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In Memoriam

Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester, Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur

IN MEMORIAM

Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester,

Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur

Steven Naatz

SCHENEVUS – Steven C. Naatz, 67, formerly of Goodyear Lake, a forester who could identify every tree and animal by its Latin name and proprietor of Naatz Excavating & Forestry, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with family by his side.

Steve was born on Sept. 30, 1951, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta to Audrey V. (Baumann) and William M. Naatz of Emmons, the middle of five children. He graduated from Oneonta High School, earned an A.A.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Ranger School in Wanakena, then received a M.S. from Colorado State University. He served in the Army National Guard as a senior surveyor at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Lois F. Warrell, 89; Teacher, Served On Pathfinder Board

IN MEMORIAM: Lois F. Warrell, 89;

Teacher, Served On Pathfinder Board

Lois Warrell

COOPERSTOWN – Lois F. Warrell, 89, a teacher who retired to Cooperstown with her superintendent husband in 1989 and became fully involved in community life, died Friday evening, July 12, 2019, at the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center in Troy.

Born Sept. 24, 1929, in Queens, Lois was the daughter of Edward P. and Doris (Whiting) Robinson.

She was raised in Lynnbrook and graduated from Lynnbrook High School in the Class of 1947. She attended and graduated from Hofstra University and thereafter received her master’s degree in education from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

H. Karl Chandler, 82, Oneonta; Investigator In Ricky Parisian Case

IN MEMORIAM

H. Karl Chandler, 82, Oneonta;

Investigator In Ricky Parisian Case

H. Karl Chandler

ONEONTA – H. Karl Chandler, 82 of Oneonta, who rose to lead the Troop C Major Crimes Division in 38 years with the state police, died peacefully at home on July 10, 2019, after a nine-year battle of cancer.

Senior investigator in the case of Ricky Parisian, the state trooper shot during a 1993 holdup in a Southside supermarket, Karl was born on Jan. 17, 1937, in Sayre, Pa., to Wilber Chandler and Alberta VanGorder Chandler.

He graduated from Athens (Pa.) Central School, where he was a three-sport athlete, participating in baseball, basketball and football. At 10 years old, Karl hit a home run at the Williamsport Little League World Series.

Harold P. Sorensen, 82; NJ Native Raised Sheep On Morris Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Harold P. Sorensen, 82;

NJ Native Raised Sheep On Morris Farm

Harold Sorensen

MORRIS – Harold Peter Sorensen, 82, a New Jersey native who raised sheep on moving to a farm here, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1937, in Plainfield, N.J., the son of Harold and Eleonora (Christensen) Sorensen. He married the love of his life, Theresa Caravella on May 5, 1956 in Edison, N.J.

They had a blessed union of 63 years, raising seven sons on the family farm in Morris.

Erich M. Wilkens, 76; Decorated Marine Served In Vietnam War

IN MEMORIAM: Erich M. Wilkens, 76;

Decorated Marine Served In Vietnam War

Erich Wilkens

ONEONTA – Erich M. Wilkens, 76, of St. James Place, a Marine and decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Wednesday July 10, 2019, at his residence with his family at his side.  Survivors include a daughter in West Oneonta.

He was born Oct. 17, 1942 in Oceanside, Long Island, son of the late John and Ilse Sperling Wilkens.

Erich was a veteran of the Marine Corps, having been awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Marksman Badge. His service to his country continued with his membership with the Phoenicia American Legion Post #950.

Barbara A. Hayes 84; Amsterdam Native Moved Here In 1998

IN MEMORIAM:  Barbara A. Hayes 84;

Amsterdam Native Moved Here In 1998

ONEONTA – Barbara A. Hayes, 84, who move to Oneonta, where her son and his family lives, in 1998, passed away July 9, 2019 at the Fox Hospital.

Born in Amsterdam on Nov. 29, 1934 she was the daughter of the late William and Edna (Tullar) Godden.  She was married to Norman H. Loucks in 1957, he passed away in 1969. She then married Robert H. Hayes in 1976 he passed away in 1984.

Thomas J. Korenyik, 66; 1970 Unatego Graduate, Automotive Expert

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas J. Korenyik, 66;

1970 Unatego Graduate, Automotive Expert

Thomas J. Korenyik

INDIAN LAKE – Thomas J. Korenyik, 66, a 1970 Unatego Central School graduate, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at his home in Indian Lake.

Tom was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Ridgewood, NJ, the son of Tibor and Virginia (Filer) Korenyik.  His automotive expertise (especially with Chevys), work ethic, sense of humor, and “gift of gab” will be missed by those whose lives he touched.

Tom is survived by his sons, Daniel Korenyik and Joseph Korenyik; his sister, Cathy Korenyik; his nieces, Jeanne Clark, Kathryn Clark Christman, and Sarah Korenyik; and cousins.

Joyce A. Hickling, 71; League Moderator Had Wide Interests

IN MEMORIAM: Joyce A. Hickling, 71;

League Moderator Had Wide Interests

Joyce Hickling

NORTH EDMESTON – Joyce H. Hickling, a woman of wide interests, passed away on July 8, 2019, in the loving arms of family, and friends at her home on Sunnyview Dairy in North Edmeston.

Joyce was born was born on Aug. 14, 1947, in Syracuse, raised in Manlius, and educated at Fayetteville-Manlius Central School in Manlius. Joyce attended Eastern Baptist College in St. Davids, Pa., where she met her husband, Lawrence Hickling. They married on Aug.  17, 1968, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last year.

Frances Lamb Griffiths, 91; Pioneered Computers; Raised Tiny Donkeys

IN MEMORIAM: Frances Lamb Griffiths, 91;

Pioneered Computers; Raised Tiny Donkeys

Frances Griffiths

MILFORD – Frances Elizabeth Whitman Lamb Griffiths, 91, Town of Maryland, who first used computers locally to track herd and farm expenses at Hemlock Valley Farm here, and was also known for raising miniature donkeys, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta, surrounded by family.

Frances was born on January 28, 1928, in East Brooklyn, in northeast Connecticut, the daughter of William Arthur Whitman and Ada Mae (Preston) Whitman. She graduated from Killingly High School, Danielson, Conn., in 1946, and later took courses at the University of Rhode Island, Providence.

Mary Ann Benjamin, 90; 22-Year Teacher At Center Street School 

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Ann Benjamin, 90;

22-Year Teacher At Center Street School 

Mary Ann Benjamin

ONEONTA – Mary Ann (Georgeson) Benjamin’s life ended peacefully, surrounded by family at her residence on June 23, 2019.

Mary was born to Nicholas and Christina Georgeson on July 21, 1928, in Oneonta, and spent the first years of her life in Oneonta.

At age 5, while her father remained in America, Mary moved with her mother to her parents’ homeland of Zoupana, Greece, for a year. Believing a better life awaited his family in America, her father brought Mary and her mother back from Greece and the family moved to Norwich for a few years before settling back in Oneonta, where she spent the remainder of her life.

Donald B. Martin, 82, Bloomville; Active In State, National Ag Policy

IN MEMORIAM

Donald B. Martin, 82, Bloomville;

Active In State, National Ag Policy

Donald B. Martin

BLOOMVVILLE – Donald B. Martin, 82, two-term Farm Bureau president and a founder of the Atlantic Diarymen who was active in state and national farm policy, passed away at his home on June 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on Oct. 11, 1936, he was the son of the late Wendell and Elisabeth (Sackett) Martin.  He married to his wife of 62 years, Juanita Graig Martin, on Oct. 7, 1956.

Donald owned and operated Prairie Hill Farm for over 30 years, retiring from farming in 1986. He spent his entire life on the farm, even passing in the very room where he was born.

James M. Kenik, 68; Longtime SUNY Employee Loved Cars

IN MEMORIAM: James M. Kenik, 68;

Longtime SUNY Employee Loved Cars

ONEONTA – James M. Kenik, Sr., 68, a car buff and longtime SUNY Oneonta employee, passed away July 5, 2019, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Oneonta, after a long illness.

He was born Oct. 22, 1950, in Oneonta, the son of Math and Doris (Scanlon) Kenik. James was a life-long Oneonta resident and graduated from Oneonta High School.

Jean E. Manley, 92; Artist, Sculpture, Doll Magazine Editor

IN MEMORIAM: Jean E. Manley, 92;

Artist, Sculptor, Doll Magazine Editor

ONEONTA – Jean Marion Eichenberger Manley, 92, of Oneonta, an artist, sculptor, graphic designer and, for a time, editor of Seeley’s Ceramics’ Doll Artisan magazine, died at home in her sleep, on June 29, 2019.

The daughter of Carl and Marion (King) Eichenberger of Rexford, Jean was born on March 30, 1927, in Schenectady. She graduated from Burnt Hills High School in Ballston Lake and attended Traphagen School of Fashion and Design in New York City.

Kenneth Hungerford, 89; Oneonta Native Worked 39 Years For D&H

IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth Hungerford, 89;

Oneonta Native Worked 39 Years For D&H

Ken Hungerford

ONEONTA – Kenneth A. Hungerford, 89, of Olmstead Lane, Averill Park, an Oneonta native who served 39 years with the D&H Railroad, died on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Van Rensselaer Manor with family by his side.  Ken had recently moved to the Manor from his home after years of decline from dementia.

Born in Oneonta, Ken was the son of the late Ernest and Ina Edwards Hungerford and devoted husband of the late Shirley Young Hungerford.

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