Born in New York City at the height of the deadly Spanish Influenza on Sept. 24, 1918, Frank Edward Marra succumbed to complications of COVID-19 on April 5, 2020, in White Plains at the age of 101.
The son of the late Arthur and Mary Marra, Frank resided for most of his long life in Yonkers, and had winter residences in Boca Grande and Sarasota, Fla.
Upon Graduation from City College of New York Business School in 1938, Frank relocated to San Francisco to take a position with Bank of America. As world events presaged a coming global conflict, Frank returned to New York to join the Army Reserves and was called to active duty on Dec. 8, 1941. following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the previous day.
ONEONTA – One of Oneonta’s few remaining members of “The Greatest Generation” passed away today, Aug. 8, 2019, to be welcomed by his family and many friends in heaven.
Charles R. Blanchard, 91, was born in Oneonta on May 25, 1928, the son of Merton and Emma (Roscoe) Blanchard. He attended Oneonta schools and then joined the war effort serving in the Merchant Marines and Navy.
ONEONTA – John H. Lance, Sr. 92, of Oneonta, a World War II veteran and 15-year member of the Oneonta Fire Department, entered into eternal life on Monday, June 3, 2019 at home, with his wife Darlene by his side.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1926 in Parshall Hospital, Oneonta, the son of Harry and Mary (Forte) Lance. He graduated from St. Mary’s School.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Richard J. Teachout, 97, of Johnson Street, a World War II veteran and retired dairy farmer, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, 2019, in his home. He had the comfort of his loving family by his side at the time of his passing.
Richard was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Schenectady, a son of the late Oscar Carl and Isabel Antis Teachout. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs. In 1942, Richard joined the Army and fought in World War II, serving in the South Pacific. On June 6, 1943, in Cooperstown he married the former Wanda Thayer, a blessed union of 63 years until her passing in 2006.
Dairy farming was a large part of Richard’s life, after returning from the war he purchased a dairy farm in Richfield, which he and his wife worked.
COOPERSTOWN – Leland C. Smith, 96, a World War II veteran who spent his career in Bassett Hospital’s business office, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Promenade Assisted Living in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County.
Leland was born on Feb. 5, 1922, in Cooperstown, to Ethel and Charles Smith. He died less than a week before his 97th birthday.
MIDDLEFIELD – Andrew J. Kubis, 97, a farmer, decorated World War II veteran and founding member of the Middlefield Fire Department, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.
Born in Kearney, Pa., on Sept. 28, 1919, to Michael and Mary Kubis, the family moved to Middlefield when Andrew was 11. Andrew lived and worked on the family farm until joining the Army, where he was a tank unit commander in the armored cavalry.
ONEONTA – Gilbert F. Sherman, 90, a World War II veteran and retired Wilber Bank loan officer, passed away on May 12, 2017 at Fox Nursing Home. Previously, he lived in Milford.
He was the husband of the late Jane (Schempf) Sherman. He was born on April 21, 1927 in Middleburgh, son of the late Lee and Edith (Fryar) Sherman. He graduated from Milford Central School in 1944. Gil served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during the World War II Army of Occupation as a radio man on a B-17.
ONEONTA – Anthony Chicorelli, 93, a Navy veteran of World War II who retired from Allied Corp., died Thursday, March 30, 2017, from natural causes.
He was born June 25, 1923, son of Eugenio and Alessandra (Pallottolo) Ciccarelli. Affectionately known as Tony to friends and family, he married Frances Louise Beach in 1942. Frances left this world too soon, on May 20, 1993, 69 years young.
ONEONTA – Paul Wilson Shelton, 93, a World War II veteran who served on the USS Lexington aircraft carrier during 32 battles in the Pacific Theater, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Fox Hospital.
He was born May 18, 1923, in Warwick, Tenn., the son of the late Henry and Clarence (Cherry) Amos. Paul was raised in Woodville, Mississippi and graduated from Woodville High School.
He enlisted in the Navy just before Pearl Harbor Day and, assigned to the USS Lexington, was also involved in the development of radar.
OTEGO – Services are planned later this month for Russell Anderson Southard Sr., 96, a WWII veteran who helped build the Downsville Dam and supervised other major construction projects while raising six daughters and a son in Otego. He died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the Oxford Veterans Home.
He was born Sept. 11, 1920, one of four sons of Lou and Bethel (Anderson) Southard. He married Marguerite Smith on Oct. 22, 1942, in the Otego Presbyterian Church. Together they raised a family of seven. She died Aug. 28, 1986.