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In Memoriam

Dorothy Stocking Smith, 94; Worked At Richfield Springs Department Store

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Stocking Smith, 94;

Worked At Richfield Springs Department Store

SPRINGFIELD – Dorothy Catherine Stocking Smith, 94, who worked for years at Richfield Springs’ Foreman’s Department Store, as well as for several local families, passed away June 8, 2017 , peacefully at the Fox Nursing Home .

She was born March 2, 1923, in East Springfield, the daughter of Leslie O. Stocking and Ida Mae Barrett Stocking.

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Bernie Richardson, 81; Former Teacher At OHS, Businessman

IN MEMORIAM: Bernie Richardson, 81;

Former Teacher At OHS, Businessman

ONEONTA – Bernard F. “Bernie” Richardson, 81, retired Oneonta High School teacher and current owner of local businesses, died June 9, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born to Harry T. and Mina (Fairfield) Richardson on April 15, 1936, in Corning.  He was raised in Elmira Heights and graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School.

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Frederick I. Underwood, 92; Developed Underwood Heights
IN MEMORIAM

Frederick I. Underwood, 92;

Developed Underwood Heights

Frederick I. Underwood

OTEGO – Frederick I. Underwood, 92, a life-long independent businessman who developed Underwood Heights in Otego, passed away June 8, 2017.

He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Joyce Burnside Underwood, on Nov. 17, 2011.

Fred was born in Sidney Center on Dec. 10, 1924, to Henry and Fannie (Sheldon) Underwood, who along with siblings, Mildred, Seymour, Ken, Lucy and George predeceased him.

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Dennis ‘Shorty’ Kearney, 62; Marine Worked With Cars, Owned Race Car

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis ‘Shorty’ Kearney, 62;

Marine Worked With Cars, Owned Race Car

Dennis “Shorty” Kearney

ONEONTA – Dennis James “Shorty” Kearney, 62, a Marine who loved cars, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Dennis was born on Feb. 9, 1955, in Oneonta, a son of the late Robert E. and Helen (Root) Kearney. He grew up in Oneonta and attended Oneonta High School, then studied auto mechanics at SUNY Delhi. Following his graduation from Delhi, Shorty enlisted in the Marine Corps.

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Jerry Shannon, 92; SUNY Oneonta Professor, Decorated WWII Veteran
IN MEMORIAM

Jerry Shannon, 92; SUNY Oneonta

Professor, Decorated WWII Veteran

ONEONTA – Jerry A Shannon, Jr., SUNY Oneonta professor emeritus in science education and a decorated World War II veteran, died peacefully on May 30, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home, a day before his 93 birthday.

He was born March 31, 1924, on Shannon Hill in Meshoppen, Pa., the son of Jeremiah (Jerry) A. Shannon and Grace Roach Shannon.

He graduated from Meshoppen High School. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 78th (Lightning) Division in three World War II campaigns in the European Theater of Operations (Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe) as a member of a machine gun platoon.

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Dr. Wendell Frye, ‘Father of J-Term’ At Hartwick College, Dies At Age 77
IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Wendell Frye, ‘Father of J-Term’

At Hartwick College, Dies At Age 77

Two weeks before his passing, Dr. Wendell Frye, professor of German and the college’s oldest professor , received the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is flanked by college President Margaret Drugovich and Dr. Michael Tannebaum, vice president of academic affairs. on Saturday, May 21. (Hartwick College photo)
Dr. Wendell B. Frye

ONEONTA – Dr. Wendell Frye, 77, a professor of German, Hartwick College’s longest serving faculty member, and “Father of the J-Term,” passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  On May 21, he received the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching at the college’s commencement.

Wendell was born March 1, 1940, in Leominster, Mass., to Kenneth and Birtrice Frye. Upon graduating Leominster High School in 1958, he enlisted in the Marines. After serving, he received his B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.; his M.A. from Middlebury and his Ph.D. in German Literature from Indiana University.  He was a Fulbright scholar, studying in Germany.

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Melanie Motta, 92; Italian Immigrant Was Seamstress

IN MEMORIAM: Melanie Motta, 92;

Italian Immigrant Was Seamstress

COOPERSTOWN – Melanie A. Motta, 92, of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

Melanie was born on June 26, 1924, in Accorneri, a small village in Italy’s Piedmont Province, the daughter of Severino and Amalia Accornero.

She immigrated to the United States in 1951, following her marriage to Frank Motta, who predeceased her in 1986. Melanie and Frank originally moved to Astoria, Queens and later purchased a home in Yonkers, following the birth of their two children.

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Kay Mabie, 82; Retired To County After Police Career In Florida

IN MEMORIAM: Kay Mabie, 82; Retired

To County After Police Career In Florida

COOPERSTOWN – Catherine (Kay) Mabie, who returned to Otsego County after a law-enforcement career in Florida, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, with family by her side at the Cooperstown home of her daughter, Judy Reynolds, where she had resided since October 2015.

She was born in Goshen, Orange County, on March 25, 1935, to Elsie and Forrest Rosencrans and attended school in Walden. While living in South Valley she worked as a secretary for SUNY Cobleskill and raised her family.

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