In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Wendell Tripp

COOPERSTOWN – Wendell Tripp passed away September 20, 2023.
He was born June 1, 1928, in Walden, the son of Eva Welsch Tripp and Wendell E. Tripp Sr. He graduated from Walden High School in June 1946 and joined the U.S. Navy the day after graduation. He served in the Navy for three years, much of that time aboard the light cruisers USS Wilkes Barre and USS Huntington.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended Drew University, majoring in English literature,…


In Memoriam: Michael L. Burgess

HARTWICK—Mike Burgess passed away on September 10 at the age of 69. If you didn’t know him, he was that guy with the easy smile and friendly demeanor. If you did know him, you knew he had abundant stories, looked you in the eye when speaking to you, and would lend a hand any time you needed it.
He had deep roots in this region, growing up in Hartwick, moving away only briefly for a little bit of military service, a…


In Memoriam: Laura Jane Seeley

HARTWICK—Laura Jane Seeley, 39, of Hartwick, passed away unexpectedly at Albany Medical Center on August 23, 2023 as a result of a tragic car accident near Bennington, Vermont. As an organ donor, she gave five recipients “The Gift of Life.”
She was born to George and Mary Seeley on February 1, 1984 in Winchester, Virginia, and was brought home to join her excited 4-year old sister, Kate S. Seeley, bringing joy to the entire household.…

In Memoriam: Ingrid Maria Lindfors Graham

COOPERSTOWN—Ingrid Maria Lindfors Graham, known to her friends as Ingy and as Mrs. Graham to her students, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023. She was born on June 2, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, the first child of Swedish immigrants Elina Katarina Muotka and Karl Leo Ludwig Lindfors.
Ingrid was a beautiful and good-natured baby and became a very studious and outgoing young lady. She was a member of the Sunset Park Wesleyan Methodist Church and was active in the…

In Memoriam: Laura Jane Seeley

Laura Jane Seeley left this world on Tuesday, August 22 when the car she was driving crashed violently into another vehicle while returning home from visiting her mother in New Hampshire.…

In Memoriam: David Sohmer Svahn

DOYLESTOWN, PA—David Sohmer Svahn, retired physician and educator, has died. He was 84 years old. David lived most recently in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, having moved from Cooperstown, New York in 2009 where he had lived for 37 years. David is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Karin Elmqvist Svahn; his three children, Anna and Jennifer (husband Jeff Nicastro), both of New York City, and Jonathan (wife Tiffany Svahn) of Orinda, California. David also leaves four beloved grandchildren,…

In Memoriam: Barbara Ann Michaels

GLOVERSVILLE—Barbara Ann Michaels, beloved founder of the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, died Sunday, September 3 at the Nancy Dowd Hospice Home in Gloversville, New York. 
Born June 14, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, Barbara grew up in Flushing, New York.  She attended PS 32, graduated from Bayside High School, and earned a BFA in Art Education from the University of Buffalo and was a proud member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority.…

In Memoriam: David M. York

NEW BERLIN—David M. York, 66, of New Berlin passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, August 31, 2023.
Dave was born on August 13, 1957 in New Berlin, the son of the late Marion and Mary Jean Beach York. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Terry Kim York, on January 6, 2004, a brother John York and three brothers-in-law.
He is survived by his son, David (Kelly) York of New Berlin; his daughters, Kourtney (A.J.) Digsby…

In Memoriam: Wayne E. Maier

EDMESTON—Wayne E. Maier, 81, of Edmeston, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2023 in Cooperstown, New York.
Wayne was born on April 7, 1942 in St. Johnsville, New York, the son of the late Edmund and Dorothy Groff Maier. He is survived by his wife, Veronica, whom he married in 1965; his sons, Christopher (Marena) Maier and John (Donna) Maier; his grandchildren, Blake (Mariah) Maier, Cody (Cassidy Carmichael) Maier, and Ashlynne Maier; and great-granddaughter Mia Maier. He is also survived by his…

In Memoriam: Joan R. Butler

COOPERSTOWN – Joan R. Butler, 90, who for many years resided in Pierstown, passed away peacefully August 8, 2023, at Woodside Hall in Cooperstown.
She was born March 8, 1933 in Oneonta, the first daughter of Jesse E. and Elsie (Weldon) Robinson of New Lisbon.
In her teen years, her family moved to Cooperstown, where they resided in her grandparents’, Frank and Gracie Robinson’s, riverside home, the “Elmhurst” in Phoenix Mills, where they ran a lumber mill. Joan attended Cooperstown High School,…

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