COOPERSTOWN – Gail Nicolina (Davi) Tallman, 69, entered through the gates of heaven on Aug. 25, 2019, after a long and valiant battle with Chronic Lymphomatic Leukemia.
Gail was born on Oct. 10, 1949, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Frank Sr. and Gloria (Russo) Davi. A graduate of Worcester Central High School, Class of 1968, Gail thereafter met and married the “love of her life,” William (Bill) Tallman, on July 25, 1970, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church. Bill and Gail recently celebrated their 49th Anniversary.
ONEONTA – Ashley Marie McLemore, 24, born Oct. 17, 1994, to Denise and Michael McLemore, passed peacefully on Oct. 1, 2019.
Her beautiful and kindhearted spirit will not be forgotten. She was a patient and loving mother to her son, Noah Michael, and a supportive and caring daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, granddaughter and friend to so many.
ONEONTA – Eugene Lissandrello, 95, an artist whose work was shown at CANO, peacefully died of old age on Sept. 30, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home.
Eugene was born to Italian immigrant parents, Giorgio and Marietta Lissandrello, of Ragusa, Sicily, in Brooklyn, in 1924.
Artist, teacher, and World War II veteran, Gene’s first opportunity to discover his love for art was through free classes offered by the WPA near his home in Bensonhurst. Though accepted at the Cooper Union School of Art, with free admission, he was drafted into the US Army at 19 years of age. His ordnance unit supported the Normandy invasion in 1944. Following the war, he graduated from the Pratt Institute of Art on the G.I. Bill in ’49. He met his true love, Mary Colleen Moore, of Villisca, Iowa, in their painting class while pursuing his MFA at Columbia University, in 1951. Their love would abide for 69 years to this day.
UNADILLA – Brooke N. Ketchum, 27, originally from Gilbertsville, died in the early morning hours on Oct. 4, 2019, from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident.
She was enrolled as an LPN student at DCMO BOCES and was working part-time as a home health care aide. She had finally found a career path that she was passionate about. Deep down inside, Brooke was a compassionate, caring, loving person who put everyone else’s feelings before her own.
COOPERSTOWN – Donald O. Pollock, M.D., who led a lifetime of service to others, including a distinguished and wide-ranging medical career with Bassett Hospital that spanned several decades, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday evening, Sept. 29, 2019, surrounded by family and listening to the final Red Sox game of the season. He was 89.
He was born in 1930 in East Orange, N.J., the oldest son of J. Ford and Helen (Glasson) Pollock. He was raised in Brookside N.J., where he also attended grammar school before going to Morristown High School. He graduated from Morristown as the valedictorian of the Class of 1947.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Within a month of his wife Ida, Martin Warner Miller, 97, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Sept. 27, 2019, in Albany Medical Center, Albany. He had the peace and comfort of his loving family by his side.
He was born on July 28, 1922, in the Town of Warren, son of the late Jacob and Adina Worner Miller. Warner, as he was known to all his friends, was raised and educated in Warren and Richfield Springs High School.
On Sept. 4, 1949, he was united in marriage to the former Ida Marie Bisconti in Saint Joseph’s Church, Little Falls. They made their home at his farm in Warren until the mid 1950s, moving to the hamlet of Warren and later Herkimer.
WELCOME – Joy M. (nee Miller) Sanders, of the Hamlet of Welcome, Town of New Lisbon, died on Aug. 26, 2019, from complications related to her long-term battle with cancer.
A Memorial Service of Holy Communion will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 1 Center St., Oneonta NY 13820, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, led by Pr. Paul Messner. A reception follows the service. Friends are invited to bring cookies or other finger foods.
ONEONTA – Albert E. Marino, 90, a World War II veteran, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2-19, at Fox Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1928, in Oneonta, the son of Frank and Jennie (Rosetta) Marino. He married Margaret A. Jones on Aug. 13, 1950, at the old St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta.
Albert served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Oneonta VFW, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club, and the Oneonta Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling with his brothers, hunting, and fishing.
CHERRY VALLEY – Graham Humes, 86, once referred to as the “dean of investment banking in Philadelphia,” died on Sept. 26, in Cherry Valley.
He served as a board member of Hyde Hall mansion, the National Historic Landmark, and was a retired board member of Brunschwig & Fils, the George M. Leader Family Corp. and emeritus board member of the Committee of Seventy in Philadelphia.
Graham and his wife, Elizabeth Hershey Humes, raised six children, which he considered the most important accomplishment of his life.
ONEONTA – Dr. Kenneth D. Kellerhouse Jr., former county Democratic chairman and retired SUNY Oneonta education professor, died on Sept. 22, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.
He was predeceased in the 1990s by his wife, Muriel, a theatre professor. In her memory, the husband established a scholarship at College at Oneonta Foundation in her name.
He was born in White Plains on Aug. 10, 1928, and worked as a well driller and butcher until, receiving support from the College Foundation, which allowed him to enroll at age 27. “It changed my life,” he said in a College Foundation profile.
ONEONTA – Oneonta native Gwendolyn Anne Laing, 78, of Bristol, Inc., who retired after 25 years with Coachmen Industries in Middlebury, Inc., passed away Thursday, Sept 26. 2019, at Hospice House in Elkhart, Inc.
Gwen was born on April 10, 1941, in Oneonta, to Marius M. And Lena Jorgensen.