Obituaries from the Daily Mail
November 2003

Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


November 1, 2003
Johanna K. Wais                    Former county resident 

Warsaw, VA—Johanna Wais, 98, formerly of Coxsackie, departed this life on Oct. 31, 2003 at the Warsaw Nursing Home, Warsaw, VA. 

Johanna was born in Schorndorf, Germany on Sept. 24, 1905. 

She was predeceased by her husband Adolf K. Wais, sisters Julia Wais and Gertrud Vetter, brother Karl Knorr and granddaughter Susan Mecabe. 

She is survived by her children Adolf K. Wais of Heathsville, VA, Irmgard (Wais) Pfefferkorn of Kerrville, TX and Brunhilde (Wais) Mecabe of Jacksonville, Fla; grandchildren Peter and William Mecabe, Thomas Pfefferkorn and Lisa (Pfefferkorn) Freeman, Karl and Erin Wais; four great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Johanna will be cremated and interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie at the convenience of her family.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Second Reformed Church in Coxsackie where she was a long-time member.

Arrangements by the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. in Coxsackie.


November 2, 2003
Lois G. Langdon              Former area resident

Purling—Lois Gail Langdon, 53, formerly of Brooklyn and Purling, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003 at the Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on Jan. 1, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Louise (Curd) Langdon.

Survivors include brother Charles Langdon of Brooklyn; sisters Catherine Damato of Staten Island, NY and Florence Pagliuca of Purling; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Foy of South Cairo.

Relatives and friends may call on Monday, Nov. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

The Rite of Committal will take place at the family plot of the Canarise Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Donations in her memory may be made to Greene County Hospice, Catskill, NY 12414 or the Greene County Women’s League, 467 Silver Spur Road, Purling, NY 12470.


November 2, 2003
John Woods, St.               World War II veteran

Greenville—John (Jack) Woods, Sr., 86, passed away on Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in New York City on June 17, 1917, the son of the late George and Nora (McGuane) Woods.

He served his country during World War II and was discharged as a Sergeant. He had received the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. He enlisted in the Army Reserve and retired in 1977 as Chief Warrant Officer W-3.

Jack worked for the U. S. Post Office in Manhattan as a letter carrier for 30 years. Upon his retirement, he and his wife Joan moved to Greenville. He was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291 and a communicant of Our Lady of Knock Shrine. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed the game for many years.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Joan (Doyle) Woods; daughters Barbara Bodnar and her husband James of Garnerville, NY and Nora Naughton and her husband Michael of Greenville; son John Woods Jr., and his wife Joyce of Pearl River, NY; grandchildren Lisa Naughton and her husband Kevin, John Bodnar and his wife Valerie, Eileen Staker and her husband Al, Kaite, Margaret and Elizabeth Naughton; great-grandchildren Liam and Aileen Naughton, Delaney and Andrew Bodnar and Joey Naughton.

He was predeceased by brother William and grandson James Woods.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 3 at 10:15 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The Greenville American Legion will conduct services at the funeral home at  7 p.m. on Sunday.  Interment with military honors will be in the Greenville Cemetery.


November 4, 2003
Mary Casaregola                Born in 1903

Catskill—Mary Helen Casaregola, 100, long-time Catskill resident, died Monday, Nov. 3 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

She was born Oct. 17, 1903 in Hurley, Wis., the daughter of the late Michael and Antoinette Bonacci.

Mrs. Casaregola celebrated he 100th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 19 at her great-granddaughter’s restaurant, La Conca D’oro.

She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill.

Survivors include her six grandchildren, Sharon Cross, Cheryl Gordiano, William Felter Jr., James Felter, Vernon Felter, and Louis Felter; eight great-grandchildren, Raymond Cross III, Cheryl Lyn Bergendorff, Jared Gordiano, Brett Gordiano, William Felter III, Tanya Felter, Stacey Felter, James Felter; four great-grandchildren, Karlee Bergendorff, James Felter, Tariesha Felter, and Kristian Felter.

Ms. Casaregola was predeceased by her husband Louis J. Casaregola; a daughter, Anna Felter; three brothers, Joseph Bonacci, Charles Bonacci, William Bonacci; three sisters Santa Nehr, Rose Musarac, Carmella Burger; and a great-grandson, Joshua Felter.

There are no calling hours. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridge St., Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will be officiating.

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

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

Addition Daily Mail November 10, 2003: Mary Casaregola of Catskill, who died on Nov. 3, 2003, is also survived by two sisters, Margaret Couser of Coxsackie and Louise Pascuzzi of Athens.


November 5, 2003
Harold ‘Bo’ Jones                 World War II veteran

Kingston—Harold “Bo” Jones Sr., 96, of Orchard Street, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003 at Kingston Hospital in Kingston.

He was born Feb. 14, 1907, in East Kingston to the late Charles Jones and Margaret (Keator) Jones.

He had been a truck driver for Siller Beef until his retirement in 1976.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II in the Philippines until 1945 and attaining the rank of 1st Sergeant.

Harold was actively involved in his community. A member of the Kingston Housing Authority Board, he was also honored by King’s Kids as Heroes in Our Backyard.  He served on the Community Development Board and was involved with advising many politicians across both party lines and was affectionately known as the “the Downtown Mayor” of Kingston.

In the 1920’s, he was organizer and manager of Kingston’s first and only all black baseball team, named the East Kingston Goldenrods. He traveled within and around the county and surrounding counties to play his team against other teams.

He was predeceased by his wife Frances Anderson Jones in September 1972; daughters Jeanette Brandon, Vivian Jackson; son Robert Jones; brothers Albert Jones and Raymond Jones; and sister  Josephine Mitchell.

He is survived by  son Harold Jones Jr. of Catskill, NY; granddaughter Geraldine Blake of Kingston, who was his caretaker; great-grandson Andre Washington of Kingston, who was his traveling buddy; 31 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, 42 great-great-grandchildren, three nieces and a host of friends and colleagues.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Clara’s Church, 150 Murray St., Kingston.

Services will be on Friday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at St. Clara’s Church with the Rev. James Childs, pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Wiltwyck Cemetery in Kingston, with full military honors by Joyce Schrick Post No. 1386 VFW.

Donations in lieu of flowers in his memory can be made to St. Clara’s Church Building Fund or King’s Kid Child Development Center, both at 150 Murray St., Kingston, N. Y.   12401.

Arrangements are by the Keyser & Hamilton Funeral Service in Kingston.


November 5, 2003
Thomas L. Kastner             Truck driver

Kiskatom—Thomas L. Kastner, 74, of Kiskatom, died after an extended illness at Albany Medical Center Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003.

Born July 14, 1929, in Hudson, he was the son of the late William A. and Sarah R. Carr Kastner.  He was the husband of the late Marion Johnson Kastner.

Mr. Kastner was employed for many years as a truck driver for Sterritt Trucking of Athens and, later Gunther’s Trucking of Hanover, Mass. He retired in 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Selma Kastner of Kiskatom, with whom he made his home; a son, Dwaine Kastner of Catskill; a sister, Grace Darling of Chatham; seven step-children; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Sopris Funeral Home Inc., 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie.

Services will be conducted during calling hours.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.


November 5, 2003
Elizabeth Savoia                N. Y. Telephone worker

Round Top—Elizabeth Savoia, 91, of Bald Hill Road, died on Nov. 3, 2003, at Columbian Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 9, 1922, she was the daughter of the later Mr. and Mrs. Gimbalvo.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the New York Telephone Company.

She has been an area since 1972 and was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo. She loved babysitting for her grandchildren.

She is survived by a son Richard and his wife May Savoia of Round Top; brother Tony Gimbalvo and sister Lucile Glaudisio, both of Round Top; grandchildren Gina, Sara and Richard , Jr.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 282 Bross St., Cairo, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, with the Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, pastor, as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot next to her late husband Stephen in the Round Top Cemetery.


November 6, 2003
Janice D. McCarron             Pharmacy worker

Freehold—Janice D. McCarron, 58, died at her home on Nov. 4, 2003.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on Feb. 11, 1945, daughter of the late Arthur and Florence (Hoffman) Fleschner.

Janice had been employed at Bryants and the Greenville Pharmacy and before she became ill she was the Assistant Manager of Rite Aid Pharmacy in Greenville, NY.

She will be remembered by her family as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her husband John McCarron; daughter Suzanne Nelson and her husband Richard of Delmar, NY; son Michael McCarron and his wife Sarah of Bangor, Me.; grandson Jaden Nelson; sister Patricia Blake and her husband Lloyd of Bohemia, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Nov. 7, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81 in Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as on Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Relatives and friends may meet at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. for the procession to Albany Rural Cemetery for the cremation.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to MDA/ALS Research, P.O. Box 5877, Albany, NY 12205.


November 8, 2003
Ira Bailin                World War II veteran

Hunter—Ira Bailin, 80, formerly of New York City, died on Nov. 6, 2003 at his residence.

He was born to Louis and Sarah Cholmar Bailin in New York City on June 12, 1923.

He was a filing manager for Schenley Industries in New York. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, Pacific Theater Army Air Force.  He was also a graduate of the Art Students League in New York City.

He is survived by his sister Evelyn Grayson of Hunter; two nephews; and three grandnieces.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street in Hunter.

Interment to follow in the Kol Ansche Israel Cemetery in South Jewett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hunter Synagogue or the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


November 8, 2003
Ellen A. Gutierrez                   Area resident

Acra—Ellen A. Gutierrez, 66, of Old South Durham Highway, died Nov. 7, 2003 at her residence after a long illness.

She was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 9, 1937 and was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Gallagher) Holt.

Ellen has been an area resident of Acra for the last 13 years. She loved working crossword puzzles, babysitting her grandchildren and loved being with her family.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Rueben 15 years ago.

She is survived by her son Christopher Gutierrez and his fiancé Rosa Cruz of Brooklyn; daughters Rebecca Gutierrez of Acra, Catherine and Loretta Gutierrez and Joyce and her husband Steven Boejekian, all of Cairo; sisters Loretta Silva and Catherine Perez, both of Acra; grandchildren Nina, Gabriel, Kyle, Aaron, Ashley, Nichole, Joseph and Jason. She is also survived by other beloved family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St. in Cairo on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will take place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

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


November 90, 2003
Horst Mette                  Iron worker

Greenville—Horst Mette, 74, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003 in the presence of his loving wife at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Mr. Mette was born Jan. 16, 1929 in Berlin, Germany, the son of the late Alfred and Selma (Staszulat) Mette.

 He was married in Berlin on Aug. 11, 1956 to the former Wartraud (Skrade) Mette. Horst immigrated to the United States from Germany in January 1958. He was joined by his wife the following year. He was an iron worker for Iron Workers Union Local No. 455 in New York, working in Long Island City and College Point for the Simpson Construction Company.

 He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years ‘Trudy’ and his sister Giselat Crilo of New Jersey.  Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

 Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. in Coxsackie.


November 10, 2003
Mildred C. Andrus              Registered Nurse

Ashland—Mildred C. Andrus, 73, of Ashland died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003 at the residence of her sister in Perth Amboy, N.J.

Born on Feb. 13, 1930 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of John and Catherine (Merker) Citera.

Mrs. Andrus was a registered nurse working in Fishkill Correctional Facility for many years.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Fruehwirth; and aunt Josephine D’Alessandro; nephews Richard and John Fruehwirth; niece Catherine Fruehwirth McCormack; great-nephew Gregory Fruehwirth and great-niece Nicole Fruehwirth, and many cousins.

Mrs. Andrus was predeceased by her husband, Don, in 1998 and her brother Private First-class Joseph A. Citeria USMC.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. at the St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Windham.  Father James Schiffer will officiate.

Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Theresa’s Building Fund, Windham, N. Y., 12496.


November 10, 2003
Viola Cowper-Finnerty             Longtime county resident

Catskill—Viola Cowper-Finnerty, 97, of County Route 67, Leeds, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

She was born on April 1, 1906 in Dearborn, Mich.

Mrs. Finnerty was switch-board operator at Horn and Hardart in New York City and an office worker for the Greene County Council on the Arts.

She had been a Greene County resident for the past 40 years.

Survivors include four children, John Finnerty Jr. and wife Ruth of Odessa, Texas, Charles Finnerty of Whiting, N. J,; Viola Genuardi of Baltimore, Md., and Loren Finnerty and wife Catherine of New Hampton, N. Y.; 13 grand children; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Finnerty was predeceased by her husband John Finnerty Sr.; and two sons, Robert Finnerty and Ronald Finnerty.

She will be greatly missed by all.

Private cremation was preformed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.

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


November 10, 2003
Adam P. Gage                  Owner Gage’s Bar and Grill

Saugerties—Adam P. Gage, 82, of Second St., formerly of Cementon, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

Born Oct. 7, 1921 in Cementon, he was the son of the late Adam and Nellie Casper Gage.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Corporal.  He served in Germany and Normandy and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was employed for 42 years in the chemistry lab at the Alpha Cement Plant, retiring in 1980. Prior to that he owned Gage’s Bar and Grill in Cementon.

Mr. Gage was a charter member of the Cementon Sportsman Club, which had its beginnings at Gage’s Bar and Grill, the Saugerties Dartball League, the Saugerties Bowlers Club, the Saugerties Senior Citizen Club #2, the United Lime, Cement, and Gypsum Workers Union, and a former member of the St. Mary’s Cementon Holy Name Society. He was an avid baseball fan.

Survivors include a son, Peter S. Gage of Saugerties; a daughter, Patricia A. Bosen of Colonie; a brother, Charles R. Gage of Catskill and two sisters. Frances Granich of Catskill and May Valenchis of Cementon.

Mr. Gage was predeceased by his wife Veronica, in 1999.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets in Saugerties.

His funeral procession will form at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, and proceed to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church, where at 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial will be offered.

Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post 72 will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saugerties American Legion Baseball team.


November 10, 2003
Thomas Oliver Reilly              Retired tailor

East Durham—Thomas Oliver Reilly, 67, of East Durham, died Nov. 9, 2003 at his home with his loving family by his side.

Born in County Longford, Ireland, on Oct. 4, 1936, he was the son of the late Philip and Catherine (Doyle) Reilly.

Mr. Reilly was a retired tailor, operating Dublin Tailor in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. He retired in 1969 and went back to Ireland. He returned in 1986 to live in East Durham.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Knock Shrine and a member of the local A. O. H.

Mr. Reilly was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (O’Connor) Reilly; his children, Michael, Thomas, Bernard, Leo and Alice Reilly, Carmel Rustick, Olivia Rustick and her husband, Stanley, Eamon Reilly and his wife Michelle; and seven grandchildren; also three brothers, John, Colm and Brian Reilly; a sister, Sheila Reilly (Sister Leo); and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Reilly was predeceased by two brothers, Eugene and Joseph Reilly.

Calling hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham.

Interment will be in the Winston Cemetery in East Durham.


November 11, 2003
Eileen M. Amen             ARC volunteer

Catskill—Eileen M. Amen, 61, of 38 Rennie Rd, Catskill, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

Born July 10, 1942 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late James and Bridie (Hennessy) Byrne.

Mrs. Amen was an employee of Catskill Saving Bank prior to her retirement.  She was a volunteer and past treasurer for the Greene County A. R. C. and was a member of the Spinal Cord Society.

She is survived by her husband, James M. Amen of Catskill; two sons, Jeffrey M. Amen of Catskill, and James B. Amen of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two brothers, William Byrne of Rockaway, NY, and Brian Byrne of Fla.; a sister, Doreen Houlihan of New York City; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers, James Byrne, Sean Byrne, and Terry Bryne,

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

Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor at St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill will be officiating.

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


November 11, 2003
Kathleen Giordiano                 Smith’s Landing resident

Smith’s Landing—Kathleen Giordiano, 70, of 54 Maple St., Smith’s Landing, died Sunday, Nov. 9, at her home after a long illness.

She was born May 9, 1933 in Port Ewen, the daughter of the late Edward and Catherine Trinkle.

Mrs. Giordiano was an employee of EG&G Rotron in Woodstock prior to her retirement.

Survivors include six children, Anthony Giordiano of Coxsackie, Katherine Messina of Italy, Laura Giordiano of Smith’s Landing, Fred Giordiano of Coopersburg, Pa.; Timothy Fitzgerald of Rahnman, Mass, and Michael Giordiano of Smith’s Landing; 12 grandchildren, one  great-grandchild; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Mrs. Giordiano was predeceased by her husband Frederick R. Giordiano in 1965; a brother, Edward Trinkle; a sister, Emma Roebuck; a daughter, Donna Knight; and grandson, Anthony Giordiano.

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

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Frank Flores will be officiating.

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


November 11, 2003
Gail (Weiss) Macentoch                  Formerly of Purling

Fallon, Nev.—Gail (Weiss) Macentoch, 53, of Fallon, Nev., formerly of Purling, N. Y., died Nov. 7, 2003 at her home.

She was born in Catskill to the late James and Irma (Meddaugh) Weiss.

She moved from Greene County 20 years ago. She was an avid horse lover, while living in Purling she was employed by the Laidlaw School Buss Company.

Survivors include her husband Michael of Nevada; her son, Daniel of Reno, Nev.; two daughters, Colleen of Las Vegas, and Kelly of Utah, four brothers, James of California, George of Round Top, Allan of Purling, Clifford of Catskill, three sisters, Kay of New Jersey, Lynn of Round Top, Sharon of Upstate New York, five grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

Private cremation took place in Nevada.

Local arrangements by the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.

Contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society.


November 12, 2003
Kathleen Edwards         Estate planner

Greenville—Kathleen “Kathy” Edwards, 55, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson on Nov. 9, 2003.

She was born in the Bronx on Aug. 27, 1948, daughter of the late Patrick and Bridget (McCormack) Doorly.

She was a real Property Estate Planner working for Tobin & Dempf in Albany until her illness forced her to stop. She was truly an animal lover and would do anything she could for them. She would like her family and friends to remember her with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas Edwards of Richmondville; sister Maureen Kelly and her husband Richard of New Windsor; nephew Michael Kelly and nieces Lisa Price and Theresa Kelly.

As to her wishes she was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the animal’s shelter of their choice.

Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


November 12, 2003
Marie K. Marquardt                 Physical education teacher

Hyde Park—Marie Kusterer Marquardt, 74, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 while at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Brooklyn on Nov. 2, 1929, she was the only child of the late Engelbert and Anna (Link) Kusterer.

She and her parents moved to South Westerlo in 1941 where they operated a farm as well as Kusterer’s Meat Market for many years.

A graduate of Greenville Central School, she went on to attend college at the State University of New York at Brockport where she met her husband, Gerald (Red) Marquardt. They both earned their degrees in physical education and were married on April 4, 1953. Together they have resided in Hyde Park for 44 years.

Marie worked as a physical education teacher at Anderson School in Staatsburg for a number of years and was a substitute teacher for the Hyde Park Central School District. She was also head of the Audiovisual Department at Roosevelt High School, retiring with her husband in 1987. Most recently, she helped establish Mar-Gas, a propane gas business in South Westerlo which her son Dan currently owns and operates.

She will, however, be most remembered as a devoted wife, mother and homemaker as faith, family and home were her priorities in life. An active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, she served a san usher as well as co-chair of the Altar Guild. She was also involved in many committee projects, Bible study and enjoyed the fellowship of the golf ministry.

In addition to her husband, se is survived by her son Conrad Marquardt of Red Hook and his children Kelly, Brian and Mathew; daughter Christine Fitchett and her husband Neil of Hoosick Falls, their children Marla and Michael Cinilia and Jeremy; and son Dan Marquardt and his wife Debbie of South Westerlo, and their children Sammy, Stephanie and Kara.


November 11, 2003
W. Kendall Stanley              U. S. Air Force veteran

Saugerties—W. Kendall Stanley, 63, of Route 32, died on Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on the New York State Thruway. 

Born Sept. 22, 1940 in Catskill, he was the son of the late Walter W. and Lavina Smith Stanley Jr.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and was employed for over 15 years at UPS as a driver.

He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local No. 294, Albany, a life member of the National Rifle Association, former member of the Saugerties American Legion Post No. 72 and Saugerties Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 5034.

Survivors include his wife, the former Donna Baker; son Kendall R. Stanley of Saugerties; daughter Karin L. Williams of Portland, Ore.; step-daughters Laurie Carter of Tivoli and Cathy Varga of Saugerties; stepsons Kenneth Gray of Accord and Mark Gray of Shokan; sister Stella “Rusty” Vincent of Ithaca; four grandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2003 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, with the Rev. Dave Tipple, pastor of the Kingston Reformed Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Saugerties.


November 11, 2003
Dr. Paul Snapper               Family physician

Catskill—Funeral services for Dr. Paul M. Snapper, a prominent family physician in Catskill for over four decades, will be held Thursday in Catskill. He died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 following a heart attack that occurred at a family gathering Saturday evening.

Born Paul Morton in 1928 in New York City, the first child of Sophie B. and Simon B. Snapper, Paul grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn with his younger sister Lee.

Following college education at New York University and military service in the U. S. Air Force, Paul Snapper attended medical school at Amsterdam Medical University in the Netherlands. It was while training in Europe that he met and soon married Willy Van Nifterick, a native of Netherlander.

Dr. Snapper returned to the United States in 1960 and completed post-graduate training in medicine and family practice at King’s County Hospital in New York City and Miner’s Memorial Hospital in West Virginia. He then settled in Catskill in 1961 fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a family doctor and raising a family in a small-town setting.

Paul and Willy had their first child, Marc, in Amsterdam in 1958; their second child, Scott, in West Virginia in 1961; and their third child, Nicole, in Catskill in 1970. Paul’s wife Willy died in 1974.  He met and married Bobbi T. Cohen, a  native of Lawrence, Mass., two years later. The lived together happily as a family in the same home for over 26 years.

Dr. Snapper enjoyed 41 years as a family practitioner in Catskill before his retirement this past winter. Dr. Snapper was a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Directors and the American Association of School Physicians, He occupied a variety of leadership positions at Greene County Memorial Hospital, Columbia-Green Medical Center and Columbia Memorial Hospital during his professional career, including: Chief of Staff, President of the Medical Staff, President of Physicians Hospital Organization and a member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.

During his practice Dr. Snapper served as Medical Director of Greene Manor, Eden Park and Greene County Nursing Homes. He saw patients for more than 40 years at his private office in Jefferson Heights and was a school physician for many of the local  and private schools.

Dr. Snapper was particularly proud of the fact that he delivered the children and even grandchildren of many of his patients in Catskill and Hudson.

Dr. Snapper is survived by his wife Bobbie, who resides in Catskill and is an active member of the community, as well as his three children. Paul and Bobbi enjoyed spending time with their many close friends in Catskill, their summer gardening (together often planting over 5,000 annuals yearly), holidays with their children, grandchildren, and family and traveling with frequent jaunts to casinos worldwide.

Their son Marc is currently a Professor of Chemistry at Boston College and together with his wife Kathy have two children (Eric, 16 and Leslie, 10). Scott is a physician and scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Scott and his wife have three children (Natasha,6, Tara, 4, and Olivia, 2). Nicole is Senior Operations Manager at Citco Fund Services in New York City and together with her husband Todd have one child,  Hunter.

A scholarship fund is being established in memory of Dr. Paul Snapper. To honor his memory, Dr. Snapper’s friends and family hope to recognized a deserving senior each year interested in pursuing a career in science of medicine. The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, contribution be mad to the Dr. Paul Snapper Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Sperry, Cuono, Holgate & Churchill,  4071 Route 9, Stop 1, Hudson, N. Y. 12534.

A period of visitations will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the funeral home. The Rabbi Daniel Fried will officiate. Interment will follow in Temple Israel Cemetery in Catskill.


November 14, 2003
James J. Monaghan                    Mason

Cornwallville—James J. Monaghan, 66, formerly of New Fairfield, Conn., died suddenly on Nov. 12, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland on July 25, 1937, son of the late James and Ann (Gormley) Monaghan.

James worked until his retirement as a driver, in maintenance and as a mason for over 20 years for MTA in New York City.  He was a  member of the A. O. H. and a communicant of Our Lady of Knock Shrine.

Surviving are his sons James and his wife Lisa of Ireland, Brian and his wife MariLou  and Michael, all of New Fairfield, Conn.; daughter Deidre Fitzpatrick and her husband Peter of Sherman, Conn.; brother James Monaghan and sister Anna Meehan, both of Ireland; longtime companion Delores Conway; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81 in Greenville at 7:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Edward the Confessor Church in New Fairfield, Conn. at 10 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Interment will be in the Mountain Valley Cemetery in New Fairfield, Conn. immediately following.


November 16, 2003
Ruth M. Byrnes                  Wife and mother

Ravena—Ruth M. Byrnes, 76, died on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Byrnes was bone in Schenectady on March 6, 1927, daughter of the late Stephen and Victoria Motala.

She was the wife of the late Robert E. Byrnes and mother of the late Susan Irvan and Stephen Byrnes.

She is survived by her children Judy Gosse and her husband Albert of Ravena, Robert Byrnes and his wife Donna of Climax, Edward Byrnes of Cairo, Dina Urell of Bixby, OK; Cindy Powdrill and her husband Wayne of Sapula, OK, and Barbara Glover of Cornwallville; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, Nov. 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Avenue in Delmar.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 35 Adams Place in Delmar. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Glenmont.

Those who wish may send a remembrance in her name to the Hospice Inn, 315 So. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.


November 16, 2003
May M. Mullarkey                   Minister

Preston Hollow—Mary M. Mullarkey, 88, passed away at her home on Nov. 13, 2003.

She was born in St. Paul, MN on May 6, 1915, the daughter of the late Neil and Catherine (Molloy) McGroarty.

A life-long homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and wife to her late husband James J. Mullarkey, she was an extra-ordinary minister at St. John the Baptist Church, a member of the Rosary Altar Society and a charter member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Our Lady of Knock Council  #6439 Knights of Columbus in East Durham.

Surviving are sons, James J., Neil, Thomas, Michael, Dennis and Gerard Mullarkey and Kevin Markey; daughters Beatrice Regan and Mary Lou Nichol; 25 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters Winifred Kellegaher and Beatrice McGroarty.

Funeral services will be on Monday, Nov. 17 at 8:45 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Church. Friends may call at the home on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.


November 17, 2003
Lillian Hendricks                Teacher

Catskill—Lillian Hendricks, 77, of Catskill, died Saturday, Nov. 15 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where she had been a patient since Oct. 28.

She was born in West Camp on Oct. 10, 1926 to the late Oakley and Agnes Lewis.

She graduated form Saugerties High School and SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching. She taught Kindergarten and First Grad at the Leeds Elementary School until their closing and continued to substitute teach a the Catskill Scholl District.

She enjoyed camping throughout the East Coast with her husband, the late Ralph “Bucky” Hendricks and was currently an active member of the RSVP Crafters and the Greene County Department of the Aging with whom she knitted and crafted.

She also enjoyed participating in her grandchildren’s endeavors and was an enthusiastic spectator a the extracurricular activities.

Survivors include her five sons, Thomas of Palenville, Harry Fox of Freehold, Joseph of Catskill, William of Catskill, and Richard of Catskill; 10 grandchildren and brother Robert Lewis of West Camp.

Mrs. Hendricks was predeceased by her husband, Ralph “Bucky” Hendricks on Jan. 21, 1989 and brother, Harry Lewis of Saugerties.

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

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Lee Hardgrove, pastor of the United Methodist Church (in which she was an active member) officiating.

Interment will follow in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.


November 17, 2003
Alexander Popowski            American Airlines employee

Glenmont—Alexander Popowski, 69, of Glenmont, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born in Brooklyn, on April 18, 1934, the son of the late Alexander and Helen Pius Popowski.

Mr. Popowski had resided in Catskill for 25 years before moving to Glenmont a year ago.

A U. S. Air Force veteran, he honorably served his country from 1953-1957.

He had been employed with American Airline in Albany for 18 years retiring in 1993.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Eleanore Zizzo Popowski; a niece, Janet Elliott of Spring Hill, Fla.; cousins Mr. and Mrs. Frank Galtieri, an aunt Antoinette Galtieri and several other cousins, all of Catskill.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at he Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar.

Interment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, N. Y. 12211.


November 18, 2003
Beverly Grossman       Health Aid

Jewett—Beverly Grossman, 50, of Jewett, died Sunday, Nov. 16, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 1, 1952 to Arthur and Elsie M. Fisher Ballou in Hudson.

Mrs. Grossman was employed as a health aid.

Survivors include her mother Elsie Lyon of Tannersville, a son, Matthew Grossman of Hunter, two daughters, Kimberly Grossman of Tannersville and Josephine Bubb of Brooklyn, a sister, Barbara Davis or Roxbury, N.Y., five grandchildren and her companion Carl Janz.

Mrs. Grossman was predeceased by a son, Steven R. Grossman and two sisters, Elsie Apjohn and Mildred E. Hundertman.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Officiating will be the Rev. David Overton.

Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery in South Jewett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jewett Rescue Squad of the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


November 18, 2003, November 19, 2003
Bernard J. Maurer                World War II veteran

Hannacroix—Bernard J. Maurer, 75, of 842 Alcove Road, Hannacroix, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 17, 2003 at the Emergency Room at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Valley Stream, Long Island, N.Y. on Dec. 10, 1927, and was the son of the late John F. and Wilhelmina (Strahle) Maurer.

Mr. Maurer has been an area resident of Hannacroix since April 2003. 

During World War II, he served in the United States Navy. 

Prior to his retirement he was employed by The B and C Cleaning Service in Long Island.

He loved to hunt and tinker.

Survivors include his wife, Carol J. (Roeter) Maurer of Hannacroix; two sons, Bernard Maurer of Las Vegas, Nev., and Albert Maurer of Katy, Texas; two daughters, Carol Maurer of Brentwood, N. Y., Robin Fahning of Leesburg, Va., two brothers, Emil Maurer of West Athens and James Maurer of Earlton, a sister, Wilhemina Stroud of Hannacroix, nine grandchildren, Maegan, William, Alyson, Jayson, Lauren, Mitchell, Matthew, Jessica and Courtney, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will take place 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the W. C. Brady’s Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will take place 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Eric Blahut, pastor of The West Ghent Reformed Church officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery.


November 18, 2003
Helen Roe                    Prattsville resident

Prattsville—Helen Roe, 74, of Prattsville, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at A. O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta.

Born Feb. 11, 1929 in Saquoit, NY, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Marion (Crapsicker) Bradbury.

Mrs. Roe was a long time employee of the Greene-Del Meat Packing Company, Prattsville, and Ski Windham.

Survivors include daughters, Sandra Fredenburgh of Prattsville, Betty Van Hoesen of Prattsville, and Peggy Cammer of Conesville; sister Mary Turner of Oriskiny Fall, NY; stepbrother Larry Bradbury of Utica, NY; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are 2 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St. Windham.

Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home 11 a.m., Wednesday, with the Rev. Elliot Oaks officiating.

Interment will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville


November 18, 2003
Johanna Steinke                    Athens resident

Athens—Johanna Steinke, 81, of Schoharie Turnpike, Athens, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany.

Born in Niederhannsdorf, Germany, Feb. 6, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Clara Klar. She was the wife of the late Emanuel Steinke who died Oct. 1996.

Mrs. Steinke was a seamstress at Halperns Manufacturing until her retirement in 1985.

Survivors include her children; Gert and his wife Nancy Mitchell of Westfield, MA., Martin and his wife Virginia Steinke of Athens, Eva Olivett of Athens; step daughters, Helga and her husband Karl Scharek of Gutersloh, Germany, and Inga and her husband Adolf Voll of Red Hook, NY; brother, Franz and his wife Ingrid Klar of Berlin, Germany; 15 grandchildren, Diana Susoy, Eric Mitchell, Jason Steinke, Shaun Steinke, Yvette Allen, Thomas Steinke, Christopher Steinke, Emanuel (EJ) Olivett, Carmella Olivett, Ingrid, Renate, Sylvia, William Voll, Helen Haygag, and John Voll; and 13 great –grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the First Reformed Church, 310 Main St., Catskill. Rev. Vicki Eastland will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may call at the church after 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Following the services, the family will receive relatives and friends at a reception at the church.

Interment in the New Athens Rural Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. The family suggest donations in Johanna’ name be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sopris Funeral Home Inc., Coxsackie.


November 19, 2003
Benjamin C. Rhoades            Detective

Daytona Beach, Fla.—Benjamin “Bud” C. Rhoades, 80, formerly of Catskill, passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 14, 2003 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Frederick Rutherford and Blanche Kingsley Rhoades.

Benjamin was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and was involved in World War II and the Korean War.  After two years of college, he became a detective with the New York City Police Department, retiring in 1971. He took a second retirement in 1990 after a successful career serving as head of security for Bear Sterns on Wall Street.

His first wife, Mildred, the mother of his five children, died in 1995 after 47 years of living commitment.  He later married Albina Scott of Daytona Beach in June 1998.

He moved to Catskill in 1998 and was a member of the Catskill Elks Club. Having kept journals for most of his adult life, he shared his stories, bringing to life generations of friends and family that went before him. He also enjoyed painting, fishing and writing. Family community was the center of his life.

He died the way he lived, with grace and courage.

He is survived by his wife of five years, Albina Romanek Scott Rhoades of Daytona Beach; children John (Terry) Rhoades of St. Peters, MO, Donald C. (Debra) Rhoades of Albany, NY, Carolyn Hammond of Bangor, PA, Diane Rhoades of Hendersonville, NC, and Christine J. Rhoades of Asheville, NC; grandchildren Jacquie and Christine Hammond of Bangor, PA, Amanda, Ben and  Alyssa Rhoades of St. Peters, MO, Casey Rhoades of Hendersonville, NC and Daniel Rhoades of Albany, NY; great-grandson Elijah Read of Bangor, PA; brother Frederick of West  Palm Beach, Fla.; stepchildren Jack Scott of Boca Raton, Fla., Barbara Noeker of Ocala, Fla., Pamela Burress of Toronto, Canada, and Cindy Holland of Tallahassee, Fla.; step-grandchildren; and for step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Benjamin’s honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003 at the Southminster Presbyterian  Church in Daytona Beach under the direction of the Rev. Pete Hausar.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Counties, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Fla., 32128.

Arrangements by the Baggett & Summers Funeral Home.


November 19, 2003, November 20, 2003
Johanna Wais           Memorial service

Coxsackie—A memorial service for Johanna Wais, 98, who died on Oct. 31, 2002 in Warsaw, VA, will be conducted Friday, Nov. 21, 2003 at 8 p.m. at the Second Reformed Church on Washington Street in Coxsackie. The Rev. Richard Pruiksma will officiate.

Interment will be on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie.

Arrangements are by the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. of Coxsackie.


November 20, 2003
Ludwig (Lou) Konrad               World War II veteran

Westerlo—Ludwig (Lou) Konrad, 79, of Westerlo, died at the Samuel Stratton DVA Medical Center in Albany, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003 after a long illness.

Born in Germany March 25, 1924, he was the son of the later Rudolph and Karolina (Jung) Konrad.

Mr. Konrad came to the United States when he was five years old and was educated in New York City. He was a long-time dairy farmer and meat cutter.

He was drafted and served in the US Army during World War II serving in Rhineland, Rome, Arno and was wounded on Oct 6, 1945 while serving in Southern France.  He was awarded the Purple Hear, the Bronze Star Medal on Jan. 18, 1945, the American Service Medal, the African Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

His longtime live, Ethel Baitsholts Konrad, predeceased his on June 25, 2003.

Survivors include a brother-in-law, Kenneth DeKanipp Sr.; niece, Robin Celentano; four nephews, Kenneth DeKanipp Jr., Craig, Arthur and Bruce Rumph; and Ethel’s children, Lucy Ann Pough-Bender, Lisa Jordan, Ronald, Ralph Raymond Baitsholts and DJ Baitsholts Jr.

He was also predeceased by two sisters.

Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Westerlo Central Cemetery.


November 20, 2003
Chester E. Tompkins              World War II veteran

New Baltimore—Chest E. Tompkins, 89, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Chest was born in Ravena and lived in the Ravena area for most of his life.

He was a United States Army veteran serving during World War II in the Army Infantry European Theater.

He was an accountant for Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany for 20 years, retiring in 1981. He served as Town Justice for 12 years for the Town of New Baltimore.

He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, and he served as a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena.

Survivors include his children, Allen (Kathleen) Tompkins of Michigan, Robert (Marion) Tompkins of Niskayuna and Richard Tompkins of Cohoes; grandchildren Kristen, Sarah and Allison Tompkins, Laura, Gregory and Joseph Tompkins, Steven and Kenneth Tompkins; daughter-in-law Sandra Tompkins; and sister Beatrice Fazio of Albany.

Chest was the husband of the late Genevieve Alukonis Tompkins. He was also predeceased by his son Bruce C. Tompkins.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 at St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena. Burial will follow in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna.

Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena on Friday, Nov. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Contribution in memory of Chest may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 21 Main Street, Ravena, NY 12143.


November 21, 2003
Theresa C. Denniston             Employee of American Thermostat

Catskill—Mrs. Theresa C. Denniston, 85, a life-long Catskill resident, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

He was born Jan. 11, 1918, the daughter of the late Robert and Emma (Countryman) McKenna.

Theresa was a communicant of St. Patrick’s R. C. Church in Catskill. She was a employee of American Thermostat in South Cairo prior to her retirement.

Mrs. Denniston was predeceased by her brothers Edmund and Robert McKenna and sister Marian Carney and Jennie McKenna.

Mrs. Denniston is survived by her husband of over 66 years Mr. George D. Denniston of Catskill; son Douglas Denniston and wife Kathleen of Cairo; daughter Ellen Chewins and husband Thomas of Catskill; grand children Joelle Comesanas of New Have, CT, Douglas “DJ” Denniston of Salt Lake City, UT, Renee Weiss of West Hurley, Louis Esposito of Catskill, Shelly Steenburn of North Carolina; nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends my call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2003 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. mass of Christian burial at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church on Bridge Street in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will be officiating.

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


November 21, 2003
Gerald F. Reilly                    U. S. Army veteran

Catskill—Gerald F. Reilly, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Nov. 14.

Mr. Reilly was born in Catskill on Nov. 1, 1933 to the later Vernon J. and Margaret Rockefeller Reilly, Sr.

He attended St. Patrick’s Academy and served in the United States Army form 1954 to 1956. He was employed by Lehigh Cement Co. until his retirement. He was a current B.P.O.E Lodge #1341 in Catskill.

Mr. Reilly was survived by his four sisters: Elizabeth Severance of Queensbury, Margaret Miller of Saugerties, Janet Boehm of Milford, MA and Carol Haslam of Middleburgh; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers Charles, Edward and Vernon Reilly, Jr.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with the Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor of St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Elks service will be held at 7 p.m.


November 22, 2003
Rose Leone            Resort owner

Catskill—Mrs. Rose Leone, 95, died Thursday, Nov. 20. 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

Mrs. Leone was born July 6, 1908 in New York City, daughter of the late Antonio and Adelaide (Galeotti) Milano.

Rose co-owned and operated Leone’s County Area Resort in Catskill from the 1940’s until her retirement with he late husband Antonio “Tony” Leone.

Mrs. Leone was a communicant of St. Patrick’s R. C. Church in Catskill. She was a  member of the Catskill Lady Elks, Rip Van Winkle Senior Citizens, Catholic Daughters of America and St. Patrick’s Rosary-Altar Society.

Mrs. Leone was predeceased by her husband on Dec. 23, 1984; brothers John, Harry and Gildo Milano; and sisters Lucy  Musmeci and Mary Milano.

Mrs. Leone is survived by son Frank A. Leone and daughter Susan A. LaBuff and husband Robert E., all of Catskill; sister Angie Milano of Middletown; grandchildren Frank C. Leone and wife Melissa  of Albany, Anthony F. Leone, Rosanne M. Deering and husband Michael, Robert A. LaBuff and Michael E. LaBuff, all of Catskill; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 from the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. mass of Christian burial at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church on Bridge Street in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy will be officiating.

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


November 22, 2003
Maria Rufa                      Homemaker

Greenville—Maria Rufa, 73, passed away on Nov. 20, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY.

Maria was born in Italy on July 10, 1930, daughter of the late Vincent Rufa and Jessica (Perciballi) Rufa.

Mrs. Rufa was a lifelong homemaker, a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville.

She was predeceased by son Vincent Rufa, granddaughter Vinessa Rufa and brother Benny Rufa.

Surviving are her husband Remo Rufa of Greenville; mother Jessica Rufa of Westerlo; sons Larry Rufa and his wife Debbie, Sandro Rufa, Joseph Rufa and his significant other Charlie Torres and daughter-in-law Lynne Rufa; grandchildren Raymond, Grace and Samantha Rufa; sisters Ida Pironi and Josephine Cestra; and brother Peter Rufa.

Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 24, 2003 at 8:30 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home 4898 SR81 in Greenville with a mass of Christian burial at 9 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.


November 22, 2003
Jamie J. Smith                      ARC employee

Catskill—Jamie Justin Smith, 22, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003 at the Kingston Hospital following a long illness.

Jamie was bone in the Town of Catskill on Jan. 10, 1981 to Andrew and Diane Strobeck Smith.

He graduated form Catskill High School and had been employed by ARC of Greene County up until his illness.

He enjoyed D-Jaying and collecting eagles and dragons.

Jamie is survived by his parents and brother Jason Smith, all of Catskill; uncles Thomas Strobeck and David Smith; aunt Linda Smith; and four cousins, all of Catskill.

Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with interment following in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday, Nov. 23 form 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.


November 22, 2003
Elizabeth A. Tallman                  Hospital employee

Westerlo—Elizabeth A. Tallman, 59, passed away at her home on Nov. 21, 2003.

She was born Feb. 5, 1944 in Albany, NY, daughter of the late Huyler and Mary (Snyder) Tallman.

She was a graduate of Greenville Central School. She worked for 37 years as a Central Supply Tech at Childs Hospital in Albany, NY. She was a member of the Dormansville United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her step-father Malcolm Tompkins and sister Alice (Tallman) Oliver.

Surviving are sisters Margaret Tallman of Poestenkill, NY, Christina Tallman of Westerlo, and Mary Low Nutbrown and her husband William of Lenox, MA; brother-in-law Ray Oliver; nephews Wayne Oliver and his wife Lisa, Richard Oliver and his wife Tina and Billy Nutbrown; great-nephew Patrick; several aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services will be at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville, NY on Monday, Nov. 24, 2003 at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Nov. 23 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Interment will be in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Elizabeth’s memory to the Westerlo Rescue Squad or the Dormanville U. M. Church.


November 23, 2003
Florence A. Donaldson                Area resident

Leeds—Mrs. Florence Ada Donaldson, 93, died Friday, Nov.21, 2003 at home.

She was born June 16, 1910 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, daughter of the late William J. and Sarah (Buell) Verge.

Florence was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill and the Jefferson Homemakers.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur V. Donaldson, on Dec. 13, 1988; son, Arthur W. Donaldson; brother, William F. Verge; sisters, Dorothy A. Bross and Ethel I. Peterson; and step-mother Veronica Verge.

Mrs. Donaldson is survived by son, George E. Donaldson of Waddell, AZ; daughters, Ann P. Storc of Gainesville, Fla. and Gail F. Winn of Leeds; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Fr. Michael Gorchov, Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Catskill, will officiate.

Private cremation will be performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. Interment at the Town of Catskill Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.


November 23, 2003
Edith L. Ives                        Teacher’s aide

Maplecrest—Edith L. Ives, 78, died Nov. 20, 2003 at the Kingston Hospital.

She was born on Aug. 243, 1925 in Westerlo to Wallace and Ella (nee Davis) Peck.

Edith was a teacher’s aide at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School for many years. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Mountain Star Oasis Chapter and the Maplecrest Free Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Chester J. Smith; her second husband, Harold W. Ives; and son, Gary C. Smith.

She is survived by her daughter, Audrey and her husband Skip Benjamin; step-son, William Ives and his wife Sue; grandchildren Michelle A. and Thomas G. Benjamin; step-grandchildren William Ives, Jr.; as well as six great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street in Windham on Monday, Nov. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern Star memorial services will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 25 with Pastor Michael Jansen. Interment will follow immediately at the Cornwallville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donation in her memory can be made to the Maplecrest Free Methodist Church.


November 23, 2003
Jerry Makely, Jr.                        U. S. Army veteran

Gilboa—Jerry Makely, Jr., 81, passed away on Nov. 21, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Jerry was born in Gilboa on July 18, 1922 to the late Jerry and Ina (Smith) Makely, St.

He served his country during World War II in the United States Army. Serving in the Aleutians, he received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star. He also received the Good Conduct Medal and the American Theater Ribbon.

He went to work after the war for Mountain Side Farms Dairy and worked there for 40 years after which he retired. He was a member of the Prattsville American Legion and a former member of the South Gilboa Grange.  He was also a member of the Conesville U. M. Church in Conesville.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Olive (Brink) Makely of Gilboa; daughter, June Marie Abrams and her husband Robert; granddaughters, Hannah and Cory Ann Abrams, all of Conesville.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Conesville U. M. Church in Conesville. Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Interment will be in the Manorkill Cemetery in Manorkill, NY.


November 23, 2003
Irma Schlesinger              Area resident

Freehold—Mrs. Irma Schlesinger, 98, died Nov. 15, 2003 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

She was born Jan. 10, 1905 in Vienna, Austria, daughter of the late Max and Adele (Walder) Jassinger.

Formerly  of Flushing, NY, Mrs. Schlesinger had been a Greene County resident since 1987.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gustave Schlesinger, in 1973.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane Schlesinger of Freehold.

Private graveside funeral service were held on Sunday, Nov. 16 at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Fairview, NJ. The Rabbi Meir Berger, founder of the New Synagogue of Fort Lee, NJ, officiated.

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


November 23, 2003
Albert L. Shaw                   U. S. Army veteran

Livingston—Mr. Albert Leslie Shaw, 84, died Nov. 16. 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

He was born May 25, 1919 in Arlington, NJ, son of the late Robert and Augusta (Gloechner) Shaw.

Albert was a graduate of the University of Vermont in 1942. He served in the United States Army as Captain and was a veteran of World War II.

Formerly of Long Island, he was an employee of Dunn & Bradstreet on Long Island prior to his retirement. Mr. Shaw had been a Livingston resident since 1989.

Mr. Shaw was predeceased by his wife, Mrs. Rita A. (Gleason) Shaw on March 7, 1989; brothers Robert and George Shaw.

Mr. Shaw is survived by sons Albert L. Shaw, Jr. and wife Marlene of Memphis, TN, Richard Shaw and wife Ann of Forestburgh, NY and Robert Shaw of Livingston; grandchildren Kenneth, Janessa and Emily Shaw; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Private cremation was preformed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. Interment in Livingston Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.  Funeral services are under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home in Catskill.


November 24, 2003
Gertrude A. McCarthy              Catskill resident

Catskill—Gertrude A. McCarthy, 95, of Catskill, died Saturday evening, Nov. 22, 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

She was born July 6, 1908 in Union City, N.J., the daughter of the late John and Frances (Kaufmann) Meyer.

Mrs. McCarthy was a communicant of St. Bridget’s and St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill.

She was a past member of Rip Van Winkle Seniors and Passion Play of Union City, N.J.

Survivors include a son, Michael McCarthy and wife Louan of Cairo; a daughter, Maureen Fruhling of Paramus, N. J.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. McCarthy was predeceased by her husband Frank J. McCarthy on April 12, 1990; and by seven brothers and sisters.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4  and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bridget’s Church of Leeds. Rev. Richard Jacobs, Associate Pastor, will be officiating.

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


November 24, 2003
Edward L. Miller                 Bus driver

New Baltimore—Edward L. Miller, 61, of New Baltimore, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 at Albany Medical Center.

Mr. Miller was bone in Catskill and has lived in New Baltimore for 25 years.

He was a member of the Army National Guard serving in Vietnam.

He was a former bus drive for Mt. View Bus Line, owned and operated by Miller Vending and Ed and Harriet’s for 15 years.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Catskill Elks Loge, former 18-year member of the Catskill Fire Company, a member of Cornell Hook and Ladder, and Fire Commissioner for 15 years.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet Gill Miller of New Baltimore; children Leland Miller and his wife Elizabeth and Melissa Clark and her husband Craig, all of South Cairo, Brenda Barkman and her husband Michael of West Coxsackie; stepson, Kevin Gill of Florida; grandchildren, Christopher Miller, Corey and Jayme Clark and Kayla Barkman; siblings, William Miller and wife Nancy of California, June Prince and husband, Floyd Sr., of Catskill, Grace Schnare and husband Eugene of Climax, Judi Seebode of Catskill, and Charles Miller and wife Sheila of Athens. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at he Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harriet Mille, P.O. Box, 134, New Baltimore, N.Y., 12124.


November 24, 2003
Rose Scattergood            Windham resident

Windham—Rose Scattergood, 65, formerly of Windham, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Windham on March 6, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Ruth (Campbell) Brandow.

She was the mother of Kenneth and his wife Mary Beth Scattergood of Rhinebeck, and Cynthia and her husband, George J. LaForest of Stillwater, N.Y.; granddaughters Regan Elizabeth and Kelly Marie Scattergood; and grandsons, Mark George and Thomas Charles LaForest. She is also survived by her brother, Alton Brandow, many nephews and nieces.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham.

Funeral service, conducted by Rev. David Overton, will be at noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga County, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866 or the Dr. Brian A. McGovern Atrial Fibrillation Fund, 319 So. Manning Blvd, Albany, N.Y., 12208.


November 24, 2003
Eleanor C. Schneider               Freehold resident

Freehold—Eleanor C. Schneider, 86, of Freehold, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born Oct. 17, 1917 in Ridgewood, N. Y., daughter of the late Walter and Minnie E. (Schwab) Mohre.

She was a retired dietary assistant, having been employed at the Catskill Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Bette Knapp and her husband Raymond of Freehold; two grandchildren, John and Kenneth Knapp and two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Rachel Knapp.

Mrs. Schneider was predeceased by her husband John M. Schneider in 1997.

Services and interment are at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home on Route 81 in Greenville.


November 25, 2003
Dwayne F. Halvorsen          Korean veteran

Earlton—Dwayne F. Halvorsen, 72, of Rudolph Weir Jr. Road, Earlton, died Sunday, Nov. 23, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born March 31, 1931 in Elk Point, South Dakota, the son of the late John F. and Minnie (Abrahamson) Halvorsen

Mr. Halvorsen served in the U. S. Navy for nine years, and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was an employee of the Watervliet Arsenal until his retirement in 1993.

Mr. Halvorsen was a member of the Catskill Masonic Lodge 468; Catskill Elks Lodge 1341; and was a charter member of Saugerties Elks Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Halvorsen of Earlton; a son, John F. Halvorsen and wife, Theresa, both of Earlton; four grandchildren, Jason Pelton of New Jersey, Erin Pelton of Catskill, John F. Halvorsen Jr., and Gerrianne Halvorsen, both of Earlton; and four great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Private cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.


November 25, 2003
Richard C. Heath            Owner Rich’s Sign Studio

Catskill—Richard C. Heath, 71, of 31 Buttermilk Falls Road, Catskill, died Friday Nov. 21, at home, after a long illness.

He was born Aug. 30, 1932 in Catskill, the son of the later Donald and Mildred (Brown) Heath.

Mr. Heath served in the Army National Guard and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a civil engineer and also owned and operated Rich’s Sign Studio in Catskill.

He was a charter member of the Cairo-Durham Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Anna Bell (Roberts) Heath of Catskill; three children, Melanie Joy Johnson of Lubbock, Texas, Peter Heath of Laconia, N.H., and Christopher Heath of Cohoes; a brother, William Heath of Schenectady; a sister, Constance Iten of Catskill; three granddaughters, Ruby Johnson of Lubbock, Texas, Amanda Heath of Hunter, and Madisyn Heath of Cohoes; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Heath donated his remains to the Albany Medical College in Albany.

Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Earlton-Gayhead Road, South Cairo.

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


November 25, 2003
Sadie Meehan                  Homemaker

Medusa—Sadie Meehan, 93, of Medusa, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003 at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

She was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 9, 1910, daughter of the later Francis and Catherine (Healy) Farrell.

Mrs. Meehan was a lifelong homemaker.

She was a loving and  devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Survivors include he daughter Maureen Anetzberger and her husband Frank of Broadalbin, N. Y., a son, Michael MaGee and his wife Marie, of Shirley, N. Y., a grandson, Frank Anetzberger Jr., and his wife Jenn, two granddaughters, Denise Cance and her husband Lucien, Debra Spagnola and her husband Mark and seven great-grandchildren, a sister, Mary McFeeley and a brother John Farrell.

Mrs. Meehan was  predeceased by her husband Joseph Meehan, three sisters and a brother.

Calling hours will be 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Medusa Cemetery, Medusa.


November 26, 2003
Rudolfo Bianco                 Cabinet maker

Coxsackie—Rudolfo Bianco, 75, of Schoharie Turnpike, died suddenly at Columbia Memorial Hospital on Monday, Nov. 24, 2003.

Born in New York City, Sept. 27, 1928, he was the son of the late Dominic and Ernesta Bezzo Bianco.

He graduated from high school and attended trade school prior to enlisting in the U. S. Navy. He married the former May Largey on June 4, 1950 and had his won cabinetry shop, Bianco and Galati in Queens. He and his wife permanently moved to the area in 1987. He enjoyed hunting and gardening in his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bianco of Schoharie Turnpike; three children, Deborah Weber of Florida; Glenn Bianco of Stormville; six grandchildren; a sister, Natalie Dossena of Poughkeepsie; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Victoria Bay.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church with the Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, officiating.

Private cremation was conducted under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral home at he Albany Rural Crematorium on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


November 26, 2003
Rose E. Olsen               Bank employee

Leeds—Rose E. Olsen, 88, of Church Street, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born Aug. 11, 1915 in Brooklyn, daughter of the late James and Ellen Powers.

Rose was an employee of Catskill Savings Bank prior to her retirement. She was a communicant at St. Bridget’s Church in Leeds and a member of St. Bridget’s Rosary-Altar Society.

She was predeceased by her husband Walter V. Olsen on Dec. 12, 1963 and brother Michael E. Powers.

Mrs. Olsen is survived by son Walter M. Olsen and his wife Barbara of Staten Island; daughter Eileen Roche and her husband John of Waldwick, N. J.; grandchildren Michael and Christopher Roche, Laura Skorupa, Karen and Alice Olsen and Linda Hockstaedt; six great-grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews,

There are no public calling hours.  A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at St. Bridget’s Church on Main Street in Leeds. The Rev.  John J. Murphy, pastor, will be officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

Funeral arrangements are by the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home.


November 29, 2003
Frederick W. Buckreis             Business owner

Claverack—Frederick W. Buckreis, 61, died Nov. 25, 2003 at his home after a lengthy illness.

Frederick was born on May 23, 1942 in Staten Island, NY where he lived until 1972 when he came to Columbia County.

He was self-employed at All Seasons Refrigeration which he started in his garage on Route 14 in Greenport. He moved the business to Old Lane in Claverack in 1978.

In 1983 he opened Sweet Time, a candy and ice cream store in Park Place, Hudson, NY until November 1984 when it closed for the winter. It reopened the next year with a large assortment of ice cream and home-made treats and was successful for a few years.

In 1984 he joined the Board of Directors of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. He was also a member of  the Hudson Housing Authority, served as President of the Board of Directors of the Sacred Heart Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine for the past six years and was influential in many of the decisions in the operation of the Shrine.

He is survived by his sisters Mrs. Edwin (Bindy) Downey of Palm Coast, Fla., and Virginia McGee of Arlington, VA, several cousins, two nieces and nephews and many friends.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson on Saturday Nov. 29, 2003 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Members of the Shrine will conduct a Rosary Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine, Fairview Avenue in Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be make to the Sacred Heart Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine, Fairview Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534.


November 29, 2003
Edna L. Finnell            Line worker

Catskill—Edna Loretta Finnell, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient since Nov. 24.

Mrs. Finnell was born in the Bronx on July 25, 1911 to the late Samuel and Ada Lundberg Levey.

Upon graduation from high school, she was employed by a dental pharmaceutical manufacturing company as line worker.

She was the wife of the late Vincent W. Finnell with whom she resided on Colewood Avenue in Catskill until her recent move to Columbia-Green Long Term Care.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with Rev. Harrison Putnam, Pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church in Athens, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


November 30, 2003
Cecelia A. O’Grady          Altar Society Member

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

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

She graduated from Catskill High School and attended Russell  Sage College prior to marrying her husband of 68 years, Felix Martin O’Grady. She was a faithful parishioner of St. Patrick’s R. C. Church and a member of the Rosary Altar Society.

Mrs. O’Grady is survived by her husband Felix Martin O’Grady and their children Martin, Dennis and Kathleen Olivett; grandchildren Felicia Olivett and Timothy O’Grady, both of Catskill, Andrew O’Grady of Hyde Park and Brendan O’Grady of Baltimore; sister Maria Kaye of Amityville and Eileen Iles of Oswego;; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by grandsons Martin and Michael O’Grady.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church with the Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, on Monday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.

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


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