Wednesday, September 6, 2000
PRATTSVILLE Richard Carr, 55, of Prattsville, died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at the Margaretville Memorial Hospital.
He had been a head custodian for the Onteora Central School District having worked for the district since 1989 and most recently at the Bennett Elementary School in Boiceville.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served more than 20 years and retiring as a chief in 1986. He had earned the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, four consecutive Good Conduct Medals and Vietnam Service Medal. He had a lifetime membership with the SeaBee Veterans of America.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed western dancing, music, movies and being with his family.
He was born April 18, 1945, son of Katherine (Zacharias) Carr of Phoenicia, and the late George Carr.
Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife and children, Pamela (Kirk) Carr of Prattsville and Anthony Carr, Carrie Lee White, and Stephany Nolte all of Prattsville; three brothers, George Paul Carr of Lanesville, Gary of Shandaken and Douglas of Indiana; and a sister, Mary Settine of Phoenicia. Seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by a son, Richard Carr II, in 1991.
A service to celebrate the life of Richard Carr will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home.
Burial will be private in the Halcott Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Prattsville Rescue Squad.
Friends will be received Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, Phoenicia.
John C. Neilson Jr.
PORTLANDVILLE John C. Neilson Jr., 81, of Portlandville, died Monday evening, Sept. 4, 2000, at his home on Happy Valley Road.
John was born on Oct. 14, 1918, in Queens, a son of John C. and Margarete (Easson) Neilson.
Raised in the New York City area, John was employed for a time by the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue where he maintained machinery and hotel air conditioning equipment. In 1941, he was inducted into the United States Army and proudly served in Company K, 4th Infantry Division, 12th infantry. On June 6, 1944, he was involved in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, landing in the morning on Utah Beach.
For most of his life, John resided in the New York metropolitan area and was employed as a maintenance man in the boiler room of the New York Life Insurance building in Manhattan. In recent years he had been a resident of Hicksville, Long Island, until moving to Portlandville two years ago.
An avid bowler, John was also devoted fan of the New York Mets and always enjoyed going to their games at Shea Stadium.
John is survived by his two sons, Jack Neilson and his wife, Joanne, of Portlandville and Thomas R. Neilson of Leverett, Mass.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was twice widowed and was predeceased by his sister, Peggy Schmidt, formerly of Queens.
At the request of John's family, services and burial will be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Lila H. Morehand
PITTSFIELD Lila H. Morehand, 81, of Pittsfield, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, in Syracuse, N.Y.
She was born Dec. 29, 1918, in the town of Pittsfield, daughter of Truman Odell and Lizzie (Holmes) Spafford.
She married Johnson Morehand on July 3, 1947. He died Nov. 17, 1978.
Mrs. Morehand's childhood was spent in Pittsfield and she attended schools in the Pittsfield area.
She attended the Hope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Utica, N.Y., the Immanuel Community Chapel in Sherburne, N.Y., and the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin, N.Y.
She was a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).
She is survived by a daughter, Alice Morehand of Rochester, N.Y.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Lola Spafford of New Berlin; two nephews and several cousins.
She was predeceased by a brother, Lyle Spafford.
The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at 1 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin, with the Rev. Denis G. Johnson, of the Koinonia Christian Assembly of Rochester, officiating.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin.
A calling hour will precede the funeral service at noon on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000.