News of Otsego County


Michael Janitz, 67 December 17, 1953 – July 19, 2021

In Memoriam

Michael Janitz, 67

December 17, 1953 – July 19, 2021

Michael Janitz

Oneonta – Michael Janitz, 67, passed away at home unexpectedly on July 19, 2021.

He was born December 17, 1953 in Paterson, NJ, the son of Paul and Mary (Hart) Janitz Sr.

Michael was a 32-year Local Union Carpenter.  He also was the owner and operator of Sharp Cut Construction for 15 years.  He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, traveling, fishing, hunting, and football, he was a Giants fan; most especially he loved being with his family.

He was a member of the 6th Ward Athletic Club and the Delhi Stage Land Owners Association.

John D. Robinson, 83 October 15, 1937 – July 4, 2021

In Memoriam

John D. Robinson, 83

October 15, 1937 – July 4, 2021

John D. Robinson

PHOENIX MILLS – John D. Robinson, a Cooperstown native son and avid outdoorsman, passed away late Sunday night, July 4, 2021, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was 83.

Born October 15, 1937, in Cooperstown, he was one of three sons of Torrey G. and Leonore M. (Goddard) Robinson. John could trace his long-standing family roots in Otsego County back to 1792 when his ancestors settled in Lena in the Town of New Lisbon.

John graduated with the Class of 1956 from Cooperstown High School. For many years he was employed in the area as a union laborer, and was involved with construction projects at Hyde Hall, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital and Interstate 88.

Throughout his life he enjoyed outdoor activities, and spent innumerable hours exploring the Otsego region swimming, hiking, fishing, trapping, and hunting. He was also an avid motorcyclist – his favorites were Indians – and also enjoyed riding snowmobiles in the winter months. His hand-crafted log cabin home on the shore of the Susquehanna River, his workmanship in stone masonry at Hyde Hall and his keen interest in local history reflected his deep and abiding passion for local culture and conservation.

Richard B. Carman, 60 Feb. 1, 1961 – Jun. 23, 2021

In Memoriam

Richard B. Carman, 60

Feb. 1, 1961 – Jun. 23, 2021

Richard B. Carman

Richard B. Carman, 60 of Edmeston, passed away at his home on Wednesday June 23, 2021 surrounded by his family.

Richard was born on February 1, 1961 in Walton, NY. He was pre deceased by his step father Douglas Austin.

Richard is survived by his wife Carol Carman, daughter Aimee Carman, daughter in law Destiny, granddaughters Novaleigh Grace and Rikkilynn Rose Carman, sons Austin Carman, Nicholas Buell, Eli Madison, and Sam Madison, his mother Janice Chamberlain, brothers Ike (Janella Llewellyn) Carman, and Kurt (Ann) Carman, and sister Dolly (David Cornell) Carman. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Dennis Suhocki, 67; Navy Vet, Outdoorsman, Taxidermist

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis Suhocki, 67;

Navy Vet, Outdoorsman, Taxidermist

Dennis Suhocki

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dennis G. Suhocki, 67, a Navy veteran, outdoorsman and taxidermists, passed away on Dec. 28, 2019, in his home, following a short illness. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.

Dennis was born on July 15, 1952, in Herkimer, son of the late John and Margaret Irene Stiler Suhocki.

A lifelong area resident, he was educated at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville and graduated from Richfield Springs High School.

Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester, Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur


Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester,

Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur

Steven Naatz

SCHENEVUS – Steven C. Naatz, 67, formerly of Goodyear Lake, a forester who could identify every tree and animal by its Latin name and proprietor of Naatz Excavating & Forestry, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with family by his side.

Steve was born on Sept. 30, 1951, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta to Audrey V. (Baumann) and William M. Naatz of Emmons, the middle of five children. He graduated from Oneonta High School, earned an A.A.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Ranger School in Wanakena, then received a M.S. from Colorado State University. He served in the Army National Guard as a senior surveyor at Fort Belvoir, Va.

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