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Arthur H. Kiser Sr., 100; Served In CCC, Marines
In Memoriam

Arthur H. Kiser Sr., 100;
Served In CCC, Marines

COOPERSTOWN – Arthur “Art” Henry Kiser Sr., 100 years and five days old, who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Marines during World War II, then spent a career with NYSEG, passed peacefully away Nov. 23, 2020, at home, in his own bed, just as he wished.

His loving daughter, Teresa, was by his side.

Art was born Henry Alvin Kiser Nov. 18, 1920, in Ohio, a third child of nine to Palmer “Parmie” Kiser Sr. and Anna Roonie (Crace) Kiser. As a young child Art lived in Ithaca, where much of his mother’s family lived. There he enjoyed the company of many cousins.

As a teenager Art joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. entered World War II, Art became one of “Edson’s Raiders” in the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, Company C, fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Theater. He was first on Tulagi then joined the other companies to fight on Guadalcanal and in the well-known Edson’s Ridge Battle, the battle to control the airfield.

Malaria took its toll on so many Marines and Art was no exception. After months of recovery back in The States, he returned to New York City where, at a party, he met the love of his life, Helen Platt, a Brooklyn girl. After two months of courtship they married on Dec. 31, 1944. Together they decided that city life was not where they wanted to raise a family. They moved to Cooperstown and bought the home they lived in for the rest of their lives and where they raised their six children.

Art took a job in Oneonta with NYSEG, starting as a ditch digger. Before he retired, some 36 years later, he was working in the electric department in Cooperstown.

Art’s hobbies and interests included self-taught TV repair, auto repair, carpentry, gardening, fishing and hunting, and was an avid reader.

Art is survived by his children, Arthur Kiser Jr. (Lori) of Cooperstown, Sue Georgia (Buddy) of Walla Walla, Wa, Teresa of Cooperstown, Richard (Lori) of Apalachin and Timothy (Tara) of Milford. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jamie Kiser (Teresa) of Whitesboro, Michael (Tiffany) of Cooperstown, Scott Joslin (Cathy) of Oneonta, Christine Joslin (Eli) of Marshall, N.C.m Nick Kiser (Stephanie) of Buffalo, Lexi Kiser (Dusty) of Copenhagen, Alex Lubbers (Lauren)of Spotsylvania, Va., Devon and Kaylee Kiser of Milford; as well as by his great-grandchildren, Dylan and Danielle Kiser, Jonathan Joslin, Kruz and Kamden Kiser, Coulter and Wyatt Lubbers. Art is survived by one brother, Paul Kiser of Milford; and many nieces and nephews.

Art was predeceased by Helen, his wife of 66 years; daughter, Nancy Lee Kiser (Feola); as well as four brothers and three sisters.

Graveside services are planned for the springtime.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Tillapaugh Funeral Service.

Arthur H. Kiser Sr., 100; Served In CCC, Marines, Raised 6 In Cooperstown

IN MEMORIAM

Arthur H. Kiser Sr., 100;

Served In CCC, Marines,

Raised 6 In Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – Arthur “Art” Henry Kiser Sr., 100 years and five days old, who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Marines during World War II, then spent a career with NYSEG, passed peacefully away Nov. 23, 2020, at home, in his own bed, just as he wished. His loving daughter, Teresa, was by his side.

Art was born Henry Alvin Kiser Nov. 18, 1920, in Ohio, a third child of nine to Palmer “Parmie” Kiser Sr. and Anna Roonie (Crace) Kiser. As a young child Art lived in Ithaca, where much of his mother’s family lived. There he enjoyed the company of many cousins.

Otsego Area Recruit Graduates From Parris Island This Week

Otsego Area Recruit Graduates

From Parris Island This Week

Marine Corps recruit Adrian Anderson, a June graduate of Sidney Central School, participates in exercises at the Marines’ Parris Island boot camp prior to his graduation this Wednesday, Nov. 25.  He’s the son of Charles and Jennifer Anderson.  “It’s what he’s always wanted,” said the father.  “He always wanted to serve his country.  He was obsessed with service.”  One example: When Sidney Central cancelled its class trip this year, it distributed funds raised, about $100 each, to the students.  Adrian and his girlfriend, Sycylle Kolic, now a student at Hartwick College, spent their share on buying dog and cat food, which they contributed to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary.  The Marine has an older brother, Dorian, and younger sister, Airiana.  Due to COVID, the family will be watching the graduation virtually. Adrian will be assigned to a CBRN unit, part of the Defense Department’s Chemical, Bioligical, Radiological, Nuclear Defense Operational Advisory Group.
Paul R. Robinson, 79, Oneonta; Marine, Teacher, City Alderman

IN MEMORIAM

Paul R. Robinson, 79, Oneonta;

Marine, Teacher, City Alderman

Paul Robinson and wife Martha were grand marshals of the 2016 Oneonta Fourth of July Parade, a memory he treasured. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)
Paul R. Robinson

ONEONTA – Paul Raymond Robinson, 79, a Marine, retired teacher and two-term Oneonta alderman, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2020, at Bassett Hospital, after years of struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

An engaged community leader, driven by a sense of fairness and a steadfast commitment to helping those in need, Paul was a lifelong Yankees fan, an adventurous pilot, a curious hobbyist and a collector of coins with a soft spot for dogs and children.

Many people will remember him walking his Boston terriers, Beacon and Sugar Bear, through downtown Oneonta.

Patricia A. Tasior, 71; Marine Served As Pittsfield Town Clerk

IN MEMORIAM: Patricia A. Tasior, 71;

Marine Served As Pittsfield Town Clerk

NEW BERLIN – Patricia A. Tasior, 71, of New Berlin, who served in the Marines and Air National Guard and, later, as Pittsfield town clerk, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at her home.

Pat was born on on Aug. 24, 1948 in Utica, the daughter of the late Joseph and Phyllis Kostyczak Tasior.  Pat grew up in Edmeston, where her family lived on the second floor of the Edmeston Hotel, which her father sold in 1987.  The site is now occupied by NBT Bank and the post office.

Erich M. Wilkens, 76; Decorated Marine Served In Vietnam War

IN MEMORIAM: Erich M. Wilkens, 76;

Decorated Marine Served In Vietnam War

Erich Wilkens

ONEONTA – Erich M. Wilkens, 76, of St. James Place, a Marine and decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Wednesday July 10, 2019, at his residence with his family at his side.  Survivors include a daughter in West Oneonta.

He was born Oct. 17, 1942 in Oceanside, Long Island, son of the late John and Ilse Sperling Wilkens.

Erich was a veteran of the Marine Corps, having been awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Marksman Badge. His service to his country continued with his membership with the Phoenicia American Legion Post #950.

Allen Wamsley, 73; Vietnam Veteran, Reinhardt Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Allen Wamsley, 73;

Vietnam Veteran, Reinhardt Retiree

Allen Walmsley

ONEONTA – Allen Wamsley, 73, a Vietnam veteran who retired from Reinhardt Home Heating, passed away on May 16, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, following an extended illness.

Allen was born in Kingston, on Jan. 19, 1946, to Ruth Effner and Andrew Wamsley. He was the youngest of his five siblings, Marie (Paul), Patricia, Butch, Steve (Shirley) and Chris (Russ).  He grew up in the Oneonta and the surrounding area, attending Oneonta High School.

Sally Van Horne Rezen, 95; Family Lived 200 Years In Fly Creek Valley

IN MEMORIAM:  Sally Van Horne Rezen, 95;

Family Lived 200 Years In Fly Creek Valley

Sally Rezen

FLY CREEK – Sarah (Sally) Van Horne Rezen, 95, a Marine, farmer with her husband Paul and antiques restorer whose family has lived in the Fly Creek Valley for 200 years, passed away on April 2, 2019, at Walden Place in Cortland.

Sally was born on Dec. 13, 1923, the daughter of Dorr and Emma Van Horne. She was the sixth of seven girls and grew up on the family farm in Fly Creek Valley.

Sally went to a one-room schoolhouse at the Sprague School through 8th grade. She attended Cooperstown High School, graduating in 1941. After graduation, and with WWII underway, Sally worked at several jobs throughout the region, including an airplane parts factory in Sidney.

Clinton J. Hall Sr., 87; Marine, Gilbertsville Central School Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Clinton J. Hall Sr., 87;

Marine, Gilbertsville Central School Retiree

Clinton J. Hall Sr.

GILBERTSVILLE – Clinton J. Hall Sr., 87, a Marine who retired from Gilbertsville Central School District as maintenance supervisor, passed away on March 15, 2019, at Chase Nursing Home.

Born in Westfield, N.J., he was the son of Catherine McGough and Clinton Hall.  He married Laura F. Winton on Aug. 22, 1953. They enjoyed 65 years of wedded bliss.

Leland C. Smith, 96; Marine Spent Career At Bassett Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Leland C. Smith, 96;

Marine Spent Career At Bassett Hospital

COOPERSTOWN – Leland C. Smith, 96, a World War II veteran who spent his career in Bassett Hospital’s business office, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Promenade Assisted Living in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County.

Leland was born on Feb. 5, 1922, in Cooperstown, to Ethel and Charles Smith.  He died less than a week before his 97th birthday.

Steve O’Sullivan, 76; Accomplished Marine, Mason, Hunter

IN MEMORIAM: Steve O’Sullivan, 76;

Accomplished Marine, Mason, Hunter

Steve O’Sullivan

ONEONTA – Robert Steven “Steve” O’Sullivan, 76, a Marine and mason, passed away Nov. 3, 2013, at Bassett Hospital, due to complications from a head injury after a fall; his family was by his side. He is no longer in pain and is at peace.

He was born Oct. 17, 1941 in The Bronx, the son of the late Virginia (Tansy) and Robert William O’Sullivan. Steve was raised by his grandparents in Windham after his mother lost her life when he was 2. As a teenager, he moved to Stamford, and lived with his Aunt Laura and Uncle Holger Eklund while his father continued to work for the New York Telephone Company in the city.

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