ONEONTA – Betty Rowe Henderson, of Southside Oneonta, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, following a long illness. Her death came only 11 days after that of her husband, Hugh I. Henderson Sr.
She was born Betty Mae Rowe on Aug. 7, 1933 in Oneonta, the daughter of Hattie Mae (Wheeler) Rowe and Arthur Kendall Rowe, and lived nearly her entire life in Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950.
Betty was baptized and married to Hugh at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta on Nov. 2, 1958. They celebrated 58 years of marriage last November.
Over the years of raising their four children, Betty was an active parent as “room mom,” Brownie Troop leader, and PTA leader at Riverside Elementary. After shepherding her own children through Oneonta Schools, Betty served on the Oneonta District School Board for 12 years and was known for her focus on student needs and success. In her first years of service, Betty took great joy in presenting a diploma to her youngest daughter Sue.
ONEONTA – Jeremy Allen, 86, a polo player, race car driver and businessman in his native Kenya before moving to the U.S. and in 1986 buying Robynwood Adult Home in Oneonta, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017.
Born Oct. 16, 1930, in Nairobi, Kenya, to Brian and Lorna (Henley) Allen, Jeremy spent his youth in Kenya where he developed a lifelong love of nature and agriculture.
He spent his early school years in Kenya, and at age 14 continued his studies in 1944 at Wellington College in England. Although accepted to Cambridge for biochemistry, he chose to return to Kenya, having been away from home for four years.
Back in Nairobi, he assumed ownership of his father’s business, Queens Cleaners & Dyers, Ltd., where deliveries were made by horse-drawn wagon.
CHERRY VALLEY – Giancarlo Giacomelli, a furniture refinisher since arriving from Bagni di Lucca, Italy, in 1958, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017, with his loving family by his side. A daughter survives in Oneonta.
Giancarlo was born Oct. 21, 1939, in Grenoble, France, to the late Ernesto Giacomelli and Anna Giusti. He married Renata Feci on Sept 26., 1965, in The Bronx.
ONEONTA – Oneonta native David Arnold Stewart Sr., 86, whose love of history was expressed in the restoration of his Pennsylvania home and participation in historical societies, passed away peacefully May 3, 2017, under the care of Hospice in Jackson, Mich.
Dave was the son of James and Helen (Morris) Stewart, born May 24, 1930, in Oneonta. A 1948 graduate of Oneonta High School, Dave graduated from Tri-State College (now Trine University) in Angola, Ind., with a degree in civil engineering in 1957. Earning his professional engineering license in the early 1960s, he enjoyed his professional career working for McFarland Johnson, in Binghamton and Woodbury, N.J., Kuljian Corp., Philadelphia, and Day & Zimmermann, Philadelphia.
CHERRY VALLEY – Emory A. Oeser Jr., 83, who served as a paratrooper in the elite 82nd Airborne Division and later spent his career with the county Highway Department, passed away peacefully at home on May 12, 2017, with his family at his side.
A life-long Cherry Valley resident, Emory was born Jan. 18, 1934, to Emory and Bertha Oeser. He married Ruth Snyder on July 5, 1958.
ONEONTA – Oren C. “Doc” Knapp, 90, a central player in the development of Oneonta’s Little League, passed away on May 10, 2017, at Fox Hospital after a brief illness.
Doc was born on Aug. 10, 1926, to Raymond and Millie Knapp and raised with his 10 brothers and sisters on the family farm on Ouleout Creek in North Franklin.
Doc lettered in baseball and basketball at the Franklin Literary Institute under the mentorship of coach and friend Wendell Cook. Like his three brothers, Doc served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He served aboard LST 699 as a cook.
ONEONTA – Patricia A. Allen, 82, retired secretary at SUNY Oneonta’s Speech & Theatre Department, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
She was born Dec. 16, 1934, in Mount Kisco, the daughter of the late George C. and Marie (Hanley) Supple. Pat graduated from Somers High School, attended SUNY Oneonta and was a Katharine Gibbs graduate. She then worked at General Foods in White Plains.
ONEONTA – Madolyn M. Danzi, 95, of Oneonta, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 28, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on February 11, 1922, in Oneonta, the daughter of Francis and Shelby (Nader) Monser. She married her best friend, Otto P. Danzi, on July 26, 1947 in Oneonta. He predeceased her on September 30, 2007.
Madolyn started every day with her quiet time, reading her Bible and praying. She taught everyone around her how to love deeply and cultivate a strong faith.
ONEONTA – Dr. Wendell Frye, 77, a professor of German, Hartwick College’s longest serving faculty member, and “Father of the J-Term,” passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017. On May 21, he received the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching at the college’s commencement.
Wendell was born March 1, 1940, in Leominster, Mass., to Kenneth and Birtrice Frye. Upon graduating Leominster High School in 1958, he enlisted in the Marines. After serving, he received his B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.; his M.A. from Middlebury and his Ph.D. in German Literature from Indiana University. He was a Fulbright scholar, studying in Germany.
ONEONTA – Jerry A Shannon, Jr., SUNY Oneonta professor emeritus in science education and a decorated World War II veteran, died peacefully on May 30, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home, a day before his 93 birthday.
He was born March 31, 1924, on Shannon Hill in Meshoppen, Pa., the son of Jeremiah (Jerry) A. Shannon and Grace Roach Shannon.
He graduated from Meshoppen High School. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 78th (Lightning) Division in three World War II campaigns in the European Theater of Operations (Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe) as a member of a machine gun platoon.