Stanley F. Prentice
PITTSFIELD — Stanley Fred Prentice, 69, of Pittsfield, died April 19, 2000, at home in Pittsfield, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born June 3, 1930, in New Berlin, the son of Harry W. and Winnifred (Steere) Prentice.
He married Eunice (Smith) Prentice on June 25, 1949, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Berlin, who survives.
He spent his childhood in the New Berlin and Pittsfield areas, where he attended New Berlin Central School.
He was a member of the New Berlin Fire Department for more than 30 years and served as chief from 1979-1981. He moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1983. He retired from the Town Center Mall in Port Charlotte in 1997. He then moved back to Pittsfield and spent winters in Port Charlotte. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Berlin.
Stanley is survived by his children, Sharlene and Jack Curtis of Seabrook, S.C., Jeffrey and Wendy Prentice of Orlando, Fla., Brian and Nancy Prentice of New Berlin and Deneen and Mark Lilley of Cape Vincent; grandchildren, William Curtis of Worcester, Mass., Jennifer and Daryl Prentice of Orlando, Fla., Joshua and Bryonna Prentice of New Berlin and Brandie and Brett Lilley of Cape Vincent; one great-grandchild, Hannah Tench of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Warren Prentice of Milford; and one niece and several nephews.
He was predeceased by one grandchild, Jeremy Prentice.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 22, 2000, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Berlin, with the Rev. Charles Taylor of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Berlin, officiating.
Interment will be held in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin. Calling hours are Friday, April 21, 2000, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin.
Memorial donations may be made to the New Berlin Fire Department, New Berlin.
Mary E. Ross
ONEONTA — Mary E. Ross, 91, of Oneonta, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at the Oneonta Nursing Home.
She was born in Nineveh on Oct. 8, 1908, the daughter of Anthony and Caroline (Cornell) Scott.
She married Milo J. Ross on July 3, 1933, in St. Mary's Church. He predeceased her on June 4, 1992.
For more than 30 years, Mary was a saleslady in the card department of Bresee's Department Store.
A lifelong area resident, she was a member of St. Mary's Church and its Rosary Society. At one time she was very active in the Fox Hospital Auxiliary.
Mary is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Marie) Kobuszewski of Oneonta; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence P. Scott of Oneonta; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Nolan of North Syracuse; three brothers and five sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, with the Rev. Paul Roman, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Emmons.
Friends may call on Monday, April 24, 2000, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, at which time the family will be in attendance.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary's School Building Fund.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Raymond H. Rarick
ONEONTA — Raymond H. Rarick, 93, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2000, at The Meadows.
He was born Sept. 8, 1906, in Milford, the son of Ralph and Agnes (Fuller) Rarick.
Raymond married Mabel E. Miller on Oct. 25, 1933.
Raymond was a book dealer, specializing in rare and out-of-print books. Many years ago he owned the Maiden Lane Book Shop in Albany, and later the Dietz Street Book Store in Oneonta.
For many years he was associated with James F. Lettis Auction Service.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mabel of The Meadows; his daughter, Joan M. Brandt of Oneonta; two grandsons, Rich Blakeslee of Rochester and Aaron Brandt of Bend, Ore.; three great-granddaughters; and several cousins.
Raymond was predeceased by his daughter, Shirley.
At Mr. Rarick's request there will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Unadilla.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
COOPERSTOWN — Mrs. C. Emergene Thorne, 90, of Cooperstown, died early Friday morning, April 21, 2000, at M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born May 13, 1909, in the town of Middlefield, a daughter of Lewis and Bertha (Michaels) Thayer.
She married Loren F. Thorne on March 21, 1929, in the parsonage of the Milford Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Thorne died on May 8, 1990.
A native of Cooperstown, Emergene graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1929. During her high school years, she lived with the Spraker family at their home on Chestnut Street and served as a nanny to their children.
Upon her marriage to Mr. Thorne, she devoted her life to raising her family. She also was employed in the housekeeping departments of the Otesaga and Bassett Hospital.
Emergene was a member of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church and was an active member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Double X Club, the Native Daughters of Cooperstown, and was very active with the Cooperstown Home Bureau. She was a marvelous cook and seamstress and she greatly enjoyed time spent with her family
Emergene's family wishes to thank the staffs at Woodside Hall, The Meadows, Bassett Healthcare and the public health nurses and aides for their kind, considerate and understanding care.
Emergene is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin W. and Joyce Thorne of Oaksville, Ralph and Delores Thorne of Floral Park, Long Island, and Marshall and Sandra Thorne of Cooperstown; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Emily Thorn, of Hartwick; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. Jeffrey Hale, pastor of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Westville Cemetery.
At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326 or The Activities Fund, care of The Meadows, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Loren T. Hotaling
COBLESKILL — Loren T. Hotaling, 96, formerly of Warnerville, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Mr. Hotaling was born in West Fulton on Dec. 15, 1903, a son of Amassa and Martha Stanton Hotaling.
He had operated a dairy farm in Warnerville for several years and then moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he worked as a carpenter in a boat yard. He then lived in Columbia, S.C., for about 20 years before returning to this area several years ago.
He was a former member of the Warnerville United Methodist Church, former member of the Seward Valley Grange and the Hyndsville Rod and Gun Club.
Mr. Hotaling was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, in 1958; his second wife, Jewell, in 1994; and a daughter, Joanne Fritz, in 1995.
Surviving are a daughter, Hollis Relyea, of Schenectady; two sons, Daniel Hotaling of Middleburgh and Carson Hotaling of Little Falls; sister, Tressie Brown, of Cobleskill; brother, Martin Hotaling, of Richmondville; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 68 Elm St., where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery; the Rev. Victor Zaccaro of Richmondville will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Joseph Moore Jr.
SIDNEY — Joseph M. Moore Jr., 89, of Sidney, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at home.
He was born May 24, 1910, to Joseph M. and Elizabeth Roberts Moore Sr. in Unadilla.
Joe married Genevieve Fical on Sept. 5, 1936, in Sidney; she predeceased him on April 5, 1999.
He was employed as product support manager for E.C.D. of Bendix, Sidney, until May 1975.
Joe was a member of the First Congregational Church, Sidney, and of the Sidney Golf and Country Club.
Joe is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Terry and David Palmatier, of Sidney; his son and daughter-in-law, David and Marilyn Moore, of Brookfield, Wis.; sister, Elizabeth Maxson, of Greenville, S.C.; and grandchildren, Tamara Gough, Tracy and Brian Clover and their son, Christian, and Christopher and Lori Moore, who are expecting a great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 24, 2000, at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Roanne MacEwan, pastor of the Congregational Church, Sidney, officiating.
The family will be in attendance at 11 a.m. to receive friends on Monday.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, the Delaware County Humane Society or the Sidney Emergency Squad.
Arrangements by C.H. Landers Inc., Sidney.
STAMFORD — Gabrielle "Gay" Forstbauer of Odell Lake Road, town of Harpersfield, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at the Bassett Hospital of Schoharie, Cobleskill.
Gay was born in Somersworth, N.H., the daughter of Romeo M. and Marguerite (Fournier) Lambert.
She was married to John Forstbauer, who has predeceased her.
Gay moved to Stamford 10 years ago from Georgetown, S.C., where she previously owned and operated the 1790 House, a bed-and-breakfast accommodation.
Gay was an active volunteer for the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in Oneonta.
Gay is survived by a daughter, Nancy H. Forstbauer, of Marlboro; two sons, John F. Forstbauer of Catskill and Charles H. Forstbauer of New Britain, Conn.; and five grandchildren, Alexander, Lauren, Christopher, Sharon and John Aaron.
Friends may call between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Hall Funeral Home, 142 W. Main St., Stamford, when the family will be in attendance.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Gay's memory to the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 1 Norton Ave., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford and Grand Gorge.
EAST SPRINGFIELD — Wilhelmina (Minnie) Schmitt, 97, went to be with the Lord on April 21, 2000, after passing away at The Meadows.
She was born Jan. 19, 1903, in Maspeth (Queens), the daughter of John and Katherine (Satter) Kuntz.
On July 20, 1930, she married Albert Schmitt; he predeceased her on Oct. 5, 1972.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and William Cardinale, of East Springfield; a son, Albert Schmitt, of Monticello; grandchildren, Claire Manley and her husband, Neil, of Springfield Center, Steven Cardinale and his fiancee, Rebecca, of Canajoharie, Ann Magruder and her husband, James, of Cooperstown, and Catherine Cardinale; great-grandchildren, Christy Cardinale, Alecia and Danielle Manley, Courtney Heron, Abigail Magruder, Loren Lathers; and a great-great-grandchild, Karah Morton.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. with a funeral service at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, with the Rev. Ron Fralick officiating.
Burial and prayers will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2000, in Pine Lawn Memorial Park, Babylon.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
SIDNEY — Evelyn Closs, 71, of Sidney, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2000, at home.
She was born Dec. 5, 1928, in White Plains, to Ivan and Daisy Ray Bailey.
Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, George R. Closs, on Sept. 13, 1992.
She is survived by her loving grandson, James R. Collins, of Sidney; her sons, Leonard Closs of Walton, Raymond Closs of California, William Closs of Chicago, Wayne Closs of Sidney, Arthur Closs of Montana and Randy Closs of Whitney Point; daughter, Zerola Canfield, of Sidney; sister, Marge Phoenix, of Merrickville; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her stepbrother, Russell Todd.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. Harold Lefler officiating.
There will be no visitation.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children and Youth Program at the American Legion Post #183, Sidney.
Arrangements are by C.H. Landers Inc., Sidney.
ONEONTA — Harland "Skip" Thompson, 59, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2000, at A.O. Fox Nursing Facility, Oneonta.
He was born June 30, 1940, in Rockdale, to Andrew and Genevieve Pizanelli Thompson.
Skip was employed at E.C.D. of Bendix, Sidney, until 1972.
He was a past member of the Sidney Boat Club and in his younger years played the accordion in the area.
Harland is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Larri Marcus Sr., and their children, Michael, Larri Jr., Justin, Ryan and Lena of Friendswood, Texas; son and fiancee, Roger Thompson and Laura Dickstein, of New York; son, John Thompson; and Melinda Doud and her children, Jason, Samantha and Zachary, of Binghamton.
Services are private and at the convenience of the family.
Contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are by C.H. Landers Inc., Sidney.
Lisa M. Bolster
SOUTH NEW BERLIN — Lisa M. Smith Bolster, 34, of South New Berlin passed away after fighting a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, April 21, 2000, in Norwich.
She was born May 2, 1965, in Sidney.
Lisa graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford Central School, and was employed at Preferred Mutual Insurance Co. in New Berlin at the time of her diagnosis.
Lisa was devoted to her children, who were her life. Motherhood was her greatest pride.
Lisa is survived by her parents, Fred and Debra Smith of Bainbridge and Harry and Marie Moore of Mount Upton; three young children, Kyle Robert and Andrew McKlennan Bolster of Afton and Nikkole Marie Beadle of South New Berlin; special longtime companion Mark Beadle and his children, Kyle, Bryan and Dillon of South New Berlin; two sisters, Mrs. John (Karee) Gilmore of Sidney and Debra Ives of Greene; two stepbrothers, Jeremy and Joshua Ostrander of Sidney; two stepsisters, Mona Tilt of Unadilla and Wendy Alford of Mount Upton; many cousins, aunts, uncles and special friends, Joan and Clarence Beadle, Ron and Robin Martin and Dodie and Mike Harris.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney at 2 p.m., with the Rev. David Masland of the United Methodist Church, Sidney, officiating.
Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chenango County Hospice, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, N.Y., 13815.
Arrangements are by C.H. Landers Inc., Sidney.