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.


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.

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. 


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 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. 


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.

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.


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.

Ann B. Clinton

1941 - 2019

COOPERSTOWN – Ann B. Clinton, a long-time resident of the Cooperstown area, passed away early Friday morning, December 27, 2019, at Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was 78.

Born Judith Ann Barrett on October 5, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland, she was a daughter of William Milton Barrett and Mildred Lee Rippard Barrett. Raised in Maryland, she graduated from Franklin High School in Reisterstown.

During her first marriage, she assisted her husband with his real estate appraisal business, “George H. Cade Appraisals”. During this time, they raised a family and lived in various places until settling down on a farm just outside of Cooperstown. 

On December 14, 1979, Ann married Douglas C. Clinton. She served as the secretary for his business, “Douglas Clinton Restoration Contractor”, which was responsible for the restoration and preservation of many historic buildings throughout nine states and the District of Columbia, including several former US Presidents’ homes, Blair House, and Hyde Hall.

During her years spent in the Cooperstown area, she also worked at the Fly Creek Cider Mill where she earned quite the reputation for making delicious fudge.
After living in the Town of Springfield, Ann moved to Belleview, Florida. In recent years she made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Chip Brennan in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ann is survived by one son, Stanley H. Cade and wife, Katrina, of Roseboom; one daughter, Sherry Brennan and husband, Edward T. “Chip” Brennan, Jr. of Bethesda, Maryland; five grandchildren, Kassandra Laymon and husband, Craig, Joshua Cade and wife, Amanda, Tyler Cade and wife, Erica, Sierra Dressing and husband, Benjamin, and Bret Brennan and wife, Kelly; nine great grandchildren, Caden & Eliana Laymon, Kristopher, Hunter, Addilynn and Deacon Cade, Catie Ries, James Brennan & Leona Dressing; a sister-in-law, Pat Barrett of Raynham, Massachusetts; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Taco. She is further survived by two step sons, Keith Clinton and Wayne Clinton; a step daughter, Peg Wilson and husband, Doug; and step grandchildren Sean Clinton, Taryn Wilson and Laura, Cyndy and Patrick Shephard and their families. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Doug Clinton, who passed on February 22, 2009; a son, Michael H. Cade; a brother, William Milton Barrett III; a sister, Mildred Lee Barrett Bradley; a step son, Dale R. Clinton; and her beloved dog, Jackie. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with the Rev. Terry Brant, pastor of the First Christian Church of South Valley, officiating. Ann will be laid to rest later this Spring in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery.

As an alternative to flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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