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In Memoriam

Russell W. Decker, 59; Oneonta Native Self-Taught Musician

IN MEMORIAM: Russell Decker, 59;

Oneonta Native Self-Taught Musician

Russell W. Decker

ONEONTA – Oneonta native Russell W. Decker 59, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at home in Unadilla.

He was born on June 25, 1957, Fox Hospital, the first child of Leon H. and Patricia A. (Ainsworth) Decker.

Russell was the recipient of the DAR citizenship award in 6th grade at Valley View Central School.  He looked forward to summers at Crumhorn Mountain Boy Scout Camp where he achieved the Order of the Arrow.

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Full obituary for Nancy Waller, 98, Roseboom
IN MEMORIAM (FULL OBITUARY)

Nancy Waller, World Traveler,

Advocate For Justice, Writer

Nancy Waller, 1918-2017

COOPERSTOWN – Nancy Waller, world-traveler, advocate for peace, social justice and prison reform, lifelong writer and artist, died peacefully Jan. 10, 2017, at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, Cooperstown, her three daughters and pastor at her side. She was 98.

Born Anne Bigelow Thomson in Nanking, China, Nancy was a daughter of James Claude Thomson and Margaret Seabury Cook Thomson. She grew up in pre-Communist China.

Her father, a biochemist, was head of the Chemistry Department at the University of Nanking, one of several Christian colleges established in the early 20th century to educate China’s “best and brightest.”

Her mother, a Smith College alumna, taught literature there; she also advised their neighbor, whom Nancy knew as “Aunt Pearl,” on a manuscript that was published as “The Good Earth.” Aunt Pearl was of course Pearl Buck.

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Margaret Gaughan, 90; Davenport Native Had Ties To Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret Gaughan, 90;

Davenport Native Had Ties To Oneonta

Margaret Gaughan

MORRIS – Margaret B. Gaughan, 90, a long-time resident of Morris passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2017, at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin.

She was a member of the Sgt. Elbert N. Patten Auxiliary VFW Post 1206 in Oneonta.

Margaret was born the daughter of Bert G. Butler and Dora (Schulz) Butler on Sept. 3, 1926, in Davenport.

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Linda V. Nuzzo, 72; Coopertown Native Taught In Cicero

IN MEMORIAM: Linda (Collier) Nuzzo, 72;

Cooperstown Native Taught In Syracuse Area

Linda Collier Nuzzo

COOPERSTOWN – Word has been received that Cooperstown native Linda V. (Collier) Nuzzo, 72, of Clay, a dental hygienist and teacher aide, passed away Dec. 9, 2016, at the Oneida Extended Healthcare Facility.

She was born Feb. 1, 1944, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Arthur and Velma Collier.  She graduated from Cooperstown High School and Broome Tech College.

Linda worked as a dental hygienist for over 10 years, and then went on to become a teacher assistant for the Cicero-North Syracuse School District.

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Mark Morrison, 52; N.J. Native Described As ‘Free Spirit’

IN MEMORIAM: Mark Morrison, 52;

NJ Native Described As ‘Free Spirit’

Mark J. Morrison

ONEONTA – Mark J. Morrison was born In Forked River, N.J., on Jan. 9, 1964.  He lived in Pennsylvania, Texas and California, finally settling down in Oneonta New York in 2009, according to obituary material submitted by a friend.

Mark passed away unexpectedly early in the morning on Jan. 1., 2017, after an evening surrounded by those he loved. At just “29 years young,” he leaves behind three sibilings, a niece and a nephew in New Jersey, as well as many “adopted” family members from the Oneonta area.

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Angelina S. Schlesier, 81, Hartwick; Raised Four Daughters On Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Angelina S. Schlesier, 81,

Hartwick; Raised Four Daughters On Farm

 HARTWICK – Angelina S. Schlesier, 81, Hartwick, who with her husband raised four daughters and operated a dairy farm, died unexpectedly on the evening of Jan. 9, 2017, in her home.

Angie was born Aug. 18, 1935 in Wyandanch,  on Long Island, the ninth of 12 children to Guido and Lucy Cioffi.  After graduating from Huntington High School, she was employed as the manager of Conservative Gas Co. of Wyandanch.

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Mary Wilcox, 85; Mother Of 6 Had Retired In Florida

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Wilcox, 85;

Mother Of 6 Had Retired In Florida

Mary Louise Delaney Wilcox with husband Roger and their children.
Mary Wilcox

ONEONTA – Mary Louise Delaney Wilcox, 85, a bookkeeper/underwriter for 16 years at Gordon B. Roberts Agency while raising six children here, passed away in her sleep at Haines City (Fla.) Health & Rehab Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017.

In recent years, she lived in Haines City, Fla., and summered in Oneonta.

Mary was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Greene, to James and Mary (Sykora) Delaney. She grew up on the family farm outside of Greene, attended the one-room school on King Road with her four siblings until high school, when she

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Dorman Webb, 76, Cherry Valley

IN MEMORIAM: Dorman Webb, Cherry Valley

CHERRY VALLEY – Dorman Harold Webb, 76,  passed away Jan. 11, 2017.

He was born Dec. 21, 1940 in Roseboom, the son of Harold and Arlene Webb.

He worked for Key Bank holding several positions for several years.

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Angelina Schlesier, Hartwick

 

IN MEMORIAM: Angelina Schlesier, Hartwick

HARTWICK – Mrs. Angelina S. Schlesier, 81, of Hartwick, died unexpectedly Monday night, Jan. 9, 2017, at her home.

She was born Aug. 18, 1935, on Long Island in Wyadanch, one of 12 children of Guido and Lucy (Albano) Cioffi.

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Nancy Waller, 98; Author Embraced Community Life

IN MEMORIAM: Nancy Waller, 98;

Author  Embraced Community Life

Nancy Waller, who passed away yesterday at age 98, with her husband Jerry, who died at 96 in 2013.

COOPERSTOWN – Nancy Waller, 98, of Roseboom, author, mother and beloved member of the greater Cooperstown community, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2017, at the Thanksgiving Home  with her daughters and minister at her side.

A Service to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for the Life of Nancy Waller will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at her church, the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown.

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