Saturday, February 2, 2002
Ruth S. Musson
GILBERTSVILLE Ruth S. Musson, 93, of Home Acres in Gilbertsville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at the Harding Nursing home in Waterville.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ruth's memorial service today, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, at 19 Marion Ave. (Route 51) in Gilbertsville, with Dr. Rev. Donald Boardman officiating. Ruth's family will receive friends at the conclusion of the service.
She was born June 15, 1908, in Norwich, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late Crosby J. and Ruth Jaynes Smith and received her education in Norwich, graduating with the Class of 1925. She furthered her education at Albany Teachers College, where she graduated in 1929. Ruth began her teaching career in Morris, N.Y., where she taught Latin and French until 1940.
Ruth was married to A.B. Musson on Oct. 19, 1940, in the Episcopal Church in Norwich. She moved to Home Acres and soon left the teaching profession to raise her children, but later resumed it as a substitute teacher in area schools.
A.B. passed away on Sept. 30, 1999, after a loving union of 59 years.
Ruth's memberships include the First Presbyterian Church in Gilbertsville, where she taught Sunday school and was active for many years. Ruth was also a member of the Tianderah Chapter of the DAR, having served as its corresponding secretary. She was also a member of the Girl Scout Council.
In addition to being a most-dedicated wife and mother, Ruth was a gentle person whose love, selfless, devotion and courage have been a constant source of strength and support to her family. They will miss her deeply and remember her with smiles, well-deserved respect and much fondness.
Ruth is survived by her loving family of three daughters and a son and their families, Martha (Marty) and Carl Gus of Sauquoit, N.Y., and their two children, Michael Gus and Tammy and Carl Kilborne; Dorothy Reed of Kansas City, Mo., and her son, Dana; Molly and Chuck Hall of Hamilton, N.Y., and their four children Heather, Dan, Travis and Sarah; and Scott and Anne Musson of White River Junction, Vt., and their three children Ben, Sam and Will; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Musson; a nephew, Bill Musson; nieces, Robbie (Musson) Corcoran, Andrea (Smith) Buer, Betsy Smith, Mary Jane Schaeffer and Anne Kellogg; cousins, John and Winifred Smith and Rosalyn Jaynes Staeuble and family.
Ruth was predeceased by her brother Andres in 1997.
Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to the Gilbertsville Free Library or the Major's Inn Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the memorial service or donations may be mailed to Martha Gus at 3061 Oneida St., Sauquoit, NY 13456.
Ruth's family extends their heartfelt appreciation to their mother's caregivers, Pat, Ginnah, Madeleine and Judy, and to the entire staff at the Harding Nursing Home for their exceptional and compassionate care and dedication.
Arrangements are with the J. Donald Smith Funeral Home in Sauquoit.
James V. Shannon
HARTWICK James Vincent Shannon, 77, of Park Avenue in Hartwick, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Jan. 30, 2002, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
He was born on May 26, 1924, in the Bronx, a son of James and Alice (Herlihy) Anglin.
He married Eileen Mary Beall on Nov. 14, 1954, in Patchogue. Mrs. Shannon died on Nov. 9, 1983.
Raised and educated in the New York City area, Jim served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He then attended Farmingdale Tech and graduated with a degree in engineering. For 47 years he was employed by National Cash Register as an area representative and was well-respected for his skills in repairing all makes and models of cash registers, both old and new. Jim was also a master craftsman in the area of refinishing furniture, a hobby he greatly enjoyed in his retirement.
A resident of Hartwick for the past 40 years, the highlight of Jim's day for many years was having breakfast with his friends at Laura's Restaurant and Coffee Shop (now Brooks' Country Kitchen). He was a member of the Hartwick American Legion Post No. 1567, as well as a former member of the Lions Club of Cooperstown. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Kennebunkport, Maine, where he and his wife shared many happy memories.
Jim is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Sharon S. and Stanley Silber of Davenport, Mary E. and Brady Howells of Modesto, Calif., Nora A. Shannon of Binghamton, Margaret Shannon of Saranac Lake and Chester Winslow III of Schuylerville; nine grandchildren, Brett Decker, Hannah and Leandra Howells, Michael and Chester Winslow, Kathy Hribar, Liz Rose, Susan Phillippe and Gary Shove Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sister Alice Shannon of the John F. Kennedy Convent in Somers, N.Y., and Mrs. Ruth Smith of San Diego, Calif.; and two nieces.
He was predeceased by four children, James V. Shannon Jr., who died in 1960; Linda Shannon, who died in 1983; Edward J. Shannon, who died in 1986; and Dorothy A. Winslow, who died in 1998; and a great-grandson Matthew Hribar, who died in 1994.
The Office of the Burial of the Dead will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown with the Rev. Douglas C. Smith, rector, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Hartwick Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 208, Hartwick NY 13348.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Mildred D. Weaver
MATTHEWS, N.C. Mildred Darlene Weaver went into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, in Matthews, N.C.
She was born March 28, 1923, daughter of the late Harry and Nellie Bevil in Charleston, S.C.
Mildred married Arthur F. Weaver on Sept. 12, 1942. He predeceased her on Nov. 17, 1981.
Mrs. Weaver will be remembered for her love for her Lord and her service to him. She served him as a pastor's wife at the Sidney Center Baptist Church, the Bible Baptist Church in Bangor, Maine, and the Kemptville and Carleton Baptist churches in Nova Scotia.
Mildred loved children and served many years in Sunday school, vacation Bible school and Bible classes.
Mildred raised 14 children and at the age of 57, returned to school and earned her degree in elementary education. She taught in Vermont and Virginia for several years. Mrs. Weaver had been living with her son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Melissa Weaver in Matthews, N.C., where she continued to teach Sunday school and home schooled her grandchildren.
Mrs. Weaver is survived by 13 children and their families, Carol and Neso Wessels, Martha and Daniel Phillips, Dr. Paul and Esther Weaver, David and Linda Weaver, Stephen Weaver, Daniel and Edith Weaver, Esther and Alfred Riewerts, James and Patricia Weaver, Michael Weaver, Deborah Weaver, Melody and Al Lewis, Jonathan and Melissa Weaver and Rachel and Kevin Bassett; a sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Bill Petty; and two brothers, Larry and June Bevil and Dale Bevil.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrea Bentley, Gregg and Spencer Pinney, Daniel and Jonathan Phillips, Andrew, Mickey, Marcus, Tory, Matthew, Eve, Marcie, Jessie and William Weaver, Joshua and Adam Riewerts, John, David, Rachel, Seth, and Jared Weaver, Shannon Lasell, Christopher Lewis, Amanda and Scott Bassett, Nicholas Panchy and Jonathan, Abigail and Caleb Weaver; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also predeceased by a daughter, Mary Panchy.
A celebration of Mildred's life and service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Circle Drive Alliance Church in Sidney, N.Y. The family will receive loved ones and friends at 1 p.m., before the service.
Interment will be in Highland Cemetery in Sidney Center in the spring.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Inc., at 21 Main St. in Sidney.
Louise N. Dietrich
MARGARETVILLE Louise N. Dietrich, 88, of Margaretville, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born Oct. 13, 1913, in the town of Andes to Preston and Bertha (Barkman) Ackerley.
She was married to Charles E. Dietrich, who died in August of 1964.
Louise retired in 1978, after working for Bussy's Store, A&P and Great American as a salesperson and clerk.
She was a lifelong area resident, attended Advent Christian Church in Margaretville and enjoyed bowling and playing Bingo. She loved her family and pets and the time she spent in her garden caring for her flowers.
She is survived by her sons, Dale Dietrich of Margaretville and Edward Dietrich of Schuylerville; a brother, William Ackerley of Manorkill; granddaughter, Cynthia Wansor of Milton, Vt.; two great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mildred Dietrich of Andes; her special friend, Gordon Rose of Margaretville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Charles, Raymond, Roland and Sheldon Ackerley; and by two sisters, Mildred Ackerley and Lavina Ackerley Cross.
There will be a funeral service for Louise at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville, with the Rev. S. Hayden Walsh officiating.
Burial will be will Sanford Cemetery in Margaretville at a later date.
Calling hours will be Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Louise N. Dietrich may be made to the Humane Society of Central Delaware County in Delhi.
Arrangements are by the Hynes Funeral Home of Margaretville.
ONEONTA Our family believes all people are good. Some good people shine with a special light everyone feels no matter how far away, a bright glow that gets stronger and warmer the closer one gets.
Fred was such a special person and his family and friends will always cherish his good cheer, loving nature, sensible advice, and continually positive outlook. As a husband, parent, relative, teacher and friend, Fred was the best. He leaves a wonderful legacy embodied in his wife and children.
The Puritz family downstate extends its love and condolences to Fred's upstate family and neighbors.
Adam M. Raba
DELHI Adam M. Raba, 29, of Hobart, formerly of Delhi, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at his residence in Hobart.
Arrangements are pending with Hall & Peet Funeral Home in Delhi.
A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of The Daily Star.