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October 10, 2012

Alice L. Colwell

The Daily Star

---- — Alice L. Colwell

ONEONTA — Alice L. Colwell, 88, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.

Alice was born on Jan. 26, 1924, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Raymond and Leona (Utter) Barbin. She was a graduate of Oneonta High School in 1941.

In June of 1943, Alice married Robert Colwell in Oneonta and celebrated 33 years of marriage until his passing in 1977.

She was employed for over 40 years as a sales clerk at Kresge’s, Woolworths, and Family Cleaners.

She was a very devoted mother and grandmother who never missed a family get-together. Alice really loved spending time with her family and not a birthday ever went by without receiving a card from grandma.

She was a very active resident at Nader Towers for over 16 years, serving on many of the community’s boards and programs. She was also a devout member of the River Street Baptist Church of Oneonta.

Alice is survived by her children, Roberta Spina-Marrotta and her husband, Frank of Whitesboro, Donna Simons of Oneonta, Richard Roberts of Oneonta, Sue Ann Roe of Oneonta; and her son-in-law, Allen Schmidt of Mound, Minn. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; her brother, Donald Barbin of Cortland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alice was predeceased by her daughter, Carol Schmidt; her grandson, Robert Schmidt; and her sister, Doris Moore.

Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, Oct. 11, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mel Farmer, pastor of the River Street Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta.

Alice’s family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Otsego Manor and Catskill Area Hospice for the wonderful care that she received.

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Henry Harvey Yerdon

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Henry Harvey Yerdon, 79, of Hogsback Road, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Oct. 8, 2012, in Faxton-Saint Luke’s Medical Center, New Hartford. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side.

He was born on June 26, 1933, in the town of Richfield, son of the late Delmar Seymour and Ruth Schwartz Yerdon. A lifelong area resident he was raised in both Cherry Valley and Richfield Springs and was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School.

Mr. Yerdon was proud of his military service with the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged Oct. 13, 1959, attaining the rank of Specialist First Class.

On Dec. 22, 2001, he was united in marriage with the former Barbara Ann Maaloe in Falls Church, Va. They have made their home in both Richfield Springs and Florida.

For 30 years Mr. Yerdon had worked as a self-employed farmer in Richfield and truck driver for the H.P. Hood Company in Vernon. He retired in 2000.

Henry was an active part of his community; he had served as a councilman on the town of Warren Board, an active member of the American Legion Post No. 616 Richfield Springs, Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department and the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

In his leisure time he enjoyed watching Western movies, following his New York Yankees, going to Florida every year just to get sunburn on his knees. In his younger years he found excitement racing cars.

To all who knew him they will never forget his friendly manner and unforgettable smile. He will be truly missed.

Surviving besides his devoted wife, Barbara; are one son, Mark Henry Yerdon with his companion, Kim Pye, and her son, Kyle of Richfield; two daughters, Cynthia Jean Miner of Ft Worth, Texas, and Valerie Marie Yerdon of Syracuse; a stepson, Daniel Kelly and his wife, Janice, with their daughter, Alissa of Mohegan Lake; a stepdaughter, Nancy Racette and her husband, John, with their children, Casey and Kelly of Falls Church, Va.; a brother, Richard and his wife, Barbara Yerdon of Marcy; two sisters, Beverly Kaiser of Sylvania, Ohio, and Geraldine Ginder of Nashville, Tenn.; three cherished grandchildren, Michael Armstrong of Ft Worth, Texas, Kevin Yerdon of Afghanistan, and Keri Yerdon of Syracuse; one great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Richfield Springs. The Rev. Matthew B. Wetsel, pastor will officiate. Interment with full military honors will follow in Crain Memorial Cemetery, town of Warren.

The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday. Members of Richfield Springs American Legion Post No. 616 are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for ritualistic service.

Robert F. Lusk

CHERRY VALLEY — Mr. Robert F. Lusk, 66, passed away Oct. 8, 2012, unexpectedly in Cherry Valley.

Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church, Cherry Valley.

Visitation will be held at the Ottman Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, and a full obituary will be published in a later edition of The Daily Star.