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In Memoriam

Susan Lynch, 84, Oneonta; Born In Ireland, Waitress In NYC, Miami

IN MEMORIAM: Susan Lynch, 84, Oneonta;

Born In Ireland, Waitress In NYC, Miami

Susan Lynch

ONEONTA – It is with sadness and joy that the death of Susan Lynch, 84, on March 25, 2018, is told: Sadness for the loss of her and joy for her that she is now with family members and friends she loved and missed who are no longer on this earth.

Susan was born on Aug. 14, 1933, in Straths, Carndonagh, County Donegal, Ireland, to James Lynch and Rose Anne (Toland) Lynch.

She lived and worked on the family farm and a neighbor’s farm while young until she went to work off the farms at age 14.

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Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85; Farmer Active in Franklin Life

IN MEMORIAM

Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85;

Farmer Active in Franklin Life

Lois Stalter

FRANKLIN –  Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85, a lifelong farmer and mother of the late Dr. Kenneth D. Stalter, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Lois was born on Feb. 28, 1933, in Delhi, to Lynn S. and Mildred (Truscott) Clark. She grew up on the family farm on Elk Creek Road with her brothers, David and Peter, and sister, Celia.

Lois was a farm girl and proud to drive the team of horses in the fields for her father.

She graduated from Delaware Academy, Class of 1951. She was the drum majorette in the band and played basketball and field hockey.

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Ralph Osterhoudt, 73; Owned Parkview Liquors

IN MEMORIAM

Ralph ‘Red’ Osterhoudt, 73;

Owned Parkview Liquors

“Red” Osterhoudt

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Following a courageous 13-year journey with cancer, Ralph “Red” Osterhoudt passed from this life on April 4, 2018, at Albany Medical Center with his wife Sheila, son, Cory and sister, Janice, at his bedside.

In recent days, Ralph enjoyed being with family, extended family and friends celebrating his grandson Jack’s fourth birthday, his own 73rd April Fool’s/Easter birthday, a birthday brunch and visits from many family members and friends bringing him love support and best wishes.

Ralph was the first born of Bessie Stoddard Osterhoudt and Ralph Hopkins Osterhoudt. He was raised with two brothers, Ron and Chuck and one sister, Janice Misencik.

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Richard Lutz, 91; Founder of Lutz Feed
IN MEMORIAM

Richard F. Lutz, 91; He Built

100 Homes, Founded Lutz Feed

Richard F. Lutz

ONEONTA – Richard Frederick Lutz, 91, the contractor and business visionary who founded Lutz Feed, passed away on April 2, 2018.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Roxbury, the son of Frederick and Lena Lutz. His siblings were Edna and Herbert, more affectionately known as Deak. He was educated at Roxbury Central School.

Dick served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946.

On Oct. 26, 1952, he married the music teacher of Roxbury Central School, Marjorie Webster. They had two sons, Steven and Robert.

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Lt. Col. John W. Penree, 61; Served From Bosnia To Iraq
IN MEMORIAM

Lt. Col. John W. Penree, 61;

Served From Bosnia To Iraq

Lt. Col. John Penree

HARTWICK – Lt. Col. John W. Penree, who served in the Army and National Guard for more than four decades, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va., on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. He was 61.

A native of Utica, he was born on Dec. 26, 1956, to William and Sophie (Hula) Penree. He was the third oldest of seven children, having four brothers and two sisters. Lieutenant Colonel Penree attended Frankfort-Schuyler Central High School.

He enlisted in the Army on Aug. 30, 1974, at Fort Dix, N.J., at 17 for basic training and AIT, where he became qualified as a heavy wheeled vehicle operator. Lieutenant Colonel Penree received his associate degree from City University of Seattle, going on to obtain his bachelor of engineering from Columbia University.

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Dorcas Yoder, 24; Young Mother Succumbs To Cancer

IN MEMORIAM:  Dorcas Yoder, 24;

Young Mother Succumbs To Cancer

MORRIS – Dorcas D. Yoder, 24, who had been fighting cancer for the past year, has passed away.

She was the daughter of Daniel and Iva Weaver. She and her husband, Josh, were married in August 2016, and they brought into being a beautiful son, Nathan, nine months ago.

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Dolores A. Cahill; Spent 50 Years With Salvation Army

IN MEMORIAM: Dolores A. Cahill;

Spent 50 Years With Salvation Army

SIDNEY – Dolores A. Cahill, who spent a half-century with the Salvation Army, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2018 in Sidney.

She was born in Queens, the daughter of Paul and Eleanor (Shields) Patane.  Dolores attended Julia Richman High School in New York City.

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William E. Aufmuth; Tree Service Owner Dies Suddenly At 56

IN MEMORIAM: William E. Aufmuth;

Tree Service Owner Dies Suddenly At 56

Billy Aufmuth

COOPERSTOWN – William E. Aufmuth, a lifelong resident of Cooperstown whose love for wood made him known as an expert arborist and sculptor, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, March 30, 2018, at Bassett Hospital. He was 56.

A native of Cooperstown, Bill was born April 6, 1961, a son of August Jack Aufmuth and Dorothy Zigon Aufmuth. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School, he travelled before returning to Cooperstown where he went to work as an arborist. He owned and operated Aufmuth’s Tree Service for many years, providing expert care of area trees for many customers.

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Bill Sprague, 82; Proprietor Of  Billy’s Beef, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Sprague, 82;

Proprietor Of Billy’s Beef, Oneonta

William A. “Bill” Sprague

ONEONTA – William A. Sprague Jr., 82, who in the 1990s operated Billy’s Beef, a popular gathering spot and early local venue for karaoke, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, March 28, after a short illness.  His children Billy and Sarah were by his side.

Bill was born in Ithaca, the son of the late William Arthur Sprague and Monica Mullins Sprague.

He was educated in Ithaca Catholic schools and the Ithaca school system.  After graduation, he served in the Air Force in 1953-57.  He then entered the hospitality industry, first in Boulder, Colo., where he was an assistant manager at the Boulder Country Club and the general manager at the University Country Club.

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