Nan G. Pedersen Williams

1924 - 2019

MILFORD – Nan G. Pedersen Williams, 95, passed away Sunday morning, December 8, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. 

She was born Nan Jeanette Gerling on June 7, 1924, at Community Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, the daughter of John and Edith (Saxton) Gerling.

For the first six years of her life she lived in East Orange, New Jersey. After the death of her father and grandfather Gerling, Nan’s widowed mother moved to Westville, where she had been born 40 years earlier, and purchased the store there which she ran for three years. Nan continued to live the rest of her life in Otsego County, and attended schools in Westville, Laurens and Milford, graduating from Milford High School in 1942. He first jobs were at defense plants in Sidney and on Dietz Street in Oneonta.  

On October 23, 1944, Nan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve Battalion where she was placed in a motor transport school and served as a truck driver. Private Gerling received her Honorable Discharge from the military on August 11, 1945. 

Upon her return to Otsego County, Nan met Leon Pedersen, and they were married in February 1946. They had two children, Gordon R. Pedersen who died in an automobile accident at the age of 22 on February 7, 1970, and Alana who now lives near Westford. Leon died February 27, 1975.

For many years, Nan was employed at SUCO in the bakery and food service department, and later worked in the Milford Central School cafeteria until her retirement. She then spent many years travelling and spent six years in Florida as a winter resident. 

On December 17, 1994, she married George R. “Bud” Williams and spent ten years learning about big family life. Bud died December 23, 2004. 

Nan was a charter member of the Milford American Legion Auxiliary, the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the Susquehanna Senior Citizens of Milford and the Westville United Methodist Church. She loved being with family and friends, and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilt making and trying to play the organ. 

In addition to her son and two husbands, she was predeceased by a step daughter, Janet W. Bloodgood in 2007, a brother, Raymond G. Gerling in 2000, and a sister, Caroline Gerling Burtis. 

Survivors include Alana and Robert Williams, Jeffrey Williams of Westford, and Christy and Alex Wood of Tonawanda; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; her extended family, Sue Williams of Niskayuna, Sandy and Lee Hillis of Minnesota, Bill and Kathy Williams of Pennsylvania, Deb and Ron Kapushinski of Connecticut, and special friends Richard and Iva Couse of Portlandville. 

Family and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019, the Westville United Methodist Church, 2706 County Highway 35, Schenevus (Westville) with Pastor Rose Bellen, officiating.

Interment will be in the Spring of 2020 in Milford Center Cemetery, where Nan will be laid to rest with her first husband and their son.

At the request of the family, they respectfully ask that flowers NOT be sent due to floral allergies within the family.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Westville United Methodist Church c/o Donna-Gene Francis, 1024 State Highway 166, 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.

Rosalie H. Weir

1927 - 2019

TODDSVILLE – Rosalie H. Weir, a mother, daughter, wife, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother, was unexpectedly called home Saturday morning, November 30, 2019, from her home in Toddsville to join her Lord and family. She was 92.

Of Polish descent, she was born September 1, 1927, at home in Ashley, Pennsylvania, one of seven children of Anthony Zukowski, a coalminer, and Helen (Gouse) Zukowski. 

After moving to the Cooperstown area, Rose was employed for many years as a teacher’s aide for the Cooperstown Central School District.

Throughout her life, Rose was always an ambitious and determined person - a formidable opponent in many respects! She enjoyed a variety of activities, especially attending many a polka fest, and as a lover of the outdoors was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club. She was also an active member and past president of the Hartwick Senior Citizens.

Missed terribly and loved by many, Rose is survived by a son, Kenneth Gary Weir and wife, Gail of Hornell; a daughter, Patricia A. Haefner of Olympia, Washington; her grandchildren, Teresa Rene Weir, Katherine Megan Weir and husband, Marc Schoone, Patricia Amanda Weir and partner Adam Constantine, and Keith Travis Weir and wife, Kari; her great grandchildren, Stephanie and Jordi Schoone, Elizabeth and Shelby Weir and Monica Slaight and husband Brandon; her three great great grandchildren, Bryce, Hudson and Riley; many nieces and nephews; and a legion of extremely wonderful friends and neighbors who made it possible for Rose to live out her final years in her beloved home in Toddsville.

She was predeceased by all of her siblings: John, Anthony and Francis Zukowski, Helen Markowski, Anna Schallert and Margaret Skupski. Seven brothers and sisters, along with their mother and father, are once more reunited, an occasion that has shook the heavens as such joy and shenanigans can barely be contained by the heavens above. 

May Pope John Paul II, the best Pope ever, greet her with open arms, and may Elvis serenade her until her heart is content. Listen to your polkas, play a game of cards (try not to get caught cheating) and smile thinking of such an amazing woman.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered in the Spring of 2020 at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. She will be laid to rest alongside her sister, Anna, in Westville Cemetery.

With respect for Rose’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2, 4877 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.

Kathleen Marsala

1933 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Kathleen Marsala, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, passed away peacefully early Tuesday evening, November 19, 2019, at her home in Cooperstown surrounded by her family. She was 86.

Born September 1, 1933, in Manhattan, Kathleen was one of 10 children of Richard and Ann (Sheridan) Grey. 

On October 21, 1950, Kathleen married the love of her life, Joseph J. Marsala, in a ceremony at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan.

Kathleen dedicated her life to raising her five children. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was kind and caring and was deeply loved by her family and many friends. 

Kathleen is survived by her beloved husband of 69 years, Joe Marsala of Cooperstown; their five children, John Marsala and wife, Kathy of Central Islip, Kathleen Marsala Siracusa and husband, Joe Siracusa of Cooperstown, Joseph “Joey” Marsala and wife, Ann of Cooperstown, Laura Marsala Ginley and husband, Tom Ginley of Bay Shore, and Maryann Dathe of Rockville Center; 11 grandchildren, Kristy Cifelli and husband Mike Cifelli, John Marsala and wife, Dawn, Andrew Marsala, Michele Siracusa Morrison and husband, Glenn Morrison, Alexandra Siracusa Headley and husband Gawayne Headley, Gianna Marsala McHenry and husband, Derrick McHenry, Erin Marsala, Tim Ginley, Erica Ginley Donahue and husband, Kenny Donahue, Derek Dathe and fiancé Christine, and Taylor Dathe; eight great grandchildren, Cameron Jones, Max Headley, Charlotte Cifelli, Michael Cifelli, Matthew Marsala, Mary Marsala, Oliver McHenry and Holly Ginley; a brother, Richard Grey and wife, Barbara of Rockville Center; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by a son, Richard “Ricky” Marsala, who died in 1954, and eight of her siblings. 

Friends may call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019, when Kathleen’s family will be in attendance.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church, 31 Elm Street, Cooperstown, with Fr. Peter Pagones, Interim Presider, officiating. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2019, in Calvary Cemetery (Third Calvary) in Woodside, Queens, with the Rev. Msgr. Steven A. Ferrari, pastor of The Church of St. Teresa, Woodside, Queens, officiating. 

As an alternative to flowers, Kathleen’s family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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

Haidy P. Zoeller

1926 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Haidy P. Zoeller, who, with her late husband, William H. Zoeller owned and operated Lake Front Hotel and Cooperstown Marine, passed away Saturday night, November 16, 2019, at her home in Lakeland Shores surrounded by her family. She was 93.

Born August 29, 1926, in Brooklyn, she was a daughter of Alfred W. and Paula W. (Grösser) Engelmann, who were both natives of Germany. A graduate of Mineola High School, Haidy and her family first came to Cooperstown when her father purchased the 25-acre Lakeland Shores housing development site on the southeast shore of Otsego Lake.

On July 8, 1950, Haidy married William Henry Zoeller in Brooklyn. 

In 1952, Bill and Haidy moved permanently to Cooperstown and lived on Christian Hill. In June 1955 the Lake Front Motel -- operated by Haidy’s father and her husband -- formally opened to the public. Haidy and Bill also owned and operated Cooperstown Marine, building and shipping boats to the New York City area. Through the years, Haidy served as the general manager of the hotel and restaurant, and always enjoyed interacting with customers and staff on a daily basis. Her presence will truly be missed.

She was a faithful member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartwick Seminary. 

Haidy is survived by a daughter, Paula L. Wikoff and husband, Terry; a son, Alfred M. "Fred" Zoeller and long-time partner, Brenda S. Reed; five grandchildren, Tulsa Wikoff and husband, Joseph Lepetich, Alexander Zoeller and wife, Suzana, Lonnie Zoeller and wife, Jennifer, Christian Zoeller and wife, Marissa, and Brett Zoeller and wife, Lauren; two step grandchildren, Teddy and his children Connor, Landon and Ronan, and Amanda; 7 great grandchildren, Kohlee, Knox, Remini, Sophia, Aaliyah, Wesley and Miles; Fred’s former wife and mother to his children, Valerie Pineo; and two nieces, Karen Johannesen and husband, Norman and Lorelei McCall and husband, David and their families. 

Haidy was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Bill Zoeller, who died September 17, 2017, and her identical twin sister, Louise Y. Woods, who died April 5, 2015.

A private family service will be held.

In the Spring, a public celebration of Haidy’s life will be held aboard the Glimmerglass Queen. 

As an alternative to flowers, the Zoeller family respectfully requests that memorial donations be directed to Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4636 State Highway 28, Hartwick Seminary, NY 13326 or to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite, 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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


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James Hilary Millea

1925 - 2019

HARTWICK - James Hilary Millea, 93, of Hartwick, died Saturday morning, November 9, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born December 29, 1925, in Rolfe, Iowa, the eldest of 11 children – including three sets of twins – of Joseph Hilary Millea and Margaret Lillian née Flaherty Millea. Raised in Iowa, he attended school up to the 11th grade, when at the age of 17 he left school, worked briefly on the railroad, then enlisted in the United States Navy on July 17, 1943. He proudly served his country during World War II as a Gunner’s Mate Third Class and landed on Juno beach during the D-Day invasion 75 years ago. He received his Honorable Discharge from the Military on January 10, 1947.

On December 28, 1946, Jim married Kathleen M. Healy of Bootle, England, in a ceremony at St. Matthew’s Church in Brooklyn. In 1956 the family moved from Iowa to Oneonta and then settled in Hartwick in 1957. 

For many years Jim was employed as a bricklayer and stonemason for Neil R. Neilson in Oneonta. During those years he was involved with the construction of many landmark buildings including colleges, hospitals and churches in Oneonta, Cooperstown and surrounding areas. 

Jim is survived by seven children, Eileen A. Murdock and husband, Robert of Hartwick, Thomas P. Millea and wife, Carole and Denis J. Millea and wife, Janice, all of Port Kent, NY, Joseph H. Millea and wife, Susan of Yacolt, WA, Patrick M. Millea and wife, Wendy of Maryland, NY, Michael J. Millea and wife, Jennifer, of Hartwick, NY, and Robert W. Millea and wife, Sukena of Atlanta, GA; and many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Millea and wife, Becky of Tulsa, OK, two sisters, Maureen Heman and husband, Robert and Madeline Lynch, all of Emmetsburg, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Kathleen H. Millea, who died March 23, 1993, a daughter, Mary E. Higgins, who died December 14, 2015, a son, James Robert Millea, who died August 15, 2016, and seven of his siblings.

Family and friends are invited to call and pay their respects from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church, 31 Elm Street, Cooperstown, with Fr. David Wm. Mickiewicz, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta, officiating.

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Hartwick Cemetery.

Jim's family respectfully requests that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts be directed to the Hartwick Emergency Squad, PO Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348, or the Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 1, PO Box 86, Hartwick, NY 13348.

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


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Catherine Susan Brisson (Reisen)

1940 - 2019

Catherine Susan Brisson (Reisen) went to rest quietly on All Hallow’s Eve.

She was born on 29 July 1940, in Bayshore, Long Island, the daughter of Dorothy Mercedes Baker and John Oliver Brisson. In 1963 she married William John Reisen, Sr. Early in her life she started going by her middle name, Sue. For many years she worked as a Unit Clerk in the ICU at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She enjoyed her work and made many long-lasting friendships at Bassett that endured long after her retirement; most notably her dear friends Mary Cummings, Judy Carson, and Bonnie Craig.

She had many hobbies: ceramics, sewing, and especially crocheting. She was particularly fond of making afghans for her friends and family. He favourite pastime, though was gardening where she could be with her flowers. She never saw a piece of ground that she was not convinced could be improved with a garden. However, closest to her heart was her family: she was a mother who gave all she could. She adored her grandchildren the most: Katherine, William, Lorenzo, Eli and Heather. 

She is survived by her two sons, William, and his wife Jamie, of Oneonta, and Dominick of Westville. Both men have had a piece of their hearts ripped away with her passing. She is also survived by her dear sister, Carole Lilawski of Middle Grove, NY. In recent years, when travel became difficult for Sue, Carole would often make the trip to Fly Creek so the two sisters could spend time together. Her brother Norman Brisson of Oakdale, Long Island was a rock in her life. She spoke fondly of her two other surviving brothers, Richie and Russell. 

She will be laid to rest at the Westville Cemetery on Thursday, 7 November 2019 at 1:00. All of her family and friends are invited to gather for a burial service at that time. Her friend of years past, Reverend Ronald Fralick, will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fly Creek Emergency Squad, PO Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

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


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Betty Jo Chase

1950 - 2019

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Betty Jo Chase, a native of Florida who served for many years as a nurse’s aide at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, passed away following a brief illness Saturday afternoon, October 26, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 69. 

Born January 29, 1950, in Milton, Florida, Betty was one of nine children of Clarence and Leona (Mack) Richardson. Raised in Santa Rosa County, she graduated from Milton High School and then attended nursing school in Pensacola. For a time she was employed as a nurse’s aide at Santa Rosa Hospital as well as West Florida Hospital. 

On October 25, 1969, Betty married David Harry Chase, Sr., in a candlelight ceremony at the Olivet Baptist Church in Milton, Florida. They continued living in Florida and began raising a family. In 1983, they moved to Cooperstown, where David was born and raised. For twenty-three years, Betty served as a nurse’s aide at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, until retiring in 2007. 

In her leisure, Betty enjoyed books, reading and spending time with her family. 

Betty is survived by her husband of 50 years, David H. Chase, Sr. of Richfield Springs; their children, David H. Chase, Jr. and Anoel Kelly of Cooperstown; two grandchildren, Amber Kelly and her partner, Dina, and Benjamin Kelly and wife, Sandra; and three great grandchildren, Jessamiah, Adelynn Sawyer and Rowen. She is further survived by a sister, Wanda Irizarry and husband, Alex, of Pensacola, Florida; a brother, Oscar Richardson and wife, Carol of Fairhope, Alabama; a sister-in-law, Ellen Eisinger Richardson and a brother-in-law, Richard Brimble, both of Milton, Florida; David’s siblings, James E. Chase and wife, Edna of Fly Creek, Beverly Anton and husband, William of Venice, Florida, and Mary Richardson of Milton, Florida; and many, many nieces and nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, brothers, David Scott Richardson, W.C. (Nadine) Richardson and V.L. “Bobby” Richardson, and sisters Dora Francis Brimble, Jewel (Joe) Raffaelle and Carolyn Sue (LaVon) Wright. 

Family and friends are invited to call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Following the visitation, a funeral service will be offered at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph Perdue, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, officiating. 

As an alternative to flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation (scleroderma.org) and the American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org).

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.

Josephine Bertino

1930 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Josephine A. Bertino, 89, passed away peacefully Friday evening, October 25, 2019, at Chase Memorial Nursing Home & Rehab in New Berlin.

She was born July 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, the only child of Peter Fatta, a Sicilian immigrant, and Rose (Rosalia) née Lucido Fatta. During her teen years she played piano at Carnegie Hall and developed a deep interest and love of music. She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, where Julius LaRosa was one of her classmates. 

Josephine raised her two daughters in Hauppauge, Long Island, where she assisted at the family day camp in the summers. She moved to upstate New York in 2010 to be near her family. 

For the past several years she has been a resident of Woodside Hall in Cooperstown, a place she truly enjoyed. She would often volunteer her time at the Susquehanna SPCA Thrift Shop, helping customers locate items and putting together outfits for special occasions. At Woodside Hall, together with Mary Margaret Kuhn, Josephine planned a successful fashion show for the SSPCA in June. She was also a big fan of the Glimmerglass Festival and tried to attend each summer. 

Josephine is survived by her two daughters, Serena Hanrahan and husband, Stephen, and Rosanne J. Westgate, Ph.D., all of West Winfield; and a grandson, Christopher Joseph Westgate of Westport, Massachusetts, a communications professor at Johnson & Wales University. 

Friends are invited to call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, when the family will be in attendance. 

Following the visitation, a memorial service will be offered at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mark Piedmonte, pastor of the Garrattsville United Presbyterian Church, officiating. 

On Monday, November 4, 2019, Josephine will be laid to rest with her parents and grandparents in St. John Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens.

As an alternative to flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Josephine to the United Presbyterian Church, 947 County Highway 16, Burlington Flats, NY 13315.

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.

Dale R. Clinton

1958 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Dale R. Clinton, 61, a native of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, October 13, 2019, surrounded by “his people”.

Dale was born April 9, 1958, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, the son of the late Douglas and Patricia Clinton. He was tough and overcame many health issues living life to the fullest.

After attending Cooperstown Central School Dale went to work as a contractor with his father’s restoration firm and helped with efforts to restore and preserve many historic sites, including Hyde Hall. Through the years he also worked for the Village of Cooperstown, Leatherstocking Storage and shared his talents on many projects for family and friends. 

Dale loved to spend his time outdoors on his Harley, in his garden, hunting, and standing by the BBQ with “cousin Bruce”, his “Bud”, and his buddies.

Dale is survived by his pride and joy and favorite chef, Sean Clinton. Also, a sister, Peg Wilson, her husband, Douglas and Dale’s niece, Taryn; two brothers, Keith and Wayne; step children Laura, Cyndy and Patrick Shephard; and six grandchildren and six great grandchildren whom he adored. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary L. Clinton, who died August 26, 2013. 

Dale was loved by many and blessed with true friends. His family would like to especially thank Mike and Sharon Chase, Scott and Colleen Sheldon, Bobby and Kathy Gallop, Mike and Karen Burgess and all those that made his life happy and comfortable. 

Dale leaves his beloved best friend Roscoe, the Blood Hound, to a home in the country. 

Dale will be missed by many and remembered as a “really good guy”. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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


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Barbara J. Rankin

1945 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara J. Rankin, beloved wife of John Rankin, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, October 12, 2019, at their home on Brooklyn Avenue in Cooperstown. She was 74.

Born July 1, 1945, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Barbara was the only child of the Rev. Robert J. and Margaret (née Marohn) Koch. Her father and maternal and paternal grandfathers were Lutheran ministers, so it was only natural that Barbara was raised in the Lutheran faith and traditions. Due to her father’s various church assignments, she and her parents moved several times in her youth throughout Wisconsin. When her father had the opportunity to lead a church in California (a prospect he liked as he had grown tired of Wisconsin winters) it was Barbara’s deciding vote that led them there. 

After graduating from high school in California, Barbara attended Cabrillo College, and later earned her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. While she was in college, she took some time off to travel throughout Europe. She found that she really loved to travel, and eventually became a stewardess for Pan Am. As she was fluent in German, she was often assigned the overseas trips to Europe. This career ultimately led her to become a well-liked sales representative for several major airlines. She eventually was employed for 27 years with Icelandair, and retired from there on June 17, 2011 (Icelandic National Day).

While living and working in New Jersey, Barbara met John Rankin, and the two were united in marriage March 22, 1986, in Watsonville, California, with Barbara’s father officiating. When they lived in Pennsylvania, where John was employed for 27 years in the Pocono Mountain School District, they attended St. Mark’s Community Lutheran Church in Appenzell. After visiting Cooperstown several times, Barbara and John grew to love the area. So in 2012, they purchased their home on Brooklyn Avenue in Cooperstown, and moved there full time in 2016. 

Barbara’s faith in God was an important part of her life. Soon after moving to Cooperstown, she became an active, devoted and faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, where she enjoyed singing with the Chancel Choir, as well as serving on the Worship Team and as a Deacon. Her quiet, gentle presence at First Presbyterian will be greatly missed by all who came to know and love her during her all too brief time with the congregation. 

Barbara is survived by her devoted husband, John Rankin of Cooperstown, who steadfastly helped Barbara fight her battle with cancer. He is grateful to the many, many people who helped Barbara during her illness.

A Service to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for the life of Barbara J. Rankin will be offered at 4 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2019, in the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor officiating. The service of committal will follow at The Columbarium in the Churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church. Following the services there will be a time for refreshment and fellowship in The Chapel.

As a way to remember Barbara, please consider a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.

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.

Arthur C. Strong

1928 - 2019

MILFORD – Arthur C. Strong, 91, of Milford, passed away early Friday morning, October 11, 2019, at his home in the Town of Westford.

He was born May 21, 1928, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, a son of Milo and Florence (Wood) Strong. 

Art attended Kindergarten at the Bugbee School in Oneonta, then the Middlefield School No. 2 in Westville, and graduated from Milford Central School with the Class of 1946. During his school years he was a member of the Boy Scout Troop in Westville that was led by T. Fulton Patterson, Scoutmaster. 

On July 19, 1952, Art married Bernice E. Virtell in Pennsylvania, and they settled into their home in Milford. 

For many years he drove fuel oil delivery trucks for Agway and Beart Corp. After retiring from the oil business Art delivered Meals On Wheels in Otsego County for many years. He also enjoyed the many hours he spent working in his gardens. 

Art is survived by six children, Lewis Charles Crawford of Rineyville, Kentucky, Evelyn Marie Lacey and husband, William, of Vine Grove, Kentucky, Robert Arthur Strong and wife, Laurie of Milford, Vickie Leah Konchar of Maryland, Michael Brian Strong and wife, Sandy, of Milford, and Carla Maureen Strong of Maryland; 19 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one sister, Helen Southworth of Cooperstown; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Virtell of Milford and Judy Virtell of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Bernice E. Strong, who died May 23, 2017, and a sister, Edna Schaffer. 

Art’s family wishes to extend special thanks to his caregivers, Jess, Sean and Amanda. 

The family will receive friends at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with Rev. Sylvia Barrett, pastor of the Milford United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Westville Cemetery.

As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, PO Box 127, Milford, NY 13807, or the Milford Emergency Squad, PO Box 359, Milford, NY 13807.

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.

Donald O. Pollock, M.D.

1930 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Donald O. Pollock, M.D., who led a lifetime of service to others including a distinguished and wide-ranging medical career with Bassett Hospital that spanned several decades, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday evening, September 29, 2019, surrounded by family and listening to the final Red Sox game of the season. He was 89.

He was born in 1930 in East Orange, New Jersey, the oldest son of J. Ford and Helen (Glasson) Pollock. He was raised in Brookside, New Jersey, where he also attended grammar school before going to Morristown High School. He graduated from Morristown as the valedictorian of his class in 1947. 

Morristown High School Principal Dr. Ralph Perry recruited Don for summer employment at Kamp Kill Kare in St. Albans, Vermont. Providentially, it was at this camp that he met George Kempsell, who played a pivotal role in directing Don to further his education at Hamilton College, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1951. He went on to complete his M.D. at Harvard Medical School. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Elinor Hopkins, who was working as a nurse at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. They were married June 7, 1953.

In July 1955, Dr. Pollock and his family first came to Cooperstown to serve his internship and residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett (MIB) Hospital. He then served for eight years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, which took the family to a succession of postings, including 2½ years in Eritrea, East Africa. In 1967 Dr. Pollock and his family returned to Cooperstown and Bassett Hospital, where he began a medical career of great distinction that would continue until his retirement in 1999.

A man of integrity, compassion and vision, Dr. Pollock’s contributions to medical care for the people of Central New York included service as chief of the General Services Department, associate director for emergency services, long-time medical director of The Meadows (formerly the Otsego County Nursing Home), head of Bassett’s Division of Community Medicine (now the Prime Care Clinic) and the hospital’s expert in dermatology. He later served as a member of Bassett’s Board of Trustees (1999-2011). Dr. Pollock championed the introduction of advanced healthcare professionals to expand patient care – mentoring the first independent nurse practitioner in New York State (the late Genevieve Kent-Waller) – and also promoted the establishment of MIB satellite clinics in surrounding communities. Don completed his 22 years of military service with the Army Reserve’s 414th Civil Affairs Unit in Utica, retiring as a full Colonel. 

Devoted to his family, community and alma mater, Don freely gave of his time and service. Whether he was coaching the Cooperstown Dry Cleaners Little League team, cooking hot dogs at the Presbyterian Church’s annual Ice Cream Social, or serving on advisory committees and boards (including the Alumni Council at Hamilton and as an Alumni Trustee), he cheerfully did so with the same spirit of generosity, humility and dedication – not to mention, a darn good sense of humor. He enjoyed golf, gardening, reading, word puzzles, eating at the Doubleday, and anything Scottish. His support for the Boston Red Sox was legendary…as was his sweet tooth.

In his later years, Don was able to enjoy travel and Elderhostel experiences with Elinor, and to offer additional service to his church. A member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1969, Don served in church leadership as Elder, Treasurer and Clerk of Session, and was a member and/or chair of numerous committees.

Don was a model of devotion during his wife’s final years as a resident of The Manor/Focus. He visited her every day, usually twice a day, to enjoy her company and to help care for her. 

Don is survived by four children and spouses, Donabeth and Gil Urick of Bonita Springs, Florida, Peter and Diana Pollock and Sally and Bud Zaengle of Cooperstown, and Jim and Sharon Pollock of Georgetown; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Philip Zaengle and wife, Amanda, and their sons, Henry and Everett, Owen Zaengle and wife, Emily, and their daughter, Wilma, Sam Zaengle and wife, Donna, Helen Zaengle, Jacob Zaengle, Karl Zaengle, Mary Zaengle, Laurel Zaengle and Benjamin Pollock; a brother, Stewart G. Pollock, Esq.; a sister, Polly Leaf; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Elinor H. Pollock, and their oldest son, the Rev. Stewart A. Pollock. 

Friends and colleagues may call and pay their respects on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown when the Pollock family will be in attendance. 

A Memorial Service to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for the Life of Donald O. Pollock, M.D. will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor, officiating. Following the service there will be a time for refreshment and fellowship in the adjoining Chapel. 

He will be laid to rest with his wife and son in The Columbarium in the Presbyterian Churchyard.

For those who wish to remember Dr. Pollock through a memorial gift, his family respectfully requests that donations be made to Cooperstown Youth Baseball, PO Box 282, 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.

Charles Michael Stringer

1949 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Charles Michael “Mike” Stringer, a lifelong resident of the Cooperstown area died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in his camper at Riverside Village Mobile Home Park in Portlandville. He was 70. 

Born August 2, 1949, in Cooperstown, Mike was the son of Francis William Stringer and Ellen H. Shaw Stringer. After graduating with the Class of 1967 from Cooperstown High School, he attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College.  

For many years, Mike served the community with many local businesses. He worked at Bassett Hospital as a cook as well as Lake Front Motel and for many years was a flooring installer at Endwell & Direct Floor Covering. He then had his own family flooring business, Mike’s Floor Covering, installing many new carpets and flooring for area residents and businesses. He then worked for the Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore House and Bayside Inn & Marina before his retirement.  

In his leisure he enjoyed motorcycling, hunting, fishing and most of all being “Papa” to his six loving grandchildren and watching them grow.   

Mike is survived by his three children, Jude Ann M. Tooley, and husband, David and two daughters Emily and Elizabeth of Cooperstown, Michael Stringer, and wife, Jennifer of Cooperstown and two sons Colton and Dylan, and Bryan Stringer and wife, Stephanie, of Oneonta and daughter Cora and son Mason; their mother and his former wife, Monica Talarico and husband, Samuel of Springfield Center; a sister, Cheryl Ann DeVinny Miller and husband, John of Tennessee; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Stringer of Belton, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by a brother, William “Bill” D. Stringer, who died April 11, 2015, and his parents Ellen and Francis Stringer.  

As per Mikes’ wishes, there will be no funeral service or calling hours.  Mike will be laid to rest with his parents in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery.  

The family will host a Celebration of Life at the Cooperstown Veterans Club on October 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.  All are welcome.    

As a way to remember Mike, his family would appreciate memorial donations to the Cooperstown Veterans Club, PO Box 1264, Cooperstown, NY 13326 in honor of the Stringer Family. 

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.

Eva G. Chamberlin

1921 - 2019

SOUTH HARTWICK – Eva G. Chamberlin, a long-time resident of South Hartwick and retired elementary school teacher, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, August 30, 2019, at the home of her daughter in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She was 98.

Born July 14, 1921, in Gloversville, Eva Grace Martin was the daughter of Charles Edward Martin and Grace Vida née Odell Martin. 

A graduate of Milford High School, Eva attended the State Teachers College in Oneonta. Upon graduation from college in 1943, she first taught in a district schoolhouse in Denver, and then elementary grades in Roxbury, Davenport and Otego. For 18 years, she taught 6th grade in the Oneonta City School District and retired in June of 1976. 

On June 26, 1946, Eva married Eddie George Chamberlin in a ceremony at the parsonage of the Milford Methodist Church. In 1951, the Chamberlins purchased a house in South Hartwick that they fixed up over time and continued to live in until shortly after Eddie’s passing in 2006. 

Along with her husband, Eva was a member for over 50 years of Westville Grange #540, as well as the New York State Historical Association, the Hartwick Historical Society, and the Hartwick United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Otsego County Retired Teachers Association and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. 

Eva is survived by her two daughters, Mary Eloise Bowser and husband Barry Lee Bowser of Middletown, Virginia, and Marcia Emily Chamberlin of Harrisonburg, Virginia; two grandchildren, Bryan Edward and Brooke Allison Bowser; her brother, Peter L. Martin of Fly Creek; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Eddie G. Chamberlin, who died April 12, 2006; and three brothers, Homer Frederick, Charles Herbert and Odell Dart Martin. 

A memorial service will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019, in the Hartwick United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Richard D. Howard officiating. Immediately following the service, Eva’s family will receive friends downstairs in the church hall. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will be private in Hartwick Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartwick United Methodist Church, 3080 County Highway 11, 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.

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.      


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.

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. 


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.

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.