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Douglas Stratton Fielder, 80 July 22, 1940 – April 28, 2021

In Memoriam

Douglas Stratton Fielder, 80
July 22, 1940 – April 28, 2021

Douglas S. Fielder

Douglas Stratton Fielder, Oneonta, died on April 28, 2021 after a decades-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Doug was born on July 22, 1940 in Washington DC, the son of Albert G. and Kathryn (Welch) Fielder. Doug grew up in the DC area and went to Virginia Military Institute, graduating in 1962. He then attended the University of Virginia for his master’s and Doctorate degrees in physics, completing them in 1967. He served two years active duty in the Army, ending at the rank of Captain.

In 1968 he married Dorothy Scott Davis of Staunton, Va. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in July 2018. In 1969 they moved to Oneonta, NY where Doug began teaching at the State University College at Oneonta (SUCO). He taught there until his retirement in 2000. He served as department chair for several years. Doug and Scott lived in Chaseville (Town of Maryland) from 1972 until 2009 when they moved to a home at the Plains at Parish Homestead in Oneonta.

Rita Ann Wellman, 81; Professor’s Wife Active In Community

IN MEMORIAM: Rita Ann Wellman, 81;

Professor’s Wife Active In Community

Rita Ann Wellman

ONEONTA – Rita Ann Wellman, 81, wife of a SUNY Oneonta professor and a lifelong community volunteer, passed away on Jan. 14, 2020, at her most recent home, the Plains at Parish Homestead.

She was born on April 24, 1938, in Milford, Conn., the daughter of Roy and Alice (McDermott) Nurenberg.

After graduating from Orange High School, Rita began studying sociology at the University of Connecticut. She transferred to Quinnipiac University and completed her sociology degree in 1960.

Florence E. Kespert, 86; Sullivan County Native Resided At Plains

IN MEMORIAM: Florence E. Kespert, 86;

Sullivan County Native Resided At Plains

Florence Kespert

ONEONTA – Florence Emily Kespert, 86, who had lived the Plains at Parish Homestead for the past five years, passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

Florence was born on July 19, 1933, in White Sulphur Springs, Sullivan County.  She was the daughter of Dorothy and Leo Bryan. She graduated from Liberty High School.

On May 16, 1953, in Liberty, Florence married Harold Kespert. They settled down in Youngsville to raise their family. They were happily married for 51 years.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Volunteer With SPCA

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ORIENTATION – 6 p.m. Volunteer Orientation for the Susquehanna SPCA. Get a guided tour and learn what positions are available. Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-9371.

Oneonta Trout Unlimited Chapter Donates Christmas Tree To Plains

Oneonta Trout Unlimited Chapter

Donates Christmas Tree To Plains

The Plains Executive Director Trudy Claudy is joined by representatives of Oneonta’s Trout Unlimited David Brandt Chapter – President Tom Trelease, left, and past president David Krupa – in front of the Christmas tree the club donated to the Plains’ Memory Care Unit. The tree was decorated today with ornaments made by the residents as the Christmas season gets underway. (Tara Barwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
160 Friends Hail Inge Roemer At Plains On Her 95th Birthday

160 Friends Hail Inge Roemer

At Plains On Her 95th Birthday

More than 160 family members and friends gathered today at the Plains at Parish Homestead to honor Inge Otten Roemer on her 95th birthday. At native of Hamburg, Germany, Mrs. Roemer and her husband, Martin, farmed in Unadilla, beginning in 1947. She obtained an bachelor's in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta in 1959, and taught at Mount Upton Central School, retiring in 1982. Above, Mrs. Roemer, right, who is seated with longtime friend Anna Grete Barnun of Cooperstown, is congratulated by Fay Platt of Unadilla and Mrs. Platt's granddaughter, Jessica Wyman, left. Entertainment includes an appearance by members of the Sweet Adelines' City of the Hills chorus, and a pitch-perfect rendering of "America" by Luis Rivas, right, of New Lisbon.

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More than 160 family members and friends gathered today at the Plains at Parish Homestead to honor Inge Otten Roemer on her 95th birthday. At native of Hamburg, Germany, Mrs. Roemer and her husband, Martin, farmed in Unadilla, beginning in 1947. She obtained an bachelor’s in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta in 1959, and taught at Mount Upton Central School, retiring in 1982.  She and her husband, who passed away in 2013, raise four daughters.  Above, Mrs. Roemer, right, who is seated with longtime friend Anna Grete Barnum of Cooperstown, is congratulated by Fay Platt of Unadilla and Mrs. Platt’s granddaughter, Jessica Wyman. Entertainment included an appearance by members of the Sweet Adelines’ City of the Hills chorus, and a pitch-perfect rendering of “America” by Luis Rivas, right, of New Lisbon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

AMAZING GRACE Former Cooperstown Trustee In New Home At 93

AMAZING GRACE

Former Cooperstown Trustee In New Home At 93

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Reprinted from this week’s AllOTSEGO.seniority

Grace Kull's lively personality is already having an impact on her new home, the Plains at Parish Homestead. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.life)
Grace Kull’s lively personality is already having an impact on her new home, the Plains at Parish Homestead. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.life)

ONEONTA – No matter where she goes, Grace Kull brings people together.  “We were the first family in my neighborhood to have a television set in 1950,” she said.  “My husband Al won it in a contest, and when Milton Berle was on, we’d have eight or 10 people over watching the small screen on that big box!”

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Recently arrived at the Plains at Parish Homestead, the retired Cooperstown village trustee has made a new home – and a whole new circle of friends.  “I taught a group here to play Kings in the Corner,” she said.  “It’s an old, old card game that I learned from my grandmother.”

“She’s a real mood-booster,” said Plains Executive Director Trudy Claudy.  “She isn’t shy about anything, and she’s a good example for other residents.”

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