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October 5, 2012

Richard I. (Dick) Rolland Sr.

The Daily Star

---- — Richard I. (Dick) Rolland Sr.

ROXBURY — A celebration of the life of Richard I. (Dick) Rolland Sr., of Roxbury, will be starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Shephard Hills Golf Club, Roxbury.

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Norma J. Van Benschoten

MORRIS — Norma J. Van Benschoten, 73, of Morris, passed away Oct. 1, 2012, at A.O. Fox Hospital Nursing Home in Oneonta, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. She was born January 3, 1939, in Fly Creek Valley, the daughter of Ora and Nellie (Adsit) Goodspeed. She was married to Hugh Van Benschoten Aug. 17, 1958, in Fly Creek. She was a member of Butternut Valley Grange #1533, state and national granges. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, her sisters, Florence Thayer, Nellie Trainor, and brother, Edward Goodspeed. She is survived by one sister, Vera Ainslie of Richfield Springs, three children, Karen Van Benschoten of Racine WI, Mark (Joy) Van Benschoten of Covington, Kenn., Alan (Betty) Van Benschoten of Whitesboro, Texas, two grandsons, Steven and David Morgan, special friend, Richard Ballard, and many nieces and nephews. Per her wishes, Norma will be cremated. Graveside services will be held at Springfield Cemetery, Springfield Center, Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, N.Y.

George James Hendricks Jr.

MARGARETVILLE — George James Hendricks Jr., 57, was called home to be with our Lord and savior on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

He passed away peacefully with his family around him and the pride and joy of his life, his sons, Nathaniel and Adam at his side.

George was a member of the Margaretville Fire Dept. for 38 years. He served as Fire Chief for five years and 16 years as an officer.

He graduated from the Margaretville Central School in 1973.

George loved the Catskill Mountains and was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. A forever member of “Camp Whitetail.” He had a love for gardening and golf.

He worked as a heavy equipment for the town of Middletown for 35 years. He was also the historian for the town of Middletown and on the board of directors for the Town of Middletown Historical Society and chairman of the Old Stone Schoolhouse committee. A member of the 1975-76 Whoop-De-Doo committee. Past Master of the New Kingston Valley Grange and a long-time Elder of the Margaretville-New Kingston United Presbyterian Church.

For 14 years, George worked part-time for Kingdon Gould in Dry Brook, and upon retirement worked for the New Kingston Animal Sanctuary.

George leaves behind his beloved sons Nathaniel and Adam Hendricks of Margaretville, His mother Elizabeth (Betty) Hendricks of Margaretville, sister Lori Ballard and her husband Ernest of Denver-Vega Valley, Nephew Garrett Ballard of Margaretville, Many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. His loyal dogs Turner, Bow and Gunner.

George was predeceased by his father George Hendricks Sr.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the New Kingston United Presbyterian Church, New Kingston, New York.

Pastor Shirley Davis, officiating.

Committal services will follow at the Margaretville cemetery annex, Margaretville.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory can be made to the Margaretville-New Kingston Presbyterian Church and the Margaretville Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Hynes Funeral Home.

Francis L. Redmond

BAINBRIDGE — Francis L. Redmond, known by many as “Red” or “Coach,” passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. He was born Sept. 8, 1924.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bertha Redmond, as well as his four children: Tom (Sherry) Redmond, Jerry (Jane) Redmond, Carole (Tom) Stanbro and Cassie (Mike) Knapp; six grandchildren: Corey, Brennan, Kelsey, Paige, Lindsay and Sydney and several nieces and nephews.

Fran began his athletic career playing high school sports in Walton and continued as a standout football player at Cortland State. He attended Cortland on the G.I. Bill following his service in World War II. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe from 1942-1945. Fran graduated from Cortland in 1948. The following school year he began his career in The Sidney Central School system. He taught Physical Education, Health Education, coached football, basketball and track. He also started and coached the wrestling program. Throughout his career he served as the district’s Athletic Director as well as High School Assistant Principal.

During his 31 years in the Sidney School District, he was involved in many organizations that supported and promoted student athletics. He served as the Athletic Secretary for the Susquenango League for 20 years. He was the Susquenango representative to Section IV for 20 years and president of Section IV Athletics for three years. Fran was one of only two people who served as President for 3 years.

For 18 years he served as Director of the Sidney Summer Recreation Commission Program. In 1968, the governor appointed Fran to develop and direct five summer camps from Buffalo to Albany. This was under the NYS Division for Youth. It was designed to provide an outdoor experience for economically disadvantaged youth.

Recognizing the successful Physical Education and Athletic Program at Sidney, Cortland State University placed more than 200 student teachers in Sidney under his supervision. He was also a visiting instructor at the university in its student teaching program.

In the community, Fran was a long-time member of the Sidney Emergency Squad, served on the Board of Trustees of The Hospital in Sidney and served on the Advisory Board for the New York State Division for Youth at Camp Brace.

In recognition of his many achievements and his service to young people, Fran received many awards. In 1979, he received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Sidney Chamber of Commerce. In 1980, he was elected to the Section IV Hall of Fame. In 1982, he was inducted into the Cortland State “C” Club Hall of Fame.

Since retiring in 1979, Fran enjoyed family activities, duck decoy carving, traveling and the outdoors.

Friends are invited to call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. At the request of Mr. Redmond, there will be no formal funeral service. Burial will be at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Sidney Central School Alumni Association, designated for the Sidney Alumni Sports Hall of Fame. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Gladys Gabriel Gregory

PITTSFIELD — Gladys Gabriel Gregory, 97 years old of Pittsfield, passed away on Oct. 2, 2012, at her home.

She was born on May 10, 1915. in Liberty, the daughter of Milton and May (Hasbrouck) Gabriel. Her childhood was spent in Liberty where she was a graduate of Liberty High School. She also attended the Spencer Business School.

On Sept. 10, 1936, she married Brittain C. Gregory, who predeceased her in May 1998.

Gladys was a clerk and cashier at the Victory Markets of New Berlin, the Pittsfield Town Clerk and Tax Collector and a waitress at the Eagle Hotel in New Berlin. She was also the chairman of the Otsego Republican Party Club.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Rodger & Eugenia Gregory of Mt. Airy, Md., and grandchildren — Eric B. Gregory, Elaine Stephens and Marsha Lounsbury as well as five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and her beloved “Damn Cat.”

Gladys was predeceased by her son; David B. Gregory, grandson; Benjamin Gregory and brother; Horton Gabriel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church, New Berlin, with the Reverend Amy Gregory of the United Methodist Church of Greene officiating.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin.

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Catskill Area Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

John W. Landers

CASTLETON — John W. Landers, 58, of Castleton, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at home. John was born in Cooperstown to the late Marion Lennon and Kenneth Landers. He was raised in Richfield Springs before moving to the capital region 25 years ago, where he began working in sales for various copy companies, most recently as a Salesman for Camelot of Albany. John was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and had a great passion for music. He was a very talented musician who played with several bands in the New York State area throughout his lifetime. He was very proud to have passed this talent on to his children.

John is survived by his beloved wife: Courtney J. Landers (Papa) two daughters: Chloe Landers and Jackie Ward (Brian), two sons, Jason and Johnny Landers, two sisters: Madeline Ryan and Shirley Mullings, and one brother: David Landers; He is also survived by two grandchildren Madison and Jayden and several nieces and nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral at 6 p.m. Monday at Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc. 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. Friends may call prior to the service from 3 to 6 p.m. Contributions may be made to Rolling Thunder organization P.O. Box 216 Neshanic Station, NJ 08853 in his memory. Light a condolence

David Anthony Hewitt

WEST SENECA — David Anthony Hewitt, 56, of West Seneca, died Oct 3, 2012. Beloved partner of Clifford W. Franklin; dear son of Doris (Whitney) Hewitt and the late John B. Hewitt, Jr.; dear brother of Mike (Barb) Hewitt, Beth (Jon) Grapes, and Sarah (Rick) Porter. Survived by two uncles, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and their children. He will be remembered always for his genius, great humor, and wit. Services private.

Clifford J. Wilcox

EDMESTON — Clifford J. Wilcox, 63, of Edmeston, passed away Oct. 2, 2012, at MIB Hospital, Cooperstown.

Clifford was born on Aug. 19, 1949, in Columbus, the son of Clifford & Claudine (Winton) Wilcox. His childhood was spent in the Columbus, he attended New Berlin Central School and service in the United States Army from 1969-1970.

On Oct. 9, 1969, he married Patricia Mondore, who survives him.

Clifford was a self-employed truck driver. He enjoyed riding his Harley, Nascar racing, hunting, spending time with his family and the love of his black lab, Pepper.

He is survived by his children; Neil Mondore of Maryland, Connie L. Clark of South Edmeston, Clifford James Wilcox of Marathon, Jodi Clark of Smyrna, and Matthew Palmiter as well as his grandchildren; Savanah Mondore, Paige Mondore, Juliea Foland, MikaylaFoland, Ashley Mondore, Keith Mondore, Kirsten Mondore, Mike Wilcox, James Wilcox, Michael Russell and Nicholas Russell. He is also survived by his sisters; Marie Dyer of Rome, Joyce Mettler of Sherburne, Jane Mondore of New Berlin and Joan Knickerbocker of Fayetteville, NC and brother; Charles Wilcox of Sherburne, as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his siblings Claude Wilcox, Beverly Carmen and Albert Wilcox.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, with Pastor Jay Henderson officiating.

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