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In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Kenneth Baldwin, 95; Veteran, Hospital Chaplain
IN MEMORIAM

Rev. Kenneth Baldwin, 95;

WWII Veteran, Fox Chaplain

Rev. Kenneth Baldwin

ONEONTA – The Rev. Kenneth R. Baldwin, 95, retired United Methodist Church pastor, World War II veteran and Fox Hospital chaplain during his retirement in Oneonta, passed away on Aug. 27, 2018.

Ken was the son of the late Bert and Mae (Clifford) Baldwin of Fayetteville, and was born in Syracuse on June 26, 1923.  In 1940, he met the love of his life, Nancy Hall, at a youth camp in Charlotte, Vt.    World War II lengthened their courtship, but Ken and Nancy were married in 1948 and shared 70 years of happy marriage.  They enjoyed dancing well into Ken’s nineties, often to the applause of onlookers.

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IN MEMORIAM: Sandra J. Bliss, 70, Teacher, Civic Leader

IN MEMORIAM: Sandra Bliss, 70;

40-year Teacher, Civic Leader

COOPERSTOWN – Sandra Jane Bliss, 70, a teacher and the first director of the Mohawk Regional Teacher’s Center, died peacefully Monday evening, Aug. 27, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home on County Highway 33 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Sandy was born in Cooperstown on Nov. 12, 1947, the daughter of Claud and Anna Bliss. She graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1965 and SUNY Oneonta in 1969, received her Masters in Education from SUNY Cortland in 1974, and began her 40 year teaching career at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School in 1969.

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Irene M. Miller, 96; Local Elementary School Teacher

IN MEMORIAM: Irene M. Miller, 96;

Local Elementary School Teacher

MILFORD CENTER — Irene (McGunnigle) Miller died on July 27, 2018. She was 96. She was born and raised in Hicksville, NY on Long Island, one of 4 other sisters and 2 brothers.

After high school she came to Oneonta to attend the then NY State Teachers College (Oneonta State Normal School) which is now SUNY Oneonta. She graduated with her Teaching Degree in Elementary Education and until her retirement in 1979 she taught various K-6 grades on Long Island, Unadilla, Milford and for the final 20 years at Center Street School in Oneonta teaching 1st Grade.

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Donna Jane Whitmore, 72;  SUNY Oneonta Accountant For 30 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Donna Jane Whitmore, 72; 

SUNY Oneonta Accountant For 30 Years

Donna Jane Whitmore

LAURENS – Donna Jane Whitmore of Laurens passed away peacefully on July 26th, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Oct 23, 1945 to Donald and Clara Scanlon and was the oldest of four siblings. She married her Toad (Ronald ‘Toad’ Whitmore) on December 10, 1966 and they were blessed with two daughters, Jodi and Julie.

Donna worked at the State University College at Oneonta for over 30 years. She worked in Accounts Receivable where she was very loved by her co-workers and was a mentor to many.

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April Funeral Planned For Rev. Doug Deer

In Memoriam

April Funeral Planned

For Rev. Douglas Deer

COOPERSTOWN – Rev. Douglas M. Deer, a retired American Baptist minister, drew his last breath on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

A celebration of his life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown.

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IN MEMORIAM: Harriet C. Lyon, 97; Active With Scouting, Youth Sports
IN MEMORIAM

Harriet C. Lyon, 97;

Active With Scouting

Harriet Lyon

COOPERSTOWN — Harriet C. Lyon, 97, a Queens native who moved to East Springfield in her retirement, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at home with her daughter Melissa and her family by her side.

Born on June 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, to Christina and Harry Brunn, Harriet grew up in Queens. After graduating from high school, she went to work at Metropolitan Life. Harriet married Charles F. Lyon IV on Nov. 17, 1940, moving to Westhampton Beach, in 1944 where she and Charlie adopted and raised two children.

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IN MEMORIAM: Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48; Army Veteran

IN MEMORIAM:

Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48;

Veteran Survived By 6 Children

Joseph James Sieger Sr.

ONEONTA – Joseph James Sieger Sr., 48, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017, at home in Oneonta.

An Army veteran, he loved fishing, beer, and rock and roll.

He’s survived by his mother, Teena Masker; six children, James, Scott, Trevor, Brett, Matthew, and Joey; three grandchildren; five siblings, long-time friend Kevin; and many additional friends and family.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bookhout Funeral Home.

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