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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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Janet B. Raymond, 84; Worked At Bresee’s, Then Fox Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Janet B. Raymond, 84;

Worked At Bresee’s, Then Fox Hospital

Janet B. Raymond

OTEGO – Janet B. Raymond, 84, a nurse who retired from Fox Hospital, passed away June 16, 2017 at her home.

Janet was born April 29, 1933 in the family home on Hudson Street in Oneonta, the daughter of Jay and Catherine (Smith) Woolheater. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950 and began raising a family of seven children and many four-legged friends. She married James Raymond in November 1969.

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David A. Stewart Sr. Engineer Also Interested In History

IN MEMORIAM: David A. Stewart Sr.

Engineer Also Interested In History

David A. Stewart Sr.

ONEONTA – Oneonta native David Arnold Stewart Sr., 86, whose love of history was expressed in the restoration of his Pennsylvania home and participation in historical societies, passed away peacefully May 3, 2017, under the care of Hospice in Jackson, Mich.

Dave was the son of James and Helen (Morris) Stewart, born May 24, 1930, in Oneonta.  A 1948 graduate of Oneonta High School, Dave graduated from Tri-State College (now Trine University) in Angola, Ind., with a degree in civil engineering in 1957. Earning his professional engineering license in the early 1960s, he enjoyed his professional career working for McFarland Johnson, in Binghamton and Woodbury, N.J., Kuljian Corp., Philadelphia, and Day & Zimmermann, Philadelphia.

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Montanna Wilber, 69; Army Veteran Retired From Post Office

IN MEMORIAM:  Montanna Wilber, 69;

Army Veteran Retired From Post Office

MERIDALE – Oneonta native Montanna Fay Wilber, Sr., 69, of Meridale, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Born on Aug. 18, 1947 in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Leland J. and Hazel (Stilson) Wilber.

Mr. Wilber proudly served in the Army from 1965 to 1968.

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Russell W. Decker, 59; Oneonta Native Self-Taught Musician

IN MEMORIAM: Russell Decker, 59;

Oneonta Native Self-Taught Musician

Russell W. Decker

ONEONTA – Oneonta native Russell W. Decker 59, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at home in Unadilla.

He was born on June 25, 1957, Fox Hospital, the first child of Leon H. and Patricia A. (Ainsworth) Decker.

Russell was the recipient of the DAR citizenship award in 6th grade at Valley View Central School.  He looked forward to summers at Crumhorn Mountain Boy Scout Camp where he achieved the Order of the Arrow.

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Sister Marie Denise Monser, 91; Oneonta Native Taught Speech
IN MEMORIAM

Sister Marie Denise Monser, 91;

Oneonta Native Taught Speech

Sister Marie Denise Monser
Sister Marie Denise Monser

ONEONTA – Sister Marie Denise Monser, CSJ, 91, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at home in Oneonta. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 64 years.

The former Esther Mary Monser, she was born on June 14, 1925, in Oneonta, daughter of the late Francis and Shelby (Nader) Monser, Lebanese immigrants.  She graduated from Oneonta High School and Lowell Business School and worked for Ozalid Corp. in Binghamton.

On March 19, 1952, Sister Marie entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1959.

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Virginia Weaver, 86; Oneonta Native Longtime Nurse’s Aide

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Weaver, 86;

Oneonta Native Longtime Nurse’s Aide

Virginia Bugbee Weaver
Virginia Bugbee Weaver

SOUTH NEW BERLIN – Oneonta native Virginia Arlene Weaver, 86, a nurse’s aide for many years, passed away peacefully on Nov. 14, 2016, at her home in South New Berlin, surrounded by her family.

Virginia was born on Aug. 5, 1930, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edward John and Amy Ethel Bugbee. She was raised in Oneonta and Laurens, attending Oneonta schools.

On July 23, 1949, she married Donald Earl Weaver, her husband of 67 years.

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Donald R. Wilsey, 69; Oneonta Native, Veteran, Diesel Mechanic

IN MEMORIAM:  Donald R. Wilsey, 69;

Oneonta Native, Veteran, Diesel Mechanic

SHARON SPRINGS – Oneonta native Donald R. Wilsey, 69, an Army veteran and diesel mechanic, passed away Sept. 3, 2016, at his home.

He was born May 22, 1947, in Oneonta, the son of Clarence and Pearl (Bank) Wilsey.

Donald was a Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Middleburgh VFW.

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