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In Memoriam

Elwyn K. Sheldon, 77; Retired Union Contractor, Well Driller

IN MEMORIAM: Elwyn K. Sheldon, 77;

Retired Union Contractor, Well Driller

“Skip” Sheldon

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Elwyn K. “Skip” Sheldon, 77, of Division Street, a union contractor and well-driller, passed away peacefully on Monday Dec. 10, 2018 in his home.

Elwyn was born Feb. 11, 1941 in Herkimer, a son to the late Elwyn A. and Thelma Griffiths Sheldon. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs.

Skip was a heavy equipment mechanic and a union contractor with Local 1249 IBEW. He also was in the well-drilling business for many years, retiring in 1995.

Peter Molinari Jr., 72, Oneonta; Ran Palace Cigar, Rose & Laurel
IN MEMORIAM

Peter Molinari Jr., 72, Oneonta;

Ran Palace Cigar, Rose & Laurel

Peter Molinari, Jr.

ONEONTA – Peter Paul Molinari Jr., 72, former longtime owner of the landmark Palace Cigar on Main Street, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on July 2, 1946, in Albany, the son of Peter Paul Sr. and Frances (Croshaw) Molinari.

Peter attended SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Albany, earning his bachelor’s degree in business.

James E. Jackson, 93, WWII Vet, Retired Trooper, VFW Commander
IN MEMORIAM

James E. Jackson, 93, WWII Vet,

Retired Trooper, VFW Commander

James E. Jackson

COOPERSTOWN – James Elwood Jackson, a retired state trooper and World War II veteran, passed away Saturday night, Dec. 8, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. He was 93.

Born Feb. 15, 1925, in Endicott, he was the only child of Raymon James Jackson and Elizabeth J. Cass Jackson. Immediately after graduating from Owego Free Academy, James enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country during World War II, first aboard a merchant marine vessel and then on a battleship.

Jan Kerr, 83; CCS Mainstay, Volunteer Across Community
IN MEMORIAM

Jan Kerr, 83; CCS Mainstay,

Volunteer Across Community

COOPERSTOWN – Jan Ann Kerr, 83, lost her determined and courageous battle with multiple myeloma just after midnight, Dec. 8, holding hands with her children. Her will to live and love of her family gave her extraordinary strength, and her love kept her family close.

Jan was born in Ayer, Mass., to David and Alice Sargent, who predeceased her in 1994 and 1995, respectively. She loved life on her family farm in Groton, Mass., and graduated valedictorian of her 1953 high school class. College led her to UMass, where she graduated in 1957. She earned her master’s degree from SUNY Oneonta.

Mary E. Bunt, 69; With Husband, Depicted The Clauses

IN MEMORIAM: Mary E. Bunt, 69;

With Husband, Depicted The Clauses

UNADILLA – Mary E. Bunt, 69, of Unadilla, who with her husband, Fred, depicted Mrs. Claus and Santa locally for many years, passed away Saturday morning Dec. 8, 2018, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born on May 12, 1949, to Floyd & Beulah (Bell) Jones.  She married Frederick Bunt on May 29, 1971, in Hartwick; he predeceased her.  She was also predeceased by her sisters, Luella Lyons, Lillian Rogers & Georgia Lorraine Jones, brothers, George, Paul & Walter, and Floyd Arnold Jones.

Terance Pugliese, 73; Lifelong Cooperstownian; Vietnam Vet

IN MEMORIAM: Terance Pugliese, 73;

Lifelong Cooperstownian; Vietnam Vet

Terance Pugliese

COOPERSTOWN – Lifelong Cooperstownian Terance James Roy Pugliese passed away suddenly Monday0 evening, Dec. 3, 2018.

To newcomers, he was known as Terry, to friends he was The ACE, T.P., The Mayor, or Ambrose, and to his daughters, he was their Popsicle but whatever you knew him as, chances are, if you spent any time in Cooperstown, you knew him.

With a booming voice, joyous laughter and mischievous grin, Terry had a gift for making everyone feel accepted and valued. A charismatic people person who never met a stranger, Terry was surrogate brother and father to all he would listen to your troubles, make you laugh and forget your problems.

Madeline P. Santos, 100; Enjoyed Long Life In Sixth Ward Home

IN MEMORIAM: Madeline Santos, 100;

Enjoyed Long Life In Sixth Ward Home

Madeline “MIckey” Santos

ONEONTA – Madeline P. Santos, 100, said goodbye on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, to the life she treasured. She had been living at Fox Nursing Home since August 2016.

Mickey was born on Love Joy Street, Buffalo, on Oct. 23, 1918 to Paolo and Giulia (Stirpi) Spaziani. Much of her life was spent on the North end of Miller Street in her beloved Sixth Ward, AKA, the Lower Deck.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Ernest (Santodonato) Santos and Clifford Wilson; her stepdaughter, Marie; her daughter, Julianne; her sisters, Jenny and Mary; her brothers, Angelo, Alex and Paul; her sister-in-law, Vita; her special friends, Sadie Nader and Jim Lange, as well as many others.

IN MEMORIAM: Andrew J. Adell, 25, Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Andrew J. Adell, 25, Otego

Andrew J. Adell

OTEGO – Andrew J. Adell, 25, of Otego, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, 2018, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City.

He is survived by his mother, Teresa Adell, Otego, and his father, T.J. Adell, Oneonta; two brothers, Logan and Rebecca Osborne in Virginia, and Brad Adell and his fiancé Heather Gross; Andrew’s fiancé, Sophia Troilo, Sidney; grandparents, Earl and Alice Wilber, Franklin, and Richard & Doris Brothers in Ohio, and also several aunts, uncles, cousins and other family.

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