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Janice Whipple, 89; Engineer, Buddhist, World Traveler

IN MEMORIAM: Janice Whipple, 89;

Engineer, Buddhist, World Traveler

Janice Whipple

COOPERSTOWN – Janice Whipple of Utica, an engineer and world traveler who was raised in Cooperstown, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. No matter how you knew Janice in this life, you knew her life was extraordinary.

Born on the first day of May in 1930, she and her sister, Elsie, lived happily in the Cooperstown area. When her mother, Madilyn, died, their beloved Aunt Martha took the girls in and raised them. Both girls learned quickly so it was no surprise when in 1947 Janice was named valedictorian of Cooperstown Central School.

Richard J. Kroll, 78; Engineer On Apollo Moon Landing

IN MEMORIAM: Richard J. Kroll, 78;

Engineer On Apollo Moon Landing

Richard J. Kroll

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Funeral services are planned this weekend for Richard J. Kroll, 78, an aeronautics engineer who worked on the first moon landing, who passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at his home on Route 28.

Calling hours will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Hom.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Joseph the Worker in West Winfield, with Father Silvastar Sarihaddula officiating.

Thomas Williams, 90; Engineer Went Into Logging Business

IN MEMORIAM:  Thomas Williams, 90;

Engineer Went Into Logging Business

Thomas Williams

MARYLAND – Thomas H. Williams, 90, of Maryland, an engineer who went into logging, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019, peacefully at Fox Hospital following a brief illness.

After serving in the Army, Tom married his wife, Carolyn, in 1949. She predeceased him on Feb. 11, 2019.

He was also predeceased by two brothers, Bud and Benjamin Williams; and a sister, June Ritton.

Thomas R. Brown, 66; CCS Grad, Power-Generation Engineer

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas R. Brown, 66;

CCS Grad, Power-Generation Engineer

Tom Brown

COOPERSTOWN – Thomas Raymond Brown, 66, of Ithaca, who grew up in Cooperstown and went on to an engineering career in power generation, passed away at home on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, with his loving wife and daughters by his side, following his courageous battle with brain cancer.

Tom was born in Stamford on April 13, 1951, to Raymond S. Brown and Frida Norberg Brown. Following his childhood in South Kortright, the Brown family moved to Cooperstown in 1964. There Tom attended Cooperstown Central School, graduating in the Class of 1969.

He then attended SUNY Potsdam and graduated with a bachelor’s with honors in economics.

Jack Donaldson, 80; Survivors Include Daughter In Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Jack Donaldson, 80;

Survivors Include Daughter In Otego

Jack Donaldson

ONEONTA – Jackey Jo “Jack” Donaldson, 80, of Lake Placid, Fla., passed away suddenly on Wednesday afternoon Sept. 13, 2017, at Tampa General Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia, in Otego, choir director at First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta.

Jack was born on June 11, 1937, in Confidence, Iowa, to Edith (Brown) and Jack Donaldson. He attended Corydon High School and graduated with the Class of 1955.

David A. Stewart Sr. Engineer Also Interested In History

IN MEMORIAM: David A. Stewart Sr.

Engineer Also Interested In History

David A. Stewart Sr.

ONEONTA – Oneonta native David Arnold Stewart Sr., 86, whose love of history was expressed in the restoration of his Pennsylvania home and participation in historical societies, passed away peacefully May 3, 2017, under the care of Hospice in Jackson, Mich.

Dave was the son of James and Helen (Morris) Stewart, born May 24, 1930, in Oneonta.  A 1948 graduate of Oneonta High School, Dave graduated from Tri-State College (now Trine University) in Angola, Ind., with a degree in civil engineering in 1957. Earning his professional engineering license in the early 1960s, he enjoyed his professional career working for McFarland Johnson, in Binghamton and Woodbury, N.J., Kuljian Corp., Philadelphia, and Day & Zimmermann, Philadelphia.

Bernard John ‘B.J.’ O’Neill, 95; Business Executive, Engineer
IN MEMORIAM

Bernard John ‘B.J.’ O’Neill, 95;

Business Executive, Engineer

FLY CREEK – A memorial service is upcoming Feb. 18, for Bernard John O’Neill (“B.J.”), 95, an engineer, business executive and former Town of Otsego Planning Board chair who died on Jan. 18, 2017, at his home in Fly Creek, while tended to by his daughter Maureen.

B.J. was born on May 25, 1921, in Saratoga Springs, the son of Jeremiah O’Neill and the former Lucille Sterk.  He graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1938 and Union College in 1942, with a degree in electrical engineering.

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