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Vol. 110 - Issue 19, Thursday, May 8, 2008

Stella Potzner

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Stella Potzner, 92, of 8531 State Route 28, Richfield Springs, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 2, 2008.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1915, in Herkimer, the daughter of Charles and Nancy (Kulczycka) Panko and attended Mohawk schools.

She was married to William Potzner, who died in 1986. Stella and her husband owned and operated Potzner’s Market in Richfield Springs for about 25 years, retiring in 1973.

She loved gardening, needlepoint, crafts and antiquing.

Survivors include her sister, Mary Zito, of Marathon, Fla.; her nephew, Chuck Panko, and his wife, Maria, of Frankfort, and his daughter, Ashley Harrington, of Mohawk; and several other nieces and nephews, including Clark and Marsha Whitney, of Ann Arbor, Mich.

She was predeceased by three bothers, Charles Panko II, Russell and Rudy Panko; one sister, Molly Whitney; and her brother-in-law, Jack Zito.

In keeping with her wishes there will no formal calling hours or funeral services at this time. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Special thanks to the Home Care Staff and Stella’s neighbors, Fred and Carla Eckler.

Anyone wishing to share a memory of Stella or add to her online memorial may go to

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Richfield Springs Ambulance Corp.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, N.Y.  

Nan Kelly

SCHUYLER LAKE – Nan Jane Kelly, age 64, of County Highway 23, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in her home. She had the comfort of her family at her side.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1943, in Brooklyn, a daughter of the late C. Monroe and Dorothy (Schultz) Webster. She was raised and educated on Long Island, graduating from high school and continuing her education at George Washington University, graduating in 1965.

On Oct. 9, 1965, she was united in marriage to L. Kevin Kelly in Chillum, Md. and had resided in Maryland until moving to Schuyler Lake in 2002. She was employed by Emergency Medicine Associates in Rockville, Md., retiring in 2000.

She had a strong belief in God and was a communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Mount Airy, Md. and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richfield Springs.

Besides her church involvement and love of her pets, she enjoyed reading and spending time gardening. Her happiest moments were times she spent with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Nan was a gracious and loving woman and will always be remembered for her caring and helpful ways. She will be greatly missed.

Surviving, besides her husband of 43 years, Kevin, are one son, Timothy Kelly, and his wife, Carrie, of Athens, Ga.; three daughters, Jane Kelly, of Baltimore, Susan Menendez and her husband, Dan, of Burlington Flats, and Lauren La-Canfora and her husband, Jason, of Arlington, Va.; five grandchildren, Daniel, Kelly, Cassie, Chloe and Rocco; two brothers, Fred Webster and his wife, Doris, of Wilmington, N.C., and Richard Webster and his wife, Bridget, of Chicago; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church, Mount Airy, Md.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Richfield Springs.

Memorial donation may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, PO Box 791, Richfield Springs, NY 13439 or (BARCS) Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.

Sophia B. Mosher

LITTLE FALLS – Sophia B. (Sophie) Mosher, 86, of 3696 State Route 167, Little Falls, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 23, 1921, in Starkville, the daughter of the late Boleslaw and Mary (Franciak) Bednarski. She was educated in Starkville rural and Little Falls schools. She was united in marriage to her husband of 61 years, Leonard O. (Duke) Mosher, on April 5, 1947, in Van Hornesville.

Mrs. Mosher was employed at one time by the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, and for many years by the former Allegro Shoe Corp., Little Falls, along with assisting her husband in the operation of the family dairy farm in Van Hornesville. She was last employed as an inspector for the former Daniel Green Co., Dolgeville, retiring in 1993.

She was an avid card player and over the years belonged to several bowling leagues. She was also a member of the Charlie Wooster Club during the Little Falls Bicentennial Celebration.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard (Duke); five sons, Barry Haggerty, of Little Falls, Richard B. Mosher and his wife, Mary, of Indian Castle, Leonard Mosher, of Little Falls, Timothy Mosher and his wife, Jill, of Little Falls, and Dayton Mosher and his wife, Felicia, of Newville; two daughters, Laurie Florian and her companion, J.R. Kimbrell, of Little Falls, and Christy Corso and her companion, William Smith, of Oppenheim; a sister, Wanda Keba, of St. Johnsville; 14 grandchildren, Cara Mosher and her companion, Anthony Boepple, Alecia Sohns and her husband, Matthew, Amy Mosher, Brain Mosher, Shelley LaPorta and her husband, Corey, Stacey Palmer and her husband, Donald, Scott Florian, Traci Gardinier and her husband, John, Trisha Mosher, Teresa Mosher and her fiancé, Justin Battisti, Jessica Mosher, Anthony Corso, Brittany Corso and Donald (D.J.) Jasewicz; six great grandchildren, Anthony LaPorta, Adrianna Sohns, Madison Battisti, Kiaira Florian, Savannah Florian and Sean Gardinier; several nieces and nephews; her sister-in-law, Jennie Bednarski, of Little Falls; and her special friend and Sunday rummy partner, Leonard Pross, of Indian Castle.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Patricia Mosher, on Oct. 21, 1948; her twin brother, Zigmund Bednarski, in 1997; and two sisters, Kaye Madison in 1985 and Lodjia Graudons in 2007.

The funeral was held on Friday, May 2, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, with her niece, Rev. Theresa Grescheck, pastor of the Paines Hollow United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was to take place in the Ostrander Cemetery, town of Danube, at the convenience of the family.

It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mrs. Mosher be considered to the Hospice Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.

The family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the staff of Hospice, Little Falls Hospital and the ICU and doctors Liu, Sharma and Haas for their kindness, care and compassion shown to Mrs. Mosher and her family.

Hazel Frances (Armstrong) Parsons

NEWARK, N.Y. – Hazel Frances (Armstrong) Parsons, 93, formerly of Hill Road, Unadilla, passed away peacefully Friday, May 2, 2008, at the DeMay Living Center, Newark, after a stay of 2 1⁄2 years.

Hazel was born June 6, 1914, in Richfield Springs, daughter of Frank and Mary (Jones) Armstrong. She was a lifelong resident of Otsego County.

She graduated from Richfield Springs Central School in 1933, and married Earl Richard Parsons on May 1, 1936, in Oneonta. He predeceased her Sept. 23, 2005.

She enjoyed many years working for the Bresee family in their home and department store. During the 1950s, she and her husband were the owners and proprietors of the Twentieth Century Restaurant on Broad Street in Oneonta.

At that time, Hazel spent many hours in her home kitchen, baking homemade pies and cakes for the lunch and dinner hours, as well as serving as a waitress. While living in the Sidney area, she was employed by the Sidney Central School District in food service.

She is survived by three children, a daughter, Phyllis (John) Greene, of Newark, and two sons, Gene (Janet) Parsons, of New Milford, Conn., and Richard (Kathleen) Parsons, of Laurens; grandchildren, Michael (Jody) Greene, Lori Ann (Donald) Brown, Matthew Parsons, Deborah (Lenny) Bisaccia, Stephen and Andrew Parsons; six great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Julia Greene, Molly and Harrison Brown, Katelyn and Charlotte Bisaccia; sisters-in-law, Beverly Ritchko, of Oneonta, Marilou (David) Stewart, of New Hope, Pa., and Josephine Parsons, of Oneonta; one brother-in-law, Stuart (Catherine) Parsons, of Virgil; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Harrie Armstrong; and two sisters, Elda Sheldon and Eleanor Gravelding.

The funeral was at noon, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., in Sidney. Rev. Paul R. Messner, of the Otsego County Lutheran Parish, officiated. Burial followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the DeMay Living Center Activities Fund, 100 Sunset Drive, Newark, NY 14513, the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 Main Street, Sidney, NY 13838 or a charity of one’s choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff of DeMay Living Center for the loving care she received while residing there.

Grant F. Palmer Jr.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Grant F. Palmer Jr., 68, of Union Street, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2008, in Bassett Healthcare, he had the comfort of his loving family by his side.

He was born April 11, 1940, in Cooperstown, a son of the late Grant F. and Marguerite Seamon Palmer. A lifelong Richfield Springs resident, he was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School class of 1958. On Nov. 18, 1967, he married the former Ruth Palmer in Cedarville Community Church.

For 11 years, Grant worked for the Otsego County Highway Department. He was then appointed as the village of Richfield Springs superintendent of public works. For 26 1/2 years, he maintained that position, retiring in 2000.

Grant had a strong sense of community, serving as a volunteer fireman since 1970 for the Richfield Springs Fire Department and had served a term as fire chief. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and many outdoor activities.

He will be greatly missed by many, especially his family.

Surviving besides his wife of 40 years, Ruth, are three sons, Grant F. Palmer III and his companion, Mary Cotton, of Little Falls, Gary Palmer and his wife, Vicky, of South Glens Falls, and Bradley Palmer and his companion, Jeanette Golicki, of Richfield Springs; two daughters, Debra Palmer, of Ilion, and Jean Palmer, of Richfield Springs; a brother, Douglas Palmer, and his wife, Karen, of Richfield Springs; a sister, Jean Coones, and her companion, Lyle Borden, of Richfield Springs; six grandchildren, Alan, Matthew, Randy, Noelle, Amber and Anthony; six great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two grandsons, Brian Seelbach and Michael Frezza Jr., and his mother-in-law, Alice Palmer.

 Burial Office from the Book of Common Prayer with Holy Eucharist was held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Richfield Springs. Rev. John Dixon Bartle, rector, officiated assisted by Rev. John Young. Interment took place in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs.

Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department or Richfield Springs Ambulance Squad. 

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