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In Memoriam

Stephen J. Allen, 33; New Berlin Carpenter Dies In New Jersey

IN MEMORIAM: Stephen J. Allen, 33;

New Berlin Carpenter Dies In New Jersey

Steve Allen

NEW BERLIN – Stephen “Steve” J. Allen, 33, of New Berlin, a carpenter by trade, passed away unexpectedly while working in New Jersey.

Steve was born on Feb. 8, 1986,  in Lowville, the son of Gerald J. Allen and Tamara Radziewicz Zehr. Steve was pre-deceased by his paternal grandmother Doris Fletcher.

Born in Lowville, Steve spent his first 14 years there before moving to New Berlin. A carpenter by trade, he worked for several local construction companies before starting with Osmose Utilities Services Inc. as a field tech and lineman in January of this year.

Clinton J. Hall Sr., 87; Marine, Gilbertsville Central School Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Clinton J. Hall Sr., 87;

Marine, Gilbertsville Central School Retiree

Clinton J. Hall Sr.

GILBERTSVILLE – Clinton J. Hall Sr., 87, a Marine who retired from Gilbertsville Central School District as maintenance supervisor, passed away on March 15, 2019, at Chase Nursing Home.

Born in Westfield, N.J., he was the son of Catherine McGough and Clinton Hall.  He married Laura F. Winton on Aug. 22, 1953. They enjoyed 65 years of wedded bliss.

David T. Evans, 76;Milford Man Retired From Springbrook

IN MEMORIAM: David T. Evans, 76;

Milford Man Retired From Springbrook

David T. Evans

MILFORD – David T. Evans, 76, of Milford, who retired from Springbrook (Upstate Home for Children) after 25 years, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Oneonta, the son of the late Glenn H. and Ruth (Martindale) Evans.

David worked at Gladding Del-Rey, the travel trailer maker in Oneonta, and then as a carpenter and roofer,  and finally at Upstate Homes for Children (Springbrook) for 25 years until his retirement.

James E. Wightman, 80; Oswego Native Pursued Insurance Career

IN MEMORIAM: James E. Wightman, 80;

Oswego Native Pursued Insurance Career

James Wightman

COOPERSTOWN – James E. Wightman, 80, died Monday, March 11, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.

Jim was born May 25, 1938, in Colosse Hamlet, Oswego County, to Charles and Marie Wightman. He graduated from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1956.

Jim married Carol Payne of Watertown in 1963 and Linda Cartin in 1975. Both marriages ended in divorce, but the three of them remained lifelong friends.

Ralph Vanderlip, 71; Chef At Unadilla House For 26 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Ralph Vanderlip, 71;

Chef At Unadilla House For 26 Years

Ralph A. Vanderlip

UNADILLA – Ralph A. Vanderlip, 71, chef at the Unadilla House for 26 years, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

He was born on Dec., 13, 1947, the son of the late Harry and Jeanette Cook Vanderlip.  Ralph married Martha Scott Vanderlip on June 24, 1972, in Unadilla.

Rev. Dr. Richard Stoll Armstrong, 95;Navy Veteran, Athlete, Eminent Cleric,Cooperstown Presbyterian Pastor’s Father


Rev. Dr. Richard Stoll Armstrong, 95;

Navy Veteran, Athlete, Eminent Cleric,

Cooperstown Presbyterian Pastor’s Father

Rev. Dr. Richard S. Armstrong

COOPERSTOWN – The Rev. Dr. Richard Stoll Armstrong, 18 days shy of his 95th birthday, died peacefully at his home at the Princeton Windrows in Plainsboro Township, N.J., on March 11, 2019, surrounded by his children and beloved caregiver.

Born in Baltimore, Md., on March 29, 1924, he was the second child of Elsie Stoll Armstrong and Herbert Eustace Armstrong, Sr.

Dick, as he was known to his family and friends, grew up in Baltimore and attended McDonogh School, a semi-military academy in Owings Mills, Md., where his father was head of the upper school mathematics department, athletic director, and head coach of the varsity football, baseball and ice hockey teams.

Joseph Paul Campbell, 91½ ;Teacher, Coach, Broadcaster


Joseph Paul Campbell, 91½ ;

Teacher, Coach, Broadcaster

Joseph Paul Campbell

ONEONTA – Joseph Paul Campbell, age 91½, passed away on March 6, 2019, at 4:05 p.m. after hearing “The Campbells are Coming” on the bagpipes while surrounded by family.

A few days earlier, Pastor Eda Dorosky led a family prayer circle around Joe, welcoming him with grace to God’s table. A memorial service will be scheduled at a teacher-friendly time, with so many family members following in Joe’s footsteps.

Joe, Oneonta High School Class of 1945, was one of Oneonta’s most dedicated life-long community members. He was recognized through honors and awards throughout his life. Joe’s dedication to teaching, coaching, broadcasting, and community service were among his greatest contributions, which were woven through his life as a father, athlete, philosopher, educator, radio personality, music aficionado, and coach.

Dorothy Miller, 96; Retired From Mehan Insurance

Dorothy Miller, 96; Retired From Mehan Insurance

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dorothy Miller, 96, who served as a secretary for insurance concerns, retiring from Mehan Insurance in Richfield Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Centers Health in Cooperstown.
She was born on Sept. 22, 1922, in Van Hornesville, a daughter to the Late Owen D. and Marion Ostrander Miller. She was raised and educated in Van Hornesville and graduated from Van Hornesville High School.
Dorothy was a secretary for numerous local insurance companies. She retired from Mehan in 1984.
She is survived by several cousins and a dear friend Connie Pope. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Leon Miller.
A graveside service will take place this spring in Van Hornesville Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in donations to Tourette’s Association of America 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 205 Bayside, NY 11361.
Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.

John Simonds, 90; Retired From D&H

John Simonds, 90; Retired From D&H

ONEONTA – John D. Simonds, 90, who retired after 44 years with the D&H Railroad here, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.
He was born March 8, 1929, in Oneonta the son of the late Francis and Frances (Beams) Simonds.
John married Mary Fisher on Dec. 20, 1974 in Walton. Mary passed away June 17, 2018.
John proudly served his country in the Army as a corporal during the Korean War.
Following his honorable discharge he began working for the D&H Railroad as a conductor. He retired after 44 years of service.
John was a lifelong Oneonta resident. He also spent many winters in Zephyrhills, Fla., at Bakers Acres RV Resort, where he won many shuffleboard tournaments.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion as well as the VFW.
John is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Richard) Brown; grandchildren, Timothy (Candace) Brown, Tina (Ian) Quencer; great-grandchildren, Owen, Bryn, Zoey, Ella and Everett; sisters, Dorothy Gill, Peggy Sorenson, Nancy (Donald) Elliott, Belva (Roger) Linscott; brothers, Russell (Bonny) Simonds and Paul (Carla) Simonds; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Couse; and brothers, Donald, Gordon and Robert Simonds.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 14, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.
Funeral services will immediately follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Judith A. Thistle officiating.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to either the National Heart Foundation or the National Kidney Foundation.
Online condolences may be made by visiting
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


Elizabeth Anne Broten, 30; Beloved Daughter Loved Reading

Elizabeth Anne Broten, 30;

Beloved Daughter Loved Reading

HARTWICK – Elizabeth Anne Broten, beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece, succumbed to her drug addiction that she struggled with for many years Wednesday morning, March 6, 2019, at her home in Hartwick. A bright, funny and intelligent woman, she was 30.
Born Sept. 16, 1988, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Liz was a daughter of James Michael Broten and Kathy Marie Mesko Broten. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 2006, Liz attended Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where she studied History and English. In 2010 she received a bachelor’s degree in English, and then in 2017 she earned a paralegal degree from Herkimer College.
Quick witted, Liz had an infectious laugh, and was known as the life of the party who could make anyone laugh. She was also extremely intelligent and could be caught reading in her spare time; she especially loved history. Just recently she had secured job in Florida as a licensed insurance broker. She will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her.
Liz is survived by her mother, Kathy M. Broten and her long-time partner, Bruce M. Daly of Hartwick; her father, James M. Broten of Live Oak, Florida; a sister, Jacqueline Broten of Lakeland, Florida; her paternal grandfather, Robert Broten of Live Oak, Florida; and several aunts and uncles, including Bernetta and Grant Whaley of Smyrna, Patricia and George Ofslager of Geneseo, Illinois, and Michael Broten of Live Oak, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Helen Broten; her maternal grandparents Gladys and Michael Mesko; and two uncles, Robert and Michael Mesko.
A funeral service was held Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home with Pastor Phillip Sell of the First Baptist Church of Hartwick officiating.
In honor of Elizabeth’s love for books, her family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Kinney Memorial Library, PO Box 176, Hartwick, NY 13348. Memorial donations
may also be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are entrusted to Connell,
Dow & Deysenroth
Funeral Home.

Martin R. Patton Sr., 89; Entrepreneur; Restaurant, Realty Investor

Martin R. Patton Sr., 89;

Entrepreneur; Restaurant,

Realty Investor

ONEONTA – Martin R. Patton Sr., 89, who played semi-pro football before returning home to a career in restaurants and real estate, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 9, 2019.
Born Jan. 6, 1930, in Oneonta, the son of Martin Brown and Agnes Jenette (Hanes) Patten, he lost his dad in 1948 in a farming accident.
Marty worked for D&H Railroad the summer of 1948 and a bell hop at the Oneonta Hotel nights, graduating from Oneonta High School in 1949.
He started working as a salesman for Stringers selling Kaiser/Fraiser cars, and in 1950-51 worked nights at Lynn Coach, operating a 7A turret lathe. Following high school, he played semi-pro football for several years.
He married the love of his life Gina V. Colone on Nov. 23, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta. She was a telephone operator.
Marty then worked for NYSEG from 1952 to 1963 as a lineman. He became a well-known businessman with the purchase of Zummo’s Market. Jack Zummo taught him how to make his famous sausage and to cut sides of beef for the display case. Marty added an ice cream parlor and purchased a food truck, selling subs and pizza at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. He later leased the building for a restaurant, and then opened the Fiesta Restaurant in that location.
He was the owner of Susquehanna Glass and East End Coin Laundry and managed Emmons Estates for five years, and began purchasing multiple commercial buildings and apartment buildings, including property on Southside, including the House of Brides.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed winning at cards, doing puzzles and walks down his driveway.
He is survived by his children, Martin and his wife, Brenda Patton and stepsons, Eddie and Patrick Grace, and the late, Sean Grace; Cynthia and husband, Joseph Marino; Paula and her husband, Allen Fassler and daughters, Alexandra and husband, William Barrus and Vanessa; Patricia Bettiol, and her late husband, Eugene Bettiol Jr. and daughters, Carleigh and Brooke; Pamela Patton and son, Bradley; a brother, the late Frank and his wife, Lorraine Patten; sisters, Agnes DeShaw, the late, Dora and her late husband, Andy Colby and the late, Flora Patten; a sister-in-law, Mary and husband, Duane Hathaway; brothers-in-law, Philip and wife, Jeanette Colone, Arthur and wife, Denise Colone, John and wife, Marianne Colone and the late Herman and his wife, Eileen Colone; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Gina on October 24, 2010; his parents, Martin and Agnes Patten; and nieces, Susan and Annette Colone and Donna Hathaway.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
The funeral mass will be 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta.
Donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home.

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Lord, 77; Ceramist With Milford, Oneonta Studios

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Lord, 77;

Ceramist With Milford,

Oneonta Studios

MILFORD – Gertrude “Trudy” Lord, 77, an accomplished ceramist who operated studios here and in Oneonta, passed away peacefully at The Centers Nursing Home on Sunday March 3, 2019, after a four-year courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Trudy was born on Sept. 20, 1942, in Patterson, N.J., the daughter of the late Samuel L. and Gertrude Margroff Mott. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Geraldine, and brothers Gary and Ronald.
She attended Milford Central School, and on May 12, 1962, she married Patrick Lord at St. Agnes Church in Paterson, N.J. In the ceramics field, she was a blue-ribbon winning doll maker, adept with her air-brushing techniques, and was a creative jewelry maker.
In her later years, she worked at the front desk at The Otesaga, then at Milford Central School until her retirement. She was also a past member of the Milford American Legion Auxiliary.
Trudy is survived by her husband of 57 years, Patrick; children Elizabeth (Kenneth) Miller, Patricia (Scott), Deanie (Justin), and David (Alexis); grandchildren Zachary, Eliana, Jasmine, and Isabella.
She is also survived by brothers Sam and Bill Mott, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Trudy’s life was held. Monday, March 11, at the Cooperstown Centers’ chapel, 128 Phoenix Mills Road, Cooperstown, with Pastor Steve Fournier officiating.
Trudy’s family has asked that you consider honoring her memory by donation to the Alzheimer’s Association,
Arrangements entrusted to the Delker & Terry Funeral Home.

Suzanne E. Lundin, 65; Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Suzanne E. Lundin, 65;

Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

Suzanne Lundin

OTEGO – Suzanne E. Lundin, a retired telephone operator active in the Lundin Christmas Tree Farm, her family business, passed away peacefully at home on March 12, 2019.

She was born on July 29, 1953, in Johnson City, the daughter of John James Zdimal and LaVonne (McCrossen).

Sue was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School. Sue was a natural athlete enjoying basketball, tennis, softball, bowling, golf and pickleball.

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