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In Memoriam

Michael Genzardi, 41; L.I. Native Employed At Fox Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Genzardi, 41;

L.I. Native Employed At Fox Hospital

Michael Genzardi

ONEONTA – Michael G. Genzardi, 41, who moved from Long Island with his family in the 1980s, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 6, 2018 at his home.

He was born July 12, 1977, in Bethpage, the son of Eugene T. and Kathleen (Good) Genzardi.

Michael and his family moved to Oneonta in 1985 from Massapequa.  He graduated from Unatego High School.  He loved playing basketball.

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Memory Of Ricky Lives On As PIT Run Celebrates 25th Year

Memory Of Ricky Lives On

As PIT Run Marks 25th Year

State Troopers Jared Porter and Matthew Strobeck, both with Troop C, stand and salute during the National Anthem with the runners of the 25th annual PIT run in Oneonta this morning. The race is held annually in remembrance of fallen State Trooper Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian, a state trooper who lost his life while stopping an armed robbery in 1994. At right, Ricky’s brother Sid Parisian waves as he takes off on the first leg of the race with friend David Weaver, Oneonta, on left, and wife Deb, and Alison Alkins, right, Morris, take off from the starting line. Girma Gebre of New York City took first in the 10K with a time of 31:03, while Dylan Davi took first in the 5K with a time of 20:16. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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David F. Mattice, 89; Tiny’s Inn Owner Loved Farming, Too

IN MEMORIAM: David F. Mattice, 89;

Tiny’s Inn Owner Loved Farming, Too

David Mattice

ONEONTA – David F. Mattice, 89, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 8, 1929, in North Franklin, the son of the late Kenneth W. and Violet (Loreman) Mattice Sr.

Dave was the owner/operator of Tiny’s Inn from 1978 to 1989, where he loved to spend time on the dance floor.

In his younger years he was a dairy farmer, but left the farm to go to work as a tool man at Bendix/Scintilla for 34 years. His heart was always in farming, and following his retirement Dave helped his son Ron out with his farm.

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Edward J. Rood, 73; Hartwick Town Road Superintendent

IN MEMORIAM: Edward J. Rood, 73;

Hartwick Town Road Superintendent

Edward J. Rood

HARTWICK – The funeral is Friday for Edward J. Rood, 73, former Town of Hartwick highway superintendent, who passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

He was born in New Hartford on July 8, 1945, the son of the late Robert Rood Sr and Florence (Mykel) Rood. He married Linda (Armstrong) Rood on Sept. 14, 1968 at the Baptist church in Hartwick.

Drafted at 21 , he served in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1971.

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Pastor Jeff McLallen, 74; Served In So. Edmeston
IN MEMORIAM

Pastor Jeff McLallen, 74;

Served In So. Edmeston

Pastor Jeff McLalllen

SOUTH EDMESTON – Pastor John “Jeff” Fritz McLallen, 74, pastor of South Edmeston Community Church for the past 23 years, went home to be with the Lord on Monday Oct. 1, 2018, at his home here.

Jeff was born on June 19, 1944 in Phoenix, Ariz., the son of the late Clarence and Ruth Schoonover McLallen.

Jeff was a graduate of East High School in Rochester, Roberts Wesleyan College in the Rochester suburb of North Chili, and Asbury Seminaries in Wilmore, Ky.

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George Betts, 84; Social Worker Turned To Farming

IN MEMORIAM: George Betts, 84;

Social Worker Turned To Farming

WORCESTER – George Betts, 84, of a social worker in New York City before moving here in 1984 to pursue farming, passed away on Oct. 2, 2018. He died peacefully after a long illness.

George was born June 30, 1934 in Highland Park, Ill., the son of Harlan and Ida Jane Betts.

He and his wife Regina met at an Off -Broadway theatre in New York City, where they both worked. They were married 61 years.

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Samuel C. Sandoli, 74; Retired Oneonta Teacher
IN MEMORIAM

Samuel C. Sandoli, 74;

Retired Oneonta Teacher

Samuel C. Sandoli

ONEONTA – Samuel C. Sandoli, 74, who retired from Oneonta Middle School after a 35-year teaching career, passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on July 16, 1944, in Albany, the son of Salvatore and Thomasina (Spinola) Sandoli.

A 1962 graduate of Oneonta High School, and a life-long area resident, as well as an active community member, Mr. Sandoli most recently taught social studies at the Oneonta Middle School, retiring in 2006 after an amazing 35-year teaching career.

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Full Obituary for Dorothy ‘Dot’ Smith, 79; Ran Spurbecks For 20 Years
IN MEMORIAM

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Smith, 79;

Ran Spurbeck’s For 20 Years

Dorothy Smith

COOPERSTOWN –  Dorothy Marie Vidosić Smith, 79, an accomplished painter and the matriarch of Spurbeck’s Grocery for 20 years, passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 29.

She was born in Atlanta, Ga. on May 5, 1939, the daughter of Joseph Paul Vidosić and Martha Marie Van den Bulck. She attended Georgia Tech and graduated in 1961. On June 16, 1961, she married Roger Smith, and in 1963, they moved to Toddsville.

In 1996, she and Roger took over Spurbeck’s Grocery, which Roger’s grandfather had opened in 1941, from Roger’s mother, Gert. They ran the store until they sold it in October 2017.

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