Obituaries from the Daily Mail
July 2003

Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


July 1, 2003
Richard F. Lannon Jr.          World War II veteran

Preston Hollow—Richard F. Lannon Jr., 76, of Preston Hollow, died Sunday, June 29, 2003 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 9, 1926, son of the late Richard F. and Henrietta (White) Lannon Sr.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy serving on several different vessels and was awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the American Area Medal, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Upon his discharge he was a Gunner’s Mate, Second Class.

Mr. Lannon was a retired New York City Patrolman retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Tri-Town Memorial Post 7229 VFW and the Greenville American Legion Post 291.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Regina (Cardillo) Lannon; a daughter, Linda Bertinetti and her husband Joseph of Rockville Centre; two grandchildren, Christopher Bertinettie and his fiancée Megan of New York City, Jeffrey Bertinetti of Rockville Centre; a brother Daniel Lannon and his wife Margaret of Hicksville, L. I.; a sister-in-law, Margaret Lannon and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lannon was predeceased by a brother, James Lannon.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Rout 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, from the funeral home with the Mass of Christian burial 11 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville

Interment will be in the Potter Hollow Cemetery.


July 1, 2003
Myrtle A. Parks                       Homemaker

Greenville—Myrtle A. Parks, 84, of Greenville, formerly of Cornwallville, died Sunday, June 29, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

She was born n Cornwallville on Dec. 4, 1918, daughter of the late Ralph and Viola (Latta) Moore.

A life long homemaker she had helped her husband of 65 years on their farm and in his business.

She was a longtime member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include their two sons, Norman Parks of Guilderland, John Parks of Greenville, three daughters, Marilyn Bason of Smyrna, Del., Janet Moss of Manning, S.C. and Lois Tully of Sumner, Wash.,  also 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a sister, Edna Hamm of Catskill and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Parks is predeceased by her husband Nelson who died on Nov. 11, 2000, and two brothers, Almon and Warren Moore.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill.

At the request of the family there will be no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


July 1, 2003
Margaret Louise Sacco                        Former Coxsackie resident

Catskill—Margaret Louise Sacco, 96, of 19 Jefferson Park, Catskill, died Monday, June 30, 2003, at her home.

Born July 1, 1907 in Sheerbrook, Canada, she was the daughter of the late James and Georgiana Alexander.

Formerly of Coxsackie, Mrs. Sacco was an employee at the Adamo Dress Factory in Coxsackie prior to her retirement. She was a communicant at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie and St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill. She was a member of the St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Rosary-Altar Society.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas Sacco in 1979; a granddaughter, Margaret Chovanec in 1991; and seven brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two daughters; Nancy Bender of Catskill, and Linda Egger of Catskill; a brother, Louis Paul Fafard of Florida; five grandchildren, Michael Chovanec of Leeds, Nancy Duhart of Catskill, James Bender of Binghamton, Nicole Egger of Catskill, and Renate Egger of Albany; two great-grandchildren, Natasha Rivenberg and Trent Bender; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by a  9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, Bridge Street, Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor will be officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coxsackie.

Memorial donations may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y. 12414.


July 2, 2003
Ernest Gervais            U. S. Navy veteran

Coxsackie—Ernest “Bicycle Ernie” Gervais, 73, died on Monday, June 30, 2003 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill, NY.

Ernie was born in Weehawken, NJ on Oct. 12, 1929, the son of the later Ernest and Bertha Czapp Gervais.

Mr. Gervais was a Navy veteran served from 1947 to 1951, stationed on the U. S. S. Columbus.

He had been employed  as a tool and dye maker at Eastern Casting in Newburgh. He had also worked in the maintenance department at Dynabil in Coxsackie and as a flagmen for Gervais CATV.

Among his hobbies Ernie enjoyed auto mechanics and played the 64-key harmonica.  He was well known in Coxsackie for riding his bicycle. He had also been a member of the B.P.O.E. in Newburgh.

Survivors include his former wife Mary Wilson of Cornwallville-on-Hudson, NY; daughters Renee Martin of Florida, Mary Reissig of Freehold, NY, Kathy Kruger of South Cairo, NY and Fay Randolph of Kingston, NY; son Ernest P. Gervais, Jr. of Matamoris, PA; brothers William Fisher of Highland, NY and Salvatore “Pat” Fisher of Florida; sisters Janet Palmeteer, Pauline Relyea and Annie Orton, all of Highland, NY, Margaret Joslin of Rosendale, NY and Carolyne Walker of Rifton, NY. His brother-in-law Desie Beirne of Florida, 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive.

 He was predeceased by his sister Marion Beirne. 

Calling hours will be Friday, July 4, 2003 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. 11877 Rte 9W in Coxsackie, NY. Relatives and friends are respectively invited to attend.  Memorial donations in Ernie’s name may be made to Cystis Fibrosis Foundation of NENY, 12 Avis Drive, Latham, NY 12210.


July 2, 2003
Kenneth G. Peck                Vietnam veteran

Coxsackie—Kenneth G. Peck, 55, died suddenly on Monday June 20, 2003.

Born in Albany, Kenneth had lived in Ravena for many years before moving to West Coxsackie.

He was a U. S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War.  He had been employed at Owens Corning for 25 years.  Ken was an avid bowler in several leagues for many years and was a coach for the Coxsackie Girls Softball League.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Cary Peck of West Coxsackie; children Keith, Shawn, Brenda and Stephanie; grandson Xander and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2003 at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena. Calling hours will begin at 4 p.m. Contributions in memory of Kenneth may be made to the New Baltimore First Responders.


July 3, 2003
Salvatore Moscato                        U. S. Marine Corps

Cairo—Salvatore L. Moscato, 78, of Route 32, died on July 1, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 1, 1925 and was the son of the late Jerome and Jenne Moscato.

Salvatore has been an area resident for over 45 years. He was also  a member of Local l190 of North America and served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Survivors include his children Jerome Moscato of East Windsor, Conn., and Jeanne Panko of U. S. A.; siblings Joseph Moscato of L.I.; and sister Lillian Sirago of Cairo; as well as many grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Pauline (Peterson) Moscato, who passed away on Aug. 17, 1991.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo, on Thursday, Jul 3, 2003 form 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday at the funeral home at 1 p.m., with Pastor Victor Nelson of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo officiating. 

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


July 3, 2003
Alan R. Pitreau              Communications worker

Cairo—Alan R. Pitreau, 64, formerly of South Cairo, died June 29, 2003 at his home in Titusville, Fla. following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born in New York City, he lived most of his life in the Columbia and Greene County area, attending Coxsackie schools and working for Universal Match Corp.  AT the time of his illness, he was employed by Patch Communications in Titusville.

Alan enjoyed collecting matchbook covers and sports cards.  In recent years, he enjoyed learning about computers and sharing that knowledge with friends and family.

Alan moved to Florida five years ago and loved entertaining his family at his home.  He is survived by his wife of 27 yeas Wilma (Teter); children Christine (Eric) Blahut, Joan (Robert) Vincent, Cynthia Gottlieb, Alana (Michael) Brown, Melissa Lipari and Brian Slater; grandchildren Stanley, Adam and Colin Burch, Eric Blahut, Michelle Curtin, Marc and Ryan Vincent, Jessica Slater, Lisa, Nicole and Joseph Gottlieb, Troy and Nathan Brown, Christopher, Stephanie and Sean Slater and Haley Andrews; sister Dolores (Anthony) Race; sisters-in-law Carol Cossette, Judy Orbacz, Irma Ruston, Ruth Waterman; one great-grandchild and a large extended family.

He was predeceased by his parents Albert Pitreau and Rose (Farrell) Pfeffer, son Michael Slater and his long-time canine companions Abby and Rudy.

Thos wishing to pay respects may call at the Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, Town Hall Drive in Greenport, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2003.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with interment in the West Ghent Cemetery.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of St. Francis and the staff of Patch Communications. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Francis, PO Box 5563, Titusville, Fla.  32783 or the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education.


July 3, 2003
Norma S. Stever         Downsville resident

Downsville—Norma S. Steve, 97, died Tuesday, Jul 1, 2003, at her home in Downsville.

Born April 22, 1906, in West Kill NY, she was the daughter of the late Nellie Cole and Ellsworth Emerson Sharpe.

Mrs. Stever was a LPN having received her training in Ithaca and was devoted to her vocation. She was a charter member and secretary of the Lexington Fire Company Auxiliary. She also served as an aircraft observer at the observation post in West Kill during World War II and assisted her husband Clifford K. Stever in his survey work.  She enjoyed sewing and needlework.  She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include a daughter, Rita R. Finkle of East Branch, NY; and one son, Bernard J. Reynolds of Pflugerville, Texas; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was first married to Peter J. Reynolds who died in 1935. She was predeceased by her second husband Vernal H. Lord in 1953. She later married Clifford K. Stever ho died in 1982. She was predeceased by a son Robert S. Reynolds, in 1945; five sisters, Minnie Sharp, Dora Lutz, Sarah Lutz, Lydia Bloodgood and Goldena Sabot and a brother, Delavan Sharp.

Calling hours are Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Haines Falls. Officiating will be the Rev. Michael Flannery.

Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery in So. Jewett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Catskill are Hospice, the Lexington Historical Society or the Downsville Rescue Squad.


July 4, 2003, July 5, 2003
Donald J. Coons III           Landscaper

Red Hook—Donald J. “D. J” Coons III, 22, of Red Hook, died suddenly on Wednesday, July 2, 2003, in Elizaville.

Born Oct. 1, 1980 in Rhinebeck, he was the son of Theresa Johnston and Donald J. Coons, Jr.

He attended Pine Plains Central Schools and, after attaining his degree, attended Lincoln Technical School.

Mr. Coons was employed as a landscaper with Anthony’s Home Improvement. He also worked for a number of years as a counselor at the Devereux Foundation in Red Hook.

Mr. Coons was an avid NASCAR fan. His favorite driver was Jeff Gordon.

He also enjoyed the outdoors. Camping, fishing and hunting were among his favorite activities.

Survivors include his mother Theresa Johnson of Milan; his father and his father’s wife Donald J. Coons Jr. and Debra Coons of Catskill; a son, Ryan Coons of Stanfordville; sister, Krystle Coons of Elizaville, a brother Travis Lopez of Milan; a paternal grandmother, Adelaide Coons of Red Hook; maternal grandparents, Don and Pamela Johnson of Milan; a great-grandmother, Mildred Rockefeller of Milan; a great-grandfather Herbert Griffin of Hyde Park. A longtime companion, Sarah Delaney of Red Hook; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook.

Services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Jolly officiating.

Interment will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial contributions may be made in D. J.’s memory to Burnett & White Funeral Home in care of Donald J. “D.J.” Coons III, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, N. Y. 12571.

An online guest book and directions to the funeral home are available at www.Burnet-White.com.


July 4, 2003
Alfonso F. Losciuto            Professional barber

Leeds—Alfonso F. Losciuto, 78, of Cone Place Leeds, died July 3, 2003 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.

He was born in Queens on June 28, 1925 and was the son of the late Joseph and Frances (Ferrara) Losciuto.

He had been an area resident for 17 years. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was also a professional barber and was employed by Pan American Airlines for 18 years. Alfonso loved horseback riding and also was the official greeter at Wal-Mart in Hudson.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Theresa (Perretto) Losciuto of Leeds; daughter Mrs. Peter (Frances) Myrcott of West Taghkanic; bother Anthony of Texas; sisters Marie Segel of Huntington, L. I. and Grace Blanco of Queens; grandchildren Kristen and Dylan Myrcott; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 7, 2003 at the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo. The Rev. J. Nunan will be the celebrant.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Cairo Cemetery.

There are private calling hours on Monday.

Contribution in his memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Arrangements are under  the directions of the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.


July 5, 2003
David Keller          U. S. Marine

Greenville—David A. Keller, 75, passed away suddenly on July 1, 2003.

He was born in Towaco, NJ on Aug. 2, 1927, the son of the late Karl and Irene Keller.

David served his country in the US Marine Corps and was discharged as a Cpl.  He was a Merchant Marine and had his single engine pilot’s license.

He was also a member of the Greenville American Legion  Post #291 and the Norton Hill Wildlife Club. 

Surviving are niece Karen Burns of Fairlawn, NJ and several friends in the Greenville area. His brother Emil Keller predeceased him last year.

The Greenville American Legion Post #291 will conduct a service at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville, NY on Sunday, July 6, 2003 at 3:30 p.m. followed by a funeral service.  Friends may call on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service.


July 7, 2003
Dorothy R. Griffin         Telephone operator

Catskill—Dorothy R. Griffin, 95, of the Pavilion in Catskill, formerly of Preston Hollow and East Durham, died July 6, 2003.

Born July 13, 1907 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Jennie (Foster) Mitten.

She was a retired telephone operator having worked for the Veterans Administration in the Bronx.

Mrs. Griffin was predeceased by her husband Patrick J. Griffin.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be 8:30 a.m. Friday from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial 9 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Church.

Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.


July 7, 2003
Theresa F. Kelly                Waitress

Cairo—Theresa F. Kelly, 77, of 46 Cedar St., Cairo, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She was born Nov. 9,l 1925 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Cyrus and Theresa (Pillar) Marshall.

Mrs. Kelly was a waitress for most of her life and was known for her association with the Old Creek House in South Cairo.

She had been an area resident since 1972, and is a member of the Cairo-Durham Elks Ladies Auxiliary. This organization will hold a memorial service in her honor.  The time has not been scheduled.

Survivors include her  husband of 36 years, James J. Kelly of Cairo; two sons, John Meyer of Long Island and Bruce Meyer of Cairo; stepson James Kelly of Long Island, a daughter, Loretta Solano of Florida; a stepdaughter, Barbara Pastore of Arizona; two brothers, Stanley Marshall of Staten Island and Bruce Marshall of Florida;  12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will take place 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Richard Pruiksma, pastor of the Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie, will officiate.

Private cremation will follow at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Mendands on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Women’s League Cancer Patient Aid, C/O Mary Lupoli, 467 Silver Spur Road, Purling, N. Y. 12470.


July 7, 2003
Barbara Ann Krieg   "Nanny"

Earlton—Barbara Ann Krieg, 67, of 1072 Honey Hollow Road, Earlton, died Friday, July 4, 2003 at Albany Medical Center. 

She was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Catskill, the daughter of the late Henry and Anna (Jones) Anable.

Mrs. Krieg was an employee of Green County Department of Social Services to her prior to retirement in 1989. 

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed nature, gardening, baking, giving of herself and asking for nothing in return.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert Krieg Sr. of Earlton; a daughter, Dawn Vincent of Leeds; three sons, Dale Vincent and wife Jeannie of Catskill, Herbert Kreig Jr. and wife Tracy of Coxsackie, and Kenneth Krieg and wife Betty Ann of Athens; four brothers, Martin Anable, Thomas Anable, Robert Anable and Henry Anable, all of Warren County; 14 grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of the St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church of Catskill, will be officiating.

Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


The Daily Mail
July 8, 2003

Norman Ambroziak    Born in 1901

Catskill—Nora Leota Ambroziak, 102, formerly of Fedder Trailer Park, Leeds, died July 6, 2003 at Eden Park Health Facility, where she had been a resident since Feb. 28, 2000.

She was born in Turner, Mich., April 10, 1901, and was the daughter of the late Eugene and Martha Marion (Stark) Shephard.

She has been a resident of Leeds since 1970. She was a well known seamstress, loved knitting, crocheting, music and was well for her great sense of humor.

Survivors include her sister Audrey Pantoliano of Cairo; a daughter, Dorothy Collins of South Cairo; a granddaughter Loir Kenny, four grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter all of New Jersey; a brother-in-law Stanley and sister-in-law Rose Shepherd Ambroziak; nieces Denise Daley of Cairo, a niece Donna Reiley of Chatham, and a nephew David Shepherd and several great nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Chester Ambroziak, also predeceased by two brothers Vivian and Lorrain Shepherd and a sister Cecile Ambroziak and two sons, Robert and Chester Ambroziak.

Calling hours will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

Funeral services will take place 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Anthony Saturinino of the Assembly of God Church of Cairo officiating.

Private cremation will follow on Wednesday at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.


July 8, 2003
Cecil Hess              Mechanic

Catskill—Cecil Hess, 81, of Catskill, died Tuesday, July 2, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where he had been a patient since June 27, 2003.

Mr. Hess was born in Walker, MO., on Feb. 23, 1922.

He enlisted in the U. S. Navy form New Haven, Conn., on Dec. 21, 1942 and served as a Motor Machinist’s Mate First Class until his discharge on Dec. 2, 1945.

He was the husband of the former Albina Kubinex, who predeceased him on Sept. 19, 2002.

He was employed by R. C. Lacy in Catskill as a mechanic until his retirement.

He and his wife had been members of the Catskill Yacht Club and Hose Co. No. 5.

A committal services will be held today at St. Patrick’s Cemetery with the Rev. John J. Murphy officiating.

Those attending may meet 11 a.m. at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


July 8, 2003
William T. Pauza Jr.                    Hudson resident

Hudson—William T. Pauza Jr., 66, of Allen Street, Hudson, died Monday, July 7, 2003 at Stratton V. A. Medical Center in Albany.

Born in Hudson on Jan. 2, 1937, he was the son of the later William and Margaret Connelly Pauza.

He attended St. Mary’s Academy in Hudson.

Mr. Pauza was employed by the City of Newburgh Department of Public Works Water Treatment Facility until his retirement.

He served in the U. S. Navy from 1954-1957. He was a member of the CSEA and the Mahayana Temple Buddhist Association in Leeds.

Survivors are his daughters, Janice Lueth of Virginia Beach, Va.; Belina Smejkal of Fayetteville, N. C., and Loriann Penny of Milton; two sisters Mary Herb of Albany and Virginia Mancuso of Hudson; and five grandchildren, Paul Cartelli, Vincent Penney, Brigitte Lueth, Hans Lueth and Kelly Lueth.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonald Funeral Home, 886 Columbia St., Hudson.

Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at the funeral home. The Rev. Fa Chan of the Mahayana Temple of Leeds will officiate.

Interment will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.


July 8, 2003
Frederick Wolfe                Korean War veteran

Cairo—Frederick Alexander Wolfe, 73 of Ross Ruland Road in Cairo, died unexpectedly on June 28, 2003, while on a much anticipated vacation in Hawaii.  Mr. Wolfe suffered a brain hemorrhage while enjoying his favorite beach in Maui, and entered into eternal rest several days later in Maui Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Wolfe was born n Oct. 14, 1929 in Flora Park, L.I. to the late Frederick Wolfe and Olga (Weiss) Wolfe.  He was also the grandson of Theresa Wolfe, an activist for women’s suffrage in the early 1900’s

As a youngster, Mr. Wolfe was a member of the Naval Sea Cadets where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant.  He later joined the New York State Guard and achieved the rank of Sergeant.

Mr. Wolfe was drafted into the Army during the Korean War, where he served his term as Sergeant. In the 1960-‘s, he was an active member of the American Legion in Warwick, N. Y.

At the time of the death Mr. Wolfe was employed by Slaters’ Great American in Cairo. He enjoyed landscaping and was known for his love of talent for building rock walls and gardens. He was an avid hunter and a talented artist in the area of abstract design.

Survivors include his wife Mildred, his previous wife  Shirley Wolfe, two daughters, Ellen Pulcrano and Shirley (and Tim) Batik; a devoted son, Walter Wolfe; a sister, Ethel (and Harold) Joers; 11 grandchildren, Debbie, Charles, Paul, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Amanda, Erika, Melissa, Sarah, Patrick and Sean; several nieces and nephews; business associates and may dear friends.

Mr. Wolfe was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Marilyn (Murphy) Wolfe, in December 2001.

A memorial service is being planned for Sunday, June 13, 2003 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.


July 8,2003
Dominick Jahn              Valley View Farm owner

California—Dominick Jahn, 90, died at North Bay Medical Center, Ca., on June 16, 2003, surrounded by relatives and friends.

Born Oct. 21, 1912, he was a native of Germany. Mr. Jahn lived in New York City and worked as an iron worker.  He met and married Emma and together they worked for years striving for the American Dream that became a reality when they purchased the Valley View Farm in Kiskatom in 1944. He was a member of the Dutch Reform Church and other community organizations.

A butcher/farmer by trade, Mr. Jahn and Emma provide meat, dairy, poultry and vegetables for their guest. Working as a team they were able to expand their resort within a few short years.

After retiring he moved to California to be close to his family where he and his wife built a waterfront home in Susiun City and raised a back yard  garden of fruit trees and vegetables.  He raised pigeons, parakeets and cockatiels.  He also became involved with dumpster diving and recycling. Bits and pieces of lumber were converted into doghouse, doll houses and flower boxed. He enjoyed cooking, games and cheering on the Oakland A’s and the S. F. Giants.

He was predeceased by his wife.

Survivors include his step-daughter, Eleanor Gardner of Suisun City, Ca.; stepson, Harry and his wife Kay Wagner of Camarillo, Ca.; sister-in-law Tilly Peters of Vestal, NY; nieces, Lee and her husband Fred Rogers of Owego, NY, Carol Margraf of Setauket, NY, Eileen and her husband Don Lezette of Blue Mt., NY, Barbara and her husband John Lenz of Santa Barbara, Ca.; and nephew Billy Jahn of Fla.; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.


July 10, 2003
Mary E. Coleman                 Legal secretary

Catskill—May (Mae) Elizabeth Coleman, 96, of Cairo Junction Road, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at home, after a long illness.

She was born Oct. 13,1906 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late John and Honora (Henry) Irwin.

Mae attended St. Patrick’s Cathedral High School in New York. She was a former legal secretary and a hospital volunteer.  Mae has been a Catskill area resident since 1985 and was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Rosary-Altar Society and enjoyed oil painting, crocheting and cooking.

Mae was predeceased by her husband Gregory F. Coleman in 1978; sisters Nora Sevy and Lillian O’Leary; brother Charles Irwin and nephew Howard O’Leary.

Mrs. Coleman is survived by daughter Sheila Conforti of Catskill; son John Coleman and wife Elizabeth Brickfield, both of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren Christine Conforti of Yonkers, Patricia A. Coleman of Carmel, John Coleman of Virginia and Michael Coleman of New Jersey; great-grandchildren Alyssa and Kristen Coleman, both of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, in Catskill, on Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, Bridge Street, in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, will officiate.

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


July 10, 2003
Ricardo A. Street                 Vietnam veteran

Catskill—Ricardo “Ric” A. Street, 52, of 138 Water St., died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, from injuries sustained in an accidental fall at home.

He was born Feb. 23, 1950 in New Rochelle, the son of the late Richard and Ida (Owens) Street.

Ric was a graduate of Catskill High School, Class of 1968. He served in the U. S. Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Street was an employee of the New York State Thruway Authority and recently was awarded for 25 years of service.  He spent much of his free time with his family and friends or engaging in his favorite hobby of fishing.

Ric was predeceased by his brother Ronald Wilkerson in 1974.

He is survived by his wife Georgiana (Bogardus) Street of Catskill; daughters Celisia Street of Niskayuna and Fabienna and Audra Street, both of Catskill; sisters Henrietta Overby of Catskill and Joyce French of Albany; brother Robert Wilkerson of Waterford; mother-in-law Jean Bogardus of Catskill; sisters-in-law Janet Buskirk and Linda Greene, both of Catskill;  brother-in-law Michael Bogardus of Catskill; best friend Shepard Ford of Catskill; niece Ida “Bunny” Johnson of Catskill; as well as many other nieces and nephews, and close friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at the Veterans Plot in Catskill Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions for Ric’s daughter’s education may be made c/o Celisia Street, 23 Plaske Drive, Niskayuns, N. Y. 12309.


July 10, 2003
Lillian J. Streit                  Accountant

Cairo—Lillian J. Streit, 81, of Mountain Avenue, died July 8, 2003 at the Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

She was born June 23, 1922 in Brooklyn, and is the daughter of the late Louis and Theresa (Conrad) Bender.

Lillian had been an area resident since 1998, moving from Queens to Cairo.  Prior to her retirement she was employed in the accounting department of the New York Telephone Company in New York City.

She is survived by her husband William Streit of Cairo.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Victor Nelson, pastor of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Thursday, July 10, 2003 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as on Friday, July 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


July 11, 2003
Maria Louise Brower            Homemaker

Tannersville—Maria Louise Brower, 61, of Tannersville, died July 9 at her residence.

She was born Nov. 1, 1942 in New York City.

She was a homemaker who loved to bake and enjoy her plants.  She was a loving mother.

Survivors include children; Joseph Brower of Tannersville; Helen Louise Brower of Connecticut; a mother-in-law, Helen Brower of Platte Clove.

Mrs. Brower was predeceased by her husband Thomas C. Brower, in 1994.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Hunter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Elka Park.

Cremation will be conducted at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematorium in Kingston.

Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis de Sales in Elka Park.


July 11, 2003
Leighton G. Jump                Laborer

Hensonville—Leighton G. Jump, 82, died Thursday, July 10, 2003 at Fireman’s Home, Hudson.

Born on April 20, 1921 in Roxbury, he was the son of the late Glenn and Blanche (Stahl) Jump.

A laborer by trade, Mr. Jump was a member of Hensonville Hose Company for over 30 years. He was well loved and will be missed by many dear friends.

He is survived by his brother, Wallace Jump of Purdy, Mo.

Friends may call on Saturday, July 12, 2003 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the service conducted by Michael Young (hospice Chaplin).

Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.


July 11, 2003

Laura Knauert                 Volunteer at Bronck Museum

Weston, Mass.—Laura B. Knauert, 76, died June 28, 2003 in Weston, Mass.

A resident of Saugerties for 25 years, she moved to Woodstock in 1983 and later Bethany Village, Coxsackie.

Born in South Westerlo in 1927, she was the daughter of the late William Barkman and Beatrice Beare.

She graduated from College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University and was a fashion illustrator in the Capital District for many years.

Survivors include her two daughters and son-in-laws, Pam and John Lavarnway of Bellbrook, Ohio; and Kindra and Stephen Spector of Weston, Mass; her tow grandsons, Ethan Lavarnway and Norman Jack Spector; and  a sister Gladys Andrus of Bethany Village.

Mrs. Knauert was predeceased by her husband Hugo Knauert, who died in 19763.

There will be no funeral service.

Her remains will be disposed of by family according to her wishes.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bronck Museum, 90 County Route 42 Coxsackie, N. Y. 12051.


July 11, 2003
Dora J. Marin             Catskill resident

Catskill—Dora Jane Martin, 74, of 1974 High Falls Road, Catskill, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born Jan. 14, 1929 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Minnie (Bartholomew) June.

She was a former member of the New York State Grange.

Survivors include her husband of over 54 years, Joseph Martin of Catskill; two daughters, Lorraine Martin of Slingerlands and Pamela M. Maines of Malden-on-Hudson; four sons, Joseph P. Martin of Catskill, Frederick P. Martin of New Jersey; Timothy J. Martin of Catskill, and Thomas R. Martin of Catskill; two brothers Frederic June of Catskill and Herbert June of Catskill; eight grandchildren, Bridget, Leslie and Monica Martin of Catskill; Jason, Andrea, and Amanda Martin of New Jersey, Sheena and Sarah Maines of Malden-on-Hudson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Keith Warner, pastor of the Weslyan Church of Catskill, will be officiating.

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


July 11, 2003
Edna M. Robinson          Theater lover

Palenville—Edna M. Robinson, 92, of Malden Avenue, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a brief illness.

Born May 26, 1911 in Richmond Hills, Queens, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Gesina Behn Meyer.

Edna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Adelphi College in Garden City, Long Island. An area resident since 1979, she previously resided in Woodhaven, Queens.

An avid reader and theater lover, Edna supported the Palenville Public Library and the Palenville Pine Knoll Theater.  She was also a parishioner of the Palenville Methodist Church.

Survivors include her children, Elaine Milito of Phoenixville, Pa, and William Robinson of Saugerties; sister Ruth Hahn of Clifton Park; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was predeceased by her husband, Sidney Robinson, in 1998; siblings Henry and William Meyer, Maria Kuck and Anne Kohl.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. David Tipple, pastor of the Kiskatom Reformed Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Palenville Cemetery.

The family suggest donations in her memory be made to the Palenville Public Library.

Arrangements are by the Seamon/Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc.


July 12, 2003
Catherine B. Costello            Former Coxsackie resident

Clifton Park—Catherine B. Costello, 85, of 39 Westbury Court, Clifton Park, formerly of Coxsackie, died July 10, 2003, at the Hallmark Nursing Home after a long illness.

She was born in Hague, NY, August 6, 1917.

Catherine was a resident of Coxsackie from 1947 to 1989. She left the Coxsackie area in 1989 and moved to Lake George. In 1991 she made her residence with her husband in Cocoa Beach, Fla., then in 1999 she moved to Clifton Park.

While living in Coxsackie, she attended St. Mary’s R. C. Church. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society, a member of the Columbiettes, and also Coxsackie Garden Club. She was an avid reader, and she loved to crochet.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance, in Albany.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald T. Costello of Troy, two daughters, Mrs. William (Rosemary) Gould of Clifton Park and Kathleen Vizzie of West Coxsackie, a sister, Madeline Bowen of Wappingers Falls. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Anthony Vizzie, Jr., Amy Vizzie and David Gould.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W. C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, on Sunday, July 13 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, in Coxsackie.  Rev. Fr. John Moyna will be the celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Memorial Fund.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


July 12, 2003
Rev. Fr. Richard J. Doyle            Pastor St. Patrick’s Church, Athens

Athens—Rev. Fr. Richard J. Doyle, 74, of Athens, NY, passed away on July 10, 2003, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, after a long illness.

Rev. Fr. Doyle was born on October 24, 1928, in Ft. Edward, NY, and was the son of the late Edward and Eva (Clafarr) Doyle.

Ref. Fr. Doyle was a graduate of Ft. Edward High School, also of St. Bona Venture University and also of St. Joseph’s Seminary Dunwoodie, of Yonkers. He was ordained on June 1,2 1954. Fr. Doyle served as a priest in Diocese of Albany for 49 years. He was the Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church of Athens, NY for 28 years.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth.

Fr. Doyle is survived by his brothers Rev. Donald E. Doyle, who is the retired Pastor of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Windham, and also his twin brother Frank J. Doyle of Hudson Falls. He is also survived by his sisters June O’Connor and Marilyn Doyle of Glens Falls and Beverly (Andrew) Borix of Ft. Edward.

Fr. Doyle is also survived by his nieces and nephews Dennis (Michelle) O’Connor of Glens Falls, Carolyn (Robert) McLellan of El Paso, TX, Edward (Kristen) Boriz of Lyon, France, Andrea (Peter) Sheridan of Burnt Hills, Richard (Margaret) Doyle of Hudson Falls, John (Linda) Doyle of Lake George, James Doyle of South Glens Falls, Michelle (Michael) Cronin of Hudson Falls, Barbara (Bruce) Ostrander of Queensbury, and Susan (Robert) Cummings of Ft. Edward.  He is also survived by grand nieces and grand nephews and cousins and by many dear friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Washington St., Athens. The Celebrants will be Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany and several others priests who were Fr. Doyle’s close friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Church of Athens, for the purpose of the Memorial Bench for the Church Garden Entrance, c/o Marge Murphy or Theresa Delvecchio, Athens, NY 12015.

Funeral arrangements ware under  the direction of Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.

Interment will follow in the afternoon at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, in Ft. Edwards, NY.


July 12, 2003
John J. Feeney              Dispatcher

Cairo—John J. Feeney, 76, formerly of Elmhurst, NY, passed away at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY on July 11, 2003.

He was born in New York City on Aug. 19, 1926, the son of the late James and Mary Kate(McCartin) Feeney (both born in County Leitrim, Ireland).

John was dispatcher, having retired from MABSTOA on Long Island. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Queens and the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre in East Durham.

Surviving are his wife Mary (McHugh) Feeney; children Mary Jeanne Cashell and her husband Vincent, Debbie Doohan and her husband Peter, Karen Cashell, Sean Feeney and his wife Mary; grandchildren Brian, Tara, Tracy, Kelly & Deidre Doohan, John, Christine and Nina Cashell, Sean, Erin, Katie and Mairead Feeney; sister Kay Schwab and her husband George; also several nieces and nephews and his beloved pet and constant companion Connie.

He was predeceased by a brother Junior Feeney and son-in-law Joseph Cashell.

Funeral services will be on Monday, July 14, 2003 at 10:15 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville, with a mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, July 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Interment will be St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill, NY.


July 13, 2003
Genevieve E. Hillicoss                   School bus driver

Preston Hollow—Genevieve E. Hillicoss, 69, of Preston Hollow passed away at her home on Cheese Hill on July 12, 2003 after a long illness.

She was born in Roxbury, N. Y. on March 28, 1934, the daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Dent) Partridge.

She drove school buses for the Middleburg and Greenville Central School Districts.  She was a member of the Preston Hollow Baptist Church and a former member of the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Town of Rensselaerville Rescue Squad.

Surviving are her husband Edward Hillicoss, Jr.; two sons Donald Hillicoss and his wife Trina, and Lee Hillicoss and his wife Pat; a daughter Sherri Pine and her husband Jeffrey, all of Preston Hollow; a brother Donald Partridge of Crossville, TN; a sister Juanita Slater of St. Johnsville, NY; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several  nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two children, Edward Hillicoss III and Genevieve Hillicoss.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Interment will be in the Potter Hollow Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to Hospice, 327 West Main Street, Cobleskill, NY 12043.


July 13, 2003
Vida M. Spotts                  Homemaker

Lock Haven, PA—Vida Marie Spotts, 87, died Thursday, July 10, 2003 at the Lock Haven Hospital in Loch Haven Pennsylvania.

She was born Marc 1, 1916 in Lock Haven, the daughter of the late Chester Francis and Lottie Chapman Hoover Orsin.

On June 17, 1936 in Lock Haven, she married Albert L. Spotts who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Spotts was a homemaker and a member of the Saint Agnes Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a 50-year member of the Alpine Star Lodge of Lock Haven. She enjoyed cooking and crocheting.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon M. Colacino and her husband Francis of Painted Post, NY and Sandra A. Robbins and her husband David of Birdsboro, PA; sister Betty Heckle of Lock Haven; brother Chester Francis “Tanny” Orsin of Carlisle, PA; grandchildren Melissa and F. J. Colancino, Kaye Keeter, Meg Rupert, Michael, David and Rachael Mc Rae and Allison Wright; as well as six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son Albert L. Spotts, Jr., sister Leah Packer and brother Fred Orsin.

Funeral mass will take place on Monday, July 14, at Saint Agnes Catholic Church at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in the Saint Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Lock Haven.

Friends will be received at the Moriarty-Dutcavich Funeral Home 112 East Church Street, Lock Haven on Sunday, July 13, 2003 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the vigil for deceased at 3:45 p.m. and the Alpine Star Lodge Service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial may be made top the Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 3 East Walnut Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745.


July 14, 2003
Elvira A. Brady    Homemaker

Middletown—Elvira Surrano Brady, 85, of died Friday, July 11, 2003 at Horton Regional Medical Center in Middletown.

She was born in Athens on Sept. 3, 1917.

Affectionately known as “Grandma B” by family and friends, she was a wonderful homemaker and spent her life caring for family, grandchildren and others.

She a communicant at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Athens and St. Mary’s Church in Montgomery.

Survivors include two children, son, John N. Brady Jr. and his wife Patricia of North Lauderdale, Fla.; and daughter, Marguerite Brady Flood and her husband Fred of Montgomery, N. Y. ; four grandchildren; John III, and Melissa Brady of North Lauderdale and Andrea and Charles Flood of Montgomery; three siblings; Francis Surrano of Hudson, Marguerita Palmer of Canajoharie and Ralph Surrano of Ravena.

Mrs. Brady was predeceased by her parents, Charles Surrano and Carrie Ann Frisbee Surrano; her husband John N. Brady; as well as six brothers and sisters; Charles Surrano, Nathalie Vizzie, Jane Stafford, John Surrano, Clare Torchia and Joseph Surrano.

Calling hours will be conducted 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at Richard’s Funeral Home, 26 North Vernon St., Athens.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church on Washington Street, Athens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dreams Foundation, a sports education program for children disabilities, 20 Kohl Ave., Newburgh, N. Y. 12550.


July 14, 2003
Vincent Charbonneau            World War II veteran

Maplecrest—Vincent Charbonneau, 89, died Saturday, July 12, 2003 as he was performing his daily task of raising the flag outside his home in Maplecrest.

Born of immigrant parents, Mr. Charbonneau was descended from French voyagers arrived in New World in 1659 on his father’s side and the Irish Famine survivors on his mother’s. His parents met in the melting pot of New York City at the turn of the last century.

A graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Mr. Charbonneau enlisted in the New York Guard on Feb. 20, 1933. This began many years of service to his country and led his meeting Catherine Zorovich at a social dance sponsored by the armory.  They married in 1937 and remained dancing and life partners for the next 60 years.

Mr. Charbonneau’s 212th Coast Guard Artillery was ordered into federal service at the start of World War II. He was stationed in Seattle before being shipped overseas with the 572nd Antiaircraft Battalion. He led troops he had trained through three major battles in the European Theater of Operations and participated in the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau. He retired having achieved the rank of Captain.

He supported his family as they lived in Valley Stream, Long Island with work for the Brooklyn Auto Fabrics Company.  He became co-owner of the business and later of Treon Manufacturing.

He had been member of the mountaintop; community for 64 years, first as a boarder at May and Olin Barnum’s farm, which he worked with his wife Kitty’s growing family enjoyed the summer holidays.

In 1969, the family purchased the farm form Mrs. Barnum, The became full-time residents in 1976.

Mr. Charbonneau served as town clerk of Windham and was a trustee of St. Theresa’s Church.

He was past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife Kitty, (whom he called “a small but most formidable woman”), their 10 children, 28 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, who all hope to continue his legacy and personal credo; “Heal the past, live the present, dream the future.”

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Decker Funeral Home, Windham.

A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Windham.

Interment will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.


July 14, 2003, July 15, 2003
Renata Lewkowicz-Mehler              Homemaker

Tannersville—Renata Lewkowicz-Mehler, 86, of Kissimmee, Fla., and Tannersville, died Friday July 11, 2003 at her residence,.

She was born in Krakow, Poland, on Dec. 6, 1916.

Mrs. Mehler had worked in sales and was a homemaker.

Survivors include Bernard Lewkowicz of Cottekill, NY an sister Bertha Cherny of Kissimmee, Fla., and four grandchildren.

Graveside services to be conducted on Monday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at Kol Ansche Israel Cemetery in  South Jewett, N. Y.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.


July 14, 2003
Roy Zwickel              Local businessman

Catskill—Roy Zwickel, 86, of Longboat Key, Fla., and Catskill, died Sunday, July 13, in Catskill.

He was born Dec. 27, 1916 in New York City, the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Goldstein) Zwickel.

Mr. Zwickel served in the United States Army, and was a veteran of World War II. He started his professional business career with a Lincoln Mercury agency in Catskill and quickly expanded to several agencies in New York State.

He later built tow independent motels including the Milroy Motel in Catskill and Royalton Motel in Hudson, Subsequently he became a Howard Johnson franchisee, with several establishments in New York and Florida; also a hotel management corporation, Inn Ventures, with his son, Jon.

Mr. Zwickel was a member of Temple Israel in Catskill and Temple Beth Israel in Longboat Key, Fla.

He was an avid collector and seller of antiques.

Survivors include his wife, Renee (Aboulafia) Zwickel of Longboat Key, Fla. and Catskill; a son John Zwickel and wife Diane both of Vancouver, B. C., Canada; a daughter Clarie Zwickel-Szajer of Catskill; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Zwickel was predeceased by his brother and business partner, Milton Zwickel in 1997; and a son Michael Zwickel in 2000.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights Catskill. The Rabbi Daniel Fried, will be officiating.

Interment will follow in Temple Israel Cemetery in Catskill.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y. 12414.


July 15, 2003
Alfred G. Giuffrida         Employed at Grumman and Aircraft Co.

South Cairo—Alfred G. Giuffrida, 77, of Route 23B, South Cairo, died suddenly after a very long illness.

He was born in Astoria, Queens, Sept. 8, 1925, and was the son of the late Sebastian and Vincenzo (Marion) Giuffrida.

Prior to his retirement, he was an airplane construction engineer for the Grumman and Aircraft Co. of Long Island.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Marie Scott of Medford, L. I. and a daughter Nancy Giuffrida of Middle Island, N. Y., also survived by a son Thomas Giuffrida of Springhill, Fla., also a son from Tampa, Fla., and a daughter-in-law Colleen and a favorite son-in-law Richard. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Giuffrida was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Giuffrida on June 19, 2003.

There will be no calling hours.

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


July 17, 2003
Christian J. Sommer           U. S. Nay veteran

Athens—Christian John Sommer, 62, of Franklin Street, died at his residence on Tuesday, July 15, 2003.

Chris was born in the Bronx, on Oct. 29, 1940, the son of the late Robert and Mary (Deyo) Sommer.

He served our country in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1961 and was stationed aboard the USS Cascade.  He was married on Oct. 22, 1966 in the Bronx to the former Joan McIsaac, who survives at home. 

A resident of Athens since 1976, he moved there from Earlton and was a tool and dye maker for various companies throughout his career.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Robert of Athens and Christian Jr. of Leeds; siblings Robert of Brooklyn, Patricia Tuey of Kingston and Diane Dymond of Chatham;  granddaughters Amber Stevens and Nina Sommer; step-grandchildren Clark Seeley and Neal Seeley and James Valentine; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2003 at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., 11877 Rte. 9-W, Coxsackie, NY.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.


July 18, 2003
Thomas C. Bungay Sr.                   Grocery store meat manager

Cairo—Thomas Charles Bungay Sr., 55, of Vernal Butler Road, died July 16, 2003 at his residence after a long illness.

He was born in Staten Island on Feb. 20, 1948 and was the son of the later Harry and Frances (Rossitier) Bungay.

During his lifetime, he was employed by the Grand Union Grocery Store in Saugerties as a meat manager. He has been an area resident of Cairo for 30 years. He was communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo.  He also served as a charter member of the 11th U. S. Army Armored Cavalry and served in Vietnam.  He was also an avid racecar driver at Lebanon Valley. He was well-known for the love that he put forth for his children.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Diane M. (Benson) Bungay of Cairo; sons Anthony Lamattina of California, Thomas Bungay, Jr. of Westerlo and Michael Bungay of Cairo; sister Karyn Bomano of California; seven grandchildren; two twin grandchildren that are due in two weeks; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Beside his parents, he was predeceased by his son Mark Bungay, who died in 2000; siblings Harry and William Bungay and Sally Ann Piccolo.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, on Friday, July 18, 2003, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


July 18, 2003
Joshua M. Caroppoli                         Area resident

East Jewett—Joshua Michael Caroppoli, 15, died on Thursday, July 17, 2003 at North Woods at Hill Top in Niskayuna after a long illness.

Born on Oct. 1, 1987 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Arline (Wilkins) Caroppoli Saldamarco and the late Paul Caroppoli.

Along with his mother, he is survived by his dad Andrew Saldamarco; siblings Shane Caroppoli, Dottell-Jane and Domenic Saldamarco, all from East Jewett; maternal grandparents Beverly Stanton and Luther Wilkins; paternal grandparents Patricia and Dominick Saldamarco, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom he loved as they also loved him dearly.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2003 at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Todd Luce of the Mitchell Hollow Mission Church officiating.

Private cremation will be at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston.


July 18, 2003
Herbert “Bart” Holter            Coxsackie  resident

Herbert “Bart” Holter, 62, of the Village of Coxsackie, formerly of Forrest Hills, Queens, died at St. Peter’s Hospital on Tuesday, July 15, 2003.

Born Aug. 26, 1940 in Queens, he was the son of the late William and Helen (Mikolajczyk) Holter.

Mr. Holter was an engineer for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC, Channel 7) in New York for many years.  He was a member of the Greene County Camera Club and many of his pictures are displayed at Marco’s Diner in Coxsackie. He was also a ham radio operator.

Survivors include his sister, Joyce Holter-Boyd of Earlton; a niece Victoria Vagnini of Queens; and nephew Krispin Vagnini and his wife Robin of Troy.

Calling hours are 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


July 18, 2003
Virginia H. Morrison                  Memorial service announced

Freehold—A memorial service for Virginia H. Morrison, 71, who died April 5, 2003 at her residence in Port Charles, Fla.; will be conducted Sunday July 27, 2003 at the Freehold Congregational Church.

Born July 29, 1931, in Glen Lyon, Pa., she moved to Port Charlotte in 1991 from Surprise.

Mrs. Morrison was a registered nurse and retired from the Green County Department of Social Services in Catskill in 1993.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph (Gene) E. Morrison of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Maryann Morrison of Catskill and Dawn Johannesen of Cairo; five grandchildren, Jenna Lynn Kirby, Joseph Edward O’Donnell, Christopher Ian O’Donnell, and Chelsea and Kara Johannesen; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son, Donald A. Morrison in 1974.


July 18, 2003
Edward J. Ranno        Investigator

Catskill—Edward John Ranno, 53, of Route 23A, died suddenly on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born Nov. 22, 1949 in Brooklyn, the son of the late Joseph and Ninfa (D’Attile) Ranno.

Mr. Ranno was an investigator in New York City and Catskill prior to his retirement.

Mr. Ranno is survived by his wife, Bernadette (Bagorio) Ranno of Catskill; stepsons Robert and Bryan Charnovesky; grandchildren Kristen, Kimberly and Brandon Charnovesky; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Friday, July 18, 2003, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Ocean View Cemetery in Staten Island.


July 19, 2003
Elizabeth M. Kelafant              Retired Postmaster

Elizabeth M. Kelafant, 87, of Dormansville, passed away at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany, on July 18, 2003.

She was born in Troy on May 21, 1916, the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes (Sorenson) Fisher.

Elizabeth was a lifetime resident of Dormansville and the Postmaster for 33 years. She was also a very active member of the Dormansville U. M. Church, a member of the Ladies Aid Society and a volunteer for the senior citizens.

She was predeceased by her husband Seward Kelafant, a son Donald L. Kelafant, and two brothers, Charles Fisher, Jr., and William Fisher.

Surviving are a son, S. Kenneth Kelafant of Feura Bush, her daughters, Joan Bangert of Clarksville, Doris Kelafant of  Dormansville, Joyce Trenchard of Alcove, and Karen Andersen of Greenville. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and  nephews.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, on Sunday, July 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 21, 10 a.m. at the Dormansville U. M. Church, in Dormansville.  Interment will be in the Hannacroix Rural Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Fuel Fund of the Dormansville U. M. Church, c/o Doris Palmer, Westerlo, NY 12193.


July 20, 2003
Grant M. Pitcher             Former Little League coach

Grant M. Pitcher, 56, of Route 32 in Freehold died July 19, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

He was born in New Haven, Connecticut on Dec. 22, 1946.

Grant was a resident of Freehold for 27 years. He served with the U. S. Army in Vietnam and was highly decorated. At the time of his death, he was an active member of the Board of Commissioners for the Cairo Hose Company. For 13 years he was a coach for the Catskill Little League and the Catskill Babe Ruth League.  He loved baseball and fishing and was also a member of the local pigeon racing club.  Prior to his illness, he was a contractor.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marilyn D. (Onorato) Pitcher of Freehold, two sons, Brian C. Pitcher and Todd G. Pitcher, both of Cairo, and two daughter-in-laws, Kathryn and Post (Higgins) Pitcher.

Cairo House will conduct a service in memory on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home at 283 Bross Street in Cairo. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, July 23 at the Lady of Knock Shrine on Route 145 in East Durham at 11 a.m. with the Rev. J. Nunan.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Cavell Cancer Treatment Program located at 69 Prospect Avenue in Hudson.


July 20, 2003
Margaret M. Pierson               Stiefel Labs retiree

Margaret M. Pierson, 81, of Bethany Village in West Coxsackie, died July 18, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

She was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on Jan. 30, 1922 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Louise (Albert) Pierson.

She resided in the Sunside and Coxsackie area for 60 years. She retired form Stiefel Labs and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Coxsackie.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother, Frank Pierson.

She is survived by nieces Mrs. Joseph (Joan) Pressler and Mrs. Peter (Marie) Keller, as well as six grand nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held today at the Cairo Cemetery with the Rev. Father J. Nunan, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, officiating at 1 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated in New Jersey at a later date.


July 21. 2003
Stanley Simpkins            Retired Alpha Cement mechanic

Catskill—Stanley Simpkins, 85, retired Alpha Cement mechanic, died Saturday, July 19, 2003 at Eden Park Health Facility at Catskill where he had resided since April 2002.

Born in South Leeds on April 15, 1918, Mr. Simpkins was the son of the late Melvin and Hattie Sleid Simpkins and the husband of Rosella Teetsel Simpkins who survives at their Round Top home.

Surviving, in addition to his wife are four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth Ann) Friss of Kingston; Mrs. John (Linda) Amerson of Round Top Mrs. Paul (Lois) Ferraro and Mrs. Claudis Powers of Las Vegas, Nev.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy Slamorin in New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Simpkins was predeceased by a sister and brother.

Private cremation will take place Monday, July 21, 2003 at the Albany Rural Crematory under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

A memorial service and committal in the family plot at Town of Catskill Cemetery will be at the convenience of his family.


July 23, 2003
Lauren E. Poole            U. S. Army veteran

Athens—Lauren E. Poole, 71 of Green Lake Road, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at his home.

Lauren was born on Aug. 15, 1932 to the late C. Alwyn and Florella M. Poole.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He retired from The Bush Agency where he was employed for many years.

Lauren was also well-known for his music, having played in the band Avalon and playing the organ for local churches such as the First Reformed Church of Athens.  He loved to play the piano, organ and also enjoyed computers.  He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Athens.

Lauren was predeceased by his brother James E. Poole in 2000.

He is survived by siblings Barbara Van Zetten and husband Peter of Voorheesville, NY, Elaine Sanson and husband Peter of Lorris, SC, George Poole and wife Nancy of Catskill and Alton Poole and wife Bettyjean of Athens. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28, N. Vernon Street, Athens, on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael G. Orchov, Pastor of St. Lukes Episcopal Church of Catskill officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Old Athens Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH, 44720.


July 24, 2003
William N. Fyfe            Lifetime Athens resident

Athens—William N. Fyfe, 83, of 84 Second St., Athens, died suddenly July 22, 2003 at  Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born July 15, 1920 and was the son of the late Alexander and Adelaide (Lisky) Fyfe.

Mr. Fyfe was employed by the Tischer Co. of Athens for 30 years. He was also employed by Aerobuilt Co. of Athens for many years.

He was also a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Athens and when it closed he attended St. Luke’s Church of Catskill.

Mr. Fyfe was a lifetime resident of the Village of Athens and loved to watch videos.

Survivors include his sister Audrey Fyfe of Athens.

Calling hours will take place 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Richard’s Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens.

Eucharistic Mass will take place 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Catskill. The Rev. Michael Gorchev, rector, will the celebrant. Assisting will be the Rev. Lynn Sullivan of the Federated Church of Athens and Rev. Henry Verdaasdonk, deacon of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Town Ambulance.


July 24, 2003
Eileen M. McGirl              Gardener

Cairo—Eileen M. McGirl, 72, of Route 145, died on July 22, 2003 at her residence after a long illness.

She was born in Ireland on May 5, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Murphy.

Eileen was an area resident of Cairo for 23 years. She was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo and loved to knit, garden and play the Lottery.

She is survived by her children Tara A. Perun of Scotia and Kevin McGirl of New Jersey; siblings Joseph Murphy of Massachusetts, Philip and Seamus Murphy, both of England, Peggy Fitzgerald and Mary Couglan, both of Ireland; grandchildren Kieran, Siobhan and Sean McGirl; and step-grandson Peter Perun Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 25, 2003 at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, with the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, as celebrant.

Also contributing  to the funeral service is the Rev. Larry Ontavaros of the Cornerstone Christian Church of Guilderland.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, next to her late husband Michael McGirl.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, on Thursday, July 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y. 12414 or to The American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.


July 28, 2003
Eleanor L. Seeley           Catskill resident

Catskill—Eleanor Louise Seeley, 74, of 104 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, died Saturday, July 26 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson

A native Catskillian, Mrs. Seeley was born June 22, 1929, the daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Roe) Hughes.

She was employee of the Catskill Central School District at Irving School prior to her retirement.

Survivors include her two sons, Lyle S. Seeley of Elizaville and Jeffrey Seeley of Catskill; a daughter, Dawn A. Seeley of Catskill; five grandchildren, Vincent Seeley, Vanessa Seeley, Stacey Poloskey and Ashley Seeley, all of Catskill; and Justin Seeley of Elizaville; one great-granddaughter, McKenzie Seeley of Catskill; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Seeley was predeceased by her husband, Lyle B. Seeley on Sept. 6, 1996.

There will be no calling.

Private  cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the Town of Catskill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Germantown Public Library, Palantine Park Road, Germantown, N. Y., 12526.


July 29, 2003
Vincent Rooney             World War II and Korean War veteran

South Cairo—Vincent Rooney, 81, of South Cairo, died Saturday, June 26 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill following a long illness.

Mr. Rooney was born n New York City on Jan. 2, 1922 to the late Owen and Isabelle Hannigan Rooney.

He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and Korea as well as the U. S. Naval Reserves.

He was employed as a pipe fitter with Local 537 of Boston.

He moved to South Cairo in 1979 and was a life member of the Cairo Elks Lodges, VFW, and DAV and an avid gardener. 

Mr. Rooney generously donated his remains to Albany Medical College’s Anatomical Gift Program and memorial service will be held at the Cairo Elks Lodge in the future.

Survivors include by he devoted wife of 32 years, Phyllis Rooney of South Cairo; two daughters; Mrs. William (Marilyn E.) Russell of Sandwich, Mass. and Mrs. Mark (Judith A.) Rovzar of Cranston, R. I.; three grandson, Stephen Rooney, Alex and Max Rovzar; four great-grandchildren; Kasey, Andrew, Emma and Declan Rooney; cousin, John Rooney; in addition to many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rooney was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Rooney; sister, Rita Rooney and brother, Eugene Rooney.


July 30, 2003
 
June E. Grainger     Born in Indianapolis

Catskill—June E. Grainger, 84, of Nokomis, Fla., died  Saturday, July 26, 2003 in the Columbia-Greene Long Term Care Facility in Catskill where she has been a resident for the past year.

June was born on Oct. 16, 1918 in Indianapolis, the daughter of the late Libran and Glenn Hawk.

June, along with her husband Lloyd and daughter Kay moved from Muncie, Ind., to Nokomis, Fla., in 1952.

She was the  loving mother of daughter Kay E. Garrringer-Quinto of Coeymans Hollow; mother-in-law of Ernest J. Quinto; grandmother of Matthew D. and Mark L. Quinto of Coeymans Hollow; great-grandmother of Ethan Matthew Quinto of Saugerties; aunt to Pamela Fulton of Bradenton, Fla., Bill Hawk, Jr. of St. Louis, and Wesley Hawk of Indianapolis, as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews.

June is also survived by close family friends Ann Burnette, whom she loved as a daughter and Kristen Poe as granddaughter, along with her many friends and neighbors in the Nokomis/Venice area.

She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd Garringer and her brothers Bill and Jack Hawk in June.

A memorial service is planned at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Coeymans Hollow at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2003.

Memorial contributions can be made to the activities fund of Columbia-Greene Long Term Care, 161 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, N. Y. 12414.

June’s family wishes to thank the staff of Columbia-Greene Long Term Care for the wonderful care they gave and to the Community Hospice of Columbia /Greene for their support.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena.


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