Obituaries from the Daily Mail
November 2006

Transcribed by Annette Campbell
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


November 1, 2006

MICHAEL F. CHOVANEC

Catskill--Michael Francis Chovanec, 43, of Main Street, Leeds, died suddenly, Thursday, Oct 19, 2006 at home.

He was born Jan. 8, 1963 in Catskill, the son of Walter Chovanec of Scotia and Nancy Marie Sacco Bender of Catskill.  Michael attended Coxsackie-Athens Central Schools. He served in the U. S. Army where he was trained as a dental technician, and later owned a dental laboratory.  Michael was last employed at Austin Powder Inc. of Catskill as a driller.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, cooking, dogs and cats.  He was predeceased by a sister Margaret Anne Chovanec on Oct 14, 1991. In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by his wife, Leslie

Cowie Chovanec of Leeds; three sisters, Nancy E. Duhart of Leeds, Kimberly Story and Denide Goddin, both of Scotia; a brother, James T. Bender and wife Rachel of Binghamton; stepmother, Cynthia Chovanec of Scotia; a close family friend, Richard Martin of Catskill; three nephews, Trent and Ty Bender of Binghamton and Nicholas Story of Scotia; a niece, Natasha Rivenburg of Hudson and many cousins. 

Private cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 pm Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. The Rev. Gregory S. Weider will be officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Coxsackie.


November 1, 2006

CRAIG S. WALLACE

Greenville--Craig S. Wallace, 23, of Greenville, died suddenly on Oct 30, 2006 of injuries sustained in a car accident on Route 81 in Greenville.  He was born in Queens on June 24, 1983, son of the late Craig Wallace and Rosemary Lucas Wallace.  Craig attended SUNY Cobleskill and was unemployed at the time of his death.  Surviving are his mother, Rosemary L. Wallace; his stepmother, Carla Kelly of Greenville; two sisters, Heather Coletta and Jennifer McManus; two brothers, Daniel and Robert Ryan; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 am at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Church.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm. Cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery with interment in the Greenville Cemetery.


November 2, 2006

VIOLA E. AGOVINO

Cairo--Viola E. Agovina, 89, of Route 32 in Freehold, died Oct. 31, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of Kaaterskill Care, Catskill, prior to going into the hospital.  She was born in Brooklyn on May 5, 1917, and was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Antoinette Pica Sica.  Viola had been an area resident since 2001 and a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church in Cairo. She loved to cook, watch old movies and sew.  One of her achievements was that she designed and manufactured wedding gowns for Lord & Taylor in New York City.  At one time in her life, her wedding gown was on display in the United Nations Building.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Lola) D. Micliaccio of Freehold;

a daughter-in-law, Fran Agovino of New Jersey; and five grandchildren, Billy Agovino, Eddie Agovino, Eddie Migiaccio, Erika Oakley and April Pellegrino.  Besides her parents and her husband William who predeceased her on Jan. 6, 2001, she is predeceased by a son William; a brother, Laurence Sica; and three sisters, Clara Calabrese, Ann Milano and Jean Cattolico. 

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, 11 am at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, with the Rev. Fr. John Murphy, pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, on Friday from 5-9 pm. 


November 2, 2006

PATRICK H. CONARPE

Marina Del Rey, Calif.--Patrick H. Conarpe, 51, of Marina Del Rey, Calif., was killed in a hit and run accident on Oct. 28, 2006.

Patrick was born in Catskill. He is survived by the family that raised him: John Conarpe, Sr. of Catskill, Ellen Conarpe Starmer of Burlington, NC, Alexis LaMere and her family of Catskill, John Conarpe Jr. and wife of Greensboro, NC.  Also still surviving are his birth mother and many siblings. He leaves behind many other family members and friends.  Patrick lived in Marina Del Rey for the past seven years with his girl friend Kirstin Korot. Patrick previously lived in the Middletown-Sugar Loaf area before moving to California. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

A memorial service will be held for Patrick by his family in the spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Capital City Rescue Mission of Albany, PO Box 1999, Albany, NY. 12201-1999; or to the Salvation Army, Catskill Service Unit, PO Box 4749, Syracuse, NY  13221-4749


November 2, 2006

JOSEPH E. RACHUN

Coxsackie--Joseph E. Rachun, Jr., 63, of Coxsackie, died Oct 31, 2006, at his residence. He was born April 16, 1943, in Brooklyn, and was the son of the late Joseph E & Mary Bureski Rachun.  He is survived by his girlfriend, Victoria L. Maurer of Coxsackie; a brother Albert Bureski of Florida.  During his lifetime, he worked for Matter Construction in Coxsackie.   

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady's Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St. on Friday, November 3, 2006, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  Funeral services will take place on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at 11:30 am, after the calling hour, with the Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot if the Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.


November 2, 2006

BERTRAM PHILIP RIZZI

Catskill--Bertram Philip Rizzi, 74, died on Tuesday, Oct 3, 2006 in the emergency room of Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson. He was born March 20, 1932, in Athens, the son of the late Peter and Mabel Kisselburg Rizzi.  Phil drove an 18-wheeler, worked on road construction and at the Lehigh Cement Plant.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Fredenburgh Rizzi; one son, Philip Gino Rizzi and daughter-in-law Kimberly Reinhart Rizzi; and several grandchildren.  He is also survived by four sisters, Joann Porto and husband Frank, Carleen Lewis, Elvira Clark and Mary DiPerna; and a brother, Paul Rizzi and his wife Agnes.  He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Peter Rizzi, and a sister, Patricia Roccio.

The family would like to thank the police, ambulance squad, the emergency room doctors who worked so hard to keep him alive, our relatives and friends and neighbors for the food, flowers, cards and kindness for our loss.  A Mass will be held Nov. 11 at 9:30 Am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Catskill.


November 2, 2006

RICHARD A. SCHOONMAKER

Richard A. Schoonmaker, 61 of Maplecrest, died suddenly on Nov 1, 2006.  He was born on March 8, 1945 in Saugerties, the son of Henry and Gladys Dedrick Schoonmaker.  Richard was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country from 1963-66.  He as self employed as a landscaper.  Mr. Schoonmaker is survived by his wife Bette West Schoonmaker and two sons, Todd and his wife Elizabeth and Scott and his wife Janelle. He is also survived by his brother Henry, sister Anna and grandchildren, Skyler, Mason, Seth, Mia and Micayla.

Calling hours will be on Friday Nov 3, 2006 at the Decker Funeral Home, Windham from 7-9 pm.  A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 at 10 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Maplecrest Cemetery.


November 2, 2006

ELIZABETH K. SINNOTT

Elizabeth K. "Betty" Sinnott, 74, of Simmons Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 at the Benedictine Hospital, Kingston, after a brief illness.  Born March 7, 1932, in Cementon, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Alice Kuncus Kirlauski. A lifetime area resident, she was a communicant of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Glasco. She attended Catskill High School and graduated from St. Patrick's Academy in Catskill in 1950. She was a former employee fro many years at the Marriott Corporation in Malden as a waitress.

She was a former member of the Saugerties Bowlers Club Friday Nite K of C League, and a volunteer with the Saugerties Babe Ruth League during the summer baseball tournaments.  Survivors include her husband, Joseph L. Sinnott with whom she recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary.  Also two sons, Joseph L. Sinnott, Jr. of Acra and Mark L. Sinnott of Saugerties; one daughter, Kathleen A. Kiniry of Saugerties; two sisters, Mary Capobianco and Agnes Notarnicola, both of Cementon; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Sinnott; one brother, Michael Kirlauski; and three sisters, Patricia Cheeseboro, Alice Gaulas, and Anna Nepsie. 

Her funeral procession will form 9:15 am Saturday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets, thence to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church where at 10 am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Msgr Charles Zannotti officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Barclay Heights, Saugerties.


November 3, 2006

Dr. HANS W. LEEDS

Catskill--There will be a memorial service for Hans W. Leeds, MD on Saturday Nov. 18, 2006 at 2 pm in the Greene County Medical Arts Building at 159 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Please use the front entrance.  Dr. Leeds, 95, of Largo, Florida, Pinellas died on Sunday, Aug 6, 2006. He was born in Wilhelsburg, Germany on January 26, 1911. He was a physician for 69 years and in the 1930's was physician for baseball icon Babe Ruth.  He worked as chief anesthesiologist at Greene County Memorial Hospital, Catskill from 1949 until his retirement in 1987. He was a Member of the staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, Greene County Medical Society. He also maintained a private practice on Broad St. in Catskill. He was a US Army veteran of WW11 and was an avid skier and soccer fan.  He was predeceased by his wife Blanche who died in 2005. He is survived by two sons, Bryan of Tunkannock, PA and Allen of Clearwater, Fl., a daughter Michele Leeds of Palm Harbor, Fl., and a cousin Margaret Hoffman of New York City.


November 3, 2006

ANN C. RICH                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Hudson--Ann C. Rich, 55, of Glenwood Boulevard in Hudson, died Thursday, November 2, 2006 at Columbia Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital.                            

Born on Sept. 16, 1951 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Eric and Mary Jane Perry Mitchinson.  She was employed as a registered nurse at Columbia Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. She also worked for several doctors in the area.  Mrs. Rich was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.  Surviving are two daughters, Rachel Rich and Leah Rich, both of Hudson; her sister, Bess Wurster of Hudson; her brother, James Mitchinson of Coxsackie; a nephew, Noah Wurster of Hudson; two nieces, Megan Mitchinson of Coxsackie and Sara Schwartz of Hudson; and her former husband, Fred Rich of Athens.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7 pm Friday at the Bates, Anderson, Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.  Services will be conducted at 9:30 am Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Park Cemetery in Hudson.


November 3, 2006 

CHARLES A. SEHN

Catskill--Charles A. Sehn, 92, of Catskill died Wednesday, Nov 1, 2006 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was born April 14, 1914 in Brooklyn, the son of John and Caroline Werta Sehn.  He served in the US army during WW11 and was an employee of the NY State Thruway Authority for many years prior to his retirement. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Sehn on February 26, 1999; and three brothers, Stanley, Joseph and Leo Sehn.

He is survived by a step-daughter, Arlene Gerard O'Grady of Latham; a step-son, Donald and wife Janis Deita of Texas; two sisters, Mary Litcher of Astoria and Irene and husband George Nieves of Astoria; two brothers, Edward and wife Marie Sehn of Franklin Square and Adam and wife Emma Sehn of Texas; Step-grandchildren, Darlene (Clarence) King of Cambridge, Colleen (David) Cole of Athens, Charlene (Stephen) Kelley of Latham, Maureen (Dan) Pratt of Latham, Brian (Bethany) O'Grady of New Hampshire, Loreen (Steven) Cobb of Latham; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, today from 4-8 pm.  Funeral services will be held at 9 am Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Murphy officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery.


November 3, 2006

RICHARD K. VAN SHAICK

Coxsackie--Richard K. Van Shaick, 79, of Greenwich, died Wednesday, Nov 1, 2006 at Albany Medical Center.  Born Dec. 27, 1926 in Coxsackie, he was the youngest of 12 children of Claude and Elena Kennedy Van Shaick.  He graduated from Coxsackie-Athens High School and joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific during World War 11.  He graduated from Siena College with a major in physics and completed his master's in physics at Union College. 

He worked for most of his professional life for general Electric at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna. He married Mary E. Sherin of Greenwich on April 30, 1955. After he retired from General Electric Richard and Mary opened Derrick's gift shop in Greenwich.  He was a member of Liberty Post 515 American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich.  Survivors include his wife, Mary and family; daughter, Sherin Murphy and her husband Michael and their two children, Timothy and Brigid of Warrenton, VA; daughter Susan Saint Laurent and her husband Thomas, and their son Thomas Saint Laurent of Greenwich; son Thomas Van Shaick of Greenwich; daughter Patricia Van Shaick of North Wales PA; son Michael Van Shaick of Malta.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am Saturday, Nov 4, 2006 at St. Josephs Church with the Rev. Christopher Welch officiating. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Josephs Cemetery in Greenwich.  Family and friends may call from 5-8 pm Friday at Flynn Bros, Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich.

The family suggests memorials in his name be made to Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 17210, Baltimore, MD 21298 or to the St. Josephs Church Memorial Fund, 36 Bleeker St. Greenwich, NY 12834.


November 4, 2006

KENNETH A. BAIO

Windham--Kenneth A. Baio, 42, of Windham, died Nov 2, 2006 at Albany Medical Center.  He was born Nov 21, 1963 the son of Angelina Virginia Baio. He is survived by his wife Donna and children Herbie, Kenny and Michelle. He is the brother of Ronnie, John, James, Jason and Jessica.

Calling hours will be on Sunday Nov 5, 2006 at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  Private cremation will follow on Monday at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.


November 4, 2006

ANGELA R. HEARNS

Greenville--Angela R. Hearns, 92, of Totowa, NJ, formerly of Cornwallville, died Friday, Oct 3, 2006 at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa.  Born Oct. 13, 1914 in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Stockhammer Keegan.  Angela graduated from Savage School of Physical Education in New York City and received a degree in education from Seton Hall University.  She taught in the Edgewater Public Schools and several private schools, and retired from the Academy of St. Aloysis in 1971.  She was a member of the Durham Valley American Legion Post No. 1416 Ladies Auxiliary.  She was predeceased by her husband, Paul F. X. Hearns in July 2006; two brothers Richard and William Keegan; and two sisters, Marie and Elizabeth Keegan.  Surviving are her daughter, Catherine M. Adelman and husband Thomas of West Baldwin, Maine; two sons, Timothy W. Hearns and wife Adrianna of Wyckoff, NJ, and

Joseph P. Hearns and wife Elizabeth of Bloomfield, NJ; nine grandchildren; one great -grandson; and a sister Gertrude Johnson of Tom's River, NJ.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly on Monday at 9:30 am.  Friends may call at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, on Monday, Nov 6, 2006 from 6-8 pm. Interment will be in the Cornwallville Cemetery on Tuesday, 11 am.


November 5, 2006

MICHAEL J. FORMICHELLI, JR.

Hudson--Michael J. Formichelli, Jr., 39, of Hudson, died Friday Nov 3, 2006 at Albany Medical Center in Albany.  Born Sept. 16, 1967 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of Michael J. Sr. and Jane S. Hoffman Formichelli.  A 1985 graduate of Hudson High School, he served in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division as a Paratrooper Medic.

He was a laborer for the Construction and Laborers Union in Albany.  In addition to his parents, survivors include his paternal grandparents, Nicholas and Ann Formichelli of Hudson, and several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, 10 am at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hudson with the Rev. Robert Markovitch officiating.

Interment will be in the family plot of Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4-8 pm at McDonald Funeral Home, 886 Columbia St., Hudson.

A Panakhyda prayer service will be held at 6 pm Tuesday during calling hours.  Memorial contributions are requested in his memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or e-mail (donors@stjude.org) or call 1-800-822-6344


November 5, 2006

MARY KOZLOSKI

Catskill--Mary Kathryn Kosloski, 87, of 58 West Bridge Street, Catskill, died Saturday, Nov 4, 2006 at home, after a long illness.  She was born June 15, 1919 in Chichester, the daughter of the late Elmer & Effie Ostrander Bush.  Mary was an employee of Grand Union in Catskill prior to her retirement. She was a charter member of the Catskill Lady Elks Lodge 1341, member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Honeyford Memorial Post 110-American Legion, Greene County Crafters, Sullivan-Tetor VFW Post 770 Ladies Auxiliary and Greene County Democratic Club.  Mrs. Kosloski was predeceased by her husband, Frank T. Kosloski on Oct 14, 1991; brothers, Jerry and Lewis Bush; sisters, Gertrude Finnerty, Beatrice Guilzon and Loretta Baritzsky.  Mrs. Kozloski is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Kozloski and wife Vivian of Manhattan and Joseph D. Kozloski and wife Susan of Catskill;  a daughter, Kathryn M. Fitzpatrick and husband Thomas of Coxsackie; five grandchildren, Melissa Fitzpatrick, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Colleen Fitzpatrick-Yosca, Brian Kozloski and Michelle Kozloski; Three great-grandchildren, Bailey Murphy, Sage Murphy and Benjamin Yosca; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  Funeral services will be held 8:30 am Tuesday at the funeral home followed by a 9 am Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church in Cairo. The Rev. John J. Murphy will be officiating.

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


November 5, 2006 

JUSTIN MARKOU

North Adams, MA--Justin Peter Markou, 31, of 97 Summit Ave., Catskill, died Friday, Nov 3, 2006 at the Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, NJ.  He was born in North Adams, MA, on December 20, 1974, son of Peter J. and the late Beverly Hricko Markou.  He attended the Mark Hopkins Campus School, Pine Cobble School and the Buxton School.  He also attended Berkshire Community College and North Adams State College. He was a graduate of the Recording Studio in Chillicothe, OH.  A talented musician, he was a member of the Troy, NY, band Withstand.  At the time of his death, he was self-employed as a painting subcontractor

in Oakridge, NJ.  Survivors include his father and stepmother, Peter J. Markou and Ann Gibbons of Catskill; fiancée, Jamie Barry of Oakridge, NJ; Maternal grandfather, Michael Hricko of Auburn, ME; aunt and uncle, Ruth and Joseph Hricko; and several cousins.  He was predeceased by his brother, Jason Markou; his paternal grandmother, Zoe K. Markou; and his maternal grandmother, Matilda Hricko. 

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:15 am at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for funerals Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Interment will follow in Southview Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm.

Donations may be made to the Louison Family Life Support Center or the charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.


November 5, 2006

SHIRLEY MINKLER

Saugerties--Shirley M. Minkler, 65, of Market Street died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006 at Kingston Hospital after a brief illness.  Born March 23, 1941 in Kingston, she is the daughter of Marion Carroll Brown and the late Stanley Brown.  A lifetime area resident, she was employed at Kosco Oil in Rhinebeck for more than 13 years, retiring in August. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church; a former member of the Saugerties Bowlers Club and the Thursday Nite League; an original member of the Saugerties Athletic Association Girls Softball League, playing for the "Cuties".  Besides her mother of Lake Katrine, she is survived by her husband, Donald A. Minkler, with whom she recently celebrated her 46th wedding anniversary; two son , Donald A. "Gus" of Alaska and Derek A. Minkler of Rensselear; two sisters, Carol Besaw and Susan Brown, both of Lake Katrine; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral procession will form 9:30 am Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, thence to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where at 10 am a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered.  Interment will follow in Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


November 6, 2006

ARLENE NAGEL KING

Athens--Arlene Nagel King, 66, of Leeds Athens Road, Athens, died Saturday, Nov 4, 2006, at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany.  Born June 12, 1940 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Harriet Ashley Nagel.  She moved to Catskill at age 6.  She married Ted King on Sept. 15, 1959.  Mrs. King worked on the King Farm in Athens, owned and operated her accounting consultant business and was also a pianist at the First Reformed Church of Catskill.  Survivors, in addition to her mother include her husband, Theodore "Ted"; two daughters, Candace and husband Dennis and Rebecca and husband Douglas; four sons, Matthew and his wife Amy, Andrew and his wife JoAnne, Daniel and his wife Aurora and Nathaniel and his wife Linda;  a sister, Emily Nagel Tracy, a brother, Robert Vernon Nagel; and 13 grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 pm Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.  Funeral services will be held 11 am Wednesday at the United Methodist Church of Catskill with the Rev. Joyce Wilkerson, pastor, officiating.  The day of the funeral, everyone is asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Catskill.  Envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.


November 6, 2006

SYLVIA LACKIE

Athens--Sylvia C. Lackie, 79, of Second Street in Athens, died Friday, Nov 3, 2006 at her residence.  Born June 20, 1927 in Athens, she was the daughter of the late George and Katie Hosford Hotaling.  She was a lifetime resident of Athens.  She was a member of the Athens Federated Church and Rivertown Senior Citizens. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and working puzzles. Survivors include a son, George D. Lackie III of Florida; a daughter, Donna M. Mongiardo of Albany; a brother, Joseph Hotaling of Ghent; seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, George Lackie Jr.; two sons, Kenneth J. and Jock T. Lackie; a brother, George Hotaling and two sisters, Florence Galt and Mabel Nunziato.

Calling hours will be 5-8 pm today at the Richards Funeral Home, 26 North Vernon St., Athens.  Funeral services will be held 10 am Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Retta Lykens of Cairo officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot of the Old Athens Rural Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Rivertown Senior Citizens.


November 6, 2006

EARL H. McCABE

Saugerties--Earl H. "Butch" McCabe Sr., 62, of Appletree Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at his residence after a long illness.  Born Oct 9, 1944 in the Bronx, he was the son of William and Gladys Rusciano McCabe.  A veteran of the United States Army, he served in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, as a paratrooper.  Mr. McCabe was a graduate of St. Helena Business High School in the Bronx and Indiana State University in Evansville, IN.  He was employed at Lehigh Portland Cement Company for 20 years, retiring in 1994 and was a member of the United Cement Lime and Gypsum Workers Local.  Survivors include his wife, the former Joan Celli; a daughter, Lori McCabe of Saugerties; a son, Patrick Scott McCabe of Nashville TN; a brother, William P. McCabe of Corpus Christi TX; three granddaughters; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Earl H. McCabe, Jr.

A funeral service will be held 11 am Wednesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, Saugerties.  Interment will follow in the town of Catskill Cemetery.


November 7, 2006 

RAY BEACH

Lawrenceville--Ray Beach, 55, of Lawrenceville, St. Lawrence County, died Freday. Nov. 3, 2006.  A native of Catskill, Mr. Beach retired in 1994 as a major in the Army and was a contractor at Fort McPherson.  Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Karen Beach of Lawrenceville; a daughter, Susan Beach of Washington, DC; a son Aaron Beach of Atlanta; two sisters, Kathryn Beach Robins of Fayetteville, NC and Ruth Beach of Columbia, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 1:30 pm Wednesday at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA.  The family will receive friends at the residence after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 672648, Marietta GA 30006-0045.  Arrangements wre with the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078.


November 7, 2006 

ELEANOR VON BURGSDORFF

Oak Hill--Eleanor Von Burgsdorff, 89, of Oak Hill, died Monday, Nov 6, 2006, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.  Born May 9, 1917 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Florence Gottschalk.  Mrs. Burgsdorff was an antiques dealer. She and her husband, Albert, owned Valley Antiques in Oak Hill. Her husband survives at home.  Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two daughters; Janet Boertlein of Greenville and Joan Jarosak of Norwalk, CT; a grandson, Robert Rotzol; a granddaughter, Karen Carman; a great-grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

Calling hours will be 10 am to noon Thursday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Funeral services will follow at noon Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Oak Hill.


November 7, 2006

JEFFREY S. GIAMMATTEI

Ausable Forks--Jeffrey S. Giammattei, 29, of Ausable Forks, Essex County, died Wednesday, Nov 1, 2006.  Born in Greenville and raised in Richmond, MA, he was the son of Paul E. amd Mary Jeanne Giammattei of Pleasanton, CA.  He attended Monument Mountain High School and later graduated from SUNY Plattsburg.  Mr. Giammattei was a former head coach of the varsity tennis team of Plattsburg High School and also coached the boys and girls varsity tennis team at the Peru High School.

He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman who enjoyed tennis, skiing, golfing, soccer, basketball, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and water skiing. He was eager to share his enthusiasm of sports with the youth of the community.  Survivors in addition to his parents, include two sisters and a brother-in-law, Theresa and Todd Bricker of Needham, MA, and Lynn Giammattei of Bristol, RI; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul J. and Julianne Stewart Giammattei of Hoboken, NJ; companion Lori Parrow and her children, TJ and Kobe, all of Ausable Forks; a niece and several aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Calling hours will be 7-9 pm Friday at AJ Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.  A memorial service will be held 10 am Friday at Holy Name Church in Ausable Forks.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated noon Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 81, Greenville. Interment will immediately follow at the Greenville Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Plattsburgh Community Tennis Association, 2559 Lakeshore Road, Chazy, NY 12921.


November 7, 2006

BRIDGET O'BOYLE

Lagrange--Bridget O'Boyle, 79, of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, and former Cairo resident, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at the home of her son in LaGrange, Dutchess County.  Born Aug. 23, 1927 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Nellie LoCassio Franzone.  Formerly of Astoria and Dix Hills, Long Island, she moved to the Cairo area in 1977.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish.  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas P. and Nilgun O'Boyle of LaGrange; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna M. and Paul Cornell of Glenford; a brother, Lawrence Franzone of Montauk, LI; a sister, Mary Sheehan of St. Petersburg, FL; three grandchildren, Kaitlynn B. Cornell, William T. Cornell and Paul A. Cornell, all of Glenford; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Thomas A. O'Boyle on Nov. 24, 1987; and a daughter, Bridget Doreen O'Boyle on May 19, 1976.

Calling hours will be 4-8 pm Thursday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 324 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  A funeral service will be held 9:15 to 10:15 am Friday at the funeral home, followed by an 11 am Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, Mountain avenue, Cairo with the Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Cairo Cemetery.


November 7, 2006

ROSE MARIE RARICK

Ravena--Rose Marie Rarick, 89, a six year resident of Millbrook, formerly a longtime resident of Ravena, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at Sharon Health Care Center, Sharon, CT.  Born Aug. 13, 1917 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Franz Otto and Lottie Kellam Margraf.  She was a graduate of Catskill High school and the 1937 Class of Cobleskill Agricultural School.  On Oct. 20, 1942 in Leeds, she married Lawrence Rarick, who predeceased her.  For many years, Mrs. Rarick was a 4-H leader in Ravena.  She was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Coeymans Hollow, Albany County, and served on several committees.  Survivors include a daughter, Isabel Morton of Millbrook; two sisters, Freeda Margraf of Catskill and Emily Slocum of Catskill; a niece; three nephews, and several cousins.

Graveside services were held 10:30 am Friday at the Catskill Rural Cemetery, Jefferson Heights with the Rev. Steven W. Peiffer officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, PO Box 8, Coeymans Hollow, NY  12046. Arrangements were under the direction of Hufcut Funeral Home, Dover Plains.


November 7, 2006

RONALD SCHERMERHORN

Stamford--Ronald Schermerhorn, 63, of Lexington, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peret's Hospital in Albany, after a battle against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Born Feb. 13, 1943 in Stamford, Delaware County, he was the son of the late Grant and Hazel Schermerhorn.  He was raised in Conesville and attended the Gilboa-Conesville Central School.  Mr. Schermerhorn worked as a heavy highway construction foreman for many years.  He was a member of the Laborer's International Union Local #17 and Union Local #43. He was also a member of the Lexington-West Kill United Methodist Church, the town of Lexington Volunteer Fire Company and a lifetime member of the NRA.  He enjoyed the mountains and enjoyed camping and being in the outdoors.  Survivors include his wife of 31 years, JoEllen VanEtten Schermerhorn; a son, Dean S. Schermerhorn of Grand Gorge, Delaware County; two daughters, Kim E. Shoemaker of Berne, Albany "County, and Jill E. Schermerhorn of Lexington; three brothers, Howard Merwin of Cobleskill, Schoharie County, Grand Schermerhorn of Pennsville, NJ and Robert Schermerhorn of Cobleskill; and five sisters, Charlotte Garrison of Albany, Alta Weis of Cobleskill, Loretta Wright of Stoney Point, NC,  Ernestine Bier of Acra and Yvonne "Bonnie" German of Grand Gorge; two grandchildren, Nathan and Nicole Shoemaker; many nieces and nephews; and a 'special angel baby', Amy M. VanEtten and her father Stephen.  He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Weaver.

A memorial service will be held 1 pm Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. Elliott Oakes officiating.  His ashes will be laid to rest in the Lexington Village Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to your local community hospice or to the Hospice Inn , St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, 319 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208 or the American Lung association, 3 Winners Circle, Suite 300, Albany NY 12205.  Many thanks to the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter for assisting in making arrangements.


November 8, 2006

EDWARD KEICHER

Athens--Edward M. Keicher, 69, of 1392 Leeds-Athens Road, Athens, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at Albany Medical Center.  He was born April 6, 1937 in Queens, the son of the late Henry and Martha Kraft Keicher.  Edward was an employee of New York Telephone Company in Catskill prior to his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.  Mr. Keicher was predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Larry Keicher; and two sisters, Dorothy Miller and Marilyn McKeon. Mr. Keicher is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Omphalius Keicher of Athens; five children, Michael Keicher and wife Peggy of Leeds, Kathy Moller and husband Jack of Georgia, Karen Montgomery and husband Dave of New Hampshire, Jim Keicher and wife Beth of Tennessee and Kevin Keicher and wife Michelle of Florida.  Two sisters, Vera Lutz of Florida and Barbara Macomber of Georgia. 14 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call the Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, 324 Jefferson Heights, Friday from 4-8 pm. Funeral services will be held 10-11 am Saturday at the Funeral Home. At 11 am Saturday a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the funeral home, the Rev. James E. Clark, pastor of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Catskill will be officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Catskill.  Memorials in Edward's name may be made to the St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 157 Bridge St., Catskill, NY 12414.


November 9, 2006

LINDA JEAN BENNETT

Coxsackie--Linda Jean Bennett, 60, of 79 Washington Ave., Coxsackie, died suddenly Nov. 7, 2006 at Albany Medical Center.  She was born in Albany Aug. 20, 1946 and was the daughter of the late Floyd and Evelyn Amanda Rehberg Carkner.  She was president of the D. M. Hamilton Ladies Fire Auxiliary of Coxsackie,  a member of the Greene County Ladies Fire Auxiliary, a member of the Ravena Grange, a member of the Coeymans Hollow United Methodist Church, and well known for her great fundraising abilities.  She was very involved in many other organizations.  She is survived by her husband of 36 years, William L. Bennett of Coxsackie; a daughter Robyn Swarthout of Coxsackie; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Nancy) Morse of Coeymans Hollow; also surviving are three grandchildren, Cody, Paige and Riley.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady's Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm.  Funeral services will take place Saturday at 11 am at the W. C. Brady's Sons Inc. Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Piffer, pastor of the Coeymans United Methodist Church, the Rev. William Robertson and Perry Jones will officiate.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery.  Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the D.M. Hamilton Fire Company of Coxsackie or to the Coeymans Hollow United Methodist Church.


November 9, 2006

WILLIAM MULHEARN

Saugerties--William F. Mulhearn, 61, of Windjammer Way died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 at the Marin Memorial North Hospital, Stuart, FL.  Born Sept 22, 1945 in New Rochelle, he is the son of Elizabeth Boulle Mulhearn Paul and the late William Mulhearn.  He was employed as a civil engineer.  Besides his mother of Saugerties, survivors include two daughters, Melissa and Jennifer Mulhearn, both of Florida; one brother, Michael Mulhearn of Florida; one sister, Margaret Califano of Colonie; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister, Betty Kearney.

His funeral procession will form at 9:30 a, Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John & Lafayette Streets, Saugerties; thence to St. Mary of the Snow Roman Catholic Church where a 10 am Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Christopher Berean, Pastor.  Interment will be 1 pm Monday at St. Mary's Cemetery, Barclay Heights, Saugerties.


November 10, 2006

BARBARA E. BEUTEL

Cairo--Barbara E. Beutel, 54, of Winter Clove Road, Round Top, died Nov. 8, 2006, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.  She was born in Queens, July 19, 1932, and was the daughter of Martha Takacs Beutel of Round Top, and the late Carl Beutel.  Barbara was a legal secretary at one time for the Rapport Meyers Law Office.  She was also employed, at a later date, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. While working at the hospital she was assistant director of the Human Resource Department.  Barbara had been an area resident since 2004, and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Novitiate.  She loved sewing, photography and sculpturing.  She was an avid traveler and loved to work the computer.  Besides her mother, she is survived by two sisters, Jeanne Beutel of Round Top and Mrs. Howard (Nancy) Prince of Wantagh; also surviving is a niece, Rachel Prince of Wantagh.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, today from 3-5 and 7-9 pm.  A Requiem Mass and burial will be held at the St. Joseph's Novitiate, Route 31, Round Top, on Saturday, Nov 11, 2006 at 11 am. Interment will take place in the St. Joseph's Novitiate Cemetery, Round Top.  Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Joseph's Novitiate, Round Top, NY 12473.


November 10, 2006

GRACE M. MENNA

Catskill--Grace M. Menna, 84, of Vosenkill Road, Catskill, died Nov. 9, 2006 at her residence after a long illness.  She was born on May 2, 1922 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late Anthony and Maria DiBlasi Citrolo.  She was a Coxsackie resident in 1965. She owned and operated Susie's Restaurant in New York City and the Step Two body Fashions from 1975 to the present.  She was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Coxsackie Historical Society; and at one time was employed at Linda's Corset Shop in Catskill.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John (Sandra) Arazosa of Catskill and Mrs. Wayne (Louise) Menna-Deyo of Athens; sister, Anna McKenna of Rockland County; three grandchildren, Melissa Maldonado of Catskill, Dylan Deyo of Athens and Gianna Rose Deyo of Athens; and great-granddaughter, Samantha Maldonado-Dellio of Catskill. She was predceceased by her husband, Albert R. Menna on Jan. 27, 1993.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the W.C. Brady's Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7--9 pm.  The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 11:30 am at the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Coxsackie, with the Deacon Peter Sedlmeir officiating.  Interment will follow in the family plot of St. Mary's Parish Cemetery, next to her late husband Albert R. Menna who predeceased her on Jan. 27, 1993.  Contributions in her memory may be made to community Hospice, 47 Liberty St. Catskill, NY  12414.


November 10, 2006

DORIS V. ORMSBEE

Greenville--Doris V. Ormsbee, 83, of Medusa died at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill on Nov. 9, 2006. She was born in Westerlo on July 15, 1923, daughter of the late Herbert and Grace Shultes Lamb, Sr.  Very active in her local community, she was a charter member of the Medusa Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Aux., a member of the Lambs Corners U. M. Church and a member and deacon of the Medusa United Church of Christ.  She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Surviving are three daughters, Janet Case and husband Ronald of Medusa, Katherine Kearney and husband Claude of East Durham and Valerie David and husband Todd of South Westerlo; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; four sisters, Marguerite Duraski; Clara Waldron, Gladys Gridley and Joan Badell; two brothers, Herbert Lamb, Jr. and Frederick Lamb; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Walter L. Ormsbee in 1993; and two sisters, Esther Lamb and Marion Caubet.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 3 pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville.  Friends may call on Sunday from 1-3 pm prior to the funeral.  Interment will be Monday at 10- am in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.  Those wishing to contribute in her memory may do so to the Medusa Vol. Fire Co.


November 11, 2006

GEORGE M. WELLS, Jr.

Colorado Springs, CO-- George MacFarland Wells, Jr., 79, died Nov 9, 2006.  Born Aug. 31, 1927 in Catskill, he was the son of George M. and Emily Wells.  George served in the US Army during World War !!. He was employed by and retired from Atlantic Cement in Ravena.  An Avid skier, his greatest interests in life were his family and music.  He was a founding member of the West Athens-Limestreet Fire Department.  He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Harnois Wells; son, Allen M. Wells and wife Joan; Daughter, Diane Tice and husband Arnold; grandchildren, Michelle Humphrey and husband Mark, Jason A. Wells and wife Season Surrano, Kyle J. Wells and Amanda Wells; and great grandchildren, Matthew and Mason Humphrey.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Eric M. Wells. 

Private cremation took place in Colorado Springs, CO.  Graveside services will take place in the Catskill Rural Cemetery at a later date.


November 12, 2006

KATHLEEN H. EMERY

Catskill--Kathleen Helene Emery, 75, of Catskill, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2006 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  She was born Aug 6, 1931 in Yonkers, the daughter of the late Andrew and Katherine Nagel Watson.  Mrs. Emery was an employee of New York Telephone prior to her retirement. Formerly of Fishkill, Kathleen has been a Catskill resident since 1995.  She volunteered as an election inspector for the Greene County Department of Elections.  Kathleen was predeceased by her husband William H. Emery on April 8, 2000.  Mrs. Emery is survived by three children, William Emery and wife Anita of Catskill, Kathleen Kane and husband Richard of Elizaville, and Sharon Daniels and husband Gerald of Deltona, FL;  Six grandchildren, Christopher Daniels, Adam Daniels, Britany Kane, Patrick Emery, Kimberly Kane, and Caitlyn Kane.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, today from 4-8 pm.  Funeral services will be held 8-9 am Monday at the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Bridge Street, Catskill.  The Rev. James E. Clark , pastor, will be officiating.  Interment will follow in st. Patrick's Cemetery in Catskill.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


November 12,  2006

CHARLES E. FULLER

Saugerties--Charles E. Fuller, 101, of Kings Highway, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 at his residence after a brief illness.  Born May 22, 1905 in Saxton he was the son of the late Wilson and Sarah A. Myer Fuller.  A lifelong area resident, he was a self-employed carpenter, woodworker and avid gardener. He was a member of the Blue Mountain Reformed Church. His family was mentioned in the Ulster County Commemorative Biographical Record of 1886 as one of the "country" families of Saugerties.  Survivors include one daughter, Patricia DiPerno of Saugerties. Three Grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a nephew and several nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his wife Evalina K. Fitzgerald in 1997; a daughter, Kathryn Kops; five brothers, Morton, Arnold, Harry, Frank and William Fuller; and one sister, Goldie Ransom.

His funeral service will be held 11 am Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Street with the Rev. James Alley, pastor of the Blue Mountain Church officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Barclay Heights.    


November 13, 2006

LELAND CUNNINGHAM

Greenville--Leland A. Cunningham, 93, of Greenville, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.  Born July 25, 1913 in Greenville, he was the son of the late Lester and Elizabeth Spees Cunningham.  He was a graduate of the Greenville Free Academy, Albany Business School and Worsham School of Embalming.  A lifelong funeral director, Mr. Cunningham and his step-father, A. J. Cunningham, and now son, Curtis A. Cunningham, have operated the funeral home for 108 years.  Active in the community, he was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church, a charter member of the Greenville Vol. Fire Co.. and Greenville Rotary Club.  A 70 year Mason, he was a member of the James Austin Lodge #557 F. & A. M.  Mr. Cunningham was the former director and caretaker emeritus of the Greenville Cemetery, a former Greenville Town councilman, a former Greene County coroner, a former member of the Advisory Board of the State Bank of Albany.  An avid outdoorsman, he was also a member of the Albany Ski Club, the 70+ Ski Club and the Out-a-Fit Hunting Club.  He enjoyed playing tennis, winning several medals at the Senior Games, and also many medals for his downhill skiing.  He was known to enjoy a good game of poker.  Serving hundreds of families during his career, he would like to be remembered as the man you did not want meet, but after meeting him he was your friend for life.  Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Gertrud "Trudy" Cunningham; two daughters and a son-in-law, Carol and Don Reed and Judith Swartwout; a son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Nancy Cunningham; a sister, Dorothy Braly; eight grandchildren, Debbie Cooke, Donna Lee, Christina deRozier, Ruey Bryan and husband William, Leslie Graziano and husband Steve, Kellie Swartwout, Michael Swartwout and wife Kimberly, Cinda Stiles and husband Jeffrey; nine great-grandchildren, Zachary Lee, Christopher and Steven deRozier, Carly and Cody Bryan, Daniel and Michael Stiles, Shea and Cooper Swartwout;  and three step-grandchildren, Jason Reed, Tammy Parrow-Wray and Bruce Darrow.  He was predeceased by a brother, Earl Cunningham; first wife, Clarice Palmer Cunningham; a grandson, R. L. Cooke; a great-grandson, J.J. Stiles; and a son-in-law, Robert L. Swartwout.

Calling hours will be 1-4 and 6-9 pm Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home and 10-11:30 am Wednesday prior to the funeral.  Funeral services will be held noon Wednesday at the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.  Interment in the Greenville Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Norton-Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, the Greenville Rescue Squad or the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital.


November 13, 2006

HELEN B. ENCK

Durham--Helen B. Enck, 78, of Durham, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at home surrounded by her family.  Born in 1928 in Brooklyn, she as a daughter of parents who emigrated from Poland and Germany.  She and her husband, Robert, moved from Queens to Greene County in 1969.  Mrs. Enck, who was very proud of her Polish heritage and especially the Polish Pope, John Paul !!,  In 1996, she traveled to the Vatican to meet the pope and made him laugh.  She worked in various capacities at the Cairo-Durham School.  Mrs. Enck was a longtime communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Cairo and as her health declined, received Holy Communion at home from her daughter Jacquelyn.  Her daughter Helen Hogan, a registered nurse, provided nursing care, allowing Mrs. Enck to stay at home with her familt.  Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Robert E. Enck; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judith Enck and Mark Duclea, Helen and Dan Hogan, and Jacquelyn Enck Sigda and Walter Sigda; a son and daughter-in-law Robert and Judy Enck; six grandchildren, Reed Dunlea, Stephen and Debbie Enck, Kathleen, Stasiu and Anne Sigda; and a great grandson.  She was predeceased by a son, John in 1996.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 6-9 pm Tuesday at Richard's Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo. The funeral will be held 11 am Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church, Mountain Avenue, Cairo.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Building. The family requests no flowers.


November 14, 2006

EDNA M. HAMM

Catskill--Edna M. Hamm, 92, of Catskill died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  Born June 4, 1914 in Cornwallville, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Vida Latta Moore.  She enjoyed playing music and played piano and organ in churches her entire life.  She was a member and longtime church organist for 34 years at the Sandy Plains United Methodist Church in South Cairo.  Mrs. Hamm was a life member of the Catskill Hose Company 1 Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an avid gardener and pie maker.  Survivors include her husband of more than 60 years, Arthur D. Hamm of Catskill;  two sons and daughters-in-law, Nathan A. Hamm and Nance Gross of Catskill and Kenneth R. Hamm and Susan Martin of Feura Bush, Albany County; a daughter and son-in-law, Edith H. and Jim Tresner of West Hartford, CT; six grandchildren, Kenn B. and Elizabeth Hamm and their mother Cassandra Artale, Brian and Natasha Hamm and Tara and James Tresner.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Almon Moore and Warren Moore; and a sister, Myrtle Parks.

A memorial service will be held 1 pm Nov. 25 at the Sandy Plains United Methodist Church, South Cairo with the Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor, officiating. Private cremation was performed at the Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.  Interment will follow at the town of Catskill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Sandy Plains United Methodist Church, South Cairo.


November 15, 2006

PETER G. GALLAGHER

Kissimmee, FL--Peter G. Gallagher, 54, a resident of the Catskill region for more than 25 years, formerly director of Business Development for the Ulster County Development Corporation, Kingston, died at Celebration Hospital, Kissimmee, FL, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born Aug. 22, 1952 in Coatbridge, Scotland, to the late Robert and Catherine Gallagher. He attended Cooley High School in Detroit, graduated in 1970. Pete served in the US Army during the Viet Nam War, and was stationed in Germany. He attained the rank of sergeant.  On July 18, 1975, he was united in marriage to Retta McGuigan in Plains, Scotland.  In 1978, Pete moved to Detroit to further his education and landed a job with IBM in Kingston. Pete and family resided in Palenville for 23 years. Pete served as president of the Palenville Fire Department and prominent community member.  Pete was an accomplished bagpiper and was a devoted member of the Amerscot, Middle Fort and Capital Region Celtic Pipebands.  Pete is survived by his wife, Retta; his daughter Casey, Kissimmee, FL; his son and his wife and two children, Vincent and Lauri, Olivia and Isabelle, Stephensville, MI; two brothers, Robert and Stephen, Detroit; two sisters, Kathleen Gallagher, Scotland, Ann Marie Kyes, Westland, MI.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Michael.

In lieu of flowers, condolences can be sent to the Gallagher residence, 100 Sunny Oak Trail, Kissimmee, FL 34746.


November 15, 2006

STANLEY J. KIESZKIEL

Freehold--Stanley J. Kieszkiel, 78, of Freehold, died at his home on Nov. 13, 2006.  He was born in Tachahoe on July 14, 1928, son of the late Benjamin and Dora Duezwick Kieszkiel. Stanley had retired from the US Justice Department and was a former IRS Agent.  Very active in the Freehold community, he was a member of the Freehold Volunteer Fire Company as a Fire Policeman, the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291, the Freehold Cemetery Board and member and Treasurer of the Freehold C. C. Church.  He was also former assessor and member of the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Greenville.  A lover of nature and the outdoors he was a black powder enthusiast and loved trout fishing, tying his own flies, hunting and last but not least his beagles.  He served his country in the US Army for seven years serving in Korea and being discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.  Surviving are his wife, Ruth Batroh Kieszkiel; daughter, Michele  and her husband Robert Gorney; son, Stanley J. Kieszkiel of Maryland; two grandchildren, Jenna and Benjamin.  He was predeceased by a brother, Frank Kieszkiel.

Funeral services will be Friday, 11 am at the Freehold C. C. Church in Freehold.  Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8 pm. The Freehold Fire Company and the Greenville American Legion will conduct services at the funeral home Thursday from 7-7:30 pm.  Interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Freehold C. C. Church or to the Freehold Vol. Fire Co.


November 15, 2006

HELEN CANAVAN STENGER

Athens--Helen Canavan Stenger, 88, of 30 Market St. Athens, died Nov. 14, 2006, at the Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehab Center, where she has been a resident since March 21, 2001, after a long illness.  Helen was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 21, 1918, and was the daughter of the late Helen Hamilton and James Clinch Canavan, Esq.  Helen was a graduate of Hunter College and was the village clerk of Athens for over 20 years.  Previously she was employed as an administrative assistant at the Talon, Inc., in New York City.  Helen was an active participant in her community, She was a girl scout troop leader, served on the board of the D. R. Everts Library and was also secretary of the Athens Democratic Club.  She was also an avid reader and card player and she loved her cats. Helen always had a story to tell and a joke to share. She was also a member of the Rivertown Senior Citizens. She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence Stenger.  She is survived by two daughters, Bonita Vizzie of Athens and Penelope Murphy of Arlington, VA; a grandson, Rosario Vizzie and  his wife Gita and their two children, Devin and Jay who reside in Los Angeles; a grandson Michael Vizzie and his wife Kristin of Athens; and a granddaughter Angela Vizzie of Miami, FL.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St. Athens, on Thursday from 10-11 am.  A funeral mass will follow at the church which she attended, St. Patrick's in Athens.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Mt. Hope Cemetery.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the D. R. Evarts Library, Second Street, athens, NY, 12015. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for your convenience.


November 16, 2006 

WILLI MESCHKE

Lake Katrine--Willi Meschke, 96, of Woodfield Road, Hyde Park, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006 in the Hyde Park Nursing Home.  Born Aug. 31, 1910 in Germany, he was the son of the late Franz and Emma Meschke.  Predeceased by his wife, Hertha, survivors include one grandson, Ralph Wagner of Hyde Park and one granddaughter, Linda Ghostlaw of Fort Covington.

A service of remembrance will be held 8 pm Friday at the New Apostolic Church, Lake Katrine.


November 16, 2006 

KATHY M. WILLIAMS

Smiths Landing--Kathy M. Williams, 50, of Old Walnut Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a brief illness.  Born March 2, 1956 in Saugerties, she was the daughter of the late Robert "Red" and Florence Minkler Bennett.  A graduate of Saugerties High School, she was a former member of the Saugerties Fire Department Auxiliary.  She taught swimming lessons many years ago at the Saugerties Village Beach and was a former volunteer Brownie Leader. Survivors include her husband, Kevin H. Williams, with whom she recently celebrated her 16th wedding anniversary; one son, Patrick R. Bennett of Greenville; one daughter, Erin M. Williams of Saugerties; one sister Janice Schaffer of Saugerties; two brothers, Randy Bennett of Kingston and Robert "Bobby" Bennett of Saugerties; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Cassie Finken.

Her funeral procession will form 10:30 am Saturday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., Corner of John and Lafayette Streets, Saugerties; thence to the Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 9W, where at 11 am the Rev. Jeffrey Turczyn, pastor, will conduct funeral services.


November 17, 2006

RAYMOND T. FLEISCHMANN, Sr.

Catskill--Raymond T. Fleischmann Sr., 87, of 4 Country Club Estates, Catskill, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, at home.  Ray was born Feb. 18, 1919 in New York City, the son of the late John and Honora Ryan Fleischmann. Raymond served in the United States Navy during World War II.  He was an employee of the New York State Department of Corrections, retiring as assistant deputy Superintendent of Coxsackie Correctional Facility in 1981. Ray was a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge 1341.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mrs. Eileen O'Brien Fleischmann on Jan. 1, 1990;  and two brothers, Edward Fleischmann and John Fleischmann, Jr.  Mr. Fleischmann is survived by two sons, Raymond T. Fleischmann Jr. of Centerport, Long Island and William Fleischmann of Niverville; two daughters, Eileen Holt and husband Robert of Catskill and Mary Lynn Tibbals-Kelly and husband Robert of New Paltz; a sister, Joan Jermann of Florida; seven grandchildren, Sharon Holt and Kerrie Holt-Rositzke of Catskill; Chad, Ryan and Robin Tibbals of Ithaca; Liam and Noelle Fleischmann of Niverville; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Friday, from 204 pm and 7-9 pm.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 am Saturday at the funeral home, followed by an 11 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Bridget Street, Catskill.  The Rev. James E. Clark, pastor, will be officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Catskill.  Memorials in Raymond's name may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


November 17, 2006

MARY AUDREY PANTOLIANO

Cairo--Mary Audrey Pantoliano, 97, of Platekill Road, Cairo, died Nov. 15, 2006, at her residence with her family and a nurse from the Community Hospice at her side.  She was born Dec. 28, 1908, in Bradford, PA, and was the daughter of the late Elbra E. and Martha M. Stark Shepherd.  Mary has been an area resident for 90 years. She attended the Little Red School House in Durham Center. She was a member of the Mayflower Society, a member of the Meeting House Hill chapter of the D.A.R. of Durham, an avid reader and loved music and dancing in the era of the 1920's. She also loved painting.  She is survived by two daughters, Donna Reiley of Chatham and Mrs. Gerard (Denise) A. Daly of Cairo; a nephew David Shepherd; a niece,  Dorothy Ambriziak; three grandsons, Lance Reiley, Robin Reiley and Sean Daly;  eight great-grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph F. Pantoliano in February 1977. She is also predeceased by two brothers, Vivian Shepherd and Lorian Shepherd; and two sisters, Norma S. Ambroziak and Cecile Esslie Ambroziak.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo with Rev. Anthony, pastor of the Grace Assembly of God officiating.  Private cremation will take place Saturday at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands, NY.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the cairo Library or to the Durham Center Museum.


November 17, 2006

DOROTHY V. ZEBROSKI

Catskill--Dorothy V. Zebroski, 75, of Catskill, formerly of New York City, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 at Kaaterskill Care and Rehab Center.  Born in New York city on Jan. 20, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Mary Mateusevich.  Dorothy last worked for Price Chopper in Albany as an undercover security guard.  She has lived in Catskill for the past 30 years. She loved music and old movies.  She was the mother of Linda (John) Dymes of Newfane, Robert (Sheryl) Zebroski of St. Louis and Gary Zebroski of Schenectady; grandmother of Adam and Alissa Dymes and Nicholas Zebroski; and sister of the late Edward Mateusevich.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Corwin Cemetery in Newfane.  Arrangements are with the Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home Inc.  Please visit www.rutlandcorwin.com to sign the register for Dorothy.


November 18, 2006

GESINE DIECKMANN

Catskill--Gesine Marie Dieckmann, 96, of Catskill, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, in Catskill. She was born April 10, 1910, in Cluverdorstel, Germany, the daughter of the late Diedrich and Catherine (Kahrs) Wahlers.  Mrs. Dieckmann own and operated the Dieckmann Motel in Kiskatom with her late husband William Dieckmann, who predeceased her in 1969.  Mrs. Dieckmann is survived by a daughter, Marianna VanDersen of Catskill; two grandchildren, Rory VanDeusen of Cape Coral, FL. and Heidi VanDeusen of Brooklyn; and three great-grandchildren, Brett VanDeusen of Brooklyn, and Courtney VanDeusen and Scott VanDeusen, both of Cape Coral, FL.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  Funeral services will be held 11:30 am Monday at the funeral Home. The Rev. Victor Nelson will officiate. Internment will follow in the town of Catskill Cemetery.


November 19, 2006

RHONDA L. CAPOLUPO

Cairo--Rhonda L. Capolupo, 42, of Hideway Road, Palenville, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2006 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Litchfield, KY, and was the daughter of Edward and Dimples Decker.  She is survived by her husband Edward and five children, Anthony, Lucia, Edward Jr., Harley and Trinity.

Funeral services will be announced during the public calling hours Monday at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo from 1 to 3 pm.  Private cremation will be Tuesday at the Albany Rural Crematory in Menands.


November 19, 2006

JOHN KILEY Sr.

Greenville--John (Jack) Kiley Sr., 73, of Oak Hill, died at the Stratton DVA Medical Center in Albany on Nev. 17, 2006.  He was born in Schenectady on Feb. 16, 1933, son of the late Charles and Elsie Horstmeyer Kiley.  He served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart Medal, Korean Service Ribbon with one star, the UN Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.  He was a former member of the Cairo-Durham School Board and former director of the Oak Hill Cemetery Association. He also enjoyed his farm and had enjoyed working with the local 4H clubs in Teaching snowmobile safety.

Surviving are his wife, Velma Powell Kiley; a son, John Kiley Jr. of Kingston; three daughters, Sissy Myhres and her husband Bruce of Oak Hill.  Jacqueline Pinnella of Oak Hill and Patricia Kiley of Round Top; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a godchild, Bobbilynn Cunningham of Durham; and two brothers, James Kiley of Florida and William Kiley of Massachusetts. He was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Michael Kiley. 

Funeral services will be Tuesday, 7 pm, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm prior to the services.  Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Disabled American Veterans, the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association.


November 20, 2006

MINNIE KNOWLES

Cairo--Minnie V. Knowles, 75, formerly of Freehold and South Cairo, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill.  Born Sept. 13, 1931 in South Cairo, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Dorothea Rouse Rivenburg.  Mrs. Knowles was employed as a postal clerk for the South Cairo and Freehold post offices, retiring in 1992.  She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church and was also active as a Senior Companion for Greene County Community Action.  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra L. and Arthur Murray of Aurora, NC; a sister, Carol Shaver of Earlton; and three grandchildren, Nathaniel, Matthew and Abigail.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St. Cairo. Funeral services will be held 9:30 am Wednesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo with the Rev. Victor Nelson, pastor, officiating. The day of the funeral, everyone is is asked to meet at the church.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Catskill Rural Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Resurrection Lutheran Church; envelopes can be obtained at the church.


November 21, 2006

ARLENE K. FREESE

Conyers, GA,---Arlene K. Ducky Freese, 72, of Conyers, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at Rockdale Healthcare Center.  Mrs. Freese was a former drum sergeant in the Coxsackie Drum Corp, winning many championships.  She was also a former account clerk for the Department of Labor in Albany and a teacher in Port Wentworth, GA.  Survivors include her husband, William P. Freese of Conyers; two daughters, Robin A. Freese of Rensselaer and Susan L. Freese of Conyers; a son, William R. Freese of Villa Rica, GA; a brother-in-law, Robert Occhibove of Hudson; seven nephews; and five nieces  She was predeceased by her parents, Sidney and Anna Cole of New York; a sister, Patricia Occhibove of Hudson and a son-in-law, William W. Noack of Colonie.

Calling hours will be 1 to 3 pm Friday in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home in Covington, GA. Funeral services will follow at 3 pm Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the SPCA of Georgia. Arrangements are with the Wheeler Funeral Home and Crematory in Covington.


November 21, 2006

ROSARIO MULTARE 

Athens--Rosario "Roy" Multare, 64, of Leeds Athens Road, died Sunday, Nov 19, 2006, at his residence.  Born Oct. 25, 1942 in Italy, he was the son of the late Fortunato and Maria Multare.  An area resident for the past 35 years, Mr. Multare was employed by the town of Athens Highway Dept. for 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and was an avid dog lover.  Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and Darrel M. Leone of Michigan and Maryanne and Frank Giambiona of Selkirk; three brothers, Nicolo, Frank and Salvatore, all of Athens; four sisters, Catarina Siciliano of Bronxville, Francesca DiPiazza of Athens, Maria Multari of Athens and Rosa Vignonna of Yonkers;  and two grandchildren, Keehgan and Caelan.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Friday at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at St. Patricks RC Church, Athens at 10 am with Father James Borstelmann officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot of the New Athens Rural Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.


November 21, 2006

JOSEPH A. OTTATI

Cairo--Joseph A. Ottati, 44, of Railroad avenue, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, while hunting.  Born Oct. 26, 1962 in Schenectady, he was the son of the late Joseph and Lura Ann Williams Ottati.  He had been an area resident for five years.  He served in the US Army and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and motorcycle riding. At the time of his death, Mr. Ottati was a nursing student at Columbia-Greene Community College.  Survivors include his wife, Susan J. Brown-Ottati of Cairo; a son, Joseph Ottati of Cairo; two daughters, Michelle Ottati of Florida and Brooke Brown of Cairo; a brother, David Ottati of Texas; two sisters, Joann Morrison of Troy and Tina Tamper of Saratoga Springs. 

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 pm Saturday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.  Funeral services will be held 4 pm Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Overton officiating.  Private cremation will follow at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.


November 21, 2006

HELEN V. WINNE

Ravena--Helen Winne, 84, of Ravena, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, surrounded by her family.  Born Feb. 23, 1922 in Ravena, she was the daughter of the late John and Emma Pebler.  Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Clifton Winne; three daughters, Deanna, Donna and Debbie; two sons-in-law; Bernard Valentino and Tony Wolfe; a sister, Barbara Cumm; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three brothers, Jim, John and twin brother Theodore "Bud", and a sister, Teresa "Tess".

Calling hours will be 4-7 pm today at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.  Funeral services held 11 am Wednesday at the Congregational Christian Church, Ravena.  Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore,  Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Christian Church, 175 Main St., Ravena, NY 12143


November 22, 2006

DALE W. SPERRY

Red Hook--Dale W. Sperry, 63, of Germantown, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.  He was a Stationary Engineer for the NY State Department of Corrections for over 25 years, starting his career at Bedford Correctional Facility, and retiring in May 2006 from Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie.  Prior to working for NY State, he owned and operated Dale Sperry Construction Company.  Born Aug. 24, 1943 in Dover, Del., he was the son of Marion (Ackerman) Sperry of Craryville, and the late Howard Sperry.  He graduated from Roe-Jan High School.  He will be missed by his family, friends and co-workers.  Dale married Nancy L. Coon on Oct. 13, 1995 in St. John's Reformed Church in Upper Red Hook. Mrs. Sperry survives him at home.  In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter: Happy Dale Gingras of Greenville, a son, Michael Delancy of Hudson, NH, five brothers; Donald T. Sperry of Red Hook, Richard Ackerman of Cathy's Valley, CA, Robert Sperry of Ohio, Daniel Sperry of Southwick, MA; a sister; Susan Sperry of Craryville, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be private. There will be no calling hours. Cremation will be at Wiltwyck Cemetery in Kingston.  Memorial donations may be made in Dale's memory to the Lions Club in your area. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook. NY.  For directions, or to sign the on-line guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.


November 23, 2006

KENNETH E. ABRAHAMSEN

Kingston--Kenneth E. Abrahamsen, 61, of Route 32A, Palenville, died Nov. 19 at the Stratton V. A. Hospital in Albany following a long illness.  Born in Brooklyn, May 13, 1945, he was a son of the late Henry and Claire Husson Abrahamsen. He was a veteran of the US Navy. He is survived by his wife, the former Christine Celawanchik and three children, Ken, Crissy and John Abrahamsen, all of Palenville.  The family will receive friends at the Henry J. Bruck Funeral Home, 261 Broadway, Kingston, Friday from 5-8:30 pm, with services to be conducted at 8:30 pm.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.


November 23, 2006 

MILDRED R. FELLOWS

Saugerties--Mildred R. Fellows, 83, of Elm Street died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006 at the Ten Broeck Commons Nursing Home in Lake Katrine after a brief illness.  Born June 3, 1923 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Frieda Stang Rupplein.  She was a graduate of the State of New York at Plattsburgh and earned her Masters Degree from the University of Albany.  A Saugerties area resident for many years, she taught Home Economics at the Greenville Central School System from 1951-1980.  Prior to that she taught at the Hunter-Tannersville School System.  She was a member of the Saugerties Atonement Lutheran Church and served as the church organist for many years.  She was the accompanist for the Treble Choraliers and the Catskill Glee Club. She was a member of the Saugerties Garden Club and volunteered with the literacy program at the Saugerties Public Library.  She served as an assistant to the husband, Donald Fellows who was the editor of the Saugerties Post Star.  She was predeceased by her husband, Donald S. Fellows. She is survived by dear friends, Laura Palmer of Westerlo, Helen Brown of Greenville, Ging Lagman of Queens and Marilyn Brackett, Ella Bernerd and William Nichlaus all of Saugerties.

Her funeral service will be held at 2 pm Sunday at the Atonement Lutheran Church on Market Street in Saugerties.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Seamon-Wisley Funeral Home, Inc.


November 24, 2006 

DENNIS L. BURKE

Greenville--Dennis L. Burke, 62, of Greenville, formerly of Freeport, died at St. Peter's Hospice Inn on Nov. 23, 2006.  He was born in Freeport on June 16, 1944, son of Margaret (Schwan) Burke and the late LeRoy Burke. He was a former senior frame administrator for Verizon in Freeport.  He was also a former member and past captain of Hose Co. No. 1 in the Freeport Volunteer Fire Co.  Surviving are his loving wife Jeanne (Korn) Burke; his beloved children, Dennis Burke (Jennifer) of Leeds and Stephen Burke (Kristina) of Greenville; two grandchildren, Ryan and Kaylee Burke; two sisters, Diane Fell (Christopher) and Shelly Burke; and a niece, Olivia Fell.

Funeral services will be Saturday at noon at the Greenville-Norton Hill U. M. Church, Norton Hill. Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, today from 6-9 pm and on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 am prior to the service. Interment will be in Greenville Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital or to the Greenville Volunteer Fire Co.


November 25, 2006 

MARY L. ANGELELLA

Athens--Mary L. Angelella, 74, of Athens, died November 21, 2006, at the Albany Medical Center, Albany.  She was born in New York City, April 20, 1932, and was the daughter of the late Phillip and Mary LaFuria Fazio.  She has been an area resident for 10 years, also she was a communicant of St. Mary's R. C. Church, Coxsackie.  Prior to her retirement she was employed as an office manager for H. M. Hughes Construction Co. of New York City.  She was an avid reader, loved shopping and loved to show affection to her grandchildren and her family.  She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John-Sebastian Angelella of Athens; four daughters, Margaret of Athens, Susan of L.I., Maureen of Queens and Phyllis of Athens; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and many cousins.

There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday at 9 am, at St. Mary's R.C. Church, Coxsackie. The day of the Mass, everyone is asked to meet at the church.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the W. C. Brady's Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY.


November 25, 2006 

JOSEPHINE WINKLHOFER

Cairo--Josephine Winklhofer, 77, of Cairo died Nov. 23, 2006 with her family present at her residence after a two year battle with cancer.  She was born in Brooklyn on July 30, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Karl and Josephine Krines Mark.  Mrs. Winklhofer has been associated with the Cairo area since 1972. She was very active with the Cairo Golden Age Club and the Greenville Golden Years Club. She enjoyed cooking and gardening, crafts and crocheting.  She also enjoyed vacations and the trips with her husband and friends that took her all over the country and abroad.  She was a parishioner of the Sacred Heart Church in Cairo.  Survivors include her loving husband of 54 years, Henry Winklhofer of Cairo, daughters, Karen Perkins and husband Rick of Maryland and Pamela O'Reilly of Freehold; three grandchildren, Christine and Henry O'Reilly and Stanley Perkins; sister, Rosemarie Gravina of Huntington; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Relatives and friends may call at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo on Saturday from 7-9 pm and Sunday from 2-4  and 7-9 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 am at Sacred Heart Church, Cairo.  Interment will follow in the family plot of the Cairo Cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the Columbia Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534; The Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414; or the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons Street, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY  13057.


November 26, 2006 

VINCENT GERMANI

Westerlo--Vincent A. Geramni, 60, of Westerlo, died suddenly at his home on Nov. 22, 2006.  He was born in New York City on April 11, 1946, the son of  the late Vincent and Lucy Robasco Germani.  He had been an equipment coordinator for the Albany County DPW in Voorheesville.  He enjoyed his work, was an avid NASCAR fan and collected NASCAR and Lionel memorabilia. He also enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  Surviving is his mother, Lucy Germani; wife, Josephine Germani; children, Vincent Germani (Ruthie) of Westerlo, David Germani (Sara) of Westerlo, Stephanie Audino (Keith) of Berne and Jennifer Gibbs (Brian) of Berne; nine grandchildren; brother, Gene Germani; sister, Hilda Gerhard (Glenn); nephew, Matthew; and niece, Christina.

Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 am at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am Monday at the St. John the Baptist Church. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 2-7 pm.  Interment will be in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.


November 27, 2006

JENNIE FINN

Rennselaer--Jennie A. Finn, 77, of Rennselaer, formerly of Hudson ( and also Resurrection Nursing Home in Castleton for the past 12 years--[added from Tuesday paper] ) , died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at St. Peter's Hospice. Born Dec. 25, 1928 in Hudson, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Laura Sebulski Martin.  She was a 1948 graduate of Hudson High School and also attended St. Mary's Academy.  Mrs. Finn moved out of the Hudson area in 1948 and was employed by the Dept. of Agriculture in Colonie prior to her retirement.  She enjpyed playing Bingo and poker, traveling and gardening, and was an avid Elvis fan.  Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Henry Finn- of Los Vagas, Nev. and Joseph and Carol Finn of East Greenbush; a daughter, Hazel Gilchrest of Watervliet; five grandchildren and their wives, Eric and Sherie, Angela and Chris, Noelle and Damian and Anthony and Henry;  Four great-grandchildren; and special cousin and friend.  She was predeceased by her husband Henry Finn.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 pm Tuesday at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 am Wednesday at st. Mary's Church in Hudson.  Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson next to her late husband.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or the Alzheimers Assoc. of the Capital District Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206-2083.


November 27, 2006

JUDITH GREENE

Coxsackie--Judith D. Greene, 56, of Lawrence Avenue, Coxsackie, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at her residence after a long illness.  Born April 15, 1950 in Mt. Vernon, Westchester County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Hariett Widry Honig.  She had been a Coxsackie resident for the past five years and was an avid QVC shopper.  Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Greene of Coxsackie; a son, Jeffrey Margan of Stillwater, Saratoga County; two daughters, Kelly Kiley of Guilderland and Amy Phillips of Stillwater; a brother, Donald Honig of Hudson; and five grandchildren.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematory in Menands.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Brady Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St. Coxsackie.


November 27, 2006 

NANCY J. McOWEN

Florida--Nancy  J. McOwen, 61, of Summerland Key, FL, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at the Lower Key Medical Center in Key West, FL.  Born June 6, 1945 in Manchester, NH, she was the daughter of the late James A. Warren and Marcia Simmons Warren.  She attended the Kenwood Academy and Garland Jr. College in Boston.  Mrs. McOwen moved away from Coxsackie 35 years ago.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed flowers and the ocean.  Survivors include her husband, Avery McOwen; a son and daughter-in-law, Arthur W. and Alison Grant; two daughters and a son-in-law, Marcia Grant Diffley and John Diffley and Jennifer Grant; a sister Regina McGrath; a brother and sister-in-law, James M. and Sharleen Warren; and four grandchildren, Jacqueline, Nicole and Kate Diffley and Madeline Grant.

Calling hours will be 5-8 pm Wednesday at the W. C. Brady Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 am Thursday at the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Coxsackie with the Rev. John Moyna officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hermance Memorial Library, 1 Ely St., Coxsackie, NY 12051.


November 28, 2006

CATHERINE FRIULI

Catskill--Mrs. Catherine Margaret Frecentese Friuli, 81, former Brooklyn and Catskill resident, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.  Born Feb. 8, 1925 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Concetta Oresto Frecentese.  Survivors include two daughters, Elena Saxe and Connie Melone of Kiskatom; a brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Adelaide Frecentese of Massachusetts; and five grandchildren, Paul and Phillip Saxe, Catherine Melone, Ann Saxe and Jessica Melone.  She was predeceased by her husband, Cactano A. Friuli, on Dec. 11, 1992; a brother, Felix Frecentese; a sister Theresa Accardi; and a niece.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Thursday at Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  A funeral service will be held 8 to 9 am Friday at the funeral home, followed by a 9:30 Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Catskill, with the Rev. James E. Clark officiating.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens County.


November 28, 2006

BETTY M. NILSEN

Saugerties--Betty M. Nilsen, 77, of Russell Street, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006 at her residence after a brief illness.  Born Jan. 7, 1929 in Saugerties, she was the daughter of the late John and Jennie Johnson McCarthy. A lifelong area resident, she was born and raised in the home in which she died.  Mrs. Nilsen was employed for more than 18 years with the New York Telephone Company as a supervisor.  Survivors include one son, Randy Nilsen of Saugerties; one daughter, Debra Ennis of West Camp; one sister, Helen Kime of Saugerties; one brother, Harry McCarthy of Saugerties; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grand nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, William, in 1990.

A funeral service will be held 10 am Thursday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, with the Rev. Jeffrey Rurczyn, pastor of the Trinity Episcopal Church, officiating.


November 28, 2006

HERBERT A. STIEFEL

South Miami, FL--Herbert A. Stiefel, 79, died Wednesday Nov. 22, 2006 at South Miami Hospital in South Miami, FL of complications associated with leukemia.  Born Jan 25, 1927 in Montclair, NJ, he was the son of August C. and Lilli Koch Stiefel, both originally of Offenback, Germany.  He graduated from Middleburg Central High School and attended Yale University.  He was later awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bradford, England.  During his 62 year career with Stiefel Laboratories Inc. as a leading executive in the field of dermatology, Mr. Stiefel helped the family firm grow into the world's largest independent pharmaceutical company specializing in dermatology.  As president of Stiefel's international division throughout most of his career, he was responsible for all of the company's operations and growth outside the United States. He lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United States during his tenure at Stiefel, which today employs more than 3,ooo people across 30 countries and sells its products in nearly 100 nations. He retired from the company in March 2006.  Mr. Stiefel was a longtime member  of the Catskill Flee Club and a charter member of the Yankee Male Chorus, a choral group which has toured New England annually since 1951.  Earlier this year, the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania announced that its planned dermatology wing, currently under construction, will be named in his honor.  Survivors include five daughters, Barbara, Catherine, Mary, Christine and Linda; and three grandchildren, Erik Schmollinger, Lile Stiefel and Warren Stiefel.

Calling hours will be 3-7 pm Wednesday at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.  A family-only burial will take place Thursday.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.


November 29, 2006

PETER J. FISHER Jr.

Rockledge, FL.--Peter James Fischer Jr., 81, a native of Catskill, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at Huntington Place Rehab Center in Rockledge, FL.  He was the son of the late Peter J. Fischer Sr. and Emilie Breltenberger Fischer.  He served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.  Mr. Fischer retired from IBM as a purchasing agent after more than 30 years of service.  He had lived in the Rockledge area since 1990 and enjoyed playing golf and boating.  Survivors include a son, Craig Fischer of Washington; and a daughter Wendy Fischer of California.  He was predeceased by his wife, C. Jean Page Fischer.

A committal service will be held 1 pm Thursday in the Catskill Rural Cemetery with the Rev. Diane Freeman, rector of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church, officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.  To post a message of Condolence, visit www.millspaughcamerato.com.


November 29, 2006

JOHN T. GODBEY

Rosendale--John T. Godbey, 85, of Josephine Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.  Born Aug. 23, 1921 in Humphrey, KY, he was the son of the late Jacob and Artie Durham Godbey.  A veteran of World War II, he served in the US Army and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal.  Mr. Godbey was employed for more than 15 years at the Benedictine Hospital as an engineer in the heating and air conditioning area.  Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth Warnecke; three sons, Bart J. of Kingston, David T. of Wilton and Kevin L. Godbey of New Paltz; two brothers, Thomas of Kentucky and William Godbey of Ohio; Two sisters, Anne Sims and Irene Eoff, both of Kentucky; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Jefferson Godbey. 

A funeral service will be held 10 am Friday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets.  Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post No. 72, will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.


November 29, 2006 

WILLIAM A. ROBINSON

Saugerties--William A. Robinson, 58, of Prospect Street, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Samuel S. Stratton Veteran's Medical Center Hospital, Albany.  Born May 17, 1948 in Saugerties, he was the son of the late William and Helen Buytkins Robinson.  A lifetime area resident, he was a graduate of Saugerties High School, where he played varsity basketball.  After graduation he entered the US army and served in Vietnam. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.  Mr. Robinson was employed by the United Postal Service in the city of Kingston for more than 20 years.  He was active in sports including the Dodgers in the Saugerties Little League, the Saugerties Babe Ruth League, the Saugerties American Legion and the Dutchman Baseball Teams in Saugerties.  Mr. Robinson was a member of the Saugerties American Legion Post #72 and the Sports Committee at the Saugerties American Legion Post #72.  Survivors include his wife, the former Karen Whitney, with whom he recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.; one son, Paul A. Robinson of Winston-Salem, NC; one daughter, Renee M. Lindhorst of Saugerties; one sister, Vivian Van of Wisconsin; mother-in-law, Rita Whitney of Saugerties; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Cheryl Wilson and Barbara Sperl.

A funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets.  Interment with military honors by the Saugerties American Legion Post #72, will be held in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


November 30, 2006 

EDITH VIOLA BUSHEY

Coxsackie--Edith Viola Bushey, 84, of Martin's Trailer Park, Route 9W, Coxsackie, died Nov. 28, 2006, at her residence, after a long illness.  She was born in Malone, Dec. 18, 1921, and was the daughter of Nelson and Georgiana (Russel) Mainville.  Edith resided in Selkirk for 20 years and also resided in Coxsackie for 20 years.  She is a graduate of Franklin County High School in Malone.  She is also an avid reader. She is survived by her son, Donald Bushey, Sr.; a daughter, Barbara Snyder, both of Coxsackie; a brother, Joseph and his wife Barbara Mainville of Malone; three sisters, Hazel and husband Desmond Quinville, Rubena and husband Mose Marlow and Geraldine Allen, all of Malone; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at the W. C. Brady's Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, with the Rev. John Moyna, pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ravena.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for your convenience.


November 30, 2006

THERESA GREANEY

Catskill--Theresa "Terry" Greaney, 54, of Albany died at her residence on Nov. 28, 2006.  She was born in the Bronx on May 30, 1952, the daughter of John M. and the late Dorothy Howard Greaney.  She was employed as a licensed practical nurse at the Teresian Home in Albany.  She is survived by her father, John M. Greaney, Esq. of California; a daughter, Rebecca Anne Valls; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Gavin Valls of California; 10 siblings, John, Mike, Joe, Matthew, Eddie, Ann, Maureen, Dorothy, Margaret and Rita;  and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy Greaney; her son, William Greaney on Aug 22, 2003; and two brothers, William Greaney on Aug 22, 2005 and Christopher J. Greaney on Jan 19, 2006.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Dec. 1 at 9:30 am at st. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. James E. Clark, pastor, officiating.  Private cremation will follow in the Albany Rural Crematorium.  Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home today from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.


November 30, 2006

RONALD J. HARING

Hunter--Ronald J. Haring, 72, of Spruceton, Westkill, died on Nov. 22, 2006 at his residence.  He was born Feb. 16, 1934, son of the late Harold and Mary Wiltzman Haring in Brooklyn.  Mr. Haring was employed as a supervisor for New York Telephone in New York City before retiring.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved nature.  Survivors include two sons, Thomas Haring of Lindenhurst and Christopher Haring of Massapequa Park; two daughters, Diane Morea of Freeport and Susan Woods of Chesterfield, VA, one brother, Stuart Haring of Kew Gardens; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a beloved friend, Mary Gilson.

Calling hours and funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 25, at 11 am at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, 7742 Main St. Hunter.  Officiating was the Rev. Robert Cook. Interment followed in the Spruceton Cemetery, Westkill.


November 30, 2006

GEORGE E. KERN

Selkirk--George E. Kern, 75, died Nov. 28, 2006 at home surrounded by his family.  Born in Jersey City, on May 13, 1931, he was the son of the late George Kern and Johanna and Frank DeAngelis.  He moved to Greene County in the early 1970's.  George served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post No. 7729 in Oak Hill.  In 1987 he retired from the New York State Department of Transportation in Cairo.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family.  Survivors include his wife, Helen E. Kern; two daughters, Denise Haxton and husband Charles and their children, John, Lauren and Marcus, and Nancy Kern-Mayone and husband Mark; sons, George Kern and his son Trevor, Donald Kern and his wife Michelle and children Donald, Kacey and Brianna, Richard Kern and his wife Mary and children Kelly, Richard, Shannon and Michael, Gary Kern and his wife Susan and children Nicole and Gary; daughter in-law, Valerie and children Jamie, Keith, Ashley Briann and Jordan; great-grandchildren, Abby, Taylor, Madison and Carter;  sister, Betty Connolly and husband Tim and sons Robert and Scott;  and many nieces and nephews and friends.  He was predeceased by his sons Keith and Ronald Kern.

Funeral services will be held 10 am Friday at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.  Interment will follow in Winston Cemetery, East Durham.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4-8 pm.  In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance or a charity of your choice.


November 30, 2006

C. BURTON MATTICE

Greenville--C. Burton Mattice of Oak Hill died at Nyack Hospital in Nyack on Nov. 28, 2006.  He was born in Roxbury on March 31, 1923, son of the late Charles R. and Mary A. Mackey Mattice.  Burt served in the US  Army during World War II serving in Burma and the East Indies, and received the Asiatic Pacific Service Star and WWII Victory Medal.  He was a self-taught electrical contractor for more than 45 years. He did electrical work for the Greene County Youth Fair for several years, was a member of the Catskill Mt. Electrical League and served on the Greene County Board of Electrical Examiners.  He was also a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspector's.  Active in the community, he was a life member and past chief of the Oak Hill-Durham Volunteer Fire Co., a former caretaker of the Oak Hill Cemetery and a Republican committeeman for the Town of Durham.  Surviving are his wife, Norma Barlow Mattice; Daughter Jodi Morollo and husband Mark, stepchildren, Christine and Stephanie Morollo; two brothers, Clifford Mattice and wife Nancy, Elton Mattice;  four sisters, Dorothy Johns, Freda McCumber and husband Herbert, Leona Alexander and husband Bill and Leta Hyers and husband Don; and several nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by two sisters, Alice Mattice and Mary Butler.

The fire company, American Legion and VFW will conduct services at the funeral home starting at 2 pm followed by a funeral service with the Rev. Reay Mahler officiating. There will be no calling hours.  Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Greene County Youth Fair fund or to the Durham Valley Post No. 1416 American Legion.


November 30, 2006

ALMA SIMEK

Athens--Alma Simek, 96, formerly of Athens, died Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Kaaterskill Care Skilled Nursing and Rehab where she had been a patient since Aug. 26, 2002.  Mrs. Simek was born on Sept. 18, 1910 in Brooklyn to the late Herman and Augusta Hitch Steffans.  She was a certified beautician and worked in a beauty salon in Brooklyn prior to moving to the Catskill area in 1947.  She and her husband Emil were world travelers. Besides residing in West Athens and Fort White, FL., they also lived in a house adjacent to the American Embassy in Saigon for three years. During this time Mr. Simek worked for the US Government on a "Special Communications Project,"  For over 30 years Mrs. Simek was an active member and chairwoman of the Athens Happy Homemakers Bureau. Alma also served as president of the West Athens-Limestreet Fire Co. Auxiliary. At the 1955 Syracuse State Fair, Alma was awarded a citation by Mrs. Averill Harriman for Outstanding Community Service.  Mrs. Simek is survived by 10 nieces and nephews as well as many great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Emil Simek on June 2, 1978 and her three sisters, Helen Rath of South Cairo, Katherine Bush of Garden City and Elsie Hugel of Riveredge, NJ.

A Committal Service will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, at 2 pm in the Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village with the Rev. Robert Sonnenberg officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.  Please visit www.millspaughcamerato.com to print a copy of the obituary and post an on-line condolence.


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