Leona Mae Woodcock
NAMPA, Idaho — Mrs. Leona Mae Woodcock, 95, of Midland Nursing Home, Nampa, Idaho, died Tuesday, June 29, 1999, at the Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, Idaho, after a short illness.
She was born Aug. 16, 1903, in Horton Switch, N.Y., the daughter of William Berry and Minnie Wagner.
Mrs. Woodcock was a homemaker. She lived in Idaho for 17 years. She lived in Oneonta, N.Y., New Jersey and Costa Mesa, Calif.
She was of the Protestant faith.
She married Lidel Woodcock. He died in 1956.
Leona is survived by one daughter, Marion M. Redman of Nampa, Idaho; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, John S. Burnett, who died June 14, 1999, and her daughter, Betty J. Burnett, who died Nov. 28, 1990.
Graveside services will be held Friday, July 2, 1999, at 2:30 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Oneonta, N.Y.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Canajoharie, N.Y.
DELHI — Juanita (Sally) Carey, 82, of Delhi died Wednesday morning, June 30, 1999, at Countryside Care Center, following a long illness.
She was born April 7, 1917, in the town of Kortright, daughter of the late Ernest Haynes and Jamesina Haynes Raab.
She was married to James Dickson on Sept. 9, 1939. He preceded her in death on June 29, 1969. She later married Martin Carey on Dec. 4, 1971.
Sally was a graduate of Bloomville High School and the State University College of Technology at Delhi. She was employed at Arbuckles Department Store for many years and later worked for the college alumni association and as a medicaid eligibility clerk at the Delaware County Department of Social Services.
She will be remembered for her interest in horses — she was instrumental in the founding of the Delhi Horse Show, served as a 4-H leader and often rode in local parades and events. She was a 60-year member of the Delhi First Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir for many years and was active in the women's circle. She also belonged to the Delhi Bird Club and Western Square Dancing groups.
She is survived by her husband, Martin of Delhi; two daughters, Rita VanNuys of Fairview, N.C., and Donna Ciano of Silver City, N.M.; three grandchildren, Dena-Marie Foley of Johnson City, Tenn., and Rebecca Mudge and Darren Mudge of Silver City, N.M.; and one great-granddaughter, Anika Mudge of Silver City, N.M. She also has two stepchildren, Chris Carey of Delhi and Patty Elliott of West Laurens.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 3, 1999, at MacArthur Funeral Home at 2 p.m.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a memorial fund through Delaware National Bank to be used to provide gifts for needy children.
Arrangements are under the direction of MacArthur Funeral Home, Main Street, Delhi.
Julia Marion Morey
MILFORD CENTER — Miss Julia Marion Morey, 95, of Milford Center, died Friday, March 12, 1999, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 10, 1903, in Oneonta, the daughter of George C. and Fannie (Smith) Morey.
Julia attended Oneonta schools. She graduted from Columbia University with her teaching degree and had taught for many years at State Teachers College, now known as SUCO or SUNY Oneonta.
She and her lifelong friend, Evelyn Hodgdon, created many school programs that are still in use. She taught first grade at Center Street School for several years. Julia was on the board of directors at the Upstate Home for Children where she taught for about five years, as well as volunteered.
She traveled to and taught in many locales such as Haiti and Mexico. She studied one year in 1938 in Germany and was commissioned the Kentucky Colonel in 1966.
During the war, Julia coordinated a program in Cooperstown through Cornell University that brought youths from cities and farmes together to help during the war.
Julia was an active member of the Portlandville United Methodist Church, where she was an active Sunday school teacher. She would annually hold the sunrise service at the Morey home. She enjoyed doing missionary work.
She is survived by two nieces, Joyce Creller and Marion McMahon, and a great-niece, Sarah Renteria.
She was predeceased by one sister, Mildred, and two brothers, Raymond and Elbert.
There will be an informal gathering at her home on Tuesday, July 6, 1999, from 7-9 p.m. For further information please feel free to call her nieces, at 432-6196, or the Bookhout Funeral Home.
The family wishes to thank everyone who was any part of Julia's life and extend loving thanks to a very special friend, Mayo Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a favorite charity in her memory.
Chase W. Zaffarano
Chance R. Zaffarano
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Chase William and Chance Robert Zaffarano, infant twin sons of Dennis and Lisa Bond Zaffarano, were born and died on Thursday, July 1, 1999, in Albany Medical Center, Albany.
Surviving besides their parents and grandparents are a sister, Danielle Irish, 5; a brother, Dennis Jordan, 4; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral service and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeal Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs.
Hazel M. Utter
AUBURN — Hazel M. Utter, 93, a longtime Oneonta resident, died Thursday morning, July 1, 1999 at her granddaughter, Debra Stoelzel's house in Auburn.
Hazel was born May 4, 1906 in Oneonta, the daughter of George and Sarah (Hethington) Rowe.
Hazel married William M. Utter on Aug. 13, 1948. They were married for 32 years until his death on May 7, 1981.
Hazel attended Oneonta High School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta.
Hazel is survived by a daughter-in-law, Joyce George Terk of Cobleskill; six grandchildren, Dr. Douglas T. George, Donald E. George II, Debra Stoelzel and Lisa George Tafuri of Auburn, John D. George of Phoenix and Sarah George of Liverpool; six great-grandchildren, Jamie Agati, David and Jennifer Stoelzel, Lauran, Douglas and Jonathan George; four stepsons, Robert W., Walter J. and Clayton G. Utter of Oneonta and Wayne A. Utter of Sherburne; three stepdaughters, Kathleen I. Maggio of Binghamton, Betty J. Beardlee of Tampa, Fla. and Barbara Doremus of Bradon, Fla. and a niece, Mary Wayman of Otego.
Hazel was predeceased by her son, Dr. Donald E. George in 1984.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 1999 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. The Rev. Joseph A. Fiske will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Homes, Oneonta and Otego.
Ferdinand A. Ermlich
COOPERSTOWN — Ferdinand (Fred) A. Ermlich, 64, of Fork Shop Road in Cooperstown, died Thursday morning, July 1, 1999 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
He was born on May 20, 1935 on Long Island, a son of Fred G. Ermlich and Lillian Ermlich Butler. He married Gwendolyn Coleman on Nov. 25, 1972 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
Mr. Ermlich was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1962 and received his M.A. from St. Bonaventure University in 1965. He was chaplain at Albany State University, served as priest at St. Mary's in Oneonta and in campus ministry at SUNY Oneonta. He also enjoyed the privilege of celebrating Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy. He resigned from active ministry in 1970, but was active as a Cantor and served as a leader of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) at St. Mary's in Cooperstown.
After leaving the priesthood, Mr. Ermlich was appointed ombudsman at SUNY Oneonta, a position he held for 18 years. He also served as assistant to the academic vice president and was acting director of academic advisement. He retired from the college in 1995 as associate dean of continuing education. At the time of his death, Mr. Ermlich was president of the Retired Faculty Association.
He served as president of the National Ombudsman Association and was a board member of the University and College Ombudsman Association from 1987-89 and served as its president from 1991-92.
Through a shared love of opera, Mr. and Mrs. Ermlich became founding members of the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown. Mr. Ermlich was a founding trustee and chief fiscal officer/board treasurer for the Opera and wrote successful grant proposals on the Opera's behalf to the National Foundation for the Arts, among others, for its first 13 years of operation.
Mr. Ermlich sang in the professional chorus at Glimmerglass in more than 250 performances over the last 24 years. He also sang in the Community Chorale (now the Catskill Choral Society in Oneonta.)
He was founding president of the New York State Bed and Breakfast Association. With his wife, Gwen, he was "Chef Extraordinaire" and co-proprietor at Creekside Bed and Breakfast, featured in Travel and Leisure and Country Inns magazines. In its 16 years of operation, Creekside's reputation was built on Fred and Gwen's personal rapport and warmth, where guests became part of their extended family.
He was a founding member of the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR). Mr. Ermlich was a founding member of OURS, a Catholic Charity responsible for the creation of shelters for battered women and rape crisis centers, from 1976 to 1984, and president of its Board of Directors from 1982-84.
He was co-founder with Yonah Alexander of the SUNY Institute for Studies on International Terrorism and a panel participant and guest speaker in the nation's capital and across the country.
If there was a unifying thread through all of Fred's life, it was his orientation as a peacemaker. He was the recipient of many awards and honors for his work across all his fields of interest.
Fred was noted for his love of people and his God and was one of the most beloved members of his community.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Gwen; sons F. Paul Ermlich and wife Hiroko of Cambridge, Mass. and Patrick P. Ermlich of Cooperstown; stepson, Frank B. Coleman IV and wife Pearl of Boston, Mass.; granddaughter, Julia Coleman; beloved mother-in-law, Beryl Zachary of Cooperstown; sisters, Maryann Winterstein and her husband Henry of Camillus and Ruth Ermlich of Mount Vernon, Ohio; foster brother, James Wallace of Mount Vernon, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Charles Zachary of Oneonta and Ronald Agee of Newport News, Va.; sister-in-law, Annlee Skinner and her husband George of Newport News, Va.; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, both in the United States and Germany and a legion of devoted friends and colleagues.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 1999 at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Cooperstown with the Rev. John R. Roos, pastor and the Rev. Dr. Patrick H. O'Neill co-officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in Fly Creek Valley Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Connell, Dow and Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown from 2-5 in the afternoon on Sunday, July 4, 1999 when Fred's family will be in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in memory of Fred to Glimmerglass Opera, P.O. Box 191, Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326-0191.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow and Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
WALTON — Wendell E. Spear, 65, of Walton died Thursday, July 1 in Walton of cancer.
He was born Oct. 27, 1933 in Bovina Center, the son of the Rev. Norman and Marian Ormiston Spear.
Wendell married Jacquelin Patton in Gladbrook, Iowa, in 1958. They have three daughters, Kathryn, Suzanne and Linda.
He lived in Bovina Center, New Castle, Pa. and Mars, Pa., before returning to Bovina in 1947. He graduated from Delaware Academy in Delhi in 1952 and received his B.S. from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa., in 1956. He did graduate work at Penn State, Cortland and received his master's degree in administration from SUNY Albany. From 1956 to 1959, he taught physics and chemistry in East Palestine, Ohio.
In 1959, Mr. Spear became the biology teacher in Walton Central School and remained in Walton for 30 years.
From 1981 to 1988, Mr. Spear was the Junior/Senior High principal at Walton.
At Walton Central, he coached track, cross-country, football, boys' basketball and girls' basketball. He was president of Walton Teachers Association, a basketball referee, a member of Kiwanis and was president of Delaware County Cooperative Extension from 1992 to 1998. He served on the Board of Trustees of Geneva College.
He was a lifelong member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Walton, where he was an elder. In recent years, he was also an elder for a new R.P. Church in Owego. From 1960 to 1973, he was camp manager for White Lake Camp and he served on the Reformed Presbyterian Board of Education and Publication.
After his retirement in 1988, Wendell raised Belgian draft horses at his barn on the Walton-Franklin Road. He enjoyed showing in the halter and hitch classes at the Delaware County Fair and often drove the Belgians in community parades.
Mr. Spear is survived by his wife, Jackie of Walton; his brother, Wayne Spear of Gibsonia, Pa.; his three daughters and 12 grandchildren, Kathryn and Russell Gray and Elise, Alex and Eric of Fort Collins, Colo., Suzanne and Dan Kiehl and Seth, Josiah, Leah, Bethany and Brandon of Glen Mills, Pa. and Linda and James Niece and Rachel, Derek, Emily and Claire of Montgomery, Ala. and Lakenheath, England. He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews and several cousins.
Memorials may be send to the Delaware Valley Agricultural Society or White Lake Covenanter Camp in care of Renwick Russell, Walton.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 5 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, East and Bruce Street, Walton.
Calling hours are from 7-9 p.m. Sunday evening, July 4 at Lyon Bros.-Way Funeral Home in Walton. Interment will be in the Walton Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Lyon Bros.-Way Inc. Funeral Home, corner of North and Delaware streets, Walton.
Catherine E. Lennon
ONEONTA — Catherine E. Lennon, 80, of Oneonta died Thursday, July 1, 1999 at her residence.
She was born April 29, 1919 in Prattsville, the daughter of Charles and Alzina Meeker Sr.
She married Elbert Lennon, who predeceased her.
Catherine worked at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in the laundry department and then worked in the housekeeping department until her retirement.
She enjoyed her flowers and plants as well as quilting and embroidering. She also enjoyed camping.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Ed Renwick Sr. of West Davenport; a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Joyce Lennon of Muldron, Okla.; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Marilyn Meeker Jr. of Prattsville; three grandchildren, Edward T. Renwick Jr. of Endicott, Vickie Renwick and her fiance Greg Alapeck of Binghamton and Christine Renwick and her fiance Daniel Knapp of Oneonta; two great-grandsons, Ryan Renwick of Oneonta and Samuel Lee Knapp of Oneonta; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ballard of Vega and Eve Harvey of Erin; special friends, Mildred and Francine Renwick of Oneonta as well as several nieces and nephews.
Catherine was predeceased by three sisters, Emma Jackson, Helen Allen and Hazel Lennon; one brother, Albert Meeker; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Stockwell and three brothers-in-law, Lionel Jakson, George Becker and David Stewart Sr.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta with the Rev. Mel Farmer, pastor of the River Street Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery, Hartwick Seminary.
The family will be present at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., on Monday, July 5, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. for those who wish to call.
Thomas J. Searby
SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Mr. Thomas Joseph Searby, 80, passed away Sunday, July 4, 1999, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Brooklyn, the son of William and Margaret (McKee) Searby.
On Feb. 20, 1943, he married Kathleen Begley in St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Bronx.
Mr. Searby graduated from St. Augustine's High School in 1936 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked in the heating industry for many years while residing in Whitestone. In 1975, he retired to Springfield Center. Mr. Searby also worked for Taylor's Heating and the Otsego Boat Tours, Cooperstown.
Mr. Searby was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Nocturnal Adoration Society.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Searby of Springfield Center; five sons, Thomas J. Searby of Vienna, Va., Robert Searby of Vienna, Va., Patrick Searby of Petersburg, Kenneth Searby of the Netherlands and Denis Searby of Stockholm, Sweden; two daughters, Kathleen (Kathy) Searby of Albuquerque, N.M., and Marie Cristobal of Coral Springs, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Searby of North Carolina.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999, at the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Springfield Center, with Father Santino Titta officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Cemetery, Springfield Center.
Calling hours will be observed from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, and a prayer service will take place at 8 p.m.
Contributions in Mr. Searby's memory may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice or the Blessed Sacrament Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Marie Moore Veres
JOHNSON CITY — Marie Moore Veres, 92, formerly of Gilbertsville, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, at the Susquehanna Nursing Home, Johnson City.
She was born Feb. 4, 1907, the daughter of the late J. Merton Moore and Helen J. (Palmer) Moore.
She was predeceased by her husband Michael N. Veres; her brother, Paul D. Moore; and her sister, Beatrce H. Brimley.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dean and Helen Veres of Endicott and Michael M. and Donna Veres of Zephyrhills, Fla.; her sister, Margaret P. Moore of Chambersburg, Pa.; her brother and sister-in-law, James M. Jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Daniels) Moore of Fredericksburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Lynne Talbot and Richard, Shawn and Robert Veres; three great-grandchildren, Bradley, Nathan and Gregory Talbot; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and a special friend Susan Frair.
Marie was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gilbertsville, and librarian for many years in the Gilbertsville Free Library and the Gilbertsville Central School library. She served as tax collector for the town of Butternuts and Gilbertsville Central School district, treasurer of the Village Improvement Society and participated in a host of other village activities.
She will be interred at Brookside Cemetery, Gilbertsville, at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Friends wishing to do so may make contributions in Marie's name to the First Presbyterian Church, Gilbertsville or to the Gilbertsville Free Library.
Arrangements are by the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, Binghamton.
Kendall G. Naylor
MOUNT VISION — Kendall G. Naylor, 62, of Mount Vision, died Friday, July 2, 1999, at Albany Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 28, 1936, in Mount Vision, the son of Herbert and Ethel (Harrington) Naylor.
Kendall graduated from Laurens Central School in 1955. He served his country for two years in the United States Army.
He and his brothers owned and operated the Naylor Brothers farm in Mount Vision until 1993. Since then, he has been a herdsman for the Jerry Wood farm in Mount Vision.
Kendall was a member of the Mount Vision United Methodist Church. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially fishing.
He is survived by a brother, Merton Naylor, and his wife, Janice, of Mount Vision; a sister, Harriet Williams, and her husband, Robert, of Sidney; three nephews, Gary Williams of Sidney, David Naylor of Mount Vision and Douglas Naylor and his wife, Antonella, of South Windsor, Conn.; a niece, Darleen Callahan, and her husband, Christopher, of Mount Vision; a great nephew, Benjamin Naylor of South Windsor, Conn.; and several cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Lisle Naylor.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. The Rev. Stephen Bicknell will officiate.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Mount Vision Fire Department, Mount Vision, N.Y. 13810 in loving memory of Kendall G. Naylor.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Homes of Oneonta and Otego.