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In Memoriam

Ernest W. Chase, 98, Cooperstown; Ran Farm Machinery Dealership
IN MEMORIAM

Ernest W. Chase, 98, Cooperstown;

Ran Farm Machinery Dealership

COOPERSTOWN – Ernest Wilson Chase, 98, who operated a farm machinery dealership in Cooperstown of decades, passed away Friday night, June 1, 2018, at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community in Acworth, Georgia.

Born December 13, 1919, in Cooperstown, Ernest was one of three sons of Earl Campbell and Lulu Belle (Wilson) Chase. Raised on the family dairy farm in Whig Corners, he graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1937.

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Daniel S. Phillips, 68; Auto Dealer, Past Hartwick Town Clerk

IN MEMORIAM: Daniel S. Phillips, 68;

Auto Dealer, Past Hartwick Town Clerk

HARTWICK – Daniel S. Phillips Sr., 68, a former Hartwick town clerk who operated Phillips & Sons car dealership in Oneonta for many years, passed away on May 24, 2018, at home in Hartwick.

He was born on June 4, 1949, in Cooperstown, the son of Stanley R. and Audrey J. (Lane) Phillips.  A graduate of Cooperstown High School, Dan went on to attend Herkimer Community College.

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Gunleif Jacobsen, 83; Wall Street Retiree Active In County Life

IN MEMORIAM: Gunleif Jacobsen, 83;

Wall Street Retiree Active In County Life

Gunleif Jacobsen

ONEONTA – Gunleif Jacobsen, of Oneonta and New York City, active in the county’s civic life since retiring from Wall Street in 1996, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, at home in Oneonta at age 83.

Gunleif was born in Brooklyn, the eldest son of Elias and Olena Jacobsen, who had recently emigrated from Karmoy, Norway.

He graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, and Baruch College, The City University of New York. He retired from a successful career on Wall Street in 1996. Very proud of his Norwegian heritage, he then spent two semesters at the University of Bergen and two summers at Oslo University’s International Summer School to deepen his knowledge of the country’s language, culture and society.

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O’Dell Ray, 88; School Official Retired To Otsego Lake Home

IN MEMORIAM: O’Dell Ray, 88; School

Official Retired To Otsego Lake Home

O’Dell Ray

COOPERSTOWN – O’Dell Ray, 88, of Cooperstown, retired business administrator at public schools in the region, passed away peacefully on Monday May 28, 2018 at Cooperstown Center.

O’Dell was born in Jonesboro, Tenn., on June 16, 1929,  the son of the late Jacob and Flossie Story Ray.

O’Dell was a graduate of Paul Smith’s College Class of 1950, and spent over 42 years as a business administrator, first with the Norwich City Schools, followed by Waterville Central School, where he met the love of his life Dolores.  He retired from the New York Mills Union Free School District on June 30, 1992.

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Douglas Robertson, 67; Army Veteran, Bassett X-Ray Technician

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas Robertson, 67;

Army Veteran, Bassett X-Ray Technician

HARTWICK – Douglas W. Robertson, Sr., 67, an X-ray technician at Bassett Hospital for three decades, died Saturday evening, May 26, 2018, at his home on East Hill.

The third of five children, he was born Feb. 13, 19511, in Herkimer, the son of Donald C. and Eleanor (Landfried) Robertson.  Although he was raised and attended school in Herkimer, he spent most days in Cooperstown or at his family’s camp on Otsego Lake.

Following high school, where Doug was an outstanding competitive swimmer, he attended the SUNY Oswego on a swimming scholarship.

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Joseph C. Roraback, 81; Construction Supervisor Lived In Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph C. Roraback, 81;

Construction Supervisor Lived In Hartwick

HARTWICK – Joseph Clark Roraback, 81, a supervisor on construction projects who lived in the area for the past 30 years, died Friday night, May 25, 2018, peacefully with his daughters by his side.

He was born Oct. 11, 1936, in Hudson, a son of William Roraback and Betty (Balder) Darrah.

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Marilyn E. Baker, 65; Mother Lived In Oneonta All Her Life

IN MEMORIAM: Marilyn E. Baker, 65;

Mother Lived In Oneonta All Her Life

ONEONTA – Marilyn Elizabeth Baker, 65, passed away May 24, 2018, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 28, 1952, in Oneonta, the daughter of Willard and Daurice Miller, and lived there all her life.

Marilyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She lived by her last name as she was known for her famous cookies. She was known as “Grandma” by many and loved to spoil her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially with the stuffed stockings at Christmas.

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Dr. Nancy J. Bachman, 61, Otego; Professor, Pioneering Researcher
IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Nancy J. Bachman, 61, Otego;

Professor, Pioneering Researcher

Nancy J. Bachman

OTEGO – Dr. Nancy Jane Bachman, 61, a reseacher and, more recently, SUNY Oneonta biology professor, passed away at home on May 22, 2018, after battling Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer.

Nancy was born in Walnut Creek, Calif., on April 24, 1957. She was the first of five children born to Muriel (née Fry) Bachman and Jack Bachman. Muriel was a teacher, homemaker and educational pioneer. Jack was a PhD researcher, professor and collegiate athletics coach.

Nancy was an active wife, sister, aunt, niece and cousin, supporting, loving and cheering her family with all her heart. 

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Eric J. Merwin, 20, Davenport; Soldier Dies In Motorcycle Crash
IN MEMORIAM

Eric J. Merwin, 20, Davenport;

Soldier Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Eric J. Merwin

DAVENPORT – Eric James Merwin, 20, of Davenport, died suddenly May 13, 2018, as the result of a motorcycle crash in El Paso, Texas, where he was stationed in the Army at Fort Bliss.

He was born Jan. 28, 1998, in Oneonta.  Eric attended the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge and was a 2016 graduate of Charlotte Valley Central School. A private, he was assigned to the 2-13 Calvary Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss.

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George-Ann Hyde Doty Ryland, 81; Family Built Glimmerglen Estates

IN MEMORIAM

George-Ann Hyde Doty Ryland, 81;

Family Built Glimmerglen Estates

COOPERSTOWN – George-Ann Hyde Doty Ryland, 81, a former school teacher and mother of three whose grandfather built Glimmerglen, the notable estate on Otsego Lake’s western short, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

Born May 17, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., George-Ann was the daughter of George Edward and Ann Hyde Doty and the granddaughter of William Truslow Hyde, who established the Glimmerglen estate in 1916.  She was raised in Winnetka, Ill., graduated from New Trier High School and thereafter from St. Lawrence University, Class of 1958. At St. Lawrence, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

After college, George-Ann moved to San Francisco and was a school teacher. While in San Francisco, George-Ann was introduced to her brother’s college roommate, William Hugh Ryland to whom she was wed on July 2, 1960. George-Ann and Bill settled in Baltimore, Md., where she continued to teach school and where she raised her three children.

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