SIDNEY Larry J. St. John, 55, of 76 Campmeeting St., Sidney, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 1999, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 9, 1943, in Sidney. He was the son of Larry and Clara Melbourne St. John.
On Dec. 18, 1965, he married Donna Drotar in Sidney.
Larry was a graduate from the Sidney Senior High School, Class of 1961. He completed his education at the State University College at Cortland, Class of 1965.
Mr. St. John, for the past 26 years, was an insurance representative for the Prudential Life Insurance Company in the Tri-Towns area.
Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church, Sidney, Sidney Fire Department, MacDonald Hose Company 1, Walton Mountain Sportsmen, Inc., National Rifle Association, and the Sidney Chamber of Commerce,
He was an avid sportsmen, especially his hunting, fishing and golf.
His family and close friends were his most treasured possessions. Larry always had a sincere concern for others.
Larry is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna St. John of Sidney; three sons and daughters-in-law, John St. John of Sidney, Sean and Barbara St. John of Clovis, N.M. and Howard and Cherie Bullett of Tumwater, Wash.; his mother, Clara St. John of Sidney; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter and Dorothy Drotar of Sidney; three grandchildren, Lindsay Leonard and Chelsea and Abigail St. John; two aunts, Helen Veeck of Clark and Frances St. John of Interlaken; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, from the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. David Masland, pastor of the Sidney United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney. Friends are invited to call at their convenience Tuesday at the funeral chapel. His family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m. The Sidney Fire Department will conduct memorial services at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his name may be directed to the Sidney Emergency Squad, River Street, Sidney, N.Y. 13838 or to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers, Inc., Sidney.
ONEONTA Naoma R. Johnson of Oneonta departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at her home.
She was born in Elmira on Feb. 22, 1922, to Naomi and Charles Rutty.
She married Embree W. Johnson Jr. on April 6, 1944.
Naoma graduated from Syracuse University in 1944, with a degree in music education. She taught elementary and vocal music at Andrew S. Draper School in Schenevus from 1946 to 1953. As a result of her husband's job with the State Department, she embarked on a 17-year adventure of living overseas, where she raised her four children. The family lived in Ethiopia, Turkey, India and Thailand and traveled extensively through Europe and the Middle East.
Naoma enjoyed studying the languages and customs of the host countries and was active in various choirs. She was an avid bridge player and instructor.
In 1970, the family returned to Otsego County, settling in Milford. Naoma and Embree moved to Georgia in 1983, where they lived until Embree's death in 1987, at which time Naoma returned to the local area.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Cynthia Hester of Little Rock, Ark., Pamela and Daniel Wightman of Maryland, E. Reid and Colleen Johnson of Corvallis, Ore., and Rebecca and Terry Mattison of Oneonta.
Naoma will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Kimberly and John-Embree Hester, Natalie and Naomi Wightman, Ethan Ward Johnson, and Shawn and Emily Mattison. Also surviving are her sister and brother, Charlotte Dame of Ashville, N.C., and Charles W. Rutty of West Palm Beach, Fla.
Calling hours will be at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, when the family will be in attendance. Burial will be in Halcott Center, with the Rev. Nancy Kozlowski, pastor of the Milford United Methodist Church, officiating at the funeral, which will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Otsego Unit, P.O. Box 1480, Syracuse, N.Y. 13201-1480 or to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Arrangements are with Bookhout Funeral Homes, Oneonta and Otego.
BURLINGTON GREEN David Stanley Shillieto, 47, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at the home of his parents in Burlington Green. He died peacefully with dignity and grace after a long battle with melanoma.
He was born Dec. 11, 1951, in Cooperstown, the son of Stanley W. and Helen (Green) Shillieto.
He graduated from Edmeston Central School as valedictorian in 1970. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Hamilton College, Clinton, with a liberal arts degree in 1974. During college he spent his junior year abroad in France, and traveled extensively throughout Europe.
After college, David settled in Manhattan and worked at the Julliard School of Music in the pre-college department and the conducting department. He also taught piano lessons at the Hudson Guild, was a choral director and pianist for the employee's choral at Pfizer and Phillip Morris. He sang professionally in the Church of the Good Shepherd Choir, and the Russian Chorus of Manhattan.
David was an avid reader, was fluent in several foreign languages and loved learning.
David is survived by his parents, Stanley and Helen Shillieto; his brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Debra Shillieto of Memphis, Tenn.; his brother, Mark Shillieto of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and John Misencik of Jordanville; and his beloved nephews and niece, Michael Shillieto, John James Misencik and Stephanie Shillieto; his aunt, Christine Fitch of Burlington Flats; his uncle, Clarence Green of Cowpens, S.C.; and many cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at 11 a.m. at the Burlington Green Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Young officiating. Interment will follow at the Burlington Green Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's memory to either the Catskill Hospice, the Edmeston Emergency Squad or the Burlington Green Baptist Church.
Arrangements are by Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
OXFORD Amy Louise Peck, 76, formerly of Bainbridge, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at the New York State Veterans' Home, Oxford.
She was born June 18, 1923, to the late Ralph J. and Emily E. Butts Palmer in Bainbridge.
Amy married Robert H. Parsons on Aug. 15, 1942. He predeceased her. She later married Stewart Peck on July 21, 1973. He predeceased her in 1989.
Amy was employed at Amphenol Corp., Sidney, for 34 years. She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bainbridge. Amy was also a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1529, Sidney.
Amy is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Linda Kennedy of Orchard Park and Elizabeth and Dale Foster of Bainbridge; two stepsons and their wives, Stewart and Donna Peck of Clifton Park and Terry and Cindy Peck of Sidney; grandchildren, Robert and Kim Carey of Norwich, Greg and Amy Franklin of Norwich, Stacey and Scott Malagisi of Syracuse, Brian Kennedy of Syracuse, Kristen Kennedy of Orchard Park, Kasey Cumm of Georgia and Gregory Dibble, Christopher and Emily Foster of Bainbridge; great-grandchildren, Susan, Claire, T.J., Devon, Logan, Ashley, Alecia, Alexandra; stepgrandchildren, Terry, Tracey, Melissa, and Terrell and Stewart Peck; and very dear friends, Harry Parsons, Evangeline Cuyle and Tim and Rose Earle.
Amy was also predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Miner.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at 1 p.m. at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with Fr. Charles G. Taylor, rector, St. Andrew Episcopal, New Berlin, and St. Matthew Episcopal Church, South New Berlin, officiating.
Friends may call Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers, Inc., Sidney.
MILFORD Jane Charlotte Luchessi, 71, of Milford, died Thursday evening, Sept. 2, 1999, at her residence.
She was born May 13, 1928, in Oneonta, the daughter of George L. and Reta (Galer) Couse. She was married to Vincent Luchessi who died in 1987.
Jane graduated from the Laurens Central School in 1945, where she lived for many years. After moving back to the area from the state of Washington, she owned and operated the Milford Bowling Alley for 10 years. She was an avid bowler and bowled on several leagues including the Traveling League. She was also a member of the Bowlers Hall of Fame.
For several years, Jane was a chef at Ethan Allen and a supervisor at the Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., where she lived for 11 years before returning to the Milford area where she lived out the remainder of her life.
Jane is survived by her children and their spouses, Richard and Gail Rutan of Atwater, Calif., Debra and Keith Velasco of Milford, Leslie and Scott Yenser of Milford and Lizabeth and Heinz Rumenapp of Franklin; and a brother and his wife, George and Carol Couse of West Oneonta.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Charlotte and Chris Chase, Kristen Velasco, Bill and Noreen Hogan, Rob and Karen Hogan, David and Lance Rutan, Christal and Jessica Cornwell, Jacqueline and Ted Lindo and Karen Rutan; her great-grandchildren, Devin and Dillon Chase, Briahna and Cera Cornwell, Sadie Hogan, Jake and Cassie Jane Lindo, Bethany and Desiree Rutan, Kate-Lynn Rutan; her faithful companion, Whiskers; along with an aunt and uncle, several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Gail Thayer.
A funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999 at 3 p.m. in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. John D. Greiner, pastor of the Oneonta Assembly of God, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Milford Emergency Squad or the Catskill Area Hospice.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
WORCESTER Ira B. Lum, 92, of Route 7, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at the Eden Park Health Care Center in Cobleskill, where he had been a resident for the past two months.
Mr. Lum was born Nov. 10, 1906, in Decatur, the son of Leonard and Maude (Waldorf) Lum.
Most of his life Mr. Lum resided in Cobleskill, graduating from the Cobleskill High School and the former Normal School, that is now the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. Mr. Lum supervised numerous farms throughout Schoharie County, the last one being the Butler farm located in East Cobleskill. At one time, he was superintendent of the Cobleskill Fair Grounds.
Mr. Lum was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Warnerville, when he lived in this area.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Alice (Van Voris) Lum, who died in 1982.
He married Ida (Shafer) Lum in 1985, and then moved to Worcester in 1986.
Mr. Lum is survived by his wife, Ida (Shafer) Lum of Worcester; one stepson, Gerald Shafer of Grand Gorge; two stepdaughters, Gail Johnson of Martinez, Calif., and Joyce Bouck of Albuquerque, N.M.; one niece, Audrey Northup of Clifton Park; and one nephew, Willard Ottman Jr. of Apollo Beach, Fla.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 68 Elm St., Cobleskill. Officiating will be the retired Rev. Victor R. Zaccaro of the Warnerville United Methodist Church. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Schoharie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Warnerville United Methodist Church, care of Harold Lockwood, Box 152, Warnerville, N.Y. 12187.
Arrangements are by the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill.
NORWICH Clifford W. Cooper III (Bud), 60, of Doing Road, Norwich, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at his home.
Born in Cooperstown, Bud grew up in the Milford area and attended their local schools, leaving school early to help his dad on the family farm. While living in Milford, he ran his own produce distributorship. Bud was employed for a while by Cortland Glass, and also worked for Norwich Glass for many years. His last job was with Morris Security, with whom he worked for a period of eight years.
A naturalist at heart, Bud loved the woods, enjoying his hunting, fishing and camping. He was also an avid stock car fan, having raced in Morris, and was a wonderful artist.
Born Jan. 9, 1939, Bud was the son of Clifford W. and Gladys (Hughes) Cooper II.
On Jan. 28, 1962, in Otego, he married Laura Louise Curley, who survives. Besides his wife Laura, Bud is survived by his children and their spouses, Tamara Mitchell of Lubbock, Texas, Dawn and Marty Trevino of Midland, Texas and Shannon and Gene Russell of' Norwich; and by six grandchildren, Ian Trevino, Desiree Trevino, Tyler Cooper, Bryar Russell, Brooke Russell, and Kaitelinn Russell. Bud is also survived by his mother-in-law, Laura Curley of Norwich, and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his aunt, Irene Cooper.
Funeral services for Bud will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home, with the Rev. Virgil Muzzy, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church of Norwich, officiating. Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery of Index.
Please consider memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, Central New York Region, 356 North Midler Ave., Syracuse, N.Y. 13204.
WEST DAVENPORT Edward R. Bollinger, 82, of West Davenport, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 7, 1916, in Nyack, the son of Dr. Jacob and Evelyn (Rielter) Bollinger.
He married Barbara Van Houten in Pearl River on Nov. 30, 1946.
Mr. Bollinger served with the 317th Division of the United States Army Air Corp. in the European Theater of Operation for three years during World War II.
He was a professional photographer and was also senior photographer for the Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, until his retirement in 1986, at which time he and his wife moved the West Davenport.
Mr. Bollinger was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Oneonta and the Oneonta American Legion Post 289.
Mr. Bollinger is survived by his wife, Barbara at home; one daughter and her husband, Barbara and Edward Rabatin of Stony Point; one son, William and his wife, Rebecca Bollinger, of Tyler Hill, Pa.; two grandchildren, Jeffery and his wife, Susan Rabatin, of Charleston, W. Va., and Capt. Colleen and her husband, Capt. John Compton, of University Place Washington; one nephew and several cousins.
He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Newton Bollinger.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Oneonta. Burial will follow in Middleburgh. Friends may call at the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St. in Oneonta, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Contributions may be made to either the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 or the Rockland County Historical Society.
AFTON Kathryn D. Longwell, 84, of 134 Ives Hill Rd., Afton, and formerly of Masonville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at The Hospital, Sidney.
She was born July 11, 1915, in the town of Tompkins. She was the daughter of the late Issac and Claire O'Keefe DeMott.
On June 6, 1940, she married Melvin H. Longwell in Bainbridge. He predeceased her on March 24, 1986.
For several years Mrs. Longwell was a resident of Masonville. Kathryn was a retired inspector for the E.C.D. of Bendix, Sidney.
Kathryn is survived by her four sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Virginia Longwell of Afton, Bruce and Betty Longwell of Owasso, Okla., Ronald and Barb Longwell of Masonville and Thomas and Pat Longwell of Afton; three brothers, Ken and Maryann DeMott of Unadilla, Ben and Kay DeMott of Unadilla and Dick DeMott of Oxford; two sisters, Helen Palmer of Binghamton and Marjorie Dow of Orlando, Fla.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Jean Diffenderfer and Mary Sisson, and one brother, William DeMott.
Funeral services will be conducted from the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, at 11:15 a.m., with Fr. Gordon Polenz, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Sidney, officiating on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999. Burial will follow in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
Friends are invited to call at their convenience Thursday at the funeral chapel, her family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Afton Emergency Squad, if desired.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers, Inc., Sidney.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS Elizabeth Bedford, 82, of Woodside Avenue, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in Little Falls Hospital.
She was born on Oct. 24, 1916, in Pawnee City, Neb., daughter of the late George and Florence Belshaw.
Elizabeth was raised and educated in the Midwest. She had worked for Common Wealth Edison Company, Chicago, where she met her husband to be, Park Leslie Bedford. They married on Feb. 10, 1940, in Crown Point, Ind., a loving union of 49 years, until his passing Jan. 3, 1999.
A Richfield Springs resident since 1990, she and her husband moved here from Springfield Center.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are one son, William, and his wife, Martha Bedford of Thurmont, Md.; two daughters, Catherine Ray and her special friend, Dave Danner of Frederick, Md., and Barbara Shirey of College Place, Wash.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs, with the Rev. John Wilde, pastor of the Church of Christ Uniting, officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Center Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday morning, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home,
Arrangements are by J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.
AFTON Janet S. Woods, 59, of Afton, passed away Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, in Coventry.
She was born to the late Frederick W. and Ethel L. Kunath Becker Sr. on Dec. 22, 1939, in Rossville.
Janet married Ivan R. Woods on June 7, 1958, at the Methodist Church in Guilford.
She enjoyed camping and tending to her gardens.
Janet is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ivan R. Woods of Afton; her son, Bentley Woods of Bainbridge; her daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Mark Liebermann of Unadilla; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Frederick and Mary Becker of Brooklyn, Thomas and Dorothy Becker of Remsen and Clifford and Elaine Becker of Norwich; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Albert Palmer of Canastota and Laura and Robert Freeman of Masonville; sister-in-law, Kathy Becker of Guilford; three grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also predeceased by a brother, Oldwin Becker.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Gary Doupe officiating. Friends may call Tuesday, Sept. 7; the family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Afton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Coventry Emergency Squad.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers, Inc., Sidney.
DELHI Joyce York, 72, of Delhi and a longtime Margaretville area resident, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at Countryside Care Center in Delhi.
She was born May 1, 1927, in Andes, the daughter of William O. and Laura (Cross) Beardsley.
Joyce was a cook at area restaurants including the former Kass Inn & Kelly's Hotel in Margaretville.
Joyce is survived by daughters, Joan Cromer of Kentucky, Laura York of Stamford, Penny Davis of Halcottsville and Rikki Brew of Arkville; sons, Leonard Shultis of Georgia, Ernest William York of Kentucky and John York of Margaretville; brothers, Keith Beardsley of Washington state, and Jack and Bill Beardsley; one sister, Barbara Luce of Washington State; 22 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Her brother, Raymond, predeceased her.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Jester-Stanley Funeral Home in Andes, with the Rev. Dr. George Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Margaretville Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorials to the Alzheimer's Foundation or Countryside Care Center in Joyce's name would be appreciated.
He was born March 7, 1929, in Miller Run, Pa., the son of Frank and Victoria (Francek) Bylina.
He married Fran Czahor on Oct. 17, 1953, at St. Mary's Church in Bound Brook, N.J. She survives as well as two sons, Joseph Bylina Jr., of Hampton, N.J. and James Bylina of South Kortright; a daughter, Cathy Rosscoe of Stamford; five grandchildren; a brother, Frank Bylina of New Jersey; and a sister, Sophie Torrett of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bylina was a sergeant in the United States Army; was a welder at Houdaille Construction Company, Bound Brook, N.J., belonging to Union 825; and worked for Lomonsey Combustion Company. He belonged to the VFW in New Jersey and the Elks in Bound Brook, N.J.
Calling hours will take place today, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, at 11 a.m. at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart, with Fr. John Burns officiating,
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