Miscellaneous Chenango County, New York Obituaries


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SMYRNA - Robert L. Collier, 63, of German Hollow Road, Smyrna, former Town of Plymouth Highway Superintendent, passed away unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, July 19, 2001. 

Born in Norwich, Bob had lived his entire life in the area, making his home on the German Hollow Road for the past 30 years. Bob started his working years in the Brown Ave. bowling alley as a pin setter and mechanic for the machines. Following this, he worked for GLA for a period of three years, and also had been employed by Sheffields. In 1969, Bob began his own business, The Robert L. Collier Septic and Excavation Co., which he owned and operated until 1983. From 1985 through 1988, he worked for Robert Adsit Septic and Grading. Then, in October of 1994, he became Town of Plymouth Highway Superintendent, from which he retired in 1997. Bob was also current President of the South Side Cemetery Association of Plymouth, a position he had held for many years. 

Devoted to his family, Bob especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; and quite often, later in the afternoon, could be found in the Smyrna Market having coffee with the guys. Always ready to "tinker," Bob could be called the Fix-it Man, ready to tackle any job no matter how big or small. He could also often be found cutting wood or enjoying his O scale train collector. 

Born January 24, 1938, in Norwich, Bob was the son of Robert M. and Eleanor M. (Wilkes) Collier. On Sept. 23, 1961, in Norwich, he married Dawn Shedd, who survives. Beside his wife Dawn, Bob his survived by his children: Dawn Louise Pfeiffer and her husband Norbert, Dianna Lynne Conley, and Donald Lawrence Collier, all of Smyrna; his parents, Robert and Eleanor Collier of Norwich; his sister, Barbara Redenback and her husband Dennis of East McDonough; two brothers: Charles Collier and his wife Judy of Unadilla, and David Jerry Collier and his wife Patricia of Norwich. Four grandchildren: Nathaniel, Jonathon, and Abigail Pfeiffer all of Smyrna, and Andrew Smith of Smyrna, plus many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, also survive. 

Funeral services for Bob will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Roland Romig, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sayre, Pa., and the Rev. Douglas Cunningham, Pastor of St. Paul's Catholic Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in the South Side Cemetery of Plymouth. 

Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Plymouth Fire Dept., Box 112, Plymouth, NY, or to the Norwich Fire Dept., marked "Emergency Medical" and sent c/o Fire Chief, One City Plaza, Norwich, NY. 

NORWICH - A Memorial Mass of Resurrection for Paul Rice was held on Friday morning at 10 a.m. from St. Paul's Catholic Church. The Rev. Douglas Cunningham, pastor, officiated. The readings were given by John Tiquin, and the gifts were presented by Sandy and Brian Rice. The Eucharistic Minister was Bridget Hannan. Organist for the service was Tom Kennedy. 

The flag was presented to Paul's widow, Ruth Rice, by Paul's grandson, Robert Rice, with Joe Benenati and Harry Gibson representing local veterans organizations. 

Interment was in St. Paul's Cemetery, with Rev. Cunningham offering the committal prayers. 

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

NORWICH - Funeral services for Pauline Anderson Valentine were held on Friday at 1 p.m. from the Calvary Baptist Church of Norwich. The Rev. Brian Conover, Pastor, officiated. Organist for the service was Pat Nauman, with the pianist for the service being Lisa Conover. 

Interment followed in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, with Pastor Conover offering the committal prayers. 

Pallbearers were: Robert Ryerse, Mark Law, Matt Carpenter, Scott Anderson, Wade Yocum, Mason Cree, Kurt Brown and Kevin Brown. 

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

NORWICH - Funeral services for Franklin Tuttle were held on Saturday at 11 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph Hinman, pastor of the Bible Baptist Church of Norwich, officiated. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. 

NORWICH - Edna P. Fritts, 83, mother of Marilyn Kochersperger of Norwich and Carolyn Fleckenstein of Wilmington, Del., passed away Sunday morning, July 22, 2001 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital of Norwich. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be published in the Tuesday edition of The Evening Sun. 

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

NORWICH - Funeral services for Josephine Taylor were held on Friday at the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home. Rev. Roosevelt Simmons, a former pastor of St. Matthew's AME Zion Church, officiated. Rev. Will Coulson offered the 23rd psalm and Marcia Tuminia sang "Amazing Grace." 

Burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery with Rev. Simmons offering the committal prayers. The casket bearers were Rev. Will Coulson, Edward and Frederick George, Martin Daly, John Farnsworth and Fayne George. 

The arrangements were by the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home. 

SHERBURNE - Wayne A. "Gramps" Utter, 78, of Valrico, Fla., passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001. 

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Valrico, Fla.; son, Wayne Utter, Jr., of Apex, N.C.; daughter, Sue Lynn Wilson, of Guilford; four sisters: Kathleen Maggio of Valrico, Fla., Barbara Doremus of Brandon, Fla., Betty Beardslee of Goshen, Ala., Carol Ackley of Oneonta and two grandchildren. 

He was a native of Oneonta moving to the area in 1996 coming from Sherburne. He was a manufacturing supervisor with Kenyon Press in Sherburne, a Baptist and a member of the Strawberry Ridge Veterans Club, a past president of Otego Volunteers Fire Department of Otego, a previous member of Strawberry Ridge Neighbor Watch program, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, World War II veteran. 

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on July 24 at the Stowers Brandon Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. 

NORWICH - Angelo J. Garito, "Ang," 74, of Pleasant St., Norwich, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2001 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital. 

A life-long resident of Norwich, Ang attended the Norwich schools, graduating with the class of 1944. During World War II, he served his country in the United States Navy from June of 1945 until August of 1946. He was called back to active duty during the Korean War, where he again served in the Navy, from Oct., 1950, through Aug. of 1951. Ang returned to Norwich after his discharge, to open and operate his own body shop for the next several years. He subsequently worked for TACO of Sherburne, until they closed. In 1985, Ang put his talent in body work back to work when he took a position in the body shop of Christman Motor Sales. He worked with both new and used cars to be reconditioned, and was still working there at the time of his passing. 

A life-time member of VFW Post #2782, Ang was very active in the post. He was a past Commander, who, for many years, was the post Quartermaster, and, for several years, was All State Quartermaster for the post. Ang was also a member of the American Legion Post #189, and was a life-long communicant of St. Bartholomew's Church in Norwich. An avid fisherman, he truly enjoyed fishing on the outer banks of the Carolinas and in the Thousand Islands. He was also an avid race car fan whose favorite driver was Mark Martin, and he enjoyed building miniature ships. Above all else, Ang was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. 

Born July 12, 1927, in Norwich, Ang was the son of Angelo and Angelina (Natoli) Garito. On July 31, 1948, in Norwich, he married Betsy Prindle, who passed away March 9, 1997. Ang is survived by his daughters: Cindy and Ted Guinn of Norwich; Judy and Richard Hadlock of Oxford; and Gail Frayer of Norwich; his grandchildren: Eric and Nate Guinn, both of Norwich; Matthew Frayer and wife Rena of Norwich; and Corey Hadlock of Oxford; one great granddaughter, Alexandria Frayer of Norwich; his brother and sister-in-law, Bart and Molly Garito of Norwich; and his daughter-in-law, Joan Garito of Norwich. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Besides his wife, Betsy, Ang was predeceased by two sons, Martin and John Garito. 

Memorial Mass of Resurrection for Ang will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday from St. Bartholomew's Church. Rev. Douglas Cunningham, pastor, will officiate. Committal with full military rites will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. Friends are invited to join the family at the VFW in Norwich from 4:30 to 5 p.m. for a reception. There are no calling hours. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to VFW Post #2782, 61-63 East Main St., Norwich, NY 13815; to the Norwich Emergency Squad, marked "Emergency Medical," c/o Fire Chief, One City Plaza, Norwich, NY 13815; or to St. Bartholomew's Church, 8 Silver St., Norwich, NY 13815. 

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

NORWICH - Nellie M. Manley, 88, long-time resident of the Burdick-Medbury Road, Norwich, went home to be with the Lord on July 23, 2001. 

Born in Otego, Nellie came to Norwich at an early age. After her schooling in the local system, Nellie took a job in the candy store next to the Colonia Theatre. During the war years, she worked for Scintilla of Sidney, and also for the W. T. Grant Company in Norwich. Her longest employment was with Victory Markets, where she worked in the Bainbridge, Sidney, and Unadilla stores in addition to the North and South Broad Street stores in Norwich. Nellie and her husband had lived on the Burdick-Medbury Road since 1943, owning and operating a small working farm in conjunction with her other employments. She had been a very devoted member of the Holmesville Baptist Church since 1953. She enjoyed picking strawberries which she would use in her baking, and truly enjoyed baking the 8-10 pies which her family would consume every time they got together. Knitting and crocheting also brought her joy, and she liked doing crossword puzzles. Following her retirement, Nellie and her husband Bob truly loved to spend their winters in Florida. 

Nellie was born April 25, 1913, the daughter of Robert and Lottie (Root) Sutton. On June 26, 1931, in Norwich, she married Robert Manley, who passed away March 23, 1992. Nellie is survived by her children: Patricia A. Ryan of Norwich; Bruce and Joan Manley of Norwich; and the Rev. Donald R. and Anne Manley of Oxford, Fla.; by her brother, Lloyd Sutton of Solsville, and her sister-in-law, Edna Sutton of Alabama; and by her 15 grandchildren: Tim and Mary Beth Ryan, Norwich; Dan and Patty Ryan, Guilford; Laurie Burton, Norwich; Tom and Brenda Ryan, Norwich; Patrick and Connie Ryan, Norwich; Richard and Akemi Ryan, Japan; Molly and David Camadine, Oxford; Anne and Michel Gardner, Oxford; Marty Manley and fiancee Kathy, of Raleigh, N.C.; Kevin Manley, Binghamton; Holly Manley, Norwich; Debby and Bruce Branham, Norwich; Randy and Louise Manley, Hawaii; Christie and Richard Underhill, Richmond, Va.; and Dana and Michelle Manley, Naples, Fla. She is also survived by 33 great grandchildren, a special cousin, June Jenkins of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Nellie was predeceased by her son-in-law, Richard Ryan; and by her brothers, Kenneth, Everett and Fayette Sutton. 

Funeral services for Nellie will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Romeyn Kipp, pastor of the Holmesville Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in the North Norwich Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Wheel Chair Lift at the Holmesville Baptist Church, 3024 State Route 8, South New Berlin, NY 13843. 

NORWICH - Edna P. Fritts, 83, long-time resident of Norristown, Pa., and more recently of Norwich, passed away early Sunday morning, July 22, 2001 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital. 

The daughter of Herman and Charlotte (Goessel) Schwiebert, Edna was born in Staten Island. She graduated, at the age of 16, from New Dorpt High School. On Jan. 16, 1937, in Hampton, N.J., she married Francis W. Fritts. Edna worked for many years as the secretary of the Calvary Baptist Church of Norristown, Pa., and spent numerous years as secretary of the United Way of Montgomery County, from which she retired. Following the death of her husband, Francis, in 1998, Edna moved to Norwich to make her home with her daughter. 

Edna is survived by her daughters: Marilyn Kochersperger and her husband, Dr. Albert Kochersperger of Norwich; and Carolyn Fleckenstein of Wilmington, Delaware; and by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

Graveside committal services for Edna will be held on Aug. 11 from the Musconetcong Valley Cemetery of Hampton, N.J. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court St., Norwich, NY 13815. 

Arrangements are by the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home of Norwich. 

MOUNT UPTON - Nellie Moore, 68, of Mt. Upton, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2001 at Binghamton General Hospital. 

She was born Sept. 4, 1932, daughter of the late Merton and Leona Butler Mills in New Milford, Conn. Nellie liked to fish and was an avid bingo player. 

She is survived by a son, John and Patricia Moore, of Mt. Upton; a daughter, Debrah Beach and Richard Conklin, Jr., of Smyrna; a good friend, "Bus" Glen Teelon, of East Guilford; a brother, Howard and Frances Mills, of Afton; sisters: Juanita and Laverne Charles, of Arizona, and Hazel Charles, of Masonville; a sister-in-law, Martha Schneider; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by a brother, Orville Schneider and sister, Grace Winner. 

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. July 26 at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. Gerald Bovee of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Upton officiating. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial is in Hamletville Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Upton Emergency Squad. 

Arrangements by C.H. Landers, Inc., Sidney. 

NORWICH - James H. Montanya Sr., 65, of Norwich, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2001 at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich. He was born on Oct. 16, 1935 in Oakland, N.J., the son of the late Paul L. and Margaret W. Winter Montanya Sr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce A. Peraino Montanya in 1977 and a brother, Paul L. Montanya Jr. in 1980. 

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Elizabeth Burgher Montanya of Norwich; his children: James H. Montanya Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Laurie Young and her husband Lawrence of Bainbridge; Jamie Carkees of Fly Creek; Victoria Miller of Norwich; Veronica Stacey and her husband David of Norwich; his grandchildren: Lawrence Young, Christopher Young, Joyce Carkees, Jamie Carkees, Nicole Robinson, Jeffrey Robinson, Adam Robinson, David Stacey Jr. April Stacey, and Angel Stacey; two nieces: Mary E. Montanya, and Debra M. Ward, both of Hartwick; one nephew: Paul J. Montanya of Bloomville; one great aunt: Jane Greene of New Jersey; and several cousins. 

Mr. Montanya was a resident of the area for over 23 years coming from Oakland, N.J. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and a mason's attendant prior to working with his brother Paul in auto body service. From 1990 to 2000, he was employed with the Oneonta Country club as a groundskeeper. 

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bookhout Funeral Home 357 Main St. Oneonta. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Norwich Emergency Medical, c/o Fire Chief, l City Plaza Norwich, NY 13815 in loving memory of James. 

WALTON - Minnie E. VanDemark, 78, of Walton, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at M.I. Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. 

Mrs. VanDemark was employed as a sales clerk at family Shopping Center in Walton and had worked there over 40 years when she retired in 1990. She was born Jan. 31, 1923 in Walton to Percy and Anna (Wolf) Jackson. She was educated at Franklin. Mrs. VanDemark was a member of the First Congregational Church, Walton and a member of Al-Anon where she helped many people. Everyone will remember her for her smiling face and her helping hand and generosity. 

Minnie VanDemark is survived by her daughters: Elizabeth Barber and Barbara Goad and her son, Myron VanDemark; brothers: Ambrose, William and Arthur Jackson; and sisters: Ruth Kelsey, Margaret Bailey and Catherine Ward. 

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church, North Street, Walton, with the funeral service following at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Cronin officiating. Burial is in Walton Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lyon Bros.-Way, Inc., 102 Delaware St., Walton. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the First Congregational Church would be appreciated. 

NORWICH - Norma A. Ebert, 65, of Ponderosa Lane, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Extended Care Facility, Norwich, following a long illness. 

Born Feb. 19, 1936 in Norwich, she was the daughter of Stanley and Mildred Beagle Maxwell. On June 21, 1952, Norma married Raymond Ebert in Sherburne. He predeceased her on March 11, 1990. Mrs. Ebert had been a Norwich resident for the past 17 years, and had previously lived in Earlville and Smyrna. She had worked at Cheseborough Ponds in Sherburne for 19 years. She was an avid camper and loved animals.

Mrs. Ebert was dedicated to her family and is survived by two sons, Donald Ebert of Sherburne and Douglas Ebert of Norwich; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna Parker and Fred Creighton of Sherburne; her step-father, Stanley Maxwell of Sherburne; a sister-in-law, Isabella Ebert of Chiefland, Fla.; nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday from the Burgess Funeral Home, 10 South Main St., Sherburne. Interment will be in the West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne. 

Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, 13815; or to the patient fund of Chenango Memorial Hospital Extended Care Facility, 179 North Broad St., Norwich 13815. 

NORWICH - Harriet F. Connelly, 73, of East Main Street, Norwich, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, July 25, 2001. 

Harriet was born in Dimock, Pa., on Sept. 14, 1927, the daughter of Carl B. and Lena (Bailey) Fuller. After her education in the Dimock schools, she attended the Utica School of Cosmetology, from which she graduated in 1948. Harriet spent the next five years working with her sister, Gladys Godfrey, in Gladys' beauty shop. Harriet then became employed by the Norwich Shoe Company, where she worked for the next 37 years as a machine operator, retiring in 1990. 

On Aug. 28, 1949, in Norwich, Harriet married Clark L. Connelly. In the mid-1950's, they built a camp on Eaton Brook Reservoir, which they enjoyed staying in during the summers. Harriet was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church. 

Harriet is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Clark Connelly of Norwich; by her sisters: Helen Waters of Montrose, Pa., Doris Reed of Battleboro, N.C., and Joyce Stone of Florida; and by her brother: Miles Fuller of Cleveland, Ohio. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law: Lucille Fuller of Dimock, Pa., and Muriel Connelly of Oneida; by her brothers-in-law: Don Connelly of Oneida and George Godfrey of Norwich; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Gladys Godfrey, and her brother, Clark Fuller. 

Funeral services for Harriet will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Morrisville Rural Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the SPCA, 6160 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815, or to the Broad St. United Methodist Church, 74 North Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815. 

PITTSFIELD - Raymond W. Webb, 80, of Pittsfield died July 25, 2001 in Norwich. 

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Ernest and Bertha (Ashley) Webb. He married Vera J. Stratton on Oct. 15, 1944, who predeceased him on Nov. 18, 1995. He spent his childhood in the Ketchum and Pittsfield area and attended the Ketchum School and Morris Central School. He owned and operated Ray's Market in Norwich and was a manager at Matthew's Clothing Store also in Norwich. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, New Berlin. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1941-1943 surviving the Pearl harbor attract. He was a member of the American Legion Post #348, New Berlin. He enjoyed building bird houses, camping, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. 

He is survived by his children: Brian and Linda Webb, of Richfield Springs, Lenny and Colleen Webb, of Hartwick, Leslie Webb, of Grafton and Morris L. Webb, of New Berlin; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a brother, Sidney and Dorothy Webb, of Arcadia, Fla. He was predeceased by three brothers: Harold, Charles and Wallace. 

The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30 at the First United Methodist Church, New Berlin. Interment is a Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin. Viewing is at 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin. 

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, New Berlin, or the Pittsfield Emergency Squad, New Berlin. 

MCDONOUGH - Edith Nightengale of Old Pharsalia Lane, McDonough died Thursday, July 26, 2001 at Gilmour Health Facility, Norwich. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Behe Funeral Home, Oxford. A complete obituary will be published in the Monday edition of The Evening Sun.

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