Obituaries from the Daily Mail
February  2001

Transcribed by Colleen Maresca
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


February 1, 2001

MILDRED P. ADRIANCE
School cafeteria worker

GREENVILLE---Mildred P. Adriance, 96, of Greenville, died Jan. 30, 2001, at Albany Medical Center.

Born Sept. 16, 1904, in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert Powell and Katie (Tappan) Powell.

She was employed in earlier years as a cafeteria worker at the Greenville Central School.

She was a longtime member of the Clematis Garden Club and the Tuesday Ladies Pinochle Group.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Finch of Ravena; and four grandchildren, Brian Finch, Karen Shibuya, Jennifer DeMercurio and Traci Finch; and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Adriance was predeceased by her husband, Harry Adriance, and 10 siblings.

Services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

Private cremation will follow the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 1717 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12205.


February 1, 2001

CHARLES L. DAVIDSON
Former Village employee

CATSKILL---Charles Leland Davidson, 76, a retired equipment operator for the Village of Catskill Water Department, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Albany Medical Center in Albany.

Mr. Davidson was born Jan. 8, 1925 in Tunkhannock, Pa., the son of Herbert Davidson and Della (Belles) Davidson. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He worked at the Village of Catskill Water Department until 1990. He had previously been employed by Chemical Leaman Transport Co. in Albany, Atlantic Cement Co. in Ravena and Universal Atlat Co. in Hudson.

Mr. Davidson was a member of Wadsworth Lodge No. 417 F&AM and the Tunkhannock Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy (Pellegrino) Davidson, whom he married in 1965; a sister, Alice Johnson of Selkirk; a brother, Larry Davidson of Dundee; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Snowden, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Catskill, officiating. Interment will be at the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

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


February 1, 2, 2001

OLIVIA IMPASTATO
Owner of Shoreland Farms

CATSKILL---Olivia Impastato, 84, long-time Catskill and Palenville resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at the Pavilion in Catskill.

Born Sept. 29, 1916 in Alcamo, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Pirrello and Mary (Renda) Pirello.

She was married on Oct. 15, 1941, to Procopio S. Impastato. They resided in Brooklyn prior to moving to the Catskill area in 1952.

For many years, Mrs. Impastato owned and operated Shoreland Farms of Catskill. Later, Mrs. Impastato was a supervisor for many years at Atlanta Knitting Mills in Catskill and Athens.

She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill. She was a member of the Catskill Lady Elks Lodge No. 1341 and was an RSVP volunteer at Greene County Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, Peter Impastato Edwards of Gainesville, Ga. and Leonard Impastato of Connecticut; two daughters, Providence Baker McLouth of Nassau and Maria Impastato Rothrock of Palenville; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home at 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by a 10a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Bridge Street in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, will officiate.

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

Memorials may be made to the Palenville Fire Department, c/o Pete Gallagher, Main St., Palenville, N.Y.  12463.


February 1, 2001

EVELYN M. KNAPP
Secretary for accounting firm

CHATHAM---Evelyn M. Knapp, 82, of 5 School St., Chatham, died Jan. 29, 2001, at Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent after a long illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1908, in Philmont, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rollins.

Prior to her retirement, she was a secretary for an accounting firm.

Private cremation took place Wednesday at the Wiltwyck Crematory in Kingston.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Valenti & Richards Funeral Home at 700 Town Hall Drive in Greenport.


February 1, 2001

LAWRENCE SMITH, Jr.
Treasurer of Aurora, Inc.

NORTON HILL---Lawrence Smith, Jr., of Norton Hill, died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Smith was born in Medusa, the son of the late Gertrude (Lewis) Smith and Laurence Smith.

He was a treasurer of Aurora, Inc. Insurance Agency of Albany before he retired.

He was a lifelong resident of the Greenville area. He served as a member of Gen. George Patton’s Third Army during World War II and was decorated with the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a past commander of American Legion Post No. 291, where he served as treasurer for 30 years, and past commander of the Greene County American Legion.

Mr. Smith served as chairman of the Greenville High School building committee; a past president of the Greenville Rotary; a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 42; a Little League and Babe Ruth coach; past commodore and member of Mohawk Council; Awenke Yacht Club; president of the Greenville Democratic Committee; fire commissioner of the Greenville Fire Company for 20 years; and chairman of the Greenville Winter Carnival.

Survivors include his wife, Joan (Kelly) Smith; six children, Judy Wickham, Larry Smith, Neil Baumann, Kelly Slean, Stephanie Devillers, and Beth Ann Atcavage; a sister, Marjorie Parks; a nephew; and 16 grandchildren.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville. Services will be at 11 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A private cremation will follow the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Greene County, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


February 1, 2001

WILLIAM FRANCIS 
Employed by American Valve

GREENVILLE---William Francis, 74, of Greenville, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at the Samuel Stratton Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Albany.

Mr. Francis was born Aug. 12, 1926, in Greenville, the son of the late Fred Francis and Charlotte (Dickson) Francis.

He retired after 40 years of employment at American Valve Co., in West Coxsackie. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant before his discharge.

Mr. Francis was drum major for the Coxsackie Boys Drum Corps, taking them many times to New York City to parade. He was an active member of the Greenville American Legion and the Greenville Volunteer Fire Company.

He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn (Francis) Smith; and three brothers, Leonard Francis, Walter Francis, and Alfred Francis.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Louise Wells, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Cunningham Funeral Home on Route 81 in Greenville, where American Legion Post No. 291 will conduct services at 7 p.m. and the Greenville Volunteer Fire Company at 7:30 p.m.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Francis’ memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, N.Y. 12205.


February 2, 2001

GRACE A. McENTEE
Charter member of Leeds church

LEEDS---Grace A. McEntee, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Born Sept. 29, 1916 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of John Koper and Gesina (Harling) Koper.

Mrs. McEntee lived in Leeds and had wintered in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the last nine years. She was a charter member of the Leeds Dutch Reformed Church Women’s Club and enjoyed reading and crafts.

Survivors include a daughter, Grace Anne Valentine of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; three grandsons, Keith Valentine of Catskill, Scott Valentine of Livingston and Kevin Valentine of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a granddaughter, Kathleen Valentine of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. McEntee was predeceased by her husband, William C. McEntee; her father, John Koper; her mother, Gesina Harling Koper; and a son-in-law, Albert Valentine.

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

Services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home. The Rev. Victor Nelson, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo, will officiate.

Interment will be at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, NE-NY Chapter at 1275 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12204.


DEATH NOTICE 

McEntee, Grace, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.. Mrs. McEntee lived in Leeds, New York and has wintered in Port St. Lucie, Florida for the past nine years. She was a charter member of the Leeds Dutch Reformed Church Women’s Club and enjoyed reading and crafts. She is survived by Grace Ann Valentine (Daughter) of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Keith Valentine (Grandson) of Catskill, N.Y. and his wife Cynthia Valentine; Scott Valentine (Grandson) of Livingston, N.Y. and his wife Lisa Valentine; Kevin Valentine (Grandson) of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Kathleen Valentine (Granddaughter) of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Julia Valentine (Great-Granddaughter) of Catskill; Andrew Valentine (Great-Grandson) of Livingston, N.Y.; Erica Valentine (Great-Granddaughter) of Livingston, N.Y.; Kevin James Valentine (Great-Grandson) of Catskill; William Valentine (Great-Grandson) of Catskill. She was predeceased in death by her husband, William C. McEntee; her father, John Koper; and her mother, Gesina Harlling Koper, as well as son-in-law, Albert Valentine. She was born Sept. 29, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of John and Gesina (Harling) Koper. Visitation will be at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, NE NY Chapter at 1275 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12204. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 2, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, Rev. Victor Nelson, Pastor of Resurrection Luther Church of Cairo will be officiating. Burial will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery in Catskill.


February 2, 2001

HERMANN SCHOEPE
Bakery Chef

ASHLAND---Hermann Schoepe, 93, of Ashland, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at his residence.

Born March 22, 1907 in Breslan, Germany, he was the son of Paul Schoepe and Martha (Pol) Schoepe.

Mr. Schoepe was a bakery chef who specialized in cake decorating.

He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church of the Child Jesus in Windham.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia (Huber) Schoepe; five children, Paul Schoepe of Ashland, Charlotte Gemmel of Hauppage, Susan Kasckak of Hauppage, Dieter Schoepe of Commack and Peter Schoepe of Hauppage; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Windham.

Interment will be at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in the spring.


February 3, 2001

MARY CARPENTER
Born in 1903

WINDHAM---Mary Carpenter, 98, of Windham, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born July 29, 1903, in County Cavin, Ireland, she was the daughter of Hugh McGoldrick and Bridget Gilbride.

She was once employed as a chambermaid at the Osborne House, which was in Windham, and also for Ski Windham, for many years.

Mrs. Carpenter was a loyal and devoted follower of her faith, her Irish heritage and courageous through the many difficult times in her life.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary German; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, 11 years ago, and by her daughter, Grace.

Calling hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Decker Funeral Home on Main Street in Windham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Donald E. Doyle as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the spring at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland.


February 3, 2001

DOROTHEA J. GIORDIANO
Enjoyed boating on Hudson

CATSKILL---Dorothea J. “Dottie” Giordiano long-time Catskill area resident of 3154 Old Kings Road, Catskill, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was married May 11, 1977 to James D. Giordiano of Catskill.

Mrs. Giordiano was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. She loved to sew and enjoyed boating on the Hudson River.

Survivors include her husband, James D. Giordiano of Catskill; two daughters, Michelle Helmis of Andros, Greece, and Johanna Plant of Catskill; and three grandchildren, Yonnie Helmis, Michael Helmis, and Christine Helmis, all of Andros, Greece.

Private cremation services were performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


February 5, 6, 2001

MADELINE YVONNE DEDERICK
Infant

COXSACKIE---Madeline Yvonne Dederick, 3 months, of 41 New St., Coxsackie, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Albany Medical Center.

Born Oct 23, 2000, in Hudson, she was the daughter of Douglas R. Dederick and Christa Yvonne (Zibro) Dederick of Coxsackie.

Beside her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, John Zibro and Martha Zibro of Waterford; paternal grandmother, Arline Dederick of New Jersey; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Donald H. Dederick.

Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the family residence at 41 New St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the family residence. The Rev. John L. Moyna, pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Coxsackie, will officiate.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Albany Medical Center Pediatrics and Intensive Care Unit, New Scotland Ave., Albany N.Y.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home at 97 Mansion St. In Coxsackie.


February 5, 2001 

ADOLF A. HUNDERTMARK
Leeds Resident

CATSKILL---Adolf A. Hundertmark of Leeds, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001 in Leeds.

Survivors include three sons, Richard, Larry, Paul and Adolph; a daughter, Lisa; a brother, Robert; a sister, Katheryn Helen; 12 Grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 2:30 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Simson Funeral Home, 119-04 Hillside Ave. (corner of Lefferts Blvd), Richmond Hill.

A funeral mass will be held 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Cenacle Roman Catholic Church.

Interment will be at the Evergreens Cemetery.


February 6, 2001

MICHAEL HAWKSBY
Former county resident

WILLISTON, Fla.---Michael John Hawksby, 46, formerly of Climax, died Dec. 17, 2001, in Williston, Fla.

He was a resident of Climax for many years. He had been living in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the last three years.

Born Oct 9, 1952, in Langham, England, he was the son of the late Douglas W. Hawksby and Janet (Sergeant) Hawksby.

Survivors include his son, Michael John Hawksby, Jr., of Catskill; his sister, Kim Saccoccie; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service, 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb 10, at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home at 97 Mansion St. in Coxsackie. The Rev. Cornelius Irwin III will officiate.


February 6, 2001

DERMOT HYNES
Greenville businessman

GREENVILLE—Dermot Brenden Hynes, 63, of Greenville, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born April 2, 1937, in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Dennis Hynes and Catherine (Chambers) Hynes.

Mr. Hynes was the proprietor of Country Square Liquor Store in Greenville. He served his country in the U.S. Navy as a radioman aboard the USS Erben.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Dorothy Karin (Mahne) Hynes; his children, Audrey Karin Hynes, Deirdre Ann Petersen, Christopher Hynes and Tara Michelle Miller; five grandchildren, Catherine Mary Sietlaff, Emma Ann and Hannah Lore Petersen, Fiona Maeve Hynes and Nicholas Brenden Miller; and a brother, John D. Hynes.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at the St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville.

Interment will take place in the spring at the convenience of the family at Greenville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greenville Library, Route 32, Greenville, N.Y.  12083 or the Easter Seal Society, 845 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12206.


February 6, 2001 

STEPHEN J. LABATO
Owned Texas construction firm

ATHENS---Stephen J. Labato, 48, of Third Street, Athens, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.

Mr. Labato was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 17, 1952, the son of Joseph Labato and the late Lillian (Marcanno) Lobato.

He owned and operated his own construction company in Texas prior to his death.

Survivors include his father, Joseph Labato of Massapequa; three sisters, Diane A. Puorro of Athens, Gail Capoti of Babylon and Christine Gallapoli of Farmingdale; a nephew; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Richards Funeral Home at 26 North Vernon St. in Athens. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Catskill Rural Cemetery with the Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, officiating.


February 6, 2001

BARBARA J. PARISI
Retired Telemarketer

FREEHOLD---Barbara J. (Yander) Parisi, 58, of Route 41, Freehold, died Sunday after a brief illness. She was hospitalized for one week at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after experiencing a heart attack.

Ms. Parisi was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 8, 1942, the daughter of the late Robert Comisky and Marcella (Plona) Comisky.

Prior to her retirement, she was a telemarketer in Florida.

Survivors include five children, Laura Finch and John Yander, both of Tennessee, and Edward Yander, Marc Yander and Lorraine Cagle, all of Greene County; and 10 grandchildren.

Calling hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at her residence, 533 Route 41, Freehold. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. at the residence, with the Rev. Frank Mirracco, pastor of the Church of Athens, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 159 Jefferson Heights, Box C201, Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


February 7, 2001

BARBARA J. PARISI
Pet care worker

FREEHOLD---Barbara J. (Yander) Parisi, 58, of Route 41, Freehold, died Sunday after a brief illness. She was hospitalized for one week at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after experiencing a heart attack.

Ms. Parisi was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 3, 1942, the daughter of the late Robert Comisky and Marcella (Plona) Comisky.

She was an employee of Heavenly Pets Grooming Salon in Leeds.

Survivors include five children, Laura Finch and John Yander, both of Tennessee, and Edward Yander, Marc Yander and Lorraine Cagle, all of Greene County; and 11 grandchildren.

Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at her residence, 533 Route 41, Freehold. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. at the residence, with the Rev. Frank Mirracco, pastor of the Church of Athens, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 159 Jefferson Heights, Box C201, Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


February 6, 2001

JESSIE SAUSTO
See Giselle Sausto

Co-founder of Pleasant Acres

CATSKILL---Jessie Sausto, 97, co-founder of Pleasant Acres in Leeds with her husband in 1923, died Monday Feb. 5, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She had currently been a resident of the Pavilion.

She was born June 15, 1903 in Italy.

Survivors include a son, Patsy Joseph Sausto of Leeds; three grandsons, Joseph A. Sausto II of Leeds, Patrick Sausto of New Rochelle and Christopher Sausto of Leeds; a granddaughter, Giselle Sausto of Bronxville, N.Y.; two great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph A. Sausto, on July 10, 1989; five sisters three brothers; and parents.

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

Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Bridge Street in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, will be officiating.

Encryption will be at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.


February 8, 2001

GISELLE SAUSTO
See Jessie Sausto
Co-founder Pleasant Acres Resort

LEEDS---Giselle “Jessie” Sausto, 97, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born June 15, 1903, in Abruzzie, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Alexander Menna and Maria (Carosella) Menna.

Mrs. Sausto was the co-founder of Pleasant Acres Resort in Leeds with her late husband, Joseph Sausto, in 1923.

She had been a resident of the Pavilion for the last three years.

Survivors include a son, Patsy Joseph Sausto of Leeds; three grandsons, Joseph A. Sausto II of Leeds, Patrick Sausto of New Rochelle and Christopher Sausto of Leeds; a granddaughter, Giselle Sausto of Bronxville, N.Y.; two great-grandsons; a granddaughter-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Sausto was predeceased by her husband, Joseph A. Sausto, on July 10, 1989; her father, Alexander Menna; her mother, Maria Carosella; five sisters; and three brothers.

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

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church. Pastor John J. Murphy will officiate. 

Encryption will be at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.


February 8, 2001

DEATH NOTICE

Giselle “Jessie “ Sausto, 97, co-founder of Pleasant Acres Resort in Leeds with her husband in 1923, died Monday Feb. 5, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.She had been a resident of the Pavilion for the last three years. She is survived by Patsy Joseph Sausto (Son) of Leeds, N.Y., Joseph A. Sausto II (Grandson) of Leeds, N.Y., Patrick Sausto (Grandson) of New Rochelle, N.Y., Christopher Sausto (Grandson) of Leeds, N.Y., Giselle Sausto (Granddaughter) of Bronxville, N.Y., Daniel Sausto (Great-grandson) of Leeds, N.Y., David Sausto (Great-grandson) of Leeds, N.Y., Theresa Sausto (daughter-in-law) and Stacy Sausto (grand-daughter-in-law) both of Leeds, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Sausto, on July 10, 1989; her father, Alexander Menna; her mother, Maria Carosella; five sisters; and three brothers. She was born June 15, 1903 in Abruzzie, Italy to the late Alexander Menna and Maria (Carosella) Menna. Visitation will be at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Rev. John J. Murphy will be officiating.

Encryption will be at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.


February 7, 2001

ALBERT G. BARBATO, SR.
Automobile mechanic

CAIRO---Albert G. Barbato, Sr., 75, of Edison Timmerman Road, Acra, died Feb. 1, 2001, in the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Florida following a short illness.

He was retired after being an auto mechanic for the last 60 years. He was a life-long member of the Cairo Fire Department and a member of the Cairo Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Italian-American Club.

He served in World War II on an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged with medals.

Survivors include three children, Albert J. Barbato of Acra, Elaine Turon of Coxsackie, and Debora Barbato of Acra; five grandchildren, Albert and Tammy Barbato of Acra, Eric Turon of Athens, Kyle Turon of Hudson, and Eric Turon of the Bronx; and his companion, Joan Higgins.

There will be no service at his request.


February 7, 2001

EVERETT H. COLBURN
Ham radio operator for 50 years

ILION---Everett H. Colburn, 86, of 72 South Fourth Ave, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Hartford.

He was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Ilion, the son of Charles Colburn and Mary Elizabeth Huber Colburn. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and served as a radioman first class with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was stationed at Guantanamo Bay and also served in the Pacific Theater. On May 11, 1946, he married Suzanne Pollak in Herkimer. Mr. Colburn was employed as an accountant with Union, Fork and Hoe for over 40 years, retiring several years ago.

Mr. Colburn was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Herkimer, the Ilion American Legion Post No. 920 and was part post commander, the Frankfort Mason Lodge and was past master and a 51-year member, the Ilion VFW Post No. 502 and was a ham radio operator for more than 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Pollak Colburn; a son, James E. Colburn of Murrieta, Calif.; three daughters, Donna C. Wheat of Catskill, Karen C. Umber of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Patricia C. Glosgowski of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Joshua Colburn, Courtney and Gillian Wheat, Blake Umber, and Amber and Abraham Stubley; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home at 100 Otsego St. in Ilion with the Pastor Dale Dickerson of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be at Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring.

Friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Heart Association.


February 8, 9, 12, 2001

FRANK J. GABRIELLE, SR.
Athens Brick Yard foreman

 ATHENS---Frank J. Gabrielle, Sr., 89, formerly of Brick Row, Athens, died Feb. 6, 2001, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Athens, April 12, 1911, the son of the late Anthony Gabrielle and Gladys (Bush) Gabrielle.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Gabrielle was employed as a foreman for the Kraus Mushroom Co. of Coxsackie and also the Athens Brick Yard. During his youth, he cut ice for the icehouses in Athens that supplied ice to New York City prior to refrigeration. He also fished the Hudson River for sturgeon.

Mr. Gabrielle was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Hilda (Bathrick) Gabrielle; and siblings, David Gabrielle, Tennessee Deamer and Florence Rogers; and two children, Edward and Dolores Gabrielle.

Interment will take place in the spring next to his wife in the family plot of the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Athens.

Survivors include two sisters, Viola Corratti of Catskill and Katherine Onufrychuk of Hudson; 11 children, Frank Gabrielle, Jr. of Catskill, Geraldine Zowak of Catskill, Georgianna Hines of Athens, Eileen Szepessey of Catskill, Dianne Nadeau of Catskill, Gladys Witko of Cairo, Sharon Deyo of Catskill, Richie Gabrielle of Athens, Louis Gabrielle of Catskill, Timothy Gabrielle of Catskill and Joseph Szepessy of Catskill; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Richards Funeral Home at 26 North Vernon St. in Athens. Services will be 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor John J. Murphy of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Greene Animal Welfare Alliance, P.O. Box 209, Athens, N.Y. 12015 or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Gabrielle’s daughter, Dolores Gabrielle, who died of cancer at the age of 2.


February 8, 2001

WILLARD B. ROGERS
Railroad safety inspector

GERMANTOWN---Willard B. Rogers, 82, of Germantown, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at his home.

Born Nov. 25, 1918 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Verner Rogers and Anna (Willard) Rogers.

Before his retirement in 1978 he had been employed as a safety inspector for 42 years with ConRail of Utica.

Mr. Rogers was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army’s 740th Railway Operations Battalion in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Northern France and the Rhineland.

He was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown, a life member and past quartermaster of the Southern Columbia VFW Post No. 6398 of Germantown, a 55-year member of Jennings-Willet American Legion Post No. 346 of Germantown, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a life member of the Military Order of the Cootie, a 54-year member of the Monumental Lodge No. 374 of Tivoli and a member of the Railroad Oldtimers Association of Poughkeepsie.

Survivors include his wife, Edith (Graf) Rogers; one son, Willard M. Rogers of Clifton Park; two daughters, Janine Rogers and Eileen Shannon, both of Germantown; one brother, Franklyn Rogers of California; and 12 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Alma Mickle Rogers who died in 1973, and a brother, Donald, who died in 1992.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home at 209 Main St. in Germantown.

Members of the Monumental Lodge F&AM of Tivoli will conduct services 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Members of the Southern Columbia VFW and the Jennings-Willet American Legion Post will conduct services at 8 p.m.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at the funeral home with the Rev. John Koppenaal of the Reformed Church of Germantown officiating.

Interment will follow at the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown with full military honors provided by the Jennings-Willet American Legion Post and Southern Columbia Memorial VFW Hospital.

Memorial donations are requested to the Reformed Church of Germantown.


February 9, 2001

GEORGE R. WIEGAND
Otis Elevators design draftsman

WINDHAM---George R. Wiegand, 100, of Ashland, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

Born Feb. 16, 1900, in the Bronx, he was the son of Leonhard Wiegand and Martha Westermann Wiegand.

Mr. Wiegand was a graduate of the Pratt Institute and was a design draftsman of Otis Elevators. He was a communicant of St. Theresa’s Church in Windham.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 76 years, Virginia (Kappes) Wiegand, whom he married in June 1924; two sons, George R. Wiegand, Jr. and John J. Wiegand; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Frances V. O’Hara.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Theresa’s Church with the Rev. Donald E. Doyle as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the spring at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland.


February 10, 2001

LOUIS A. COMENT
Born in Coxsackie

COXSACKIE---Louis A. Coment, 92, of Newington, Conn., died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001.

Mr. Coment was born in Coxsackie, but has been a resident of Newington, Conn., for 40 years.

He entered the 544th Army Air Services Group as a second lieutenant after Pearl Harbor and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service in the Mediterranean Theater. He was discharged from the Army at the end of World War II with the rank of major.

His career as a financial manager with General Electric spanned 46 years at offices in Boston, Indianapolis and Hartford. He retired in 1973.

He was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Newington, Conn., serving for years in many different leadership positions, including senior warden. He was also active in the Newington Grange.

He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Evelyn Hoag Coment.

Survivors include a sister, Marie Traver, of Greenville, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was conducted Friday at Grace Episcopal Church, Newington, Conn., with the Rev. George L. Choyce officiating.

A private interment was at West Meadow Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lois Coment Fund, a fund for the enrichment of children in the community, care of Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., Newington, Conn., 06111.


February 12, 13, 2001

EDITH G. MILLER
Secretary at Pickwick Lodge

CAIRO---Edith G. Miller, 82, of Mountain Ave., Purling, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born April 22, 1918, in Yonkers, she was the daughter of the late Thomas MacPhail and Georgina MacPhail.

Mrs. Miller was employed by the Pickwick Lodge in Round Top for many years as a secretary.

She was a resident of Cairo since the early 1940’s. She was also a member of the Round Top Ladies Fire Auxiliary for more than 50 years.

Survivors include her husband, Judge Howard Miller; a son, Wayne H. Miller; a granddaughter, Stephanie Hamby; and a sister, Eleanor Phillips.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home at 383 Bross St. in Cairo. The Round Top Ladies Fire Auxiliary will hold services in her memory at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services will take place 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pastor Retta Lykens of the United Methodist Church of Cairo will officiate.

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


February 12, 14, 2001

EDITH MILZA
Worked in restaurant

CAIRO---Edith Milza, 74, of Birch Street, Cairo, died Feb. 10, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a brief illness.

She was born in Queens on Nov. 15, 1926, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Morris.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Milza was employed by the Brickfords Restaurant chain in New York City.

Survivors include her husband, Frank G. Milza of Cairo, and several other relatives.

Private cremation took place Tuesday at the Wiltwyck Crematory in Kingston.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home at 383 Bross St. in Cairo.


February 12, 2001

ALICE MYER
Employed by A & P Food Chain

COXSACKIE---Alice Myer, 87, of Kings Road, Coxsackie, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany following a brief illness.

She was born April 18, 1913, in Willsboro, she was the daughter of the late Friend Thompson and Helen (Foran) Thompson.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the A & P Food Chain in West Coxsackie.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Coxsackie. She was a member of the Coxsackie Senior Citizens.

Survivors include a son, Gregory H. Myer of Ravena; two sisters, Grace Dimase of Treasure Island, Fla., Luella Carr of Saranac Lake; a brother, William Thompson of Willsboro; a stepdaughter, Marjorie Farrell of Florida; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home, Inc. at 97 Mansion St. in Coxsackie.

Services will take place noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Pastor Justin Metcalf of the Solid Rock Church of Glenmount will officiate.

Interment will take place in the springtime in the family plot of St. Mary’s Cemetery, beside her late husband, Harold L. Myer.


February 12, 2001

JOHN J. O’KEEFFE
Owned Jack’s OK Homes

GREENVILLE---John (Jack) F. O’Keeffe, 82, of Greenville, died Feb. 9, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born Jan. 22, 1919, in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Samuel O’Keeffe and Mary (Secor) O’Keeffe.

Mr. O’Keeffe was a retired stores clerk having retired from the Office of General Services of New York State in Albany in 1978. He was also a self-employed contractor owning Jack’s OK Homes.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys (Hunt) O’Keeffe; a sister, Eileen O’Keeffe of Albany; three nieces; and three nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 a.m. Thursday from St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville. As to his request, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery and there will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Rescue Squad or to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home in Coxsackie.


DEATH NOTICE

O’KEEFFE---John (Jack) F. O’Keeffe, 82, of Greenville, N.Y., passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital on Feb. 9, 2001. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan. 22, 1919 son of the late Samuel O’Keeffe and Mary (Secor) O’Keeffe. Jack was a retired Stores Clerk having retired from the Office of General Services of New York State in Albany, N.Y. in 1978. He was also a self-employed contractor owning Jack’s OK Homes. Surviving are his wife, Gladys (Hunt) O’Keeffe, a sister, Eileen O’Keeffe of Albany, N.Y., three nieces, Donna Jennings, Bonnie Begyn and Eileen DeSalvo and three nephews, Thomas Vadney, Charles and Bruce Hunt. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 a.m. Thursday from St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, N.Y. As to his request, Cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery and there will be no calling hours. Those who desire, may contribute in his memory to the Greenville Rescue Squad or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, N.Y.


February 13, 20, 2001

PAUL MICHALICKA
Steinway Piano cabinet maker

 COXSACKIE---Paul Michalicka, 85, of Coxsackie and Long Island City, Queens, died Feb. 10, 2001, at his residence in Long Island City.

Mr. Michalicka was born in Myjara, Czechoslovakia, and came to this country in 1946. He became a cabinetmaker for the Steinway Piano Co. of Queens prior to his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Katerina Michalicka; two daughters, Vlasta Salvo of Ozone Park, Queens, and Vera Zacek, of Old Bethpage, L.I.; three grandchildren; and family in the Slovak Republic.

Calling hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home at 97 Mansion St. in Coxsackie.

Services will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor James A. Hulihan of the Zion Lutheran Church of Athens officiating.

Interment will take place in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie in the spring.


February 12, 14, 2001

JESSE W. CUSHING
Worked for Coxsackie Company

ATHENS---Jesse W. Cushing, 25, of Schoharie Turnpike, Athens, died suddenly Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Leeds-Athens Road in the Town of Athens.

Born in Catskill Oct. 21, 1975, he was the son of Lila J. (Coxeter) Cushing of South Cairo and the late David Cushing, who predeceased him in 1982.

Mr. Cushing was employed at an overhead door company in Coxsackie at the time of his death.

Survivors include his mother; two brothers, David Cushing of Pennsylvania and Jonathan Cushing of the U.S. Navy; a sister, Sarah Cushing of Long Island; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Richard Funeral Home at 383 Bross St. in Cairo.

Funeral services will take place 1 p.m. Friday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church on Main Street in Cairo. The Rev. Stanley Singer will officiate.

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


February 15, 2001

JOHN BRENNAN
Florida resident

WEST PALM BEACH---John (Jack) Charles Brennan, 49, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Feb. 1, 2001.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Brennan grew up in Catskill and resided in Florida for the last 22 years.

He was a graduate of Columbia-Greene Community College and also attended the College of St. Rose in Albany.

Survivors include a brother, Roy Brennan of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Sharon Dalland of Latham; and nieces Jaime Winans and Kirsten Dalland.

A private service was held in Florida.


February 15, 2001

MICHAEL CONKLIN
Port watchman

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J.---Michael Patrick Conklin, 50, of Andover Township, N.J., died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Denville, N.J.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Conklin lived in upstate New York before moving to Sussex County 23 years ago.

He was a port watchman for Maher Terminals, Port Elizabeth Seaport in Elizabeth, N.J. for the last 26 years. Mr. Conklin was in the New York State National Guard, a member of the NYSA-PPGU Union Local in Bayonne, N.J., and a member of the Frequent Cruise Club.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 28 years, Donna M. Conklin; one daughter, Beth, of Sparta, N.J.; one son, Michael, Jr., of Andover Township; his mother, Margaret Conklin of Leeds; a brother, William Conklin of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; three sisters, Veronica E. Lane of Alto, Ga., Jane R. Patterson of Earlton and Frances M. DelGaudio of Leeds.

Mr. Conklin was predeceased by his father, Bernard F.Conklin; a brother, Bernard Conklin, in 1999; and a sister, Joyce Sardy, in 1991.

Rite of Committal will be conducted noon Saturday at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, N.J., followed by a 12:30 p.m. Funeral Liturgy at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Newton.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, N.J. 07860.


February 15, 2001

GUNVOR PITKA
Native of Sweden

CATSKILL---Gunvor Pitka, 72, of Beecks Road, Catskill, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Sweden, the daughter of the late Ernst Sundstrom and Clara Sundstrom.

Survivors include her sister, Anna G. Samuelsson of Borlange, Sweden; and two nephews, Leif Samuelsson of Bjursas, Sweden, and Soren Samuelsson of Palm Desert, Calif.

Mrs. Pitka was predeceased by her husband, Walter Pitka on Dec. 29, 1987.

Services will be conducted 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home at 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. Pastor John J. Murphy of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church of Catskill will officiate.

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


February 16, 2001

LINDA L. BUTLER
Worked at Cameo Beauty Salon

CAIRO---Linda L. Butler, 61, of Brookside Mobile Home Park, South Cairo, died Feb. 15, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, where she had been a patient since Feb. 8.

Born March 22, 1939, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Henry Wenke and Elsie (Goldman) Wenke.

She was self-employed at the Cameo Beauty Solon in Catskill.

She was a lifetime area resident and loved crafts, woodworking and making Indian jewelry.

Survivors include a daughter, Stephonie L. Speenburgh of South Cairo; two sons, Jeffrey Pohler of Cairo and Steven Pohler of Florida; and three grandchildren, Jennifer Speenburgh and Jeffrey and Linda Hughes.

Private cremation will take place Friday at the Wiltwyck Crematory in Kingston.

There will be no calling hours.

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


February 16, 2001

ANNA VACHE
Lived in Panama Canal Zone

LEEDS---Ana Vache, 82, formerly of Catskill, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home after a long illness.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1918, to the late Lewis Ledoger and Elsie Hess Ledoger.

Mrs. Vache was a resident of the Panama Canal Zone and Leeds until 1996 when she moved to Delmar. She moved to the Panama Canal Zone with her husband and daughters in 1952 and returned to Leeds in 1977.

She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker devoted to her family.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Robert Vache; three daughters, Roberta Buono of Castleton, Donna Fish of Glenmont and Pamela Borock of Yaphank; eight grandchildren, three sisters, Antoinette Davis of Gainesville, Fla., Elsie Seavers of Pine Bush and Doris D’Angelo of Colonie; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Fred Schmidt.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Bridge Street in Catskill with Pastor John J. Murphy officiating.

Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery on North Jefferson Avenue in Catskill.


DEATH NOTICE 

VACHE, Anna---82, formerly of Catskill, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home after a long illness. She was born on Dec. 22, 1918, to the late Lewis Ledoger and Elsie Hess Ledoger.  Mrs. Vache was a resident of the Panama Canal Zone and Leeds until 1996 when she moved to Delmar.

She moved to the Panama Canal Zone with her husband and daughters in 1952 and returned to Leeds in 1977. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker devoted to her family. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Robert Vache; three daughters, Roberta Buono and her husband John of Castleton, Donna Fish and her husband Peter of Glenmont and Pamela Borock of Yaphank; eight grandchildren, Christine Meak, Nicholas Buono, Scott, Suzanne and Megan Fish, Tony McCarthy, William Fray and Leigh-Anne Borock;

three sisters, Antoinette Davis of Gainesville, Fla., Elsie Seavers of Pine Bush and Doris D’Angelo of Colonie and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Fred Schmidt.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Bridge Street in Catskill with Pastor John J. Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery on North Jefferson Avenue in Catskill.


February 19, 2001

ELIZABETH FORD
New York Telephone employee

ASHLAND---Elizabeth Ford, 90, of Ashland, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born May 5, 1910, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Milton Henry Ford and Emma May (Aydellott) Ford.

Mrs. Ford was an employee of New York Telephone for many years.

She was a communicant of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Windham.

Survivors include a nephew, John Brucker of Ashland, and niece, Margaret Katz of Baltimore.

Graveside services were conducted Friday, Feb. 16, at the Cemetery of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair, N.J.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Decker Funeral Home at 134 Main St. in Windham.


February 19, 2001

MARY V. LANE
Sales clerk

WINDHAM---Mary V. Lane, 80, formerly of Windham, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Hudson.

Born in Manhattan, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Boland and the late Sophie Boland.

While she was employed, she was a sales clerk at Zales Department Store in Florida.

Survivors include a son, Harry DeSposito of Hudson; and two daughters, Helen Knefley of Port Alleganey, Pa., and Theresa Castle of Silver Springs, Fla.

Mrs. Lane was predeceased by two husbands, Frank DeSposito and Albert Lane, as well as a son, Robert DeSposito on Nov. 3, 1999.

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

Services will be 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Spring interment will take place at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery at the convenience of the family.


February 19, 2001

BRIDGET McGOURTY
Catholic Church employee

CATSKILL---Bridget McGourty, 78, of Catskill, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at the Pinehaven Home in Philmont.

She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Ireland.

She was an employee of the Catholic Church, working at various rectories in metropolitan New York and New Jersey, as well as Saugerties and Athens prior to her retirement.

She was a resident of St. Joseph’s Villa in Catskill for a few years prior to moving to Philmont. She enjoyed traveling extensively with local church groups.

Ms. McGouty is survived by several cousins.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery on North Jefferson Avenue in Catskill. Pastor John J. Murphy of St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill will officiate.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Traver &McCurry Funeral Home at 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Villa, 38 Prospect Ave., Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


February 20, 2001

FLORENCE MALONE
Nurse at St. Joseph’s Villa

CAIRO---Florence “Flossie” Booth Malone, 87, a long-time resident of Cairo, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at the Eden Park Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 29, 1913, in Tuckahoe, she was the daughter of the late Jennie and Salomon Bells.

Mrs. Malone was employed by the New York Telephone Co. in Westchester until 1943. At that time, she moved to Cairo with her mother and son, Richard Booth.

She was employed as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Villa in Catskill for 31 years before she retired in 1981.

Survivors include her son, Richard E. Booth of Cairo; her grandchildren, Gretchen Booth Garfinkle and Garret Booth of Peterborough, N.H.; and a great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Malone was predeceased by her first husband, Almond E. Booth, and her second husband, Joseph Malone.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cairo-Durham Dollars for Scholars.


February 20, 2001

KENNETH W. SIMPKINS
Employee of A.L. Moon Fuel Co.

CATSKILL---Kenneth W. Simpkins, 87, of Catskill, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2001, at the Adventist Nursing Home in Livingston.

Born Oct. 9, 1913, in Leeds, he was the son of the late Samuel Simpkins and Ethel (Brandt) Simpkins.

Mr. Simpkins was a graduate of Catskill High School, Class of 1932.

He was a long-time employee of A.L. Moon Fuel Co. of Catskill prior to his retirement. He also owned a farm on Cauterskill Road until 1999.

He was a life member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill.

Survivors include a daughter, Ione Patricia of Coxsackie; two sons, Kenneth Simpkins of Gilbert, Ariz., and John Simpkins of Avondale, Ariz.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Simpkins was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Mary P. Simpkins, on July 23, 1998; his daughter, Mary Catherine, in 1978; a brother, Lysle E. Simpkins, killed in action during World War II; and two sisters, Roberta Tolbert and Agnes Lewis.

Calling hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home at 234 Jefferson Heights, in Catskill.

Services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Father Hendrick, pastor of Christ Church of Hudson, will officiate.

Interment will follow at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Adventist Nursing Home, P.O. Box 95, Livingston, N.Y. 12541, or the American Heart Association.


February 20, 2001

MADELINE WHITE
Palenville business owner

CATSKILL---Madeline White, 80, former Palenville business owner, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born June 12, 1920, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Pizza and Anna (Perrotta) Pizza.

She had been a resident of the Eden Park Nursing Home in Hudson since July 1988.

Mrs. White resided in Palenville for 30 years and operated the White Bus Line and Home Bakery for many years.

Survivors include her daughter, Gina Dube of Milford, N.H.; two sons, Edward T. White, Jr., of Palenville and Randy White of Atlanta; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. White was predeceased by her husband, Edward Thomas White, on June 7, 1975.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 and 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Sacred Heart Church in Palenville.

Interment will be in the spring in the family plot at the Palenville Cemetery at the convenience of her family.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice, 147 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


February 21, 2001

WALTER J. BIRMANN
Owner of Rainbow Lodge

GREENVILLE---Walter Jaromir Birmann, 98, died Feb. 20, 2001, at his home in Schroon Lake.

Born Dec. 31, 1902, in Chemnitz, Germany, he was the son of the late, Otto Birmann and Ana (Hildt) Birmann and came to America in 1906.

He lived in Hillside, N.J., until 1917, when he and his family moved to Greenville. He operated the family farm and in the 1920’s he and his family established Rainbow Lodge, a summer resort.

In 1955, he started construction of a golf course. Rainbow Lodge and Rainbow Golf Resort are still a family operation.

Mr. Birmann was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman, having hunted in Canada, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and the Adirondacks since the 1920’s. He fished the Florida Keys where he spent the winters. The last 13 years, he and his wife had a winter home in Northport, Fla., at Lazy River Park.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Ruth (Turon) Birmann; his sons, Walter and Carl Birmann; a nephew; two stepdaughters, Carole Byrne and Janice Donovan; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Birmann was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Larkin) Birmann, and his sisters, Charlotte Dressler and Amanda Meyer.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

A private cremation service will take place at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Schroon Lake Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 774, Schroon Lake, N.Y. 12870 or High Peaks Hospice, Mineville, N.Y. 12956.


February 24, 2001

VINCENT VENICE, Sr.
Security Guard

FREEHOLD---Vincent Venice, Sr., 89, of Freehold, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany.

Born Feb. 1, 1912, in New York City, he was the son of the late Nicholas Venice and Catherine Petrone Venice.

Mr. Venice was retired from the Chemical Bank in New York City where he was a security guard for many years.

Survivors include his sons, Nicholas Venice of Astoria, Queens, and Vincent Venice, Jr., of Sunnyside, Queens.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marianna Manzi Venice; and a sister.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Cunningham Funeral Home, West Road, Greenville.

Services will be 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville.

A private cremation will take place at Albany Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, 315 South Manning Blvd., Albany, 12208.


February 26, 2001

KENNETH R. NESTER
Machinist for Stiefel Labs

GREENVILLE---Kenneth R. Nester, 58, of Preston Hollow, died suddenly, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Cobleskill Community Hospital in Cobleskill.

Born Sept. 30, 1942, in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Howard Nester and Barbara Nester.

Mr. Nester was a machinist for Stiefel Laboratories in East Durham.

Survivors include his wife, Dina (Ferracano) Nester; two children, Kenneth Nester, Jr., of the Bronx and Noah Nester of Preston Hollow; one grandson, Jake Nester; a sister, Bonnie Austin of Yonkers; and a brother, Anthony Nester of Garrison.

Calling hours will be 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

Cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery.


February 26, 2001

ERIN LEE OWEN
Devoted to children and family

CAIRO---Erin Lee Owen, 35, of Allen Street, Catskill, formerly of Jerome Avenue, Cairo, died suddenly, Feb. 23, 2001, in East Durham.

She was born in Brooklyn, March 8, 1965, and was the daughter of Connie (Girardi) Owen of Cairo and the late Robert Owen.

Services will take place Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.

Pastor Anthony Saturnino of the Grace Assembly of God Church of Cairo will officiate. Interment will follow in the spring at the Cairo Cemetery.

Besides her mother, survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Priola of Staten Island and Erin Lauren Gregio of Catskill; a brother, Robert Owen of Catskill; two sisters, Andrea White of East Durham and Elizabeth DeCamp of Cairo; maternal grandmother, Jennie Girardi; three uncles, Michael Girardi of Flushing and Andrew and Emil Girardi, both of California; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was devoted to her children and family. Ms. Owen also loved to dance, cook and attend the Grace Assembly of God Church services.

During her employment years, she worked as a waitress for many restaurants in the Greene County and Hudson areas.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.


February 26, 2001

RAY ELLSWORTH POWELL
Manager at Columbia Auto Parts

CATSKILL---Ray Ellsworth Powell, 79, of Catskill, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at his residence.

Born Dec. 5, 1921, in Greenville, he was the son of the late Ray C. Powell and Ruth Ellsworth Powell.

Mr. Powell was a retired manager of Columbia Auto Parts of Catskill. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific Theatre.

He was a member of the Catskill United Methodist Church and Honeyford Memorial Post No. 110 American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Sutherland, and cousins.

Mr. Powell was predeceased by his brother, Dean Powell and his sister, Catherine Powell.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the funeral home, followed by interment in the family plot at the Town of Catskill Cemetery on North Jefferson Avenue in Catskill. Associate Pastor Russell Sargent of the United Methodist Church of Catskill will officiate.

Memorials to the United Methodist Church are suggested. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


February 27, 2001

SUMNER R. BATES
Retired letter carrier

GREENVILLE---Sumner R. Bates, 80, of Medusa, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

He was born in Medusa on Jan. 10, 1921, the son of the late Everett Bates and Beatrice (Hagadorn) Bates.

He was a graduate of Greenville Central Schools in 1938 and worked as a cheese maker. He served in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe during World War II, having entered the U.S. Army in 1943. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Bates was a rural mail carrier out of the Medusa Post Office for 29 years, retiring in 1979. He then drove a school bus for the Greenville Central School District for 16 years, retiring in 1995. He was an active ferrier from 1965 until 1995.

He also was a Cub Scout master for several years and helped the Town of Rensselaerville Ambulance Squad. He was a charter member of the Medusa Volunteer Fire Co., and was active as a fire policeman. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Medusa, the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291 and a charter member of the Tri-County Pony Club.

Mr. Bates also was formerly a member of the Carriage Association of America, the Pittsford Carriage Association, and American Driving Society, the Columbia County Coaching Society and the Saratoga Driving Association. An avid golfer since 1979, he had a hole in one.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Ethelyn (Roney) Bates of Medusa; a son, Albert Bates of Medusa; a grandson, Kevin Bates of Medusa; and a sister, Irene Williams of Willomar, Calif.

Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home on West Road in Greenville. The Greenville American Legion Post No. 291 and the Medusa Volunteer Fire Company will conduct services at 7 and 7:30 p.m. respectively, at the funeral home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Mr. Bates’ memory may be made to the Rensselaerville Ambulance Fund or the Medusa Volunteer Fire Company.


February 27, 2001 

HARRIET CASE
Secretary for insurance company

CAIRO---Harriet B. Case, 101, of the Pavilion, Catskill, formerly of Vernal Butler Road, Cairo, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, where she had been a patient since Feb. 10.

Born June 23, 1899, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Henry Bossert and Margaret (Proepster) Bossert.

During her years of employment, she worked for Wallace Reid Insurance Company of New York City as a secretary.

Survivors include two dear friends, Mildred McManus of Cairo and Anne Pacifico of Round Top.

Mrs. Case was predeceased by her husband, Lyman G. Case, in 1935.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home at 383 Bross St. in Cairo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo. Pastor Jeremiah Nunan will officiate.

Private cremation will take place Thursday at the Wiltwyck Crematory in Kingston.

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


February 27, 2001

ELLY ZIELASKO KNUDSEN
Beautician

CATSKILL---Elly Zielasko Knudsen, 91, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill, where she had been a patient since Oct. 4, 1999.

She was born Aug. 10, 1909, in Zerbst, Germany.

Mrs. Knudsen was a beautician in New York City, prior to her marriage to the late Volkert L. Knudsen on April 28, 1931.

Survivors include a son, Werner Knudsen of Catskill; a daughter, Eleanor Norman of Dobbs Ferry; three grandsons, Stewart Norman of Dobbs Ferry, Kurt Knudsen of Catskill and Jon Knudsen of Catskill; and a niece.

Mrs. Knudsen was predeceased by her husband, Volkert L. Knudsen, on April 11, 1995; and a brother, Walter Zielasko.

Cremation was conducted at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

A private committal service at the Town of Catskill Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.


February 27, 2001

MARILYN SCHIAVO
Registered nurse

CATSKILL—Marilyn Schiavo, 63, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at her daughter’s residence in Warwick, following a long illness.

Born May 31, 1937, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Charles Carozza and Corinne (Caputo) Carozza.

Mrs. Schiavo was a registered nurse for Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. She had been a resident of Catskill for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura Guddemi, of Warwick; three sons, Nicholas Schiavo of, Norman, Okla., Charles Schiavo of Edmond, Okla. And Paul Schiavo of Phoenicia; three granddaughter, Nicole Schiavo, Linda Guddemi and Rebekah Guddemi; a brother, Dr. Charles Carozza of Cherry Valley; and a sister, Corinne Peretin.

Mrs. Schiavo was predeceased by her former husband, Nicholas Schiavo.

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

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church. Pastor John J. Murphy will officiate.

Cremation will follow in the Albany Rural Crematorium.


February 27, 2001

ELLEN SCHNARE
Home health provider

HANNACROIX---Ellen Schnare, 61, of Hannacroix, died Monday morning, Feb. 26, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born Sept. 13, 1939, in Tuxedo, she was the daughter of the late James DeGraw and Elizabeth (Molloy) DeGraw.

Mrs. Schnare was self-employed as a home health care provider.

She was married on July 12, 1969, in Greenville, to Frank Schnare, who survives at home.

Besides her husband, survivors include two daughters, Amanda Anderson of Earlton and Erin Schnare of Latham; and a granddaughter, Chelsea Anderson of Earlton.

A memorial service commemorating her life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sopris Funeral Home on Route 9W in Coxsackie. Rev. Richard Pruiksma will officiate.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 159 Jefferson Heights, Box C201, or the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y.

Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


February 28, 2001

EDWARD T. HAUSMAN
Automobile restorer

GHENT---Edward T. Hausman, 41, of Martindale Road, Philmont, died suddenly, Feb. 25, 2001, at Rolling Hills Mobile Park in Ghent.

He was born in Hudson, Oct. 20, 1959, the son of Dorothy (Kurys) Hausman of Philmont and the late Henry G. Hausman, Jr.

At the time of his death, Mr. Hausman owned and operated Body Unlimited Auto Restoration Co. of Philmont. He won numerous best-in-show and first-place awards for his restorations. The most prestigious of his awards included the 1994 National Triumph Register Best in Show; Best Paintwork, at 75th Anniversary of Morgan in Malvern, England, 1984; Best in Show at Vintage Fall Festival in Lime Rock, Conn. 1983, 1987 and 1995; Second in Class for Morgan +4+ at Pebble Beach, Calif.; Best in Show British Invasion at Stowe, Vt. 2000; and he was twice featured on the cover of British Car Magazine.

Mr. Hausman was a member of the Craryville Rod and Gun Club and a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church in Philmont.

Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister, Christine Schaible of Hillsdale; three brothers, Paul Hausman of Chatham, John Hausman of Maryland and Raymond Hausman of Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Valenti & Richards Funeral Home at 700 Town Hall Drive in Greenport. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pastor Raymond Ethier of the Sacred Heart Church of Philmont will officiate. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Philmont Rescue Squad or to your favorite charity.  


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