ONEONTA – Joy Renee Bruen Gardner, 45, a decorated firefighter, passed away Aug. 18, 2019, at Fox Hospital, following a long battle with cancer.
Joy was born June 29, 1974, to Jana Cuda of Texas and Robert Bruen Sr. of Arkansas. She married Anthony Gardner of Oneonta on Dec. 12, 2012.
Previously, she was a volunteer firefighter for the Laurens Fire Department and Pindars Corners Fire Department. Most recently she became a volunteer for the Meridale Fire Department, where she earned the Distinguished Service Award. She also was a certified emergency medical technician.
ONEONTA – William K. “Billy” Hymers, 68, passed away in his winter home in Margate, Fla. on Nov. 24, 2018, with his loving family by his side. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer.
William was born Feb. 20, 1950, in Delhi, the son of the late Douglas and Tarisa Hymers. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Inez; daughter, Tarisa Finne (Dan); grandchildren, Ethan and Torryn; sisters, Roberta “Bobbie” and Peggy Hall (Ed); brother, Wayne Hymers (Peg); aunt, Betty and several loved nieces, nephews, cousins and step family.
CHERRY VALLEY – On Feb. 2, 2017, Henry “Charlie” Bergen lost his battle of cancer. Charlie was surrounded by his sisters, brothers, and family, and felt the strength of love from his family and friends to allow his spirit to make a peaceful departure.
Charlie was born on Jan. 29, 1970. He recently shared his 47th birthday with his family and friends.
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, underwent surgery for bladder cancer Wednesday, and his doctors told him “I can expect to make a full recovery.” This is good news, and Seward should be an inspiration to all. This should also urge people to get checked out for bladder cancer if they suspect they may have it, as it can be easily treated if caught early. By visiting a board-certified urologist like Advanced Urology, you can recieve a full diagnosis as well as compassion and care towards your treatment. There is no reason as to why people should be humiliated to visit a urologist about these sort of issues, as these professionals deal with these sorts of things everyday.
His office released the following statement this morning:
“In early February, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer by my physicians at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. On Wednesday, I underwent successful surgery at Albany Medical Center where I will remain a patient for a few days.
COOPERSTOWN – Kathleen M. Galland-Bennett, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and Cooperstown Elementary School teacher, passed away following a valiant struggle with cancer Sunday afternoon, July 12, 2015, at her home. She was one day shy of her 51st birthday.
While fighting cancer, she continued to run and bike competitively in local races, often with her pals Christine McBrearty-Hulse, Anne Killian-Russo and Jenna Wratten.
Family and friends may call 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.
A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index, where Kathleen will be laid to rest near her sister, Cyndi.
COOPERSTOWN – Once again this season, The Glimmerglass Festival has teamed up with the Bassett Cancer Institute and Bluemack Creative Marketing/Promotional Products to combat heat-related illnesses, sunburn and skin cancer by providing staff with wide-brimmed hats.
The partnership was inspired by Bassett Cancer Institute radiation oncologist Dr. Naoyuki G. Saito, who says, “I’m a big fan of the Glimmerglass Festival and this was something easy to do that would protect their staff from the sun, as well as increase the community’s awareness about how to enjoy the summer season sensibly.”