Marguerite H. Benson
COLCHESTER, Vt. — Marguerite H. Benson, 89, of Colchester, Vt., and formerly of Ellenville, died Monday morning, Jan. 5, 1998 at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester.
She was born Dec. 31, 1908 in Kingston, the daughter of Cornelius and Elizabeth (Storman) Hamilton. She married Clyde S. Benson on March 28, 1926. He died May 21, 1984.
Mrs. Benson was a homemaker, and while residing in Ellenville was a member of St. Mary's-St. Andrew's Church.
She is survived by three sons, Peter W. Benson of Ellenville, Thomas G. Benson of Grand Isle, Vt. and Robert C. Benson of Oneonta. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Charles Hamilton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's-St. Andrew's Church in Ellenville. Burial will be in the Fantinekill Cemetery, Ellenville.
Friends may call at the Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Margaret H. Foreman
NORTH GRANBY, Conn. — Margaret Heydecker Foreman, an avid traveler and proponent of international student exchange programs, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 4, 1998 at her home in North Granby, Conn., after a long illness. She was 79.
In September, she was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, which cited "her efforts in beautifying the campus and encouraging the study of diverse cultures."
The college, where Mrs. Foreman had been an honorary trustee since 1996, also acknowledged that she had "played a key role in the development of several international programs." With her late husband, Charles Foreman, a longtime trustee, she helped the college start the Foreman Institute of Creative Arts.
Mrs. Forman was born in Mount Vernon, the daughter of Wayne Darlington Heydecker and Ethel Cochrane Heydecker. She attended public schools, graduating from Mount Vernon High School, where she played French horn and drums in music groups. As a teen-ager, she also loved riding horses and sailing with her father on Long Island Sound.
She attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where she majored in history and was on the dean's list.
After her marriage in 1942, she and her husband lived in Mount Vernon and later, Pelham Manor, where they raised their two children.
Mrs. Foreman was active in the American Field Service, an international student exchange program; in Kappa Kappa Gamma, her college sorority; the Girl Scouts; as a troop leader for many years and as stage manager for numerous theatrical productions. She also was a lifelong gardener and an enthusiastic amateur astronomer.
In recent years, she and her husband lived in North Granby and were members of the Simsbury United Methodist Church, Connecticut.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy Foreman and Dr. Thomas Deutsch, of Cambridge; her son and daughter-in-law, Willian H. and Ann Foreman of Ludlow, Vt; and three grandchildren, Michael S. Foreman-Fowler of Boulder, Colo., John Mead Foreman and Alexis Heydecker Foreman of Ludlow, Vt.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998 at 2 p.m. at the Simsbury United Methodist Church, 799 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, Conn., with the Rev. Dr. M. Lawrence Snow officiating.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 855 Asylum Ave., Hartford, Conn. 06105 or to the charity of the donors choice in her memory.
Hayes-Huling and Carmon Funeral Home in Granby, Conn. has care of arrangements.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Grace Mary Catherine Worrel Gouaze, 88, a retired civil-service employee, died on Jan. 4, 1998 at Vencor Hospital, Arlington, Va.
Mrs. Gouaze was born in New Orleans, La. on Nov. 10, 1909, the daughter of the late Edward James Worrel Sr. and the late Elizabeth Mary Dixon Worrel. After a short time living in New Jersey, Mrs. Gouaze grew up in New Orleans. She was married in 1940 in New Orleans to Edmond Constantin Gouaze, who survives her.
After her marriage, Mrs. Gouaze lived in New Orleans, Albuquerque, N.M., Germany and England, before settling in Arlington in 1955. She worked at Defense Intelligence Agency, where she directed the W.A.E. Program until her retirement. She was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Parish, involving herself with the many charitable and social activities of her church community. She served as president of the Women's Council for several terms.
Two brothers, Harold and Rondal Worrel, predeceased Mrs. Gouaze.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of 57 years, are three daughters, Beth Selfridge of Forked River, N.J., Linda Gouaze of Arlington, Va. and Michelle Gardner of Oneonta; three grandchildren, Gretchen Gabos of Pittsburgh, Pa., John Gardner of New York City and Nicholas Gardner of Oneonta; one great-grandchild, Ryan Gabos of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one sister, Alva Worrel of New Orleans, La.; three brothers, Edward Worrel of Houston, Texas, Calvin Worrel of Detroit, Mich. and Elwin Worrel of New Orleans, La.; also many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements included visitation at Murphy's Funeral Home in Arlington, Va. on Jan. 6 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and a Requiem Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Arlington, Va. on Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Her final intermenty will be in the St. Louis III Cemetery, New Orleans, La.
Charlotte V. Williams
ONEONTA — Miss Charlotte "Charlie" V. Williams, 68, of Oneonta, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 at her residence.
She was born Oct. 1, 1929 in Plainfield Center, the daughter of Homer and Margaret (Jones) Williams.
"Charlie" as she was known to many, came to Oneonta in 1970 from New Berlin. For several years she was a salesperson for the W.T. Grant Company in Norwich and Oneonta, prior to the closing of the stores in this area about 20 years ago. "Charlie" spent many summers at the United Methodist retreat at Skye Lake with the youth as a counselor and attended many United Methodist conferences as well as assisting in many church programs. She, at one time, had worked for the Upstate Home for Children Resident Homes in Oneonta.
She is survived by one brother, Bill Williams of New Berlin, one sister, Elsie Spooner of West Edmeston and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 at Elm Park United Methodist Church, Chestnut Street, Oneonta, with the Rev. Stephen Heiss, pastor of Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta, officiating.
Burial will be in the Unadilla Forks Cemetery, Unadilla Forks.
Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, on Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. when the family will be present at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be given to the Elm Park United Methodist Church, Chestnut Street, Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 in memory of Charlotte V. Williams.
Funeral arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Homed, Oneonta and Otego.
Caroline L.B. Rahn
YORKVILLE — Caroline (Carrie) Branigan Rahn, 70, of Yorkville, died Jan. 5, 1998 at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Center.
She was born Aug. 13, 1927 in Cobleskill, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Viva Manning Branigan. She was married to Walter A. Rahn Jr. Oct. 6, 1951. He died Oct. 14, 1983.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Suzanna and Robert Dausman of Syracuse; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Bruce E. and Tammy Gagnon Rahn of Marcy, Mark E. Rahn of Marcy and David W. and Shari (Wallace) Rahn of Yorkville; four grandchildren, Eric Dausman, Kevin, Jacob and Justin Rahn; nieces and nephews, Michael Branigan of Worcester, Patrick Branigan and wife Lois of Worcester, Daniel Branigan of Worcester and Kelly Foster and her husband Robert of Cincinnati, Ohio. Other survivors include sisters-in-law, Eleanor Jeanne Branigan of Worcester, Mildred Rahn Germain of Watertown; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by a brother, James Branigan, in January of 1990.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of the 6th floor at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Center for all of the care they gave to Caroline.
Calling hours at the Friedel, Williams, Coriale and Edmunds Funeral Home, 100 Main St., Whitesboro, will be on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services and intermenty will be private.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider the Hospice Care Inc. or the Stevens Swan Humane Society, in her memory.
Edward M. Hubbard
ONEONTA — Edward M. Hubbard, 79, of Oneonta, died Jan. 4, 1998 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 4, 1918 in Norwich, the son of Charles A. and Grace (White) Hubbard.
Mr. Hubbard was a longtime employee of Homer Folks Hospital, having retired in 1978. He was a former member of the Oneonta Loyal Order of the Moose and a member of the C.S.E.A.
He is survived by his brother, George Hubbard of Oneonta; his sister, Mary Ramessini of Oneonta; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was predeceased by his beloved companion of 42 years, Rosetta Pearson, in 1991; a sister, Blanche Long; and a brother, John Hubbard.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 at the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Douglas Gray, pastor of the Garrattsville Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Burial will take place in the spring in Plains Cemetery, Oneonta.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday afternoon prior to service time.
Funeral arrangements are by Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
Wayne C. Utter
ONEONTA — Wayne C. Utter died Jan. 3, 1998 at the University Hospital in Syracuse after a long illness.
He was born April 16, 1945 in Davenport to the late Claude E. and Alfretta (VanBuren) Utter.
Mr. Utter is survived by his wife, Judith of Pennsylvania; his sister Pearl Alley of Oneonta; several nieces, nephews and cousins in the area. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Theodore and William C. Utter, and three sisters, Victoria, Claudetta and Martha.
Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, Scranton, Pa.
Dwight K. Schultes
MOUNT UPTON — Dwight K. Schultes, 87, of Mount Upton, died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998 at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home in Norwich.
He was born Oct. 10, 1910 in Loomis, the son of the late Jay and Mary (Eggleston) Schultes. He married Cynthia Medbury on Dec. 11, 1935 in Nineveh. She predeceased him Oct. 2, 1997.
Dwight owned and operated a farm in Mount Upton for many years. He drove a school bus for Mount Upton Central Schools for 33 years and was a custodian at Mount Upton schools for several years.
He was a member of the Rockdale Community Church and their Adult Group; Mount Upton Fire Department for over 50 years; former member of the Chenango County Farm Bureau; former town of Guilford assessor and a member of the Dairylea Co-op.
His is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Lorain Schultes of Columbus, Ohio, Rodney and Nancy Schultes of Mount Upton and Harley and Donna Schultes of Maryland; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Vando Shadigian of Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jay and Lucille Schultes of North Afton and Sylvester and Marjorie Schultes of Sidney; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Harriet Hoyt of Bainbridge, Letha Appelgate of Center Village, Susan and Clifford Palmatier of Trout Creek and Estella Dietrich of Bainbridge. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harold "Pete" Schultes and Neven Schultes.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998 at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Main Street, Sidney.
Burial will be in the spring at the Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Upton.
Friends are invited to call Friday with the family in attendance from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
The family has requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to the Mount Upton Emergency Squad or Fire Department in Dwight's name.
Arrangements are by the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Main Street, Sidney.
Maria A. Toften
JEFFERSON — Maria A. Toften, 81, of Clapper Hollow Road, Jefferson, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 at the home of her son in Middleburgh after a short illness.
She was born Aug. 19, 1916 in New Rochelle, the daughter of John and Minnie (Shoch) Kenyon. She married Ernest C. Toften on May 21, 1938.
Maria was a graduate of New Rochelle High School. Prior to moving to Jefferson in 1961, she worked at W.C. Grants and Schraffs Bakery in New Rochelle. She also worked for many years at the former Stamford Community Hospital in housekeeping.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest C. Toften of Jefferson; a son and daughter-in-law, George A. and Karen Toften of Middleburgh; a son and fiance, Ernest P. and Kathy Rogers Toften of Delhi; a brother, John Kenyon of New Rochelle; six grandchildren, George A. Toften Jr. of Schenectady, Stacey Simeon, Carrie and Garrett Toften of Middleburgh, April and Eric Toften of North Carolina; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Ruth (Kenyon) Seacord.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 at the Hall Funeral Home, 142 W. Main St., Stamford with the Rev. Carol Coltrain, pastor of the Huntersland United Methodist Church at Huntersland, officiating.
Burial will be held in the spring at the Evergreen Cemetery in Jefferson.
Friends may call at the Hall Funeral Home at their convenience Thursday afternoon and evening. The family will be in attendance between 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Maria's memory to the Catskill Area Hospice Inc., 151 E. Main St., Cobleskill, N.Y. 12043.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford and Grand Gorge.
Donald N. Sibley
AFTON — Donald N. Sibley, 63, of Afton, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 at The Hospital in Sidney.
He was born in Roscoe Feb. 11, 1934 to the late Herbert and Maude Rogers Sibley. He married Gail Stewart in 1958.
Donald was retired from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local No. 693, Binghamton. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose No. 277, Sidney, and Lodge No. 465, Oneonta.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Helen Hamilton of Afton; three daughters, LorLinda and Lynn Shumway of Oneonta, Lynette Dewey of Mount Upton and Pricilla and Thomas Pyle of Bainbridge; one brother, John Sibley of Clyde; three sisters, Betty Beach of Walton, Ruth Butts of Nineveh and Grace Fisher of Masonville; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Jonathan, KatieMarie, James, Sean, Nicholas and Jason.
He was predeceased by a brother George R. Sibley and a nephew, Thomas Sibley.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998 at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, at 2 p.m. The Rev. J. Alvin Mosher of the Masonville Federated Church of Masonville will officiate.
Burial will be in Masonville Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney from 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Leta M. Palmer
WESTFORD — Leta M. Palmer, 86, of Westford died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
She was born July 19, 1911 in South Valley, the daughter of Clarence and Grace (Rury) Marks. She married John E. Palmer on June 11, 1931 in South Valley. He predeceased her March 15, 1993.
Mrs. Palmer had lived in Westford since 1931 and was a member of the Westford United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Phyllis VanVoorhis of Duanesburg and Janice and William Ellis of Oneonta; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998 at the Westford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Westford with the Rev. Joyce Allen, pastor of the Worcester and East Worcester United Methodist Churches, officiating.
Burial will take place in the Westford Cemetery at a later date.
Calling hours will be Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the E.J. Skinner Co. Funeral Chapel, 115 Main St., Worcester.
Contributions may be made in loving memory of Mrs. Palmer to the Westford United Methodist Church, Main Street, Westford, N.Y. 13488.
Funeral arrangements are by E.J. Skinner Co., 115 Main St., Worcester.