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.
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.