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IN MEMORIAM: Joseph Marsh, 92, Worcester WWII Air Force Veteran, School Bus Mechanic

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph Marsh, 92, Worcester;

WWII Air Force Veteran, School Bus Mechanic

Joseph Marsh

WORCESTER – Joseph Marsh, 92, a World War II Air Force veteran and bus mechanic for Worcester Central School, died Jan. 15, 2019.   Born in Paterson, N.J., he was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany.

He and his devoted wife, Dorothy (Duritzo) Marsh were married for 62 years until her death in April 2018; they moved to Worcester in 1957.

At first, he worked for Phillips Buick in Oneonta as an auto mechanic, then at Worcester Central School as the bus-garage mechanic and a bus driver for 23 years.

Planning Board Sets Public Hearing On T-Mobile Key Bank Installation

Planning Board Sets Public Hearing

On T-Mobile Key Bank Installation

Cooperstown Planning Board member Joe Membrino, foreground, grills T-Mobile attorney Matthew Kerwin about a transmission installation proposed for the top of the Key Bank building.  Others, clockwise from lower right, are board members Richard Blabey, Membrino, David Perlman, chairman Gene Berman and Mikal Sky-Shroesbury, and Zoning Enforcement Officer Jane Gentile.  (Patrick Wager/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The village Planning Board this afternoon set a public hearing for 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Village Hall on the proposed placement of a T-Mobile installation on the roof of the Main Street Key Bank building.

At today’s meeting, discussion covered the same issues reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals last.

Ella Jean Baumgardner, 96; First Husband Killed During World War II

IN MEMORIAM: Ella Jean Baumgardner, 96;

First Husband Killed During World War II

Ella Jane Baumgardner

ONEONTA – Ella Jane Baumgardner, 96, formerly of Oneonta, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at her home in Liverpool.

She was born in Russia, Herkimer County, in 1922, the daughter of the late William and Helen Jones, and was raised on a farm in Milford.

Jane was married to John “Sonny” Brienza, who was killed in World War II.  In 1947, Jane married Edward P. Baumgardner and together they raised their family in Oneonta.

She was retired from SUNY Oneonta.

We NYers ♥ Each Other

We NYers ♥ Each Other

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig hands out bumper stickers he picked up at Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech today in Albany to his Common Council colleagues this evening. They read, “I ♥ New York; New York ♥ You.” Next to the mayor is City Manager George Korthauer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Debbi M. Barnes, 65; Retired Payroll Director, Fox Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Debbi M. Barnes, 65;

Retired Payroll Director, Fox Hospital

Debbi Barnes

ONEONTA – Debbi M. Barnes, 65, retired payroll director at Fox Hospital, passed away peacefully surrounded by her treasured family and friends on Jan. 13, 2019, following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1953, in Sidney, the daughter of Zane and Marguerite Raudibaugh.

Debbi graduated from Oneonta High School in 1971. It was there in 1969 that Debbi, a member of the color guard, began dating her high school sweetheart, and football player, Louie Barnes. The two married shortly after graduation on Aug. 7, 1971, at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. They remained devoted to one another and their children for the next 47 years.

‘Aunt Bet’ Davenport, 79; Worked At Oneonta Dress Factory, Sanyo

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Aunt Bet’ Davenport, 79;

Worked At Oneonta Dress Factory, Sanyo

ONEONTA – Beverly V. “Aunt Bet” Davenport, 79, a seamstress at Oneonta Dress Factory and Sanyo for more than 40 years, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City.

She was born Nov. 13, 1939, in Roxbury, daughter of the late Howard and Grace (Burgher) Oliver.

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