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: For information relative to current travel advisories, please visit the New York State Department of Health web site at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

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.

William J. Ubner

1929 - 2020

FLY CREEK – William J. Ubner, a true outdoorsman and animal lover who retired from the Otsego County Highway Department after nearly 30 years of service, passed away in his sleep Monday evening, November 23, 2020, at his home in Fly Creek Valley. He was 90.

Born December 16, 1929, at home on the family farm in Fly Creek Valley, Bill was a son of Stanley and Jenny E. (Bice) Ubner. After attending school in Fly Creek, he attended Cooperstown High School and graduated with the Class of 1949. During his high school years he excelled as a football player and was part of the 1947 football team led by Coach Lester G. “Red” Bursey that went undefeated that year. In honor of this achievement, Bill and his fellow teammates were inducted in 2010 into the Cooperstown Central School Athletics Hall of Fame. After high school Bill continued playing football with the Little Falls Giants, a local semi pro team.

Bill’s first job was testing milk for the Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative, and received training through the DHIC milk testing program at Cornell University. He was employed by DHIC for 17 years until he decided to leave and join the Otsego County Highway Department. During his 29 years with the highway department he worked in various capacities, most often operating heavy equipment. 

Throughout his life Bill was always an animal lover. Perhaps his most favorite animals were dogs, and for many years he trained and conditioned many dogs, running them in field trial competitions. It was at one of these field trials that he met his future wife, Karen Schnick, who shared his love for dogs. They eventually combined their kennels and their lives, uniting in marriage on July 22, 1972, in Karen’s hometown of Meriden, Connecticut. They continued to compete, both with and against each other, at field trials throughout New England and New York-they truly had a successful kennel operation. 

Most of all, Bill loved the outdoors. He could never get enough of working outside, whether it was mowing fields, painting his barns, or cutting more firewood than he could ever use. His love of the earth and all creatures great and small once led John Stucin, a fellow Fly Creeker, to describe him as “a good steward of the land.” 

Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen S. Ubner of Fly Creek Valley; a sister, Stella Lincourt of New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Diane Campbell of Texas; and several nieces and nephews including Mark Ubner (Melissa) of Schuyler Lake, Richard Lincourt (Elaine) of New Hampshire, Linda Eskow of Hamden, Elizabeth Davis (Brian) of Laurens, Christopher Patacsil (Sandra) of San Antonio, Texas, and Travis Campbell (Kaylee) of Austin, Texas. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Jenny Ubner; his father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Blanche Schnick; a brother-in-law, Harold Lincourt; and his niece’s husband, Gerald Eskow. 

Friends may call and pay their respects from 2-4 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2020, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, all attending must wear a face mask or covering and observe proper physical distancing. Due to current regulations that only permit a certain number of people in the funeral home at one time, please be prepared to wait outside before entering. 

As a way to remember Bill and honor his life, please consider a memorial gift in his name to the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337, or 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.

Annemarie L. Danielski

1934 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Annemarie L. Danielski, passed away at home on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. She was 86.

The daughter of Jean and Yvonne Philippot des Miniѐres, she was born on Aug. 11, 1934, in Bavillier, France.

Annemarie graduated from the Université de Nancy, France, in 1953, and later obtained a Master of Arts Degree in French from Middlebury College. She taught French to hundreds of American officers under the auspices of the University of Maryland.

She fell in love with one of the officers, Edward Danielski. She married Edward in 1960 and together they moved to New York City. While living in New York she worked at the law firm of Kenyon and Kenyon as a translator of patent documents.

Edward and Annemarie moved to Cooperstown in 1964, where Edward practiced radiology at Bassett and Fox hospitals. Annemarie stopped working to raise her children.

Annemarie was involved in the Cooperstown Concert Series for many years, and the Glimmerglass Opera at its inception. Annemarie later taught French at Cooperstown Central School and Utica College.

Annemarie loved nature and was a dedicated gardener. She was an avid reader with special interest in literature, visual art and music. She was a gifted amateur painter, violinist and cook. Annemarie was a conservationist before it became fashionable.

Mostly, she loved her husband Edward, with whom she worked on many projects, and her family in the U.S. and France.

Annemarie is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edward, as well as her children, Philippe Danielski and his wife Anne of Vrilly, France; Valerie Danielski Greenberg and her husband Steven of Westport, Conn.; and five grandchildren: Benjamin. Greenberg, Daniel Greenberg, Sam Greenberg, Noah Greenberg and Lewis Danielski.

In lieu of a funeral there will be a grande fete on Bastille Day in her honor. Donations in her memory may be made to Médecins Sans Frontières by calling 1-888-392-0392 and a card will be sent to the family in acknowledgement.


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.