BOVINA CENTER Florence A. Thomas, 94, a longtime Bovina Center resident, passed away peacefully with her family by her
side, Tuesday night, Sept. 20, 2005, at Countryside Care Center, Delhi, where she had been residing for the past two years.
Deaths of local interest in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties are:
*Elizabeth B. Boggs, 61, Oneonta.
Margaret S. Butterfield, Haverford, Pa.
*Richard (Rick) Thomas Canfield, 46, Milford, formerly of Oneonta.
*Gertrude B. Doescher, 98, Hamilton.
*Theresa Sarah Lakin, 92, Margaretville.
*Marion Seiko Doi Payne, Sidney.
*Kristen Michelle Phillips, 22, Richfield Springs.
*Florence A. Thomas, 94, Bovina Center.
*Full obituary in today’s Daily Star.
She was born Sept. 9, 1911, in Knoxville, Neb., the second daughter of Charles B. and Grace L. (Gage) Gonyo, and in 1917, her family moved to Delhi where they had a farm on Irish Hill. Her mother died that year, and she, with her siblings, went to live with their grandparents in Westville.
A 1930 graduate of Cooperstown High School, Florence returned to Delhi where she received her teacher training at Delhi College and taught in rural schools at West Platner Brook and Glenburnie.
She married Clayton W. Thomas on Aug. 14, 1933, in Delhi. They moved to Bovina in 1934, where they eventually purchased a garage business that they operated until retirement in 1970, when "Clayt" turned his full attention to the restoration of their antique cars, a passion he continued, with Florence’s enthusiasm, until his death March 12, 1978.
Thereafter, Florence continued to drive her little blue Ford truck and enjoyed attending antique car meets in her 1932 Ford Roadster.
Florence lived a busy and active life and was dedicated to her family and community where she was a member of the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, serving as trustee; also an assessor for the Town of Bovina; an election commissioner for 35 years; a charter member of the Bovina Fire Department Auxiliary; and the Bovina Historical Society.
Surviving are her daughters and son-in-law, Marjorie Rockefeller of Delhi and Patricia and Louis Miele of Bovina Center; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Burdick of Washingtonville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister, Violet Jocelyn; and brothers, Noel and Creighton Gonyo; and grandson, Scott Parsons.
Friends are invited to call 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, when the family will be in attendance at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi, and funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bovina U.P. Church by the Rev. Scott Conrad. Following cremation, burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.
Memorial contributions made to Delaware County Christian Ministries, care of Lois Ray, 463 Andes Road, Delhi, NY 13753, will be appreciated.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet, Delhi.Marion Seiko Doi Payne
SIDNEY On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, a wonderful love story was concluded at the home of Marion D. Payne in Sidney. She joined her husband Donald "Red" Payne after 30 years of caring for their children.
They appeared to need every bit of her attention as well as her grandchildren, Grace, Riley, Willa, Hana and Rita, and everybody else the above brought to her house for food and nurture.
Marion was born in 1921 in Binghamton, to world-famous circus performer Yakko Egawa (Sen Doi) and expatriate Japanese entrepreneur "Sam" Doi.
Marion attended Sidney High School and graduated with honors. Unable to attend medical school, she went to work for the Scintilla Magneto group.
When World War II broke out, she fought many legal battles to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps to help defend her country.
Her "way too cool" husband, Red, was a Marine; a tail gunner on a B-52 during the war.
He survived to begin hopping trains from Forest City, Pa., to Sidney, to his job, playing semi-professional baseball. His legendary athletic prowess is still remembered by many. Marion and Red married and traveled to many baseball games all over New York. "Red" was drafted by the major leagues but chose to stay home with his family, which eventually included the brilliant and somewhat unstable son, Mark, the absolutely uncontrollable daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Payne, and the "almost perfect" son, Randy.
Marion was well-known throughout the area due to her employment at SFCU, the Sidney School, and Golden Valley sports camp. "Grandma" could also be found on the sidelines of all her grandchildren’s school events. If she wasn’t on the sidelines of an event, she could be found doing crossword puzzles, bird-watching and cooking unforgettable "twelve" course meals.
Marion was predeceased by her incredible family, which included her brothers, Harry, Eddie and Scottie Doi; sister, Merry Yoneko Doi; and nephew, Kenny Doi.
She is survived by her sons, Mark and Randy Payne; her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Francis Phelps; her grandchildren, Grace, Riley, Willa, Hana and Rita Payne, as well as Patti Jo and Jim Doi, who were all integral to her care and happiness in her final year. She is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, their children and her very great friends, Carmie Mirabito, Thelma Baldwin, Gloria George; and two of the most caring people in the world, Avis Dalton and Eva Harvis.
Throughout her 34 year fight with cancer, her faith kept her positive and her strength was an inspiration to everyone around her.
She never asked for help and always provided support, assistance, and love to all who needed it.
Marion, Mom, Grandma, you are dearly loved and will be greatly missed. We love you so much.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, contributions should be directed to the Catskill Area Hospice.
Arrangements by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.Margaret S. Butterfield
HAVERFORD, Pa. A memorial service for Margaret S. Butterfield will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in the Hartwick Cemetery, North Street, Hartwick.
A reception from 2:30 to 5 p.m. will follow at the Hartwick Community Center, 3146 County Highway 11, Hartwick.
Margaret was born Feb. 26, 1919.
Margaret passed away Oct. 31, 2004.Elizabeth B. Boggs
ONEONTA Elizabeth B. Boggs, 61, of Oneonta passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Elizabeth was born Aug. 24, 1944, in Oneonta, the daughter of Richard J. and Florence (Fieg) Bookhout.
She married David R. Boggs in March 1962.
She was a licensed real estate broker and co-owner of Oneonta Abstract Corporation.
She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, David R. Boggs of Oneonta; and their three children, Kathleen B. and her husband, Brian Clancy, of Cooperstown, John D. Boggs and his wife, Jenny Adcock, of Oakland, Calif., and Jennifer E. Boggs of Cooperstown; her grandchildren, Stephen and Richard Clancy of Cooperstown; her three sisters and two brothers and their spouses, Katherine and Robert Biggerstaff of Delmar, Anne Bookhout and Robert Morgan of Brookendale, William and Diane Bookhout of Cazenovia, Mary and Jack Wolcott of Jacksonville, Fla., and Richard and Sherry Bookhout of Nazareth, Pa.; and her brother-in-law and his spouse, William and Marillyn Boggs of Jackson, Tenn.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Friends may call at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, in the evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, at which time the family will be in attendance,
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home with the Rev. Eileen Cornwell officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Cancer Society, 31 Adams Ave., Endicott, NY 13760.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.Kristen M. Phillips
RICHFIELD SPRINGS Kristen Michelle Phillips, 22, of Richfield Springs and formerly of Schuyler Lake, died unexpectedly Monday night, Sept. 19, 2005, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Verona.
She was born Sept. 26, 1982, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, a daughter of Randy A. and Laurie Ann (Weir) Phillips.
Raised in the Hartwick, Oaksville and Schuyler Lake areas, Kristen attended Cooperstown Central School until the end of eighth grade. At the beginning of her freshman year she enrolled in Richfield Springs Central School and was very involved in their sports programs. A track star, she set many school records, especially in long jump and hurdles, and was ranked third in the state. She also played volleyball and was a cheerleader for several years.
After graduation with the class of 2000, she attended Adirondack Community College and Herkimer County Community College, where she studied elementary education.
Two years ago she moved to Richfield Springs and the past year she had been employed as an account clerk in the district business office of the Richfield Springs Central School.
An avid reader, Kristen was a loving, caring person who was very family oriented and who was a devoted and loving mother to her son, Thomas. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and co-workers.
Kristen is survived by her son, Thomas Leslie Dygert of Richfield Springs; her boyfriend, Chris Furnare of Richfield Springs; her mother, Laurie Denmeade and her significant other, Joseph Pestar of Schuyler Lake; her father, Randy A. Phillips and his wife, Jennifer, of Hartwick; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Weir of Schuyler Lake; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Audrey Phillips of Hartwick; two brothers, Eric R. Phillips and Jeremy Robert Denmeade, both of Schuyler Lake; one sister, Savanna Wart of Hartwick; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Stanley Phillips, who died Feb. 9, 2005; and her maternal grandfather, Leslie Weir, who died July 5, 2005.
A funeral service honoring Kristen’s life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home with the Rev. John C. Young officiating. Immediately following the funeral service, a time of refreshment and fellowship will be offered at the Hartwick Community Center.
Friends and family may call at the funeral home 9 a.m. Friday morning until service time.
A graveside service will be conducted at a later date in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it is sincerely requested by Kristen’s family, that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts be made to a trust fund to benefit her son, Thomas Leslie Dygert. Checks may be made payable to Phillips Family Memorial Fund, care of Citizen’s Bank, PO Box 158, Hartwick, NY 13348. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.Richard T. Canfield
MILFORD Richard (Rick) Thomas Canfield, 46, a former resident of Oneonta, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Bassett Hospital. He was surrounded by his family and friends.
Richard was born in Oneonta on July 15, 1959, the son of the late William Thomas Canfield of Morris and the late Barbara Ella Canfield of Otego.
He is survived by four sons, Adrian, Richard, Darby and Jamie; one sister, Cathy Rathbun and her husband, Douglas, of Middlefield; two brothers, Frederick Canfield and his wife, Lorine, of Oneonta and William Canfield Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Morris; four nieces, Kelly Dutcher of Middlefield, Heather Briggs and her husband, Dave, of Davenport, Traci Canfield of Oneonta and Jamie Canfield of Oneonta; and his loving friend and mother of his two youngest children, Jennifer Gardner.
Rick was a musician, an artist and a writer. Those who knew Rick will remember his creativity, his friendship his love for music and the love he had for his sons and family.
Contributions may be made to the Emergency Medical Service, Milford, NY 13807.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2005, at the Ottman Funeral Home in Cherry Valley.
HAMILTON Gertrude B. Doescher, 98, a longtime resident of Hamilton, passed away Sept. 20, 2005, after a short illness.
She had been a resident of Crouse Community Center in Morrisville for the last several years.
Mrs. Doescher was born April 6, 1907, in Silver Creek.
After graduating from State Teachers College in Fredonia in 1927, she worked in the Oneonta Public School System for 42 years, teaching and supervising the art program. While teaching, she continued her education at a number of colleges in the United States, receiving a B.S. degree from Columbia University in 1940, and an M.S. in education at what is now SUNY Oneonta in 1955.
While in Oneonta, she was an active member and one of the founders of the Oneonta Community Art Center.
As a resident of Hamilton, Mrs. Doescher was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Gift Shop Group at the Hamilton Community Hospital, the Fortnightly Club, the Chenango Water Exercise Group and the Colgate Club of Chenango Valley. She was also a member of the Sigma Chapter of Delta Gamma Society.
She married John Hotaling in 1944. He died in 1956. She married Harold Hager, retired superintendent of schools in Oneonta and a 1926 graduate of Colgate University, in 1969. They moved to Hamilton the same year. He died in 1978. She married Frederick W. Doescher, a longtime resident of Utica and also a 1926 graduate of Colgate, in 1981. He died in 1989.
Mrs. Doescher is survived by three stepsons, Charles W. Hager of Hickory, N.C., Robert K. Doescher of Emmaus, Pa., and William F. Doescher of Scarsdale; 16 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton.
Friends are invited to call at the funeral home from noon until 2 p.m. Friday.Theresa S. Lakin
MARGARETVILLE Theresa Sarah Lakin, 92, 1034 Orchard St., Margaretville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Theresa was born July 6, 1913, in Shavertown, the daughter of Ward and Lelah (Bryden) Shaver.
She married Albert H. Lakin on June 27, 1939, at Shavertown. He died Feb. 23, 1994.
Theresa graduated from Hilton Memorial High School in Andes in 1931. She later attended Delhi Training Class for one year. She graduated from Oneonta Normal School and taught at Andes Central School teaching fifth and sixth grades. Before that, she taught in one-room schools in Bovina and Pepacton for three years, classes one through eight.
After moving to Long Island, she taught for 14 years. Theresa and Albert moved back to Margaretville in 1971.
She was a member of the Elmont Presbyterian Church and was a founding member of the Arkville Bible Church, Arkville.
Theresa was a marvelous pianist, a very loving and compassionate wonderful Christian woman. She loved to write letters to family and friends and drive her Thunderbird.
Theresa is survived by one sister, Marian Scudder, Margaretville, and also by cousins.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, at the United Presbyterian Church in Margaretville with the Rev. Jacob Bouw and Shirley Davis officiating.
Burial will be in the Andes Cemetery, Andes.
Contributions may be sent to the Samaritan’s Purse with Franklin Graham or the Billy Graham Crusade, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., in memory of Theresa S. Lakin.
Arrangements are by Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.