Darwin A. Laymon

West Edmeston, NY

Darwin A. Laymon
Darwin A. Laymon

Darwin A. Laymon, 53, of West Edmeston was peacefully called home to the Lord near his favorite hunting spot on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

He was born July 10, 1962 in Albany the son of Darwin A. and Gloria (Coy) Laymon Sr. Darwin married Melinda Maine at 11:00 am on September 19, 1981.

He was employed as a machinist at Homogeneous Metals in Clayville, NY.

DJ was a dedicated husband and father that enjoyed having his family around him. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and ice fishing especially if he could enjoy it with a family member or a friend. He took as much pleasure seeing the success of the younger generation in these sports as he did in his own successes.

His is survived by his wife, Mindy; his children and their partners Andrew Laymon and Cindy Case; their children Candice, Donell, Alfonso and Jermaine; David Laymon and Cheyanne Bonanza; his father and step-mother Darwin A. and Patti Laymon Sr.; his mother Gloria Joslin; his siblings Terri Steele, Christine Weekes, Susan Getchell, Steven Laymon, Richard Laymon, Pamela Misch, Jessica Watson; his step-brother Patrick Morse; his step-sister Bobbie Jo Sutherland; as well as their families; his father-in-law David Maine; his sister-in-law Melissa Maine; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. DJ is predeceased by his mother-in-law Sharon Maine who thought of him as one of her own.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home at 11:00 am with Rev. Stephen Reese officiating. Calling hours are from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

Contributions may be made in Darwin’s memory to the Beaver Valley Rod and Gun Club Scholarship fund at 1870 Carter Road Hubbardsville, NY 13355.
Funeral Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Norman K. Morton

Garrattsville, NY

Norman K. Morton
Norman K. Morton

Norman K. Morton, 79, of Garrattsville went to be with his Lord and Savior November 9, 2015.

He was born in Westford, NY on March 2, 1936 the son of Kenneth and Thelma (Mann) Morton.

Norm graduated from Cherry Valley Central School and married his high school sweetheart, Ann R. Markel on November 27, 1955.

Norm worked at Glensfoot Farms in Cherry Valley before moving on to GLA in Norwich. He later worked for the NYS Department of Transportation from which he retired in 1998.

He was a devoted husband and father; who continuously planned for his family. Norm, a family man, enjoyed camping with all of his family and fishing; spending his winters in Myrtle Beach with friends; but the coast of Maine was held as a favorite vacation spot.

Norm is survived by his wife, Ann, and they would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this month. His children Sherrie D. and George Yerdon Sr. of Burlington Flats, Colleen A. and Lenny Webb of Hartwick, Norman Michael and Cindi Morton of Jackson, PA, Debra S. and Dean Barton of Burlington Flats; 8 grandchildren: Michael Webb, Traci Webb, Joseph Barton, Kathryn Barton, Mackenzie Barton, Jonathan Morton, James Morton, and Leanne Yerdon; his brother Larry Morton and sister Kathy Wheland.

Funeral services will be held on Friday November 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating. Calling hours will be on Thursday November 12, 2015 from 5 – 7 pm at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church.

Interment will be at Hartwick Cemetery following the funeral service on Friday.

Contributions may be made in Norm’s memory to the Garrattsville Emergency Squad or the Burlington Flats Baptist Church.

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

Lorraine D. Corts

Edmeston, NY

Lorraine D. Corts
Lorraine D. Corts

Lorraine D. Corts, 79, of Edmeston, entered into heaven on August 25, 2015 with her family by her side.

She was born January 10, 1936 at home in Edmeston the daughter of Dr. Edwin C. Granger and Margaret E. Davies. She married Wallace (Wally) Corts on August 17, 1974 at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston. He predeceased her in 1983.

Lorraine graduated from Edmeston Central School and then received her Bachelors in Education. She was employed as a Physical Educations Teacher for the Otego Schools in Otego.

Lorraine was passionate about golfing. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church, Edmeston Library Board, Edmeston Central School Board, Edmeston Union Cemetery Board, Edmeston Fire Department Commissioner, and the Wharton Valley American Legion Auxiliary Post #1311.

Well known for her generous spirit, and engaging laughter she was Edmeston’s Ultimate Hostess. With her open door policy Lorraine kept the Guest Book by her front door. One can easily recognize that Lorraine established “Social Networking” before the current concept was invented.

Surviving Lorraine are her step-sons: Steven and Hope Corts their daughter Jamie Corts and her husband, James Brigagliano; their sons David and Jack Corts; Michael Corts and his daughter Nicole and husband, Mark, Banyard, and son Adam and wife, Elizabeth, Corts; cousins Robert Lamb, M. Eugene Lamb, Loretta Witter, Jeanette Whitacre and Esther Jane Davies. As an only child, Lorraine, thought of her cousins as her siblings, and their children as her nieces and nephews. Lorraine considered herself blessed with numerous special friends.

Besides her husband Wally she was predeceased by her cousins Alfred Jennings, Kenny Davis and Beatrice Davies.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday August 29 at 11:00 a.m. at her residence with Rev. James R. Horton Jr. officiating. Calling hours will be on Friday August 28, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. at her home in Edmeston.

Interment will be at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Lorraine’s memory to the organizations that she was devoted to: Edmeston Free Library, Edmeston Fire Dept, Edmeston Emergency Squad, and the Second Baptist Church.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Louise P. Talbot

Edmeston, NY

Louise P. Talbot
Louise P. Talbot

Louise P. Talbot, 92, of Edmeston was called home by the Lord our God August 20, 2015.

She was born April 15, 1923 at home in Edmeston, the daughter of Claude and Muriel (Swayer) Palmer.

After graduation she was employed by Edmeston Central School. Louise then raised her family worked on the farm, and later was employed by NYCM.

Louise loved her family and nurtured kindness and generosity to many. She is well known for her Afghans and over 600 quilts she has carefully made for others. Louise was an avid Yankee Fan and had documented every hit over her long and fulfilled life. She was a talented photographer who developed film in her personal darkroom.

Louise is survived by her children and spouses Eileen & Alan Truax, Albert and Barbara Talbot, James and Mary Talbot, David and Joan Talbot, Elizabeth and Paul Lucero, and Sylvia and Bill Sweet; 14 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren; her brother Claude Palmer; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her former husband Clarence King Talbot; grandson David Talbot; sister Joyce and husband, Jack, Harlow; and sister-in-law Doris Palmer.

Funeral services will be held on August 24, 2015 at Noon at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston with Rev. James R. Horton Jr. officiating. Calling hours for Louise will be held from 11:00 till Noon prior to the service. Internment will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Louise’s name to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

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

Shawn A. Fuller

Statesville, NC

Shawn A. Fuller
Shawn A. Fuller

Shawn A. Fuller, 31, of Statesville NC, and formerly of South Edmeston went Home to the lord on August 19, 2015 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

He was born February 22, 1984 in Norwich the Son of LeRoy and LuAnn ( Dye) Fuller. He married Bianca Eddy on June 13, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Church in Norwich.

Former student of Unadilla Valley Central School where he studied Building Trades through Chenango Country BOCES. Shawn attended Davis College and traveled to Turkey on a short-term mission trip.

Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, camping, and music. He has a talent with the guitar and had previously sung in the choir. His family enjoyed his sense of humor, his devotion to bible study and his heart for people.

He is survived by his wife, Bianca; his mother, LuAnn Dye; his father, LeRoy Fuller; his brothers, Scott and Steven Fuller; his In Laws, Michael Eddy and Evelyn Beltran; his grandparents LeRoy Fuller Sr. and his wife, Joyce, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his children, Uriah and Josiah Fuller; his grandparents Ann Smith, DeVere and Eleanor Dye; his uncle Chuck Dye, and aunt Gloria Palmer.

Memorial Services will be private.

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

Shawn A. Fuller, 31, of Statesville NC, and formerly of South Edmeston went Home to the lord on August 19, 2015 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

He was born February 22, 1984 in Norwich the Son of LeRoy and LuAnn ( Dye) Fuller. He married Bianca Eddy on June 13, 2010 at Calvary Baptist Church in Norwich.

Former student of Unadilla Valley Central School where he studied Building Trades through Chenango Country BOCES. Shawn attended Davis College and traveled to Turkey on a short-term mission trip.

Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, camping, and music. He has a talent with the guitar and had previously sung in the choir. His family enjoyed his sense of humor, his devotion to bible study and his heart for people.

He is survived by his wife, Bianca; his mother, LuAnn Dye; his father, LeRoy Fuller; his brothers, Scott and Steven Fuller; his In Laws, Michael Eddy and Evelyn Beltran; his grandparents LeRoy Fuller Sr. and his wife, Joyce, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his children, Uriah and Josiah Fuller; his grandparents Ann Smith, DeVere and Eleanor Dye; his uncle Chuck Dye, and aunt Gloria Palmer.

Memorial Services will be private.

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

Uriah A. Fuller & Josiah N. Fuller

Statesville, NC

Uriah A. Fuller & Josiah N. Fuller
Uriah A. Fuller & Josiah N. Fuller

Uriah Allen Fuller, 4, and his brother, Josiah Nolan Fuller, 3, of Statesville, died Sunday, August 9, 2015 at their home. Josiah was born April 13, 2012 in Iredell County and Uriah was born January 25, 2011 in Norwich, New York. They were sons of Shawn and Bianca Eddy Fuller of the home.

In addition to their parents, they are survived by: their Maternal Grandfather, Michael Eddy of Smyrna, N.Y., Maternal Grandmother, Evelyn Beltran of Smyrna, N.Y., Maternal Great Grandmother, Rosa Santiago of Worchester, Mass., Maternal Great Grandfather, Juan Beltran of New York, Paternal Grandmother, LuAnn Dye of New Berlin, N.Y., Paternal Grandfather, LeRoy Allen Fuller of N. Norwich, N.Y. and their Paternal Great Grandfather, LeRoy Fuller, Sr. of Cincinnati, Ohio.
A Celebration of Life for Josiah and Uriah was held on Thursday August 13th at their home church, The Cove Church, in Statesville.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church followed by committal services at Edmeston Union Cemetery.
A Memorial Fund has been established in their memory to provide financial aid for other children at The Cove Church C/O Cove Kids at 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville NC, 28117.

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

Patricia A. Benjamin

Burlington Flats, NY

Patricia A. Benjamin
Patricia A. Benjamin

Patricia A. Benjamin, 72, of Burlington Flats, died peacefully Saturday July 25, 2015 at Bassett Healthcare Network with her family by her side.

She was born December 3, 1942 in West Edmeston the daughter of Arnold and Sarah (Larrabe) Maxson. She married Richard L. Benjamin July 10, 1959.

Patricia thoroughly enjoyed her career in Nursing as a Home Health Aid for Otsego County. She loved being surrounded by her family and basked in the sunlight at family gatherings.

Patricia is survived by her husband Richard, of 56 years; her children Donna and Dennis Hathaway, Richard Benjamin Jr., Darin and Dawn Benjamin; her grandchildren Jessica & Jared Barnhard, Robin and Travis Morton, Michele and Marcus Wissing, Melissa Eccleston,; one great grandchild, Charlotte Morton; her siblings Arnie & Cindy Maxson, Joyce Ray, David & Jean Maxson, Sylvia Ann Turner; her sister-in-law Evelyn Maxson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive Patricia.

She was predeceased by her daughter Jeanne Eccleston; her sister Margaret Smith, her brothers Fred and Donald Maxson; and brother-in-law Paul Ray.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday July28, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston with Pastor Jay Henderson & Pastor Barry Davis officiating. Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service.

Contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to either the Bassett Dialysis Center or the Cancer Center.

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

Edward Pylinski

Edmeston, NY

Edward Pylinski
Edward Pylinski

Edward Pylinski, 88, of Edmeston died peacefully July 25, 2015 at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford.

He was born June 2, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut the son of Julian and Susanne ( Trzeciakiewicz) Pylinski. He married Joanne Tibbetts on February 29, 1948 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Norwich.

Ed was a truck driver for 33 years for Cossitt Motor Express in Norwich, NY. He served in the United States Navy from 1944- 1947 aboard the USS Amsterdam. He was a member of the Wharton Valley American Legion Post #1311, the New Berlin Sportsman’s Club and the Riverbend Golf Club. Ed enjoyed fishing and hunting. Many of his woodworking talent (such as tables, plaques etc.) will be cherished for many a year to come.

His wife Joanne; his children and their spouses Keith & Barbara, Kevin & Diane, Kip & Regina, Kim Suez Pylinski; his grandchildren Patricia & Wade Schrag, Nickolas Pylinski, Phillip & Maria Hophan, Thomas & Janice Pylinski, and Ariel Pylinski; his sister Helen Mockovciak; several great grandchildren; and numerous

nieces, nephews and cousins survive Ed.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Julia, MaryAnn, Genevieve, Joseph, Peter, Walter, Sylvester, Albert, Mildred, Janina; and his granddaughter Catherine.

Services will be private.

Special thanks to the staff at the NYS Veteran’s Home for their loving care and kindness. Contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to the NYS Veterans Home; 4207 State Hwy. 220, Oxford, NY 13830-4101.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Hubert W. Benjamin

West Exeter

Hubert W. Benjamin
Hubert W. Benjamin

Hubert W. Benjamin, 90, of West Exeter died peacefully Monday July 20, 2015 at Chase Health in New Berlin with his family by his side.

He was born September 28, 1924 in Burlington Flats the son of Percy C. & Bessie (Benedict) Benjamin. He married Rosamond Mae Davies June 1, 1947. She predeceased him on January 24, 2015.

Hubert served in the United States Army in WWII from 1944-1946 in Company B 28th Infantry Division obtaining the rank of Corporal. He was a member of the Wharton Valley American Legion Post #1311, served on the committee for the Veteran’s Memorial Park, Fire Commissioner for the Town of Exeter; and a member of the West Exeter Fire Department and the West Exeter United Methodist Church.

Hubert operated a poultry farm. He is fondly remembered for his vegetable gardens and his woodworking talent. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Hubert will be missed by family, friends and the community.

His children Joan Dauchy, Robert and Dolly Benjamin; grandchildren Timothy and Nicole Dauchy, Daniel Dauchy and Alison O’Neil, Andrew Dauchy and Amanda Delaney, Brent Benjamin, Spencer and Jess Benjamin; great grandchildren Payton Rose, Taylor Rose, Madison Rose, Grayson Mollen, Jackson, and McKenzie; his sister Carrol and Van Robinson,; brother-in-law Don Davies; sister-in-law Gladys Benjamin and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive Hubert.

Hubert was predeceased by his wife, Rosamond; his siblings, Hazel and David Welch, Roderick and Nellie Benjamin, Farron and Dorothy Benjamin, Donald and Helen Heap, and Russell Benjamin; and sister-in-law Ella Davies

Funeral services will be held on Thursday July 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Paul Eckert officiating at the West Exeter United Methodist Church.

Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service.

Interment with Military Honors will follow at Burlington Flats Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Hubert’s name to American Diabetes Association or the West Exeter United Methodist Church; envelopes will be available at the church.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Georgette J. Maine

Leonardsville, NY

Georgette J. Maine
Georgette J. Maine

Georgette J. Maine, 89, formerly of Leonardsville died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Cicero on July 4, 2015.

She was born July 2, 1926 in Cassville the daughter of George & Rosa Ella (Manion) Pickering. She married Floyd Maine on July 29, 1946. He predeceased her on November 2, 2004.

She was a wonderful homemaker who loved her husband and family dearly. Georgette enjoyed crafts, baking and sewing.

Her children Sandra and Vernon Greene, Barbara and Alby Talbot, Judith and Ken Capparelli, Jack and Lorraine Maine, David Maine; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; and her sister Rose Aikens survive Georgette.

She was also predeceased by her siblings, Richard, Floyd, Clarence, Edward, Raymond, Ruth, and Florence.

Funeral services will be held on Monday July 13, 2015 at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating at Noon. Calling hours will be from 10 till Noon prior to the service.

Interment will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Georgette’s name to Alzheimer’s Association; envelopes will be available at the church.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Guy W. Carey

Edmeston, NY

Guy W. Carey
Guy W. Carey

Guy W. Carey, 84, of Edmeston, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born August 3, 1930, the son of Guy I. and Ethel (Brown) Carey. In December 1952 he married Nancy Page, who survives. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in Europe from 1948 to 1952.

Guy was a well known insurance agent in the area and was retired from both Prudential Insurance and NYCM. While working for Prudential, Guy was District Agent of the Month for exemplary sales and service and was a member of the Academy of Honor for several years. He also served as acting Postmaster in Edmeston.

Locally, Guy was involved in many organizations and community projects. He was a former member and President of the Edmeston Rotary Club and was appointed Area Coordinator of Polio Plus in District 717. He served as Past Commander of the Wharton Valley American Legion Post 1311 and was a member of the VFW. He was the assistant coach of football at Edmeston Central School for several years, a Pony League baseball coach, college and high school umpire and Boy Scouts Cub Master. He was an avid fan of NY Mets baseball and Giants football. Guy was a member and Trustee of the Edmeston United Methodist Church. In addition, Guy was a member of the Edmeston Fire Department for 65+ years and was a founding member of the Edmeston Emergency Squad.

To Guy, golf was a way of life. He was a member of both the Leatherstocking and Red Pines golf clubs and played regularly in the NYS Seniors Golf Association tournaments.

In addition to his wife Nancy, Guy is survived by his children, Michael (Laurie) Carey and Lisa (Ron) Slaga, his grandchildren Derek & Brandon Schoonover and Heather, Rebecca and Stephanie Carey and great grand children, Spencer Cummings, Ashleah Ford, Anaiya Davis, Peyton Russell and Bradlee Schoonover. He is also survived by his sisters, Delores Miller-Blessing and Euretta Puylara and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and an infant son, Richard W. Carey

Funeral services for Guy will be held on Tuesday, June 30th at 1:00 p.m., at the Edmeston United Methodist Church with Pastor Becky Parry officiating. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., just prior to the service. Interment with military honors will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions in Guy’s memory may be made to the Edmeston Emergency Squad, Edmeston Fire Department or the Edmeston United Methodist Church.

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

Wayne R. Clark

Edmeston, NY

Wayne R. Clark
Wayne R. Clark

Wayne R. Clark, 67, of Edmeston was called home by the Lord our God May 30, 2015.

He was born October 15, 1947 in Oneonta the son of Lynwood E. and Grace S. (Sargent) Clark. He married the love of his life, Patricia Dickenson, on January 20, 1968.

Wayne graduated from Edmeston Central School, then attended a trade school to master Meat Cutting. Wayne retired from Grand Union in Oneonta as their Meat Department Manager after 37 years. He was a bus driver for Edmeston Central School for many years as well.

Wayne was a member of the 2nd Baptist Church in Edmeston where he served as a Deacon for many years.

His priority in life was his family, always finding time to be with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a lover of nature, enjoyed gardening, cutting wood, sapping and attending his families sporting events. Wayne will be remembered by many in the community for his sincere caring and encouraging ways.

His wife of 47 years, Patricia; his children Paula & Gary Lawrence, Michael & Lisa Clark, Wayne (Rob) & Traci Clark; his grandchildren Megan, Paige, Sarah and Gabriel (Gabe) Lawrence; Michael and Justin Clark; and Quinn Clark; his siblings Yvonne C. Steward, Elaine M. & Richard Gage, and Vaughn G. Clark; and numerous in laws, nieces, nephews and cousins survive Wayne.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Lynwood and Grace; and his brother Phillip Clark.

Funeral services will be held on June 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Second Baptist Church, Edmeston with Rev. James R. Horton Jr. officiating. Calling hours for Wayne will be held from 10:00 till 1:00 prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

DeWitt Lamb

Edmeston, NY

DeWitt Lamb, 71 of Edmeston died peacefully May 29, 2015 at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing at Otsego.

He was born November 17, 1943 in New Berlin the son of Walter and Helen (Crandel) Lamb. DeWitt was predeceased by his father in 1953 and his mother in 2003.

DeWitt attended Edmeston Central School and BOCES program. He was employed 30+ years by Genuine Auto in Utica as an engine repair mechanic until his retirement.

DeWitt was a devoted son. He enjoyed fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. An avid Ham Radio Operator with call sign of KA2ILJ. DeWitt was a long time member of the Cooperstown Radio Club. In later years, he joined the Oneonta and Norwich Radio Club. Over the years on the Radio he made many contacts. Dewitt would Campout over night at Club events to talk to people around the world. Dewitt also enjoyed building his own antennas to continue to reach out and make contacts.

DeWitt will be dearly missed by family, friends and his dog, Buddy.

73 and we will catch you down the log. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Charlotte Marie Smith-Tophoven

Norwich, NY

Charlotte Marie Smith-Tophoven
Charlotte Marie Smith-Tophoven

Charlotte Marie Smith-Tophoven, 91, formerly from Edmeston and a long time resident of the state of Florida passed away Tuesday April 21, 2015 at Chenango Memorial Hospital Nursing Facility with her beloved family at her side. She was born November 3, 1923 in McDonough, the daughter of Coral and Mildred (VanSlyke) Phillips. She was first united in marriage to Harold Smith and then to Emil Tophoven. She was predeceased by both of her husbands.

While living in this area, Charlotte was employed in the food service department at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin. She enjoyed crafting in her spare time.

Charlotte is survived by her children; Lorraine Brazee, Dawn Willis, Sandra Atwell, Ronda Moore, Melody Squires and Neil Smith as well as many grandchildren, great, great-great and great-great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by three sons; Lydle Smith, Terry Smith and Monte Smith.

A graveside service and interment at Edmeston Union Cemetery will be held at a later date.

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

Evelyn J. Benjamin

Burlington Flats, NY

Evelyn J. Benjamin
Evelyn J. Benjamin

Evelyn J. Benjamin, 83, died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2015 with her family by her side.

She was born November 23, 1931 in Staten Island the daughter of Karl I. and Ruth A. (Johnsen) Lochner. She married Murry C. Benjamin Jr. at her family farmhouse in Burlington on October 16, 1949. He predeceased her in 2008.

Evelyn retired from Bassett Healthcare Network where she had been employed as a Microbiologist Laboratory Assistant.

Evelyn enjoyed her time in the garden, sitting on her porch watching the humming birds. Never one to have idle hands she was involved in knitting, crocheting & ceramics. Shopping was a day long adventure, one that she had loved to share with her husband Murry over the years. An avid reader of crime stories including all of Stephen Kings novels.

Evelyn was a devoted wife and mother, her legacy is her family.

Evelyn is survived by her children Joanne M. Walkden, Ruth F. Strong, Deborah A. Wright and Karl M. Benjamin; eleven grandchildren, thirty –two great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her grandson Charles W. Strong and her son-in-law Richard Walkden.

Funeral and committal services will be private.

Contributions may be made in Evelyn’s memory to the Edmeston Emergency Squad.

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

Gordon C. Hughes

Leonardsville, NY

Gordon C. Hughes
Gordon C. Hughes

Gordon C. Hughes, 92, died April 5, 2015 at the family home in Leonardsville where he was born… His devoted family remained by his side as he prepared to enter into heaven.

He was born November 22, 1922 in Leonardsville the son of Helen E. (Peet) and William T. Hughes. He married Margaret Crossman January 24, 1953 at her home church the West Exeter United Methodist Church.

Gordon retired from General Electric in Utica where he was employed in outside maintenance. Later, after work he would head up to the Rogers Wratten Apple Orchard. Raised on the family farm, Gordon, William & Helen’s only child, worked side by side with his dad. Gordon enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and making hard cider,which at times got many of the locals in hot water with their wives. But, discussions about tractors and farming were one of his favorite topics that he could go on about for hours. Gordon was very proud of his Welch Heritage and had been bestowed with the gift of being a great detailed orientated storyteller. He was a great source of wisdom in many subjects. Though showing a gruff exterior at times he left no doubt in his families minds that they came first and were greatly loved. He showed great pride in all of their accomplishments.

His wife, Margaret, of 62 years; his children Helen & Robert Lund, Sue & John Diggs, Thomas Hughes, Richard & Belinda Hughes, Cora & Scott Miller, and Martha & Mark Telle; his eleven grandchildren: Melissa Lewis, Jason & Courtney Lund, Michael & Nicole Dukett, Amanda & LaMont Sumlin, Aaron and Salome Hughes, Starla & Brian Bridges, Jeremiah & Barb Miller, Joshua & Lindsay Miller, Rachel & Michael Winters, Jacquelyn Telle, and Christina Telle; and 23 great grandchildren survive Gordon.

Funeral and committal services will be private.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kannan and his wife, Gina; Home Care Nurses (HCR) and Hospice; for their care, guidance and love.

A special thank you to granddaughter Melissa Lewis for her kind, loving and patient care.

Contributions may be made in Gordon’s memory to Hospice or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Hilda Young

West Burlington, NY

Hilda Young
Hilda Young

Hilda Holdredge Young, 95, formerly of West Burlington died peacefully March 16, 2015 at the Loretta Home in Syracuse.

She was born October 17, 1919 at home in West Burlington the daughter of Adrian Artemas and Myra (Burdick) Holdredge.

Hilda was the Onondaga Deputy County Clerk from which she retired. She was active in her church choir for over 50 years. Hilda climbed 46 mountains in the Adirondack Region and received the ADK Mountain Club Medal. She was also a member of Search & Rescue for the Eastern Star,

Hilda is survived by her daughter, Anita Mitrus (John); and son, Adrian Young; her grandchildren Elizabeth & Don Radicchi, Susan Chase, Michelle & Charles Fletcher, John & Megan Mitrus; her great grandchildren Kyle, Morgan, Connor, Adrienne and Adrian.

She was predeceased by her parents, Adrian and Myra; and her brother Lowell Artemas Holdredge.

Funeral Services will be held at a later date.

Interment will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery.

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

Rose Mary Stover

Burlington, NY

Rose Mary Stover, 94, formerly of Burlington died Friday, March 6, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Interment at Burlington Green Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family in the spring.

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

Richard E. Holdridge

Edmeston, NY

Richard E. Holdridge, 91, of Edmeston passed peacefully into heaven on January 31, 2015 at Chase Health in New Berlin.

He was born February 28, 1923 in New Berlin the son of Ernest “Tom” and Violet (Farthing) Holdridge. He married Margery Hull on July 23, 1949 in Burlington Flats.

Dick graduated from Edmeston Central School, Class of 1942. He served as a member of the Edmeston & BOCES School Board for ten years. Dick was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston serving also on the Board of Trustees. He was also an active members of the Edmeston Free Library Board.

Dick was a WWII Army Veteran, with two years aboard in the European Theatre. He landed on Utah Beach in Normandy shortly after
D-Day. He was a member of the Wharton Valley American Legion Post #1311 and the V.F.W.

He was a Rural Letter Carrier for the United States Post Office in Edmeston for 30 years, and was member of the Rural Letter Carrier’s Association.

After retirement he and his wife Marge spent 15 winters in Florida, and enjoyed many trips and cruises together. Dick had a special interest concerning motors from Go-Carts to motorcycles to snowmobiles. He was the first in the area with a metal detector and attended numerous treasure hunts in the North East, as a member of the Treasurer Hunters Club. Dick was an avid reader, motorcycle, snowmobile and aviation enthusiast,

His wife Marge, of 66 years; his son Daryl J. Holdridge and companion Darlene Benzon; son, Barry H. Holdridge; his sister Pauline Smith; sister-in-law Nordica Holochuck; and many nieces, nephews and cousins survive Dick.

He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in law Duane and Ann Holdridge, and his brother-in-law R. Sherrill Hull.

He was strong-willed, independent man who lived his life the way he wanted to, and a steadfast husband, father and friend. For those who knew Dick he will be sorely missed. He offered a friendly smile, warm sense of humor and intricate knowledge about the area to all. He was beloved by many.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday February 4th at 11:00 am at the Second Baptist Church in Edmeston with Rev. John Buskey officiating, family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private at Edmeston Union Cemetery in the spring.

Contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the Second Baptist Church or the Edmeston Free Library. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Rosamond Mae Benjamin

West Exeter, NY

Rosamond Mae Benjamin
Rosamond Mae Benjamin

Rosamond Mae Benjamin, 85, of West Exeter entered into eternal heavenly rest January 24, 2015 at Chase Health in New Berlin surrounded by the comfort of her family.

She was born February 3, 1929 in Exeter, the daughter of Rexford and Kathryn (Adams) Davies. She married Hubert William Benjamin June 1, 1947.

Rosamond retired from NYCM Insurance Company. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Hubert, and worked along side him on their poultry farm.

Rosamond’s life centered on her kitchen; providing home cooked meals and endless pies and cookies. In the spring she would be found in her flower garden. Sunday morning flowers were selected to be placed on the alter at the West Exeter United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Rosamond was a gifted knitter and enjoyed embroidery.

Her husband, Hubert; her children Joan Dauchy, Robert and Dolly Benjamin; her grandchildren Timothy & Nichole Dauchy, Daniel Dauchy & Alison O’Neil, Andrew Dauchy & Amanda Delaney; Brent Benjamin, Spencer and Jess Benjamin; her great grandchildren Payton Rose, Taylor Rose, Madison Rose, Grayson Mollen, Jackson, and McKenzie; her brother Donald Davies; her sisters-in-law Carrol and Van Robinson, Gladys Benjamin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive Rosamond.

She was predeceased by her in-laws Ella Davies, Hazel and David Welch, Roderick and Nellie Benjamin, Farron and Dorothy Benjamin, Donald and Helen Heap, and Russell Benjamin.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11:00AM at the West Exeter United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Eckert officiating. Calling hours will be from 9:00 till 11:00 AM prior to the service.

Interment will be at Burlington Flats Cemetery in the Spring.

Contributions may be made in Rosamond’s memory to the West Exeter United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Rena A. Lull

Edmeston, NY

“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smile when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun.
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”

Rena A. Lull
Rena A. Lull

Rena A. Lull, 94, of Edmeston and most recently of Cooperstown passed peacefully into heaven January 21, 2015 at Focus Nursing home & Rehabilitation of Cooperstown, formerly the Manor of Otsego, with her devoted two daughters by her side.

She was born February 8, 1920 in Olean, NY the daughter of Barber Dean and Anna (Burtch) Allen. She married Howard Jay Lull Jr. August 1, 1944 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Howard predeceased Rena October 23, 2003.

Rena graduated from Bolivar High School in 1938. She received her Bachelors in Teaching from Ithaca College in 1942, where she met her future husband, Howard. After her husband, Howard, finished his tour of duty they later settled in Edmeston in 1947. Rena taught in South New Berlin & New Berlin Central School, retiring from West Winfield School System; Howard retired from Edmeston Central School.

Rena was a member of the United Methodist Church, founding member of the Edmeston Tea Circle, the NYS Teachers Association, and the Wharton Valley American Legion Auxiliary Post #1311.

Rena had many talents that she shared gracefully with her smile and laughter. Her flower beds grew beautifully and those seedlings are now in many garden beds in the area. Her poetry was gentle and moving: “Let us love and be needed and finally go quietly on to face another dawn.” In Rena’s memory, take time to volunteer as she did keeping busy at some simple service.

Her twin daughters Rena Lull of Cooperstown, Rita Lull Clark (Roger) of Lyons; her grandchildren Karen Clark Hart (Brian) of Corning, Elizabeth Clark Buckley (Chris) of Churchville, NY; her great grandchildren Ethan and Audrey Hart of Corning; her sister-in-law Joan Allen; and several nieces and nephews survive Rena.

Besides her husband, Howard, she was predeceased by her sister Beatrice Rose, her brother Edwin & sister-in-law Doris Brown Allen, and brother Robert Allen.

Memorial services will be held on February 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM at the United Methodist of Cooperstown with Pastor Bill Delia officiating.

Burial will be private at Hillington Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Rena’s memory to the Edmeston United Methodist Church, the Edmeston Tea Circle, or the Serenity Place Activity Fund at Focus Nursing home & Rehabilitation of Cooperstown.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Nellie J. Sprague

West Edmeston, NY

Nellie J. Sprague, 80, died peacefully with her beloved family by her side on January 21, 2015. She was born May 10, 1934 in Litchfield, NY, the daughter of Grove and Alice (Morris) Wilkinson. On April 30, 1953, she was united in marriage with Sharon W. Sprague in West Edmeston with the Rev. Weatherbee officiating.

Nellie was a loving mother and wife, a voracious reader with a passion for being with children and helping them. She was a graduate of Edmeston Central School and for many years a certified teacher’s assistant in the Mt. Markham school district.

In addition to her husband, Sharon, Nellie is survived by her children, Mark Sprague, Joseph Sprague, Sharon Barbano, Jeffrey Sprague and Sheila DenHaese and her grandchildren; Nicholas Barbano, Jaclyn Barbano, Ashley Sprague and Ryan Sprague. In addition to her parents, Nellie was predeceased by her twelve brothers and sisters; Margaret, Irma, Esther, Arlene, Agnes, Alice, Walter, Grove, Irwin, Earl, Lysle and Floyd.

There will be no services or calling hours at this time Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Donald L. Gere

New Berlin, NY

Donald L. Gere
Donald L. Gere

Donald Louis Gere, 86, of New Berlin and formerly of Pilot Mountain, NC and Sherburne, NY went home to be with his Lord January 17, 2015 at Chase Health Nursing Home, New Berlin surrounded by his family.

He was born November 3, 1928 in Brooklyn, PA the son of Albert & Hazel (Snover) Gere. Donald served in the United States Army from 1946 till 1948 with a tour of duty in occupied Japan.

He owned and operated the Don Gere Nationwide Insurance Agency in Sherburne for over 25 years. He then relocated to North Carolina. Everywhere he went he connected with other horse lovers. He was active in church ministry and enjoyed working in his flower garden and bird watching. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sherburne and the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain, NC.

Donald was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He faithfully prayed for his family. Donald was warm and outgoing with a smile that would light up a room. He lived life joyfully and could often be heard whistling a tune as he went about his day.

Donald is survived by his children Duane Albert Gere and wife Nancy; Donalu Gere Emhof and husband Jeffrey; his grandchildren Thomas & Allison Gere; Elisabeth, Josiah, Will, Louisa, and Adoniram Emhof; his step-children Russell Ashburner (Florence), Rodney Ashburner (Wendy), David Ashburner (Karen), and Julie Ashburner; his brothers Homer Gere (Doris) and Paul Gere (Mary); his sister-in-law Dorintha Gere; his former wife Patricia Miller Gere; and 12 nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Jessie (Krause) Gere, sister Alberta Miller, and brother Howard Gere.

A Graveside Service will be held May 23, 2015 at the Brooklyn Methodist Church Cemetery, Brooklyn PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the Bible Broadcasting Network – Charlotte, NC or your local Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.

Douglas Beeching

Ocala, FL

Douglas George Beeching, 67, a resident of Ocala FL., born in Petersburg, Virginia, passed away on January 10th, 2015. Douglas moved to Ocala, FL from Brownsville, Texas in 2006.

Mr. Beeching was a Veteran in the Air force. He was a truck driver for 30 years. Throughout his life he was of Baptist Faith. In his spare time he enjoyed reading and photography. Primarily he enjoyed his family and friends.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Flora Margaret Smith, Ocala; son, James Beeching (Theresa), Brookfield, N.Y.; daughters, Sarah Miles (Jason), Denton, TX. , Connie McCarthy (Patrick), New Windsor, N.Y.; son-in-law Robert Schworm (Anna), Edmeston, N.Y.; step-children, Robert Albair (Michelle), Salinans, Ca., Annette Ratliff (Kris), San Antonio, TX., David Funnell (Pauline), Scotland, Catherine Funnell, Scotland; grandchildren, Kaylee Schworm, Brianna Schworm, Heather McCoy, Alyssa McCoy, Cody Beeching, Derek Beeching, Shannon McCarthy, Patrick McCarthy, Jaxon Miles, Lillan Miles, Rebecca Funnell Wayne Lyon and April Albair.

He was predeceased by parents; Joseph Robert Beeching and Hazel Beeching; daughter, Christy Schworm; step-daughter , April Albair; brother; James Beeching; sister, Joann Gould .
Committal Services will be held Saturday July 18th, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Edmeston Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Hospice of Marion County P.O box 4860 Ocala FL 34478-4860.

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

Rose M. Dufner

West Edmeston, NY

Rose M. Dufner
Rose M. Dufner

Rose M. Dufner, 92, of West Edmeston died peacefully January 2. 2015 at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cooperstown. Rose was born May 31, 1922 in White Plains, NY, the daughter of William and Catherine (Dwyer) Meaney. She married Clifford A. Dufner, who predeceased her on November 9, 2002. She was proud to be a “domestic engineer” and was known for her beautiful hand writing and her love of family. Rose loved to tend her garden and raise sheep at her farm in West Edmeston.

Rose is survived by her children: Alison Lang of Tucson, AZ, Clifford Dufner of West Edmeston, Catherine and Charles Jordan of Putnam and Craig and Cristine Dufner of Hopewell Junction: her grandchildren; William Burke of Columbia, MO, Jessica Lang of Norwalk, CT, Clifford Dufner of White Plains; great-grandchild, Julian Gabriel Rodriguez and sister, Catherine. In addition to her husband Clifford, Rose was predeceased by her sisters and brothers: Mary, Margaret, Patrick, John and William.

Funeral services for Rose will be held on Tuesday, January 6th at noon at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston with Catskill Area Hospice Chaplin, officiating. Calling hours are two hours prior to the service from 10 a.m. to noon. Interment will be on Wednesday the 7th at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.

Contributions may be made in Rose’s memory to the Wounded Warrior’s Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. You may also go directly to their website to donate on line: woundedwarriorsproject.org.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.