, Bok-dal of Odessa, Florida, and Peter A. Xanthaky of Canton; three daughters, Diana Xanthaky DeRosa and her husband, Frank of Lloyd Harbor, Ariadne (“Dee”) Xanthaky Nikiforou and her husband, Chris of Atlanta, Georgia, and Retired Petty Officer Christina Xanthaky, USN of Milford; five grandchildren, Frank, Gabriella, Nicholas and Sophia DeRosa and Gregory Xanthaky; one brother, Alistair Findlay and his wife, Lynn of Plymouth, Massachusetts and their son, Alec Findlay; and one sister, Carol Findlay of Bradenton Beach, Florida and her daughter, Cecelia Peers. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Daisy Mae.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret H. Findlay, who died in 2007, her father, Alexander Findlay, who died in 1986, and her mother-in-law Helen Xanthaky who died in 2007.

Services will be private at the convenience of the Xanthaky family. 

In lieu of flowers kindly consider donations in her memory to A.O. Fox Hospital, 1 Norton Avenue, Oneonta, NY 13820, and Guiding Eyes For The Blind, PO Box 709, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, www.guiding eyes.org.

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


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Diana Isabel Marlette

1924 - 2019

MT. VISION – Diana Isabel Marlette, a kind and caring person, passed away peacefully March 19, 2019, (just 12 days before her 95th birthday) at her home in Mt. Vision. 

She was born in New Lisbon, a daughter of John K. Harrington and Agatha Telfer Harrington. She grew up on a farm where her grandparents were all within a 2-mile radius. She was active in the 4-H Club which she continued as a leader of in her adult life. After graduating from Hartwick High School in 1941 Diana went on to study Home Economics at Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College, graduating in 1943. With World War II underway, she and many of her classmates wanted to help with the war effort, so she went to Schenectady to do her part as a “Rosie the Riveter” and worked as a welder at General Electric. 

She married Howard S. Marlette October 7, 1945, at the Christian Church in Hartwick. They had a dairy farm in South Hartwick where they brought up their three daughters. Diana was very involved in community activities like 4-H, Home Bureau, the Rebekahs and the Mt. Vision United Methodist Church. She continually helped out family and friends. One of her favorite activities has always been chatting with people. She and Howard had several opportunities to travel, which brought them a lot of good memories. 

When Diana was 87 years old, she welcomed her first great grandchild. Within 18 months she had five great grandchildren. Two more have been added and they have all given her much joy. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard; two sisters and their husbands, Thelma and Kenneth Lally and Hilda and Joseph Tamas; and a brother-in-law, Kendall Marlette. 

She leaves many friends; three daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Arne Christensen of LaGrangeville, Mary and James Crouthamel of Mt. Vision and Jeanne and Richard Stalker of Clinton Corners; six grandchildren and their spouses, Eric and Allison Christensen of Center Moriches, Mark and Sandi Christensen of Pleasant Valley, Kerri and Damian Ercole of Chester, New Jersey, Kelly Crouthamel and Jeff Hennie of North Arlington, New Jersey, John and Linda Stalker of Millbrook, and Michael and Kristin Stalker of Albany; seven great grandchildren, Sophie Stalker, Jaxson and Riley Ercole, Thomas Stalker, Cole and Knox Christensen and Cameron Hennie; a sister-in-law, Bernice Marlette; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Friends may call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019, when Diana’s family will be in attendance.

A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, March, 23, 2019, at the Mount Vision United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Richard D. Howard, pastor officiating. 

Burial will be later this Spring in the Mt. Vision Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army of Oneonta, 25 River Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, or the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment (AVRE), 174 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901, or the Hartwick Emergency Squad, PO Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348, or the Mt. Vision United Methodist Church, PO Box 576, Mt. Vision, NY 13810. 

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


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Genevieve M. Licci

1926 - 2019

FLY CREEK – Genevieve M. Licci, 92, of Fly Creek, died Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

Born October 2, 1926, in Queens, she was adopted as a baby by John and Catherine (Sullivan) Kelly. 

On March 25, 1945, Genevieve married Anthony Joseph Licci according to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Church of St. Gabriel in Corona. 

She was first employed as a long distance telephone operator for New York Telephone, and then became a hairstylist and was employed in this capacity at Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital in Brentwood on Long Island. 

Upon their retirement, Genevieve and Anthony moved to Leesburg, Florida, in 1983. In 2000 they moved to Fly Creek, where they resided on a farm near their daughter’s home. 

Genevieve is survived by her loving daughter, Ann Carr and her husband, Richard of Fly Creek; her devoted son, Carl (Chuck) Licci and his wife, Luisa, of Fruitland Park, Florida; eight grandchildren, April (Richard) Sirvinsky, Richard (Kim) Carr, Sandra and Eric Licci, and Frank, Richard, Valerie and Nicholas Scilabro; her niece, Patricia (Nicholas) Cioffi of Cape Coral, Florida; and four nephews, Nicholas Cioffi, Jr., James Kelly and Charles and Joseph Licci. She will be truly missed by her great grandchildren, Lauren, Alex and Marissa Carr and Stefanie Scilabro.

Genevieve and Anthony were married for 63 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony, who died October 28, 2008, and two brothers, Charles and William Kelly. 

​A service to commemorate the life of Genevieve M. Licci will be offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor of Fly Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Cemetery Road in Fly Creek.

Donations may be offered to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790, or The Joslin Diabetes Foundation, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. 

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.

Gary Culbertson

1941 - 2019

Gary Culbertson was born in Batavia, NY, on October 11, 1941, to Ethel Waterman Cain. He graduated from Alfred State College. He then started his life-long career of classifying and breeding Registered Holsteins and managing and owning dairy farms. His passion was farming and the Holstein cow. 

Gary passed peacefully with family members by his side. 

Gary was a very compassionate man always trying to do the best for anyone around, and always seeing the best in people. He lived his life honestly, always seeing the sunny side of life. His witty sense of humor was appreciated and loved by all. He will be terribly missed by his family and the people whose lives he touched. 

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Sue; his three children, Dawn, Lisa and Chuck; his brother, Gordy; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Per Gary’s request, there will be no funeral. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Cedarville Rescue, 960 State Highway 51, Ilion, NY 13357.

The Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, NY, is serving the Culbertson family. Condolences may be made through www.cooperstownfuneralhome.com. 


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Elizabeth Anne Broten

1988 - 2019

HARTWICK – Elizabeth Anne Broten, beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece, succumbed to her drug addiction that she struggled with for many years Wednesday morning, March 6, 2019, at her home in Hartwick. A bright, funny and intelligent woman, she was 30. 

Born September 16, 1988, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Liz was a daughter of James Michael Broten and Kathy Marie Mesko Broten. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 2006, Liz attended Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where she studied History and English. In 2010 she received a bachelor’s degree in English, and then in 2017 she earned a paralegal degree from Herkimer College. 

Quick witted, Liz had an infectious laugh, and was known as the life of the party who could make anyone laugh. She was also extremely intelligent and could be caught reading in her spare time; she especially loved history. Just recently she had secured job in Florida as a licensed insurance broker. She will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Liz is survived by her mother, Kathy M. Broten and her long-time partner, Bruce M. Daly of Hartwick; her father, James M. Broten of Live Oak, Florida; a sister, Jacqueline Broten of Lakeland, Florida; her paternal grandfather, Robert Broten of Live Oak, Florida; and several aunts and uncles, including Bernetta and Grant Whaley of Smyrna, Patricia and George Ofslager of Geneseo, Illinois, and Michael Broten of Live Oak, Florida. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Helen Broten; her maternal grandparents Gladys and Michael Mesko; and two uncles, Robert and Michael Mesko. 

Family and friends may call and pay their respects from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. 

The visitation will conclude with a funeral service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Phillip Sell of the First Baptist Church of Hartwick officiating. 

Immediately following the service, all are welcome to attend a reception at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

In honor of Elizabeth’s love for books, her family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Kinney Memorial Library, PO Box 176, Hartwick, NY 13348. Memorial donations may also be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Virginia M. Gracey

1932 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Virginia M. Gracey, long-time sales clerk at Church & Scott in Cooperstown, passed peacefully Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. A native and life-long resident of Cooperstown, she was 86. 

Born Virginia Mae Potter on October 16, 1932, in Cooperstown, she was one of five children of William Leigh Potter and Florence Elizabeth Smith Potter. After graduating from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1950, she worked at Remington Rand in Ilion.

On August 10, 1957, she married J. Andrew Gracey at the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, and for many years Ginny and Andy made their home in Toddsville. When their children got older, Ginny went back to work, and through the years was employed at the Village Library of Cooperstown, the deli department at the Great American, the gift shop at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Rudy’s Liquor Store. She also cleaned houses and ironed clothes for families in the Village. She will best be remembered for working as a sales clerk at Church & Scott in Cooperstown. Known especially for taking care of the jelly beans and greeting cards, Ginny was a faithful employee for 29 years until she retired at the age of 82. 

Raised in the Baptist faith, Ginny and her family were members of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown. After she and Andy were married and the kids were grown, they began attending the Fly Creek United Methodist Church and became faithful and well-loved members. Ginny will be fondly remembered for writing many puppet plays for Sunday worship services that were appreciated by young and old alike. She truly enjoyed the fellowship she shared with the members of her church family. 

Ginny is survived by her three children, Richard Gracey and wife, Gerrie and Kenneth Gracey and wife, Lisa, all of Oneonta, and Patricia Gracey of Fort Plain; six grandchildren, Ryan Gracey, Abigail Gracey, Lillian Gracey, Brandy Mills and husband, Wes, Maura Fink and husband, Kenneth and Jack Gracey and wife, Lynnette; three great grandchildren, Gage Douglas Fink, Nathaniel Richard Mills and Matthew John Gracey; one sister, Connie Potter of Menands; a sister-in-law, Becky Potter of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. She is further survived by her beloved cat, Amos. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Andy who died January 7, 2003; their son, Douglas William Gracey who died November 19, 2005; a great grandson, Samuel Edward Mills who died June 27, 2016; and three brothers, Earl D. Potter who died July 25, 1958, Harold W. Potter who died April 1, 2001, and Ralph E. Potter who died January 30, 1992. 

Calling hours for Ginny will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, 852 County Highway 26, Fly Creek. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a reception downstairs at the church where everyone may enjoy some of Ginny’s favorite foods. 

Burial will be later this Spring in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, PO Box 128, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

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


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David Miller

1946 - 2019

MOUNT VISION – David Miller, 72, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Mount Vision Thursday morning, February 28, 2019. 

He was born October 4, 1946, in Albany, a son of Alfred Durwood Miller and Pearl M. Wasson Miller. Raised and educated in Oneonta, Dave attended college and then entered the military. He proudly served in the United States Army from March 8, 1966, until he received his Honorable Discharge on February 23, 1968. 

That same year, he met Donna Marie Marlette, and on October 25, 1969, they were married in a ceremony at her parent’s home in Mount Vision. For the past 33 years Dave and Donna have made their home in Mount Vision, and shared almost 50 years of marriage together. 

Through the years, Dave was employed at Volkswagen, Bresee’s and Samson Floors in Oneonta. He retired from New York Central Mutual in Edmeston where he was employed as an insurance investigator. 

Dave most enjoyed spending time with his family-it was always all about them. He and his wife also spent many years coaching Special Olympics. He will be greatly missed by his entire family and circle of friends. 

Dave is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna M. Miller of Mount Vision; their five sons, Gregory Miller and wife, Becky of Van Etten, Todd Miller and wife, Dayle of Bainbridge, Joshua Miller and wife, Nicole of Virginia, James Miller and wife, Cara of Richfield Springs, and Bernarr Miller of Oneonta; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Vicki and Cari; a brother, Nathaniel; and many nieces and nephews. 

He is further survived by his mother-in-law, Bernice Marlette of Oneonta, and his wife’s siblings, Jennie May Folts of Scottsdale, AZ, Marilynn M. Folts of Toddsville, Gloria Beers and husband Bradley of Mount Vision, Gerald Marlette and wife Lora of Mount Vision and Jerry Marlette and wife Christie of Unadilla, and their families. 

Graveside Services for David will be offered at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in the Mount Vision Cemetery, with the Rev. James Crouthamel officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

Donations in memory of Dave may be made to Special Olympics New York, 504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304. 

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


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Barbara A. Roberts

1931 - 2019

CONCORD, NH – Barbara Atwell Roberts, formerly of Richfield Springs and a retired operating room nurse at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, died February 21, 2019, of heart failure at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH. A resident of Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord for the past nine years, she was 87.

Raised in the Baptist church, Barb’s unshakable faith guided and strengthened her throughout her life, in happy times and sad times. She lost her son at age 10 and survived domestic abuse. “Let your life speak,” say the Quakers, and Barb did so, with her gentle and forgiving nature, optimism, generosity, and most of all, loving kindness. She walked “cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”

Barb made friends everywhere she went and made it a point to keep in touch with all of them. She loved to travel, collected postage stamps and maps, rooted for the Red Sox and Patriots, and sent greeting cards for every occasion. 

Born May 9, 1931, in Syracuse, Barbara Joan Atwell was the younger daughter of Harold Leon Atwell and Grace Jones Atwell. Raised in Syracuse, Barbara graduated from Nottingham High School in 1948. She was one of two in her class to receive a scholarship to attend Syracuse University School of Nursing where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in December 1952.

From January 1953 until her marriage to Robert Kemp. Jr., on March 30, 1957, Barb worked as a registered nurse at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. In 1961 they moved to Miami, FL. While raising their two children, she also was a nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Baptist Hospital and Coral Gables Hospital. In July of 1973 their marriage ended and she moved to the Cooperstown area. 

For the next 20 years she was employed at Bassett Hospital. Barb was grateful to have meaningful work, helping people. A very detail-oriented person, she enjoyed selecting instruments according to each surgeon’s preferences. Her hands were typically dry and cracking from surgical scrubbing, and she became a steady user of Bag Balm. After rising before the sun for 40 years, she retired from nursing in November 1993. 

She married John L. Willsey, a native of the Town of Springfield, on November 1, 1975. With the help of his son, John C. Willsey, they built a log cabin on Willsey Road in Richfield Springs. During 21 years together, they enjoyed driving John’s teams of horses, gathering with the extended Willsey family and friends, and traveling. John was a World War II veteran and former POW, and they attended annual reunions of the U.S. Army 12th Armored Division. John died October 26, 1996. 

Barb met her third life partner, Edward H. Roberts, at a 12th Armored reunion. Although he and John had served in the same division, they had not known each other. On January 8, 2000, Barb and Ed married at the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown, and began 16 full and happy years together. They resided on Mountain View Lake in Sunapee, NH, and in 2009 moved to the Havenwood retirement community in Concord. Ed died July 5, 2016.

While in the Cooperstown area, Barb was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown, where she served as an Elder and enjoyed worshiping and singing in the choir. She was a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Guild and served as an usher during performances for many years. She also volunteered at Bassett Hospital and with the Home Extension Group. 

In Sunapee, NH, Ed’s extended family lovingly welcomed Barbara into the fold. Barb and Ed led an active life involving volunteering with the Red Cross and Sunapee Seniors, the Church of the Epiphany in Newport, snowmobile club, boating and fishing, travel, and summer visits to the lakeside from family and friends. After they moved to Havenwood, Barb enjoyed singing in the Tapestry and HHH groups and took newcomers to assisted living under her wing. 

Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen Barbara Kemp and Jeffrey W. Zimmer of Durham, NC; two grandchildren, Helen Caitlin Zimmer of Philadelphia, PA, and Ian Karl Zimmer of Charlotte, NC; niece Linda (Fred) Heberling of Holland, OH, whom she considered a second daughter, and nephew Clifford (Marilyn) Weigel of Stryker, OH; two grandnephews in Ohio; step children Elizabeth (Gregory) Stevens of Chester, NH, Ying Xia of Concord, NH, and Jean (Greg) Zeller and John C. Willsey of Richfield Springs and their children; step grandchildren Kari Ure and Ty Cook, step nieces and nephews including Elaine and Michael Gibbons of Quincy, MA; many cousins including the extended family of Marion Karl and the late William Karl of Cooperstown; and step great grandchildren and step great great grandchildren. 

In addition to her husbands, Barb was predeceased by her son, Carl Robert Kemp, who died February 9, 1969, after being struck by a car, and her sister, Jean A. Weigel, who died in 2008. 

A Memorial Service was held at 2 p.m. March 29, 2019 at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord. 

A Service in Celebration of the Life of Barbara A. Roberts will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor, officiating. A time of refreshment and fellowship will follow in the adjoining Chapel.

Barbara will be laid to rest in the Adirondacks alongside her son and her parents, at the Minerva Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to a charity Barb supported, including The Nature Conservancy, Doctors Without Borders, American Heart Association, Smithsonian Institution, American Red Cross, and Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown. 

Arrangements are under the care 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.