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In Memoriam

Eugene R. Smith, 72; Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene R. Smith, 72;

Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

Eugene R. Smith Sr.

TODDSVILLE – Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, a Vietnam veteran and longtime member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, and passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.

Gene – or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends – was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.

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Dr. Ronald Brzenk; 41-Year Math Professor At Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Ronald Brzenk;

41-Year Math Professor At Hartwick

Ronald Brzenk, Ph.D.

ONEONTA – Dr. Ronald Brzenk, Ph.D., 68, who retired after 41 years as a Hartwick College mathematics professor, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Ron was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Karen Brzenk.

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‘Cam’ Walters, Milford; OHS Graduate Dies Unexpectedly At 37

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Cam’ Walters, Milford;

OHS Graduate Dies Unexpectedly At 37

MILFORD – Cameron “Cam” B. Walters, 37, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

Born Oct. 14, 1979, he was the son of Bernard and Katherine (Hill) Walters of Milford.

He grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Oneonta before his senior year. He attended Oneonta High School and Mohawk Valley Community College.

Cameron was charismatic, fun to be around and loved by all who knew him. He was an easy-going gentle spirit and made friends easily.

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William Barse, 66; Sidney Truck Driver Died In Crash

IN MEMORIAM: William Barse, 66;

Sidney Truck Driver Died In Crash

William Barse

SIDNEY – Funeral services are scheduled for William Barse, 66, Sidney, the truck driver who died in a truck accident Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at a quarry in Deposit.

He was born Sept. 6, 1951, in Sidney, son of the late Benjamin and Isabel (Nichols) Barse.

Bill worked with his father and later owned Ben’s Mobile and Manufactured Homes in Unadilla. He was a truck driver, driving wide loads and over the road most of his life. For the last three years, he drove for Schaeffer Enterprises in Deposit to be closer to home.

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Katherine Byrd, 98; Nurse Ran Dairy Farm In Pierstown

IN MEMORIAM: Katherine Byrd, 98;

Nurse Ran Dairy Farm In Pierstown

PIERSTOWN – Katherine Byrd, 98, a public health nurse in Delaware County who later ran a Pierstown dairy farm with her husband, died Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2017, in Blairsville, Ga.

A native of Long Island, she was born June 18, 1919, in Glendale, a daughter of John R. and Catherine A. (Endrich) Loeffler.

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Gary Peterson, 59; Ran Flagstone Business In Unadilla

IN MEMORIAM: Gary Peterson, 59;

Ran Flagstone Business In Unadilla

Gary A. Peterson

UNADILLA – Gary A. Peterson, 59, passed away Sept. 29, 2017, from an autoimmune disease, Scleroderma.

He was born March 3, 1958, in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Charles and Elsie Peterson.

Gary was a young child when his family bought a dairy farm in Unadilla, where he grew up.  He attended Gilbertsville Central High School.

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Joan Ann Nydam, 74; Nurse Was Trained As Organist, Pianist

IN MEMORIAM: Joan Ann Nydam, 74;

Nurse Was Trained As Organist, Pianist

ONEONTA – Joan Ann Nydam, 74, a former nurse and accomplished organist and pianist, passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, with her daughter, Lisa by her side, at Hampshire House Adult Home.

She was born April 15, 1943, in Paterson, N.J., the daughter of the late Govert and Anna (Ackerman) Warnet.

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Thomas Krietsch Rites Saturday

IM MEMORIAM: Thomas Krietsch Rites

CHERRY VALLEY – A memorial service for Thomas Krietsch will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, followed by a gathering of family and friends at Sherman’s Tavery, The Hotel Pratt, Cooperstown.

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