Thomas H. Dinnel
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Cobleskill Regional Hospital
    178 Grandview Drive
    Cobleskill, NY 12043
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Rotary Foundation
    c/o Olive Scott, 116 Parkway Dr.
    Cobleskill, NY 12043

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“Tom was a good friend. "Sally", his wife was a classmate at CHS, class of 51. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Robert Zambs - Fairhope, AL

“Uncle Tom was wonderful and will be missed by all! Great memories of our last visit and the fun the boys had in the lake. No matter what, Uncle Tom...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Heather Ann Petryna - PA

“So many wonderful memories from my summer visits to Greenville...I will miss him. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Debra Sanderlin - Chula Vista, CA

“I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. My condolences to Sarah and the family. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Anne Carden - Las Vegas, NV

“Caitie and family, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Fondly, The...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Samantha Beams - Cortland, NY

“Sarah, Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Tom will be greatly missed. Hold your loved ones close, time is too short. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Mike & Carol Amo - Sauk Rapids, MN

“Dear Sally, My condolences to you and yours. I am so glad I had the opportunity to have a warm and friendly conversation with Tom at the Beard's...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Robin E. Ressler

“We have been friends with Caitie since our children entered kindergarten. Many times we would share memories of living on a lake during the summer...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: The Quail Family - Cortland, NY

“It is endearing to hear how my dad was so wonderfully loved by others. He was a great a dad, father-in-law, grandfather, and great grandfather to our...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Tom & Joan Dinnel - Vestal, NY

“Tom's smile and kindness brought happiness to everyone at BeauMer. His quiet sense of humor was contagious & comforting. He was a 'good guy' &...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: RON AND JEANINE VANDEVELDE - IL

“Sue and I are deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. In the old days, it was always a joy to see Tom and Sarah in their red canoe Sunday evenings...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Sue & Dan Dayton - Summit, NY

“Devoted to his country, family & friends; a genuine gentleman; non-judgmental, kind, compassionate; deep spiritual faith; and a sense of humor. All...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Sandra Fay Berard-Bechtold - MA

“We are so saddened to hear of Tom's passing....he was a gentle and delightful man. We always enjoyed seeing his smiling face, in Cobleskill as well...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Vince and Isabel Castellano

“We would like all the Dinnels and their extended family to know that Tom will be greatly missed by so many. He was such a kind and compassionate...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Bambi Hanson & Joseph Kissell - PA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Sarah and family. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Lou harris - San Pedro , CO

“We have known Tom & Sarah for many years at the BeauMer Condo's in Fla. Tom and Sarah have been a joy to be around. Tom always had a smile and a...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Norm & Joan Robbins - Sand Point, MI

“Sarah and I were dormitory mates at Wellesley College many years ago. I first heard about Tom at that time. Sarah was devoted to him then, and...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Susan and Ken Walker - Toronto


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Thomas Hoagland Dinnel, 78, of Summit, NY died of cancer peacefully at his home the morning of July 18. His body was donated to Albany Medical Center for the use of medical students to further their learning.

Born in Birmingham, Michigan on January 27, 1935, he was the youngest of five children of Thomas D. and Ellen (Hoagland) Dinnel.

An Army veteran, Tom was a 1952 graduate of Cobleskill High School. He was also a graduate of Union College and held a Master of Public Administration Degree from SUNY Albany. He was employed by New York State for over thirty years, first in the office of Governor Nelson Rockefeller and then with the Office of Mental Health. He retired in 1990.

Tom was a member of the Schoharie County Republican Committee and Treasurer of the Summit Republican Club. He served on the Summit Town Council for eight years and had been a member of both the Summit Town Planning Board and Board of Assessment Review.

He was a Past President of the Cobleskill Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Richmondville, where he had served on the Church Council. Tom had also been a member of the Board of the Schoharie County Community Action Program. He was a Past President of the Beard's Hollow Society and had served as its Secretary for 10 years. Tom was a Charter Member of the Schoharie Leatherstocking Chapter of S.A.R. His patriot ancestor was Col. Stryker from Gilboa. He was also past president of the Summit Lake Association.

While spending winters in Florida, Tom volunteered at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Farmer's Market and as Dock Master at the Nature Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

He was married in Cobleskill on August 20, 1955 to Sarah Ann Van Voris.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 57 years, Sarah, one son, Thomas J. (Joan) Dinnel of Vestal, two daughters, Elizabeth E. (John) Iseman of Quaker Street and Catherine M. (Dan) Sidebottom of Cortland, a sister, Helen J. Van Deusen of Sharon, a brother in law, John I. (Cynthia) Van Voris of Tampa FL, eight grandchildren; Emily (Anthony), John Michael, John David, Jennifer, Tommy (Stacy), Molly, Justin, Hannah , Danielle (Steve), two great grandchildren; Tommy, Norah , and seven nieces and two nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Page Dinnel, and two sisters, Annella Ingalls and Margaret Fletcher.

Family and friends may come to the calling hours at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill on Wednesday July 24 from 5 to 8pm, with a Memorial Service on Thursday, July 25 at 11am at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Main St., Richmondville.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the Rotary Foundation, care of of Olive Scott, 116 Parkway Drive, Cobleskill, NY 12043, or to Cobleskill Regional Hospital, 178 Grandview Drive, Cobleskill, NY 12043.