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In Memoriam

John Shulgay, 80, Schenevus; CV Native Farmed, Drove Truck, Worked For Town

IN MEMORIAM:  John Shulgay, 80, Schenevus;

Farmed, Drove Truck, Worked For Westford

SCHENEVUS – John Shulgay, 80, a Cherry Valley native who retired from the Town of Westford, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 2, 1938 in Cherry Valley, the son of Pete and Pauline (Mygus) Shulgay.  He grew up in Cherry Valley and attended Cherry Valley School.

Mary Jane Jackson, 63; 35-Year Nurse’s Aide At County’s Meadows

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Jane Jackson, 63;

35-Year Nurse’s Aide At County’s Meadows

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Mary Jane Jackson, 63, a nurse’s aide at the county’s Meadows Nursing Home for 35 years, passed away on Tuesday evening, Nov. 12, 2019, in Bassett Hospital. She had the support and comfort of her loving family at her side.

Mary was born on Aug. 5, 1956, in Amsterdam, daughter of the late Victor B. and Dorothy R. Damulis.  A lifelong area resident, she was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School.

Dean D. Wayman, 94, Cooperstown, Native Son, Sperry Chevrolet Owner
IN MEMORIAM

Dean D. Wayman, 94, Cooperstown;

Native Son, Sperry Chevrolet Owner

Dean Wayman

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Native Son Dean D. Wayman, 93, a lifelong auto buff and former co-owner of Bob Sperry Chevrolet, died Saturday Nov, 9, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Dean and his twin brother Doug were born May 13, 1926, at the former Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, the sons of Floyd and Murl (Dyer) Wayman.

Joan C. McLaud, 89; Founded Insurance Firm With Husband

IN MEMORIAM: Joan C. McLaud, 89;

Founded Insurance Firm With Husband

Joan C. McLaud

UNADILLA — Joan C. McLaud, 89, founder with her husband of the Douglas M. McLaud Insurance Agency in Otego, and also pursued a wide range of interests, passed away in her home on Nov. 6, 2019, with her devoted daughters, Mary McLaud and Susan Van Cott, by her side.

Joan was born on Dec. 19, 1929, in Oneonta, at the beginning of the Great Depression, the daughter of Stewart Crandall and Grace Matteson Crandall of Laurens. Her father was a musician and jazz pianist who filled her life with music. She loved playing the piano, organ and sang with a voice like Ella Fitzgerald and could scat with the best.

Armand Charpentier, 70; Vietnam Vet Participated In ‘Guns-A-Go-Go’

IN MEMORIAM: Armand Charpentier, 70;

Vietnam Vet Participated In ‘Guns-A-Go-Go’

Armand Charpentier

UNADILLA — Armand Charpentier, 70, a Vietnam War veteran who participated in the “Guns-A-Go-Go” initiative, passed away on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City.

He was born in Brooklyn, on Jan. 8, 1949, to Maria and Pierre Charpentier.

He enlisted in the Army at 17 and served in the Vietnam War. He had deployed with the “Guns-A-Go-Go” while serving in the 1st Calvary Division, 1st Aviation Detachment.

Awanda B. Olmstead, 89; Six-Decade Member of ‘Red Door’ Church

IN MEMORIAM: Awanda B. Olmstead, 89;

Six-Decade Member of ‘Red Door’ Church

Awanda B. Olmstead

ONEONTA – Awanda B. Olmstead, 89, who was active in the First United Presbyterian “Red Door” Church for almost six decades, passed into the Lord’s care on Nov. 4, 2019.

She was at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford, under the compassionate care of nursing staff, Hospice professionals, volunteers and church family members.

Awanda Belle Aldrich was born on Jan. 12, 1930, East Masonville, daughter of Cecil B. and Anna B. (Gifford) Aldrich.

She graduated from Sidney Central High School in 1949 and New York State Ag & Tech (now SUNY Delhi) in 1950.

Duane N. Young, 64; Schuyler Lake Man Worked On Farms

IN MEMORIAM: Duane N. Young, 64;

Schuyler Lake Man Worked On Farms

Duane Young

SCHUYLER LAKE — Duane N. Young, 64, of Route 28, a farmer who held several other kinds of jobs in Northern Otsego County, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Valley Health Services, Herkimer.

Duane was born on March 5, 1955, in Cooperstown a son to the late Leonard and Roberta Tyler Young. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs.

Duane was best known as a dairy farmer who worked on several farms and also held many other jobs. He worked Titan Homes in Sangerfield, Daimler Bus in Oriskany, L’Hommdieu  Farm in Richfield, and lastly for Chobani in New Berlin until he retired.

Phillip Zenir, 60, Cherry Valley; Local Stonemason, Musician

IN MEMORIAM

Phillip Zenir, 60, Cherry Valley;

Local Stonemason, Musician

Phil Zenir

COOPERSTOWN — Phillip Zenir, 60, local stonemason and musician, passed away Nov. 5, 2019, following a courageous battle with primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia.

The son of John and Rosemarie (Bopp) Zenir, Phil was was born on May 30, 1959, in Mount Vernon, Westchester.   He graduated from Carmel High School and attended Dutchess Community College, receiving two associate degrees in English and business.

He served as student council president and pursued his love of acting by performing in several theater productions.

James H. Millea, 93; WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

IN MEMORIAM:  James H. Millea, 93;

WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

Jim Millea

HARTWICK — James Hilary Millea, 93, of Hartwick, died Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Rolfe, Iowa, the eldest of 11 children – including three sets of twins – to Joseph Hilary Millea and Margaret Lillian née Flaherty Millea.

Raised in Iowa, he attended school up to the 11th grade, when at the age of 17 he left school, worked briefly on the railroad, then enlisted in the Navy on July 17, 1943.

Donald Mitchell, 29; Musician, Lyricist Raised In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Donald Mitchell, 29;

Musician, Lyricist Raised In Oneonta

Don Mitchell

ONEONTA – Funeral services are Wednesday, Nov. 13, for Donald S. Mitchell, 29, of Oneonta, a musician and lyricist, earned his Heavenly reward Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Born on Aug. 22, 1990, in Oneonta, to Sandra Layman and Donald Mitchell, Don was a beautiful baby and a shining star from the very beginning. He graduated from Oneonta High School, going on to work most recently at The Otesaga Hotel, of which he was very proud.

Henrietta deVos, 91; Partner In Daughters & deVos Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Henrietta deVos, 91;

Partner In Daughters & deVos Farm

Henrietta deVos

WEST LAURENS – Henrietta deVos, 91, a Dutch native, trained seamstress and partner in the Daughters & deVos famr here, passed away at the Waterville Residential Care Center in Waterville, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

She was born on March 29, 1928, in Grou, Netherlands, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Alice (Zetsma) Poeze.  Henrietta married Harmen deVos on March 11, 1950, in Littlefalls, N.J., a blessed marriage of more than 59 years.

Bob Evans, 73, Worcester, Key Player In Oneonta Media Scene

IN MEMORIAM

Bob Evans, 73, Worcester, Played

Key Role In Oneonta Media Scene

Bob Evans

WORCESTER — Robert W. Evans, 73, a fixture on Oneonta’s media scene for four decades — in radio, TV and print — passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

Bob was born April 16, 1946, the youngest son of Eddie R. and Flora Evans. He was a lifelong resident of Worcester.  In 1963, Bob met Barbara Haskell in high school. They were married at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Worcester on Aug. 26, 1967. They were high school sweethearts for 52 years.

Bob began his career in advertising in 1969 at WDOS, Oneonta. He was instrumental in the implementation of the first FM radio station in Oneonta, WSRK. During his career in advertising sales, Bob worked in all aspects of media, radio, TV and print.

Donald R. Connor Jr., 56; Sheet Metal Worker Leaves Family Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Donald R. Connor Jr., 56;

Sheet Metal Worker Leaves Family Locally

Donald R. Connor Jr.

SCHENEVUS – Donald R. Connor Jr., 56, of Garnerville, Rockland County, passed away Oct. 31, 2019, with his loving wife and brother-in-law, Frank by his side.  His mother and sisters survive him in Schenevus.

He was born July 16, 1963, in Whitestone, Queens, where he also grew up, the son of Donald and Lorraine Connor.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Donald worked for the Sheet Metal Union Local 28 in New York City for 35 years.

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