from the Daily Mail
Transcribed by Janice Hesselink
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf
February 2, 2004
ROSLYN MARY SOUTH
Writer and Artist
WESTERLO---Roslyn Mary South, wife of the late Brigadier General Hamilton D. South, USMC, died January 24, 2004 at the Teresian House in Albany.
Mrs. South who was 88, attended the New School in Manhattan and was well known as the proprietor of Bear Trap Antiques in Albany and Westerlo.
She was an accomplished writer and artist. Mrs. South’s
work appeared in a number of publications, among them The American Mercury and The
New York Times.
Her paintings, which took their inspiration from the American primitive traditions, are included in collections throughout the country.
Mrs. South is survived by three children, Deborah Lord of
Hannacroix, Hamilton D. South III of Van Hornsville and Megan Fulweiler of
Saunderstown, Rhode Island; nine grand children and three great-grandchildren.
February 2, 2004
MALDEN-ON-HUDSON---Jeanne Sparling, 81, of Main Street, died Saturday, January 31, 2004 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston after a brief illness.
Born March 6, 1922 in Saugerties, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Ethel Wolven Breithaupt.
A lifetime area resident, she was formerly employed at Sacks Lodge, Katsbaan Inn and the Malden Hot Shoppe Restaurant, all in Saugerties.
She was a member of the Malden Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Group.
Survivors include four sons, Walter F, Frank F. and Barry S. Sparling all of Malden and Mark W. Sparling of West Camp; three daughters, Rita Mooers of Willow, Paula Sumpter of Saxton and Arlene DePoala of Glasco; two brothers, Clifford and Gerald Breithaupt both of Saugerties and two sisters, Ella Erceg of Athens and Dorothy Flanigan of Willow; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sparling was predeceased by her husband Wilson W. Sparling in September of 1991, a son, Ward Sparling in 1991 and three brothers, Ward, Kenneth and Jack Breithaupt and two sisters, Olive Minkler and Ethel Gilmore.
Her funeral procession will form 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Fafayette Streets, thence to the Malden Methodist Church on Main Street in Malden where her funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. by the Rev. Linda McEathron, Pastor.
Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery in Saugerties.
February 2, 2004
ADELE E. TAYLOR
Longtime Cairo resident
CAIRO---Adele E. Taylor, 76 of Phelps Drive, died Saturday, January 31, 2004 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.
She was born in Hunter, May 18, 1927, the daughter of the late Ives and Eva Dibble Overbaugh Dibble.
A longtime Cairo resident, she previously had resided in Tilson.
She was a life member of the Cairo Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary, Cairo-Durham Elks Lodge No. 2630, Catskill Senior Fellowship, Rip Van Winkle Senior Citizens Club and the Purling Rod and Gun Club.
Mrs. Taylor enjoyed summer camp with her family at Lake Sacandaga.
Her husband, Warren H. Taylor died in 1986. A daughter, Joyce C. Harbig died in 2002 and a brother Franklin Dibble died in 1974.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene A. Moylan of Bloomington, a son David W. Taylor of Woodstock, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street., Cairo. The Rev. Arlene Dawber will officiate.
Interment will be in the Maplewood Cemetery, East Jewett in the spring.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the George J. Moylan Funeral Home, Route 32, Rosendale and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cairo Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary or Commitment to Kids, P.O. Box 55, Bloomington, N.Y. 12411 or Hospice.
Arrangements are by the George J. Moylan Funeral Home, Route 32 Rosendale.
February 2, 2004
Owned Woodruff’s Grocery Store
WESTERLO---Bee Woodruff of Westerlo, died on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at St Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
She was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Daniel C. and Rose (Duker) Saulsbery.
During World War II, she worked at General Electric as a Material Move Person in 73 A Dept. making panels for submarines. She also wrote for the newspaper in that department.
She was very involved at that time with the Red Cross and was the first person to receive a “Gallon Pin.” After the war, she went on to manage the photo studio at the W.M. Whitney & Company Department Store in Albany for ten years. She was instrumental in the Albany market to initiate doing children’s pictures with Santa.
She later became a dental assistant for Dr. Kurland for ten years, during which time she trained at least thirty dental assistants, one of which was race car driver, Shirley “Cha Cha” Mulldowney.
Mrs. Woodruff will be most remembered prominently in this community as co-owner and operator with her husband Pete of Woodruff’s Grocery Store in Westerlo for thirty-two years.
She loved having people around her. She particularly enjoyed the fine art of match making. She especially loved her “babies” Mickey, Misty and Tara.
Survivors include her beloved husband, Gerald “Pete” Woodruff of Westerlo, a brother Sam “Jack” Saulsbery of Colonie; a sister Evelyn Hootman of Fairfield, Iowa; four nephews, Bruce Saulsbery, Richard Saulsbery, Stephen Saulsbery, and Dennis Udell; four nieces, Joanne Saulsbery, Roseann Hootman, Joyce Coffin and Roxanne Horlacher, a sister-in law Delyghte Woodruff, several great-nieces and great nephews, several cousins and numerous dear friends.
Mrs. Woodruff was predeceased by two nephews, Johnny Hootman who was killed in Viet Nam and Darrel Udell.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81 Greenville. Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the spring in the Hannacroix Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westerlo Rescue Squad.
February 3, 2004
WILLIAM SCOTT HANNA
New York State Trooper
CLAVERACK---William Scott Hanna, 77 died peacefully on Sunday, February 1, 2004.
Born in Toronto, Canada on December 9, 1926, he was the son of the late Edward Victor Hanna and Rachel (Scott) Hanna of Brooklyn.
A graduate of Erasmus Hall Academy in Brooklyn, Mr. Hanna proudly served in World War II in the Pacific theater Post-service. Mr. Hanna first held the position of store detective at the exclusive Lord and Taylor Fifth Avenue Department Store.
In 1948 he joined the New York State Police, Troop G for three years. On May 5, 1952 he was appointed to the Hudson Police Department and in three years rose to the position of Detective Sergeant and Acting Police Chief. He resigned in June 1962 to rejoin the State Police. Upon his resignation as Hudson’s Detective Sergeant, Commissioner Freeman commended him as a “pillar of strength to the department and city.”
After a three month state police training course at Albany State Teacher’s College, Mr. Hanna was the top-ranking member of 392 graduates. He received the honor of addressing his class in September 1962 along with Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and stated in his address that “discipline is essential to maintaining the high standard of the New York State Police and that we must strive to create an attitude of courtesy of our duties. We have learned to exercise authority with firmness and impartiality, permitting nothing to influence justice.”
In April 1964, Mr. Hanna was promoted to New York State Police Sergeant and appointed to Troop G in Claverack after being stationed at Leeds. Mr. Hanna retired from the New York State Police in August 1976 and served as Director of Security at Columbia-Greene Community College until his retirement in 1996.
In addition to his outstanding law enforcement career, for which he received numerous commendations, and his unselfish devotion to his wife and children, Mr. Hanna was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Boys Club during the 1960’s; and a faithful member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson before moving to Claverack and joining the Dutch Reformed Church.
He was an honorary member of Roger’s Hose No 2 and was also one of the first members of the Columbia County Car Club.
Mr. Hanna was the beloved husband of Josephine (Drabick) Hanna for 54 years and the loving father of their eight children, Nancy Portz and husband Harry of Claverack; William Scott Hanna Jr. of Hudson;
Robert Hanna and wife Janice of Germantown; Mary Ria Hanna and her friend Laura Casal of Arlington, Virginia; Edward Armstrong Hanna and wife Maria of Fairfax, Virginia; Kathleen Hanna Van Valkenburgh of Hudson; Patricia Koskowski and husband Michael of Hudson; John Hanna and wife Rene of Catskill. Grandchildren Michael Portz and wife Nicole of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Josie Hanna of Fairfax, Virginia, and Olivia Hanna of Catskill; Katie and Patricia Van Valkenburgh of Hudson; Hannah Koskowski of Hudson and Carl Nabozny of Greenville; other survivors include her sister, Jean Hanna of Brooklyn, a cousin, Margery Boyd of Glenageary, Ireland; his aunt Janet Green and cousin Veronica Willens of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and relatives in the U.S., Ireland, England and Australia.
Calling hours will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Dutch Reformed Church on Route 9, Claverack.
Interment will be at the Dutch Reformed Church in the spring.
February 3, 2004
Owned John’s Fish Market
CATSKILL---Victoria Iapichino of 242 Route 385 Town of Catskill, died suddenly Sunday, February 1 at home.
She was born January 22, 1924 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Dominick and Rose (Mariano) Maglio.
Mrs. Iapichino was the co-owner of John’s Fish Market in Hudson and Catskill. She was also an employee of the Greene County Department of Motor Vehicles in Catskill for over 17 years, until her retirement in 1987.
She was a communicant at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill.
Survivors include her husband, John P. Iapichino Sr. of Catskill; two daughters, Rosemary Bertelle of Leeds and Christina Geigner of Germantown; a son, John Iapichino Jr. of Athens; two sons in-law, Ralph Bertelle of Leeds, George Geigner of Germantown; a daughter in-law, Lynn Iapichino of Athens; four grandchildren, Stephanie Bink of Leeds and Jack Bertelle of Leeds, Evan and Jared Iapichino of Athens; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Victoria Bink of Leeds; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Iapichino is predeceased by four brothers, Alfred Maglio, Anthony Maglio, Michael Maglio and John Maglio.
Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.
Funeral services will be held 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday from the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridge Street. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor will be officiating.
Interment will follow at Catskill Rural Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Catskill Rescue Squad, 493 Main St., Catskill, New York 12414; and Wildwood School, 2995A, Curry Road Ext., Schenectady, New York 12303.
February 3, 10, 2004
CLAYTON D. QUICK
CLIMAX---Clayton D. Quick, 93, a 16 year resident of Climax, formerly of Kerhonkson, New York, died at the Fireman’s Home in Hudson, on February 1, 2004.
Born October 2, 1910 in Ulster, New York he was the son of the late Norman and Grace (Jollie) Quick.
He was the husband of the former Virginia Irwin who survives at home. During World War II, Mr. Quick served in the U.S. Army in Central Europe, the Middle East, the Rhineland, Italy and France. He was a member of the Ark Lodge #48 F&AM of Coxsackie, Kaksakee Chapter OES #873 of Coxsackie, the Cypress Shrine of Albany, the New Baltimore American Legion Post #1614, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Earlton Fish and Game, the Accord Fire Department and Medway-Grapeville Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife; foster son, Roger Rice of Climax; son-in-law, William Pomeroy of Accord; brother Vincent and his wife Murial Quick of Port Orange, Florida; two step children; seven step grandchildren; and 12 step great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
On Saturday, February 21 at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. 11877, Route 9W, Coxsackie, Kaksakee Chapter OES #873 will conduct services at 1 p.m., Ark Lodge #48 will conduct services at 1:15 p.m., and the New Baltimore American Legion #1614 will conduct services at 1:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow with the Rev. Harold Page and the Rev. Neil Irwin officiating. A reception will follow at the Medway-Grapeville Fire Company.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kaksakee Chapter OES #873, c/o Wynne Neiss, 12458 Medway Earlton Road, Earlton, New York 12058. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
February 10, 2004
ANNA E. WAHL
CLIMAX---Anna E. Wahl, 87 of Bethany Village, formerly of Climax, died February 7, 2004 at Elant Nursing Home, Goshen, New York after a long illness.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York, September 10, 1916 and was the daughter of the late Charles and Christina (Otzel) Cavallino.
Mrs. Wahl was a communicant of the St. Mary’s Church and also a former employee of the New York Telephone Company at Albany in the administrative capacity for 28 years, retiring in 1981.
She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers, a member of the Columbiaettes #548, and the Altar Rosary Society. She loved playing bingo and eating in restaurants.
She was a resident of the McCauly Residence in Albany and the family would like to thank the staff for their kindness.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Christine) Levine of Port Jervis; a son, John C. Wahl and his wife Patricia; a brother Charles Cavallino of Climax; a sister, Christine Paolucci of Brookville, Florida; four grandchildren, William Welch, Cara Wahl, Mrs. James (Angela) Gass; Mrs. Robert (Amy) Lewis; four great-grandchildren, William, Nicholas, Joseph and Haleigh and eight nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Coxsackie, with Rev. Fr. John Moyna, Pastor, the celebrant.
Interment will take place in the spring in the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Memorial Society, 80 Mansion Street, Coxsackie 12051. For your convenience envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home.
February 3, 2004
MARCIA E. YEOMANS
CATSKILL---Marcia E. Yeomans, 81 of Catskill, died February 2, 2004 at the Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent.
She was born in Greenville on May 22, 1922, daughter of the late Roy and Helen (Lorenz) Knowles.
Mrs. Yeomans was a lifelong homemaker.
Survivors include two daughters, Gail Quagliano of Gloversville and Dianne Yeomans of Florida; a son, Allen Yeomans of Port Orange, Florida; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, Mrs. Yeomans was predeceased by a grandson Daniel Rogers.
Calling hours will be 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State route 81, Greenville.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery in the spring.
February 4, 2004
THOMAS D. CRAHAN
U.S. Army Veteran
CATSKILL---Thomas D. Crahan, 68, died suddenly on Monday, February 2, 2004 at home.
He was born January 19, 1936 in Albany, the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary (Fitzgerald) Crahan.
Thomas was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in Catskill. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Germany. He was an employee at the New York State Legislature in Albany prior to his retirement. He enjoyed sports activities and golfing.
Mr. Crahan is survived by his sister, Margaret E. Crahan of New York City, and many cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church of Catskill will officiate.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday, February 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the service.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, N.Y. 12424. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
February 4, 2004
Evans Palm Inn owner
EAST DURHAM---Bridget (Peggy) Evans, 80 of Astoria and East Durham, died at the home of her daughter in Norwalk, Conn., on February 3, 2004.
She was born in Ballingarry, County Limerick, Ireland on February 28, 1923, the daughter of the late John and Mary Scanlon.
Peggy and her late beloved husband Thomas Evans were the proud owners of the Evans Palm Inn in East Durham. She was a retired secretary who had worked for the New York City Board of Education. She was a member of the Corkmans Association, the Irish Cultural and Sports Centre and the Greenville Irish American Club.
Her family and friends will miss her liveliness, beautiful smile and her twinkling Irish eyes.
She was the loving wife of her late husband Thomas Evans; loving mother of Thomas John Evans and his wife Monica; Mary Elizabeth Evans and her husband Joe; James Patrick Evans and his wife Diane; loving grandmother “McMa” and “Nana” to Shauna, Seamus, Meghan, Niclolas and Bridget.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2004 at 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.
Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville on Friday, February 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Spring interment will be in the Winston Cemetery in East Durham.
Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company, Route 145, East Durham, New York 12423.
February 5, 8 2004
CHARLES W. ROSCOE
U.S. Army veteran
CATSKILL---Charles W. Roscoe, 87 died Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at the V.A. Medical Center in Albany.
Mr. Roscoe was born in Schoharie on January 20, 1916 to the late William Louis and Laura Snyder Roscoe.
He graduated from Saugerties High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 2, 1943. He served as a heavy artillery gun crewman in the Rhineland and Central Europe, earning the American Theater Ribbon, Eamet Campaign Ribbon with two bronze service stars, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.
Following his discharge on December 2, 1945, he went to work as a boat loader for Lone Star Cement for the next 45 years. On July 9, 1972, he married the former Claudia “Connie” Larson.
Mr. Roscoe is survived by his wife Claudia “Connie” Roscoe of Catskill; her daughter Marie Lackie of Cairo, and her two grandchildren Kayla and Matthew Lackie; his sister, Charlotte Spivack of Amherst, Mass.; niece Carla Spivack and nephew Lauren Spivack as well as a great niece and two great nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 9, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights with interment to follow in the Catskill Rural Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
February 5, 2004
MARGARET VAN WORMER
COXSACKIE---Margaret “Honey” Trosclair Van Wormer 61, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at the Hospice Inn, St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.
Margaret was born in Ravena and had lived in Coxsackie for 18 years. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Margaret Trosclair.
Survivors include her longtime companion, Miguel Alvarez of Coxsackie; daughters Stephanie (Charles) Austin of Coxsackie and Stacie (Craig) Trosclair Quintana of Ravena and Barbara Furst of Florida; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Margaret was predeceased by her brother Benjamin Trosclair and sister Patricia Snyder.
Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2004 at the Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena. Interment will take place in the spring.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday preceding the service beginning at 5 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Margaret may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, New York 12205.
February 6, 2004
HELEN E. HILZINGER
Third Grade Teacher
OAK HILL---Helen Elizabeth Hilzinger, 88 passed away at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York on February 4, 2004.
She was born in Oneonta, New York on January 16, 1916, the daughter of the late William Lake and Augusta Maria (Cowles) Hilzinger.
Helen attended elementary school at Craw District #5 on Fish Road in Oak Hill, graduated from Albany City High Schook, New Paltz College and she also attended night classes at Albany Business College. She taught third grade at the Giffin School in Albany, New York for 33 ½ years before her retirement.
She was a member and past regent of Meeting House Hill Chapter N.S.D.A.R. and New England and a member of the Oak Hill-Durham U.M.C. She was proud of the fact that she had lived in Oak Hill her entire life.
She was predeceased by her siblings James Leland, William Raymond Hilzinger and Marion Catherine Hunt.
Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State
Route 81 in Greenville, New York on Sunday, February 8, 2004 from 1 p.m. to 3
p.m. The DAR will conduct a service
at the funeral home on Sunday at 3 p.m. Graveside service will be at the Oak
Hill Cemetery prior to her interment in the spring. Those who desire may
contribute in her memory to the American Heart Association.
February 6, 2004
MAY BEATRICE KETIGIAN
TANNERSVILLE---May Beatrice Ketigian, 83 of Tannersville died on January 29, 2004 at the Columbia Memorial Hospice in Hudson.
Born March 1, 1920 in Milford, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Axel and Anne Pearson.
Mrs. Ketigian had a summer house on Park Lane in Tannersville since 1950. She was a homemaker who enjoyed needlework and crafts and was a member of the Mountaintop Golden Agers. She was also a member of the East Jewett United Methodist Church.
She married David Ketigian, in New York City in 1943, who died in 1992. They resided in Whitestone, Queens and also had a winter home in St. Petersburg, Florida after David retired in 1971.
She was also predeceased by a twin brother, Fred Pearson and a younger sister, Lily Wood.
Surviving are two children, Linda M. Harutunian of Waldwick, NJ and Richard Ketigian of Tannersville; and two grandchildren, Anne Salka and Debra Diaz.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 8 at 9 a.m. at the East Jewett United Methodist Church, with Rev. Karen Monk officiating. A graveside service was held Monday, February at 2 p.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, NY.
Arrangements are under the direction of Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main Street, Hunter.
Memorial donations may be made to the East Jewett United Methodist Church.
February 6, 2004
ALBIN S. TOMKIEWICZ
Rose-Flo Real Estate owner
SOUTH CAIRO---Albin S. Tomkiewicz, 83 of Route 67, died February 4, 2004 at his residence after a long illness.
He was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 11, 1920 and was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Tomkiewicz.
Albin was a resident of the town of Cairo for over 50 years. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He operated the Rose-Flo Real Estate Company of Cairo. He was a former fire commissioner of the Cairo Hose Company, former Cairo Town Tax Assessor, a member of the Cairo Republican Club and a member of the South Cairo V.F.W.
He loved the outdoors, hunting and snow mobiling.
He is survived by his wife Florence L. (Bonasch) Tomkiewicz of South Cairo; son James A. Tomkiewicz of Greenville; daughter Dorothy J. Bauer of Albany; brother Walter Tomkiewicz of West Fultonham, NY; grandchildren Christopher and Kym; great-grandchildren Haley and Jaylor; dear friend Jessie Williams of South Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Private cremation took place on February 5, 2004 at the Albany Rural Crematory in Menands.
Contributions in his memory in lieu of flowers can be made to the Cairo Hose Company. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.
February 6, 2004
WINDHAM---Virginia Wiegand, 99 of Ashland died Thursday, February 5, 2004 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.
Born August 10, 1904, in New York City, she was the daughter of John and Frances (nee Hillman) Kappes.
Mrs. Wiegand was a homemaker and a communicant of St. Theresa’s Church in Windham. Her love and commitment to her husband and family were an inspiration to many. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her sons, George R. Wiegand Jr., and John J. Wiegand; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of 76 years, George R. Wiegand, who died on February 8, 2001 and a daughter, Frances V. O’Hara.
Calling hours will be Sunday, 2-4 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Monday, 11 a.m. at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus R.C. Church, Windham with the Rev. James Schiffer, celebrant.
Interment will take place in the spring at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.
February 7, 2004
ALBERT B. DIAMANTE, MD
Medical practice owner
LANSINGBURGH---Albert B. Diamante, MD of Third Avenue, died on Thursday, February 5, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy.
Born in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Venanzio and Theresa Martocchia Diamante. He resided in Lansingburgh for the past 50 years.
He was a graduate of Schenectady High, Union College and Middlesex University School of Medicine. Dr. Diamante had a private medical practice in Lansingburgh for 40 years, retiring in 1991. He served on the medical and surgical staff at the former Leonard Hospital in Troy and had also served as Chief of Staff.
Dr. Diamante served as a 1st Lieutenant in the New York State Guard during World War II and was a Fellow of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons.
He was the beloved father of Alfred, Peter and John Diamante, all of Lansingburgh and Edward Diamante of Cairo; cherished grandfather of Keith, Brian and Peter Diamante; brother of the late Agnes Gallo, Assunta, Anthony, Amos, Hugh, Alfred, Edward and Alberto Diamante.
Funeral services will be held at the McNulty Funeral Home, 147 Hudson Avenue, Green Island on Monday, February 9, 2004 at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, February 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Dr. Diamante may be made to St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy.
February 7, 2004
LORNA M. PRICE
HUDSON---Lorna M. Price, 70 of 48 Fairview Avenue, died
February 5, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
Born in Hudson on July 19, 1933, she was the daughter of
the late Louis and Fannie (Fandozzi) Van Loan.
Lorna is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and a communicant of the Holy Family Church. She was a beautician and employed by Helene’s Beauty Shop of Hudson.
She is survived by her husband, Richard M. Price of Hudson; a son, Richard M. Price of New York City; a daughter, Deborah Broek of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and two grandchildren, David and Tyler.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Valenti & Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive in Greenport, on Sunday, February 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mass of the Christian Burial will take place on Monday, February 9 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Stottville, with Father Winston Bath as the celebrant.
Interment will follow in the family plot at the Cedar Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Holy Family Church in her memory.
February 6, 7 2004
SANTO V. PACHECO, Sr.
Calvetta’s Auto employee
CATSKILL---Mr. Santo Valentin Pacheco, Sr., 56 of 73 Cauterskill Avenue, died Thursday, February 5, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
He was born April 18, 1947 in San Sabastian, Puerto Rico, the son of the late Ramona Pacheco and Carmello Valentin of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Pacheco was an employee of Calvetta’s Auto in Catskill.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen (Gilleo) Pacheco of Catskill; five children, Beverly Gilleo, Santo Pacheco, Jr. and his wife Jodie, Aida and Romona Pacheco and Chris Woods, all of Catskill and Margarita Benbenek and her husband Deane of Florida; five brothers, Carmello, Angel Luiz and Edwin Pancheco and Pedro Angel and Heriberto Valentin; six sisters, Aida Luz, Margarita, Aida and Evelyn Valentin, Pura Colon and Judy Nieves; seven grandchildren, Tanisha, Felix, Adrianna, Jakima, Kelsey, Jada and Abigail; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill on Monday, February 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on William Street in Catskill. The Rev. Michael Gorchov, Rector will be officiating.
Interment will follow at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.
February 10, 2004
EAST JEWETT---Liesma Anderson, 67 of East Jewett, died Monday, February 2, 2004 at her residence.
Born October 2, 1936 she was the daughter of Pauls and Marija Cicis Blukis in Jelgava, Latvia.
Mrs. Anderson was an interior designer who had worked for American Commercial Inc. in Irvington, New Jersey for more than 25 years. She was the administrative manager of the Latvian Memorial Park Cemetery in Elka Park.
Survivors include her husband John Anderson of East Jewett; a cousin, Gunta Giga of New Jersey and several more in Latvia.
Cremation was held at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston.
A memorial service will be held in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Latvian Memorial Park Maintenance Fund or the Latvian Church Camp, P.O. Elka Park, New York 12427.
Arrangements are by Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.
February 10, 11, 2004
VIRGINIA L. DICKSON
Longtime Coxsackie resident
COXSACKIE---Virginia L. Dickson (Dixon), 76 of 12 Raymond Street, Village of Coxsackie, died February 7, 2004 at her residence after a long illness.
She was born July 9, 1927 in Short Creek West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Hamp and Virginia L. (Anderson) Jennings.
She has been an area resident since 1946 and is a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church.
She loved to dance and play softball, play cards, cook and bake. She had very good sense of humor.
Survivors include four sons, Arthur Dixon of Guilderland, David H. Dixon of Catskill, Allen L. Dixon of Denver, North Carolina, Donald O. Dixon of Grand Rapids, Michigan; six daughters, Toni Maisonet Dixon of Albany, Debra Palmer Dixon of Catskill, Jacqueline Krom Dixon of Schenectady, Jan Marsha Dixon of West Coxsackie, Virginia Dixon Jr., of Limerick, Pennsylvania and Lisa D. Dixon of West Coxsackie; three brothers, Marvin Sims of Catskill, David Sims of Albany and William Sims of Alabama, a sister, Jan Lyles of Catskill. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Arthur C. Dickson in 1980 as well as three brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will take place on Thursday, February 12, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the First Reformed Church on Mansion Street in Coxsackie. The Rev. Craig Wright, Pastor of the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Coxsackie, the Rev. Frank Turner and the Rev. Frank Dixon, both of Albany, will be officiating the service.
Interment will take place in the spring in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, on Wednesday, February 11 from 7 p.m. to 9.p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or to a charity of your choice.
February 11, 2004
LEXINGTON---Pauline Banks, 92, died on Saturday February 7, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital Hospice in Hudson, New York.
Born February 22, 1911 in Maplecrest, New York, she was the daughter of the late Lemuel and Susan Whitehead Banks.
She is survived by daughter Jeanette Becker of Lexington and sons Richard and Emil Banks.
She was the sister of Charlotte Janz and Denver DeLong. She has eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.
There will be no calling hours.
Private cremation was held at the Albany Rural Crematory in Menands, New York.
Memorial services will take place at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by the Decker Funeral Home, Windham. New York.
February 11, 2004
LILLIAN A. KELLEHER
DARLINGTON, PA --- Lillian A. Kelleher, 80 passed away at the Medical Center of Pennsylvania in Beaver, PA on February 9, 2004.
She was born in New York City on March 7, 1923, daughter of the late John and Marie (Webber) King.
Lillian married Daniel Kelleher on July 4, 1942. They lived on Long Island for a few years and moved to Durham, New York in 1950. They lived there for 39 years and raised four sons. In 1989, they moved to Culpeper, Virginia to escape the Greene County winters. They later moved to Warrenton, Virginia.
Daniel passed away on July 17, 2000 and Lillian moved to Darlington, PA to live with her son Donald and his wife.
She loved to travel. Through the years, she and her husband made several trips to Ireland, his birthplace. In 2001 she traveled to Germany, her family heritage, and to the Czech Republic to attend a grandson’s wedding. When this Czech family visited the United States last summer, she visited Niagara Falls with them.
In May of 2003 she attended a grandson’s wedding in Seattle, WA. While there she toured several National Parks and was amazed at the size of the trees. She had a great time at her granddaughter’s wedding this past October and was looking forward to another grandson’s wedding this August.
She will be remembered by all her family and friends as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Surviving are her sons, Patrick and his wife Mudite of Chatham, New York, Bruce and his wife Christine of Warrenton, Virginia, Donald and his wife Roberta of Darlington, PA, Timothy and his wife Susan of Waterford, Virginia; grandchildren Mitchell, Desire, Bonnie, Nick, Brian, Desi, Joe, Sean and
Todd; great-grandchildren Shannon, Daniel, Marion and Sydney; brother Kenneth King of Norton Hill, New York.
She was predeceased by brothers Arthur and John King.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 14 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, February 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Spring interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.
February 11, 2004
RALPH E. LINDSKOOG
U.S. Army veteran
ALCOVE---Ralph E. Lindskoog, 87 of Lindskoog Road, died Monday, February 9, 2004 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
Born February 6, 1917 in Alcove, he was the son of the late Carl and Frieda Swenson Lindskoog.
Ralph was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 5th Armored Division. He was honorably discharged as a First Sergeant and received several medals and decorations.
Following service, he married and moved to Palenville where he operated his own grocery store. He returned to Alcove in 1968, built his own home and has since resided there.
Ralph was employed for several years at GE in Selkirk and retired 20 years ago. He was a member of the 5th Armored Division Veterans and took pride in maintaining his lawns and property.
His wife Mary predeceased him on February 16, 1978. He was also predeceased by brothers Olaf and Herbert Lindskoog.
Ralph is survived by daughters Christine Fezzuglio of Nescopeck, PA, Kathleen Zitz of Alcove and Karen Pollio of Catskill; grandchildren Deneen Byrne, Justine Blood, Bless Shine, John Fezzuglio and Eve Oakes; brother Gus Lindskoog of Delmar and 10 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has been conducted privately. Burial of the urn will be in the spring in the family plot of the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery in New Baltimore.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, New York 12205-3890 or the American Lung Association, 3 Winners Circle, Suite 300, Albany, New York 12205-1187.
Arrangements by the Caswell Funeral Home in Ravena.
February 11, 2004
HAZEL M. SIMCIK
Green Manor resident
HUDSON---Hazel M. Simcik, 89, a resident of Green Manor in Hudson since March 2000, died peacefully in her sleep on February 4, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She died of congestive heart failure and associated complications.
Born Hazel Marie Knox on June 24, 1914 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Susie Meserole and James Knox. She was the second oldest of four children.
Mrs. Simcik graduated from Utrecht Business School in 1932. Her education served her well when she later worked for New York State and helped manage a family business. She married Victor L. Simcik on September 1, 1936. A year later their son was born and they moved to Ravena. They later resided in West Coxsackie where she lived until her husband’s death in 1972. As a teenager, Mrs. Simcik’s mother studied the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses eager to learn what the Scriptures taught about death since her eldest daughter had recently died. Mrs. Simcik was comforted and motivated by what she learned and later chose to volunteer much of her time helping others to understand these and other Bible teachings. She did this by visiting many people in Greene County and often went out of her way to assist others especially in their times of need.
As firm as she was in her religious beliefs, she was neither pious nor prudish and had a zest for life marked by humor, colorful expressions and even practical jokes. She always found pleasure in the company of friends with whom she shared meals or played pinochle. More than all else, she lived for and loved Jehovah her God and her family, especially her grandchildren. She had confidence in the belief of a future resurrection to paradise—a hope that sustained her through the loss of many loved ones, a hope that now sustains those who loved her and remember her fondly.
Survivors include her siblings John Knox of Estero Beach, Florida and Alice M. Bausch of Catskill; a son, Victor J. of Freehold and his wife Jane; three grandchildren, Amy Simcik Williams of Vineyard Haven, Massl, Jonathan Victor of Oak Bluffs, Mass., and Rachel Suzanne of New York, New York; a niece, Alice S. Bausch, and nephew, Richard Bausch.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, County Route 67, Freehold.
Arrangements are by Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.
February 12, 2004
JO ANN DeLUCA
Former C-GCC employee
CATSKILL---Jo Ann Deluca, 59 of Catskill, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004 in Canajoharie after a long illness.
Born September 19, 1944 in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late John and Annabelle (Robinson) Earley Sr.
Ms. DeLuca handled all payroll functions at Columbia-Greene Community College in Greenport for more than 18 years and more recently, worked at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Survivors include a son, Deron Coons of Catskill; two
daughters, Lori Ann Colao of Florida and Loni Jo Coons of Catskill; a sister,
Patricia Earley King of Canajoharie; three brothers, Daniel Earley of Hannacroix,
John Earley Jr., of Catskill and Kenneth DeLuca of Catskill; two grandchildren,
Jessica Coons of Catskill, and Anthony Colao of Florida; her Aunt Bert
Templeton, and cousins Dennis, Bruce and Robert Templeton of Catskill, and many
Calling hours are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Fr. Michael Gorchov, Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Catskill will be officiating.
Interment will follow in Catskill Rural Cemetery.
February 12, 2004
GERARD P. PFEFFER Sr.
Former building inspector
WEST COXSACKIE---Gerard P. Pfeffer, Sr. (Jerry), 75 of 321 Scheller Park Road, died February 10, 2004 at St. Peter’s Hospice, Albany after complications following a stroke on January 20.
He was born in Hollis, Queens, Long Island on May 20, 1928 and was the son of the late Henry and Caroline (Briun) Pfeffer.
Mr. Pfeffer lived in Coxsackie most of his life. He was at on time building inspector for the town of New Baltimore.
He was a member of the Catskill Glee Club, Stubien Society, formerly employed at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church of Coxsackie.
He loved the outdoors and was always doing something around the pool or yard for his children. He was an avid boat lover and always boated on the Hudson River. He was boat captain and water ski instructor for his own children as well as his grandchildren, family and friends. He loved Lake George and he was a “jack of all trades” and was often called upon his expert advise in any situation. He was proud of his many pins that were given to him by the American Red Cross for donating blood.
He and his wife did square dancing for the past 25 years. He loved music, camping and was a sun worshipper. Prior to his retirement, he worked in the Research and Development Department of General Electric. He served in the United States Air Force from 1946 to 1949 with an honorable discharge.
He will be greatly missed by many.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean M. (Peach) (Van Alstyne) Pfeffer and son Gerard Pfeffer, Jr., both of West Coxsackie and son Michael J. Pfeffer and his wife Caren of Wrentham, Mass.; daughters Mrs. Michael (Linda) McGraw of Ravena and Mrs. Patrick (Susan) Doherty of Feura Bush; twin brother George and his wife Margaret of California; sister Dorothy Pfeffer of Flushing; grandchildren Ryan, Joseph and Daniel Doherty, Michael and Megan McGraw, Rachel, Hanna and Abigail Pfeffer, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers Carl and John Pfeffer.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 9 a.m, at St. Mary’s R.C. Church of Coxsackie, with the Rev. Fr. John Moyna, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment will follow in the springtime in the family plot of St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie on Friday, February 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Contributions to his memory may be made to the Inn, St. Peter’s Hospital, c/o Community Hospice, 315 South Manning Blvd., Albany, New York 12208.
February 13, 2004
ELLA MAE GILLESPIE
NY Telephone Co. employee
HAINES FALLS---Ella Mae Gillespie, 82, passed away on Feb 11, 2004 in Ellis Hospital after a long illness.
She was born January 17, 1922 to Charles and Jenny Erbie Poleschner in Haines Falls. She lived there as well as Daytona Beach Florida.
Ella was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville and most of her life was also a parishoner of Immaculate Conception Church of Haines Falls.
She was employed by the New York Telephone Company and Hunter-Tannersville Central School District.
She enjoyed working with her hands and was especially talented at sewing and knitting. She also enjoyed genealogy and compiled volumes of family research in her final years. Her greatest enjoyment was her role as Grammy to Ben and Carolyn.
She was predeceased by her husband Donald Gillespie.
She is survived by son Edward C. Gillespie and his wife Patricia Dederick of Delmar; daughter Joan Pearson and her husband Thomas of Glenville; grandchildren Benjamin and Carolyn Pearson; sister Paulina Wurl and her husband Walter of Daytona Beach; brother Carol Poleschner and his wife Barbara of Florida, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2004 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls. The Rev. Anthony Motta will be the celebrant. A spring interment will be in the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Elka Park.
Friends and relatives may call at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main Street in Hunter on Sunday, February 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Building and Restoration Fund c/o John Menzy, Elka Park, New York.
February 13, 14, 2004
RICHARD O. KENNEY
Avid deer hunter
ATHENS---Richard O. Kenney, 86, entered into the hands of the Lord on February 11, 2004 surrounded by his loving family and caregivers at Julie Blair Nursing Home.
Richard was born in Columbia, New Hampshire on December 9, 1917 and resided there until moving to New York in 1957. He was the son of the late Guy and Elsie (Richards) Kenney.
He was a longtime employee of Olsen Bodys of Athens until his retirement. He was an avid deer hunter and loved the outdoors. He was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #770, the Cooties and Disabled American Veterans of Greene County and a World War II veteran.
He was predeceased by his parents; siblings Kerry, Ruth, Wilfred and Kenneth Kenney; sons Richard D. and William E. Kenney.
He is survived by sisters Charlotte, Naomi and Jean; brothers Herman and Robert; lifelong friends Harriette Greene, Carolyn and Lynford Parker, Margaret (Tippi) Rivers, Bill Perkowski and the Van Kuren family of Athens.
He was the beloved “Poppie” to Margaret (Peggie) and Michael Labuff, Renada Rivers, Lynford Parker, Jr. and Terry and Brandi Carney.
Family and friends are invited and may call at the Pero Memorial Chapel, 9 Main Street in Ravena on Saturday, February 14, 2004 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Allen E. Williams officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Julie Blair Nursing Home, 325 Northern Blvd., Albany, New York 12204.
February 13, 2004
WEST KILL---Esperanza Rosa, 83 died February 10, 2004 at the Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford, New York.
She was born on December 18, 1920 to Manuel and Tomasa (Rosario) Echevarria in Penualas, Puerto Rico.
She was predeceased by her husband Simon as well as her son, Luis.
She is survived by her children, Maggie Mahoney and Simon Rosa, as well as eight grandchildren.
She is the sister of Luis, Jesus, Ephram, Rosalie and Manuel Jr. Echevarria and Aurora Guadalupe.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street in Windham from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be on Sunday, February 15 at 1 p.m. from the St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in Windham, with the Rev. James Schiffer as the celebrant.
Interment will be at the West Kill Cemetery in the spring.
February 14, 2004
MALCOLM G. CARTER, Sr.
WEST COXSACKIE---Malcolm G. Carter, 83 of 43 Horton Road, died February 12, 2004 at Community Hospice of St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
Born in Coxsackie on April 7, 1920, he was the son of the late Eugene and Isabelle (Rosenburgh) Carter.
Malcolm owned and operated the M.G. Carter Foundry in Coxsackie. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Coxsackie, the Coxsackie Yacht Club, the Ridgerunners and the American Legion. During World War II, he served with the United States Navy.
He loved fishing and the outdoors. He was a great machinist and clock designer.
He is survived by a son, Malcolm (Bill) Carter, Jr. and a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Joan) Anatriello, both of New Baltimore; as well as six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place Monday, February 16 at 10 a.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street in Coxsackie, with Rev. Wendy Steed, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will take place in the springtime in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery next to his late wife, Francis Tuttle who predeceased him on July 13, 2001.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Sunday, February 15 from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Community Hospice of St. Peter’s 315 South Manning Blvd., Albany, New York 12208.
February 14, 18, 2004
CHARLES P. HOMMEL
Heavy equipment operator
HAINES FALLS---Charles Peter Hommel, 81, died Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
He was a resident of the Fireman’s Home in Hudson.
Born on July 9, 1922 in Haines Falls, he was the son of the late Arthur Hommel and Lillian Brower Hommel Schoonmaker.
He was a heavy equipment operator for Local 825 New York State.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the Battleship Tennessee.
He was a long-time member of the Haines Falls United Methodist Church, American Legion and a very active member and commissioner of the Haines Falls Fire Department for over 50 years.
He was predeceased by his wife, Elsie Benjamin Hommel.
He was the father of Skip Hommel of Coeymans Hollow, Dana Hommel of Elka Park, Gary Hommel of Platte Clove, Terry Hommel of East Jewett and Gail Hommel of Tannersville.
He is also survived by three brothers, Scott Hommel and Hillard Hommel, both of Haines Falls and Frances (Harm) Hommel of Winterhaven, Florida; a sister Barbara Feml of Cairo; eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Friends and relatives may call at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main Street in Hunter, on Wednesday, February 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Cremation will follow at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, February 21 at 11 a.m. at the Haines Falls United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Karen Monk, with services to follow in the Haines Falls Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church, Haines Falls, New York 12436.
February 14, 2004
RUBY M. JUMP
GLENS FALLS---Ruby M. Jump, 82, formerly of Quarry Crossing, died Thursday, February 12, 2004 at Glens Falls Hospital after a short illness.
Born May 2, 1921 in Queensbury, she was the daughter of Oliff Chester and Nora (Everetts) Stevens.
On November 3, 1940, she married Harold Jump at the First Baptist Church in Glens Falls.
Ruby enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, gardening, flowers and watching television.
Besides her parents and her husband Harold, she was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara Millet on April 24, 2003, as well as a sister, Helena Stevens and brothers Roger and George Stevens.
Survivors include her children Frank Jump and his wife Kimberly of South Glens Falls; Donna LaMere and her husband Frank, son in-law Gene Millet, grandchildren Eugene Millet and his wife Cindy and Timothy LaMere and his companion Kathy Deamer, all of Coxsackie; Kassandra Ramsey of Greenfield Center; Keith Stewart, Samantha Stewart and Kyle Jump, all of South Glens Falls; four great-grandchildren, Andrew and Ashley Millet, Madeline Gunderman-LaMere and Zachary LaMere, all of Coxsackie; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 16 at the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street in South Glens Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17 at the funeral home with the Rev. Father C. Michael Abraham officiating.
Burial will follow at Glens Falls Cemetery.
The family has suggested memorial donations be made in her memory to Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park Street, 3 South Glens Falls, New York 12801.
The family would like to thank the nurses on 3 South for the wonderful care and help.
February 15, 2004
ROBERT A. GAY
YORK, SOUTH CAROLINA---Robert (Bobby) Alfred Gay, 51, formerly of Coxsackie, died suddenly at his home in York, South Carolina on February 12, 2004.
Born March 1, 1952 in Catskill, he was the son of the late Donald and Dorothy Gay, Sr., of Climax.
Raised on a farm, Bobby had a passion for gardening and farming. He worked in many fields, but spent most of his life in the Coxsackie area working for the Schoenborn Farm, his lifelong friends. He also worked for the Town of Coxsackie.
Bobby will be best known for his willingness to always be there for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Florence Hillicoss Gay; son Frank Gay of Coxsackie; daughter Phyllis Gamson and her husband Jason; brother Donald Gay, Jr. and his wife Shirley of Earlton; sisters Lauretta Gay of Coxsackie, Janet Mateer and her husband Orville of Hudson, Dolores (Dee) Smith and her husband Todd of Hannacroix and Joan Van Wormer and her husband Alan of West Coxsackie; grandson Frank Gay, Jr; nephews Jason and Johnathon Southwick; nieces Karen Gay, Desirea Chamberlain, Marcella Mateer and Nicole Van Wormer; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is predeceased by his brother, Joseph Gay, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at the Medway Congregational Christian Church on February 28 at 2 p.m. All are welcome.
February 15, 2004
GARY T. GRIECO
PRATTSVILLE---Gary T. Grieco, 38 of Stanley Slate Road, died suddenly on Thursday February 12, 2004.
He lived most of his life in North Greenbush before moving to Prattsville seven years ago. Gary was employed as a carpenter for Constanza Contracting in North Greenbush.
He was a member of the Son’s of the American Legion Post #1327 in Prattsville. He was an avid sportsman, snow mobiler and bowler.
He is the loving father of Kaitlynn R. Cross Grieco of Prattsville; brother of Joseph (Laura) Grieco of Poestenkill, Mary (Paul) Nadeau of Troy and Christine (Gene) DeWitt of North Carolina; fiancee of Roseanne Cross of Prattsville; stepbrother of Harvey, Jr., Michelle, Joan, Deborah, Linda and Janice. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17 at the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue in Rensselaer. All are welcome to attend.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Tuesday prior to the service from 4 to 7 p.m.
Spring interment will take place in the New Rural Cemetery in East Greenbush.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the “Make A Wish Foundation” of Northeast New York, 950 Loudon Road, Latham, New York 12110.
February 15, 2004
FRANK C. HUDAK
Pipe Band Major
SAUGERTIES---Frank C. Hudak, 79 of Highland Court, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston after a brief illness.
Born January 23, 1925 in Yonkers, New York, he was the son of the late Frank C. Sr. and Emily Semmels Hudak.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Navy during the invasion of Normandy and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four stars and the American Theatre Medal.
An area resident since 1963, he previously resided in Yorktown Heights, New York. He was employed for 25 years at IBM in Kingston as a Cost Engineer. He was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club.
He was Pipe Major for Yonkers Kilty Pipe Band from 1955 to 1964. In 1965 he formed the Amerscot Highland Pipe Band in Ulster County and was the Pipe Major until 1998. He began the first organized College of Piping and Drumming in this country and was the college director for two years. He was also past vice president of the United Pipe Band of the United States.
He was a member of the Thistle Lodge F&AM in Yonkers, the Saugerties American Legion Post #72, the Saugerties Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #5034, a past Sunday School teacher at the South Presbyterian Church in Yonkers as well as at the Saugerties United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Emily Moore, with whom he recently celebrated his 58th wedding anniversary; three daughters, Janet Whalen of Staatsburg, Gail Bell of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Donna Roberts of Westfield, Massachusetts; a son, Keith D. Hudak of Kingston; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Hudak.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon.
February 16, 19, 2004
GILBERT GRANGER SPENCER
U.S. Army veteran
CAIRO---Gilbert Granger Spencer, 76 of Arvada, Colorado, formerly of Cairo, died at the Lutheran Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
He was born in Cairo on April 25, 1927 and was the son of the late Cecil and Edith (Winters) Spencer.
Mr. Spencer served his country during World War II in the United States Army.
He had been an area resident of Cairo until moving to Colorado in 1986. He attended Cairo High School and graduated with the class of 1945. He is a member of the Calvary Episcopal Church of Cairo. He is a retired correctional sergeant at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility and the Hudson Correctional Facility.
He is survived by his wife Donna Jane (Hampker) Spencer of Arvada, Colorado; his seven children: Gilbert G. Spencer, Jr. of Dixhill, L.I., Darlene A. Miller of Colorado Springs, Wayne R. Spencer of Lords Valley, Penn., Laura L. Nelson of Denver, CO, Leif D. Spencer of Wallkill, NY, Eric C. Spencer of Burlington, VT and Diana E. Benoit of South Cairo; brother Clifford Spencer of Durham and sisters Harriet Mazzara of Cairo, Lulu Quick and June Segrue, both of Durham. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by brothers Curtis and Joseph Spencer and sisters Gertrude Dittmar and Eleanor Spencer.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Episcopal Church of Cairo with the Rev. John Miller, Rector, officiating. The day of the funeral everyone is asked to meet at the church.
Interment will take place in the springtime in the family plot of the Cairo Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo on Friday, February 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
February 17, 2004
THOMAS H. KAMINSKI
Merchant Marines Chief Engineer
CATSKILL---Thomas Henry Kaminski, 42 of Little Torch Key, Florida, died suddenly Saturday, February 14, 2004 in Catskill.
Born July 28, 1961 in Staten Island, New York, Mr. Kaminski served in the United States Air Force and was a chief engineer in the Merchant Marines. He was an avid outdoorsman, motorcyclist, mountain biker, spearfisherman and boater.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Gail and Morgan Campbell of Barry, Illinois; his fiance, Patricia Murrin of Little Torch Key, Florida; two sons, Daniel Kaminski of Tannersville, Casey Kaminski of Egg Harbor, New Jersey; step-son, Ryan Lall of Catskill; step-daughter, Erin Lall of Tannersville; maternal grandparents, Bernice and Frank Whitehead of Sun City West, Arizona; two brothers, Tracy Kaminski and Terry Kaminski of Elgin, Illinois; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.
Funeral services will be held 9 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, Palenville. The Rev. Albert McMahon, Pastor will be officiating.
Spring interment in Palenville Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.
February 17, 2004
THOMAS R. WILLIAMS
Construction company owner
HUDSON---Thomas Robert Williams, 62 of Main Street, Catskill, died Friday, February 13, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
Born June 27, 1941 in Summit, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John F. and Clara (Stack) Williams.
He served in the United States Navy from 1960 until 1964.
Mr. Williams was the owner and operator of a construction company.
Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Williams of Catskill; a grandson, Timothy R. Bowles of Catskill; two granddaughters, Christina Lee Bowles of Alaska, and Shawnah Michelle Drivas of Catskill; a brother, John F. Williams Jr. of California and a sister Sandra Lee Williams of California.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, February 23 at the Bates and Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street., Hudson.
February 18, 2004
Owner of Zerega Restaurant
WINDHAM---Alfred Zerega, 77 of Windham, died Monday, February 16, 2004 at the Stratton Veterans Medical Center in Albany.
Born May 28, 1926 in Staten Island, New York, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Cunneo Zerega.
Mr. Zerega served his country during World War II as a merchant marine. He owned and operated The Zerega Restaurant in Windham with his wife and two sons.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years Mary (nee Dema) and his two sons, Fred and Steve Zerega.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at St. Theresa’s Church, Windham, on Friday, 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan as celebrant.
Interment will take place in the spring in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.
February 19, 2004
NELSON R. MILLER Jr.
Night clerk manager
HUDSON---Nelson R. Miller Jr., 57 of Kippes Trailer Park in Greenport, died Monday, February 16, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
Born May 26, 1946 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Mildred (Bartlam) Miller and Nelson Miller Sr.
Mr. Miller received his associates degree in liberal arts from Columbia-Greene Community College on May 21, 1977. He received his second associates degree in applied science on May 7, 1983.
He sang lead with a group called “The Peanuts.” They appeared on television shows—“Sonny Fox’s Wonderama,” “The Perry Como Show,” “The Andy Williams Show” and Johnny Carson’s “Who Do You Trust.”
Mr. Miller went into the United States Army on December 25, 1965 and was discharged on June 18, 1967. He was a Vietnam Veteran and received the Expert Badge (M-14), the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Campaign Medal (with DVC).
He was a night clerk manager at the Red Carpet Inn/Texarado Steak House at Fox Run Park in Coxsackie for 14 years.
Mr. Miller was an avid hockey fan and loved watching the three-time Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils as well as the 1995 Calder Cup champion Albany River Rats.
He was a loving father, grandfather and devoted husband and will be sorely missed.
Surviving are his wife Joan (Van Alphen) Miller of Greenport; son Nelson Miller III and his fiance Niclole LaDuke of Greenport; daughter and son in-law Beth Anne and Christopher Holland of South Cairo; grand children Dylan, Charles and Courtney Holland, all of South Cairo; three sisters, one brother, several nieces and nephews and his guardian William T. Davis of Gilboa.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2004 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street in Hudson.
Calling hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be in the spring.
February 20, 2004
ROBERT E. KENNEALLY
PRATTSVILLE/HUNTER--- Robert E. Kenneally, 64, of Prattsville and Hunter died Thursday, February 19, 2004 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
Born April 19, 1939, he was the son of Michael and Florence Dibble Kenneally in Hunter.
He was an animal caretaker at the Catskill Game Farm and also had been employed at Hunter Mountain Ski Center for 15 years as a cook. He was a member of the Hunter Fire Company.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Jaeger Kenneally of Prattsville; two sons, Robert Kenneally of Hunter, and Maynard Kenneally of North Lexington; a daughter, Charlene Corwin of Jewett; four grandchildren, Emily, Anna, Cory and Maynard; and two nephews and two nieces.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Anthony Motta.
Cremation to follow at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston.
Memorial donations may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad or the Town of Lexington Rescue Squad.
February 20, 2004
Costume company founder
NEW YORK---Arthur Matera, 73 of Athens and New York City, died January 10, 2004 at his home in New York after a long illness.
Born August 30, 1930 in Connecticut, he was the son of the late Carmello and Philomena Matera.
He was a longtime resident of Athens.
Mr. Matera and his wife Barbara, who predeceased him, founded Barbara Matera Ltd., a theatrical costume company that produced costumes for Broadway, film, opera, dance and concert stage for more than 30 years.
While Mrs. Matera was the artistic force behind the work, Mr. Matera provided his talents to manage the company’s affairs.
Mr. Matera and his wife were active supporters of several organizations, including Columbia Memorial Hospital, the Greene County Council of the Arts, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and sever other civic organizations.
The couple’s Athens home was known for its beautiful gardens and lavish parties.
There are no calling hours or services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia/Greene Community Hospital Foundation.
February 21, 2004
CHARLES J. CROMMIE
Former Town Justice
CATSKILL---Mr. Charles J. Crommie, 87 died Friday, February 20, 2004 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.
He was born June 12, 1916 in Carlisle, New York, the son of the late John and Lulu (Brown) Crommie.
Mr. Crommie was a member of the New York State Police for over 29 years, serving as a horse mounted trooper, motorcycle trooper and retiring as a zone sergeant.
He served as Catskill Town Justice for 28 years, retiring in December 1997.
He was a member and past president of the Greene County Magistrates Association, member and past-president of the Rip Van Winkle Club, former member and past-commodore of the Catskill Yacht Club, member of the Retired Troopers Association, Police Benevolent Association and the Catskill Elks Lodge #1341.
Charles was proclaimed “Lawman of the Year” by the Catskill Elks Lodge on January 13, 1990.
He was predeceased by his wife Margery H. Crommie in April 1979 and his brother, Floyd Crommie.
Mr. Crommie is survived by his children, Duane Crommie of Altamont, Sherill Denny of Phoenix City, AL, Jon C. Crommie of West Chester, PA and Erik Crommie of Catskill; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, on Monday, February 23, 2004 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24 at the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s RC Church on Bridge Street in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will be officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles’ memory may be made to the New York State Trooper Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, 3 Airport Part Blvd., Latham, New York 12110.
February 23, 2004
ZOLA S. PISER
CATSKILL---Zola S. Piser, 90, a life-long Catskill resident and beloved wife of the late Allan Piser, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at Eden Park Health Care Center, Catskill.
Born November 7, 1913, she was the daughter of the late George and Grace Finch Schubert and sister of the late George Schubert Jr.
A graduate of Methodist Episcopal Hospital in Brooklyn, she was employed as a registered nurse at Catskill Hospital for several years and was a member of the local chapter of the DAR.
She donated her remains to the Albany Medical Center Anatomical Gift Program.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at St. Joseph’s Villa, Prospect Avenue, Catskill.
Memorial donations may be made to the Catskill United Methodist Church, 40 Woodland Avenue, Catskill, New York 12414 or St. Joseph’s Villa, 38 Prospect Avenue, Catskill, New York 12414.
February 25, 2004
PAUL M. MATTICE
Former president Commercial Mutual Insurance Co.
FREEHOLD---Paul MacMillan Mattice, 90, of Freehold, died Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at Eden Park Health Care Facility in Catskill, following a brief illness.
Mr. Mattice was born in Fultenham, New York on October 22, 1913 to the late Paul Brown and Grace Prudence MacMillan Mattice.
Following graduation from high school, he earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence at Cornell and served during World War II from 1942-1946.
He married the former Martha Rogers, a former art teacher at Cairo-Durham Central School and interior decorator, who predeceased him on May 5, 2001.
He was the former president, manager and chairman at the Commercial Mutual Insurance Company on Main Street, Catskill.
Survivors include his two children: Judge Michael Mattice of Fairfield, CA and Mrs. Frederick (Pamela) Thompson of Brimson, MN; three grand daughters Laura Whitney, Catherine Michael, and Alexandra Rogers.
Private cremation was conducted on Tuesday at the Albany Rural Crematorium under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.
No memorial services will be held as per request.
Interment of cremains will be held at the Middleburgh Cemetery next to his wife of 60 years, Martha Mattice.
February 25, 2004
EILEEN MC CARTHY
GREENEVILLE---Eileen MaCarthy, 70 of Greenville, died February 18, 2004 at Albany Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date this spring.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.
February 25, 2004
SALLY L. SCHUNKE
U.S. Air Force veteran
CAIRO---Sally L. Schunke, 72 of Route 145, Cairo, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at her residence after an illness.
Born in Dearborn, MI, March 6, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Grey and Ruth Cunningham.
Ms. Schunke was a homemaker and served her country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. She resided in Cairo since 1988 and was a member of the Greenville V.F.W. and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and watching golf.
She is predeceased by her parents, a son James Gregory Ruscito and her husband Richard Schunke.
Survivors include three children, Gale Ahearn of Cairo, Alfred J. Ruscito of East Rockaway and Lisa Ruscito of Cairo; and two grandchildren, Matthew Ahearn and Veronica Ahearn of Cairo.
Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, March 6 at 1p.m. at Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, with Rev. Retta Lykens, Pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church officiating. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Interment will take place at a later date in the springtime in the family plot at the Cairo Cemetery.
February 27, 2004
VIOLA B. PETRAS
WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS---Viola B. (Constable) Petras, 95 of Westfield, died Thursday, February 26, 2004 in a local nursing home.
Born in Halcottville, she moved to Westfield in 1926.
She was a seamstress for the former Springfield Burial Supply for many years before retiring in 1987.
She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts, Past President of the Training School PTA, a self-employed seamstress and taught sewing at the former Singer Sewing Center in Westfield.
She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church and had attended the Westfield Alliance Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Jeannette Shepard of New Britain, CT, two sisters, Jean Berberich of Glastonbury, CT, Eva Pinta of Margaretville, New York, four grandchildren, William Shepard of Newington, CT, David Shepard of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Jean Aldrich of Southwick, Amy Harrison of Lakewood, New Jersey and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Petras was predeceased by a son, William F. Petras who died in 1973, a brother William Constable and a sister, Louise Dumond.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad Street followed by burial in the spring in Pine Hill Cemetery, both in Westfield.
Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
February 28, 2004
KATHARINE B. GARLAND
BRADENTON, FLORIDA---Katharine Brooke Garland has gone home to be with the Lord.
She wishes to be remembered by all of the many blessings the Lord sent her by way of family, friends and church.
She was preceeded in death by her father Joseph Garland and sister Shannon of Coxsackie, New York.
She is survived by her mother, three brothers, eight nieces and nephews, numerous friends and other loving cousins and family.
In place of flowers, please send memorial donations to the First Church of God, 43rd St. Bradenton, Florida or to Hospice of Southwest Florida.
February 28, 2004
HENRY E. LEMBKE
CAIRO---Henry Ernst Lembke, 101, died Wednesday, February 25, 2004 in the Hospice Unit of Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
He was born January 7, 1903, the son of Henry and Margaret Elizabeth (Febinger) Lembke in Middle Village, New York.
His father grew produce to sell at the Harlem Market in Manhattan and at age 14, Henry drove the team and farm wagon to market once a week to give his older brother time to court his girl.
At 16, Henry spent the summer of 1919 plowing the fields with a team of horses on the farm his parents bought at the corner of Ira Vail and Sandy Plains Road in South Cairo. When he was 18, on the way home from Albany Market, Henry spotted an open-cockpit biplane standing in a field near Ravena and decided to get a closer look. The pilot soon arrived with a part for the engine and when it was fixed, offered to give him his first airplane ride. It was an awesome experience and in less than seven years, Henry had attended flight school and was accumulating hours toward his private pilot’s license.
Between 1929 and 1933, Henry bought his first plane, an Ox-5 Travelair, and went “barnstorming” in the Stillwater-Mechanicville-Saratoga region. But the Sandy Plains farm was heaven on earth to Henry, so he married Ellen Sutton in 1935 and began raising their three children. there. Circumstances changed in 1942 when the Lembke farm was sold and they moved to the Sutton Farm on Route 32 near the Catskill Game Farm to help Ellen’s widowed mother.
One of Henry’s sincere regrets was that he was too young to serve his country in the Armed Forces during World War I and too old to serve in World War II. He joined the local Civil Air Patrol at Catskill Airport and was an active member until the end of World War II. Henry then bought a Stearman biplan, which had been used as a pilot trainer, and flew in local air shows at the Catskill Airport, operated by Leo Boice.
In 1946 when Kiskatom Volunteer Fire Department was organized, the charter members asked Henry, an experienced mechanic, to look at a used Larabee they were thinking of buying as their first firetruck (which they did). Although he was not a charter member, he became a life member of the department.
From 1946 until his retirement in 1970, Henry drove tractor-trailors, first hauling milk from northern New York to bottling plants in New York City for Deforest L. Reed Trucking, Carthage, New York and then driving for Carlton G. Whitaker of Unadilla, New York delivering dairy products to Boston, Hartford and throughout New England.
Henry tended vegetable gardens at home until his 88th year growing enough to can for winter as well as providing extra for his children’s families. He was always willing to help family, friends and neighbors however he could and his children and grandchildren loved and respected him all his life.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth G. (Betty) Ellett and Ernest S. Lembke, both of Catskill and Marlene Weis of Cairo; grandchildren Edward, Robert, James and Daniel Ellet, Rebecca Ronk, Michael W. and Stephen A. Wase, all of Catskill, Darryl C. Wase of Cairo, Matthew E. Lembke of Greenville; step-grandchildren Kit Ross and Shari Ross Patterson of Colorado; 11 great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, nephews William Freeman of Cairo and Arthur Lembke of Bowie, MD; niece Florence Flinn of Tannersville and their families, nieces Marilyn Wilkinson, Joyce Gilman of Florida and Shirley Hilker of Ithaca, new York.
Henry was predeceased by his wife Ellen in 1994 as well as sisters Anna Freeman, Lydia Lembke and brother Frederick J. Lembke previously.
The Millspaugh-Camerato Funeral Home is in charge of cremation and interment at the Town of Catskill Cemetery will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association, Community Hospice or a charity of one’s choice.