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Dorothy ‘Dot’ Smith, 79; Spurbeck’s Matriarch

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Smith, 79;

Matriarch of Spurbeck’s

Dorothy Smith

COOPERSTOWN – Dorothy “Dot” Smith, 79, who ran the venerable Spurbeck’s Grocery for two decades alongside her husband Roger, died Saturday, Sept. 29 after a long illness.

In 1996, she and Roger took over the business, which his grandfather had opened in 1941, from Roger’s mother, Gert. In late 2017, they sold it to Michael Swatling and Carrie O’Brien.

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IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis Basile, 90; Bookkeeper Moved To Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis Basile, 90;

Bookkeeper Moved To Hartwick

COOPERSTOWN – Phyllis Basile, 90, mother of the longtime former Hartwick Fire Company #2 fire chief and a Queens native who relocated to Hartwick, passed away at Midnight on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Born Aug. 4, 1928, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Queens, she was one of seven children of Mauro and Marie (Croce) Maiorino.

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IN MEMORIAM: Jack Bottita Jr., 29; Railroad Enthusiast

IN MEMORIAM: Jack Bottita Jr., 29;

MCS Grad Photographer Of Trains

MILFORD – Jack (Jackson) Bottita Jr., 29, a railroad enthusiast and 2007 Milford graduate, died unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jack was born April 11, 1989 in Cooperstown to Brenda Kilts and Jack Bottita. He graduated from Milford Central School in 2007.

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IN MEMORIAM: Mary Arlene Hansen, 89; Owned Milford Beauty Shop

IN MEMORIAM:

Mary Arlene Hansen, 89;

Owned Milford Beauty Shop

MILFORD – Mary Arlene Hansen, 89, who owned the Milford Beauty Shop for nearly six decades, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018, at the Oneida Skilled Nursing Facility, Oneida.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1929, in Cooperstown, daughter of the late Harold and Gladys Tubbs Balcom. Mary was raised in Toddsville and was a graduate of Cooperstown High School. She went on to the Albany School of Beauty where she became a licensed beautician.

For 59 years she owned and operated the Milford Beauty Shop in Milford.

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IN MEMORIAM: Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69; Father of Hartwick Town Supervisor

IN MEMORIAM:

Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69;

Father of Hartwick Supervisor

Richard O’Brien

MILFORD – Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69, a lifelong area resident and father of Hartwick Town Supervisor Robert O’Brien, passed away unexpectedly Sunday night, Sept. 23, 2018.

He was born July 28, 1949, in Cooperstown, a son of the late Richard P. (“Dixie”) O’Brien, Sr. and Helen Gorney. He was raised on the family farm on Panther Mountain in Fly Creek Valley by an aunt and uncle, Joseph and Ruth Peplinski, whom he considered parents. He attended Cooperstown schools and graduated with the Class of 1967.

On Oct. 3, 1968, Richard enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country at the Alameda Naval Air Station in California. Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1969, Richard returned home and helped run the family farm.

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IN MEMORIAM: Mary Hill, 89; Active In Cooperstown Life

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Hill, 89;

Active In Cooperstown Civic Life

COOPERSTOWN–Mary H. Hill, 89, a Bassett Hospital volunteer and active member of Cooperstown civic life, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at Cooperstown Center.

Born Sept. 3, 1929, in Brooklyn, Mary was the daughter of Alexander and Helen (Lynde) McNeil.

Raised in Brooklyn, she married a neighbor and childhood friend, her lifelong love, James Hill, on Dec. 14, 1947. Jim predeceased her in 2014.

Jim and Mary raised their family in Oakdale, Long Island.

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IN MEMORIAM: Lucille Fink, 93; Member of Italian American Club

IN MEMORIAM: Lucille Fink, 93;

Member of Italian American Club

ONEONTA – Lucille R. Fink, “Lucy,” 93, an active member of St. Mary’s Church and the Italian American Club, passed away on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

She was born on Oct. 7, 1924, in Oneonta, the daughter of Sisto and Carmella (D’Ambrosini) Sardella.

Lucy worked for many years at the Triangle Shoe Store as an assistant manager.

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IN MEMORIAM: Theodore E. Hargrove Jr., 77; Owner of TJ’s Restaurant

IN MEMORIAM:

Theodore E. Hargrove Jr.,

77; Owner of TJ’s Place

Theodore Hargrove

COOPERSTOWN –  Theodore E. Hargrove Jr., 77, the owner of TJ’s Place restaurant, passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Sebastian, Fla  with his dear friend, Leonela by his side.

Born April 23, 1941, in White Plains, Ted was a longtime resident of Cooperstown. Ted moved to Sebastian, Florida, in September 2014, where he remained until he passed away.

Ted could often be found at TJ’s Place at “table No. 1” with his friends, family and loyal customers.

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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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