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Saturday’s Bread

Virginia Wilson, 71; Teacher, Active In Community Life

IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Wilson, 71;

Teacher, Active In Community Life

Virginia Hughes

ONEONTA – Virginia Hughes Wilson, 71, a teacher active in civic life whose honors included receiving Saturday Bread’s Saturday’s Bread Apron Award for exceptional service, passed away peacefully Jan. 6, 2019, surrounded by family after an extended illness.

She was born in Boonville and spent her early years in Utica and Lyons Falls. She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Collinsville diagonally across the street from her family’s farm. She had fond memories of helping her father with the daily farm chores and truly cherished her early family life.

Christmas Comes Early At Community Dinner

Christmas Comes Early

At Community Dinner

By the end of the first hour, over 120 people had attended the Community Dinner at Oneonta’s First United Methodist Church this afternoon, with more continuing to come in.  Visitors like Andrew Winters-Bell, left, could enjoy plates of ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, sweet potatoes, Chobani yogurt and a wide selection of pies served by Carol Heller, Scott Lewis, Terri Fisher, Ambrose Santiago and other volunteers from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Saturday’s Bread and First UM. The event, usually held on Christmas Day, was early the last couple years so it would not conflict with the church’s Sunday and Christmas services. “Next year, Christmas will be on a Wednesday,” said event coordinator Ann Steen.  “So we are excited that next year it will be back on the usual day.” (Ian Austin/

Jo Scarzafava Terwilliger; 28-Year Volunteer At Saturday’s Bread

IN MEMORIAM: Jo Scarzafava Terwilliger;

28-Year Volunteer At Saturday’s Bread

Jo Scarzafava Terwilliger

ONEONTA – Jo Anderson Scarzafava Terwilliger, 68, of Oneonta, a 28-year volunteer at Saturday’s Bread, passed away on Aug. 15, 2018.

Jo was born in Sidney on Oct. 12, 1949, to Agnes “Pat” and Wesley Anderson. She grew up at 44 Oneida St., Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1967.

Jo was the proud mother of Robert “Bobby” Scarzafava and they resided for many years in San Antonio, Texas. She returned to Oneonta in 1981 and worked for Schuman Moving & Storage until her retirement.

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