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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.


Verna Harkenreader, 82;Seamstress Also Worked For Astrocom

IN MEMORIAM: Verna Harkenreader, 82;

Seamstress Also Worked For Astrocom

Verna Harkenreader

COOPERSTOWN – Oneonta native Verna Harkenreader, 82, of Cooperstown, a seamstress who also worked for Astrocom, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.

She was born July 31, 1936, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Vernon and Edith D. (Stillwell) Hewitt.

Verna enjoyed living in Florida and North Carolina, but always considered the Oneonta area her home.

Melanie Motta, 92; Italian Immigrant Was Seamstress

IN MEMORIAM: Melanie Motta, 92;

Italian Immigrant Was Seamstress

COOPERSTOWN – Melanie A. Motta, 92, of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

Melanie was born on June 26, 1924, in Accorneri, a small village in Italy’s Piedmont Province, the daughter of Severino and Amalia Accornero.

She immigrated to the United States in 1951, following her marriage to Frank Motta, who predeceased her in 1986. Melanie and Frank originally moved to Astoria, Queens and later purchased a home in Yonkers, following the birth of their two children.

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