Obituaries from the Daily Mail
July 2006

Obituaries provided and transcribed by Sylvia Hasenkopf


July 1, 2006 

George Barber
World War II Veteran

Saugerties – George “Hubie” Barber, 82, of Canoe Hill Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at the Golden Hill Related Facility after a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 13, 1923 in Cementon, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Matutunvich Barber.

A lifetime area resident he was a veteran of the US Army during World War II. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

An exceptional baseball player, he played shortstop for the original Saugerties Dutchmen and teams from Cementon and Catskill. He later managed the Saugerties Dutchmen and a team in the Jersey League. He later played softball in the Saugerties Athletic League for the Cementon Sportsmen’s Club and several other teams.

An avid golfer, he was a four handicap and was a former Sawyerkill Country Club champion and past president.

He was a charter member of the Katsbaan Country Club and club championship, and a former member of the Rip Van Winkle and Woodstock Country Club. He played in the Ulster County Championship Heredegan Tournament and the Ulster County Senior’s Tournament.

For many years he bowled at the Catskill Hoe Bowl and at the Saugerties Bowlers Club. He was elected to the Saugerties Spots Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Kingston Hall of Fame.

He was employed as a superintendent at Hudson Cement for several years and then went to work for Poughkeepsie Iron and Metal as a supervisor for more than 20 years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member and past grand knight of the Saugerties Knights of Columbus Council No. 4586, a past commander of the Saugerties American Legion Post No. 72 and a member of the VFW Post No. 5034.

He was a member of the Iron Workers Local No. 417 of Newburgh and the United Lime, Cement and Gympsum (sic) Workers Union.

He is predeceased by his wife, Nancy, in February 1990; and a son, Joseph Barber.

Survivors include one daughter, Michelle Siracusano of Saugerties; one sister, Eva Goff of West Camp; two brothers, James of Saugerties and Philip of North Carolina; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by six brothers, Anthony, Michael, John, Joseph, Peter and Andrew E. Barber. 

His funeral procession will form 8:30am Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, thence to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where at 9am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev, Hugh Grace.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saugerties.


July 3, 2006

Grace Day
Business owner/traveler

Ravena – Grace Hoyer Newell Day, 87, died Friday, June 30, 2006.

Born in Austerlitz, she was the daughter of the late Louis A. and Grace I. Goodrich Hoyer.

She was the former owner of Consumer’s Oil in Ravenna.

Mrs. Day had been a member of the Ravena-Coeymans Yacht Club, Newmar’s rallies and organizations, GFWC Williston Women’s Club in Florida, Zion Lutheran Church in Athens and ELCW Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She was an avid golfer, bowler, boater and after she turned 65, she traveled extensively by motor home to every state except Hawaii and wintered in Florida.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Leslie R. and Judith Newell and Stuart A. and Joanne Newell; two sisters, Jean Westervelt and Lucille Fitzgerald; a step daughter-in-law, Barbara Day; eight grandchildren, Michael T. Newell, Susanne Koban, Candy Newell, Trevor Newell, Sean A. Newell, Robert S. Day, Jr., Lisa Day and Denise Dragon; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her husband, Steven V. Day; and a step son, Robert S. Day.

Calling hours were held Sunday at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena.

Funeral services will be held 11am Monday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Athens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church or to the Ravena Rescue Squad.


July 4, 2006

Dolores J. Able
Art director

Catskill – Dolores J. Able, 71, of Coxsackie, died Saturday, July 1, 2006 at Eden Park Nursing Home, Catskill.

Born August 19, 1934 in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Madeline (Lambert) Able.

Dolores worked as an assistant art director for McGraw Hill Publishing in New York City for many years. She was a member of the Council on the Arts in Coxsackie. She made the art work announcing the Coxsackie Street Festival. Dolores was a volunteer of the Heermance Memorial Library and made posters for any events the library would hold. She was also a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie.

Survivors include three brothers, Douglas Walsh of Missouri, Charles and his wife Barbara Walsh of California, Patrick and his wife Georgianna of New Jersey, two sisters, Valerie and her husband Michael Hendricks of Tennessee, Joy and her husband Phillip Muscarella of Indiana, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 5 at 10am at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Dolores’ memory to either the Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


July 4, 2006

William H. Hallock
Heavy laborer, veteran

William H. Hallock, 78, of Preston Hollow, died on July 1, 2006. 

He was born in Medusa, on Oct. 17, 1927, son of the late Lester and Lillian (Rivenburgh) Hallock.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and received the Korean Service Medal W/5 Campaign Starts, ROK Presidential Unit Citation and the U.N. Service Medal. A laborer and heavy equipment operator, he last worked at Henderson’s in Freehold. He loved to garden and was a life member of the DAV.

Surviving are a son William Hallock (Jennifer) of East Nassau, four daughters, Linda Blank (Jay) of Freehold, Sheila Finn of Catskill, Debbie Hallock of Margaretville, and Gail Travers of Rensselaer, 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara (Teator) Hallock, a brother Orson Hallock and two sisters Dorothy Cooke and Edna Goodfellow.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, on Wednesday, 6 to 8pm.

Funeral service will be Thursday, July 6 at 11am at the Preston Hollow Baptist Church, Preston Hollow.

Interment will be in the Brookside Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.


July 4, 2006

Miles “Jim” Higgins
Phys-Ed teacher

Catskill – Miles “Jim” Higgins, 56, of Freehold, died Saturday, July 1, 2006 at Eden Park Healthcare Center in Catskill.

Mr. Higgins was born April 4, 1950 in Catskill, and was the son of Miles and Irene (Richtmyer) Higgins.

He graduated from Brockport State University in Brockport, NY in 1972 with a Bachelor Degree of Elementary Education in Physical Education and was employed by the Cairo-Durham Central School System. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Middleburgh, NY.

Mr. Higgins is survived by two sons, Sean Higgins of Altamont, NY and Craig Higgins, of Phoenix, AZ; one granddaughter, Keara Higgins of Altamont, NY; one sister, Linda Brown of Gilboa, NY; and one brother, Fred Higgins of Utah.

A funeral service will be held at 11am Thursday, July 6 at Palmer & Shaylor, Inc. Funeral Home, 134 River Street in Middleburgh, NY with the Rev. Peter DeBartolo of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church officiating.  Calling hours will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, July 5 from 6 to 8pm. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.

On line condolences may be sent to the family at palmershaylorfuneral.com


July 4, 2006

Gigi Kirwan
Memorial Service

A memorial service for Gigi Kirwan of South Westerlo will be held on Saturday on Saturday, July 8, at 1pm at the United Methodist Church of Greenville and Norton Hill on Route 81 in Greenville. Mrs. Kirwan was the wife of the late Patrick Kirwan and is survived by her children, Tammy Kirwan and Scott Kirwan.


July 4, 2006

Shirley Winifred Reed
Former WAAC

Catskill – Shirley Winifred Reed, 85, a resident of Eden Park Nursing Home of Catskill for the past 10 years and formerly of Bethany Village in Coxsackie, died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at Eden Park after a long illness.

Born September 24, 1920 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Winifred Kingsley Reed.

Miss Reed served in the WAAC (Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) from 1942 to 1943 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

Prior to her retirement, she had been employed for more than 20 years as an executive secretary with EXXON Corporation of Houston, Texas.

She had been a member of the Coxsackie Senior Citizens.

Surviving are her cousins, Frederick and Frances Rhoades of South Cairo and Patricia Kane of East Durham.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, July 5 at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 237 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. The Rev. James Clark of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church of Catskill officiating.

Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery of Coxsackie.


July 5, 2006

Donald Rodgers
Tavern owner

Palenville – Donald Rodgers, 82, of Palenville, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006, at his home.

Born in Whitestone on Dec. 23, 1923, he was the son of the late James and Florence Rogers Rodgers.

He was married to the former Dorothy Velichko, who survives him at home.

For many years, he and his wife owned the 14th Street Tavern in Whitestone. They moved to Palenville after retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW Post 4787, both in Whitestone.

He was a member of the NYC Retail Liquor Association. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant in the United States Army in both the Asiatic-Pacific and the Rhineland.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: John and his wife, Chrissy Rogers of Winsted, Conn.; Kevin Rodgers of Saugerties; and Rick and his wife, Patty Rodgers of Palenville. Eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. He was predeceased by a brother James in 1988.

Relatives and friends may call today from 2 to 4pm and again from 6 to 8pm at the Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Inc. 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 9:30am in Sacred Heart Church, Palenville.

Interment will follow in Palenville Cemetery.


July 6, 2006

William H. Hallock
Korea veteran

Greenville – William H. Hallock, 78 of Preston Hollow, NY passed away suddenly on July 1.

Born in Medusa, NY on October 17, 1927, he was the son of the late Lester and Lillian Rivenburg Hallock.

He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and received the Korean Service Medal with 5 Campaign Stars, ROK Presidential unit Citation the UN Service Medal. A laborer and heavy equipment operator, he last worked at Henderson’s in Freehold, NY. He loved to garden and was a Life Member of the DAV.

Survivors include, son and daughter-in-law, William and Jennifer Hallock of East Nassau, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jay Blank of Freehold, NY; daughters, Sheila Finn of Catskill, NY, Debbie Hallock of Margaretville, NY, Gail Travers of Rensselaer, NY; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hallock was predeceased by his wife Barbara Teator Hallock; brother Orson Hallock; and sisters, Dorothy Cooke and Edna Goodfellow.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, NY on Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Funeral service will be Thursday, July 6, at 11:00am at the Preston Hollow Baptist Church, Preston Hollow, NY.

Interment will be in the Brookside Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.


July 6, 2006

Robert C. Johnson
Loved boxing, the arts and his grandchildren

Greenville – Robert “Bob” Corning Johnson, 67, of Norton Hill, NY, formerly of Albany, and Kingston, NY, died suddenly at his home on July 5, 2006. He was born in Albany, NY on April, NY on April 19, 1939, son of the late Arnold and Gladys (Pemberton) Johnson.

Bob was a retired construction worker who worked out of Local 190 of Albany, NY. A graduate of the New York Military Academy, he had also served for six years in the New York National Guard and was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in the revitalization of the Strand in Kingston, NY and the pond area in Norton Hill, NY. He will be remembered as loving the arts and photography and of being a friend to all who knew him and to all he met. His passion was boxing and his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Susanne (Finkle) Johnson; a son, Craig Johnson (Susanne) of Norton Hill, NY, a daughter Kay Rose (Dallas) of Olesmar, Fla., his grandchildren, David and Carly Johnson, and Libby and Grace Rose. He was pre-deceased by a son, Robert Corning Johnson II and a sister Diane Ward.

Funeral service will be Saturday at 10am at the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill, NY. Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY on Friday 4-8pm. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Greenville-Norton Hill, United Methodist Church Building Fund.


July 7, 2006

Michael P. Greene
World War II

West Camp – Michael P. Greene, 85, of Kolar Road died Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at the Ulster County Health Related Facility in Kingston.

Born July 27, 1920 in Cementon, he was the son of the late John and Anna Mozara Grgurinovich.

He was a graduate of Catskill High School in 1937.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army of the United States where he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He served in Rhineland and throughout Central Europe and was awarded the Purple Heart with 1 oak leaf cluster, the American Campaign Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Army if Occupation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

He was a graduate of the University of Alabama and was employed at Dunn and Bradstreet for seven years, the Beechnut Gum and later at Kraft Foods in Tennessee where he was Director of Credit Administration retiring in 1982.

He was an avid golfer and held memberships at the Canajoharie and Memphis Golf Course. Se was a member of the Saugerties Knights of Columbus Council No. 4536 and a former member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Cementon.

Survivors include a sister, Helen Grgurinovich of West Camp.

He was predeceased by a brother, John, and sisters, Anna and Evelyn.

His funeral procession will form 1:30pm Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., Corner of John and Lafayette Streets: thence to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill where at 2:30pm a Mass of Christian Burial will take place.


July 8, 2006

James M. Cahill
WWII veteran

Hunter – James M. Cahill, 85, died Thursday, July 6, 2006.

Jim was born Sept. 3, 1920.

He is predeceased by two brothers, Frank and John, and one sister, Marie Neeson.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Catherine Perricone Cahill and nine children, Luke Cahill, Karen Aversa, Candace Melton, Christopher Cahill, Mark Cahill, Joel Cahill, Denise Cahill-Abrahamsen, Cheryl Coiro and Lisa Cahill-Johnson.

He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends.

Jim led a very full and rich life. He loved the “old west” and lived there as a young man with his wife, traveled there many times with family members and even wrote a novel about the west.

He loved the outdoors and farming and spent many years working his own farm to support a family of 11. He was also a very talented crafts person and received a lot of personal joy from hours spent toiling over an art project. Jim was a WWII veteran, serving as a Medic in the war.

Visiting hours will be on Saturday, July 8, from 7 to 9pm and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at the Aston Basajic Funeral Home in Hunter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 10, at noon at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Haines Falls.

Officiating will be the Rev. John Murphy.

Interment will follow in the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Elka Park.


July 8, 2006

Muriel A. Miltenberger
Formerly of West Hempstead

Ashland – Muriel A. Miltenberger, 83, of Ashland, NY, formerly of West Hempstead, NY died on July 6, 2006 at her residence. She was born on Nov. 1, 1922, the daughter of John G. and Adelaide (Stiver) Coyle. She was predeceased by her brothers, John and William Coyle and sister Caroline Parbus. She is survived by her husband of sixty four years Charles who she married on July 5, 1942. She is also survived by her children Charles G. and his wife Carol, daughters Carolyn Ranlet and Janet Sonntag and her husband Walter. She is also survived by her brother Ronald. She is the grandmother of seven and great grandmother of seven.

Calling hours will be on Sunday July 9, 2006 at Decker Funeral Home Windham, NY from 2-4pm. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home following calling hours at 4pm. Private cremation will follow at Albany Rural Crematory.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Ashland Rescue Squad would be greatly appreciated.


July 8, 9, 2006

Marie A. Truesdell
Graveside service

Prattsville – Marie A. Truesdell, 89, of Prattsville, NY died on July 7, 2006 at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home, Stamford, NY. She was born on Feb. 26, 1917, the daughter of Eugene and Beulah (Marquit) Peckham. She was predeceased by her husband, Wright Truesdell Jr., who died in 1974, and her brother, Terry Peckham, who died in 2003. She is survived by her brother-in-laws David Truesdell and Donald Irwin, sister-in-laws Eva Irwin, Shirley Truesdell and Corinna Peckham. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be conducted at the Fairlawn Cemetery Prattsville, NY on Monday, July 10, 2006, at 10am. Pastor Larry Major of the Pilgrim Holiness Church will officiate. Funeral arrangements are with Decker Home, Windham, NY.


July 9, 2006

Louise Carmella
Private services

Catskill – Louise Carmella, 91, of Catskill, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born in Kingston on Sept. 5, 1914, the daughter of the late Michael and Vincenzo (Muturo) Chelelli.

She was the wife of the late James T. Garafalo.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Marjorie Garafalo of Catskill; grandson and his wife James and Laurie Garafalo; sister, Mary Scavony of Schodack Landing; and great-granddaughter Ariana Garafalo.

Funeral services were private and at the convenience of the family.

Interment took place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Inc. 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


July 11, 2006

Bernadette Hoovler
Former Catskill resident

Cheektowaga – Bernadette O’Connor Hoovler, 60, of Cheektowaga, Erie County, died Saturday, July 8, 2006.

Born Sept. 24, 1945 in Yonkers, she was the daughter of Joseph O’Connor and Ida McCue.

She had at one time resided in the Catskill area.

Survivors include her husband Warren; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Leslie and Clint and Jennifer; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Louis and Marsha O’Connor and Joseph the Illyana O’Connor, Ronald and Joan O’Connor, Gary O’Connor; four sister and brothers-in-law, Janet and Wayne Burke, Rita and Jesse Nelson, Mary and Peter Reinsdorf and Shelia and Pat Gallagher; four grandchildren, Ashley, Alexis, Jay and Connor; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8pm Tuesday at the Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 3645 Genessee St., Cheektowaga.

Cremation and funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visit the online guest registry at www.amigone.com


July 11, 2006

Robert F. Lewis
Retired IBM accountant

Athens – Robert F. Lewis, 78, a resident of Athens since 1957, who resided on North Washington Street, died Sunday, July 9, 2006, after a long illness.

Born March 11, 1928 in Catskill, he was the son of the late George M. and Mazie E. Simmons Lewis.

Mr. Lewis was a 1946 graduate of Catskill High School and served his country in the US Army from 1950 to 1952.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an accountant with IBM in Kingston and Poughkeepsie.

He enjoyed reading, sitting on the front porch, and was very devoted to his family.

Mr. Lewis coached Athens Little League and was very active in the Boy Scouts Troop No. 40.

Survivors include his wife of almost 51 years, Carleen J. Rizzi Lewis of Athens; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey R. and Karen M. Lewis of Earlton and Mark A. and Suzanne V. Lewis of Coxsackie; one brother, Randall W. Lewis of Catskill; and three grandchildren, Ryan J. Lewis, Mark E. Lewis and Caroline J. Lewis.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Leroy; and three sisters, Almeda Custence, Elizabeth Lampman and Julia Bennett.

Calling hours will be 4 to 9pm Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.

Funeral services will beheld 11am Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Peters, pastor of the First Reformed Church of Coxsackie, officiating.

Interment, with full military honors, will follow in the family plot f the Old Athens Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1942, or to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Boxes 145447, Cincinnati, OH 45250-5447.


July 11, 2006

Bruce Malachuk
Photographer

Jacksonville Beach, Fla – Bruce Joseph Malachuk, 54, died Monday, July 3, 2006, at his home in Jacksonville Beach.

Born Sept. 21, 1951 in Pelham Bay, Westchester County, he was the son of Emily and Joseph Malachuk.

His family moved to Plainfield, NJ when he was a young boy and he graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School. He continued his education at Lynchburg College, VA, where he received a B.S. and graduated with honors.

Mr. Malachuk was introduced to photography during his college years and pursued this passion as a hobby and part-time occupation throughout the remainder of his life. After college, he was employed by the Loctite Corporation of Rockly Hill, Conn. He rose to the position of a Northeast Regional Manager and was based in Pottstown, Pa.

He relocated his family to Maplecrest to reside at the summer home of his parents after the his father, Joseph E. Malachuk died in September 1986.

After retirement, he relocated to Jacksonville Beach.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a stepfather, Robert A. DeWolfe; former wife, Christine Malachuk; two sons, Bruce Joseph Malachuk Jr. and Stephen Eric Malachuk; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Gregory Malachuk and the Rev. Eric and Michelle Malachuk; a sister and brother-in-law, Alison and Alan Ericksen; six nieces; five nephews; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8pm Thursday at Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

A service will be conducted 1pm Friday at the Windham United Methodist Church, Main Street, Windham with the Rev. Eric Malachuk officiating.

Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.


July 11, 2007

Roland McLaren
Retired sea captain

Tucson, Ariz. – Roland McLaren, 89, died Monday, June 26, 2006, at Hospice in Tucson after a long illness.

Born Nov. 18, 1916 in New Jersey, he was the son of the late Frances and Roland Sr. of South Cairo.

His family moved from New Jersey to Valley Stream, L.I. in 1922.

When Mr. McLaren moved to upstate New York, he organized and ran his own business, The Oswego Fuel Co.

He had a love for the sea, though, and applied for and got a position as master of a sea-going tugboat. At this position, he traveled the eastern seaboard as far as Puerto Rico.

He also enjoyed RV traveling with his wife, the former Gloria Tonnessen.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three children, Richard, Kitty and Denise McLaren; a former daughter-in-law, Marilyn Monney; three stepchildren, Randi, Keith and Chris Tonnessen; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas McLaren, last year.


July 11, 2006

Henry Sprague
Local Resident

Greenville – Henry Vernon Sprague, 58, of Greenville, died Sunday, July 9, 2006.

Survivors include his finance, Linda Tanner; three sons, Henry Jr., David and Private Jason Sprague, all of Greenville; four brothers, Paul Jr., John, Samuel and Barney; two sisters, Florence and Margaret; and a granddaughter, Melody Lynn Sprague.

A memorial service will be held 10am Saturday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the savings account established for David Sprague at the Greene County Savings Bank in Greenville.


July 11, 2006

Lorraine C. Steyer
Area resident

Saugerties – Lorraine C. Steyer, 73, of Montgomery Street, died Sunday, July 9, 2006, after a brief illness.

Born Nov. 21, 1933 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Rose Morgan Bessey.

An area resident for many years, she was employed at Ferroxcube and Rotron for many years.

She was a member of the Pioneer Club and loved to cook.

Survivors include a son, Nicholas P. Steyer of Saugerties; two brothers, Dennis Bessey of Newark, Del.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Bessey.

A funeral service will be help 10am Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, Saugerties.

Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Saugerties.


July 12, 2006

Donald Bellinger
Founded Academy Theater

New Paltz – Donald Edward Bellinger died Friday, July 7, 2006 at the home of his mother, Eleanor Bellinger in Amsterdam. He died peacefully after a long and difficult fight with cancer, which he bore with bravery and dignity.

He was born in 1943 at Fort Sill, Okla., the eldest of four children of Eleanor and Donald Bellinger Sr., but he lived the majority of his life in the Hudson Valley.

Well-known as the founder and proprietor of New Paltz’s Academy Theater, dedicated to independent cinema and theatrical drama, in the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s he went on to focus his attention on the resurrection of the old Collingwood Opera House in Poughkeepsie, now known as the Bardavon Theater.

In 1976 he traveled to England, where he continued to focus his talents on the theater, becoming company manager of “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…”, a play about the McCarthy era. This he marshaled from a small fringe theater in London to a highly successful West End production. During this period he also was associated with a small, provincial theater in Kendel in the lake district of England.

In  1977 he retuned to the Hudson Valley, where he began a successful career in real estate, concentrating his activities in Dutchess County. In the early 1980s he opened the New Paltz office of Julian Studley Real Estate, and also launched an unsuccessful bid for the office of mayor of New Paltz. In the early 1990s he became an independent realtor, but ill health forced him to retire to Catskill.

He is remembered by many as a colorful personality, who was once described as something of a cultural icon for New Paltz of the late 1960s and 1970s. He is survived by his mother Eleanor, two sisters Kathryn and Joanne, his brother David, and his daughter India by his second marriage. A gathering of friends and family of Donald Bellinger will be held on Sunday, July 16, from 2pm at the home of Jaimee Uhlenbrock, 65 Plains Road, New Paltz. For information call (845) 255-3879.


July 12, 2006

Thomas A. Murphy
Devoted family man

Greenville – Thomas A. Murphy, 63, of Greenville, died on July 10, 2006, at the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany.

He was born in Jamaica, Queens, on Nov. 8, 1942, son of the late Andrew and Elsie (Sappeisa) Murphy.

Thomas was in sales with R.D.L., a lighting and fixtures business in Latham. He was a loving and devoted family man.

Surviving are his wife, Colleen (Kelly) Murphy of Greenville, three daughters Valerie Rhodes-Saati and her husband Noam, Heather Murphy and Caroline Pocorobba, a son Michael Murphy and two grandchildren Ryan and Catherine Pocorobba.

Services are at the convenience of the family and under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


July 12, 2006

Lois Onderdonk
Former South Cairo resident

Vero Beach, Fla. – Lois Knox Heath Onderdonk, 82, formerly of South Cairo, died June 14, 2006 at River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach.

Born in Catskill, Mrs. Onderdonk lived most of her life in Sandy Plains before moving to Vero Beach 23 years ago.

She belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church in Leeds, where she was a charter member of the Young Women’s Club and a deacon. She was also a member of the Cairo Durham Elks Lodge.

She was predeceased by her husband Ernest Onderdonk in January 2005. Survivors include a brother George Heath and three sisters Barbara and her husband Wallace Derrer, Helen Cone, Vivian Patterson, all from Florida; five daughters, Audrey and her husband Curt Halsted of Athens, Janice and her husband Donald Jones of Geneseo, Sharon her husband Douglas Dittmar of Wickliffe, Ohio, Bonnie Gray of Farmington, and Darlene and her husband August Freemann of Cairo; grandchildren Susan, Robin, Curt, Jennifer, Michael, Tammy, Dawn, Brenda, Leanne and August; great grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth, Joshua, Jeramie, Casey, Ben, Dougie and Amber; and great-great-grandchild Eaven.

She was cremated at Indian River Cremation, Vero Beach, Fla.

Memorial services will be held Aug. 12, 2006 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Leeds starting at 9am followed by interment in the Lime Street Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Fla 32960.


July 12, 2006

Walter J. Raskopf
Former policeman

Greenville – Walter J. Raskopf, 77, of Greenville, died July 10, 2006.

Born Feb. 8, 1929 in Queens Village, he was the only child of Walter J. Raskopf Sr. and Marie V. Peckham.

He attended de LaSalle High School and met his wife Marguerite Re while attending Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute in Farmingdale. Together they raised six children.

Walter was proud of the years he spent as a Babylon town policeman on Long Island. He was happiest however, when husbanding sheep and pigs and working with his diary cows. He took great joy in teaching his children about living on and loving the land. Walter loved music and could often be heard playing his drums or whistling out in the fields.

He served many times as an officer in the Knights of Columbus including as Grand Knight.

He rose to the rank of Captain in the New York Guard. He was a member of the Warwick Volunteer Fire Department. In his middle years, Walter was very active in politics and ran for a number of offices to include the US Congress. Walter retired as a supervisor of the farmers home Administration a division of the US Department of Agriculture in 1987. 

In his retirement Walter worked many years at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville helping to keep the physical plant running and was involved in many of the church’s volunteer activities. Walter and his wife traveled at every opportunity. He loved to experience new places and interesting people.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Catherine.

He was loved and will be remembered by his wife Marge Raskopf; their children, Fred Raskopf (Kristine) of Greenville, Elizabeth Hall (Charles) of Greenville, Mary Ellen Mangiamele of Middletown, Margaret Dodd (Stephen) of Illinois, Barbara Shapiro (David) of Shokan and Kathy Hadley of Seneca Falls; his grandchildren, Michael (Monica), Margaret, Christopher, Thomas, Jennifer, Mary, Jeffrey, Bryan, Evan, Matthew, Patricia, Katherine, James, Joshua, Brendon, David, Laura, and Eric; and two very special aunts, Eileen and Dots.

Calling hours at Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville will be Thursday, July 13, from 4 to 8pm.

Funeral services will be at St., John the Baptist Church in Greenville on Friday, July 14, at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, American Parkinson Disease Foundation or Greene County Public Health Nursing Service (New York State Department of Health), 411 Main St. Catskill, NY 12414.


July 13, 2006

Ruth E. Giannattasio
Dedicated volunteer

Hudson – Ruth E. (French) Giannattasio, 88, former Philmont resident, died July 12, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

She was born in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 30, 1917, and was the daughter of the late Raymond and Clara (Painter) French.

She was employed at Charter Supply in Philmont for 20 years. She is a former member of the Sacred Heart Rosary Society, Philmont. She and her husband volunteered for the Sacred Heart Church hall dinners; she loved quilting; and she and her husband made teddy bears.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Schumann of East Greenbush; a brother, John French of Ghent; two granddaughters, Tani Scott of Florida and Heidi and her husband Jan Engle Weidner of California; and three great-grandchildren, Natasha, Havel and Josephine Weidner.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband of 63 years. Carney J. Giannattasio; a brother, Paul French; and three sisters, Eunice Montross, Jane Sigler and Betty Card.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson, on Saturday July 15, 2006 from 10am to 11am. Funeral services will held the same day at11am at the funeral home, with Father Raymond Ethier, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, officiating.

Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematorium, in Menands. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Columbia Greene Humane Society, 125 Humans Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534.


July 14, 2006

William E. Baribault
Beloved son

Cairo – William E. Baribault, 2, of 20 Grandview Road, Cairo, died July 12, 2006, at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.

He was born in Albany, June 28, 2004, and was the son of Leonard and Jill (O’Hair) Baribault of Cairo.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, July 15, 2006, at 7pm at the Grace Assembly of God Church, Cairo with Pastor Anthony Saturnino officiating.

Private cremation will take place on Monday, July17, 2006, at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Besides his parents, William is survived by two brothers Dillion and Henry Baribault and also his sister Jilliann Baribault, all of Cairo.  He also is survived by his paternal grandmother Betty Baribault and his maternal grandmother Barbara O’Hair, both of Connecticut. He also is survived by many aunts and uncles.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Grace Assembly of God Church, Cairo, NY 12413.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.


July 14, 2006

Clarence M. Barrett, Jr.
Chemist, veteran

Athens – Clarence M. Barrett, Jr., 93, of the Pavilion, Catskill, and formerly of 14 North Vernon St., Athens, died July 12, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in New York City, Dec. 20, 1912, and was the son of the late Clarence M. and Martha (Montgomerie) Sr.

Graveside funeral services will take place Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 2pm, next to his late wife Betty Jane Barrett, who predeceased him on Nov. 4, 1991, in the New Athens Rurtal Cemetery with full military honors with Rev. Paul Peters, pastor of the First Reformed Church of West Athens, officiating.

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

Clarence was a lifelong resident of Athens, he was a graduate of Athens High School, he graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama with a major in chemistry, he served his country in the US Army during Word War II, as a medic in the European Theater. He also served as the mayor of the village of Athens, he was a member of the Village of Athens Fire Department, also he was an avid golfer, a lifetime member of the American Legion, a member of the Athens Senior Community Center, he managed the Athens Waste Treatment plant, he was the town and village assessor for Athens, and he was a former chemist for Spik Products of West Athens.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Betty J. (Brennan) Barrett, and daughter Kathleen E. (Barrett) Allerton.

Survivors include his children Sharon Vincent, Mark Bennett and Patricia J. Barrett.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Scott Curtis, Cole Curtis and Ward Curtis, Mark T. Barrett and Susan D. Krustis, Tammy Klein, Tina Klein and Robbie Allerton, Vincent Barbaro and Derek Barbaro, also survived by his great grandchildren Ethan and Taylor Curtis, Matthew, Connor, and Benjamin Barrett, Brennan and Jacob Krustis, Kayla Klein and Jordan Lashley, Tyler and Mica Barbaro, Nicole and Angela Curtis. Also survived by a great-great- grandchild Dion Durden.

The day of the graveside service, everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery.


July 14, 2006

Arlene M. Benicase
Area resident since 2000

Saugerties – Arlene M. Benicase, 67, of Market Street, died June 27, 2006 at the Brookhaven Hospital, Patchogue, Long Island after a long illness.

Born March 3, 1939, in Bayshore, Long Shore, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Louise Southard.

An area resident since 2000, she previously resided in Blue Point, Long Island for over 30 years.

Survivors include her husband, Edward; two daughters, Debra Groppe of Manorville and Jennifer Wade of Saugerties; one son, James Schoenster of East Hampton, 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two granddaughters, Jenna Wade and Stephanie Groppe.

Her funeral services was held at the convenience of the family.

Interment was in the North Babylon Cemetery, North Babylon, Long Island.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., Corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties.


July 15, 2006

Sharon A. Dorsey
C-A High School graduate

Catskill – Sharon Ann Dorsey, 49, of 1750 Route 23B, Leeds, and former Athens resident, died suddenly Thursday, July 13, 2006 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. She was born March 31, 1957 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Viola McNeill Dorsey of Leeds and the late John Dorsey.

Sharon was a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School. She was employed at American Thermostat in South Cairo and later at Stewart’s of Cairo. Sharon was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Young, on April 22, 1995.

Ms. Dorsey is survived by her mother, Viola Dorsey of Leeds; two sisters, Kim Heisler of Leeds and Dawn Erwin of Arkansas; three brothers, John Dorsey of Albany, Scott Dorsey of Kiskatom and Jamie Dorsey of North Carolina; and nieces and nephews, Sean Young, Jeffrey Erwin, Kayla Erwin, UNHYEA Dorsey, Shelby Heisler, Aidan Dorsey, Reese Dorsey and Owen Dorsey.

A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held at a memorial service on Sunday, July 16 from 2 to 5pm at the Feddes Mobile Home Park Club House, Route 23B, Leeds. All are welcome to attend.

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


July 15, 2006

Helen A. Larkin
Member of Saugerties Senior Citizens Club

Saugerties – Helen A. Larkin, 81, of Old Route 32, died Thursday, July 13, 2006 at St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, New York after a brief illness.

Born April 2, 1925 in Edgewater, NJ, she was the daughter of the late William and Rise McCurry Doran. An area resident for many years, she was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist RC Church and its Altar Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Saugerties Senior Citizens Club.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Stuart Keyes and her second husband, Michael Larkin. Survivors include one son, Peter J. Larkin of White Plains and two grandchildren. She was also predeceased by thee children, Steven, Caroline and Stuart Keyes, Jr.

The funeral procession will form 9:15am Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets; thence to St. John the Evangelist RC Church where at 10am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Interment will follow in the Fatinekill Cemetery, Ellenville.


July 15, 2006

Roger W. Lounsbury, Sr.
Enjoyed family picnics

Greenville – Roger W. Lounsbury Sr., 56, of Guilderland died suddenly on July 12, 2006, at St. Peters Hospital in Albany.

He was born in Albany on March 11, 1950, son of the late Theodore and Lena (fisher) Lounsbury.

Roger was employed by Donna Pool Service of Albany. He loved playing cards and visiting casinos. He also enjoyed bonfires and family picnics.

Roger was predeceased by two sisters, Janet Berkhoffer and Marjorie White; and five brothers, Theodore, Clyde, Thomas, Harold and C. Lloyd Lounsbury.

Surviving are is wife Donna (Svingala) Lounsbury of Guilderland; two sons, Clyde Lounsbury (Caroline Morris) and Roger Wesley Lounsbury (Jennifer Arrigar); a daughter, Wendy Jean Lounsbury (Tommie Kettles); a granddaughter, Keira Morris; four sisters, Harriet Peck, Janice Lounsbury, Betty Jean Mueller, Sandra Ross; five brothers, John Lounsbury, Patrick Lounsbury, Dennis Lounsbury, Terrance Lounsbury and William Lounsbury.

Funeral services will be Sunday, July 16, at 5pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 2 to 5pm.

As to Roger’s wishes, he will be cremated.

Those who wish may contribute in Roger’s memory to either the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, 200 Center Dr., Albany, NY, 12203, or the Dormansville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Dormansville, NY, 12055.


July 15, 2006

Marjorie M. McGlynn
Bank secretary

Catskill – Marjorie M. McGlynn, 77, of Queens died at her residence on July 12, 2006, following a long illness.

Mrs. McGlynn was born in Queens on Sept. 12, 1928, to the late Frank and Delia Delaney Robine. Following her graduation from high school, she was employed as a secretary for various banks in New York City. She was the wife of the late Frank McGlynn, who predeceased her on Feb. 19, 1997.

Mrs. McGlynn is survived by two sons, Bradley McGlynn with whom she resided with in Queens, Brian McGlynn of Palenville; eight grandchildren, Mark McGlynn, Mrs. Tom (Kelly) Adler, Matthew McGlynn, Michael McGlynn, Mrs. Billy (Holly) Hoyt, Megan McGlynn, Brian McGlynn, Jr., Ashley McGlynn; six great-grandchildren, Dillion Hoyt, Brianna Hoyt, Sheri Hoyt, Olivia McGlynn, Sadie McGlynn, Emma Adler; brother-in-law, James Burgio; three nephews, James Robert and Ricky Burgio.

In addition to her husband Frank, she was predeceased by her son, Trip McGlynn, and sister, Josephine Burgio.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 18, at 11am in the Remembrance Chapel of Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

The Rev. John J. Murphy will officiate, with interment following in the Palenville Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


July 16, 2006

Kathleen C. Hallion
Lunch Room Monitor

Saugerties – Kathleen C. Hallion, 73, of West Saugerties Road, died Saturday, July 15, 2006 after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 19, 1932 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Margaret Walsh Moriarty.

As an area resident for many years, she was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist RC Church. She was employed at the Saugerties Central Schools Consolidated as a lunch room monitor at the Saugerties Junior High and was affectionately known as “Grandma” to all the students.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth B. Hallion, in 2001; a brother, Jack Moriarty; and a sister, Maureen Fannan.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth J. of Vienna, Va., and James P. Hallion of Riverside, Calif., two daughters, Kathleen A. Hallion of Voorheesville and Peggy Knarich of Lake Katrine; one sister, Peggy McCann of Queens; one brother, Patrick Moriarty of Melbourne, Fla.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral procession will form 10:15am Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, thence to St. John the Evangelist RC Church where an 11am Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Msgr. William Williams, pastor.

Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


July 16, 2006

Dorothy E. Udell
Deputy Clerk of New Scotland

Westerlo – Dorothy E. Udell, 85, of Westerlo died July 14, 2006 at Good Samaritan Lutheran Nursing Home in Delmar.

She was born in Dormansville on Oct. 29, 1920, daughter of the late Herbert and Edith (Hannay) Woodruff.

Dorothy was the Deputy Town Clerk for the Town of New Scotland. She was a living mother and grandmother.

She was a member of the New Scotland Senior Citizens and the Women’s Guild of the Clarksville Community Reformed Church where she was a member.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Russell Udell; a son, Darrell Udell; and a brother, Burtus Woodruff.

Surviving are her daughter, Roxanne Horlacher and husband Michael of Westerlo; a son, Dennis Udell of Westerlo; a brother, Gerald (Pete) Woodruff of Westerlo; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 1pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 11am to 1pm.

Interment will follow in the Onesquethaw Cemetery in Clarksville.

Those who wish may contribute in Dorothy’s memory to the Clarksville Community Reformed Church, Route 443, Clarksville, NY 12041.


July 17, 18, 2006

Joseph D. Fazziola
Outdoorsman

South Cairo – Joseph D. Fazziola, 26, of South Cairo, died Saturday, July 15, 2006, at home.

Born April 29, 1980, in Brooklyn, he was the son of Rose Fazziola and the late Daniel Fazziola of South Cairo.

A resident of South Cairo since 1988, he was a 1998 graduate of Cairo-Durham High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College.

Mr. Fazziola was pursuing a career in sales.

He enjoyed camping, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his companion, Stephanie Moore of South Cairo; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Susan and Mark Ellis of Catskill, Jacqueline of New Hampshire and Geraldine and Edward Munno of Islip, Long Island; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Lisa Fazziola of Farmingville, Long Island and Michael and Kristi Moskowitz of Hoover, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11am Wednesday at sacred heart Church in Cairo.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.


July 18, 2006

Rev. Louis Launhardt
Former Cairo church pastor

Jackson, Mo. – The Rev. Louis Herbert Launhardt, 74 died Sunday, July 16, 2006, at his home in Jackson, Mo.

Born Aug. 20, 1931 in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Henry and Henrietta Laundhardt.

Rev. Laundhardt attended Holy Cross Lutheran grade school and Jennings High School in St. Louis where he graduated in 1949.

As a youth leader, he was active in water sports and safety at youth camps and served on the district Walther League Camp committee and staff for several years.

He married LouAnn Boehne on June 23, 1957. She survives him.

He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with a Masters in Divinity after serving his vicarage year at Zion Lutheran Church in Schenectady. He was called in1958 to be a missionary at large and served as the first pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cairo. He accepted the call in August 1964 to serve St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Missouri, which he did until his retirement in 1966.

Rev. Launhardt served the Lutheran Campus Center from 1964-67 and was instrumental in calling the first full-time pastor to serve the students at Southeast Missouri State University. He served as Circuit Counselor in New York and Missouri a number of years.

While at St. Andrew, he initiated the Kennedy Evangelism program and the Stephen Ministry in 1985.

Rev. Launhardt served on the Southeast Missouri Hospital Ethics committee and served as chairman of the IRB committee at St. Francis Medical Center. He represented both hospitals on the IRB committee in St. Louis. He was a volunteer probation officer and served on the Girardeau Probation Board.

He was a past winner of the Southwestern Bell Volunteer of the Year award. In May 2001, he was awarded the “Walter” award for his outstanding commitment and contributions to the Lutheran Family and Children’s Service where he served as chairman of the first board of directors and was instrumental in the opening of the Southeast Missouri office in Cape Girardeau.

Throughout his ministry, he served as a group travel coordinator with specialty to the Biblical sites of the Middle East. He visited Israel five times, Greece twice and Asia Minor (Turkey).

After his retirement, Rev. Launhardt served as Chaplain Coordinator at the Missouri Veteran’s Home until his aortic dissection in February 2000. He was instrumental in training and starting the Stephen Ministry program for veteran residents. He also campaigned for state legislature monetary support for the spiritual needs of veterans.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three children, Lori Launhardt of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Greg Launhardt of Columbia, Mo., and Krista Sanford and husband, Ron of St. Louis; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Cindy Launhardt of St. Louis; a mother-in-law, Lucille Boehne of Illinois, Don and Judy Eckert of St, Louis, Don and Jeanne Boehne of Carbondale; and nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8pm today at St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

Funeral services will be held 11am Wednesday at the church with the Revs. Bill Matzat and Paul Short officiating. A celebration luncheon will follow after the service.

A private family entombment will follow later Wednesday at Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to resurrection Church in Cairo.

Arrangements are with Ford & Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home, Cape Girardeau, Mo.


July 19, 2006

Antoinette Nardo
Helped in family business

Catskill – Antoinette Nardo, 78, a native of Catskill, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at Kaaterskill Care where she had resided since May 24, 2006.

Born June 13, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Mary Simione Nardo.

Miss Nardo often helped out in the family business, Marsh’s Grocery Store on Main Street in Catskill.

She was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church throughout her life.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, John and Antoinette “Dolly” Nardo of Catskill; four nephews, a niece; two great-nephews; and a great-niece.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Nardo and James P. Nardo; and a sister Mary Ricci.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30am Thursday in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. James E. Clark, pastor, officiating

Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.


July 16, 2006

Victoria L. Smith
Arrangements incomplete

Rochester – Victoria L. Smith, 91, of Long Pond Road in Rochester, died Monday, July 17, 2006.

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


July 19, 2006

Donna Lee Adams
Arrangements incomplete

New Baltimore – Donna Lee Adams, 46, of New Baltimore died Monday afternoon, July 17, 2006, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill are incomplete at this time.


July 19, 2006

Erwin Davis
Law Enforcement Officer

Catskill – Erwin “Ernie” Davis, 58, of Jefferson Heights in Catskill, died Monday, July 17, 2006 at his residence after a long battle with cancer.

Born March 21, 1948 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Orrin and Edna Myers Davis.

Mr. Davis graduated from Hudson High School in 1966 and enlisted in the US Navy, where he served four years in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He started a long career in law enforcement in 1976 and retired in 2005. He served with the Chatham Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Athens Police Department. He also worked as a youth division aide at Brookwood Secure Facility in Claverack for 14 years.

He was a life member of the J.W. Hoystradt Hose Fire Co. No. 8 in Hudson, and was a member of the New York State Baseball Umpire Association.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Alicia Davis and Josh Moore of Catskill, and Kelli Davis Smith and Kris Smith of Freehold; and three grandchildren, Ava Rose Smith, Isabella May Moore and Kristofer Erwin Smith, all of Catskill.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7pm Thursday at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 100 Green St., Hudson.

Services will be conducted at 1pm Friday at the funeral home. 

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson, with a Navy Honor Guard conducting the services.


July 19, 2006

William J. Hughes
World War II veteran

Saugerties – William J. Hughes, 81, of Doe Road died Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at his residence after a brief illness.

Born June 20,1925 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Margaret Ryder Hughes.

A veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Army as an Armored Infantryman with the Second Armored Division, he fought in Normandy, northern France, the Rhineland and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge).

He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the European Theater of Operations Medal with four bronze battle stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal and the Conspicuous Service Cross the New York State.

His unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the French Fourragere and the Belgian Croixe de Guerre.

An area resident since 1972 he previously resided in the Bronx where he worked in the banking industry for 22 years.

He was a 56-year member of the Greene County D.A.V. Chapter No. 186.

He was a life member of the Centerville Fire Company where he served in the offices of Delegate to the Ulster County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Vice President, President, Chaplain and Treasurer.

He also served as Treasurer for the Centerville Fire District.

He was a Troop 31 Representative at the Golden Hill Health Related Facility, a member and treasurer of the Saugerties Senior Citizens Club, and a member and Treasurer of the Support Our Soldiers.

Predeceased by his wife, Juliana in 1993, survivors include two daughters, Colleen and Patricia Hughes of Saugerties; one sister, Margaret Sullivan of Saugerties; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephew also survive.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Juliann Jason; two brothers, Lawrence and Thomas; and a sister, Mary Hughes.

His funeral procession will form 9:15am Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., Corner of John and Lafayette Streets thence to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church where at 10am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Msgr. William Williams.

Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post.


July 19, 2006

Thomas Charles Kreitner
Veteran, salesman

Austin, Texas – Thomas Charles Kreitner, 57, of Austin, Texas, died Friday, July 14, 2006, in Austin, Texas.

Kreitner was born in Catskill, on Aug. 18, 1948, the son of the late James and Margaret (McCue) Kreitner who survives him in Catskill.

He worked in sales.

He served in the US Navy as STG3 in Vietnam War. National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service medal with four bronze stars.

He is also survived by the former spouse: Susan Reasner in Austin, Texas. Daughter: Mikele Kreitner of Austin, Texas. Son: Samuel Kreitner of Austin, Texas. Sisters: Suzanne Wilhelm of Loudonville, Patricia Wolfe of Alcove, Karen Whitbeck of Catskill. Brother: James Kreitner of Kinderhook.

Obituary and guestbook online at www.centraltexascremation.com


July 19, 2006

Antoinette Nardo
Lifelong Catskill resident

Catskill – Antoinette Nardo, 78, of Catskill died Monday, July 17, 2006 at Kaaterskill Care where she had resided since May 24, 2006.

Miss Nardo was born on June 13, 1928 to the late Dominick and Mary Simione Nardo. She was devoted to the care of her family and often helped out in the family business, Marsh’s Grocery Store on Main Street, Catskill.

She was a faithful lifelong parishioner of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 20 at 9:30am in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. James E. Clark officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Family visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Miss Nardo is survived by her brother John Nardo of Catskill and sister-in-law Antoinette “Dolly” Nardo of Catskill; four nephews, Stephen C. Ricci of Saugerties, James and Evelyn Ricci of California, Tom and Mary Ricci of Schenectady and Joseph and Pat Ricci of Louisiana; niece, Mrs. David (Maryann) Haller of North Carolina; two great-nephews, Joseph Ricci and Jonathan Roberts Haller; great-niece, Alicia Kaye Haller-Fisher.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Nardo and James P. Nardo, and a sister, Mary Ricci.


July 19, 2006

Victoria L. Smith
Former Catskill Game Farm employee

Catskill – Victoria L. Smith, 91, of Rochester, and a former Catskill resident, died Monday, July 17, 2006 at Park Ridge Nursing Home in Rochester.

She was born Oct. 1, 1914in Olive Bridge, the daughter of the late Peter R. and Ora (Carson) Crawford.

Victoria married George Adrian Smith on June 29, 1934, in Highland. George predeceased Victoria on Aug. 4, 1992.

She was an employee of the Catskill Game Farm prior to her retirement. Victoria was a member and past-deacon at Christ’s Church Presbyterian of Catskill; and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 293 of Catskill.

In addition to her parents and husband, Victoria was also predeceased by four brothers, Peter R. Crawford, Oliver Crawford, Theodore Crawford, and Archibald Crawford; and four sisters, Jessie Cohen, Ora Crawford, Cora Jackman and Laura Crawford.

Smith is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, George A. Smith, Jr. and wife Mariwyn McClain Smith, both of Parsons, W. Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Stewart of Rochester; grandchildren Kenneth Smith, Barbara, and Carl Plumley, Faith and master Sgt. Ken Robinson, Jason and Julene Stewart, Jeffrey and Melissa Stewart, Heath Stewart; great-grandchildren Sarah and Elizabeth Smith, Elijah and Quinn Broaddus, Katelynn Robinson, Nathan, Tyler and Victoria Stewart; step-great-grandchildren, Yoshitaka and Brandy Nakamura, Angela and Joseph Plumley, and Ashley Roberts; and one great-great-grandson, Isaac Wade Roberts.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill today from 4 to 8pm.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Leif Erickson will officiate.

Interment will follow in Catskill Rural Cemetery in Catskill.


July 19, 2006

Frances Emily Swart
Teacher, church organist

Greenville – Frances Emily Swart, 96, of Dormansville, died on July 16, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Home in Delmar.

She was born on March 16, 1910, daughter of the late Channing and Ethel (Stanton) Swart and lived her entire life in Dormansville.

Frances attended the one room school house in Dormansville through the eighth grade, then attended Ravena High School, graduating in 1927. She attended New Paltz Normal School, graduating in 1930. She began teaching in the one room schoolhouse in Dormansville (grades one to six), where she herself had attended, and which had become part of the Greenville Central School District. In 1944 she left to teach middle grades in South Bethlehem a part of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District. She taught in Feura Bush fourth and fifth grades until the Becker Building was finished and taught the same grades until retiring in 1965. Following her retirement Frances was a substitute teacher for an additional 10 years. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and was a member of the United Methodist Women; holding many offices in both. She was active in many phases of the church program including Sunday School and Youth Group. For several years she was church organist. She was a member of the Hiawatha Grange for 78 years and held several offices in the Grange.

She is survived by her sister, Beatrice Stewart, a niece Valerie Overcash and her husband Wayne, grandnieces; Elizabeth Overcash and Victoria Montelongo and a grand nephew Jonathan Rueda.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 21, 2006, at 1pm at the Dormansville United Methodist Church in Dormansville.

Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

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

Frances wished that, in her memory and in lieu of flowers, friends would remember the Dormansville United Methodist Church, support it and attend it.


July 20, 2006

Donna Lee Adams
Nurse

Catskill – Donna Lee Adams, 46, of New Baltimore, died after a long, courageous battle with cancer on Monday afternoon, July 17, 2006, at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Albany, on Dec. 24, 1959, the daughter of the late Thomas and Jane Delaney Osterhout.

Donna was a C.N.A. and had worked in nursing homes in Albany County for 17 years.

Her family remembers her with the following: “Mom, you will be missed so much. You have touched so many hearts by the caring and kind things you have done. You managed to raise two kids on your own (although we were not always the easiest to deal with). You finally found the love of your life, Gene Van Slyke. Your song together, “The Time of Your Life” from “Dirty Dancing” will always bring back memories. Mom, I asked you, “How would I know you were there?” You answered by saying, “Feed the birds and when you find bird droppings in your car, you will know I was there.”

You said you would be our Guardian Angel, but Mom, you already were. We love you and you will be missed so much, but you are in a better place and not suffering. Love Amy, Joe and Gene.

Donna loved gardening, and “stalking” her birds. She was a member of Gilda’s Club.

In addition to her life companion, Gene and her children Amy lee Adams of New Baltimore and Joseph Adams III of Selkirk, and Gene’s children Amanda Osterhout of Ravena, April Van Slyke of Providence, R.I., Paul Van Slyke of New Baltimore, she is survived by her siblings: Gordon and Joseph Hayes of Troy; Gary Osterhout of Rensselaer, Gloria and john Lent of Selkirk; Gilda and Joe Rapazzo of Glenmont; Grace Salisbury of Delmar; Lucy Marcinka of Washington, D.C.; Ronald Osterhout of Rensselaer; Charles Osterhout of Warrensburg; Geraldine Bennett of Clifton Park; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her brother, Dennis Hayes.

A service to celebrate Donna’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at 11am in the New Baltimore Reformed Church. Pastor Susan Kerr will officiate.

Donna’s wishes were for memorial donations to be made to Gilda’s Club, Latham.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


July 20, 2006 

Catherine Criscuolo
74-year Cementon resident

Saugerties – Catherine Criscuolo, 95, of Kalina Drive, and a former 74-year resident of Cementon, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at the Benedictine Hospital, Kingston. Born Jan. 30, 1911 in Cementon, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Repovich Pavlovich. She was a former member of St. Mary’s RC Church in Cementon, and a current parishioner of St. Mary of the Snow RC Church in Saugerties.

She was predeceased by her husband Matthew “Marty” Criscuolo in 1984. Survivors include one daughter, Karen Bartolotta of Saugerties, son-in-law Anthony Bartolotta; three grandchildren Annemarie Mattia, Carrie and Jessica Bartolotta of Saugerties; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Paul, Anthony and Nicholas Pavlovich and one sister, Anne Pavlovich.

Her funeral procession will form 9am Saturday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, then to St. Mary of the Snow RC Church where at 9:30am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Hugh R. Grace, Pastor. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.


July 20, 2006

John Kuhn
Korean War veteran

Hunter – John Kuhn, 73, of Hunter died July 17, 2006 at his residence.

He was born January 2, 1933 to Bernard and Marie Schweibert Kuhn in Brooklyn.

A Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force, he was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was also an electrician at the IBEW Local No. 3 in New York City.

Cremation was held at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston.

Services were private.

He is survived by a sister, Helen Wittich of Hollbrook; two nieces, Arlene Mistretta of Bayshore and Heather Lugo of Long Island; his loving companion, Duffy; and many friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 566, Plainview, NY 15803-0566.

Arrangements were with the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter, NY 12442.


July 20, 2006

Arnold L. Schieren
Letter carrier, veteran

Catskill – Arnold L. Schieren, 83, of Sandy Plains, South Cairo, died unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, July 18, 2006.

He was born in New York City, Dec. 23, 1922, the son of the late Ferdinand and Grace Tressler Schieren.

He was married May 1948 to the former Betty Lampman, who survives at home.

Arnold was a rural letter carrier in Greene County for many years and retired from the Earlton Post Office in 1984.

During World War II, Arnold served our country in the US Army. He rose to the rank of platoon sergeant. He was responsible for an Antitank Platoon of 33 men. He served in Guadalcanal, New Georgia and Luzon. At Luzon he was involved in heavy combat supported by the U.S.S. New Jersey was retired he had the occasion to visit the ship. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service in the Philippines. After being discharged from active duty, Arnold joined the New York National Guard in Catskill and later Leeds and remained in the guard for over 20 years.

He was a member of the Rural Letter Carriers Association, the Catskill Lodge 468 of Free and Accepted Masons, and attended the Grapeville Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife Betty, he is survived by his two sons: Arnold “Skip” Schieren of South Cairo and Michael Schieren of Midlothia, Va.; a brother, Ferd Schieren of South Cairo; and a sister, Dorothy Rosenthal of Cairo. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In accordance with Arnold’s wishes, there will be no services.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


July 21, 22, 2006

Richard A. O’Bryan
Retired demurrage

Hunter – Richard A. O’Bryan Sr., 77, of Hunter, died July 19, 2006 at his residence.

He was born to Alfred and Adelaide Donneley O’Bryan on Oct. 23, 1928 in New York City.

He was a retired Freight Demurrage for Mobile Oil.

He was a Boy Scout master in Rockland County and also active with the scouts on the mountaintop.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Cerny O’Bryan of Hunter; seven sons, Michael of Texas, Richard of Ravena, Robert of Summitville, Timothy of Hunter, William of Spring Valley, Edward of Saugerties and Stephen O’Bryan of Tannersville; three daughters, Eileen Hoffman of Fishkill, Elizabeth Abrowticz of Dunkirk and Barbara Orosz of Washingtonville; and 24 grandchildren.

Friends and relatives may call at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter on Saturday, July 22, from 7 to 9pm and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, July 24, at the funeral home with the Rev. Karen Monk (changed to Rev. Howard Velzy in the July 22, 2006 paper) officiating.

Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery in South Jewett.

Contributions in Richard’s memory to the Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease organizations would be deeply appreciated.


July 22, 2006

Harold E. Tumey
Active in community

Greenville – Harold E. Tumey, 87, of Greenville, died July 20, 2006, at St., Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Cancun.

He was born in Elmhurst on April 17, 1919 to the late Robert L. and Emily V. (Quillan) Tumey.

He served in the United States Army during World War II.

Moving from Wantagh in 1972, Harold was very active in the Greenville Community.

During his high school years he was president of his senior class and active on the track and soccer teams.

While on Long Island he was active in scouting as an excellent fundraiser and former member of the American Legion.

An active member of St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, he was a long time member of the choir and a member of the building committee.

He had great pleasure in singing with the Catskill Glee Club for many years.

A former member of the Greenville Irish American Club, he was Grand Marshall for one of the St. Patrick’s Day parades.

He was well known for his antique business in the Greenville area for more than 30 years.

A lover of nature and birds he was a good friend to all he met and knew.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Ann (McKevitt) Tumey; two sons, Kevin Tumey of Delaware, Colin Tumey and wife Nancy of Greenville; three daughters, Maureen Nicolais of Colorado, Eileen Jackson and husband Rick of Maryland, Lauren Thomas and husband Vinny of Greenville; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son Brian Tumey; and three brothers, Lawrence, Robert and George Tumey.

Funeral service will be Monday, 10:30am from the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am at St. John the Baptist Church.

Friends may call all the funeral home on Sunday from 5 to 8pm.

Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family requests that donations in Harold’s memory be sent to St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehab Center, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY.

The family would also like the thank Sister Joan and the Staff of St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehab Center for their kind and compassionate care given to Harold while he was a patient there.


July 22, 2006

Thomas A. Whittaker
Enjoyed hunting, fishing

Westkill – Thomas A. Whitaker, 73, of Westkill, died on July 20, 2006 at his residence. He was born on December 11, 1932 in Maysville, KY, the son of Floyd and Bertha (nee Wood) Whitaker. He is survived by his daughters, Sheila and Pam, six grandchildren, his brother Floyd, his sister Phylis and his dear friend Gladys Meyer.

Tom enjoyed hunting, shooting, and fishing. He was a life member of the NRA, a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association as well as the American Legion. He served in the United States Air Force from 1956-1960 attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

Calling hours will be today at the Decker Funeral Home, Windham from 6 to 8pm. Interment will be in the Lakewood Cemetery, Bowling Green, Va.


 July 23, 2006 

Mary T. Campbell
Substitute teacher

Saugerties – Mary T. Campbell, 79, of 26 Ulster Ave., died Thursday, July 20 2006 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1927 in Malden on Hudson, she was the daughter of the late William and Olive Flicker Farrell.

A lifetime area resident, she was a former school crossing guard and substitute teacher at St. Mary of the Snow School.

A parishioner of St. Mary of the Snow Church, she was, with her late husband, Robert, an adult advisor to the St. Mary’s Catholic Youth Organization.

She was a member of the Saugerties Nursing Committee and the “398” Club of Saugerties.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert D. Campbell in 1995.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Daniel Jr. of Rhinebeck, David G. of Saugerties and Keiran S. “Dude” Campbell of Florida; one daughter, Gail Marie Campbell of Saugerties; three brothers, Alfred Farrell of Port Ewen and William Farrell of Florida; one sister, Gertrude Carroll of Florida; her niece and caregiver, Ruth Ann Kurdyla of Saugerties; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by a grandson, Brion Campbell.

Her funeral procession will form 9:30am Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets; thence to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where at 10:00am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered.


July 23, 2006

James Carroll
Maintenance supervisor

Athens – James Carroll, 77, of 3rd Street in Athens, died July 22, 2006, at his residence with his family present after a long illness.

He was born in New York City on Feb. 11, 1929, and was the son of the late Maurice and Marie (Dalton) Carroll.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, with the Rev. Dave Overton, chaplain of Community Hospice, officiating.

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

James had been an area resident for 35 years. He loved anything to do with maintenance and was employed by Gunman Allied Industries, Catskill Mountain Housing and Rivertown Housing Development as maintenance supervisor.

He is survived by his wife Ann (Stroh) Carroll of Athens; three daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Jessie) Wright of Bethlehem, Mrs. William (JoAnn) O’Donnell of Idaho and Mrs. Anthony (Theresa) Rich of Catskill; three sons, James Carroll, Jr. and wife Melodie of New Baltimore, Patrick Carroll and wife Angie of Kingston, Michael Carroll and wife Jan of Durham; 22 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the funeral home on Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm.


July 24, 2006

Anna Passalacqua
Area resident

Round Top – Anna Passalacqua, 84 of Round Top, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson in Hudson after a long illness.

She was born Oct. 3, 1921 in New York City.

She had been an area resident for 21 years and enjoyed cooking and playing bingo.

Survivors include by her son, Edward of Round Top; and three grandchildren, Edward III, Anthony and Vincent.

Private cremation took place July 17 at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Interment of her cremains will take place in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery at a later date.

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


July 26, 2006

Gertrude Chamberlain
Arrangements incomplete

Hunter – Gertrude Chamberlain, 93, of Paonia, Colo., and formerly of Westkill, died July 24, 2006, in the Colorow Nursing Care Center, in Olathe, Colo.

Arrangements under the direction of the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter, are incomplete.


July 26, 2006

Lorraine E. Ottensman
Loved crafts, yard sales

Saugerties – Lorraine E. “Grandma O.” Ottensman, 76, of Canterbury Drive died Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston after a brief illness.

Born July 13, 1930 in Nanticoke, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George and Amanda Covitz.

An area resident for many years, she loved children, crafts, sewing and going to yard sales.

She was predeceased by her husband Delbert Ottensman in 2004.

Survivors include four daughters, Nancy Fiscalette, Diane Ford, Donna Dahl and Lorraine Dahl, all of Saugerties; four sons, Charles F., Delbert and George Lombardo, all of Saugerties, and Frank “Sput” Lombardo of Pennsylvania; three foster sons, Russell, Christopher and Morris Schlecker, all of Saugerties; eight sisters, Elaine Smith and Tillie Campbell both of Long Island, Shirley Ashcroft of Florida, Sonia Mullen of Saugerties, Judy Ferraro of Glasco, Fay Mieczkowski of Pennsylvania, Barbara Trincelito of Saugerties and Nancy Glidden of Pennsylvania; one brother, Richard Covitz of Glasco; 24 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by one sister, Dorothy DeLong; and three brothers, William, George and Seth Covitz.

Her funeral procession will form 10:15am Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, thence to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where at 11am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Hugh R. Grace, pastor of St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church officiating.


July 27, 2006

Ellen Borfitz
Avid reader and painter

Catskill – Ellen Louise Borfitz, 86, of Catskill, died Tuesday evening, July 25, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Room following a brief illness.

Mrs. Borfitz was born in the New Street birthing center in Catskill on July 6, 1920 to the late Alvin and Mary Cooney Laughlin. She graduated from St. Patrick’s Academy and the Mildred Elley Business School in Albany after a year as a post graduate student in the Catskill High School.

She was the wife of the late Emile H. Borfitz who predeceased her on May 21, 1991.

Mrs. Borfitz was a faithful parishioner of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and a former choir member. She was a member of the Rip Van Winkle Senior Citizen Club and Catskill Senior Fellowship as well as the former 10 o’clock Crafters in Athens. She was an avid reader, knitter, quilter and painter.

Mrs. Borfitz is survived by her daughter Jeanne Borfitz of Massachusetts; two sons, David Borfitz of Galway and Daniel Borfitz of Catskill; daughter-in-law, Valerie Borfitz of Galway; and a granddaughter, Cory Ellen Mescon of Brooklyn.

She was predeceased by her sister, Grace McCamm and grandson Tyler McKenzie Mescom.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 29, at 1pm in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. James E. Clark officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill on Friday, July 28, from 2-4 and 7-9pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Irving Senior Center at 15 Academy St. in Catskill, NY.


July 27, 2006

Syndie Hinderstein
Member of Temple Israel

Seattle – Syndie Hinderstein, 98, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Catskill, died July 24, 2006 in Kirkland, Wash.

She was born April 9, 1908 in New York City, the daughter of the late Morris and Rose (Brenner) Friedman.

Syndie was a member of Temple Israel in Catskill.

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph Hinderstein.

Mrs. Hinderstein is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carole Hinderstein of Mercer island, Wash.; a daughter, Phyllis Cherry of Montclair, N.J.; two granddaughters, Pam Peters and Robin Matala, both of New Jersey; and one great-grandson, Nicholas Matala.

Funeral services will be held 3:30pm today at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Rabbi Daniel Fried will be officiating.

Interment will follow in Temple Israel Cemetery in Catskill.


July 27, 2006

Henry H. Wiesner
Marine, police veteran

Catskill – Henry H. Wiesner, 78, of Deer Run, Round Top, died July 26, 2006, with his family surrounding him at his home in Round Top.

He was born in Brooklyn, April 1, 1928, and was the son of the late Herman and Margarete (Berger) Wiesner.

Private cremation services will take place Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Henry had been an area resident for the last 15 and a half years. He served with the US Marines and the Merchant Marines and also took part in the Korean War. He served in the US Marines during World War II. He was an avid reader, loved woodworking, and loved working with his hands. He was a police officer for the New York City Police Department at 1 Police Plaza, New York City, retiring in 1979.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Edna M. (Mack) Wiesner of Round Top, two sons, Mark Wiesner of Queens and Michael Wiesner of North Carolina; a daughter, Debra Salmon of Queens; and two grandsons, Mark Jr. and Henry H. Wiesner.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, on Friday, July 28, 2006, from 2 to 4pm.


July 28, 2006

Edwin F. Carroll
Soldier and longshoreman

Catskill – Edwin Francis Carroll, 90, of 57 Bethel Ridge Road, Catskill, died Wednesday July 26, 2006, a Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. He was born Dec. 2, 1915 in Brooklyn, the son of the late William and Gertrude (Hickey) Carroll.

Edwin served in the US Army during World War II. He was employed as a longshoreman for Sucrest Sugar Corporation in Brooklyn prior to his retirement. Edwin was a life member of the red Hook VFW Post in Brooklyn, and was a member of the Longshoreman Union Local in Brooklyn.

Formerly of Ronkonkoma, L.I., Edwin had been a Greene County resident since 1977. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen C. Carroll on Aug. 21, 1997; a son, Thomas McNamara; and six brothers, William, Frank, James, Maury, John and Raymond Carroll.

Mr. Carroll is survived by three daughters, Rosemarie Timmerman of South Cairo, Ellen Michna of Quogue and Doris Hughes of Catskill; a son, Edward McNamara of Allentown, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. John J. Murphy will be officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.


July 28, 2006

Linda I. Tillson Cool
Senior pastor

Prattsville – Linda Tillson Cool, 49, of 667 Route 13, Prattsville, went home to be with her Lord with her loving family by her side on July 26, 2006.

She was born in Utica, the daughter of Charles and Lee Tillson of Frankfort, and Janeen and John Cleveland of Kentucky. Lin attended local valley schools and was a 1975 graduate of Ilion Central High School. On July 16, 1977, Lin married her childhood sweetheart Clifford C. Cool, Jr. Their marriage was characterized by their true love and devotion to one another with Jesus Christ as the center of their lives. Linda joined her husband in 1986 as they embarked upon their calling to serve as elders and pastors of Mt. Zion Ministries Church in Utica. In 1992 Lin and Clif were sent out as senior pastors of Hope Resurrection Church in Windham.

A loving wife, a devoted mom, and faithful encourager to the flock of her church, Lin will be deeply missed by all those she so passionately touched. Lin especially loved the Christmas season being surrounded by her family and friends. Lin also loved to shop, to take scenic motorcycle rides with her husband for that “special cup of coffee,” and the hobby she found most relaxing was her word puzzles. Lin loved to praise and worship Jesus in song and to teach God’s people His Word.

She is survived by her devoted husband and pastor, Clif; a daughter and son-in-law, Christie and Bobby Allen; a daughter Kimberly; and a son, Cliff III; several aunts and uncles: Lawrence and Anita Polisse of Frankfort; George and Shirley Williams of New Hartford; Russell and Marion Tillson of Cedarville; and William and Marion Eastman of Fairfax, Va.; six brothers: Charles Tillson III of Kentucky; Kenneth and his wife Deborah Tillson of Frankfort; Brian and his wife, Lynn, Tillson of Clayville; Alan of Rhode Island; Darryl and his wife, Rebecca, Cleveland of Texas; and Scott and his wife, Melissa, Cleveland of Kentucky; one sister, Donna, and her husband, Gordon Peckham of Sauquoit. Lin is also survived by several nieces, nephews and grand nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Decker Funeral Home located on Main Street Windham. Calling hours at the funeral home will be from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, July 29, 2006.

Lin’s funeral will begin at 11am on Monday, July 31, 2006 at the Sanctuary of New Life Church and Ministry Center located at 337 Protection Ave., in Herkimer, where we will celebrate her life. Services will be officiated by Pastor Charlie Sweet, who is also Lin’s brother-in-law. Graveside services and committal will be at the Norwich Corners Cemetery located on Roberts Road in the town of Litchfield.

We would like to thank our personal friends and our loving family at Hope Restoration Church and also the mountaintop for all their prayers, calls, and cards of encouragement. We would also like to extend special thanks to Pastor David Oventon for his unselfish love and commitment to our family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Lin’s name to the Windham Community Food Pantry in Windham. We know it would be Lin’s wish to continually bless the community that blessed her. Envelopes will be made available during the viewing time.


July 28, 2006

Gertrude Linda Rion
Lived in Lexington

Windham – Gertrude Linda Rion, 64, of Lexington, died on July 26, 2006 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. She was born Oct. 4, 1941, the daughter of the late Richard and Gertrude (Hevener) Cline in Hobart.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Charles G. Rion, a sister Jane Roosa and her special sister-in-law Teddi Cline. She is also survived by several other brother and sister-in-laws as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Richard Cline Jr. and Michael Cline as well as her sister Gloria Cline Poehmel.

Calling hours are today at the Decker Funeral Home, Windham from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. A funeral service will be conducted at the Pilgrim Holiness Church, Grand Gorge with Pastor Larry Major officiating on Saturday, July 29 at 10am. Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery, Jewett.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Pilgrim Holiness Church or the Lexington Rescue Squad would be appreciated.


July 29, 2006

Gertrude Chamberlain
Co-owned Westkill Garage

Westkill – Gertrude E. Chamberlain, 93, died on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, in Colorado.

Born Aug. 18, 1912 in Hunter, she was the daughter of Joseph and Ethel (Ballou) Merwin.

Mrs. Chamberlain was a resident of Westkill for more than 60 years. In her younger years, she and her husband Albert operated a dairy farm and owned the Westkill Garage.

More recently, Mrs. Chamberlain was a pastry chef with the Thompson House in Windham where she enjoyed working with the Goettsche family.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Westkill Ladies Aid Society and the Lexington Health Club.

She enjoyed oil painting, antiques, visiting with family and friends and hosting family dinners in her home.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Roxy and Curtis Grinnell of Colorado; sister-in-law June Merwin of Albany; brother-in-law, Walter Bailey of western New York; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert; her brothers, Claude and Leonard Merwin; and her sister, Vera Bailey.

Graveside services will be held July 31 at the Westkill Community Cemetery with Pastor Elliot Oakes officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westkill Ladies Aid Society or the Lexington Health Club; mailed in care of Roxy Grinnell, P.O. Box 1155, Paonia, Colo.; 81428.


July 29, 2006

Mary E. Lankenau
Nurse and volunteer

Hudson – Mary E. Lankenau, 83, of Oakwood Blvd. In Hudson, died Friday, July 28, 2006 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Ghent.

Born on Nov. 15, 1922 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Fannie (Witherhead) Wischhusen.

Mrs. Lankenau was a graduate of Columbia Memorial School of Nursing.

She lived in Coxsackie for many years, where she raised her family. Mary was a loving and wonderful mother and devoted herself to her children.

Mrs. Lankenau was employed as a registered nurse at Eden Park Nursing Homes in Catskill and Hudson before retiring. She also worked at the Firemen’s Home.

She was an active volunteer in the Hudson area. She volunteered at the snack bar at the train station to benefit the Hudson Day Care Center, the Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Mary had many friends and was well loved by all her friends and family.

Mrs. Lankenau was a member of Sty. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson.

Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Lankenau and Tom Ray of Kenya, Susan Lankenau and Fred Sachs of Eden, Erie County, Sandra Lankenau and Val Kriel of Freehold, Greene County, and Cynthia Lankenau and Mike Pupko of Colden, Erie County; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Claudia Lankenau of Hurst, Texas; her brother, Robert Wischhusen of Hudson; her sister, Ann Sheffer of Binghamton of Palatine, Ill.; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Karen Ann Lankenau, and two brothers, Frederick and George Wischhusen.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hudson Day Care Center, 10 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.


July 29, 2006

Barbara A. Miller
Typist and realtor

Staten Island – Barbara A. Miller, 67, of Bullshead, died July 27, 2006 at her home.

Born and raised in Cairo, she attended Cairo Central School and regularly attended class reunions.

Barbara moved to Staten Island in 1966 and was employed as a typist for IBM and a Realtor for Wonic Realtors and Exit Realtors.

She enjoyed spending time with family and grandchildren, taking trips to Aruba and bowling.

Calling hours will be July 30 from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Matthew Funeral Home Inc., 2508 Victory Blvd., Staten Island.

Funeral services will be at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Staten Island, with interment following in Resurrection Cemetery.


July 31, 2006

Helen Damroth
Area bookkeeper

Athens – Helen S. Davidson Damroth of North Franklin Street in Athens of North Franklin Street in Athens died Sunday, July 30, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

Born in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Doughtery Walty.

Mrs. Damroth was educated in the Brooklyn school system.

She was employed by Day & Holt Co. as a bookkeeper and as an office manager for Berzal’s Chevrolet in Catskill. She was later employed by Donald Beckett, CPA in Saugerties and Ulster Savings Bank until health problems forced her retirement in 2005.

Survivors include a niece and nephew, Linda and Frank Voldolgende of New jersey; several great nieces; and a friend and neighbor, Maude Born.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Francis Davidson in 1973and Harold Damroth in 1987.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8pm Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens.

Funeral services will be held 1pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

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


July 31, 2006

Ellen Place Davis  
Homemaker

Hunter – Ellen Place Davis, 67, of Hunter, died Sunday, July 30, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born March 22, 1939, in Hobart, Delaware County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Ester Haines Place.

She was a member of the Mountain Top Golden Agers.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Deena and Randall Partridge of Ashland; five sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Davis of Ithaca and wife Pam of Stamford, Gerald and Holly Davis of Cairo, Joseph and Lisa Davis of Syracuse, Randall and Cathy Davis of Fall River, Mass. and Wade and Rebecca Davis of West Kill; 222 grandchildren; and six great-children.

Cremation was held at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston.

Services will be conducted 10am Aug. 20 at the West Kill Community Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., Albany Office, 7 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205.

Arrangements are with the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter.


July 31, 2006

Henrietta Luhrs
Gardener/bird watcher

Saugerties – Henrietta Luhrs, 90 of Churchland Road, died Friday, July 28, 2006, at Ten Broeck Commons Nursing Home, Lake Katrine, after a long illness.

Born Dec. 30, 1915 in Saugerties, she was the daughter of the late David R. and Henrietta Saile Hommel.

She was a member of the Saugerties Society of Little Gardens and enjoyed bird watching and quilting.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce H. Luhrs of Weare, N.H., and Terry R. Luhrs of Williston, Vt.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

She predeceased by her husband, Richard Luhrs in 1991; three sisters, Rhoda Mower, Daisy Place and Marguerite Hommell.

A funeral service will be held 10am Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, Saugerties.

Interment will follow in the Mount Marion Cemetery, Saugerties.


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