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Dolores S. Coleman, 92  February 27, 1929 – November 13, 2021

In Memoriam

Dolores S. Coleman, 92

 February 27, 1929 – November 13, 2021

Dolores Coleman as pictured in November 24, 2011 article on her and her collection of antique telephones.

COOPERSTOWN – Dolores S. Coleman, founder of Coleman’s Answering Service that served the Cooperstown community and beyond for 50 years, died late Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2021, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.  A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, she was 92.

A native of Cooperstown, Dolores Maxine Snyder was born at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital on February 27, 1929, a daughter of Clifford LeRoy Snyder and Genevieve Veda née Knapp Snyder, and was raised on a farm in Middlefield.  In the summer of 1945, she went to work for “Ma Bell”, which is what New York Telephone Co. was referred to at the time.  One year later, she graduated from Cherry Valley High School with the Class of ’46, and attended (“at the insistence of my father!”) a business school in Utica.  That didn’t last long, and she returned to work as a switchboard operator at the Cooperstown exchange, then located at 52 Pioneer Street, just south of the Pratt Hotel.

It was during this time that she met Charles A. Coleman, and on December 3, 1948, they were married in a ceremony held in the Rectory at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Patrick Whelan officiating.  Dolores and Chuck first lived on Pioneer Street, and then settled into their home on Beaver Street and raised their three boys.

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Doc’ Knapp, 90; Oneonta Little League Benefactor

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Doc’ Knapp, 90;

Oneonta Little League Benefactor

Oren “Doc” Knapp

ONEONTA – Oren C. “Doc” Knapp, 90, a central player in the development of Oneonta’s Little League, passed away on May 10, 2017, at Fox Hospital after a brief illness.

Doc was born on Aug. 10, 1926, to Raymond and Millie Knapp and raised with his 10 brothers and sisters on the family farm on Ouleout Creek in North Franklin.

Doc lettered in baseball and basketball at the Franklin Literary Institute under the mentorship of coach and friend Wendell Cook. Like his three brothers, Doc served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He served aboard LST 699 as a cook.

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