Obituaries from the Daily Mail
May 2007

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


May 1, 2007 

HERBERT WARREN FALKE
Business owner 

Lexington  - Herbert Warren Falke, 84, of Lexington, died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Catskill Long Term Care Facility in Catskill. 

Born Feb. 28, 1923, he was the son of the late Joseph W. Falke and Elsa M. Falke. 

He graduated from Farmingdale College and moved to Lexington in 1942. 

Mr. Falke raised registered Holstein Cows and in the 1970s, he and his wife of 63 years who survives him, Eula Falke, started Falke’s Greenhouse.  He was known for growing special tomatoes and wave petunias.  While he was farming, he also was in the construction business and instrumental in starting Falke’s Quarry. 

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Donald and John Falke; a daughter-in-law, Donna Falke; two brothers, Joseph Falke and Arthur Falke; a brother-in-law, Edward Harder; four grandchildren Lori Ahrens, Larry FAlke, Michael Falke and Susan Falke; and four great-grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by two sons, Herbie and Richard Falke; and a sister, Elsa John Harder. 

Calling hours were held Monday. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Catskill Christian Camp Church in Lexington. 

Pall bearers will be Larry Falke, Michael Falke, Eddie Ahrens Scott Ronk, Floyd Dart and Jack Jordan. 

Memorial contributions made to the Catskill Christian Camp in Lexington.  


May 1, 2007 

ARTHUR STIEFEL
U.S. Army veteran 

Greenville--- Arthur Stiefel, 86, of Greenville, died Monday, April 23, 2007, at the Stratton V.A. Medical Center in Albany. 

Mr. Stiefel served in the U.S. Army and received the Purple Heart. 

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marie Stiefel; two nieces, Arlene and Robert Gesslien and Dorothy Castaldo; three nephews, John and Arlene Stiefel, Donald Smith and Ron and Pam Smith; and several great-nieces and nephews. 

As to his wishes, services were at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


 May 1, 2007 

PAULINE E. “POLLY” CORNELL 

Pauline E. “Polly” Cornell, Feb 8, 1949- April 28, 2007: I’ve gone to a better place to fly with the angels. I lived a very full life with a lot of love, joy, family and friends. 

I was raised in the military with my two brothers, Rich Nash and Aubrey Nash, and two sisters, Martha Haase and Dorothy Haase.  I saw many places, only to settle down in Greenville, NY and marry my beloved husband, Michael J. Cornell. Together we raised our three daughters, Wendy, Melissa and Krystal. During our adventure we also gained a wonderful friend who we could never forget, Thomas “Tucker” Vance.  

I ran my own accounting business, drove a school bus for Greenville Central School and was a very active member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Ladies Auxiliary.  While keeping quite busy, I was able to welcome my two son-in-laws, Richard D. Bridges and Jerry W. Santucci.  Only to be blessed again with my three grandchildren, Amanda, Marcus and Corbin. 

I could never put into words the wonderful life I have lived and the love and joy I felt from friends and family, but know that I love you and thank you for all you’ve done for me.  Now I will watch over all of you.   

Calling hours will be at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY on Wed. 4 to7PM, followed by a service by the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Ladies Auxiliary and a funeral service with the Rev. Thomas Carney officiating.  Interment will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the Greenville Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greenville American Legion Post # 291 Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 132, Greenville, NY 12083.


May 2, 2007 

JOSEPH O’LEARY
Retired from CSX 

RAVENA—Joseph O’Leary, 67, died Sunday, April 29, 2007 at his residence after a long silence. 

Joe was born in England, lived in Ireland until he was 7 when he moved to the U.S. in Germantown and then moved to Ravena. 

In 2002, Joe retired from CSX where he had worked for many years.  Currently he was working at Wal-Mart in Glenmont.  Joe was a United States Army Veteran and volunteered at the Stratton V.A. Medical Center in Albany. 

Survivors include his wife Bette A. O’Leary of Ravena; children, Lisa Rogers of Delhi, Tammy (Randall)Whiting of Selkirk, Shelly (Brent) Gouza of Freehold and Amanda O’Leary of Delmar; grandchildren, Ashley O’Leary, Joseph and Brandon Whiting, Alexander Gouza and Josiah Koronkiewicz; siblings, Timothy and James O’Leary and Mary Kilmer. 

Joe was predeceased by his parents Timothy and Edna O’Leary and a brother Richard O’Leary. 

Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Thursday, May 3 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  At 6:30 p.m. there will be a service of remembrance. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Joe may be made to the Ravena Rescue Squad or  to the Hospice Unit at the Stratton V.A. Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.


May 2, 2007 

RITA CECILIA (CASSIDY) PROSSER
Proofreader 

HAINES FALLS – Rita Cecilia (Cassidy) Prosser, 90, died on Saturday, April 28, 2007. 

Born in Tenafly, N.J., she lived in Dumont, N.J. for 60 years before moving to Cedar Grove, N.J., four years ago. 

She was employed as a proofreader for Parents Magazine in Bergenfield, N.J., prior to her retirement in 1970. 

Rita was the beloved wife of the late Walter William Prosser Sr. She was the cherished mother of Elaine (Prosser) von Stein and Walter William Prosser Jr. and his wife, Ruth, treasured grandmother (“Gram”) of James J. Matthews Jr., and his wife Carolyn Gates, Joann Prosser and Diann Prosser and her husband Kevin Pinto; and precious great-grandmother of Lee and Marilyn Prosser-Yang, and Michael Walter and Stephen James Matthews. 

Rita was predeceased by her loving siblings: Sr. Alice Cassidy, Thomas J. Cassidy, Mary (Cassidy) Maken, Therese (Cassidy) Rowland and James P. Cassidy. 

Visiting hours are Friday, May 4, 7 to 9 p.m.  at Shook’s Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave.,  (Route 23) Cedar Grove, N.J. 

On Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Haines Falls, N.Y., followed by interment in the Haines Falls Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate Masses and prayers for Rita, or donations in her memory to Immaculate Conception Church, P.O. Box 379, Haines Falls, N.Y. 12436, or the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, P.O. Box 476, Convent Station, N,J., 07961, or the American Cancer Society.


May 2, 2007 

SOPHIE A. SHEA
Catskill Garden Club member 

CATSKILL – Sophie Ann Shea, 79, of 24 James Place, Catskill, died Friday, Feb, 2, 2007 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

She was born December 15, 1927 in Catskill, the daughter of the late Joseph and Antoinette (Acquaviva) Annese. 

Sophie was a communicant at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Catskill.  She was a member of the Catskill Garden Club and Greene County Women’s League for Cancer. 

Mrs. Shea is survived by two sons, Geoffrey Shea and his wife Rebecca of Hudson and David Shea and his wife Cyndi of Watertown, Connecticut; a brother, Joseph Annese of Catskill; two sisters, Antoinette Fallarino of Catskill and Rose Brancale of Toms River, NJ; three grandchildren, Sara Shea of Hudson and Michael Shea of Watertown, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday, May 5, 2007 at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bridge Street, Catskill. 

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

Memorials in Sophie’s name may be made to the Catskill Garden Club, Catskill, NY 12414. 

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

Sophie was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Shea, on Feb. 28, 2003 and a brother, Michael Annese.


May 2, 2007 

FRANK SLEDZIANOWSKI SR.
Upholsterer and counselor 

COXSACKIE – Frank Sledzianowski Sr., 79, of Feura Bush, died April 30, 2007, at the Samuel S. Stratton V.A. Medical Center, Albany, N.Y. 

He was born Jan. 30, 1928, in New Windsor and was the son of the late Walter and Minnie (Dubois) Sledzianowski. 

Funeral services will take place Friday, May 4, 2007, at 8 p.m., at the W.C. Brady’s Sons inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, with Rev. Carolyn Lewis, pastor of the Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie, officiating.  Following the 8 p.m. funeral service, the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard will conduct services in his memory at the funeral home.  

He is survived by three sons, Frank Sledzianowski Jr., of Feura Bush, Walter Sledzianowski of  Troy and Frederick Sledzianowski and his wife Rose of Catskill; three daughters, Peggy Sledzianowski of Cairo, Bernice Jordan of Feura Bush and Deborah Sledzianowski of Troy.

He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mary M. (Staples) Sledzianowski who died Jan. 13, 2007.  He was also predeceased by three brothers, Stanley, William and Ronald Sledzianowski, and a sister, Francis Parkins. 

He served in the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1945.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an upholsterer for State Upholstery in Newburgh.  He also earned an Associates Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, where he was a counselor in the A.A. in the Greene County region. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, on Friday, May 4, 2007, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. 

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

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049, or to the American Lung Association of NENY, 3 Winners Circle, Ste. 300, Albany, NY 12205. 

Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for your convenience.


May 2, 2007 

VERNON J. TYMESON
World War II veteran

SAUGERTIES – Vernon J. “Bunny” Tymeson, 93, of Village Drive, died April 30, 2007 at the Ten Broeck Commons Nursing Home. 

Born in Saugerties, May 6, 1913, he was the son of the late John C. and Ada Whitaker Tymeson. 

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the American Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WW II Victory Medal. 

He was a 1931 graduate of Saugerties High School and was employed at the F.L. Russell Corporation from 1933-1947, with two years out while he served his country. 

He was a life member and the past commander in 1953 of the Saugerties American Legion Post 72.  He was past chief of the Saugerties Fire Department serving in 1944.  He was a life member of the Washington Hook and Ladder Fire Company, a life member of the Saugerties Exempt Fireman’s Association and a member of the Saugerties Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 5034. 

Active in sports all his life, he played on the Varsity baseball and basketball teams while in high school.  He was a member of the Saugerties Junior American Legion Baseball team that made it to the finals before losing in the New York state championship to Utica in Bleecker Stadium in Albany. 

He also played for the Mohawks in the Saugerties Twilight League, the Hooks in the Firematic League and the Woodstock AC team.  He served as a charter member of the Saugerties Dartball League and was elected to the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame. 

He served on the American Legion Sports Committee and in his retirement was often seen working in the concession stand during Legion ball games. 

He was a member of the Saugerties Atonement Lutheran Church. 

He was predeceased by his first wife, Alberta Davis Hughes and his second wife, Sarah Overbaugh. 

Survivors include his wife, the former Charlotte Hegner; a daughter, Nancy Gakenheimer of Mt. Marion; a stepson, Philip Overbaugh of Malden; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 

He was also predeceased by two brothers, Edgar and George “Chet” Tymeson, and two daughters, Susie Shaler and Alice Kolano. 

His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties, with the Rev. Edward R. Schreiber officiating. 

Interment with firematic honors by the Saugerties Fire Department and military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post 72 will be held in the Mt. Marion Cemetery.


May 3, 2007 

CATHERINE A. CAHILL 

EAST  JEWETT --  Catherine A. Cahill. 81, died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in Haines Falls. 

Arrangements with Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Maine St., Hunter are incomplete.


May 4, 2007 

CATHERINE PERRICONE CAHILL
Teacher 

JEWETT – Catherine Perricone Cahill, 81, died on May 2, 2007, surrounded by family members. 

Catherine was born on July 26, 1925, the daughter of Nora and Alexander Perricone. 

Catherine was an only child, raised by her mother, Nora, a nurse.  Catherine’s father, Alexander Perricone was a well respected physician who died suddenly when Catherine was 3 years old. 

Catherine grew up in East Jewett surrounded by several very, very dear family members; in particular her beloved first cousin Benjamin Bell who predeceased her. 

Catherine pursued a master’s degree in English during the 1960’s, while raising nine children, teaching full-time and working on her own family farm.  She loved gardening, reading, writing and traveling. 

Catherine is survived by nine children, Luke Cahill, Karen Aversa, Candace Melton, Christopher Cahill, Mark Cahill, Joel Cahill, Denise Cahill-Abrahamsen, Cheryl Coiro and Lisa Cahill-Johnson.  She also has 23 grandchildren, many cousins and other loved friends. 

She is predeceased by her husband, James M. Cahill; and her cousin Benjamin Bell. 

A very special thank you to her daughter, Cheryl Coiro, Cheryl’s husband Anthony and their three great boys, Jacob, Jordan and Owen, with whom Catherine spent the last seven months of her life.  They never failed to let her know each and every day that she was loved and they took wonderful care of her.  Thank you also to local community members who frequently saw Catherine during the last couple of years of her life and treated her with respect and dignity, although dementia had taken hold of her.  Her family acknowledges and appreciates that. 

Calling hours will be on Friday, May 5 from 1-4 and 7-10 p.m. at the Aston Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter. 

A mass will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Catholic Church in Haines Falls.


May 4, 2007 

ELLA L. KABATAR
IBM administration specialist 

CAIRO – Ella L. Kabatar, 74, of Inverness, Fla., formerly of Cairo, N.Y. died May 2, 2007, in Inverness, Fla. 

She was born Sept. 9, 1932 in East Kingston, N.Y. and was the daughter of the late Bertalam and Harriet P. (Post) Moritz. 

Funeral services will take place on Friday, May 11, 2007, at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, at 1:30 p.m., with Rev Jeremiah Nunan, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo officiating. 

Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill, N.Y. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Cairo, on Friday, May 11, 2007, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Besides her parents, Ella was predeceased by her husband Andrew in 1969. 

Survivors include her niece Helen O’Neill of Ogdensburg, N. J. 

Ella was a member of the Beverly Hills Community Church, a member of the Beverly Hills Civic Association, she enjoyed reading, traveling, especially cruises and she liked cooking and entertaining.  She retired from IBM as a senior administration specialist. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Hospice of Citrus County.

 She moved to Raleigh, N.C. to Beverly Hills in 1987, and has lived in Inverness for the past one and a half years.


May 5. 2007 

ROBERT L. KILEY JR.
Born in Catskill 

WINDHAM – Robert L. Kiley Jr., 22, of Prattville died suddenly on Thursday, May 3, 2007. 

He was born in Catskill on Dec. 18, 1984, to Robert and Sandra (nee Chichester) Kiley. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Florence Kiley. 

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Sandra, his sister, Kelly; grandparents, Robert and Eileen Chichester, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

Calling hours will be held at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham on Sunday, May 6, 2007 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. 

A funeral service will be conducted at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ellen Oliveto presiding. 

A private cremation will follow at Vale Crematory. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Equine Rescue Farm of Donny and Christy Cole, 874 Narrow Notch Road, Hobart, N.Y. 13788.


May 5, 2007 

VINCENT LA CORTE
Plumber, veteran 

CATSKILL – Vincent LaCorte, 79, of LaCorte Road, Catskill, died Friday, May 4, 2007 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

He was born Jan. 14, 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the Anthony and Frances (Accardi) LaCorte. 

Vincent served in the U.S. Navy.  Formerly of Brooklyn he was a plumber in New York City.  A Greene County resident since 1970, Mr. LaCorte was employed as a logger. 

He was predeceased by three sisters, Esther Minafo, Helen Viscomi and Julia Vavelle. 

Mr. LaCorte  is survived by is wife, sally (DiDio) LaCorte of Catskill; a son, Fiore LaCorte of Catskill; three granddaughters, Jane Arp, Renee LaCorte, and Michele LaCorte; several nieces and nephews; and a close family friend, Maria Ciampa. 

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. 

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday. 

Interment will follow with full military honors at the veterans section of the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


May 5, 2007 

MELVIN M. RISLEY
Board of elections representative 

HUNTER – Melvin M. Risley, 80, of Glasco, formerly of Tannersville, died May 2 at Albany Medical Center. 

He was born June 8, 1926, to Edward and Emily Hollis Risley in Hartwick.  He was retired from the state Department of Transportation. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Bunt Brewer Post 165.  He served as Democratic representative for the board of elections and was a past pack leader for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. He was a communicant of the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church in Tannersville. 

Mr.Risley is survived by six sons, Charles Risley of Saugerties, Edward Risley of Kingston, PA., Kerry Risley of Haines Fall, Ford Risley of Richmondville, Leslie Risley of Westkill and Lindsay Risley of Coxsackie; three daughters, Patricia Thompson of Kingston, Marsha Stevenson of Coxsackie and Robin Abendroth of Sunapee, N.H.; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Risley, on April 18, 2003. 

Calling hours will be held Sunday, May 6 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St., Hunter. 

Funeral services will follow Monday, May 7 to 11 a.m. at the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church in Tannersville.  Officiating will be the Rev. Karen Monk.  Interment will follow in the Tannersville Evergreen Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society of the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church.


May 5, 2007 

LILLIAN I. ROUSE
Born in Stockport 

HUDSON – Lillian I. Rouse, 90, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., died May 2, 2007, at her residence. 

She was born in Stockport, N.Y., and moved to Barefoot Bay in November 2006, coming from Hudson, N.Y. 

Survivors include her sons Edward Proper of Albany, N.Y., Samuel Proper Jr., of Hesperia, Calif., a daughter Dorothy Bleau of Barefoot Bay, Fla., brothers Charles June of Philmont, N.Y., Franklin June of Claverack, N.Y., sister Mary June of Hudson, N.Y., 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 

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

There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.


May 6, 2007 

COLLEEN HEISINGER
Born in Catskill 

WINDHAM – Colleen Heisinger, 50, of Maplecrest, died at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, Friday May 4, 2007. 

She was born March 27, 1957, in Catskill, daughter of William and Joan (nee Scott) Quinn. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Joan Quinn; sister, Gail Scheer; brother, Daniel Quinn; and sister, Kathleen Quinn. 

She is survived by her children, Jennifer and Joseph; her husband, Edward; sister, Mary; brother-in-law, Thomas Black; her uncle, Bob Scott; and many nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, May 11, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Church in Windham with the Rev. James Schiffer as celebrant. 

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland. 

In lieu of flowers, donations made in Colleen’s memory to the American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. 

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


May 6, 2007 

VINCENT LA CORTE
Plumber, veteran 

CATSKILL – Vincent LaCorte, 79, of LaCorte Road, Catskill, died Friday, May 4, 2007 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

He was born Jan. 14, 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the Anthony and Frances (Accardi) La Corte. 

Vincent served in the U.S. Navy.  Formerly of Brooklyn he was a plumber in New York City.  A Greene County resident since 1970, Mr. LaCorte was employed as a logger. 

He was predeceased by three sisters, Esther Minafo, Helen Viscomi and Julia Navelle.

Mr. LaCorte is survived by his wife, Sally (DiDio) LaCorte of Catskill; a son, Fiore LaCorte of Catskill; three granddaughters, Jane Arp, Renee LaCorte and Michele LaCorte; four great grandchildren, Crystal, Xavier, Lacy and Joey; several nieces and nephews; and a close family friend, Maria Ciampa. 

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. 

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday. 

Interment will follow with full military honors at the veterans section of the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


May 6, 2007 

MALVERN C. STITELER
Full obituary to follow 

COXSACKIE – Malvern Clair Stiteler, 73, of Climax, died May 4, at his residence. A full obituary will follow. 

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. with an 11 a.m. memorial service, all at the Medway Congregational Church, Route 26, Climax, with Pastor Dennis Gardner officiating. 

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

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Medway Grapeville Fire Company, Route 51, Hannacroix, N.Y. 12087.


May 7, 2007 

ELSIE C. NEBEL
Area resident 

WESTERLO – Elsie C. Nebel, 75, of Westerlo, formerly of Greenwich, Conn., died Wednesday, May 2, 2007. 

Born Sept. 2, 1931 in Greenwich, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Elsie Olson Walters. 

She enjoyed many different kinds of crafts, animals and gardening, as well as shopping.  She was also well known for her cooking. 

Survivors include a son, Robert Nebel; three daughters, Christine Hoffman, Linda Sylvestri and Karen Webb; three brothers, John, Charles and Robert Walters; three sisters, Ethel Brower, Irene Scheck and Helen White; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Ottomar Nebel, in 1991.

Memorial services will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. 

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.


May 8, 2007 

RODNEY W. HINGLE
Lighting company lineman 

GREENVILLE – Rodney W. Hingle, 88, of Greenville, died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

Born Jan. 26, 1919 in Baldwin, Long Island, he was the son of the late Chester and Ella Rowley Hingle. 

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater in France. 

Mr. Hingle was a lineman for the Long Island Lighting Co. until his retirement. 

Survivors include his wife, Alice Varjabedian of Greenville, two daughters, Nora and Linda Hingle; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Kristina Hingle; a grandson, Keith Hingle; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and close friends, Walter and Lisa Grunwald. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Roland and Albert Hingle. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. 

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

Interment will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund.


May 8, 2007 

MALVERN STITELER
Fire chief, chaplain 

CLIMAX – Malvern Clair Stiteler, 73, of Climax, died Friday, May 4, 2007, at his residence. 

Born March 23, 1934 in Smicksburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Virgil C. and Bessie Gray Stiteler. 

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 as a paratrooper. 

Mr. Stiteler was a supervisor for the State Telephone Company in Coxsackie and past chief of the Medway Grapeville Fire Company, where he also served as chaplain. 

He was a Deacon in the Medway Congregational Church. He was a member of the Camp Lighters, the Ridge Runners Club, the Earlton Fish and Game Club and the American Legion in Pennsylvania. 

Survivors include his wife Lois LaMar Foster Stiteler of Climax; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey K. and Elizabeth Stiteler of Coxsackie and Joshua C. Stiteler of Climax; a daughter and son-in-law, Bambi L. and David Hotaling of Earlton; two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Stiteler, both of Pennsylvania, five sisters, Janet Seger, Virginia Seger, Dorothy Stiteler, Barbara Sutter and Ruth Bussard, all of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Cody Stiteler of Coxsackie, Andrew Blodgett of Coxsackie, Austin-Gray and Lacie Hotaling of Earlton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Walter and Keith Stiteler. 

A calling hour will be 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Medway Congregational Church, Climax. 

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Dennis Gardener officiating. 

The New York State Military Forces Honor Guard will conduct services immediately following the 11 a.m. service. 

Private cremation took place Monday 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. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Medway Grapeville Fire Co., Route 51, Hannacroix, NY 12087.


May 9, 2007 

RICHARD S. BAKER
Owned Empire Liquor Store 

CATSKILL – Richard S. Baker, 82, of 44 Austin acres, Catskill, died suddenly Monday evening, May 7, 2007, at home.  He was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Manhattan, the son of the late Murray and Lillian (Greenburg) Baker. 

Richard served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.  He attended the Polytechnic Institute in New York City.  Richard was employed at Kingston News Service of Greene County for years.  He currently owned and operated Empire Liquor Store in Kingston.  Mr. Baker was a member of Temple Israel in Catskill and Columbia County ARC.  He was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Gruberg. 

Mr. Baker is survived by his wife, Lila (Jackson) Baker of Catskill; four children, Leslie Harris of California, Marc Baker of Plantation, Fla., Ruth Baker of Germantown and Rose Baker of Catskill; seven grandchildren, Eileen Baker, Nathaniel Vliet, Murry Vliet, Joseph Harris, Daniel Harris, Sabrina Nicole Baker and Tyler Nicholas Baker; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  Rabbi Daniel Fried will officiate. Interment will follow in Temple Israel Cemetery in Catskill.


May 9, 2007 

ELIZABETH ELLETT
Seamstress 

LEEDS – Elizabeth Ellett, 92, of Leeds, died Feb 4, 2007 at her residence. 

Born June 11, 1914 in East Orange, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Frances VanderWerf Hansson. 

For many years she was employed as a seamstress at the Atlanta Knitting Mills until their closing when she became a home health care aid with the Greene County Department of the Aging. 

She enjoyed cooking and baking for her friends and family. 

She is survived by two sons, William (Betty) Ellett of Catskill and David (Karen) Ellett of Greenville; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her sister, Marian Hansson; brother, Henry Hansson; and husband, Eston Ellett in 1999. 

Private cremation was conducted Feb. 5, 2007 at the Albany Rural Crematorium under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


May 9, 2009 

MARTIN MATTHEW MURRAY
Superintendent and principal at Gilboa-Conesville Central School 

WINDHAM – Martin Matthew (“Matt”) Murray, 59, loving and devoted husband and father, died May 6, 2007, at home with his family. 

Matt was born June 22, 1947 in New York City.  He was superintendent and principal at Gilboa-Conesville Central School, where he worked for 18 years.  Prior to Gilboa, Matt was employed at Windham-Ashland-Jewett School, Cortland Madison BOCES and Moravia High School. 

Matt avidly supported his daughter’s sports and dancing interest and enjoyed annual family vacations.  He also played guitar, enjoyed reading and was a sports enthusiast. 

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Rene Ann LeFever Murray; his three daughters, Amy (Ivan) Rascanin, Adrienne Murray and Allison Murray; two sisters, Lisel (Walt) Hutchins and Aurelie Feinberg; his step-family Bonnie (Craig) Jarvis, Anne Marie (Rick) Mills, John (Tammy) Kelly, Larry Kelly, Sheila (Carlos) Almeida, Amy (Jim) Taylor, Tom (Renee) Kelly, Liam (Allison) Kelly and Marty Kelly; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Matt was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Anne Murray and his step-mother Amelia Murray. 

Calling hours will be on Thursday, May 10 from 2-4 p. m and 7-9 p.m. at Decker Funeral Home in Windham, NY. 

A mass of resurrection will be conducted by Father Schiffer at St. Theresa R.C. Church in Windham, NY on Friday May 11 at 12:30 p.m. 

A private burial service will be held in Cortland, NY on Saturday May 12. 

In lieu of flowers a memorial scholarship will be set up in Matt’s name.  Contributions may be sent to Gilboa-Conesville Central School, 132 Wyckoff Road, Gilboa, NY 12076, attn: Kathy Ramundo.


May 9, 2007 

CECILE ELIZABETH SMITH
Glickman’s Department Store employee 

PHILMONT – Cecile Elizabeth Smith, 9, formerly of the Hudson area, died Monday, May 7, 2007 at Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont. 

Born on Aug. 1, 1912 in Craryville, she was the daughter of the late Franklin J. and Mae (Woodward) Decker.

Before retiring she was employed as a sales associate at Glickman’s Department Store in Philmont for many years. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church in West Copake. Mrs. Smith traveled extensively throughout the United States with her family. 

Surviving are three sons, Killian A. Smith of Escondido, CA, Gary A. Smith of Raleigh, NC, and Dennis J. Smith of Virginia Beach, three grandsons, Geoffrey Smith of Saugerties, and Gregory and Christopher Smith, both of Raleigh; three granddaughters, Lynn Smith of Vista, CA, Terri Lomelino of Jacksonville, NC and Lori Lontos of Baltimore, MD; six grandchildren, Ashley, Bailey, Kelsie, Max, Zachery and Erin; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by he husband, Glennon A. Smith and two brothers, Wilbur and Clifford Decker. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Niver’s Cemetery in Craryville. 

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


May 9, 2007 

MALVERN STITELER
Fire chief, chaplain 

CLIMAX – Malvern Clair Stiteler, 73, of Climax, died Friday, May 4, 2007, at his residence. 

Born March 23, 1934 in Smicksburg, PA, he was the son of the late Virgil C. and Bessie Gray Stiteler. 

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 as a paratrooper. 

Mr. Stiteler was a supervisor for the State Telephone Company in Coxsackie and past chief of the Medway Grapeville Fire Company, where he also served as chaplain.  

He was a deacon in the Medway Congregational Church. 

He was a member of the Camp Lighters, the Ridge Runners Club, the Earlton Fish and Game Club and the American Legion of Pennsylvania. 

Survivors include his wife, Lois LaMar Foster Stiteler of climax; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffry K. and Elizabeth Stiteler of Coxsackie and Joshua C. Stiteler of Climax; a daughter and son-in-law, Bambi L. and David Hotaling of Earlton; two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Stiteler, both of Pennsylvania; five sisters, Janet Seger, Virginia Seger, Dorothy Stiteler, Barbara Sutter and Ruth Bussard, all of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Cody Stiteler of Coxsackie, Andrew Blodgett of Coxsackie, Austin Gray-Hotaling, and Lacie Hotaling of Earlton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Walter and Keith Stiteler. 

A calling hour will be 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Medway Congregational Church, Climax. 

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. Dennis Gardener officiating. 

The New York state Military Forces Honor Guard will conduct services immediately following the 11 a.m. service. 

Private cremation took place Monday 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. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Medway Grapeville Fire Co., Route 51, Hannacroix, NY 12087.


May 10, 2007 

NANCY GAKENHEIMER
Fehr Brothers employee 

MOUNT MARION – Nancy M.Gakenheimer, 69, of County Club Drive, died Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at the Kingston City Hospital. 

Born Jan. 30, 1938 in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Vernon Tymeson and Alberta Hughes. 

Mrs. Gakenheimer was employed by the Fehr brothers Corporation in Mount Marion for 23 years, retiring in 1999. 

She was a member of the Saugerties Atonement Lutheran church for more than 50 years. She was currently serving on the Parish Council and had previously served for six years as council president.  She was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, a member of the Saugerties American Legion Post #72 Auxiliary and a founding member of the Mount Marion Ladies Auxiliary. 

Active in girl scouting, she served on the Ulster County Council of Girl Scouts and was a former Girl Scout leader in Saugerties. 

Survivors include her husband, Jay Gakenheimer Sr.; two sons, Jay Gakenheimer of Saugerties and Stephen Gakenheimer of Mount Marion; one daughter, Diane Swart of Saugerties; two sisters, Georgette Hughes and Sheila McCarthy, both of Saugerties; her step mother, Charlotte Tymeson of Saugerties; five grandchildren’ and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A funeral procession will form at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the Eamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, thence to the Saugerties Atonement Lutheran Church where a 1 p.m. funeral service will be held with the rev. Edward R. Schreiber, pastor, officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


May 10, 2007 

MELISSA ANN HINES
Waitress 

ATHENS – Melissa Ann Hines, 35, of Athens, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at her home. 

Born Oct, 7, 1971 in Catskill, she was the daughter on Georgiann Gabrielle Hines of Athens and the late John Hines. 

She attended Coxsackie-Athens High School and planned on a veterinary career.  Circumstances in her life prevented her from realizing her dreams. 

Ms. Hines was employed as a waitress at The Nautical Way in Catskill and also Ursula’s in Athens. 

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her son, John Michael Merritt; three sisters, Donna Hines of Athens, Denise Carney of Athens and Diana VanKuren of New Jersey; two brothers, Zadock Van Kuren and Thomas Merritt; two nieces, two nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

In addition to her father, who died on Oct. 13, 2006, she was predeceased by her fiancé, Mark E. Myers. 

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 N. Vernon St., Athens. 

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Retta Lykens officiating. 

Interment will follow in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery.


May 10, 2007 

MILDRED G. NETHAWAY
Country band singer 

FREEHOLD – Mildred G. Nethaway, 69, died Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill. 

Born Oct. 13, 1937 in Gayhead, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Minnie Smith German. 

Mrs. Nethaway worked at Star-Syn in East Durham and at Ingalside Farm in Greenville. 

She also sang with the country band “Good Old Boys,” led by her brother-in-law, Frank Payne, who died in January. 

She also enjoyed nature. 

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Raymond Nethaway, and two nephews, Gerald Payne, and Glenn Payne and wife, Denise. 

In addition to her brother-in-law, she was predeceased by two sisters, Leta Payne and Murial German. 

Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St. or to Cancer Research. Envelopes are available.


May 11, 2007 

MILDRED G. NETHAWAY
Country band singer 

FREEHOLD – Mildred G. Nethaway, 69, died Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill. 

Born Oct. 13, 1937 in Gayhead, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Minnie Smith German. 

Mrs. Nethaway worked at Star-Syn in East Durham and at Ingalside Farm in Greenville. 

She also sang with the country band “Good Old Boys,” led by her brother-in-law, Frank Payne, who died in January. 

She also enjoyed nature. 

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Raymond Nethaway, and two nephews, Gerald Payne, and Glenn Payne and wife, Denise; and two great-nieces, Stephanie and Ashley Payne. 

In addition to her brother-in-law, she was predeceased by two sisters, Leta Payne and Murial German. 

Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St. or to Cancer Research. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


May 12, 2007 

LAURA CROSS
Farmer and homemaker 

WINDHAM – Laura Jaeger Cross, 88, of Jewett, died Thursday, May 10, 2007 at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford. 

She was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 29, 1918, the daughter of Herman and Charlotte (Kaiser) Jaeger.  She was predeceased by her husband Jarvis on Oct. 14, 1999.  They were married on Sept. 26, 1941.

 

She is survived by her children, Marie Cross and her companion Walter Wendel, Susan Cross Rappleyea and her husband Jack, and Jarvis P. Cross and his wife Linda; her grandchildren, Melissa Soule, Eric Soule, Beth Soule, Melanie Rappleyea Parquez and Jack Rappleyea Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Hannah Podsiadlik, Emilie Soule and Allison Soule; and her sister, Dorothy Case. 

Mrs. Cross was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was a homemaker and farmer during her lifetime. 

Calling hours will be held at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham on Sunday, May 13, 2007 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. 

A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Elliott Oaks presiding. 

Interment will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Prattsville.


May 12, 2007 

DOROTHEA B. ROMALIN
Bookkeeper for Catskill Central Schools 

CATSKILL – Dorothea B. Romalin, 86, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and formerly of Catskill, died April 21, 2007 in Pinellas, Fla. 

She was born October 16, 1920 in Acra, NY, the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha (Myer) Beck.

Dorothea was employed as a bookkeeper for the Catskill Central Schools prior to her retirement.  A Florida resident since 1983, Dorothea enjoyed nature and golfing. 

Mrs. Romalin is survived by two sons, Michael Romalin and wife Sheila of Freehold and James Webber and wife MaryLou of Colonie; a brother-in-law, William Hoppie of Richmond, MA; four grand children, Joann Webber, James Webber, Michelle Romalin and Michael Romalin II; four great-grandsons, Killian, Liam, Declan and Ciaran Black; town(?) nephews and several cousins. 

She was predeceased by a sister, Carol Hoppie. 

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.  Fr. Jeremiah Nunan will be officiating. 

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


May 12, 2007 

DUWAYNE “DUKE” STATHAM
U.S. Army veteran and local car dealer 

GREENVILLE – Duwayne “Duke” Statham, 66, of Catskill died at the Stratton DVA Medical Center in Albany, NY on May 10, 2007. 

He was born in the Town of Rensselaerville on Nov. 5, 1940, the son of Olive (Cook) LaBonte and the late George Statham, Sr. 

Duke was a member of the G.C.S. Class of 1959 and was one of the best baseball pitchers to have played for G.C.S. 

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in France. 

He had worked at Condor and Catskill Cadillac in Catskill, NY before his illness. 

An avid fan of the old Brooklyn Dodgers, he was also known for his great barbecued chicken.  He enjoyed fishing and fished whenever he could. 

He will be missed by his many friends and family. 

Surviving are his mother Olive (Cook) Labonte; a son, Scott Statham (Elizabeth) of Earlton, NY; two daughters, Debbie Rolleri (Raymond) of Schoharie, NY, Dawn Sieburg (Brian) of Cairo, NY; his grandchildren, Kandi and Justin Millett, Randy, Jessica and Brooke Sieburg, Michael Tritto, Ashley, Christopher and Dana Statham; a brother, Dennis Stratum (Violet); a step-brother, Steve Statham; three step-sisters, Diane and Patricia Statham, and Beverly Notrnicola; and two nephews. 

He was predeceased by a step-brother, George Statham, Jr. 

Funeral services will be on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service. 

Interment will be in the Potter Hollow Cemetery. 

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to Hospice Program, VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.


May 12, 2007 

THEA HELENA WORTHINGSTUN
Former Cairo resident 

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Thea Helena Worthingstun, 62, of Lake Worth, Fla., died May 8, 2007. 

She moved to Florida from Cairo in 1979. 

She was employed as a senior administrative assistant with SFRN Engineering, where she was employed for 24 years. 

She was a Beta Sigma Phi life-time member and held numerous positions with the Lake Worth Does Drove No. 146, including president and past chaplain. 

Thea will be remembered as artistic, creative, fun-loving and devoted to her family and friends. 

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, L.T. Worthingstun; daughters, Terri Cloutier of Wellington, Fla. and JoAnn Toohey of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister, Enid Gustavson of Florida; grandchildren, Alexis and John Toohey of West Palm Beach, and Nicholas and Tyler Cloutier of Wellington, Fla.; and step-children, Dean Worthingstun of Brownsville, MI and Dawn Brasfield of Brownsville, Tenn. 

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Monday at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, Fla. Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407. 


May 13, 2007 

IRENE LEANZA
Interment services 

GREENVILLE – Interment for Irene Leanza, who died Feb 15, 2007, will be Monday at the Greenville Cemetery. 

Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery. 

Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


May 14, 2007 

FREDERICK DANIELSON JR.
Retired maintenance mechanic 

CAIRO – Frederick C. Danielson, Jr., 59, of Bross Street, died May 12, 2007, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

Born Sept. 16, 1947 in Suffern, Rockland County, he was the son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Martin Danielson Sr. 

He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign and Vietnam Service medals. 

He had been an area resident for five years since moving from Yonkers, Westchester County. 

Mr. Danielson was a retired maintenance mechanic. 

He enjoyed fishing, motorcycle riding and remote toys.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia R. Petula Danielson of Cairo; a son, James Burns of Florida; three daughters, Michele Schultz of Hopewell Junction, Melanie Schwab of Texas and Jennifer Bates of Yonkers; and eight grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo. 

Funeral services will be held 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo officiating. 

Private cremation will be Wednesday at the Albany Rural Crematory in Menands. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


May 14, 2007 

SHIRLEY ANN HAUVER
Peckham Materials employee 

KISKATOM – Shirley Ann Hauver, 61, of Kiskatom, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at her home surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer. 

Born Nov. 28, 1945 in Manorville, Long Island, she was the daughter of the late Sherwood and Cora Stewart Hauver. 

Mrs. Hauver was a former employee of Peckham Materials in Catskill and a member of Teamsters Local No. 294. 

Survivors include two daughters, Coral Gurecki of Palenville and Cinnamon Loviscek of Kiskatom; two grandsons, PFC Jesse Lee Gurecki, USMC and Daniel Gurecki of Palenville; a son-in-law, Richard Gurecki of Palenville; a sister, Sally Kelly; and a brother-in-law, Tom Kelly of Kiskatom. 

She was predeceased by a daughter, Janelle. 

Private services will be held at the discretion of the family. 

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


 May 14, 2007 

DOROTHEA ROMALIN
CCSD bookkeeper 

CATSKILL – Dorothea Romalin, 86, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and formerly of Catskill, died Saturday, April 21, 2007, in Pinellas Park, Fla. 

Born Oct. 16, 1920 in Acra, NY, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Myer Beck. 

Mrs. Romalin was employed as a bookkeeper for the Catskill Central Schools prior to her retirement.  A Florida resident since 1983, Dorothea enjoyed nature and golfing. 

Mrs. Romalin is survived by two sons, Michael and Sheila Romalin of Freehold and James and Mary Weber of Colonie; a brother-in-law, William Hoppie of Richmond, MA; four grand children, Joann Webber, James Webber, Michelle Romalin and Michael Romalin II; four great-grandsons; two nephews and several cousins. 

She was predeceased by a sister, Carol Hoppie. 

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.  Rev. Jeremiah Nunan will be officiating. 

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


May 15, 2007 

SHIRLEY ANN HAUVER 

KISKATOM – Shirley Ann Hauver, 61, of Kiskatom, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at her home surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer. 

Born Nov. 28, 1945 in Manorville, Saugerties, she was the daughter of the late Sherwood and Cora Stewart Hauver. 

Mrs. Hauver was a former employee of Peckham Materials in Catskill and a member of Teamsters Local No. 294. 

Survivors include two daughters, Coral Gurecki of Palenville and Cinnamon Loviscek of Kiskatom; two grandsons, PFC Jesse Lee Gurecki, USMC and Daniel Gurecki of Palenville; a son-in-law, Richard Gurecki of Palenville; a sister, Sally Kelly; and a brother-in-law, Tom Kelly of Kiskatom. 

She was predeceased by a daughter, Janelle. 

Private services will be held at the discretion of the family. 

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


May 16, 2007 

DOROTHY GERMAN
Order of the Eastern Star member 

WINDHAM – Dorothy German, 66, of Windham died on Monday, May 14, 2007 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

Mrs. German was born in Freeport, NY on Feb 22, 1941 to Nicholas and Florence (nee Schafer) Forte. 

She was a member of the Windham Flag Corp., the Red Hat Society; the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Windham United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by her mother, Florence Tiberg; her brother, Teddy Forte; children Greg and his wife Darleen Shamus, Eva and her husband Pete Held, Irene Schneider, Angela and husband Jared Schwartz, and Charleen Sizemore and Austin Wart; 27 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  She is also survived by her companion, Robert Barrows. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert German and her brothers, Nick and Charlie Forte. 

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2007 from2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham, NY. 

A funeral service will be conducted at the Windham United Methodist Church on Friday, May 18, 2007 at 11 a.m. 

Interment to follow in the Windham Cemetery in Windham.


May 16, 2007 

FLORENCE M. GOOSS
Born in France 

WINDHAM – Florence M. Gooss, age 87, of South Cairo, NY, died on May 13, 2007. 

Mrs. Gooss was born on January 17, 1920 in Longwy, France. 

She was married to Ernest T. Gooss on May 5, 1950 in the Bronx, NY. 

Mrs. Gooss is survived by two children, son Ernest T, Gooss, Jr. and daughter-in-law Janet of Hensonville, and daughter Carolyn and son-in-law Gary Wank of South Cairo; grandchildren Terri Wank, Tracy Selner, Tina Selner, Brett Gooss and Gabrielle Gonzalez.  She also enjoyed the company of ten great-grandchildren, Sarah, Tahseen and Lenah Midani; David, Gary and Kristen Schner; Maureen and Colleen Schner; and Kristopher and Kimberly Gonzalez. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Irma Slattery; her husband, Ernest T. Gooss; brother, Alfred Slattery; and son Robert R. Gooss. 

Florence was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed by all. 

At the request of the deceased, funeral arrangements are to be private for the family at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, with Pastor Victor Nelson presiding. 

Donations in her memory may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cairo, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


May 16, 2007 

RUTH REYNOLDS
Arrangements incomplete 

HALCOTT CENTER – Ruth Reynolds, 88, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville. 

Surviving are her husband former Greene County Undersheriff Ward Reynolds, sons: Alan and Warren Reynolds, and daughters: Nancy Reynolds and Peg DiBenedeto. 

Completed obituary and funeral information to be announce by the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia.


May 16, 2007 

MICHAEL A. SCARSELLI
Self-employed in trucking industry 

CATSKILL – Michael A. Scarselli, 90, of Post Avenue and formerly of Malden Turnpike in Saugerties died Monday, May 14, 2007 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

Born Aug. 19, 1916 in Glasco, he was the son of the late Antonio and Rose Cimorelli Scarselli. 

A lifetime are resident, he was self-employed in the trucking industry and construction. 

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

He was a former member of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Glasco and was a member of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Catskill. 

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Scarselli of Hudson, Tammy Scarselli and Cheryl Scarselli, both of Catskill; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a daughter, Michele Mignano, and a grandson, Damian Mignano; four brothers, Angelo, Charles, Pasquale and Joseph Scarselli; three sisters, Mary Scarselli, Madeleine Cafaldo and Vincenza  “Chanze” Riozzi. 

His funeral procession will form 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, thence to St. Mary of the Snow where at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Christopher Berean, pastor. 

Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post 72 will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barclay Heights.


May 17, 2007 

FLORENCE M. GOOSS
Born in France 

WINDHAM – Florence M. Gooss, age 87, of South Cairo, NY, died on May 13, 2007. 

Mrs. Gooss was born on January 17, 1920 in Longwy, France. 

She was married to Ernest T. Gooss on May 5, 1950 in the Bronx, NY. 

Mrs. Gooss is survived by two children, son Ernest T, Gooss, Jr. and daughter-in-law Janet of Hensonville, and daughter Carolyn and son-in-law Gary Wank of South Cairo; grandchildren Terri Wank, Tracy Selner, Tina Selner, Brett Gooss and Gabrielle Gonzalez.  She also enjoyed the company of ten great-grandchildren, Sarah, Tahseen and Lenah Midani; David, Gary and Kristen Schner; Maureen and Colleen Schner; and Kristopher and Kimberly Gonzalez. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Irma Slattery; her husband, Ernest T. Gooss; brother, Alfred Slattery; and son Robert R. Gooss. 

Florence was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed by all. 

At the request of the deceased, funeral arrangements are to be private for the family at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, with Pastor Victor Nelson presiding. 

Donations in her memory may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cairo, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


May 17, 2007 

RUTH REYNOLDS
First Ulster woman to earn commercial pilot license 

HALCOTT CENTER—Ruth Reynolds, 88, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville.  Ruth graduated at the age of 16 from Kingston High School. 

She began taking flying lessons at the Kingston Airport in 1940, and in 1941 became the first woman in Ulster County to earn a commercial pilot’s license. She flew frequent trips for the owner of the airport, Frances Hasbrouck, ferrying aircraft back and forth from Kingston to Sanford, Fla. 

In December 1941, she was in the air, and was forced down by two military planes, discovering no unauthorized aircraft was permitted in the air due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  In 1942 she reported to Houston Army Air Base to begin training in the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots Corp. The next year and a half were spent ferrying planes from factories to disembarkation points, and from bases to bases. 

In 2002, she was presented with the Citizen Patriot Award from the Reserve Forces Policy Board in recognition of the dedication and exemplary service and personal sacrifice that she made in support of the nation’s defense and security. 

Ruth returned after the disbanding of the WASP (who offered to stay on for $1 a year, but the government wouldn’t go for it) and resumed her previous job as flight instructor at the Kingston Airport. 

In 1946 she married one of her students, Ward G. Reynolds, a dairy farmer.  The settled in Halcott Center and continued to instruct until 1950. 

She then spent much of her time helping to run the farm, but also found time to pursue a hobby in photography.  She also knit, gardened, and fished on their property. 

In 1966 she began working for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development – the only environmental organization in the Catskill Mountains at the time.  After almost twenty years, she retired as bookkeeper and membership development coordinator.  She was honored for her years of service. 

She was born in New Rochelle on Jan. 12, 1918, daughter of the late Fennell and Louisa Atkinson Franckling. 

Surviving in addition to her husband of 61 years, Ward Reynolds, are two sons; Alan of Halcott and Warren of Phoenicia, two daughters Nancy Reynolds and Peg DiBenedetto both of Halcott Center, a brother Douglas Franckling, and three sisters; Lois Natterer, Dorothy Wright and Helen Jackson.  Seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. 

She was predeceased by her brother Jack.

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Ruth Reynolds will be held on Friday at 11 am at the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St., Phoenicia with the Rev. Joon Lee, of the United Methodist Church as celebrant. 

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Halcott Center United Methodist Church, or the Mountainside Residential Care Center Residents Account, Margaretville. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, Phoenicia.


May 18, 2007 

HELEN SULLIVAN
Lived on family farm 

MIDDLEBURY, VT. – Helen E. Bishop Sullivan, 89, died Tuesday May 15, 2007 at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation in Middlebury.  She was born in Benson, Vt., June 11, 1917, the daughter of Louis and Florence (Smith) Bishop. 

Helen was married to J. Bernard Sullivan, Aug. 4, 1938 in Shoreham.  She lived on the family farm where she worked and raised her eight children.  Helen also worked at the VanRaalte clothing company in Middlebury. In her later years she also worked as an aide at Porter Hospital and at CPC in Middlebury.  She was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church and the St. Genevieve Women’s Guild in Shoreham. 

Helen was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother keeping herself busy caring for her family and friends, reading, knitting and quilting. 

She is survived by her three sons and their spouses, Mike Sullivan and his wife Cindy of Toone, Tenn., George Sullivan and his wife Lorraine of Orrington, Maine, John Sullivan and his wife Robin of Orwell; five daughters, Maureen Sullivan of Catskill, Virginia Gainer and her husband Robert of Lancaster, N.H., Mary Blaise and her companion Ron Kane of Great Barrington, Mass., Jane Bouton and her husband Scott of Shoreham, Kathleen Oliver and her husband John of Sylacauga, Ala.; and one sister-in-law, Alma(Sullivan) Coffey on Deland, Fla. 

She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She is predeceased by her husband, Bernard in 1978 and her granddaughter, Lori Blaise in 2004. 

A Funeral Mass in celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. in St. Genevieve Catholic Church, Shoreham. The Rev. Justin Baker, pastor, will officiate.  Graveside committal services and interment will follow in St. Genevieve Cemetery, Shoreham.  A reception will follow at the Shoreham Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. 

Memorial Contributions in Helen’s memory made be made to the St. Genevieve Women’s Guild, c/o Phyllis Allen, 244 Barnum Hill Rd. Shoreham, VT 05770, The Shoreham First Response 297 Main Street, Shoreham, VT 05770, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754 Middlebury, VT 05753, or the Middlebury Vol. Ambulance Assoc. P.O. Box 504, Middlebury VT 05753. 

Arrangements are under the care of the Mallory Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fair Haven, VT.


May 18, 2007 

ARTHUR T. WEBSTER JR.
Born in Hudson 

ATHENS – Arthur Thomas Webster Jr., 69, of Athens, died on Monday, May 14, 2007 with his beloved wife at his side. 

He was born in Hudson on March 27, 1938 to the late Arthur T Webster Sr. and Vivian Aitken Webster. 

Art is survived by his best friend and wife of 42 years, Carol Webster. 

He was a great father to his daughters, Karen L. Alexander of Buckeye, Ariz., and Nancy L. Terrell of Middleburgh. He was “Poppy” to six grandchildren who survive him.  He is survived by his sister Joan Subtelny of Bonita Springs, Fla., and her four children. 

It was Art’s wish to be remembered in our hearts.  He was so grateful to all those who had him in their thoughts and prayers. 

A memorial service will be held at the St. Patrick’s Church on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Greene Community Hospice, in his honor.


May 19, 2007 

NOEL J. REYNOLDS
Diehard Yankees fan 

SAUGERTIES—Noel J. Reynolds, 77, of 4 Main Street, died Friday, May 18, 2007 at the Kingston City Hospital, Kingston, NY. 

Born Dec. 25, 1928 in Saugerties, he was the son of the late James A. and Rose V. Johnson Reynolds. 

A graduate of Saugerties High School, Class of 1948, he entered the United States Navy where he served for 20 years.  He was discharged in 1969 as a chief petty officer. 

In 1970 he was employed at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., for 15 years, retiring in 1985.  He then relocated back to Saugerties. 

He was a member of the Saugerties High School Class Reunion Committee and the Saugerties Bowlers Club where he bowled in the Friday Nite Mixed K of C League. 

While in Washington, D.C., he lived in Dale City, Virginia and was an active volunteer with the Three Dale Little League.  He served as the “Umpire in Chief,” taking care of scheduling and player drafts for many years.  He was an avid and diehard Yankee fan. 

Survivors include his wife, the former Kathleen Harrington Reynolds with whom he recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary; two daughters, Joanne M. Melville of Saugerties and Kathleen Reynolds of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three sons, James C. of Saugerties, John R. of Delray Beach, FL and Noel M. Reynolds of Saugerties; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Reynolds was predeceased by two brothers, Msgr. James A Reynolds and Richard Reynolds. 

His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., Corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties. 

Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion, Post 72, will be held in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.


May 21, 2007 

CHARLES H. LANGDON
NYC Transit employee 

PURLING – Charles H. Langdon Jr., 61, of Purling, and formerly of Brooklyn, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. 

Born June 26, 1945 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Charles and Louise Curd Langdon. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. 

A resident of Brooklyn for most of his life, Mr. Langdon was employed by the New York City Transit Authority, prior to his retirement. 

He had been a summer resident of Purling for many years, before moving there permanently two years ago. 

He was an active and devoted member of the Catskill Lions club and was currently serving as vice president.  In addition to his many contributions to the local Lion’s Club, he had also made contributions to the Lion’s Seeing Eye Dog Institute. 

Survivors include two sisters and a brother-in-law, Catherine and John Damato of Staten Island and Florence Pagliuca of Purling; two nieces, Dawn Damato and Debbie Damato; one nephew, Lance Pagliuca and his wife, Tara; and several great-nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a sister, Lois Gail Langdon; and a brother-in-law, Al Pagliuca. 

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

Interment will take place at the family plot of the Canarsie Cemetery of Brooklyn.   

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Women’s League, P.O. Box 341, Round Top, NY 12473.


May 21, 2007 

DAVID J. FORGEY SR.
Game Farm employee 

CATSKILL – David J. Forgey Sr., 51, of Maple Avenue, Catskill, died Friday, May 18, 2007, at Columbia Memorial Hospital. 

Born Sept. 15, 1955 in Pittsfield, Mass., he was the son of Richard and Doris Rockwell Forgey. 

He was an employee of the Catskill Game Farm.

A calling hour and memorial service will be held 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo. 

A complete obituary will follow.


May 21, 2007 

KATHLEEN PLOSS
C
ashier 

SAUGERTIES – Kathleen E. Ploss, 58, of Ploss Road, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. 

Born June 24, 1948 in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Dorothy DuBois Markle. 

A lifetime resident, Mrs. Ploss was formerly employed as a cashier at the Saugerties Grand Union and Stewart’s Ice Cream and Big Scott’s both of Kingston.

She was a member of the Dayspring Assembly of God and the American Cancer Society. 

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, William; four sons, Bryan A. of Saugerties, William E. Jr. of Hurley, David L. of Wappinger Falls and Darin J. Ploss of Saugerties; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by a grandson, Payton W. Ploss. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets with the Rev. Jeff Heidt, pastor of the Dayspring Assembly of God , officiating. 

Interment will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.


May 22, 2007 

JOYCE ADAMS
Hunter Mountain employee 

GRAND GORGE – Joyce F. Adams, 65, of Park Lane, died suddenly Sunday, May 20, 2007 at the Margaretville Memorial Hospital. 

She was born November 11, 1941 in Phoenicia daughter of the late George and Florence Buchanan Kirk. 

She was a native of the Catskill Mountains who had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Eden Park in Cobleskill for more than 10 years. 

She was employed at Rotron in Woodstock and Olive for approximately 14 years, and most recently had worked in food services at Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl.

She was an avid NASCAR fan, who enjoyed gardening, reading, and baking. 

Surviving are her daughter Angelina Wiebke of Rosendale, two sons; Nick Loiacono of Saugerties, and John Loiacono of Olivebridge;  brother Albert “Albie” Kirk of Phoenicia; two sisters, Sherry Ostrander of Grand Gorge, and Lillian Burke of Saugerties; three stepchildren, six grandchildren and six step-grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. 

She was predeceased by her brothers Wilbur “Buster” and George R. Kirk, and 2 step-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia with the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt as celebrant. 

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 116 Main St., Delhi, NY 13753. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, Phoenicia.


May 22, 2007 

JON THOMAS BRANLEY
Arrangements incomplete 

ATHENS – Jon Thomas Branley, 65, of Athens, died Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. 

Arrangements with the Bates and Anderson/Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home are incomplete.


May 22, 2007 

HARRY GUNDERUD
Navy veteran

SAUGERTIES – Harry R. Gunderud, 83, of Barclay Lane, died May 20, 2007 in the Reformed Church Nursing Home, Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Born Nov. 19, 1923 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Einar and Gertrude Johnsen Gunderud. 

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was award the North Atlantic Combat Bar. 

He was employed as a Merchant Seaman. 

He was a member of Ulster Lodge No. 193 F&AM, the Sons of Norway and a Life member of the Saugerties American Legion Post No. 72. 

He was predeceased by three wives, Ruth Vivian, Helen and Edith. 

He is survived by two sons, Richard of Hazlet, NJ and Stanley Gunerud of Poughkeepsie; two daughters, Barbara Rutigliano of Matawan, NJ and Harriet Clifford of Toms River, NJ; two brothers, John and Hans Gunderud, both of Saugerties; sister, Lilian Larkin of Kingston; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets with Rev. Edward R. Schreiber, pastor of the Saugerties Atonement Lutheran Church officiating. 

Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion will be in Mount Marion Cemetery.


May 22, 2007 

DOROTHY LA MERE
Devoted grandmother 

COXSACKIE – Dorothy LaMere, 80, of Crown Point, formerly of Coxsackie, died May 10, 2007. 

Born in Lewis on March 28, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Mary (Green) Whittemore. 

She moved to Coxsackie in 1962 and later to Crown Point three years ago. 

She retired as a nurse’s aide at the Greene County Nursing Home. 

She loved to crochet, play Bingo and donate her cooking to bake sales for local organizations and churches. 

She was also a devoted grandmother and loved her children. 

She is survived by a son, Frank LaMere and wife Donna of Coxsackie; daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Dolores) Williams of Crown Point, Mrs. John (Darlene) Knott and Mrs. James (Georg) Robedee, both of Coxsackie; 13 grandchildren, Travis, Dorthea, Bobbi-Jo, Richard, Maryann, Richard Jr., John, Jason, Tim, Nicole, David, Burnadette and Michael; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by two sons, Richard and George Jr. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the W.C. Brady’s sons Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. 

Interment will follow next to her husband, George, who predeceased her in 1994, in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206-2083.


May 22, 2007 

CHRISTIAN L. MARTENS
Former Greenville town supervisor 

GREENVILLE – Christian L. Martens, 71, on Sunday, May 20, 2007, went quietly with God after an extended bout with cancer. 

Christian was born in 1936 in Hempstead, Long Island. 

He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1954.  He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an electrician’s mate aboard the USS Cambria, APA 36, with the sixth fleet. 

After his discharge from the navy he joined the LI Lighting Company.  For 10 years he worked in the Maintenance and Control Room Operation of the E.F. Barrett Power Station. 

He enjoyed playing in the softball league at Jones Beach. 

From 1969 to 1996 Chris worked as a master electrician in Greene County.  He volunteered his time to the Freehold Volunteer Fire Company.  He gave over 35 years of dedicated service to freehold as a fireman and as their treasurer.  He was an active member of the Catskill Mountain Electric League and the Greenville Republican Club. 

Chris was an avid supporter of the local community and served on the Greenville town board from 1989 to 1995 and was elected town supervisor in 1996 after finishing the previous supervisor’s term.  During his time in office he was motivated to preserving the small town quality of life in Greenville. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Eleanor; his three children, Suzanne Cumm and her husband Rick and their three children, Lauren, Emma and Spencer; Nicole Ryan and her husband Tim along with their four children, Katherine, Nathan, Timmy, and Shannon; Christian Martens and his wife Laurie and their four girls, Anna, Sarah, Julia and Sophia; his sister Doris Stuart and her husband Dave; and five nieces and nephews, Cindy Schiller, Mark Stuart, Timothy Stuart, Amy Brock, Steven Stuart and their families. 

Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 23 at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 23 from 4-8 p.m. prior to the service. 

The Freehold Volunteer Fire Company will conduct services at the funeral home on Wed. at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Cancer Society on Chris’ behalf. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


May 23, 2007

JON THOMAS BRANLEY
U.S. Army veteran 

ATHENS – Jon Thomas Branley, 65 of Athens, died May 19, 2007 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. 

Born Dec. 29, 1941 in Newburgh, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Margaret Branley. 

He was the former owner and operator of the Warren Inn in Hudson for more than 33 years. 

Jon served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. 

He is survived by his wife, Dietlinde (Pohl) Branley of Athens; daughters, Stephanie Branley of New Baltimore; son, Andrew Branley of Athens; sister, Emma Lynn of Feura Bush; granddaughters, Madeleine de Moulpied of New Baltimore; five grandsons, Andrew J. Branley and Christian Branley, both of Chatham, Brandon Coates of Athens, and Michael and Matthew de Moulpied, both of Clifton Park, and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bates and Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. 

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.


May 23, 2007 

DAVID FORGEY
Animal handler 

CATSKILL – David Forgey, 51, of 60 Maple Ave., Catskill, died Friday, May 18, 2007 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. 

Born Sept. 15, 1955 in Pittsfield, Mass., he was the son of the late Doris and Richard Forgey. 

He was formerly a roofer before being injured on the job and also had worked as an animal handler at the Catskill Game Farm. 

Dave loved music and art.  He played the drums, guitar and enjoyed sketching and drawing. He was the great-grandson of Norman Rockwell, to whom he attributed his artistic abilities. 

He will be sadly missed by his friends, many of whom knew him as “Uncle Dave.” 

In addition to his parents of Westfield, Mass., he was predeceased by his wife Lori Teator of Cairo. 

He is survived by his son, David Forgey Jr. and fiancé Celina Bohemier of Oak Hill; four brothers, Richard Forgey Jr., Sam Forgey, John Forgey and Donald Forgey of Westfield, Mass.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.  All are welcome. 


May 23, 2007 

CHRISTIAN L. MARTENS
Former Greenville town supervisor 

GREENVILLE – Christian L. Martens, 71, on Sunday, May 20, 2007, went quietly with God after an extended bout with cancer. 

Christian was born in 1936 in Hempstead, Long Island. 

He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1954.  He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an electrician’s mate aboard the USS Cambria, APA 36, with the sixth fleet. 

After his discharge from the navy he joined the LI Lighting Company.  For 10 years he worked in the Maintenance and Control Room Operation of the E.F. Barrett Power Station. 

He enjoyed playing in the softball league at Jones Beach. 

From 1969 to 1996 Chris worked as a master electrician in Greene County.  He volunteered his time to the Freehold Volunteer Fire Company.  He gave over 35 years of dedicated service to freehold as a fireman and as their treasurer.  He was an active member of the Catskill Mountain Electric League and the Greenville Republican Club. 

Chris was an avid supporter of the local community and served on the Greenville town board from 1989 to 1995 and was elected town supervisor in 1996 after finishing the previous supervisor’s term.  During his time in office he was motivated to preserving the small town quality of life in Greenville. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Eleanor; his three children, Suzanne Cumm and her husband Rick and their three children, Lauren, Emma and Spencer; Nicole Ryan and her husband Tim along with their four children, Katherine, Nathan, Timmy, and Shannon; Christian Martens and his wife Laurie and their four girls, Anna, Sarah, Julia and Sophia; his sister Doris Stuart and her husband Dave; and five nieces and nephews, Cindy Schiller, Mark Stuart, Timothy Stuart, Amy Brock, Steven Stuart and their families. 

Funeral service will be today at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 23 from 4-8 p.m. prior to the service. 

The Freehold Volunteer Fire Company will conduct services at the funeral home on Wed. at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Cancer Society on Chris’ behalf. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


May 24, 2007 

CAROLYN A. HAHN
Secretary 

COXSACKIE – Carolyn A. Hahn, 57, of 1344 Flint Mine Rd., Coxsackie, died May 23, 2007, Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, after a long illness. 

She was born in Queens, N.Y. Dec. 31, 1949, and was the daughter of the late Clifford and Patrician (O’Toole) Hahn. 

She had been an area resident since 1998. She loved nature and loved to be at the beach and fishing.  She was deeply devoted to her family and friends.  Prior to her retirement, she was a secretary for the Sam Goody’s Record Co. of Long Island City, N.Y. 

She is survived by a sister Mrs. Joseph (Patricia) McDowell of Coxsackie, two nieces, Cherelyn Volpert of Kingston and Melissa Hahn of Nassau, N.Y. 

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

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

Interment of her cremains and also the cremains of her mother and her father will be interred at a later date. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12413.


May 24, 2007 

DOUGLAS McCARTY
CSA employee 

COXSACKIE – Douglas James McCarty, 61, of Hannacroix, died suddenly, May 22, 2007, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, N.Y. 

Douglas was born on Aug. 22, 1945, in N.Y.C., and was raised in the Nyack/Tappan area, and was the son of the late Francis McCarty and Elizabeth (Gordian) McCarty of Hannacroix.  In 1962 he and his parents moved to Hannacroix where he has resided for 45 years. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, at 11 a.m., at the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Coxsackie, with Rev. John Moyna, pastor, the celebrant. 

Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie, with full military honors. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, N.Y. on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife Dorothy A. (Feth) McCarty of Hannacroix, whom he married in 1966 who was his childhood sweetheart, also survived by his daughter Brenda A. and her husband Michael M. Spinner of Ravena, a brother Eugene and his wife Ellen McCarty of Tappan, N.Y., a sister Irene and her husband Bill Scott of Greenville, two grandchildren Matthew M. Spinner and Andrew A. Spinner, both of Ravena, and also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

He served his country in the United States army from 1965 to 1967 and served in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1967.  He was a member of the American Legion Post of New Baltimore.  He retired in 2005 from CSX Railroad in Selkirk as a conductor, after 37 years of service.  He was an avid gardener, and master craftsman with oak-building many beautiful pieces of furniture, he was a master of woodworking refurbishing antique cook stoves. 

Besides his father, Douglas was predeceased by his brother Frank.


May 24, 2007 

MARCIA LUCILLE WALDRON
Avid NASCAR fan 

CATSKILL – Marcia Lucille Waldron, 64, of Catskill, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at Eden Park Health Care Center where she had been a patient since April 10. 

Mrs. Waldron was born in Coxsackie on July 31, 1942 to the late Frederick and Phyllis Collier Van Zandt. 

She was an avid NASCAR and dirt track racing fan who also loved caring for her family. 

Mrs. Waldron is survived by her daughter Dawn Raffiani; son and daughter-in-law Charles and Diane Raffiani, all of Catskill; three grandchildren, Jill Raffiani of Troy, Charles Raffiani, currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and Mikayla Rivenburgh of Catskill; two sisters, Sherry Blanck of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Phyllis Gabrielle of Catskill; brother-in-law Douglas Waldron of Coxsackie; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband Donald Waldron in October of 2005. 

A Committal Service will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. in the Town of Catskill Cemetery with the Rev. Retta Lykens, Pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church officiating. 

Private cremation was conducted on Wednesday, May 23 at the Albany Rural Crematorium under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. 

Electronic condolences may be posted on-line at www.millspaughcamerato.com.


May 27, 2007 

HARRIET MAE PACK
Devoted to her family 

WESTERLO – Harriet Mae Peck, 77, of Westerlo, died May 25, 2007 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. 

Born in Dormansville May 14, 1930, she was the second of 17 children born to the late Theodore and Lena (Fisher) Lounsbury. 

She attended the one room schoolhouse in Dormansville until Greenville Central School was built, and where she later graduated. 

She was the beloved wife of 56 years of Robert Peck. 

She is survived by children, Robert Peck Jr., Deborah Parker (Bill), Sharon Timmis (Harry), Pamela Boehlke and Susan Davis (Joseph); 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Janice Lounsbury, Betty Jean Mueller, Sandra Rose, Patrick, John, William, Dennis and Terry Lounsbury. 

She was predeceased by daughter, Wanda Ciccone; granddaughter, Dana Bushnell; sisters, Janet Berkhofer and Marjorie White; and brothers, Theodore, Harold, Lloyd, Clyde and Roger Lounsbury.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends for all of the love that she shared. 

Funeral services will be noon Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.  Friends may call the funeral home Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the services. 

Interment will be in the Onesquethaw Cemetery.

Those who wish to contribute may do so in her memory to the Dormansville United Methodist Church.


May 27, 2007 

PHILIP STEELE
Opera singer 

GREENVILLE – Philip J. Steele, 71, of Greenville, died suddenly at his home on May 22, 2007. 

Born in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 15, 1936, he was the son of the late Oscar and Angela (Tristano) Steele. 

Philip was educated at the Julliard School of Music in New York City where he studied voice. 

He performed with the New York City Opera Co. and various opera companies throughout the country. He performed on Broadway in the Phantom of the Opera for several years and was also a private teacher of voice in New Jersey. 

He served in the U.S. Army where he participated in the Nevada Atom Bomb testing program and was honored as the base soldier of the month on two occasions. 

He is survived by his brother, James Steele of Union Conn., sister, Angela Steele; two nieces, Dina Wilson and Linda Soriero, and nephew Edmund Soriero.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3-5 and 7-9p.m. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.


May 28, 2007 

CLYDE L. FILKINS 

WESTERLO—Interment for Clyde L. Filkins, who died Feb. 17, 2007, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. 

All relatives and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. 

Arrangements are with the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


May 28, 2007 

CAROL NEMETH
C
omplete obit to follow 

ATHENS—Carol O. Nemeth, 79, of Livingson Street, Athens, died Sunday, May 27, 2007 at her residence. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North St., Athens. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church in Athens. 

Interment will be in the family plot of the Old Athens Rural Cemetery next to her late husband who predeceased her on May 27, 2006. 

Memorial contributions may be made to community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.  A complete obituary will follow.


May 28, 2007 

RUDI A. REINEKE
Purchasing, sales manager 

PRATTSVILLE – Rudi A. Reineke, 79, of Prattsville, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at the Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford. 

Born Dec. 31, 1928 in New Haven, Conn., he was the son of the late Rudolph G. Reineke and Anna Arnemann. 

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. 

Mr. Reineke worked as a purchasing and sales manager in the steel industry, having worked many years for Bethlehem Steel and Bundy Steel, both in New York City. 

After living in Norwalk, Conn. for many years, after retiring, he moved to Prattsville with his wife of 55 years, Patricia Hoey Reineke, who survives him. 

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Kathryn Meyering of Middletown, Regina Raleigh of Cazenovia and Gretchen Kilmartin of Wilton, Conn.; two sons, Robert Reineke of Plainfield, Ill. and Paul Reineke of Valparaiso, Ind.and 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham. 

A Mass of Resurrection will be held noon Thursday at St. Theresa’s Church, Windham with Rev. James Schifer officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Robinson Terrace Nursing Home, Stamford, NY 12167; Catskill Community Hospice, Catskill, NY 12414; or St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Windham, NY 12496.


May 28, 2007 

PHILIP STEELE
Opera singer 

GREENVILLE – Philip J. Steele, 71, of Greenville, died at his home on May 22, 2007. 

Born Feb. 15, 1936 in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Oscar and Angela Tristano Steele. 

He was educated at the Julliard School of Music in New York City where he studied voice. 

He served in the U.S. Army where he participated in the Nevada Atom Bomb testing program and was honored as the base soldier of the month on two occasions. 

He performed with the New York City Opera Co. and various opera companies throughout the country. He performed on Broadway in the “Phantom of the Opera” for several years and was also a private teacher of voice in Teaneck, NJ. 

Survivors include his brother, James Steele of Union Conn., sister, Angela Steele of Brooklyn; two nieces, Dina Wilson and Linda Soriero, and nephew Edmund Soriero. 

Calling hours will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville. 

 Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oak Hill. 

Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.


May 29, 2007

FREDERICK K.FAUSEL
Arrangements incomplete 

COXSACKIE—ENC Frederick K. “Ken” Fausel, U.S. Navy, (retired) of Grand Bay, Ala., formerly of Coxsackie, died Monday, May 28, 2007. 

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


May 29, 2007 

CAROL O. NEMETH
NY Tel. employee 

ATHENS – Carol O. Nemeth, 72, of Livingston Street in Athens, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at her residence after a long illness. 

Born in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred Clarkson Overbaugh. 

A lifetime area resident, Mrs. Nemeth was retired from NY Tel. as an office manager. 

She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Athens where she was the organist and a choir member at one time. 

She enjoyed working with charitable organizations, solving puzzles, dining out and collectibles. 

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Frank T. and Brenda Nemeth Jr. of Athens and David B. Nemeth of Vlarde, N.M.; a brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Linda Overbaugh of Earlton; five sisters, Jackie Fazone of New York City, Mary Di Masi of Watervliet, Joan Hayes of California, Jean Coons of South Carolina and Leslie Groneman of Athens; two grandchildren, Steven and Matthew; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, on May 28, 2006; and two brothers, Robert and William. 

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church, Athens, with the rev. James Borstelmann officiating. 

Interment will follow next to her husband in the Old Athens Rural Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


May 29, 2007       

PHYLLIS VAN VALKENBURGH
GE employee 

BURNT HILLS—Phyllis M. Van Valkenburgh, 85, died Saturday, May 26, 2007. 

Born Aug. 18, 1921 in Ashland, she was the daughter of the late Shirley L. and Dorothy Clarke Holcomb. 

Mrs. Van Valkenburgh worked at GE during World War II. 

She enjoyed the outdoors, bike riding, board games, books and camping with her family. 

After living in Arizona and Florida for several years, she and her family eventually settled in upstate New York, spending time in the Catskills, Latham and most recently Burnt Hills.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronald and Irene Van Valkenburgh and Larry Van Valkenburgh; a daughter, Deborah Van Valkenburgh; a brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Helen Holcomb; a sister-in-law, May Holcomb; three grandchildren, Renee Van Valkenburgh, Mindy DiFranco and husband, Peter and Curtis Van Valkenburgh and wife, Christie; four great-grandchildren; an aunt; and a cousin. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas, on June 7, 1988; and a brother, Leslie, in March 2005. 

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Interment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.


May 30, 2007 

LOLITA LYNN BOOMHOWER
Lived in California 

PETALUMA, Calif. – Lolita Lynn Boomhower, 40 of California, died unexpectedly on May 16, 2007. 

She was born May 11, 1967, the daughter of Mamie Zibura Strong and Edward Ernest Boomhower, Jr. 

She moved to California from New York in 1980 with her brothers and mother, Mamie, and became a true California girl who embraced the Golden State with great exuberance. 

She was the loving and devoted mother of Jesse James and Jack Edward Courts, twin boys age 3 ½.

She loved life and when she walked into a room, all eyes were on her beautiful smile which also reflected her love of life. 

She was the stepdaughter of John G. Strong; the sister of Curtis Frank Boomhower and Bradley Edward Boomhower and wife Tracy; and aunt to Bradley and Elizabeth Boomhower.  She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

A “Celebration of Lolita’s Life” will be held at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Bank of West, c/o Jesse James and Jack Edward Courts Education Trust, Petaluma, Calif.


May 30, 2007 

JAMES PETER ‘JIMMY D’ DANNER
Owned town truck company

GREENVILLE – James Peter “Jimmy D” Danner Sr., 53, of Greenville, died suddenly May 27, 2007. 

Born Oct. 25, 1953 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late James L. and Veronica (Byrne) Danner. 

His parents died when he was very young and never graduating from high school he rose against the odds and became a successful businessman. 

He created and operated the largest tow truck company in Brooklyn.  He sold the business and moved to Greenville with his wife and two sons, here again creating a successful transportation business.  At a young age he built his dream home and his dream live. 

He was a long time member of the Greenville Fire Department. He was a black belt in martial arts. He loved his race car buddies and Texas Hold’em.  He loved life, played hard and lived it to its fullest. 

Surviving are his wife, Debra (Malone) Danner; two sons, James P. Danner Jr. and John M. Danner; and a brother Daniel Danner. 

Services will be at a later date.  Arrangements are with the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


May 30, 2007 

FREDERICK K. FAUSEL
U.S. Navy, retired 

COXSACKIE – Frederick K. (Ken) Fausel, 63, died May 28, 2007 in Pascagula, Miss., after a long illness. 

A resident of Grand Bay, Ala., he was born Jan. 18, 1944 in Albany to the late Edward J. Fausel and Agnes M. Guyette. 

He attended Albany Public Schools, and was a 1963 graduate of Albany High School. 

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1963 and served until 1988.  He served on the River Assault Group (RAG) in Vietnam from Dec. 1967 to Jan. 1969.  He received several military medals including multiple Purple Hearts. 

In addition to his mother, he is survived by brothers, Edward A. (Dorothy) of Essex Junction, VT, and Gerald W. (Diane) of Coxsackie; sister, Mary P. (Frank) Rose of Albany; 10 nieces and nephews, 17 great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends. 

Arrangements locally are under the direction of W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours Thursday from 6-8 p.m. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie. 

Interment with full military honors will follow in the family plot of the Calvary Cemetery in Glenmont. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America or any Veterans organization.


May 31, 2007 

HARRY G. ABRAMS
Born in Catskill 

CAIRO – Harry G. Abrams, 60, of South Cairo, died May 29, 2007 at Columbia-Memorial Hospital in Hudson. 

Born Sept 3, 1946 in Catskill, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Edith (Pulis) Abrams. 

He was an employee of Ryder/MG Convoy of Selkirk prior to his disability. 

He is survived by his wife, Corinne (Carter) Abrams of South Cairo; children, Stanley J. Florek Jr. of Freehold, Sherry Raynor of Cairo and Melissa Cameron of Freehold; goddaughter , Barbara McBain, five grandchildren, Samantha MacArthur, Courtney MacArthur, Noel Raynor,  Amber Florek and Isaiah Florek; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends may call at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo from noon to 2 p.m. Friday with a 2 p.m. funeral service with the Rev. Victor Nelson officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


May 31, 2007 

ANNE LAWN
Born in Queens 

WINDHAM –Anne Lawn, 53, of Conesville, N.Y., died suddenly on Monday, May 28, 2007. 

She was born on Feb. 6, 1954 in Queens, N.Y. 

She is survived by her companion John Villafane, her children Jack, William and Larry Lawn.  She is also survived by one grandson. 

Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 1, 2007 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again at 7 to 9 p.m. at Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham. 

Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Church, Main Street, Windham, N.Y., with the Rev. James Schiffer as celebrant. 

Private cremation to follow at Vale Cemetery, Schenectady.


May 31, 2007 

KATHERINE L. WEST
Homemaker devoted to family 

ATHENS – Katherine L. West, 80, of Schoharie Turnpike, Village of Athens, died May 30, 2007 at the Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

She was born in Catskill on Jan. 31, 1927 and was the daughter of the late Basil C. and Louise C. (Fredenburg) Rivenburg. 

Katherine has been an area resident of the Village of Athens for over 50 years.  She was a great homemaker, loved to crochet, bake and care for her flowers.  She was extremely devoted to her family and deeply devoted to her four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by two daughters; Mrs. Garry (Janet) Palmer of Catskill and Mrs. Normal (Barbara) Lane of Athens; also surviving are four brothers, Sherwood Rivenburg of Catskill, Frederick Rivenburg of Florida, George Rivenburg of Catskill and Edward Rivenburg of Florida; two sisters, Helen Salvato of Vermont and Virginia Hagan of New Jersey; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Besides her parents and her husband, she is predeceased by two brothers, Willard Rivenburg and Lawrence Rivenburg. 

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon Street, Athens of Saturday, June 2, 2007 from noon to 2 p.m. 

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Retta Lykens officiating. 

Interment will follow next to her late husband Elmer who predeceased her on Aug. 17, 1994, in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.  Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home for you convenience.


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