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2015 Passages :  This page is dedicated to the those of our Friends and neighbors who have left us this past year.

May Their Memory Be Eternal.

Mrs Doris Russell

Mrs Lucille Splenger Fenning

Dr Steven S Schneider

Chef Steven Lutz (local restauranteur)

Dr Morton H Levy

(9/13/2015)   Doris E. Russell  97, of Kirkwood, passed away on September 13, 2015. She is predeceased by her husband Ralph Russell and her son Skip. She is survived by her daughter in-law Emma Russell; grandsons Tony (Cheryl), Tim (Sherry), Scott; great-grandchildren Andrew, Brooke, Megan, Nolan. At the request of Doris there will be no viewing or services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The following were reported at the 8/28/2015 Annual Membership Meeting:


FENNING, LUCILLE SPENGLER  Passed away peacefully in her sleep, July 5th 2015, in Lynnwood, Washington, age 89.  She was born in Sidney NY, May 18th 1926, to Walter and Lucille (Jancovic) Spengler.  She attended Sidney Central School and graduated from Wellesley College in 1946.  Dr. Frederick Reid Fenning of New Rochelle NY fell in love with her dancing at Scott's Oquaga Lake House.  They married in 1952 and moved to Binghamton, NY where they raised 8 children.  A founder and active member of the Landmark Society of Broome County, Lucille authored the historical book "The Broome County Poor Farm." and worked tirelessly to preserve Binghamton's rich history, especially its beautiful historic buildings and parks.  A severe stroke in 1981 left her physically handicapped but never diminished in spirit.  She amazed her doctors and all who knew her with her independence, determination, and wit.  In her later years she faithfully attended the Monday Afternoon Club and enjoyed civic events and activities.  After Dr. Fenning's death in 2002 she moved to Lynnwood WA where she resided until her passing.  She is survived by 7 of her children: Walter Reid Fenning of Edmonds WA, John Mott Fenning of Wake Forest NC, Faith Marie Kayes of Woodstock IL, Elizabeth Fenning Garner of Wilmington DE, Katherine Louise Sparaco of Pleasant Valley NY, Joseph Hirschi Fenning of Brackney PA, and Barbara Fenning Acker of Harpers Ferry WV; also their spouses and 8 grandchildren.  One son, Frederick Spengler Fenning, predeceased her in 1997.  A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Patrick's Church, Binghamton on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 9:30AM.  Burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney NY.  Family will receive friends at the McDevitt & McManus Funeral Home LLC, 88-90 Front St. Binghamton on Friday July 17th from 5-7 PM.

(4/22/2015)   A surprise to us all was the news that Doc Steve left us so quickly, quietly, and unexpectedly.  His amiable and outspoken nature, which never suffered from a lack of opinion, is missed.. 


Dr. Stephen S. Schneider, 75, of St. Petersburg, passed away April 21, 2015. 
Dr. Schneider was born in Brooklyn, NY, and after serving in the Army, practiced Oral and Maxillofacial surgery in Binghamton, NY for almost 25 years. Although he was an avid golfer, fisherman, and cook, Dr. Schneider was best known for his compassion, loyalty, and for taking care of those around him - patients, friends and family alike.
He is survived by Gail, his beloved wife of 52 years; son, Alan (Julie); daughters, Eileen, and Marni (John); brother, Barry (Nina) Schneider; and sister-in-law, Phyllis (George) Gluck.  A chapel service will be held at 2 PM on Friday, April 24th at the David C. Gross Funeral Home, 6366 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. Burial will follow in the Temple Beth-El section of Royal Palm Cemetery - South.
With his dry wit, Dr. Schneider requests no flowers - they would still bother his sinuses - and suggests donations in his memory to The Chordoma Foundation (
chordomafoundation.org) or the National Psoriasis Foundation (psoriasis.org).
David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel in St. Petersburg is serving the family.



(3/10/2015)  Many of you will remember Steve from his tenure as the last chef at the Chestnut Inn, and more recently as the proprietor of Koo Koose Restaurant in Deposit.  The restaurant remains open under the capable hands of Sue Lutz and, of course, Karen..

Stephen G. Lutz, 53, best known as "Chef", of Deposit, NY passed away at his home on March 6, 2015.  He was born June 14, 1961 in Boston, MA, the son of Gilbert and Carol (Erdmann) Lutz.  He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sue (Jentgens) Lutz; a son and his wife, BJ and Katie Williams; his parents, Gilbert and Carol Lutz; three brothers and their spouses, Rob and Julie Lutz, Charles and Marina Lutz, and Tom and Samya Lutz; a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews; and many friends.   Steve was a devoted husband, a fantastic father and a fierce friend.  Steve and Sue indulged their love of travel and meeting new people throughout their lives.  Steve began his career apprenticing under two chefs in Longboat Key, FL. H e moved on to the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach as Sous Chef and his career in the kitchen went on from there. In 1990, the family moved to Ruidoso, NM, where Steve worked at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.  After spending seven years there, Steve and Sue chose to step out on their own and opened Dr. Steve's Kitchen.  Over the next few years, they met (and fed!) many wonderful friends and neighbors.  From there, on to the South Congress Café in Austin, TX, the Alta Lodge in Alta, UT, the Rosario Resort and Spa on Orcas Island, WA and on to the Chestnut Inn in Deposit, NY.  Steve worked at the "nut" for 15 months before the business closed.  When Steve had trouble finding work in the area of the Village he had grown to love, Steve and Sue decided to open the Koo Koose Grille.  Steve loved what he did – it was more than a job; it was his passion and his art.  He loved his community and helping wherever he could, and he left his mark on hearts and taste buds across the country. Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Deposit First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mike Jansen officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 PM.  Donations in memory of Steve may be sent to Sue Lutz at 52 Fourth St., Deposit, NY 13754 for the creation of the Stephen Lutz Memorial Book Scholarship Fund.  Arrangements are through Zacharias Funeral Home, 78 Second St., Deposit, NY. Condolences may be expressed at www.zachariasfuneralhome.com.

(2/5/2015)  It is with deep regret that we must report that our beloved Friend and Neighbor, Dr Mort Levy, has passed away. Mort was a recent and long-sitting President of the Lake Association and a fierce advocate.  Here is the obituary from the Binghamton newspaper.  The picture is ours, credited to Harlan on the occasion of Mort's 80th Birthday Party at Scott's.

Dr. Morton H. Levy, 83, of Miami Beach, FL and Oquaga Lake, Deposit, NY passed away on February 1, 2015 in Miami Beach.  He was born on June 11, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY.  He was predeceased by his parents, Eve and Harry Levy; son, Robert Levy; and mother-in-law, Evelyn Stern.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Brenda Levy; son, Harlan Levy; daughter-in-law, Lucia Levy; daughter-in-law, Bridget Levy; grandsons, Gabriel Levy and Jonathan Levy; brother, Ronald Levy; sister-in-law, Marcia Margolin; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lynn and Ken McWilliams; nephews, Adam Levy and family and Michael Bellisario; niece, Jamie Wadham and family and many dear friends who are like family.  He graduated from Jamaica High School, Jamaica, NY, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, and received his D.D.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also was a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.  He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador and Plattsburgh, NY.  He is a past president of the Oquaga Lake Improvement Association and Binghamton Rifle Club.  He was on the Board of Directors of the Family and Children's Society, Jewish Community Center, and Temple Concord. He had been Head of Dental Services at Wilson Hospital.  He was a member of the Sixth District Dental Society and American Dental Association.  He was a long time member of Temple Concord.  He liked skiing, boating and shooting.  He was certified to teach boater safety courses to young people.  He enjoyed acting and appeared in many JCC productions.  He loved political discussions and would always voice his opinion at the drop of a hat.  He had been a dentist for 41 years and was a founding partner in Melamed, Levy, Levine Dental P.C.  He retired in 1997 and loved living in Miami Beach.  Graveside services will be held at Westlawn Cemetery on February 4, 2015 at 1:30PM.  Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell will officiate.  A memorial service will held in the summer at Temple Concord.  Any donations in his memory may be made to Temple Concord, Binghamton, NY.

In 2011, Mort and Brenda threw Mort a surprise 80th birthday party at Scotts (yes, you read that right: Mort and Brenda gave Mort a surprise party) which many of us were privileged to attend.  That day Mort, pictured above on that occasion, made some "Observations on Being 80".  Click here to read those comments.

Mort was our Association President for many years and a Steward of the Lake.  Among his many achievements in that capacity was the prohibition of jet skis (the first in New York State) and the education of young boaters in boater safety. 

(7/1//2015)   Memorial Service for Mort:  Brenda and Family plan a Memorial Service in honor of Dr Morton Levy at Noon on Thursday, July 23.  Mort was laid to rest in Westlawn Cemetary in the middle of winter when many were away.  The Celebration of Mort's Life will be at Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Drive, Binghamton.  Everyone is welcome.  Please come and celebrate our friend, neighbor, long-time President of our Association, and great advocate of our Lake.


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