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Charles L. Collins

Emelia T. Petley

Betty Clark Mercurio

Last Week's Obituaries

Wilma Felton-gray

Published on: Monday, July 10, 2017


Wilma Felton-Gray (nee Lewis) passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City. She was born in South Otselic, January 11, 1947 the daughter of Wilson Emery and Hazel (Coler) Bates Lewis. She resided in several locations of Chenango and Cortland Counties. Her first marriage was to Kenneth Yocum (deceased). They had two daughters. She married second, Jeffrey Felton who died in 1998. In 2000 she married Thomas A. Gray and became step-mother to his daughter Alison.

Wilma worked many years in manufacturing. She was employed at the Huntington Street plant and South Cortland plant of Smith Corona and in later years of her career was employed in manufacturing engineering at Simmonds Precision, now owned by GE. After downsizing of the company, Wilma returned to school and obtained degrees in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Public Management with a minor in Sociology at the Utica School of Technology.

After graduation she was employed with SUNY Morrisville, Norwich Campus as administrative assistant and then went on to establish a position as tourism director for Chenango County in 1998. She had served on the Chenango County Tourism Advisory Committee for 3 years. As tourism coordinator/director Ms. Felton (a widow at the time) launched the first comprehensive tourism program for Chenango County. The program included an inventory of all marketable resources including historical, cultural agricultural, and recreational and tourism related businesses and organizations. These resources were marketed in all forms of marketing and advertising media. Chenango County’s first travel guide was produced and published as a result. Wilma worked with county and regional and state officials in various realms related to promoting tourism to Chenango County. Wilma procured the help and donation of a local internet server to establish the first Chenango County web site ( to produce international tourism promotion.

In 1999 Wilma Felton met Thomas Gray, Guilford Town Historian. In the spring of 2000 they were married at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bainbridge. Wilma and Tom became members of several organizations, one of which was the Chenango Land Trust. They researched many aspects of the history of Guilford including people and places. This research led to hiking tours such as Coffin Man, Guilford Historical Remains, Grace Brown a Field Trip, and the Spirits of Yaleville plus Ghost and Spirits of Pitcher Springs. The tours were courses ran through DCMO BOCES adult educational programs in affiliation with the Chenango Land Trust.

After her retirement she focused on building the Guilford Historical Society into one of the largest in the County. She and Tom recruited most of the 250 members. Wilma was Vice President of the society for 8 yrs. and also head of membership. After the VP office position she became GHS treasurer. She was also on various committees, one of which was to help set up speakers for presentations for each year. Wilma was also responsible for developing the obituary collection for each of the 22 cemeteries in Guilford and with her help a committee they transcribed all the gravestones in the town. Therefore, GHS was able to have a great collection for genealogy researchers. Along with that collection she encouraged the people she helped with family research and added family photos to the GHS archives. Another aspect of the collections is a database of over 4000 names for birth, deaths and marriages prior to 1883. These were from newspaper and Church records. These records were important, as before then no records were required to be kept by New York State.

As a result of being a member of various organizations, Wilma became their promotional administrator. She was hired as a Feature Writer for Tri Town News, Sidney, NY for many years and Correspondent for the Evening Sun, Norwich, NY. Her marketing and graphic knowledge led to the development of a promotional booklet for the Guilford Community Day Funfest. There were many cases where the Town of Guilford events and the Guilford Historical Society events were promoted by her. As a result of her love for the town and the positive portrayal of the events, organizations and peoples, she was proclaimed Citizen of the Year in 2005.

She is survived by husband Thomas Gray, daughters; Stefany, Escondido, CA and Brenda, Salisbury, NC and a step-daughter Alison Lochridge who resides in Fairfield, CT. Grandchildren Allyssa, Trey, Aaron, Caroline, Gabriella their mom Stefany, Jadon’s mom Brenda, and Liam and Kate’s mom and dad Alison and Dave. Great grandchildren, Hadley, Quinn and Penny their mom Allyssa Sarkis. She is also survived by a brother Harold Bates (wife Evelyn), sister Christine Perkins and Helen Bates and many nieces and nephews She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Henry Bates, Elizabeth Stevens, Elsie Burdick, Eugene Lewis, G. Donald Bates and Evelyn Graves.

Friends are invited to call from 5:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney, NY 13838. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, July 13th at the United Methodist Church of Guilford. Burial in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Guilford, will follow. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the building fund of the Guilford Historical Society of which she was an active member serving as vice president, membership chair, genealogist and later treasurer. Checks may be made out to the Guilford Historical Society and mailed to: PO Box 201, Guilford, NY 13780. Condolences may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Joseph Strader

Published on: Monday, July 10, 2017


Joseph Strader, age 76, passed away at the Veteran’s Home in Oxford, NY on July 5, 2017. Joseph was born on January 26, 1941 in East Stroudsburg, PA to parents Joseph Strader Sr. and Rose Strader (nee Simon). He lived in Northern NJ for the majority of his life. Joseph married Frances Helen Brower on February 3, 1964 in NJ. Together they had one daughter, Elizabeth, and were married for 32 years before Frances passed away on October 26, 1996. Joseph and Frances had one grandchild, Paul Joseph Slack, who they adored. Joseph honorably served in the United States Army. He was an auto mechanic by trade, and an avid hunter and fisherman. Joseph loved the outdoors and spent the majority of his time landscaping and renovating his property.

Surviving are Joseph’s daughter, Elizabeth Madugno (nee Strader) and son-in-law Mark Madugno of Mount Upton, NY, a grandson, Paul Joseph Slack, and his fiancée Kristina Figary, of Oxford, NY. Joseph also had four great-grandchildren, Hayley, Jack, Kayla, and Trenton.

The immediate family will be celebrating Joseph’s life in private. Anyone wishing to honor Joseph may make a contribution to the Norwich City Police Department Benevolent Association in his memory. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Mark A. Tansey

Published on: Monday, July 10, 2017


Mark A. Tansey, 57 of Oxford, NY passed away on July 5, 2017. Mark was born on November 16, 1959 in Norwich, NY. Son of Paul and Louise (Zimmermann) Tansey. Mark was predeceased by his father Paul.

Mark is survived by his mother Louise Tansey, his brothers Paul Tobin and Kelly Tansey of Victor, NY, Timothy and Norma Tansey of Mililani, Hawaii, and R. Scott Tansey of Oxford, NY. Mark is also survived by his nieces and nephews Gavin and Brinna Tansey and Sam, Adam, and Alexis Tansey.

Memorial contributions in Marks name can be made out to the Oxford Emergency Squad P.O. Box 172 Oxford, NY 13830.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. No funeral services will be held at this time. Family and friends may share their condolences and memories of Mark by visiting

Paula S. Taylor

Published on: Monday, July 10, 2017


Paula S. Taylor, 61, of Birdsall Street, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Chenango Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle against a long illness. Born April 10, 1956, in Dallas, TX, Paula was the daughter of Bill Taylor and Harriet Buckman. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Northeast Classic Car Museum and the Chenango County Historical Society. Paula was a lover of arts and crafts, and was skilled at sewing, crocheting, making earrings, macramé, and especially quilting. Paula took pride in having created over 500 quilt patterns. She is survived by her two sons, Nick DeBrucque, of Norwich, and Richard DeBrucque, of Greenville, SC, her brothers, Mike Taylor and Steve Taylor, and their children, and her dear friend and neighbor, Peggy Gordon. To honor Paula’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Marjorie A. Atwell

Published on: Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Marjorie A. Atwell, 77, of Rome, NY passed away Saturday morning, July 8, 2017 at the ARC Home of Rome where she has made her home since 1958.

Marjorie was born on July 3, 1940 in Norwich the daughter of Paul and Anna (Buckout) Atwell. She has made her home in the Rome area all of her adult life where she enjoyed going out to eat, shopping trips and music.

Marjorie is survived by her siblings; Joan (Ken) Price of Crystal River, FL, Paul (Shirley) Atwell of So. New Berlin, John (Sandy) Atwell of Cowpens, SC and Tom (Cheryl) Atwell of Grandy, NC along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her extended family at the ARC Home with whom she loved and enjoyed many great times throughout her life.

Marjorie was predeceased by a 1/2 sister Norma Atwell Gardner.

A graveside service for Marjorie will be held on Friday, July 14, at 11 am from the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. The Rev. Jeremy Stopford will officiate.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 10 am – 10:45 am.

Howard H. Gohl

Published on: Thursday, July 13, 2017


A memorial service for Howard H. Gohl, who passed away on June 7, 2017, will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Norwich at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017. There will be no calling hours. A committal service for Howard was held on July 8 at Little Falls Cemetery in Little Falls, NY. Contributions in Howard’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at:

Arlene Westover

Published on: Thursday, July 13, 2017


Arlene lived a wonderful life. She was never sick a day in her long life until a stroke followed by pneumonia took her life.

She was surrounded by her loved ones and passed peacefully . In her early years she was a seamstress and then worked at the

Credit Bureau in Norwich, New York. In her later years she was a caregiver in Cocoa, Florida. Her final years were in Kingsort, Tennessee.

Arlene was born in Oxford, New York on January 26th, 1929. Her parents were Harry and Mary Ann Adams.

She was happily married for 34 years to Harold (John) Westover who preceded her in death in April of 1979..

Her sister Margaret Anthony also preceded her in death. Her brother Harold (Jack) Adams still resides in Cocoa, Florida.

She has three daughters Carol Coco of Scottsdale, Arizona Trish Love of Kingsport, Tennessee and Lorri Holt of Kingsport, Tennessee.

She has one son David Westover of Hawthorne, Florida.

She has 8 Grandchildren. Brian Shellito, Todd Shellito, Will Love, Candice Huggins, Clay Holt, Grace Holt, Kim Story, and Nikki Bass.

She also has 11 great grandchildren.

She passed away on May 29th, 2017 in Johnson City , Tennessee. Also she was cremated and will be layed to rest next to her husband

in Norwich, New York.

Prayers and Condolences for her Children will be welcomed.

Beulah M. Ross

Published on: Friday, July 14, 2017


SHERBURNE – Beulah M. Ross, 98, of Sherburne, peacefully passed away surrounded by family Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.

Beulah was born January 27, 1919, daughter of the late Oswald and Grace (Reynolds) Streich. She was a graduate of Sherburne High School, Class of 1937. She married Charles “Charlie” Ross in Sherburne on May 3, 1944. He predeceased her on June 28, 1996.

Beulah and Charlie met in 1941 while both were working at the Norwich Knitting Mill. During Charlie’s Army Air Corp enlistment, Beulah was a motor pool driver in the southwest during WWll. Following the war, they settled on a dairy farm on West Hill, Sherburne where her focus became raising a family. After her children graduated high school, she was employed by the Sherburne School system as a cafeteria cook until retiring in May 1992 as the head cook.

Beulah was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Sherburne and enjoyed volunteering in their activities, as well as being a daily bible reader. She was a faithful and dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Sherburne Unit #876 since joining in 1950. She also was a dedicated member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in Norwich.

Being well-known for her gentle spirit, her flowered caps, and sharp wit; she was devoted to her family, taking every opportunity to spend time with them. For Beulah, the kitchen was her primary domain though she enjoyed knitting and crocheting for her family and friends. She was an avid newspaper and magazine reader, as well as keeping a daily journal for most of her life. She was an enthusiastic wild bird watcher and passionate caretaker of her and Charlie’s landscape, yard and gardens. Some of the loves of her life included parakeets, Siamese cats, Collies and growing African violets. A lesser known fact, she was an aspiring violinist in her youth. She was very attentive to those around her and always acknowledged everyone’s birthday and anniversary with cards. One of her favorite places was her and Charlie’s slice of heaven in the Adirondacks, called Camp Lil Bit, a loving nickname given Beulah by Charlie.

Beulah is survived by a son, Gary Ross Sr. of Sherburne; a daughter, Marjorie (Glenn) Heselton of Sterling, VA; grandchildren, Gary Ross, Jr. of Seneca, SC, April Heselton (Janelia Foizen) of Clearbrook, VA, Brian (Marcela) Heselton of Sterling, VA, and Rebecca (Charles) Lane of Sherburne; great grandchildren, Seth Lane, Bettina Heselton, Evelynn Lane, and Matteo Heselton; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Donald Streich.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 11 Chapel St., Sherburne. Interment will take place at West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.

Friends are invited to call from 5-8 pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Contributions may be made in her name to First United Methodist Church of Sherburne.

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

Kathleen S. Bates

Published on: Friday, July 14, 2017


Kathleen S. Bates, 69, of Norwich was taken by her angels on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Chenango Memorial Hospital following a long and heroic battle with cancer which she fought so courageously.

Kathleen was born on September 12, 1947 in Buffalo, NY the daughter of George and Maida (Sisson) Ross. She moved to Norwich at an early age with her family and was a graduate of the Norwich High School. She was a 35 year employee of the Chenango Memorial Hospital having worked in various departments. A person with a mind of her own, Kathleen was a strong individual who, at times, could be a spitfire. A kid at heart she would still give her family a Christmas list of things she wanted. She enjoyed visiting her friends, cooking and playing bingo.

Kathleen is survived by her daughters Karen (Duke) Slater of So. Plymouth, Michelle Coles and Kimberly Buyea both of Norwich, her siblings Georgette Ross, Helen Bush and George (Bonnie) Ross all of Angola, NY. Also surviving are her grandchildren Cory (Anda) Slater, Brian Slater, Christopher (Alicia) Slater, Thomas and Kaitlyn Coles, Tara, Chad and Kershia Buyea along with several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was predeceased by her infant son Philip, her great granddaughter Autumn and her sister Dolly Diuro.

A funeral service for Kathleen will be held on Monday at 7 pm from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeremy Stopford will officiate. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7 pm.

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