Mourner’s filled the Bettiol Theater to say goodbye to Eugene Bettiol, Sr., the foremost developer of Southside, who passed away Saturday Dec. 2 at age 85. Speakers included State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Joseph Pondolfino, Jeanie Scarzafava, and Gene’s grandchildren. Music was provided by John Thompson. At right, Huemac Garcia and wife Suzanne give their condolences to Betty Bettiol, Gene’s widow in the receiving line following the service. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Foster Lloyd Brown, SUNY Oneonta professor and best-selling college textbook author, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, of complications following heart surgery. He was 86.
He was born May 26, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., the eldest of three children of Durward B. Brown, a Methodist minister, and Dorothy Rine Brown, an author. Upon graduation from Shinnston High School in 1949, he served in the Navy.
Degrees included a bachelor’s in botany from West Virginia University; a master’s in plant physiology, also from WVU; and a doctorate in statistics from Cornell University, with post-doctoral research at the Imperial College London.
His co-authored book, “Statistical Concepts,” published by Harper & Row, became the world’s best-selling paperback textbook on statistics, according to the publisher.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10
OPEN HOUSE – 3-5 p.m. Holiday event featuring baked goods, refreshments, a performance by Gerry Falco, Steve Fabrizio & Friends. Also collecting non-perishable items for the food pantry & Susquehanna Animal Shelter. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. Call 607-436-9974 or visit www.facebook.com/St-James-Manor-Retirement-Community-394485027409541/
MEET & GREET – 3-5 p.m. Congressional Candidate Patrick Ryan presents a brief outline of his positions, followed by Q&A session, followed by a meet&greet with the public. Free, space limited. Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. RSVP, 607-547-7011 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ONEONTA – Helen “Hedy” M. Warncke, 90, a retired educator, died Dec. 8, 2017, in Oneonta.
She was born in 1927 in Stroudsburg, Pa., the daughter of Carl and Esther Ainpac.
She worked in the Media Center at Greater Plains Elementary School and at the Instructional Resource Center in the Technical Services Area at SUNY Oneonta, retiring in 1994.
Laurie Layman, Cherry Valley, right, and Jackie Graves, Oneonta, left, helps Jaden Lee, Oneonta, front, make a star-shaped yarn ornament at the volunteer with Jail Ministries of Otsego County’s third annual Angel Tree Christmas Party at St. Mary’s in Oneonta this afternoon. The event, for children who have an incarcerated parent, features tables of crafts for youngsters to make for their families, a gift selection table, free mittens and scarves, Bible teachings and holiday cookies. Seventeen local organizations participated. Each family that attended was given a $50 food voucher for a turkey with all the trimmings. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), previewed Thursday’s presentation by Dr. Gerald Benjamin, “County Manager v. County Executive.”
ONEONTA – Alexandrina Fonseca, 101, for many years a seamstress in New Bedford, Mass., who moved here to be near family, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 14, 1916, in New Bedford, Mass., the daughter of Edward and Alexandrina (Aguiar) Vieira.