Louise N. Dietrich
MARGARETVILLE — Louise N. Dietrich, 88, of Margaretville, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born Oct. 13, 1913, in the town of Andes to Preston and Bertha (Barkman) Ackerley.
She was married to Charles E. Dietrich, who died in August of 1964.
Louise retired in 1978, after working for Bussy's Store, A&P and Great American as a salesperson and clerk.
She was a lifelong area resident, attended Advent Christian Church in Margaretville and enjoyed bowling and playing Bingo. She loved her family and pets and the time she spent in her garden caring for her flowers.
She is survived by her sons, Dale Dietrich of Margaretville and Edward Dietrich of Schuylerville; a brother, William Ackerley of Manorkill; granddaughter, Cynthia Wansor of Milton, Vt.; two great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mildred Dietrich of Andes; her special friend, Gordon Rose of Margaretville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Charles, Raymond, Roland and Sheldon Ackerley; and by two sisters, Mildred Ackerley and Lavina Ackerley Cross.
There will be a funeral service for Louise at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville, with the Rev. S. Hayden Walsh officiating.
Burial will be will Sanford Cemetery in Margaretville at a later date.
Calling hours will be Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Louise N. Dietrich may be made to the Humane Society of Central Delaware County in Delhi.
Arrangements are by the Hynes Funeral Home of Margaretville.
ONEONTA — Bertha Elizabeth (Loker) Russell, 89, of Oneonta, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.
She was born Sept. 24, 1912, in Walton, to John and Ella (Powell) Loker.
She spent her early life on a farm in Freer Hollow just outside of Walton. She attended a rural one-room school before attending Walton High School in her ninth-grade year. A much-admired teacher in those early years inspired her to work towards a career in education. She completed her high school degree at Walton High School with honors in 1930, and then attended the Oneonta Normal School, graduating in 1933 with a teaching certificate.
While raising her young family she returned to school, receiving her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1949. She again returned to school later on and received her master's degree in 1952, from the State University College at Oneonta.
Bert married G. Vaughn Russell on July 19, 1939. Mr. Russell worked as a painting contractor and was an accomplished vocalist and musician. He died on Nov. 30, 1964, shortly after their 25th wedding anniversary. Bert then took on the task of raising her children and working in the vocation she loved, as a teacher.
During World War II, she joined the war effort by working as a telephone operator and as a quality control worker at the plant on Dietz Street that supplied airplane fittings.
She retired in 1975, after spending 36 years teaching in the elementary grades, including one year in a country school, three years each in Roscoe and Mount Upton, and the remainder in the Oneonta school district.
She was a 60-plus-year member of the First United Presbyterian Church (Red Door), where she served as a church school teacher, member of the Sanctuary Guild and member of the United Presbyterian Women. She was also a member of Rho Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma honorary society.
An active community volunteer, Bert was a moving force for Habitat for Humanity and a tireless volunteer for Saturday's Bread, known to spend countless hours picking berries and freezing them to make pies as well as working with the "prep" crew.
Bert received an Oneonta Advocacy Award in 1993, from the State University College at Oneonta Alumni Association. In presenting the award, Carol Blazina stated, "This community is a better place because of her involvement, and we who know her are better people because she passed our way."
She is survived by her children, John V. Russell and Gerald T. and Cecilia (Judd) Russell of Oneonta; her grandchildren, G. Thomas Russell of San Diego, Calif., and Ricky S. Russell of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister-in-law, Louise Loker of Boyertown, Pa.; nieces, Mary Louise Kline of Montrose, Pa., and Kathy Fisher of Pottstown, Pa., and their children.
She was predeceased by her husband, G. Vaughn Russell; and a brother, W. Powell Loker.
A celebration of Bert's life and resurrection will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. William D. Bouton (First United Methodist Church), the Rev. Douglas Gray (retired) and the Rev. C. Spencer Van Gulick (First United Presbyterian Church) officiating.
Bert requested her body be donated to the Albany Medical College as a learning tool for future medical students. In her own words, "I just want to extend my love of teaching as far into the future as I can."
In lieu of flowers, at Bert's request, contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, Otsego County Habitat for Humanity, Saturday's Bread Soup Kitchen, Delta Kappa Gamma Rho Chapter, the Pipe Organ Fund at the First United Methodist Church, or Catskill Area Hospice.
Arrangements are being made by the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home.
Josephine `Jody' Necrason
COOPERSTOWN — Miss Josephine Martha ('Jody') Necrason, 82, formerly of Pine Boulevard and Main Street in Cooperstown, died Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 2002, at the Oneonta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oneonta.
She was born on March 13, 1919, in Cooperstown, a daughter of Joseph and Tillie (Ristau) Necrason.
Raised in Cooperstown, Jody graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1939. Following her graduation from the Knox School, she was employed as a secretary for the New York State Historical Association for 36 years, retiring in 1975. She also helped many local organizations by addressing their membership mailings for them.
A devoted communicant of St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Catholic Church in Cooperstown, Jody also enjoyed her memberships with the Native Daughters of Cooperstown, the National Council of Catholic Women and the Silver Sirens of the New York State Historical Association.
Before entering the nursing home in Oneonta, Jody especially enjoyed visiting the shops, restaurants and people on Main Street in Cooperstown every day.
She was known for her love of music and children and did not let her physical handicap stand in the way of leading a very fulfilling life.
Jody leaves a large family of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins, including a favorite cousin, Mary Farmer of Oneonta, as well as Anna Perrone of Utica and Bob Elwood of Oneonta. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Myrle Necrason of California.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Major General (retired) Conrad F. Necrason, Edmund Joseph Necrason Sr. and Victor Necrason.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding. The committal service and burial will take place in the spring in St. Mary's Cemetery in Index.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary's Church Bereavement Committee, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown, NY, 13326.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN — Howard L. Sargeant, 77, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at The Meadows.
He was born in the town of Exeter on Nov. 2, 1924, a son of Lester and Anita (Willsey) Sargeant.
Howard grew up in Whigs Corners and attended Cooperstown schools.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater.
Howard married Geraldine Bach on Aug. 11, 1979.
He was a Cooperstown resident for most of his life and spent a short time in Texas and lived in Ilion for several years.
Howard had a variety of jobs including working for the county Highway Department.
Howard enjoyed singing and playing the harmonica, loved animals and was especially close to his grandchildren.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Melody and Keith Fritts of West Oneonta; a son, Douglas Sargeant of Hartwick; two stepdaughters, Laura Lee Bach of Ilion and Annie and Douglas Gohde; two stepsons, Harold and Patricia Bach and Phillip and Evelyn Bach; grandchildren, Lacy and Charles Fritts, Chad and Luke Sargeant, Adam Shroyer, Katrina Babcock, Britney and Sonya Young, Zeigfried, Kurt, Cassandre and Leslie Gohde, Monique Goldman, Jermaine Horton, Rebecca, Eric, Stacey, Jennifer, Katie Beth, Travis and Brianna Bach; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine; a sister, Alice Drake; a brother, Weldon Sargeant; and two grandsons, Travis Sargeant and Ike Bach.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at 5 p.m. at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with the Rev. John Young officiating.
Calling hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, when the family will be in attendance.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.
GLENMONT — Francis Granville Balcom, 78, of Glenmont, formerly of Halcottsville, passed away Feb. 1, 2002, at Albany Veterans Hospital, Albany.
He was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Margaretville, the son of Earl and Sarah Inez (DuMond) Balcom.
He married Claire Kenna in May 1953, in Brooklyn.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He received the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart, after surviving in the South Pacific.
He was a serviceman for Lokel Amusements, Halcottsville.
He lived in Glenmont for the past 14 years, prior to that he lived in Halcottsville and Mesa, Ariz.
He was a member of VFW Post 1400, Nathaniel Adams American Legion Post No. 1040 in Delmar and the Disabled American Veterans.
He graduated from Margaretville Central School.
He is survived by his wife, Claire Balcom, Glenmont; one son, Michael K. Balcom, Housatonic, Mass.; three daughters, Jeanne Denson of Fanwood, N.J., RoseMary Balcom of Andes and Mary Frances Balcom of Leavenworth, Wash.; two brothers, William Balcom of Oneonta and Milton Balcom of Warsaw, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, and a brother, Nathan Balcom.
A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville, with the Rev. Joseph Collins, celebrant.
Burial will be in the Old Margaretville Cemetery at a later date.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made in memory of Francis G. Balcom to the American Lung Association.
Arrangements are by Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
Adam M. Raba
DELHI — Adam M. Raba, 29, formerly of Delhi, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at his residence in Hobart.
The son of John C. and Barbara D. (Doerrer) Raba, he was born Aug. 1, 1972, in Summit, N.J., coming to Bovina when he was 7 years old and later moving to Delhi where he spent his teen-age years and attended Delaware Academy.
Adam subsequently lived in Westfield, N.J., where he completed and graduated from high school and, for the past few years, worked in the metropolitan-New Jersey area. Last year he returned to Delaware County, where he lived in Hobart and was employed at Tyco Healthcare-Mallinckrodt Inc.
An avid Rangers and Jets fan, he loved amusement parks, pets, and the company of his friends and their children.
Surviving are his parents, John and Barbara Raba of Delhi; a sister, Lauren Raba of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two brothers, Eric Raba of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Brian Kaszyk of Piscataway, N.J.; grandparents, William and Dean Doerrer of Ft. Myers, Fla.; maternal great-grandmother, Martha Brown of Theodore, Ala.; aunts and uncles, including Jeff Doerrer; and cousins, including Elliott Doerrer.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home in Delhi, where the family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m., and where funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Bert More at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at noon Thursday at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan, N.J.
Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society will be appreciated.
Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet & Son, Delhi.
Jennie K. Heon
ONEONTA — Jennie K. Heon, 71, of 3 Wells Ave. in Oneonta passed away Feb. 2, 2002, at home after a long illness.
She was born on March 29, 1930, in Nanticoke, Pa., the daughter of the late Joseph and Esther Boschetti.
Jennie lived her entire life in Oneonta, active in the Moose Lodge No. 465 chapter for many years, attaining the rank of collegiate.
She is survived by her husband, Richard K. Heon; and three daughters, Linda Maguire of Canajoharie, JoAnn Simonds of Canaan, Conn., and Donna Taylor of Presque Isle, Maine; five grandchildren, Bobby, Mark, Scott, Kate and James; and four great-grandchildren, Maeve, Josephine, Madison and Rhiannon; two sisters, Emma Parsons and Rose Marie Millias; and five brothers, Armando, Tony, Alex, Quinto and Leonard Boschetti; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Joseph Boschetti.
Jennie's family members extend heartfelt appreciation to their mother's caregiver, Joan, and all the wonderful nurses and personnel at the Catskill Area Hospice.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Plains Cemetery in the spring.
Those who wish may make contributions to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta NY 13820.
Arrangements are by the Lewis-Hurley Funeral Home, Oneonta.
NORWICH — Ruth Torbert Bortner, 90, formerly of Unadilla, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home in Norwich.
She was born Dec. 22, 1911, daughter of the late David Ambler and Mary Lithgo (Graybill) Torbert in Gatchellville, Pa.
Ruth married Harry Leroy Bortner on Aug. 28, 1937, in East Berlin, Pa. He predeceased her on July 8, 1996.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sylvia and David Schrader of Shippensburg, Pa., and Rebecca and Edmund Hillick of Mount Upton; and five grandchildren, David L. Schrader Jr., Daniel O. Schrader, Sandra Schrader, Amy Hillick and Nathan Hillick.
She was predeceased by three sisters.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Glen Rock, Pa., at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley View Manor Nursing Home, Park Street, Norwich, NY 13815.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Inc., 21 Main St., Sidney.
JEFFERSON — Margie (Millie) Camuto, 73, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Robinson Terrace, Stamford, after a long illness.
She was an area resident for 12 years, after relocating from Brooklyn.
Margie is survived by her loving husband, Carl; and her daughter, Debbie Carmody, of Port Orange, Fla.
Friends may call at the Hall Funeral Home, 40 Main St. (corner of Liberty Street) in Stamford, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Werner Van Looy officiating.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford, under the direction of William A. Tari.
Everett A. Holl
COLUMBUS — Everett A. Holl, 87 years, of the town of Columbus, passed away Feb. 4, 2002, at home in the town of Columbus.
He was born Dec. 6, 1914, in New Berlin Center, the son of Harol D. and Ethel Ann (Branigan) Holl.
He married Margaret Webster. She survives.
He spent several years in Kiowa, Colo., then returned to New Berlin in 1933.
He worked for Glen Burdick delivering milk before entering the service. He then served in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer escort in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II.
After his discharge, he worked at Scintilla until beginning his lifetime career as a dairy farmer from 1946 until his retirement in 1977.
He continued his love of the land by providing produce to his neighbors from his many gardens where he could be found from morning until night.
He was a member of the Columbus Quarter Church, town of Columbus.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. David (Barbara) Gilbert of Port Orange, Fla.; one son, Ronald and Shirley Holl of New Berlin; five grandchildren, Mike Gilbert, Debbie Cline, Roger Gilbert, Rhonda Brown of Florida and Scott Holl of New Berlin; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lillian Holl of New Berlin; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one sister, Olga Benson; and one brother, Paul Holl.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin, with the Rev. Ernest Clemons officiating.
Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to the Columbus Quarter Baptist Church or Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.