Richard “Rich” W. Slentz

Edmeston, NY

Richard W Slentz
Richard W Slentz

Richard “Rich” W Slentz went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 30th at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by family. “He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the older order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21

He was born Oct 11, 1958 to Richard O and Gladys Rackmyer Slentz in Circleville, Ohio.

His growing up years were spent in St. Johnsville, NY, until the age of 14 when his family moved to Edmeston, NY. He graduated from Edmeston Central School in 1978, and lived at home for a short time until moving to his beloved Binghamton. He was a house painter and also worked at various jobs in & around Binghamton.

Rich served the Lord in Manhattan during the 9/11 cleanup and recovery efforts, working with many churches. Rich also spent several years in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina with Rock Harbor Celebration Church in 2006-2007. Known as “The Ironman,” by his fellow teammates, they were always inspired by Rich’s story. The team always went to Rich for construction wisdom, as Rich was famous for taking down rooms in minutes.

Rich was a free spirit kind of person and one never knew where he was traveling to. He loved the Lord, his family and fishing and there might have been a toss up between family & fishing during trout season. He thought opening day of trout season should have been a holiday.

Rich’s health started to deteriorate in April when he was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. It was then that he moved back to Edmeston to his brother and sister-in-law’s home to be with family and to be closer to Bassett Hospital. He fought a brave fight to the end.

Rich loved fishing, the New Orleans Saints and New York Knicks, chocolate crème pie, BBQs, Thanksgiving, and the Super Bowl. Did we mention he loved fishing?

He leaves his mother Glady Slentz, his sister Alta VanVranken (John); and his brother John Slentz (Heidi), whose home he lived in; his nieces
Elizabeth Blackwell (Ben), Emily Shafer (Chris), Jenna Terry (Joseph), and Jacqueline Slentz, his nephew Joel Slentz; his great nieces Martina
Blackwell, Zoe Shafer and LeeAnn Terry and his great nephews Gabriel and Josiah Blackwell; his aunt Barbara Wheeldon, and his aunt Nancy and uncle Bernard Whitaker, and numerous cousins. He also leaves his dear extended family with whom he spent many years with, Howard & Brandy Colburn and their son Kallan of Norwich, NY.

His father Richard O. Slentz, his uncle Roger Slentz, his cousin Troy Slentz, his aunt Rebecca Gutshall, and his aunt Rachel Carlson predeceased him.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 10th at 11am with calling hours 1 hour prior at 10am, at Burlington Flats Baptist Church, with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating.

Internment will be April 1st, the opening day of trout season.

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

Anne M. Holdridge

Edmeston, NY

Anne M. Holdridge
Anne M. Holdridge

Anne M. Holdridge, 95, of Edmeston died peacefully December 5, 2014 at The Manor
Cooperstown.

She was born June 29, 1919 in Holland, the daughter of Hendrik and Dora (Stienem) Willems. Anne spent her childhood in West Winfield and graduated in 1937 from the local high school. She married Duane H. Holdridge on February 1, 1947 in Burlington Flats. He predeceased her in 1997.

Anne lived on South Street in Edmeston until she and Duane sold their home to reside at West Hill Terrace in 1993. For the past six years she has been well cared for The Manor.

Many will remember Anne and Duane sitting on their porch and enjoying the glory of South Street. Anne was always delightful to visit with. She offered an easy smile with great conversation.

Her daughters Connie Holdridge Chase (Pete), Gail Holdridge Taisor (Ron); her grandchildren Nicole Iverson (Victor) of Rome, Andrea Trevett (Matt) of Rome, Terrence Tasior (Kathy) of Windermere Fla., and Angela Basso (John) of Charlotte NC; her great grandchildren Nathan Iverson and Ryan Iverson, Ethan and Austin Tasior, Caden and Brody Basso; her sister, Dora Welch; her in- laws Richard and Marge Holdridge and Pauline Smith; and several nieces and nephews survive Anne.

She was predeceased by her husband, Duane; and three brothers Jacob, William, Matthew, Henry and John Willems; and her sister Mary Avery.

Connie and Gail would like to thank the staff at The Manor for their love, kindness and care for their Mom, Anne.

Funeral Services and calling hours will be held in the spring at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston with Father John P. Rosson, of Cooperstown, New York, officiating.

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in New Berlin.

Contributions may be made in Anne’s memory or the Edmeston Emergency Squad or Fire Department.

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

James C. Hourihan

Burlington Flats, NY

JAMES C. HOURIHAN, aged 92, a longtime resident of Pittsfield, MA and more recently of Burlington Flats, NY, died on November, 10, 2014. He was born on February 11, 1922, in Pittsfield to Cornelius J. and Teresa M. Curtin Hourihan. After graduation from Pittsfield High School in 1940, Jim served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 17th Reconnaissance Squadron until 1945. He was stationed in Panama and the South Pacific. Upon returning to Pittsfield, he worked as a toll testman for the New England Telephone company. In August 1984, he retired after 38 years with them. He was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church.

He was predeceased by his wife, Beryl (née Blaney), of 62 years. He was also predeceased by his brother Carl and his sisters Cornelia, Mary, and Teresa. Jim is survived by his son, Neil (Josie) Hourihan of Burlington Flats, NY, daughters, Nancy (Gordon) Archer of Richmond, VA, Joan (Fred) Hashimoto of Corrales, NM, and Sally (David) Burnam of Richmond, VA, eight grandchildren, and by his devoted long time caregiver Star Bouck.

He, his father and his father-in-law built the family home on Holmes Road. Jim enjoyed woodworking, skeet, trap and black powder shooting, gardening, fishing, boating and being with his family.

Calling hours will be on Thursday November 13, from 4-7 PM at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston, NY. The funeral service will be at Sacred Heart Church in Pittsfield on Friday November 14 at Noon with burial to follow in St. Joseph’s cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library, Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY, 12230-0001.

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

Margaret A. Robinson

Edmeston, NY

Margaret (Peg) A. Robinson
Margaret (Peg) A. Robinson

Margaret (Peg) A. Robinson, 77, passed Sunday November 2, 2014 at Bassett Health Care Network with her family by her side.

Peg was born at home in Edmeston on June 11, 1937 the daughter of Daniel and Iva M. (Chase) Schrag. She married Ward S. Robinson Jr. on June 10, 1961 at the Edmeston Second Baptist Church.

Peg held two long term careers; first, the Ward S. Robinson Jr. Insurance Agency as an agent and broker, secondly, as the previous part owner of the Unadilla Valley Sports Center Inc. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church participating in the choir in years past. Peg was always community minded: she was a founding member of the Edmeston Emergency Squad, was the current President of Edmeston Rotary, had served as past president and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Forever the family matriarch, she held her family close to her heart. Peg always enjoyed the various stories imparted about old and new adventures of her grandchildren. Spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings and friends fulfilled her day tremendously.

Her husband, Ward; her children Jill Robinson, Greg & Linda Robinson; her grandchildren Alex and Nick Robinson; her siblings Barbara Fallis, Jerry and Patty Schrag; her in-laws Van and Carrol Robinson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive Peg.

She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Schrag.

Calling hours for Peg will be held on Saturday November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Peg’s memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad.

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

Lawrence S. Rogers

Oxford, NY

 

Lawrence S. Rogers, 81, of Oxford passed away Saturday November 1, 2014 at the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

He was born February 21, 1933 in Garrattsville, the son of Peter and Grace (Allen) Rogers. He was a self-employed handyman doing repairs on many homes in the area. He enjoyed hunting and riding motorcycles.

Lawrence is survived by his sisters, Ida Bard, Alice Hubbard, Doris Townsend, Arlene Baggs and his brother, Wayne Rogers and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters, Bernice Russell, Sarah Jackson, Florence Garner, Jeanette Crenshaw, and Maxine Gregory and by his brothers, Earl, Monroe, Peter and Howard Rogers. In addition, Lawrence was predeceased by his companion, Caroline Kelsey.

Funeral Services for Lawrence will be held on Tuesday, November 4th at noon at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston with Pastor Brian Conover officiating. Burial will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery. A calling hour will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Doris Palmer

Edmeston, NY

Doris Palmer
Doris Palmer

Doris Palmer, 85, of Edmeston entered into heaven dancing Tuesday October 21, 2014.

She was born November 8, 1928 in Syracuse the daughter of Albert and Sarah e. (Mullen) Emhof. She was married to Claude C. Palmer Jr. on December 29, 1946 by Pastor Vosburgh at her parent’s home.

Doris, a devoted Christian, worked along side her husband, Claude, on the family dairy farm. Together they raised three Christian daughters who in turn are steadfast to The Word. Doris had many gifted talents from booking keeping, milk production statistic’s, genealogy, flower gardening, playing the Hawaiian guitar and organ. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston and served as their Sunday School Teacher, Church Librarian, VBS, Release Class and bible Study programs.

To her husband, Claude, of 68 years, she was his perfect angel.

Her husband, Claude; her children Cathy Ann Palmer, Carolyn Patricia Hoyt (David), Connie Rhea Hickling (Tim); her grandchildren Barbara Ann Hickling, Jeremiah Paul Hickling, Brianne G. LaPointe, Jamison Andrew Hoyt, Katelyn Erin Hoyt; and her sister June LaCombe survive Doris.

She was predeceased by her sister Alberta Reiss.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 25, 2014 at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Doris’ memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad or the American Cancer Society.

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

Richard Walkden

Burlington Flats, NY

Richard Walkden, 79, of Burlington Flats died peacefully October 19, 2014 at home with his family by his side.

He was born October 5, 1935 in Columbus the son of John and Pearl (Gould) Walkden. He married Joanne Benjamin October 27, 1979.

Richard was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, boating and hunting. From early fall through spring he could be found hunting coon, turkey, deer and trapping. On Canadarago Lake he would be ice fishing in the winter and trout fishing in the spring.

Richard is surived by his wife Joanne; his son and daughter-in-law Chris & Audrey Walkden; his sister Sharon & husband Larry Byers; and his two grandchildren Nicolas and Jacob Walkden.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to the family to help defray funeral costs.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Alison B. Santiago

Burlington Flats, NY

Alison B. Santiago, 60, of Burlington Flats entered into eternal rest Thursday October 9, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born August 28, 1954 in Dalton, Mass. the daughter of Robert K. and Barbara (Darby) Reynolds. She married Vincent (Vinny) Santiago on August 29, 2009 in Westfield, Mass.

Alison and Vinny relocated to Burlington Flats. Alison attended the Burlington Flats Baptist Church where she was a devoted prayer warrior with the Tuesday Women’s Prayer Group. She held her family dear to her heart loving them unconditionally. Alison enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, gardening, skiing and mountain biking.

Alison is survived by her husband, Vinny; her sons Ryan and Timothy Corker; her three grandchildren Samuel, Lydia and Joanna; her mother, Barbara Darby; her siblings Linda Geofreys, David Reynolds, Richard Reynolds, Marilyn Pleukowski and Sally Reynolds.

Her father, Robert Reynolds; her brother Robert Reynolds predeceased Alison.

Funeral Services for Alison B. Santiago, 60, will be held on October 13, 2014 at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church at Noon with visitation two hours prior.

Contributions may be made in Alison’s memory to the Burlington Flats Baptist Church, envelopes will be available at the church.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Debra L. Gardner

West Winfield, NY

Debra L. Gardner, 48, of the Town of Plainfield passed away Friday, September 5, 2014 at her home. She was born February 2, 1966 in Schenectady NY, the daughter of Carl and Joyce (Bourdreau) Wild. On August 18, 2003 she married Benjamin Gardner who survives.

Debra was a housekeeper in several area health facilities, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Ladies Bible Study group. She was a faithful member of the South Edmeston Community Church.

In addition to her husband, Benjamin, she is survived by her mother Joyce Bourdreau, daughters Brenda Hart and Loretta West and a sister, Tanya Hoyt. Debra is also survived by her special friend and “sister”, Penny Marris.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday September 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the South Edmeston Community Church in South Edmeston with Pastor Jeff McLallen officiating, with visiting an hour prior to the service.

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

Thomas Jay Hovick

Burlington, NY

Thomas Jay Hovick
Thomas Jay Hovick

Thomas Jay Hovick, “T.J.”, 33, passed away on Saturday August 23, 2014 at home.

He was born November 4, 1980 in Cooperstown, the son of Thomas H. and Betty Anne (Schwerd) Hovick. He graduated from Edmeston Central School in 1999. T.J. married Jamie Bachus on August 16, 2008. He had been employed at American Homes.

T.J. loved dirt bike racing, snowmobiling, hunting and country western music.

T.J. is survived by his mother, Betty Anne Schwerd and his brothers, Todd R. Hovick, Scott T. Hovick (Danielle) and Shane M. Hovick (Katie). He is also survived by his grandmother, Nell Hovick and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. T.J. was predeceased by his father, Thomas.

Please remember his twinkling blue eyes and his wicked sense of humor.

At the family’s request there will be no calling hours and interment services will be private at the Burlington Green Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Douglas R. Peterson

Burlington, NY

Douglas R. Peterson
Douglas R. Peterson

Douglas R. Peterson, 72, entered into the heavenly Kingdom of the Lord on Monday June 23, 2014 with his family by his side.

Doug was born April 1, 1942 in Escanaba, Michigan the son of Harold and Margaret
(Raether) Peterson. He married Jeanne Stelzer on August 30, 1976 in Queens, NY.

Doug retired from Con Edison as a Licensed Steam Engineer. He served in the United States Navy from 1960 till 1966. Doug and Jeanne relocated to upstate New York gradually due to their common love for the outdoors. Doug enjoyed reloading, hunting, bird watching and was an avid reader. Doug will be remembered by the many folks who knew him as a man of God, a man who took responsibility for his word.

Doug is survived by his wife Jeanne, his brother Dennis R. Peterson; his in-laws Judy (Rhody) Hoerter, Larry (Judy) Stelzer, Kathy Wolfe, Delores (Gary) Majkowski, Dave (Kelly) Stelzer, Linda (Jerry) Bruesewitz, Mike (Patty) Stelzer, Jerry (Debbie) Stelzer, Joe (Camille) Stelzer, Terry (Diane) Stelzer, Mary Beth (Terry) Tomsyck, and Lori (Dave) Schlegel; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister–in-law, Cynthia Peterson.

Memorial Service officiated by Pastor Bob Martin will be held at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church on Friday June 27 at 11:00 am with calling hours one hour prior to the service.

Contributions may be made in Doug’s memory to the Burlington Flats Baptist Church or Catskill Hospice and Palliative Care, envelopes will be available.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Helen Shillieto

Burlington, NY

Helen Shillieto, 85, of Burlington was called home to the Lord on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at Chase Nursing Home, New Berlin.

She was born September 28, 1928 in Huntington, Long Island the daughter of Carl and Ellen Maria (Madsen) Green. She married Stanley Shillieto June 26, 1948.

Helen was a farmer’s wife raising cows and chickens. She was a member of the Woman’s Republican Party, the First Baptist Church of Burlington where she had served as church clerk for many years. Helen enjoyed her flowers, her many friends & the Busy Bee Quilting Club. She was loved by her family and community.

Her children Gordon William Shillieto, Mark Carl Shillieto, Linda Marie Misencik; her grandchildren Michael & Stephanie Shillieto; John James & Joshua David Misencik survive Helen.

She was predeceased by her husband Stanley in 2007 and her son David Stanley Shillieto in 1999.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday June 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston with Pastor Barry Davis officiating.
Calling hours will be on Thursday at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Interment will be at the Burlington Green Cemetery.

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

Roger W. Slentz

Burlington, NY

Roger Wendell Slentz, 72, born in the Town of Brookfield on June 18, 1941 to Oliver and Louise (Howard) Slentz ended his journey on earth on May 12, 2014 at Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown.

Roger grew up in the New Berlin, Silver Lake, and West Edmeston area. He graduated from Edmeston Central School in 1959. After serving in the United States Navy from 1959-1963 he settled in the Burlington area.

Roger had been employed at Remington Arms for many years. He retired from The Otsego County Meadows as Head of Housekeeping.

He was extremely proud of his three children: Sherri, Martin & Troy. He loved them with no reserve. Also in this circle was his grandchildren: Tyler, Nickolas, Juli, Dayna, Rachel, Alexis, Troy II, Ronald and great grandson Brantley.

Roger loved to trap, hunt, fish and the great outdoors. He was a member of the Brookfield Johnson Rogers American Legion Post #1492, the NRA and the Burlington Flats Fish & Game Club.

Roger is survived by his children Sherri ( Jeff) Vibbard, Martin (Dawn) Slentz, Bonnie (Darin) Hickling; his sisters Barbara Wheeldon, Rachel Carlson, Nancy (Bernie) Whitacre; and the six grandchildren & great grandchild listed above.

Predeceasing him was his precious son, Troy, a granddaughter, Sharon; a brother, Richard; and sister, Rebecca.

A graveside service will be held at Burlington Flats Cemetery on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:30 am. with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating

Contributions may be made in Roger’s memory to the American Heart Association or the Edmeston Emergency Squad.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Howard F. Higgins

Exeter, NY

Howard F. Higgins
Howard F. Higgins

Howard F. Higgins, 80, of Exeter, was called home to the Lord May 4, 2014 at Otsego Manor with his family by his side.

He was born June 30, 1933 in New Berlin, the son of Harold W. and Ruth Almira (Hall) Higgins. He married Virginia A. Moore August 5, 1956 in West Exeter; a beautiful union that lasted 57 years.

Howard was a devoted family man. He cherished his wife Virginia, was proud of all his children and doted on his grandchildren. He and his wife owned and operated the family dairy farm. Howard enjoyed bowling and was always ready to lend a helping hand.

His wife Virginia; his children & their spouses Nancy Ann and Tim Dockstader, Priscilla Marie & Richard Cahoon, Donna Lee & Jim Currier; his grandchildren Nicholas ,Sara, and Adam Schoellig; Amanda, Zackary, and Bianca Dockstader; Justin Kessler, and Chase Cahoon; Jamie, and James Currier; his great grandchildren Patrick, Gregory, Leah, and Drew Schoellig; Brodi Kessler; his siblings, Donald L. Higgins, and Margaret O. York survive Howard.

He was predeceased by Donald Laverne Bowen, who was like a son; his granddaughter Abigail Schoellig; his siblings James H. Higgins, Elizabeth R. Huntington, David E. Higgins

Calling Hours will be held on Friday May 9, 2014 at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church from 10:00 am till Noon.

Funeral Services will be held at Noon with the Pastor Jay Henderson officiating on May 9th following the calling hours.

Contributions may be made in Howard’s memory to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Envelopes will be available at the church.

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

Irene Howard Church

Oneonta, NY

Irene Howard Church
Irene Howard Church

Irene Howard Church, 89, formerly of Edmeston ended her earthly journey May 3, 2014 at Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin. She was born on July 27, 1924, in Brooklyn. She was predeceased by her first husband Robert T. Howard. She married Edward Lynn Church in 1984, a union that brought joy and harmony to both of them. Edward predeceased Irene on December 11, 2011.

Irene graduated from Edmeston Central School at sixteen and started her secretarial career with NYCM. She also married began her family as a farmer’s wife and mother. After her children began school, she worked at many other endeavors during her lifetime. These included being employed as a family court clerk for Judge Frederick Loomis. She retired as the Chief Clerk for the Otsego County Surrogates Court. Irene had also been employed by attorney Johnson’s Law office, New York State Assemblyman Paul Talbot, secretary for FHA of Oneonta and served several years as Edmeston Town Clerk.

Irene has been a member of the Second Baptist Church Edmeston for over fifty years. Her lifetime hobbies included her love of sewing where she progressed into a talented quilter. Today her quilts grace the homes of her devoted family and are enjoyed by all. Irene was an avid gardener, with a large flower and vegetable garden where she would putter endlessly.

Irene is survived by her family – Linda Jean & Fred Emhof of Burlington Flats; her daughter –in-law, Elizabeth Howard of Chunchula, Alabama; her grandchildren Jeffrey & Denise Arnold of Edmeston, Mark & Cynthia Arnold of Burlington Flats, Kevin Howard and Keith Howard of Oneonta; four great grandchildren James Arnold, Susan Arnold (John) Hawes, Kathryn, and Emily Arnold, a special niece, Ann Slocum, of Laurens and very special cousins from Long Island and their families.

She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Margaret Johnsen; her sons David Karl Howard (1993), and Thomas Howard (1944); her brother Robert Johnsen, and sister Joan Thorsland.

Calling hours for Irene will be held on Tuesday May 6, 2014 from 4 – 7 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 11.00 am at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating.

Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Irene’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Leatherstocking Regions. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

Sandra C. Merwin

Ilion, NY

Sandra C. Merwin
Sandra C. Merwin

Sandra C. Merwin, 67, of Ilion and formerly of West Exeter died with her family by her side.

She was born on Christmas Day 1946 in Sidney, the daughter of Clarence and Grace (Brannen) Hall. She married Ronald D. Merwin on October 30, 1965; spending a glorious 48 years together.

Well known as, “Cutey Patooty”, Sandy was diligent at staying in constant touch with her family and friends. She would always find the good in all who she met. Sandy enjoyed crocheting, reading, country music and was very fond of her dogs. Her favorite color was pink, her favorite hobby was collecting bells, her favorite tree was a lilac planted by her father at her home which came from the home she grew up in.

Sandy was an amazing wife, mother and friend. She was “Over the Top” in love with her grandchildren, who meant the world to her.

She is survived by her husband Ron; her children Kimberly & Mark Hubbard, Wendy and Michael Ramsey; her grandchildren Dustin James, Michael Stephen, Michael Roy, and Lilah Christine; her siblings Mildred Ellison, David & Marilyn Hall; sister-in-law Joyce & Jon Rupnik; her brother–in-law Roger & Joyce Merwin; Ricky Merwin and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Sandy was predeceased by her Mom & Dad and her special nephew Roger Merwin Jr.

Sandy and her family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. James Dalton, Dr. Fruend and staff of the
Rehab Unit at Little Falls Hospital and New Hartford Hospice.

Calling hours will be from 1-3 and 6-8 on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday May 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating.

Interment will be at Taylor Hill Cemetery in Edmeston.

Contributions may be made in Sandy’s memory to the Hartford Hospice; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Wesley E. Tophoven

Clark Mills, NY

Wesley E. Tophoven
Wesley E. Tophoven

Wesley E. Tophoven, 39, of Clark Mills and formerly of Edmeston was called Home by the Lord Friday April 11, 2014 at his home in Clark Mills.

He was born January 29, 1975 in Norwich, the son of Peter and Linda (Crossman) Tophoven.

Wes graduated from Edmeston Central School 1993 and was well known for his love of football that he played throughout high school. He continued to play while attending Hartwick College. Wes was currently employed by Verizon Wireless.

The main joy in Wes’ life were his two boys, Devon & Dylan, who he encouraged and instilled his love of football & hockey. He was a member of the NRA and former member of the Edmeston Fire Department. Wes was a former Pee Wee Football Coach for Westmoreland. He was a devoted father, Jets fan and Harley Davidson enthusiast.

Wes is survived by his children Devon Wesley Tophoven & Dylan Timothy Tophoven; his mother, Linda Tophoven; his siblings Timothy & Isabelle Tophoven, Tamara Tophoven & Rebecca Tophoven; his special nephews & nieces Thomas Tophoven, Suellyn & Jeremiah Birdsall, and Kylie Tophoven; his great nephew Ryker Birdsall; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Wes was predeceased by his father, Peter Tophoven, who died in 2002.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday April 15, 2014 from 4-9 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 11 am at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston with Pastor Ray Merritt officiating, with visiting an hour prior to the service.

Contributions may be made in Wes’ memory to the American Heart Association; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Peter C. Virtell

New Berlin, NY

Peter C. Virtell
Peter C. Virtell

Peter C. Virtell, 86, of New Berlin died peacefully Tuesday April 1st at Chase Memorial Nursing Home with his family by his side.

He was born February 13, 1928 in Oneonta, the son of Lewis and Lillian (Wright) Virtell. He married Elna Harrington June 23, 1951 at the United Methodist Church is Edmeston.

Peter served in the United States Air Force (1946-1949) in the 1112 Special Air Missions Squadron as Sgt. He managed Agway Energy Products for 38 years, retiring in 1987. Pete was a 60 year member of the Phoebus Lodge F & A.M. He served as the Rotary President, was a Paul Harris Fellow and Coached for the Little League & Pony League. Golf was an all time favorite sport of Pete’s and for the past 20 years he continued to play all winter in Florida. He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his father-in-law, Carl, and son, Mark.

Pete is survived by his wife, Elna; his son, Mark; his sister Bernice and husband, Art Strong; his sister-in-laws Betty & Judy Virtell; his special cousin, Laura Halpin of Chase Nursing Home; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His two brothers Jim & Paul Virtell predeceased Pete.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday April 5, 2014 from Noon till 2:00 pm at the Houk-Johnson-Terry Funeral Home. A Masonic service will be held at 2:00 pm a Funeral Services will follow with Rev. Lyle Linder officiating.

Interment will be in the spring at Burlington Flats Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Northeast Chapter, The Meadows, Suite 2, 140 Cty. Hwy. 33 West, Cooperstown, NY 13326; or the First United Methodist Church in New Berlin.

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

Judith Anne Freimann

Edmeston, NY

Judith Anne Freimann
Judith Anne Freimann

Judith Anne Freimann entered into rest Monday March 31, 2014 with her loved ones by her side.

She was born on January 3, 1958 in San Diego, California, the daughter of Joesph A. and Clarice S. Johnson. She married Martin Freimann, who predeceased her.

Judi graduated from Titusville High School in Florida. Her career was working in the food service and entertainment industry. Judi was the first female server at Duck’s Restaurant and Fine Dining in the Peabody Hotel, Orlando, Florida. She also performed commercial voice overs. While residing in Edmeston she had been employed by Edmeston Central School and Pathfinder Village. She will be fondly remembered by the many students with whom she interacted.

From early on she was a lover of animals: dogs, birds, and especially cats. Judi was an avid reader of Nora Roberts, enjoyed working in her garden, and going on motorcycle joy rides.

Judi is survived by her loving and caring companion, Dennis Rifanburg, her mother, Clarice S Mason, her sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Ricki Burger, and numerous extended family.

Funeral services will be private.

Contributions may be made in Judi’s memory to the American Caner Society or The Humane Society.

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

Ford Smith

Edmeston, NY

Ford Smith
Ford Smith

Ford Smith, 82, of Edmeston took the Lord’s hand early Sunday morning, March 23, 2014 and entered into the Heavenly Kingdom.

He was born March 6, 1932 in Franklin, the son of Ernest and Fannie (Beach) Smith. He married Betty J. Taylor September 19, 1964. She predeceased him on August 25, 2010.

Born and raised in Franklin he graduated from Franklin High and Delhi Tech. Ford came to Edmeston as part of the building team constructing the Elementary wing at Edmeston Central School. He never left. Ford was a loyal and devoted husband to his wife, Betty. He was introduced to her on a blind date. On a personal note he loved fishing, cutting wood, his garden, attending the Oneonta Yankee games, the county fairs in Walton, Morris and Norwich; and a true fan of the NY Giants and the ‘Cuse’.

In ways Ford was the epiphany of Old School. He was proud of his career as an Artificial Inseminator to the area farmers of Edmeston, Burlington, West Edmeston, Brookfield, Leonardsville and Columbus for over 40 years. He was proud of answering the call to serve in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict, and was a hero. He was proud of his family, loving and caring and nurturing them throughout his life. Grateful for the joy they provided to him.

He is survived by his sons Jim & Gloria Smith, Jeff and Laura Smith; his grandchildren Maddy Smith, Colby Smith, Amanda and Jason Burgher, Shelby McLean and James Baldwin; his great grandchildren Jacob Burgher and Lyndon Baldwin; his siblings Donald and Janice Smith, Cecil and Sue Smith; his in-laws Mary Miller, Robert Taylor and Dennis Taylor; and his special companion over the past eight years, ‘Buddy’, his dog.

Calling hours will be on Friday March 28, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home Edmeston.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston with Pastor Ray Merritt officiating, with a calling hour one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery following the service.

Contributions may be made in Ford’s memory to the 2nd Baptist Church, Edmeston or the American Legion Post # 1311.

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

LeGrand William Sweet

West Edmeston, NY

LeGrand William Sweet, 94, of West Edmeston died peacefully March 8, 2014 at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford.

He was born September 16, 1919 in West Edmeston the son of Merton A. and Grace (Linger) Sweet. He married Eleanor G. Gaynor on July 8, 1946.

LeGrand was inducted into the U.S. Army in August 1941, as Sergeant he served in the European Theater in Luxenberg, Germany receiving the Bronze Star & Purple Heart. He was a proud member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart; 100th Infantry Division; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Whitestown; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion Post # 1492, Leonardsville; and the National Memorial WWII as a Charter member.

For most of LeGrand’s working years he was employed at the Sheffield Farms Sealtest of West Edmeston. Later he was employed as Branch Manager for Queen Farms of Bridgewater from which he retired. He was an avid hunter, well known for his good mink as a trapper, and was often found fishing on the Unadilla River. LeGrand played on numerous local town baseball teams and was a devoted fan of the NY Yankee’s.

He is survived by his children Ida Mae & Anthony Tophoven,

William LeGrand and Sylvia Sweet; his grandchildren John LeGrand Tophoven, Marjorie Mae & Aaron Norman; Nichole Ann Marie & Shannon Carney; Mark William Sweet and his special friend Ashley Simmons; one great grandchild Nora Carney; his step grandchild Carrie Smith; his step great grandchildren Stephen, Destiny and Nathan; his niece Janet & Ray Washburn; Sharon Schrag; and special friend Alice Matthews.

LeGrand was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, in 1993 and his sister LeOra Schrag, and his nephew Gordon LeGrand Schrag.

Graveside committal services will be held on Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 11 :00 a.m. at West Edmeston Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in LeGrand’s memory to either the West Edmeston Fire Department or the First Baptist Church of West Edmeston.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Francesco (Frank) Cappello

Bronx, NY

Francesco (Frank) Cappello
Francesco (Frank) Cappello

Francesco (Frank) Cappello of the Bronx, NY, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2014 at his daughter’s home in Burlington Flats, with his family by his side.

Frank was born in the Bronx, New York on November 29, 1919 the son of Thomas Cappello and Anna Bombace Cappello. He is survived by his daughter, Anna Montesano and her husband Dominick of Burlington Flats, NY; his four grandchildren, Ronald Montesano and his wife Cherie of New Paltz, NY, Michael Montesano and his wife Christiana of Mt. Kisco, NY, Anthony Montesano of Burlington Flats, NY, and Debra Vertoske and her husband Michael of Lancaster, NY; his longtime companion Rose Rubano, his younger sister Sophie Cacciuttolo of Bethpage, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Angelina Marie; his son Robert, his sister Grace Pio, and brother Paul.

He was a veteran of the U.S. army in WWII where he spent time in the Philippines, and Japan. One of his comforting memories of Japan at the end of the war was attending Christmas Eve mass during snowfall with his fellow soldiers.

Upon his return, he worked for over 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement.

He was a communicant of St. Frances de Chantal Church in the Bronx. He was a member of the Northeast Bronx Senior Citizen Center; and a member of the American Legion.

Funeral service will be held at Sisto Funeral Home, 3489 E. Tremont Ave. Bronx NY 10465. Sunday March 9, 2014 from 2-5 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. Frances de Chantal Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Frank’s memory to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. 542 Main street, Oneonta NY 13820 Phone number (607)-432-5525.

Elizabeth F. Bolton

Burlington, NY

Elizabeth F. Bolton, 74, of Burlington died peacefully February 27, 2014 at home with her loving family by her side.

She was born December 28, 1939 in Lowville, the daughter of Albert and Florence (Duffney) Morin. On November 14, 1959 she married Charles Bolton, who survives.

Elizabeth was a devoted homemaker who worked hand in hand with her husband throughout their 54 years of marriage. She was a long time member of the Baptist Church of Burlington, a 4-H leader, served as the Burlington Town Tax Collector and active in the Farm Bureau. Elizabeth was well known at the West Burlington Roller Rink, Square Dancing, and her love for playing cards, board games, crocheting and knitting. She was a talented baker who created beautiful decorated cakes. Elizabeth loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie; her children Dean and Colleen Bolton, Cindy and Robert Cornnell, Dawn and Marty Slentz, Lisa and Russell McCall, Scott and Jennifer Bolton; her grandchildren Amanda Bolton, Joseph Santiago, Stefanie Cornnell, Nick Slentz, Rachel Slentz, Shelby McCall, Dante Cornnell, Jordan Cornnell, Caleb Bolton, Justin McCall, Max Bolton, Sam Bolton; her sisters Mary (Milt) Anson, Anna (Jack) Reed, and Nancy Myers; her sister-in-law Dorothy Bolton; many nieces and nephews; and her cat “Snoopy”.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Baptist Church of Burlington with Pastor Barry Davis officiating. Calling hours will be held on Sunday March 2, 2014 from 2 – 4 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Interment will follow at Burlington Green Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Elizabeth’s name to the Burlington Green Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association.

Shirley Post

Edmeston, NY

Shirley Post 83, of Edmeston died peacefully Tuesday January 14, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Oneonta.

She was born March 20, 1930 in Burlington Green the daughter of Lynn and Henrietta (Knowles) Osborne.

Shirley had been employed by Kraft Foods and later as a custodian by Edmeston Central School. In her youth she owned several horses and belonged to a riding club. She enjoyed sports, especially softball, lifting weights with her cousin Judy, and working on jigsaw puzzles. Shirley was affectionately known as the town supervisor always surveying how the work around town was being done keeping her office at the Post Office.

Shirley’s home life centered on her daughter and son. She was always available to be part of their activities; such as score keeper when David was in Little League.

Her daughter Virginia (Ginny) Ellis; her grandchildren Charles Ellis, Nicholas Ellis and Kearra Doheny survive Shirley. She was predeceased by her son David Post on May 1, 1983 and her sister Nellie Williams.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday January 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Calling hours are from Noon till 1:00 pm prior to the service.

Internment will be in the spring.

Contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Edmeston Fire Department.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.