HAMILTON – On February 14, 2022, Gladys Jane Butler Graham, 84, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family. She was a woman of deep faith and rich in love, a love she shared with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all of whom will miss her dearly.
Gladys was born in Westford, NY on June 2, 1937 to Gladys Elsie Austin and John Percy Butler. She graduated from Madison Central School in 1954, where she made lifelong friends. Especially dear to her and to our family are her oldest friends, Marlyn and Norm Fuess and her high school sweetheart and much later her second husband, Dick Conant, who also precedes her in death.
She married William (Bill) J. Graham from Syracuse, NY on September 1, 1956. Bill and Gladys were married for 26 years before Bill’s death in 1982. They had eight children together and began what is now a large and still growing family. We continue to feel the gifts of these two people who taught the values of hard work, kindness, humor, and the enduring power of family bonds. We are deeply grateful for their love. On February 12, 2005 she married her high school sweetheart, Dick Conant. They were happily married for eight years before Dick’s death in 2013.
SCHENEVUS – Ms. Shirley Ester Skinner, 106, passed away peacefully in her home in Schenevus, NY, on February 16, 2022.
She was born on her family farm on Badeau Hill, in Westford in the Town of Maryland, NY. She is the descendant of Pierre Badeau who homesteaded in the area in the 1700’s. Shirley is predeceased by her father, Stanley Wing Skinner, her mother, Pearl Gardner, her sister, Marjory, and her friend, Virginia Brady. Shirley’s grandparents were Fred and Jessie Stewart Gardner, and Amzy J. Skinner and Bertha Wing.
Shirley graduated in 1932 from The Town of Maryland Union School, then graduated from the Draper Schenevus School in 1934. She attended the Ballard School for Business in New York City for 2 years.
She had a remarkable life that included her love of nature, animals, politics, and travel. In the 1950’s, her trips to Europe, included sailing on ocean liners like The Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, The Constitution US, and the Mauretania. She also sailed on the last successful trip of the Andrea Doria before she sank off the coast of Cape Cod. She was proud of her ancestry as a Huguenot descendant from France.
Linda Ann Winchester, 64, of Ogallala, Nebraska, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021 surrounded by her family at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. She was born September 12, 1957 in Long Island, New York to the late Harry and Mary (Monteleone) Hults.
Linda and her family later moved upstate to Westford, New York. Linda graduated from Schenevus Central School in 1975. On July 5, 1998, Linda married Thomas Winchester in Worcester, New York. Linda worked for SUNY Oneonta for over 32 years and retired in 2012. She had a genuine passion for helping others and after retirement, she opened her heart and her home for the next ten years, to many children in need in the foster care system. She had a very giving, generous heart and loved unconditionally.
HARTWICK – Deborah Jean Masin, a devoted and faithful Christian, went to be with her Lord Tuesday night, August 3, 2021, following her unexpected death at her home in Hartwick on the 15th anniversary of her mother’s passing. She was 67.
Born July 19, 1954, on Long Island, Debbie was one of four daughters of Edward F. and Helen Elizabeth (Wahrer) Masin.
In the 1960s, Debbie and her family moved to upstate New York and settled in Westford. Debbie graduated with honors from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus with the Class of 1972. She later resided in Hartwick where she has lived ever since.
She had a steadfast devotion to the Lord, and was associated with Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville.
COOPERSTOWN – The county board’s Administration Committee recessed this morning without taking any action on the Democratic nominee to fill state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker’s District seat.
The committee interviewed Democrat Diane Addesso, the former Worcester town supervisor.
But it decided, since the Admin Committee has a 3-2 Republican majority and has already endorsed Oneonta businesswoman Jennifer Mickle for the job, there was no point in pushing for a vote, said Admin Chair Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, Milford and New Lisbon.
The Addesso interview was conducted in executive session, closed to public view, as was Mickle’s interview last week.
SCHENEVUS – Republican county committee members from the county board’s District 6 met last evening and nominated Jennifer Mickle, a Town of Maryland resident and Oneonta businesswoman, to succeed state Senator-elect Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, on the county board.
The candidate, who also has experience in local government and community service, called it “a wonderful opportunity. I’ve always believed in public service and giving back to the community. I hope my experience will not only be a benefit to District 6, but to the county as a whole.”
SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Learn about Aluminumware with Jim & Diana Hickling. Learn its history from a collector and share your own stories. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com
SQUARE DANCE – 5-9 p.m. An evening of Round and Square dancing with Dr. Weismore. All persons age 18+ are invited. Cost, $9 per person. Oneonta Moose Club, 87 W. Broadway St., Oneonta. Contact Sandy @ 988-7753
WESTFORD – Helen Frances Huntington, 96, who was active in Westford’s community life, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2017.
She was born in Worcester, to Otho and Goldie (Barton) Millias. After graduating from Worcester Central School, she worked as a clerk at Scintilla in Sidney. She married James Huntington on June 3, 1945, and together they raised four children.
An active member of her community, Helen volunteered in many organizations including PTA, Scouts, OES, DAR and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. She was very social and enjoyed playing bridge and attending church weekly.
WESTFORD – Rev. David J. Born, 68, who moved to Otsego County in his retirement and served on the Board of Directors of the Otsego Jail Ministry, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at his home in Westford.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 3, 1947 to Andrew E. and Hilda M. (Spiegelberg) Born, David made his career in the ministry in New York City. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1973 and went on to pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn and Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Queens, acting as headmaster of Our Saviour Lutheran School. He went on to become Synodical Area Developer for North American Missions of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Upon retirement he accepted a position as consultant with the Transforming Churches Network. In Cooperstown he served on the Board of Directors of the Jail Ministry of Otsego County (JMOC).