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 (the pandemic) we have continued to stay up to date with changes to Federal and New York State requirements related to funeral service, and have incorporated those changes into our operations. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and interpretations and recommendations con-currently issued by the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing and the New York State Funeral Directors Association have changed masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Connell, Dow & Deysenroth, Inc. has now updated its mask policy to reflect these changes.
  • Those entering the funeral home who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks or face coverings.
  • Those entering the funeral home who are not fully vaccinated or who are partially vaccinated are required to wear masks or face coverings while in the funeral home. 
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.

Richard F. Smith, Jr.

1943 - 2021

OAKSVILLE – Richard Frederick Smith, Jr., a life-long area resident and long-time employee of Remington Arms, passed away following a lengthy illness Monday afternoon, September 13, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 78.

Born August 21, 1943, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was one of four children of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith. He attended Cooperstown schools and was a member of the Cooperstown High School Class of 1961.

On March 17, 1962, Dick married Patricia Ann Edwards in a ceremony at the Cooperstown Methodist Church, and they went on to enjoy a total of 60 wonderful years together. 

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Dick proudly served his country with the United States Army from 1962 until 1968. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the Cooperstown area, and was employed for 34 years with Remington Arms in Ilion, first as a forend sander and then as an inspector. 

Throughout his life, Dick enjoyed participating in and watching a variety of sports – he truly loved just about every kind of sport there is! He especially enjoyed playing softball, bowling and golfing, and was an avid fan of the New York Jets, having rooted for them since their beginning as the Titans of New York. Dick’s man cave at his home is a testament to his devotion to his beloved Jets. He also enjoyed his 1951 Ford coupe, and was a long-time active member of the Wanderer’s Car Club. He was also a former member of the Milford American Legion Post No. 1566 and at one time served with the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company. 

Most especially he will be remembered as being a devoted husband, great dad and a person who was loved by all. He had a wonderful way with everyone he met, and as his children grew, he treated their friends as if they were his own. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched. 

Dick is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patty Smith, of Oaksville; their three children, Richard F. Smith III (Kathy) of Statesville, North Carolina, Pamela Wart (Percy) of Christian Hill and Raymond Smith (Deanna) of Milford; nine grandchildren, Craig, Cheryl, Brad, Chrissy, Sean, Kyle, Ray, Jr., Mason and Katelyn; and nine great grandchildren. He is further survived by two brothers, Ronald Smith (Debbie) of Oppenheim and Charles Smith (Jill) of Cedarville; a sister-in-law, Lois M. Smith of Toddsville; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a sister, Grace Snyder, who died March 14, 2018, and a brother, Eugene Raymond Smith, Sr., who died October 15, 2017. Sadly and tragically, Dick’s daughter-in-law, Kathy Smith, died just two days after him due to complications from COVID-19. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, beginning at 2 p.m. at Wilber Park in Milford. It is requested by the family that those attending please wear a favorite jersey or t-shirt representing your favorite sports team. At 2:30 p.m., Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club. 

Eventually he will be laid to rest near his parents in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. 

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.

Sandra Lou Stockdale

COOPERSTOWN – Sandra Lou Stockdale (Sandy) passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, August 26th, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving family who made certain she was comfortable. 

Sandy is survived by her loving husband of 30 years and one day, William Stockdale. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Greg and LisaMarie Morrison, Glenn and Michele Morrison, and Glenda and Matt Vatovec. She is also survived by her loving granddaughters, Emily and Abigail Vatovec and her grandsons Kane Morrison and Brett Morrison. She was predeceased by her daughter, Gretchen Miller, and her first husband, Walter Glen Morrison. 

Sandy was a hard-working woman who had her fair share of obstacles to overcome in life. After losing her first husband, Walter Morrison, she became the sole caregiver to her four children. With very little means and not having had a job to date, Sandra picked herself up and took charge of getting things in order. She got her first car, worked hard to find several jobs to make ends meet, and still managed to care for her four young children. There were many tough times. One of Sandra’s favorite stories to tell is finding her family low on funds, and needing to feed her family, she was able to find 5 dollars with the help of her eldest son, Greg, and she purchased hot dogs and macaroni and cheese with which she built a meal for her children. That was just the kind of person she was, she could make a full meal out of very little. 

Sandy met the love of her life, William Stockdale, in 1988. They were wed on August 25th of 1991 in a beautiful ceremony in Mount Vision. Sandy and Bill were inseparable. They met and worked together at the Clark Sports Center. They shared several hobbies including fishing, playing cards, and watching westerns. The best parts of her day were spent with her husband, in fact, when Bill worked the overnight hours, she would stay on his schedule, so that they could sleep during the same hours and be with each other as much as possible. They loved sitting for long hours, holding hands and talking. They had a love that was tender and patient. Bill was Sandy’s primary caregiver in the last years of her life, and he worked tirelessly to meet all her needs. 

Sandy had a deep love for her children. She always looked forward to receiving a phone call from them, even if they had nothing much to talk about. Many conversations would be spent reminiscing about the past, talking about the weather, and of course, a check-in to make sure everyone was okay. Sandy always called her children and left the same voicemail, “Hi honey, it’s mama, love you.” She also deeply loved her grandchildren and enjoyed hearing their stories about school and the books they were reading. 

Sandy will be deeply missed by all those who knew her and loved her. She expressed her wishes for flowers in the final hours of her life. Her services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 25th at the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery under the care of Connell, Dow and Deysenroth. Her services will be officiated by Pastor Matthew Marlow. A remembrance celebration will be held in Sandy’s honor at 318 Bice Road in Cooperstown after the services. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations in honor of Sandra Stockdale’s memory to the Cherry Valley Emergency Squad or Springfield First Responders. 



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.

Rev’d Dr Schuyler Brown

1930 - 2021

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – The Rev’d Dr Schuyler Brown, whose grandfather was the Rev’d Philip Auld Harrison Brown, 7th Rector of Christ Church, Cooperstown, and whose family owned the Holt-Averell House, which was located where The Otesaga now stands, passed peacefully on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 91. 

He was the beloved husband of Margaret (Maggie) Meredith for 37 years, and the devoted brother of the late William Averell Brown, Dr J. Warren Brown and Mary Alice Brown. 

Born August 21, 1930, in New York City, he was a son of William Averell Brown and Mary Alice  Brown (née Warren).  He earned his undergraduate degree in Classical Languages in 1952 at Harvard University, and in the same year entered the Jesuit order and was ordained to the priesthood in 1963. He earned his Doctorate in Theology in 1969 at the University of Muenster (Westphalia), and then studied at the Pontifical Institute in Rome. After several years teaching in the United States and England, in 1980 he joined the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College) as Professor of New Testament. In 1982 Dr. Brown was admitted to the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and appointed Assistant Priest at the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury. In 1997 he became the Priest in Charge at the Church of the Good Shepherd until he retired in 2015. Dr. Brown was appointed Honorary Assistant at St. Olave’s Anglican Church in Toronto, Ontario, in 2016. 

Visitation was held August 26, 2021, at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, Toronto, Ontario. A Funeral Service was held at St. Olave’s Anglican Church on August 27, 2021. For those who wish, donations may be made to St. Olave’s Anglican Church (stolaves.ca/giveonline/)

The Service of Committal and Burial will be privately held in the Brown Family Plot in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

Local arrangements are with the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, Cooperstown. 


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

Maia Leonardo

Maia Leonardo died unexpectedly on August 30, 2021 at age 28. Born in Philadelphia, PA, to Kathleen and James Leonardo, she grew up in Cooperstown, NY before relocating to New Haven.

A tireless activist, Maia devoted her life to improving the lives of marginalized communities, especially in her beloved New Haven. She was involved in countless organizing efforts and offered help wherever she saw a need. Maia was particularly proud of her work with Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit serving the transgender and gender-nonconforming community, where she most recently served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors.

Maia was also an avid musician, creating and performing music under the name juno hawke. Interested in computer science and graphic design, Maia loved her work in Development at the New Haven Pride Center and in IT at Central Connecticut State University. She is survived by her parents, her sister Anne, her beloved cat Leon, and a host of family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trans Lifeline at translifeline.org.

A virtual remembrance for Maia’s family and friends will be held on Sunday, September 5 at 4 pm. Please contact Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home at 607-547-8231 or peterdeysenroth@hotmail.com for information.  


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.

Erna D. Richards

1924 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Erna D. Richards, forever remembered for her love of her family and her Norwegian heritage, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family early Friday morning, August 27, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Roseboom. She was 97.

Born May 6, 1924, in Alversund, Norway, Erna Dagny Hovik was the youngest child of Hans Knutsen Hovik and Hanna Teodora Ekeland Hovik. At the age of four, she and her family immigrated to the United States and settled on Long Island. She grew up in Huntington, and always enjoyed telling stories of the fun times she had while growing up there. 

She was first married to Thorbjorn “Toby” Haugland Bergene and they had four children: Theodore, Gregory, Steven, and Katrina. Following their divorce, Erna met and married Bruce J. Richards, a Cooperstown Native Son, and they enjoyed 25 years of marriage until his sudden passing on May 8, 1999. 

Erna started her working life at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, and then spent the remainder of her career in the food services department at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. 

Always proud of her Norwegian heritage, she loved sharing stories of her native land. She was a spirited Viking woman who was known as mom, grandma and GG!

The most important part of Erna’s life was her family. She loved them more than words can state.  She always wanted what was best for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A caring person, she was always looking out for everyone’s best interests, and wanted everyone to be happy and healthy. She was truly an amazing person who will be thoroughly missed by every life she touched. 

Erna is survived by her four children, Theodore H. Bergene and wife, Mary of Oswego, Gregory Bergene and wife, Susan of Cooperstown, Steven T. Bergene and wife, Jeannette of Apex, North Carolina, and Katrina A. Cade and husband, Stanley of Roseboom; 11 grandchildren, Christopher Bergene and wife, Sara, Jon Bergene and companion, Amy Glerum, and Kimberly Franzt and husband, Dennis, Kristin Ellen Bergene and fiancée James McDonald,  Hanna Joy Bergene and partner, Henry Bauer, Karissa Dagny Bergene, Kayley Rane Bergene and Kyle Thor Bergene, and Kassandra Cade-Laymon and husband, Craig, Joshua Cade and wife, Amanda, and Tyler Cade and wife, Erica; and 12 great-grandchildren, Collin and Brianna, Jenna and Mia, Sydney and Dennis, Caden and Eliana, Kristopher and Hunter, and Addilynn and Decan. 

Two step daughters, Deborah Lints and Mary Killmeier and their family further survive her.

Her parents and all of her siblings preceded her in death; she was the youngest. 

Friends may call and pay their respects from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with Rev. Ronald Fralick officiating. Interment will follow in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek. 

Memorial donations may 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. 


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.

Deborah Jean Masin

1954 - 2021

HARTWICK – Deborah Jean Masin, a devoted and faithful Christian, went to be with her Lord Tuesday night, August 3, 2021, following her unexpected death at her home in Hartwick on the 15th anniversary of her mother’s passing. She was 67.

Born July 19, 1954, on Long Island, Debbie was one of four daughters of Edward F. and Helen Elizabeth (Wahrer) Masin. 

In the 1960s, Debbie and her family moved to upstate New York and settled in Westford. Debbie graduated with honors from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus with the Class of 1972. She later resided in Hartwick where she has lived ever since.

She had a steadfast devotion to the Lord, and was associated with Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville. 

Debbie is survived by her two daughters, Tammy A. Duncan of Cooperstown and Rebekah H.  Janitz and her husband, Stephen of Hartwick Seminary; three grandchildren, Paige L. Duncan (age 26), Alexandra N. Janitz (age 23), and Brittney T. Janitz (age 20) and her husband, Harold Janitz; one great grandson, Raiden M. Majau (age 1); three sisters, Kathleen Work and her husband, the Rev. Donald Work of Dickinson Center, Elizabeth Benick of Rochester, and Laura A. Alley and her husband, Ralph, of Hartwick; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother, Helen Elizabeth Masin, who died August 3, 2006, and her father, Edward F. Masin, who died June 23, 2006.

A graveside service will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 7, 2021, at Hartwick Cemetery, with Pastor Jack Klosheim of Community Bible Chapel officiating. 

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.

Louis J. Bobnick

1926 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Louis John Bobnick, a retired truck driver for Otsego Ready Mix and long-time area resident, passed away peacefully late Wednesday night, July 14, 2021, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. He was 95.

Born March 8, 1926, in Chesterland, Ohio, he was one of six children of Louis W. and Mary (Geizer) Bobnick. In 1932, the family moved from Ohio to New York State and settled in Worcester. They then moved to Milford in 1941 and Lou graduated from Milford Central School. 

In 1964, Lou came to reside in Cooperstown and met long-time resident Diane J. Slover, and on November 26, 1965, they were married in a ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown. They first lived on Elm Street in the village, and then for 40 years made their home and raised their family just outside of Toddsville. 

Lou worked as a truck driver for many years, first for Lester Hanson and his brother, Christian, who owned and operated Gahanunda Farms in Pierstown. He then went to work for Otsego Ready Mix in Oneonta, driving trucks for them for 30 years until his retirement. 

Lou always cherished his time with family, extended family and friends. He and Diane especially loved to travel the countryside, either by motorcycle or car. After his retirement in 2002, he and Diane, along with his sister, Rose Mary, took a cross country trip to the West Coast to visit his three other sisters. At the time, Irene lived in Washington State, while Helen and Mary Jane lived in the Los Angeles area. After Diane’s passing, he and John, and when Michael was visiting, would continue the car rides around the area during the late Spring, Summer and early Fall, as Lou did not like the cold weather and hibernated during the winter months. As Lou loved blueberries, Dan would take him to Ingalls Blueberry Hill to pick some once they were in season. 

Regrettably, the COVID-19 restrictions on face-to-face visitations put in place by the State of New York and area nursing homes contributed greatly to Lou’s recent decline in health, both mentally and physically. At least in his final days he was able to have visits with his family and most especially, his beloved dog, Molly. 

Lou is survived by three sons, Michael Bobnick of Amsterdam, Daniel Bobnick of Laurens and John Bobnick of Toddsville; two sisters, Irene Barr of Keystone, Heights, Florida and Helen Polanis of Buena Park, California; and many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his faithful canine companion, Molly, who could often be seen clutched in Lou’s arm as they took their daily drive into town for the newspaper and some grocery shopping. 

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Diane S. Bobnick, who died December 2, 2015, as well as two sisters, Rose Mary Stringer who died October 15, 2015, and Mary Jane Chapman who died December 29, 2016, and a brother who died in infancy. 

Friends may call to pay their respects to Lou's family from 4-6 p.m. Monday, August 2, 2021, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. The visitation will be followed by a service at 6 p.m. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

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

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


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.

Jill Stauffer Maney

1964 - 2021 

SPRINGFIELD – Jill Maney passed away on Saturday, July 10 in Springfield, with Jonathan Maney, her loving husband of 33 years, at her side. She is also survived by her parents, James and Dora Stauffer, her brother, Donald Stauffer, sister-in-law, Fiona Stauffer, and nephew and niece, Henry and Margot Stauffer, all of Rochester, New York. 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Jill graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master's Degree in English at the University of Utah and a Ph.D. In English at the University of Rochester. She taught at a variety of schools, including Keuka College, Finger Lakes Community College, and SUNY Cobleskill. She also received a postdoctoral fellowship to teach at Cornell University. 

In addition to her educational achievements, Jill was an avid textile historian and collector. In 2004 she came to Cherry Valley to work as business manager for Rabbit Goody at Thistle Hill Weavers. She then accepted a position as Individual Giving Manager & Development Writer at Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown. Her most recent position was Director of Development at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York. She loved each of these jobs and the wonderful people she met through them. 

Her community work included serving as vice-president of the Glimmerglass Opera Guild and volunteering at Hyde Hall's numerous events and galas. 

Known for her exceptional intelligence, poise, and grace, Jill will be sorely missed by her many friends in the worlds of art, antiques, fundraising, and historic textiles. She was also an accomplished poet with many publications and recently completed a biography of Mercy Otis Warren, an American Revolutionary War period playwright, poet, and historian. In addition, Jill at various times in her life was a dedicated runner, skater, and ballerina. A person of many parts, she will be remembered as someone whose kindness was apparent to all. 

Gifts in her memory may be given to Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network, and/or Hyde Hall, Inc. A memorial celebration of Jill's life will be announced at the convenience of her family. 

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


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

John D. Robinson

1937 - 2021

PHOENIX MILLS – John D. Robinson, a Cooperstown native son and avid outdoorsman, passed away late Sunday night, July 4, 2021, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was 83.

Born October 15, 1937, in Cooperstown, he was one of three sons of Torrey G. and Leonore M. (Goddard) Robinson. John could trace his long-standing family roots in Otsego County back to 1792 when his ancestors settled in Lena in the Town of New Lisbon. 

John graduated with the Class of 1956 from Cooperstown High School. For many years he was employed in the area as a union laborer, and was involved with construction projects at Hyde Hall, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital and Interstate 88. 

Throughout his life he enjoyed outdoor activities, and spent innumerable hours exploring the Otsego region swimming, hiking, fishing, trapping, and hunting. He was also an avid motorcyclist – his favorites were Indians – and also enjoyed riding snowmobiles in the winter months. His hand-crafted log cabin home on the shore of the Susquehanna River, his workmanship in stone masonry at Hyde Hall and his keen interest in local history reflected his deep and abiding passion for local culture and conservation. 

A regular participant at walks offered by Otsego Land Trust, he became aware of their mission to protect natural areas, working farms and forests, and historic sites while exploring some of the special lands they have secured. Because of a timely lead from John, Otsego Land Trust was able to make its first land purchase of a 3-acre parcel of wetlands along the Susquehanna River. As a result of this contribution which became the Compton Bridge Conservation Area, Otsego Land Trust presented him with their inaugural “Trailblazer Award” for enabling them to reach this important milestone.

Throughout his life, John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, where he served as a Trustee and later as a member of the Buildings and Grounds Ministry Team. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Cooperstown Food Pantry. 

John is survived by his son, John D. Robinson, Jr. and wife, Kathleen of the Town of Decatur; grandchildren Leigh Ann Gilbert and husband, Phil, Jonathan Robinson, Marsha Shoemaker and husband, Jason, and Bobbijo Perry; several great grandchildren; and his loving partner, Donna Shaver of Laurens, who stood by his side to the end. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bruce E. and George F. Robinson. 

The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at The First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown.

At the conclusion of the visitation, a Service in Celebration of the Life of John D. Robinson, will be offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Faith E. Gay, pastor, presiding. Interment will be private at the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek. 

For those who so desire, donations in memory of John may be made to the organization that was closest to his heart and always inspired him, the Otsego Land Trust, PO Box 173, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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

Dr. Balázs Seléndy

1937 - 2021

Dr. Balázs Seléndy, born in Budapest, Hungary, to Jenö Seléndy and Irén Kosma on September 5, 1937, passed away peacefully in his home on July 5, 2021, after an intense and devoted life of public service and study in three countries. He spent his last years in the pursuit of lifelong passions, including for reflection, writing, reading, karate, and photography, living quietly with his beloved Patricia Gambitta in Fly Creek, New York. 

Balázs grew up in war-torn Hungary, spending his childhood in the midst of the deprivations of World War II. With Calvinist and Catholic parents but a Jewish paternal grandfather, his family stayed beyond reach of the Nazis due in part to his father’s military service to the Austro-Hungarian empire during WWI. 

In October and November 1956, as a young medical student, Balázs fought in the spontaneous, student-led revolution against the Soviet-backed Hungarian People’s Republic. After a large Soviet force invaded Hungary and destroyed the uprising, rounding up revolutionaries, Balázs was forced to leave his family, including younger brother Szabolcs, and to emigrate with other Hungarian refugees under cover of darkness across the border to Austria. His father gave him a treasured Leica camera to pay for his crossing, but, after Balázs helped a fellow refugee escape, she paid for him, and he photographed with the Leica for decades.

After being resettled from Austria to Belgium, Balázs learned French in a matter of months, and earned admission into medical school at the prestigious Université Catholique de Louvain, where he trained as an obstetrician/gynecologist. At the same time, he built upon a childhood love of American literature by learning English. Toward the end of his studies, he fell in love and, in 1963, married Francoise Jadot, who died tragically of lymphoma within the following year.

In July of 1964, Dr. Seléndy emigrated to the United States. After an internship in Philadelphia, he became a resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. There he met medical researcher Janine Irvine, who became his wife for six years, and with whom he had children Philippe (1966) and Bela (1968). 

During the Vietnam War, from 1968-1970, Dr. Seléndy served as a medical officer for the U.S. Army with the rank of major. He became an American citizen in 1970.

That year, Dr. Seléndy took up his post as an Ob/Gyn at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with Columbia University. In addition to delivering thousands of children and developing a speciality in micro-surgery, Dr. Seléndy became a champion of the midwife program. In 1978, Balázs married Mildred Mook, with whom he had Maude (1980) and raised his stepson Zachary.

Dr. Seléndy served at Bassett for nearly 40 years, long past retirement age, out of love for the profession, for teaching, and for his community.

A lifelong and gifted critical thinker, Balázs was a voracious reader in every subject matter, particularly in literature, science, history and philosophy. He wrote volumes of poetry in three languages, labored over poignant English translations of Miklós Radnóti, and published books of verse in Hungarian. He also was a passionate and skilled photographer and carpenter.

In 2002, Balázs met his long-term partner and closest friend, the fiercely independent Pat Gambitta, then the Director of Community Services for Otsego County.

At the age of 65, Balázs first took up motorcycling, with delight. Seven years later, he was struck broadside by a car at 60 mph. After his bike flew into the air and spun around three times, he was able to walk away from the accident with broken ribs and minor injuries. From then on, he marked the date of the accident each year as a sign of gratitude for the additional life he was given.

Dr. Seléndy practiced karate for decades, and became a senior black belt under Hidy Ochiai, ultimately wearing an oxygen tank during kata as he struggled with late-stage emphysema. He attended classes at the dojo through 2019, at the age of 82, and then continued his practice at home until his recent illness. 

Balázs treated everyone equally, with kindness and generosity, and befriended people from all walks of life, including from the medical profession, the dojo, and his literary, photography, and motorcycle circles, and he loved his upstate New York community for more than fifty years.

Balázs is survived by loving children and grandchildren: Philippe and his wife Jennifer, and their children Maximilian and Liam; Bela and his wife Helen, and children Nicolas and Linnea; Maude and her husband Terry, and their children Luke and Leilani; Zachary and his wife Carmen, and children Karina and Avery.

A memorial service to celebrate Balázs’ extraordinary life will be held in the spring of 2022 in Fly Creek.


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 R. Oles

1926 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara R. Oles, 95, formerly of Gladstone Hollow, Andes, died Saturday June 19, 2021, in Cooperstown, surrounded by her daughters. 

Barb was born April 23, 1926 at the family home in Franklin, Meadowdale Farm, a daughter of Edwin C. and Mildred E. (Payne) Rowell. On April 6, 1947, she married Franklin G. Oles of Delhi.

Barb attended the Delaware Literary Institute in Franklin where she excelled in art, graduating in 1944. She was accepted into the art program at Alfred, but shortly before classes were to begin a returning WWII soldier was awarded her spot. She then elected to attend the home economics program at Delhi Tech.

Barb and Frank owned and operated the F.G. Oles IGA Store (later the F.G. Oles General Store) in Andes for 20 years, with Barb tending to the bookwork and clerking. In 1966 she began a career with the Delaware County Department of Social Services, in addition to continuing her commitments to family, home and the store. She successfully completed every civil service test that was available and rose through the ranks from typist in the Child Welfare Unit to Director of the Food Stamp Division at the time of her retirement in 1988. She then began yet another career as a receptionist/transcriptionist in the Radiology Department at Delhi Hospital.

Barb was an avid reader and a master of crossword puzzles, using pen not pencil. Everyone knew not to call her during “Jeopardy,” and if you were watching with her, she was always quicker with the answer. Upon her retirement she enjoyed meeting up with the Andes ladies daily at the local café for camaraderie, laughter and news. She moved to Cooperstown in 2009 and was quickly welcomed into “The Dinner Belles” who dined every Wednesday night at The Otesaga. In the last several years Barb was able to resume her interest and talent in art and enjoyed local concerts. 

Above all else, Barb loved her family. She loved hearing about their adventures and was endlessly proud of their accomplishments. Chats and visits always brought smiles and laughter. Moments big and small at the family gatherings in Andes are memories her loved ones will carry with them forever.

Barb was a former member and trustee of the Andes Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her three daughters: Kathy (Doug) Woodin of Andes, Susan (Andy) Lazar of Plains PA, and Debbie (Jim) Dow of Cooperstown; 7 grandchildren: Matt and Jared “Boomer” Woodin, Valerie (Casey) Roache, Andrew and Shelly Lazar, Neil (Jaime) and Brian Dow; 11 great grandchildren: Kiera, Skyler and Owen Woodin, Olivia and Ellie Roache, and Mitchell, Baylie, Alivia, Brianna, Kendra and Cooper Dow. Barb is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Monaco of Tampa, FL; a sister-in-law, Anita Rowell, of Kingston, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, in June 2005; a daughter, Jenny in May 1966; brothers Edwin C. and James A. Rowell; and a sister, Audrey Geiselman.

A committal and burial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2021, in the Woodland Cemetery in Delhi. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Andes Presbyterian Church, PO Box 299, Andes, NY 13731.

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


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Frieda M. Scanlon

1936 - 2021

WESTVILLE – Frieda M. Scanlon, 85, of Westville, passed away the morning of June 25, 2021, at her home, after a long battle with dementia.

She was born January 16, 1936, in Smyrna, one of six children of Luman S. and Esther L. (Knochenmus) Ward. Her family eventually settled to Carlisle. She graduated from Cobleskill High School.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sueann and Carolyn Scanlon, one sister, Florence White and three brother’s William,Winston and Warren Ward.

Frieda is survived by a sister Fannie (Claude) Bartholomew of Middleburgh; a daughter Barbara (Thomas) Renwick of Westville; and four sons, Rexford (Susan) Scanlon of Taberg; Charles (Toni) Scanlon of Buhl, Idaho, Roger (Sharon) Scanlon of Westville, and Robert (Missy) Scanlon of Herkimer. She is further survived by Grandchildren Christopher, Monica (Andrew), Adam; Rebecca (Herb), Eric; Shawni (Josh), Jadie, Bradley (Diana); Stephanie, Samantha (John), Zachary; Jessica (Tom), Michael (Brianna), Michelle, Carla, Devin, Alexandra, and Andrea; Great Grandchildren Nichole, Lorraine; Hunter, Dadrie, Naomi, Sarah, Ethan, Allysa, Sandra, Zachary, Joie, Emilee; Cecil, Landon, Gabriel, Quinn, Harmony, Andrew, Jase, Saylor; and Great Great Grandchildren Michael, Kaylee, Olivia; Avery, Presley, Aidan, and Elijah.

Frieda was a member of the former Westville United Methodist Church and the Westville Grange. She was a long-time employee of the Milford Central School.

Frieda was a depression era farm girl at heart. She was a strong woman that liked to follow the rules but had a very soft spot for anyone that needed help. She was a funny lady that had a very dry sense of humor and loved to have a good time. She had a love for the community where she was involved with 4-H, Westville Grange, Westville Junior Grange, Square Dancing, cooking for the Milford Rotary, operating her Snack Shack at the Otsego County Fair, assisting in the Little League concession stand, and organizing community Halloween and Christmas parties for the Westville Grange.

Frieda’s greatest loves were her family and working with kids. If there was a child in need of anything she was one of the first to help them. She loved to travel as well as work in her garden in the summer. She dedicated much of her life to Milford Central School, where she was a teacher’s aide. She enjoyed doing playtime and assisting any teacher that needed her help. She enjoyed helping the music department as she would state that she couldn’t carry a tune if she wanted. 

Frieda enjoyed everything about food, from raising her chickens, to planting her garden and teaching all of her children the importance of preserving our own food. She loved her BBQ Chicken, Coleslaw and Cheesecake. She would also always say a loaf of bread and a pound of meat with all the mustard you can eat is all you need for a good road trip. Her favorite saying lately was an apple a day will keep the Dr away jackass and she was correct.

Family and friends may call and pay their respects from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. 

A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home with Pastor Rose Bellen, pastor of the Westford United Methodist Church officiating. The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Westville Cemetery. Following the service at the cemetery there will be a gathering at Frieda’s home. 

Memorial donations can be made to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820, and the Milford Fire Department and Emergency Squad, PO Box 359, Milford, NY 13807. 

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


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Stephen J. Pawlowski

1976 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Stephen James Pawlowski, 45, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 19, 2021. 

He was born February 4, 1976, in Mount Kisco, the youngest of six children of Walter and Roberta (Stiles) Pawlowski. He attended school in Somers, until the 9th grade, when he and his family moved to Mooresville, North Carolina. After graduating from Iredell High School, he attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in forestry. He later attended Binghamton University where he received a degree in nursing, and then graduated from the University of Scranton where he completed the nurse anesthesia program. Since moving to Cooperstown in 2011, Stephen has worked as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Bassett Medical Center. 

Since 2010 Stephen had been serving his country in the US Army Reserves as a Captain.  

In the past year he had become an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown and enjoyed helping others. He will be remembered for being driven to succeed in all he did, his attention to detail and for being great with children. 

Stephen is survived by his wife, Anne, and their three sons, Jeconiah, Haakon, and Mathias. He is further survived by his parents, Walter and Roberta Pawlowski of Mooresville, North Carolina, and his siblings, Walter, Kevin, John and Robert Pawlowski and Cathy Hogan and their families. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021, at The First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Faith Gay, pastor officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a time to visit on the church lawn. 

For those who wish to honor Stephen’s life with a memorial donation, please consider the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY13326.

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


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Charlotte Perry Koniuto

1940 - 2021

MILFORD – Charlotte Perry Koniuto, who served as the Otsego County Clerk and was an active member of the Republican Party, passed away unexpectedly late Sunday night, June13, 2021, at Basset Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 80.

Born Charlotte Jean Perry September 29, 1940, at home in the Town of Minden near Canajoharie, she was a daughter of Melvin David Perry, Sr. and Dorothy (Madison) Perry. 

In 1950 Charlotte and her family moved to the Cooperstown area, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse in Bowerstown until it consolidated with Cooperstown Central School. After graduating from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1958, she attended the University at Buffalo, and then returned to Cooperstown to work for the next seven years for Attorney Robert C. Tennant. 

On July 10, 1965, Charlotte married Stanley George Koniuto in Herkimer, and she helped him open the Cooperstown Bowl-A-Rama. In 1971 she started her 28-year career at the Otsego County Clerk’s Office, first serving as a clerk. On March 1, 1977, she became Deputy County Clerk, and in 1988 was elected Otsego County Clerk. She served in that capacity until her retirement in January 1998, at which time she became the Republican Commissioner of Elections.

Devoted to community service, Charlotte was a member and past vice president of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and served as Chair of the 1970 Cooperstown Winter Carnival. She was an active member of the New York State Association of County Clerks, served on the board of United Way, was the first woman elected into membership in the Milford Rotary Club, and was a long-standing member of the Cooperstown Women’s Club and the Native Daughters of Cooperstown.


Charlotte especially enjoyed her long-time association with the Otsego County Republican Committee. She served as a Committee Person for many years, Vice Chairwoman for two years and then in February 2003 was elected Chairwoman and served in this position until 2007. Always the staunch Republican, she was a member and past vice president of the Otsego County Republican Women’s Club, and through the years worked on and was a vital part of many Republican dinner committees, fundraisers and campaigns. 

Charlotte enjoyed a great many summers at their camp on Otsego Lake. She also had a love for cooking and entertaining and took great pride in her home, enjoying beautiful flowers and maintaining a manicured lawn. Charlotte’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and wonderful friends, who were enriched by her steadfast love and understanding. She was a very determined and energetic person with a will to live life to the fullest. Charlotte died as she lived: strong, courageous, determined, and with amazing grace and dignity. 

Charlotte is survived by her Aunt Dorothy Perry and a special cousin, Beth Perry-Peacock, both of Orlando, Fla.; cousin Bruce Perry of Conn; two brothers-in-law, Roger Koniuto of North Carolina and John Koniuto and wife Arlene of Binghamton; two sisters-in-law, Mary Doupe of Binghamton and Dianne Perry of Pittsfield; as well as other cousins, nieces and nephews, and her best friend, Barbara Buriello of Milford.

She was predeceased by her husband of almost 50 years, Stan Koniuto, who died May 20, 2015; a brother, Melvin D. “Moose” Perry, Jr. and a sister, Lois Miller; and her canine companion Zak Abbott Koniuto.  

Charlotte will be laid to rest with Stan at the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek. A Celebration of Life will be announced. 

Those wishing to make contributions in Charlotte's memory may donate to the Milford Emergency Squad, PO Box 359, Milford, NY  13807, the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326, Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820, or a charity of their choice.

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


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James F. Tongue

1940 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – James F. “Jim” Tongue, a true man about town and well-respected Cooperstown businessman who for many years owned and operated The Cupboard on Main Street, passed away following a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease Tuesday night, June 15, 2021, at his home on Walnut Street with his beloved wife and best friend, Barb, his daughters, step daughter and sister-in-law at his side. He was 80. 

Born June 19, 1940, at Memorial Hospital in Catskill, James Frank Tongue was the second son of William Frank Tongue and Beatrice Catherine (Miller) Tongue. In 1953, Jim and his family moved to Cooperstown where his parents established The Cupboard, which fast became a staple of Main Street life as a well-known newsstand, gift shop and stationery store which Jim would later own and operate. The family settled into their home on Old School Court, and Jim’s outgoing personality quickly made him a welcome part of the 8th grade. Throughout his four years at Cooperstown High School, Jim was a popular young man who excelled in sports as a member of the Varsity basketball, baseball and football teams. He was also a member of the Varsity “C” Club and, known for his impeccable appearance, was listed as “Best Dressed” in the Who’s Who of the Class of 1958 (a trait that would follow him his entire life, as evidenced by his many closets of clothes!) Jim truly enjoyed his years at Cooperstown High, and remained a dedicated Redskin his entire life. 

Following graduation, Jim enrolled at SUNY Cobleskill, graduating from there with an associate’s degree. He returned to Cooperstown and joined his parents at The Cupboard and become a well-liked member of the community. To say that Jim loved Cooperstown would be an understatement. His easy-going and likeable personality made this “man about town” the person everyone wanted to be around. 

Jim’s happiness in life truly became evident and flourished when he met the love of his life, Barbara A. Ballard. Jim and Barb were married June 27, 1998, in the backyard of their home on Walnut Street, and they became not only husband and wife, but also best friends. Never one to miss a good party, Jim enjoyed many fun times with Barb and their friends at such venerable Cooperstown establishments as The Pit at The Tunnicliff Inn and The Pepper Mill. Jim and Barb enjoyed the simple pleasures in life together, such as long walks around the village, and he came to appreciate Barb’s fondness for the Adirondacks, enjoying many trips to Lake Placid, Old Forge, and the family camp at Inlet. 

Jim will fondly be remembered for being always impeccably dressed and for his manicured yard at his Walnut Street Home. Always the sportsman, Jim’s athleticism carried through to his adult years as he enjoyed softball and bowling. Golf, though, was his true passion, and he played countless rounds as a member at the Leatherstocking Golf Course and enjoyed meeting up with his golfing buddies every morning for coffee. In addition to his love of sports, Jim was very community-minded, and through the years was a member of the Cooperstown Lions Club, Rotary Club, Native Sons, and American Legion Squadron 579. He was also an instrumental part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival in its formative years. 

Jim truly led a life well-lived. All those whose lives he touched will miss him. 

Jim is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 32 years, Barb Tongue, of Cooperstown; his daughters, Karen V. Lange and husband, Victor of Northville, and JoAnne C.“Joby” Iovoli and husband, Louis of Mendon; five grandchildren, Alexander Lange and wife, Donna, Catherine Lange and fiancé Christopher, and Nicholas Lange and fiancé, Victoria, and Madelyn Bradt and Michael Bradt; a great grandson, Parker Lange; and a stepdaughter, Hillary Bass LaDuke and her son, Caleb James Rosa. He is further survived by his older brother, William C. Tongue and wife, Nancy of Fairport and their family. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his daughters, Sally Patton Sanford, who died February 11, 2019. 

Special gratitude goes out to devoted friends Keith and Kay Additon, and to the many health professionals who were instrumental in providing such wonderful home care for Jim until the time of his passing. 

Family and friends gathered for a service to honor Jim’s life at 4 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Betsy Jay officiating. Immediately following the service, all gathered at the Leatherstocking Golf Course Clubhouse for a time to reminisce and celebrate Jim’s life. 

For those who so desire, memorial gifts may be directed to the following local organizations: The Cooperstown Fire Department, PO Box 1, Cooperstown, NY 13326; The Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326; and The Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Gretchen Morrison

COOPERSTOWN – Gretchen Morrison, a teacher and lifelong resident of the Cooperstown area, died unexpectedly June 11, 2021, at the age of 42. 

Gretchen is survived by her loving mother and stepdad, Sandra and William Stockdale, her siblings and their spouses, Gregory and Lisa Marie Morrison, Glenda and Matt Vatovec, and Glenn and Michelle Morrison. Gretchen is also survived by her beautiful children, whom she loved very dearly, Konrad, Violet, and Otto. She was predeceased by her father, Walter Glen Morrison. 

Gretchen was born in Cooperstown to Walter and Sandra Morrison. She graduated from Cooperstown Central School with her path clear and set to become a teacher. She completed her undergrad studies at SUNY Oneonta and went on for her Master’s degree at The University of New England. She was a teacher for many years, first at Cooperstown Central School, then at Proctor High School. She loved her craft and her students. She worked tirelessly to give the young lives she touched the opportunity for more in their future.

Gretchen will be remembered for her unwavering love of her children, her incredible laugh, and her devotion to helping others. Her worldly pain is gone and she is in peace. She will be deeply missed by her loved ones and friends. 

Services will be officiated by Pastor Phillip Sell. Family and friends (by invitation) will remember and celebrate the best of Gretchen’s life. She will be laid to eternal rest at Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cooperstown Central School, and in the memo line please note The Gretchen Miller Memorial Fund, which will benefit a student of outstanding character pursuing a college degree. Donations can be mailed to Cooperstown Central School in care of Amy Kukenberger, 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Joan K. Mayhew

1934 - 2021

CARSON CITY, NEV. – Joan K. Mayhew, a former resident of the Village of Cooperstown and retired first grade teacher, passed away Tuesday evening, May 25, 2021, at Carson Tahoe Care Center in Carson City, Nevada. She was 86. 

Born August 6, 1934, in Oswego, Joan was a daughter of Frank and Clara (Bears) Koster. 

She was married to Donald Kelsey “Duke” Mayhew for 52 years until his passing June 30, 2010. 

For over thirty years, Joan taught first grade at the Cooperstown Elementary School. She was always actively involved in both the community as well as the Catholic church. When Joan relocated permanently to North Palm Beach, Florida, she remained active in education. She regularly volunteered her time, helping to teach reading to children with special needs at a nearby local school. 

Everyone in her North Palm Beach condo community loved her. She treated her neighbors and friends like family. She enjoyed all the parties and activities available including water aerobics, crafts and relentlessly walking to stay in good health. She would invite anyone who had no place to spend holidays to come to her home for dinner. It was evident how many lives she touched by the amount of birthday cards she received every year.

Every time Joan relocated, she made friends instantly. She always had a joke or a funny story to make people smile. Joan spent five summers in Ohio, where she could be close to her daughter Jill and her grandchildren Dakota and Jordan. She made many friends at the Ohio Senior Center that she joined, and always wrote her friends there a funny ditty for their birthdays.

Her heart was so big she would help strangers by letting them live in her Ohio home during the winter months. She let an elderly couple in need stay at her home for free, as well as a family friend who relocated from Alaska. Family and friends regularly stayed at Joan’s when visiting Ohio. The running joke was that her home was an "in-between house" for anyone in need.

Joan was always the first to care for others throughout her life. She touched so many lives through her generosity. Her kindness and willingness to help will be missed by all who knew her. 

She is survived by son Steve Mayhew and wife, Kim of New Fairfield, Conn., and their sons Kyle, Kevyn, Brandon and Austin; daughter Julia (Jill) Brown and husband, Mark of Dover, Ohio, and children Jordan and Dakota; daughter Lynn Pettibone and husband, Mike of Lake Tahoe, Nev., and two stepdaughters Michelle and Amanda, and Michelle's son, Bradley.

She is also survived by a sister Sherrill Keenan and husband, John of Battle Mountain, Nev., and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Joan was predeceased by a son, Scott "Rod" Mayhew, in 2003

Visiting Hours will be from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered immediately afterwards with Fr. Michael Cambi, pastor officiating. The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. 

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


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Paul Timothy Kuhn

1938 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Born March 14, 1938, in Glen Cove, Paul was the second son born to George and Helen Kuhn, teachers in the Glen Cove School District.  

Paul graduated from St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Glen Cove in June 1952 and then attended Chaminade High School in Mineola until graduation in June 1956. Paul then went on to Villanova’s College of Engineering, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. Paul would be a lifelong Wildcats fan.

Upon graduation Paul began his military service with the U.S. Army, training at the Fort Holabird, MD U.S. Army Intelligence School. Paul became a Special Agent Staff Sergeant assigned to West Point Academy. It was during this time Paul met and married Jocelyn Shanahan, and they had three children.  

Discharged in 1964 Paul went to work the next day for the Insurance Company of North America.  Starting as a claims investigator in Garden City Paul continued working for INA for over 30 years, until his retirement as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Services for CIGNA. While working in Philadelphia Paul met and married Mary Margaret Polley on June 20, 1986, in Newtown Square, PA.

It was then that Paul and Mary Margaret moved to Cooperstown and began a whole new phase of life.  Paul had loved Cooperstown since he first arrived with his family for the summer of 1945. Paul’s parents worked at Camp Chenango and Camp Otsego each summer, so Paul and young George attended Camp. Paul continued as a camp counselor until he entered the Army. To him Otsego Lake was the most beautiful place on earth. 

Paul and Mary undertook rehabilitating their home on Chestnut Street inside and out. Paul loved to tend the gardens with his wife Mary. Eventually Paul would serve on the Village’s Planning Board and become its chairperson. He was elected a Trustee on the Village Board and served as Deputy Mayor. Paul worked in the education department’s historic interpretation staff of The Farmers’ Museum.  Paul made brooms and interpreted the Bump Tavern and was Saint Nicholas at Candlelight Evening. He was active in the Young Interpreter summer programs and loved training young people.  He loved history and began his own business, Guided Tours of Cooperstown, that served tour groups from around the world. Paul could be seen about the Village dressed in the period of Judge William Cooper. He was often a featured after dinner speaker to groups visiting The Otesaga. 

In 2000 Paul joined the Cooperstown Christmas Committee and served as its ambassador to countless community gatherings at libraries, schools, and churches.  

He served the children of Otsego County for 20 years and loved every minute of it. Paul’s favorite question from the children at the Pioneer Park cottage was, “Where is your bathroom?” He would explain that this was a guest cottage, just big enough for visiting with guests.

Paul served in customer service for the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and as a concierge at The Otesaga Resort Hotel until the pandemic. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” on Elm Street and served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. He also volunteered at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, and was a member of The Guild of the Glimmerglass Festival.

Paul went home to his Lord on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Bassett Hospital. The family is deeply grateful for the loving care he received there. Paul was predeceased by his mother, father, brother George Maffit Kuhn, his wife Kristine Graf Kuhn and their beloved daughter Patricia Kuhn Bispo and wife Jocelyn Shanahan Kuhn. He is survived by his wife Mary Margaret of Cooperstown; three loving children, Paul, Jr. and his companion Cami Duncan of Sammamish, Washington, Helen Kathryn (Katie) Becker and her husband Judah of Ogden, Utah and Michael and his wife Vickie of Locust Grove, Virginia along with grandsons James Shanahan Kuhn of Baltimore and Patrick Timothy Kuhn of Georgia.  Paul loved his family and was proud that he had given his children strong wings to face this tumultuous world.

Paul was also active in the Cooperstown Club of Rotary International, served as Club President, chair of the Youth Exchange Program, on the Board of the Foundation and was a double Paul Harris Fellow. But his favorite service was being a host parent to Exchange Students. Paul believed that Exchange could lead to a world of greater understanding and peace. In lieu of sending flowers please consider sending a donation to the Cooperstown Rotary Club, Youth Exchange Program, PO Box 993, Cooperstown, NY 13326.  This will help young people in need of financial assistance participate in the program.

Friends may call and pay their respects from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church, Cooperstown, with the Very Rev. Michael G. Cambi, pastor, officiating. 

The Service of Committal and Inurnment will be private at The Ecumenical Columbarium in Christ Churchyard, Cooperstown, where Military Honors will be rendered. 

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.

Stephen A. Rudloff

1945 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Stephen Anthony Rudloff, Commander, United States Navy (Retired) who survived 323 days in captivity as a POW during the Vietnam War, passed away peacefully following a long illness the evening of Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, at his home on Nelson Avenue surrounded by family. He was 76. 

Born February 19, 1945, in Brooklyn, he was a son of Ernest and Mary (Camarro) Rudloff. After graduating from Lafayette High School in 1962, he attended St. John’s University.

On September 20, 1964, he entered the United States Navy School of PreFlight at NAS Pensacola, Florida, completed Basic Naval Aviation Officers School in August 1965, and completed Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) School at NAS Glynco, Georgia in October 1965. He was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy on August 15, 1965, received his wings and designated a RIO on October 28, 1965. His first assignment was to VF-121 at NAS Miramar, California, for F-4 Phantom II Replacement Air Group training from December 1965 to June 1966, followed by service as an F-4 RIO with VF-154 at NAS Moffett Field, California, from June 1966 to June 1968. During this time, LT Rudloff deployed with his unit to Southeast Asia from September 1966 to January 1967, and from December 1967 to April 1968. Following that tour of duty, he reported to the Naval Plant Representative Office with McDonnell Douglas Corporation, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained for two years as a Public Affairs Officer. Following refresher training in the F-4, he reported to Fighter Squadron Ninety-Two in July 1971, and deployed to Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation in October. 

On May 10, 1972, LT Rudloff launched as RIO with Commander Harry L. Blackburn, Jr. as pilot in their F4J Phantom fighter aircraft. They were assigned on a flak suppression mission against the Guan Lang Airfield near Hai Duong, Hai Hung Province, North Vietnam. After effectively hitting two anti-aircraft positions, they were in the process of engaging enemy MiG aircraft when their plane was hit and destroyed by a barrage of antiaircraft artillery and they were forced to eject from the aircraft over North Vietnam. LT Rudloff was taken as a Prisoner of War. After spending 323 days in captivity, he was released during Operation Homecoming on March 28, 1973, and was briefly hospitalized to recover from his injuries at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy, his courage, superb airmanship and fearless devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service, he was awarded the Silver Star. 

Following his recovery, LT Rudloff attended the Naval War College at Newport Rhode Island. Lieutenant Commander Rudloff next attended F-14 Tomcat Replacement Air Group training with the VF-124 at NAS Miramar, followed by his service as an F-14 RIO with VF-111 at NAS Miramar.  His next assignment was with Headquarters Allied Forces Northern Europe in Oslo, Norway, and then in the Bureau of Naval Personnel at the Pentagon, where Commander Rudloff retired from the Navy on November 1, 1984.

Upon moving to Cooperstown, he worked for a time at the Veterans Service Agency.  

Stephen was an active and devoted member of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7128 and the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown. He truly enjoyed times spent with his friends at the Cooperstown Vets Club. 

Stephen is survived by two sons, Geoffrey C. Rudloff and wife, Paola, of Cooperstown, and Adrian Rudloff of Los Angeles, California; a daughter, Allyson Passeroff of Delray Beach, Florida; four grandchildren, Daniel, Michael and Stephanie Rudloff and Julia Passeroff; and a brother, Ernie Rudloff of Long Island. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with the Very Rev. Michael G. Cambi, pastor, officiating. 

Commander Rudloff will be laid to rest with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cooperstown Veterans Club, PO Box 1264, 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.

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 (the pandemic) we have continued to stay up to date with changes to Federal and New York State requirements related to funeral service, and have incorporated those changes into our operations. 

In accordance with guidelines recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) and interpretations and recommendations con-currently issued by the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing and the New York State Funeral Directors Association, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and be socially distanced, while in the confines of the funeral home for gatherings not to exceed  New York State’s social gathering limit of 250 indoors or 500 outdoors. Of course, anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask may do so at any time. 

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

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David Damon Jeffres

1929 - 2021

MILFORD - David Damon Jeffres died peacefully at home on May 2, 2021, at the age of 91 following a 13-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was surrounded by his family and canine companion Rocky.

He was also a loving husband, father and devoted college professor.

He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on November 2, 1929, the son of Edgar Perry Jeffres and Sibyl Irene Jeffres.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Candace; three sons, Damon of Bellbrook, Ohio, Royce of Brooklyn, NY and Travis (Emily) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and three daughters, Deborah Lukehart of Page, Arizona, Thalia Jeffres of Wichita, Kansas and Hylarie Kochiras of Athens, Greece. In addition, he is also survived by grandchildren David Lukehart, Nathan Lukehart, Everett Jeffres, Indigo Jeffres, Changa Changa Enamienge, and Xia Min Shao; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Edgar and Sibyl, brothers Edgar and Ralph, and his grandson Jonathan Lukehart.

He graduated early from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA, at the age of 17, so he could enlist in the Navy.

After graduating from the U.S Navy School of Music he served honorably for four and a half years during which time he played trumpet in the Navy band, achieving the position of musician first class.

Following his discharge from the Navy, he earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Education and French, respectively, from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and completed PhD coursework in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas and SUNY Albany. David taught Spanish and French at the Universities of Texas and Wyoming before relocating to Oneonta, where he taught Spanish at Hartwick College for 33 years. He was a gifted teacher who believed that cultural immersion was the the only way to truly learn a foreign language. To that end, he was instrumental in establishing Hartwick's first international study programs to France, Spain, Mexico and Guatemala. During his years at Hartwick he took many student groups to Spain and Mexico so that they could fully embrace the language and culture.

He was a talented storyteller and entertained many with his gregarious and lively spirit. His hardscrabble upbringing during the Great Depression had a profound impact on him, and thus, he devoted his entire life to securing a better future for his children.

In his younger days he enjoyed running, water skiing, hunting and fishing. He loved music of all genres, but especially from the big band era. Mostly, he just enjoyed being with his family.

We would like to thank our family, friends and neighbors for their support over the years. In addition we would like to thank Total Care Connection, Palliative Care and Hospice for their compassionate care over the past weeks.

We would especially like to thank our beloved friend Christine Holbrook for her many years of loving, devoted care.

There will be a private graveside service with military honors at Mica Hill Cemetery in Durham, Connecticut, in August at the convenience of the family.

If desired, memorial donations may be sent to the Milford Fire Department or the Alzheimers Association.


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.