Mary Teresa Leary

1927 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Teresa Leary, 94, resident of Monroe County, was taken by the Lord on Sunday, August 28, 2022, in Rochester. 

Mary was born on December 31, 1927, in Niagara Falls to Joseph David and Agnes Gertrude Maher. 

Mary graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a nursing degree and worked as a nurse. She married Dr. Herbert J. Leary in Lyons Falls in 1952, and after a series of moves, eventually settled in Poughkeepsie to raise one daughter and four sons. Later the couple moved to Cooperstown after building a home on Otsego Lake. Following her husband’s passing in 2007, Mary came to reside at The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown, a place she truly enjoyed and appreciated. 

Mary was a long-time member of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown and active in charity work, especially the American Cancer Society, Fenimore Art Museum, Farmers’ Museum, Women’s Club, Senior Bridge Group and the Cooperstown Food Pantry. 

Mary is missed by her daughter, Ellen M. Leary Coccoma and son-in-law Michael Coccoma, along with their children Nicholas, Caitrin (and her son Evan) and Peter; her son John P. Leary and daughter-in-law Pat, along with their children Jeffrey, Emily and Kristine; her son Brian J. Leary and daughter-in-law, Raquel, along with their daughters Meghan (and her son Leo), Bridget (and her daughters Ellia and Cassia) and Bernadette; her son James P. Leary and daughter-in-law, Jane, along with their children Jacqueline and Michael; her son, Dennis M. Leary and daughter-in-law, Kelly, along with their children, Ryan and Nicole; and her sister, Catherine A. Maher, as well as her beloved nieces and nephews and many friends. 

In addition to her husband, Mary was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Agnes Maher and her sister, Elizabeth Virgil. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2022, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Michael Cambi, pastor officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs. 

Contributions may be made in Mary’s name to the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. If you would like to send condolences to the family or send flowers in memory of the deceased, please use the information below.

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.

Ralph DiDomenico

May 28, 1944 – August 8, 2022

MARYLAND – Ralph (Ralphie, Ralphie Boy), a resident of Maryland, NY, was born on May 28, 1944, to the late Rose Scarpone DiDomenico and Boniface DiDomenico in Manhattan. He was an only child and soared into his Father’s arms on August 8, 2022. 

Ralph was a 1962 graduate of Sewanhaka High School. His education included a bachelor’s degree from Nyack College 1989-91 in Organizational Management; OASAS Certified Training Program, 1996-99 CASAC, Addictions Treatment and Prevention; Lincoln Hospital, 1999 ADS (Acupuncture Detoxifications Specialist); Rutgers University 2000 Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, Addiction Treatment; 2007 Gambling Specialty. He was a retired member of the Orange County Cultural Equity Taskforce, retired member of the Orange County SPOA committee and recipient of the 6th Annual JMHCA (Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act) Distinguished Service Award. 

Beyond all scopes of education, he was an expert on eating food. Food specialties include Italian cuisine such as the dried meat selection, Italian bakery items, actually, let's be honest here, ALL bakery items. He was also fluent in Chinese food. If it wasn’t meant to be sweet, then it better be spicy!

Ralph is survived and proud of the four daughters he had with his first wife, Carol-Margaret Stevens (Anthony), Marie McDowell (Todd), Angelina Fodera (Adam), and Rachael DiDomenico (Richard Crews). 

Seven years ago, Ralph was fortunate to reunite with his high school sweetheart, a partner in crime, and is survived by his wife Adele Morse-DiDomenico. After Adele and Ralph married, he became the proud father to Adele’s daughters Cora Morse Pappas, (Andrew), and Jesse Morse Judd, (Michael). 

He is survived by grandchildren, Tatiana and Andrew Cunningham, Javani, A.J., Ashine, and Carolann Stevens, Katelynn (Glenn) McDowell-Goudreau and Sarajane McDowell, Noah and Hunter Fodera, Richard Jr. and Calvin Crews, Sophia and Nicole Pappas, and Tia, Kayla, Walter, Michael, and Samantha Judd. 

Great Grandchildren include: Elias Rosado Cunningham, Anastasia, and Esmerelda Cunningham, and Annabelle and Wyatt Bruyn-McDowell. Soon to come: Rhea Stevens. 

Ralph is survived by cousins Mary Scarpone-Breen and her two daughters Hillary and Amanda, Lois (John) Cicardo and two sons Michael and Jason and Mary Marando and daughter Lynn.

He was loved and will be missed by his fur babies Gracie and Cali.

Ralph was a member of Fusion Community Church in Cobleskill. He was a soldier of God and a life learner of God’s word. He had helped many through their difficult times. What many didn’t know is when Ralph was teaching others it was then that he was also a student. He was truly a pillar to the church and his community.

Psalm 100: 4,5 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
 
In lieu of flowers, we ask you to please pay it forward in honor of our dad. Purchase the meal, dessert, or coffee of a stranger the next time you are out and tell them you are doing this in honor of a man who had the love and passion for good food then ask them to pay it forward the next time they go out. Putting a smile on someone's face is also placing one in their heart.  

Please join us in a Celebration of Life for Ralph DiDomenico:

1 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2022
Fusion Community Church
375 N. Grand Street, Cobleskill, NY 12043
(518) 823-4365



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.

Karen Burgess

1957 - 2022

HARTWICK – Karen Burgess (née Stefanachi) departed our world on July 19th, 2022, due to complications from heart surgery while surrounded by loved ones. She was 64.

Karen was born October 18th, 1957, in Rockville Centre to Eugene and Barbara Stefanachi. She grew up in Uniondale and attended Uniondale High School where she excelled in art and being that effortlessly cool chick. During a summer visit to Cooperstown, she met Mike Burgess on Main St., who she instantly recognized as ‘that cool guy she had seen around town.’ They married in 1977 and moved to Hartwick in 1983 with their three young daughters.

She started in the nursing profession as a young mom and found a natural talent for care-giving and the art and science of medicine. As a working mom in the 90’s, she valiantly went back to college and furthered her nursing degree. During her nursing career of 40+ years, she received awards and recognitions too numerous to list here. More importantly, she healed countless sick patients with her expert care and soothed hearts with her wisdom and kindness.

She saw beauty everywhere, honored nature, and was a daily inspiration to create art. Whether it be with her painting, jewelry making, or any medium that called to her, she was always making something gorgeous and giving it away to the delight of the lucky recipient. She was also generous with her thoughts and time. She loved to travel and some of her fondest memories were of epic trips with her super-friends, La and Amy. Yet, she always came back to Otsego Lake as one of her favorite meditative places on Earth (and Canadarago as the fun party lake). She found bliss when paddling in her kayak, drinking in an ocean view, or doting on her dogs. 

She loved being an ‘Oma’ to her three grandchildren; she never stopped being the cool chick, while also being a magical mom to yet another generation. While she was a mother figure to many, she was also the quintessential warrior woman, heroically fighting off cancer twice.

Karen was preceded in death by her father Eugene in 2020. She is survived by Mike, her husband of 45 years, her mother Barbara, her sister Debra and brother-in-law Stephen; her nieces and nephews: Stephen, Jackie, Erica, Gene and Joey; her daughters and their spouses: Heather and Justin; Rebecca and John; and Kari and Jeff. And of course, her grandchildren, Noah, Jasiah and Amelia who will continue to honor her legacy by making the world a kinder, more beautiful place, as she did.

Calling hours will be held Sunday July 31st, 2022, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Connell, Dow and Deysenroth, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Susquehanna SPCA or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life gathering will be planned for September. 


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.

James E. Dow

1947- 2022

COOPERSTOWN – James E. Dow, whose dedication and service to the Cooperstown area as a licensed funeral director spanned a period of over 40 years, and service to Otsego County as a coroner spanned a period of 30 years, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 14, 2022, at his home in the Village of Cooperstown with his beloved wife, Debbie, at his side.  He was 74.

Jim was born on November 10, 1947, in Oneonta, the son of George E. Dow, Jr. and Helen (Sturges) Dow.  When Jim was 10 his father's position with New York Telephone brought about a move to Stamford.  In 1961, another transfer brought the family to the Village of Cooperstown, and deep roots were planted.  Throughout those formative years, Jim enjoyed spending his free time with his grandparents on their farm at Sturges Corners in North Kortright.  Valuable life lessons and skills were learned from Grandma Frances and Grandpa Ray, and he enjoyed sharing tales of his escapades and adventures there.

Jim graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1965.  The day after graduation he began working at the Ingalls Funeral Home in Cooperstown and began to fulfill the mandatory year-long apprenticeship required prior to attending the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse.  Upon his graduation in 1967, he immediately returned to the Ingalls Funeral Home which was owned by Chet and Millie Ingalls and managed by George Connell.  George and Jim assumed full ownership and operation of the funeral home in 1970 and the name was changed to the Ingalls, Connell & Dow Funeral Home.  George retired in 1986 and Jim became the sole owner and operator of the funeral home until 1994 when Peter Deysenroth joined him and the funeral home became known as the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home.  In 2005 Jim retired and full ownership passed to Peter.  Throughout those 40 years, Jim remained committed to providing compassionate service, going above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every family he served.  He became an Otsego County Coroner in 1988, a position where he continued his commitment to compassionate service to local families and communities until 2018.  

Never one to be idle, Jim pursued other business interests and jobs throughout the years.  In the early 70's he took over the operation of Bassett Hospital's patient transport service with his friend, David Butler. The business was named Cooperstown Medical Transport and was later sold to Mark Zeek and Margaret McGown.  He and Dave also owned and operated the Pathfinder Trucking Company for a period of time, and later entered into a joint venture of building two spec houses.  A life-long baseball fan, former player, "ball boy" at a Hall of Fame game and coach for Little League and Pony League teams, Jim later became a certified umpire and enjoyed using his skills at area high schools and Damaschke Field.

Throughout his life Jim delved into any new hobby or interest with 100% focus and energy.  He created a one-of-a-kind narrow gauge model railroad layout; each and every part of which he created, carved by hand and built from scratch, including intricate mountain passes, trestle bridges, streams and scenery.  He taught himself how to sail with a borrowed book and mastered the banjo with a few lessons. In later years he returned to his love of camping and enjoyed travelling to new places with all the comforts of home along for the ride, including his beloved pets. For a period of 10 years, Jim and Deb spent the winter months at the Briarcliffe RV Resort in Myrtle Beach where he was an active member on the Board of Directors.  He was an avid golfer for many years and especially enjoyed the Wednesday golf group and tournaments at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.  

He was a current member of the Sons of the American Legion Post No. 579, a past president and current vice-president of the Lakewood Cemetery Association, a long-time member and past president of the Cooperstown Lions Club, a former member of both the NYS Funeral Directors Association and the former Ninth District Funeral Directors Association, a former member of the Rat Patrol, and a former member of the Cooperstown Fire Department. 

Jim is survived by his loving companion of 40 years and wife of 39 years, Debra (Oles) Dow; his two sons Neil (Jaime) Dow of Middletown and Brian Dow of Kansas; his grandchildren Mitchell, Baylie, Alivia, Brianna, Kendra and Cooper Dow; his brother Ransom "Randy" Dow of Cooperstown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Above all else, Jim was known and appreciated for his quick wit, broad smile, and contagious laughter.  To best honor those qualities, a Celebration of Life service will be offered at 2 PM Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with the Rev. Betsy Jay officiating.  Immediately following the service there will be a time for greeting Jim's family, a sharing of stories, and light refreshments.

Those wishing to do so may direct memorial donations to the Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY  13820.



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.

Geoffrey H. Goodwin

1971 - 2022

FLY CREEK – Geoffrey Harrison Goodwin, 50, passed away on June 15, 2022, at home in Fly Creek. He was born December 30, 1971, at New York Hospital to Gary and Sally Goodwin. The family moved to Cooperstown in 1972 and then to Fly Creek in 1988.

After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1990, Geoff attended Syracuse University where he received a B.A. degree. He worked as a Laboratory Technician at Bassett Medical Center for four years before moving to Boulder, Colorado, where he earned an M.F.A. degree from Naropa University. 

Geoff was a writer. His freelance publications were wide ranging but he took the greatest pleasure in his poetry and short stories. He loved and collected books and also ran an independent bookstore where people delighted in stopping by to visit and joke with him. He was fascinated by words and their meanings and got into trouble in high school for reading the dictionary instead of whatever he should have been doing. Based in Natick and Framingham Massachusetts, Geoff really enjoyed living in the Boston area. He had a lifelong passion for the Boston Celtics.

Geoff’s enthusiasm and infectious energy made life interesting. The entire family remembers how he orchestrated the search for his grandmother’s lost rings after her memorial service. He motivated the group to turn an initially frustrating hunt into a fun and satisfying experience. Geoff was intelligent and sensitive. He was appreciated for his sense of humor and quick wit as well as for his kindness. He stayed in touch with many people and he treasured his community of friends near and far.

In 2014 Geoffrey’s back was injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver. He faced chronic pain and health complications for the rest of his life. He returned to Otsego County in 2019. He never lost hope but the COVID-19 pandemic hampered his rehabilitation efforts. His unexpected death was due to cardiac failure.

Geoffrey is survived by his parents, Gary and Sally (Marks) Goodwin, his brother, Thomas Goodwin, his beloved aunts and uncles, Sharon Cresci of Auburn, Maine, Elizabeth Gunn and Don Kash of Norman, Oklahoma, and Harrison and Suzie Marks of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and his cherished cousins, Kathryn Marks (Jim Nelson) of Alexandria, Virginia, Andrew (Lindsay) Gunn of Norman, Oklahoma, and Benjamin (Tracey) Marks of Isle of Palms, South Carolina. 

When you think of Geoff hug a friend, offer encouragement or share a cup of coffee. 

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 


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.

Lawrence D. “Lannie” Richards

1954 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Lawrence Dale “Lannie” Richards, a longtime resident of the Cooperstown area, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 10, 2022, at his home on Van Yahres Road. He was 67. 

Born September 11, 1954, in Westfield, Massachusetts, Lannie was one of five sons of Harold P. and Kathryn M. (Walrath) Richards. Raised in Cooperstown, he graduated with the Class of 1973 from Cooperstown Central School. 

On June 26, 1976, Lannie married Shari L. Nelson in Middlefield. Shari passed away unexpectedly June 16, 2011. 

After working at Bassett Hospital, he owned and operated Groundskeepers, providing property maintenance to many individuals and businesses in the Cooperstown area.

Throughout his life, Lannie was an avid hunter and enjoyed attending classic car shows and camping at the West Canada Creek with Priscilla. As a life-long resident, Lannie knew many people and had a great many more connections. He went out of his way for friends and clients, had a giving personality, and will be missed.

Lannie is survived by his companion, Priscilla J. Preston (née Weller) of Cooperstown; a son, Lawrence P. “Larry” Richards of Cooperstown; a daughter, Jennifer Richards of Middlefield; two brothers, Harry R. Richards of Cooperstown and Harry M. Richards and wife, Jeanie of Okeechobee, Florida and a sister-in-law, Dee Richards of New York State, and their families. 

In addition to his wife of 35 years, Shari, Lannie was predeceased by his father, Harold P. Richards who died October 13, 1994, his mother, Kathryn M. Richards who died April 14, 2001, and two brothers, Carl L. Richards who died March 30, 2001, and Harold P. Richards.  

There will be no services at this time. 

Arrangements are with 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.

George W. McCrea

1936 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – George W. McCrea, age 86, of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, June 16, 2022. 

George was born February 11, 1936, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a son of James M. and Alice (Reilly) McCrea.

When he was a youngster his family moved to Laurens, where he graduated from Laurens Central School with the Class of 1955. During his high school years, he was a three-sport all-star in football, basketball and baseball. On January 18, 1956, he enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country as a Third Class Petty Officer for four years following the Korean War. He often recalled when his ship, the USS Leyte, hit a whale, noting, “It stopped the ship dead in the water.” His aircraft carrier was responsible for patrolling the northeast coast of the United States. Following his honorable discharge on December 17, 1959, he apprenticed to and became a stone mason and a bricklayer. He also owned and operated a farm on the Middlefield Center Road.

George married Constance “Connie” Larsen of Cooperstown, and together they raised their three children in Cooperstown, first in the Village and later on their farm in Middlefield Center. 

George is survived by his wife, Connie; three children, Karen (Keith) McCrea of Meco, Katherine McCrea of Anchorage, Alaska, and Michael (Marie) McCrea of Middlefield Center; seven grandchildren, Erin Lamouret, Collin Lamouret (Sandra) and Hannah Lamouret Gross (Joshua), Piper Lightwood and Maxwell Lightwood, and Julia McCrea and Leah McCrea; and four great grandsons, Alexander, Rhett and Keelan Gross and Patrick Lamouret. He is further survived by a brother, John McCrea of Oneonta, a sister, Patricia Mooney of Kingston and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers James Merritt and Joseph Edward and his sister, Alice. 

There will be a brief memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with Fr. Kyle T. Grennan, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Cherry Valley, officiating. At the conclusion of the service, Military Honors will be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the United State Navy Funeral Honors Team. Immediately following there will be a Celebration of George’s Life to be held at The Tryon Inn, 124 Main Street, Cherry Valley, at which all are invited to attend and share your memories with the family. 

In lieu of flowers, if you so wish, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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


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

Paul Stocking Bunten

1953 - 2021

Paul Stocking Bunten, age 68, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Mount Sinai Hospital. Paul was born on September 26, 1953, in Middletown, CT, the son of the late Robert H. Bunten and Mildred E. Stocking. Contrary to what many believe he grew up in Clinton, CT where he resided until 1971 when he graduated from the Morgan School.

Later that year his journey would take him to Providence, RI, where he began his studies of English at Brown University – an experience of which he was always extremely proud. It was there that he earned an AB degree in English followed by an MA degree in English Literature.

Shortly thereafter he would set his sights on living in Manhattan, a city he loved dearly and always considered his true home. In 1988, while studying for his MLS at Columbia, he settled into life on The Upper West Side, a life he has shared with his beloved partner and surviving spouse, Gerard Corrigan, since 1994.

Following the completion of his MLS in 1993 he served as the curator for Cornell’s Oskar Diethelm library, where he cared for a world-renowned collection in the History of Psychiatry. His familiarity with his subject matter, as well as his enthusiasm towards it coupled with his warm personal support, did much to foster continued interest in the history of Medicine and Psychiatry. At the time the collection was temporarily housed at The New York Academy of Medicine, which offered him an opportunity to curate an exhibition entitled “By Reason of Insanity American Psychiatry and the Trial of Charles Guiteau”.

Shortly after leaving the library, in response to the impact of recent developments on the character of the Upper West Side, he turned his attention to community advocacy. A recipient of a 2009 Westy Award, he strongly believed in the value of public participation in community based planning. For the community the key to influencing their destiny lies in individual participation and engagement. To further encourage and facilitate that work he founded Westsiders for Public Participation, Inc.

In addition, he was passionate about cooking and baking and sharing his wealth of knowledge with others. His definition of a good guest was someone with a hearty appetite with whom he could readily share his culinary creations. He believed, as Julia Child said, that to become a good cook you had to find friends or a partner who also appreciate food.

Those who knew him well will find it difficult to forget his keen intellect, personal charm, and wry sense of humor.

As per his wishes his ashes will be interred in the family plot at Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. By a happy coincidence, the family plot is almost in sight of the old Stocking Homestead about a mile to the northwest.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Frank E. Campbell - The Funeral Chapel in New York City and 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.

Raymond F. Peretin

1937 - 2022

CHERRY VALLEY – Raymond Francis Peretin, 84, of Cherry Valley, passed away following a long illness Thursday night, May 12, 2022, at his home on East Hill surrounded by his family.

Ray was born August 26, 1937, in Brooklyn, a son of Francis and Ann (Pinto) Peretin.

On January 11, 1957, he married Corinne Marguerite Carozza in Brooklyn. 

For many years he was employed as a sheet metal worker in Brooklyn and was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 28 in New York. 

He and his family moved upstate, and from 1986 to 1994 owned and operated Cor’s Cabin, which was located on Chestnut Street in Cooperstown between Stewarts and Taylor’s. 

Ray loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter as well as a master gunsmith. He loved motorcycles and boating and loved to draw. 

Ray is survived by his wife of 65 years, Corinne Peretin of Cherry Valley; their two sons, Raymond F. Peretin, Jr. of Roseboom and Christopher C. Peretin and Elizabeth Mott of South Valley; grandchildren, Valerie Lang (Craig) of Mechanicville, Veronica Kahnle (Tommy) of Latham, Christa Peretin of Manhattan, Alex Peretin of Utica, Ashley Peretin of Utica, Petra Peretin of Hartwick,  Jason Kehoe of Hartwick and Melissa Zylinsky of Hartwick; one great granddaughter, Vera Rose Kahnle; and one sister, Diana Fiorica of Old Bridge, New Jersey. 

The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. A Funeral Service will be offered at 5 p.m. at the funeral home, with Bruce Helstrom, Spiritual Care Counselor for Helios Care officiating. 

As an alternative to flowers, the Peretin family would appreciate memorial gifts to Masonic Brotherhood Fund, PO Box 9020, Hicksville, NY  11902-9020, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 W. 34th Street, Kansas City, MO  64111. 

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.

Sammy Dallas Bayes

1939 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Sammy Dallas Bayes, a Tony Award nominee whose career as a director, choreographer and writer in musical theater, television and movies passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, May 12, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 82. 

Born July 9, 1939, in Wasco, California, Sammy was the son of Sam Tony Bayes and Zana Marie Frost Bayes. Raised in Pueblo, Colorado, he attended Centennial High School where he was part of his first ever musical, playing Tommy Albright in “Brigadoon.” After graduating in 1957 he attended college locally, and then from 1958 to 1964, Sammy proudly served his country in the United States Army both as active duty and the reserves.

An experience at Perry Mansfield Theatre Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO got Sammy hooked on the idea of dancing professionally and he was offered a two year dance scholarship at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. By 1963 he had arrived in New York City, ready to begin his career. A year later, Broadway legend Jerome Robbins provided that opportunity with his new production, “Fiddler on the Roof,” in which Sammy earned a role. It opened on Broadway September 22, 1964, with Sammy playing Yitzuk, then later as The Fiddler as well as Dance Captain. From then on Robbins had a big influence on him and became his mentor. 

In 1966 Robbins tapped Sammy to open a touring company of “Fiddler” in Japan. This was the first of numerous international productions overseen by Sammy including London’s West End, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, numerous National Tours, and a Broadway Revival in 1990 which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical all featuring Robbins’ original choreography. In 1989, Sammy assisted Jerome Robbins on his last Broadway show “Jerome Robbins Broadway” which was a compilation of Robbins’ body of work in the musical theatre. Additionally, Sammy completed a book, at Robbins’ request, that contains every step of the original “Fiddler” choreography. To this day it continues to be sent out with every production, whether it’s being performed by a first class production, community theater or school.

In 1969 composer Frank Loesser hired Sammy as a choreographer for his Broadway production of “Canterbury Tales,” which earned Sammy a Tony Award nomination for Best Choreographer. Following that he added to his success as choreographer for “Heathen!” in 1972, did musical staging for “Shelter” in 1973 and “Rainbow Jones” in 1974, as well as working on numerous other national and international productions.  He also was the associate choreographer for the film version of “Fiddler On The Roof” and appears in the film as a Russian dancer. Sammy choreographed the film version of “Godspell” starring Victor Garber in 1973 and was choreographer for several television commercials, including the infamous “Who Wears Short Shorts” ad for Nair. Sammy worked on the television show “Reading Rainbow” with LeVar Burton on an episode about teamwork which is used as an example in schools each October for Fire Prevention Month. Other productions include the one-act play “One Man’s War” that Sammy wrote and directed about the experiences of his best friend growing up in 1960’s street gangs and his subsequent deployment as one of the first Marines to see combat in the Vietnam War.

On September 22, 1990, Sammy married the love of his life, Barbara Van Hook - herself a dancer, singer and actress - in a ceremony at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. Through the years they continued to enjoy membership at Marble, and were fortunate to be in worship there when the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale preached one of his last sermons from their pulpit. In 1993, their daughter Alexa was born followed by the birth of their second daughter, Taylor in 1995 upon which they settled in Cooperstown. While maintaining their membership at Marble Collegiate, they actively attended the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown. In 2012 and 2014 Sammy directed, produced and choreographed condensed versions of “Godspell” at First Presbyterian as the highlight of Palm 
Sunday worship services in which church members and local students and adults took part. 

Since the 1990s, Sammy brought his expertise and experience to Orpheus Theatre in Oneonta, NY and the Leatherstocking Theatre Company in Milford, NY and was director for many of their productions including “West Side Story”, “Oliver”, “Chicago”, “Funny Girl”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Footloose”, “I Hate Hamlet”, “Lend Me A Tenor” and many more.

Sammy and Barbara teamed up to co-direct six musicals at Cooperstown Central School: “Grease”(2008), “West Side Story” (2009), “Cats” (2010), “Fiddler on the Roof” (2011) and “Footloose” (2012). Their sixth and final musical in 2013 at CCS was a production of “Les Misérables,” a challenging show to put on which involved moving sets designed by Sammy and a cast of over 70 students.

Regardless of professional caliber, Sammy ran each production with the same fierce passion, igniting something special in every soul he worked with. He held all to the same standard, inspiring confidence among those who felt invisible and balance to those who had three left feet. As he ignited a light in this world so now his light shines brightly in the heavens - eyes still winking that mischievous twinkle to all of us.

Sammy is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara Bayes of Cooperstown; their two daughters, Alexa and Taylor of Dryden; a brother, Clifford Roberson, Jr. of Blue Springs, MO; and numerous, cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sam Tony Bayes, his mother, Zana Marie (Frost) Bayes Roberson, his stepfather, Clifford Roberson, and his sister, Patricia Dawn (Roberson) Ricks.

All are invited to call and pay their respects from 4 – 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 

A service to celebrate the life of Sammy Dallas Bayes will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Dr. Jason N. Cashing, pastor, officiating. Face masks will be required for the church memorial service which will be live-streamed via Facebook or Zoom on these links:


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Reception to immediately follow the service directly across the street at Templeton Hall.

For those who wish to honor the life of Sammy Dallas Bayes, his family would appreciate memorial donations to the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actor’s Fund) which provides support to those in need in the entertainment industry. www.entertainmentcommunity.org

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


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

Gerald D. Monroe

1945 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Gerald Douglas “Jerry” “Jiggs” Monroe, 76, of Cooperstown, passed away Sunday morning, May 8, 2022, at the Samuel S. Stratton V.A. Medical Center in Albany following a valiant battle with cancer. 

Jerry, or Jiggs, as many people knew him, was born September 13, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Walter J. and Ernestine (Tabor) Monroe. He was raised in Hartwick and attended Hartwick High School.

On November 22, 1965, Jerry was inducted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as part of Company E, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, and received a Purple Heart for injuries received in the line of duty. On November 12, 1967, he received his honorable discharge from the military. 

Following his military service he was employed for 37 years as a gunsmith for Remington Arms in Ilion.

Throughout his life he was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time outdoors. Most importantly, he was always devoted to his family, and was known for his big heart and generosity.  

He is survived by a daughter, Alicia Ray and husband, Jamie of Sauquoit; two sons, Lance Monroe of Oneonta and Scott Smith and wife, Shelly of Albany; three grandsons, Alexander, Logan and Aspen Ray; a brother, Ronald W. “Red” Monroe and wife Bonnie, and a sister, Shirley M. Monroe, all of Hartwick, and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his long-time faithful companion, Joann M. O’Brien, who died February 4, 2018. He loved her children and grandchildren as if they were his own: Michelle Reckeweg and children Emily, Kristin and Brenden; Janet O’Brien and children Isabella and Alexis; and Joseph O’Brien and children Matthew and Mila.

Family and friends may call and pay their respects beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. A Funeral Service will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Funeral Home with the Rev. Betsy Jay officiating. Interment will follow in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, with Military Honors rendered by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to New York State Parks Kids Connect Campership Fund. https://www.naturalheritagetrust.org/campership-donations

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.

Lionel Andrew Rauscher, M.D.

1943 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – In the morning hours of Tuesday, May 3, 2022, Lionel “Andrew” Rauscher, M.D., beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away after a long battle with illness at his home with family by his side. He was 79.

A native of England, he was born February 14, 1943, in London, son of the late Hana and Peter Rauscher. Educated in the United Kingdom, he was a Medical Doctor practicing in both England and the United States. 

On April 3, 1971, he married Jocelyn Alice Rauscher in a private ceremony in East Sheen, Surrey, UK.

Andrew graduated from the prestigious Dulwich College and then received his M.D. from University College Hospital, London.

Andrew came to the United States to complete his Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship, where he also co-founded the first Paramedic program. He co-authored several studies published in medical journals and was a Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons. Upon joining the staff of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, a teaching institution affiliated with Columbia University, Dr. Rauscher acted as Chief of Anesthesiology for several decades, until accepting the position as Medical Director. Throughout his career, he helped mentor students and medical residents, and was a trusted colleague and friend to hundreds of professional medical staff that he interacted with during his long illustrious career. 

Andrew is survived by his five children, Daniel and Jeanne Rauscher of Haddam, Connecticut, Rebecca Nichols and fiancé Andre Mills of Westford, Massachusetts, Pilarin Nichols of North Andover, Massachusetts, Jemma Rauscher and John Dinneen of Cooperstown and Annabel Vallance of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Alex, Laura, Liam, Maeve, Emily, Brendan and Finnigan; a sister, Marya Parker of England; and a long list of lifelong friends. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Jocelyn, who died April 16, 2020. 

A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, PO Box 182, Sidney, NY  13838; 607-563-7780. www.dvhsny.org.

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


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

Ann Lois Edwards

1942 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – At Noon on April 29, 2022, Ann Lois Edwards passed away unexpectedly but peacefully, of natural causes, at home, with her husband at her side. She was in her eighty-first year. 

Born February 22, 1942, in Little Falls, New York, she was the daughter of the late Francis J. Ashe and Elizabeth Dudik Ashe. Her paternal ancestry descended from Germans who had made the Great Swabian Trek down the Danube, and on her maternal side from Slovaks who made Little Falls “the second Myjava”. All her grandparents were immigrants.

Lois graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Little Falls in 1960 and the State University College at Oswego in1964 with a degree in Elementary Education. She received her Masters degree from Marywood College in Pennsylvania.

She met her future husband in kindergarten, tolerated him until well into high school when they became close friends and were married on June 25, 1966, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (now Holy Family Parish) in Little Falls.

Lois taught briefly in Dolgeville and Cooperstown before moving to Pennsylvania and spending the rest of her career with the Montoursville Area School District. She and her husband retired back to Cooperstown in the year 2000, building the home that she had envisioned in the Town of Middlefield.

The consummate mother, she supported all her boys’ activities as they grew up. A Cub Scout Den leader, swimming official and Montoursville’s original soccer Mom, she did whatever had to be done without need for recognition. 

She was an excellent cook who could do wonders with a pound of hamburger or a chicken breast, and no holiday was complete without her Slovak pastry. Pinena paprika, Kapustnica, Sovenske Palacinky, and Kolache were all within her repertoire.

She was a very talented seamstress, making her own clothes from age 12 until she was about 40 years old, then choosing to purchase clothes, deconstruct them at home, and reconstruct them “properly”. She was active for many years in the Fenimore Quilt Club and many family and friends were the recipients of her handiwork. On occasion friends and family called on her for “emergency” clothing repair. She usually accommodated them, but she did not encourage it.

Lois was a Life Member of the American Wine Society, a member of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Chapter, and, along with her husband, was the founding Co-Chair of the Glimmerglass Chapter of the American Wine Society in Cooperstown. She was a member of the Town of Middlefield Historical Association.

Lois’ career long focus on teaching reading led to her favorite retirement activity, volunteering at the Cooperstown Village Library which gave her the opportunity to meet many new friends as well as interesting people. 

She is survived by her husband of 56 years David D. Edwards; their son Brian, his wife Erika and grandson Benjamin in Essex Junction, Vermont; their son Mark, his wife Lisa and granddaughters Lauren and Claudia in Portland, Oregon; her brother Ronald and his wife Patricia in Arden, North Carolina; and her aunt Dorothy Frederick in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as numerous cousins and their offspring. 

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown.

The Edwards family will receive family and friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown with Fr. David Wm. Mickiewicz officiating. A reception will follow. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to your local Food Bank, before sharing a bottle of wine with friends.

Funeral 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.

Robert B. Schlather, Esq.

1946 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Robert Bernard Schlather, Esq., Cooperstown lawyer, CPA and philanthropist, died Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown as a result of a brain tumor diagnosed in June 2020. He was 75.

Born May 3, 1946, in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Bob was the second eldest of thirteen children of Bernard Paul Schlather and Helen Virginia Bilskey. Raised in Elyria, Ohio, he graduated in 1964 from Elyria Catholic High School. He went on to attend and graduate magna cum laude with a BA in Accounting from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and earned his Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude from University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. In addition, he was awarded a Certificate in English and American Law from the University of London as part of the Notre Dame Law School curriculum. He successfully completed the New York State Bar and Certified Public Accountancy Exams in 1971 and commenced work in the tax department of Price Waterhouse & Co, in both New York City and London. 

On July 14, 1973, Bob married his best friend, Karen Ruth Hammer in a ceremony at Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in St. James, Long Island. They moved to Cooperstown in 1976. 

As both an Attorney and a Certified Public Accountant, Bob began his practice in Cooperstown in 1977 with a focus on tax planning preparation, estate and trust planning and administration and real property transactions. In 1986, Robert W. Birch, Esq. joined Bob, and they formed Schlather & Birch, Attorneys at Law. In 1987 they formed a real estate service business, Cooper County Abstract Company, Inc., the largest abstract and title insurance company in Central New York, as well as Northern Otsego Management Company, Inc. In recent years, he was part of Schlather & Kinley CPAs PLLC with his partner, Patrick R. Kinley. Bob was a member of the New York State Bar Association and a member and treasurer of the Otsego County Bar Association. 

Karen and Bob’s son, Robert Hammer (R.B.) Schlather was born and grew up in Cooperstown, to the joy of all who experienced his theatrical and operatic exploits. 

In addition to his professional practice, Bob was an active member of his community through many memberships and affiliations. A long-time devotee of the Glimmerglass Opera, he served what is now Glimmerglass Festival for more than forty years in various leadership positions including as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as Treasurer of the Board and briefly as Interim General Director. In February of this year, Glimmerglass Festival’s Board of Trustees named Bob an Honorary Life Trustee in recognition of his extraordinary service and exceptional contributions with the world-renowned program. The highest honor a Trustee can ever reach, Bob contributed thousands of hours to the Festival, helping the organization evolve from its years in the Cooperstown High School auditorium, and finding and securing the Company’s 37,000 square feet warehouse and rehearsal hall in the Town of Warren, a necessity and game-changer as the Festival grew in scope and reputation. 

Bob also served as Trustee and Treasurer for more than thirty years of the Friends of Bassett Healthcare, and for many years as Trustee and President of Helios (Hospice) Foundation. He particularly enjoyed working with the parents of residents of Pathfinder Village, helping to ensure that those residents could remain at Pathfinder for as long as each chose, and considered these residents “his kids.” 

He and his siblings established the Schlather-Bilskey Family Foundation in memory of their parents to provide scholarships to Elyria Catholic High School from which most of them were graduated. 

A Paul Harris Fellow, he was an active member since 1979 and former president of the Cooperstown Rotary Club. He served nine years as Trustee of Hartwick College with a commitment to the importance of independent liberal arts colleges. Through the years he was also a member of the New York State Historical Association, the New York State Forest Owners Association, the Roseboom Historical Association, the Cooperstown Art Association, The Mohican Club and most recently was a founder of the Community Foundation of Otsego County. 

An avid golfer, he was a subscriber to the Leatherstocking Golf Course since arriving in Cooperstown. As well, he was a member of Otsego Golf Club and a shareholder of Head of the Lake, Inc., the owner of the land on which Otsego Golf Club is located. He reveled in the time spent each winter in Vero Beach, Florida, with Bob, Chris, Richard, Ron and Earle, for as long as it lasted. 

Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen; son R.B.; son-in-law Adam Weinert; his mother’s sister Rosemary Bilskey; sisters Sr. Mary Rita Schlather, SND, Sr. Mary Margaret Ann Schlather, SND, Jeanne Frey, Roseann Brown and Mary Agnes Schlather (Gary Hammil); and brothers Raymond (Kathleen), Paul (Karen), Donald (Darlene), David (Jennifer), Kenneth (Donna) and Patrick (Joanne); sister-in-law Rebecca; former sister-in-law Brooke; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his parents, their many siblings, brother William, niece Erin Schlather and brother-in-law Lawrence Frey. 

There will be no calling hours. A private Mass will be held at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. Livestream will be available by going to https://stmaryscoop.org and click on “View Livestream Here.” He will be laid to rest in the St. James Methodist Church Cemetery in St. James on Long Island. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Community Foundation of Otsego County, PO Box 55, Springfield Center, NY 13468, to be added to the Robert and Karen Schlather Donor Advised Fund for support of all things Otsego County, New York, particularly the performing arts. 

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.

Ronald N. Jennings

1943 - 2022

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. 

PHOENIX MILLS – Ronald N. Jennings, a life-long resident of Phoenix Mills and a devoted family man, passed away after a brave fight following a recent diagnosis of cancer on the night of Good Friday, April 15, 2022, at his beloved family home by the banks of the Susquehanna River in Phoenix Mills. He was 78. 

Born August 18, 1943, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was the youngest of seven children and last surviving child of Charles E. and Frances A. (Trask) Jennings.

He grew up in the family home in Phoenix Mills and attended school in Cooperstown, graduating with the Class of 1961from Cooperstown Central School. On October 1, 1964, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He received his Honorable Discharge from the military on September 30, 1968, having attained the rank of Sergeant. 

Ron returned to Cooperstown and was employed by Arnold Staffin, owner of the Glen Garage. In November 1970 Ron began a career at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in the facilities maintenance department, retiring in September of 2003 after nearly 33 years of employment. 

On June 21, 1969, Ron married the former Edith (Edie) Marie Ainslie in a ceremony at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church. They lived for a time in Toddsville, but following his mother’s passing in 1974, they took ownership of the family home in Phoenix Mills and have resided there ever since. Purchased by his parents in 1921, the Jennings were only the second family to live at this location, and Ron spent countless hours faithfully restoring and maintaining the family home. 

Ron had a special interest in the history of the various mills and other industries within the hamlet of Phoenix Mills, and was always willing to share his knowledge with friends and neighbors. He was in the process of publishing a book about the history of those mills. In 2005 Ron started a three-year career at Hanford Mills Museum, which for him was like living in the past. Ron’s other interests were many, including genealogy, American history, especially the period of the Civil War, as well as wood working and wood carving. 

In all that he did, Ron’s attention to detail and meticulous nature was well respected and admired by his family and friends. 

A member of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, he served the church on the Board of Trustees for a number of years. He was also a member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579, the Otsego County Historical Association, NYSHA, and in the early 1970s was a member of the Hartwick Fire Department Company #2 in Hartwick Seminary. A Trustee of the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery Association, he served as President of the Board up until this past February. 

Most of all, his favorite past-time was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. These times were above all his fondest memories. 

Ron is survived by his wife of 52 years, Edie, of Phoenix Mills; their daughter, Teresa Russo and husband, Peter of Whitefield, New Hampshire; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Maeghan Russo. He is further survived by a large extended family and many friends, including special friends Mike and Tami Pelcer and their children, Mia, Max and Grace, and Randy and Susan Gelatt and their children, Colin, Emily and Amanda.

He was predeceased by his son, Michael Howard Jennings, who passed away November 21, 2014. He was further preceded in death by all of his siblings, Richard A. Jennings, Robert C. Jennings, Arnold R. Jennings, Douglas L. Jennings, Gerald “Jerry” F. Jennings, Alice Tomasi and lifelong friend Tom Morrissey. 

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, we will be remembering the life of Ron Jennings. The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with a service at 3 p.m. officiated by Rev. Dana Horrell, pastor. The service will be livestreamed: www.tinyurl.com/cooperstownumc.

The service of committal will follow at the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery, with Military Honors to be accorded by members of the Cooperstown Veterans Club and the United States Air Force Stratton Air National Guard Base Honor Guard. 

As an alternative to flowers, the Jennings family respectfully suggests that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations be directed to the Cooperstown United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 66 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery Association, 1636 Kelly Corners Road, 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.

Vincenza Alessi

Her time on Earth was far brief, but her legacy of love and caring goes on.

Cherished Vincenza Alessi, 28, became an angel on Sunday, April 10, 2022, after a two-year battle against a rare blood disorder. Heaven is so lucky to have her home.

Vincenza was a 2012 graduate of Cooperstown Central School, earning her degree in psychology and women’s studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She recently had earned her master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University.

Vincenza taught special education classes at Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport, New York and, while studying for her master’s, substituted for two years at Cooperstown Central.

She loved teaching and her students adored her. She found great joy in the young children she was able to help and looked forward to a long career using her talents in her chosen field. Without knowing, Vincenza even taught the dieticians at New York Presbyterian Hospital how to expand and modify their menu selections; as her health deteriorated and she was eating less, she would ask her nurse for simple foods not on the menu: pasta and butter, pasta and red sauce, string cheese, salad with chicken. When she returned to New York Presbyterian for the final time several weeks ago, staff reached out to proudly show her a brand-new menu for patients -- one filled with the very dishes she had requested, now a part of the Hospital’s regular offering.

In and out of the classroom, Vincenza looked out for and cared for the disadvantaged. She never failed to be kind to people, always had a friendly wave for the people she met, and, even in the weeks before her passing, continued to feel genuine happiness for others celebrating their own good news. We were not surprised that even after her diagnosis, she still would stop to save lost and wandering dogs and cats to make sure they got home safely. If they didn’t have a home, she would find one for them.

Vincenza loved holidays, filling her home with decorations for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and any other special day -- although she was the person who could wake up on Tuesdays and celebrate that it was Tuesday! She enjoyed feel-good movies from Disney and Hallmark and, after ceasing her medical treatment, was able to hear her two favorite songs, “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran and “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright.

She fought hard for her life for the last two years, enduring hundreds of blood transfusions and operations as she struggled forward. She was deeply grateful to the community for listening and taking on the conversation of bone marrow transplants to help those in need. We plan to continue to work the “Be the Match” program in her honor.

Our fearless Vincenza lived for light and renewal for everyone and, with that in mind, we plan a celebration of her life to take place in the near future at Glimmerglass State Park. We plan to offer seed packets in her honor, as she believed the world would be an even more beautiful place with more butterflies and birds attracted by flowers growing everywhere.

We thank the doctors, nurses, and entire staff of New York Presbyterian Hospital and Bassett Cancer Care for their care and kindness, and Helios Care for their caring and wonderful dedication to Vincenza.

Vincenza is survived by her mother, Ln Alessi, and brother Dante Alessi of Cherry Valley, half-siblings Nicole (William) Grueter and children of Medford, New York, and Christian Alessi of Oakdale, New York, Cindy and Jeffrey Treis of Duanesburg, New York, and her treasured pets -- cats Chloe, Mr. Magoo, and Theodoria and dogs Kiyah and Belle.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, NY  13326. At 7 p.m. that evening, a service will be offered with the Rev. Sharon Rankins-Burd, pastor of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church officiating. 

Arrangements are under the care of Connell Dow & Deysenroth.


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.

Richard Daley

1946 - 2022

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Richard Daley, 76, of Springfield Center, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022, surrounded by his beloved family. 

He was born in Manchester, Connecticut, on January 27, 1946. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country in the Vietnam War with the K-9 Unit. 

On May 11, 1968, Richard married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Treat. 

Richard wore many professional hats – professional photographer, teacher, farmer, story teller and judge. Most recently he worked at the Meadow Links Golf Course where he was a fixture in the Clubhouse; he was always ready to talk with everyone who came to play golf. Out of his many accomplishments, Richard was most proud of his family. He will be greatly missed by them, as well as all those whose lives he touched. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his daughters, Julie (Barry), Jennifer (Patrick), Kyle (Brad), and Kimberly; son Patrick; and grandchildren Isabel, Emmett, Liam, Penelope, Charles, Eleanor and Andrew. 

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon on Friday, April 15, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. Directly following the visitation, a service will begin at 12 Noon at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Jason N. Cashing, pastor of The First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, Richard’s family respectfully requests that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations be made in his name to AMVETS.

Service arrangements are with 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.

Robert Thomas Davenport

1966 - 2022

FLY CREEK – Robert Thomas Davenport, 55, of Fly Creek and Medford, New Jersey, passed away unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, March 24, 2022, at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. 

He was born October 15, 1966, at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the firstborn son of Robert Duane and Geni (Alves) Davenport. 
Robert lived in South Philadelphia and Brooklyn before settling in Medford Lakes, New Jersey, where he attended both Lenape and Shawnee High Schools and graduated with the Class of 1984. From 1991-1995 he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he majored in political science and history. 
Although he was an avid student of history both ancient and modern, his hands-on work was primarily in computer science, first in research and then as founding partner in one of the earliest internet service providers in southern Burlington County. After moving Upstate in 2000, he devoted himself to family. 

Robert is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dr. Samantha K. Davenport of Fly Creek; their three children, Elizabeth, Alexander and Amanda; his mother, Geni Davenport of Cooperstown; and brother, David J. Davenport of Fly Creek. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Davenport, who died in 1979.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 

As a way to honor the memory of Robert please strongly consider donating a unit of blood in free celebration of life. Those interested in more traditional expressions are asked to kindly consider the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders or planting a tree. 

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.