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In Memoriam

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Toast Of Glimmerglass, Dies At Home At Age 87


Ruth Bader Ginsburg,

Toast Of Glimmerglass,

Dies At Home At Age 87

For Decade, Legend Spoke Annually In Cooperstown
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared personal insights and thoughts about the intersection of justice and opera to a full house of fans July 26, 2019, during the last of her annual appearances at the Glimmerglass Festival.  She died today of pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, D.C. (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)
Mike Fulton, 65; Wed Cooperstown’s Karine Rich

IN MEMORIAM:  Mike Fulton, 65;

Wed Cooperstown’s Karine Rich

Michael A. Fulton

COOPERSTOWN – Michael A. “Mike” Fulton passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2020.  His wife, Karine Rich, was by his side at their home in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mike was born July 12, 1955, in Watertown, to Barbara Ritchie and Robert Fulton. Mike was dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to so many people. He started his work as a young boy delivering newspapers. As he grew in his teenage years he became an accomplished keyboard player in the rock and Roll band “Warlord.” He also worked in the Wellesley Island Duty Free Shop on the U.S.-Canadian border. He met and eventually married Linda Loveland in 1976. They had two boys; Christopher, and Alexander.

Frank E. Mullet, 99, Edmeston; 18-Year School Superintendent


Frank E. Mullet, 99, Edmeston;

18-Year School Superintendent

Francis E. Mullet

ONEONTA – Frank Emerson Mullet, loving husband and father, and retired 18-year superintendent at Edmeston Central School, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020, at the age of 99.

Raised in Spencer, Mass., he received a sports scholarship to catch for the Bates College baseball team in Lewiston, Maine, where he majored in physics. During college, Frank traveled to California and worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank.

After World War II began, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a signalman on destroyers protecting convoys traveling to and from Europe and North Africa. He received several medals and an honorable discharge in 1945.

Sarah Cunningham Sumner; Noted Violinist ‘Beacon’ In U.S. Baroque Revival



Sarah Cunningham Sumner;

Noted Violinist Was ‘Beacon’

In Baroque Revival In U.S.

Sarah Cunningham Sumner

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Sarah Cunningham Sumner, a noted violinist involved in the revival of Baroque music in the United States in the 1970s, passed away Aug. 26, 2020, at the Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

Sarah was born on Aug. 31, 1925, in New York City and spent her childhood there and in Springfield Center. She attended Harvard at the age of 16, studying music composition with Walter Piston, matriculating magna cum laude in 1945.  She was then awarded a Harvard travelling fellowship, followed by a Fulbright scholarship to study composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.

It was after World War II, and she taught music at a camp in France for war orphans. Her fellow teachers, who were from France, Italy, England and the U.S., became her lifelong friends. One of them, Caroline Manning, became her sister-in-law, marrying her brother, Frederic (Ty) Cunningham.

C. Norman Moran, 85; Main Street Baptist’s Pastor, OCCS Founder


C. Norman Moran, 85;

Main St. Baptist Church

Pastor, OCCS Founder

Pastor Norm Moran

ONEONTA – Clarence Norman “Norm” Moran, 85, former pastor of Main Street Baptist Church and founding president of what is now the Oneonta Christian Academy in Otego, passed away on Sept. 12, 2020.

He was born in Chester, Pa., on Christmas Day in 1934, the son of Clarence Wesley Moran and Anna Pusey Moran. At his mother’s encouragement, he enrolled at Philadelphia College of the Bible, then Elim Bible Institute, in Lima, Livingston County, graduating in 1957.   That year he married his partner in ministry for life, Nancy. He then furthered his education at Roberts Wesleyan College, Alfred University, and Wheaton School of Theology in Illinois.

Norm actually began as assistant pastor to Lima Baptist Church while still in college, and upon graduating he began ministry as pastor of La Grange Baptist Church in La Grange, in Western New York, then felt called of God to begin a church in Geneseo.

Jean Marie Trask, 90; Otego Native Rose To Army Lt. Colonel

IN MEMORIAM: Jean Marie Trask, 90;

Otego Native Rose To Army Lt. Colonel

OTEGO – Jean Marie Trask, who pursued a career in the U.S. Army, passed away peacefully at home, on August 24, 2020 in Blairsville, Ga.

She was born June 1, 1930, Jean was the daughter of Arthur and Rosella (Fazone) Trask, and lived in the Otego area until she enlisted in the Army. She ended her career while stationed at the Pentagon with the rank of lieutenant colonel.  When stationed in Germany she traveled through many parts of Europe.

Pierre Weidemann, 57; Pursued Interests In Film, Theater, Art

IN MEMORIAM: Pierre Weidemann, 57;

Pursued Interests In Film, Theater, Art

Pierre Weidemann

COOPERSTOWN – Pierre Bernard Weidemann, a beloved son, brother, and uncle, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at his home in Schuyler Lake. He was 57.

Born Dec. 11, 1962, in Montreal, Canada, Pierre was the son of Marie Andrée Trempe Weidemann and the late Manfred Bernard Weidemann, a photographer and long-time owner of Pioneer Photo in Cooperstown. Pierre grew up in Newfoundland, N.J. and graduated from West Milford High School in 1980.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Pierre worked most of his life as a freelance photographer and film producer.  He excelled in digital media.

William L. Peters Aug. 3, 1957–Aug. 30, 2020


William L. Peters

Aug. 3, 1957–Aug. 30, 2020

William L. Peters

COOPERSTOWN – William L. Peters of Towson, Md., died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020.

Bill was born and raised in Cooperstown, and graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1975.  He then attended Lehigh University, Bethlehem. Pa., where he was president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and graduated in 1979 with a degree in business administration.

Bill went on to Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.  As a commissioned officer, Bill served on the frigate USS Truett while on active duty.  In 1988, Bill left active duty, remained in the Navy Reserve, and ultimately retired after 21 years of service as a commander (O-5).

Wolf Dieter Wilde, 81; Oneonta’s Master Jeweler


Wolf Dieter Wilde, 81;

Oneonta’s Master Jeweler

Wolf Dieter Wilde

ONEONTA – Wolf Dieter Wilde, a goldsmith living and working in Oneonta, died peacefully at home on the morning of Sept. 2, 2020, after a recent decline in health.

Wolf was born in Berlin, Germany, on May 8, 1939. Surviving the hardships of World War II, Wolf and his twin sister, Marion, were raised by their mother, Ruth. Going through the standard education system, Wolf was eventually directed toward the trades, where he trained and apprenticed as a goldsmith. Upon achieving his title of master goldsmith, Wolf was ready to embark on life outside of Germany and set his sights on North America.

Henry Brevoort Cannon III, 81; Deep Family Ties To Cherry Valley


Henry Brevoort Cannon III, 81;

Deep Family Ties To Cherry Valley

Henry Brevoort Cannon III at Boston’s Old North Church.

CHERRY VALLEY – Henry Brevoort Cannon III died on March 21, 2020, at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital of delayed complications from a heart-valve replacement surgery on Jan. 30.

A funeral service at Grace Episcopal Church in Cherry Valley was envisioned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, followed immediately by interment of ashes at the Cherry Valley Cemetery, in conjunction with an annual Labor Day family reunion weekend. But due to coronavirus-related difficulties, the service is now planned for one year later, on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. A June 13 funeral service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scottsboro, Ala., was webcast and is available on the church’s YouTube page.

John R. Timer, 63, Laurens; Farmer, Man Of Many Skills

IN MEMORIAM: John R. Timer, 63,

Laurens; Farmer, Man Of Many Skills

LAURENS – John R. Timer, 63, of Laurens, a dedicated farmer, gifted mechanic, fine carpenter and tractor-pull champion, was called home by his Savior on Aug. 26, 2020, while in the care of his family.

John was born on Aug. 29, 1956, a beloved son of Albert Timer Sr. and Emily Mednansky Timer. John was a lifelong resident of the Laurens and Mount Vision areas.

Lorraine Dono, 79; Lived 9 Years Past Cancer Prognosis

IN MEMORIAM: Lorraine Dono, 79;

Lived 9 Years Past Cancer Prognosis

Lorraine Deno

ONEONTA – Lorraine Dono passed away peacefully on the morning of Aug. 21, 2020. Let it not be said that she lost her battle with cancer, but rather with love and tenacity, she fought past her 2011 prognosis of only three to six months to live, to witness the birth of her fifth grandchild and continued to live life another nine years.

When her beloved husband, Nicholas, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, she again fought on to remain by his side and care for him. After the summer of 2018, when Nicholas passed away and when her brain tumor came out of remission, Lorraine bravely decided to forego further treatment and to live out the remainder of her life on her own terms.

Dr. Paula Holleran, 82 Nov. 7, 1937-Aug. 25, 2020


Dr. Paula Holleran, 82

Nov. 7, 1937-Aug. 25, 2020

Dr. Paula Holleran

ONEONTA – Dr. Paula Holleran, 82, of Oneonta and Sarasota, Fla., passed away on Aug. 25, 2020, while surrounded by her family. The SUNY Oneonta professor emeritus fought a difficult 16-month battle with a bone marrow disorder which progressed into Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Born on Nov. 7, 1937, in Brooklyn, to Angelo and Jean Rizzo, Paula spent a happy childhood playing stoop ball and stick ball with her neighborhood friends and beloved pink Spauldine ball. She loved her roller skates and Columbia bicycle and never parted with either.

Bradley Goodyear Smith, 78; Cooperstown Philanthropist


Bradley Goodyear Smith, 78;

Cooperstown Philanthropist

Bradley Goodyear Smith

COOPERSTOWN – Bradley Goodyear Smith, a native of Mobile and resident of Fairhope, Ala., passed away Aug. 13, 2020, at Cary Mede, the family’s summer home, near Cooperstown. Surrounded by her loving family, she succumbed with remarkable grace after a brave battle with progressive supranuclear palsy.

Bradley was born June 16, 1942, in Mobile, where she was raised. Bradley was known for her kindness, humor, strength and Southern charm. She was well-read, of strong faith, and managed many responsibilities with a calm, capable resolve. She focused her attention with painstaking precision on any problem, large or small.

Funeral Saturday For Couple Who Endured COVID Together


Funeral Saturday For Couple

Who Endured COVID Together

Melanie, Wayne Jones Passed Away In Worcester

Melanie and Wayne Jones of Worcester

WORCESTER – A funeral is tomorrow for Melanie Ruth Jones, 60, and her husband, Wayne Dennis Jones, 68, who both had suffered from COVID-19 in the past few months, and both passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.

Melanie was found in the morning having suffered apparent respiratory failure, and Wayne passed away that evening after receiving the news.

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