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Words Like ‘Love, Courage, Loss’ Used To Recall Fallen Hero

Words Like ‘Love,

Courage, Loss’ Used

To Recall Fallen Hero

Family, Friends Reflect On John Heller,

As 350 Pack Funeral In Foothills Atrium

Erika and Michael Heller, right, hold close two of their four boys who John Heller – her brother-in-law; his brother – rescued from an arson last Saturday, losing his own life.  To their right is Amber Roe, John’s fiance. In the foreground, Heller’s pallbearers console each other after placing the casket in the hearse after today’s funeral in Foothills’ Atrium. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sister-in-law Erika Heller recalls John’s sacrifice under the watchful eye of Pastor Thistle.

ONEONTA – “You spent your last day on Earth saving others,” his sister-in-law, Erika Heller, declared this afternoon at John Heller’s funeral. “We are so proud.”

Erika, along with John’s fiance Amber Roe,  his Oneonta Job Corps colleague Kathleen Feeney, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and the Rev. Judith Thistle, pastor of Worcester’s Second Baptist Church, addressed 350 mourners – reflective, often tearful – this afternoon in Foothills’ Atrium.

At calling hours at Bookhout Funeral Home last evening, the line was up to 2 1/2 hours long.

Today’s speakers painted an affectionate picture of a young man who had grown into a brave, loving, dedicated adult, full of humanity and humor.

Artists New and Old On Display At Music And Art Fest

Artists New & Old 

At City Of Hills Fest

It was arts and crafts galore at the annual City Of The Hills Art and Music Festival on Main Street in Oneonta this afternoon as art lovers flocked to enjoy the creations of our area’s creatives. Here, Jozef Rifenbark, Charlotte Valley, Leila Pierro and sister Anika, West Oneonta, Qimane Williams, Oneonta, and Beth Akulin, Oneonta, all paint panes of glass at CANO’s “Paint What You See” tent. Live music, food, and vendors continue until 5pm today. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Charlotte Lunn Georgeson, 89; First Lady of Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Charlotte Georgeson;

Former 1st Lady Active In Civic Life 

Charlotte Lunn Georgeson
Charlotte Lunn Georgeson

ONEONTA –  Charlotte Lunn Georgeson, 89, named “Mrs. Oneonta” for her contributions to the community, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, at Focus Otsego in Cooperstown.

She was born July 13, 1927, the daughter of Dorothy Hanks and William H. Lunn, Sr.  A 1944 graduate of OHS, Charlotte attended Connecticut College for Women in New London, and in 1949 earned a bachelor’s from Cornell.  After a brief career in hotel management in Washington, D.C., she returned to Oneonta, where in 1951 she married James N. Georgeson, the future Oneonta mayor.

Throughout her life, Charlotte cherished the time she spent at her Goodyear Lake camp, the site of family gatherings since the 1920s. During their retirement years, Charlotte and James wintered in Green Valley, Ariz., where she swam, basked in the sunshine, and enjoyed the companionship of family and friends.

Mother’s Day 5K on the Runway Ends with Personal Victory

Mother’s Day 5K On Runway

Ends With Personal Victory

After an hour and twenty four minutes or determination, Matthew Levinson, a student at Oneonta Job Corps Academy, crossed the finish line of his first race, the Mother's Day 5K on the Runway, surrounded by fellow students and runners cheering him on for support. Runners who had already finished ran back out to walk with him and support him all the way to the end. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
After an hour and 24 minutes of determination, Matthew Levinson, a student at Oneonta Job Corps Academy, crossed the finish line of his first race, the Mother’s Day 5K on the runway at the Oneonta Municipal Airport.  Runners who had already finished ran back out to walk with him and support him all the way to the end.  In total, 227 people participated in the race on the tarmac, including U.S. Re. Chris Gibson, R-19, with opening remarks from Olympic runner Tony Staynings. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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