FLY CREEK – Sarah (Sally) Van Horne Rezen, 95, a Marine, farmer with her husband Paul and antiques restorer whose family has lived in the Fly Creek Valley for 200 years, passed away on April 2, 2019, at Walden Place in Cortland.
Sally was born on Dec. 13, 1923, the daughter of Dorr and Emma Van Horne. She was the sixth of seven girls and grew up on the family farm in Fly Creek Valley.
Sally went to a one-room schoolhouse at the Sprague School through 8th grade. She attended Cooperstown High School, graduating in 1941. After graduation, and with WWII underway, Sally worked at several jobs throughout the region, including an airplane parts factory in Sidney.
WESTFORD – Henry M. “Hank” Burton, 80, who for 40 years operated the excavating company that bears his name, passed away suddenly on April 3, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
He was born Oct. 3, 1938, in Westford, the son of Charles and Minnie (Peeters) Burton. Hank graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus, Class of 1957. He worked the Burton Family Dairy Farm for many years, and was also the owner/operator of Walts Restaurant in Worcester.
COOPERSTOWN – A memorial service is planned is Saturday, April 6, for Irma Lorraine Sosnovik, 92, who moved 15 years ago from New Jersey to Cooperstown, where one of her daughters resides, and passed away peacefully on Feb. 8, 2019.
The service is schedule for 1 p.m. Saturday, at Devoe’s Funeral Home in Washington, N.J., with an internment ceremony to follow at the Pequest Union Cemetery of Great Meadows, N.J.
MILFORD – Howard “Howdy” I. Cornish, 92, a World War II veteran and last of the original Milford Macs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
Born Nov. 2, 1926, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, Howard was the son of Horace P. and Leta (Persons) Cornish.
He graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1945. Immediately after graduation, Howard enlisted in the Army and, following basic training, was assigned to the 778th Tank Battalion. Howard was dedicated to his country and proud of his service and that of his fellow comrades in arms.
GILBERTSVILLE – Vincent John Brannick, 95, a Scintilla retiree who obtained a SUNY Oneonta education degree, then taught in Binghamton for 20 years, passed away on March 29, 2019 at the age of 95.
Born on April 9, 1923, he is survived by his wife of 78 years, Wanda Brannick and his five children; Gordon Brannick (Rebecca), Michael Brannick (Linda), Thomas Brannick (Marileia), Linda Michelle Brannick and Jill Casciaro; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, Edna and George Livesey, and sisters Anna Powers (2018) and EdnaMae Pentzien (2016).
VanHORNESVILLE – Mildred I. Merrick, 88, of VanHornesville, administrative secretary at Owen D. Young Central School for 25 years, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 23, 2019, in Foltsbrook Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Herkimer.
She was born on June 25, 1930, in Wiccopee, Dutchess County, daughter of the late William E. and Mary R. Lougheed Irwin. Mildred was raised in Carmel and graduated from Carmel High School with the Class of 1948.
MARYLAND – Esther M. Vogel, 79, of Maryland, who worked at Oneonta Dress Factory, then Schenevus’ Greenleaf Dollhouse Factory, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
She was born on Sept. 24, 1939, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Frederick and Mildred (Weaver) Loucks. Esther married Karl E. Vogel November of 1957, in Oneonta. Karl predeceased her on April 22, 2018.
MOUNT VISION – Marjorie E. Luke, 74, a seamstress at Sanyo in Pony Farm, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chestnut Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oneonta.
She was born July 4, 1944, in Weymouth, N.J., the daughter of the late David and Marjorie (Jones) Daub. Marjorie married Christopher Luke on Dec. 11, 1960, in Nesco, N.J., but she had lived locally for 30 years.
Marjorie worked for many years at Sanyo in Oneonta as a seamstress. She loved the outdoors where she enjoyed feeding the birds and deer on her lawn. She also had a passion for gardening both flowers and vegetables.