William H. Schraft

William “Bill” H. Schraft, 83 of Otego, passed away at his home on May 17, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by family and his devoted dog Midnight.

 Bill was born on November 2, 1933 in Oneonta, NY to William H. Schraft, Sr. and Sophie (Kovatchich).  He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1952 and was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country for two years. Bill worked for Best Brands Beverage as a truck driver and later as a salesman. He retired from SUNY Oneonta’s  Bugbee Day Care,  where he worked as a custodian and bus driver.

He married the love of his life, Linda Crawford, on December 26, 1981 at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta, NY also becoming step-father to Linda’s three daughters. He and Linda celebrated 35 years of marriage this past December.

Bill enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, reading and spending time with his grandsons, and especially loved watching them play baseball. His grandsons want everyone to know what a wonderful grandfather he was.

Bill is survived by his wife Linda, step-daughters Sharon (Richard) Easley, Debrah (Tino) Garufi, and Ellen Kasian; his three grandsons, Tino Garufi III, Joshua Garufi, and Jordan Kasian; sister Freida Rexford, brother-in-law Jim Murray, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Gloria Maerz, father-in-law Bill Maerz, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Barbara Murray.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on  Saturday, May 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St. Oneonta, NY with Rev. David Wm. Mickiewicz, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church as Celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Emmons, NY. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY or the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Cooperstown, NY.

Donald A. Howard


Don Howard left Edmeston on May 5th to be with the Lord.  He died peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on the family farm in West Edmeston, New York, to Lynn and Edith Howard.  He graduated from Leonardsville Central School.  Don attended SUCO Oswego for a year before marrying the love of his life, Irene Baldwin, and transferring to SUCO Plattsburgh so they could both finish their degrees.  Their plans were altered with the arrival of their son Dave, and a year later with Dan.  Don worked one to three jobs while carrying a full load to support his family and graduate from college.

After graduation, he accepted a position in Niagara Falls for one year teaching first grade. He then returned to this area due to concerns for his father’s health and took a job at Edmeston Central School, where he taught for the next 32 years.  He started teaching kindergarten and first grade in Burlington Flats, which he loved.  However, the principal requested he move to junior high, because they needed some male teachers in those grades.  He taught social studies and science there for the rest of his career.  To increase his teaching skills, he attended summer school for four years at Colgate University, resulting in a Certification in Science Education.

Don always worked additional jobs, to support the family.  Some of his jobs included working as a helper for his mason, father-in-law, Hobart Baldwin, and selling microscopes to schools.  A car accident on the way home from a Florida vacation resulted in buying a new RV.  This in turn led to starting an RV business in 1964, which he ran until 1995, when he passed the business on to his youngest son, Dion.  

He never lost his love of farming.  At various times through the years, he owned cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens, goats, and rabbits.  He even toyed with having a pet skunk at one time, which lead to a very memorable night in the Wharton Creek with tomato sauce and Lysol trying to get rid of the smell.  Don loved horses and at one time owned 20 Pony of America (POA) ponies, to include a State champion, Stingeroo’s Tomahawk.  During that period, he was also involved in the POA Club.

He was active in many civic organizations at various times in his life.  He was a Boy Scout leader and member of the Edmeston Rotary Club for several years.  He was a volunteer fire fighter, and founding member of the Edmeston Emergency Squad for 45 years.

He is probably best remembered by friends for his love of music.  He sang in the 2nd Baptist Church choir for 50 years, and then the Methodist Church choir.  He participated in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Museum Christmas Gala choir and other area cantatas and choirs.  When the Peet Hook Community Players was formed, Don played a variety of roles in many of their productions.  He also, directed some Edmeston High School senior plays.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Irene (Baldwin); six children, David (Maryellen) Howard, Daniel Howard, Deborah (David) Pentecost, Dion (Kim) Howard, Donna Pesta (Travis), and Denys (John) Axtell; eleven grandchildren, Christine, Thomas, Rebecca, Matthew, Kayleigh, Jessica, Sienna, Megan, John, Morghen, Austin; and four great grandchildren, Tiernan, Abigail, Nathan, Lilliana and Evelynn.

He is predeceased by his brother Douglas; sisters, Jeanette Howard and Marylou Williams; and grandson Michael Howard.

Calling hours will be Monday May 8 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday May 9 at the Edmeston United Methodist Church, 3 North St Edmeston with Rev. Rebecca Parry officiating. Interment will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery, Edmeston.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 2nd Baptist Church of Edmeston, United Methodist Church of Edmeston, the Edmeston Fire Department or Edmeston Emergency Squad in loving memory of Don.

Marjorie C Lasher

Marjorie C. Lasher, 83, of Garrattsville, NY, was called home to the Lord on Thursday April 6, 2017 at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing at Otsego.


Marjorie was born in New Lisbon, NY the daughter of the late Stewart and Alice Eldred Card. She spent her adult life in Garrattsville after marrying Ralph H. Lasher on June 10, 1959 on the family farm.


She is survived by two sons: Victor (Nadine) Lasher of Garrattsville, and Willard “Grady” (Robin) Lasher of Garrattsville; a sister Marie Holt of New Lisbon, four grandchildren, Alicia  Lasher and Victor Jones of Hartwick, Nicholas Lasher of Garrattsville, Allison Lasher of Garrattsville, and Michaela Lasher of Garrattsville. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.


In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband in 2001, and her brother Harold B. Card.


Marjorie was a nurse’s aid at the Chase Nursing Home in New Berlin for many years until her retirement. In addition, she acted as the New Lisbon Town Tax Collector, and caretaker for the community center. She was also active in the Garrattsville Presbyterian Church, the Garrattsville Fire Department Auxiliary, the Garrattsville Women’s Club, and also sat on the Lena Cemetery Association Board.


Funeral services will be Monday April 10 at 2:00pm at the Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY with Rev. Mark Piedmonte officiating. Interment will be in Hillington Cemetery, Morris. Friends may call from 12-2:00pm prior to the services at the funeral home. To send condolences, visit www.Delkerterryfuneralhome.com.

Robert B Anderson

Robert B. Anderson, 78, of Oneonta, NY died unexpectedly Wednesday March 29, 2017 in Oneonta.

Bob was born April 1, 1938 in Canandaigua, NY the son of the late Robert E. and Norma Bulman Anderson. He was a graduate of Victor Central School prior to working for the New York State Thruway. Soon after, Bob joined the US Coast Guard.

He spent 20 years with Rochester Gas and Electric as a Lineman and Foreman. Following his retirement from RG&E, he purchased a dairy farm in West Edmeston, which he operated with his son Steve for 10 years. Following his time on the farm, he drove trucks for various companies before purchasing his own rig.

Bob was also the Town of Laurens Highway Superintendent, and worked for Seward Sand and Gravel. He also gave his time to the Town Boards of Victor, Edmeston, and Laurens.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Janet Spooner Anderson of Oneonta, sons; Christopher (Sandy) Anderson, Steven (Wendy) Anderson, Timothy (Delfina) Anderson, and step-son Jeremy (Tammy) Hilts. Bob always enjoyed his grandchildren Zachary, Jacob, Sarah, Jordan, Danny, Dane, and Dean Anderson and step-grandsons Dustin and Will Martin. He felt blessed to have them in his life.

At Bob’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association in Bob’s memory.

Edward R. Losee

Edward R. Losee, 88, of Edmeston passed away Wednesday March 22, 2017 in Herkimer, NY following an extended illness.


Edward was born in Eastchester, NY on November 18, 1928, the son of the late Edward Samuel and Bertha Weiss Losee. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his siblings: Robert Losee, Frank Losee, and Florence France.


 Edward married Francis Jean Mumbulo in Edmeston, NY on December 11, 1953. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Donald Losee (Karen) of Edmeston, Karen Lewis (Gary) of MI, and Carol Archer of Edmeston.  He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher Losee, Matthew (Heather) Losee, Calvin Lewis, Jake (Lacey) Lewis, great-grandchildren: Mackenna Losee, and Maddie Losee,  his sister Alice Talbot of Cooperstown, and several nieces and nephews.


Edward was a machinist by trade, working 28 years for Kelsey Hayes of Utica, NY. He was a proud US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of The  American Legion, as well as, serving for many years with the Edmeston Fire Department. In addition, he was a member and one time Deacon at the Second Baptist Church of Edmeston.


Funeral services will be 3:00pm on Saturday March 25 at the Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY with Pastor Jay Henderson of the Burlington Flats Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call from 1-3:00pm prior to services at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Edmeston Fire Department, or Edmeston Emergency Squad in loving memory of Edward.

Betty Anne Schwerd

Betty Anne Schwerd (BA) 65, of Burlington, NY went to join her parents and son on Saturday March 18, 2017 at M. I. Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY, with her loving family at her side.

BA was born on March 22, 1951 in Cooperstown, NY the daughter of the late Frederick W (Bill) and Maxine Walter Schwerd. She attended Edmeston Central School, graduating with the Class of 1969, and has remained friends with many of her classmates.

As a teenager, she began her working career as a chambermaid for the FW Woods Motel in Cooperstown. Later, she was the Sales Manager for the Otesaga Hotel, a personal assistant at the NYS&W Railroad. In addition, BA worked with the Migrant Education Program, and the Alzheimers Association.

Along with working full time, and raising four children, BA was active with the Otsego County Republican Party. She worked with Senator James Seward, was the Town of Burlington Supervisor, and was elected to the County Board of Representatives for a period of ten years (January 2006-December 2015).

She was a compassionate person, who helped anyone in need.

BA is survived by her sons: Todd Hovick of Burlington, Scott (Danielle) Hovick of Burlington, and Shane (Kathryn) Hovick of Guilford, CT.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Sarah Hovick, Kaitlyn (Kyle) Hovick, Mason Hovick, Kaylee Hovick, Ryan Hovick, Reed Hovick, Sam Hovick, and great-grandson Blake Hovick. A brother William Schwerd of Ballston Spa, and several nieces, and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by a son T.J. Hovick in 2014.

Graveside services will be in the spring at a date and time to be announced. There will be no calling hours. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Edmeston Emergency Squad in memory of BA. Arrangements are by the Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY. To send condolences, visit www.Delkerterryfuneralhome.com

Marjorie Snyder

Fuquay Varina, N.C.

Marjorie Snyder
Marjorie Snyder

Marjorie (Marge) Bernice (McLean) (Herrschaft) Snyder, age 85, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Post-Polio Syndrome.

She was predeceased by her parents Willard McLean and Ella May Southworth; her first husband, Arthur Michael Herrschaft; her siblings Nelson, Ermal, Lyle, Kenneth, Norman, Beulah, Edna, Clyde, Columbine, Alberta, Albeama, Gladys, Arnold, Leonard and Wanda.

She is survived by her husband Ralph Snyder, sister Betty; her children, Cynthia (Steve), Michael, Charlene (Nate), Cherryl (Randy),  Coreen (Mike), Claudette (Kerry); her step-children Debra (Allan), Ralph Jr. (Donna) and their two sons.  Also, her grandchildren, Melanie (Lou), Franklin (Thea), Cassie, Kurt (Jackie), Craig, Joshua, Mindie (Jeremy) Michael (Cara), Shaun, Rebecca, Skye; great grandchildren, Bridgette, Jennifer, Alyse, Amelia, Mason, Michael and Bryce.  In addition, many, many, nieces and nephews.

She was born on Christmas Day 1931  in Hartwick NY,  where she lived and met her first husband. After their marriage they relocated to Long Island, NY, where she raised her family.   She eventually started a career at Hazeltine in Huntington, NY.  After the sudden death of her first husband in January 1976, she remarried in to Ralph 1981.  Years later they retired and moved to Fuquay-Varina NC where she enjoyed gardening, traveling and many family gatherings at their new home; with a highlight being the wedding of her granddaughter on their beautiful landscaped grounds.

She was a passionate conservative who loved America with all her heart and soul.  She was also a passionate New York Mets fan who couldn’t wait for each new season to start. She was also an avid reader, Tom Clancy being her very favorite author.  But there was nothing she loved more than her family.  Her most treasured memories were those she made with family.  She loved the fun of cooking and preparing her home for the holidays.   She loved calling and talking to her children and planning for upcoming visits. She loved making trips to attend her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s special events (weddings, graduations, birthdays, baptisms).  Some of her most treasured memories included two trips to Hawaii with her husband, a five week cross country trip with two of her daughters in an RV; her surprise 80th birthday celebration at the Turning Stone Casino in upstate New York; her annual trip to Myrtle Beach with her daughters and granddaughter and her bi-annual visits from her son during Christmas and summer vacation.  These were just a few of her most treasured memories.  She loved giving more than receiving, unless she was at a casino and a “one armed bandit” machine was giving her back some of her fun money.

During her final days, she was surrounded by all of her children and her husband.  Her family will receive family and friends at Delker & Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY on Thursday February 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Friday February 17th at the Garrattsville United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mark Piedmonte officiating. Interment will be in Hartwick Cemetery in the spring.   Immediately following the service  family and friends will gather at the Garrattsville Town Hall to share stories and celebrate her life.

Kathryn H. Neske

Schenevus, NY

Kathryn H. Neske
Kathryn H. Neske

Kathryn H. Neske, 78, of Schenevus, N.Y. passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at AO Fox Hospital, Oneonta, NY.

Kathryn was born on October 18, 1938 in the Bronx, NY, the daughter of the late Francis T. and Louise Ferdinand Weinheimer. In 1955, she met the love of her life, Paul Neske whom she married August 24, 1957.  In 1969, they moved to Schenevus, where Kathryn operated a daycare in her home. Over the years, she cared for over 100 children, and loved every one of them. In addition, for many years, she and Paul owned and operated the Schenevus Hotel.

Kathryn was active with Catholic Charities, as well as the Schenevus Methodist Church. She and Paul loved traveling with their R.V.  Together they spent 38 years traveling the country, and the last 11 as residents of Belvedere Lake Campgrounds. She was also a life long New York Yankees fan, who rarely missed a game.

She is survived by her husband Paul K. Neske of Schenevus, sons, Paul T. Neske Sr. (April) of Maryland, NY, and David Neske (Anne) of Oneonta, a daughter Lisa Pindar (Steve) of Oneonta, a sister Madelyn Milliken (Patrick) of Oak Ridge, NJ, grandchildren, CaryAnn Quay,  Erin Neske, Paul Neske Jr,  Jillian Eastman, Joshua Rumenapp, Christopher Pindar, Katrina Torres, Juliana Fairbairn, and Veronica Pfeiffer. She is also survived by 7 Great-grandchildren, niece and nephew Scott, and  Kelly Milliken, and close cousins Jay and Roseanne Perkowsky of Midland Park, NJ and their children Donna and Tracey Perkowsky.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Saturday January 28, 2017 at the Elm Park United Methodist Church 401 Chestnut Street Oneonta with Rev. Donna Martin officiating. Calling hours will be from 1:00-2:00 pm prior to services. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Coaches VS Cancer at  www.coachesvscancer.org in loving memory of Kathryn. Arrangements are by the Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY.

Denise E. Arnold

Edmeston, NY

Denise E. Arnold, 49, of Edmeston, NY passed away unexpectedly, Thursday January 5, 2017 in Cooperstown, NY.

Denise was born on May 13, 1967 in Sidney, NY the daughter of Dennis and Delilah Butts Wagner.

She is survived by her husband Jeffrey Arnold of Edmeston whom she married April 11, 1992, her son James Arnold of Bridgewater, her daughter Susan Hawes of Pittsburgh, PA, her mother Delilah Wagner, brother Bill Wagner, sisters Annette Wagner, and Terri Williams. In addition, she is survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was pre-deceased by her father Dennis Wagner Sr. and her brother Dennis Wagner Jr.

Denise was employed with NYCM Insurance for over 13 years. She spent the majority of her free time caring for others, but especially for her husband and keeping up with the day to day life of her children. She will be remembered as always being a kind and loving person who consistently put others before herself. She had a love for animals and children, and was eagerly anticipating the arrival of her first grandchild.

A celebration of Denise’s life will be at 1:00pm on Saturday January 14th at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating. There will be refreshments following the service. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association PO Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 or online at http://www.diabetes.org/ in her memory.

Arrangements are by the Delker and Terry Funeral Home,
30 South Street Edmeston, NY.