COOPERSTOWN – Jane Ann Feeck Casey of Cooperstown, a Native Daughter and DAR member, died peacefully early in the morning of Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home of 58 years.
Born June 30, 1926, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, Jane Ann was the daughter of W. Douglas Feeck and Ida Elizabeth Cotton Feeck. She lived in Binghamton, graduating from Binghamton Central High School in 1946. In a time when few women sought higher education, she received the degree of Associates in Science from Endicott College in 1948.
AUCTION – 5:30 p.m. Annual event with live & wall auction featuring Phish tickets, art, jewelry, vacation, antiques, more. Free child care available. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-3491 or visit www.facebook.com/UUSOneonta/
HISTORY SHOW – 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Visit the Postcard and Ephemera Show featuring a display of vintage postcards, sheet music, posters, documents, trading cards, more. Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
THEATER – 7 p.m. High School musical, “Into the Woods.” Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, cooperstowncs.org
SYMPHONY – 7:30 p.m. Catskill Symphony presents Concert II: Featuring Tenor Jon Frederic West performing Wagner and Vaughan Williams. Symphony also performs Brahms Symphony No. 2. Tickets $30, free admission for veterans, children and the adults who bring them. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, tickets, (607) 436-2670, www.catskillsymphony.net
CHINESE AUCTION – 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Milford Central School District 42 W. Main St., Milford. Info, web.milfordcentral.org
HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes lunch and new Children’s Ornament Build $5..The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, Info, (607)783-2393 or (607)783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
HOLIDAY MARKET AND CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunnycrest Orchards Cidermill Gift Shop, 7869 NY-10, Sharon Springs. For more info visit www.sunnycrestorchards.com
While Roxanne Murray was teaching second grade at Cooperstown Central School, she always did a program on Veteran’s Day with her class. But after retiring in 2012, she was still looking for a way to honor the troops.
“I was at a Daughters of the American Revolution function, and I was talking to a woman about this program I’d heard about called Stars for Troops,” she said. “I asked her if she knew anything about it.”
That woman was Maj. Roberta Comerford, Cortland, who has served in Iraq and Kuwait, and not only had she heard of it, she had received a star. “She got so emotional, she could barely talk about it,” Murray said. “She had one that she wore in her helmet the whole time she was in Iraq.”
An Air Force chaplain had received some in a package, and he was handing them out to friends.
“It’s so nice to be remembered from home while you’re away,” Comerford said.
Inspired by her story, Murray and the Iroquois Chapter DAR in Worcester began meeting to cut flags and distribute the stars. “We give the large stars to veterans and send the small ones to troops serving overseas,” she said.
Each star comes packaged in a small bag with a note that reads, “I am part of an American Flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to be tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that you are not forgotten.”
Since then, the Worcester DAR has given stars to more than 300 veterans and active service members. “It’s important for them to know we support our troops,” she said.
However, finding people to give them to hasn’t always been easy. “Accurate records are hard to find,” she said. “We want to make sure we get them to veterans in Cooperstown and Oneonta.”
The program is not sanctioned by the DAR; in fact, Murray said, many are against it. “But our chapter, the Iroquois chapter – we believe in it,” she said. “Wouldn’t you rather have the stars to appreciate them instead of seeing them burned up?”
Section 8(k), Chapter 1, Title 4 of the United States Code states: “The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
That usually happens on Veterans Day, as happened last month in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park, at Cooperstown’s Doughboy Statue and around the county.
On that holiday, 13 large stars were given to veterans at the Schenevus Central School’s annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast in November.
“We take the remnants of the flag to the American Legion for burning,” said Murray.
And there are still plenty of stars ready to be sent, especially as local churches and organizations begin packing Christmas boxes to send to the troops. “If anyone has a son, a daughter, a cousin or a friend serving overseas, we’ll send them a star.”
Barbara Jane Deitch,87; Breeder of Standard Poodles
ONEONTA – Barbara Jane Deitch, 87, a professional dog breeder who specialized in standard poodles, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at her residence.
An Oneonta resident who formerly lived in Westford, Barbara was born on March 12, 1927, the daughter of the late Raymond W. and Alva C. (Muller) Kurz. She married Stratford F. Deitch on Aug. 26, 1949. He predeceased her on Dec. 29, 2013.
A member of the America Kennel Club, in addition to breeding poodles she groomed dogs and administratively supported her husband, Strat, who showed St. Bernards in the Westminster Show and many other shows.
She was also a DAR member.
She is survived her daughter, Kim and David DeFalco, and her son, John and Tammy Deitch; her grandchildren, Jennifer Milillo, Stratford and Cornelius Corkwell, Kaylee DeFalco, Jonathan Deitch, Ashley Bowser, Christopher Deitch, Jessica Noyb, Melanie Natassi, David, Keith, and Charlie Deitch; and several great grandchildren.
Also, her brother,Roger Kurz and his family and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three sons, Stratford, David, and Howard Deitch.