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In Memoriam

Marjorie C. Lasher, 83; Nurse’s Aide, New Lisbon Tax Collector

IN MEMORIAM: Marjorie C. Lasher, 83;

Nurse’s Aide, New Lisbon Tax Collector

GARRATTSVILLE – Marjorie C. Lasher, 83, a retired nurse’s aide who was active in Garrattsville civic life, passed away Thursday April 6, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing at Otsego.

Marjorie was born in New Lisbon, the daughter of the late Stewart and Alice Eldred Card. She spent her adult life in Garrattsville after marrying Ralph H. Lasher on June 10, 1959, on the family farm.

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Giancarlo Giacomelli, 77; Furniture Refinisher Since Arriving In U.S.

IN MEMORIAM: Giancarlo Giacomelli, 77;

Furniture Refinisher Since Arriving In U.S.

CHERRY VALLEY – Giancarlo Giacomelli, a furniture refinisher since arriving from Bagni di Lucca, Italy, in 1958, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017, with his loving family by his side.  A daughter survives in Oneonta.

Giancarlo was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Grenoble, France, to the late Ernesto Giacomelli and Anna Giusti. He married Renata Feci on Sept 26., 1965, in The Bronx.

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Daisy S. Rodriguez, 59; Ran ‘Clean As A Daisy’ Cleaning Service

IN MEMORIAM: Daisy S. Rodriguez, 59;

Ran ‘Clean As A Daisy’ Cleaning Service

Daisy S. Rodriguez

ONEONTA – Daisy Sue Rodriguez, 59, passed away unexpectedly while taking care of her son on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Schenectady.

She was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late William and Ruby May (Kingsley) Stone.

Daisy graduated from Unatego Central School and then Utica School of Commerce.

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Rose J. Fraser, 81; SUNY Retiree Raised Large Family

IN MEMORIAM:  Rose J. Fraser, 81;

SUNY Retiree Raised Large Family

Rose Fraser

MOUNT VISION – Rose J. Fraser, 81, who lived for the past 63 years in Mount Vision, passed away at home with her family by her side.

Rose was born in Westbury Long Island, the daughter of John and Susan (Metzger) Marano. She married Winnard Fraser Jr. on Sept. 3, 1954, in Mineola.

Rose worked at both the former Homer Folks TB Hospital in Oneonta and SUNY Oneonta.

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Elaine Matthews, 69; Raised 5 Children In Richfield Springs

IN MEMORIAM: Elaine Matthews, 69;

Raised 5 Children In Richfield Springs

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Elaine Thelma Matthews, 69, who worked as a health aide while raising five children here, passed away on Wednesday April 5, 2017, in Valley Health Services, Herkimer.

She was born on Oct. 26, 1947, in New Berlin, daughter of the late Walter H. Sr. and Neva M. Ray Loomis. A lifelong Richfield Springs resident, she was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School.

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Anthony Chicorelli, 93; Oneonta Native, World War II Veteran

IN MEMORIAM: Anthony Chicorelli, 93;

Oneonta Native, World War II Veteran

Anthony Chicorelli

ONEONTA – Anthony Chicorelli, 93, a Navy veteran of World War II who retired from Allied Corp., died Thursday, March 30, 2017, from natural causes.

He was born June 25, 1923, son of Eugenio and Alessandra (Pallottolo) Ciccarelli. Affectionately known as Tony to friends and family, he married Frances Louise Beach in 1942. Frances left this world too soon, on May 20, 1993, 69 years young.

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Robert B. Anderson, 78; Farmer, Former Laurens Highway Chief
IN MEMORIAM

Robert B. Anderson, 78; Farmer,

Former Laurens Highway Chief

ONEONTA – Robert B. Anderson, 78, of Oneonta, former Laurens town highway superintendent after retiring from farming in West Edmeston, died unexpectedly Wednesday March 29, 2017, in Oneonta.

Bob was born April 1, 1938, in Canandaigua, son of the late Robert E. and Norma Bulman Anderson. He was a graduate of Victor Central School prior to working for the state Thruway. Soon after, Bob joined the Coast Guard.

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Lori Ann Patryn Smith, 45; 21-Year Mainstay At Otesaga
IN MEMORIAM/FULL OBITUARY

Lori Ann Patryn Smith, 45;

21-Year Mainstay At Otesaga

Lori Ann Patryn Smith

COOPERSTOWN – Lori Ann Patryn Smith, 45, who rose to maître d’ in 21 years at The Otesaga, died at home on March 29, 2017.  She had been bravely fighting cancer for almost a year and a half.

She was surrounded by family and friends, including her husband Steven E. Smith of Cobleskill – the light of her life; father and mother Bruce and Mary Patryn of Springfield Center; parents-in-law Richard and Deborah Smith of Cobleskill; brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Mary Patryn of Long Meadow, Mass.; and beloved niece, Dina and nephews Bruce, Matthew, Nicholas, Mark and Gabriel, to whom she was “the best aunt ever”.

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Dorothy J. Zeh, 81; Worked For Years At Oneonta Sears

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy J. Zeh, 81;

Worked For Years At Oneonta Sears

Dorothy Zeh

DAVENPORT CENTER – Dorothy J. Zeh, 81, mother of four, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehab. & Nursing Center.

She was born July 16, 1935 in Laurens, the daughter of the late Edward E. and Marguerite (George) Oliver. Dorothy graduated from Laurens Central School. On Sept. 13, 1953, she married Burnett H. Zeh, Sr. in Laurens. Burnett predeceased her on June 27, 2006.

For many years Dorothy was the parts manager and then worked in the catalog department at Sears in Oneonta.

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Paul W. Shelton, 93, WWII Veteran In 32 Naval Battles
IN MEMORIAM

Paul W. Shelton, 93, WWII

Veteran In 32 Naval Battles

Paul Shelton

ONEONTA – Paul Wilson Shelton, 93, a World War II veteran who served on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier during 32 battles in the Pacific Theater, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Fox Hospital.

He was born May 18, 1923, in Warwick, Tenn., the son of the late Henry and Clarence (Cherry) Amos.  Paul was raised in Woodville, Mississippi and graduated from Woodville High School.

He enlisted in the Navy just before Pearl Harbor Day and, assigned to the USS Lexington, was also involved in the development of radar.

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