Obituaries

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Otsego County, NY



Grace Keesler 
Death notice "Richfield Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY, Nov 2, 
1939 News has been received of the death of Grace Laymon Colwell
Keesler of Ilion, a former resident of Richfield. Her 1st
husband was Rufus Colwell, also of this town. Her 2nd husband
was Walter Keesler. She was the daughter of James Laymon and
Martha Lewis. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit Dec 20, 2002 "The Daily Star" Ruth A. Keller FLY CREEK — Mrs. Ruth A. Keller, 86, of Fly Creek and formerly of
Hollywood, Fla., died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 2002, at
her daughter's home in Fly Creek. She was born on Dec. 25, 1915,
in New York City, a daughter of Meyer and Florence (Isaacson)
Aronson. She married Bernard Morris Keller on Feb. 6, 1938, in
New York City. Mr. Keller died on July 12, 1968. Mrs. Keller was raised and educated in New York City. In 1944, she
and her husband moved to southern Florida, where she had resided
until moving, five months ago, to her daughter Joan's home in Fly
Creek. Mrs. Keller is survived by three daughters, Joan Ferrando
and her husband, Vladimir Melnichenko, and Renee Gold and her
husband, Dr. Michael Gold, all of Fly Creek, and Gail Failla of
Hollywood, Fla.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and
one brother, Arnold Aronson of Raleigh, N.C. Burial will take place on Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, in Mt. Nebo Kendall
Memorial Gardens in Kendall, Fla. Funeral arrangements are under
the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in
Cooperstown. Contributed by Judy Morgan


John Kellogg The Morris Chronicle, Nov. 20, 1878 KELLOGG.- In Dexter, Mich., Oct. 24, Mr. John Kellogg, aged 70 years, 4 months and
12 days. Mr. Kellogg formerly resided in New Lisbon, where he will be remembered by
many of the older inhabitants. (page 3)


Fred Kelsey WORCESTER — Fred Kelsey, 89, of Worcester died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000,
at Cobleskill Community Hospital, Cobleskill. He was bas born on Dec. 25, 1915,
in New York City, a daughter of Meyer and Florence (Isaacson)
Aronson. She married Bernard Morris Keller on Feb. 6, 1938, in
New York City. Mr. Keller died on July 12, 1968. Mrs. Keller was raised and educated in New York City. In 1944, she
and her husband moved to southern Florida, where she had resided
until moving, five months ago, to her daughter Joan's home in Fly
Creek. Mrs. Keller is survived by three daughters, Joan Ferrando
and her husband, Vladimir Melnichenko, and Renee Gold and her
husband, Dr. Michael Gold, all of Fly Creek, and Gail Failla of
Hollywood, Fla.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and
one brother, Arnold Aronson of Raleigh, N.C. Burial will take place on Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, in Mt. Nebo Kendall
Memorial Gardens in Kendall, Fla. Funeral arrangements are under
the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in
Cooperstown. Contributed by Judy Morgan


John Kellogg The Morris Chronicle, Nov. 20, 1878 KELLOGG.- In Dexter, Mich., Oct. 24, Mr. John Kellogg, aged 70 years, 4 months and
12 days. Mr. Kellogg formerly resided in New Lisbon, where he will be remembered by
many of the older inhabitants. (page 3)


Fred Kelsey WORCESTER — Fred Kelsey, 89, of Worcester died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000,
at Cobleskill Community Hospital, Cobleskill. He was born July 19, 1911, in the town of Otego, the son of Charles
and Mary Kelsey. A lifelong area resident, Mr. Kelsey was a veteran of World War II. He was a carpenter by trade but loved the out-of-doors — hunting,
fishing and trapping. Fred is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Alice
Kelsey of Davenport Center; a stepson and his wife, David and Eve
Andrews of Morris; five grandchildren; and several nieces and
nephews. Calling hours will take place today, Aug. 14, 2000, from 7 to 9 p.m.
at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be at the
convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Davenport. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


Clarence Anthony Kelly Mar 25 The Oneonta Daily Star Monday, November 23, 1942 Accident Victim, C. A. Kelly, Dies Fatally injured when thrown from his car on the Oneonta-
Cooperstown highway near Hartwick Seminary early Wednesday
morning, Clarence A. Kelly, 54, of 7 Wells died at 12:30
Saturday afternoon it Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. Funeral
will be held Tuesday morning at 8:45 from the home and at
9:30 at St. Mary’s Church, of which he was a member. He was born Feb. 22, 1888, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Kelly and he
was married in 1916 to Miss Mary Carratu. She died in 1927.
Mr. Kelly lived for a time in West Davenport, but his married
life was spent in Oneonta where he was a D&H machinist and a
member of the International Association of Machinists and the
United Brotherhood of Carpenters. He was well known and
liked. Surviving are his five daughters and a son, Mrs. Everett Greenlee
of Auburn, Miss Vivian, Miss Alpha, Sullivan, Miss Doris, and
Miss Marie, all at home; his parents, living at 17
Susquehanna; three brothers and a sister, Michael Kelly of 11
Lewis, Frank Kelly of 24 Forest, Mrs. Don Pignatelli of 23
Grand, and John Kelly of Windsor; and one granddaughter. Mrs. Louise Sheldon of 30 Hudson, a passenger in Kelly’s car who
was hurt in the same accident, is in Bassett Hospital
suffering from a ruptured kidney, abrasions, and contusions.
She is threatened with pneumonia. Contributed by Michael Cornell


Salvatore Kelly The Oneonta Daily Star Wednesday, May 25, 1955 Salvatore Kelly, 17 Susquehanna St.., who observed his 83rd birthday 3 ½ months ago,
died in the McDonald Nursing Home yesterday after a short illness. Funeral services will be in the Rothery-Murphy Funeral Home at 8:45 a.m. Thursday,
followed by a Solemn Requiem Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church. Members of the
Holy Name Society will meet at the funeral home at 8 tonight to recite the Rosary.
Friends may call at the funeral home until service time. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Kelly was born in Italy March 18, 1862, son of Salvatore and Magdalene (Aiello)
Kelly. He married Theresa Domino, who died five years ago. He had been a resident of Oneonta for 72 years, and before his retirement in 1932 was
a locomotive fire cleaner for the New York Central Railroad. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church and its Holy Name Society. Surviving are two sons, Frank Kelly of 34 Forest Ave., and John Kelly of Binghamton;
two daughters, Mrs. Lena Pignatelli of 23 Grand St. and Mrs. Vito Annamorato, 13
Susquehanna St.; 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Submitted by Michael Cornell


Theresa (Dammino) Kelly The Oneonta Daily Star Saturday, February 25, 1950 Mrs. Salvatore Kelly of 17 Susquehanna St. died at noon yesterday at her home. Funeral will be at 8:45 Monday at her home followed by services in St. Mary’s
Catholic Church. Friends may call at her home after 3 p.m. Sunday. The Oneonta Daily Star Monday, February 27, 1950 Funeral of Mrs. Salvatore Kelly, who died Friday at her home, 17 Susquehanna St.,
will be held Tuesday morning. Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Church at 9:30 a.m. will follow prayer services at 8:45
a.m. at home. Body will be placed in the Glenwood Cemetery vault for burial at Mount
Calvary Cemetery later this year. Theresa Dammino Kelly was born in Rome, Italy, Oct. 16, 1872, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Dammino. On Feb. 16, 1886, she was married there to Salvatore Kelly. The
couple had lived in Oneonta for 37 years coming to this city from West Davenport. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Frank Kelly, Oneonta, and John Kelly, Windsor;
two daughters, Mrs. Don Pignatelli and Mrs. Vito Ennamorato, Oneonta; 16 grandchildren,
Mrs. Everett Greenlee, Mrs. Robert Safford, Mrs. Frank O’Donnell, Mrs. Leonard Riddell,
Mrs. Claude Ames, Salvan Kelly, Joseph Kelly, Clarence, John, Sullivan, and Frank
Pignatelli; Andrew, Rose Marie, Sullivan, Anthony, and Michael Ennamorato; seven great
grandchildren Theresa Rae and Vivian Greenlee; Gale Safford, Stephen Anthony Kelly,
Lester Riddell, Don Pignatelli, and Rose Marie Carlalee. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and its Rosary Society. Submitted by Michael Cornell


Michael Myron Kelly The Oneonta Daily Star Thursday, November 1, 1945 The railroad accident Tuesday at Cooperstown Junction claimed a third life when Michael
M. Kelly died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday in Fox Hospital. Kelly, about 50, of 11 Lewis St., was riding on a railroad motor car carrying three
others when it was rammed from behind by a D&H milk train. That he survived 29 ½ hours was a source of wonder to his physician and hospital
attendants. He suffered a concussion, fractured arms, and internal injuries. Two companion workers, Henry Roy Hilliker, 5 River St., and Harry V. Boone, 10 Seventh
St., were killed instantly. A third man, Walton C. Forsythe, 18 Richard Ave., was thrown
clear and escaped with an ankle injury. Funeral rites for Mr. Hilliker will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Lewis funeral home.
Rev. George Thomson, pastor of Main Street Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will
be in Plains cemetery. Services for Mr. Boone will be conducted at 3 p.m., also at the Lewis parlors, with Rev.
Paul Hulslander, pastor of the Elm Park Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be
in Plains cemetery. The Oneonta Daily Star Friday, November 2, 1945 Kelly Funeral Set for Saturday The funeral of Michael Myron Kelly, third victim of a railroad accident at Cooperstown
Junction, will be held Saturday morning. After a service at 8:45 a.m. at the home, 11 Lewis Street, a solemn high mass of the
requiem will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary
cemetery. Mr. Kelly, born April 7, 1897, at Milford, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan Kelly,
now of 17 Susquehanna St. He had been a railroad worker since his youth when he began
with the old Ulster & Delaware line, now owned by the New York Central. After a brief residence at Davenport he came to Oneonta 35 years ago and had been with
D&H for 18 years. At the time of death he was painter foreman in the maintenance
department. Mr. Kelly married the former Ruth Peck of Oneonta at St. Mary’s Church on Sept. 20,
1920. Last month the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Survivors, in addition to the widow and parents, are two brothers, John Kelly, Windsor;
Frank Kelly, 24 Forrest Ave.; two sisters, Mrs. Don Pignatelli, 23 Grand St. and Mrs.
Vito Ennamorato; also several nieces and nephews. Rites for the other two victims, Henry Roy Hilliker, 5 River St., and Harry V. Boone,
10 Seventh St., were conducted Thursday, both at the Lewis funeral home, with both
burials at Plains cemetery. Rev. George Thomson, pastor of Main Street Baptist Church, officiated at the Hilliker
services at 1 p.m. Rev. Paul Hulslander, pastor of Elm Park Methodist Church,
conducted the Boone funeral at 1 p.m. Submitted by Michael Cornell


Clarence Anthony Kelly The Oneonta Daily Star Monday, November 23, 1942 Accident Victim, C. A. Kelly, Dies Fatally injured when thrown from his car on the Oneonta-Cooperstown highway near
Hartwick Seminary early Wednesday morning, Clarence A. Kelly, 54, of 7 Wells died
at 12:30 Saturday afternoon it Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. Funeral will be held
Tuesday morning at 8:45 from the home and at 9:30 at St. Mary’s Church, of which he
was a member. He was born Feb. 22, 1888, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Kelly and he was married in 1916
to Miss Mary Carratu. She died in 1927. Mr. Kelly lived for a time in West Davenport,
but his married life was spent in Oneonta where he was a D&H machinist and a member of
the International Association of Machinists and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
He was well known and liked. Surviving are his five daughters and a son, Mrs. Everett Greenlee of Auburn, Miss Vivian,
Miss Alpha, Sullivan, Miss Doris, and Miss Marie, all at home; his parents, living at
17 Susquehanna; three brothers and a sister, Michael Kelly of 11 Lewis, Frank Kelly
of 24 Forest, Mrs. Don Pignatelli of 23 Grand, and John Kelly of Windsor; and one
granddaughter. Mrs. Louise Sheldon of 30 Hudson, a passenger in Kelly’s car who was hurt in the same
accident, is in Bassett Hospital suffering from a ruptured kidney, abrasions, and
contusions. She is threatened with pneumonia. Submitted by Michael Cornell


Elizabeth M. Kelly The Oneonta Daily Star Friday, May 25, 2001 ONEONTA — Elizabeth Marie Kelly, 96, of Oneonta, died on Thursday, May 24, 2001, at the
A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta. She was born Aug. 28, 1904, in Oneonta, the daughter of Salvatore and Mary Draggone.
She married Frank Kelly in 1920, and he died in 1963. Mrs. Kelly was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Church. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Joseph Kelly in 1981, and two sisters, Mary Baldo and
Raffalea Laterra. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Saturday May 26, 2001, at 9 a.m. in
St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Paul Roman, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow
in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Emmons. Friends may call at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home on Saturday from 8 a.m.
until departing for church. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home. Submitted by Michael Cornell


The Oneonta Daily Star Saturday September 28, 1918 Joseph Kelly D. & H. Employee Suffering a Compound Fracture of the Skull Sept. 4 Dies at Fox Hospital
Friday Morning—Funeral Probably on Tuesday. Joseph Kelly, the D. & H. employee who sustained a compound fracture of the skull late
Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4, while at his work at the round house and who for days lay
in a critical condition at the Fox Memorial hospital hovering between life and death,
but whose condition had improved sufficiently to warrant a hope that he would eventually
recover, passed away at the hospital yesterday morning about 11 o’clock. It is believed
that a ruptured artery in the brain caused his sudden demise. The arrangements for the
funeral have not been made but it will probably be held on Tuesday. Mr. Kelly was 28 years of age and was born at West Davenport. He was long employed
by the Ulster and Delaware company, having been hostler at the round house at East End
for six years. When the terminals here were merged he went to work for the D. & H.
company and had been
employed by that company only about three weeks when the accident occurred. His injury was a critical one from the first. He with other workmen was engaged in
coupling up an engine to a tank and using a piece of board to hold up the draw bar
when the board was found to be too short. It is believed that he raised his head
suddenly and it was caught between the engine and the tank and a severe compound
fracture of the skull resulted. Kelly is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan Kelly of 17 Susquehanna street of this city
and they with four brothers, two of whom, Frank and Michael, being with the colors, the
former at Oswego and the latter at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, and Clarence and John,
both residing at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Lena Pignatelli of Grand Street, and
Miss Jennie, a school girl at home, survive him. He was well known in railroad circles. Submitted by Michael Cornell


William Lake The Otsego Republican, August 20, 1890, Vol. 62, No. 1. LAKE.- IN Toddsville, Aug. 14, 1890, William Lake, aged 71 years. Interment in Lakewood. (page 3) William Lake, one of our oldest citizens, died last Thursday from pyaemia. His illness was rather brief and his demise seems rather surprising, as he was a man apparently possessing great constitutional vigor. He was in the 72d year of his age. The funeral services were held at his late residence on Saturday last, Rev. Mr. Boardman officiating. Interment at Lakewood. (page 3)


Emma Layman obit "Otsego Farmer", May 1, 1942 The death of Mrs Emma Layman, widow of James Layman of the town of Springfield
occurred Sunday night in the Herkimer Memorial Hospital, following ten days
illness of pneumonia and complications. She was with relatives in Newport when
she became ill. Born in Westford Sept 18, 1872, she was the daughter of Arin
and Eliza Baldwin. Her marriage to Mr Layman occurred about fifty years ago.
He died in 1937. Surviving are four sons, Walter and Marvin Layman, Middlefield, Albert of
Amsterdam, and Floyd of Newport, three daughters, Mrs Anna Dingman, Newport,
Mrs Hattie Palmer, Fairfield, and Mrs Harry Everson, Mohawk, one brother,
Clarence Baldwin, Middlefield, thirty-six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren,
and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held from the Ingalls
Funeral Home here Thursday at 2 o'clock. the Rev Frederick W. Connell, Methodist
pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in Springfield Center Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


James Layman obit "Richfield Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY, Oct 14, 1913 James T. Layman died Oct 13 at the home of William Teeter, north
of Richfield Springs, after several month's illness. Mr
Layman, aged 73 yrs, lived at the home of Mr Teeter for the
past 12 years. He is survived by 2 sons, James and Marcus of Richfield Springs,
2 daughters, Mrs Theo Rose of Utica, and Mrs Rufus Colwell of
Ilion, and by a number of grandchildren. Contributed by Judy Morgan


James Layman obit July 15, 1937 edition of "Richfield Springs Mercury" - born 11/28/1871
Delaware Co, NY James Layman died at his daughter's home at Monticello July 9th. The funeral was held
at the Presbyterian Church in East Springfield. at 2 p.m. Monday. Ottman Funeral Home
of Cherry Valley, NY in charge. Submitted by Judy Morgan


obit Dec 15, 1931, "Richfield Springs Mercury", Richfield Springs, NY Marcus Layman Cooperstown-----------The death of Marcus Layman, well know farmer of Pierstown, occurred
at his home Monday night following a three month illness. The funeral was held this
afternoon at the Layman home. Rev. H.M. Pease, pastor of the First Baptist Church
officiated. Burial in Springfield Center Cemetery. He was born in Gilboa, NY Christmas Day 59 years ago. At the age of 9 he moved with his
parents to Otsego Co where he has since resided. Jan 15, 1902 he was united in
marriage to Lovinnia Teeter of Richfield Springs, who survives. He is also survived
by two sisters, Mrs Rufus Colwell, and Mrs Theodore Rose, one brother, James Layman
of Cherry Valley, 3 daughters: Mrs Clifford Drake, Piertown, Mrs Mortimer Stimers, N.
Chatham, and Miss Bertha Layman of the home. Also 2 sons, Earl Layman of Pierstown,
and William Layman of the home. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Walter L. Layman obit "Richfield Springs Mercury", Thursday, Sept 14, 1950 Walter L. Layman, 3 months old, died 9/6/1950 at Fox Memorial Hospital after an illness
of 10 hours. He was born June 8, 1950, son of Ella Layman and grandson of Mr & Mrs
Earl Layman of Richfield Springs. The funeral was conducted by McGrath Funeral Home
at 2 p.m. Friday 9/8/1950. Burial was made in the family plot at Springfield Center
Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Albert B. Laymon obit July 22, 1955 "Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY Albert B. Laymon died July 14 at Bailey Nursing Home, Oneonta,
after a long illness. He was born in Richfield Springs March
11, 1890 (s/b 1896), son of James & Emma (Baldwin) Laymon.
He was a retired farmer. Surviving are four sons: Robert, Duel, Daniel, Brookman's
Corners, Harry, Cherry Valley, Clifford, Frankfort, four
daughters: Mrs Ceylon Yerdon, Cherry Valley, Mrs Grace
Laymon, Utica, Mrs Lulu Duffeck, Johnstown, Mrs Robert
Mitchell, New York Mills, a brother: Marvin of Pleasant
Brook, 20 grandchildren, and 1 great-grand-child. The
funeral will be Saturday at 2 pm at Ottman Funeral Home with
burial in Middlefield Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Clarence Laymon obit Jan 12, 1941, "Daily Press", Utica, NY Richfield Springs----Funeral services for Clarence Laymon, 42,
who died Jan 11, 1941 in Bassett Hospital will be conducted
at L.P. McGrath Funeral Home Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will
be in Springfield Center Cemetery. He was born in Richfield
Springs, a son of James and Emma Laymon. He never married.
The last 2 years he was employed as a farm hand for Clifford
Drake at Six-Mile Point. He is survived by his mother here, brothers Albert, Floyd, and
Marvin this village, sisters, Mrs Jack Everson, Mrs Hattie
Palmer, Newport, and Mrs Anna Hazzard of Fair Haven. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit Aug 11, 1943 Otsego Co, NY Frank Laymon Word has reached here that Cpl. Tech. Frank Laymon, 21, son of Mr and Mrs Albert Laymon, died
Aug 10 of infection from burns suffered on Guadalcanal. While only meager details of the
young soldier's fatal injuries have been received here it is understood that he was
engaged in handling ammunition which exploded prematurely while he was working with it.
He suffered extensive burns while developing a serious infection. The rest of the obit is cut off. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit Jan 24, 1944 Otsego Co, NY Gordon Laymon Slain in France Pvt Gordon A. Laymon, 21, former Standard Furniture Co. worker and resident of Dextater St,
lost his life January 23 while fighting the Germans in France, it was learned here today
by friends. Pvt Laymon was earlier listed as missing in action in a telegram received by
his sister, Mrs Mabel Verdon, Cherry Valley, who today was notified by the War Department
of her brother's death. The former Herkimer soldier, called into service by the Little
Falls draft board, wrote his last letter on January 15, when he told of combat against the
Nazis. He was born in Springfield, a son of Albert Laymon of Amsterdam, and Mrs Maggie Roberts now of
Holland Patent. He formerly resided on Rural Route 1, Little Falls. Gordon was one of
nine children, a brother Col. Frank Laymon, infantry, lost his life Aug. 10, 1943 when the
American forces drove the Japs from Guadalcanal. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Julia Willsey Laymon obit 9/4/1973 "Observer Dispatch", Utica, NY Julia Willsey Laymon, 62, died yesterday at Broadacres Hospital after a long illness.
She was born in Cooperstown, a daughter of Lyman & Anne McRorie Willsey. In 1926 she
married Earl Laymon of Springfield. Mr Laymon died in 1962. She was employed as a
domestic at Cooper Inn, Cooperstown for many years. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs Wallace (Edith) Robinson, Albany, Mrs Harry (Ella)
Nickerson, Little Falls, Mrs Robert (Evelyn) Nelson, Utica, 4 sons, Edward, Seattle,
Wash, Ernest, Utica, Elmer of Rhode Island, Elwood of Richfield Springs. Also, 4
sisters, Mrs Francis (Lucy) Drake of Milford, Mass, Mrs Kenneth (Rose) Tice, Unadilla
Forks, Mrs Neida Sargent of Index, Mrs Charles (Sophia) Lockrow of Hudson, 2
brothers, Marvin & John both of Richfield Springs. The funeral will be Thursday at
Townsend & Cronk Funeral Home with burial in Springfield Center Cemetery. contributed by Judy Morgan


Lovinnia Laymon obit "Daily Press", Utica, NY, Nov 26, 1957 Cooperstown----Mrs Lovinnia Teeter Laymon, 77, died Nov 25 at the
home of her daughter Mrs Clifford Drake, RD, Cooperstown.
She was born June 21, 1880 in the town of Springfield, a
daughter of William and Libby Thurston Teeter. She married
Marcus Laymon Jan 13, 1901 in Richfield Springs. He died in
1931. She was a member of the Pierstown Grange, Pierstown
Social Club, and Pomona Grange. Surviving are 1 son, William of Morris, NY, 2 daughters, Mrs
Clifford Drake and Miss Bertha Laymon, both of Cooperstown.
Also, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a sister Miss
Ella Teeter, Richfield Springs, a niece and nephew. The
funeral will be Wednesday Nov 27 at 2 p.m. from the home of
her daughter Mrs Clifford Drake. Rev. Kenneth Hardy of
Cooperstown Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in
Springfield Center Cemetery. Arrangements by Ingalls Funeral
Home. Contributed by Judy Morgan


William J. Laymon obit 9/17/1971, "Utica Daily Press", Utica, NY Morris-------William J. Laymon, 56, of Star Route, farmer, died Wednesday at Bassett
Hospital, Cooperstown. He was born in Fly Creek and married Madeline Congdon in
1937. He farmed in Morris for 20 years before farming in Cooperstown with his
brother-in-law Clifford Drake. Besides his wife, he leaves 2 sisters, Mrs Clifford
(Laura) Drake, & Miss Bertha Laymon both of Cooperstown. The funeral will be at 2
p.m. from the Ingalls, Connell & Dow Funeral Home, Cooperstown. Burial in
Springfield Center Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Chatfield Leonard Chatfield Leonard obit "Otsego Farmer", Nov 11, 1910, Otsego Co, NY The death of Chatfield Leonard occurred at his home on Susquehanna
Ave at 1:30 o'clock, Thursday morning, Nov 19, 1910. He was
sixty years of age on the 13 th day of last September. For the
past year Mr Leonard had suffered with kidney trouble and early
Sunday morning suffered a paralytic shock which rendered one side
entirely helpless. Although unable to speak he could understand
those by his bedside and make his wants known. Acute indigestion
following the shock brought on the end which occurred peacefully
at the time stated. Mr Leonard was born in Otsego county and when a youth resided with
his father upon a farm in Westville. In 1870 the family moved to
Cooperstown and the senior Mr Leonard and his son, Chatfield,
built the house on Susquehanna avenue that has been the family
home since that time. Upon his arrival in Cooperstown, Chatfield
Leonard entered the law offices of Sturgis and Countryman for the
study of the law. Having been admitted to the bar, he continued
the successful practice of his profession. On Nov 11, 1888 Mr
Leonard formed a partnership with A.S. Phinney to deal in real
estate which continued until the present--exactly twenty two
years lacking one day. He was faithful to the Presbyterian
Church and served upon its board of trustees for a number of
years. Surviving him are his wife, one brother, Wesley Leonard of Astabula,
Ohio, a niece Miss Lora Burton of Phoenix, Arizona, and a nephew,
Burdette Burton of Philmot, NY. The funeral and committal
services will be held at his late residence at 1 o'clock,
Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Sidney S. Conger officiating.
Interment in the Westville cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit March 30, 1906, "Oswrgo Farmer", Oswego Co, NY Dewitt Harrison Leonard On Wednesday morning, March 28th, occurred the death of Dewitt
Harrison Leonard, a native and lifelong resident of Otsego
county. Mr Leonard lacked but a few weeks of his 66th birthday.
He was and had been a farmer and was very well known throughout
the eastern portion of the county. His death was the culmination
of an illness covering a period of several years and for the past
eight months confining him to his bed. He bore his suffering
with that degree of patience which only a strong character is
capable of displaying. He had always been a strong, sturdy man
until the disease which proved fatal attacked him a few years ago
and which compelled him, as time went on, to relinquish more and
more of the activities of his busy life. On November 27, 1867 Mr Leonard married Miss Laura L. Boorn of East
Worcester, NY. Six children were born to them of whom five are
living. Charles S. of Richmondville, Mrs H.P. Wisely of New
York, Mrs P.C. Schermerhorn of New York, Dow F. of Winsted, Conn,
and Fred S., the youngest of the family, who resides with his
mother. Two brothers also survive him, Wesley of Geneva, Ohio,
and Chatfield of Cooperstown. Funeral services were held Friday
at his late residence, the Rev. G.E. VanWoert officiating. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Fernando Leonard obit "Otsego Farmer", Oct 28, 1938 Fernando Leonard, an aged resident passed away at the home of his
niece, Mrs Herbert Mabie, early Monday morning of pneumonia. He
had been in poor health for some time. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Laura Leonard obit "Otsego Farmer", Dec 16, 1921 Mrs Laura L. Leonard died at her home in Maryland village, Dec 8,
1921 of bronchial pneumonia, aged seventy eight years. Funeral
services were held Dec 8th, the Rev. L.M. Blackmar, pastor of the
East Worcester Baptist Church, officiating, and interment was
made in the Maryland cemetery. She leaves two sons, Fred Leonard, with whom she resided, and Dow
Leonard of Washington on the Pacific coast who came about three
thousand miles in time to attend the obsequies, and two
daughters, Mrs Maud Wisely of Richmond Hill, Long Island, and Mrs
Branch Schermerhorn of New York City, also grandchildren and many
other friends and relatives to mourn her departure. Mrs Leonard was born in the town of Decatur July 15, 1843. she was
the daughter of Chester Boorn and Hannah Flint Boorn, being the
eldest daughter of a family of ten children. All except the
three above mentioned have passed to the Great Beyond. Mrs
Leonard was educated in the district school and at the village
school of Richmondville. When she was seventeen years old she
commenced teaching and taught about seven years. In 1867 she was
married to D.H. Leonard of Middlefield where they resided many
years. Since her husband's death she has resided with her son,
Fred, and daughters, who have kindly assisted in her care during
her declining years. Mrs Leonard will be remembered for her many
acts of kindness and devotion to her family and friends. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Nellie Leonard obit "Otsego Farmer", April 8, 1965 Mrs Nellie M. Leonard, 73, of Oneonta died Friday, at the Mary
Imogene Bassett Hospital after a long illness. She was born
April 3, 1889 in Milford, the daughter of Wellington and Cora
(Westcott) Sargent. She attended school in Milford. She was
married to Addison Sessions, and later married to Fred. S.
Leonard. Mr Leonard died in 1959. She was a former resident of
Laurens. Surviviors are a daughter, Mrs Donald Miller, of Hartwick Seminary,
six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services
were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home in
Cooperstown. The Rev. W.D. O'Hara of Milford Center Baptist
Church officiated. Burial will be later in Maryland Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


obit Thursday, July 4, 1963, "Utica Daily Press", Utica, NY Nellie Dingman Light Schuyler Lake-------Mrs Purl (Nellie) Light, 90, resident of this village, died July 1 in
Binghamton. She was born in Exeter, the daughter of William and Mary (Darby)
Dingman. She was married to Purl Light who died in 1928. Survivors include three daughters: Mrs Gladys Curry of Schuyler Lake, Mrs Charles
Ainslie, Sidney Center, and Mrs Clarence Foster, Homer, a son Laverne Light,
Schenectady. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Universalist Church with Rev.
Harold Saxton, Cooperstown officiating. Burial will be in Schuyler Lake Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Ebenezer Lisk “OCTOBER 24, 1862. LISK – At Otsego, N.Y., on the 14th of Sept. last, EBENEZER LISK, [died] in the 102d year
of his age. Mr. Lisk was born at Lebanon, Conn., on the 17th of June, 1761. He remembered distinctly
the battle of Bunker Hill. He is father of Wm. Lisk, of Macedon.” *Note - Dates differ from headstone* Contributed by Alex Bueno-Edwards


Lydia Lisk "The Watchtower (Cooperstown, NY)," Feb. 25, 1822, "Died, In this town, on Monday
the 18th inst. after a long illness, Widow LYDIA LISK, formerly of Lebanon, Conn. aged 78." Lydia was the wife of William Obituaries from the 1st Congregational Church of Lebanon (1782-1840), p. 169, Rec. No.
463, June 27, 1808 "Mr. Lisk aged 70" and "the same day died his mother aged 95." -
Probate record for both William and Elizabeth B. Lisk shows no names of children or
heirs but does give date of death (same as above), the record is purely an inventory. Contributed by Alex Bueno-Edwards


BARBARA A. LOHNAS [1979] Mrs. Barbara A. Lohnas, 61, of 2 Kennedy Plaza, died July 13 in St. Elizabeth
Hospital. She was born in Unadilla Forks, a daughter of Haydn and Carrie Porter Adams. Mrs.
Lohnas was a resident of West Winfield, attended local schools there, and for
the past 20 years had been employed by Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company. She was a
member of Grace Episcopal Church. Mrs. Lohnas is survived by her parents; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Carol) Sanderson
of Utica; and one son, James of Santa Barbara, California; two grandsons, John
and Todd Lohnas; one granddaughter, Becky Sanderson. Funeral will be held Monday at 11:00 from the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South
St. corner of Hammond Avenue., where the Rev. Dr. Stanley P. Gasek will
officiate. Interment will be in Unadilla Forks Cemetery. Visitation will be
Sunday only 2-4 and 7-9. Contributed by Jayne Szaz


Mrs. Iva Loudon FLY CREEK - Mrs. Iva L. Loudon, 85, of Fly Creek, a former resident
of Oneonta, died Wednesday, September 5, at Fox Hospital, Oneonta,
where she had been a patient for a week. She had been in poor health
for three years. Prayer services will be at 8:30a.m. Saturday, September 8, at the
Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta, and at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Church
where a Mass of the Resurrection will be offered. Burial will be in Oneonta Plains Cemetery. Mrs. Loudon was born November 17, 1887 at Schuyler Lake, a daughter
of Stephen and Clara (Baldwin) Ottaway. She was married to Arthur
Loudon on December 12, 1910 at Oneonta. Mr. Loudon died January 25,
1970. She was graduated from the former Oneonta Normal School in 1908. She
had operated her own seamstress and tailoring business in Oneonta for
many years and was a long time resident, moving to the home of her
son in Fly Creek in 1970. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Oneonta, and a former member
of the Mothers of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are two sons, Nelson D. Loudon, Fly Creek, and Stuart C.
Loudon, Binghamton; a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Schmerhorn, Binghamton;
three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and several nieces,
nephews and cousins. Friends may call at their convenience until service time. The family will be in attendancbe held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the
Ingalls, Connell & Dow Funeral Home, Cooperstown, with the Rev.
John Roos, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cooperstown,
officiating. Burial with full military honors will be later in
the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience after 2
p.m., today, where the family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice Inc., 542 Main
St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820. Arrangements ar(e) by the Ingalls Connell, & Dow Funeral Home in
Cooperstown. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


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long-time member, former chief and former fire commissioner of
the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Department and had also served as
captain of its fire police. For several years, he was
superintendent of the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery Association and
had recently been assisting in the restoration of the old Fly Creek
Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Bernice, of Fly Creek; two daughters and
sons-in-law, Cora and Ralph Niederlander Sr. of West Winfield and
Nancy and George Chandler of Fly Creek; six grandchildren; and
several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the
Ingalls, Connell & Dow Funeral Home, Cooperstown, with the Rev.
John Roos, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cooperstown,
officiating. Burial with full military honors will be later in
the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience after 2
p.m., today, where the family will be in attendance from 7 to 9 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice Inc., 542 Main
St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820. Arrangements ar(e) by the Ingalls Connell, & Dow Funeral Home in
Cooperstown. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


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