Obituaries

James McArdle

James McArdle, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Born on March 6, 1949 to Frank and Francis McArdle of Great Neck, Jim was a graduate of Great Neck South High School.

After attending Kent State University, Jim moved to Oneonta in 1973 to begin his first business venture with a high school friend, Steve Davidson. Together, they opened JJ’s, a Jewish-style delicatessen. It was there that Jim met a young SUCO student Dorothy Brophy who became a waitress at the deli. This was the beginning of their 39-year-long love affair.


Jane Muller

Jane E. Muller, 86, a resident of Fleischmanns, died on July 26, 2012 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

Jane was born on April 16, 1926 at Weehawken, NJ, the daughter of James and Ethel (Ram) Hydell. She married William Muller who died in 1991.
She was employed as a secretary at the American Tobacco Company in New York City for 40 years.

Jane is survived by two nephews, George and John Muller; a sister-in-law, Anne Muller; and a cousin, Rose Hessel.


Dr. C Ray Huggins

 C. Ray Huggins, MD, 92, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012.

Dr. Huggins was born in Cumberland, MD, on December 24, 1919, son of the late Cecil Ray Huggins and Marion King Chatfield Huggins.   During the Great Depression in 1930, the family moved to Andes, where he graduated from Andes Central School in 1937.  He would go on to graduate from Cornell University in 1941 with an A.B. in chemistry and from Cornell University Medical College in 1943.


Robert Helde

Robert V. Helde, 80, of Margaretville died July 20, 2012 at his home.
He was born in the Bronx on August 4, 1931, the son of Carl and Henrietta (Finger) Helde.
He graduated from Saunders Trade and Technical School in Yonkers in 1949 after receiving a Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.

Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1950 and served until November 1954. During this period of time, he held billets at NAAS Oceana, VA and aboard the U.S.S. Wm. M. Wood DD-715.

He married Sandra C. Griffin in Scarborough in 1956. They had two children, Diane L. and Steven R.


George Firment Jr.

George Firment Jr., 86, a resident of Shavertown in the Town of Andes, died Monday July 23, 2012 at Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

George was born on July 23, 1926 on the family farm in Shavertown, the son of George Firment Sr. and Mary Pekala.  He married Barbara Klindt on August 21, 1949 at Margaretville.

George was born and farmed on the family farm in Shavertown where he has spent all of his life. He enjoyed being around lots of his friends, country music and dancing at the community hall. He liked to watch local sports and games in which his son Stephen played.


Raymond Place

Raymond A. Place, 86, a resident of Fleischmanns for the last five years, and a longtime resident of Marvin Hollow, Walton, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 11, 2012 at Fox Hospital of Oneonta, following a long illness.


Regina Ashman

Regina ‘Gina’ Marie Ashman, 59, beloved wife of Larry A. Ashman of Margaretville, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, after bravely battling an illness.

Regina was born on February 22, 1953, in Waltham, MA, to Alfred Francis Brown and Claudia Gertrude (Brosnihan) Brown, both deceased.


Margarita De la Rosa

Margarita De la Rosa, 99, of Fort Lee, NJ died on July 4, 2012 at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville.

Mrs. De la Rosa was born in 1913 in Cuba and came to the U. S. soon after the Communist revolution.  She loved the U.S. from the day she arrived. One of her proudest moments was when she became an American citizen.

Margarita is survived by her husband, Bob; her daughters, Lola Kurtzer of Roxbury Run and Mireya Samson; and her grandsons, Alex Samson of Michigan and Steven Samson of Texas. She was predeceased by a son, Efren Valens.


Seymour Kaplan

Seymour “Shimmy” Kaplan. Beloved husband, father, and grandpa. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 7, 1928, and passed away in Miami, FL, on Sunday, July 8, 2012, surrounded by family.

Seymour is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sharon (Davis) Kaplan, and their four children, James (Ellen), Beth (David), Dana (Stephen), and Joshua (Alia), as well as all five of his (favorite) grandchildren: Kevin, Kara, Melissa, Dunahay, and Lily. He is also survived by his devoted sister and a large extended family.


Richard Paradies

Richard W. Paradies, 84, of Claryville, formerly of Margaretville, died at his residence on Saturday June 30, 2012 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Richard (Pop) was born on December 13, 1927 on Staten Island. He was the son of the late Richard and Hanna (Westbrook) Paradies.


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