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In Memoriam

 Esther C. Brooks, 88, Dietician; Husband Director Of Clark Gym
IN MEMORIAM

 Esther C. Brooks, 88, Dietician;

Husband Director Of Clark Gym 

Esther C. Brooks

COOPERSTOWN – Esther C. Brooks, 88, former CCS cafeteria manager whose late husband was Clark Sports Center director, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

Born Esther Claire Kent on Aug. 24, 1929, in Lawrence, Mass., she was a daughter of Charles Francis Kent and Clara Mary née Balfour Kent.

After graduating from high school, Esther attended Simmons College in Boston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She then attended Russell Sage College in Troy, earning a master’s Community Health Education.

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Stephanie K. Shultis, 48; Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

IN MEMORIAM: Stephanie K. Shultis, 48;

Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

Stephanie Shultis

SCHENEVUS – Stephanie K. Shultis Hurlburt, 48, a manager at her family’s Polar Bear restaurants, passed away September 7, 2017, after a courageous 10-year battle with thyroid cancer.

She was born May 9, 1969, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edmund G. and Beth A. (Wells) Shultis.

Stephanie grew up in Schenevus, graduating from Andrew S. Draper Central School, Class of 1987.

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Lucas Rothenberger, 28, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Lucas Rothenberger, 28

Lucas Rothenberger, 1988-2017

ONEONTA – It is with a heavy heart that the family of Lucas Dale Rothenberger share the sadness of his passing on Sept. 6, 2017.  Born Nov. 1, 1988, he was 28.

He was a loving son, brother, father and friend.

Lucas will forever be remembered for his generous heart, gentle soul, and playful smile.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta.

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Ilene B. Arlet, 61; Volunteered For Local Organizations

IN MEMORIAM: Ilene B. Arlet, 61;

Volunteered For Local Organizations

Ilene B. Arlet

ONEONTA – Funeral services are Tuesday for Ilene Barbara Arlet, 61, a dependable volunteer at Catskill Area Hospital and other local organizations, who passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

he was born on June 1, 1956 in Wilmington, Del., the daughter of Herbert and Mildred (Baumann) Seligman. She married John R. Arlet on Dec. 13, 2002.

Ilene received her bachelor’s from SUNY Oneonta in sociology and her master’s degree in social sciences from SUNY Binghamton.

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Robert ‘Bob’ Reisman, 81; Clark Gardener Donated 10 Gals. In Blood

IN MEMORIAM: Robert ‘Bob’ Reisman, 81;

Clark Gardener Donated 10 Gals. In Blood

COOPERSTOWN – A few hours short of his 82nd birthday on Monday, April 10, 2017, Robert “Bob” Benedict Reisman passed peacefully on in the midst of an afternoon nap at the Marchand Manor home in Sharon Springs.    On Thursday, Sept. 7, his life was remembered and celebrated at his family’s graveyard plot in Richfield Springs.

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Roxanne Ellis, 75, Springfield Center

IN MEMORIAM: Roxanne Ellis, Springfield Center

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Roxanne Ellis, who retired here after a teaching career, passed unexpectedly on Sept. 1, 2017.

She was born April 13, 1943, Cortland. Growing up in Springfield Center, she loved horseback riding, softball and swimming at Public Landing, where she was also a lifeguard. She enjoyed the Fourth of July parade here all her life.

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Jessica M. Gaston, 33; Edmeston Native Working In Banking

IN MEMORIAM: Jessica M. Gaston, 33;

Edmeston Native Working In Banking

Jessica M. Gaston and her beloved Rottweiler, Shiva.

EDMESTON – Jessica M. Gaston, 33, of Utica, an athlete and accomplished singer while attending Edmeston Central School, passed away unexpectedly in Utica, where she was working for Bank of America.

Jessica was born on Jan. 1, 1984 in Norwich,  the daughter of William L. and Tammy M. Martin Gaston Jr.

She is survived by her parents William L. Jr and Tammy M. Martin Gaston of Edmeston, sister April Gaston of NJ, brother William L. Gaston III of Edmeston, nieces Saffiyah, Zainab, and Rose, nephews Mohammed, and Riley. Also surviving are many aunts uncles and cousins.

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Gerald Evans, 87, Bassett Physician, Fixture Of Cooperstown’s Social Life
IN MEMORIAM

Gerald Evans, 87, Bassett Physician,

Fixture Of Cooperstown’s Social Life

Dr. Gerald Evans

COOPERSTOWN – The family of Dr. Gerald Evans, the retired Bassett Hospital ophthalmologist, sadly announces his passing on Aug. 30, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

Gerald was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 13, 1930. He attended the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, where he was manager of the undefeated 1951 basketball team, and the New York Medical College.

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Leland A. Harvey, 90; Farmer, Contractor Worked At Opera

IN MEMORIAM: Leland A. Harvey, 90;

Farmer, Contractor Worked At Opera

Leland A. Harvey

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Leland Arthur Harvey, 90, a farmer, contractor and the Glimmerglass Opera’s first maintenance director, passed away on Aug. 30, 2017, at home with family by his side.

Leland was born on Aug. 5, 1927, in Salt Springville to Arthur William and Bertha Ripple Harvey.

Leland worked his family farm in Salt Springville until 1956, then built homes with C. David Smith as a skilled carpenter, plumber and electrician.  He joined the  Glimmerglass Opera when it opened as its present site.

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Richard L. Knudson, 87; Retired Professor Became Episcopal Priest

IN MEMORIAM: Richard L. Knudson, 87;

Retired Professor Became Episcopal Priest

ONEONTA – The Rev. Dr. Richard L. Knudson, 87, retired SUNY Oneonta professor and vicar at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, died Sept. 1, 2017.

He was born on June 4, 1930, He was the son of Norwegian immigrants and proudly traced his roots to the “Sloopers,” the first Norwegian immigrants to this country back in the early 1800s.

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