SCOTIA — Madeline Rose Shaver, 88, of Red Coach Drive, died at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, July 6, 2004.
She was born in Paterson, N.J., the daughter of the late George and Rose Stockin. Her childhood was spent in Meridale. Madeline graduated from Treadwell High School.
In 1935, she married Ralph A. Shaver and they lived on the Shaver family farm until they moved to Oneonta in 1943.
Madeline worked as a manager for the Bresee's Department Store in Oneonta from 1948 until her retirement in 1982 at which time she moved to Scotia.
Madeline is survived by her daughter, Virginia Shaver of Scotia; her grandchildren, David R. Shaver, his wife Rosemary and their children, Brendon, Brittni, Ashleigh and Gabrielle all of Delmar, and Lisa S. Radley, her husband William and their children, Jack and Samuel of Clifton Park. A brother, Sam Stockin of Laurens, and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Madeline was predeceased in 1977 by her husband, Ralph. She was also predeceased by her son, Robert R. Shaver, her brother, George Stockin and her sister, Katherine Page.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, July 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Rd., East Glenville.
Interment in the family plot in Oneonta Plains Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Madeline's name may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308.
DELHI — Elsie Beatrice Jones, 89, of 17 Delview Terrace, Delhi, died Thursday, July 8, 2004, at O'Connor Hospital, Delhi.
She was born on Jan. 9, 1915, in Lyndonville, the daughter of Corwin Gould and Carrie (Beuter) Roe.
She married David Jones on Oct. 26, 1933, in Elmira. He predeceased her on June 18 of this year.
A resident of Delhi for more than 50 years, Elsie was employed as a bookkeeper for the town of Delhi for 10 years. She spent several years keeping her home as a loving housewife.
She is survived by her children, Beverly (Richard) Wess of Victor and David (Margaret) Jones of Shokan; five grandchildren, Michael Wess of Macedon, Lori Wess of Rochester, Sandra (Jeffrey) Rishel of Hamburg, Jonathon (Adile) Jones of Shokan and Joshua (Erin) Jones of Shokan; four great-grandchildren, Keenan and Madison Jones and Samual and Julia Rishel; sisters-in-law, Cathryn (Lester) Geneway of Elmira and Rita Roe of Horseheads; brothers-in-law, Charles Jones of Millerton, Pa., Ray (Julia) Jones of Pine City and John (Marilyn) Jones Millerton, Pa., and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will take place at the convenience of the family.
Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira.
Contributions in Elsie's memory are asked to be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Main Street, Delhi.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home of Delhi.
SIDNEY — Anna Ruling, 92, of Sidney passed away Thursday, evening, July 8, 2004, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
She was born Jan. 23, 1912, in Binghamton, the daughter of Harry Greiner Sr. and Mary (Walley) Greiner.
She married Leon Ruling Sr. on Nov. 18, 1933. Mr. Ruling died in 1976.
Anna was brought up in the Franklin, Unadilla and Sidney area. She was a baby sitter for many neighborhood children over the years. She enjoyed dancing and enjoyed picking blueberries and huckleberries. She also was an avid Yankee baseball fan.
She is survived by three sons, Floyd Ruling of Unadilla, Gerald Ruling of Bainbridge and Leon Ruling Jr. and his wife, Faye, of Sidney; two daughters, Gladys Zonbrock and her husband, Allan, of Otego and Kathleen Knight and her husband, Charles, of New York City; 30 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Anna was predeceased by her son, Kenneth Ruling, her brothers, Marvin, Harry, Frank and Bill Greiner, and a sister, Goldie Crandall.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home Inc., 123 Main St. Unadilla, under the direction of James S. Westcott and James C. Magee, funeral directors.
Carole A. Lee
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Mrs. Carole A. Lee, 66, of William Street, St. Johnsville, died early Friday morning, July 9, 2004, at home with her family by her side following a brief illness.
She was born in Herkimer on April 9, 1938, the daughter of Alex and Marion Waltz Polulech.
Carole attended East Springfield School, graduating with the class of 1956.
She married Frederick W. Lee Jr. on Nov. 22, 1958, at the United Methodist Church in Cooperstown.
Mrs. Lee was a founding officer of Lee Publications, forming the corporation along with her husband in 1965. She also served as the corporate secretary. Additionally, she and her husband were the founders of the Mohawk Valley Pennysaver, Country Folks newspaper and numerous other trade journals and were former owners of The Freeman's Journal newspaper in Cooperstown.
Carole was a life-long area resident and attended the Ames Cornerstone Baptist Church for many years and previously attended Grandview Baptist Church. She was a former member of the St. Johnsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick W. Lee Jr. of St. Johnsville; her father, Alex Polulech of East Springfield; one daughter and her husband, Janet M. and Bruce Button of Palatine Bridge; one son, Mark W. Lee and his fiancee, Alecia Lofstrom, of Canajoharie; four granddaughters, Lyndsay Button of Oneonta, Darcie Lee and her fiance, Bob Johnson, of Canajoharie, Kristen Lee of Johnstown, Brittany Button of Palatine Bridge; a grandson, Travis Button of Palatine Bridge; three great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 12, at Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego St., Canajoharie.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Rt. 10, in Ames, with the Rev. Dr. Alan L. Potter and the Rev. Paul Reno co-officiating.
Burial will be in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Carole A. Lee, to the St. Johnsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 14 Washington St., St. Johnsville, NY 13452.
Faith F. Jamba
JEFFERSON — Faith Frazee Jamba, 97, of Jefferson passed away Friday, July 2, 2004, at Eden Park Health Care Center in Cobleskill.
She was born Sept. 25, 1906, in West Newbury, Mass., the daughter of Mary Lizzie Bisbee and Fenton E. Frazee.
Faith was a devoted wife to her husband, Michael, who she married in 1926, and who predeceased her in 1955. Together they owned and operated a dairy farm in South Jefferson for more than 60 years.
She graduated from high school in Stamford and attended the State University College at Oneonta.
She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Jefferson.
Survivors include a son, Stephen Jamba and his wife, Barbara, of Orlando, Fla.; a grandson, Mark Jamba and his wife, Mary, of Cleveland, Ohio; great-granddaughters, Emily Faith and Molly Elizabeth Jamba of Cleveland and several sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 12, at the Hall Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Stamford, with the Rev. Frank Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the Stamford Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before the funeral service on Monday.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford, under the direction of William A. Tari.
Anne T. Lossi
EMMONS — Graveside committal services for Anne T. Lossi, 80, of Oneonta, will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 12, 2003, in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons, with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor of St. Mary's Church, officiating.
Mrs. Lossi passed away on Feb. 10, 2004, at A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
James H. Armlin
MIDDLEBURGH — A graveside service for James H. Armlin Jr., of Charlotte, N.C., who died Saturday, July 3, 2004, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Armlin Hill Cemetery, off Armlin Hill Road in Middleburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Martin J. Carey
DELHI — Martin J. Carey (Mike), 87, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford, where he had been a resident since Aug. 5, 2002, following a stroke.
He was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Walton, son of William and Ethel Carey.
He married Beatrice Ellen Jester of Treadwell on June 6, 1942, and later divorced. He was then married to Sally Dixon of Delhi in 1971, until her death.
Mike spent his early years on the family farm on Tupper Hill, Treadwell, where he first acquired his longtime love for animals.
He attended and graduated from Kellogg Central School and later graduated from the first carpentry program at what was then Delhi College of Technology. While in high school and college, he excelled not only in academics, but also soccer, football, baseball, basketball, cross country and track, winning many awards. He set a record for cross country while at Delhi Tech, earning him the nickname "Fleet Foot."
After his first marriage, he entered the Army in September 1942 during World War II, serving with the Ordinance Department on the Alaskan Highway Project. He was later shipped to Okinawa and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Upon his return from the service, he became active in his community, serving in numerous organizations, including the Treadwell School Board. Before his death he was a member of the American Legion of Delhi, the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi and the Delhi Golf Course.
Mike was a master builder and constructed many homes and other structures, including the Community Church of Delhi. For many years his sons, Tim and Chris, worked at his side learning his trade. The last 10 years of his professional career were with the Maintenance Department at Delhi College of Technology. After retirement, he continued with carpentry projects large and small in the community and he helped with the construction of homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Mike remained physically active throughout his life. He was an avid golfer and played on several Delhi leagues. He particularly enjoyed golfing with his daughter, Pat and grandson, Brian.
He was a wonderful grandfather and enthusiastically followed all his grandsons' sports activities, attending countless events. He enjoyed and participated in Western square dancing.
Perhaps he will best be remembered by all as a hard-working, humble and honorable man, who was a good friend to many, and to his family as a loving and supportive father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by a son, Christopher and his wife, Kathy, and their son, Silas of Delhi; a daughter, Patricia Elliott of West Laurens and her son, Brian, and his wife, Hope, of Harrisburg, N.C.; a grandson, Benjamin Carey and his wife, Joann, and their daughter, Meghan, of Davenport; and granddaughters Suzanne Carey of Groveland, Fla., and Tracey Carey of Oneonta. Also, surviving are a brother, Lawrence, of Countryside Care, Delhi; and a sister, Ethel Frazier of Clovis, Calif.
Martin was predeceased by his wife, Juanita; his eldest son, Timothy; his brothers, Carlton, Donald and James Carey.
Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at the First Presbyterian Church, 4 Clinton St., Delhi. Funeral services will follow from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the church, with the Rev. Miriam Hathaway officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.
Donations may be made in memory of Mike Carey to Delhi Emergency Squad or Delhi College Golf Course, SUNY Delhi College Foundation, 2 Main St., Delhi, NY.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home of Delhi.
AFTON — Kenneth Richard Harmon Jr., 67, of Hall Road, Afton, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, July 9, 2004, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Torrington, Conn., the son of the late Kenneth R. and Alice Oliver Harmon Sr.
On Jan. 12, 1974, he married Mary Anne Lewis in Harpursville.
Ken was employed by New York State Electric & Gas for 27 years, retiring June 1, 1999. He was a member of the North Afton United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Anne Harmon, of Afton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Pattie Harmon of Tampa, Fla., and Chad and Loretta Harmon of Westminster, Mass.; four daughters and a son-in-law, Susan Harmon of Lehighten, Pa., Alyson Harmon and her companion, Thomas McCutcheon, of Johnson City, Anita McKendrick of Johnson City, and Frances and Justin Baciuska of Harpursville; two brothers, Gary Harmon of Afton, and Jason Harmon of Sherburne. Ken is also survived by his four grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2004, from the United Methodist Church, Afton, with the Rev. Benjamin Shaw officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the West Bainbridge Rural Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call at their convenience Monday at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with his family in attendance from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial gifts in his name may be directed to the North Afton United Methodist Church.
Douglas S. Manley
ONEONTA — Douglas S. Manley, 52, of Oneonta passed away Saturday, July 10, 2004, with his family close by.
He was born Dec. 14, 1951, in Oneonta, the son of Earnest and Ruth (Jorgensen) Manley.
Doug was a lifelong area resident who graduated from the Milford Central School in 1969. Doug enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and was an avid sports enthusiast.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Manley; two daughters, Alecia and Kyra Manley; a son, Kyle Manley; a brother, Gerald Manley; a niece; Brenda Waite; an aunt, Esther Bordinger; and two nephews, Dustan and David Manley.
He was predeceased by his father and a brother, Charles Manley.
A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Stephen Fournier, pastor of the Milford Center Community Bible Church, officiating. Calling hours will be Tuesday, July 13, from 5 p.m. until the service time at 7 p.m.
Burial will take place 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at the Milford Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in loving memory of Doug to his children's future education funds, care of Athena Manley, PO Box 364, Portlandville, NY 13834.
Funeral arrangements are by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
NEW LISBON — Harriet S. Mercatante, 82, formerly of New Lisbon, died Thursday, July 8, 2004, at The Meadows in Middlefield, where she had been a resident since 1998.
She was born Aug. 18, 1921, in East Orange, N.J., the daughter of Rudolph Greeff and Harriet S. (Pettit) Greeff.
She married Thomas Francis Mercatante on March 21, 1965, at the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Elmsford. He died May 16, 1973.
In her younger years, she was a singer in the Westchester area, and then went on to study nursing and provided private nursing care to several area residents over the years.
She was a former active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Live Oaks Engine Co. No. 1 of Elmsford. She attended the Morris Baptist Church with her good friend Virginia Lull.
Harriet is survived by her daughter, Stewart Bichner of Greene; her grandchildren, Virginia Place of Albany, Alida Shedd of Lakeland, Fla., Uriah Bennett of Greene; her great-granddaughter, Chanel Love of Lakeland, Fla.; and a very special friend, Joan Bardin.
There will be no calling hours, and private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
MILFORD — Dick was born April 9, 1932, at his family's home in Morris. He passed away July 11, 2004. He was the lone son of Walter J. and Gertrude Estella (Chase) Thompson.
He is survived by his sister, Gladys Brownell of North Carolina.
He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Gertrude, and his sister, Jeanne Wyckoff.
On Feb. 15, 1953, he married the love of his life, Lorretta J. Pier of Milford. They celebrated 50 glorious years of marriage until her death on Nov. 9, 2003.
Dick was the proud father of three daughters and one son, Linda Lee Thompson, Janet Elaine and Robert Hamilton, Marlene Loretta and Joseph Bieber, and John Richard and Diane Thompson. He was a grandfather to Angel, Sam, Stephanie, Sandra, Jeffrey, Travis, Skylar and Gaylen; a great-grandfather to Amanda and John Michael; and has several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Cecil Pier.
Dick was a graduate of Morris Central School and recipient of 29 athletic awards. Dick's passion for sports carried on through the rest of his life as he was just awarded Milford Central School's Patron's Award. He was also Assistant Football Coach for the Milford Wildcats. Dick may be remembered by many baseball fans as "the voice of the Macs" baseball team. He truly loved to see great sporting events and could remember detailed plays of anything from a little league game to a professional one. He had a unique ability to recognize potential in athletes and offer encouraging words.
One of Dick's greatest accomplishments was being a band leader, singer and musician for 58 years. He organized his first band in 1946, called The Canyon Riders. He later changed the name to the Westerneers until he moved to the Southern Tier.
Upon his return to this area in 1959, the band Dick Thompson and The Driftwoods was formed with friend Al Hotaling. Dick performed throughout the northeast. He appeared on several radio stations and recorded for the Pinnacle Record Company in Wheeling, W.Va. In the 58 years of performing and entertaining, Dick shared the stage with more than 1,000 musicians and singers.
His thanks to all that allowed him to perform his craft. It will never be forgotten. In recognition of his career, his name was placed in the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
Dick worked for the State of New York Department of Transportation for 32 years and served three terms with the Otsego County Board of Representatives.
He was active in Rotary and a member of the Milford United Methodist Church. Though he did retire from employment, he never really quit working or thinking or planning. He had been very active in his community and church, with family and friends, and with many, many interests including the early morning coffee group at Jackie's.
There will be calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at the Milford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Milford. A funeral service in his honor will be held at the church Thursday, July 15, 2004, at noon, with the Rev. Robert Kazinski officiating. Burial will follow at the Milford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta NY 13820 or Milford United Methodist Church, PO Box 127, Milford, NY 13807.
Funeral arrangements are by Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.