Obituaries from the Daily Mail
June 2005

Transcribed by Deb Ashton
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


June 1, 2005 

TILLIE WILLIAMS
Beloved stepmother and sister

GREENVILLE---Tillie Williams, 85, of Greenville, died Monday, May 30, 2005, at the Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY.

Born in Nyack, NY, Dec. 2, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Anna (Jackel) Branath.

A graduate of Nyack High School she was employed at the Empire National Bank in Pearl River, NY.  She was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church, a member of the Women’s Society and she also worked at the G.N.H.U.M.C. Thrift Shop.

Survivors include two stepsons, Scot Williams, and his wife Shirley of Cashiers, N.C., Keith Williams and his wife Becky of Cape Coral, Fla.; six step-grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; a brother, Herman Branath and his wife Marilynn of West Jordan, Utah; two sisters, Katherine Shank and her husband Donald of Little River, South Carolina, Freda McEwah and her husband Wini of Florence, South Carolina; also several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her first husband, James T. Keegan in 1963, a daughter Alice who died in 1987, a brother Albert who died in 1997, and her second husband Harold Williams who died Feb. 15, 2005.

Calling hours are Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be Saturday, 9 a.m. from the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church, Norton Hill.

Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.


June 2, 2005

ALLEN EDWARD DESCHAMPS
Hoe-Bowl Lanes employee

LEEDS---Allen Edward Deschamps, 54, of 29 Feddes Mobile Home Park, Leeds, died suddenly, Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at home.

He was born March 25, 1951 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Frank Deschamps of Leeds and the late Mary Deschamps.

Mr. Deschamps was an employee of the Hoe-Bowl Lanes of Catskill prior to his illness forcing his disability.

He was a former little league coach.

In addition to his father Frank Deschamps of Leeds, survivors include a son, Steven Deschamps of Catskill; a daughter, Tara Deschamps of Brooklyn; and several cousins.

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

Funeral services will be 11:30 to 12 p.m. Saturday followed by a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridge St. Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will be officiating.

Interment will follow at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


June 2, 2005

ANTOINETTE GALTIERI
Beloved mother

LEEDS---Antoinette Galieri, 88, of Route 23B, Leeds, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born June 3, 1916 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Pasquale and Rose (Coppola) Fabbricino.

Mrs. Galieri was an employee of Silver Star Ravioli Company in Brooklyn prior to her retirement.  She had been a Leeds area resident since 1982.

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

Survivors include a son, Frank (Joan Ann) Galtieri of Leeds; four grandchildren, Andrew (Cathy) Galtieri of Leeds; Ralph (Dawn) Galtieri of Round Top, Annette (Ed) Wagenbaugh of Leeds, and Joan Ann (Jeffrey) Rouse of Leeds; a brother, Joseph Fabbricino of Brooklyn; nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Mrs. Galtieri was predeceased by her husband, Andrew J. Galtieri on Sept. 10, 1982; three brothers, John, James, Salvatore Fabbricino; and two sisters, Millie Fabbricino and Kitty Igneri.

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

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

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


June 2, 2005

NICHOLAS MEZZANOTTI
Motion picture costumer

COXSACKIE---Nicholas M. Mezzanotti, 58, of 77 Mansion St., Coxsackie, died June 1, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Baltimore, Md, Jan. 28, 1947 and was the son of the late Nicholas and Marie (Novak) Mezzanotti.

Mr. Mezzanotti has been an area resident since 1981.  He served his country in the United States Navy.  He was a motion picture costumer.  Many of his works were with Universal Disney at California and also many other companies.

Survivors include his domestic partner Thomas Lawler of Coxsackie.

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

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


June 2, 2005

ARTHUR D. PARKER
Machine operator for Conrail

GHENT---Arthur D. “Cowboy” Parker, 62, of County Route 20 in Ghent died Saturday, May 28, 2005 at his residence.

Born Dec. 23, 1942 in Clayton, Ala., he was the son of the late J.T. and Lula (Coleman) Parker.

Mr. Parker was a machine operator for Conrail in Hudson.

Survivors include six sons, Victor Parker Sr. of Hudson, Chad Parker Mannino of Germantown, Ethan Brandow of Catskill, and Dale Wood, Laphea Morrison and Ra-nee Morrison, all of Virginia; several grandchildren, including Victor’s sons, Victor Parker Jr., Raoon Parker, Devon Parker, Marquese Parker, Justin Parker, and Gregory Parker and many brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Parker was predeceased by a son, Elihue Parker.

A calling hour will begin at 12 p.m. Monday at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.

Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.


June 2, 2005

ALICE M. WAER
Devoted wife, mother and grandmother

CATSKILL---Alice Marie Waer, 71, of 3 Strawberry Lane, Catskill, died Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at Kingston Hospital.

Born Jan. 5, 1934 in Newark, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Elizabeth (Moore) Busse.

Formerly of New Jersey, Mrs. Waer has been a Catskill area resident since 1963.  She was a devoted wife and mother of three.  She had a love for painting and crafts, but her true love and passion were her grandchildren.

Survivors include her three children, Patrick Day of Stockport, Kathleen Faeth of Corinth, and Daniel Waer of Catskill; four grandchildren, Shawn Faeth, Erin Faeth, Caitlin Faeth, Adam Day; and a brother, Fred Weibel of Maine.

She was predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Robert J. Waer on Oct. 9, 1988.

Calling hours are Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be held 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bridge St., Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will be officiating. 

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

Memorials in her name may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation.


June 3, 2005

ANN E. POLITIS
Retired school teacher

PALENVILLE---Ann Elizabeth Politis, 96, of Palenville, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born Feb. 19, 1909 in Shamokin, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Archibald and Adelaide McIntyre.

Mrs. Politis was a school teacher, real estate agent, and dietary naturopath.  She was active as a Girl Scout leader, was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and attended Unity Church in Teaneck, N.J.

Survivors include three children, Cal Politis of Woodstock, JoAnne Politis of Palenville, and Judith c. Politis of Garfield, N.J.

She was predeceased by her husband Clarence T. Politis, and two children, Mary Louise Politis and Nancy Jane Politis.

Private cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. 

Interment at Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee, N.J., will be at the convenience of the family.

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


June 4, 2005

WARREN BEATTY
Korea veteran

SARATOGA SPRINGS---Warren Beatty, 77, of 309 Herrington Hill Road, Greenwich, died Thursday, June 2, 2005 at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs.

Born Dec. 25, 1927 in Coxsackie, he was the son of the late Arthur and Lillian (Smith) Beatty.

Warren served in the United States Navy for seven years during the Korean Conflict.  He was an employee of R.E. Smith Fuel Company in Catskill prior to his retirement.

Warren was a former Cub Scout Leader and a Little league and Babe Ruth coach.  He enjoyed doing difficult crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mrs. Gloria A. Speenburgh Beatty of Greenwich; a daughter, Cheryl (Richard) Horning of Greenwich; a son Jeffrey (Linda) Beatty of Catskill; two brothers, Kelton Beatty of Pleasant Valley and Arthur Beatty of East Greenwich; a sister Anita VanNess of West Coxsackie; four grandchildren, Sean Horning, Samantha Beatty, Angelina Beatty and Andrew Horning; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Private cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.  Interment in Catskill Rural Cemetery Veterans Section will be a t the convenience of the family.

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


June 5, 2005

CARMELLA S. TAPPEN
Incomplete

ATHENS---Carmella S. Tappen, 87, of 33 3rd St., Athens, died June 4, 2005 at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill where she had been a resident since April 4, 2005.

Funeral service are to be announced according to the wishes of the family.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens.


June 6 & 7, 2005 

CARMELLA S. TAPPEN
Beloved wife

ATHENS---Carmella S. Tappen, 87, of 33 Third St., Athens, died Saturday, June 4, 2005 at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill after a long illness.

She was born Feb. 27, 1927 in Athens, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Rose Ellen (Scott) Salvino.

Mrs. Tappen was an avid reader and a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Athens.

Survivors include her husband James H. Tappen of Athens; two daughters, Susan La Quire of Kentucky and Beverly Anne Tappen of Oklahoma; a brother, Albert Salvino of Athens; four sisters, Anne Hlina of the Carolinas, and Mary Riescher, Pauline Palmateer and Jean Widdis, all of Athens; and three grandchildren, Albert Malone, Aaron Bluschke and Dean Ellzuy.

Mrs. Tappen was predeceased by two brothers, Philip and Eugene Salvino, and a sister, Madeline Warrington.

Calling hours will be conducted 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Washington Avenue, Athens.

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

Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date in the family ploy of the Athens Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414, or the Patient Fund of the Eden Park Health Care Center, 154 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, N.Y. 12414.  Envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home.


June 7, 2005

LILLIAN M. MAHLAND
Beloved mother

CATSKILL---Lillian M. Mahland, 93, formerly of Catskill, South Cairo and the Pavillion, died Sunday, June 5, 2005 at Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Ghent where she had been a patient for two years.

She was born in Jewett on July 16, 1911 to the late Lloyd and Beatrice Soule Cross.

Mrs. Mahland was a sales clerk at Lerner’s Department Store in Catskill for many years and enjoyed camping with her family at North Lake and Caroga Lake.

Survivors include her son, Robert Harring of Hudson and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Harring of Hudson; five grandchildren:  Cynthia Hursty of Rocky Hill, Conn., Kevin Balliet of Liverpool, Deb Balliet of Niskayuna, Robert Harring Jr. of Hudson, and Mark Harring of Hudson, three great-great grandchildren, Brian Haring, Carrie Harring and Karen Hursty, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mahland was predeceased by her husband, William H. Mahland on July 15, 1983; daughter, Mary Ellen Balliet, in addition to four sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, in the Remembrance Chapel of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Interment will follow in the Round Top Cemetery.

Calling hours will be at the funeral home 10 a.m. Wednesday, prior to the funeral.

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


June 8, 2005

ELEANOR TEGA
Loving wife and mother

DELMAR---Eleanor Tega, 83, of Delmar, died on June 4, 2005 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

She was born in Lynbrook on May 29, 1922, daughter of the late Vincent and Carmela (Motta) Grandinetti.

She loved the beach at Montauk and considered it her second home.  Mrs. Tega and her husband Peter moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., from Massapequa in 1985, when they retired.

She enjoyed bowling and golfing.

She was a member of the Albany Italian-American Club, VFW Post 9010 and 7277 Ladies Auxiliary, Winston-Salem Booster Club, St. Leo’s Seniors Club, Vantage Marshall at the Senior Classic Golf Tournament, Tanglewood Park, Clemmens, N.C., and was a volunteer worker.

Mrs. Tega was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her children, Tina Dombroski and her husband David of Greenville; Peter V. Tega Jr. and his wife Joan of Drums, Pa., and Donna Soper and her husband Ronald of Sprakers; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Tega was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years, Peter V. Tega Sr. in 1999, and two brothers, Eugene and Vincent Grandinetti.

Funeral services will be noon Friday, June 17, at the Gerald B. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville to which all are invited. 

There are no calling hours prior to the service.


June 9, 2005

JUDITH E. FRANCIS BECKER
Beloved mother

WETUMPKA, Ala.---Judith E. Francis Becker, 59, formerly of Catskill, died Sunday, May 15, 2005 at her daughters home where she resided.

A memorial service was held in her honor at the Redland Baptist Church on Saturday, May 21.

Ms. Becker was the beloved daughter of Gladys and the late Charles R. Francis Sr. of Catskill.

Survivors include her mother, Gladys Francis of Catskill; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Michael Scarbrough of Wetumpka; three brothers:  Charles Francis Jr. of Round Top, Louis Nash of Danbury, Conn., and Gary Francis of New Baltimore; two sisters:  Phyllis Coons of Catskill and Joyce Bowen of Hyde Park, N.Y., two grandchildren:  Amber and Crystal Scarbrough of Wetumpka, Ala.


June 9, 2005 

AGNES DIAZ
Memorial service announced

BOCA RATON, Fla.---Agnes Diaz (Lolly), 73, of Boca Raton, Fla., died Jan. 14, 2005 at her residence.

A memorial service in her memory will be held on 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2005 at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Private cremation took place in Florida.

Interment of her cremains will follow the memorial service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coxsackie with Rev. Fr. Paul Tartaglia officiating.

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


June 11, 2005

GLADYS D. HOLCOMB
Secretary

TANNERSVILLE---Gladys D. Holcomb, 86, of Tannersville, died June 9, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born April 16, 1919 in Long Island City, N.Y., she was the daughter of Albert and Gladys Young Deimel.

Mrs. Holcomb had been employed as an assessor secretary to the Town of Hunter, and retired.  She was a member of the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church in Tannersville.  She loved traveling, reading and photography.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Holcomb, in 1975 and her daughter Leslie Phelan in 1987.

Survivors include a son, Michael D. Holcomb and his wife Carol of Haines Falls; a daughter, Barbara D. Stead of Healdsburg, Calif.; a brother, Albert “Ronnie” Deimel of Baskingridge, N.J.; five grandchildren, Heidi, Paula, Andrea, Gina, and Edward; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home 7742 main St., Hunter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 13 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Karen Monk officiating.  Interment will follow at the Tannersville Evergreen Cemetery,

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


June 11, 2005

ANTOINETTE ANNESE-KINGMAN
Catskill graduate

CATSKILL---Antoinette “Toni” C. Annese-Kingman, 48, of 64 Grove School Road, Catskill, died suddenly Thursday, June 9, 2005, in Catskill from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born Jan. 17, 1957 in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Michael Annese and Louise (Pysher) Annese-Ferriolo.

Toni attended Catskill Central Schools and was a graduate of Catskill High School, Class of 1975.  She was presently employed at Price Chopper in Catskill.  Her kind heart will be truly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her step-father, O’Neil Ferriolo of Catskill; two sisters, Linda Annese (Jeffrey) Beatty of Catskill, and Michelle Ferriolo Mann of Catskill; four nieces, Moriah Eisenhardt, Skyler Mann, Cheyenne Mann, and Maya Mann; one great-niece, Sierra Willams; and one cousin, Mark (Diane) Jubie of Catskill.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Monday, June 13, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 13, with the Rev. John J. Murphy officiating.  Interment will follow at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


June 12, 2005

RUDOLPH P. BIELE
Operating engineer/WWII vet

RHINEBECK---Rudolph P. Biele, 78, of Rhinebeck, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born Oct. 19, 1926 in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Vincent and Marie C. Giannone Biele.

Mr. Biele served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in both the European and the Pacific Theaters of Operations.

He and his wife moved to the town of Clinton from the Bronx in 1986.  In 1998, he moved to Las Vegas, Nev. and returned to Rhinebeck this year.

Mr. Biele was a ember of Local 15C of the International Union of Operating Engineers in New York City and in Rhinebeck he was a bus driver for Laidlaw Transportation.

Survivors include a step-daughter, Janice Obye of Mendon, Vt.; a grandson, Alan Obye of Mendon; and five nieces and nephews.

His was predeceased by his wife, Gilda Pignatelli, on Dec. 21, 1992.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated noon Tuesday at Church of the Good Shepherd in Rhinebeck with the Rev. Jeffrey R. Galens officiating.

Interment will be at Rhinebeck Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, 12601.

For directions or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com.


June 12, 2005

WILLIAM PARKER AMES
Student/musician

HUDSON---William Parker Ames, 16, died Thursday, June 9, 2005.

Born April 18, 1989 in Hudson, he was the son of Cathy Ames of Philmont and William Ames of Claverack.

He was a musician and loved animals.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his sister Nichole Tranchita; his paternal grandmother, Laura Ames of Greenport; his maternal grandmother, June Purdell of Claverack; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

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


June 13, 2005

ABE DEHEER JR.
Arrangements incomplete.

ROUND TOP---Abe DeHeer Jr., 82, of Blackhead Mountain Road, Round Top, died June 11, 2005 at the Stratton V.A. Hospital in Albany.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo, are to be announced.


June 13, 2005

CHRISTINE DEYO
Enjoyed gardening

SCHENECTADY---Christine Deyo, 91, of Rutgers St., died June 11, at St. Clare’s Hospital.

Born in Athens, NY, she lived in Schenectady for over 40 years.

She was married for 52 years to Harold Deyo who died July 6, 1995.

She had worked at the snack bar at Woolworth’s and then at the coffee shop at St. Clare’s Hospital.

She enjoyed gardening, painting pictures, doing jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include by children, Wilbur (Elenora) Coons of Scotia, Ken (Linda) Deyo of Erda, UT, Marilyn Gaffney of Ballston Spa, Linda (John) Nacca of Latham, an Rose (Eric) Staalesen of Clifton Park; brothers, George Scott of Athens and Floyd Scott of Saugerties; sisters, Ruth Kniffen of Ravena and Phyllis Barkman of Hudson; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, Harold, and brothers, Irving, Ernest, Wiltsie, Robert, and Herbert Scott, and son-in-law, Jack Gaffney.

Friends may call Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. at Griswold Funeral Home, 1867 State St., Schenectady, where services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m.  Burial will be in Memory’s Garden, Colonie.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.


June 13, 2005

DOLORES MAY FINLEY
Devoted wife

COXSACKIE---Dolores May Finley, 74, of Coxsackie, died Sunday, June 12, 2005, at the Community Hospice at 315 South Manning Blvd., St. Peter’s Hospital.

She was born May 9, 1931 in Coeymans, N.Y., the daughter of the late Frank and Ella (Quintana) Southard.

She was married Nov. 19, 1950 in Coeymans to Randall Finley, who survives at home.

Mrs. Finley was a member of the Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie, and a former member of the Coxsackie Yacht Club Auxiliary.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she also enjoyed her garden and traveling.

In addition her husband, survivors include her two sons:  Randy K. (Louise) Finley of Coxsackie and Leonard L. (Jo Halleck-Finlaey) of East Nassau; four grandchildren:  Jennifer (Seth) Weinstein of Coxsackie, Erin Finley of Coxsackie, Joseph Finley and Thomas Finley both of East Nassau, her sister Louise Messinger of Coxsackie, her great-granddaughter Sydney Weinstein and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Finley was predeceased by her sister, June Austin.

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

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery in New Baltimore.  Rev. Carol Lewis will officiate. 

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad or the Community Hospice at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


June 13, 2005

JAMES L. WOODRUFF
World War II veteran

CATSKILL---James L. Woodruff, 81, of Catskill, died June 11, 2005 at the VA Medical Center in Albany following a long illness.

Mr. Woodruff was born in North Chatham on March 4, 1924 to the late Leslie and Violetta O’Bryon Woodruff.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 and participated in the invasion of Normandy.

He is the husband of the former Dorothy Cole and was employed for many years as a painting contractor in Kingston and Catskill.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Woodruff of Catskill and their three sons:  Leslie Woodruff, Sanford Woodruff, and James Woodruff Jr. all of Catskill; two grandchildren:  Mariah and Jason Woodruff of Catskill; two sisters:  Viola Opdahl and Vivienne Woodruff; on brother, Kenneth Woodruff.

Mr. Woodruff was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Woodruff in 1953 ad son, Richard Allen Woodruff on July 6, 1985.

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

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Remembrance Chapel of the funeral home, with Rev. Joyce D. Wilkerson, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.


June 14 & 15, 2005

ABE DEHEER JR.
Purple Heart recipient

ROUND TOP---Abe DeHeer Jr., 82, of Blackhead Mountain Road, Round Top, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Samuel S. Stratton V.A. Medical Center, Alban.

Born in Fairlawn, NJ, Aug. 22, 1922, he was the son of the late Abe and Mary (Redyke) DeHeer.

Mr. DeHeer has been an area resident of Round Top since 1973 after moving from Waldwick, NJ.  He served in the United States Army during WWII in an armored division receiving the U.S. Army Purple Heart.  He has been a long time member of the Round Top Volunteer Fire Company and the Cairo American Legion post #983.  He also was a past member of the Greene County Fire Police Association.  He loved woodworking.

Survivors include his son Martin L. DeHeer of Waitsfield, VT; a daughter, Bernice Miller of Washington, NJ; two brothers, Tunis DeHeer of Wayne, NJ, and Henry DeHeer of Vernon, NJ; and two grandchildren, Stacey and Jennifer Miller of NJ.

His wife Anna predeceased him on Aug. 23, 1997.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo with the Chaplain of the Round Top Volunteer Fire Company officiating the service.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in .

The Round Top Volunteer Fire Company and the Cairo American Legion Post #983 will hold services in his memory at the funeral home the day of the Memorial Service.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cairo American Legion Post #983, P.O. Box 329, Cairo, NY, 12413, or to the Round Top Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 61, Round Top, NY 12473.


June 14, 2005

JOHN J. DONAHUE
Arrangements incomplete

CATSKILL---John J. “Jack” Donahue, 76, of Catskill, died Monday, June 13, at Eden Park Nursing Home following a long illness.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.


June 14, 2005

PHILIP HANAFIN SR.
Beloved father

DURHAM---Philip Hanafin Sr., 78, of Durham, died Sunday, June 12, 2005, at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill, NY.

Born Feb. 26, 1927 in Ireland, he was the son of the late Dennis and Bridget (Lyons) Hanafin.

Mr. Hanafin was employed as a painter by A.T.&.T. in New York City until his retirement.  He traveled with his wife and children back to Ireland on many occasions.

Survivors include two sons, Philip Hanafin Jr., and his wife Eileen of East Greenbush, and John Hanafin and his wife Julie of Long Valley, NJ; a daughter, Bridget Tatnell of Putnam Valley, NY; two granddaughters, Brianne and Dana; and a grandson, Ryan.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Julia “Nancy” (Foley) Hanafin in 2003.

Calling hours are Wednesday, 12 to 2 p.m., prior to funeral services at 2 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham.

Interment will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.


June 14, 2005

EDITH B. HEINS
Loving mother

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.---Edith B. Heins, 94, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Athens, died quietly Friday, June 10, 2005 at Sentara Windermere Nursing Center.

Daughter of the late Antoinette E. Neeb and Ernest F. Perry of New York City, she was born on Jan. 27, 1911 in New York City. 

Mrs. Heins lived a long and exciting life.  At the age of 18, along with her three sisters, she volunteered to parachute out of a plane to raise money for St. Andrews Methodist Church.  She was a devoted member of the Methodist Church, enjoyed teaching Sunday School and leading Brownies and Girl Scout groups in Catskill and Athens.

Mrs. Heins was a self-taught artist working in all mediums and an avid member of the Ten O’Clock Crafters and the Greene County arts and Crafts Guild of Athens.

She was contributing artist that collaborated on a large work displayed in the Greene County Courthouse.  She loved music and could often be found belting out country music, old standards, and hymns.

Survivors include her daughter Annette C. Clearwater of Virginia Beach, Va., granddaughters, Cindy L. Clearwater and husband Francisco Espana; Elaine A. Clearwater; Amy L. Mulls and her husband Paul; great-grandchildren Makena and Carlo Clearwater, Brady and Nathan Mulls, a sister, Francis Bryan of California; and loving friends Evelyn and George Guldenstern and their children Diane and Steve Braden, Jim and Carol Dempsey, Reba and Jeff Rossano, and Sharon Van Aldstyne; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends in Greene County.

Mrs. Heins was predeceased by her husband, Alton L. Heins; son in law Alfred Clearwater; and grandsons, Alfred Clearwater; and grandsons, Alfred B. and Carl J. Clearwater; sisters, Virginia Taylor, Catherine Lamar, Dorothy Gelula; her brother, Ernest W. Perry Sr. and her former husband Carl Callecino.

The family of Mrs. Heins would like to thank the staff at Heartland Hospice, Sentara Windermere, and Marion Manor for the loving care they provided over the last six years.

Calling hours will be 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 17, for a Celebration of Life at Richards Funeral Home, 26 Vernon St., Athens.

Interment of her ashes will be in the Athens Rural Cemetery.

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


June 15, 2005

HELEN D. ANDRESEN

GREENVILLE---A memorial service for Helen D. Andresen, who died April 18, 2005, will be celebrated 11 a.m. on June 18, 2005 at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville. 

All are invited to attend.

Interment will follow in Greenville Cemetery.


June 15, 2005

JOHN DONAHUE
Catskill School District maintenance engineer

CATSKILL---John Joseph “Jack” Donahue, 76, of Catskill, died Monday, June 13, 2005, at Eden Park Health Care Center following a long illness.

Born in Hudson Dec. 15, 1928 he was the son of the late Michael and Lillian Funk Donahue.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School and served in the US Navy from May 26, 1947 to Oct. 3, 1948.  Upon Re-enlistment he served with the Third Marine Aircraft Wing in Korea earning the rank of Sergeant and was discharged from the US Marine Corps on Aug. 29, 1952.  He married the former Laura Hock on Oct. 17, 1954.  He was employed by the Lone Star Cement Co., Allied Boat Co. and retired from the Catskill School District where he was a maintenance engineer.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 110 & the former Hose Co. #1.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Donahue, of Catskill; sister, Lillian Bush of Catskill; brother, Richard Donahue of Hudson; sister-in-law, Nancy Donahue of Hudson; niece, Debbie Marysz; nephew, Howard Donahue; as well as several devoted niece and nephew-in-laws.

Calling hours are 10 a.m. Thursday in the Remembrance Chapel of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, prior to funeral services which will be held at noon at the funeral home with Rev. David C. Tipple, Pastor of the Kiskatom and Mount Pleasant Reformed Churches officiating.

Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eden Park Health Care Center, 154 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, NY 12414.


June 16, 2005

ROBERT E. HILDENBRAND
Graveside services

ULSTER---Gravesides services for Robert E. Hildenbrand Sr., 73, of Harwich St., who died Feb. 17, 2005 will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, in Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Arrangements are by Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave., Kingston.


June 16, 2005

JENNIE LAMPMAN
Beloved aunt

LEEDS---Jennie Lampman of Route 23B, Leeds, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was predeceased by her husband Arnold Lampman on April 7, 2005.

Survivors include three nieces, Jacquelyn A. Meehan and husband Jerry of West Babylon, Susan Lampman of Leeds, and Veronica Bowen and husband William of Sayville; and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2005 at the South Cairo Methodist Church.  The Rev. Retta Lykens will be officiating.

Interment in the Town of Catskill Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.


June 17, 2005

MARGARET S. ‘PEG’ BUCKLEY
Former teacher Washington Irving Elementary School

BERWYN, Pa.---Margaret S. “Peg” Buckley, 90, of Berwyn, Pa., died Wednesday, June 15, 2005 in Berwin, Pa., following a series of bouts with congestive heart failure.

She was born in Keeseville, Dec. 28, 1914, the daughter of John D. and Sarah C. (Cronan) Sullivan.

Mrs. Buckley got her teaching degree from Plattsburgh Normal School in Plattsburgh.  She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Peru from 1936 to 1941.

She married M. Edgar Buckley, county agricultural extension agent for Columbia County in 1941.  After having six children, Mrs. Buckley returned to work in 1956, teaching second and sixth grades at Washington Irving Elementary School in Catskill, until her retirement in 1973.  The Buckley’s had resided in Catskill since 1953.

Mrs. Buckley was a popular teacher at Washington Irving Elementary School, known for her kindness to all.  She frequently dug into her own pocket to help children from low income families obtain the basis they needed, and stayed involved in the lives of kids who needed guidance beyond graduation.

Following their retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Buckley split their time between homes in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Catskill.  Mrs. Buckley continued to alternate between Cocoa Beach and Catskill following Mr. Buckley’s death in 1989.  She moved to Framingham, Mass, in 2000, then to Berwyn, Pa., in 2004.

Survivors include her two sisters, Rita Sullivan and Mary Neyenhouse, both of Plattsburgh; a brother, Mike Sullivan of Peru; four sons, Michael of Newport Richey, Fla., John of Berwyn, Pa., Ronald of Wellington, Co. and Daniel of Tuscon, Ariz.; two daughters, Sally Miller of Wellington, Co., and Karen Fancher of Canton; 10 grandchildren, Alison Rivenburgh of Catskill, Kimberly Stawecki of Deer Park, Jennifer Gurewicz of Newport Richey, Fla., Casey Buckley of Philadelphia, Pa., Kevin Buckley of Phoenixville, Pa., Kristin Anderson of Cold Spring, Megan Buckley of Raleigh, N.C., Aaron Buckley of Charlotte, N.C., Cherylene Plewa of Simi Valley, Ca., and Eric Schauber of Carbondale, Ill; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Buckley was predeceased by her parents, her husband, M. Edgar Buckley; four brothers, Francis, William, Charles and John “Jack”; an infant sister, a nephew, Richard Neyenhouse; and one niece, Mary Sullivan Steingraeber.

Calling hours will be held 10 to 12 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Peru.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Keesville, with Monsignor Leeward J. Poissant, pastor, celebrating.

Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


June 17, 2005

RALPH L. PALMER
Computer pioneer

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.---Ralph Lee Palmer, 95, of Delray Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully in his home on May 10, 2005.  He had previously been a 45-year resident of Darien, CT.

Mr. Palmer was born and raised in Catskill, the son of the late Arthur D. and Gertrude L. Palmer.  He graduated from Catskill High School and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady in 1931.  He then joined IBM as an engineer in 1932.

During WWII, Mr. Palmer worked on electronic computing equipment as Technical Executive Officer at the U.S. Naval Computing Machine laboratory.

Following his return to IBM after the war, he became the primary technical force behind the company’s movement from the electromechanical age to the era of modern electronic computers.  In the late 1940s he conceived and led the development of IBM’S first commercially successful electronic calculator – the IBM 604.

Among his several patents is the Pluggable Unit, the primary electronic component for the IBM 604 and other later computer models.

As Manager of the Poughkeepsie Engineering Laboratory, he directed the development of IBM’s first modern electronic computers – the 700 Series.  As Manager of Product Development and later, Director of Engineering for IBM, he helped move the company from vacuum tube technology to solid-state electronics.

In 1963, Mr. Palmer was one of the first engineers and scientists to be appointed IBM Fellow, the company’s highest honor for technical achievement.  He retired from IBM as Corporate Vice President in 1970.

Mr. Palmer was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1983.  he was also a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers and was awarded their Computer Pioneer Medal in 1989.

Throughout his life, Mr. Palmer held diverse interests as an amateur artist and musician, and was an avid traveler, becoming a member of the Traveler’s Century Club, by visiting over 120 countries.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Winona G. Palmer, also of Delray Beach, FL; two children, William P. Palmer of Kinderhook and Caroline P. Mickle of Wilton, CT; as well as four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Alice P. Palmer, who died in 1958; and a sister and two brothers Florence P. Hunter and William M. Palmer of Catskill, and Frank L. Palmer of Lake Worth, FL.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001, in honor of his wife, Winona, or the Hospice Foundation of America, 12000 Biscayne Blvd. #505, Miami Beach, FL 33181.


June 18, 2005

MARGUERITE FAVICCHIO
Lifetime resident

ATHENS---Marguerite P. Favicchio, 87, of North Franklin St., Athens, died June 16, 2005 at Memorial Hospital in Albany.

Born in Athens on March 17, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Sanford and Elizabeth (Frisbee) Lee.

Marguerite was a lifetime resident of Athens, a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Athens, and a member of the Altar Rosary Society, the Ten O’Clock Crafters and the Rivertown Seniors.  She loved cooking and baking.

Survivors include two sons, Guy Favicchio of Rhinebeck and Ralph Favicchio of Athens; a daughter, Margo Schirmer of Saugerties; four grandchildren, Emily and Robert; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, Guy, she was predeceased by a brother, Philip Lee, and two sisters, Delsey LaPorte and Etta Apa.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens on Monday, June 20 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church on Washington Ave. in Athens.

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

Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Heart Association, P.O. Box #3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.


June 18, 2005

ALAN CLARK GRAHAM
Beloved husband

NEWBURGH---Alan Clark Graham, 84, of Newburgh, died at home Wednesday, June 15, 2005.

Born in Herkimer, NY, Nov. 12, 1920, he was the son of Sidney and Estella Hall Graham.

Mr. Graham married Dorothy Buel on Dec. 28, 1942.  A decorated World War II veteran, he flew 20 combat missions in Europe as a B-24 pilot in the 66th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.  He received a BA and MBA from Syracuse University and worked in business management for 41 years for the Atlantic Richfield Co., Africa Inland Mission, the Kings College and Senior Citizens Apartments in Bridgeport, Conn.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #1420 in Newburgh, NY.

Moving to Newburgh in 1966, he and his family have worshipped at Moulton Memorial Baptist Church for more than 12 years and previously worshipped at Chapel Hill Community Church, Oak Street Baptist Church and Leptondale Bible Church.  He served as a church deacon, church treasurer, and sang in the choir.  He lived and died a faithful witness to the saving grace of Jesus and in service to man and God.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son, Alan Clark Graham Jr. and his wife Barbara; a daughter, Jeanne Estelle Graham; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; ad numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, John and Larry; and two sisters, Virginia and Ina.

Calling hours are Monday, noon to 1 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville.

A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in the Manorkill Cemetery Manorkill, NY.

A memorial service will be held at Moulton Memorial Baptist Church, Old Little Britian Road, Newburgh, NY at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Donations in his name may be made to African Inland Mission, P.O. Box 178, Pearl River, NY 10965; or the American Air Museum, P.O. Box 97055, Washington, DC 20090.


June 19, 2005

MARGARET “PEG” BUCKLEY
Beloved teacher

BERWYN, Pa.---Margaret Sullivan “Peg” Buckley, 90, of Berwyn, Pa., died Wednesday, June 15, 2005 in Berwyn, Pa., following a series of bouts with congestive heart failure.

Born in Keeseville on Dec. 28, 1914, she was the daughter of John D. and Sarah C. (Cronan) Sullivan.

Mrs. Buckley got her teaching degree from Plattsburgh Normal School in Plattsburgh.  She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Peru from 1936 to 1941.  She married M. Edgar Buckley, county agricultural extension agent for Columbia County in 1941.  After having six children, Mrs. Buckley returned to work in 1956, teaching second and sixth grades at Washington Irving Elementary School in Catskill, until her retirement in 1973.  The Buckley’s had resided in Catskill since 1953.

Mrs. Buckley was a popular teacher at Washington Irving Elementary School, known for her kindness to all.  She frequently dug into her own pocket to help children from low income families obtain the basis they needed, and stayed involved in the lives of kids who needed guidance beyond graduation.

Following their retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Buckley split their time between homes in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Catskill.  Mrs. Buckley continued to alternate between Cocoa Beach and Catskill following Mr. Buckley’s death in 1989.  She moved to Framingham, Mass, in 2000, then to Berwyn, Pa., in 2004.

Survivors include her two sisters, Rita Sullivan and Mary Neyenhouse, both of Plattsburgh; a brother, Mike Sullivan of Peru; four sons, Michael of Newport Richey, Florida, John of Berwyn, Pa., Ronald of Wellington, Colorado and Daniel of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters, Sally Miller of Wellington, Colorado, and Karen Fancher of Canton; 10 grandchildren, Alison Rivenburgh of Catskill, Kimberly Stawecki of Deer Park, Jennifer Gurewicz of Newport Richey, Florida, Casey Buckley of Philadelphia, Pa., Kevin Buckley of Phoenixville, Pa., Kristin Anderson of Cold Spring, Megan Buckley of Raleigh, N.C., Aaron Buckley of Charlotte, N.C., Cherylene Plewa of Simi Valley, Ca., Eric Schauber of Carbondale, Ill, Tom Schauber of Cape Cod, Mass., and Ryan Premo of Catskill; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, M. Edgar Buckley; four brothers, Francis, William, Charles and John “Jack”; an infant sister, a nephew, Richard Neyenhouse; a granddaughter, Jessica Premo; and one niece, Mary Sullivan Steingraeber.

Calling hours will be held 10 to 12 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Peru.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Keesville, with Monsignor Leeward J. Poissant, pastor, celebrating.

Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


June 19, 2005

ALAN CLARK GRAHAM
Beloved husband 

NEWBURGH---Alan Clark Graham, 84, of Newburgh, died at home Wednesday, June 15, 2005.

Born in Herkimer, NY, Nov. 12, 1920, he was the son of Sidney and Estella Hall Graham.

Mr. Graham married Dorothy Buel on Dec. 28, 1942.  A decorated World War II veteran, he flew 20 combat missions in Europe as a B-24 pilot in the 66th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.  He received a BA and MBA from Syracuse University and worked in business management for 41 years for the Atlantic Richfield Co., Africa Inland Mission, the Kings College and Senior Citizens Apartments in Bridgeport, Conn.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #1420 in Newburgh, NY.

Moving to Newburgh in 1966, he and his family have worshipped at Moulton Memorial Baptist Church for more than 12 years and previously worshipped at Chapel Hill Community Church, Oak Street Baptist Church and Leptondale Bible Church.  He served as a church deacon, church treasurer, and sang in the choir.  He lived and died a faithful witness to the saving grace of Jesus and in service to man and God.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a son, Alan Clark Graham Jr. and his wife Barbara; a daughter, Jeanne Estelle Graham; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; ad numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, John and Larry; and two sisters, Virginia and Ina.

Calling hours are Monday, noon to 1 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville.

A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in the Manorkill Cemetery Manorkill, NY.

A memorial service will be held at Moulton Memorial Baptist Church, Old Little Britain Road, Newburgh, NY at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Donations in his name may be made to Moulton Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2715, Newburgh, NY 12550, African Inland Mission, P.O. Box 178, Pearl River, NY 10965; or the American Air Museum, P.O. Box 97055, Washington, DC 20090.


June 19, 2005

EDEN J. ROE
Philosopher, writer, musician

ALBANY---Eden Joseph Roe, 24, of Albany died suddenly Friday, June 17, 2005 at home.

Born Nov. 5, 1980 in Albany, he was the son of James and Joleen (Mahoney) Roe of Hannacroix.

Eden was a graduate of Albany Academy, Class of 1988.  He was captain of both the Lacrosse and football teams and was awarded the Creative Writing Award at graduation.  He graduated from SUNY at Albany in 2004 with a BA in Philosophy.

Eden was currently employed as a marketing representative for John Hancock Insurance with Albany General Agency in Albany.

He was a philosopher, writer, musician and friend and a devoted Phish fan who traveled extensively to hear his favorite jam band.

In addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Seth V. Roe and fiancé Kelli Powell, both of Bluffton, SC; a nephew, Hollande; a niece, Zholi; two grandmothers, Margaret Roe of Catskill and Florence Mahoney of Ithaca; uncles and aunts, Gene and Andi Roe of Hampton Beach, NH, and Barbara Jean and Denis Spencer of Roanoke, VA; cousins: Robin, Joni, Joshua and Jared Roe of Catskill; Sarah, Casey and Nathan Roe of Hampton Falls, NH; Jeff and Brian Catlin of Roanoke, VA and Julie Humble of Ithaca; and many, many beloved Phriends.

A memorial service will be held at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Monday, June 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Private interment in Catskill Rural Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorials in Eden’s name may be made to St. Anne’s Institute Humanities Program, 56 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12206

“The end… is, and is always the beginning.”--- E.J.R.


June 20, 2005

ROBERT E. JUDD, PH.D.
Professor at Columbia-Greene Community College

CATSKILL---Dr. Robert Edwin Judd, 61, died peacefully on June 17, 2005 at his home in Catskill.

He was the son of Virginia Agee Judd of Rio Rancho, N.M. and the late William Judd of Merrick, N.Y.

Mr. Judd’s interest in reading and collecting books began in his early years.  His initial research focused on James Joyce.  His interest were eclectic and he had an unending thirst for knowledge.

He received his B.A. from SUNY at Albany; his M.A. from Syracuse University and Ph.D. from SUNY at Albany.  His love of literature led him to become a teacher and he was outstanding in his chosen profession.  For the past 20 years he had been a professor of English at Columbia-Greene Community College in Greenport.

He retired in May 2005, was honored as Professor Emeritus and was given the Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mr. Judd and his wife Cindy spent as much time as possible in Europe.  His love of travel and teaching resulted in his becoming a Rotary Club Fellow in 1999.  He was granted a sabbatical from C-GCC to teach English at Eotvos Lora University in Budapest, Hungry.

Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Cindy Sherwood-Judd of Catskill; two brothers, William Judd and his wife Katherine of Richmond, Va.; and Donald Judd and his wife Dianne of Westminster, Md., Judith Judd-Philcox and husband Nigel of Rio Rancho, N.M.; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Mr. Judd will be missed by his family, friends and hundreds of students.

A scholarship in his name will be established at Columbia-Greene Community College to help graduating students continue their education.


June 20, 2005

ZULA M. SAHNER
Daily Mail employee

ALBANY---Zula M. Sahner, 66, of 18 Jeanette St., Albany, died Thursday, June 16, 2005 at the Child’s Nursing Home after a long illness.

Born April 2, 1939, daughter of the late Lonnie and Minnie Sue Waiter.

She was a long time resident of Catskill.  She had last been employed with the Daily Mail in the Circulation Department.

She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, crossword puzzles and sitting outside.

Survivors include her daughters:  Wanda Richards of Albany, Jill Cook of Florida, Crystal Sahner of Kentucky, sons:  William Sahner of Florida and Eric Sahner of Chicago; grandchildren:  Octavia and Timothy Hall of Albany, Jacqueline and Lauren Cook of Florida and Luna Sahner of Florida; great-grandchildren include her Kirkley babies:  Keion, Naveion, and Eusaveion all of Albany; son-in-law Uriah Richards, and along with many members of the Choctaw family.

Private services were held at her residence with family members.  Her final resting place will be with her husband, William Sahner at the Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family at 18 Jeanette St., Albany, N.Y. 12209.


June 21, 2005

JOSEPH R. DEMASE
Assistant Director of BOCES

CATSKILL---Joseph R. Demase, 73, of 18 Brooks Lane, Catskill, died June 19, 2005 at Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent after a long illness.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Jan. 11, 1932, he was the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Saul) Demase.

Mr. Demase served his country in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict.  He has been an area resident for 33 years and was the Assistant Director of BOCES in Albany for 20 years.

He loved camping, hurricane watching and driving his motor home.  He enjoyed watching quiet man movies, he admired his wife’s cooking, and he enjoyed traveling the less traveled roads in the area.

Survivors include his wife Vivian H. (Peters) Demase of Catskill; two daughters, Judith Eisgruber of New Baltimore and Jean Schear of Selkirk, two brothers, William Demase of Yonkers and Eugene Demase of California; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Washington Avenue, Athens.

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


June 23, 2005

BARBARA A. WHITE
Laboratory Technician for Lab Corp.

ATHENS---Barbara A. White, 60, of Schoharie Turnpike, Athens, died Wednesday morning, June 22, 2005 at Kingston Hospital in Kingston.

She was born Sept 11, 1944 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Kurt Walther and Joanne Mackey.

Mrs. White was a Laboratory Technician for Lab Corp. in Jefferson Heights and Hudson.  She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill.

Survivors include her husband Paul White of Catskill; her sons, Michael Myer of Catskill, Scot Myer of Catskill and Joseph Myer and his fiancé Deana Thomas of Coxsackie; her grand-daughter Alexis Myer of Coxsackie and her sister Jacqueline White of Catskill, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2005 at the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 11877 route 9W, West Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Rev. Fr. John Murphy will officiate.

Interment will follow in the New Athens Rural Cemetery, Athens.

Memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Scott Myer, 95 Route 49, Catskill, N.Y., 12414.


June 23, 2005

WILLIAM FENTON
Iroquois scholar and author, dies at 96

ALBANY---William Fenton, a nationally renowned scholar of Iroquois culture and former director of the New York State Museum, has died at age 96.

Fenton died Friday in Cooperstown, where he had family.

A Westchester County native, Fenton began studying the Iroquois in the 1930s, when he lived with the Senecas on the tribe’s reservations in western New York.

He became fluent in the Iroquois language and was hailed by the Indian tribes for helping to preserve their culture.  He also published several books considered the definitive works on the customs and ceremonies of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.

“There are many historians and anthropologists walking around who have always marveled at the breadth and depth of his knowledge,” William Starna, professor emeritus of anthropology at the State University College at Oneonta, told the Times Union of Albany. 

“He listened, he learned, and he was respectful,” Starna said.  “He never took the position that he knew it all.”

Fenton worked as a senior ethnologist for the Smithsonian Institution in the 1950s before joining the New York State Museum in Albany, where he eventually became director.

Though respected, Fenton was not without controversy.

He frustrated some tribes by not returning artifacts, insisting museums were necessary safeguards for the items.  Some Indian leaders were upset with Fenton for writing about rituals considered to be sacred.

Scholars, however, dismissed such criticism.

“He didn’t get his information surreptitiously,” Jack Campisi, an anthropologist who studied under Fenton, told the newspaper.  “He got it by openly participating in the ceremonies.”

Fenton left the state museum for a teaching position at the University at Albany and retired in 1979.

A burial service will be held in Salamanca in Cattaraugus County, home to the Seneca tribe’s two reservations.


June 24, 2005

EDNA E. IVERY
Match Factory and B.D. worker

HUDSON---Edna E. Ivery, 56, of Hudson Garden Apartments, Hudson, died suddenly Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 7, 1949 in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Nona (Ruff) Ivery.

Ms. Ivery was a graduate of Catskill High School and went on to further her education at Ulster County Community College and Columbia-Greene Community College.

She was employed at Universal Match, Ancram Paper Mill and Becton-Dickinson in Connecticut until her retirement.

She was a faithful member of Mount Tabor AME Zion Church of Catskill since childhood.

Survivors include one son, Brice L. Ivery of Hudson; one daughter-in-law, Nakia McCalop; two granddaughters, Ja-Lisa and Ja-Nayia Ivery, both of Hudson; three brothers, Charles and Joseph Ivery of Hudson, and Linton Ivery of Stockport; four sisters, Mrs. (Jacob) Barbara Walthour, Mrs. (Llewellyn) Betty Johnson, Ms. Evelyn Ivery and Mrs. (Robert) Jacqueline Merritt, all of Hudson; Mrs. Arlene Felix of Catskill; one sister-in-law Mrs. Rosa Lea Franklin Ivery of Hudson; four godchildren, Heather Johnson, Marcus Walthour, Tyrone Hedgepeth and Kevin Ivery, all of Hudson; adoptive mother, Gladys Lee of Catskill; five aunts, Mrs. Ossie Thomas, Mrs. Vallie Ruff, Mrs. Marion Evans, and Mrs. Patsy Cody of Catskill, and Myrtice Ruff of Atlanta, Ga.; three uncles, Ralph Ivery and Grady Thomas of Catskill and Willie Ruff of Louisiana; beloved friends, Hubert Henry, Pat and Bill Hallenbeck and Alice Hedgepeth of Hudson and Delores Rose of Catskill.

Ms. Ivery is predeceased by three brothers, Robert “Steve” Ivery, James Roy and David Ivery.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Woodland Avenue, Catskill.

Interment will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.


June 25, 2005

ANN GRACE BONESTEEL 

CAIRO---Ann Grace Bonesteel, 96, formerly of Cairo, died June, 21, 2005.

Born Jan. 17, 1909 in New York, NY, she was the daughter of Harry and Sarah Lamar.  She married Abram V. Bonesteel in Woodstock on June 1930.

The family spent most of their lives in Cairo and moved to Palm Springs, California in 1976.

Ann is survived by her sons, William Bonesteel of Alameda CA., John Bonesteel of Murrieta CA., and James Bonesteel of Aspen CO., as well as six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest at the Cairo Cemetery.


June 25, 2005

DOMINICK J. FALSO
World War II veteran

ATHENS---Dominick J. Falso, 79, of Vosenkill Road, Athens, died Thursday, June 23, 2005 at home.

Born April 21, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Tony and Jennie (Romanelli) Falso.

Dominick served in the United States Navy and Army and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He has been an Athens resident since 2002.

Survivors include two brothers, John Ciocci of South Philadelphia and David Ciocci of Mantua, New Jersey; a sister, Amelia Horgan of Northeast Philadelphia; and a close friend, Robert Baker of Athens.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Monday, June 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  The Rev. John J. Murphy will officiate.

Interment with full military honors will be in the veterans section of the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


June 27, 2005

LILA MEMHARD
Tireless volunteer

HAINES FALLS---Lila Scribner Memhard, 69, died peacefully on June 17, 2005, after a life of extraordinary love, happiness and generosity.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Katharine Scribner and wife of the late Charles Memhard.

Lila grew up in Forest Hills Gardens, N.Y.  She graduated from St. Lawrence University, where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority member and was active in the Ski Club and the Student Union.

A long-time resident of Twilight Park, Haines Falls, Lila worked for many years as a case manager for the Greene county Department for the Aging and Central Assessment Unit in Catskill.  Those who know her will remember her for her tireless commitment to volunteer work in the Mountain Top and Twilight Park communities.  She was a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Haines Falls Free Library, and at the time of her death was working on plans for building a new library.  She was a member of the Board of Directors and Membership Chairman of the Mountain Top Historical Society.  She delivered Meals on Wheels to local homebound seniors and taught Sunday School at the Tannersville Methodist Church.  In Twilight Park, Lila had served as a member of the Board of Directors, the Membership Committee, the Church of All Angels Women’s Auxiliary and Vestry, acted as editor of the Snowy Owl newsletter and served on the clubhouse and dance committees.

She is survived by her children, Russell Memhard of Leeds and Annie Memhard Braunstein of New York City, and her grandchildren, Alexandra Memhard, Nicholas Memhard and Charles Braunstein.

Lila will be fondly remembered by all who were touched by her generosity, quiet strength and loyal friendship.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 14 at the Memorial Church of All Angels in Twilight Park, Haines Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Haines Falls Free Library Capital Fund, P.O. Box 397, Haines Falls, NY 12436.  These funds will go toward fulfilling Lila’s dream of building a new library for her community.


June 28, 2005

RUDOLF BRESOCNIK
Beloved father

EARLTON---Rudolf Bresocnik, 76, of 98 Primrose Lane, Earlton, died Sunday, June 26, 2005, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born Feb. 28, 1929 in Slovenia, the son of the late Herman and Ljudmila (Vidmar) Bresocnik.

Mr. Bresocnik was a foreman for Otto’s Kitchen and Bath of Queens, NY, prior to his retirement.  Formerly of Ridgewood, Queens, he has been a Greene County resident since 1989.  He loved the Catskill Mountains where he could hunt and fish.

Survivors include two sons, Alois and wife Alfie Bresocnik of old Bridge, NJ, and Otto and wife Josephine Bresocnik of Mastic Beach, NY; two brother, Adi Bresocnik and Karlo Bresocnik; three sisters, Josephine Bresocnik, Slata Hamersak, and Milicia Kusnik; five grandchildren, Nancy Bresocnik, Brian Bresocnik, Karen Bresocnik, Michelle Bresocnik and Erik Bresocnik; and three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Ashley and Andrew Bresocnik.

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

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

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


June 28, 2005

ABBEY N. BROWN
Arrangements incomplete

CAIRO---Abbey N. Brown, 20, of Cairo, died Monday, June 27, 2005 at her residence.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo, are incomplete at this time and are to be announced.


June 28, 2005

THOMAS M. GREEN
21-year veteran of U.S. Armed Forces

PHILMONT---Thomas M. (Rebel) Green, 75, of Philmont, died June 26, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Layfayette, Ga., Jan. 31, 1930 and was the son of the late Ira and Valma (Chambers) Green.

He was a 21 year veteran of the United States Armed Forces, serving in the U.S. Air Force for six years, and in the U.S. Navy for 15 years, retiring from the U.S. Navy.  He served in Vietnam.

Mr. Green was a life member of the American Legion in Chatham Post 0042 and also a life member of the Ghent VFW.  During a period of time he played in the Minor Legue in Double A Baseball.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years Sandra Jane (Kisselbrack) Green of Philmont, a son, Scott Green of N.C., two daughters and a son in laws Pam Marcantel and her husband David of Louisiana of Tracy Bieroth of Wisconsin, two stepdaughters, Denise Nehmens of Valatie and her husband Brian and stepdaughter Debra Benjamin of Valatie, a brother, Billy Green of Tenn., and a sister Hazel Watson of Ga., four grandchildren Tanner Marcantel, Ariz., Courtney Holbrook of La., Megan Bieroth of Wis., Kayla Nehmens of Valatie, and a many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Green was predeceased by his parents by a son Thomas Green and sister Elizabeth Turner. 

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

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

Graveside services will take place 10 a.m. Thursday at the Mellenville Union Cemetery with Rev. Daniel Harrick of the Second Reformed Church of Philmont officiating the funeral service.

Contributions may be made to The Philmont Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 36, Philmont, N.Y. 12565.


June 28, 2005

WILLIAM HAGGINBOTHOM
Aerospace engineer

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.---William ‘Bill’ K. Hagginbothom Jr., 87, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2005.

A native of Catskill, N.Y., he had been a Newport News resident for 56 years.  He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an Elder.

He was a 1936 graduate of Catskill High School.  He graduated from Penn State in 1942 and was an avid Nittany Lion fan.

He began his career at NACA, the predecessor to NASA, as an Aerospace Engineer in jet propulsion systems.  He retired from NASA after 37 years of service.

A frequent visitor of Catskill he possessed a large collection of baseball memorabilia.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth K. Hagginbothom; three daughters, Tamara Dunkelberger and husband, Thomas, DeLane Hill and husband, Carl, and Beverly Currin and husband, Paul; two sons Gary Mann and wife, Carol, and Darrell Mann and wife, Dawn; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hagginbothom was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eva Hagginbothom and his first wife, Dora Wade Hagginbothom.

Memorials may take the form of contributions in Mr. Hagginbothom’s name to Faith Presbyterian Church, 657 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.  Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


June 28, 2005

LEROY MATTICE
World War II veteran

WEST COXSACKIE---LeRoy Mattice, 80, of 22 Appleblossom Lane, West Coxscakie, died June 26, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where he has been a patient since June 22, 2005.

He was born in Ravena, March 29, 1925 and was the son of the late Addison and Mary (Pelton) Mattice.

Mr. Mattice has been an area resident since 1946.  During World War II he served with the U.S. Navy.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post 116 in Coxsackie, and also the VFW Post 10986 of Coxsackie.

He was employed for 37 years by Conrail in Selkirk.

Survivors include his wife of almost 59 years Jean B. (Carrington) Mattice of West Coxsackie, two sons, Nelson Mattice of Cairo, Neal Mattice of Coxsackie, two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Nancy) Crewell, Mrs. Matteo (Norean) Frenza of Catskill, a brother, James Mattice of Huma, Ariz., six grandchildren and one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Mattice is predeceased by a daughter, Nadine Mattice in 1976, as well as six brothers and eight sisters.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the W.C Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

The VFW Post 10986 of Coxsackie will hold services in his memory at 7 p.m. at the funeral home and the American Legion Post 166 will hold services in his memory at 7:15 p.m.

Funeral services will take place 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Coxsackie, with Rev. Wendy Steed, Pastor, officiating.

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

Interment will follow with military honors in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery.


June 28, 2005

THEODORE WM. TOURJEE
Avid bowler and gardener

ATHENS---Theodore Wm. Tourjee, 89, of 25 Van Loon Place, Athens, died Monday, June 27, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, NY, on Sept. 7, 1915, he was the son of the late William and Isabelle (deMersman) Tourjee.

Mr. Tourjee has been an area resident of Palenville for many years then moved to Athens.  He lived in Greene County since the early 1940’s.  During World War II he served his country in the United States Army.  He was also a member of the American Legion of Palenville.  He was an avid bowler and gardener.  He was well known as a real gentleman.  Prior to his retirement he was employed by the Marquette Cement Company of Catskill.

Survivors include a son Brian L. Tourjee of Athens, also several nieces and a nephew.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Jessie Jean Tourjee, who predeceased him in 1999.

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

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Habitat to Humanity.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.


June 29, 2005

ABBEY N. BROWN
Loved music and singing

CAIRO---Abbey N. Brown, 20, of Cairo, died Monday, June 27, 2005 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 24, 1984 in Mount Kisco, NY.

She was a student at The Center for the Disabled in Albany.  She loved music, had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Survivors include her mother, Susan J (Hoxsie) Brown and her fiancé Joe Ottati of Cairo; her father, James J. Brown of Catskill; her maternal grandparents, Donald and Sylvia Hoxsie of West Virginia; sister Brooke L. Brown of Cairo; two uncles and their wives, Eric and Rae Hoxsie of East Auora, NY, and John and Ruth Drullard of Hamburg, NY; an aunt and her husband, Sandra and Ziggy Ziolkowski of West Virginia; and many cousins.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents. 

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

Memorial services will take place Friday, 2 p.m. at the Richard’s Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo, with Rev. David Overton, Chaplain of the Community Hospice of Greene and Columbia Counties officiating.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richard’s Funeral Home.


June 29, 2005

ALTHEA FLETCHER
Hairdresser

COXSACKIE---Althea Randall Fletcher, 86, of Coxsackie, died Dec. 16, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born March 5, 1918 in Teaneck, N.J., and was the daughter of the late Ernest G. and Althea G. Randall Hansing.  She was born and raised in Bergen County and lived there until her retirement in 1984.

She was a hairdresser in Closter, N.J.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Greenville.  She was also a member of the Onteora Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of the Greene County RSVP for many years.

Survivors include her children Glenn Fletcher of Germany, and Virginia Brandow of Athens, a cousin, Herbert Holtje of Tenafly, N.J., and grandchildren, Georgianna Earl, Chris Fletcher, Michael Fletcher, Sherri Nelsen, Elizabeth McKeil, Lisa Fletcher, Joseph Buchanan, Dean Buchanan, Dwayne Buchanan, and James Buchanan, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Winton Searle Fletcher in 1993,and her step-mother, Anna Lichtiner Hansing.

A memorial service in her memory will be held on 10 a.m. Saturday, at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, with Wayne Marquit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating.


June 29, 2005

ALLAN F. KING
Loved drag racing and building models

COXSACKIE---Allan F. King, 57, of 216 Mansion St., Coxsackie, died suddenly Sunday, June 26, 2005, at his residence.

Born in the Bronx, Aug. 10, 1947, he was the son of the late Lionel and Evelyn (Carter) King.

Mr. King served his country in the U.S. Army and has been an area resident of Coxsackie for two years.  He loved to build model airplanes and model cars.  He loved drag racing and also playing the guitar.  He was employed by the state Transit Authority from which he retired.

Survivors include four brothers, Larry King of Colorado Springs, Bernard King of Coxsackie, Howard and Aaron King, both of the Bronx; four sisters, Vivian King and Linda King, both of Coxsackie, Anita King (Jennings) of Coeymans, Eileen (King) Washington of Coxsackie; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Saratoga National Cemetery.

Interment will follow in the Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church, West Coxsackie.


June 29, 2005

ROBERT MABEN
Owner Excelsior Dairy Farm

NORTH LEXINGTON---Robert Maben, 82, of North Lexington, died Monday, June 27, 2005 in Maplecrest.

He was born July 10, 1922 in Lexington to Milton Charles Maben and Blendena (Niece) Maben.

Mr. Maben was the owner of the Excelsior Dairy Farm in North Lexington.  He was a pilot and the owner of the Maben Airport located in Lexington.

Survivors include his children, John Robert Maben, Glenn D. Maben, Wayne C. Maben, M.D, and Nancy Maben Federico and 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Maben was predeceased by his wife Savella on Sept. 10, 1993, a sister Violet Maben Spaulding.

A calling hour will be held 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Decker Funeral Home. 134 Main St., Windham.

A Funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Johnson officiating.

Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville.


June 29, 2005

JAMES J. REIDY
Investigator for the Department of Labor

GREENVILLE---James J. Reidy, 84, of Greenville, died Sunday, June 26, 2005 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

He was born in the Bronx on Oct. 26, 1920, son of the late James and Ellen (Enright) Reidy.

Mr. Reidy served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy.

He was employed as an Investigator with the New York State Department of Labor in Brooklyn until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Reidy of Greenville, a step-son, Peter Mastrangelo of Denver, Co., and a step-daughter, Ann Mastrangelo of Long Island.

Mr. Reidy was predeceased by his brother John Reidy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville.

Interment will follow at 12 p.m. in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.


June 30, 2005

KURT DISTEFANO
Writer

CARY, N.C.---Kurt DiStefano, 28, of Cary, N.C., and formerly of Cairo, died June 27, 2005.

Born May 3, 1977 in Catskill, he graduated with honors from Cairo-Durham High School and received a degree in computer technology while living in Cary, N.C.

He was an accomplished writer, musician and songwriter.  He will always be remembered as a devoted son, brother, uncle, grandson and friend.

Survivors include his mother, JoAnn Marie Walther of Cary, N.C., father, James DiStefano of Catskill, sisters, Tamra Blake of Raleigh, N.C., MeAne DiStefano of Lynbrook, N.Y., and JeLan DiStefano of Oakdale, N.Y., brother, Daniel Blake of Stafford, Va., maternal grandparents, John and Josephine Johnson of Catskill; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth VenDriesco of Leeds; three nieces and three nephews.

Mr. DiStefano was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, John P. Walther. 

A funeral service will be conducted 4 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 S.E. Maynard Road, Cary, N.C.  The family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 500 Morris Ave., Springfield, N.J., 07081.


June 30, 2005

MARIE HIGGINS
Beloved wife

HUNTER---Marie Elizabeth Higgins, 82, of Hunter, died Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

Born in Tannersville, April 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Newton and Eva Curtis.

Mrs. Higgins was a homemaker and long time resident of Hunter.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Higgins; son, Ralph W. Higgins Jr. of Hunter; two daughters, Mrs. Katherine Bunt of Point St., Lucie, Fla., and Mrs. Dorothy Narris of Fort Pierce, Fla.; two sisters, June Lawrence and Evelyn Johnson of Tannersville; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by five brothers, Henry, Jimmy, Clayton, Kenny and Donald.

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

Funeral services will be held Friday, 11 a.m. at the funeral home, officiating will be the Rev. Karen Monk.

Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery, So. Jewett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


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