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 He was a good story teller and would always joke about his unpublished book of facts.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PRESENTATION – 7-8:30 p.m. Latinx Heritage month kicks off with “The Impact of the War on Drugs on Latinas/Chicanas and their Communities in the US and Latin America” by Dr. Juanita Diaz Cotto. CME Great Room, Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1520325