Miscellaneous Chenango County, New York Obituaries


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NORWICH - Dorothy Dawn Hall, 64, of Norwich, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 10, 2001 at her home, with her family at her side. 

Born on Jan. 17, 1937, in Norwich, Dorothy was the daughter of Kenneth C. and Mildred (Thompson) Frink. On May 29, 1954, Dorothy married David H. Hall, who survives. Dorothy was a life-long resident of Norwich, and a graduate of the Norwich High School Class of 1955. Over the years, she had worked for Victory Markets, in the cafeteria of the Norwich City School, and for HGH Construction. Dorothy had also been a volunteer for the Pink Door Hospital Auxiliary since 1980. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Dorothy found great joy in spending most of her life raising her five children. She was an animal lover all of her life, who enjoyed feeding and watching the birds at her home. 

Dorothy was a member of the United Church of Christ of Norwich, a long-time member of the Norwich Chapter #367 Order of the Eastern Star and of the Lafayette Chapter #340 Order of the Eastern Star of Oxford. She will long be remembered for her beautiful smile and her sense of humor, which will be deeply missed. 

Besides David, her husband of 47 years, Dorothy is survived by her five children and their spouses: Deborah Dawn Baston and husband Keith of Loveland, Ohio; Denise Ann Phillips and husband Rick of Oxford; Donna Dee Murphy and husband Michael of Norwich; DeAnn Dawn Cummings and husband Shawn of Norwich; and Darren David Hall and wife Lisa of Norwich; and by her fourteen grandchildren: Heather Greenwood, John Greenwood, Thomas Phillips, Joseph Phillips, Hannah Murphy, Amanda Nichols, Ashley Nichols, Alisha Cummings, Sierra Cummings, Timothy Hall, Zackery Hall, Devean Crandall, Alyssa Crandall, and Hailey Mae Hall. 

Memorial services for Dorothy will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Allen Lang, Pastor of the United Church of Oxford, will officiate. Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. At 7, members of the Lafayette Chapter #340 Order of the Eastern Star and members of the Norwich Chapter #367 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at the funeral home. 

In honor of Dorothy’s request, please consider contributions to the Eastern Star Oriskany Home, c/o Mr. Jeffrey French, 8290 Star Route 69, P. O. Box 959, Oriskany, NY 13424; or to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815. 

GUILFORD - Vera A. Ingham, 84, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and long-time Guilford resident, passed away peacefully late Friday evening, Nov. 9, 2001 in the Sidney Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. 

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Vera grew up in the South New Berlin -Holmesville area. In 1946, Vera and her family moved to Guilford, where they operated their farm until 1969. A loving and hard-working woman, Vera helped her family work their farm for many years, enjoying the out of doors and, over the years, learned to be an excellent mechanic. She could often be seen repairing a piece of the farm machinery. Following the death of her husband in 1969, the farm was sold, but Vera still remained active and kept her independence, enjoying her family. 

Born June 14, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio, Vera was the daughter of Walter and Josephine (Thompson) Bailey. On June 25, 1938, in Holmesville, she married Wright (Zeke) Ingham, who passed away July 17, 1369. 

Vera is survived by her children and their spouses: Theodore (Ted) Ingham of Guilford, and his companion Barb Wakeman; Carol and Francis Hubbard of Guilford; Charles and Ramona Ingham of Guilford; Sheila and Robert Nightengale of Oxford; Mark and Roberta Ingham of Oxford; and a "special daughter," Beatrice Eastwood of Unadilla. Nineteen grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Besides her husband Zeke, Vera was predeceased by a step-son, John "Jack" Ingham Brownson. 

Funeral services for Vera will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. David Masland, pastor of the Sidney United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery of South New Berlin. Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Guilford Fire Dept., or to the Guilford Emergency Squad, Guilford, NY, 13780, or to the charity of your choice. 

OXFORD - Phyllis Baker, (Molly), 70, formerly of North Road, Oxford, and most recently of County Road 4, Oxford, passed away early Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2001 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital of Norwich. 

Born in Norwich, Phyllis grew up in the Norwich area and had attended the Norwich schools. She and her family had made their home in Downingtown, Pa. for 20 years before moving back to the Oxford area to live on the North Road of Oxford. In earlier years Phyllis had been employed by the Chenango Memorial Hospital. She loved Nascar racing, and was truly devoted to her family, to whom she was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. 

Born April 11, 1931, in Norwich, Phyllis was the daughter of Clifford and Edessa (Crosby) Brooks. On Aug. 23, 1949, in South Otselic, she married Ernest Baker (Bake), who passed away in September of 1997. Phyllis is survived by her children and their spouses: Ernie Baker of Downingtown, Pa.; Terry Baker and his wife SueAnne of Foloroft, Pa.; David Baker of Voorhees, N.J.; Jeff Baker and his wife Gerry of No. Carolina; Kim Broyles and her husband Sonny of Elverson, Pa.; Teena McCall and her husband Lester of Downingtown, PA; Kelly Stringham and her husband Steve of Sweetwater, Tenn.; Charlotte Carman and her husband Kip of Oxford; and Tracey Stein and her husband Chuck of Preston; and one brother, John Brooks. Twenty-one grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Besides her husband Ernest, Phyllis was predeceased by her brother and sister, Clifford Brooks and Beverly Brooks. 

Services for Phyllis will be at the convenience of the family, with interment to take place in the Warn Ten Broeck Cemetery of Brisben. Memorial contributions may be made to the Preston Rescue Squad and mailed to William Ahearn, Treas., 205 South Road, Norwich, NY 13815. 

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

NORWICH - Funeral services for Mary Lou Marvin were held on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 at 11 a.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tom Taylor officiating. 

Interment followed in the North Norwich Cemetery, with Rev. Taylor offering the committal prayers. 

OXFORD - Charles B. Munyan, 59, formerly of Oxford and Afton, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001 at The Waters, Endicott. 

He was born on June 16, 1942 in Norwich the son of the late Clarence and E. Elizabeth (Burns) Munyan. 

He is survived by his step mother, Mildred Reynolds Munyan of Afton; his daughter, Mary Reigles of Oxford; his son, C.J. Munyan of Utica; his grandchildren: Deanna Reigles and Samantha Reigles and his niece, Elaine Sapp of Utica. 

Charlie attended Oxford Academy and Central School. He was a long time member of the United Church of Oxford and has been an usher for many years. He had operated a barbershop in Oxford for many years. He enjoyed history and was a member of the Historical Society and enjoyed helping at their booth at the fair. He had been a resident of The Waters for several years, where he enjoyed the activities, especially bingo. He was very appreciative of the care that he received at The Waters. He was always jovial, even during his illness. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford with the Rev. Ernest A. Steffensen officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Oxford. 

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, Oxford from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Afton Historical Society, c/o Patricia Stafford, 215 Main St., Oxford, N.Y. 13730. 

NORWICH - Louis M. Steffen, 79, of Franklin, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 at the AO Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta. 

He was born May 18, 1922 in Franklin the son of Roland L. and Florence E. (Robinson) Steffen. He was first married to Grace Wagner on Sept. 3, 1944 and she passed away on Nov. 6, 1990. On Nov. 13, 1994 he married Ester Ingalls. 

For a period of 35 years, Louie was employed at ECD Bendix in Sidney. He retired in 1984 as a machinist. 

He was a member of the Franklin Community Bible Church; a life member of the Franklin Fire Department and Emergency Squad; and for a period of time, served on the Delaware County Board of Fire Commissioners. He also was a member of the Sidney Elk’s Club and the Ouleout Fish and Game Club. 

Louie was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting. After his retirement, he played a lot of golf, and was involved in several league. 

He enjoyed the special times spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife, Esther P. Ingalls-Steffen of Franklin; his children and their spouses: Elizabeth Coleman and her Fiance Mark Day of Norwich, Richard L. and Susan Steffen of Clarksville, Tenn., and Susan and George Ruple of Sidney; six grandchildren: Stephanie Casey, Neil Coleman, Joshua Steffen, Jacob Steffen, Kimberly Doolittle and Kristin Stanley; four great grandchildren: Nicole and Meghan Casey, Dylan Steffen and Jack Doolittle; a brother, John Steffen of Bainbridge and a sister, Mary Jane Parsons of Sidney Center. 

He also is survived by two step daughters: Kathleen Ingalls and Jane Lewis, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A service to celebrate the life of Louis M. Steffen will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 in the Franklin Community Bible Church with the Rev. Walter Schlundt, pastor officiating. 

There will be no calling hours. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Fire Department or Emergency Squad. 

Arrangements are by Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home in Franklin. 

HAMILTON - Helen F. Brown, 88, of East Pleasant St., passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton. 

Born July 26, 1913 in Washington, D.C., she was a daughter of Frederick and Mabel Cushing Brown. She was a graduate of Newton Center High School, Newton Center, Mass., and the Massachusetts School of Art in Boston. On June 27, 1941, Helen was united in marriage to Bruce M. Brown in Garden City, L.I. He predeceased her on Dec. 4, 1999. Mrs. Brown was an art teacher at Hamilton Central School for many years. She had previously been the director of the Hamilton Cooperative Nursery School and taught at BOCES. 

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Hamilton Garden Club, the Fort Nightly Club of Hamilton and the Chenango Bird Club at Rogers Environmental Center, Sherburne. She was a board member of the Madison Lane Apartments in Hamilton, and also had conducted exercises programs there. 

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Duncan and Nancy Brown of Walworth; two daughters and sons-in-law: Deborah and Roy Moon of Norwich and Laurie and Christopher Condit of Leverett, Mass.; a sister, Gladys Brown of North Hampton, Mass.; four grandchildren: Peter Brown of Waterloo, Elizabeth and Jeb Albro of Seneca Falls and Ian Brown and Cailey Condit, both of Leverett, Mass. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, N.Y. 13346. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burgess Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton. 

COLUMBUS - John W. Dalrymple, 73, of RD #1, Pratt’s Hollow, Munnsville died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001 at Community Memorial Hospital following a motor vehicle accident south of Hamilton. 

He was born on June 24, 1928 in Milford the son of Samuel L. and Edna Kelsey Dalrymple. John spent his early years in Columbus, living in Oneonta and South Edmeston before moving to Pratt’s Hollow 42 years ago. 

He had worked at the Smith-Lee Company, Inc., in Oneida for 30 years, retiring in 1990. 

John was a Korean War veteran, serving overseas with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Munnsville American Legion Post #54. John enjoyed hunting and fishing and his hobby farm. 

He married June M. Fairchild on Oct. 20, 1956 in Columbus. 

Surviving besides his wife are: two sons: Kevin T. Dalrymple and Thomas O. Dalrymple, both of Pratt’s Hollow; two brothers and a sister-in-law: Samuel and Betty Dalrymple of Williamston, S.C., and Fred Dalrymple of Neillsville, Wis.; two sisters: Lucille Emerich of Clocksville and Virginia McKinney of Marshfield, Wis.; two grandchildren: John Wayne Dalrymple and Kayla Marie Dalrymple; several nieces, nephews and cousins. John was predeceased by two sisters: Barbara Cast and June DeForest. 

Funeral services for John W. Dalrymple will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Ball Funeral Home, Munnsville. The Rev. Mary Morris of the Stockbridge United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Lenox Rural Cemetery, Canastota. Calling hours will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 5327 N. Main St., Munnsville. In his memory contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. 

NORWICH - Dr. John K. Kerley, DDS, 92, a former resident of 158 East Sixth Street and more recently of Bishop Commons, Oswego, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001 in Oswego Hospital. 

Dr. Kerley was born in Norwich and had been a resident of Norwich until moving to Oswego in 1989. Dr. Kerley was a graduate of Norwich High School and attended Niagara University and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania University in Dentistry. He went into private practice with the late J. Leo Weiler, DDA in Norwich, later having his own private practice. 

Dr. Kerley served during World War II in the United State Army entering in 1942 as First Lieutenant serving in Fort Belvoir, Va., as a dental officer and departing in 1946 as Major. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, NYS Dental Society and the 6th district Dental Society. He was a member of the Chenango Memorial Hospital dental staff. Dr. Kerley was a charter member of the B.O.P.E., Norwich, he was a Honorary Life Member, past officer and cofounder of the Knights of Columbus Council #211. He was a charter member of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce, and a past member of the American Legion, Norwich. 

Dr. Kerley was predeceased by his wives: Lauretta Kerley in 1952 and Esther Kerley in 1993. 

He is survived by two sons: Theodore (Melissa) Kerley of Oswego and James (Donna) Kerley of Wesley, Mass.; two daughters: Janet E. Kerley of Falls Church, Va., and Sister Joan Kerley FMSJ of the office of campus ministry LeMoyne College; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Paul’s Church, Oswego. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Norwich. Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 West Fourth Street, Oswego. 

NORWICH - Gertrude Clara Schwind, 98, of Longmont, Colorado, and formerly of Norwich, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001 at her home in Longmont. 

Born Oct. 15, 1908, in Selby, South Dakota, Gertrude was the daughter of Emil and Lena (Richard) Zurbruegg. In 1908, she and her family moved to Montana, where she lived until 1923, then moved to New York State to attend technical college. She worked for a time as a bookkeeper and, on Oct. 5, 1941, in Binghamton, Gertrude married Ernest A. Schwind. Following Ernest’s death in 1972, Gertrude relocated to Virginia in 1984 and to Colorado in 1987, continuing to live there for the rest of her years. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star in New York, and a member of the First Lutheran Church in Longmont. 

Gertrude is survived by her sons: Richard and Jane Schwind of Central Square; David and Sue Schwind of Mead, Colo.; and William and Ann Schwind of Gordonsville, Va.; by two step-daughters: Paula and George Brannen of Wappingers Falls; and Dorothy Dopp of Fulton; her step-daughter-in-law: Peggy Schwind of Wappingers Falls; and six grandchildren John and Shannon Schwind of Mead, Colo.; Renee Schwind Ruzzo and husband Gary of New York; and Sara, Elizabeth, and Eric Schwind of Virginia. Numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren also survive. Besides her husband, Ernest, Gertrude was predeceased by her brother, Albert; her sisters, Bertha, Olga, and Frieda; and her step-son, Ernest Schwind, Jr. 

Funeral services for Gertrude will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. James Vargo will officiate, with interment to follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 7 to 9 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church, 94 North Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815. 

OXFORD - Robert A. O’Keefe, 78, of Old Virginia Road, Oxford, passed away early Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, 2001 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital of Norwich. 

Born on May 5, 1923, in Trinidad of the West Indies, Robert lived in Trinidad until the mid-1970’s, when he moved to the United States and settled in New York City. On June 5, 1975, he married Viola Dahl, who survives. While living in New York City, Robert worked as a pipe and steam fitter for Union #638. After retiring in 1989, Robert moved to the Oxford area, where he made his home until his death. 

Besides his wife Viola, of Oxford, Robert is survived by his children: Shirley Wheeler of Georgia, Angela O’Keefe of Dominica, West Indies, and Dawson O’Keefe of Trinidad; and his step-children: Janet Fields of Norwich, James Harvey of Queens, Robert Harvey of Brooklyn, Arlene Russell of Queens, and Karen Harvey of Norwich. One sister, Ambrazine O’Keefe of Trinidad, several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive. 

Funeral services and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. 

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

NORWICH - Funeral services for Vera Ingham were held on Tuesday afternoon at l p.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. David Masland, pastor of the Sidney United Methodist Church, officiated. Several of Vera’s family members and friends offered special remembrances of Vera. Vera’s granddaughter, Suzanne Robinson, was organist for the service. 

Pall bearers were Vera’s sons: Ted, Mark, and Charles Ingham, Francis Hubbard, Bob Nightengale, and Shawn Ryan. 

Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery of South New Berlin, with Rev. Masland offering the committal prayers. 

NORWICH - Anthony C. Paino, 83, formerly of Clinton Street, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, at the Chenango Memorial Hospital Residential Care Facility. 

Tony was born in Norwich on Jan. 9, 1918 the son of John and Rose (Ferro) Paino. He was a life-long resident of Norwich and a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church. He will be remembered for his generosity to children. He was always smiling and was well known for shaking hands with many friends he met along the street and in the hospital. 

He is survived by his sister, Lucy Miles of Norwich and his brother, John Paino, of St. Petersburg, Fla. Several nieces and nephews also survive. His parents; two sisters, Rose Bardoni and Mary G. Natoli, and a brother, George Paino, predeceased him. 

A Mass of Resurrection for Tony will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Burial will take place in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Mary Ann Bodiot, parish minister at St. Bartholomew’s, will recite the rosary with the family at 6:30 p.m. 

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