Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitation and Service Policies

For 95 years, the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home has remained deeply committed to responsibly responding to the needs of the communities we are privileged to serve, as well as to the health and well-being of our fellow citizens, the families we serve and our associates.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are continuing to stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to funeral service and we will incorporate those changes into our operations. We will also continue to take certain precautionary measures in all we do in line with those recommended to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing and the New York State Funeral Directors Association. 

As we enter Phase 4 of the re-opening process for our region, public visitations are allowed. However, indoor gatherings, including visitations and funeral and memorial services are limited to 33% of the maximum capacity of a particular area at a time.  Social distancing measures are still in effect, so a distance of 6 feet must be maintained amongst all individuals at all times, unless safety or the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. pallbearing) or the individuals are members of the same household. We are also mandated to prohibit holding or shaking hands of members in different households during services, and it is required that all those who enter the funeral home wear a face covering at all times. Whilst the ability to hold services in a church will depend on each church’s opening status, graveside services can be arranged but are limited to no more than 50 people in attendance.

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

Please take care of yourselves and each other, and know that we are here to serve you in your time of need.  

Peter A. Deysenroth 
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Owner and Licensed Manager

Note: If you are looking for the obituary of a specific person, please use the list of names at right.

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.