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In Memoriam Veronica La Verne M. Hawver March 2, 1942 – April 26, 2022

In Memoriam

Veronica La Verne M. Hawver, 80

March 2, 1942 – April 26, 2022

Veronica La Verne M. Hawver

SHALLOTTE, N.C. – Veronica La Verne M. (Mike) Hawver, 80, went home to be with the Lord, on April 26, 2022. She passed away peacefully in her home following a brief illness.

Mike was born March 2, 1942 in Perth Amboy, NJ the daughter of Michael and Verne (Franko) Nemyo.

Mike married James L. Hawver, her husband of 54 years, in February, 1963 at the Air Force Chapel at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

Mike was predeceased by her husband, Jim, and her parents, Michael and Verne (Franko) Nemyo.

Mike is survived by her two sons, James M. Hawver of Shallotte, NC and Scott F. and his wife Beverly (Braumuller) Hawver of Eva Beach, HI, two grandchildren Evan Scott Lee and Kyalimpa Faith, her brothers Ronald Nemyo and Joseph Nemyo of Pennsylvania.  She was predeceased by her foster granddaughter Ronella Pasquale.

George William Dieball, 80 June 5, 1941 – April 7, 2022

In Memoriam

George William Dieball, 80

June 5, 1941 – April 7, 2022

OTEGO – George William Dieball, Jr., 80, of Otego passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022 at home.

He was born June 5, 1941 in Otego the son of the late George William and Helen (Birdsall) Dieball, Sr.

George graduated from Otego Central School. He attended Hart-wick College then joined the Air Force. He later graduated from SUNY Oneonta, then worked in Education and in Quality Control.

On September 11, 1965, George married Nancy Gillingham at the Otego Baptist Church.

In Memoriam Theron S. Batistea March 8, 1933 – March 5, 2022

In Memoriam

Theron S. Batistea, 88

March 8, 1933 – March 5, 2022

Theron S. Batistea

DELHI – Theron Simplicia Batistea passed away Saturday March 5, 2022. He was born to parents Theodore R. and Bertha (Parish) Batistea on March 8, 1933, in Delhi, NY, which is where he lived in his later years.

He served 3 years in the US Army, 2 years in the US Air Force and 5 years in the US Army National Guard. He was a veteran who was active during the Korea War but was stationed in Germany. After his military days he would work as a security officer all over NY State in many different assignments.

To know “Uncle Teddy” you knew he had a deep infectious laugh that would bring you to laughing with him. He loved to talk about his love of cars especially Cadillacs and Lincolns, his love of music and dancing and the love of his life that he had left behind in Germany. His greatest conversations were memories of his parents, his younger siblings and just the good old days. He truly was at peace and was happy he lived a long full life.

Bruce E. Bachanas, 63 December 20, 1957 – November 18, 2021

In Memoriam

Bruce E. Bachanas, 63

December 20, 1957 – November 18, 2021

Bruce E. Bachanas

COOPERSTOWN – Bruce E. Bachanas of Christian Hill, a life-long area resident who worked for many years as a baker, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 18, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 63.

Born December 20, 1957, in Cooperstown, Bruce Edward Bachanas was one of three children of the late Norman Edmund Bachanas and Bernice G. (Roseboom) Bachanas. In his youth, he and his family enjoyed many camping trips, as well as the annual family vacation that took place just about every August which provided many great memories.  His nickname became “Wish”, bestowed on him by his grandfather because he was always wishing for this and wishing for that. After graduating with the Class of 1976 from Cooperstown Central School, he joined the military, and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

Joseph A. Sapienza, Sr, 94 April 18, 1927 – August 7, 2021

In Memoriam

Joseph A. Sapienza, Sr, 94

April 18, 1927 – August 7, 2021

Joseph A. Sapienza, Sr.

COOPERSTOWN – Joseph A. Sapienza, Sr passed away peacefully at age 94 on August 7, 2021 in Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA.  He was born in Cooperstown, NY on April 18, 1927. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; Santo and Santa Sapienza, brothers; Sam (Mary) and Jack (Rosie) Sapienza, sister; Jenny (Sam) Curcio and nephews and nieces Butch, Joey, Gloria, and Barbara. He is survived by his children Gail A. (John) Killeen and Joseph A. Sapienza, Jr, grandchildren; Keri (Kevin) Sapp, John T. (Heather) Killeen V, Marissa (Steven) Moeck and Christopher Sapienza, great-grandchildren; John T Killeen VI, Connor Killeen, Avery & Anna Sapp, Emma Rose & Stevie Moeck, nieces; Santa Morris, Gracie Barker, Sandy Fritch, Lucy Robertson, Mary Mullins, Sharon Curcio and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

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