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Otsego County, NY



obit Oct 9, 1896, "Otsego Farmer", Cooperstown, NY
 
Emily C. Dingman Quackenbush 
 
The funeral for Mrs Jacob Quackenbush was held in the church here 
Oct 8, the Rev. Mr Johnson officiating. Burial in Milford
Center Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Duncan Gollan Quinn NEWSPAPER OBITUARY July 8, 1909 Richfield Springs Mercury Duncan Quinn, aged 31 years, died at the home of his sister in Little Falls, Tuesday.
His funeral will be held from Brockway's Undertaking rooms at 2:30 this afternoon. Contributed by: C.A. Quinn


Margaret McIntosh Quinn NEWSPAPER OBITUARY Monday August 9, 1920 Little Falls Evening Times Was A Native Of Scotland - Mrs. Margaret Quinn died at midnight last night at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Del Rose, at 11 1/2 Loomis Street. She had been ill for the past week,
following a stroke of paralysis. Mrs. Quinn's maiden name was Margaret
McIntosh. She was born in Iverness, Scotland, February 1, 1843. When 12
years of age she came to this country, the family settling in Canada. She was
married to Harry Quinn, who died three years ago. Much of her life was spent
near Richfield Springs, from which section she came to this city 20 years ago.
Mrs. Quinn was a kind wife and a devoted mother, who was held in high esteem
by her many friends for her splendid attributes of character. Surviving are
one son, Henry, of this city; three daughters, Mrs. Frank Gyer and Mrs. William
Hollow of Jordanville, and Mrs. Del Rose of this city; two brothers, John
McIntosh of Manitoba and Duncan of Prescott; and two sisters, Mrs. Kate Watts
of Toronto and Mrs. George Hammond, likewise of that city. Twenty-seven
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive. The funeral will be
held at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the Rose home on Loomis Street, Rev. H. C. Cooper
officiating. The remains will be taken to Richfield Springs for burial. Contributed by: C.A. Quinn


Eleanor Renwick MILFORD Mrs. Eleanor Jean Cornish Renwick, 70, of Milford, died
Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at her home. She was born in Cooperstown on Aug. 25, 1929, a daughter of Horace
and Leta (Persons) Cornish. Jean was a graduate of Milford High School and has been a resident of
the Milford area her entire life. Jean is most fondly remembered as a fixture at Crowley's General
Store where she had worked for more than 46 years. She married Ernest L. Renwick in 1970, who predeceased her on March
27, 1992. Jean enjoyed bowling, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards with
her friends, and especially her cats. She is survived by her four sisters, Esther and her husband, Willard
Douglas, Jerri and her husband, Robert Houlihan, Joyce and
Wendell Stockholm, and JoAnn Vass; a brother and sister-in-law,
Howard and Mary Cornish; a sister-in-law, Betty Cornish; and
several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Verna John; and a brother, Bernard
Cornish. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2000, at 11 a.m.
at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home in Milford, with the Rev. Douglas
Deer, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown,
officiating. Burial will follow in the Milford Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Friday, June 16, 2000, from 7 to 9 p.m. at
the Tillapaugh Funeral Home in Milford, when the family will be
in attendance. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial
contributions, may be made to the Milford Emergency Squad or to
the Milford Fire Department at P.O. Box 359, Milford, N.Y. 13807. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral
Service, Cooperstown and Milford. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


obit Feb 2000 "The Daily Star" Elsie B. Reynolds ONEONTA Elsie B. Reynolds, 92, formerly of Cooperstown Junction,
died Jan. 31, 2000, at the Oneonta Nursing Home, after a lengthy
illness. She was born Sept. 7, 1907, in Kelly's Corners, the daughter
of Hewitt Scudder and Isabelle Hull. She married Charles V. Reynolds
on Sept. 25, 1925. He died Nov. 23, 1968. Mrs. Reynolds and her
husband owned and operated a farm in Cooperstown Junction. She was a
lifetime resident of Cooperstown Junction. She was a member of the
American Legion Auxiliary Post 259, Oneonta. Elsie is survived by two sisters-in-law, Cora B. Scudder of
Colliersville and Marion Reynolds of Oneonta; five nieces, Linda
(Mrs. Charles) McKenzie of Stamford, Connie (Mrs. Stephen) Lewis of
Maryland, Donna (Mrs. Ward) Brown-Evans of Oneonta, Jo-Ann (Mrs.
Michael) Leiker of St. Louis, and Kay (Mrs. Gordon) Spalding of
Schenectady; two nephews, Edwin (Dorothy) Reynolds of Worcester and
Kenneth (Susan) Miner of Schenectady; and several other grandnieces
and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Dorothy (Scudder)
Brown and one brother, Donald G. Scudder. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the
family. Burial will be later in the spring at Plains Cemetery, Oneonta. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by the Lewis-Hurley
Funeral Home, Oneonta. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Elizabeth Rhines obit 3/17/1854 "Freeman's Journal", Cooperstown, NY Mrs. Elizabeth Rhines d. 3/5/1854 in her 28th yr. at Middlefield. She was the wife
of Wendal Rhines, Jr. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Leola Richards obit "Otsego Farmer", Dec 27, 1891 Leola (Irons) Richards, wife of Rufus Richards, died Thursday Dec
24 on her 25th birthday, and also her wedding anniversary, a
rare and sad incident for her friends to relect on. She was
the daughter of Mr and Mrs Emmet Irons. She had passed her
whole life in this vicinity. For two years she had been a
bad sufferer, but medical skills could not prevent her death. She is survived by her husband, 1 child, father and mother, 3
brothers, 1 sister. Funeral services will be Saturday to
lament her early death. Rev. R. Shafer of Hartwick
officiating. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Minnie C. House Richards obit 4/22/1963, "Utica Daily Press", Utica, NY Minnie C. House Richards, 82, former Hartwick resident but more recently of
Garrattsville, died Saturday at Chase Memorial Hospital, New Berlin. Mrs Richards
was born in Hartwick, the daughter of George & Augusta Dingman House and married
Frank M. Richards in 1897. Mr Richards died in 1925. She spent most of her life in
this area. She leaves 6 daughters, Mrs Augusta O'Connor, of Cooperstown, Mrs Frank Smith,
Gilbertsville, Mrs Walter Baker of Hartwick, Mrs Kenneth A. Harrington, of New
Berlin, Mrs Elsor Pope and Mrs Donald Osborn both of South Berlin, 6 sons, Jesse of
Cooperstown, George J. of Chadwicks, Eugene of Garrattsville, Herbert of Mt Upton,
Ralph of Gilbertsville, and William of New Berlin, 2 step-sisters, Mrs Bertha Manley,
Hartwick, and Mrs Frank Wells of Lima. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the
Hartwick Methdist Church with burial in Hartwick Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Joseph A. Ritchey UNADILLA-Joseph A. Ritchey, 86, of R.D.1, Unadilla, died Monday, Jan. 10,
(1983) at his residence. He was born April 22, 1896, in Amsterdam, Mo., the son of Gideon and Ingaby
(Banning) Ritchey. He married Louise E. Bostwick June 20, 1923, in Schenevus. Mr. Ritchey was a retired dairy farmer and had been a resident of Unadilla
for the past 21 years. He previously lived in Otego and Schenevus. He was a World War I veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a former member of the Oneonta American Legion No. 259. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Marion) Fling, Schenevus; four sons, Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin


Mary Ella Roberts ROSEBOOM Ms. Mary Ella Roberts, 79, passed away Thursday, April 26,
2001, at her home in Roseboom. She had received loving care and assistance from Rose Yearry and her
family for several months. She was born Sept. 4, 1921, in Middlefield, the daughter of Lee and
Frances (Bostwick) Roberts. She was a lifelong area resident. Mary was a graduate of Cherry
Valley Central School. She worked at the Schenevus Glove Shop,
Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, GE in Schenectady, Fuller Brush Sales
and Grand Union Deliveries. She then did wallpapering and painting
for several years before she worked for Opportunities for Otsego
until her retirement. She was an avid gardener, wrote poetry and
loved to do crafts. Survivors include her children, Gary and his wife, Janet, of Hadley,
Nancy Roberts and her husband, Bill, of Sharon Springs, Barry Roberts
Jeschke of Elmira, Nancy Kofakis of Casper, Wyo., and Terry and his
wife, Rose, of Roseboom. She was a loving "Grammy" to 21
grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by
two sisters, Pearl Pollette of Middlefield and Beulah Waid of Sharon
Springs; a brother, Lee Roberts of Tucson, Ariz.; and several
cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Helen Campbell and Edna Alice
Roberts; two brothers, Kenneth Roberts and Wayne Roberts; and a son,
Henry Ralph McAdams. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2001, at
the Ottman Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Messner of St. Johns Zion
Lutheran Church of Sharon Springs, will officiate. Burial will be in the Middlefield Cemetery. After the service, everyone is invited to the Middlefield Fire Hall
for fellowship. Calling hours will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on
Sunday, April 29. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary's memory may be made to the
Middlefield Fire Department, Star Route, Roseboom, N.Y. 13450. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry
Valley. Contributed by Robert Baldwin


Mrs. Frances A. Roberts CHERRY VALLEY-Mrs. Frances A. Roberts, 56, of Middlefield, died August 23 at
Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown where she had been a patient for about one week. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, in the Middlefield Methodist
Church. The Rev. Roy Giles, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Middlefield
Cemetery. Mrs. Roberts was born May __ 1901, at Westford, a daughter of James and Ella
(Baldwin) Bostwick. She married Lee __ Roberts Sr., in 1921, and lived most
of her life in Middlefield. She is a member of the Methodist Church, the WSCS, and the Middlefield Community
Club. Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Miss Mary Roberts, Westford,
Mrs. Thomas __ollette, Middlefield, Mrs. Jason Campbell, Hartwick, and Mrs.
Albert Waid, Sloansville; three sons, Kenneth and Wayne, of Middlefield, and
Lee C. Jr., of Suffolk County Air Force Base, Long Island; one sister, Mrs.
Joseph Ritchey, Otego; three brothers, Lee Bostwick, of Schenectady; Ralph
Bostwick, Otego and Percy, New Berlin; 16 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. (1957) Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin


Lee C. Roberts, Sr. MIDDLEFIELD-Lee C. Roberts Sr., 66, died yesterday in his home where he had
lived alone since his wife's death in 1957. His body was found about 10 a.m.
by a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Pollette, Middlefield. He had been under treatment
for a heart condition. He was a retired employe of the C.J. Armstrong & Sone chair factory, Cherry Valley. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Middlefield Baptist Church, with
the Rev. Roy Giles officiating. Burial will be later in Middlefield Cemetery. Mr. Roberts was born July 17, 1892, in Middlefield, son of Edmund P. and Mary
(Stiles) Roberts, and was a veteran of World War One, serving with the Infantry
in France. In 1921 he married Frances A. Bostwick of Middlefield, who died Aug. 23, 1957 Survivors are three sons, Kenneth Roberts of Middlefield, Lee C. Roberts Jr.
with U.S. Air Force in Toul, France, and Wayne Roberts, with U.S. Navy, New
London, Conn.; and four daughters, Mrs. Mary Roberts of Middlefield, Mrs.
Pollette, Mrs. Jason Campbell, of Hartwick and Mrs. Albert Waid of Sloansville;
and 18 grandchildren. Friends may call at Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, tonight, Tuesday
afternoon and Tuesday night. ( 22 March 1959) Contributed by Robert A. Baldwin


Alice Baldwin Robinson obit "Otsego Farmer", March 7, 1941 Mrs Alice Baldwin Robinson died at 7:50 Sunday morning at the Bassett hospital
in Cooperstown, where she had been a patient only since Wednesday evening. She
had been in good health, attending a social function on the preceding day when
late Wednesday evening she suffered a heart attack from which she failed to rally. Funeral services were held at the Tillapaugh Funeral home in Milford Tuesday at
1 o'clock. The Rev. William J. Brown, pastor of Milford Methodist church,
officiated, assisted by the Rev. Walter A. Miller, pastor of Westville Baptist
church. She was born at Westville May 28, 1880, a daughter of Philo and Augusta
(Baldwin) Baldwin. On Dec 3, 1899, she married at Westville to John F. Robinson,
who survives. She had always resided in this vicinity and in Milford for
twenty-three years. She was a member of Baptist church at Westville but since
her residence here had been an active worker in the Methodist Ladies' Aid and
other church activities. She was very much respected in the community and had
many friends who will mourn her passing. Besides the husband, she is survived
by a daughter, Mrs Paul D. Aspinwall, Oneonta, one granddaughter, Louise
Aspinwall, Oneonta, and two sisters, Miss Maude Baldwin, Binghamton, and Mrs
Lester Holcomb, Eldred, Pa. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Saturday, February 23, 2002 Doris A. Robinson OTEGO Doris A. Robinson, 86, of Otego died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at A.O. Fox
Nursing Home, Oneonta. She was born on April 29, 1915, on the Otsdawa in Otego, the daughter of Fred
and Susan (Holbrook) Russell. She married Ralph W. Robinson on June 20, 1936, in West Oneonta. Mr. Robinson predeceased
her on July 26, 1982. Doris was a lifelong Otego resident and was a self-employed beautician in her home.
She enjoyed camping at Racquette Lake. After their retirement, Doris and Ralph wintered in Stewart, Fla. Doris was a member
of the Otego United Methodist Church; the Rebecca Lodge and Order of Eastern Star
in Otego; the Otego Fire Department Women's Auxiliary; and in her later years she was
a volunteer at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta. She will be deeply missed by
her family and friends. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Dorothy Robinson of
Otego and Charles and Raenelle Robinson of Stewart, Fla.; one grandson and his wife,
Rodney and Judy Robinson of Otego; one granddaughter and her husband, Shannon and Neil
Miller of Tucson, Ariz.; one great-granddaughter, Miranda Robinson, of Otego; two
sisters, Christine Sampson of Maple Grove, and Marguerite Burchhardt of Homer; as well
as several nieces and nephews. Doris was predeceased by her granddaughter, Jennifer
Robinson. A service to celebrate the life of Doris A. Robinson will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24,
at 3 p.m. at the Otego United Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred Albrecht, pastor,
officiating. Burial will be in spring at the Otego Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may visit from 2 p.m. until service time at which time the family will be present. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to
the Otego United Methodist Church, Church Street, Otego, NY 13825; the Otego Fire
Department, River Street, Otego, NY 13825; or to the Otego Emergency Squad, River Street,
Otego, NY 13825 in loving memory of Doris A. Robinson. Funeral arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home, Otego.


John Robinson obit "Otsego Farmer", Nov 22, 1956 John F. Robinson, aged 78, a retired farmer, died at his home in
Westville Sunday afternoon after a long illness. Mr Robinson was
born December 6, 1878, in the Town of Middlefield, son of Richard
and Lina (Gano) Robinson, and was married to Alice Baldwin on Dec
3, 1899 in Westville. She died in 1941. He later married Maude
Smith in Binghamton, who survives him. Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs Paul Aspinwall of Oneonta, a
granddaughter, Mrs Ralph Vroman of Binghamton, and a
great-grandson, Thomas Vroman. The funeral will be held at 2
p.m. Wednesday in the home with the Rev. Walter A. Miller of
Hartwick officiating. Burial will be in Westville Cemetery.


obit 12/2001 "The Daily Star" June D. Robinson WESTFORD June D. Robinson, 60, of Westford, died Tuesday morning,
Dec. 11, 2001, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
June was born on June 15, 1941, in Hollowville, a daughter of Walter R.
and June (Thein) Dieterle. She married Arthur C. ("Robbie") Robinson on
May 22, 1974, in Guilderland. Arthur died on Aug. 11, 1989. Raised in Cooperstown, June attended the Cooperstown United Methodist
Church in her youth. She attended the Cooperstown Central School,
serving as a telephone operator during her senior year and graduating
with the Class of 1959. She then worked as an underwriter for an insurance
company in Utica. From October of 1970 until July of 1993 she was employed
by Matthew Bender and Company, Inc. in Menands, a publisher of law books.
In September of 1994, she joined the staff of the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital
in Oneonta as a cashier, and later advanced to become a patient billing
representative. June was very fond of and an avid collector of antiques. She is survived by her mother, June Dieterle of Schenectady; her
longtime companion, Jack Kirkpatrick, of Westford; her two sisters, Holly
Griffith of Albany and Catherine Snyder of Stuart, Fla.; her two brothers,
Charles Dieterle of Lemon Grove, Calif., and Lester F. Dieterle of Ballston
Spa; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother,
Walter R. Dieterle Jr.; and two nephews, Ryan and Scott Dieterle. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at
the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown,
with the Rev. M. Lynn Snyder, pastor of the Cooperstown United Methodist
Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Westville Cemetery. Friends may
call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 11 a.m. until service time,
when June's family will be in attendance. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Thursday July 18, 2002 The Daily Star, Oneonta William Robinson WESTVILLE William Everett Barney Robinson, 86, of Westville
died Wednesday evening, July 17, 2002, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of the
Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, Cooperstown. Friday July 19, 2002 The Daily Star, Oneonta William Robinson WESTVILLE William Everett Barney Robinson, 86, of Westville,
died Wednesday evening, July 17, 2002, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 27, 1915, in Fort Plain, a son of John
Edward and Magadelina (Moore) Barney.
He married Jean E. Francis on Sept. 21, 1940, in the
Worcester Methodist Church. Bill spent his early childhood in the Fort Plain area, and,
following his mother's and father's deaths in 1918 and 1922
respectively, became a foster son of George M. and Nettie
(Garlock) Robinson who lived in Westville. He attended the
Westville Rural School and graduated from Milford Central
School in 1933. In 1936, he graduated from Oneonta Normal School as a licensed
grammar school teacher with a permanent license and taught
first in the Canajoharie District 14 Rural School for four
years and then in the Portlandville Elementary School for
four years. During World War II, he served his country with the U.S. Army
Infantry Signal Corps with the occupation forces in the
European Theatre of Operations in Germany. Following the war, Bill taught in the Cherry Valley Central
School from 1946 until 1958, when he and his family moved to
Johnstown. There he taught in the Pleasant Avenue Elementary
School and later he taught science at Knox Junior High
School, before retiring in 1972. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved back to part of the
original Robinson Family Homestead.
Bill was a member of the Westville United Methodist Church
where he had at one time served as Sunday school
superintendent; the New York State Teachers' Association; and
a lifelong member of the PTA. For many years he also sold and
serviced TVs and installed antennas. He enjoyed his computer and compiled extensive records and
genealogies on the Barney, Moore, Robinson, Luther and
Francis families. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean, of Westville; two
daughters and sons-in-law, Sybil J. Osterhoudt and her
husband, Jeffrey, of Westville and Nancy L. Hauck and her
husband, Dennis, of Wilmington, Del.; one son and daughter-
in-law, Douglas W. Robinson and his wife, JoAnna, of
Johnstown; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one
brother and sister-in-law, Harold A. Barney and his wife,
Cora, of West Oneonta; one brother-in-law, Hugh L. Francis
and his wife, Donna, of Cooperstown; and several nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence Barney.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Sunday, July 21,
2002, at the Westville United Methodist Church, with the Rev.
Rose Bellen, pastor, and the Rev. Bill Wilson of Michigan co
-officiating. A service of committal and burial will follow in the Westville
Cemetery. Bill's family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service
time on Sunday morning in the Sunday School Room at the
church. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of
memorial gifts may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and
Palliative Care Inc., 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13326. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow
& Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. Contributed by Michele Culletto


obit Dec 2001"The Daily Star" Doris B. Root WEST EDMESTON Doris B. Root, 84, of West Edmeston, died Wednesday,
Dec. 12, 2001, at home. She was born Oct. 4, 1917, in Brookfield,
the daughter of John and Sarah (Brown) Burch. On April 7, 1939, in
Madison, she married Horace Root, who survives. Doris was very active in the First Baptist Church and served as a
Sunday School teacher and Good News teacher. Most importantly, Doris
was devoted to her daughter, Karen, and was very close to her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Doris is survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Gail and Tom VanBrink of West Edmeston; and her daughter,
Karen, at home. Doris is also survived by her grandchildren and their
husbands, Brenda and Darren Belden of West Edmeston and Connie and
Don Snell of Norwich; and her great-grandchildren, Chris, Erica,
Bradley and Amanda Belden and Amber Snell. She is also survived by
her sister and brother-in-law, Madaline and Fred Hurlbutt; and her
sisters-in-law, Wanda Burch and Lucy Finch. Doris was predeceased
by her brothers, Robert and Ralph Burch; and her sister, Thelma Jones. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at 2 p.m. at
the First Baptist Church in West Edmeston, with Pastors Don Buck and
Don Matson officiating. Burial will follow at the West Edmeston
Cemetery. Calling hours are from noon until service time at the
church. Contributed by Judy Morgan


Lula B. Layman Rose obit Aug 14, 1960 "Utica Observer Dispatch", Utica, NY Lula B. Layman Rose, 79, died yesterday at Dowling Nursing Home after a long illness.
She was born April 5, 1881 at Milford, NY, daughter of James T. and Martha Lewis
Layman. She attended Milford schools. She married Theodore Rose Sept 23, 1903 in
Ilion. After their marriage, the couple resided in Utica. Mr Rose died Dec 24,
1926. She leaves 2 nieces. The funeral will be tomorrow at Elwood Day Funeral Home.
Burial in Forest HIll Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Morgan


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