Archie St. John Jr.
COOPERSTOWN — A committal service for Archie St. John Jr., who died March 19, 2003, will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2003, at 10 a.m. in Lakewood Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.
Helen D. Williamson
COHOES — Helen D. Williamson of Cohoes passed away on June 18, 2003, at her home and is now at peace with her mother, father and grandson, Kevin Derus Hickey, after a courageous two year battle with cancer, with her three devoted daughters at her bedside.
Helen was born in Cohoes on May 7, 1920, and was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Luchek Derus. After her father passed away her mother remarried Leon Stanaszek, who raised her as his own daughter.
She was a lifelong resident of Cohoes and a graduate of Cohoes High School and Albany Business College.
Helen was employed for 35 years at the Watervliet Arsenal as Supervisor of Supply and concurrently worked at Kay Jeweler's in Latham for 20 years. She was later employed with the New York State Department of Workmen's Compensation retiring in 2001.
Helen was a member of the Toastmaster Club, former chairperson of the Watervliet Arsenal's Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was a dedicated blood donor, she was secretary of the Supervisor's Association of the Watervliet Arsenal, and she was very active in the Cohoes Girl Scouts and the Civil Defense with the Civil Air Patrol.
Helen was a communicant of St. Ambrose Parish in Latham. She enjoyed traveling, golfing and the excitement of novice piloting.
She is survived by her loving daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Roger Hickey of Oneonta, Helen and Nelson R. Alford of Hillsdale, Victoria W. and Wendell Dinehart of Latham; cherished grandchildren, Sharon, Jonathan, Daniel, Michael, Matthew, Sarah, Benjamin, and the late Kevin D. Hickey; adored great-granddaughter, Madelyn; her sisters, Caroline Walsh, Genevieve Krawiec and Leona Kimball, all of Cohoes.; nieces and nephews, Michael, James, Mary, and the late Ralph Walsh, Mary Chris Krawiec, Mary Bouchard, Anne Westfall, Judith and Richard Kimball and William E. Williamson of Fort Edward.
Funeral from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd., 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes, will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Ambrose Church, Latham, will be held at 11 a.m.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home, Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Those wishing to remember Helen in a special way may make memorial contributions to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Road, Rensselaer, N.Y. 12144.
MARGARETVILLE — Glenford (Glen) Ingram, 75, of Margaretville died June 18, 2003, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born April 18, 1928, in Andes, the son of Austin Ingram and Minnie Estus.
He married his first wife, Beatrice Williman, Oct. 22, 1950, she predeceased him Sept. 11, 2001. Glen found love a second time and married Marjorie Bussy on July 20, 2002.
He was a Staff Sgt. in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was a mechanic and logger. He owned and operated area businesses including Davidson Shell Station in Margaretville. He retired in 1980.
Glen was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post No. 216, a lifelong area resident. He was an avid bingo and card player. He was a person who loved life.
Glen is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Bussy) Ingram; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Christina Ingram, Margaretville; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Ralph Wright, Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren, Glen Wright, Sanford, N.C., Jay and Samantha Wright, Richmond, Va., and Caranne Ingram, Margaretville; five stepchildren, Jerry and Lorraine Bussy, Halcottsville, Clyde and Cathy Bussy, Oneonta, Dennis and Beverly Bussy, Florida, Doug and Diane Watson, Walton, Donna and Lynn Kelly, Binghamton; 14 stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd Ingram, Margaretville, and Verlyn Ingram, Tucson, Ariz.; and two sisters, Helen Sager, Binghamton, and Pat Mariotti, Florida.
Glen was predeceased by his parents; six brothers, Calvin, Bernard, Donald, Charles, Durwood and Robert; three sisters, Louise Coss, Mable Hofsdale and Rowena Spickerman.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2003, at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2003, with Diane Wickham, officiating, at the United Presbyterian Church in Margaretville. Burial will be held in the Margaretville Cemetery Annex in Margaretville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Hannah Lee House at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown.
Arrangements are by the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
Gerry L. Burrows
NEW BALTIMORE — Gerry L. Burrows, 63, died suddenly Monday, June 16, 2003.
Gerry was born Aug. 29, 1939, in Delhi, to Nelson and Pauline (Bouton) Burrows.
Gerry graduated from Delaware Academy in 1958, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He married Marilyn Hall in Bovina on April 30, 1966.
Gerry was the comptroller for many years at Sano-Rubin Construction Co. and was semi-retired as comptroller for A.O.W. Associates in Albany.
He was an avid fisherman, and devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of New Baltimore; son, Jeff of New Baltimore; daughter and son-in-law, Jill (James) Urner Jr. of Glenmont; grandchildren, Jimmie, Jack and Katie; his mother, Pauline Burrows of Hobart; three sisters, Dawn (Clive) Wart, Oneonta, Linda (Ken) Ogborn, Davenport, Delores (Rodney) Greene, East Meredith; and one brother, Allan (Lyn) Burrows of Penfield. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Gerry was predeceased by his father, Nelson Burrows, and a brother, Harold Burrows.
All services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in memory of Gerry may be made to the New Baltimore First Responders.
Elizabeth G. Jenkins
BAINBRIDGE — Elizabeth G. Jenkins, (Betty), 74, of Bainbridge entered into Eternal Rest on Thursday, June 19, 2003.
She was born on June 8, 1929, the daughter of William H. Gill and Nellie (French) Gill, and on Nov. 14, 1947, married Richard W. Jenkins.
Betty was retired from Amphenol Corp., where she worked for 32 years.
Surviving are her loving husband of 55 years, Richard; three sons, William and his wife, Judy of Midlothian, Va., Gordon and his wife, Diana of Chesterfield, Va., and Daniel and his wife, Thelma of Bainbridge; two brothers, Jack Gill of Bainbridge, and Michael Gill of Dallas, Texas; and one sister, Kathy Butler, Oneonta. Also 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Betty was predeceased by three sisters, Barbara (Gill) Shultz, Patricia Gill and Suzanne Taylor, and one brother, William (Bill) Bill Jr.
There will be a private memorial service and the family requests, that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Chenango County, Inc., 21 Hayes St., Norwich, N.Y. 13815.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Mary Morgan Latimer
COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Mrs. Mary Morgan Latimer, born Nov. 11, 1924, passed away at her home in Columbia, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 11, 2003. With the loving help of the staff of the Hospice of the Highland Rim, she left in peace after a long struggle with illness.
She was preceded in death by her son, Donald J. Latimer Jr. on Sept. 4, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Donald J. Latimer; her two daughters, Mary Lois Bjork of Longmont, Colo., and Nancy L. Cobb of Columbia, Tenn., and their families including eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Buford "Buddy" Morgan of Opelika, Ala.; and sister, Peggy Siggers of Lanett, Ala.
Mrs. Latimer donated her body to Vanderbilt Medical School for medical research.
A memorial service was held at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Tenn., on Saturday, June 14, 2003, where Mrs. Latimer had served as an Elder.
For those who wish to honor her memory, the family suggests donations be made to St. John's Presbyterian Church, 65 Hilldale Church Road, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
Howard J. Nichols
BLOOMVILLE — Howard James Nichols, 70, of Rich Road, Bloomville, N.Y., died unexpectedly Thursday morning, June 19, 2003, at his home.
The sixth generation on the Lamb Homestead, first settled in 1796, he was born on Aug. 24, 1932, in the family home in Bloomville to Edward Lamb Nichols Sr. and Margaret Letha (Burdick) Nichols.
Howard was active in Future Farmers of America as well as sports activities while attending South Kortright Central School, where he graduated in June 1950. In his late teens, he started a chicken business and was employed as a milk tester. Later, in the 1950s he continued the home dairy operation with his brother, Edward.
In 1958, Howard married Alice Norberg, a town of Davenport native, in the South Kortright Presbyterian Church.
A long-time and devoted public servant, Howard served in many capacities both on the town and county levels. A member of the Stamford Town Board for the past 38 years, he also served for 20 years as supervisor of the town and was chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors from 1985 until 1993, from 1964 to 1974 he was on the South Kortright Central School Board of Education and also served as board president. Howard was also a member of the Northern Catskills BOCES Board, and enjoyed being a school bus driver for the South Kortright District.
Throughout his long career of public service, he also served as a member of the Delaware County Citizens Advisory Panel, the Delaware County Republican Committee, the Delaware County Agricultural Council, the Catskill Rail Committee and was one of the founders of the Watershed Agricultural Council, serving on its board until the present. In 1981, he joined the board of Green Thumb Environmental Beautification Inc. and served as president since 1992. He was also an active member of the South Kortright Community Church.
As much as his service to the community was a large part of his life, more so was his devotion to his life as a dairy farmer and his love for his family, most especially his grandchildren. On the farm, he enjoyed building and fixing just about everything, as well as baling hay. Howard will be remembered by many for his sense of humor, patience, understanding, wise counsel and guidance to family and friends.
Howard is survived by his wife Alice, of more than 40 years; his daughters and their families, Gwen and Paul Deysenroth III of Bloomville and their sons, Paul IV, Daniel and Dennis, Gail White and Jake Dickman and their daughters, Sarah, Kirsten and Emily White and Emilee and Erienne Dickman of East Meredith and Maria and Peter Deysenroth of Cooperstown and son Erik; one brother and sister-in-law, Edward Nichols and his wife, Beatrice, of Bloomville; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son, Neil Howard Nichols, who died April 16, 1982; one brother, Dennis Nichols, who died in 1958; and one son-in-law, Joseph Jay White, who died Nov. 3, 2001.
Friends may call at their convenience at the MacArthur Funeral Home in Delhi on Sunday, June 22, from 2 to 9 p.m. Howard's family will be in attendance from 2 to 4 p.m. that afternoon.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, in the South Kortright Community Church, with the Rev. Joseph Bokel and the Rev. Bert More officiating.
Burial will follow in the Nichols family plot in Riverside Cemetery, Bloomville.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the South Kortright Community Church, South Kortright, NY 13842.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.
Shirley M. VanSteenburg
ONEONTA — Shirley M. VanSteenburg, 67, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
She was born Jan. 21, 1936, the daughter of Henry and Helen Nichols and was adopted a few days later to Arthur and Pearl (Masker) Rake of Oneonta.
Shirley graduated from Oneonta High School in 1953. She married Elmer "Red" VanSteenburg in 1954.
She worked for 26 years at K.M.S. Plastics and Audio Sears in Oneonta. Besides being a loving mother and kind person to all, she had a love for animals and loved to cook and listen to country music.
She is survived by one son, Victor VanSteenburg of Oneonta; and one granddaughter, Nicole VanSteenburg of Oneonta; her sister, Betty Coons and her husband, Bob, of Bowie, Md.; stepsisters, Jane Sauvager of Mechanicville, Va., Martha Leverock of Wells Bridge, Virginia Spencer of Gilbertsville and Clara Bouer of Albany; a stepbrother, Henry Nichols of Hartwick; a brother-in-law, Wayne VanSteenburg and his family; her nephew, James Deming and his wife, Carol, and their family, as well as several dear friends, Mike and Jean Naples of Oneonta, Nancy and John Chicorelli of Oneonta, Connie and Tom George of Oneonta, Noreen Fiolla of Oneonta, Eleanor Hughes of Morris, Darlene Cornish and her son, Landon, as well as many other special friends who meant a lot to Shirley.
Shirley was predeceased by her two sons, Arthur VanSteenburg, on June 19, 1993, and Nathan VanSteenburg on Nov. 18, 2001; her sisters, Ina Deming and Helen Sturm, and stepsister, Laura Mewhorter and by both parents.
There will be no funeral service or calling hours. She will be cremated and buried in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery between her two sons.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 31 Adams Ave., Endicott, NY 13760 or to the Milford United Methodist Church, North Main Street, Milford, NY 13807, in loving memory of Shirley M. VanSteenburg.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
John Colegrove Sr.
EDMESTON — John A. Colegrove Sr., died Friday, June 20, 2003, at M. I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
He was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Edmeston, the son of Lorenzo and Catherine (Hamm) Colegrove. On May 25, 1958, he married Beverly Goodier, who survives.
John was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston and was a firefighter in the Edmeston Fire Department for 45 years. He had served for 18 years as a director of the Otsego County Fair Board and was currently an honorary director. John will be remembered for his love of hunting and trapping and square dancing.
In addition to his wife, Beverly, John is survived by his children, John A. Colegrove Jr., Nadine and Victor Lasher, Nanette and Terry Fikes and Isabelle and Timothy Tophoven; and his grandchildren, Ashley and Denver Colegrove, Nicholas and Michaela Lasher, Cassandra and Matthew Fikes and Thomas and Suellyn Tophoven. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and Ronald Olds; and his brother, Wesley Colegrove; one uncle and several nephews and cousins.
Calling hours for John will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston.
Funeral services for John will be held on Monday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston with the Rev. Jay Noll and the Rev. Alfred Hamm Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery.
A fireman's memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Sunday evening.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Edmeston Emergency Squad or the Edmeston Fire Department in John's name.
Funeral arrangements are by the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
Myrtle Y. Cope
EAST SPRINGFIELD — Mrs. Myrtle Y. Cope, 94, originally from Springfield and later of Herkimer, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Folts Home, Herkimer.
She was born June 13, 1909, in East Springfield, the daughter of Oscar and Lena (Fassett) Young. On June 17, 1928, she married Lewis B. Cope. He predeceased her in 1991.
She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and from Oneonta Normal School. An elementary teacher for 17 years, she taught for a few years in a one room school house. After marriage she was a partner in the Cope Family Farm in East Springfield for 63 years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of East Springfield, former member of the NYS Farm Bureau, Grange and the East Springfield Library Board.
Myrtle loved picking bulls, crossword puzzles, reading and cats.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Arnold and Tamara Cope of Mohawk; two granddaughters, April and husband Mark Timerman of Canajoharie and Connie Keicher of South Glens Falls; two grandsons, Ronald and wife Margo Cope of Bayville and Tim Cope of Albany; seven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson; a sister-in-law, Merle Young of East Springfield, and a niece, Ruth Philley of East Hampton.
She was predeceased by her husband; a son, DeWilton in 1932; and brothers, Robert in 1985 and Edwin in 1990.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. June 24, at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, East Springfield, with the Rev. Susan Burdsall officiating.
Burial will follow in the Springfield Center Cemetery, Springfield Center. A luncheon will be held at the church following the burial.
By family request please omit floral offerings. Those who wish may make contributions in Myrtle's memory to the East Springfield Presbyterian Church, 5446 US Highway 20, East Springfield, NY 13333 or the Folts Home, Patient Services, 104 N. Washington St., Herkimer, NY 13350.
The family thanks the staff at Claxton Manor, and especially Kathy Murray for their kindness and care over the past three years and the 5th floor staff of' Folts Home for the past four months.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Gary R. Leas
JEFFERSON — Gary R. Leas, 63, formerly of East Meadow, N.Y., entered into eternal rest on Thursday afternoon, June 19, 2003.
He served a term in the United States Air Force and worked for New York Telephone for 33 years.
His wife, Marianne, and three sisters, Dorothy Gull, Hellen Cappala and Rose Ritz, survive him. Gary is also survived by his two sons, Jon and wife Tara of Jefferson and Andrew of Queens, N.Y.
Friends may call at the Hall Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Stamford, on Monday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Ligato at 1 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Stamford.
Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Stamford.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford, under the direction of William A. Tari.
Joseph P. Vidosic
COPERSTOWN — A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Joseph P. Vidosic, who died Feb. 2, 2003, will be held on Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Cooperstown with Fr. John P. Rosson officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.
Robert G. Stage
NEW BERLIN — Robert Gleason Stage, 68, of New Berlin, died June 20, 2003, in the Chenango Memorial Hospital, after a tough battle with cancer.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1935, in Cortland, the son of Robert G. Stage and Flora (Nightengale) Stage Mowers.
He was married to Julia Hendrickson Stage for 42 1/2 years. She survives.
During Bob's life, his greatest joys were playing his guitar and calling square dances with several different bands. He also enjoyed bowling and playing bingo.
He worked for Merritt Moore in a three-man saw mill, and then went on to work for 31 years at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford. After his retirement in 1997, he went to work part-time at Chase Memorial Nursing Home, putting away stock for the kitchen. He also helped the staff as much as possible when they were shorthanded or when preparing special dinners. He was no longer able to work there after Jan. 3 because of ill health.
Mr. Stage is survived by his wife, Julia; one daughter, Rebecca and her husband, Theodore, Ritchey; three sons, Randy and wife, Colleen, Keith and wife, Jodi, and Kurt and fiancee, Gwen F. Kinch; four grandsons, Joseph and Andrew Ritchey, and Nicholas and Justin Stage; one granddaughter, Kayla Stage; two sisters, Betty Ryan, Oxford, and Shirley and husband, Norman, Mowers, Norwich; five grandnieces and nephews; many close friends; and former co-workers.
He was predeceased by his father, Robert Stage; stepfather, Ray Mowers; mother, Flora Mowers; and one brother, Lynn Mowers.
Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2003, with a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jeff McLallen of the South Edmeston Baptist Church, South Edmeston, officiating.
Interment will be in the Columbus Corners Cemetery, in the town of Columbus.
Memorial donations may be made to the New Berlin Emergency Squad, New Berlin.
Funeral arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home, 17 North Main St., New Berlin.