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.


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

​Paul L. Ingalls

HARTWICK SEMINARY - Paul L. Ingalls, 71, of Hartwick Seminary, died unexpectedly Sunday night, May 19, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

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

A Funeral Service will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael A. Glisson of Faith Baptist Church in Hyde Park, officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

A complete obituary will follow.

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


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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.


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.

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.


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.

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. 


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.

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. 


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.

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. 


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.

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. 


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

Virginia 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 will take place at 2 p.m. March 29, 2019 at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord. 

Details on a service in Celebration of the Life of Barbara A. Roberts at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown will be announced at a later date.

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. 


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Corinne Hillman

1921 - 2018

COOPERSTOWN – Corinne Hillman of Cooperstown passed away on Friday February 15, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing at the age of 98.

She was born on January 1, 1921, and grew up in New York City. She attended Hunter College and New York University and earned her master’s degree and teaching certificate in elementary education.

Corinne married Harry Hillman in January 1941 in New York City. Later they moved to Great Neck on Long Island where they raised their family. She is survived by a daughter, Kathi Hillman McElroy (Hugh) of Port Jefferson and a son-in-law, Harlan D. Alpern, M.D. of Cooperstown. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Micah (Sarah) Alpern of Mountain View, California, and Rebeka Seelinger (Brian) of Erie, Pennsylvania, as well as her four great grandchildren, Bobby, Emma, Hazel and James. 

For many years Corinne taught third and fourth grades in the Manhasset Public School in Manhasset on Long Island. Following her retirement from teaching she moved to Cooperstown in 1988. While living in Cooperstown she worked in the education department at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as a museum guide for children visitors, was on the Board of Glimmerglass Opera, and taught ballroom dancing to Cooperstown Junior High School students. In her honor, the Corinne Hillman Award is given each year at Cotillion to the 8th grade young lady and gentleman who show an aptitude for the new dance steps.

Corinne was devoted to her family and had many friends in Cooperstown and across the country. She had a long, active, and successful life and will be missed by her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Hillman, who died March 25, 1976, their daughter, Sandee Hillman Alpern, who died January 10, 2019, and both of her siblings. 

Burial will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens. 

For those that wish to honor Corinne’s life and memory, a donation could be made to the Cooperstown Cotillion, c/o Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, NY  13326.

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


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Gladys G. Howe

1921 - 2019

WESTVILLE - Gladys G. Howe, a native of Cooperstown, dedicated educator, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, passed away peacefully Sunday night, February 10, 2019, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Westville. She was 97.

Born April 13, 1921, at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, she was a daughter of Edwin N. and Blanche O. (Palmer) Bowen of Lentsville in the Town of Middlefield.

Raised on the family farm in Lentsville with her older sister, Josephine and two younger brothers, Donald and George, Gladys first attended a one room schoolhouse a mile from home. She graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1937 at the age of 16. After spending another year at Cooperstown High School taking post graduate courses, she attended the State University College of Oneonta (now SUNY Oneonta).Upon graduation from college in 1942, she taught primary grades in the Bethlehem Center and Glenmont Elementary Schools in the Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar.

In 1961 she was initiated into the Alpha Kappa Chapter (Albany County) of the Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary women educators society, international. After her retirement in 1977 she transferred her membership to the Rho Chapter in Otsego County. She was also a member of the Otsego County Retired Teachers Association and the New York State Retired Teachers Association.   

Upon retirement in 1977, Gladys returned to the family homestead in the Town of Middlefield, and joined the Red Creek Valley Grange #1583 where her parents had been charter members. She was a member of Otsego County Pomona Grange, New York State Grange and National Grange. When Red Creek Valley Grange merged with Westville Grange #540 in January 1989, she continued active membership. In 1983 she was honored as Outstanding Granger of the Year in Otsego County. She was named New York State Grange Subordinate Lecturer of the Year in 1983 and 1993. She served as Chaplain of Otsego County Pomona Grange from 1980-1991. She also served on the New York State Grange Committee on Women's Activities from 1984 to 1987, and on the New York State Grange Lecturer's Committee from 1987-1991. She served terms as chairman of fair activities in the Grange building at the Otsego County Fair, as President of the Otsego County Lecturer's Association, and as chairman of the Pomona Grange Committee on Women's Activities. Gladys most enjoyed the office of Subordinate Lecturer, having served in that capacity a total of 34 years

Gladys had been a faithful member of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church since 1981, and served in numerous capacities in the United Methodist Women's group.   

From 1982 to 1985 she served as a member of the Home Economics Division Committee, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cooperstown, and from 1981 to 1994 as a regular volunteer in the donor canteen of the Red Cross Bloodmobiles at St. Mary's Parish Hall, Cooperstown. 

In 1990 Gladys moved to Westville to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. She enjoyed gardening at her new home and in her leisure time she also enjoyed needlework, reading and Bible study, as well as outings with her Red Hat friends.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Donna-Gene and Hugh L Francis of Westville; her granddaughter Victoria M. Francis of  Sussex, New Jersey; and  nieces and nephews, including Melanie Collins of Ravena, Brian and Alicia Bowen of Hartwick, Susan and Randy Gelatt of Burlington Flats, Timothy Bowen of Mentor, Ohio, Jennifer and Richard Smith of Schenectady, Jeffrey and Jennifer Bowen of Cooperstown, and Donald E. Bowen, Robert E. Bowen and James E. Bowen, all of the Albany area; and many grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins.  

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and Peter Paulson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald E. and Priscilla Bowen and  George E. and Katharyn Bowen; her nephews, David E. Paulson and Leonard W. Bowen; and her nieces, Pamela K. Wayman and Debora Liburdi. 

Family and friends paid their respects from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Thomas LeBeau, pastor, officiating. Assisting will be Pastor Rose Bellin of Westville United Methodist Church.

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in the Bowen family plot in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.  

The family respectfully requests that flowers not be sent. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Gladys may be made to Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or 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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Mary Imogene Carter, R.N.

1925 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Imogene Carter, R.N., a native of Cooperstown and retired nursing supervisor at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 31, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown with her family by her side. She was 93.

Born June 8, 1925, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Imy was one of seven children of Charles A. Newell, Sr. and Mary Gavin Newell. Imy’s mother was raised by Dr. Mary Imogene Bassett, and it was in her honor that Imy was named. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1941, Imy attended Hartwick College School of Nursing. Upon graduation she went to work as a nurse at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. 

In 1953, Imy met Rodman Dana Carter, M.D. while he was a Columbia University medical student on a rotation to Bassett. They were married April 18, 1958, in a ceremony in Cromwell, Connecticut with Dr. Carter’s father officiating. The couple continued working at Bassett, he as a surgeon and urologist and she as a nurse.  During her tenure there, Imy taught many house officers on the fronts of surgical and emergency care until retiring as nursing supervisor in 1990. When Dr. Carter retired, he and Imy began spending winters in Palm Coast, Florida. Following a battle with cancer, Dr. Carter passed away December 28, 2018. 

Along with her husband she was an ardent supporter of the Friends of Bassett, and was a former member of the Lake & Valley Garden Club and the Cooperstown Country Club. 

Imy is survived by one daughter, Michelle “Micki” Weir of Cooperstown; two granddaughters, Dana Temp and fiancĂ© James Habernig of Esperance and Shawna Tierney and husband, Patrick of Bristol, Maine; four great grandchildren, Olivia Temp, and Fynnaghan, Liam and Angus Tierney; two sisters, Noreen Newell of Cooperstown, and Marion “Billie” Williams of Portland, Oregon; one sister-in-law, Caroline Wall of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband of 60 years who preceded her in death only 34 days prior to her own, Imy was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie N. Strait, and three brothers, Charles A. Newell, Jr., Donald Newell and Roger Gavin Newell. 

A private gathering will be held later this Spring.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY  13326.

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


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Lois G. Thompson

1928 - 2019

HARTWICK – Lois G. Thompson, 90, of Hartwick, passed away surrounded by her family Saturday night, January 26, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a brief illness.

She was born Lois Gertrude Coburn May 16, 1928, in Essex Junction, Vermont, a daughter of Ralph Henry Coburn and Anna Bessie Sweet Coburn.

At one time she was employed as a secretary for community programs in Chelsea, Vermont. She devoted much of her life to raising her family and caring for their home.

Lois is survived by her six children, Jeri Tiffany of Cooperstown, Teri Purdy of Bloomingburg, Jennifer Rettenmaier and husband, Richard of Ellenville, Jason Thompson and wife, Susanne, of Fairlee, Vermont, Randi Griffith and husband, Wayne, of Hartwick, and Christi Dutcher of Neosho, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and four sisters, Muriel Laliberte, Patricia Widli, Phyllis Blanchard and Greta Griffin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
  
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Alonzo Thompson, who died April 22, 1994; two brothers, Robert and Irving Coburn; and two sisters, Jean Bryne and Joyce Gomez.

A private service will be held by the family at their convenience.

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


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William Wesley Ciampo

1926 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – William Wesley “Wes” Ciampo, 92, formerly of Ridgewood, NJ, passed away Thursday night, January 24, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

He was born February 8, 1926, in an ambulance en route to a hospital in Hackensack, NJ. After Wes was born, the ambulance turned around and returned to the family home in Lodi, NJ. His father, Salvatore Ciampo, was a native of Rapone, Italy, and his mother, Catherine Terhune Ciampo, was born in New Barbadoes Township (Hackensack). 

On May 4, 1944, Wes was inducted into active service in the United States Army. He proudly served his country during World War II with Troop A of the 18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, mechanized. His specialty was serving as a radio operator in the European Theater of Operations and he saw action in the Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns. He was with Patton’s Third Army that relieved Allied forces at the Battle of the Bulge where Wes’ brother, Everett was fighting and was badly wounded. 

Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge from the military, Wes returned home and eventually received a two-year degree from Fairleigh Dickison Junior College. 

For many years, Wes worked as a real estate title examiner, and was employed by C&C Abstract Company and Northeastern Title Services in Hackensack, NJ. He made his home in Ridgewood, NJ until moving north to live with his son and family in Fly Creek. 

Wes is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Evette Ciampo of Fly Creek Valley; three grandchildren, Bryar-Lyn Ciampo (James Dix) of Schenevus, Jeremy T. Ciampo (Kirsten) of Shoreham, and Corey M. Ciampo (Amanda) of Ridgewood, NJ; five great grandchildren, Dustin Ciampo and Keaton Winsor, and Tatym, Lakin and Brighton Ciampo; and two sisters, Mae Jackson of Passa Grille, St. Petersburg Beach, FL and Earla DeSanto of St. Petersburg, FL. 

He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Edith Hladik Ciampo, who died December 30, 2006. 

Services will be private, and he will be laid to rest in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, NJ.

As an alternative to flowers, the Ciampo family respectfully requests that memorial donation be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY  13820.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY. 


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Louise Newell

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Louise Newell, a native of Cooperstown, died at the age of 89 early Wednesday morning, January 23, 2019, in Pompano Beach, Florida.

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


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Charles G. Green

1941 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Charles “Charlie” G. Green, age 77, passed away surrounded by his family Saturday morning, January 19, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a brief but bravely fought battle with cancer. 

He was born Charles George Green on August 13, 1941, in Yonkers, a son of Harry Albert Green, Jr. and Lena Krisch Green. As a young child, Charlie and his family moved from Yonkers to Fly Creek and lived in a home on Fork Shop Road. They later moved to a farm located on Bissell Road, which at the time was known as Stone House Road. 

Charlie first attended school in a schoolhouse in Fly Creek and then Cooperstown Central School, graduating with the Class of 1959. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country until receiving his Honorable Discharge from the military on September 30, 1965.  He returned to New York State and attended the State University Agricultural and Technical College at Delhi, where he earned vocational certificates in plumbing and heating and carpentry. He was first employed by The Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. in Utica, and then briefly worked for W.L. Taylor & Sons before working for 14 years as a boiler operator at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. He then went to work for the Cooperstown Central School District and was employed as a custodian in the schools for 17 years until he retired. 

Charlie always enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing in Oaks Creek. When his sons were younger he was very active with Troop 1254, Boy Scouts of America and accompanied the Scouts on many camping trips. He was also a very faithful and dedicated member of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, as well as the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown. 

Charlie will be greatly missed by his wife of 43 years, Lynn Adele Decker Green, a native of Staten Island. They were married June 14, 1975, in a ceremony at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, and for many years Charlie and Lynn lived on Christian Hill where they raised their family. Just recently they moved into the apartments on Chestnut Street in Cooperstown.

Charlie is also survived by he and Lynn’s three sons, Brian Green of Tucson, Arizona, Kevin Green and wife, April of Fly Creek and their children Riley, Emma, Gabby and Griffin, and Alex Green of San Diego, California; a brother, Henry A. Green and wife, Deborah, of Cooperstown; five nieces and a nephew, Megan, Natalie, Leslie, Amy, Angele and Jeffrey and their families; and many cousins in New York and New Jersey.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Lena Green, who died August 7, 2007. 

A service in celebration of the life of Charlie Green will be offered at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor, officiating.  

As an alternative to flowers, the Green family respectfully requests that donations be made in memory of Charlie 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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Doris L. Beers

1929 - 2019

MILFORD – Doris L. Beers, 89, of Milford’s Hinman Hollow area, passed away peacefully January 3, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

The daughter of Warren H. and Janette (Augur) Lyon, Doris was born June 4, 1929, in Oneonta. She attended the Oneonta schools until 1946 when her family moved to the family farm in Hinman Hollow where she would graduate from Milford Central School in 1947. 

Doris married Earl J. Beers at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary on October 18, 1947. He predeceased her on January 26, 2015.

A life-long area resident, Doris was a life member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary and member of the LCW of the church. She was an active member of the Hinman Hollow Grange and was also active in the activities of the Tianderah Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in Gilbertsville.  She was also a 4-H leader and involved with the Hartwick Historical Society.

Doris worked for the Hartwick Grade School as secretary and Cooperstown Elementary School as an assistant librarian. She later worked for the New York State Historical Association at The Fenimore House and The Farmers’ Museum. 

Doris enjoyed family camping trips in the Adirondacks. She and Earl also enjoyed the many trips to California and North Carolina to visit family and friends. She was an avid sewer and quilter, and she and Earl enjoyed square dancing with the Doubleday Square Dancers of Cooperstown.

Doris is survived by two sons, David and wife Alicia of San Diego, CA and Bradley and wife Gloria of Mt. Vision; two daughters, Debra Hildenbrand of Hinman Hollow and Greenville, NC and Pamela and husband Wayne of Laurens; and a sister, Marion Albanese of Castleton. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was also predeceased by her brothers, William Lyon and Douglas and wife Irene Lyon.

Funeral services and burial will take place later this spring at the convenience of the family.

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


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Doris Buchanan Johnson

COOPERSTOWN – Doris Buchanan Johnson, age 96, passed away peacefully late Thursday afternoon, January 3, 2019, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oneonta. Formerly of Madison, New Jersey and later Liverpool, she had moved to Cooperstown last year to be near her daughter, Judy Green and family, and had resided at Woodside Hall. 

Doris was a school secretary for many years followed by secretarial work for the Board of Missions of the New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church. She retired from her last post at Drew University where she was a popular secretary to the Dean of Students.

For many years Doris was active in the United Methodist Church in Madison, New Jersey, serving in the choir, social concerns programs, as well as the church’s homeless program. She also volunteered for RSVP and the Morristown Food Pantry. In 1994 Doris was honored as an “Outstanding Woman of Madison” for her contributions to the community through her volunteer service. 

Doris is predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles Howard Johnson, to whom she was happily married for 68 years and who died March 12, 2013, and a son-in-law, Lynn Edward Green, Esq., of Cooperstown who passed away July 8, 2013. 

She is survived by her sisters-in-law Sally Johnson and Judy Johnson. Also surviving are her three children, Judy Green of Cooperstown, Alan Johnson of Fayetteville (wife Gretchen) and Pam Johnson (partner Roseanne McCarty); three grandchildren, William C. Green, Esq. (wife Susan), Amanda Marini (husband Paul) and Jillian Green (husband Chris Watters); and six great grandchildren, Anders, Henrik and Alistair Green, Ilaria and Nico Marini and Hyla Watters.

Doris’ family will receive friends beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019, in the sanctuary of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

The visitation will be followed by a memorial service at 12 Noon with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Interfaith Food Pantry, 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains, NJ  07950.

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.

Sandee Hillman Alpern

1947 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Sandee Hillman Alpern, of Cooperstown passed away on Thursday morning, January 10, 2019, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oneonta at the age of 71. She had been a resident of Cooperstown since 1976.

Sandee was born in New York City on June 24, 1947, and grew up in Great Neck on Long Island. She attended Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, then earned her Master’s degree in educational psychology at the University of Chicago. She was married to Harlan Alpern in Roslyn on June 20, 1971. 

After her marriage she moved to Rochester with her husband who was a resident in Pathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She worked as a play therapist on inpatient pediatrics. She also took classes in spinning and weaving becoming proficient and had her own spinning wheel and loom. 

In 1976 she moved to Cooperstown with her husband who was an attending pathologist at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. Sandee took a part-time position at the Cooperstown Elementary School as the teacher of the gifted and talented program. She continued to do spinning and weaving. In addition, she took classes in pottery at The Smithy in Cooperstown. She had her own pottery wheel and kiln in the basement of her home. She developed expertise in pottery, sold her pieces and became a teacher of pottery at The Smithy, teaching two classes weekly and had a following of students. She sold her pottery as well as her weaving products at local stores and craft shows. She loved to collect and wear craft jewelry.

Sandee is survived by her husband, Harlan; her son, Micah (Sarah) of Mountain View, California; by her daughter, Rebeka Seelinger (Brian) of Erie, Pennsylvania; her four grandchildren, Bobby, Emma, Hazel and James; as well as by her mother, Corinne S. Hillman of Cooperstown, and a sister, Kathi Hillman McElroy (Hugh) of Port Jefferson. Sandee had many friends in the Cooperstown area as well as friends and relatives across the country who will miss her. 

The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with Rabbi Peter Schaktman of Temple Emanu-El in Utica officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens. 

For those that wish to honor Sandee’s life and memory a tax-deductible donation could be made to The Smithy Clay Studio, 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY  13326.

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


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