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Ernest Sanders, 74; Volunteered After Retiring From CP

IN MEMORIAM: Ernest Sanders, 74;

Volunteered After Retiring From CP

Ernest L. Sanders

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 He was a good story teller and would always joke about his unpublished book of facts.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.

John T. Shufelt, 66; Served 30 Years With SUNY Police

IN MEMORIAM: John T. Shufelt, 66;

Served 30 Years With SUNY Police

John T. Shufelt

ONEONTA – John T. Shufelt, 66, of Oneonta, who retired from the SUNY Oneonta University Police after a 32-year career, lost his courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Saturday, Aug.12, 2017, at home.

John was born on Feb. 9, 1951, in Cobleskill, to the late William F. and Mary (Byrne) Shufelt. He grew up in Middleburgh, with his one sister and three brothers and graduated from Middleburgh Central School, Class of 1969.

IN MEMORIAM: Siro Vergari, 27, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Siro Vergari, 27, Oneonta

Siro Vergari, 27
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ONEONTA – The funeral is Friday, Aug. 25, for Siro Mark Vergari, who passed away Aug. 17, 2017. He was 27 years old.

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Hartman; his father, Mark Vergari; his brothers and sisters, Aaron, Keli, Elijah, Clairice, Giulian, and Danielle; his grandfather, Siro Vergari; his grandmother, Beverly Olive; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Zell Allen Butler, 74; Electrical Contractor Retired To Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Zell Allen Butler, 74;

Electrical Contractor Retired In Oneonta

ONEONTA – Zell Allen Butler, 74, of Oneonta, an electrical contractor who for many years owned and operated Zell Butler Contractors Inc. in West Hartford, Conn., passed away Thursday, Sept.14, 2017, at the VA Hospital, Albany.

He was born July 8, 1943, in Herkimer the son of the late Zell and Edith Louise (Yule) Butler.

John R. Hurley, 62; Spent 39-Year Career At Remington

IN MEMORIAM: John R. Hurley, 62;

Spent 39-Year Career At Remington

CHERRY VALLEY – John Richard Hurley, who retired after a 39-year career at Remington Arms, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 19, 2017. He was 62.

Known to his friends as “John Boy,” he was born in Manhattan on Feb. 9, 1955. John spent his summers in Cherry Valley until permanently moving here in 1971, graduating from Cherry Valley Central in 1973.

Walter G. Engstrom, 83; Nassau Police Officer, Laurens Postmaster

IM MEMORIAM: Walter C. Engstrom, 83;

Nassau Police Officer, Laurens Postmaster

LAURENS – Walter C. Engstrom, 83, of the Little Red School Community, retired Laurens postmaster, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home on Aug. 22, 2017.

Walter was born on June 10, 1934 to the late Walter and Gunhild (Ommundsen) Engstrom in Brooklyn.  He joined the Army and served in the elite 82nd Airborne Division in 1952-54.  He married the former Lorraine Beuke on Sept. 17, 1955, in Baldwin.

Leland A. Harvey, 90; Farmer, Contractor Worked At Opera

IN MEMORIAM: Leland A. Harvey, 90;

Farmer, Contractor Worked At Opera

Leland A. Harvey

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Leland Arthur Harvey, 90, a farmer, contractor and the Glimmerglass Opera’s first maintenance director, passed away on Aug. 30, 2017, at home with family by his side.

Leland was born on Aug. 5, 1927, in Salt Springville to Arthur William and Bertha Ripple Harvey.

Leland worked his family farm in Salt Springville until 1956, then built homes with C. David Smith as a skilled carpenter, plumber and electrician.  He joined the  Glimmerglass Opera when it opened as its present site.

Roxanne Ellis, 75, Springfield Center

IN MEMORIAM: Roxanne Ellis, Springfield Center

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Roxanne Ellis, who retired here after a teaching career, passed unexpectedly on Sept. 1, 2017.

She was born April 13, 1943, Cortland. Growing up in Springfield Center, she loved horseback riding, softball and swimming at Public Landing, where she was also a lifeguard. She enjoyed the Fourth of July parade here all her life.

Ilene B. Arlet, 61; Volunteered For Local Organizations

IN MEMORIAM: Ilene B. Arlet, 61;

Volunteered For Local Organizations

Ilene B. Arlet

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.

Lucas Rothenberger, 28, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Lucas Rothenberger, 28

Lucas Rothenberger, 1988-2017

ONEONTA – It is with a heavy heart that the family of Lucas Dale Rothenberger share the sadness of his passing on Sept. 6, 2017.  Born Nov. 1, 1988, he was 28.

He was a loving son, brother, father and friend.

Lucas will forever be remembered for his generous heart, gentle soul, and playful smile.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta.

Janet Benavides, 78; Hartwick Graduate Missionary In Texas

IN MEMORIAM: Janet F. Benavides, 78;

Hartwick Graduate Missionary In Texas

Janet Fleischer Benavides
Janet Fleischer Benavides

ONEONTA – Janet Phyllis Fleischer Benavides, 78, a former missionary in Texas, died Aug. 30, 2016, at the Fox Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 6, 1938, in The Bronx, the daughter of the late Philip and Frieda (Peck) Fleischer.

Janet graduated from Hartwick College, majoring in Christian education and Spanish.

During missionary work in San Antonio, Texas, she met her husband, Steve A. Benavides, who has predeceased her, living there from 1965 to 1981, returning to Oneonta.

Raymond L. Tallman Jr., 62; Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

IN MEMORIAM: Ray Tallman, 62;

Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

Raymand L. Tallman Jr.

DECATUR – Raymond L. Tallman, Jr, 62, who ran Tallman Trees, his family’s Christmas tree business, passed away Feb. 19, 2017, at home after a short illness, with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was born to Raymond L. and Ada (Weiman) Tallman on Sept. 10, 1954 in Canal Zone, Panama, where his father was stationed in the Army.   The Tallman family moved to Decatur in 1959.

Ray graduated from Worcester Central School in 1972.  He attended Utah State University,  Syracuse University and  Paul Smith’s College, where he graduated with a degree in forestry.

He married Linda Chase on August 27, 1988, in Warnerville.

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