Obituaries from the Daily Mail
October 2007

Transcribed by Carol Golden


October 1, 2007  

FREDERICK D. DEDRICK
Former Catskill Town Highway employee  

Franklin D. Dedrick (Frank), age 73 yrs, of Earlton, died 9/29/2007, at his residence after a long illness.  He was born in Athens NY 3/11/34.  

Funeral svcs. Wed 10/3/07, 11 AM at the Richards F.H., 29 Bross St . , Cairo , with Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church , Cairo , officiating. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery next to his later wife Anna (Miller) Dedrick who predeceased him in 2001.  

Frank was a veteran of Vietnam , serving with the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the Royal Order of Nut Busters, Catskill Fire Dept., Fire Police, Catskill Town Planning Board & Green County Promotion Dept. prior to his retirement.  

He was an employee of the Catskill Town Highway Dept.  

He is survived by his children, Mrs. Joseph (Zenna Beltrone) Flanagan of Catskill, Peter and wife Melody (Becker) Beltrone of Earlton, Frank Dedrick of Woodstock; grandchildren, Michael Hawksby and Zachary Flanagan; great-grandchildren, Nixon Hawksby; and nieces and nephews.  

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the funeral home Tues. 2-4 & 6-8 PM.


October 1, 2007

PHILLIP W. FOY
Licensed airplane pilot

Phillip W. Foy, 58 yrs of Rte 23B, Leeds , died 9/29/07 surrounded by his loving family at his residence after a long illness.

Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Tues. Oct. 2, 2007 at his residence; all are invited to attend.

He has been an area resident for the last 22 years.  He was a licensed airplane pilot and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors are wife wife of 25 yrs. Therese A. (O’Neil) Foy of Leeds; a daughter, Patricia; two sons, Robert and Scott; sister, Ella Mengal; brother, Edward Foy; and five grandchildren.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium, Menands,

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Richards F. H., 29 Bross St . , Cairo .


October 1, 2007

ESTELLA GEER
 

Mrs. Estella Durr Early Geer, 88 of 14 York St. , Catskill, died Sunday, September 23, 2007 in Hudson .  

Survived by children, Norris Early of Earlton, Ogilvia Arnold of  Tennessee, Christine Early of Catskill and Hans Early of Aurburn; sister of LaValle Mootry, Lucille Durr, William Durr, Eva Booze, Dixie Taylor; 14 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.   

Funeral services are 2:00 PM Saturday, October 6 at United Methodist Church , Catskill.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.  


October 2, 2007  

JAMES S. CIPOLLA
W.W.II veteran  

COXSACKIE – James S. Cipolla, 84, of Bethany Village , Coxsackie, formerly of Yonkers , died Sept. 28, 2007, at his residence.  

He was born in Yonkers , Nov. 15, 1922, and was the son of the late Salvatore and Marie (Gilbert) Cipolla.  

Mass if Christian Burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Park Hill Ave. , Yonkers .  Interment will take place in the Mt. Hope Cemetery , Hastings on Hudson .  

He is formerly of Linden Street , and moved to Coxsackie two years ago.  He was employed by the city of Yonkers for 20 years.  He loved fishing. He was a veteran in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.  

He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Jennie, on July 28, 2002.  

He is survived by two sons, Salvatore of Texas and James of California; three daughters, Geraldine Cipola of Connecticut, Donna Freeman of Connecticut and Annette DeLuccy of Coxsackie; a brother, Joseph of Greenville; a sister , Catherine Maresca of New Jersey; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  

Besides his parents and his wife, he is predeceased by two grandchildren, Michael Anthony and Donna Marie.   

Contributions in his memory may be made to community Hospice, 47 Liberty st., Catskill , NY 12414 .  


October 2, 2007  

DIANE ‘COOKIE’ KOWALSKY
Manager  

GREENVILLE – Diane “Cookie” Kowalsky, 62 years, of Greenville passed away Sept. 30, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany .  She was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 4, 1945, daughter of the late John and Josephine (Weiland) Kowalsky.  Cookie was the manager of the Cumberland Farms Store in Greenville for 10 years until her retirement due to illness.  She was the devoted companion, for 40 years, of Pat (Pasquale) Fevola.  She worked with Pat at Pat’s Italian Restaurant in Greenville .  Cookie loved her cats, Mutt and Jeff. She will be missed by all who knew her.  

Surviving are her companion Pat (Pasquale) Fevola of Greenville; a sister, Patricia Sleling of Palm Harbor , Fla. and a brother, John Kowalsky of Maspeth.  

Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery .  


October 2, 2007

LILA LOHR SILVERMAN
Legal secretary  

CATSKILL – Lila Lohr Silverman, 85, formerly of Catskill, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at her home in Ferndale , Wash.  

Lila was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 15, 1922 to the late William and Clara Marie Weber Lohr.  Following World War II, the family to the area where they purchased the White Farm in Freehold.  Lila worked for attorney Alex Wiltse for many years as his legal secretary and upon his death, the casket company on Maine Street in Catskill owed by Jan Headley.  In the late 1960s the family moved to California and upon the death of her parents she moved to Seattle , Wash. , where she met and married her husband Samuel Silverman.  

Funeral services will be held today at the Moles Funeral Home, in Ferndale , Wash.  

On Thursday, Oct. 4, friends and relatives may call at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill at 10 a.m. prior to the funeral services at 11 a.m. with interment following in the town of Catskill cemetery. Electronic condolences may be posted at www.millspaughcamerato.com.  

Lila is survived by her husband, Samuel Silverman of Ferndale , Wash. , and three stepchildren: Penny, Dan and Rick Silverman; three nephews and niece: Hal, Greg, Noel, and Penny Lohr; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and step-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by three brothers: William F. Lohr, Edward Lohr, Harold Lohr and sister Ruth Faust as well as their parents William and Clara Lohr.  


October 3, 2007  

LISA FARNHAM
Homemaker  

PRESTON HOLLOW – Lisa Farnham, 42, of Preston Hollow, passed away suddenly at her home on Sept. 20, 2007.  

She was born in Albany on Jan. 28, 1965, daughter of Thurman and Lois Gile.  

A homemaker, she loved doing arts and crafts and was a loving mother and grandmother.  

Surviving are her mother, Lois Gile; companion, Frank Mitchell; children, Toshua Mazal, Brian and Ryan Farnham, Julie and Tiffany Rivera; grandchildren, Gavin and Aidan Mazal; brothers and sisters, Roe, Tammie, Barbara, Denise, T.J., Bethany, Rosemary, Charlie and Paula.  

She was predeceased by a son, Jacob Farnham and brother, Vinny Gile.  

Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville .

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. prior to the service.


October 4, 2007

ALICE KNOTH
Loving mother  

ATHENS –Alice Knoth, 87, of Athens , passed away on Oct. 2, 2007, at Eden Park Health Care Center, Catskill, surrounded by loving family, friends and staff.  

Alice was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Pawtucket , R.I.  

She raised her family in Hunter and later moved to Glenmont until being welcomed with love into the home of her daughter and husband in Athens .  

She will best be remembered for her love of singing, jewelry and looking her best for every occasion.  

Funeral services will be on Friday at noon at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St. , Athens , with Sister Mary Mazza officiating.  

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the celebration of life.  

Interment will be in the Athens Rural Cemetery .  

Alice is survived by a daughter Jane and husband Richard Keer Jr. of Athens , with whom she lived for many years; a son, Richard Knoth and wife Carol; two grandsons, Cory and Richard and one great grandson Joshua.  

She will fondly be remembered by the Reynolds family to whom she was a nanny for 10 children.  In 1999 she was happily reunited with the children after a 50-year separation.  

Alice loved the family collie, Ben, so contributions in her memory may be made to support the future dog park in the Village of Athens , C/O Athens Village Board, Two First Street , Athens , N.Y. 12015 .


October 5, 2007

ALICE KNOTH
Loving mother

ATHENS –Alice Knoth, 87, of Athens , passed away on Oct. 2, 2007, at Eden Park Health Care Center, Catskill, surrounded by loving family, friends and staff.

Alice was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Pawtucket , R.I.

She raised her family in Hunter and later moved to Glenmont until being welcomed with love into the home of her daughter and husband in Athens .

She will best be remembered for her love of singing, jewelry and looking her best for every occasion.

Funeral services are today at noon at Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St. , Athens , with Sister Mary Mazza officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the celebration of life.

Interment will be in the Athens Rural Cemetery .

Alice is survived by a daughter Jane and husband Richard Kerr Jr. of Athens , with whom she lived for many years; a son, Richard Knoth and wife Carol; two grandsons, Cory and Richard and one great grandson Joshua.

She will fondly be remembered by the Reynolds family to whom she was a nanny for 10 children.  In 1999 she was happily reunited with the children after a 50-year separation.

Alice loved the family collie, Ben, so contributions in her memory may be made to support the future dog park in the Village of Athens , C/O Athens Village Board, Two First Street , Athens , N.Y. 12015 .


October 5, 2007

MILDRED A. MCMURRY
Executive secretary

HANNACROIX – Mildred A. McMurry, 82, of Hannacroix died peacefully in her presence of her daughter in the presence of her daughter and granddaughter at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, joining her husband John Dewey McMurry, who died Sept. 25, 2007, in the presence of the Lord.  

Born Jan, 23, 1925 in North Hempstead , L.I., she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Helen (Knapka) Pozar.  She was married to John Dewey McMurray.  

She was an executive secretary for Carl Nissof, Esq., and Michael DuBrinn, Esq. at the New York State Teachers Retirement System in Albany , prior to her retirement.  

Mildred was a former president of the Coxsackie Garden Club, a graduate of the Mildred Elly Secretarial School , a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Medway-Grapeville Fire Company and a devout communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie where she served Father Paul Tartaglia as his secretary.  

Among her favorite pastimes was her gardening.  She enjoyed working in her gardens and horticultural interests.  

She is survived by her loving daughter Cassandra Lee Channing, her grandchildren Cassandra Lynn Hughes of Saratoga Springs , Charles John Long and great grandchildren Olivia Lynn Hughes and Carter John Long.  

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call 5-8 p.m. today at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes, 4898 Route 81, Greenville .  Mass of Christian burial will celebrated for both John Dewey and Mildred A. McMurry 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 at St. Mary’s Church, Mansion Street , Coxsackie, by Rev. Father Paul Tartaglia.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The morning of the funeral, all are invited to gather at St. Mary’s.  

The family suggests memorial donation in Mildred and John’s memory be made to the Town of Coxsackie Ambulance, Town of Catskill Ambulance or Diabetes Foundation.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, Greenville .


 October 6, 2007  

IRENE FRANCIS
Volunteer  

ATHENS – Irene Francis, 87, of 33 Third St . , Athens , died Oct. 4, 2007, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital , Hudson .  She was a former resident of Katerskill Care Catskill.

She was born Sept. 29, 1920, in South Cairo, and was the daughter of the late Nelson and Henrietta ( Georgina ) Rouse.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St . , Athens , with Rev. Bruce K. Benander, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church in Athens, officiating.

Interment will take place next to her late husband Kenneth, who predeceased her on March 6, 1983, in the Old Athens Rural Cemetery .

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church , the Rivertown Senior Citizens and the Athens Senior Citizens.  She was an area resident of Athens since 1959 and she loved to read and play Bingo. She also volunteered at the Greene County Memorial Hospital and Kaaterskill Care in Catskill.

She is survived by her daughter Lois Krieg and son-in-law Harry Charles of South Cairo, also two grandchildren Herbert Krieg of Cairo, and Kenneth Krieg and wife Betty-Anne of Athens, four great-grandchildren Christopher Krieg of South Cairo, Gregory Krieg of Greenville, South Carolina, Kenny Krieg Jr., of Athens and Crystal Berger of Catskill, also many nieces and nephews.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Athens Senior Citizens.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St . , Athens , on Monday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.


October 7, 2007  

SCHERRELL SCHAEFER
Businesswoman

SAUGERTIES – Scherrell Schaefer died Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Kingston Hospital .  She was 75 years old.

She was born August 31, 1932 in Catskill, the daughter of William and Alma Pierce Smith.  Her Husband, Henry “Bunny” Schaefer, died May 3, 1998.

She was the co-proprietor of Wynne’s Sales & Service in Saugerties.  She was also a licensed Insurance Broker.   She was an avid Post Card Collector and had done several shows for the Saugerties Historical Society.  

She is survived by several cousins including, Jerry Pierce of Hunter, NY, Wayne Pierce of Tannersville, NY, Jess Pierce of Hunter, NY, Marilyn Stanton of DeFuniak Springs, FL., Eileen Mank of Athens, NY, and Duane Sikes of Jacksonville, FL.  

Funeral services will be held 10 AM Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at Buono Funeral Service, Inc., Main Street Chapel, Saugerties, NY.  Rev. Edward Schreiber, Pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Saugerties will officiate.  Interment will immediately follow in Evergreen Cemetery , Tannersville , NY .  Friends may call Monday 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 7:00 until 9 PM at Bunono Funeral Service, Inc. Please offer condolences at www.bunofuneralservice.com


October 9, 2007   

MICHAEL F. TOAL
Retired  NYC  Police Lt.  

WINDHAM – Michael F. Toal, 82, formerly of Hensonville, died on Oct. 7, 2007, at the Kaaterskill Long Term Care Facility.  He was born on Dec. 3, 1924 the son of Thomas and Mary (nee McGivney) Toal in Brooklyn .   

Michael was a retired New York City Police lieutenant serving 37 years.  He served 19 years as a mounted officer.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Texas Division, 36th Division of the 141st Regiment.  He also was a former prisoner of war.  

Mike was predeceased by his wife Genevieve (nee Kennedy) Toal, his sister Eileen Gaeger and brothers Thomas and Peter Toal.  He is survived by his children Michael A. Toal, Mariellen Pietri, Brian J. Toal, and Genevieve K. and son-in-law John Meagher, his grandchildren Christopher and Gabriella Pietri and his brother Joseph.  

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 at the Decker Funeral Home, Windham from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Calling hours will also be held at Marine Park Funeral Home, Brooklyn on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 at St. Thomas Aquinas RC Church.  Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery , Middle Village , Queens .  

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the POW/MIA Veterans Association in Mike’s memory.


October 9, 2007  

ETH EL I. VAN WORMER
Devoted wife and mother

NEW BALTIMORE – Ethel I. Van Wormer, 91, entered eternal life Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 at her residence.  Ethel was born and lived all her life in New Baltimore.  She was the daughter of the late Luke and Grace Houghton Williams.

Ethel enjoyed reading, watching birds and watching the boats on the river.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald (Donna) Van Wormer, Dennis Van Wormer, Gary (Elaina) Van Wormer and Raymond Van Wormer Jr.; a brother, Francis (Daryl) Williams; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Ethel was predeceased by her sister Marian Seeberger and brother, David and Herb Williams.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery , New Baltimore.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.  Contributions in memory of Ethel may be made to New Baltimore First Responders, Ravena Rescue Squad, Community Hospice of Albany or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.


October 10, 2007  

ETHEL I. VAN WORMER
Devoted wife and mother

NEW BALTIMORE – Ethel I. Van Wormer, 91, entered eternal life Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 at her residence.  Ethel was born and lived all her life in New Baltimore.  She was the daughter of the late Luke and Grace Houghton Williams.

Ethel enjoyed reading, watching birds and watching the boats on the river.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald (Donna) Van Wormer, Dennis Van Wormer, Gary (Elaina) Van Wormer and Raymond Van Wormer Jr.; a brother, Francis (Daryl) Williams; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Ethel was predeceased by her sister Marian Seeberger and brother, David and Herb Williams.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery , New Baltimore.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.  Contributions in memory of Ethel may be made to New Baltimore First Responders, Ravena Rescue Squad, Community Hospice of Albany or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.


October 11, 2007  

BRUCE P. DUNCAN
Arrangements incomplete  

GREENVILLE – Bruce P. Duncan, 42, of West Palm Beach , Fla. , formerly of Windham , passed away suddenly in Florida on Oct. 9, 2007.  Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville , are incomplete.


October 11, 2007  

JOHN F. KROPP
NYC Draftsman  

GREENVILLE – John F. Kropp, 66, a resident of De Paul House in Albany , passed away in his sleep on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007. John was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa. , on Sept. 1, 1941, son of the late Edward J. and Mary (O’Neill) Kropp.  He grew up in Brooklyn and worked as a draftsman for the City of New York . John moved to the Albany area in 1976 and has resided at De Paul House for the past 15 years. John was a devoted brother and uncle and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  

Surviving are his sister Eileen Volmar (Eberhard) of Greenville ( Hannacroix , N.Y. 12087 ), a nephew, Keith Volmar of Chapel Hill , N.C. , three nieces, Karen (Kirby) Volmar of State College, Pa., Kerry Houlihan (Michael) of Tarrytown and Kirstin (Kevin) Dougherty of Washington, D.C., and a grandniece, Isabel Kirby of State College , Pa.  

A memorial service will be held at a future date at the convenience of the family.  All arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville .  

Those who wish may contribute in John’s memory to Catholic Charities, 40 No. Main Ave. , Albany , N.Y. 12203 .


October 11, 2007  

ANITA M. RICCI
Airplane spotter  

CAIRO – Anita M. Ricci, 46, formerly of Cairo , died Oct. 9, 2007 at Kaaterskill Care Nursing Home, Catskill, where she had been a resident since Aug. 26, 1992, after long illness.

She was born in Catskill June 28, 1961, and was the daughter of the late William A. and Helen S.  (Sutter) Ricci.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Church , Cairo , with Rev. Fr. Schiffer, the celebrant.

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

Anita was a lifetime resident of Cairo , also a member of the First Baptist Church of Catskill, a communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Cairo; she loved to do crafts, cook and adored her family.

She was a plane spotter for the American government in which the tower was located on the Sacred Heart Church , Cairo , grounds. (This information appears incorrect according a 3rd obituary that appeared on October 12,)

She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School and also attended the College of St. Rose , Albany .

She is survived by two sons, Matthew and Daniel Miller of Round Top; daughter, Kelly Miller of Round Top; two brothers, Peter Ricci and wife Jane of Round Top, and David Ricci of East Durham; sister, Mrs. Richard (Tina)  Oetinger of Catskill; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at The Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St ., Cairo, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Patient’s Activity Fund, c/o Kaaterskill Care, 161 Jefferson Heights , Catskill , NY 12414 .


October 12, 2007  

BRUCE P. DUNCAN
Fisherman and golfer  

GREENVILLE – Bruce P. Duncan, 47, of West Palm Beach , Fla. , formerly of Windham , died suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 in St Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach , Fla.   He was born in Catskill on July 22, 1960, son of Marilyn J. Zimmer and the late Keith Duncan.  Bruce was a 1978 graduate of Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central High School and he worked in construction, building homes in the Windham area before moving to Florida in 1983.  He also worked in construction there.  He loved to play golf and fish.  Besides his father, John was predeceased by a brother, Jeffrey S. Duncan.  

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Marilyn and Robert Zimmer of Durham ; three brothers, Kevin Duncan, Gary Duncan (Kathy), Kerwin B. Duncan (Michelle); two sisters, Karen M. Martin and Cindy Lee Dingee (Robert); several nephews and nieces and his dear friend Maura Murphy, who the family wishes to thank for her concern and help.

A graveside service will be Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery , Ashland .  

Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville .  


October 12, 2007  

ANITA M. (RICCI) MILLER
Loving mother

CAIRO – Anita M. (Ricci) Miller, 46, formerly of Cairo , died Oct. 9, 2007 at Kaaterskill Care Nursing Home, Catskill.

She was born in Catskill June 28, 1961, and was the daughter of the late William A. and Helen S. (Sutter) Ricci.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Church , Cairo , with Rev. Fr. Schiffer, the Celebrant.

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

Anita was a lifetime resident of Cairo , and a member of the First Baptist Church of Catskill. She loved to do crafts, cook and adored her family.

She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School and also attended the College of St. Rose , Albany .  

She is survived by two sons, Matthew and Daniel Miller of Round Top; and a daughter, Kelly Miller of Catskill, who will miss her very dearly and she will remain in their hearts forever.  

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at The Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St . , Cairo, on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  (This is 2nd of three obituaries for Anita)


Oct 12, 2007  

ANITA M. RICCI
Adored her family

CAIRO – Anita M. Ricci, 46, , formerly of Cairo , died Oct. 9, 2007 at Kaaterskill Care Nursing Home, Catskill, where she had been a resident since Aug. 26, 1992, after long illness.

She was born in Catskill June 28, 1961, and was the daughter of the late William A. and Helen S.(Sutter) Ricci.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Church , Cairo , with Rev. Fr. Schiffer, the Celebrant.

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

Anita was a lifetime resident of Cairo , also a member of the First Baptist Church of Catskill, a communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Cairo; she loved to do crafts, cook and adored her family.

During World War II her mother was a plane spotter for the American government in which the tower was located on the Sacred Heart Church , Cairo , grounds.

She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School and also attended the College of St. Rose , Albany .

She is survived by two sons, Matthew and Daniel Miller of Round Top; daughter, Kelly Miller of Round Top; two brothers, Peter Ricci and wife Jane of Round Top, and David Ricci of East Durham; sister, Mrs. Richard (Tina)  Oetinger of Catskill; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at The Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St ., Cairo, on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Patient’s Activity Fund, c/o Kaaterskill Care, 161 Jefferson Heights , Catskill , NY 12414 . (Third of three obituaries ran for Anita Miller)


October 13, 2007

LLOYD F. McPHERSON

CATSKILL – Lloyd F. McPherson, 66, of Catskill, died October 11, 2007.

He was the husband of Cynthia McPherson; father of Floyd McPherson, Gregory McPherson, William Brandow, Carla McPherson, Yvonne McPherson, Marvelyn McCarthy, Aretha Brandow; grandchildren Quintin Picardi and Tayea Jones and numerous others.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, followed by a noon funeral at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights , Catskill.


 October 14, 2007

 ROBERT A. PORTER  

Robert A. Porter, age 71 years of Coxsackie, died Oct. 12, 2007 at his residence.  

Calling hours will be 2-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street , Coxsackie.  

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Bethel AME Church , Mansion Street , Coxsackie.  Burial will be in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery , Coxsackie. A full obit will follow.  

Funeral arrangements are under the directions of the W.C. Brady & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, Coxsackie.  


October 15, 2007

HERTA LENZ
Enjoyed gardening  

CAIRO – Herta Lenz, 91, of Cedar Street , Cairo , died Oct. 13, 2007 at Albany Medical Center .  

She was born in the Ukraine Aug. 2, 1916 and was the daughter of the late Albert and Olga (Janke) Mantai.  

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church , Cairo , with Rev. Victor Nelson officiating.  

Interment will be in the Round Top Cemetery .  

Herta had been a Greene County resident since 1980.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, music and reading.  

She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church .  

She was predeceased by her husband in 1964 and son Leo.  

Survivors are her children, Erwin, Herta Giles, Herbert, Helga Planthaber, Margaret Lenz and Ingeit Cassimore; grandchildren, Leo, Diana, Doreen, Alan, Teri, Frank, David, Michael, Steven and Helga; and 14 great-grandchildren.  

Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St . , Cairo .  


October 15, 2007  

ROBERT ‘BOB’ PORTER
Kiwanis member

COXSACKIE – Robert “Bob” A. Porter, 71, of Coxsackie, died Oct. 10, 2007 at his residence.

He was born March 15, 1936 in Catskill and the son of Sallie F. (Oliver) Porter of Coxsackie and the late Kenneth L. Porter.  

Funeral services will take place Thursday at the Bethel AME Church , Mansion St. , Coxsackie at 1 p.m. with Rev. Felix Delatou, pastor of Bethel AME Church , and Rev. Edward Holmes, pastor of Zion AME Church of Ellenville, officiating.

The day of the funeral everyone is asked to meet at the church, with interment to follow in the family plot of Riverside Cemetery , Coxsackie.  

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St . , Coxsackie, Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. with a 6 p.m. Masonic Service.  

Besides his mother his is survived by a brother, Kenneth “Gig” Porter of Coxsackie; two sisters, Cornelia P. Porter of Selkirk and Sally R. Furbert of Albany ; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.  

He became a jazz musician in the late 1950s; served in the Armed Forces, Army, during the 1960s and after discharge continued with his music.  

Bob is best known for his intellectual challenges and enthusiastic involvement in community (Honorary member of Coxsackie Hose Co. No. 3, member of the Heermance Memorial Library Board, treasurer of the Coxsackie Men’s Republican Club during the late 1960s).  

Before his retirement he was a supervisor for the state Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany .  

He became a member of Kiwanis International in 2001 and rose rapidly in the organization at the local and division levels.  

At the time of his death, he was President of the Kiwanis of Catskill and Lieutenant Governor Elect of the Hudson River Division of Kiwanis.  

The first love of his life was Masonry – “the Craft” – Most worshipful prince hall grand lodge of the most ancient and honorable fraternity of free and accepted  masons of the state of New York —as evidenced by the fact that he was a high ranking official of each of the houses.  

His official ranking included; Past Worshipful Master, Lodge No. 46; Past High Priest, Zerubbabel Chapter No. 8, Royal Arch Masons; Past Potentate, Al Tabari Temple No. 121, Ancient Egyptian Arabic order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South American and its Juristiction; Past Commander and Chief, Albany Consistory No. 90; Worthy Joshua, Alpha Court No. 8, Heroines of Jericho; Past Royal Chief Engineer, Galilee Court, No. 4, Order of Cyrene; Deputy Prior, Alton J. Walton Priory No. 7; Deputy Master, Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters; Deputy Thrice Illustrious Grand Master, Alton J. Bennett Council No. 25, Prince Hall Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters; Past Eminent Commander, Galilee Commandery No. 20; Deputy Prior, Henry G. Walton Priory No. 7.  

Hi titles and awards are too numerous to mention.  He has been referred to as “one-of-a-kind” and for many of us, he was.  Bob leaves many memories for us to cherish.  He will be missed deeply by all who knew him.


October 16, 2007  

E. VIRGIL CLOW
Owned service station  

GREENVILLE – Everett (Virgil) Clow, 87, of Greenville , passed away on Oct. 15, 2007 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson .  

He was born in Grapeville on April 30, 1920, the son of the late Raymond and Julia (VanTassell) Clow.  

For many years he owned and operated Clow’s Service Station in Greenville . It was located where the post office stands today.  

Virgil was known for his love of antique cars and was an Air Raid Warden during World War II.  

He was a member of the Grapeville Baptist Church and a former member of the Climax Garage for many years.  

He will be remembered for his easygoing manor and probably giving away more gas than he got paid for. He would always say to customers short on cash, “Pay me next time.”  

He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred ( Marshall ) Clow in 1989; son, Everett Clow Jr. in 2005; daughter Judy Lomanto in 2006; and great-grandson, Daniel Mistler in 2000.  

Surviving are his daughter, Rose Kiefer (John) of Virginia; sister, Irene Blenis-Butler (Cliff) of Greenville; six grandchildren, Tracy Mistler (Steven) of Greenville, Cristy Clow (Jimmy) of Greenville, Anthony Lomanto of Greenville, Michael Kiefer of San Antonio, Texas, David and Jessica Kiefer of Williamsburg, Va.; seven great-grandchildren; son-in-law, James Lomanto and daughter-in-law, Jane Clow.  

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the South Westerlo C.C. Church in South Westerlo .  

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville , 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery .  

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St. , Catskill , NY 12414 .  


October 16, 2007  

ANNA ZIGABARRA KARAS
Homemaker

GREENVILLE – Resided in Greenville , died Oct. 13, 2007 at the age of 92 in Albany .  Born March 10, 1915 in Yonkers , Anna was the oldest girl of nine children.  She was a devoted mother and homemaker.  Anna in her senior years was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She resided with her daughter, Helena Kosorek, and son-in-law, Raymond Kosorek also of Greenville .  She has two grandsons, Patrick Kosorek and Jonathan Kosorek. Anna is survived by her brothers Stephen Troy and Walter Zigabarra and sister Theresa Cholowsky.  She was predeceased by her siblings Michael Zigabarra, Paul Zigabarra, Pauline Wendell, Mary Landry and Martha Domonico.

Viewing and services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Rt. 41 Greenville Center, Greenville , today.  Viewing, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with the service at 6:30 p.m.  Interment with grave dedication only, (no service) at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 17, 2007 in the Greenville Cemetery .

Anna was cheery, patient and uncomplaining until the end.  She is loved by her family and will be missed by her daughter and friend Helena.  Donations instead of flowers can be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with a note on the bottom (Humanitarian Fund).

This fund is for disaster and medical relief for earthquakes, floods, etc. all over the world.


October 16, 2007

ELISABETH LUTZ
Co-owned Blackhead Mountain

CAIRO – Elisabeth Lutz, 95, of Orlando , Fla. , formerly of Round Top, died peacefully at the East Orlando Health & Rehab Center on Oct. 14, 2007.

She was born in Oberhausen , Germany and was the daughter of Elise Textores Schmitz and Franz Textores.

She was predeceased by her husband, Karl Lutz, who died December 1985.

Grieving for her are her four children and their spouses, Waltraud and Ewald Maassmann of Round Top, Karl and Janet Lutz of Long Valley , N.J. , Margret and John Brennan of Winter Park , Fla. , Hans and Bonnie Lutz of Casselberry , Fla. ; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

From 1967 to 1985 she and her husband were part owners of the family operation of Blackhead Mountain Lodge and County Club in Round Top.

She is being cremated and a private service and burial will be held at a later date under the direction of Richards Funeral Home.

Donation in her memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St . , Catskill , NY 12414 .


October 16, 2007  

ROBERT ‘BOB’ PORTER  
Kiwanis member

COXSACKIE – Robert “Bob” A. Porter, 71, of Coxsackie, died Oct. 10, 2007 at his residence.  

He was born March 15, 1936 in Catskill and the son of Sallie F. (Oliver) Porter of Coxsackie and the late Kenneth L. Porter.  

Funeral services will take place Thursday at the Bethel AME Church , Mansion St. , Coxsackie at 1 p.m. with Rev. Felix Delatou, pastor of Bethel AME Church , and Rev. Edward Holmes, pastor of Zion AME Church of Ellenville, officiating. 

The day of the funeral everyone is asked to meet at the church, with interment to follow in the family plot of Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.  

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. with a 6 p.m. Masonic Service.  

Besides his mother his is survived by a brother, Kenneth “Gig” Porter of Coxsackie; two sisters, Cornelia P. Porter of Selkirk and Sallye R. Furbert of Albany; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.  

He became a jazz musician in the late 1950s; served in the Armed Forces, Army, during the 1960s and after discharge continued with his music.  

Bob is best known for his intellectual challenges and enthusiastic involvement in community (Honorary member of Coxsackie Hose Co. No. 3, member of the Heermance Memorial Library Board, treasurer of the Coxsackie Men’s Republican Club during the late 1960s).  

Before his retirement he was a supervisor for the State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany.  

He became a member of Kiwanis International in 2001 and rose rapidly in the organization at the local and division levels.  

At the time of his death, he was President of the Kiwanis of Catskill and Lieutenant Governor Elect of the Hudson River Division of Kiwanis.  

The first love of his life was Masonry – “the Craft” – Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted  Masons of the State of New York —as evidenced by the fact that he was a high ranking official of each of the houses.  

His official ranking included; Past Worshipful Master, of the Mt Zion Lodge No. 46; Past High Priest, Zerubbabel Chapter No. 8, Royal Arch Masons; Past Potentate, Al Tabari Temple No. 121, Ancient Egyptian Arabic order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South American and its Juristiction; Past Commander and Chief, Albany Consistory No. 90; Worthy Joshua, Alpha Court No. 8, Heroines of Jericho; Past Royal Chief Engineer, Galilee Court, No. 4, Order of Cyrene; Deputy Prior, Alton J. Walton Priory No. 7; Deputy Master, Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters; Deputy Trice Illustrious Grand Master, Alton J. Bennett Council No. 25, Prince Hall Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters; Past Eminent Commander, Galilee Commandery No. 20; Deputy Prior, Henry G. Walton Priory No. 7.  

Hi titles and awards are too numerous to mention.  He has been referred to as “one-of-a-kind” and for many of us, he was.  Bob leaves many memories for us to cherish.  He will be missed deeply by all who knew him.


October 16, 2007  

EDWARD A. SWART JR.  
Graveside military honors planned  

CATSKILL – Edward Asea Swart Jr., 63, of Mud Lane , Athens , died suddenly Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at home after a short illness.  He was born Nov. 25, 1943 in Catskill the son of the late Edward A. and Jennie May (Smith) Swart Sr.  

Edward served in the U.S. Army National Guard of New York and as a reservist. He was an employee of NAPA in Hudson prior to his retirement in 2006.  Ed was a long-time active member of the West Athens-Limestreet Fire Company No. 1.  He enjoyed working tinkering on cars, bowling and fishing.  

Mr. Swart is survived by a son, Edward A. Swart III and his wife Patricia, both of Athens ; a daughter, Gail Swart of Revena; and five grandchildren, Alan, Allyssa, Matthew, Adam and Alexander.  

Cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady .  Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


October 17, 2007  

EDWARD A. SWART JR.  
Graveside military honors planned

CATSKILL – Edward Asea Swart Jr., 63, of Mud Lane , Athens , died suddenly Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007 at home after a short illness.  He was born Nov. 25, 1943 in Catskill the son of the late Edward A. and Jennie May (Smith) Swart Sr.  

Edward served in the U.S. Army National Guard of New York and as a reservist. He was an employee of NAPA in Hudson prior to his retirement in 2006.  Ed was a long-time active member of the West Athens-Limestreet Fire Company No. 1.  He enjoyed working tinkering on cars, bowling and fishing.  

Mr. Swart is survived by a son, Edward A. Swart III and his wife Patricia, both of Athens ; a daughter, Gail Swart of Revena; and five grandchildren, Alan, Allyssa, Matthew, Adam and Alexander.  

Cremation was performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady .  Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


October 18, 2007  

RUTH E. LINDSAY  
Local historian  

CATSKILL – Ruth E. Linday, 90, of Sandy Plains Road, Leeds, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 at Heritage House Nursing Center in Troy. She was born July 27, 1917 in Catskill, the daughter of the late Addison P. Jones and Annette Whittaker Jones.  

Ruth was a graduate of Catskill High School and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, Class of 1939. She was a long-time devoted member and past-treasurer of Calvary Episcopal Church in Cairo. Ruth volunteered her time with the Catskill Public Library and Fortnightly Club of Catskill.  Ruth was an avid supporter of the Greene County Historical Society, and was well versed in Greene County history, especially regarding the Catskill Mountain House.  She was predeceased by her husband Robert W. Lindsay on April 29, 1983.  

Mrs. Lindsay is survived by two daughters, Susan Erdmann and husband David, of Winter Park, Florida; Judith Sheil and husband Barry of Leeds; a son, Thomas A. Lindsay of Saratoga Springs; and three grandchildren,Barry Sheil III, Caitlin Sheil, and Lindsay Erdmann.  

There are no calling hours.  Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church, Jerome Avenue, Cairo. Father John Miller, Vicar, will be officiating. Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calvary Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 561 , Cairo, NY 12413. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.


October 21, 2007  

ELSIE SLOCUM  
Gas station co-owner

Elsie Slocum, 90, known as Nanny, passed away Oct. 19, 2007 with her family by her side.

Elsie was born Aug. 19, 1917 in Kent Cliffs. Elsie married Claude Slocum and lived in Carmel. Together they operated Clay’s Gas Station for many years.  Claude Slocum predeceased her in June 1970.

Elsie married Perry Slocum.  Elsie and Perry moved to South Cairo in 1979.  Perry passed away in 1986.  

Elsie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going out for lunch on Tuesdays with her friends, going to the Golden Age Club meetings and day trips were some of her favorite past times.  She enjoyed flowers and gardening and music.  

Elsie is survived by her children, Sandra Lawton and son-in-law Jack, Coleman Slocum and daughter-in-law Nancy; sister-in-law, Lois Williams; grandchildren, Trisha Lamb and her husband Bruce, Jack Lawton and wife Beverly, Lindsay Hendrickson and husband Keith, Bret Lawton and girlfriend Suzette and her son Pedro, Coleman Slocum Jr. and wife Kelly, Cheryl Ann Justvig and husband Jim, Dennis Melamed and wife Lillian, Jennifer Lewis and husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Emily, Mackenzie, Riley, Travis, Lauren Julia and Brianna; her very dear family members, Ed and Mary Lawton, and many nieces and nephews.  

Elsie loved living with her daughter, Sandra and son-in-law, Jack, in her little house in South Cairo.  

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St ., with Rev. Retta Lykens officiating.  Interment will be in Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.


October 22, 2007 

ELSIE SLOCUM  

CAIRO – Elsie Slocum, 90, known as Nanny, passed away Oct. 19, 2007 with her family by her side.  

Elsie was born Aug. 19, 1917 in Kent Cliffs. Elsie married Claude Slocum and lived in Carmel. Together they operated Clay’s Gas Station for many years.  Claude Slocum predeceased her in June 1970.  

Elsie married Perry Slocum.  Elsie and Perry moved to South Cairo in 1979.  Perry passed away in 1986. 

Elsie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going out for lunch on Tuesdays with her friends, going to the Golden Age Club meetings and day trips were some of her favorite past times.  Se enjoyed flowers and gardening and music.

Elsie is survived by her children, Sandra Lawton and son-in-law Jack, Coleman Slocum and daughter-in-law Nancy; Claude Slocum and daughter-in-law Carol; sister-in-law, Lois Williams; grandchildren, Trisha Lamb and her husband Bruce, Jack Lawton and wife Beverly, Lindsay Hendrickson and husband Keith, Bret Lawton and girlfriend Suzette and her son Pedro, Coleman Slocum Jr. and wife Kelly, Cheryl Ann Justvig and husband Jim, Dennis Melamed and wife Lillian, Jennifer Lewis and husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Emily, Mackenzie, Riley, Travis, Lauren Julia and Brianna; her very dear family members, Ed and Mary Lawton, and many nieces and nephews.

Elsie loved living with her daughter, Sandra and son-in-law, Jack, in her little house in South Cairo .

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., with Rev. Retta Lykens officiating.  Interment will be in Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel. Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.


October 23, 2007 

PAUL A. HULL  
Former employee of Atlas Cement Co.

CATSKILL – Paul A. Hull, 78, of Catskill, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007 at his residence following a brief illness.

Mr. Hull was born in Alsen, NY on March 19, 1929 to the late Paul John and Mary E. Whitaker Hull.  He was a graduate of Catskill High School and a former employee of Atlas Cement Co. and GE Plastics in Selkirk.  

He is survived by his brother, Clifford Hull of Orlando as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by five siblings, Vernon Hull, Virgil Hull, Pauline Van Valkenburgh, Audrey Riffley and Arlene Wootton, in addition to a great-nephew, William P. Wootton Jr.  

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights with Rev. Keith Warner, pastor of the Wesleyan Church (of which he was also a long time member).  Interment will follow in the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery at Barclay Heights.  

Friends and relatives are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene and electronic condolences may be posted at www.millspaughcamerato.com


October 23, 2007

JOHN A. MORGAN
Memorial service  

ATHENS – Memorial service for John A. Morgan will be held at the First Reformed Church of Athens, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Kathleen Hart Brumm officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery .  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon Street, Athens.  


October 23, 2007  

JANET L. O’BRIEN  
Loved the outdoors  

CAIRO – Janet L. O’Brien, 62, of the Whittier Nursing Home, Ghent, died Oct. 17, 2007 at Community Hospice of Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.  

She was born in Catskill, June 15, 1945, and was the daughter of the late Harold and Mary E. (Mead) Miller.  

Funeral services took place Monday at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo, with Rev. Joyce Wilkerson, Pastor of the United Methodist Church, Catskill, officiating.  

Interment followed in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.  

She was a lifetime resident of Greene County, a member of the United Methodist Church , Catskill, she loved the outdoors and at one time was employed at the Coxsackie- Athens School District.  

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Wendell (Sherry) Sharp of Round Top; three brothers, Richard, William and Wayne Miller; two sisters, Joan Graham and Faith Miller; two grandchildren, Kyle and Katherine; and many nieces and nephews.  

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Patrick, on Feb. 8, 1984.  

Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 40 Woodland Ave., Catskill, NY 12414.  


October 24, 2007  

DRENA M. MATSON  
Arrangement incomplete

ATHENS – Drena M. Matson, 52, of 117 Sprakers Road, Sloansville, passed away on Oct. 23, 2007 at her brother, Gary Matson’s home in Athens.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, are incomplete at this time and are to be announced.


October 25, 2007  

NICHOLAS BAST  
Linguist, veteran

CATSKILL—Nicholas Bast, 86, of Forest Hills Estates, Leeds, and former long-time Ossining resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany.  He was born Sept.9, 1921 in Leiden Netherlands , the son of the late Johann and Alida (Kouwenberg) Bast.

At the time of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in 1939, Nicolas was a student of Law at the University of Leiden.  He was deported by the Nazis to occupied France, where he was forced to work as a laborer in a Nazi munitions factory.  He luckily escaped during a U.S. Air attack on the factory and was able to make his way to Scotland where he received commando training.  

Because of his fluency in seven languages, and his familiarity with the territory, he was quickly identified as an asset by the U.S. Seventh Army.  He was appointed as a Liaison Officer for the Netherlands , and served with them until the end of the war in 1945. Following the war’s end, he was assigned as a special investigator with the American Graves Registration Command, U.S. Army, in France , until 1948. There he met Philomena Castellana, an American civilian, also with the U.S. Army.  They were married in the Netherlands , and came to the United States soon after.  

Nicholas soon became a grateful and proud United States citizen. He was employed as a financial analyst for several engineering firms and traveled extensively in Canada , Africa and Europe. He resided in Ossining , New York , for more than 25 years.  He retired to Leeds in 1986.  He was a member of the Rip Van Winkle Senior Citizens Club; Catskill Senior fellowship; and Cairo Golden Agers.  He was a communicant at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Catskill. Nicholas was predeceased by a brother, Peter Bast.

Mr. Bast is survived by his wife of 59 years, Philomena (Castellana) Bast of Leeds; two sons, John Bast of Peekskill and Thomas Bast and wife Virginia of Newton, Conn.; a brother, Jan Bast of Hilversum, the Netherlands; two grandchildren; David Bast of Croton and Skyler Bast of Newtown, Conn.; and two cousins, Joop and Nell Bast of the Netherlands.  

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

Funeral services will be held 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bridge Street, Catskill.  Private cremation will be performed at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady. Interment at the Town of Catskill Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Nicholas’ name may be made to the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, 315 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.   


October 25, 2007  

DRENA M. MATSON (STEARNS)  
Claims adjuster

ATHENS – Drena M. Matson (Stearns), 52 of Sloansville, formerly of Athens , died Oct. 23, 2007, at her brother Gary Matson’s home in Athens.  

She was born in Catskill, Jan. 22, 1955, and was the beloved daughter of Herbert and Marie (Appa) Matson of Athens.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Church, Athens.  Rev. Fr. James Borstelmann, Pastor will be the Celebrant. 

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

She has been living in Schoharie County for the last 15 years and made her home in Sloansville. She loved to read her Bible and loved her cat and all of God’s Creatures. She loved cats, gardening, the outdoor, family and holiday gatherings. She was a member of The Schoharie Valley Gospel Church, and also a member of The Humane Society. Before her illness, she was a claims adjuster for The N.Y. Central Mutual Insurance Company of Amsterdam.  

Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband Ronald Stearns, two stepsons, Andrew and wife Kristy Stearns and Charles Stearns, stepdaughter  Stacy Stearns, also her brother Gary and his wife Karen Matson of Athens, two step grandchildren Dylan and Elijah and also survived by her dear loving, caring niece Samantha Matson.  Also Drena leaves many dear friends.  

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 18 N. Vernon Street, Athens, on Friday, from 4-8 p.m.  

Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons Street, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse , N.Y. 13057 or to any humane society.


October 26, 2007

FRANCES ANN HICKEY
Friend to all

HANNACROIX – Frances Ann Hickey, 83 years, of Hannacroix, NY passed away on Oct. 25, 2007 at the Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie, NY.  

She was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 28, 1924, daughter of the Vito and Mary (Cerino) Santarello.  

Frances was Vice President of Personnel with Hamilton Federal Bank in Brooklyn, NY until her retirement.  

She was a loving wife, sister and aunt. She was a friend to all.  

Surviving are her husband; Patrick J. “Joe” Hickey of Hannacroix, NY, a sister; Rose Lomanto of Staten Island, NY, two nephews; Donald and James Lomanto, a niece; Rosemary Hangarias and several other nieces and nephews.  

Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083 on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Interment will be noon Monday in the Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY.


October 26, 2007  

SALLY STEFANOPOULOS  
Teacher

Sally Stefanopoulos, age 61 years, of 11 N. Montgomery Street, Athens, died October 24, 2007, at Albany Medical Center.  

Born in Cold Springs on Dec. 16, 1945, she was the daughter of Homer and Beatrice (Barnum) Cox.  

Memorial services to be announced at a future date.  

She was a former resident of Beacon and moved to the Village of Athens in 1982.  She was a substitute teacher and member of the PTO of the Coxsackie Athens School District. She was a member of the 4-H Club and taught the Red Cross Swim Program locally. 

She is survived by her husband John, her son Telly and daughter Dimitria, all of Athens.  

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

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Richards Funeral 28 N. Vernon St., Athens.


October 26, 2007

LOUISE SHERIDAN
State employee  

Louise Sheridan, age 94, of Catskill, died Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill. She was born November 7, 1912 in Athens , the daughter of the late Erastus and Hannah (McNamara) Dumary.  

Louise was manager at the New York State Employment Services in Catskill for many years prior to her retirement.  She was a member of the Athens High School Alumni Association and Greene County Historical Society.  

Louise was predeceased by her husband, Vincent Sheridan; a sister, Edith Deane; and a brother, William Dumary.  

Mrs. Sheridan is survived by a nephew, William Deane of Morristown, NJ ; a niece, Joan Deane Watts of Woodbridge, Virginia; and four great-nieces and great-nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will follow 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Sr. Mary Mazza will be officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Athens.


October 28, 2007

DORIS M. MASON  

COXSACKIE – Doris M. Mason, 85, of Van Dyck St., Coxsackie, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at the Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, following a brief illness.  

Born in Coxsackie, July 15, 1922, she was the daughter of Wallace and Frances (Klebes) Swartout.  

On July 28, 1945, Doris married Glendon N. Mason who died on Jan. 9, 1989.  

She was a life member of the First Reformed Church of W. Coxsackie, the Climax Grange, the Pomano Grange and Coxsackie Senior Citizens.  

Doris loved to travel and was able to see much of the United States .  Her flower gardens were a great source of enjoyment.  In her later years, the “circle of friends” that afforded her an opportunity to get out of her home for awhile was very important to her.  But most of all, her family was the center of her life.  Doris followed keenly all the achievements of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

Survivors include her two sons, Bruce Mason and his wife Leah of Fort Ann, Kenneth Mason and his wife Cynthia of Saratoga Springs; three grandchildren, Wendy Webster and her husband Gordon of Balston Lake, Gregory Mason and his wife Beverly of Marlboro, Mass., Melanie Palmer and her husband Matthew of Worchester, Mass.; and four great-grandchildren, Colby, Cadence, and Riley Webster, and Nathaniel Mason.  

Funeral services will be held Tuesday Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St , Coxsackie, with Rev. Richard Pruiksma officiating.  

Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Friends may call at the funeral home 4-7 p.m. Monday.

The family has suggested memorials be to the charity of one’s choice. 


October 30, 2007  

ELIZABETH LUTZ  
Mass of Christian Burial

CAIRO – Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 11 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, N.Y., with Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, the celebrant.  

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

Private cremation took place in Florida.  

Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.


October 30, 2007  

PASQUALE J. SENATORE  
Gaynor News Co. employee

CAIRO – Pasquale J. Senatore Sr., 87, of Route 32A, Palenville, died Oct. 28, 1907, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Delbert (Patricia) Higgins, who was his devoted caregiver for many years after a long illness.  

He was born in Mt. Vernon Sept. 6, 1920 and was the son of the late Peter and Rose (Bianco) Senatore.  

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Church, Palenville, with Father Bonaventure the Celebrant.  

Interment will follow next to his late wife Mary Martin Senatore who predeceased him on April 1, 1987, in the family plot of the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, New Rochelle.  

He had been an area resident and lived with his daughter and son-in-law Patty and Delbert for over 14 years.  

He was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church , Palenville, a former deacon, and eucharistic minister of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mt. Vernon.  

During World War II he served with the U.S. Army.  

He loved to pray daily and he previously had his residence in Yonkers before moving to Greene County. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Gaynor News Co. of Mt. Vernon.  

He is survived by two sons Pasquale Senatore Jr. of Seattle, Peter Senatore of Herkimer and his first wife Agnes, also survived by four other daughters Mary Graf of Florida, Jeannie Muzzillo of Colonie, Josephine Senatore of Conn, Rose Senatore of Pomona, NY, a brother Anthony Senatore of Yonkers, three sisters Carmella Piloco of White Plains, Margaret F. Ariello and Mary Senatore both of Virginia, also 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  

Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by four children, Margaret Bracolina, Catherine, John and Joseph.  

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY, 10305-1425.


October 31, 2007 

Death notice  

JONATHAN GREENYER  

Jonathan Greenyer, beloved and faithful brother of the Platte Clove Community in Elka Park, died suddenly on October 29th.  He was 49 years old.  Jonathan leaves behind his wife, Clara, after 23 ½ years of marriage, and seven children.  A burial service will be held in Platte Clove Community at 3:00 pm, on October 31st.


October 31, 2007  

PASQUALE J. SENATORE  
Gaynor News Co. employee

CAIRO – Pasquale J. Senatore Sr., 87, of Route 32A, Palenville, died Oct. 28, 1907, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Delbert (Patricia) Higgins, who was his devoted caregiver for many years after a long illness.  

He was born in Mt. Vernon Sept. 6, 1920, and was the son of the late Peter and Rose (Bianco) Senatore.  

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Church, Palenville, with Father Bonaventure the Celebrant.  

Interment will follow next to his late wife Mary Martin Senatore who predeceased him on April 1, 1987, in the family plot of the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, New Rochelle.

He has been an area resident and lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Delbert Higgins for over 14 years.

He was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church, Palenville, a former deacon, and eucharistic minister of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mt. Vernon.

During World War II he served with the U.S. Army.

He loved to pray daily and he previously had his residence in Yonkers before moving to Greene County. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Gaynor News Co. of Mt. Vernon.  

He is survived by two sons Pasquale Senatore Jr. of Seattle, Peter Senatore of Herkimer and his first wife Agnes, also survived by four other daughters Mary Graf of Florida, Jeannie Muzzillo of Colonie, Josephine Senatore of Conn, Rose Senatore of Pomona, NY, a brother Anthony Senatore of Yonkers, three sisters Carmella Piloco of White Plains, Margaret F. Ariello and Mary Senatore both of Virginia, also 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by four children, Margaret Bracolina, Catherine, John and Joseph.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St ., Cairo today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Assoc., APDA, Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY , 10305-1425 .


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