Adolph P. Buzzy
ONEONTA — Adolph Peter Buzzy, 83, of Oneonta, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born on July 20, 1920, in Cohoes, the son of Peter and Wictoria (Mudry) Buzalewicz.
He married Dorothy M. Sheldon in 1941, in Bainbridge.
Mr. Buzzy worked for Bendix-Scintilla in Sidney, having retired in 1970, at which time he became employed for the City of Oneonta. Mr. Buzzy retired as code enforcement officer for the City of Oneonta in 1981, and previously held the position of city marshall for several years.
He was a resident of Oneonta for the past 50 years, and was a member of the Oneonta Lodge F.&A.M.
Mr. Buzzy is survived by two sons, Jerry Buzzy and Neal Buzzy, both of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Ted Tranvaag of Bainbridge; three sisters, Adella Langelotti of Athens, Pa., Irene Pawelchak of Troy, and Nancy Pawelchak of Albany; nine grandchildren, Duane Buzzy of Oneonta, Stacey Paden of Sidney, Shannon Baxter of Otego, Lincoln Tranvaag of Sidney, Selena Palmatier of Sidney, Sabrina Drown of Afton, Sonja Rusweiler of Bainbridge, Brett Buzzy of Oneonta, and Stephanie Buzzy of Florida; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a brother, Paul Pawelchak.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Arrangements are by the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home in Oneonta.
SCHENEVUS — A committal service for Sidney E. Chamberlain, who died Dec. 9, 2002, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the Schenevus Cemetery, with the Rev. William Robert Thompson officiating and military honors presented by the Schenevus VFW Post 2752.
Arrangements are by the Heller Funeral Home, Schenevus.
ONEONTA — Virginia Jean LeViness Chittenden, 86, of Oneonta passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 22, 2003, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Nursing Home.
She was born in Binghamton, on Jan. 23, 1917, to Ralph and Evelyn (Betts) Adams.
She was educated in the Binghamton School System.
She married Theodore W. LeViness of Long Island, on Nov. 11, 1937, at St. James Episcopal Church, Little Delaware. He died in 1966. She remarried in 1968 to Mainard L. Chittenden. Mrs. Chittenden had resided on Long Island for 63 years before moving to Oneonta.
Mrs. Chittenden had worked for Pan American Airways Flight Service and in the Long Island Public School system until retirement in 1971.
She was a past regent in the Oyster Bay Daughter's of The American Revolution, a past matron of the Eastern Star in Hicksville, L.I., and an amateur radio operator since 1975, with extra class privileges. In that capacity, she accompanied two other amateur radio operators to Mainland China in 1980, to urge the government to permit their operators to return to worldwide radio privileges. They had been off the air for 40 years at that time. China was "on the air" 15 months later.
Mrs. Chittenden wrote profusely, and her work has appeared in many magazines. She was working on a book about the history of her family in the early 1800s in the Delhi area.
She also painted in oil and acrylics, and was an avid photographer. Her work has hung in the Hartwick College and Fenimore House Galleries.
Her sons, Theodore Harry LeViness of Hicksville, L.I., and his wife, Gloria; and Leslie Adams LeViness of Oneonta and his loving companion, Sue Dana, survive her. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Kimberly (LeViness) Dick of Rocky Point, L.I., Mrs. Valerie (LeViness) Herdman of Mesa, Ariz., and Jon-Michael LeViness of Mount Vision; and two great-grandsons, Austin and Christian Dick of Long Island.
She was predeceased by her second husband, Mainard Chittenden, in 1977; and by her aunt, Velma Betts Hawks in 1995 at the age of 95. Her mother was killed in 1918; and her grandparents, Fred and Mary E. Betts, adopted her.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Judith Thistle, A.O. Fox Hospital Chaplain, officiating. Burial will follow in the Floral Park Cemetery in Johnson City.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at which time the family will be in attendance.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Lois Rowe Foster
GILBERTSVILLE — Lois Rowe Foster, 85, of Gilbertsville died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at her home with her family at her side.
She was born Oct. 12, 1917, in Rockwells Mills, the daughter of Arthur Musson and Sarah (Rowe) Musson.
She married William Foster on Oct. 19, 1935, in Mount Upton. He died June 25, 1992.
She was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.
She was recognized several years ago as a 50-year member of the First Baptist Church of Gilbertsville.
Lois is survived by her children, Arlene Gavitt of Alton, Va.; Stephen Foster and wife, Jacqueline, of Gilbertsville; Richard Foster and companion, Anna Dotey, of Okeechobee, Fla.; Glenn Foster and wife, Rose, of Gilbertsville; her grandchildren, Kathy Tolls, Vicki Lee, Kenny, Kerry and Dale Gavitt, Angela, William and Victor Foster, Kim Gorman; her stepgrandchildren include Janie Hunt, Lisa Taylor and Amy Robinson; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Calling hours will be held at the Johnston Funeral Home on Thursday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal services and burial will be in the Brookside Cemetery in Gilbertsville.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to the Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 in Lois' memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Harold C. Hinkley
GRAND GORGE — Harold Clyde Hinkley, 78, of Grand Gorge passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Robinson Terrace, Stamford.
He was born Oct. 5, 1924, in Roxbury, the son of Harold and Ethel (Sanford) Hinkley.
Clyde was associated with the New York State Artificial Breeders Association from 1956 to 1964. He operated a dairy farm on Ferris Hill Road, Grand Gorge, for two years. After farming he was a well-known and highly respected stone mason contractor.
He served in the United States Army from 1948 to 1951 during the Korean War.
He was a lifelong area resident, having lived in Roxbury and Grand Gorge.
Clyde was a past member of the East Durham American Legion Post No. 1416; former Commander of the Earl D. Dudley American Legion Post No. 686 in Grand Gorge; member of the Ralph S. Ives American Legion Post No. 178 in Roxbury; graduate of Roxbury Central School; and a past member of the Roxbury Fire Department.
Clyde is survived by three daughters, Gail Hawks, Chicago, Dale Ingraham, Binghamton, and Sherry Clark, Tannersville; two grandchildren, Derrick Hinkley and Christy Clark; one great-grandson, Timothy Hinkley; three brothers, Leighton and Gary Hinkley, Roxbury, Glenford Hinkley, Halcottsville; three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Kellerhouse, Grand Gorge, Mrs. Peter (Edna) Busier, Saratoga Springs, and Mrs. Erving (Caroline) Thompson, Roxbury; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Roger, Sanford and Vincent Hinkley; and two sisters, Angie Herrick and Jean Dugan.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2003, at the Miller Funeral Home in Roxbury.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury, with the Rev. Waylen Bray officiating. Burial will be in Roxbury Cemetery.
In memory of Clyde Hinkley, memorial gifts may be sent to the Grand Gorge Rescue Squad, Grand Gorge, or the Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are by Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
ESSEX, Conn. — Waldo Cory Melrose Johnston, 89, of Essex, Conn., and Cooperstown, N.Y., died peacefully in his sleep at his home on Monday, July 21, 2003.
Born in Cooperstown on Sept. 21, 1913, he attended the Knox and the Beasley schools there. He graduated from the Hill School in Pennsylvania and from Yale University, also receiving an MA from Harvard.
In 1939, he married Elinor Doolittle, who predeceased him in 1994; in 1995, he married Renze Wilshire.
Following World War II, in which Johnston served with the U.S. Army Air Force, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he taught at Pomfret School.
In 1951, he was appointed Secretary of the Alumni Board of Yale University, and from 1954-1965, he was the university's Director of Enrollment and Scholarship.
In 1964, he became director of Mystic Seaport, during which time he successfully floated the museum's famous whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan. He also studied the infamous Deathwatch Beetle, becoming an authority of the wood-eating insect that was responsible for the destruction of many a boat. He retired in 1978 and spent the following year as headmaster of the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.
At his death, Johnston was a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Century Association and the Cruising Club of America; he was a Fellow of Davenport College, Yale University, and a trustee of Berkshire School, Mystic Seaport, and the Sea Education Association.
Besides his wife, Renze; he leaves four children, Waldo C.M. Johnston Jr. of Durham, N.C., Elinor J. Vincent of Cooperstown, Carol J. Galpin of Ketchum, Idaho, and James A.M. Johnston of St. Michael's, Md.; a stepdaughter, Barry Weyburn of Rock Hall, Md.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
There will be a service on Friday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex, and a graveside service at Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, on Sept. 19.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Conn., the Essex Meadows Foundation, Essex, Conn., and the Susquehanna SPCA, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Gladys A. Knox
MIDDLEFIELD — Mrs. Gladys A. Knox, 98, of Middlefield, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2003, peacefully at her home.
She was born Dec. 28, 1904, in Torrington, Conn., the daughter of Ture F. and Hulda (Johnson) Anderson.
On June 21, 1930, she married the Rev. Lewis A. Knox in Ludlow, Mass.
She was a 1924 graduate of Baypath Institute, Springfield, Mass. She was a homemaker and assisted her husband in their ministries. She lived in Middlefield since 1968.
Mrs. Knox was an artist in music, playing violin, piano and organ. She was a probate recorder, columnist for Middletown Press, CT , and helped with churches and the YMCA and many community organizations. She was a member of the Middlefield Methodist and Baptist Ladies Aid Society.
Survivors include daughters Joanne (Johnny) Holcombe and her husband, Luzerne, of West Hills, Calif., Marilyn (Jimmie) Marshman of Leander, Texas, Gladys (Sammie) Tabor and her husband, Shirley, of Maryland; a daughter-in-law, Dora Knox of Clifton Park; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Lewis Knox, and her son, Dr. Lewis Knox.
There will be no public calling hours.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the Middlefield Baptist Church, Middlefield, with the Rev. Ron Fralick officiating. Burial will follow in the Middlefield Cemetery, Middlefield.
Contributions in Mrs. Knox's memory may be made to the Baptist or Methodist Churches, Middlefield.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home in Cherry Valley.
Gailord E. Minster
ONEONTA — Gailord E. Minster, 86, of Oneonta passed away Friday, July 18, 2003, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born on Aug. 2, 1916, in Avon, the son of John and Jenny (Hinty) Minster.
Gail was first married to Hazel Minster of Lincoln, Neb., and later was married to Marilyn E. (Decker) Zorda.
Gail was a government inspector at Bendix Corp. of Sidney, retiring in 1980, and had also been a former deputy sheriff for Chenango County.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1945. He served with the 8th Air Force, 392nd Bomb Group and the 579th Bomb Squadron as a top turret gunner aboard a B-24 Liberator named the "Trips Daily." He and his combat crew flew 25 missions over Germany.
Gail was the recipient of the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and two Bronze Services Stars. He was proud to have served his country and was the last surviving member of his crew.
He was a resident of the Unadilla, Sidney and Oneonta areas for the last several years and was a life member of Sidney VFW Post 7914.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn E. Minster, of Oneonta; two daughters, Dawn Minster of Watertown, and Kelly Lutz of Oneonta; a son and daughter-in-law, John "Fred" and Carolyn Minster of Lincoln, Neb.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Jody and William Biddlecome of Greenville, N.C.; three stepsons and their wives, Frank and Sandra Zorda of Bainbridge, David and Jolie Zorda of Wells Bridge, and Robert and Anita Zorda of Unadilla. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2003, at the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St., Unadilla, (directly off Exit 10 of I-88). The Rev. R. Michael Amos, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Unadilla, will officiate, and honors will be accorded by Sidney VFW Post 7914. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.
It is requested that memorial contributions be made in memory of Gailord E. Minster to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St., Unadilla, under the direction of James S. Westcott and James C. Magee, funeral directors.
Helen Rose Spargo
COOPERSTOWN — Ms. Helen Rose Spargo, 79, formerly of Cooperstown and Index, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at The Meadows.
She was born in Millport, on May 8, 1924, a daughter of Jesse and Wilhelmina (Pock) Spargo.
Helen will be fondly remembered working at Newberry's and Church and Scott.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.
SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Dorothy McShane Quaif, 79, of Route 20, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, July 20, 2003, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown.
She was born on April 30, 1924, in Troy, a daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Malder McShane. She was raised and educated in Troy, where she graduated from high school. She continued her education, graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in education.
In 1948, she married Fred Quaif in Springfield Center. Dorothy and her family have lived in this area for over 20 years. She was an avid follower of history and current events and a lifelong believer in peace.
Surviving are her devoted husband of 55 years, Fred; three sons, Richard Quaif of Dryden, Steven Quaif and Roger Quaif, both of Westmorland; a daughter, Trudy Quaif of Delmar; and two grandsons, Kevin and Andrew Holmes, both of Delmar.
Funeral service and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to the East Springfield Center Emergency Response Team, P.O. Box 358, Springfield Center, NY 13468.
Nancy R. Quattrini
SAYRE, Pa. — Nancy R. Pitcher Quattrini of Sayre, Pa., passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following a battle with cancer.
She was born in Richmondville, N.Y., the daughter of William and Doris Cloutier Pitcher.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Peter, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Peter Jr. and Brenda Quattrini of Sayre; daughter, Andrea Quattrini of Wilmington, N.C.; her father, William H. Pitcher of Unadilla, N.Y.; granddaughter, Allia Quattrini; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Denise Pitcher of Bloomington, N.Y.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Anyone wishing to make memorial donations in her name may do so, to the Patient Fund, Oncology Department, Guthrie, in care of Janet Morgan or Sue Damico, Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 13, 2003, in Sayre.
WORCESTER — Mariardith Wieworka, 74, of Worcester passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2003.
Mariardith was born on July 11, 1929, in Rahway, N.J., and married her beloved husband, John, on May 6, 1950, in St. Casmir's Church in Brooklyn. They set up their first home in Brooklyn and then moved to Plainview, Long Island, where they started their family. In 1969, they made together what they viewed as one of their very best decisions to move to the wonderful community of Worcester, where the bonds of friendship were made for life.
Mariardith was a young office assistant in New York City, a 29-year leader of the Girl Scouts as well as a lifelong Girl Scout enthusiast, a Worcester Central School aide who ministered to thousands of children, a wonderful mother and wife, and the intimate friend of many.
She was a wonderful square dance partner, polka partner and partner in life. Many have been the great beneficiaries of Mariardith's legion correspondence and card greeting enthusiasm. Not a birthday, anniversary, holiday or special event went unnoticed by the warm and caring Mariardith.
A deeply religious and committed woman, a member of the Altar Rosary Society and a reader at church until her illness proved to interfere too much, Mariardith was a truly blessed person.
Mariardith's family, and her extended family of friends, were a source of strength and grounding in her life that was dedicated to making others feel welcome and loved.
She is survived by her children, Robert and his wife, Janet, of Plattsburgh, and Ardith and her partner, Carol, of Boston, Mass.; her brother, Ellsworth Mosso and his wife, Audrey, of New Milford, Conn.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, John, to whom she was eternally devoted.
Calling hours will be held at the E.J. Skinner Co. Funeral Chapel, 155 Main St., Worcester, on Saturday, July 26, 2003, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. The Rosary will be recited at 2 p.m., and a Vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Edward Golding at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 28, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Worcester. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to a reception to celebrate the life of Mariardith. The reception will be held immediately after the funeral on Monday at the home of Larry and Toni Bobnick on West Hill Road, Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Worcester Free Public Library, P.O. Box 461, Worcester, NY or St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 156, Worcester, NY 12197.
Arrangements are by the E.J. Skinner Co., 155 Main St., Worcester.