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Miscellaneous Obituaries
Chenango Co., NY

NORWICH - Marjorie Deady, 77, of Pleasant Street, Norwich, went to be with her Lord and Savior at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, with her loving family by her side on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, following a brief illness. Born on May 14, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Charles Blood and Hazel and Frank Leahy. Marjorie was a life-long Norwich resident. After attending local schools, she was united in marriage on Nov. 13, 1943 to Raymond Deady, who predeceased her in 2002. She spent her earlier years employed at the Norwich Knitting Mill and, most recently, at McLaughlin’s Department Store, retiring in 1989. She was also involved in the foster care program for many years as a foster parent. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Marjorie enjoyed gardening and feeding the many birds that visited her daily. She will be dearly missed. Marjorie is survived by her three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sandra and James Moore, Michele Deady, and Kathleen and Richard Corey, all of Norwich; a brother and two sisters-in-law, Thomas and Delores Leahy of Norwich, and Emily Leahy of Norwich; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Edward Deady of Norwich, and Erlo and Jeanette Gould of South New Berlin; and eight grandchildren, Shawn Houck and Veronica Pittsley of Norwich, Terrance and Christy Houck of Mt. Vision, Deanne Burton and Nicole Clark of Norwich, Ronald Rotundo and Leslie Vigus of McDonough, Christopher Rotundo and Tracy Gray of Norwich, Mary Roebuck of Norwich, Jason Corey and Wendi Hubbard of Norwich, and Jessica Corey and Matt Warner of Fulton. Also surviving are her special friend and neighbor, Martha Penhollow; long-time friends, Merle Leahy of Norwich and Mary Shaheen of Sherburne; 15 great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and her cat, Charlie. Predeceasing Marjorie - besides her husband of 58 years, Raymond, and her parents - are a sister, Jane Gould; and three brothers and a sister-in-law, Martin Leahy, Robert Leahy and his wife Helen, and Lawrence Blood. A memorial mass will be held for Marjorie Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church with the Rev. Douglas Cunningham presiding. Interment will be at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may kindly consider contributions in memory of Marjorie to Chenango County SPCA, 6160 County Road 32, Norwich, N.Y. 13815. Arrangements are by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.

NORWICH - Mary Rappleyea Coleman, 87, life-long resident of Norwich, passed away Thursday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2004, in Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich. Born on July 12, 1916 in Norwich, Mary was the daughter of Benjamin and Lena (Stratton) Griffin Smith. She grew up in Norwich, living with her mother Lena and step-dad Ervin Smith whom she knew as her true father. Mary attended the Norwich schools and secretarial school in the Binghamton area, then worked for 26 years for the Mid-York Press, retiring in 1978. She had been a resident of Peacock Park Apartments in Norwich since 1983. Over the years, Mary and her husband Leon Coleman enjoyed camping and traveling around the country and made several trips to Florida. She was former treasurer for the local C.B. Club in the Norwich area. Mary was truly devoted to her family over the years and was very proud of their accomplishments. Mary is survived by her children, Clarence “Rapp” Rappleyea Jr. and his wife Nancy of Norwich, Robert Rappleyea and his wife Nancy of Bradenton, Fla., Richard Rappleyea and his wife Jane of Oriskany, and Linda Wake of Endwell; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Virginia “Ginny” Coleman of Ft. Worth, Texas; her nephew, Robert Smith of Norwich; and a very close friend, Clare Cleveland of Norwich. She was predeceased by her first husband, Clarence D. Rappleyea; her second husband, Leon Coleman; her son, Ronald Coleman; her son-in-law, Lawrence Wake; and her step-brother, Claude Smith. Funeral services for Mary were held on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church of Norwich, officiated. Interment will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends called at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m. Please consider memorial contributions to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815; or to the American Heart Association, Hearts Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.

NANCY THORNTON SOUTH PLYMOUTH - Nancy H. Thornton, 91, long-time resident of the Bates-Wilson Road in South Plymouth and former Town Clerk of Plymouth, passed away Saturday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2004 at her home. Born May 29, 1912, in Plymouth, Nancy was the daughter of Ernest and Carrie (Wilkes) Hills. On July 10, 1937, in Plymouth, she married Hubert E. Thornton, who passed away Dec. 17, 1964. Nancy grew up on the family farm in North Norwich and was a graduate of the Norwich schools. She furthered her education by attending Oneonta Normal School where she received her teaching degree, then taught for a few years in the Whaupaunaucau district, German Hollow and Guilford schools. Following her marriage in 1937, Nancy and her husband built their home in South Plymouth where she continued to live until her death. Over the years Nancy worked for Bennett - Ireland, Rothar Oil Co., and the Guernsey Memorial Library. Her last employment was with the Chenango County Dept. of Social Services, where she worked as an accounting clerk until her retirement in 1982. Nancy was also the town clerk for the Town of Plymouth for 20 years. A long-time and dedicated member of the Plymouth United Methodist Church, Nancy remained very active within the church until her passing. Over the years, she was a familiar face at the church suppers where she helped prepare and serve the meals on a monthly basis. She was also former treasurer of the church. Nancy is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Tefft of South Plymouth, and her son, Howard E. Thornton and his wife Judy of Norwich; her granddaughter, Brenda Mlodzinski and husband James and their children (Nancy’s great grandchildren) David, Steven and Matthew Mlodzinski; grandson Keith Thornton and Tracey Ackley and her children Tiffani and Michael of Sherburne; grandson Jeffrey Thornton and wife Bobbi and their children (Nancy’s great grandchildren) Garrett and Carson Thornton of Norwich; and granddaughter Keri Collins and husband James and their children (Nancy’s great grandchildren) Tia and Kali Collins and Beka Collins-Flynn of North Norwich; Lysa Thornton and great grandson Justin Sheldon of Sherburne. Several nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly, also survive. Besides her husband Hubert, Nancy was predeceased by her sisters, Myra Barr, Fannie Bolt and Olive Guile; and her brothers, Myron and Arvine Hills. Funeral services for Nancy will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. James Collins, pastor of the Plymouth United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the South Side Cemetery of Plymouth. Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Please consider memorial contributions to the Plymouth United Methodist Church, c/o Linda Powell Owens, 168 Old County Road 16, Plymouth, NY 13832; or to the Plymouth Fire Dept., Plymouth, NY 13832.

NORWICH - Mary June, 87, formerly of King St., Norwich, and most recently of the Chenango Valley Home of Norwich, passed away late Sunday evening, Feb. 1, 2004 in the Chenango Valley Home. Born March 6, 1916, in Albany, Mary was the daughter of John and Frances (Benz) Danilczyk. On June 29, 1940, she married Floyd June, who passed away Jan. 19, 1973. Mary’s early years were spent in Albany where she attended their local schools and, at the age of 13, moved with her family to Oxford where she continued her education. She choose to further her education by attending Albany Business School and, upon completion, worked for several years in Albany for the late Judge William Gordon. Moving back to Norwich, she became employed by the law firm of Lee & Lee, where she worked as a legal secretary for 42 years, retiring in 1978. Mary also ran her own income tax business from her own home for many years. Keeping active during her working career and after her retirement, Mary was very involved with the Republican women of the Republican Party in the Norwich area. She was also a former member of the “Mothers of Twins Club,” spent many hours as a volunteer for the Pink Door, and was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Norwich Elk’s Club and of the American Legion Post #182 Ladies Auxiliary. A world-wide traveler, Mary had traveled to 28 countries and had taken several cruises, as well as wintering in Florida with her sisters. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Norwich. Mary is survived by “Her Twins,” Mary Ann Cummings and her husband Robert of Norwich and James H. June and his wife Nancy of Attica; her grandchildren: Carrie Cummings of Albany, Tiffany Tate and husband Duane of Phoenix, Ariz., Krista Becker and husband Alexander of Boston and Jennifer June of Attica. Also surviving are her sister, Catherine Jones and her husband Dr. Stuart Jones of Port Ritchey, Fla., and her brother, Henry Stanley and wife Claire of Louisville, Kent., along with several nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents, John and Frances Danilczyk; her step-father, Michael Stanley; and her sister and brother-in-law, Jennie and Henry Gallagher. Funeral services for Mary will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Douglas Cunningham will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Please consider memorial contributions to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815; or to the Chenango Valley Home, 24 Canasawacta St., Norwich, NY 13815.

NORWICH - Patricia Brennan Boslet passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at the Warm Hearth Village retirement community in Blacksburg, Va., after an extended illness. She was born on Dec. 31, 1926 in Jamaica, N.Y., to William Morgan and Mildred Murray Brennan. She grew up in Hollis, where she graduated from Jamaica High School in 1945. She graduated from Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, N.J. in 1947. As a copywriter, she worked at Ruthraff & Ryan in Manhattan. In 1955, Patricia married Robert J. Boslet, and they resided in New York City, Mendhan, N.J., and New Canaan, Conn., before moving to Norwich in 1964. The marriage ended in divorce. Pat was active in many organizations and community affairs. Among these were the hospital auxiliary, the Chenango Historical Society, the Norwich Garden Club and the Chenango Valley Doll Club. She worked at Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, then its successor, Proctor & Gamble, in the public relations and travel departments until retirement. Pat’s interests were many, including antiques, gardening and nature. You could find her labeling and maintaining the flower buckets on North and South Broad Street each summer. In 2002, Pat moved to Blacksburg, Va. to be near her daughter, Jane’s, family. She will be remembered as a generous community member who had a high regard for perfection, education and justice. Her family and friends will miss her. Her two children, Jane B. Aronson and husband Dr. Michael R. Aronson of Blacksburg, Va., and Hilary Boslet of Boulder, Colo., survive Pat. She also has two loving grandchildren, Peter Gordon and Sophia Christine, both of Blacksburg, Va. Her brother, William, predeceased her. Memorial donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203 (Acct. # 10768164). Arrangements are by the McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg, Va.

NEW BERLIN - Peter Wellner, 66, of 18 Cushman St., New Berlin, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. Born on Nov. 26, 1937 in Brooklyn, he was the son of William and Lisa (Rebentisch) Wellner. He attended Edmeston Central School where he graduated, and then served in the Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959. On Sept. 1, 1956 he married Marian Kirk of Edmeston. Peter was a self-employed electrician/carpenter for 35 years in the New Berlin area. He served on the New Berlin Village Board and acted as the intermediate between the village board and the New Berlin Fire Department for six years. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Karen Wellner of Arizona, and a son, Robert, and daughter-in-law, Julia Wellner and a grandson, Augustus of Houston, Texas; a brother, William Wellner of Virginia; and his two daughters, Lisa, Lisa and Kimberly. He was predeceased by his mother and father. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin. The service will be conducted by Pastor Jay Henderson of the Burlington Flats Baptist Church. There will be visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Donations in Pete’s memory may be made to the New Berlin Fire Department. Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin.

SMYRNA - Francis D. “Cy” Simmons, 95, formerly of Smyrna, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at the Gilmour Health Care Facility, Norwich, where he had been a resident since 1993. Born on Jan. 22, 1909 in New Berlin, he was a son of Hugh R. and Marie D. Dale Simmons. He was a 1927 graduate of Smyrna High School and a graduate of Syracuse University in 1931. Cy was the owner of H.R. Simmons & Sons, and Simmons and Mummery in Smyrna until his retirement in 1973. On June 10, 1932 he was united in marriage to the former Ruth Baker in Norwich. She predeceased him on Sept. 3, 1991. Mr. Simmons was a member of the Smyrna United Methodist Church, and a member of the F&AM Lodge 444 of Sherburne for over 70 years. He had served on the Sherburne and Smyrna school boards at one time, had served on the Smyrna Village Board for several years, and was a long-time member of the Smyrna Citizens Band. Surviving are his two sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Marilyn Simmons of Waysata, Minn., and David and Pamela Simmons of Smyrna; five grandsons, Bryan and Geoffrey Simmons of Minneapolis, Minn., Kevin Simmons of Sherburne, and Darren Simmons of Oneida and Nathan Simmons of Newton, N.J.; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Cy was predeceased by a sister, Marion Mummery. Services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville, with spring burial in the North Norwich Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Smyrna United Methodist Church, Smyrna, N.Y. 13464.

NORWICH - Gregory Lee Hoadley, 67, of Palmyra, died on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, in a local nursing care facility. Born on May 12, 1936 in Norwich, he was the son of the late Frederick F. Hoadley and Anne U. Little Hoadley. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Hoadley. Mr. Hoadley was a radio and TV news broadcaster in Washington, D.C., Utica, Norfolk, Phoenix, Ariz., Los Angeles, Calif., and Binghamton. In later years, he was a volunteer with the American Red Cross, working with the 9/11 disaster team at the Pennsylvania crash site of Flight 93 and at Ground Zero. He was also an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Nancy J. Hoadley of Palmyra; a daughter, Helen “Mackie” Doland and husband Wayne of Woodbridge; a twin brother, Garrick L. Hoadley and wife Lynn of Gilbertsville; two grandchildren, Cody Doland and Michael Doland; his mother-in-law, Anita Brumbaugh of Palmyra; a brother-in-law, Rocky Brumbaugh of Hazelton, Pa.; a cousin, Robert Hoadley of Denver, Colo.; a niece, Margaret Tweten and husband Kurt of Freehold, N.J.; and two nephews, Garrick Hoadley and wife Sarah of Newtown, Conn., and Daniel Hoadley of Columbia, Md. A memorial service was held on Jan. 31 at Hill & Wood Funeral Home. Final disposition will be private. The family requests that any desired memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, 1103 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903 or to the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad, 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.

GEORGETOWN - Jennie T. Williams, 84, of Route 80, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton. Born on Oct. 22, 1919 in Georgetown, she was a daughter of Amos and Daisy Wilcox Tooley. She attended school in Georgetown and graduated from DeRuyter High School. On Oct. 26, 1937, Jennie was united in marriage to Lewis W. Williams. They made their home in Georgetown, where they owned and operated a dairy farm until their retirement. Mrs. Williams had also worked for a while at the wire factory in Georgetown, and for Smith Corona in Cortland. Jennie was the secretary and treasurer for the Georgetown Fire Department for many years, and had served on the board of the Georgetown Medical Center. Surviving are her husband, Lewis; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Wesley Palmer, and Betty and Volney Marshall, all of Georgetown; two daughters-in-law, Nettie Williams of Morrisville and Patsy Williams of Earlville; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, L. Ronald and Eugene Williams. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 South Main St., Sherburne. Spring burial will be in the Sheds Cemetery, Sheds. Friends are invited to call on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown, NY 13072.

MT. UPTON - Aletha M. Rice, 94, of Venice, Fla., and formerly of the Mt. Upton and Bainbridge area, passed away on Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at the Pinebrook Nursing Center, Venice. Born on Aug. 19, 1909 in Conesville, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Hettie Robinson Storey. On May 29, 1926, she married Glenn R. Rice in Northville. He predeceased her on Aug. 9, 1984. She had been a Florida resident since 1998, moving from the area to be near her daughter, Rita. Aletha was a long-time member of the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Mt. Upton Senior Citizens. Surviving are her two daughters, Rita I. Smith of Venice, Fla., and Jane E. Miller of San Diego, Calif.; her son, Robert C. Rice of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral and committal services will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. Mary Ann Linder, pastor of her church, officiating. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel with her family in attendance. Burial will be later in the Maplewood Cemetery, Mt. Upton. Memorial gifts in her name may be directed to the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church.

NORWICH - Edward Hazen Moore, 97, of Hammond, NY, and well-known former mayor and resident of Rome, Pa., passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 4, 2004 Born Jan. 19, 1907 in Bumpville, Rome Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Lawrence Levi and Edith Sarah Daugherty Moore. He graduated from Rome High School Class of 1923 and Towanda High School class of 1924. Throughout his early working years, Ed was employed at three area banks, the LeRaysville Creamery, as well as operating the General Store in Rome. Ed also operated the first refrigerated meat delivery service in Bradford County. For 34 years, he was employed by the Ingersoll Rand Company in Athens, retiring in 1971. On Aug. 10, 1931, Edward married the former Wilma Alice Frantz in the LeRaysville parsonage. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 67 years. Ed served his Lord through several area church, retaining membership in the Rome Presbyterian Church since 1955. There Ed served as Clerk of Session for 25 years, as an Elder, and as a Sunday School teacher. Ed was hard working, raising garden produce to feed many, and using his carpentry, plumbing, mechanical and electrical skills to help anyone in need. He also loved being out in nature, caring for the earth, fishing, hunting and picking up nuts and berries. Edward was also involved in the Rome Boro Council, serving as mayor for 13 years. He was member of the Rome Masonic Lodge No. 471 F. & A.M., Williamsport Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 32 Degree, Towanda Lodge of Perfection, and was a charter member of the P.P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum. Surviving are three children, Jean Malarkey of N. Rome, Marilyn Sweet and her husband Rev. Burtt Sweet with whom Ed recently resided in Hammond, and Gary Moore and his wife Catherine of Clifton Springs. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren. Funeral and committal services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Rome (Pa.) Presbyterian Church with his granddaughter, Rev. Rebekah Sweet of Norwich, and Rev. Karen Ballard of Rome officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Arrangements are being cared for by Maryott Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda, Pa.

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