Obituaries from the Daily Mail
January 2002

Transcribed by Annette Campbell
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


January  2, 2002

THEODORE H. OVERBAUGH
Electrician for Bauer Electric

WINDSOR, Conn.---Theodore (Ted) Harry Overbaugh, 81, of Windsor, Conn, beloved husband for 59 years to Marjorie (Hotchkiss) Overbaugh, died Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at Hartford Hospital.

Born October 11, 1920, in Kiskatom, son of the late Harry Bovee Overbaugh and Ethel Ormerod, he lived in Windsor for 29 years and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. for seven years.  Mr. Overbaugh moved to Florida for 12 years and returned to Windsor three years ago.

He attended local schools and was a graduate of Catskill High School, Class of 1939.  He served in the US Navy during WW11 on PT boats in the South Pacific.  Mr. Overbaugh was employed in Hartford as an Electrician at Bauer Electric for 28 years and at Freedman Electric for five years prior to his retirement. Before he moved to Connecticut, he worked for Central Hudson as a lineman. He received a pin for 55 years of service from the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Mr. Overbaugh was a member of the First Church of Windsor Congregational, Oriental Lodge in Martha's Vineyard and a former member of the Windsor Lodge Elks.  He was past president of Bayside Kiwanis Club, Fort Myers, Fla. and a past supervisor and vice president of the Dukes County Conservation District, Martha's Vineyard.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, two sons, Jerry B. Overbaugh of Portland, Me, and John Overbaugh of Windsor, a daughter, Deborah (Overbaugh) Hallgren of Windsor, a sister, Catherine Brandow of Leeds, a brother, Jerry Overbaugh of Rensselaerville, seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Overbaugh Black, in August 1994. 

Services were held Saturday, 1 pm at the First Church of Windsor Congregational.  Interment followed with full military honors at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery. 


January  2, 2002

CHARLES F. WILDERMAN
Truck Driver

Westerlo---Charles F. Wilderman, 63, of Westerlo died suddenly Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.  Born March 14, 1938, in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Mary (Meuller) Wilderman.

Mr. Wilderman was a lifelong truck driver, driving for Gorman Brothers out of the Port of Albany. He loved his card games, bowling, hunting, and was a goodwill ambassador to his many friends, neighbors and family members and was also fond of and kind to animals. He loved dearly his family. As all of his family and friends knew, he was always ready for his "afternoon beer".

Survivors include his daughter, Terry (Kevin) Winne of Westerlo; a son, Charles J. Wilderman of Westerlo; his grandchildren, Caleb Winne and Crystal Wilderman; his stepgrandchildren, Felicia and Angela Rennick; his longtime friend and companion, Joan Winne; and his wife, Dolores Wilderman of Cobleskill.

Calling hours will be 4-8 pm Thursday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Interment will be at the Westerlo Central Cemetery.  Due to medical problems, relatives and friends are requested to refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and after shave.  The family thanks you for your consideration.


January 4, 2002

JAMES L. HALLENBECK
Former Catskill area resident

CATSKILL---James L. Hallenbeck, 72, of Margate, Fla., and former longtime Catskill area resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002 at Rex Healthcare Hospital in Raleigh, NC.  Born Jan. 29, 1929, in Hudson, he was the son of the late Howard and Edna (Decker) Hallenbeck.

Mr. Hallenbeck attended grade school and high school at St. Mary's Academy in Hudson. After high school he served in the US Army from November 1950 to October 1952, earning an Army of Occupation Medal in Germany.  On June 6, 1954, he wed Nancy Cifelli of Catskill.

Mr. Hallenbeck was employed in New York for many years with Supermarket Distributors. While in New York he was an active member of St. Patricks Holy Name Society in Catskill.  In 1978 he moved to Florida and began working for IBM in Boca Raton. He retired from IBM in 1988 as a department technician. Following his retirement he enjoyed his life with his loving wife Nancy.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ann Hallenbeck of Margate, Fla.; two sons, Benedict Joseph Hallenbeck of Raleigh, NC and James L. Hallenbeck, Jr. and wife Lisa of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Jason and Jack Hallenbeck of Raleigh;  two brothers, Harold and John Hallenbeck, both of Hudson.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Sheri Marie Hallenbeck; two sisters, Margaret Hallenbeck and Rose Kovatch; three brothers, Howard, Richard and Edward Hallenbeck.

Mr. Hallenbeck was blessed with a loving family and many friends, all of whom will treasure his memory forever.  Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm Monday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 am Tuesday at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Bridge Street, Catskill.  Interment will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Catskill.


January 4, 2002

GENESIO BENVENUTO
Sweeney attends calling hours

CAIRO---Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Friday at 3 pm at St. James Church in Chatham with Fr. Garry, pastor, celebrating the Mass for Genesio "Jerry" Benvenuto of Route 66, Ghent, who died suddenly Jan. 1, 2002, at Columbia Memorial Hospital emergency room in Hudson.

Interment was held in the family plot of St. James Cemetery in Ghent. Relatives and friends called at the Valenti & Richards Funeral Home, Town Hall Drive, Greenport, along with the following organizations; Columbia County Sheriff's Department, Hudson, Hudson Police Department, Hudsons Sons & Daughters of Italy, American Legion Post No. 42, Ghent VFW and many other organizations. US Rep. John Sweeney attended the calling hours.  The pallbearers were: Harvey McCagg, Richard Fiero, Richard Green, Kenneth Wilbur, Daren Lanphaer, Michael Clunis, Jack Mesick Jr. and Guido Lippera.  Honorary bearers were Jack Mesick Sr. and Stanley Novine.


January 5, 2002

LUCILLE C. STRUSS
Born in Puerto Rico

WEST COXSACKIE---Lucille C. Struss, 79, of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, died Friday at Columbia Memorial Hospital, in Hudson.  Mrs. Struss was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Guielmo Torres and Victoria Garcia. She previously lived in Yonkers for 15 years and worked as a waitress at Wilsker's in Yonkers.

She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Coxsackie, the Columbiettes, Bethany Village Tenants Association, and Coxsackie Area Senior Citizens.  She was a volunteer for the Greene County Department of Aging and an elections inspector for the Greene County Board of Elections.

Mrs. Struss is survived by her children, William Struss of Wappinger's Falls; Lorraine Hoey of Zephyr Hills, Fla;  John Struss of Yonkers; and Lisa Struss, of LaGrange;  A brother, Victor Torres, of San Diego, Calif., 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, John Michael Struss; her brothers, Bennie Torres and Willy Torres; grand daughter Heidi Struss; a great grandson, Alex Struss.

Calling hours are 7-9 pm Sunday at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Monday at Blessed Kateri Church, Route 82, LaGrangeville. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.


January 7, 2002 

WILLIAM G. DUNBAR
Operating Engineer for Peckham Industries

WINDHAM---William G. Dunbar, 74, of Windham, died Friday, January 4, 2002 at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.  Born June 14, 1927 in Lexington, he was the son of the late John Dunbar and the late Grace (Makely) Dunbar.  Mr. Dunbar married his wife of 45 years, Margaret, on July 6, 1956.

He was an Army WW11 veteran, and worked for Peckham Industries for 42 years as an Operating Engineer.  Mr. Dunbar was a member of Windham Fire Company and the James F. Carty VFW Post 1545.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret and his children, daughter, Donna Russell, daughter, Diane Phelps, son, Captain John J. Dunbar, son, Steve Dunbar, daughter, Barbara Blake, son, Audry Dunbar, daughter, Pamela Hidecker, and son Kevin Dunbar, as well as 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were conducted 2-4 and 7-9 pm Sunday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St. Windham. A service was held 8 pm officiated by Rev. David Overton. Private cremation will follow at the Wiltwyck Cemetery, Kingston.


January 7, 2002 

OLGA GIORDANO
Palenville resident

PALENVILLE---Olga Giordano, 87, died Saturday, January 5, 2002 at Kingston Hospital.  Born May 27, 1914 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Peter and Mary Delphinou Cheuces.

She is survived by a son, Gregory Giordano of Lodi, NJ.  She was predeceased by her husband, Dominic Giordano in 1998.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at a time and place to be announced. Interment will be in St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery, Barclay Heights, Saugerties. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Buono Funeral Services, Inc., Saugerties.


January 7, 2002 

BERTHA M. LANDON
Registered nurse

CATSKILL---Bertha Margaret Landon, 75, of Catskill, died Saturday, Jan 5, 2002, at Eden Park Nursing Home, where she had been a patient since November.  Born Jan. 22, 1926, in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Beatrice (Thompkins) Freer.

Mrs. Landon was a retired registered nurse for Greene County Memorial Hospital. She graduated from Catskill High School and Hartwick College. She was a registered nurse for 42 years and a member of the New York State Nurses Association, Chapter 293 Order of the Eastern Star, Reach for Recovery Breast Cancer Survivors and the United Methodist Church.

She served as a volunteer for Central Assessment with Greene County Department of Social Services.

Survivors include a son, the Rev. Jeff Landon of Spiceland, Ind.; a daughter, Kim Landon of Clinton, NY; a granddaughter, Julie Silverstrim of Clinton; a grandson, Justin Landon of Coxsackie; and a sister, Frances Freer Monahan of Catskill.  Mrs. Landon was predeceased by her husband, John Landon, on June 22, 1985, and a brother, Roy Freer, Jr.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill  Funeral services will be 10 am Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Catskill. Pastor Lee Hardgrove will officiate. Interment will be at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.  

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or United methodist Church.


January 7, 2002 

VICTOR LEROY RIVENBURGH
Member Citizen's Hose Co, No. 5

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CATSKILL---Victor Leroy  Rivenburgh, age 79, died Saturday, Jan 5, 2002 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, where he had been a patient. Born Nov. 6, 1922 in Catskill, he was the son of the late Harold and Bessie VanLoan Rivenburgh.  Mr. Rivenburgh was a member of Citizen's Hose Co. No. 5 and the Greene County Fire Police.

He was employed by the New York Central Railroad for 10 years. Operated Village Taxi  for two years, shuttle driver with Chapman Auto Sales and culinary assistant at the Skyline Restaurant in Catskill for many years.  Mr. Rivenburgh served in the US Naval Reserves in New York City from 1948 to 1953 and with the Army National Guard in Hudson during 1956.  He served in the Army during WW11 having attained the rank of Private First Class. He enlisted on Nov. 21 1944 at Syracuse and discharged on February 10, 1946 at Fort Dix, NJ.

Survivors include a son Kenneth D. Rivenburgh of Colorado Springs, CO; son David M. Rivenburgh of Catskill;  son Paul B. Rivenburgh of Catskill; son Harold L. Rivenburgh of Catskill; son Richard Rivenburgh of Latham; son Teddy Rivenburgh;  Daughter, Nancy Powell, daughter Patricia Harper of Missouri; Tommy Rivenburgh, of Pine Plains and former wife Wanda Rivenburgh of Watervliet.  Thirteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rivenburgh was predeceased by his wife Theresa Rivenburgh on March 30, 2001, two sisters and three brothers.  Calling hours will be conducted 7 to 9 pm Wednesday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home  in Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Memorial services will be 10 am Thursday at the funeral home. Private cremation took place Monday January 7 at the Albany Rural Crematorium.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


January 7, 2002

LUCILLE C. STRUSS
Born in Puerto Rico

WEST COXSACKIE - Lucille C. Struss, 79 of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, died Friday at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Mrs. Struss was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Guielmo Torres and Victoria Garcia. She previously lived in Yonkers for 15 years, and worked as a waitress at Wilsker's, in Yonkers.

She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Coxsackie, the Columbiettes, Bethany Village Tenants Association, and Coxsackie Area Senior Citizens. She was a volunteer for the Greene County Department of Aging and an elections inspector for the Greene County Board of Elections.

Mrs. Struss is survived by her children, William Struss, of Wappingers Falls; Lorraine Hoey of Zephyr Hills, Fla; John Struss of Yonkers; and Lisa Struss, of LaGrange; a brother, Victor Torres of San Diego, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and six grandchildren . She was predeceased by her husband, John Michael Struss; her brothers, Bennie Torres and Willy Torres; granddaughter, Heidi Struss; and great-grandson, Alex Struss.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Blessed Kateri Church, Route 82 LaGrangeville. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.


January 8, 2002

IDA B. WOODARD
Secretary and bookkeeper

GREENVILLE---Ida B. Woodard, 81, of Medusa, died Jan 7, 2002 at Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent.  She was born in the Town of Westerlo on Feb. 1, 1920, daughter of the late Jesse and Grace (Boomhower) Clickman.

She was a retired secretary-bookkeeper for Spick Products in Athens.  She was predeceased by her husband, Jay Woodard, and two brothers, Charles and Levi Clickman.  Surviving are a daughter, Viola Hogan of Medusa, four sisters, Viola Lindenfelser of Medusa, Dorothy Newell of Westerlo, Louella Palmer of Greenville and Ruth Trevail of Catskill; two brothers, John Clickman of Greenville and Donald Clickman of Ravena; and several nieces and nephews.

As to her wishes, cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery and interment will be at the Medusa Cemetery.


January 11, 2002

ROSE CUCICH
Operated Pineview Restaurant

PURLING---Rose Cucich, 78, of  Route 31, Purling, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, after suffering injuries in a one car automobile accident not far from her home.  Mrs. Cucich was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Antoinette Antignano.  She was a research technician for Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City before moving to Greene County in 1955.

While living in Purling, Mrs. Cucich and her husband, Mario Cucich, owned and operated Mario's Pineview Lodge Restaurant.  She was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, and a member of the Lady of Knock Council, Knights of Columbus No. 6431.  She enjoyed cooking, baking and making a variety of jellies.  She was also active in the St. Peter's Maternity Unit, supplying newborns with baby blankets.

She is survived by Mario Cucich, her husband of 50 years;  a daughter, Donna Maier of Poughkeepsie; a brother, Daniel Antignano of Long Island; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Matthew.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Saturday at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo. Interment will follow in the family plot of St. Patrick's Cemetery, Catskill, next to her late son Peter.


January 11, 2002

DANIEL WARD FINN
Arkansas resident

PARAGOULD, Ark.---Daniel Ward Finn, 55, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center, Arkansas.  Born Feb. 12, 1946, in Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of the late Estelle and Harry Finn.

Mr. Finn was a bathroom fixture refinisher and a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of the New Beginning's Church. 

Survivor's include a son, Garry Finn of Paragould, Ark.; daughter, Kelsey Hollis of Paragould; brothers, Terry Finn of Rocky Mount, NC., and Dr. James Finn of Catskill; sister, Henrietta Penyak of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Xylon Hollis, Zakary Hollis and Kalyssa Hollis, all of Paragould; and his former wife, Jo Castelli of Paragould.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Norman "Buddy" Finn.  Calling hours are noon to 12:45 pm at the Mitchell Funeral Home, Paragould, Ark.  Services will begin at 12:45 pm at the funeral home with graveside services 1 pm at Linwood Cemetery.


January 11, 2002

ADOLPH PRAEMASSING
Former owner Junior Speedway

COXSACKIE---Adolph Karl Peter Praemassing, 66, of Schoharie Turnpike, Earlton, died Wednesday evening at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Born March 23, 1935, in Cologne, Germany, he was the son of the late Adolph and Elizabeth (Margies) Praemassing.

Mr. Praemassing was a resident of Earlton for 30 years, moving here from Wantagh, L.I.  He was a veteran serving in the U. S. Army from 1956-1958. He was married on July 30, 1960, in Brooklyn to the former Erika Hoyer who survives at home.  He was employed for 20 years as the machine shop foreman at American Tree and Wreath in Coxsackie and from 1990-1997 in Research and Development for Christmas in America in Newburgh. He retired in 1997.  After his retirement he enjoyed many construction projects and continued until illness prevented.

He was an avid  LGB Model Railroader and together with his wife owned and operated from 1979-1995 the Junior Speedway in Cairo.  He attended Unity Church in Albany and enjoyed singing in the choir.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, survivors include his daughter, Ann and her husband David Grant of Earlton; two granddaughters, Amy and Heather; and his son Robert and his wife Elizabeth Praemassing, of Salem, VA.

A memorial service commemorating Mr. Praemassing's life will be conducted 11 am Saturday at the Unity Church, Corner of King and Bradford Streets, Albany.


January 11, 2002

CLARISSA E. KETCHAM   

KETCHAM---Clarissa E.  (Cris)  Ketcham, 89 died Friday, Jan 4, after a brief struggle with cancer, at her home in Greenville, while comforted by members of her extended family. Born May 4, 1912, in Brattleboro, Vt., she was the daughter of Leslie and Clarissa (Reed) Edwards. She graduated from Brattleboro public schools and later from Keene, NH. State Teachers College, with a BE in Home Economics. She taught for two years in Charleston, NH. She met her husband to be, Harry M. Ketcham on a blind date in 1937. They were married in 1940 and moved to Greenville, where they immersed themselves in the community and school system, raising a family of four children. They lived and worked together in Greenville until Harry's death in 1984. Cris was a member of the Greenville Presbyterian Church, she researched and prepared the documents necessary for enrolling the church in the national and state register for historical preservation and was later instrumental in the restoration of the church steeple/belfry. She served as a 4H club leader and was a temporary assistant 4H county agent, she was a member of the Concordia Circle and a substitute teacher at the school. One of Cris' passions was genealogy and as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, became organizing regent of the Johannes Hardenburgh chapter. This past summer, it was her pleasure to write and present an historical summary of the chapter at its 25th anniversary luncheon. She served both as national society DAR state vice-chairman of genealogical records and NYS Custodian. She was also active in a half dozen other lineage societies dating to on before the time of the revolutionary war. Over the years she helped many friends near and far to discover their "roots". An outdoor enthusiast, Cris was a life ling bird watcher and photographer, pursuing her hobbies on local family outings as well as cross the US and Canada. This was an occasional source of frustration for all the occupants of the family car as she would exclaim "Stop! What is that warbler?"  Or on other occasions, " Let me get a shot of that sunset!" Her talents as a photographer, developing, printing, enlarging, and tinting her own early black and white pictures, has left a photo-treasure of memories fro her children. As an avid skier she taught each of her children to ski in the style derived from her Vermont roots. Her first skiing lesson, was analogous to a lesson in living ones life, although a bit of a shook to a five year old. It went like this: first you must learn to fall safely, with your skiis clear so you don't get hurt. And she gave the child a gentle shove, landing him on his backside in the snow pack.  Next, you will need to get up by yourself. For she was not about to spend her day hoisting her charges back to their feet. "And, finally, before you can experience the thrill on the downhill ride, you need to learn to climb to the top. " So the "side-step" and the "herringbone" were the last to be taught. By then that well-earned ride was "a piece of cake". Cris survived by her elder sister, Dorothy Robbins of Brattleboro, Vt., and her four children: Clairrsa Smart of Hopewell Junction, NY.; Stewart Ketcham of Salt Lake City, Utah; Harry Ketcham of Durham; also surviving are thirteen grandchildren: Justin and Ruby Hoover, children of Stewart, Hillary Iannuccilli, Huntly Ketcham, Tracey Kruce, Lisa Tilley, Casandra Westlake, Heidi Low, Holly Kjar, Krista Ketcham and Edward Ketcham, children of Harry. There are nine great-grandchildren. And finally she is survived by her orange tiger cat "Midas", who was her daily companion in recent years. There will be no public calling hours. There will be a memorial service held in the former Greenville Presbyterian Church (between the Greenville Public Library and the Greenville Elementary School) on Sunday, January 20, at 2 pm. Contributions in her memory may be made to either the community hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY, 12414 or the Greenville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 332, Greenville, NY 12083. Arrangement by the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898, State Route 81, Greenville.


January 11, 2002

CHARLES E. MARSHALL
Dairy farmer

HUDSON---Charles E. Marshall, 73, of 119 Columbia St. Hudson, died Jan 10, 2002, at the Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.  Born Oct 18, 1928, in Sharon Conn., he was the son of the late Charles and Helen Marshall.  Mr. Marshall moved to the Columbia county area in 1955 from Red Hook, and was involved in local dairy farming.

Survivors include his wife Marge E. (Brott) Marshall of Hudson, three brothers, Douglas, Thomas and Walter, also survived by eight sisters.

Calling hours will be 9:30 to 10 am Tuesday, Jan 15, at the Calenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.  Funeral services will take place 10 am Tuesday Jan. 15, at the funeral home. The Rev. Winston Rath, pastor of St. Mary's Church of Hudson will officiate.  Interment will follow in the New Athens Cemetery.


January 11, 2002

ALFRED ANDREW PARR
Dakota resident manager

CAIRO---Alfred Andrew Parr, 99, died Wednesday, Jan 9, 2002 at his home in Cairo,  Born in Richmond Hill, Queens, he was first brought to Greene County at age 4, and began a lifelong attachment to the area.  He left school at 15 to work in the New York offices of U.S. Steel Corp.  Curious to learn about business, he became a steel worker in the mills at Pittsburgh, McDonald, Ohio, and Gary, Ind., before returning to New York.   He left................. Retta Lykens of the Cairo United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will take place at Maple Grove cemetery, Kew Gardens, Queens. 

Memorial contributions in Mr. Parr's memory may be made in the South Cairo United Methodist Church.


January 11, 2002 

PETER ROTHROCK
Catskill High School Student

CATSKILL---Peter Tyler Christopher Rothrock, 16, died suddenly Thursday, Jan 10, 2002, at Albany Medical Center.  Born Aug. 1, 1985, in Charleston, SC, he was the son of Maria E. (Impastato) Rothrock of Palenville and the late Joseph V. Rothcock.  Mr. Rothrock was an 11th grade student at Catskill High School.

He was a communicant of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Catskill; past member of St. Patrick's Retreat Team; Catskill Boy Scout Troop 44; and Catskill High School DECA Club and Tennis Team. 

Survivors include his mother, Maria E. Rothrock of Palenville,  a sister, Olivia L. Rothrock of Palenville; a brother, Joseph V. Rothrock II of Palenville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm Sunday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  Funeral services will be conducted 2 pm Monday from the Funeral home, followed by a 2:30 pm Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Bridge St., Catskill.  The Rev. John J. Murphy will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Catskill.


January 12, 2002

NEWMAN H. MABEY
Born in Catskill

WESTLAND, Mich.----Newman H, Mabey, of Raven Crest Lane, Westland, Mich, died Tuesday, Jan 8, 2002 at Farmington Hills, Mich.  Mr. Newman previously lived in South Bethlehem, NY for five years.  He was a member of the South Bethlehem Methodist Church for 40 years.  He worked as a field underwriter with Mutual of New York in Albany for 30 years. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz and taught school in Coxsackie for three years.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Mabey, of Westland, Mich., sons, John and Gregg Mabey of Livonia, Mich., and Joseph Jasen, of Indianapolis, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were 4-9 pm at the Vermeulen Funeral Home, Newburgh Road, Westland, Mich.  The funeral service was 4:30 pm Friday at the Vermeulen Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Berg officiating.


January 12, 2002

HELENE MOORE
Sales Manager

WINDHAM---Helene Moore, 54, of Windham, died Thursday, Jan 10, 2001 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  Mrs. Moore was born in Wildflecken, Germany, the daughter of the late Adolf and Sabrina (Szylkowna) Matusewicz.  She was a sales manager for US Papercounters, of Cairo.

Surviving are a daughter, Tracy Moore; son Russell Moore; and sister, Irene Lubrano. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Moore and son Brian Moore.

Calling hours  will be 2-4pm Sunday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St. Windham. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Monday at St. Theresa's of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Windham. The Rev. Donald E. Doyle will officiate.


January 12, 2002

IDA PFEIFER
Born in Germany

CATSKILL---Ida Pfeifer, 96, a long time Catskill area resident, died Friday Jan 11, 2001, at Columbia Greene Long Term Care in Catskill.  She was born in Germany, the daughter of the late Phillip and Wilhelmina (Lehn) Schmitt.  She was a registered nurse, working in both Long Island and Catskill for more than 30 years prior to her retirement in 1959.

Mrs. Pfeifer was a communicant at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Catskill. She was a member of the Rip VanWinkle Senior Citizens Club; Catskill Senior Fellowship; and Secular Third Order of St. Francis.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, and close friends Allen and Marguerite Uhler, of Catskill. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl Pfeifer.

Calling hours are 9-10:30 am Monday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 235 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 am at the funeral home, with the Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church of Catskill officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Catskill.


January 12, 2002

DOMINICK LATORRACA
Born in  Brooklyn

Dominick Latorraca, 63, of Route 385 Catskill, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  He was born in Brooklyn and was the son of the late Julius and Michelina (LaRocco) Latorraca. Mr. Latorraca had lived in Greene County since 1974. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Catskill, Grandview Ave., Catskill.  He was employed ay the Shelter Enterprise of Cohoes.

He is survived by his wife, Julia (Wilson) Latorraca; a son, John Latorraca of Nevada, a daughter, Patricia VanTassel, of Catskill; two brothers, Rocco Latorraca of Brooklyn, and Joseph Latorraca of Oliverie, NY; two sisters, Theresa Alafano, of Pennsylvania, Nancy Winter, of Long Island; Three grandchildren, Jessica, Theresa and Brandi; and a great grandchild, Elijah. He was predeceased by a sister Theresa.

Calling hours are 7-9 pm Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 26 N. Vernon St.,  Athens. The funeral will commence from the Richard Funeral Home at 11 am Wednesday, with services at 11:30 am.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery.


January 14, 2002 

MARGARET ENGEL
Registered Nurse

HANNACROIX---Margaret K. Engel,  97, of Hannacroix, died Monday Jan. 7, 2002 at the Barnwill Nursing Home in Valatie.  Born July 20, 1904 in Westwood, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Post.

She was a registered nurse having worked for the Bergen County Nursing Home in Hillsdale, NJ. 

Surviving is her son, Arthur Engel Jr., of Hannacroix.  Mrs. Engel was predeceased by her husband Arthur Engel Sr., who died in 1990.

There will be no services. Cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, NY


January 14, 2002

LOUELLA H. PALMER
Librarian Assistant Greenville Central School

GREENVILLE---Louella H. Palmer, 76, of Greenville, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at her home.  Born Jan. 24, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Grace Boomhower Clickman.

Mrs. Palmer was a former Librarian Assistant at the Greenville Central School for 27 years.

Survivors include her husband Phillip J. Palmer; a son, Phillip T. Palmer and his wife Mary Ellen of Greenville; a daughter, Beverly Condon and her husband Jeff of Greenville; five grandchildren, Cheryl Lee, Amy Latart, Kelley, Kevin, and Craig Palmer, three great grandchildren, Victoria Lee, Krystal and Brook Latart; three sisters, Ruth Trevail of Catskill; Dorothy Newell of Westerlo; Viola Lindenfelser of Medusa; two brothers,  John Clickman of Greenville and Donald Clickman of Ravena, also several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Palmer was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Levi Clickman and a sister Ida Woodard.

As to her wishes there are no services. Cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery.  Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


January 14, 2002 

JACK W. SATTLER
Bus driver Ulster-Greene ARC

EARLTON---Jack W. Sattler, 68, of Earlton, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.  Born Jan. 1, 1934 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Jack H. and Elizabeth Sattler.

Moving to the Earlton area from Albertson, NY, 29 years ago, he was a bus driver for the Ulster-Greene ARC and a former member of the Albertson Vol. Fire Co.  He had been formerly employed as an auto mechanic for S. N. Tannor Electric in Springfield Gardens, NY.

Survivors are his wife, the former Barbara Smith, two daughters, Barbara Ann Oosterom and her husband James of Bay Shore, L. I.;  Michelle Wood and her husband Walter of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; four sons, Edward W. Sattler and his wife Lisa of Durham, NC; Andrew L. Sattler and his wife Bonny of Durham, NC; David C. Sattler of Earlton; and Kurt F. Sattler of Philadelphia, PA; also 12 grandchildren.

Mr. Sattler was predeceased by a sister, Betty May Sattler.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 am today from St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville. Calling hours were conducted 2-4 and 7-9 pm Sunday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


January 14, 2002

RICHARD A. WALKER
Cook at Coxsackie prison

COXSACKIE---Richard A. Walker, 58, of Coxsackie, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2002, at Columbia Memorial Hospital.  Born April 8, 1943, in White Plains, NY, he was the son of the late David and Loretta Denerly Walker.

Mr. Walker was retired from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility where he worked as a cook.  He was a member of the Hudson Moose Lodge No. 1184, and a past member of Coxsackie Fire Company No. 3.  Mr. Walker served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966 where he earned a National Defense Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Stone Walker of Coxsackie; a son, Richard A. Walker, Jr. of Hudson; two grandsons, Sean and Seth Walker of Hudson; a brother, Bernard Walker of Hudson; three sisters, Helen Hall of Hillsdale; Sharon Walker of Hudson and Patricia Olm of Hudson.

He was predeceased by two brothers, David J. Walker and James Walker, and a sister, Jean Cook.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 am from the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home and 10 am at St. Mary's Church in Hudson.  Calling hours are Monday from 4-7 pm at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson. Interment will be private.


January 16, 2002 

THERESA D. CAMPO
Dress designer 

CATSKILL---Theresa D. Campo, 98, of High Falls Road Extension, Catskill, died Monday Jan. 14, 2002, at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.  Born May 15, 1903, in Szabadka, Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Gabriel and Gizella Stee Dobo.

Mrs. Campo was a dress designer for Adele Simpson Dress Co. in New York City for many years prior to her retirement. She was formerly of Queens, and a long-time summer resident of Lexington, Greene County.  She had lived in the Catskill area since 1999.

Survivors include two sisters, Catherine Demeter of Saugerties and Irene Bruning of Catskill; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Campo was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Campo, on Aug 29, 1965; a sister, Gizella Dobo; and three brothers, Gabriel Dobo, Stephen Dobo and Alexander Dobo.

Funeral services and entombment will be conducted 1:30 pm Wednesday at the Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in the Bronx..  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.


January 16, 2002

LEWIS RUNDELL
Farmer

GREENVILLE---Lewis L. Rundell, 97, of Norton Hill died Jan 14, 2002, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  Born March 18, 1904, in the Town of Durham, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Ada Litchfield Rundell.

Mr. Rundell was a lifelong farmer and was also employed at the GNH Lumber Co. in Norton Hill for several years.  He was also a former town councilman for the Town of Durham and a member of James Austin Lodge F. & A.M.  An avid gardener, he enjoyed his garden and plantings and was a member of the Men's Garden Club. A big part of his life was his church, being a member of and serving on several different committees of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Lorraine Hulbert and her husband Darral of Norton Hill; three grandchildren, Melinda Mullen of Surprise, and William Winegard Jr. and Timothy Winegard, both of Greenville and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Rundell was predeceased by his wife Thelma Hoose Rundell in 1995.

A memorial service will be conducted 2 pm  Sunday, Jan. 27, from the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.  Funeral Services will be at the convenience of the family. Spring interment will be at the Greenville Cemetery.  The Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, is in charge of the arrangements.


January 17, 2002 

JOAN E. BLAKESLEE
Worked at Pleasant Valley Lodge

GREENVILLE---Joan Elizabeth Blakeslee, nee Rockenstire, 70, died Jan. 14, 2002. Wife of the late Bruce E. Blakeslee Sr., Mrs. Blakeslee worked at Pleasant Valley Lodge, Freehold and Sheppard's Farm, Greenville.

Mother of Bonnie Quackenbush and husband Robert of Freehold, Judy Moran and husband, William of Greenville, Cindy Mead and husband, William of Lewisberg, KY, Bruce Blakeslee Jr. and wife Ginger Doty of Freehold and Brian Blakeslee and wife Christina of Freehold.

She was a longtime friend, companion and soul mate of Roy Riss of Greenville; sister of Mary Mason of Albany, James Rockenstire of Florida; Clarance Rockenstire, Gladys Salsburg and Nancy Darrow, all of Albany, Susan Weisenburn of South Bethlehem and the late John Rockenstire, Richard Rockenstire and Shirley Salsburg; grandmother of Amy, Amanda, Brianna, Michael, Nicole and Heather Blakeslee, Melissa Quackenbush, Jill and Jeffrey, Moran, Stacy, Steven, and Christiana Mead; and great-grandmother of David Graberille, Mark and William Denton, William Keezel and Hayley Mead. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service 7 pm Friday at the Meyers Funeral Home, 741 Delaware Ave, Delmar.


January 19, 2002 

CATHERINE (KATIE)  BUTTS
Family matriarch

HUNTER---Catherine (Katie) Butts, 82, of Hunter, died Mon., Jan. 14, 2002, at home.  Born Sept. 15, 1919 she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Henrietta VanDyke Parslow of Roxbury, NY. 

Mrs. Butts was formerly employed by the Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl. She loved flowers, animals and crafts. 

Survivors include a son, Arthur Boughton of Oneonta; four daughters, Frances Benjamin of Phoenix, AR, Beverly Barber of Hensonville, Patricia Parquez of Hunter, and Dorothy Brooker of Rutland, VT; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and one great-great granchild.  She was predeceased by two children; a daughter Idabelle Keneally and a son, Lucas Broughton.

Calling hours are 7-9 pm Monday, Jan. 21, at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 6424 Main Street in Hunter, followed by a memorial service at 8 pm with Rev. John O'Brien officiating.  Cremation was held at Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston.


January 19, 2002 

ARTHUR CARANGELO
Lifetime resident and firefighter

CAIRO---Victor Carangelo, 65, of South Cairo, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002 at Columbia Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit at Hudson.  Born March 20, 1936 in Catskill, he was the son of the late Peter and Maude Gaugian Carangelo. 

Mr. Carangelo attended Catskill High School. He was an independent truck driver, a member of Cairo Hose Co. 1 and the Norton Hill Wildlife Club.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen (Oleschuk) Carangelo, and eight siblings, Carol Staub, Theresa Passaretti, Leona Bartholomew, Louise Sawacki, Beatrice Penney. Peter Carangelo, Albert Carangelo and Louis Carangelo;  many nieces and nephews.

Private cremation was conducted at the Albany Rural Crematorium under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. There will be no memorial services conducted.


January 19, 2002 

ADAM ZUCKER
Enjoyed travel, reading

LEEDS---ADAM Zucker, 75, of Leeds, died Friday, Jan 18, 2002, at Albany Medical Center.  Born May 2, 1926 in Brooklyn and was the son of son of the late William and Agatha (Wictznicki) Zucker.  Mr. Zucker was an area resident since 2000 and enjoyed working with his hands, cooking, traveling and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa (Cunnion) Zucker, four daughters, Susan Green of Virginia, Bernadette Korpacz of Maryland, Terry Mason of Brooklyn, Liz Faraj of New Jersey; a brother Edward Zucker; six grand children; one great grandchild and one nephew.

Calling hours are 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Monday, Jan. 21 at Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross Street, Cairo.  Pastor Victor Nelson of Resurrection Lutheran Church will conduct a prayer service at the funeral home Monday evening.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan 22 at 9:30 am at the funeral home followed by a funeral mass conducted by Fr. J. Nunan at 10 am at Sacred Heart Church, Mountain Ave. in Cairo.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Catskill Rural Cemetery.


January 22, 2002 

FANNIE ESMA JORDAN
Accountant

CATSKILL---Fannie Esma Jordan, 85, of Catskill, died  Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where she had been a patient since Dec. 26, 2001.  Born May 2, 1916, in Earlton, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Ada (Earl) Steele.

Mrs. Jordan was an accountant with May Department Store in New York City until 1954 when she and her husband moved to Catskill.

Survivors include a brother, Richard Steele of Greenville, and four nephews.  Mrs. Jordan was predeceased by her husband, Harold Jordan on Aug. 18, 1963, and a sister, Evelyn Delavare on April 11, 1998.

Calling hours will be at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill at 10 am Thursday prior to church services at 11:30 am.  Pastor Lee Hardgrove of the United Methodist Church will officiate with interment following in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


January 22, 2002

FRANCIS W. LEWIS
World War II veteran

SOUTH GLENS FALLS---Francis W. Lewis, 84, formerly of Whitehall and Moreau, died Sunday, Jan 20, 2002, at the Samuel Stratton Veterans Hospital in Albany.  Born Dec. 20, 1917, in Whitehall, he was the son of the late Edgar and Alice (Kenville) Lewis.

He was a World War II veteran of the US Army where he participated in the battles at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.  For 34 years Mr. Lewis worked at Imperial Color and Chemical Company, later called Hercules, Inc., and finally Ciba Geigy Inc, from which he retired in 1979.  He was a communicant of Our Lady of Angels Church in Whitehall. His enjoyments included hunting, fishing and woodcarving.

Survivors include a son, Robert F. Lewis and his wife, Kathleen of Catskill; a grandson, Michael Lewis of Catskill; seven step-children; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Lewis was predeceased by his wife, Arneta (Wells) Lewis, who died July 9, 1976, and two sisters, Alice Provost and Luella Pond.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm, Tuesday at the Carleton Funeral Home, 68 Main St. Hudson Falls.  A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 am Wednesday at St. Mary's-St. Paul's Church on the Park in Hudson Falls with Pastor Barry Lonergan officiating.  The Rite of Committal will take place in the spring at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Whitehall.


January 23, 2002 

EDWIN BAGSHAW
Worked for New York Telephone

WINDHAM---Edwin Bagshaw, 87, died Monday, Jan 21, 2002, at the Eden Park Nursing Home, Catskill, after a long illness. He was born April 14, 1914, in Queens.

Mr. Bagshaw was employed by the New York Telephone Co. until his retirement.  He was a member of the Windham United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Forte Bagshaw, and daughters Doris Morris and Susan Bagshaw, both of Arizona and Linda Ovellette of Colorado.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham. Services will be conducted 11 am Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Irene Pough officiating. Private cremation will follow at the Wiltwyck Crematory, Kingston.


January 23, 2002

HELEN A. BOOMHOWER
Hairdresser

WESTERLO---Helen A. Boomhower, 87, of Westerlo, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.  Born Jan 29, 1914, in Bridgeport, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Gantner) Drozlek.

Mrs. Boomhower worked at Buglight Rest in Bridgeport, Conn., and as a final inspector for Course Air airplanes. She worked as a hairdresser and retired from the Albany Country Club where she worked as a ladies attendant.  Mrs. Boomhower was married to the late Edward E. Boomhower.

Survivors include two sons. Edward E. Boomhower, Jr. and Dennis J. Boomhower and his wife Marlene of Westerlo; seven grandchildren, Bonnie (Dave) Ross of Lynnfield, Mass., Judy (Don) Tambasco of Westerlo, Bradley  (Tracy) Boomhower of Greenville, Curtis Boomhower of Santa Rosa, Cal., and Lolita (Jim) Courts of Cotati. Cal.; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Boomhower was predeceased by her son, Curtis F. Boomhower; three sisters, Irene Percy, Margaret Potter and Mary Crowe; and one brother, Frank Drozlek.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am Friday at the St. John the Baptist Church, Route 81, Greenville.  Interment will follow at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., PO Box 37, Route 9W, Coxsackie, NY


January 24, 2002 

JOHN HAROLD GARDNER
Formerly owned The Sunflower

CATSKILL---John Harold "Jack" Gardner, 58, of Catskill, died suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 at Columbia Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room.  Mr. Gardner was born in Catskill on July 15, 1943, to the late John C. Garnder and Shirley Hardwick Gardner.  He graduated from Catskill High School in 1961 and married the former Margaret Darling in 1965.

He and his father owned and operated the Sunflower Restaurant on West Bridge Street from 1975 to 1989. He was currently employed at Kingston News Service as an office manager. He was a life member of the Catskill Lodge No. 1341 B.P.O.E.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Gardner of Catskill; their children, John H. Gardner, Jr., of Colorado Springs and Mrs. Jacqueline Murray of Catskill; his mother, Shirley Gardner of Catskill;  three uncles, LeRoy, Donald and William Gardner; an aunt, Deanna Dunn of Catskill; sister-in-law, Charlene Gardner; a brother, Donald "Dinky" Gardner; a daughter-in-law, Diane Gardner of Colorado Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 Thursday at the  Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heigjhts, Catskill.  Members of the Catskill Elks Lodge are encouraged to attend services at 8 pm.  Services will be 11 am Friday at the funeral home with Pastor John J. Murphy of St. Patrick's Church officiating.  Interment will follow at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


January 24, 2002 

CONNIE RAO
Seamstress

FREEHOLD---Connie Rao, 88, of Freehold, died at Albany Medical Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002.  She was born in New York City on Dec. 1, 1913, daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Milone. 

She began her career as a seamstress, apprenticing at the age of 12 and continued working for various dressmakers and dress shops until she retired at age 70.  Connie and her husband Vincent moved with their children from the Bronx in 1954 to Oak Hill. She lived in Freehold for the last 15 years. Mrs. Rao was predeceased by her beloved husband Vincent Rao in 1979.  She was also predeceased by one sister and six brothers.

Surviving are her sons, John Rao and his wife Gloria of Greenville and Joseph Rao and his wife Christina of Climax; three grandchildren, Vincent Rao, Denise Rao and Connie Marie Rao; and two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Mykle.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville.  Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.  Interment will be at the Greenville Cemetery in the spring at the convenience of the family.


January 26, 2002 

LOUIS CARTER
Worked for NY Transit

CLIFTON, NJ---Louis Carter, 87, died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002 at Daughter of Miriam Center in Clifton, NJ.  He was born Jan. 1, 1915 to Morris and Sarah Ladin Cohen, in Brooklyn. He had been employed by the New York Transit Authority.

Mr. Carter is survived by three daughters, Rosalie Nagler, Florence Strauss and Rona Breslow; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Sydelle Silverberg Carter, on Sept. 28, 2000.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:45 pm Sunday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.  Interment will follow in the Kol Ansche Israel Cemetery, South Jewett.


January 26, 2002 

CLARA FOX
Lifelong resident

WEST COXSACKIE---Clara R. Fox, 86, of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002.  She was born in Coxsackie on March 17, 1915, the daughter of the late John and Domenica (Votta) Lombardi.

Mrs. Fox was a lifetime resident of Coxsackie, a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Altar Rosary Society. During her years of employment, she worked at Curtis and Warren Attorneys at Law, St. Mary's Church and the New York State Teacher's Retirement.  She was a past president of the Coxsackie Garden Club, and present member of the Athens Garden Club.  She was also a member of the Coxsackie Area Senior Citizens and the Bethany Tenant's Association. 

Surviving are her daughter, Sister Mary Rose Fox, CSJ of Latham; a sister Minnie Petrigliano, of Coxsackie and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 pm Sunday at the W. C. Brady's & Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.  Funeral services will take place at 9:30 am Monday from the funeral home and thence to a 10 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Coxsackie, to be celebrated by the Rev. John Moyna, pastor.


January 26, 2002 

LOGAN VAI KUSKE
A child

CATSKILL---Logan Vai Kuske, 7 months, of Highland Avenue, Catskill, died suddenly, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at home.  He was born June 8, 2001 in Kingston, the son of Jason and Doreen (Romeo) Kuske of Catskill.  He is survived by a brother, Blaise Romeo, of Catskill; a great-grandmother, Mary Romeo, of Catskill; maternal grandparents, Peter and Patricia Romeo, of Catskill; paternal grandparents, "Paul and Catherine Kuske, of Mineola, L. I.; an uncle, Steven Romeo, of the Bronx; and many great-aunts, great uncles, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Catskill.  Funeral services are under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.


January 26, 2002 

GRACE ANN BIRNBAUM
Civic official

PRATTSVILLE---Grace Ann Birnbaum, 66, of Prattsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at her residence.  Born in Amityville on Jan. 26, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Annie Theresa (Hackenberg) Lewis.  She graduated from Amityville High School in 1952 and married Donald Birnbaum on Nov. 13, 1955, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Birnbaum moved to Prattsville in 1970 and was very active in the community. She was Town of Prattsville Tax Collector for over 20 years, tax collector for the Gilboa-Conesville School, and Trustee of the Zaddock Pratt Museum.  Also former Treasurer of the Prattsville Recreation Committee, former member of the Town of Prattsville Planning Board, and former secretary of Fairlawn Cemetery Association.  She was also a member of the Friends of the Museum, and a member of the Virgil E. Deyo, Unit 1327, American Legion Auxiliary, and an active member of the Dutch Reformed Church, Prattsville.

Surviving are a daughter, Joanne Renz and her husband, Michael K. Renz, of Gilboa, and their children, Lindsay A. Renz, of Rotterdam, Meghan R. Renz, of Corning, and Jordan R. Renz, of Gilboa; sons, Stephen H. Birnbaum and his wife Lisa P. Birnbaum, of New Orleans; and Michael R. Birnbaum and his wife, Thu Birnbaum, of Wildomar, CA,  and their children, Joshua D. Birnbaum and Heather C. Birnbaum, also of Wildomar, CA.

Calling hours will be 3-7 pm Sunday at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street Windham. The American Legion Auxiliary will conduct a service at 6 pm. A funeral service will be at 11 am Monday, at the Dutch Reformed Church, Prattsville, with the Rev. Diana Smith officiating. A spring interment at the Fairlawn Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family.


January 30, 2002

CECILE M. AMBROZIAK
Born in 1903

CATSKILL---Cecile M. Ambroziak, 98, of 109 Bridge St., Catskill, died Tuesday, Jan 29, 2002, at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.  Born May 8, 1903, in Turner, MI, she was the daughter of the late Elbra and Martha Stark Shepherd.

Mrs. Ambroziak was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Society of Mayflower Descendents.  Survivors include her husband of more than 39 years, Stanley Ambroziak of Catskill; two sisters, Norma (Shepherd) Ambroziak of Catskill; and Audrey (Shepherd) Pantoliano of Cairo; two grandchildren, Michael Esslie of Cairo and Joan Bourque of Balckstone, MA;  three great grandchildren, Leah Borruso of Bellingham, MA, Michael W. Esslie of Cairo, and Mark J. Esslie of Cairo; two great, great grandchildren, Tanner J. Borruso and Matthew R. Esslie; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ambroziak was predeceased by a son, Robert H. Esslie; a daughter, Lois M. Raymond; a brother, Lorrian Shepherd; and a granddaughter, Suzanne Raymond.

Calling hours will be 3-5 pm Friday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Services will be conducted at 4 pm Friday at the funeral home, Deacon Peter Sedleimer of St. John the Baptist Church will officiate.  Private cremation will be performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.  Spring interment will be at Stone Bridge Cemetery in East Durham.


January 31, 2002

MARGARET PETERSON
Longtime resident

CAIRO---Margaret Peterson, 96, a longtime Cairo area resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.  She was born June 27, 1905, in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late Michael and Marker (Cooney) Henry.

Mrs. Peterson was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Cairo. She was predeceased by her husband, John T. Peterson, on March 4, 1984.  She is survived by a nephew, Walter Henry of Brooklyn, and several close friends.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 am Friday at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Catskill, Pastor John J. Murphy will be officiating.  Funeral services are under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home of Catskill.


January 31, 2002

ELIZA WOODBECK
Born in Lexington

CATSKILL---Eliza Woodbeck, 72, of Catskill, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since Jan. 14.  Mrs. Woodbeck was born in Lexington on April 15, 1929, to the late Charlie Schermerhorn and Irma Rappleyea Schermerhorn.

She is survived by her children, Louis Woodbeck of Catskill, Abe Woodbeck of Catskill, Edward Woodbeck of Windham, Donald Woodbeck of Livingston and Irma Lang of Prattsville;  three step-daughters, Elizabeth Preston of Cairo, Ella Kiebart of Middleburg and Ann Freeman of Sloansville;  her brother, Ken Schermerhorn of Prattsville, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Schermerhorn; three sisters, Ida Durham, Clara Preston and Lillian Woodbeck;  a son, Charles Schermerhorn; and a daughter, Eleanor Woodbeck.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Funeral services will be at 11 am Saturday with Pastor Emeritus Russell Sargent officiating.  Interment will follow at the Catskill Rural Cemetery.


January 31, 2002

SHERMAN A. LANE
Carpenter Allied Boat Catskill

CATSKILL---Sherman A. Lane, 89, died Tuesday, Jan 29 2002, at the Eden Park Nursing Home.  He was born Aug. 23, 1913, in Wittenburg, son of the late Arthur and Sarah Bell Lane.

Mr. Lane had formerly resided in Hunter and for 25 years in Broadstreet Hollow of Shandaken.  Mr. Lane worked for many years as a carpenter for Allied Boat in Catskill. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a skilled woodworking craftsman, and had a green thumb for both flower and vegetable gardening. He was a member of the IOOB.

Survivors include his son, Sherman E. Lane of Catskill; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive.  Nr. Lane was predeceased by his wife Jessie Ostrander Lane in 1981.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 pm Friday from the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, Main Street, Phonecia.  A service to celebrate the life of Sherman Lane will be held at 7 pm Friday at the funeral home.  Spring interment will be at the Maplewood Cemetery in Jewett.


January 31, 2002

ROBERT PURDELL
Claverack resident

HUDSON---Robert Purdell, 70, of Claverack and lifelong area resident died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at Community Hospice in Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  Born Jan. 19, 1932, in Hudson, he was the son of the late Floyd and Daisy (Hamm) Purdell.

Mr. Purdell was a diesel technician for the former Harders Express in Claverack.  He was a Korean War veteran with the US Air Force and served with the Strategic Air Command (SAC).  He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, June Roberts Purdell of Claverack; three daughters, Mary Catherine Purdell of Philmont, Linda Tator and her husband Brian of Ghent, and Judith Purdell of Albany; four grandchildren, William and Nicole Ames, and Courtney and Brock Tator.  He was predeceased by a brother, George Purdell, and three sisters, Nellie Martin, Daisy Shupa and Edna Pulver.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Thursday at the First Reformed Church on Green Street in Hudson.  Interment will follow in Mellenville Union Cemetery, Mellenville. Officiating will be the Rev. Arvin Schoep.  Funeral arrangements were made by the McDonald Funeral Home, Inc., 886 Columbia St. Hudson.


January 31, 2002

SUE P. HOLLANDER
Address Manager for Greene County 911

CATSKILL---Sue P. Hollander, 55, of Catskill, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where she had been a patient since Jan. 28.  Born May 14, 1946, in Kingston, she was the daughter of Everett and Helen Leverage Pelham.

Upon graduation from high school, she attended Central College in Iowa and graduated from Columbia-Greene Community College.  She was currently the address manager for Greene County 911.

Survivors include her parents, Everett and Helen Pelham of Catskill; her daughter, Kirsten Baldwin of Coxsackie; a son, Erik Handschuh of Ballston Lake;  six grandchildren, Kendrick Baldwin, Samantha Baldwin, Bryanna Baldwin, Trevor Baldwin, Everett Handschuh and Jasmine Handschuh;  a sister, Nancy Donelian of Saugerties; a niece, Laoti Russo of Boston; and a nephew, Justin Russo of New York City.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Albany Rural Crematorium on Wednesday, under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home of Catskill.


January 31, 2002

SUSAN STERRITT
Registered nurse

COXSACKIE---Susan Sterritt, 61, of Route 9W, West Coxsackie, died at her residence surrounded by her family.  Born May 24, 1940, in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Anna Louise Doretta (Fischer) and Thomas Miller Titterington, who owned and operated the Central View Boarding House in Purling.

Mrs. Sterritt was married Sept. 18, 1965, in Hackensack, NJ, to Jerome (Jerry) Sterritt, who survives at home.

A registered nurse, she was a graduate of the Englewood Hospital School of Nursing, Englewood, NJ, and for many years served in the office of Dr. Robert Chaloner and Dr. Elwood Weisenburn in Coxsackie.

She was an avid quilter and taught quilting at Cassenovia College, SUNY Morrisville and Paul Smith College.  She was founding member of Q.U.I.L.T in Delmar.  Many charities have benefited from the raffling of a quilt she and other members made.  She was commissioned to create the Town of New Baltimore Bicentenial quilt, which hangs in Town Hall. she was also hired together with two other quilters, Joyce Copleston and Londa Vanderzee, to quilt a wall hanging for the grand re-opening of Ski Windham.  Many of her quilts have been displayed in national quilting magazines such as "Quiltworks." 

In 1985, she made a pillow for her daughter Jennifer as a gift to give Rep. Gerald B. Solomon on her trip to Washington, DC. In return, Mrs. Sterritt received a personal letter from Solomon expressing his deep appreciation and thanks.

In October 2001, the Empire Quiltfest held at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany was dedicated in her honor.  The certificate stated, "Through her patience and exceptional teaching skills, Susan Alice has introduced many people to quilting and improved the skills of every student she taught.

Mrs. Sterritt was inducted into the Catskill Mountain Quilting Hall of Fame in 1996.  She was a member of the Greene County Cooperative Extension and a board member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.  She had been active as a 4-H leader with the Coxsackie Owls and was a worthy Advisor for 1959-1960 in the Rainbow Society of the Eastern Star in Hackensack, NJ.

Survivors include her husband, Jerome (Jerry) Sterritt and their children, Jennifer Louise Sterritt of West Coxsackie, Margaret Susan Sterritt of Hannacroix and Hugh Thomas Sterritt of Ravena; her sister, Irene Ferber and brother-in-law George of Salem, SC; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 am Saturday at the Sopris Funeral Home, Route 9W, West Coxsackie.  The Rev. Bruce Fredenburgh will officiate.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie.


January 31, 2002

NORMAN H. SWEZEY
Retired dairy farmer

NEW BALTIMORE---Norman H. Swezey, 83, of Swezey Road, Town of New Baltimore, died at his home on Wednesday morning, Jan 30, 2002, surrounded by his family.  Mr. Swezey was born July 16, 1918, in New Baltimore, son of the late Van Rensselaer Swezey and Elizabeth Agnes (Shapter) Swezey. 

A lifelong resident of New Baltimore, Mr. Swezey was a dairy farmer for most of his life and retired in 1971 from farming.  He then was employed by the Town of New Baltimore in the Highway Department and retired in 1983.  He married Gertrude Louis Cork on March 17, 1941, at Christ Episcopal Church, Coxsackie, and she survives at home.

Mr. Swezey was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and served on the Vestry.  He was also a member of the Eastern Dairy Farmers Association and a former board member of the Riverside Cemetery Association in Coxsackie.

In addition to his wife of more than 60 years, he is survived by his two daughters, Gertrude Carol Hoerning of Gastonia, NC, and Frances Elizabeth Wasson of Coxsackie; four grandchildren, Nancy Brown of Pittsboro, NC, Thomas Hoerning of Charlotte, NC,  Timothy Mallon of Coxsackie and Rosemary Hoffman of Coxsackie; also his grand daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hoerning of Monroe, NC,  and great-grandchildren, Laura Hoerning of Charlotte, NC and Elizabeth Mallon, Shannon Mallon, Rebecca Mallon, Nathaniel Hoffman and Timothy Hoffman, all of Coxsackie, and a step great-grandson, Ryan Matson of West Coxsackie.

He was predeceased by his brother, Van Rensselaer Swezet, Jr. and his grandson, Robert Hoerning.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9W, Coxsackie. The Eucharist will be celebrated by the Rev. Marcus Rogers at 1 pm Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, 70 Mansion Street.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.


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