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In Memoriam Aimee Kelley, 36 Fought for LGBTQ rights
In Memoriam

Aimee Kelley, 36

Fought for LGBTQ rights

Aimee Kelley

Aimee Kelley, loving daughter, sister and aunt, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. She was 36 years old.

Aimee is survived by her mother, Kathleen Kelley, her brother Christopher and his fiancée Alanna Adams, and the light of Aimee’s life, her nephew Callum, who called her MeeMee.

Her extended family, too numerous to mention by name, includes a band of adopted brothers who always had her back, childhood and teenage friends with many stories to tell, and a supportive network of others who loved her dearly.

In Memoriam Ward S. “Seeber” Robinson Jr, 85 April 30, 1937 – August 8, 2022
In Memoriam

Ward S. “Seeber” Robinson Jr, 85

April 30, 1937 – August 8, 2022

EDMESTON – Ward S. “Seeber” Robinson Jr, 85, of Edmeston, Passed away at his home on Monday August 8, 2022.

Ward was born in Cooperstown on April 30, 1937 the son of the late Ward S. and Marion Pope Robinson Sr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Margaret “Peg” Robinson in 2014.

He is survived by his daughter Jill; son Greg, daughter-in-law, Linda; the grandsons he adored, Alex and Nick; brother Van and his wife Carol, sister-in-law Barbara; brother-in-law Jerry and his wife Patty; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by by his long time companion and care giver Pat Stevens.

In Memoriam Eric W. Meyer, 50 Animal Lover, Enjoyed Hunting
In Memoriam

Eric W. Meyer, 50

Animal Lover, Enjoyed Hunting

Eric W. Meyer

BURLINGTON FLATS – Eric W. Meyer, 50, of Burlington Flats, passed away August 20, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Eric was born in Suffern, NY the son of Eric J and Mary Knorr Meyer.

He is survived by his sons Devin Meyer, Glenn Prentice, and Ashton Prentice, his parents Eric J and Mary Meyer, brothers Chris Meyer, and Sean (Antoinette) Meyer, grand daughter Ella Prentice, nieces Cayla Meyer, Chloe Meyer, and Madison Meyer, several cousins aunts and uncles.

In Memoriam Arnold L. McLean Jr., 61 March 13, 1961 – May 10, 2022

In Memoriam

Arnold L. McLean Jr., 61

March 13, 1961 – May 10, 2022

Arnold L. McLean Jr.

COOPERSTOWN – Arnold “Arnie” L McLean Jr, 61, died unexpectedly, at his home Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

He was born March 13, 1961 in New Berlin, NY to Arnold “Cork” and Dorothy “Dot” McLean.

He was a friend to all and will be missed for his exceptional sense of humor, as well as his willingness to help anyone in need.  He lived life with a strong determination, overcoming many health obstacles to the amazement of his physicians.

A lifelong resident of Otsego County, he first worked with his Dad at Phillips Lumber Company in Hartwick, helped with the family logging business and worked with many area contractors before starting his own excavating business known as ARNIE’S MINI EXCAVATOR in 1999.

In Memoriam Joseph F. Santiago, Jr., 33 Sept. 8, 1988 – April 28, 2022

In Memoriam

Joseph F. Santiago, Jr., 33

Sept. 8, 1988 – April 28, 2022

BURLINGTON – Change is inevitable; it is a constant, a “sure thing”. We can try to ignore it, outrun it, or force its hand, but have no doubt: Change is but a moment away. We are given opportunities to steer its course, or if we wish, sit back and let chance decide the destination our lives will take. Such is the gift of Free Will. There is a caveat attached to this freedom, however, and it is one we must never forget or take lightly: We are given but One Life on this earth, and tomorrow is never promised. If there is only one message the short life of Joseph Santiago leaves in the minds of those lucky enough to have met him, it is this: You are loved. You are needed. You matter. Take the Wheel.

Joe is survived by his parents, Colleen (Mann) Bolton of Burlington, and Joseph (Christine) Santiago, Sr. of Norwich. No parent should ever have to suffer the heartbreak of losing a child. But sometimes even the strongest of shoulders aren’t enough to carry the weight of their children’s choices, even though loving arms were always flung open wide. Joseph leaves behind three beautiful children, Aalyiah, Layne and Liam Santiago, all of whom will always be reminded of the gift that was their father, who loved them so.

In Memoriam LaRae M. Maldonado, 39 Feb. 27, 1983 – March 5, 2022

In Memoriam

LaRae M. Maldonado, 39

Feb. 27, 1983 – March 5, 2022

LaRae M. Maldonado

LaRae Michelle (Field) Maldonado – 39 years old, born February 27, 1983, passed away peacefully at home, after her short battle with Breast Cancer on March 5, 2022, surrounded by family.

LaRae is survived by her parents Barb and Dan Field, sons Dakota Field and Emery Maldonado, her beloved K9, best friend Kuma, Parent Substitute Tricia Bohle and Family, special Friend Lori Peck, many, many siblings, as well as many other family members.

LaRae was very outgoing, had the best personality, full of life and energy. Her smile and bright spirit would light up any room. She met many people on her journey in life that were special to her, from co-workers, classmates, and random people on the street, everyone became her friend.

In Memoriam Joseph A. Bouck Sr., 80 March 27, 1941 – January 17, 2022

In Memoriam

Joseph A. Bouck Sr., 80

March 27, 1941 – January 17, 2022

Joseph A. Bouck

EDMESTON – Joseph A. Bouck Sr, 80, of Edmeston passed away on Monday January 17, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

Joe was born on March 27, 1941 in Albany, NY the son of the late Peter and Nellie Rivenburg Bouck. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step father Robert Porth, brothers James and Leonard Bouck and a sister Marion Yerdon.

Joe lived most of his adult life in Roseboom where he painted and raced stock cars for many years out of his garage. He was a jack of all trades, loved his Farmall’s, and watching stock car and horse racing. He loved being around his family and will be greatly missed.

In Memoriam Alan B. Sheldon, 78 October 14, 1943 – January 17, 2022

In Memoriam

Alan B. Sheldon, 78

October 14, 1943 – January 17, 2022

Alan B. Sheldon

EDMESTON – Alan B Sheldon, 78, of Edmeston, passed away Monday January 17, 2022 in New Berlin.

Alan was born on October 14, 1943 in Oneonta the son of the late Howard and Evelene Field Sheldon. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Kathleen in June 2021.

He is survived by his daughters Caprice (Paul) Eckert of Edmeston, Monica (Brandon) Clark of Edmeston, sisters Connie Gallagher of Johnson City TN, Rebecca Flannery of Harpursville, NY, grandchildren Mallory, Rachel, Tatum, Braymon, great grandchild Lacie-Ann, and many nieces and nephews.

In Memoriam Tyler Ray, 28 October 27, 1993 – January 6, 2022

In Memoriam

Tyler Ray, 28

Oct. 27, 1993 -Jan. 6, 2022

 

Tyler Ray

Tyler Ray, 28, of New Berlin, passed away on January 6, 2022 in Albany, NY.

Tyler was born on October 27, 1993 in Cooperstown, NY, and spent his entire life in the Edmeston area.

Tyler attended Pathfinder Village School and worked with Aqua Valley as a bottle labeler. He enjoyed being outdoors playing basketball, riding bikes, ATV’s, swimming in the pool, and playing golf.

He had a heart of gold, a pure genuine soul, and was set in his ways. His laugh was infectious, and his smile beaming. His loves included children, music, dancing, his animals, and all sports.

In Memoriam Patricia Lynn Miles, 66 Worked in home healthcare, collected pig figurines

In Memoriam

Patricia Lynn Miles, 66

Worked in home healthcare,
collected pig figurines

EDMESTON – Patricia Lynn “Penny” Miles, 66, of Edmeston, passed away unexpectedly on December 21, 2021 at home.

Penny was born in Ilion, NY the daughter of Harold James and Alice Lydia Wilkinson Vibbard. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Orville Willard Miles in 2009, a sister Eileen Alice Vibbard in 1988, and brother James Ellis Vibbard in 1981.

William “Bill” F. Laymon, 53 October 2, 1968 – December 11, 2021

In Memoriam

William “Bill” F. Laymon, 53

October 2, 1968 – December 11, 2021

William Frank “Bill” Laymon, 53 of South Edmeston passed away on Saturday December 11, 2021 in Albany.

 Bill was born on October 2, 1968 in Cooperstown the son of Stanley and Edna Laymon Sr.     Bill was a lifetime resident of the area living in South Edmeston. He was an honorable, selfless, hardworking, dedicated son, father, Papa, Poppy, and friend. He was the proud owner of Lacar Construction and Empire Spray Foam LLC.

Roger E. Tooke, 72 May 18, 1949 – December 11, 2021

In Memoriam

Roger E. Tooke, 72

May 18, 1949 – December 11, 2021

WEST WINFIELD – Roger Earl Tooke, 72 of West Winfield formerly Rome passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

He was born on May  18, 1949 in Canastota, NY.  He was the son of George E. & Marguerite (Raynore) Tooke. His parents died at a very early age and he was raised by his cousins Clifford & Ona Clark of Kirkland.   An integral part of his childhood was spent in Clinton with Betty & June Clark where he became a member of the former Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Clark Mills.  Roger started his career at Winn’s Furniture in 1969 and was a delivery driver for over 25 years.   He then started his own landscaping business, before marrying the love of his life, Kathleen M. Dillard- Tooke.  Shortly after in August of 95 he became a member of  the United Steelworkers Union and was a machine operator for 15 years before he retired in 2008.

Constance Marie Hoyt, 93 July 11, 1928 – July 31, 2021

In Memoriam

Constance Marie Hoyt, 93

July 11, 1928 – July 31, 2021

Constance M. Hoyt

Constance Marie Hoyt, 93 of New Berlin, passed away Saturday July 31, 2021 in Norwich, NY.

Marie was born on July 11, 1928 in Clayville, NY the daughter of the late Roy and Lois Kingsley Jones. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by eight siblings.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years Arleigh C. (A.C.) Hoyt of New Berlin, a son David (Carolyn) Hoyt of Burlington Flats, grandchildren Brianne  (Sean) Law, Jamison (Megan Vaccaro) Hoyt, and Katelyn Hoyt, great grandchild Everleigh Mae Hoyt. Also surviving are sisters Jeanette Gould, Victoria O’Brien, Joy Beeching, along with many nieces and nephews.

Connie Jean (Truex) Bennett Lifelong West Exeter resident, artist, Mets fan, grandmother.

In Memoriam

Connie Jean (Truex) Bennett

Lifelong West Exeter resident,
artist, Mets fan, grandmother.

Connie Jean (Truex) Bennett passed away peacefully on July 22 with her family by her side.

A lifelong resident of West Exeter NY, Connie was a loving mother and doting grandmother to seven beautiful grand daughters whom were the entire world to her.

She raised her family with her husband of 25 years, Rick Bennett at the family home that was the center of activity for family and friends through the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.

Curtis C. Ackerman Jr, 87 June 13, 1934 – July 23, 2021

In Memoriam

Curtis C. Ackerman Jr, 87

June 13, 1934 – July 23, 2021

Curtis C. Ackerman Jr, 87, of Burlington Flats, NY passed away Friday July 23, 2021 in Cooperstown, NY.

Curtis was born on June 13, 1934 in Cooperstown, NY the son of the late Curtis C. and Mable Parker Ackerman Sr.

Curtis is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Joan Snyder Ackerman of Burlington Flats, daughters Debra Ackerman of Burlington Flats, Lynn Ackerman of MA, and Susan E. Ackerman of New Hartford, a son Curtis C. Ackerman III of West Burlington and his wife Susan, grandchildren Max Horowitz, Julia Horowitz, Sara Schallert, Dan Schallert, Meagan (Matt) Blankenship, and Samuel (Emily) Curtis, a brother Fred Ackerman of FL, and a sister Elizabet (Herb) Miller of SC. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

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