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Today's Death Notices

Raymond L. Cook, 63, of Earlville

John P. Kelly Jr., 92, of Oxford

Robert L. Slater, 86, of Norwich

Barbara More Williams, 87, of Afton

Last Week's Obituaries

Wesley D. Van Horn

Published on: Friday, June 8, 2018

Wesley passed away on May 29th, 2018.

Wesley was born on 10/21/1940 in Suffern New York. Wesley attended school in Tallman NY and graduated from Suffern High School. Wesley married Karen L. Johnson of Nanuet NY on 1/31/62.

Wesley had only one child, Terri L. (Van Horn) Slater, who was born on 9/1/67. Wes worked at XEROX Corporation for over 30 years travelling from New York State to Texas with the company. Upon leaving Xerox, he and his family relocated to Norwich, NY. He had fond memories of Chenango County after hunting here many years ago. Wesley also had a love for sports and was a life long fan of the Green Bay Packers. He could be seen in the community wearing his Packers Jacket and ball cap and loved to talk to other fans as he went about. He spent a lot of his retirement years taking bus trips with various senior groups. He loved going to a great show or festival and meeting new friends.

Wesley is survived by his wife Karen Van Horn, Daughter Terri Slater, Her Husband Mark D Slater and grandchildren, Sarah Slater, Tyler Slater, and Shawn Slater. He also left behind his beloved little dog Willie... We will certainly miss him, but we will always keep his memory close in our hearts. There will be no formal services just a private gathering of his loved ones.

Hoyt Fred Adsit Jr.

Published on: Monday, June 11, 2018

Fred passed away suddenly on May 11, 2018. Fred was 61.

He was a graduate of Sherburne - Earlville class of “75”.

While in school, he was on the football and wrestling teams. He played sousaphone in the band. Fred was a member of the Sherburne Sharpshooters 4-H club.

He showed calves at the Chenango County Fair in Norwich.

Fred loved the outdoors. Fred would help his dad and his uncle Rodger make maple syrup. He loved fishing with his family at Goose Bay and at Seventh Lake.

Fred trapped muskrats to sell the fur. As a youth, he grew melons in the garden and recently, at his home, strawberries.

Fred loved farming with his brother David except for a couple years when he went on a walkabout in California.

Fred’s greatest love was riding his motorcycle. He made many trips out west by motorcycle and one trip with his brother David to fish in Canada.

Fred led a private life but he will be remembered fondly as playing “Santa” at Christmas.

He is survived by his siblings: Robert Adsit of Sherburne, Louise (Karl) Breckan of Palatine, Illinois, David Adsit of Sherburne and his aunt, Jan Nigolian of Sherburne.

Also surviving are cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Hoyt, Sr. and Clara Adsit and step mother, Nancy.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to: Sherburne Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 924, Sherburne, NY 13460.

A memorial service for Fred will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 1 p.m. at R. J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad Street, Norwich, New York. Interment will follow at the North Norwich Cemetery.

Friends may call at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday, June 14 at 12 p.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.

Frank E. Wright

Published on: Monday, June 11, 2018

Frank E. Wright, 99 yrs. old of Pittsfield, NY passed away on June 7, 2018 in Norwich, NY.

Frank was born on January 10, 1919 in Henderson, NY the son of Gad & Cora (Green) Wright.

His childhood was spent in the Pittsfield and New Berlin areas. He was a 1937 graduate of New Berlin Central School and served in the US Army from 1942-1945 during WWII as a MP and personnel driver.

On July 23, 1945 he married Mildred Cristman. She predeceased him on September 5, 1998.

Frank was employed by Kraft Foods, the New Berlin Dry Cleaners, the Otsego County Highway Department and served as a school bus driver and fireman for the New Berlin Fire Department. He was a stock car driver and enjoyed hill climbs.

He was also handy with motorcycles. Everyone would go to Franks to have their motorcycles repaired. He loved the Lord and spending time with his wife.

He was a member of the Berean Baptist Church of New Berlin and the Smyrna Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children; Frank N. Wright and Arlene Conkey, 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY with Pastor Tim Button of the Smyrna Baptist Church officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM prior to the funeral service.

A burial with military honors will be held 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

Kenneth E. Scott

Published on: Monday, June 11, 2018

Kenneth E. (Scotty) Scott passed away June 7th, 2018, two months short of his 92nd birthday.

Ken was born August 9, 1926, to Wilber & Ella Scott, the eldest of four children and the oldest son.

Friends and family were often treated to “stories” of growing up with 3 sisters and their adventures.

Ken enlisted in the navy during World War 2 and was a participant in the Normandy Beach invasion on June 6th 1944 from the LCT 137 on Omaha Beach.

Ken married Betty Jean Brookins on June 21, 1945, and celebrated 70 years of marriage prior to Betty’s death in 2014.

During their marriage Ken worked briefly at the Acme grocery store in Norwich and later joined his dad at the post office where he became well known to the local community.

He could often be found next door at the elks club honing his card playing skills . He played poker up until his death.

In 1967 Ken & Betty became owners of the Brown Avenue Bowling Center (NBC) which they ran until retirement. Many local residents grew up at the bowling center and fondly remember Scotty from the school programs he sponsored.

Ken’s beloved wife Betty Jean suffered a debilitating stroke at age 65, and he spent the next 22 years caring for her at their home in East McDonough.

He referred to the responsibility as an honor and made their lives together as fulfilling as possible under difficult circumstances.

Ken is survived by his children Deidra (Dede) Paige, Jeffrey Scott and husband John Wellmann , grandchildren Corey Foote and Melinda Chawgo and husband Tracy. Great grandchildren Chandler and Alex Wehrli, and Alyssa and Ryley Chawgo.

His beloved sister Marilyn Gerafalo and nephew Michael (Lavon) Garafalo, Garth , Brett and Brook Bacon and nieces Trudee Bacon and Laurie O’Keefe.

He was predeceased by his sister Joan Preston & Marjorie Bacon, and great grandson Bradley Chawgo.

Ken will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Everyone who knows him liked him and he was a great guy.

Per his request, there will be no formal services or calling hours. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, June 12 at 1 o’clock at Mount Hope Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Norwich VFW at

61 East Main St., Norwich, NY.

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

Amy Elizabeth Gallagher

Published on: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Amy E. Gallagher, 36, passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Francis House in Syracuse with her family by her side. She was born in Buffalo, NY to Richard and Sally Heim.

Amy obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work and worked for Elmcrest Children’s Center. She was also a Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay.

Amy was an active member of St. Augustine’s Church and Women’s Group, she also played the flute and was part of the Music Ministry. Amy was an avid board gamer, but most of all she loved being with her children and family.

Amy is survived by her loving husband, Ross Gallagher; children, Logan and Leora Gallagher; parents, Richard and Sally Heim; siblings, Holly Judd, Robert Heim, and Cathy Gray; nephews, CJ Judd, Riley Gray, and Avery Blair-Heim; nieces, Amanda Deering and Ellie Blair-Heim; and great-nephew, Benjamin Deering.

Calling hours are 4-7 pm Thursday, June 14 at St. Augustine’s Church, 7333 O’Brien Rd, Baldwinsville. Funeral Mass is 1 pm Friday, June 15 at St. Augustine’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mary Kay Foundation as a Memorial Gift at

Online at

Dorothy Lura Fritschler

Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dorothy Lura (Freligh) Fritschler, passed away unexpectedly in her home in Norwich, NY on Friday June 8, 2018, at the young age of 95.

Dorothy was born June 2, 1923 at her ancestral farm on River Road along the Mohawk River between Latham and Niskayuna, NY, the daughter of Fred Abram Freligh and Stella Elizabeth (Briggs) Freligh.

Fred was an entrepreneurial farmer and Stella was a schoolteacher in a one-room schoolhouse.

Dorothy had two siblings, her older brother Fred Jr., and identical twin sister Doris who she remained best friends with throughout her 95 years.

Dorothy graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1940, and then Mildred Elley Secretarial School in 1942.

She was employed by General Electric in Schenectady, NY as a secretary during World War II. Dorothy married the love of her life, Charles Henry Fritschler on May 20,1950.

Dorothy and Charles had a happy loving marriage raising three boys in Niskayuna, NY before relocating the family to Norwich, NY in 1966.

Dorothy was a devoted housewife who supported her family; and worked part-time at various positions including at Victory Markets, Chenango County Soil and Water Conservation, and Chenango County Chamber of Commerce.

She volunteered with the American Cancer Society and was active with their annual Daffodil campaign.

Dorothy had a lifelong love of weaving, doing counted cross-stitch, knitting, and other crafts.

She took joy in making handmade items for family and friends.

Dorothy loved gardening around her house; and when she could no longer tend her gardens, Dorothy switched to potted plants so she had plants around her all the time.

She often remarked that flowers ‘make me happy’.

Dorothy was an avid reader, especially of Romances on her kindle.

An animal lover since her childhood on the farm and hiking with her pet goat, Charles and Dorothy had innumerable dogs and cats over their lifetime.

Dorothy loved summers at their family camp on Bradley Brook Reservoir, and liked sitting at the kitchen table watching the numerous wildlife, especially birds, in her backyard.

Surviving Dorothy are her identical twin sister Doris (Freligh) Nelson (Richard), of Los Gatos, CA; sons Charles Alan Fritschler (Beatriz) of NYC; Karl Dennis Fritschler (Nancy), of Oxford, NY and their daughter, Sarah; Kevin John Fritschler, of McDonough, NY and his son Brian (Stephanie), and grandson Talon, daughter Hillary, and grandson Jaydon. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Dorothy is also survived by her beloved dog Andi, who she found inseparable.

Dorothy is predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Charles, and her brother Fred Freligh, Jr. (Janet).

There will be a private memorial service for Dorothy’s immediate family.

Contributions in memory of Dorothy Lura Fritschler may be made to Chenango County SPCA, 6160 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815. Arrangements are by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.

Edson And Mary Kitchen

Published on: Friday, June 15, 2018

Edson and Mary Kitchen of Bainbridge passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of the paper. Friends are invited to call from 3:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney, NY 13838.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20th at the funeral chapel. Share condolences with the family online at

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

Kenneth W. Beach

Published on: Friday, June 15, 2018

Kenneth W. Beach, 87, formerly of Oxford, NY, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Lenoir, NC.

Kenneth was born in Cortland County, NY to Clyde and Ruth Underwood Beach.

Kenneth was a dairy farmer on Route 220, Oxford until he retired to North Carolina at the age of 55.

There he became actively involved with the Burke County Ruritan Club, COMMA, Grace Hospital, and Meals on Wheels, as well as his church.

Kenneth is predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Wanda Filer Beach, and his sisters, Barbara Turner and Esther Jackson. He is survived by his second wife of almost 10 years, Joan Craig, and her family, NC.

Also surviving are Kenneth’s three children, Betsy Beach, NC; Crystal (William) Rudd, NY; William (Diana) Beach, AL; and four grandchildren, Bradley Beach, Joel Beach, Brandon Rudd, Kevin Rudd.

Also surviving are four brothers, Bruce (Polly) Beach, PA; Clyde (Janis) Beach, NY; Frank (Linda) Beach, AR; John (Elva) Beach, Germany; and three sisters, Betty McKenney, MI; Reta (Roger) McKee, NY; and Joan (Richard) Mathys, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Lenoir, NC. Interment in Oxford will be private at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be left at

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