Obituaries from the Daily Mail
December 2003

Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


December 2, 2003
Cecelia Adelaide O’Grady, Law Librarian 

Catskill—Cecelia Adelaide O’Grady, 89, of Catskill died of Columbia-Greene Long Term Care on Nov. 29, 2003 following a long illness. 

Mrs. O’Grady was born June 30, 1914 to the late James H. and Emma Ester Lamouree Reilly. 

She graduated from Catskill High School and attended Russell Sage College prior to marrying her husband of 68 years, Felix Martin O’Grady.

During the 1960's, she was a law librarian at the Greene County Courthouse. 

She was a faithful parishioner of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and member of the Rosary Altar Society. 

Survivors include her husband, Felix Martin O’Grady, and their  three children: Martin O’Grady, Dennis O’Grady, and Kathleen Olivett; four grandchildren: Felicia Olivett of Catskill, Andrew O’Grady of Hyde Park, Brendan O’Grady of Baltimore, and Timothy O’Grady of Wilton; eight great-grandchildren: two sisters, Maria Kaye of Amityville and Eileen Iles of Oswego; as will as several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. O’Grady was predeceased by two grandsons; Martin O’Grady and Michael O’Grady.

Calling will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church with Rev. John J. Murphy officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Church.


December 2, 2003
Arnold R. Smeland, Electrician
 

Freehold—Arnold R. Smeland, 77, of Route 32, Freehold, died Nov. 28, 2003 at the residence of his daughter, after a long illness.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y. Aug. 1 , 1926, he was the son of the late Osle and Agnes (Thompson) Smeland.

Mr. Smeland served his country in the United States Navy during W. W. II, from 1942 through 1946.

Prior to his retirement he was employed as an electrician for Becker Electronics of East Durham.

He was a member of the Greenville American Legion. He also loved to draw.

Survivors include a son Theodore Smeland and his wife Jane of Somers, and a daughter, Mrs. Keith (Katherine) Smeland Pebler, SR., of Freehold. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Robert M. Mercobliano of Vineland, New Jersey, Sean A. Smeland of Somers, New York, Katelyn DeMatte of New Brunswick, New Jersey and Keith J. Pebler, Jr. and Jesse A. Pebler, both of Freehold.

Besides his parents, Mr. Smeland is predeceased by his wife, Kathryn (McMahon) Smeland in 1987; and a daughter Linda Jean Smeland.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

 Contributions in his memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y.,  12414


December 3, 2003
Jessica M. Premo, SUNY Albany student 

Catskill—Jessica Michelle Premo, 21, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 as a result of injuries sustained on the New York Thruway. 

Ms. Premo was born May 25, 1982 in Hudson to Karen Buckley and Donald E. Premo, Jr.

She was a graduate of the Catskill High School Class of 2001, Columbian-Green Community College Class of 2003 with an associate’s degree in liberal arts and was attending SUNY Albany, majoring in history.

Ms. Premo is survived by her daughter Destiny Premo, father Donald E. Premo, Jr. and brother Donald Ryan Premo, all of Catskill; mother Karen Buckley of Messina; grandmother Margaret Buckley of Stowe, MA; grandfather Donald E. Premo, Sr. of Sarasota, Fla.; uncles Michael Buckley of Long Island, Ronald Buckley of Philadelphia and Daniel Buckley of Arizona; aunts Sally Schauber of Massachusetts and Guadalope Premo of Texas, as well as many cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 at 11 a. m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, with interment following in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.


December 4, 2003, December 9, 2003
Marion M. Alverson, Home Healthcare 

Athens—Marion Margaret Alverson, 89, died early Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Ms. Alverson was born in Catskill on Oct. 20, 1916 to the late Francis and Julia Day Alverson.

She was the wife of the late William J. Alverson, who predeceased her on Oct. 21, 1958. She had been employed by American Thermostat, Becker Durham, and a private home healthcare giver.

Mrs. Alverson is survived by children Joan Lane of Stamford, Julia Marsh of Catskill, Marian Kusisto of Leeds Edith Rios of Catskill and George Alverson of Athens with whom she resided; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband William; sons William and Richard Alverson; sisters Louella Wilson, Emily Graff, Edith and Alice Speenburgh; brothers George, James and Leroy Lasher.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with the Rev. Harrison Putnam, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church in Athens, officiating. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 5, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


December 5, 2003
John P. Murray, U. S. Navy veteran

Catskill—John Patrick Murray, 73, of 6 Brooks Lane, died at home.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1930 in New York City, son of the late Archibald and Mary (Murphy) Murray.

John served in the U. S. Navy and Merchant Marine and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He has been a Catskill resident since 1973 and was a communicant of St. Patrick’s R. C. Church in Catskill.

Mr. Murray is survived by his sister Mary Moore and her husband William, both of Drumbrick, County Fermanagh, Ireland.

Mr. Murray was predeceased by his wife Josephine (Wynne) Murray on Aug. 13, 1981, and brother James J. Murray.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, North Jefferson Avenue in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s R. C. Church of Catskill, will be officiating.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home in Catskill.


December 6, 2003               
Ethel Goldschlag, Salon owner
 

Spring Hill, Florida—Ethel Goldschlag, 95, formerly of Catskill, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 at the Isidora ALF in Spring Hill.

Born in Kingston, she resided in Cementon and Catskill and retired to Gulfport Fla., in 1973.

She was a business woman, owning the Smart Shop and Boutique Dress and Beauty Salon in Catskill, and Valley Casuals in Catskill and Kingston.

She was a charter member of the Elks Club in Catskill and a member of Temple Israel in Catskill.

She was the wife of the late Edward Goldschlag and was predeceased by brother Sam Poplock and sisters Betty Fine and Rose Lipson.

She is survived by brother Albert Poplock of Catskill; sons Eugene of Spring Hill, Fla. and Arnold of Scottsdale, Az.; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Service will be at Temple Israel in Catskill, NY, date to be announced.

Arrangements by the Merrit Funeral Home in Spring Hill.


December 6, 2003
Frank Holewienko, U. S. Marine Corps 

Climax—Frank Holewienko, 64, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003 at the V. A. Medical Center in Albany following a long illness.

Mr. Holewienko was born on Aug. 17, 1939 to the late Francis and Vera Wermackey Holewienko.

He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps after high school and served several tours earning the distinction of being the third most highly decorated Marine in the United States. Some of his medals include: Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, National Defense, Heroic Achievement with two oak leaves, Presidential Union Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Special Forces, two silver stars, UN Peace-Force at Korea, Marine Corps Good Conduct and Recon graduation.

Although he was unable to be employed following his service to his country due to service-connected disability, he volunteered his time for many hours and years to the V. A. Hospital in Albany and became proficient in computer use.

Mr. Holewienko is survived by two children, Ellen Holewienko of Liberty and Joseph Holewienko of Ellenville; two grandchildren; step-son with whom he resided Corey Mergendahl and step-daughter Tammy Knott of Coxsackie; there grandkids Corey and Patience Mergendahl and Joey Knott.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with interment following in the V. A. lot of the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home at 10 a.m. prior to services.


December 7, 2003
Mary C. Bzezinski, Coxsackie resident 

Coxsackie—Mary C. Bzezinski, 70, of Schoharie Turnpike, Earlton, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 at Columbia Greene Long Term Care in Catskill where she has been a resident since Nov. 28, 2003.

Born in Brooklyn, Dec. 28, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Sophie Bzezinski.

Ms. Bzezinski is a resident of the Town of Coxsackie and a communicant of St. Mary’s R. C. Church. Prior to retiring she was employed by Steifel Labs of Durham. She was an avid reader and bingo player.

Survivors include a brother, Vincent Bzezinski of Earlton; three sisters, Anna Diffley and Theresa Sperzel both of Earlton, and Betty Schimmer of Arizona, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Richard’s Funeral Home, 383 Bross st., Cairo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Church; Cairo. Rev. Fr. J. Nunan Pastor will be the celebrant.

Interment will take place next to her mother, Sophie, in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, 12414, or the American Diabetes Foundation. Envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home.


December 7, 2003
Clifford J. Hahn, Retired US Postal Service employee 

Coxsackie—Clifford J. Hahn, 73, of Flint Mine Road, Coxsackie, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Columbia Greene Long Term Care, Catskill, where he had been a resident since April 20, 1999.

Born in Brooklyn Sept. 2, 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (McEntee) Hahn.

Mr. Hahn had been a resident of Coxsackie since 1998. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 20 years of employment. He was also an avid fisherman and a communicant of St. Mary’s R. C. Church in Coxsackie.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia (O’Toole) Hahn and son, Clifford J. Hahn Jr., both of Coxsackie; daughters, Carolyn Hahn of Catskill and Patricia McDowell of Coxsackie; two grandchildren, Cherelyn Barnard and Melissa Hahn.

Calling hours are  6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the W. C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home Inc., 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at St. Mary’s R. C. Church, Coxsackie. Rev. Fr. J. Moyna, Pastor will be the celebrant.

Private cremation will take place Tuesday at the Albany Rural Crematory, Menands.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation, c/o of Albany Medical Center, New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.


December 7, 2003
Mabel J. Hallenbeck, Former Catskill Game Farm employee

Sharon, PA.—Mabel J. Hallenbeck, 90, of 397 Watson St., Sharon, Pa., and a resident of St. Paul’s Home, Greenville, Pa. died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003.

Born in Grayling, Michigan, she was the daughter of  the late James Amos and Ida Bell Randell Jackson.

She was  a member of the Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church, Sharon, Pa., Salvation Army Senior Citizens and the Pocahontas’. She was previously employed at the Catskill Game Farm and as a nurses aide at the Nursing Home, Vero Beach, Fla. She later was educated by the University of Florida in a pilot program in personal health services known as Happy Homemakers.  She received the education to become an independent health care professional aide and was in private practice until 1989 when she retired in Sharon, Pa., after having worked in Spring Water, NY; Omaha, Neb. and Tucson, Az.

Survivors include four daughters: Mrs. Wayne (Shirley) Griffis, Tucson, Az., Mrs. Robert (Rita) Dye, Sharon, Pa., Mrs. Daniel (Judy) Jones, Ocala, Fla., Mrs. Sally Andrews, Venice Fla., a son Peter Eugene Galloway, Palataka, Fla.; three stepdaughters: Helen Sacco, of Leeds and Mary Walton and Margaret Janz both of Catskill; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Cuyler Pl Hallenbeck, whom she married on March 4, 1952 and who died Feb. 1, 1964; stepson, Joseph L. Hallenbeck; two brothers, Leon and Samuel Jackson; four sisters, Ilah Erickson, Hazel Nimon, Katherine Knickerbocker and Encie Williams.

Calling hours will be at the Sample-O’Donnell Funeral Home, corner of East State St. at N. Oakland Ave., Sharon, Pa. Form 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home, 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Richard Carlson, Pastor of Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church, Sharon, Pa., and Rev Daniel Jones, son-in-law of Mrs. Hallenbeck co-officiating.

Interment will be at the Canaseraga Cemetery, Canaserago, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to the Memorial Fund of Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church, 192 North Oakland Ave. Sharon, Pa., 16146, or Hospice Care of UPMC, Farrell, Pa., 16121.

If unable to visit the family during calling hours or the funeral service, pleas feel free to send your condolences and sign our on-line Memorial Guest Register Book at: www.sampldodonnell.com


December 8, 2003
Walter P. Dietz, Former town historian

New Baltimore—Walter P. Dietz, 92, a resident of New Baltimore, died Saturday evening, Dec. 6, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in New Baltimore at the family’s residence.  Meadow Falls Farm, which has been continuously occupied by his family since 1782.

He was the only son of Paul O. and Hattie (Wolfe) Dietz.

Mr. Dietz held a Master’s Degree in Education from the State University of New York at Albany and retired from Coxsackie-Athens School District in 1966. His field was history, and his deep interest was in American history, especially in local history.

He was a former historian of the Town of New Baltimore and active member of the Greene County Historical Society.

He was married on April 4, 1942, to the former Frances Kniffen. Mrs. Dietz survives at home.

In addition to her wife he is survived by two daughters; Margaret D. Meyer, Ph.D. and her husband Robert Meyer of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Ellen R. Dietz and her husband Walter Bourguignon of New Baltimore.

Services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 in the Reformed Church of New Baltimore. The Rev. Ken Walsh will officiate.

There will be no calling hours.

Interment will take place in the spring in Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Sopris Funeral Home, Route 9W, Coxsackie.


December 8, 2003, December 11, 2003
Neil B. Saxe, Food salesman 

Poughkeepsie—Neil B. Saxe, 59, of Poughkeepsie, died Dec. 3, 2003 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born in Catskill on Jan. 8, 1944, he was the son of Harriet Britt.

Mr. Saxe was a food salesman for Maines Paper and Food Co., of Conklin, N. Y.

He was a graduate of Catskill High School and the University of Maryland.

Mr. Saxe was a member of the Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie. He was a trail patroller of Lake Minnewaska in New Paltz.

Survivors include his mother, Harriet Britt of New Hampshire, two sons, Phillip and Paul Saxe of Catskill; a daughter, Ann Saxe of Poughkeepsie; and two brothers, Jon Saxe of New Hampshire and Dan Saxe of Tampa, Fla.

Memorial services will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. The Rev. Robert Geehan will officiate.

Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie.


December 9, 2003
 
Robert B. Vache, World War II veteran

Glenmont—Robert Bonner Vache, 86, of Glenmont, and formerly of Leeds, died Monday, Dec 8, at St. Pete’s Hospital in Albany.

He was born July 2, 1917 in the Bronx, the son of the late George and Ellen (Bonner) Vache.

Mr. Vache served in the U. S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

He was a powerline foreman for the Panama Canal Company in Panama from 1951 until his retirement in 1977. A Greene County resident since 1934, he was a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Survivors include three daughters, Roberta Buono and husband John of Castleton; Donna Fish and husband Peter, of Glenmont, and Pamela Borock of Yaphank, Long Island; eight grandchildren, Christine (Buono) Meek, Nicholas Buono, Scott Fish, Suzanne (Fish) Robbins, Megan Fish, Tonya (Fray) McCarthy, William Fray, and Leigh-Anne Borock; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Vache was predeceased by his wife, Anna (Ledogar) Vache on Feb. 15, 2001; and five brothers, Charles, George, John, Thomas, and Ted Vache.

Calling hours will  be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday Dec. 11 at the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridge Street, Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, will officiate.

Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 1121 Route 9W, Selkirk, N. Y., 12158; or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, N. Y. 12211.


December 10, 2003
Dorothy Manoli            

Catskill—Dorothy Manoli, 82, died at her home Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 following a long illness.

Mrs. Manoli was born in Saugerties on June 24, 1921 to the late Ralph and Sylvia Simmons Hendricks.

She was the wife of Paul H. Patterson who predeceased her on Oct. 28, 1973 and Dominick Manoli who predeceased her on April 6, 2000.

Mrs. Manoli is survived by her son Paul “Butch” Patterson of Catskill; grandchildren Dale Patterson of New Jersey, Missy Turk of Ravena and Tina Patterson of Germany; brother Irving Hendricks of Catskill; sister Sylvia Fox; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews including Arlen Hendricks of Coxsackie; and many beloved friends including Julia "Louisa” Vittie of Catskill.

In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Thein and brothers James Hendricks and Ralph “Bucky” Hendricks.

A prayer service will be conducted at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 138 Jefferson Heights in Catskill on Friday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Friends and  relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


December 12, 2003
Richard W. Minnerly, Arrangements incomplete 

Catskill—Richard W. Minnerly, 94, of Columbia Green Long Term Care in Catskill, died Dec. 11, 2003 at Columbia Greene Long Term Care after an illness.

Funeral arrangements by the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.


December 12, 2003
Ida L. O’Connor, Stiefel Lab worker 

Albany—Ida Lucy McCue O’Connor, 84, died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 at her home.

Born and educated in Yonkers, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward M. and Ida C. McKnight McCure, Sr.

Mrs. O’Connor moved to Cairo, NY with her husband and family in November of 1958. After raising her family she obtained her drivers license and entered the work force in 1968. She retired from Stiefel Laboratories in Oak Hill, NY as floor supervisor in the Pharmaceutical Dept. in 1985 after 17 years of service. She and her husband moved to Albany in 1997.

Mrs. O’Connor was a long time communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Cairo where she also taught religious education. More recently she was a communicant of St. James Church in Albany and being homebound she appreciated the special attention provided by the Christian Service Committee at St. James. She was so grateful for the love and friendship of her Eucharistic Minister, Mrs. Pearl Cleary, who brought her Holy Communion in her home every Sunday.

Mrs. O’Connor was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and ceramics. Through the years she made many beautiful gifts for family and friends that will always be treasured.

Beloved wife of 62 years of Joseph Louis O’Connor; mother of Louis (Marcia) O’Connor of Stamford, NY, Joseph O’Connor of Miami Lakes, Fla., Bernadette (Warren) Hoovler of Spanish Springs, NV, Janet (Wayne) Birk of Venice, Fla., Ronald (Joan) O’Connor of Ancram, NY, Rita (Jesse) Nelson of Collegeville,PA, Gary O’Connor of Albany, NY, Mary (Peter) Reinsdorf of Niverville, NY and Sheila (Patrick) Gallagher of Yalesville, CT; mother-in-law of Joyce and Illeana O’Connor; sister of Lois (Lenny) Curran of Orangebury, NY and the late Florence, Edward, Joseph and Thomas McCue, Mary Bach, Alice Robinson and Theresa Nori. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by grandson Joel Ray O’Connor in 1998.

Relative and friends are invited to attend a mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church, Mountain Avenue in Cairo, on Monday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Dec. 133 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Avenue in Albany, as well as on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross Street, Cairo.

Interment will be private.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Church, Mountain Avenue, Cairo, NY 12413 or to St. James Church-Organ Restoration, 391 Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY 12209

The family would like to thank the Albany Paramedics, the staff of St. Peter’s ER and Rev. John Tallman for all their efforts and compassion.


December 13, 2003
Rose Marie Cumiskey, General Electric employee

Catskill—Rose Marie Cumiskey, 87, long-time Catskill resident, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 at the Columbia Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

Born March 1, 1916 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late John and Agnes (O’Brien) McGuire.

Rose was an employee of the General Electric Company in New York City prior to her retirement. A Greene County resident since 1975, she was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and St. Patrick’s Rosary-Altar Society.

Mrs. Cumiskey was predeceased by her husband Owen on April 29, 1987; a brother, Philip McGuire; a sister, Madeline Rafferty; and a niece, Patricia O’Donnell.

Mrs. Cumiskey is survived by a sister, Agnes Shultz of Leeds; three nephews, Arthur Shultz of Leeds, John Shultz of Florida and Brian Rafferty of New York City; a niece, Madeline Rafferty of Catskill; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Relative and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Funeral services will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, Bridge Street in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will be officiating.

Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.


December 13, 2003
Lillian Gettinger, Bookkeeper

Saugerties—Lillian Gettinger, 90, of Pond Lake, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003 at Columbia Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

Born April 23, 1913 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Jennie Goldstein Stavisky.

An area resident since July, she previously resided in Brooklyn and DelRay Beach, Flordia.  Prior to her retirement she was a head bookkeeper in Brooklyn. She was a member of the Women’s Organization of the Knights of Pythias.

She was predeceased by her husband William. Survivors include one daughter, Faye Schackne of Saugerties; one son, Seymore Gettinger of Henderson, NV; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Her graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Beth Moses Cemetery in Pine Lawn, NY, with the Rabbi Joel Smilchensky officiating.


December 13, 2003
Lois R. Katovich, Nurse

Newark—Lois B. Katovich, 84, formerly of VanHornesville, NY and Auburn, passed away into eternal life on Friday, Dec.12, 2003 at Newark Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Windham, she was the daughter of the late Ellis and Nellie Munson Bentley.

She was a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Rochester School of Nursing.  She was employed for many years and later retired as a school nurse at the Owen D. Young Central School in VanHornesville.

She is survived by a daughter, Aline Fister (Roy) of Las Cruces, NM; a son Dale Katovich (Diana) of Union Springs, NY and two grandchildren, San and Celie Katovich.

Visitation will be at the Langham Funeral Home, 75 E. Genesee Street in Auburn on Monday, Dec. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. LeRoy W. Kettinger officiating.  Burial will be at a later time at the convenience of the family.


December 13, 2003
Lawrence J. Vriale, Retired truck driver 

Palm Bay, Florida—Lawrence J. (Larry) Vriale, 85, formerly of East Durham, passed away at his home on Dec. 11, 2003.

Born in New York city  on Jan. 4, 1918, he was the son of the late Carmine and Ida (Catasso) Vriale.

Larry was a retired truck driver, a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a 40-year member of the East Durham Volunteer Fire Co.

His son, Carmine (Sonny) Vriale, predeceased his this year.  He was also predeceased by two brothers, Ralph and Harry Vriale, and two sisters, Anna Squiciarino and Katherine Slinker,

He is survived by daughter Antoinette (Honey) Morris of Greenville; daughter-in-law Roseanna Vriale of Palm Bay, Fla.; grandchildren Joseph, Larry, Ronald, Paul, Ann and Melissa Vriale, Matthew Brink and Rhonda Mazzarese; step-grandchildren Melissa Paddon; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Larry was also loved and cherished by the Kelleghers and the extended family of the Shamrock House of East Durham, and Mike and Dianne of Flordia.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 15 at 11:15 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at noon from Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. The East Durham Volunteer Fire Co. will conduct services at the funeral home on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Interment will be at the Winston Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the East Durham Volunteer Fire Co.


December 13, 2003
Carmine J. Vriale, Former area resident

Brevard County, Flordia—Carmine James “Sonny” Vriale, 61, formerly of Greenville and Cairo, died after a long illness on Oct 11, 2003.

Born in Queens, NY on July 14, 1942, he lived in the Cairo and Greenville areas and also Arizona and southern California.

He enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles and also his cars.  His grandchildren were the brightest stars in his life.

Sonny is survived by his wife Rose Vriale of Brevard County; sister Antoinette Morris of Greenville; sons and  daughters-in-law Joseph E. and Barbara Vriale of Cairo; Lawrence and Marion Vriale of Earlton and Paul Joseph Vriale of Arizona; daughters Ann Vriale of Durham and Melissa Vriale of Arizona; stepdaughter Melissa Paddon of Albany; grandchildren Lauren, Danielle and Ryan Vriale of Earlton and Olivia Palmer of Durham; nephew Ronnie Brink and niece Rhonda Mazzarese.

There will be a mass in his memory at Lady of Knock in East Durham on Dec. 15 at noon.

Donations in Sonny’s memory may be made to the Red Cross.


December 13, 2003
James V. Lauro, U. S. Army veteran 

Round Top—James V. Lauro, 83, of Route 31, died Dec. 11, 2003 at his residence after a long illness.

Born in New York City on Nov. 22, 1920, he was the son of the late Michael F. and Mary (Bucci) Lauro.

James has been and area resident for 20 years. He loved fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He also loved to read poetry.

During World War II, he served his country in the United States Army. During his military career he earned the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

He was a self-employed chemist in the New York City area for many years.

He is survived by a son, Michael Lauro of New York City; two daughters, Mrs. Jon (Erika) Falco of Schenectady and Gretel Lauro-Sims of Maryland; seven grandchildren, Spencer Lauro and wife Robin, Christian Lauro and wife Connie, Brendan, Katrin, Alexis, Aidan and Aislin; and a great-granddaughter, Lorelei.

James was predeceased by his wife Eleonore in 1981.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo, on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Private cremation will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.


December 13, 2003
Eugene Walls, U. S. Army veteran

Purling—Eugene Walls, 85, died Dec. 11, 2003 at Columbian Memorial Hospital in Hudson after and illness.

Born on Jan. 11, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late William and Mary Ellen (DuBoy) Walls.

Eugene has been an area resident for over 20 years. He was a lifetime member of the Round Top Volunteer Fire Co., a member of the Cairo American Legion Post #983, and a member of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo.  He loved to bowl.

Eugene served his country during World War II in the United States Army. He was a retired bus driver for the Varsity Bus Company in Queens, NY.

He is survived by sons  Eugene Walls of Holiday, Fla. and Frank Walls of Essex, NY; daughters Helen Denny of Jacksonville, Fla., Eileen Micozzi and Theresa Pickle, both of Queens, NY, and Jo Ann Hafke of Dallas, TX; sisters Nellie Younghans and Alice Speth, both of Long Island; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo, on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. both days.  The Round Top Volunteer Fire Co. will hold services in his memory at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Fr. J. Nunan as the celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery next to his late wife Helen who predeceased him on March 11, 1992.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Round Tip Volunteer Fire Company, P. O. Box 61, Round Top, NY 12473.


December 13, 2003
Dolores A. Zmiyarch, Area resident 

Saugerties—Delores A. Zmiyarch, 72, of Chuck Hill Road, died on Monday, Dec. 8, 2003 at the Kingston City Hospital, Kingston after a short illness.

Born June 26, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Mae Gallagher Abeel.

An area resident for many yeas, she was parishioner of St. John the Evangelist R. C. Church in Centerville.

Survivors include two sons, Paul D. of Catskill and James M. Zmiyarch of Saugerties; two daughters, Paula Turk of Kingston and Lorie Schaffer of Saugerties; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Eileen Hommel and by her husband Paul Zmiyarch in 1989.

Her funeral procession formed at the Seamon-Wilsey Dec. 12 and a Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. John the Evangelist R. C. Church Friday morning.

Interment followed in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barclay Heights in Saugerties.


December 14, 2003
Marie Oscar, World War II veteran

North Miami Beach, Florida—Marie Oscar, 86, of Park Plaza and formerly of Montgomery Street in Saugerties, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003 at the Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Fla.,

Born March 27, 1917 in Long Island City, NY, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Frances Miller Oscar.

She was a veteran of World War II where she was awarded the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Medal.  She was honorably discharged in January 1946, having attained the rank of First Lieutenant.

She was a graduate of Our Lady of Victoria School of Nursing at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY. She received a BS degree in Nursing from the University of Miami. She was administrator of the Plantation Hospital in Plantation, Fla., for many years and retired in 1981.

She was a world traveler who had many friends and hobbies including making and collecting dolls and dollhouses.

Her funeral procession will form at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 from the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, thence to St. Mary of the Snow R. C. Church where at 10 a.m. a mass of Christian burial will be offered by the Rev. Hugh R. Grace, Pastor.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barclay Heights in Saugerties.


December 16, 2003
Leonard J. Edwards, Retired teacher

Acra—Leonard Joseph Edwards, 72, of 61 Agnes Drive, Acra, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Elmira, March 2, 1931, he was the son of the late Leonard R. and Mary (Knapp) Edwards.

Mr. Edwards had been an area resident for the last 40 years.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1953 when he was a radio technician.  He retired from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility where he taught welding.  He was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, past member of the Catskill Elks 1341, he loved drawing, collecting miniature car models and shipbuilding. He was an avid hobbyist and craftsman.

Survivors include his wife, Maryanne (Madden) Edwards of Acra; five sons, Edward of Virginia; David Edwards of Georgia, Kenneth Sandberg of Coxsackie, John Sandberg of Florida and Michael Sandberg of Acra; two daughters, Robin Edwards of Acra and Cindy Nichols of Indiana; five brothers, Robert Edwards of Florida, Thomas and Robert Knapp of Elmira, Gordon Knapp of Tennessee and  Ross K. Knapp, four sisters, Nancy Champaigne and Darla Simmons, both of Elmira, and Shirley and Joan Knapp; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with the Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, pastor, as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Catskill Rural Cemetery.


December 16, 2003
Jennie Irving, Founded the Westerner 

Greenville—Jennie Irving, 96, of Greenville, died at home with her loving family by her side Dec. 12, 2003.

She was born in Ogden, Utah on Oct. 26, 1907, daughter of the late Sheldon and Lena (Anderson) Myers, both of whom were in show business.

Her father Sheldon performed in early radio shows including “One Man’s Family.”

She worked in San Francisco as a telephone operator for six years. During World War II she worked in the National Defense for Oakland, Calif., Army Supply Base and 17 years as a  Pharmacy Clerk for the Payless Drug Store also in Oakland.

In 1966, Mrs. Irving, her husband William and son Richard established the Westerner, the only remaining clothing store in Greenville.

She was  a homemaker who loved to garden all her life.

Mrs. Irving  was married for 65 yeas to William Irving, who predeceased her in 1991.

She was a  devoted wife and mother of two sons, Richard L. and William d. Irving. She also raised her grandson Donald.

Survivors include her two sons Richard and William Irving; a daughter-in-law Jeannette Irving; a grandson, Donald Irving; a granddaughter, Kathy Hudson; and two great-grandchildren, Shari and Lisa.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


December 16, 2003
Robert C. Overbaugh, Cabinet maker

Castleton—Robert Clarkson Overbaugh, 787, of Castleton, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany where he had been a patient.

Mr. Overbaugh was born on Broome Street in Catskill on April 23, 1925 to the late Elmer C. “Bill” Overbaugh and Mildred Clarkson Overbaugh.

Mr. Overbaugh graduated from the Catskill High School and enlisted in the U. S. Navy on July 8, 1943.

He served in World War II in Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Pensacola with the torpedo Squadron 12, earning the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three stars, the Victory Ribbon in the American Area, and Air Medal with two stars prior to his discharge on April 19, 1946.

He owned and managed several beauty shops in Albany while he was also a self-employed cabinet maker.

He was a member of the VFW in Castleton, the Elks in Colonie, and the American Legion in Clinton Heights.

Survivors include three children: Robert Overbaugh II of Castleton, Deborah Bales of Oregon and Sandra Whittan of Ohio; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandson; three great-great-grandchildren; seven siblings: Jackie Fazzone of Brooklyn, Mary DiMasi of Leeds, Carol Memith of Athens, Joan Hayes of Santee, Calif., Andrew Overbaugh of Greenville, Leslie Groneman of Athens and Jean Coon of South Carolina; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Overbaugh was predeceased by his daughter, Linda Overbaugh, and brother, Billy Overbaugh.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael I. Gorchov, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church officiating.

Interment will follow in the Veteran’s Lot of the town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association.


December 16, 2003
Nicholas C. Salvatore, Arrangements incomplete 

Purling—Nicholas C. Salvatore, 59, of 31 South Road, Purling, died suddenly Dec. 24, 2003 at his residence while shoveling.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, are incomplete.


December 16, 2003
Anthony Ryan Verdon, Purling resident

Cairo—Anthony R. Verdon, 18, of Purling, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 unexpectedly in a car accident near his home.

Born Dec. 28, 1984, in Catskill, he was the loving son of Michael K. and Mary Jane Verdon of Purling.

Anthony was an avid lover of the New York Yankees, music and a new fondness for working with horses, and a lover of nature.  He had a zest for life and enjoyed the challenge of construction and fixing all things big and small.

Survivors include his parents; brothers, Michael Jr. (Sarah) of Leeds, and Jason (Nicole) of Purling; and former girlfriend Jessica Baitsholts and their expected child due in the summer; maternal grand mother Arlene Zindell of Catskill and the late Fred Zindell;  paternal grandparents, Eugene A. And Sophie Verdon Sr., of Horseheads; he will also be missed by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as many close friends.

Calling hours are Wednesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Catskill with the Rev. John J. Murphy as the celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a trust fund on behalf of Anthony’s unborn child.


December 17, 2003
Rowland E. Alsid, U. S. Navy veteran

Liverpool—Rowland E. “Bud” Alsid, 64, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Catskill, Mr. Alsid lived most of his life in North Syracuse before moving to Liverpool three years ago. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.

Mr. Alsid was involved in banking for many years. He was employed as Vice President of Government Banking with J. P. Morgan Chase for the past 15 years.

Active in local politics, Mr. Alsid had previously served as Village of North Syracuse trustee, village treasurer, town of Clay councilman, and was currently chairman of the Town of Clay Grievance Committee.

He was a past member of the North Syracuse Kiwanis Little League and the North Syracuse Optimist Club. An avid golfer, he was also a member of the Arrowhead Golf Club.

He was predeceased by his mother Mrs. Dorothy Hungerford in June. His father, Rowland Alsid, was a World War II causality.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, the former Holly Haag; daughter Sandy and her husband Reggie White of Cicero; sons Michael and his wife Erin of Liverpool and Bill of North Syracuse; grandchildren Andrew, Shannon and Mitchell White of Cicero, Michael, Alexandra and Sam Alsid of Liverpool; sisters, Patty Alsid Thompson and her husband Gerald of Brunswick, and Glenda Hungerford of Barrington, N. H.; aunts Dorothy Ennis of Delmar and Elizabeth Brown of Utica; mother-in-law Marion Perry of Liverpool; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends.

Service will be Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 South Main St., in North Syracuse and at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, also on South Main Street. Interment will be in the North Syracuse Cemetery.

Friends may call today at the funeral home form 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Onondaga Community Living, 518 James St., Syracuse, N. Y., 13203.


December 17, 2003
Ernest Lounsbury, World War II veteran

Westerlo—Ernest (Paul) Lounsbury, 78, of Westerlo, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Sept. 20 1925 in Oak Hill, son of the late Willett and Florence (Baitsholts) Lounsbury. 

Mr. Lounsbury served in the U. S. Navy during World War II receiving the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal.

He worked on the family farm for 25 years and then worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 25 years.

Mr. Lounsbury was a member of Clark White Post 1460 American Legion.

Survivors include Louise (Weidman) Lounsbury, a daughter, June Sherman of Westerlo, two sons, Joel Lounsbury and his wife Valerie of Preston Hollow, E. Paul Lounsbury Jr. and his wife Bernadette of Berne, his grandchildren, Jody Lounsbury, and his wife Meredith, Joel (Jay) Lounsbury and his wife Sally, Justin Lounsbury and E. Paul Lounsbury III, also his great-grandchildren Gabrielle and Alexa Lounsbury, a sister, Betty Cernik, of Tyringham, Mass., two brothers, Donald and Peter Lounsbury, both of East Durham, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lounsbury was predeceased by a brother, Earl Lounsbury.

Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Westerlo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Westerlo Ambulance Squad.


December 17, 2003
Wilbur C. Vosburgh, Longtime local businessman 

Coxsackie—Wilbur C. Vosburgh, 84, of Medway died Dec. 13, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born in Medway on June 8, 1919, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Florence Vosburgh.

He was a graduate of Ravena-Coeymans, High School, a World War II veteran and a longtime local businessman who owned and operated Vosburgh’s Soda Bar in West Coxsackie for many years. He was retired to Ellenton, Fla., in 1978 and returned to the Coxsackie area in 2001.

He was the beloved husband of Evelyn F. Vosburgh, who predeceased him, for 59 years.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

Those who desire may make a donation in his memory to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y. 12414.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the W. C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home of Coxsackie.


December 18,  2003
Amey Dedrick, Arrangements incomplete

Athens—Amey Dedrick, 88, of 19 3rd Street in the Village of Athens, died Dec. 17, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.


December 18, 2003
William H. Martin, Jr., Advertising artist

Coxsackie—William H. Martin, Jr., 90, formerly of Bayside Queens, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

He was born Aug. 12, 1913 in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ, the son of the later Margaret (Willyoung) and William H. Martin, Sr.

He was married to Lola (Lee) Martin who died in 1981.

A local resident since 1976, he moved here from Bayside Queens. He was a commercial artist for A&D Advertising in Manhattan. When he moved to the area he was employed by Greene County Council on the Arts.

He is survived by daughters Constance Messina of Coxsackie, and Patricia Bond of Norman, OK; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by sisters Francesca Kerrybrook and Margaret Stone.

Services were private. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family at Athens Rural Cemetery in the spring.

Arrangements under the directions of the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. in Coxsackie.


December 19, 2003
Walter R. Coogan, Sales representative

Skaneateles—Walter Raymond Coogan, 60, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 at Community General Hospital.

Born in Jersey City, N. J., he retired in 1999 from US Air where he had worked for 34 years as a reservation sales representative.

He was a member of the Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, director of the First Class Services for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and for several years, he was the curator of the Martisco Railroad Museum. He was also a member of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, member and past president of the Association of Retired US Air Employees and was a former member of FOCUS.

He is survived by his companion Nancy M. Wierzbickl of Warners; brother James J. Coogan of Skaneateles; friend Ellie L. Wallace of Skaneateles; nephew Christopher Coogan of New York City and niece Lara Gallagher of New Jersey.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2003 at the Tindall Funeral Home, 1921 W. Genesee St., Syracuse at  9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church.

Spring interment will be in Palenville Cemetery, Palenville.

Calling hours are Saturday, Dec. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community General Hospital, 4900 Broad Road, Syracuse, N. Y. 13215.


December 19, 2003
Amey E. Dedrick, Knitting Mills worker 

Cairo—Amey E. Dedrick, 88, of 12 John St., Cairo, formerly of the Village of Athens, died Dec. 17, 2003 at Columbia Greene Long Term Care in Catskill where she had been a resident since Nov. 25, 2003.

She was born in Athens on Nov. 15, 1915 and was the daughter of the late Archibold and Emma (Palmateer) Hill.

She is a lifetime resident of the Village of Athens and a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill. She loved playing bingo and playing cards.  She was well known as Auntie Amey. Prior to  retirement, she worked for the Atlantic Knitting Mills in Catskill.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and also several great-nieces and great-great nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Oliver in 1979 and sisters Beatrice Miller and Bernice Proper.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003 at 1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on William Street in Catskill, with the Rev. Michael Gorchov officiating.

Interment will take place in the family plot of the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Athens.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society Breast Research.


December 19, 2003
Sheila C. Nugent      

Augusta, W. Va.—Shelia C. Nugent, 64, former resident of Philmont, died Wednesday, Dec. 167, 2003 after a long illness with lung disease.

Ms. Nugent was born Feb. 6, 1939 in Astoria Queens, the daughter of John Nugent  and Helen Peabody Nugent.

 She is survived by her children; Lynda Howard Poling and Patrick Howard, both of Augusta, Gregory and John Howard both of Catskill, Bruce Howard of Germantown, Timothy Howard of Livingston, Ann-Marie Howard Elmquist of New Lebanon; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by sister Patricia Nugent Bertram and brother Thomas Nugent.

Funeral services will be at 8 tonight at the McKee Funeral Home in Augusta, W. Va., with Elder Brian Kidwell officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening between 6 and 8.


December 20, 2003
Robert E. Brandt, U. S. Army veteran 

Catskill—Robert Ernest Brandt, 83, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

A native of Catskill, Robert was born April 19, 1902, the son of the later Ernest and Agnes (Stewart) Brandt.

Robert served in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was an employee of Miron Redi-Mas in Catskill for many years prior to his retirement. Robert was  a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge #1341.

Mr. Brandt was predeceased by his wife Mrs. Betty (Rouse) Brandt on Jan. 19, 2000 and his grandson Frank J. Porto IV.

Mr. Brandt is survived by two daughters, Linda Porto and her husband Frank and Pam Meo and her husband Robert, all of Catskill; a son, Robert Brandt and his wife Patricia of North Attleboro, MA.; a brother George Brandt of Magalia, CA; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Private cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation, 116 John Street, New York, NY 10038 would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home in Catskill.


December 20, 2003
Sheila Foland

Glenville—Sheila Foland, 49, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 at St. Clare’s Hospital.

She was the daughter of the later Gerald and Virginia Egnor Foland; sister of Daryl Foland, Gloria Bulich of Catskill and the later Christine and David Foland, niece of  Marge Foland.  She is also survived by five nieces and nephews, nine great-nieces and nephews and her friends and staff at her Lolik Ln. home, operated by Living Resources.

A service in memory of Sheila will be held at the McVeigh Funeral Home 208 No. Allen Street in Albany on Monday, Dec. 22 at noon. Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home after 11 a.m. on Monday. Interment will be held a Flat Creek Cemeter7, Schoharie at a later date.

Those wishing to remember Sheila in a special way may send contributions o the Living Resources Foundation, 2176 Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12306.


December 20, 2003
Elizabeth Fritz, Arrangements incomplete 

Liverpool—Elizabeth Fritz, 94, formerly of Cairo, died Dec. 17, 2003 at Birchwood Health Care Center in Liverpool, NY.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.


December 20, 2003
Richard W. Minnerly, Area Resident

Coxsackie—Richard W. Minnerly, 94, formerly of Coxsackie, died Dec. 11, 2003 at Columbia Greene Long Term Care in Catskill where he had been a resident since June 21, 1997.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1909, in Yonkers, NY and was the son of the late Charles and Isabelle (Stewart) Minnerly. 

Richard had been an area resident for 29 years, a member of the Masonic Lodge in Coxsackie and also a member of the Coxsackie United Methodist Church.

Besides his parents, Richard is predeceased by his wife Margaret in 1999.

He is survived by sons Robert W. Minnerly of Gig  Harbor, WA and Richard Mannerly of Baltimore, MD; sister Charlotte Haley of MINN; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands on Friday, Dec. 12.

A Memorial service in his memory will take place at the Coxsackie United Methodist Church in Coxsackie on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Columbia Greene Long Term Care Patient’s Activity Fund, 61 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, NY 12414 or the Coxsackie Untied Methodist Church, Coxsackie, NY 12051.

Funeral services are under the direction of the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home in Coxsackie.


December 21, 2003
Anthony Fischer, Tax auditor 

Albany—Anthony “Benino” Fischer, 560, of East Old State Road in Guilderland, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2003 at Albany Memorial Hospital.

Born in Catskill, he was a beloved son of the late William P. and Josephine Benino Fischer.

He was a high school graduate of the Christian Bros. Academy of Albany and a college graduate of the Albany Business College.

He married his beloved wife the former Carol Dodd in 1967. Mrs. Fischer survives at home.

For over 35 years, Anthony was employed by New York State as a tax auditory in the Tax and Finance Department. He retired in April 2001.

Anthony was in the National Guard having been in service during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was a  charter member of the Clifton Park Elks and a member of the Fiddler’s Tour Music Group. Anthony greatly enjoyed music, restoring classic cars and square dancing.

Besides his beloved wife, he leaves behind two loving daughters and one son-in-law, Stephanie Fischer of Albany and Christine and James Horton of Loudonville.

He is survived by two loving grandchildren Maya Rose and Anthony James Horton, both of Loudonville; brothers William A. Fischer and Thomas A. Fischer and his wife Lillian, all of Catskill; brother-in-law James (Mary Ann) Dodd of Valatie, NY; his  “goombah” (best friend) Marvin Rosenfeld of Latham; cousins Joann (Amon) Hold and Concetta (Deryl) Miller, all of Copake, NY, Barbara (Sherwood) Van Kuren of Coxsackie, as well an many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call at the DeMarco Stone Funeral Home, Inc., 5216 Western Turnpike (Route 20),  Guilderland, on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church . Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

The Parish family of Christ the King Church will gather at the funeral home on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. for a service of prayer and remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.


December 22, 2003
Frieda Bobach, Born in Germany

Catskill—Anna Marie Freida Bobach, 97, formerly of Grove School Road in Catskill, died Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Thompson House in Rhinebeck where she lived since October.

Mrs. Bobach was born in Calau, Germany, on Oct. 4, 1906 to the late Wilhelm and Wilhelmine Nocak Lehmann.

She immigrated to the United States and married Max H. Bobach who predeceased her on Nov. 8, 1964 in Catskill.

She was a housekeeper in private homes in her youth.

Survivors include her niece, Wally Allweiler of Shokane; three great nieces; Petra Montelone of Clintondale, Monica Allweiler, and Kathy Spinner of South Dennis, Mass., two great-nephews; Peter Allweiler and Thomas Farrell; there great-great- nieces; Brianna Herdman, Cierra Herdman, and Megan Allweiler; as well as beloved friends and neighbors, Arthur and Virginia Murphy of Catskill.

A graveside committal service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 in the Town of Catskill Cemetery with the Rev. Victor A. Nelson, pastor of the Resurrection Lutheran Church officiating.

Those who wish to attend may meet a the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, at 10:45 a.m. for procession to the cemetery.


December 22, 2003
Annabeth Showers, Teacher 

Tannersville—Annabeth Voss Showers, 91, of Tannersville, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Showers was born in New York City on Dec. 13, 1912, the daughter of Elizabeth Graves and Ralph Voss.

She grew up in New York City, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Tannersville, graduating from Hunter-Tannersville High School in 1930.

In 1934 she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Skidmore College and embarked on a lifelong teaching career.

As a beginning Commercial Arts teacher at Hunter-Tannersville High School, she often commented that some of her students were older then she was. In 1937 she was married to Hugh Mansfield “Manny” Showers, son of Mary Ellen Leach and Arthur Showers.

Manny and Annabeth started a Dairylea Mild Delivery Business which grew form home delivery to an ice cream shop to Manny’s Restaurant on Main Street. Tannersville.

Mrs. Showers returned to teaching at the Grandview Elementary School in Catskill while continuing her education by earning a Master’s Degree at the College at Saint Rose. She transferred to Tannersville Elementary School and retired from teaching at Hunter Elementary School in 1974.

One of her greatest joys was being remembered fondly by many of her students whenever she went to town, to the post office, shopping or at the HTC reunions. And if your birthday fell on the first  day of school, Mrs. Showers had a party waiting for you.

Mrs. Showers and her husband ran Hathaway Lodge as a bed and breakfast on a year-round business. She always loved  living at Hathaway and made it her summer home. She wintered on Sea Bird Island, Port Orange, Fla.

Survivors include her six children, Dr. Frederick Mansfield Shower, Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Mann Showers, Michael James Showers, USNA, Barbara Showers Browne, Ralph Voss Showers, USMA and Arthur Voss USNA, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Showers was predeceased by  her husband Manny in June 1988.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 today at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday At the Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls.

Spring interment will be held in the St. Francis deSales Cemetery in Elka Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad, the Tannersville Fire Department and the Haines Falls Fire Department.


December 22, 2003 
Audrey Leroy Saule, Retired highway employee

Jewett—Audrey Leroy Saule, 73, died Sunday Dec. 21, 2003 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born May 23, 1930 to the later Charles and Sarah (Vermelya) Saule.

Mr. Saule was retired form Jewett Highway Department where he worked for many years.

He was also a farm laborer for the late Howard Goslee.

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie and wife Marie of Schenectady, Kevin and wife Nance of East Norwitch, daughters, Cindy and husband, Eugene Ostrander, Maureen and husband David Duncan, sisters, Daisy Van Etten and Nettie Saule, Dorothy and husband Pat Giordano, brothers Harrison Saule and wife Wilma, Clarence and wife Jeanne; grandchildren, Steven and Michael Clow, Gia Saule, Morgan and Nicole Duncan; a great-grandson, Tylor Clow; several cousins, nieces, nephews and one aunt, Nelda Moore.

Mr. Saule was predeceased by his former wife Juliette (Legg) Goodrich, a longtime friend, Ida Shoemaker, and his brother Stanley.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Diane Smith.

A spring interment will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in South Jewett.

A memorial donation may be made to the Jewett Fire Company and Rescue Squad.


December 23, 2003 
Elizabeth C. Fritz, Music teacher

Clay—Elizabeth C. Fritz, 94, of the Town of Clay, formerly of Wind Wing Park, Catskill, died Dec. 17, 2003 at Birchwood Health Care Center in Clay.

She was born in Cairo on Nov. 21, 1909, and was the daughter of the late Chester A. and Sarah (Earl) Caniff.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a music teacher for the Durham Central School System.

Survivors include a son, Chester Fritz of Liverpool, N. Y. and several grandchildren.

Graveside services will take place in the spring in the family plot of the Cairo Cemetery, next to her late husband Harry Fritz, who predeceased her Aug. 10, 1986.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.


December 23, 2003
Mabel L. Reid, Athens resident

Athens—Mabel L. Reid, 75, of Athens, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003 at her home.

She was born Jan. 25, 1928 in Thomasville, Ga., the daughter of the late M. L. and Suzie (Taylor) Simmons.

Mrs. Reid was an employee of Shop-Rite prior to her retirement.

Survivors include a son, Ronald L. Reid of New Hampshire; three daughters, Linda D. Reid of Provo, Utah; Carol A. Ivery of Pittsfield, Mass., and Sheila L. Brown of Cedar Hill, Texas; two sons-in-law, Mike Ivery of Pittsfield, Mass., and Darryl Brown of Cedar Hill, Texas; a daughter-in-law Laura Reid of New Hampshire; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Reid was predeceased by her former husband Napolean Reid in October 1987.

According to Mabel’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.

Private cremation will be performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. 

Spring interment in Mellenville Union Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangement are under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.


December 26, 2003
Carmela M. Albani, Maintenance worker 

Catskill—Carmela M. Albani, 86, formerly of East Durham and New York City, died at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill on Dec. 24, 2003

She was born in Italy on July 17, 1917, daughter of the late Aniello and Pasquelina (Pastore)  Panariello.

She worked in building maintenance for the Home Life Insurance Co., in Manhattan. She was a devoted mother and loving grandmother and will also be remembered for her excellent cooking.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter Albani, six brothers and six sisters.

Surviving are her daughter, Henrietta (Riga) Kreinhoeffer and her husband Klaus of East Durham; son Neil Panariello and he wife Ann of Sewaren. N.J.; grandchildren Anthony and Neil Paneariello and Lisa Simoes; great-grandchildren Daniella and Natali; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 1898 Route 81 in Greenville on Saturday, Dec. 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in the spring prior to her interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.


December 27, 2003
Celia Pollak, Office manager 

Catskill—Celia Pollak, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness. 

She was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of the late Isadore and Yetta (Schwartz) Stolzenberg.

Celia emigrated to the United States in 1938 and lived in New York City. She was an office manager at H & H Stationary Co., In Brooklyn prior to her retirement in 1988.

Celia has been a Greene County resident since 2001.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Harry Stolz and M. Stolzenberg.

She is survived by a niece, Lisa Stolz-Schroeder, a nephew Keith Schroeder and a great-nephew Todd Stolz-Schroeder, all of Catskill.

Funeral services will be hold at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. Rabbi Daniel Fried of Temple Beth Emeth in Hudson will be officiating.

Interment will be at Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn, Long Island.


December 28, 2003, December 29, 2003
Mary F. Breen, NYC finance dept. worker 

Leeds—Mrs. Mary Frances Breen, 84, of Gypsy Point Road died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born May 11, 1919 in the Bronx, NY to the late Thomas and Kathleen (Reynolds) McGurl.

A former Queens resident, May was the Commissioner of Deed and Administrator for the New York City Department of Finance in Queens for 36 years prior to her retirement in 1975.

A long-time Greene County summer resident, Mary moved to Leeds permanently in 1976. She was a daily communicant at St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill and St. Bridget’s Church in Leeds, a member of the Catskill Lady Elks and the Cairo Senior Citizens.

Mrs. Breen was predeceased by her husband, Patrick Breen, St., in 1975 and a son, Patrick Breen Jr.,  in 1981.

Mrs. Breen is survived by three sons, Thomas Breen of Westhampton Beach, NY; Daniel Breen of Northport, NY and Kevin Breen of Leeds; a sister, Ann Curtin of Jensen Beach, Fla.; mother-in-law of Jacquelyn Breen, Eileen Breen, Karen Breen; Susan and John Combes; a sister-in-law, Eileen McGurl of Allenhurst, NJ; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, on Monday, Dec. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30 from the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, Bridge Street in Catskill, with the Rev. John J. Murphy officiating.

Private cremation will be performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. Spring interment will be at the convenience of the family.


December 28, 2003
Agnes Coyne, Area resident

Purling—Agnes Coyne, 97, of 8 Vienna Woods Road died Dec. 27, 2003 at the residence of her daughter Elizabeth C. (Beth) Hansen.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on Dec. 4, 1906 and was the daughter of the late Frances and Julia (Strahan) Bailey.

Agnes had been a resident of Greene County  since June 1956. She was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church, a member of the Catholic Daughters, Altar Rosary Society, the Round Top Ladies Fire Auxiliary and was also employed by the Rock Face Diner.

She is survived by her daughter Beth; a sister, Mary Natalie of Mass.; and three grandchildren, Andrew, Catherine and Robert.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross Street in Cairo on Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated a t11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo. The Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will take place next to her husband Robert, who predeceased her in 1970, in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery.


December 28, 2003
Hazel V. Crowe, Long time Catskill resident

Holden,  Massachusetts—Hazel Virginia (Johnson) Crowe died on Friday, Dec. 26, 2003 at the Holden Nursing Home in Holden, Mass.

She was a 57-year resident of Catskill before moving to Holden in 2000.

Born on Sept. 25, 1925 in Elmhurst, NY, she was the daughter of the late Alma (Gustafson) and John Johnson.

She was raised and educated in Peekskill and married Christopher L. Crowe on March 20, 1941.

Mrs. Crowe was a long time member of the First Reformed Church of Catskill where she was active on many boards and committees. She was a member of the Gretchen Club, Fortnightly Club, Reformed Church Women’s Missionaries and a den mother for the Cub Scouts during her sons’ youth.

Her husband of 59 years, Christopher L. Crowe, died on Feb. 9, 2000.

Mrs. Crowe is survived by two sons, Christopher V. of Holden, Mass. and Brian of Genoa, NV; one daughter, Tina H. Borrin of Center Harbor, NH; six grandchildren, Erick and Mark Borrin of New Hampshire, Cynthia Curtis and Carolyn Barber of Massachusetts and Katherine and Annika Crowe of Nevada, as well as three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with the Rev. Robert Peterson, former interim pastor of the First Reformed Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Reformed Church at 310 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414.


December 28, 2003
Robert J. Garrison, U. S. Army veteran

West Saugerties—Robert J. “Bobby” Garrison, 51, of Cole Bank Road died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

Born Aug. 11, 1952 in Saugerties, he was the son of the late Charlotte Becker Garrison and the late Edwin “Merle” Garrison.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict where he served in the United States Army.

A graduate of Saugerties High School, he was a member of the BPO Elks Saugerties Lodge #2574, the Saugerties High School Athletic Booster Club, past president and member of the Ridge Runners Rod and Gun Club and a member of the Noonday Lunch Club.

Besides his mother, survivors include his wife, the former Carmella Violetta Garrison, with who he recently celebrated his 23rd wedding anniversary; two sons, Christopher M. and Jarrett M. Garrison, both at home; three sisters, Susan A. Garrison Miller of West Saugerties, Pamela L. Garrison Wanboldt of Palenville and Sheila Garrison DeCicco of Saugerties; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His funeral procession will form at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets thence to St. John the Evangelist R. C. Church where at 10 a.m. his funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Francis Gunn. Interment, with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post #72, will be held at the Blue Mountain Cemetery in Saugerties.


December 28, 2003
Reginald Hunter, World War II veteran

Saugerties—Reginald Hunter, 79, of Saugerties Manor Road, died suddenly on Monday, Dec. 22, 2003

Saugerties—Reginald Hunter, 79, of Saugerties Manor Road, died suddenly on Monday, Dec. 22, 2003 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

Born March 18, 1924 in Lindhurst, NY, he was the son of the later Wellington “Duke” and Beatrice Craft Hunter.

A veteran of World War Ii, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He was employed Ferroxcube in Saugerties, National Micronetics in Kingston and was a landscaper at IBM in Kingston for over 20 years. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Fire Company.

He was predeceased by his wife Jean Hunter in 1987, as well as a brother, Duke Hunter.

Survivors include five sons, Gary A. and James J. Hunter, both of Saugerties; Reginald and Kevin Hunter, both of Woodstock and Robin Hunter of Florida; two daughters, Debbie Carter, of Indianapolis, Ind. And Jacqueline Earley of Woodstock, NY; four brothers, Richard Hunter of Saugerties and Joseph, Glen and Larry Hunter, all of California; a sister, Jacqueline Snyder of Minburin, Iowa; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. with the Rev. Edward R. Schreiber,  Pastor of the Atonement Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment followed in the Trinity Cemetery in Saugerties.


December 28, 2003
Timothy J. Mellert, U. S. Army veteran

Saugerties—Timothy J. Mellert, 55, of 188 Washington Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

Born April 14, 1948 in Kingston, he was the son of the late Robert and Barbara Norton Mellert.

A veteran of the Vietnam war, he served in the United States Army where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Overseas Bars and the Army Commendation Medal.

He attended Onteora High School and was a former member of the Kingston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, member of the Dirt Racing Association and loved stock car racing, having previously raced at Lebanon Valley and Accord Speedway. He was employed at Gateway Industries in Kingston and, prior to that, at National Micronetics in Kingston.

Survivors include his wife, the former Susan Teetsel; a son, Scott Mellert of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Jessica Elmendorf of Kingston; two brothers, Terrance of New Port Richey, Fla., and William of Mellert of Bradenton, Fla; a sister, Kathy Mellert of Saugerties; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at he Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets in Saugerties, with the Rev. David Bretcher, Pastor of the Reformed Church of the Comforter in Kingston, officiating.  Interment will be held in the Woodstock Cemetery, Woodstock.


December 28, 2003
Lydia J. Spannagel, Supervisor 

East Strougsburg, PA—Lydia J. Spannagel, 80, formerly of Greenville, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 20, 1923, daughter of the late Henry and Elsie (Deam) Lang.

She retired form Sperry-Rand Corporation in Lake Success, NY where she was a supervisor. She was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Co. and the Durham Senior Citizens.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Spannagel, in 1986 as well as a brother George Lang.

Surviving are two sons, Edward and his wife Rosemarie of East Stroudsburg, PA, and William and his wife Carol of Cairo; grandchildren Edward, Karen and Lydia Spannagel, William Spannagel and his wife Cindy; and three great-grandchildren Victoria, William and Jacqueline Spannagel.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 10:15 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, Dec. 29 for 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Marshalls Creek Fire Co., Box 1, Marshalls Creek, PA 18335-0001.


December 28, 2003
Kenneth Weed, U. S. Army veteran

Hudson—Mr. Kenneth Weed, 72, of 26 Spring Street died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

He was born Jan. 14, 1931 in Hudson, son of the late Charles Marion (Stickles) Weed.

He served in the Untied States Army, was a farmer and was also employed at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.

Kenneth was predeceased by three children, Mary Ellen, Deborah and Eric Weed in 1963 and two brothers, Charles and Edward Weed.

Mr. Weed is survived by his wife Dorothy of Columbiaville; 10 children, Kenneth Weed and Gina Lloyd, both of Philmont, Denise Near and Billie Jo Weed, both of Stottville, Maude Shellogg of Athens, Mary Jean Shook of West Ghent, Michael and Jeremy Weed, both of Stockport, Edward Weed of Hudson, Sherri Weed of Albany; a brother Leonard Weed of Greendale; three sisters, Mildred Sickler and Marion Weed, both of Greendale and Dorothy Thompson of Hudson; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29 at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with the Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Linlithgo Cemetery in Linlithgo.

Relative and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, Dec. 29 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service.


December 28, 2003
Timothy J. Yusko, Former Grand Union manager

Coxsackie—Timothy J. Yusko, 45, of 145 Mansion Street passed away on Friday, Dec. 26, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospice after a brief illness.

Tim was born on June 3, 1958 to Stanley Yusko and the late Alice Lewis Yusko.

He graduated from Coxsackie-Athens High School and thereafter was managed of the Coxsackie Grand Union and various other Grand Unions. Tim later joined his father in the plumbing and heating business, and, for the past 10 years, had been employed by Ashley Mechanical in Kingston before taking ill in October.

He was a former member of the D. M. Hamilton Fire Company and officer and manager of he Little League in Kingston while residing there.

Tim leaves behind his loving father Stanley and his wife Carolyn; three sons, Bryan of Albany, Timothy, Jeffrey and wife Jennifer; a daughter, Kimberly; fiancée Donna Haumaier; half-sister Jill McQuade, all of Coxsackie; uncle Michael Yusko of Hudson; aunt Catherine Giambalvo of Blue Store; many cousins and many, many friends, especially those he worked with.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m. at the St. Mary’s R. C. Church in Coxsackie.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street in Coxsackie on Monday, Dec. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Those who wish may make contributions in Tim’s memory to D. M. Hamilton Fire Co. or the Coxsackie Rescue Squad. Envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home.


December 29, 2003
Loretta M. Martin, Cairo resident

Cairo—Loretta M. Martin, 89, of Cedar Street, Cairo, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, at her residence after a long illness.

She was born in New York City, and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Meaney) Hayden.

Prior to the retirement she was employed by a reality company and the New York Telephone Co. as a supervisor.

She was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church in Cairo.

Private cremation will take place today at the Albany Rural Crematory, Menands.

A memorial Mass will take place at the Sacred Heart Church at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richard Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.


December 29, 2003 
Stanley E. Rogers      

Stamford—Stanley E. Rogers, 59, of Robinson Terrace Nursing Home, Stamford, N. Y., died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003 at Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

Born on April 25, 1922 in Blenheim, N. Y., he was the son of the late Allen and Mabel (Case) Rogers.

Survivors include two sisters, Myrtle Speenburgh of Jefferson, N. Y. and Elizabeth Miller of Jefferson, N. Y. and two brothers, Ivan Rogers of Jefferson, N. Y. and Alfred Rogers of Davenport, N. Y. and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Mr. Rogers was predeceased by a sister, Marion Covati,  and a brother Richard Rogers.

Calling hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the service conducted by the Rev. Frank Adams.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.


December 30, 2003
Willi Dobrin, Arrangement incomplete 

Hunter—Willi Dobrin, 94, died Sunday Dec. 29, 2003, at his residence in Hunter. Arrangements by the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter, are incomplete.


December 30, 2003
Martha Pond Angle, Haines Falls resident 

Haines Falls—Martha Pond Angle, 91, of Haines Falls died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born Feb 12, 1912, a daughter of Eric and Minetta Iries Pond of Windham. They were the parents of 17 children.

She was married on Feb. 14, 1930 to the late Le Roy Angle of Haines Falls. Two of their sons, Edward Le Roy Angle died in 1987 and Richard Francis Angle died in 1995. His wife, Carol Tieda died in 1993. Also, one daughter, Elvena Martha Williams died in 1985.

Mrs. Angle dedicated her life to her husband and family as well as working 50 years in Twilight Park in Haines Falls. Wintering in Sarasota, Fla., she catered social events for her many clients and managed family obligations.

She was well loved and respected by all the lives she touched.

Survivors include one son, Robert Thomas Angle of Haines Falls and wife, Joan Margaret Christian of Westkill; also one daughter, Jeanette June Angle Rivenburg and husband Sherwood Rivenburg of Catskill; a daughter-in-law Marianne Angle of Sarasota, Fla., a son-in-law, Ronald Williams of Kingston; her twin sister, Marian Benjamin of Saugerties. 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Private cremation was performed at National Cremation of Syracuse.

Interment and memorial will take place in Haines Falls Methodist Cemetery in spring 2003.

Funeral arrangements are under the directions of Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.


December 31, 2003
Franklyn C. Holdridge, Musician

Ashland—Franklyn C. Holdridge, a lifelong resident of Ashland, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003 at his home surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with cancer.

Born April 7, 1940 in Ashland, Mr. Holdridge worked for the Greene County Highway department for 32 years and retired in May 2002.

Mr. Holdridge was best known for his witty sense of humor and his accomplishments as a country and western musician of which he spent his whole life performing. In 1968 he started the locally famous The Mustangs in which he played lead guitar and sang for more than 30 years. In 1974 he began playing the pedal steel guitar, the instrument he loved best, and gave his final performance on the steel guitar on Oct. 10 playing with The Mustangs. In October of this year he was honored at the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame in Cortland, N. Y., for his outstanding contributions and distinguished achievements in the county music industry. He loved people and they loved him back.  He has had a large group of followers who traveled many miles over the years to hear him sing and play.  He was devoted to his family and good friends, country music  and dancing with his “sweetie.”

Survivors include his wife and best friend, Bonnie; children Lisa Holdridge and Ben Hamilton of Prattsville, David and Lori (Barber) Holdridge of Maplecrest, Deb (Sutton) and Eric Goettsche of Windham, Randy Sutton of Ashland, Bonnie Jean (Pilaar) and Peter Diamond of Prattsville, and daughter-in-law Vickie (Maben) Sutton of Jewett; sister, Lula and George Anderson of Ashland; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry and Linda Soule of Bloomville; sister-in-law Joan Holdridge of Ashland; 15 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

His is predeceased by his parents Gladys (Tompkins) and Leslie; sisters Florence Kiley and Louise Armstrong,  brothers Walter and George; and a son, Gerry Sutton.

Calling hours are  2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Ashland United Methodist Church.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame, Box 402 Route 13, Cortland, N. Y. or to Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y.


December 31, 2003
Helen M. Telesco          

Fort Myers, Fla.—Helen Mulcahy Telesco, 89, died Dec. 28, 2003 at Shady Rest Care Pavilion.

Born in New York City on Nov. 7, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Vincent Hazuka and Mary Hazuka Golis.

She was a resident of Green Lake Road in Leeds for many years prior to moving to Florida.

She was predeceased by her first husband John F. Mulcahy in 1968, second husband Vito Telesco, son Jon W. Mulcahy in 1976 and brother Bernard Hazuka.

She is survived by son William T. Mulcahy, daughter-in-law Linda a. Mulcahy, both of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren Brain and Melissa Mulcahy, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sister Emilia Lord of Danbury, Conn., and several nieces and nephews.

A prayer service will be held on Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 at 2 p.m. at he Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with the Rev. Richard Jacobs, associate pastor of the St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, officiating. Interment to follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home at 1 p.m. prior to the services.

Funeral arrangements in Florida are provided by the Kiser Funeral Home in Fort Myers.


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