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 MisĂ©rables,” 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:


Zoom Invitation
Meeting ID: 861 5711 1480
Passcode: 278448

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 fiancĂ© 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.

Michele Rosemary Cook

1960 - 2022

SIDNEY – Michele Rosemary Cook, beloved mother, sister, niece aunt and life partner, passed away Thursday afternoon, February 10, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 61.

Born February 23, 1960, in Jersey City, New Jersey, she later moved to Central New York and resided in Sidney where she was employed in the food service department for Tri-town Regional Hospital. She also served as an EMT in Sidney. 

Michele is survived by her beloved children, James Cook, Jr., Shannon Marie Cook and her partner, Edward Coyle III and Kristal Czachowski and husband, Tom, all of Bayonne, New Jersey; her two sisters, Cheryl Minichiello and husband, Ralph and their children Kristen (Michele’s goddaughter), Lauren and Brandon, and Marie Castro and her daughters, Kaitlyn and Alexis; and two aunts, Rosemary McCaig and Elizabeth Johnson Manzo-DeFalco. She is further survived by her best friend Sandy Tuttle, and by her dear life partner, Jeffrey “Jake” Jaques of Sidney and his daughter, Jennifer and her daughter, Emma Lee. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Costa.

A private family gathering and Catholic Funeral Mass to celebrate Michele’s life took place on March 5, 2022.  

The Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown served the Cook Family. 


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Sarah Bolton Tarr

1933 - 2022

“A mother’s love is boundless, one that reverberates and echoes in both light and dark.”

COOPERSTOWN – Sarah “Sally” Bolton Tarr, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, well-known and loved throughout the community, passed away peacefully with family by her side in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Fairfax Nursing Center in Fairfax, Virginia. She was 89.

Born Sarah Jane Bolton on January 10, 1933, in Geneva, she was a daughter of Henry Michael Bolton, Jr. and Ruth Elizabeth (Martin) Bolton. She grew up in a lovely, lakeside home on Lochland Road, with a swing and apple trees in the backyard. She attended St. Stephens Elementary School, where she set the city-wide sixth-grade record for the 60-yard dash -- even beating the fastest boys! Sarah graduated from the St. Francis DeSales High School; while there, she was a cheerleader and a member of the glee club. In those years, she and her friends formed the Uga Ugga Boo Ugga Boo Boo Uga club. 

She received an associate’s degree from Penn Hall Junior College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Her degree was in Secretarial Skills, which would prove to serve her well. Her shorthand, a skill few have these days, was impeccable, neat, and easy to read.

On March 8, 1956, Sarah married Bernard “Jack” Davis Tarr, Sr. in Geneva and they settled in Waterloo to raise their family. Besides providing a lovely home for her husband and five children, she was also able to pursue her profession, while playing an active role in the community. She worked at the First National Bank of Waterloo and was employed for several years at Gould’s Pumps in Seneca Falls. Her many volunteer activities included Den Mother in Cub Pack 71, Heart Drive neighborhood captain, Taylor-Brown Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Little League mothers’ softball team, and the Rosary Society of St Mary’s Church, where she was an active and devout parishioner. One of her favorite hobbies was marksmanship. She was a crack shot on the Seneca Falls Sporterifle Team, setting records and earning trophies.

In 1970, the family moved to Fairport for a short time, where Sarah worked at the Office of the Otetiana Council, Boy Scouts of America Council.

In 1974, the Tarr family moved to Cooperstown and settled into a house on Main Street. Sarah made this home a warm, welcoming, and loving place where countless, lasting memories have formed for family and friends. Sarah loved to entertain and numerous family milestones and community events were marked by large, festive gatherings in her home.

For many years, Sarah served as an administrative secretary and court clerk for the Otsego County Family Court, New York State Unified Court System, 6th Judicial District at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown. For some of that time, she served The Honorable Joseph A. Mogavero, Jr. when he was Family and County Court Judge in Otsego County. 

Sarah’s community service continued in Cooperstown, as well. She was a faithful and dedicated communicant, eucharistic minister, and member of the Bereavement Committee of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. She was a volunteer and dedicated supporter of the Glimmerglass Festival for many years, even reaching back to its beginnings in the high school auditorium. Sarah also contributed her talents to the activities of the Republican Women’s Club. 

For years, Sarah gave of herself to people in need, providing support and succor to many friends when they needed it most. Her legacy will include the many lives she touched and the hearts where she continues to reside.

Sarah is survived by her sister, Suzanne Mary Bolton Best, and husband the Hon. Robert P Best of Gloversville; five children, Andrew Michael Tarr, and wife, Cara Panzarella-Tarr of Arlington, Virginia, Susan “Suzy” Mulligan and husband, Michael of Herndon, Virginia, Jonathan “Jack” Christian Tarr and wife, Jennifer of Holly Springs, North Carolina, Bernard “Jake” Davis Tarr, Jr. and wife, Carrington of Washington, DC, and Nancy Jane Tarr Wager and husband, Patrick Wager of Cooperstown; thirteen grandchildren, Valerie Caitlin Tarr, Harrison Andrew Tarr, Hannah Marilyn Tarr, Lauren Emily McManus Cronin and husband Edward Cronin, Sophie Elizabeth McManus, Genevieve Celeste McManus, Alexandria Davis Tarr, Sterling Martin Tarr, Evan Davis Tarr, Margaret Carrington (Cate) Tarr, Louise Jane (Laney) Tarr, Henry Davis Wager and Naomi Eleanor Wager; and two step-grandchildren, Daniel Baker Mulligan and Alison Jane Mulligan. She is also missed by her great-grandchildren, Avalynn, Gavin, and Emilie, nieces and nephews, Kate (Peter), Bob (predeceased) (Lisa) and Meredith (Babette), Linda (Brian), Bill (Kerry) and Tom, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard “Jack” Davis Tarr, Sr. who died July 25, 2001.

Calling hours will be from 4 pm to 7 pm on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am Saturday, March 19, 2022, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Michael Cambi, pastor officiating. 

The Service of Committal and Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. 

As an alternative to flowers, please consider a memorial donation to: Glimmerglass Festival, Development Department, PO Box 191, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or LEAF Inc, 189 Main Street, Suite 101, 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.

Robert O. Schorf

1948 - 2022

MILFORD – Robert O. Schorf, known as “Bob” to many, was a long-time resident of Milford and passed away unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, February 6, 2022, at his home in Milford. He was 74. 

Raised on Long Island, he was born January 26, 1948, in Port Jefferson the son of Oscar and Elizabeth Schorf. After graduating from Newfield High School in Centereach, he attended Suffolk County Community College.

Bob was a member of the New Village Congregational Church of Lake Grove and on January 27, 1968, Bob and Donna Varney were united in marriage. They resided on Long Island until moving to Milford in 1973. 

Bob was employed at Stony Brook University and at SUNY Oneonta as a Technical Specialist in the Instructional Resources Center (IRC). In his retirement he was active in the community, serving as Town Councilman and as chairman of the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Milford.

Bob will be remembered for always helping someone in need and putting others first.

Throughout his life, Bob was well-known and respected as a guy who could fix just about anything. This was truly a gift for which his family and friends were extremely grateful. 

Bob became a member of the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and was a faithful and dedicated volunteer for 23 years. He was an integral part in the day-to-day operations of the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad in Milford and became the “go-to-guy” when anything mechanical or electrical needed fixing, be it something with one of the engines or cars, or in one of the buildings. He will be sorely missed by everyone associated with the railroad in Milford. 

Bob raised sunflowers and pumpkins for many years on a five-acre patch near his home, and sold them every summer and fall at The Country Dooryard in Milford. He often stated, “sunflowers bring smiles to people’s faces.” He also enjoyed cutting down Christmas trees on his property and giving them away free to people in need during the holidays. 

In his free time Bob enjoyed listening to bluegrass music, fishing, hunting, long walks, family gatherings, and photography. He also earned his pilot license and enjoyed flying. Occasionally he would take his children with him on flights. 

Bob will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Donna Schorf and their three children, his daughters Jennifer Schorf of Cobleskill and Christie Schorf-Miller and her husband, James of Mount Vision, and his son, Robert C. Schorf and his wife, Ellen of Laurens, and two grandchildren, Jerry Schorf and Phoenix Miller. 

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Elizabeth Schorf and his sister, Jeanette Schorf. 

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the Milford United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be offered at 3 p.m. at the church and will be conducted jointly by Pastor Deokryeol Bak of the Milford United Methodist Church and Pastor Stephen Fournier of the Milford Center Community Bible Church. Masks will be required. 

The service of committal and burial will be later this spring in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.

As an alternative to flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations may be made to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (for need in Otsego County) and the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society. 

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. 

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.

David S. Wilshere

1943 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – David Sprague Wilshere, a long-time resident of Cooperstown who served as caretaker of Doubleday Field for many years, passed away late Friday night, February 4, 2022, at his home on Curry Road in Hartwick with his wife, Meme, by his side. He was 78.

Born August 28, 1943, in Iowa City, Iowa, David was a son of Vernon S. "Whitey" Wilshere, a left-handed pitcher who played for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930s, and Betty Jean Munden Wilshere, a painter and Emergency Room RN at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

When he was four-years-old, David and his family moved from the mid-west to his father’s hometown of Skaneateles, where David attended a one-room schoolhouse. In 1953, they moved to Cooperstown and settled into their home on Chestnut Street. 

A graduate of Cooperstown High School, Class of 1961, David excelled in sports and was a letterman in baseball, football, wrestling and track. 

In September of 1961, David enlisted in the United States Navy, and proudly served his country during a tour of duty at the NATO base in Naples, Italy. During this time his wife and daughter joined him. He received his honorable discharge from active duty in the military on August 10, 1964, and was released from the reserves in August 1967. 

Following his military service, David worked for Sun Oil Company in Bettendorf, Iowa. He returned to Cooperstown and first worked for Jack Mitchell Moving and Storage. He then went to work for the Village of Cooperstown and served as caretaker for Doubleday Field until retiring in 1992. 

On February 17, 1962, David married Mary Ellen “Meme” Norman in a ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield with the Rev. Fredrick W. Connell officiating. David and Meme had two daughters, Whitney Ann and Faith. 

Throughout his entire life, David was a devout fan of the New York Yankees, and he often said that if the Yankees weren’t in the World Series, baseball was over that season. He also enjoyed watching football. 

David was an avid beer can collector and amassed an enormous collection through the years. He joined the Beer Can Collectors of America in 1970 and would travel all over to go to beer can trade shows. He also loved gardening -- his flowers were always quite beautiful -- and mowing the yard. In his later years he enjoyed watching his grandsons Reece and Isaiah Johnson in football games, wrestling matches and track events at Cooperstown Central School. 

David was preceded in death by his mother, Betty in 1976 and his father, "Whitey" in 1985; a daughter, Whitney Ann "Nina" Humenanski in 1990; a sister, Diane J. Howard in 2013; and brothers-in-law William R. “Bill” Norman in 2009 and William T. “Bill” Milburn in 2003. 

David will be greatly missed by his wife of almost 60 years, Mary “Meme” Wilshere; their daughter, Faith Wilshere Carrella and husband, George; a granddaughter, Jessica Van Dyke and husband, Jeremy; two grandsons, Reece Johnson and Isaiah Johnson; and a brother, Denis A. Wilshere and his partner, Teresa; his sister-in-laws Barb Norman, Gail Milburn and Margo Norman; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to pay their respects to David’s family from 2 – 3 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. Immediately following, a time of prayer and reflection to be led by the Rev. Betsy Jay will be offered at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. At the conclusion of the gathering at the funeral home, all present are welcome to re-gather at Cooley’s Stone House Tavern for a time refreshment and fellowship.

Later this spring, David will be laid to rest with Military Honors in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. 

For those who wish to make a donation in memory of David please consider the 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.

Kathleen A. Stiefel

1950 - 2022

Oh sweet child, I watch as you tell people I am gone. I know it’s your delicate way of saying I have died but what you don’t realize is that your statement couldn’t be further from the truth. While it seems this way, I promise you I am not gone. Pieces of me drifted to eternity but the most meaningful pieces of who I was and who I am are right inside of you, without the possibility of ever going anywhere. 

GREENWICH – Kathleen A. Stiefel, formerly of Milford, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022, following a courageous and hard fought battle against cancer at the home she shared with her daughter in Greenwich. She was 71. 

Born Kathleen Anne Powers on born May 16, 1950, in Cooperstown, she was the oldest of nine children of James Frederick Powers and Nina Mary (Jenks) Powers. She was a graduate of Milford High School and attended Hartwick College and SUNY Delhi. 

For many years she was employed as a Registered Nurse, and worked at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital and Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cooperstown, Countryside Care Center in Delhi, and most recently at Saratoga Center for Rehab and Skilled Nursing Care in Ballston Spa. She spent most of her days caring for others and tending to her animals more than herself; there was no person or creature she didn’t appreciate. 

Kathy is survived by her three children, Darcy Dibble of Milford, Scott Dibble (Stephanie) of Richfield Springs and Brienna Stiefel of Greenwich; grandchildren Timothy, Abigail and Tess Clapper of Milford, Kenneth of Richfield Springs and Marley of Greenwich; and great grandchildren Timothy of West Leyden and Hazel of Greenfield Center. 

She is further survived by her four sisters, Mary Ellen (Wayne) Grandner of Port Jefferson Station, Dr. Susan Powers of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Rosemary Powers of Milford, and Teresa Konopka of Hartwick; four brothers, James (Pam) Powers of New Berlin, Dr. Michael S. (Lucy) Powers DVM of Hartwick, Timothy (Cindy) Powers of West Winfield, and Daniel (Cynthia) Powers of Milford; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kathy was predeceased by her mother, Nina Mary Powers who died January 8, 2005, her father, James Frederick Powers who died March 23, 2006, her first husband, Kenneth Myron Dibble, Jr. who died October 26, 2020, and her second husband, Norman Stiefel, who died August 31, 2006. 

Kathy will be laid to rest 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.

Marshall L. Thorne

1941 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Marshall Lewis Thorne, 80, a life-long resident of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, January 28, 2022, at his son and daughter-in-law’s home in Otego. He is now reunited with his beloved wife of 57 years, Sandy, who passed away November 8, 2021. 

Born October 23, 1941, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Marshall was one of three sons of Loren E. and C. Emergene (Thayer) Thorne. 

After attending Cooperstown schools, Marshall proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1960 until 1964. Stationed in Quantico, Virginia he specialized in field artillery and received a Good Conduct Medal and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge 7.62 mm. He was proud to have marched in President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration parade, as well as in his funeral procession to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. In later years Marshall enjoyed attending reunions with his former artillery company in Las Vegas, Mississippi and South Carolina. 

On August 8, 1964, at Christ Church in Cooperstown, Marshall was united in marriage to Sandra L. Heller, another Cooperstown native. They lived for a time in Sandy’s grandparent’s home on Elm Street in Cooperstown, until moving to a home near Fork Shop where they have happily resided for the past 30 years. 

For most of his working life, Marshall was employed by the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital where he worked in the power plant maintaining the boilers. When asked about his job, he often liked to say, “I boil water.” 

Raised a Methodist, Marshall became an Episcopalian after marrying Sandy and was a devoted and faithful member of Christ Church in Cooperstown. Through the years he served the church in many ways, including ushering with Sandy. Marshall and Sandy will especially be remembered as faithful attendees of the 8 a.m. Sunday Services. 

Marshall was also a member of the Native Sons of Cooperstown, the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown, and was a former member of the Lions Club of Cooperstown and a retired member of Cooperstown Fire Department Engine Company No. 1. Other activities he enjoyed were hunting and fishing, especially deer hunting with his son and friends at home. Annually, he travelled to the Calhoun’s deer camp in Island Pond, Vermont, which was one of his favorite times of year. An avid fan of the New York Yankees, he was also a voracious reader. He loved woodworking and at Christmas time he often made special items for his two granddaughters, Dakota and Natasha. He always enjoyed his 5 p.m. cocktails, especially when he could share them with family and friends. One of his favorite sayings was, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” Sitting on his deck with his coffee or cocktail watching for wildlife was always an especially enjoyable time for him. 

Most of all, Marshall loved his family – they were the most important part of his life. He especially adored and doted on his two granddaughters, and he and Sandy enjoyed taking them on trips. Marshall enjoyed a full and productive life, and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Marshall is survived by a son, Jeffrey S. Thorne and wife, Stephanie, of Otego; two granddaughters, Dakota R. and Natasha L. Thorne; a brother, Ralph Thorne of Franklin Square and a sister-in-law, Judy Thorne of Oaksville and their families. He is further survived by his wife’s sister, Marion Terpening of Warren, Ohio and Cooperstown, and her family.

In addition to his wife, Sandy, Marshall was predeceased by one brother, Edwin Wesley Thorne, who passed away July 7, 2017. 

The Office of the Burial of the Dead will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2022, in Christ Church, Cooperstown, with the Rev'd Nathan P. Ritter, Rector officiating.

The Committal service and inurnment with Military Honors will follow at the Ecumenical Columbarium in the Church-yard at Christ Church. 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Christ Church All Souls Fund, 69 Fair Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Fly Creek Emergency Squad, PO Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337. 

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