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In Memoriam

Bruce Scofield, Schenevus; Enjoyed Active Retirement After GE Career

IN MEMORIAM: Bruce Scofield, Schenevus;

Enjoyed Active Retirement After GE Career

Bruce Scofield

SCHENEVUS – Bruce Charles Scofield, 67, a 38-year employee of General Electric, passed away at home with his family by his side on Nov. 19, 2017.

Bruce was born Oct. 11, 1950, in Cooperstown, the son of Charles D. and Isabel R. (Davis) Scofield.

He was a life-long resident of Schenevus, graduating from Andrew S. Draper Central School.

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Sol Center Named For John Scarzafava

SOL Center Renamed

For Atty. John Scarzafava

Nettie Jean Scarzafava, Oneonta, visits with long-time friend Marie Lusins, right, following this afternoon’s rededication of The Scarzafava SOL Center, 50 Dietz St., Oneonta, in memory of her husband John Scarzafava, the Oneonta attorney who died in June 2014. “I hesitated in naming it after my husband,” said Scarzafava,” but I had a dream, and in it I was on the other side speaking to John, and I woke and knew I had to do it.” The idea for an alternative wellness center came  30 years ago to Mrs. Scarzafava, herself a former county judge, and today the SOL (Sweetness Of Life) Center provides space to practitioners in acupuncture, massage therapy, grief counseling, hypnotherapy and Ayurvedic medicine from India, plus nutritionists, yoga instructors, bathing therapists and dance classes. “People tell me they love what these women are doing,” said Scarzafava, “It is important to have a place like this that supports men and women. If we build stronger women, we build stronger community.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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William E. Royce, 78, Businessman Founded Lightwalkers Church, Morris
IN MEMORIAM

William E. Royce, 78, Businessman

Started Lightwalkers Church, Morris

William E. Royce

MORRIS – William E. Royce, 78, who owned Royce International Eyewear and founded Lightwalkers Baptist Church, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born on June 6, 1939 in Pittsfield, and raised by his mother Margaret Royce. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960 on the USS Wahoo as a radioman.

On March 23, 1961 Bill married the love of his life Marion (Haggerty), he and Marion lived in Morris for over 50 years, raising their children there.

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Jacquelyn Mortensen, 86; Operated Carousel At Farmer’s Museum

IN MEMORIAM: Jacquelyn Mortensen, 86;

Operated Carousel At Farmers’ Museum

Jacquelyn Mortensen

VAN HORNESVILLE – Jacquelyn P. Mortensen, 86, who operated the Empire State Carousel at The Farmers’ Museum for 25 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon Nov. 16, 2017, at her home on Summit Hill Road, with her family by her side.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1931, in Hartford, Conn., a daughter of the late David and Anna Egenton Parsons. Jacquelyn was raised and educated in Hartford.

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Elizabeth ‘Sue’ Avery, 98; Worked In Publishing In NYC And Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth ‘Sue’ Avery, 98;

Worked In Publishing In NYC And Locally

Elizabeth “Sue” Avery

ONEONTA – Elizabeth Huddleston “Sue” Avery, 98, who worked for newspapers and publishing in the New York metropolitan area and locally, passed away Nov. 9, 2017.

She was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Greenwich, Conn., to Thomas Oakley Woolf II and Judith Griffen Woolf. She was a 1938 graduate of Greenwich Academy.

She was a reporter for the Greenwich Time daily newspaper and worked as editor and proofreader thereafter, latterly for McGraw-Hill Book Company and Cambridge University Press.

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Richard C. Hilary, Garrattsville, Principal At Long Island Schools

IN MEMORIAM: Richard C. Hilary;

Principal At Long Island Schools

Richard C. Hilary

GARRATTSVILLE – Richard Cook Hilary, a Sidney native, award-winning educator and retired principal at Long Island schools,  passed away on Nov. 13, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

Richard was born in Sidney to Beatrice and Francis Hilary. He attended Sidney schools and, later, SUNY Cortland.

He was a principal in the Southold Schools on Long Island for over 30 years and touched the lives of many students.

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George Mravlja Jr., 48; Lifelong Farmer Supported Ag Programs

IN MEMORIAM: George Mravlja Jr., 48;

Lifelong Farmer Supported Ag Programs

George P. Mravlja, Jr.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – George P. Mravlja, Jr., 48, a lifelong dairy farmer, passed away suddenly Nov. 14, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Jan. 4, 1969, in Cobleskill, the son of George and Elizabeth (Medved) Mravlja.
George grew up in Worcester on the family farm, a calling her pursued.  He graduated from Worcester Central School.

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Harriet J. Hotaling, 91, passes away at Focus

IN MEMORIAM: Harriet J. Hotaling, 91

DAVENPORT – Harriett J. Hotaling, 91, passed away peacefully Nov. 2, 2017, at Focus Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Davenport, the daughter of William and Grace (Pendell) Graig. She graduated from Charlotte Valley Central School in 1943.

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James Maddalone, 57; Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

IN MEMORIAM: James Maddalone, 57;

Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

James A. Maddalone

BAINBRIDGE – James A. Maddalone, 57, a dedicated firefighter currently serving on the Bainbridge Town Board, passed away Nov. 10, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, with his family by his side.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1960, in Sidney, the son of Joseph and Carole (Delello) Maddalone, and graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1968.  He immediately became an electrician apprentice at Amphenol, where he worked for 40 years.

He loved politics and served on the Bainbridge Planning Board for almost 10 years before joining the town board, where he was serving his second term.

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