Obituaries

Everett Brannen

Everett Brannen, 60, of Andes, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at Margaretville Memorial Hospital, Margaretville.
He was born in the Margaretville Hospital, July 10, 1948, the son of Frank and Inez (Perry) Brannen.
He married Gale Smith March 1, 1969 in Margaretville.


John O'Keeffe

John O’Keeffe, 53, of Margaretville, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 in Walton.
He was born in the Bronx on September 18, 1955, the son of the late James O’Keeffe and Joan (Hagen) Spatadafino.
John was employed for many years at Con Edison, Queens as a mechanic, retiring due to ill health.
He attended St. John the Baptist Church, Walton.


Jay Stanleigh

Jay Stanleigh, 75, of Roxbury, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona.
Jay had a career as a fashion designer in New York City, then moved to the Roxbury area where he owned a liquor store in Stamford. He traveled extensively with his beloved dog Sophie, visiting friends all over the country.


Mildred Dietrich

Mildred R. Dietrich, 81, of Margaretville, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.
She was born September 4, 1927 in Delhi, the daughter of Howard and Mabel (Brown) Samuels.
She married Earl A. Dietrich.


Susan Wright

Susan Snyder Wright, 53, of Stamford, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, 2008, at Bassett Hospital, Cooper-stown.
She was born in Margaretville December 17, 1954, the daughter of Everett and Esther Finch Snyder.
She graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1973.


Hazel Rossman

Hazel Rossman, 85, of Margaretville, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at Mountainside Residential Care Center, Margaretville, where she was a resident since Jan. 8, 2003.
She was born in Grand Gorge, July 25, 1923, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary Rousch Mitchell.
She married Kenneth Rossman Nov. 27, 1941 in Allaben.


Harold E. Blake Jr.

Harold E. Blake Jr. of West Hempstead and Todd Mountain Road, Arkville, died on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.
He was a longtime member and Commissioner of West Hempstead Fire Department and a sheet metal worker for Local 28.
Harold was a devoted father of Julie, Christine, Nancy and Katy. He is also survived by six grandchildren.


Marcia Spencer

Marcia Spencer, 63, of Andes passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, with her beloved family by her side. She was born in Andes on December 26, 1944, the daughter of Robert and Mary (Bush) Brisbane.
She graduated in 1963 from Andes Central School.


Wasily Sawchenko

Wasily Sawchenko, 84, of Depot Street, Fleischmanns died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, Long Island. Wasily was born on Oct. 15, 1924 in Russia, son of the late Elia and Domna Krasnolocowa Sawchenko.
He immigrated to the New York City metropolitan area in 1954. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and was a machinist for GAL, a company that serviced elevators.


Elaine Williams

Elaine Cook Williams, 64, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, surrounded by her husband, Charlie Williams and her son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Leslie Harris. She was born in Greenville, S.C., on August 9, 1944, the daughter of Roy and Ruth Anne Glascoe.
Elaine graduated from the University of Georgia with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree and worked as a speech pathologist in Atlanta. In her spare time she was part of a theatre group that took the show “Red, White and Maddox” to Broadway. When the show closed, she chose to stay in New York and continue her career as speech pathologist.


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