Obituaries from the Daily Mail
January 2003

Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
Obituaries provided by Celeste MacCormack


The Daily Mail
January 1, 2003

Martha Jane Lowe
Former Carlinville Community School System employee

Catskill—Martha Jane (Yates) Lowe, 83, formerly of Carlinville, Ill. and of Catskill, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002 at the Pavilion in Catskill of complications from lung cancer.

She was born May 1, 1919, in Jefferson, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ernest and Alice (Hughes) Yates.  Mrs. Lowe attended and graduated from Jefferson High School, and was an employee there prior to moving to Columbus, Ohio. It was there during World War II that while she worked for the Army Air Corps, she met and married her future husband, Harold Lowe.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowe moved to Carlinville, Ill., in 1947. Mr. Lowe taught music at Blackburn College while Mrs. Lowe looked after the house and her two sons. Mrs. Lowe later worked for Blackburn College, Carlinville National Bank and the Carlinville Community School System. Mrs. Lowe was a member of PEO and the Federated Church.

Upon retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Lowe began wintering in Vero Beach, Fla. and summering back in Carlinville. She had been a Catskill are resident since 2000.

Mrs. Lowe is survived by her husband Harold S. Lowe of Catskill; two sons, Windham Country Club Golf Pro Brian Y. Lowe of Windham and Vanderbilt University Professor Dr. David A. Lowe of Nashville, Tenn., and a daughter-in-law Stephanie (DeStefano) Lowe of Windham. 

Mrs. Lowe was predeceased by a brother, Philip Yates and two sisters, Thelma Yates and Elmira Yates.

Private cremation was performed at Park View Crematory in Schenectady, A memorial service will be held 8 p.m. Friday evening, Jan. 3, at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral Home on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.


The Daily Mail
January 2, 2003

Marilyn T. Farrell
Former Knitting Mill and Dress Barn employee

Hunter—Marilyn T. Farrell, 74, of Platte Cove, died on Dec. 30, 2002 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. She was born Jan. 21, 1928 to Henry Van Dyke and Sarah Smith in Catskill. She was a homemaker and worked at the Former Knitting Mill and Dress shop in Tannersville, and police recreation center in Platte Clove.

She is survived by her husband Martin J. Ferrell of Platte Clove, by her daughter Mary J. Ferrell of Chatham, two sons, Martin J. Ferrell of Platte Clove, and Michael J. Farrell of Cairo, three grand children Victor Santiago, Inez M. Santiago, and Roseann H. Santiago, two sisters, Gloria Losee of Saddlebrook, N. J., and Julie Bauer of St. Joseph’s Villa in Catskill

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls. Officiating will be the Rev. Anthony Motta. Cremation will follow at Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston. Friends and relatives may call at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter, on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


The Daily Mail
January 2/3, 2003

Mary E. Konderwich
Retired Hudson Social Security Office employee

Greenport—Mary E. Konderwich (Dada), 70, of Brookbound Lane, Claverack, died Dec. 31, 2002 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital Hudson after a long illness.

She was born in Athens on May 5, 1932 and was the daughter of the late Leo and Mary (Weber) Brennan.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 10:30 a. m. at the Holy Family Church with Father O’Connor the celebrant. Interment will follow next to her late husband Raymond in the family plot of the Cedar Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Konderwich was a communicant of the Holy Family Church. She retired from the Hudson Social Security Office in 1992. She loved to work with computers.

She is survived by two sons, James of Stockport, and Jack of Claverack, a daughter Sheila Nytransky of Hudson, three brothers John Brennan of Selkirk, James Brennan of Catskill and Robert Brennan of Coxsackie, eight grand children, Kara and Tracey Nytransky, Amanda, James Michael, Krysta, Lindsey and Laura Konderwich.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother Leo Brennan and John Shook. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the Valenti & Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Road, Greenport, on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can  be made to Cavell Cancer Treatment Center, 69 Prospect Ave., Hudson.


The Daily Mail 
January 2, 2003

Louise C. VonAtzingen

VonAtzingen—Louise C., (nee Schmedes), 95 years, of Greenville, N. Y. passed away at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N. Y. on Jan. 1, 2003. She was born in Jersey City, NJ on Feb. 25, 1907. Louise was predeceased by her husband William in 1956 and had live in the Greenville area for the past 44 years. Surviving are he son William VonAtzingen and his wife Susan of Greenville, NY, her daughter Jeanette Glynn and her husband Edward of Washington Township, NJ. She was the Beloved Grandmother and Great Nana to Lu-Ann Quackenbush and her husband Mark & son Jeffrey of Freehold, NY, William VonAtzingen and his wife Deborah & son William of Greenville, NY, Lori Ferro & daughter Martina of Athens, NY, Edward Glynn & his wife Diane and daughters, Meghan, Jeanine & Jaclyn of Phillipsburg, NJ, Ellen Chiavaro & her husband Peter & sons Ryan & Bredan of New Windsor, NY, Thomas Glynn and his wife Lynn & children, Kelly & Erin of Miami, FLO. As to her wishes, cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Services will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Those wishing to remember Louise and her family in a special way, may contribute in her memory to the Greenville-Norton Hill Methodist Church Building Fund or to the Community Hospice of one’s choice.

Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY.


The Daily Mail
January 3, 2003

Michelle Marie ‘Shelly’ Caggianelli
Nurse at Columbia Memorial Hospital

Hudson—Michelle Marie “Shelly” Caggianelli, 51, of Hudson, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. where she had been a patient since Sunday, Dec. 29.

Ms. Caggianelli was born in Catskill on Aug. 7, 1951 to John and Margaret Antonelli Caggianelli.

Upon graduation from Hudson High School she attended Vassar Brothers College and earned a three-year degree in Nursing.

She was a Registered Nurse at Vassar Brothers Hospital for five years, St. Peter’s for 12 years and for the past 15 years had been an OR and Critical Care nurse at Columbia Memorial Hospital as well as Director of the OR.

She was currently also an adjunct professor at Columbia-Greene Community College in the nursing department.

Survivors include her beloved parents, John and Margaret Caggianelli Sr. of Hudson; her brother, John Caggianelli Jr., of Hudson; sister-in-law, Mavis Caggianelli of Hudson; grandmother, Sophie Antonelli of North Troy; god-mother, Clare Caggianelli of the Bronx; nine aunts and uncles: Augustine and Joyce Caggianelli of Germantown, Theodore and Barbara Caggianelli of Naples, Fla., Ann Caggianelli of Scotia, Regina Caggianelli of Schenectady, Marie and James Alfano of Bristol, Conn., Michael and Nancy Antonelli of Hudson, George And Catherine Jesser of Las Vegas, Robert and Robin Antonelli of Ballston, Spa, Denise Giardi of North Troy; as well as many cousins.

Calling hours will be conducted 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the McDonald Funeral Home, 886 Columbia St., Hudson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in St. Mary’s Church, at 429 E. Allen St. in Hudson with interment following in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Michelle Caggianelli Memorial Fund, c/o Columbia-Greene Community Foundation Inc.,  c/o James Campion, 4400 Route 23, Hudson.


The Daily Mail
January 3, 2003

Eleanor R. Jump
Former Leeds resident

Athens—Eleanor R. Jump, of Latham, a former Leeds resident, died at the age of 91 on Dec. 31, 2002. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald S. Lapham Sr. of Leeds, daughter of the late Victor Burr and Anna Maud Jump of Cairo. She is survived by a sister, Margaret (Polly) Russak of Sebring, Fla., her sons Donald S. Lampham Jr. of Norwood, N.J., and Richard B. Lapham of Cambridge, Ohio and daughter Patricia J. Maston of Fairfield, Ohio, as well as 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Jan. 8 form 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 102 North Washington St., Athens, on Jan. 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be at Jefferson Rural Cemetery.


The Daily Mail
January 3, 2003

William M. Seavers
Retired Central Hudson field clerk

Pine Bush—William M. Seavers, 82, of Pine Bush, formerly of Catskill, died at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Arden Hill Campus in Goshen on Thursday, Jan. 3,2003. He was 82.

Seavers retired in 1980 as a field clerk for Central Hudson. 

He was born on Dec. 1, 1920 in New York City, the son of William Joseph and Edna Ferrier Seavers.  He was a U. S. Air Force veteran, serving as a bombardier pilot navigator during World War II. He attended Texas A& M College.

Mr. Seavers was the husband of Elsie C. Schmidt Seavers.  Survivors include his wife Elsie at home, his son David William Seavers and his wife Debbie of Wallkill and their daughter Jaymie Johnston, his daughter Susan Andonucci and her husband Thomas of Pine Bush and their daughter Katherine Seavers Andonucci, his daughter Sarah Fetterman and her husband Thomas of Walker Valley and their children Thomas Fetterman Jr., and Autumn Fetterman, his great-grandchild Kyhanna Johnston, his sisters Edna Smith of Coxsackie and Helen Ross of Coxsackie, and many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Rd., Pine Bush, with Nathaniel Graham officiating. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh. Arrangements were made by the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, Inc.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William M. Seavers Fund for Families of Dying Patients, care of Sarah Fetterman, 182 Frey Road, Pine Bush, N.Y. 12566.


The Daily Mail
January 3, 2003

Thomas Henry Vedder
Athens resident

Hudson—Thomas Henry Vedder, 65, of Green Lake Road, Athens, died Dec. 31, 2002. He was born Feb. 10, 1936 in Manorville, the son of the late Adeline and Henry Vedder.

Calling hours will take place Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 at the M. Grimaldi Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson, from noon to 2 p.m.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.

Spring interment will take place in the family plot of the Palenville Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife Mary Vedder, three sons; Ronald Vedder of Catskill, Thomas Vedder and Brian Vedder of Athens, a daughter Adeline Vedder of Rensselaervile, and two grand-sons, and a sister Barbara Washburn of Saugerties. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, John Vedder, and a sister, Grace Proper.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome.


The Daily Mail
January 5, 2003

Jonathan Goodwin
Served in WWII

Port Jefferson, NY—Jonathan Goodwin of Port Jefferson, NY, formerly of Hartford, CT. died Jan. 2, 2003, at the age of 86.

He attended Kingswood-Oxford School, Deerfield Academy, and Brown University.

He served as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater during WWII.

He worked for Connecticut Bank and Trust as vice president for the trust department.

He was the husband of Carolann (Ferrandino) Goodwin. He was the father of Charles B. Goodwin and stepfather of Maria Curtis.

He was the father of the later Charles Archibald Goodwin and the late Ruth Cheney. He was the brother of Dorothy C. Goodwin, Nancy Goodwin Cobb, the late Rev. Charles Goodwin, and the late Benjamin Goodwin.

Services will be at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT, on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American School for the Deaf and the Hartford College for Women.


The Daily Mail
January 6, 2003

Evelyn Cerle
Longtime Coxsackie resident

Coxsackie—Evelyn Muriel (Cerle) Cecrle, 87, of Coxsackie, died Sunday morning Jan. 5, 2003.

She was born Jan. 23, 1915 in Mount Vernon, the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian Miller Danks.

She was married in Rye to Charles Cecrle who died May 3, 1991.

A resident of Coxsackie for 64 years, she moved here from Westchester County. She was charter member of the Coxsackie Yacht Club.

Survivors include two children: Joyce Bruno of Coxsackie and William Cerle of Coxsackie; her six grandchildren: Cheryl Bruno Schimmell of Delmar, Richard Bruno Jr. of Casenovia, Maria Bruno of Albany, Charles Cerle of New Jersey, William Cerle Jr. of Florida and Kellie Cerle of Coxsackie. Also surviving are her 13 grand children, all of whom have been so very blessed to have known her.

Calling hours will be conducted 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sopris Funeral Home 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie.

A service to honor Evelyn’s life will be conducted by Paul Peters at  7:30 p.m. during calling hours.

Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie, in the spring.

Memorial donations will be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y. 12414.


The Daily Mail
January 6/7, 2003

Louise E. Noeth
Volunteered for many organizations

Coxsackie—Louise E. Noeth, 86, of 140 Mansion St., Coxsackie, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, after a long illness.

Born Nov. 14, 1916 in Norwich, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Katherine (Kleiman) Gabele.

Mrs. Noeth was a member of the Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie, a member of Hose Co. No. 2 Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the RSVP.

She was also a volunteer at the Greene County Memorial Hospital for many years. She also helped delivering Meals on Wheels in the Coxsackie area.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Noeth of Coxsackie; three daughters, Nancy Hobart of Coxsackie, Judy Lampman of Leeds and Betty Ann Hotaling of Ravena; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Noeth was predeceased by her husband, Joseph who died in 1966, and four brothers, Edward, Theodore Charles and Rudolph Gabele.

Calling hours will be conducted 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the W. C. Brady and Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Second Reformed Church with the Rev. Richard Pruiksma officiating.

The day of the funeral everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m.

Springtime interment will be in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery next to her late husband.

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation, 71 Prospect Ave., Hudson, N. Y., 12534. or to the Second Reformed Church Memorial Fund, Washington, Ave., Coxsackie, N.Y. 12051. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home.


The Daily Mail
January 6, 2003

Amelia ‘Amy’ Trautman
Bookkeeper

Greenville-Amelia “Amy” Trautman, 76, of Greenville, died suddenly Jan. 4, 2003.

She was born in the Bronx on May 22, 1926, daughter of the late William and Josephine Greb.

She was a retired bookkeeper having worked for Goodyear Company in Astoria.

Survivors include her daughter, Lydia Pfrommer and her husband Frederick of Greenville; a son, Walter Trautman of Massapequa; her grandchildren, Carla and Travis Pfrommer, and Brain, Jeffery and Rebecca Trautman; and a sister, Anna Hrubant.

Mrs. Trautman was predeceased by her husband, Walter Trautman.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday from the funeral home.

As to her request, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery.


The Daily Mail
January 7, 2003

Job A. Doty
World War II Veteran

Sierra Vista, Ariz—Job A. Doty, 81, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Dec. 25, 2002 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson, Ariz.

Born in Valley Falls, N.Y. Feb. 2, 1921, he was the son of the late Floyd and Maria Doty. 

Mr. Doty had been a resident of Sierra Vista for the last 25 years. He was an apartment manager for many years in Sierra Vista. Prior to relocating to Arizona, he resided in Catskill with his late wife Thersille and their children.

He served with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the U. S. Army during World War II. After the war he was employed as a sheet metal worker and roofer. He was a firefighter for ten years for the Troy Fire Department.

Survivors include his children, Thomas and his wife Tasha of Tucson, Ariz., Job C. of Sierra Vista, Ariz., William of Missouri, Christopher and his wife Bilieta of Saugerties, Mary and her husband Phil Oettinger of Catskill, Beatrice and her husband Jim Fishback of England; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Thersille and youngest son, Patrick.

A Memorial service was held Jan. 4 at Church of Nazarene in Sierra Vista.

Burial services will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


The Daily Mail   
January 7, 2003  

Otto ‘Dick’ Fuegmann
Former East Durham Vol. Fire Co. Assistant Chief.

Greenville—Otto “Dick” Fuegmann, 64, residing at the Fireman’s Home in Hudson, formerly of East Durham, died at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson on Jan 6, 2003. Mr. Fuegmann was born Jan. 29, 1937, son of the late Otto and Margaret (Griffin) Fuegmann. He was a retired truck driver having driven for Van Auken’s Express in Greenville.  He was also a member of the East Durham Vol. Fire Co. and a past assistant Chief.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Shirley (Beverly) Starr and a brother Jack Fuegmann. Surviving are his children, Sharon Johnson, Michael Fuegmann, Penny Graziano, and Mark Fuegmann, his stepsons Mark and Hayden Reynolds, and three brothers, Peter Fuegmann, Max Fuegmann, and Steven Minot.

As to his wishes, he will be cremated and buried next to his wife Beverly in the Oak Hill Cemetery in the spring. Interment will be under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


The Daily Mail
January 7, 2003

Harold A. Lawlor
Navy veteran of World War II

Cairo—Harold A. Lawlor, 80, of Feddes Trailer Park, Leeds, died Jan. 3, 2003. He was born in New York City on Nov. 12, 1922, and was the son of the late Peter and Catherine (Finn) Lawlor.

Mr. Lawlor was an area resident since 1981. He also served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II, and he was also a communicant of the St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Department of Public Works in Bogota, N.J.

He is survived by his wife Eunice Wanner Lawlor of Leeds, two sons Eugene Lawlor of Cairo and Patrick Lawlor of Florida, a daughter Margaret Kleiber of Leeds, and six grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo. Private Cremation will take place Tuesday at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.


The Daily Mail
January 7, 2003

Francis M. Pascuzzi
Former master mechanic

Catskill—Francis M. Pascuzzi, 62, of Old Kings Road, Catskill, died suddenly at his residence.

He was born in Catskill on Aug. 23, 1940 to Francis and Louise (Bonacci) Pascuzzi. He worked for many years as a master mechanic. He enjoyed hobbies including flying, auto racing, model airplanes, hunting and fishing.

Besides his mother Louise, Francis is survived by one son, Francis Pascuzzi, a daughter Christina Pascuzzi of Catskill, one brother Peter Pascuzzi, of Athens and his wife Rita, a nephew Peter Pascuzzi and his wife Gilda of Coxsackie, nieces, Alecia Bilpuh and her husband Dean of Rensselaer, And Robin Pascuzzi of Coxsackie. Mr. Pascuzzi is also survived by his very dear girlfriend Rene Ciccimarro and her daughters Mackenzie and Ronnie and several grandchildren, cousins, great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Francis, his daughter Melissa and his nephew Michael Pascuzzi. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003 at 7 p.m. at the W. C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home.


The Daily Mail
January 7/8, 2003

Gensine Stiller
Loved to Garden

Coxsackie—Gensine Stiller, 93, of Titus Mill Road, Coxsackie, died Dec. 31, 2002 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

She was born in Germany on Sept. 1, 1909 and was the daughter of the late Klaus Kriete and Katherine (Ehlers) Kriete. She has been an area resident since 1938 of Coxsackie. She loved to garden.

Private cremation took place Friday at the Athens Rural Crematorium in Menands. She is survived by her beloved daughter Bertine Koteck of Coxsackie, and two sisters, Adele Heins and Gretchen Nehring, both of Germany. She is also survived by a granddaughter Lorie Hackim of Miami, Fla., a great-grandchild Rebecca Hackim, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles in 1998, and by a grandson, Lt. Mark Kotek. Memorial services will take place at a late date in the springtime at the Riverside Cemetery. Contributions in her memory can be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y.  12414.

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


The Daily Mail
January 8, 2003

Evelyn Mae McRorie
Registered nurse

Mesa, Ariz—Evelyn Mae McRorie, 80, of Mesa, Ariz., died on Friday, Jan 3, 2003. She was born on July 1, 1922 in Brooklyn. She was a registered nurse. Ms. McRorie is survived by her brother Donald Melius of Saugerties, sister Vera Jackson of Leeds, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held in Mesa, Ariz.


The Daily Mail
January 8, 2003

Jeannette Young
Housewife

Jewett—Jeannette Young, 93, died on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003 at the Ten Broeck Commons Nursing Home in Lake Katrine.

She was born Aug. 21, 1909 to William and Jennie Johnson Petersen in East Jewett.

Mrs. Young was a housewife.

Survivors include a son, Buddy Young of Kingsport, Tenn., two daughter, Lois Young of Saugerties and Marie Hargrove of Titusville, Fla., two sisters, Emily Nicholls of Hunter and Martha Bonestell of East Jewett, as well as several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Young was predeceased by her husband Claude D. Young on Jan. 5, 1995.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday Jan. 11 at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at the funeral home. Officiating will be the Rev. Gregory Ferriss.

 Interment will be in the spring in the Maplewood Cemetery in South Jewett.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Fund Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, 498 Main St., Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 12601.


The Daily Mail
January 9, 2003

Richard F. Bauer
Former Coxsackie resident

Rowlett, Texas—Richard F. Bauer, 57, of Rowlett, died Monday Dec. 2, 2002 in Dallas.

Born in Catskill, he was a son of Herman Sr. and Anna (Hotaling) Bauer.  He was a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens  Central High School and served 11 years in the U. S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife Sumrieng A. Bauer, a son  Richard P. Bauer, and a daughter Sandra O’Pry, all of Texas, his father Herman Sr. and brother Herman Jr., both of Coxsackie, and a sister Anita Nolan.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Rest Haven-Rowlett Funeral Home, Rowlett, Texas.


The Daily Mail
January 9, ,2003 

Marguerita Dunn
Windham resident

Windham—Marguerite Dunn,59, of Windham, died Tuesday at her residence.

Born in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Clifford L. and the late Marguerite A. Cole Howard. She was predeceased by a daughter Tahrena M. Dunn.

Calling hours will be Friday, Jan. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.  at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

Services will be held on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland, in the spring at the convenience of the family.


The Daily Mail
January 9, 2003

Marion A. Mackey
Former Teller at the National Bank of Windham

Windham—Marion A. Mackey, 90, of Toms River, N. J., formerly of Windham, died Jan. 6, 2003 at the Community Medical Center, Toms River, N. J.

She was born on Oct.10, 1912 in New York City. She was predeceased by her husband James Mackey in 1972. Mrs. Mackey is survived by her sons Roger of Toms River and James of Florida. She is also survived by her brother Warren Truby and her sister Ruth Morse of Windham, as well as six grandchildren.

Mrs. Mackey was a teller at the National Bank of Windham for many years, a member of the Windham United Methodist Church and the Windham Country Club, where she loved to play golf.

A graveside service will be conducted at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland, at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Decker Funeral Home, Windham.


The Daily Mail
January 9/10, 2003

Christopher Paspalis
Division manager of the Doral Hotel

Windham—Christopher Paspalis, 74, of Windham died Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Greece on Jan. 8, 1929. He held a bachelor’s degree and was employed as a manager for the food and beverage division of the Doral Hotel in New York City.

Mr. Paspalis had been coming to the area since 1952 and became a permanent resident of Windham in 1992.  He was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption and was  a cantor at the church for the last eight years. He is survived by his sons Terry and Nicholas and his wife Anna of Windham. He was the grandfather of Nicholas, Gregory and Kristin.

Calling hours will be Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham. Services will be held Saturday at the funeral home. Spring interment will be at the convenience of the family.


The Daily Mail   
January 9, 2003   

Gerald L. Simpson
Model antique car collector

East Durham—Gerald L. Simpson, 62, of East Durham died suddenly at his residence on Jan. 7, 2003. He was born in Sunside on Feb. 8, 1940, son of Vivian (Ruled) Simpson and the late Lester Simpson. Mr. Simpson served his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He was employed by Rural Metals Products in Surprise. He was an avid collector of model antique cars. He was devoted family man and especially dear to him were his three cats, Baby, Lucky and Sweetie.

Surviving are he beloved wife of 43 years TaeSun (Park) Simpson of East Durham, his daughter Jessica K. Simpson of Albany, his mother Vivian Simpson of Sunside, two sisters Bea Algozzine of Cairo and Eileen Simpson of Sunside, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be a the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2003 at 10 a.m.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Interment will be in the spring in the Freehold Cemetery at the convenience of the family.


The Daily Mail
January 10, 2003

Dominic J. Cornelius
Motion Picture Exhibitor

Catskill—Dominic J. Cornelius, 82, a life-long resident of Catskill, passed away Jan. 9.2003 at his William Street residence.

Born July 26, 1920 he was the son of the late Nicholas and Genevieve (Jenny) Cornelius.  Mr. Cornelius served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II form 1942 through 1946. He served in the South Pacific on Tinian Island where he earned two battle stars and various citations for combat service.

Mr. Cornelius was employed in the motion picture industry for 50 years until his retirement from MKRK in 1985. During the late 1940’s to 1960, he managed the Community and New Catskill theaters in Catskill. Mr. Cornelius was active in many fraternal, community and religious organizations.

He was a member of the Osborn Hose Company No. 2 for 64 years, having served as president, past-president of the Greene County Firematic Association, a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 572 (joining in 1938).  Rotary International, a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Cornelius was also involved in local and state politics. He served as a Village of Catskill trustee, president of the village, Catskill Police Commissioner and in the late 1970’s Mr. Cornelius was appointed by Gov. Hugh Carey to the State Liquor Authority serving as a Greene County board member.

Mr. Cornelius is survived by his wife, Lillian Anderson Cornelius, three children, Barbara Cornelius-Premo, Diana Smith and son-in-law Mitchell Smith, Dominic J. Cornelius II an daughter-in-law Laurie Sprague Cornelius, devoted family friend Ralph Jordan, three grandchildren, Olivia Smith, Jared Kusisto and Dominic J. Cornelius IV, sisters Marie Anabele, Regina DeLuca, all of Catskill, Mrs. Ward B. (Diana) Kreag of Allentown, Pa., Anna Passaretti of Albany and a brother, Leo P. (Mary Ellen Lacy) Cornelius of Palm City, Fla.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday,  Jan. 12, 2003 at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2003 at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill.

Mr. Cornelius was able to receive his cancer treatments at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital due to the generosity of Lois Sullivan, through her programs which enables individuals and their families receiving cancer treatment to find affordable shelter directly adjacent to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Because this program operates entirely on private donations, the Cornelius family request that donations be made to Lois Sullivan 1275 1st Ave., No. 206, New York, N. Y., 10021 in lieu of flowers, so others may benefit from her good work.


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January 10, 2003

Charles E. Francis
Former Athens resident

Greenville—Charles Edward Francis, 77, of Pawling, NY (Formerly of Athens, NY) passed away Dec. 13, 2002 at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

He was born June 24, 1925, the son of the late Merritt and Irma (Latta) Francis.

He was also predeceased by sisters Mabel Smith, Gladys Dayton, Dorothy Francis and Margaret Francis; brothers Harry Francis, Raymond Francis, Kenneth Francis, Marvin Francis and Robert Francis; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

As to his wishes he was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Interment will be in the Spring in the Locust Cemetery at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home.


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January 10, 2003 

Claribel I. Gardiner
Greene Co. Historical Society Member

Greenville—Claribel I. Gardiner, 81, of Norton Hill, N. Y. passed away on Jan. 8, 2003 at the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany, N. Y.

She was born June 16, 1921 in Norton Hill, the daughter of the late Stanley and Eleanor (Goff) Ingalls.

Claribel was an active member of the Greene Co. Historical Society, the Greenville Historical Society and the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her sister Edna Ziuvelli and brother Randall Ingalls.

Survivors include her beloved husband Leonard Gardiner of Norton Hill, her brother Walter Ingalls and several nieces and nephews.

As to her wishes she was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery and a memorial service and interment will be in the Spring at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home.

Those who wish may contribute in Claribel’s memory to either the Greenville Rescue Squad, Greenville Library Fund or the Building Fund of the Greenville-Norton Hill U. M. Church.


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January 10, 2003

Rosalie C. Hughes
Catskill resident

Catskill—Rosalie C. Hughes, 93, of 38 Prospect Avenue in Catskill, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born April 30, 1909 in Cementon, and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Rosalie (Luzeckis) Cotich.

Rosalie was a New York City resident for most of her life. Rosalie had been a Catskill resident at St. Joseph’s Villa since 1999.

She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Hughes. She is survived by several cousins and dear friends.

Relative and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights in Catskill on Friday, Jan. 10.2003, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the funeral Home. The Rev. John J. Murphy will be officiating. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.


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January 11, 2003

Theresa M. Montana
Former AT&T Supervisor

Stamford—Theresa M. Montana, 90, of Windham, died Thursday at the Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford, N.Y.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and the late  Mary Pauruno Scisci. She was a supervisor, employed by American Telephone & Telegraph of New York City. Mrs. Montana lived in Windham for the past 30 years. 

She is survived by one son, Robert Montana, and his wife Glenda of Windham and a granddaughter, April Montana Sonneberg. She was predeceased by her husband William Montana who died Dec. 24, 1982.

Calling hours will be Sunday, Jan.12, 2003 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham. Funeral services will be held Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in the spring at the convenience of the family.


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January 12, 2003

Robert F. Mc Quillen
Corrections Officer

Acra—Robert R. Mc Quillen, 55, of Acra, passed away Jan. 10, 2003 at Colombia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born Dec. 20, 1947 in Long Island, son of Edward and Mary Louise (Becker) Mc Quillen.

He was employed the New York State Department of Corrections as a corrections officer at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility for 17 years. He was a member and past president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club, Member of the Town of Cairo Zoning Board, and avid camper and outdoorsman.

Surviving are his wife Denise (Landry) Mc Quillen of Acra; his parents Edward and Mary Louise Mc Quillen of Leeds; daughters Marlies Mc Quillen and her fiancé Bryan Peters of Albany, and Erica Romanowski and her husband Robert of Greenville; stepdaughter Ashley Viger of Acra; stepsons James Quirk and Joseph Quirk, both of Watervliet; brother Ed Mc Quillen and his wife Jane Ann of East Durham; nephews Ed and Scott Mc Quillen; and his niece Jene Hallenbeck.

Funeral services will be from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, with a service at the First Baptist Church in Catskill at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

As to his wishes, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Robert’s memory to the First Baptist Church in Catskill.


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January 13, 2003 

Patrick C. Burke
Former Earlton resident

Havertown, Pa.—Patrick C. Burke, 77, of Wynnewood, Pa., a native of Galway, Ireland, and formerly of Earlton, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003.

He was the beloved husband of Rosaline (Devlin), father of Slohhan Sosa, Claire Burke and Brendan Burke, father-in-law of Dean Sosa and Cecilia (Hamilton) Burke.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday morning, Jan. 14 after 10 a.m. at the Stretch Funeral Home, E. Eagle Road and St. Denis Lane, Havertown, Pa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Denis Church Lane, Havertown, Pa.

Interment is in the St. Denis Cemetery.


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January 13/14, 2003

Helen B. Muller
Lifetime resident of Cairo

Cairo—Helen B. Muller, 95, of Middlebaugh, N. Y., formerly of Cairo, died Jan. 12, 2003, at Eden Park Nursing Home, in Cobleskill, N. Y.

She was born Feb. 17, 1907 in Cairo, and was the daughter of the late Bruce and Kathryn (Bouck) Baldwin.

Mrs. Muller was a lifetime honorary member of the Round Top Ladies Fire Auxiliary, a member of the Round Top Community Methodist Church and a lifetime resident of Cairo.

Survivors include a son, Gene Muller of Long Island, a daughter, Betty M. Chichester of Middlebaugh, a brother, Walter Baldwin of Acra, a sister, Katherine Moffit of Purling, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo.

Prayer service will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

Interment of her remains will take place in the springtime in the Round Top Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Round Top Ladies Fire Auxiliary, c/o Linda Lawrence, Pres., 1110 Mountain Ave., Purling, N. Y. 12122 or to the Broome Fire Department, Middlebaugh, N. Y. 12122.


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January 13, 2003

Joseph Samperisi
Owned Waterfalls Laundry

Catskill—Joseph Samperisi, 78, of 7 Cottontail Lane, Catskill, died suddenly Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Brooklyn, the son of the late Charles and Rose (Andre) Samperisi.

Mr. Samperisi served in the United States Navy SeaBees and was a veteran of the World War II.

He moved to Catskill in 1946, where he owned and operated Waterfalls Laundry Inc. of Catskill until his retirement in 1984.

Mr. Samperisi was an active communicant of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill. He was a Past Grand Knight, Fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 572 and Greene County Assembly 2253. He was a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge 1341.

Survivors include his wife of over 56 years, Mary M. (Marfinetz) Samperisi of Catskill; a son, Joseph Samperisi Jr. of Catskill; a daughter, Patricia Levine of Round Top; a daughter-in-law Dawn Samperisi of Catskill; a former son-in-law Robert Levine of Cairo; a sister, Marie Coscione of Florida; four grandchildren, Eric Samperisi of Hudson, Adam Levine of Albany, Matthew Levine of Kingston and Katy Levin of Round Top; four great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services will be conducted 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridge St., Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, Pastor, will be officiating. 

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


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January 14, 2003 

Marion F. Edsall
Elka Park resident

Elka Park—Marion E. Edsall, 79, of Elka Park, died Jan. 10, 2003, at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

She was born March 13, 1923 to James and Isabel Kelley Maloney, in Mt. Vernon, N. Y.

She worked in the hospitality industry and had worked at the Villagio more than 20 years, and retired in 1994.

She resided in Syracuse from 1950 through 1972 when she moved to Elka Park.

Survivors include one son, Gary J. Edsall of South Pasadena, Calif.; two daughters, Deborah Kornell of Haines Falls and Tracy A. Swartz of Clifton Park; three brothers, James Maloney of Elka Park and William A. Maloney of Upper Grandview, N. Y.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls. Officiating will be the Rev. Anthony Motta.

Interment will follow in the spring in the St. Francis deSales Cemetery in Elka Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


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January 16, 2003 

Julie Kristen Frezon
RPI graduate

Richmond, Va.—Julie Kristen Frezon, 27, ended he courageous battle with leukemia at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 11, 2003.

Born in Albany, N. Y., she was the a graduate of Columbia High School in East Greenbush, N. Y.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N. Y., and was employed as a semiconductor process engineer by Infineon Technologies in Sandston, VA.,

She excelled in athletics, participating in varsity sports at both Columbia and RPI. She enjoyed music, cross-stitching and travel.

She will be remembered as a very caring, outgoing and generous person who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. A beloved daughter, sister, aunt, godmother and friend.

Survivors include her parents, Robert and Lory Frezon of East Greenbush; brother, Steven Frezon and sister-in-law Jennifer Frezon of Austin, Texas; adored nephew and god son, Cameron Jacob Frezon of Austin, Texas; uncles Charles and Joseph Martinez; aunts Diane Fausel and Marion Barton; cousins Chuck and Jeffrey Martinez, Christopher and Colin Fausel and Bonnie Boyer.

She was predeceased by her grandparents.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rockefeller Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush.

Memorial donations may be made to the Julie Ferzon Memorial Fund at Troy Savings Bank to benefit the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Medical College of Virginia.


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January 16/17, 2003

Frank Zarzycki
Retired carpenter

Coxsackie—Frank Zarzycki, 75, of Coxsackie, died Jan. 15, 2003 at his residence. He was born in Jamaica, Queens on May 10, 1927, the son of the late Frank and Mary (Stukowsky) Zarzycki. He was married in Islip, N. Y., to Charlotte Zarzycki who predeceased him on Aug. 31, 2001.

Mr. Zarzycki had been employed at the Local 265 in Saugerties, where he retired in 1992 as a carpenter.  He served in the U. S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his two children, Frank Zarzycki of Coxsackie and Shirley Peloke and her husband Maynard of Catskill; two grandchildren, Brett and Drew Peloke; and a sister, Margaret Citrin of East Meadow, L. I.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  He was predeceased by his four brothers, Vincent, Theodore, Edward and Benjamin, and a sister, Jessie French.

Funeral services will be private, and at the convenience of the family.  Interment will take place at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Memorial donation in Mr. Zarzycki’s name may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, care of William F. Gibny, Stratton VA Hospital Room C-308/5, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12208.


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January 17/18, 2003

Ruth Harter
Former Memorial Hospital of Greene County employee

Coxsackie—Ruth Harter, 85, of Mansion Street, Coxsackie, joined her beloved Frank in eternal rest Wednesday evening, Jan. 15, 2003 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Harter was born Oct. 15, 1917 in Otterbach, Germany, the daughter of the late Richard and Olga (Christman) Bauer.

She was married on May 4, 1940 in Coxsackie to Frank Harter, who died Dec. 30, 2000.

Mrs. Harter was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved gardening and was an avid New York Mets fan, and was well-known for her delicious pie making.  She was employed at the former Memorial Hospital of Greene County in the X-Ray Department for many years and was a member of the Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie.

Mrs. Harter is survived by her children: Lola Harter of Coxsackie, Frank Harter III of Chatham, Cathy Harter of Coxsackie, Charles Harter of Utica, Jane Cerle of Coxsackie and May Ellen Neppl of Greenville, and her two brothers, Wolfgang Bauer and Herman Bauer, both of Coxsackie. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters: Erna Schnare, Madeline Coulbourn and Mina Finley. 

A service to commemorate Mrs. Harter’s life will be celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 at 4 p.m. at the Second Reformed Church, 16 Washington Ave., Coxsackie.  The Rev. Richard Pruiksma will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may also call on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9W, Coxsackie. There will be a time of sharing memories on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.  Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie, in the spring.

The family requests that memorials in Mrs. Harter’s name be made to the Second Reformed Church, 16 Washington St., Coxsackie, or the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill.


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January 17, 2003

Lillian Laskey
Retired registered nurse

Catskill—Lillian Laskey of South Daytona, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 13, in Daytona.  She was born Sept. 21, 1912 in Jersey City, N. J., the daughter of the late William and Beaulah (Deere) Waters Sr.

Mrs. Laskey was a registered nurse prior to her retirement. Formerly of Schenectady, she lived in Daytona Beach prior to her death.  She was predeceased by two husbands, John DeLuca and Chester Laskey. 

Mrs. Laskey is survived by a cousin, Tess Callan of Coxsackie, and several stepchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill, will be officiating.

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


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January 17/18, 2003

George Myrka
Designer of Heavy-duty machinery

Coxsackie—George Myrka, 79, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at St. Peter’s Hospital Hospice after an illness.

He was born April 15, 1923, in the Ukraine and was the son of the late Luke and Maria (Shemanski) Myrka.

After World War II, he migrated form Great Britain, arriving in the United States on Thanksgiving Day 1952.

In 1988 he retired form Bendix Corp., Green Island Division, Troy, as a designer of heavy-duty machinery.

In his retirement, he worked as a picture framer in Myrka Gallery Arts and Frame Shop in West Coxsackie.

He was a communicant and also an usher at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie.

Survivors include his brother Mykola Myrka of the Bronx, and brothers William, John and Theodore of the Ukraine, also four nieces and four nephews, and their children.

Mr. Myrka was predeceased by his sister Pauline and her husband, John Pidustwa, formerly of Coxsackie.

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

Mass of Christian Burial will take place 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie, with the Rev. Fr. J. Moyna the celebrant.

Interment will take place in the family plot in the springtime in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad or the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N. Y. 122414.  Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.


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January 17, 2003

Jettie Penraat-Jongejans
Fiber wall hangings artist

Catskill—Jettie Penraat, born Ottoline Henriette Gerarde Jongejans, died on Jan. 11, 2003 at her home in Catskill. She had been confined to her bed for almost a year due to the steady deterioration of her health as the result of sever osteoporosis.

Born March 5, 1916 in the village of Kota Agung on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, then a colony of the Netherlands, Mrs. Penraat was the daughter of Jan Jongejans, governor of Atjeh (northern Sumatra) and Cornelia Jan van Ophusijsen. She was married in 1935 to Albert Jacob de Jager by whom she had one daughter, Marjolijn.

After residing in Borneo, in The Netherlands and then in California, Mrs. Penraat and her family returned to Java, Indonesia in May 1941. After the onset of World War II, her husband  was mobilized into the Dutch East-Indies Air Force while Mrs. Penraat and her small daughter were interned by the Japanese in three consecutive POW camps on Java.  This imprisonment lasted three-and-a-half years.   According to the physi8cians, the war experience was the beginning of her osteoporosis, although it was not diagnosed as such until a decade ago.

In November 1945, Mrs. Penraat and her daughter were transported to Melborne, Australia where she was hospitalized for six months to recuperate from the many diseases caused by the war.  In October of 1946, they returned to The Netherlands to live in Amsterdam where her first marriage ended in divorce in 1948. Mrs. Penraat was remarried in October 1950 to architect Jaap Penraat.  Their daughters, Mirjam and Noelle, were born in Amsterdam in 1951 and 1952.

Mrs. Penraat, a fiber artist working with fabrics and yarns, created hand-sewn wall hangings in many sizes. She exhibited throughout The Netherlands and Europe.  The family immigrated to the United States in June 1958, where she continued working and exhibiting across different states from New York to California. Corporate commissions consisted of large hangings while much of her other work was purchased by individual collectors.  In the 1970’s one of her pieces became a highly popular UNICEF holiday card.

Her health began to decline in the 1980’s, which caused her to start working on a small scale only. To her great sadness, for the last 12 years of her life her failing health forced her to stop creating altogether.  One of the last times she was able to leave her home was to the ceremony in June 1998 at the Israeli Consulate in New York for her husband when he received the Yad Vashem medal for the Righteous Among the Nations for his rescue work during World War II in The Netherlands.

Mrs. Penraat is survived by her husband in Catskill, her three daughters in Connecticut, Long Island and New York City, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Private cremation was arranged by the Meyers Funeral Home in Delmar. A memorial gathering will be held in the spring.


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January 17, 2003

Edith M. Smith
Loved crossword puzzles

Cairo—Edith M. Smith, 84, of Elizabeth Terrace, Cairo, died Jan. 15, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Hospice, Albany after a long illness.

She was born in New York City on March 25, 1918 and was the daughter of the late Henry and Katherine(Loesell) Kyrtz.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with the Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, pastor, being the celebrant. Interment will follow next to her late husband Roger, who predeceased her in 1988, in the family plot of St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.

She had been an area resident since 1976, a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, and also a member of the Cairo Golden Age Club.  She was also an avid reader and loved to work crossword puzzles.

She is survived by a son, Roger E. Smith of Holbrook; three daughters, Patricia Keehner of Plattekill, Eileen Handler of Cairo and Edith Bogert of Clifton Park.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Relative and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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January 18, 2003

Mabel E. Fancher
Dairy farmer

Stamford—Mabel E. Fancher, 99, of Conesville, passed away Jan. 16, 2003 at Robinson Terrace in Stamford, where she has resided since 1996 due to failing health.

She was born fourth of six children on Nov. 30, 1903 in Prattsville, daughter of Elmer and Margaret (Fredenburg) Merwin. 

Mrs. Fancher was married in 1925 to Harry J. Francher. The lived all their 50 years of married life in Conesville, working side-by-side on their dairy farm. She was a 30-year member of the New York Grange and 56 years as a member of the Eastern Star. She was also a lifelong and active member of the Conesville U. M. Church.

She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Harry J. Fancher in 1975. Mrs. Fancher was also pre-deceased by three sisters, Hazel, Rose and Elsie, and a brother, John.

Surviving are her son, Carlton M. Fancher and his wife Shirley of Shepard, MI; a sister, Beatrice Fancher of Stamford; and four grandchildren, Gerald of Alabama, and Mark, Dale and Carla, all of Michigan.  Mrs. Fancher was also blessed with eleven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville on Wed., Jan. 22, at 2 p.m.  Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Interment will be in the spring in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Prattsville at the convenience of the family.


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January 18, 2003

Carroll M. Tucker
Retired insurance company manager

Lake Katrine—Carroll M. Tucker, 75, of Freehold (and formerly of Mansfield, Ohio) passed away Jan. 17, 2003 at the Northeast Center for Rehabilitation of Lake Katrine.

He was born in Mansfield, Ohio on Aug. 15, 1927, son of the late Paul and Marjorie (Pollock) Tucker.  He served his community during World War II in the U. S. Navy.  Carroll was retired from the Commercial Mutual Insurance Company in Catskill, where he had been the claims manager for 15 years. He had also retired previously from Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance Company in Mansfield, Ohio after 32 years of service to the company.

He was a member and past master of the James Austin Lodge #557 F&AM in Greenville, and an active member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill.

Surviving are his wife, Geraldine (Foster) Tucker; three daughters, Kathleen Dudley and her husband Frank of Greenville, Jennifer Greenbaum and her husband Gary of Marysville, Ohio, and Deborah Tucker of Golden Valley, MN; a brother, David Tucker of Mansfield, Ohio; a sister, Gloria Anthony of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy, Jeffery, Danielle and Devon Dudley of Greenville, and Christopher and Heather Greenbaum of Mansfield, Ohio.

There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, Jan. 20, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill. As to his wishes, Mr. Tucker was cremated at the Wiltwyck Cemetery in Kingston.

Those who wish may contribute in Mr. Tucker’s memory to the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church or to the American Heart Association.


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January 20, 2003 

Willis J. Young
Truck driver for Town of Hunter

Hunter—Willis J. Young, 51, of Tannersville, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at his residence.

He was born April 23, 1951 in Tannersville to James Willis and Erma Bunt Young.

Mr. Young was a truck driver for the Town of Hunter.

He was a member of the Tannersville Fire Company.

His children were his love.

Survivors include his wife Eileen; two children, a son, Willis Jr., and daughter, Sierra; two sisters, Berna Showers of Tannersville and Nancy Kebabjian of Loudonville; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Young was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Linda Johnson.

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

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Officiating will be the Rev. Gregory Ferriss.

A spring interment will be in the Tannersville Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad or the Kaaterskill Methodist Church.


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January 22, 2003

Francis H. Murphy
Owner of F. H. Murphy & Sons Trucking Co.

Hartford, Conn.—Francis H. “Red” Murphy, 64, of Hunters Field Road died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut, following a short illness.  He was the husband of the late Barbara (Slater) Murphy who died in 1999.  Born in Morris, N. Y., on Dec. 30, 1938, he was the son of  Clara (Southwick) Murphy of Prattsville and the late Edward Murphy.

At the time of his death, Mr. Murphy was the owner and operator of F. H. Murphy & Sons Trucking Co., a business he had owned for 24 years. Mr. Murphy was raised in New York and in 1978, moved to Winsted, Conn., where he lived until he moved back to New York in 1999. he was a member of St. Andrews Lodge No. 64, AF&FM in Winsted, and the Spinx Temple in Newington, Conn.  He was a loving father and enjoyed the times spent with family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three sons, Kevin Murphy of Winsted, Richard Murphy of Grand Gorge and Craig Murphy Sr. of Barkhamsted, Conn.; two daughters, Darlene Bently and Charlene Passini, both of Winsted; a brother, David Murphy of Prattsville; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Hunterfield Church in Prattsville. Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Prattsville in the spring.  Friends may call at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friend wishing to attend please call the funeral home at 518-734-3535.


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January 22, 2003

Walter S. Dreger
Public relations director of the Memorial Hospital of Greene County

Cairo—Walter S. Dreger, 81, of Brookside Mobile Home Park, South Cairo, died Jan 19, 2003 at the Stratton V.A. Hospital in Albany. He was born in Poland on Dec. 8, 1921, and was the son of the late Henry E. and Mary Dreger.

He had been an area resident since 1967. Mr. Dreger served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II, Korea and Vietnam as a sergeant.  While living in Greene County he was employed as public relations director of the Memorial Hospital of Greene County. He was also an antique dealer.

Mr. Dreger is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillian (Haase) Dreger of South Cairo; a daughter, Frances C. Dreger of Cairo; a son Walter A. Dreger, of Leeds; two sisters, Mary Murra of Long Island and Frances Ryzuski of Brooklyn; three brothers, Theodore Dreger of Long Island, Eugene Dreger of Nevada and Frank Dreger of Long Island; six grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Cat Dreger of Leeds; a son-in-law, Edward Wilson of Cairo; and a cousin, Emma Brooks of Catskill.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo on Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral services will take place Friday at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Father J. Nunan, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, will officiate 8:30 Friday evening.

Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematory. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to your favorite charity. Envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.


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January 22, 2003

Scott Jay Garrity
Construction worker

Cairo—Scott Jay Garrity, 48, of Jones Road in Round Top, died Jan. 19, 2003 in Round Top.

He was born on July 29, 1954 in Lockport, and was the son of the late John Garrity and  Edna (Terry) Garrity.

He was self-employed in the field of construction. He also served his country in the U. S. Army. He was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo.

Survivors include his mother Edna (Terry) Garrity of South Cairo and sisters Vicki Warwich of East Durham and Coleen Garrity of Bolder Creek, Calif.

He was predeceased by his father, John Garrity, in 1983.

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

A memorial service in his memory will take place on Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo at 2 p.m. with Pastor Victor Nelson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Resurrection Lutheran Church, Route 23B, Cairo, N. Y., 12413.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.


The Daily Mail
January 22/23/24, 2003

Alice Seeley Moon
Co-owner of the former Moon’s Electric

Catskill—Alice Irene Moon, 81, co-owner of the former Moon’s Electric at 393 Main St. in Catskill, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, where she had been a patient since Jan. 6.

She is survived by Sally Bockman (daughter) of Miami, Fla., Donna Gasparrini (daughter) of Ashford, N.C., Mary-Alice “Patty” Whiteman (daughter) of Athens,  D. Lynn Boddy-Fahenbruch (daughter) of Phoenix, Ariz., Davis Connors (daughter) of Catskill, David Bockman (grandson), Jeffery Bockman (grandson), Kimberly Felos,  (granddaughter), Rosanna Gasparrini (granddaughter), Frank Gasparrini (grandson) Ryan Boddy (grandson) Katie Fahrenbruck (granddaughter), Seth Connors (grandson), Jacob Connors (grandson), 11 great-grandchildren; Helen Pavlovich (sister) of Catskill, Kenneth “Mike” Seeley (brother) of Catskill, Arthur Seeley (brother) of Catskill as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by four sisters and four brothers.

She was predeceased by her husband David W. Moon, her life and business partner, on Aug. 26, 1992. She was born Jan. 15, 1922 in Catskill, the daughter of the late Irving and Alice (Gavigan) Seeley. She was a member of On-Ti-Ora Chapter NSDAR and the Catskill Women’s Republican Club.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Capital District Chapter, 50 Colvin Ave., Albany, N. Y., 12206-1106.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.  The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, will be officiating. Interment will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in the Catskill.  There will be no calling hours prior to the Mass.   Arrangements are under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato funeral  Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.


The Daily Mail
January 23, 2003

Luella Esther Carrington Day
First grade teacher

Coxsackie—Luella Day, 83, died suddenly on Jan. 21, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born in Coxsackie to Ernest and Eula Elmendorf Carrington on Sept. 12, 1919.

She graduated from Coxsackie High School in 1936. She earned a teaching degree from Oneonta Normal School in 1939. Her first teaching job was in a one-room school on High Hill. In that community, Luella met Ralph Day. They were married in 1940.

After the birth of their daughter, she taught first grade at Athens Elementary School for more than 40 years.

She was a member of the Coxsackie United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School there for more than 50 years.

As a teenager, she worked part-time for Vosburgh’s Nurseries, as did her brother and sisters. Through the years she taught in Athens, she helped out at the farm after work and on weekends off, and following her retirement from teaching in 1984, she worked at Vosburgh’s full-time.

With the death of her sister Millie in 1998, she managed the business, with the help of her daughter, until the day she died.  She took pride in continuing the farm’s tradition of excellence and service.  Luella enjoyed visits by her many customers, particularly those who had been her students  across generations.

She is survived by her daughter, Darean Day of Washington, D. C.; grandson, Specialist Jonathan Zeisset of Fort Bragg, N. C.; sister, Jean Mattice of Coxsackie; nieces and nephews Ruth Ann Hynes, Nancy Crewell and Neal Mattice of Coxsackie, and Nelson Mattice and Norean Speenburgh of Catskill; and great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Daryl Taylor, Mildred Carrington and Ruth Carrington, and her brother Elliot Carrington.

Friends are invited to pay their respects at the Brady Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, on Friday, Jan. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The funeral will be at the Coxsackie United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003.

Interment will take place in the spring in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.


The Daily Mail
January 23, 2003

Helen A. Semenoff
Third grade teacher at Irving School

Catskill—Helen A. Semenoff, 85, of Catskill and Sun City West, Ariz., died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003 at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix. She was born Jan. 27, 1917 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late Harry and Frieda Algaze.

Mrs. Semenoff moved to Catskill in 1932. She was a graduate of Brooklyn College and received her Master’s degree in education from SUNY Albany. Mrs. Semenoff was an employee of the Catskill Central School District, serving as a third grade teacher at Irving School for more than 42 years.

Mrs. Semenoff was a member of Temple Israel in Catskill. She was predeceased by her husband, former attorney Harry J. Semenoff, on April 2, 1986.

Mrs. Semenoff is survived by two sisters, Amy Schwartz and husband George, and Beverly Mines and husband Herbert; two nieces, Emily Berkov and Madeline Lepolstat; and three nephews, David Schwartz, Robert Mines and Barry Mines.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Rabbi Brian Daniels of Temple Israel in Catskill will be officiating.  Interment will be in Temple Israel Cemetery in Catskill.

Mrs. Semenoff and a close friend and co-worker, Fannie Kapner, were strong believers in furthering the education of their pupils. Together, they formed the Kapner-Semenoff Scholarship Award for academically excelling Catskill High School graduates.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kapner-Semenoff Award, care of Catskill Central School’s Business office, 347 West Main St., Catskill, N.Y., 12414.


The Daily Mail
January 25, 2003

Rose Bathrick
Former Employee of Brady Laundry

Hudson—Rose M. Bathrick, 71, of 108 Mansion Street in Coxsackie, formerly of Brick Row, Athens, died suddenly Jan. 24, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

She was born in Athens on Dec. 11, 1931, and was the daughter of the late John and Ella-Mae (Brooks) Houghtaling.

She is survived by a daughter, Gladys Bathrick of Coxsackie and a brother John Houghtaling of Latham.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Donald Bathrick and a sister Miller Proper.  Mrs. Bathrick was a former employee of Brady Laundry of Athens.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 from 3 to 5 p.m. there are no religious services. 

Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematorium at the convenience of the family.


The Daily Mail
January 27, 2003

Barbara Legg Glennon
Homemaker

Tannersville—Barbara Legg Glennon, 67, of Tannersville, and Charlotte Harbor, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

She was born Jan. 14, 1936, to the later Virgil and Catherine Camp Legg in Catskill.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, John Glennon of Tannersville; a son, Christopher J. Glennon of Haines Falls; a daughter, Melissa Marie Glennon of Greenville; a sister Mary Jane Buck of Haines Falls and a granddaughter, Avery Xiaolei Glennon.

Mrs. Glennon was predeceased by her brother Walter R. Legg on Dec. 19. 2002.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. Officiating will be the Rev. Anthony Motta.

A spring interment will be in the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Elka Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


The Daily Mail
January 27, 2003

Yvoone Schoonmaker
East Jewett resident

East Jewett—Yvoone Schoonmaker, 60, of East Jewett, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

She was born Feb. 14, 1942 to Archie and Arlene (Beach) Schoonmaker.

She is survived by her three daughters, Susan Gallagher, Nancy Chap and Christina DeNoia. She is the sister of Ronald Schoonmaker and the niece of Dorothy Robinson of East Jewett and Henrietta Lane of Ashland.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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

A funeral service will be conducted 8 p.m. with the Rev. Maybelle Renzi of the Windham United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland, in the spring.


The Daily Mail
January 27, 2003

Elizabeth B. Youngs
Formerly operated World Top Acres Resort

Greenville—Elizabeth B. Youngs, “Betty”, 80, of Oneonta, formerly of Saugerties and Greenville, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at the A. O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

She was born Nov. 26, 1922 in New York City, daughter of the late Peter and Margaret (Gleason) Carelas.

Mrs. Youngs and her husband Robert Youngs had formerly operated World Class Acres Resort and Young’s Steak House in Greenville.

Survivors include tow sons, Robert Young jr. and his wife Jane of Cobleskill and William Youngs and his wife Adele of Oneonta; and six grandchildren, Michael and Kevin of Cobleskill and Caitlin, Hayley, Dylan and Conor of Oneonta.

Mrs. Youngs was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m.  Tuesday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Saugerties.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Auriesville Shrine, Auriesville, N. Y., 12016.


The Daily Mail
January 28, 2003

Joseph Gardiner
U. S. Navy veteran

Catskill—Joseph Gardiner, 70, of Mohawk Court, Schenectady, died Sunday, Jam. 26, 2003, at the Glendale Nursing Home in Glendale.

Born June 29, 1932 in Troy, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Mihalko) Gardiner.

Mr. Gardiner served in the U. S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a professional portrait painter and restorer prior to his retirement.

He is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Markle of West Camp and Anna Mae Dumont of Schenectady; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Andrew Gardiner, and a sister, Judy Hood.

Calling hours are 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home followed by an 1 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, Bridge St., Catskill. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, will be officiating.

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


The Daily Mail
January 29, 2003

Maria Blaha Mann
Former dressmaker

Catskill—Maria Blaha Mann, 96, formerly of 3rd Street, Athens, and Eden Park Nursing Home, Catskill, died Jan. 26, 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home, Catskill. 

She was born May 30, 1906 in Vienna, Austria, and was the daughter of the late Johann and Rosa Blaha. She formerly employed by a dress factory as a dressmaker in New York City.

She is survived by her daughter, Ernestine Lester of Athens; two grandsons, Steven Lapina and William Lester of Athens; a granddaughter, Kim Versic of Virginia Beach, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Andrew Allerton of Virginia Beach and Sara Rose Lester and William P. Lester, both of Athens.

Mrs. Mann was predeceased by her husband Karl Mann in 1994 and her grandson Peter Lapina in 1975.

Relative and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Service will take place on Friday at the funeral home at 10 a.m. with Father Richard Jacob of St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill officiating.


The Daily Mail
January 29, 2003

Reginald Semiraro
Central American missionary

Hudson—Father Reginald Semiraro, 85, of St. Anthony’s Friary, Catskill, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Semiraro served in various ministries and locations with love and untiring zeal. He was in the first band of missionaries who set out to minister to the people of Central America.  Most of his priestly ministry was devoted to the missions of Central America. The following are some of the places where he ministered: Campmento, Gualaco, Catacamas, Jticalpa., Comayaguelaz in Honduras and Asuncion Mita, Santa Catarina Mita and San Agustin in Guatemala.  His latter years were spent in retirement at St. Paul’s Friary in Clearwater Beach, Fla., and at St. Anthony’s Friary in Catskill.

He is survived by two brothers, Joseph and John Semiraro.

His body will be waked at St. Anthony’s Friary on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 from 7 too 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. A Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 2 p.m.  Interment will be in the Friars Cemetery in Andover, Mass. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Zwack & Sons, 633 Central Ave., Albany.


The Daily Mail
January 30, 2003 

Helen S. Varade
Coxsackie resident

Coxsackie—Helen S. Varade, 84, died Jan. 28, 2003 at the Albany County Nursing Home.

She was born in Harwick, Pa., on April 29, 1918 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Lemak) Szabad.

She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas J. Varade who died Oct. 2, 1997.

She is survived by a son, Dennis J. Sr. and his wife Joan Varade of Coxsackie; a daughter Barbara A. and her husband Russell Davis of Coxsackie; grandchildren Jennifer L. David, Thomas J. Davis and David M. Varade of Coxsackie and Dennis J. Varde Jr. of Ravena; great grandchildren Kailyn I. Varde of Coxsackie and Allexis H. Varade of Ravena.

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

A memorial service in her memory will take place on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the W. C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie. The Rev. Fr. John Moyna pastor of St. Mary’s Church, will officiate.

Calling hours will take place on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, N. Y. 12205.


The Daily Mail    
January 31, 2003 & February 1, 2003

Thomas Johannesen
World War II Veteran

Greenville—Thomas Johannesen, 83, of Surprise, died Jan. 29, 2003 at Columbia-Greene Long Care in Catskill.

He was born in Norway on Oct. 19, 1919, the son of the late Johanes and Anna (Thorbjornsen) Johannesen.

He served under Bradley and Patton in the  5th Army of Africa and Sicily, the 1st Army in England, the 3rd Army in France and the 9th Army at the Battle of the Bulge. In all he served in eight campaigns.

He received five Bronze stars and one Silver star, the Croix de Guerre from France, a Presidential Citation, American Defense Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Expert Badge with Rifle Bar and the Honorable Service Lapel Button. When discharged he was Staff Sergeant in the 70th Cav. Ren Tr.

He was employed at Royal Metals as a metal fabricator before his retirement.

Surviving are his wife Lillian (Soderstedt) Johannesen; daughter Janice Kendrick and her husband Terence of Monroe; son Thomas Johannesen of Surprise; grandchildren Lisa MacLeod and her husband Joseph, Todd Kendrick and his wife Jeanne, Greg Kendrick and his wife Lisa, and Jamine Johanneses and her friend Dominick Lobe; brothers Karl and Martin Johannesen of Surprise; sister Judith Eilertsen of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Margot Haukom and Evelyn Johannesen, and three brothers, John Andrew and Bjarne Johannesen.

Memorial services will be Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at the Greenville-Norton Hill U. M. Church at Norton Hill. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, N. Y. 10163 or to the  Columbia-Greene Long Term Care Activity Fund, 161 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, N. Y. 12414. Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.


The Daily Mail
January 31, 2003

John N. Masselli St.
Corrections officer

Athens—John N. Masselli Sr. of Schoharie Turnpike, Athens, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003.

Born on Nov. 28, 1930 in the Bronx, he was son of the late Nicholas and Lillian (LoBello) Masselli.

He moved to Athens in 1948. He married Marguerite Pulice of Athens in 1951, and they continued to reside in Athens for the next 51 years.

He was retired state corrections officer, having been stationed in Green Haven Prison, then in Coxsackie Correctional Facility until 1974.

During his life he was a volunteer fireman, assistant Little League coach and served as a trustee for the Village of Athens. In addition to his career in the Department of Corrections, he also worked at Wormuth Brothers Foundry and Aerobilt in Athens, and Lehigh Cement Company and Walther’s Electric in Catskill.

He is survived by his wife Marguerite (Pulice) Masselli; son John Jr. and his wife Dana (Gibson) Masselli of Cairo; son, Thomas and his wife Linda (Arcuri) Masselli of Manalapan, N. J.; daughter Laura (Masselli) Van Valkenburg and her husband Robert of Athens; and daughter Gina (Masselli) Fielder and her husband Dean of Athens.

In addition, he is survived by grandchildren Cheryl, John and Andrew Masselli; Robert, Erin and Caitlin Van Valkenburg; and Kyrie and Tara Fielder, He is also survived by one sister, Anne Grasse of Athens, may brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Ida Bernard, more than 20 years ago.

Relatives and friends may call to pay respects at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., in Athens, on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 from 2 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, Washington Street in Athens. Interment will follow in the Athens Rural Cemetery.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, in memory of John, may be made to St. Peters’ Hospice of the Hudson Valley, or to the Greene Animal Welfare Alliance (GAWA).


 The Daily Mail
January 31, 2003

John J. Tudda
U. S. Air Force veteran

Coxsackie—John J. Tudda, 78, of 5 Howard Drive, West Coxsackie, died Jan. 29, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

He was born in Hazelton, Pa., March 22, 1924, and was the son of the late Antonia Tudda and May (Mancuso) Tudda.

Mr. Tudda has been a Greene County resident since 1981 and was a communicant of the St. Mary’s Church of Coxsackie, as well as a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge 1341. He also served his country in the U. S. Air Force.

Prior to his retirement he was and architect and was a partner in the corporation of Tudda, Scherer and Zbrowski of New York City.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marlies M. (Meyer) Tudda of West Coxsackie; daughter Michelle Niosi of West Coxsackie; brothers Joseph and Anthony Tudda, both of Patterson, N. J.; as well as his three grandchildren, Sara, Amanda and Luke.

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

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s R. C. Church in Coxsackie. The Rev. Fr. John Moyna, pastor, will be the celebrant.  Interment will follow in the spring in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coxsackie.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Capital District Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, N. Y. 12206-2083 or the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 116 John St. New York, N. Y. 10038.


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