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In Memoriam

Lawrence Heldman, 86; SUNY Oneonta Professor

IN MEMORIAM

Lawrence Heldman, 86;

SUNY Oneonta Professor

Lawrence Heldman

ONEONTA –  Lawrence John Heldman, Ed.D., a SUNY Oneonta professor active in community life, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home.

Larry was born Feb. 10, 1932, to Arthur Charles and Mary Patterson Heldman in Yonkers, the eldest of their five children. He attended Yonkers schools and graduated from Cortland State Teachers College (SUNY Cortland) in 1953.

He served in the Army’s 516th Signal Corps during the Korean War, and was awarded the Medal of Military Merit.

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Elena Doyle, 71; Premier Pastry Chef

IN MEMORIAM

Elena Doyle, 71;

Renown Pastry Chef

Elena Doyle

EAST MEREDITH – Maria Elena “Elena” Doyle, 71, who owned Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta,  died peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born in Queens, NY, daughter of Silvio Ghianda and Mary (Gerolamo) Ghianda, Elena moved to East Meredith in 1989. A long-standing member of the Oneonta business community, she owned and operated Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta, NY for more than 20 years and was one of the area’s premier wedding caterers.

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Walter E. Brooks, 84; Civic Leader Owned Brooks Machine Products
IN MEMORIAM

Walter E. Brooks, 84; Civic Leader

Owned Brooks Machine Products

Walter E. Brooks

UNADILLA – Walter E. Brooks, 84, a civic leader and owner of Brooks Machine Products, a custom-machined parts company here, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2018.  His wife Edna, son Brad and Pastor (ret.) Kip Stratton were by his side.

Walt was born on Oct. 25, 1933, in Afton, son of (pre-deceased) Fay and Ruth (Decker) Brooks.

He served in the Air Force in 1952-56, during the Korean War, then joined GE, working in Shelbyville, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Dennis R. Hill, 68; Butternuts Highway Superintendent

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis R. Hill, 68;

Butternuts Highway Superintendent

Dennis R. Hill

GILBERTSVILLE – Dennis R. Hill, 68, of Gilbertsville, the Town of Butternuts highway superintendent, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Dennis was born in Sidney, the son of Robert and Esther (Lamphere) Hill.

He enjoyed being a member of the Gilbertsville Rod & Gun Club and was a previous member of the Gilbertsville Fire Department.

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Joseph A. Eccles, 73; Retired To County From Long Island

IN MEMORIAL: Joseph A. Eccles, 73;

Retired To County From Long Island

COOPERSTOWN – Joseph A. Eccles, 73, who retired to the Cooperstown area after 30 years with UPS, died Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Bassett Hospital in the company of his loving family.

Born in Glen Cove, L.I., he grew up in Glen Head and graduated from North Shore High School in the Class of 1962. He enlisted in the Army in 1965, serving his country until 1971. He married Ellen Wapniarski in Westbury in 1987. They moved to the Cooperstown area in 2000, residing on Route 80, Town of Otsego.

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Carl L. Hughes, 76; Ran One Of Last Farms In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Carl L. Hughes, 76;

Ran One Of Last Farms In Oneonta

ONEONTA – Carl L. Hughes, 76, a lifelong farmer, passed away April 13, 2018 at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

He was born Dec. 2, 194,  in Oneonta, the son of Abram and Ermal Ruby (McLean) Hughes.

He married Marguerite Hollenback, on April 29, 1967, in Worcester.

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Funeral Service Set For Freda Shultis, 94

Funeral Service Set For Freda Shultis, 94

Freda Shultis

ONEONTA – A graveside service for Freda “Fritz” Beliles Shultis 94, who died Dec. 16, 2017 will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.

Following the service there will be an open house at 40 Walnut St. until 2 p.m. with parking in The Main Street Baptist Church parking lot.

Arrangements are entrusted with Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.

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William G. Ronk, 71; Retired Major Led Cooperstown Vet Post

IN MEMORIAM:  William G. Ronk, 71;

Retired Major Led Cooperstown Vet Post

William Ronk

HARTWICK – William G. Ronk, a U.S. Army Reserves major (ret.) and past commander of the Cooperstown veterans’ post, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, April 12, 2018, at his daughter’s home in Hartwick. He was 71.

He was born March 16, 1947, at the Benedictine Hospital in Highland, a son of George Carpenter Ronk and Madaline (Loos) Ronk. After attending Clintondale and Triboro schools and graduating from Highland High School, he studied nursing at the Hudson River State Hospital School of Nursing and eventually became a registered nurse.

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William Coveny, 69; Classic-Car Buff Worked For Town

IN MEMORIAM: William Coveny, 69;

Classic-Car Buff Worked For Town

SPRINGFIELD – William M Coveny, 69, a classic-car buff who spent his working years with the Town of Springfield highway department, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his home under the care of Hospice surrounded by loved ones.

He was born at Little Falls Hospital on April 3, 1949, the son of Timothy and Dolores Coveny.

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Frank Gallucci, 86, Taught 33 Years In Oneonta Schools
IN MEMORIAM

Frank Gallucci, 86, Taught

33 Years In Oneonta Schools

Frank Gallucci

ONEONTA – Frank Gallucci, 86, a 33-year Oneonta High School history teacher, and one of the last people to have taught both at Academy Street and the new campus on East Street, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Frank was born on Jan. 13, 1932, in Oneonta to John and Raffaella Gallucci. He attended city schools and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950.

Upon graduation, Frank went to work for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad as an agent telegrapher. In 1952, during the Korean War, Frank joined the Army and served in the 8174th Army Signal Corp in Sendai and Tokyo, Japan. Frank was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of corporal.

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