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Byron O. Crowson, 68 July 4, 1953 – October 12, 2021

In Memoriam

Byron O. Crowson, 68

July 4, 1953 – October 12, 2021

FLY CREEK – In the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Byron O’Neal Crowson passed away unexpectedly.  He bravely and optimistically confronted failing health during the past six months.  He was a devoted husband and father.

Byron was born on July 4, 1953, in Dayton, Ohio.  He was a son of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Hendrickson) Crowson. Byron graduated from Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, Ohio, received his associate degree in nursing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and his bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Byron was a dedicated Registered Nurse for more than 40 years and was employed at Ohio State University and at the Dayton VA Hospital, prior to relocating to Fly Creek.  It was while he was working as a nursing supervisor that he met his future wife, Joanne Weidel.  They were wed on May 5, 2002, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Inge Otten Roemer, 100  February 1, 1921 – October 16, 2021

In Memoriam

Inge Otten Roemer, 100

 February 1, 1921 – October 16, 2021

Inge Otten Roemer

Inge Otten Roemer, 100, a resident of Sand Hill, Otego, Fly Creek and Oneonta in Otsego County for 75 years, passed away Saturday night, October 16, 2021, at her home in Otego.

A native of Germany, Inge was born February 1, 1921, in Hamburg, a daughter of Ernest and Elizabeth (Bartels) Bondiek. When she was 2 ½ she and her parents moved from Germany to Fairview, New Jersey, to live with an uncle who paid their way to the States. One of her earliest memories was witnessing the opening of the George Washington Bridge in 1931. As a teenager she worked in the summer as kitchen help for a wealthy family, and also on a farm that had summer boarders. After graduation from Cliffside High School in 1938, she traveled to Germany to live with relatives still in the old country, as well as to begin her training as a school teacher, studying the methods of kindergarten founder Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel at the Froebel School in Hamburg.

Her training was interrupted in August 1939, when the American Consulate sent a message to “leave immediately” because the German borders were closing at midnight. With the help of friends and strangers, Inge was able to take a ferry to Sweden, then drive through the night to Oslo, Norway. As her German Reichsmarks were suddenly worthless, it was only through the kindness of an American – who happened to live near where her parents were living in New Jersey – that she was able to book passage on the Norwegian  SS Bergensfjord.

Anthony G. Schlesier, 86  October 1, 1935 – October 16, 2021

In Memoriam

Anthony G. Schlesier, 86

 October 1, 1935 – October 16, 2021

HARTWICK – Anthony G. Schlesier, a long-time resident of Hartwick, died October 16, 2021. He was 86 years old.

Anthony was born in Huntington on October 1, 1935, and was predeceased by his wife Angelina S. Schlesier.

He spent most of his career in agriculture and retired from the Army Reserves. He enjoyed his retirement by traveling and spending time on the family farm. He will be missed by many.

Otsego County announces another death from COVID

Otsego County announces
another death from COVID

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Otsego County’s Department of Health announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, that another county resident has died from the coronavirus.

According to county records, 52 residents have died from the virus in 2021 and 71 total since the pandemic began in 2020.

The DOH also reported 23 new positive cases Wednesday, with a seven-day average positivity rate of 3.7%.

According to the DOH, 54.7% of the total county population is fully vaccinated, including 79.7% of senior citizens and 61% of people 12 and older.

John J. Pohli, 75 June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

In Memoriam

John J. Pohli, 75

June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

John J. Pohli

OTEGO – John J. Pohli, a lifelong area resident, passed away Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 75.

Born June 26, 1946, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, John was a son of John J. and Margaret (Sorocco) Pohli. After graduating from high school, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in electrical technology. For 30 years he was employed with NYSEG, and retired as an electrical supervisor in 1990.

On September 2, 1966, John married Lillian J. Pearce in Oneonta. They enjoyed living in their log cabin in the countryside of Otego.

Harry G. Brannigan, 73 August 3, 1948 – October 7, 2021

In Memoriam

Harry G. Brannigan, 73

August 3, 1948 – October 7, 2021

Harry G. Brannigan

MILFORD – Harry George Brannigan, age 73, passed away early Thursday morning, October 7, 2021, at his son’s home in Mount Vision following a valiant battle with cancer.

He was born August 3, 1948, in College Point, Queens, a son of the late Harry and Margaret Brannigan.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Harry enlisted with the United States Army on January 8, 1968, and served in Vietnam with Company B, 9th Engineer Battalion. On January 2, 1971, he received his Honorable Discharge from the military and returned home to Queens.

He met Carol Ann Spunt of Long Island while on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. The two hit it off, and were married May 5, 1973, in her hometown of Huntington on Long Island.

For many years, Harry was employed as a sheet metal worker and machinist for the Stella Corporation in Plainview.

In 1988, Harry and Carol Ann moved upstate to the Town of Milford and Harry became an organic farmer. He truly enjoyed growing vegetables, and sold them for a time at his farm stand, Mountain Top Farm, in Emmons. In his leisure, he enjoyed watching movies, especially National Lampoon’s Vacation and, no matter the time of year, Christmas Vacation.

In Memoriam: Joseph Edward Zaczek, 71, April 25, 1951- October 3, 2021

In Memoriam


Joseph Edward Zaczek
April 25, 1951-
October 3, 2021

Joseph Zaczek

Joseph Edward Zaczek passed away in peace on October 3, 2021 at the UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, N.Y. following a brief illness. Joe was born on April 25,1951 in Deposit, N.Y. He attended and graduated from Mt. Upton Central School and SUNY Delhi.

Joe’s lifetime career was in agriculture. The proof of his love for the land was reflected in the joy he brought to many with his famous ‘Mt Upton Sweet Corn’. He also took great pleasure in the machinery that is the driving force in agriculture. He loved his John Deere collection.

His contributions to the community impacted many. Joe was the transportation supervisor at GMU Central School from 1991 until his retirement in 2021. He was a Town of Guilford Board Member. Joe spent 25 years of his life as a fireman at the Borden Hose Fire Company in Mt Upton, N.Y. He was an avid and talented bowler. He bowled a perfect game numerous times. Out of all his many endeavors, he most enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandchildren and watching their sporting events.

Richard Frederick Smith August 21, 1943 – September 13, 2021
Richard Frederick Smith

In Memoriam

Richard Frederick Smith

August 21, 1943 – September 13, 2021

OAKSVILLE – Richard Frederick Smith, Jr., a life-long area resident and long-time employee of Remington Arms, passed away following a lengthy illness Monday afternoon, September 13, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 78.

Born August 21, 1943, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was one of four children of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith. He attended Cooperstown schools and was a member of the Cooperstown High School Class of 1961.

On March 17, 1962, Dick married Patricia Ann Edwards in a ceremony at the Cooperstown Methodist Church, and they went on to enjoy a total of 60 wonderful years together.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Dick proudly served his country with the United States Army from 1962 until 1968. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the Cooperstown area, and was employed for 34 years with Remington Arms in Ilion, first as a forend sander and then as an inspector.

The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 16: The 9/11 edition

The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 16:
The 9/11 edition

STAFF REPORT • Special to

In a very special episode of The AllOtsego Report, Greg and Kevin break format to discuss last week’s 20th anniversary of 9/11 memorials and their feelings about the event. Both men were living in the New York City suburbs at the time and both know people who were in the towers, who had/have PTSD from the experience or have gotten sick and/or died from 9/11 syndrome. Several people in Kevin’s world also died that day or soon after from the attack or the aftermath.

Trigger warning: We discuss the events of 9/11 and its aftermath in a way that might cause stress for other people directly affected by the terrorist attack. And some of our opinions may offend, too, but we make no apologies for that because we are testifying about our experiences that day and our feelings about where it has taken our county in the past 20 years since that awful day.
Prayers, love and respect to the first responders and victims (and their families) that day and to everyone who volunteers or works to help people in emergency situations.

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Lorraine Patton July 05, 1935 – September 06, 2021

In Memoriam

V. Lorraine Patten

July 05, 1935 – September 06, 2021

V. Lorraine Patten

Oneonta – V. Lorraine Patten, 86, passed to be the Lord on September 6, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born July 5, 1935 in Oneonta, the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Pendergast) Easley.

After graduating from Oneonta High School, Lorraine never had the need to venture out of her hometown and it was there that she met and married Frank Patten on August 16, 1953, the love of her life.

The Patten house was a hub, a gathering place for family, friends and neighbors.  Their door was always open and all were welcome.  Lorraine loved being mom and grandma.  She provided for more than just her family; a fond memory of all the neighborhood children was the Patten’s bucket of quarters, ready for the ice cream truck for all to get a summer’s treat.  Lorraine enjoyed taking pottery classes at SUCO, a hobby she was quite gifted at.  One of her favorite past-times were out gallivanting with her best friends finding treasures at antique shops.  In more recent years, meeting the Golden Guernsey Girls for a daily cup of coffee and all their special celebrations. Fun fact, as a child Lorraine was a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol, her post was at the Oneonta Armory.

Jane Anne Russell, 86, April 30, 1935 ~ September 9, 2021

In Memoriam

Jane Anne Russell

April 30, 1935~September 9, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Jane Anne Russell, 86, of Cooperstown, died on Thursday, September 9,

Born to Harold and Ida (Bothwell) Loman on April 30, 1935, she was raised in Mechanicville,

She graduated from the University of Albany in 1956 with a degree in education and went on to complete her M.Ed. from the University of North Dakota.  Jane Anne taught in Dutchess and Ulster Counties and spent most of her career at Highland High School before her retirement in 1989.

Timothy Edward Etter, 74 January 11, 1947 ~ September 8, 2021

In Memoriam

Timothy Edward Etter, 74

January 11, 1947 ~ September 8, 2021

Timothy Etter

EDMESTON – A  man who was a lover of life: passionate, devoted, creative, articulate, genuine, an inquisitive intellectual who pursued all his endeavors with great zeal.

Tim was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a graduated from Marcellus High School, NY where he had been a proud member of the wrestling team. He received his BA from SUNY Geneseo.

Tim’s professional career included employment by the Syracuse DSO for over 20 years and Madison Cty. ARC. He also worked as a real estate agent.  His greatest love was nature photography. He was proud to be the sole proprietor of “The Image Makers Photography Gallery and Frame Shop. Tim’s artistic capabilities in Photography have been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Central New York: including The Cazenovia Artisans, and Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY.

Sandra Lou Stockdale Single mother overcame challenges, found love

In Memoriam

Sandra Lou Stockdale

Single mother overcame challenges, found love

COOPERSTOWN – Sandra Lou Stockdale (Sandy) passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, August 26th, 2021.  She was surrounded by her loving family who made certain she was comfortable.

Sandy is survived by her loving husband of 30 years and one day, William Stockdale. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Greg and LisaMarie Morrison, Glenn and Michele Morrison, and Glenda and Matt Vatovec.  She is also survived by her loving granddaughters, Emily and Abigail Vatovec and her grandsons Kane Morrison and Brett Morrison. She was predeceased by her daughter, Gretchen Miller, and her first husband, Walter Glen Morrison.

Sandy was a hard-working woman who had her fair share of obstacles to overcome in life. After losing her first husband, Walter Morrison, she became the sole caregiver to her four children. With very little means and not having had a job to date, Sandra picked herself up and took charge of getting things in order. She got her first car, worked hard to find several jobs to make ends meet, and still managed to care for her four young children.  There were many tough times. One of Sandra’s favorite stories to tell is finding her family low on funds, and needing to feed her family, she was able to find 5 dollars with the help of her eldest son, Greg, and she purchased hot dogs and macaroni and cheese with which she built a meal for her children. That was just the kind of person she was, she could make a full meal out of very little.

Former Congressional candidate, Van De Water, dies unexpectedly
Kyle Van De Water

Former Congressional candidate,
Van De Water,
dies unexpectedly

Staff Report • Special to

Kyle Van De Water, the Army veteran and Millbrook lawyer who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Antonio Delgado in the 2020 election, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, according to multiple news reports.

Van De Water, a Republican, announced last week he had reconsidered his plan and would not challenge Delgado again. He lost by about 40,000 votes, or 11.5%, in New York’s 19th Congressional district.

Delgado expressed his condolences Tuesday via an official statement and on Twitter.

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