Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitation and Service Policies

For 95 years, the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home has remained deeply committed to responsibly responding to the needs of the communities we are privileged to serve, as well as to the health and well-being of our fellow citizens, the families we serve and our associates.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are continuing to stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to funeral service and we will incorporate those changes into our operations. We will also continue to take certain precautionary measures in all we do in line with those recommended to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing and the New York State Funeral Directors Association. 

As we enter Phase 4 of the re-opening process for our region, public visitations are allowed. However, indoor gatherings, including visitations and funeral and memorial services are limited to 33% of the maximum capacity of a particular area at a time.  Social distancing measures are still in effect, so a distance of 6 feet must be maintained amongst all individuals at all times, unless safety or the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. pallbearing) or the individuals are members of the same household. We are also mandated to prohibit holding or shaking hands of members in different households during services, and it is required that all those who enter the funeral home wear a face covering at all times. Whilst the ability to hold services in a church will depend on each church’s opening status, graveside services can be arranged but are limited to no more than 50 people in attendance.

Travel Advisory Effective June 25, 2020: Governor Cuomo announced a joint travel advisory with New Jersey and Connecticut starting at 12:01am June 25. People traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 will have to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to visiting. The three states will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies. For guidance and a list of restricted states, please visit the New York State Department of Health web site, https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

Regarding mourners from-out-of-state coming to New York for funeral services:
  1. If you are coming from a restricted state, you are subject to the travel advisory and must self quarantine for 14 days.
  2. If you are coming from a state not listed in the travel advisory but passing through a restricted state, there is an exception to the quarantine. The advisory states: “The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.”  
Please take care of yourselves and each other, and know that we are here to serve you in your time of need.  

Peter A. Deysenroth 
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Owner and Licensed Manager

Note: If you are looking for the obituary of a specific person, please use the list of names at right.

David Jones

1942 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – David Jones, husband of Lynn Richards Jones, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2020, at his home in the Village of Cooperstown. A retired English and American Studies teacher, he taught at the Millbrook School in Millbrook, and the Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. He was 78.

Born on March 10, 1942, in Albany, David was one of three children of Louis Clark Jones, Ph.D. and the former Hazel “Billie” Williams. The family moved to Cooperstown in 1947, not long after his father was named Director of the New York State Historical Association.

David attended Cooperstown Central School and later transferred to The Putney School in Vermont. After graduating from Putney, David studied theater at Boston University before transferring to Hiram College, where he received a B.A. in English in 1966. 

During his years in Cooperstown, he met Lynn Richards, daughter of long-time residents William Richards and the former Wanda Olmstead. On August 27, 1966, David and Lynn were married at The Cornwallville Church at The Farmers’ Museum. Following the ceremony, they rode by oxcart to Bump Tavern for the reception. 

From September 1966 until February 1968, David attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master’s Degree in English. In March 1968 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as a Chaplain’s Services Specialist. In 1971, David and his family moved to the Millbrook School where he taught English, coached baseball and skiing, and served in various administrative capacities. He also continued course work toward his Ph.D. in English at Drew University and, later, at the University of Miami. 

In 1976, David accepted a position to teach English at Saint Andrew’s School. He served as the department chair, introduced American Studies to the curriculum, developed an English as a Second Language summer program for international students, and coached baseball and women’s cross country. He is remembered as a kind, compassionate, and inspiring teacher, coach, and dorm parent. He retired as a Master Teacher. 

David loved teaching. Over the span of more than three decades, he became well-respected and admired by students, faculty and parents alike. He was known for his wit and for gently guiding his students’ understanding of literature and writing. 

In addition to his teaching career, David worked in educational software development for IBM, training teachers and assessing communications programs. He revised the IBM Style Guide for Educational Software and wrote textbooks for the Lawrenceville Press. He also wrote an introduction to Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Rural Hours for Syracuse University Press.

In 2001, David, an avid bicyclist, was in training for a 575-mile AIDS benefit ride in Montana when he was struck from behind by a van and thrown from his bike. He lay unconscious in a Delray Beach hospital for nearly two weeks. He gradually improved, but sadly realized he could no longer teach.  It was noted that a brain injury seemed a particularly cruel offense to a man known for the depth and subtlety of his mind. In 2004, he and Lynn returned to Cooperstown and made their home on Elm Street. 

David is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lynn, of Cooperstown; their two sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew William Richards Jones, MD and Cora Vegafria Jones of Cooperstown, and Jeremy Louis Clark Jones and Katherine Janiec Jones, Ph.D. of Boiling Springs, SC; four grandchildren, Molly Foard Jones, Phoebe Lynn Emerson Jones, Isabella Grace Richards Jones, and William David Maxwell Jones; a sister, Carol Loomis of Winthrop, MA; a sister-in-law, Elisabeth Richards Jerson and husband, Robert Jerson of Springfield Center; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents and stepmother, Agnes Halsey Jones, David was predeceased by a brother, Peter Jones and a brother-in-law, Raymond Loomis.

David will eventually be laid to rest in the Pickens Family plot in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

As a way to remember David, please consider a memorial gift to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY  13326. https://sqspca.org/support/make-a-donation/.

Arrangements are under the care 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.

Helen Davis, US Nurse Cadet

1924 - 2020

FLY CREEK – In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 4, 2020, R. Helen Davis, a long-time resident of Fly Creek, retired Registered Nurse and cherished mother, passed peacefully with family by her side. She was 95 and the last of the Finnish area immigrants residing in Otsego County. 

Born July 27, 1924, in a farmhouse off Harrison Hill Road in Mount Vision, she lived her earliest years there, later moving with her family to a State Highway 205 farmhouse closer to Mount Vision village. Her parents, Jaakko and Anna (Veikkolainen) Puputti, immigrated by ships (the White Star Line “Cedric” and the Scandinavian American Line “United States”) from Jaakima, Finland in 1905 and 1913, respectively, entering America through Ellis Island. Their names were later immortalized there on the Immigrant Wall of Honor.

Helen was tasked with learning the English language upon entering Laurens Central School, graduating with the Class of 1943. In her teens she played the violin and particularly enjoyed playing a rendition of “Turkey in the Straw” but only after much parental coaxing at small Finnish gatherings. After high school she worked at the Oneonta Manufacturing Company producing mica for army equipment to be used in World War II. 

Helen’s brother, Eino Puputti (who changed his name to the more Americanized name of Edward Johnson) encouraged her to join the US Nurse Corps Cadets at the Binghamton City School of Nursing. While in nurse’s training the cadets worked in critically short staffed US hospitals during the war years and cared for the returning wounded soldiers. Helen served stateside as the war had ended before earning her RN degree in 1947. Helen started her profession at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown in the obstetrics department, a career that included an unexpected surprise rush delivery in the elevator. She later did private duty in Otsego County as well as Florida. She took several refresher courses at AO Fox Memorial Hospital to obtain her Florida RN license to work occasionally there as she enjoyed wintering in Florida near her daughter, Barbara. 

She married her first husband, Gerald F. Gage, a Tech 4 World War II veteran awarded a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge. Together they raised their two children, Robert and Barbara. He predeceased her in 1988. 

She later married Donald A. Davis in the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, where they were devoted members for many years. They made their home on Cemetery Road in Fly Creek, where Helen continued to reside. 

Helen enjoyed meticulously tending her flower and vegetable gardens, spending time with her cats, travelling the US with Don in their fifth wheeler and fly fishing- Don was an accomplished fly tyer. After Don’s passing Helen continued travelling, often internationally to her beloved Finland four times and to countless destinations with Barbara and Ruth and many dear friends. 

In her later years, Helen enjoyed relaxing on her front porch “to watch the world go by” and to visit with the dedicated Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company members across the street. She spoke fondly of all the members, Don having been a long-time member and having served at one time as Fire Chief. They were always willing to lend her a helping hand (or two) for many years. Helen was often seen walking in Fly Creek, taking time to stop to talk with friends and neighbors. Some of her hobbies included reading The Daily Star, tending her African Violets, watching the birds at the feeder as well as the numerous Hummingbirds that still flock to her bountiful red Bee Balm garden. 

Helen was as member of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society, the Milford and Hartwick Senior Citizen’s Clubs, the Christian Hill Women’s Club, the Cooperstown Women’s Club, the Native Daughters of Cooperstown and the Lake and Valley Garden Club, which held a special place in Helen’s heart as it was there that she met many other garden passionate people, several of whom remained dear friends for many years. 

Helen is survived by her children, Robert Gage and his partner, Sue Garvin of Fly Creek, and Barbara Stephenson of Westford, and a grandson, Gerald Gage and his fiancé Brittany Duncan of Clayville. Surviving also are two nieces Kate Lindsey and family of New Jersey, Los Angeles and Brooklyn and Ruth Johnson Hansen and her children, Tessa and Manja and her wife, Kris, all residing in Denmark. Helen leaves behind her “other daughter” and life time dear friend of Barbara’s, Susie Parshall and her husband, John Urbin of Texas. Surviving also are two step children, Duane Davis and wife, Sharon of Ohio and Florida and his sister, Joan Blankenship of South Carolina. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald A. Davis in 1998, and her beloved brother, Eino (Edward) Johnson, whose death at the age of 49 in 1967 was a profound loss for her. 

Helen’s strength, wisdom and kindness will continue to inspire all who knew and loved her. 

As a way to remember Helen, we respectfully request that any memorial donations be directed to the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

A graveside service will be at a later date when our Denmark family can attend. 

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



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

Emma Jean Shepard

1929 - 2020

FLY CREEK – It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Emma Jean (Shaw) Shepard of Cooperstown on July 1, 2020, at the age of 91 years.

Emma Jean was born to Harold Judson Shaw and Ethel Catherine (Knapp) Shaw February 5, 1929, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
 
As a child, Emma Jean first lived with her parents at their home on Beaver Street in Cooperstown. They later moved to the boathouse at Three Mile Point and then to Thurston Hill, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse and then Springfield Central School. In 1941, the family moved to Fly Creek, where Jean attended another one-room schoolhouse and then Cooperstown High School, graduating with the Class of 1948.

On November 19, 1948, she married Smith J. Shepard, Jr. at the Cooperstown Methodist Church. They built their life together residing in Fly Creek where they raised their son. 

She leaves as her legacy one child, David Allen Shepard and daughter-in-law, Susan. She also leaves to cherish her memory four grandchildren, Laura Smith (Jeffrey), Cynthia Shepard, Patrick Shepard (Kim) and Sean Clinton; six great grandchildren, Amanda Burgher (Jason), Shelby McLean, Chelsey Loucks (Joseph Pickard), Jordan Loucks (Andrew Bosc), Eric Loucks (Kaley Manikis) and Cendra Crawford; and six great great grandchildren, Jacob and Dalton Burgher, Lyndon and Kolyn Baldwin, Emma McMichael and Annabelle Bosc.

Although there are no words to describe what an amazing and beautifully unique woman Emma was, her son and grandchildren will always remember her as a loving, caring individual who provided compassion and comfort to all the lives she touched. 

Emma Jean worked at the Cooperstown Central School in the cafeteria for nine years, and in addition faithfully provided care to elderly people within her community for seventeen years. 

In 1947 she joined the membership of the Fly Creek Methodist Church, and since that time has been a very active and devoted member. She enjoyed spending time with family, as well as the staff and friends at Cooperstown Center, expressing her talent and love for art, and sharing her spiritual beliefs (“Grammy loves you and Jesus loves you”). 

Emma Jean is predeceased by her parents, her husband, the mother of her grandchildren, Mary Clinton, her very special cousins Alice Shaw and Beverly Payne, along with several other cousins. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, PO Box 128, Fly Creek, NY 13337.

​A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor, officiating. With respect for current regulations for public gatherings, especially in churches, it is important that those who wish to attend the service please contact the funeral home no later than Thursday, August 6th, either by telephone (607-547-8231) or email (peterdeysenroth@hotmail.com) to make a reservation. Those who do attend must wear a mask and adhere to proper social distancing. 

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.

Sharon Ann Congelli

1945 - 2020

FLY CREEK – In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 17, 2020, Sharon Ann Congelli, a longtime resident of Wayland, passed away at her daughter’s home in Fly Creek, surrounded by family, following a valiant seven-year battle with glioblastoma. She was 74.

Born November 20, 1945, in North Hornell, Sharon was the daughter of Duane E. and Carol J. (Bricks) Knapp of Atlanta, NY. After graduating from high school in Wayland she attended the Continental School of Beauty in Rochester. 

While she was employed at several places throughout her life, she was best known as the manager of the Home Video store located in the Wayland Food Mart, for over 25 years. Prior to managing the video store, Sharon worked for the Wayland Central School as part of the high school cafeteria staff, a position she enjoyed and from which lifelong friendships were born as evidenced by monthly lunch gatherings with the “cafeteria ladies” held for decades after.

Sharon was a good listener with a gentle nature and a cheerful outlook on life that was comforting to those around her. Her family, especially her ten grandchildren, loved visiting Sharon at her longtime residence on Loon Lake. There she shared with them her well-known love of loons and enjoyed paddleboat rides around the lake. Sharon loved hosting family and friends at the lake, where she always made everyone feel welcome and at home, blessing her children with a lifetime of memories spent on Loon Lake.

Sharon was a spiritual person whose journey of faith began in the Atlanta Presbyterian Church. She had also been a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Wayland, Loon Lake Community Chapel in the summers and, during her four-year residence in Fly Creek, was a much-loved participant of Butternuts Monthly Meeting Quaker worship groups in Cooperstown and Oneonta. Sharon had an expansive and inclusive perspective of spirituality and appreciated elements of many faiths and spiritual practices, gathering in sacred circles of women and joining each of her children and grandchildren in their practices.

Sharon was conscientious about fulfilling her civic duty and for many years assisted her fellow community members in Wayland as an election worker at the polls on election days.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed being a regular patron at the small libraries in the communities she lived and frequented. Sharon enjoyed puzzles, games and any activity that brought family and friends together in shared experience. She derived great joy from attending her grandchildren’s sporting, musical and theatrical events as well as attending concerts, films and professional performances. Sharon was a lifelong learner and enjoyed visiting museums and cultural and historical sites. She was curious with a boundless enthusiasm for exploring new places and activities which she maintained throughout her life, traveling and learning with communities of people. She appreciated the natural world and delighted in walking and observing the changes each season brought.

Sharon was devoted to family and friends, having an unlimited capacity for welcoming people into her life. Her strength and resilience allowed her to meet each challenge in life with grace and a consistent outlook of empathy and joy. Her presence was a gift to all. She was beloved by many and held in peace and love to the very last by her devoted family who cherishes her still.

Sharon is survived by her four children, Jonas (Tammy) Congelli of Tully, Sarah (Mark) Wilcox of Fly Creek, Carol (George) Smith of Forest Grove, Oregon, and Michael (Jennifer) Congelli of Spencerport; ten grandchildren, Steffaney and Nathaniel Wilcox, Emily, Allison, Matthew and Anna Congelli, and Izzy, Carly, Sammy and Vinny Congelli; and her four siblings, Lee (Megumi) Knapp of Tennessee, Lois(Jim) Mark of Dansville, Winifred (“Winnie”) Feathers of Geneseo, and Joan (Bill) Brewster of Dansville and their families. 

Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Duane E. Knapp who died November 14, 2008, and her mother, Carol J. Knapp, who died July 12, 2012. 

While there will be no services at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions on public gatherings, please remember for now the times you spent with Sharon, smile, and know that she is at peace. When it is safe and regulations allow, Sharon’s family will plan on having a public memorial service in Wayland. She will be laid to rest near her parents in St. Joseph’s Old Cemetery in Wayland.

As Sharon’s family is acutely grieving her loss, and as there will be some delay in gathering for a formal memorial service, her children would be very grateful to receive stories and remembrances of her from those she connected with through the course of her life. In celebration of her life, please share your memories of Sharon with messages humorous, poignant, joyous – the full scope of a life well lived. By mail: Family of Sharon Congelli, c/o Sarah Wilcox, PO Box 95, Fly Creek, NY 13337 or by email: lilybluestone4@yahoo.com.

Memorial donations in Sharon’s name may be made to: Wayland Free Library, E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library of Atlanta, Village Library of Cooperstown, Loon Lake Community Chapel, Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Butternuts Monthly Meeting of Cooperstown or Cancer Connects of East Syracuse.

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.

Joyce S. Jones

1932 - 2020

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Joyce S. Jones, a long-time resident of Hartwick Seminary and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away with family by her side Tuesday afternoon, May 19, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was also an accomplished seamstress and upholsterer, and had a special love for Otsego Lake, often reminding her family, “Aren’t you glad I moved to Cooperstown, there is not a more beautiful place.” She was 87.

Born October 22, 1932, in Ayer, Massachusetts, she was one of four children of David P. and Alice (Moison) Sargent. Raised on the family farm in Groton, Massachusetts, Joyce graduated from Groton High School with the Class of 1950, and then attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1954. Later that same year she moved to Cooperstown when she took a job at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. This was quite a step for a young lady in the 1950s to take, and Joyce admitted she was a bit scared moving away from her family and native Massachusetts, but she persevered and did well. 

Joyce was especially glad she moved to Cooperstown when, at a New Year’s Eve party, she met Duane E. Jones. On November 26, 1956, Joyce and Duane were married in Groton, Massachusetts and, after relocating several times, settled into their home in Hartwick Seminary in 1964. In the mid 1960s, Joyce left her job at the extension office to devote her time to raising her children and caring for their home. She always had talent for sewing, and in the 1970s started working on her own as a seamstress as well as doing upholstery work. 

For decades, Joyce faithfully served on the board of directors of the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery Association. She, along with her husband, Duane, looked after the upkeep of the cemetery and was the person to call whenever a burial needed to take place. She was also a representative for Cherry Valley Memorials. 

Joyce was very devoted to the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown, where she was a long-time faithful member, served as a Deacon and was in charge of the Columbarium in the Church-yard. Before women could take an active role in church governance, Joyce became a vital part of the church’s Women’s Fellowship, serving as their treasurer and taking part in the various guilds that, at the time, were part of this church group. As an accomplished seamstress, her passion for this ministry of the church led her to be the main stay for many years in deciding on and organizing the various sewing projects the women worked on in their Monday sewing circle. They would sell their creations at the Alternative Market held each year just prior to Christmas. Through the years she also served as chair of the annual Ice Cream Social and the accompanying sale of the women’s handcrafted items, as well as church rummage sales. One of her biggest endeavors was raising awareness of the need to restore the church’s stained glass windows, and was instrumental in raising the needed funds. Her legacy at First Presbyterian will live on for years to come in the stained glass quilted wall hanging she crafted for the church’s 2007 bicentennial celebration. Designed and pieced together by Joyce and her grandchildren, they began choosing fabrics in June of 2006 and worked together during school holidays for several months. It was quilted by Joyce and her ecumenical friends and upon completion in July 2007, her son, Steven mounted it on a wooden frame and it now hangs in the sanctuary above the main entrance doors. The various blocks represent and depict liturgical seasons in the Christian calendar and cycles of life. 
Never one to sit idle, Joyce was also an accomplished bowler, and she and her sister, Jan, won the No Tap tournament four years in a row. 

This remarkable woman, who was such a vital part of her church and community, and whose hearing loss never kept her from persevering and accomplishing so much, will be greatly missed by her loving family. She leaves behind four children and six grandchildren, son Steven Duane Jones and his wife, Eva of Niskayuna and their children, Cora Elizabeth, Kelly Christine and David Duane Jones, and three daughters, Susan E. Bergene and husband, Gregory of Cooperstown and their daughters, Kristin Ellen and Hanna Joy Bergene, Sandra Lee Jones of Middletown, Delaware, and Sharon L. Otto and husband, Paul of Niskayuna and their son, Paul Christopher Otto. She is further survived by her brother, David P. Sargent, Jr. and his wife, Janet of Great Falls, Virginia, and a sister, Jean Norton and her husband, Lee of Valatie, and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her father and mother, who predeceased her in 1994 and 1995 respectively, Joyce was also predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Duane E. Jones, who died June 21, 1999, and her sister Janet Ann Kerr, who died December 8, 2018.

She will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.

While there will be no services at this time, please remember your times spent with Joyce, smile, and know she is at peace. 

For those who wish to honor Joyce’s life, please consider a memorial donation to Hartwick Seminary Cemetery Association, 1636 Kelly Corners Road, Oneonta, NY 13820, or Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County, 403-B Chestnut Street, 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 A. Bonnel

1963 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – William A. Bonnel, who was a faithful long-time employee of Reiss Moving & Storage in Hartwick Seminary, passed away late Friday afternoon, May 8, 2020, at Robinson Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stamford after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 56.

A native of New Jersey, Bill was born December 19, 1963, the only child of William C. and Nancy Jean (Jackson) Bonnel. The Bonnels moved to the Cooperstown area when Bill was young, and he attended Cooperstown Central School, graduating with the Class of 1983. He later received a degree in automotive technology. 

For many years, Bill was employed by Reiss Moving and Storage in Hartwick Seminary as the maintenance man in their warehouse. A “jack of all trades”, he could always be counted on to be there, where he especially enjoyed greeting people getting their cars washed. A quiet man blessed with a great memory, he will be sorely missed by Howard, Doris and Frances, and all those whose lives he touched. 

Bill is survived by his son, John Lloyd Parshall of Forestport, and a granddaughter, Alexis Anderson, as well as his good friends Howard and Doris Reiss and Frances Breslin. 

He was predeceased by his father, William C. Bonnel, who died October 3, 1976, and his mother, Nancy Jean Bonnel, who died March 26, 2006. 

While there will be no services, please remember the times you spent with Bill, smile, and know that he is now at peace. 

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.

Jocelyn A. Rauscher

1942 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 16, 2020, Jocelyn A. Rauscher, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away unexpectedly due to cardiac-related issues at her home with her husband by her side. She was 78.

A native of Scotland, she was born January 26, 1942, in Edinburgh, a daughter of the late William Ferguson Jack and Gwendolyn Hurdle Jack. Educated in the United Kingdom, she was employed in England as a Registered Nurse.

On April 3, 1971, she married Andrew Rauscher, M.D. in a private ceremony in East Sheen, Surrey, UK. 

Jocelyn was an enthusiastic bird watcher, avid gardener and talented artist specializing in painting, doll making and pottery. She loved to create paintings of English cottages, meadows and bluebell woods, all memories of her upbringing in England. She was very giving to her family and to the community. She opened her home to others, and they became part of her extended family. Jocelyn was also a skillful chef, creating new recipes for her family who always appreciated tasting her delicious creations. A talented horse rider, she passed on this passion to her daughter, and recently became involved with her hobby farm. In her free time, she volunteered at the Bassett Cancer Clinic and was a hospice volunteer helping ease the pain of others during their battles with cancer, as she was a two-time survivor herself. 

Jocelyn is survived by her husband of 48 years, Andrew Rauscher, M.D.; their five children, Daniel and Jeanne Rauscher of Haddam, Connecticut, Rebecca Nichols and fiancé Andre Mills of Westford, Massachusetts, Pilarin Nichols of North Andover, Massachusetts, Jemma Rauscher and John Dinnenn of Cooperstown, and Annabel Rauscher of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Alex, Laura, Liam, Maeve, Emily, Brendan and Finnigan; a sister-in-law, Marya Parker of England; and a long list of lifelong friends. A lifelong lover of animals she leaves behind Bodie, Ozzie, and her cat Freddy.

While there will be no service or gathering at this time, please remember the times you spent with Jocelyn, smile, and know that she is at peace. A celebration of life will be planned in the future.

For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Jocelyn, her family respectfully requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Susquehanna SPCA or the Salvation Army. 

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.

Rocco J. Lauria

1936 - 2020

HARTWICK – Rocco Joseph Lauria, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, passed away late Tuesday morning, April 14, 2020, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was 84.

Born January 25, 1936, in Utica, he was the son of Rocco and Norma (Bice) Lauria. After graduating with the Edmeston Central School Class of 1954, Rocco served for three years with the New York Army National Guard. 

On April 14, 1956, Rocco married the former Louise Bunn in a ceremony at the parsonage of the Mount Vision Methodist Church. 

Throughout his life, Rocco always enjoyed working at anything to do with the land. In later years, he especially enjoyed vegetable gardening and selling his produce at a roadside stand near his home. His gregarious nature led him to be able to strike up a conversation with just about anyone he met. 

Rocco also had a competitive side to his personality, which was quite evident when he played golf, a sport he truly loved. He also enjoyed deer hunting.
Rocco was a member of the Hinman Hollow Grange, and was a faithful member of the Hartwick United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed leading the hymn singing for services. 

Rocco is survived by his wife of 64 years, Louise B. Lauria of Hartwick; two daughters, Melody Ainsworth and husband, Chris of Rochester, Minnesota, and Teresa Hickling and husband, Brian of Edmeston; three sons, Brian Lauria of Hartwick, Jeffrey Lauria and wife, Dana of Erieville, and Kevin Lauria of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Doris Gould and husband, Bud of New Berlin, and Dolores Maxson and husband, Bob of West Edmeston, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Rocco and Norma Lauria, Rocco was preceded in death by two great grandchildren, Mea Grace Stoecklin who died September 24, 2019, and Kyle Joseph Seamon who died March 26, 2020, and a sister, Philemena (Phyllis) Janet Tufts who died November 3, 2012. 
While there will be no services at this time, please remember the times you spent with Rocco, smile, and know that he is at peace. 

For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Rocco, his family respectfully requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Hartwick United Methodist Church, PO Box 44, 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.

Eleanor B. Kallan

HARTWICK – Eleanor B. Kallan of Hartwick died April 13, 2020, at home.

Eleanor was born in West Meredith, the daughter of Harry and Verna M. Benedict.

She was a graduate of A.L. Kellogg Central School in Treadwell and Delhi Tech in Delhi.

Eleanor was employed at MI Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown from 1946 to 1958.

In August 1957, she was married to Thomas W. Kallan, Sr. of Hartwick. Eleanor was a 67 year resident of the Town of Otsego.

She was a member and former treasurer and trustee of the Hartwick United Methodist Church. She was also a longtime member and a director of the Cooperstown Criterion Club.

Eleanor assisted her husband on the family dairy farm and with his feed and fertilizer business. She was also a volunteer at MIB Hospital for several years.

She is survived by her four children, Kim, Kay, Thomas Jr. (Susan) and Timothy (Bonneda); six grandchildren, Peter (Lauren), Alison, Mallory, Nicholas, Wyatt and Sloane; and two great grandchildren, Graham and Lilah. Also surviving are two brothers, Ralph (Sandy) and Lynn (Elaine), sisters-in-law, Jean (Ferd) and Ann, in addition to several nieces, nephews, cousins and a special group of friends. 

She was predeceased by her husband, son-in-law Robert, brother Alton and sister Dorothy.

If desired, a memorial donation can be made to the Hartwick United Methodist Church, PO Box 44, Hartwick, NY 13348 or to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Burial will be in the Hartwick Cemetery.

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.

Martha S. Beals

1928 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Martha S. Beals, 91, of Cooperstown passed away Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown as the result of a recent stroke.

She was born November 12, 1928, in Danby, a daughter of Andrew J. and Marian (Page) Scott. Following her graduation from Ithaca High School, Martha was employed as a secretary in the dairy department at Cornell University. It was there she met Harlo Peabody Beals, Jr., a native of Cooperstown, and the two were united in marriage on September 17, 1949, in Ithaca. Following Harlo’s graduation from Cornell in 1950, Martha devoted her time to raising their family. In 1969 the Beals family moved to Cooperstown when Harlo became a principal in the McEwan Hardware Corporation. Martha worked for Arthur T. Peevers at his insurance agency, and later owned the Montgomery Ward Agency while also working as a bookkeeper and tax preparer on her own as well as for H&R Block.

During their years in Cooperstown, Martha attended the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown and enjoyed playing Bridge, both at the Clark Sports Center and The Otesaga. 

Martha is survived by one son, Stephen L. Beals and Stacy of Cooperstown; one daughter, Susan M. Beals of Cuyler; a daughter-in-law, Kathie Beals of Parish; two foster daughters, Tina Parks and Dale Hendricks of Cooperstown and Nancy Parshall and her husband, Carl ("Pete"), of Morris; and13 grandchildren, Gabe Beals; Melanie Bobowski Wadenstein and her husband, Mattias, Jessica Bobowski, Elizabeth Soutar and her husband, Gordon, Sarah Roberts and her husband, Joseph, Kyle Beals and his wife, Brandy, Kory Beals and his wife, Kelly, Laurie Butts and her husband, John, Carrie Warner and Jamie Parson, Jillian LaBadia and her husband, Joey, Neil Parshall, Christine Gates and her husband, Dan, and Justin Young. Martha also enjoyed her 21 great grandchildren, Ronin Mooney and Tala MacKay, Margaret, Olivia, Caitlin, Emily and Adam Roberts; Jackson Beals; Wyatt and Allison Butts, Hailey James, Karli Warner and James and Madison Parson, Isabelle LaBadia; Jay, Shelly and Abby Gates; and Brandon, Madison and Melanie Young. Martha also has a sister-in-law, Ruth Scott, of Trumansburg, and several nieces and nephews and their children. 

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Harlo, who died July 28, 2014; a son, Kevin S. Beals who died November 21, 2016; and a brother, Andrew J. Scott, Jr. 

A graveside service will be held at a later date in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. 

Memorial donations may be directed to the Cooperstown Fire Department, PO Box 1, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or to The Rotary Club of Cooperstown for the benefit of the Youth Exchange Program, PO Box 993, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

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


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Dawn C. Block

1943 - 2020

SOUTH HARTWICK – Dawn C. Block, 76, of South Hartwick, passed away early Friday morning, March 20, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born July 22, 1943, in the City of Newburgh, a daughter of Cecil and Sarah (Lewis) Rhodes. After living in various places she eventually settled in the Hartwick area. Throughout her life she devoted much of her time to caring for people. She worked at The Meadows in Cooperstown and Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oneonta, and also provided babysitting services to area families. She especially enjoyed working with her daughter, Cheryl, at her Little People’s Daycare in Milford. 

In her leisure Dawn enjoyed various arts and crafts such as knitting and crocheting: she was very proud of all the beautiful things she knitted and crocheted, showing everyone she met her creations. She also took great pleasure in doing puzzles, reading and watching birds, as well as listening to music, watching movies on TV, and all the animals. Being with her family gave her the greatest pleasure in life. 

Dawn will be greatly missed by her five children and five grandchildren, Laura Pollak and husband, Andrew of South Hartwick; Daniel Shute and wife Donna of Edmeston and his son, Caleb Shute and his fiancé, Amanda; Cheryl Shaw and husband, Lester of Milford and their sons Andrew Shaw and his husband, Jason and Matthew Shaw; Rodney Shute and wife, Christina of Christian Hill and their sons, RJ and his fiancé, Jessica and Jessie and his fiancé, Krislynn; and Elda M. Clark of Hartwick. She will also be missed by her extended family, Corinne Pollak and Joseph Rotolo, Sr. of Upper Ducth Hill Road in Oneonta, Terry and Maureen Holtje of Edgewater, New Jersey, and Wendy (Ken) Dudek of Oriskany, as well as her pet Chinchilla, Molly. 

She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Douglas Charles Clark; her father, Cecil Rhodes, Sr. and her mother, Sarah (Lewis) Morton, as well as her siblings, Cecil “Billy” Rhodes and Myna Clum. 

Due to the current New York State limitations on public gatherings for health reasons, the funeral service for Dawn will be held privately for immediate family only at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 
Interment will be later this Spring in Hartwick Cemetery.

For those who wish to remember Dawn with a memorial gift, her family respectfully asks that donations be made to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4840 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.

Barbara C. Harris

1930 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara C. Harris a long-time resident of Cooperstown and former clerk at Withey’s Drug Store, died Saturday morning, March 7, 2020, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 90.

Born February 12, 1930, in Oneida, she was one of five children of Homer J. and Dorothy (Kilts) Cox. She graduated from Oneida High School in 1948.

On January 16, 1954, Barbara married William J. Harris in a ceremony at St. Francis Catholic Church in Durhamville. In 1973 they became residents of Cooperstown. 

Beginning in 1974, Barbara was a clerk at the former Withey’s Drug Store on Main Street in Cooperstown, where she always enjoyed visiting with the customers. She retired in 1991 when the store closed. 

A devoted communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, she especially enjoyed spending time with her family. 

Barbara is survived by six daughters, Donna Kemp and husband, Steve, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Denna Gorden and husband, Patrick (“Tex”), of the Town of Maryland, Darlene Bennett and husband, Walter, of Vero Beach, Florida, Janet Snyder and husband, Jack, of Fly Creek, Martha Harris of Cooperstown, and Margaret Hunt and husband, Dale, of Gilbertsville; three sons, Joseph Harris and wife, Jean, of Middlefield, John Harris and wife, Karen, of Milford, and Andrew Harris and wife, Karen, of Paddock Lake, Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia Griesmyer of Oneida, Nancy Loomis of Florida and Suzanne Clark of Oneida; one brother, Paul Cox of Sherrill; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Bill, who died September 10, 1997, and their son, Thomas Michael Harris, who died June 13, 2012. 

Friends may call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon Saturday, March 14, 2020, when Barbara’s family will be in attendance.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at St. Mary's “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will be later this Spring in St. Mary's Cemetery, Index, where Barbara will be laid to rest with her husband and son. 

At the request of the family, it is requested that flowers be omitted, and memorial gifts be directed to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Michael K. Covert

1960 - 2020

HARTWICK – Michael K. Covert, a long-standing community member, dedicated civil servant and honorably discharged veteran who served as an Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputy and Police Chief for the Village of Cooperstown, passed away following a valiant battle with several medical issues Sunday night, March 1, 2020, at his home. He was 59.

Born May 4, 1960, in Pompton Plains, Pequannock Township, New Jersey, Mike was the son of Robert Ellis and Ruth Ann (Schilling) Covert. Raised in Oakland, New Jersey, Mike attended school there, and in the summers he and his family spent time in Hartwick. In 1977, he moved permanently to Hartwick and graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1978.

Following high school, he attended SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill where he studied landscape management. On August 22, 1980, Mike entered into active duty with the New York Army National Guard and served with Company D, 204th Engineer Battalion. He entered the reserves in 1986, and received his Honorable Discharge July 31, 1995. 

Throughout his life, Mike dedicated his life to helping others. This was truly evident in his choice to enter the field of law enforcement, and in 1986 he began his career as a corrections officer at the Otsego County Jail. In 1989 he became an officer with the Cooperstown Police Department (CPD), and then in 2000 became a Sheriff’s Deputy with the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), retiring in 2011 as an Investigator. 

In 2012 he became the Chief of Police for the Cooperstown Police Department. During his tenure, Chief Covert’s proudest accomplishment was having his department become the first in New York State to partner with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) to implement new drug addiction recovery initiatives. Modeled after the Gloucester (Massachusetts) ANGEL initiative, this program encouraged residents who wanted to overcome their drug addiction to simply walk into the police station, turn over their drugs and equipment and ask for help without the threat of arrest. Initiated in Cooperstown on Thanksgiving Day 2015, the program has assisted 171 individuals. As Chief of Police he also pushed for local pharmacies to make Nasal Narcan available to residents without a prescription. He retired from CPD in 2019 due to health-related issues. 

For many years Mike also served the community of Hartwick as a volunteer firefighter with Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1 and as an EMT with the Hartwick Emergency Squad. 

Mike Ten Eyck, a good friend and fellow retired Otsego County Sheriff’s Investigator, once wrote, “Anyone who has met Michael K. Covert over the years knows that he would do anything for anyone and not expect a thing in return.” Such was a relatively brief but well-lived life of service to others. Mike Covert (OCSO Shield 0004/CPD Badge 207) will be greatly missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched. 

Mike is survived by his wife, Deborah, whom he married on June 15, 2018, in Hartwick; his three daughters, Colleen Witter and husband, Jason, of West Winfield, Dana Conte and husband, Nathan, of Hartwick, and Lisa Covert and fiancé, Jason Rashkow of Castelton-on-Hudson; two grandsons, Joseph and John Conte; three granddaughters, Kathryn Conte and Mackenzie and Gwendolyn Witter; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Jon Sammis of Petersham, Massachusetts; and his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, along with several special friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Robert E. Covert, a retired Lieutenant with the Oakland, New Jersey Police Department who died December 11, 2016, and his mother, Ruth Ann Covert who died December 7, 2014. 

A celebration of his life will be held later this Spring. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Hartwick Emergency Squad, PO Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348 or Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Harry M. Lindroth, Sr.

1943 - 2020

FLY CREEK – Harry M. Lindroth, Sr., 76, of Fly Creek, passed away Tuesday night, February 11, 2020. 

He was born August 5, 1943, at Brooklyn Hospital in Brooklyn, a son of Milton and Beatrice (Thomas) Lindroth. He was raised by his step dad, Robert Lindroth.

In the early 1960s, Harry met the love of his life, Phyllis A. Kinner, who was from Marathon and who had moved to Cooperstown in 1961 to work as a hair dresser. They married at home on Beaver Street in Cooperstown on May 18, 1963. 

For 19 years, Harry worked for Schneider’s Bakery in Cooperstown as the head baker for Mr. Hubbell, and also cooked at many local establishments over the years. For over 20 years, Harry worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Otsego Highway Department, retiring in 2005. 

Throughout his life, Harry always enjoyed tinkering on different projects. Most especially he loved working on and restoring vintage cars, as well as going to car shows with his granddaughters, brother and friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife and family at their beloved home on Keating Road, as well as being an avid snowmobiler and hunter. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. 

Harry is survived by his daughter, Tammi (Rick) Kelly of Fly Creek; his son, Harry (Kim) Lindroth, Jr. of Bristol, CT; his four grandchildren, Caitlin Kelly-Corns and husband, Don, Morgan Kelly, and Mackenzie and Spencer Lindroth; his Godson, Michael Bosley and his son, Kadyn; a brother, Eric D. “Rick” Lindroth; and many nieces and nephews as well as special friends Marilyn Folts, Harry Winnie, Angie Harrington and Pete Collins. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Phyllis A. Lindroth, who passed on May 1, 2016. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Robert, David, Phillip and Carl.

Friends may pay their respects, from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. At 5 p.m. there will be a funeral service at the funeral home with Fred Johnson officiating.

Interment will be later this Spring in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek.

Donations in Harry’s name may be made to the Fly Creek Emergency Squad, P. O. 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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Eugene “Gene” L. Lincourt

1939 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Eugene “Gene” L. Lincourt, who served for over 40 years as superintendent of Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown and who was equally well-known and respected for his skill as a stone mason, passed away late Sunday morning, February 9, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a brief illness. He was 80.

Born at home in Toddsville on May 22, 1939, Gene was one of four children of Leo G. and Hazel Mae (Buchanan) Lincourt. For many years, his father served as superintendent of Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown, and at the age of 15, Gene followed in his father’s footsteps and became an employee of the cemetery. Several years later Gene joined the National Guard of New York and served with them and the United States Army until he received his Honorable Discharge in 1963. 

He returned home and that same year married Lucille A. Simonds from the Town of Exeter in a ceremony on February 16th in Toddsville. When his father retired from Lakewood Cemetery, Gene became the new superintendent and moved with his family into the brick caretakers’ cottage at the entrance to the cemetery. For over 40 years, Gene faithfully cared for the cemetery and oversaw the interment of many, many local people. In 1970 he opened a Gold Bond Memorials dealership, and for the next 35 years sold and serviced monuments in the greater Otsego County area. He always prided himself on the fact that families would return to him whenever the need arose for new sales or service. Gene was a talented stonemason, and spent many nights and weekends restoring stonework throughout Lakewood as well as re-pointing retaining walls in some of the larger family plots. He also created stonewalls on several private properties throughout the Cooperstown area, and became well-respected for his excellent stonework. In his retirement, Gene settled into a home – quite fittingly – on Cemetery Road in Fly Creek, in full view of Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. 

Gene is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Donald R. Lincourt and wife, Suzanne, of Schenevus; a beloved grandson, Jacob Lincourt, whose life and accomplishments were greatly revered by his grandfather; and several nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Lucille A. Lincourt, who died October 2, 1997, and his eldest son, Leo W. Lincourt, who died August 6, 2017. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Luella Taylor who died in 2000 and Mary Jane Mele who died in 2008, and a brother, Robert L. Lincourt who died in 2011. 

Private graveside services and interment will be at the convenience of the family in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

In appreciation for their kind and professional services rendered the past few years, donations in memory of Gene may be directed 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.


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.

Audrie L. Knapp

1922 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Audrie L. Knapp, a retired graphic artist and longtime resident of Manhattan, passed away Thursday morning, January 30, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 97.

Born May 1, 1922, in Yonkers, she was a daughter of Clarence and Veronica (Nyahay) Knapp.

She attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She pursued a career as a graphic artist, and enjoyed painting and photography throughout her life. She was an avid lover of animals as well.

In 2012 she moved to Cooperstown to live with her niece Susan LaBudde and Jack LaBudde, later residing at Woodside Hall and lastly Cooperstown Center. 
Audrie is survived by her sister, Dale Quatrocci and many nieces and nephews. 

There will be no services.

Memorial donations may be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

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


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Martha A. Quinn

1914 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Martha A. Quinn, a former resident of Eastchester who had made her home in Cooperstown for the past 26 years, passed away early Sunday morning, January 19, 2020, in Hartwick at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Peggy Quinn, who were at her bedside. She was 105. 

Born October 29, 1914, in Garfield, New Jersey, Martha was the last surviving sibling of 10 children of Harry and Anna née Cap Palubniak. 

She married Edward Michael Quinn in 1947 and they lived in the Green Knolls area of Eastchester where they raised their family. Mr. Quinn passed away from cancer in 1955.  

After retiring from a career as an executive secretary in the banking industry, Martha enjoyed playing golf and Bridge before moving to the Cooper Lane Apartments in 1993. In 2006, at the age of 92, she moved to the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home where she spent 13 happy and productive years enjoying the company of the caring staff and her fellow residents. 

Martha is survived by her son Michael Quinn and wife, Peggy of Hartwick; a daughter, Mary Quinn Doyle and husband, Brian of West Newfield, Maine; a son-in-law, Jerry Cavallerano of Sudbury, Massachusetts; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Martha was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Martha Cavallerano, who died in 2015.

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020. At the conclusion of the visitation, Deacon Randy Velez will offer prayers. 

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2020, 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, Oneonta, presiding. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020, at Holy Mount Cemetery in Eastchester.

Memorial donations may be made 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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Peter L. Martin

1923 - 2020

FLY CREEK – Peter L. "Pete" Martin, an integral and beloved part of the Fly Creek community and life-long farmer, passed away early Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2020, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.  He was 96.

Born July 22, 1923, in Gloversville, Pete was a son of Charles Edward Martin and Grace Vida née Odell Martin. From an early age he helped on his family farm, “Cloudlands Farm”, on Tansey Hill at Edson Corners in Milford. 

He attended school in Milford, during which time he was a member and president of the FFA (Future Farmers of America). After graduating from Milford High School with the Class of 1942, he spent some of that summer recovering from a hernia operation, and as he couldn’t lift, he did all the mowing with horses. That Fall he took a two-week course at Cornell University to get a milk testing license. Opportunity came and he drove his 1931 Model A to Norwich for an interview and became a Babcock milk tester with the Central Chenango Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Responsible for approximately 25 farms, he often recalled many interesting experiences with various farms and farmers and their families, some of which presented challenges that he always met with success. 

As Pete once wrote, “After this job Uncle Sam called and kept me for 2 ½ years, with about 1 ½ years in India”. He entered into active service with the United States Army Medical Corps on March 23, 1944, and proudly served his country during World War II with the 164th Malaria Control Unit. The consummate farmer, he introduced the use of DDT, Malaria Oil, the dusting of rice paddies and drainage of stagnant water, and supervised 300 native laborers and enforced malaria precautions amongst the troops. In all he spent 17 ½ months in China, Burma and the India Theatre. Sgt. Martin received his honorable discharge on May 26, 1946.

Returning home, he married Dorothy J. Day on July 25, 1946, in a ceremony at the Milford Methodist Church.

Pete returned to farming, and worked up the farm ladder as a farm laborer in Delaware County. He and Dot then rented a farm in Milford for five years. In 1952, the Martins purchased a home from Howard Aufmuth, Sr. on the corner of Bailey Road and Goose Street in Fly Creek. Throughout their lives Dot and Pete always enjoyed doing research and traced their large red Federal-style home back to the land purchase in 1786 by William Cooper from George Croghan as lot #17 of the Balston Purchase. In the beginning they had over 300 chickens, 25 milk cows and 15 young stock. During the early 1950s they offered farm vacations to families from New York City, but in 1956 Dot started teaching first grade in Cherry Valley, which brought an end to the farm vacation folks. In 1963 they sold the dairy and Pete went to Cobleskill Ag & Tech to study agronomy, while Dot continued teaching in Cherry Valley until 1966. After Pete graduated from college in 1965, they rented their home in Fly Creek and moved to Tioga County where they lived for 13 years. During that time Pete worked for the United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, while Dot taught 1st and 2nd grade at Newark Valley Central School. They moved back to Otsego County in 1979 and Pete continued to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, a career that wound up totaling 22 years.

For many years Pete was an active, faithful, devoted and much loved and respected member of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, where he served for many years as a Trustee, Historian and was active in maintaining the Old Chapel Burying Ground. As one parishioner noted, Pete was, “a grandfather to us all, a pillar of the church.”

An avid historian, Pete was a long-time and dedicated member of The Fly Creek Area Historical Society (a vital part of his and Dot’s lives), as well as the New York State Historical Association, the Connecticut Genealogical Society, and the Dutchess County Genealogical Society. He was also a member of Westville Grange No. 540, the Farm Bureau and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and while living in Newark Valley was chairperson for Project Neighbor for seven years.  

Pete will be greatly missed by his daughter-in-law, Judy Brown; two grandsons, Martin R. Osterhoudt and wife, Michelle of Oneonta and Timothy L. Osterhoudt and wife, Meka, of Cobleskill; three great grandchildren, Alex, Ella and Emma; a brother-in-law, Leslie C. Day, Jr. and partner, Joan Wilber of Milford; a sister-in-law, Joan McLean Day of Cooperstown; many, many nieces and nephews, and his many, many friends in Fly Creek and beyond.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 71 years, Dorothy J. “Dot” Martin, who died August 18, 2017; a foster son, Charles F. Osterhoudt who died September 29, 1991; his sister, Eva G. Chamberlin, who died August 30, 2019; and three brothers, Homer Frederick, Charles Herbert and Odell Dart Martin.

A celebration of Pete’s life will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, 852 County Highway 26, Fly Creek, with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor, officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be later this Spring in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek.

Memorial donation may be made to the Fly Creek United Methodist Church for the Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 128, Fly Creek, NY  13337, or the Fly Creek Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 87, Fly Creek, NY  13337. 

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.

Frank E. Green

1928 - 2020

WESTVILLE – Frank E. “Skeeter” Green, a life-long area resident and dairy farmer, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, January 6, 2020, at his winter residence in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife, Margaret, by his side. He was 91.

Born August 22, 1928, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was a son of Ambrose C. and Mildred Ottaway Green. After graduating from Milford High School with the Class of 1945, he attended Cornell University, where he earned a two-year degree in agriculture.

On September 3, 1949, Frank married Margaret Donnelly, a native of Binghamton, in a ceremony in Westville. Skeeter and Maggie settled on his family’s dairy farm, “Oak Hill”, where they raised their family.

For many years, he was a faithful and dedicated member of the Westville United Methodist Church, where he tended to many of the church’s needs, including playing the organ for Sunday worship services. He was also an active member and Past Master of Cherry Valley Lodge No. 334, Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Otsego County Republican Committee, President of the Board of Education of Middlefield School District No. 2, Westville, served as a member on the ASC (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation) Board, and served on the Board of Directors for Wilber National Bank (Community Bank) and was Vice President of the Westville Cemetery Association.

He was a man of many talents including building a lovely home on Arnold Lake – “the camp” – where they summered with their many Arnold Lake friends. He also built three cedar strip canoes and an experimental single engine airplane.
Skeeter wintered in Mesa, Arizona, with Maggie, where he was an avid pool player, volunteered on various projects for Habitat for Humanity, and for many years led the weekly hiking group.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Margaret “Maggie” Green, of Westville and Mesa, Arizona; sons, Craig Green (Stephanie) of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Kevin Green (Cindy) of Rutland, Vermont, and Keith Green (Stephanie) of Omaha, Nebraska; granddaughter, Kaci Green Nason (Josh); step grandson, Walter Teer (Jill); and four great grandchildren, Matthew, Thomas, Damon and Karlie. He is further survived by a brother, Ward Green (Carol) of Westville, and a sister, Janis G. Thorn of Manchester, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Donald Kent Thorn, and a cherished nephew, Thomas Bobnick.

A funeral service will be offered later this Spring at the Westville United Methodist Church, followed by burial in the Westville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Westville United Methodist Church, c/o Donna-Gene Francis, Treasurer, 1024 State Highway 166, Cooperstown, NY 13326 and the Westville Cemetery Association, c/o Donna-Gene Francis, Treasurer, 1024 State Highway 166, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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