ONEONTA – Fred G. Hickein passed away on August 25, 2021 at A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Born on July 27, 1927 in Owego, NY, Fred Hickein was the son of Beulah Barnett Hickein and Fred Walter Hickein. When he was about 2, moved to Oneonta, residing with mother, sisters, uncle, great grandfather and grandparents. He graduated from Oneonta High School in June 1944. Joined the United States Navy in April 1945, released as a reservist in June 1946. Recalled to active United States Navy Reserve in November 1950 and released to inactive duty in May 1952. After graduating from Hartwick College in 1953, he joined the Howard E. Brown Insurance Agency, purchasing the agency and operating it until 1983. Fred also worked with AAA. Over 37 years he coordinated and accompanied over 25,000 6th grade safety-patrol students to Washington, DC and Gettysburg, PA. He served as Executive Vice President and Manager of the Tri County Motor Club (AAA) from October 1981 until his retirement in 1992.
Fred married Eleanor (Ellie) Brown on June 4, 1954 and they recently celebrated 67 years of happy life together as proud parents of four children.
Ella M. Burns, age 89 of Oneonta, passed away August 19, 2021 at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Ella was born November 21, 1931 in Herkimer, N.Y., the daughter of Frederick Gilbert and Ida May (Farley) and adopted parents Earl V. and Mary B. Tuttle.
Ella was a sweet, kind soul who enjoyed bowling, square dancing, sewing, walking and most of all, spending time with her family.
Ella enjoyed a career later in life working at Sidney Federal Credit Union.
She was a long-time active member of the Southside Wesleyan Church.
ONEONTA – A graveside service with military honors will be held for Russell Hotaling, as well as his sister, Clara Waring, at 11 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021 at the Milford Cemetery, with the Rev. Joel Shue, officiating. Russell is survived by his nieces and nephews.
Donations may be sent to the American Legion, VFW, or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with Oneonta’s only family-owned funeral home, Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono at 51 Dietz Street. www.lhpfuneralhome.com
ONEONTA – Patricia S. Gourlay, 97, died peacefully at home on August 19, 2021. She was Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta 1963-2003. Born in 1924 in Lakewood OH, daughter of Alice and Walter P. Southard, she earned a BA from Wellesley, MA from Stanford, and PhD from Columbia, specializing in Shakespeare, mythology, and classical culture. In addition to SUNY Oneonta, she taught at Temple University, Dutchess Community College, and, following her retirement, at Oneonta’s Center for Continuing Adult Learning where she had a devoted following well into her nineties.
Her classes with her CCAL students brought her great joy.
Michael A. Bettiol, 64, of Binghamton, NY, and originally from Oneonta, NY, passed away peacefully at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY, on Sunday, August 8, 2021, due to unexpected complications from a very courageous, 5 year battle with metastatic colon cancer.
Mike was born in Sidney, NY on June 6, 1957, moving to Oneonta, NY at an early age.
He graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1975.
He worked at Custom Electronics and Medi-Coach in Oneonta before starting his dream job as a locomotive engineer with several northeast railroads.
Mike had a lifelong love of railroads, and was a founding member of the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society in 1982, and served in several positions, including the organization’s 2nd president. Mike was also a local representative to the National Railway Historical Society, and served in several posts at the National level. He traveled extensively across America, most notably with good friends Millie & Bruce Hodges, in pursuit of new railroad adventures, and was an avid photographer of all things railroad.
Ronald Howard Ingber, 69, of Unadilla Forks died Tuesday August 10, 2021 at Sitrin Long Term Care in New Hartford, NY from Pancreatic Cancer.
He was born on December 15, 1951 in Manhattan to Murray and Edith (Marcus) Ingber. Ron was raised in Queens and graduated from Bayside High School in 1969. He graduated from SUNY Albany in 1973, where he met his wife Linda (Hickling) Ingber. They married on June 2, 1974.
Ron worked as a computer consultant before buying the Bridgewater School where he ran various businesses including a skateboard park, antique center, and a nightclub.
COOPERSTOWN – Joseph A. Sapienza, Sr passed away peacefully at age 94 on August 7, 2021 in Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA. He was born in Cooperstown, NY on April 18, 1927. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; Santo and Santa Sapienza, brothers; Sam (Mary) and Jack (Rosie) Sapienza, sister; Jenny (Sam) Curcio and nephews and nieces Butch, Joey, Gloria, and Barbara. He is survived by his children Gail A. (John) Killeen and Joseph A. Sapienza, Jr, grandchildren; Keri (Kevin) Sapp, John T. (Heather) Killeen V, Marissa (Steven) Moeck and Christopher Sapienza, great-grandchildren; John T Killeen VI, Connor Killeen, Avery & Anna Sapp, Emma Rose & Stevie Moeck, nieces; Santa Morris, Gracie Barker, Sandy Fritch, Lucy Robertson, Mary Mullins, Sharon Curcio and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
HARTWICK – Deborah Jean Masin, a devoted and faithful Christian, went to be with her Lord Tuesday night, August 3, 2021, following her unexpected death at her home in Hartwick on the 15th anniversary of her mother’s passing. She was 67.
Born July 19, 1954, on Long Island, Debbie was one of four daughters of Edward F. and Helen Elizabeth (Wahrer) Masin.
In the 1960s, Debbie and her family moved to upstate New York and settled in Westford. Debbie graduated with honors from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus with the Class of 1972. She later resided in Hartwick where she has lived ever since.
She had a steadfast devotion to the Lord, and was associated with Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville.
Walter Fistrowicz, 80, of Hartwick, passed away unexpectedly Monday August 2, 2021 at his home.
Walter was born in Starahowice Poland on July 29, 1941 the son of the late Stanley and Izabella Fistrowicz. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife Mercedes on January 16, 2016.
He is survived by his children James (Katherine) Fistrowicz and Nina (Wade Neilson) McKenna, grandchildren Colin James Fistrowicz, Hunter James Fistrowicz, Savanna Love Fistrowicz, Corey (Holly) McKenna, Nicolle (Justin) McKenna, great grandchild Isabella, and a cousin Ewa (Danny) Betka and her children Nick (Samantha) Betka and Katherine (Ken) Dalton.
Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan, professor emeritus of English Literature at the State University of New York Oneonta passed away on the 23rd of July 2021 at the age of 85. Robert was deeply loved by his family and close friends from all over the world. He was born on the 26th of June, 1936 in Denver, Colorado. His early childhood and adolescent years were spent there, as well as, Grand Junction, Durango and Aspen where he won a scholarship to a summer program for the arts igniting a lifelong passion for classical music.
Robert graduated from Regis College in Denver Colorado and then completed a masters degree in English Literature at the university of Colorado, Boulder. After earning a PhD. from the university of Arizona Dr. Moynihan went on to do his post-doctoral work at Yale.
George “Wyatt” Greenleaf III passed away peacefully in Randolph,MA. He was surrounded by his special family of caregivers after suffering with dementia and complications from Covid 19.
He was born on September 20,1946, in Boothbay Harbor ME.
He is predeceased by George W. Greenleaf II and Betty Madeline (Bell) Greenleaf. Wyatt graduated UE highschool in Endicott NY leaving behind true friendships that he valued for years. After graduating he proudly served in the U. S Marines from 1965-69. His final assignment was in Portsmouth N. H. Naval Prison.
Wyatt spent his working career in beverage sales at Pepsi-Cola in Binghamton and later at Coca-Cola bottling in Oneonta.
Constance Marie Hoyt, 93 of New Berlin, passed away Saturday July 31, 2021 in Norwich, NY.
Marie was born on July 11, 1928 in Clayville, NY the daughter of the late Roy and Lois Kingsley Jones. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by eight siblings.
She is survived by her husband of 74 years Arleigh C. (A.C.) Hoyt of New Berlin, a son David (Carolyn) Hoyt of Burlington Flats, grandchildren Brianne (Sean) Law, Jamison (Megan Vaccaro) Hoyt, and Katelyn Hoyt, great grandchild Everleigh Mae Hoyt. Also surviving are sisters Jeanette Gould, Victoria O’Brien, Joy Beeching, along with many nieces and nephews.
George Edward Goetz, age 90, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side at his home on July 25 in Shrewsbury Massachusetts.
George is predeceased by his father Henry E Goetz and Aureil Corkett Goetz and his love of his life, his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Lowe Goetz and his daughter Susanne Goetz , Kesnisington MD where she lived with her husband , Patrice Maleze.
George will be missed by his sister Virginia and her husband Jim Wagner of Westerville and their children and their families, his daughter Linda Goetz and her husband Kent Wittler and grandson Ian of Newton, MA and Jeanne Vumbaca and her husband Dino Vumbaca and grandchildren Max, Henry and Maya Vumbaca of Hopkinton, MA.
George was born in Brooklyn New York where he recalled many fond memories of family holidays with his family and friends. George received his bachelors degree from Long Island University and was inducted in the Army in 1952 with Division 1, The Big Red One, in Germany where he played on the Army Basketball team.