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Shirley L. Bliss, 88; Enjoyed Long Life In Oneonta Area

IN MEMORIAM: Shirley L. Bliss, 88;

Enjoyed Long Life In Oneonta Area

Shirley L. Bliss

ONEONTA – Her family announces with great sorrow that Shirley L. Bliss, 88, joined her husband, Elmer; children, Sherry and Tommy; and many family and friends, in the home of our Lord in heaven, on Feb. 28, 2020.  She passed peacefully, at home, with dignity, surrounded by her devoted and loving children.

She was born on May 20, 1931, in Rome, the daughter of Florence (Cough) and Herbert Hedman, moved to the Onoenta area as a baby and was a lifelong resident.

IN MEMORIAM: Paul S. Murch, Portlandville

IN MEMORIAM: Paul S. Murch, Portlandville

Paul Murch

PORTLANDVILLE – Paul S. Murch, 55, passed away Dec. 23, 2019, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his mother, Leona Cavaliere of Florida; his father, Edwin Murch, Sr. of Maine; his brother, Edwin (Beverly); his sisters, Shirley and Darlene (Terry); his daughter, Nicole (Kevin) and granddaughter, Sydney; his son, Paul and grandson, Vincent; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta; www.lhpfuneralhome.com

Eleanor D. Hallock, 89; With Husband, Ran Old Mill Antique Shop

IN MEMORIAM: Eleanor D. Hallock, 89;

With Husband, Ran Old Mill Antique Shop

Eleanor D. Hallock

ONEONTA – Eleanor Donohue Hallock, who operated the Old Mill Antique Shop in Portlandville in 1987-2005, passed away Nov. 29, 2019, in Oneonta after an illness.

She was born on Nov. 1, 1930, in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, daughter of Thomas Donohue and Kathryn Cantwell.

She grew up at St. Mark’s Place, Brooklyn and graduated from St. Mark’s High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where she was senior class president.

Virginia Martindale, 93; 7 Offspring Survive Portlandville Resident

IN MEMORIAM:  Virginia Martindale, 93;

7 Offspring Survive Portlandville Resident

Virginia Martindale

PORTLANDVILLE – Virginia Winsor Martindale of Portlandville, 93, peacefully passed on Oct. 11, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home with loving family at her side.

Virginia was born on Oct. 16, 1925, in Oneonta, and was the daughter of Genevieve Deane Winsor and Gilbert Daniel Winsor.

She spent her childhood on the Winsor homestead in Portlandville, established in the mid-1800s.

Anita Marie McChesney, 56; Devoted Nature Photographer Helped Run In Family Business
IN MEMORIAM

Anita Marie McChesney, 56;

Devoted Nature Photographer

Helped Run Family’s Business

Anita Marie McChesney

PORTLANDVILLE – Anita Marie McChesney, 56, Portlandville, devoted to operating her family’s business, Mount Vision Garden Center, while becoming dedicated nature photographer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Albany Medical Center following her struggle with breast cancer.

Anita was born May 14, 1962, in Oneonta. Shortly thereafter, her parents moved to New Jersey where she spent the first 15 years of her life. The family then moved to Mount Vision, where they established the Mount Vision Garden Center.

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