Miscellaneous Chenango County, New York Obituaries


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NORWICH - Estelle Benevento, 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 19, 2002 at the Gilmour Health Care Facility. 

Born in Brooklyn on April 10, 1909, she was the daughter of Pasquale and Frances (DeNucci) Graziano. She spent her early years in Brooklyn and attended school there. On Nov. 10, l929, she married John Benevento, who died on April 20, 1978. Following her marriage Estelle moved to Cambria Heights on Long Island and eventually to North Massapequa. She came to Norwich in 1985. 

Estelle loved to read poetry and write letters to her family and many friends. She was a member of St. Bartholomewís Church. 

Estelle is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Famolaro and husband, Frank, of South New Berlin; three grandchildren, Donna and Ron Greenberg of Norwich, Michael and Veronica Frech of So. New Berlin and James and Donna Frech of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nine great grandchildren, Charlene and Shannon Smith of So. Plymouth, Kathleen and Kristen DeFrancisco of Norwich, Susan, Steven and Samantha Frech of So. New Berlin, Melanie, Nicholas and Brooke Mosley of Myrtle Beach, two great great grandchildren, Katelin Smith of So. Plymouth and Skyler McCall of Myrtle Beach. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Donald Frech and six sisters. 

A Mass of Resurrection for Mrs. Benevento will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bartholomewís Church. Burial will follow in St. Paulís Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.. The family will recite the Rosary at 6:45. 

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Benevento may be made to Gilmour Residential Fund in care of the Gilmour Residential Health Care Facility, 88 Calvary Drive, Norwich, NY. 

NORWICH - Funeral services for Estelle Benevento were held Tuesday at St. Bartholomewís Church. Rev. Douglas Cunningham, pastor, celebrated a Mass of Resurrection. 

Mass began with Estelleís daughter, Marilyn Famolaro and granddaughters Veronica Frech and Donna Greenberg placing the baptismal pall upon the casket. The readings for the Mass were proclaimed by great granddaughters Kathleen DeFrancisco and Charlene Smith. The Prayer of the Faithful was read by great granddaughter Kristen DeFrancisco. Presenting the offertory gifts were Susan Frech and Samantha Frech, great-granddaughters. Mary Ann Bodiot, parish minister, served as honorary eucharistic minister, Tom Kennedy was the organist and vocalist for the service while George Zeino was altar server. 

Burial followed the Mass at St. Paulís cemetery with Father Cunningham offering the committal prayers. Casket bearers were Michael Frech, Steven Frech, Pat Reale, Shannon Smith, Frank Aquilato and William Mysiuk. 

On Monday evening at the Devine-Wilson Memorial Home, Mary Ann Bodiot led the family in the recitation of the Rosary. 

SHERBURNE - Committal services for George Sanderson, who passed away Dec. 24, 2001, were held April 30 at 2 p.m. from West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne. Rev. David Kleinstuber of the Smyrna Methodist Church officiated. 

NORTH NORWICH - Committal services for Lawrence Dougherty, who passed away Jan. 21, 2002, were held on Saturday, May 18 from the North Norwich Cemetery. Family members of Larry spoke in his memory. 

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

NORWICH - Committal services for David Oliver, who passed away Dec. 21, 2001, were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2002 from the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Deacon Mark Fazio of the Calvary Baptist Church of Norwich officiated. 

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

NORWICH - Committal services for John Thompson, who passed away Dec. 29, 2001, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2002 from St. Paulís Cemetery. The Rev. Douglas Cunningham officiated. 

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

NORWICH - Memorial services for Rose Scott, who passed away Dec. 15, 2001, were held on at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002 from Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at St. Paulís Cemetery. The Rev. Douglas Cunningham officiated. 

Interment followed in St. Paulís Cemetery with Rev. Cunningham offering the committal prayers. 

NORWICH - Committal services for James Hall, who passed away Feb. 22, 2002, were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17 from the Mt. Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet offered the committal prayers with the Rev. Douglas Cunningham also offering a committal prayer. 

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

GERMAN - Committal services for Cecile Campbell, who passed away March 17, 2002, were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 from the West View Cemetery of German. The Rev. Palmer Neumiester officiated. 

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

SHERBURNE - Carl Martin Roberts, 90, formerly of Sherburne and Oneonta, and most recently a resident of the Residential Health Care Facility of Chenango Memorial Hospital, passed away Monday morning, May 20, 2002 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital. 

Born in Cooperstown, Carl grew up in the Milford area and attended the Milford schools. In his early years in Milford, he picked hops for a hop farmer in Middlefield Center. For over 40 years, Carl made his home in Oneonta, where he was employed by the Enders Furniture Store and it's successor, Style Wright Furniture Store, working as a floor salesman and retiring in 1976. In 1980, Carl and his wife moved to Sherburne, where they lived until entering the Residential Health Care Facility. Over the years, and in his retirement, Carl enjoyed fishing. 

Carl was born Jan. 27, 1912, in Cooperstown, the son of William and Emma (McAvany) Roberts. He married Mary Taite in Great Bend, Pa. Carl is survived by his wife, Mary Roberts; by his daughter, Audrey Bramer of Norwich; his granddaughter, Debra Zampetti and her husband Victor of Norwich; and by his great grandson, Shaun Zampetti of Norwich. Carl was predeceased by his sisters: Edna Cooper, Flora Kirby, and Bertha Frazier; and his brothers, Harvey and Elton Roberts. 

Funeral services for Carl will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Glenn Mahaffey, rector of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Maryland Cemetery. 

Friends are invited to call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 11. 

NORWICH - Daniel Bartlett, 41, of Rome, died May 21, 2002 at the Rome Nursing Home, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was courageous, optimistic and never lost his sense of humor. 

He was born Aug. 1, 1960, in Norwich, a son of John Bartlett of Hamilton and Marilyn Anderson of Hyattsville Hills, Md. He graduated from Hamilton Central School in 1979 and the New York Institute of Photography. Daniel was united in marriage to the former JoAnn Smith of Oxford, on Sept. 19, 1993, at the Beaver Meadow Christian Church, Beaver Meadow. He was employed as a nursing assistant at the Lutheran Social Services Retirement Home, Gettysburg, Pa., and formerly worked at Brightmanís One Hour Photo Lab, Norwich, The Evening Sun, Norwich and the Vantine Studios, Hamilton. He was an honorary member of the South Otselic Fire Department, a member of Civil War Re-enacting Groups and the Norwich Civil War Roundtable. 

Daniel is survived by his wife, JoAnn; his mother, Marilyn Anderson, of Hyattsville Hills, Md.; his father and stepmother, John and Barbara Bartlett of Hamilton; his maternal grandmother, Mary Anderson of Plymouth; two stepdaughters, Holly Davis and her fiancé Ray Brownwell of Rome, and Rebecca Davis of Rome; a step-son and daughter-in-law, Alfred Jr. and Rhonda Davis of Rome; a sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Robert Dye of Hamilton; a brother, David Bartlett of Hamilton; an uncle and aunt, Jon and Dawn Anderson of Smyrna; six grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Beaver Meadow Christian Church. Interment will be in Valley View Cemetery, Sherrill. There are no calling hours. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the National Military Parks at Gettysburg, Pa., or the South Otselic Fire Department. 

Funeral arrangements are by the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut St., Rome. 

NORWICH - Scott C. Fredenburg, 38, of Ashcraft Road, Norwich, well-known area softball enthusiast, passed away late Monday afternoon in the Binghamton General Hospital. 

Born and raised in Norwich, Scott lived his entire life in the Norwich area. Following his graduation from Norwich High School, he furthered his education by attending Morrisville College, where he received his business degree, and continued on at Oneonta State in their computer science programs. Scott was employed as a bartender for 13 years by the Blue Bird Restaurant, and had also worked for The Evening Sun. Due to health problems, he was forced to stop working. A true and die-hard softball enthusiast, Scott was a past League Commissioner of the Norwich Menís Slow Pitch Softball League, and was team captain for several years for the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home team. 

Born May 31, 1963, in Norwich, Scott was the son of Robert and Jennie "Tootie" (Westover) Fredenburg. He is survived by his mother, Jennie "Tootie" Fredenburg of Norwich; by his children: Heather, Kelly, Kaci, Joshua, and Logan Fredenburg, all of Norwich; and by his companion, Robin Potter, and her children, T. J. and Tyler, all of Norwich. Scott is also survived by his sisters: Kathy Noldan and her husband, August, of Fayetteville; Dawn Bartlett and husband Ken of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and Robin Felldin and husband Laurence of Afton; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Scott was predeceased by his father, Robert Fredenburg, on Oct. 11, 2000. 

Funeral services for Scott will be held on Saturday morning at 9:30 from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Douglas Cunningham will officiate. 

Interment will be in St. Paulís Cemetery of Norwich. Friends may call at the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Central New York, 731 James Street, Suite 200, Syracuse, NY 13203. 

NORWICH - Leone Wickham, 85, of Route 12 South, Norwich, passed away early this morning, Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at her home. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be published in a later edition of The Evening Sun. 

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

GREENE - Gordon Clarence Brown, 81, of Abbotswood Retirement Center, and formerly of Greene, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, N.C. 

Mr. Brown is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mrs. Frances Boyce Brown; five children: Marcia Francis Collins, Edison, N.J., Linda Roseva Schick, Charlotte, N.C., Wayne Gordon Brown, Greensboro, N.C., Gary Newton Brown, Summerfield, N.C., and Ivan Clarence Brown, Holmdel, N.J.; his sister, Eunice Edberg, Phoenix, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Brown was of Baptist faith and a member of Central Baptist Church in Greene. He attended Cornell University and was a member of the Cornell University Band; president and charter member of Greene Lions Club; active in 4-H Clubs; member of Plastics Engineers Association and director of GLA Credit Union. Mr. Brown also was retired from Simmons Precision, Inc., as an aeronautical engineer. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at the Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango St., Greene. Burial will follow in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday at the Root Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Baptist Church, South Chenango St., Greene or to the Newton Boyce Memorial Fund, c/o Village of Greene, 45 Genesse St., Greene, N.Y. 13778. 

EARLVILE - Cheríe A. Dunn, 30, of Earlville, NY, passed away early Sunday morning, May 19, 2002 from injuries sustained in a car accident. 

Born in Norfolk, Va., Cheríe grew up in Florida and moved to the Norwich area in l990. While living in Norwich, she had been employed by the CWS of Norwich. Cheríe had made her home in Earlville for the past several years and had worked for the Earlville Pizzeria and the Norwich Pennysaver. 

Born Nov. 28, 1971, in Norfolk, Va.,, Cheríe was the daughter of James and Pauline (Nobis) Dunn. Cheríe is survived by her children: Vernon Ray Dunn of Bridgeport; James Michael Bennett of Smyrna; and Taylor Dunn and Destiny Dunn, both of Bridgeport; her mother Paulin Dunn of Ionia, Michigan; her sister, Susan Reason of Highpoint, N.C.; and her brother, Christopher Dunn of Ashville, N.C. Also surviving are her best friends, Vicky Law and her family of Norwich. Besides her father, James, Cheríe was predeceased by her son, Terry Post, and her sister, Mary Dunn. 

Funeral services for Cheríe will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the R J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Mario Ciazzilli, pastor of the Earlville Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Sherburne West Hill Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. 

ONEONTA - Mary Anne Brigham, 57, of Oneonta, passed away Tuesday evening, May 21, 2002 in the Fox Hospital of Oneonta. 

Born in New Berlin, Mary Anne grew up in the Oneonta area and attended their local schools. While living in Oneonta, she had been employed by the Robyowood Adult Home, and the Meadows Nursing Home in Cooperstown, as a nurseís aide, until she became disabled. 

Born Aug. 12, 1944, in New Berlin, Mary Anne was the daughter of Loyal and Mary (Ahlstrom) Shoemaker. She is survived by her mother, Mary Shoemaker of Oneonta, and her children: Laurie Brigham of Harpursville, Karen Brigham Bruce of Davenport, Eddie Brigham of Cooperstown, and Jackie Brigham of Oneonta; her husband, Lester A. Brigham, Jr. of So. Kortright; one sister, Geraldine Shoemaker of No. Carolina; and one brother, Loyal Shoemaker, Jr. Also surviving are her seven grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Bonnie Shoemaker of Oneonta; her best friend, Eleanor Monroe of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Loyal Shoemaker, and her brother, Louis E. Shoemaker. 

Funeral services for Mary Anne will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home of Norwich. The Rev. Gary Doupe, pastor of the Centenary Chenango St. United Methodist Church of Binghamton, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Hillington Cemetery of Morris. There will be no calling hours. 

NORWICH - Leone "Nonie" Wickham, 85, of Route 12 South, Norwich, and long-time resident of the Norwich area, passed away early Wednesday morning, May 22, 2002 at her home where she had lived since 1939. 

Born in Dunmore ,Pa., Nonie grew up in the Washington Heights area of New York City and had attended school in Brooklyn. Moving to Norwich in 1939, Nonie and her husband, Shelton, purchased their home on Route 12 where they continued to live and raise their family. Nonie was a long-time employee of GLA and its successor, Simmonds Precision, working for over 40 years for the company and retiring in 1977. 

Following her retirement, Nonie and her husband did some traveling and, while at home, she would find contentment and relaxation in her reading and crocheting. She also enjoyed doing ceramics, and could often be found working with her kilns in the basement of her home. 

Born February 27, 1917, in Dunmore, Pa., Nonie was the daughter of Thomas and Harriet Johnson. On Oct. 14, 1939, in Guilford, she married Shelton Wickham, who passed away April 1, 1987. 

Nonie is survived by her children: Suzanne Pasquale and her husband Larry of Norwich; Patricia Farrell and her husband James of Portland; Linda Shepler and her husband Milton of Norwich; Shelley Wickham of Smyrna; and Thomas Wickham and his wife Judi of Norwich. Also surviving are her grandchildren. Melissa Shepler of San Diego, Calif.; Christopher Shepler of Los Angeles, Calif.; Branden Wickham, Willow Wickham, and Aaron Wickham, all of Smyrna; Adam Holt of Norwich; and Chace Wickham, also of Norwich. Besides her husband Shelton, Nonie was predeceased by her grandson, T.J. Wickham, in April of this year. 

Memorial services for Nonie will be held on Wednesday, May 29, at 11 a.m. from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Norwich. The Rev. Glenn Mahaffey, rector, will officiate. Interment will be private. There will be no calling hours. 

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

SIDNEY - David L. Hoy, 78, of Port Richey, Fla., and formerly of Sidney, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2002 after losing his battle to cancer. 

He was born Nov. 26, 1923, the son of Percy and Evelyn (Doyle) Hoy. He was predeceased by both his parents; his first wife, Jean (Cole); brother, Herbert Hoy, and sister, Aliene Constable. 

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Port Richey; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Marie Loomis, of Poquoson, Va., and Gary and Kathy Hoy of Bainbridge; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and William Evans of Norwich, and Andrea and Scott Keaty, of Endicott; two stepsons, John and Brian Marek; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Hoy of New Port Richey, Fla., and Theo Christianson, of Vermont, and a brother-in-law, Leonard and Janice Cole, of Binghamton. David is also survived by 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

He was a superintendent for Willian H. Lane, Inc., of Binghamton, and a member of the Hudson Valley Carpenterís Union Local 258. David also belonged to the VFW, American Legion Post, member of the Moose Club and a life-time member of the Sidney Center Emergency Squad. 

Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service to celebrate Davidís life at the Sidney Center Methodist Church at 10 a.m. May 30. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for any donations to be made in Davidís name to the Herbabdo Pasco Hospice, 12029 Majestic Blvd., Suite 1, Hudson, Fla. 24667 or to a charity of your choice. 

Local arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.

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