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In Memoriam

John Emory Ferrebee April 19, 1943 – December 19, 2021

In Memoriam

John Emory Ferrebee

April 19, 1943 – December 19, 2021

John Emory Ferrebee, of Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, December 19, 2021. His son, Samuda, was at his side. The cause of death was Parkinson’s Disease, which had long affected him.

A son of Dr. Joseph Wiley and Juanita Sault Ferrebee, known to all as Salty, he was born in Boston, MA, on April 19, 1943. In 1948 he moved with his parents, brother, sister, horses and dogs to Cooperstown, where his father worked at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, researching and later developing the now universally used bone marrow transplant. John attended the Cooperstown Central School, and matriculated to the Fay School in Southborough, MA, and then to Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY, where he was captain of both the soccer and the tennis teams. He graduated in 1962 and went on to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, during which time he opened a motorcycle shop and taught skiing at a local ski area.

In Memoriam Linda Ann Winchester, 64 September 12, 1957 – December 12, 2021

In Memoriam

Linda Ann Winchester, 64

September 12, 1957 – December 12, 2021

Linda A. Winchester

Linda Ann Winchester, 64, of Ogallala, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021 surrounded by her family at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. She was born September 12, 1957 in Long Island, New York to the late Harry and Mary (Monteleone) Hults.

Linda and her family later moved upstate to Westford, New York. Linda graduated from Schenevus Central School in 1975. On July 5, 1998, Linda married Thomas Winchester in Worcester, New York. Linda worked for SUNY Oneonta for over 32 years and retired in 2012. She had a genuine passion for helping others and after retirement, she opened her heart and her home for the next ten years, to many children in need in the foster care system. She had a very giving, generous heart and loved unconditionally.

Peter Lindsay Macarthur, 51 April 10, 1970 – December, 2021

In Memoriam

Peter Lindsay Macarthur, 51

April 10, 1970 – December, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Peter Lindsay Macarthur, 51, of Dobbs Ferry and Cooperstown, died unexpectedly earlier this month at the family home on Stockingbrook in Cooperstown.

He was born April 10, 1970, in Ridgewood, NJ, a son of Lindsay Macarthur, Jr. and Warrene Shreve “Lennie” Macarthur.

A 1988 graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT, Peter went on to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME where he graduated in 1992, exactly 40 years after his father, with a dual degree in German and Political Science. He continued his studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where he earned his Master of Science in International Politics in 1995. He enjoyed being part of a team and, from his early years at Choate, he rowed competitively for his school teams at home and abroad.

Peter pursued a long career in commercial banking, beginning in 1995 with the Bank of Scotland through his current position as a Senior Relationship Manager for HSBC Bank USA in New York City.

Ronald R. Martin, 80 Dec. 17, 1941 – Dec. 18, 2021

In Memoriam

Ronald R. Martin, 80

Dec. 17, 1941 – Dec. 18, 2021

Ronald R. Martin

Ronald R. Martin 80, of Edmeston, passed away at his home on December 18, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Ron was born in Utica, NY on December 17, 1941 the son of the late Kenneth and Betty Salisbury Martin.

A lifetime resident of the area, Ron married Jo-Ann Lewis on January 1, 1965 in the Leonardsville Methodist Church. He retired after 26 years as a heavy equipment operator with The Town of Edmeston Highway Department. He was a master heavy equipment operator, and had a knowledge of almost any type of machine.  Ron was dedicated to the American Legion Baseball League for over 30 years in Edmeston.  He served as the Otsego County Chairman, and was the 6th District Chairman for 14 years, covering 10 counties in New York State.

Douglas K. Walrath, 92 Dec. 11, 1929 – Dec. 17, 2021

In Memoriam

Douglas K. Walrath, 92

Dec. 11, 1929 – Dec. 17, 2021

Douglas K. Walrath

COOPERSTOWN – Douglas K. Walrath, beloved husband, father and grandfather, who served the Village of Cooperstown as Clerk, Treasurer and Administrator and who was active with the Rotary Club and Christ Church, left us suddenly and unexpectedly after a brief illness Friday afternoon, December 17, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center with his wife, Peg, and Fr. Nathan Ritter, his pastor by his side. He was 92.

Born December 11, 1929, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Douglas Kramer Walrath was one of two sons of Douglas O. and Bertha (Kramer) Walrath. Raised in the Village, he graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1947.

During the Korean War, Doug proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was badly wounded while on active duty and received the Purple Heart in April 1951.

Following his military service, Doug attended Ithaca College and earned a bachelor of science degree in radio and television graduating magna cum laude.

Beginning in February of 1965, Doug was employed by the Village of Cooperstown and served as Village Clerk and clerk of all the Village boards. As Village Treasurer, he was Administrator and Chief Budget Officer. He attended the training school sponsored by the New York State Conference of Mayors and in 1969 received their five-year award for training. He also helped organize the New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials and served as Secretary.

John Robert Oakley July 20, 1945 – December 17, 2021

In Memoriam

John Robert Oakley

July 20, 1945 – December 17, 2021

CHERRY VALLEY – John Robert Oakley, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother who worked for many years as a logger and then a loom operator and technician for Thistle Hill Weavers, passed Friday night, December 17, 2021, at his home on Chestnut Ridge Road surrounded by his family. He was 76.

Born July 20, 1945, in Muncie, Indiana, John was a son of William Marion Oakley and Ruth (Dunn) Oakley.

For many years he was employed by Otsego Electric Cooperative, Inc. as a foreman for the line clearance crew. In recent years he joined with his wife, Rabbit Goody in operating Thistle Hill Weavers in Cherry Valley. John was especially adept at maintaining and repairing the complex looms and machinery involved with the day-to-day operations at Thistle Hill Weavers, and was greatly appreciated for his expertise and engineering skills.

Victoria Weaver, 69 September 21, 1952 – December 16, 2021

In Memoriam

Victoria Weaver, 69

September 21, 1952 – December 16, 2021

Victoria Weaver

ONEONTA – Victoria Weaver, 69, passed away at home on December 16, 2021 after a long battle with diabetes.

She was born September 21, 1952 in Hackensack, NJ, the daughter of Victor and Laura (Hungerford) Minutolo.

Victoria graduated from Oneonta High School in 1970.  She married Charles Joseph Weaver on March 16, 1973 in West Oneonta.

Victoria had a daycare in her home for many years.  She enjoyed gardening and loved spending time in her kitchen, cooking and baking.  She was known for her beautiful wedding and anniversary cakes.  She and her family enjoyed their trips to Topsail, NC, where Victoria loved visiting the beach.

Joan M. Crandall, 87 March 11, 1934 – December 8, 2021

In Memoriam

Joan M. Crandall, 87

March 11, 1934 – December 8, 2021

Joan M. Crandall

ONEONTA – Joan M. Crandall passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in her home on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. Joan was born on March 11th, 1934 to Myrtle (Barnes) and Malcolm Misner in Sidney, New York. She grew up in Sidney in the midst of a large loving extended family during the Great Depression.

She graduated from Sidney Central High School in 1952. She started a full time job 3 days after graduation at Scintilla, before it was called Bendix.

It was there she met her future husband, Gerald M. Crandall. She fondly recalled trips from Sidney to Binghamton with her girlfriends to get her hair done on Saturdays to go out on dates with Gerry. She would then take the bus to Oneonta and Gerry would drive her home afterwards. They were married on August 19th,1956 at the Sacred Heart Church in Sidney, NY. and were married for 45 years until his passing in 2001.

Janice L. Kelly, 86 March 13, 1935 – December 14, 2021

In Memoriam

Janice L. Kelly, 86

March 13, 1935 – December 14, 2021

Janice L. Kelly

Oneonta – Janice L. Kelly, 86, passed away on December 14, 2021 at A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

She was born March 13, 1935 in Norwood, NY, the daughter of Harold L. and Gertrude (Sessions) Fuller.

Janice married the love of her life, Richard F. Kelly on February 27, 1954 in Saranac Lake.  He predeceased her on November 6, 2011.

Janice was the secretary for the family business, KMS Plastics in Oneonta.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta.  Janice loved the time she spent living at St. James.  She enjoyed the many activities including arts and crafts, and playing bingo and Rummikub.  Janice was an avid reader.  She also had a lot of fun being the executive producer of three of her daughter Lori’s feature films.

Robert R. “Bob” Brady, 70 October 29, 1951 – December 13, 2021

In Memoriam

Robert R. “Bob” Brady, 70

October 29, 1951 – December 13, 2021

Robert R. Brady

SCHENEVUS – Robert R. “Bob” Brady, 70, passed away at home in the comfort of his family on December 13, 2021.

Bob was born October 29, 1951, in Cooperstown, the son of Arthur and Virginia (Meade) Brady.

He graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus. Bob worked as a driver for UPS for 29 years.  He always kept busy with excavation side jobs, as he would say working with “big toys in the big sandbox”.

William “Bill” F. Laymon, 53 October 2, 1968 – December 11, 2021

In Memoriam

William “Bill” F. Laymon, 53

October 2, 1968 – December 11, 2021

William Frank “Bill” Laymon, 53 of South Edmeston passed away on Saturday December 11, 2021 in Albany.

 Bill was born on October 2, 1968 in Cooperstown the son of Stanley and Edna Laymon Sr.     Bill was a lifetime resident of the area living in South Edmeston. He was an honorable, selfless, hardworking, dedicated son, father, Papa, Poppy, and friend. He was the proud owner of Lacar Construction and Empire Spray Foam LLC.

Roger E. Tooke, 72 May 18, 1949 – December 11, 2021

In Memoriam

Roger E. Tooke, 72

May 18, 1949 – December 11, 2021

WEST WINFIELD – Roger Earl Tooke, 72 of West Winfield formerly Rome passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

He was born on May  18, 1949 in Canastota, NY.  He was the son of George E. & Marguerite (Raynore) Tooke. His parents died at a very early age and he was raised by his cousins Clifford & Ona Clark of Kirkland.   An integral part of his childhood was spent in Clinton with Betty & June Clark where he became a member of the former Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Clark Mills.  Roger started his career at Winn’s Furniture in 1969 and was a delivery driver for over 25 years.   He then started his own landscaping business, before marrying the love of his life, Kathleen M. Dillard- Tooke.  Shortly after in August of 95 he became a member of  the United Steelworkers Union and was a machine operator for 15 years before he retired in 2008.

Robert E. Hall “Papa”, 75 July 27, 1946 – December 2, 2021

In Memoriam

Robert E. Hall “Papa”, 75

July 27, 1946 – December 2, 2021

Robert E. Hall

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Robert E. Hall, who will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, December 2, 2021, at his home in the Town of Springfield. Bob was 75.

Robert Edward Hall was born July 27, 1946, at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in Utica, one of four children of Lincoln Jasper Hall and Helen Mae VanEtten Hall. Raised in Utica, he was a graduate of Utica Free Academy.

On April 16, 1966, Bob married Mary Judith Horgan, the love of his life, in a ceremony at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Utica.

Bob will truly be missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched in so many different ways.

“Scooter”  John Carl Weir, 73 November 14, 1948 – November 27, 2021

In Memoriam

“Scooter”  John Carl Weir, 73

November 14, 1948 – November 27, 2021

John ‘Scooter’ C. Weir

Father, friend, and handyman Scooter’s life came to an end on November 27, 2021 after a short illness with his family by his side.  He was born November 14, 1948 in Cooperstown, NY to Ann (Kallan) Weir and Carl Weir. He was well known to most for his cheerful laugh, helping hand, and bartending skills. The thing he loved the most was being around friends and family.

For 20 years he worked as a caretaker for Steve and MJ Harris in Hartwick. Many times, you could see him riding around on that John Deere tractor mowing lawn or plowing snow.  You might also see him sitting in his truck reading the newspaper or looking over his to do list wondering which task he would do first or thinking to himself what are they thinking with this list.  While not a decorator by trade he always had a way of making the holidays brighter and beautiful around the house.

Jean Smullens, 86 August 8, 1935 – November 24, 2021

In Memoriam

Jean Smullens, 86

August 8, 1935 – November 24, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Jean Smullens, “Grandma Jean”, 86, passed away peacefully at home in the company of her children late Wednesday night, November 24, 2021.

The youngest of three, Jean was born on August 8, 1935, to Walter and Elizabeth (Martzloff) O’Connell in Lowville. She graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School in 1953, where her parents were both teachers. She attended Albany Medical Center School of Nursing, where she met her husband, Robert. In 1959, Bob and Jean were married in Lowville. Later that year Jean received her RN accreditation and the two took up residency in Johnstown where she began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Johnstown Hospital and then later, as a clinical instructor at St. Mary’s Hospital School in Amsterdam. In 1964, after obtaining her BS in Nursing from Russell Sage College, Bob became a partner in Church & Scott Pharmacy, and the two moved to Cooperstown.

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