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IN MEMORIAM: Francesco Basile, 99; Opened Mama Nina’s in 1970
IN MEMORIAM

Francesco Basile, 99;

Opened Mama Nina’s in 1970

Francesco
Basile

Francesco Basile, 99, who opened Mama Nina’s in Oneonta in 1970, passed away on Jan. 17, 2021, in Naples, Fla.

He was born on Oct. 16, 1921, to Giuseppa Lombardo from Castelvetrano and Antonino Basile from Carini, Sicily. Francesco was the eighth of 14 children and the last sibling to pass away.

Francesco was 34 years old when he immigrated from Sicily to the United States with his wife, Maria Ruffino, 27, and their children, Antonino, 9, Giuseppa, 6, and Rose, 4. They sailed out of Palermo on the ship called Saturnia on Dec. 24, 1955, and arrived on Jan. 4, 1956. In 1970, Francesco and Maria opened Mama Nina’s without any knowledge of the food industry. At the age of 65, when most people are retiring, Francesco and Maria opened their second restaurant, Mama Maria’s in Stamford.

Francesco enjoyed his garden of tomatoes, zucchinis and more. Every autumn, he made his homemade wine. Francesco and Maria enjoyed many expeditions and cruises to Greece, France, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Hawaii and their beloved country, Italy.

At age 75, Francesco and Maria retired in Naples, Fla. His wife of 54 years, Maria, predeceased him in 2010.

Baseball, Politics, Community Defined His Contribution
ALBERT ‘SAM’ NADER • 1919-2021

Baseball, Politics, Community

Defined His Contribution

The Nader family chose this photo of their patriarch, Sam Nader, with Damaschke Field, home of his Oneonta Yankees, in the background.

Editor’s Note: Here is the obituary prepared by Sam Nader’s family.

Albert S. “Sam” Nader passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at his home as he wished, surrounded by members of his family.

He was born on July 8, 1919, in Oneonta, the son of Elias Andrew Nader and Rose Rajah Nader (Nassar). He was one of six Nader children. Sam Nader spent nearly his entire life in Oneonta. He was a proud lifelong resident of the 6th Ward and became an integral member of the community.

He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1938, where he excelled as a lefthanded pitcher. Mr. Nader attended Bates College and later Hartwick College and played baseball at both institutions.

As World War II approached, Mr. Nader began working for the Scintilla Magneto division of the Bendix Corp. in Sidney.

Carla Jean Simonds, 69 Jan. 8, 1952- Jan. 12, 2021

IN MEMORIAM

Carla Jean Simonds, 69

Jan. 8, 1952- Jan. 12, 2021

Carla Simonds

ONEONTA – Carla Jean Simonds, 69, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 2021, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.

She was born Jan. 8, 1952, in Oneonta, the daughter of Clifford and Letha (Beers) Hulbert.

Carla married Paul Simonds on Oct. 14, 1972, at the First United Methodist Church, Oneonta.

She worked as an LPN at the Oneonta Nursing Home for many years and later for Otsego County Public Health.  She also worked as a Private Duty Nurse for many families in the area.

Noel Dries, 82, Stalwart In Hyde Hall’s Revival

IN MEMORIAM

Noel Dries, 82, Stalwart

In Hyde Hall’s Revival

Noel Dries, right, with Jim Weeks after they were named co-grand marshals of the 103rd Springfield Fourth of July Parade in 2019. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Noel Dries, who played an important role in the overall establishment and maintenance of Hyde Hall, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, Feb. 8, 2021. A life-long resident of Cary Mede, Town of Springfield, he was 82.

A teacher, historian, and tireless researcher and well-loved Springfield resident, he was born May 30, 1938, at what was then a tiny Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

He was the only child of Frank Lawrence Dries, Jr., and the former Ruth Margaret Kelly. His mother’s family went back several generations in Springfield, while his father, who was from Brooklyn, came to the Springfield area during the Depression and worked at Cary Mede as a groundskeeper.

Clayton J. Bantham Jr., 90; Korean Era Vet, State Farm Manager

IN MEMORIAM: Clayton H. Bantham Jr.,

90; Korean Era Vet, State Farm Manager

COOPERSTOWN – Clayton Harvey Bantham Jr., whose father managed Iroquois Farm, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 5, 2021, at Saratoga Hospital. He was 90 and lived in Wilton, Saratoga County.

Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Utica, Harvey was the son of Clayton Harvey Bantham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Kline Bantham. In 1936, he moved to Cooperstown with his family when his father became Iroquois Farm manager.

Thomas D. Parrotti, 72 May 12, 1948-Feb. 14, 2021

IN MEMORIAM

Thomas D. Parrotti, 72

May 12, 1948-Feb. 14, 2021

Thomas D. Parrotti

HAMDEN – Thomas Dominic Parrotti, 72, passed away following complications from COVID-19 at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

He was born on May 12, 1948 in Binghamton, and was raised there by his mother Dorothy “Dottie” (Chervenka) and Dominic Parrotti. After high school Thomas studied at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City.

Thom worked in many professions over the years, including owning his own clothing store and interior design business. He worked for the former mayor of Binghamton, Juanita Crabb; together they brought in the Binghamton Mets Stadium.

Linda Winsor, 69; Native Daughter Worked At Bassett, CCS

IN MEMORIAM: Linda Winsor, 69;

Native Daughter Worked At Bassett, CCS

Linda Winsor

BURLINGTON – Linda Winsor, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown and former resident of the Town of Burlington, passed away Saturday night, Feb. 6, 2021, at her home in Bloomfield, near Canandaigua, following a valiant battle with cancer. She was 69.

Born March 14, 1951, at Bassett Hospital, Linda was a daughter of Mason E. and Wanda J. (Colburn) Tiffany. Raised in the Burlington area, she attended Edmeston Central School.

Dorothy St. John, 93; Assisted Nobelist Dr. Donnall Thomas
IN MEMORIAM

Dorothy St. John, 93, Cooperstown;

Assisted Nobelist Dr. Donnall Thomas

COOPERSTOWN – Dorothy Katherine St. John, 93, who assisted Nobel Prize winner Dr. E. Donnall Thomas in his research at Bassett Hospital, passed away peacefully at Woodside Hall on Feb. 3, 2021, with her family by her side.

She was born July 13, 1927, in Danbury, Conn., the daughter of Herbert and Anna (Shreifer) Archer.

She spent her childhood in Danbury and graduated from Danbury High School. Continuing her education, she came to Cooperstown to attend Knox School in The Otesaga. She liked the area so much she decided to stay after graduation.

OFFICIAL OBITUARY: Albert ‘Sam’ Nader, 101, Mainstay Of Oneonta’s Government, Civic Life

IN MEMORIAM

Albert ‘Sam’ Nader, 101,

Mainstay Of Oneonta’s

Government, Civic Life

Official Obituary Details His Life;
Memorial Service Due In Summer
Sam Nader, former Oneonta mayor and owner of the local Yankee minor league franchise, poses with his beloved Damaschke Field in the background.

ONEONTA – Albert S. “Sam” Nader passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at his home as he wished, surrounded by members of his family.

He was born on July 8, 1919, in Oneonta, the son of Elias Andrew Nader and Rose Rajah Nader (Nassar). He was one of six Nader children. Sam Nader spent nearly his entire life in Oneonta. He was a proud lifelong resident of the 6th Ward and became an integral member of the community.

He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1938, where he excelled as a lefthanded pitcher. Mr. Nader attended Bates College and later Hartwick College and played baseball at both institutions. As World War II approached, Mr. Nader began working for the Scintilla Magneto division of the Bendix Corp. in Sidney.

SAM NADER, ONEONTA ICON, DIES AT AGE 101

BULLETIN

SAM NADER,

ONEONTA ICON,

DIES AT AGE 101

On his 100th birthday in July 2019,  Sam Nader tells wellwishers toasting him at his 100th birthday party at his 95 River St. home, “May you all live to be 100!” Daughter Alice O’Conner hold the microphone. From left are Claire Borthwick, Rick Follett, Sam’s sister Jemele, Mark Boshnack, Ellen Sielig-Boshnack, Sherie Rubin, Carol Follett, Alice, the city’s first lady Connie Herzig and sportwriter John Fox. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Sam Nader,  the beloved former mayor who brought the New York Yankees organization to Damaschke Field in the 1960, has died.

“Oneonta lost a giant of our community today at 101 years young,” said Mayor Gary Herzig this morning in announcing Nader’s passing yesterday.  “While he was best known for his contributions of baseball, our airport (named for him), affordable housing, I88, and downtown revitalization, I had the honor to get to know him as a warm, humble, generous man – a wonderful listener who made whomever he was with feel valued.

“My heart goes out to his children Alice, Suzanne, and John and the entire Nader family. Sam – you will be truly missed.”

Steven D. Morris, 73; Vietnam Era Vet; Gas Company Owner

IN MEMORIAM: Steven D. Morris, 73;

Vietnam Era Vet; Gas Company Owner

CHERRY VALLEY – Steven D. Morris, Vietnam Era veteran and former owner of The Gas Company in Cooperstown, passed away late Sunday morning, February 7, 2021, at The Foltsbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Herkimer. He was 73.

Born March 27, 1947, in Cooperstown, Steve was one of four sons of Floyd G. and Martha J. (Klein) Morris. Upon graduation from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus, he attended the Cambridge School of Broadcasting in Boston,  and earned a one-year certificate.

Joan Ann Cauley, 78; Food Service Manager, Dies In Florida

IIN MEMORIAM: Joan Ann Cauley, 78;

Food Service Manager, Dies In Florida

Joan Cauley

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown native Joan Ann Cauley, 78, who practiced her skills as a food-service manager at hospitals and, later, joined Cooperative Extension, passed away early Saturday morning, Jan.  30, 2021, at Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Fla.  She lived in Lake Wales, Fla,

Joan lived most of her life in New York State.  She was born on Nov. 10, 1942, at Bassett Hospital, a daughter of Edward Louis Kirn, Sr. and Mollie Marie Oblak Kirn.

Raised on the family farm in Hartwick, she attended Snowden Hill School No. 1, a one-room schoolhouse that still stands and, coincidentally, is the same one her mother attended.

Rivkah Feldman, 87; Taught At SUNY Cobleskill, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM

Rivkah Feldman, 87; Taught

At SUNY Cobleskill, Oneonta

Rivkah Feldman

ONEONTA – Rivkah Feldman, 87, who taught at SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Oneonta for many years, died of complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Manhattan.

Survivors include Libby Cudmore of Oneonta, former managing editor of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.

Rivkah was born April 22, 1934, in The Bronx, to Rabbi Isiah and Esther Molotin.

Eileen Balcom Barown, 86; Ran South Hartwick Farm With 1st Husband

IN MEMORIAM: Eileen Balcom Barown, 86;

Ran South Hartwick Farm With 1st Husband

HARTWICK – Eileen Balcom Barown, who with her first husband operated Wileen Farm in South Hartwick before retiring in 1996, passed away on Feb. 4, 2021, at her home surrounded by her children, following a brief struggle with cancer. She was 86.

Born Sept. 9, 1934, in Brooklyn, she was one of four daughters of Alexander “Allen” and Margaret F. (Murphy) Powers.

Michael R. Mumbolo, 32, Dies Suddenly At Home
IN MEMORIAM

Michael R. Mumbolo, 32,

Dies Suddenly At Home

Michael Mumbolo

EDMESTON – Michael Robert “Hollywood” Mumbulo, 32, of Edmeston, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.

Michael was born in Cooperstown, the son of Michael N. (Beth) Mumbulo and Christine (Joseph) Vibbard Santiago.

A lifetime resident of the area, Michael was a Class of 2006 graduate of Edmeston Central School, and the ONC BOCES welding program. He worked for the Town of Columbus Highway Department, then the Town of Edmeston Highway Department.

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