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In Memoriam

Evelyn J. Gray, 78; Spent Career In Cooperstown Retail

IM MEMORIAM: Evelyn J. Gray, 78;

Spent Career In Cooperstown Retail

COOPERSTOWN – Evelyn J. Gray, 78, who spent her career in downtown retail in Coopertown, passed away late Monday night, Feb. 12, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

A native of Cooperstown, she was born March 15, 1939, one of 13 children of Orlando and Nellie M. (Page) Bridger.

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Ward Fish Jr., 79; Spent 19 Years At Remington Arms

IN MEMORIAM: Ward Fish Jr., 79;

Spent 19 Years At Remington Arms

Ward C. Fish, Jr.

COOPERSTOWN – Ward C. Fish, Jr., who spent almost two decades at Remington Arms, peacefully passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. He was 79.

Ward, known as Jim, was the son of the late Dorothy (Sheridan) and Ward C. Fish, Sr. of Richfield Springs. Jim was born on the family farm on March 7, 1938.

He met his “huggy bear,” Merri Lynn (Macomber) at the roller skating rink in  Richfield Springs. They were married in August 1959 in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Springfield Center.

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IN MEMORIAM: Barrie McKennan Boyle, 82; Died One Day Short of Birthday

IN MEMORIAM

Barrie McKennan Boyle, 82;

Died A Day Short Of Birthday

ONEONTA –  Barrie McKennan Boyle, 82, who relocated to Cooperstown to spend his career at Bassett Hospital, died Feb. 12, 2018, one day short of his 83 birthday, following a prolonged illness.

Barrie was the fourth child and second son of William Pickard Boyle and Jesse Jane McKennan. He was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Mt. Kisco and was raised in nearby Briarcliff Manor.

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IN MEMORIAM: Kiley J. and Cody E. Sullivan, Victims of Davenport Fire
IN MEMORIAM

Kiley and Cody Sullivan,

Victims of Davenport Fire

Kiley and Cody Sullivan

DAVENPORT – Kiley J. and Cody E. Sullivan passed away early Friday morning, Feb. 9, 2018, at their home in East Meredith, following injuries sustained in a tragic structure fire. Kiley was 3; Cody was 1.

They are survived by their parents Adrian Beares and Carmen Sullivan; brother Anthony Sullivan; niece Raelynn Sullivan; grandparents Paulette and Paul Reynolds; great-grandparents Jim and Susan Evans, Loretta  Vitalie; aunts and uncles, Steven Reynolds, Mark and Beth Reynolds and Rosa, and several other family members.

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IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97; Organist For Milford Church

IN MEMORIAM

Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97;

67-Year Organist At Milford 

Dorothy Weir

MILFORD – Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97, the organist for 67 years at the Milford United Methodist Church, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Monday, Feb. 12, surrounded by her loving family after a short illness.

Dorothy was born in Bethany, Pa., the daughter of Methodist Reverend Joseph H. Smith and Marie E. Albertson.  She attended various schools prior to moving to Oneonta. Dorothy graduated from Oneonta High School in the Class of 1939. After graduation, she attended Syracuse University, majoring in Music and Fine Arts with a minor in organ.

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Bill Parsons’ Funeral Service On April 28 At Christ Church

Bill Parsons’ Funeral Service

On April 28 At Christ Church

Bill Parsons

COOPERSTOWN – William H. Parsons, Jr. of Farmington, Conn., passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, leaving behind his son Dan, daughter Sarah, brother Gary, and hundreds of family members and friends.

Bill grew up in Cooperstown, graduating from Cooperstown Central School in 1970, and went on to attend Vassar College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in geology.

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In Memoriam: Virginia Miller Sherwood, 104; Thanksgiving Home Administrator

IN MEMORIAM

Virginia Miller Sherwood, 104;

Oversaw Thanksgiving Home 

COOPERSTOWN – Virginia Miller Sherwood, 104, a former administrator at the Clara Welsh Thanksgiving Home and a volunteer at Bassett Hospital, died on Feb. 5, 2018, at her residence at Hickory House of the Sitrin Health Care Center, New Hartford.

Mrs. Sherwood was born Nov. 24, 1913 in Hudson, a daughter of the late Leland S. and Mary (Elaget) Miller.  She grew up in the village of Germantown, Columbia County, and in her teens moved to Sharon Springs when her father built a hotel on Route 20, the Cherry Valley Turnpike, in 1929.

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Barbara Louise Couture, 71; Nurse, Nursing Administrator, Artist

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Couture, 71;

Nurse, Nursing Administrator, Artist

Barbara L. Couture

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara Louise Couture, a nurse and nursing administrator, and also a dedicated artist, passed away Wednesday night, Feb. 7, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. She was 71.

Over the years, she lived in Kew Gardens, Queens; Walton, and most recently Cooperstown.

Born June 14, 1946, in Fall River, Mass., she was a daughter of Arthur and Rita (Ferland) Couture.

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Donald Sternberg, 91; Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Son

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Sternberg, 91;

Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Son

Donald D. Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN – Donald D. Sternberg, 91, father of Dr. Richard J. Sternberg, the retired Bassett orthopedic surgeon, passed away this morning, Feb. 10, 2018, at Centers Health Care, the former Otsego Manor Nursing Home.

He was born on March 4, 1926, in New York City, son of Morton and Jeanette Sternberg, and attended Dewitt Clinton High School.  He enlisted during World War II, and served as a pharmacist’s mate at Parris Island, S.C.  Following the war, he attended the University of Wisconsin.

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