MIDDLEFIELD — Dorothy Gohde, 81, formerly of Middlefield, died Tuesday, June 7, 2005, at Otsego Manor.
Dot, as she preferred to be known, was born May 5, 1924, in Utica, the daughter of Percy and Mary (Austin) Butler.
She married Earl W. Gohde on Dec. 25, 1941, and together they operated a dairy farm in the town of Middlefield for many years. In addition to working on the farm, Dot, who was a bookkeeper, worked at a dress factory and later at J.J. Newberry’s in Cooperstown for a number of years.
She was active in her community as a 4-H leader and a member of the PTA. She also belonged to the Community Club and the Home Bureau.
Although Dot was a gifted baker, cook and gardener and loved traveling with friends, her real passion was quilting, and during her life she created many, many beautiful quilts. She shared her passion for quilting with a group of friends in Cooperstown known as the "Fenimore Quilters."
Dot was predeceased by her husband, Earl, in 1977.
She is survived by her three sons, Dick Gohde and his wife, Laura, of Milford, Doug Gohde and his wife, Annie, of Schenevus, and Kim Gohde and his wife, Kathy, of Schenevus; and by her daughter, Linda Nitz and her husband, Richard, of Troy. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Keith, Kevin, Heather, Rebecca, Ziggy, Kurt, Cassandra, Leslie, Michelle, Tracey, Mike, Todd, Charles and Greg; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2005, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Ron Fralick officiating. The family will be in attendance from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Friday to receive friends.
Burial in the Middlefield Cemetery will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who so desire make a contribution in Dot’s memory to any of the following organizations: the Middlefield Fire Department First Responders, 208 County Highway 43, Schenevus, NY 12155; the Westford Fire Department First Responders, PO Box 24, Westford, NY 13488 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.
ONEONTA — Raymond Earl Haynes, 83, of Walton passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Facility in Oneonta.
He was born Dec. 17, 1921, son of the late Clarence and Julia Hoyt Haynes in Liberty.
Raymond married Esther McCall on Dec. 17, 1952, in Walton.
He was employed as a machinist for Borden’s Chemical Company in Bainbridge until he retired. Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Haynes, Oneonta; son and daughter-in-law, Frederic and Beth Haynes, Bainbridge; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Wayne Charles, Sidney; three grandchildren, Stephen Walsh, Bainbridge, Tasha and Bryan Butts, Sidney and Ericka Charles, Sidney; brother-in-law, Bruce and Carol McCall, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ray was also predeceased by five brothers.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2005, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.
Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the A.O. Fox Nursing Facility Patient Fund.
Arrangements are by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Doris R. Holdredge
WEST BURLINGTON — Born Doris Jane Rowin on Oct. 5, 1920, in Van Buren, Ark., she and her brother, mother and father traveled the south and west during her childhood, living in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, wherever her father’s civil engineering assignments took them.
As a young girl, Doris was ever active, visiting her uncle in Washington state to fish for salmon and camp on Mt. Ranier.
She became an accomplished seamstress, making her own clothes and excelling in cooking and baking and playing the drum in the school band. When time came for college, Doris entered Southwestern Missouri State Teacher’s college and became the only freshman to be elected homecoming queen. She majored in home economics and acted in college plays.
It was in one such play that she met a fellow student, Lowell Holdredge, and when they graduated, they were married.
Her travels continued when she married Lowell, as he was an Air Force Cadet, then a pilot in World War II. He then made the Air Force his career. They made homes in Florida, Michigan (where Linda was born), Kentucky, Japan, California (where Ann was born), West Burlington for a few years (where Randy was born) and Oklahoma before moving permanently back to West Burlington. Each time, Doris would make a warm, inviting home for her family and would become an active participant in the lifestyle and culture of the area.
In Japan, she took flower-arranging courses, edited a cookbook of officer’s wives recipes, and traveled to Mt. Fuji, Tokyo and other famous cities.
Back on the farm in West Burlington, she enrolled in Oneonta State University to get her master’s degree in English and was the valedictorian of her class when she graduated.
Doris learned to multitask before the term was coined. She was a careful homemaker, mother, teacher, gardener, cook, hand weaver, artist, an avid reader and an inspiration for her family.
She began teaching English in the Sidney High School and then taught high school English in Edmeston as well as psychology, even directing the senior class play. She became secretary and treasurer of the Episcopal Church in West Burlington, joined the Butternut Valley Garden Club, and became a member of the local planning board.
She was a voracious reader, whether it be cookbooks, novels, garden or homemaking magazines. She introduced her family to foods such as paella and yakamish and planted an elaborate herb garden to have her own fresh herbs. At the same time she took art classes and classes in weaving. She set up her own weaving studio and became an accomplished hand weaver. She also perfected the art of counted cross-stitch and created lovely works of art.
She was a loving wife and partner, encouraging and then becoming involved in Lowell’s many endeavors, such as tapping maple trees to make maple syrup, raising bantam chickens and flying an ultra light aircraft.
After retirement from teaching, she and Lowell traveled the train across Canada to visit her uncle and aunt in the northwest, flew to London and Copenhagen, and, of course, visited their children in Virginia, California and New York.
Doris was an exceptionally talented, intelligent, interesting and well-spoken person.
She will be missed by all, including her brother and sister-in-law, George and Maxine; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Jo Ann; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Barry and Linda and Joel; as well as grandchildren, Scott, Brandon, Kerry, Damon, Jason and David; and great-grandchildren, Chloe, Sierra, Cassandra and Emily.
Funeral services for Doris will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2005, at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston, with Father Charles Taylor officiating. Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service on Sunday.
Interment will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery after the funeral service.
Funeral arrangements are by the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
Stuart P. Smith
ONEONTA — Stuart P. Smith, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2005, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Cooperstown, the son of L. Caryl and Ina (Briggs) Smith.
Stuart married Eleanore Holbrook on Jan. 18, 1941, at Eleanore’s family home in Whigs Corners.
He served in World War II, achieving the rank of sergeant. Stuart was proud of his role as officer in charge of housing for the United States Prosecutors at the Nazi War Crimes Trials in Nuremberg, Germany. Stuart worked at the CCC Camps during the Depression.
For many years he worked at Bresee’s Department Store in Oneonta in refrigeration and air conditioning. In 1980, he retired from Hartwick College in Oneonta, where he was a maintenance electrician for 15 years.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta, the American Legion Post 259, a Boy Scouts master and was very active in civic activities.
Stuart was an avid amateur radio and model airplane enthusiast. Stuart and Eleanore enjoyed round and square dancing and were members of the Tri County Twirlers Club.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eleanore Smith, of Oneonta; three children, Caryl R. and his wife, Fran Smith of Vail Mills, Dennis and his wife, Janet Smith, of West Hurley, and Nancy and her husband, Marc Goldberg, of Guttenberg, N.J.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary and her husband, William Finch, of St. Johnsville, Josephine and her husband, Leland Stillwell, of Norwich and Laone and her husband, Lawrence Gardner, of Cooperstown; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Caryl B. and Marvin Smith; and a sister, Elnora Smith.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. Betsy Diver, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Port Jervis, officiating.
Interment in the Hartwick Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 1356, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
MACEDON — George L. Chermack Sr. of Macedon passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2005.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
George is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Maggy Clemens, George L. (Lauren) Chermack Jr., Susan (Jeffrey) Simmers, John (Orestes Diaz) Chermack, Teresa Malinowski; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence (Anthony) Dulkis; and many nieces and nephews.
George was an industrial arts and career education teacher for 20 years at Watervliet High School and was a president of the Teachers Union. He was also an avid golfer.
He was the owner of Suntags Luncheonette in the late 1950s.
A funeral Mass will be at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Assumption, Fairport.
Interment will be 1 pm, Friday, June 10, 2005, in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Worcester.
Donations may be made to the Serenity House, 1278 Brace Road, Victor NY 14564.
Arrangements are by the Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, Fairport.
CARLISLE, Pa. — Virginia J. Sapienza, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in Carlisle, Pa.
She is survived by her daughter, Gail Killeen and son-in-law, John of Enola, Pa.; her son, Joseph Sapienza of New Jersey; her grandchildren, Keri Sapp, John Killeen V, Marissa Sapienza, Christopher Sapienza; her great-grandchildren, John Killeen IV, Connor Killeen and Avery Sapp.
Virginia was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Oneonta, to the late Ansel and Dorothy Johnson.
George B. Elliott
CORTLAND — A memorial Mass for George B. Elliott, 82, of Cortland, who died Jan. 24, 2005, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2005, in St. Malachy’s Church, East State Street, Sherburne, followed by interment with military honors in St. Malachy’s Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 South Main St., Sherburne.
Richard W. Peet
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — Graveside services for Richard W. Peet will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, with the Rev. Mel Farmer officiating in the Laurens Cemetery.
A luncheon for friends and relatives will follow the services at the Laurens American Legion.
Mr. Peet passed away March 29, 2005.
Marcia R. Wheeler
ONEONTA — Marcia Rae Wheeler, 50, died of a heart attack Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at her home.
Marcia was a native of Oneonta. She had worked the past several years as a receptionist for Miracle Ear. Before that she had temped for Kelly Services many places in and around Oneonta and the Cooperstown area. Among the businesses she worked for were Hartwick College, Oneonta Job Corp., Oneonta Agway, the D&H Railroad and Fenimore House.
Marcia had many interests and strongly believed in volunteering to help the community. Years ago she volunteered at Project 85. She worked as a supervisor for Saturday’s Bread for many years.
Her interests including music in many forms, flowers and animals, especially dogs.
She belonged to the Oneonta Dance Society, the Klipnockie Food Coop and YAM.
Marcia is survived by two sisters, Dawn C. Wheeler and Sandra A. Wheeler, and numerous cousins.
There will be a service to celebrate her life at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Unitarian Universalist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saturday’s Bread or your local animal shelter.
WALTON — Madelyn Mary Carney passed away June 8, 2005, at the loving home of her nephew and his wife, Joe and Jonelle Doyle, and their daughters, Jade and Justine.
Aunt Maggie was born in Pennsylvania on July 6, 1905. She grew up in Pana, Ill., with eight brothers and sisters. As a young woman she moved to Chicago, where she met and married her beloved Irishman, Martin J. Carney. He died May 18, 1983.
She then made her home with her sisters, Helena Feierabend and Adele Doyle. Since their passing, she has graced the Doyle household with her love and laughter.
She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, especially her adoring nieces and nephews, John and Sue Walsh, Ed Walsh, Mary and Steve Werning, Karen and Roger Konwal, Joan Sobeleski, Mike Doyle, and Shiela Samuels, Tim and Clare Doyle, Mary and Al MacGibbon, and Joe and Jonelle Doyle, and their families.
Madelyn was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered by Father Ryan at St. John’s at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2005. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Madelyn’s memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Walton. Envelopes for memorial contributions are available by contacting the funeral home.