Mary A. Torrey
October 19, 2002
Mary A. Hillenbrandt Torrey, 89, of Syracuse died Thursday. She was born in Syracuse. She was salesperson at Dey Bros. and a cashier at Morey's Mill. She was a communicant of St. Michael's Church, a charter member of Taunton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Thousand Islands Park Garden Club. Her husband, Raymond F., died in 1977.Survivors: Two sons, Gerald E. of Albany and R. Christopher of Onondaga Hill; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Tindall Funeral Home and 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Church. Burial, St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Calling hours, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 1921 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Contributions: United Cerebral Palsy, 1603 Court St., Syracuse 13208.
Steven A. Vamosy
STAMFORD — Steven A. Vamosy, 89, died Dec. 31, 2002, at the Robinson Terrace in Stamford of progressive supranuclear palsy.
He was born Jan. 10, 1913, in Buffalo, the son of Michael and Mary (Fox) Vamosy. He moved to Stamford at the age of 4 and lived there the rest of his life. He married Emma H. Dent on Nov. 11, 1936 in Stamford.
He graduated from Stamford Seminary in 1930. He owned and operated a farm on Odell Lake Road. He served as the Stamford postmaster for 25 years. He was an agent and director of the Otsego County Patron Cooperative Fire Relief Association for more than 50 years.
He was a member and trustee of Sacred Heart Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Bishop's Diocesan Development Committee. He was a 4-H leader, influencing the lives of hundreds of youth in the Stamford area for more than 50 years.
He was a member of the Utsayantha Grange. He served on the boards of the Farm Bureau, Cooperative Extension, the Delaware County Fair, Eastern Milk Producers, GLF, Empire Livestock Marketing Cooperative and the Stamford Central School Board of Education.
Steven is survived by his wife, Emma, and their eight children, Jean (and William) Thomas of Camillus, Mary Lou Faigle of Deposit, Veronica (and John) Hughes of Marcellus, Sister Mary Stephen of Watervliet, Emily (and Richard) Cole of LaGrangeville, Steven (and Clare) Vamosy Jr. of Manahawkin, N.J., Joseph (and Mary) Vamosy of Oshkosh, Wis., and Margaret Vamosy of Stamford; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two sisters, Anne Briggs of Clark's Summit, Pa., and Julia Coulson of Malvern, Pa.; one brother, Albert Vamosy (and Theresa) of Stamford, and three sisters-in-law, Marion Vamosy of Middleburgh, Nellie Dent of Roseboom and Myrtle Dent of Oneonta.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Sacred Heart Church, Harper Street, Stamford, with the Rev. Anthony Ligato presiding.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, also at Sacred Heart Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 38, Stamford, NY 12167 or the Society for PSP, Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Greene Tree Road., Baltimore, MD 21208.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home, Stamford, under the direction of William A. Tari.
Erma R. Hughes
MILFORD — Erma R. Hughes, 88, of Milford passed away at her home on Dec. 30, 2002 after a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 27, 1914 in Hartwick the daughter of Willard N. and Ella (Southworth) Mclean.
She married Abram Hughes on Oct. 29, 1932. He died March 9, 1984.
A lifelong area resident, Erma and her husband owned and operated their dairy farm on Dutch Hill Road in the town of Milford. She loved gardening, flowers, growing her vegetable garden, as well as baking and cooking. Erma was a past member of the Laurens Grange.
She is survived by her three sons and their spouses, Charles W. Hughes and his wife, Esther, Kenneth A. Hughes and his wife, Patricia, and Carl L. Hughes and his wife, Marguerite, all of Milford; one daughter, Martha Considine of Fort Walton Beach. Fla.; seven grandchildren, Cathy Crotts, Cynthia Lane, Charles Hughes Jr., Bradley Herron, Kenneth Hughes Jr., Jennifer Hughes, and Sharon Hughes; five great-grandchildren, Brooke and Meghan Ganio, Gabriel and Kathyrn Lane, and Madalyn Herron.
Also surviving is one brother, Arnold McLean of Hartwick; her sisters, Edna Ruland of Binghamton, Beulah Osborn of Burlington Flats, Betty Crockford of Ithaca, Marjorie Snyder of Raleigh, N.C., Columbine O'Blake of Hartwick, Gladys Scrivener of New Berlin, Alberta Eastman of Freeville and Albeama Gabrosek of Fly Creek; her cousins, Maxie McLean, Madeline Holt, and Donna Ammons of Loveland, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.
Her brothers Kenneth, Norman, Nelson, Lyle, Clyde and Leonard Mclean predeceased her. A sister, Wanda Stewart, also predeceased her.
Funeral and committal services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, with the Rev. Rob Kazinski, pastor of the Portlandville United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring in Hartwick Cemetery, Hartwick.
Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home on Saturday from noon until the time of the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Milford Emergency Squad, State Hwy. 28, Milford, NY 13807 in Erma's memory.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Alford C. Packer
SCHENEVUS — Alford C. Packer, 76, formerly of Schenevus and South Kortright, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Mr. Packer was born Sept. 1, 1926, in Oneonta, the son of the late Alford and the late Myrtle (Banker) Packer.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, in the 8th Special Service Company, Armed Forces Western Pacific.
He was employed by the D&H Railroad from 1946 until retiring in 1982.
Mr. Packer was a member of International Brotherhood of Fireman and Oilers.
He is survived by one daughter, Deborah A. Ide, of Schenevus; one sister, Nettie Solovitch, of Oneonta; five grandchildren, Corey and Jennifer Logan, Jason, Michael, and Joan Ide; one great- granddaughter, Jordan Logan, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey Packer, in 1979 and his former wife, Lois McAdams.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, from noon until the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Heller Funeral Home, Schenevus, with the Rev. Peter Mudge, pastor of the Maryland Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial with full military honors will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta, at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Arrangements are by the Heller Funeral Home, 25 Arch St., Schenevus.
SIDNEY — Herman Winkler, 95, of Sharon Street, Sidney, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the River View Home for Adults in Unadilla, on Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, 2003.
He was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, on Aug. 14, 1907. He married Audrey McGregor on April 9, 1938. Mrs. Winkler predeceased him on Feb. 19, 1990.
His brother-in-law, Bruce McGregor of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and several nieces, a nephew and several cousins both in America and Switzerland survive him.
He was educated in Switzerland at the Polytechnical Institute in Winterthur, Switzerland, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering.
Mr. Winkler arrived in Sidney in 1929 where the Scintilla Magneto Co. hired him as a tool designer. He rose through the ranks in various supervisory and management positions. He retired on Feb. 28, 1970 as manufacturing executive for the Bendix Aviation Corp. Engine Division.
His many good friends will sadly miss him, especially his card- playing buddies. He looked forward to his Swiss pitch games two nights a week. Mr. Winkler founded the Swiss Club of Sidney. He and his wife traveled all over the U.S. and Europe. He was an avid fisherman.
Herman was very active in village affairs in Sidney, having served a number of years as the chairman of the planning commission, where he helped plan and lay out the entire section above Pearl Street. The Industrial Park road near the airport is named is his honor, namely "Winkler Road," a fine tribute to him since he was actively involved in the industrial development here.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. David Masland, pastor of the Sidney United Methodist Church, officiating.
A graveside service will be held later in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
Friends are invited to call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in honor of Herman and Audrey Winkler may be directed to the United Methodist Church, Liberty Street, Sidney, NY 13838 or to the Tri-Town Chapter of the American Red Cross, 7-9 River Street, Sidney, NY 13838.
MASONVILLE — Leona Fike Leichty, 75, of Pine Hill Road, Masonville, passed away at her home on Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, 2003.
She was born Dec. 10, 1927, in Rome, the daughter of the late Leon and Della Duff Fike. Leona graduated from Rome Free Academy and worked for the Rome Cable Corp. for several years.
On June 5, 1954, she married William Leichty in Rome. They moved to Sidney, where she worked at Bendix. For the past 35 years they resided in Masonville. Leona also worked at the Masonville Elementary School, Masonville General Store and the Masonville Quickway.
Mrs. Leichty was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Sidney. She was a member and served as a president for the Masonville Craft Club, Charles L. Jacobi Unit 183 American Legion Auxiliary of Sidney. She loved square dancing, crafts and gardening.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bill Leichty of Masonville; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Dave Reynolds of Bainbridge; two sons and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Cathi Leichty of Unadilla, Gary Leichty of Lacanta, Fla.; grandchildren, Sean Coleman, Kelly, Michael and Kim Lewis and William and Matthew Leichty; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Louie Trunko of Verona. Several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Funeral and committal services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 from St. Luke's Lutheran Church, West Main Street, Sidney, with the Rev. James Vargo, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be later in the Masonville Cemetery, Masonville.
Friends are invited to call Friday at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main Street, Sidney. The family will be in attendance from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the St. Luke's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 139 West Main. St., Sidney, NY 13838 or to the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
SIDNEY — Gladys Edwards, 80, of 1 Riverview Drive, Sidney, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, 2003 at The Hospital, Sidney.
She was born Sept. 10, 1922 in Watertown, the daughter of the late Perl and Myrtle Hamblin Sherman.
She married John Goida on August 4, 1959. He predeceased her on Aug. 23, 1981. On May 19, 1984, she married Clifford Edwards. Mr. Edwards passed away July 22, 1990.
From 1956 until her retirement in 1983, Gladys was an inspector for the Amphenol Corp. in Sidney. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Sidney, the R.H. Arrandale Post No. 7914 V.F.W. Auxiliary, Sidney, and the Charles L. Jacobi Unit 193 American Legion Auxiliary, Sidney.
In 1956, Gladys joined the Women of the Moose No. 502 in Sidney. She served on numerous committees within the Moose and was a past Senior Regent. She had received the College of Regent Degree, was a Star Recorder and was conferred the Academy of Friendship Degree.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Laura Freeman of Unadilla, and a granddaughter, Julia Irene Freeman. A son, Jerry Freeman, brother, Gerald Sherman, two grandchildren, Rolin and Roberta Freeman, predeceased Gladys.
Funeral and committal services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, from the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. Pat Robinson, pastor of the First Congregational Church, and the Rev. Robert Goldenberg, pastor of the Circle Drive Alliance Church, Sidney, officiating.
Burial will be later in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.
Memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Sidney Emergency Squad, if desired.
EDMESTON — Lorenzo Colegrove, 90, of Edmeston, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, in Utica.
He was born Aug. 8, 1912, in Edmeston, son of J. Hugh and Abbie T. (Simmons) Colegrove.
He married Catherine Hamm at home in 1936. She predeceased him in 1989.
Lorenzo used to operated a dairy farm in Edmeston that is still operated by his family today. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Edmeston, past member of the Edmeston Grange and had enjoyed working as a carpenter in the church and around Edmeston.
Lorenzo will be remembered by his family for his willingness to help others in time of need and for being an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, trapping and fishing. He enjoyed making maple syrup with much help from his family and neighbors, and encouraged all to taste jack wax.
Lorenzo is survived by his three children, John Colegrove, Wesley Colegrove and Caroline Olds; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Edmeston, with the Rev. Jay Noll officiating.
Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the Book-Johnston-Terry Funeral Rome, Edmeston.
Interment will be in the spring at Edmeston Union Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Lorenzo's memory to either the United Methodist Church in Edmeston, or the Edmeston Emergency Squad.
Arrangements are by the Hook-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
Dorothy M. Darrin
WALTON — Dorothy M. Darrin, 95, of Valley Cottage, formerly of Walton, died Tuesday morning Dec. 31, 2002, at the Nyack Hospital in Nyack after a short illness.
Mrs. Darrin was born in Scranton, Pa., the daughter of Herman and Ruie Richards Hatton, on Aug. 10, 1907.
She moved to Walton as a young girl and was educated there.
She married Calvin Darrin who died on Jan. 3, 1988.
She was an X-ray technician and teacher employed by Broome County Community College for many years. She also was a cancer therapy technician at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.
In 1981, at the age of 74, she was awarded an associate's degree in Applied Sciences at Broome County Community College.
She gave of her time volunteering in the auxiliary in the Delaware Valley Hospital, serving as its first president and later at the Nyack Hospital. She also worked with Habitat for Humanity.
She attended the First United Methodist Church of Walton for more than 77 years, and was a member of the United Methodist Women.
She is survived by three sons, James Darrin of Harriman, Ronald Darrin of Ohio and Calvin Darrin of Valley Cottage; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church, 101 North St., Walton and will be followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Peggy E. Fabrizio, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Women, 101 North St., Walton, NY 13856.
Services are under the direction of Clark, Winter & Courtney Funeral Home Walton.
Mildred R. Zeh
FULTONHAM — Mrs. Mildred R. Zeh, 79, of state Route 30, died Wednesday, Jan, 1, 2003, at the home of her son in Sharon Hill following a long illness.
Mrs. Zeh was born on May 12, 1923, in the town of Kortright, Delaware County, a daughter of Irving B. and Alice Tiffany All.
She was the widow of Walter J. Zeh, who died on May 2, 1987. She was a retired inspector at the former Greendell Meat Packing Co. in Prattsville.
Mrs. Zeh is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Engle and Rebecca Skowfoe, both of Fultonham; three sons, Walter Zeh of Schoharie, Raymond Zeh of Sharon Hill, Michael Zeh of Central Bridge; a granddaughter she raised, Cheryl Zeh of Cobleskill; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Van Wormer of Middleburgh and Diana Robbins of McGraw.
She was predeceased by two daughters, Susie Zeh in 1979 and Martha Gorton in 1996, also three siblings, Katherine Nydam, Elizabeth Larson and Seward All.
There are no calling hours and the funeral service will be private.
A spring interment will be in Breakabeen Cemetery, Breakabeen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, One MacArthur Ave, Cobleskill, NY 12043
Funeral arrangements are by the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, Middleburgh, and the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill.
Robert J. Blakesley
SIDNEY — Robert J. Blakesley Sr., 83, of Sidney passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City.
He was born March 30, 1919, son of the late James A. and Mary E. Perfect Blakely in Norwich.
Robert was employed by UNA-LAM of Sidney when he retired in 1982.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (King) Blakesley, of Sidney; three daughters, Janet Wheeler of Syracuse, Melody and Randy Wilson of Mt. Upton, Maureen Reithoffer of Sidney; one brother, David Blakely; one sister, Anna Goering; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Robert Blakesley Jr., and a sister, Mary Jane Blakely.
Funeral and committal services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. The Rev. Robert Goldenberg of the Circle Drive Missionary Alliance Church in Sidney will officiate.
The family will be in attendance for visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney, in the spring.
Arrangements are by C.H. Landers Inc., Sidney.