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IN MEMORIAM: Janice McCredy Maine, 95; Owned McCredy’s Grocery


Janice McCredy Maine, 95;

Owned McCredy’s Grocery

Janice McCredy Maine

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Janice McCredy Maine, 95, who ran a family grocery store and a beauty shop, died Sunday, January 5, 2020, at White Manor in Shelby.

Born July 15, 1924, in Springfield Center, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Frances Ayers McCredy. She attended Malinello School of Beauty in Albany and later owned and operated McCredy Sisters Beauty Shop in Springfield Center, along with her sister Dorothy.

She also owned and operated McCredy’s Grocery, a family business, along with her husband Clyde. She gave piano lessons for over 40 years, and hosted many recitals in Springfield Center.

IN MEMORIAM: Lorana R. Wong, 89; LPN At Fox Hospital


Lorana R. Wong, 89;

LPN At Fox Hospital

Lorana Wong

ONEONTA – Lorana R. Wong, 89, a nurse at Fox Hospital for nearly two decades, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at Chestnut Park Rehab and Nursing in Oneonta.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1930 in Central Islip, Long Island, the daughter of Winthrop and Ruth (Fleming) Reid. She married Dr. Swee Chee Wong on Aug. 4, 1959, in Geneseo. He predeceased her on March 4, 2012.

Moving to Oneonta in 1971, Lorana was employed for 18 years as an LPN at Fox Hospital. She was very active in the Fox Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.



IN MEMORIAM: Fredrick L. Hall Sr., 86; Founded Roofing Company


Fredrick L. Hall Sr., 86;

Founded Roofing Company

ONEONTA – Fredrick L. Hall Sr., 86, who founded the  F L Hall and Son roofing business, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2020 at AO Fox Hospital in Oneonta, NY. He was surrounded by his family.

Fred was born July 1, 1933 in Westford, the oldest son of Oliver (Pete) Hall and Dorothy (Norton) Hall. He attended school in Norwich and Oneonta.

IN MEMORIAM: Deacon Thomas P. O’Connell, 84; Served St. Mary’s Locally


Deacon Thomas O’Connell, 84;

Served St. Mary’s Churches

In Oneonta, Cooperstown

Deacon Thomas P. O’Connell

ONEONTA – Deacon Thomas P. O’Connell, 84, who served at churches in Oneonta and Cooperstown, died Jan 4, 2020 at Bassett Hospital, in Cooperstown.

He was born on December 23, 1935 in Astoria, the son of Michael and Lillian (West) O’Connell.

After graduating from St. John’s University 1960, and Siena College (Masters) 1963, he taught at Christian Brothers Academy (1960-1963), Wappingers Central School (1963-1970), and SUNY Delhi (1970-1995). At Delhi he taught English and Philosophy and in 1977 received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1996-2000 he taught Theology and was the department chair at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. He also served on the Board of Education for the Delaware Academy Central School District.

IN MEMORIAM: Bertha I. Smith, 97; Opened Home to Children

IN MEMORIAM: Bertha I. Smith, 97;

Opened Home to Many Children

MORRIS – Bertha Irene Smith, 97, who opened a home daycare and served as a foster mother, passed away at her home in Morris on November 26, 2019. During her last days she had the comfort and support of her loving family at her side.

Bertha was the daughter of Herman and Genieve Comino, of Town of Maryland. She married Leroy Smith, also of Maryland, on March 29, 1942. Together they had eight children.

IN MEMORIAM: Linda L. Briggs, 62; Ran Home Daycare 30 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Linda L. Briggs, 62;

Ran Home Daycare For 30 Years

Linda Briggs

MARYLAND – Linda L. (Sutton) Briggs, 62, passed away on November 22, 2019 at Albany Veteran’s Medical Center.

She was born September 5, 1957 in Oneonta, the daughter of Robert and Carol (Munson) Sutton.

Linda graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus.  She served in the United States Army, where she met the father of her 3 children, Luis Lopez.

Linda dedicated her life in helping others.  She sacrificed much, always putting the needs of her children and others above her own.  She owned and operated a daycare in her home for 30 years, touching the lives of numerous children including her three adopted sons.

IN MEMORIAM: Jo Ann Deller, 75; Postal Clerk For 3 Decades

IN MEMORIAM: Jo Ann Deller, 75;

Worked As Postal Clerk For 30 Years

Jo Ann Deller

WEST WINFIELD – Jo Anne (nee Dauchy) Deller, 75, quietly entered Paradise on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 from her home.

Jo Anne was born in Sidney on June 23, 1944, the daughter of Walton T. and Evelyn M. (nee Mattison) Dauchy. She grew up in Burlington Flats, NY where she enjoyed exploring the woods and creek, riding horses at her grandparents, and playing with the neighborhood kids. Jo Anne loved traveling and camping around the country with her parents and brothers. After high school, and amongst other endeavors, Jo Anne lived in Oneonta and worked at the State University College as a secretary before transitioning into helping to start the Data Processing Department on main frame computers.

IN MEMORIAM: Lora Ellen Kanzler, 72; Worked For County For 37 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Lora E. Kanzler, 72;

Worked For County For 37 Years

COOPERSTOWN – Lora Ellen Kanzler, 72, an area native who worked for the county for nearly four decades, passed away on Nov. 10, 2019 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida following a brief illness.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1947 to Thomas William Pollette and Pearl Grace Roberts Pollette in Cooperstown, New York.

Lora graduated Cherry  Valley Central School and was employed by Otsego County for 37 years before her retirement.

IN MEMORIAM: Betty Jo Chase, 69; Nurse’s Aide At Bassett

IN MEMORIAM: Betty Jo Chase, 69;

Nurse’s Aide At Bassett Hospital

Betty Jo Chase

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Betty Jo Chase, 69, a native of Florida who served for many years as a nurse’s aide at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, passed away following a brief illness Saturday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

Born Jan. 29, 1950, in Milton, Fla., Betty was one of nine children of Clarence and Leona (Mack) Richardson. Raised in Santa Rosa County, Fla., she graduated from Milton High School and then attended nursing school in Pensacola.

Dale R. Clinton, 61; Contractor Helped Restore Hyde Hall

Dale R. Clinton, 61, Cooperstown;

Contractor Helped Restore Hyde Hall

Dale Clinton

COOPERSTOWN – Dale R. Clinton, 61, a native of Cooperstown who helped restore local historic sites including Hyde Hall, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Oct. 13, surrounded by, “his people.”

Dale was born April 9, 1958, at Bassett Hospital, the son of the late Douglas and Patricia Clinton. He was tough and overcame many health issues, living life to the fullest.

After attending Cooperstown Central School, Dale worked as a contractor with his father’s restoration firm and helped with efforts to restore and preserve many historic sites, including Hyde Hall. Through the years he also worked for the Village of Cooperstown and Leatherstocking Storage, and shared his talents on many projects for family and friends.

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene Lissandrello, 95; Artist Retired To Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene Lissandrello, 95;

World War II Vet, Artist Retired To Oneonta

Eugene Lissandrello

ONEONTA – Eugene Lissandrello, 95, an artist whose work was shown at CANO, peacefully died of old age on Sept. 30, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home.

Eugene was born to Italian immigrant parents, Giorgio and Marietta Lissandrello, of Ragusa, Sicily, in Brooklyn, in 1924.

Artist, teacher, and World War II veteran, Gene’s first opportunity to discover his love for art was through free classes offered by the WPA near his home in Bensonhurst. Though accepted at the Cooper Union School of Art, with free admission, he was drafted into the US Army at 19 years of age. His ordnance unit supported the Normandy invasion in 1944. Following the war, he graduated from the Pratt Institute of Art on the G.I. Bill in ’49. He met his true love, Mary Colleen Moore, of Villisca, Iowa, in their painting class while pursuing his MFA at Columbia University, in 1951. Their love would abide for 69 years to this day.

IN MEMORIAM: Val Frank Oliver, 67; Veteran, Devoted Family Man

IN MEMORIAM: Val Oliver, 67;

Vietnam Veteran, Family Man

Val Frank Oliver

WATERVILLE – Val Frank Oliver, 67, a Vietnam veteranpassed away peacefully after an extended illness on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 in Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown.   He had the support and comfort of his loving family at his side.

He was one of 22 children. Hwas born on Feb. 14, 1952 in Ilion, son of the late Frank E. and Ruth McCumber Oliver.  He was raised and educated in Brookfield.  He first worked on his family’s farm.

Walter W. Clapper, Jr., 48; Cooperstown Native


Walter W. Clapper, Jr., 48;

Cooperstown Native Fixed Cars

Walter W. Clapper Jr.

COOPERSTOWN – Walter W. Clapper, Jr., 48, an auto mechanic and car race enthusiast, passed away Aug. 28, 2019, at Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, after an extended illness.

He was born July 19, 1971, in Cooperstown, the son of Walter W. Clapper, Sr. and Thelma (Brannen) Clapper.

Walter was an auto mechanic, working at Value Auto in Oneonta.  He could fix just about anything.  He enjoyed car races, hunting and spending time with his children.

Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67; ICU Nurse At Bassett


Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67;

ICU Nurse At Bassett

Marilyn W. Gerowe

ONEONTA – Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67, a former ICU nurse at Bassett Hospital, passed away at home with her family and friends at her side on August 1, 2019.

She was born Jan. 1, 1952 in Oneonta, the daughter of John H. Wells Sr. and Adelaide Cora (Escher) Wells.

Marilyn graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1970 and also SUNY Morrisville, earning an Associate’s degree in Nursing.

Steven Doyle, 58, Oneonta; Hairdresser For Three Decades


Steven Doyle, 58, Oneonta;

Hairdresser For Three Decades

Steven Doyle

ONEONTA – Steven Doyle, 58, a locally-renown hairdresser, passed away suddenly on July 30, 2019.

He was born February 24, 1961 in Brooklyn, the son of Edward John Doyle and Annette A. (Sudano) Rao.

Steven grew up in Lindenhurst, moving to Oneonta when he was 15 years old and never left. He cut hair for over 35 years, most notably at Measure for Measure, which was originally his father, Ed Doyle’s business.  He then changed the salon to Hot Hair by Steven, which he owned and operated from his home.

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