LAURENS – Herbert E. Baumann, 90, of Laurens, a Korean War veteran and utility lineman who retired to Otsego County from New Jersey, passed away after a brief illness early Sunday morning, December 22, 2019, surrounded by love and a loving family at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Born Sept. 19, 1929, in Garfield, N.J., he was a son of Herbert Paul and Elsie (Kinscher) Baumann. He first attended schools in Paramus and later Paterson, N.J.. He left high school and worked for a time as a machinist for John Johnston in Paramus.
ONEONTA – Albert E. Marino, 90, a World War II veteran, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2-19, at Fox Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1928, in Oneonta, the son of Frank and Jennie (Rosetta) Marino. He married Margaret A. Jones on Aug. 13, 1950, at the old St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta.
Albert served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Oneonta VFW, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club, and the Oneonta Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling with his brothers, hunting, and fishing.
ONEONTA – Oneonta native Bennie Lee Pratt, 95, a World War II veteran and electrician on construction projects, passed away at Harpursville home on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.
Bennie was born May 23, 1924, in Oneonta, to Benjamin and Mildred (Warner) Pratt.
He graduated from Oneonta High School and enlisted in the Navy at the outbreak of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946 as an electrician’s mate, second class, in the South Pacific Theater aboard the USS LCI 847.
MILFORD – Howard “Howdy” I. Cornish, 92, a World War II veteran and last of the original Milford Macs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
Born Nov. 2, 1926, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, Howard was the son of Horace P. and Leta (Persons) Cornish.
He graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1945. Immediately after graduation, Howard enlisted in the Army and, following basic training, was assigned to the 778th Tank Battalion. Howard was dedicated to his country and proud of his service and that of his fellow comrades in arms.
COOPERSTOWN – James Elwood Jackson, a retired state trooper and World War II veteran, passed away Saturday night, Dec. 8, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. He was 93.
Born Feb. 15, 1925, in Endicott, he was the only child of Raymon James Jackson and Elizabeth J. Cass Jackson. Immediately after graduating from Owego Free Academy, James enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country during World War II, first aboard a merchant marine vessel and then on a battleship.
ONEONTA – Michele (Michael) Mongillo, 91, Oneonta, a retired D&H conductor whose Navy service included an assignment to Tinian, where the U.S. detonated the first atomic bomb, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at his home.
He was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Oneonta, the son of the late Pasquale and Rose (Perrine) Mongillo. Mike graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1944.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frank Joseph Kranitz, 92, World War II veteran and owner of the Lake-n-Pines Motel on Otsego Lake for many years, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Saint Johnsville Rehabilitation Center in Montgomery County.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1926, in Woodside, Queens, son of the late Joseph and Mary Tones Kranitz. Frank was raised in Queens where he graduated high school.
After graduation, he answered the call of his country by enlisting in the Army during World War II.
CHERRY VALLEY – Joseph Roger Keegan, 91, a World War II veteran and retired statistician in state and federal governments, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in New York City on Jan. 20, 1927, the eldest son of the late Roger and Beatrice (Reape) Keegan, both immigrants from Ireland. He married Patricia (Ford) Keegan on Dec. 15, 1962, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Cherry Valley.
HARTWICK – John J. Thorpe, 90, a World War II veteran and retired chemist, died Sunday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.
Born July 17, 1927, in Union City, N.J., John was the son of John and Alice Thorpe. Raised in Washington Township, he graduated from Westwood Regional High School. He was then inducted into the Army and served his country during World War II. He often recalled the great time he and many other servicemen had in New York City on V-J Day.
EXETER CENTER – Edwin S. Baxter Jr, 93, of Exeter Center, a World War II veteran and retired SUNY Oneonta professor, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at his residence in Cooperstown.
Edwin was born in Sayre, Pa., on Sept. 4, 1924, the son of the late Edwin S. Baxter Sr and Edith Van Wormer Baxter. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, the former Priscilla La Forest Baxter of Exeter Center, in 2009.