LAURENS – John (Jack) R. Stiefel, 86, of Laurens passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at Albany Medical Center.
Born on September 4, 1936 in Oneonta, New York, Jack was the son of Frederick and Mabel (Moon) Stiefel.
He is survived by his children, Jolene, Julie, Joi (Joseph), Jennifer, Jeanene, and James; his loving grandchildren, Cristy, Jesse, Kevin, Andrew, J.J., Darby, Jamie, Benjamin, Maxwell, Samuel, Trace, Cooper, Jaqueline, Amber, Tristen, and Gwendolyn; his sister, Shirley Sargent, of Oneonta; and special friends to Jack and family, Darius, Harry, and Dorothy.
He was predeceased by his son, John R. Stiefel Jr.; grandchild Rory; and his brothers and sisters, Kathryn, Frederick, Kenneth, Robert, Donald, Richard, Gordon, Daurice, Lloyd, Joyce, Norman, Janet, and Ronald.
A service for Jack will be planned for late spring. Service details will be posted with AllOtsego.
COOPERSTOWN – Georgia Goodspeed, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, died early Tuesday morning, November 1, 2022, at Albany Medical Center with the comfort of her loving family by her side and is now with God and her true love, Jerry. She was 78.
Born November 18, 1943, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Georgia was one of three children of the late Elizabeth Downes and George Flint.
In her youth, her father worked on many farms in the area, so Georgia attended several schools throughout Otsego and Delaware Counties. She eventually attended Cooperstown Central School and graduated with the Class of 1962.
“Tommy’s like part of our family. We inherited him with the campground over 30 years ago. He’s been cutting grass and splitting wood for us ever since,” said Juli Sharratt. Juli and husband, Dwaine, own Beaver Valley Campground, where a benefit for Hartwick resident Tom Steele was held on Saturday, October 8.
In late August, Steele was in a severe motorcycle accident and had to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center; he is now recuperating at a facility in Little Falls. It was the Sharratts’ daughter, Jamie Dobrovolc, who came up with the idea for the benefit.
ONEONTA – Candi Cole, born Candi Liana Payne on May 26, 1987 transitioned from this life onto the next at Albany Medical Center on January 16th 2022 at 10:15 p.m after succumbing to a prolonged infection which was left untreated for too long.
Candi, a resident of Oneonta, New York will be remembered as a soft spoken and gentle soul. Her signature smile and her laughter were only part of her charm.
Candi was 34 years old at the time of her passing and leaves behind an estranged husband Dale Cole of Oneonta and their four children, Riley, Kayden, Donald and Esma.
WESTVILLE – Jeffrey Paul Osterhoudt, a long-time area resident, passed away Friday evening, December 31, 2021, at Albany Medical Center. He was 74.
Born October 10, 1947, in Albany, Jeff spent the first few weeks of his life in an orphanage, then was adopted by Napoleon W. and Shirley (MacPherson) Osterhoudt and came to live with them in Oneonta. He went on to graduate from Oneonta High School.
On August 16, 1969, Jeff was united in marriage to Sybil Jean Robinson in a ceremony at the Westville United Methodist Church. They settled on her family’s property in Westville and raised a family.
He first worked for Lutz Feed driving feed trucks, and then for thirty years was employed as a welder for the Otsego County Highway Department in Cooperstown. Throughout the years, he always held many part time jobs, including working at the Agway in Cooperstown, and most recently as a security guard at the Fenimore Art Museum.