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In Memoriam

Montanna Wilber, 69; Army Veteran Retired From Post Office

IN MEMORIAM:  Montanna Wilber, 69;

Army Veteran Retired From Post Office

MERIDALE – Oneonta native Montanna Fay Wilber, Sr., 69, of Meridale, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Born on Aug. 18, 1947 in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Leland J. and Hazel (Stilson) Wilber.

Mr. Wilber proudly served in the Army from 1965 to 1968.

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Helen Tabor Halbert, 75; Active In Business, Grange
IN MEMORIAM

Helen Tabor Halbert, 75;

Active In Business, Grange

Helen Taylor Halbert

GILBERTSVILLE – Helen Tabor Halbert, secretary to top executives and an officer in the state Grange, passed from this earthly life in the quietness of her Gilbertsville home that she loved so much in the early evening hours on March 20, 2017. Her struggle with cancer the past year ended with her husband, sister-in-law and pastor by her side.

Born on June 5, 1941, in Schenevus to parents Howard and Bertha (Graham) Tabor, Helen Marie was the fourth of four children. She graduated from Cherry Valley Central School, Class of 1959.

After meeting through a Grange talent contest, their courtship was off and running leading to her marriage to Roger J. Halbert of Gilbertsville on Sept. 29, 1979,  at the Presbyterian Church.

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Janna Wiedemann, 66, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Janna Wiedemann, 66, Oneonta

ONEONTA – Janna Darlene Wiedemann, 66, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 20, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

She was born Aug. 17, 1950, in Port Jervis, the daughter of the late George Earl and Janna (Lange) Cummings.

For several years, Janna was a greeter at Walmart.

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J. Mason Reynolds, 90; Fortune 500 Executive

IN MEMORIAM

J. Mason Reynolds, 90;

Fortune 500 Executive

From Scintilla, Career Took Him Worldwide

J. Mason “Mace” Reynolds

COOPERSTOWN – J. Mason “Mace” Reynolds passed on, with his wife and children beside him, in Stuart, Florida on March 14, 2017.  He was 90.

A thoroughly gregarious man of exuberance, business acumen, impeccable honesty, and generous spirit, Mr. Reynolds was utterly devoted to Rhea, his wife of 68 years, their three children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Reynolds retired from Allied-Signal, Inc. in 1989, where he had served for eight years as head of the corporation’s worldwide automotive operations.  Allied-Signal Automotive was then a major OEM supplier of automobile and truck components, with such brand names as Bendix, Fram, Autolite and Garrett.

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Edward W. Losee, 88; Machinist, Korea Veteran, Firefighter

IN MEMORIAM: Edward W. Losee, 88;

Machinist, Korea Veteran, Firefighter

EDMESTON – Edward R. Losee, 88, of Edmeston, a Korean War veteran and volunteer firefighter, passed away Wednesday March 22, 2017 in Herkimer, NY following an extended illness.

Edward was born in Eastchester, Westchester County, on Nov. 18, 1928, the son of the late Edward Samuel and Bertha Weiss Losee. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his siblings: Robert Losee, Frank Losee, and Florence France.

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Larry M. Thompson, 66, Barber; Shop Center Of Community Life
IN MEMORIAM

Larry M. Thompson, 66, Barber;

Shop Center Of Community Life

Larry Thompson

CHERRY VALLEY – Larry M. Thompson, 66, whose Larry’s Barber Shop was a center of community life for decades, passed away unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home.

Larry was the son of the late Edward Thompson and is survived by his mother, Helen Thompson.

He graduated from Cherry Valley Central School in 1969, and attended Royal Barber & Beauty School in Schenectady, where he obtained his barber license. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy where he served honorably.

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Betty Anne Schwerd, 65; Supervisor, Representative
FULL OBITUARY

Betty Anne Schwerd, 65; 

Supervisor, Representative

Veteran Robert Force, trying to regain his Town of Butternuts property sold in delinquent-tax auction, gives an American flag he carried to postings around the world to county Rep. Betty Anne Schwerd in February 2015.  She was the only rep, he said, who gave him a sympathetic ear. (AllOTSEGO.com)

BURLINGTON – Betty Anne (BA) Schwerd, 65, of Burlington, the retired Otsego County representative, went to join her parents and son on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Bassett Hospital, with her loving family at her side.

BA was born on March 22, 1951, in Cooperstown, the daughter of the late Frederick W. (Bill) and Maxine Walter Schwerd. She attended Edmeston Central School, graduating with the Class of 1969, and has remained friends with many of her classmates.

As a teenager, she began her working career as a chambermaid for the F.W. Woods Motel in Cooperstown. Later, she was the sales manager for The Otesaga and a personal assistant at the NYS&W Railroad. In addition, BA worked with the Migrant Education Program, and for the Alzheimers Association.

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IN MEMORIAM: Betty Anne Schwerd, 66; Former County Representative

IN MEMORIAM:

Betty Anne Schwerd, 66;

Former County Representative

Betty Anne Schwerd

EDMESTON – Betty Anne Schwerd, 66, of Edmeston, the former District 10 representative to the Otsego County Board and Burlington town supervisor,  died Saturday, March 18, in Cooperstown.

As a Republican and Conservative, she served five two-year terms on the county board, representing Burlington, Exeter, Plainfield and Edmeston, until a primary loss in the 2015 elections. Prior to that, she served for six years as town supervisor.

A full obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to the Delker & Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

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Maggie Baldo Johnson, Passes Away At Age 71 After Long Illness

IN MEMORIAM: Maggie Baldo Johnson,

Passes Away At Age 71 After Long Illness

Maggie Baldo Johnson

ONEONTA – Marguerite “Maggie” Baldo Johnson, 71, who in retirement from a career with Verozon was active in organizing OHS class reunion, passed away March 13, 2017, after an extended illness, surrounded by her family.

Maggie was a dedicated mother, wife, and grandmother who cherished her time with friends and family.

After spending many years as a directory assistance operator for Verizon in Oneonta, Maggie retired to enjoy her time with family, gardening, cooking and serving as President of the Ladies of the Elks Club. She was also very involved in organizing many OHS class reunions, and social functions.

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Jean Thorpe, 87; Love Of Nature Flowered In County

IN MEMORIAM: Jean Thorpe, 87;

Love Of Nature Flowered In County

HARTWICK – Jean Thorpe, beloved wife, mother and grandmother whose love of nature flowered during 22 years in Otsego County, died late Sunday evening, March 12, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 87.

Born July 6, 1929, in New York City, Jean was the daughter of Richard E. and Helen E. (Wright) Cary. She was raised in Fort Lee, N.J., and while growing up she spent many happy times in Swartswood Lake, N.J., with her family. She was once named Miss Wildwood.

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