|Josephine H. Woodcock
EATON - Josephine H. Woodcock, 94, of Route 26, passed away Sunday,
December 2, 2001, at the Crouse Community Center, Morrisville, NY.
Born January 5, 1907 in Toole, Utah, she was a daughter of Lewis and
Jennie Parteko, and received her education in local schools. Josephine
was married to LeRoy Woodcock in 1934. He predeceased her on November 21,
1950. Mrs. Woodcock had worked at SUNY Morrisville for 14 years. She had
previously worked for the Earlville Paper Box Co. prior to her marriage
and Colgate University.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Leo and Johnene Woodcock
of Bouckville and Louie and Margaret Woodcock of Eaton; two sisters, Olga
North of Hamilton and Mrs. Hubert (Frances) Curtis of Eaton; six grandchildren;
eight great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers.
Services were held on Thursday, December 6, 2001 from the Barker-Burgess
Funeral Home, Cedar St., Morrisville, NY, with burial in the Eaton Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Eaton Fire Department,
or to the West Eaton Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Arlene Frances Mary Fairbairn
SMYRNA - Arlene Frances Mary Fairbairn, 66, of Curncross Rd., passed
away Saturday, December 1, 2001 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton,
She was born in Arena, NY, on April 2, 1935 a daughter of the late
Ellsworth Frederick and Buelah Bronson Kittle and attended local schools.
Arlene was united in marriage to Herman O. Fairbairn. He predeceased her
in 1982. She attended the Smyrna United Methodist Church and was active
in the Smyrna Grange.
Surviving are her children Larry and Donna Kittle of Bainbridge; Randy
and Gloria Fairbairn of Smyrna, Victor and Diane Fairbairn of Harpersfield,
Alan and Jennifer Fairbairn of Roxbury, and Tammy and Raymond Hayes of
South Kortright; a sister Bessie Balcom of Dunhaven; sixteen grandchildren;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins including Marguerite Lane of Margaretville
and her cousin and best friend Marie Jaikin of Stratford. She was predeceased
by her companion Glenn Ackerley.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, December 6, 2001 from the
Burgess Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY. Graveside services
were held on Thursday, at the Margaretville Cemetery, Margaretville.
Edna Mildred Pittman
SMYRNA - Edna Mildred Pittman, 92, of Flat Iron Rd., passed away Monday,
December 3, 2001, at the Gilmour Health Care Facility, Norwich, NY.
Born October 28, 1909 in Georges Brook, Newfoundland, she was a daughter
of William and Anne Mariah Sampson Pelley, and was a graduate of local
schools. On July 12, 1933, she was united in marriage to Joseph Pittman
in Georges Brook. They moved to the United States in 1951, residing in
Roselle Park, NJ, and then West Islip, LI, before moving to Madison, NY,
in 1966, and to Smyrna in 1984. Mr. Pittman predeceased her on January
5, 1998. Mrs. Pittman was a seamstress, and had worked at the Waterville
Knitting Mill. She was a member of the Smyrna United Methodist Church,
and its women's group.
Surviving are five children, Abel Pittman of Augusta, Harold Pittman
of Freeville, Eileen Mercer of Galloway, IN, Ivy Byers of Brushprairie,
WA, and John Pittman of Smyrna; a brother-in-law, John Pittman of Hudson,
FL; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 7, 2001, from the Burgess
Funeral Home, 10 South Main St., Sherburne, NY, followed by interment in
the West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.
Maggie Estella Williams
SHERBURNE - Maggie Estella Williams, 82, of Bryant Road, Sherburne,
NY, passed away December 4, 2001, at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.
She was born on September 18, 1919 in Toliver, NC, the daughter of William
H. and Molly Elizabeth Cornett Pierce.
She moved from Toliver to Raleigh, NC, in 1932 and in 1937 moved to
Sherburne, NY with her family where she made her home until her death.
Maggie married Thomas W. Williams on November 14, 1939 in Sherburne,
NY. He died February 20, 1976.
Maggie was employed by TACO in Sherburne from 1953 until 1984 when
the plant closed. In 1985 she retired.
She is survived by 4 sons and 4 daughters and their spouses, William
A. and Dawn Williams of Amsterdam, NY, Thomas and Tina Williams of Skaneateles,
NY, Jack S. and Betty Williams, Richard C. and Jinx Williams, and Mildred
and Eugene McKee, all of Sherburne, Ellen and Ronald Kelly of Earlville,
and Edna Williams of Seneca Falls, NY, and Dorothy Rollings of Hubbardsville;
two sisters, Amanda Lamandia of North Norwich, and Betty Bagnall of Oxford;
21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by 2 sons, Glen T. Williams of Waterville, and
James E. Williams of San Diego, CA; 4 brothers James R. Pierce of Milledgeville,
GA, Jonathan P. Pierce of Niota, TN, Roy B. Pierce of South Hamilton, Edgar
Pierce of Sherburne; and one sister, Gladys Llewellyn of Sherburne.
Funeral services, officiated by Rev. Stephen Reese, were held on Saturday,
December 8, 2001, from the William W. Kehoe Funeral Home, 42 South Main
Street, Sherburne, NY. Committal Service was in the North Norwich Cemetery
at the family plot.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Chenango Memorial Hospital,
Bernice G. Bassett
AUGUSTA - Bernice G. Bassett, 75, died Thursday, December 6, 2001,
at the Emergency Room, Hamilton Hospital.
She was born November 26, 1926, in Madison, the daughter of Joseph
and Sadie McPherson Tallman. In 1947 she and Clinton J. Bassett were united
in marriage. He died in 1997.
Survivors include her children, Stanley Bassett, Clinton Bassett, Robert
Bassett, Howard Bassett, and Thomas Bassett; also Linda Bikowsky, Tina
Eisenhut, Tammy Jaseck, Cynthia Kerr, Lorrie Massey, and Sandra Sonia;
29 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; her sisters, Monica Owens, Esther
Frost, Virginia Misiaszek, and Johanne Jipson; and her brothers, Donald
Tallman, James Tallman, and Robert Tallman.
Bernice was predeceased by her son, William; brothers, Joseph and Lyle
Tallman; and her sister, Helen Vivyans; and three grandsons.
A Committal Services was conducted on Saturday, December 8, 2001, at
the James W. Davis Jr. Funeral Home, Madison.
Alfred "Fred" L. Pacilio
UTICA/SHERBURNE - Mr. Alfred "Fred" L. Pacilio, age 49, formerly of
Utica and currently a resident of Sherburne, NY, passed away on Saturday,
December 8, 2001 at Bassett Memorial Hospital in Cooperstown; his family
was by his side at the time of his passing.
Born in Utica on September 22, 1952, Fred was the son of Angela (Fragale)
Pacilio and the late Alfred Pacilio. Raised and educated locally, he was
a graduate of Notre Dame High School. Pursuing his academic career at the
college level, he attended Oswego, SUNY at Utica-Rome, and the St. Elizabeth
School of Nursing. Upon completion of their respective programs, he graduated
from each of these institutions, earning a BA in photography, and MA in
business administration, and both his RN and his bachelor's degree in nursing.
At one time Mr. Pacilio worked for Divine Brothers. He then was appointed
Director of Education for the Riverside School of Aeronautics. He most
recently held a position with the Masonic Home as the facility's Director
of Nursing until he was prevented from working because of his health. Since
the onset of his illness in 1978, he had consistently proved himself to
be an inspiration to his family and friends as he faced the difficulties
of his condition with great courage and spirit. Throughout the years, he
fought the good fight and never gave up.
As an individual who enjoyed children, Fred was an especially devoted
and loving father. One of his favorite pastimes was traveling with his
son. He had many other interests as well, many of them sports-oriented.
Over the years, he coached Little League, leading many of his teams to
championships; he also coached numerous soccer teams. Refusing to let his
illness prevent him from the activities he loved, he demonstrated great
courage and strength by participating in various marathons and road races,
including the Boilermaker. Fred also loved the game of golf. In addition,
he was a devoted fan of the NY Giants, an avid follower of the NY Yankees,
and he also enjoyed boxing. As he indulged his interest in these various
activities and teams, he found an aspect of sports which developed into
one of his favorite pastimes, as he became a knowledgeable, and well-informed
sports historian and statistician. Another longtime passion of Fred's was
photography; his artistry and competence were evident in his photos, some
of which have been displayed at the MWP Institute. Fred also had a special
talent for writing short stories: in fact, one of his works placed first
in a competition sponsored by the local newspaper. He was a member of the
United Church of Christ in Sherburne.
Mr. Pacilio is survived by his son, Maxwell Pacilio; and Maxwell's
mother, Miki Pacilio, both of Sherburne; his mother, Angela Pacilio of
CA; his two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Alex Guerino of FL,
and Joanne Rush and Richard Worrall of CA; a number of aunts and uncles;
his nephew and niece, Alex Guerino and his wife Teri Mahanna-Guerino, and
Lisa Sweezey; his great-niece, Kali Sweezey; many loving cousins; his in-laws,
Richard and Patricia Lagoe of Sherburne; and his devoted friends, Dennis
DeStefanis, Bobby DeStefanis, Mike and Lynn Macchione, and Nick Pepitone.
The family offers its sincere thanks to Dr. Horner, Dr. Healy, and
the nurses and staff of Bassett Healthcare for their care and concern.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, December 10, 2001 at the Eannace
Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. in Utica with
the Pastor Roger Pancost of the United Church of Christ officiating.
Memorial donations can be made to the family to enable them to establish
an educational fund for Fred's son, Maxwell.
William J. Burrows
SHERBURNE - William J. Burrows, 76, passed away on December 7, 2001,
at the Chenango Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born July 8, 1925 in Danbury, CT, the son of Harry and Helen
Burrows. He attended W.C. Bryant High School in Astoria, NY where he played
in the band and ran on the track team. He later led his own band and played
He married Yvonne Carlo in 1950 in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
in Astoria, NY.
Mr. Burrows was a long time resident of Floral Park, LI where he worked
for Sperry Corp and later Grumman Aviation where he worked on the Lunar
Module. The Burrows moved to Sherburne in 1979 when Yvonne's illness forced
them to retire early.
She died in 1985. He is survived by two sons, William Burrows of Millbrook,
NY and Robert Burrows of Davie, FL; four grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at St. Malachy's
Church in Sherburne with the Rev. Francis Case officiating. Burial will
be at the Family Plot at St. Malachy's Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wm. W. Kehoe Funeral Home,
42 South Main St., Sherburne, NY.
Kathy D. Donnelly-Imundo
HERKIMER - Kathy D. Donnelly-Imundo, 47, of North Main Street died
on Saturday, December 8, 2001 at her home following a brief illness.
She was born on May 26, 1954, in Lakeland, FL, the daughter of William
and Marjorie Irvin Butler. Kathy attended the Brookfield Central School.
For many years Kathy had worked at the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center's
cafeteria. In 1997, she married Scott Imundo. Kathy had been a life resident
of Brookfield until moving to Herkimer in 1992.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Scott of Herkimer; her mother, Marjorie
Owen also of Herkimer; three sons, James Donnelly of Sherburne, Harry and
Michael Donnelly both of Norwich; a sister, Stephanie Wittaker of West
Winfield; two brothers, Donald Abrams and his wife Jackie and Stephen Owen
and his wife June both of Brookfield; her uncles, Robert, Leo and Larry
Irving; and several nieces and nephews. Kathy is also survived by five
Kathy was predeceased by her uncle Ralph Irving.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at the Paul
Funeral Home of Brookfield with the Rev. Mark Thall, pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Brookfield, officiating. Interment will be in Brookfield
In memory of Kathy, kindly consider donations to the First Baptist
Church of Brookfield.
Laverne G. Simmons
BRIDGEWATER - Laverne G. Simmons, 53, of Bliven Rd., passed away Sunday,
December 9, 2001, at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, after a long
illness, with her family by her side.
She was born March 24, 1948 in the Town of Bridgewater the daughter
of Leon and Alice Foley Tilbe. She was educated in Bridgewater schools
and the Utica School of Commerce. On July 6, 1968, in Waterville, she married
Leonard E. Simmons. Along with her husband, Mrs. Simmons owned and operated
Simmons Tire Service and Farm Equipment Repair in Bridgewater. She was
a member of the Bridgewater Congregational Church.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard; her parents, Leon and Alice;
one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard E., Jr. and Tammy Simmons; one daughter,
Pollyanna Alice Simmons; one grandson, Leonard E. Simmons, III all of Bridgewater;
four brothers and sisters-in-law, Leon, Jr. and Janet Tilbe of Bridgewater,
Charles and Linda Tilbe of Waterville, Bob Tilbe of Plainfield and Jim
and Diane Tilbe of Brookfield; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl,
Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Simmons of Waterville; her in-laws, Florence Burnett
of Brookfield, Sharon Woolsey of Leonardsville, Carl Simmons, Jr. of Waterville,
Pamela and Brian Witter of Leonardsville, and Pat Servatius of Utica; very
special fiends, Lillian Paddock of West Edmeston and Linda Halenar of Cassville;
and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, David
Tilbe and one brother-in-law, Jack Burnett.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at the
Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville
with Pastor Wallace Brown officiating.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Bridgewater
Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Donations in her memory should be made to this
Laura A. Schelling
SMYRNA - Laura A. Shelling, 93, formerly of Smyrna, passed away Tuesday,
December 11, 2001 at the Valley View Manor Nursing Home, Norwich, NY, where
she had been a resident since 1999.
Born February 14, 1908 in Smyrna, she was a daughter of John E. and
Mable Cleveland Widger. She graduated from Smyrna High School in 1925,
and received her RN from Crouse Irving Hospital in 1928. Laura worked at
Crouse Irving for a short time, moving to New York City where she worked
at Long Island Hospital in Jamaica, NY. She left there to do private duty
nursing, and later was the head nurse in the Cerebral Palsy Home in Garden
City, LI. She had also worked in the Smyrna school cafeteria for a while.
On September 27, 1930, Laura was united in marriage to Harold Shelling
in Floral Park, NY. They had lived in Uniondale, Smyrna and then Amityville,
NY prior to their retirement in 1968 when they moved back to Smyrna. Mr.
Shelling predeceased her in September 1985, and she moved to the Pratt-Newton
Home in Sherburne in 1990.
Mrs. Schelling had been a member of the Smyrna United Methodist Church,
where she ran a nursery class and sang in the choir. She was also a member
of the Crouse Irving Hospital Alumni Association.
Surviving are a son, Dr. David Schelling of Silver Springs, MD; a daughter,
Janice Freese of Natick, MA; four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews
Services were held on Friday, December 14, 2001, from the Burgess Funeral
Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville, NY, followed by burial in West Hill Cemetery,
Contributions may be made to Camp BAYOUCA Dining Hall Fund, Box 204
Marathon, NY 13803.
Dean M. Kemp
BOUCKVILLE - Dean M. Kemp, 44, of Livermore Road died on Wednesday,
December 12, 2001 at his home.
He was born in Hamilton on October 28, 1957 the son of Gorden and Josephine
Kidd Kemp. Dean was a graduate of the Madison Central School. On July 24,
1982 in Oxford, he married Cindy Cartland. Dean owned and operated the
D.M. Kemp Tree and Construction Company for many years. He had previously
worked in the union's construction trades for various unions. Dean was
a parishioner and usher at St. Mary's Church of Hamilton. He was also a
member of the National Arborists Association.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy; his parents, Gordon and Josephine
of Madison; a daughter, Stephanie Kemp; and a son, Quintin Kemp, both at
home; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Darlene and Jerry Eckrich of Tully
and Joy and Steve Wratten of Hubbardsville. Dean is also survived by many
aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 17, 2001, at the Paul
Funeral Home of Madison with the Rev. Msgr. John Madden, pastor of St.
Mary's Church of Hamilton officiating. Interment services were private.
Please consider a donation to a trust fund established for Dean's children
in care of the National Bank of Vernon, PO Box 316, Oriskany Falls, NY
Betty Jane Wahl
MADISON - Betty Jane Wahl, 55, of Madison went to Heaven on December
15, 2001 at Faxton Hospital, Utica, NY.
She was born on January 25, 1946 in Cooperstown, NY, the daughter of
Hanford and Lillian (Clum) Richards.
Betty attend many different schools. She married Walter P. Wahl on
July 20, 1969. Betty spent most of her time raising her family.
She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Walter; a daughter
and son-in-law, Wendy (Wahl) and Lyle Lewis of Oriskany Falls, NY; a daughter,
Kim Wahl of Madison and her boyfriend Jeremy Williams of Oriskany Falls;
two sisters, Evelyn Jacobs of Cherry Valley, Wanda Aney of Milford Center;
two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Maryann Richards of Oneonta,
Neil and Dorothy Richards of Milford; a brother-in-law, Glenn Couse of
Milford Center; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also survived
by four dogs and three cats who she loved dearly.
She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Carlon Richards; and
a sister Nadine Couse; two brothers-in-law, Carol Jacobs and Mike Aney.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at the
Davis Funeral Home in Oriskany Falls. Burial will be in the spring in the
Hartwick Cemetery in Hartwick, NY.
Memorial donations in Betty's memory can be made to Steven Swans Humane
Society and the Oriskany Falls Volunteer Ambulance Squad.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home
of Oriskany Falls, NY.
Rose Mary Maillet
HAMILTON, NY - Rose Mary Maillet, 61, of State Route 12B, formerly
of Waltham, MA, and New Brunswick, Canada, passed away Friday, December
14, 2001, at her home.
Born December 15, 1939 in Waltham, MA, she was a daughter of the late
Harry G. and Winifred F. Young Bellan, and received her education in Waltham
schools. Rose Mary was a self-employed caregiver, and a member of the Randallsville
New Life Church.
Surviving are her children, Eugene and Mona Roberts of Gardner, MA;
Anthony and Twilla Roberts, Leonard Maillet and Jane Maillet, all of Hamilton;
a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Alfred Savoie of Manomet, MA;
a brother and sister-in-law, John and Cynthia Bellan of Waltham, MA; a
granddaughter, April Jean Roberts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a son, Joseph Maillet in 1974.
Services will be held at the Randallsville New Life Church at a later
date to be announced, with a burial at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burgess Funeral Home, 25 Broad
St., Hamilton, NY.
Myra (Nana) Powlesland
ONEIDA - Myra A. (Nana) Powlesland, 93, of Cleveland Ave., went to
Heaven to be with Jesus on Sunday, December 16, 2001.
Myra Alberta Dunham was born November 4, 1908 in Morrisville, NY to
Earle and Jessie Stevens Dunham. She was a graduate of Morrisville High
School in 1927, the Broad Street Hospital School of Nursing in Oneida,
and received her RN degree in New York City on September 22, 1932. Myra
was a devoted and dedicated nurse for 46 years. She worked at the Broad
Street Hospital, the Oneida City Hospital, and for 30 years at the Rome
State Hospital where she was promoted to head floor supervisor before retiring
in 1973. She lived her entire life in the Morrisville, Syracuse and Oneida
area. In 1931, Myra was united in marriage to George Powlesland at the
Eastwood Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY. They moved to Oneida in 1935.
Mr. Powlesland predeceased her in 1989. Myra enjoyed traveling and spending
time with her family. She was a loving and devoted grandmother who helped
to raise her three grandsons.
Surviving are her daughter Rose Richmond of Oneida; three grandsons
and their wives, Lawrence and Deborah Richmond of Oneida, Richard and Kendar
Richmond of Oneida Castle, Thomas and Patricia Richmond of Palm Springs,
FL; two great-grandchildren, Philip (and his wife Sarah) Richmond of Minot,
ND, Brandy (and her husband Stan) Richmond-Hooker of the Azore Islands;
a great-grandson, William Richmond; a sister Marjorie Groves of St. Cloud,
FL; and many relatives in the Morrisville and Cortland areas. She was predeceased
by a son, Paul Powlesland in 1994; her son-in-law, Philip Richmond in 1996;
a grandson, Timothy Richmond; and three brothers, Theodore, Harold and
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 22,
2001, from the Barker-Burgess Funeral Home, Cedar St., Morrisville, NY,
with burial in the Morrisville Cemetery.
Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Saturday from
10 AM to Noon, prior to the service.
Contributions in Myra's memory may be made to Lawrence Richmond, 386
Cleveland Ave., Oneida, NY 13421-1910, to be used for the wishes of the
Elizabeth Anderson Paul
HAMILTON - Elizabeth Anderson Paul, a native of Hamilton, died on Wednesday,
May 29, 2002, at the Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, following a
She was born in Hamilton, the daughter of Arthur and Fanny Anderson,
who had immigrated to Hamilton from Norway at the turn of the century.
Betty graduated from Hamilton High School, Cortland State Teachers' College,
completed her B.A. at Albany State University and did graduate work at
Syracuse University. After teaching in Albany and Hamilton, she retired
from teaching upon her marriage to Robert Paul in 1940, but not for long.
She ran her husband's gas station during his service to his Country in
WWII and returned to substitute teaching when her children entered school.
Betty continued her substitute teaching for four decades and could point
out to many of her students the behavior of their parents and grandparents.
Betty participated in community affairs at many levels. She was active
in the Park United Methodist Church, the Hamilton Music Society where she
sang in Gilbert and Sullivan Productions under Gay Rockwood, the Fortnightly
Club, the League of Women Voters, the Community Memorial Hospital Book
Cart, and in Scouting as a Boy and Girl Scout leader. She was a member
of the Hamilton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star; Chairman of the
Halfway House Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of the Madison
County and the Elder Care, and the Madison County Jail Advisory Committee.
Always a political activist, Betty served as the Republican Town Chairman
and as the Madison County Republican Vice Chairman. She received the New
York Federation of Republican Women's "Award of Excellence" in 1982.
Betty is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert, a daughter and
son-in-law, Carol and Thomas Perloff of Philadelphia, PA; a son, Robert
of Cooperstown; grandchildren, Alexandra Paul and Jennifer, Andrew, David
and Sam Perloff. Betty is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Park United
Methodist Church of Hamilton with the Rev. Brooke Newell, pastor, and the
Rev. Homer Smith, officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Paul Funeral
Home of Madison.
In memory of Betty, kindly consider donations to the Park United Methodist
Church, Broad Street, Hamilton, NY 13346.
Ruth K. Ochojski
HAMILTON - Mrs. Ruth K. Ochojski, 83, of Utica St., passed away Friday,
May 24, 2002 at her home.
Born May 4, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY, she was a daughter of Clayton and
Sophie Dicktimuller Palmiter, and was a 1937 graduate of Earlville High
School. On July 6, 1941, Ruth was united in marriage to Paul M. Ochojski
in Maspeth NY. He predeceased her on June 2, 1983. Mrs. Ochojski had lived
in Monsey, NY for many years, moving to Hamilton in 1979. She was a communicant
of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hamilton, and a member of the Hamilton
Surviving are her daughter, Pamela M. Ochojski of Hamilton, a brother
and sister-in-law, Daniel and Florence Palmiter of Hicksville, LI, NY;
and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Paula
M. Ochojski on February 9, 1999.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, May 29, 2002
from St. Mary's Church, Wylie St., Hamilton, NY. Burial was in St. Joseph's
Burgess Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice Care, Inc., 4277
Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413; or to Wanderers' Rest Animal
Shelter, PO Box 535, Canastota, NY 13032.
Virginia S. Nelson
EARLVILLE - Mrs. Virginia S. Nelson, 72, of Lebanon Road, passed away
Sunday, May 26, 2002 at Crouse Community Center, Morrisville.
She was born in Utica on August 22, 1929, a daughter of Raymond and
Nellie Cramer Sumner. She was raised in Utica and graduated from Utica
Free Academy. On May 20, 1949 in Utica she was united in marriage to Lawrence
Mrs. Nelson was employed by AT&T as a telephone operator, the Savings
Bank of Utica as a teller and most recently by the Hamilton Central School
system as a school bus operator. She was of the Lutheran Faith.
Surviving are her husband, Bud; three sons and two daughters-in-laws,
Lawrence E. Nelson of Morrisville; Douglas J and Martha Nelson, and Scott
F. and Kim Nelson, all of Hamilton; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and
Curt Walt of Fairfield, OH; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant daughter,
The funeral was held Wednesday, May 29, 2002 from the Burgess Funeral
Home, 25 Broad Street, Hamilton. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery,
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Crouse Community Center,
Morrisville, NY 13408.
Paul B. Martel
HAMILTON - Paul B. Martel, 69, of Airport Rd., passed away Saturday,
May 25, 2002 at his home.
Born July 7, 1932 in Oriskany Falls, NY, he was a son of Paul B. and
Marguerite Castonguay Martel and attended local schools. On October 4,
1975, Paul was united in marriage to the former Barbara Totten in Hamilton.
He was a member of the International Operating Engineers Local #545 of
Syracuse, and was employed at Eastern Rock Products until his retirement
in 1994. He was a member of Mr. Ed's Coffee Club in Hamilton.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sonja
and Jim Jantzen of Earlville and Melissa Martell of Hamilton; a daughter-in-law,
Tina Martel of Madison; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Anita and Roger
Peckham, Lucy and John Boratyn, all of Madison; two grandchildren, Stefanie
Sterling and Amber Martel; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by two sons, Randy Martel in 1997 and Erik Martel in 1998, and a brother,
Robert Martel in 1997.
Graveside services were private and at the convenience of the family
in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice Care, Inc., 4277
Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burgess Funeral Home, 25 Broad
Street, Hamilton, NY.
Helen L. Scott
BERNARDSTON, Massachusetts - Helen L. Collins Scott, 86, of Bernardston,
MA, died Friday, May 24, 2002 at home. She was born in Earlville, NY on
September 28, 1915, the daughter of Earnest and Nellie Gray Collins.
She was educated in Earlville Schools. She married James A. Scott in
1940 in Deposit, NY. Mr. Scott predeceased her in 1999. She earned a degree
in Costume Art and Retail at the Rochester Institute of Technology. While
in college she was a member of the Glee Club and the Drama Club and was
a former President of the Binghamton PTA.
After a brief employment, she dedicated herself as a homemaker. She
lived in Binghamton and Westover, NY, Stratford, Hamden, and Kensington,
CT and in 1972 returned to Binghamton, NY, where she and her husband remained
until his retirement in 1995. She then moved back to Deposit, NY, until
she moved into a home with her husband, daughter and granddaughter in Bernardston
She is survived by four daughters, Suanne Pavlik of Cheshire, CT; Sylvia
Scott of Kinnelon, NJ; Helen Hadfield of Bernardston, MA; and Christine
Siegel of New City, NY; three sisters, Genevieve Fisher and Eleanor Johnson,
both of Earlville, NY; and Lillian Edson of Sherrill, NY; nine grandchildren;
and ten great grandchildren. She was predeceased by three sisters, Hazel
Anderson, Evelyn Foster and Marion Fay.
Funeral services were private and at the convenience of the family.
Her body was donated to the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA, is in charge of
Carolyn D. Shablak
HAMILTON - Carolyn D. Shablak, 55, of Lebanon St., passed away Tuesday,
May 28, 2002 at the Crouse Community Center, Morrisville, NY, following
a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born August 19, 1946 in Utica, NY, Carolyn was a daughter of Walter
and Rose Kunes Shablak. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and
the Utica School of Beauty Culture. She owned and operated Carolyn's Beauty
Shop in Hamilton for over 20 years. She was also a devoted babysitter to
several area children who loved her great patience and kindness. Carolyn
helped care for her father for over 13 years following his stroke, providing
much needed help to her mother in her time of great need. Hopefully, she
is together with him again in their new home in Heaven with the Holy Family.
Carolyn was a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hamilton,
where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and sang in the
choir for many years.
Surviving are her mother, Rose of Hamilton; a brother and sister-in-law,
Stephen and Roseann Shablak of Rome, NY; a niece Meghan Penfold of Rome
and several cousins. Her sweet cheerfulness will be missed by her family
and her many friends.
Services were held Friday, May 31, 2002, from the Burgess Funeral Home,
25 Broad Street, Hamilton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St.
Mary's Church, Wylie St., Hamilton. Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery,
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
2 MONY Plaza, Syracuse, NY 13202; or to the American Cancer Society, 430
Court St., Suite 205, Utica, NY 13502.
Carolyn's family wishes to thank everyone at Bassett Hospital and the
Crouse Community Center for their kindness and the excellent care given
to her. They also wish to express their sincere appreciation to the many
drivers who took her mother there to be with her each day.
Dorothy S. Burgess
ITHACA - Dorothy S. Burgess, 87, of Bela Vista Drive, formerly of Dryden
and Hamilton, NY, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the Cayuga Medical
Center, Ithaca, NY, following a brief illness.
Born August 16, 1914, in Earlville, NY, she was a daughter of H. Floyd
and Calla Cramphin Snyder, and was a graduate of Hamilton High School.
On August 5, 1935, Dorothy was united in marriage to Henry K. Burgess in
Hamilton. He predeceased her on January 21, 1979. Dorothy had lived in
Hamilton until 1979, then in Dryden until 2000 when she moved to Ithaca.
She had worked for Crowe's Drug Store in Hamilton for several years, and
retired from the College Pharmacy, Hamilton in the middle 1970's.
Mrs. Burgess was a member of the Dryden United Methodist Church, the
United Methodist Women, was active in the Kitchen Cupboard of the church,
and was a founder of My Brother's Keeper. Prior to transferring her membership
to Dryden, she had been a 50-year member of the Park United Methodist Church
of Hamilton, where she was still an active supporter. She was chairwoman
of the Annual Crop Walk in Dryden for several years. She was a 50-year
life member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star #511 of Hamilton,
and had a duel membership in the Order of the Eastern Star in Dryden.,
She was also a member of the Dryden Senior Citizens, and an avid gardener.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Carol Burgess of
Freeville, NY; a daughter and son-in-law, Janipher and Robert Ripley of
Brandon, VT; a brother, Ronald "Pete" Snyder of Morrisville, NY; 6 grandchildren,
Capt. Jason Burgess of Ft. Riley, KS, Jody and Jessica Burgess, both of
Freeville, NY, Ellen Knapp of Brandon, VT, Terrie Patch of Middlebury,
VT, and Robert C, Ripley of Leicester, VT; 7 great-grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Madeline Williamson,
and two brothers, Clifford Snyder and Harold "Bill" Snyder.
Memorial Services were held Monday, June 3, 2002, from the Dryden United
Methodist Church, 2 North Street, Dryden, NY. Burial with O.E.S services
was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton, NY.
Contributions in her memory may be made to My Brother's Keeper, c/o
the Dryden United Methodist Church, PO Box 193, Dryden, NY, 13053; or to
the Memorial Fund of Longview, c/o Nancy Brown, Bella Vista Drive, Ithaca,
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burgess Funeral Home, 25 Broad
Street, Hamilton, NY.
William J. Zombek, MD
HAMILTON - Dr. William J. Zombek, 46, of Wylie St., passed away Saturday,
June 1, 2002 at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
Born in Utica, NY on August 27, 1955, he was a son of Stanley W. and
Julie Anne Techmanski Zombek. He was a graduate of Waterville High School
in 1973, Albany College of Pharmacy in 1978, and received his MD degree
from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1989. He had been a pharmacist
at Providence Hospital, Providence, RI from 1978-81, Oneida City Hospital,
Oneida, NY from 1981-84, and Basset Hospital, Cooperstown, NY from 1984-85.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1986, and completed his medical residency at
the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL from 1989-92. He was on active duty
with the U.S. Navy in Japan for four years, and left with the rank of Lt.
Commander in 1996. Dr. Zombek joined Bassett Health Care in Sherburne in
family practice in 1996. On June 25, 1988, Bill was united in marriage
to Tama Theresa Group in St. Mary's Church in Clinton, NY.
Dr. Zombek was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Hamilton. He was
a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Massachusetts
Medical Society. He was also a safety officer for the Mid-York Little League
Surviving are his wife, Tama Zombek of Hamilton; three children, Thomas
William, Audra Leigh and Christian John Zombek, all at home; his mother,
Julie Anne Zombek of Oriskany Falls, NY; mother-in-law, Barbara Group of
Oneida, NY; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Judy Sefcheck of Oriskany
Falls and her fiance, Richard Palaski, Regina and Douglas Pierson of Mt.
Marion, NY; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley J. and Mary Zombek,
Stephen and Sharon Zombek, all of Deansboro, NY, Timothy and Janine Zombek
of Lexington, KY, Nicholas and Lynn Zombek of Oriskany Falls, NY and Daniel
and Valerie Zombek of Webster, NY; two sisters-in-law, Jennifer Dick of
Hamilton, Jaqueline and her husband, Gregory Moyer of Sherrill, NY; two
brothers-in-law and their wives, John and Melinda Group of DeLeon Springs,
FL, Thomas and Juliet Group of Altamonte Springs, FL; and many aunts, uncles,
cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, June 5, 2002,
from St. Mary's Church, Wylie St., Hamilton, NY, followed by burial in
St. Mary's Cemetery, Clinton, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to a college fund
for the Zombek children, c/o Tama Zombek, 10 Wylie St., Hamilton, NY 13346;
or to the Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 Second St., SW, Rochester,
Earlo H. Tilbe
NORTH BROOKFIELD - Earlo H. Tilbe, 86, of Main Street, died on Thursday,
May 30, 2002 at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Center.
He was born in Bridgewater on February 12, 1916, the son of Carmen
and Myra Belfield Tilbe. Earlo attended school in Bridgewater. On June
11, 1997 in South New Berlin, he married Julia MacDurmon. Earlo had worked
on many farms to include the Carl Ihouser Farm in New Berlin, the Wrobel
Potato Farm in Bridgewater, and Chapman Farms of Bridgewater. He retired
from Cedar Lake Golf Course. He was a life member of the North Brookfield
Fire Department and had previously served with the Bridgewater Fire Department.
Earlo is survived by his loving wife, Julia; five sisters, Mildred
Nellenbach of Rochester, Mary Prentice of Savannah, GA., Grace Myers of
Unadilla Forks, Sadie Gebo of Oneida, and Virginia Bochniak of Rome; two
brothers, Leon Tilbe of Waterville, and Bert Tilbe of Bridgewater; and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at the Paul Funeral
Home of Brookfield. Internment was in North Brookfield Cemetery.
Donations may be made to either the North Brookfield Fire Department
or it's Ambulance Fund.
Sigmund E. (Sig) Urben
WATERVILLE - Sigmund E. (Sig) Urben, 63, of Waterville, passed away
after a long illness, Saturday June 1, 2002 at University Hospital in Syracuse,
with his family by his side.
He was born December 12, 1938, in Oneida, the son of the late Ernest
and Edith Gratton Urben and was a graduate of Madison High School. Sig
was a proud member of the US Navy from 1958-1964. Upon his return from
the Navy, he attended one year of culinary classes at Morrisville College.
On February 2, 1978, in Waterville, he married April E. Hale Ireland. For
many years, Sig was employed with Sherwood Medical in Oriskany Falls, retiring
in 1994. He attended St. Bernard's Church, Waterville, was active in many
church activities and was a member of the Clifford J. Fulmer American Legion
He is survived by his wife and best friend, April; ten children and
their spouses, Michael S. and Bonnie Urben of Solsville, Frank and Sue
Urben of Hamilton, Guy Urben of Solesville, Mary and David St. Pierre of
Erieville, Michael Urben of Avon Park, FL., Charles Ireland of Clayville,
JoAnn Teuscher of Saquoit, Teresa and James Costello of Oneida, David Ireland
of Waterville, and Elizabeth and Brett Keller of Vienna; one sister and
brother-in-law, Kay and Richard Bridge of Madison; two sisters-in-law,
Lorraine Havens of Oriskany Falls and Joyce and her husband Thomas Marrone
of Dallas, TX., 23 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and many nieces,
nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one sister, Patricia Schmutzh
and two brothers, Roger and Everett Wilson.
The funeral will be Thursday, June 6, at 10 AM at the Kloster-Northrop
& Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville, with Rev. Richard
J. Kapral officiating. Interment will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Garfield.
In memory of Mr. Urben, kindly consider the Waterville Fire Department
or the Waterville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.