Joseph R Konchar


MILFORD - Joseph R. Konchar, 91, a lifelong area resident died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.
Born March 19, 1928, Joe was the youngest and last surviving of the 13 children of August and Antoinette (Ocaker) Konchar.
At an early age, his family moved from the family's Christian Hill farm in the Town of Otsego where he was born, to Milford where his parents had purchased another farm where they would continue the family tradition of dairy farming.
Joe attended Milford Central School.
On May 29, 1958, Joe married his lifelong love, Dorothy Kanzler. Joe and Dorothy purchased the farm on State Highway 28, just north of Milford and continued to engage in dairy farming at that location. In the late 1970's Joe and Dorothy sold the farm and purchased the Elm Inn in Milford. The Inn quickly became known as the place to go for great "home cooked" food at a reasonable price as well as for its hospitality. Joe and Dorothy hosted many local organizations at the Inn such as Rotary, various school functions as well as numerous other events. They also hosted hunters every year during hunting season. Joe and Dorothy operated the Inn for more than 22 years before retiring in the late 1990's.
Throughout their lives together Joe and Dorothy traveled extensively. They visited nearly every state, many of them several times.
Joe was an accomplished bowler. He was also known, as most successful farmers are, for his ability to patch and fix all manner of things.
Joe was proud of his Slovenian heritage and loved to sing traditional Slovenian songs in Slovenian whenever a microphone was present. He especially enjoyed entertaining people by telling stories and reminiscing about his youth and growing up on the family farm. He was a member of the Farmers Benevolent Society (The Cornfield) on County Route 26 in Fly Creek and was a faithful communicant at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Dorothy, with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last May 29.
He was predeceased by his brothers, August, Stanley, Edward, Bill, Albin and Tony; half-brother, Frank; sisters, Anna Svet, Pauline Kralj, Mary Kukenberger, Frances Linich; and half-sister, Antonia.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday morning April 25, also at the funeral home. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Index will be later in the spring.
Published on April 22, 2019
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Janet bliss
Apr 29, 2019
Dot, our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Joe is now at peace and with his family. He can now dance with mom, and enjoy his talks with dad as well. May your memories keep you in peace. We love you both so much, and the memories will be everlasting of the times we spent with you., especially when I was young and spent nights with you on the farm. Much love . Tim and janet Bliss
Denise Smith
Apr 26, 2019
Rest in peace my dear great Uncle Joey, I can still hear you laughing. Most of my best childhood memories are from Upstate NY with all of my great aunts and uncles. You are all United now, let the polka music begin!
Kathryn Konchar Lopez
Apr 23, 2019
Uncle Joe, your stories, laughter, smile, and kind heart will.always be with us. Knowing that we will all be together again is our hope and faith in God's word.