Obituaries from the Daily Mail
February  2005

Transcribed by Colleen Maresca
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


February 1, 2, 2005  

MARY J. DESCHAMPS
St. Patrick's Communicant

LEEDS---Mary J. Deschamps, 86, of Feddes Mobile Home Park, Leeds, died suddenly Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  

Born June 15, 1918 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Gasparo and Ginanna (Cangelosi) Eterno. 

Mrs. Deschamps was a proofreader for Stanley Impressions in Manhattan prior to her retirement. She has been a Leeds area resident since 1980.  She was a communicant at St. Patrick's R.C. Church in Catskill.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Deschamps of Leeds; a son, Allen Deschamps of Leeds; a brother, James Eterno of Leeds; a sister, Rose Marchosota of Long Island; two grandchildren, Steven Deschamps of Catskill and Tara Deschamps of Brooklyn; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.


February 1, 2005

DOMENICK KUCICH
Former Owner of Domenick’s Restaurant

HUNTER---Domenick Kucich, 82, of Hunter, died unexpectedly Jan. 29, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson with his family by his side.  

He was born May 1, 1922 to Domenick and Maria Muzic Kucic in Italy.  

Mr. Kucich was the owner of the former Domenick’s Restaurant in Tannersville.  

He was an avid gardener.  

Survivors include his wife, Josephine of Hunter, a daughter, Joyce M. Kucich of Lima, N.Y.; a sister, Lina Muzic of Delray Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kucich was predeceased by his son Lawrence J. Kucich.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Haines Falls. Officiating will be the Rev. Anthony Motta.

Spring Interment will be in St. Francis deSales Cemetery in Elka Park.

Donations may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad in his memory.


February 2, 2005

BENNY H. BOWLES
Truck driver

CATSKILL---Benny H. Bowles, 65, of Ufferts Road, Catskill, formerly of Round Top, died Jan. 31, 2005 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Banner Elk, N.C., June 26, 1939, and was the son of the late Frank and Jessie (Neely) Bowles.

Mr. Bowles had been an area resident for five years. Prior to his retirement he was a truck driver and was employed by the Great Coastal Trucking of Norfolk, Va.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force from March 1957 to July 1958.

Survivors include his wife Joyce A. (Sharrow) Bowles of Catskill, a son, Kerry Bowles of Orlando, Fla.; two stepsons, John O’Rourke of Catskill and Robert O’Rourke of New Jersey; a daughter, Jennifer Axsom of Tampa, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Kathleen O’Rourke of New Jersey, Jessica O’Rourke of Oklahoma; two brothers, Charles Sandifer of South Carolina and George Sandifer of North Carolina. Also surviving is a granddaughter, Mary Megan Axsom of Tampa, Fla.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

Funeral services will take place 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo officiating.

Interment will follow Friday in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


February 2, 2005

ELSBETH O. ROSS
Beloved mother and grandmother

CAIRO---Elsbeth O. Ross, 77, of 100 Meadow Lane, Cairo, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, where she had been a patient since Jan. 8, 2005.

Born in Brooklyn Nov. 4, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Elsbeth (Reinhardt) Novick.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the American Thermostat of South Cairo.

Survivors include her son, Dennis C. Ross of Saugerties; a daughter, Denise M. Denges of Cairo; five grandchildren, Jessica and Angeline Ross, Lisa DeLosa, Bethany and Joanne Kubernach; and three great grandchildren, Darren, Tyler and Ross Fredenburgh.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, David Ross.

Calling hours are Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will take place Friday, 1 p.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Harrison Putnam, Pastor, of the Zion Lutheran Church of Athens officiating.

Interment will follow next to her late husband, Andrew Ross, who predeceased her on Feb. 21, 2000, in the family plot in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

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


February 4, 2005

FRED J. MACK
Former Town of Durham supervisor and postmaster

EAST DURHAM---Fred J. Mack, 78, of East Durham died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at his home after a short illness.

Born in East Durham May 11, 1926, he was the son of the late Daniel and Marie (Renner) Mack.

Mr. Mack dedicated his entire adult life to serving his country and his community. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and spent several years at the Army Depot in Voorheesville, N.Y. In 1958 he became the postmaster in East Durham and retired in 1986. Following his retirement he served the Town of Durham as town supervisor for five terms. He was a life member of the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company with more than 50 years of active service. He was a 50-year member and Past Master of Cascade Lodge No. 427 F&AM and became a member of Kedemah Lodge No. 693 F&AM in Cairo. He was also a founding member of the Durham Rescue Squad and a member of the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church and the Durham Valley American Legion Post No. 1416.

Survivors include two sons, Alan L. Mack and his wife Linda of East Durham, and Jeffrey L. Mack and his wife Cindy of Clifton Park; a daughter, Kristine Mirocco and her husband, Frank of Athens; two grandchildren, Kimberly Jackson and her husband Shawn of Kingston, Adam A. Mack of East Durham; great-grandson, Tyler Frederick Jackson of Kingston; two brothers, George Mack and his wife Thelma of Kingston, and Philip Mack and his wife Eva of Greenville; two sisters, Catherine (Marie) Michaelsen and her husband Fritz of East Durham, and Caroline Rusack and her husband John of Catskill; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Helen (Lawyer) Mack and a granddaughter Becky Mack.

Calling hours are Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be Sunday 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Spring interment will be in the Winston Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church Building Fund.


February 4, 2005

ERNEST P. ONDERDONK
Former South Cairo resident

VERO BEACH, FLA.---Ernest P. Onderdonk, 84, formerly of South Cairo, died Jan. 30, 2005 at Indian River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach.

Born in Coxsackie, Mr. Onderdonk lived most of his life in Sandy Plains before moving to Vero Beach 20 years ago.

He worked for Marquette Cement for 38 years. He was also a World War II veteran serving in Hawaii and Washington, D.C. He belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church of Leeds and was a member of the Cairo/Durham Elks and was a former Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lois (Heath) Onderdonk; five daughters, Audrey and husband Curt Halsted of Sebastian, Fla., Janice and husband Donald Jones of Geneseo, N.Y., Sharon and husband Douglas Dittmar of Wickliffe, Ohio, Bonnie Gray of Farmington, N.Y. and Darlene and husband, August Freemann of Cairo; grandchildren, Susan, Robin, Curt, Jennifer, Michael, Tammy, Dawn, Brenda, Leanne, and August; great grandchildren, Andrew, Elizabeth, Joshua. Jeramie, Casey, Ben, Dougie, and Amber.

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

Services will be scheduled at a later date in New York.


February 5, 2005

ARTHUR W. MURPHY
Psychologist

HUDSON---Arthur W. Murphy, Ph.D., 73, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 at Community Hospice of Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  

He was born in New York City on July 21, 1931.

He was a clinical psychologist for the NYS Division for Youth in Albany until his retirement. Previously he was affiliated with the Einstein College and Lincoln Mental Health in Bronx.

He was a volunteer at Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent, a member of the First Baptist Church in Catskill, and a member of the Hudson Area Library Board of Directors.

His many dear friends will remember him as a warm and generous person.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sue Murphy.

Visiting hours will be Sunday, Feb. 6., from 2 to 5 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home, Inc., 886 Columbia St., Hudson. Services will follow at 5 p.m. with Pastor Rick Snowden of the First Baptist Church of Catskill officiating.

Cremation will follow at Albany Rural Cemetery and Crematory in Menands.

Memorial contributions are requested to Community Hospice of Columbia, Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


February 6, 2005

THERESA JESTAND
Teacher

SAUGERTIES---Theresa F. Jestand, 72, of Saugerties died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 at her residence after a brief illness.

Born Sept. 15, 1932 in Catskill, she was the daughter of Theresa Reich Fischer of Santa Rosa, California and the late Charles Fischer.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, she was employed as an elementary teacher for the Saugerties Central School Consolidated at the Cahill Elementary School on Washington Avenue for 31 years. During that time, she taught kindergarten, third and fourth grade, retiring in 1987. She began her career teaching in the one-room schoolhouse in Katbaan.

She was a member of the Saugerties Teachers Association and the Saugerties United Methodist Church where she served on the Pastor-Parish Committee.

Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Robert H. Jestand of Saugerties; a son, Robert C. Jestand of Saugerties; a sister, Barbara Ressue of Santa Rosa, California; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Saugerties with the Rev. Dr. Duane Buddle, Pastor of the Saugerties United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.


February 9, 2005

ADA E. CURLEY
Knitting mill inspector

CLAVERACK---Ada E. Curley, 72, of Claverack died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at Community Hospice in Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born March 21, 1932 in Watervliet she was the daughter of the late Frederic and Rose Bulrus Waters.

Mrs. Curley was employed as an inspector for the Hudson Knitting Mills.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas H. Curley of Claverack; and a sister, Rose Waters of Troy.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Curley was predeceased by two brothers, Fredric and Clarence Waters; and six sisters, Marion Waters, Catherine McCauliff, Bernice Waters, Pauline Bender, Barbara Smith and Theresa Shultz.

Calling hours will be noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at The McDonald Funeral Home, 886 Columbia St., Hudson.

Services will follow at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Winston Bath of St. Mary Church in Hudson and Cleveland Samuels officiating.

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


February 9, 2005

ANNEMARIE LYNCH
Bookkeeper

WEST COXSACKIE---Annemarie Lynch, 61, of West Coxsackie, died on Feb. 6, 2005 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

She was born in New York City on Nov. 30, 1943, daughter of the late George and Susan (Gilmour) Lynch.

She had been a bookkeeper for Health Care Associates of New York State in Albany.

Survivors include a brother, Robert J. Lynch and two nephews, Christopher and Ryan Lynch.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.

As to her wishes, cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville.


February 9, 2005

KATHY MYERS
Beloved mother

CATSKILL---Kathy Myers, 62, of 237 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, died Monday Feb. 7, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born Sept. 4, 1942 in Amenia, N.Y.

Mrs. Myers was a long time employee at the Greene County Community Action Agency. She was also an employee at Graphic Arts in Athens prior to her retirement.

She was a communicant at St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill.

Survivors include a son, Jason Myers and wife Tara of Worcester, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Christine Kellogg of Catskill; a niece, Tracie Kellogg; and a nephew, Thomas Kellogg.

Mrs. Myers was predeceased by her husband, Charles Myers, Sr., and a son, Charles Myers, Jr.

There are no calling hours.

A memorial service is planned for a later date at the convenience of the family.

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


February 9, 2005

GEORGE C. POOLE
Worked at Ideal Store and Bundy TV

CATSKILL---George C. Poole, 79, of Greene St., Catskill, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born July 7, 1925, in Athens, he was the son of the late Alwyn and Forella (Kisselburg) Poole.

Mr. Poole worked as a TV/electronics serviceman at the Ideal Store in Catskill for 36 years and at Bundy TV, also in Catskill, for 10 years. He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Catskill.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nancy (Thorne) Poole; one daughter, Denise Katherine Jangrow of Catskill; three sons, Daniel Charles Poole of Fla., David Irving Poole of Catskill, and Darryl Henry Poole of Oklahoma; two sisters, Barbara VanZetten of Voorheesville, NY, and Elaine Sanson of South Carolina; one brother, Alton Poole of Athens; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, James and Lauren Poole.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in George’s name to be made to either the Columbia Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Rd., Hudson, N.Y. 12534, or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, William St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


February 10, 11, 15, 2005

HERMAN JAEGER
Devoted husband

PRATTSVILLE---Herman Jaeger, 67, of Prattsville, died Feb. 8, 2005 at Margaretville Hospital.

He was born Jan. 31, 1938 in Lexington, N.Y. to Herman and Margaret Multer Jaeger.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Linda Rappleyea Jaeger; a son, Herman and his wife Charlotte; daughters, Tammy Jaeger and son-in-law Virgil Curtis,

Julie and son-in-law Zane Cornell, Melinda and son-in-law Donald Andrews; grandchildren, Alaina Poehmel, Kaitlin Jaeger, Cassie Curtis, Taylor Andrews, Zane Michael Cornell, Jacob Cornell, and Kimberly Jaeger; two brothers, James and Karl Jaeger; and four sisters, Barbara Rion, Debbie Kenneally, Linda Hoagland and Carole Sutton.

Mr. Jaeger was predeceased by his son, Michael and sister, Joan Gonzales.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Dianna Smith officiating.

Interment will take place in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, in the spring.

Donations may be made to the Lexington Rescue Squad.


February 10, 2005

ANTHONY C. PEREIRA
Master boat carpenter

CATSKILL---Anthony C. Pereira, 89, died Feb. 6, 2005 after a short illness.

He was born in 1916 in Fall River, Mass.

In 1959, he and his family made their home in Catskill. He was a master boat carpenter and was the owner/operator of Tony Boat Yard, which is now Riverview Marina.

He retired in Spring Hill, Fla., with his wife, Olga, in 1978. They later moved to Pensacola in 2000 to be closer to their son and daughter-in-law.

Survivors include his wife, Olga Champagne Pereira; his son, Courtney Pereira; his three daughters, Inanna Linda Champagne, Vala Welch, and Wendylee Pereira. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Pereira was predeceased by two grandsons, Courtney and Gary Pereira.


February 11, 2005

MARY JANE ‘JANE’ BYRNES
Accountant

GREENVILLE---Mary Jane “Jane” Byrnes, 82, of Greenville, died Feb. 9, 2005 at her home.

She was born May 8, 1922 in Albany, daughter of the late George and Jennifer (Ray) McAllister.

Mrs. Byrnes graduated from Albany Business College where she played basketball and set scoring records.

She was a self-employed accountant and income tax preparer, preparing over 300 tax accounts annually, until her retirement in 1981.

She was an instructor for the Red Cross Swim Program in Greenville.

She played softball and was an avid golfer, winning many Senior’s Tournaments in Ogdensburg, N.Y., where she and her family spent their summers.

Mrs. Byrnes was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church where she and her husband devoted much time and talent.

She was a former Rosary Alter Society member.

She was a devoted wife and mother.

Survivors include her beloved son, James T. “Terry” Byrnes and his fiancée’ Diane Burke of Greenville, several nieces and nephews and friends.

Mrs. Byrnes was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, James E. “Jimmy” Byrnes in 2000 and her two brothers and three sisters and many of her dear friends.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville.

Spring burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Rescue Squad or to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.


February 13, 2005

MARJORIE E. VAUGHN  
Loving wife and mother

DURHAM---Marjorie E. Vaughn, 75, of Durham died at the home of her daughter in West Coxsackie on Feb. 12, 2005.

Born in Broome Center on May 15, 1929, she was the daughter of Harry and Ernestine Foland.

Marge was a lifelong homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Robert (Murphy) Vaughn; two daughters, Norma Marsilio and her husband Michael of West Coxsackie and Marsha Cance and her husband Alessandro of Medusa; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her sister, Esther Zach and brother, Gerald Foland.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. prior to the service.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414.  


February 13, 14, 2005

RICHARD E. H. VENABLE
Outstanding volunteer

GREENVILLE---Richard “Ed” Venable, 92, of Greenville died suddenly at his home on Feb. 11, 2005.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 27, 1912, he was the son of the late Edward and Bertha (Weobker) Venable.

He was a former salesman for Drakes Bakers in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ed was devoted to the Boy Scouts of America, starting out as a boy scout himself and then eventually becoming a troop leader in Brooklyn where he initiated sponsorship of scouting by the local Catholic parish. In 1952, he founded Troop 332 at St. Raymond’s Church in East Rockaway, L.I.

In 1974, Ed was named “Man of the Year” for developing Catholic ideals in the young men of St. Raymond’s parish. In 1983, he was president of the Holy Name Society at St. Raymond’s.

He and his wife, Peggy, retired 20 years ago to their beloved mountains in Greenville. In 1992, Ed received a “Certificate of Merit” for his outstanding volunteer contributions to the people of Greene County. He and Peg were active in every aspect of service at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville. Ed was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Knock Council in East Durham.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Venable of Center Moriches, L.I.; three sons, Richard Venable and his wife Judy of Windsor, CT, Gerard Venable and  his wife Mary Ellen of Portsmouth, RI and Thomas Venable and his wife Margaret of Waldon, NY; seven granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a sister Olga Smith.

Calling hours will be held at the Cunningham Funeral Home at 4898 Route 81 in Greenville on Monday, Feb. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church.

Interment will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, N.Y. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to Troop 332 Boy Scouts of America or Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, N.Y. 12208.


February 13, 2005

VIRGINIA WODZENSKI
Longtime resident

SAUGERTIES---Virginia Wodzenski, 81, of Saugerties died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston after a short illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Vito and Ciovanna Galfano Vascellaro.

An area resident for many years, she was employed as a dental assistant and a home health companion. She was a former member of the Saxton Fire Company Ladies Auxillary.

Survivors include her husband, Vincent “Vinny” Wodzenski with whom she recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; a daughter, Katherine F. Steere of Catskill; a son, Dr. Steve Wodzenski of Douglasville, Georgia; two brothers, Anthony Vascellaro of Glendale, California and George Vascellaro of Winter Haven, Florida; a sister, Ann Bogert of Saugerties; five grandchildren, Andrew, Marina and Kristina Wodzenski of Georgia and Ayla and Erin Steere of Catskill; three nieces, Peigi Mulligan, Doreen O’Brien and Jenny Lang, all of Saugerties; and one nephew, Stephen Lang of Saugerties.

She was predeceased by an identical twin sister, Frances Cooper.

Her funeral procession will form at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home on the corner of John and Lafayette Streets and proceed to Sacred Heart RC Church in Palenville where a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Bonaventure Bionda, OFM, Pastor.


February 14, 2005

LOUIS MAURIELLO
Pitcher for Cleveland Indians

GREENVILLE---Louis Mauriello, 70, of Old Plank Road, Greenville, died Feb. 13, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born Feb. 21, 1934 in New York City, the son of the late Joseph and Delores (Sapponaro) Mauriello.

Mr. Mauriello has been a resident of Greene County since 1976. While living in Greene County, he was very active in the Durham Rescue Squad as a emergency medical technician. He was also active in the Freehold Volunteer Fire Company.

During his years of employment he was a Nassau County Police Officer and an employee of the Columbia-Greene Hospital.

Mr. Mauriello was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. During his years of playing baseball, he had offers from the Yankees and the Dodgers.

He loved woodworking, music, and collecting antiques.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Schmidt) Mauriello of Greenville; five children, Lori, Louis, Michael, Matthew and Anne Marie; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Mauriello was predeceased by a son Marc and grandson Louis.

Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will take place 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at the funeral home with the Rev. Harrison Putnam, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.

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


February 14, 2005

VINCENT ANTHONY PICARDI
Retired U.S. Navy SeaBee

CATSKILL---Vincent Anthony Picardi, 64, of 4 Austin Acres, Catskill, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 12, 2005 at home after a long illness.  

He was born March 27, 1940 in Catskill, the son of the late Anthony and Margaret (Law) Picardi.  

Mr. Picardi served in the U.S. Navy as a SeaBee prior to his retirement. He was a member of Sullivan-Teator VFW Post 770 in Catskill.

Survivors include a son, Anthony Picardi and fiancée Diana Low; four daughters, Janine Picardi of Coxsackie, Cheryl Scarselli of Catskill, Cindy Scarselli of Hudson, Tammy Place of Catskill; a brother, Dennis Picardi of Catskill; a sister, Bernice Yannone and husband Joseph, both of Catskill; seven grandchildren, Jason Jaycox, Andrew Jaycox, Nathaniel Picardi, Christopher Rowan, Justin Ferencz, Jacob Ferencz, Julius Ferencz; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Picardi was predeceased by his wife, Rose Picardi on Jan. 24, 2000; a sister, Lorraine Wagenbaugh; a daughter, Michele Mignano; and a grandson, Damian Mignano.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy will be officiating.

Interment with full military honors will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.  


February 15, 2005

KATHLEEN CALCATERRA
Director of Social Work at Eden Park Nursing Home

PALENVILLE---Kathleen Calcaterra, 59, of Route 23A, Palenville, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005 at Eden Park Nursing Home, Catskill.

Born July 9, 1945 in the Bronx, she was the daughter of Margaret (Kelly) O’Leary of Catskill and the late John O’Leary.

Formerly of the Bronx and Freeport, Long Island, Ms. Calcaterra was a graduate of Freeport High School, Class of 1962. She has been a Greene County resident since 1969. She was a past-secretary for the Carpenters Union in Saugerties. She was employed as director of Social Work for Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill for the past six years, and was also a mediator for Common Ground in Catskill. She was a communicant at Sacred Heart Church in Palenville.

In addition to her mother, Margaret O’Leary, she is survived by three daughters, Monica Maez of Aurora, Colo., Irene Calcaterra of Denver, Colo., and Veronica Calcaterra of Palenville; two sisters, Maureen Peplow and husband Roger, both of Palenville, and Rita O’Leary of Kiskatom; a brother, Robert O’Leary and wife, Jaci, both of Saugerties; a grandson, Isaac Maez of Aurora, Colo.; four nieces; one nephew; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

A memorial service will be held 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill, will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kathleen Calcaterra may be sent to the Eden Park Nursing Home Activities Center, 154 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


February 15, 2005

RUTH B. JONES
Devoted wife

OAK HILL---Ruth B. Jones, 93, died Feb. 5, 2005 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill. She was a resident of Oak Hill.

She was born Nov. 10, 1912 in Little Falls, N.Y. , to the late John F. and Bertha (North) Kiley. She grew up in Schenectady with her late brothers, Edward and Charles Kiley.

Mrs. Jones made her living in Cohoes as a nurse and homemaker.

She was married to her late husband, Roland Jones, for over 30 years.

In her later years, Ruth was better known to most as “Aunt Ruth” and lived with her nephew Jack Kiley and his wife Velma. She shared her life with her great-nieces and nephews and their children.

Her hobbies included reading, bible study, crocheting, and playing card games, such as Old Maid with her great-great nieces and nephews.

Survivors include nephews Jack E. Kiley of Oak Hill, James P. Kiley of Conn., and William H. Kiley of Mass. She is also survived by several generations of great-nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and immediate family, she was predeceased by two nephews Charles W. and Michael J. Kiley.

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

Interment will take place in the springtime in Waterford, N.Y.

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


February 15, 2005

EDWARD J. MALLON, Sr.  
CPA

NEW CASTLE, N.H.---Edward J. Mallon, 95, died peacefully at home in New Castle, N.H. on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005.

He was born in New York City and was the son of Mary (Rafferty) and James Mallon and the husband of Helen Mallon, his wife of 69 years, who predeceased him in December of 2004.

He was a graduate of Regis High School, Fordham University, Graduate School of City College and he was a CPA.

While Senior Vice President and Comptroller at the Guardian Life Insurance Company in New York City, he was an adjunct professor at Pace College and the Graduate School of City College.

After his retirement from Guardian, he was a professor in the department of Business and Law at Schenectady County Community College for 10 years. Until his death, he was Vice President and Treasurer of Secure Planning, Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H.

He served in the Army during World War II and was discharged as a First Lieutenant.

He was a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the New York Society of CPA’s.

Although for many years a staunch New York Yankees fan, he converted to the Boston Red Sox when he moved to New Hampshire. He was overjoyed with the Red Sox winning the World Series this past year. He had seen Babe Ruth play and well remembered the last time the Red Sox won the World Series.

He attended the St. Theresa’s Church in Windham. He served as Vice President of the Golden Ages and assisted at Meals on Wheels luncheons in Hensonville.

Survivors include his son, Edward J. Mallon, Jr. and his wife Fran of New Castle, N.H., his grandchildren, Edward J. Mallon, III and his wife Kelly of New York City, Kathryn M. Taylor and her husband, Ken Taylor of Portsmouth, N.H. and Melinda Mallon of Somersworth, N.H. His five great-grandchildren, Allison, Kathleen, William, Alexander, and Madison also survive.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday from the Farrell Funeral Home, 684 Portsmouth, N.H.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 22 Fox Run Road, Newington, N.H.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12 p.m. Friday at St. Theresa’s in Hensonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Scholarship Fund of Regis High School, 55 East 84th Street, New York, N.Y. 10028.

Local arrangements by the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Hensonville.


February 16,  17, 2005

MARIA HILL
Loving mother

CATSKILL—Maria Hill, 41, of Summit Avenue, Village of Catskill, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

Born July 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Lucy (O’Neill) and the late William Frederick Hoffman.

She was a cashier at the Wal-Mart store in Kingston.

Survivors include her mother, Lucy Hoffman of Catskill; her son, Thomas Hill III of Alaska; husband, Thomas Hill, Jr., of Alaska; her sisters, Carmela and her husband Richard Hendricks of Catskill, Dolores and her husband Bernard Gallagher of Catskill; her brothers, William E. “Butch” Hoffman of Catskill, and Joseph and his wife Rosemary Hoffman of Coxsackie. She is also survived by her close friends, Diane Buguet, Robin Moore, Doriann Sheridan and Robin Balsano; eight nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Hill loved reading, taking walks, puzzles and NASCAR. She was a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. She also loved her family and enjoyed playing with her nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., 11877 Route 9W, West Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery. The Rev. John Murphy will officiate.

The family has asked that memorial donations be made directly to the family.


February 16, 2005

MARGARET POTWIN  
Beloved mother

HUDSON—Margaret Potwin, 58, of Hudson, died Monday at home, Providence Hall in Hudson.

Born in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Jessie Kinnicutt Williams.

Survivors include David Potwin, Jr., of Stuyvesant; a daughter, Sherry Potwin of Valatie; four sisters, Rosalie Dedrick of Valatie, Betty Miller of Chatham, Loretta Dedrick of Albany, Marcia Clifford of Stockport; grandchildren, Christopher Dymond, Gary Dymond, and Tyler Dymond, as well as several nieces and nephews including Tara and Peter Dedrick.

Mrs. Potwin was predeceased by her husband, David Potwin, Jr.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie.

Interment is at the convenience of the family.


February 16, 2005  

MARION E. VAN WORMER  
Beloved wife

NEW BALTIMORE---Marion E. (Hulbert) Van Wormer, 73, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Peter’s Hospital after being stricken at home.

Born in Catskill, she was the daughter of Clayton and Nellie Kellner Hulbert.

Mrs. Van Wormer was raised in the area of Green Lake and came to the Ravena area in 1950. She was a member of the Ravena Hose Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary for many years. She also enjoyed bowling at Ravena Lanes. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Athens and she made friends easily, and was a good friend to many.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Harold “Lindy” Van Wormer; a sister, Nellie Carney of Athens; two nieces; two nephews; and three cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clayton and Nellie Kellner Hulbert; one brother, Clayton Hulbert; and one sister, Theretta Jolly.

Calling hours are Thursday, 4 p.m. at the Babcock Funeral Home, 19 Pulver Ave, Ravena. All are welcome to remain for the funeral at 6 p.m.

Spring burial will be in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.

Memorial contributions to the Ravena Hose Company No. 1, 116 Main St., Ravena, N.Y. 12143 will be appreciated.


February 17, 2005

ALPHONSE J. GARAFOLA  
Previous owner of Red’s Pizzeria

ALBANY---Alphonse J. Garafola, 83, died Feb. 16, 2005 in the V.A. Medical Center in Albany.  

He was born Oct. 14, 1921 in Brooklyn.

He was an area resident of Greene County for over 50 years. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

He was the previous owner of Red’s Pizzeria in Catskill.

Survivors include two sisters, Edith Danner of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Elvira Kenny of Pleasanton, Conn., as well as several nieces and nephews and a dear friend, Carol Ruger.

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

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


February 17, 2005

CHARLES J. BOLTON
Korean and Vietnam War veteran

MONTGOMERY---Charles J. Bolton, 75, of Montgomery, a resident since 1972, died Feb. 13, 2005 at St. Lukes’ Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

Born July 13, 1929 in Ballston Spa and raised in Saratoga Springs, he was born the second son and third child of William Bolton and Myrtle Crandall.

Mr. Bolton was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Walden, American Legion Post 0521 in Montgomery and the VFW.

He retired in 1987 after 14 years from the Federal Aviation Administration. He was also retired from the Army in 1969 as a Korean and Vietnam Disabled American veteran after 20 years of active duty service.

He proved to us, friends and others, just how strong, disciplined and independent he was after having a double kidney transplant two years ago at the age of 73.

Survivors include two sons, Charles, Jr. and his wife, Janet of Milford, Pa., Clark and his wife Sylvia of Shelton, Conn.; a daughter, Christine and her fiancé Mark Sinn of Montgomery; grandchildren, Shannon Cobb, Sean Bolton, Alicia Maria Bolton and step-grandchildren, Michael Diblasi and step-greatgrandchild, Alyssa Diblasi.

Mr. Bolton was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann Hallenbeck Bolton.

Calling hours are 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Valenti & Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Yesupatham Duraikanru officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va., 22038.


February 17, 2005

ETHEL F. (MEURER) GEE
Loving mother

CAIRO—Ethel F. (Meurer) Gee, 78, formerly of Cairo, died Feb. 14, 2005 at the J.F.K. Hartwick Nursing Home Edison’s Estates, in Edison, N.J.

She was born in Brooklyn, Aug. 13, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Peter and Josephine (Meyers) Meurer.

Survivors include a son, Patrick E. and his wife, Nancy C. (Mann) Gee of Cairo; two daughters, Ethel Gee of New Jersey, Josephine and her husband, Ronnie Rottelli of Florida; an adopted daughter, Tina Gee of New Jersey. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband and her parents, she is predeceased by a son, William T. Gee.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Harrison Putnam, Pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church of Athens, officiating.

Interment will take place next to her late husband, William T. Gee, who predeceased her in 1994, in Catskill Rural Cemetery.  


February 16, 17, 2005

JOAN C. (RAY) LYNCH
Devoted mother

ATHENS---Joan C. (Ray) Lynch, 72, of Athens, died Feb. 15, 2005 after a long illness.

Born June 20, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Carrie Ray of Coxsackie.

She made her home in Athens 50 years ago, where and when she also became a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church. She graciously served as one of the caretakers, as well as Eucharistic Minister.

Survivors include seven children, Lorraine Weresnick of Florida, Patrick, Brian, and Christopher Lynch of Albany, Thomas Lynch of Catskill, Noreen Wilson of Catskill, Doreen Lynch of Wassaic, N.Y.; nine  grandchildren, Deric Wilson, Patrick, Michael, Shannon, Jeffrey, Kimberly, Andrew, and Danielle Lynch; seven siblings, Judith (Ray) Ganance of West Coxsackie, Gloria (Ray) Irving of New Baltimore, Genevieve (Ray) Smith of Colonie, Roland, Charles Ray of West Coxsackie, Frank and Lawrence Ray of Earlton and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by Joyce (Ray) Brown.

Joan will be missed by all within the community.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Richards Funeral Home, North Vernon St., Athens.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, North Washington St., Athens.

Interment at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Athens will be announced.


February 16, 17, 2005

MURIEL GORDON MILLER
Retired Secretary for Chase Manhattan Bank

CATSKILL---Muriel Gordon Miller, 89, of Catskill, formerly of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005 at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.

Born in Scotland, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Janet Mulholland.

She immigrated to America in 1925 moving to Brooklyn where she lived until moving to Catskill in 1998.

She was married July 22, 1973 to Howard Miller who died March 11, 1985.

Mrs. Miller was a secretary for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City until her retirement. She was a member of the Bethlehem Reformed Church of Brooklyn and the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a niece, Marion Winter of Selkirk, and a great-nephew, Travis Winter.

Mrs. Miller was predeceased by her nephew, Robert E. Miller.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, L.I.

There will be no calling hours.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc. 11877 Route 9W, West Coxsackie.  


February 17, 2005

LAURA A. THOMAS
Loving wife and mother

HUDSON---Laura A. (Hafele) Thomas, 72, of Dutch Village, Hudson, died at the Pine Haven Home in Philmont.

She was b0rn Sept. 20, 1932 in Delhi, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hafele.

She was employed as a packer for the Universal Match Factory in Hudson.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Leroy A. Thomas of Dutch Village, Hudson; three sons, Robert A. Thomas of Florida, David E. Thomas of Pennsylvania and Karl A. Thomas of Ghent; two daughters, Holly M. Drivas of Florida, and Patrice M. Smith of Florida. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Berg.

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

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Channel 10 WTEN Pet Connection, attn: Steve Caporizzo, 341 Northern Blvd.., Albany, N.Y. 12204.  


February 17, 2005

HAROLD L. WILLIAM
Engineer

GREENVILLE---Harold L. Williams, 94, of Greenville, died Feb. 15, 2005 at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

He was born Feb. 3, 1911 in the upstate town of Hinckley, N.Y., son of the late Marvin and Addie (Winans) Williams.

Harold’s father was principal of two schools in Hartsdale, Westchester County, and his mother was one of the first female graduates of Syracuse University in 1905.

He grew up in Hartsdale, graduated from Pratt University in New York City with degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering.

He acquired the nickname “Beep”, having hand built his first car at age 21.

Mr. Williams traveled the world extensively as a trouble shooter for Merrick Scale Co. and retired at the age of 67. He married Virginia Dickerson of Yonkers and raised four children in Pearl River, Rockland County.

Mr. Williams was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia (Dickerson) Williams. He later married Tillie Keegan of Pearl River and spent 30 blissful and fun-filled years with her living in upstate New York in Greenville.

They traveled from Alaska to Maine to Florida. At age 80, Harold broke a rib sleigh riding and at the age of 90 was the oldest person to ride the Cyclone roller coaster at one of Florida’s theme parks. He was active throughout his life and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Survivors include his wife, Tillie (Keegan) Williams of Greenville; two sons, Scott Williams and his wife Shirley of Cashiers, N.C., and Keith Williams and his wife Becky of Cape Coral, Fla., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill.

Spring interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.


February 18, 2005

RUTH H. BABCOCK
Owner Babcock Funeral Home

RAVENA---Ruth Bleezarde Babcock, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005 at her residence with her family by her side.

She was born on March 17, 1918 in Ravena where she lived her whole life and was actively involved in the community.

Mrs. Babcock graduated from Ravena High School where she was known for her basketball skill, in 1936 received her degree in Child Development from Cobbleskill College and continued on at Simmons School of Embalming, attaining her New York State Funeral Directors License in 1941, becoming one of the few women to hold that position.

She and her late husband owned and operated the Babcock Funeral Home that continues on today, encompassing four generations.

Mrs. Babcock was a lifetime member of the Congregational Christian Church in Ravena where she served over the years in the choir, Sunday School and many additional activities of the church.

Her membership also included the Senior Projects of Ravena, Awenke Yacht Club, Mohawk-Hudson Power Squadron, Eastern Star, Ladies Auxiliary of the Ravena Hose Co., Albany-Rensselaer Funeral Directors Association and the New York State Funeral Directors Association.

She had been an Avon representative for over 40 years without interruption and was a pioneer of the Stars Program, serving the first graders at P.B. Coeymans School.

Survivors include her six children, Dennis G. (Diane) Babcock of Enfield, Conn., Janice Ruth (Eugene) Winters of Cranberry Township, Pa., Sharon B. D’Ambrosio, Gail B. (Peter) Bullock, Marcia Jean (Rudy) Blakesley and George W. (Carol) Babcock all of Ravena; her sister, Marion Roberts of Ravena; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, George, Mrs. Babcock was predeceased by five brothers, Warren, Elmer, George, William and Robert Bleezarde and two sisters, Mildred and Emma Bleezarde.

Mrs. Babcock touched many lives in the community over the years through her natural ability to reach out to people in need and as a result enriched the lives of many too numer0us to count.

Calling hours will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Babcock Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday morning Feb. 19, at the Congregational Christian Church, Ravena, with Rev. Steven J. Simpson officiating.

Burial will take place in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Christian Church, 175 Main St., Ravena, N.Y., 12143.  


February 18, 2005  

DUANE S. RANSOM
Served in the U.S. Army

CAIRO---Duane S. Ransom, 62, of Cairo, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at the Community Hospice Division of Columbia Memorial Hospital from his exposure to asbestos which caused an irreversible disease.

Born June 9, 1942 in Kingsville, N.Y., he was the son of the late Tomas and Rita (Ferris) Ransom.

Mr. Ransom was raised in the Adirondack Mountains and helped to support his immediate family. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1970, received an Honorable Discharge and worked as a maintenance superintendant at Dutchess County BOCES until illness forced his retirement. He was a loving husband, father and brother who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and hard work.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Francine (West) Ransom; a son, Duane; a daughter, Melissa; one brother, Thomas Ransom, Jr., of Averill Park; three sisters, Ann Bard of Tivoli, Donna Bard of West Hurley, and Deborah Staats of Clermont; his mother-in-law, Pearline Welch; two sister-in-laws, Phyllis West and Pearline Wisowaty; two uncles, and two aunts, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Germantown.

Funeral services will be held Monday, 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection where the Rev. Theodore Gerken will celebrate a Mass of Christian burial.

Interment will be in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.  


February 18, 19, 20, 2005

JOSEPH B. JONES
Construction Foreman

Joseph B. Jones, 68, of Elka Park, died February 16, 2005, at the DVA Medical Center in Albany.

He was born Jan. 2, 1937 to the late Bernard “Casey” and Mildred Haines Jones in Haines Falls.

He was a construction foreman for many years and a member of Laborers Union #190.

Joseph was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the V.F.W. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Haines Falls Fire Company for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Jones of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, James Jones of Elka Park, and Sean Jones of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Shannon Mulroy of West Islip, Long Island, and Bridget Clifford of Fla.; his brother, John Jones of Belrose Terrace, L.I.; four sister, Mary Coird of Dunedin, Fla., Nora Bishop of Bowdoinham, Me., Anne Siakowski of East Jewett, and Milly Brown of Saugerties.

He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, and he had 14 nieces and nephews and 19 grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Frank  and his son, Russell.

A Mass of Christian Burial is to be held Monday morning, Feb. 21, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls. Officiating will be the Rev. Anthony Motta. Spring interment will be in the Haines Falls Cemetery.

Friends and relatives may call at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter, on Sunday, Feb. 20, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Stratton V.A. Medical Center, c/o Voluntary Services for Patient Needs, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12208.


February 20, 21,  2005

EVERETT V. CLOW  
Business owner

GREENVILLE---Everett V. Clow, 51, of Greenville, passed away at home on February 18, 2005.

He was born in Catskill, NY on June 12, 1953, son of E. Virgil Clow and the late Mildred (Marshall) Clow.

Everett was the owner of Tip-Top Floor Covering, in Freehold.

An avid lover of the outdoors and the water, he enjoyed boating with his family and friends. He was also an active member of the Greenville-Norton Hill Wildlife Club.

Everett chose to be a Gift of Sight Donor and his selfless act will benefit another life. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, nephew and friend to all who knew him.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Daniel Mistler.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Jane (Helligrass) Clow; his loving children, Tracy Mistler and her husband Steven, of South Westerlo, and Cristy Clow and her partner Jimmy Smith, of South Westerlo; step-sons, Jason Hazen and his partner Nicole Blakeslee, of East Durham, Darrell Hazen and his wife, Stephanie, of Albany; nine grandchildren, Julia, Lucas, Sierra, and Angie Mistler, Sydney Dudley, Jade and Trista Smith, and Tyler and Nicholas Hazen; two sisters, Rose Kiefer and her husband John, of Manassas, Va., and Judy Lomanto of Cairo; brother-in-law James Lomanto of Hannacroix’ as well as a niece, two nephews, and a Special Aunt, Irene Blenis-Butler.

Friends are invited to visit with the family at the church hall of the South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church, in South Westerlo, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 4:30-6 p.m.

A Memorial Service will be held at the South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church on Wed. Feb. 23. at 6 p.m., followed by a time of fellowship in the church hall.

Mr. Clow will be cremated, per his wishes, and interred in the Greenville Cemetery, near his grandson, in the Spring at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414, or to the South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church Memorial Fund.  


February 20, 2005

ROSE HARDEN  
Homemaker

HUDSON---Rose Harden, 88, of East Durham, passed away February 18, 2005 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 17, 1916, daughter of the late Bernard and Frances Ferguson.

Rose was a lifelong homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was a member of the Durham-Oak Hill United Methodist Church and the Durham Valley American Legion Post #1416 Ladies Auxiliary.

Rose was predeceased by a grandson, John Beers, six sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are her husband, James Harden of East Durham; two daughters, Kathleen Beers of East Durham, and Linda Hull and her husband Steven of Deer Lodge, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Barbara Beers, Jason Patterson, Melissa Hull and her husband Jamie Letner, Harley Hull and his wife Kelley, and Jennifer Scott and her husband Steve; and two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Letner and Hannah Rae Hull.

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, on Sunday, Feb. 20, from 3-5 p.m.

Funeral service will be at the funeral home on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.

Interment will be Monday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m., at the Town of Catskill Cemetery, in Catskill.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the Durham-Oak Hill United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.  


February 21, 2005

CHARLES H. GROFF
Former Haines Falls resident

LAS VEGAS, Nev.---Charles (Rusty) Groff, 50, died Feb. 9, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He was born in Catskill, Jan. 27, 1955, the beloved son of Charles L. and Virginia (Newcomb) Groff of Elka Park.

He graduated from Hunter-Tannersville School in 1973 and served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his estranged wife, Elizabeth; daughters, Tara Lee, Taylor, Tawny, Elizabeth and Victoria; two grandsons, Dylan and Logan, and one granddaughter, Shannon; also, two brothers, Frank and David; sisters, Marvina Parrotte, Tammy Vanucchi and Chandi, many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jay Poster, the Palms Mortuary in Las Vegas.

A memorial service will be held in Platte Clove at a later date.  


February 21, 2005

WALLACE LEE KARK  
Managed Canfield Machine and Tool

TANNERSVILLE---Wallace Lee Kark, 72, of Tannersville, died Feb. 19, 2005  at the Columbia Memorial Hospice in Hudson.

He was born to the late Joseph Andrew and Margaret Boston Kark in Shadyside, Ohio.

He was the manager of the Canfield Machine and Tool in Kingston for over 37 years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949 through 1952. He was known for his fine woodworking and designed and created many different pieces of furniture.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy McDivitt Kark, who he married June 23, 1955 in Poughkeepsie, also his two daughters, Vicky Kark of Rhinebeck, and Jeanne Garde and her husband Steven of Pelvqerville, Texas; a brother, Fred Kark of Columbus, Ohio; and one grandson, Alex Garde.

He was also predeceased by a sister, Nancy Kark Neudardt.

Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Tannersville Evergreen Cemetery on Bloomer Road and County Route 16. Officiating will be the Rev. John Miller.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.

Memorial contributions to the Columbia-Greene Community Hospice or the Tannersville Rescue Squad.  


February 23, 2005

LOUIS P. JARONSIK  
World War II veteran

CATSKILL---Louis P. Jaronsik, 88, of Catskill died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

A loving son and brother, he was born in Catskill on March 16, 1916 to the late John and Anna Jaronsik.

Mr. Jaronsik attended St. Patrick’s Academy and High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 through 1945 where he fought for his country in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations.  As a result of his service, he received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon.

He was employed with the Lehigh Portland Cement Co. for 36 years. He was a member of the following organizations: a life member of A.M. Osborn Hose Co. No.2; the Knights of Columbus, the Rip Van Winkle Seniors, the Senior Bowling League, and Order of the Redmen Organization for many years. He was a faithful communicant of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Jaronsik was an avid bowler, camper, gardener and skilled woodworker who spent many hours in his basement workshop creating gifts for his children and grandchildren. A devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, his passion was his family. He and  his family spent many happy summers boating and camping in the Adirondacks.

He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by Dorothy, his best friend, wife and life companion of 53 years; son, Paul Jaronsik and daughter-in-law Valli of Catskill; daughter Dorothy Kelly of Hurley; daughter, Janice Rinaldi and son-in-law Bill Rinaldi of Catskill; daughter Joyce Dev and son-in-law Chekitan Dev of Ithaca; grandchildren, Brian Rinaldi, Sean Kelly, Eric Jaronsik, Megan Rinaldi, Caitlin Kelly, Andrew and Christopher Dev.

He was predeceased by son-in-law Truscott Michael Kelly, and daughter-in-law, Darlene Jaronsik, and brothers, John and Joseph.

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

Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.

Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, N.Y.  12208. The Fisher House is a home-away-from-home for families of patients receiving care at major military V.A. medical centers and hospitals.  


February 23, 2005

ALFRED W. OLLMETZER  
World War II veteran

HANNACROIX---Alfred W. Ollmetzer, 85, of Hannacroix, died Sunday evening, Feb. 20, 2005 at the Albany Medical Center.

Mr. Ollmetzer was born Jan. 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, the son of the late Alfred and Rose (Zotter) Ollmetzer.

He was married on Aug. 24, 1946 in Coxsackie to Theresa Van Cott, who survives at home.

During World War II, Mr. Ollmetzer was a member of the 175 The Signal Repair Company, U.S. Army. He participated in Normandy, Central Europe, The Rhineland and Ardennes-Northern France campaigns. He was awarded five Bronze Stars, the Croix de Guerre and campaign and victory ribbons.

He was a stationary engineer at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility for many years. Mr. Ollmetzer was a 54 year member of the American Legion Post 166 in Coxsackie. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, and assisting the Boy Scout Troop.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Alan and his wife Melissa Ollmetzer of Hannacroix; three grandchildren; David and his wife Melissa Ollmetzer of Ravena, Ann and her husband Paul Eddy of Berne, David Bellefeuille of Schuylerville; four great-grandchildren, Lee Goergen, Michael and Paul Eddy, Joseph “J.J.” Ruchel. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Calling hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday Feb. 24, at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., 11877 Route 9W, West Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Neil Irwin officiating.

Members of the Coxsackie American Legion Post 166 are requested to gather at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Medway-Grapeville First Responders, County Route 51, Medway, N.Y.


February 24, 2005

EVELYN W. ALFORD  
Beloved Mother

DELMAR---Evelyn W. Alford, 85, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in Acra, Oct. 31, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Nettie and Floyd Webster.

Mrs. Alford was the secretary of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Delmar for 35 years and has resided in Delmar since 1945. She was a member of the Bethlehem Senior Citizens, the Eastern Star, the Delmar Progress Club, the Sunshine Seniors and St. Stephen’s Women’s Group. She loved family parties and enjoyed playing bridge and bingo. She was also an avid Yankee fan. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Alford.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy A. Panganiban of Delmar; grandchildren, Paul E. Alford of Philadelphia, Ana P. Costello and her husband Tim, and Leah L. Panganiban, all of Seattle.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy P. Labounty.

Memorial services will be held Friday 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 16 Elsmere Ave., Delmar.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, N.Y. 12205, or St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 16 Elsmere Ave., Delmar, N.Y. 12054.


February 23, 24, 2005  

GIOVANNA GIRARDI
Beloved mother

CAIRO---Giovanna Girardi, 98, of Jerome Avenue, Cairo, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Eden Park Health Care Center, Catskill after a long illness. Mrs. Girardi had been a resident of the nursing home since 2002.

Mrs. Girardi had been an area resident for more than 30 years and was a member of the Assembly of God Church of Cairo.

Survivors include four children, Michael Girardi and wife Lena of Queens, Andrew Girardi of San Diego, Calif., Emil Girardi of San Francisco, Calif., and Concetta Owen of Cairo; 7 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Fred Townes, and sister, Mary DeCaro.

Calling hours are Friday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Costello, pastor of Christ Assembly of God officiating.

Interment will follow in the spring next to her husband, Amedeo.


February 23, 24, 2005

MABEL HOSIER GOLD
Loving wife and mother

POUGHKEEPSIE---Mabel Hosier Gold, 88, of Poughkeepsie, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, in Catskill.

She was born June 2, 1916.

Survivors include her three children, Donald of Poughkeepsie, Carol Kassay of Ca., Judith Patterson of Leeds, seven grandchildren; Mark Kassay of Texas, Kara Kassay of Oregon, Alyssa Rossetta of California, Aaron Lewis, Earl Patterson, Daniel Patterson, all of Leeds, Patrick Patterson, Jr. of Minnesota, three great-grandchildren; a brother, John Hosier and a sister Elizabeth Liefer of Poughkeepsie.

Mrs. Gold was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Henry Gold.

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

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


February 24, 2005

HARRY JACOB MILLER
World War II veteran 

CATSKILL---Harry Jacob Miller, 91, of Catskill, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005 at Eden Park Health Care Center where he had been a patient since Jan. 18.  

Mr. Miller was born in Hudson on July 31, 1913 to the late George C. and Almeda Bryant Miller. 

He graduated from Hudson High School and was a shop foreman until 1941 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was trained as a medical technician, graduating from Ordinance Officer Candidate School in March of 1943. He served overseas in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre for two years in the 207th Ordinance Bomb Disposal Squad, earning the rank of Captain upon his discharge from active duty on February 16, 1946. He continued to serve in the Army until Dec. 23, 1952.

He married the former Elizabeth Westover on August 20, 1949. He was employed by Grummund Allied in West Athens as a parts department shipping clerk until his retirement in 1975.

He was a life member of Hudson Lodge #7 F.A. & M., K.W. Evans Hose Co. No. 1 in Hudson, and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Miller of Cairo.

Mr. Miller was predeceased by his sister, Laura E. Miller.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, with the Rev. David C. Tipple, Pastor of the Kiskatom Reformed Church officiating.

Calling hours will be at 2 p.m., prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Historical Society.


February 25, 2005

ALBERT J. SASSO
Former New York Telephone employee

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.---Albert J. Sasso, 79, died Feb. 10, 2005 at Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla., of complications of open heart surgery.  

He was born in Catskill June 8, 1925 and was a South Cairo resident until 2003 when he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. He worked for New York Telephone Company until he retired in 1984. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Elks No. 1341 in Catskill for 29 years. He also was a volunteer fireman in Hunter for 19 years.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret; a son, Joseph A. Sasso and his wife Sandra of Cullman, Ala.;  daughter, Jeannie M. Schrowang and her husband Hugh J. Schrowang of Durham, NC; four grandchildren, Allen J. Sasso and Jeannie L. Hudson of Ala., Deidre M. Schrowang of New York City, and Hugh Schrowang of Conn; five great-grandchildren, Avery Hudson, James Hudson, Brandon Schrowang, Nellie Grace Sasso and Jillian.

He was predeceased by his father, Alexander Sasso; mother, Ethel Sasso; two brothers, Francis J. Sasso, and Anthony P. Sasso.

Funeral arrangements were under Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. Sasso was cremated and a memorial service will take place at a later date in Catskill.  


February 25, 2005

GERTRUDE TIMMERMAN
Loving wife

ROUND TOP---Gertrude “Trudy” Timmerman, 77, of Round Top, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005 in Lantana, Fla., while vacationing.

She was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her loving husband of 54 years, Donald “Timmy”; her daughter, Carla (Peter) Van Voorhis; two grandchildren, Danielle and Jason; two sisters, Enid Gustavson and Thea Worthingstun, both of Florida, and their families.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a 4 p.m. funeral service at the Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, Fla., 33461


February 25, 2005

EDWIN VAN DENBURGH, SR.
Retired New York State Thruway employee

CATSKILL---Edwin Kenneth Van Denburgh, Sr., 87, of Grandview Avenue, Catskill, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005 at Columbus Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born Oct. 2, 1917 in Climax, NY, he was the son of the late Manley and Clara (Tryon) Van Denburgh.

Mr. Van Denburgh was an employee of the New York State Thruway Authority  prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Catskill Senior Fellowship and Rip Van Winkle Senior Citizens.

Survivors include two sisters, Agnes Lampman of Coxsackie and Marie Trombley of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a grandson, Edwin K. Van Denburgh, III of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Van Denburgh of Ravena; a dear friend, Sue B. Legg of West Coxsackie, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two wives, Virginia (Misuraca) Van Denburgh and Wilhelmina (Parks) Van Denburgh; a son, Edwin K. Van Denburgh, Jr.; and three brothers, Robert, John and Walter Van Denburgh.

Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 25, at the Town of Catskill Cemetery. Rev. John Bowen will be officiating.

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


February 25, 26, 2005

RUTH D. HONDA
Area resident

DELMAR---Ruth D. Honda, 85, formerly of Dedrick’s Trailer Park and Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, died Feb. 24, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center, in Delmar.

Born in Canajoharie on July 21, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ward and Vera (Davies) Downes.

She has been an area resident most of her lifetime. She was employed at LaCasa Restaurant in Selkirk during her years of employment.

She loved playing cards, Bingo, and many other games.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Allen.

Survivors include a son, Patrick A. Honda of Coxsackie; a brother, Clyde Downes of Virginia; and a grandson, Matthew Lester.

Calling hours will be held at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie and will be private.

Interment will take place in the Fort Plain Cemetery in Fort Plain in the spring.  


February 26, 2005

RUTH M. MOORE
Toy Store Owner

RHINEBECK---Ruth M. Moore, 87, a resident of Coxsackie, formerly of Red Hook, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005 at the Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck.

Born April 17, 1917 in Lynbrook, she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Harriet Soper. On June 21, 1937, on Long Island, she married William C. Moore, Sr., who died Oct. 22, 2000.

She and her husband moved to Red Hook from Long Island in 1956, where they opened Moore’s Toy and Hobby Center.  Over 22 years the business grew and became Moore’s Bike and Hobby Center.

While living in Red Hook, she was a member of the Red Hook United Methodist Church and a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels.

In 1978, they retired and moved to Athens. Then, in 1988 they moved to Bethany Village in Coxsackie, where she lived until her death.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Jeremiah Soper.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law William C. and Johanna M. Moore, Jr. of Red Hook; and two grandsons, Jeremiah E. Moore of Lake Tonawanda, and Benjamin W. Moore of Red Hook.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 So. Broadway, Red Hook on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Caroline Lewis officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Ferncliff Nursing Home, 21 Ferncliff Drive, Rhinebeck, N.Y.  12572.


February 27, 2005

WILLIAM B. LAPENTA, JR.  
Gardener and hunter

LEXINGTON---William B. Lapenta, 71, of Lexington, formerly of Nyack, NY, died suddenly on Feb. 25, 2005 of injuries sustained after being struck by a snowplow.

Born in Nyack on Feb. 2, 1934, he was the son of the late William and Lucille (Logiodice) Lapenta.

Bill was a veteran . serving in the U.S. Army. He formerly owned B & B Produce Co. in Nyack and moved to Lexington in his retirement. He was employed at the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School as a custodian and school bus driver for over 12 years.

An avid hunter, he also loved to garden and was known to give his many friends and neighbors his flowers and vegetables. Very active in his church community, he was a communicant of St. Theresa’s Church in Windham and also served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He will be missed by many friends and neighbors.

Surviving are his longtime partner, Barbara Bergin; two daughters, Debra Siddi and her husband Alfred of Valley Cottage, NY, and Laura LePore and her husband Anthony of Troutville, VA; a son, William Lapenta and his wife Catherine of Huntsville, AL; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Doris Rion and her husband Irving of Nyack; a brother, Rocco Lapenta and his wife Marylou of West Nyack, NY and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Monday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. from the Decker Funeral Home in Windham with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. at St. Theresa’s R.C. Church in Windham.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to St. Theresa’s R.C. Church, 5188 SR 23, Windham, NY 12496.


February 27, 2005

ALFONSINA LoBIANCO
Loving wife and mother

CHANDLER, AZ.---Alfonsina LoBianco, 95, formerly of Greene County, died of natural causes on Dec. 24, 2004.

Born Sept. 4, 1909 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Francesco and Angela Blandino.

She married Carmelino (Charlie) LoBianco on June 29, 1934. They were happily married for 39 years before his death in 1973.

They had six children: Salvatore LoBianco, Charles LoBianco, and Joanne Dallaero, who reside in Florida, Marie Berg of Saugerties, Lorraine Viviano of Smithtown, L.I., and Angela Buono of Gilbert, AZ. She was blessed with 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was a loving wife and mother and was affectionately known to family and friends as “Fannie”. She spent her life as a homemaker and enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Rosary Alter Society in Palenville, and also belonged to the Senior Citizen Club in Catskill, and the German-American Club in Cape Coral, Fla.

She spent her last years in Arizona being cared for by her granddaughter, Benita Olsen, and daughter, Angela.

Besides her husband, she was also predeceased by Michael Forstl, who she married in 1981. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Frank and John Blandino, and two sisters, Bertha Amodeo and Mary Tornetto.

A funeral procession was held Thursday morning, Dec. 30, 2004, from Buono Funeral Service, Inc., Main Street Chapel, Saugerties to Sacred Heart Church, Palenville, where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated.

Interment followed at St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery in Barclay Heights.


February 28, 2005

AMELIA JONES
Services announced

CATSKILL---Calling hours for Amelia Jones will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, Main Street, Catskill.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


February 28, 2005

FREDA B. MARTIN
Loving wife and mother

SAUGERTIES---Freda B. Martin, 85, of 155 Main St., died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005 at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

Born Feb. 24, 1920 in Saugerties, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Jeannette Freligh Mickle.

A lifetime area resident, she was employed for many years in several area dress factories.

She was Past President of the Saugerties Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a Past President of Washington Hook and Ladder Ladies Auxiliary, and a former member of the Saugerties Senior Citizens Club.

She was an avid bingo player and liked to work on jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Martin, Sr., of Saugerties; a daughter, Freda Deanna Gilmore; a step-son, Earl Martin, Jr., of Saugerties; two sisters, Mary Mickle and Jeanette Carson, both of Catskill; six grandchildren: Sue Baxter, Jimmie Gilmore, Paul, David, George, and Mara Barber, all of Saugerties; two step-grandchildren: April Young and Earl Martin III, both of Saugerties; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Martin was predeceased by her first husband, Duane L. Paradee in 1972, a daughter, Leona Barber, four brothers: Floyd, Marvin, Roger and George Mickle, and two sisters: Lillian Vashe  and Rose Picardi.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties, with Rev. Duane Buddle, Pastor of the Saugerties United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be held in the spring in the Mountain View Cemetery, Saugerties.


February 28, 2005

LINDA L. SCHUSTER
Beloved daughter

SAUGERTIES---Linda L. Schuster, 52, of Finger Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston after a short illness.

Born May 3, 1952 in Kingston, she was the daughter of Alice Winne Schuster and the late Henry E. Schuster.

A lifetime area resident, she was a graduate of Saugerties High School, Ulster County Community College and University of Buffalo, where she majored in Special Education.

She was a former employee of Ames in Kingston.

Besides her mother of Saugerties, survivors include an uncle, Roger Winne of Olivebridge and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.

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


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