Edna M. Edwards
OXFORD — Edna M. Edwards, 99, of Oxford, formerly of Gilbertsville and Morris, passed on to be with our Lord on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at the Oxford Veterans Home, where she had resided for the past two years.
She was born on June 10, 1904, in Greene, daughter of John Van Duzer and Edith Pittsley.
She was married on July 8, 1925, to Harvey S. Edwards in Morris. He died in August 1979.
She was a homemaker and loving wife, parent and grandparent to all who touched life. She was devoted, compassionate, giving and family-oriented. She was known by her children and grandchildren for her homemade bread, donut holes and baked beans. She loved music, dancing, reciting poetry she had learned as a child and reading tea leaves, much to the delight of her grandchildren.
She was a member of the Spirit & Truth Christian Assembly, West Oneonta, and was baptized at 94 years old.
She is survived by five daughters and three sons-in-law, Jean Glover of Unadilla, Lura Todd of Morris, Vera Hoag and Lyle of Morris, Hilda Holbrook and Bob of West Oneonta and Ann Mein and Martin of South New Berlin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Earl Edwards and Bernice of Macedon and Gary Edwards and Jean of Gilbertsville; and a daughter-in-law, Winnie Edwards of Depauville. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and 35 great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harvey S. Edwards; three sons, Paul, Donald and Karl Edwards; a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Edwards; two sons-in-law, Robert Todd and Robert Glover; a grandson, Scott Edwards; and two brothers, Clyde Pittsley and Ivan Hall.
There will be a memorial service at the family reunion on Saturday, Aug. 9, with Pastor Mitchell Spring of the Spirit & Truth Christian Assembly officiating.
Burial will be at the Brookside Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.
Howard Roe Sr.
EAST MEREDITH — Roderick "Rod" Howard Roe Sr., 61, a life-long East Meredith resident, passed away Friday morning, Aug. 8, 2003, at home, with his family by his side.
The son of James E. and Arline E. (Elderkin) Roe, he was born Sept. 6, 1941, in Hobart, received his education at Charlotte Valley Central School while growing up on the family dairy farm in East Meredith, which he eventually took over and operated until 1985, when he started his own logging business, retiring in 1991 due to poor health.
"Howard," as he was also known by many people, enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR racing.
Surviving are his companion of 18 years, Betty Tuttle and their son, Roderick Roe Jr., at home; Genevieve (Mallory) Roe of East Meredith, whom he married in 1959, and their children, Kevin (Brenda) Roe of Oneonta, Dennis (Debra) Roe of Susquehanna, Pa., Herbert and Kenneth Roe of East Meredith and Crystal (Nathan) Morgan of Oneonta; his mother, Arline E. Roe of East Meredith; a brother, James M. (Donna) Roe of East Meredith; four sisters, Bonnie (Richard) Sines of Bainbridge, Nancy (Loren) Patton of Otego, Patricia (Wayne) Northrop of East Meredith and Linda Franqui of Monticello; seven grandchildren; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his father in 1996.
Friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10, when the family will be in attendance at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday by his cousin, the Rev. Cyrus Budine Jr., with burial following in the Charlotte Valley Cemetery, West Davenport.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Meredith First Responders.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet, Delhi.
SOUTH NEW BERLIN — Barbara Jean Conklin, 40, of South New Berlin, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003.
She was born Jan. 31, 1963, in Norwich, daughter of Gay and Shirley (Brooker) Whaley and spent her childhood in Oxford. She was a 1981 graduate of Oxford Academy.
Barbara married William Conklin on Nov. 27, 1982.
She was a claims technical adviser at New York Central Mutual Insurance Co. in Edmeston, where she had worked for 13 years.
Barbara was an assistant Little League coach when her sons Elijah and Richard played. She loved riding with her husband on their Harley Davidson motorcycle.
She is survived by her husband, William, and four children, Bobbi Jean Conklin of Washington, D.C., and Rachael Lynn Conklin, Elijah William Conklin and Richard Marshall Conklin, all of South New Berlin; a brother, Ronald and Korina Whaley of Norwich; sister, Karen Whaley and friend, Gregg Kenyon; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law.
Barbara was predeceased by one brother, Robert K. Whaley, and her father, Gay Whaley.
Calling hours are Monday, Aug. 11, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, South New Berlin, with Pastor Kurt Funke of the First Baptist Church, South New Berlin, officiating.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, South New Berlin.
Arrangements are with the Dakin Funeral Home, 17 N. Main St., New Berlin.
ONEONTA — Margaret Virginia Cannon died Tuesday, Aug. 5. 2003, in Oneonta.
She was born July 18, 1923, in Charlotteville, to Alvero and Cora E. Eighmey Wilsey.
Margaret worked for many years as a waitress in several Oneonta cafes and restaurants.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Cannon; children, James Cannon, Janice Kirk, Michael Cannon, Kathy Baker and Paula Cannon, all of Oneonta; Terry Cannon of Sidney, Brian Cannon of Binghamton, and Charlene Woehrle of Davenport; brother, Ralph Wilsey of East Worcester; sisters, Clara Vitch of North Carolina, Dorothy Strobeck of Tucson, Ariz., and Marion Wilsey; and several grandchildren.
A memorial service for Margaret will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Robert F. Haskell of St. James' Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be later at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Lois I. Bascom
KIRKWOOD — Lois I. Bascom passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at her home.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Deuel and Lorriece Bascom of Binghamton; one granddaughter, Alicia Bascom of Binghamton; one sister, Joy Shevalier of Cooperstown, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard V. Bascom, and her parents, Coral and Floyd Shepard.
At her request, funeral services will be private.
James Clyde Bush
MARGARETVILLE — James (Jim) Clyde Bush, 59, was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003. He passed away unexpectedly at Kingston Hospital following a period of declining health.
Jim was born on April 17, 1944, in Margaretville. His parents were Clyde James and Gussie (Hendricks) Bush.
He worked at Ametek-Rotron in Woodstock as an assembly worker for 36 years.
His life revolved around his family and his many friends. The joy of his life were his grandchildren, Damien, Zachery, Michael and Julie.
Jim was a kind, generous and caring man. He enjoyed the company of his friends and was known for his sense of humor. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Jim is survived by his two daughters, Melissa Bevins and her husband, Nathan, and their children, Damien and Zachery of Davenport, and Jeanette Bush and Chris Walrath and children, Michael and Julie of Maryland; three sisters and their spouses of West Hurley, Henrietta and Elwood Stoutenberg, Carolyn and Lewis Kellerhouse and Betty DeGraff; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends.
Calling hours are Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, from 7 to 9 p.m. when the family will be in attendance at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at the funeral home, with the burial to follow at the Margaretville Cemetery Annex, with the Rev. S. Hayden Walsh officiating.
Arrangements are by the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville.
GUILFORD — Astrid Christensen, 93, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, and a former resident of Guilford and Mount Upton areas, passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 9, 2003, in the Gilmour Health Care Facility of Norwich, where she had made her home since April of last year.
Astrid was born March 19, 1910, in Norway, the daughter of Anders and Marie Christensen.
On July 21, 1931, in New York City, she married her childhood sweetheart, Arnold Christensen, only one day after they came to the United States. Astrid and her husband made their home on Long Island and up and down the East Coast. They moved to Mount Upton in 1947 and realized their dream of owning a farm, which they operated for many years with their family.
After retirement, they relocated to Guilford, where Arnold passed away on Dec. 27, 1987.
Astrid made her home at the Preston Manor for a couple of years prior to moving to Gilmour Health Care Facility, and received loving care at both places.
Astrid was very attentive and devoted to her family over the years. She had made trips back to her home in Norway, to attend special occasions, and she was also a lover of the game of pinochle, which she and her family would play over and over again and sometimes get into some heated discussions over which card to play.
Astrid is survived by her children, Alice Haskin and husband, Jim of Bellevue, Wash., Katherine Wildenstein and husband, Francis of Bainbridge, Ty Christensen and wife, Jeanne of Seneca, S.C., and Arthur Christensen and wife, Linda of Mount Upton; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and over 40 foster children in Chenango County for which she and her husband had cared over the years. Also surviving are her sisters, Liv Norvold, Sigrid Korsane and Ruth Moe; and her sister-in-law, Elinor Digre, all of Norway; her brother, Rolf Christensen, also of Norway. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Besides her husband, Arnold, Astrid was predeceased by her grandson, Charles Wildenstein, in 1973; and her siblings, Malfred, Avilda, Elsa, Britha, Arthur, Tor, Berger, Arne and Olaf.
Funeral services for Astrid will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at 11 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, with the Rev. Beverly Butler, chaplain of the Gilmour Health Care Facility, officiating. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery of No. Guilford.
Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Please consider contributions to Gilmour Guardian Angels, 88 Calvary Drive, Norwich, NY 13815; Preston Manor, 1150 County Road 4, Oxford, NY 13810 or the Guilford Emergency Squad, Guilford NY 13780.
Stanley S. Miller
ONEONTA — Stanley S. Miller, 103, died Aug. 8, 2003, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 5, 1900, in the town of Franklin to Stanley W. and Lena Waring Miller.
Stanley worked for over 35 years as a route salesman for Grand Union Tea Company, Oneonta, retiring about a year after its sale to Jewel Tea Company.
Stanley was an active member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church for many years, and married his sweetheart, Carrie J. Sisson, there on Oct. 2, 1923. She predeceased him on Dec. 12, 1985.
He was also very active and promoted the IOOF Continental Lodge No. 477, where he was a past Noble Grand and held all of the Offices at least once.
Stanley was one of very few people to ever receive The 70 Year Membership Pin from the IOOF.
He was also a member of the P.P. Cooper Encampment of the IOOF and the David Wilber Canton No. 37.
Stanley is survived by his sons and their spouses, Frederick L. and Martha Miller of West Oneonta, and Roger S. and Joan Miller of Morris; grandchildren, Diana O'Connor of Oneonta, Ronda Monington of Cumberland, Md., Frederick Miller Jr., of Syracuse, Douglas Miller of Bohemia, Timothy Miller of Albany, Brian Miller of Roswell, Ga., Joseph Gaiser of Sykesville, Md., and Denise Gaiser of West Winfield; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, wife and half sister, Mildred Sisson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Eileen Cornwell officiating.
Calling hours with the family will be Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bookhout Funeral Home. The IOOF will hold a short service at 7 p.m. Monday during calling hours.
Interment will be in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, following the funeral service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta NY 13820.
Arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
EAST WORCESTER — Irene Catherine Houghton, 92, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County in Cobleskill.
She was born Dec. 30, 1910, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Valentine and Catherine (Buehler) Dettling.
She married Robert H. Houghton on Oct. 9, 1941, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Worcester. He predeceased her on March 29, 1999.
Mrs. Houghton began teaching at Calcutta School, District No. 9, a one-room school house in 1934. She than taught at the East Worcester School until its closing. She finished out her many years of teaching at Worcester Central School.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Society, the New York State Teachers Retirement System, the Homemakers of East Worcester, and was an alumni of St. Joseph's College for Women in Brooklyn.
Mrs. Houghton is survived by her sister, Alice Staruck of Unadilla.
She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Mabel; and two brothers, Stuart and Leslie.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at the E.J. Skinner Co. Funeral Chapel in Worcester. There will be a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Worcester. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820, the St. Joseph's Building Fund, P.O. Box 156, Worcester, NY 12197 or the East Worcester First Responders, P.O. Box 781, East Worcester, NY 12064.
Arrangements are by E.J. Skinner Co., 155 Main St., Worcester.
Eva Mae Hoyt
WALTON — Eva Mae Hoyt of Walton, died on Aug. 8, 2003, at the Westlake Manor Nursing Home in Augusta, Ga. She was 95 years old.
Mrs. Hoyt was born on April 16, 1908, in Walton, to George and Mary E. Holmes Conklin.
On Feb. 11, 1928, she married Charles J. Hoyt. He predeceased her on May 23, 1944.
Mrs. Hoyt will be remembered for her personality, her great sense of humor and most of all her generosity.
She is survived by four daughters, Martha Stanton of Walton, Grace (Jim) Wright of Masonville, Mary Neale of Walton, Evelyn (Millard) Finch of Sidney Center; four sons, Charles R. Hoyt of Binghamton, William (Nadeane) Hoyt of Walton, Douglas Hoyt of Walton and Joseph (Wendy) Hoyt of Tennessee. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.
Family members who died earlier include her husband, Charles; her daughter, Janet; and her brothers, Walter, Arthur, Fred and Harold Conklin.
Her family will receive friends Wednesday evening, Aug. 13, 2003, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lyon Bros.-Way Funeral Home, corner of North and Delaware streets in Walton.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Walton Cemetery, with the Rev. William Robertson, of the Plymouth Church, officiating.
WEST ONEONTA — Marian M. Whitmore, 80 years old, of West Oneonta, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born May 4, 1923, in Delhi, the daughter of John and Mary Webster.
She married LeRoy E. Whitmore Sr., on Sept. 17, 1946, in Oneonta. Together they shared 50 years of marriage until LeRoy predeceased her on Nov. 24, 1996.
A lifelong area resident, Marian worked at several area business's including the Oneonta Hotel, the Duke Restaurant, the Oneonta Country Club and State University College at Oneonta as a cook.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and playing the harmonica, but most of all she loved spending quality time and caring for her family. She will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, LeRoy E. and Mary Whitmore Jr., of Bainbridge, Stanley Whitmore of Otego, and Richard and Maryann Whitmore of Unadilla; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Anna Mae Young of Oneonta; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Marian was predeceased by one sister, Lou Lillie; and two brothers, Cleveland Grant and John Watson.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Judith A. Thistle, Chaplain at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, officiating. Burial will follow in the Cook Cemetery, West Oneonta.
Calling hours will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. at which time the family will be in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 31 Adams Ave., Endicott, NY 13760 or to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 in loving memory of Marian M. Whitmore.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.