Jerome Spinola Jr.
ONEONTA — Jerome Jerry "Spinner" Spinola Jr., 56, of Oneonta, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 28, 2000, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 4, 1943, in Oneonta, the son of Jerome J. and Frances Shelley Spinola Sr.
He was predeceased by a brother, Carl Spinola, in November of 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Gowdy Spinola of Oneonta; his former wife, Gloria Haynes; five children, Barbara Lowe of Tennessee, Brenda and her husband, Peter Stanton, of Walton, Jerome F. and his fiancee, Dawn Spinola, of Unadilla, Patricia and her husband, Toby Hunt, of Tennessee and Katie Dee Spinola at home; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; four sisters, Josephine Bredesen of Texas, Delores Shorrock of Connecticut, Mary Ann Spoor of Florida and Susan and her husband, Philip Youngs, of Unadilla; his wife's parents, George and his wife, Doris Zanis, of Connecticut; his aunts, Josephine Spinola of Oneonta and Leona Daniels of Oneonta; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
"Spinner" was a lifetime resident of the area. He was a graduate of the A.L. Kellogg High School in Treadwell and was employed with Amphenol in Sidney for more than 31 years as a process engineer. He also continued his education while with Amphenol. He was a past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1260 and a secretary for the Victory Bowling league for more than eight years.
He was an avid New York Giants fan, as well as a New York Yankee fan.
He loved his family and will be deeply missed by them.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2000, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Robert Longobucco, of St. Mary's Church, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons. Friends may call at their convenience from 2 to 4 p.m., and the family will be present from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society in Mr. Spinola's name.
Randy L. Fisher
ONEONTA — Randy L. Fisher, 42, of Oneonta, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 26, 1957, in Walton, the son of Frank and Bertha (Krum) Fisher.
He was never married.
Mr. Fisher was a United States Navy veteran having been severely injured while on active duty in Melyorka, Spain, in 1975.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association.
Mr. Fisher is survived by his mother and father of Oneonta; two brothers, Frank and his wife, Susan Fisher III, of Oneonta and Dennis and his wife, Candy Fisher, of Otego; one sister, Deborah Fisher of Oneonta; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are by Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Dwight R. Scutt
ONEONTA — Dwight R. (Scrappy) Scutt, 75, of Oneonta, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 16, 1924, in Harpersfield, the son of Burdett and Blanche (Jones) Scutt.
He married Elizabeth M. Alger on July 20, 1948, in Montrose, Pa.
Mr. Scutt was a veteran of World War II having served with the United States Army. He was a local retail merchant until he was forced into retirement by illness.
He was a longtime Oneonta resident.
Mr. Scutt is survived by his four children, son, Garry B. and his wife, Donna of Binghamton; daughters, Gail and husband, Danny Youngs, of Unadilla, Patricia and husband, Timothy Pastrick, of Ravena and Jane and husband, Joseph Hughes, of Oneonta; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Sally W. Collins of Milford; father-in-law, Richard T. Alger of Oneonta; sister-in-law, Margaret and Robert Steidle; and several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his mother and father and two sisters.
Graveside and committal services will be held at Plains Cemetery in Oneonta at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2000, with the Rev. Lyle Linder, pastor of the Franklin United Methodist Church, officiating.
There will be no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
Funeral arrangements are by Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Robert H. Landers
LADY LAKE, Fla. — Robert H. Landers, 74, of 606 Water Oak Blvd., Lady Lake, Fla., died Tuesday, May 30, 2000.
He was born in Whitney Point, N.Y., He was a Protestant.
Mr. Landers was a retired operating engineer.
He moved to Lady Lake, Fla., from Sidney Center, N.Y., in 1993.
He was a member of Local #410 Operating Engineers, Binghamton, N.Y., and a member of American Legion Post 183, life member of VFW Post #7914, life member of Moose Lodge #277, and member of Sidney Elks Lodge #2175, all of Sidney, N.Y. He was a life member of the Sidney Center Volunteer Fire Department and the Sidney Center Emergency Squad, Sidney.
He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and served in the Seabees.
Mr. Landers is survived by his wife, Margaret P. "Peg" Landers of Lady Lake, Fla.; son, Derek J. "Rick" Landers of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Lorie A. Landers of Norwich and Valerie J. Closs of Whitney Point; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service for Robert H. Landers will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2000, at Sidney Center United Methodist Church, Sidney Center, N.Y., with Pastor Donna Joy and Pastor Bill Lyons officiating. Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Sidney Center United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 415, Sidney Center, N.Y. 13839.
Arrangements are by Beyers Funeral Home, Inc., Lady Lake, Fla. (352) 753-4444.
DOWNSVILLE — Originally of New York City, Beatrice M. Kaye Riccobono peacefully passed May 27, 2000.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Justin, of many joyful years, and her stepson; Lewis B. Kaye.
Although educated and trained as a registered nurse, she is well-known as a Manhattan Real Estate Broker, with expertise in exclusive sales of town houses.
Visitation was at MacArthur Funeral Home, 131 Main St., Delhi on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Mass/burial will be held Thursday, June 1, 2000, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Delhi.
DENVER — Jean Mauthe, 69, of Denver, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.
She was born June 15, 1930, in Hancock, the daughter of Simon Mauthe and Violet Calkins.
Jean is survived by her cousins, Lee and Florence Sands of Florida.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2000, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Walnut Street, Margaretville, with the Rev. S. Hayden Walsh officiating. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Afton. Calling hours are Thursday, June 1, 2000, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are by Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
COBLESKILL — Mary Van Order Norton died of congestive heart failure on Thursday, June 1, 2000, at her home at 6 High St. in Cobleskill.
She was the widow of Arden L. Norton Jr., who predeceased her in 1993.
Mary Elizabeth Van Order was born on July 9, 1903, in Ithaca, the sixth of 12 children born to Mary Elinor Allen and Fred D. Van Order.
She graduated from Ithaca High School and briefly attended Cornell University. In 1926, she graduated from the Eastman School of Dental Hygiene and accepted a position as a dental hygienist in a new program then being started by New York state. With a portable dental chair, powered by a foot-treadle, she traveled to various public schools, working primarily in the southeast portion of New York state.
Miss Van Order came to Cobleskill in 1930 to work in the office of Dr. Lyman D. Bassett. She was the first dental hygienist to work in Schoharie County.
In 1932, she resigned her practice and married Arden L. Norton Jr.
During World War II, while Mr. Norton was in the service, she worked as a proof-reader and compiler at the Cobleskill Index. Following the war, she became very involved in local history as a member of both the Cobleskill and Schoharie County historical societies. From 1968 to 1982, she was the editor of the bi-annual Schoharie County Historical Review and was honored for that work by proclamation in 1982. At the time of her death she was a trustee emeritus of that society.
She was a 50-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served that organization locally in several positions including that of regent. She also served the state organization as chairman of the Credentials Committee and for many years traveled to Washington for its annual national meetings.
She was active in the Republican party as a councilwoman and fund-raiser. She served on the Schoharie County Civil Service Commission, the Cobleskill Youth Commission and was a volunteer at the Community Hospital with the Topaz unit.
She was a regular communicant at St. Vincent de Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Cobleskill.
Survivors include two sons, Richard A. Norton of New York City and Arden L. (Tersh) Norton III of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren, Mrs. John Ketcham, Mrs. Erik Peper, Ms. Elizabeth Anne Norton and Mr. Arden L. (Joseph) Norton IV; and one great-grandchild, Christopher P. Ketcham. She is also survived by a sister, Claire V.O. Potter; and several nieces, nephews and grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul's Church in Cobleskill on Saturday, June 3, 2000, at 2 p.m.
An internment service for family members will be held later.
Contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul's Church, Washington Avenue Heights, Cobleskill, N.Y. 12043.
William P. Hinlicky
PLYMOUTH — The Rev. William P. Hinlicky, 79, of Reservoir Road in Plymouth, died on Wednesday evening, May 31, 2000, at the home of his son, Mark, after a long illness.
Rev. Hinlicky was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, whom he served in the ministry of word and sacrament of the Lutheran Church since 1951. He had served congregations in Stamford, Conn.; Mastic Beach, Long Island; Patchogue, Long Island; Newark, N.J.; and Raritan, N.J.
Since his retirement, he supplied in many local congregations. He was also a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy.
Rev. Hinlicky was the beloved father of five sons and through their marriages, of five daughters, whose unions were blessed with 11 grandchildren. They are: James, his wife, Melissa, and their children, Ryan and Jacob, of Keedysville, Md.; Daniel and his wife, Linda, of Perkiomenville, Pa.; Timothy, his wife, Susan, and their children, Christianna, Angela and Timothy, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Mark, his wife, Kathleen, and their children, Casey, Kelly and Luke of Plymouth: and Paul, his wife, Ellen, and their children, Sarah and William, of Salem, Va. He also leaves behind his mother, Anna Hinlicky of Winsorville, Conn.; his sister, Ann Maslak of Winsorville, Conn.; and his brothers, John and Janet Hinlicky of Glyndon, Md., and George and Miriam Hinlicky of Vero Beach, Fla. Sisters- and brothers-in-law surviving are: Evelyn Salat and her husband, Joseph, of Schaumberg, Ill., Richard Novotney and his wife, Anne, of Caledonia, Wis., the Rev. Robert Novotney and his wife, Marge, of Chilton, Wis., and Joseph Kvorka of Chicago, Ill.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 45 years, Marie M. Hinlicky, who died in 1996.
Calling hours will take place on Sunday at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home in Norwich from 6 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 8:45 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Lynn Ash. The Order for the Burial of the Dead will be conducted on Monday, June 5, 2000, at 11 a.m. from Christ Lutheran Church, 94 North Broad St., Norwich. The Rev. George Plvan, of Emporia, Va., and the Rev. William Weicher, of New Paltz officiating. Clergy are invited to vest in red for the service. Burial will follow immediately at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Norwich.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in care of Christ Lutheran Church in Norwich, in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.
WALTON — Michael "Mickey" DeStefano, a resident of Walton and former resident of Warwick, died Saturday, May 27, 2000. He was 76.
Mr. DeStefano retired as chief court clerk of Orange County in 1985, after 40 years of service to the county and state. He served for several years in various capacities in the New York State Association of Clerks of Supreme and County Courts, of which he was president in 1968.
He was honored in 1986 by the Orange County Bar Association, receiving the Liberty Bell Award. He was also an honorary member of the Bar Association.
A graduate of Monroe High School in 1942, he was accepted as a Naval Aviation Cadet. After 18 months of training he received his "Navy Wings" at Corpus Christie, Texas.
He was aboard one of the Navy's "Baby Flattops" carriers for a short period of time as a fighter pilot in Pacific Theatre. Upon release in December 1945, he went to work in the Orange County Clerk's Office.
He was a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years. He will also be remembered for his activities for several years as county chairman of the Orange County American Legion Junior Baseball.
He was a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Walton.
He was the son of the late Frank and Angeline DeStefano of Oxford Depot.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Carmody DeStefano at home; one son, Richard DeStefano of Montgomery; one daughter, Kathleen M. Gould of Goshen; four sisters, Carol Cann of Daytona Beach, Fla., Margaret Lupinski of Goshen, Catherine Greene of Oxford Depot and Joyce Browne of Oxford Depot; two grandsons, Michael Gould and Matthew DeStefano; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one brother, Albert DeStefano of Oxford Depot.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Patrick's Church. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery, Newburgh.
Marie A. Straw
HOULTON, Maine — Miss Marie A. Straw, 89, of Houlton, Maine and formerly of Oneonta, N.Y., died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at the Gardner Nursing Home, Houlton, Maine.
She was born April 21, 1911, in Jacksonville, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Henry L. and Nellie (Burtt) Straw.
Marie was a secretary for A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta before her retirement. Her younger years were spent in Old Town, Maine, moving to Oneonta, N.Y., in 1930. In June 1979, she moved to Monticello, Maine. During her working years she also had worked for the Linn Trailer Corp., Oneonta, Elmira Milling Co., and the State University College at Oneonta.
While in Oneonta she was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church, Oneonta, as well as the church's sunshine class.
Marie is survived by several cousins, including Eugene and Mildred Burtt of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, and Helen Mac Kenzie of Millincket, Maine.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2000, from the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Gary Bonebrake, pastor of the Main Street Baptist Church, Oneonta, officiating.
Burial will be in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta, N.Y.
There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta and Otego, N.Y.
Barbara W. Mead
NAPLES, Fla. — Barbara W. (nee Wales) Mead of Naples, Fla., and formerly of Massapequa, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2000.
She was born in Oneonta, N.Y.
She was the beloved wife of Wayland; dear mother of Michael, David and Deborah; loving grandmother of Jennifer, Christopher and Veronica; and sister of Frank Dolan, Walter Wales, Betty Wales Guest and Robert Wales.
We will be in repose at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 20 Lincoln Ave., Rockville Centre, on Friday and Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, June 4, 2000. Interment will be private.
John C. Eckert
ONEONTA — Mr. John Chambers Eckert, 73, of Oneonta, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
He was born June 21, 1926, in Hamden, the son of Harry and Lillian Chambers Eckert.
John married the former Betty Campbell on Dec. 30, 1988, who survives him.
A veteran of World War II, he served as a corporal and was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Mr. Eckert had been the owner and president of the former John Eckert Volkswagen dealership on Southside Oneonta (now Oneonta Volkswagen) from 1964-1973.
Before moving to Oneonta, he lived in Michigan. From 1955-1964, he was a sales engineer for the Palnut Co. in Detroit, Mich. Before that, Mr. Eckert was a quality-control engineer for the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., from 1949-1954.
A graduate of Delaware Academy, Delhi, Mr. Eckert held a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. He also attended Wayne State University in Dearborn, Mich., for accounting. In addition, Mr. Eckert attended the State University College of Technology at Delhi for seminars in advertising, business management, merchandising, service and sales.
He held memberships in several organizations, including director of the Oneonta Kiwanis Club; Oneonta Chamber of Commerce; past director of the Delaware County Chamber; Boy Scouts of Dearborn, Mich., and Oneonta,; director of the Girl Scouts Indian Hills Council; former vice president and secretary of the RPI Alumni Association; Volkswagen Dealer Council; Volkscar of New York State; and the Society of Automotive Engineers, Engineers Club, Sidney.
Mr. Eckert enjoyed traveling and automobiles.
Mr. Eckert is survived by his wife, Betty Eckert, of Oneonta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Sam Grubbs of Columbus, Ohio, and Amy Eckert Goldblum and Phillip Goldblum Jr. of Philadelphia, Pa.; several stepchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Fran and Don Fleming of West Delhi and Janet and Verge Givens of California; one grandchild, Benjamin James Grubbs, of Ohio; several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; a special niece and her husband, Mary and Ronald Firment, of Winter Haven, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.. Sunday, June 4, 2000, at the Wesleyan Church, Route 23, Southside Oneonta, with the Rev. Royal Mattoon, pastor of the Wesleyan Church, officiating.
Burial will be held on Monday, June 5, 2000, at 2 p.m. in the Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.
Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, on Saturday, June 3, 2000, from 7 to 9 p.m., when the family will be present at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Homes, Oneonta and Otego.