Miscellaneous Chenango County, New York Obituaries


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NORWICH - A Celebration of Life for William J. Hall was held on Friday morning at 11 a.m. from the United Church of Christ First Congregational of Norwich. The Rev. Joseph Connolly, pastor, officiated. Bill's daughters, Anne Ruhe and Claire Doyle, offered remembrances and a poem in honor of their father. Joe Benenati, Henry Drexler, Ray Lauenstein and Matt Cooney gave the eulogies. Organist for the service was Virginia Helton. 

Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery of Whitestore. 

NORWICH - Funeral services for Vivian Hicks Case were held on Thursday at 10 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Romeyn Kipp, pastor of the Holmesville Baptist Church, officiated. 

Interment will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery of Whitestore. 

NORWICH - Funeral services for Varley Gibson were held on Saturday at 11 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, officiated. 

Interment with full military rites will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

NORWICH - Michael P. Benenati, Sr., 85, of Martins Creek, Pa., died Sunday in Easton Hospital. 

Born in Norwich on Dec. 3, 1915, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Agnus (Testa) Benenati. 

He was a custodian at the Easton Area School District for 26 and a half years retiring in 1983. He was also employed at Renaldo Plumbing and Heating Co., Roseto, Pa. 

He was married to the former Antoinette (Liro) Benenati. They were married April 15, 1944. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last April. 

He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army with the combat engineers of the 15th Division and was a Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor survivor. He started his military career in 1936 and was scheduled to be discharged on Dec. 7, 1941. However, he remained in the Army until Aug. 12, 1945. 

He was a member of St. Rocco's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Creek, Pa. He was a member of the Lower Mt. Bethel Senior Citizens Center. 

Surviving are his sons: Joseph M. Benenati, of Marlton, N.J. and Michael P. Benenati, Jr., of Bangor, Pa. and his daughters Linda M. Benenati Green of Lock Haven, Pa., and Rosalie J. Benenati Calandra of Wind Gap, Penn. He is also survived by his sisters: Mary Coe of Norwich, Louise Loscavio of Norwich and Teresa Diaz of Binghamton and two brothers Joseph Benenati of Norwich and John Benenati of Littleton, N.C. Also surviving is six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. 

Funeral services are to be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the James J. Palmeri Funeral Home, 6602 Alpha Ave., Martins Creek. Pa., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Rocco's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Creek, Penn. Friends may call on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Interment will be in Church Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rocco's Memorial Fund. 

OXFORD - Charles H. Collins, Sr., 66, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 2, 2001 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton. 

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Edna Collins, his sister, Wilma, and two brothers, Lee and Kenneth. 

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Collins, Oxford; three daughters and two son-in-laws, Sandra and Daniel Dalmer, McDonough, Debbie and Tab Winner, Colorado, Mary A. Collins, Ithaca, one son and daughter-in-law, Charles H. and Bonnie Collins, Jr., McDonough; grandchildren, Charles H. Collins, III, Michelle and Devon Thomsen, Norwich; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Anna Kingsbury, Eva and Frank Neal, Sherburne; brother and sister-in-law John W. and Alta Collins, Sherburne; brother George T. Collins and Ruth Kimber, Greene, and several nieces and nephews. 

Charles owned and operated Midway Home Sales in Oxford for over 30 years. He also operated Midway Construction for several years and was in the trucking business for many years. He was Chairman of the Brisben Fire District for 14 years. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. 

Funeral and Committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Root Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ralph Osborne, Rector of Zion Episcopal Church, Greene officiating. Burial will be in Warn-Tenbroeck Cemetery, Brisben at a later date. Friends of the family may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango St., Greene. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Brisben Fire Department, the Oxford Emergency Squad or the American Cancer Society. 

EARLVILLE - Clinton John Fradenburg, died unexpectedly at the Chenango Memorial Hospital April 1, 2001. 

He was born Nov. 22, 1918 in Earlville, son of Clinton E. Fradenburg and Fredericha Gadt. He grew up in the Earlville area and attended school there. He served in World War II, in the European Operation as part of the 15th Calvary. He worked two years before joining the service at the Utica Knitting Mill in Sherburne. After his discharge he worked at I.L. Richer Co. for a short time. He retired from Standard Brands in 1983. He helped his wife at Judy's Coffee Shop in Sherburne. He loved working outdoors and with his many animals. He was a farmer at heart. He was a good, honest and patriotic man, 

He was predeceased by his parents, a granddaughter, Patricia Anne, and a stepdaughter, Lodema Ray. He is survived by his wife, Judy Fradenburg of McDonough; five children and their spouses: Mary and Jim Weir of Greene, Jackie and Hugh Cook of Norwich, Pat and Dick Osborne of South New Berlin, Mike and Donna Fradenburg of Norwich and Beth and Brian Loomis of Norwich. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, John, Daniel, Kurt, Dianne, Weir, Theresa Cook, Kelly, Matt and Wendy Osborne, Kecia Bailey, Bonnie Prendergast, Annie Fradenburg and Katy and Kari Loomis; great grandchildren Ashleigh, Ryan, Jacob Weir and Michael and Madison Bailey. 

He has three stepchildren: Bob and Laura Thomas of McDonough, Any and Dick Jeffrey of Sherburne and Susie and Alpaugh of Sherburne. He had many step grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be held at the Wm. W. Kehoe Funeral Home, Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Kehoe Funeral Home. Father Ralph Osborne of the Zion Episcopal Church of Greene, will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date at the West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne at the convenience of the family. Full military honors will be conducted by the Sherburne American Legion Post 876 at the funeral home Thursday morning. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by the Wm. W. Kehoe Funeral Home. 

NORWICH - Marcia Allen Kruse, 65, 13 Newton Ave., Norwich, died March 28, 2001 in Cooperstown following a short illness. 

She was born June 19, 1935 in Rutland, Vermont, the daughter of Aaron Vail and Marquita (McFarren) Allen Jr. On March 24, 1956, she married Frederic H. Kruse Jr. in Cambridge, Mass. She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. and attended Mount Holyoke College. 

Marcia is survived by her husband; two daughters: Katherine A.K. Watts of Downers Grove, Ill. and Susan M. Kruse-Thompson of Brisbane, Australia; four grandchildren: Andre Hill, Thomas Watts, Robin Watts and Nada Thompson; a brother, Aaron Vail Allen III; and a sister, Rebecca Allen Hougher. 

A family graveside service will be held at a later date in Fair Haven, Vermont. Funeral arrangements are by the Ottoman Funeral Home in Cherry Valley. 

GREENE - Rachel G. Eckert, 88, passed on to meet her Lord and Savior and family on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at her home. She was predeceased by her husband, William (Bill) Eckert in 1995 and by five sisters and one brother. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Sandra and Ken Cobb of McDonough, Gary and Paula Eckert of Theresa, Lynne and Roger Beach of Greene, Elaine (Billie) Houghton, of Denton, Md., Marcia and Byron Miller of Greene, Dede Boeltz and Norm Fletcher of Greene; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several step grand and step great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Jamon and Catherine Lattimer; a sister-in-law, Freida Lattimer; several nieces, nephews, cousins and Beverly Eckert, Tom Houghton and John Boeltz. 

Rachel received her RN degree from Methodist at School of Nursing in Brooklyn and in practiced her vocation for most of her life. She spent many hours helping friends in the community with her personal nursing skills. She received an award for over 30 years of service from the Red Cross for work in local blood banks. She was the first Republican woman Village of Greene Trustee. She was a Republican Committee person for the Town of Greene and served on the Greene Board of Elections for many years. She was a member of the Chenango Valley Rebekah Lodge #375 in Greene where she served in many capacities. She participated in the Greene Labor Day Community Picnic for over 40 years. She was a member of in the First United Methodist Church of Greene. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at the Root Funeral Home with Rev. William McCall Jr., Pastor of her church, officiating. Burial will be in a Sylvan Lawn Cemetery, Greene. Friends of the family called Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Root Funeral Home, 23 No. Chenango St., Greene. A service was conducted by the Chenango Valley Rebekah Lodge Sunday at 3:30. 

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Greene Emergency Squad, 8 N. Canal St., Greene or to the First United Methodist Church, 36 S. Chenango St., Greene NY 13778. 

NEW BERLIN - Ruth Corrine Eccleston, 92 of New Berlin, and formerly of Morris, died Saturday, June 2, 2001 at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home in Norwich. 

She was born in Morris on Dec. 15, 1908 the daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Gardner) Turner. She married Kenneth Eccleston April 29, 1927 In Atlantic City, N.J. He died Feb. 10, 1999. She had been employed by the H. W. Naylor Co. of Morris for over 22 years. She and her husband had resided in New Berlin since 1985 and prior to that they were lifelong Morris residents. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morris. She was well known for her knitting of mittens and then giving them to all the children in the area and also her pride in feeding and helping people in need. 

Ruth is survived by her son Carl Eccleston and his wife Bernice of New Berlin; two granddaughters, Carlene Brownell and her husband Larry of Amsterdam, Sharl Eccleston of Wisconsin; three step-granddaughters, Ann Downey and her husband Dennis of Norwich, Alice Church of Sherburne, Patricia James of New Berlin; one step-grandson, David James of Morris; three nephews, Paul Knickerbocker and his wife Helen of Pittsfield, Milton Knickerbocker and his wife Dorthia of Morris, Charles Turner and his wife Florence of South Edmeston; along with 11 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Three sisters, Clara Carpenter, Emma Stebbins and Louise Knickerbocker and two brothers Fred and Harry Turner, predeceased her. 

Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, with the Rev. Joseph Fiske officiating. Burial will be in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Those who wish may donate to the United Methodist Church of Morris or the Morris or New Berlin Emergency squads in her memory. Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris. 

NEW BERLIN - Deanna Miller Wallace, 43 of New Berlin and formerly of Morris, and Brownsboro, Ala., died Friday, June 1, 2001 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. 

She was born in Sidney on July 8, 1957 the daughter of Ronald and Luella (Dixson) Miller. She had resided in New Berlin for the past five months and prior to that she had resided in Brownsboro, Ala. for several years where she had worked as a day care teacher at the "Abundance of Love" Daycare. She was a member of the Shiloh Methodist Church in Brownsboro. 

Deanna is survived by her children, Ashley Ellen Kent, Joshua Lee Kent and Thomas Anthony Wallace all of New Berlin. She is also survived by her father, Ronald Miller of Morris; her brothers, Joseph Miller and his wife Cindy, of New Berlin, Randall Miller and his wife Jean of Ellenville, Ronald and Matthew Miller and a sister, Olivia Miller all of Morris. Also several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews survive her. 

Visitation was on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris. Funeral services will be private. The family requests no flowers. Those who wish are asked to donate to a scholarship fund to be established for her children. Donations may be sent to Joseph Miller, 24 Cushman St., New Berlin, NY 13776. Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris. 

NORWICH - Catherine N. Spencer (Kay), 70, of Gilmore Lane, Norwich, passed away late Thursday evening, May 31, 2001 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital of Norwich. 

A life-long resident of Norwich, Kay had attended the Norwich schools. She had been a 35-year employee of Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, and was a member of their Quarter Century Service Club. Following her retirement, she had also worked as a cashier for the Jamesway department store in Norwich. An avid reader, Kay enjoyed reading many good books over the years, and, along with her husband, enjoyed bowling in several city leagues. She was also an original Star Trek fan and an avid NASCAR race fan, with her favorite driver being Bill Elliott. 

Born March 22, 1931, in Norwich, Kay was the daughter of Raymond and Gertrude (Garlock) Call, Sr. She is survived by her husband, Glenn Spencer of Norwich; her daughter, Cristine Hall, also of Norwich; her step-daughter, Jacquline Spencer of Smyrna; and her step-son, Daniel Spencer of Norwich. She is also survived by her three brothers: Richard Call and his wife Caroline of Albany, Raymond Call and his wife Isabelle of Norwich, and Edward Call and his wife Sheila of Orlando, Fla.; three grandchildren: Tiffany and Colton Hall, and Samantha Richards; her sister-in-law, Virginia Berg of Norwich; and several nieces and nephews. Kay was predeceased by her sister, Eleanor Downey, and her brother, George Call. 

Private funeral services for Kay will be held at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Beverly Butler, chaplain of the Gilmour Health Care Facility, will officiate. Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. At 7, members of the Quarter Century Club will pay their respects in a group. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwich Emergency Squad, marked "Emergency Medical" and sent c/o Fire Chief, One City Plaza, Norwich, NY 13815. 

SHERBURNE - Funeral services for Gladys Carver were held on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 10 a.m. from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany of Sherburne. The Rev. Dr. Bruce L. MacDuffie, Vicar, officiated. Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery of Oxford, with Rev. MacDuffie offering the committal prayers. Organist for the service was Wilbur Raville. Pallbearers were Dennis Lee, Benjamin Mumbulo, Harry Snyder and Paul Lindoerfer. 

Arrangements were by the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. 

NORWICH - Funeral services for Joan Skellett were held on Friday at 11 a.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Brian Conover, Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, officiated. Interment followed in the Shehawken Cemetery of Starrucca, Pa. 

NORWICH - Funeral services for Bonnie Sherman were held on Saturday at 11 a.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Carl Brandon, pastor of the North Pharsalia Bible Church, officiated. Interment followed in the South Plymouth Cemetery, with Rev. Brandon offering the committal prayers. 

Pallbearers were Bonnie's grandsons: Brent Seymour, Gary Seymour, William Sherman, Khyle Sherman, John Willis, Luke Willis and Matt Willis. 

SHERBURNE - Frances F. Hill, 77, of Shawler Brook Road, Sherburne passed away Friday, June 1, 2001 at Chenango Memorial Hospital. 

She was born in Unadilla on Oct. 28, 1923 and attended local schools. On May 11, 1940 in Sherburne she married Stanley J. Hill. Mrs. Hill was at one time employed by Standard Brands, Sherburne, the Sherburne Knitting Mill. Most recently she assisted her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Sherburne. Frances enjoyed playing Bingo and loved crafts and ceramics. 

Surviving are her husband, Stanley; a daughter, Linda Hatton; three sons and a daughter in law, Lawrence Hill; Bernard Hill and Gary and Jeanette Hill, all of Sherburne; a sister in law Edith Hill of Florida; her grandchildren: Curtis and Maura Hatton of Vernon, Gregory Hatton of Sherburne, Rick and Tracy Hill of Madison, Tricia and Chris Goodrich of Florida; Ryan Hill of Florida, Bridget Hill of Sherburne, Bernard Empie of Hamilton, Jason Hill of Sherburne, Janelle Hill of Smyrna and Matthew Hill of Sherburne. Also surviving are six great grandchildren; a nephew and his wife: Wayne and Denise Hill of Florida and several grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother George Weed. 

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Burgess Funeral Home, 10 South Main St., Sherburne. Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne. Friends are invited and may call from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service. 

Contributions may be made to the Chenango Memorial Hospital S.N.F., Norwich. 

NORWICH - Russell Sampson, 83, of 205 Brianna Drive, Centerville, Ga., passed away Saturday, June 2, 2001 at his residence. 

He was born Nov. 21, 1917 in the Village of Hancock, Nev., to John H. and Hazel (Houghtaling) Sampson. He worked at Western Gear as a welder. He served in the Army in World War II. 

Surviving are his second wife, Maxine Sampson of Centerville, Ga.; his daughters: Judy (Sampson) Rivenburg of Norwich, Susan (Sampson) Rogers, of Englewood, Fla. and Sally (Sampson) Wackford of Oxford; a son, Tom Sampson, of Englewood, Fla; his sisters: Charlotte (Sampson) Button of Oxford, Ruth Davis of Greene, Hazel Dietrick of Greene and Doris Huntley of Loganville, Ga.; his brothers: Charles Sampson, Ira Sampson and John Sampson, all of Greene; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. 

He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Eleanor Sampson of Centerville, Ga., and a son, John Sampson of Englewood, Fla. 

The service will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of Houston Country, 2066 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, Ga 31093. 

CINCINNATUS - Edra M. Connor, 90, of Taylor Avenue, Cincinnatus, died Jan. 13, 2001 at the Cortland Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at noon at the Cincinnatus Cemetery with Fred M.S. Downs officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Black Funeral Home, Cincinnatus. 

SOUTH NEW BERLIN - Verda M. Ford, 87, life-long resident of South New Berlin and most recently of the Chenango Valley Apartments, Norwich, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2001 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City after a brief illness. 

She was born July 8, 1913 in the Town of New Berlin to Emory and Florence (Butler) Manwaring. She married Merritt L. Ford Sept. 25, 1935, who predeceased her on March 5, 1992. She spent her childhood in the South New Berlin area and graduated from South New Berlin School and the Utica School of Commerce, Utica. She worked for AAA in Norwich for 19 years, retiring in 1978. She was a lifetime, dedicated and founding member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, South New Berlin, where she served the Church in many capacities as altar guild member, vestryman and ECW. She was a 62-year member of the Fortnightly Study Club of South New Berlin and received the Federation of Women's Club Dedicated Service Award in 1996. She also belonged to the Hobby Club. Verda was an outstanding cook and avid reader and community volunteer. 

Surviving are two daughters: Sandra and Eugene Attleson of Cortland; Anne and Andrew Sebeck of Gilbertsville; one son, Emory and Susan Ford of Florence, Maine; seven grandchildren: Mark, Steven and Andrea Sebeck, Sheila and Eric Attleson, Kelly Ford Lim and Kendra Ford; four great grandchildren: Nicholas, Alicia, Ellison and Alexa. Also surviving are one sister-in-law, Anita Peet of Oneonta, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one sister, Ione Dixson on Nov. 2, 1963. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, South New Berlin with Rev. Charles Taylor of St. Matthew's officiating. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin. Interment will be Riverside Cemetery, South New Berlin. 

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Organ Fund, North Main St., South New Berlin, N.Y. 13843 or the Merritt and Verda Ford Scholarship Fund, c/o Unadilla Valley Central School, 1 School St., New Berlin, N.Y. 13411. 

NORWICH - Funeral services for Jane A. Amendola were held on Monday at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel in St. Paul's Cemetery. Rev. Richard Dellos, pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Oxford, officiated. The readings for the mass were proclaimed by Steve Portelli and Mary Kay Frederick, a nephew and niece of Mrs. Amendola. Mary Kay served as Eucharistic Minister. 

The arrangements were by the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home. 

OTSELIC - Donald K. Whorrall, 68, of Route 26, Otselic, died Monday, June 4, 2001 at home. 

He was born in Baldwinsville and retired from New Process Gear in Dewitt as a machine repair man after 32 years. He was a member of the United Auto Workers. 

He is survived by his wife, Blanche, of Otselic; two daughters: Sherry Kemak of Chittenango and Mary Powell of Deansboro; three sons: Terry of Virginia Beach, Va., Barry of Otselic and Jerry of South Otselic; four sisters: Una Abold of Liverpool, Hazel Weddington and Barbara Richer of Greer, S.C. and Arlene Greene of Cicero; one brother: Elmer Whorrall of Barefoot Bay, S.C.; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home, DeRuyter. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, South Otselic. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

NORWICH - Committal services for Robert J. Oliver, who passed away March 9, 2001 were held on Monday, June 4, at 2 p.m. from the Mt. Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, officiated. Full military rites were accorded the deceased veteran by members of local veterans organizations under the direction of Commander John Greeley. Members of the firing squad were Bill Ballin, Pete McGowan, Harold Funke and Bob Kappauf. Color Guard members were Harry Gibson, Don Dibble, Ron George and Ken McNitt. The flag was folded by Joe Benenati, Gene Norton and John Greeley with Mr. Greeley presenting the flag to Bob's widow Shirley Oliver. Bugler for the service was Erin Finkle and the Bag Piper was Harry Nichols. 

Pall bearers were Bob's sons, Richard, James, David and Robert Oliver and two of his grandsons, Andrew Oliver and Eric Jennings. 

Arrangements were by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. 

NORWICH - Committal services for Angelina Mirabito, who passed away on Jan. 31, 2001, will be held on Friday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Cemetery, Norwich. 

Arrangements are by the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home of Norwich. 

NORWICH - Committal services for George Palamaro, who passed away on Dec. 15, 2000, will be held on Friday, June 8 at 10:45 a.m. at St. Paul's Cemetery, Norwich. 

Arrangements are by the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home of Norwich. 

GREENE - Russell Sampson, 83, of Centerville, Ga., died at his home on Saturday, June 2, 2001. Mr. Sampson was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor E. Sampson; father, John H. Sampson; mother, Hazel E. Sampson; sisters: Hazel Dietrich, Charlotte Button, and Ruth Davis; brothers: Charles Sampson, John R. Sampson, and Ira Sampson; great grandson, Tyler S. Eddy; and son-in-law, Dale K. Wackford. 

Mr. Sampson was born and raised in Greene, where he lived until 1957 at which time he moved to Monrovia, Calif. In 1937, he married Eleanor E. Peterson, by whom he was later predeceased. While living in New York he was a welder for many years with the former Lyon Raymond Corporation, which later became Raymond Corporation. Once in California, Mr. Sampson was the manager of the machine shop department of Western Gear. Mr. Sampson was married again in 1968 to Maxine Banfield. He retired and traveled for several years until health reasons forced him to settle in Aguila, Arizona, where he was a resident for 18 years before moving to Centerville, Ga. in November of 2000. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Sampson served in the U.S. Army. 

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Sampson of Centerville, GA; daughters: Sally Wackford of Oxford, Judy Rivenburgh of Norwich, Susan Rogers of Englewood, Fla.; a son, Tom Sampson of Eagle River, Alaska.; and one sister, Doris Huntley of Loganville, Ga. Also surviving him are 10 grandchildren: Ronald S. Street of Warner Robins, Ga.; Cynthia Wackford Hansen of Oxford; Megan Wackford Eddy of Norwich; Kirsten Wackford Clement of Mt. Upton; Dale R. Wackford of W. Oneonta; Debra Rivenburgh Randolph of St. Mary's, Ga.; Neil S. Rivenburgh of Liverpool; Dawn M. Sampson of California; Michael S. Sampson and John H. Sampson, both of Anchorage Alaska, and 19 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Houston County, 2066 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31093. McCullough Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. 

SOUTH NEW BERLIN - Helen J. Austin, 85, life-long resident of South New Berlin, passed away June 1, 2001, in the NYS Veterans' Home, where she had been a resident since August of last year. 

Born and raised in South New Berlin, Helen attended the local schools, furthering her education at Cortland State Teacher's College and at Washington University in St. Louis. Returning to the Chenango County area, Helen began teaching, first in a one room schoolhouse in New Lisbon and later in North Pharsalia for a year. She taught at Gilbertsville Central for three years; and it was at that time, during World War II, that Helen decided to enter the United States Army, serving as a WAC in the medical division. 

At the end of her service to her country, Helen began her long career with the State of New York, working in the rehabilitation service field. She worked in the Binghamton psychiatric hospital and also worked in Utica and Rome in the occupational therapy field. In 1972, Helen retired after 27 years with New York State. Very active in her home town, she was a 50-year member of the South New Berlin Fireman's Auxiliary, and a 52-year member of the American Legion Post #1289 of South New Berlin. 

Born Aug. 29, 1915, Helen was the daughter of Millard and C. Ina (Bisbee) Austin. She is survived by her sister, Mildred Elizabeth Sillman of Sidney, and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. 

Memorial services for Helen will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m., from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Charles Taylor, rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church of South New Berlin, will officiate. Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the South New Berlin Fire Dept., c/o Florence Warner, Treasurer, Box 164, South New Berlin, NY, 13843. 

NORWICH - Funeral and committal services for Catherine Spencer were held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Beverly Butler, chaplain of the Gilmour Health Care Facility, officiated. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

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