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February 9, 2013

Brownell T. 'Brownie' Lake

Brownell T. ‘Brownie’ Lake

OXFORD _ Brownell T. “Brownie” Lake, 82, of Oxford and formerly of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the New York State Veterans Home, Oxford.

He was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Treadwell, the son of the late William and Flora (Brown) Lake.

Brownie proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.

On Oct. 12, 1968, Brownie married Louise Martindale in Otego. Louise predeceased him on Dec. 19, 1995.

For over 30 years, Brownie worked for the Town of Oneonta Highway Department until his retirement in 1995.

He enjoyed mowing his lawn. He took pride in having a nice lawn. Brownie also liked helping others. He was a giver and gave of his time and asked nothing in return.

He also loved the time spent with Louise, helping with the various activities at the Elm Park United Methodist Church. But most of all, Brownie loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Brownie is survived by his six daughters, Tracy Hoffman and her fiancé, James Andrews of Cooperstown, Terry Cimko of Oneonta, Josephine Ouimet of Oneonta, Carol Roberts of Maryland, Gail Davis of Oneonta and Audrey Henderson of Worcester; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Viola Clark of Utica; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Hadden of Bradenton, Fla., and Thelma Martindale of Sidney; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, and his in-laws, Margaret and Homer Martindale.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Rockwell officiating.

Burial will be held in the spring in the Otego Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Brownie’s name may be made to the New York State Veterans Home, Maple Cottage Wing, 4211 State Highway 220, Oxford, NY 13830.

To light a candle or send the family an online condolence please visit

Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.

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