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Louis R. Kilts, 74; Oneontan Worked In Maintenance

IN MEMORIAM: Louis R. Kilts, 74;

Oneontan Worked In Maintenance

MOHAWK – Louis R. Kilts, 74, of Mohawk, an Oneonta native who leaves several survivors in Otsego County, died Friday Oct. 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

Louis was born on Jan. 28, 1944, in Oneonta to Earl R. Kilts and Lilian Anderson Kilts. He worked in maintenance throughout his life.

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Betty Thompson, 86; Librarian Began Career At Huntington

IN MEMORIAM: Betty Thompson, 86;

Librarian Began Career At Huntington

Betty Thompson

ONEONTA – Elizabeth “Betty” (Miller) Thompson, 86, whose year on the staff of the Huntington Memorial Library launched her life’s work, passed away surrounded by family, on Aug. 31, 2018, in Cortland.

Formerly of Newark Valley, she was originally from Oneonta.

Betty was born on Feb. 17, 1932, attended Bugbee Elementary School and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1949. She studied history and Spanish at Hartwick College, graduating in 1953, then completed a year of graduate study in library science at Oswego State.

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Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85; Raised 6 Children, Worked For Bell Telephone

IN MEMORIAM:  Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85;

Raised 6 Children, Bell Telephone Operator

Donna Joyce Leven

MARYLAND – Donna Joyce (Reed) Leven, 85, who raised six children, and worked as a telephone operator and in local retail, passed away at her Town of Maryland home on Dec. 2, 2017, following a long illness.

Born on Sept. 2, 1932. in Oneonta, Donna was the daughter of the late Clifford and Phyrn Reed.
A homemaker, she raised six children, was also employed by Bell Telephone and was a member of the Pioneer Club of retired telephone operators, and was display manager for local stores.

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Laura Gohde, 78; Worked At Corning Plant, Astrocom

IN MEMORIAM: Laura Gohde, 78;

Worked At Corning Plant, Astrocom

MILFORD – Laura M. Gohde, 78, of Tansey Hill Road, passed away early Thursday morning, Oct. 26, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born at the home of a relative in Pleasant Brook on July 8, 1939, one of 12 children of  Donald E. and Mabel E. (Crewell) Hitchcock.

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Marie Wayman, 67; Husband, 4 Children, Mother Survive

IN MEMORIAM: Marie Wayman, 67;

Husband, 4 Children, Mother Survive

STAMFORD – Oneonta native Marie Ellen Wayman, 67, of Stamford, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

She was born April 14, 1950, the daughter of George F. and Shirley (Brush) Spencer.  Marie graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1968.

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IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth J. Priore, 91; Oneonta Native Was Nurse In Michigan

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth J. Priore, 91;

Oneonta Native Was Nurse In Michigan

Elizabeth Jean Priore

ONEONTA – Elizabeth Jean Priore, 91, an Oneonta native and registered nurse, died Sept. 30, 2017, in Rochester Hills, Mich., where she lived.

She attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Oneonta, and graduated from Oneonta High School. She received her nursing degree from Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, then worked as a registered nurse in several hospitals in New York and Michigan.

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Daniel P. Reed, 27, Stamford; ATV Crash Kills Young Father
IN MEMORIAM

Daniel P. Reed, 27, Stamford;

ATV Crash Kills Young Father

Daniel P. Reed

STAMFORD – Oneonta native Daniel Patrick Reed, 27, of Stamford, passed away on Sept. 25, 2017, from injuries sustained during an ATV accident.

Born on Sept. 14, 1990, in Oneonta, he was the son of John D. Reed and Cheryl L. Burke.

Daniel worked for the last few years in the Parts Department at Eklund Farm Machinery in Stamford, where he considered customers his top priority and his employers family.

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Stephanie K. Shultis, 48; Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

IN MEMORIAM: Stephanie K. Shultis, 48;

Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

Stephanie Shultis

SCHENEVUS – Stephanie K. Shultis Hurlburt, 48, a manager at her family’s Polar Bear restaurants, passed away September 7, 2017, after a courageous 10-year battle with thyroid cancer.

She was born May 9, 1969, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edmund G. and Beth A. (Wells) Shultis.

Stephanie grew up in Schenevus, graduating from Andrew S. Draper Central School, Class of 1987.

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 Mary G. Foti, Oneonta, Worked For 5 Congressmen

IN MEMORIAM:  Mary Foti;

Worked For 5 Congressmen

ONEONTA – Mary G. Foti, who worked for five congressman in the course of her career, died July 31, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home.

Mary was the daughter of John and Lena (Cologero) Foti. She was born and raised in Oneonta. She lived in Syracuse for 35 years, moving to Washington, D.C., and retiring back to Oneonta.

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