Lois Ann Garvey

1936 - 2022

SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA 

Lois Ann Garvey passed away in Santa Maria, California, on November 12, 2022. She was born in Cooperstown, New York, on March 7, 1936, to Neil and Thelma Garvey. In 1945 the family moved to Nevada. She graduated from Mineral County High School in Hawthorn, Nevada, in 1954. 

In 1957 Lois moved to Oakland, California, where she went to nursing school and went on to work at Providence Hospital for 37 years. In 1977 she moved to Union City, California, where she lived with her mother until her mother passed away in 2001. Lois was very involved with her church, volunteering at their food bank and also served on her homeowner’s association board of directors. In 2016 she moved to Santa Maria, California, where she lived until her death. 

Lois will be interred in Springfield Cemetery in Springfield Center, New York, beside her mother and twin brother, Lawrence, who died in 2003. She is survived by her brother Gordon and his wife Janet of Nipomo, California. 

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


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James Andrews Melrose Johnston

1953 - 2022

James Andrews Melrose Johnston, Jamie to family and friends, crossed the bar on November 14, 2022, following a prolonged battle with multiple ailments. He was 68.
 
Born on December 20, 1953, in New Haven, CT, into a family of educators, naturalists, poets, historians, sailors and adventurers, Jamie never missed an opportunity to gleefully embrace novel experiences, such as when, as a toddler, he astonished his mother when she removed his rain hat in a New Haven store only to find a mouse cheerfully nestling in his hair.

Jamie with his pet crow, Poe.

Jamie started out at the Foote School in New Haven, CT, and then graduated from Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, during which time he befriended and was mentored by Roger Tory Peterson. Jamie went on to Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, and the University of Maine, where he made lifelong friends and graduated with a degree in Wildlife Management. He then joined fellow ornithologist Tom Lovejoy to study birds in Brazil, braved the hostile pecks of ospreys along the coast of Maine as he climbed up to their nests to detect pesticides and band them, and later led “Kids in Creeks” programs in Tennessee and Maryland to promote the health and beauty of their natural habitats. Making friends wherever he went, Jamie and his spirited dog of the moment cheerfully accepted invitations to “camp” on their porches or assault their coffee pots, even when there was no one at home.

Jamie banding an inquisitive osprey.

In between these projects, Jamie taught biology at secondary schools from Connecticut to Texas and enjoyed a stint at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), which afforded him time for rollicking bicycle rides in the Alps, Great Britain and Europe. On one occasion, Jamie warned Odie, his boisterous student companion, to descend a Scottish mountain with caution as there was a treacherous turn at the bottom. Defying this advice, Odie was found later deeply lodged, but unscathed, in a sheep shed, admitting that ignoring Jamie’s counsel could be perilous to one’s welfare.
 
Jamie also continued his family fascination with the sea. One of his earliest experiences was on a voyage through the Baltic Sea and the Göta kanal, when his family unwittingly left the little ten-year-old on the dock in Gothenburg Harbor, only to discover his absence when they couldn’t find him at lunchtime. Later in his life he plied the New England and mid-Atlantic coastlines in his traditional wooden sailboats, accompanied by his loyal dog of the day and, often, many friends in the Wooden Boat Forum. No fiberglass for these gifted folks, for whom unforgiving, intensive and never-ending boat repair is an integral aspect of sailing life.
 
In a word, Jamie was simply multi-dimensional and, like a whack-a-mole, incapable of settling comfortably into any confining niche for very long. He was always devoted to his family, friends and dogs, ever cheerful and gregarious, ever fascinated by family genealogy and lore, and comfortable both among friends and alone, when he reveled in a quiet life interrupted only by the humming of his bees.
 
Jamie is predeceased by his parents, Waldo C.M. and Elinor Doolittle Johnston. He leaves his siblings, Waldo C.M. Johnston, jr., Elinor J. Vincent and Carol J. Galpin and their spouses, five nieces and nephews and 11 grandnieces and -nephews, all of whom will greatly miss his reflections, advice, arguments, anecdotes, knowledge, support and creativity.
 
Jamie’s family is especially grateful for the comfort extended to their brother during his final weeks, especially by Robbie Clark, George Holden, Lang Keith, Jane Clark, Chip Northrup, Henry and Rebecca Weil, Harry and Ellen Levine and the Wooden Boat Forum. 

There will be a private internment at Lakewood Cemetery in December and a jubilant celebration of Jamie’s life up on the hill next summer. Donations may be made in memory of Jamie to Nova Scotia Heritage Schooner Rescue Society (schoonerrescue.org), where Jamie’s schooner Airlie is undergoing restoration, and the Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (sqspca.org).


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Elizabeth Ann Timm

1960 - 2022

VENICE, FL – Elizabeth Ann Timm, 62, mother of four and loving wife to Edward Timm passed away the morning of November 9, 2022.

Elizabeth was born in 1960 in Cooperstown, New York, and grew up alongside her two brothers Michael and David and her loving parents Delores Willsey and the late David Willsey.

Elizabeth dedicated her life to the practice of nursing, where she aided and assisted patients with the extraordinary care and kindness that she shared with all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Edward, and four children, Lucas, Matthew, Zachary, and Ian who loved and cherished their mother greatly. Elizabeth recently became a grandmother and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her close family and friends. She will be remembered by those who knew her as a warm, fun loving, selfless, gentle, and outgoing person whose sense of humor and kindness left a mark on everyone she met. She will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by many.

A service will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with Fr. Michael Cambi, pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index. 


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.

Janet M. Bunt

1949 - 2022

HARTWICK – Janet M. Bunt, who was born in Delaware County and lived her life in Otsego County, passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 8, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 73. 

Born April 21, 1949, in Walton, Janet was one of six children of Ernest Edwin Sprague and Janet Marion (Sprague) McNorton. 

For over thirty years she was employed at Astrocom Electronics, Inc. in Oneonta. 

Janet Bunt was a caring woman who loved her children and family. She enjoyed life and the outdoors, often participating in activities such as camping, boating, snowmobiling and gardening. Janet had a particular love of wildflowers. In her spare time, she found entertainment in classic and western movies, especially when the character Josey Wales was on screen. She also perked up whenever a Loretta Lynn song came over the radio. 

In her younger years she took pleasure in sewing, which developed into a love of crafts and needlepoint. Her talent in these areas was even used later in her life to lovingly hand-sew clothes for her children. During this same period of her life, you would often find Janet reading love novels after dinner and late into the night. As time went on, if you happened to catch her passing the time, you would see her trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle or solving crossword books. 

Janet is survived by her son, Brian K. Michaels and wife, Judith “Judy” of Hardy, Virginia; her daughter, Brenda Silas and husband, Vincent of Mebane, North Carolina; three granddaughters, Brittany Caruso, Candice Caruso and Kayla Michaels; the father of her children, ex-husband Wayne Michaels of Mt. Vision; three sisters, Joyce Budine and husband, Jake of New Berlin, Priscilla “Perk” Sprague of Little River, South Carolina and Donna McCarthy of Oneonta; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 18 years, Arthur J. “Ozzie” Bunt who died June 11, 2009; her father, Ernest Edwin Sprague; her mother, Janet McNorton; a son-in-law, Timothy L. Caruso; and two brothers, Gary “Chico” Sprague and Ernest Sprague.

Janet’s family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. 

The service of committal and interment will be private 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.

Georgia Goodspeed

1943 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN - Georgia Goodspeed, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, died early Tuesday morning, November 1, 2022, at Albany Medical Center with the comfort of her loving family by her side and is now with God and her true love, Jerry. She was 78.

Born November 18, 1943, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Georgia was one of three children of the late Elizabeth Downes and George Flint.

In her youth, her father worked on many farms in the area, so Georgia attended several schools throughout Otsego and Delaware Counties. She eventually attended Cooperstown Central School and graduated with the Class of 1962.

That same year, she married Jerry “Boo-Boo” Goodspeed in a ceremony held October 6th in the Cooperstown Methodist Church. 

For over twenty years, Georgia was employed as a maid at The Otesaga. She later worked at Bassett Hospital in their housekeeping department. 

In her leisure, Georgia enjoyed having a good time with family and friends. An avid fan of NASCAR, she also enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, embroidery and was well-known for her spaghetti, mac and cheese, baked beans, cookies and pies. Her family looked forward to her making their favorite dessert for their birthdays and her Christmas sweets. She also had a lot of fun decorating her home in Toddsville for the various holidays, most especially Halloween, Christmas and Easter. She enjoyed travelling with Jerry, having their camper in tow, visiting loved ones, attending many races rooting for Mark Martin, and collecting spoons along the way. They enjoyed a trip to Alaska, and visiting Mt. Rushmore and Alcatarz were other travel highlights. Annual Labor Day weekend celebrations at their Ponderosa, where she was the official corn hole tournament scorekeeper chief of chiefs and proudly received the first Boo-Boo Memorial Good Sport Award, will be fondly remembered. She was always the number one fan and supporter for family member’s sports and activities. She loved attending and cheering at quad races and rode in the local parades honoring Jerry and veterans. 

She was happiest when surrounded by her family, especially her cherished grandchildren, great grandchildren and grand fur babies. She was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother and “GG.” Her smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by family and friends. They enjoyed special memories playing board and card games, learning later in life that had followed “GG’s Rules.” 

Georgia is survived by three daughters, Betty Steele and husband, Tom, of Hartwick, Sue Gage of Edmeston, and Sherri Goodspeed and fiancé, Gordie Marshall of Fly Creek; three grandchildren, Jimmy Goodspeed, Michael Gage and wife, Michele, and Jessica Talbot and husband, Mikey; and three great grandchildren, Lily Luna Musgrave-Goodspeed, Breona Hope Talbot and Rylan David Talbot; and her faithful and beloved kitty, Cuddles. She is further survived by a brother, Frank Flint. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51½ years, the love of her life, Jerry; her parents; a sister, Catherine Williams; and precious cat, Midnight. 

In accordance with Georgia’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. She will be privately laid to rest with Jerry in Hartwick Cemetery. 

The Goodspeed family respectfully requests that memorial donations be directed to the Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. 

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


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