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In Memoriam

Edgar ‘Perry’ Pope, 90; Served In World War II, Korean Conflict

IN MEMORIAM: Edgar ‘Perry’ Pope, 90;

Served In World War II, Korean Conflict

NEW BERLIN – Edmeston native and veterans of World War II and Korea, Edgar “Perry” Pope, 90, of South New Berlin, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Born in Edmeston, Perry was the son of Edward and Nillie (Green) Pope.  He married Gladys Mudge on May, 18 1959, in Oneonta.

Walter E. Backus, 88; Korean War  Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

IN MEMORIAM: Walter E. Backus, 88;

Korean War Vet, Union Leader At Scintilla

Walter E. Backus

SIDNEY – Walter Edmund Backus, 88, a Korean War veteran and union leader during 40 years at Scintilla (Amphenol) passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in the comfort of his home.

Walt was born in 1930 and graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford High School in 1947.

Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army; he was discharged in July 1950. Walt was recalled to active duty on Nov. 2, 1950 and sent to Fort Hood,  Texas, for eight weeks of advanced combat training.

Colleen Jane Edwards, 82; 30-Year Bacteriologist At Sidney Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Colleen J. Edwards, 82;

30-Year Bacteriologist At Sidney Hospital

Colleen Jane Edwards, 82; a 30-year bacteriologist at The Hospital in Sidney, who over the years lived in all three Tri-Town communities, was  passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1937, in Cannonsville, daughter of the late Louis and Hazel (Almy) Scofield.

Friends Remember Harold Ray, Who Reached for the Stars

Friends Remember Harold Ray,

A Man Who Reached for the Stars

More than two dozen friends of Harold Ray, The Arc Otsego’s inaugural recipient of its Reach for the Stars Award in 2016, remembered him during a memorial today at Arc’s  Lower River Street campus, with tears, laughter and admiration for his passionate advocacy for rights of the disabled. Mr. Ray passed away on Jan. 26, 2019, at age 75. Pictured are his close friends, Joe Pagillo, left, Vicky Marino in back, Ray Morgan, right, and Ben Vernooy, in front. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mary L. Knicklebine, 79; Navy Vet, Lifelong Gilbertsville Resident

IN MEMORIAM: Mary L. Knicklebine, 79;

Navy Vet, Lifelong Gilbertsville Resident

GILBERTSVILLE – Mary L. Knicklebine, 79, a Navy veteran survived by three children and life-long resident of Gilbertsville, passed away at her home on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.

Mary was born on May 7, 1939 in Oneonta, a daughter of the late Robert and Emilie (Williams) Faber. Mary graduated from Gilbertsville Central School, Class of 1957.

Edward V. Spencer, 93; Drove Tractor-Trailers Until Reaching 80

IN MEMORIAM: Edward V. Spencer, 93;

Drove Tractor-Trailers Until Reaching 80

Edward Vines Spencer of Oneonta drove tractor-trailer until age 80.

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.

MarcAnthony J. Yonnone Leaves Family Mourning After 10 Weeks

IN MEMORIAM: MarcAnthony J. Yonnone

Leaves Family Mourning After 10 Weeks

MarcAnthony Yonnone

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.

Wendy (Morris) Mills, 54; OHS Graduate Stricken With Brain Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: Wendy (Morris) Mills, 54;

Raised In Oneonta, Felled By Brain Cancer

Wendy (Morris) Mills

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.

IN MEMORIAM

Lyall H. Sage, 86; State Trooper

Guarded Rockefeller At Otesaga

Lyle Sage

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.

Robert (D’Urzo) Ross, 74; Master Mechanic Proud Of Family History

IN MEMORIAM: Robert (D’Urzo) Ross, 74;

Master Mechanic Proud Of Family History

Robert (D’Urzo) Ross

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.

Harold Ray, 75; Honored For Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

IN MEMORIAM

Harold Ray, 75; Honored For

Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Harold Ray

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.

Jim Anderson, 81; OHS Grad Played On SU’s 1959 Championship Team

Jim Anderson, 81;

OHS Grad Played On SU’s

1959 Championship Team

 

OHS grad Jim Anderson, runningback on Syracuse’s 1959 national champion football team, has passed away in Arizona

 

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.

Leland C. Smith, 96; Retired Bassett Employee

Leland C. Smith, 96;

Retired Bassett Employee

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.

Tenants Ordered To Leave

Tenants Ordered To Leave

Judge’s Order Ending 2 Years Of Argument

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Melania Pervu confers with her lawyer. Judge Lambert allowed her to seek another attorney

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.

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