Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bailey, Douglas M. 1927-2002 Butternuts NY Obituary

Douglas M. Bailey

BUTTERNUTS — Douglas Macumber Bailey, 74, of Butternuts, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 5, 2002, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 17, 1927, son of the late George and Pauline Macumber Bailey in Butternuts.
Doug was raised in the area and attended Gilbertsville Central School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945. Doug served during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was awarded the following medals: Victory, American Theater, Asiatic Pacific, Korean Service, United Nations, Chine Service, Navy Occupation Service and Good Conduct. In 1952, he was honorably discharged as Radar man 2nd Class.
Doug married Bernadette O'Hearon in 1952, and worked for General Electric in Utica and New Hartford for 16 years.
They moved their family to Westfield, Mass., and Doug was employed by the Westfield Chemical Co., until he retired in 1988.
Doug enjoyed being with family and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, camp and garden.
He is survived by his wife, Bernadette Bailey of Butternuts; his children, James and Bonnie Bailey of Churchton, Md., Diane and John Capalario of Manchester, N.H., Robert and Myra Bailey of Canastota, Douglas and Jamie Bailey of Arlington, Texas, Karen and Bruce Duval of Westfield, Mass., and Sheila and Francis Beary Jr. of Lee, N.H.; brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Geraldine Bailey of South New Berlin; sister, Eleanor Merritt of Afton; uncle Donald and Ethel Macumber of South New Berlin; mother-in-law, Muriel O'Hearon of Sidney; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2002, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, at 21 Main St. in Sidney, with the Rev. Fr. Gordon Polenz, pastor of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.
Memorial contributions may be made in Doug's name to the Gilbertsville Emergency Squad or the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Inc. Funeral Chapel of Sidney.

Published in The Daily Star on July 8, 2002.

Baker, Julia (Gardner) Brimmer 1849-1932 New Lisbon NY Obituary


Birth: Nov. 11, 1849
Death: Mar. 13, 1932

"The death of Mrs. Julia Baker, which was briefly mentioned last week, occurred at the home of her son, Allen Brimmer, Sunday, March 13th, of pneumonia. She was born November 11, 1849, the only daughter of Allen and Clarissa (Baker) Gardner. She was born and lived all her life, excepting a few years spent at Milford, on the farm about one-half mile from where she died. In December she went to the home of her son, Allen, to spend the winter. She was married to Albert Brimmer October 10, 1867, and he died July 5, 1905. Three children were born to them: Clara, who died at the age of 5; Allen, who died three days after his mother, and Laselle, who survives. She also leaves four grandchildren Grace, Geneva, Albert and Jesse Brimmer. She later married Warren L. Baker of Milford, who died June 14, 1918 ... Burial was in the Welcome cemetery." ["The Otsego Farmer & Republican" (Cooperstown, NY), Fri., Mar. 25, 1932, Page Six] 

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New Lisbon, March 21---Funeral services for Mrs. Julia (Brimmer) Baker were held at the Presbysterian church at Garrattsville, Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Clyde J. Hurlbutt of Mt. Vision, assisted by the Rev. J. C. Calhoun, officiated. Friends from out of town who attended were: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Aspinwall, of Westford: Mrs. Mary Gardner, Courtney and Arthur Hoose of Mt. Vision.
The bearers were Leonard Hammond, William Blanchard, Courtney Hoose and Arthur Hoose. Interment was made in Welcome cemetery.

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Baker, Thomas J. 1958-2001 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Thomas J. Baker

GARRATTSVILLE — Thomas J. Baker, 43, of Garrattsville, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
He was born April 13, 1958, in Amsterdam, the son of Thomas W. Baker and Ethelyn Mae (King) Baker.
He was married to Chastidy Winkler on Sept. 11, 1999, in Garrattsville. He and his wife had operated their own dairy farming business in Garrattsville.
Tom had resided in the Garrattsville area for the past 16 years and was formerly of the Fonda area.
He is survived by his wife, Chastidy of Garrattsville; his three children, Kristoffer Baker of Mohawk, and Tara Baker and Thomas J. Baker Jr., both of Garrattsville; four brothers, Timothy Baker of Gilbertsville, John and Richard Baker of Garrattsville, James Baker of Ames; a sister, Denise Lewis of Mount Upton; his parents, Ethelyn Baker of Garrattsville and Thomas Baker of Tribes Hill. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends also survive him.
He was predeceased by a niece, Katlin Hill; and his maternal grandparents, Henry and Ethel King.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, with the Rev. Patricia Olmstead officiating. Burial will be in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris. Calling hours will be from noon on Wednesday until service time at 2 p.m.
Those who wish are asked to donate to the Garrattsville Emergency Squad in Tom's memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 27, 2001.

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Baker, Thomas W. 1929-2002 Tribes Hill Obituary


Thomas W. Baker

TRIBES HILL — Thomas Wilbur Baker, 72, of Tribes Hill, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, as a result of a farming accident.
He was born July 7, 1929, in Neversink, the son of Arthur and Edith (Parish) Baker.
He was married to Ethelyn Baker of Garrattsville.
He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and worked all of his life as a dairy farmer.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Denise Lewis of Mount Upton, Timothy Baker of Gilbertsville, John Baker, Richard and (Amanda) Baker, and a daughter-in-law, Chastidy Baker, all of Garrattsville, and a son, James Baker of Ames.
He is also survived by his brothers, Ralph and (Melba) Baker of Amsterdam, Cecil and (Carol) Baker of Tribes Hill, John and (Caroline) Baker and Virgil Baker of Florida, N.Y., Robert and (Cheryl) Baker of Amsterdam; and a sister, Mary and (Gene) McGinnis of Amsterdam.
He was blessed by his grandchildren, James Baker Jr. of Amsterdam, Robert, Sarah, Courtney, Andrew, Tara and Thomas Baker Jr., all of Garrattsville, Kris Baker of Mohawk, Rebecca and Stefnie Baker of Gloversville, and Jessica Lewis and Ashley Hill of Mount Upton; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Thomas J. Baker; a sister-in-law, Beverly I. Monk; a granddaughter, Katlin Hill; and his brothers, Harry and Floyd Baker.
Calling hours will be from 1 p.m. until service time. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 22, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, with the Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on April 18, 2002.

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Benjamin, Betty J. (Dodge) 1942-2013 Morris NY Obituary

June 7, 2013

Betty J. Benjamin

Betty J. Benjamin
MORRIS — Betty J. Benjamin, 71, of Morris, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Otsego Manor.
Betty was born in Cooperstown, the daughter of James and Phoebe (Hotaling) Dodge. Betty married Sonny Benjamin on Feb. 20, 1959, at the United Methodist Church of Morris.
Betty was employed at Corning in Oneonta for 20 years as an assembler. Betty was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morris. She enjoyed doing word searches, flower gardening, playing cards with her grandchildren and visiting with her friends.
Betty is survived by her husband of 54 years, Sonny Benjamin; children, Samuel Benjamin (Alison), Joseph Benjamin, Brenda Stetin (Lawrence) and James Benjamin (Melanie); her brothers, George and Robert Dodge; grandchildren, Lucas Benjamin, Stacey Benjamin, Chelsea Stetin, Joshua Benjamin, Matt Seifert, Jessica Trask; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty was predeceased by three brothers, Harold, Richard and James Dodge.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the United Methodist Church in Morris with the Rev. Nancy Stanley officiating. A private burial of ashes will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Betty’s memory to the Morris Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 452 Morris, NY 13808 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. The family requests casual dress for the memorial service.
Online condolences may be made for the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

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Harold is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Norwich, NY.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cisotto, Betty Jane (Travis) 1933-2002 Gilbertsville NY Obituary

Betty Jane Cisotto

GILBERTSVILLE — Betty Jane Cisotto, 68, of Gilbertsville passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at The Hospital in Sidney.
She was born Dec. 17, 1933, daughter of the late George and Pauline Alverson Travis in Walton.
Betty owned and operated Butternut Valley Adult Home in Gilbertsville for several years, she retired in May of 2002.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Veda and Robert Neish, Phoenix, and Lorri and Mark Kendrick, Sidney; two sons, Max Steinbacher, Norwich, and Eugene Steinbacher, New Jersey; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gertrude and Raymond Bullis, Sidney, and Ramona and Ronald Peterson, Unadilla; brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Joan Travis, Hendersonville, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Tonya, Jessica and Gregg Neish, Rick, Matt, Chelsea Steinbacher and Mark Kendrick; and ex-husband of 32 years, Eugene Steinbacher, Kentucky.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gilbertsville or the Sidney emergency squads.

Published in The Daily Star on Sept. 4, 2002.

Crumb, Harold H. 1922-2002 Morris NY Obituary

Harold H. Crumb

MORRIS — Harold H. Crumb of Morris died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Harold was born on Harris Hill in the town of Morris on March 12, 1922. He was the son of Virgil W. Crumb and Elsie May (Harris) Crumb. When he was 3 years old, his parents moved from the farm to the village of Morris, which Harold called "home" his entire life. His mother passed away when he was 10.
At an early age (mid-teens) he worked for the Linn Manufacturing Corp. as a night watchman, shop maintenance person, water wheel operator and fireman of the coal- and oil-fed furnaces, working 14 hours each night for three nights a week: Friday, Saturday and Monday. He was thus employed for two years and four months. Morris Central School graduated Harold in 1939.
At the conclusion of his employment, above, he moved to Albany for the purpose of attending Albany Business College, from which he graduated.
During World War II and it conclusion Harold was a member of the New York State Guard, Adjutant General's staff, field finance (payroll) division, being discharged as a technical sergeant.
He was employed for four years during legislative sessions as clerk to Assemblyman Chester T. Backus, and as a statistician in the Education Department in off-times. He worked briefly as a stock transfer tax examiner for the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
In 1945, he joined the state comptroller's newly formed Division of Municipal Affairs, from which he retired in 1988. During this time he served, variously, as chief examiner in the Syracuse and Binghamton geographic areas.
Harold was a lifetime member of the Morris United Methodist Church. He was a Free and Accepted Mason for 60 years, his blue lodge being Butternuts No. 515, and had a similar tenure as a 32 Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Albany. He was also a member of Englewood Elks Lodge No. 2378.
He was a certificated public accountant. Harold was an avid hunter and fisherman. Woodworking was a chief hobby, possibly superseded by construction with stones.
He married Marilyn Ida Whitney in 1951 in Oneonta. They made their home in the village of Morris.
Harold is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn, of 50 years; a daughter, Rebecca M. Crumb of New York City; a son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Pamela Crumb; and granddaughter, Lauren of Carlisle, Pa., a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Shari Crumb; and granddaughters, Elizabeth and Katherine of Sedalia, Colo.; and a half-brother, Stephen of Duncanville, Texas.
A younger brother, Wilmer, predeceased him.
Graveside committal and Masonic services will be at the Hillington Cemetery in Morris at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at the United Methodist Church in Morris, with the Rev. Ann Blair officiating.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Morris, NY 13808 or the Masonic Brotherhood Fund, care of Butternuts Lodge No. 515, P.O. Box 288, Gilbertsville, NY 13776.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Sept. 16, 2002.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Danielsen, Dagmar 1924-2002 New Lisbon NY Obituary

Dagmar Danielsen

NEW LISBON — Dagmar Danielsen, 78, of New Lisbon, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born on Jan. 24, 1924, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Oscar H. and Dagny (Hansen) Johnson.
During World War II, she worked at the Swedish Legation in New York City and after the war was employed by the Swedish/American Steamship Lines until she married Walter.
She married Walter on Aug. 23, 1947, in Manhattan. They were married over 54 years.
She loved gardening, reading and traveling. She was an active member of the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church of Laurens and had served as president of the church women's group for several years.
Dagmar is survived by her husband, Walter, of New Lisbon; her three daughters, Laraine Marthinsen and her husband, John of Sherborn, Mass., Lois Horst and her husband, Jeffrey of Hyde Park and Lynne Johnson and her husband, Randy of Natick, Mass.; three brothers, Norman Johnson and wife, Betty, and Leroy Johnson and wife, Susie, all of Chula Vista, Calif., and Allan Johnson and his wife, Rosalind of Long Island. She was blessed with her grandchildren, Eric and Nils Marthinsen, Joshua, Benjamin and Seth Horst, Vanessa Georgiadis and Alice Johnson; along with several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and cousins.
A sister, Soveig Johnson, predeceased her.
There will be no calling hours.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2002, at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Laurens.
Committal services and burial will be in Hillington Cemetery in Morris at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Those who wish are asked to contribute to the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Laurens, in Dagmar's memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in the Daily Star on June 20, 2002.

Dauchy, Walton T. 1925-2002 Burlington Flats Obituary

Walton T. Dauchy

BURLINGTON FLATS — Walton Talbot Dauchy, 76, of Burlington Flats, died Sunday, June 9, 2002.
He was born July 25, 1925, in the town of Burlington, the eldest son of Myron David and Margaret Ellen (Crumb) Dauchy.
He was a graduate of Edmeston Central School, Class of 1942.
He married Evelyn Mattison on Nov. 8, 1943, in the Baptist Parsonage in Burlington Flats.
He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, joining "Patton's Army" through the Battle of the Bulge, liberating the famous Lipazzaner horses. He marched through Europe and ended in Austria, receiving the Bronze Star for his actions. He remained in Europe for another year helping displaced people find their way home.
He returned home to help his father in the Burlington Flats Sawmill, until Hartwick College called him back to school, where he attained his bachelor of science degree. He continued his education at the State University College at Oneonta, where he attained his master's degree.
His joy was teaching young people at Morris and Oneonta schools. Walton took great pride in teaching history and making it come alive and be meaningful. He was chosen to mentor and teach children with problems learning, emphasizing old-fashioned work ethics and values to reach their potential.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing all of his life.
He was a former member of "The Farmers Lodge," F.&A.M. of Edmeston.
Walton is survived by his wife, "Marv" Evelyn M. Dauchy, of 58 years; his son, David Myron Dauchy and wife, Kathryn, and their son, Todd and wife, Nicole, and their children, Megan and Bryan; a son, Robert George Dauchy and sons, Timothy, Daniel and Andrew; a son, Walton Frederick Dauchy and his son, Travis, and daughter, Brenda; a daughter, JoAnne Deller and her husband, Russell, and their son, Christopher, and daughter and husband, Loralei and Phineas Marr, and their daughter and husband, Amy and Rodger Pape Jr.; two sisters, Janet Baulch and her husband, Richard, and their children, Shari Lou Baulch McConnell and husband, Michael, and Gregg Baulch and his wife, Lynn and their children, Jake and Hannah, and MaryLou Dauchy.
He was predeceased by his brother, Jack; and his special aunt, Eloise Crumb, "Aunt Ellie."
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2002, at the Dauchy residence in Burlington Flats.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Friends are asked to please attend the graveside services with military honors, that will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2002, in the Burlington Flats Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider donations to the Town of Burlington Veterans Memorial Park for a special memorial dedicated to Walton Talbot Dauchy.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on June 11, 2002.

Dutka, Victor 1919-2002 Morris NY Obituary

Victor Dutka

MORRIS — Victor Dutka, 82, formerly of Morris, N.Y., died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Glendale, N.Y.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1919, in Engerau, Czechoslovakia, the son of Andreas and Emilie (Kristofek) Dutka. He married Josephine Oettinger in 1948. She died on July 5, 1994.
He had worked as a forester before WW II and moved to New York in 1956 and worked in the printing industry and later as a sheet metal technician and had resided in Glendale until his retirement when he moved to Morris in 1984. He had resided most recently at the Dominican Village in Amityville, N.Y.
Victor is survived by his son, Michael Dutka, and daughter-in- law, Denise, and his daughter, Margaret Rehberger, and son-in-law, Ken. He was brother to Gitta Dutka of Hainburg, Austria. He was blessed by his grandchildren, Kathryn Rehberger, Nicholas, Stefan and Jonathan Dutka.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Schwille Funeral Home in Glendale.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Morris, with the Rev. John Burns officiating.
Committal services and burial will follow at the Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
The Dutka family requests that anyone wishing to make a donation in Victor's memory do so to the Morris Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 452, Morris, NY 13908. Envelopes will be available at the Johnston Funeral Home.

Published in The Daily Star on April 6, 2002.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fazio, Augustine J. 1937-2002 Unadilla NY Obituary

Augustine J. Fazio

UNADILLA — Augustine "Gus" J. Fazio, 65, of Unadilla, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, Tuesday evening, April 2, 2002, at his home.
He was born Jan. 29, 1937, in Brooklyn, the son of the late Agostino and Anna (Bucolla) Fazio.
He was married to Kathleen Mary Valentine on Dec. 3, 1960, in Morris.
He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1958.
Gus was employed as an auto mechanic for the former Stilson Brother's service station in Unadilla, a self-employed trucker and a mechanic for Catskill Tractor, Inc., of Franklin.
He loved nature and the outdoors, was an avid hunter and enjoyed woodworking.
He will be remembered by his friends and family as the ultimate handyman.
Gus is survived by his wife, Kathleen Mary Fazio, of Unadilla; his son and daughter-in-law, James and Sandra Fazio of Unadilla; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen (Kate) and Kevin Theobald of Holly Springs, N.C., and daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Davy; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Bonnie Fazio of Sarasota, Fla., Anthony and Jeri Fazio of Sarasota, Fla., and Joseph and Joan Fazio of Schenectady; his sisters, Frances Wilson of Sarasota, Fla., and Anna Lonstein of Brattleboro, Vt.; his grandchildren, Timothy, Jeffrey and Andrew Fazio, Cameron Theobald, Michaela, Joshua and Adam Davy; also several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Jerome and Michael Fazio; and a sister, Theresa Letizia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 6, 2002, at Sacred Heart Church, Sidney, with the Rev. Gordon A. Polenz, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be later in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Unadilla.
Friends may call at their convenience after 3 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Westcott Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Unadilla. The family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home, Unadilla.

Published in The Daily Star on April 4, 2002.

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PS  I know his brother Michael is buried at Hillington Cemetery in Morris NY as well as several more
family members.  Somewhere, I have photos of their headstones and will add the links when I find them.

Fields, Claudine (McKnight) 1917-2002 Born in Morris NY

Claudine M. Fields

BINGHAMTON — Claudine M. Fields, 84 years, of Binghamton and Port Orange, Fla., and formerly of Oneonta, died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.
She was born July 26, 1917, in Morris, the daughter of Hugh and Lillian (Weatherly) McKnight.
She married Harry Fields Sr. on Aug. 20, 1936, in West Laurens.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Harry Fields Sr.; her five children and their spouses, Barbara and Don Tripp, Bette and Dick Utter, Harry and Pat Fields Jr., Joyce and Scott Haight and Ginny Spry; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; her sister and her husband, Hazel and Lloyd Geisler; two sisters-in-law, Frances Beagle and Evelene Sheldon; and one brother-in-law, Cecil and Liz Field; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Claudine was predeceased by her daughter, Beverly Henry.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Fred Albrecht, pastor of the Otego United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will follow at the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta.
The family will be present at the funeral home from noon until service time on Wednesday, for those who wish to call.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of one's choice in loving memory of Claudine M. Fields.
Funeral arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Published in The Daily Star on July 2, 2002.

Fitch, Christine L. (Shillieto) 1918-2002 Edmeston NY Obituary

Christine L. Fitch

EDMESTON — Christine L. Fitch, 83, of Burlington Flats, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Burlington Green, the daughter of William J. and Iva J. (Lake) Shillieto.
She married Lloyd C. Fitch on Nov. 11, 1938, in West Edmeston. He predeceased her on Feb. 8, 1997.
Christine retired from Edmeston Central School, where she taught for more than 35 years. She began her teaching career in the area's one-room schoolhouse. Christine had a passion for reading and for teaching; even in her later years she could still recite Hiawatha and Evangeline entirely.
One of her greatest loves was for her grandchildren, and she enjoyed searching through all the rummage sales to procure gifts for each of them.
Her garden was deep in color and produce.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Burlington Green, but also enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church in Burlington Flats.
Christine is survived by her children and their spouses, Andrea and Bill Gott of Edmeston, Leah and Roger Perkins of West Edmeston and Clifford and Patti Fitch of Burlington Flats. Her grandchildren, Cathleen and Dave Parmeter, Gary and Angela Gott, Richard and Carrie Gott, Joann and Glenn Cilbrith, Gerald and Noemi Perkins, James aud Prudy Perkins, David Perkins and Cheryl, Lisa Baulch, Michael Fitch, Amy Fitch and her fiance, Greg Dye; and great-grandchildren, William and Ethan Hitchcock, Garrett and Caitlyn Gott, Brandon, Justin, Kyle and Andrew Gott, Adam and Amanda Perkins, Jake and Hanah Baulch and Michael Price and Sara Cilbrith; her brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Helen Shillieto; her niece, Linda and family; two nephews, Mark, Gordon and family; numerous cousins and several close friends.
Christine was predeceased by her beloved nephew, David.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston, with the Rev. Jay Henderson, pastor, officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Burlington Flats Cemetery.
The family is setting up a fund in Christine's name through Edmeston Central School. The award will be based on the most improved reading skills in first grade.

Published in The Daily Star on May 28, 2002.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hickling, Lillian M. (Hoose) 1907-2002 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Lillian M. Hickling

GARRATTSVILLE — Lillian M. Hickling, 94, of Garrattsville died Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born in Mount Vision on Oct. 11, 1907, the daughter of Courtney S. and Bertha (Naylor) Hoose.
She was first married to Leon G. Tilley, who died Jan. 16, 1951. She was then married to Clesson Hickling, who died several years ago.
She was an 80-year member of the Otego Valley Grange, and also a member of the New Lisbon Senior Citizens Club and the Mount Vision Methodist Church.
She is survived by her son, Robert Tilley and his wife, Constance, of Mount Vision; her grandchildren, Deborah Green and her husband, Henry, of Cooperstown, Paula Robinson and her husband, Robert, of Mount Vision, Robert W. Tilley of Powder Springs, Ga., Jeffrey Tilley and his wife, Laurie, of Mount Vision; her great-grandchildren, Kimberley Wilkerson, Megan Green, Natalie Green, Jesse Tilley and Shalyn Tilley. Her sisters, Marion Card and her husband, Vivan, of Delhi, and Vivian Briscoe of West Oneonta, also survive her.
She was predeceased by a brother, Harold Hoose.
There will be no calling hours or services at this time. Graveside service will be at a later date.
Those who wish are asked to donate to the Garrattsville Fire Department or Emergency Squad in her memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on August 27, 2002

Lillian M. Hickling

GARRATTSVILLE — Graveside memorial services and burial for Mrs. Hickling, who died Aug. 26, 2002, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, in the Mount Vision Cemetery, Mount Vision, with the Rev. Roger Yoder officiating.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on Sept. 12, 2002.

Hoag, Polly Bell (Johnson) 1924-2002 Norwich NY Obituary

Polly Bell Hoag
 

NORWICH — Polly Bell Hoag, 78, of Hayes Street, Norwich, a longtime Norwich resident, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, morning, Aug. 21, 2002, in the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital of Cooperstown.
Born in Norwich on Jan. 15, 1924, Polly was the daughter of Sydney K. Johnson, former city engineer for the city of Norwich, and his wife, Dorothy Bell Johnson.
As a descendent of Oscar Bell, she was one of the last survivors of the founding families of the Norwich Pharmacal Co.
She received her education in the Norwich schools, graduating with the Class of 1941, and then attended Syracuse University. She later attended Utica School of Commerce.
In 1947, in Norwich, Polly married Norman F. Hoag. She and Norman lived in Unadilla for 35 years, raising their family there. When Norm passed away on Sept. 8, 1971, Polly continued to live in Unadilla, moving back to Norwich in the 1980s, after the last of her children had graduated college.
Polly was truly a free spirit who would talk to anyone and believed there was goodness in everyone.
An unpretentious person who liked her name because it was simple, she never said "hello" when she answered the phone. She always asked, "how are you?," and meant it.
She practiced random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty, and believed firmly in world peace. Polly also believed in community service, a trait that she passed on to each of her children.
For a number of years, she was a volunteer at the Pink Door for Chenango Memorial Hospital. She spent many hours working at The Place, and any other charity that needed her.
She loved to travel, and to take historical walks with Don Windsor. She was a 50-year member of the Unadilla Women's Club. A good bridge player who belonged to the local bridge club, Polly also belonged to the Green Party and was a Democrat.
Polly was an avid learner who continued to audit classes at SUNY Morrisville and to take interesting classes at BOCES. She was proud of having attended Syracuse University, and of the fact that all of her four children had four-year college degrees.
Polly was an animal lover who could be seen daily walking with her miniature schnauzer, Alf, and who also shared her home with Kit, the flame-point Siamese.
Polly is survived by her children, Susan M. Walton and her husband, Scott, of Evanston, Ill., Holly A. Hoag of Seattle, Wash., and David S. Hoag and his wife, Karen, of Colleyville, Texas; and her grandchildren, Dustin and Kaitlin Hoag of Colleyville, Texas. She is also survived by her dog, Alf; her cat, Kit; her "adopted family," the Clarks of Hayes Street; her many Hayes Street friends; and by many loving friends throughout the area.
Besides her loving husband, Norm, Polly was predeceased by her son, Steven Hoag in 1987; by her brother, Sydney Kent Johnson Jr.; by her sister, Pat Clawson; and by her four-footed companions, Moose "Chuckie," her longtime walking buddy, Daisy, and "grand-dog," Von.
In lieu of funeral services, a going away party for Polly will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at Grove Park.
At Polly's request, everyone should "bring a road map to help me find my way to heaven," and a pie tin or drum to bang to "make a loud racket to scare away the devil."
"But the point is," as Polly would say, "for heaven's sake, whatever you do, have fun!"
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts of remembrance to one of the following: Butternut Monthly Meeting Religious Society of Friends, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003; Guernsey Memorial Library, 5 Court St., Norwich, NY 13815; Planned Parenthood of Broome & Chenango, 157 E. Main St., Norwich; or Morrisville College Foundation Fund, Chenango Community Scholarship Fund, 16 South Broad St., Norwich.
Arrangements are by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home of Norwich.

Published in The Daily Star on August 23, 2002.

Primarily I have been adding folks that had some association with the Butternut Valley, but I found Polly's obituary quite unique and wanted to share it with you.  Donna

Hurley, John 1944-2002 Morris NY Obituary

John Hurley

MORRIS — John Hurley, 58, of Morris, N.Y., died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Fox Hospital, in Oneonta, N.Y.
He was born March 17, 1944, in the Bronx, N.Y., the son of William and Harriet (Gibney) Hurley. John resided in both Riverdale, N.Y., and in Morris, as often as he could.
He was employed as a building superintendent at Fieldstondale Mutual Housing of' Riverdale. He was an active and proud member of the Morris Fire Department and its Fire Police Squad. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local #814, serving as a helper and foreman. He was also a member of the Building Service International Union Local 32 B/J and a district steward of that union.
He attended Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church when he was in Morris.
He is survived by a son, John Memannus of Indiana; a sister, Katherine Prezkuta of Katonah, N.Y.; and a nephew, Robert Prezkuta of Ridgefield, Conn.
Other family members include Victoria Soto, Anthony Murfitt, Karen Murfitt and Adam Weissman, all of Morris; along with eight grandchildren.
Calling hours will be on Friday, May 31, 2002, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
His final resting place will be in Hillington Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on May 31, 2002.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Knight, Violet D. 1924-2002 New Lisbon NY Obituary



Violet D. Knight

NEW LISBON — Violet D. Knight, 77, of New Lisbon, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2002.
She was born in Maryland on Nov. 23, 1924, the daughter of Jay I. and Bessie (Ingerham) Knight.
She had lived near Gilbert Lake for the past 57 years.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Knight; and her brother, Jay Knight and his wife, Dorothy, all of New Lisbon. She is also survived by her aunt, Beatrice Folnsbee of Cold Brook; and several cousins.
Both of her parents predeceased her.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at the Living Water Faith Fellowship Church, 7 Lewis St. in Oneonta, with the Rev. Ken. Brookens officiating.
The family would like to express special thanks to the staff of Bassett Hospital, The Meadows and the Catskill Area Hospice for their kindness and concern.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on April 22, 2002.

Kolvik, Loretta B. 1925-2002 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Loretta B. Kolvik

GARRATTSVILLE — Loretta B. Kolvik, 76, died peacefully at her home in Garrattsville.
She was born Oct. 12, 1925, in the Bronx, the daughter of John and Loretta (McGrath) Brophy.
She married John Kolvik on Oct. 21, 1945, in the Bronx. He died Sept. 30, 1983.
Loretta was a homemaker and super mom. She had resided in Garrattsville for over 31 years and had previously lived in Paramus, N.J.
She was a member of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church of Morris.
Her hobbies were ceramics, knitting and crocheting, but most of all she enjoyed her family and grandchildren, giving them unconditional love.
Loretta is survived by her children, Richard Kolvik and his wife, Debra, of Morris, Kristopher Kolvik and his companion, Karen Pasternak, of Morris, Daniel Kolvik and his wife, Dona, of Pittsfield, Karen Bodie and her husband, Chuck, of New Berlin, Loretta, Erna, Elaine and Teresa Kolvik, all of Little Ferry, N.J.; a daughter-in-law, Lynda Kolvik of Stockholm, N.J. She was blessed by her grandchildren, Tracy, Michael, Richard, Sara, Erik, Elizabeth, Dakota, Blaize, Chance, Chase, Danielle, Leanne and Lindsay; along with two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Nathan; a sister, Eileen DeSotto; and her dear friend, Kitty Heelein; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a son, John Kolvik, who died Aug. 20, 1999; two sisters, Eleanor Gaul and Kathleen D'Avanzo; and a brother, Michael Brophy.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the Holy Cross R.C. Church in Morris, with the Rev. John Burns officiating.
Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on August 5, 2002.

Leech, Arthur G. 1927-2002 South New Berlin NY Obituary

Arthur G. Leech

SOUTH NEW BERLIN — Arthur G. Leech, 75, of South New Berlin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 25, 2002, after an extended illness.
Born March 7, 1927, in the Town of Butternut, he was the son of Arthur and Georginez (Camp) Leech.
Arthur attended school in Mount Upton and Johnson City. Before completing his schooling, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 22, 1944. He received his five weeks' recruit training at Sampon, N.Y. He was a gunner's mate on the USS Nantahala and the USS Rehoboth, serving his country during World War II. He received the American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal Six star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon-Single star and a Victory Medal. The entire crew he shipped with refused the Purple Heart. Arthur was honorably discharged from the Navy, separating from Lido Beach, Long Island, N.Y., on May 26, 1946. Arthur was a lifetime member of VFW Post 2782. Upon completing his stay in the military, Arthur held many jobs before he found his true passion. He worked for Gorton Construction and numerous other construction companies, where he developed and fine-tuned his carpentry skills. He went into the business of furniture making and refinishing. Arthur could take any old piece of wood and turn it into a work of art.
Arthur enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. A favorite pastime was going for rides in the country, where he would always have an eye open for a new fishing hole. He found a lot of pleasure in helping his sons operate their businesses, "The Barn," an antique and collectibles shop, and "Art's Auto Refinishing and Wise Guy's Towing."
Arthur is survived by his companion and friend, Shirley Haynes, of South New Berlin; his daughters, Barbara Gerken and her husband, Paul ,of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Diane Parker and her husband, Christopher, of Norwich; and his sons, James Sanborn (Leech) of Morristown, N.J., Arthur Leech of Norwich and Curtis Leech and his wife, Darlene, of Guilford. He is also survived by his sister, Juanita Nichols of South New Berlin; three brothers, James Leech of Garrattsville, Edward Leech of Mount Upton and William Leech of South New Berlin; 11 grandchildren, Rachel Molino, Jolene Sanborn, Edward Boyer, Jon Gerken, Geoffrey and Jennifer Parker, Derrick Balcom, and Melissa, Kyle, Katy and Kayla Leech; and three great-grandchildren, Kayla Molino and Tyler and Christopher Gerken. Arthur also leaves behind Linda Mills, whom he raised from the time she was a small child, as well as his beloved birds Wally and Jake; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Robert, Donald and Alan Leech, and his sisters, Alma Bresee and Marian Berube.
Graveside funeral services for Arthur will be held at the Butternut Valley Cemetery in Mount Upton, at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 1, with the Rev. Romeyn Kipp, pastor of the Holmesville Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial with full military rites will follow.
The family has requested no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.
Arrangements are by the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home of Norwich.

Published in The Daily Star on June 29, 2002.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Melius, Percy G. 1913-2002 Morris NY Obituary



Percy G. Melius

MORRIS — Percy George Melius, 89, of Morris, and formerly of East Aurora, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at the Gilmore Health Care Facility in Norwich, where he had been a resident since 1999.
He was born in Stormville, the son of Henry Fillo and Anna (Davis) Melius.
He had lived with his nephew and niece, Ralph and Charlotte Melius of Morris before his residency at the Gilmore Health facility.
He is survived by his nephew and niece, Ralph and Charlotte Melius of Morris, and several other nephews and nieces of the Hulse family.
Percy was predeceased by two half-brothers, Herbert and William Barret, his brothers, Henry and Clarence Melius, and his sisters, Florence Stevenson and Maude Hulse.
There will be no calling hours. He was cremated at the Hillington Crematory in Morris.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and interment of his cremains will be in Poughquag.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to the Morris Emergency Squad in Percy's memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on July 16, 2002.

Moore, Margaret P. 1909-2002 Gilbertsville NY Obituary

Margaret P. Moore

GILBERTSVILLE — Margaret P. Moore, 93, retired historian and high school teacher, died in Chambersburg, Pa., on March 17, 2002.
Margaret, known to her friends as "Peg," was a daughter of longtime Gilbertsville merchant and funeral director J. Merton Moore and his wife Helen Palmer Moore.
She was a graduate of the old Gilbertsville High School and of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. After graduation, she returned to Gilbertsville to teach history at the high school. A few years later, she moved to Massena, where she taught history until her retirement.
After retirement, Peg spent two years traveling to many foreign countries before moving back to Gilbertsville. At that time, she became one of the organizers of an effort to have the village of Gilbertsville placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Peg was co-chairman, with Anne G. Mangold, of the Committee for Historic Preservation from 1972 to 1981 and chairman from 1981-1991. During that time, structural inventories for every property in the village were prepared, as well as inventories of each park, cemetery and bridge. There were more than 200 nominations in all. In 1983 National Register of Historic Places Certification for the entire village was received. Additional recognition for an expanded district was received several years later.
In addition to her work with the National Register Nomination process, Peg was appointed as town historian in 1984 and continued in that position until her retirement in 1991.
A life member of the Gilbertsville Free Library, Peg served as a trustee for 10 years and as secretary for some years. She was appointed as the first archivist of the Local History Collection at the library and held that position until her retirement in 1991.
Peg was a life member of the Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville. When she returned to Gilbertsville in 1972, she became an active member of the Women's Association of the church.
She is survived by her brother, James M. Moore Jr., of Fredericksburg, Va. and nieces and nephews, Dean M. Veres of Endicott, Margaret B. Boettger of El Sobrante, Calif., Cynthia Adair of Oneonta, Betsy B. Wright of Goochland, Va., Stephen D. Moore of Richmond, Va., Dr. James Moore III of Alexandria, Va., Janet M. Herl of Fredericksburg, Va., Marita M. Holt of Haddonfield, N.J., and Alice M. Parker of Stafford, Va.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Brookside Cemetery, Gilbertsville at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Following the service, friends are invited to join family members for coffee at the undercroft of the Presbyterian Church in Gilbertsville.

Published in The Daily Star on June 20, 2002.

Mulqueen, Matty 1908-2002 Morris NY Obituary

Matty Mulqueen

MORRIS — Matty Mulqueen, 93, of Morris, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at his home in Morris.
He was born on Nov. 11, 1908, in Brooklyn, the son of John and Mary (Hearn) Mulqueen.
He was married to Jane DeFriesse on April 28, 1928, in the Bronx. They had been married for more than 69 years at the time of her death on Dec. 27, 1997.
He had worked as a bartender for many years and more recently as the maintenance supervisor for the New York State Police Troop C Headquarters in Sidney for 10 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Mulqueen were caretakers at the Copes Corners Park in Gilbertsville for more than 16 years.
He had resided in the Butternut Valley for more than 47 years.
He had been a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Moose Club and the Elks Club.
Matty is survived by his children, Mary Fontana and her husband, Larry, of Lindenhurst, Clara Mulqueen of Tennessee, Matthew A. Mulqueen of North Hill, Calif., and Joan O'Brian of California.
He was blessed with many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and special friends, who loved him dearly.
A brother, Simon Mulqueen, predeceased him.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2002, and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2002, at the Johnston Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2002, at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Burns officiating.
Committal services and burial will follow at the Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
Those who wish are asked to donate to the Morris Emergency Squad in his memory.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on May 16, 2002.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Petersen, Ralph C. 1912-2002 Garrattsville NY Obituary

Ralph C. Petersen

GARRATTSVILLE — Ralph C. Petersen, 89, of Garrattsville, N.Y., and Stockton, Calif., died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin, N.Y., where he had been a resident since May 1997.
He was born in Boston on Aug. 31, 1912, the son of Aksel Nicholas Petersen and Magda Carolina Wilhelmina (Sorensen) Petersen.
He is survived by his younger brother, Russell Petersen of Garrattsville; his niece Karin Catania and her husband, Philip, of Garrattsville; his nephew Eric Petersen and his wife, Diane, of Colonie. Grandnephews include Dr. Lucien Catania and his wife, Kathleen, Dr. Adrien Catania, Knut Catania, Jenee and Bret Petersen.
He was predeceased by an older sister, Bertha Hyatt, and a younger brother, Ross.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operations.
After his professional life as an optician he retired to Garrattsville to live with his niece Karin for 15 years.
Ralph was a solitary man, but he touched many lives in ways in which even he was not aware.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Donald Boardman officiating at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin.
Keeping with Ralph's wishes, he was cremated at the Hillington Crematory in Morris.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

Published in The Daily Star on July 31, 2002.

Rhatigan, Mildred J. 1927-2002 Gilbertsville NY Obituary


GILBERTSVILLE — Mildred J. Rhatigan, 75, of Gilbertsville, passed away Friday, June 21, 2002, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown.
She was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Joseph and Mildred (Spring) Prevost.
She was married to James A. Rhatigan on Aug. 13, 1944, in Brooklyn. Mr. Rhatigan died on Oct. 22, 1992.
She was a former employee of American Institute of Physics in Woodury.
She has resided in the Unadilla and Gilbertsville areas for the last 17 years, and she was a former resident of Bethpage.
Mrs. Rhatigan is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Thomas Oefelein of Guilford; three brothers, Alfred Prevost of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Richard Prevost of Glendale and William Prevost of Huntington; her grandchildren, James, Tom, Kathleen, Denise and Lynda; a great-granddaughter, Lauren; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Dolores Johnson in 1988.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at our Lady of Grace Church in West Babylon.
Interment will be in St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home in Unadilla.

Published in The Daily Star on June 24, 2002.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Shillieto, Robert W. 1921-2002 Burlington NY Obituary

Robert W. Shillieto

BURLINGTON — Robert W. Shillieto, 80, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 6, 2002.
Mr. Shillieto was born Aug. 4, 1921, at Burlington, N.Y., the son of Clyde Robert and Verna (Cady) Shillieto. He graduated from District #7, Town of Burlington in 1935, Edmeston High School, Class of 1939, and was a member of the Colgate University Class of 1944. He started his senior year at Colgate but was called for service.
He was a veteran of W.W. II Infantry. He became a dairy farmer partner with his father.
He married Irene Svencken at Oak Hill, N.Y., on Oct., 15, 1950.
Mr. Shillieto worked for the Otsego County Department of Social Services for 20 years, retiring as its commissioner in 1984.
Robert was a dedicated citizen, Burlington town assessor, former member and president of the Edmeston School board. He was an avid stamp collector and belonged to the Leatherstocking Stamp Club as well as other philatelic organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years; four sons, Clyde and his wife Karen of Mt. Airy, Md., Otto and his wife Jan of West Brookfield, Md., Kim and his wife Pam of Bethlehem, N.H., and Wayne and his wife Pam of Spencerport, N.Y.; two daughters, Gale and her husband Tom of Little Falls, N.Y., Norma and her husband John of Little Falls, N.Y.; three sisters, Carolyn Lindberg (Carl) of Burlington, Marge Schellhammer (Edward) of Cooperstown, Margaret Pugh (Percy) of West Edmeston, N.Y.; and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Shillieto will be Monday, June 10, at 1 p.m. at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, Cooperstown, with the Rev. William Highfield, retired Methodist clergy, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Burlington Green Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, when the family will be in attendance.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford

Published inb The Daily Star on June 8, 2002.

Winnie, Harry Lee 1910-2002 Fly Creek Obituary

Harry Lee Winnie Sr.

FLY CREEK — Mr. Harry Lee Winnie Sr., 91, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Albany Veteran's Hospital, Albany.
He was born Sept. 7, 1910, in Burlington, the son of the late Lee and Dora (Shillieto) Winnie.
He married Beatrice Moore in 1937. She predeceased him in 1955.
Harry attended Cooperstown Central School.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific.
He was the co-owner of Winnie's Garage in Fly Creek from 1946-1965.
He was a member of the Walter P. Eggleston Post American Legion, Cooperstown. He was of the Methodist faith.
Harry is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Judy Winnie, of Fly Creek; his daughter, Audrey W. Wart, of Cooperstown; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Ernest Winnie of Fly Creek; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Mosher; brothers, Robert and Lewis Winnie.
Cremation took place at the Leatherstocking Crematory Inc., Cherry Valley.
There will be no public calling hours or services.
Internment will be at a later date in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery.
Contributions in Mr. Winnie's memory may be made to the Fly Creek Methodist Church, Fly Creek.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

Published in The Daily Star on March 26, 2002.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thanks To ALL Of You For Honoring Our Legacy

for posting this on  Simon and Gregory Stone Descendents and for giving me permission to use it.


Thanks to ALL of you for honoring our legacy!

We are the chosen! In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that
somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe.
All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us”. How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

(by Della M. Cummings Wright; rewritten by her granddaughter,Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; edited and reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943. )