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John R. "Jack Coffin" - Mon Mar 24, 2008, 85 formerly of 130 Lower Paradise Road, Little Falls (town of Danube) and, since Oct. 7, 2002, a resident of Valley Health Services, Herkimer passed away Monday, March 24, 2008, at that residence.

Little Falls, N.Y. - He was born on Aug. 22, 1922, in Little Falls the son of the late Leon and Rose (Mulligan) Coffin. He was educated in Town of Danube rural and Little Falls schools. He was united in marriage to his wife of 57 years the former Betty A. Darling on June 26, 1948, at St. Mary's Church, Little Falls. Mrs. Coffin predeceased him on Aug. 28, 2005. He was a member of the Holy Family Parish of Little Falls, as well as a member of the former Owl's Club, Little Falls and was past president of the Valley Health Services Daycare Activities Group.

Mr. Coffin began his working career on the family dairy farm and later worked in the logging industry for his father in law Clifford Darling and later was employed for many years as a heavy equipment operator for the Horender Construction Co., Little Falls. He was last employed in the assembly department of the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, retiring in 1985 after 17 years of service.

He is survived by three sons, Clifford Coffin and his wife Linda, Cedarville, Robert Coffin, Little Falls and John R. Coffin Jr. and his fiance Christy Major, Johnstown, two daughters, Donna Blakeslee and her husband Gary, Amsterdam and Lucinda Richards and her husband Kevin, Little Falls; a sister, Patricia Weaver Lynch, Little Falls; 12 grandchildren, Clifford and Trudy Coffin, Daniel and Bobbilee Coffin, Jeremy and Michelle Blakeslee, Steven and Stephanie Blakeslee, John and Heather Blakeslee, Ryan and Jessica Coffin, Robert Richards, Cheyenne Richards, Teresa Coffin, Joshua Coffin, Kalub Coffin and Matthew Coffin; 18 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, a special friend Sam Scialdone, Valley Health Services, brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Marlyn Darling, St. Johnsville, George and Gladys O'Neil, Little Falls and Nancy Coffin, Herkimer.

He was predeceased by three brothers Leon, Norman and Edwin Coffin, four sisters Lizzie Horgan, Alice Silvernail, Margaret Liddon, Frances Coffin and Ida Rake and a granddaughter, Eliza Richards, on July 5, 1993.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at noon from the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Main and John streets, Little Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Ligato. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann Street, Little Falls on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, from 5-8 p.m. and to attend the funeral services Thursday at noon.

It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Coffin be considered to the Holy Family Parish Church, 763 E. Main St., Little Falls 13365 or to Valley Health Services, 690 W. German St., Ext., Herkimer 13350. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose.

He will be sadly missed by many of the staff and his friends at Valley Health Services. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for care and friendship shown to Mr. Coffin by Valley Health Services, especially Chris Congdon, Laura Pedrick, Marla Congdon, Donna Golicki and Dr. Kathryn Miller.

East Herkimer -- Edwin P. Coffin, 87, a longtime Little Falls resident, and recently of East Herkimer, passed away on Wednesday April 4, 2007 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Florida.

He (James F. Coffin's father)was born August 18, 1919 in Mohawk, N.Y. the son of the late Leon Coffin, Sr., and Rose (Mulligan) Coffin, and was educated in Indian Castle schools.

His marriage to Nancy Tisi took place on May 11, 1946 at St. Joseph's Church in Little Falls.

Mr. Coffin was a World War II Army veteran, enlisting on September 6, 1940 and was honorable discharged on June 29, 1945 with the rank of Private. While serving his country, Ed received the Purple Heart.

For 22 years, until his retirement in 1981, Ed worked for General Electric in Utica, New York. At one time he was employed at Univac and Remington Arms.

Mr. Coffin was a member of the Holy Family Parish, Little Falls AARP and the Senior Patriots of Florida.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Nancy; two sons, Edwin Coffin, Jr., of Los Angles, California, and James Coffin and wife Judith Maria of Clayville, N.Y.; a daughter, Sharon Coffin of Lakeland, Florida; a daughter-in-law, Christine Coffin of Scotia, N.Y., a brother, Jack Coffin of Little Falls; grandchildren; James, Melissa, Donald, Kristy, Joette, Paul and Alex; 9 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws, Ben Tisi and wife Fern of St. Johnsville, Ida Rich of Little Falls, and Mary Raiello of Little Falls.

He was pre-deceased by two sons, CPL Donald Coffin who died in Vietnam and Gary Coffin, a daughter, Lorraine Coffin Tucci, two brothers and 5 sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 10:15 a.m. from the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe Street, Little Falls, New York and at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Family Parish, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Anthony Ligato, pastor. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Herkimer with full military honors. Evening Times April 9, 2007

In Memory Of: Ronald H. "Hank" Richburg - Born: August 12, 1929 in Winchester, MA and Died:July 31, 2006, Randolph, VT. The Memorial Services were held on Friday, August 11, 2006, at the Bethany United Church Of Christ, Randolph, VT. Officiating was Rev. Kathy Eddy. Day Funeral Home. Mr. Ronald H. Richburg was the loving husband of Mrs. Priscilla Richburg Coffin. Priscilla is a cousin of James F. Coffin. Daughter of the late Harry Coffin, Jr.


My deep sympathy for all of his family members and friends.


Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Ellen (Green)Liddon, Little Falls, N.Y. entered into eternal rest on Monday morning, June 5th 2006. She was born October 26, 1937 in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late Harry T. and Margaret (Good) Green.

On December 31, 1955, Patricia married Francis "Frank" H. Liddon Coffin, Son. She leaves behind: her husband and seven children: Karen Liddon Wilson, Margaret Liddon Hadcock, Donna Liddon Marsh, Michael Liddon, Matthew Liddon, Cherly Liddon, Teresa Liddon and 11 cherished grandchildren.
Pat more immportantly remained a dedicated confidante to her loved ones. She had a unique and personal sence of humor, one which drew people to her and one which she handed on to succeeding generations of her family.

LITTLE FALLS - Mr. Anthony J. "Tony" Rich, 88, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, in Little Falls Hospital. At the time of his passing he was surrounded with the love and support of his entire family.


He was born on August 27, 1917, in Little Falls, a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Forcina) Rich, and received his education in Little Falls schools. His marriage to Edith Tisi took place on February 23, 1946, in St. Joseph's Church, Little Falls. The couple enjoyed a blessed union of 59 years. Tony served his country during World War II with the United States Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge in January 1949. His last employment was with General Electric where he held the position of processor technician. He was a communicant of Holy Family Parish, Little Falls. In his spare time he enjoyed working around the house and woodworking. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Tony will be truly missed by his family.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Edith; seven children, Andrew Rich and wife, Saundra, of Tucson, Ariz., Anthony Rich and wife, MaryAnn, of Mayfield, Elena Rich of Athens, Karen Ruff and husband, Gary, of Herkimer, MaryBeth Raymond and husband, James, of Sacramento, Calif., Kathy Hudson and husband, Scott, of Prattsburg and Steven Rich and wife, Kelly, of Canton, Ga.; a brother, Joseph Rich and wife, Ann, of Revere, Mass.; a sister, Ursula Mastracco of Carmichael, Calif.; his grandchildren, Andrea, Michelle, Tony Jr., Jeremy, Alycia, Jamie, Johnathan, Jeffery, Sara, Erik, Laura, Lisa, Jennifer, Jason, Amanda Jo, Nathan, Stevi Marie, Ansley, Tanner, Revecca and Alyssa; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Hannah, Emma, Tyler, Caitlyn, Darren, Mackenzie, William, Owen, Lynden, Alexandra, Samantha, Alex, Megan, Bryce, Kaden, Jacob, Reilly and Lucas; and in-laws, Mary Raiello of Little Falls, Ben Tisi and wife, Fern, of Little Falls and Nancy Coffin and husband, Ed, of Herkimer. He was predeceased by his son, Joseph Rich, and by two brothers, John and Joseph Rich.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, on Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, from 6-9 p.m. Mr. Rich's funeral will commence on Sat., January 14, at 10:15 a.m. from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 11 a.m. from Holy Family Parish, corner of East Main and John streets, Little Falls, where the Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest. The Evening Times, January 12, 2006

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

November 2005 - Lydia Borrero - Long time resident of Yauco, Puerto Rico; passed away in her sleep. God bless her so. Lydia was the 2nd cousin of my father, José M. Oxholm. She was always such a very kind person, and family member. I felt a closeness to her and always tried to visit her when I was visiting the family at home in Puerto Rico. This past May of 2005 while in San Juan, I went to visit Lydia at her home in San Juan, where she lived with her husband and her daughter. Although it was a short visit she had an unexpected lunch (super dinner) waiting for my arrival. "Pasteles, rice and bean, and tostones" - I may add, which was and still is my favorite of all meals. What a cook! Afterwards, I took some photos of Lydia in her home so as to add to my family pictures when I arrived home. It was a wonderful day! Lydia being so attentive, called me at my Aunt Marisa's home almost every night during my stay to see how my visit was going and what I had done that day. I pray that God keeps here family well. My deep sympathy for all her family members and friends. Obiturary well follow. A forever friend!


My husband's Aunt Betty passed away on August 28, 2005. While we where at her wake, many family pictures were being shown. Pictures which I had never seen. I was able to scan a copy of a few of them. One of he photos was the Wedding of Aunt Betty and Uncle Jack Coffin. I have placed these photos on page 5 of our photo page. Aunt Betty will be missed by all who had the pleasure to meet her. So kind at heart, a great friend and a wonderful cake baker. She made our Wedding Cake. It is still being spoken of till this very day almost 20 years later. I will always have a special place in memory and in my heart for Betty Coffin. May God bless her family.


LITTLE FALLS -- Betty A. Coffin, 75, a longtime resident of Lower Paradise Road, town of Danube, and more recent of 760 E. Monroe St., Valley View Courts, Little Falls, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2005, at Little Falls Hospital.


She was born on February 12, 1930, in Auburn, the daughter of the late Clifford M. and Eliza (Looman) Darling. She was educated in Northville and Stratford schools and Little Falls High School.

She was united marriage to her husband of 57 years, John R. Coffin Sr., on June 26, 1948, at St. Mary's Church, Little Falls.

She was a member of the Holy Family Parish of Little Falls, as well as a member of the Danube Chat & Chew Club and the Owl's Club of Danube.

She was employed at one time by various dress factories in the area and by the former Allegro Shoe Corp., Little Falls.

Mrs. Coffin was well known in the area for her cake decorating business which she operated from her home for over 20 years. [Notation: Aunt Betty made a very special fresh strawberry filled cake for our Wedding 19 years ago. People still mention our wedding cake even after all these years. We will always have a special place in our hearts.

She is survived by her husband, John R. Sr., a resident of Valley Health Services, Herkimer; three sons Clifford Coffin Sr. and his wife Linda of Cedarville, Robert Coffin of Canajoharie and John R. Coffin Jr. of Canajoharie; two daughters, Donna Blakeslee and her husband Gary of Amsterdam and Lucinda Richards and her husband Kevin of Little Falls; a brother, Harry Darling and his wife Marlyn of St. Johnsville; a sister, Gladys O'Neil and her husband George of Little Falls; a brother-in-law, Edwin Coffin and his wife Nancy of Herkimer; a sister-in-law, Patricia Lynch of Little Falls; 11 grandchildren, Clifford and Trudy Coffin, Daniel and Bobbilee Coffin, Jeremy Blakeslee, Steven and Stephanie Blakeslee, John and Heather Blakeslee, Ryan Coffin, Teresa Coffin, Kaleb Coffin, Joshwa Coffin, Robert Richards and Cheyenne Richards; 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Howard M. Darling Sr., who died on March 11, 2004, and by a granddaughter, Eliza Faye Richards, who died on July 5, 1993.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2005, at 11 a.m. from the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Main and John streets, Little Falls, where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Ligato. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, on Wednesday, August 31, 2005, from 5-8 p.m. and to attend the funeral services Thursday morning.

It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mrs. Coffin be considered to the Holy Family Parish Church, 763 E. Main St., Little Falls, NY 13365 or to Valley Health Services, 690 W. German St., Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for this purpose.

Our deepest sympathy to the Coffin and Darling families.


Pedro Osvaldo Villafañe Collazo
1920-2005


Memories, Love, and Sorrow - Our family will always have you in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to my uncle's family.
Pedro Osvaldo Villafañe Collazo was born the 6th day of September 1920, San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. So kind at heart, concern for all, and wisdom for all who needed guidance/advise. Osvaldo loved to sail the sea. His wife, children, and family will always miss him dearly. He is always on my mind - my Uncle.
Died on the 17th day of March 2005 after a long illness. Cemetery: El Señorial Memorial Park Cupey Alto, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. The son of Pedro Villafañe Cuevas and Maria Villafañe Collazo. Brother of Judith Villafañe Collazo - my mother. Two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. The Cemetery cross of the El Señorial Memorial Park Cupey Alto can be seen from the home of his family day or night miles and miles away. A comfort to all. May you always be in peace as you sail into the sunset. jc.
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Rosalie Mary Perkov (Tisi) 1930 - 2004, 73, was united with her heavenly Father on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at an Arlington hospital. Memorial Mass: 3 p.m. Monday at St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Rosalie was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Little Falls, N.Y., to Leonard and Josephine Tisi. She retired from LaSalle Laboratories in 1997 after 10 years of dedicated service. After moving to Arlington, Texas in 1997, she worked for Winn-Dixie in Grand Prairie for four years. Her husband, John Perkov, and son, David Perkov, both preceded her in death.
Survivors: Sons, John Perkov Jr. of Salisbury, N.Y., Nicholas Perkov of Joshua, Robert Perkov of Little Falls, N.Y., and Leonard Perkov of Arlington; daughters, Jo Ann Perkov and Susan Salas, both of Arlington, Janice Perkov of Little Falls, N.Y., and Lisa Herringshaw and her husband, William, of Whitney; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Published in the Star-Telegram from 2/5/2005 - 2/6/2005. Texas.

Jose M. Oxholm Lopez, Age 77, August 28, 2004. Beloved husband of Maria A. Loving father of Judith M. (James) Coffin, Nellie A. (Leonard) Drake, Maria L. (Paul) Bruno, M. Theresa Oxholm, Nilda M. (Dennis) Hoban and Jose M. (Carolina) Oxholm. Dear grandfather of 10. Dear brother of Luis, Nellie, Nydia and Rafael. Visitation Wednesday, 3-9 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Rosary at the Charles R. Step Funeral Home, 18425 Beech-Daly Rd. (between 6-7 Mile Rds). In state Thursday 9:30 a.m. and Mass 10 a.m. at St. Agatha Catholic Church (Beech-Daly Rd N. of Grand River Ave.). Interment Glen Eden Cemetery.


From the Detroit Free Press Guest Book: OXHOLM-LOPEZ JOSE M --- August 31, 2004


Jamie Lescoe (Holly, MI ) August 31, 2004
Papa,as I called him, was the most unbelievable man. He was a rock through all of the turbulent times of my childhood. He was a beacon in the night guiding you through your bad day . He also was the soft comforting Papa that I would snuggle up to on the couch and he would read me letters from his family that were written in spanish. in the fall we would make our own apple cider and then make apple sauce out of the pulp. In the winter Cha Cha (Alicia) would slather our faces in vasoline so that we didn't get wind burn and Jason and I would proceed to help Papa shovel the drive way. In the summers we would go help Papa & Cha Cha on the farm. I suspect we did more hindering than helping ,but Papa would never say so. I could go on and on , in fact I could probably write a book filled with magic and adventures though amazingly enough all true . It would be the story of growing up with Cha Cha & Papa . I will never forget my Papa , he is eternally etched into my soul. In closing I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for giving me a childhood most children can only dream of having.

A TRIBUTE TO JOSE OXHOLM - By: Elizabeth Byler-Younts

Have you ever had someone in your life that believed in you more than you believed in yourself? In my life it was José Oxholm. Jose passed away August 28, 2004.

José did for me what no one else could have done. When I got the call telling me that José was gone there were many thoughts and feelings running through my mind and heart. But the one that was the strongest was that the man who believed in me first, outside of my parents, wasn't here anymore.
When I met him at the innocent age of fourteen I instantly heard the wisdom in his words and saw a smile in his eyes. He quickly became a friend, a mentor, and a hero. He helped me achieve the first real goal I had ever set, to be published. It didn't matter that my poetry book would never be on the NY Times Bestsellers list or part of Oprah's Book Club. What did matter was that Jose believed in me.
I'm twenty-six now, it's been twelve years since I met Jose. I wish I could turn back the years and had more time with him and his wonderful wife, Alicia. I would relish the time and his wise words even more. I would tell Jose how much he impacted my life.
José will continue to make a difference in my life. I can no longer settle for a mediocre commitment to my writing. José didn't do anything halfway. Even living far away in Texas I feel emptier with the knowledge that he's gone. The wise man who gave me hope. A mentor who gave me a real dream to pursue.
I'm not fourteen anymore yet I'm still wide-eyed and niave enough to believe that everyone reading this has some dream hiding deep inside of them and hopefully someone who has helped nurture that dream. Thank those people before it's too late. If there's no "Jose" in your life then, please, be a "Jose" in someone else's. I am so proud to be a small part of the Legacy of José Oxholm; an eternal mentor, an eternal friend. Jose, you will never be forgotten.

David Allen Perkov (Tisi), 47, a baker, passed away Friday, April 2, 2004, in Arlington, Texas. Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church. David was preceded in death by his father, John Nicholas Perkov of Arlington.
Survivors: Daughters, Cynthia and Laura Perkov, both of Arlington, and Amanda Perkov of Lawrenceville, Ga.; mother, Rosalie M. Perkov; brothers, John Perkov Jr. of Salisbury, N.Y., Nicholas and Leonard Perkov, both of Arlington, and Robert Perkov of Little Falls, N.Y.; sisters, JoAnn Perkov and Susan Salas, both of Arlington, Janice Perkov of Little Falls, N.Y., and Lisa Herringshaw of Whitney; grandchild, Christian Perkov. Published in the Star-Telegram on 4/11/2004. Texas.

John Nicholas Perkov (Tisi) (See Above - David Allen Perkov, Son passed away the same day as his father). 1924 - 2004 John Nicholas Perkov, 79, a retired machine operator for Lifesavers, passed away Friday, April 2, 2004, at an Arlington hospital.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2021 New York Ave., Arlington, Texas.
John was born Sept. 18, 1924, in Little Falls, N.Y. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion in Arlington. John will be deeply missed and always loved by his family, friends and all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, William and Paul Perkov; his son, David Allen Perkov, passed away the same day.
Survivors: Wife of 54 years, Rosalie Perkov; sons, John Nicholas Perkov Jr. of Salisbury, N.Y., Nicholas Perkov of Arlington, Robert Perkov of Little Falls, N.Y. and Leonard of Arlington; daughters, JoAnn Perkov of Arlington, Janice Perkov of Little Falls, N.Y., Susan Salas of Arlington and Lisa Herringshaw and husband, William of Whitney; 13 grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Published in the Star-Telegram on 4/11/2004 Texas.


Mr. Edward A. Geraty of Herkimer
Mr. Edward A. Geraty, Jr., 78, of Herkimer, died on August 28, 2004. He was born on February 19, 1926 in Utica, a son of the late Edward A. Geraty, Sr. and Rose (Gaiser) Geraty and was educated in Herkimer schools. He married Dorothy Keyser on November 2, 1946 in Herkimer. A United States Veteran, Ed served from 1942 to 1946 with the U.S. Marines. He ran a dairy farm in the town of Manheim until 1969 and was the founder of Geraty Pools in Herkimer. He was a communicant of Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, Herkimer and the Little Falls Elk's Lodge #42. Survivors include his wife: Dorothy, of Herkimer; seven children: Kathy Geraty Taylor and husband Ed of Columbia, SC, Daniel Geraty of Taylor, PA, Richard "Dick" Geraty and wife Maria of Little Falls, Sue DeLuca and husband Greg Little Falls, Nancy Loren and husband Clinton of Sacketts Harbor, NY, Betty Cramer and husband Rob of Irmo, SC, and Ann Marie Geraty of Waterville; a daughter in law: Donna Geraty of Dolgeville; two sisters: Marilyn Geraty and Rosemary Geraty both of Fayettville; a brother: Harry Geraty and wife Corrine of Lexington Park, MD; seventeen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed's funeral will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2004, from the chapel of the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, and at 10:30 a.m. from Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, Herkimer where the Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor, will celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial. Procession will follow to Fairfield Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Visitation will be held at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, Herkimer from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004. By family request, in lieu of floral offerings, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, Inc.; donations may be made at the funeral home. (Long time family friend)



Raymond F. Lynch

LITTLE FALLS - Mr. Raymond F. Lynch, 84, of 614 E. John St., Little Falls, entered into eternal rest on Monday evening, July 5, 2004, in Little Falls Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born on November 16, 1919, in the town of Little Falls, a son of the late Arthur and Stella (Mowers) Lynch and was educated in Middleville schools. He was united in marriage with the former (Patricia Weaver (Coffin) in 1992.) Throughout their union the couple truly enjoyed many wonderful times together. Ray was last employed with the Herkimer County Home for the Aged in Middleville. He was a communicant of Holy Family Parish, Little Falls, and was a maintenance man for the church at one time.
As a man who was devoted to his family, he always remained active in his family member's lives. He could be counted on as loving father and grandfather. He was intuitively sensitive to the needs of others, and was always willing to extend himself without hesitation in order to assist anyone in need. In his leisure time he enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors and working in his workshop at his home.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia, at home; his children, Raymond Lynch Jr. and wife Sherri of Oklahoma City, OK, Joan Lynch of Little Falls, Judy Maxwell and husband Fran of Little Falls, Allen Lynch and wife Peggy of Pennsylvania and Virginia Knapp and husband Ken of Ilion; a brother, Clyde Lynch of Remsen; sisters, Edith Bates and friend LaMont of Dolgeville, Beulah Saltsman of Little Falls and Veronica Richards and husband Howard of Little Falls; extended family, Barry Rowley and wife Donna of Ilion, Daniel Rowley and wife Gail of Dolgeville, Debra Cook of Fort Plain, Linda Rowley of Little Falls and Bernard J. Weaver and fiance Robin Gay of Oppenheim; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by many brothers and sisters. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 (today) from 5-8 p.m.
Raymond's funeral will commence at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, from the chapel of the Enea Funeral Home, Little Falls, with the Rev. Anthony Ligato, pastor of Holy Family Parish, Little Falls, officiating. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest. Kindly consider contributing in his memory to the Little Falls Hospital Dialysis Unit or to Rural Metro Ambulance, donations may be made at the funeral home.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Miller and the personnel at the Little Falls Hospital Emergency Room for their professionalism and expertise, the members of the Little Falls Fire Department for their compassionate care and to the caregivers at the Little Falls Hospital Dialysis Unit. To share a memory with the family, please add to Raymond's online memorial at www.eneafuneralhomes.com on the Internet.

The Evening Times, July 7, 2004
Linda Shafer Tisi

In Memory of Linda S. Tisi, Cousin, a friend to all. Your passing was much too soon. Your smile will never fade. June 4, 2004 Our Love jc

Linda "Lyn" Marie Schafer, 57, a longtime resident of North Utica, passed away on Friday evening, June 4, 2004 surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on April 17, 1947 in Little Falls a son of Ben Tisi of Little Falls and the late Rose (Naple) Tisi. She was educated in Little Falls and was a graduate of the Utica School of Beauty. She was last employed as claims supervisor for Met Life Insurance. Lyn was of the Catholic faith.
The central focus of Lyn's life was her family. As a devoted mother, sister and grandmother she generously and selflessly provided her loved ones with unassuming and attentive dedication, willingly committing her self to their needs, their interests and their happiness. She was admired by family and friends alike for her confidence in her self-worth, her kindness and for her peaceful heart, always putting the needs of others before her own. Linda truly enjoyed the peace and relaxation of the beach.
Survivors include her father, Ben Tisi and wife Fern of Little Falls, four children, Melissa Maillie and husband David of North Carolina, James Schafer and wife Samantha of Utica, Steven Schafer and fiance Hilary Jake of New York Mills and Jeffrey Schafer, who resided with his mother, a brother Leonard Tisi and wife Debbie of North Dakota, a sister Debbie Roberts and husband Donald of Frankfort, and a cherished grandson, Tanner Maillie. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main St. between Frankfort and Ilion, on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, from 5-8 p.m. Linda's funeral will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, June 9, from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, where prayer will be offered and at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort St., Frankfort, where the Rev. John Yanas, Pastor, will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial. Funeral procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer where she will be laid to rest.

Ron Swartzel worked with both my husband and myself approximately 15 years ago. Just days before this occurred I had asked my husband if he knew any thing of Ron.


By TREVOR KAPRALOS, Observer-Dispatch - Encompass Insurance Investigator Greg Iberger examines a gutted room Wednesday at 13 Franklin Ave., Clinton . On a short stretch of Franklin Avenue, Ronald "Smiley" Swartzel had almost everything he needed. He lived in an apartment there. Just down the road, within walking distance, was his workplace. And farther down the road, a short trip away, was his hangout, the Veterans of Foreign Wars building, Post 9591. There, he regaled his friends with tales -- but it was up to the listener to determine their truthfulness. A 65-year-old man, Swartzel spent much of his time at these three establishments, moving from one to the next throughout the day. Tuesday night, he died at one of them.
A fire swept through his first-floor apartment at 13 Franklin Ave. The community lost a well-liked man -- and a man difficult to pin down.
"Smiley never said too much about his personal life," said Ken Ellis, president of the men's auxiliary to the V.F.W post.
Oneida County sheriff's investigators said Thursday the fire began after Swartzel left cooking unattended. They ruled the fire accidental, and determined that Swartzel died of carbon monoxide poisoning and asphyxia due to smoke inhalation.
It took investigators nearly a day to find his next-of-kin, an out-of-state relative, Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati said. The department received no information about local relatives, Paravati said. Friends said Swartzel, perhaps paradoxically, was a quiet man and a vibrant storyteller. He revealed few personal details about his life, but at the same time, he told stories that covered his time on Earth.
"I didn't even know what his real name was," said Fran Alteri, owner of Alteri's restaurant, where Swartzel stopped for an occasional fish fry. Most simply knew him as "Smiley," a nod to the ever-present grin on Swartzel's face and his pleasant demeanor. "He always came in whistling and humming," said John Calidonna, president of Clinton Tractor & Implement Company. Swartzel worked in maintenance, starting his days at 5:30 a.m. It was a common sight to see him alone during his breaks, drinking his coffee and reading the newspaper. But he didn't mind getting dirty. "He'd do some of the stuff around here that nobody would want to do," said Chris Peck, a co-worker. Fourteen years ago, Calidonna's father, John Calidonna Sr., hired Swartzel. At the time, Swartzel had been down on his luck, friends said. "He came here and we never regretted it," Calidonna said. Years later, Swartzel offered to help someone else struggling. He opened up his apartment to Jim Kelsey. They'd visit the V.F.W. Post together. There, Swartzel would begin his storytelling. Ellis called them "wonderful fables."
One tale had Swartzel coming from Mafia roots. Another had him beating Minnesota Fats in a game of pool. Some believed the stories were truthful, or at least contained elements of the truth.
The distinction became irrelevant when Swartzel died, Kelsey said. "He was my friend," he said. "He helped me out, so it didn't matter what was credible and what wasn't. "It just didn't matter."

John Perkov

Rose Perkov Tisi was married to John Perkov in Little Falls, New York. Not only a couple of years ago she won the lotto - 11.9 Million. A very hard worker all her life she had numerous children. She and John and children (9) lived a happy life. John Perkov Died: April 3, 2004 at the age of 79. Note: On the same day her son David Perkov passed away of Cancer - April 3, 2004 in Arlington, Tx. He had a daughter in Georgia. David always wanted to go to the grand canyon. His ashes will be taken there. Bless this family in their hour of need.

Philena (Tisi) Coffin LITTLE FALLS - Mrs. Philena (Tisi) Coffin, age 82, formerly of Little Falls, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 9, 2004, unexpectedly, in Highland Regional Hospital, Sebring, Florida. She was born on Sept. 10, 1921, in Little Falls, a daughter of the late Leonard and Josephine (Barone) Tisi and was educated in Little Falls schools. She was united in marriage with Leon J. Coffin Sr. on Nov. 25, 1939, at St. Joseph's Church, Little Falls, a loving union of 55 years until his passing on April 4, 1995.

She was last employed with Remington Arms, Ilion. She was a former member of St. Joseph's Church, Little Falls, the Holy Family Parish and its Rosary Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Little Falls.
Philena always brought forth concern, commitment and effort to each of her family members. She was an outstanding mother and grandmother, one who took great pride in the roles to provide support and guidance to her loved ones and will be dearly missed by many.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosanne Richie and husband, Roy, of Sicklerville, NJ; a son, Richard J. Coffin and wife, Regina, of Edinburg; six siblings, Sara Federico of Tennessee, Bennie Tisi and wife, Ferne, of Little Falls, Nancy Coffin and husband, Ed, of Little Falls, Ida Rich and husband, Anthony, of Little Falls, Mary Raiello of Little Falls and Rose Perkov and husband, John, of Texas; seven grandchildren, Philip Coffin and wife, Tina, Debbie Coffin, Christine Dylong and husband, Mark, Denise Anderson and husband, John, Ryan Richie and wife, Molly, Randy Coffin and wife, Bette, and Shelly Coffin; 14 great grandchildren, Joseph and Daniel Dylong, Brittany and Derek Anderson, Ricky Coffin and Philena Coffin, Rebecca Cook, Katie Fuller, Donnie, Laura and Jordan Herringshaw, Rebecca and Erick Coffin and Cory Patterson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by three siblings, Katherine LaPorta, Genevieve Lorenzoni and Orlando Tisi; a grandson, Ricky Coffin; and by a son, Leon J. "Bo" Coffin Jr. on January 23, 2004.
Visitation at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, will on Friday (today), Feb. 13 from 5-8 p.m. Philena's funeral will commence at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 11 a.m. from Holy Family Parish, corner of East Main and John streets, Little Falls, with the Rev. Thomas Vail officiating. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest.
Members of the Holy Family Parish Rosary Society are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. to conduct their service.
Son and Mother pass away three weeks apart. You have both touched my heart./jc

Mr. Leon J. "Bo" Coffin, Jr., age 62, (my husband's cousin)of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Little Falls went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 23, 2004 in Lake Placid Hospital, Florida. His passing occurred after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on January 30, 1941 in Little Falls a son of the late Leon Coffin, Sr. and Philena (Tisi) Coffin who resides in Florida. Leon received his education in Little Falls schools and has been spending the winter months in Florida. He was last employed with General Electric. He was an active member of New Hope Ministries, Herkimer where he served as a council member and Sunday school teacher. Always putting the needs of others before his own was the hallmark of Leon's life. This quality that he possessed was evident as he faithfully served as board member with the American Red Cross and was treasurer at one time. He was a member of the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Club, sons of the American Legion Post #31 and was very active with Boy Scouts Troop #42.
By nature a outgoing and straight-forward man, he was at the same time gifted with unwavering reliability. Among the many images and memories which his family and friends will cherish, he will always be pictured in their minds and in their hearts by his ever-present ability to always be there for them. His generosity was reflected by the numerous porches he built at his camp in Cooperstown. It was here that Leon truly enjoyed the beauty, relaxation and comfort of camp life. His legacy has influenced numerous people and he will be dearly missed. In his leisure time, he enjoyed motorcycle riding, computers, woodworking and model airplanes.
He leaves his beloved family including his mother, Philena in Florida, two beloved sons, Philip Coffin and wife Tina of Little Falls, Randy Coffin and wife Bette of Little Falls, a daughter in law, Debbie Coffin of Little Falls, a brother Richard J. Coffin and wife Regina of Sacandoga Lake, a sister, Rosanne Richie and huband Roy of Stratford, NJ, ten adored grandchildren, Cory Patterson, Rebecca Coffin, Rebecca Cook, Ricky and Eric Coffin, Katie Lynn Fuller, Philena Coffin, Donnie, Laura and Jordan Herringshaw. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He always cherished the fond memories of his son, Ricky Coffin who passed away on June 3, 1990.
Visitation at the Enea Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls was be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004.
His funeral will commence at 11 am on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from the chapel of the Enea Funeral Home, Little Falls with the Rev. Dan Mahoney, pastor of New Hope Ministries, Herkimer, officiating. Helen Maksymicz, chapel organist will offer music. He will be laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer.
Memorial contributions may be made in Leon's name to New Hope Ministries, Herkimer, envelopes are available at the funeral parlor.

Song is dedicated to "Prince". Chase that rabbit...

My "Prince" You were a part of this family for 10 years. Your birthday was August 2 -- and your death following shortly after was like a pain I have never endured. Your every move in the house and out are missed. I called your name, look down, and as if my shadow-- you would appear. I hope you are with Gary C. and Lady Lilly (Ida), Mamita Magui, Ellie, and Papi, who sleep in heaven and are in our hearts forever.
"Prince" --As if I need your approval for another like you, I shall ask. Her name is "Angel Baby", and she is only 11 weeks old, Sheltie as you were -- such a little lady. Guide her on her way, with birds in the sky, rabbits in the field, horses nearby. Shall she live on and shall I never forget your smile.jc

Ida May Coffin was born on 25 October 1904 in Herkimer, New York. Ida married Harold Raak and they had two girl: Carolyn Ann and Eleanor F. While living in there home in Rome, N.Y. Harold Raak passed away 5/5/95. Both girl's died of Cancer. Carolyn at the age of 52 8/4/77. She was married to Guy Leavett. He passed away in 1980. Eleanor F. Raak (was their second daughter). Ellie was a teacher for 25 years. She too passed away in 2001 in Rome, N.Y.

Ida May Raak Coffin was age 98 year old and on her own approximately a 6 months when she needed to go to a Nursing Home. Ida was full of life and could not be still. She loved to read books and also go out to eat.

I would visit with my dog Prince and enjoyed when I would take my pockets pets. Ida really enjoyed when someone came to visit her. We always had a long Coffee Break Time, sit and chat about when she was a little girl, her family and my favorite past time was asking question regarding her mother Rose Mulligan Coffin. Ida (who I called "Princes" or "Mom" "Lady Lilly"-- would always seem to have a twinkle in her eyes.

Ida passed away 03/05/02 Wed.. She was loved by many. God bless you/jc

The Little Red Schoolhouse of Mohawk, New York -- There is a story here and a life time of memories in this little one room schoolhouse. As a young child, Lady Lilly and some of the other children in her family attended classes at this school in Mohawk, New York. Just recently I presented the photo of the schoolhouse. Lady Lilly hesitated a moment and then said " that is my school!" "The boy's would have to go to the school an hour or so early when it became cold so that they could start the wood stove before the teacher and students arrived." At times books would have to be shared as there were not enough to go around. Seeing that there were many kids in her family, I said with a smile "I guess that most of the children were her brothers and sisters." Lady Lilly glanced at me and giggled.

Lady Lilly recalled her teacher lived about a mile away from the school. The teacher taught her how to do tatting, crochet, knitting and needlework. Crochet is my favorite past time.
The twinkle in her eyes was enough to tell me that she had very fond memories of her teacher and the little red schoolhouse. In memory of Ida Raak Coffin /jc

The old Plank Road School District No. 7 of the Town of Mohawk

It is not everyday nor even a lifetime in which such terrible news is given to the survivors of such an event as follows in the news article below.

My sympathy goes out to the Mulligan/Lavoie Parents and Family Members. Lisa Marie Mulligan Lavoie was the daughter of my husband's distant relative who lives in Sherburne, New York. They are very kind people who several years back were united with the Coffin/Mulligan relatives. I hesistated to place the article on-line. Lisa Marie may the grace of God be with you for all eternity. /jc

January 1, 2003, 10:27 AM EST

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (AP) _ Authorities say a 57-year-old man shot and killed his 36-year-old girl friend before turning the gun on himself.
Following an autopsy, Herkimer County Coroner John Day listed the death of Lisa Lavoie, of Frankfort, as a homicide from gunshot wounds. Robert Mills, of Mohawk, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Toxicology test results are pending to determine if alcohol or other factors may have played a role in the murder-suicide, Day said Wednesday.
State police said the shootings occurred Sunday or early Monday inside Lavoie's home. State police investigate murder-suicide located 50 miles east of Syracuse.
"They had been spending some time together for about the past six months. It is possible Mr. Mills viewed the relationship more seriously than Mrs. Lavoie did," said state police Investigator Matthew Sullivan. "We are still investigating the specific event that prompted this altercation."
The bodies of Lavoie and Mills were found in a downstairs bedroom. No notes were left. The condition of the house indicated the victim may have fought for her life before she died, police said.
Police said Lavoie was divorced and lived with her two children. The children were with their father in Pennsylvania for the holidays, Sullivan said.
Mills was a longtime area resident and active in the Ilion Elks Club. "He wouldn't do this," Lyle Aney, a friend of 35 years, told The Observer-Dispatch of Utica. "He was a nice, gentle person. If someone got in his face, he would step back and rationalize it."
Herkimer County District Attorney John Crandall said nothing about the relationship between Mills and Lavoie gave any indication Mills would lash out with such fury. There was no history of domestic violence between the couple, he said.
Copyright © 2003, The Associated Press

Obituary 8/17/2002 (My brother-in-law/Buddy/Friend/May you always be sailing.)

*Gary R. Coffin of Scotia, New York (my husband's Baby brother. My Buddy./jc>

Gary R. Coffin, 48, died Thursday, August 15, 2002, at his residence. Mr. Coffin was born March 31, 1954, in Little Falls, NY, son of Edwin and Nancy Tisi Coffin. Mr. Coffin was employed as a Community Residence Director through the Office of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities of Schenectady, NY. Mr. Coffin was predeceased by one brother, Donald Coffin, and one sister, Lorane Coffin Tucci. Survivors include his loving wife, of 16 years, Christine Kenny Coffin, of Scotia; two sons, Paul and Alex Coffin; two brothers, Edwin Coffin, Jr., of CA, and James (Judith) Coffin, of Clayville, NY; and one sister, Sharon Coffin, of FL. He also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday, August 19, 2002, at the Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home, Sunday, August 18, from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Memory's Garden Cemetery, Colonie, NY. Contributions can be made to the Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308 or to the American Lung Association of North Eastern New York, 3 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12205.
Gary R. Coffin - Your peaceful nature will always be missed.

Dr. Bernard Burke. Little Falls, N.Y.

50 Cents - Single Copy - The Evening Times - Serving The Mohawk Valley Since 1886 - Herkimer County's Oldest Daily Newspaper - Saturday, October 31, 1998 - Little Falls, New York - Vol 112 No. 146.
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DR. BERNARD J. BURKE
The Community Remembers An Icon
The city of Little Falls, New York and surrounding communities are mourning the death of Dr. Bernard Burke who died yesterday morning (Friday, October 30, 1998). But they are also remembering with much love and affection the man that he was and his dedication to his profession.
He was my doctor for many years. He delivered both my girls. He will be missed dearly by everyone," said R. Whitcomb. (Mrs. N. Coffin's 6 children were also delivered by Dr. Burke -- one of them being my husband James.)
"I remember when my husband's cousin, who had a terminal illness was having a bad day. Her mother called Dr. Burke at 11 p.m. She thought he forgot when she heard the knock at the door at 11:30 p.m. It was Dr. Burke. "I thought you forgot," she told him. He replied, "I told you I would be here," Whitcomb remembered. "He was 100 percent dedicated".
Many of the residents and patients of the doctor described him as "one in a million," and as "irreplaceable."
Women getting their hair done couldn't say enough about their doctor. "He was a miracle man," said one customer.
The owner of the beauty shop, was visibly shaken and teary-eyed when speaking about Dr. Burke.
"He delivered both my sons. Thank God. I was really ill one time and I believe if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here today," she said.
She also relayed the story about when her mother was dying and Dr. Burke went beyond the ordinary doctor's bedside manner.
"He came into her room at 2 a.m. just to say good-bye to her. That's the type of man he was," she said.
J. Ferraro, who was a patient of Dr. Burke's some years ago, said the one phrase he remembered was "You're too fat." Ferraro said that was the first thing the doctor would tell him on every visit.
"He was never interested in the money, that was his trademark," Ferraro said.
Throughout his long career, Dr. Burke was always a very private man, never wanting the limelight or recognition for his accomplishments or to his dedication as a doctor. He never wanted publicity. He did what he did for the love of it, not for the recognition so many crave. He was a doctor, not for the pay (how many times did he say, "Settle up later?") but for the enjoyment of helping other people.
The city treasurer for Littlefalls, said the doctor took care of four generations of his family and he will be missed by them all.
G. Scarano remembered when her son dislocated his elbow how Dr. Burke popped it back into place. She said he extended her son's arm out and tied it to a portable X-ray machine. He then placed a bucket on the arm and began filling it with water until the elbow popped back into place. She said the five or six people there clapped when her son said, "That feels better."
There are many more accounts in the newspaper etc.....
The Valley has lost one of the most dedicated doctors and more importantly, a friend. No matter what time of night or day, he was there. He was always available with his advice and help. He treated you as a person, and not a number. We can never replace him.
Dr. Bernard J. Burke in 1997 was honored when the new library at Benton Hall Academy was named after him. In the ceremony held on September 17, Dr. Burke, to the surprise of many, mad an appearance at the dedication of his library. Although he did not speak, several people of the community.
Recently, Dr. Burke was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Syracuse University in which he was given a traditional gold handled cane. The award was given in honor of his "compassion, kindness, selflessness and humility" in treating his patients regardless of age, situation or ability to pay.
Dr. Burke gave donations for scholarships, tuition, books, and anything else needed by whomever asked. Although he asked for no financial gain from his patients, he willing parted with what he had.
Long Remembered
Age 81, Dr. Bernard J. Burke
The son of the late Joseph O. and Margaret (Mackey) Burke of Syracuse, N.Y.
Born on November 10, 1916, in Syracuse
Graduate of Niagara University in 1939 and Syracuse University of Medicine in 1943. From 1943 - 1944, he did an internship at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.
During World War II, Dr. Burke was a captain and battalion surgeon with the U.S. Army 65th field hospital, serving in France, Belgium and Germany for 18 months. He returned to the Methodist Hospital as a resident physician (1946).
He arrive in Little Falls in 1947, he was associated with Drs. Conrad and Vickers. Shortly after his arrival in the city, Dr. Burke became a staple at Little Falls Hospital. He began his career of a family doctor, and with that practice came delivering babies. Untill 1982, it is estimated that he delivered more than 5,000 babies - almost the population of Little Falls today.
Interment took place at St. Agnes Cemetery, Syracuse, at the convenience of the family./jc

Taken from article: By Lorraine Heath (Evening Times Staff Writer) Little Falls, New York 1998.

Edward Hoban (my brother-in-laws father. --Michigan)


EDWARD HOBAN- Truly A Legend Here

Edward Hoban never filled a cavity or performed a root-canal operation, but his "humanity, leadership, wisdom, unshakable values and quiet effectiveness" helped save and expand the University of Detroit Mercy's School of Dentistry.

"I cannot begin to describe what Ed Hoban means to this university," Bruce Graham, former dean of the School of Dentistry, said last year when UDM awarded Mr. Hoban an honorary doctorate in humane letters. "He is truly a legend here."

Mr. Hoban, who played a pivotal role during the consolidation of the University of Detroit and Mercy College in 1990, died Monday at his Redford Township home of kidney cancer. He was 65.

Born in Oak Park, Ill., Mr. Hoban grew up in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and later earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He married the former Mary Ullrich in 1959 and came to the University of Detroit as an instructor in the College of General Sciences, earning his master's degree in education in 1960.

In 1965, Mr. Hoban was working on his doctorate at the University of Michigan, but became ill with the first of what would become three bouts with cancer.

He returned to U-D in 1967 and over the years was named to several positions, including director of institutional research and dean of administrative services.

In 1975, Mr. Hoban was asked to manage the day-to-day operations of the dental school, which had only an acting, part-time dean and was struggling financially. "This was a time when dental schools nationwide were closing, and our program was on the brink," Mr. Hoban said last year.

He became the university's first dean for finance and administration and forged a strategic fiscal plan for dental education. But, as he worked to solve the school's financial problems, Mr. Hoban stressed that the curriculum focus on better patient care. "It would be easy to run a dental school like a business, to teach the techniques and management," said his wife, Mary Hoban. Mr. Hoban was instrumental in the consolidation of U-D and Mercy, and later organized the College of Health Professions, which is a model in the field of health care education.

A Catholic, Mr. Hoban was a member of Our Lady of Loretto parish and then St. Agatha -- both churches in Redford Township. He had a "really great vision for the church, a vision with a sense of equality and justice," said his friend, Mark Radeke.

In 1999, the dental school's new patient-services center was renamed the Edward Hoban Patient Services Center, and Mr. Hoban gave the commencement address to dental school graduates.

Knowing that most of the graduates had massive tuition debts, Mr. Hoban urged them not to be discouraged and reminded them to give back to those less fortunate in their communities. "Access to dental care is a community problem, a problem which will not be effectively solved without leadership from dentists," he told graduates.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hoban is survived by his sons, Timothy and Dennis Hoban; daughters Katie B. and Peggy H.; eight grandchildren; three brothers, and a sister.

A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 19650 Beech Daly in Redford Township. Burial was in Frankfort, Michigan. July - 2000 Article from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan.


Utica Daily Press, Tuesday Morning, August 29, 1905 - SHERBURNE. Sudden Death of John P. Mulligan of the United States Army.

Sherburne, Aug 28-News of the sudden death of. John P. Mulligan, at Fort Totten, on Long Island was received here by wire Saturday. Mr. Mulligan had served, his time of enlistment and arrived home two weeks ago. After a few days here he went to New York to visit some friends and relatives. He intended to return here and enjoy a two months vacation after which he was to re-enlist. He had served in the United States army for eight years. At first the report was that he had committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver. This was soon found to be an error, as it was learned that the death was accidental, although no particulars are known as yet.

Mr Mulligan was born June 17, 1873, and his younger life was spent in Sherburne. He was employed at the [United States] Cotton Mill, and later held a position as clerk in the Whalen House. He left here nine years ago, and enjoyed the life and occupation very much. He enlisted, [some time after] in the United States army. He was in the hospital of the United States department, and so remained, beginning four years ago in this line. Every [year] he was given a leave of absence for his existing term of enlistment. He would come back to his native town and visit his parents and sisters.

"Jack" as he was known, was a well liked fellow and a friend to all of good habits. He was a boy that loved his parents and sisters, and when at home most of the hours was spent with his family.

Besides his parents he leaves four sisters. Misses Mary and Lena, Mrs Rose Coffin Mulligan of this city. Mrs. Alice Kirby of Albany, and one brother Fred of Utica. His mother is an invaled.

The whole family was greatly shocked, and the entire community sympathize with them in their time of mourning and the loss of a dear son and brother.


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