William H. HaneyFRANKLIN William Howard Haney Sr., passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at Countryside Care Center in Delhi.He was born July 17, 1914, in Obar, N.M., the son of Herbert and Emma (Cronk) Haney, who were homesteading in the New Mexico wilderness at the turn of the century.In 1928, the family moved back east, settling on a dairy farm in Franklin.Bill was the youngest of a family of nine children, including four sisters, (Ruth, Viola, Edith and Helen), and four brothers, (Ben, Stroud, Bruce and Calvin), all of whom have since passed away.Bill attended Franklin High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He was exceptional at track, once running the 100-yard dash in less than 10 seconds.Bill graduated from Franklin High School, where he met and then wed Elsa Shubert. The wedding was held July 4, 1936, in Franklin.After a short period of living and working in Binghamton, Bill and Elsa moved back to Franklin and started a successful career in farming until their retirement in 1973. After retiring from farming, they built a house in Otego.Not one for sitting around, Bill went to work for Lobdell’s and then Webster’s Paving in Oneonta. He would work summers there and then Bill and Elsa would spend winters in Florida. Eventually, they decided to sell the Otego house and build a house in Florida. Health issues finally convinced them to move back to Franklin to be near family.Bill is survived by his wife, Elsa, who is now living at the Delaware County Countryside Care Center in Delhi; and their four children; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. They are, Ethel Hillis and her husband, Frank, of Franklin and their children, Jim, Jennifer, and Judy; Jeanette Rutherford and her husband, Clyde, of Otego and their children, Diane and Nancy; Betty Glazier and her husband, Alan, of Grants Pass, Ore., and their daughter, Catherine; and Bill Haney Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, of Sidney and their children Bill, Amanda and Tom.There will be no calling hoursA private funeral service will be held at the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Rev. Dr. Lyle Linder, pastor of the Franklin United Methodist Church, officiating.Burial will be in the spring in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-NENY Chapter, Capital District Administrative Office, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.Harold WatermanBURLINGTON Harold Waterman, 79, of 158 Pratt Road, Hartwick, died suddenly Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.Harold was born Aug. 4, 1925, and raised in Verona, N.J., the son of Herman and Erma Waterman. After his 18th birthday in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific. As an automatic rifleman, he saw action on Guam, the Marianas Islands, Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands. He was wounded in action on May 10, 1945, and was awarded the Purple Heart.Harold married Betty (Biel) on May 28, 1950, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Hoboken, N.J.After the war, Harold quickly developed a reputation as a skilled and capable contractor and carpenter. As a self-employed contractor, he built many homes and other structures "from the ground up." Indeed, on the very day of his death he had just completed building a new home on Pratt Road for Betty and himself.Never one to sit still, he was, for nearly 20 years, a member of the Verona, N.J., Volunteer Fire Department and served as its chief from 1977 to 1978. He was also an active member of the Verona Volunteer Rescue Squad.Harold and Betty moved to the Hartwick area in the early 1990s where Harold enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling and gardening.Harold quickly became an accomplished gardener (so much so that he built a small greenhouse so he could get a jump on the season), growing everything from vegetables to flowers. He particularly enjoyed canning the vegetables he grew. He also took great pleasure in growing even larger pumpkins each year for his grandchildren. Another of his favorite pastimes was entertaining his grandchildren for hours on end with his large collection of Lionel model trains.Harold is survived by Betty, his beloved wife of 54 years, and their five children, Eileen B. Campbell and her husband, John, of Hartwick, Donna L. Gauss and her husband, Doug, of Lake Hiawatha, N.J., Lenny Waterman and his wife, Debbie, of Verona, N.J., Cheryl Tomasch and her husband, Mike, of Wayne, N.J., and Sharon L. Waterman and her friend, Patrick Fagan, of Hudson Falls; as well as by nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild and seven nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his twin brother, Donald, of North Carolina.He was predeceased by his brother, Herman, and his two sisters, Gertrude and Marion.A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at the First Presbyterian Church, 10 Fairview Ave., in Verona, N.J.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who so desire make contributions in Harold’s memory to the Verona Volunteer Fire Department, 880 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, NJ 07044 or to the Verona Volunteer Rescue Squad, 19 Church St., Verona, NJ 07044.Arrangements are by Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.Anna B. FlummerONEONTA Anna B. Flummer, 94, of Oneonta and most recently of Delhi died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at O’Connor Hospital, Delhi.She was born Nov. 30, 1910, in North Norwich, the daughter of Gordon M. and Mary C. (Coman) Ashton.She married George R. Flummer Sr. on June 27, 1932, in Norwich. Mr. Flummer died Feb. 29, 1984.Anna was an LPN for a period of time. She then went back to school to further her education and became a nursing home administrator.Anna lived in Florida from 1970 to 1986, at which time she worked as a nursing home administrator for several nursing home facilities, as well as Hospice, in the St. Petersburg and Tallahassee areas.She was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta for more than 60 years.Anna was a member of the New York State LPN Association. She enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball and football. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Anna also enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles.She is survived by her children, a son, Earl J. Flummer and his wife, Mary Anne, of Cape Coral, Fla., a son, George R. Flummer Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Aurora, Colo., her son, Gary E. Flummer and his wife, Mary, of Lake Placid, Fla., her daughters, Judith A. Terrell and her husband, John, of Oneonta, Mary J. Sanford and her husband, Robert, of Delhi and Barbara R. Allen of Tallahassee, Fla., and a son, Gordon N. Flummer of Tallahassee, Fla.; her sister, Helen Hunter of Greene; 15 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.A grandson, Thomas M. Flummer, predeceased Anna in 1983.Funeral services for Anna B. Flummer will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Gary Bonebrake, pastor of the Main Street Baptist Church, officiating.Spring burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta.Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, at which time the family will be in attendance.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 in Anna’s memory.Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.Les DrakeOTEGO Les Drake, 72, of Otego died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.He was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Granton, the son of Frank and Vera (Cathcart) Drake.He married Kaye Ross on Dec. 26, 1964, in Johnson City. She still survives him.A lifelong area resident, Les worked in sales for more than 20 years, most recently for Minuteman Optical Corp. in Oneonta. He was a member of the Wells Bridge Baptist Church.For many years, Les traveled around speaking to various schools and other organizations about Native American culture.His loving wife of more than 40 years, Kaye Drake, of Otego survives Les. He is also survived by his daughter, Rosemary Jackson and her companion, Lloyd Stannard, of Warnerville; his brother, Ivan Drake of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; as well as a sister, Mary Palmer of Norwich; his grandson, Evan Jackson of Warnerville; and his nephew, Niles Palmer.His sisters Rosie (Drake) Bennett, Ella (Drake) Darling, Dorothy (Drake) Kirk, and Florence (Drake) Robinson; and his brothers Edward Drake and Charles Drake predeceased him.A funeral service for Les Drake will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, in the Wells Bridge Baptist Church with the Rev. David Steensma, pastor, officiating.Burial will take place in the spring.Friends may call from 6 p.m. until the time of the funeral service in the Wells Bridge Baptist Church, at which time the family will be in attendance.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wells Bridge Baptist Church, PO Box 100, Wells Bridge, NY 13859 or to the Gilbertsville Emergency Squad, Gilbertsville, NY 13776 in memory of Les Drake.Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Otego.Mildred L. ZidoSHARON SPRINGS Mildred L. Zido, 76, of Beechwood Road, Sharon Springs, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, after a long illness, with family members and very dear friend R.C. Aker at her side.Born in Lutheranville on Sept. 12, 1928, Mrs. Zido had been a resident of Sharon Springs for 23 years. She was a graduate of Richmondville High School and at 40 received an associate’s degree in nursing at Fulton Montgomery Community College.Mrs. Zido had been employed at Cobleskill Community Hospital for 23 years and retired in the early 1990s from SUNY Healthcare Center, Cobleskill.She had attended the Dorloo United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Rebekah’s and the Seward Grange.Mrs. Zido was married in 1945 at Media, Pa., to Lewis J. Zido. He died in 1986.Mrs. Zido is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Teresa) Lape, Marcy, and Mrs. Kenneth (Mary) King, Dorloo; two sons, Lewis (Lynn) Zido, Leesburg, Fla., and Robert Zido, Milford; a brother, Roger Cohn, Cobleskill; grandsons, James and Scott Zido; granddaughters, Michelle King Rohac, Stephanie King, Rebecca Lape, Tara Zido and Heidi Zido Anderson; great-grandsons, Brennon King, Augustus Henricks, Ian and Owen Rohac and Lewis Zido; a great-granddaughter, Sophia Anderson.A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 108 Chapel St., Cobleskill. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.Interment in the spring in Sharon Springs Cemetery.Memorials in her name, to the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad, care of the Sharon Springs Fire Department, will be appreciated.Arrangements are by Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 108 Chapel St., Cobleskill.
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WALTON Stephen R. Breakey, 49, died Feb. 2, 2005, at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. He was hospitalized Jan. 24 with a diagnosis of an aggressive, fast-moving form of neuro-endocrine cancer.
Stephen was born April 6, 1955, in Walton, the son of Osborne and Jane (Lambrecht) Breakey.
He graduated from Walton Central School, the State University College of Technology at Delhi and Cornell University.
Steve loved the game of golf and made it his life’s work. He was the superintendent of the Rolling Oaks Golf Course in Rocky Point and previously had similar positions in Connecticut and on Sanibel Island in Florida. In addition to caring for the golf courses, Steve also loved observing the birds and wildlife that inhabited his world.
Steve’s greatest pleasure was coming home to spend time with his family and friends and to walk the family dogs along the banks of the West Branch of the Delaware River.
He was an avid Miami Dolphins and New York Yankees fan.
Steve is survived by his mother, Jane Breakey; his sister, Patricia Breakey; his brother and sister-in-law, Walter Breakey and Julie Stone; and five nephews, Ryan and Kyle Hughson and Stone, Lucas and Aidan Breakey.
He was predeceased by his father, Osborne Breakey.
There will be no calling hours.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held in the spring at a time and date to be announced.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Humane Society of Central Delaware County, State Route 10, Delhi, NY 13753.Thomas Neumann
UNADILLA Thomas Joseph Neumann Sr., 76, of Unadilla passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2005, at his home.
Tom was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Bethpage, Long Island, the son of Thomas and Florence (McNiff) Neumann. He was one of eight children.
Tom was an operating engineer for Local Union 138 on Long Island for more than 30 years. He was an avid golfer and was passionate about fishing and hunting.
Tom leaves behind his loving wife, Noreen; his brother, Richard; his sisters, Gail and Patricia; his son, Thomas Jr.; stepchildren, James, Claudia, Joanne, Dianna and their spouses; also 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his beloved dog, Cali; and many good friends.
He was predeceased by his son, Alan.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005 at the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St., Unadilla, (directly off Exit 10 of I-88)., with the Rev. Gordon A. Polenz, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Sidney, officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005.
Interment will be later in the spring in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Unadilla.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, Boys Town, NE 68010.
Funeral arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St., Unadilla, under the direction of James S. Westcott and James C. Magee, funeral directors.Ronald W. Herbert
SIDNEY Ronald W. Herbert Sr., 58, of Sidney passed away Friday morning, Feb. 4, 2005, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 24, 1946, in Newburgh, the son of Lewis and Pauline Steenrod.
Ron has been a resident of Sidney for the past eight years and was formerly of Newburgh.
He was a self-employed master carpenter and electrician retiring in November 2003 because of failing health. He enjoyed woodworking and had taught electricity at one time.
He was a member of the Sidney American Legion and also the Sidney Moose Club.
He is survived by his son, Ronald W. Herbert Jr. of New Windsor; two daughters, Dawn Holstead of Monticello and Tina Decker of Sidney Center; his parents, Lewis and Pauline Steenrod of Maybrook; and his dear friend, Kim Carlson of Sidney. Also survived by six brothers; six sisters; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
It has been requested, that expressions of sympathy be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 in memory of Ronald W. Herbert Sr.
Funeral arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St., Unadilla, under the direction of James S. Westcott and James C. Magee, funeral directors.Frances B. Butler
MILFORD Frances B. Butler, 86, formerly of the Milford area, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at her son, John’s home in Bedford, Va.
Arrangements are pending with Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.