Virginia D. Metcalfe
COOPERSTOWN Virginia D. Metcalfe, 92, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Otsego Manor.
Virginia was born at Fort Myer, Va., a daughter of Capt. Albert R. and Gertrude (Platt) Drescher. Because her father was a career military officer, they moved often, affording her the opportunity to see much of the country. After high school, she graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. She loved the arts and was a capable illustrator.
Deaths of local interest in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties are:
*Ruth A. Bartlett, 71, Walton.
*Frances B. Butler, 86, Milford.
*Luis Flores, 83, Gilboa.
Joyce A. Fontaine, 62, Maryland.
*Virginia ’Ginny’ LeClair, 83, Oneonta.
*Virginia D. Metcalfe, 92, Cooperstown.
*Robert Bruce Trask, 65, Otego.
*Jay M. Zeh, 88, Jefferson.
*Full obituary in today’s Daily Star.
She married Henry H. Metcalfe in Crown Point, Ind., on July 15, 1937. They resided in the Birmingham, Mich., area where they raised their two daughters, Nancy and Cheryl. Virginia was a woman of many talents, enjoying physical activities such as swimming, tennis, golf and bowling, as well as more sedate pursuits such as music, reading, needlework (cross-stitch and knitting) and growing and tending to her roses. She was a competent pianist and loved to play classical music, especially Chopin. In addition to being a voracious reader, primarily of fiction, she was always solving a crossword, acrostic, or similar word puzzle. Virginia also took time to volunteer in her community. She was a volunteer for more than 20 years in the Cardiology Department of the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.
After Henry’s retirement, they moved to Largo, Fla., but thereafter spent many of their summers in Cooperstown with their daughter Cheryl’s family. In 1992, they moved permanently to Cooperstown (Old School Court) to be near family. Once again Virginia became an active volunteer, this time at Bassett Hospital. Virginia and Henry also became avid fans of the Cooperstown Central School sports program and attended numerous sporting events at the school.
Virginia is survived by her two daughters, Nancy and her husband, Charles Neville, of White Lake, Mich., and Cheryl and her husband, Dr. Peter Wright, of Cooperstown; as well as by her two grandsons, Mark and Eric Neville; her three granddaughters, Marley and Flannery Wright and Gillian Spencer and her husband, Matthew, and their son, Liam. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Harris of Jacksonville, Fla.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Henry, in 1998 and also by her brother, Albert, and sister, Gertrude.
Memorial services for Mrs. Metcalfe will be held in St. Agnes Chapel at Christ Church in Cooperstown at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, with the Rev. Samuel Abbott, rector, officiating. A Committal Service will follow at the columbarium wall on the church grounds.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, for those who so desire, donations in Virginia’s memory be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 or, "The Otsego Manor Activities Fund," c/o The Otsego Manor, 128 Phoenix Mills Crossroad, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.Virginia M. LeClair
ONEONTA Virginia "Ginny" LeClair, 83, of Oneonta died peacefully at home Monday, Feb. 7, 2005.
She was born Feb. 21, 1921, in Ellenburg Depot, the youngest of five children of Edward E. "Beeze" and Mabel (Brickey) LeClair.
Virginia attended Cortland State College, graduating with her B.S. in 1943, and earned her M.S. from New York University in 1954. She taught in South Otselic, Peru, Walton and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before coming to the Oneonta Consolidated Schools in 1958 where she taught girls physical education and coached numerous team sports until she retired in 1976. She traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Southwest, often visiting her far-flung family.
Virginia was a member of the Oneonta Garden Club, a book club, Oneonta Business Women’s Club, the American University Women’s Club, and St. Mary’s Church. She enjoyed playing bridge.
Surviving are her nine nieces, Anne Donnelly of Cobleskill, Helen Lacey of Prescott, Ariz., Peg LeClair of Phoenix, Ariz., Jane Ducharme of Whidbey Island, Wash., Kay Beaubien of Manitou Springs, Sandra Lewis of Phoenix, Mary Jane Aparicio of Melbourne, Fla., Laurie Mato and Ginny Haley, both of Dannemora, and three nephews, David LeClair of McCall, Idaho, John LeClair of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bernard LeClair of Dannemora. The family is especially grateful for the help and friendship of Ruth Pushkar and Nancy Samuelson who made it possible for "Aunt Sis" to remain home as she wished.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Archie, William, Floyd and Bernard LeClair, and one sister, Nina Lewis.
She made an anatomical gift of her body to Albany Medical College and will be remembered at a memorial service to be held at Lester Grummons Funeral Home in Oneonta at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Edmund’s in Ellenburg with burial to follow at a later date.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. Robert B. Trask
OTEGO Robert Bruce Trask, 65, of Otego passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 27, 1939, in Oneonta, the son of Alton Perry and Marion (Carson McManus) Trask.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Oneonta, the Oneonta Moose Club and the former Eagles Club.
Bob attended Delhi Tech where he received his electrician and plumber’s license. After that, he worked for the State University College at Oneonta for 16 years and then for Job Corps.
Bob had a great passion for cars and enjoyed music, pets and the outdoors. He had a strong belief in a life full of hard work. He also had a vivid imagination, as well as being a great storyteller.
He is survived by his children, Dennis R. Trask and his wife, Lisa, of Utica and Lorraine Star Trask and her companion, Andrew Saggers, of Fairbanks, Alaska; a granddaughter, Zoey Stellaluna Thurston-Trask of Fairbanks; two sisters, Catherine and Joan Trask of Oneonta; as well as several cousins.
A service to celebrate the life of Robert Trask will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring in the Evergreen Cemetery, Otego.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 4845 Route 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.Frances B. Butler
MILFORD Frances B. Butler, 86, formerly of Milford, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at her son John’s home in Bedford, Va.
Frances was born Feb. 2, 1919, in Andes, a daughter of the late Theodore Becker and Helen Mullinex Becker. Her family moved to Oneonta when she was young, and she graduated from Oneonta High School in 1937.
She married S. Stanley Butler in Milford in 1937, and they moved to Milford in 1947.
Working in the Milford Central School cafeteria for more than 17 years, she came to know most, if not all, of the students by name. She was also a well-known and highly regarded baker in her own right. It is likely that most residents of Milford have, at one time or another, sampled her pies and cakes. She made and decorated cakes for every occasion, from weddings to birthdays, anniversaries to holidays. She often made her cakes in the form of an object relevant to the occasion (for example, footballs for a sporting event, cars, hats, etc.), so much so that her family often teased her by saying that all they ever got were "angles and corners."
Frances loved jigsaw puzzles. She always had one under way. She had an inquisitive mind and loved reading, particularly biographies. She also loved roses and enjoyed tending them in her garden. She was an active member of the Milford United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
Frances was predeceased by her husband, S. Stanley Butler, in 1987.
She is survived by her two sons, Harold R. Butler and his wife, Linda, of Vestal, John S. Butler and his wife, Cathie, of Bedford, Va.; a daughter, Jean B. Shepard and her husband, Frank, of Monroe; a sister, Madeline Burnside of Richfield Springs; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A graveside service in the Milford Cemetery is planned for the spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, that those who so desire, make a contribution in memory of Francis to either Bedford Hospice, 815 Summit St., Bedford, VA 24523 or the Milford Fire Department, PO Box 359, Milford, NY 13807.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.Ruth A. Bartlett
WALTON Ruth A. Bartlett, 71, of Walton passed away suddenly Monday night, Feb. 7, 2005, at Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton.
She was born Nov. 2, 1933, in Kortright, the daughter of the late Roland and Bessie Dietrich Bowker.
Ruth was a graduate of Walton High School.
She married Irven G. Bartlett on April 26, 1958.
Ruth was employed as a clerk at the former Mealus White Castle, Walton. As a young lady, Ruth loved to play volleyball, soccer and softball. She was also a supporter of Walton Pee Wee football, acting as a coach for the Bears cheerleaders.
She is survived by three daughters, Tammy Tompkins and Colleen Bartlett, both of Walton, and RoxAnne Burrows of Camden, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Tabitha, Jason, Trina and Jarod; six great-grandchildren, Jason, Dakota, Joshua, Dustin, Daniel and Brianna; two sisters, Dorothy Barnhart and Marian Hodge, both of Walton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Irven, on June 15, 1977, and her brother, Carlton Bowker, on Jan. 15, 2005.
Friends and family are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Clark, Winter & Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend St., Walton, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday with Pastor Stephen Blews officiating.
Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.
Contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Walton Emergency Medical Squad. Envelopes for memorial contributions are available by contacting the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.clarkwintercourtney.com. Luis Flores
GILBOA Luis Flores, 83, of Gilboa passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at his residence.
Luis was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Tampico, Mexico, the son of Angel Flores and Leonila Gomez.
He married Eleanor Millspaugh on Sept. 8, 1945, in Watkins Glen. She died Sept. 23, 1981.
In his early years, Luis was a forest ranger. Later, he was a heavy construction worker.
Luis came to America in June 1944, where he met his wife, Eleanor Millspaugh. They met in Watkins Glen, then moved to Conesville, where they raised their family and spent the rest of their lives.
Luis loved to play softball and was an avid sports fan. He watched all sports on TV.
He is survived by his three children, Cheryle Rathbone, Michael Flores and Terry Flores; nine grandchildren, Debra Rathbone, Brian Flores, Tobey Flores, Amy Benjamin, Rachel Rathbone, Lori Beth Flores, Stacey Bonelle, Angela Flores and Craig Flores; and five great-grandchildren, Liliana and Briana Flores, Summer Bonelle, Michael Flores and Trinsten Flores.
Luis had five brothers and five sisters.
He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, and one daughter, Lorinda Flores.
A private service will be held at a later date at the Manorkill Cemetery, Manorkill.
Contributions in memory of Luis may be made to the Foundation for Durable Medical Equipment, c/o HSBC, 101 Kings Mall Court, Kingston, NY 12401.
Arrangements are by the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.Jay M. Zeh
JEFFERSON Jay M. Zeh, 88, formerly of Jefferson, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta after a brief illness.
Mr. Zeh was born in Jefferson on May 17, 1916, the son of Irven and Lena A. (Mansfield) Zeh.
He owned and operated Jay-Win Farm in Jefferson and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Jefferson, the Jefferson Grange and the New York State Maple Producers Association and served on the Jefferson Central School Board of Education.
He was predeceased by his wife, Winifred (Champlin) Zeh, who died Nov. 10, 1996, after 56 years of marriage.
Mr. Zeh is survived by two sons, Daniel I. (Anne) Zeh of Cobleskill and Robert J. (Dorothy) Zeh of Oneonta; one granddaughter, Kristin Zeh of Albany; three grandsons, Daniel J. (Karen) Zeh of Jefferson, David Zeh of Saratoga and Bradly (Amy) Zeh of Oneonta; and one great-granddaughter, Emily Zeh of Oneonta.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the United Methodist Church, Jefferson. The Rev. Frank Adams will officiate.
A spring interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Jefferson, NY 12093. Joyce A. Fontaine
MARYLAND Joyce A. Fontaine, 62, of Maryland died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at the Albany Medical Center, Albany.
Funeral arrangements are pending with the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.