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Larry M. Thompson, 66, Barber; Shop Center Of Community Life

Larry M. Thompson, 66, Barber;

Shop Center Of Community Life

Larry Thompson

CHERRY VALLEY – Larry M. Thompson, 66, whose Larry’s Barber Shop was a center of community life for decades, passed away unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home.

Larry was the son of the late Edward Thompson and is survived by his mother, Helen Thompson.

He graduated from Cherry Valley Central School in 1969, and attended Royal Barber & Beauty School in Schenectady, where he obtained his barber license. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy where he served honorably.


Author Viramontes Speaks


READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. The Red Dragon Reading series presents Author Helena Maria Viramontes reading her works followed by a book signing and reception. Free and open to the public. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Info, or call Ruth Carr @ (607)436-3446 or George hovis @ (607)436-2571

Janna Wiedemann, 66, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Janna Wiedemann, 66, Oneonta

ONEONTA – Janna Darlene Wiedemann, 66, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 20, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

She was born Aug. 17, 1950, in Port Jervis, the daughter of the late George Earl and Janna (Lange) Cummings.

For several years, Janna was a greeter at Walmart.

Edward Egnaczyk, 84, Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Edward Egnaczyk, Farmer

SPRINGFIELD – Edward S. Egnaczyk, 84, a retired farmer, passed away March 26, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Kasper and Stephania on April 23, 1932.

Paul W. Shelton, 93, WWII Veteran In 32 Naval Battles

Paul W. Shelton, 93, WWII

Veteran In 32 Naval Battles

Paul Shelton

ONEONTA – Paul Wilson Shelton, 93, a World War II veteran who served on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier during 32 battles in the Pacific Theater, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Fox Hospital.

He was born May 18, 1923, in Warwick, Tenn., the son of the late Henry and Clarence (Cherry) Amos.  Paul was raised in Woodville, Mississippi and graduated from Woodville High School.

He enlisted in the Navy just before Pearl Harbor Day and, assigned to the USS Lexington, was also involved in the development of radar.


Spring Music & Crafts


SPRING CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come find unique items for gifts from the many vendors. Includes drawings for door prizes and a basket raffle. FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Drive, Oneonta.

VIOLIN RECITAL – 1 p.m. Performance by Imad Rajib Altaha with free will offering to benefit the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. Mr. Altaha received his Bachelor of Music Arts from Bagdad Univeristy in 1994 and has played the violin for 30 years. Inlcudes light refreshments, open to the public. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, call 547-8401

HAWKEYE REVUE – 2 p.m. CCS Students and guest faculty members perform musical numbers. This years theme is “Songs from Shows We Won’t Do.” Each performance will be accompanied by a large student orchestra with a few professionals. Open to the public. Suggested donation, $10 adult, $5 children. Cooperstown High School Auditorium. Info,

Jeremy Allen, 86; Businessman In Kenya And, Later, Oneonta

Jeremy Allen, 86; Businessman

In Kenya And, Later, Oneonta

Jeremy Allen in recent years on a trip to Victoria Falls in his native Africa.  He died May 1 in Oneonta, where he had lived since 1986.
Jeremy Allen

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.


Get The Jump On Growing Season



SEED STARTING WORKSHOP – 6 p.m. Learn which seeds to start ahead of growing season and which to plant directly, when to plant/transplant, and general care of your plants. Bring your own seed or get some from Carefree Gardens. All ages and abilities welcome. Refreshments provided. Origins Cafe and Carefree Gardens, 558 Beaver Meadow Roads, Cooperstown. Info, or email

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT – 6:30 p.m. March begins at Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta and ends at Muller Plaza, downtown Oneonta. Info,

Anthony Chicorelli, 93; Oneonta Native, World War II Veteran

IN MEMORIAM: Anthony Chicorelli, 93;

Oneonta Native, World War II Veteran

Anthony Chicorelli

ONEONTA – Anthony Chicorelli, 93, a Navy veteran of World War II who retired from Allied Corp., died Thursday, March 30, 2017, from natural causes.

He was born June 25, 1923, son of Eugenio and Alessandra (Pallottolo) Ciccarelli. Affectionately known as Tony to friends and family, he married Frances Louise Beach in 1942. Frances left this world too soon, on May 20, 1993, 69 years young.

Daisy S. Rodriguez, 59; Ran ‘Clean As A Daisy’ Cleaning Service

IN MEMORIAM: Daisy S. Rodriguez, 59;

Ran ‘Clean As A Daisy’ Cleaning Service

Daisy S. Rodriguez

ONEONTA – Daisy Sue Rodriguez, 59, passed away unexpectedly while taking care of her son on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Schenectady.

She was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late William and Ruby May (Kingsley) Stone.

Daisy graduated from Unatego Central School and then Utica School of Commerce.

Giancarlo Giacomelli, 77; Furniture Refinisher Since Arriving In U.S.

IN MEMORIAM: Giancarlo Giacomelli, 77;

Furniture Refinisher Since Arriving In U.S.

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.

Richie Schaefer, 81; Friends Included Foxcare Participants

IN MEMORIAM: Richie Schaefer, 81;

Friends Included Foxcare Participants

Richie Schaefer

STAMFORD – Richard “Richie” Ambrose Schaefer, 81, who developed a group of friends working out at Foxcare Health in Oneonta, passed away March 31, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born June 12, 1935 in the Yorkville section of  Manhattan, the son of Ambrose and Hedwig (Duroff) Schaefer.  Richie loved being part of rural New York and spent 51 years in the Stamford area.

Charles K. Herzog, 90, Worcester; WWII Veteran Ran Supply Firm

Charles K. Herzog, 90, Worcester;

WWII Veteran Ran Supply Firm

Charles K. Herzog

WORCESTER – Charles Karl Herzog, 90, at World War II veteran and proprietor of C. Herzog Supply Co., the plumbing supply wholesaler, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2017.

Charlie, the son of the late Andrew and Emma (Rust) Herzog, was born April 12, 1926, in Nuremburg, Germany. The Herzog family emigrated to the United States when Charlie was an infant and settled in Upstate New York. When Charlie was 17 years old, he joined the United States Army to fight in World War II in Europe.

Marjorie Rearick, 55, Oneonta Native, Marine, Mother Of 4

IN MEMORIAM: Marjorie Rearick, 55,

Oneonta Native, Marine, Mother Of 4

Marjorie Rearick

MORRIS – Marjorie Rearick, 55, a Marine and mother of four, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, with her family by her side.

Marjorie was born the daughter of William and Joan Fisher on Sept. 19, 1961, in Oneonta.  She served honorably in the  Marine Corps from March 1979 to March 1982.

Lately, she was employed by Chobani in New Berlin.

She enjoyed hunting for gems in the Adirondacks, searching for old bottles, and treasure hunting with metal detectors, as well as doing various arts and craft projects ranging from sewing to painting. Despite her various hobbies, what she enjoyed the most was being a mother.

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