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.

Kenneth M. Dibble, Jr.


1949 - 2020

HARTWICK – Kenneth Myron Dibble, Jr., 71, of Hartwick, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Monday, October 26, 2020, at his home in Hartwick. 

He was born January 22, 1949, in Cooperstown, one of seven children of Kenneth Myron Dibble, Sr. and Marietta Tabor Dibble. 

After graduating from Cooperstown High School, Ken was employed in the construction/carpentry business for nearly 50 years, including as a Union Carpenter with Carpenters Local 277, all while passing on his carpentry skills to a younger generation. In later years he worked for a time at the former Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.

Ken grew up excelling in numerous sports, including football, basketball and baseball, and he was not shy about letting you know that. He continued this love of sports throughout his life by supporting local high school teams, spending time on the golf course, hunting, and umpiring numerous softball leagues. 

In later years, you could always find Ken working around his home: gardening, mowing the lawn (because no one else was allowed to), working in his pole barn, and tinkering with his beloved Jeep. In most recent years you knew you could find him on the couch, remote in hand, Max by his side, watching one of numerous Alaska-based reality shows. 

For all of those that knew Ken, they knew that family was the most important part of his life. Family reunions on Dibble Mtn, Dibble Open golf tournaments, “The Dibble Mtn Band” that would make their yearly appearance at Hartwick Days, volleyball tournaments, BBQs…all centered around family. He even spent some of his later days building an addition on to the family home to help make family gatherings more special.

Ken is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jean M. Dibble of Hartwick; a son, Scott Dibble of Richfield Springs; three daughters, Darcy Dibble of Milford, Jennifer Dibble of Hartwick and Danielle Dibble of Oneonta; six grandchildren, Brandon and Jayson Morning, Timothy, Abigail and Tess Clapper and Kenneth Dibble; and two great grandchildren. He is further survived by five brothers, Robert, David Bernard, Gregory, Kevin and Dennis. And one sister, Eloise Gravelding, who loved her brother dearly and checked on him daily. Ken is also survived by his former wife, Kathleen Powers Stiefel, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  

He was predeceased by his parents. 

In keeping with Ken’s wishes, there will be no services. For now, please remember the times you spent with him, smile, and know that he is at peace. 

One way to remember Ken would be to make a memorial donation to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105. 

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.

Gebrail Nayef Abou Zeidan

1935 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Gebrail Nayef Abou Zeidan, a native of Lebanon currently residing in Cooperstown with his daughter and family, passed into eternal life Saturday evening, October 24, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a brief illness. He was 85.

Born July 5, 1935, in Ablah, Lebanon, he was a son of Nayef and Rosa Abou Zeidan. For many years he was employed in Lebanon selling, delivering and repairing major appliances.  

On May 6, 1971, he married Saidy Toufic Maalouf in Ablah, Lebanon. They were married 48 years until her passing June 20, 2019.

Gaby is survived by his 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; one brother, Joseph Abou Zeidan of Lebanon; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his beloved wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Josephine Abou Zeidan, Salimi Abou Zeidan and Sister Monique Abou Zeidan (a nun killed during the Israeli-Lebanese conflict), and a brother, Antoine Abou Zeidan.   

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Reverend Boutros Al Hachem, Priest of Saint Louis Gonzaga Maronite Catholic Church in Utica, and Reverend Antoine Rizk, BSO, Pastor of Church of the Virgin Mary Melkite Catholic Church in Brooklyn presiding. The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index. Due to the current pandemic, it is respectfully requested that all attending please wear a face covering or mask and to observe proper social distancing. With respect for current restrictions for public gatherings, it is important that those who wish to attend the service please contact the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home no later than Wednesday, October 28th either by telephone (607-547-8231) or email (peterdeysenroth@hotmail.com). 

The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.

“That His 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.

Beatrice M. Griffith

1928 - 2020

HARTWICK – Beatrice M. Griffith, a life-long resident of Hartwick, passed away Friday morning, October 9, 2020, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 92.

Born in Hartwick on July 5, 1928, Bea was a daughter of Fred I. Gill, Sr. and Myrtle S. Pickens Gill. 

She attended school in Hartwick and graduated from Hartwick High School, where she was elected Queen of the Senior Class.  Bea truly enjoyed living in and volunteering for many events in the Hartwick community, including helping with cookouts at the Vets Club. She also worked for many years caring for elderly individuals in their homes in the Hartwick area, as well as babysitting for area children. 

She married Stanley Dewitt Griffith on July 5, 1948, in Hartwick, and enjoyed 40 years of marriage until his passing on June 17, 1989.

Bea is survived by her two sons, William S. Griffith of Oneonta, and Wayne J. Griffith and wife, Randi of Hartwick; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a brother, Fred I. Gill, Jr. and wife, Eileen, of North Carolina; a sister, Barbara Bard of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Bea was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy A. Suhocki who died March 19, 2018, and a grandson, Wayne Griffith, who died in 1975. 

A graveside service will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020, in the Hartwick Cemetery, with the Rev. Joseph Perdue, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown officiating. Due to the current pandemic, it is respectfully requested that all attending please wear a face covering or mask and to observe proper physical distancing. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1, PO Box 86, 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.

Delores M. (Dee) Burnett

1928 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN - Delores (Dee) Bachanas Burnett, a native of Cooperstown, died Sunday night, October 4, 2020, at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville.  She was 92.

Born May 14, 1928, at The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Dee was one of five children of Edmund J. and Harriet (Cross) Bachanas.  

Dee grew up in Fly Creek, attending the three-room Fly Creek School from Kindergarten through the eighth grade. She then attended Cooperstown High School, graduating with the Class of 1946. After graduation she worked as a bookkeeper for Bruce Hall and Son until her marriage to William J. Burnett of Cooperstown on October 9, 1948. This was a union that lasted 62 years with three children, Patricia, Robert, and William. 

Soon after they were married, Dee and Bill moved to Syracuse where they worked for the next six years for the General Electric Company in Syracuse and later Auburn. Dee then became a “stay-at home” mom for their three children. While living in Auburn she was a member of the Auburn Jaycettes. In 1964 they moved to the Rochester area. 

In 1970 Dee and Bill moved back to their native Cooperstown where she joined her husband in owning and operating the Western Auto Store. They sold the store in 1979. In 1978 Dee began working for the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, becoming Manager of the newly chartered MIBH Federal Credit Union. She retired from the Credit Union in 1993, and in 1995 she joined the Team of the Fly Creek Cider Mill. 

During her years in Cooperstown she was a member of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown and was a member and past president of the Cooperstown Criterion Club. She especially liked the times they spent at Bill’s family's camp, Willowdale Lodge, located on the East side of Otsego Lake.  

Dee is survived by one daughter, Patty Beck and husband, Kevin Callagy of Stamford; and two sons, Bob Burnett and wife, Kathi of Tyler, Texas, and Bill Burnett and wife, Linda, of Cicero.

Her grandchildren include Meaghan Bartell and husband, Josh, Rosie Hanselman and husband, Jeremy, and Laura Beck, Benjamin Burnett Leslie and wife, Rohini and Matthew Burnett Leslie and wife, Kyle, Amanda Aguilar and husband, Eddy, Ashleigh Burnett and Christopher Burnett; step grandchildren Owen and Mason Bartell, Neil Jones and wife, Robyn, and Kevin, Christopher, Sean and Michael Callagy; and great grandchildren Manse Jones, Grant Jones, Carter Bartell, Nash Bartell and Seamus Burnett Leslie, Molly Burnett Leslie and Kiran Leslie. 

Dee is also survived by her two sisters, Maggie Thering of Cooperstown and Patsy Burgess of Mt. Dora, FL, and a brother, William J. Bachanas and wife, Joyce of Mt. Dora, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins. 

In addition to her parents, Dee was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bill, who died May 27, 2011; a brother, Norman Edmund Bachanas, who died July 7, 2006; and a son-in-law, Joseph P. Beck, who died July 31, 2005.  

As per Dee’s request there will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Very Rev. Michael G. Cambi, pastor, presiding.  The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Index.  Due to the current pandemic, it is respectfully requested that all attending please wear a face covering or mask and to observe proper social distancing. With respect for current restrictions for public gatherings, it is important that those who wish to attend the service please contact the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home no later than Thursday, October 15th either by telephone (607-547-8231) or email (peterdeysenroth@hotmail.com). 

As an alternative to flowers, it was Dee's request that those who so desire direct memorial gifts to the Joseph P. Beck Memorial Scholarship Fund at Stamford Central School, Stamford, NY  12167. 

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.

Andrew P. Sugarick

1936 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN –Andrew Patrick “Sonny” Sugarick, Captain, United States Army (Retired) of Erwin, North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly late Wednesday night, September 30, 2020, at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He was 84.

Born March 17, 1936, in Centerville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Andrew S. and Ann Marie née Gorence Sugarick. He was a graduate of the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus. 

Andrew met the love of his life, Marge, in October of 1962. After a brief courtship of only seven weeks, they married December 15, 1962, and together they raised four daughters. 

Captain Sugarick began his career in the military on April 16, 1956, when he joined the United States Air Force. He transferred to the United States Army on December 29, 1961. After receiving the rank of Specialist Fourth Class, he was promoted to Sergeant and joined the Special Forces. In 1963, he was sent to Vietnam, and during that time he went to OCS at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and upon completing OCS was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. On April 28, 1965, Sergeant (then Specialist Fourth Class) Sugarick was presented the Silver Star for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam on April 20, 1964. It was noted that he demonstrated perseverance, bravery, and professional competence while serving as a Replacement Advisor to a Vietnamese Strike Force Patrol that had been harassed by the Viet Cong for nineteen consecutive days as it penetrated deep into insurgent-controlled territory. He demonstrated complete disregard for his own safety and courageously defended the landing zone he had participated in constructing. 

Following his retirement from the military, Andrew moved his family to North Carolina, and owned and operated Cedar Creek Heating and Air in Fayetteville. 
Andrew is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy Margaret Sugarick of Erwin, North Carolina; three daughters, Susan Bricker and husband, Scott of Yadkinville, NC, Melinda Sugarick of Erwin, NC, and Karen Brown and husband, Philip of Maine; six grandchildren, Sarah Ruth and Emma Grace Bricker, Andrew Brown and wife, Alicia and Ashton and Aathan Brown, and Nancy Margaret Sugarick III; seven great grandchildren Ryder, Maple, Forest, Chaya, Nancy (Maggie), Justin (Junior) and Lily; three sisters, Delores Willsey of Cooperstown, Caroline Carnicelli and husband, Paul of Anchorage, Alaska, and Patricia S. Ryan of Cooperstown and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Margaret Sugarick, Jr., who died December 22, 1989.

A funeral service for Captain Sugarick will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with the Rev. Joseph Perdue, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, officiating. At the conclusion of the funeral service, Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club. It is respectfully requested that all attending please wear a face covering and to observe proper social distancing. With respect for current restrictions for public gatherings, it is important that those who wish to attend the service please contact the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home no later than Tuesday evening, October 6th either by telephone (607-547-8231) or email (peterdeysenroth@hotmail.com) to make a reservation. 

Mr. Sugarick will be laid to rest with his daughter in Erwin Memorial Park, Erwin, North Carolina. 

Andy loved all animals, most especially dogs, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to your local animal shelter.

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.

Warrene “Lennie” Macarthur

1940 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Warrene S. “Lennie” Macarthur, 79, of Venice, FL and Cooperstown, NY, died following a valiant year-long battle with cancer on Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020, at her home on Stockingbrook Road with family by her side. 

She was born November 21, 1940, in Amarillo, Texas, the eldest child and only daughter of Warren Perry and Vera Pearl née Gutshall Shreve. 

Lennie graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, PA, and then matriculated at Pennsylvania State University, in State College, PA.

On December 24, 1959, she married William Ward Nichols, Jr. in Pittsburgh, PA. A Captain in the US Army, her husband was deployed to Vietnam in 1965, where he was killed in action on October 4, 1965. 

A few years later, while playing Bridge, Lennie met Lindsay Macarthur, Jr., and on February 22, 1969, they were united in marriage in the Chapel at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ridgewood, NJ, where Lennie had been a Deaconess. They settled in Ho-Ho-Kus, where Lennie was a devoted homemaker and dedicated volunteer. Lennie served the community as President of the Junior Women’s Club of Ridgewood, President of the Family Counseling Service Auxiliary of Ridgewood and Vicinity and President of the Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity. Perhaps her most fulfilling accomplishment in this field was serving as co-director of The Depot, a women’s exchange and consignment shop whose profits support Family Counseling Service. Through the leadership and hard work of Lennie, and so many other volunteers, The Depot grew to become, and remains, the largest such organization in the country. Following Lindsay’s and Lennie’s retirement in 1992, they divided their time between homes in Venice, FL and Cooperstown, NY.

In addition to Bridge, embroidery and gardening, Lennie was an avid tennis player and golfer. She was a member of the Cooperstown Country Club and the Mission Valley Golf and Country Club in Nokomis, FL. She was also a faithful member of the Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice, FL. Later in life Lennie resumed playing the cello, which gave her great joy. 

Lennie is survived by her four children, Anne M. Booth and husband, Thomas of Winston-Salem, NC, Jennifer M. Davis and husband, Louis D. "Tripp" Davis III of Abington, PA, David P. Nichols and wife, Louise Reid Boyce Nichols of Wilmington, DE, and Peter L. Macarthur of Dobbs Ferry and Cooperstown; four grandchildren, Ensign Owen P. Davis, USN, Gwenyth A. Davis, Eliza Campbell Nichols and William Hewitt Ward Nichols; a brother, Warren Perry Shreve and wife, Diane of Blue Springs, MO; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents who died when she was in her twenties and her first husband, Lennie was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Lindsay Macarthur, Jr. who died July 6, 2017. 

In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a gathering in memory of Lennie will be held in Cooperstown next summer. For now, please remember the times you spent with Lennie and know that she is at peace. 

One way to remember and honor her life would be to make a memorial donation to The Venice Symphony (www.thevenicesymphony.org) or The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival (www.cooperstownmusicfest.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.