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Verna Harkenreader, 82;Seamstress Also Worked For Astrocom

IN MEMORIAM: Verna Harkenreader, 82;

Seamstress Also Worked For Astrocom

Verna Harkenreader

COOPERSTOWN – Oneonta native Verna Harkenreader, 82, of Cooperstown, a seamstress who also worked for Astrocom, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.

She was born July 31, 1936, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Vernon and Edith D. (Stillwell) Hewitt.

Verna enjoyed living in Florida and North Carolina, but always considered the Oneonta area her home.

Betty Thompson, 86; Librarian Began Career At Huntington

IN MEMORIAM: Betty Thompson, 86;

Librarian Began Career At Huntington

Betty Thompson

ONEONTA – Elizabeth “Betty” (Miller) Thompson, 86, whose year on the staff of the Huntington Memorial Library launched her life’s work, passed away surrounded by family, on Aug. 31, 2018, in Cortland.

Formerly of Newark Valley, she was originally from Oneonta.

Betty was born on Feb. 17, 1932, attended Bugbee Elementary School and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1949. She studied history and Spanish at Hartwick College, graduating in 1953, then completed a year of graduate study in library science at Oswego State.

Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85; Raised 6 Children, Worked For Bell Telephone

IN MEMORIAM:  Donna J. (Reed) Leven, 85;

Raised 6 Children, Bell Telephone Operator

Donna Joyce Leven

MARYLAND – Donna Joyce (Reed) Leven, 85, who raised six children, and worked as a telephone operator and in local retail, passed away at her Town of Maryland home on Dec. 2, 2017, following a long illness.

Born on Sept. 2, 1932. in Oneonta, Donna was the daughter of the late Clifford and Phyrn Reed.
A homemaker, she raised six children, was also employed by Bell Telephone and was a member of the Pioneer Club of retired telephone operators, and was display manager for local stores.

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth J. Priore, 91; Oneonta Native Was Nurse In Michigan

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth J. Priore, 91;

Oneonta Native Was Nurse In Michigan

Elizabeth Jean Priore

ONEONTA – Elizabeth Jean Priore, 91, an Oneonta native and registered nurse, died Sept. 30, 2017, in Rochester Hills, Mich., where she lived.

She attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Oneonta, and graduated from Oneonta High School. She received her nursing degree from Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, then worked as a registered nurse in several hospitals in New York and Michigan.

Daniel P. Reed, 27, Stamford; ATV Crash Kills Young Father
IN MEMORIAM

Daniel P. Reed, 27, Stamford;

ATV Crash Kills Young Father

Daniel P. Reed

STAMFORD – Oneonta native Daniel Patrick Reed, 27, of Stamford, passed away on Sept. 25, 2017, from injuries sustained during an ATV accident.

Born on Sept. 14, 1990, in Oneonta, he was the son of John D. Reed and Cheryl L. Burke.

Daniel worked for the last few years in the Parts Department at Eklund Farm Machinery in Stamford, where he considered customers his top priority and his employers family.

Stephanie K. Shultis, 48; Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

IN MEMORIAM: Stephanie K. Shultis, 48;

Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

Stephanie Shultis

SCHENEVUS – Stephanie K. Shultis Hurlburt, 48, a manager at her family’s Polar Bear restaurants, passed away September 7, 2017, after a courageous 10-year battle with thyroid cancer.

She was born May 9, 1969, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edmund G. and Beth A. (Wells) Shultis.

Stephanie grew up in Schenevus, graduating from Andrew S. Draper Central School, Class of 1987.

Janet B. Raymond, 84; Worked At Bresee’s, Then Fox Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Janet B. Raymond, 84;

Worked At Bresee’s, Then Fox Hospital

Janet B. Raymond

OTEGO – Janet B. Raymond, 84, a nurse who retired from Fox Hospital, passed away June 16, 2017 at her home.

Janet was born April 29, 1933 in the family home on Hudson Street in Oneonta, the daughter of Jay and Catherine (Smith) Woolheater. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950 and began raising a family of seven children and many four-legged friends. She married James Raymond in November 1969.

David A. Stewart Sr. Engineer Also Interested In History

IN MEMORIAM: David A. Stewart Sr.

Engineer Also Interested In History

David A. Stewart Sr.

ONEONTA – Oneonta native David Arnold Stewart Sr., 86, whose love of history was expressed in the restoration of his Pennsylvania home and participation in historical societies, passed away peacefully May 3, 2017, under the care of Hospice in Jackson, Mich.

Dave was the son of James and Helen (Morris) Stewart, born May 24, 1930, in Oneonta.  A 1948 graduate of Oneonta High School, Dave graduated from Tri-State College (now Trine University) in Angola, Ind., with a degree in civil engineering in 1957. Earning his professional engineering license in the early 1960s, he enjoyed his professional career working for McFarland Johnson, in Binghamton and Woodbury, N.J., Kuljian Corp., Philadelphia, and Day & Zimmermann, Philadelphia.

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