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Obituaries from the collection of Michael Cornell, August 29, 2006

John Fredenberg

Friday, September 10, 1938

John Fredenberg, Aged 75, North Harpersfield, Dies

Jefferson, Sept. 9-John Fredenberg, aged 75, of North Harpersfield, died at 7:30 Thursday evening in the Delaware Hospital at Delhi, where he had been a medical patient two days. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 from the North Harpersfield Methodist church, Rev. Milton H. Ryan, his pastor, assisted by Rev. Donald T. Kell of Jefferson will officiate. Internment will be in the West Jefferson cemetery.

Born July 7, 1863, in Grand Gorge, a son of Hiram and Sally (Simonson) Fredenberg, he had been employed by the town highway department. He married the former Maggie E. Manchester, [in the] town of Harpersfield.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. James Peets of Maryland; one son, Leslie M. Fredenberg of Fort Plain; two sisters, Mrs. Fanny Dibble of Grand Gorge and Melinda Cornell of West Oneonta; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Viola (Mickle-Cornell) Greer

The Oneonta Daily Star
October 22, 1941

Sidney-Mrs. Viola (Mickle) Greer, 88-year-old Meridale resident, died Sunday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Kenneth Jones, of Bainbridge, from a stroke suffered a week before, from which she never rallied. Funeral services will be held at the Colwell brothers parlors in Bainbridge today at 1. Rev. Paul Hulslander, pastor of the Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Jefferson cemetery.

Married three times, Mrs. Greer first became the bride of Henry Cornell when she was 19 years old. They later moved to Gilboa, where her children were born. Following Mr. Cornell's death in 1894, Mrs. Greer remained in Gilboa for two years and then moved to Meridale, where she resided for the rest of her life. She was born at Eminence May 8, 1853, a daughter of Nancy Proper and Jeremiah Mickle.

She was married to Levi Selleck about the turn of the century, and he passed away in 1910. Her third husband was W.J. Greer, who lived until 1923.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ellen Selleck of Meridale; a son, Ross Cornell of Walton; a sister, Ella Veley, 90, of Middleburg; a brother, Oscar Mickle, 92, of Stamford; 14 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.

Mildred H. (Riddell) Harkness

The Oneonta Daily Star
June 12, 1945

Mrs. Mildred H. Harkness, wife of Norman Harkness, died suddenly Tuesday morning at 4:30 at the Delhi Hospital. Sshe had submitted to appendectomy on June 7th and apparently was recovering nicely. Mrs. Harkness was born December 9, 1913, in Davenport, daughter of Mrs. Marion (Hayner) and the late Willard C. Riddell. She was married at Meredith to Norman Harkness on November 18, 1933. She had resided in Delhi for the past 12 years and graduated from Delaware Academy in 1932. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church and a willing and interested worker in the Cub Scouts and was also den mother. Surviving are her husband, a 10-year-old son, Lawrence; her mother; six brothers, Clare Riddell of Oneonta, Neil Riddell of Bloomville, Lt Leslie Riddell in San Marco, Texas, Cpl. Hugh Riddell in Burma, S/Sgt. Leonard Riddell at Keesler Field, La., and Lawrence Riddell of Franklin and three sisters, Mrs. Ralph Hoag, Mrs. Dorothy Burns, and Mrs. Edwin Grant all of Delhi. Funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Baptist Church. Rev. Ralph Randall, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Schenevus Cemetery.

Ross E. Cornell
Wednesday, December 1, 1954

Ross E. Cornell, 73, of Downsville, formerly of Walton, died suddenly Monday night, Nov. 29, 1954, at the home of his sister, Mrs.Ellen Selleck, of Meridale, where he was visiting for the day. He had been in failing health for the last 12 years.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Clark funeral home in Walton with Rev. R.D. Mahaffy, pastor of the Colchester Presbyterian church in Downsville, officiating. Internment was in Walton Cemetery.

Mr. Cornell was born at Hapersfield June 30, 1881, the son of Henry and Viola Mickle Cornell. He married Lena Dunham at Hobart May 25, 1910. He resided several years at Delancy. He came to Downsville from Unadilla six months ago to reside with his son, Kenneth.

Mr. Cornell had worked in several restaurants in the area. He attended the Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Kenneth of Downsville and Wilbur of Unadilla; two daughters, Miss Irene Cornell of Delhi and Miss Maguerite Sherman of Johnson City; and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Selleck of Meridale.

Malinda Cornell

The Oneonta Daily Star
April 29, 1966

Mrs. Malinda Cornell, 91, of 42 St. John Street, Walton, died September 27 at Delaware Valley Hospital, where she had been hospitalized about ten months after several years of illness.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta, with Rev. Lavere A. Dodson, pastor of Otego Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson.

Mrs. Cornell was born July 10, 1875, in Gilboa, daughter of Hyram and Sally (Simonson) Fredenberg. She was married to Vernor L. Cornell in Gilboa Feb. 1, 1899. He died September 16, 1936. For the past 11 years she had made her residence with her daughter in Walton, and previously had lived in Cooperstown, Oneonta, and Gilboa.

She was a member of the Cooperstown Methodist Church and the Red Creek Valley Grange.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Henry (Fanny) Brookins, Walton; five sons, Vernor H. of Carteret, N.J.; Freeland R. of 4 East End Ave.; Arthur J. of Milford Center Rd.; Carl K. of 9 Park St. and Marvin S. Cornell of Cooperstown; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one great grandchild, three nieces, two nephews and a cousin.

The family may call at their convenience at the funeral home, where the family will be present from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Dorothy R. Ackerly

The Oneonta Daily Star
November 1, 2000

DELHI - Dorothy R. Ackerly, 93, of Delhi, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at O'Connor Hospital, Delhi.

She was born March 10, 1907, in Schenevus, the daughter of Willard C. and Marion (Haynes) Riddell.

She married Earl Ackerly in May 1946 in Delhi. He predeceased her in 1970.

Mrs. Ackerly worked in the offices of Meridale Farms and for Mr. John Lennox in the 4-H Office.

She enjoyed memberships in the Meredith Baptist Church, Delhi Baptist Church, Treadwell Methodist Church and Butternut Valley Grange #1533 in Gilbertsville.

She was a housewife who dearly loved her family and friends, as well as reading, country music and crafts, including knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Condon, Treadwell; a brother, Leonard Riddell, Oneonta; two grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by one son, Renwick Burns Jr.; five brothers; three sisters; and one grandson.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at the Treadwell Methodist Church with the Rev. Lyle Linder officiating. Calling hours will be at 1 p.m. at the church preceding the service. Burial will be at a later date at Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Treadwell Methodist Church.

Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.

Carl Kenneth Cornell

Oneonta Daily Star
Friday, January 12, 2001

NORWICH - Carl K. Cornell, 93, of Norwich, formerly of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at the Valley View Nursing Home, Norwich.

He was born on Oct. 29, 1907, in South Gilboa, the son of the late Vernor L. and Malinda Fredenburg Cornell. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Agnes T. Coleman Cornell, who passed away on Jan. 5, 1997.

He is survived by his children, Carolyn (Cornell) and her husband, Richard Lee, of Rome, Linda (Cornell) and her husband, Joseph Stewart, of Norwich and Dennis Cornell and his wife, Nancy, of Ellisville, Mo.; his grandchildren, Lisa Stewart of Binghamton, Timothy and Michelle Stewart of Saranac Lake, Jamie Lee of Rome, Jason Lee of Syracuse, Amanda Cornell of Rochester, Minn., Alissa (Cornell) Schumacher and her husband, Jeffrey, of Winona, Minn., and Adam Cornell of Menemonie, Wis.; and his great-grandchildren, Bryan and Carl Joseph (C.J.) Stewart of Saranac Lake.

On June 20, 1937, Mr. Cornell married Agnes T. Coleman in Otego and was an Oneonta resident for more than 70 years until moving to the Norwich area in 1995.

For more than 40 years, he worked for the Tracy Baking Company of Norwich, which became Durkee Baking Co. and then Victory Markets Inc., until his retirement in 1972.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid gardener well known and admired for his gardening skills.

He was an active member of the Main Street Baptist Church of Oneonta for more than 50 years, serving as a trustee, an usher and vice president of the Couples Club of the church for many years.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at the Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Bonebrake, pastor of the Main Street Baptist Church, and the Rev. Kenneth Simpson, pastor, officiating. Spring interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049, or the Main Street Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 in Carl's memory.

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