News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.
 BREAKING NEWS 
 POLICE & FIRE 
 IN MEMORIAM  
 HOMETOWN PEOPLE 
 COLUMNS 
 EDITORIALS 
 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 

 EMPLOYMENT  
 DINING & ENTERTAINMENT  
 REAL ESTATE  
 AUTOMOTIVE  
 REMEMBRANCE  
 GOODS & SERVICES

In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM: Clarence G. Travis, 47; Man Of Many Talents
IN MEMORIAM

Clarence G. Travis, 47;

Man Of Many Talents

Clarence Travis

SCHUYLER LAKE – Clarence G. Travis, 47, a Chobani employee who enjoyed woodworking and other crafts, died Wednesday, March 25, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica, following a motor vehicle accident. 

He was born on July 26, 1972 in Poughkeepsie, son of Bob Travis of Newburgh and the late Helen King Travis. Clarence was raised in Newburgh and graduated from Newburgh High School.

On Oct. 29, 2000, he was united in marriage to the former Shannon Donnelly in Richfield. He had worked as a fork lift operator for Chobani Yogurt in South Edmeston.

David S. Brandt, 75; Expert Angler In Fly Fishing HoF
IN MEMORIAM

David S. Brandt, 75; Expert

Angler, In Fly Fishing HoF

David S. Brandt

Oneonta – David S. Brandt, 75, passed away on March 26, 2020, at home with his loving wife Barbara by his side.

 

He was born on August 2, 1944, in Oneonta.

 

David graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1962.  While in high school, he sported the popular hair ducks which continued throughout his life.  He sang in a doo wop group, played trumpet in the school band, and was delighted to have the opportunity to play the grand piano at Carnegie Hall.  Later in life he was honored to blow trumpet with Louis Armstrong.  Dave enjoyed big band and jazz music, and effortlessly sat at the piano “noodling” chords and creating beautiful music.

Richard ‘Dick’ W. McVinney, 68; Civic Leader, City Court Judge

IN MEMORIAM

Richard ‘Dick’ W. McVinney, 68;

Civic Leader, City Court Judge

Richard W. McVinney

ONEONTA – The Honorable Judge Richard “Dick” W. McVinney of Oneonta passed away at his home on Saturday, March 28, 2020, following a three-year battle with declining health.

Dick was born on Dec. 22, 1951, in Oneonta to Clifford “Mac” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Platt) McVinney.

A true Oneontan, Dick attended Bugbee Elementary School and earned the rank of Eagle Scout at just 13 years old.   With his Varsity “O” in tennis, he graduated from Oneonta High School in 1970. Beginning his collegiate studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Dick went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1973 and his master’s degree from the University of Maine in 1974, and Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 1982.

Brenda L. Utter, 63; Stricken By COVID-19

IN MEMORIAM

Brenda L. Utter, 63;

Stricken By COVID-19

Brenda Utter

MORRIS – Brenda L. Utter, 63, of Morris, passed away unexpectedly following a brief and courageous battle with the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Brenda was born to the late Ralph and Mildred (McIntyre) Mitchell Sr. on Sept. 15, 1956, in Reading, Pa.

On July 31, 1976, she married Phillip C. Utter. They had a beautiful marriage of nearly 44 years.

Todd A. Mosher, 58; Navy Vet Injured In ’83 Diving Accident

IN MEMORIAM: Todd A. Mosher, 58;

Navy Vet Injured In ’83 Diving Accident

Todd A. Mosher

ONEONTA – Todd Allen Mosher, 58, a Navy veteran who was injured in a 1983 diving accident, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020, from pneumonia at Bassett Hospital surrounded by his family.  The pneumonia was not related to the COVID-19 threat.

Todd was born Dec. 5, 1961, in Oneonta, the son of Beverly Mosher and the late Marvin Mosher.

He attended Oneonta High School before joining the Navy. He was stationed in San Diego, California and returned to Oneonta following his discharge.

Janice C. Lockwood, 83; Bible Guided Her Through Life’s Difficulties

IN MEMORIAM: Janice C. Lockwood, 83;

Bible Guided Her Through Life’s Difficulties

Janice Lockwood

ONEONTA – Janice Carol Lockwood entered this stage of her life on March 16, 1937. She left this stage for the next stage, on March 25, 2020, at the age of 83.

Her parents were James and Ethel May (Davis) Lockwood. Janice had eight siblings, all of whom have left previously. During Janice’s twilight years she reconnected with her sister Althea and had many happy discussions with her before Althea left less than two year ago.

John P. Murtha, 87; Retired Here From Electronics Industry

IN MEMORIAM: John P. Murtha, 87;

Retired Here From Electronics Industry

John Murtha

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – John Patrick Murtha, 87, who retired her after a career in the electronics industry in New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, March 24, 2020, in his home after an extended illness.  He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.  

He was born on June 17, 1932, in Brooklyn, son of the late Patrick Joseph and Bridgett Dorley Murtha.  John was raised in Brooklyn and was a graduate of New York School of Printing.  After high school he enlisted in the Air Force, where he served as an aviation maintenance technician for four years and was honorably discharged in 1955.  

IN MEMORIAM Rev. Dr. Federico Serra-Lima, 90; Hartwick Professor, Franklin Priest

IN MEMORIAM

Rev. Dr. Federico Serra-Lima, 90;

Hartwick Professor, Franklin Priest

ONEONTA – The Rev. Dr. Federico Serra-Lima, 90, an Episcopal priest and former chairman of Hartwick College’s Department of Modern & Classical Languages, passed away March 22, 2020,

Federico came full circle, spending his latter years back in Oneonta, first as a resident of Hampshire House, the last several months living at home on East Street enjoying his windows on the world of squirrels and deer.

Federico was born on July 17, 1929, in Argentina to Federico and Elena (Dixon) Serra-Lima.

Charles H. Lewis, 84; Caretaker At Hartwick, Heyman Estate

IN MEMORIAM: Charles H. Lewis, 84;

Caretaker At Hartwick, Heyman Estate 

MARYLAND – Charles Harry Lewis, 84, a caretaker at Hartwick College and later, assistant caretaker at the Heyman Estate in Armonk, Westchester County, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 25, 2020, according to his wishes.

Charlie was the son of Russell and Ethel Lewis of East Northport.  Born on June 10, 1935, he was one of four children, along with Robert, Barbara and Donald.

Clarence R. ‘Bob’ Strom, 87; Navy Veteran Taught American History Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Clarence R. ‘Bob’ Strom, 87;

Navy Veteran Taught American History Locally

Bob Strom

UNADILLA – Clarence Robert (Bob) Strom, 87, an American History teacher at Otego and the Unadilla Central School District for almost three decades, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Bayfront Health Hospital, Punta Gorda, Fla.

He was born in Erskine, Minn., on July 28, 1932, the son of the late Adolf and Fedilise Strom. Bob graduated from Swanville High School in 1950. After graduation Bob enlisted in the Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Antietam and USS Shangri-La during the Korean War.

Douglas N. Coon, 91; Ran Dimock Hollow Garage For 65 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas N. Coon, 91;

Ran Dimock Hollow Garage For 65 Years

Douglas N. Coon

MORRIS – Douglas Nelson Coon, 91, of Morris, who operated Dimock Hollow Garage for 65 years, passed away at his “winter home” in Florida on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Douglas was born on Jan. 2, 1929, in Morris and was a son of the late Nelson H. and Margaret R. (Daniels) Coon. On Aug. 6, 1950, he married Vivian Ellen Markel; a blessed marriage of nearly 70 years.

Doug was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morris, where he was also a trustee. He was a friend to his community for his entire life.

Peter Provenzano, 69; Active Life Peaked With Tin Woodzman

IN MEMORIAM: Peter Provenzano, 69;

Active Life Peaked With Tin Woodzman

Peter Provenzano

WORCESTER – Peter J Provenzano III, 69, of Worcester, whose life of creativity peaked in The Tin Woodzman, passed peacefully on March 23, 2020, at home with his wife Deb at his side. His valiant battle with pancreatic cancer was not his to win.

Peter was born in Rockville Center to Peter J Provenzano Jr. and Phyllis (Gunther) Provenzano. He spent his childhood in Hempstead, and graduated from Hempstead High School. After a brief time at Nassau County Community College, he decided to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as a concrete finisher. The family moved to Poughkeepsie in 1968, and Peter went to work for James Provenzano Construction Co., Inc, the firm his grandfather created in the 1950s. He was a member of Laborers Local 35.

IN MEMORIAM: Ted Peters, 97, Cooperstown; Submariner, Bassett Researcher

IN MEMORIAM

Ted Peters, 97, Cooperstown;

Submariner, Bassett Researcher

Theodore Peters

COOPERSTOWN – Theodore Peters Jr., Ph.D., 97,  a World War II veteran and nationally known Bassett Hospital researcher, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Cooperstown Center on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

He had previously stayed at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, after principally living with his family in the “haunted house” on River Street and later at 85 Lake St., both in Cooperstown.

Dr. Peters was well-known in the village, having served for decades as member and chair of the water and sewer board, which recently dedicated the new facility in his honor.

Dawn C. Block, 76; Spent Career Helping Young, Elderly

IN MEMORIAM: Dawn C. Block, 76;

Spent Career Helping Young, Elderly

SOUTH HARTWICK – Dawn C. Block, 76, who spent her career caring for people, passed away early Friday morning, March 20, 2020, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 22, 1943, in the City of Newburgh, a daughter of Cecil and Sarah (Lewis) Rhodes. After living in various places she eventually settled in the Hartwick area.

Posts navigation

21 Railroad Ave. Cooperstown, New York 13326 • (607) 547-6103