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The Wisdom Of Sam Nader

The Wisdom Of Sam Nader

Emerging From Depression, World War II, Ex-Mayor’s
Generation Focused On Family, Hard Work, Community

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

One of Sam Nader’s favorite photos records Don Mattingly Day at Yankee Stadium in 1995, when George Steinbrenner called the owner of the Oneonta Yankees onto the field to receive the fans’ accolades for his contributions to baseball.

At the time Sam Nader’s Oneonta Athletic Association was affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, the MLB team allocated a certain number of baseballs per season to its Minor League teams.

Anything over was a local team’s responsibility.

At the end of the Oneonta Tigers first season, Sam Nader tallied baseballs used, and mailed a check.

The phone rang. It was Detroit. “What’s this for?” he was asked.

“That’s our share for the baseballs,” Sam replied.

“I’m sending the check back,” said the nonplussed accountant. “None of our teams ever paid anything like that.”


That, according to his son John, was one of the cornerstones of the Wisdom of Sam Nader, the former mayor and Oneonta Yankees owner who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 101, in his home at 96 River St. in his beloved Sixth Ward.

While his son John, 7, looks on in awe, Sam Nader is sworn in as mayor of Oneonta in January 1962.

Lawrence Gennarino, 85; Navy Vet Retired From Career At Bendix

IN MEMORIAM: Lawrence Gennarino, 85;

Navy Vet Retired From Career At Bendix

Lawrence Gennarino

ONEONTA – Lawrence “Butch” Gennarino, 85, of Oneonta, a Navy veteran who retired from a career at Bendix, passed away peacefully on Oct. 22, 2019, at his home with family by his side.

Butch was born on April 4, 1934, in Oneonta, to Giovanni and Marianna (Tanzini) Gennarino, the youngest of six siblings.

He married Allie (Beecher) on Sept. 1, 1957, at St. Mary’s Church. They celebrated 62 years together.

Harold F. Lent, 96; Services Saturday For Bendix Retiree

IN MEMORIAM:  Harold F. Lent, 96;

Services Saturday For Bendix Retiree

Harold Lent

ONEONTA – The graveside service for Harold F. Lent, 96, who spent his career at Bendix Corp. (now Amphenol), will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Otego.

He passed away Nov. 4, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

Harold was born Jan. 14, 1922, on Colburn Avenue in Otego, the son of Frank George and Nancy Ulena (Hammond) Lent.  He graduated from Otego Central School in June 1939.

Doris W. Oliver, 94; Rites Thursday For City Schools Retiree

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris W. Oliver, 94;

Rites Thursday For City Schools Retiree

Doris W. Oliver

ONEONTA – The funeral is this Thursday, Nov. 30, for Doris W. Oliver, 94, of Oneonta, who retired from the Oneonta City School District.  She passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Born and raised in Milford, Doris was a graduate of Milford High School.  She was married for 70 years to Leland Arthur Oliver, who passed away on Nov. 10, 2011.

Doris worked for Bendix Corp. for over 25 years, then Oneonta schools for 12 years, then retired.   Since 2015, she had lived in Patterson, Calif., with her youngest son, Michael, and his wife Mary Jane, who cared for her.

B. Katherine Angell, 94; Worked For Bendix, Bresee’s, Surveyor

IN MEMORIAM: B. Katherine Angell, 94;

Worked For Bendix, Bresee’s, Surveyor

ONEONTA – B. Katherine Angell, who worked for Bendix, Bresee’s and Leon Kalmus over her career, passed away April 14, 2017, leaving two children and two grandchildren.

She was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Laurens, the daughter of Ralph and Esther (Clark) Terrell.  She married Gordon (Jim) Angell on May 11, 1974, in Oneonta. He predeceased her Oct. 8, 1999.

Katherine is survived by a son and his wife, Joseph and Marietta Franzese of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; a daughter Patricia Franzese of Provincetown, Mass., and a granddaughter Sara Ann Franzese and grandson Joseph Anthony Franzese, both of Chagrin Falls.

Her beloved brother, Dr. Ross Terrell, predeceased her in 2010. Her former spouse and father to her children, Joseph Franzese, predeceased her in 1998.

Katherine was a 1940 graduate of Oneonta High School, and attended SUNY Oneonta. She was employed for several years as a senior draftsman at Bendix in Sidney. She also worked for a time in Bresee’s Department Store, Leon Kalmus’ surveyor office, and before her husband’s illness and death she worked as a merchandiser for New York periodicals.

Katherine had many interests: she was an accomplished seamstress who especially enjoyed quilting.  She loved classical music and English literature, in particular the Bronte sisters, having a large collection of their novels and poems. She was also a devoted animal lover, adopting many stray cats and found homes for those she could not care for herself.

There will be no public services. Inurnment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta with her parents.

Contributions in Katherine’s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 542 Main Street, Oneonta, NY  13820.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, NY.

J. Mason Reynolds, 90; Fortune 500 Executive


J. Mason Reynolds, 90;

Fortune 500 Executive

From Scintilla, Career Took Him Worldwide

J. Mason “Mace” Reynolds

COOPERSTOWN – J. Mason “Mace” Reynolds passed on, with his wife and children beside him, in Stuart, Florida on March 14, 2017.  He was 90.

A thoroughly gregarious man of exuberance, business acumen, impeccable honesty, and generous spirit, Mr. Reynolds was utterly devoted to Rhea, his wife of 68 years, their three children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Reynolds retired from Allied-Signal, Inc. in 1989, where he had served for eight years as head of the corporation’s worldwide automotive operations.  Allied-Signal Automotive was then a major OEM supplier of automobile and truck components, with such brand names as Bendix, Fram, Autolite and Garrett.

Robert Hyzer, 83; Retired From Bendix After 39 Years

IN MEMORIAM:  Robert Hyzer, 83;

Retired From Bendix After 39 Years

Robert Hyzer
Robert Hyzer

ONEONTA – Robert H. Hyzer, 83, of Franklin and Oneonta, who retired from Bendix after 29 years, passed away peacefully at home on June 26, 2016.

Bob was born March 27, 1933 in Albany, to Harold E. and Hazel A. Hyzer.

Bob was a graduate of Delaware Literary Institute & Franklin Central School, where he was active in football, basketball, baseball and a charter member of the Varsity Club.  Bob graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. He was formerly active in the Franklin Fire Department and Emergency Squad.

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