Carolyn T. McKee
DELHI — Carolyn T. McKee, 97, a long-time Delhi resident, passed away peacefully, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2003, at the home of her daughter in Delhi.
The daughter of Andrew and Annebelle (Dougherty) Hoffmann, she was born July 2, 1906, in Garden City, and married Raymond G. McKee, Oct. 31, 1924. He died Feb. 26, 1983.
A homemaker, Carolyn lived on Long Island for a number of years, moving to this area in 1967, residing on Platner Brook until her health declined.
Surviving are three daughters, Doris Vollkommer of Delhi, Lynn Pagano of Valatie, and Geraldine Cadieux of Rockville Centre, a son, Raymond McKee Jr., of Lashmeet, W. Va.; 12 grandchildren, many great and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Antoinette Rambo of Mattituck, nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (Friday), Nov. 28, at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi, when the family will be in attendance, and where funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, by the Rev. Miriam Hathaway, interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, with burial following in the Woodland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, Delhi.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet, Delhi.
Albert R. Carpenter
SHINHOPPLE — Albert R. Carpenter Sr., 78, passed away suddenly Tuesday evening, Nov. 25, 2003, at his home and business in Shinhopple.
Al was born on Aug. 20, 1925, in Plattekill, son of Russel and Ethel (Dingee) Carpenter.
He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. Although paralyzed by polio in 1952, Al never lost his zest for living or his ambition. Al was an enthusiastic, lifelong outdoor sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
First in business with his brother, Russel D. Carpenter, and father, Russel G. Carpenter, as Carpenter's Gun Works in Plattekill, Al moved his family to Shinhopple in 1963, where he built Al's Sport Store, expanding the successful family business to Downsville in partnership with his son, Al Jr., in 1983, and in recent years becoming a fly-fishing specialty shop with the help of his granddaughter, Sarah, skilled at both tying and fishing, and continuing the family enterprise as Al's Wild Trout Limited on the banks of the East Branch of the Delaware River.
Al was an honest and outspoken man of high integrity. Known to several hundred avid trout fisherman around the United States and the world as the author and website publisher of his weekly stream report (last edition within recent days), Al was an active political and environmental advocate on behalf of his beloved Catskill Mountain fresh water fisheries.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 56 years, Beulah (McQuiston) Carpenter; his son, Albert R. Carpenter Jr., Downsville; his daughter, Diane Carpenter Crews, Berkshire; his grandchildren, Sarah A. Crews, Downsville, Stephen D. Crews, Ephrata, Pa., and Aleida M. Crews, Berkshire; caregiver Donna Meola; numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held on opening day of trout season, April 1, 2004, at his business.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400 or the Downsville Emergency Squad, Downsville, NY 13755.
Funeral arrangements were by the Knorr Funeral Home Inc., Downsville.
Mildred B. Bennett
SIDNEY — Mildred Barnes Bennett, 97, of 22 Overlook Drive, Sidney, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday evening, Nov. 25, 2003, at the New York State Veterans Home, Oxford.
Mildred was born Jan. 5, 1906, in Scott Center, Pa., the daughter of the late Frank and Marbel Blanford Karcher.
She first married Milton R. Barnes Oct. 8, 1925 in Binghamton. He predeceased her on Feb. 1, 1968. On Jan. 5, 1973, she married Guy Bennett in Sidney. Mr. Bennett passed away Jan. 25, 1985.
Mildred was of a strong Christian faith and lived it every day of her life. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always concerned for others before herself.
Mrs. Bennett was employed at the E.C.D. of Bendix, Sidney, from 1941 until her retirement on July 1, 1970. She was a member of the Sidney United Methodist Church, Sidney Chapter No. 255 O.E.S. and the Sidney Senior Citizens. Mildred was a former member of the Unahanna Rebecca Lodge No. 480, Unadilla. She was a charter member of the Sidney Federal Credit Union and for several years served on its board of directors.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, M. Roger and Joyce Barnes of Bainbridge, Edward and Mary Barnes of Sidney, Richard and Pat Barnes of Unadilla; three daughters and sons-in-law, Delores and Edwin Wilson of Sidney, Barbara and Ray Cawley of Bainbridge, Janice and James Mills of Walton; 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A brother, Harold Karcher, and a sister, Hazel Lovejoy, predeceased Mildred.
Friends are invited to call at their convenience Saturday, with her family in attendance from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral and committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, from the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. David Masland, and pastor of her church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Sidney United Methodist Church 12 Liberty St., Sidney, or to the Sidney Fire Department, River Street, Sidney, NY 13838.
WALTON — Thelma Marie Hammond of Walton passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at her home after a brief illness. She was 80.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1923, in Hamden, the daughter of the late Theodore and Elizabeth Gray Eckert. On Sept. 10, 1954, she married William I. Hammond in Las Vegas, Nev. He predeceased her on Dec. 7, 1995.
Mrs. Hammond was a lifelong area resident and worked for many years at Delaware Valley Hospital first as a ward clerk and then as a secretary in the hospital's medical office facility, retiring in the late 1980's.
She was very active in the Walton community, participating as a Girl Scout leader and served as the first female member of the Walton Emergency Squad.
After retirement, she (and husband Bill, until his death) traveled to Florida during the winter months enjoying the warm weather and many wonderful friends.
Mrs. Hammond was a beloved wife, mother, aunt, sister and grandmother. She was deeply loved by those whose lives she touched and will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by three sons and one daughter, Dale and wife Nonie of Troy, Dennis and wife Linda of Summit, N.J., Mickey of Thomasville, Ga., and Patti of Otego. She also leaves five grandchildren, Lisa, Kristina, Justin, Owen and Matthew and great- grandson Sean. Also surviving are two brothers, Leonard and Larry Eckert and two sisters, Sandra Johnson and Arlen Utter, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Hammond was also surrounded by many devoted and caring friends.
She was predeceased by a sister, Jane Utter.
Her life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Walton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Peggy Fabrizio officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Walton United Methodist Church, 101 North St., Walton, NY 13856.
Arrangements are by Lyon-Bros.-Way Inc., Walton.
SYRACUSE — Bernard (Barney) Delello, 78, of Syracuse died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, after a long illness.
He was born in Oneonta, to Patsy and Matilda (Martin) Delello. He attended St. Mary's School and Oneonta High School.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Barney devoted his life to his wife, children and grandchildren.
Barney was a naval veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific on the USS Heywood L. Edwards Destroyer. After the war, he returned home to Oneonta, and began his long career in the grocery business; that included long stints at Grand Union and Hall's Big M. He was manager of the downtown Grand Union in Oneonta, before transferring to Auburn, and later to Syracuse. He was also the owner of the Delello's Goody Shop on Grant Boulevard.
Barney is survived by four sons, Michael and Bernie of Syracuse, Joseph of Atlanta, Ga., and David of Bassett, Va.; three daughters, Sharon Miller, Monica Bowles and Marla Murray, all of Syracuse; sisters, Frances Walley, of Chenango Bridge, Eleanor Beers, of Norwich, Esther Vandermark and Martha Delello, of Oneonta; brothers, Patrick Delello, of Laurens, and Frederick Delello, of Oneonta; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his second wife, Rose Sakran Delello, in July of 2003; and his first wife, Thelma Bugbee Delello, in April of 1962; sisters, Cecelia, Joan, Phyllis, Bernice Mulkins and Carol Maddalone; and brother, Martin Delello.
Funeral services were held at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, from Farone & Son, and 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Church.
ONEONTA — Dorothy Evelyn (McQueen) Thompson, formerly of Oneonta and Newark Valley, passed away in Pennsylvania on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at age 93. She was predeceased by her husband Ward in 1992.
Dorothy enjoyed her beautiful gardens and roses on South Side. She was a caring mother, homemaker and seamstress. She enjoyed her 62 years of marriage with Ward.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Elizabeth (Miller) and William Thompson of Newark Valley and Denise (Harrigan) and Robert Thompson of Denver; a half-sister, Virginia Rose Jansen; seven beloved grandchildren, Julie, Denise, Patricia, Renee, Rachel, Robert, and Ryan; five beloved great-grandchildren, Kathleen, Eric, Ruby, Casey and Cameron and several nieces and nephews.
On Monday, Dec. 1, friends are invited to attend visiting hours at 11 a.m. and a memorial service at noon, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to a charity of their choice in memory of Dorothy E. Thompson.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Mary Lou Spence
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mary Lou Spence, born Feb. 2, 1928, in Oneonta, died on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003.
Mary Lou graduated from Oneonta High School in 1946, where she enjoyed being a Varsity cheerleader. She then went onto Boston University, Sergeant College and earned a degree in physical therapy. While at BU, she was a proud member of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Upon graduation, she was employed at Fox Hospital and shortly thereafter met and married Arnie Spence.
Mary Lou was also recruited to establish physical therapy departments at Bassett and Walton hospitals.
Mary Lou was always her children's best cheerleader and known as the "Oneonta soccer mom" in the early 1970s. In 1973, the Spence family moved from upstate New York to Tucson, Ariz., where they resided in Oro Valley. Arnie and Mary Lou moved to Phoenix in 1998 to be closer to their children.
An avid sportswoman, Mary Lou enjoyed golf. She and Arnie were members at Cooperstown Country Club in New York, and Oro Valley Country Club in Tucson. As an amateur golfer, Mary Lou won many golf tournaments.
She is survived by her four children, Cindy Campbell, Dwight Spence and Susan Cons of Phoenix, and Scott Spence of Minneapolis, Minn. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Jane Thompson of Arlington, Va., and nine grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Stroke Association, 2929 S. 48th Street, Tempe, AZ 85282 (602) 414-5325 or Vista Care Hospice, 4222 E. Thomas Road, Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 648-6911, in memory of Mary Lou Spence.
A memorial service was held in Phoenix at noon on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Christ's Community Church, 4530 W. Thunderbird.
WEST ONEONTA — Dora Dorris Gay Cornell of West Oneonta, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at A. O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born Nov. 9, 1919, in the Town of Laurens to Glenn F. and Dagmar Louise Jacobsen Clouse.
She was married to Stewart M. Gay on Feb. 11, 1940. He predeceased her on Oct. 7, 1979.
They lived in Oneonta for 13 years before moving to West Oneonta in 1953.
Dorris was married to William Cornell on Dec. 28, 1991.
She had been a member of the Mt. Vision Methodist Church, but attended the West Oneonta Baptist Church.
She was a past member of the Women's Club of Oneonta. She had a hobby of making silk flowers and enjoyed making flower arrangements for several years.
She is survived by two daughters, L. Julie and husband Robert Grant of Oneonta and Deanna and husband Gary Thorne of Norwich; three grandchildren, Colleen Isaacs of Endicott, Russell Grant of Oneonta and Michael Van Pelt of Moline, Ill.; four great-grandchildren, two nieces and several cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, first husband and a sister, Ava Houck.
Calling hours will be Sunday from noon until service time.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta with the Rev. John Dougherty officiating.
Burial will be in the spring in West Oneonta Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in honor of Dorris to the West Oneonta Fire Department.
Arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
SCHUYLER LAKE — William Milburn, 54, of Schuyler Lake, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 27, 2003, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Bill was born on April 8, 1949, in Point Pleasant, N.J., a son of the late William J. and Elizabeth (Johnson) Milburn.
He married Gail Norman on Nov. 24, 1984, in Bay Head, N.J.
Raised in Point Pleasant, he graduated from the Point Pleasant Beach High School, and then attended college for two years. An electrician by trade, he was employed by Albright Electric in Point Pleasant. In 1990, Bill and Gail moved to Schuyler Lake and he was employed by Bruce Hall Corp. in Cooperstown.
Of the United Methodist faith, he was a quiet man, whose entire life centered around his family.
Bill is survived by his wife of 19 years, Gail, of Schuyler Lake; his daughter, Katherine Milburn of Schuyler Lake; one half brother, Bruce Milburn of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Norman of River Edge, N.J. and Mary Ellen Wilshere and her husband, David, of Hartwick; one brother-in-law, William Norman and his wife, Margo, of Schenectady and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a niece, Whitney Wilshere, who died in 1990.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Douglas C. Smith, Rector of Christ Church in Cooperstown, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Cooperstown Relay for Life. Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society and mail to Rena Lull, 53 Susquehanna Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.