ONEONTA – Edward Vines Spencer passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, surrounded by loved ones. He was 93.
Ed was born May 4, 1925 in Pittsfield, to George and Ida Spencer. He fondly remembered growing up on a farm with his parents and two brothers Don and Bob. He enjoyed reminiscing about the farm animals, particularly two work horses named Dolly and June and the family dog Pal, who “knew how to fetch a cow.” He graduated from Morris Central High School in 1943.
ONEONTA – MarcAnthony Jack Yonnone was born on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at 9:49 a.m. to his loving parents, Carmine Yonnone IV and Heather Romeo. He weighed 6.5 pounds and was 18.5 inches long.
MarcAnthony’s family was blessed to have spent 10 weeks with him before he went to his heavenly home the morning of Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.
Although he wasn’t here for long, MarcAnthony touched so many hearts.
ONEONTA – Wendy (Morris) Mills, 54, who grew up in Oneonta and graduated from Franklin Central School in 1982, succumbed to brain cancer on Jan. 29, 2019, at her home in Morrisville, N.C., with her loving husband, Blake, by her side.
Wendy was born in Endicott, to Frederick and Diane Morris. After graduation, she went on to graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1988, with her BA in political science. Wendy was a certified ophthalmic technician, most recently at Carolina Retina Institute.
FRANKLIN – Lyall H. Sage, 86, a state trooper who served on Nelson Rockefeller’s detail when the governor visited The Otesaga, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at the Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born on March 21, 1932, in Sayre, Pa., the son of Edna Sage. He graduated from Towanda High School in June 1950.
He married Roberta Moody Sage in Dushore, Pa., on May 3, 1952.
ONEONTA – Robert Paul (D’Urzo) Ross, 74, a master mechanic who worked in the family paving business with his son and grandsons, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 6, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Son of John and Elizabeth (D’Urzo) Ross, Robert was born Jan. 23, 1944, in the homestead on Franklin Mountain. Growing up, he felt the family homestead overlooking the City of the Hills was on top of the world.
ONEONTA – Harold Ray, formerly of Oneonta, the inaugural recipient of The Arc Otsego’s Reach for the Stars Award in 2016, formerly of Oneonta, passed away on Jan. 26, 2019, at his nephew’s home in Oxford.
The award honored Harold – known to many as a dapper gentleman, always dressed in his suit and tie – for overcoming obstacles in his life and continuing to strive to help others.
ONEONTA – James Frazier Anderson, 81, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., the OHS graduate who went on to play on Syracuse University’s 1959 national championship football team, passed away from colon cancer on Jan. 4, 2019.
Born at home in a farmhouse in Treadwell, he was the son of the late Elmer and Margaret Anderson.
Jim led an amazing life! He attended Oneonta High School, Class of 1955, where he excelled as an athlete and was inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 6, 2007.
COOPERSTOWN – Leland C. Smith, 96, a World War II veteran who spent his career in Bassett Hospital’s business office, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Promenade Assisted Living in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County.
Leland was born on Feb. 5, 1922, in Cooperstown, to Ethel and Charles Smith. He died less than a week before his 97th birthday.
A Marine, he was a member of the “Greatest Generation,” serving in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Soon after returning from service, he married Genevieve Gandle on Sept. 15, 1945, and they enjoyed a 69-year marriage together, mostly in his native Cooperstown, before moving to Pearl River in 2009 and to assisted living in 2014.
ONEONTA – Two years after City Hall first declared the former Oneonta Hotel unsafe for occupancy, Judge John F. Lambert ordered the remaining tenants vacate the building by Thursday, Feb. 7.
“Ultimately, the judge recognized the imminent danger that exists in the building and took action,” said Mayor Gary Herzig after the Tuesday, Feb. 5, hearing before Judge Lambert in Cooperstown. “Our priority now is making sure the people in that building are provided with an appropriate, safe place to live.”
By Lambert’s order, any tenants who remain in the building after 4:30 p.m. on the 7th will be removed the following morning by sheriff’s deputies.