ONEONTA – A celebration of life for Geraldine M. Scheele of Oneonta will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Plains at Parish Homestead, 163 Heritage Circle. All are welcome. Mrs. Scheele, 86, passed away on Dec. 1, 2019.
A native Nebraskan, the Scheele family moved to Oneonta in 1964. where she was became fully engaged as an artist, educator and organizer. Gerri pursued her passion for painting, and later for ceramic sculpture, throughout her life.
State Police Captain Jeffrey A. Dorward, Troop C, memorializes Trooper Jill Mattice on the 10th anniversary of her death during a memorial service held today at the Troop C barracks. Mattice, then 31, was killed on State Route 23 in the Town of Morris, Otsego County on Jan. 20, 2010, as a result of a motor vehicle collision when her vehicle sideswiped an oncoming tractor trailer. A State Trooper since 2003, she was assigned at SP Oneonta as a School Resource Officer for the Unadilla Valley Central and Franklin School Districts. The memorial service, which included a wreath-laying ceremony, was attended by family members, Oneonta Police, Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies and members of Troop D who had served alongside Jill. (Photo courtesy of Trooper Aga Dembinska)
Above, Nearly 600 Students and staff of SUNY Oneonta gathered in the Hunt Union Ballroom this evening for a tearful Memorial Service for Daniel William Michaels, 18, who passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 3rd. At right, friends of Daniel find in each other as they look at his photo at the close of the evening. Pastor Peter Derway of Catholic Campus Ministries led the memorial that included readings from friends and fraternity brothers. “He will always be in each of us.” said Derway, “If you look around you can still see signs of him, and it’s okay to acknowledge he is still around.” Following the service, students wrote memories and condolences that were collected in a large cross to be given to the family at a later date. To date, more that $17,000 has been raised for a scholarship in his name. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is introduced to Broome County Sheriff David Harder, right, by DOT Regional Director Jack Williams before the start of yesterday’s State Police Troop “C” Memorial Day Service at troop headquarters in Sidney. In left photo, former Station Manager of Troop “C” Marc Barbara, now serving with Troop “D”, marches in formation during the ceremony. Those honored were Troopers Covel Pierce and Timothy Pratt, and Investigator Paul Stuewer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)