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IN MEMORIAM: Maureen S. Greeley, 89; Key Bank Teller Loved To Cook

IN MEMORIAM: Maureen S. Greeley, 89;

Helped Run Family Electrical Business

Maureen S. Greeley

ONEONTA – Maureen S. Greeley, 89, who helped run her family’s Holbrook & Howey Electric Co., passed peacefully Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at home with much of her family present.

She was born June 29, 1930 in Oneonta to Morris E. and Eva K. (Burrell) Howey. After attending grade school in Sidney and Oneonta, she graduated from Oneonta High School in the Class of 1947. Maureen married James E. Greeley on Aug. 7, 1949 in Oneonta, a union that lasted more than 70 years.

Maureen was employed in the Holbrook & Howey offices for more than 25 years. She also worked at Key Bank in Oneonta for more than 15 years as a teller and teller trainer.

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara J. Rankin, 74, Worked for Icelandair For 27 years

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara J. Rankin, 74;

She, Husband Retired To Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara J. Rankin, 74, who worked for Icelandair for 27 years, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, October 12, 2019, at their home on Brooklyn Avenue in Cooperstown.

Born July 1, 1945, in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., Barbara was the only child of the Rev. Robert J. and Margaret (née Marohn) Koch. Her father and maternal and paternal grandfathers were Lutheran ministers, so it was only natural that Barbara was raised in the Lutheran faith and traditions.

IN MEMORIAM: Jacquelyn Collins, 80; Lived in 17th Century Stone Cottage

IN MEMORIAM: Jacquelyn Collins, 80;

Teacher, Librarian Retired To England

Jacquelyn Collins

ONEONTA – Jacquelyn Collins, 80, of West Oneonta, a teacher, librarian and wife of an engineer who raised her family in Orange County and retired to Cornwall, England, died on Aug. 26, 2019.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1939, in The Bronx, the first child of John Taylor and Norma Baasch.  Her father, known as Jack, rose to lieutenant in the state police, and later was the Town of New Paltz’s first police chief and an Oneonta town justice.

Long Island where the Baasch family had a summer home in Bayport, which, at that time, was a rural village with fields, unpaved roads and quiet beaches.

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97; Organist For Milford Church


Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97;

67-Year Organist At Milford 

Dorothy Weir

MILFORD – Dorothy Marie Smith Weir, 97, the organist for 67 years at the Milford United Methodist Church, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Monday, Feb. 12, surrounded by her loving family after a short illness.

Dorothy was born in Bethany, Pa., the daughter of Methodist Reverend Joseph H. Smith and Marie E. Albertson.  She attended various schools prior to moving to Oneonta. Dorothy graduated from Oneonta High School in the Class of 1939. After graduation, she attended Syracuse University, majoring in Music and Fine Arts with a minor in organ.

IN MEMORIAM: Carole S. Burnsworth, 77; Hosted Fresh Air Fund Kids

IN MEMORIAM: Carole S. Burnsworth, 77;

Started Fresh Air Program for City Youth

Carole Burnsworth
Carole Burnsworth

ONEONTA –  Carole S. Burnsworth, 77, who helped bring city children to local farms for the summer. passed away on July 2, 2016 after a brief illness. All three of her children and her husband were at her side as was her sister, Sally.

She was born in Albany on Aug. 31, 1938, the daughter of Sam and Viola Scranton.

A graduate of Schoharie Central School, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oneonta.

Carole married Dr. Charles Burnsworth on Dec. 27, 1959 and together they had fifty-six years of wonderful marriage.

IN MEMORIAM: Ruth Anne Pushkar, 84; Worked For Oneonta School District

IN MEMORIAM: Ruth Anne Pushkar, 84;

Worked For Oneonta School District

Ruth Pushkar

ONEONTA – Ruth Anne Pushkar, 84, who, along with her husband, was active with the Oneonta School District, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at AO Fox Hospital Nursing Home in Oneonta.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1931 in Larksville, Pa. the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Borkowski) Gieda. She married Edward S. Pushkar on August 29, 1953 in Plymouth, Pa. He predeceased her on March 3, 1987.

Growing up in Plymouth, PA, Ruth graduated in 1949 from Larksville High School. She worked at Gieda’s Café, a restaurant owned by her family, as well as Isaac Long’s Department store in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Several years after high school, Ruth met and later married her husband. They eventually moved to Mohawk, NY where Edward was offered a teaching position. In 1956 they moved to Oneonta where Edward worked as a History teacher and coached the OHS Varsity Football Team. Ruth was employed for over 40 years as a Payroll Officer for the Oneonta City School District. Retiring in 1987, she returned to work for a short time after her husband’s death.

IN MEMORIAM: Kim Millisor, 82, Modeled High Fashion At The Otesaga

IN MEMORIAM: Kim Millisor, 82;

Modeled High Fashion At The Otesaga

COOPERSTOWN – Kim Millisor, 82,  who modeled poolside at the Otesaga in the 1960s,  died peacefully in her sleep on May 11, 2016.

Born in Albany on March 11, 1934, Kim moved to Columbus, Ohio and attended Ohio State University where she met her future husband, Jim Millisor. During their 62 years of marriage, they moved 27 times, ending up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they raised their family.

Ray Winchester, 82; Avid Hunter, Fisherman Loved Nature

IN MEMORIAM: Ray Winchester, 82;

Avid Hunter, Fisherman Loved Nature

Ray Winchester fishing at his camp near Wells Bridge.
Ray Winchester fishing at his camp near Wells Bridge.

ONEONTA – Raymond L. Winchester, 82, an Air Force veteran who enjoyed his “little slice of heaven,” his camp near Wells Bridge, passed away on Thursday Feb. 11, 2016 at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany.

Ray was born on Jan. 31, 1934 in Farmington, Pa., a son of the late Lereau and Bernice (Darling) Winchester.   He grew up in the Wells Bridge area and is a Unadilla High School graduate.

Ray enlisted in the Air Force in 1954.  He was stationed in post war Germany for most of his military career until his honorable discharge in 1957.

Joan Lenore Kingsley, 81, Tennis Player Was Head Of SUNY Women’s Athletics

IN MEMORIAM: Joan Lenore Kingsley,

81, Head of SUNY Women’s Athletics

Jean Lenore Kingsley
Jean Lenore Kingsley

ONEONTA – Joan Lenore Kingsley, a nationally ranked tennis player and the former chair of SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Health and Physical Education, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, where she resided.

Joan was born on Jan. 31, 1934, in New York.  She was raised in Bronxville, and attended Bronxville High School. She obtained a B.S. degree in physical education and health, along with a M.S. and Ph.D. in physical education from New York University.

She later obtained another M.S. degree in counseling from SUNY Oneonta.

Joan started her career as a physical education teacher at Walton Central School in Walton, teaching girl’s physical education and coaching interscholastic sports. In 1963 she became a faculty member at SUNY Oneonta. She taught numerous health courses and coached the university varsity teams such as, field hockey, basketball, softball and fencing.

IN MEMORIAM: Fannie A. Navarra, 100; Ran Cooperstown Beauty Shop

IN MEMORIAM: Fannie A. Navarra, 100;

Operated Beauty Shop In Cooperstown

Fannie A. Navarra

COOPERSTOWN – Fannie A. Navarra, 100, who ran a Main Street beauty parlor and barbershop with her husband, died peacefully Friday Oct. 30, 2015.

Born Aug. 14, 1915 in Brooklyn, Fannie was the fourth of four children of Salvatore and Ninfa (Dippa) Stallone, who had immigrated to America in 1905. She grew up in Brooklyn where her father was a barber and enjoyed summers at the family cottage near Rockaway Beach.

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