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Stephen Conte

Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017


Stephen Conte (69) went up to meet His Lord and Savior peacefully from his home in Coventry on May 16, 2017. Stephen, a skilled craftsman, left his legacy by building more than just with his hands, he built a family, who loving stayed by his side until he decided to go meet the master carpenter Himself. His wife Cathy, two daughters Tracy Downey and Joyce Arboit, along with both son in laws, 8 grandkids and 2 great grandchildren daily stole kisses from Stephen and shared stories and prayers to lighten his mood as his final days passed.

In lieu of flower arrangements which fade so quickly the family asks instead for live flowers that may bloom year after year which are more accurate to Stephens legacy, which was certainly full of life and focused on family growth.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Christopher Prezorski officiating, a burial in Coventry Cemetery will follow the funeral services. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Loretta M. Mathewson

Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017


Loretta M. Mathewson, 79, of Norwich, NY passed away on May 17, 2017. Loretta was born in Smithville Flats, NY daughter of Clarence and Samantha Youngs. Loretta is predeceased by her husband Richard Bassett, as well as her brother Clarence Youngs, and her niece Angel M. Beckwith.

Loretta is Survived by her children Terry and Pam Bassett, and Nancy Irwin. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters Steven Youngs, Dennis Youngs, Patricia and Ray Wakefield, Brenda and Larry Kischner, and Kitty and Victor Williams. Also surviving Loretta are her 9 grand children and 3 great grand children.

Loretta was a member of the Plymouth United Methodist Church, and worked for Norwich Shoe Co. for 28 years. She also worked at the Pegasus Company for 10 years, and was a member of Fort Hill Post 376 American Legion Auxillary, and was the Residence Council President for Chenango Memorial Hospital RHCF. She enjoyed crafts, wildlife, animals and dnacing. Loretta was also a member of the Bassett Family Band and The Burl Sayles Band.

Memorial contributions in Loretta’s name can be made out to Chenango Memorial Hospital RHCF activities department or to the Chenango County SPCA.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Private Burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery, Oxford, NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Cathy D. Hawkins

Published on: Monday, May 22, 2017


Cathy D. Hawkins, 58 yrs. old of Mt. Upton, NY passed away on May 17, 2017 in Johnson City, NY.

Cathy was born on October 1, 1958 in Dunkirk, NY the daughter of Vincent & Billie (Howell) Loret. Her childhood was spent in Long Island. She was a graduate of William Floyd High School in Mastic, NY.

Cathy was a school bus driver and was also employed by the Monmouth County Court and Suffolk Police department.

On October 12, 1985 she married Garry Hawkins who survives her.

She is also survived by her children; Garry Hawkins Jr. of Matawan, NJ, Brittany Hawkins of Toms River, NJ, Brianna Umland of Coram, NY and Brandon “Bubba” Hawkins of Brick, NJ.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the home of Virginia Tyson, 92 Ocean Ave, Center Moriches, NY.

The interment and graveside service will be held on June 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY.

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY.

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Cecil A. Boise

Published on: Monday, May 22, 2017


SHERBURNE – Cecil A. Boise, lifelong resident of Chenango County, died peacefully at the New York State Veterans’ Home in Oxford, May 18, 2017. He was born October 18, 1921 in Sherburne, to Olive (Hubbard) and Duane Boise. He graduated from Sherburne Central School in 1939.

In 1942, he answered his country’s call and joined the US Army, serving through 1945 in the 3rd Army Corps, 113th Cavalry Group (Red Horse Cavalry), 44th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He participated in Operation Overlord, landing at Omaha Beach on the fourth day of the D-Day invasion. As a radio operator, he served his Company through France, Belgium, Holland, and on into Germany. For his service in combat he received the Bronze Star.

On August 10, 1946, he married Norma Peckham of East Guilford and began farming on Shawler Brook Road in Sherburne. Over the years, he worked at the Utica Knitting Mill, Buchanan Hardware, and the Norwich Pharmacal Company, all while helping with his father’s small dairy farm on Granville Hill Road in Sherburne. He retired from Colgate University after a career as a Buildings and Grounds Supervisor.

An avid outdoorsman, he was a proficient hunter and fisherman. He produced extensive fruit and vegetable gardens, and for many years was a well-known beekeeper. A great prankster, he was known and loved for his sense of humor and easy going nature. He loved the beauty and tranquility of his life in Sherburne surrounded by friends and family. He instilled in his children a love of the natural world, a respect for all living creatures, a strong work ethic and dedication to helping others.

He is predeceased by his parents, his wife and his brother Elbert. He is survived by his children: Patricia Myers (Tom) of Poughkeepsie, NY; Cheryl of Maryland, NY; Kenneth (Denise) of Sherburne, NY; and, Joanne of Richmond, VA; and by grandchildren Tammy Myers, Brian Myers, Dana Boise, and Jordyn Boise, as well as great-grandchildren Liliana and Austin Myers.

A memorial service will be held Friday May 26 at 11 a.m., at Burgess and Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 South Main St., Sherburne.

A graveside ceremony with military honor guard will immediately follow at West Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chenango County SPCA in Norwich.

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Kenneth A. White

Published on: Monday, May 22, 2017


Kenneth A. White, 61, of German, NY, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017, at his home, while surrounded by his family.

Ken was born in Cortland, NY, on August 12, 1955, the son of Charles and Ruby Eggleston White. A lifelong resident of this area, he was a graduate of Cincinnatus Central School and had been employed at Raymond Corporation for several years prior to becoming ill.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Patricia, and his mother, Ruby White, of Cincinnatus. He also leaves behind his brothers, Frederick (Claudia) White of German, Harry White of Norwich; his sisters, Beverly Farrow of North Pitcher, Sharon Fox of Texas Valley, Yvonne Brewer of Norwich, and Lois Brown of German; four grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A private celebration of Ken’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ken may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit

Arlene Whorrall Green

Published on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Arlene Whorrall Green, 90, of Rochester, NY passed peacefully on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Rochester Presbyterian Home where she resided.

Arlene was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years Earl F. Green as well as four brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her three children Thomas (Sandra) Green, Deborah (Richard) Danforth, and Dennis (Tina) Green, her sister Barbara Richer of South Carolina, her grandchildren Michael (Ute) Danforth, Thomas Green Jr., Jennifer Danforth, Joanna (Brian) Killigrew, and great-grandchildren Austin Green, Lukas & Roxanne Danforth, and Aidan & Noah Killigrew.

Arlene was born in Solvay, NY on October, 14, 1926, the daughter of the late Elmer and Cora (Kent) Whorrall. She graduated from Baldwinsville Academy in June 1943. The family then moved to South Otselic, NY in June 1945. Arlene married Earl F. Green in South Otselic, NY on April 11, 1946 and they started dairy farming in Otselic, NY. Arlene was a member of the Cincinnatus Chapter #387 Order of the Eastern Star and became a Grand Representative to the State of Montana in 1963 for 3 years. Arlene also lived in New Berlin, Cicero, Liverpool, and Fairport, all within NY.

A graveside service will be held for Arlene at Valley View Cemetery in South Otselic, NY on May 26, 2017 at 11 am. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion in South Otselic, NY immediately after. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Valley View Cemetery, Box 51, c/o Judy Forrest, South Otselic, NY 13155.

Arrangements are by the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home of Norwich, NY.

Lawrence “larry” Roche

Published on: Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Lawrence “Larry” Roche, age 57, of Picayune, Mississippi passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Larry was born on January 30, 1960 in Rockville Centre, New York, to Richard Joseph and Eleanor (Manning) Roche as the youngest of five children.

He graduated from New Berlin Central High School in New Berlin, NY in 1978. He was employed with various companies: Southern Shipbuilding, Heritage Plastics, Kemper Construction, Fejta Feather Farm, Field & Flower Company, and Pearl River Polymers. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Roche; two sons, Michael Roche and his wife Jessica, and Steven Roche and his wife Meagan, of Picayune, MS; one daughter Brittany Sprabery and her husband Read of Champaign, IL; one brother, Christopher Roche; one sister Margaret McConnell both of New Berlin, NY; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Richard Jr., and sister Catherine (Kinch) Roche.

Visitation was held Monday, May 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Picayune Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Picayune Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation via website:

Frederick R. Nichols

Published on: Thursday, May 25, 2017


NORWICH – Frederick R. Nichols, 65, of Inman Rd., passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, NY.

He was born October 4, 1951 in Littleton, VT, a son of Frederick and Jacqueline Wright Nichols. He was raised in Norwich and was a graduate of Norwich High School. On October 31, 1986, he married Sandra “Sandy” Webb in North Norwich. Fred had been a warehouseman at Victory Markets, and later worked for Chenango County in Norwich until retiring in January of this year. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. His favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing and woodworking. Fred was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy; his children, Russell and Sheri Nichols of FL; Jennifer Nichols of FL; Toni Nichols of Sherburne; step-son Steven Lawson and his fiancée, Brenda Jorden of Sherburne; step-daughters, Carol and Brian Hicks of Smyrna; Dee and Jeff Llewellyn of Sherburne; grandchildren, Daniel Hicks, Heather Morgan, Alyson Hicks, Amber Nichols, Courtney Nichols, Daisha Nichols, Cody Lawson and Russel Nichols; great-grandchildren, Chayse Yurenda and Alexa Petretti; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nita and Wayne Case of Norwich; Sandy Nichols and Pam Harmon, both of CT; Donna and Doug Jones of Canastota; Chris and Wilson Franklin of Norwich; step-sister, Denise Paul of CT; step-brothers and sister-in-law, Mike and Astrid Brothers of CT; Robert Brothers of MA; several nieces and nephews and his canine companion “Jake”. He was predeceased by a step-brother, Brian Brothers.

A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of his family.

Interment in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY is private.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.

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Laurie Turner Dewey

Published on: Thursday, May 25, 2017


Lincoln, MA - Laurie Turner Dewey, age 90, died peacefully at home in Lincoln, MA on May 19th, 2017 with family members present. Laurie was born on June 17, 1926 in Norwich, New York, to William Reed and Laurie Greene Turner.

Love of family, desire for world peace and enjoyment of art and music resonated throughout Laurie’s life. In 1948 after graduating from Connecticut College, she volunteered with the Unitarian Service Committee rebuilding an orphanage in Normandy, France, and later took to the road with a dear college friend. The two young women hitch-hiked throughout Europe where they were treated like American royalty. She came home wiser, speaking fluent French, and with a love of good cooking.

With a background in art and an additional degree in design, she worked in New York City starting her own interior design business with a great friend and business partner. Later, marriage brought a move to upstate New York, and she and Ned Dewey welcomed Laura, Reed, Janet and Elizabeth into their world and hearts.

Laurie spent years of her life working for a more peaceful world. Again, she was capable of the extraordinary. Her involvement with the Peace Development Fund led her to protest the Iran-Contra scandal outside CIA headquarters, which landed her in jail with hundreds of others. She was deeply committed to nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. Central in her life was her work with the Council for a Livable World.

For many years, Laurie served on the Board of Trustees of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. She was an artist in her own right, loved the arts, and was dedicated to the mission of the DeCordova. Laurie loved music and cherished her involvement in the First Parish Choir, singing in the soprano section year after year. Her occasional solos were beautiful gifts to the congregation.

Laurie had a strong kinship with the animals in her life, including her horses, dogs, and the blue birds which were drawn to the beautiful pasture behind the house she designed in Lincoln.

An activist at heart, Laurie was a long time member of the Lincoln Town Democratic Committee and often could be seen holding a sign of some kind at the polling place on an election day, or on a float in the Lincoln July 4th parades. A thoughtful friend, a gentle spirit and a hard-worker, she graced so many interests and passions throughout her long life. She will be missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Laurie was predeceased by her daughter Laura Stratton Dewey and is survived by her three other children, Reed Turner Dewey (Washington, DC), Janet Russell Dewey (Austin, TX) and Elizabeth D. Levey (Fayston, VT). She is also survived by five grandchildren, and several treasured nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Council for a Livable World, or the affiliated Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a tax exempt non-profit organization.

A celebration of her life is planned for Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Parish in Lincoln, 14Bedford Rd., Lincoln, MA

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Dora M. (kinney) Peck

Published on: Thursday, May 25, 2017


Dora M. (Kinney) Peck, 75, follows her husband, Robert E. Peck to a better place after a long illness. She was born on March 23, 1942, to Ben and Grace Kinney in Cincinnatus, NY. She enjoyed living in many towns in Upstate NY before settling in Oxford and spending 14 years employed as a cashier at Norwich Wal-Mart. Dora is survived by her sons, Douglas peck and Jerry Peck; her grandchildren, Kris, Michelle, and Ashley. She also leaves behind three great-grandchildren. A graveside service for Dora will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, May 26, at Walton Cemetery with Nina Kinney officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich.

Claude Floyd Cooper

Published on: Thursday, May 25, 2017


Claude Floyd Cooper born April 8, 1935 passed away on May 11, 2017 at the New York State Veterans home in Oxford. Claude was born in Norwich, NY and made his home there. Claude was proud of his duty in the United States Air Force. He was stationed overseas during the years of 1954 through 1962. Claude is predeceased by his daughter, Wendy Cooper. Wife, Josephine L. Cooper and grandson, Nicholas Cooper. Parent’s, Marion and Claude Floyd Cooper and brother, Bobbie Cooper. Claude is survived by his children; Daughter, Dixie Cooper and son Mitchell George. Son, Claude Joseph Cooper and his wife Lori Cooper and their children, Kaylee, Courtney and Ryan Cooper. Daughter, Patricia Berg and husband Bruce Berg and children, Craig, Audrey and Quentin Cooper. Son Matthew Cooper and his partner, Holly Rocks and children, Jada Claire, Addison and Madeline Cooper. Claude is also survived by his loving sister, Regina Howes and her children and many grandchildren and Brother, Frederick Golby and family. Brother, Donald Cooper and his wife, Sandra and their children. Numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Claude loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. In his free time he enjoyed watching thoroughbred horse racing and watching sporting events. Many thanks to the staff and many friends at the New York State Oxford Veterans Home for their friendship and loving care throughout the years.

A graveside service with military rites for Claude will be held on Friday, May 26, at 2 pm from the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

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