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Cheryl Woods Hollister, 72; Native Daughter, Recognized By Pentagon

IN MEMORIAM: Cheryl Woods Hollister, 72;

Native Daughter, Recognized By Pentagon

Cherie Hollister

COOPERSTOWN – Cheryl (Woods) Hollister, 72, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown who was recognized by the Pentagon for community service during her years as a military wife, passed away Oct. 12, 2020, in San Tan Valley, Ariz., where she retired to be closer to her daughters.

She was born on March 29, 1948, at Bassett Hospital.  Cherie married Jeffrey Hollister in November 1972.

Between 1979 and 1994, Cherie was extremely active in the military communities where the family was stationed, and was recognized numerous times by the Department of Defense for her community service.

Elizabeth B. O’Brien, 91; Native Daughter, Waitress At Popular Spots

IN MEMORIAM:  Elizabeth B. O’Brien, 91;

Native Daughter, Waitress At Popular Spots

Betty O’Brien

COOPERSTOWN – Elizabeth “Betty” O’Brien, a Native Daughter and waitress at many well-known restaurants, from The Red Sleigh to Hickory Grove, passed away surrounded by her family Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2018, at Bassett Hospital. She was 91.

Born Nov. 4, 1927, in Bowerstown, she was one of 13 children of Orlando and Nellie Mary (Page) Bridger. In her youth she attended schools in Middlefield and Cooperstown.

Jane Ann F. Casey, 92; Volunteer, DAR Member, Native Daughter

IN MEMORIAM: Jane Ann F. Casey, 92;

Volunteer, DAR Member, Native Daughter

Jane Ann Casey

COOPERSTOWN – Jane Ann Feeck Casey of Cooperstown, a Native Daughter and DAR member, died peacefully early in the morning of Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at her home of 58 years.

Born June 30, 1926, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, Jane Ann was the daughter of W. Douglas Feeck and Ida Elizabeth Cotton Feeck. She lived in Binghamton, graduating from Binghamton Central High School in 1946. In a time when few women sought higher education, she received the degree of Associates in Science from Endicott College in 1948.

Paulette Pugliese, 94, Cooperstown; 70-Year Seamstress, Native Daughter 
IN MEMORIAM

Paulette Pugliese, 94, Cooperstown;

70-Year Seamstress, Native Daughter 

Paula Pugliese

COOPERSTOWN – Paulette (Paula) Pugliese, 94, of Cooperstown, died Sunday morning, Jan. 28, 2018, at Woodside Hall, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Dec. 8, 1923, in Tréves, Germany, under the French Embassy, the daughter of Capt. Alphonse and Raphaëlle Bonnet.  She was the third of five children.

She married Angelo J. Pugliese on Jan. 19, 1946, at St. Augustine Church in Algiers, Algeria.

Catherine Christiansen; Native Daughter Lived At Woodside Hall

IN MEMORIAM: Catherine Christiansen;

Native Daughter Lived At Woodside Hall

COOPERSTOWN – Catherine Emily (Davidson) Christiansen, 98, daughter of George and Ruby Davidson, passed away on Wednesday Dec. 27, 2017.

She was born April 12, 1919 at the former Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown.  Catherine graduated from Cooperstown High School, Class of 1936, as well as Maryville College in Tennessee.

Emily W. Thorn, 96; Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

IN MEMORIAM: Emily W. Thorn, 96;

Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

Emily W. Thorn

HARTWICK – Emily Weir Thorn, 96, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown who worked at Cooperstown Central School and Bassett Hospital, passed away Wednesday night, Dec. 20, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Adams to Bower F. and Clara (Cleaver) Weir. When Emily was only 2-years-old her mom died of tuberculosis.

In 1925, the family moved to Fly Creek, where Emily attended a one-room country school. She later attended school in Cooperstown, and graduated with the Class of 1939.

Aline M. Heller, 95; Native Daughter Active In Christ Church

IN MEMORIAM: Aline M. Heller, 95;

Native Daughter Active In Christ Church

COOPERSTOWN – Aline M. Heller, a native of Cooperstown and long-time faithful member of Christ Church, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, May 10, 2017, at her home in Hyde Park with her family and the Rector, the Rev’d Dane E. Boston by her side. She was 95.

Born Dec. 1, 1921, in Cooperstown, Aline was a daughter of Harry Grant Campbell and Pearl née Vroman Campbell.

Pamela Grady Karwan, 68; Pursued Public Relations Career In Nashville
IN MEMORIAM

Pamela Grady Karwan, 68; Pursued

Public Relations Career In Nashville

Pamela Grady Karwan
Pamela Grady Karwan

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown native Pamela Grady Karwan, 68, who pursued a successful career in media and public relations locally and in Nashville, Tenn., died peacefully there on July 30.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1947, in Cooperstown, the daughter of William and Kathryn (Kraham) Grady.

Pam graduated from Cooperstown Central School, class of 1965.  As president of the CCS Drama Club, she was involved in a number of the school’s theatrical productions.  She also enjoyed acting as a member of the Pioneer Players and at the Duke’s Oak Playhouse during summers in the 1960s. She took great pride in being a “Native Daughter.”

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