Matthew D. Allison

1958 - 2023

MILFORD - Please join us for a memorial service to celebrate the life of Matthew Allison. We will gather together on April 27, 2024, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 232 Eddie Martin Road, Milford, to remember Matt who is greatly missed. Please bring your fondest memories of Matt to share with families and friends.



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.

Charles M. Brooks

1954 - 2024

ALBANY – Charles M. “Chuck” Brooks passed away suddenly Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Born March 30, 1954, in Brockton, Massachusetts, he was the eldest of three children of Massachusetts natives Malcolm Norris Brooks and Esther Claire Kent Brooks. The family lived in Cohasset, Massachusetts, and then moved to Cooperstown in July of 1963 when Chuck’s father was hired as Director of the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium. Chuck enjoyed his youth in Cooperstown, and was active with church youth programs, especially at The First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown.  Chuck graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1972. During his high school years Chuck participated on the basketball and tennis teams. He also enjoyed bowling and playing squash at the ACC gym. He earned both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Springfield College and, much like his father, began serving youth in what would become a 34 year a career with the YMCA, 24 of which he was executive director. 

Starting at the Brockport branch of the Rochester YMCA, as program and day camp director, Chuck next became program executive in Fitchburg and Leominster, Massachusetts. He then became the CEO in Troy before becoming branch director when the Troy facility was absorbed into the Capital Region YMCA.  He then moved to Bradford, Pennsylvania where he was CEO of the Bradford Family YMCA, and finally ended his career overseeing the construction of a new 13.2 million dollar Dow Bay Area YMCA in Bay City, Michigan.

Chuck and his wife, Maryellen, retired to Upstate New York, but he was restless and felt that he could still contribute his talents to one of the many local non-profits. Finding that his experiences and skills were compatible with what the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties was looking for, he was hired as executive director of that organization.

In his leisure, Chuck enjoyed his expansive vegetable garden and music, especially singing in barbershop choruses and quartets in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Over the years the Brooks household had many pets, most of them being rescued. Chuck affectionately called his 5 dachshunds his “kids.” 

Chuck is survived by his wife of 46 years, Maryellen Brooks; their three sons, Jonathan Kent Brooks (Raychelle), Christopher Dunham Brooks (Theresa) and Charles Adams Brooks  (Michelle); 4 grandchildren; his sister Ruthanna Cherifi (Said) and brother Wayne Brooks (Pirawan); beloved aunts Charlotte Sargent, Janie Cobleigh (Ray) and Evelyn Kent; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of the Life of Chuck Brooks will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2024, at The First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, with the Rev. Jessica D. Lambert, Lead Pastor officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a time of refreshment and fellowship in the adjoining Chapel. 

He will be laid to rest alongside his parents in The Columbarium in the Presbyterian Church-yard. 

Reflecting Chuck’s love for music, his family would gratefully appreciate that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations be directed to the music program at The First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY  13326 or to your local animal shelter or animal rescue organization. 

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.

Francis L. Wycoff, Jr.

1952 - 2024

ONEONTA – Frank left his life on earth on Friday, February 23, 2024, and is on his way to explore the cosmos. 

Born July 15, 1952, in Columbus, Georgia, he spent his younger years split between the San Francisco area and summers with his grandparents on Long Island. 

Frank was an avid soccer fan and a follower of the Premier League – especially the Liverpool team. He shared his enthusiasm for the sport by coaching his son’s team and conducting coaching clinics for parent volunteers. In later years he enjoyed watching grandchildren play. 

In California, he and Nancy joined with neighbors to found an association to build a park and plant several hundred trees to make a greener, safer neighborhood. It was through his work there that he made many lifelong friendships. 

He and Nancy had a commercial printing company in California for 20 years. After they moved to New York, he put his creativity and talent for fixing things to work with his Around the House Repairs business. 

He was predeceased by his father, Francis Wycoff, Sr. and sister, Michelle Pollard. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bullock Wycoff; son, Francis III (Otego); stepson, Benjamin Payne (Bend, OR); stepdaughter, Megan Payne (Oneonta); and grandchildren Dexter, Annabel, Francis IV, and Suzanne. In addition, he leaves Steve Pollard, Steve and Helen Mader, Jan Baughman, Jennifer Wycoff, Carol (Charles) Verry, Dale (Maryrose) Bullock, Mary Beth (Dave) Waite, Pamela (Raymond) Key and seventeen nieces and nephews. 

Frank would prefer that any donations in his name be made to Helios Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Suite 1, Oneonta, NY  13820 or Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY  13326. 

In lieu of a traditional service, there will be a celebration of his life in July. 

The Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown is serving the Wycoff family. 


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 W. “Red” Monroe

1940 - 2024

HARTWICK – Ronald Walter “Red” Monroe, a long-time resident of Hartwick, passed away early Wednesday morning, February 21, 2024, with his family at his side at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.  He was 83. 

Red, as most people knew him throughout his life, was born August 2, 1940, in Cooperstown, a son of Walter J. and Ernestine Jennie (Tabor) Monroe. As a child, he and his family lived in the Naugatuck and New Haven areas of Connecticut. In 1948, they returned to Hartwick, where in 1952 they built their home on South Street. Red attended school in Hartwick up until the 11th grade, at which time the Hartwick High School closed. He chose to finish his high school career at the Laurens Central School where he enjoyed playing on the basketball and football teams and graduated.  

In 1962, Red joined the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, receiving his honorable discharge in 1964. 

On May 13, 1970, he married Bonnie Lee Bubnell in Hartwick. 

He spent most of his working life as a carpenter and mason, often working on his own, but also for several others at their request. Drives throughout the County and beyond would include pointing out places he helped to build or repair. Later in life, he worked with his son in the firewood business. “Doing firewood” was as much a hobby as it was a job. 

An integral part of Hartwick, he served his community since 1992 as a member of the Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 1. He served as a fireman, Safety Officer and Fire Police Captain. He could be found at the Fire Department chicken barbecues and Hartwick Days doing his part to make the day a success – getting the coals ready to cook the chicken or directing traffic. He proudly represented the Department and community marching alongside his fellow firefighters in local parades. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Red was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed going to camp, fishing and hunting with family and friends, and picking berries for jam. He was a collector of “things that could be fixed” and would often be found puttering on these things in the garage. He enjoyed spending time sharing his knowledge with family and friends; anyone who would listen. He had a gift for sharing stories of days gone by - mishaps with his sister and brother, Army life, family events and his work. The banter between him and his siblings revealed his sense of humor and proof that he was a bit of a jokester at times!

His love of the Lord was evident in the manner in which he lived his life – a life of service to his family, church, and community. He attended the Living Water Faith Fellowship where he served in many capacities including being head usher for many years. 

Red is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Monroe of Oneonta; their two sons, Charles “Skeeter” Monroe and Theodore “Ted” Monroe of Hartwick; four grandchildren, Racael Monroe, Kassie Monroe, Cadyee Monroe and Lucas Monroe; two great grandsons, Jordan and Waylon Losee;  sister, Shirley M. Monroe of Hartwick; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a beloved “adopted” daughter, Michelle Lynn Morey, who died May 19, 2008, and a brother, Gerald Douglas “Jerry” “Jiggs” Monroe who died May 8, 2022. 

Family and friends may call and pay their respects beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2024, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. A Funeral Service will be offered at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Runcorn from the Living Water Faith Fellowship in Oneonta officiating. Interment will be later this spring in Hartwick Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Hartwick Fire Department Company No. 1, PO Box 86, Hartwick, NY  13348. 

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.

Kimberly L. Ruiz

1970 - 2024

COOPERSTOWN – Kimberly L. Ruiz, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Friday morning, February 16, 2024, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a valiant battle with cancer. She was 53. 

Born Kimberly Louise Lincoln on May 25, 1970, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Rosemarie (Flynn) Lincoln. 

A Certified Nursing Assistant she most recently was employed as a home health aide by U.S. Care Systems, Inc. in Oneonta.

Kimberly and her husband, Steven, enjoyed attending Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville.

Kimberly is survived by her husband of 23 years, Steven M. Ruiz; their three children, Dominic Ruiz and wife, Katie, Kyle Ruiz, and Amber Ruiz; a granddaughter, Cataleya; and her mother-in-law, Wanda C. Ruiz. 

Family and friends may call and pay their respects from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. At 3 p.m., a funeral service will be offered at the funeral home with Pastor Jack Klosheim officiating. 

Burial will be later this spring in Cobleskill Rural 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.

Patricia A. Smith

1946 - 2024

OAKSVILLE – Patricia A. Smith, a long-time area resident, passed away early Saturday morning, February 3, 2024, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 77.

Born November 15, 1946, in Garden City, New Jersey, she was one of five children of Leonard J. Edwards and Dorothy M. Hinch Edwards. 

On March 17, 1962, Patty married Richard Frederick Smith, Jr. in a ceremony at the Cooperstown Methodist Church, and they went on to enjoy a total of 60 wonderful years together. 

At one time she was employed as a clerk at The Meadows. 

Throughout their life together, Patty and Dick enjoyed travelling, dancing, going to Turning Stone, as well as attending events with the Wanderer’s Car Club with Dick’s 1951 Ford coupe. Patty enjoyed tending to her gardens, crafts, and most especially spending time with her family, who will miss her greatly. 

Patty is survived by her three children, Richard F. Smith III of Statesville, North Carolina, Pamela Wart (Percy) of Christian Hill and Raymond Smith (Deanna) of Milford; eight grandchildren, Craig, Cheryl, Brad, Chrissy, Kyle, Ray, Jr., Mason and Katelyn; and 11 great grandchildren. She is further survived by her siblings, Dorothy Brown (Donald) of Florida, Joyce Clinton of Tennessee, Carolyn Kirkes (Mike) of Texas and Jack Bottita (Jodi) of Hartwick; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Richard Frederick Smith, Jr. who died September 13, 2021, and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Smith, who died September 15, 2021. 

A Celebration of Life will be held later this summer. Patty and Dick will be laid to rest in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. 

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


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

Rebecca Susan Metzger

1946 - 2024

On Thursday, February 1, 2024, Becky passed away peacefully at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown after a long illness. She was surrounded by her family, love and prayers.

Becky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 15, 1946. A graduate of Kendall Central High School and the Rochester Business Institute, she worked in both the food service and health care industries. In addition, she was a volunteer at Strong Memorial Hospital, the Morgan Manning House and the Women's Auxiliary. 

Becky was a kind, loving woman of deep faith with many friends. She was skilled at knitting and crocheting and was also a wonderful cook.

Becky was predeceased by her mother Carolyn Lee Doebber, her father David Frederick Metzger and her brother Timothy Scott Hewett. 

Becky is survived by her sister Nancy Ahern and her husband David Congdon; her brother T. Daniel Ahern and his wife Christine; her sister Susan Metzger; her sister Kimberly Metzger Whitman; her sister Julia Metzger; and her Aunt Louise Personette. 

A private graveside service will be held in Brockport, New York in late spring.

Connell, Dow and Deysenroth Funeral Home of Cooperstown is assisting the family. 


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. Schallert

1943 - 2024

HARTWICK – Robert O. Schallert, 80, of the Town of Hartwick, died unexpectedly late Sunday night, January 28, 2024, at his home. 

He was born November 19, 1943, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, the only child of Otto Frederick Schallert and Anna M. Zukowski Schallert. Raised in Milford, he graduated from Milford Central School. 

On August 11, 1962, Bob married Joan M. Teachout in a ceremony at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. 

A lifelong farmer, he owned High Terrace Acres on the Hinman Hollow Road.

Bob was a caring person and knew how to stand up for what he believed in. He had a profound passion for the outdoors and enjoyed traveling with family, hunting, fishing, farming, gardening, trapping and playing cards. These were only a few but important hobbies which he loved. He will be missed by all. 

Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan M. Schallert of the Town of Hartwick; their two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Maria Schallert of Milford and Michael and Shameela Schallert of Westford; three grandchildren, James Schallert, Zachary Schallert and wife, Mikayla, and Aydin Schallert; one great grandson, Joel Meade; and several nieces, nephews and cousin.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Steven O. Schallert who died August 22, 1983. 

In the Spring, Bob will be laid to rest in Westville Cemetery, and a celebration of his life will be held at that time. 

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.

Louis W. Nicholson

1932 - 2024

OAKSVILLE – Louis William Nicholson, a longtime resident of the Cooperstown area, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, January 9, 2024, at his home on Cattown Road in Oaksville. He was 91.

Born December 30, 1932, at St. Mary’s Maternity Hospital and Infant’s Asylum in Syracuse, he was the only child of William John Nicholson and Louise Bertha (Ashby) Nicholson. 

Raised in Syracuse, he attended Syracuse University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and was an accountant at Hotel Syracuse. He eventually came to Cooperstown where he was employed at The Otesaga Resort Hotel as their Accountant and Controller. 

On October 20, 1962, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Mary Jean Guay in a ceremony at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Lakeland.

After moving to Cooperstown, Louis and Jean became devoted and faithful communicants of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church.  

Louis was a member and Treasurer of the Knights of Columbus Honorable Joseph P. Molinari Council 4989, Oneonta. An avid Syracuse Orangemen basketball and football fan he also enjoyed studying and perfecting the golf swing. He had a very infectious laugh. 

Louis is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Jean Nicholson, of Oaksville, and their six children, Susan (and David) Wallace of Clinton, Ann Skinner of Cooperstown, William Nicholson of Fly Creek, Joseph (Debbie M) Nicholson of Endwell, John (Gianina C) Nicholson of Henrietta, and Thomas Nicholson of Binghamton; seven grandchildren, Stephen Skinner, Eddie O’Brien, Jessica Nicholson, Alyssa Nicholson, Kayla Wallace, Christian Wallace and Zachary Wallace; one great granddaughter, Sabrina Wallace; and several cousins in New York, South Carolina and California.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2024, Louis will lie in repose at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown where family and friends may call and pay their respects. At 11 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the Church with the Very Rev. Michael G. Cambi, pastor officiating. A reception will follow in St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

The Service of Committal and Burial will be later this spring in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. 

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


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

Josephine L. Bliss

1938 - 2024

COOPERSTOWN – Josephine L. Bliss, a life-long resident of the Cooperstown community, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Her passing was in the presence of family at her home on State Route 28, in the hamlet of Index, just south of the village. She was 85 years old.

Josie, as she was affectionately known by her friends, was born on December 20, 1938, the third of four daughters of Max Gorney and Mary (Peplinski) Gorney. Josie was born on the family farm on County Route 33 near Middlefield Center. She was delivered into this world by midwife Anita Sargeant, who would remain a close family friend and long-time neighbor in Index.

Josie was married on May 26, 1955, to Clyde G. Bliss, also a life-long resident of the Cooperstown area who “lived down the road,” at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Clyde passed away in 1995. Josie was also predeceased by her sisters Helen Cankar and Elizabeth (“Betty”) Koshar.

Josephine is survived by her sister Dorothy Rico of Ladera Ranch, California, and her three children – Terrance (and Theresa) Bliss of Fort Myers, Florida; Daniel (and Nancy) Bliss of West Oneonta; and, Susan Bliss-Banner (and Carlton Banner) of Burlington. She is also survived by five grandchildren – Scott and Ashley; Colin and Emily; and Gabe; plus three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Josie had a 50-year career in the restaurant and hospitality field. Most people who read this obituary will associate her with the Otesaga Resort Hotel, where she worked for 20 years. She was the hotel’s maître d’ for her final 12 years before she retired on New Year’s Eve 2006. But only old-time locals will recognize the names of people and places from the early days of her career that began in the 1950s.

At the age of 15, Josie worked as a waitress for Joe Clancy at the Doubleday Restaurant, located next to Smalley’s Theatre. In the early 60s she moved up the Lake Road to the Hickory Grove Restaurant, where she worked for Bill Grady. Many of her regular customers were performers and patrons of the nearby Duke’s Oak summer stock theatre. As the restaurant would close after Labor Day, Josie applied her trade during the off-season at the nearby Red Sleigh Restaurant and also the ski tow in Pierstown. Later, she waitressed for 22 years at the Lake Front Restaurant for the Zoeller family. Josie worked there until 1986 when she was hired as a captain at the Otesaga, and, as she put it, “I was getting too old to carry those heavy trays.”

After eight years in that position, and when her predecessor fell ill, Josie was promoted by then-general manager Bob Holliday to become maître d’. Two more wonderful gentlemen would in turn become general managers under whom Josie would work – Frank Maloney and John Irvin.

During Josie’s stewardship, the hotel began to cater more to the local clientele, and Josie was quick to credit Jane Forbes Clark for her successful efforts to make the establishment more comfortable for their casual enjoyment. Though Josie met celebrities in her work – politicians, movie stars, ballplayers – she knew that “the famous people might be here just once, but the guy across the street will come here once a week.” 

The heart and soul of the 100-year old resort, Josie was admired by Mr. Irvin who said, “Josie had the ability to extract performance and affection at the same time from the people who worked for her.” Josie performed her job with such authority and finesse that it won her the admiration of hotel employees and guests alike. She devoted herself to this position, and was always known to be fair but firm when managing the main dining room.

Her children have fond memories of her at the kitchen table immersed in hearty card games of Rummy or Pitch. Josie could also strike up an energetic polka dance where all would smile but few could keep her pace. In retirement, she was joined by fellow hotel retiree and close friend Jim Kozak on trips to Las Vegas and Aruba.

Josie had an affinity and love for animals. After retiring, she often greeted clients at her daughter’s boarding kennel, Breezy Acres, for many years. She loved living creatures – horses, cats, dogs, and the birds at her birdfeeder – from her life on the farm through the rest of her life.

The family wishes to acknowledge the heartfelt care provided around the clock in mom’s final weeks from the following special ladies – Darlene, Angie, Hannah, Sara, Katy, Jen, and Lisa.

Family and friends may call and pay their respects from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2024, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with the Very Rev. Michael G. Cambi, pastor, officiating.

The Service of Committal and Burial will take place later this spring at the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery in Fly Creek.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations may be made to any of the following: Anita’s Stevens Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY, 13502; Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 State Route 28, Cooperstown, NY, 13326; and, Helios Care, 297 River St. Service Rd., Suite 1, Oneonta, NY, 13820.

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


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