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On Saturday morning, Aug. 21, 2010, Wenona Beecher Hovey passed away peacefully at Otsego Manor in Cooperstown. Wenona was born in the family farm home in Rock Valley, Delaware County, a daughter of Minnie Hoolihan and Frederick Beecher.
Wenona, also known as Wynn, and her beloved husband, Donald Hovey, were married in Cortland, in 1951.
In the ensuing years, as an Air Force family, they lived in locations as diverse as Mountain Home, Idaho, New York City, and Tokyo.
She served as executive administrator in a variety of posts, including SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, the Air Force Academy Inspector General in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va.
For about two decades, Wenona was the gracious owner-hostess of the Wynterholm Bed and Breakfast located in a 17-room Gilded Age mansion in Cooperstown.
For the past 10 years Wenona divided her time between the Yacht and Tennis Club of St. Pete’s Beach, Fla., and her summer cottage on Goodyear Lake in Otsego County.
Wenona’s jewels were her beloved children and grandchildren, Gregg and Leslie Hovey of San Diego, Calif., and daughters, Kate and Ashley; Rebecca and Rod Francis of Vermont, and sons, Daniel (Herrera) and Lachlan; Hal and Susan Hovey of Whidbey Island, Wash., and sons, Shane and Skyler; Nancy and Todd Schmidt of Lake Katrine, and daughters, Megan and Elizabeth Rose; and James Hovey and his partner, Claude Furones of Manhattan; David Hovey and Anne Elizabeth Hovey.
Wenona is also survived by her four sisters, Viola Fiumera and her husband, Charles, of Boynton Beach, Fla. and Walton, Althea Gennarino and her husband, Lawrence, of Oneonta, Virginia Beecher of Utica, and Carol Brown and her husband, Charles, of Horseheads and Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Wenona’s family will receive friends at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.
As an alternative to flowers, Wenona’s family suggests that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  August 26, 2010
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