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Caryl B. Klingman, 81; Ran Adult Care Center

IN MEMORIAM

Caryl B. Klingman, 81;

Ran Adult Care Center

ONEONTA – Caryl B. Klingman, 81, who ran an adult care center out of her Gilbertsville home, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

Caryl was born on Sept. 19, 1936, a daughter of the late Harry and Anna (Loehr) Hutchens in Yonkers.

Caryl was once employed by the Clark’s Color Center in Oneonta and had a passion for sewing. She enjoyed doing various crafts and supporting many of the areas craft fairs. For many years, she ran an adult care center out of her home in Gilbertsville. She had a large heart and there was always enough room to help out another person.

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Jean M. Scorzafava, 90, Former Sixth Ward Alderwoman

IN MEMORIAM

Jean M. Scorzafava, 90;

Sixth Ward Alderwoman

Jean Scorzafava

ONEONTA – Jean M. Scorzafava, 90, a former Sixth Ward Alderwoman and beautician, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018. She was surrounded by her family at A.O. Fox Memorial Nursing Home, where she had been living.

Jean was born in Carbondale, Penn., on Aug. 29, 1927, the daughter of Victor and Philopena Nepa. She moved to Oneonta, with her husband, Marino, in 1948.

Jean loved her new community and served in Civil Defense as well as serving as Sixth Ward Alderwoman from 1976-84. She worked as a self-employed beautician for many years and later worked for Otsego County in the Unemployment and Election Board offices. She retired from those positions to start her most fulfilling work as a devoted grandmother.

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Lawrence Heldman, 86; SUNY Oneonta Professor

IN MEMORIAM

Lawrence Heldman, 86;

SUNY Oneonta Professor

Lawrence Heldman

ONEONTA –  Lawrence John Heldman, Ed.D., a SUNY Oneonta professor active in community life, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at his home.

Larry was born Feb. 10, 1932, to Arthur Charles and Mary Patterson Heldman in Yonkers, the eldest of their five children. He attended Yonkers schools and graduated from Cortland State Teachers College (SUNY Cortland) in 1953.

He served in the Army’s 516th Signal Corps during the Korean War, and was awarded the Medal of Military Merit.

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Elena Doyle, 71; Premier Pastry Chef

IN MEMORIAM

Elena Doyle, 71;

Renown Pastry Chef

Elena Doyle

EAST MEREDITH – Maria Elena “Elena” Doyle, 71, who owned Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta,  died peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born in Queens, NY, daughter of Silvio Ghianda and Mary (Gerolamo) Ghianda, Elena moved to East Meredith in 1989. A long-standing member of the Oneonta business community, she owned and operated Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta, NY for more than 20 years and was one of the area’s premier wedding caterers.

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Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85; Farmer Active in Franklin Life

IN MEMORIAM

Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85;

Farmer Active in Franklin Life

Lois Stalter

FRANKLIN –  Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85, a lifelong farmer and mother of the late Dr. Kenneth D. Stalter, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Lois was born on Feb. 28, 1933, in Delhi, to Lynn S. and Mildred (Truscott) Clark. She grew up on the family farm on Elk Creek Road with her brothers, David and Peter, and sister, Celia.

Lois was a farm girl and proud to drive the team of horses in the fields for her father.

She graduated from Delaware Academy, Class of 1951. She was the drum majorette in the band and played basketball and field hockey.

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Ralph Osterhoudt, 73; Owned Parkview Liquors

IN MEMORIAM

Ralph ‘Red’ Osterhoudt, 73;

Owned Parkview Liquors

“Red” Osterhoudt

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Following a courageous 13-year journey with cancer, Ralph “Red” Osterhoudt passed from this life on April 4, 2018, at Albany Medical Center with his wife Sheila, son, Cory and sister, Janice, at his bedside.

In recent days, Ralph enjoyed being with family, extended family and friends celebrating his grandson Jack’s fourth birthday, his own 73rd April Fool’s/Easter birthday, a birthday brunch and visits from many family members and friends bringing him love support and best wishes.

Ralph was the first born of Bessie Stoddard Osterhoudt and Ralph Hopkins Osterhoudt. He was raised with two brothers, Ron and Chuck and one sister, Janice Misencik.

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Richard Lutz, 91; Founder of Lutz Feed
IN MEMORIAM

Richard F. Lutz, 91; He Built

100 Homes, Founded Lutz Feed

Richard F. Lutz

ONEONTA – Richard Frederick Lutz, 91, the contractor and business visionary who founded Lutz Feed, passed away on April 2, 2018.

He was born on March 8, 1927, in Roxbury, the son of Frederick and Lena Lutz. His siblings were Edna and Herbert, more affectionately known as Deak. He was educated at Roxbury Central School.

Dick served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946.

On Oct. 26, 1952, he married the music teacher of Roxbury Central School, Marjorie Webster. They had two sons, Steven and Robert.

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In Memoriam: Donald R. Stiefel, 92; Worked for D&H Railroad

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Stiefel, 92;

Worked for D&H Railroad

Donald Stiefel

ONEONTA –  Donald R. Stiefel, 92, a former D&H Gang leader, passed away March 6, 2018 at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 27, 1925 in Oneonta, the son of Frederick and Mabel (Moon) Stiefel.

Don was a United States Navy veteran serving from 1944 to 1946 in the Merchant Maines Convoy duty.

He married Margaret “Peg” Jordan on Sept. 19, 1946 at the Zion Episcopal Church in Morris.

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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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