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Below are the 2014 Obituaries

Adam A. Angelopoulos

Adam A. Angelopoulos of Philadelphia, PA passed away on Wednesday June 4.  He was born in Binghamton, NY and moved with his parents Angelos and Maria Angelopoulos to 203 Front Street, Deposit the following year.

Adam graduated from the Deposit High School in 1948 and from Harpur College as an economics major in 1952. While in college he enjoyed working summers at the James E. Strates Shows, his cousin’s carnival. After college, Adam proudly served his country in the US Army and was stationed in Charleston, SC. 

He was employed as manager at W.T. Grant on Long Island and then for many years by the federal government in the Department of Defense. A supply systems analyst and authority on materials procurement, Adam worked in Rome, NY, Harrisburg, PA and finally in Philadelphia. 

Adam married the former Mary Jane Bickley on September 28, 1968. He is survived by his wife; his son Andy and daughter-in-law Anita; three grandsons: Adam, Alex, and Aidan, all of Philadelphia; two sisters: Vasiliki (Kiki) Volkwein and brother-in-law James F. of Stamford, CT and Penelope (Penny) Eggleston and brother-in-law Patrick of Amherst, NH; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Papastrat and brother-in-law Peter whose daughters Mary Jane and Helen still live in Binghamton.

Adam enjoyed reading historical and political material, watching sporting events, and spending time with his family. Although he was an avid traveler, he loved his hometown of Deposit and remembered his youth there with great fondness. He looked forward to the arrival of the Deposit Courier every week.

A memorial service and visiting hours were held on Sunday afternoon June 8 at the Dunn-Givnish Funeral Home in Langhorne, PA. A military burial followed on Monday June 9 at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA.

Zandra Jeanne Barrett

The Lord called another angel home on the morning of May 7, 2014. Zandra Jeanne Barrett of Deposit, NY passed away unexpectedly at Lourdes Hospital Binghamton, NY.

She was born June 2, 1951 to Fred Stryker and Rita Lorraine Myers in Ellenville, NY. Zandra was lovingly raised by her mother and her second husband Charles Richard Barrett in Deposit.  Zandra graduated from Deposit High School in 1969. She went on to attend college in Utica, NY.

She is survived by a son Retired Army Staff Sergeant Kevin Barrett Kingsbury and his wife Amanda, and their sons Alexander Nicholas and Christian Storm Charles Kingsbury of Gouverneur, NY. Also her daughter Sarah Elizabeth Salsman and her son Ebin Bailey Salsman resided with her in Vestal, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents and step father.

Calling hours were held Monday May 12 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit. A Graveside Service followed. She will be buried with and alongside her parents in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Deposit.

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Sonja Ann Barringer

Sonja Ann Barringer

Sonja Ann Barringer, 61, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at her home. She was born on April 7, 1953 in Deposit, NY, the daughter of Marshall and Marcella Barringer.

Sonja was born and raised in Deposit, then she moved from Florida to Kansas and then found her way back to Deposit and worked as a CNA at Countryside Nursing Home in Delhi. She furthered her education and got her LPN and worked at Countryside and Willow Point until her health got bad. Then she went back to Kansas to be with her children where she went to be with the Lord.

She is survived by a son: James Barringer; two daughters: Barb Cain and Bonnie Manser, all in Kansas; three brothers: Arnie (Violet) Barringer of Hancock, NY; Bill Barringer, Columbus, GA; Dick Barringer, Sketer, OK; one sister: Carol Kennedy, NC; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Sonja was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Walt, and a nephew, Walt, Jr.

As to Sonja's wishes there will be no service.

Herbert Bedell, Sr

Herbert Bedell, Sr.

Oct. 17, 1926 - Oct. 11, 2014

Herbert Bedell, Sr., 87, of the Town of Masonville, NY passed away October 11, 2014 at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Mary, in 2000, and by a son Herbert Bedell, Jr. in 2013.

He is survived by two daughters: Hope Page of Sidney, NY and Elaine (Francis) Cinque of Millford, DE; by a daughter-in-law, Roxanne Bedell of the Town of Masonville; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He moved to his present home from Deposit in 1982. He was retired from Mirabito Energy Products in Sidney after 20 years with the company. He was a member of the Blue Mountain Antique Gas and Steam Engine Association.

Private funeral arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit. Memorial donations may be made in Herb’s name to the Blue Mountain Antique Gas and Steam Engine Association, Inc. at 2260 Lake Minsi Dr., Bangor, PA 18013 or to your Local Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed at www.zachariasfuneral

Hazel Bonker

Hazel Irene (Schermerhorn) Bonker died on October 1, 2014 with her son, Waldo at her side.

She is predeceased by Donald E. Bonker who died on November 1, 2008.

Hazel is survived by three children: Jesse Lee Stacy, AZ, Cynthia LaPier, CA and Donald E. Bonker II, Barbour Brook; and by many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the east coast to the west.

Hazel was a licensed practical nurse - an occupation that she took on somewhat later than most people embrace a career, but she was passionate and excelled at her work, continuing to support people in need well into her eighties.

Hazel may have been the oldest survivor of Cannonsville. Hazel always said that her years in Cannonsville were her happiest. She loved the countryside, the woods, the rivers and creeks. She loved the community and the closeness of the residents. She and Don were active bridge players. They sponsored family meals on Sundays. They hunted together, they ran the general store together. Hazel was an active member of the Merry Delvers and she was a Brownie Scout leader. It was probably the saddest day of her life when she and the family were forced to leave because of the impending flooding of the valley.

Hazel was loved and respected by all those who knew her. She always aspired to be a “lady.” She was also down to earth, candid, and caring. She wanted to know about the world and travelled extensively within the United States. She wanted her children to have the best lives. She wanted them to be strong and independent. She will be missed but her legacy will remain always.

Condolences and memories may be sent online at www.landers

Edward W. Brannen

Edward W. Brannen

Nov. 23, 1933 - Oct. 1, 2014

Edward W. Brannen, 80, of Deposit, NY passed away October 1, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, NY.

He is survived by a daughter: Patricia (David) Lyon; two sons: Barry Brannen and Michael Brannen; four grandchildren: Michael Lyon, Aubrey Lyon, Jessica Decker, and Rachel Brannen; three great-grandchildren: AJ, Quentin, and DJ; four sisters: Catherine Osterhout, Edna Todd, Thelma Clapper, and Linda Boughton; three brothers: Charles Brannen, Arow Brannen, and Lee Brannen; many nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by his son, David in 2012.

Ed was a lifetime Delaware County area resident. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He drove truck for over 50 years working the most years with Whitaker’s Trucking in Deposit. Ed was an avid sport's fan and also bowled in several leagues. He enjoyed sitting on his porch watching the birds and the traffic going by.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit. Burial was in the Sanford Cemetery, Margaretville. Calling hours were held at the funeral home on Friday, October 3 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Condolences may be expressed at

Frank E. Brizzee

Frank E. Brizzee

Frank E. Brizzee, 89, of Walton passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 at his home in Walton surrounded by his family.

Frank was born on July 23, 1925 in Butternuts, NY the son of the late Clyde and Bernice ( Garrison) Brizzee. He married the former Dorothy Webb on December 25, 1946 at the Deposit Methodist Parsonage.

Frank started working as a Cheese Maker at Queen’s Farm and Dairy in Cannonsville. He then spent 20 years at Breakstone’s where he retired from. He was a member of the Rock Royal Methodist Church and Del-Senango Fiddlers Organization. Frank was a kind loving man who went about his business quietly and family always came first. He enjoyed working with machinery, was especially fond of John Deere Tractors. In his earlier years he enjoyed square dancing and clogging which he traveled all over to do.

Frank is survived by his loving family, his wife of 68 years: Dorothy; his daughters: Jean (Tom) Humphries of Delhi, JoAnn Brizzee of Town of Tompkins; his daughter-in-law: Pam Brizzee of Walton; his grandchildren: Zachary and Sarah Zayhowski of VA, Jessica Wheeler of Trout Creek, Casey (Amanda) Brizzee of Oxford, Tyler Brizzee of Walton; his brother: Michael (Jean ) Brizzee of Cobleskill; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, John M. Brizzee, and his brother, William Brizzee.

At the request of Frank a graveside service will be held on Friday, September 5 at 11 a.m. at the Carroll Hill Cemetery in Trout Creek with the Pastor Kurt Funke and Pastor Judy Travis, officiating. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to Trout Creek Community Church, P. O. Box 47, Trout Creek, New York 13847 or Trout Creek Fire Department and EMS, 8695 County Highway 27, Trout Creek, New York 13847.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting www.

Elizabeth (Betty) Budd

Elizabeth Budd, 97, of Appomattox, VA and formerly from Deposit, NY died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Elizabeth was born in Cincinnatus, NY, on November 12, 1916. She was the eldest of six children born to Richard S. and Anna (McCarthy) O’Connor. Shortly after her birth, the family settled in Binghamton, NY. After graduating from St. Patrick’s Academy in 1934 and attending business school, Betty was employed by Sissons Department Store. It was there she met Theodore Budd. After a seven year courtship, they were married on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1942. Two months after the wedding, her husband was drafted into World War II. When he returned in 1945, the couple made their home in Deposit.

Betty was employed at the Deposit Telephone Company for over thirty years. She also served on the Broome County Board of Elections for many years. She was a longtime member of the Deposit Garden Club and the Macaroni Club and the oldest member of the Aunt Mobile Group.

Betty was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deposit for sixty-two years where she was also a charter member and past regent of the Catholic Daughters of America. Betty also enjoyed doing ceramics for over forty years. She painted in fine detail and loved giving her works to the family and friends she loved.

In 2007 Betty relocated to VA where she resided with her daughter, Carolyn Maples, until the time of her death. Betty was predeceased by her husband in 2002. She was also predeceased by her five siblings and their spouses: Dr. John (Jeanne) O’Connor, Anne (John) Mullen, Sally O’Connor, Margaret (Vincent) Goodman and Helen (John) Updike; and sisters-in-law, Gladys Budd Merges and Aleta Budd Stewart.

Besides her daughter, Carolyn and companion Cary Blanton, Betty is survived by 16 nieces, 12 nephews, many cousins, daughter Cynthia Zimmerman, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Special gratitude to the several caregivers who provided assistance to Betty as she aged and especially as she reached the end of her life journey  -  you know who you are!

Visitation was at Robinson Funeral Home in Appomattox on  April 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass was held 2:30 p.m. on April 16 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Appomattox, VA. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City, N.Y. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Elizabeth Budd to Lacil Direct Services Fund.  The Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit charity providing services to the disabled and elderly so they can remain at home rather than reside in a facility. Contributions can be sent to LACIL, PO Box 12206, Lynchburg, VA 24506.

Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family and an on-line condolence may be sent by visiting www.

Marsha E. Burrows

Marsha E. Burrows

Dec. 12, 1955 - Jun. 15, 2014

On June 15, 2014 the Lord recruited another Angel for Heaven. Marsha E. Burrows, 58, of Deposit passed away surrounded by family and loved ones. Marsha had been battling an organ disease for over a year.

She is predeceased by her parents, Willard “Bill” and Martha “Bonnie” Decker, her two brothers David L. Decker and Gary L. “Fat Cat” Decker and her niece, Casey Rae Decker. Marsha is survived by her brother Willard “Billy Joe” and Gloria “Scotty” Decker of Norwich and her sister Janice K. Horton of Deposit and brother Kevin R. Decker of Binghamton. Also she is survived by her children and grandchildren: Rachel Scofield of Johnson City and her children: Selena, Sierra and Sean; Larry and Kristie Rumola of Deposit and their children: Austin, Kelsey and Aidan; Luke and Manda Rumola of Deposit and their children: Alanna, Kayla and Joey; and Ashley Rumola and her fiancé Paul Calkin of Cadillac, MI and their children: Leah, Gage, Callie and Caci. Marsha also had many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Marsha spent most of her life driving school bus for the school district and went on to drive for Shortline Buses until she no longer could. Marsha loved to sew, knit and crochet as well as doing her puzzles and games; anything she could do with her hands. The greatest pastime of her life, however, was spending time with her grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. Marsha would never miss an event any of the children were participating in. Marsha will truly be missed by her family, as well as her loved ones and friends.

A special “thank you” to Lucinda Schroder for all her help during Marsha’s time of need before she passed. You helped to make the transition comfortable for Marsha and all of her loved ones.

Calling hours were held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Sherman Bible Chapel (Presbyterian Church) 129 Second St, Deposit followed immediately by a church service at 1:00  p.m. with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Internment followed in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Deposit. Arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home, Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.zachariasfuneral

Russell L. Butts

Russell L. Butts, 60, of Bainbridge, NY passed away February 10, 2014 at the Bassett Medical Center at Cooperstown, NY.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Amy and Jose Luis Galindo; four grandchildren: Samantha, Emmalynne, Sejasity, and Mariana; two sisters: Mary Jane Bosket and Delilah Wagner. Russell was predeceased by his wife Carol in 2011 and also by a brother, Kenyon (Butch) Butts.

He was retired from the Mead Corporation in Sidney after 25 years  with the company. He was a US Army Veteran who served during Vietnam War. 

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 22 from noon - 2 p.m. at the Zacharias Funeral Home, Deposit. The calling hours will be followed by a luncheon at the VFW Hall on Fourth St., in the Village of Deposit.

Anyone wishing may bring a dish to pass to the luncheon. A Graveside Service  will be held in the Spring at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deposit with Full Military Honors.



Charlotte Marie Carlin

Charlotte Marie Carlin

Aug. 23, 1947 - Oct. 24, 2014

Charlotte Marie Carlin of Windsor passed away at the age of 67 into the loving arms of the Lord on October 24.

Charlotte is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, Richard D. Carlin; her daughter: Nicole M. Carlin; son: Richard P. (Tara) Carlin; and her four grandsons: Jason and Michel Dirig and Dylan and Jackson Carlin. She is also survived by four brothers: John Jr. (Ubol) Fox, Horton (Renee) Fox, Eric (Penny) Fox, William (Loretta) Fox; and her three sisters: Sylvia (William) Hodel, Owego, NY, Rebecka (James) O’Koren, Virginia (Les) Jones; along with many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents John and Louise Fox.

Charlotte was born August 23, 1947 in Stilesville, NY. The oldest of eight children, Charlotte was a born leader. Raised in Deposit, NY she was Valedictorian of her High School class and earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree at SUNY Oneonta.

She was an elementary school teacher at C.R. Weeks in Windsor for over 30 years. She loved teaching. She was devoted to her students, teaching them to read and write. She gave all of her students a strong base and the tools needed to succeed. Along with teaching, she was gifted in making arts and crafts, each item unique and made with love.

Charlotte loved spending time with her family and friends, never happier than when everyone was gathered together. She was an active member of her church family, the Zion Episcopal Church of Windsor. She had strong faith and believed in the power of prayer. She was thoughtful and kind. Charlotte was a source of light to all who knew her.

The family will receive friends at Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29. A memorial service will immediately follow calling hours. Pastor Kay Houck, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Charlotte’s memory to the Danielle House, 160 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905 ( or the Zion Episcopal Church of Windsor, 50 Chapel St., Windsor, NY (

Freida S. Carlson

Freida S. Carlson

Sept. 15, 1922 - Nov. 18, 2014

Freida S. Carlson, age 92, of Deposit, NY went to be with Our Lord & Savior on November 18, 2014. Freida was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1972.

She is survived by three children and their spouses: Mark and Carol Carlson of Binghamton, Christie and Frank Slocum of Deposit, and Lynette and Thomas Schmitz of Deposit. Freida is also survived by her six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Eric Slocum, Craig Carlson, Lindsay Worthley, Korie Schmitz, Julianne Carlson, Devin Schmitz, and Kendall Carlson.

Freida was employed as a sales clerk for Bassin’s Department Store of Deposit for over 50 years until her retirement. Freida was an excellent cook and baker, having learned from her own mother in a household of thirteen children. She loved gardening and watching the wild birds and animals in her back yard. Freida was a truly wonderful mother and grandmother.

A Memorial Service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22 at the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit. Calling hours were at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. time of service. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias


Adeline V Carroll

Adeline V. Carroll

Sept. 20, 1923 - Aug. 16, 2014

Adeline V. Carroll, 90, of Deposit, NY died August 16, 2014 at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY. She was a resident of Deposit from 1966 until 2006 when she moved to Binghamton. She was currently residing at Elizabeth Church Manor.

“Adie” was predeceased by her husband, Walter A. Carroll in 1984. She is survived by her son, Raymond Carroll of Binghamton.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Deposit and Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Deposit.

A Mass was held Tuesday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Deposit. Calling hours were at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at www.

Robert J. Carson

Robert J. Carson

Robert J. Carson passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014 at his residence in Deposit, with loved ones at his bedside, after two years of failing health. He was born August 1, 1934, one of eight children to James and Isabelle Carson Bennett, on Front Street in Deposit. He graduated from Deposit Central School in 1952, and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army.

On August 3, 1957, he married Georganna Pavlov at Christ Episcopal Church; shortly afterwards they moved to Dutchess County. His career included Texaco Research Center and Vassar College; he retired from the Vassar College’s Departments of Biology and Physics in 2001. He was active as a Pop Warner and Little League coach for several years; served on the Vestry Board for the Church of the Resurrection in Hopewell Junction; and was a member of the East Fishkill Fire and Rescue squad. Upon their return to Deposit, he served on the Economic Development Planning Board and was elected twice as Councilman on the Town of Deposit Board.

He was predeceased by a son, George, and is survived by his wife; daughter Phoebe in Gainesville, VA and son R. Peter of Fishkill, NY; his daughter-in-law, Teresa of Houston, TX; as well as his brother, Jerry Carson of Conklin, NY. He is also survived by several grandchildren and their families: Gregory, Andrew, Elizabeth and Grant in the Houston, TX area; and Bart, Jenny and Luke in East Fishkill, NY. He had nine great-grandchildren: Taylor, Mickey, Cody, Caleb, Gabriella, Malachi, Tina Joy, Reesa, and Collete, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brothers Earnest and Keith, and sisters Jane Sherman, Jean VanPelt, Thorine Devoe Carpenter, and Joan Lucas.

Calling hours were held at the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. A Celebration of His Life was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church at 14 Monument Street, Deposit. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ Church Buildings & Grounds or Deposit Fire and Rescue are appreciated. Condolences may be expressed at

Norman A. Cathy

Apr. 19, 1932 - Aug. 27, 2014

Norman A. Cathy, 82, of Deposit died August 27, 2014 at his home.

He is survived by a son and daughter and their spouses: Allen Cathy and Colleen Gurn and Beverly and Thomas Sherman; a sister, Barbara Spina; five grandchildren: James and Justin Maple and Angela, Tara, and Brianna Kelsey.

Norm served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 - 1956. He has lived in Deposit since 1974. He was a dispatcher and driver for Whitaker Trucking and Queens Farms in Deposit until his retirement.

A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY 13754.

Condolences may be expressed at

Robert Charles

Robert Charles

Robert Charles passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side, on February 20, 2014. He was born on March 24 1926 in Readburn, NY to Reno and Ethel Charles.

He was predeceased by his wife Dixie (Lee); sons: Stanley and Millard; brothers: Reno, Reginald; and sister: Betty; grandchildren: Stanley Jr., Tammi, and Kayden.

He and Dixie were married for 62 years and are survived by children: John Vandermark, Bobbe Baudendistel, Mary Wright, Patti Charles, and Wendy Charles; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 4 great great-grandchildren. They are also known as the “Charles Army”. He is also survived by sister Beryl Kulikowski; and several loving nieces and nephews.

Bob was a WWII veteran and served in the 94th Infantry of the Army under the direction of General Patton.

He was commander of the VFW post 6609 in Deposit for 15 years.

Calling hours were held on Monday, February 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 at Zacharias Funeral Home and the funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25 at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made in his name to the VFW Post #6609, c/o Doug Carrillo, Commander, 310 River Road, Deposit, NY 13754.

Elton Vernon Clark

Elton Vernon Clark of Hancock passed away November 11, 2014 at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born April 19, 1915 in Deposit, NY to the late George Dorwin and Lena Blakeslee Clark.

Growing up, Clarkie collected eggs each morning to send to market before heading off to caddy at Scott’s Oquaga Lake Golf Course where his lifelong love of golf began. He taught many others the game and continued to play golf well into his 90s.

For several years, he worked at Savage Arms in Utica and was an Adirondack guide. He joined the navy during World War II, serving under Admiral Pride on the USS Eldorado. Clarkie worked as a mechanic after the war and later as bartender at the original Hancock House. Then for many years he worked at the Delaware Inn where he was happy to demonstrate his pool skills to the inexperienced.

On May 25, 1960 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Conrad at the Emory Methodist Church in Hancock, NY. In their 49 years together, Liz and Clarkie enjoyed entertaining in their lovely home when friends and family would often come to visit.

He was predeceased by his bride, Elizabeth, his stepson Gary Mason, his brother Dorwin and his sister Murial. Clarkie is survived by his daughter: Sandra and Vaughn Karcher and their family; his daughter-in-law: Janet Mason and her family; his nephew Richard Hissin and many friends.

Thank you to the NYS Veterans Home Staff, especially Chris, for the outstanding care received during his stay. Clarkie appreciated your kindness. Graveside services were at Riverview Cemetery in Hancock at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 14 with David Bosket officiating. Arrangements are through Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel.

Donations in memory of Elton Clark may be made to The First Baptist Church, 139 Second Street, Deposit, NY 13754 or to American Legion Post 289, 210 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hancock, NY.

Elva Louise (Lou) Conklin

Elva Louise (Lou) Conklin

A memorial will be held April 19 at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Nicholas Perry at the  United Methodist Church, 109 Second Street, Deposit  with luncheon to follow at the church. Lou as she was known passed away November 3,  2013 at Wilson Hospital.

Born on April 12, 1936 in Hermon, the daughter of Carl and Eva Baker Tripp, she graduated from Port Jefferson High. She was an occupational therapy teacher at Kings Park Hospital for over 25 years. She worked for Green Point Health Care in Union Point, GA, and later worked in day care in SC.

A marriage to  David Carreras ended in divorce. She married Frances (Joe) Conklin. Mr. Conklin passed away 1986.

She is survived by one son: Robert Carreras in CA; one brother: Robert Tripp and his wife Phyllis  Fowler; two sisters: Bernice Lariccio, Deposit  and Fay Stronach, Gouverneur; another sister-in-law: Gerldine Denham of Lake Grove; many nieces and nephews; several step children and many great and great great-grandchildren that were her pride and joy in  addition to her husband.

She is predeceased by her parents, two sons, three brothers, and a sister. Lou was also predeceased by her long time companion Ivan Coleman who died in 2006.  

Zacharias Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She was a great animal lover. Donation in her memory can be made to: Friends 4 Pound Paws, PO Box 394 Gouverneur, NY 13642.

Victor E. Davis

Feb. 2, 1933 - Jun. 3, 2014

Victor E. Davis, 81, of Hale Eddy, NY passed away June 3, 2014 at the Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine (McElroy) Davis; his children and their spouses: Glenn (Cindy) Davis, Lenn (Pat) Davis, and Mark (Barb) Davis; a sister Florence Lona; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Vic was a former resident of Cadosia, NY and had been living for the past 50 years in Hale Eddy. He worked for the O & W Railroad prior to his marriage. Later, he worked for the NYSDOT out of Hancock, NY for 27 years, retiring in 1988. Vic was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Hancock; a former member of the Deposit Lions Club; an honorary member of the Deposit Fire Department. He was a founder of the Hale Eddy Small Fry, and worked in softball for girls and baseball for boys in Deposit. He umpired football and baseball for high schools.

He was active with the Vic Davis Horseshoe League in Deposit, and in 2007 was inducted into the New York State Horseshoe Hall of Fame. Vic was a member of the Town of Deposit Board of Trustees. He loved bowling, fishing, hunting, and golf. He was a Mets fan and attended many Binghamton Mets baseball games. He enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardens and formerly operated Vic’s Flower Pot. He was well known for his cinnamon buns, dinner rolls, and homemade apple pie.

A Memorial Service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit with the Rev. Nick Perry, pastor of the Hale Eddy United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Hale Eddy Cemetery, Hale Eddy. Calling hours were at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. time of service. Friends wishing may make memorial donations to the Vic Davis Horseshoe League, 60 Town Shed Rd., Deposit, NY 13754.

Condolences may be made at http://www.zachariasfuneral

Beth Anne Decker

Beth Anne Decker was born September 17, 1960 and passed away July 24, 2014 at her home in Deposit.

She is survived by her husband Michael F. Decker; sons: Timothy M. Decker and Collin C. Decker; her father, Tony Warner; her mother, Lillian S. Young; grandmother, Margie Warner; father-in-law, Friend L. Decker, Jr.; mother-in-law, Louise Decker; brothers: Paul Warner (Beth), Dennis Warner, and Chris Young (Cassandra); sisters: Rebecca Atkinson (Charlie), Deanna Morgan (Mark), and Amberly Warner. She was predeceased by a daughter Meagan Decker and brothers: Clay and Jay Warner.

Mike and Beth were married in Deposit for 35 years. Beth was a life-long resident of Deposit. She was active in many community organizations.

A celebration of Beth’s  life will be held on August 2, 2014 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM at the Warner Farm on Main St., Deposit. Arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias


Doris E. Dermitt

Doris E. Dermitt passed from this world on January 25, 2014. Behind she leaves her loving husband of 61 years, Harold H. Dermitt. Her children Terry Dermitt, Mark and Jill Dermitt, Maryann and Michael Guimond. Along with five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A private family service was held per her request. Arrangements were made by Zacharias Funeral Home.

Alfred A. Drumm

Alfred A. Drumm

Alfred A. Drumm, 79, of Sidney Center passed away at home, Saturday, May 17, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Al was born on September 22, 1934 in Cannonsville, the son of the late Milton and Bertha (Mitchell) Drumm. He proudly served his country in the US Army. He married the former Myrna Constable on November 18, 1961 at Deposit.

He was employed for many years as a supervisor at S. J. Bailey’s in Walton where those lucky enough to work for him remember his fairness, concern for his employees and pride in a job well done. He also worked delivering auto parts for D & D of Walton, NAPA. He enjoyed all of the customers and would often stop to share a story or ask about a loved one. One of his most favored tasks was stopping at the Delaware National Bank in Delhi where all of the staff held a special place in his heart.

Al was a 55 year member of the Truman C. Toby American Legion Post 32, Walton; a retired member of the Town of Tompkins Planning Board, and the last trustee of the District 8 Bullock Hill School which he served with pride and mourned the loss of for many years. Al enjoyed hunting and fishing, growing vegetables in his garden, doing crossword puzzles in pen, reading, any task around the home, and especially sitting on the deck on a nice afternoon with Arnie. He never retired, only stopping work when illness would not allow him to continue. The greatest pleasure of his life was the time spent with his grandchildren, Aislynn, Kailynn and Andrew, all of whom shared a special bond with Pop. Maximus, his most cherished (furry) friend was with him to the end and after, guarding him as he passed.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife: Myrna; one daughter: Barbara and Andy Davis of Walton; and one son: Arnold and Betsy (Hitt) Drumm of Sidney Center; three grandchildren: Andrew IV, Aislynn, and Kailynn; two sisters: Helen and Leonard Rutherford of Walton and Muriel Stevens of Deposit; brother-in-law, Howard “Bun” Palmatier, of Greene; and sister-in-law Dorothy Drumm of Hale Eddy; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Harold Drumm and sisters, Eva Palmatier, Doris Stevens, Pearl Madugno, Beatrice Ahearn and Bette Tuttle.

Calling hours were Monday, May 19 at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend St., Walton, where services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jay O’Connor, officiating. Burial followed in Walton Cemetery, with full military honors. Memorial contributions in Al’s memory may be made to the Trout Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. & EMS, 8695 County HWY 27, Trout Creek, NY 13847.

Jeffrey H. C. Dugon

Jeffrey H. C. Dugon

6/9/86 - 8/5/14

Jeffrey Hartwig Conrad Dugon - far too young and so full of life it’s hard to believe he could be taken from us. Perhaps his purpose in life was to affect the lives of others and to make us all value each precious moment we have together even more. Larger than life, forever with a smile and a ray of light in any room he entered are the words we have been hearing and already knew.

Our dear Jeffrey leaves his father Thomas Dugon and his partner Aly Roberts of Deposit; his “ma”, Alexis Pleus and her partner Mitchell Sosnicki of Windsor. Jeffrey always said brothers are the most important people in life and his brothers: Thomas Dugon III (31), Jason Dugon (21) and Jonathon Dugon (18) will love and miss him forever. Jeff was always the glue. He is survived also by his dear maternal grandmother, Sherry Pleus, maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Geiwald and paternal grandmother, Marilyn Dugon. He leaves behind his paternal family, the Korkes, many aunts, uncles, cousins, his closest friend Chasen Brown and so many dear friends that we could fill this page if we attempted to list.

If you knew Jeff, you knew, he could always make you laugh, he loved his family, he had an enormous heart, he was emotional and sentimental, he was an artist, a writer, he was talented beyond words when it came to preparing food, there was not a task or new experience he would not take on with enthusiasm and vigor, a wrestler and football player who rallied his teams in high school and college, he was adventurous, outgoing, he loved to tease people, he loved kids, the outdoors and traveling, he truly tried to make the best of everything and was about as charismatic as a person could be. We are hearing from complete strangers how Jeff has helped them through times of trouble and on their paths to overcoming addiction and are so grateful knowing his caring nature extended further than we ever realized.

In 2013 Jeff took comfort in and gained strength from having Jesus as his Savior and we know he is now in Heaven orchestrating fantastic feasts and spending time with his infant son who passed before him.

Our chef, our son, our brother, our grandson, our story teller, our friend, our lover of life, we will miss you forever.

The family received visitors at the West Windsor Baptist Church at 166 North Road in West Windsor from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 9 and again on Sunday, August 10 from 2-3 p.m. A service to remember Jeff was held at 3 p.m. at the same location. Following the service, a celebration of Jeffrey’s life was held at the home he grew up in at 2005 Rte. 79, Windsor, NY where a picnic was offered, ashes were scattered, a remembrance box was buried and a tree was planted all in his honor. Flowers, food or donations made in his honor are all acceptable means to express your sorrow or to offer comfort, though nothing more than your love is required. Condolences may be expressed at www.

Emil Peter Ebert

Emil Peter (“Pete”) Ebert

Emil Peter (“Pete”) Ebert, 79, died peacefully in his sleep at Otterbein Lebanon Senior Lifestyle Community on December 10, 2014. “Pete” was born July 14, 1935 in Arkville, NY and was a longtime resident of Deposit, NY. He was the son of the late Catherine Ebert O’Brien, and was preceded in death by two brothers: Charles Ebert and Vincent Ebert, and a sister: Tillie Van Steenburg.

Surviving family members are his sons: William (Bill) Joseph Ebert and wife, Debbie, of Blanchester, OH and Jeffrey (Jeff) Peter Ebert and wife, Ginger, of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren: Thomas Jonathan Ebert, Heather Marie Ebert and Danielle Lynn Ebert; sisters: Ida Hinkley of Walton, NY, Florence Nolan, of Arkville, NY and several nieces and nephews.

Pete graduated from Deposit Central School in 1953 and was a member of Laborers International Union of North America, Local 785 for 58 years. He was a line hole driller and worked on numerous tunnel and road construction projects, including cutting Route 17 through Hawk Mountain in Delaware County. He was a member of Sherman Bible Chapel in Deposit for many years, where he enjoyed playing gospel music on his harmonica.

Pete was, in his own words, a tough man “stronger that Hercules” who believed in hard work and keeping his word. Pete loved to make people laugh. He had a keen memory and a sharp wit, which he used to tell jokes, and colorful stories about the past.

His family will have an interment ceremony at McClure United Methodist Church in Deposit, NY, in the spring of 2015.

Raymond L. Ferguson

Jun. 2, 1922 - Oct. 6, 2014

Raymond L. Ferguson, 92, of Deposit, NY passed away October 6, 2014 at Susquehanna Nursing Center in Johnson City, NY. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Audrey, in 2009.

He is survived by two daughters and their spouses: Cherry and Tom Axtell of Deposit, NY and Rae and Donnie Boger of China Grove, NC; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ray was a US Army WW II Veteran serving in the Central Europe Theater and the China Theater. He was a proud member of the Deposit VFW. He was a retiree of Amphenol Corp. in Sidney, NY.

A Funeral Mass was held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10 at St. Joseph’s Church in Deposit. Burial, with Military Honors provided by the National Guard and members of the Deposit VFW, were in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deposit. Friends called at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY on Thursday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be expressed at www.

Memorial donations may be made to VFW in Deposit, Attn: Alice Carrillo, 310 River Road, Deposit, NY 13754.

Ernest “Ernie” Finch

Ernest “Ernie” Finch, Born September 6, 1938, passed September 9, 2014, son of Elwood and Marion Finch, of Sidney Center NY.

Ernie is survived by son Kurt Finch, Cadosia, NY; grandchildren Nate and Amanda; and his daughter, Dee “Finch” Tripp, of Ocala, FL, and grandson Tyler.

Ernie is also survived by one sister, Charlene Rutenber, Sanger, TX, and four brothers, Kenneth, Gordon (Butch), Donald (Pete), Sidney Center, NY and Warren “Duke” Finch, Citra, FL.  Ernie is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at Oakhill Cementary, Stilesville, NY, Saturday afternoon, September 27.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society in Ernie’s name.

Clyde Allen Fineout, Jr.

Clyde Allen Fineout, Jr., 50, formerly of Deposit, NY passed away unexpectedly at his home in Binghamton, NY on Friday, January 24, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents: Clyde Fineout, Sr. and Jane Fineout Fairbairn; as well as by two brothers: Joe and Ted Fineout.

He is survived by a sister and three brothers and their spouses: Diane and Tim Shew, Ken and Jeri Fineout, Rick and Sandra Fineout and Dave and Joyce Fineout; his step-father: Robert Fairbairn; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his beloved and trusted dog friend: "Sissy".

Clyde was in the US Army from 1984 until 1989 and served in the Persian Gulf War 1988 to 1989. Clyde loved life and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1 at the Maple Lane Assembly of God Church in Deposit with Rev. Kathy Myrick, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will be in the family plot at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deposit at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. time of service. Friends wishing may make donations to S.T.A.P. at 122 Baldwin St., Johnson City, NY 13790 in memory of Clyde Fineout, Jr. Arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit.


Shirley A. Finley

Shirley A. Finley

Shirley A. Finley, 68, of Blueberry Lake, Deposit passed away November 10, 2014 at her home. She was born April 4, 1946 in Buckinghamshire, England, the daughter of Albert and Christine (O’Neill) Englefield. She has been a full time resident of Blueberry Lake since 1995.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 43 years, Larry Finley; her twin sons: Adam (Sherri) Finley and Aaron (Sandra) Finley; her brothers and sisters: Ann, Albert, Heather, Maurice, Hilda, and Edie; seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the West Branch Bible Baptist Church, 117 Front St., Deposit with the Rev. Steven Logue, pastor of the church officiating. Calling hours were at the church on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. time of service. Arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home, Deposit, NY. Condolences may be expressed at

Vern L. Flack

Vern L. Flack, 67, completed his earthly days on Aug. 17, 2014, at home, in the presence of family.

He was born Dec. 2, 1946, in Oneonta, to Leon and Bernice Flack.

Vern fondly said he had a Huck Finn childhood on the banks of the West Branch of the Delaware River in Cannonsville. There he had a four-year paper route, joined the Boy Scouts, fished the river and attended Sunday school. His elementary years were in Deposit.

The family moved to Otego in 1964. Vern was on the high school rifle team and became quite the conservative political debater in high school and throughout his life. He maintained close friendships with many high school friends and always enjoyed sharing memories and making new ones with them.

On Aug. 24, 1968, he married Christy (Chris) Hall in Otego.

He was a barber for 20 years, often working six days and two nights a week to put his wife through college and to support their family. His son, Joel lives in Dillon, Colo., Shane and his wife, Tiffaney live in Biscoe, N.C., with their two sons, Garren and Liam.

Involved in many community organizations, Vern was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. His most rewarding outreach was helping when he saw a need or to lend an ear when that seemed most appropriate. It was always done with his uncanny way of putting people at ease and regaling them with his sense of humor.

During the last 20 years, Vern worked in the insurance business. He appreciated Derek McMillan, Lewis Wilson, and most especially, Scott and Rose Smith and all their very giving employees for their care, concern and hands-on help during his recent illness.

Vern was so thankful for the medical community at Broome Oncology and for Dr. Sherwood. His entire network of prayer support and constant messaging was phenomenal.

His love of family, extended family, nieces and nephews was heartfelt. He loved receiving visits and messages. His church community, personal friends and terrific neighbors carried his family through these trying days. Larry, Wayne, Carl, Greg and Tom, you know he loved you and life would have been much less without you sharing in his.

Predeceased by his sister, Mary (Jill) Brooks of Otego and nephew, Neil Brooks, he was also the brother of Curtis Flack of Otego.

Per his wishes, Vern’s body was donated to Albany Medical College.

The funeral was at 7 p.m. Friday, August 22, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Unadilla, followed by a reception in the Parish House. Father Scott Garno and Deacon Roy VanDermark officiated.

In lieu of flowers, please perform a specific act of kindness in Vern’s memory expressing God’s gifts of grace and blessings to those you help.

Wade Frederick

Wade Frederick

Wade Frederick, 43, beloved son and brother of Conklin and Guilford, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at Wilson Hospital after a brief illness.

He is survived by his parents: Raymond and Diane of Hancock, NY; a sister: Michele (Richard) Gifford of Deposit; a half-brother: Raymond of PA; and a son: Raymond (Samantha Woodruff) of Bainbridge. He is also survived by his ex-wife: Sally; many aunts, uncles, cousins, a nephew and a niece; and many, many friends.

The family wishes to thank all of the friends, family, and coworkers who have reached out and shown support over the past few weeks while Wade had been hospitalized. Wade will be remembered for his free spirit and kindness to others.

At his request, there will be no services. Those wishing may make donations to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Aegis Cremation & Funeral Services, 196 Clinton St., Binghamton.

Norma Galloway

Norma Galloway, 88, of Lookout, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale.

Norma was born in Abrahamsville, PA on January 16, 1926, a daughter of the late Albert and Freda (Mitchell) Kellam.

She was the widow of William A. Galloway II.

Her life revolved around the operation of Val-Stream Dairy in Lookout. She was a loving mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. She loved watching birds and collecting cardinal knick knacks. She enjoyed spending many hours on her porch watching the cows graze up over the hill.

Norma is survived by five sons: Phillip Kellam and his wife Susan, William A. Galloway III and his wife Cynthia, John Galloway and his wife Michele, David Galloway and his wife Lisa, and Thomas Galloway and his wife Rachelle; a step daughter: Laurie Savignano and her husband Al; seven grandchildren: Thomas and Steven Kellam, John and Joshua Galloway, Margaret, Lyle and Liam Galloway; four step grandchildren: Corrie Savignano and Mary Ebert, Alesha Popolillo and Cody MacPeek; four great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; five brothers: Leslie Kellam and his wife Kathryn, Irvin Kellam and his wife Iona, Chester Kellam and his wife Linda, Kenneth Kellam and his wife Patricia, James Kellam and his wife Mildred, one sister: Joan Stanton and her husband Robert; one sister-in-law: Elvira Kellam, as well as nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers Walter and Floyd Kellam.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 29 at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church with Pastor Jean Blackie officiating.

Private interment will be held in St. Lucy’s Cemetery at a later date.

Dorothy Marie Galusha

Dorothy Marie Galusha

Dorothy Marie Galusha, 85 of Windsor died Wednesday evening, August 20, 2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford R. Galusha. She is survived by her children and their families: Kaye Been, Windsor, Michael and Kathy Galusha, Windsor, Melody and Otto Johnson, Binghamton, Toni Williams, Johnson City, Mickey and Nancy Galusha, Ouaquaga, Tina and Thomas Finch, Windsor; 13 grandchildren; several great- grandchildren; several great great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law: Ronnie and Judy Williams, Windsor; also several nieces and nephews. 

She was a retired employee of Windsor Central Schools, where she was affectionately known as “Grandma.”

Graveside Services were held on Friday at 2 p.m. in Knox Cemetery Ouaquaga. The family wishes to thank the staff at Lourdes ICU for their care and comfort. On-line condolences may be made at: Arrangements by the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Maple Street Harpursville.

Genevieve May Gotthardt

Genevieve May Gotthardt, 74, of Goshen, died Monday, March 31, 2014 in Ocala, FL. 

Genevieve was born August 21, 1939 in Cannonsville, NY, the daughter of the late Wilbur Ernest Carr and Vera May (Sampson) Carr. 

Genevieve retired 19 years ago and moved to Citra, FL with her husband Joe.  She retired from the Orange County Infirmary as a Telephone Operator in 1995.  Genevieve had the gift of gab, just a brief encounter with her and you would be friends. She enjoyed collecting coins and was known by her grandchildren as Moo Moo. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years: Joseph Gotthardt at home; children: Joseph Gotthardt, Jr. and wife Stephanie of Bloomingburg, Jenny Quinn and husband Michael of Goshen, Judy Gotthardt and partner Eric Aken of Goshen, and Joann Thomas of New Hampton; her stepmother: Harriet Carr; stepbrothers: Wilbur Carr, Leonard Vandermark, Marshall Vandermark, Mark Vandermark, Jeff Vandermark and Vere Vandermark; stepsisters: Jennifer Bunt, Doris Zywarch, Margaret Moore, and Christine Carr; eight grandchildren: Jared, Trevor and Ryan Gotthardt, Michael, Rachel and Katherine Quinn, Jasmine Gotthardt-Braun and Jessica Brat Thomas; and many nieces and nephews. 

Memorial visitation was April 18 from 5-8 p.m. at the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., 82 South Church Street, Goshen, NY, with a prayer service in the funeral home at 7:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marion County Hospice Legacy House, 9505 SW 110th St., Ocala, FL 34481.

Arrangements under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., Goshen, NY. To leave the family a personal condolence please visit

Mark Steven Hafele

Mark S. Hafele

Mark Steven Hafele, 56, of Unadilla, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Albany Medical Center. Mark was born on August 20, 1958, son of George and Janette (Wagner) Hafele in Sidney. 

Mark led an incredible life. He graduated from Sidney High School with the class of 1976, and worked as a machinist for Amphenol Corp. for 33 years. On October 18, 1980, he was married to Valerie Eggleston in Masonville.  Together, they raised their family and shared 33 years of happiness and memories. He loved to travel, taking the family on vacation to Ocean City regularly. He and Val also enjoyed visiting Niagara Falls. The trip wasn’t complete without a stop at the casinos:  Mark loved to play the slots. 

Mark’s greatest joy came from spending time with his family. If his grandchildren had a football game or wrestling match, he was there. A sports enthusiast, he enjoyed local dirt track racing, supporting 25W, his cousin. Most days, however, if you were looking for Mark, you would find him on the golf course. He was an accomplished golfer who could be counted on to compete, and often times organize, leagues and tournaments. Mark was also a talented golf smith, making clubs for his family members and many friends.  

Mark was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by: his mother: Janette Hafele, Unadilla; his wife: Val Hafele, Unadilla; three children:  Greg Eggleston, Bainbridge, Matt and Kelli Hafele, Otego, and Darcee and Mike Lewis, Masonville; seven grandchildren:  Austin, Braden and Cameron Eggleston, Mallory and Ella Hafele and Kaylen and Korinne Lewis; also surviving are several aunts and uncles, including special uncle, Dale Wagner; numerous cousins, his Hardwood Hills Family, and multitudes of friends. 

He was predeceased by his father, George, and his in-laws, Luther and Marilyn Eggleston.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Sunday, September 14 at Hardwood Hills Golf Course, 11160 State Highway 8, Masonville, NY 13804 beginning at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mark’s memory may be directed to the Sidney, Unatego or Bainbridge-Guilford Booster Clubs. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Edward Raymond Hall

U.S. Veteran Edward “Eddie” Raymond Hall, 72, of Walton passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Walton.

Edward was born on April 11, 1942 in Walton the son of the late Harold Hall and Mildred A. Hitt. He was a graduate of the Deposit Central School the Class of 1962.

Edward served 24 years as a Full time Staff Sergeant in the 204th Engineering Battalion (Heavy) for the NY Army National Guard. He was a member of the Truman C. Tobey Post #32, Carpenters Union #258 and a lifetime member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time.

Edward is survived by his special friend: Deborah Ann Brown of Walton; his son: Eric Hall of Malaysia; his step-daughter: Danielle Elizabeth Audick of Walton; his brothers: Gerald Hall of Roxbury, NY, Wesley Hall of Delhi, NY, Charles Hall of Hobart, NY; his sisters: Anita Stewart of Arcade, NY, Carol and Edward Lowell of Downsville, NY; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Donald Hall.

Calling hours were May 23 from 11a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street, Walton, where services were  held at 12:00 p.m. with the Rev. Ed Lowell, officiating.

Memorial Contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of Downsville, P.O. Box 544, Downsville, New York 13755.

Condolences to the family may be made on-line by visiting www.

Carlyle J. Hanstine

Carlyle J. (Bunny) Hanstine

Carlyle J. Hanstine went to his mansion just over the hilltop to reside with his lord and savior on April 27, 2014, at Debary, FL. Carlyle J. Hanstine had a long and satisfying life.  A charismatic person who was small in stature but so large in character .

Carlyle was born to William and Ethel (Griffin) Hanstine on October 13, 1916, in Buckingham Township, Wayne County, PA.  Carlyle was married to Rita Elizabeth (Green) Hanstine who predeceased him in February of 2011; they were married 74 years. Carlyle is predeceased by brother, Harold Hanstine, sister, Clara (Hanstine) Sweeney, and brother, William Hanstine Jr., and survived by a sister-in-law, Barbara Hanstine.

Carlyle is survived by his son, Ronald Hanstine and wife Doris Schultz Hanstine (deceased) of California, MO; his daughter and son-in-law, Janice (Hanstine) and Paul Iversen of Binghamton, NY; his daughter, Myrna (Hanstine) Greenman and husband, William (Bill) Greenman, (deceased)  of Cherryville, NC; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; numerous great, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

Carlyle was an avid reader and attained his nickname, Bunny, as a young child based on a character in children’s book. He worked early on helping his father with carpentry and gardening, two loves which he carried with through life. Carlyle was quick with a joke or a story. He was known to bend the ear of anyone he could entice to listen. Carlyle was a long time resident of Hancock, New York. He worked for Fowler Oil Company and delivered fuel oil to many homes in surrounding area. Carlyle could often be seen riding on his Honda Gold Wing in his off hours. He was an avid horseman as well. 

Carlyle retired to Orange City Florida in 1982.  He remained residents until his death on April 27. In later years Carlyle was known to visit his neighbors and garden. He loved flea markets and was often found out and about conversing with friends and acquaintances. 

A memorial service will be held on July 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Deposit, NY.  The Ven Barbara Hanstine will preside over the ceremony.  Interment for both Carlyle and Rita will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hancock, NY.


William Hatch, Sr

William Hatch, Sr.

William Hatch, Sr., 48, of Thompson, PA, passed away on December 3, 2014 at Hospice Community Care in Dunmore, PA.

Bill was born on August 19, 1966 to John Hatch, Sr. and Jean Ellis. He grew up in Deposit, NY.

Bill was an ardent outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bill worked at Camp Westmont for many years.

Bill is survived by his wife of 23 years, Gail; his sons: Lee (Cindy) Hugaboom and William, Jr. (Ashley); his mother and stepfather, Jean and Norm Ellis; his sister and brothers: Karen (Rich) Hatch, Frank (Crystal) Hatch, Tim (Julie) Hatch, and Norman (Crystal) Ellis; his stepbrothers and stepsisters: Tammy (Dave) Whitmore, Bob (Judy) Ellis, Les (Mary) Ellis, Mark (Debbie) Ellis, Scott (Janet) Ellis, and Melissa (John) Eakle. His stepmother, Rosemary Hatch; his grandchildren: Catherine, Madelyn, and Lily Hugaboom; his aunts: Stella Scofield and Margaret (Paul) Bonker; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Bill was predeceased by his father, John Hatch, Sr. and his brother, John Hatch, Jr.

Services were held Saturday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Church, 14 Monument St., Deposit. Calling hours were at the church on Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. time of service. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Deposit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY 13754 in William Hatch’s name. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias

Evelyn M. Hazlett

Evelyn M. Hazlett, 98, of Endicott, NY, passed away at Willow Point Nursing Home, Tuesday March 25, 2014. She was pre-deceased by her husband, William Hazlett; brother, John Turner; and sons, Ronald and William Jr.

She is survived by a daughter: Jeannine Barrett of Endicott; two sons: Bruce Hazlett and wife Cindy of Nicholson, PA and Frederick Hazlett and wife Patricia of Conklin, NY; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She operated a Day Care for many years from her home in Huntington, Long Island then retired after several years as a machine operator from Bard Parker in Hancock, NY.

Family members and friends will dearly miss her presence during trips to Florida, Maine and Maryland, as well as weekend camping trips, day outings and get-togethers. She often joked that her Christmas card list got smaller each year but she will certainly be remembered by all those who knew her. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, and she will be forever missed by all.

There will be a graveside service on April 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chenango Valley Cemetery, led by Jeanne Randall. If you wish to make a donation in Evelyn’s memory, please do so to SPEAK of Binghamton, NY.

Grace L. Hoff

Grace L. Hoff

Grace L. Hoff, 79, of Walton passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY.

Grace was born October 13, 1934 in Trout Creek the daughter of the late Daniel and Lillian (Barringer) Bush. On February 22, 1953 she married Dwight E. Butler to whom she was married for 25 years until his death in 1980. On September 24, 1983 she married the late William E. Hoff in Walton. During their 18 years together they operated two small businesses in Walton, East Brook Pottery and B & G Locksmith Service. In addition to their business ventures, they enjoyed square dancing, traveling, and camping at Tall Pines Campground in Bainbridge in their fifth-wheel camper with their Border Collie Eli. Bill predeceased Grace on December 27, 2001.

Grace took great pride in caring for her family and home, spending many years as a homemaker at 51 Shepard St. She joined the workforce when her children were teenagers, first as an Assembler at Eureka Tent in Walton and later as the Head of the Electronics Department at Ames in Delhi.

In addition to her work, Grace was a member of the Grange in Walton where she served as Treasurer for many years, the Walton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the Trout Creek Girls lunch group, and was a long time regular among the diners at T.A.’s Place. Grace was well known for the sweet, loving smile she shared with all whom she met in life.

Never one to sit still or be bored, Grace always kept busy with her many hobbies. In her younger years she often played volleyball, cards, and bowled with friends. She enjoyed reading, especially Nicholas Sparks novels; doing word search puzzles, crocheting, taking care of her flower gardens; and playing solitaire on the computer and Bejeweled on her iPAD. More than anything she loved being surrounded by her family and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.

Grace is survived by her loving family, her daughter, Mary Jane (Ken) Coons of Walton; her grandchildren, Josh Butler of Sidney, Melissa Haverly-Grossmann (Andy) of Walton, AJ (Chelsea) Haverly of Annapolis, MD, Seth, Caleb, and Kylee O’Dell of Sidney; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Taylor, Logan, Ruby, and Isabella; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and special friends Carol Raymundo, Jeanie Hansen, and Rosie Meadowbrook. Grace was predeceased by her first husband and loving father of her children, Dwight E. Butler on March 18, 1980, her son, Allen D. Butler on January 17, 1980, her newborn daughter, Tina Louise Butler in 1966, and her six siblings; brothers William, Daniel, and Ed Bush; and sisters, Julia Martin, Helen Moore, and Nettie Hall.

Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street, Walton. Funeral services will commence at 12 p.m. that day with Pastor Jay O’Connor officiating. Burial will take place at the Walton Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial Contributions in Grace’s memory may be made to the Walton Fire Department, 61 West Street, Walton, New York 13856 or Walton Grange, 16 Munn Street, Apt A3, Walton, New York 13856.

Condolences to the family may be made on-line by visiting our web site at

Diane (Lebitz) Kalweit

Diane (Lebitz) Kalweit, 96, of Deposit passed away peacefully on June 6, 2014 with family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Kalweit, and two brothers Samuel and Joseph Lebitz.

She is survived by her daughter: Alice (Stanley) Rockwell and son: Robert (Susan) Kalweit; grandchildren: Larry (Dawn) Mills, Amiee (John) Mills-Wingerter, Emily Kalweit and Nick Kalweit; great-grandchildren Airman Jonathan Wingerter, Kaitlyn Wingerter, and Evan Wingerter and Lauren Mills.

Diane was born on November 17, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY to Russian immigrants, Samuel and Ida Lebitz. She married Edward Kalweit in 1942 and moved to Sherman, PA. In 1945, they purchased a dairy farm on Big Hollow Road in Deposit, NY, fulfilling their dreams of farming and residing there throughout retirement.

Over the years, they opened their hearts and home to many friends and family members who will forever cherish their memories of their time on the farm. Her love for animals was well known as she adopted many stray dogs and cats over the years. She especially adored her dog, Baby, now living with Robert’s family. She also enjoyed cooking, walking, gardening, and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all of her beloved friends and neighbors, especially Marie Kump for all her support over the years. Also a special thank you to the staff at Willow Point Nursing Home for the great care they provided during her final years.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date with arrangements being made through the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at http://zacharias In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of your choice.

Harold S. Karcher

Harold S. Karcher, 85, of Starlight, PA, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City.

He was born on August 10, 1928 in Hale Eddy, NY, the son of Harold O. and Ruth (Shanly) Karcher. Harold married Dawne Foley on August 1, 1952 in Deposit and she predeceased him on August 31, 1996.

Harold was a proud Teamster for over 30 years. He was an avid Syracuse fan and loved visiting Turning Stone Casino. Most of all, he was a huge NASCAR fan. Harold raced stock cars and was one of the top 50 drivers at Five Mile Point, Kirkwood.

Surviving are two daughters: Kamille Karcher and Karla and husband John Hesse; daughter-in-law: Claudia; four grandchildren: Kerrie, Katie, Kyle, and Emma; 4 great-grandchildren: Taylor, Lane, Noah, and Kaycee; and his best friend: Iva Bowen. He is also survived by two brothers: Vaughn and wife Sandra, and Ronald; one sister: Ruth Ann Geer; several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Harold was predeceased by a son, Kris in 2011.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 12-1:00 p.m. with a memorial service following at 1:00 p.m. all at the Emory United Methodist Church, Hancock. Burial will be later in Balls Eddy Cemetery, Starlight, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Harold’s memory to the Emory United Methodist Church, 89 E Main St., Hancock, NY 13783.

Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

Sandra Karcher

Sandra Karcher

Mrs. Sandra Karcher (née Clark), 76, passed away surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren on Friday, December 5, 2014. She was born on March 18, 1938 in Deposit, NY to the late Elton Clark and Gertrude Blake Clark.

Sandra was a graduate of Hancock Central School Class of 1955, Binghamton City Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1958, and State University of New York Oneonta, Class of 1982. She was married to S. Vaughn Karcher of Scott Center, PA on November 7, 1959 at the Hancock Baptist Church.

Sandra was a lifelong resident of the Village of Hancock where she and her husband raised three children. She was a Registered Nurse at Read Memorial Hospital, and School Nurse-Teacher at Hancock Central Schools where she retired in 1995 after 30 years of service. Sandra was passionate both about her career and her village, serving as president of the Hancock Teachers Association, mayor of the Village of Hancock, and president of the Hancock Area Chamber of Commerce at different times throughout the years. She will be remembered by so many for her caring ways that extended through and beyond the halls of Hancock Central into her community, helping friends, neighbors and students in time of need and crisis.

In her spare time, Sandra was an avid collector of antiques, first as co-owner “Cellar Door Antiques” with her mother, then as owner of “Karcher’s Kountry Kottage Antiques” and “Leonard Hill House Bed and Breakfast” following her retirement. Sandra’s living legacy is her grandchildren of whom she was most proud, loved and adored.

Sandra is survived by her husband: Vaughn Karcher of Hancock, NY, three children:  Mary Karcher-Redzich of Binghamton, NY, Sherry (Greg) Karcher-Hewitt of Rotterdam, NY, and Vaughn C. (Melissa) Karcher, also of Hancock; 6 grandchildren: Trudy and Maeve Redzich, Binghamton, Maire Grace and Andrew Hewitt, Rotterdam, and Mason and Brennan Karcher, also of Hancock. She is further survived by sister-in-law: RuthAnn (Karcher) Geer and brother-in-law: Ron Karcher, both of Orlando, FL, as well as her helpful friend: Joan Pritchard, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Gertrude Clark in 1993, and by close family friend Andrew T. Bane in 1988.

Calling hours will be held Friday December 12, 5-8 p.m. and funeral services Saturday the 13th, 11:00 a.m. at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. Following interment, a luncheon will be held at the Hancock Firemen’s Clubhouse, Hancock. All are welcome to attend in celebration of Sandra’s life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock Fire Department, P.O. Box 883, Hancock, NY 13783 or to the Hancock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 693 Hancock, N.Y, 13783.

Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

Iona Kellam

Iona Kellam, 81, of Starlight, PA, died on Friday, August 15, 2014 at Forest City Nursing and Rehab Center, Forest City, PA. She was born on July 13, 1933 in Winterdale, PA, the daughter of Louis F. and Iona (Forster) Bergman.  Iona married Irvin Kellam on July 19, 1957 in Hancock, NY. 

She was a member of the Emory United Methodist Church also in Hancock.

Iona was a registered nurse for 35 years. She worked many years at Read Memorial Hospital, Hancock, as the Director of Nurses and Head of the Maternity Ward, assisting and delivering many residents of the area. Upon closure of the hospital, Iona was a night supervisor at Roscoe Community Nursing Home and eventually ended her career working in a local doctor’s office. She loved to knit and crochet and was a great wife, mother, and grandmother.

Surviving are her husband, Irvin;  two children: Alan and wife Joyce Kellam, and Lori Wood; ten grandchildren: Abigail Robbins, Alan Jr., Adam, Abram, Anna, Autumn, Amber, and Ayreck Kellam, and Chris and Kim Wood, and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by an aunt: Helen Lester; a special friend: Romaine Crawford, and several brother and sisters-in-law. Iona was predeceased by a brother, Louis C. Bergman.

There will be a visitation held on Sunday, August 24 from 12:30-1:30 with a memorial service following at 1:30 all at the Henderson-Bidekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. Interment will be at a later date in Balls Eddy Cemetery, Starlight, PA.

Donations can be made in Iona’s memory to Wayne Memorial Hospice, 601 Park St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

Karen Kay Riker Kline

Karen Kay Riker Kline

May 16, 1960 - Sept. 6, 2014

Karen Kline passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, September 6, 2014. She has been fighting a battle with many illnesses that all of us who loved her thought she was winning.

She is predeceased by her father Grover C. Riker, Jr. and her grandmother Hilda Flynn.

Karen is survived by her husband of 21 years: Thomas Kline; four children: Jessica Burns and her husband Joe, Jonathon Buckland, Ashley Kline, and Samantha Kline; her mother: Rosemary Wyko; stepfather: John Chuma; two sisters: Faith Williams and Sharie Lane. She also leaves behind six grandchildren: Derek Kline, Joie Burns, Jordan, Noah, and Sierra Buckland, and Teeghan Tarbox, and many nieces and nephews.

Karen’s greatest love in life was her family. She loved to cook for all her children, and camp and fish with all of them.

None of our lives will ever be the same without her.

Calling hours will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second Street, Deposit, New York 13754. Funeral services will follow immediately at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be expressed at

Howard S Tucker Knapp

Howard S. Knapp

Howard S. “Tucker” Knapp, 60, of Deposit, NY passed away unexpectedly August 14, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY. He was born July 12, 1954 in Walton, NY, the son of Howard F. and Melva Knapp.

He is survived by his Life Partner and “Grandma” Cindy Schroder; his children: Howard (Princess) Knapp, Jason Knapp, Sandra (Jason) Bush, Shirley (David) Schaeffer, and Richard Hennessey; a brother and three sisters: Geraldine Strain, Roxanne Bryce, Maurice Knapp, and Bonita Hodge; several grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris “Tillie”; a daughter, Susan McElroy and a grandson, Daniel Schaeffer.

Howard was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1971 - 1977. He worked in the printing business for Valley Offset in Deposit, and as the Bindery Supervisor for Maple-Vail, Inc. in Kirkwood, NY. He was currently working for Northeast United Company in Windsor, NY.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m. at Christ Church, Deposit with calling hours held at the church from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. time of service. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Deposit. Arrangements were through Zacharias Funeral Home, Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias

Dale H. Kunkel

Dale H. Kunkel

Dale H. Kunkel, 72, of Johnson City died unexpectedly Sun. March 23, 2014 at his home. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Nellie Kunkel.

He is survived by his son: David Kunkel and granddaughter, Amelia; a daughter: Camilla Kunkel, Endicott; four sisters and brothers-in-law: Sue and Bob Smith, Windsor, Sandra and Furman Sowers, Columbus, GA, Linda and Leo Shew, N. Sanford, Elaine and Bill Geer, Spotsylvania, VA; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Lynn and Arla Kunkel, Harpursville, Kenneth and Lori Kunkel, Pt. Crane, Robert Kunkel, Afton; and also several nieces and nephews.

He was a retired employee of Erie-Lackawana Railroad, a former bus driver and supervisor with B.C. Transit, a dance instructor with Arthur Murray Dance Studio and a US Marine veteran.

Memorial Services will be held at West Windsor Baptist Church, 166 North Rd. on Thursday, April 3 at 11 a.m. Rev. Brian King, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Eastside Cemetery, Afton on Thursday at 2 p.m. with military honors.  On-line condolences may be made at: www.omaddenfh. com. Arrangements by the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home, 69-71 Maple Street, Harpursville.

Joe Kuschka

Joseph Kuschka

Joseph Kuschka, 96, of Deposit, NY passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Willow Point Nursing Home in Vestal, NY. He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa, in 1996.

He is survived by his daughter: Patricia Knowles; a son: Edmond (Cathy) Esposito; seven grandchildren: Rudayna (Paul) Campo, Theresa, Lou, Chris, Eddie and Robert Slavin, Robert Knowles and Michelle Kiettlestad; eleven great-grandchildren.

Joe worked for a Private Jewish School in Great Neck, NY. After his retirement, he moved to Deposit in 1978.

Funeral services were at the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit on Saturday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. Calling hours were held at the funeral home on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. time of service. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deposit at the convenience of the family.

Leonard S. Lacey

Leonard S. Lacey

Leonard S. Lacey, 83, a lifelong resident of Downsville passed away, Friday, November 14, 2014 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, following a long illness.

Leonard was born January 5, 1931 in Deposit, the son of the late George and Beatrice (Fuller) Lacey. He married the former Caroline Sprague on October 15, 1966 at Harvard Methodist Church.

Leonard proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War from 1949 to 1952, where he received the Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars and occupation medal (Japan). He was employed for many years as a Laborer for Local 754, and specialized in tunnel work with Labor Local 7 and 357, on the Downsville and Gilboa dams, as well as a blacktop operator formerly with Local 7.

He was also a long time bluestone cutter. He was a member of the O & Y Hunting Club, Shinhopple; the American Legion Post 167, the Tub Mill Hunting Club the Downsville Fire Dept., and the Delaware Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. He was one of the original Corbett Corp. Compact signer. He attended the Colchester Community Church.

Leonard enjoyed the great outdoors where he loved blacktopping, fishing, snowmobiling, 4 wheelers, watching NASCAR and his favorite driver Bill Elliott,and of course hunting where he bagged a 12 point last year and a 10 point the year before. Indoors he enjoyed cribbage, Pinchole, canasta and his entire family. He love doing BBQ’s camping, growing vegetables and making homemade wines.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife: Caroline, five sons, James and Noma Lacey of Cooks Falls; Leonard and Kim Lacey of Corbett, NY, Dale and Tammy Lacey of Corbett; Joseph and Kristie Lacey of Tunkhannock, PA, Dennis And Terri of Modena, NY; two daughters, Lori Lacey Lightcap of Jacksonville, Florida; and Linda and Paul Bostrom of Williamston, MI; grandchildren, Matthew Lacey, Mandy Roberts, Melinda Lacey, Jessica Lacey, Timothy Lacey, Johnny Lacey, Miranda Lacey, Jeremy Jenkusky, Roger Vernold, Kristin Elmore, Samantha Lacey, Elizabeth Lacey, Joseph Lacey Jr., Tyler Lightcap, Paul Bostrom Jr., and Sean Bostrom; great-grandchildren, Saige Roberts, Evan Lacey, Gianna Lacey, Richard Bostrom, Donovan Sprague, Philip Egedler, Christopher Elmore and Kailey Elmore; three brothers, Richard And Mary Lou Lacey of Downsville; Earl And Jessica Lacey of Kansas City, Missouri; and John Lacey of MO; brothers and sisters in law, Ronald O’Dell, Corbett; Maire Flora, of PA; Doris Fairchild, Trout Creek,. Mary and Don Charles, East Branch; Charlotte and Craig Emerich, East branch; and Alan and Janet Hadden, East Branch; his 2 aunts, Theda Lacey, Downsville; and Roberta Lacey, Walton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Beatrice Lacey, his mother in law and father in law, Lillian and Arley Hadden Sr. his grandparents Silas and Rose Ruff Lacey; sister, Janet O’Dell; brothers and sisters in law, Louis and Ginger Lacey, Grace and Homer Villines, Stanley Fairchild Sr., Michael Flora, France Eschbach, Arley Hadden Jr., Joan Edwards, June Shaver and a very special couple that were like family to him, Arthur and Mary Peterson.

 Calling hours were held at the Colchester Church, 15151 State Hwy 30, Downsville, where funeral services were held at 2 PM with the Rev. Dale Ashby, officiating. Burial followed in Paige Cemetery, Downsville with full military honors.  Arrangements are with Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.

Memorial contributions in Leonard’s memory may be made to Downsville Volunteer Fire Dep. & EMS, 15166 State Hwy 30, Downsville, NY 13755, the Colchester Community United Methodist Church, 15151 State Highway 30, Downsville, NY 13755 or Downsville American Legion Post # 167, Downsville, NY.

Carolyn Barnhart Lee

Carolyn B. (Carrie) Lee of Altoona, died peacefully at her home on December 5 after an extended illness. She was 73.

Born in Deposit, NY on March 9, 1941, the daughter of Ralph and Vinette (Merchant) Barnhart, she was a 1958 graduate of Deposit Central High School. After graduation, she worked as a secretary to the dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and it was there that she met her future husband, Asbury W. Lee IV. They were married in the Anabel Taylor Chapel on the Cornell University campus on June 2, 1961 and were to go on to share 53 years of marriage.

Mr. Lee of Altoona survives her, as do a daughter, Tracey Anne Peck and her husband David Peck of Lake Worth, FL; two sons, Edmund (Ned), of Altoona and R. Scott and his wife Chris of Glenside, PA, as well as four grandchildren: Brittini and Stephanie Peck, and Dylan and Hunter Lee, and sone sister, Dell Stiles of Guilford NY. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Thomas Barnhart, and a sister, Mary Richardson.

Mrs. Lee had worked for a number of years as a receptionist in the office of former State Senator Robert C. Jubelirer (R-Blair). Before moving to Altoona, she lived with her family in Clearfield, PA where she was a former president of the Centre Elementary School PTA and an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

She was a creative artist who produced crochet, macrame and other arts and crafts for church bazaars and school functions. She was also an avid reader, with a keen interest in current affairs, as well as a faithful follower of the football fortunes of Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers.

She loved to travel and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, enthusiastically supportive of the interests and activities of all her family. She possessed a magnetic personality and a welcoming smile that "lit up the room".

Arrangements are being handled by Sorge Funeral Home, Inc. of Hollidaysburg. At her request, there will be no viewing and a memorial service will be held later as determined by the family.

Audrey M. Livermore

Audrey M. Livermore

Audrey (Skellett) Livermore, 83 of Harpursville passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday evening July 9, 2014. She was born on December 26, 1930 to the late Lester and Alice Skellett.  Audrey graduated from Harpursville High School in 1948. She married her husband Charles Livermore in August of 1949. Together they owned and operated Afton Equipment Company; working beside each other for many years. She was an active member of the Belden Church for numerous years, and recently attended Church of Christ in Sidney.  She was also a past member of the Harpursville Central School Board as well as the Broome County Republican Committee. Audrey was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed many family gatherings at her farm on Hickox Road. 

Audrey was predeceased by Charles, her loving husband of 57 years; by her sons: Robert Livermore and Daniel “Red” Livermore; son-in-law: Robert Conklin; daughters-in-law: Mary Livermore and Tracie Livermore; siblings: Richard Skellett and Douglas Skellett.  She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her children: Judy and John Livingston, Russell and Jane Livermore, Anne Conklin, Patricia and Douglas Hoyt, Edward Livermore; daughters-in-law: Nancy Livermore, Hope Livermore; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; siblings: Garold (Jan) Skellett, Kenneth (Wanda) Skellett and sisters-in-law: Mae Skellett, Mildred Dann and Alice Rollo as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services will be held at the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Main Street Harpursville on Wednesday at 11 a.m.  Rev. Art Penird will officiate.  Burial will be in New Ohio Cemetery, Tunnel. The family received friends at the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Colesville Volunteer Ambulance Service (CVAS) POB 62 Harpursville, NY  13787. On-line condolences may be made at:


Edna Louise Lockwood

Edna L. Lockwood

Edna Louise Lockwood of Afton died Friday, September 12, 2014 at her home.  She was born November 11, 1923 in Hanna City, Illinois, the daughter of Hazel and Edgar Angle. They migrated to New York during the Great Depression.  Edna married Johnny Lockwood and together they raised five children. 

Edna had not been able to graduate from high school when a teenager so when she was 38 she returned to take regular classes and graduated from Afton Central School with her class two years later. Not being satisfied with that achievement, she went on to the Decker School of Nursing to become an LPN. But even this was not enough of a challenge for her. Edna then proceeded to attend BCC and graduated in 1972 with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. After trying hospital care, she found her true niche at Amphenol in the First Aide Department where she worked for many years.

There was never a dull moment in her life but when she found time she wrote a memoir about growing up during the Great Depression and had it published. “Remembering Hazel and Ed” was one of the greatest achievements and satisfactions of her life.

Edna had a deep love and concern for all animals and among many projects to aid animals she helped friends and strangers to spay and neuter their pets.

Edna was predeceased by her husband, Johnny and her son, Mickey, also by her granddaughter, Annie Lockwood and her great-grandson, Cameron Mika.  She leaves behind her remaining children: Eileen Rowe of Afton and her son-in-law Jack Rowe of Staunton, VA, Wayne Lockwood of New Smyrna, FL, Glenn and Suzanne Lockwood of Afton and Shawn and Alecia Lockwood of Wadlaey, AL, also 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She leaves behind also her only remaining sibling Lillian Moore of Deposit; and many, many relatives and friends. And finally, her constant companion, guardian angel and soul mate, her beloved dog, Chelsea.

Memorial Services will be held at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Afton on Wednesday at 11 a.m.  Rev. David Hanselman, Rector will officiate. Burial will be in Nineveh Presbyterian Cemetery on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to service.

To keep with her tradition of helping animals, she has asked that any remembrances of her be given in donations to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 Main Street, Sidney, NY  13838.  On-line condolences may be made at: Arrangements by the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Maple Street Harpursville.

Mary Catherine (Schaeffer) Lockwood

Mary Catherine (Schaeffer) Lockwood

Mary Catherine (Schaeffer) Lockwood of Afton, NY age 75 born in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY, died on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Predeceased by her husband of 52 years Richard L Lockwood and parents Charles L & Mary C (Powers) Schaeffer and brothers Charles (Jan), Richard and Robert Schaeffer and great-grandson Loren. Also predeceased by brothers-in-law: John and Donald Lockwood and Sam Sickler; 

She is survived by her children: Joel, Ricky (Sandy), Tim (Rebeca), Jeff, Jonathan (Cindy), Joshua (Beth) Lockwood and Mary (Randy) Niles; 15 grandchildren: Luke, Brittany, Eric, Richie, Kaylea, David, Nathan, Alexis, Dakota, Reilly, Corey, Kelsie, Toby, Dixie and Wyatt; three great-grandchildren: Aiden, Logan and Quinn; her sister: Nancy (Thomas) Letteer; sisters-in-law: Marge Schaeffer and Phyllis Martin; brothers/sisters-in-law: Edna Lockwood, Alice Lockwood, Dawn Sickler, Robert (Eleanor) Lockwood, Linda Herrick, Douglas (Millie) Lockwood and several nephews and nieces. 

Mary also had special friendships for many years with Diane Maher, Cindy Clements and Florence Kessel. 

Mary played standup bass in The Lockwood Family band for many years. Mary enjoyed working as a school bus driver for Afton School, a Real Estate agent for seven years and owned a horse tack shop. She loved her horses and dog Shadow. She so enjoyed her many trips to The 1000 Islands while boating and shopping with her granddaughter Dixie. She liked light houses and the ocean.

Most important was the joy that she experienced of sharing the Good News of God’s Kingdom from the Bible with her family, friends and neighbors as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 50 years. She had complete faith in the resurrection and the restoration of the earth to a paradise (John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:3,4).  She loved her God Jehovah with her whole heart and one of her favorite scriptures was Revelation 4:11.

The family received friends on Saturday, August 9 from 11-1 immediately followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 184 Castle Creek Road, Binghamton.  On-line condolences may be made at: Arrangements by the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Maple Street Harpursville.

Mary V. Martin

Mary V. Martin

Mary V. Martin passed away in Lubbock, TX, on April 29 after a long illness. Internment services are to be held at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, pending arrangements by Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers in Lubbock.  Mary was born in Deposit, on December 17, 1926.  Her parents were the late Benjamin and Viola Holmes VanValkenburg.  Mary was preceded in death in 2009 by her husband of 61 years Elmer Martin.

Mary is survived by sons: Tom Martin and wife Karen of Lubbock, TX, Patrick Martin and wife Rene of Raleigh, N.C.; daughters: Donna Martin of Tucson, AZ, Linda Martin of Bertram, TX, and Sally Johnson and husband Rodney of Lubbock, TX; and her brother: Elwin VanValkenburg and wife Priscilla of Sidney.

Mary’s grandchildren are Maj. Adam Martin, U.S. Army, of Philadelphia, Clay Martin of Lubbock, TX, Dr. Eric Martin of Raleigh, NC and Jenna Millegan of Bertram, TX.

Mary graduated in 1947 from the Cadet Nurse Corps at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, as a registered nurse.  She and Elmer were married in 1948.  Elmer served in the U.S. Air Force, and he and Mary were stationed in Rome, NY, Athens, OH, Itazuke AFB, Japan, Cincinnati, OH, Oneonta, NY, and Albany, NY. They were transferred to Reese AFB, Lubbock, in 1964.  Mary was a nurse at Methodist Hospital, a volunteer at First Christian Church, and active in the Llano Estacado Audubon Society and Girl Scouts.

In 1976 the family moved to Austin, TX, where Mary was a volunteer wedding coordinator at Central Christian Church and active in the Travis County Audubon Society, the Westlake High School PTA and the Republican Women’s Club.  In 2005, Elmer and Mary moved back to Lubbock.

The family suggests memorial donations to the Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial, P.O. Box 64427, Lubbock, TX  79464.

Mark Calvin McGraw, Jr

Mark Calvin McGraw, Jr.

Mark Calvin McGraw, Jr., 28 of Hancock, NY, died unexpectedly on December 9, 2014 in French Woods. He was born April 5, 1986 in Walton, NY to Mark and Carol McGraw. He has two sisters, Cassandra and Emily, both of Hancock.

Mark married Dana Oralls on June 5, 2010. They are joyfully awaiting the birth of their first child in July, 2015. Mark worked for Mark McGraw & Son Logging. He was an avid golfer, hunter, and bowler. Mark also cut bluestone in his free time. He was loved by everyone.

Surviving are his wife: Dana McGraw; his parents: Mark and Carol McGraw; siblings: Cassandra and Emily McGraw; brother-in-law: Dylan Oralls; in-laws: Walt and Sheri Oralls; maternal grandmother: Katherine Soules; paternal grandmother: Barbara McGraw; grandmother-in-law: Patricia Mead; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his two beloved dogs: Maya and Ruger.

Mark was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Albert McGraw, maternal grandfather, Emmett Soules, cousin Little John, and grandfather-in-law, Bentley Mead.

Pallbearers for Mark are: Jeremy Wormuth, Dylan Oralls, Chris Mauro, Michael Dufton, Jeff Soules, Larry Soules, Zuke Wormuth and Nick Hazen.

Calling hours were held on Monday, December 15 from 4-7 p.m. at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. There was a funeral service on Tuesday, December 16 at 11 a.m. at the Emory United Methodist Church, Hancock. Burial followed in French Woods Cemetery, French Woods, NY.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations for funeral expenses be sent to: Dana McGraw, 17091 St. Highway 97, Hancock NY 13783.

Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

Claudia R. Miller

Claudia R. Miller

May 13, 1917 - Nov. 4, 2014

Claudia R. Miller, 97, passed away November 4, 2014 in Westerville, Ohio. She was born May 13, 1917 in North Platte, Nebraska, the daughter of Sylvester and Nora (Fuhrer) Hutchinson.

She lived in Denver, Colorado from 1921 - 1944. In 1944, Claudia joined the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1946 as a Specialist T (Link Trainer Instructor).

She married James J. Miller in Norfolk, Virginia in 1946. She moved to Deposit, New York with her husband and lived there for 45 years. She then spent 12 years between Deposit and Clermont, Florida as a “snow bird”.

After the death of her husband, she moved to Owasso, Oklahoma near her daughter for two years. She then moved to Westerville, Ohio near her three children. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim, in 1994 and by her son, Keith R. Miller. She is survived by three children: James J. Miller, Jr. (Dondi) of Orient, OH, Gary B. Miller (Theresa) of Cambridge City, IN, and Lorraine Reamy of Westerville, OH; by a daughter-in-law, Shirley Miller of Dallas, TX; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and 2 step great- grandchildren.

Claudia was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Deposit for 50 years. She established the Towne Crier in 1961 and operated it for 20 years. She was past president of the Deposit PTA, member and past president of the Read Memorial Hospital Board, secretary of the Deposit Chamber of Commerce for 5 years, a 50 year member of the Delaware Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a Past Matron and Past Grand Representative to the State of Utah.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 10 at the Deposit First United Methodist Church with Pastor Ray Bartholomew officiating. Burial with Military Honors was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Deposit. Calling hours were at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit on Sunday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Delaware Chapter #244 Order of the Eastern Star, or to the Deposit V.F.W. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias

Kathy D. Moore

Kathy D. Moore, 58, lifetime Deposit, NY resident, passed away January 5, 2014 in the village.

She is survived by four grandchildren: Jordan Lang, Tosha (Shane) Williams, Amanda Michalski and Billie Jean Michalski; three great-grandchildren who called her "GG": Natalie, Payton and McKinley; six brothers and sisters: Carolyn "Dolly" Brown, Dewitt Moore, Thomas Moore, Paula Thomas, Robbin Moore and Beth Moore; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service for Kathy will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 10 at Christ Church in Deposit with Deacon William Wright officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church. Arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit.

Ryan S. Neale

Ryan S. Neale

Ryan S. Neale 38, a resident of Dalton, GA, formerly of Walton, passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2014.

Ryan was born on September 9, 1975 in Oneonta, NY the son of Gerald Neale and Janet Williams. Ryan was a wild child who lived his life by his own rules. He was rough and tough, but at the same time, was thoughtful and kind-hearted. He had a keen sense of humor and was somewhat of a prankster. His short life was full of hard knocks which he owned up to and paid his dues. He was a friend who could always be counted on.

Ryan and his family moved to Georgia in 1995 where he was employed as a carpenter. He became a Baptist and attended Timothy House Church. He was a hard worker who took pride in his family, his accomplishments and everything he had. Ryan enjoyed hunting and fishing, working out and lifting weights, going to flea markets and working on vehicles. He was notorious for buying things that didn’t work and then grumbling about the time it took to fix them.

Ryan is survived by his loving family, his wife: Khrissy of Dalton, GA; his children, Kayla, Austin, Tristan and Johnny; his mother: Janet Williams, Walton; his father: Gerald (Bucko) Neale of Dalton, GA; his sister: Angela Neale and her partner, Kelly Reeb of Tampa, FA; his grandmothers: Mary Jane Neale of Walton and Joan Luscomb of Shinhopple; his mother and father-in-law: Mike and Donna Reis of Deposit; his stepfather: Tom Williams and stepsiblings: Nathan and Ashley Williams of Walton; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and cousins. He was predeceased by his first born son, Danny who passed away on December 8, 2013 and his grandfathers, Harold Neale and Roger Luscomb.

Friends and relatives were received on February 22 at the Shawn Chapman Funeral Home, Chatsworth, GA, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. where funeral services were held at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Ryan’s memory may be made online at Proceeds will go to his wife and children.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting www.

Stephen J. Neale

Stephen J. Neale

Stephen J. Neale, 24, of Binghamton, died unexpectedly at home on January 17, 2014.

Stephen was born June 2, 1989, graduated from Deposit High School and was employed at Weis Grocery in Binghamton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and Oakland Raiders football. He was notoriously known as the “King of Hot Sauce” for adding hot sauce to almost any type of food.

He leaves behind his mother and step-father, Caralisa and Matthew Stever of Binghamton; father James Neale of Walton; grandparents Walter and Mary Bush of Dunnellon, FL; grandmother Mary Ann Vandermark of Deposit; step-grandmother Delores Stever-Tomins of Hale Eddy; girlfriend Shantel Tereska of Norwich;  and his beloved dog Chico; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Stephen had a big heart and would help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed.

Viewing will be on Wednesday, January 22 from 12-2:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, 1 Maple Lane, Deposit, NY, with a service at 2:00 p.m. at the church.

Timothy Joseph OSullivan, Sr

Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, Sr.

Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, Sr., aged 77, died peacefully on Friday, November 21 surrounded by his loving family, after suffering a stroke in Geisinger Community Medical Center. Tim was born in Staten Island on April 29, 1937 to immigrants of Ireland, Thade and Catherine O’Sullivan. He was the fourth of five children.

He is survived by brothers, John and Laura O'Sullivan and Joe and Beverly O’Sullivan. He is predeceased by his sisters Maureen O’Brien and Kathleen Halloran. He attended catholic schools most of his school years, but graduated from Tottenville High School. He attended college and served in the United States Army.

Tim was a hard worker all his life starting, usually working 2 or 3 jobs. His absolute favorite was being a NYC fire fighter at ladder 6, engine 9 in Chinatown. He made lifelong friends and saved countless lives. Other jobs included driving truck, real estate/land lord, bar owner and being a carpenter.

Tim married the late Janice (Ihnken) O’Sullivan in 1959 and together they raised 5 children. They lived in Staten Island, Damascus and South Canaan, Pa. They spent their summers at Walker Lake. Tim and Janice traveled to many places all around the world. Their homes were always open to family and friends for visits or longer stays as needed. After Janice passed, Tim took on the role of mother and father to his children, providing guidance, love, compassion and laughter.

Tim was blessed to find love again with his life time partner, Shirley Macking, adding 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Tim and Shirley loved to dance, and to travel. They traveled the world, often with best friends Brendan and Aieasta Sullivan. They went to almost 40 countries in total. They loved to go Irish Set dancing, and Tim even had his own students he gave lessons to.

Tim was the patriarch of his family. He loved life and loved people. His home was a gathering place for family and friends. All were welcome to come. His Thanksgiving gatherings frequently included over 70 guests in the family home. The family property was the location for reunions, weddings and countless parties. He will always be remembered for by his sharp wit, his generosity, his hard work, his great sense of humor, and for his love of debating. He loved car rides and exploring the countryside. He was always looking for a bargain, frequenting Aldi’s and yard sales. He was not usually concerned with expiration dates.

Tim is survived by his children, Kathleen and Bryan Warner, Eileen O’Sullivan and companion Rich Turner, William O’Sullivan and companion Victoria Fuller, and Nancy and Thomas Baudendistel; 14 grandchildren, Ashley and Andy Murray, Steven, Olivia and Benjaman Warner, Janice Warner, Rachael and Doug Conklin, Gary Warner, William, Brandon and Timmy O’Sullivan, Thomas and Emma Baudendistel, Stephanie and Rich Altschuh, Katy and Colleen Baudendistel; 3 great-grandchildren, Brendan and Maive Murray, Aiden Baudendistel and the soon to be Baby Altschuh. He is also survived by 2 brother-in-laws, Edwin and Beverly Wielgopolski and Ricky and Ann Wells, 2 step children, Harold and Raeleen Macking, and Sharri and Randy Timko and one step-granddaughter Tanya Macking. Tim is predeceased by his son, Timothy O’Sullivan Jr, his daughter-in-law Donna O’Sullivan, his step-daughter Lucy Macking, and his lifelong best friend Frank O’Sullivan.

Tim continues to give even after death. As was requested by Tim, his body was donated to Humanity Gifts Registry and will be used for teaching purposes for medical students.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to RD Wilson Elementary School PTA in memory of Timothy O’Sullivan for children 74 Belmont St., Waymart, PA 18472 or Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company PO Box 31 Lake Ariel, Pa. 18436.

Calling hours were Monday, November 24 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-9:00 in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Rd., Lake Ariel.

Mass was celebrated Tuesday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Rd. Lake Ariel.

Elizabeth Betty Margaret Barry Page

Elizabeth “Betty” Margaret Barry Page

Elizabeth “Betty” Margaret Barry Page, age 92, of Deposit, New York died October 17, 2014.

Betty was born to William and Florence Mazzarella Barry in Sidney, NY on September 26, 1922. She was married in 1943 to Myrlin L. Page who died in 2001.

Betty is survived by her sons and daughters: Mary Colvard (John) Bartsch, Nottingham, NH, William (Lynn) Page, Oradell, NJ, Rebecca (Terry) Raymond, Deposit, NY, Stephen (Lila) Page, Greene, NY, and Paul (Joann) Page, Bloomsburg, PA; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

During World War II, she was one of the first women engineering draftsmen at Scintilla. When Myrlin was stationed in Las Vegas, Betty initially worked for a company called Basic Magnesium making safety posters. She did not feel she was doing anything patriotic, so applied for a job with the air force and was immediately hired to work in the drafting department.

After moving to Deposit, Betty served as Girl Scout chairman for the area for several years. She was a member of the following local organizations: Catholic Daughters, Deposit Historical Society, Garden Club, Study Club, Card Club, Civic Club, and the Sunday Night Bowling League. She held several offices in the Catholic Daughters including that of Regent. She taught arts and crafts at adult education, was a substitute librarian at the town library, and worked as a copy designer for the Towne Crier for about 16 years.

Calling hours are October 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit and will be followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001; Multiple Sclerosis Foundation National Headquarters, 6520 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

Evelyn I. Page

Evelyn was born March 15, 1916 in the Town of Windsor. She lived in the Windsor, Deposit area all her life. She died April 29, 2014.

Surviving her are: her son Kenneth and his wife Ruth, and her daughter Carol. Also surviving her are her granddaughters: Crystal Page and Leslie Miller; great- granddaughter Jessica Miller; a sister: Verna Schambach; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Neldon and a son Neldon and his wife Betty; a sister Inace Hennessey; a brother John Emery and a nephew Tim Lobez.

Evelyn was a devoted member of the Deposit Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and loved to share her Bible based hope of living in paradise conditions under God’s kingdom rule with others.

A Memorial Service for Evelyn will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall on Old Route 17 near Gulf Summit Road.

Arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home, Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at


Andrew A. Pagnozzi

Andrew A. Pagnozzi

Andrew A. Pagnozzi, a resident of Deposit, NY since 1982, died at home on Saturday, February 1, 2014. He was 95.

Son of the late Giuseppe and Giuseppina D’Alessio Pagnozzi, he was born in Pannarano, Italy on June 17, 1918. At the age of 19, he immigrated to the United States in 1927 and settled in Brooklyn, and later moved to the Bronx. In 1944, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Andrew worked as a building superintendent in Manhattan for most of his life, retiring in 1980. He was a Life Member of the VFW Post #6609, Deposit. An avid out-doorsman, his hobbies included hunting, fishing, and maintaining his cherished vegetable garden.

On July 24, 1949, he married Bernadette Bastardi at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Bronx. Mrs. Pagnozzi survives at home.

Survivors include his daughter, Josephine Macera (Frank) of New Orleans, LA; son, Joseph Pagnozzi (Donna) of Bronx, NY; daughter, Lucy Pilla (Paul) of Fishkill, NY; son, Gerard Pagnozzi (Ellen) of Fishkill, NY; son, Andrew Pagnozzi, Jr. (Gail) of Pleasantville, NY; grandchildren, Joseph Pagnozzi (Michelle), Laurie Pagnozzi, Bernadette Pagnozzi, John Paul Pilla, Virginia Pilla, Andrea Pilla, Noelle Pagnozzi, Meagan Pagnozzi, Bonnie Pagnozzi, Andrew Pagnozzi III, and Chloe Pagnozzi; great-grandchildren, Dominick and Arianna; and many nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Angelina Pagnozzi and Luisa Iavarone.

Whether he was a brother, a husband, a dad, a grandpa, a great-grandpa, an uncle, or a friend, he will remain in our hearts forever.

Calling hours were held on Tuesday, February 4 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill. Entombment followed at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Fishkill. The U.S. Army conducted Military Honors.
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Dr. Helen P. Papastrat, M.D.

Dr. Helen P. Papastrat, 56, of Vestal, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her home after an illness.

She was predeceased by her parents: Peter H. and Mary A. Papastrat.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Jane Papastrat.

Helen was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School, Class of 1976, Cornell University, Class of 1980 and New York Medical College in 1985 where she received top honors from the American Women's Medical Society.

Helen helped many people, and she enjoyed being a psychiatrist. She enjoyed being an avid quilt maker.

Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 214 Court St., Binghamton Saturday at 1 a.m. Rev. Fr. Michael Bahlatzis officiated. Burial was in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endwell. The family received friends at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Sally Johns Pettit

Sally Johns Pettit

Sally J. Pettit, 77 of the Town of Sanford passed as she wished at home under the loving watch of her family with special care given by her niece Jeannemarie Kerney on January 31, 2014.  Sally was born July 9, 1936 in Wyandotte, MI.  Her brother David Johns and son Richard A. Pettit Jr. predeceased her. 

Sally was raised in Staten Island NY, and moved to New Jersey where she wed her husband 56 years ago; raising their family in Rutherford where she served as president of the Board of Deacons and Millington where she was actively involved as a leader in the Presbyterian Youth Group, before retiring to the Town of Sanford, NY in 1992.

She is survived by her husband Richard A. Pettit, two sisters and a brother and his spouse: Gertrude Horne, Judith Kerney, Ernest W. and Beverly Johns; her two sons, daughter and spouse: David J. Pettit, Michael K. Pettit, Sally Jean Pettit and Robert Herb as well as many grandchildren: Neal Snyder and his wife Elizabeth, Brandin, Michael, William, Catherine, Jonathon, and Gabrielle Pettit and Gisele Gillian Herb along with many adoring nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews.

Sally was always an active member of the community with a direct and spirited passion for loving, caring, nurturing and helping others. Over her years in this community she served as director and treasurer at the Food Pantry, member and treasurer of the Council of Churches, and volunteer at Deposit's Closet.

Sally’s favorite hymns and few prayers will be said at the First Presbyterian Church in Deposit at noon on Saturday, February 8 followed by a celebration of life in Fellowship Hall immediately after. Please consider donations to the Food Pantry, 91 Second  St., Deposit, NY 13754 in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are through Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit

Christopher William Polomcean

Christopher William Polomcean

Christopher William Polomcean, 28, lifelong resident of Deposit, NY died tragically in a car accident on Friday, November 7, 2014. He is the son of Stephen and Joy Polomcean; brother to Stefanie Polomcean and Dan Muller, Deposit; Liz (Baker) and Ed Hauck, Harrisburg, PA; Stephen, Jr. and Alyssa (Lang) Polomcean, Deposit.

Uncle to Nicholas, Ashten, Ella, Eddie, Logan, Corbin, and Summer.

Grandson of Joan (Griffin) Ebert, Deposit and William Hollen, Binghamton, NY.

He has many special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandma Evelyn Akins, Deposit, NY and grandfather Steve Polomcean, Hancock, NY.

Chris will be remembered for his infectious smile and laugh, warm heart, love of music, Grot, and attending concerts.

"Live your life, take a risk
There’s no goodbye in the afterworld, In the end, start again, We’ll never die in the afterworld"

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Deposit. Friends called at the funeral home on Monday, November 10 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Katherine M. Porter

Katherine M. Porter died peacefully October 13, 2014 at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich.

Katherine Porter was born in Port Limon, Costa Rica where her father was an engineer for the United Fruit Company. She grew up in western PA and earned her RN nursing degree from Case Western Reserve. While still in college, she served in the Army Nurses Corps.

She began her nursing career in Panama where she met David Porter of Mt. Morris, NY. They married and lived in several Latin American countries where they started raising their family. They moved back to the US in 1960 and lived in North Norwich until 1978. After a decade and a half away from Chenango County, Katherine returned in 1994 and lived in Norwich until her death.

Katherine loved nature including bird nests, butterflies and beautiful rocks. Among her many activities and interests were gardening, bird watching, quilting, hunting Herkimer diamonds, reading poetry, singing in the church choir and creating hand-made necklaces. She also served as a Brownie leader, was an active member of several garden clubs and the DAR and volunteered for the American Red Cross and hospital auxiliary thrift shop. During her working career, in addition to several nursing positions, she served as an assistant pottery instructor and an assessor.

She is survived by her brothers Richard and John Fuller and her identical twin sister Marjorie Hansen as well as five children: Anne Drexler, David Porter, Jessica Kyle, Eric Porter and Elisabeth Joseph; seven grandchildren: Charles Drexler, Rebecca and Joseph Kyle, Kevin Porter, Maya Porter, Phoebe and Naomi Joseph; and one great-grandchild Katherine Drexler. 

Katherine lived a full and fulfilling life. She will be greatly missed.

The family has chosen to forgo any formal memorial service or calling hours. Instead, they ask you to donate in Katherine’s memory to the American Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Sherburne, Friends of Rogers, American Red Cross or another charitable institution of your choice.

You can send messages and stories to the family at kathy and visit the online memorial site

Eugenia Radulescu

Eugenia Radulescu, 98, of Deposit, NY died July 18, 2014 at Bridgewater Rehabilitation Center in Binghamton, NY. She was born March 23, 1916 in Prundeni Valcea, Rumania. Eugenia lived in Rumania for 68 years and then the United States for the past 30 years.

She is survived by two remaining children: Aurel Radulescu and Magdalena Popescu; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Eugenia was a member of the Orthodox Church of Rumania.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 20 at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second Street, Deposit with Father Vasile Papescu officiating. Visitation was also held Sunday at the funeral home. Interment followed at Anthony Cemetery in North Sanford, NY.

Walter Raymond, Sr

Walter Raymond, Sr.

Walter Raymond, Sr., 75, of  OH went to be with the Lord on November 24, 2014.

He was born on December 13, 1938 to Lloyd and Alice (Rosencrants) Raymond of Deposit. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Capt. Paul Raymond, MIA in Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife: Diane Raymond, Tipp City, OH; Children: Walter (Karen) Raymond, Jr., MI, Ed (Jen) Raymond, Waymart, PA, Robin (Steve) Mapes, Ann (Tim) Schmitz, David (Jen) Raymond, all of Deposit, Joy (Jeff) Magnussen, Sidney, NY, Darwin Raymond, SC, Jennifer (Mike) Martyn, WA, Jacquelyn (Steve) Mahon, Tipp City; step-son John (Amy) Faulkner, MT; sister: Evelyn (Anthony) Imperato, Canandaigua, NY; former wife: Audrey Buell, Deposit; 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Walt was a 1956 Deposit Central School graduate. He served in the Army Reserves. He was a member of the Deposit Fire Department and Ambulance Squad for many years. He worked in the printing business for several years at Valley Offset in Deposit.

A Memorial Service was held in  OH on Wednesday, November 26.

Franklin A. Reardon

Franklin A. Reardon, 80, of Deposit, NY passed away August 3, 2014 at Absolut Care at Endicott, NY. He was born September 28, 1933 in Butler, NJ, the son of Frank Reardon, Jr. and Edna Crotta Reardon. He had lived full-time in this area for the past 37 years.

Frank worked as a machinist and also was a retired 20 year member of the U.S. National Guard in Riverdale, NJ.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Wilhelmina “Billie” (McConnell) Reardon; also by his and Billie’s extended families. Frank will be missed by a close circle of friends. Both he and Billie have been active in the Deposit community for many years.

A Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held at a date to be announced later.

Clarence Ray "Pete" Robertson

Clarence Ray "Pete" Robertson

“Pete” Robertson (born Clarence Ray on 8/19/1922) went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 8; only 10 weeks after his brother Bill Robertson.

Pete was born in Deposit, graduated from DCHS in 1940 and then enlisted in the US Coast Guard, serving in the Pacific theater during WWII. After serving he returned to Deposit where he owned the Mobil Gas Station.  He spent his retirement years in Virginia. 

He was predeceased by his wife Belle and is survived by his children. He will be greatly missed.

William W. Robertson

Jul. 24, 1919 - May 28, 2014

William W. Robertson, 94, of Deposit, NY died unexpectedly May 28, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY.

He is survived by his children: Bonnie Franks, Richard (Judy) Robertson, and Randy (Donna) Robertson; nine grandchildren: Eric Franks, Scott, Richard, Joel, and John Robertson, Amy Planty, Molly Hill, Luke and Chris Robertson; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother: Clarence (Pete) Robertson, many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his wife Eva in 1990 and recently by a sister Martha Poultney.

Bill was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army and had served in the Philippine Liberation where he won the Bronze Star. Bill was retired as a chief lineman from NYSEG, where he worked for 37 years. He was a founder of the McCabe Hollow Sportsmen’s Club. He was a former member of the Deposit Fire Department, a member of the American Legion in Deposit, and a member of the NYSEG Quarter Century Club.

Funeral Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2 at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY with Rev. Mike Jansen, pastor of the Deposit First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial with Military Honors followed at Pine Grove Cemetery in Deposit. Friends called at the funeral home on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.zachariasfuneral


Charlotte A. Rothganger

Charlotte A. Rothganger, 88 formerly of Binghamton died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Lakeland, FL.  She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Rothganger.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Susan Floyd and David Whitlock, Lakeland, FL; son and daughter-in-law: William and Cathy Rothganger, Binghamton; grandson: Michael Rothganger, Binghamton; granddaughter: Stacy Floyd, Brandon, FL; great-grandson: Caiden Weir, Brandon, FL; sister: Cordelia Tiffany, Deposit; two brothers and and sisters-in-law: Clarence and Mary Hubbard, PA, Cecil James and Norma Hubbard, Windsor; and also several nieces and nephews. 

She and her husband, Henry were married for 55 years. They were carpenters and built several houses in the Kirkwood/Windsor area. In later years, they spent summers in NY and winter months in Lakeland, FL. They loved square dancing, traveling, family get togethers and the company of their many friends in both NY and FL. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Graveside Services will be held in Riverview Cemetery, Harpursville in the spring. On-line condolence may be made at: Arrangements by the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home 69-71 Maple Street, Harpursville.

William (Bill) Skillman

William (Bill) Skillman

William (Bill) Skillman of Riderwood Village, a retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, passed away on February 17, 2014. He was born in 1930 to Frank and Olive Skillman in Norwich, New York, on the Pennsylvania border. He grew up in the nearby small town of Deposit with his parents and six siblings.

He worked summers on a local farm until graduating from high school in 1948. In 1953, he received his BS degree in forestry from SUNY College of Forestry and worked as a forester in the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. From 1954 until 1963, he served in the Air Force as a navigator and  received many awards and recognitions which include the USAF Air Medal for service as a navigator on C-141 aircraft in the Vietnam combat zone. He recorded over 5000 flying hours as an Air Force navigator in a variety of airplanes including the C-119, WB-50 and C-141.

In 1963 the Air Force sent him to Florida State University for his masters degree in meteorology. He served as a meteorologist in the Air Force until his military retirement as a major in 1974. After retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a meteorologist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, and was the co-author of several scientific papers published in AMS journals and NASA publications.

Bill is survived by his wife Fonnie, Silver Spring, MD; their two children: daughter Linda, TX and son George, CA; and his sister, Charlotte, AZ. Bill and Fonnie lived in Clarksville, Maryland, before moving to Riderwood. Their passion was  their garden where they grew their own produce including corn, vegetables, fruit trees and berries.

Helen “Billie” Smith

Helen “Billie” Smith, 85, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2014 surrounded by her family. Helen was born March 29, 1929 in Deposit where she continued to reside to be near her loving family. Her husband Wallace Smith and sister Janice Monroe preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children: Wallace Wayne Smith, Judy Brundege, David Smith, and Jeanne Reed; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her caring siblings Harold S. Strong, Ruthe Kuhn, Robert Strong, Dale Smith, Neil Strong and Henry Strong.

Her final resting place will be by her beloved husband at Cannons-ville Cemetery.

Arrangements are through the Zacharias Funeral Home, Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.zacharias funeral

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Richard Smith, 79, of Sidney Center, formerly Deposit, went to be with the Lord on February 27, 2014 after a long struggle with alzheimers. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

He is predeceased by his parents Leslie and Daisy Smith, brothers and sister: Robert, Norman and Wanda Hoyt; his grandchildren: Samantha and Christina Snow and nephew Robert Lindley; several brothers and sisters-in-law.

He is survived by his loving wife Donna of 58 years; his children: Michele Vicario, Crimora, VA, Karen (Larry) Snow, Johnson City, NY, Rebecca (Steve) Wright, Deposit, Richard (Annette), Brunswick, GA, Leslie, Staunton, VA, Donald (Jennifer), Johnson City, Arthur, Sidney Center, and Tammy (Donald) Alger, Sidney Center; his brother Roy of Cayuga Lake, and sister Marie Campbell, Godeffroy. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; brother-in-law Karl (Connie) Truesdell, Franklinville, and sister-in-law Louann (Richard) Lindley, Seymour, TN.

He was a farmer most of his life and a handy man. He loved raising and showing beef cows.

A private memorial will be held at a later date at the family's convenience. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association or your favorite charity.

Buck Spence

Buck Spence

Buck Spence, 53, lost his battle with cancer on November 14, 2014. He was born on November 20, 1960 to Gordon and Josephine Spence. He was predeceased by his father Gordon Spence.

He is survived by his mother, Josephine Spence; his children: Tia, Jonathan, Sara, and Shane Spence; sisters: Leslie and Randy Cornwell and Barbara and Billy Reis; nieces and nephews: Dan, Steven, Scott, and Beth Lord, Ken Cornwell, Chris and Travis Reis; also aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Chrissi Wormuth and her family. Chrissi was by his side through everything. Our family cannot thank her enough for being by his side and taking care of him.

Buck was a jack-of-all-trades, always helping people. Everybody knew Buck. He will be sadly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. time of service. Condolences may be expressed at

Harold Frederick Stanton Sr.

Harold Frederick Stanton, Sr.

Harold Frederick Stanton Sr., 83, passed away peacefully at the NYS Veteran’s Home at Oxford, Monday morning, May 12, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents Howard and Margaret Stanton, his loving wife of 56 years Ann Stanton (Vandermark); Brother Norman, Sam (Annette) Stanton, Charles, and Ken Stanton.

Harold is survived by two sons: Fred Jr. and Mitch Stanton and his “3rd son” Ryan (Terri) Goodrich; five grandchildren: Lacy, Brittany, Kaitlyn, Darren, and Denise; seven great-grandchildren; sister: Shirley (Cecil) Spencer; brother: Jon (Sue) Stanton; sisters-in-law: Irene and Joann Stanton.

Harold worked for Queens’s Farms as a mechanic and he enjoyed working on projects in the garage and working on tractors. He loved his wife and family most of all and gave a lot of his time to both of his sons, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was drafted into the army in 1953 and served on the front lines for his country for 18 months in Korea. He was an incredible man and will be missed by everyone that knew him.

Our family would like to take the time and say thank you to everyone who made trips to see Fred at the NYS Veterans Home and to all of the family who have helped out in the last few months, it has really been appreciated. Our last important thank you goes to the staff of the NYS Veteran’s Home in Oxford and the nurses there who took excellent care of him.

Arrangements to carry out Harold’s wishes have been made through the Zacharias Funeral Home of Deposit.

Kenneth W. (Bill) Sweeley

Kenneth W. (Bill) Sweeley, 90, of Clifton Springs, NY died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at DeMay Living Center in Newark, NY.

He is survived by his sister, Mary E. Headley of Clifton Springs, NY, as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was born June 24, 1924 in Montoursville, PA, the son of Julian and Mary (Reeder) Sweeley. He served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, Kenneth worked for many years as a garage mechanic for New York State Electric and Gas in Binghamton, NY.

A Graveside Service will be held Monday, September 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 29 Oak Street, Deposit where Kenneth will be buried next to his parents. Military Honors will be accorded at the time of burial. Arrangements are through Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second Street, Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias

William L. Tiffany

William L. Tiffany

Sept. 7, 1948 - Oct. 25, 2014

William L. Tiffany, 66, of Deposit, NY, passed away October 25, 2014 at Binghamton General Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Marie Neale Tiffany; his children: Cherie Tiffany of Murrells Inlet, SC, Shannon (Joshua) Ruppel of Spartanburg, SC, and Ryan Tiffany of Deposit, NY; his grandchildren: Kelly, Frank, Kimberly, and a fourth grandchild on the way; his parents-in-law Edith and John Neale of Deposit; his sister-in-law Dorothy (Gary) Ciccone of Hawley, PA; his brother-in-law Bernard (Ada) Neale of Malibu, CA; and several cousins, nieces, and a nephew. He is predeceased by his parents, Gerald F. Tiffany and Evelyn L. Tiffany, his son-in-law, Peter Newell; his cousin, Ronald Tiffany; and his niece Monique Neale.

Bill and Marie were married for 45 years. He graduated from Deposit Central High School in 1966. Bill retired after working more than 15 years in the Breakstone’s dairy plant in Walton, NY, having previously worked at Celotex in Deposit for over 15 years. Upon graduating high school, Bill served for over 30 years as a volunteer fire fighter in the Neptune Hose Company at the Deposit Volunteer Fire Department. Bill was an avid sports fan who was very involved in the Deposit Central Schools athletics' programs, beginning as a lineman on the varsity football team, and in later years assisting during football games and wrestling matches.

Bill was happiest when he could socialize with friends, whether it was through golf and bowling leagues, game nights with friends and family, enjoying morning coffee and conversation with friends, or regular lunches with the Class of ’66. He loved to travel, and was fortunate to visit numerous places with his wife and family, including his favorites of Alaska, Maui, St. John USVI, and the western United States’ National Parks.

Bill was a founding member of the West Branch Bible Baptist Church, having served as a Deacon and as the church’s Treasurer. He was a strong supporter of the church’s mission programs.

Calling hours were held at Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit, NY on Monday, October 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral service was held Tuesday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Branch Bible Baptist Church in Deposit. Rev. Steven Logue, pastor of West Branch Bible Baptist Church  officiated the funeral service. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Stilesville, NY after the service. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the West Branch Bible Baptist Church’s Missions Fund.

Beverly Townsend

Beverly Townsend, 87, of Sherman, PA passed away August 21, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY. He was born October 17, 1926 in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of William Townsend and Gisela Albright Townsend.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margie (Jones) Townsend; by two daughters: Jacqueline (Eric) Nathan and Beverly (Rick) Budrick; his sister, Peggy Decker; four grandchildren: Ricky, David, Bryant, and Jeannette; and six great grandchildren: Alexis, Jenna, Giavanna, Bella, Elle, and Jackson. He moved to Sherman, PA from New Jersey 14 years ago.

Beverly was a chemical operator for Benjamin Moore Paints in Clifton, NJ when he retired. He was a World War II Veteran who was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Nutly, NJ and the American Legion in Belleville, NJ.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m. at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. time of service. Interment will be in Niagara Falls, NY at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be expressed at www.

Gary A. Tweedie

Gary A. Tweedie 

Gary A. Tweedie, 72, a lifelong resident of Walton, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, September 3, 2014 at Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton.

Gary was born on May 1, 1942 in Walton, the son of the late Walter and Alice (Barnes) Tweedie. He graduated from Walton Central School, class of 1960. On June 16, 1968 he married the former Joan Slauson in Roxbury.

Gary was a self-employed dairy farmer for nearly 20 years, an auctioneer and car dealer. He was a proud member of the Delaware Valley Agricultural Society (Delaware County Fair), where he served the last 40 years as a director and past president.

He was the 2001 President of NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2004 he was selected as Fair Person of the Year by the NYS Showpeoples Association. Also in 2004, Gary received the prestigious Heritage Award at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention in Las Vegas which he and his wife Joan had attended for the past 15 years.

He enjoyed golfing, gardening, walking and mowing. He took great pride in mowing both sides of MacGibbon Hollow of which he received many compliments. Gary also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren which included taking weekend trips with them. He was most well known as the voice of the Delaware County Fair’s demolition derby…” Red flag boys, shut ‘em down!”

Gary is survived by his loving family, his wife: Joan; his children: Mark and Peggy Tweedie of Deer Lodge, MT, Jay Tweedie of Walton, Gary and Colleen Tweedie, Jr. of Governeur, Tim and Catherine Tweedie of Walton, Jim and Terri Tweedie of Walton, Melissa Beardslee and Eric Meres of Walton, Ricky and Chanda Tweedie of Unadilla; his “seventh” son: Pat and LuAnn Applegate of Middletown, PA; his grandchildren: Austin, Ethan, George, Heather, Xavier, Mia, Sydney, Timothy, Jr. (TJ), Joshua, Alaina, Morgan, Nick, Aubre, Cortlin, Stephanie and Rachel; his brothers: Dale and Dolores Tweedie of Chenango Bridge, Harold and Pat Tweedie of Penhook, VA, Glenn Tweedie of Deposit; his sister: Sandra and Bill Kerr of Chase Mills, NY; and many special friends.

Calling hours were on Friday, September 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton, where services were held on Saturday, September 64 at 3  p.m. with the Rev. Larry Light officiating. Arrangements are with Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.

Memorial Contributions in Gary’s name may be made to the Delaware Valley Agricultural Society, P. O. Box 344, Walton, New York 13856. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our web site at

Karl Heinz Vagts, Sr

Karl Heinz Vagts, Sr.

Jan. 29, 1931 - Jul. 22, 2014

Karl Heinz Vagts, Sr., 83, of Deposit, NY passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, NY. Karl was a resident of Deposit for the past 56 years.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marianne (Koester) Vagts; his children: Carol (Tim) Hess, Karl Vagts, Jr., Karin Vagts and her fiancé Dick Garrigan, and Kurt (Danielle) Vagts; three grandchildren: Katharina, Alexander, and Kalvin; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Angelus and Maria Vagts, and his brother, John.

Karl served in the U.S. Air Force. He spent 21 years with the New York State Police, retiring as a Criminal Investigator. Karl also worked for many years for the Great American store and Crane’s Liquor Store in Deposit. He was a former member of the Deposit Lions Club, served on the Board of Directors of Read Memorial Hospital in Hancock, NY, and served as an inspector for the Board of Elections.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 25 at the McClure United Methodist Church in McClure with Pastor Sharon Harris, officiating. Police Honors were accorded by members of the New York State Police and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department. Burial was in Hale Eddy Cemetery in Hale Eddy, NY. Calling hours were at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit on Thursday, July 24 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Condolences may be expressed at http://www.zachariasfuneral


George R. (Dick) Venizelos

Venizelos, George R. (Dick)
our Dad passed away on June 11, 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances from a recent fall at his home. Dad was born in Lancaster, Pa. and graduated from Reading Senior High School in 1949. He then attended Syracuse University where he received a B.A. degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in journalism in 1953.

While attending Syracuse University he met his future bride, Helen Fluker , our mother, and married her in 1952. She predeceased our Dad in 1994. After graduating Syracuse University he joined the Army and served from 1953-1955 as a military policeman at Fort MacPherson, Ga.

He started his professional career as editor of the weekly Deposit (NY) Courier and monthly Courier Magazine in 1955. He resigned in 1957 to attend Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where he received his M.S. in 1958 and was given the Robert E. Sherwood Memorial Award. Dad joined the Binghamton Press in 1958 where he started as a reporter. As reporter, he worked in all the newspaper’s bureaus and covered all beats including police, courts, politics, education and city, county and town governments, and did many investigative stories. In 1965 he became assistant city editor and in 1967 city editor.

By 1971 Dad became managing editor and then in 1977 Editor of the Press & Sun - Bullentin. 1979 he was named Ombudsman and later became promotion and marketing director, retiring in 1989. During that time our Dad was a founder, along with Paul VanSavage and Rob Salamida of the Spiedi Fest in 1983.

Dad enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, family trips to Cape Cod as well as winters spent in Melbourne, Florida for the past 20 years. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was a member of many boards, including United Way, Roberson Museum and Science Center, Family & Children’s Society, the Hospice at Lourdes Hospital, Junior League Advisory Board, Transitional Opportunities Corp. He also served as an elder and deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, and president of the Board of Trustees.

In addition he taught journalism as an adjunct at Binghamton University as well as volunteering with our Mom as an usher at the same University.

Dad also gave of his time working as an election inspector for Vestal. Our Dad was a busy man, but never too busy to make time for us and the activities we were involved in. After retirement Dad spent the winter months in Florida, where he enjoyed the beach and warm weather and teaching his grandchildren how to play poker. His passion for any Syracuse sports, especially SU basketball, the NY Mets, Tioga Downs betting on the horses, teaching his grandchildren how to bet on horses at Saratoga Racetrack and being a contender while playing mini-golf was what he enjoyed the most. Dad was constantly staying current with the latest technology trends which included texting and keeping up with his grandchildren’s Facebook postings.

We say goodbye to a father who was generous, never wanting to impose on anyone, an avid seeker of information (as can be seen by the constant scribbling of notes), and most importantly a role model for our family. Dad is survived by his son, Robert (Deborah) Venizelos, Georgia and their children, Rebekah, Richard, and Stephanie. Son James Venizelos who resides in NH, and his “Favorite daughter”, Sandra (James) Wolpert of Endicott, NY and their children Scott Osman and Lindsay Osman. Our Dad has a special Aunt who also survives him, Mary Diem of Gap, Pa as well as other extended family members.

On June 22, 2014 from 12-2 we will be holding calling hours at Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott NY 13760. Interment will be held at convenience of family. As per Dads wishes please consider donations to United Way of Broome County in his memory.

Lucille A. Whiting

Lucille A. Whiting

Jan. 4, 1929 - Sept. 29, 2014

Lucille A. Whiting went to be with the Lord on September 29, 2014. Her Faith sustained her through life’s hardships. She is now reunited with her parents C. Harold and Irene Mallery, her daughter Judy Irene, and her sister Marcia Swartwout.

She is survived by daughters: Margaret (Tom) Blachek, Donna (George) Shutt, Barbara (Ron) Smith; sons: Floyd (Karen) Whiting, Donn (Carol) Whiting; grandchildren: Jeremy (Joanne) Smith, Jason (Jolene) Smith; Karen (Frank) Sepko; a sister, Eleanor (Doug) Goldsmith, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She retired from Becton Dickinson in Hancock. Lucille then spent several years providing respite to caregivers through the Delaware County Legacy Corps. She also took friends to doctor's appointments. She made numerous life-long friends along her journey in life. Many people in Deposit will miss seeing her on her daily walks.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit with the Rev. Keith Albee, pastor of the Deposit Community Church in Hale Eddy officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Hancock. Friends called at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. time of service. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias

Thomas L. Winkelmann

Thomas L. Winkelmann, 71 of Moodus, CT and formerly of Deposit, NY, passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2014, in the arms of his beloved wife, Elizabeth, surrounded by his family and pets.

Born October 29, 1942 in Syracuse, NY, he was a son of the late Paul and Mildred (Hindes) Winkelmann.

Tom was a proud veteran, having served with the U.S. Air National Guard during the Berlin Conflict.

He raised his family in Deposit, NY, where he built his own home and owned his own restaurant, Winks Place.

He retired several years ago after 42 years as a Union Iron Worker with his final role being Superintendent for Riverside Ironworks in Gouverneur, NY. He was a member of Union Local 424 New Haven.

Tom was an avid boater, Captain of the “Satisfier” and he was a member of the Pattaconk Yacht Club, having served on several committees and was the former Dock Master. He will be sadly missed but always remembered by his loved ones as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife Liz, he is survived by six children, Paul and wife Cynthia Winkelmann of Thomaston, CT, Robin Winkelmann of Cocoa, FL, Kevin and wife Diana Winkelmann of Monticello, IN, Kevin and wife Nicole Grechika of Haddam, CT, Kyle Grechika of Norwich, CT, Kassie and husband Jon Gosnell of Chester, CT; five sisters, Irene Slattery of Kirkville, NY, Kathy Stanton of Clay, NY, Shirley Lough and Kandy Wiemeier, both of Mattydale, NY and Pauleen Winkelmann of Constantia, NY; nine grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends. He was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard and Robert.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 19 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd, Colchester. A memorial service will follow immediately at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Middlesex Hospital Hospice, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.

Ralph Vernon "Chub" Wood

Ralph Vernon "Chub" Wood

Heaven just got a great addition on Saturday, August 2, 2014! Ralph Vernon “Chub” Wood, 91, also known as Poppy, born March 31, 1923 in Boyds Mills, PA, shared his eternal optimism, genuine love for his family, and stunning sense of self with his loving wife of 50 years and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Carole (Hull) and his children, Gary Wood (Gail), Glen Wood (Diane), Joseph Kalet (Margaret), Michelle Freelove (John), Brian Wood (Mary) and Carrie Ann Charpinsky (Bob); his 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Ralph served in the Coast Guard during World War II and was the second generation owner of Wood’s Auto Wrecking on Upper Court Street; he was also a member of the Windsor Masonic Lodge. He was frequently found riding his John Deere tractor, mowing for hours, and was the self-proclaimed “richest man on earth” because of his family.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, August 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fischer-Scholder Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Chenango Street with the Rev. Shane Cook officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Alzheimer’s Association , Southern Tier Regional Office, Nichols Notch, 401 Hayes Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760.

Alice K. Yos

Alice K. Yos

Services for Mrs. Alice K. Yos were held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with The Rev. Sandy Blake of Aurora officiating.  Burial will follow at Portales Cemetery with Dr. Bob Taylor, James Westmorland, and Herschel Ruhman, along with Scott Reeves and Larry Cantwell serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Alice K. Yos, nee Alice May Knoeller, died at Howard General Hospital in Columbia, MD on August 29, 2014. She was the widow of Dr. David A. Yos (1923-1995), a professor of botany at ENMU, 1963-1981.

She was born in Deposit, NY on December 2, 1920 to Ernest W. (1889-1981) and Ruth Showers Knoeller (1896-1980) of Oquaga Lake, NY and graduated from Deposit High School in 1937.

A 1946 graduate of Cooper Union in NYC in industrial design, she went on to earn a degree in art in 1952 from the University of Missouri. She studied fashion design in NYC. After graduating, she began a long successful career in architecture. Perhaps her most famous contribution was as part of one of the firms whose final design contributed windows to the St. Louis Arch.

Her last and widest reaching project was the design of the drive-in assessment centers that State Farm built in cities across the US. In the 1970’s, Mrs. Yos worked at ENMU in the physical plant as the campus architect.  After retiring, she taught art in senior centers.

She met her husband, ETM3 David Yos, USN, while he was serving in WWII. They married on August 17, 1946 at St . Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sidney, NY.

People, art, and family were her favorite things. She was active in church, the Portales Garden Club, Faculty Dames, and Women’s Club. She loved to paint, read, sew, and travel. Over her 93 years, she lived in 12 states (NY, NJ, MO, IA, WI, ME, NM, KS, IL, MD, TX, CO).

She was very proud of the fact that her dad designed and built the first golf course of its kind in their part of New York. She helped him plant 1000s of tiny saplings which are today the tall trees in the forest near Deposit.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. David A. Yos (1923-1995), an infant son, David Ernest Yos (1952), her parents, a sister, Edith Marie Gottschall (1925-2005), and two brothers, Ernest “Stub” Rutherford Knoeller (1926-1966) and Eric Eugene Knoeller (1927-1932).

Survivors include a son and his wife, Carl F. and Dale A. Yos of Grand Prairie, TX; a daughter, Ruth A. Yos of Columbia, MD; a granddaughter and her husband, Jessica L. and James E. Westmorland of Milan, IL; two great-grandsons, James David Westmorland (age 6) and Jerimiah Allen Westmorland (age 2); a sister and her husband, Beatrice “Betty” K. and G. Robert Blake of Kirkwood, NY; a brother and his wife, Richard W. and Norma B. Knoeller of Clinton, NY; and a brother-in-law, Richard Gottschall of Vestal, NY.

Beverly I. Zandt

Beverly I. Zandt passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Born to Dorothy and Luzerne (John) Fineout on July 10, 1944 in Cannonsville, NY Beverly attended Deposit Central School and married George Zandt on December 29, 1962.

They were married for 38 years and had three children, enjoying family vacations at the New Jersey shore and later, many trips to the Amish Country. She was a secretary/bookkeeper for Gene Monroe and Bob Hanson’s investment firm as well as Axtell Antiques and was very active in the early years of the D.E.E.P. program.

Beverly was predeceased by her husband George and her sister Helen (Tracy). She is survived by a sister Barbara (Francis) Walley and a brother Frank (and Mary) Fineout. She leaves behind her three children Julia (Jeff) Hempstead, G. Michael (and Lucille) Zandt, and Arick Zandt as well as 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by the companion of her later years, Peter Hess.

A family graveside service will be held later this week. The family would like to extend thanks to the folks at Catskill Hospice and an extra special thanks for a dear friend and long-time helper Lucinda Schroeder.

Helen F. Zupo

Helen F. Zupo

May 26, 1932 - Oct. 25, 2014

Helen F. Zupo, 82, a resident of Deposit, NY for the past 45 years, passed away October 25, 2014 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY surrounded by her loving family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Zupo in 1966. She was also predeceased by four children: Michael D. Zupo, Alecia Griffin, Michele Zupo, and Ruthann Koren; and also by two grandchildren: Steven Koren, Jr. and Nicholas Buchanan. She is survived by two daughters: Maryann Pike and Frances Edwards; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Helen attended “Golden Days” at Susquehanna Valley Nursing Home. Helen was a wife, mother, and grandmother with a huge heart. Family was the most important thing in her life.

A Funeral Service was held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2 at the Maple Lane Assembly of God Church in Deposit with the Rev. Kathy Myrick, pastor of the church officiating. Calling hours were at the church on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. time of service. Burial was alongside her husband on Monday, November 3 at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, NY. Arrangements are through Zacharias Funeral Home, Deposit. Condolences may be expressed at www.zacharias

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