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Glenn Gordon Waffle
MORRIS — Glenn Gordon Waffle, 65, of Morris, ended his journey and fight with cancer on Oct. 12, 2012, with his loving family at his side.
Glenn was born in New Berlin, the son of Ralph Waffle and Marie MacLeod Waffle of Glasgow, Scotland. Glenn regretted not having the chance to know his mother, who passed when he was 18-months-old. He was raised in South Edmeston by his grandparents, Harold and Birdella Waffle.
Glenn married Mona Moore on Dec. 10, 1977, at the United Methodist Church in Morris. Together, in their home on Littlewood Road, they raised their “magnificent seven:” Julie Marie, Sherry Lynn, Jacqueline Renee, Lisa Anne, Jeffrey Kenneth, Stephanie MacLeod and Michael Gary.
As a child, Glenn attended a one-room schoolhouse in South Edmeston and proudly filled the role of “the only student in the fifth grade.” In 1965, he graduated from New Berlin Central School. Glenn began his career in farming at the age of 11 with his grandfather and worked on local farms until he took a position in the feed store at the I.L. Richer Company in New Berlin.
His admirable work ethic helped him to become a salesman for the company and later, sales manager and vice president of sales and marketing. Glenn became a partner/stockholder in the company in 1982 and he championed the high level of customer service that was the corner stone of the company’s success.
In regards to his career, Glenn was most proud of his instrumental role in developing Richer’s business in the North Country, first with the acquisition of Lowville Feed & Grain and then with the expansion in Adams Center. His humor, fairness and integrity left him with many lifelong friends in the business.
Upon retiring, Glenn purchased Cee Jay Golf Course in Laurens, with Mona and Jeffrey and Julene Waffle; it is now known as Colonial Ridge Golf. It was Glenn’s dream to run this business with sons, Jeffrey and Michael. His family will dearly miss seeing him out on the course, riding the carts with his beloved dog, Bunker, and enjoying his well deserved retirement.
Glenn was an outdoorsman his entire life and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf and his childhood along the Unadilla River. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Morris, Morris Central School Board of Education, the Masons, Lions Club, Jaycees, Cub Scouts, the Morris Rotary and the Butternut Valley Rod & Gun Club.
He adored being a husband, father, grandfather and “Pop.”
Glenn is survived by his wife, Mona; his children and their families, Julie Waffle and partner Sharon Kupiec, Sherry Waffle and Tim O’Conner with children, Thomas and Alyx Martin, Christie and TJ O’Conner, Jacqueline Tripp and husband Roger with children, Derrick and Taylor, Lisa Eklund and husband Robert with children, Gina, Katiemarie and Gabrielle, Jeffrey Waffle and wife Julene with children, Lincoln, Levi and Lucas, Stephanie Connally and husband Thomas with son, Broden, Michael Waffle and wife Denise.
Other family members with whom Glenn spent many precious days include his dear Aunt Joyce Waffle; cousins, Gary “Pug” Waffle, Sandy Young, Teri Polak, Stacey Hurlbutt; his sister, Rose Civiok; and brothers, Ed and David Waffle. John Mitchell and the “IL Richer Boys” held a special place in Glenn’s heart.
Glenn was predeceased by granddaughter, Marina Anne Eklund.
Glenn asked that his thanks be expressed to the members of Colonial Ridge Golf for their love and support, Saint Peter’s Cancer Care Center, the third floor nursing staff at Bassett Hospital, Chestnut Park and Catskill Area Hospice for all of their care and guidance.
Calling hours will be held at Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
A private memorial celebration will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Colonial Ridge Golf.
There will be a benefit golf tournament in celebration of Glenn’s life at Colonial Ridge on Oct. 27, 2012.
A private interment will be held for family members at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Glenn’s final days were shared with his wife, seven children and their families; it was a blessing and comfort that he was able to tell each he loved them. His final wishes were that you keep your families close, take care of one another and keep each other safe.
Agnes C. (nee Hayes) Gerard
ONEONTA — Agnes C. (nee Hayes) Gerard of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
Agnes was born Sept. 7, 1919, in Peekskill, to Ida Bell Hayes and Eugene J. Hayes. A member of the Church of the Assumption community, she attended the Guardian School, Drum Hill Junior High School and graduated from Peekskill High School in 1937.
Agnes was married in 1939, to William J. Gerard, a purchasing agent for Standard Brands and son of a prominent Peekskill family-Minerva and Julius Gerard. An avid sportsman and well-known for the fishing lures he tied, William also owned and operated the Hollowbrook Tackle Shop. He predeceased her in 1993.
A lifelong resident of Peekskill, Agnes worked 37 years for the New York Telephone Company in the capacity of supervisor and evening chief operator before her retirement. Upon retirement, she and her husband purchased a circa 1840 farm in Worcester, and were “gentlemen farmers” for 14 years, before relocating to Oneonta, upon the death of William.
An active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta, Agnes was a communicant and a volunteer for St. Mary’s Church and Fox Hospital. She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
Remembered as a passionate lover of animals and birds, Agnes was a familiar face at antique shows and auctions and a collector of Americana memorabilia, especially old American flags, Agnes was best known for her love of fashionable hats and was often referred to as the “hat lady.”
Agnes loved her family and friends and will be remembered as a devoted mother to her children who survive her, Judith Gerard Kraft of Saugerties, and William J. Gerard Jr. of Yorba Linda, Calif.
She took great pride in her grandchildren, Kelly Kraft Meyer of Sweetbriar, Va., Adam J. Gerard of San Clemente, Calif., Christopher R. Kraft of Saugerties, Jill Gerard Atkinson of Susanville, Calif., Kevin G. Kraft of Cooperstown, William J. Gerard III of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Matthew C. Gerard of Yorba Linda, Calif.; her 10 great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jacob Atkinson; Emily and Sarah Gerard; Will, Allison and Zack Gerard, Hunter Meyer and Benson and Kyle Kraft, will never forget “Granny G.”
Agnes is also survived by a devoted and much loved daughter-in-law, Debra Gerard of Yorba Linda, Calif.; a beloved niece, Deborah Habes of Williamsville; a beloved nephew, Jay Ambrosini of McKeesport, Pa.; and loving neighbors, Carla and Terry Harkenreader of Oneonta.
One of seven children, Agnes was predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Armando (Gladys) Ambrosini of Clarence, and Mrs. John (Winifred) Whitney; and three brothers, Eugene Hayes of Hyde Park, Vincent Hayes of Buchanan, and Bernard Hayes of Brewster, Mass.
She is survived by a sister, Pricilla Ewing of Briarcliff.
Agnes will be laid to rest in Laguna Beach, Calif., where she has many happy memories. There will be no visiting hours or services.
Agnes requested that those who choose to do so plant a tree in her memory or make a donation to the Susquehanna SPCA in Cooperstown, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (www.susquehannaspca.org).
At Agnes’ request:
Do not mourn for me- I’ve had a great life!
More ups than downs! Celebrate my life!
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lhpfuneralhome.com.
The Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home in Oneonta, is assisting the family.
Marion Lucy MacPherson (Pecor) Georgia
Marion Lucy MacPherson (Pecor) Georgia, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, surrounded by her family with whom she has made her home for the past seven months.
Marion was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Afton, to Julia Belle Hodge MacPherson and Winfield Scott MacPherson.
She married Howard C. Pecor in 1945, in Oneonta, moving to Albany, shortly thereafter. They, along with their children made their home on Elm Street for over 20 years. Marion moved back to Oneonta in 1971, and shortly thereafter met Raymond Georgia and his children. Marion and Ray shared close to 40 years together in the West End and at Wilber Park Apartments. Marion enjoyed time with her family, her many friendships and, until recently, participation at Elm Park Church and the Senior Center.
Marion’s family includes her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Quinones Powell and husband Jeffrey M. Powell, grandson, Vincent E. Quinones, and great-grandchildren, Mia K.L. Quinones and Jordan Sharpe; granddaughter, Laura L. Pecor and fiancé Dale Carbone; grandson, Mark E. Pecor, granddaughter, Jennifer L. Pecor and fiancé Stephen Galazka, great- granddaughters, Audrianna Rose, Charlee Marion and Ember Anne Pecor-Galazka. Marion is also survived by a niece, MaryAnn Barnes; and a sister-in-law, Betty MacPherson; as well as the families of Charles “Buddy” and Sue Georgia, Kim and Joe Steele, Kenneth and Marion Mattice, which include seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition she leaves behind her faithful guard-pets and napping companions, Pita and Ralphie.
Marion was predeceased by her first husband of 25 years, Howard C. Pecor; and their son and daughter-in-law, Elliott and Linda Pecor; her second husband of 38 years, Raymond D. Georgia; and his children, Debbie Georgia Mattice, John Georgia and Paul Georgia; and her siblings. Winfield “Andy” Scott MacPherson, James “Jingles” William MacPherson and Julia Adelaide Barnes.
Special thanks to Catskill Area Hospice staff, especially Lisa Schmitz and April Marsala for the level of care and compassion provided to Mom. Also, thank you to Hospice on-call staff for being so patient during middle-of-the-night calls, and Dr. Mulik for his home visits. Trusting in, and being respectful of the capabilities of the family as caregiver was the most important part of this relationship between our family and Hospice. Thank you for allowing my Mother to call the shots (as she did so well). Grateful appreciation for previous care provided by Dr. Xanthaky and his staff, A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital staff (emergency department and 1N), Oneonta Fire and Rescue ambulance crew, Circle of Life Transport, and staff at the Otsego County Manor during Mom’s respite stay last summer.
Words cannot express the level of gratitude for the gifts of conversation, food, prayer and friendship provided to us throughout the past seven months. Thank you to those who called, sent cards or stopped by to visit mom. Special thanks and so much love to Bo Whaley for helping Jeff get mom’s room together so quickly; Bonnie Cuozzo for the adventures in moving mom to our home, Sue Fisher for keeping mom beautiful right to the end; Mary Powell, Becky Drake, Kathy Keable, Enid Aponte Whaley, Lynette Howard, Marion Mattice and Michelle Pondolfino for providing companionship to mom and break time to a very tired daughter.
Mom found great joy in helping others, and will continue to do so as she has requested that her body be donated to Albany Medical Center’s Anatomical Gift Program.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please honor what was important to her by offering the gift of kindness to one another; family, friend or stranger.
Donations may be made to your local food bank and/or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care.
“The leaves on the tree fear not the coming winter, they simply make the most of the time they have remaining on the branch.” -Unknown
William R. Moore Sr.
SIDNEY _ William R. Moore Sr., 65, of Sidney, died at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy (Lane) Moore; five children: Shelley (Wayne) Gregory, William Jr. (Karen) Moore, Kathryn (Johnny) Desai, Paul (Kristi) Moore and Keona Moore; brothers and sisters, Kathy Moore, Carolyn Brown, Bucky Moore, Thomas Moore, Robin Moore, Paula Thomas and Beth Moore; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; his faithful dog companions, Serenity, Kasey, Gizmo and Bambi.
He was also predeceased by his brother and sister, Ricky Moore and Carri Michalski.
Bill had worked for 26 years for Becton-Dickinson in Hancock. He was a member of the NRA, an avid sportsman and knives and gun collector.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the Zacharias Funeral Home at 78 Second St., Deposit.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Robert P. Tirrell
COOPERSTOWN — Robert Paul Tirrell, a son of Paul and Julie Tirrell of Cooperstown and brother of William and Luke, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Los Altos Hills, Calif. A graduate of Cooperstown Central School, Class of 2005 and Cornell and Stanford Universities, he was 25.
The Tirrell family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in the Templeton Room, located in the lower level at The Otesaga, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. At the conclusion of the visitation, a memorial service will be offered at 3 p.m. in the Templeton Room.
A complete obituary will be in a later edition of The Daily Star.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Nelson D. Beach
SIDNEY — Nelson D. Beach of Sidney passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Masonville Cemetery.
A complete obituary is available at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.