Magdalene E. Overstreet
ONEONTA — Magdalene E. Overstreet, 91, of Robynwood Home For Adults, Oneonta, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
She was born Nov. 15, 1911, on Long Island, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Castka) Cermak.
She married John Overstreet on June 1, 1966. He predeceased her on Feb. 11, 1975.
There will be no services. Burial will take place in Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home of Hobart.
Cecil E. Hoose
PORTLANDVILLE — Cecil E. Hoose, 72, of Portlandville, died early Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, 2003, at his home.
He was born on April 8, 1931, in Oneonta, a son of Harold S. and Marian (Champlin) Hoose. Raised in Mount Vision, Cecil graduated from Laurens Central School with the Class of 1948. Following graduation he became involved in dairy farming.
On Aug. 5, 1951, he married Mary Jones in the Hartwick Methodist Episcopal Church. Together they continued dairy farming, owning and operating the Ce-Ran Farm in Mt. Vision until his retirement in 1981. For the next 15 years he indulged his passion for selling land by becoming a real estate agent and operating Mt. Vision Realty.
Cecil was a dedicated member of Laurens Lodge No. 548, Free and Accepted Masons. During his term as Master in 1970, the Lodge acquired and dedicated their present building and he was currently serving as the Chairman of their Building Committee. Most recently he was the recipient of the Dedicated Service Award presented by the Grand Lodge, F.&A.M. of the State of New York.
For most of his adult life he was a member of the Mt. Vision Fire Department, also served on the Board of the Mt. Vision Cemetery Association, and was also a member of the Mt. Vision United Methodist Church. An avid old car enthusiast, he was a member of the REO Club of America and The Reminiscer's Antique Car Club of Oneonta. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and trapping, and was a member of the Three Rivers Coon Hunters' Association. He also enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary, of Portlandville; his son, Randall S. Hoose and Judy Dennis of Cooperstown; his daughter, Priscilla Kaye Osterhoudt and her husband, Darrell of Jefferson City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Dana Osterhoudt of Missouri and Randall S. Hoose Jr. and Samantha Hoose, residing in Laurens with their mother, Margaret Hoose; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special nephew, Jim Garvin Jr. of Fly Creek, and a special niece, Sharon Baumgartner of Amery, Wis.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with Mr. Richard Sliter, pastor of Aldrich Baptist Church in North Franklin, officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vision Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, when Cecil's family will be in attendance. A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m., that evening, by Brothers of Laurens Lodge No. 548, F.&A.M.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to Laurens Lodge No. 548, F.&A.M., care of Sec't. Robert Bennett, 215 Crawford Road, Otego, NY 13825 or Catskill Area Hospice Hope Foundation, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Marta M. Brunelle
NEW BERLIN — A memorial service for Marta M. Brunelle will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin, located at 53 South Main St.
Marta died on Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at her home in New Berlin.
Funeral services were conducted at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Glen Cove, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003. Burial followed in Roslyn Cemetery on Long Island.
She was born Marta Mary Babb in Manhattan in 1943. Her father was serving in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic at the time. She moved at an early age with her family to Huntington, where she received her schooling. She subsequently graduated from Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers.
In 1965, Marta was employed by The Kollsman Instrument Corp. in Syosset, where she met her future husband, Bob Brunelle. They were married in 1968, and raised their family in Queens. After the children entered school, Marta returned to employment with the acturial group of the accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand in New York City.
When she and her husband moved to New Berlin in 1992, she was briefly employed by Circulars Unlimited. For the last decade she has been employed by the Department of Social Services of Chenango County.
Marta is survived by her husband, Bob, of New Berlin; two daughters, Kathy Hellin of Manassas, Va., and Lesley Brunelle of New York City; and a son, Christopher of NYC. Other surviving family members are Marta's brother, Tony Babb of Fort Collins, Colo.; stepfather, Ken Wassmer of Rio Rancho, N.M.; stepsister, Valerie Philon of Orlando, Fla.; and stepbrother, Ron Wassmer of Jacksonville, Fla. Her five grandchildren are Missy, Jackie, Jessie, Mandy and Cody of Manassas Va.
Marta was predeceased by her father, Victor Babb, and her mother, Mary.
Marta loved her garden and her flowers; however, she would wish that in lieu of flowers, any contributions in her memory be made to the Louis Busch Hager Cancer Center of Bassett Hospital, and/or Hospice of Chenango County.
Glenn I. Marshall
BAINBRIDGE — Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, for Glenn I. Marshall of Bainbridge, who died on Nov. 10, 2003, may be made to the Chenango County Hospice, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.
Edna D. Pierce
COOPERSTOWN — Edna D. Pierce, 87, of The Meadows and formerly of Cooperstown, died early Monday morning, Nov. 10, 2003, at The Meadows.
She was born on July 3, 1916, on Thurston Hill in Springfield, a daughter of Chauncey and Anna Louise (Duggleby) Drake.
Raised in Springfield, Edna attended Springfield Center School and was then employed in the housekeeping department at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. As part of her training, she attended Michigan State University, and then returned to Bassett where she remained for 36 years, retiring in 1981, as Head of Housekeeping.
For many years she lived with her sister Blanche Harriet Drake on the Lake Road and was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.
An active Granger, she was a member of Pierstown Grange No. 793, Otsego County Pomona Grange, New York State Grange and National Grange.
Edna's family wishes to thank everyone at The Meadows for their kind, considerate and understanding care.
Edna is survived by her two daughters, Bernice Levine and her husband, Paul, of Cooperstown, and Wanda Houk and her husband, Clarence, of Walworth; her son-in-law, Robert Schults of Ilion; her grandchildren, Paula Jean Knoebel and her husband, Terry, of Southampton, Long Island, and Alan Levine and his wife, Patsy, of Portlandville; her great-grandchildren, Joshua and Ashley Levine; her two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Rose of New Lisbon, and Mrs. Louise Snyder of Richfield Springs; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Bertha Drake of Cooperstown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by one daughter, Mrs. Ellie Schults in 1980; three sisters, Mrs. Inez Mosher in 1945, Mrs. Martha Vibbard in 1987, and Miss Blanche Harriet Drake in 1997; six brothers, Paul A. Drake in 1965, Ellis N. Drake in 1978, Ovid C. and Oliver C. Drake in 1983, Francis H. Drake in 1992, and Clifford S. Drake in 1997.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Ronald Fralick, pastor of the Roseboom United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will take place at a later date in the Springfield Center Cemetery.
Friends called at the funeral home Wednesday evening, Nov. 12, 2003, from 7 to 9 p.m., when Edna's family was in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, PO Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
ONEONTA — Elizabeth (Liz) Downing, 56, who resided in Oneonta for the past 20 years, died early Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, 2003.
She was born on Long Island, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Betty) Acker.
Liz resided in Rockland County prior to moving to Oneonta in 1983. She had a BA degree from Thomas Aquinas College and a master's degree and CAS in school counseling from SUNY Oneonta.
She worked as a school counselor for BOCES, for over 15 years, most recently at Valleyview Elementary School in Oneonta and Milford Central School in Milford. In previous years she worked in Stamford, South Kortright, Schenevus and Worcester.
Liz is survived by her husband, Leslie (Les) Downing; her children, Andrew Barns and Emily Downing Muller; her parents, Edward and Elizabeth Acker; and her four siblings, Edward Acker, Michael Acker, Mary Cafarella and James Acker.
In addition to her job as a school counselor, Liz was active in several organizations including the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters. She also participated in two book clubs and a small gourmet cooking group, and she was an avid gardener.
Visitation will be at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., in Oneonta, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003. The funeral will be at the funeral home on Friday at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts and donations in Elizabeth Downing's name may be sent to: AAUW Scholarship Fund, 85 River St., Oneonta, NY 13820. This program of the American Association of University Women grants scholarships to local high school students.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
ONEONTA — Joan Keane, 76, of Oneonta, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at the A.O. Fox Hospital Nursing Home.
She was born March 2, 1927, in Astoria, the daughter of Joseph and Lillian (McGivney) McDermott.
She was a 1948 graduate of Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing in Jamaica. As a registered nurse, Mrs. Keane worked at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola for 40 years, retiring in 1989.
An area resident since 1994, moving here from Mineola, she was a member of St. Mary's Church, and a Salvation Army volunteer.
Mrs. Keane most of all enjoyed being with her family, as well as knitting, traveling and bingo.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Joseph and Patricia Keane of Spokane, Wash., Mary and John Grimshaw of New Hyde Park, James and Ellen Keane of Oneonta, Catherine Howard and her friend, Eldred Holliday of Davenport, Elizabeth and Peter Maletta of West Hempstead, and John Keane of Oneonta; her grandchildren, Kelly and Wayne Morse, Jessica, Jonathan, Krysta, Michael, Kayla and Neal Keane, and Sara Nelson; two great-grandchildren, Francis Steverson, and Douglas Morse; as well as a sister, Marilyn Amend of Hollywood, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at 12:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Thomas Babiuch, associate pastor officiating.
Friends may call at the Lester R. Grummons 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 the Catskill Area Hospice or Fox Hospital Nursing Home Patient Fund.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
James L. Oles
WALTON — James L. Oles, a lifetime Walton resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton. He was 57.
He was born Sept. 21, 1946, in Walton, to Robert and Jeanette Telford Oles.
He was married to Diane McCall Oles, who survives at home.
He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was a member of the American Legion Post 32, Walton. He was employed as a sales associate at Walton Farm Supply.
James L. Oles is survived by his wife, Diane; his father, Robert Oles, Delhi; children, Tammy McCall, Deposit, Todd Oles, Walton, and Sean and Emily Kiefer, Camp Pendelton, Calif.; brothers and their wives, Richard and Beverly Oles, Norwich, and William and Doreen Oles, Walton; and two grandchildren, Arianna Moore and Jaden Kiefer.
He was predeceased by a son, Shawn Oles in April 2003.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lyon Bros.-Way, Inc. Funeral Home, corner of North and Delaware streets, Walton, where friends may call Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Delbert Ripley of the Northfield Community Church officiating.
Nellie M. Benjamin
EXETER — Nellie Mae Benjamin, 84, of Exeter, went to be with her Lord late Tuesday evening, Nov. 11, 2003.
She was born Dec. 11, 1918, on Angel Hill in the town of Exeter, the daughter of W. Vere and Esther (Hull) Babcock.
She married Roderick Benjamin March 1, 1936. He predeceased her on Nov. 26, 1986.
Nellie was a member of the Exeter Center United Methodist Church, she served this extended family as a Sunday School Teacher, WSCF Women's group, and made numerous dinners. She was dedicated to this small parish and community.
Later she and her husband resided in Midland, Texas; where she was active in the Home Bureau. The white picket fence that surrounded their red home was adorned with beautiful flowers that blossomed throughout the spring, summer and fall.
She loved her family and will be remembered fondly for the crocheted blankets she made for each of them.
Nellie is survived by her daughter and her husband, Gloria and Al Parsons; her three grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and Jerry LiBritz, Thomas and Shannon Parsons, and Ted Parsons; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Ward and Sally Babcock; her brothers-in-law, Hubert and Rosemond Benjamin, and Farron and Dorothy Benjamin; her sisters-in-law, Gladys Benjamin, Carol and Van Robinson, and Helen and Don Heap; her niece, Esther Babcock; and nephew, Chris Babcock.
Nellie was predeceased by her brother, Norman.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston, with the Rev. William Highfield officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Interment will be at Exeter Center Cemetery following the service.
Contributions may be made in Nellie's name to either the American Cancer Society or Heart Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.