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Kathleen W. Sheldon, 75 April 24, 1946 – June 10, 2021

In Memoriam

Kathleen W. Sheldon, 75
April 24, 1946 – June 10, 2021

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.

Jean D. Holbert, 82; Survived by 10 Children
In Memoriam

Jean D. Holbert, 82;

Survived by 10 Children

Jean D. Holbert

EDMESTON – Jean D. Holbert, 82, a former farmer who worked at Pathfinder Village, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was born on Nov.1, 1938 in Olyphant, Pa., the daughter of Bertha & Frank Ceresko.

On Aug. 17, 1957 she married George E. Holbert in Heart Lake, PA.

Jean worked alongside of George on the family farm for many years until the farm was sold in 1991. She then went to work as a care provider at Pathfinder Village and Homer Folks in Oneonta.

Jean was an avid baker, cook and preserver. She loved cooking all the holiday meals, baking the apple and pumpkin pies and serving her pickles. She had a green thumb when it came to growing a garden. She enjoyed putting puzzles together, reading cook books, watching the Buffalo Bills or just sitting around visiting with a cup of coffee and some baked goods. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her 10 children; Edward Holbert, David (Sue) Holbert, Beverly Fagan, George (Deanna) Holbert, Joseph (Beverly) Holbert, Carol (Greg) Thomas, Nancy (Bryan) Johnson, Roger (Kristen) Holbert, Susan (Art) Holbert, Catherine (Wayne) Holbert, Cindy Holbert, 22 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, her sister, Ginger and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband George of 60 years, son-in-law Robert Fagan and daughter-in-law, Elsie Holbert, brothers; Lloyd & Andrew, sisters; Fran, Lottie & Eleanor.

Jean was one of the strongest, kindest persons you’d ever want to meet. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Calling hours were held on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Dakin Funeral Home, LP, New Berlin, NY. Proper social distancing practices were in place.

A private funeral service was held for the family with Father Kris Boretto officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Dakin Funeral Home.

Kennedy, Martin, Wooden Make State All-State Team

Kennedy, Martin, Wooden

Make State All-State Team

Cooperstown’s John Kennedy pulls down a rebound in a sectional game against Waterville. (Cheryl Clough/

COOPERSTOWN – CCS junior John Kennedy landed on the Class C 2nd team  NYSSWA all-state boys basketball team. Kennedy averaged 17.3 points a game and led the Hawkeyes to the Section 3 Class C championship game this season.

Edmeston’s Josh Martin was also a 2nd team selection for Class D. Martin, a junior. averaged 22 points a game and helped the Panthers win their second consecutive Tri-Valley League title this season.

Oneonta’s Graham Wooden was selected third team in Class B. Wooden, a senior, was the ‘Jackets team leader averaging 21.2 points a game. He will play basketball next season for D2 Mansfield University.

Schuyler Lake Woman Airlifted In Fatal Crash

Schuyler Lake Woman

Airlifted In Fatal Crash

Sherburne Man Dies In Head-On Collision

COLUMBUS – A 46-year-0ld Schuyler Lake woman was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, after a fatal crash shut down Chenango County Route 25 in the Town of Columbus for several hours Saturday morning, Troop C reports.

State Police at Norwich were dispatched to a head-on collision at 1:34 a.m., Saturday.

Cynthia M. Grant, 54; Loved Crocheting For Her Grandchildren

IN MEMORIAM: Cynthia M. Grant, 54;

Loved Crocheting For Her Grandchildren

Cindy Grant

NEW BERLIN – Cynthia “Cindy” M. Grant, 54, of New Berlin, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family at Albany Medical Center on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

Cindy was born on Dec. 30, 1963 in Oneonta, to Steve & Grace Simmons.

Cindy was a lifelong resident of the Edmeston and New Berlin areas, graduating from Edmeston Central School in 1983.  She later attended the Utica School of Commerce completing her paralegal studies.

Lauren D. Dye, 84, Farmer, Led Eastern Milk Producers

Lauren D. Dye, 84, Farmer,

Led Eastern Milk Producers

Lauren D. Dye

EDMESTON – Lauren D. Dye, 84, a retired farmer and past president of Eastern Milk Producers, passed away Thursday Nov. 7, 2018, in Cooperstown, with his loving family at his side.

Lauren was born on Oct. 17, 1934, in the Town of Brookfield, the son of the late Donald A. and Pauline Aikins Dye.

After graduating from Edmeston Central School, Lauren remained in the Edmeston area, operating his dairy farm until the late ’90s when he retired.

Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers

For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Village honorees and luncheon attendees include, front row, from left, Charleen Orendorff, Enrichment Services, (30); Cindy Holbert, Residential (30); Eva Pickens, Ancillary (35); Dan Osborn, Ancillary (35); second row, from left, Stephanie Beams RN, Nursing; Paula Schaeffer, Enrichment Services (20); Cody Ray, Adult Day Services (10); Destiny Curl, ADS (5); Michael Cornell, ADS; Nancy Olsen, Residential; Diana Cadwell, Residential; Cheryl Winton, Adult Day Services (5), CEO Paul C. Landers ; third row, from left, Taylor Brose, Residential Services; Barry Benjamin, Maintenance (15); Kris Tilbe, Maintenance.

EDMESTON – Pathfinder Village celebrated the longevity of 16 employees – 280 years combined – at a luncheon Tuesday at The Otesaga.

Honorees included Senior Director Dan Osborn and Eva Pickens of the Ancillary Department, who each have served 35 years. Those celebrating 30-year anniversaries included Pathfinder School Teacher Nancy Kelly, Direct Support Professional Cindy Holbert, and Assistant Director of Enrichment Services Charleen Orendorff.


Memorial Day

Regatta & Parades

14-19eventspageCANOE REGATTA – 6 a.m. Professional, recreational paddlers race 70 miles down the Susquehanna River. Launch at Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Finish at General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Call 607-386-1351 or visit

PARADE – 11 a.m. Cooperstown Vets Club remembers the fallen soldiers. Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8282.


Women In Local History


WOMEN’S HISTORY – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrate women in Edmeston’s history this Mother’s day. Edmeston Museum, 1 North St., Edmeston. Call 607-293-6635 or visit

MOTHERS DAY – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All Mothers get free admission to the Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory, 5802 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. Call 607-435-2238 or visit

Report Includes All Allegations, Some Unproved


Report Includes

All Allegations,

Some Unproved

Probes Exonerated Bishop, Priest

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Father Carl Stone
Father Louis Douglas

ALBANY – Of the two priests with Otsego County ties named in “Hidden Disgrace III,” one pleaded guilty to sodomy, but the second was investigated twice and exonerated.

The report, prepared by Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse and released today, appears to be a compilation of all allegations, whether or not they were proved.

For instance, retired Bishop Howard Hubbard is among the 42 priests listed.  In 2004, allegations surfaced that the bishop vehemently denied.  The diocese hired an outside law firm to investigate, and it found no “credible evidence” against him.

Garrattsville Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Garrattsville Man Killed

In Motorcycle Accident

EDMESTON – A Garrattsville man was killed Saturday afternoon when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck after the truck allegedly veered into his path. We can only hope that his famly have immeditaley sought the help of an injury legal firm similar to the one found on to gain compensation for the incident.

Sean C. Dill, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a pickup truck driven by Matthew Anderson, 25, Elmsford.

HOF Inductee Tim Raines Tours Pathfinder Village

HOF Inductee Tim Raines

Tours Pathfinder Village

Paul Landers, CEO of Pathfinder Village, gives a tour of the grounds and facilities to Hall of Fame Inductee Tim Raines, who was on site today as part of his participation in the 35th annual Otesaga Seniors Open Tournament on Wednesday. During the tour, Raines played kickball with 50 of the residents and even took time to sign some baseballs. “They knew all about me!” remarked a surprised Raines, “They really did their homework on me an my career.” While visits by Hall of Famers is not new, this marks the first year one has been a newly inducted star. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.Com)
Mary Ann Vunk, 71, of Edmeston; Dr. Streck’s Assistant For 30 Years

Mary Ann Vunk, 71, of Edmeston;

Dr. Streck’s Assistant For 30 Years

Mary Ann Vunk and Dr. Streck on her retirement. (Contributed photo)

EDMESTON – Mary Ann Vunk, 71, assistant to former Bassett Healthcare CEO/President Bill Streck for many years, passed away peacefully Thursday July 6, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

Mary Ann was born on Nov. 16, 1945 in Utica, the daughter of the late Donald F. and Kathryn Burns Vunk. In addition to her parents, Mary Ann was also pre-deceased by a brother Daniel Vunk in 1974, and a nephew Joseph Vunk in 2016.

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