Oneonta – V. Lorraine Patten, 86, passed to be the Lord on September 6, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.
She was born July 5, 1935 in Oneonta, the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Pendergast) Easley.
After graduating from Oneonta High School, Lorraine never had the need to venture out of her hometown and it was there that she met and married Frank Patten on August 16, 1953, the love of her life.
The Patten house was a hub, a gathering place for family, friends and neighbors. Their door was always open and all were welcome. Lorraine loved being mom and grandma. She provided for more than just her family; a fond memory of all the neighborhood children was the Patten’s bucket of quarters, ready for the ice cream truck for all to get a summer’s treat. Lorraine enjoyed taking pottery classes at SUCO, a hobby she was quite gifted at. One of her favorite past-times were out gallivanting with her best friends finding treasures at antique shops. In more recent years, meeting the Golden Guernsey Girls for a daily cup of coffee and all their special celebrations. Fun fact, as a child Lorraine was a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol, her post was at the Oneonta Armory.
Franklin – Jonathan Andrew Graham passed away on May 8, 2021 in Johnson City, New York. He was born January 9, 1988. Jon was the loving son of Peter and Ann Marie Graham of Conklin, New York.
He had a beautiful voice. He was a soloist for his church and sang in the church choir, in Canastota he acted in the drama club. Because of his stocky build, he was nicknamed “Babe Ruth” in his little league baseball team where he could hit the ball out of the field.
Jon and family moved to Conklin where Jon was active in the Civil Air Patrol, he was introduced to glider flight by sitting in the front seat of a glider, with the pilot behind him. His infectious grin was broad after this flight and it shone many other times in his life.
As a student at Franklin High School, he thrived on the debate team where he helped win numerous debates both for the team and in individual competition.
COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Tom LeBeau presents “Civil Air Patrol: The Air Force’s Best Kept (Non)Secret” on the history of the CAP and their present day roll. Refreshments served after. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/
WORD THURSDAY – 7 – 10 p.m. Writers share their work followed by a reception and readings by featured authors Tom Clausen (haiku poet) & Christina M. Rau (sci-fi fem poet). Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell. Call 607-829-5055 or visit www.facebook.com/brighthp/