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Jone Robinson, 92; Homemaker With An Artist’s Spirit

IN MEMORIAM: Jone Robinson, 92;

Homemaker With An Artist’s Spirit

Jone M. Robinson

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.

Skeptical Seward Had ‘Frank Talks’ With Frontier, PSC

Skeptical Seward

Had ‘Frank Talks’

With Frontier, PSC

Senator Urges Constituents To Keep

Complaints Coming Until Outages End


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.

Gerri Scheele’s Memorial Service Saturday at Plains At Parish Site

Gerri Scheele’s Memorial Service

Saturday at Plains At Parish Site

Gerri Scheele

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.




Kenneth R. Stiefel, 93; Retired From Oneonta City Department

IN MEMORIAM:  Kenneth R. Stiefel, 93;

Retired From Oneonta City Department

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.

Lois Gengenbach, 84; Farmer With Extension-Service Husband

IN MEMORIAM: Lois Gengenbach, 84;

Farmer With Extension-Service Husband

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.

Memorial Service for Kellie Place

IN MEMORIAM:  Kellie Place, Realtor,

Arts Supporter, Town Planning Chair

Updated 1/21/15 10:38am

Kellie Place
Kellie Place

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.


State Hospital Association Honors Streck With 2014 ‘Distinguished Service Award

State Hospital Association Honors Streck

With 2014  ‘Distinguished Service Award

Dr. William F. Streck (right), CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network, accepts the Distinguished Service Award from HANYS president Dennis Whalen.  (Bassett photo)
Dr. William F. Streck (right), CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network, accepts the Distinguished Service Award from HANYS president Dennis Whalen. (Bassett photo)

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.”

Seward Joins Senate In Passing Packet of Benefits For Veterans

Seward Joins Senate In Passing

Packet of Benefits For Veterans

Senator Seward

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 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.”

The packet of legislation included:

Salute To Service As $9.1M Project Begins, Village Thanks Ted Peters

Salute To Service

As $9.1M Project Begins,

Village Thanks Ted Peters

Hospital research regimen to serve and chair, for years, the Village of Cooperstown water and sewer boards, are, from left, his daughter Melissa Barry, state Sen. Jim Seward, and Village Trustees Richard Sternberg and Cindy Falk. (Jim Kevlin/

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

Dr. Ted Peters, son
Dr. James and daughter Melissa Barry and her husband Peter, chat with Mayor Ellen
Tillapaugh Kuch at the dedication of the water-treatment plant expansion.

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.”

Kenneth Vibbard, 88; 40-Year Farmer In Burlington Flats

IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth Vibbard, 88;

40-Year Farmer In Burlington Flats

Kenneth Vibbard

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.

Kenneth Carson Sr., 74; Retired As CCS Transportation Director

IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth Carson Sr., 74;

Retired As CCS Transportation Director

Kenneth “Bucky” Carson Sr.

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.

Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85; Farmer Active in Franklin Life


Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85;

Farmer Active in Franklin Life

Lois Stalter

FRANKLIN –  Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85, a lifelong farmer and mother of the late Dr. Kenneth D. Stalter, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Lois was born on Feb. 28, 1933, in Delhi, to Lynn S. and Mildred (Truscott) Clark. She grew up on the family farm on Elk Creek Road with her brothers, David and Peter, and sister, Celia.

Lois was a farm girl and proud to drive the team of horses in the fields for her father.

She graduated from Delaware Academy, Class of 1951. She was the drum majorette in the band and played basketball and field hockey.

This Week — Nov. 7-8, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Nov. 7-Nov. 8, 2019


Common Council candidates Dave Rissberger, center left, an unopposed Democrat, and Len Carson, a Republican who won the Ward 5 season, scrutinize tally sheets on Election Night, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Foothills Performing Arts Center, the city’s polling place.  Behind Rissberger is Scott Harrington, the Republican who won the Sixth Ward seat. (Ian Austin/


New General Manager To Lead Otesaga

Republicans Keep County Board Majority

Debate: Was Clinton Expedition Genocide?

Glimmerglass Film Days To Feature Youth

3 Foes: Write Letter To Keep Dunkin’ Away

City Council OKs Selling Off Lots For Lofts


Reps Ready To Balance Credentials, Experience

You Can Read County Manager Job Description


BENNETT: Spend To Fight Internal Threat: Bad Health

ATWELL: My Right Leg Always Had Bad Karma


SCOVIRO: Keep Town Justices, Police Separate


DRY RUN: Vets’ Riders Seek To Ride Soberly

Couples Grew Closer By Working For Legion


BOUND VOLUMES: Nov. 7, 2019



Susan Reisen Brisson, 79; Retired From Bassett ICU

Margery Holdridge, 94; Attended One-Room School

Eleanor Campulli, 86; President Of Pen + Brush

Janet McKown, 101, Bridge Player Loved Travel

Donald Connor, 56; Metal Worker Leaves Schenevus Kin

Dennis Hoke, 79; Farmer, Roseboom Board Member

Allen ‘Zuky’ Zuk, 89; Korea Vet, Construction Worker



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