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In Memoriam

George-Ann Hyde Doty Ryland, 81; Family Built Glimmerglen Estates

IN MEMORIAM

George-Ann Hyde Doty Ryland, 81;

Family Built Glimmerglen Estates

COOPERSTOWN – George-Ann Hyde Doty Ryland, 81, a former school teacher and mother of three whose grandfather built Glimmerglen, the notable estate on Otsego Lake’s western short, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

Born May 17, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., George-Ann was the daughter of George Edward and Ann Hyde Doty and the granddaughter of William Truslow Hyde, who established the Glimmerglen estate in 1916.  She was raised in Winnetka, Ill., graduated from New Trier High School and thereafter from St. Lawrence University, Class of 1958. At St. Lawrence, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

After college, George-Ann moved to San Francisco and was a school teacher. While in San Francisco, George-Ann was introduced to her brother’s college roommate, William Hugh Ryland to whom she was wed on July 2, 1960. George-Ann and Bill settled in Baltimore, Md., where she continued to teach school and where she raised her three children.

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Betty Brownrigg, 76; Worked 25 Years For NYCM Insurance

IN MEMORIAM: Betty Brownrigg, 76;

Worked 25 Years For NYCM Insurance

Betty Brownrigg

BURLINGTON FLATS – Elizabeth Mae “Betty” Brownrigg, 76, a no-fault litigation associate at NYCM for many years, passed away on Saturday May 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at the home of her daughter in Cobleskill.

Elizabeth was born on Feb. 1, 1942, in Passaic, N.J., the daughter of the late Edmund and Ora Gould Busch.

Elizabeth was a lifetime resident of the area after graduating from New Berlin Central School. She married Percy Brownrigg on Jan. 19, 1963, in the United Methodist Church in New Berlin, and together they raised their family on the dairy farm they operated until 1983.

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John A. Powers, 99; Served In 10th Mountain Division In WWII
IN MEMORIAM

John A. Powers, 99; Served In

10th Mountain Division In WWII

John A. Powers

DAVENPORT CENTER – John A. Powers, 99, a World War II veteran decorated for his service in the famed 10th Mountain Division ski unit, passed away May 10, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

He was born March 24, 1919, in Oneonta, the son of William and Mary Powers.

John grew up in Oneonta and was a long-time resident of Davenport Center.

In the Army during WWII, he served in the 10th Mountain Division’S Infantry Ski Troop. He received two bronze stars, one for heroic achievement, the second for meritorious service.

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Pauline G. Dudley, 95, Led Home Ec At SUNY Oneonta
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Pauline G. Dudley, 95; Led

Home Ec At SUNY Oneonta

ONEONTA – Pauline G. Dudley, 95, retired director of SUNY Oneonta’s Home Economics Division, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at her home in Oneonta.

She was born July 30, 1922 in Bassett, Iowa, to Robert Glen and Dorothy Petersen Dudley.  The family moved to Floyd, Iowa, where her brother, Leland, was born in 1924.  In 1934, they moved to Ames, Iowa, where Pauline attended Ames High School, graduating with honors in 1939.  She was active in vocal music groups, student government, Girl Reserves, and National Honor Society.

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Clifford Yager, 82; Operated Painting Company In Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Clifford Yager, 82;

Operated Painting Company In Otego

Clifford E. Yager

OTEGO – Clifford E. Yager, 82, who operated Clifford Yager Painting for many years, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Oneonta.

He was born Jan. 21, 1936, in Oneonta, the son of the late Clifford Yager and Elsie (Hungerford) Shumway.  Clifford served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing.

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IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis Van Alstine; Cherry Valley Native Taught In L.A.

IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis Van Alstine;

Cherry Valley Native Taught In L.A.

Phyllis J. Van Alstine

CHERRY VALLEY – Phyllis J. Van Alstine, Cherry Valley native and longtime teacher in Los Angeles, passed away on Feb. 10, 2018, in Boulder City, Nev., where she had retired. She was 90.

Phyllis was born on July 5, 1927, in Cherry Valley to Alberta and Victor Yerdon. She attended Cherry Valley High School and received a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Albany University in 1948.

She married Earl Van Alstine on March 23, 1947.   They lived in New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado before finally settling in Los Angeles in the late 1960s.

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Virginia Madero, 94; Moved To Morris, Where Son Resides

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Madero, 94;

Moved To Morris, Where Son Resides

Virginia Madero

MORRIS – Virginia (Davila) Madero, 94, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 7, 2018.

She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to Ruperto and Josephina Davila on Sept. 28, 1923. She was raised by her granparents in Puerto Rico until moving to the United States at age 12. She married the love of her life, Angel J. Madero on April 11, 1942, and celebrated 70 years together until his passing in 2012.

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Alice Talbot, 94, Cooperstown; Widow Of Hall Of Fame Director
IN MEMORIAM

Alice Talbot, 94, Cooperstown;

Widow Of Hall Of Fame Director

Alice L. Talbot

COOPERSTOWN – Alice L. Talbot, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully with her family by her side early Thursday morning, May 10, 2018, at The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.

The widow of Howard C. Talbot, Jr., former director (the title is now president) of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, she was 94.

Born June 11, 1923, in White Plains, Alice Caroline Losee was the eldest child of Edward Samuel Losee and Bertha Weiss Losee.

In her youth she attended East New York School in Brooklyn, near Ebbets Field.  She was first employed as an IBM operator for National City Bank in Brooklyn.

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