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In Memoriam

Angelina M. Koury 90; Husband, 3 Sons Among Her Survivors

IN MEMORIAM: Angelina M. Koury 90;

Husband, 3 Sons Among Her Survivors

Angelina M. Koury

ONEONTA – Angelina M. Koury, 90, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at the Albany Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

 She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many, and was a life-long resident of the Oneonta community. She took pride that she lived in the same house on Park Avenue for over 85 of her almost 91 years.

Her family, and all those who knew her, will remember her for her kindness, and unconditional love. The four-legged feline and canine creatures of the world always held a special place in her heart, as well, as she would feed and befriend the neighborhood’s homeless kitties looking for food, and shelter.  Her beloved, “granddog” Ozmo, will also greatly miss her, as she would unconditionally hold watch over him in the absence of his owner.

Darlene Rose Munson March 3, 1951-Oct. 17,2020


Darlene Rose Munson

March 3, 1951-Oct. 17,2020

Darlene Rose Munson

MARYLAND – Darlene Rose Munson, 69, passed away Oct. 17, 2020, at home with her loving family at her side.

She was born March 3, 1951, in Oneonta, the daughter of Dominic and Betty (Rogers) Mastro.

She married Steven F. Munson on July 18, 1970, in Oneonta.  They celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.

She is survived by her husband, Steve; her children, Shawn and wife, Tricia Munson, and Shaynon Munson and boyfriend, Nate Miller; her grandchildren, Taylor, Jadyn, Morgan and Logan; her sister, Mickey Eramo; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ian R. Ednie, 72; Active In Oneonta’s St. James Church

IN MEMORIAM: Ian R. Ednie, 72;

Active In Oneonta’s St. James Church

Ian R. Ednie

ONEONTA – Ian R. Ednie, 72, who was active in St. James Episcopal Church while living in Oneonta, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Wallingford, Pa.   He had been living in Monroe, Mich.

He was born in Feb. 17, 1948, in Madison, Wisc., son of Norman A. Ednie and Betty Jean (Williams) Ednie.  He received a B.A. in History and Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Victor Salvatore, Jr., 98; Sculptor’s Son Solidified Doubleday Story As Myth


Victor Salvatore, Jr., 98;

Sculptor’s Son Solidified

Doubleday Story As Myth

Victor Salvatore, Jr., at the “James Fenimore Cooper” statue next to the Hall of Fame Library, which was created by his namesake father.
Victor Salvatore, Jr.

COOPERSTOWN – Victor Salvatore, Jr., of Sarasota, Fla., a Marine during World War II, and a newspaperman and executive who helped establish Abner Doubleday’s founding of baseball locally as myth, died peacefully at home on Oct. 6, 2020.

He was born Dec. 6, 1921, to Victor Salvatore and Ellen Ashfordbye Ryerson Salvatore.

His father was a sculptor who was born in Italy and came to New York as a child. His works are represented in The Metropolitan Museum of Art; “The Sandlot Kid” and “James Fenimore Cooper” are Cooperstown landmarks.

Cheryl Woods Hollister, 72; Native Daughter, Recognized By Pentagon

IN MEMORIAM: Cheryl Woods Hollister, 72;

Native Daughter, Recognized By Pentagon

Cherie Hollister

COOPERSTOWN – Cheryl (Woods) Hollister, 72, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown who was recognized by the Pentagon for community service during her years as a military wife, passed away Oct. 12, 2020, in San Tan Valley, Ariz., where she retired to be closer to her daughters.

She was born on March 29, 1948, at Bassett Hospital.  Cherie married Jeffrey Hollister in November 1972.

Between 1979 and 1994, Cherie was extremely active in the military communities where the family was stationed, and was recognized numerous times by the Department of Defense for her community service.

IN MEMORIAM: John Hayen, 58; Oneontan Loved Christmas

IN MEMORIAM: John Hayen, 58;

Coach Loved Decorating For Christmas

John Hayen

NEW BERLIN – John David Hayen, 58, who was known for his elaborate Christmas light displays died Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020, at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany.

He was born May 20, 1962 in Niskayuna, the son of John F. Hayen and Virginia (Lawton) Mosher Sweeney. He graduated from Duanesburg Central School and attended SUNY Morrisville for a short time.

One of his most notable accomplishments was marrying Susan Pendorf on October 28, 1983. With his wife of over 36 years he has three beautiful children.

Throughout his life he has always been athletic and involved with sports.  Most notably he was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame and was a three time All-American. He channeled his love for sports into a coaching career as the Goal Keeper Coach for SUNY Oneonta. His love for his teammates and players easily made him a respected mentor. John was a passionate and dedicated person, to his family, friends, and life. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, a fine bourbon and loved making ugly Christmas sweaters.  John was known as a huge lover of all things Christmas and a Yankee Hater.

In 2016, he boasted that he had 25,300 Christmas lights on his house, more than Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

For over 20 years John worked at Town Square Media Group in Oneonta as a Senior Marketing Consultant.  He was well-known for the live broadcast events, morning sports reports, radio auctions, and live Yellow Jacket sports broadcasts.

John is survived by his wife, Sue Hayen; children, Amber Wiltsie (Jeffrey), Jarrin Hayen (Jason), Christopher Hayen (Jennifer).  He was so proud this past year to become “Poppy Pop-pop” to Oliver Graham and Mason Nolan.  Also surviving, his mother, Virginia Mosher-Sweeney (Steve); his father, John Hayen (Nancy); his siblings, Christopher Hayen (Linda), Susie Jarosz (Brian); step-siblings, Deborah Mostert (Terry), Michael Duhenme (Karen); many beloved nieces and nephews and very special friends.

He was predeceased by his step-father, David Mosher.

John’s wishes were for no services, wanting instead to have a big party to celebrate his life. To honor his requests there will be visitation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.  Due to current restrictions please wear a face covering, maintain social distancing and be prepared to wait to enter the building.  In loving honor of John, please be sure to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater.

The family wishes to extend, with heartfelt gratitude, a special thank you to the staff at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, for going above and beyond for John and his family.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Hospice Foundation, Gift Processing Center, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208; In Memo: Hospice Inn – In memory of John Hayen.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to,

Beatrice M. Griffith, 92; Hartwick High Queen; Lifelong Volunteer

IN MEMORIAM: Beatrice M. Griffith, 92;

Hartwick High Queen; Lifelong Volunteer

HARTWICK – Beatrice M. Griffith, Queen of her Hartwick High School class and a lifelong community volunteer, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 9, 2020, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. She was 92.

Born in Hartwick on July 5, 1928, Bea was a daughter of Fred I. Gill, Sr. and Myrtle S. Pickens Gill.

IN MEMORIAM Jess Haynes Calhoun, 84


Jess Haynes Calhoun, 84

Jan. 2, 1936-Sept. 24, 2020

Jess H. Calhoun

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown native Jess Haynes Calhoun passed away quite suddenly at his home in Pasco, Wash., on Sept. 24, 2020.

He was born in Cooperstown on Jan. 2, 1936, the son of Norman D. Calhoun and Gertrude (Ellsworth) Calhoun.

He married Sandra Minerose Nov. 19, 1960, in Oneonta. Jess graduated in 1955 from Cooperstown Central School. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a welder, and a retired manager of Bruce Hall Corp.

IN MEMORIAM: Maestro Charles Schneider, Catskill Symphony Music Director


Maestro Charles Schneider,

CSO’s Founding Conductor

Charles Schneider

ONEONTA – Charles Schneider, the music director for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra for more than four decades, has died, according to a statement issued by the CSO.

“The Governing Board of Catskill Symphony Orchestra acknowledges with deep sadness the passing of beloved Maestro Charles Schneider, who was, for forty-five years, Music Director of Catskill Symphony Orchestra,” they wrote in an email sent to subscribers this morning. “His gentlemanly ways, beautiful sense of humor and ability to make everyone feel completely at ease will always live in our hearts. And never to be forgotten are the beautiful concerts that illuminated not only his beloved Catskill Mountains, but our personal lives as well. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and all those who knew him.”

Dee Bachanas Burnett, 72; With Husband, Ran Western Auto Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Dee Bachanas Burnett, 72;

With Husband, Ran Western Auto Locally

 COOPERSTOWN – Delores (Dee) Bachanas Burnett, a native of Cooperstown who, with husband, Bill, owned the downtown Western Auto store, died Sunday night, Oct. 4, 2020, at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville.  She was 92.

Born May 14, 1928, at Bassett Hospital, Dee was one of five children of Edmund J. and Harriet (Cross) Bachanas.   Dee grew up in Fly Creek, attending the three-room Fly Creek School from kindergarten through the eighth grade. She then attended Cooperstown High School, graduating with the Class of 1946.

Carol Rumenapp, 72; For Decades, Was Milford Town Justice

IN MEMORIAM: Carol Rumenapp, 72;

For Decades, Was Milford Town Justice

Carol Ann Rumenapp

MILFORD – Carol Ann Ferguson Rumenapp, 72, Milford town justice for decades, retiring in 2018, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully with family by her side Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at her home in Milford.

Carol was born in Weehawken, N.J.,  on Oct. 1, 1947, to Glen and Antonette “Rita” Ferguson.

As a child, she enjoyed spending summers with family in West Virginia, riding horses, watching logging competitions and playing along the creek with her brother Glen, where she earned the nickname “Crock-A-Do Lolly.”

Andrew ‘Sonny’ Sugarick, 84; Decorated Vietnam Veteran Raised In County

IN MEMORIAM: Andrew ‘Sonny’ Sugarick, 84;

Decorated Vietnam Veteran Raised In County

Captain Sugarick

COOPERSTOWN –Andrew Patrick “Sonny” Sugarick, captain (ret.) United States Army, a decorated Vietnam veteran who was raised in Otsego County, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday night, Sept. 30, 2020, at The Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was 84 and resided in Erwin, N.C.

Survivors include two sisters in Cooperstown.

Born March 17, 1936, in Centerville, Pa., he was the son of Andrew S. and Ann Marie née Gorence Sugarick. He was a graduate of the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus.

Warrene ‘Lennie’ Macarthur, 79; Retired From N.J. to Cooperstown Area In 1992

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Lennie’ Macarthur, 79;

Retired To Cooperstown Area In 1992

COOPERSTOWN – Warrene S. “Lennie” Macarthur, 79, of Venice, Fla., and the Cooperstown area, died following a valiant year-long battle with cancer on Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, 2020, at her home on Stocking Brook Road, Town of Otsego, with family by her side.

She was born Nov. 21, 1940, in Amarillo, Texas, the eldest child and only daughter of Warren Perry and Vera Pearl née Gutshall Shreve.

Gerald A. Ferris, 70; Managed Grossman’s Lumber, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Gerald A. Ferris, 70;

Managed Grossman’s Lumber, Oneonta

ONEONTA – Gerald A. Ferris, 79, former manager of Grossman’s Lumber, Pony Farm Road, passed away Sept. 15, 2020, at his home in Bushnell, Fla.

Jerry was born in Worcester, on July 20, 1941, the second son of James and Emma Ferris.
Jerry lived and worked in the Oneonta area, including Otego, for the majority of his life. In addition to Grossman’s, he was manager of the garage door company on River Street.

Ashley Fitzpatrick-Thomes, 34; ‘Too Young,’ Husband, Daughter Emma Survive

IN MEMORIAM: Ashley Fitzpatrick-Thomes;

‘Too Young’; Husband, Daughter Survive

RICHFIELD – Ashley E. Fitzpatrick-Thomes, 34, of Perkins Road, Town of Richfield, died “too young” and unexpectedly at her home on Sept. 19, 2020.

Born May 6, 1986, in Stamford, Ashley was the daughter of Hadley and Janet (Vandover) Fitzpatrick.  She attended Cooperstown Central School as a member of the Class of 2005.

She met her best friend and life partner, Derrick Thomes, in 2009 and soon thereafter began their lives together.

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