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 50% 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.

John W. Wirchansky

1942 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN - It is with great sadness that the family of John W. Wirchansky announces that he peacefully went home to be with the Lord on April 1, 2021. His final days were spent surrounded by family.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary; children, David and April (Jon); grandchildren, Michael, Jaesyn, Josiah, Jasper, Kiana; sister, Eileen Cunningham; niece, Leslie; nephew, Cameron; cousin, Eleanor Johnson; and nu- merous other family and friends.

John, 78, was born in Yonkers, to John and Anna Wirchansky.

He graduated from A.B. Davis High School, SUNY New Paltz and Columbia University.

He was a high school social studies teacher at John Jay High School in Katonah for more than 30 years where he was very active in student activities. He also taught at the Chapel Field Christian School in Pine Bush. After retirement John worked as a substitute teacher at Laurens Central School for several years.

Teaching and mentoring students brought John great joy and satisfaction. He was a dedicated member and deacon at the First Christian Church of South Valley. He loved to sing, garden and spend time with his grandchildren.

John was a strong, honest, proud and good man. He was loved and will be missed by many.

A private service will be held at the family's request.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's name to the John Jay Retirees Scholarship Fund, c/o Ernesta DelNegro, 159A Heritage Hills, Somers, NY 10589, or Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28201.


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.

Grace Patricia Sheldon

1928 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Grace Patricia Sheldon, 93, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City. 

She was born February 16, 1928, in Cooperstown, a daughter of Harold L. and Grace (Putnam) Davidson. She graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1945. 

On May 20, 1950, Patricia married William L. Sheldon in a ceremony at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. 

Patricia is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, David H. Sheldon and wife, Glenda of Norwich, Stephen L. Sheldon and wife, Jane Marie of Mount Vision/Hartwick, Gregory W. Sheldon and wife, Elizabeth of Norwich and Scott G. Sheldon and wife, Colleen of Milford, Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Davidson Cowles of Poughkeepsie; a brother, Richard M. Davidson and wife, Mary Lou of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, William L. Sheldon, who died July 16, 2011; three sisters, Janet Bailey, Marjory Holden and Mary Hanna; and a brother, Roger (“Rod”) H. Davidson. 

At the request of the family, services and interment will be private later this Spring in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

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.

Walter G. Haldenwang, Jr.

1939 - 2021

HARTWICK – Walter George Haldenwang, Jr., a long-time resident of Hartwick, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Riverside Adult Foster Home in La Grande, Oregon. He was 81.

Born December 12, 1939, in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of Walter George Haldenwang and Agnes Mayer Haldenwang, both natives of Ofterdingen, Germany. 

After living in Ridgefield, New Jersey for the first nine years of his life, Walter and his parents moved to Hartwick in 1948. He was employed on his parent’s poultry farm while attending Hartwick High School, until it closed in 1957. He then attended Cooperstown High School, graduating in 1958, and then attended the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical Institute at Morrisville, graduating in 1960 with an Associate’s Degree in Forestry.

From 1960 to 1965, Walter was employed by John Deere Co. in Syracuse until he was drafted into the United States Army in January 1965. He served most of his tour of duty at the Echterdingen Army Air Field near Stuttgart, Germany, until being Honorably Discharged in January 1967.

Upon returning stateside, Walter became employed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Stamford, and rose through the ranks to become the Senior Forestry Technician. For health reasons he retired from this position in 1983.

He returned home to Hartwick, yet continued to maintain an active interest in forestry affairs and the environment. He was also an active member of The Schuyler Lake Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a part of the North La Grande Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

He is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins in New York State, New Jersey and Germany, including his two cousins, Althea Thayer of Hawthorne, New Jersey and G├╝ter Steinhilber of Ofterdingen, Germany. He is further survived by his devoted caretaker, Patricia I. Corcoran and her family, with whom he made his home for the past ten years in La Grande, Oregon. 

Walter will be buried later this Spring in Hartwick Cemetery.

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


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

Brian F. Carso, Sr.

1930 - 2021

FLY CREEK – Brian Francis Carso, Sr., a long-time and well-respected licensed land surveyor, passed away Tuesday morning, March 2, 2021, at his home on Goose Street in Fly Creek. He was 90.

Brian was born on May 10, 1930, in Queens, one of six children of A. Francis and Elizabeth (Megnin) Carso. His father was a civil engineer, and his mother had served as a Marine Corps battlefield nurse in World War I. Brian was born two months prematurely; doctors cautioned his parents to wait before naming him, because “they didn’t think I would make it.” “Well,” he said on his 90th birthday, “I made it…and then some.” 

He graduated from Bayside High School and attended SUNY Farmingdale before military service in the Air Force Reserve as a radio operator. He began his surveying career as a founding member of Pape, Carso, and Pape, Inc., in Pennsylvania, subsequently joining two notable engineering firms in New York. In 1970 he went to work for Con Edison and was promoted to Chief Surveyor of the Bronx. In 1977 he completed a Bachelor of Science degree at The College of Staten Island, CUNY. 

He married Betty Lou Walker on May 19, 1962, at Bayside Methodist Church. Every Friday for the next 41 years, until her death in 2003, he would bring her a single red rose. They raised three sons together, and Brian took his turn in all the familiar roles, from Little League coach to Scout Leader to steadfast algebra and trigonometry tutor. 

There is an old photograph of Brian when he was two years old, feeding chickens in a small coop in Bayside. This experience made an impression on him: in 1978 he moved the family to a 3-acre parcel far up Fly Creek Valley, in Richfield Springs, where he raised chickens, Cornish game hens, turkeys, ducks, and sheep. After working with surveying and engineering firms in Ilion and Oneonta, he established his own surveying practice, often accompanied in the field by his youngest son, Barrett. 

Brian continued to work well into his 80s. During the last few years, when he was convinced to slow down, he took great pleasure visiting his grandsons, and was a regular presence at his son Brad’s farm in Fly Creek, where he looked after the grape vines and took care of the ducks. 

A sixty-one year member of the Masonic Fraternity, Brian was Raised November 22, 1960, in Francis Lewis Lodge No, 273, Free and Accepted Masons in Whitestone, Queens. He later joined Alcyone Lodge No. 695, F. & A.M. in Northport. Upon moving to upstate New York he affiliated with Richfield Springs Lodge No. 482, F. & A.M. and then with Otsego Lodge No. 138, F. & A.M. in Cooperstown and served that Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1993. Active in York Rite Masonry, he began his journey by being Exalted in Orient Chapter No. 138, Royal Arch Masons in Brooklyn and was a member of Unity Chapter No. 328 in Bayside, Queens. In 1982 he affiliated with Otsego Chapter No. 26, R.A.M., and served as Excellent High Priest in 1991. He was also a member of Oneonta Council No. 87, Cryptic Masons, and Otsego Commandery No. 76, Knights Templar, serving as Eminent Commander in 1984. 

Brian was a long time member of Hugick Purcell American Legion Post No. 616 in Richfield Springs, Fly Creek Grange No. 844 and Pierstown Grange No. 793, and served on the Otsego County Planning Board during the 1980s. 

Brian is survived by three sons, Brian F. Carso, Jr., and wife, Kerry Dean Carso, of Matamoras, Pennsylvania, Brad C. Carso, and wife, Lynn Johnson of Fly Creek, and Barrett S. Carso of Cooperstown; two grandsons, Owen Dean Carso and Nathaniel Dean Carso of Matamoras, Pennsylvania; and two sisters, Connie Olds of Binghamton and Jacqueline Strickland of Virginia and their families. 

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 41 years, Betty Lou Carso who died November 7, 2003; a grandson, Teddy Dean Carso who died November 25, 2006; his brother, Boniface E. “Barney” Carso who died December 5, 2003; and sisters Faith Carso who died June 8, 2018, and Elizabeth “Betty” Reiner, who died November 5, 2016. 

A funeral service and a Masonic service will be offered later this spring at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be directed to Fly Creek United Methodist Church, PO Box 128, 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.

Arlene Schulz

1942 - 2021

BURLINGTON – Arlene Schulz, 78, of the Town of Burlington, sadly passed away from COVID-19 Saturday night, February 20, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

A native of Long Island, she was born October 25, 1942, in Hicksville, a daughter of Michael Francis Cycon and Margaret Anna Forsyth Cycon. 

She married Werner Albert Schulz August 4, 1962, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville. After residing in Northport for 37 years, they moved to the Town of Burlington where they have lived for the past 20 years. 

In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, especially making quilts for each of her grandsons. The thing that made her the most happy was having all her grandchildren/family together for the holidays and any chance they all could get together. She was also an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing her recipes with her grandsons. She loved her family very much and will be greatly missed by her family who loved her dearly. 

A Registered Nurse, Arlene was working at Chase Memorial Nursing Home & Rehab in New Berlin until she contracted COVID-19. 

Arlene is survived by her husband of 58 years, Werner, of Burlington; their son, Erik Schulz and wife, Christine of Liverpool; six grandsons, Robert, Steven, Thomas, Christopher, Matthew and Michael; and a brother, Michael F. Cycon, Jr. and family of Tempe, Arizona.  

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.

Edward F. Danielski, Jr.

1930 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Edward F. Danielski, Jr., a radiologist at Bassett Hospital and later director of Fox Hospital’s radiology department, passed away at home on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

The son of Edward Danielski Sr. and Jennie Danielski, Edward was born on July 12, 1930, in Greenfield, Mass.

He attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1953. He went to Columbia Medical School and served his internship and residency at the Columbia division of Bellevue Hospital under the service of Drs. Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards, who had recently received Nobel prizes in medicine.

He served in the Army as a captain and radiologist at the 57th Field Hospital in Toul, France, where he met Anne Marie Philippot de Miniere, whom he married in 1960.

He became board certified in Radiology, Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine after studies at Cornell Medical Center. He and his wife moved to Cooperstown where he became an associate radiologist at Bassett Hospital. He later established his own Radiology department at Fox Hospital in Oneonta, where he served as director.

He was interested in extending radiology advances to underdeveloped countries, introducing the first arteriograms to the Dominican Republic and the first myelogram to Tunisia under the auspices of CARE-MEDICO.  He is a past president of the Otsego chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Fox Hospital Medical Staff.

Edward loved skiing, sailing and gardening. He was a gifted amateur piano and harpsichord player. His greatest love was his wife of 60 years, Anne Marie. Together they enjoyed traveling internationally, spending time at their home in Ste. Maxime, France, and many projects, including building a harpsichord and caring for nature.

Edward is survived by her children Philippe Danielski and his wife Anne of Vrilly, France; Valerie Danielski Greenberg and her husband Steven of Westport, Conn., and five grandchildren whom they loved spending time with: Lewis Danielski, and Benjamin, Daniel, Sam and Noah Greenberg.

In lieu of a funeral, there will be a grande fete on Bastille Day, his favorite holiday, where his life will be celebrated with his favorite beverage: Veuve Cliquot. Donations in memory of Edward may be sent to the Otsego Land Trust, P.O. Box 173 Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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.

Noel Dries

1938 - 2021

SPRINGFIELD - Noel Dries, a teacher, historian, and tireless researcher who was an integral and well-loved Springfield resident, and who played an important role in the overall establishment and maintenance of Hyde Hall, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, February 8, 2021. A life-long resident of Cary Mede in Springfield, he was 82. 

Born May 30, 1938, at what was then a tiny Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was the only child of Frank Lawrence Dries, Jr. and the former Ruth Margaret Kelly. His mother’s family went back several generations in Springfield, while his father, who was from Brooklyn, came to the Springfield area during the depression and worked at Cary Mede as a groundskeeper.

In his youth spent at Cary Mede, Noel developed a lifelong love of Otsego Lake, and had great fun as a child learning to swim in it. 

He attended Springfield Elementary School in Springfield Center and graduated with the Class of 1956 from Springfield High School in East Springfield. He then went on to study science at Syracuse University, where he graduated with a degree in secondary science education. For 28 years he taught chemistry and physics in the Walton Central School District. Upon retiring from teaching in 1994, Noel became the caretaker of Springfield Cemetery and faithfully served in this position for close to 20 years. 

His devotion to the Town of Springfield was legendary; he worked for many years to assure his well-loved town’s history was maintained in good order. A long-time member of the Springfield Historical Society he served as president for many years and was at the forefront of creating the Springfield Historic District. Upon the closing of the Catlin Library in Springfield Center and the Clinton Library in East Springfield, Noel served as president of the newly formed Springfield Library Association. He was also a faithful and active member of St. Mary’s Church in Springfield Center, serving for many years on the Vestry, currently as Senior Warden. In honor of his devotion to Springfield, he was named a Grand Marshal along with Jim Weeks of the 103rd Springfield 4th of July Parade in 2019.

Perhaps closest to Noel’s heart was Hyde Hall, where he served on the Board of Trustees since 1999 and was currently serving as vice chair. He worked tirelessly, day in and day out, through good times and bad, to maintain this jewel at the head of Otsego Lake. As chairman of the Collections Committee, he dedicated countless hours to studying and analyzing the documents in the Clarke Family Papers, and was intimately aware of the history of the home and its relevance to local history. Always searching for documents that could prove or disprove theories about how the Clarkes stitched together their huge agricultural empire, Noel managed to solve many long-standing mysteries, often calling out, “I found it!” In addition, Noel spent a lot of time and research on George Clarke’s bedroom, and personally funded the restoration of this room to the 1820 period. He was extremely proud of the result. In recognition of his contributions to historic preservation and cultural awareness, Noel was the recipient in 2015 of the 5th Annual Anne Hyde Clarke Logan Cultural Preservation Award for his notable achievements in preserving the heritage of the Leatherstocking Region of Central New York. 

Throughout his entire life, Noel resided at Cary Mede, the Goodyear-Smith family’s summer home in Springfield. His favorite pastime was croquet, beginning as a boy at Cary Mede with Backyard Croquet, which is the 9-wicket version. About twenty years ago he took it up again with Bradley Goodyear Smith and several friends. As the players became more serious in the game, they switched to 6-wicket croquet sanctioned by the U.S. Croquet Association, and brought in professional players for coaching. They called themselves the CMCC, or Cary Mede Croquet Club. A professional croquet court was built at Cary Mede and cut-throat games were enjoyed for many years, after which all would adjourn to the Cary Mede porch for drinks, their motto being “win before gin.” 

Noel will be greatly missed by Jeanette Goodyear Weldon and husband William, and their children, William James Weldon IV, Bradley Goodyear Weldon, and K. Gunter Weldon of Cooperstown, and Susanne Smith McAvoy and husband Matthew and their children Christian Gallagher McAvoy and John (Jack) Goodyear McAvoy. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Dries and his mother, Ruth Dries; Bradley Goodyear Smith and her husband, T. Gunter Smith; and his beloved dog, Bella. 

At a time in the future, there will be a memorial service for Noel at St. Mary’s Church in Springfield Center. He will be laid to rest near his parents in Springfield Cemetery. 

In a 2014 Cooperstown Graduate Program Community Stories Interview Noel noted that Otsego Lake is our treasure, and in the winter he couldn’t wait for the ice to leave and for it to get warm so everyone could be on the lake. He concludes the interview by stating, “Spring is around the corner.” 

As a way to memorialize Noel, please consider a donation to any of the organizations that were near and dear to him throughout his life. 

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


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

Clayton Harvey Bantham, Jr.

1930 - 2021

WILTON – Clayton Harvey Bantham, Jr. passed away Friday morning, February 5, 2021, at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs. He was 90.

Born October 30, 1930, in Utica, Harvey was the son of Clayton Harvey Bantham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Kline Bantham. He and his family moved to Cooperstown in 1936 when his father became the manager at Iroquois Farm. Upon graduating from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1948, he attended Rider University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. 

In 1951 Harvey entered into active service with the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War. In May 1954, Sgt. Bantham received his honorable discharge from the military and returned home to Cooperstown. There he met the love of his life, Annie Welsh, and they were married on April 9, 1955. They resided in West Milford, NJ for many years, and later moved to Wilton, NY, although they always called Cooperstown home. They wintered in Naples, FL. 

Harvey spent his career as a loyal and dedicated employee of State Farm Insurance, where he was an automobile insurance Operations Superintendent, earning the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) distinction. He started with State Farm in Springfield, PA in 1960 and retired 33 years later in Ballston Spa, NY. One of Harvey’s proudest achievements was working with many new recruits and State Farm agents that he mentored over the years, especially as State Farm expanded into the Northeast.

Harvey was an avid golfer, as well as an amateur photographer. He had his thousands of photographs converted to a digital form and loved sharing them with his family members. A longtime member of the West Milford Presbyterian Church, he served on the Session, was a lifelong Elder, and proudly sang in the church choir for many years. 

Harvey is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Annie; his daughter, Shelley Fredericks and husband Mark of West Milford, NJ, two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel Bantham and wife Kimberly of Bedford, NH, and Timothy Bantham and wife Martina of Ballston Spa, NY; Grandchildren Leanne Fredericks, William Fredericks (Olivia), Douglas Fredericks, and Emily Caudill (Cameron), Amanda Ibanez (Zachary) and Chase Bantham, Ashe Sager and Kevin Bantham and a niece and two nephews. 

In addition to his mother and father who died in 1980 and 1982 respectively, he was predeceased by his sister June Schrader (1998), and step mother, Isabelle Baldinger Bantham (1989).

Harvey will be laid to rest in the Ecumenical Columbarium in Christ Church-yard, Cooperstown. A memorial service is planned for a later time once COVID 19 restrictions are lifted. 

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Church Cooperstown, 69 Fair St, 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.

Linda Winsor

1951 - 2021

BLOOMFIELD – Linda Winsor, a former resident of the Town of Burlington, passed away Saturday night, February 6, 2021, at her home in Bloomfield following a valiant battle with cancer. She was 69. 

Born March 14, 1951, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown Linda was a daughter of Mason E. and Wanda J. (Colburn) Tiffany. Raised in the Burlington area, she attended Edmeston Central School. 

For 32 years, Linda was employed by Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, first in the dietary department for 17 years, and then as a buyer in the purchasing department. Upon retiring from Bassett, she went to work in the cafeteria at the Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School. She also was a family care provider for 14 years, taking care of people in their own homes. 

On November 25, 1995, Linda married Robert M. Winsor in a ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Burlington with the Rev. John C. Young officiating. Linda and Bob shared eighteen years together until Bob’s passing February 5, 2014.

She was a member of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown.

Linda enjoyed most of all spending time with her friends and family. She loved watching her grandchildren in their sporting activities. Linda was also kept busy in taking care of her beloved Boston Terrier, Charlie. Linda formed long lasting friendships and touched many lives with her caring and loving personality. 

Linda is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kristie and Martin Willix of Victor; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Kim Rous of West Burlington; the father of her children, Gary Rous of West Oneonta; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Floyd and her husband, Marc of Oviedo, Florida; seven grandchildren, Justin, Jason and Jordan Rous, George, Maxwell and Marissa Willix, and Darby Floyd; two great grandsons, Jaiden and Jackson Rous; and a sister, Barbara Murphy of Edmeston. Linda will also be greatly missed by her Boston Terrier, Charlie. 

In addition to her husband, Bob, she was predeceased by her father, Mason E. Tiffany who died December 19, 2001; her mother, Wanda Tiffany who died August 5, 2018; and a granddaughter, Erika Rous, who died in 1997. 

Linda will be laid to rest near Bob later this spring in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

Linda’s family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to the Edmeston Fire Department, PO Box 41, Edmeston, NY 13335, or the Ontario County Humane Society, 2976 County Road 48, Canandaigua, NY 14424. 

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.

Steven D. Morris

1947 - 2021

CHERRY VALLEY – Steven D. Morris, a life-long area resident, VietNam era Veteran, and former owner of The Gas Company in Cooperstown, passed away late Sunday morning, February 7, 2021, at The Foltsbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Herkimer. He was 73.

Born March 27, 1947, in Cooperstown, Steve was one of four sons of Floyd G. and Martha J. (Klein) Morris. Upon graduation from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus, he attended the Cambridge School of Broadcasting in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a one-year certificate. 

On June 12, 1967, Steve entered into active service with the United States Army, and proudly served his country during the VietNam era while stationed in Japan. He received his Honorable Discharge from the military June 11, 1970. 

During his time in the military, Steve married the former Santa Grace Sapienza on July 6, 1968, in Cooperstown. 

Upon his return stateside, Steve joined his father and brother, Carter in owning and operating The Gas Company, a business fixture in Cooperstown for over 80 years.

Steve was an active Life Member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown. He always enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow Veterans, and was active with their honor guard, taking part in many ceremonies and funeral honors. 

Steve is survived by his wife of 52 years, Santa G. Morris of Cherry Valley; their two sons, Garrett Morris and wife, Autumn of Richmond, Virginia, and Casey Morris of Cooperstown; and was the very proud grandfather of Elliott Morris. He is further survived by two brothers, Douglas K. Morris of Cathedral City, California, and Carter R. Morris of Newport; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his father, Floyd, who died in 1982; his mother, Martha, who died in 2017; and a brother, David Morris.

While there will be no services at this time, please remember for now the times you spent with Steve, his ever present smile and sly sense of humor, and know that he is at peace. 

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


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

Eileen Balcom Barown

1934 - 2021

HARTWICK – Eileen Balcom Barown, a long-time resident of South Hartwick, passed away on February 4, 2021, at her home surrounded by her children, following a brief struggle with cancer. She was 86.

Born September 9, 1934, in Brooklyn, she was one of four daughters of Alexander “Allen” and Margaret F. (Murphy) Powers. 

She married William M. Balcom May 5, 1955. Eileen and Bill owned and operated Wileen Farm in South Hartwick until retiring in 1996. 

Following Bill’s unexpected death in 1997, Eileen continued living in South Hartwick. Eileen was married to Bart Barown until his recent passing. 

Eileen is survived by a daughter, Margie (Paul) Deluise of Virginia, and a son, Bill (Traci) Balcom of Mount Vision; grandsons Darren and Ryan Van Deusen; sister Bride Vaughn of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held later this spring in Hartwick Cemetery.

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


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

Joan Ann Cauley

1942 - 2021

LAKE WALES, FLORIDA – Joan Ann Cauley, 78, of Lake Wales, Florida, passed away early Saturday morning, January 30, 2021, at Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Joan lived most of her life in New York State. A native of Cooperstown, Joan was born at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital November 10, 1942, a daughter of Edward Louis Kirn, Sr. and Mollie Marie Oblak Kirn. Raised on the family farm in Hartwick, she attended Snowden Hill School No. 1, a one room schoolhouse that still stands and coincidentally is the same one her mother attended. Joan continued her studies at Hartwick School and later Cooperstown High School. 

During her high school years she was active in the Girls’ Athletic Association, the Drama Club and played cornet in the band. She graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1960. 

Joan went on to study Food Service Management at SUNY Cobleskill and graduated in 1962. Upon graduating, Joan worked for Servomation Food Services. She worked as Food Service Manager for various hospitals up and down the east coast of the United States. Joan later served as Food Service Manager of Oswego Hospital in the city of Oswego, where she met her future husband Timothy. The couple wed in 1966 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Cooperstown.

Joan later earned her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College in Syracuse. She served for many years as a Program Assistant and Agent for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County in Mexico. She managed various 4-H programs in Oswego County. She also worked extensively with Cornell University. 

Joan lived in Mexico and Altmar, New York for many years. The family owned a camp on Lorton Lake. In later years she and her husband wintered in Lake Wales, Florida. 

Joan touched many people during her 78 years. From the students and adults she worked with through her work and volunteering, to her friends in Mexico, Altmar and Lake Wales. Her door was always open, “Come in and have a cup of coffee,” should would often say, catching up with friends around the kitchen table. 

Joan was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband Timothy raised their two daughters on a small farm in Mexico. Joan was the heart and soul of the family. She truly lived her life to serve others. This was her greatest gift. 

Joan is survived by her husband of 54 years, Timothy Patrick Cauley of Lake Wales, Florida; two daughters Cathleen Matt and son-in law Jeffery Matt of Ponte Vedra, Florida and Christine Artman and son-in-law Alexander Artman of Katy, Texas; four grandchildren Audrey and Sophia Matt of Ponte Vedra, Florida and Madeline and Gabrielle Artman of Katy, Texas; a sister, Rosemary Hoag and husband, Donald of Toddsville; two brothers, Edward L. Kirn, Jr. and wife, Pat of The Villages, Florida and Robert G. Kirn and wife, Charlene of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. 

Joan will be laid to rest later this year in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cooperstown

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.

Paul Francis Marr

1957 - 2021

UNADILLA – Paul Francis Marr, formerly of Toddsville and currently a resident of The Arc Otsego group home in Unadilla, passed away Tuesday evening, February 2, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 63.

Born October 16, 1957, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Paul was the only child of Francis Jay Marr and Barbara E. Race Marr. For many years he lived with his parents in Toddsville. 

He was currently residing in Unadilla, and attended the Fellowship Baptist Lighthouse Church. 

Paul is survived by three paternal aunts, Dorothy Knapp of Milford, Virginia Rathbun of Schenectady, and Elaine Himes of Virginia; two maternal aunts, Alice Eckler and husband, Harvey of Fly Creek, and Beverly Struckler and husband Bill of New Mexico; a maternal uncle, Robert Race and wife Jane of Middlefield; several cousins, including Dennis Baker of Cooperstown; and his Arc Otsego community, especially his caregiver, Michelle. 

He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara E. Marr, who died March 20, 2001, and his father, Francis Jay Marr, who died December 14, 2014. 

Paul will be laid to rest with his parents later this Spring in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to The Arc of Otsego County, PO Box 490, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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


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

Shirley U. Banner

1933 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Shirley U. Banner, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, passed away Monday afternoon, February 1, 2021, at Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Little Falls due to COVID-19 complications. 

Born July 12, 1933, at the home of her grandmother, Maude Bliss, in Milford Center, Shirley was the oldest of five children of John W. and Bernice M. (Bliss) Utter. Shirley attended a one-room schoolhouse in Milford Center and Milford Central School where she graduated with the Class of 1951. After graduation she worked at the Scintilla Plant in Sidney.

On September 20, 1953, she married Carl F. Banner in the Portlandville Methodist Church. Following his untimely death December 9, 1962, Shirley bravely persevered, raising six children and working many jobs, often two at a time in area restaurants. These included The Hitching Post, Sherry’s Restaurant, The Otesaga and The Cooperstown Diner, as well as Brooks BBQ, The Duke Diner, the Health Bar at Bresee’s and the lunch counter at J.J. Newberry’s in Oneonta. She also worked in the school cafeterias at Cooperstown Central and Athens, Pennsylvania. While living in Boca Raton, Florida, she was employed at Bible Town and the Boca Country Club. 

A woman of great faith, Shirley was raised in the Portlandville Methodist Church and had many fond memories of singing in the choir with her sister, Beverly and mother, Bernice. She has been a member of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church for many years and also enjoyed attending services at the Milford United Methodist Church. 

She will especially be remembered for her love of people and her passion to travel, including many bus trips, a cruise, family vacations that included camping, hotels, and condos, and loved watching kids play sports. She really enjoyed living in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina, and loved spending winters in Florida. 

Shirley is survived by her six children, Evelyn Collier (Steven) of Cooperstown, Louise Williams (Garry) of Earlville, Mark Banner (Adrianna) of Troy, Marilyn Banner (Jen) of Hartwick, Carlton Banner (Sue) of Burlington Flats, and Bruce Banner (Kelly) of Cooperstown; grandchildren: Erica Callejas (Rudy), John Collier (Kristen), Erin Collier, Jessica Lowell (Lance), Todd Collier (Chelsea), Courtney Lugg, Cody Williams (Chelsey), Juan, Sara, and Andrew Sanchez, Gareth Banner (Monique), Kayla Banner (Bryan), Luke Banner (Courtney), Carl Banner (Jessica), Chad Banner and Zach Crippen; and great grandchildren, Benjamin Callejas, Logan and Mason Collier, Everett Collier, Sahriajah, Ely, and Shaddai Lugg, Leah Williams, Michelle and Emily Banner, Jaylynn and Jenna Banner, Derek Moore, Jasmyne Estes, Corbin Jaggers, and Wyatt, Waylon and Ava Banner. She is also survived by her brother, Dennis T. Utter (Lake) of Idaho; a beloved companion, Leon Spicer and family; several nieces and nephews; special long-time friends Phyllis O’Sullivan and “The Brooks Girls”; and many others.

Shirley was predeceased by two infant sons in 1957 and 1959; her husband, Carl in 1962; a sister, Beverly (Bev) Hoose in 1970; her parents, John in 1989 and Bernice in 1999; an infant brother, Bruce in 1946; and brother James (Jimmy) Utter in 2011.

Shirley’s immediate family will receive friends and family during a walk-through visitation at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, on Friday, February 12, 2021 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. Due to current COVID-19 New York State restrictions and regulations, everyone must wear a face mask or covering and observe proper physical distancing. Only a limited number of people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time, so please be prepared to wait outside before entering. 

Shirley will be laid to rest in the Milford Cemetery later this spring when weather permits, with a graveside service and burial that you are welcome to attend. Notice will be given as to when. 

In lieu of flowers, Shirley’s family will appreciate memorial donations to any of her three favorite churches: The Portlandville United Methodist Church, PO Box 306, Portlandville, NY 13834, or The Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or The Milford United Methodist Church, PO Box 127, Milford, NY 13807. 

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.

Lynn Richards Jones

1943 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Lynn Richards Jones, a folk artist well-known for her intricate scissor cuttings, passed away peacefully Friday evening, January 22, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 77. Like many loving couples who have spent their lives together, it might be said that Lynn died of a broken heart following the death of her husband of 53 years, David Jones, less than six months ago on July 28, 2020. 

Lynn Meredith Richards was born April 10, 1943, in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Cooperstown natives William “Will” George Richards and the former Wanda Olmstead. At the time she was born the family was living in Baltimore where her father was employed by Martin Aircraft. Following his military service, the family moved back to Cooperstown, where Lynn was raised and graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1961. She furthered her education by attending SUNY New Paltz, Hartwick College, and graduated with honors from SUNY Cobleskill from the Nursery Education program. 

While living in Cooperstown, Lynn met David Jones, whose family had moved to Cooperstown in 1947, not long after his father, Louis Clark Jones, Ph.D., was named Director of the New York State Historical Association. On August 27, 1966, Lynn and David were married at The Cornwallville Church at The Farmers’ Museum. Following the ceremony, they rode by oxcart to Bump Tavern for the reception. 

In 1971, Lynn and David and their family moved to the Millbrook School in Millbrook where David taught English. In 1976 the family moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where David taught at St. Andrew’s School. They both loved being dorm parents, and Lynn served in several other capacities at the school. Following a tragic bicycle accident in 2001 that seriously injured David, the couple returned to Cooperstown in 2004 and made their home on Elm Street. 

A largely self-taught artist, Lynn was accomplished in the paper art of Scherenschnitte. When she was a girl, her paternal grandfather taught her the skills that she would develop into “scissor cutting” as an adult. She was encouraged by her husband, family, friends, and her husband’s students and developed as an artist through their support. Through the years her work was displayed in museums, including the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and she was commissioned by Creative Playthings to design a Christmas store window and shopping bag.

Lynn truly enjoyed Cooperstown and often recalled fond memories of growing up in the Village. For a time she followed in her mother’s footsteps and served as a guide at the Fenimore House and also demonstrated spinning and weaving at The Farmers’ Museum. Her love of history and genealogy led her to be active in the Otsego Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (the DAR), which was realized through a descendant who served during the American Revolution. In a 2010 interview for the Cooperstown Graduate Program Community Stories program she said, “I love being here. It’s a small town, and it’s very true: you can take the girl to the city, but you can't take the small town out of her.”

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

Later this year Lynn and David will be laid to rest in the Pickens Family plot in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.

Lynn loved animals and gave a home to many throughout her life. As a way of remembering Lynn, please consider a memorial gift to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

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


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

Bernice T. Marlette

1922 - 2021

MOUNT VISION – Bernice T. Marlette, a life-long resident of Mount Vision, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, January 24, 2021, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta, on her 99th birthday. 

She was born Bernice May Tilley on January 24, 1922, at home in Lena, the daughter of Lynn Jehiel Tilley and Veda Marian Fuller Tilley. Raised in the Town of New Lisbon, she graduated from Laurens Central School. 

On April 17, 1941, Bernice married Kendall Carfield Marlette in a ceremony at the Marlette homestead in Mount Vision. She devoted her life to raising their family and caring for their home on Pleasant Valley Road. As their children got older, she went to work as a clerk at J.J. Newberry’s and Farm and Home in Cooperstown. 

For many years she was a devoted member of the Mount Vision United Methodist Church. 

Her greatest joy was her family and having them around her. Her grandchildren spent as much time as they could get away with at Nana and Poppy’s house and she (Nana) spent many hours helping babysit most of her great grandchildren.

Bernice is survived by four daughters, Jennie May Folts of Scottsdale, Arizona, Marilynn M. Folts of Toddsville, Donna Miller of Mount Vision, and Gloria Beers and husband, Bradley of Mount Vision; two sons, Gerald Marlette and wife, Lora of Mount Vision, and Jerry Marlette and wife, Christie of Unadilla; 19 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and four nieces, and several grand nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Bernice was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Kendall C. Marlette, who died February 19, 2001; two grandsons, Craig Ronald Folts who died January 19, 1998, and Mark David Reuter who died December 8, 2014; two sons-in-law, Ronald C. Folts who died July 26, 2010, and David Miller who died February 28, 2019; a brother, Lloyd Milton Tilley who died December 15, 2002, and his wife, Anna who died November 24, 2010; and a brother-in-law, Howard S. Marlette who died May 23, 2004, and his wife, Diana I. Marlette, who died March 19, 2019. 

She will be laid to rest with her husband later this Spring in the Mount Vision Cemetery.

The Marlette Family extends a special thank you to all the caregivers on Unit 1 at A.O. Fox Nursing Home. 

Memorial donations may be directed to the A.O. Fox Resident Activity Fund, ico Robin Voorhis, Director of Activities, 1 Norton Avenue, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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


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

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

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Max E. Lewis

1952 - 2021

FLY CREEK VALLEY – Max Emory Lewis, 68, of Fly Creek, passed away at his home Saturday, January 2, 2021, with his son and longtime friend at his side.

Born January 29, 1952, at home in East Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, Max was one of five children of Geraldine Elizabeth McWilliams and Richard Millard Lewis. Raised in Pennsylvania, he graduated with the Class of 1970 from Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove.

As a foreman for Brunswick Bowling and Billiards Mac came to the area in 1986 to install the bowling alleys at the new Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium; he loved the area and decided to make Fly Creek his home with his family. A Union Carpenter most of his life, Max installed bowling equipment and travelled often for his work. In 2000, he and his son, Anthony, started A&M Bowling, a venture they ran until 2007. Max was a retired member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 2287 Resilient Floor Coverers. 

He is survived by his son, Anthony Lewis and wife, Jennifer of Mount Vision; his daughter, Melissa Koren and husband, Frank (JR) of Laurens; and four grandchildren, Brock and Kayla Lewis and Cadence and Gavin Koren, as well as his longtime friend Debbie Barton. He is further survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nina and Jay Poe of Carlisle, PA and Wendy and Kurt Good of Atglen, PA and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Jean Lewis of Virginia Beach, VA and their families. 

He was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Lewis. 

In his leisure, Max enjoyed his collection of old tractors, and had a special place in his heart for the John Deere A originally owned by his father. He also enjoyed his 1938 Ford stake body truck and 1948 Whizzer. 

A visitation will be held privately. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Max’s honor to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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


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

Dorothy Mae McKenzie Carter

1924 - 2020

COOPERSTOWN – Dorothy Mae McKenzie Carter, 96, died December 29, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. 

Born May 28, 1924, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, she was a daughter of Roy and Thora (Thomas) McKenzie. 

For many years she was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Joan Esther Carter Bruneau and husband, Wilfred Roland Bruneau; a son-in-law, Joseph David Anthony Valdez; seven grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She is further survived by two brothers, Leslie McKenzie and George McKenzie and wife, Donna; sister Barbara Johnson and husband, Norman, and their families. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Royal Albert Carter who died October 10, 2006; a daughter, Jean Elizabeth Carter Valdez: a sister, Beth Penny; and a brother, Lyle McKenzie.

Friends are invited to pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. With respect for 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.

Burial will be later in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens, Columbia, SC. 

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.