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In Memoriam

Gail (Davi) Tallman, 69; ‘Navy Wife’ Active In Local Veterans Club

IN MEMORIAM: Gail (Davi) Tallman, 69;

‘Navy Wife’ Active In Local Veterans Club

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.

‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93; WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93;

WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

Gerhard Schoellhammer

MILFORD – Gerhard Hans Schoellhammer, more commonly known in his silver years as “Opi,” turned the final page in his epic journey on Oct. 4, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Opi was born in Germany in 1926 and lived many lives, which when weaved together tell a remarkable and unbelievable story of bravery, resilience and the power of destiny.

He was a German paratrooper in World War II, an escaped prisoner of war, an optometrist, an immigrant to America, and the founder of a successful optical shop which is still open for business today.

Ashley Marie McLemore; Young Son Survives 24-Year-Old Mother

IN MEMORIAM: Ashley Marie McLemore;

Young Son Survives 24-Year-Old Mother

Ashley McLemore

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.

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene Lissandrello, 95; Artist Retired To Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene Lissandrello, 95;

World War II Vet, Artist Retired To Oneonta

Eugene Lissandrello

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.

Brooke Ketchum, 27, Unadilla; Crash Victim Leaves 2 Daughters
IN MEMORIAM

Brooke Ketchum, 27, Unadilla;

Crash Victim Leaves 2 Daughters

Brooke Ketchum

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.

Donald O. Pollock, M.D., 89; Half-Century Village Mainstay

IN MEMORIAM

Donald O. Pollock, M.D., 89;

Half-Century Village Mainstay

Donald O. Pollock

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.

Martin W. Miller, 97; Died Within Month Of Wife Of 70 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Martin W. Miller, 97;

Died Within Month Of Wife Of 70 Years

Warner Miller

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.

Joy M. Sanders, 72; Navy Vet Sang With Sweet Adelines

IN MEMORIAM: Joy M. Sanders, 72;

Navy Vet Sang With Sweet Adelines

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.

Albert E. Marino, 90; Oneontan Was In Army In World War II

IN MEMORIAM: Albert E. Marino, 90;

Oneontan Was In Army In World War II

Albert E. Marino

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.

 

Graham Humes, 86, Cherry Valley; ‘Dean Of Investment Banking’ In Pa. 

IN MEMORIAM

Graham Humes, 86, Cherry Valley;

‘Dean Of Investment Banking’ In Pa. 

Graham Humes

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.

Andrea H. Jackson, 81; Mother Of 9 Active In Main Street Baptist Church

IN MEMORIAM: Andrea H. Jackson, 81;

Mother Of 9 Active In Local Baptist Church

Andrw H. Jackson

ONEONTA – Andrea H. Jackson, 81, of Oneonta, a mother of nine who was active in Main Street Baptist Church, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Dominic and Margurite “Peg” (Rockefeller) Pizanello.

On May 6, 1965, Andrea married Lewis C. Jackson Sr. They were married for 49 years until Lewis predeceased her on Sept. 15, 2004.

Dr. Kenneth D. Kellerhouse Jr, 91; SUNY Professor, Democratic Chair

IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Kenneth D. Kellerhouse Jr., 91;

SUNY Professor, Democratic Chair

Ken Kellerhouse

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.

Susan H. Gregory, 64; Unadilla EMS, Fire Department Officer

IN MEMORIAM: Susan H. Gregory, 64;

Unadilla EMS, Fire Department Officer

Susan H. Gregory

UNADILLA – Susan H. Gregory, 64, an officer in the Unadilla Emergency Squad and fire department, passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 26, 2019,  at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Jan. 26, 1955 in Oneonta to Earl and Merle Hitchcock.

An employee of Scoville-Meno, Sidney, and was also a member and treasurer of the emergency squad.

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