June Marie Carey

Burlington Flats, NY

June Marie Carey, 82, of Burlington Flats died peacefully Friday December 20, 2013 at the Eastern Star Nursing Home in Oriskany.

She was born October 19, 1931 at home in Exeter; the daughter of Howard E. and Myrtle (Joslyn) Smith. She married Stanley Melrose Carey on June 15, 1952 at the Hartwick United Methodist Church. He predeceased June on December 10, 1975.

June was employed & served as an Officer by the Otsego Mutual Fire Insurance Company from 1950 till her retirement in 2007. She was a member of the West Exeter United Methodist Church as server as their Treasurer & WSCS. June was a past Matron, officer and Electra for the Eastern Star.

For many years June would bake pies, rolls, breads and cookies to sell for Bassett Hospital. As a homemaker she was famous for her Aunt June’s Baked Beans, her gardening, and her annual crop of asparagus. She raised chickens for her roadside egg stand, and in her leisure she would enjoy crocheting.

June is survived by her children Sharon & Del Meyers, Hannah and J.B. Harbison; her grandchildren Andrew Meyers, Jeremy & Lara Meyers, Patrick & Nora Meyers, Brandon & Shelly Sleezer and Ashley Harbison; her great grandchildren Zoey Meyers, Jeremy Meyers Jr., Lauryn Shoemaker & Kali Sleezer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her husband, Stanley, her sister Marguerite Lowe, and brother Vaughn Smith predeceased June.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday December 27, 2013 at 11:00 am at the West Exeter United Methodist Church with Rev. Fred Albrecht officiating. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 26th from 4 – 6 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Burial will be at the Burlington Flats Cemetery

Contributions may be made in June’s memory to the West Exeter United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Joseph D. Disotell

West Burlington, NY

Joseph D. Disotell, 69, of West Burlington died after a long illness November 10, 2013 at his home with his wife Christine by his side.

He was born June 12, 1944 in Connecticut the son of David and Dora (Sprague) Disotell. He married Christine DeLine on October 25, 1985 in Tupper Lake.

Throughout Joe’s life he was drawn to the great outdoors and was a Certified Adirondack Guide. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, an expert bowman’s; and the owner of Blue Moon Archery in Syracuse. Joe also raised, trained and breed Quarter Horses. He had been employed by Cold River Ranch in Tupper Lake where he was leading Hunting Camp Guide, by horse. Joe and his wife, Christine, relocated to West Burlington ten years ago to begin their own Quarter Horse Ranch; the Rocking D Ranch.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Christine; his two sons Joseph (Jessie) & Larry (Candy) Disotell; and his grandson David Disotell. He was predeceased by his parents and his uncle Larry Huntley.

Contributions may be made in Josephs’ memory to Friends of Bassett, Cooperstown; or AQHA, Amarillo, Texas 79168

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Theresa L. Ramos-Klee

Edmeston, NY

Theresa L. Ramos-Klee
Theresa L. Ramos-Klee

Theresa L. Ramos-Klee, 50, of Edmeston died unexpectedly Friday, 11/8/2013 at Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown.

She was born September 2, 1963 in Cornwall, NY the daughter of Gilbert Sr. & Arlene (Cheesman) Ramos. Theresa married Aaron W. Klee August 8, 2012. He predeceased her on August 29, 2012.

Theresa was a paralegal in New York City, prior to her move to Edmeston five years ago. She loved her family, and was totally devoted to her pets; Caesar, Jolie, Bianca, Sidney and Calvin. Theresa will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her parents Gilbert and Arlene; her brother Gil Ramos; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her husband Aaron, and her brother Gerald Ramos predeceased her.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Norris Arnold

Edmeston, NY

Norris Arnold, of Edmeston, went home to the Lord Tuesday October 29, 2013 at Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, with the thoughts and prayers of his family in his heart.

He was born on January 5, 1937 in Wilna, NY. His family moved to New Berlin when he was a young teen. He played baseball and basketball in school and after. Norris served in the United States Army from 1958- 1961. He was employed by Chicago Pneumatic in Utica for 30 years.

Upon retirement Norris worked for Edmeston Central School as a bus driver for 14 years. He enjoyed his daily bus runs as well as driving students to and from many activities and sporting events. To some of the kids he was lovingly referred to as “Mr. Norris” or “Chuck Norris”.

Norris was a member of the Burlington Flats Baptist Church.

He enjoyed golf, playing in league and on many weekends with family and friends. In addition, he watched many sporting events on TV with his son Tim and his dog, Maggie, by his side. He was often busy with woodworking, gardening, and other projects around the house; taking great pleasure in creating things with his hands. Norris also had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on family members and friends alike. He touched a lot of lives and will be missed by many.

Norris loved his family deeply and enjoyed time during school breaks with his grand children and great grandchildren. He was taken too soon from us but we hold on to knowing that he’s now in heaven with loving family members who predeceased him, including his great grandson Riley.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda; his children Carol Ann, Kathleen & husband Roger, Timothy; grandchildren Mellisa, Alicia, Cassandra, Carrie, Chelsea; great grandchildren Angela, Hailey, Jacob, Abigail, Mason, Matthew; In –laws Fred & Linda, Christine; uncle Gary; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday November 2, 2013 at 11 AM at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with Rev. Jay Henderson officiating. Calling hour will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 from 3 till 6 pm at the Houk-Johnston- Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in Norris’ name may be made to the Burlington Flats Baptist Church of to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston

Joyce Stephens

Edmeston, NY

Joyce Helene Gregory Stephens, 78, of Edmeston was called home to her Lord Wednesday October 16, 2013 with her family by her side.

She was born October 28, 1934 in Oneonta, the daughter of Clarence Sr. and Theresa (Spencer) Gregory. She married Robert James Stephens Sr. on October 16, 1955 at the Morris Baptist Church.

Joyce graduated from Morris Central High School in 1953, she went on to work at the NYS Employment Division in Albany. In 1968 she graduated from the Oneonta Practical Nursing School earning her LPN. She was then employed at MIB from 1969 till 1981. Upon retirement she and her husband, Bob, began the Dutch Valley Bakery and Craft Shop in 1982; which ran till 1999. They then both continued to sell their wares at craft shows, until Joyce’s recent illness.

She learned to knit and crochet at a very young age and made many beautiful things for her family and friends, as well as for her business. Joyce made everything from sweaters, afghans and doilies to crochet towels with an animals’ heads on the top. She also made many things using plastic canvas. Each daughter and grand-daughter of the family received a cookbook with a handmade cover she had selected for them. She was very talented in all types of crafts and also did wedding flowers for many of the girls in the area. Joyce loved gardening, both vegetables and flowers. She worked many long hours outside keeping them beautiful.

Joyce will be most remembered for is her strong spirit and determination through adversity. She was the one who held up the family through hard times with her kind words and ability to give good advice. Her great love for family will be treasured always.

Her husband, Bob; her children Robert J. Stephens Jr., Sherry Warner (Bob) and Bruce Stephens (Mary Clare); her grandchildren Luke Stephens (Sarah), Kady Stephens and Vanessa Saltis (Dan); her siblings Clarence Gregory Jr. (Beverly); and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews survived Joyce.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Tess; Dawn Bollinger and her husband Harold, Eva Darrow, Seymour Gregory and his wife Karen.

Contributions may be made in Joyce’s memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad or Fire Dept, Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, or Friends of Bassett.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Kevin L. Spoon

West Burlington, NY

Kevin L. Spoon
Kevin L. Spoon

Kevin L. Spoon, 54, of West Burlington died peacefully at home on October 10, 2013 with his family by his side.

He was born March 3, 1959 in Oswego; the son of Richard and Rosalie A. (Lawrence)Spoon. He married Victoria M. Komm August 17, 1985.

Kevin had a certain rapport with senior citizens beginning when he worked at the Springbrook Senior Apartment housing where his beloved grandfather, William, worked and resided. Later he became the meal site manager for the Herkimer County Office of the Aging. Kevin brought a natural joy to the work and to the people he enjoyed.

Kevin opted to be a stay at home dad when his son Corey was born. Always a good story teller; he was able to share many of his life’s events with humor and wisdom. Kevin was also well known for his B-B-Q talent; for being an avid sports fan; and for his capability to remember an enormous amount of trivia facts.

As quoted from family and friends; “Kevin endured multiple physical challenges in his life, facing each one with courage and optimism.”

His wife, Vicki; his son, Corey; his mother Rosalie; his step-mother Celeste; his brother William & Charles; his in laws William F. and Mary Komm; his sister in laws Ruth & Joseph Scheppard and Christina & Daniel Mead; and several nieces and nephews survive Kevin.

Kevin was predeceased by his father, Richard; his step – father, Ernest; and his mother-in-law Carol Komm.
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Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday October 15, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Burlington with Rev. Paul Messner officiating. Calling hours will be on Monday October 14, 2013 from 4 to 7 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston.

Interment will be private.

Contributions may be made in Kevin’s memory to Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown. Additional envelopes from St John’s Lutheran Church will be available at the service.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Onley L. Kline

Burlington Flats, NY

Onley L. Kline
Onley L. Kline

Onley L. Kline, 88, of Burlington Flats died Monday September 23, 2013 at Chase Memorial Nursing Home with her family by her side.

She was born September 8, 1925 in Nichols, NY the daughter of Harold and Gladys (Wimple) Washburn. She was married to Lyle Kline, who predeceased her on November 1, 2003.

Onley was perfectly content as a homemaker; enjoying baking, cooking and watching western movies on TV. She was happily employed at Pathfinder Village as an aid for many a year.

Her children Larry & Bonnie Kline, Terry and Sharon Kline, Gladys and Nat Bellow, Eugene Kline, and Kathleen Kline; her twelve grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews; and her brother Norm Washburn survive Onley.

Her grandson Chad Kline; her brothers Bud, Doug; her sister Mary Hungerford; and daughter-in-law Marge Kline predeceased her.

Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family at Saratoga National Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Chase Health for their care and dedication to Onley.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Charlotte Bergmann

Point Pleasant, NJ

Memorial Services for Charlotte Bergmann of Point Pleasant, NJ and Burlington will be held on Saturday August 31, 2013 at the Butternut Valley Brick School House Cemetery at 4:30 pm.

Her husband Ken; her children Elizabeth, Jennifer, Kathleen and Kenneth Jr; and her grandchildren Sara, Melissa and William survive her. Her parents Leo & Charlotte Mann predeceased Charlotte.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Sharon N. Edwards

Edmeston, NY

Sharon N. Edwards, 71, of Edmeston died peacefully on August 12, 2013 at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown.

She was born August 13, 1941 at home in Hamburg, NJ, the daughter of Clarence and Velma (Rush) Totten. She married Joseph Allen Edwards on April 17, 1957 in Franklin, NJ. He predeceased her on July 23, 2001.

Sharon’s main focus was her family. She enjoyed puzzle books, the company of her great-grandchildren and her dog, Sammi.

Her children Dale and Diane Edwards, Terri and Lewis Rude; her grandchildren Shelley and Peter Coughlin, Dale-Lynne and Jason Wust, Jessie Edwards and Dan Zinger and Rusty Edwards; her three great-grandchildren Jayden Wust, Hailey Coughlin and Thomas Coughlin survive Sharon. Her sister, Barbara Arnott, predeceased her.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday August 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Edmeston Union Cemetery with Joan Kuhn Terry, certified celebrant officiating.

Contributions may be made in Sharon’s memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad and envelopes will be available at service time.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Eileen M. Losee

Edmeston, NY

Eileen M. Losee, 80, formerly of Edmeston died peacefully on August 2, 2013 at Valley View Nursing Home in Norwich.

She was born September 19, 1932 at home in Edmeston; the daughter of Francis and Ruby (Best) Andrews. She married Frank Losee at her parent’s home on August 23, 1949. He predeceased her on July 9, 2000.

Eileen loved the children whom she taught at the Otsego School in Edmeston . She was a member of the Second Baptist Church, the church choir & the Jubillaires church singing group, and a member of the Edmeston Fire Dept. Auxiliary. Eileen enjoyed music, reading and her flower garden. She was a fan of both the Yankee’s and the Mets. She especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren play baseball and soccer during their school years.

Her children Michael Losee, Tamara and James Bolton; her grandchildren Jeremy and Megan Bolton, Kevin Bolton and Ryan Bolton; her five great grandchildren; her brother Earl Claire Andrews, and several brother and sister-in-laws survive Eileen.

Funeral services will be held on Monday August 5, 2013 at 1 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home Edmeston with Pastor Ray Merritt and Pastor Jay Henderson Officiating. Calling hours will be on Monday August 5, 2013 one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery

Contributions may be made in Eileen’s memory to either Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care or the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Caroline A. Olds

Edmeston, NY

Caroline A. Olds
Caroline A. Olds

Caroline A. Olds, 72, of Edmeston died peacefully May 19, 2013 at Chase Memorial Nursing Home with her family by her side.

She was born January 11, 1941 in Edmeston the daughter of Lorenzo and Katherine (Hamm) Colegrove. On September 1, 1962 she married Ronald Olds, who survives. Caroline was a house manager for Pathfinder Village in Edmeston for 25 years.

Caroline was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and was very devoted to Pathfinder Village and the residents there. She enjoyed flower gardening and riding on the 4 wheeler with her husband, Ron. She was well known for collecting “collectables”.

In addition to her husband, Ron, her three sons, Ronald and Cheri Olds, Jr., Donald Olds and Douglas Olds, her grandchildren Kelly, Jason, Chris, Ashley, Mackenzie and Logan and many nieces and nephews, survive Caroline. Her parents and her brothers John and Wesley Colegrove predeceased her.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Houk Johnston-Terry Funeral Home with Celebrant Joan Kuhn Terry officiating. Calling hours are two hours prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Caroline’s memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Richard A. Monson

Oneonta, NY

Richard A. Monson
Richard A. Monson

Richard “Dick” A. Monson, of Oneonta and Sarasota, Fla., died peacefully May 1, 2013 with his family by his side.

He was born January 10, 1932 in Edmeston the son of Alfred and Rose (Mertz) Monson. Dick graduated from Edmeston Central School and continued his education at Morrisville Agricultural College with a degree in Animal Husbandry.

After college he joined his father on the home dairy farm in Edmeston, now Monson Road. After several years in Florida he returned to farming in Mt. Vision where he raised his family. Dick retired from dairy farming and began work for Dellwood Foods as a milk inspector. In retirement he always had a great garden and shared his produce with neighbors and friends.

Dick was a member of the Association of Christian Farmers, the Main Street Baptist Church.

His children Cindy Monson, Wendy Monson, Randy Monson, Sandi Wells and Judy Monson; his siblings John “Jack” Monson and Barbara Hart; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren survive Richard.

His parents Alfred and Rose; and his brother Rev. Alfred Monson predeceased him.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday May 10, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Main Street Baptist Church, Oneonta with Rev. Gary Bonebreak officiating. Calling hours are one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the Main Street Baptist Church, Oneonta, NY.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Lola Kady McLean

Burlington, NY

Lola Kady McLean, 97, of Burlington died peacefully on April 15, 2013 at AO Fox, Oneonta with her family by her side.

She was Born June 2, 1915 in Herkimer the daughter of Nicholas and Julia (Kototowicz) Salamacha.

Lola farmed for over twenty years and was a homemaker who enjoyed her garden, especially her roses.

Her son, Norman McLean, daughters Shirley Edgett, Marion Curry (Bernard), Joan Day (Jerry), and Virginia Clark; her grandchildren Kelly & Sherry Wilson, Ricky Clark, Randy Curry, Timothy & Jeffrey Day; her great grandson Dustin Clark; her great granddaughter Megan Clark; her sister Mary Iffert; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive Lola.

She was predeceased by her brothers John, Joseph, Henry, Steve and his wife Mathilda Salamacha; her sisters Anna Parzych, Aurelia (Amelia) Williams; her grandson Gary Michael Clark; and her granddaughter Laurie Ann Clark.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday April 19, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston with Pastor Doug Besemer officiating.

Interment will follow at Hartwick Cemetery, Hartwick.

Contributions may be made in Lola’s memory to Catskill Hospice and Palliative Care.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Jessie M. Gere

New Berlin, NY

Jessie M. Gere
Jessie M. Gere

Jessie M. Gere, 81, recently of New Berlin and formerly of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina and Sherburne New York, died peacefully on April 12, 2013 at Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin.

She was born June 7, 1931 in Dallas PA the daughter of William and Bertha Mae (Harris) Krause. Jessie had been previously married to Robert Ashburner. She married Donald Gere April 25, 1981.

Jessie and Donald loved being in North Carolina for the past 30 years. Forever the homemaker she enjoyed her yard, her flowers, baking bread, crocheting and her ceramics. Jessie was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Pilot Mt.

Her husband Donald Gere; her children Russell & Florence Ashburner, Rodney & Wendy Ashburner, David and Karen Ashburner, Julie Ashburner; her step children Duane and Nancy Gere, Donalu & Jeffrey Emhof; 17 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; her siblings Ernest Krause, George Krause, John Krause, Keith Krause, Ruth Smith and Nan Schabre; her inlaws Homer (Doris) Gere, Paul (Mary) Gere, and Dorintha Gere survive Jessie.

She was predeceased by her siblings Russell and Ira Krause, Louise Solanick and Marie Christinger.

Interment will take place at the Brooklyn Methodist Church Cemetery, Brooklyn, PA.

Contributions may be made in Jessie’s memory to the 1st Baptist Church of Pilot Mt.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

John Van Vranken

Edmeston, NY

John Van Vranken
John Van Vranken

John Van Vranken, 87, of Edmeston died April 7, 2013, and was reunited with his beloved wife Millie; and his brothers and sisters.

He was born June 20, 1925 in Amsterdam, NY the son of Le Roy and Louise (Moshier) Van Vranken. He married Millie Filer on September 15, 1945 in Gilbertsville.

A workaholic farmer he, was always upsizing the family farm. John retired from farming in 1986 and moved into town. John retired from the Edmeston Highway Department as Superintendent in 1992. He was a self taught carpenter, plumber, electrician, welder and doer of all trades and master of none. A consummate semi-professional capable of almost everything and knower of all; one just had to ask him.

John offered numerous quotes and many words of wisdom. “There are tricks to all trades, and dad drives screws with a hammer.” “Time waits for no man, but a damn few women.” “I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.”

His marriage to Millie, his family and community were important aspects of his life. He thoroughly enjoyed each and every family reunion and neighborhood picnics; and loved his ice cream social nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

John will be missed by his children Suzanne (Frank) Yaple, Sandra (Dee Sheffield) Van Vranken, Carolyn (Rich) Patrickson, Sharon (Brad) Mumbulo, John Jr. (Alta) VanVranken, Robert (JoAnn) VanVranken; Nancy (David) Haley; his extended family Walter (Carolyn) Carney, and Bill (Lori) Gray; 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren with 3 on the way; his sister Ruth Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

His wife Millie; his brothers Le Roy (Lee), Abram (Bill), Francis (Fran) Van Vranken; his sisters Lucille (Sis) Sanguine, Dorothy (Dot) Houk, Helen Dickinson, and Mary Van Vranken predeceased John.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday April 13, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating.

Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery, followed by a reception.

Calling hours will be on Friday April 12, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Houk-Johnston- Terry Funeral Home, in Edmeston

Contributions may be made in John’s memory to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care or the Edmeston Emergency Squad.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Elizabeth W. Lewis

Utica, NY

Elizabeth W. Lewis, 72, of Utica and formerly of Leonardsville, passed away on April 1, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital with her family by her side.

She was born August 28, 1940 in Utica, the daughter of Daniel and Gladys (Brayton) Ward. She married Donald Lewis on August 22, 1959.

Elizabeth retired as an Associate from Stewart’s; she had previously been employed as an office clerk for Reader’s Digest. She enjoyed crossword puzzles. Elizabeth’s biggest joy was her family that she would shower with love; including gifts of knitting, cooking and baking.

Her husband Don; her children Donald & Shelly Lewis, Debra and Jeff Belisle, Robert & Kristin Lewis, and James Lewis; eight grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; her sister Ernestene Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, survive Elizabeth. Her brother David Ward predeceased her.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday April 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston with Deacon Sam Salomone officiating.

Internment will follow at the Leonardsville Cemetery in Leonardsville.

The family expresses special thanks to the doctors and nurses on the 2nd floor, CCU & Emergency Care at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Contributions may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Leonardsville Fire Department.

Donald Charles Kertes

South New Berlin, NY

Donald Charles Kertes, 69, died peacefully at home on February 15, 2013 surrounded by his family.

He was born August 16, 1943 in Queens, NY the son of Maurice and Ruth (Plath) Kertes. Don married Edna C. Wilhelm on May 27, 1978.

Raised in New Jersey, Don moved to Otsego County and opened Kertes Welding and Fabrication. He was a well respected for his talents and creativity. Don had the ability to visualize and possessed the capability to complete projects exceeding his many loyal customers’ expectations. Don’s unique works include the custom ironwork at The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and The Player Village in Oneonta, custom woodwork, decorative items, and beautiful welding of unique wood stoves for the home.

Don embraced life and established long lasting friendships immediately. While it was evident that his family came first, he enjoyed many outside activities. Among the few listed here are dirt bike racing, motor cycles, his hot rod Porsche, hunting, fishing, boating on Cayuga lake, his vegetable garden, and his great love for all animals. Don was a member of the Burlington Flats Fish and Game Club where he enjoyed target shooting and reloading. All in all Don was a perfect score: 150 x15 type of guy.

His wife Edna, his children Richard Nystrom (Donna), Cynthia Delaney (Terry), and Lisa Kingsley (James); his grandchildren Richard William Nystrom II, Andrew James Nystrom, Bradley Michael Delaney, Dedra Ann Delaney, Collin Michael Delaney, Haley Ann Delaney, Matthew Cameron Kingsley, Allyson Katherine Kingsley, James Richard Kingsley and Brian Michael Kingsley survive Donald.

His parents Maurice and Ruth predeceased Donald.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday February 23, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston with Pastor Barry Davis officiating. Calling hours are from 1:00 till 4:00 prior to the service on Saturday.

Contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the James T. Wilmont Cancer Center, Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642
or All Animals Matter, PO Box 369, Oxford, NY 13830
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Francis L. “John” Stanton

Edmeston, NY

Francis L. “John” Stanton
Francis L. “John” Stanton

Francis L. “John” Stanton, 95, died peacefully at Otsego Manor on February 11, 2013 with his family by his side.

John was born August 5, 1917 in Plainfield to Lysle A. and May G. (Schwab) Stanton. He married Martha C. Morris on June 25, 1942 at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston. She predeceased him on December 26, 2001.

He attended Leonardsville High School until his family moved to Edmeston when he was sixteen. John worked for the Borden Farm in Pittsfield and helped his father on his farm.

In the later year of 1942 John and Martha purchased their first business: “Their own Farm”. John was a lifetime farmer in the town of Edmeston. He shipped milk, first to the Sheffied Plant, then to “Sealtest” and for a long time with the Eastern Milk Producers Association; followed in later years by Elmhearst Dairy.

In December of 1978 John and Martha dispersed their dairy herd of Registered Holsteins. They learned later that it was the second highest average sale that year in New York State. In 1982 John and Martha sold their entire business to John and Christine Stanton; who operates it under “StanHome Farm”. Retirement was good for John and Martha with winters in Florida and working the farm fields with his son John when he returned home to Edmeston.

John had many good times hunting with his companion, Butch, his English Pointer Bird Dog.

John was a member of Agway Inc., a 35-year member of the NY Holstein Ass. Inc., the O-H-M County Holstein Club, and a long time member of the Farm Bureau.

His son Richard F. Stanton and wife Alexa, his daughter Joanne M. Williams and husband Richard, his daughter Donna Stanton and companion Pamela Phillips, his daughter Connie Lidell and her husband Tim, and his son John E. Stanton and his wife Christine; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins survive John.

John was predeceased by his wonderful wife, Martha; his granddaughter Michelle Stanton; and his sisters Lillian Abrams and Margaret Spooner

Funeral Services will be held on Friday February 15, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Second Baptist Church, Edmeston with Pastor Ray Merritt officiating. Calling hour are from 4 – 7 pm on Thursday February 14, 2013 at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The family would extends special thanks to the caring staff at Serenity Place of Otsego Manor and Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

James W. Cannon

Burlington Flats, NY

James W. Cannon, 85, of Burlington Flats died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at his home with his family at his side. He was born January 31, 1927 in Long Island City, the son of John and Mary (Haggerty) Cannon. On March 11, 1952 he married Catherine Magee. Catherine predeceased him on January 6, 2004. James was employed for many years as a lineman with Con Edison in NYC and proudly served in the Navy during WWII.

James is survived by a son, Daniel Cannon and his wife, Celia and a daughter Deborah MacDonald and husband Jeffery, grand children; James Cannon, Kurt Neser, Sara Cannon, Michael Cannon, Peter Neser and great grand children; Ryley Neser, Orion Ridilla, Lilly Neser and Gwendolyn Ridilla.

There will be no funeral services at this time, a memorial Mass will be held in the spring of 2013.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.