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Julia Fassett, Retired CV, Fort Plain Teacher

IN MEMORIAM: Julia Fassett,

Retired CV, Fort Plain Teacher

Julia Fassett

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Julia A. Fassett, a retired Cherry Valley and Fort Plain teacher, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday, April 3, 2020.

She was born in 1926, in Schenectady, the daughter of Emilo and Rose Parillo Genovesi.

On June 24, 1951, she married Kenneth L. Fassett of East Springfield at St. Thomas Church in Cherry Valley.

Andrea  Schleicher, 73; Retired Teacher, Oneonta UMC Member

IN MEMORIAM: Andrea  Schleicher, 73;

Retired Teacher, Oneonta UMC Member

Andrea  Schleicher

EAST MEREDITH – Andrea A. Schleicher, 73, a retired school teacher, passed away on July 26, 2019, at her home after a battle with cancer.  Her family was by her side.

She was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Mount Vernon, the daughter of John Andrew and Agnes Cowan (Rawstron) Schleicher.

In 1963, Andrea graduated from A.B. Davis High School in Mount Vernon, and in 1967 received a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College in Massachusetts.  Over time, Andrea completed her master’s degree and was a teacher for the public-school district in Framingham, retiring in 2003.

Lois F. Warrell, 89; Teacher, Served On Pathfinder Board

IN MEMORIAM: Lois F. Warrell, 89;

Teacher, Served On Pathfinder Board

Lois Warrell

COOPERSTOWN – Lois F. Warrell, 89, a teacher who retired to Cooperstown with her superintendent husband in 1989 and became fully involved in community life, died Friday evening, July 12, 2019, at the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center in Troy.

Born Sept. 24, 1929, in Queens, Lois was the daughter of Edward P. and Doris (Whiting) Robinson.

She was raised in Lynnbrook and graduated from Lynnbrook High School in the Class of 1947. She attended and graduated from Hofstra University and thereafter received her master’s degree in education from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Joe Campbell, Voice Of Oneonta For Decades, Goes Silent At 91

Joe Campbell, Voice Of Oneonta

For Decades, Goes Silent At 91

Editor’s Note: Joe Campbell’s son, Joe Jr. sent out this message to friends on the passing of his dad, the voice of Oneonta for decades, on March 6, 2019.  Joseph P. Campbell was born on Aug. 30, 1927, in Moosic, Pa.  A full obituary will follow shortly from the Grummons Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements.

I want to let you know that my father passed away on Wednesday 3/6/19 at 4:05 pm after hearing  “The Campbells are Coming” on the bagpipes surrounded by family in Bassett Hospital. Dad lived 91½ wonderful years and had his wits about him until the end.

There will be a memorial service to be scheduled at a teacher-friendly time, with so many family members following in his footsteps. We will keep you posted. Thank you for your friendship and support.

CLICK HERE FOR CHUCK D’IMPERIO’S APPRECIATION
Corinne Hillman, 98; Retired Teacher Mainstay Of Cooperstown’s Cotillion
IN MEMORIAM

Corinne Hillman, 98; Teacher, 

Cooperstown Cotillion Mainstay

Corinne Hillman

COOPERSTOWN – Corinne Hillman, 98, a retired teacher known to a generation of Cooperstown Area eighth graders for teaching them to ballroom dance for the annual Cotillion at The Otesaga, passed away on Friday Feb. 15, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1921, and grew up in New York City. She attended Hunter College and New York University, and earned her master’s degree and teaching certificate in elementary education.

Gladys Howe, 97; Retired Educator Active In Grange

IN MEMORIAM: Gladys Howe, 97;

Retired Educator Active In Grange

Gladys G. Howe

WESTVILLE – Gladys G. Howe, a native of Cooperstown, dedicated educator, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, passed away peacefully Sunday night, Feb. 10, 2019, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Westville. She was 97.

Born April 13, 1921, at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, she was a daughter of Edwin N. and Blanche O. (Palmer) Bowen of Lentsville, Town of Middlefield.

Samuel C. Sandoli, 74; Retired Oneonta Teacher
IN MEMORIAM

Samuel C. Sandoli, 74;

Retired Oneonta Teacher

Samuel C. Sandoli

ONEONTA – Samuel C. Sandoli, 74, who retired from Oneonta Middle School after a 35-year teaching career, passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on July 16, 1944, in Albany, the son of Salvatore and Thomasina (Spinola) Sandoli.

A 1962 graduate of Oneonta High School, and a life-long area resident, as well as an active community member, Mr. Sandoli most recently taught social studies at the Oneonta Middle School, retiring in 2006 after an amazing 35-year teaching career.

Jean Cobb Zeller Roy, 87; Retired Teacher Active In Methodist Church

IN MEMORIAM: Jean Cobb Zeller Roy, 87;

Retired Teacher Active In Methodist Church

CHERRY VALLEY – Jean Cobb Zellers Roy, who retired to Cherry Valley 30 years ago after a career in education, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2018, in Utica.

She was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Washington Township, N.J., to George Byran Zellers and Jessie May Cobb, and grew up on her father’s farm outside of Hackettstown, N.J.

Mary Louise Bellinger, 99; Taught In Three One-Room Schoolhouses

IN MEMORIAM:  Mary Louise Bellinger, 99;

Taught In Region’s One-Room Schoolhouses

Mary Louise Bellinger

WORCESTER – Mary Louise (Peters) Bellinger, 99, a retired teacher who taught in one-room schoolhouses in Schoharie County and Portlandville, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

She was the eldest daughter of Richard and Virginia Peters of Stamford, and was born on Dec. 19, 1918,  on the Peters farm.  Mary Lou graduated from the former Oneonta Normal school, presently SUNY, in 1939.

Mary Jane McGowan; Retired Teacher, Active In Community

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Jane McGowan;

Retired Teacher, Active In Community

Mary Jane McGowan

ONEONTA – Mary Jane McGowan, a former teacher and active community member, passed away Jan. 23, 2017.  She was age 90 years and eight months.

She was born in May 1926 in Oneonta, the daughter of Percy and Edna Hazard Smallin. She attended Bugbee School from kindergarten through 8th grade, graduating in 1944 from Oneonta High School, where she delivered the graduation speech.

During high school, Mary Jane was very active in clubs and extracurricular activities and was a drum majorette. She met Dean W. McGowan Jr. the love of her life, freshman year.  Dean and Mary Jane courted throughout high school, college and his World War II military service, marrying in 1951 after an 11-year courtship and engagement.

Red Gibson; Teacher Served On Eisenhower’s Color Guard

IN MEMORIAM:  Red Gibson; Teacher

Served On Eisenhower’s Color Guard

Brainard “Red” Gibson Jr.

ONEONTA – Brainard “Red” Gibson, a retired teacher who while in the Army served on President Eisenhower’s Color Guard, died peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 27, 2016, at his home in Oneonta.

He was born May 10, 1930, in Inman, S.C., to Brainard Sr. and Alliene Hipp, the school principal and the English teacher.

As a schoolboy he worked as a custodian and bus driver, stoking the woodstoves early every morning before getting the bus started to pick up the other students.

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