Obituaries

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Today's Death Notices

Jean Rhodes

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Last Week's Obituaries

William M. Currie

Published on: Friday, March 10, 2017

William M. Currie, 93, a lifelong resident of Norwich, passed away early Sunday morning, March 5, 2017, at the Basset Hospital of Cooperstown.

Bill was born on December 11, 1923 in Norwich the son of Ezra and Anne (Davern) Currie. He grew up in Norwich where he attended and graduated from the Norwich High School. A veteran of the United States Army, Bill served his country during WWII.

Bill’s was a 40 year employee of the United States Postal Service in Norwich. He worked as a Postal Clerk and was a very familiar face at the local office. His easy going and helpful ways earned him respect and many friends over the years. He was also a faithful member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church and attended Mass daily.

On August 19, 1950 in St. Paul’s Church he married Evelyn (Evie) Martin who survives.

Besides his wife Evelyn, Bill is survived by his children ; Michael (Penny) Currie of Norwich, Martin (Claire) Currie of Syracuse, John Currie of Seattle, WA and Lisa (Dennis) Leahy of San Antonio, TX. Also surviving are Bill’s grandchildren Daniel (Kelly) Currie, Sarah (James) Files, Jacasa Currie and Vincent Leahy.

Bill was predeceased by his sister Noreen.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be held on Monday, March 13, at 11:00 am from St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph A. Bove, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

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


Roger James Wood

Published on: Friday, March 10, 2017

Roger James Wood, 70 yrs. old of Cooperstown, NY went with our Lord, Jesus Christ, on March 7, 2017 at MIB Hospital, Cooperstown, NY.

Jim was born in Utica, NY on April 14, 1946 to Cleo & Phyllis (Wiggins) Wood.

He attended West Winfield Central School from kindergarten through 8th grade. Jim transferred to New Berlin Central School in 1961 and was a member of the great class that graduated in 1964. While at New Berlin he was a member of the dramatics club and choir, and played on the baseball, soccer and volleyball teams.

Jim met Elizabeth (Liz) Barron of Richfield Springs, NY in 1967 and they were married on May 4, 1968 at Christ Church, Cooperstown, NY while Jim was serving in the Air Force and stationed at Westover AFB, Springfield, MA.

Two beloved children, Jennifer, born May 3, 1969, and Stuart, born December 12, 1970 joined Jim and Liz in their Air Force travels that also had stops in Louisiana, California, Delaware and North Carolina in the United States. Jim and his family also lived in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines.

Jim enlisted in the Air Force in 1964 and served 20 years. His duties included Intelligence Operations from 1964-1977, with Reconnaissance Technical Squadrons for 8th Air Force (Westover AFB, MA.) 2nd Air Force (Barksdale, AFB, LA.) and 15th Air Force (March AFB, CA.) Jim changed his career fields in 1978 to become a Cost and Management Analyst at Dover AFB, De, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, Clark AB, Philippines and Pope AFB, NC until his retirement in 1984 at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

Jim received the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with silver leaf cluster, Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters.

He was honored for research and preparation of the Air Force Outstanding Cost and Management Analysis Report in 1980. Jim was also selected as the Outstanding Cost and Management Analyst for the Air Force in 1982.

While in the Air Force, Jim attained his Bachelor of Science degree with the University of Maryland.

Jim was an enthusiastic amateur photographer. While still serving in the Air Force, he coupled his hobby with interest in auto-racing to become a photo-journalist with racing photos published in such national publications as Sports Illustrated, Stock Car Racing Magazine and Grand National Scene.

Jim was also a published writer with many driver and personality profiles, race reports, and special assignment stories for SCRM and GNS. He hosted a weekly auto-racing show on KTLA radio in Los Angeles, CA. while handling public relations responsibilities for short tracks in the Southern California area.

Jim, while stationed overseas, enrolled in computer programming classes and ultimately developed a program that predicted when a caution flag would occur during a race. The program was put to use when he returned to the United States and joined up with Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison and crew chief Gary Nelson in 1983. The success of the program can be measured by the success of long-time veteran Allison being crowned the NASCAR Grand National Champion for 1983 – his only Grand National championship.

Jim and his family settled in New Berlin, NY upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1984.

Jim went to work with Preferred Mutual Insurance Company as Comptroller for the company. He also served two terms, one as president, on the New Berlin Central School board. He was particularly proud that his daughter’s high school diploma carried his name. Jim later served one term on the New Berlin Town Board.

Jim went on to become Controller at Chenango Mutual Insurance Company , Norwich, NY and the dual companies Home Mutual Insurance Company and Merchants and Bakers Mutual Insurance Company under Home State Holdings, Inc., first in Red Bank , NJ and then in Binghamton, NY.

He and his wife later moved to Largo, FL. where Jim worked as the FIFO tax expert for Eckerd Corporation in Clearwater, FL.

Jim and Liz moved to Northborough, Ma in 2005 to be near their beloved and cherished grandson Joshua.

Jim was employed by Robert Half International when contracted to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Boston, MA as a reinsurance specialist.

He retired in 2009.

Jim and Liz “came home” to settle in Cooperstown, NY in 2011 where he could enjoy his passion for golf as a member of the Leatherstocking Golf Course. He welcomed the opportunities to play golf on many courses throughout the United States and internationally as well.

Jim will be remembered mostly for his kind heart, being there for this family and friends whenever and where ever they needed him. He cared for everyone unselfishly. Jim’s friendly smile and outgoing, pleasant personality drew people to him. He had a terrific sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh with his many friends.

Jim’s first love was his family. He admired Liz as a wonderful wife and mother, and felt especially fortunate to have married such a remarkable person. Jim enjoyed his role as a husband and father and the responsibilities that came with both. He was especially proud of his wife’s professional accomplishments and took particular pride in Jennifer & Stuart as he watched them grow from young children into highly successful adults and every accomplishment they achieved.

Jim felt blessed when he became a grandfather to Joshua, son of Stuart and Amy. He often said that he never knew he was capable of such love as he had for his Grandson. Jim especially enjoyed every moment that Joshua could spend with his “Papa”.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his daughter, Jennifer (married to Rob Gross); his son, Stuart (married to Amy Church); his grandson, Joshua; his sister, Darlene, nephew Derrick and many, many cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home, LP, New Berlin, NY.

A private service for the family will follow at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Chenango County SPCA, Norwich, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Herbert “sonny” H. Crouch, Jr.

Published on: Monday, March 13, 2017

HERBERT H. CROUCH, JR.

SMYRNA – Herbert “Sonny” H. Crouch, Jr., 79, of Smyrna, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Community Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 1, 1938 in Smyrna, NY, a son of the late Herbert H. Sr. and Mae Wilson Crouch.

He was a graduate of Sherburne High School in 1957 then served in the US Army. Herbert had worked at TACO Co. in Sherburne.

Herbert is survived by his sister Rosemary Crouch of Smyrna.

A graveside service will be held in Willcox Cemetery in the spring.

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

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Stephen D. Lent

Published on: Monday, March 13, 2017

STEPHEN D. LENT

Stephen D. Lent of Mars, PA, died March 6, 2017. He was born July 15, 1952 in Oneonta, NY, the son of the late Carl H. and Jean (Carvin) Lent.

Raised in Norwich, NY, he attended and graduated from the local schools. He held a BS and ME in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He was a veteran of the US Army; conducting research and development in the field of explosives and weapons effects at the USACE Waterways Experiments Station in Vicksburg, MS.

He was employed for a number of years in the Pittsburgh, PA area in the field of Construction Management and had been employed by the Army Corps of Engineers, several local consulting engineering firms and contractors, and as an independent consultant. He was a lifetime member and past president of the local chapter of the American Concrete Institute and was a frequent instructor in their certification courses.

He is survived by sons Michael and partner Jared Pappas-Kelley of Acklam, North Yorkshire, UK, Richard and wife Marcela, and granddaughter Mila of Huntington Beach, CA. He is also survived by brothers David and wife Florence of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Charles and wife Debra of Schenectady, NY, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be no calling hours or services. Professional services trusted to Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd., Blawnox.

Donations can be made in Stephen’s memory to the Brain Recovery Project: Childhood Epilepsy Surgery Foundation, a cause very close to his heart, at http://www.brainrecoveryproject.org/

www.thomasmsmithfh.com


Neil F. Pease

Published on: Monday, March 13, 2017

NEIL F. PEASE

Neil F. Pease, 77, of Greene passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Linda; sister, Jan Shear; brother, Raymond Pease; sister-in-law, Joan Sage. He is survived by his loving companion Rose Mott and her family; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Chad Allen; son and partner, Dean Pease and William Graves; grandsons, Dawson and Cole Allen; two sisters-in-law and family, Janet and James Hallenbeck and Ruth and Don Eldred; two brothers-in-law and family, John and Dana Sage and Tom and Debbie Sage; and many nieces and nephews and their families. Neil worked at Raymond Corporation for nearly 30 years and at Greene Technologies prior to retiring. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Greene and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time at Ludlow Lake and loved getting out-fished by his grandsons. Neil loved a good card game and was a proud supporter of high school athletics. He will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends. Calling hours will be held at the First Congregational Church UCC, in Greene on Wednesday, March 15th from 4-6pm with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made either to the First Congregational Church UCC of Greene or an important organization or cause of your choice in honor of Neil. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com.


Stanley G. Peckham

Published on: Monday, March 13, 2017

STANLEY G. PECKHAM

Stanley G. Peckham, 98, a longtime resident of Smyrna, passed away early Friday morning, February 24, 2017, at the Community Memorial Hospital of Hamilton.

Stan was born on January 9, 1919 in Smyrna the son of Adelbert and Louise (Barber) Peckham. He grew up in Smyrna and attended both the Smyrna and Sherburne schools. Once out of school he remained in Smyrna going to work to help support the family. On January 10 1942 in Clearwater, FL he married Mary Magdalene Baker who passed away July 9, 2004. Soon after, he entered the United States Air Force where he served his country until his honorable discharge in 1945. Returning home Stan and Magdalene took up permanent residence in Smyrna. While making their home in Smyrna Stan was employed by the Smyrna Creamery and in 1962 his work called him to Oxford where he went to work for the Chenango Valley Farmers Co-Op which eventually became Dairyman’s League. Following his retirement and not a man to sit idle, Stan took up employment with Chenango County where he worked at the Chenango County Office building as a general maintenance man from which he retired in 1980. Stan continued to make his home in Oxford until recent years when he moved back to his hometown of Smyrna.

Stan was a quiet man who had a ready smile, pleasing personality and an easy going way. He loved to chat, remember the good ol days and was always ready for a good time or a good meal. He was recently honored as an 80 year member of the Smyrna Fire Dept. and was also a lifelong member of the Smyrna United Methodist Church. Stan will be missed by many of his lifelong friends in Smyrna and the surrounding area who he considered his family.

Stan is survived by his daughter Judith Ann (Judi) Peckham of Hollywood, CA, his nephew Donald Baker of Smyrna along with several other nieces, nephews and many friends in Smyrna and the surrounding area.

Stan was predeceased by his wife Mary Magdalene (Maggie), his siblings Ruth Onan, Gertrude Peckham, Mildred Webb, Richard Peckham, Carl Peckham and Earl Peckham.

A funeral service for Stan will be held on Friday, March 17, at noon from the Smyrna United Methodist Church. The Rev. George Gallandorm, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Smyrna United Methodist Church on Friday from 10-12.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Smyrna United Methodist Church, Smyrna, NY 13464 or to the Smyrna Fire Dept., Smyrna, NY 13464.

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


Robert Louis Angell

Published on: Monday, March 13, 2017

ROBERT LOUIS ANGELL

Robert Louis Angell, 92 yrs. old of New Berlin, NY passed away on March 9, 2017 at Chase Nursing Home.

Robert was born on March 19, 1924 in Utica, NY the son of Louis F. & Mildred (Pearsall) Angell. His childhood was spent in the Ilion & Utica, NY areas. He attended New Berlin Central School, Cascadilla School (GED) and Utica School of Commerce where he attained his A.A.S. in accounting.

On December 29, 1949 he married Elizabeth (Horton) Angell who predeceased him on May 4, 2001.

Robert worked as a crane operator, a truck driver, a coal dealer for L.F.Angell & Son, a bookkeeper for I.L. Richer Company, and a bus driver for the New Berlin Central School. He also worked for Eastern Rock and the Town of New Berlin and was the owner and operator of Angell’s Bakery. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 in the European Theatre during WWII.

He was a member of the New Berlin Fire Department and Emergency Squad, the American Legion and the Masons. He attended the First Baptist Church of New Berlin and later, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church also of New Berlin. He had a great love for woodworking and crafts.

Robert is survived by his children; Roger & Barbara Angell of Oneonta, Alice & David Cappadonia of Sherburne and Betty Lou & Dale Malhenzie of Delmar, grandchildren; Melinda Malhenzie, Wendy (& Mike) Stevens, Eric (& Leah) Malhenzie, and David (& Megan) Cappadonia & Elizabeth Cappadonia, great grandchildren; Matthew, Joshua, Rachel & Lauren Stevens, Sarah Malhenzie and Ava Cappadonia, his sister; Sally Sommers of Utica as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Robert was predeceased by his brother; Peter Kingston and 2 sisters; Delores Saldano and Ruth Angell.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Berlin, NY.

The interment will be in the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne, NY.

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

Memorial contributions can be made to the New Berlin Emergency Squad.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Helen Ione Matteson Hill

Published on: Monday, March 13, 2017

HELEN IONE MATTESON HILL

Helen Ione Matteson Hill, 94, of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home.

Ione came into this world August 13, 1922, in New Berlin, the third daughter of what would be eight children born to Clyde F. and Margaret E. (Zirkel) Matteson. She grew up in the New Berlin area and was a 1941 graduate of the New Berlin Central School.

She grew up on the family farm in New Berlin and worked hard milking cows, working in the hay fields and various other farm chores. Her family has never grown tired of her many stories of growing up on the farm. Over the years she worked for the egg factory in New Berlin, Sonee Brothers Jewelers, Victory Markets, Sage Craft and various others in Norwich.

Ione loved being in the outdoors working in her various beautiful flower gardens as well as the vegetable garden. She was a champion berry picker and though we tried no one could pick more berries than mom. She was a competitor playing croquet, badmitten, ping pong, cards and over the last several years was the family champion Chinese checker player.

Ione loved to dance and was elated when she was able to talk Mack into taking dancing lessons. They had many good times going dancing. She also loved doing the polka with her son-in-law, Bob. It became a Saturday night ritual to watch Let’s Polka and The Lawrence Welk Show on T.V. She also loved going out to dinner on Sunday and especially enjoyed the Sunday brunch at Taylor’s Country House.

In 1946 Ione married her handsome southern soldier boy Mack Hill in Liberty Township, PA. They were together for over 53 years until his death September 3, 1999.

Ione was predeceased by her husband Mack, her parents Clyde and Margaret Matteson, her siblings Evelyn Hazard, Marion Button, Donald Matteson, Lois O’Connor, Janet Malone, Clyde Matteson, Jr. and her son-in-law Bob McNitt.

Ione is survived by her daughters Elizabeth (Betty) McNitt of Norwich, Linda (Jerry) Hill Jones of Whitesboro, her 2 grandchildren who she adored, Jon Landers and his companion Janet Kaskela of Sauquoit, NY and Heather Landers of Brewerton. Also surviving are her step grandchildren Patty (Jeff) Kahler of Rome, Jeffrey Jones of Clinton and Michael (Debbie) Jones of Melbourne, FL. She is also survived by 9 step great grandchildren Jacob, Kierstyn, Spencer Kahler, Cody Skyler, Riley, Talon Jones and Heather and Christopher Jones. Ione also leaves behind her one sibling who she loved dearly George Fred Matteson of Hinesville, GA, several nieces, nephews, cousins and her sister-in-law Ruby Hill Brown of NC.

In keeping with Ione’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in the Fairview Cemetery of New Berlin.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Broad St. United Methodist Church, 74 North Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815.

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


Charles Orville "chuck" Smith

Published on: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Charles Orville "Chuck" Smith, 89, of South Plymouth, died peacefully at his residence on Saturday, March 11, 2017 with his loving wife by his side.

Born May 21, 1927, Chuck was the son of T. Berton and Flora May (Lewis) Smith. He grew up in Preston and graduated from the Oxford Academy school system. He also earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in agricultural sciences from Cornell.

After college, Chuck taught both agriculture and shop at Deposit High School before being drafted into the US Army during the Korean War. He served in the Veterinarian Corps as a meat inspector in Boston during his time of service.

After his discharge and return home, Chuck worked in the Otego school system as an agriculture, shop, and driver's education instructor. He also worked for a time as a farm representative for NYSEG.

In 1965, Chuck accepted a position in Aityetoro, Nigeria, in West Africa, as an instructor at the Comprehensive High School there. He was so loved there, that he was even named a chief of a local tribe. He returned to the US four years later and served as the Executive Director of Opportunities for Chenango.

In 1974, Harvard sought someone to work in its program teaching agriculture extension to civil servants in Africa. Harvard asked Cornell, and Cornell recommended Chuck. Chuck left the US once more and served in Cameroon, West Africa, in that field of work.

In Cameroon, Chuck met his wife, Judith "Jude" Balmer, a British native, who survives. Later, Chuck and Jude lived and worked in Liberia and Tanzania. They returned to the US in 1983.

Chuck and Jude would spend their lives together raising their children, traveling to many parts of the world, and living in the log cabin Chuck built himself (with the help of a dear friend), in South Plymouth.

Chuck also enjoyed reading, riding his motorcycles, and working on his Ford Model A cars.

He did everything he wanted to do during his life, and died the way he lived, being at peace in his home.

In addition to his wife, Chuck is survived by three sons, Jeffrey (Mary Christine), Andrew (Elizabeth Dellars), and Timothy (Amy); two daughters, Amy (Richard) Saucedo and Lucy Smith (Jason Battaglia); eight grandchildren, Celine, Gwendoline, Alaric, Brian, Adam, Erica, Huckleberry, and Trillium; and sisters, Esther (Stan) Wilson, Peggy Sylstra, Fern Pierce, Irma (Dave) Petley, and Caroline (Bob) Georgia.

A private viewing will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, and a private committal service will be conducted at Hillington Crematory, Morris, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck's memory may be made to Chenango Hospice, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815, Partners in Health, 800 Boylston St., Suite 1400, Boston, MA 02199, or SOIL Haiti, 124 Church Rd., Sherburne, NY 13460.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


Colleen I. Deady

Published on: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Colleen I. Deady, of Norwich, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. She was 67 years old.

Colleen was a native of Norwich, graduated from Norwich High School, and most recently worked at DCMO BOCES in Norwich. At BOCES, she took great pride in helping nursing students obtain financing for their education, and enjoyed supporting her students as they continued their studies. She also made it a priority to attend students’ graduations.

Colleen also very much enjoyed photography, and was skilled at capturing beautiful images at weddings and other special celebrations held by her family and friends. She also captured beautiful scenes during her travels. Her most favorite location to photograph was in and around the state of Maine.

Colleen was also a talented gardener, a collector of memorabilia, and was a devoted Kansas City Chiefs football fan. She also adored the cats she raised over the years.

Colleen is survived by her siblings Barbara (Ron) Rabatsky, of CA, Richard (Jo Ann) Deady, of Norwich, and Michael (Vicki) Deady, of Fairport, NY; nieces and nephews, Kristin (Scott Griffin) Deady, Ryan (Bailey) Deady, Nicholas Deady, Matt Deady, Scott Deady, and Allison Deady. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

A private graveside service for Colleen will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in the spring. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in Colleen’s memory may be made to the Chenango SPCA, 6160 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit: www.wilsonfh.com.


Mark Hoag

Published on: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mark Hoag, 60 yrs. old of the Town of Morris, NY passed away on March 11, 2017 at his home.

Mark was born on November 4, 1956 in New Berlin, NY the son of Robert & Ann (Scecchitano) Hoag. His childhood was spent in the New Berlin area where he attended Morris and New Berlin Central Schools.

He was employed by the Penneysaver as a deliveryman until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping.

Surviving are his children; Jennifer Obert (David) of Virginia, Sierra Scecchintano of Morris, NY, Robert Burtis of South New Berlin, grandchildren; David & Alyssa Obert, brothers; Robert Hoag & David (Sandy) Monroe as well as several nieces and nephews and girlfriend; Denise Kuhn.

He was predeceased by one son, Jeremy Hoag.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY with Pastor Kurt Funke officiating.

The interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY.

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

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Arthur W. Dietrich, Jr.

Published on: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Arthur W. Dietrich, Jr., 88, of Landisville, PA and formerly of Norwich, NY and Cooperstown, NY, died peacefully at his home at Oak Leaf Manor North assisted living facility on Friday, March 10, 2017.

He was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Elizabeth (Young) Dietrich in Buffalo, NY. The oldest child of seven, the family moved to Norwich when Arthur was ten years old, but he always considered himself a native of Norwich. He and his wife Florence retired to Cooperstown in 1989 where they enjoyed the lake and sailing.

After serving in the United States Army Signal Corps (Operation Sandstone, Joint Task Force Seven) and college, Arthur was associated with Norwich Mills, Inc., and became the executive responsible for office administration, including their management information system. Following the company’s merger with Champion Products, he subsequently took his expertise to benefit the Norwich Pharmaceutical Company, and retired from Procter & Gamble.

Arthur was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. He served as General Chairman of the church’s mortgage reduction drive, and also served as Treasurer and Church Council member. From 1966-67, he served as Exalted Ruler of the Norwich Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #1222.

On November 27, 1954, Florence M. Scanlon became his bride and subsequently gave Arthur six children of whom they were always proud. These six gave them six more by marriage, which added to the richness of their family life, and those unions were blessed with 18 grandchildren. Survivors include Lynda and her husband, Michael McCumber, and their children, James, Kenneth and Kathryn, of Chelmsford, MA; William and his wife, Linda, and their children, Ryan and Ross, of Nacogdoches, TX; Daniel and his wife, Mary Jo, and their children, Stephen, Martin and Jason, of Marietta, PA; Karen and her husband, William DiGilio, and their children, Kelsey and Brianna, of Lancaster, PA; Edward and his wife, Jean, and their children, Amanda and Lauren, of Elizabethtown, PA; and John and his wife, Dawn, and their children, Jonathan and Shaye, of Harrisburg, PA. He also leaves behind three sisters and their husbands: Catherine Kinney, of Oviedo, FL; Donna and Eugene Stratton, of Camas, WA; Diane and John Wicks, of Greene, NY; and two brothers and their wives, Donald and Lynn, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; and David and Donna, of Norwich, NY. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 43 years, Florence M. Dietrich, who died in 1996, and also by a granddaughter Renee Dietrich in 1990, grandson Thomas McCumber in 2001, grandson William DiGilio in 2017, brother Eugene in 1966, sister-in-law Veronica, and brother-in-law Donald Kinney.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Wilson Funeral Home, 68 South Broad St., Norwich, NY. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home prior to the service for visitation from 9:00-10:30 am. Burial will immediately follow the service at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Arthur may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 94 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815, or Friends of Bassett, Bassett Medical Center, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


John L. Aikins

Published on: Thursday, March 16, 2017

John L. Aikins, 64, a lifelong resident of Norwich and former Chenango County Deputy Sheriff, passed away Saturday afternoon, March 11, 2017, at home with his family at his side.

John was born in Norwich on March 18, 1952 the son of Kenneth and Coral (Letson) Aikins. He grew up in Norwich and was a 1971 graduate of the Norwich High School. Over the years John had been employed by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Dept. for a period of 19 years, had also worked at BOCES where he taught Auto Mechanics as well as their defensive driving class. He also drove bus for the Norwich School District.

John was, without question, a huge motorcyclist. It was always 24/7 in his mind. Throughout the years he and his wife, family and friends had taken many trips all over the country. He also enjoyed wood cutting and auto mechanics.

John is survived by his wife Nancy (Redmond) Aikins of Norwich, his children Shawn (Alison) Aikins of Morris, Robin (Kevin) Christian of So. New Berlin, Tandi (Shane) Wegner of Fuquay Varina, NC, Danielle (Corey) Babcock of Navarre, FL, Jonathan (Jessica) Aikins of Norwich, Katherine (Benjamin) Murphy of Killeen, TX and JoEllen (Daniel) Holmberg of Jacksonville,NC and 11 grandchildren with the 12th due very soon. Also surviving are his siblings Elizabeth (Alan) Snyder of Wills Point, TX, Theresa (Richard) Hutton of Paterson, CA, Kenneth (Margaret) Aikins of Goldsboro, NC, Stephen (Viann) Aikins of Norwich and Dean Aikins of Fuquqy Varina, NC along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Coral and his sister Diane Aikins.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Saturday, March 18, from 11-2pm. There will be no formal funeral service and interment will be private.

Please consider memorial contributions to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.


Mark Hoag

Published on: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mark Hoag, 60 yrs. old of the Town of Morris, NY passed away on March 11, 2017 at his home.

Mark was born on November 4, 1956 in New Berlin, NY the son of Robert & Ann (Scecchitano) Hoag. His childhood was spent in the New Berlin area where he attended Morris and New Berlin Central Schools.

He was employed by the Pennysaver as a deliveryman until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping.

Surviving are his children; Jennifer Obert (David) of Virginia, Sierra Scecchintano of Morris, NY, Robert Burtis of South New Berlin, grandchildren; David & Alyssa Obert, brothers; Robert Hoag & David (Sandy) Monroe as well as several nieces and nephews and girlfriend; Denise Kuhn.

He was predeceased by one son, Jeremy Hoag.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY with Pastor Kurt Funke officiating.

The interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY.

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

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Arthur W. Dietrich, Jr.

Published on: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Arthur W. Dietrich, Jr., 88, of Landisville, PA and formerly of Norwich, NY and Cooperstown, NY, died peacefully at his home at Oak Leaf Manor North assisted living facility on Friday, March 10, 2017.

He was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Elizabeth (Young) Dietrich in Buffalo, NY. The oldest child of seven, the family moved to Norwich when Arthur was ten years old, but he always considered himself a native of Norwich. He and his wife Florence retired to Cooperstown in 1989 where they enjoyed the lake and sailing.

After serving in the United States Army Signal Corps (Operation Sandstone, Joint Task Force Seven) and college, Arthur was associated with Norwich Mills, Inc., and became the executive responsible for office administration, including their management information system. Following the company’s merger with Champion Products, he subsequently took his expertise to benefit the Norwich Pharmaceutical Company, and retired from Procter & Gamble.

Arthur was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. He served as General Chairman of the church’s mortgage reduction drive, and also served as Treasurer and Church Council member. From 1966-67, he served as Exalted Ruler of the Norwich Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #1222.

On November 27, 1954, Florence M. Scanlon became his bride and subsequently gave Arthur six children of whom they were always proud. These six gave them six more by marriage, which added to the richness of their family life, and those unions were blessed with 18 grandchildren. Survivors include Lynda and her husband, Michael McCumber, and their children, James, Kenneth and Kathryn, of Chelmsford, MA; William and his wife, Linda, and their children, Ryan and Ross, of Nacogdoches, TX; Daniel and his wife, Mary Jo, and their children, Stephen, Martin and Jason, of Marietta, PA; Karen and her husband, William DiGilio, and their children, Kelsey and Brianna, of Lancaster, PA; Edward and his wife, Jean, and their children, Amanda and Lauren, of Elizabethtown, PA; and John and his wife, Dawn, and their children, Jonathan and Shaye, of Harrisburg, PA. He also leaves behind three sisters and their husbands: Catherine Kinney, of Oviedo, FL; Donna and Eugene Stratton, of Camas, WA; Diane and John Wicks, of Greene, NY; and two brothers and their wives, Donald and Lynn, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; and David and Donna, of Norwich, NY. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 43 years, Florence M. Dietrich, who died in 1996, and also by a granddaughter Renee Dietrich in 1990, grandson Thomas McCumber in 2001, grandson William DiGilio in 2017, brother Eugene in 1966, sister-in-law Veronica, and brother-in-law Donald Kinney.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the Wilson Funeral Home, 68 South Broad St., Norwich, NY. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home prior to the service for visitation from 9:00-10:30 am. Burial will immediately follow the service at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Arthur may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 94 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815, or Friends of Bassett, Bassett Medical Center, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


Amy Boise Perkowski

Published on: Friday, March 17, 2017

Perkowski, Amy Boise, age 60 of LaGrange, KY passed away on Thursday March 9th. Amy was born on April 6, 1956 to Charles and Jean Sweet Boise in Norwich, New York. She was a graduate of Sherburne-Earlville School, Mohawk Valley Community College, and Eastern Kentucky University. Amy worked as a risk engineering professional at State Auto Insurance and was previously employed by Zurich Insurance and AETNA Life and Casualty.

Amy is preceded in death by her father, Charles Boise.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her mother, Jean Boise of New York; sisters, Cheryl Breitenbecker (Kenneth) of Florida, Roberta “Bobbie” Colquitt (Kenneth) of North Carolina, and Diana Schaffer (Rick) of New York; brother, Russ Boise (Felicia) of Georgia; special friends, Jerry Hensel and Connie Holland. along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 18th at 1 P.M. at Columbus Community Church, Columbus, New York with Pastor Stephen Reese officiating.

Interment at Graham Cemetery, Hubbardsville, New York will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made to Columbus Community Church or the charity of your choice.

Schur Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.


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