RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Jone M. Robinson, 92, a homemaker with an artist’s spirit, died Nov. 28, 2017, in Johnson City with her family by her said.
Her favorite mantras were “ever onward” and “God is good.”
She was born on March 26, 1925, in Buffalo, daughter of the late William and Maybelle (Printup) Green. She was educated at the Thomas Indian School on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Erie County, and later attended and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School. She furthered her education at SUNY Albany.
MORRIS – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today said he has received assurances from Frontier Communications and from John B. Rhodes, state Public Service Commission chairman, that frequent lengthy outages in telephone service in the Butternut Valley will be address.
But he added, “the proof is in the pudding. I will remain vigilant and encourage constituents to keep me apprised of any additional problems.”
The problems are in western Otsego County and contiguous areas of Delaware County.
“After learning of telephone outages in rural portions of my district, I called on Frontier Communications to spell out what is being done to correct deficiencies and ensure customers that they will have reliable service moving forward,” said Seward in a press release issued over the weekend.
ONEONTA – A celebration of life for Geraldine M. Scheele of Oneonta will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Plains at Parish Homestead, 163 Heritage Circle. All are welcome. Mrs. Scheele, 86, passed away on Dec. 1, 2019.
A native Nebraskan, the Scheele family moved to Oneonta in 1964. where she was became fully engaged as an artist, educator and organizer. Gerri pursued her passion for painting, and later for ceramic sculpture, throughout her life.
ONEONTA — Bonnie K. Robinson, 69, the 1964 OHS graduate who was the leader in organizing her class’s 50th reunion, passed away with her children at her side, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Fox Hospital. A celebration of her life is planned at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union.
ONEONTA – Kenneth R Stiefel, 93, who retired from the maintenance department at Oneonta City Hall, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, at Albany Medical Center.
Kenneth was born in Oneonta on Oct. 9, 1922, to Mabel (Moon) and Frederick Stiefel.
He married Esther Coats on Oct. 31, 1953. They raised a family of four children and shared 47 years together before her passing in 2010.
COOPERSTOWN – Lois J. Gengenbach, a long-time resident of Cooperstown who had run a farm with her extension agent husband, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. She was 84.
Born Nov. 29, 1933, in Hudson, she was a daughter of Michael and Helen (Hover) Bessman. She married William H. Gengenbach, also from the Hudson area, on Sept. 4, 1954, at The Church of St. Mary in Hudson.
ONEONTA – Kellie Place, a realtor with Century 21 and civic leader, serving as CANO board member and longtime chair of the Town of Oneonta Planning Board, died Sunday, Jan. 18, of complications from pneumonia.
Arrangements are incomplete at this hour. For full obituary, see this week’s Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.
She served as the co-founder and director of administration of the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta, as well as the vice president of the CANO Art Gallery. After Mayor Miller’s arts summit in 2011, she was named to lead a task force to seek collaborations among city arts groups.
For more than 30 years, she was also chairperson of the Town of Oneonta Planning Board. She was deputy chair of the town’s Board of Fire Commissioners, and recently was elevated to chair.
Visiting hours will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes, Inc., 25 Broad St. in her native Hamilton. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 16 Wylie St., Hamilton, with Fr. Richard Dunn officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Utica.
The Healthcare Association of New York State today presented Bassett Healthcare President/CEO William F. Streck with HANYS’ 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the annual conference at The Sagamore on Lake George.
HASNY President Dennis Whalen said Streck “has redefined the role of a rural hospital by embracing new models for effective, efficient, and sustainable patient-centered care, while also significantly expanding access. From the board to the bedside, and from Albany to Washington, Bill has long been respected as an accomplished leader, a champion of patient care, and an innovative force in healthcare.”
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined the rest of the state Senate in a resolution honoring World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
With Seward’s support, the Senate today also approved a packet of pro-veteran legislation, including exempting veterans’ posts from paying state taxing on fuel oil. In recent years there have been changes with organizations similar to www.disabledvets.com who tried their best to help veterans with their everyday lives.
“Veterans groups do a great deal for their members and communities, removing a layer of bureaucracy and saving them a few dollars is the least we can do,” said Seward. “My bill would provide veterans groups with the same exemption that is given to religious and charitable organizations.”
Editor’s Note: The guest of honor at the Friday, Aug. 16, groundbreaking on the Village of Cooperstown’s $9.1 million water treatment plant project was Ted Peters, retired Bassett Hospital researcher and longtime chair of the village’s sewer and water boards. A plaque honoring him will be placed on the expanded building. Here are Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch’s words of tribute.
By ELLEN TILLAPAUGH KUCH • Mayor of Cooperstown
Many volunteers have contributed their time in service to our community. But certainly none has reached the pinnacle of community service of today’s honoree – Dr. Theodore “Ted” Peters, Jr.
Not only has the Village of Cooperstown benefited from his community service, but we have also benefited from his incredible professional knowledge. How many communities of our size can boast having a renowned biochemist guiding their water and sewer decisions? One of the reasons we were able to make our 1969 plant function for some long was due to his expertise.
The Village of Cooperstown was fortunate indeed when Dr. Peters was recruited to Bassett Hospital in 1955 – at a time when there were only 16 senior professional staff at Bassett. He worked as a research biochemist from 1955 until 1988, when he quote “retired” to emeritus status. But if you think that meant he slowed down much, you are wrong.
He continued to assist in the clinical laboratory at Bassett into his ’90s, reading electrophoretic patterns of blood plasma proteins. Through his work, he identified and named a genetic albumin variant – it is known as “Albumin Cooperstown.”
BURLINGTON FLATS – Kenneth A. Vibbard Sr, 88, a 40-year dairy farmer, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Cooperstown, surrounded by his loving family.
Kenneth was born on Jan. 18, 1932 in Oneonta, the son of the late Wesley P. and Martha Drake Vibbard. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years Velma B. Vibbard, and a son-in-law, Wayne Bennett.
A lifetime resident of the area, Ken graduated in 1950 from Cooperstown Central School, where he excelled in athletics.
HARTWICK – Kenneth Alan Carson Sr., 74, or “Bucky” as most called him, who retired in 1999 as transportation director after 34 years in the Cooperstown Central School District, passed away on Sept. 21, 2019, with his family by his side in Shelby, N.C.
The son of Kenneth S. Carson and Ruth M. Gray (Allen), he was born in Cooperstown, on Oct. 27, 1944.
In addition to his tenure at CCS, Bucky was extremely proud of his decades of service with the Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2, as well as his work as a 911 dispatcher with the Otsego County Fire Control Center.