Elsa M. Carrington
ONEONTA Elsa M. Carrington, 103, a resident at Robynwood Adult Home and formerly a resident of Southside, Oneonta, since 1936, died Nov. 20, 2005.
She was born May 15, 1902, in Davenport, the daughter of Orrin G. McIlwain and Margaret Ellsworth McIlwain.
Elsa graduated from Stamford Seminary in 1921. She attended Albany State Teachers College in 1921-22 and Oneonta Normal School in 1923-24. She taught school in one-room schools in Davenport, Harpersfield and Meridale.
Elsa married Glenmore W. Carrington of Meredith on Aug. 19, 1925. Glenmore predeceased her in 1968.
She had four sons, Wayne, Sterling, Glenmore Jr. and Keith.
She was predeceased by two sons, Keith and Glenmore Jr. and his wife, Norma Dearborne Carrington.
She is survived by two sons, Wayne Sr. and his wife, Dorothy, and Sterling Carrington, and Margaret R. Carrington, wife of Keith.
Elsa was predeceased by her three sisters, Edna, Inez and Hildred.
Home and family were always Elsa’s first priority. She provided long-term care for her father-in-law, Edward J. Carrington, and his wife, Irene, her husband, Glenmore, her father, Orrin, and mother, Margaret McIlwain, and her sisters, Edna Plump and Inez Condon.
To friends, Elsa will be remembered for the simple pleasures of gardening, canning, making popcorn balls at Halloween, peanut brittle at Christmas, maple syrup jack wax in the spring, and jams and jellies in the summer. She was also a seamstress and enjoyed knitting.
She is survived by six grandchildren, Kathie Greenblatt and her husband, Arnold, of Oneonta, Judy Carrington of Boca Raton, Fla., Deborah Carrington Eramo and her husband, Kari, all of Oneonta, Wayne E. Carrington Jr. and his wife, Rebecca, David Carrington and his wife, Lorie, of Oneonta, and William "Bill" Carrington and his wife, Darleen, of Oneonta; and stepdaughters, Janette and Danielle Dyer. She is survived by nine great-grandchildren, Rachel Aghara and her husband, Sukesh, of Houston, Lauren Greenblatt, Todd Carrington, Catlin and Jared Carrington, Josh Harrington, Jennilee and her husband, Chris, Eramo, Aben Carrington and Andrew Carrington, all of Oneonta. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Mary Riddell and her husband, Robert, of Florida, Warren O’Dell and his wife, Arlene, of Oneonta and Mary McIlwain, widow of Robert McIlwain of West Islip.
The family is grateful to the staff and volunteers at Robynwood Adult Home and Hospice for the love and care Elsa received while she was a resident of Robynwood.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Plains Cemetery and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.Phillip Wright
UNADILLA Phillip Wright, 55, of Unadilla passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 2005, at his home.
He was born July 12, 1950, in Bainbridge, the son of James O. and Hattie (Dean) Wright.
Phillip married the former Susan L. Harrington on Aug. 10, 2002, in Gilbertsville.
Phillip was a lifelong resident of Unadilla, and was a former mechanic for Franklin Used Equipment in Franklin. He was a great outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, farming and camping.
Phillip is survived by his wife, Susan L. Wright, of Unadilla; his mother, Hattie Wright of Unadilla; his sons, Phillip J. Wright II of Franklin and Phillip J. Wright III of Oneonta; his stepchildren, Heather Eckert of Unadilla, Tina Kaiser of Franklin, Tammy Kaiser of New Hampshire, William Kaiser of Tennessee, and Shannon and Richard Kaiser of Florida; his brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Mary Wright of Unadilla, David and Stephanie Wright of Unadilla, Richard and Beverly Wright of Walton, Roger and Pam Wright of Unadilla, Dwayne and Evon Wright of Sidney, Ronald and Janet Wright of Unadilla and Michael and Judy Wright of Unadilla; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Francine Wright of Unadilla, Patricia Pease of Bainbridge, Marie and Neil Simmons of Unadilla and Jackie and Wayne Lambrecht of Sidney Center. He also is survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, James O. Wright; his brothers, John and Douglas Wright; and his sister, Betty Wright.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St., Unadilla (directly off Exit 10 of I-88), with the Rev. R. Michael Amos, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Lighthouse Church, Unadilla, officiating.
Interment will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Unadilla.
Family and friends may call at the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., Unadilla, from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005.
Funeral arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St., Unadilla, under the supervision of James S. Westcott and James C. Magee, funeral directors.William Puskas
LAURENS William Puskas, 81, of the town of Laurens died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at his home in Laurens.
He was born March 13, 1924, in Manbar, W.Va., the son of John and Emma (Miklasa) Puskas.
He was married to Eileen Lois (Dudley) Puskas in Tomball, Texas, on Feb. 9, 1974. She died June 22, 1997.
He was a professional truck driver, having worked in Texas and the New York City area until his retirement. He resided at his current home since 1983 and formerly lived in Spring, Texas.
He was a member of the Teamsters union (Local 812). Bill had owned and flew several airplanes as a licensed pilot. He was also proud that he had built his own home in the town of Laurens.
He is survived by his children, William Z. Puskas and wife Maureen of Stony Point, Marie Carucci and husband John of Oxford, John Cone of Houston, James Cone and wife Kathy of Otego. His grandchildren include William John Puskas and wife Mitzi, Deborah Boulay and husband Joseph, Patrick Smith and wife Jean, Andrea Helmandollar, Lisa Smith, Dorothy Woods, Brian Devlin, Christine Guerriero and husband Nuncio, and James Cone; as well as several great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. His brother, Elmer Puskas, also survives him.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Freeman; and two brothers, John and Zoltan Puskas.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at the funeral home with the Very Rev. Father John Burns officiating.
Burial will be in Hillington Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
I lieu contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice 1 Birchwood Drive Oneonta, NY 13820
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.Douglas William Gracey
COOPERSTOWN Doug Gracey, 45, of county Highway 26, Cooperstown, and formerly of the Oneonta area, died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
He was born on his parent’s third wedding anniversary, Aug. 10, 1960, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, a son of J. Andrew (’Andy’) and Virginia Mae (Potter) Gracey.
He attended Cooperstown schools and graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the class of 1978. During his high school career he excelled in the track program under the coaching of Don Howard, whom Doug held in high regard.
For most of his life he lived in the Oneonta area and was employed as a computer technician.
Throughout his life, fishing and bowling were constants, as evidenced by his great love for both sports. He enjoyed nothing better than roaming the banks of Oaks Creek, trout rod in hand, and was a skilled bowler, having attained two 300 hundred games during his career.
A quiet man who kept mostly to himself, he never the less possessed a subtle sense of humor, and will be remembered for always making people laugh.
Doug is survived by his mother, Mrs. Virginia Gracey, of Cooperstown, with whom he was residing; two brothers, Richard Gracey and his wife, Gerrie, and their children, Jack, Ryan and Abigail, and Kenneth Gracey and his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters, Brandy and Maura, all of Oneonta; and one sister, Patricia Gracey of Fort Plain.
He was predeceased by his father, Andy Gracey, who died Jan. 7, 2003.
A Service of Remembrance and Celebration will be offered at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Thomas E. Pullyblank, pastor of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, officiating.
The Service of Committal and Burial will take place at a later date in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.
Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6:30 until service time.
As Doug’s organs were donated for transplantation purposes, it is his family’s request that, in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts be made to the Center for Donation and Transplant, 218 Great Oaks Boulevard, Albany, NY 12203. Or, memorial gifts may be made to Cooperstown Central School, care of The Business Office, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326 for a fund to be designated by Doug’s family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.Flora A. Evans
WORCESTER Flora A. Evans, 88, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
She was born Dec. 11, 1916, in Pepacton, the daughter of Albert and Norma (Van Steenberg) Frayer.
She married Eddie R. Evans on April 18, 1933, in Worcester. He predeceased her July 16, 1995.
Mrs. Evans was a lifelong area resident. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Westford for many years.
She was a member of the Worcester Grange and the Ralph Sperbeck American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 249 in Richmondville.
She is survived by two sons, Donald E. and his wife, Joann, of Richmondville, and Robert W. and his wife, Barbara, of Worcester; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, Ransom A. Evans; two brothers, Colonel and Clarence Frayer; three sisters, Hilda Sperbeck, Margaret Jacobson and Rose Oakley.
At Mrs. Evans’ request, there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Worcester, with the Rev. Judith A. Thistle, chaplain at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Worcester Emergency Squad, PO Box 191, Worcester, NY 12197.
The E.J. Skinner Co., 155 Main St., in Worcester, is serving the family.Mildred E. Nelson
CHERRY VALLEY Mrs. Mildred E. Nelson, 94, passed away Nov. 15, 2005, in Florida.
Survivors include daughters Beverly Drake of Hartwick, Kathryn Madison and Lois Warner of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Robert Whitbeck of Sharon Springs; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, in the Sharon-Leesville Cemetery, Leesville, with the Rev. Lyman Johnson officiating. Burial will follow.
The family requests contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.Mary F. Sprague
ANDES Mary F. Sprague, formerly of Andes, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, in Johnson City.
There will be calling hours from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at the United Methodist Church, Andes, with Pastor Gerald Norris officiating.
Burial in the Andes Cemetery, Andes.
Arrangements by the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.Claude Jay Graham
CHERRY VALLEY Mr. Claude Jay Graham, 86, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at The Otsego Manor, Cooperstown.
Arrangements are pending with the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, and a full obituary will appear at a later date.