Obituaries from the Daily Mail
December 2004

Transcribed by M. Mignon Matthews
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


December 1, 2004  

PAUL E. ABATE, SR.
Arrangements incomplete

CATSKILL – Paul E. Abate, Sr., 86 of 257 Grandview Ave. , Catskill, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004 , at home after a long illness.  Funeral arrangements under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill, are incomplete.


December 1, 2004

ELIZABETH AUSTIN
Hudson Native

PERU, Maine – Elizabeth “Betty” Turek Austin, 59, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 , in Peru.

Born Aug. 28, 1945 , in Hudson , she was the daughter of John and Mary Skiba Turek.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Gary Austin; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Neil and Amber Austin, Eli and Asa Austin of Oakland, Sierra and Maranda Austin of Lewiston, Maine, and Joshua Austin of Peru; a daughter, Kate of Peru; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Mary Turek of Catskill; a sister-in-law and brother–in-law, Cindy and George Duguay of Turner, Maine; two nieces; and two nephews.

Mrs. Austin was cremated Tuesday at the Charles C. Wanrer Crematory at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn , Maine .


December 1, 2004

JULIA SMITH BAUER
Loving mother and grandmother

SOUTH CAIRO –Julia Smith Bauer, 85, of South Cairo , died Saturday evening, Nov. 27, 2005 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care where she had been a patient.

Mrs. Bauer was born Sept. 10, 1919 in Catskill to the late Henry Van Dyke and Sarah Veronica Smith.

She was employed as a secretary and occupational therapist with the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene until her retirement in 1974.

She was the wife of Linwood C. Bauer, who predeceased her on Jan. 3, 1993 .

Survivors include her son, Wayne A. Bauer of Oklahoma and daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Gwendolyn) Dalton of New Milford, NJ, two grandsons, Timothy Dalton of San Francisco and Kevin Dalton of Maywood; two granddaughters-in-law: Jennifer Dalton of San Francisco and Sheri Dalton of Maywood; one great-granddaughter, Victoria Dalton of San Francisco; in addition to many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. George (Gloria) Losee of Saddlebrook, NJ.

Mrs. Bauer was predeceased by seven siblings: Henry Smith, Wilbur Smith, James Smith, Sarah Farrell, Rhoda Sasso, Marilyn Farrell and Harriet Peters.

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

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church where she was a faithful parishioner.

Internment will follow in the Veteran’s Lot of the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene or the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern NY Chapter, 85 Watervaliet Ave. , Albany , NY   12206 .


December 1, 2004  

WILLIAM O. BROOKS
Served in
U.S. Air Force

SAN DIEGO , Calif. – William O. Brooks, 65, of San Diego , CA , died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 .

He was a 25 year resident of Ravena.  Born in Catskill June 5, 1939 , he was the son of the late Hildegaard (Distin) and Milford Olin Brooks.

Mr. Brooks served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1962 assigned to the 380th Armament and Electronic Platoon at Plattsburgh AFB.  A resident of San Diego for many years, he was employed for 38 years at Loral/L3 Communications in San Diego .

Survivors include his sons; Robert C. (Tonia) Brooks, James M. (Patricia) Brooks, David O. (Sherry) Brooks and Michael B. Brooks (Ana Marie Crissien Martinez), all of San Diego; his sister Leilani Peiringer; and twin brother, Robert H. Brooks; grandchildren Autumn, William, Mellisa, Jacob, Kimberly, Jonathan and Olin Brooks; sister-in-law Suzanne (Marvin) Gardner of Catskill; brothers-in-law, Richard Roller of California and Brian Roller of Canajoharie, NY; eight nieces, Tina Murry of Castleton, Suzanne Ribsamen of Catskill, Kristiane Murray of Athens, Joya Roller of Catskill, Brenda Lopez of Catskill and Richard Roller of Canajoharie.

He was predeceased by his wife Sandra (Roller) Brooks in May 2000.

Graveside services will be held Friday at Riverside National Cemetery , California .

A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at the North Clairemont United Methodist Church , San Diego .

Local arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie.


December 1, 2004

GEORGE A. ENGLERT III
Dentist

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dr. George A. Englert III D.D.S., 79, of Poughkeepsie , died Nov. 29 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center .

He was born Nov. 23, 1925 in Catskill, the son of George A. Englert, Jr., and Ellen Murphy.

Dr. Englert graduated from Siena College and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dentistry .

He married Socorro Piro on Oct. 10, 1953 in White Plains .

Dr. Englert was a dentist in Poughkeepsie before retiring in 1989.

He was a Past President of the 9th District Dental Society, which took in five counties, Dutchess County Dentist Society, life member American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, on staff to Vassar brothers Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital, Dutchess Golf and Country Club, Poughkeepsie Tennis Club and former Amrita Club.

Dr. Englert served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant in World War II and Korean War, attached to the Second Marine Division.

He was a member of St. Martin de Porres in Poughkeepsie .

Survivors include brothers: William G. Englert of Washington , D.C. , Frederick M. Englert of Summit , N.J. , sisters Ellen L. Ozga of Washington D. C., Dorothea E. Ward of Silver Springs , Md. , Muriel Wiecznski of Sarasota , Fla. and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Englert was predeceased by his wife, Socorro Piro, who died on Oct. 28, 2000 , brothers J. Carlin and Paul Englert and sister, Mary Englert.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at St. Martin de Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Road , Poughkeepsie .

Entombment will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Poughkeepsie .


December 1, 2004

LEONARDO T. IMPASTATO
Electrical Contracting Executive

CATSKILL – Leonardo Thomas Impastato, 62, of Kent , NY , formerly of Catskill, died suddenly of a heart attack on Nov. 25, 2004 , while vacationing in Cancun , Mexico .

Born Nov. 19, 1942 , in Brooklyn , NY , he was the son of the late Procopio and Olivia (Pirello) Impastato.

After graduating from New York University with a degree in business, he enjoyed a long and prosperous career in the electrical contracting business as an electrician, estimator, project manager and business owner.  One project he took particular pride in was reconstruction efforts for the New World Trade Center Building 7.  Having witnessed first hand the destruction of the World Trade Center complex from the windows of his office, he found the spirit of cooperation, not normally found in the construction industry, heartening and took pride in being part of such an effort.

Aside from his career in the electrical contracting industry, he was an active volunteer for the Putnam County Dispute Resolution Center .  His hobbies included tennis, traveling, swimming, running, good food and company, and a good debate.

Leonardo embraced life.  He was one of those people who changed the lives forever of those who came to know him.  Len will be fondly remembered and missed by all of his family, friends and colleagues.

Survivors include his wife, Claire Woodhead Impastato; his three children, Michelle Elizabeth Kline and her fiancé Roy Bridge of Castleton, Matthew Procopio Impastato and his wife Carla Jane Roddy of West Roxbury, MA and Catherine Impastato Keating and wife Barbara Reese Keating of Tully, NY; his former wife Alice Marie Caton of East Nassau; three siblings, twin sister Provie Baker and her husband Gary McClouth of Slingerlands, brother Peter Impastato Edwards and his wife Jean Edwards of Gainesville, GA and sister Maria Impastato and her late husband Joseph Rothrock of Palenville; three grandchildren, Alexandra and Laura Kline of Castleton and Lilliam O’Hara Impastato of West Roxbury; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and great nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Allison Impastato.

Services for family and friends will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11:30 a.m. , at Cargain Funeral Home, 10 Fowler Avenue , Carmel , N.Y. (845) 225-3672, with Memorial Service to begin at 1 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church , 14 Gleneida Ave. , Carmel , N.Y. (845) 225-2079.

Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent in memory of Leonardo T. Impastato to Dispute Resolution Center , 34 Glenieda Ave. , 2nd Floor, Carmel , NY   10512 or the American Heart Association, 3020 Westchester Ave. , Purchase , NY   10577 .


December 1, 2004

DORIS K. PARSONS
1939 NYS Champion Speller, Coxsackie High Valedictorian

MIDDLEBURGH – Doris K. Parsons, 79, of Danforth Ave. , Middleburgh, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004 , at the Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County, Cobleskill, after a long illness.

Born in New Baltimore May 24, 1925 , she was the daughter of the late Arthur L. and Edna Griffin Kniffen.

Mrs. Parsons was the 1939 New York State Champion Speller and Valedictorian of Coxsackie Central School’s Class of 1943.  She graduated from Skidmore College in 1948.  She taught English in Middleburgh Central School and then in Coxsackie for a short time.  She retired in 1980 from the Schoharie County Department of Social Services where she had been a case worker for several years.  She loved wildlife and traveled twice to African game preserves.

Survivors include her husband, Robert H. Parsons of Middleburgh, whom she married Christmas day, 1953, and their children; daughter, Janet Parsons and her companion Robert Posson of Middleburgh; son, Jeff (Joanne) Parsons of Melbourne, Fla.; granddaughters, Sarah Beretz and her companion John Lloyd of Middleburgh, Mariah K. Parsons of Orlando, Fla.; grandson Bob Parsons of Gainesville, Fla. great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Lloyd of Middleburgh; sister, Frances Dietz of the Pavilion in Catskill; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Middleburgh Reformed Church, Middleburgh.  Pastor Mary Wisner will be officiating.  Burial will be in Roxbury Cemetery , Roxbury , NY .

Cremation took place at Vale Crematory, Schenectady , NY .  There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contribut8ions may be made to the Middleburgh Reformed Church, 33 Middlefort Rd. , Middleburgh.

Arrangements by the Palmer & Shaylor, Inc., Funeral Home, Middleburgh and the Mereness-Putnam Funeral home, Cobleskill , NY .


December 1, 2004

JOHN PROEBSTER
Arrangements incomplete

CATSKILL – John Proebster, 83, of 122 Jefferson Heights , Catskill, die Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson .  Funeral arrangements under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill, are incomplete.


December 2, 2004 

PAUL E. ABATE, SR.
World War II Veteran

CATSKILL – Paul E. Abate, Sr., 86 of 257 Grandview Ave., Catskill, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at home after a long illness. 

He was born Feb. 26, 1918 in Manhattan, New York City, the son of the late Guisseppe and Michelina (Ansalone) Abate.

Mr. Abate worked for Hearst Publications in New York City.  He later served in the United States Army during World War II.  He was stationed in the European theater of Operations.  He participated in the Battle of the Bulge.  He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Conspicuous Service Cross.

After the war, Mr. Abate entered the family business of Abate’s Meat Market in Brooklyn.  He later moved to Catskill in 1965.  He worked for Waldbaum’s and A&P Supermarkets prior to his retirement.

He later continued to work for the Greene County Department of Mental Health.

He was a communicant at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill; and a member of the VFW, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans Association.

Mr. Abate leaves behind his beautiful and wonderful and loving wife, Angeline (Honey) Lauro Abate of Catskill; his two caring sons, Patrick Abate of Madison, Conn.; and Paul Abate of Rotterdam; a daughter-in-law, Linda Abate of Madison, Conn.; two grandchildren, Gregory Abate of Conn.; and Lesely Abate of New Hampshire; many nieces and nephews; and great friends, Joe, Nancy, John, Ed, Ann and Bruce

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

Funeral services will be 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridge St., Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor and Fr. John Medwid, will be con-celebrating.

Interment will follow at the Catskill Rural Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y., 12414.


December 2, 2004

LAWRENCE E. CAREY
Credit Manager for Roosevelt Hotel

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Lawrence E. Carey, 70, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004 at Saint Clares Hospital in Denville.

He was born in Catskill and lived in Oak Park, Ill., before moving to Parsippany 40 years ago.

He graduated from Paul Smith College in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 1955 with an Associate Degree in Hotel Management.

He worked as a Credit Manager for Roosevelt Hotel in New York City for 35 years before retiring in 1994.  He was a limo driver for Harding Livery in Morris Plains for five years.

He was a member of Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the choir, both in Parsippany.  He was a former member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and their choir, both in Morris Plains.

Survivors include his loving children: Lawrence F. Jr., and his wife Danuta of Stockholm and Kimberly Anne Uhlig and her husband Thomas of Washington; his dear sister, Jane Wilt of Catskill; his cherished grandchildren: Carey Anne and Camryn Uhlig and Anne Maria, Emily Victoria and Christopher Carey; also survived by many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Mr. Carey was predeceased by his beloved wife: Anne F. (Frost) who died on Dec. 6, 1988.  Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany, N. J.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Saint Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 480 South Beverwyck Road, Parsippany, N. J., 07054.

Private cremation to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.


December 2, 2004

LOUIS ‘SAM’ DESLOUIS
Former Greene Co. employee

SOUTH CAIRO – Louis “Sam” Deslouis, 75, of South Cairo died Nov. 15, 2004 after a brief illness.

A native of Hastings-on-Hudson, Mr. Deslouis served three years in the U.S. Navy’s Mediterranean Fleet.  Living in South Cairo for the past 20 years he was employed by the Greene County Tourism Office and was recognized for his years of dedicated service in a memorial motion for adjournment bestowed by the Greene County Legislature at its Nov. 17 meeting. 

Survivors include his beloved stepbrother, Robert Pegaz and wife Lyn; two stepdaughters, Eileen Sauer and Kathleen Conrad; three nephews; two nieces; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helene, and a younger brother, Andre’ Pegaz.

His remains will be interred with those of his wife, Helene, in Westchester County.

Funeral arrangements were provided by Richard’s Funeral Home.


December 2, 2004

JOHN PROEBSTER
Officer State Parkway Police

CATSKILL – John Proebster, 83, of 122 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, surrounded by his loving nieces at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

He was born April 8, 1921 in Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y., the son of the late Charles and Barbara (Burkhardt) Proebster.

Mr. Proebster served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II.  He was employed as a Police Officer and Detective for the New York State Parkway Police in Babylon, Long Island.

During his employment Mr. Proebster was credited and recognized for helping solve the murder of a young woman in August 1970.  He was an avid saltwater fisherman on Long Island.

He was a long-time active member of the American Legion.

He has been a Catskill area resident since 1997.

He was known for his ability to help make people happy and was generous to a fault.  His honesty and loyalty will be greatly missed.

Survivors include three nieces, Judy Martino of Stuyvesant; Jackie Dunn of Catskill; and Mary Kline of Stuyvesant Falls; a nephew, Frank Proebster of Arizona; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Mr. Proebster was predeceased by his wife, Helen M. Proebster in 1984; a sister, Ruth Perry; and a brother, Charles Al Proebster.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia-Greene Humane Society, Hudson.


December 2, 2004

ANTONIA ‘TONI’ SZEGO
Loving wife and mother

LEEDS – Antonia “Toni” Szego, 75, of Route 23B, Leeds, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 29, 2004 at Westfield Hospital in Westfield, N.Y.

She was born Feb. 20 1929 in New York City, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Mary (Gruber) Milazzo.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Clifford Couchman, both of Stockton, N.Y.; and a grandson, Jamie Couchman and his wife Sara, of Portland, N.Y.

Mrs. Szego was predeceased by her husband Joseph Szego on August 28, 1968; a brother, Ed Hildenbrandt; and a sister, Mary V. Kirby.

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

Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor will be officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society; Eden Park Health Care Facility, 154 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, N. Y., 12414; or a charitable organization of one’s choice.


December 3, 2004 

JOHN J. CLOHESSY
Former Cairo Elementary School Crossing Guard

ALBANY – John J. Clohessy, 66 of South Cairo, formerly of Dumont, N.J., died Nov. 15, 2004 at Albany Medical Center.

Mr. Clohessy was retired from Brink’s Security in New York City after 33 years and after relocating to South Cairo he worked as a school crossing guard at Cairo Elementary School

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Nora; his children, Mary of Belleville, N.J., son John of Dumont, N.J., and Noreen and Phil Lilgeberg; and grandson Philip of Spotswood, N.J.

Funeral arrangements were at French Funeral Home, Dumont, N.J.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cairo Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


December 3, 2004

MARILYN ANN MATEER
Loving wife and mother

HUDSON – Marilyn Ann Mateer, 81, of Town Hall Drive in Greenport, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 11, 1923 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Eva (Jones) Spateholts.

Mrs. Mateer was a homemaker.

She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, H. W. Rogers Hose Fire Company, and the Royal Neighbors.

Survivors are a daughter, Barbara (Mateer) MacCormack of Columbiaville; two sons and daughters-in-law, LaRoy and Janie Mateer of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Orville T. and Janet Mateer of Hudson; four grandchildren, Michele (MacCormack) Herber and her husband, Dennis J. of Stuyvesant, Janis MacCormack of Albany, Joshua Mateer of South Carolina and Marcella Mateer of Hudson; a sister, Kathryn Ressler of Hudson; a brother, LaRoy Spateholts of Cuba, Allegany County, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mateer was predeceased by her husband Orville Mateer, brother, Crawford Spateholts, Sr., and a sister, Shirley Wendelken.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.


December 4, 2004

EUGENE K. SOMERS, Jr.
Loving husband and father

EARLTON – Eugene K. Somers, Jr., 42, of Earlton, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 at home.

Born April 4, 1962 in Catskill, he was the son of the late Eugene and Jane (Palmateer) Somers, Sr.

Gene graduated from Catskill High school and attended North Adams State College.

He was the loving husband of Jennifer (Hallenbeck) Somers of Earlton and the loving father of Eugene K. Somers, III.  He is also survived by his siblings, Andrea Simpkins and husband John of Avondale, AZ; William Somers of Mahway, NJ; Mary McEvoy and husband Dennis of Hudson; Patricia Austin and husband Allen of Catskill; Daniel Somers and wife Anine of Hopewell Junction; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Kathy Hallenbeck of Rensselaerville; brother-in-law William Hallenbeck and wife Jene of Greenville; sister-in-law Kathy Spaargaren and husband Frank of Milton, FL; two grandparents, Kay Bennette and Bertha Hallenbeck, both of Rensselaerville; three nieces and 10 nephews.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bridge St., Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor will be officiating.

Private interment will be at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, American Cancer Society or charity of choice.

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


December 5, 2004 

JOSEPH B. GRANICH
Lehigh Employee

CATSKILL – Joseph B. Granich, 84, of Pleasant Drive, Catskill, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2004 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born April 23, 1920 in Alsen, he was the son of the late Michael and Eva (Pilatich) Granich.

Joseph attended grade school in Alsen and was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Academy of Catskill.  He was an employee of Lehigh Portland Cement Company in Alsen.  In January 1942, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served until 1945.  He then returned to work at Lehigh for 30 years.

He later served as a District Representative, Trustee and District Vice President of District Council #8 of the United Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers Local 129 of the AFL-CIO for 15 years until he retired in 1985.

Mr. Granich was a communicant of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Catskill.  He was a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge 1341 and the New Scotland Beagle Club.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Anne (Yerkovich) Granich of Catskill; two sons, Michael J. Granich of Albany and Paul A. Granich and wife Susan, both of Catskill; a daughter, Eva Granich Sweetman and husband Robert of Staten Island; four grandchildren, Lenore A. Granich of Albany, Joseph A. Granich and wife Christine of East Greenbush, Adam L. Granich of Catskill and Thomas J. Granich of Catskill; two great-grandchildren, Siobhan Granich of Albany and Nikita Granich of East Greenbush; three sisters, Jane Granich, Mary Pasquini and Mildred Grobe, all of Albany; a brother, Nicholas Granich of Catskill and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Monday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church,  Bridge Street, Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will officiate.

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


December 5, 2004

JOANNE M. MACKEY
Insurance Clerk

SURPRISE – Joanne M. Mackey, 84, of Surprise died at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie on Friday, Dec. 3, 2004.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on Sept. 23, 1920, she was the daughter of the late John and Maria Gulisane.

Mrs. Mackey was a mail clerk at Pioneer Insurance Company in Greenville for many years before retiring in 1992.  She was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline White of Catskill and Barbara White of Athens; a sister, Natalie Gulisane of Catskill; a brother, John Gulisane of Greenville, five grandchildren; Scott, Joseph and Michael Myer and Curtis and Nicholas White; and five great grandchildren; Alexis Myer and Travis, Rachel, Amy and Benjamin White.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Angelina Dellamo and Diana Katusha and a brother, Michael Gulisane.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. 11877 Route 9W in Coxsackie.  Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  Rev. Jeremiah Nunan will officiate.  Interment will be private.


December 5, 2004

HELEN MALLON
Longtime resident

HENSONVILLE – Helen Mallon, 93, a long time resident of Hensonville, died on Friday, Dec. 3, 2004 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of Johanna (Freyberg) and Henry Will.

She was a graduate of Pratt Institute and attended the National Academy of Arts.

While residing in Manhattan, in addition to being a career woman, she was president of the Parent Teachers Association of Junior High School 104.  She also supervised and taught at the Washington Square Methodist Church Sunday School.  While residing in Hensonville, she was president of the Rebecca Lodge, treasurer of the Hensonville Methodist Church and president of the Ladies Aid.

Survivors include her relatives living on the New Hampshire seacoast, including her husband, Edward J. Mallon; a son, Edward J. Mallon Jr., and his wife Fran; three grandchildren, Edward J. Mallon III, Kathryn M. Taylor and Melinda M. Mallon; and five great grandchildren, Allison, Kathleen, William, Alexander and Madison.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home in Windham.  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Windham Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seacoast Hospice, 127 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH  03801.


December 5, 2004

ADOLPH B. WACHOWIEZ
Electrical Inspector

Adolph “Barney” Wachowiez, 86, formerly of Illinois, died Thursday, Dec. 2 at the VIP Care Pavilion in Margate, Florida following a long illness.

Born in Chicago on Feb. 9, 1918, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Kozik Wachowicz.

He was a foreman for General Electric in Illinois prior to his retirement in 1978.  He was the electrical inspector of the city of Lyons and was with the special police in Lyons earning their Junior Achievement Merit Award.

He was the husband of the late Adeline Wachowicz, who predeceased him in 1983.  He met the former Leila Plusch June on an Alaskan cruise and they were married on his birthday in 1985 in Catskill.  In September 1986, they moved to Pompano Beach, Florida, where he was a member of the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Leila Wachowicz of Pompano Beach; four step-children; Caroline Stevens, Cynthia Wase, Cheryl Steinman and Donald June; four step-grandchildren; his brother, John Wachowicz of Darien, Illinois; two sons; Robert and Gerald Wachowicz; a daughter, Linda Wachowicz; three grandchildren; three sisters; three sisters-in-law, including Grace A. Plusch of Catskill; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife, Adeline, he was predeceased by two brothers, Walter and Edmond Wachowicz.

Calling hours will be held at the Suburan Family Funeral Home at 5940 W. 35th Street in Cicero, Illinois on Friday, Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 11 at St. Mary’s Church in Cicero with entombment following in Resurrection cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Community Church at 841 S.E. 2nd Court in Deerfield Beach, Florida or the Alzheimer’s Association at 85 Watervaliet Ave. in Albany, NY  12206-2083 for the Northeast Chapter.


December 5, 2004

ANNA M. RUPERTO

DELMAR – Anna M. Ruperto, 61, of Glenmont and formerly of Catskill, died Friday, December 3, 2004 at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Brooklyn on March 7, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Louis Esposito and Elizabeth Cori.

Anna had a strong Catholic faith which sustained her during difficult times and helped her to overcome life’s obstacles.

She is survived by her loving son, Angelo J. Ruperto and his wife Loretta of Selkirk; her stepfather, Angelo Bonura of Catskill; two sisters, Alice Nania of Cairo and Michelina Busca of Florida; a goddaughter, Mauricia Fitzgerald of Hudson; nieces and grandnieces.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday evening, Dec. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill.  Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.

Contributions in Anna’s memory may be made to the Platelet Disorder Support Assn., P.O. Box 61533, Potomac, MD  20859.


December 6, 2004 

ELIZABETH ENG
Arrangements Incomplete

WEST COXSACKIE – Elizabeth Eng., 93, of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, died Dec. 5, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, will be announced.


December 6, 2004 

HARRY G. KNIFFEN
Life member of D.M. Hamilton Fire Co.

COXSACKIE – Harry G. Kniffen, 85, of New Street, Village of Coxsackie, died Dec. 5, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born June 5, 1919 in the Village of Coxsackie and was the son of the late George and Florence (Applebee) Kniffen.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Scully Foundry of Coxsackie.  He was also employed by the Coxsackie-Athens School District.

Mr. Kniffen was a lifetime member of the D.M. Hamilton Fire Company and an avid Giants fan.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Susan A. (Clapper) Kniffen of Coxsackie; a son, Harry G. Kniffen, Jr., of Athens; two daughters, Vera Crewell of Catskill; Susan Silvestris of Hudson; three sisters, Rose Greene of Coxsackie, Betty Meisner of Coxsackie, Kathryn Boice of Coxsackie; eight grandchildren, Kevin Silvestris of Red Hook, Robert Silvestris of Saugerties, Theresa Gregory of Cairo, Henry Olthoff of Catskill, Jeffrey Olthoff of Catskill, Tracy Garcia of Catskill, Nichole and Jennifer Lucas, both of Last Vegas.

He is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Mr. Kniffen was predeceased by a brother George Kniffen and a sister Anna Roeben.

Calling hours will be 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Brady Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Peters, Pastor of the First Reformed Church of Coxsackie officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad.  Envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home.


December 6, 2004

AUDREY B. LONG
Secretary at Greene Correctional Facility

COXSACKIE – Audrey B. Long, 80, of Coxsackie, died Sunday morning at Schuyler Ridge Nursing Home in Clifton Park.

She had been a resident of Latham since 2001 when she moved with her daughter.

She was born June 21, 1924 in Ballston Spa, the daughter of the late Sanford and Anna Marie (Randall) Briggs.

She was married Aug. 25, 1945 to Arthur Long who died Jan. 11, 1978.

Mrs. Long was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School and Albany Business School.  She was a secretary at Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie.

Survivors include her two daughters; Virginia and her husband Wayne Spickerman of Latham and Wendy and her husband, Paul Hildreth of Brunswick, NY; three grandchildren, Paul Hildreth Jr., Danielle and Vanessa Spickerman; a niece, Esther Miller of Alplaus, NY; and, three nephews, Quentin Barton, John Wilson, both of Ballston Spa and Samuel Wilson of Clifton Park.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Sopris Funeral Home, 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be conducted 8:30 p.m. Tuesday during the calling hours.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Memorial donations may be made toe Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Zimmerman, Albany Medical Center Hospital, Alzheimer’s Division or Alzheimer’s Association, NENY Chapter 85, Watervaliet Ave., Albany, NY  12206.


December 7, 2004 

DYLAN DANIEL CHOWKA
Infant Son

CAIRO – Dylan Daniel Chowka, son of Christina M. Merritt and Jeffrey Chowka of Cairo, died suddenly Monday, Dec. 6, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born Oct. 26, 2004 in Albany.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Donald and Cheryl Merritt of Purling; maternal great-grandmother, Leona Bartholomew of Catskill; paternal grandmothers, Joan Chowka and Joan Lowden, both of Freehold; an aunt, Kayla Merritt of Purling; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, will be officiating.

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


December 7, 2004

ELISABETH ENG
Beloved Mother

WEST COXSACKIE – Elizabeth Eng. 93, of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Yugoslavia, May 30, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Theresia (Aulenvach) Jung.

Mrs. Eng was an area resident for the last nine years.  She was a member of the First Reformed Church of West Coxsackie.  She loved needlework, traveling and shopping.

Survivors include her son, Raimund Eng of Athens; a daughter, Monika Barclay of Goldens Bridge; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband and her brother Karl Jung.

Calling hours are Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be held 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Peters, pastor of the First Reformed Church of West Coxsackie, officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the First Reformed Church, Mansion St., West Coxsackie, NY  12192 or to the charity of your choice.


December 8, 2004

HELEN A. CANAPE
Homemaker

HUDSON – Helen A. Canape, 86, of 123 Fairview Avenue in Hudson, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born March 29, 1918 in Auburn, Cayuga County, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Amelia (Lyzak) Super.

Mrs. Canape was a homemaker.

She attended the Hudson City School District.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hudson and the Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Louis S. Canape of Hudson; two daughters, Carol Canape Race and Leitha Canape Pierro and son-in-law, Carmine Pierro, all of Hudson; one sister, Sopie Graboski of Hudson; two grandsons, Anthony Pierro and his wife, Lisa, and Christopher Pierro and his wife, Patricia, all of Hudson; a great-grandson Curtis Segura of Hudson, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Anthony Super and Thomas Super; a sister, Mary Canape Pulver; and a son-in-law, Richard Race.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

Services will be conducted 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson.

Interment will be in the Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hudson Lions Club Sight and Hearing; the Columbia Greene Hospital Foundation-Hospice Unit; or St. Mary’s Church.


December 8, 2004 

LESTER ‘BUSSE’ ROE
Arrangements incomplete

CATSKILL – Lester “Busse” Roe, 88, lifelong Catskill resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in West Brookfield, Mass.  Funeral arrangements under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, are incomplete.


December 9, 2004 

C. MICHAEL HUNT
SUNY Albany Student

ATHENS – C. Michael Hunt, 23, of Athens, died Wednesday, Dec. 8. 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Albany, the son of Charles and Marie Tozzi Hunt of Athens.

Michael attended Christian Brothers Academy and graduated from Coxsackie-Athens High School in 1999.

He was currently a psychology major at SUNY Albany and has resided in Latham while in college for the last three years.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church I Coxsackie and a member of the United States Judo Association.  He received his black belt in Judo and won numerous championships and was an avid weightlifter.

In addition to his loving parents, he is survived by his son, Dominic Trifiletti Hunt of Colonie; his girlfriend, Ericka Trifiletti of Colonie; a sister, Candice Hunt and a brother, Matthew Hunt, both of Athens; two uncles, Rocco (Linda) Tozzi of Latham and John (Karen) Tozzi of Menands; one Aunt, Susan (Eddie) Phillips of Troy; his maternal grandfather, Rocco Tozziof Latham; and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Marie Tozzi and his paternal grandparents, Calvin and Lois Hunt.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Road, Latham.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in St. Mary’s Church, Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy.


December 9, 2004 

MINNIE PARTRIDGE
Loving mother and grandmother

WINDHAM – Minnie Partridge, 92, of Windham, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004 at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford with her children at her bedside.

Born in Mitchell Hollow on May 31, 1912 to Vernon and Nora (Smith) Howard.

She was a lifelong resident of Windham.

She was an active member of the Mitchell Hollow Chapel, where she played piano for services, Methodist Church, Mt. Star Oasis No. 237, Grange and the Ashland Quilters.

Mrs. Partridge will be remembered for her unconditional love, cheer, compassion and goodwill that she gave to all.  She took in deer hunters in the fall and fresh air children in the summer.

For many years, she provided transportation and supplied groceries to neighbors who were shut-ins.  She was a pillar of strength and love to all who knew her.

She is survived by three children, Rita Lang, Judy Lamanec and Robin Partridge; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Partridge is predeceased by her sister, Leola Lane, her husband of 70 years, Chester Partridge, daughter, Dr. Joan Partridge, and great-granddaughter, Olivia Junker.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham.  Eastern Star service will be 1:30 p.m. followed by funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mitchell Hollow Chapel, Mt. Star Oasis, or Catskill Hospice.  Envelopes will be available.


December 9, 2004 

WILLIAM E. VAN TASSEL
Self-employed Landscaper

ANCRAM – William E. Van Tassel 58, of Route 82 in Ancram and a former longtime resident of Catskill, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY.

Born April 2, 1946 in Catskill, he was the son of the late William E. and Dora (Lennon) Van Tassel, Sr.

Mr. Van Tassel had been self employed in the landscaping industry.  He was a member of the American Pool Players Association Tuesday Night League in Columbia County.

Survivors include a daughter, Samantha Van Tassel of Catskill; a son Matthew Van Tassel of Catskill; three sisters, Shirley Brady of Colonie, Lois Bogue of Ancram and Sharlene Nangle of Florida; five brothers, Gerald Van Tassel of Surprise, John Van Tassel of Cairo, Michael Van Tassel of Pine Plains, NY, Donald Van Tassel of Arizona, and Elwood Van Tassel of Catskill; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister Marie Van Tassel.

Calling hours are Friday 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22, Copake.

Funeral services will be Friday 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be private in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Oak Hill, NY.

To send an online condolence, please visit: peckandpeck.net.


December 9, 2004 

LESTER ‘BUSSE’ ROE
World War II Veteran

WEST BROOKFIELD – Lester “Busse” Roe, 88, lifelong Catskill area resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at Quaboag on the Commons, in West Brookfield, MA.

He was born Sept. 21, 1916, in Catskill, the son of the late Floyd and Leah (Seeley) Roe.

He served in the United States Navy as a machinists mate, and was a veteran of World War II.  He was employed by Central Hudson Gas and Electric for 31 years.

He was a member of the Catskill Country Club for many years.  He worshipped at the United Methodist Church in Catskill and was a life member of Citizens Hose Company #5, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Roe was predeceased by two brothers, C. Vincent Roe and John Roe; a sister Thelma Giandana; and a nephew Randall (Skip) Roe.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mrs. Doris (Hill) Roe of West Brookfield, MA; three daughters, Leslie Roe-McCabe and husband Jack McCabe; Shelly Roe, and Holly Roe-Garceau; seven grandchildren, Jason McCabe and wife Wendy McCabe, Meridith Kiritsy and husband Chris Kiritsy, Lindsay McCabe, Brooke and Carli Epstein, Colin and Travis Roe-Raymond.  He also had four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Grace and Abigail Kiritsy, and Declan McCabe; a brother, Richard Roe and family of Catskill; a sister Barbara Roe-Simpkins and family; two sisters-in-law Margaret Roe and Irma Roe; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Saturday, Dec. 11, fro 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  The Rev. Russell Sargent, Pastor Emeritus of the United Methodist Church of Catskill, will be officiating.  Interment will follow at the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the United Methodist Church of Catskill; or the Alzheimer’s Association.


December 10, 2004

WILMA G. ‘WILLIE’ BECKER
Cook Bobby Jean’s Restaurant

PALENVILLE – Wilma G. “Willie” Becker, 66, of Route 32A died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004 in the Kingston City Hospital.

Born Aug. 9, 1938 in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Wilmer and Beatrice Monroe Brenneman.

An area resident for many years, she previously resided in Cairo.

She was employed as a cook at the Bobby Jean’s Restaurant in Cairo and later at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

In later years, she also managed area properties.

She was a member of the Gloria Dei Episcopal Church in Palenville.  She enjoyed country music and selling glassware at area flea markets.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Becker, three daughters; Dale Rogers of Texas, Mary Bouton of Red Hook and Patricia Bouton of Palenville; one son, Ralph Bouton of Williamsburg, VA; one sister, Melva Williaman of Albany, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Gloria Dei Episcopal Church in Palenville, with Rev. John E. Miller, Pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Schenectady Memorial Park in Schenectady.

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


December 11, 2004

MABEL OTTY HART
Homemaker

LIVINGSTON – Mabel Otty Hart, 93, formerly of Star Route in Greenport and Home For the Aged in Hudson, died Thursday Dec. 9, 2004 at the Adventist Nursing Home.

Born Nov. 5, 1911, in Claverack, she was the daughter of the late Tilden and Anna (Wagner) Rote.

Mrs. Hart was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking and gardening.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson.

She was predeceased by her husbands, John H. Otty, Sr., and Andrew Hart; a daughter, Rose Ann Domkoski; three brothers, Elmer, Art and Raymond Rote; and three sisters, Goldie McIntosh, Ida Coons, and Rose Walker.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Ray Preusser of Craryville; three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Pauline Otty of Bells Pond, Robert and Dotty Otty of Hudson and Richard and Dena Otty of Round Top; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.

Services will be conducted Monday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Reformed Cemetery in Greenport.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Reformed Church, PO Box 355, Hudson, NY 12534, or to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner road, Albany, NY 12205.


December 11, 2004

JOSEPH JAMES LUCAS, SR.
Carpenter

PALENVILLE – Joseph James Lucas, Sr., 77, of Palenville died on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004.

Born in Whitestone, NY on March 1, 1927, he was the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Voity) Lucas.

Mr. Lucas was a carpenter and a beloved father and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Patricia (Meehan) Lucas.

He is survived by his beloved sisters, Theresa Demarest of Palenville and Joan West of Rhinebeck; his brother, Michael Lucas of Florida; two sons, Dennis and Jane (O’Brien) Lucas of Haines Falls, and Joseph Lucas, Jr., of Palenville; three daughters, John and Dianne (Lucas) Campisi of Catskill, Elizabeth Lucas of Whoville, and James and Nora (Lucas) Ahearn of Palenville; six grandchildren, Dennis Lucas of Haines Falls, Erin (Warrington) Rodriquez of Palenville, Sarahbeth and Jared Lucas of Vermont, and Kylah and Meehan Ahearn of Palenville; and four great-grandchildren, Katie, Kelsey, Natasha and Zachery.

A church service will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Church in Palenville.


December 12, 2004 

LEWIS A. HORTON
Lifelong resident

CAIRO – Lewis A. Horton, 90, of Cairo, died Dec. 10, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born in Cairo on March 25, 1914, he was the son of the late William and Sylvia (Chappell) Horton.

Lewis worked as a general laborer for several contractors before his retirement.

Survivors include his nephew, Robert Shaw and his wife Marie of Greenville; a niece, Arlene DiBello and her husband Russell of Greenville; and several grand nieces and great-grand nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Horton, and a sister, Marion Shaw.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 13, at 11:30 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.  Calling hours will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral.

Interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery.


December 12, 2004

JEANNE SMITH
Devoted Mother

Jeanne Anderson Smith, 69, of Waynesboro, VA, died Nov. 22, 2004 at a local hospital.

Born Nov. 15, 1935, in Winchester, VA, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Frances George Anderson.

Jeanne was a philosopher, quilter and devoted mother.

Survivors include her children, Shaw Smith of Center Sandwich, NH; Chris Smith of San Francisco, CA, and Lisa Smith of New York, NY; a sister Lynn Anderson of Richmond, VA and four grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Nov. 27 in Charlottesville, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society 3042 D. Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Hill & Wood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


December 13, 2004 

FRANK C. DECICCO, JR.
Flew in 303rd Bomber Group

RICHMOND, Texas – Frank Christopher DeCicco, Jr., 81, of Richmond, Texas, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 at his home.

He was born on Dec. 6, 1923, in Kingston, the son of Frank and Elvira Mayone DeCicco.

He attended the Braden’s Prep School at West Point before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  While stationed at Molesworth, England, he flew in the 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, known as the “Hell’s Angels”.

On April 21, 1946, he married Jean Huber in Newburgh.  In 1976, he founded Remax of Texas, Inc. and sold the company in 2001 and served as an honorary director until his death.

He has lived in the Richmond, Texas area for 17 years.  He was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, in Katy, Texas.  He was also on the Board of Directors of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum in Savannah, GA, and the Commemorative Air Force West Houston Squadron in Houston.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean DeCicco; daughters, Jessica DeCicco, Deborah Masterson and husband Terry, Rebecca Musser and husband Larry, Angela Vos and husband Gary, Ellie Mills and husband Bob; his grandchildren, Whitney Masterson, Travis Masterson, Brandon Vos, Lindsay Vos, John Holland, Mark Holland, Faith Armstrong and husband Richard, Matthew Holland and wife Sara, and Caroline Holland; and his great grandchildren, Victoria, Christopher and Kara.  He is also survived by his brother, Joseph DeCicco and wife Claire; and his sister Mary Angela Doebler and husband Bill.

A wake service will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy, TX, with Deacon William C. Wagner officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy, TX.  Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Katy, TX, with the Rev. John Kha Tran, Celebrant.  Interment in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Youth Building Fund at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 5356 Eleventh Street, Katy, TX  77493, or the University of Texas Health Services, c/o Heart Institute, 7000 Fannin, Houston, TX  77030 or to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Development Office, P.O. Box 4486, Houston TX  77210-4486.


December 13, 2004

LOUISE A. DE LUKE
Medical Transcriptionist

HUDSON – Louise A. De Luke died on Friday, Dec. 10, 2004 at Willa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home.

Born July 18, 1943, in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Peter J. and Sophie (Urban) De Luke, Sr.

She was raised in Albany and graduated from Cardinal McCloskey High School.

She was the beloved sister of Peter J. De Luke, Jr. and Jean De Luke Ziminski.

Ms. De Luke was a long time resident of Daytona Beach, FL, and worked for many years at Florida Health Care as a Medical Transcriptionist before retiring and then relocating back to the Albany area.

Survivors include one uncle, Louis De Luke of Stottville, two aunts, Pauline Popow of Greenport, Mary Cheblewicz of Waterbury, CT, five nephews, four nieces, six great-nephews, twelve great-nieces and several cousins.

She also had many devoted friends in and around the Albany area and South Florida, including Agnes Hulsopple Soules of 50-plus years, Ginny Marohn and several others.

A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson that will be presided by Fr. Wilson Bath of St. Mary’s Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, 301 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY  12208.

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


December 14, 2004

SOPHIE DORIS BARBER
Volunteer

ROTTERDAM – Sophie D. Barber, 86, of Claremont Avenue, died suddenly at home Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004.

Mrs. Barber was born in Catskill and resided most of her life in the Schenectady area.

She was a World War II Navy Wave before working at the Army Depot and the Watervliet Arsenal where she retired with over 30 years service, as a procurement clerk.

She had a lifelong love of people of all ages, which was evident with her volunteerism in the Schenectady community.  She had many interests and was involved in many organizations, especially those with advocacy for senior citizens.  She was past president of the Highbridge Civic Association, past officer of the National Association of Federal Employees, past president of AARP 490, board member of the Annie Schaffer Senior Citizens Center, Human Service Planning Council, New York State Senior Action Council, active with the Rotterdam Seniors, where she was a trip director, past president of Catholic Daughters Court St. Catherine No. 128 and the Christ Child Society, she was a charter member of the Women’s Memorial Foundation and among being honored many times through the years, she also received the Schenectady County Office of the Aging Senior Citizen of the Year.  She was a long time communicant of St. Madeline Sophie Church where she was also a volunteer and a member of the choir.  She enjoyed golf, bowling, playing cards, crocheting and being with people. 

She married Anthony J. Barber in 1948.  He died in 1980.  She was also predeceased by her sister, Frances Ganson.

She is survived by relatives, friends and neighbors.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Daly Funeral Home, Inc., 242 McClellan St., Schenectady.

Interment was conducted at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.


December 14, 2004 

HAROLD J. JENKINS
U.S. Army Sergeant

WOODLAKE VILLAGE – Harold J. Jenkins, 82, of Woodlake Village, died Saturday, Dec. 11, at Grand Stand Regional Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Mr. Jenkins was born on March 31, 1922, in England to the late John and Mary Agnes Scott Jenkins.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on Nov. 4, 1942 in Yonkers and served with the 2117th Air Base Unit in Central Burma and China, earning the rank of Sergeant as well as the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and W.W.II Victory Medal prior to his discharge of Jan. 12, 1946 from Fort Dix, NJ.

As an electrician, he was a 50 year member of the 501 IBEW in Westchester, NY, and 724 IBEW in Albany.

He was a faithful parishioner of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Surfside Beach, SC.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Barone Jenkins of Woodlake Village and their four children; Harold Scott Jenkins of Catskill, William John Jenkins of Coxsackie, Christopher Michael Jenkins of Myrtle Beach, SC and Joanne Marie Hanusik of Catskill; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in St. Mary’s Church of Coxsackie with entombment following in Schenectady Memorial Park.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. prior to Mass at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation SC Chapter, 5019 Nations Crossings, Bldg. 7, Suite 217, Charlotte, NC  29217.

The Goldfinch Funeral Home provided the arrangements in Murrells Inlet, SC.


December 14, 2004

MARIE K. IOANNOU
Founding member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption

HENSONVILLE  – Marie K. Ioannou, formerly of Hensonville, died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2004 in Hackensack, NJ.

She was born April 12, 1917, in Asgata Cyprus to George and Melanie Anastasiou.

Mrs. Ioannou was one of the original founding members of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Windham.

She was a housewife, former owner of the Hilltop House in Hensonville and the New Olympia Hotel in Windham with husband Kyriacos Ioannou.

Mrs. Ioannou was known for helping her favorite charities and always thinking of others during the holidays by donating food.  Her love for God and the church was what drove her to campaign for the building of the Greek Orthodox Church.

She is the mother of eight children, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 21.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Decker Funeral Home, Windham.


December 14, 2004

LEE ALLAN RYAN
Loving son

PRATTSVILLE – Lee Allan Ryan, 19, of Dallas, GA, formerly of Prattsville, died Dec. 12, 2004.

He was the son of Leslie and Marlene Ryan, stepbrother of Andrea Braren and Billie J-Ann Ryan, and grandson of Charles Dean and Emily Ryan.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday at the Windham Cemetery with Pastor Ellen Oliveto officiating.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Decker Funeral Home, Windham.


December 15, 2004 

ETTA M. APA
Lifetime Athens Village resident

ATHENS – Etta M. Apa, 91, of North Franklin St., Athens, died Dec. 14, 2004, at the Eden Park Health Care Center, Catskill.

She was born in Athens, and was the daughter of the late Sanford Porter and Jane Elizabeth (Frisbee) Lee.

She was a communicant of the St. Patrick’s Church of Athens, a member of the Alter Rosary Society, a lifetime resident of the Village of Athens, and past employee of the Kaden Brothers Pocketbook Factory.  For many years, she was the Athens Town Collector.

Survivors include her sister Marguerite Favicchio of Athens and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. 

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Michael Apa, her brother Phillip Lee and her sister Delsi LaPorte.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Patrick’s Church, Athens.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Washington St., Athens.  Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.


December 15, 2004

ELIZABETH F. PARISI
Arrangements incomplete

RENSSELAER - Elizabeth F. Parisi, formerly of Mansion Street, Coxsackie, died Dec. 14, 2004, in Rensselaer.  Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc.  Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, are to be announced.


December 16, 2004 

GEORGINE C. ANDRESEN
Arrangements incomplete

Georgine C. Andresen, 75, of Old Route 23, Cairo, died Wed., Dec. 15, 1004 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo, are incomplete at this time.


December 16, 2004 

ALFRED CLEARWATER II
Salesman

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Alfred Clearwater II, 72, of Virginia Beach, VA, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 at his residence.

Born in Kingston, he was a salesman with Bertones Mobile and Modular Home, Inc., and a former circulation and advertising salesman for both the weekly and daily newspapers in Catskill, and was a former insurance agent for Metropolitan Insurance.

He was involved in all levels of baseball in Greene County, including Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion League and former president of Catskill Babe Ruth League.

He served as an MP for the Marine Corps, while stationed in Kyoto, Japan at the end of the Korean Conflict, and also attended CBR School in Fort McClellan, AL.

Survivors are his wife, Annette C. Clearwater of Virginia Beach, three daughters, Cindy L. Clearwater and her husband Frank Espana of Alexandria, VA, Elaine A. Clearwater of Virginia Beach, Amy L. Mullis and her husband Paul of Yorktown, VA, four grandchildren, Makena G. Espana-Clearwater, Brady Mullis, Nathan Mullis, his mother-in-law, Edith B. Heins, cousin Eileen Roe and family, Cary, NC and numerous cousins and friends, especially Charlie Calcagno of Catskill.

Mr. Clearwater is predeceased by his two sons, Alfred B. and Carl J. Clearwater.

Calling hours will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 and 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, prior to the funeral service at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home by Chaplin Vinson Miller with burial on Monday, Dec. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in Quantico National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local DAV or charity of choice.


December 16, 2004 

ELIZABETH F. PARISI
Loving mother

RENSSELAER - Elizabeth F. Parisi, formerly of Mansion Street, Coxsackie, died Dec. 14, 2004, at the Van Rensselaer Manor in Troy. 

She was born July 27 1913 in Poland, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Lavacek) Lenicek.

Mrs. Parisi has been a resident of Coxsackie for 34 years, a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and loved gardening and cooking.

Survivors include a son, Joseph and daughter-in-law, Susanne, of Schoharie; and, two daughters, Marie Parisi of Arizona and Teresa Murphy and son-in-law Regan of Rensselaer; three grandchildren, Camille, Casey and Cody; a sister-in-law Edith Parisi; nieces, nephews, and dear friends Fred and Jean Donovan, Jerry Lasher, Kathy Griffiths and Mary Mackin.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Parisi is predeceased by her husband Frank.

A special thanks to the A3 staff at The Manor, especially Darlene.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Athens.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1905.  Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.


December 17, 2004

GEORGINE C. ANDRESEN
Former member Cairo Town Planning Board

Georgine C. Andresen, 75, of Old Route 23, Cairo, died Wed., Dec. 15, 1004 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born Nov. 7, 1929, on an island off Germany called Insel Fohr Schleswig Holstein, and was the daughter of the late Georg and Meta (Friedricksen) Andresen.

She had been a secretary for the Republican Club, a member of the Town of Cairo Planning Board,  a long standing member of 28 years of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo and its church choir, a member of the Lily Pod Writer’s Club, a member of the Artists Guild, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society; she also love to paint.

Survivors include her niece, Margaret-Ann Maben of Worcester, NY, a brother, Georg Andresen of Germany, a sister, Wilma Hommel of Catskill, step-son, Victor De Francesco and several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles in Germany.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Conrad De Francisco.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Resurrection Church, Cairo, with Rev. Victor Nelson, Pastor of the Resurrection Church officiating.

The day of the memorial service, everyone is asked to meet at the church.

Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Interment will take place in the springtime in the family plot of the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Resurrection Lutheran Church, Route 32, Cairo, NY, 12413 or to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


December 17, 2004

GEORGE J. TERPENING
Former Town of Saugerties supervisor

SAUGERTIES – George J. Terpening, 77, of Market Street, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at the Albany Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born June 12, 1927, in Saugerties, he was the son of the late George and Elizabeth Coffey Terpening.

A lifelong area resident, Mr. Terpening was a graduate of Saugerties High School class of 1946.  He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.  After his discharge from the Army, he owned and operated “Terp’s Half Hour Laundry” until 1957 when he became a State Farm Insurance Agent.  He was in State Farm Management from 1963-1975.  He opened the Sawyer Insurance Agency in 1976 until his retirement.  Active in community affairs, he served as a Village of Saugerties trustee in 1958 as the police commission.  He later became a Town of Saugerties councilman and in 1992, he was elected Town of Saugerties supervisor.  During Woodstock 94 were begun and after he left office he became the liaison between the town and Woodstock organizers.  He was vice president and50 year member of the Snyder Hose Fire Company, a member of he Saugerties Exempts Fireman’s Association, an active member of the Saugerties Blue-Kats Men’s Club where he organized the drill team and was in charge of the Christmas Lites Committee.  For more than 30 years, he was a member of the Catskill Glee Club and was the co-founder of the “Chord Busters” musical group.  He was a member of the Saugerties American Legion Post #72 and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #5034.  An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Sawyerkill Country Club and a current member of the Rip Van Winkle Gold Club in Palenville.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Diaz Ambulance Service in Saugerties, sponsored and played for several years in the Saugerties Athletic Association Softball league and sponsored ‘women’s softball and volley ball teams.  He was a past member of the Saugerties Bowlers Club and was a member of the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame.  He was a former member of the Saugerties Knights of Columbus and the Heritage Mutual Company Board of Directors.  He was a life long parishioner and former usher at St. Mary of the Snow RC Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Katherine Stewart, with whom he recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary; son, George J. Terpening, Jr., of Saugerties; daughters, Belinda Robinson, Sandra “Sandy” Terpening and Melissa “Missy” Nevil, all of Saugerties; brother, Robert E. Terpening of Fulerton, CA; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral procession will form at 10:15 a.m., Thursday, at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, thence to St. Mary of the Snow RC Church in Saugerties where, at 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. 

Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post #72 and the VFW Post #5034 will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


December 18, 2004 

JOHANNA F. BAUER
Bavarian Manor Owner

CAIRO – Johanna F. Bauer, 80, of Bavarian Manor, Mountain Ave., Purling, died Dec. 17, 2004 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Munich, Germany, Feb. 5, 1924, Johanna was the daughter of the late George and Anna (Schneider) Henniger.

Johanna was an area resident since 1947.  She owned and operated the Bavarian Manor in Purling from 1948 to 1966.  She was a lifetime charter member of the round Top Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge No. 1341, past member of the Cairo PTA, a member of the Republican Club, a member of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Greene County Women’s League Cancer Patient Aid.  Johanna loved knitting, gardening, crocheting and all kinds of hand-work.

She is survived by two sons, William K. Bauer, Jr., of Purling and Kenneth G. Bauer of Earlton; a daughter, Susanne Oldakowski of Purling; seven grandchildren, Christopher Bauer, Katherine, Jozef, Nicholas and William Oldakowski, and Sarah and Elizabeth Bauer; and many second cousins.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, on Sunday, Dec. 19, and Monday, Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  The Round Top Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary will hold services in her memory on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Interment will follow next to her late husband, William Bauer, Sr., who predeceased her March 25, 1988, in the family plot of St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Greene County Women’s League Cancer Patient Aid, c/o Mary Lupoli, 467 Silver Spur Road, W. Purling, NY  12470.


December 18, 2004

ROBERT J. BRANDON
Met Life sales agent

SOUTH WESTERLO – Robert J. Brandon, 76, of Brooklyn, whose family lives in South Westerlo, died Dec. 15, after a long illness.

Born Feb. 9, 1928, in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Robert and Lucy Babino Brandon.  He was retired from Metropolitan Life Insurance as a sales agent.  He also served in the US Navy as a young man.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gisa Brandon, in 2000.  He was also predeceased by two sisters and his former wife, Helen Valentino, in 1995.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Barbara Brandon of South Westerlo; another son, Robert Brandon and his wife Josephine of Brooklyn; three daughters, Gloria Brandon of Staten Island, Eileen Waked and husband Joe of North Carolina, and Jennifer Milkovits and husband Phil of Brooklyn; seven grandchildren, Alana and Alexa Brandon of South Westerlo, Sarah, Robert and Thomas Brandon of Brooklyn, and Eddie and Veronica Waked of North Carolina.

A mass will be celebrated today at St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn.


December 18, 2004

ALTHEA R. FLETCHER
Arrangements incomplete

COXSACKIE – Althea R. Fletcher 86, of Mansion Street, Coxsackie, died Dec. 16, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, are incomplete and will be announced.


December 18, 2004

YVONNE S. GENNEWEIN
Eddy Knitting Mill employee

COXSACKIE – Yvonne S. Gennewein, 66, of 383 Bronk Mill Road, West Coxsackie, died Dec. 16, 2004 at her residence after a long illness.

Born May 16, 1938, in Malone, she was the daughter of Mary Sosvill of Malone.

Yvonne was an area resident of West Coxsackie for four years.  She loved gardening and flowers.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Eddy Knitting Mill in Flushing.

She is survived by a dear friend, John Mlekusch of West Coxsackie; two daughters, Ivett and Deborah of New Jersey; three sisters, Nancy, Shelly and Sheila; and five grandchildren, Dillon, Cayla, Steven, Peter and Bryan.

Memorial services will take place Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m., at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, with the Rev. Harrison Putnam, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.  In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will be postponed to Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Private cremation will take place Monday at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.


December 18, 2004

MARY TORTORELIS
Hospital administrator

WINDHAM – Mary Tortorelis, 68, of Windham, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004 at the Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent.

She was born Aug. 12, 1935, in New York City.  Mrs. Tortorelis worked for many years at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City as a hospital administrator.

She is survived by her mother, Lucy Stavroulakis; her sister, Eva Stavroulakis; two sons, George Tortorelis and Anthony Albanopoulos; two granddaughters, Nichole and Sheena Tortorelis; and one great-grandson, Seth C. Mahoney.

Calling hours will be Sunday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.  Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m., at the Greek Church of the Assumption in Windham.


December 19, 2004 

ANGELO J. BONURA
Owner of Saf-Way Auto

CATSKILL – Angelo John Bonura, 74, of Catskill, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 17, 2004 at Albany Medical Center Hospital from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident earlier in the day.

Born May 1, 1930, in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Gasper and Ida Bonura.

Angelo served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  He owned and operated Saf-Way Auto Sales in Leeds for many years and was a past member of the Leeds Fire Department.

Angelo was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Cori Bonura, on June 19, 1993; a daughter, Anna Ruperto on Dec. 3, 2004; a brother, George Bonura; and a sister, Mary Benanti.

Survivors include two daughters; Alice Nania and husband Salvatore of Acra and Michelina Busca and husband Thomas of Florida; four brothers; Joseph, Frank, Carl and Salvatore Bonura; three grandchildren; Angelo Ruperto and wife Loretta of Albany, Audrey Zimmer and husband Leonard of Catskill and Donna Busca and husband Eric Rivera of Florida; two great-grandchildren; Leah E. Zimmer of Catskill and Keyanna Busca-Rivera of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Monday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 8 a.m., followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bridge Street in Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will officiate.

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


December 20, 2004 

EUGENIE A. DODANE
Owned Paul’s Tavern

CHANDLER, AZ – Eugenie A. Dodane, 93, known to all as “Gene”, died Dec. 15, 2004, in the Regency Health Center in Chandler, AZ.

She was born Dec. 5, 1911, in Paris, France, daughter of the late Charles and Philomene (Van Hooydonck) LePelletier.

She came to the United States at 3 years of age and was raised in New York City.  There she met Paul P. Dodane, also from France, and they married in the mid-1930’s.  In 1938, Gene and Paul moved to Greenville and purchased a tavern, which they named Paul’s Tavern on route 32, north of Greenville, which they successfully operated together until 1954, at which time the business was sold and Gene became a full-time homemaker.

She was an active member of the Congregational Church of South Westerlo, the Clematis Garden Club and the Order of the Eastern Star.  In 1969, following the death of her husband Paul, she moved to Delmar.  She then moved in the mid-1970’s to the Bay Area of California to be closer to her son and his family, and later moved to Chandler, AZ, again to be closer to her family.

Survivors include her son, Paul C. Dodane and his wife Elnora, (Roe) Dodane, two grandchildren, Paul P. Dodane II, and Christopher Martin Dodane, all of Chandler, AZ, as well as many friends in Greenville, South Westerlo and Delmar.

Interment will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, in the Bethlehem Cemetery, Delmar, beside her husband.

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


December 20, 2004

THERESA M. MACFARLANE
Loving wife and mother

PHILMONT – Theresa M. (Grant) MacFarlane, 78, of Philmont, died Dec. 19, 2994, at Pine Haven Nursing Home, Philmont.

She was born May 17, 1926, in Hudson, daughter of the late Henry and Agnes (Redmond) Grant.

Mrs. MacFarlane was a long time resident of Philmont.  She was a lifetime member of the Minkler-Seery Post 252 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and a past member of the Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society.  Theresa and her family prided her as being a patriotic American, and she was also an immense Yankees fan.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, John P. MacFarlane of Philmont; three sons, Robert and Janet MacFarlane of Philmont, James and John MacFarlane of California, Richard MacFarlane of Medfield; two daughters, Mary Prazma of Philmont, Anne MacFarlane, of Virginia; a very close family friend, Lucy Carew of Virginia; two brothers, George Edward Grant of Brewster, Clifford Grant of Florida; two sisters, Frances Schermerhorn of Philmont, Marget O’Brien of New Hampshire; 14 grandchildren, Michael Wheeler, Jason MacFarlane, Brian Wheeler, Jeanna Fiqols, Even Wheeler, Christopher MacFarlane, Sarah Hartley, Lexie MacFarlane, Grant Wheeler, Cindy MacFarlane, James Prazma, Randy Prazma, Jr., Brooke Prazma, Ian MacFarlane, eight grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. MacFarlane was predeceased by her daughter, JoAnn Klugo and three brothers, Richard Grant, Robert Grant and Vincent Grant.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Valenti & Richards funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the Sacred Heart Church, Philmont, with Rev. Fr. Ethier, Pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Philmont, as the celebrant.

Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Philmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Haven Home Sunshine Fund, P.O. Box E, 200 Main St., Philmont, NY, or to the Philmont Rescue Squad.


December 21, 2004 

GEORGE Z. TARANTO
World War II veteran

EARLTON – George Z. Taranto, 77, of Earlton, died Monday morning Dec. 20, 2004 at the Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany.

Born in the Village of Athens, Sept. 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Antoinio and Lucy (Van Kuren) Taranto.

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

He had been a welder for Grumman Allied in Athens and later was a driver for Thorp’s and a self-employed carpenter and welder.  He also worked for Community Action in the weatherization program.

Mr. Taranto enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as growing vegetables.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Riopel) Taranto of Cairo; his son, George and his wife Marlene Taranto of Earlton; his two daughters, Patricia and her husband Tom Vita of Catskill and Lucianne and her husband Tim of Athens; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Taranto was predeceased by his daughter, Pamela Bishop of Dec. 12, 2001.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at the Sopris funeral home, Inc., 1877 Route 9W, West Coxsackie.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may call after 9 a.m.

Interment will follow in the Old Athens Rural Cemetery.  The Rev. Carol Lewis will officiate.


December 24, 2004 

HAROLD (HERMAN) KLEINBERG
Beloved family man

CATSKILL – Harold (Herman) Kleinberg, 89, of 25 Cowles St., Catskill, died suddenly Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born Dec. 11, 1915, in Newark, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph and Lilly (Rand) Kleinberg.

Mr. Kleinberg had been a Catskill area resident since 1922, His parents owned and operated the Smith House and Joe’s Tavern in Catskill.  He served in the United States Coast Guard during WWII.  He was a piano player for many years and remembered practicing with gloves on during the winter months.  He was a family man whose interest in life were his family, children and grandchildren, with whom he spent much time.  He was a member of the Temple Israel in Catskill and Honeyford Memorial Post #110, American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of more than 49 years, Martha (Tepper) Kleinberg of Catskill; two sons, Kenneth Kleinberg and wife Elaine Sciolino, both of West Saugerties, and Ronald Kleinberg and wife Nina, both of Dix Hills, Long Island; a brother, Sidney Kleinberg of Lincoln, CA; a sister, Gloria Applebaum of Liverpool, NY; three grandchildren, Giona Kleinberg and Jaea Kleinberg of West Saugerties, and Maya Kleinberg of Dix Hills, Long Island; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Morris Kleinberg.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, at Traver & McCurry  Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  Rabbi Brian Daniels of Temple Israel will be officiating.

Interment will follow at Temple Israel Cemetery in Catskill.

Contributions in Mr. Kleinberg’s name may be made to the Temple Israel, Spring Street, Catskill, 12414, or the Heart and Lung Fund.


December 24, 2004

ELEFTHERIA MASTROS
Loving wife

WINDHAM – Eleftheria Mastros, 80, of Windham, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

She was born Dec. 4, 1924 in New York City.

Mrs. Mastros worked as a manager in a Family Dollar store in Jackson Heights, NY.

She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Mastros and her sister Ann Sarbanides.

Calling hours will be conducted 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26 and Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham.

Services will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Greek Church of the Assumption, Windham.

Interment will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Saratoga.


December 24, 2004

ROY MONKELL
US Air Force veteran

WESTERLO – Roy Monkell, 65, died peacefully, Dec. 22, 2004, at his home in Westerlo.

He was born o Feb. 8, 1939, in Brooklyn, son of the late Edwin and Hjordis Monkell.

He enjoyed being a father and grandfather and they all have special memories of their time spent with him.

Mr. Monkell joined the Air Force Flight Training Program in January 1959.  After completing combat crew training in the B-47 Bomber, he served two and a half years at Little Rock, Arkansas.  He was then transferred to Mountain Home, Idaho, until the phase out of the B-47’s in June 1966.  He was reassigned to the Tactical Air Command at Fayetteville, NC, in the C-130 transport aircraft as a flight instructor.  In June 1967, he went to Southeast Asia and flew in Taiwan, Okinawa, Vietnam and Thailand.  He was awarded the Air Medal for 89 combat missions, the Distinguished Flying Cross for outstanding airmanship and participated in the aerial re-supply of Kea Son when the VC forces surrounded the base for 40 days.  In July 1968, Mr. Monkell went to Columbus, Ohio, and served as a flight instructor, training new crews in the C-130 aircraft.

He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Millwright Local 740, working most of the time at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.  IN 1978 he joined Hannay Reels, Inc., in Westerlo, until his retirement in 2001, serving as Materials Manager.

He was a lifetime member of the Purchasing Managers Association of Eastern New York.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Greenville and Norton Hill and served on several boards and committees.

Mr. Monkell took great pleasure and pride in flying and instructing in his Piper Airplane and introduced many people to the wonder of flight.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Linda Monkell; his children, Judith (Paul) Kehoe of Delmar, Lt. Cdr. John (Maureen) Monkell of Pensacola, FL, Kenneth (Nobalee) Monkell of Greenville, Jacqueline (Chris) Park of Greenville, and Julie (Ray) Briggs of Guilderland; grandchildren Annie and Elaine Kehoe, Meredith and Matthew Monkell, Thomas, David, Brad and William Monkell, Jason and  Adam Park, Jonathan Briggs, and his sister Dagney (Fred) Barbaria of Wilmington, NC.  He also leaves an extended family in Sweden along with many deeply and devoted friends who regarded him as a man of great integrity and distinction.

Calling hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Greenville.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Greenville and Norton Hill, Norton Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Greenville and Norton Hill, Greenville, NY, 12083, or Amyloid Fund, Boston University School of Medicine, 715 Albany St., K5, Boston, MA, 02118.


December 24, 2004

JOY D. PARKES
Homemaker

OCALA, FL – Joy D. Parkes, 57, of Ocala and formerly from the Hudson area, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Hospice’s Summerfield Suites in Summerfield, FL.

Born Feb. 12, 1947, in Hudson, she was the daughter of Betty Jean Cheesbrough Dallas of Ocala and the late Robert W. Dallas.

Mrs. Parkes was a homemaker.

She was a member of Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two sons, Scott Fenoff and Eugene Fenoff, Jr., both of Conway, SC; three daughters, Renee Chin of Ocklawaha, FL, Cheryl Stodolski of Conway, SC and Jean Adele Howard of Hudson; three step-children, Willie Fenoff of Tennessee, Carol Sax of California, and Kathy Burger of Wisconsin; two brothers, Robert W. Dallas, Jr., of Ocklawaha and Mark w. Dallas of Philmont; twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley K. Parkes; and a son, Carl Robert Fenoff.

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


December 26, 2004

JOSEPH BOEHLKE, SR.
Boehlke Hardware owner

HANNACROIX – Joseph “Lon” Boehlke, Sr., 80, of Dugway Lane, Hannacroix, died peacefully surrounded by his family at St. Peter’s Hospice on Friday, Dec. 24, 2004.

Lon was born on the family farm on Stanton Hill in Hannacroix on June 17, 1924, to the late Paul Herman Boehlke, Sr., and Alice Gendreau MacKinnon Boehlke.  He lived in that area all of his life.

Lon was employed by Suburban Propane in Albany for over 30 years and owned Boehlke Hardware and Homegas in Ravena from 1969 to 1974.

He was a lifelong communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena, an active member and former president of the New Baltimore Republican Club and former president of the New Baltimore Conservancy.  He was also a former Greene County Republican Committeeman.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, the former Elizabeth “Betty” Finch Boehlke; two sons, Joseph L. (Gail) Boehlke, Jr., of Coeymans and Michael W. (Trish) Boehike of Frostproof, FL; two daughters, Paula D. (Tom) Hotaling of Central Bridge and Cindy M. (Robert) Wolfe of Latham; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey and Laura Boehlke of Coeymans, Michelle (Joe) Andretta of Athens and Chad Boehike of Athens, Jennifer (Chris) Gerkin of Cobleskill and Kelly Hotaling of Albany, Brendan Wolf of Albany and Kristin Wolf of Boston, MA; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer Smith, Juliano Rosado, Joey Andretta, Britney Boehlke, Kelsey Boehlke, Elijah Boehlke and Madison Gerkin; three brothers, Frank and Martin of Hannacroix and Jerry of Fairbanks, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his canine best friend, Sam, who was always at his side.

Lon was predeceased by seven brothers, Orville, Arthur, Chester, Paul, George, Louis and Ernest (Pat) Boehlke; and one sister, Vina Rivers.

Calling hours will be held at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena on Monday, Dec.27, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena.  Entombment will follow in St. Patrick’s Mausoleum in Coeymans.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Community Hospice of Albany or St. Patrick’s Church Memorial Fund.


December 26, 2004 

JOSEPH BOEHLKE, SR.
Boehlke Hardware owner

HANNACROIX – Joseph “Lon” Boehlke, Sr., 80, of Dugway Lane, Hannacroix, died peacefully surrounded by his family at St. Peter’s Hospice on Friday, Dec. 24, 2004.

Lon was born on the family farm on Stanton Hill in Hannacroix on June 17, 1924, to the late Paul Herman Boehlke, Sr., and Alice Gendreau MacKinnon Boehlke.  He lived in that area all of his life.

Lon was employed by Suburban Propane in Albany for over 30 years and owned Boehlke Hardware and Homegas in Ravena from 1969 to 1974.

He was a lifelong communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena, an active member and former president of the New Baltimore Republican Club and former president of the New Baltimore Conservancy.  He was also a former Greene County Republican Committeeman.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, the former Elizabeth “Betty” Finch Boehlke; two sons, Joseph L. (Gail) Boehlke, Jr., of Coeymans and Michael W. (Trish) Boehike of Frostproof, FL; two daughters, Paula D. (Tom) Hotaling of Central Bridge and Cindy M. (Robert) Wolfe of Latham; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey and Laura Boehlke of Coeymans, Michelle (Joe) Andretta of Athens and Chad Boehike of Athens, Jennifer (Chris) Gerkin of Cobleskill and Kelly Hotaling of Albany, Brendan Wolf of Albany and Kristin Wolf of Boston, MA; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer Smith, Juliano Rosado, Joey Andretta, Britney Boehlke, Kelsey Boehlke, Elijah Boehlke and Madison Gerkin; three brothers, Frank and Martin of Hannacroix and Jerry of Fairbanks, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his canine best friend, Sam, who was always at his side.

Lon was predeceased by seven brothers, Orville, Arthur, Chester, Paul, George, Louis and Ernest (Pat) Boehlke; and one sister, Vina Rivers.

Calling hours will be held at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena on Monday, Dec.27, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena.  Entombment will follow in St. Patrick’s Mausoleum in Coeymans.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Community Hospice of Albany or St. Patrick’s Church Memorial Fund.


 December 26, 2004  

MATTHEW TENACE, SR.
Carpenter and mason

LEXINGTON – Matthew Anderson Tenace, Sr., 54, of North Lexington died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at his residence.

Born on Sept. 10, 1950, in Schenectady, he was the son of John and Evelyn Tenace.

Matthew was a carpenter and a mason.

Survivors include his wife, Maureen (Banks); a son, Matthew, Jr. and his fiance’ Ashley Randall; a grandson, Zachary Wolny of North Lexington; two brothers, Frank and his wife Patti Tenace and John and his wife Donna Tenace; a nephew, Frank Jr. of Schenectady; his in-laws, Richard and Lois Banks of North Lexington and many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Jewett Presbyterian Church in Jewett with the Rev. Dianna Smith officiating.  Interment will follow at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Decker Funeral Home in Windham.


December 28, 2004 

HON. GEORGE L. COBB
Retired New York State Supreme Court Judge

CATSKILL –Hon. George L. Cobb, 78, formerly of Catskill, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy where he had been a patient since Dec. 22.

Judge Cobb was born April 14, 1926, in Catskill to the late Ithamar and Anna Serbert Cobb.

Upon graduation from Catskill High School, he enlisted in the US Army, serving in the Army Air Corps. during World War II.

He graduated from Indiana University, earning a B.A., on Oct. 15, 1950, and Albany Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree, on June 3, 1952.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in September 1952.

On Dec 9, 1952, he married the former Janis V. Banks.

He served as a Justice of the Peace from Jan. 1, 1956 to Dec. 31, 1959, as Supervisor for the Town of Catskill from Jan. 1, 1958 to Dec. 31, 1962, as Judge in the Greene County Surrogate and Family Court from Jan. 1, 1964 to Dec. 31, 1973, and was elected to the New York State Supreme Court on Nov. 5, 1969, where he served for 34 years, retiring in October 2002, having dedicated his life to public service.

Judge Cobb was a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Greene County Bar Association and the First Reformed Church of Catskill.

Survivors include his son, Peter Cobb of Mechanicville, daughter-in-law, Kathleen Cobb of Mechanicville and grandson, Stephen Peter Cobb; as well as his sister, Lois Pasco of Del Ray Beach, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Judge Cobb is predeceased by his wife, Janis Banks Cobb on Aug. 31, 2003 and three brothers, Addison, Douglas and Burton Cobb.

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

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

Interment will follow in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.


December 28, 2004

JOANNE DIBLASI

Arrangements incomplete

ALBANY – JoAnne DiBlasi, 57, of 83 Melrose Ave., Albany, died Dec. 27, 2004, at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany.

Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, and are incomplete at this time.  They will be announced.


December 28, 2004

JAMES G. “JIMMIE’ LONDAGIN
Co-founder of True North Farm in Earlton

WORTHINGTON, MA – James G. “Jimmie” Londagin, 45, of Massachusetts, died Dec. 14, 2004, in a farming accident.

Born on June 25, 1959, in California, he was the son of the late Charles and Joyce (Faulkner) Londagin.  He was the co-founder of True North Farm in Earlton.

Mr. Londagin began his professional life in New York City, where he was invited to dance with the American Ballet.  He left in 1989 with a dream of becoming a shepherd.  While working towards that dream, he also worked as a chef, bartender, and theater costumer, always infusing everything he did with verve, passion and a humanity that touched everyone who know him.  He and his farm partners established the farm on Harold Meyer Road and raised a flock of triple purpose Icelandic sheep, producing dairy, meat and fiber.  He became a mentor to numerous interns and fledgling farmers, committed to sustainable agriculture.  He and his life partner, William “Harry” Kelley, moved True North farm to Massachusetts a year ago.  They were married on May 25.  He was known for his sense of humor, tall tales and for being fun to be around.  His love for the flock and for the land inspired many who worked and learned from him on the farm.  Mostly, he’ll be remembered for his generosity.

Survivors include four sisters, Gloria Londagin of Oregon, and Joan Wert, Jeanie Adams and Janet Londagin, all of California.

Donations for the care and dispersal of his flock can be made to ISBONA (the Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America) c/o E. Clark, P.O. Box 54, Limerick, ME  04048.


December 29, 2004

JOANNE DIBLASI
Employed by the New York State Assembly

ALBANY - JoAnne DiBlasi, 57, of 83 Melrose Ave., Albany, died Dec. 27, 2004, at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany.

Born in Albany, April 15, 1947, she is the daughter of Lena (Petrella) Valenti of Ticonderoga, NY, and the late Joseph V.  Valenti, who predeceased her on Aug. 2, 1980.

She is a graduate of Maple Hill High School, a member of DWOL of Albany, a graduate of Mildred Elley College for Careers, was employed by the New York State Assembly and also a member of the Democratic Party.  She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, friends and those close to her.

Survivors include her son, John E. DiBlasi and his wife Melissa of Albany; daughter, Elissa (DeBlasi) Merck and her husband Eric of Sharon, MA; brother, Thomas V. Valenti and his wife Diane of Ticonderoga; sister, Lisa LaBrie of West Virginia; sister-in-law, Mrs. Vincent (Lillian) Valenti of Leeds; three grandchildren, Zachary DiBlasi of Albany, Gabrielle Vincent Merck and Athena Marie Merck of Sharon, MA; aunts, Mrs. Agnes Villani and her husband John of Albany, and Mrs. Julia Jerome and her husband Chuck of Mechanicsville; uncle, Anthony Valenti and his wife Mary of Albany; and many cousins, nieces and nephews and many dear friends and other beloved family members.

Besides her father and her husband, she is predeceased by her brother, Vincent J. Valenti on Dec., 20, 1992.

Calling hours are Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tebutt Funeral Home, 633 Central Ave., Albany.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 609 Central Ave., Albany with Rev. Fr. J. Nunan as the celebrant.

Interment will follow at the Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY, with her husband John E. DiBlasi, who predeceased her.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Tri County Vietnam Era Veterans, 257 Osborne Rd., Albany, NY 12211, attn: Kevin Hicks.

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


December 29, 2004

OSWALD ‘OZZIE’ GUNDERSEN
Lifelong farmer

GREENVILLE – Oswald “Ozzie” Gundersen, 86, of Greenville, died on Dec. 27, 2004, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born in Staten Island on Jan. 24, 1913, he was the son of the late Gunner and Anna Gundersen.

He was a lifelong farmer and part time postal worker until his retirement.

Ozzie and Lola “Bunny” Tallman were married Jan. 26, 1945, sharing 54 years of life together until her death in 1999.  They always had time for others and their community and were instrumental in getting the Meals on Wheels Program started in this area, involved in the “Old Timers Party”, a member of the Greene County Co-Operative Extension, the Dairyman’s League and always had time to help the elderly people of the community.

In his younger years, he loved ice skating.

Survivors include his son Roy Gundersen and his wife Diane of Greenville, a daughter, Joan Gundersen of Woodstock, and his two grandchildren, Eric Gundersen and Gina Gundersen, both of Greenville.

Besides his beloved wife, he was also predeceased by a sister Gundren Salvesen.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

As to his wishes, he will be cremated and interred in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Department of the Aging, Meals on Wheels Program, Main Street Catskill, NY  12414.


December 30, 2004

JANET A. BROWER
Town of Hunter Deputy Clerk

HAINES FALLS – Janet A. Brower, 70, of Haines Falls, died Dec. 28, 2004 at her residence.

She was born June 9 1934, in Tannersville, to Irwin “Tom” and Gladys Van Valkenburg Cook.

She was a secretary for the Town of Hunter and Deputy Town Clerk, a charter member of the Haines Falls Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and member of the Tannersville Area Public Health Committee.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Brower of Haines Falls; a son, Rory D. France and his wife Julia of Haines Falls; three step-sons, John Brower of Haines Falls, Todd Brower of Albany and Jeffrey Brower of Melborne, FL; three grandchildren, Amber, Kayla and Shelby France; five step grandchildren, Emily, Cortney, Colleen, Amanda and Alison Brower; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main Street, Hunter.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m., Friday, Dec 31, at the funeral home.  Officiating will be the Rev. Karen Monk.

Interment will follow in the Haines Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad in her memory.


December 30, 2004

ALICE C. SCOTT
Loving wife and mother

COXSACKIE – Alice E. Scott, 84, formerly of 73 Riverside Avenue, Coxsackie, died Dec. 28, 2004, at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

She was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Hudson and was the daughter of the late Walter and Nellie Cresky.

Mrs. Scott loved to do word puzzles, read, cook and bake.  She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and belonged to many organizations of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Coxsackie.

Survivors include her son, James and daughter-in-law Rose; two grandchildren, Yvonne Shaketon (Geoff) of Ravena, and Mark Scott, living in Guami; also, two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Ian Schckleton.  She is also survived by her niece, Marie Metivier of Pittsfield, MA; and her nephew Joseph Budz of Great Barrington, MA.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Bruno F. Scott, and sister, Victoria Budz and brother, Stanley Cresky.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Coxsackie, with Rev. Fr. J. Moyna as the celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia-Greene Long Term Care, 161 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, NY  12414 or Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill.


December 31, 2004

MARIAN E. GUNDERMAN
Arrangements incomplete

COXSACKIE – Marian E. Gunderman of Church Street, Coxsackie, died at Albany Medical Center after a brief illness.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of the Sopris Funeral Home, 11877, Route 9W, Coxsackie, are incomplete at this time.


December 31, 2004

ELEANOR WILLIAMS
Formerly of Brooklyn

CATSKILL – Eleanor Williams, 91, formerly of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care, where she had been a patient since June 3, 1991.

Mrs. Williams was born Aug. 24, 1913, in North Carolina.

She was employed with Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn as their Housekeeping Supervisor.

Survivors include three nieces, Irene Wiley of Coxsackie and nephew Bernard Wiley of Catskill; two nieces, Janice Butler of Philadelphia and Patrice Wiley of Catskill; as well as two nephews, Jamale Wiley of San Diego, CA and Derek Wiley of Coxsackie. 

A prayer service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, North Jefferson Ave., Catskill.


December 31, 2004

MATTHEW TENACE, SR.
Carpenter and mason

LEXINGTON – Matthew Anderson Tenace, Sr., 54, of North Lexington died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at his residence.

Born on Sept. 10, 1950, in Schenectady, he was the son of John and Evelyn Tenace.

Matthew was a carpenter and a mason.

Survivors include his wife, Maureen (Banks); a son, Matthew, Jr. and his fiance’ Ashley Randall; a grandson, Zachary Wolny of North Lexington; two brothers, Frank and his wife Patti Tenace and John and his wife Donna Tenace; a nephew, Frank Jr. of Schenectady; his in-laws, Richard and Lois Banks of North Lexington and many cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Jewett Presbyterian Church in Jewett with the Rev. Dianna Smith officiating.  Interment will follow at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Decker Funeral Home in Windham.


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