Tuesday, September 3, 2002
STAMFORD Harold D. Hitchcock, 77, of 37 Prospect St. in Stamford, passed away at his residence on Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, following a long illness.
He was born Feb. 10, 1925, in Roxbury, the son of Marshall and Blanche (Rogers) Hitchcock.
Harold was employed for 35 years at Greendell Meat Packing Corp. in Prattsville, serving as vice president and accountant. After his retirement he was the accountant for Project Independence in Hobart.
On Oct. 4, 1945, he married Marie Ange Bonenfant from Granville, France.
He served in World War II in a tank division in the European Theatre, landing on Omaha beach, on D-Day 2.
He had a great love for his community and served in various capacities throughout the years.
As an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Stamford, he was an usher, and, following retirement, the caretaker for the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Harold will be remembered for his participation as a manager in the adult minor league baseball team, as a player/manager for the Greendell Softball team and an umpire for the Little League.
He was a member for more than 35 years in the Stamford Fire Department and Ambulance squad and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in which he held several leadership positions.
Harold is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Marie; his daughter, Evelyne (Frank) Bottorf of Canandaigua; his son, Daniel Hitchcock and Catherine Smith of Lafayette, La.; three grandchildren, Richard Bottorf, and Katie and Sarah Hitchcock; brother, Marshall (Pam) of Bradenton, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Millie Hitchcock of Walton and Jeanne Bonenfant of Stamford.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Sept. 3, 2002, at the Hall Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Stamford. Father Anthony Ligato will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Stamford. Internment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Stamford.
Contributions may be made in Harold's memory to the Stamford Fire Department and Emergency Squad, Main Street, Stamford, NY 12167.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford, under the direction of William A. Tari.
Louis J. Cerra
ONEONTA Louis J. Cerra, 91, of Oneonta, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at the Gilmour Health Facility in Norwich.
He was born Nov. 19, 1910, in Italy, the son of Pasquale and Francesca (DeFazio) Cerra.
He married Frances Moore on June 22, 1955, in Brattleboro, Vt. She died on Oct. 28, 1999.
Lou immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1914, and soon became an American citizen.
He held various jobs in his younger years, until he became affiliated with the fuel business. He then worked his way up through the company, and eventually became part-owner and president of Oneonta Oil and Fuel. His career in that company lasted for 52 years; he retired in 1983.
He enjoyed reading, wood working and gardening, for which he took great pride, especially in his tomatoes.
He is survived by his children, Lewis J. Cerra and Frances Bryden both of Oneonta, his three stepchildren and their spouses, Patricia and Leon Decker of Otego, Jackie and Gary Scavo of Sidney, and Gloria Brienza and her partner, Victor Calventi, of Washington, D.C.; his 10 grandchildren, Al and Stephen Grant, Mary Lee Grant, Scott and Michele Cerra, Russell Decker, Debra Chipman, David Decker, Stacey Cerrone and Scott Scavo; as well as several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers and their spouses, Bernard and Minnie Cerra of Worcester and Patrick and Mary Cerra of Oneonta.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Jennie Carline and Rose Pascoe.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Emmons.
Friends may call at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, after 3 p.m. today. The family will be in attendance from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 31 Adams Ave., Endicott, NY 13760, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Helen Ann Wirsch
RICHFIELD SPRINGS Helen Ann Wirsch, 58, of Center Street, passed away on Saturday night, Aug. 31, 2002, in Saint Lukas' Memorial Medical Center in New Hartford.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1944, in Newburgh, daughter of Helen Ann Clegg King and the late Donald King.
Helen was raised in Newburgh and educated in Saint Francis of Assisi School, Sisters of the Resurrection School and graduated from Lady Cliff High School.
On Aug. 20, 1983, she married George F. Wirsch in Saint Patrick's Church in Newburgh. She and her husband moved to the Richfield Springs area in 1990.
Helen had a strong belief in God and led a devoted Catholic life. She was a member of Saint Joseph's Church in Richfield Springs, the Catholic Daughters of America and the Saint Joseph's Rosary Society.
She will be greatly missed by many especially her family.
Surviving are her husband of 19 years, George; two sons and their wives, Todd and Amanda Travis of Richfield Springs, and Clancy and Shannon Travis of Schuyler Lake; one daughter, Robin Travis of Richfield Springs; two brothers and their wives, Michael and Elizabeth King of Greenwood Lake, and Christopher and Elizabeth King of Beacon; six grandchildren, Robin Cronin, Jennifer Travis, Brianna Travis, Autumn Travis, Joshua Travis and Magdalina Travis; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral from J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., in Richfield Springs will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. in Saint Joseph's Church, Richfield Springs, with the Rev. Terrance Healey officiating. Mrs. Wirsch will laid to rest in Saint Joseph's Cemetery. The family will be present in the funeral home on Wednesday to receive relatives and friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
ONEONTA Daniel Smallin, 68, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at his home.
He was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Oneonta, the son of Daniel Sr. and Rosamond (Knapp) Smallin.
He married Janice Terebo on June 3, 1955, in Honesdale, Pa.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Dan was an avid stock car enthusiast. He enjoyed driving the stock cars and also participated in many events as the flagman in the Morris and Binghamton area.
A self-employed businessman in the Oneonta area for many years, Dan and his wife owned and operated the East End Laundry and the Robo Car Wash.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Janice Smallin, of Oneonta. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Smallin of Oregon; an uncle, Norm Knapp; also, several nieces, nephews and cousins, including a very special nephew, William Walters of Unadilla.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., in Oneonta, with the Rev. Kenneth Brookens, pastor, Living Water Faith Fellowship Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. today, at which time the family will be in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820 in memory of Daniel Smallin.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Irene M. Dean
SIDNEY CENTER Irene M. Dean, 48, of 5630 state Highway 206 in Sidney Center passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Sept. 1, 2002, in Manchester, N.H.
She was born May 28, 1954. in College Point, the daughter of the late Edward and Irene McKinnon Swislosky.
Irene married Daniel A. Dean on Aug. 8, 1998, in Masonville.
She was a service representative for Citizens Communication in Sherburne.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel A. Dean of Sidney Center; five daughters and sons-in-law, Amy Dean and Charles Heap of Albany, Irene Becker and Vincent Luca of Lawrenceville, Ga., Donna and Corey Dean of Masonville, Kimberly Becker of Bedford, N.H., and Christina Dean of Masonville; son and daughter-in-law, Ludwig Becker and Kirsten Lanfair of Masonville; two brothers and sister-in-law, Edward Swislosky of Binghamton, and Robert and Clair Swislosky of Sidney; father-in-law, Nick Sank of Sidney. She is also survived by six grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, from the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. in Sidney, with the Rev. J. Alvin Mosher of McGraw officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonville Cemetery in Masonville.
Friends are invited to call after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at the funeral chapel, with her family in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Masonville Emergency Squad or Masonville Fire Department.
Judy A. Wikoff
DAVENPORT Judy A. Wikoff, 64, of Davenport, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at home.
She was born Sept. 27, 1937, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Charles and Doris (Weir) Larsen.
She married David Wikoff on April 13, 1968, in Fly Creek.
A graduate of Cooperstown Central School and the State University College at Oneonta, Mrs. Wikoff taught in the elementary grades at Charlotte Valley Central School in Davenport and Perry Brown School in Norwich.
She is survived by her husband, David, of Davenport; two sons, David and Carrie Wikoff of Franklin and Duane and his friend, Melissa Furgeson of Davenport; three grandchildren, Jordan, Tarah and Joseph; her mother, Doris Larsen of Oneonta; and two sisters, Connie McCrea of Middlefield, and Joan and Bill Armstrong of North Carolina.
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Lisa Heckman officiating.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at the MacArthur Funeral Home in Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Cemetery in Davenport.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Davenport.
Henry L. Dunning
EAST SPRINGFIELD Mr. Henry L. Dunning, 77, of East Springfield, passed away Sept. 1, 2002, in Albany.
Arrangements are pending with the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, and a full obituary will appear at a later date.
Linus J. Houck
ONEONTA Linus J. Houck, 92, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at the A.O. Fox Hospital Nursing Home.
Arrangements are pending at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta.