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Donald G. Palmer - February, 20, 2004

Allan L. Davidson - February 10, 2004

Charles R. LaFever - January 24, 2004

John Wilbur Barlow - September 9, 2003

Janet T. Newman - May 2003

Connelly VanValkenburgh - April 4, 2003

James Bartz - July 6, 2001

Les Howland - March 17, 2001

Howard Fletcher Davidson - September 29, 1987

Ed Davidson - Memorial Announcement

Edwin D. Davidson - October 20, 2019

Harriet L. Schultz - August 2, 2019

Maxine Claire Bartz - July 18, 2019

Donald E. Michel - January 25, 2019

Cheryl Harmon Bills - January 1, 2019

William Leone Ostrander - July 7, 2018

John W. Jack - August 27, 2016

Linda Ogborn - July 16, 2016

Bruce Lloyd - July 9, 2016

Catherine Gibson Havemeier - March 17, 2016

Judy Schreiber - March 11, 2015

Richard D. Nesbitt - March 1, 2015

Mary S. Cable - March 1, 2015

Kitty Randolph (Hilton) Oman- November 19, 2013

Shirley Houck - January 18, 2013

Laura Seward - January 10, 2013

George James Hendricks - October 3, 2012

Rose Beers - December 26, 2011

Ronald (Ronnie) Ballard - November 9, 2011

Shirley Birling - October 7, 2011

Alan Malz - August 4, 2011

Gabriele Hammon - March 11, 2011

Jane Flannery - October 2, 2010

Teena Mayham Schroeder - June 27, 2010

Shirley Brownson - February 15, 2010

Carol Joyce McCraw - January 19, 2010

John R. Whitney - October 10, 2009

Collin Eric Haight - December 26, 2007

Shirley Goerlich - April 6, 2006

Gary Lee Cady - November 20, 2005

Paul Sylvester Cerquoz - November 18, 2005

Arretta Lee Early - April 17, 2005

Mary S. Briggs - February. 27, 2005

Steven Delibert - July 28, 2004


Harriett Schultz, known by family as “Lois” of Binghamton, NY went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the glorious age of 87.

Harriett was born May 15, 1932, on the family dairy farm on Tait Road, Terry Clove in the Town of Delancy to Howard and Idabelle Tait. She was predeceased by her parents, brother James and wife Louise and brother Glenford Tait, Sr. She was also predeceased by son-in-law, Ricky Hoover.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 55 years, Paul E. Schultz; a brother Donald L. Tait (Gloria) and sister-in-law Betty Tait. Four Children, her son, Lawrence G. Spoor, Jr. (Carol), Fort Myers, Florida and her three daughters, Gale L. Hoover, Binghamton, NY, Marilyn M. Murray (Douglas), Owego, NY and Carol A. King (Keith), Binghamton, NY.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jeffrey Spoor, Carissa Riner (Emmual), Joshua Schultz, Ian Murray, Chelsi Murray and Brenna King. Eleven great grandchildren: Faith Robinson, Sarah Spoor, Judy Spoor, Justin Komar, Kenneth Spoor, Cody Spoor, Selena Schultz, Leland Schultz, Aiden Schultz, Owen Schultz and Landon Murray. Many nieces and nephews contributed to her joyous life, as well.

Harriett attended a one room school house for the majority of her primary school years in Terry Clove, NY. She graduated from Downsville Central School in 1950. She attended Ridley Lowell, majoring in Accounting. She worked in various secretarial/office management positions before becoming a full time housewife and running a home based Avon business. During her time as a domestic goddess, Harriett immersed herself in many and varied community projects and service organizations. She coordinated the Amblyopia Services testing for school age children and assisted with The Bridge Program-an unpaid mentor program for high school students. She was a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels, The Scottish Society, The E.A.T. Co-op, Presbyterian Women, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and assisting her friends and neighbors in need of transport to appointments, the store, etc.

Harriett was a woman with a big heart and always saw the good in people. She was sharp witted with comforting advice when needed. Her joys in life were bowling, photography (she was a published photographer with awards), big band music, Scottish music (particularly the bag pipes) travel and road trips. She devoted much of her free time providing child care for her grandchildren and neighbors' children and during the growing season spent many hours canning and freezing the fruits of her husband's and childrens' garden labors. Harriett’s biggest passion was family genealogy. She was determined and spent many long hours researching, gathering photos and documenting all that she could find out about her family’s history.

A Service of Celebration of Harriett's life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Ogden Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1061 Chenango Street, Binghamton, NY, officiated by Joyce Allen. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to help defray the costs of medical and funeral expenses . These may be made to Paul E. Schultz, in care of Carol King, 33 N. Louisa Street, Binghamton, NY 13901.



Maxine Claire Bartz, 91, died on July 18. She had resided in Fern Park near Orlando, Florida. The daughter of Ellis A. Cronauer II and Dorothea Mae (Brinkman) Cronauer, Maxine was born in Franklin. She graduated in 1946 from Delaware Literary Institute and Franklin Central School. Her first job was at the Scintilla (now Amphenol) Manufacturing Plant where she met the love of her life, James Martin Bartz. Their loving marriage began in 1948 and lasted 53 years until Jim's death in July 2001. Jim and Maxine settled in Sidney Center, then moved to Oxford. While there, Jim felt called into the ministry. Jim and Maxine served several Methodist churches in Chenango and Otsego Counties. Maxine also worked at Borden Chemical and Main's Minit Mail in Bainbridge and the Howard Brown Insurance Agency in Oneonta. In 1966 she became the Executive Assistant with the Susquehanna Valley Presbytery in Bainbridge, leaving in 1980 to move to Florida. Maxine held office jobs at Florida churches and finished her career at a Florida Presbytery office, retiring in 1993. She was an active member of two Florida United Methodist churches.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, husband James Bartz, daughter Cynthia (Bartz) Maisey (1999); sisters-in-law: Donna Cronauer, Christine Cronauer, Lois White, and Virginia Bartz; brothers-in-law: Delbert Earisman, Harold Bartz, and Ernest Bartz. A graveside service is planned for Saturday, August 24 at Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Route 357, Franklin (11:00 am) with the Rev. Judith Thistle officiating. C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel in Sidney is serving the family. Condolences and memories may be shared online at Memorial donations may be made to Henderson Settlement, P.O. Box 25, Frakes, KY 40940, The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or a charity of choice.


Cheryl Ann Harmon Bills passed away at home on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. She was the daughter of Billy W and Eunice (Wayment) Harmon. She was deeply involved with family history work. She authored many family history related books and loved to write poetry. She shared her work far and wide through lectures, classes and the internet. Funeral services will be held Friday, 4 January 2019 at the St. Anthony 4th Ward Chapel, 507 West 2nd North at 11:00 a.m.. Burial will be in the Sugar City Cemetery under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel, Rigby, Idaho. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Jan. 3, 2019


After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Donald E. Michel, loving husband, father, and brother passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the age of 82. Don leaves his wife Barbara E. (Lamb) Michel of Georgetown, TX; a son, Charles and his wife Lynda (Duguay) Michel of Rowley, MA; two grandsons: Nicholas Michel of Sommerville, MA and Samuel Michel of Biddeford, ME; two sisters: Shirley (Michel) Jennings of St. Augustine, FL and Nancy Michel of Silverdale, WA; a sister-in-law, Hazel (Goode) Volke of East Greenbush, NY; a nephew, David Waldron and niece, Michele Johnson; several cousins; and his faithful dog, Gracie. Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara A. (Goode) Michel, mother of Charles. Don was born on April 17, 1936 in Oneonta, NY to Charles Albert and Helen (Laux) Michel. He grew up in Walton, NY attending Walton High School and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where he met his first wife, Barbara A. who attended Oneonta State Teachers College. He was always proud of his Delaware County, NY heritage. Don worked for many years at the Bendix Corporation in Sidney, NY followed by positions with Bendix at other facilities. Later in his career, he worked for the EG&G Corporation in Salem, MA, Miamisburg, OH, and Washington DC. Don married Barbara E. Lamb in an oceanside ceremony in 1991 on Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME. After several years they retired happily to Cape Neddick, ME. During retirement, Don enjoyed being an active grandfather and pursuing a passion for genealogy, exploring and documenting the histories of the Laux and Michel families. Don loved the outdoors and going on fishing trips with his son and grandsons. He always enjoyed being in the woods where he said he felt closest to God. Don had a great sense of humor. As an example, he joked that he spent over sixty years married to women named Barbara that he lovingly referred to as “Barbara One” and “Barbara Two.” After a decade and a half of Maine winters, he tired of stacking wood and shoveling snow, so he and Barbara moved to Georgetown, TX to enjoy the sunshine. A memorial service and burial are planned for April at Trinity Episcopal Church in Topsfield, MA which will be followed by a Celebration of Life on May 18, 2019 at the Legacy Hills Park Pavilion in Sun City, Georgetown, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Austin ( or Hillsdale College ( can be made in the name of Donald E. Michel. You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at


William Leone Ostrander, of Sidney

Bill had lived the most part of his life in Masonville and in other areas surrounding there. He was a walking historian of the people of Masonville and their relations to others buried in the Pine Hill Cemetery. --David Seely, Bill was my cousin.

Obituary from:

SIDNEY - William L. Ostrander, 84, passed away on July 7, 2018, following a short illness. He was born on May 5, 1934, son of the late Carroll and Elva (Seeley) Ostrander. He was a graduate of Sidney High School and a longtime employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Sidney before his retirement. He married Kaveda (Blakeslee) Ostrander in 1956 in Masonville. They shared 52 years of marriage before she predeceased him in 2008. In 2012, he married Nora Cole Ostrander in Bainbridge. Bill was a special man. He made friends easily and would joyfully talk to anyone. He was a devoted husband and family man who kept his sense of humor to the very end. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed raising livestock His favorite animals were dairy goats, horses, Scottish Highland cattle and his many faithful dogs, most recently his little companion, Jenny. He is survived by his wife, Nora; four children, Robert and Carole Ostrander, Karen and Neal Cummings, Heidi and Russell Ruff and Maria and Joe Roosa; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Debra and Fred Smith, David and Paula Cole and Donna and Robert Decker; five step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Beverly and Bob Petley and Jane and Pete Mckee Bill is predeceased by his brothers, Alan and John; and step-grandson, Jeremiah Ostrander. Friends are invited to call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 13, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Masonville Federated Church. Burial will follow in Masonville Cemetery, Masonville. Share condolences with the family online at Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney. Published on July 9, 2018



COLONIE - John William Jack, 83, passed away on August 27, 2016 at St. Peter’s Hospital. He was born on February 22, 1933 in Delhi, NY, the third child and only son of D. Herbert and Clara Amos Jack. He grew up on the Jack Family dairy farm at Fraser in the Town of Delhi.

John attended the local one-room school through fifth grade and then went to Delaware Academy, graduating in 1951. He participated in track and field and cross country and played important roles in several class plays. As a farm youth, he was very involved in many aspects of the family farm including 4-H club, annually exhibiting Guernsey cattle at county and state fairs. His father died when John was 14 years old, so upon high school graduation he entered a partnership with his mother in operating the family dairy.

It was through 4-H Club activities that John met the light of his life, Sally Edwards, also from Delhi. They married in August 1957 and lived on the family farm, while Sally completed her BA at Hartwick College, Oneonta. In 1959, they moved to Ithaca and John entered Cornell University where he received BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Economics. From 1963-65, he served on staff at Cornell. He then moved to Albany in 1965, when he was hired as a fiscal economist by the State of New York. In 1969-70, John received a National Institute of Public Affairs award to attend Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, receiving an MPA prior to returning to New York State government. In 1971, he moved to the NYS Department of Health as a research economist and worked there until his retirement in 1995.

During his years in Albany, John continued his involvement with university life, earning a Doctorate of Public Affairs from UAlbany, while working full-time. He placed a high value on living a life of service to others and expressed that by serving as adjunct faculty at the graduate programs of Union College and Russell Sage. As a long-time Colonie resident, he served 24 years on the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals following seven years on its Conservation Advisory Council.

History, genealogy and travel, domestic and international, were John's primary hobby interests, actively shared by his wife. Over several years, the Jacks visited all 50 State capitals. In addition, they visited more than 55 countries and seven continents. As part of his interests in family history and genealogy, John traced his Jack and Amos family ancestry to the very old Scottish town of Auchterarder. Several visits there were especially exciting and rewarding as that town’s historical society was able to locate very early Jack and Amos family records. Often, the Jacks were able to meet and become acquainted with long-lost relatives in Scotland, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

Upon retirement, John and Sally remained active in several areas. Both became Volunteer Ambassadors at the Albany International Airport as a way to remain in touch with a wide range of people, while providing a valued community service. John's other interests in his retirement years included planning and coordinating informal lunches of his high school class several times each year.

John was predeceased by his parents, D. Herbert Jack and Clara Amos Jack, and sister Eleanor Howard. In addition to his wife, Sally Edwards Jack of Colonie, he is survived by: his son, Kevin (Gina) Jack of Glenmont; daughter Karen (Andy) Ferguson of Dansville, NY; three granddaughters, Kate Ferguson, Jen Jack and Lauren Jack; his sister, Marion Stickney of Irondequoit, NY, and ten nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be 3 to 6 PM on Friday, Sept. 2 at the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road in Latham. The funeral service will be Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 am at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Woodland Cemetery in Delhi, NY on Monday at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, 46610 State Highway 10, Delhi, NY 13753


Linda L. Ogborn, 71, of Davenport, passed away early Saturday morning, July 16, 2016 at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on December 24, 1944 in Delhi, the daughter of the late Nelson E. and Pauline D. (Bouton) Burrows.

She was married to Kenneth N. Ogborn, a union that lasted for over 43 years.

Linda served Delaware County as Deputy County Clerk from 1976 until her retirement in 2001. She was also a wealth of historical knowledge regarding Delaware County. Linda enjoyed recording the historical facts and assisting with genealogy searches for various organizations in the area, including the Delaware County Historical Society. She also wrote a book entitled “In Their Own Words” which was about historical accounts of the Civil War from several local families in the area.

She enjoyed crafts, gardening and crocheting and the companionship of her dogs, Zeke and Pepe. Above all else Linda’s greatest joy was her family, she was a faithful wife, loving mother and proud grandmother and great-grandmother.

Linda was predeceased by two brothers: Harold and Gerry Burrows.

Besides her husband, Ken of Davenport, Linda is survived by her children: Timothy M. (Alex) Burrows of Rio Rico, AZ, Todd A (Kathy) Burrows of Montgomery, AL, Tammy Lynne Lum of New Berlin and Anthony M. Ogborn of Davenport; grandchildren: Marena, Ryan, Aaron and Kyle; great-grandson: Liam; a brother: Allan Richard (Lynda) Burrows of Cave Creek, AZ; sisters: Dawn Fay (Clive) Wart of Ft. Collins, CO and Dee (Rodney) Green of East Meredith; a special friend: Dale Ogborn and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 5-8PM on Tuesday, July 19 at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Delhi. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Bert More officiating. Burial will follow a Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.

Please visit Hall & Peet Funeral Home Website to share a condolence or story with the family.


from: Perkins Funeral Home, Dryden, NY

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on July 9, 2016 when, surrounded by his loving family, the Lord called his faithful servant, Bruce Leslie Lloyd, home. During his short stay at Cayuga Medical Center, friends and loved ones had time to visit him, reminisce, and say goodbye. Bruce was born May 28, 1933 in Albany, New York to the late Kenneth and Emily (Driggs) Lloyd. After graduating from Albany High School, he joined the Air Force and served in England. Upon his return he attended Albany Business College, where he met his future wife, Susanne “Bunny” Simpson. Bruce and Bunny were married September 21, 1957, and built a life-time of memories together while raising three children. Bruce was often heard to say having children was his greatest joy in life.

In 1962 Bruce moved his young family from the Albany area to Odessa and then the Dryden area when he accepted employment with Cornell University. It was an exciting time in the expanding computer industry, and Bruce became a pioneer in the field of computer science, developing programs and writing code. Many long nights and weekends were spent at Langmire Lab and in Day Hall as he worked to find and correct coding errors and develop and write new programs to help move the university into the next century. All his life Bruce led by example, putting his Lord first, his family second, and himself last. He and Bunny instilled a strong sense of community service in their children. Bruce was a Little League coach, Boy Scout leader, Army Reservist, member of the Sampson Air Force, member of the Dryden School Board, deacon and chairman of the Etna Baptist Community Church, member of the Dryden Kiwanis, 3rd Degree Mason with the Dryden Masonic Lodge #472 F & AM, and served as Dryden Town Justice. As Town Justice he earned the respect of local attorneys as well as the District Attorney and his staff, many of whom continued to greet him as "Your Honor" or "Judge" long after he retired. He loved officiating at marriage ceremonies, saying some things that come before a Town Justice can be hard to take, but the joy that comes with a marriage ceremony made up for that and more.

Bruce had a long time interest in Genealogy; his children joke about family trips that often included stops by old cemeteries and churches. More recently, he had pursued membership in the Mayflower Society, falling short by only two minor documents which his children provided to fulfill their father's wish.

Bruce was also an avid basketball fan (go ‘Cuse!) and enthusiastic player all his life. His skills made up for his stature, and he was a favorite at local pick-up games. In his 60’s he played on a Senior Olympics team, which medaled in the 1994 New York State competition. In retirement, Bruce and Bunny spent the colder months in Florida, where he continued his decades long hobby of metal detecting, combing beaches and playgrounds with a childhood friend.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife of almost 59 years, Susanne "Bunny" Simpson, his children Deborah (Alan) Teeter, Leslie Ann (Daniel) Richards, and Timothy (Karen Bruce) Lloyd; grandchildren Alexander and Abigail Teeter and Dylan and Emily Lloyd; and close friends C. Selvarajah, who was like a brother to Bruce, and his wife Elizabeth.

In respect for his wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private funeral service. A memorial service is planned for a later date. For those wishing to honor Bruce in some way, please consider donations in his name to the Dryden Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 397, Dryden or the Dryden Masonic Lodge #472, P.O. Box 315, Dryden, NY 13053.


Obituary from: Snyder Funeral Home Website

Dr. Catherine Gibson Havemeier, age 87 years, of Lancaster, passed away at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Born on May 25, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA., she was the daughter of the late John A. Gibson and Anna E. Culbert Gibson. She is survived by sons: Paul E. Oppenheimer, Jr., husband of Eileen W. Oppenheimer, John G. Oppenheimer, husband of Maria R. Oppenheimer, Peter S. Oppenheimer, husband of Christine N. Oppenheimer, daughter: Katherine M. Oppenheimer and five grandchildren: Jack, Stephen, William, Casey and Peter.

She was a 1950 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s in Education. She taught English and French throughout her career; teaching in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Wichita Kansas, as a professor at Wichita State University, and in Lancaster, PA for the School District of Lancaster. In 1987, she returned to school to earn her Doctorate in Philosophy from Temple University.

She was also a teacher of oil painting for Manheim Twp. Rec. from 1969-1975 and ran her own antique business, Three Blind Mice from 1971-2008.

In her retirement she volunteered for Operation Scarlet, a Chinese Shar-Pei dog rescue, donating many paintings for fundraising efforts, she worked as a copy writer for her son John’s website business, was an avid reader of English history and loved spending time with her cherished dogs.

We love you Mom, we’ll miss you and it has been a privilege to have you as our Mother and friend. Until we meet again…

A visitation will take place from 10 to 11 am, followed by the funeral at 11 am with The Rev. Barbara J. Sera officiating, on Tuesday, March 22nd , at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Interment in Landis Valley Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ORCA, 610 N. Lime St., Lancaster, PA 17602 or to Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601.


Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 11, 2015

Judy Josephson Schreiber, 79, of Valdosta, GA died March 9, 2015. Sympathy may be expressed at


Richard "Dick" Nesbitt, 78 died on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at home. He was born February 21, 1937 at home on the farm in Hobart, NY, the son of Bruce and Doris (Johnson) Nesbitt. He married Shirley (Skog) Nesbitt on October 22, 1955 in the Hobart United Methodist Church, Hobart, NY. A lifetime area resident Dick was Chief Lineman for 35 years for NYSE&G Company in Stamford, NY. A former Boy Scout Leader and FFA member, he was an avid motorcycle rider, hang glider, golfer, he loved to ski, kayak, hike and walk with his special dog Cookie. He put years into creating an extensive genealogy collection of his family's history. He was an officer at the Valley View Cemetery for many years. Poppy spent quality time with all his family and his family all knew he loved them. He is survived by his wife Shirley at home; daughter, Debbie (Don) Coager and son, Ricky (JoAnn) Nesbitt; sister Fay (Jim) Smith; sister-in-law Sue Skog; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Brooke (Dusty and Zoey) White, Kyle (Aislynn and Oliver) Coager, Dustin Nesbitt (Katie O'Leary), Nichole (Kyle, Brayden, Aubrey and Harper) Werderman and several nieces nephews and cousins. Memorial Services at the Hobart United Methodist Church and Burial at Valley View Cemetery, Roses Brook, South Kortright, NY will take place in the Spring, service time and place will be published at that time. Contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Society or Catskill Area Hospice. Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so online at Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home of Hobart, NY.


From: Zacharias Funeral Home Website

Mary Scott Cable was born on October 26, 1925 and passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2015 at Binghamton General Hospital. She is survived by her brother Graydon Scott and his wife Natalie and their children Anita and Christian. Mary is also survived by her loving daughter Elizabeth Griffin-Forkey and her husband Bryan and also by her devoted son Laurence Ray Cable and his wife Kathleen. She is survived by her grandchildren: Scott Griffin and his wife Valerie, Sanford Griffin and Catherine Elizabeth Cable; great grandchildren: Bailey Kay Cable, Gabriel D'Elia, Joseph D'Elia, Jake D'Elia, and their parents Sara and Joseph D'Elia; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary was predeceased by both her father, Graydon Scott, and mother, Elizabeth Scott, and her brother Neil Scott. Mary was also predeceased by her husband Laurence Cable who was the love of her life. She also lost her brother Curzon Scott and grandsons Matthew Laurence Cable and Daniel Ray Cable. Mary was a loving and giving human being as well as a devoted daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She expressed her love and devotion in numerous ways. Primary was her great love of her church and fellow parishioners. She was a subdeacon and often a reader during Christ Church's services. She served at countless church meals and in numerous church programs. She will long be remembered as a pillar of her community, serving in the Eastern Star and as a Matron twice. She served wherever needed as a member of the Historical Society. She held the position of Village Historian and helped many people search for their family roots. Mary was very active and loved to walk, visit with friends, and spend time with her family. She will be sorely missed by so many but now she will feel no pain, only joy as she is reunited with so many of her loved ones. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Christ Episcopal Church, 14 Monument St., Deposit, NY with the Rev. Daniel Jones, Sr. officiating. Friends may call at the church from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM time of service. Friends wishing may make memorial donations to the Flower Fund at Christ Church so that flowers will always be in the church. Arrangements are through Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY. Condolences may be expressed at Service:  Saturday, March 7, 2015 3:00 PM Christ Church 14 Monument St., Deposit, NY 


from December 21, 2013, The Daily Star

DELHI - Shirley Althea Houck, 87, died peacefully, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.

Born June 3, 1926, in East Branch, to Harold and Hazel (Baker) Schneider, Shirley graduated Hancock Central School and attended Albany State University, where she met Robert Merle Houck. They married Nov. 8, 1946, coming to Delhi (1947), living here the rest of their lives. Merle died July 4, 1985, leaving Shirley a widow for 28 years.

After Merle's death, Shirley went to work full-time at the Delaware County Treasurer's office, then worked part-time, until this year, in records management at the County Clerk's office, a job she loved.

Shirley devoted countless hours in preserving the history of Delaware County and the Village of Delhi. She wrote the narrative to "The Delhi Jacquard Coverlets" booklet (1982); edited (along with Ann Marie Garti and Hugh N. Riddell), "Delaware County's War Papers," published under the auspices of Delaware County Board of Supervisors and County Historical Association; was editor of "The Evolution of Delaware County New York Being a History of its Land," published for the 1997 County Bicentennial Celebration.

As Delhi Village Historian, Shirley was instrumental in the reprinting of "Civil War Record of the 144th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry," by James Harvey McKee, part of the Commemoration of Civil War Days in Delaware County (July 2-Aug. 13, 1994,) and was a proud contributor to "Honoring New York's Forgotten Soldiers: African Americans of the Civil War," by Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Hartwick College.

Shirley was named Delhi BPW Woman of the Year (1997); received the President's Award from the United States Colored Troops Institute (2005) for her contribution in research and preservation of African American families and Civil War soldiers of Delaware County, and received the Delaware County Historical Association's Award of Merit.

In 2001, the New York Planning Federation presented her with the Levine Award for Community Service for her dedication to the Village of Delhi, and also bestowed with Certificates of Appreciation and Recognition by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Delhi during her tenure as Village Historian.

Also predeceased were her parents; and sister, Anita Schneider.

A devoted mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, Shirley was always there for family.

Surviving are her son, Richard Houck; daughter, Linda Champlin, both of Downsville; four grandsons, (Robb, Joseph, Gary and Nick Champlin); two granddaughters, (Jamie Mabery and Crystal Houck); 10 great-grandchildren, (Melanie, Elizabeth, Connor, Gavin and Benson Champlin, Kayla and Travis Houck, Colin and Owen Ambrose and Chase Mabery); her sister, Lois, and husband, Lazell Petty, Worcester.

Visitation: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, Hall & Peet Funeral Home.

Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday, United Ministry. The Rev. Martha E. Vink, officiating. Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.

Contributions: Delaware County Historical Association; Heart of the Catskills Humane Society or The United Ministry, Delhi, appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Robert A. Peet.


Obituary From Website

KITTY "MISS KITTY" RANDOLPH (HILTON) OMAN February 2, 1939 ~ November 19, 2013 "Kitty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her." Kitty Oman, 74, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Nov. 19, 2013. She was born to John and Esther Hilton in San Bernadino, CA. After her mother died when Kitty was young, she was raised by her father and Nancy Carrigton Parker Hilton. Kitty grew up in Southern California before moving to Cathlamet, WA, where she married David Lee Oman in 1956. They moved to Vancouver in 1969 where she resided until her death. Kitty spent many years researching genealogy before publishing numerous books. Kitty is survived by daughters, Yvonne Larsen (Matthew) and Audrey Kearney (Keith); sister, Gwendolyn Hilton; along with six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by David; and son, Timothy. Remembrances may be sent to SW WA Humane Society.


Billings Gazette
Laura K. Seward
January 11, 2013

Laura K. Seward, 70. of Billings, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at RiverStone Hospice.

She was born March 19, 1942, in Forsyth to Melvin and Margaret Cross. She graduated from Forsyth High in 1960.

Laura married her husband of 52 years, Les Seward in 1961. They resided in Forsyth where she was a longtime day care provider until moving to Billings in 2004 where she worked as a caregiver in her daughter Lecia's day care/. She loved the kids she watched over the years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin; brothers Ken, David, and Steve, and nephew Randy. Laura is survived by her husband, Les; sons Kurt and Jeff; daughters Lecia and Cori; grandchildren Kyle and Jarod; mother, Margret; six brothers, and two sisters; along with numerous nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the staff at RiverStone Hospice for all of their help. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Federated Church in Forsyth. Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, Montana, 59101. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at through "Our Families."


Published in Daily Freeman on Oct. 5, 2012

George James Hendricks, Jr. MARGARETVILLE- George James Hendricks, Jr., 57, was called home to be with our Lord and savior on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.He passed away peacefully with his family around him and the pride and joy of his life, his sons, Nathaniel and Adam, at his side. George was a member of the Margaretville Fire Department for 38 years. He served as Fire Chief for five years and 16 years as an officer. He graduated from the Margaretville Central School in 1973. George loved the Catskill Mountains and was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. A forever member of 'Camp Whitetail'. He had a love for gardening and golf. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the town of Middletown for 35 years. He was also the historian for the town of Middletown and on the board of directors for the town of middletown Historical Society and chairman of the Old Stone Schoolhouse committee, amember of the 1975-76 Whoop-De-Doo committee, past Master of the New Kingston Valley Grange and a long time Elder of the Margaretville-New Kingston United Presbyterian Church. For 14 years George worked part-time for Kingdon Gould in Dry Brook and upon retirement worked for the New Kingston Animal Sanctuary. George leaves behind his beloved sons, Nathaniel and Adam Hendricks of Margaretville; His mother, Elizabeth(Betty) Hendricks of Margaretville; sister, Lori Ballard and her husband Ernest, of Denver-Vega Valley; nephew, Garrett Ballard of Margaretville; many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. His loyal dogs Turner, Bow, and Gunner, also survive. George was predeceased by his father, George Hendricks, Sr. Funeral services will be held on Sat. Oct. 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the New Kingston United Presbyterian Church, New Kingston, N.Y. Pastor Shirley Davis, officiating. Committal services will follow at the Margaretville Cemetery Annex, Margaretville, N.Y. Calling hours will be held on Friday Oct. 5, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory can be made to the Margaretville-New Kingston Presbyterian Church and the Margaretville Fire Department. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Hynes Funeral Home.


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Rose K. Beers, 72, of North Franklin passed away Monday December 26, 2011 at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta. She was born August 18, 1939 the only child of Hartford and Lillias (Webb) Walling. She graduated from Oneonta High School and received her Master's degree from SUNY Oneonta. Rose married James A. Beers in 1962. She was a Home Economics teacher at Margaretville Central School for several years. She also worked at the Delaware County Cooperative Extension in Delhi and then at the Oneonta Daily Star until her retirement. Most recently, Rose worked as a sales clerk at JC Penney's, Oneonta. Rose share a love of reading, animals and gardening and enjoyed a great love and knowledge of plants and flowers. She was a member of the Aldrich Baptist Church; the Defenders of Wildlife and many other animal protection organizations.

She was predeceased by her son, Paul John Beers in August 1990. She is survived by her son, James H. Beers of Margaretville; granddaughters, Julia and Sophia Beers; and great granddaughter, Olivia Beers born to Julia on November 12, 2011; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins including her niece, Denise Skovsende and her husband, Gary of North Franklin and her many special friends and the staff at Catskill Area Hospice who took care of her in her times of need.

A service to celebrate the life of Rose K. Beers will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM in the Aldrich Baptist Church with the Reverend Patricia Judd officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Memorial donations in Rose's memory may be made to the Aldrich Baptist Church, State Highway 28, Oneonta, New York 13820. Cards and condolences may be sent to her son, James H. Beers, PO Box 221, Margaretville, New York 12455.

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Ronald E. Ballard "RB," 83, of Roxbury, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Albany Medical Center, Albany. Ronald was born Aug. 27, 1928, in Torrington, Conn., the son of Edward Smith Ballard and Doris "Sims" Ballard. He married Flora Wright on Jan. 3, 1970, in Roxbury. Ronnie moved to Roxbury in 1937, and graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was the owner-operator of a salvage yard. He enjoyed post cards and antique cars. He also made artwork out of scrap metal for the Arts Group, family and friends. You may have seen him with a rake or other tool at Kirkside Park, just doing a little beautification, or at the local coffee shops catching up with friends. His quiet demeanor and love of others will be missed. He was a great historian. If you needed to know history you would call Ron Ballard. Ronald is survived by his wife of 41 years, Flora Ballard; brother, James Ballard, New Orleans; sisters-in-law, Patricia Snyder, Bonnie (Andrew) Curcurato, Marlene Wright; brothers-in-law, Earl Jr. (Barbara) Wright, Burr and Byron Wright; nieces, Barbara (David) Losee, Tricia (Richard) Davis, Evette (Ralph) Garofolo. He was predeceased by brothers, Richard and Frank; sisters, Roberta Weider and Linda; brother-in-law, Gerald L. Wright. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury, with the Rev. Richard Dykstra officiating. Burial will be in Roxbury Cemetery, Roxbury. In memory of Ronald E. Ballard donations may be made to the Roxbury Ambulance Fund. Published on November 11, 2011


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Shirley Mae Birling (nee Robinson) of Appleton passed away Friday, October 7, 2011 as a result of brain cancer. She was born on September 21, 1930 to Layne and Clara (Johnson) Robinson in Neenah, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage on October 29, 1949 to Richard P. Birling, who preceded her in death on June 23, 1981. Shirley is the mother of Paul L. Birling (Mary) of Iola, Linda L. Jacobson (Michael Cunniff) of Maine, David P. Birling (Marianne) of Appleton, the late Mark S. Birling (Katrina) of Neenah, Cynthia A. Krause (Mark) of Menasha, Bruce J. Birling (Diane) of Whitewater, and Layne L. Birling (Denise) of Cave Creek (Arizona). She is also survived by a brother, Wayne Robinson (Rita) of Menasha, and a sister, Joyce Tschirgi (Donald) of Neenah, as well as 16 grandchildren (Christopher, Bryan, Andrew, Jennifer, Sarah and Bradley Birling; David Winkler; Sarah Petoniak; Randy Jacobson, Brandon and Layne Krause, Abigail Wiley, Matthew and Jake Teusch, John Cunniff and Melissa Emanuel) and 13 great grandchildren (Brady, Brock, Anna and Chase Birling; Jake, Henry and Georgia Petoniak; Madilyn Jacobson; Carolyn and Avery Emanuel; Tucker and Bradley Collins; Hailey Swann). Shirley worked for many years at the Neenah School District, and then opened her own business, Thimbles, Thread and Gingerbread, in Neenah, and ultimately was employed by Guardian Life Insurance until her retirement. After retirement, Shirley lived in Arizona for a number of years before returning to Appleton in 2008. A celebration of Shirley's life will be held on Monday, October 10, 2011 from 4 PM until 8 PM at the funeral home. Family remarks will be shared at 4:30 pm with the celebration to continue until 8pm. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Shirley's name.



Alan MalzU.S.A.F., Retired Alan Malz, T/Sgt Retired U.S.A.F., age 80, of Phenix City, Ala. (formerly of Woodbridge Va.) passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2011 of pulmonary fibrosis.Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 26,1931, he is preceded in death by his wife, Joan Louise Duffy (1997); his parents, Charles J. and Beatrice E. (Mills) Malz, brothers Charles Kenneth and Donald Joseph Malz as well as his youngest daughter, Nadine Malz-Detar. He is survived by three children, Lorraine Fierstein and husband, Ray of Salisbury, Md., Eileen Jones and husband Joseph of Columbus, Ga. and Craig Malz of Phenix City, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Connie Malz of Fla.; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Duffy (Carrie), Amy Patrick (Max), Melissa Ensminger (Jordan) and Mary Thompson (Ashley); nine great grand-children; and 10 nieces and nephews who affectionately knew him as Uncle Ritchie.He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Ancient Order of Hibernians, (AOH), Washington Police Emerald Society among other organizations for a limited time. Active in his church he served as an usher and as a member of the finance committee, the St. Patrick School Board and the Lazarus Society Board of Directors being its President for 7 years. He operated the Lorton American Legion Club, Post 162, was twice the Post Commander of Post 162 and later in 2001/ 2002, he was the 17th District Commander of the Department of Virginia.A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Phenix City, Ala., Monday, August 8th. Alan Malz, T/Sgt. Retired USAF, is being flown to the Washington, D.C. area for a Memorial Service at Our Lady Of Angels Catholic Church, Woodbridge, Va. at 9:45 a.m. Friday, August 12th followed by an 11 a.m. graveside service with full Military Honors and burial with his wife in Quantico National Cemetery. The family invites friends of Alan's to join in a celebration of his life at the American Legion Post 162, Lorton, Va. from 12 to 3 p.m. that day.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of Alan Malz to the Lazarus Society at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Phenix City, Ala. This obituary was originally published in the News & Messenger (Woodbridge, VA).


from Find A Grave Memorial# 80058424
Created by: Donald Miller

Died March 11, 2011
Burial at Tahoma National Cemetery
Kent, King County Washington
USA Plot: Section E, Row B Site 63


Published on Courtney Funeral Home Website

Jane S. Flannery, beloved teacher and coach for generations of young women at Downsville Central School, died peacefully at home with her family on Saturday, October 2, 2010. She was 78.

Born in Cooperstown, New York on August 28, 1932 to Mary Malvina Terpening and Frederick Joseph Steele, Jane the eldest of two daughters; her younger sister, Mary Elizabeth Steele Setter, was born in 1934 and predeceased her in 1984. Jane's first cousin, Kenneth Atkins, with whom she was very close, predeceased her in 1985.

Jane grew up in Richfield Springs, New York, and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School. She continued her education at the State University of New York at Cortland, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1954. Later that year, Jane was hired as the physical education teacher at Downsville Central School. The principal who hired Jane at Downsville Central, Edwin Tillapaugh, had been her 8th grade English teacher at Richfield Springs.

In 1956, Jane married Thomas A. Flannery, a teacher at Downsville Central School. The Flannery's had four children; Patricia of Clinton, Massachusetts; Stephen of Hilton Head, South Carolina; Anne of Kansas City, Missouri; and Michael (daughter -in -law Caryl) of St. Louis, Missouri. Jane and Tom taught together at Downsville Central School until Tom's retirement in 1986. Jane retired from teaching and coaching in 1988. Jane and Tom were avid antique collectors as well as geneaology/ history enthusiasts in their 37 years of loving marriage. Tom predeceased her in 1994.

Jane coached girls' soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball at Downsville Central School. Coach Flannery was a mentor and role model for girls throughout her career, when girls' athletics were just gaining a foothold because of Title IX. Jane fought hard to win equality for her teams and her teams were very successful. In soccer, for example, from 1975 to 1985, Jane's teams won 8 Delaware Mountain League titles (7 consecutive, from 1975 to 1981), 3 Section IV Championships (1977; 1979; 1981), and 2 Section IV runner-ups. Her basketball team also won 5 Delaware Mountain League titles (1977-81; 1985), 3 consecutive Section IV championships (1977-1979) and a Section IV runner-up. In 1977-1978, her soccer, volleyball, and basketball teams were undefeated (50 and 0).

Jane and daughter Anne were both inducted into the NYSPHSAA Section IV Hall of Fame in 1996. On September 11, 2010, in a moving dedication ceremony organized by Downsville Board of Education President Dale Stone, the annual Downsville Central School preseason girls' soccer tournament was permanently named in Jane's honor.

Far more important to Jane than her teams' success on the field was her insistence that the young women she taught be prepared to succeed in higher education, their communities and life. She took great pride that her student athletes went on to successful careers, including many teachers, doctors, lawyers, and nurses. Above all , students of Jane Flannery understood that success on the field was only meaningful if it was accompanied by success and endeavor in education and community service. Jane was active in Downsville and the Town of Colchester as Town Historian, Election Supervisor, and Member of the Library board which she ran.

Jane was an avid sports fan. Her greatest passion, however, was soccer. After her retirement , she followed men's and women's soccer with great fervor. She attended numerous games for the 1999 and 2003 women's World Cups, and the 1994 and 2006 men's World Cup, including a month-long stay in Frankfurt, Germany in 2006. She also took several trips to England to attend Premier League games, including her favorite, Liverpool. At the time of her death, she was looking forward to returning to Germany to attend the 2011 women's world cup.

In addition to her four children, Jane is survived by her three beloved grandchildren, Joseph, Brian, and Sean Flannery of St. Louis, Missouri; sisters-in-law; Joan Atkins, Joan Flannery, Ann Flannery, Theresa Hoffman, Regina Flannery, Karen Flannery, and Margaret McGinnis, brothers-in-law; Michael Flannery and Glen McGinnis, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Friday, October 8, 2010, from 2PM to 4PM and 6PM to 8PM at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street, Walton, New York 13856. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 12 Noon at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Downsville with Rev. Thomas Connery Officiating. Burial to follow at Paige Cemetery, Downsville.

In Jane Flannery's memory, donations may be made to the Downsville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, C/O: Downsville Central School, P. O. Box J, Downsville, New York 13755 or Colchester Public Library, Friends of the Library, P. O. Box 256, Downsville, New York 13755.


Carol Joyce McCraw, 89, died on Tuesday January 19, 2010 at Alderson Convalescent Hospital in Woodland. Born on November 26, 1920 in Camden, New Jersey to Stanley and Lillian (Butcher) McCune, where she was raised and attended area schools through her graduation from high school. A resident of Yolo County for the past 56 years, Mrs. McCraw was employed as a legal assistant for over 40 years having worked for the Yolo County District Attorney, State of California Employment Department, and the Public Defender's Office prior to her retirement in 1984. A member of the Woodland Elks Lodge #1299,Yolo Fliers Club, and Girl Scout Leader for over 20 years, she is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Hoffman of Woodland; 3 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands Robert Hoffman, and Eugene Mc Craw, a son Bruce Hoffman, and a brother Bruce McCune. Memorial services will be scheduled for a later date, yet to be determined. Interment will follow services at the Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to either the charity of the donor's choice in her memory.


My name is Rusty, I am Teena's son. It is with great sadness that I inform you that Teena died of congestive heart failure on Sunday, June 27th. Thankfully, her sister Terry was with her. As many of you know, in December my mom had a heart attack and during a chest scan they found that her breast cancer of three years ago had spread to her lungs. She endured 6 hard months of chemotherapy. I know we will all miss her kind spirit and wonderful sense of humor, however we can be thankful that she is no longer held back by her or ailing body. As always, it was too soon and I wish we all had more time with her.

According to my mother's wishes she was cremated and no wake or funeral was held. Instead, later in the summer, her family will gather to celebrate her life and her ashes will be spread in her gardens and woods. In lieu of sending flowers, many people have asked what charity they can make a donation in her name. Her family agrees that both the Chestertown Historical Society, an organization that Teena spend a lot of time WORKING with and the Breast Cancer Society, are two organizations that meant a lot to Teena. Addresses can be found below.

As you can imagine my father, Roger is finding it hard to adjust without his wife of 38 years. Therefore, please call or email me if you have any questions.

This is a very sad time for all of us, but we know she's in a place free of pain and suffering.

Thoughtfully yours,

Ron (Rusty) Mueller
264 Pittstown Road
Pittstown NJ, 08867

Chestertown Historical Society
P.O. Box 34
Chestertown, NY 12817

Breast Cancer Society



Shirley A. Brownson Obituary(Archived)
BROWNSON, Shirley A. - Age 89, of Davison, died Monday, February 15, 2010 at Genesys Hospice, Goodrich, Michigan. A private family burial service will be.. (Full Obituary for Shirley Brownson at above web address)


Published in The Daily Star on 5/22/2010


John Rogers Whitney died Oct. 10, 2009, in Scotts Valley, CalifJohn R. Whitney

The son of Howard E. and Elizabeth (Rogers) Whitney, he was born in Baltimore on Feb. 8, 1931, and spent his early years in Lancaster and Montrose, Pa.

In 1948, he graduated from Franklin Central School in Franklin.

After a brief enrollment at Cornell University he enlisted in the Navy. A fire control technician, he served four years on the USS William C. Lawe, the flagship for the 14th Destroyer Squadron. The ships tours of duty extended above the Arctic Circle and around Cape Horn, South America, as well as to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Following his discharge in 1955, he attended California Polytechnic State University, graduating with a degree in mathematics in 1958.

That same year, he married Jane Mercedes McConnel, and then began his work at Canoga Park, Calif., with Rocketdyne, which designed and built the rocket engines that powered the Apollo missions to the moon. As manager of scientific computing, Mr. Whitney was in the forefront of technological innovations for Rocketdyne. It was through his guidance that the company transitioned from running computer programs for its aerospace engineers to permitting them to do their own programming.

When Rocketdyne acquired the IBM 360 System computers in the 1960s, Mr. Whitney mastered the system software and was the divisions chief software troubleshooter. He also mastered and taught classes in the IBM APL programming language when it came on the scene; and when the IBM PC appeared in the early 1980s, he learned the details of the operating system and acted as a consultant to division personnel. His associates held him in high regard. He retired in 1990.

His lifelong passion was poetry. He could recite many poems, and could appreciate even a single phrase in a poem that didn't particularly appeal to him otherwise. He also enjoyed golf and driving trips with his family.

Mr. Whitney is survived by his son, Howard E. Whitney (Elizabeth); stepsons Thomas McConnel (Diana), Jeff McConnel, and Jon McConnel (Julie); five grandchildren, John Peter Whitney (Janelle), Irene Whitney, Ben McConnel, Krystal McConnel and Gary Stetson; great-grandchildren, Grace Whitney and Isaac Whitney; two sisters, Jane Whitney Jaegerman (Robert), and Sally Whitney Goodfellow; four nephews and four nieces; 12 great-nieces and nephews; and longtime friends, Carl and Jean Bohman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, in 2002; and his brother, Thomas Whitney in August 2009.

Mr. and Mrs. John Whitney's ashes as well as Tom Whitney's ashes have been interred in side-by-side graves in Ouleout Valley Cemetery on Route 357, Franklin. Friends are invited to join family members for an informal gathering to share memories at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the cemetery.


Published in The Daily Star on 12/29/2007

DELHI _ Collin Eric Haight, 23, of Delhi, was killed in a tragic farming accident Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, in York. Born Aug. 12, 1984, in Cooperstown, son of John and Lois (Hebbard) Haight, Collin was employed as herdsman for Donnan Farms Inc. of York.

Collin was known for his ability to connect with people and his relentless pursuit of his goals. He graduated with honors as salutatorian from Delaware Academy with the class of 2003. While at Delaware Academy, Collin was a member of the National Honor Society and served as its vice president for 2002-2003; was senior class president and member of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills. He was also a member of the track team and the Class C state champion football team of 2001. Always a determined scholar, Collin graduated with honors from Cornell University in May of 2007 with a bachelor's degree in science. While attending Cornell, Collin was a rare triple major of applied economics and management, animal sciences, and crop and soil sciences. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, the Cornell Dairy Fellows and the Cornell Republicans Association. He greatly enjoyed his interactions with his housemates and friends in Ithaca at 202 Eddy Street and his fraternity brothers at AGR.

Collin was known for his passion and depth of knowledge across a variety of subjects, including family history, agriculture, geography, U.S. presidents and history of Delaware County. He frequently made spontaneous visits to local friends and family, engaging them in lively conversations about politics, history, economics and his master plan. He was a firm believer that agriculture has a future in the region, and he was committed to playing a role in realizing that vision. A lifelong researcher of countless subjects, Collin also enjoyed photography and the study of maps.

Family was of utmost importance to Collin. He was the author of a complete history of the Haight family entitled, "The Haight Family, 1628 - 2002" and was in the process of composing a similar work for the Hebbard family, which Collin had planned to distribute to his family members at a reunion in the summer of 2008.

During his summers and college breaks, Collin enjoyed his employment at various local businesses, including the Catskill Watershed Corporation, Northern Eagle Beverages as well as several local farms, including Ce-Car Farm, Clark Farms, Sco-Gail Farm, Rocky Crest Holsteins, Headwater Holsteins, Elmdale Farm and Ridgecrest Farm (of Genoa).

Collin was also a member of the United Ministry of Delhi and the Sons of the American Legion (Donald W. Gleason Post 190, Delhi). In June of 2002, he attended the American Legion Boys State as the representative from Delaware Academy. He was a firm believer in conservatism and often recalled favorite quotes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" and, "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both" _Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Collin is survived by his parents, John and Lois Haight, of Delhi; a brother, Seth, and his wife, Erin, and their children, Alexander, Owen and Charles Haight, all of Oneonta; grandparents, Donald and Kathleen Haight and Pauline Hebbard, all of Davenport; several aunts, uncles and cousins, Aunt Eleanor Gardner, Uncle Eric Haight and wife, Claudia, and their children, Chelsea, Lucas and Sarah Haight of Davenport; Aunt Donna Valentine and her children, Amy and Mark (Jennifer) Valentine of Pennsylvania; Aunt Melanie and Doug Wolk and son, Austin, of Spencerport, Aunt Phyllis O'Connell and her children, David (Linda) Adair, Marc (Lori) Adair and Susan (Richard) Spagnuolo, all of New Jersey; Uncle Joseph Cody and sons, Michael and Christopher, all of Brewster.

He is predeceased by his grandfather, the late Herbert D. Hebbard and Aunt Margaret Hebbard Cody. Calling hours will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, and from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 30, at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi, where Collin's fami1y will be in attendance. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at the United Ministry, Delhi, with the Rev. Lisa Heckman officiating. A reception for friends and family will be held at the Delhi American Legion immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial scholarship fund being established in honor of Collin at Delaware Academy & Central School, Attention Nancy Hein, 2 Sheldon Drive, Delhi, NY, 13753. Arrangements are by the MacArthur Funeral Home of Delhi.


from Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - November 22, 2005

WALTON - Gary Lee Cady, 61, of Walton passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City.

Gary was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Clinton, Iowa. In 1972, Gary moved to Walton with his family from Staten Island.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Garrison Cady; and his mother-in-law, Jeannette Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Lee and Richard; grandson, Tyler; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Lois Cady; his father-in-law, Edgar Van Buren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Vitus and Anne Haggenmiller; sister-in-law, Sandi Van Buren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Martin and Margie Van Buren; brother-in-law, Michael Van Buren; and several nephews.

In his youth, he was very involved in the Boy Scouts and achieved their highest ranking of Eagle Scout.

As a student, he was an outstanding baseball, softball and basketball player. He remained a sports fan his whole life. Gary loved Delaware County and the country lifestyle. He enjoyed many outdoor activities and played league basketball and softball, as well as coaching Pee Wee football for many years.

After attending Wagner College, he joined the Air Force, serving in Vietnam.

He worked at Morgan Guarantee Trust in New York City before moving to Walton, where he worked in banking, then real estate.

Gary had been active in the Democratic Party, serving as Delaware County Clerk for the past 12 years.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clark, Winter and Courtney Funeral Home on Townsend Street, Walton.

The service will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at the Riverside Alliance Church, 110 Stockton Ave., Walton, with the Rev. Bert More officiating, followed by burial in the Walton Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, (PKD) 9221 Ward Parkway Suite 400, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at


PALM BAY, Fla. - Paul Sylvester Cerquoz, 80, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2005.

Paul was born in East Branch and resided in Unadilla for many years until he moved to Florida in 1982.

Paul spent many years in Boy Scouts and worked with the Delaware County Genealogy and History site compiling his family history.

His survivors include his present wife, Virginia Cerquoz; two children, Patricia Ferrara of Sidney and Robert Cerquoz of Chesapeake, Va.; sister-in-law, Jean Cerquoz of Chugwater, Wyo.; brother-in-law, Richard Hartwell of Lakeland, Fla.; daughter-in- law, Lorrie Koch of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many beloved friends.

His mother, Arretta Cerquoz, brother, Lloyd Cerquoz and first wife, Eileen Cerquoz, preceded Paul in death.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sidney Historical Museum.

A memorial will be held in Highlands Cemetery, Sidney Center, at a time to be determined.


Arretta Lee Early passed away at her home in Downsville on April 17, 2005. She was born on Jan. 20, 1929, in Binghamton, the daughter of John L. and M. Marguerite (Forester) Lee.

She was married in Hancock, on June 12, 1953, to Loren Early of East Branch.

Survivors include three sons, Kyle Early, and his wife, Elizabeth of Downsville; Craig Early of Downsville and Curtis Early and his wife, Kayla, of Missouri, as well as five grandsons, Brandon, Joshua, Erik, Aaron and Loren Early. She is also survived by two sisters, Bertha Jenson of Deposit and Vivian Leonard and husband, Gerald, of Hancock; three brothers, Corbett Lee and wife, Joan of Milton, Fla.; Orvile Lee and wife Vicki of Windsor and Burt Lee and wife Frances of Deposit. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Maurice Early and wife, Mary Ellen; a sister-in-law, Katherine Cochran; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preeceased by her husband, Loren, in June 1994, and a brother, Earl Lee, of Afton in March 2002.

Arretta was a member of the Colchester Community Church and a past matron of Chehocton Chapter 327 Order of the Eastern Star. Her employment included assistant clerk of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors from 1965 to 1981, and clerk of the board unitl her retirement in 1991.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Home in Hancock. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Colchester Community Church of Downsville or to Catskill Area Hospice, 116 Main St., Delhi, NY 13753. Calling hours will be on Friday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Rev. John Wall will officiate.

Obituary from the Daily Star, Oneonta, NY, March 1, 2005

ONEONTA - Mary S. Briggs, 90, of Oneonta died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. She was born Jan. 4, 1915, in Rye, the daughter of Fredrick J. and Mary E. (Gregory) Selzer. She married the late Harry L. Briggs on April 16, 1938. Born and raised in Rye, Mary graduated from Rye High School in 1932, State Normal School in 1935 and State University College at Oneonta in 1963. She taught in Davenport Center, Milton School in Rye and at Charlotte Valley Central School, retiring in 1976. For more than 20 years, Mr. and Mrs. Briggs operated a poultry farm, shipping chickens to the Virgin Islands at one point. They also raised turkeys. They owned and operated the Feather & Screen, where they sold gifts, televisions, chickens and eggs and ran a bakery. Mary traveled extensively within the United States as well as to many other areas outside the United States including: Alaska/Pribloff Islands, Maritime Provinces of Canada, British Columbia, South America and the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Moorea, New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea, Figi and Hawaii. She served as town of Davenport historian from 1973 until 2001 and published eight books on local history. Memberships included the Davenport United Methodist Church, Davenport Historical Society, New York State Municipal Historian Association, New York State Historical Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Honoring Mary's wishes, she was cremated and there will be no services. There will be a graveside service for family at their convenience at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to Davenport United Methodist Church, in care of Joanne Fisher, PO Box 204, Davenport, NY 13750 or Davenport Historical Society, PO Box 88, Davenport Center, NY 13751. Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Davenport.


CAMILLUS - Donald G. Palmer, 66, of Camillus died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Oneonta, on April 8, 1937, he was the son of Clarence Edward Palmer and Agnes Mae Eckert. He lived in central New York before moving to Camillus 10 years ago.

Mr. Palmer was a graduate of Franklin High School and Delaware Literacy Institute. A truck driver for ABF Freight Systems in Syracuse for more than 35 years, he retired in 1998. He was most recently employed by Reserve Supply in East Syracuse for six years.

A member of Syracuse-Geddes Microd and Quarter Midget Club, Mr. Palmer was an avid genealogy enthusiast and enjoyed collecting antiques. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his camp on Duck Lake.

Mr. Palmer is predeceased by his son, Timothy Guice; brother, Clarence Palmer Jr.; and sister, Barbara Palmer.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Updike Ferguson; daughters, Christina "Sam" Palmer of Solvay, Mina Caci of Weedsport, Tonya Palmer of Syracuse, and Donella Rumbaugh of Texas; sons, Seth Palmer of Syracuse, Sean Palmer of Clay, and Randy Guice of Arizona; stepson, Andrew Ferguson of Camillus; brother, John Palmer of Masonville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus, with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Jankowiak officiating. Friends may call preceding the funeral from 4 to 7 p.m.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088-6148 or to Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York, Inc., 120 Madison St., MONY Tower II, Suite 900, Syracuse, NY 13202.


Allan Lloyd Davidson, a resident of Walton, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. He was 78.

Born October 23, 1925, in Bovina, he was the son of Fletcher and Lois Ormiston Davidson. He married Patricia Despaw on April 14, 1954, in White Plains. She predeceased him in 1987.

A 1943 graduate of Delaware Academy, he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He worked as a union electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, based in Binghamton.

Surviving are his children, Brenda Madriz of Escondido, CA, Bruce Davidson and wife Sue of Scranton, PA, Cindy Davidson of Walton, Mary Jane Davidson and her husband, Roger Gray, of Walton, Michael Davidson and wife Kelly of Grand Rapids, MI; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Edward Davidson of San Diego, CA, and Richard Davidson of Chula Vista, CA.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 14, at the Walton United Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. James F. Martin officiating. Burial will be in the spring.

Friends may call this evening, February 13, from 6-8, at the MacArthur Funeral Home in Delhi.

from the Delaware County Times - February 13, 2004


Charles R. LaFever, a lifelong resident of Bovina and its former town Supervisor, died Saturday, January 24, 2004, at O'Connor Hospital in Delhi. He was 72.

Born August 27, 1931, in Delhi, he was the son of Benson A. and Anna Bell Barnhart LaFever. He attended school in Bovina and graduated from Delaware Academy in Delhi in 1949. He married Leona M. Edwards on August 29, 1950.

For more than 40 years he worked as a heavy equipment operator with LaFever Excavating in Bovina, retiring in 1994. He also ran a television and radio repair service for many years and operated the local cable service in the hamlet of Bovina.

He began his work in local government in the early 1970s when he became a member of the Bovina Town Planning Board. In 1975, he was elected town councilman, and two years later he was elected supervisor. He served for 12 terms, a total of 24 years, and, at his retirement in 2001, he had the distinction of being Bovina's longest-serving supervisor. At the time of his death he was the town historian.

During his tenure, he worked hard to keep Bovina's post office functioning in the community. He also worked to get federal and state funding for town projects, including a major upgrade of the town's water system.

At the county level, he served as vice-chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and was chairman of the Public Works Committee for many years. As chairman of the committee he helped to establish the county's recycling and composting facility. He was also on the board of the Coalition of Watershed Towns, and, at his death, was serving on the board of directors of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

In addition to his work and public service, he had a variety of interests. He soloed as a pilot before he had a driver's license, and earned his pilot's license in his early 30s, flying single engine planes for many years. He was an avid ham radio operator and received his license for that endeavor in the 1970s. He enjoyed tinkering, figuring out how things worked and using creative means to repair things when they didn't. He found pleasure in caring for his property, chugging around on his John Deere lawn tractor and watching the antics of his cats, Rufus, Rusty and Fred, and the neighbor's dogs, Lili and Mimi.

He was a lifelong member of the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, the Delhi Masonic Lodge and a charter member of the Bovina Historical Society. He also held membership in the Bovina Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Leona; his daughters, Susan Hughes and her husband Gary of Schenectady and Diane LaFever and her companion, Warren J. Avis of Kingston; his son, C. Raymond LaFever of Cohoes; two grandsons, Patrick and Adam Hughes of Schenectady; two brothers, Howard LaFever and his wife Laura of Polk City, FL, and George LaFever and his companion, Valerie Weinmann, of DeLancey; an uncle, Sylvan LaFever of Woodbine, MD; several nieces nephews and cousins, and his dear friends and neighbors, Brian And Marcia Olenych of Bovina.

Funeral services were held January 27 from the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Scott A. Conrad officiating. Burial will be in Bovina Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice.

Arrangements are by the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi.


BOVINA - John Wilbur Barlow died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, following a brief decline in health beginning on Saturday, Aug. 30, following the celebration of his 75th birthday on Aug. 29. Born in 1928, as the second son of Howard and Myrtle (Hall) Barlow, John graduated from the A.L. Kellogg School, and married Thelma Warren on Sept. 17, 1950, in Treadwell. John and Thelma were farmers initially on Tupper Hill out of Treadwell, moving to the Chas. H. Lee farm in Bovina in 1957.

Following the sale of the cattle in 1986, John continued to maintain the Lee Hollow residence as a place of beauty for anyone fortunate enough to visit or drive by.

He was on the Bovina Town Board for two terms. John worked at Delhi Tech and was a Delaware Opportunities driver for several years following his retirement from active farming, but always continued to support any person who maintained an active farm.

Bowling, reading, being an active member of the Bovina Presbyterian Church, where he served two terms as a trustee, and communicating and visiting his children and grandchildren kept John's spirit younger than his age.

Survivors include John's wife, Thelma, of 53 years; children, Dale (Rita Lashley) Becea, Ky., and Peter (Gayle Monaghan) Taos, N.M.; grandchildren, Gabriel, Morgan and Brooke; brothers, Ralph and Roger.

John's parents, his older brother, Robert, and an older sister, Eleanor, predeceased him. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service celebrating John's life will be conducted by the Rev. Bert More at the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, Bovina Center, on Oct. 2, 2003, at 1 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. The family requests donations be made to the Delaware Opportunities in the absence of flowers. Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.


Connelly B. VanValkenburgh, 80, of Sidney, passed away Friday, April 4, 2003, at his home. He was born December 1, 1922, son of the late Wesley J. and Evelyn (Scudder) VanValkenburgh in Halcott Center, N.Y. Connelly graduated from Sidney High School and 40 years later received his Associates degree in Electrical Engineering from Broome Tech. He served his country as a paratrooper in the United States Army during WWII. Connelly married Daisy Sites on June 24, 1942 in Masonville, N.Y. He worked at Scintilla for several years, then left to work his father's farm in East Masonville. In 1961 he went to work for the Sidney Central School District, and retired in 1984 as Superintendent of Building and Grounds. After retiring, Connelly enjoyed WORKING his large vegetable garden and WORKING on genealogy. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sidney and the Southern Tier Genealogical Society. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Daisy, Sidney; daughter, Julie Vogt, Sidney; granddaughter, Victoria and James Hutchison, Hinesville, Ga; grandson, Arthur Vogt, Denver, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Audrey, Brittany, and Madeline Hutchison; and several cousins.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral chapel. Rev. David Masland, Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Sidney, will officiate. Burial will be in Masonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Emergency Squad.

from the April 7, 2003 issue of the Press & Sun-Bulletin, published at Binghamton, NY


James M. Bartz, 77, died of heart failure on Friday, July 6, 2001 at his home in Fern Park, Fla. He was born April 21, 1924 in Sidney Center, N.Y., son of Jacob and Marjorie (Brown) Bartz. A 1942 graduate of Sidney High School, he served in the Army Air Force, 1943 to 1946. On June 26, 1948, James was united in marriage to Maxine Cronauer, the daughter of Ellis A. and Dorothea (Brinkman) Cronauer. James earned a BA from Hartwick College, a Masters from SUNY Oneonta, and studied at the Westminster Theological Seminary. An ordained Methodist Clergyman, Rev. Bartz served several churches in The Wyoming Conference. Later, James was a Guidance Counselor at Mt. Upton and Afton Schools. In 1980 James and Maxine moved to Orlando, Fla. where he was employed at the Orlando Regional Medical Center until his retirement in 1999. He belonged to the Asbury United Methodist Church in Maitland, Fla., and was a member of the Susquehanna Afton Lodge #167 F.&A.M. He joined the Afton Fire Department, the Bainbridge Emergency Squad and helped establish the Schenevus Maryland Emergency Squad. In addition to his wife, Maxine, James is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Judith (Edwyn) Simon, Alane (Phillip) Strong, Ellen (Richard) Jordan, Susan (Mark) Williams, and Jonathan Maisey; brothers Harold and Ernest; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law; also cousins, nieces and nephews. Daughter, Cynthia Maisey, predeceased him in 1999. The family will be in attendance at the C.H. Landers Chapel, Sidney, 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday July 27. The memorial service will be on Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at the Bainbridge United Methodist Church. Interment follows at Ouleout Cemetery, Franklin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Orlando Regional Healthcare Foundation, Acct.#2040, 1414 Kuhl Ave., Orlando, Fla. 32806. Arrangements by C.H. Landers, Inc., 21 Main St., Sidney, N.Y.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on July 24, 2001


Leslie Howland from Patricia Wright -- Les and his wife Dorothy contributed much information to the Delaware County History website. I visited my mother, Florence Howland Cable and she gave me a box with many family items in it. This picture is of her cousin, Leslie Edgar Howland, as a young man (Les Howland, born June 1927 and died 17 Mar 2001 in California) His parents were Thomas "Knox" Howland (Brother to my grandfather, Edwin Robert Howland) and Helen Anne Leslie. (Helen's parents were James W. Leslie and Jane Nichols).

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