Marjorie H. Hamilton
AIKEN, S.C. — Marjorie Halbert Hamilton, 86, of 830 Laurens St. North, Aiken, S.C. died Dec. 5, 1997 at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
She was born in Butternuts, the daughter of the late Thomas and Helen Millard Halbert.
She was a housewife.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hemstead and its former deacon, was past president of the Women's Associaion of Hemstead and was an active member of the Girl Scouts PTA.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Swift of Gilbertsville and Marjorie Talbot of Aiken, S.C.; one son, James Hamilton of Camden, S.C., and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was predecased by her husband, Wing Hamilton.
The family will receive friends at the Shellhouse Funeral Home Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, S.C.
Warren `Pete' Hollister
OTEGO — Warren "Pete" Hollister, 79, died Nov. 20, 1997 in Tucson, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Christina Williams; two daughters, Reva Mroz of Harrison, Tenn. and Rosemary Hughes of Tully; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; two sisters, Mary Knapp of Syracuse and Delores Bartlett of Spencer. Another sister, Ruth Chaffee of Appalachin, predeceased him in death in June of this year.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Mary W. Brezina of Martinsburg, Pa. and formerly of Richfield Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, in Mason Hospital, Roaring Springs, Pa.
Born in Taunton, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Fred and Ellen Gibbons White. A graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School in Taunton, she attended Boston University. She was the widow of John Brezina Jr.
Mary worked for the New York Telephone Company from 1954-1969 and served as chief operator in Richfield Springs from 1957 until the office went to the dial system in 1965.
Surving are a son, Robert J. Brady of Florida; two daughters, J. Ellen Phelps of Florida and Rosemary Macomber of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren and one great grandaughter. She was predeceased by two sons, John and Tom Brady; a daughter, Jeanne Keiser; five brothers and three sisters.
Funeral will be from the J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 5 West James St., Richfield Springs, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Richfield Springs, with the Rev. Francis Husselbeck, pastor, officiating. Mrs. Brezina will be placed in the J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home private vault to await burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery next spring.
Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Church, Richfield Springs. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
WALTON — Richard A. Fuller, 71, of Walton died Dec. 5, 1997 at United Health Services in Johnson City.
He was born Jan. 14, 1926 in Colchester, the son of Jason D. and Elizabeth (Cooper) Fuller.
He was a 50-plus-year resident of Walton, an honorary member of the Walton Fire Department, and was instrumental in the forming of the Walton Emergency Squad.
He was a linotype operator at The Reporter Company, the assistant postmaster in Walton, and worked for the Walton Central School system. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, and a member and past elder of the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by four daughters, Constance Story, Scotia; Carol Fuller, Johnson City and Melissa and Ellen Fuller, Walton; four sons, Bud and Janet Fuller, Hamlin; Robert and Kim Fuller, Waverly, and Jim Brinson and Ralph Fuller, Walton; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Sally Pyle, in 1984.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997, from the Pines Brook Baptist Church with the Rev. Lauren Maxson officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery.
Friends may call at Lyon Bros.-Way, Inc., from 7-9 p.m. today, when the family will be in attendance.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Walton Fire Department or the Walton Emergency Squad.
GUILFORD — Lawrence Deloss Howe, 84, of 260 Marble Rd., Guilford, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, at his residence.
He was born June 5, 1913, in Manningville, He was the son of the late Charles H. and Pearl (Smith) Howe. On July 16, 1949, he married Myrtle Bush in Sidney.
Lawrence became a certified airplane mechanic through his studies at Parks Air College in East St. Louis, Ill. Then he attended Cortland Collegiate Center for two years.
He was employed by E. C. D. of Bendix as a test equipment and model maker in the Experimental Department for 38 years, retiring in 1978.
Lawrence was a member of the United Methodist Church of Guilford and a member of the Sidney Square Dance Club. He enjoyed rollerskating, playing his guitar and, especially, boating.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mrs. Myrtle Howe of Guilford; one son, Charles L. Howe of Norwich; one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Kim Bookhout of East Guilford; three grandchildren, Nicholas and Kristie Bookhout and Jeffrey Howe; and several cousins, including Roger Howe, Leola Etheridge and Elsie Walling. He was predeceased by a brother, Willard Howe.
Funeral and committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997, from the United Methodist Church in Guilford, with the Rev. Donald A. Roberts Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Fly Creek Cemetery, Fly Creek.
Friends are invited to call at their convenience today at the C. H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. The family will be in attendance from 7-9 p.m. today.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Guilford or to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich.
Barbara A. Loop
WESTFORD — Barbara A. Loop, 55, of Westford died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.
She was born Dec. 12, 1941 in Wallington, N.J., the daughter of Victor and Mary (Sikora) Bascardi.
She married Richard Loop in 1965 in New Jersey.
Mrs. Loop has lived in Westford for 20 years; previously she and her family lived in Sidney Center for five years.
Mrs. Loop was employed at Bassett Healthcare Hospital in Cooperstown as a phlebotomist for 15 years.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Schenevus and the Schoharie County Chippers, a wood-carving club. She also enjoyed fishing and crafts.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Loop of Westford; a daughter, Victoria Ann Loop of Westford; a sister, Gloria McKown of Ohio; three nephews, William, Thomas and Michael McKown and several aunts, uncles and cousins and many beloved friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Schenevus.
The Rev. William Crandall, pastor of St. Mary's Church will be celebrant and the Rev. Arthur Moraes, a visiting priest from England will be co-celebrant.
Burial will take place in the spring at the Schenevus Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held at the Heller Funeral Home, 10 Arch St., Schenevus from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. A recitation of the Rosary will be held at 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made in loving memory of Mrs. Loop to the American Diabetes Association, Eastern Regional Office, 50 Colvin Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12206-1106 or the American Heart Association, 120 Lomond Ct., Lomond Place Office Park, Utica, N.Y. 13502.
Funeral arrangements are by the Heller Funeral Home, 10 Arch St., Schenevus.
HARPURSVILLE — Eleanor May (Gleason) Meisel, 82,of Harpursville died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997 at Lourdes Hospital.
She was born in Hawleyton on Nov. 14, 1915, to Marvin M. and Beulah (May) Gleason. She was born on the family farm, where her father had also been born.
She was predeceased by her husband, Rexford P. Meisel, on Jan. 8, 1983. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Paul R. and Marilyn Meisel of Delhi, and James A. and Cherie Meisel and Richard M. and Jane Meisel, all of Harpursville; one daughter and son-in- law, Doris and Jack Holte of Greene; one brother, Robert Gleason; 15 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Prior to her retirement she was employed at Amphenol Corp. in Sidney for 23 years. She had attended the Bethel Chapel in Harpursville.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Osterhoudt-Leopold Funeral Home, Harpursville, with the Rev. William Fowler officiating. Entombment will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Colesville Ambulance Service. At Mrs. Meisel's request, there will be no prior calling hours.
Stanley Van Gorder
UNADILLA — Stanley B. Van Gorder, 72, of Fort Myers, Fla., and formerly of Unadilla, died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 2, 1925, in Pennsylvania, the son of Bently and Anna Belle Reynolds.
He was married to Carmen Selleck on July 14, 1974, in Puerto Rico.
He was a retired employee of the Bendix Corp., Sidney, and had made his home in Ft. Myers since 1976. He was most recently employed as superintendent of maintenance and grounds at Ft. Myers High School.
He is survived by his wife, Carmen Van Gorder, and a son, Thomas Van Gorder, both of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a stepsoon and daughter-in-law, Frank R. and Elaine Selleck, and a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Donna L. and Chester French, all of Unadilla; one grandson and three stepgrandchildren.
Graveside services will be held later in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Unadilla, at the convenience of the family.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Local arrangements are by the Westcott Funeral Home, Unadilla.
DELHI — Helen W. Raitt, 82, of 41 Clinton St., Delhi, passed away peacefully late Sunday night Dec. 7, 1997, at her home following an extended illness.
She was born May 12, 1915 in South Kortright, the daughter of John Duncan and Mary (Burnett) Winter.
Helen was a graduate of Bloomville High School and received her teacher's training at the former Oneonta Normal School, graduating in 1935. During her early career she taught both in Stamford and South Kortright school districts until her marriage to John E. Raitt on April 11, 1941 in Delhi. Subsequently, she returned to teaching in 1959 at Delaware Academy until her retirement in 1974, in all, a total of 21 years of service to area school children.
A lifelong Delaware County resident, Helen was a longtime active member of the First Presbyterian Church; Watauga Chapter Order of the Eastern Star; during World War II was active in the American Women's Volunteer Service; and was always community-minded until her health declined.
Surviving are her husband of 56 years, John E. Raitt, former Delaware County historian; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and Jerome Flye of Walworth, Janice Raitt of Delhi and Christine and Keith Campbell of Washington, Pa.; one son and daughter-in-law, John (Jack) and Linda Raitt of Liverpool; six grandchildren, four-great grandchildren and two nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Margaret Winter and Isabelle Baldinger Bantham.
Friends are invited to call today, at their convenience at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home where the family will be in attendance from 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church, Clinton Street, by the Rev. Arvid Whitmore, pastor, and burial will be later in the Raitt family plot in the Bovina Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, 10305 or the First Presbyterian Church, Delhi. 13753.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet, Delhi.
Winston Y. Harris Sr.
MORRIS — Winston Y. Harris Sr., 86, of Morris, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997 at his home in Morris.
He was born in Morris on July 6, 1911, the son of William and Winifred (Yates) Harris. He was a graduate of Morris Central School and married Charlotte Docker Johnson on Dec. 31, 1948. She died March 8, 1980.
He was a lifelong area dairy farmer and also owned and operated the Harris Saw Mill in Morris. Winston had served as fire commissioner for the Morris District for 44 years and had also been a member of the Butternuts Lodge No. 515, F & AM. He was also a past patron of the Jewel Lodge No. 306 Order of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and in later years he enjoyed helping his son with field work.
He is survived by three children, Winifred Talbot and her husband Thomas of New Lisbon, Winston Harris Jr. and his wife Judy of Morris and William Harris of New Lisbon; two stepchildren, Barbara Parker of Oneonta and Alan Johnson and his wife Bonnie of New Lisbon; a son-in-law, Ronald Parker of New Lisbon; a daughter-in-law, Claudia Harris of Bloomville; eight grandchildren, Mark Talbot and his wife Lynn, Colleen Talbot, Denise Wist and her husband Lucas, Heather Santeerre and her husband Rick, John and David Harris, Amy Heath and Daniel Harris; stepchildren, David Parker and his wife Beth, Scott Parker and his wife Elaine, Steven Parker, Lisa Knapp and her husband Jesse, Alene and Daryl Jones; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Adah Harris of West Winfield. He was predeceased by a brother, Collis, and two sisters, Erie Corinne Colvin and Avis Patten.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris with the Rev. Wilfred Lyon officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillington Cemetery in Morris. Calling hours will be from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Masonic services will be at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Those who wish may donate to the Morris Fire Department or the Morris Emergency Squad in his memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
G. Kenneth Reed
SIDNEY — G. Kenneth Reed of 7 Edgewood Dr., Sidney, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997 at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born April 30, 1917 in Worcester, the son of the late Osa and Ada (Hadsell) Reed. He married Doris Nichols on May 9, 1942 in Worcester.
He was a graduate of Worcester High School, class of 1939. He also graduated from Albany Business College.
He worked for E.C.D. of Bendix for over 40 years, retiring in 1979. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Sidney where he served on the Trustee Board for many years. He also was village and town justice for many years in Sidney.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mrs. Doris Reed of Sidney; one son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Diane Reed of Clifton Park; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and William Cook of Sarasota, Fla.; three granddaughters, Tamara Garthe of Spring Lake Heights, N.J.; Kelly Reed and Kimberly Reed of Clifton Park; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Donald and Ethel Reed of Columbus, Ohio; J. Porter Reed of Santa Rosa, Calif. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one sister, Marion Stearns.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 at the First Baptist Church of Sidney, River Street, Sidney, with the Rev. David Fraher, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be at a later date at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Worcester.
Friends are invited to call Wednesday, with the family in attendance from 7-9 p.m. at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Main Street, Sidney.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial gifts in Ken's name be made to the First Baptist Church of Sidney or to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are by the C.H. Landers Chapel, Main Street, Sidney.
Charles F. Hughes
ONEONTA — Charles F. Hughes, 64, of Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 1997 at a close friend's residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 6, 1933 in Schenevus, the son of Adelbert and Elizabeth (Whitney) Hughes. He married Dorothy (Hughes) Underwood, Dec. 10, 1960. They were later divorced.
Mr. Hughes was a veteran of the United States Air Force from 1953-1957.
Mr. Hughes worked for Shumans Trucking, Briggs Lunber Company and later Lloyds Lumber Company. He retired from Picketts Lumber Company as a yard foreman in 1996.
He drove stock cars at Fonda, Morris, Five Mile Point and Syracuse in the 1950s. He also enjoyed carpentry work, snowmobiling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Bruce Beang; two grandchildren, Anthony and Kayla Beang; one brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Cegret Hughes of Oneonta; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mrs. Jean LaTerra of Oneonta, Betty and Harold Card of Shady Acres Maryland, and Lynda and Jim Louden of Bainbridge; a close friend, Sue Maillet of Oneonta, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers and a sister.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. Royal Mattoon, pastor of the Southside Wesleyan Church.
Burial will be later in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta. Calling hours will be Wednesday, after 3 p.m. The family will be in attendance from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Funeral arrangements are by Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, Dietz Street, Oneonta.