UNADILLA – John D. Chambers, 82, a horseman from birth and later an auctioneer at the family’s cattle and horse auction, D.R. Chambers & Sons, rising to president, died in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb 17, 2019.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1937. in Walton, the son of David R. and Mary (Little) Chambers.
John graduated from Unadilla Central School in 1955 and earned his degree from Albany Business College in 1957. Later that year, he traveled by train to Decatur, Ind., to attend Reppert Auction School.
UNADILLA – Michele L. Weed, 50, of Unadilla, Gold Medal Equestrian Special Olympian, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2019, at her home.
She is the daughter of Marian and Robert Wilson of Unadilla and Lawrence Weed of Walker Valley, Ulster County. She was born Jan. 29, 1969, in Middletown.
She is survived by her parents; sister Stephanie Weed and husband William Walker Jr. of Walker Valley; nieces, Jacqueline and Jim Schoenleber, Middletown, and Sierra Walker, Walker Valley; great-nephew, Nicholas Bellomo; great-nieces Eleanor Bellomo and Ava Schoenleber, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
UNADILLA – Donald Thomas Sherwood, M.D., 74, of Unadilla, a surgeon in the Tri-Town area for a half-century, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 21, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
He will be remembered by his family as well as by the community that relied on his tireless work ethic, kindness, vitality, love of all God’s people and creatures, generous spirit, humility and insatiable quest for knowledge.
Born on Jan. 18, 1945, Dr. Sherwood was the third of seven children born to John Robert Sherwood and Helen Cullinan Sherwood at Sunnyside Hospital on Staten Island.
UNADILLA – Herring Lumber Co. owner Charles W. Herring Jr. and Joseph Bard, retired executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural & Small Schools, will be inducted into the Unatego Hall of Distinction Friday, Jan. 25.
At reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, with the induction planned between the JV and varsity boys’ basketball game between Unatego and Delaware Academy. The public is welcome.
UNADILLA – Wayne A. Clouse, 68, an Air Force veteran and former Birnie Bus driver in Oneonta, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018.
He was born on Jan. 11, 1950, in Sussex, N.J., to Donald and Bernice (McCann) Clouse, the oldest of five siblings. He married Karen Lent on Jan. 15, 1993, in Oneonta.
In addition to his wife Karen, he is survived two children, Rhonda Clouse and her partner Matthew Hayes, and Kelly and Douglas Whitehead; two grandchildren, Katlynn and DJ; sisters Janet Hill and Sandy (Rick) Peabody; brother Tim (Jackie) Clouse; his faithful canine companion, Jasper; his cousin/brother, Bill (Patty) Straut, and also several other family members.
UNADILLA – Beth “Betty” Bernice Roscoe (born Thompson), 97, died peacefully on Dec. 20, 2018, at Bassett Hospital, after a life of farming and diligent productivity.
She is survived by her children Gary Little, 63 and Carl Roscoe, 52, by her grandchildren Noah Roscoe, 28, and Jonah Roscoe, 24 and by five younger brothers and sisters.
She was predeceased by two husbands, Charles Little (d. 1959) and George Roscoe (d. 1971), and by one of her younger brothers.
Betty lived a long, happy and amazingly healthy life, attributing this to spending much of it involved in farming. “I have always been in love with farming,” she once wrote, “to be a farmer has been my aim. I have accomplished it, in a small way, with a lot of luck and help along the way. I still think it is the ideal.”
UNADILLA – Savalla Howland, 94, of Unadilla, a secretary and teacher’s aide at Sidney High School, passed away at home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, following years of fighting cancer and heart disease.
Savalla was born on March 5, 1924, in Deposit, the daughter of Austin and Bertha (Whitman) Gifford. She was married to her late husband Charles H. Howland on Nov. 12, 1944 and shared 66 years together.