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St. James Place

Erich M. Wilkens, 76; Decorated Marine Served In Vietnam War

IN MEMORIAM: Erich M. Wilkens, 76;

Decorated Marine Served In Vietnam War

Erich Wilkens

ONEONTA – Erich M. Wilkens, 76, of St. James Place, a Marine and decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Wednesday July 10, 2019, at his residence with his family at his side.  Survivors include a daughter in West Oneonta.

He was born Oct. 17, 1942 in Oceanside, Long Island, son of the late John and Ilse Sperling Wilkens.

Erich was a veteran of the Marine Corps, having been awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Marksman Badge. His service to his country continued with his membership with the Phoenicia American Legion Post #950.

IN MEMORIAM: Dawn Adams Benjamin, 92; Worked At Huntington Library
IN MEMORIAM

Dawn Adams Benjamin, 92;

Worked At Huntington Library

ONEONTA – Dawn Adams Benjamin, 92, a former clerk at the Huntington Library who raised eight children outside Oneonta, died peacefully on Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

A number of weeks before, Dawn fell and broke her hip at her residence at St. James Manor, where she had lived for five years. Prior to that, Dawn lived in Otego for eight years, but she lived the bulk of her life in the big country house outside Oneonta where she and her beloved husband raised their children from the mid-1950s on.

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