Obituaries from the Daily Mail
May 2003

Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin
Obituaries provided by Celeste MacCormack


The Daily Mail
May 1, 2003

James T. Chappell            WW II Navy veteran 

Coxsackie—James T. Chappell, 79, of 108 Mansion Street in Coxsackie, died April 29, 2003 at the V. A. Stratton Medical Center in Albany. 

He was born on Nov.  21, 1923 in Griffin, GA., and was the son of the late George and Madie L (Smith) Chappell.

James was an area resident for 50 years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Hudson Rive Cement Block Company in Ravena.  He served his country in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Thursday, May 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, May 2, at 1 p.m. at the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street in Coxsackie.  A member of the family will officiate the funeral service.

Interment will take place in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie, next to his late wife, Gloria (Maddalone) Chappell.


The Daily Mail
May 2, 2003

Florence Decker         Lifelong resident 

Ashland—Florence A. Decker, 87, passed away April 30, 2003 at eh Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY.

She was born April 3, 1916 in Ashland, NY, the daughter of the late Dick and Lucinda (Blakeslee) German.

A lifelong resident of the community, Florence was a homemaker and devoted wife and mother.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Decker, her son Don and two grandchildren.

Surviving are daughters June Coe of Windham, NY and Alene Cushaman of Malone, NY; as well as 16 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at the Ashland Community Church. As to her wishes she was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery in Albany, NY.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.


The Daily Mail
May 2, 2003

Giovannina Goodrich              Area resident

Acra—Giovannina (Jennie) F. Goodrich, 83, of Joseph Chadderdon Road in Acra, died April 30, 2003 at the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston after a brief illness.

She was born in Brooklyn on June 24, 1919, the daughter of the late Clement and Maria (DeAngelo) Massaro.  Jennie was an area resident since 1966 and also a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church in Cairo.

She is survived by  daughter Mrs. Louis (Donna) Barbara of Saugerties; sister Lucy Ketchem of Long Island; grandchildren Maria, Suzanne, Louis and Peter; and great-grandchildren Louis Marcheloo, Brianna Giancarlo and Joseph.

Her daughter Barbara Low pre-deceased her four weeks ago. Her late husband Donald, passed away in 2000.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, with Rev. Fr. J. Nunan as the celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill, next to her late husband.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross Street, Cairo.


The Daily Mail
May 2, 2003, May 3, 2003 

Nelson Hutchins/Hutchings              Truck driver 

Catskill—Nelson Hewett Hutchins, 75, formerly of High Hill Road in Catskill and Mt. Dora, Fla., died Wednesday, April 30 at his daughter’s home in Scotia where he had been residing.

Mr. Hutchins was born in Adelston, Quebec on April 14, 1928, the son of the late Frederick H. and Hazel Saunders Hutchins.

He was retired from Mitchell Transport in Cementon where he worked as a truck drive. He was a member of Catskill B. P. O. E. Lodge #1341, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Okahumpka, Fla., Moose Lodge  in Florida and the Teamster Local 294. He was an avid golfer and automobile restorer who specialized in MGBs.

Mr. Hutchins is survived by his children James of Silver Springs, MD, Nelson “Wayne” of Catskill, Barbara Anne Tracey of Scotia, and Margaret Poole of Athens; sister Jean Caldwell of Ottawa; brother William of Cornwall, Ontario; as well as eight grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Maureen McDonald on May 12, 1985, as well as brothers James and Saunders Hutchins.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. in the Remembrance Chapel of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with the Rev. Sharon Sauer, hospice chaplain, officiating.

A celebration of his life will follow the memorial service at Mama Lee’s restaurant on Route 147 in Scotia.

Private cremation was conducted at the Albany Rural Crematorium and a committal service will take place at the Colleburgh Cemetery on a future date.


The Daily Mail
May 3, 2003

Charles Brooks                          United States Army

Windham—Charles A. Brooks, 73, of East Jewett, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2003 at Ten Broeck Commons in Lake Katrine.

He was born to Charles and Mary Brooks in Kingston.

He was a master machinist and a devoted family man.  He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict at Eilson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Doris West Brooks; sons James and his wife Roberta of Richmondville, Richard and his wife Patricia of Clintondale and Thomas and his wife Debra of Catskill; sister Mary Brooks of Lake Katrine; grandchildren Frederick, Michael, Samantha, Elizabeth and Jessica; 12 nieces and nephews and many grand-nieces and nephews.

Charles was predeceased by brothers Vincent, Joseph and Howard; sister Anne; son Charles and grandson Joseph.

Friends and relatives may call at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street in Hunter on Sunday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service officiated by the Rev. Dianne Smith will take place at 8 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Kingston, with the Rev. Rick DeLaPena as celebrate.

Cremation to follow at Wiltwyck Rural Cematory in Kingston.

Donations can be made to the East Jewett Rescue Squad, East Jewett, NY 12424 and the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Greene Tree Road, Baltimore, MD 21208.


The Daily Mail
May 3, 2003, May 5, 2003

Freda Schufelt                       Knitting mill trimmer 

Catskill—Freda G. Schufelt, 87, formerly of Maple Avenue, died on Friday, May 2, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where she had been a patient since April 11.

She was born Sept. 5, 1915 in Gilboa, NY, the daughter of the late Henry and Jessie (Holcomb) Spalding.

She had been a trimmer for the Atlanta Knitting Mill in Catskill. 

She is survived by her grandchildren James Schufelt, Jr. of Catskill, Mrs. Allen (Colleen) Baker of California, and Mrs. Brian (Cindy) Boice of Monroe, NY; sisters Mabel Yannone and Lois Christina, both of Catskill, and Iva Siddall of Hunter; brother Gordon Spalding of Schenectady; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including Betty and Jerry Townley of Athens; great nieces and nephews; and former daughter-in-law Jean Pollock of Catskill.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sidney Ford Schufelt Sr. on Oct. 7, 1982; son James Schufelt, St. on June 28, 1998 and Sidney Schufelt, Jr. in 1971; as well as four brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be Tuesday May 6, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. The Rev. Lee Hardgrove, Pastor of the United Methodist Church, will be officiating.  Private interment will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.


The Daily Mail
May 4, 2003

John Lavissiere                           Locomotive machinist

Coxsackie—John R. Lavissiere, 67, of State Route 385, died unexpectedly Friday morning at Albany Medical Center Hospital

John was born on June 29, 1935 in Bronx, NY, the son of the late Alexander and Gabrielle (Bachelot) Lavissiere.  He was married on May 16, 1964 in Coxsackie to the former Erika A. Dorr, who survives at home.

John was a locomotive machinist for Conrail with the IAM Union Local #1145 form where he retired on June 30, 1997. He served his country in the U. S. Navy during the Korean conflict, was a graduate of the former Hudson Valley Technical School (now Hudson Valley Community College) in Troy, NY.

A communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie, he was a former member of the Coxsackie Sportsman’s Club and a life member of the National Rifle Association, as well as a member of Trouts Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by their children Andre of Catskill, Erik and his wife Lonnie of Earlton, Michelle and her husband Chris Welch of Athens, and Christine and her husband Courtney Anderson of Arlington, Washington; and grandchildren Nikki Bereznak, Christopher Welch, Wolfgang Lavissiere and Joshua Welch.

Relative and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may also call on Sunday, May 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

A prayer service will be held Monday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m. at the Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., 11877 Route 9W in Coxsackie, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 9 a.m., celebrate by Rev. John Moyna at St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations in John’s memory be made to St. Mary’s Church Memorial Society and American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


The Daily Mail
May 5, 2003

Milton ‘Lefty’ Cook              Lifelong truck driver

Preston Hollow—Milton ‘Lefty’ Cook, 62, of Preston Hollow, died Friday, May 2, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany.

He was born April 10, 1941 in Potter Hollow, N. Y., son of Vera (Faulkner) Cook and the late DeWitt Cook.

Mr. Cook was a graduate of Middleburgh Central School and was a lifelong truck drive.

He was a member of Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Co. and a avid fisherman.

Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Irene (Garner) Cook; a son, Milton Cook Jr., and his wife Kristine of East Durham; two daughters, Melissa Hulbert and her husband Sean of Oak Hill; Doreen Pricolo and her husband Vincent of Berne; six grand children, Jarred, Nick, Erika, Rachel, Amanda and Vinny; his mother, Vera Cook of Potter Hollow; two sisters Bonnie Bates and her husband Phil, Barbara Wood and her husband, Steven, both of Preston Hollow; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cook was predeceased by his father DeWitt Cook.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

The Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Co. will conduct services at the funeral home on Monday evening.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery

Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Rensselaerville Ambulance, P. O. Box 182, Rensselaerville, N. Y. 12147, or to the Community Hospice Inn, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, N. Y. 12205.


The Daily Mail
May 5, 2003, May 6, 2003

Carmine A. Ruzzi Jr.                 Former town councilman

Catskill—Carmine A. Ruzzi, 75, of 112 Wildwing Park Extension, Catskill, died Saturday, May 3, 2003 at the Eden Park Health Care Facility in Hudson. 

He was born Sept. 20, 1927 in Catskill, the son of the late Carmine and Julia (Ricci) Ruzzi Sr. 

Mr. Ruzzi was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Academy and Rider College in Trenton, N.J.

He served in the U. S. Army. He was a veteran of World War II and was stationed in the European Theater of Operations.

Mr. Ruzzi was an employee of Lehigh Portland Cement Company in Cementon prior to his retirement.

Mr. Ruzzi was a Catskill town councilman for eight years.

He was a member of A. M. Osborn Hose Co. No. 2 and a Catskill fire chief for six years. He was a life member of Catskill Elks Lodge No. 1341.

Survivors include his wife of over 37 years, Margaret F. (Misetich) Ruzzi of Catskill; two brothers, Joseph Ruzzi and wife Marie of Catskill and Francis Ruzzi and wife Phyllis of Coxsackie; a brother-in-law Daniel Crowley of Delmar; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church of Catskill, will be officiating.

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


The Daily Mail
May 5, 2003 

Eunice Warfield                   Member of East Jewett Fire Dept. 

East Jewett—Eunice Elizabeth Garvey Warfield , 80, of Fishs Eddy, N.Y., died Sunday, May 4, 2003 at her daughter’s residence in Fishs Eddy where she resided for the past eight years.

She was born June 1, 1922, in Jewett, to Stanley Addison Garvey and Esther May Cook.

She married Harley R. Warfield on Sept. 11, 1943.

Mrs. Warfield was a 25-year member of the East Jewett Fire Department as well as one of Greene County’s first lady fire-fighters. She worked for many years in Onteora Park and was a wonderful wife for over 50 years and a great mother.

Survivors include her sister, Nellie Robinson of Schoharie, and one son, Harley D. (Buck) Warfield and daughter-in-law Elaine of East Jewett, one daughter, Romona Banks and son-in-law Wayne of Fishs Eddy, N. Y., one stepdaughter, Daltsey Drum and son-in-law Clinton, of Citra, Fla., nine grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Warfield was predeceased by her husband on Feb. 15, 1995 and also by her brothers Millard and Herbert Garvey, both of East Jewett.

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

Funeral services will be 11 a. m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Cicio from the East Branch Community Church officiating.

Interment to follow in the East Jewett Cemetery, East Jewett.

Memorial donations may be made to the East Jewett Rescue Squad or the Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, N. Y. 13280-2034.


The Daily Mail
May 6, 2003

Clifford M. Ketcham      Gumman Aircraft mechanic

Catskill—Clifford M. Ketcham, 95, of Catskill, died Saturday, May 3, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson where he had been a patient since April 2, 2003.

He was born Dec. 4, 1907 on East Islip. Long Island, the son of James and Violette (Ryan) Ketcham.

Mr. Ketcham was a mechanic with Grumman Aircraft on Bethpage, Long Island until his retirement.

He was an avid fisherman, and care and motorcycle enthusiast.  He and his wife moved to Catskill in 1999 from Long Island. He became a resident of the Pavilion in 2002.

Survivors include a son, Clifford Ketcham of Catskill; daughter-in-law Kathy Ketcham of Catskill; granddaughter Eileen Ketcham, granddaughter, Kerri Ketcham, grandson, Thomas Ketcham, and grand son Brain Ketcham.

Funeral services will be conducted  9 a.m. Wednesday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Calling hours will be 8 a. m. prior to services.

Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery at Bay Shore, Long Island at 2 p.m.


The Daily Mail
May 6, 2003

Richard S. Muro                             Past employee Ski Windham

Hunter—Richard S. Muro, 38, of Hunter, died Sunday, May 4, 2003 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 21, 1964 in Manhattan.

Mr. Muro was a past employee at Ski Windham for 9 years.

Survivors include his mother, Linda; a daughter Ashley Forte; two brothers, Daniel Muro and Joseph Muro and Jessica Palmeiri.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

Funeral services will be 11:30 Thursday, at the funeral home, with the service conducted by Rev. Robert Bamum.

Private cremation will be in the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory, Kingston.


The Daily Mail
May 7, 2003 

Charles Musso             Carpenter 

Catskill-Charles Musso, 86, died Monday, May 5, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, where he had been a patient since May 3, 2003.

He was born Oct. 4, 1916 in Brooklyn, the son of the late Charles and Vita (Mirasoli) Musso.

He was an independent carpenter and raised homing pigeons as a hobby. At one time, he cared for Mike Tyson’s pigeons.

He had been a resident at the Autumn Grove Apartments on Embought Road before becoming a patient at Eden Park Nursing Home.

Charles is survived by his children, Victoria V. Hoyt and Salvatore Musso, both of Kingston; stepdaughter, Mrs. Michael (Pamela) Uvino of Saugerties; and grandson Carlton Hoyt of Kingston; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased in death by his three brothers and daughter Mary Margaret Musso on Sept. 26, 1992.

A prayer service will be held on Friday, May 9, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. Clergy from St. Patrick’s R. C. Church will officiate. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.


The Daily Mail
May 7, 2003

Kurt Nippe                 Accountant

Purling—Kurt C. Nippe, 91, of Mountain Avenue, died on May 4, 2003 at the Columbia Greene Long Term Health Care in Catskill, where he had been a resident since May 2, after an illness.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1911 in Hanover, Germany and was the son of the late Ceasar and Frieda (Zinser) Nippe.

Mr. Nippe had been an area resident of Purling for many yeas. He belonged to organizations in Germany and prior to his retirement, he was a self-employed accountant in New York City.

He is survived by his daughter Ursula Irene (Nippe) McCinnley of Washington state, grandson Kurt David McCinnley, and dear friend Inge Koopman of Purling.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Irene in 1996.

Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. Interment will follow at a later date in the Round Top Cemetery in the family plot, next to his wife Irene.

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


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003

Dorothy H. Cain                   Bookkeeper

Coxsackie—Dorothy H. Cain, 83, of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie died on May 5, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

She was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on March 29, 1920 and was the daughter of the late Charles and Louise (Propst) Hanson. 

Dorothy was a bookkeeper for the Abbey Company in New York City and was also a switchboard operator for the Greene County Memorial Hospital. 

She is survived by daughter Barbara Raffiani of Ravena; sister Ethel Hanson of Brooklyn; grandchildren John and Renee Raffiani, both of Catskill, and Cassandra Dayski of Valatie; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at the W. C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St. in Coxsackie, at 1 p.m.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Friday, May 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Fund, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home for your convenience.


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003, May 9, 2003

H. Milton Chadderdon                       Attorney

Catskill—H. Milton Chadderdon, 92, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at home after a long illness.

He was born Jan. 2, 1911 in Acra, the son of the late J. Heber and Marion (Wilson) Chadderdon.

A longtime Catskill area attorney, Milton was a graduate of Cairo High School, Union College and Albany Law School.  He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, stationed at the African and European Theaters of Operations.

Mr. Chadderdon was partner in the legal firm of Frey, Bagley, Chadderdon, Pulver and Stiefel in Catskill prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill and served on the Vestry for many years.  Milton was a past-president and member of the Catskill Rotary Club since 1847; former trustee for Catskill Savings Bank; Master Mason at Kedemah Lodge in Cairo; member of the New York State Bar Association; former chairman and member of the Greene County Historical Association; and member of the Rip Van Winkle Club.

In his later years, Milton enjoyed training birddogs for field trials, at which he received many ribbons and trophies.

Mr. Chadderdon was predeceased by his wife Harriet Cole Chadderdon on March 12,1998 and brother Wilson Chadderdon on Sept. 9, 1999.

He is survived by nephews Wilson of Jupiter, Fla. and Arnold of North Haven, Conn., great-nieces Susan of Jupiter, Fla. and Amy Spitter of Norwich; and great-nephew David of Athens, Pa.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2003 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on William Street in Catskill. The Rev. Michael Gorchov, rector, will be officiating. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to one of the organizations that Milton was a member of.  Funeral  service are under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home in Catskill.


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003

Samuel Chadderdon            Graveside service

Cairo—Graveside services for Samuel Nelson Chadderdon, 95, who died on March 10, 2003 at the Green Manor Nursing Home in Ghent will take place at the Acra Cemetery in Acra on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 10 a.m. The Rev. John Miller, pastor of the Cavalry Episcopal Church, will officiate the service.

The day of the graveside service, everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003

Mildred Hundertmark                 Church trustee

Hillsdale—Mildred Ethel Hundertmark, 60, formerly of New Britain, Conn., entered into her eternal rest on Tuesday, May 6, 2003. 

She was the eldest daughter of Elsie Lyon of Tannersville and the late Arthur Ballou.

Mrs. Hundertmark was a member of the United Methodist Church of Craryville where she was a trustee.  She worked at HL Moore of Connecticut and was a dedicated housewife, mother and activist for AA.

Mildred is survived by her mother, husband Ernst Hundertmark; sisters Barbara Davis of Roxbury and Beverly Grossmann of Hunter; daughters Annette and her husband George Hargrove and Elizabeth Hundertmark, all of New Britain, Conn., and Wendy Hundertmark of Wallingford, Conn.; as well as five grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and many friends.

Cremation was held at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston. Services were private.  Arrangements were by the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter.


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003

Elwilda N. Hoovler                Graveside service

Cairo—Graveside services for Elwilda N. Hoovler, 88, who died on March 14, 2003 at the Adventist Nursing Home in Livingston, will take place at the Cairo Cemetery in Cairo on Friday, May 9, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Retta Lykins, pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church will officiate the service.

The day of the graveside service, everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003

Terry F. Peckham           Former Prattsville Highway Superintendent

Prattsville-Terry F. Peckham, 87, of Prattsville, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at the Mountainside Nursing Home in Margaretville.

He was born Dec. 23, 1915 in Prattsville, the son of Eugene Pardee Peckham and Beulah F. (Marquit) Peckham.

Mr. Peckham was the former Highway Superintendent of Prattsville and he also worked at the Green Del Packing Company in Prattsville. He then bought and operated a dairy farm in Huntersfield and eventually bought and operated Peckham Homestead Farm in Little Westkill.

Mr. Peckham was a member of the Dairymen’s League for many years. He enjoyed riding his all terrain vehicle.

Mr. Peckham was a long time supporter of Conservation Law enforcement, and assisted Conservation officer Volker for many years in the apprehension of wildlife violators.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Corinna (Truesdell) Peckham, who he married on June 30, 1937; a daughter, Gail Peckham of Schenectady; a son, Terry Peckham of Prattsville; a sister, Maire Truesdell of Rosbury; sister-in-law Eva Irwin; brother-in-law Don Irwin; brother-in-law David Truesdell and his wife Shirley; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, with Rev. Larry Majors officiating.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Decker Funeral home, 134 Main Street. Windham.


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003

Helmut Schlobohm     Professional farmer

Leeds—Helmut Schlobohm, 88, of Route 67, died on May 5, 2003 at his residence after a long illness.

He was born in Germany on Sept. 26, 1914 and was the son of the late Herman and Emma (Handel) Schlobohm.

Helmut had been an area resident since 1948. He was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo and loved woodwork and gardening.  He was a professional farmer in the area.

He is survived by his wife Hilda (Stover) Schlobohm of Leeds; son Arthur and daughter-in-law Geri of Cairo; and grandchildren Michael Borsuk, Melissa, Eric, Karl and Alison Schlobohm.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, May 9, 2003 at 8 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo, with the Rev. Victor Nelson, pastor of the Resurrection Lutheran Church, officiating.

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

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Friday, May 9, form 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Resurrection Lutheran Church Building Fund, Route 32 and 23B, Cairo, N. Y. 12413.


The Daily Mail
May 8, 2003

Alice Smith                             Homemaker

Ashland—Alice Smith, 97, of Ashland, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

Born June 20, 1905 in Maplecrest, she was the daughter of Dwight and Margaret MacGlashen Hitchcock.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a niece, Joanne Mead of South Carolina and a nephew, Dwight Hitchcock of Canada.

Mrs. Smith was  predeceased by her husbands Claude Campbell, John Smith and Theodore Smith, also a brother, Herbert Hitchcock.

Calling hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St. Windham.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May9, at the funeral home with Maybelle Renzi officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.


The Daily Mail
May 9, 2003

Ann E. Ferguson         Employed at State Sportswear 

Saugerties—Ann E. Ferguson, 83, of Bennett Ave., died Monday, May 5, 2003 in the Oakview Convalescent Home in Tujunga, Calif.

Born Nov. 2, 1919 in Cementon, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Grace Zaccaria Giordano.

She was employed by State Sportswear of Saugerties.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5034 Auxiliary and was a Gold Star Mother.

Active in bowling she was a member of the Saugerties Bowlers Club Home of Fame and was President of the Saugerties Women’s Bowlers Club Hall of Fame and was President of the Saugerties Women’s Bowlers Association for 25 years.

She was a former treasurer for the Sunday Nite Pin Benders and was a member of the New York State Women’s Bowlers Association. She was a member of the Saugerties Columbiettes.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Moore of Sunland, Calif., a brother James Girordano of Catskill, three sisters,  Rose Sapunarich of Cementon, Virginia Konopka of Cementon and Grace Tobiassen of Saugerties, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Ferguson was predeceased by her husband John, a daughter Grace Lang, a son John Wyszomirski, four brothers Anthony, Fred, Frank, Salvatore Girodano, three sisters, Camille DelNegro, Jenny Perpetus and Elizabeth Policastro.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, 45 John St., Saugerties.

Her funeral procession will from 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, corner of John and Lafayette Streets then to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered.

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


The Daily Mail
May 9, 2003

Ross J. MacLagger               Teacher

Saugerties—Ross J. MacLagger, 53, of Joseph’s Drive, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 after a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 12, 1949 in Utica, he was the son of the later Robert and Evelyn Bailey MacLagger.

A 1967 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Utica, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1971.

He was employed at Taconic Hills Central Schools for 35 years where he taught at all levels from K-12 and in the Technology Department.

He was a member of the New York State Teachers Association, The National Educators Association, and as a member and lobbyist, he was a former Treasurer, Chief Negotiator and served on the Executive Board of the Faculty Association of the Taconic Hills Central School. He was a former Soccer and Golf Coach.

A Saugerties resident of the past 10 years, Mr. MacLagger was a member of the Saugerties Knights of Columbus Golf League, the Sawyers R/C Flyers Club, the American Airplane Association, was involved with Saugerties AYSO Soccer Program as a coach and he also coached the Saugerties Spirit Travel Soccer Club. He had also coached in the Hurley Hockey Association.

He served in the U. S. Army National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, the former Candace Persico; three sons, Kevin MacLagger of Malta, Nicholas W. and Seth R. Johnson, both of Saugerties; two daughters Laura MacLagger of East Greenbush and Allison MacLagger of Albany; a brother, Robert MacLagger of Brooklyn; two sisters, Mary Acey of Utica and Kathleen DiDonato of Medina, Ohio; as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be 34 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties.

His funeral procession will form 8:30 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home, then to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered.

Memorial donation may be made to the Ross MacLagger Scholarship Fund, c/o Steve Tiger, Box 535 Craryville, N. Y.


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May 10, 2003

Lori Ann Caldwell-Casaregola               Teacher and mother

Freehold—Lori Ann Caldwell-Casaregola, 43, died peacefully on Thursday, May 8, 2003.

She was born on May 25, 1959, the fifth child of Maxine Sheeder Caldwell and the late Lewis Caldwell.

Lori was a lifelong Catskill area resident. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in physical education, Lorie returned to the area as a substitute teacher form Catskill, Cairo-Durham and Greenville school districts. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Education at SUNY Albany.

Lorie was employed by Janet Marsh Associates in Hudson as a mortgage originator until the birth of her firs child, Nathaniel, in 1993. She was active in Weight Watchers as a program counselor. Her son Jonathan was born four years later. Lori was dedicated to her children.

She is survived by her husband Thomas V. Casaregola; sons Nathaniel and Jonathan Casaregola; her mother Maxine S. Caldwell of Catskill; brothers Ronald of Walden, NY and Bruce of Catskill; and sister Terry Rhoades of St. Peters, MO. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dedicated friends.

Lori was predeceased by her son Matthew Christian Casaregola in 1995, her father Lewis Caldwell in 1990, and her sister Gail Caldwell in 1999.

Services will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10 a.m.  Interment will take place immediately following at the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Calling hours are Monday, May 12, from 3 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions are appreciated to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill NY, 12414. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


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May 11, 2003

Rosella Freiermuht       Flower gardener 

Schoharie—Rosella Freiermuht, 87, of Schoharie Hill Road, died Friday, May 9, 2003 at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County in Cobleskill, NY.

Mrs. Freiermuht was born on April 8, 1916 in Middleburgh, NY, daughter of Grover and Alice Mattice Warner. She was a lifelong resident of the area and worked at the former Westheimers Carrot Barn in Schoharie.

She attended Middleburgh schools and she loved to read and embroider. She was very fond of animals and was an avid flower gardener, especially with roses.

Surviving are her daughters, Anna and her husband Donald Adams, Sr., of Charlotteville, NY and Alice McCarthy of Charlotteville, NY; sons Joseph and his wife Margaret Freiermuht of Leeds, NY, and Albert Freiermuht of Sloansville, NY; sister-in-law Edna Warner of Middleburgh, NY; 19 grand children; 32 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony C. Freiermuht on April 29, 1956 and two sons, Anton and Carl Freiermuht.

Friends may call Monday, May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palmer & Shayler Funeral Home, 134 Rive road in Middleburgh, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13. Rev. Carol Coltrain, Pastor of the Huntersland United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Cremation will follow at the Vale Crematory in Schenectady with burial of remains in Middleburgh Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions in Anton Freierhmuht’s name can be made to Schoharie Count ARC, P. O. Box 307, Schoharie, NY 12157. 


The Daily Mail
May 13, 2003

Amy W. MacTavish              Former employee of Attorney General’s Office

Greenville—Amy W. MacTavish, 78, of Freehold, died Sunday May 11, 2003, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

Born  May 8, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Moses T. and Margaret Williams.

Mrs. MacTavish worked at the State Attorney General’s office in Albany until she retired in 1956. She was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School there 13 years. She would like to be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a dear friend to many.

Survivors include he husband James A. MacTavish; children Bruce MacTavish and his wife Cindy of Seymour, Ind., Keith MacTavish and his wife Valerie of South Westerlo, Megan MacTavish of Delmar, Ross MacTavish and his wife Kirsten of Selkirk; and grandchildren Zachary, Symon, Brain, Kali Jo, Bailey and Evan MacTavish.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m. at the Greenville-Norton Hill U. M. C. in Norton Hill. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donation may be made to the Unite Methodist Women of Greenville-Norton Hill U. M. C., the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, the Greenville Rescue Squad or to the Greenville Library.


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May 13, 2003

Evelyn Munson         Former owner Riverview, Catskill Marina

Purling—Evelyn Eleanor Munson, 94, formerly of Purling, died Sunday, May 11, 2003 at the Pavilion, where she had been a resident since January.

She was born July 18, 1908 in Yonkers, the daughter of the late William and Mabel (Sarles) Parslow.

Mrs. Munson was the bookkeeper for the Riverview and Catskill Marina, which she and her husband owned until their sale in 1981 when they retired to Joel M. Austin Road in Purling.

Survivors include a son, Charles William Semmeles III of Chester; daughter-in-law Claire Semmeles; granddaughter, Teresa Tavernise of Middletown; grandson-in-law Joseph Tavernise; grandson, Charles W. Semmeles IV; granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Semmeles; great grandson, Shaun Semmeles and great-granddaughter, Caitlin Semmeles.

Mrs. Munson was predeceased by her husband Kenneth Munson on Feb. 27, 1990 and a brother William Parslow of Florida.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at he Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. The Rev. Robert Peterson, interim pastor of the First Reformed Church of Catskill, will be officiating.

Interment will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


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May 14, 2003, May 15, 2003 

Beatrice Zeeb       Former Cairo resort owner

Hudson—Beatrice (DeMartine) Zeeb died Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Mrs. Zeeb was born May 17, 1917 in Secaucus, N. J.

She was the former owner of The Rexcroft Resort in Cairo and worked at the former Catskill Memorial Hospital in the hospitality department.  She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo and the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oak Hill.

Mrs. Zeeb was predeceased by her husband William Zeeb Sr.

Survivors include her son, William Zeeb Jr., and his wife Joanne of Cairo; grandson, William Zeeb III of Leeds; and great-grandson Tyler William Zeeb; sisters, Kit Henkel of Secaucus, N. J., Josephine Cronin of Sarasota, Fla.; and Vera Woehlemann of Bricktown, N. J.; brother Joe DeMartine of Secaucus, N. J.; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Zeeb donated her body to science through the Albany Medical College.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Oak Hill.

Services will be set at a later date by the family.


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May 15, 2003

Margaret James      Graveside services announced

Prattsville—Graveside services for Margaret James, 90, who died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, will be conducted Saturday, May 17, at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, with the Rev. Roger Shafer officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted in the car of the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham.


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May 15, 2003

Francis H. Murphy     Graveside services announced

Prattsville—Graveside services for Francis H. Murphy, 64, who died Jan. 19, 2003, will be conducted Saturday, May 17, at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, with the Rev. Roger Shafer officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of the Decker Funeral Home, 134, Main St. Windham.


The Daily Mail
May 15, 2003

Lawrence Reilly St.                 Salesman

Ravena—Lawrence Reilly St., 84, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany where he had been a patient.

He was born Aug. 21, 1918 in Glen Cove, Scotland, the son of the late John and Ellen (Kelly) Reilly.

He immigrated to the United States in 1926 with his family and on May 22, 1948 in Hudson he married the former Lena Konsul. He was employed as a route salesman for Finke Hood Ice Cream in Ravena prior to his retirement. 

He is survived by his children, Lawrence Reilly Jr. and daughter-in-law Christine Reilly of Hannacroix, Kathleen Reilly of Coxsackie, and John Barry Reilly and Eileen Reilly, with whom he resided in Ravena; grandchildren Renee Marie, Sheena Marie, Misty Lou and Andrew Peter Reilly; great-granddaughter Megan Elisabeth Peters and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Lena Konsul Reilly on July 29, 1981; and siblings Owen, Andrew, James and May Reilly, Margaret Russo, Ann Pugliesi and Helen Burns.

Visitation will be at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 138 Jefferson Heights in Catskill on Thursday, May 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 16, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church in Catskill, with the Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s R. C. Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

Those attending are requested to meet at St. Patrick’s R. C. Church and park in the rear on Spring Street.


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May 15, 2003

William J. Siegler           World War II veteran

Saugerties—William J. Siegler, 84, of Cotton Road, died on Monday, May 12, 2003 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born March 8, 1919 in New York City,  he was the son of the late William J. and Anna Bauer Siegler.

A graduate of New York University, he was a veteran of World War II where he participated in the Italian Campaign during the bombing of Montecassino. He was also a mapmaker in Gen. Mark Clark’s office engaged in the African campaign, searching for Field Marshall Rommel (the Desert Fox) in the African desert.

After the war he was employed for the U. S. Justice Department. He then became a supervisor of case workers in Social Services in New York City.

He was an avid bowler and fisherman and was an area resident since 1958, previously residing in Manhattan.

William is survived by his wife Edith, daughter Hazel Sheburne, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral procession will form at 9:15 a. m. on Friday, May 16, 2003 at the Seamon0Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, thence to Sacred Heart R. C. Church in Palenville where at 10: a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barclay Heights.


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May 15, 2003

Yvonne Schoonmaker             Graveside services announced

Ashland—Graveside services for Yvonne Schoonmaker, 60, who died Jan. 27, 2003, will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Pleasant valley Cemetery, Ashland, with the Rev. Maybelle Renzi officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham.


The Daily Mail
May 15, 2003

Donald O. Thompson             Graveside services announced

Jewett—Graveside services for Donald O. Thompson, 81, who died Feb. 7, 2003, will be conducted Saturday, May 17, at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland, with the Rev. Dianna Smith officiating.

Arrangement have been entrusted in the care of the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St. Windham.


The Daily Mail
May 15, 2003

Henry P. Traulsen          Graveside services announced

Prattsville—Graveside services for Henry P. Traulsen, 89, who died Feb. 8, 2003, will be conducted Saturday, May 17, at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, with the Rev. Roger Shafer officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.


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May 16, 2003 

Daniel S. McPartland         Graveside services announced 

Coxsackie—Graveside services for Daniel S. McPartland, 65, of Coxsackie, who died Feb. 24, 2003, at his residence, will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Pastor Stan Slager of the Gospel Community Church of Coxsackie will officiate the graveside service.

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

The day of the graveside service, everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery.


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May 16, 2003

George Myrka             Graveside services announced

West Coxsackie—Graveside services for George Myrka, 79, of West Coxsackie, who died Jan. 15, 2003 at St. Peter’s Hospital Hospice, Albany, will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

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


The Daily Mail
May 16, 2003

Louise E. Noeth      Graveside services announced

Coxsackie—Graveside services for Louise E. Noeth, 86, of Coxsackie, who died on Jan. 3, 2002, at the Columbian Memorial Hospital in Hudson, will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 9 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.

The Rev. Richard Pruiksma, pastor of the Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie, will officiate the graveside service.

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

The day of the graveside service, everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery.


The Daily Mail
May 17, 2003

Walter E. Aschoff         Area Resident

Saugerties—Walter E. Aschoff, 93, of 155 Main St., died Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the Thompson House in Rhinebeck.

Born Jan. 5, 1910, in Ridgewood, Queens, he was the son of the late Edward Henry and Rose Merze Aschoff.

A frequent visitor to Wolff’s Maple Breeze in Catskill, he resided in Ridgewood before relocating to Saugerties in 1993. He was also a member of the Saugerties Senior Citizens Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Edith M. Ronkette, with whom he recently celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary; daughters Evelyn Machovec of Drums, Pa., Elizabeth Beckman of Florida, and Elaine Scull of Catskill; sister Beatrice Schaffer of Hamburg; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Howard Aschoff.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets. Interment will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday in the Lutheran Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens.


The Daily Mail
May 17, 2003

Albert Fallarino           Memorial Mass

Catskill—A memorial Mass will be held for Albert Fallarino on Tuesday, May 20, 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill.


The Daily Mail
May 19, 2003 

Ann Vancek                Retired insurance worker

Coxsackie—Anna Vancek, 88, of Apple Blossom Lane, died May 16, 2003 at Community Hospice at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born in Yugoslavia on Jan. 13, 1915 and was the daughter of the late Peter and Thersea Jelic.

Anna had been a resident of Coxsackie for 21 years and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.  A past employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance, she also loved reading and gardening.

She is survived by daughters Maria Zsebedics of Coxsackie and Sophie Schindler of New Jersey; sons Frank of Long Island, John of Coxsackie and Peter of New York City; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s R. C. Church of Coxsackie, with the Rev. John Moyna, pastor, as the celebrant.

Interment will follow next to her late husband John in the family ploy of the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the W. C. Brady’s Sons Inc Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St. in Coxsackie on Monday, May 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contribution can be made to the St. Mary’s Memorial Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for your convenience.


The Daily Mail
May 20, 2003

Norman Fawcett           Knights of Columbus

Leesburg, Fla—Norman Arthur Fawcett, 85, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Coxsackie, died on Saturday evening, May 17, 2003 at Avante Rehabilitation center, Leesburg, Fla.

Norman was born Feb. 7, 1918, in Brooklyn, the son of the late Richard A. and Ellen (Hardy) Fawcett.

Mr. Fawcett was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie, and St. Paul’s Church, Leesburg, Fla.  He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and was a former Grand Knight of the Third Degree and Color Corps, 4th degree. He was also active in the Meals on Wheels program in Coxsackie.

In addition to this wife of 62 years, Dorothy, he is survived by their children; Mary Ellen Frank of Leesburg, Fla., Norma (Nonie) Bauer of Coxsackie, and Richard N. Fawcett of Tenecula, Calif.; six grandchildren; Michael, Joseph  and Deborah Frank,  Walter and Sherie Bauer, and Sarah Reina Castro; seven great-grandchildren; Vanessa, Mariah and Felicia Frank; Martin Welch, Joshua Morra, Juan Carlos and Nicholas Mayogra. He was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Stanley Fawcett and his sister, Irene Gavin.

A prayer service will be conducted Thursday morning, May 22, 9:30 at the Sopris Funeral Home, followed by the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, 80 Mansion St., Coxsackie. The Rev. Paul Tartaglia will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may call on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Sopris Funeral Home 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie. The Fourth Degree K of C will stand honor guard. The K of C will conduct a service at 7 p.m.

The family suggests memorial donations in Norman’s name be made to the Shannon Andrews Fund, or the Kody Kruppenbacher Fund c/o St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 1330 Sunshine Ave., Leesburg, Fla. 34748. Both children are suffering from cancer.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


The Daily Mail
May 20, 2003

Charles M. Goggins            Truck driver

Albany—Charles M. Goggins, 53, of 680 Central Ave., Albany, died Saturday, May 17, 2003 at Albany Medical Center Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Aug. 16, 1949 in Atlanta.

Mr. Goggins was a truck drive in Oklahoma prior to his disability. He was a former member of the Albany Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include two daughters, Nicole Love of Baltimore, and Yekea Goggins of Albany; two sons, Corey Goggins of Atlanta, Rodney and Georgia Goggins of Albany; brother, Alfred Goggins of Catskill; six grandchildren; a cousin/sister, Barbara Twiggs of Albany; and many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

The Rev. Richard P. Turpin, pastor of the Second Missionary Baptist Church of Catskill, will be officiating.

Interment will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


The Daily Mail
May 20, 2003

Marion Mackey         Graveside services

Windham—Graveside services will be conducted for Marion Mackey who died on Jan. 6, 2003, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery on May 27, 2003 at 1 p.m.  Arrangements are with Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.


The Daily Mail
May 20, 2003

Michael Niechwadowicz             World War II veteran

Preston Hollow—Michael b. Niechwadowicz, 85, of Preston Hollow, formerly of Randolph, N. J., died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born in Jersey City, N. J. on Aug. 20, 1917, son of the later Justin and Suzanna Niechwadowicz.

He served his country during World War II, served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in the Air Offensive in Japan, the Central Pacific and Ryukyus and he received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with three stars.

He was discharged as a sergeant.

An excellent carpenter, he was employed by the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 246 in New York City and was also a member of the NRA.

Mr. Neichwadowicz and his wife moved to Preston Hollow from Randolph, N. J., in 1985.

Survivors include his children Dorothy Niechwadowicz-Walsh and her husband John of Westbrough, Mass., Eileen Borer and her husband Thomas of Cairo; Barbara Niechwadowicz of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Michael Niechwadowicz and his wife Ann of West Milford, N. J.; also grandchildren, Cassandra and Ryan Walsh, Amy and Nicholas Borer.

Mr. Niechwadowicz wad predeceased by his wife Helen (Stodolski) Niechwadowicz in 1995.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at he Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be 9:20 a.m. Friday from the funeral home at a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo.

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

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


The Daily Mail
May 20, 2003

Donald Walters St.             Vietnam Veteran

Hookstown—Donald Walters, Sr., 62, of Hookstown, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at home following a lengthy illness.

Born Nov. 10. 1940 in Albany, a son of the late Howard and Rosalie Jennings Walter St.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in Vietnam and was a Customer Service Representative for Conrail.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Johnson, a son, Donald Walters Jr., Fort Carson, Colo.; two daughters, Donna Buhrke of Coxsackie and Mrs. Robert (Yvonne) Wood Midland; seven grandchildren, Donald Walters III, Jessie Bonilla, Bradley Wood, Jeaven Walters, Sydney Buhrke, Cheyenne Wood and Matthew Donald Buhrke; three brothers, Howard Walters Jr., of Albany, Thomas Walters of Voorheesville, Dennis Walters of Clifton Park; four sisters, Carol Hotaling of Schuylerville; Linda Toth, Terry Carcon and Helen LaMountain, all of Albany.

Mr. Walters was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Campbell and Deanna Pulsifer.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Welch Funeral Home, Hookstown.

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

Interment will be in the Mill Creek Cemetery, Hookstown.


The Daily Mail
May 21, 2003

Dolores R. Soldner          Home care aid

Greenville—Dolores R. Soldner, 69, passed away suddenly at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson on May 20, 2003.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 1, 1933, the daughter of the late Walter and Augusta (Goeller) Broderick.

Dolores was a former Home Care Aid, having worked in the Bay Shore area. She was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are her husband George Soldner, Sr.; children George Jr. and his wife Linda, Dolores Rogers, all of Greenville, Donald and his wife Maryann of Hopewell Junction, NY, Michael of Rotterdam, NY, and James of Providence, RI; brother Walter Broderick of Port Jefferson Station, NY; as well as nine grandchildren.

She was predeceased by sister Joan Broderick and brother Donald Broderick.

Funeral services will be on Friday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81 in Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.   Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Ladies Auxiliary.


The Daily Mail
May 23, 2003, May 24, 2003

Robert A. Keator            Conrail machinist

Coxsackie—Robert A. Keator, 61, of Route 9W, West Coxsackie, died unexpectedly May 20, 2003 at he Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany.

Bob was born Dec. 13, 1941 in Saugerties, the son of the late Melvin and Gladys Keator.

He was a veteran who served in the U. S. Air Force and a machinist for Conrail in Selkirk until his retirement in 1996.

Robert was also a member of the Church at Athens Family Center.

He is survived by his wife Karen (O’Keefe) Keator; children Melissa and her husband Daniel Seegars of Salt Point, Michele and her husband Patrick Andrews of Catskill, Robert Jr. and his wife Robin of Connecticut, Stephen of Albany and Julie of Ravena; sister Linda Keator of Catskill; and grandchildren Daniel and Tyler Seegars, Aileen and Sarah Andrews.

He was predeceased by his brother Richie and his first wife Gail Hotaling Keator.

Pleas join the family as their loved one has gone to be with the Lord in a celebration of Bob’s life on Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 7 p.m. at the Church of Athens on Route 385. Pastor Frank Mirocco and Pastor Robert Keator, Bob’s son of Assembly of God, Norwich, Conn., will officiate.

Arrangements are by the Sopris Funeral Home in Coxsackie.


Daily Mail
May 23, 2003

Keith B. Hubbard          Memorial service

A Memorial Service will be held for col. Keith B. Hubbard at Thompson St. Cemetery on Saturday, May 31st, at 2 p.m. followed by military ceremonies at grave side, General Frank McDonald presiding.

Col. Hubbard, who passed away March 18thy in Atlanta, GA., was a graduate of Catskill High School, 1939. He attended Boston University until the outbreak of World War 2. He enlisted as a lieutenant in 1941.

Hubbard was a veteran of the D-Day landing in Normandy and served with General George Patton in the 3rd Armored Division in its spearhead attack across Germany into Czechoslovakia.

During the Korean War Hubbard served with distinction and was involved in the intense fighting around the Chosen Reservoir, one of the bloodiest battles of that war.

A Well Known military historian and writer, he was an avid collector of Army memorabilia and military miniatures. His collection numbered over 5,000 figures representing soldiers throughout history, form ancient Roman, Napoleonic, and Revolutionary to modern times. For his popular “War Games” he created intricate landscapes and figures to fight ancient battles.

A long time resident of Greene County, he spent his school years living on Day St. and Woodland Ave. After the war he settled on Heart’s Content Rd. in Roundtop.

He is survived by his beloved companion Eileen Pierce Mank; children Keith David Hubbard of Port St. Lucie, FL., and Elise (Mrs. John Robinson) of Atlanta, GA; brothers Robert Majilton Hubbard of Panama City, Fla, and James E. Hubbard of New York City; sister Caryl Day Collier of Hanover, NH; and grandchildren Joel, Micah, Noah and Mari.


The Daily Mail
May 24, 2003 

Erin L. Feinburg           Fleet Bank teller

Acra—Erin Feinburg, 80, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 in Albany after a brief illness.

Her parents Hugh and Anne Logue emigrated to Australia from County Donegal, Ireland shortly before her birth in Sydney, Australia on April 2, 1923.

She moved to New York in 1944 after marrying her first husband Thomas Valentine Staker, a U. S. Navy serviceman. She worked for the U. S. Navy in Sydney during World War II.

Mrs. Feinburg spent 18 years working in her second husband’s dental practice and also worked at Fleet Bank in Cairo as a teller following his death. Her lifelong passion was the development and expansion of the Cairo Public Library, and she spent the past 36 yeas devoting her time to library activities.  She began as a volunteer, eventually serving on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer and as President.

In 1991, she received the First Annual Mid-Hudson Library System Trustee Success Story Recognition Award, commemorating her 35 years of service to the library, as well as her 21 years of service to the Greene County Library Association.

As well as service to the library, in the 1970’s she served on the Cairo-Durham School Board and was involved in the development and building of the high school.

While she will be remembered for her service to the community, she will also be remembered as a loving mother, a good friend, a kind and generous person and as a feisty little Irish woman with a wonderful sense of humor and fun.  She loved her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters Christine and son-in-law A. Edward McGinty of Tampla, Fla., Mynet of Jamestown, NY; sister Noeline; nieces Alannah and Marie; nephew Dennis and his wife Sharon; great-nephews Ryan, Gerard and Julian; and several other nieces and nephews, all of Australia.

She will be missed by dear friend Vincent Mantione of Acra and members of the Mantione family Terri Rettberg of Jamestown, the McGinty family of Tampa, the Esslie family of Cairo, all of her friends at the Cairo Public Library and in the Greene County Library Association, and all of her other friends and past co-workers in the community.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Dr. Murry E. Feinburg of Cairo in 1973, her parents Hugh and Anna Logue, sister Sarah and brothers Patrick and James, all of Sydney.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home in Cairo.

In accordance with her wishes, no funeral service will be held.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held later in the summer. Memorial donations may be made to the Cairo Public Library, PO Box 720, Cairo, NY 12413-0720.


The Daily Mail
May 24, 2003 

Thelma Mead             Bank teller 

Grand George—Thelma “Judy” Mead, 58, passed away on May 22, 2003 at her residence.

She was born to Theodore and Marian (Wolcott) Mead on Aug. 22, 1944 in Catskill.

She was a graduate of Hunter-Tannersville Central School District and was a past member of the Grand George Fire Department Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Thelma Worked as a bank teller at NBT for 20 years, where she has lived for most of her life.

She is survived by her mother Marian Mead of Grand George; daughter of Holly and her husband Tod Aplin, Sr. of Prattsville, Dawn and her husband Rob Yungen of California, and Joanne and her husband Michael Cleary of South Cairo; sisters Teresa Castle and Betty Thomas; brothers Robert and Theodore Mead; best friend Jane Madore of Grand George; grand children Ashley, Cassandra and Tod Aplin Jr., Tyler Reed, Tristian Yunger, Daniella and Michael Cleary, and Christopher and Cameron Cleary; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place on Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Grand George, with the Ref. Elliot Cakes officiating.  Calling hours will take place at the Miller Funeral Home in Roxbury, NY on Saturday, May 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Interment will take place at the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, NY.

Contributions in memory of Thelma M. Mead can be made to the Grand George Fire Dept. Rescue Squad, Grand George, NY, 12434.


Daily Mail
May 28, 2003

Eugene J. Carratelli                 Engineer 

Catskill—Eugene Joseph Carratelli, 69, of Route 23A, Palenville, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Albany Medical Center Hospital

He was born April 2, 1934 in Brooklyn, the son of the late Joseph and Angelina (LaMonica) Carratelli.

Mr. Carratelli was a graduate of Ohio University. He was a structural engineer for the New York State Office of General Services in Albany prior to his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Roberta A. (Hamrah) Carratelli of Palenville; a son, Joseph M. Carratelli and wife Karen of Clifton Park; a daughter, Barbara Fonda and husband, Edward of Catskill; a mother-in-law, Elvira Hamrah of Palenville; a brother-in-law, Alex Morelli, of Palenville; uncle, John LaMonica of North Miami Beach, Fla; three grandchildren, Justin, Amanda and Anna, all of Catskill; two nieces, Carol Masula, Michelle Morelli; two nephews, Richard and Eugene Mausla; and several cousins.

Mr. Carratelli was predeceased by a sister, Teresa Morelli on Feb. 12, 1987.

Calling hours will be conducted 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and on 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday from the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, Route 23A, Palenville. The Rev. William J. Winkler, pastor will be officiating.

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


Daily Mail
May 28, 2003, May 30, 2003

Julia E. Carter               Van’s Restaurant employee

Cairo—Julia E. Carter, 79, of Ross Ruland Road in South Cairo, died on May 24, 2003 at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill after a long illness.

She was born in Queens on March 6, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Steven and Florence (Parish) Becker.

Julia has been an area resident of South Cairo for 22 years. She was also a past employee of Van’s Restaurant in Cairo. She loved arts, crafts and bingo. She was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Unit 63 of Philadelphia.

She is survived by her sons, Stephen and Vincent Nejman, both of Philadelphia, John Nejman of New York City and Patrick Nejman of South Cairo; daughters Maryanne Smolczynski of Poconos, Pa., Kathleen Schimp of Philadelphia and Margaret Fitton of Arizona; as well as 29 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, also several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her son Edward and daughter Helenmarie Hartman.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 30, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, with the Rev. J. Murphy, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill, as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., in Cairo on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Patient’s fund of Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for your convenience.


The Daily Mail
May 30, 2003

Ruth V. Hale               Youth Commission worker

Ravena—Ruth V. Hale, 87, formerly of Coxsackie, died at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar on Wednesday, May 28, 2003.

She was born on May 7, 1916 in Coxsackie, the daughter of the late Charles and Ellena (Kennedy) Van Schaack.

She was married on May 7, 1937 in Coxsackie to the late Charles Hale, who predeceased her on May 7, 1984.

A resident of Ravena since 1988, Mrs. Hale had worked for the former American Valve in Coxsackie, and then for New York State York Commission.

She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Coxsackie and had been a Greene County Republican election Inspector.

She is survived by her children, Judith Glasheen of Coxsackie and Kenneth C. (Kathleen) Hale of Henniker, N.H.; grandchildren Elizabeth Hale-Campoli (Alexander) of Concord, N. H., Mark Hale (Kristine) of League City, Texas, Kevin Hale of Slingerlands, Michael Hale of Albany and Daniel (Tammy) Glasheen, Kelley and Kimberly Glasheen all of Coxsackie; great-grandchildren Peyton Ann and Cameron Kenneth Hale of League City, Texas and Nicholas Aaron Glasheen of Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be conducted by Deacon Henry Verdaasdonk on Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sopris Funeral Home Inc., 11877 Route 9W in Coxsackie. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may also on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. a the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations in Mrs. Hale’s name may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, N. Y., or Coxsackie Rescue Squad, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie, N.Y.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


The Daily Mail
May 30, 2003

Kenneth E. Schroeder               Vietnam veteran

Cairo—Kenneth E. Schroeder, 58, of Cairo, died Monday, May 26, 2003 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

He was born Dec. 30, 1944 in Brooklyn.

He served in the U. S. Army during Vietnam and received the Good Conduct Medal, the Marksman (Rifle) Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

He had been employed by the Greene County Maintenance Department.

Survivors include two sons, Daniel and Christopher Schroeder and a daughter, Monica Schroeder.

Interment with military honors will be 1 p.m. Monday in the Saratoga National Cemetery.

There will be no calling.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.


The Daily Mail
May 31, 2003

Howard H. Miller    WW II Veteran

Howard H. Miller, 95, of Mountain Avenue in Round Top, NY passed away on May 29, 2003 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital  in Rhinebeck after a long illness.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1907 in the Bronx, N. Y. and was the son of the late Henry and Anna Meuller.

During World War II, Howard served his country in the U. S. Army during the Western Pacific Campaign, receiving the Asiatic-Pacific medal and the Good Conduct medal.

He has lived in Round Top since the 1930s. He was the Town Justice of Cairo from 1951 to 1981. He was a member of the Republican Party.

He was the owner and operator of the Howard Miller Bottled Gas C. of Round Top. He was a lifetime member of the Round Top Volunteer Fire Company and a member of American Legion Post #983 of Cairo.  He was a past Commander for the V. F. W.

Howard married his wife, Edith, in 1940; they were married 61 years.

Survivors include his son Wayne and his wife Cheryl Miller of Bedford, Mass; sister-in-law Mrs. Roy (Dottie) Miller of Silver Spur Road, Purling; granddaughter Stephanie Hamby of Burke, VA; and many friends.

Besides his parents and wife, Howard was predeceased by his brother, Roy Miller.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo, on Tuesday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.  The Round Top Volunteer Fire Co. will conduct services in his memory on Wednesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. followed by services conducted by American Legion Post #983 of Cairo at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, June 5, 2003, at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Pruiksma, pastor of Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Round Top Cemetery beside his wife who pre-deceased him on Feb. 9, 2001.


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