Nursing major Mataiah Waters, Milford, above, walks with 214 fellow graduates during the recessional at Hartwick College,’s 88th annual Commencement on Oyaran Hill in Oneonta earlier this afternoon. At right, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich, rear, joins the crowd in recognizing Eric Cooper, associate professor of biology, who was the recipient of this year’s esteemed Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
MILFORD – Joseph R. Konchar, 91, a retired farmer who owned the Elm Inn in its heyday, died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.
Born March 19, 1928, Joe was the youngest and last surviving of the 13 children of August and Antoinette (Ocaker) Konchar.
At an early age, his family moved from the family’s Christian Hill farm in the Town of Otsego where he was born, to Milford where his parents had purchased another farm where they would continue the family tradition of dairy farming.
Joe attended Milford Central School.
MILFORD – Ralph G. Bennett, Jr., 79, a volunteer fireman and EMT in Milford and Middlefield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 10, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.
Born Sept. 17, 1939, in Brooklyn, Ralph was the son of Grace E. Broughton and Ralph G. Bennett, Sr.
Maureen Murray, Cooperstown, and Barbara Deemer, Oneonta help separate Styrofoam and plastics for Eva Davey, Westford, to put on the truck for recycling during the annual Earth Fest event at Milford Central School this afternoon. At right, Bill Hardy, Oneonta, of the ARC’s Oneonta ReUse Center, holds before photos of their re-purpose contest winner; an industrial fan that was made into an unique coffee table by Joanne Mkytyn of Oneonta. Guests could browse the clothing swap, shred old papers, enjoy dog herding demonstrations, taste local food and enjoys a wide selection of informational tables from local organizations.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
MILFORD – Howard “Howdy” I. Cornish, 92, a World War II veteran and last of the original Milford Macs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
Born Nov. 2, 1926, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, Howard was the son of Horace P. and Leta (Persons) Cornish.
He graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1945. Immediately after graduation, Howard enlisted in the Army and, following basic training, was assigned to the 778th Tank Battalion. Howard was dedicated to his country and proud of his service and that of his fellow comrades in arms.
MILFORD – David T. Evans, 76, of Milford, who retired from Springbrook (Upstate Home for Children) after 25 years, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at his home.
He was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Oneonta, the son of the late Glenn H. and Ruth (Martindale) Evans.
David worked at Gladding Del-Rey, the travel trailer maker in Oneonta, and then as a carpenter and roofer, and finally at Upstate Homes for Children (Springbrook) for 25 years until his retirement.
MILFORD – Gertrude “Trudy” Lord, 77, an accomplished ceramist who operated studios here and in Oneonta, passed away peacefully at The Centers Nursing Home on Sunday March 3, 2019, after a four-year courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Trudy was born on Sept. 20, 1942, in Patterson, N.J., the daughter of the late Samuel L. and Gertrude Margroff Mott. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Geraldine, and brothers Gary and Ronald.
MILFORD – David P. Eckberg of Milford, 78, a Navy veteran with a life-long love the ocean, passed away Saturday Feb. 23, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.
David was born in San Diego, Calif., to Marjorie and Joseph Melvin Eckberg.
David’s father was a Naval officer, and he spent his childhood on many travels, living in Hawaii, Panama, California and finishing high school in Grants Pass, Ore.
MILFORD – Doris L. Beers, 89, of Hinman Hollow, passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.
The daughter of Warren H. and Janette (Augur) Lyon, Doris was born June 4, 1929, in Oneonta. She attended the Oneonta schools until 1946 when her family moved to the family farm in Hinman Hollow. She would graduate from Milford Central School in 1947.
MARYLAND – Elinor “Jane” Montgomery, 84, who played organ at Milford Center Community Bible Church for many years, passed away Jan. 5, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.
She was born May 15, 1934, in Treadwell, the daughter of Vernon and Gladys (Diihr) Townsend.
Elinor was married to Millard D. “Zip” Montgomery for 40 years, prior to his passing on July 6, 2008.
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
MILFORD – Conservation officers have charged three Otsego County hunters with 146 charges in the with killing of eight deer Nov. 22 in fields along Route 35 in the Town of Milford.
Wayne Shutters, 20, Town of Maryland, Joziah M. Underwood, 19, Schenevus, and a 16-year-old youth, also of Maryland, were charged with multiple counts of Environmental Conservation Law violations, including taking deer with the aid of an artificial light – known as “deer-jacking” – discharging a firearm from a public highway, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, hunting big game during closed hours, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.