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In Memoriam

William J. “Bud” Brennan, 85; Lifelong Dairy Farmer Cared For His Animals

IN MEMORIAM:  William J. ‘Bud’ Brennan, 85;

Edmeston Dairy Farmer Cared For His Animals

EDMESTON – Dairyman William J., “Bud”, Brennan, 85, of Edmeston passed away peacefully Sept.  18, 2018, at Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin.

Bud was born on Feb. 12, 1933, a son of the late William and Katherine Brennan. He was a selfless dairy farmer who thought of his animals as his family.

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Beatrice ‘Betty’ Ford, 98; N.J. Native Great-Grandmother Of Three

IN MEMORIAM:  Beatrice ‘Betty’ Ford, 98;

N.J. Native Great-Grandmother Of Three

UNADILLA – Beatrice W. “Betty” Ford, 98, a longtime resident of Unadilla and great-grandmother of three, passed away on Sat. Sept. 15, 2018 at the Fox Nursing Home.

Betty was born on Oct. 23, 1919, in Newark, N.J., the only child of William and Margurrite Williams.

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Wayne Brownell, 66; Machinist, Contractor Worked In Pa.

IN MEMORIAM: Wayne Brownell, 66;

Machinist, Contractor Worked In Pa.

EDMESTON – Wayne Brownell, 66, a machinist and contractor who ended his career working for a fracking company in Pennsylvania, passed away on Sept. 11, 2018, at his home in Edmeston.

Wayne was born on May 11, 1952, in New Berlin,  the son of Max JR and Bernice Brownell. He spent most of his childhood in the New Berlin area. Wayne attended New Berlin and South New Berlin schools.

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Mary (Hebbard) Monroe, 84, Oneonta; Co-Owner Of Bookhout Funeral Home
IN MEMORIAM

Mary (Hebbard) Monroe, 84, Oneonta;

Co-Owner Of Bookhout Funeral Home

ONEONTA – A graveside service for Mary (Hebbard) Monroe is 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Glenwood Cemetery in Oneonta.  Mrs. Monroe died Friday, Sept. 7, at Fox Nursing Home, nine days short of her 85th birthday, from complications of COPD.

She was predeceased on Oct. 7, 2016, by her husband David Monroe; the couple co-owned Bookhout Funeral Home.

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Steven Mednansky, 89; Korean Era Veteran, Amphenol Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Steven Mednansky, 89;

Korean Era Veteran, Amphenol Retiree

LAURENS – Steven Mednansky, 89, of Laurens, a Korean Era veteran and Amphenol retiree, passed away on September 13, 2018 at his home.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1929, in Burlington, Conn., a son of the late Paul and Eva (Kovacovic) Mednansky. He was a graduate of Laurens Central School.

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Harriet Hegeman, 95; Survivors Include Oneonta Attorney

IN MEMORIAM: Harriet Hegeman, 95;

Survivors Include Oneonta Attorney

CLAVERACK – Harriet B. Hegeman of Claverack, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, 2018, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, in the gentle embrace of her daughter and son-in-law. She was 95.

Survivors include Oneonta attorney Thomas Hegeman, a stepson.

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Harold Berry, Jr., 76; Operated Stone Business In Westville

IN MEMORIAM: Harold Berry, Jr., 76;

Operated Stone Business In Westville

Harold Berry Jr. at his Westville stoneworks.

WESTVILLE – Harold John Berry, Jr., whose business in Westville sold bluestone, fieldstone and other stone products, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2018, in his office at the stone yard. He was 76.

Born Oct. 16, 1941, at Montclair Community Hospital in Montclair, N.J., Harold was the son of Harold John and Helen (Pontus) Berry, living first in West Orange and later in Wayne, N.J.

After graduating from Wayne Valley High School, Harold enlisted in the Army and served his country with Battery B, 7th Guided Missile Training Battalion. He later served in the Army National Guard of New Jersey until February 1965.

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Charles Henness, 54; Morris Fire Chief For Past Two Years

IN MEMORIAM: Charles Henness, 54;

Morris Fire Chief For Past Two Years

Charles Henness Sr.

MORRIS – Charles D. Henness Sr., 54, Morris fire chief for the past two years,  passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

Charlie was born in Oneonta, the son of Theron and Shirley (Wood) Henness.

Charlie lived in Morris, with his fiancé, Lisa Squires, in his home that he often enjoyed working on with his family.

He enjoyed woodworking and tinkering on cars in his spare time and will be well-remembered for his sarcasm and for always telling it like it was, whether you liked it or not.

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Karl Dykstra, 57; Built Homes In Cooperstown Area

IN MEMORIAM: Karl Dykstra, 57;

Built Homes In Cooperstown Area

Karl Dykstra

COOPERSTOWN – Karl Dykstra, a local contractor who built many fine homes in the Cooperstown area, passed away Monday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2018, at Bassett Hospital. He was 57.

Born July 28, 1961, in Suffern, he was one of six children of Fred and Fernande “Nonnie” (Deligny) Dykstra.

Karl was a strong and loving husband and father. He made family gatherings memorable with his wonderful sense of humor and antics. Karl’s hobbies included fishing, camping and golf. He enjoyed skiing with his children in winter and evenings on his boat with family in the summer.

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