ONEONTA – Martha Mary Delello, 78, who filled many leadership roles over the years at Oneonta’s St. Mary’s Roman Catholic parish, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
She was born on Aug. 12, 1941, in Oneonta, the daughter of Patsy and Matilda (Martin) Delello. She was the youngest of 13 children.
A lifelong area resident, Martha was a graduate of St. Mary’s School and Oneonta High School.
She was employed by Wilber Bank and Key Bank in Oneonta and retired after 25 years from SUNY Delhi.
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BROADWAY CONCERT – 2:30 p.m. Sing A Song of Broadway presents more “Wishes, Lies, and Dreams” featuring music from My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Seussical, Camelot, and many more! $10. First United “Red Door” Presbyterian Church, Oneonta. Info, (607) 287-8669
The McHarghue siblings of East Worcester – from left, Lucas, 2; Amber 10 , and Aiden, 11 – create gingerbread houses today at Southside Mall, instructed by SUNY Delhi students in Associated Professor Julee Miller’s prize-winning culinary arts program. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
DELHI – Brooks’ House of BBQ second-generation owner John Brooks will be presented an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at SUNY Delhi’s 101st annual graduation at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19.
SUNY Delhi President Michael Laliberte called Brooks, one of 11 family members with Delhi degrees, “a passionate advocate and friend whose achievements are inspiring and demonstrate to students the benefits of a SUNY Delhi education.”
From boyhood, Brooks helped his father barbecue chicken at local fund-raisers for not-for-profits. At age 15, his parents built an 80-seat restaurant in Oneonta that all family members helped run.
MOUNT VISION – Esa T. Eramo, 54, of Mount Vision, retired SUNY Delhi power plant engineer and a black belt in karate, passed away Sunday, April 10, at Bassett Hospital, after a 13-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Esa was born in Inkeroinen, Finland, the son of Martti and Anja Eramo. Esa was the second of three sons.
He moved to Oneonta with his parents and older brother Kari at a young age where he attended Greater Plains Elementary School. After graduating from Delhi with an associate’s degree in industrial engineering, he worked at various companies before retiring from his alma mater.
SUNY Delhi provost wasn’t looking for a new opportunity when he opened his email in September. “I got an inquiry that piqued my interesting,” said John S. Nader. “I went ahead and applied to it.”
The former Oneonta mayor saw that Herkimer County Community College was seeking a new president, and he immediately applied. “Their program mix is consistent with the skill set I’ve tried to apply to SUNY Delhi,” he said. “They have a wide range of students from across the state and internationally, and they’re a leader in online education.”
And on Monday, Nov. 24, he got the news that he has been selected as one of the four finalists for the position. “I’m flattered that they’ve taken an interest in me,” he said.
The other three are Eunice Bellinger, vice president/academic affairs, Niagara County Community College; Stuart T. Blacklaw, vice president for instruction and student services, Yavapai College, Prescott, Ariz., and Cathleen C. McColgin, provost, Onondaga Community College.
The four will be invited to Herkimer in December for campus forums before a final decision is made. Nader’s will be the last, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in HCCC’s Robert McLaughlin College Center. “They hope to have someone in by June 2015,” Nader said.
The former mayor, part of an Oneonta political dynasty begun by his dad, Sam Nader, mayor during the 1960s, has been at SUNY Delhi since 1982, when, while working on his Ph.D. at the New School’s social research program, he taught economics, history and public policy.
In 2000, he was named the dean of the Liberal Arts & Sciences Department. In 2009, was named as provost.
The additional press of business made him realize he couldn’t continue at City Hall, and he recruited Dick Miller to run that fall on Democratic and independent lines.
Dr. John S. Nader, SUNY Delhi provost and former mayor of Oneonta, is one of four finalists for president of Herkimer County Community College. The college announced today that the four will be invited to Herkimer in December for campus forums before a final decision is made.
The other three are Dr. Eunice Bellinger, vice president/academic affairs, Niagara County Community College; Dr. Stuart T. Blacklaw, vice president for instruction and student services, Yavapai College, Prescott, Ariz., and Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin, provost, Onondaga Community College.