WESTFORD – Helen Frances Huntington, 96, who was active in Westford’s community life, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2017.
She was born in Worcester, to Otho and Goldie (Barton) Millias. After graduating from Worcester Central School, she worked as a clerk at Scintilla in Sidney. She married James Huntington on June 3, 1945, and together they raised four children.
An active member of her community, Helen volunteered in many organizations including PTA, Scouts, OES, DAR and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. She was very social and enjoyed playing bridge and attending church weekly.
ONEONTA – S. Richard Thorn, 93, a World War II veteran and avid golfer who hit three holes in one in 40 years playing the game and won a local championship, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at Fox Nursing Home.
He was born on May 19, 1924, in Westford, the son of Kent and Carolyn (Roberts) Thorn. He married Doris Ketchum in 1955. She predeceased him on June 6, 2001.
A 1941 graduate of Schenevus Central School, Richard grew up in Westford and Milford. He attended Albany Business School.
LAURENS – Larry Robert Leahy, 80, retired teacher and coach at Morris Central School, and Laurens town justice and town board member, passed away on July 4, 2017.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1936, in Binghamton, the eldest of six children of John Robert and Mary Gwendolyn (Wheat) Leahy. Larry married Carole Rae Margeson on June 14, 1964, the same day they both graduated from SUNY Oneonta.
MILFORD CENTER – Springbrook planning a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. next Thursday, July 20, to celebrate the opening of its newest buillding, the Springbrook Family-Engagement Center.
Families, residents, administrators, and several of the organization’s key supporters have been invited to the opening. Passersby on Route 28 have been watching the building rise for the past several months.
Born in Baltimore, Md. On Dec. 5, 1924, to Gustave and Florence Glanzman, Sam was a professional illustrator and writer. Self-taught, Sam did free-lance work for such comic book companies as DC, Marvel and Charlton, Outdoor Life Magazine, and many others. Much of his work was a focus of the DC vs. Marvel analysis over the years that flourished online.
Titles he worked on throughout his more than 65-year career included G. I. Combat, Sgt. Rock, Hercules, Jonah Hex, Fightin’ Army, and Kona-Monarch of Monster Isle. His most recent work, published in 2016, “USS Stevens: The Collected Stories”, was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award, the comics’ industry equivalent of the Oscar Awards.
ONEONTA – Heather T. Hotaling, 53, who graduated from SUNY Oneonta and then worked there for 30 years, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
She was born on June 10, 1964 in Ridgewood, N.J., the daughter of John O. and Nancy E. (Scarr) Thompson. She married Glenn R. Hotaling on July 27, 1985, at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta.
A graduate of Oneonta High School, Heather received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta, where she then worked for almost 30 years as a billing and collections manager in the Student Accounts Office.
ONEONTA – Calvin W. “Cal” Chase, celebrated as the Hartwick Hawks’ Number One fan, credited with saving the college’s Division One soccer program, and much honored by his alma mater, passed away on July 31, 2017, after a long, courageously fought battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 27, 1949, in Cooperstown, son of June (Cobb) and Calvin L. Chase who predeceased him. He grew up on the family farm in Milford, and graduated from Milford Central School in 1967 as valedictorian.
He continued his education as a math major at Hartwick College, graduating cum laude in June, 1971. Cal began his banking career shortly after graduation as a bank teller with Key Bank, operating then under the name, National Commercial Bank. He was with this banking institution 25 years, where he managed the West End Branch seven years (1975-1982) and served 14 years as a commercial loan officer. The last 10 years of his career were with the NBT Bank, joining as it was establishing the first branch in the Oneonta area.
WORCESTER – Father Ronald L. Green, 64, a police officer who became a Maryknoll missionary to Africa and, since 2009, had been administrator of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church here, died Aug. 6, 2017, at Maryknoll in the Hudson Valley.
ONEONTA – Funeral services are Tuesday for Ilene Barbara Arlet, 61, a dependable volunteer at Catskill Area Hospital and other local organizations, who passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Fox Hospital.
he was born on June 1, 1956 in Wilmington, Del., the daughter of Herbert and Mildred (Baumann) Seligman. She married John R. Arlet on Dec. 13, 2002.
Ilene received her bachelor’s from SUNY Oneonta in sociology and her master’s degree in social sciences from SUNY Binghamton.
ONEONTA – Ernest L. “Ernie” “The Colonel” Sanders, 74, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Fox Hospital.
He was born March 10, 1943, in Oneonta the son of the late Leonard and Esther (Hall) Sanders, and graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1961. On Oct. 4, 1980, Ernie married Laura Conklin in Oneonta.
For many years he was a trackman and foreman for the D&H Railroad and later the Canadian Pacific. He retired at age 60 in 2003.
Ernie enjoyed fishing, gardening and building stone walls and, in his younger years, working on old cars. He was a good story teller and would always joke about his unpublished book of facts. His favorite pastime was watching NASCAR and his favorite driver was Mark Martin.