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Arthur R. "art" Powell

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

Arthur R. "Art" Powell, 59, of So. Plymouth, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home.

Funeral arrangements for Art are pending at the Wilson Funeral Home. A complete obituary will be published when it becomes available.


William G. Au

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

SHERBURNE – William G. “Bill” Au, 59, of State Highway 80, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born February 20, 1956 in Syracuse, NY, son of Dr. William Y.W. and Beverly Nessel Au. He received his BA in Industrial Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and was a self-employed industrial designer. Bill enjoyed fly-fishing, music and dancing. He was a member and secretary of Trout Unlimited, Chenango County Chapter #209.

Bill was a communicant of St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne where he was always ready to help with church activities or projects. He was a kind and generous person, always willing to help others.

Surviving are his father, Dr. William Y.W. Au of Sherburne; his loving companion, Joy Tracy of Sherburne; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia “Ginger” and Steven Savage of Merrimack, NH; Cindy and Bruce Rosenberg of Germantown, MD; Elizabeth “Liz” and Robert Martinsen of West Linn, OR; nieces Allison, Jennifer, Melanie and Annaliese and nephews Daniel and Nicholas. He was a loving “Paw Paw” to Joy’s grandchildren. His mother, Beverly, predeceased him in 2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, June 27, 2015 at St Malachy’s Church in Sherburne, followed by burial in St. Malachy’s Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Trout Unlimited, Chenango County Chapter #209, c/o Anthony Savitsky, 204 Aurora Dr., Norwich, NY 13815; St. Malachy’s Church, PO Box 722, Sherburne, NY 13460; or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York NY 10016.

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


Albert D. Ray, Sr.

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

NORWICH – Albert D. Ray, Sr. , 77, of Norwich, passed away after a brief illness Wednesday evening, June 24, 2015, in the Wilson Hospital of Johnson City.

Al was born in New Berlin, NY on August 6, 1937 the son of George and Myrtle (Cole) Ray Sr. He attended school in West Winfield and has called Norwich his home for the past 60 years. On May 16, 1958 in Norwich he married Beverly Kane who passed away August 28, 2012.

Al was employed for 37 years by the Norwich Shoe Company where he “did it all.” Not a man to sit idle he then became employed by Chenango Memorial Hospital where he worked in the housekeeping dept.

Al loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He always wanted to help, be it with the cooking, building a shed or tending to the garden. During his wife’s illness, Al remained by her side and did as much as he could for her and at the same time committed endless hours of himself to volunteerism to help others there and continuing until the time of his death.

Al is survived by his children; Albert Ray Jr. and wife Paula of Plymouth, JoAnn Snowden and husband Michael of Monticello, his grandchildren; Kara West, Satanya Snowden, Patrice Ray, Michael Snowden II, Taneka Snowden and Andrea Ray, his step-grandchildren Tori Coles, Tyler Ward, Tyah, Ronnie and Casey Schunk and his great grandchildren; Kevin West, Jasmine West, Caevion Fowler, Caeden Fowler, Saniya Santos and Ayva Snowden. Also surviving are his sisters and brothers; Irene Jaquay and husband LeeDue of Columbus, Evelyn Sabines of Oxford, Sharon Ray of Pittstown, his brothers Harold Ray of Oneonta, DeVares Ray of Hawaii, Daniel Ray and wife Erma of Burlington Flats, Michael Ray and companion Sana of Sherburne and Douglas Ray and wife Joan of New Berlin along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his wife Beverly, Al was predeceased by his daughter Jane Ray Schunk, brothers Clarence Ray, Eugene Ray, Lyndon (Pete) Ray, George Ray Jr. and sisters Beverly Eckert, Ruth Jones, Sandra Stringham and Mae Ray.

A funeral service for Al will be held on Monday, June 29, at noon from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Nancy Hale, Pastor of the Broad St. United Methodist Church of Norwich will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt.Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon.


Robert F. Taylor

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTH NORWICH – Robert F. Taylor, 94, of County Highway 20, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Norwich Rehab and Nursing Center.

He was born April 4, 1921 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of Carl G. and Martha Williams Taylor, and was a graduate of George Junior Republic Union High School. In Freeville, NY.

On December 16, 1955, Robert married Mary Gager in Sherburne. She predeceased him on April 26, 2013. Bob had been a farmer for over 21 years, and then worked at the Norwich Knitting Mill for a short time. He later worked for Proctor & Gamble in Norwich for over 20 years until retiring. Bob was a member of the West Smyrna Baptist Church.

Surviving are his friends and his church family at the West Smyrna Baptist Church, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Thursday, June 25, 2015 in the North Norwich Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the West Smyrna Baptist Church, 1893 State Highway 80, Smyrna, NY 13464; or to Camp BAYOUCA, 100 Camp Spaulding Rd., Smithville Flats, NY 13841.

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

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


Guy W. Carey

Published on: Monday, June 29, 2015

GUY W. CAREY

EDMESTON – Guy W. Carey, 84, of Edmeston, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born August 3, 1930, the son of Guy I. and Ethel (Brown) Carey. In December 1952 he married Nancy Page, who survives. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in Europe from 1948 to 1952.

Guy was a well known insurance agent in the area and was retired from both Prudential Insurance and NYCM. While working for Prudential, Guy was District Agent of the Month for exemplary sales and service and was a member of the Academy of Honor for several years. He also served as acting Postmaster in Edmeston.

Locally, Guy was involved in many organizations and community projects. He was a former member and President of the Edmeston Rotary Club and was appointed Area Coordinator of Polio Plus in District 717. He served as Past Commander of the Wharton Valley American Legion Post 1311 and was a member of the VFW. He was the assistant coach of football at Edmeston Central School for several years, a Pony League baseball coach, college and high school umpire and Boy Scouts Cub Master. He was an avid fan of NY Mets baseball and Giants football. Guy was a member and Trustee of the Edmeston United Methodist Church. In addition, Guy was a member of the Edmeston Fire Department for 65+ years and was a founding member of the Edmeston Emergency Squad.

To Guy, golf was a way of life. He was a member of both the Leatherstocking and Red Pines golf clubs and played regularly in the NYS Seniors Golf Association tournaments.

In addition to his wife Nancy, Guy is survived by his children, Michael (Laurie) Carey and Lisa (Ron) Slaga, his grandchildren Derek & Brandon Schoonover and Heather, Rebecca and Stephanie Carey and great grand children, Spencer Cummings, Ashleah Ford, Anaiya Davis, Peyton Russell and Bradlee Schoonover. He is also survived by his sisters, Delores Miller-Blessing and Euretta Puylara and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and an infant son, Richard W. Carey

Funeral services for Guy will be held on Tuesday, June 30th at 1:00 p.m., at the Edmeston United Methodist Church with Pastor Becky Parry officiating. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., just prior to the service. Interment with military honors will follow at Edmeston Union Cemetery.

Contributions in Guy’s memory may be made to the Edmeston Emergency Squad, Edmeston Fire Department or the Edmeston United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston. Condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home website at www.hjtfuneralhome.com.


John Mcconnell

Published on: Monday, June 29, 2015

JOHN McCONNELL

MT. UPTON – John McConnell, 78 of Mt. Upton passed away peacefully Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home. He was born November 29, 1936, son of the late George and Bernice (Baxter) McConnell in Mercer County Illinois. He graduated from Alexis High School and served his country in the United States Army for 2 years. John married Lois Utter on June 3, 1962 in Bainbridge, NY; together they made their home in Mt. Upton. John worked for Frontier Communications for 38 years until he retired. Even after retirement, John kept busy working part time driving for McCredy’s in Norwich. He was also the Tech inspector for the NYTPA (NY Tractor Pullers Association). John served his community as a member of the Borden Hose Co. in Mt. Upton and Rockdale. He was a lifetime member of the Chenango County Fire Police and the Chenango Co. Fireman Association. John also volunteered at the Maplewood Cemetery in Mt. Upton and was a past leader for Cub Scout Pack 60 and Boy Scout Troop 60 in Mt. Upton. John enjoyed being a member of the Sidney Boat Club, T.O.Y.S., Toys of yesterday, the Sidney Elks and the Sidney Moose Lodge, the Guilford Historical Society, Unadilla Valley Historical Society, and Rockdale and Unadilla Rod and Gun Clubs, and was a member of the Chenango County Amateur Radio Association. John was also a member of the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church and the American Legion Franklin Post.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lois McConnell, Mt. Upton; 3 Sons and daughters-in-law – Cary and Gidget McConnell, Norwich, Terry and Maureen McConnell, Mt. Upton. Rick and Kim McConnell, Oxford; 7 Grandchildren, Joseph, Melissa, Joanna, Samantha Wise, Branden, Jacob and Sean; 3 Great Grandsons, Jordan, Caden and Zayden; Brother and sister-in-law – George and Sally McConnell, Huglesville, MO; And nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also predeceased by brother, James Delferd McConnell and sister, Helen Chapman

Friends may call Monday, June 29, 2015 from 6-9 PM at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel 21 Main St. Sidney.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 30, at 11:00 AM in the funeral chapel,Rev. Brandilynne Craver of the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church will officiate.

Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Mt. Upton

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church or the Borden Hose Co. Mt. Upton.

Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel 21 Main St. Sidney.


Arthur R. (“art”) Powell

Published on: Monday, June 29, 2015

ARTHUR POWELL

PHARSALIA – Arthur R. (“Art”) Powell, 59, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his Pharsalia residence.

Art was born April 5, 1956 in Norwich. He was a lifelong area resident of Plymouth and Pharsalia, and was a graduate of Norwich High School. Art was a very talented mechanic, and was always tinkering. He especially loved visiting with family and friends and riding around the area with his beloved dog, Fred.

For 28 years Art worked as a truck driver and equipment operator for the Town of Plymouth Highway Department.

In 2009 Art married Carolyn Powell (Meyer), who survives. He was married to Linda Powell-Owens (Brown) from 1975-1999. In addition to his wife, former wife, and father, George Kolb, Art is also survived by his brother Keith and wife Denise Kolb of Earlville, NY, brother John and wife Lilit Kolb of New Berlin, NY, sister Mary and husband Roger Brown of New Berlin, NY, son Kevin Powell and wife Danya Samsel-Powell of Oxford, NY, son Michael and wife Krystal Powell of Norwich, NY, and daughter Jennifer McCarthy of Norwich NY. He is also survived by his step-children, Alison Monroe of Norwich, NY, Jim Towner of Rochester, NY, and Michelle and husband Brian Staebell of Rochester, NY. His ten surviving grandchildren are Devin and Alexa Powell, Logann Dolan, Jolei Powell, Taylor, Erin and Jordan McCarthy, and Logan, Lucas and Alex Monroe.

Art was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Kolb and his sister, Wendy Kolb.

A celebration of Art’s life will take place at 4:00 p.m. on

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at Art and Carolyn’s home located at 872 Center Road, South Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Art’s name to a charity of your choice.

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: www.wilsonfh.com.


Robert “charles” Lloyd

Published on: Monday, June 29, 2015

ROBERT “CHARLES” LLOYD

HAMILTON – Robert “Charles” Lloyd, 75, of Hamilton, died Friday, June 26, 2015 following a brief illness.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 4 to 7 PM at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY. The Rosary will be recited at 3:45 pm. We will be celebrating his life with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Church, Hamilton on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 11 AM, with Fr. Richard Dunn as celebrant.

To leave a condolence or sign the book of memories online go to: burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Robert John Downey, Sr.

Published on: Monday, June 29, 2015

ROBERT JOHN DOWNEY 

NORWICH – Robert John Downey, Sr., of Norwich, passed away after a short illness on June 25, 2015 at his home, with his family lovingly by his side.

Bob was born on December 15, 1925, the son of Marion Bard and Thomas Downey. After attending Norwich Schools, he joined the Merchant Marines. Bob then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served in the Pacific during World War II. He is a lifetime member of the VFW. On March 17, 1943, he married the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Kay. Mary predeceased him on January 4, 1996.

Bob worked on farms as a young man and, upon his return from military service, worked at the Norwich Pharmacal Company and P&G for 35 years until his retirement. He took up golfing at the age of 62 and went on to have 5 holes-in-one throughout his career. He enjoyed woodworking and watching football. Through the years, he gifted many beautiful pieces of his woodworking to his children. Bob was a deeply committed man to Mary and the family his whole life.

Bob is survived by his children, Robert John Downey, Jr. (Loretta), of Norwich, Colleen Weidman (Dennis) of Oxford, Elaine Downey-Hackett of Plant City, Florida, and Michael (Karen) Downey, of Rensselaer, NY. Eleven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren also survive, as well as his sister, Autumn Law of Norwich, and two brothers, John Cole of Florida and Edward Downey of Nevada. He was predeceased by his sisters, Gloria McNitt, Beverly Slentz and Patricia Cowles as well as his brothers, Thomas, Gene and Donald Downey.

There will be no calling hours. A private service for the family will be held at their convenience. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

Arrangements by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.


Eda Baier

Published on: Monday, June 29, 2015

EDA BAIER

OXFORD – Eda Baier, 90 of Oxford passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Residential Health Care Facility at Chenango Memorial Hospital. She was born on November 11, 1924 in Norwich to the late Lynn and Eva (Wells) Nichols. On December 31, 1942 she married Jack Baier, who passed away on July 4, 1992.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, John and Ann Baier of Oxford; her grandchildren, Christopher and Kelly Curnalia, Julie and Max Tollens, Cale Baier, Aaron and Maria Baier, Stephen and Andrea Weissflog, and Judy and Nick Warner; her great grandchildren, Michael, Joey, Owen, Leslie, Darwin, Landon, Gabriel and Jacob, and her sister in law, Evelyn Baier of Elmira and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Sue Curnalia, her brothers, Arthur, Hank (Francis), Donald and Julian and her sister Ellie Hardy.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, a memorial service with Leon Barrows officiating will be held at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oxford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Norma E. Cowan

Published on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORMA E. COWAN

OXFORD – Norma E. Cowan, 86 of Oxford passed away on June 23, 2015 at her home. She was born on February 18, 1929 in Montreal, Quebec a daughter of the late George and Ethel (McCracken) Goodfellow. On May 12, 1962 she married Lawrence R. Cowan, who died on June 29, 2004.

She is survived by her daughter, Erica Gonzales; her grandchildren, Michael Gonzales, Angelo Gonzales and Nia Sayles; her great granddaughter, Isabella Gonzales and her special friend, Grace Ross.

She was a member of the Chenango County Home Bureau and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Private services will be held in Chateaugay, NY at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Leo N. Witchella

Published on: Friday, July 3, 2015

LEO N. WITCHELLA

ENDICOTT – Leo N. Witchella, 80 of Endicott passed away on June 30, 2015 at Wilson Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Brooks Witchella of Endicott; his sisters in law, Sylvia Witchella and Barbara Kaminsky; and several nieces and nephews, including, Hugh Witchella, John Witchella, III, Marie Hall and Susan Witchella.

He retired from Binghamton Psychiatric Center after many years of service. He was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Marine Corps League in Binghamton.

Graveside services will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, State St., Oxford on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM with Rev. Gerard Lupa officiating. Military honors will be provided by members of Fort Hill Post #376, American Legion. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Joann Capobianco Boyce

Published on: Friday, July 3, 2015

JoANN BOYCE

GUILFORD – JoAnn Capobianco Boyce, 67 of Guilford passed away on June 17, 2015 at her home. She was born on April 7, 1948 in Bay Shore, NY a daughter of the late Frederick and Viola (Vita) Underwood.

She is survived by her husband Jon, her children Dominic Capobianco, Regina Capobianco, Tina and Michael Nuzzo, Michelle and Robert Fuller, Laurie Boyce and Bruce, Michael and Ruth Boyce, Mark Boyce, and Heidi and Brian Heald ; her sister, Lynda Jackson; several grandchildren and many cousins.

Services will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY with Rev. Gordon Polenz of Sacred Heart Church, Sidney, NY officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815 or Bassett Cancer Institute, Atwell St., Cooperstown, NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


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