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Phillip Zenir, 60, Cherry Valley; Local Stonemason, Musician

IN MEMORIAM

Phillip Zenir, 60, Cherry Valley;

Local Stonemason, Musician

Phil Zenir

COOPERSTOWN — Phillip Zenir, 60, local stonemason and musician, passed away Nov. 5, 2019, following a courageous battle with primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia.

The son of John and Rosemarie (Bopp) Zenir, Phil was was born on May 30, 1959, in Mount Vernon, Westchester.   He graduated from Carmel High School and attended Dutchess Community College, receiving two associate degrees in English and business.

He served as student council president and pursued his love of acting by performing in several theater productions.

James H. Millea, 93; WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

IN MEMORIAM:  James H. Millea, 93;

WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

Jim Millea

HARTWICK — James Hilary Millea, 93, of Hartwick, died Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Rolfe, Iowa, the eldest of 11 children – including three sets of twins – to Joseph Hilary Millea and Margaret Lillian née Flaherty Millea.

Raised in Iowa, he attended school up to the 11th grade, when at the age of 17 he left school, worked briefly on the railroad, then enlisted in the Navy on July 17, 1943.

George R. Dolezel, 67, Stonemason Active In Community Life, Academe
IN MEMORIAM

 George R. Dolezel, 67, Stonemason

Active In Community Life, Academe

George R. Dolozel
George R. Dolozel

OTEGO – George Rudolph Dolezel, 67, a stonemason, SUNY Delhi faculty member, Otego Town Board member, past president of the Sixth Ward Athletic Club, and exalted ruler of the Oneonta Elks, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at home, with his beloved family by his side.

George was born on May 1, 1949, in Sidney, the son of George Charles (Kovar) Dolezel and Virginia (Mac Arthur) Dolezel.

He graduated from Unatego High School in 1967. During his formative years, George worked hard as a mason’s apprentice under the mentorship of the one and only “Uncle Jerry” Bouton.  While George did not recognize his talent for masonry at that time, he would go on to become the most accomplished mason in the area.

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