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In Memoriam

Grace H. Estell, Edmeston; Ran Edmeston Dairy Farm With Husband

IN MEMORIAM: Grace Estell, Edmeston;

Ran Edmeston Dairy Farm With Husband

Grace Estell

EDMESTON – Grace Hurd Estell, 70, who with her husband operated a dairy farm in Edmeston for 30 years, passed away at her home on Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017 with her loving family at her side.

Grace was born in Dunmore, Pa., the daughter of the late Ralph and Ada Hinkley Pease.

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Dorothy J. Martin, 96; Retired Teacher Beloved Fly Creek Resident 

IN MEMORIAM:  Dorothy J. Martin, 96;

Retired Teacher Beloved Fly Creek Resident

FLY CREEK – Dorothy J. “Dot” Martin, loving and devoted wife of Peter L. “Pete” Martin and an integral and beloved part of the Fly Creek community, passed away Friday morning, Aug. 18, 2017, at the Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.  She was 96.

Born May 5, 1921, in Pittsfield, Dot was one of 10 children of Leslie Calvin Day  Sr. and Agnes Alene née Daniels Day.  One of her fondest memories as a child –which she always enjoyed sharing with others – was of one Christmas Day when she and her family traveled through a winter storm by horse-drawn sled to a family gathering.

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Robert J. Mulligan, 90; Veteran, Contractor, Village Native Son
IN MEMORIAM/FULL OBITUARY

‘RJ’ Mulligan, 90; Veteran,

Contractor, Village Native Son

Robert “RJ” Mulligan

COOPERSTOWN – Robert Joseph Mulligan, 90, a retired contractor and Cooperstown Native Son, passed away Aug. 12, 2017.

RJ was born May 23, 1927, on the family farm in the Town of Warren, the fifth of six children to Hugh “Doad” and Mary Dunne Mulligan.  RJ graduated from Richfield Springs Central School.

He married Mary Faith St. John on Dec. 11, 1948, and then joined the Army, where he was stationed in Wisconsin, Japan and Germany.  Upon returning from Germany with Mary, they settled in Cooperstown and started their family and first business, Cooperstown Disposal.

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Andrew H. German, 80; Businessman; Father Of State’s Top General

IN MEMORIAM: Andrew H. German, 80;

Businessman; Father Of NY’s Top General

SCHOHARIE – Funeral services are Tuesday, Aug. 15, for Andrew Harold German, 80, a businessman, Army veteran and father of the adjutant general of the New York State National Guard.  He died at his home on Aug. 9, 2017.

Andrew was born on May 14, 1937, in Roxbury, the son of Melvin and Angie (Hinkley) German.

He served in the Army from 1955 to 1964 as a paratrooper in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division, spending time in Germany and Lebanon.

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John T. Shufelt, 66; Served 30 Years With SUNY Police

IN MEMORIAM: John T. Shufelt, 66;

Served 30 Years With SUNY Police

John T. Shufelt

ONEONTA – John T. Shufelt, 66, of Oneonta, who retired from the SUNY Oneonta University Police after a 32-year career, lost his courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Saturday, Aug.12, 2017, at home.

John was born on Feb. 9, 1951, in Cobleskill, to the late William F. and Mary (Byrne) Shufelt. He grew up in Middleburgh, with his one sister and three brothers and graduated from Middleburgh Central School, Class of 1969.

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Mary Claire Kilty, 63; Leaves Father, Sister In Cooperstown
IN MEMORIAM

Mary Claire Kilty, 63; Leaves

Father, Sister In Cooperstown

Mary Claire Kilty

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Claire Kilty, 60, passed away Aug. 9, 2017, at home in Manhattan.  Survivors include her father and sister in Cooperstown.

“Keep enjoying life!!” was Mary’s advice to family and friends who were also dealing with a serious illness, and that is exactly how Mary lived her life. Mary passed away in her sleep; her family had visited her the day before to give her their last hugs and kisses. During her last months, Mary was surrounded by the loving care of an army of friends, neighbors, and her healthcare team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Ernest Sanders, 74; Volunteered After Retiring From CP

IN MEMORIAM: Ernest Sanders, 74;

Volunteered After Retiring From CP

Ernest L. Sanders

ONEONTA – Ernest L. “Ernie” “The Colonel” Sanders, 74, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

He was born March 10, 1943, in Oneonta the son of the late Leonard and Esther (Hall) Sanders, and graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1961. On Oct. 4, 1980, Ernie married Laura Conklin in Oneonta.

For many years he was a trackman and foreman for the D&H Railroad and later the Canadian Pacific.  He retired at age 60 in 2003.

Ernie enjoyed fishing, gardening and building stone walls and, in his younger years, working on old cars. He was a good story teller and would always joke about his unpublished book of facts. His favorite pastime was watching NASCAR and his favorite driver was Mark Martin.

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Madeline B. Wenck, 96, Oneonta; Noted For Her Flower Gardens, Cookies

IN MEMORIAM: Madeline Wenck, 96;

Noted For Her Flower Gardens, Cookies

Madeline B. Wenck

ONEONTA – Madeline B. Wenck, 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at the Chestnut Park Nursing Home, happily walking into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Madeline was born June 17, 1921, on Pumpkin Hollow Road in Davenport, the daughter of Luther and Marjorie (Davidson) Burdick.

She married Gerald F. Wenck on June 18, 1941, in Oneonta, stating over and over that he was the most handsome man she had ever met; one with absolutely beautiful sky-blue eyes.   As their family grew, and more space was needed, they moved out of the city and into a home in the county.  Gerald built the house one room at a time and Madeline became famous for the large flower gardens that decorated the property.

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Debra R. Keane, 64, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Debra R. Keane, 64, Oneonta

ONEONTA – Debra R. Keane, 64, a shift leader at Hannaford for many years, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at Bassett Hospital.

She was born March 27, 1953 in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Thomas and Betty Riley.

She was a loving and kind person with a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.  She had a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed.

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