Kellie Place, 55, of Oneonta, NY passed away peacefully Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family.
Born October 31, 1959, she was the daughter of Eugene and Jean Wheeler Hyde of Hamilton. She was raised in Hamilton by her mother and her beloved grandparents, Peter and Irma Wheeler. She graduated from Hamilton High School in the Class of 1978 and attended Morrisville College. She married William J. Place, Jr. on July 26, 1980, and they resided in the Oneonta area for most of their married life.
Kellie served her community in numerous ways. She was most recently a “Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer” with Century 21 Chesser Realty in Oneonta; was voted the #1 Realtor in the “Best of the Best” Awards and won the coveted Century 21 Quality Service Award. She served as the Chairperson of the Town of Oneonta Planning Board for over 25 years, she was a co-founder and the Director of Administration of the internationally renowned New York Summer Music Festival at Oneonta State University, and served on the board of the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. She coached youth soccer for over 25 years, and was a recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. She was Co-founder and Executive Director of the Calico Legends Soccer Club. Kellie was also a founding member of the grassroots organization, Oneonta Community Alliance for Youth and was also involved and active in local, county and state politics. Kellie will be remembered most for her commitment to her family, friends and the local community. She lived her life always striving to improve the lives of those around her.
Kellie is survived by her husband, William, and her two daughters, Jessica and Jamie Place, all of Oneonta; her siblings, Kathryn Hyde and Kennedy Hyde both of Hamilton; Keith (Mary) Hyde of Rochester, Kristin Tupper of Syracuse, and Kevin (Jeanne) Hyde of Ohio. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Jason Place, Nathan Place, Courtney Place, Amanda Caldron, Heather Place, Christy Comstock, Tony Compson, Shauna Whipple, Colleen Johnson, Patrick Hyde, Shannon Hyde, Matthew Hyde, Sarah Hyde, Bridget Hyde, Nora Kate Hyde and Peter Hyde.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Thursday, January 22, 2015 from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 16 Wylie St., Hamilton, NY.
Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hamilton in the spring.
Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY on Thursday from11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
For those who so desire, the family suggests that donations in Kellie’s memory be made to the Community Arts Network of Oneonta, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820