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September 20, 2012

Robert A. (Bob) Harlem

The Daily Star

---- — Robert A.

(Bob) Harlem

ONEONTA _ Robert A. (Bob) Harlem, 86, of Oneonta, and a winter resident of Venice, Fla., died Sept 13, 2012.

He was born June 14, 1926, in New York City, to Helen (Goetz) and Leroy Harlem. Born on Flag Day, Bob was very patriotic. He exhibited his love of his country by wearing the U.S. Flag pin almost every day!

Survivors include his wife, Irene; his former wife and mother of his six children, Ramona P. Harlem; children: Robert A. Harlem Jr. (Barbara), of Oneonta, Ramona Palermo (Richard) of Sarasota, Fla., Richard A. Harlem (Debra) of Oneonta, Rebecca Lloyd (John) of Fort Edward, Ruth Ehrets of Oneonta, and Rosemary Harlem-Wood (William) of Sarasota, Fla.; the true joys of his life - his eight grandchildren; brother, Roy Harlem (Joan) of Caldwell, N.J.; and four stepchildren, Charles (Sue) Mann, Donald Mann, Kenneth (Barbara) Mann and Robert (Karen) Mann; seven stepgrandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Walnut Street, Oneonta. Interment with military honors will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 1117, Oneonta, NY 13820.

He was raised in Yonkers the second oldest of five children. Despite losing his father as a young boy, he did not let that deter him from obtaining his education and pursuing his dreams.

He served in the U.S. Army, graduated from Champlain College and Albany Law School. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the law firm of Harrington and Bookhout in Oneonta. His unmatched oratorical skills, prolific writing abilities, mental agility and passion for the law enabled him to become a most revered litigator; he was a lawyer’s lawyer. Trying cases into his early 80s, his legal career spanned six decades!

A few of his accomplishments include: Served as NYS Supreme Court Justice, 1979 to 1991; served as Otsego County Surrogate Court Judge, 1975 to 1978; served as Otsego County Attorney; Town attorney during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s for many surrounding towns until he became Surrogate Court Judge; incorporated the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club in 1964, and served on its board; attorney for the Goodyear Lake Association and was instrumental in saving the lake from being drained; attorney for the Holy Name Society and the Newman House.

He was a member of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church; Grande Knight (Knights of Columbus); member of the Fox Hospital Foundation; founding member and chairman of the Board-Oneonta Indians Football Club; Oneonta Country Club - served as both a director and the president, and was very proud that he “shot his age” beginning in his 70s!

He was a trustee for the Elks; guest conductor for UCCCA; Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year; supporter of St Mary’s School, Orpheus Theater and Hartwick College; member Advisory Board for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Sarasota County, Fla.; supporter of Bon Secours Hospital; founding member of the Community Foundation at the Venice Golf & Country Club; and member of the Board of Directors of the Master Association of the Venice Golf and Country Club.

His personality was such that he fit in with all from bar room to board room. His enthusiasm for life was contagious and will be remembered.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

Harold Eldred Edson

VOORHEES, N.J. — On Sept. 16, 2012, Harold Eldred Edson, 92, formerly of Milford Center, died peacefully at Virtua Hospital in Marlton, N.J., with his wife (of 70 years) and son by his side.

He was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Hotaling); the loving father of Gale Stucky (Larry), Jeffrey Edson (Jill Rivard), and the late Linda Potter; the devoted grandfather of Lauren Edson, Robert Snell (Jackie Snell), Richard Gorence (Paula) and Brian Gorence; the dear brother of Dotsey Fay, and deceased Harley Edson Sr.

A United States Merchant Marine veteran of the Merchant Marines during World War II (Dec. 7,1941 to Aug. 15, 1945), having served aboard ocean going ships in service. He did his Maritime Service Training in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Following the war, he returned home to the Dorr Edson Farm before purchasing Ford McLaurey’s general store. Mr. Edson owned/operated successfully Edson’s Market (IGA Store) for 25 years in Portlandville, and served as that town’s postmaster and received the Service Award for his dedicated service and honorable career of 18 years as Postmaster by the U.S. Post Office in 1985.

He was an active member of the International Rotary Club in Milford, for over 50 years, for which he received a Presidential Citation from Ronald Reagan.

He was past president of Portlandville United Methodist Church for several years and also served as president of the Milford Center Cemetery Association. He was past president of Greater Milford Historical Association.

Some of Harold’s most precious moments in life that he liked to talk about included shaking Babe Ruth’s hand during the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, at age 17, starting the Greater Milford Recreation Program and watching his son play All Star Little League on the fields he helped build, and later in life watching his daughter (Linda) carry the Olympic Torch (Relay) in 2004, for extraordinary willpower and positive attitude for the fight against cancer, and in his final years being able to spend quality time with family, and most recently with his daughter (Gale) who had an extended stay in South Jersey from Florida.

His lifelong dedication, commitment, and love to his family, friends and all who knew him will long be remembered and cherished.

Interment services will be held in the Milford Center Cemetery beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, officiated by Pastor Moore of the United Methodist Church.

Donations in Mr. Edson’s memory may be made to the Portlandville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 308, Portlandville, NY 13834.

Donald R. Bramley

ANDES — Donald R. Bramley, longtime Andes resident, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Mountainside Care Center, Margaretville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville. Committal services will follow in the Andes Cemetery, Andes.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.

A complete obituary will be published in Friday’s edition of The Daily Star.

John J. Gacek

WILTON — John J. Gacek, of Donegal Way, passed away suddenly Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 67.

Born on May 25, 1945, in Greenwich, Conn., he graduated with a B.S. from Castleton State College in Vermont and later earned a master’s degree from SUNY Albany. He had a long and rewarding career as an optician and was most recently employed with Oneonta Eye and Laser Center.

He married his wife and best friend, Jacqueline, in 1986, and together they enjoyed cruising and wine country travel. John enjoyed reading, libraries, taking long walks with his wife and attending events at SPAC.

In addition to his wife; he is the brother of Annette (Nick) Argyros of Loudonville; and is an uncle to Chris Argyros of Albany. Survivors also include several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (888) 584-5373.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family has requested that charitable memorial donations may be made in John’s name to the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., or to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Online remembrances may be made at

Leon W. Rathbun

COOPERSTOWN _ Leon W. Rathbun, 94, of Cooperstown, died on Sept. 13, 2012, at The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.

He was born on June 15, 1918, in East Springfield, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward H. (Lena Eckler) Rathbun. He has one sister, Ruth Druse of Richfield Springs.

Leon was graduated from East Springfield Central School in 1937, and from SUNY Oswego in 1941, with a BS in industrial arts education. He taught Industrial Arts in Union Springs, for the 1941 to 1942 school year where he met his wife, Yolande Flowers who was teaching Home Economics. They married on Oct. 14, 1943. She predeceased him on April 24, 2003.

In the fall of 1942, he was drafted into the military of World War II. After military schools he received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant at Yale. He spent three years in the service during World War II serving in Cuba and Italy with the 15th Army Air Force, 451 Bomb Group 724 Squadron. He was discharged in the fall of 1945, as a Captain and Armament Officer of the 724 Squadron.

After the war he continued his education, earning a Master’s of Science degree in industrial arts education from Oswego. He taught Industrial Arts at Newburgh Free Academy from 1955 to 1970. He took courses from NYU and received his school administrator’s certificate. He then became Director of Occupational Education for the Newburgh City School System, retiring in July 1977.

Leon is survived by a daughter and two sons, Shirley Waterfield and her husband, Paul, James W. Rathbun and his wife, Nancy and Mark F. Rathbun and his wife, Dianne; and six grandchildren, Holly Waterfield of New York City, Matt Waterfield of Saratoga Springs, Kristen Rathbun, MD of Sacramento, Calif., Adam Rathbun of Baltimore and Liza and John Rathbun of Cooperstown.

Over the years, Mr. Rathbun was active in Grange at East Springfield, Rotary Club of Montrose, Pa., and the Lions Club in Cornwall. He volunteered for many years at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

A memorial service will be held at the Springfield First Presbyterian Church later in the fall, the date and time of which will subsequently be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Springfield First Presbyterian Church, 5446 US Highway 20, East Springfield, NY 13333.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Tillapaugh Funeral Service of Cooperstown.

Alfred Laureanti

ROXBURY _ Alfred Laureanti, 71, resident of Roxbury died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, peacefully at his home.

He was born May 14, 1941, in Bay Shore, Long Island, the son of Louis and Grace (Taylor) Laureanti.

Alfred married Gloria VanNatta in 1965, on Long Island. He was employed at Ethan Allen in Bay Shore and later for John Biruk as a sawmill worker and carpenter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping,

Survived by Gloria Laureanti and children, Laura Porretta and husband Angelo of Guilford, Conn., Ann Laureanti and companion Kim of Ilion, Alfred Laureanti and wife Carinda of Norwich, Cheryl Stewart and husband Dave of Lewisville, Ohio; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury, with Pastor Robert Englehardt, officiating.

Committal services will be held at a later date in Kelly Corners Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until service time at 11 a.m. at the Miller Funeral Home.

Donations in memory of Alfred Laureanti may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.

Randall Paul Moxham

DELHI _ Randall Paul Moxham, 59, formerly of Delhi, passed away Sept. 16, 2012, in Trinity, Texas.

He was born Jan. 5, 1953, in Harpersfield, the son of Carlton and Virginia (Clark) Moxham.

A mechanic Randall had worked in Bovina.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Carol Moxham; two daughters, Debbie Moxham and Randi Moxham; two stepsons, David and Daniel Quackenbush; his grandchildren, Shawn, Britanny, Austin, Zicciah, Savannah, Daniel Jr., David, Shyleana, Kamea and Matthew. Also his mother, Virginia Aldrich, Cherry Valley; three brothers, Alfred and Pearl Moxham, Carlisle, Leonard and Sissy Moxham, Somerville, Texas, Scott and Bernadette Moxham, Sprakers; three sisters, Sherry and Raymond Merwin, St. Johnsville, Carleen and Amiel Meyer, Middleburgh, Suzanne and Roland Swart, Cherry Valley survive. And a special aunt and uncle, Paul and Patty Clark; and his best friend, Phil Constable; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Carlton Moxham; and a half-brother, Elton Aldrich.

Calling hours will take place at Delhi First Baptist Church from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Jeffery Staples officiating.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.