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In Memoriam

Dorothy V. Harris; Centenarian Raised Four Children

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy V. Harris;

Centenarian Raised Four Children

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dorothy V. Harris, age 100, passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 23, 2017 in Bassett Hospital, with her family by her side.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 17, 1916, in Malone, daughter of John and Bessie Shutts Blume. She was raised in Malone and was a graduate of Franklin Academy there. In 1934 she was united in marriage to Winfield Harris in Malone. They we married for 55 years until his passing in February 1989.

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Anna E. Taggart, 94; From Family Farm To Dairy Queen

IN MEMORIAM: Anna E. Taggart, 94;

From Family Farm To Dairy Queen

ONEONTA – Anna E. Taggart, 94 years, 364 days and 12 hours old, passed away Feb. 21, 2017, just 12 hours shy of 95.

Anna was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Richfield Springs, the daughter of Lawrence Graves and Etta Bouton.  She married Willis B. “Jiggs” Taggart at their family home in Oneonta, next to Foti’s Bakery.

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Raymond L. Tallman Jr., 62; Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

IN MEMORIAM: Ray Tallman, 62;

Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

Raymand L. Tallman Jr.

DECATUR – Raymond L. Tallman, Jr, 62, who ran Tallman Trees, his family’s Christmas tree business, passed away Feb. 19, 2017, at home after a short illness, with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was born to Raymond L. and Ada (Weiman) Tallman on Sept. 10, 1954 in Canal Zone, Panama, where his father was stationed in the Army.   The Tallman family moved to Decatur in 1959.

Ray graduated from Worcester Central School in 1972.  He attended Utah State University,  Syracuse University and  Paul Smith’s College, where he graduated with a degree in forestry.

He married Linda Chase on August 27, 1988, in Warnerville.

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Douglas S. Rhyde, 84; ‘Mayor Of The Fly Creek Valley,’ Mason

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas S. Rhyde, 84;

‘Mayor Of The Fly Creek Valley,’ Mason

Douglas S. Rhyde, “Mayor of Fly Creek Valley”

FLY CREEK VALLEY – Douglas Schuyler Rhyde, known as “The Mayor of Fly Creek Valley,” passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 19, 2017, at Syracuse VA Medical Center. He was 84.

Born July 21, 1932, in Walton, Doug was a son of Rufus J. and Esther E. (Pope) Rhyde. He first attended a one-room schoolhouse and then school in Richfield Springs.

Doug joined the Army on Nov. 5, 1953, serving during the Korean War. He transferred to the Army Reserve on his discharge on Nov. 4, 1955, serving until October 1961.

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Kay Amatucci, 76; Worked 35 Years At Hartwick College

IN MEMORIAM:  Kay Amatucci, 76;

Worked 35 Years At Hartwick College

Kay Amatucci

ONEONTA – Kathleen “Kay” Amatucci, 76, who retired after 35 years with Hartwick College, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Bassett Hospital.

Kay was born in Brooklyn, on Dec. 21, 1940 the daughter of Thomas and Florence (Lynch) Coakley. She was the 3rd of seven children, having four  sisters and two brothers.

She worked at the Navy Ships Store Office (NSSO) where she met her husband of 56 years, Sonny Amatucci. They married in 1960 and had two daughters, Gina and Kathleen.

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Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped Found Bank Of Cooperstown
IN MEMORIAM

Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped

Found Bank Of Cooperstown

Robert Ranger

WEST WINFIELD – Robert W. Ranger, 79, a member of the Bank of Cooperstown’s founding Board of Directors, died Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2017, at Bassett Hospital following a brief illness.

Bob was born June 15, 1937, in Corning to Robert W. and Freida (Spreitzer) Ranger.  He was raised in Painted Post and graduated from high school there.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Rutgers.

In December 1978, he married Marjorie Brooks, a union of almost 40 years.  He once said, “between the two of us we can surmount any obstacle – we are a team.”

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John D. Guntert, 68; Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: John D. Guntert, 68;

Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

John D. Guntert

DAVENPORT – John D. Guntert, 68, a master mechanic at Country Club Automotive for 35 years, passed away at his home on Feb. 16, 2017.

He was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Stamford, the son of Ernest and Jean (Wiltsie) Guntert.

A Marine, he served in Vietnam.

He married Joanna Irwin on June 29, 1991, in Binghamton. They have been friends since the ninth grade.

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Viola Reed, 87, Oneonta; Ran Daycare Service At Home For 21 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Viola Reed, 87, Oneonta;

Ran Daycare Service At Home For 21 Years

ONEONTA – Viola M. Reed, 87, who operated a daycare service in her Oneonta home for 21 years while raising her own children, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehab. & Nursing Center.

She was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Fleischmanns the daughter of the late Harley and Florence (Caniff) Haynes.  Viola graduated from Treadwell Central School.
On May 7, 1948, Viola married Leo W. Reed in Oneonta. Leo predeceased her on Aug. 5, 2009.

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Tony Mongillo, 93; Recorded Railroad Heyday In Pen, Ink
IN MEMORIAM

Tony Mongillo, 93; Recorded

Railroad Heyday In Pen, Ink

Tony Mongillo

ONEONTA – Antonio Pasquale “Tony” Mongillo, 93, an honored citizen of his native city whose pen-and-ink drawings of locomotives captured Oneonta’s railroad heyday, passed away on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

He was famously christened the “Picasso of the Sixth Ward” by “Big Chuck” D’Imperio, the DJ and historian.

Tony was born to Pasquale and Rose (Perrine) Mongillo on Jan. 26, 1924, on West Broadway in the house he grew up in.

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Patricia Pindar, 86; Created 600 Scarves For The Needy

IN MEMORIAM: Patricia Pindar, 86;

Created 600 Scarves For The Needy

ONEONTA – Patricia (Patt) Pindar, 86, of Oneonta died Feb. 13, 2017, at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation facility.

She was born April 4, 1930, in Bainbridge, the daughter of the late Willard and Madeline (Woolhouse) Cross.

Patt graduated from Oneonta High School and the Knox School in Cooperstown (now The Otesaga).  Upon graduation, she worked in the business office of New York Telephone Co. until joining her family’s business, Cross Supply Inc., and working as its bookkeeper until 1994 and retirement.

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