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In Memoriam

Barbara Louise Couture, 71; Nurse, Nursing Administrator, Artist

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Couture, 71;

Nurse, Nursing Administrator, Artist

Barbara L. Couture

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara Louise Couture, a nurse and nursing administrator, and also a dedicated artist, passed away Wednesday night, Feb. 7, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. She was 71.

Over the years, she lived in Kew Gardens, Queens; Walton, and most recently Cooperstown.

Born June 14, 1946, in Fall River, Mass., she was a daughter of Arthur and Rita (Ferland) Couture.

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Donald Sternberg, 91; Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Son

IN MEMORIAM: Donald Sternberg, 91;

Moved To Cooperstown To Be Near Son

Donald D. Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN – Donald D. Sternberg, 91, father of Dr. Richard J. Sternberg, the retired Bassett orthopedic surgeon, passed away this morning, Feb. 10, 2018, at Centers Health Care, the former Otsego Manor Nursing Home.

He was born on March 4, 1926, in New York City, son of Morton and Jeanette Sternberg, and attended Dewitt Clinton High School.  He enlisted during World War II, and served as a pharmacist’s mate at Parris Island, S.C.  Following the war, he attended the University of Wisconsin.

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Robert C. Stiefel, 93; WWII Veteran, SUNY Oneonta Retiree

IN MEMORIAM:  Robert C. Stiefel, 93;

WWII Veteran, SUNY Oneonta Retiree

Robert C. Stiefel

ONEONTA – Robert C. Stiefel, 93, a World War II veteran and SUNY Oneonta retiree, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Bob was born on June 14, 1924, in Oneonta, the son of Charles and Mabel (Moon) Stiefel.

He served his country in the Army during World War II, (1943-1945), the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

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Joseph F. Barone, 83, Cooperstown; Managing Director At Bear Stearns
IN MEMORIAM

Joseph F. Barone, 83, Cooperstown;

Managing Director At Bear Stearns

Joe Barone pursues a favorite retirement activity.

COOPERSTOWN – Joseph F. Barone, 83, a former managing director of Bear Stearns & Co. and longtime summer resident of Cooperstown, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Franklin Lakes, N.J.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1934, in West New York, N.J., son of Charlie and Antoinette Barone.

He was educated in New York City schools and served as a sergeant in the Air Force.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, and earned an MBA from New York University.

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Bonnie J. Garrity, 70; Taught Cosmetology 20 Years At BOCES

IN MEMORIAM: Bonnie J. Garrity, 70;

Taught Cosmetology 20 Years At BOCES

Bonnie Jeanne Garrity

ONEONTA – Bonnie Jeanne Garrity, 70, who taught cosmetology and related disciplines at ONC BOCES for 20 years, passed away Feb. 6, 2018, at Fox Nursing Home, with her family by her side.

She was born Jan. 2, 1948, in New Hyde Park, the daughter of Gilmore and Jeanne (Dietz) Garrity.

Bonnie grew up on Long Island.  She eventually moved to the Worcester area to be near her parents.

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Mary Louise Bellinger, 99; Taught In Three One-Room Schoolhouses

IN MEMORIAM:  Mary Louise Bellinger, 99;

Taught In Region’s One-Room Schoolhouses

Mary Louise Bellinger

WORCESTER – Mary Louise (Peters) Bellinger, 99, a retired teacher who taught in one-room schoolhouses in Schoharie County and Portlandville, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

She was the eldest daughter of Richard and Virginia Peters of Stamford, and was born on Dec. 19, 1918,  on the Peters farm.  Mary Lou graduated from the former Oneonta Normal school, presently SUNY, in 1939.

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Lois (Northrup) Champlin, 86, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Lois (Northrup) Champlin, 86

ONEONTA – Oneonta native Lois (Northrup) Champlin, 86, passed away on Christmas Day 2017 at her home in Overland Park, Kansas.

A graduate of Oneonta High School, she worked at Scintilla, now Amphenol, and Hartwick College for several years.

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Paul K. Neske, 84; Owned, Operated Schenevus Hotel

IN MEMORIAM:  Paul K. Neske, 84;

Owned, Operated Schenevus Hotel

Paul K. Neske

ONEONTA – Paul K. Neske, 84, of Oneonta, who operated the Schenevus Hotel for many years, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, Feb. 1, with Dave and Ann, his son and daughter-in-law, at his side.

Paul was born in Ridgewood, N.J., on July 7, 1933, the son of the late Frederick and Pauline Kurzenski Neske. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by the love of his life Kathryn Neske on Jan. 25, 2017, and two sisters Frances, and Marion.

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Joann M. O’Brien, 59, Cooperstown; Fought Cancer 10 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Joann M. O’Brien, 59,

Cooperstown; Fought Cancer 10 Years

Joann M. O’Brien

COOPERSTOWN – Joann M. O’Brien, 59, of Cooperstown, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer Sunday morning, February 4, 2018, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

She was born in Port Chester, one of three daughters of Joseph Alan and Dolores (Miller) Theriault. A graduate of Mamaroneck High School, she later served as a bus driver in New Rochelle.

After moving to Cooperstown, Joann worked for a time with Head Start, and later did house cleaning and babysitting. Prior to her illness, she was employed as a sales assistant for Mirabito’s.

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