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Today's Death Notices

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Last Week's Obituaries

Richard Harrington

Published on: Monday, April 14, 2014


BAINBRIDGE – Richard A. Harrington, 76, formerly of Bainbridge, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich. He was born on November 13, 1937, son of the late Harold and Blanche (Shirts) Harrington in Norwich. He graduated from Norwich High School and served honorably in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. Richard worked for Frontier Communications his entire career as a telephone installer, retiring in 1997. On June 7, 1997, he was married to Betty Newman, who predeceased him in 2001.

In his younger years, Richard enjoyed bowling, golf and fishing. He was also a lover of animals and gumdrops, and a member of the Norwich Elks Lodge.

Richard is survived by: 4 Daughters: Kat Hafner of Dunedin, FL, Diane and Brian Lussier of Cortland, Stephanie Harrington of Norwich, Claudette Newman and Larry Smith of Gilbertsville; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter; Sister, Nancy Smith of Oneonta; First wife, Judith Harrington; As well as nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his daughter, Wendy Tanner in 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney, NY 13838. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to any local SPCA shelter. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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

Earl Johnson

Published on: Monday, April 14, 2014

SHERBURNE – Earl D. “Rocky” Johnson, 59, of Shawler Brook Road, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home, with his loving wife, daughters, son, and other family members at his side.

Rocky was born on September 19, 1954, in Rome, the son of the late Frederick and Viola Clark Johnson. As a young man, Rocky grew up in Brookfield and attended Brookfield High School. Following school he served his Country in the U.S. Army. On May 25, 1991, he married the love of his life Deana Naylor. Rocky will be remembered as a professional transportation specialist for the Sherburne-Earlville School District. He worked not only as a school bus driver; he was also a mechanic’s assistant, and a certified School Bus Driver’s Examiner. His goal was to serve the District for thirty years, but his illness forced him to retire with 29 years of service in 2012. He was always there to serve his community as a volunteer for many project, he had also been a member of the Sherburne Fire Department. Rocky was an avid spectator at any automotive race event, to include local demolition derbies, Utica-Rome Speedway, and the local drag strips. Rocky enjoyed the freedom of riding his motorcycle with his friends. He also enjoyed the peace and the beauty of nature, that fishing provided. Foremost, Rocky will be remembered as a devoted and loving, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many.

Rocky is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Deana; his children, Kimberly Johnson, Jeremy (Sara) Johnson, James Johnson, Sandra (Jeffrey Warren) Henneforth, and Janet Thomas; his siblings, Mary “Betsy” Johnson, Donald (Amy) Johnson, Kenny CaseJane (Kevin) Spooner, Cindy Howe, and companion, Anthony Makuch, Mike Howe, Jimmy (Kimberly)Naylor, Debbie (Jim) Shoals, Cindy Albertina, and companion, Mark Brodell, George (Lisa)Fowlston a brother-in-law, Frank Brady, a sister-in-law, Helen Johnson; his mother-in-law, Norma Naylor; his beloved grandchildren, Nicole Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Breana Warren, Dillion Dodge, and Caleb Thomas. There are also numerous nieces, nephews, close friends, and other family members surviving Rocky.

Rocky was pre deceased by his parents, Fred, Viola, Lyman Howe, brothers Calvin Johnson, Charles “Butch” Johnson, Willie Howe, a sister, Trudy Brady, and his father-in-law, James Naylor.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 18, at noon, at the Paul Funeral Home of Madison. Interment will be in North Norwich Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the funeral home located at 3592 South Street in Madison.

Due to Rocky’s prolonged illness, please consider a donation directly to the family to financially assist them during this difficult time.

C. Gertrude “gertie” Andrews

Published on: Monday, April 14, 2014


SHERBURNE – C. Gertrude “Gertie” Andrews, 91, formerly of East State St., passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Community Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Hamilton.

She was born December 5, 1922 in Smyrna, one of six children of Herbert and Inez Barr Eccleston and received her early education in Smyrna school and was a graduate of Sherburne High School. On May 6, 1946, she married Jean Spurr Andrews who predeceased her in 1978. Gertie was a #1 farmer’s wife who loved to waltz with her husband. They lived in Columbus and later moved to the Shawler Brook Farm. They settled on the Andrews Farm in Columbus which was passed down through seven generations of the family. She was an amazing cook who whose macaroni and tomato dish was a favorite among the family. She was a talented quilter who made over 40 quilts for family and friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished the times spent with her children and grandchildren. She is loved!

Gertie was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Sherburne, and the United Methodist Women. For many years, she participated in the UMW Bake Sale where she was famous for her baked beans and pies, and was in charge of the pie table for many years at the bake sale and the Chicken & Bisquit dinners. She was a former member of the Columbus Community Church where she had served on the Board of Directors; and a former member of the Home Bureau.

Surviving are her children, Holly Andrews and Michael Andrews, both of Sherburne, and Jane and Bruce Peterson of McDonough; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by all of her siblings and a grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Thursday, April 17, 2014 from the First United Methodist Church, Sherburne.

Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne on Wednesday from 4-7pm.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 556, Sherburne, NY 13460.

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Howard Franklin

Published on: Monday, April 14, 2014

Howard E. Franklin, 71, was called home suddenly on Thursday, April 10, 2014, to be with his Lord and Saviour after suffering a massive coronary.

Howie was born on Aug. 5, 1942 the son of the late Edward and Beatrice Eggleston Franklin. He attended the Preston and Norwich schools and graduated in 1960. Always a hard worker he had worked for Childs Service Station, Paul Boulant’s City Service Station, GLA, the Chenango County Sherriff Dept. as a special deputy, the City of Norwich Police Dept.and later transferred to the City of Norwich Fire Dept in 1969 where he bacame Captain retiring in 1989. He had also served as Captain of the Norwich Emergency Squad. In addition to his full time jobs, Howie always had part time work. He had worked as a roofer with Bob Mundy Roofing, drove truck for Link Construction and City Beverage Co. and also worked for Gordon Brightman Plumbing.

Howie was also a skilled auto mechanic and loved his cars of which he owned many. In addition to his cars he owned many tractors and was a former member of the Toys of Yesterday Tractor Club. He loved his traveling and camped many times on the St. Lawrence River and in the state of Maine.

It goes without saying that Howie was a true people person and was always ready to serve his fellow man.

On Dec. 5, 1964 he married Cheryl Bates who survives. Besides his wife Cheryl, Howie is survived by his sister Rose-Marie Franklin of Norwich, his daughters Angela McGrath of Oneonta, Rebecca Sargalis and husband Richard of Durham, NC, his sons Captain Gregory Franklin and wife Amy and Richard Franklin all of Norwich. Also surviving are his grandchildren Erica and Sara McGrath of Oneonta, Rory and Gregory Sargalis of Durham, NC, Nathan and Natalee Franklin of Norwich his great grandchildren Joshua and Victoria McGrath of Oneonta and last but not least his “dog children” Thor and Sadie.

Howie was predeceased by his parents Edward and Beatrice and his sister Sylvia Lovette.

At Howie’s request there will be no formal calling hours or funeral service. There will be a private family service with burial in the J.D. Lewis Cemetery of Preston.

Please consider memorial contributions in his memory to St.Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Howie’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the Norwich Fire Dept. Ambulance Crew for the valiant effort to save his life.

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

Lee R. Supensky

Published on: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lee R. Supensky, 75, a life long Norwich resident, passed away Thursday evening, April 10, 2014, at home with his family by his side.

Lee was born in Norwich on July 19, 1938 the son of John and Ethel (Follett) Supensky. He attended the Norwich Schools and graduated with the class of 1955. Over the years Lee had been employed by Nor-Man-Co., Norwich Aero and Ameritec, but for most of his life he was a self-employed engineer. A very creative and industrious individual, Lee desinged and built many types of equipment and machinery which are in operation today all over the country. One of his many designs was the “wrapping machine” which today is the machine that wraps our local Pennysaver in its plastic covering.

Lee became involved in snowmobiling in 1965. He started the original snowmobile club in the area, Snowtrails Limited, which went on to become Chenango Snow Riders. Serving as Past President of the NYSSA, New York State Snowmobile Associaiton, from 1983-1986, he was instrumental in getting legislation passed which was benificial to the sport and united all the NYS snowmobile groups together. It was said that he would fix his eyes on a goal and not be diverted. He did a great job with few rewards, but to him, this was OK.

Lee was also very involved in sports programs. He volunteered for the Pop Warner Football in filming many games over the years. He also served as the football programs Booster Club President in the late 1970’s and as the “game filmer” from 1989-1994. Lee later filmed for the Sherburne football program from 1996-2006.

Over the last several years Lee spent many hours volunteering at the New York Sttae Veterans Home. He gathered interviews and registered over 260 veterans to the National WWII Memorial in Washington DC. He also created a Korean Memorial web page and worked to register several Korean Veterans to the Vets Home Memorial. He was very dedicated to serving the Veterans at theOxford Vets Home and made many life long friends.

In 1956 Lee married Sally Loeffler who survives. Besides his wife Sally, he is survived by his sons Link R. Supensky and wife Jeanne (Sue) of Plymouth, Lee A. Supensky and wife Melissa of Norwich and Lex S. Supensky and wife Jamey also of Norwich, his sister Clara Wahlberg of Guilford and his grandchildren Leann, Derrick, Conner, Brayden, Carter, Kristofer and Lilly. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral services for Lee will be private with the Rev. Al Lang of the United Church of Oxford officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

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

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

Donald Austin

Published on: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Donald E. Austin, Esq., 95, of South New Berlin, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the NYS Veteran’s Home in Oxford.

Don grew up in Copiague, NY, raised his family in White Plains, NY and retired to South New Berlin, NY with his wife, Pat.

He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA prior to joining the Navy during WWII where he served on the USS Pope in the Pacific Fleet until the Japanese sank it in March of 1942. He was placed in a POW camp for the next 3 ½ years. During this period his parents believed their only child, reported missing in action, was gone. It is interesting to note that his 2014 funeral service and full military burial will actually be the second service planned in his honor.

Once he returned to American soil in relatively good shape, he continued his education at Columbia University Law School where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Humphrey (Pat).

His professional career started and ended in home based offices in Peekskill and South New Berlin. NY, but the majority of his professional career was spent at General Motors as an international attorney and manager for their Overseas Division. During retirement he helped his wife with her apartment house business and his son, Dave, with Great Brook Solar.

Don and Pat, whom he lost in 2009, had three children, sons David Austin of So. New Berlin and Jonathan Austin of Binghamton and daughter, Jeanne Gormick and her husband, Cal, of Laguna Niguel, CA. He is also survived by three grandchildren and five great grandchildren who live in New York, California and Hawaii.

Funeral services for Donald will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Norwich with Rev. Chuck Taylor, Rector, officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in South New Berlin. There will be no calling hours.

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

Roaslie G. Hewitt

Published on: Thursday, April 17, 2014


CAYUGA – Roaslie G. Hewitt, 67, a former resident of Norwich, died unexpectedly Monday, March 31, 2014 at her home in Cayuga, NY where she had lived since November.

Rosalie was born July 8, 1946 in Glendale, CA, the daughter of William Frances and Dorothy deMoure Hewitt.

She is survived by two daughters – Samantha (Farnham) O’Hora of Seneca Falls, NY and Jessica Farnham of Oxford, NY. She is also survived by her sisters, Willa Haynes, Alice Sheehan and Meredith Repassy. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Megan O’Hora and Evan O’Hora and great grandchildren, Brandon Culpepper Jr. and Kenleagh Culpepper.

There are no services scheduled as it was Rosalie’s wish to have a private service this summer. Plans will be announced in the future. In accordance with her wishes, any who wish to may plant a tree in Rosalie’s memory.

Her greatest wish was for those who knew her to remember her with love and laughter. The world is a dimmer place without her light. She will be missed.

Wade Funeral Services in Moravia assisted the family with the arrangements.

Ann Garofalo

Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Ann R. Garofalo, 96, formerly of Norwich, and more recently of Liverpool, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at her Liverpool residence. A Mass of Christian Burial for Ann will be celebrated in Norwich, and will be announced in the Monday edition of The Evening Sun. 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:

Edward H. Nafalski

Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Edward H. Nafalski, 69, of State Highway 23, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his home.

He was born on March 21, 1945 in the Bronx, NY, the son of John and Valeria Matczak Nafalski and received his education in New York City schools. On October 12, 1972, Edward married Charlotte L. Syring in Albany. As a young man, he worked on Wall Street delivering thousands of dollars in negotiable stocks for the First Bank of New York before they became The First Bank of America. In 1979, Edward moved his family to the Oneonta area to be closer to his family there. He may not have been a regular Sunday church going person, but he was a spiritual man. He enjoyed fishing and doing impressions of famous people, including his favorites, Elvis, John Wayne and Johnny Cash. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him in person and on Facebook.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Charlotte; a daughter and son-in-law, Audra and Milton Wood and their children, Natalie, Cody and Jeremy; a son and daughter-in-law, Elvis and Kelly Nafalski and their children, Gabriella, Dominique, Valeria and Holdyn; his sister and brother-in-law, Roberta and James Lepera; five nieces, three nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Katherine Goude.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Interment will be private at the convenience of his family.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1-3pm prior to the service.

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Sandra M. Burk

Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Sandra M. (Izard) Burk, 66, of Norwich, passed away Wed. evening, April 16, 2014, at her home.

Funeral services for Sandy will be held on Wed., April 23, at 4 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Kurt Funke will officiate.

Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Wed. from 2-4 pm.

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

A complete obituary for Sandy will be published in the Monday edition of The Evening Sun.

Mildred E. Huntington

Published on: Friday, April 18, 2014

Mildred Emily (Dicks) Huntington, 88, went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2014 at the New York State Veterans Home at Oxford where she had resided since 2005.  She was born on March 25, 1926 in Trout Creek, New York, the daughter of the late Clyde and Elma (Wilson) Dicks.  On September 6, 1953 in Unadilla, she married Forrest Huntington of Mt. Upton, who predeceased her in 1996.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Forrest, Mildred was also predeceased by her two sisters:  Zelda Dicks in 1935 and Joanna Constable in 2000; and a daughter Lola Marlene Huntington in 1958.

Mildred is survived by two daughters:  Gilda Ward (Matthew) of Mt. Upton, and Diane Huntington (William Monroe) of Sherburne:  four grandchildren:  Ryan Ostrander of Walton; Joshua Ostrander of Sprakers, NY;  Adam Ward of Belmont, CA; and Ashley Ostrander of Noblesville, IN;  and three great grandchildren:  Kaylana Campbell, Olivia and Sophia Ostrander, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mildred grew up in the Walton area until her family moved to Unadilla to work for Chambers and Sons.  This gave her ample opportunity to be around lots of horses, which was her real passion. During WW II, Mildred joined the war effort by working for Scintilla in Sidney.  In 1950, she received her beautician's license from Triple Cities School of Beauty in Binghamton.  She was employed for a time as a hairdresser for Bresee's Department Store in Oneonta.  After that, she was employed by Keith Clark of Sidney, until through a mutual friend, she met her husband, Forrest.  After marriage, Mildred and her husband ran their family dairy farm located outside of Rockdale. She worked hard helping with the daily farm chores, tending and  harvesting a large vegetable garden, and raising two growing girls.  Almost all the food she served was homegrown and homemade. In the late fifties, she also worked in her parents' bakery in Unadilla.  In the mid-1960's, Mildred was employed as a machine assistant at Keith Clark, while continuing to help run the family farm, as well. She worked at Keith Clark until her retirement in 1991.  Just after her retirement, she lived out her lifelong dream of going on a trip to Nashville, TN.  After Forrest's death, Mildred sold the family farm and moved to Sidney.  In 2003, she became a resident of the Skilled Nursing Facility of The Hospital in Sidney until it closed and then moved to the Oxford Veterans Home where she resided until her death.

Mildred was a member of the Church of Christ in Sidney.  Mildred and her husband had earlier attended the First Baptist Church in Mt. Upton. Faith in God was a very important part of her daily life.  “Millie” was a good friend and listening ear to so many around her.  Her legacy of hard work and dedication combined with a loving and caring spirit showed forth God's love to her friends and family and endeared her to so many.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends may call Tuesday, April 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.  Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23 with Larry Bailey of the Church of Christ of Sidney officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge. Condolences and memories may be shared with Millie’s family online at

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

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