Friday, February 20, 2004
Deaths of local interest in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties are:
*Eleanor Beams, 80, Liverpool.
*Myrtle E. Dent, 90, Davenport.
*Frank Duncan, 73, Schuyler Lake.
Frederick H. McGown Jr., Cooperstown.
*Jean D. Rowlands, Sidney.
*Full obituary in today's Daily Star.
Jean D. Rowlands
SIDNEY Mrs. Jean D. Rowlands of 47 Delaware Ave., Sidney, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at Wilson Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 4, 1925, in Otego, the daughter of George W. and Helen Birdsall Dieball.
She graduated from Otego High School and State University in Oneonta with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Jean taught in the Rochester school system for 12 years.
She moved to Sidney after marrying Robert J. Rowlands. She taught kindergarten and middle school courses until her retirement in 1980.
Jean is survived by her beloved husband, Bob, of 47 years, in Sidney; a daughter, Betsy, of Kissimmee, Fla.; a sister, Frances Stever, of Unadilla; a brother, George W. Dieball, and his wife, Nancy, of Vestal, their children, LeAnn Harmening and her husband, Scott, and their two children of Greer, S.C., and Kelly Lynn Morton and her husband, Roger, of Jacksonville, Fla.; an aunt; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, at Jean's request contributions may be made to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 East Main St., Sidney.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
SCHUYLER LAKE Frank Duncan, 73, of East Lake Road, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday evening, Feb. 18, 2004, in Valley Health Services Inc., Herkimer. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.
He was born on Sept. 12, 1930, in Laurens, son of the late Edward Sr. and Sarah VanBuren Duncan. A lifelong area resident, he was raised and educated in Schuyler Lake.
Mr. Duncan had worked as an automobile mechanic and from 1973 until 1980, owned and operated an automobile repair shop. He also had worked on Dave Drake's Dairy Farm and for seven years was a courier for Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, retiring in 1992.
On May 9, 1981, he married Josephine L. Strobeck in Schuyler Lake. They lived in Richfield Springs until 1987, when they moved to Schuyler Lake.
Frank was a friend to many and will always be remembered for his warm, friendly smile and caring way.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 22 years, Josephine; four sons and their wives, Steven and Carolyn Duncan of Westford, David and Darlene Duncan of Maryland, Frank and Teena Duncan and Joseph and Joyce Duncan, all of Cooperstown; two daughters, Terry Kilts and Dawn Covey, both of Milford; three stepsons, Claude Duncan of Schuyler Lake, Elwin Duncan of Ilion and David Werpechowski of Schuyler Lake; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Kitty and William Miller of Cooperstown and Malinda and David Burdick of Schuyler Lake; two brothers, Ray Duncan of Richfield Springs and Elwin Duncan of Hartwick, two sisters, Elizabeth Sparks of Herkimer and Isabelle Garbera of Richfield Springs; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Duncan of Ilion; 50 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, a son, James Duncan; five brothers, Edward Jr., Herbert, Howard, Sylvan and Fred Duncan; one sister, Louise Kenyon, predeceased him.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. The Rev. Alan Miller, pastor of the Richfield Springs Bible Church, will officiate.
The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m.
Mr. Duncan will be laid to rest in Twi-Light Rest Cemetery, Monticello, later this spring.
Myrtle E. Dent
DAVENPORT Myrtle E. Dent, 90, of Davenport died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Grand Gorge, the daughter of James and Laura (McKee) Barber.
She married Joseph H. Dent in New City, on April 9, 1938. He predeceased her in December 1997.
Mrs. Dent was a graduate of Hobart High School in the Class of 1931; a member of the West Davenport Baptist Church; Davenport Historical Society; a 4-H Leader in Delaware County for many years; and a member of the Davenport Center Grange.
Surviving are: Myrtle's eight children, Harriet (Ronald) Shipman, Mina Austin (Harold Squire), Irwin (Jacqueline) Dent, Charles (Margaret) Dent, John Dent, Ruth (Ira) Fyfe, Janet (Francis) Ouimet, and Virginia (Thomas) Donnelly; her grandchildren, Robert (Barbara) Shipman, Laura Shipman (Thomas Boeher), Harriet (Kevin) Smith, MaDonna (Paul) Staiber, Harold (Jin) Austin III, Edward Squire, Joseph (Jane) Dent, Melody (Jeff) Young, Laurie (Todd) Burrows, Eric (Alison) Miller, Jeffrey (Aimee) Dent, Hollie Jo (Benjamin) Cooper, Jill Dent, Sara Dent, Ira (Dawn) Fyfe III, David Fyfe (Jenifer Yost), Matthew Ouimet, Nathena Ouimet, Nathan Donnelly, Christopher Donnelly and Benjamen Donnelly; and great-grandchildren, Megan Shipman, Michaela Shipman, Daniel Boeher, Dana Boeher, Michelle Smith, Lisa Staiber, Linda Staiber, Harold (Brett) Austin IV, Paul Dufrain, Mia Austin, Jordyn Squire, Abigail Dent, William Dent, Aaron Dent, Ashley Young, Lucas Burrows, Daniel Dent, Shelby Cooper, Tyler Cooper, Nicholas Fyfe, Evan Fyfe and Emily Fyfe.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; a great-granddaughter, Casie Young; and her brothers and sisters, Albert (Mike) Hadon, Mildred Smith, Elizabeth Kumpf, Dorothy Collier, Harold Barber, Helen Truesdell and William Barber.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at 11 a.m. at West Davenport Baptist Church, West Davenport, with Pastor John Osterhout and Henry Geerken officiating. The family will greet friends in a gathering at the church following the service at 12:30 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the West Davenport Baptist Church or the Davenport Historical Society.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Davenport.
LIVERPOOL Eleanor Beams, 80, of Liverpool and formerly of Hobart, died Feb. 17, 2004, at Crouse Memorial Hospital, Syracuse.
She was born Feb. 1, 1924, in Fallsburg, the daughter of Vincent and Margaret (Lybott) McDowell.
She married Ivan Beams on June 20, 1946, in Middletown. He predeceased her on Dec. 10, 1998.
Mrs. Beams was employed as a bookkeeper in a legal office in Rochester and enjoyed her home. They moved to Hobart in 1969, where she became a member of the Hobart United Methodist Church, actively participating in the United Methodist Women's organization. She served on the Hobart Village Board; volunteered at Stamford Hospital for many years; and was an active member of the Stamford-Hobart Inner Wheel.
A son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Doloris Beams of Pennellville; a brother, Elmer McDowell, of Ashburn, Va.; a granddaughter, Amy Myers, and her husband, David, of Jamesville; and two great-grandchildren, David Myers and Rebecca Myers, survive Mrs. Beams.
Funeral services will take place on Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the Hobart United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Elder officiating.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.
Burial will be in the spring at Locust Hill Cemetery, Hobart.
Contributions in her memory may be made to R.E.A.C.H., PO Box N, Hobart, NY 13788.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.
COOPERSTOWN A memorial service to celebrate the life of Frederick H. McGown Jr., who died Jan. 16, 2004, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Lin Quinlan, pastor, officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.