David C. Neff
BAINBRIDGE — David C. Neff, 70, of Bainbridge died on Sunday, June 27, 2004, at 7:30 a.m. after a long illness at his residence.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1933, in the town of Colesville, the son of Clarence and Eva Mae (Lasher) Neff.
He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean War.
He raised ponies and had his ponies (Pete, Molly, Princess, Sonie, Dike and John) in many pony pulling and shows throughout New York state. David and his ponies were in the Memorial Day parade in Bainbridge and Sidney Federal Credit parades.
He retired as a bus driver from Oneonta Public Transit.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, who he married on Feb. 8, 1986, in Bainbridge; his two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Lori Neff of Shippensburg, Pa., and Donald and Nora Neff of Buford, Ga.; two stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and Sean McElligott of Binghamton, and Diane and Edward Rend of Cicero; a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Annabel Neff of Johnson City; nine grandchildren, David A. and Dwight A. Neff of Shippensburg, Thor D., Bekkah N., Jedidiah, Buford, Robert D. McElligott of Binghamton, and Shada T., Abbagail and Kyle E. Courtwright of Cicero; and several nephews and nieces.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dorothy Memorial Home, 58 West Main St., Bainbridge. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Dorothy Memorial Home, 58 West Main St., with Judy Travis officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Bainbridge.
Memorial gifts may be made to Chenango Hospice.
DELHI — Hilda W. Biedekapp, 97, of Delhi died Monday, June 28, 2004, at Delaware County Countryside Care Center, Delhi.
She was born July 11, 1906, in Walton, the daughter of Leon and Mamie (Howland) Wilbur.
She was employed as a telephone operator for Walton Telephone Company, Walton.
She was a past president of Miller Avenue School PTA and was instrumental in getting kindergarten started at Miller Avenue School in Walton. She also held district offices in PTA.
Wherever she attended church, she was active in women's fellowship, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She also taught religious education during release time for many years. She held Bible studies in her home for many years.
Hilda is survived by her daughter, Elinor Budine, Nichols; son and daughter-in-law, Wilbur and Cindy Biedekapp, Hancock; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three nieces, Lera Russell, Schuyler Lake, Virginia Quinn, Walton, and Betty Jean Bell, Delhi; one nephew, Richard Wilbur, Downsville.
She was predeceased by a sister, Helena, a brother, Louis, and a son-in-law, Ralph Budine.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2004, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2004, at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the chapel, with the Rev. Robert Argetsinger, from the Owego Assembly of God, a longtime friend, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware County Countryside Care Center or Catskill Area Hospice, Delhi.
We want to thank the nurses and staff at Countryside for their loving care and the Catskill Hospice caregivers for their support and care of mother.
Arrangements are by the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.
ONEONTA — Marion E. McKinney, 85, passed away Friday, June 25, 2004, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, after a brief illness.
She was born March 25, 1919, in Oneonta, the daughter of Cleveland S. and Lena (Wood Proper) McKinney.
Marion was a graduate of Oneonta High School. She attended Hartwick College in Oneonta and business school.
She was employed at Bendix Corporation in Sidney for more than 40 years, retiring as an office manager with extensive responsibility for the business affairs of the Bendix plant.
Marion was a member of the Emmons United Methodist Church, and the Oneonta Garden Club and recently resigned her membership at the Oneonta Golf Club, where she was one of the oldest members. She was actively involved in a wide variety of community organizations in which she served as a faithful volunteer.
She was predeceased by her parents, a brother, C. Robert McKinney, and two sisters, Florence P. Jones and Anna P. Lake.
At Marion's request, there will be no calling hours.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m., today, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta.
The committal service will follow in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, with the Rev. Rodney Johnson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 259, 297 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Covenant House, PO Box JAF 2973, New York, NY 10116-2973.
Arrangements are by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
MOUNT UPTON — Herbert Richards, 89, of Mount Upton passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born Oct. 16, 1914, son of the late Frank and Minnie (House) Richards in Hartwick.
Herbert married Marjorie Davis on May 19, 1956, in Mount Vision; she predeceased him on Aug. 31, 1999.
He served his country during World War II in the United States Army. Herbert was employed at GLA in Norwich, when he retired. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Upton.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Minnie and Elsor Pope, Copes Corners; sister, Dora Osborne, Gilbertsville; stepdaughter, Faith Jeffrey, Norwich; friends, Larry and Pamela Rifanburg, Norwich; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is predeceased by five sisters, Eliza Baker, Augusta O'Connor, Viola Harrington, Isabelle Daniels and Dorothy Richards, and six brothers, Jesse, Melton, George, Eugene, Ralph and William Richards.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2004, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 2, 2004, at the First Baptist Church in Mount Upton at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Gerald Bovee officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Upton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mount Upton.
Arrangements by C.H. Landers, Inc. Funeral Chapel Sidney.
Maurice F. Cetta
WALTON — Maurice F. "Sonny" Cetta, 85, of Walton passed away Monday evening, June 28, 2004, at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, after a short illness.
Sonny was born March 30, 1919, in New York City, the son of the late Frank and Madeline Launt Cetta.
He moved to Walton as a young child and graduated from Walton High School class of 1938. He served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theatre with the Army National Guard 27th Division, Company F from Walton, receiving the Bronze Star.
Sonny was a respected businessman, first working in, then owning, the family business, Cetta Brothers Shoe Store, then the Bean Bro. Bowling Pin Company and later owning the Homestead Restaurant in Colliersville.
Upon retirement he wintered in Florida and worked as an appraiser for the Broward County Florida, Board of Assessors.
On April 24, 1949, he married the former Betty DuMond.
Sonny was active in the community being a lifelong member of Christ Church, Walton, serving in the vestry, senior warden, and usher in his later years, life member of the American Legion, VFW, and Walton Veterans Club, all of Walton, and a member of the Walton Kiwanis Club, and Walton Chamber of Commerce. Sonny was also a loyal New York Yankee fan.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Cetta; five nephews; one niece; and many special cousins, who include Pat and Dolly Liguori.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Clara Wagner and Dolly Benedict.
A Mass will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church, 41 Gardiner Place, Walton, with the Rev. Suzanne Cole, rector officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions in Sonny's memory may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 41 Gardiner Place, Walton, NY 13856, or Walton EMS, 61 West St., Walton, NY 13856. Memorial contribution envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark, Winter & Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend St., Walton. Condolences to the family may be made on-line by visiting our website at www.clarkwintercourtney.com.
Elsie T. Clough
MILFORD — Mrs. Elsie T. Clough, 76, of Milford passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Elsie was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Jersey City, N.J., the daughter of Johann and Margarete Thieben.
Elsie married Simeon R. Clough on Sept. 29, 1962, in Oneonta.
Elsie was employed by the Village of Milford as village clerk for over 30 years. During that time Elsie was also employed by State University College at Oneonta in the payroll department, retiring several years ago. Elsie lived in Milford for 40 years.
Elsie is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Simeon, of Milford; three daughters, Monica of Troy, Charleen of Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Ronna of Milford; and a son, Simeon Jr. and Kathy of Oneonta. Elsie is also survived by several loving grandchildren, Heather Baird, Brianna Walsh, Lori Wester, Kari Wester, Luke Every, Nastassja Blasetti and Shayla Clough. Elsie also made several new and special friends while at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, who will miss her dearly.
There will be no public services or calling hours at Elsie's request.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Elsie's memory may be made to the Milford Fire Department and Emergency Squad.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Angelyn M. Sweet
ONEONTA — A service to celebrate the life of Angelyn M. Sweet, 80, of Oneonta, who died on Friday, June 25, 2004, will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta, with the Rev. Marie King officiating.
In her memory, contributions may be made to the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, care of Deborah Wolfanger, PO Box 14, Oneonta, NY 13820.
A. Lois Chase
SIMSBURY, Conn. — A. Lois Chase, 74, of Simsbury died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at the UCONN Medical Center.
She was born in Oneonta and had lived in Simsbury most of her life.
Before her retirement, she was employed by the former Connecticut General Insurance Company for many years.
Lois is survived by four nephews.
Three sisters, Madge Chase, Helen Myers and Winifred Mae Chase, and her brother, Benjamin Chase, predeceased her.
Funeral services will be at the convenience of her family.
Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home in Granby, Conn., has care of arrangements.
Evan R. Steuer
ATHENS, Ga. — Evan Randall Steuer, 34, died Saturday, June 26, 2004.
A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Evan was the son of Faye Brown Steuer of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Ralph E. Steuer of Athens.
He graduated from Wando High School in Mount Pleasant in 1988 and from the University of Georgia with a major in philosophy in 1994.
He lived and worked in Austin, Texas, before returning to Athens in 2001.
An avid basketball player, Evan enjoyed sports, reading, good music and travel. He was particularly adept at making others laugh.
He will be sadly missed by his mother, Faye; his father, Ralph; and stepmother, Judy; sisters: Andrea and Catherine Steuer of Atlanta; his maternal grandfather, W. Dale Brown of Mount Dora, Fla.; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2004, in Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terre Balof officiating.
The family will receive friends at Bernstein Funeral Home, Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tourette Syndrome Association, 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY 11361.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lorene B. Serafine
UNADILLA — Lorene Babcock Serafine, 63, of Unadilla passed away Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born April 15, 1941, daughter of the late Robert and Leona (Truman) Cole in Sidney.
Lorene graduated from Sidney High School and helped run Cole's Home for Adults in Sidney for many years.
She married Lester Babcock, who predeceased her, and later she married Anthony Serafine, who predeceased her on Dec. 8, 2002.
Lorene is survived by her sister, Shirley and James Moore, Unadilla; two stepdaughters, Jane and Ed Sonderlick, Sidney, and Carian and Jim Brady, Binghamton; nephew, James and Tonia Moore, Oneonta; four stepgrandchildren; three grandnephews; and several close neighbors and friends.
Friends may call at their convenience on Thursday, July 1, 2004, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Graveside services will be held on Friday in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Harold Lefler officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 East Main St., Sidney.
Arrangements by C.H. Landers, Inc. Funeral Chapel, Sidney.