Miscellaneous Chenango County, New York Obituaries

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E.W. CALLAHAN 
NORWICH - E.W. "Bill" Callahan passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002 at Community General hospital in Syracuse. He was 77 years old. 

Born in Syracuse on Dec. 27, 1924, he was the son of Edward F. Callahan and Genevieve Lundy Callahan. Bill was a decorated World War II veteran, earning the Bronze Star and a presidential citation while serving aboard the Balao class submarine, U.S.S. Bumper. On Feb. 26, 1949 he married Mildred "Mickey" Griffin, with whom he spent 42 wonderful years. In 1974 he began his own business, Calís Classics which featured pewter wildlife jewelry and figurines, which all revolved around his great love of the outdoors. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying many hours hunting, fishing & skeet shooting. In 1989 he was elected to the New York State Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame. 

He was predeceased by his sister Ann, his first wife Mickey in 1991 and his second wife Barbara in 2000. He is survived by three children: a daughter, Cynthia & John DeLap of Bridgeport, a son, Bill & Ann Callahan of Norwich, a daughter, Colleen & Clay Bedore of Syracuse; five grandchildren: Maggie and Holly DeLap, Sean and Katie Callahan and Lily Bedore also survive him. A sister, Mary Seibert of Galeville, also survives him. 

Calling hours will be at the Edward J. Ryan Funeral Home, 1628 W. Genesee St., Syracuse on Tuesday 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Michaelís Church on Onondaga Hill followed by his interment at the Veterans Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to the University of Rochester Medical Center, Radiation/Oncology Dept., 601 Elmwood Ave. Box 647, Rochester, N.Y. 14642 

JAMES HALL 
NORWICH - James D. Hall, 56, life-long Norwich resident, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2002 in the Wilson Memorial Hospital of Johnson City, with his family at his side. 

Jim was born and raised in Norwich, a 1963 graduate of Norwich High School. Choosing to further his education, he attended Broome Community College where he earned an associates degree as a lab technician. Returning home, Jim began his long employment with Norwich-Eaton Pharmaceutical in 1965 and at the same time continued his education by attending SUNY Brockport earning his B.A. degree in 1976. Jim continued his employment with Norwich-Eaton and their successor, Procter & Gamble until his retirement as a quality systems analyst in May of 1997. He was also a member of their Quarter Century Club. 

Very active in the community, Jim was well known for his volunteer work and willingness to help anyone when needed. Over the years, he had been an active volunteer for the Meals on Wheels, the Broad Street United Methodist Church - of which he was a member - and the Norwich YMCA. He was also instrumental in organizing several of his class reunions. Following an accident at his home several years ago, Jim became very active in the Brain Injury Association of New York State. As secretary for this group, he wrote their newsletter. He also was in charge of the monthly newsletter of the Norwich Elks Lodge BPOE 1222, of which he was a long-time member and their current Chaplain. Jim belonged to the Norwich Lionís Club, and was in charge of their newsletter as well. He was an avid golfer who was a long time-member of the Canasawacta Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing several times a week. 

Born Oct. 3, 1945, in Norwich, Jim was the son of Archie D. and Lucy (Breed) Hall. On May 23, 1997, he married Gilda Cox-Jones. Jim is survived by his sisters: Marian Barr and her husband Bill of Norwich, and his twin sister Judith (Judy) Pike and her husband Robert of Edmond, Oklahoma; and by his brothers: Robert Hall and his wife Dorothy of Norwich, Donald Hall and his wife Barbara of Sherburne, and Harley Hall and his wife Sandy of Norwich. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Jim was predeceased by his parents Archie and Lucy Hall and also his brother Harold Hall. 

Funeral services for Jim will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad St. United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. 

Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Members of the Quarter Century Club will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home, and members of the Norwich Elkís Lodge 1222 will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Norwich Lionís Club will call in a group at 7:30 p.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Injury Support Group, 20 Elmwood Drive, Apalachin, NY 13732 or to the American Diabetes Association, Central New York Region, 356 No. Midler Ave., Syracuse, NY 13206. 

DIANE ANDREWS 
OTSELIC - Diane Williams Andrews, 46, of Route 80, Otselic, passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 21, 2002 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital of Norwich. 

Diane was born Aug. 31, 1955, at the Otis Air Force Base in Otis, Mass. She was the daughter of Bruce O. Williams, who passed away in October of 1992, and Arlene Dibble Williams, who passed away in November of 1989. Diane had worked at the Community Work Shop in Norwich for quite a few years. 

Diane is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Thomas Prusik of Mason, Ohio; her half-sister, Tina Wenzel of Vermilion, Ohio; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Bruce and Jina Williams, Jr., and Mark and Shari Williams, all of Norwich; and by five nieces and nephews: Zachary Williams, Alexander Williams, Savannah Williams, and Danielle Williams, all of Norwich, and Catlin Wenzel of Vermilion, Ohio. Also surviving are her uncles: Roger Williams of Bouckville, Allen Williams of Burlington Flats, and Kenneth Dibble of Myerstown, Pa. 

Funeral services for Diane will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery of Oxford. Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from noon until the service at 2 p.m. 

DR. PAUL MacLEOD 
NORWICH - Memorial services for Dr. Paul MacLeod were held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002 at St. Paulís Church. Rev. Douglas Cunningham, pastor, celebrated a Mass of Resurrection. 

Dr. MacLeodís daughter, Maggie Kennedy and son, Michael MacLeod, along with Jack Weinman, proclaimed the readings. Grandson Alex Cmil, read the prayer of the faithful. Maggie and Michel presented the offertory gifts. 

The organist and vocalist for the service was Tom Kennedy and the altar server was John Tiquin. The services were under the direction of the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home. 

JOSEPH COLLETTI 
SHERBURNE - Joseph A. Colletti, 79, of West Hill, Sherburne, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002 after a long illness. 

He was born in New York City and moved to Sherburne with his family in 1963. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, an engineering preparatory school and then received his bachelorís degree in civil engineering in 1945 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He received a teaching fellowship in engineering physics from the University of Idaho, and received his professional engineering license in 1952. Joe joined the US Army Corps of Engineers as chief draftsman of the European Theatre of Occupations in Frankfurt, Germany. 

His varied engineering experience included: designing airfields for JFK Airport in New York and the Aleutian Islands; designing the structural supports for the first submarine nuclear reactor; planning the construction of the floating Texas Tower oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico; and designing the structural supports for the nuclear missile silos during the Cold War. 

Subsequently, he began his own engineering business and consulted on many various projects throughout the state of New York and New Jersey many of which focused on historical preservation and hazardous waste cleanups. He bought and renovated the former Sherburne High School, which brought new employment opportunities to the area. 

He is survived by his wife, Fran and children Maria and Louis Guzzetta, Adolph Colletti and Luisa and Chris Hawkins; and five grandchildren: Alexander and Francesca Guzzetta, Joseph, Marc and Taber Colletti and two step grandchildren, Amanda and Chivon Hawkins. 

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday. Funeral services will be held at St. Malachyís Church at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at West Hill Cemetery at a later date. 

Arrangements by William Kehoe Funeral Home. 

CHARLES WALTZ SR. 
WILLOW, ALASKA - Longtime Chenango County resident Charles E. Waltz, Sr., 95, passed away Feb. 15, 2002. 

Born in Danbury, Conn. on April 8, 1906. he was the youngest son of George and Ida Kratzer Waltz. He moved to Afton in 1944, later moving to the Otselic Valley region. Always an adventurer, he moved with his oldest son to Alaska in 1987. 

Charles was a true entrepreneur. His first real job was that of a milkman; he delivered milk door to door with a horse and buggy. Next, He became a "railroad man." Over the years, he owned farms, a grocery, a fuel distributorship and a logging business. An avid sportsman, he was a member of numerous hunting organizations. 

In his retirement, Charles enjoyed a full and active life, hunting, fishing, and trapping. Rarely a day went by that he didnít take a walk or bicycle ride. Known as Gramps to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was active and involved in their lives. They knew they had come into their own when they beat him at checkers! 

Charles was preceded in death by his wife Marie in 1967 and his oldest son, George. He is survived by his sons, Charles E. Waltz Jr. of Willow, Alaska and William F. Waltz of South Otselic, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is dearly missed. 

A private family service will be held. 

MILDRED COSTISICK 
NORWICH - Mildred E. Costisick, 94, life long resident of Norwich, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2002 at the home of her nieces in South Cairo. 

Funeral service for Mildred will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Glenn Mahaffrey, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich, will officiate. 

Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2. 

A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday edition of The Evening Sun. 

CHERYLE BRAMMER 
EAST PHARSALIA - Cheryle Joann (Frankllin) Brammer, 59, formerly of East Pharsalia and a 1960 NHS graduate, died Sunday. Feb. 24, 2002 in Roanoke, Va. 

She was the daughter of the late Wallace D. and Christina A. Franklin, also now residing in Roanoke, Va.. On April 7, 1962 Cheryle married Elwood Brammer of Tennessee, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Laurie Brammer of Raleigh, N.C. and a son, Timothy Brammer of Marietta, Ga.; her brothers, Norman W. Franklin and wife, Lorraine of Sumter, S.C. and Gary R. Franklin and wife, Kathleen, of Chenango Forks; three aunts, Mrs. Edna Jaquay, Mildred Law and Frances Franklin; and an uncle, Elbridge Franklin, all of Norwich. Several neices, nephews and cousins also survive. 

Funeral arrangements are being made in Roanoke. Details will be available at a later date. 

MICHAEL VERES 
GILBERTSVILLE - Michael M. Veres, 61, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002 in Dade City, Fla. 

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two daughters, Lynne and Mark Talbot of Gilbertsville and Sheri Gould of DeRuyter; four sons: Richard and Amy Veres of Ludlow, Mass., Shawn Veres of Durham, N.C., Eric Harris of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Larry G. Harris of Baldswinville; a brother, Dean and Helen Veres of Endicott and several grandchildren. 

Mr. Veres was a member of the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion Post 189. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Gilbertsville Presbyterian Church. 

Contributions in his name can be made to the Presbyterian Church Bell Tower Fund, Gilbertsville, N.Y. 13776. 

MILDRED COSTISICK 
NORWICH - Mildred E. Costisick, 94, formerly of Norwich and most recently of South Cairo, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2002 at the home of her niece, Mildred Wolfe, with whom she had lived for the past several years. 

Mildred was born in Oxford on Sept. 24, 1907, the daughter of William and Coral (Cummings) Babcock. A graduate of the Del Kader Beauty School of Elmira, she was well-known in the Norwich area as a beautician. For over 25 years, she operated her own beauty shop on Pleasant Street, and was a Norwich resident for all of her adult life. She was also a long-time member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich. 

Mildred is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Mildred Wolfe and her husband Fred of South Cairo, where she had made her home for the last several years. She was predeceased by her husbands: Howard Manning, Leo Hynes, and Michael Costisick; by her sisters: Gladys Elwyn, Pearl Richards, and Hazel Keach; and her brothers, William and Kenneth Babcock. 

Funeral services for Mildred will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Glenn Mahaffey, rector of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in St. Paulís Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414. 

MARION NORRIS 
NORWICH - Funeral services for Marion Norris, who passed away Feb. 15, 2002, were held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad St. United Methodist Church, officiated. 

Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery of Oxford, with Rev. Sweet offering the committal prayers. Pallbearers were Marionís grandsons: Charles Beckwith, Richard Brigham, Richard Davis, Wayne Eldred, and Robert Eldred; and her great grandson, Jessie Murphy. 

MARGARET LEONARD 
NORWICH - Funeral services for Margaret Leonard, who passed away Feb. 17, 2002, were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Thomas Taylor, former pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, officiated. 

Interment will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. 

DIANE ANDREWS 
OTSELIC - Funeral services for Diane Williams Andrews, of Otselic, who passed away Feb. 21, 2002, were held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, presided. 

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery of Oxford. 

DORIS TOWNER 
NORWICH - Doris Lavina Towner, 72, of Peacock Manor, Norwich, went to be with her Savior Friday, Feb. 22, 2002 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital. 

Born in Derry, New Hampshire, on July 31, 1929, the daughter of Thomas W. and Hazel (Blackman) Tucker, Doris spent her early years in Putnam County before moving to Norwich. She had been a resident of Peacock Manor for the last 12 years. A "people person" by nature, Doris could always be seen at the local eateries, functions, and doings. With her camcorder, she would film graduations and parties. She loved bowling, for which she had many trophies, and enjoyed day trips to places like Sky Lake and many other Senior Citizens trips. She had participated in the Community Work Shop for a time, and in the Special Olympics, and was passionate about getting her G.E.D. A good friend to all, she had been mentioned in the local newspaper many times for her deeds of kindness. Over the years, Doris had attended the Broad Street United Methodist Church every Sunday, where she loved to sing in the choir, and the Bible Baptist Churchís night services. For the past 11 years, Doris had gone to evening services at the Temple Baptist Church to hear Godís word. 

Doris is survived by her sisters: Letha Scaperotta of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, and Myrtle (Linwood) Maxcy of Mississippi; and her sister-in-law, Wanda Towner of Norwich. She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas Towner and Hazel Towner Light; her brother, Donald Towner of Norwich; her step-father, Alonzo J. Light; and her half-sister, Barbara Ann Light Cartor. 

Funeral services for Doris will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad St. United Methodist Church and The Rev. Richard Gould, pastor of the Temple Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the South Plymouth Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11. 

ANTONETTE SMITH 
NORWICH - Antonette Armitage Smith, 83, of Norwich, passed away early Friday morning, March 1, 2002 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital of Norwich. 

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

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

ELIZABETH HOGEMAN 
NORWICH - Elizabeth (Betty) Stewart Hogeman, 82, formerly of Norwich, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2002 in the Normandie Ridge Home of York, Pa., where she had made her home for the past several years. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be published early next week in The Evening Sun. 

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

JAMES HALL 
NORWICH - Funeral services for James Hall were held on Wednesday, at 9 a.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, officiated. Interment will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. 

On Tuesday evening at 6, members of the Quarter Century Club held a memorial service at the funeral home. Also on Tuesday evening members of Norwich Elks Lodge 1222 conducted a memorial service a the funeral home and at 7:30 p.m. members of the Norwich Lions and Lioness Clubs called in a group at the funeral home. 


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