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Today's Death Notices

Theresa (montesanti) Alessi, 93, of New Hartford

Last Week's Obituaries

Gary M. Biviano

Published on: Monday, December 8, 2014


VENICE, FL – Gary M. Biviano, age 67, of Venice, FL died on December 2, 2014. He was born in Norwich, NY on June 25, 1947 to John Nofio and Barbara Baxter Biviano. Gary earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee. He worked for Alcoa in government affairs, retiring after 38 years with them. He was an avid golfer and sports fan, and a valued volunteer at Venice Hospital.

Gary is survived by his wife, Suzanne, of Venice; daughter Elizabeth Barker of Atlanta, her husband Darren and their children Paige and Sarah; son Andrew of Atlanta, his wife Beth and their children Whitney and Wesley; brother David of Elmira, NY; and sister Brenda Matthews of Hot Springs Village, AR.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Venice on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Farley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Tidewell Hospice, 220 Wexford Blvd., Venice 34293. To share a memory of Gary visit

Pastor Brian E. Moore

Published on: Monday, December 8, 2014


PITTSFIELD – Pastor Brian E. Moore, 57 yrs old of the Town of Pittsfield, NY passed away on December 3, 2014 in Norwich, NY.

Brian was born on April 19, 1957 in Huntington, NY the son of Ellsworth “Buddy” & Mary (Sexton) Moore. His childhood was spent in the Huntington, NY and Coudersport, PA areas. On June 15, 1991 he married Anne Osmeloski who survives him.

He was a carpenter by trade and the Pastor of the Rockbuilt Church of Pittsfield, NY. He was a real jokester who enjoyed listening to music and playing musical instruments.

In addition to his mother Mary and wife Anne, Brian is survived by his daughter; Theresa Moore of Binghamton, NY, two brothers; Patrick and Chris Moore, a sister; Mary Kay Connelly, a niece; Miriam Connelly and one nephew; Tyler Moore as well as many Aunts, Uncles & Cousins.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home LP with a service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday also at the funeral home at the beginning of the evening calling hours.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Patric F. Loomis

Published on: Friday, December 5, 2014


McDONOUGH – Patric F. Loomis, 52, of McDonough, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich, NY.

Born in Cortland, NY on May 23, 1962, Pat was a son of the late Floyd Loomis and Edna Harvey. A lifetime resident of this area, he was a “graduate” of Cincinnatus Central School and worked as a toolmaker for GE Aviation, Norwich, NY. Prior to that, he worked at Greene Technologies and Raymond Corporation as a toolmaker, machinist, and metal worker. This was not only his occupation but a favorite past time, as well. Like his dad, he was a collector, restorer, and trader of antique gasoline engines. Pat enjoyed his classic cars and was especially fond of his 1957 Chevrolet and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Although a quiet and reserved man, Pat enjoyed talking to anyone who wanted to pass the time of day with him.

He is survived by his children, Nellie (Zachary) Hotaling of Cincinnatus, Ashlyn (Edward Perry) Loomis of Center Lisle; and Ryan (Ashley Warren) Loomis of Pitcher; his grandchildren, Aiden and Rhea, along with one future grandchild expected in June 2015. He also leaves behind his sister, Pamela (Kevin) Springer of South Otselic; his companion, Doreen Beebe, of McDonough; an aunt and uncle, Eleanor and Lawrence “Stub” Harvey of Cincinnatus; a nephew, Jeremy (Aimee) Stith and their children; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. with Jeanne Angell officiating. Burial will be in Pitcher Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Pat may be directed to the McDonough Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 99, McDonough, NY 13801. To leave a personal message for the family, please visit

Katherine (kathy) M. Licht

Published on: Tuesday, December 9, 2014


SMYRNA – Katherine (Kathy) M. Licht, 48, of East Main St., died Friday, December 5, 2014 at home, with her longtime companion, Craig Carpenter by her side.

She was born November 28, 1966 in Oxnard, CA, the only child of Christopher A. and Kay E. Connelly Licht, a Navy family, who called several states “home” during her early years. Kathy worked as a server for restaurants in New Mexico, and locally for Pizza Hut in Norwich and McDonalds in Hamilton. She enjoyed Pogo online gaming, and loved lighthouses, Tweety Bird and the Grinch.

She is survived by her mother, Kay of IL; her father, Chris of IL; grandmother, Odeis Speight; daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Jason Potts of IA; granddaughters, Kira Rose and Brooklyn of IA; Craig’s father, Arnold Carpenter of Smyrna; and Craig’s daughter, Ashley Lawson of MD. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, April.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 1-3 and 6-8 pm, followed by services at 8pm.

Interment will be private at the convenience of her family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Smyrna Fire Department Auxiliary.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to

Patricia D. Cowles

Published on: Tuesday, December 9, 2014


GREENE – Patricia D. Cowles, 78, of Greene passed away early Friday morning, December 5, 2014, in the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of Norwich.

Pat was born on August 23, 1936 in Norwich the son of Thomas and Ruth (Wilson) Downey. She grew up in Oxford and was a graduate of the Oxford High School. Following her education she gained employment with the Raymond Corporation for a period of two years. She subsequently went to work for the Norwich Pharmacal Co and Victory Markets. Pat’s last employment was with Chenango County where she worked in the Dept. of Motor Vehicles.

On July 1, 1961 in Guilford Center she married Carl L. Cowles who survives.

Besides her husband Carl of Greene, Pat is survived by her son Michael Cowles and wife Carla of Pensacola, FL, her grandchildren David Cowles, Samantha Mills and husband Blake and great grandchildren. Pat is also survived by her brothers Richard Downey and wife Glenna of Norwich, Edward Downey of Nevada and Robert Downey of Norwich. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Pat was predeceased by her brother Donald Downey.

A funeral service for Pat will be held on Thursday, December 11, at noon from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. David Hanselman of Greene will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon.

Bernard H. (bernie) Palmer, Sr.

Published on: Tuesday, December 9, 2014


EARLVILLE – Bernard H. (Bernie) Palmer, Sr., 69, of Bisbee Rd., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

He was born in Lebanon on April 9, 1945, a son of Pearl and Catherine Schroer Palmer. A lifetime resident of the Lebanon/Georgetown area, Bernie attended Earlville Central School. He worked for the Hull Corp. as a crane operator and had been a heavy equipment operator for most of his life. Bernie is remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved to hunt.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Judith Manwarren of Earlville; his children, Bernard (Bim) H. Palmer, Jr. of Sherburne; Todd (Lisa) Palmer of Sherburne; Wendi (Ed) McClannan of Selma, NC; Michael (Michele) Palmer of Canisteo, NY; his grandchildren, Erik, Anthony, Brent, Emily, Felicia, Ashley, Cory, Elizabeth, Cannon and McKinley. Also surviving are his sister and brothers, Sheila Predmore, Earl (Till) Palmer, Ed (Gail) Palmer, and Jack Palmer, all of Earlville; Ron (Ellen) Palmer of Norwich and Elton Palmer of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Joan Sutherland; and a brother-in-law, Gene Predmore

Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday, December 12, 2014 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, followed by interment in the Lebanon Valley Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lebanon Federated Church, or to the Georgetown Fire Department or Emergency Squad.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to

Leroy S. Mathewson

Published on: Tuesday, December 9, 2014


NORWICH – LeRoy S. Mathewson, 76, of Norwich, passed away Thursday morning, December 4, 2014, at his home.

Le Roy was born on June 11, 1938 in Plymouth the son of Hubert and Laura (Bliss) Mathewson. A resident of the area all of his life, LeRoy had attended the Sherburne schools graduating with the class of 1955. Following his education he went home to work and operate the family farm which he did until 1971. He then took employment with Ballie Lumber as a machine operator where he worked for 33 years until his retirement.

An avid bowler, LeRoy bowled in many of the Norwich leagues at Brown Ave. and Plaza Lanes. He also bowled in Earlville and had even sponsered his own team known as Roys Boys. Throughout his bowling years he had bowled one 300 game and two 299 games. He also enjoyed his motorcycles and camping.

On November 18, 1938 in Plymouth he married Loretta Youngs who survvies.

Besides his wife Loretta of Norwich, LeRoy is survived by his step children Nancy Pierce and husband James of Fort Meade, FL, Terry Bassett and wife Pamela of South Plymouth, his sister Eleanor Knapp and husband Robert of Sherburne, his brother Thomas I. Mathewson of Norwich, 6 grandchilden and 3 great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Graveside services for LeRoy will be held in the spring from the North Norwich Cemetery at a time to be announced. There will be no calling hours.

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

Max F. Stevens

Published on: Tuesday, December 9, 2014


NORWICH – Max F. Stevens, 80, a life long Norwich area resident, passed away Thursday evening, December 4, 2014, in the Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Max was born on June 8, 1934 in Plymouth the son of Clifford D. and Elaine (Dunham) Stevens and was a 1952 graduate of the Otego High School. Following his graduation entered the United States Army serving his country from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1954. While in the military he was stationed in Germany. Returning home, Max began operating the family farm which he operated for many years. Max had also served as Supervisor for the Town of Plymouth for many years as well as selling real estate for Peggy Parker Real Estate for 15 years. He was also a founding member of the Plymouth Historical Society of which he was still a member.

Max was all about his family. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren following their sporting activities, baby sitting for the great grandchildren and traveling around the area with them. A life long Yankee fan, he enjoyed watching their games and was also a fan of the NY Jets especially when they were in Cortland.

On January 19, 1957 he married the love of his life Lillian (Lonnie) Bates who passed away November 27, 2008. His devotion to Lonnie was shown even after her death by his daily visits to her grave for over 6 years.

Max is survived by his children Kelly Law and husband Kenneth, Patrick Stevens, his sister Barbara Shirdon all of Norwich, his grandchildren Riley Law of Sherburne, Challen Law of Rochester, Padraic Law and Mia Stevens both of Norwich and his great grandchildren Austin Ho, Arabella Ho and Marcus Blacksher. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A prayer service for Max will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Ralph A. Bove , Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Please consider memorial contributions to Holy Family School, 30 Pleasant St., Norwich, NY or to the Plymouth Historical Society, Plymoouth, NY 13832.

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

Millie Viola Brazee French

Published on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORWICH – Millie Viola Brazee French, 86, of Norwich, passed away Monday morning, December 8, 2014, with her family by her side at the Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Millie was born in Kirk on August 31, 1928 the daughter of Jesse James and Waneta (Wilson) Brazee. She grew up in the Kirk area where she attended the local school. Millie left school early to help her parents raise their large family. Over the years she worked for Berglas Co. and the Norwich Shoe Co. from which she retired. In addition to working at the Shoe Co. Millie and her husband Harold together operated a small farm in Preston.

Millie was a pleasant person who in her earlier years enjoyed dancing. She also liked gardening at her home and watching the birds. On June 23, 1947 she married her husband of 53 years Harold Stanley French who passed away June 11, 2000.

Millie is survived by her children Richard French and wife Gail of Oxford, Waneta Kossman and husband Bob of South Plymouth and Harold French Jr. and wife Diane of Sherburne, her grandchildren Daphne Kossman Dodge and companion Anthony Buell, Richard French Jr. and wife Lori, Francis French and wife Amy, Bruce French and wife Ursula, Dawn French Teft and fiancee Larry Head, Jesse French and wife Andrea, Erik Lindgren, Heather Lindgren and Larry Snyder and wife Cristen. Also surviving are numerous great grandchildren, her sisters Darlene Manwarren and husband Ted of Smyrna, Joyce Donnelly and husband Roland of Smyrna, her brother David Brazee of Hubbardsville along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her husband Harold, Millie was predeceased by her sisters Barbara Law, Arlene Dunn, Charlotte Waller, Evelyn Mock and Beatrice Usher, her brothers Francis Brazee, Charles Brazee, Frank Brazee, Daniel Brazee and Jesse Brazee, her grandson Robert (BJ) Kossman Jr. and last but not least her cannine friend “Lady”.

A funeral service for Millie will be held on Friday, December 12 at 1:00 pm from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeremy Stopford, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Earlville will officiate. Interment will be in the North Norwich Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 11:00 am until the time of the servie at 1:00 pm.

George W. Ryan

Published on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

OXFORD – George W. Ryan, II, 57 of Oxford passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at his home. He was born on August 9, 1957 in Oxford a son of the late George and Luana (Crawford) Ryan. On June 18, 1987 he married Lynn L. Oliver, who survives.

Besides his wife, Lynn, he is survived by his brothers, John and Yolanda Ryan of Sumerville, AL, Elmer and Eve Ryan of Baldwinsville, and Michael Gray of Sherburne; his sisters, Marianne Ryan-Jones of San Diego, CA, Jennie Ryan of Norwich, Dawn and Anthony Neri of Scranton, Tracy and Chris Rotundo of Norwich; his step-mother, Betty Ryan of Binghamton; his brothers in law and sisters in law, Tracy and Christine Oliver, Curtis and Rose Oliver, and Pat Stephenson; and his aunt and uncle, Karen and Wes Searle. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was predeceased by his uncle, Jeremiah Ryan; his mother and father in law, Harold and Lenora Oliver and his special family, Gordon and Norma Smith.

He graduated from American Preparatory Institute in 1977. He served in the US Army Military Police, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He and Lynn enjoyed assisting raise many children in their home. He was a Corrections Officer for the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department. He loved hunting, fishing, farming and held a lifetime Sportsman’s license. He liked cutting fire wood. A friend to everyone, he would do anything for anyone.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Members of Fort Hill Post, American Legion with conduct a service at 7:00 PM on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Thompson, c/o Chenango County Sheriff’s Department, 279 County Road 46, Norwich, NY 13815. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Phyllis J. Cramer

Published on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORWICH – Phyllis J. Cramer, 83, formerly of Norwich, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, December 8, 2014 at her apartment in Jordan, NY.

Born June 14, 1931 in Waterville, NY, Phyllis was the daughter of Albert L. and Alice (Thayer) Ramsdell. She was a 1951 graduate of Waterville High School and received a degree from the Utica Beauty Culture School. Phyllis went on to work at Nellie’s Beauty Shop on North Broad Street in Norwich.

On May 20, 1954, in Waterville, Phyllis married Bruce J. Cramer, who died on October 27, 2011. She dedicated her life to raising her family and provided daycare for many children though the years. Later, Phyllis worked at the U-Pump-Em gas station, owned by Victory Markets, on East Main Street.

Phyllis was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church and of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed designing and knitting sweaters, had a passion for baking, gardening and volunteering at the church. While in Jordan, she loved to go for “walks” (riding her scooter) as it gave her a new level of mobile independence.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Cynthia and Donald Meixner, of Jordan and Donna Deuel (Tom Pratt), of Cazenovia; her son, Steven Cramer and his wife, Vickie, of Taylorsville, NC; her nine grandchildren, Rebekkah Meixner (Michael Hanks), Geoffrey and Gregory Meixner, Michael (Becky), Joshua (Jenna) and Jennifer Deuel (Ian Marshall), Daron, Devon and Darek Cramer; six great grandchildren, Kristopher, Elora, Jameson, Emmett, Bryson and Gretchen as well as her sister, Muriel Burnham, of North Brookfield, NY. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Phyllis was predeceased by her brother, Warren Ramsdell of Poolville.

A memorial service for Phyllis will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Broad Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Nancy Hale, pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Phyllis may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088 or to the SPCA, 6160 County Rd. 32, Norwich, NY 13815.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at:

Gordon L. Preston

Published on: Thursday, December 11, 2014

SOUTH OTSELIC – Gordon L. Preston, 84, of South Otselic, passed away Saturday at the Norwich Nursing Center after a long illness.

He was born in New Woodstock, the son of Lester and Jennie Preston. His grandfather, Alfred Preston, played a special role in Gordon's life.

In 1950, Gordon married Doris Kenyon of Pitcher and bought a dairy farm in South Otselic where he remained throughout his life. Gordon retired in 1987 from the N.Y.S. Department of Conservation fish hatchery in South Otselic. In retirement Gordon enjoyed raising and dealing in cattle and gardening. He was devoted to his children, grandchildren and his beloved dog, Tootie.

He was a member of the South Otselic Methodist Church. Surviving: daughter Janice ( Robert ) Haines of Aurora, Co. sons Robert ( Lorrie ) Preston of Mechanicsburg, PA and Raymond Preston of South Otselic; grandchildren Nicole Sofranka and Matthew and Mark Preston; great grandchildren Brett, Kylie, Shane, and Jaden; sisters Marie Oliver of N. Chili and Martha Davis of Cincinnatus; brothers Harold of South Carolina and Ralph of Hilton.

He was predeceased by his brothers Howard and Bernard.

Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, DeRuyter.

Burial will be in Valley Veiw Cemetery, South Otselic. Calling hours will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Valley View Cemetery Assoc. South Otselic, NY 0 13155.

Noreen (stever) West

Published on: Friday, December 12, 2014


NORWICH – Noreen (Stever) West, 61, of Norwich passed away peacefully on December 8, 2014 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with her family by her side.

Noreen was born on March 3, 1953, daughter of the late Charles and Nora (Riley) Stever in Weekhawken, NJ. She graduated from Palisades Park High School and earned her Associates Degree from SUNY Morrisville. Many will remember Noreen from the years she spent working at the A&P in Norwich, and later NBT Bank in the loan department.

Noreen was a kind and loving mother and grandmother. Noreen was feisty and spirited. Those who knew and loved her will remember how her wonderful sense of humor and special quirks, always made them laugh. She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

Noreen is survived by her children, Walter Crist of Queens, Analesa West of Norwich, Marissa West of Norwich and Deirdre Crist of Oneonta, her sister and brother-in- law, Beverly and Harold Common of Moravia, brother Charles Stever and grandchildren Cody Travis of Oneonta and Norah Riley Crist of Oneonta.

Friends are invited to bring a dish to share and join us, for a Memorial Celebration in honor of Noreen, on Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m at the Plymouth Fire Department.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services,

P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, or by visiting

Cora I. Johnson

Published on: Friday, December 12, 2014


COLUMBUS – Cora I. Johnson, 100 yrs. old of the Town of Columbus, NY passed away on December 7, 2014 at her home.

Cora was born on September 12, 1914 in the Town of Columbus, the daughter of Bouton & Myrtle (Chesebro) Whitney. Her childhood was spent in the Columbus area. She was a 1932 graduate of Sherburne High School. On January 23, 1937, she married Robert Johnson who predeceased her in 1989.

Cora enjoyed baking and made many wedding cakes for friends and family.

She is survived by her daughter; Eileen Johnson of the Town of Columbus, her grandchildren; Michael Johnson of Pittsfield, NY, Pat & Rachel Johnson of New Berlin, NY and Willy & Jennifer Kapp of Pittsfield, NY as well as her great grandchildren; Brock, Taylor, Kora & Kerri Johnson and Brenden & Kennedy Kapp.

She was predeceased by one son; Donald B. Johnson on February 5, 2011, three brothers Robert, Charles & Ted Whitney, and one sister Inez Benson.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

The interment will be in the Columbus Corners Cemetery, Town of Columbus, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St. Norwich, NY 13815.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP.

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