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In Memoriam

Beverly F. Moore, 86; Survivors Include Husband Of 73 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Beverly F. Moore, 86;

Survivors Include Husband Of 73 Years

Beverly Moore and husband of 73 years, Douglas, raised four daughters in Unadilla.

UNADILLA – Beverly F. Moore, 86, a lifelong resident of Unadilla, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1932, to Arnold and Florence Schofell in Hermon, St. Lawrence County.  She married Douglas R. Moore on Jan. 21, 1946, and was his bride of 73 years.

Beverly was a retired motel manager of the Super 8 in Norwich, and an employee of Victory Supermarkets.

Doug Hulick, 66, Otego; Proprietor Of Wildlife Control Service

IN MEMORIAM: Doug Hulick, 66, Otego;

Proprietor Of Wildlife Control Service

OTEGO – Douglas Ray Hulick, 66, proprietor of Hulick Wildlife Control, Otego, died Aug. 10, 2019, surrounded in love with his family by his side, peacefully at home, following an extended illness. As he said, “He fought the good fight.”

Doug was born Oct. 24, 1952, in Sidney, the son of Loring and Violet (Pelton) Hulick.

Driver Assaulted Victim With Car, Troopers Report

PLUS, 2 UNDER 15 REPORTED IN CAR

Driver Assaulted

Victim With Car,

Troopers Report

COLUMBUS – Troopers from the Oneonta Barracks deployed at Unadilla Motorcross responded at 8:53 p.m. Friday to a report a pedestrian had been struck by a car on nearby Route 8.

They then arrested the driver, Edward D. Burnett, 31, of Utica, for vehicular assault in the second degree, and for DWI while two passengers in the car were under 15, according to a press release from Troop C.

James Weston Hanson; Worked In West, Retired To Oneonta Area

IN MEMORIAM: James Weston Hanson;

Worked In West, Retired To Oneonta Area

DAVENPORT – James (Jim) Weston Hanson went to be with his Lord on Aug. 9, 2019, at home, after a battle with cancer.

Jim was born and grew up in Orange, Calif.  He attended St. John’s Lutheran Church & School, and graduated from Orange High School.  Jim attended several community colleges and received his BS from Liberty University.

Robert F. Sklenarik, 91; Twice Teacher Of Year At Unatego School

IN MEMORIAM: Robert F. Sklenarik, 91;

Twice Teacher Of Year At Unatego School

Robert F. Sklenarik

UNADILLA – Robert F. Sklenarik, 91, twice Teacher of the Year at Unatego Central School and a community leader, passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, 2019 at the Oxford Veterans’ Home.

He was born in Garfield, NJ, and in the early 1940s moved with his family to Deposit, where he graduated from high school in 1945. After high school Bob served for 13 months in the military.

Under the GI Bill he attended Hartwick College, and later the National Science Foundation grants enabled him to earn his doctorate from Penn State.

Joan E. Fluke, 80; In Later Years, Coloradan Traveled 

IN MEMORIAM: Joan E. Fluke, 80;

In Later Years, Coloradan Traveled 

Joan E. Fluke

HARTWICK – Joan (Joanie) Elizabeth (Thompson) Fluke, 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in her home in Hartwick, where she lived with her daughter Karen and family.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1939, in Leesville, La., to Cecil Eugene and Edith May Thompson. She moved to Lamar, Colo., in her early years.  She attended and graduated from Lamar High School in 1957, then attended Lamar Community College.

Rev. George I. Goodwin, 84; Pastor In NY, Vt.; Ran Popular ‘Tent Meeting’

IN MEMORIAM:  Rev. George Goodwin, 84;

Pastor In NY, Vt.; Ran Popular ‘Tent Meeting’

Rev. Dr. George I Goodwin, Jr

EAST WORCESTER – The Rev. Dr. George I. Goodwin, Jr. (aka “Rev”), 84, whose annual “Tent Meetings” in Pennsylvania drew hundreds of participants, has gone to be with the Lord on Aug. 1, 2019.

Dr. Goodwin was born on March 4, 1935, in Newburgh, the son of the late Rev. George Goodwin Sr., and Emma B. (Jones) Goodwin.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Harold, and four sisters, Rilla Mae Goodwin of Newburgh, Sally Borst of Longmont, Colo., Diane Marendo of Cold Springs, and Carolyn Sayre of Woodland, Calif.

Charles R. Blanchard, 91; WWII Veteran Drove OPT Bus Until Age 75

IN MEMORIAM: Charles R. Blanchard, 91;

WWII Veteran Drove OPT Bus Until Age 75

ONEONTA – One of Oneonta’s few remaining members of “The Greatest Generation” passed away today, Aug.  8, 2019, to be welcomed by his family and many friends in heaven.

Charles R. Blanchard, 91, was born in Oneonta on May 25, 1928, the son of Merton and Emma (Roscoe) Blanchard.  He attended Oneonta schools and then joined the war effort serving in the Merchant Marines and Navy.

Christina Nichols, 68; 8 Grandchildren Survive Unatego Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Christina Nichols, 68;

8 Grandchildren Survive Unatego Retiree

Tina Nichols

OTEGO – Christina “Tina” Nichols, 68, a lifetime resident of Otego and retiree of the Unatego Central School District, passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Bassett Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1951, at Fox Hospital. She graduated from Unatego Central School in 1970. She married the love of her life, George W. Nichols, on Feb. 3, 1973.

Tina enjoyed living on her family farm, gardening, feeding birds, ordering from QVC and spending summers at East Sidney Lake, where she was known as Granny by many.

Terry R. Clancy, 71; CCS Graduate Raised Cattle In Texas

IN MEMORIAM: Terry R. Clancy, 71;

CCS Graduate Raised Cattle In Texas

Terry Clancy

COOPERSTOWN – Terry R. Clancy, 71, a native of Cooperstown who raised Longhorn cattle in Texas, died May 21, 2019, on his property in Weatherford, Texas, as the result of an accident.

Terry was born in Cooperstown, on Oct. 1, 1947, to Joseph and Bertha Mae Clancy.

He graduated from Cooperstown High School in the Class of 1966 and thereafter served his country in the Navy. After his discharge, he attended SUNY Delhi, where he received a degree in engineering.

Dr. Bob Pondolfino Sr., Of Prominent Family Of Oneonta Dentists

IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Bob Pondolfino Sr.,

Of Prominent Family

Of Oneonta Dentists

Dr. Robert B. Pondolfino

ONEONTA – Dr. Robert “Bob” B. Pondolfino Sr., the retired dentist and member of the prominent family of Oneonta dentists, passed away Aug. 2, 2019, at his home in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Bob was born to Eleanor and Dr. Joseph Pondolfino in Oneonta.  He graduated in 1956 from Oneonta High School, attended Niagara University (1960), and Georgetown Dental School (1964).

He joined the Pondolfino Dental Practice with his father, Joe and uncle, Sam, and assumed the practice along with his sons, Robert Jr. and Gerald, for 38 years, retiring in 2001.

Elliott M. Helfand, 100; Ran Department Store In Downtown Richfield

IN MEMORIAM

Elliott M. Helfand, 100;

Ran Department Store

In Downtown Richfield

Elliott M. Helfand

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Elliot Meyer Helfand, 100, proprietor of Ruby’s Department Store here for many years, passed away on Sunday morning July 28, 2019, in Windsor of Venice Hospice Care, Venice, Fla., with his loving wife, Marty, at his side.  They resided in Englewood, Fla.

He was born on Jan. 12, 1919, in New York City, son of the late Reuben and Rose Osowitz Helfand.  He was educated in Brushton, Franklin County, where his parents also operated a department store, and went on to Michigan State University and Clarkson University. where he earned a bachelor’s.

Lawrence P. Curry Jr., 79; From Long Island, Built Second Career Here

IN MEMORIAM: Lawrence P. Curry Jr., 79;

From Long Island, Built Second Career Here

Lawrence Paul Curry Jr.

MILFORD – The memorial service was Sunday for Lawrence (Larry) Paul Curry, 79, of Milford, who lost his courageous battle against cancer on July 31, 2019. He passed peacefully at his home in the arms of his beloved “partner-in-crime” Sabine Curry.

Larry was born on July 9, 1940, in East Meadow, Long Island, and was raised in Babylon. As a young man, he lived in Bohemia and West Sayville where he worked for Suffolk County DPW for 25 years. During his time on The Island, you could always find him on the water. He was a clammer, a fisherman, and finally, the owner of Larry’s Boat Transport.

Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67; ICU Nurse At Bassett

IN MEMORIAM

Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67;

ICU Nurse At Bassett

Marilyn W. Gerowe

ONEONTA – Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67, a former ICU nurse at Bassett Hospital, passed away at home with her family and friends at her side on August 1, 2019.

She was born Jan. 1, 1952 in Oneonta, the daughter of John H. Wells Sr. and Adelaide Cora (Escher) Wells.

Marilyn graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1970 and also SUNY Morrisville, earning an Associate’s degree in Nursing.

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