Bruce E. Bouton
ONEONTA — Bruce E. Bouton, 63, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004.
He was born Jan. 25, 1940, in Oneonta, the son of the late Lynn Bruce and Kathryn (Every) Bouton.
Bruce was a graduate of Oneonta High School and Syracuse University. He earned his master's degree at the State University College at Oneonta and his Doctor of Education at the State University at Albany.
Bruce married Linda Croshier on June 9, 1962, at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta.
He first taught at Center Street School, he then was the Guidance Counselor at Great Plains School. From 1968 to 1995, he was a professor at the State University College at Oneonta, retiring from the Education Department. Most recently he was the manager at the Oneonta Country Club.
Bruce enjoyed all sports, especially golf. He was well-known as a high school pitcher, which earned him a baseball scholarship at Syracuse University. He then played for the Milford Macs.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta, the Oneonta Country Club and the Oneonta Elks Club, and was proud to be a mentor at the Oneonta High School.
He is survived by wife, Linda Bouton, of Oneonta; two daughters, Krista Bouton of Alexandria, Va., and Karin and husband Ron Epstein of Clifton Park, and their children, Bruce's beloved grandchildren, Andrew Bouton and Jessica Paige; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Doreen Robins.
Calling hours will from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Carol Wilson, pastor of the Charlotte Valley First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery at a later date.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice Inc. & Palliative Care, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
Charles R. LaFever
BOVINA CENTER — Charles R. LaFever, 72, a lifelong Bovina resident and former Town Supervisor, died Saturday morning, Jan. 24, 2004, at O'Connor Hospital, Delhi, after a valiant two-year battle with cancer.
The son of the late Benson A. and Anna Bell (Barnhart) LaFever, he was born Aug. 27, 1931, in Delhi, attended school in Bovina, subsequently graduating from Delaware Academy, Delhi (1949). He married Leona M. Edwards, Aug. 29, 1950, in Bovina.
For over 40 years, Charlie was employed as a heavy equipment operator with LaFever Excavating, Bovina, first for his brother, Howard, and, later, for his late nephew, John, retiring in 1994, and, for many years, also ran a television and radio repair service, as well as the local cable service for the hamlet of Bovina.
His entry into local government started with the Bovina Town Planning Board, to which he was appointed in the early 1970s. In 1975, he was elected councilman to the Town Board, and, two years later, supervisor, serving for 12 terms (24 years in total). When he retired at the end of 2001, he had the distinction of being Bovina's longest-serving Supervisor.
Always a strong advocate for the Town of Bovina, in the 1990s, Charlie worked to ensure that Bovina did not lose its post office and was very effective in bringing federal and state funding into the town for special projects, including a major upgrade of the town's water system. A member of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, he served as its vice-chairman, and for many years, he chaired its Public Works Committee.
In that capacity, he was instrumental in establishing the county's innovative recycling and composting facility. Charlie also served as a representative on the board of the Coalition of Watershed Communities and, at the time of his death, was on the board of directors of its successor organization, the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
Having numerous interests beyond his work, Charlie soloed as a pilot before he had a driver's license (obtaining his pilot's license in his early 30s), and flew single engine airplanes for many years. Also an avid ham radio operator, he received his license in the 1970s. Loving to tinker, whether it was with a truck, car, lawn tractor, appliance, television, tool or clock, he enjoyed figuring out how things worked, and when they didn't, he often used creative, but effective, methods to fix them.
His three cats, Rufus, Rusty and Fred, provided him particular enjoyment, as did his neighbor's dogs, Lili and Mimi. He also enjoyed tending his property through mowing and gardening. He often loved to "chug around" on his John Deere lawn tractor, whether to mow or just for the sheer enjoyment of the views it provided.
Charlie was a lifelong member of the Bovina United Presbyterian Church; for many years, the Bovina Fire Department; Delhi Masonic Lodge; and a charter member of the Bovina Historical Society. At the time of his death, Charlie was serving as Town Historian, the town's history being of great interest to him.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Leona E. LaFever, Bovina Center; two daughters, Susan and her husband, Gary Hughes, Schenectady, and Diane LaFever and her companion, Warren J. Avis, Kingston; a son, C. Raymond LaFever, Cohoes; two grandsons, Patrick and Adam Hughes, Schenectady; two brothers, Howard LaFever and wife Laura, Polk City, Fla., and Bovina, and George LaFever and companion, Valerie Weinmann, DeLancey; an uncle, Sylvan LaFever, Woodbine, Md.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and very dear friends and neighbors, Brian and Marcia Olenych, Bovina.
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi, when the family will be in attendance, and Masonic services will be held at 8:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Bovina United Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Scott A. Conrad, and burial will be later in the Bovina Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 116 Main St., Delhi, NY 13753, will be appreciated.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet, Delhi.
Josefa O. Braasch
FULTONVILLE — Josefa Ossowski Braasch, 83, of Braasch Road, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 23, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam.
She was born in Germany, on Oct. 13, 1920, the daughter of Ludwig and Maianna Wienkowski Ossowski. She was raised in Poland and returned to Germany with her 5-year-old sister, Frieda, whom she raised until adulthood.
In Germany, she met and married the love of her life, Hans Braasch. It was a union that lasted until his death on March 17, 1996. They emigrated to the United States and briefly resided in New Jersey, where their two daughters, Marianne and Hannelore, were born. Having saved enough money to fulfill their dream of owning their own farm they moved to New York State and settled in Charleston. Here their third child, Hans H., was born.
In her later years, Josefa enjoyed gardening and was known for her beautiful flowers and vegetables.
She was proud to become an American citizen and even prouder to be a farmer. She was of the Evangelical Lutheran faith.
A loving mother and grandmother, sister and friend to many, she is survived by her children, Marianne C. Braasch of Richfield Springs, Hannelore "Lori" Smith of Colonie, and Hans H. Braasch of Fultonville; her sister, Frieda, and her husband, Anthony Montanti of Coral Springs, Fla.; her brothers, Martin Ossowski of Essen, Germany, Siegmund Ossowski of Ft. Lee, N.J., August Ossowski of West New York, N.J., and Adolf Ossowski of Poland; three grandchildren, Melissa Marie, Matthew James and Mark Aaron Smith; and nephews and nieces including Frieda, Lisa and Christine.
She was predeceased by a brother, Edmund Ossowski.
Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville. The Rev. Robert W. Busch is officiating. Interment will take place in Maple Avenue Cemetery.
Calling hours are Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Deborah Heart & Lung Hospital in care of the funeral home.
Jessie M. Brown
WORCESTER — Jessie M. Brown, 82, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at her home.
She was born Feb. 2, 1921, in East Hampton, the daughter of Harvey and Jessie (Baker) McMonagle.
Mrs. Brown retired to the Worcester area 15 years ago from East Hampton. She enjoyed her job as a home health aide, caring for many local elderly people.
She was dearly loved by all and loved all she knew.
She is survived by her husband, Howard V. Brown; and a son, Harvey M. Brown, both of Worcester; and a dear friend, Suzanne K. Monell of High Falls.
A memorial service will be held at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Worcester Emergency Squad, PO Box 781, Worcester, NY 12197.
Arrangements are by the E.J. Skinner Co., 155 Main St., Worcester.
ONEONTA — Sophie Frohnhoefer, 90, of Oneonta passed away on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born May 26, 1913, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Gabriel) Frohnhoefer.
She retired from the Yellow Book Company in Oceanside, where she worked as a proofreader.
An Oneonta resident since 1994, she was a member of St. Mary's Church, and for the past eight years resided at the Oneonta Nursing Home.
A sister, Doris Johnson of South Carolina, and several nieces and nephews survive her.
She was predeceased by a sister and a brother, Margaret Leitenberger and Joseph Frohnhoefer.
There will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. Thomas Babiuch, associate pastor of St. Mary's Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Florence J. Beers
SIDNEY — Florence J. Beers, 88, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004.
She was born Oct. 29, 1915, daughter of the late Harrison and Alice (Reynolds) Fletcher in Sidney Center.
Florence married Victor Beers Sr. on March 27, 1935, in Manorkill. He predeceased her on Sept. 28, 1984.
She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Betty McWherter, Grace and Ed Backus, and Joan and Stephen Merritt; her five sons and daughters-in-law, James Beers and Sherry Lilley, Victor Beers and Donna Ray, Stan and Kate Beers, Karl and Judy Beers, and Larry and Betty Beers; sister, Elizabeth Grant; brother, Harold Fletcher; dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at the Circle Drive Alliance Church in Sidney, and funeral services to follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Goldenberg, pastor of the Circle Drive Alliance Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney or Masonville Emergency Squads.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Mary T. Henthorn
ONEONTA — Mary T. Henthorn, 87, of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at the Robynwood Adult Home in Oneonta, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 3, 1917, in Hoboken, N.J., to James T. and Honora (McDermott) O'Connell, of County Galway, Ireland.
She was married to Robert Henthorn, who predeceased her in 1982.
She lived and worked in New Jersey until 1995, when she moved to Oneonta to be close to her family. She resided in Robynwood Adult Home, Oneonta, for three years, where she received so much love, support and excellent care. It was her wish to remain at Robynwood in her final days to be with all the wonderful staff who meant so much to her and her daughter.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bud Holbrook of Laurens; four grandchildren, Jennifer Gomiller of North Carolina, John D. Falk Jr. and Laura Falk, of Oneonta, and Cpl. Jeff Holbrook, USMC of Laurens; a stepgrandson, Brian Holbrook of Laurens. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren and a very special niece, Maureen Joint of Florida.
She was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.
A private service to celebrate the life of Mary T. Henthorn will be held at the Robynwood Adult Home.
Interment will be in the spring in the Laurens Cemetery, Laurens.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Robynwood Adult Home, 43 Walnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Charles H. Naden
WALTON — Charles Howard Naden Jr. of Walton went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City.
Charlie was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Hillsdale, N.J., to Charles Howard and Mary Elizabeth Waldron Naden.
He graduated from Park Ridge High School in 1953. Mr. Naden served in the Army from 1956 to 1964, attaining the rank of SP-4.
Charlie (Rigger) Naden was a police officer for the Park Ridge Police Department in Park Ridge, N.J. He was with the force for 25 years, retiring in November 1984.
Charlie was a very special person. He was an Eagle Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America; a charter member of the Tri-Boro Ambulance Corps, serving 18 years; and was the Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce Man of The Year in 1977, all in Park Ridge.
When he moved to Walton 20 years ago, he continued his community service as a member of the Trout Creek Community Church, the Town of Tompkins Code Enforcement Officer, former owner of C&C Feed in Walton and an employee of Del-Met.
Mr. Naden will be remembered for his great friendship and keen sense of humor. When he was needed by anyone he was always there for them. In Walton, he found great pleasure in antiquing and traveling.
Mr. Naden is survived by his wife, Anne, of Walton; his daughter, Donna of Walton; his sons, Charles of Park Ridge, N.J., and Robert (Karen) of Walton; grandsons, Robert, Charles and Sean; sister, Mary Lou (Ray) Pfleigler of Titusville, Fla.; niece, Debbie (Jim) Talley of Westwood, N.J.; cousins, Corrine Naden of Tarrytown, and Mary Lou (Arthur) Weisner of Santa Rosa, Calif.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Elaine; his parents, Charles H. and Mary Naden; and a brother, George Henry Naden.
Charlie's family received friends Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lyon Bros.-Way, Inc. Funeral Home, corner of North and Delaware Streets in Walton.
Burial will be in the Pascack Reformed Church Cemetery in Park Ridge, N.J.
There will be a memorial service in the spring at the Trout Creek Community Church.
There will also be a memorial service in the spring in Park Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Trout Creek Community Church, Trout Creek, would be appreciated.