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In Memoriam

Virginia Mae Ethington, 95; From One-Room School To Nursing Career

IN MEMORIAM:  Virginia Mae Ethington, 95;

From One-Room School To Nursing Career

CHERRY VALLEY – Virginia Mae (Oliver) Ethington, 95, who rose from a one-room schoolhouse to Syracuse University and a nursing career, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Centers Health Care in Cooperstown.

Born on Feb. 13, 1923, in Summit, she was the daughter of James and Hilda (Sperbeck) Oliver.

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Richard L. Collins, 88; Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

IN MEMORIAM: Richard L. Collins, 88;

Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

ONEONTA – Richard L. Collins, 88, a former D&H stationmaster and dispatcher, passed away July 14, 2018, at his home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1929, and Central Bridge, the son of Leland and Frances (Neville) Collins.  He married Jean Duham on July 15, 1950, in Glen Cove.   She predeceased him on Sept. 27, 2012.

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JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70; Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

IN MEMORIAM: JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70;

Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

JoAnn Gravelin

LAURENS – JoAnn Gravelin, 70, of Laurens, office manager at Rent-A-Wreck until her retirement, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

JoAnn was born on April 7, 1948, daughter of the late Benjamin and Marian (Harris) Keator. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, David Gravelin, on April 22, 1967, in Laurens.

JoAnn loved to cook, garden and have family gatherings during the holidays. Her family was always her first priority, and she had a deep passion caring for them.

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Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired SUNY Psychology Department
IN MEMORIAM

Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired

SUNY Psychology Department

Michael H. Siegel

ONEONTA – Michael H. Siegel, 84, who chaired SUNY Oneonta’s Psychology Department for almost three decades, passed away July 6, 2018.  He had lived in Oneonta and Unadilla.

He retired in 2002 after 28 years as department chair, becoming professor emeritus.  A research psychologist rather than a clinician, his original area of expertise was color vision, but expanded to include perception generally and memory.

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Esther Henley, 96; Noted Singer Helped Save Church

IN MEMORIAM: Esther Henley, 96;

Noted Singer Helped Save Church

MILFORD – Esther Henley, 96, a noted singer locally who was honored for her successful efforts to save the Milford Presbyterian Church (now the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center), died peacefully following a long illness.

Esther Henley was born to Barney and Minna Phillips. Her father was the town doctor, making house calls and having admitting privileges at Fox Hospital.

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David Lantz Roy, 90; Celebrated Dairyman Retired In County

IN MEMORIAM:  David Lantz Roy, 90;

Celebrated Dairyman Retired In County

David L. Roy

ROSEBOOM – David Lantz Roy, 90, a celebrated dairy farmer who retired to Otsego County, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2018, with his family at his side.

David, son of Insley Hilbler Roy and Josephine Lantz Roy, was born on Aug. 15, 1927, in Sussex, N.J. He was a graduate of Rutgers University with degrees in agriculture and economics. As a young man, David was a 4-H member and leader. He was selected to attend 4-H Club Congress and received recognition for his outstanding showmanship of dairy animals.

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Alice E. Thomson, 86; Unadilla Town Clerk Worked At Astrocom

IN MEMORIAM:  Alice E. Thomson, 86;

Unadilla Town Clerk Worked At Astrocom

UNADILLA – Alice E. Thomson, 86, former Unadilla town clerk, passed away July 4, 2018 at the Post Acute Medical Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

She was born Aug. 31, 1931 in the Town of Maryland, the daughter of Albert and Susan (Ritchey) Dubben.  Alice married Gilbert “Gibby” Thomson on July 4, 1951.

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Mary Pier, 86; Schenevus; For Years, Ran M&R Grocery With Husband

IN MEMORIAM:  Mary Pier, 86; Schenevus;

For Years, Ran M&R Grocery With Husband

SCHENEVUS – Mary L. Pier, 86, who operated the M&R Grocery here for many years with husband Rich, passed away peacefully July 4, 2018, at the Wilkinson Residential Health Care in Amsterdam.

She was born June 23, 1932 in Schenevus, the daughter of Charles and Louise (Nellis) Hubbard.  She married Richmond Pier on June 7, 1952 at the Schenevus United Methodist Church.

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Gould W. Liddle, 76; Milford Center Farmer Hard Worker

IN MEMORIAM: Gould W. Liddle, 76;

Milford Center Farmer Hard Worker

MILFORD CENTER – Gould Warren Liddle, 76, a farmer who later worked in many jobs around the county, took his last breath Monday, July 2, at his home in Milford Center.

Gould was born at home in Index on Sept. 21, 1941, to Gladys and Frank Liddle.  He went to Cooperstown Elementary School until the eighth grade, when he left to go work on the family farm.

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