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Today's Death Notices

Ann Garofalo, 96, of Liverpool

Edward H. Nafalski, 69, of Oneonta

Sandra M. Burk, 66, of Norwich

Mildred E. Huntington, 88, of Mount Upton

Last Week's Obituaries

George Kaufinger

Published on: Monday, April 7, 2014


DAVENPORT, FL - Reverend George Kaufinger, 80, formerly of Guilford, NY and Lakeland, FL, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 due to cancer.

Born and raised in Guilford, NY, George was the son of George and Ruth Kaufinger. He graduated from Guilford Central Schools with the Class of 1951, and attended Albany Business College. George graduated with a two-year business degree in 1953, and worked for many years at several banks, beginning at the Norwich Bank & Trust Co. (now NBT Bank).

In 1990, George and his wife, Loretta Kaufinger, who survives, moved to Florida, where George eventually retired and became an ordained minister. He was the pastor of several churches, enjoyed evangelistic work and did extensive traveling with numerous cruise lines on which he practiced his ministry. Rev. Kaufinger was also the author of several books, including “A Gardener Weeds God’s Creation” and “Wealth of a Nation.”

In addition to his wife of 58 years, George is survived by his son, Dr. Gregory Kaufinger, of Anderson, IN; daughter, Sabrina Olsa, of Santa Rosa, CA; sister, Ruth Seeber, of Clifton Park, NY; and grandchildren, Jason, Alex, Philip and Anna. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beth Kaufinger McCune.

A memorial service for George was held at Green Pond Baptist Church in Polk City, FL, on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Burial will take place in the summer at North Guilford Cemetery, NY.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale, FL. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit the funeral home website at:

Rory L. Whaley

Published on: Monday, April 7, 2014


OTSELIC – Rory L. Whaley, 57, passed away Friday March 28, 2014. Formerly residing in Otselic N.Y.

He is survived by his children; Jamie Goedel (Denise), Gary Whaley both from Lebabnon. Shaun Whaley (Stacey) of Norwich Tad Whaley, Jenna Parker (Justin) from Otselic and Hillary Sherwood of Hamilton. He is also survived by Barb Whaley of Otselic. Sharon Enslow and family of Hamilton. Mother Bernice Whaley of Smyrna. Brothers; David, Steven, Larry, Jeff, Marty, Jack and Jody. Sisters Donna Livingston, Diana Delee, Betsy Barry, Lisa Wills and Patsy Parsons.; 22 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

He was predeceased by father Allie Whaley.

A gathering in remembrance of Rory will be held April 19, 2014, at the North Norwich Town Hall, beginning at noon.

Leonard Brown

Published on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014


SHERBURNE – Leonard W. “Brownie” Brown, 70, of Blanding Rd., passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.

He was born June 5, 1943 in Waterville, a son of Warren C. and Virginia Eastman Brown and received his education in the Poolville school. On December 19, 1987, he married Colleen M. Collins in Smyrna. Brownie was an over-the-road truck driver who owned and operated L.W. Brown Trucking Co. of Sherburne.

Surviving are his wife, Colleen; his father, Warren Brown of Sherburne; his mother-in-law, Gloria M. Collins of Sherburne; his children, Shannon and Stephanie Brown of Waxhaw, NC; Stephen and Kathy Brown of Pickens SC; Jessica Brown of Granville, OH; Karen and George Getman of Clark Mills; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorraine Burnham and Mike Backo of Tully; Charlotte and Gary Ayers of Dryden; brother and sisters-in-law, Charles and Jean Brown of Sherburne; his grandchildren, Sean, Sarah, Sawyer, Kaitlyn, Baylee, Cheyanne, Karson, Makalyn, Jordan, Katie and Alex; one great-grandchild, Madelyn; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia Brown, and his father-in-law, James Collins.

In keeping with his wishes, there are no services or calling hours.

Interment is private at the convenience of his family.

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

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Mary Caprio

Published on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014


NORWICH – Mary J. Caprio, 93, of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at the Residential Health Care Facility of Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Born in Norwich on February 24, 1921, Mary was the daughter of James V. and Angelina (Paino) LoPiccolo. She graduated from Norwich High School with the Class of 1939, then began a career that took her from Assistant Manager at M. H. Fishman to the Payroll Clerk at the Norwich Shoe Company and, finally, to NBT Bank.

On February 27, 1943, in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Mary married Anthony A. Caprio, who died on June 21, 2010, after 67 years of marriage. Surviving Mary are her children; Leona and Frank Shield, of Cincinnati, OH, Nicholas and Judith Caprio, of East Aurora, NY, and Marianne and Dc Dave Kirsch of Norwich. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael (Stephanie) Shield, Brian Shield, Dr. Anthony (Nicole) Caprio, Dr. Thomas Caprio, Nicole (Jeremy) Conant and Emily Kirsch; a great-grandson, Jacob Conant and a sister, Josephine Mirabito, of Norwich. Mary was predeceased by her brother, Dominic LoPiccolo.

Mary and her husband, Tony, spent many happy winters in Florida. She will be remembered as a superb cook and for the wonderful knitting and crochet creations that she made for her family. She was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church and of the Ave Maria Guild, and was a former Girl Scout and Brownie Leader.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Bartholomew’s Church with Rev. Ralph Bove, pastor, officiating. Burial will take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery in the spring. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Members of the Ave Maria Guild will recite the rosary on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to St. Bartholomew’s Memorial Fund, 73 E. Main St., Norwich, NY 13815 or Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes S., Norwich, NY 13815.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit the funeral home website at:

Donald J. Lawatsch

Published on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014


NORWICH – Donald J. Lawatsch, 79, of Norwich, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City.

Born in Kingston, NY, on August 25, 1934, Donald was he son of Oscar J. Lawatsch and Margaret Lawatsch, each of whom predeceased him. Donald graduated from Kingston High School with the Class of 1951, and Cornell University with a degree in Agriculture in 1955. He also earned an MBA from Iona College. Donald retired after many years of service in the Agriculture Chemical Division of American Hoescht in Somerville, NJ.

Donald was married to Carolyn A. (Talleur) Lawatsch, of Pompano Beach, FL, who survives. He is also survived by his son, Robert T. Lawatsch, and his wife, Janet, of Braintree, MA; daughter, Jorrie A. Hoerle, and her husband, David, of Eastham, MA; daughter, Trina O’Connor, and her husband, Jim, of Carmel, NY; stepchildren Robert Ryan and Louann Linepensel, from his marriage to Marlene Lawatsch, who predeceased him; seven grandchildren, Carlyn, Allison, Hilary, Eliot, Kasi, Danielle and James; one great-grandchild; and several step-grandchildren. Donald is also survived by his sister, Margaret Alonzo, and her husband, Dom, of Clifton Park, NY; godson, Chris Jupin, and his wife, Alyse, and their family, of Rexford, NY; niece, Stephanie Darwak, and her husband, Frank, and their family, of Stillwater, NY; and uncle and aunt, Frank and Jesse Lawatsch, of Nazareth, PA.

Donald enjoyed many hobbies and outdoor activities throughout his life, especially camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed music, and played the French horn in his high school band. Donald was also an accomplished cook, and put together an impressive cook book of his favorite family recipes for the enjoyment of his children and grandchildren. Donald was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Norwich.

A memorial service for Donald will take place at a later date during the summer. An announcement of the service will be published in a later edition of The Evening Sun.

Due to his love of animals, especially his beloved German Shepherd, Chloe, contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to Friends of Animals, 777 Post Road, Suite 205, Darien, CT, 06820. Contributions may also be made in Donald’s memory to the First Baptist Church of Norwich, 10 West Park Place, Norwich, NY 13815.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Dr. John Owen Mason, V.m.d

Published on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Dr. John Owen Mason, V.M.D., 86, died peacefully on April 30, 2013 at his home in Boone, NC surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 21, 1926 in East St. Louis, IL, John was the son of Dan Owen Mason and Elizabeth Louise (Rusch) Mason. In his early life his family moved to New Jersey where he went to the local schools. In 1944, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany until 1946. He was a sergeant in Troop C of the 92nd Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized 12th Armored Division and was present at the liberation of a train of prisoners from Dachau, Germany. Following World War II, John attended Rutgers University and then graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1952, John married June Carol Wardell, his wife of 61 years. Following his graduation, he completed his internship and residency in large animal surgery at the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY. In 1955, John opened a practice in large and small animal veterinary medicine in Norwich, NY, retiring in 1988. After his retirement, John and June spent their summers in Norwich and winters in Bradenton, FL where he enjoyed sailing before settling in Boone, NC in 2011.

John was an accomplished woodworker, wooden sailboat builder and stained glass artisan. He was a voracious reader, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

John is survived by his wife, June, of Boone; sons, Christopher and his wife, Christie, of Blossvale, NY, David, of Freehold, NJ, Andrew and his wife, Lynne, of Boone and Phillip and his wife, Sharon, of Norwich. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Carolyn and her husband, Richard Ward, of Boone, John Paul and his wife, Elizabeth, of Minneapolis, MN, Alexandria, of Freehold, Mairi and Morag, of Blossvale and Bonnie, of Norwich as well as 3 great grandchildren, Drew and Bennett Ward and Arlo Owen Mason, all of Boone. Also surviving is a brother, Dan Mason, of Budd Lake, NJ. John was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Maude.

Private graveside services for John will be held at the convenience of the family in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of John may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

Condolences may be sent to John’s family by visiting the Wilson Funeral Home website at:

Susan Elma Gainfort

Published on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014


SOUTH NEW BERLIN – Susan Elma Gainfort, 82, of South New Berlin, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014, in the Norwich Rehab and Nursing Center of Norwich.

Susan was born March 27, 1932 in Newark, NJ the daughter of Edward and Beryl Smith Eckstein. She grew up in Newark and married Samuel Gainfort and together they had five children. Sam passed away in February of 1989. Susan worked most of her life for a clothing manufacturing company, AT&T Phone Co. of NJ and Picatiny Sonah during the Vietnam War. Earning her GED and Associates Degree in accounting she maintained accounts for the Water Dept. of Sparta, NJ, Stanhope Township, Stanhope, NJ, Hackettstown, NJ and the Presbyterian Church of Sparta. Upon retiring she moved to the hamlet of South New Berlin to be closer to family. She was an active member of the South New Berlin Fire Dept, Auxiliary and remained active with St. Mathewís Episcopal Church of South New Berlin having maintained their accoounts for many years. She was also an active member of the Episcopal Christian Womenís association and many other activities of her church. Susan was also an active volunteer for many years at the information desk at the Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Susan loved to read and sew. In the spring, summer and fall she loved sitting on the front porch of her home and in the winter she enjoyed the view from her back window.

Susan was the last surviving sibling of her family. She was predeceased by her sisters and their husbands Anne Wertz and husband Leroy, Madeline DeFilippi and husband Vincent, her brothers Frank E. and George A. Eckstein and her sister-in-law Roxanna Minnet and husband Robert. She is survived by her five children, Jeanne Lehmann and husband Steven, Samuel Gainfort, Richard Gainfort, Melanie Crane and husband William and John Gainfort and wife Susan. Also survivng are her seven grandchildren, Megan Lehmann, David Lehmann and wife Geniece, Erica Crane and companion Joseph Ray, Cindy Dubois and husband Corey, Matthew Crane and wife Nicole, John Gainfort and Jennifer Gainfort and her 11 great grandchildren, Dylan, Brianne and Mason Ray, Brandon Lehmann, Zane Buckholz and Mackenzie and Baleigh DuBois, Emily Crane, Amethyst and Thomas Powers and Tyler Bard. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law Adrienne Eckstein, Geraldine Cook and husband William, Margaret Liashek and Anna May Gainfort along with several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks goes out to all who have assited Susan these past years.

Memorial contributions on Susanís behalf may be made to the St. Mathews Episcopal Church, 3326 State Highway 8, South New Berlin, NY 13843. Memorial services for Susan will be held in the month of May at a time to be announced. Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

Judith Norris Oberle

Published on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Judith “Judy” Norris Oberle, age 68, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at her residence after a long illness.

Judy was born August 27, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of the late Irene Parkin Norris and Bernard Norris. She was a graduate of Redford High School and Elgin College in Elgin, IL where she earned her RN degree.

She worked locally for Dr. Burke, Dersch and McIltrot as an RN and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband Edwin “Ed” Francis Oberle whom she married October 16, 1965; sons Michael Oberle (Crystal) of Concord and Paul Oberle (Julie) of Charlotte; brothers Bernard Norris of Belleville, MI, Barry Norris of Charleston, SC and Bob Norris of Atlantic City, NJ; grandchildren Zackary, Charlie and Allison Oberle and beloved dog Mindy.

Prayer Service: 6:00 PM Friday, April 11, at Summersett Memorial Chapel with visitation following until 8:00 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 AM Saturday, April 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Church Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Farrington and his staff, Patti of Advanced Home Healthcare and Mary at Comfort Keepers for their loving and compassionate care of Judy during her long illness.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Oberle family and online condolences may be made at

Raymond Herrington

Published on: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Raymond Frederick Herrington, 87, of Norwich retired Victory Markets Executive, passed away Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014, at his home.

Ray was born on Sept. 10, 1926 in Amsterdam, NY the son of Raymond and Elizabeth (Snyder) Herrington. A native of Amsterdam he was a 1944 graduate of the Amsterdam High School. Ray furthered his studies by attending Niagara University under the Aviation Cadet Program and served with the Army Air Force in WWII. Following his honorable discharge he attended and graduated from Albany Business College in 1947.

Prior to joining Victory Markets in 1965, Ray was employed by Armour & Co. for 18 years serving in many capacities up to Plant Manager in Binghamton, NY when he left to join Victory Markets. He retired from Victory Markets (Great American Food Stores) after 25 years of service as Senior Vice President of Perishable Operations in 1990. While serving with Victory, Ray served as Chairman of the Board of New York State Food Merchants Assoc. from 1980-1981. He also served as Chairman of the Meat Committee of Topco Associates of Skokie, Ill. and was a member of the Red Meat Advisory Council for New York State.

Ray was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich where he served on the vestry, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Norwich Planning Commission. He was also a life member of B.P.O.E. #1222 Elks Lodge of Norwich and a 40 year member of the Canasawacta Country Club.

Ray married his devoted wife of 65 years, Ilene (Hallenbeck) Herrington, on June 5, 1948. Besides his wife Ilene, Ray is survived by his brother and sister-in-law David J. and Jane Herrington of Ft. Myers, FL, his sister Mildred Barber of Bellevue, WA and his brother-in-law Donald Simpson of Lexington, KY. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his sister Jean Simpson.

A funeral service for Ray will be held on Sat., April 12, at a.m. from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich. The Very Rev. Charles Taylor will officiate. Interment will be in the Middleburgh, NY Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 4-6 p.m.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, West Main St., Norwich, NY 13815 or to Hospice and Palliative Care, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815

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