BRADENTON, Fla. Ed Escobar, known as "Fast Eddie" to his many friends, past away at his residence in Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Delhi Stage and Oneonta, early Saturday morning on June 15, 2002, with his wife, Jeanie and youngest son, John at his side, from cancer.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 23, 1932, to John Joseph and Elva Mae Escobar, who along with an only brother, William John Escobar, have predeceased him. Helen Escobar Harmon, mother of his four surviving children, also predeceased him.
Surviving are his loving wife, Jeanie Escobar; four children, two sons, Roger John Escobar and John Joseph Escobar II, and his daughters, Jo Ann Escobar Waters and Michelle Escobar McDoal; eight grandchildren, Roger Jr., Ann Marie and Sarah Escobar, Jeremiah and Dana Waters, Corey Escobar and Rodney and Michael McDoal; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Eddie was very active in the Moose Club, both in Oneonta and in Bradenton. His favorite past time was playing pool, and he was involved in many of the Moose Lodge's Tournaments, playing cards with his friends and reading.
Eddie will be greatly missed, he was a wonderful father, loving husband and good friend to many.
There will be no funeral. Eddie wished to be cremated and at a later date will have a military memorial as he served with the U.S. Marine Corps for six years during the Korean War.
Howard L. Sargeant
COOPERSTOWN Committal services for Howard L. Sargeant, who died Feb. 2, 2002, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2002, in the Fly Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.
Donald G. Worthley
MASONVILLE Donald G. Worthley, 73, of Masonville, passed away Friday, June 21, 2002, at his home.
He was born Aug. 19, 1928, the son of the late Herbert S. and Lucille (Gerrodette) Worthley in Buffalo.
Don served his country in the U.S. Navy and was discharged.
He owned and operated his small engine repair shop in Masonville.
Mr. Worthley is survived by two sisters; nieces and nephews.
Services are private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonville Emergency Squad.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers, Inc., 21 Main St., Sidney.
BOVINA CENTER Graveside services for Gaston (Gus) Pelletier, who passed away Jan. 21, 2002, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2002, at the Bovina Cemetery, Bovina Center.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.
COOPERSTOWN Mrs. Elizabeth June (McIntosh) Wyckoff, 84, formerly of Fly Creek, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 25, 2002, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
June was born on June 22, 1918, in Syracuse, a daughter of Andrew and Edith (Cook) McIntosh.
She married George W. Wyckoff on April 29, 1939, in Kenmore.
A lifelong composer and poet, June was an accomplished vocalist and pianist and, in her younger years, performed with visiting orchestras at every opportunity. She especially loved to perform at nursing and retirement homes.
Her greatest artistic work, after recovering from encephalitis, was the completion of an opera on the life of Jesus Christ. One of her other compositions was performed by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and many of her selections have been enjoyed in churches and concert halls across the country. An organist and choir director, June enjoyed playing and directing for junior choirs at churches in Kenmore, Euclid, Ohio, and Williamsville.
June was a loving spouse and mother and took great pleasure in her children and their families, following their years of accomplishments closely.
She is survived by her husband, George W. Wyckoff, of Cooperstown; her children and their spouses, Sandra (Wyckoff) and Anthony Infantino of Rochester, Ronald and Andrea (Ragoza) Wyckoff of Coburg, Ore., Gerald and Bernadette (Brower) Wyckoff of Ashton, Md., and Laurie (Wyckoff) Bertino and Frederic Blatt of Fly Creek; her grandchildren, Lee and Patricia (Yantha) Wyckoff of Columbia, Md., Shawn Wyckoff of New York City, Tara Wyckoff of Ashton, Md., Jaimie Bertino of Guilderland, and Christopher Bertino of Fly Creek.
She was predeceased by her sister, Janet (McIntosh) Gilbert; and a grandson, Kris Stuart Magraw.
There will be no calling hours.
A memorial service will be planned for later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may want to consider Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
DELHI Graveside services for Elsie Currie, who died at the age of 94, on Jan. 1, 2002, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2002, at West Delhi Cemetery, West Delhi.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.
Caroline A. Dickie
HARTWICK Caroline Anderson Dickie, age 92, died Sunday, June 23, 2002.
Born to John and Caroline Dickie on Sept. 17, 1909, at Portage LaPrairie, Manitoba, Canada.
Moved to Lockport, N.Y., in 1927, and was secretary at the First Presbyterian Church after graduation from Lockport High School.
She moved to Long Island, N.Y., and began working for Hofstra University in 1946.
She was administrative assistant to the university president at the time of her retirement in 1969.
She was also active in Zonta and NSA and was president of NSA, Long Island Chapter.
After her move to Hartwick in 1969, she started an antiques business exhibiting at many shows and owning her own shop, Cobweb Corner.
She was a member of Cooperstown Garden Club, Women's Club and Bassett Hospital Auxiliary.
Survived by nieces, Joan (Dickie) Quinzer, Linda (Elliott) McDougal and husband, John, Jean (Dickie) Lucas, Carol Dickie; and nephew, Robert Elliott and wife, Regina. Also, nine great-nieces and nephews; and 11 great-grandnieces and nephews.
There is no funeral service planned. Cremation at Leatherstocking Crematory, Inc., followed by a committal service at a later date.
Memorials to the Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick, and the Hartwick Emergency Squad.
Lois C. Venth
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. Lois C. Venth, 72, the wife of William Venth, died at Halifax Hospital, Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday, June 23, 2002, after an extended illness.
Lois was born on May 13, 1930, the daughter of Bill and Dorothy Anderson.
Lois lived most of her life in West Harpersfield, N.Y., before moving to Florida.
For many years she was a substitute teacher at Stamford Central School, Stamford, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband, William Venth, of New Smyrna Beach; her twin daughters and their spouses, Marilyn and Daniel Ballard, and Carolyn and Jerry Rappleyea, all of Grand Gorge, N.Y. Also surviving are her loving grandchildren, Nicolette Davis, Brooke Davis, Jerry Rappleyea and Joanna Rappleyea. She is also survived by four stepgrandchildren, DJ, Danielle, Brianne and Beau Ballard. Also surviving are a niece, Teri Weigl, Oneonta; and a nephew, Steve Weigl, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Lois was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Shirley Weigl.
At Lois' request there will be no funeral services.
There will be a memorial service to be held at a later time at Quail Hollow Park, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Herbert B. , Garman Jr.
UNADILLA Herbert B. Garman Jr., 54, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2002, at Bassett Healthcare after a courageous battle with lymphoma, with his many family and friends by his side.
He was born July 21, 1947, in Newburg, N.Y., the son of Herbert B. and Joan (Johnson) Garman Sr.
Herb married Marilyn Timer on Aug. 15, 1981, at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Oneonta.
Herb was a man of many interests and talents. He was an instrumental music teacher at Milford Central School for 33 years where he was involved in jazz band, marching band, concert band and the junior prep band. He was active in various all-county ensembles. In March, the Performing Arts Center at Milford Central School was dedicated in his honor. At the old Milford School building, Herb used to write and direct his own musicals and dinner theaters. He would have the kids cooking spaghetti and serving the dinners on roller skates. He was instrumental in bringing the theater to the new school and continued his participation in the musical productions.
Also known as "Mr. Computer," Herb helped initiate getting computers installed at the school and taught computer classes to children as well as to adults. He loved working with children and inspired them and many others to strive for their best. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, reading, spending time at his home out in the country with a wonderful view of the valley or participating in and watching sports. His favorites were softball and soccer. He also was the timekeeper at Milford Central.
Most of all, he loved spending time in his studio at home, whether it be playing his music or being on the computer or talking with friends. Herb was a member of the Otsego County Music Educators Association and he participated in the Cooperstown Community Band and the Oneonta Community Band. He was president of the Otsego County Music Educators Association as well as president of the Milford Teachers Association on numerous occasions. Herb touched many lives he was loved deeply and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Marilyn Garman of Unadilla; his father, Herbert B. Garman Sr., and his wife, Frieda, of Washingtonville, N.Y.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marcy Garman of New Haven, Conn., and Jean and Glenn Weston of Salisbury Mills, N.Y.; one brother, Jim Garman of Washington D.C.; his father and mother-in-law, Albert and Emily Timer Sr., of Laurens; two sisters-in-law, Betty and Les Burgess of Mount Vision and Mary Timer of Oneonta; three brothers-in-law, Albert and Lee Timer Jr. of Fowlerville, Mich., John and Penny Timer of Mount Vision and James and Lisa Timer of Schenevus; nieces and nephews, Sarah Garman, Carrie Scheeler, Ericka Axelsson, Elizabeth Cornelius, Anna Weston, Mallory Weston, Jeri Timer, Crystal Timer, Joshua Timer, Adam Burgess, Zachary Dobler and Travis Timer; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his companion while he was sick, his cat named Sneakers.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Oneonta.
Burial will follow at the Laurens Cemetery.
The family will be present at the Bookhout Funeral Home, at 357 Main St. in Oneonta, on Monday, July 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. for those who wish to call.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to either the Milford Central School Music Program, 42 West Main St., Milford, NY 13807 or to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 111 Broadway (19th Floor), New York, NY 10006 in loving memory of Herbert B. Garman Jr.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Arthur G. Leech
SOUTH NEW BERLIN Arthur G. Leech, 75, of South New Berlin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 25, 2002, after an extended illness.
Born March 7, 1927, in the Town of Butternut, he was the son of Arthur and Georginez (Camp) Leech.
Arthur attended school in Mount Upton and Johnson City. Before completing his schooling, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 22, 1944. He received his five weeks' recruit training at Sampon, N.Y. He was a gunner's mate on the USS Nantahala and the USS Rehoboth, serving his country during World War II. He received the American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal Six star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon-Single star and a Victory Medal. The entire crew he shipped with refused the Purple Heart. Arthur was honorably discharged from the Navy, separating from Lido Beach, Long Island, N.Y., on May 26, 1946. Arthur was a lifetime member of VFW Post 2782. Upon completing his stay in the military, Arthur held many jobs before he found his true passion. He worked for Gorton Construction and numerous other construction companies, where he developed and fine-tuned his carpentry skills. He went into the business of furniture making and refinishing. Arthur could take any old piece of wood and turn it into a work of art.
Arthur enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. A favorite pastime was going for rides in the country, where he would always have an eye open for a new fishing hole. He found a lot of pleasure in helping his sons operate their businesses, "The Barn," an antique and collectibles shop, and "Art's Auto Refinishing and Wise Guy's Towing."
Arthur is survived by his companion and friend, Shirley Haynes, of South New Berlin; his daughters, Barbara Gerken and her husband, Paul ,of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Diane Parker and her husband, Christopher, of Norwich; and his sons, James Sanborn (Leech) of Morristown, N.J., Arthur Leech of Norwich and Curtis Leech and his wife, Darlene, of Guilford. He is also survived by his sister, Juanita Nichols of South New Berlin; three brothers, James Leech of Garrattsville, Edward Leech of Mount Upton and William Leech of South New Berlin; 11 grandchildren, Rachel Molino, Jolene Sanborn, Edward Boyer, Jon Gerken, Geoffrey and Jennifer Parker, Derrick Balcom, and Melissa, Kyle, Katy and Kayla Leech; and three great-grandchildren, Kayla Molino and Tyler and Christopher Gerken. Arthur also leaves behind Linda Mills, whom he raised from the time she was a small child, as well as his beloved birds Wally and Jake; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Robert, Donald and Alan Leech, and his sisters, Alma Bresee and Marian Berube.
Graveside funeral services for Arthur will be held at the Butternut Valley Cemetery in Mount Upton, at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 1, with the Rev. Romeyn Kipp, pastor of the Holmesville Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial with full military rites will follow.
The family has requested no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.
Arrangements are by the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home of Norwich.