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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Richard B. Carman, 60 of Edmeston, passed away at his home on Wednesday June 23, 2021 surrounded by his family.
Richard was born on February 1, 1961 in Walton, NY. He was pre deceased by his step father Douglas Austin.
Richard is survived by his wife Carol Carman, daughter Aimee Carman, daughter in law Destiny, granddaughters Novaleigh Grace and Rikkilynn Rose Carman, sons Austin Carman, Nicholas Buell, Eli Madison, and Sam Madison, his mother Janice Chamberlain, brothers Ike (Janella Llewellyn) Carman, and Kurt (Ann) Carman, and sister Dolly (David Cornell) Carman. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Kathleen W. Sheldon, 75, of Edmeston passed away unexpectedly Thursday June 10, 2021 at her home.
Kathleen was born on April 24, 1946 in Cortland, NY. She was pre deceased by her parents Douglas J. and Catherine Nancy Aloi Card.
She is survived by her husband Alan B. Sheldon who she married July 22, 1967, daughters Caprice (Paul) Eckert of Edmeston, Monica (Brandon) Clark of Edmeston, sisters Angela Benson of Edmeston, Phyllis (Ladd) Lawrence of Upper Jay, NY, brother Roy “Jay” Whitaker of NH, grandchildren Mallory, Rachel, Tatum, Braymon, great grandchild Lacie-Ann, and many nieces and nephews.
EDMESTON – The family, David Delker said, was desperate.
“They were calling from Florida, but their mom was in The Bronx,” he said. “She wasn’t a COVID-19 death, but the funeral homes in the city had a month and half backlog, and they were just calling further and further upstate.
“They were panicking, they had seen the horror stories and were thinking the worst. But as soon as I started talking to them, you could hear that fear dissipating.”
Delker, owner of Delker & Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston, has begun serving families from New York City and downstate.
“I’m happy to drive four hours to get someone’s mom or their dad and bring them up here for a service,” he said. “Because that’s what I would want someone to do for my family.”
As the deaths from COVID-19 overwhelm funeral homes and the city’s five crematoriums, grieving families are often left frustrated as they try to schedule a service.
“I’ve gotten 25, maybe 30 calls from the city,” he said. “If I can, I’ll refer them to someone closer to them, or I reach out to my network and find out who has an open spot for cremation and I’ll handle the service.”
New York State prevents funeral homes from owning crematoriums or cemeteries, but Delker will make as many calls as he has to in order to find an opening in the schedule. “I have a whole network across the state, so I can make those calls and find out who has an opening,” he said.
That network is crucial, he aid, because of burial rights for different religions. “I’ve done a lot of Hindu services,” he said. “They want to say their prayers at the moment of cremation, so I text them from the crematorium when I know it’s begun.”
Once he has made arrangements with the family – often driving downstate to meet with them – he will locate the body and bring it back to Edmeston himself.
“I want to put the rumors to rest,” he said. “The bodies are not stacked on top of each other. Hospitals are trying to preserve the dignity. There are trailers, yes, and there are a lot of them, but they are organized. But sometimes, there are a lot of questions about where a loved one is.”
His network allows him to have a “three-to-four day” turn-around, and he can quickly mail the remains back to the families downstate. “I do what I can,” he said. “Just because there’s a pandemic on doesn’t mean I can’t be kind and considerate.”
And for those who do have services, new guidelines are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re only allowing 10 people at a time for viewings,” he said. “Everyone has to be wearing a mask, and the chairs are six feet apart. We deep clean between every service as well.”
Delker also allows families to livestream the service over password-protected streams, such as Zoom or Google Chat, to prevent crashers.