ONEONTA – Barbara Means, 87, a world traveler who excelled in the arts, passed away on Jan. 13, 2019, in her home surrounded by loved ones.
Born on July 23, 1931, in Gettysburg, Pa., where she grew up playing on the battlefields, Barbara loved to read and swim.
She received her first degree at Cedar Crest College and went on to earn two master’s degrees in Special Education and Library Science. Barbara was always in pursuit of learning and embodied the true spirit of a lifelong student.
NORWICH – William “Bill” Van Wieren, 88, a former truck driver who farmed in West Winfield for a time, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.
Bill was born in Kommerzijl, the Netherlands on March 27, 1930, to the late John and Anna (Snip) Van Wieren. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1947 at the age of 17 after the end of WWII. He married Alice DeVries in 1952 and together had 12 children.
ONEONTA – Miriam J. Llewellyn, 94, who worked as a nurse at Fox Hospital, passed away Nov. 16, 2018.
She was born July 9, 1924, the daughter of Earl and Florence (Riette) Clifford. She graduated from Chadwicks High School in 1941, then obtained her R.N. in 1945 from New England Deaconess School of Nursing in Boston.
WORCESTER – Dennis J. Enright, 63, who joined the staff of the Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta in his retirement, died at home Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.
Born in Amsterdam, Dennis was the son of the late Basil and Mercedes Atala Enright.
He graduated from Schalmont High School in 1973 and later attended Herkimer County Community College and SUNY Geneseo, where received his Bachelor’s degree in communications and also served as the news editor of The Lamron, the school paper at Geneseo. Dennis was employed as a sales agent with Terry Morris Ford in Burnt Hills for many years and also at Krystal Chrysler and Jeep in Warrensburg.
COOPERSTOWN – Phyllis Basile, 90, mother of the longtime former Hartwick Fire Company #2 fire chief and a Queens native who relocated to Hartwick, passed away at Midnight on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
Born Aug. 4, 1928, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Queens, she was one of seven children of Mauro and Marie (Croce) Maiorino.
MILFORD – Mary Arlene Hansen, 89, who owned the Milford Beauty Shop for nearly six decades, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018, at the Oneida Skilled Nursing Facility, Oneida.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1929, in Cooperstown, daughter of the late Harold and Gladys Tubbs Balcom. Mary was raised in Toddsville and was a graduate of Cooperstown High School. She went on to the Albany School of Beauty where she became a licensed beautician.
For 59 years she owned and operated the Milford Beauty Shop in Milford.
MILFORD – Richard Perry O’Brien, Jr., 69, a lifelong area resident and father of Hartwick Town Supervisor Robert O’Brien, passed away unexpectedly Sunday night, Sept. 23, 2018.
He was born July 28, 1949, in Cooperstown, a son of the late Richard P. (“Dixie”) O’Brien, Sr. and Helen Gorney. He was raised on the family farm on Panther Mountain in Fly Creek Valley by an aunt and uncle, Joseph and Ruth Peplinski, whom he considered parents. He attended Cooperstown schools and graduated with the Class of 1967.
On Oct. 3, 1968, Richard enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country at the Alameda Naval Air Station in California. Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1969, Richard returned home and helped run the family farm.
ONEONTA – The Rev. Kenneth R. Baldwin, 95, retired United Methodist Church pastor, World War II veteran and Fox Hospital chaplain during his retirement in Oneonta, passed away on Aug. 27, 2018.
Ken was the son of the late Bert and Mae (Clifford) Baldwin of Fayetteville, and was born in Syracuse on June 26, 1923. In 1940, he met the love of his life, Nancy Hall, at a youth camp in Charlotte, Vt. World War II lengthened their courtship, but Ken and Nancy were married in 1948 and shared 70 years of happy marriage. They enjoyed dancing well into Ken’s nineties, often to the applause of onlookers.