Obituaries from the Daily Mail
September 2005

Transcribed by Deb Ashton
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


September 1, 2005 

BARBARA A. KOENKE
Mail carrier

Cairo---Barbara A. Koenke, 64, of 62 Silver Spur Road, Cairo, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 at home with the love of her family surrounding her.

She was born Aug. 1, 1941 in Merrick, Long Island, at the home of her late parents Walter C. and Anna M. (Andersen) Anderson.

Mrs. Koenke was a U.S. Mail Carrier for 16 years at the Cairo Post Office.  She enjoyed her co-workers and customers that she delivered to.

Survivors include her husband William Koenke Jr., her daughters Peggy Henne and her husband Mark, List Spring and her husband Mark, Lisa Spring and her husband Tim, three grandchildren, Jessica South, Kristina Van Wie, and Bill Spring, a brother, Walter Andersen and his wife Terry of Wantagh, N.Y., her beloved aunt Dorothy Anderson of Port Richey, Fla., brother-in-law Michael Koenke of Oneonta, Frank Parshley of Bellmae, N.Y., and many friends, nieces and nephews and beloved extended family Kay and Danny Lannon.

Mrs. Koenke was predeceased by her sister Joan Parshley.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Cairo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Women’s League Cancer Patient Aid, P.O. Box 341, Round Top, N.Y., 12476, Attn: Memorial for Barbara Koenke.


September 1 & 2, 2005

JOHN ARCHIBALD SMITH
World War II veteran

PALENVILLE---John “Jack” Archibald Smith, 80, of Palenville, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 at his residence following a long illness.

Born May 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Archibald and Hazel Margaret Stanbrough Smith.

He graduated from Catskill High School and enlisted in the U.s. Army in 1943.  During World War II he was a twin engine pilot earning the rank of First Lieutenant.  He earned the American Theater Medal, Army of Occupation Medal of Japan, and World War II Victory Medal upon his discharge in 1947.

He married the former Gertrude Stella Rothrock on June 12, 1948.

He retired from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in 1974 and started his own business ventures including selling and servicing Honda motorcycles and aluminum siding and installation.

Mr. Smith was an avid fly fisherman, making his own poles and tying flies, as well as an active hunter.  He was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Hunter Mountain.  He was also an active member of the American Legion in Palenville.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Smith of Palenville and their nine children:  Sandra Lynn Burns of Pa., Judith Gail of Jensen, Colo., Hazel Ann McGlynn of Malba, N.Y., John A. Smith Jr. of Saranac, Dorothy Atkins of Saranac, Jamie Wilms of Palenville, Gary Wayne Smith of Greenville, Mark Smith of Palenville, and Matthew Smith of Kiskatom; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Douglas Smith of Palenville; two nephews and two nieces.

Calling hours will be 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, prior to cremation at the Albany Rural Crematorium.

A committal service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Palenville Cemetery with Rev. David C. Tipple, pastor of the Kiskatom Reformed Church officiating.


September 2, 2005 

MARION E. DUDLEY
Loving wife, mother and grandmother

FREEHOLD---Marion E. Dudley, 51, of Freehold, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Born in Albany July 6, 1954, she was the daughter of Marion (VanAlstyne) Kudlack and the late Charles Otten.

She was a lifelong homemaker, she loved music and was an avid reader.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Dudley of Freehold; children, Michelle Deyo and her husband Michael, Matthew Dudley and his wife Rachel, and Amanda Dudley; step-children, David Dudley, Michael Dudley and his wife Julia, Laura McDonald and her husband Martin and Harry Dudley Jr.; three grandchildren, Michael and Mariah Deyo and Daisy Mae Dudley; four step-grandchildren, Kayley McDonald and Courtney, Camile and Sidney Dudley; brothers, Raymond, Charles and Donald Otten; sisters, Sharon Dinelle and Patty Otten; step-brothers John Kudlack and Edward Kudlack and his wife Connie.

Besides her father, she was predeceased by her step-father John Kudlack.

Calling hours are Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, 2 p.m. at the So. Bethlehem United Methodist Church in So. Bethlehem.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish may contribute in Mrs. Dudley’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate NY Chapter, 421 Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.


September 2, 2005

PATRICIA M. FIDUCIA
Beloved mother

CATSKILL---Patricia M. Fiducia died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at Eden Park Nursing Home.

Born in Long Island, NY, the family moved to Staten Island a short time later.  She worked for a podiatrist for many years and then moved to the Catskill region in 1992.

Survivors include her children, Paul Fiducia of Round Top; Michael Fiducia, Frances Cosme, William Fiducia, Linda Coates, and Peter Fiducia all of Staten Island; nine grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Elaine Garzone of Toms River; and two brothers, William Dugan of North Brunswick, who died Aug. 29, 2005, and Edward Dugan of Toms River, who died in 2002.

She will be cremated and laid to rest at the Ocean County Memorial Park in Toms River.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


September 2, 2005

DORIS MARIE RICKARD
Beloved mother

COXSACKIE---Doris Marie (Rarick) Richard, 75, died peacefully on Aug. 31, 2005, after touching the hearts of many.  Spreading love everywhere, she taught all those in her life to do the same.

She was born Nov. 21, 1979 in South Bethlehem to Ralph C. Blanche (Seaburg) Rarick.

Mrs. Rickard and her husband, James C. Rickard Jr. lived on Fares Road, Ravena, where they raised their six children in a home that was always open to family and friends; a home where anyone was welcome to stop by for a meal, join in a song, play cards or just talk and relax.

She was always a hard worker, doing all she could to care for her family and friends.  For many years she was known as the “Stanley Home Products Lady.”  Prior to her career as a rural mail carrier in Coeymans Hollow, she worked for RCS, transporting children with special needs.

During her life, she also enjoyed gardening, traveling, hunting, and weekly visits to the Greene County Long Term Care Nursing Home.

She was a member of the Coeymans Hollow Methodist Church, the Ravena Grange, the Ravena Bowling League, local area senior citizens groups and a charter member of the Coeymans Hollow Ladies Auxiliary.  She was also a member of the NY Rural Letter Carrier’s Association, for which she was a union representative for several years.

Survivors include her six children, Audrey Faith Van Kempen, Arlene Hope Rickard (John Zboray) Adele Chariety (Phillips) Thayer (John Newell), James C. Rickard III (Victoria), Ava Lee Weisenburn (James Burgess), Alma Marie Parks (Wayne); brother, John Rarick (Joan), sister, Rosemary Court (Dale), and sister-in-law, Jesse Rarick; 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

As the family matriarch, she taught the importance of family to many generations.  She was known as Nana to many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and other “children.”

Mrs. Rickard was predeceased by her husband, James C. Rickard Jr. companion, Walter Parks, and her brother, Arnold Rarick.

A memorial service will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Coeymans Hollow Methodist Church, followed by a luncheon.

In honor of Doris’ love of nature, everyone is encouraged to plant a flower of tree of their choice in her memory.


September 4, 2005

DORIS MARIE RICKARD
Beloved mother

COXSACKIE---Doris Marie (Rarick) Richard, 75, died peacefully on Aug. 31, 2005, after touching the hearts of many.  Spreading love everywhere, she taught all those in her life to do the same.

She was born Nov. 21, 1929 in South Bethlehem to Ralph C. and Blanche (Seaburg) Rarick.

Mrs. Rickard and her husband, James C. Rickard Jr., lived on Fares Road, Ravena, where they raised their six children in a home that was always open to family and friends; a home where anyone was welcome to stop by for a meal, join in a song, play cards or just talk and relax.

She was always a hard worker, doing all she could to care for her family and friends.  For many years she was known as the “Stanley Home Products Lady.”  Prior to her career as a rural mail carrier in Coeymans Hollow, she worked for RCS, transporting children with special needs.

She also enjoyed gardening, traveling, hunting, and weekly visits to the Greene County Long Term Care Nursing Home.

She was a member of the Coeymans Hollow Methodist Church, the Ravena Grange, the Ravena Bowling League, local area senior citizens groups and a charter member of the Coeymans Hollow Ladies Auxiliary.  She was also a member of the NY Rural Letter Carrier’s Association, for which she was a union representative for several years.

Survivors include her six children, Audrey Faith Van Kempen, Arlene Hope Rickard (John Zboray) Adele Chariety (Phillips) Thayer (John Newell), James C. Rickard III (Victoria), Ava Lee Weisenburn (James Burgess), Alma Marie Parks (Wayne); brother, John Rarick (Joan), sister, Rosemary Court (Dale), and sister-in-law, Jesse Rarick; 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

As the family matriarch, she taught the importance of family to many generations.  She was known as Nana to many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and other “children.”

Mrs. Rickard was predeceased by her husband, James C. Rickard Jr., companion, Walter Parks, and her brother, Arnold Rarick.

A memorial service will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Coeymans Hollow Methodist Church, followed by a luncheon.

In honor of Doris’ love of nature, everyone is encouraged to plant a flower of tree of their choice in her memory.


September 5, 2005

MABEL F. COCHRANE
Proprietor of MayBelle Beauty Shoppe

RICHMONDVILLE---Mabel F. Cochrane, 93, of Main Street, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2005 at her residence.

Born June 19, 1912 in Richmondville, she was the daughter of William Frayer and Melissa (Shaver) Frayer.

She was married to Curtis William Cochrane for 69 years and he predeceased her on Dec. 25, 2003.  Mrs. Cochrane was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Cochrane attended Edmund Process School of Beauty Culture in Binghamton.  She was the proprietor of MayBelle Beauty Shoppe in Richmonville for nine years.

She also served as town and county tax collector for eight years; writing school assessment rolls for 12 years and as deputy to school tax collector for 11 years.  For 14 years, Mrs. Cochrane worked as the school guard at the former Richmondville Central School. 

She was a volunteer guard for the Lutheran and Methodist Churches in Richmondville and worked with summer Bible classes for six years.  She helped organize the first Bowie troop in Richmondville and served as the first Brownie leader and then as a Girl Scout troop member.  Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Ray Suttmeier of Cairo; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul C. and Donna Cochrane of Bloomsburg, Pa.; three grandchildren, Brian Suttmeier or Mount Sunappe, N.H., Bruce Suttmeier or Portland, Ore., and Bonnie Suttmeier of Catskill.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.

Interment will be in Richmondville Rural Cemetery.

There will be no viewing hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Northeastern Chapter, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://merenessputnamfuneralhome.com.


September 5, 2005

LETA M. PAYNE
Loved sewing

GREENVILLE---Leta M. Payne, 73, of Greenville Center, died at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Sept. 3, 2005.  She was born in Durham on May 0, 1932, daughter of the late Harry and Minnie (Smith) German.  A lifelong homemaker, she loved sewing and made all sorts of clothes for everyone including several wedding gowns and suits.  Leta was a faithful member of the Greenville Center Baptist Church.

Surviving are her loving husband of 52 years, Francis (Frank) Payne; two sons, Gerald Payne of Freehold and Glenn Payne and his wife Denise of Freehold; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Ashley Payne; and a sister, Mildred Nethaway and her husband Raymond of Freehold.  She was predeceased by a sister, Murial German.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greenville Center Baptist Church.


September 5, 2005

LORETTA M. BALDWIN
Former member of the Helderberg Hilltoppers

GREENVILLE---Loretta M. Baldwin, 82, of Coxsackie, died at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson on Sept. 4, 2005.  She was born in Madison, Maine on March 5, 1923, daughter of the late Edmond and Carolyn (Dionne) Jacques.  A lifelong homemaker, she was a former member of the Helderberg Hiltoppers RV Club.  She was predeceased by a son, Leo Barcomb.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Baldwin; her stepchildren, Kenneth Baldwin Jr. and his wife Patricia of Athens, Herman Reinhold and his wife Susan of Virginia, Karen Page and her husband Steve of Indiana, Vernon Baldwin and his wife Kirsten of Coxsackie, and Skyben and his wife Diane of Coxsackie; 19 step-grandchildren; her sisters, Lucille of Ridge, N.H. and Rita of Winchendon, Mass.; a niece, Patricia McMann of Tupper Lake; a nephew, Michael Lanthier of Tupper Lake; and a sister-in-law, Sr. Mary Clotilde (Mary Barcomb) of Chicago.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday 7 to 8 p.m., prior to the services.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the rescue squad of their choice.  Interment will be in the Holy Name Church Cemetery, Tupper Lake.


September 6, 2005

JULE G. BARTLETT
Born in New Jersey

WINDHAM---Jule G. Bartlett, 89, died Sept. 2, 2005 at Kingston Hospital in Kingston.

She was born on Feb. 21, 1916, to Jules and Stella (Gates) Guillaume in Millington, N.J.

She is survived by her daughter, Constance Mangano of Prattsville; grandsons, Anthony and Michael Mangano; and great-grandson, Thomas Leonard Mangano.

A private cremation was conducted at Wiltwyck Crematory in Kingston.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham.


September 6, 2005

ELIZABETH O’CONNELL
Beloved sister

YONKERS---Elizabeth “Betty” O’Connell, 65, of Yonkers, died Sept. 2, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers.

She was born in Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland on Nov. 3, 1939, daughter of the late Christopher and Bridget (Tobin) McDonald.

A lifelong homemaker she was a friend to all who knew her, loving her family very much, and treating her several nieces and nephews as her children.

Survivors include her two sisters, Ann Hackett of East Durham, Bea Yeager of Levittown, Pa., two brothers, Andrew McDonald of Levittown, Pa., Jack McDonald of England and her several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services will be 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with a 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham.

Interment will be in the Winston Cemetery in East Durham.


September 7, 2005

FRANCES MENNONA
Funeral Mass announced

GREENVILLE---Frances Mennona, 69, of Greenville, formerly of Norwalk, Conn., died July 22, 2005 at the Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie.

She was born in Catskill on Dec. 13, 1935, daughter of the late Jesse O. and Marion Felter.

She was an office worker at MBI (Danbury Mint) in Norwalk, Conn.

Mrs. Mennona is survived by her loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.

Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery following the mass.

There are no calling hours.

Services are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, N.Y. 12083.


September 7, 2005

WILLIAM J. MURRAY JR.
Former owner of Murray Electric

WYNANTSKILL---William J. Murray Jr., 63, formerly of Ghent, died suddenly on Sept. 2, 2005.

He was born Jan. 2, 942 in New York City, the son of the late William J. and Phyllis (Schmitt) Murray Sr.

Mr. Murray was employed in the electrical industry all of his life presently working at Thorpe Electric Supply.  He was previously employed at WESCO, Wolfberg Electric, Clifford R. Gray, Coxsackie-Athens School District and former owner of Murray Electric in Catskill.

He loved animals all of his life including his beloved dog Heidi.  He was the former secretary of the West Athens-Limestreet Fire Company and former chairman of the Athens Planning Board.

Survivors include his estranged wife, Laura Murray of Ghent, two children:  Colleen Wegmann and her husband Andreas of Chicago, Ill, and William J. Murray III of Ludwigshafen, Germany; a grandson, Lars Wegmann of Chicago, a brother Ronald H. Murray and his wife Christiana of Castleton, N.Y., four nieces, Tina S. Murray of Schodack Landing, Suzanne J. Ribsamen and her husband Foster of Catskill, Kristiane E. Murray and her fiance Tom Sopris of Athens and Sherrie Wilson and her husband Darby of Latham; two great-nephews and two great-nieces also survive.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie.

A memorial service will be conducted 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  The Rev. Carolyn Lewis will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Athens-Limestreet Fire Company, P.O. Box 107, Athens, N.Y. 12015 and AnimaLovers, P.O. Box 6426, Albany, N.Y. 12206.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


September 7, 2005

ROBERT W. SMITH
Past president of the Coxsackie-Athens Rotary

COXSACKIE---Robert W. Smith, 84, of 110 Mansion St., Coxsackie, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, after a long illness.

Born in the Bronx, Oct. 18, 1920, he was the son of Jacob and Esther (Johnson) Morris. 

During WWII Mr. Smith served with the US Army.  He was past commander of the V.F.W. Post #10986 or Coxsackie, past president of the Coxsackie-Athens Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Directors of Bethany Village in West Coxsackie, and a communicant of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Coxsackie.  Prior to his retirement he was employed, and past president, of Smith Henneke Metal Fabrication Company of Kingston. 

Survivors include his step-sister, Irene Smith of Florida; and several close friends including Wayne and Debra Speenburgh of Coxsackie; and Charles and Susan Wilson of High Falls, NY.

Calling hours are Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Members of the VFW will be meeting 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s R.C. Church of Coxsackie with Rev. Fr. J. Murphy, Pastor, of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Catskill, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot next to his late wife, Rita T. Smith, who predeceased him on March 15, 1994, in the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.


September 8, 2005

GERALD E. HEATH
Mechanic

WEST COXSACKIE---Gerald E. Heath, 79, of West Coxsackie, died suddenly Sept. 6 at the Albany Medical Center.

He was born April 4, 1926 in Coxsackie, son of the late Willard and Edith (Foster) Heath.

Mr. Heath was an auto mechanic and metal polisher having worked for several auto dealers and tire distributors in the Albany area and for Greenville Polishing in Greenville.

An avid guitar player he had played in local bands when he was younger.  He also loved camping, bird watching and nature.  He was known to always having something to do either for himself or helping others.  He will be missed by his loving family and his many friends.

Survivors include his long time companion Bernice Lee, his children, Mary Ann Williams, Phyllis Cooper, Diane Thompson, and her husband Robert, William Heath, Nancy Camley, Virginia Christianson, Carol Ann Lasanta and her husband Plagido, Mary Ellen Santiago and her husband Efrin, Lisa Lockridge and her husband Henry, Gerald C. Heath and his wife Brenda, Joseph Heath and his wife Kelly, and Joanne Wilcox also surviving are 41 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Heath was predeceased by two children Gerald E. Heath Jr., Patricia Heath, three grandchildren and five brothers, Frank, Willard, Harry, Philip and Herb Heath. 

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Friday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville, N.Y.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday prior to the service.


September 8, 2005

ROBERT W. SMITH
Past president of the Coxsackie-Athens Rotary

COXSACKIE---Robert W. Smith, 84, of 110 Mansion St., Coxsackie, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, after a long illness.

Born in the Bronx, Oct. 18, 1920, he was the son of Jacob and Esther (Johnson) Morris. 

Survivors include his step-sister, Irene Smith of Florida; and several close friends including Wayne and Debra Speenburgh of Coxsackie; and Charles and Susan Wilson of High Falls, NY.

Calling hours are Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Members of the VFW will be meeting 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s R.C. Church of Coxsackie with Rev. Fr. J. Murphy, Pastor, of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Catskill, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot next to his late wife, Rita T. Smith, who predeceased him on March 15, 1994, in the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.


September 9, 2005

ELVIRA PAOLINO MEO
Owned Cairo Beauty Mark

NEW PORT RICHEY, FLA.---Elvira Paolino Meo, 87, of New Port Richey, Fla., wife of the late Vincent Meo, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey.

Born in 1918 in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Mario and Anelia Paolino of Catskill.

She was a native of Catskill and Cairo.  She and her husband were the owners and operators of the Cairo Beauty Mark.  They moved to Florida 10 years ago.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise Nelson and son-in-law Jeffrey Nelson; and three grandchildren, Michell, Jeffrey and Steven.

Mrs. Meo was predeceased by six brothers, Mario, Martin, John, William, Alfred and Richard Paolino; and a sister, Nancy Apa.

Funeral services were conducted under the direction of the Arlington Funeral Home in New Port Richey.


September 10, 2005

IRENE E. FALKNER
Area resident

PALENVILLE---Irene E. Falkner, 89, of 29 Hobbs Lane, Palenville and St. Petersburg, Florida, died Thursday, September 8, 2005 at home after a long illness.

Born May 21, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Hassler) Riley.

Mrs. Falkner is survived by four children, Barbara Sullivan of Brooklyn, NY, Joseph Coan of Palenville and St. Petersburg, Florida, Patricia Blowers of Tenino, Washington, and Virginia Tecca of Staten Island, NY; three brothers, Robert Riley of Staten Island, NY, William Riley of Staten Island, NY, and Arthur Riley of Selden, NY; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Falkner was predeceased by her two husbands, Joseph T. Coan and William Falkner.

There are no services.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Traver & McCurry Funeral Home in Catskill.


September 10, 2005

WILLIAM KUHAR
Decorated World War II veteran

RENSSELAERVILLE---William Kuhar, 84, passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Sept. 8, 2005.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 7, 1921, he was the son of the late John and Susan (Casper) Kuhar.

Mr. Kuhar served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific, Philippines Liberation, American Theatre and Victory Medals, as well as the Bronze Star.

He had retired from General Electric where he had been a welder and was a member of the Clark White American Legion Post #589 and a charter member of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Edith (VonLinden) Kuhar; his daughter Jane Courant and her husband Malcolm; his son, Michael Kuhar; a sister, Marie Bogue; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kuhar was predeceased by two brothers, James and Thomas Kuhar.

Funeral services will be Monday, 10 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rensselaerville.  Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville on Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.  Interment will be in the Rensselaerville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Rensselaerville Library.


September 10, 2005

MARJORIE DICKSON RUSSELL
Beloved mother and grandmother

CATSKILL---Marjorie Dickson Russell, 85, of 12 Pruyn Place, Catskill, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 after a brief illness.

Born Sept. 25, 1919 in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Moore) Dickson.

Mrs. Dickson received her education in the Catskill Public School System.  She was employed at the Atlantic Knitting Mills and was a housekeeper and nanny for more than 40 years until her retirement in 1982.  She was a member of the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church in Catskill.  She served as a missionary, usher and was a devoted member until her illness.

Survivors include two children, Cynthia Fields and husband Eugene of Catskill; Jacqueling Jackson and husband Willie of Catskill; six grandchildren, Holly, Natalie, Jeffrey, Sean, Dawn, and She She; several great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert; father Harry Dickson; mother, Florence Dickson; two sisters, Roberta Dickson Peyton, and Barbara Dickson Mondun; three brothers, Albert Dickson, Herbert Dickson, and Harry Dickson.

Calling hours are Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church, Water Street, Catskill.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church.  The Rev. Moses Carter will be officiating.

Interment will follow at Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church, 196 Water St., Catskill, NY 12414.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Traver & McCurry, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


September 10, 2005

RICHARD SMITH
Former Prattsville postmaster

BOISE, Idaho---Richard Henry Smith died of cancer on Feb. 16, 2005 in Boise, Idaho.  He was born in Prattsville on Oct. 23, 1922.  His father, Avery, owned the town’s hardware store, and his mother, Ethel, was an active homemaker.  He had a sister, Bertha Mae, who died before he was born, and a brother, John Avery, who was 12 years his senior, so Richard was raised as though he were an only child.  His youth was spent happily in the Catskill Mountains.

Richard graduated from Grand Gorge High School in 1940 and then attended, and graduated from, the New York State Ranger School in the Adirondacks.  It was here that he met Edna Lake and they fell in love for the rest of their lives.

Richard joined the Navy during World War II, went to the Naval Air Training Center in Pensacola, Fla., and became a pilot for the U.S. Navy.  He was one of the first to fly the Grumman f-8F Bearcat.  On April 4, 1944, Richard became an ensign in the morning and a husband in the afternoon.  He achieved the rank of lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  His time spent serving his country and flying for the Navy was forever dear to him.

After the war, he and Edna returned to New York, where he accepted the position of postmaster for the town of Prattsville.  He had three children to whom he was the ideal father and knew countless people to whom he was the ideal friend.  He was kind, generous, knowing, steady, strong and devout.

In the years that he spent with his young family, they all enjoyed the wild and wacky adventures he led them on… raising sheep, skiing when the sport was in its infancy, raising and racing sled dogs, boating on the Hudson River and touring the United States during the summer months.

By 1971 Richard and Eddi had retired, their children had grown and moved away, so they moved to Boise, where Richard and his brother-in-law Orrin Latham bought a small company called Ustick Bee Board and he fell in love with his work.  The business thrived under his leadership but in 1978 he was forced to sell because his battle with cancer had begun.  He survived with the disease in its many forms for nearly 30 years and remained active in his beloved bee board business up until last year when he sold the company.

His next passion was RVing and he spent at least 20 years traveling the country, spending the summers in Idaho and the winters in Arizona.  He was an active member of the American Legion and many Christian churches across the country, beginning with the Reformed Dutch Church in Prattsville and ending with the Ustick Baptist Church in Boise.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother.  He is survived by his beloved Edna; his daughter, Marna David and her husband J.W. Tatum of New Orleans; Marna’s three children, Nathan, Beth and Jordan, all of Seattle; his daughter, Stephanie Brown of Boise; his only son, F. Kim Smith and his wife Deborah; and Kim’s four children, Dane Smith of Memphis, and Shelby, Connor and Sarah of Boise.

Edna currently resides at Paramount Park in Boise.  In the event of Edna’s death, there will be a joint memorial service for both of them at the Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise.  Their final resting place will be together in the Finnish Cemetery in Donnelly, Idaho.


September 10, 2005

JUANITA “PEGGY” TRNKA
Area resident

SAUGERTIES---Juanita “Peggy” Trnka, 84, of Charles Smith Road died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 at the Kingston City Hospital in Kingston.

She was born April 10, 1921 in Mineral Wells, Texas.

An area resident for many years, she was a former employee of London’s in Saugerties and Deanie’s Restaurant in Woodstock and was an Avon representative for over 45 years.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Trnka; one daughter, Patricia J. Hamilton of Saugerties; on step-daughter, Diane Adams of Newalla, Oklahoma; one sister, Melva Riley of Fort Worth, Texas; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Trnka was predeceased by a brother, Milton Judson.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home in Saugerties.

Interment will follow in the Blue Mountain Cemetery in Saugerties.


September 11, 2005

RUTH DOBERT
Lifelong homemaker

EARLTON---Ruth Dobert, 88 died Sept. 10, 2005 at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

Born on Nov. 14, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Margaret (Whyshall) Demarest.  She was a lifelong homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Frank Dobert and his wife Regina; a daughter, Carol Warner and her husband Gary; grandchildren Suzanne Quirk and her husband John, Michelle Beaumont and her husband Brendan, Wayne Erickson, Nicole Borthwick and Rachel and Charles Dobert; and a great grandchild, Mackenzie Quirk.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Charles H.J. Dobert, and by a daughter, Lorraine (Pinky) Selzner.

Calling hours will be held Monday, Sept, 2 form 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville.  Funeral service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville.  Interment will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


September 11, 2005

LILLIAN WHITE
Homemaker

HAW RIVER, NC---Lillian Margaret Johansen White, 84, of Haw River, North Carolina, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005 at the Alamance Regional Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Jens Olsen Johansen and Thyra Johansen.  A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, George White of Haw River; two daughters, Barbara Howard and Patricia Armstrong, both of Haw River; five sons:  James “Jimmy” White of Haw River; Thomas White of Braden, Florida, Dennis White of Daytona, Florida, Philip White of Hamburg, NY and Terry White of Kernersville; 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held at the McClure Funeral Home in Graham, NC on today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 12 at Hawfields Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Curtis Fussell presiding.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart and Lung Association. PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcclurefuneralservice.com.


September 12, 2005

RUTH DOBERT
Beloved mother

EARLTON---Ruth Dobert, 88, formerly of Earlton, died Sept. 10, 2005 at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1916, daughter of the late Elmer and Margaret (Whyshall) Demarest.

She was a life long homemaker having been predeceased by her husband Charles H.J. Dobert.

She was the beloved mother of Frank Dobert and his wife Regina, Carol Warner and her husband Gary; Loving grandmother of Suzanne Quirk and her husband John, Michelle Beaumont and her husband Brendan, Wayne Erickson, Nicole Borthwick, Rachel and Charles Dobert and loving great-grandmother of Mackenzie Quirk.

Mrs. Dobert was predeceased by a daughter, Lorraine (Pinky) Selzner.

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

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville.

Interment will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


September 12, 2005

FRED M. HEWKE
Owned Silver Star Express

PALENVILLE---Fred M. Hewke, 45, of Hideaway Road, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005 at his residence after a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 18, 1960 in Chickasaw, Okla., he was the son of the late James and Alberta Jenkins Hewke.

He was employed at Vertis Inc., in Saugerties and prior to that owned and operated Silver Star Express.

He was an avid outdoorsman, member of the Kiskatom Reformed Church and the Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Cindy Ormandy, with whom he recently celebrated his 18th wedding anniversary; a son Zachary G. Hewke of Palenville; two brothers, James of Jackman, Maine, and John Hewke of Pinehurst, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, corner of John and Lafayette Street with the Rev. David Tipple, pastor of the Kiskatom Reformed Church officiating. 

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.


September 12 & 14, 2005

MAUREEN STETKEWICZ
Executive secretary

CAIRO---Maureen Stetkewicz, 60, of Cairo, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005 in the Emergency Room of the Kingston City Hospital following a long illness.

Mrs. Stetkewicz was born in Jersey City, N.J., on Nov. 4, 1944, to the late John J. and Madeline Barbi Healey.

She married Ronald J. Stetkewicz on Nov. 7, 1970 and they moved to Cairo.

She was an executive secretary and administrative assistant to the Greene County District Attorney and Public Defender’s offices prior to the New York State Environmental Protection Agency in Albany, where she retired from recently.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald J. Stetkewicz of Cairo, and their four children:  Joseph Stetkewicz of Phoenix, Ariz., John Stetkewicz of Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs. Todd (Janis) Stevens of Charlotte, N.C., and Ronald J. Stetkewicz II of Catskill; and 11 grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Wednesday at the Millpaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Private cremation will be conducted at the Albany Rural Crematorium on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


September 13, 2005

M. RICHARD ALBRIGHT
Owned Albright Bros. Farms

ATHENS---M. Richard Albright, 83, of 21 Farm to Market Road, Athens, the owner of Albright Brothers Farms, died Sept. 11, 2005 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

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


September 13, 2005

JESSIE A. CAREY
Beloved mother

SAUGERTIES---Jessie A. Carey, 82, of Appletree Drive, Saugerties, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at the Benedictine Hospital, Kingston.

Born April 8, 1923 in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Roy and Kathleen Tobin Davis.

An area resident for many years, she was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Snow R.C. Church.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Rosary Society, the Home Extension Club and the Mah-Jongg Club.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathleen A. Carey of Saugerties, Elizabeth A. Schiller of Lake Worth, Fla., Anne P. Carey of Saugerties and Melanie P. Carey of Boynton Beach, Fla.; two sons, Edward C. Carey of Latham and Michael A. Carey of Saugerties; a brother, Tom Davis of Virginia Beach, Va.; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward C. Carey; a sister, Kathleen Casutto; and a brother, Roy Davis Jr.

A funeral procession will form 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets, thence to St. Mary of the Snow R.C. Church where at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saugerties.


September 13, 2005

MARJORIE RUSSELL
Beloved mother

CATSKILL---Marjorie Dickson Russell, 85, of 12 Pruyn Place, Catskill, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 after a brief illness.

Born Sept. 25, 1919 in Catskill, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Florence (Moore) Dickson.

Mrs. Dickson received her education in the Catskill Public School System.  She was employed at the Atlantic Knitting Mills and was a housekeeper and nanny for more than 40 years until her retirement in 1982.  She was a member of the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church in Catskill.  She served as a missionary, usher and was a devoted member until her illness.

Survivors include two children, Cynthia Fields and husband Eugene of Catskill; Jacqueline Jackson and husband Willie of Catskill; six grandchildren, Holly, Natalie, Jeffrey, Sean, Dawn, and She She; several great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert; father Harry Dickson; mother, Florence Dickson; two sisters, Roberta Dickson Peyton, and Barbara Dickson Mondun; three brothers, Albert Dickson, Herbert Dickson, and Harry Dickson.

Calling hours are today, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church, Water Street, Catskill.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church.  The Rev. Moses Carter will be officiating.

Interment will follow in Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church, 196 Water St., Catskill, NY 12414.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Traver & McCurry, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.


September 14, 2005

M. RICHARD ALBRIGHT
Farmer, businessman

ATHENS---M. Richard Albright, 83, farmer and retired partner of the Albright Brothers Farm of Athens, died Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Community Hospice of Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 27, 1922, in Athens, he was the son of the late Marion C. and Edith (Van Heusen) Albright.

He was a member of the Catskill Lodge 468, Free & Accepted Masons, long-time member of the Farm Bureau, Town of Athens Zoning Board of Appeals, member of the Agricultural Extension Service Committee and a former member of the W.C. Brady Hook & Ladder Company.

Mr. Albright and his late wife Jean also enjoyed dealing antiques at the Olde Board Antiques.

Survivors include his sons, Richard of Athens and Roger (Anne) of Saugerties and his granddaughter Melissa Albright; stepdaughters Linda (Carlton) Wilkinson, Donna Newton, Janet (George) Guilzon, Cheryl (Neil) Morrison and Debra Betor; three nieces, Linda Eypper of Wappingers Falls, Joy Albright of Athens and Sara Cutler of Schenectady; three nephews, Timothy of Athens, and Harry and William of Earlton; his sister-in-law Ruth Hotaling; 15 grandchildren; and several cousins.

Mr. Albright was predeceased by his wife, Jean; two brothers, Tom and William; his sister, Eleanor; and his step-daughter Sandy Chalk.

Calling hours will be Friday, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, 26 North Vernon St., Athens.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Committal service will be at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414.


September 14, 2005

JEFFREY A. BECKER
Industrial salesman

HUNTER---Jeffrey A. Becker, 52, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005 at his home in Rancho Cucamunga, Calif.

Born Oct 21, 1952 in Plattsburgh, he was the son of the late Alvin Henry Becker and of Joyce (Vredenburgh) Becker.  He was educated in Liverpool, spent a year in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from Saugerties in 1970.

Mr. Becker was employed by the L.A. Rubber Company at the time of his death and had worked for Gates Rubber Co. when he went to California soon after graduating from Northeastern University in Boston with honors in 1979.

He was interested in playing keyboard and guitar in bands from junior high school until he decided to return to college, but resumed when he found similarly interested and talented adults in California.  The newest group was holding rehearsals and playing at various favorite eateries in early August.

Mr. Becker had also been a serious bowler, beginning with weekly practice with his brother and father.  His league membership resumed when he moved to California.

Survivors include his mother Joyce V. Becker of Westkill; his brother, Mark R. Becker and wife Tamie of Mechanicville; aunts and uncles, Lauren Vredenburgh of Bainbridge, Keith and Nadene (Vredenburgh) Wilcox of Roseboom, and Elton and Peg (Becker) Cleveland of Gettysburg, Pa.; several cousins, Leah and Nathan Wilcox, Sharon, William, John and James Vredenburgh, and Karen, Cheryl and David Cleveland; on niece, Kimberly Becker;and the children of Tamie Snow Becker, Zachary, Ryan and Katelyn Conerly.

Mr. Becker was predeceased by his father, Alvin H. Becker of Phoenix, N.Y.

A service to celebrate Mr. Becker’s life was held at the Spruceton Cemetery on Sept. 10, 2005 at 3 p.m., attended by family and friends.  Mr. Becker’s friends in California held a memorial in San Gabriel on Aug. 29, 2005.  Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the American Red Cross for aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.


September 14, 2005

ROBIN LEE BOOMER
Mail carrier in Westerlo and Hannacroix

RAVENA---Robin lee Woodworth Boomer, 46, died at home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, after a long bout with brain cancer.

She grew up in East Jewett, graduated from Hunter-Tannersville Central School and attended Columbia-Greene Community College.

Mrs. Woodworth worked as a rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service at Westerlo and Hannacroix for 15 years.

She was a fantastic wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband, Dan; five children, Nathan (Kari), Akra, Katy, Meagan and Madalyne; three grandchildren, Travis, Hailey and Olivia; her parents, Ruth Mary and Gerry Woodworth; one sister; three brothers; and many nieces and nephews.  She was a friend and strength to all who knew her.

Calling hours will be conducted 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.


September 14, 2005

EDWARD J. LEJKOWSKI
World War II veteran

CAIRO---Edward J. “Eddie Lake” Lejkowski, 83, of 18 Elizabeth Drive, Cairo, died Sept. 12, 2005 at his residence with his wife by his side, after a long illness.

He was born in New Britain, Conn., Dec. 18, 1921, and was the son of the late John and Pauline (Simkowicz) Lejkowski.

During World War II, he served as a veteran in the United States Army, serving in the Paratrooper No. 509 Para-Infantry Battalion.  He was active in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the American Legion of Greenville, a member of the Cairo Republican Club and the Cairo Golden Age Club and was a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo.  He was active in the Catskill Senior Bowling League and an active golfer at Sunny Hill.  He had been an area resident for 22 years.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed at the Wingate Co. of Brooklyn.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary J. (Stewart) Lejkowski of Cairo; a sister, Anna Sadowski of Brooklyn; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lejkowski was predeceased by a sister, Lucy Ballas, and a brother, Joseph Lejkowski.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with the Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, pastor, as the celebrant.

Interment will follow with full military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.


September 14 2005

LEONA J. ORAM
Homemaker

HUDSON---Leona J. Oram, 85, or Fairview Ave., Hudson, died Monday, September 13, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born March 24, 1920 in Hudson, the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Cardinale) Gagliardy.

She was a homemaker and lifelong area resident.

She was predeceased by her husband George Oram and several brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her son George Oram of Fla.; grandchildren George Oram, Jr. of Ghent, Terence Oram of Catskill, and Emeli Oram of Fla.; brother Raymond Gagliardy of Catskill; sister Genevive Long of Long Island; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Sept 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in the Germantown Reformed Church Cemetery.


September 15, 2005

JERRY J. BUSH
Owner of the Bush Agency

CATSKILL---Jerry Julian Bush, 88, of 115 Wildwing Park Extension, Catskill, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005 at home, after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 25, 1917 in Chichester, N.Y., the son of the late Elmer and Effie (Ostrander) Bush.

Mr. Bush attended Coxsackie High School.  He met and married Emma Sherman July 1, 1941 in Coxsackie.  He became a licensed real estate agent in 1946, and a Real Estate Broker in 1959.  He was the owner and partner in the Bush Agency of West Athens for many years prior to his retirement.

He was a member of the Loonenburg Grange, Deacon and Elder of the Athens Reformed Church; member and president of the Athens Sportsman Club; member and president of the Greene County Federation of Sportsmens Club; charter member and chairman of the Greene County YMCA; charter member and treasurer of the original Greene County Board of Realtors, served on the Town of Athens Planning Board; charter member and treasurer of the Athens Lions Club; Justice of the Peace and Town Councilman for the Athens for 16 years; helped establish the West Athens-Limestreet Fire District; former member and treasurer of the Dusty Travelers Camping Club.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Sherman Bush of Catskill, a daughter, Donna Bernstein and husband Jeffrey, both of Guilderland; a sister, Mary Kozloski of Catskill; four grandchildren, Bret Bernstein and wife Emily, Scott Bernstein, Rebecca Bernstein, and Andrew Bernstein; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bush was predeceased by a daughter, Jerilyn Jean Bush; two brothers, Lewis Bush and James Bush; and three sisters, Beatrice Guilzon, Louetta Brazitzy and Gertrude Finnerty.

Calling hours will be conducted 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

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

Interment will follow in Grove Cemetery in Coeymans.


September 16, 2005

ROSE SAPUNARICH
Beloved mother

SMITH’S LANDING---Rose Sapunarich, 83, of Maple Avenue, Smith’s Landing, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at the Eden Park Nursing Home after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 19, 1921 in Smith’s Landing, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Grace Zaccorie Giordano.

Survivors include six sons, Anthony of Catskill, Gerard of Smith’s Landing, Edward of Catskill, Wayne of Smith’s Landing, Gregory and Gary Sapunarich of Catskill; two sisters, Virginia Konopka of Smith’s Landing and Grace Tobiassen of Saugerties; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ante Sapunarich, in 1983; brothers Fred, Sal, Frank and James Giordiano; and three sisters, Camille DelNegro, Ann Ferguson and Rita Nickolich.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., corner of John and Lafayette streets.

Interment will follow in the Trinity Cemetery, Saugerties.


September 17, 2005

HELEN LAWYER
Longtime resident

EAST DURHAM---Helen Orcutt Lawyer, 91, of East Durham died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005.

Born in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Genevieve Orcutt.

Helen was a graduate of Oneonta Normal School where she received certification as an elementary school teacher.  She moved to East Durham in 1940.  As well as being a homemaker, she was, along with her husband Stanley Lawyer, the proprietor of the Lawyer’s General Store for many years until the couple retired in 1984.

She was a life member of the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in East Durham.

The 1935 yearbook for Oneona Normal School indicated that Helen was kind and cheerful and “always the same to everyone.”  This remained true throughout her life.

Survivors include her five children:  Roberta Stansfield of Voorheesville, David Lowe of Atlanta, GA, Douglas Lowe of Newark, NY; Katherine Lawyer of East Durham, and Harry Lawyer of East Durham; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three generations of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, one sister and three brothers.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville from 2 to 5 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock shrine in East Durham.

Interment will be in the Winston Cemetery in East Durham.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company.


September 17, 2005

WINFIELD M. MABEN
Dairy farmer

NORTH SETTLEMENT---Winfield M. Maben of North Settlement, 92, died Sept. 15, 2005 at The Pavilion in Jefferson Heights.

He was born Oct. 20, 1912 in North Lexington.

He attended Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School and married Helen M. Fischer in 1933.

He resided and operated a dairy farm in North Settlement for many years.  He had a special love for his cows and his land.

He was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends at his secluded hunting cabin on the family farm.

He was active in the Masons and Eastern Star, where he served as Master of the Lodge and Patron of the Eastern Star.  He was active in many community organizations and was Scoutmaster for the Ashland Boy Scouts for many years.

After retiring from farming, he was employed by WAJ school as a custodian/bus driver, where he enjoyed the lasting friendship of many students.  He was a kind and easy going person and contained a wealth of wisdom.

He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Helen, and a great-granddaughter, Amber Carter.

He is survived by his sons and their spouses:  James and Suzanne Maben of Brookline, N.H., and Charles and Marietta Maben on Oneonta; a daughter, Mary C. Snyder and husband Donald of Aiken, S.C.; nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren and six step-greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at Decker Funeral Home, Windham.  Burial will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.  There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Ashland Rescue Squad.


September 17, 2005

ANIBAL RODRIGUEZ
Chef

SOUTH CAIRO---Anibal Rodriguez, 66, of Route 23B, South Cairo, died suddenly Sept. 15, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Room in Hudson.

Born in Puerto Rico on Oct. 22, 1938, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez.

He has been an area resident since 1985 and was chef for the Miracle Mountain Resort in Freehold.  His hobby was cooking.

He is survived by two sons, Tony Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, and Ryan Rodriguez of Schodack; three daughters, Maggie Rodriguez of North Carolina, Sarah J. Rodriguez of Cairo, and Brittany Rodriguez of Schodack; and many sisters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Monday, Sept. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., at Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Cam Mills, Jr. of the Salvation and Delivery Church of Freehold officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Greenville Cemetery.


September 17, 2005

ROSE SAPUNARICH
Beloved mother

SMITH’S LANDING---Rose Sapunarich, 83, of Maple Ave., Smith’s Landing, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at the Eden Park Nursing Home after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 19, 1921 in Smith’s Landing, she was the daughter of the late Domonic and Grace Zaccorie Giordano.

Survivors include six sons, Anthony of Catskill, Gerard of Smith’s Landing, Edward of Catskill, Wayne of Smith’s Landing, Gregory and Gary Sapunarich of Catskill; two sisters, Virginia Konopka of Smith’s Landing and Grace Tobiassen of Saugerties; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ante Sapunarich, in 1983; brothers Fred, Sal, Frank and James Giordiano; and three sisters, Camille DelNegro, Ann Ferguson and Rita Nickolich.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc., corner of John and Lafayette Streets.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in the Trinity Cemetery, Saugerties.


September 17, 2005

GENEVIEVE K. TOAL
Rockette dancer

CAIRO---Genevieve K. Toal, 80, of Cairo died Sept. 15, 2005 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, after a long illness.

Born in Brooklyn on March 22, 1925, she was the daughter of the late John and Genevieve (Gauzza) Kennedy.

She has been an area resident for the last 20 years.  She was a communicant of the Sacred heart Church in Cairo.  During her lifetime, she was a Rockette dancer at the Roxy Theatre in NYC.

She is survived by two sons, Michael A. Toal of Cairo and Brian Toal of Johnstown; two daughters, Mariellen Pietri and husband George of Texas, and Genevieve Meagher and husband John of South Cairo; a brother, Raymond Kennedy of Pleasantville; a sister, Mary Ann Kennedy; and two grandchildren, Gabriella and Christopher.

She was predeceased by her brother, John Kennedy, formerly of Garden City, NJ.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Cairo, with Rev. Fr. J. Nunan, Pastor, the Celebrant.

Interment will follow in the family plot of the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc., Capital District Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206-2083 or Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


September 18, 2005

DAWN L. GEHRING
Nurse Ulster-Green ARC

MALDEN-ON-HUDSON---Dawn L. Vickery Gehring, 32, of Main Street, loving mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, and wife, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 at the Westchester Medical Center in Vallhalla, N.Y.

Born March 23, 1973 in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of Harry E. Vickery of Saugerties and Lynn Gardner Kussmaul of Leigh Acres, Florida.

A lifetime area resident, she was a graduate of Saugerties High School, Class of 1991.

She was employed in nursing at the Ulster-Greene ARC in Saugerties.

Survivors include her husband, Robert “Bobby” Gehring Jr.; two daughters:  Jacklyn J. and Courtney L. Gehring of Malden on Hudson; a son, Kyle Covert of Malden on Hudson; five brothers, Richard L. of Cape Coral, Fla., Harry E., Shawn S., Brett M. and James E. Vickery, all of Saugerties; a sister, Heidi J. Sivils of Tampa, Fla.; her maternal grandmother, Helen Gardner of Saugerties; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, corner of John and Lafayette Streets. 

Interment will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties.


September 18, 2005

LAURA LEE GIORDIANO

KINGSTON---Laura Lee Giordiano, 45, of Kingston died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005 from breast cancer.

She was born April 5, 1960 in Kingston.

She was a free spirit who was loved by all who had the blessing to know her.  She filled many shoes – daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, cousin, friend, girlfriend and Correction Officer.

Survivors include her sister, Kathy Messina; her brothers, Ralph Anthony Giordiano, Frederick Giordiano, Timmy Fitzgerald and Michael Giordiano; boyfriend of six years, Michael Hertone and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank her cousin Kathleen Selluce, her sisters-in-law Amy Fitzgerald and Catherine Giordiano and her friend Sue Sapunarich for being by her side during her time of need.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Private cremation will follow.


September 19, 2005

DANIEL GERMAN
20-year U.S. Army veteran

PRESTON HOLLOW---Daniel German, 60, of Preston Hollow, died Sept. 17, 2005 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born March 31, 1945 in Catskill, son of Helen (Potter) German and the late Gordon German.

Mr. German served in the U.S. Army for 20 years being discharged as a S/Sgt.

Serving in Vietnam, he received the Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp (five Loops), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Army Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Expert Badge Rifle M14, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal (Unit Citation) and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He was a former Boy Scout being a member of Troup 51 in Livingston, N.Y., a former member of the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company in Preston Hollow and a member of the AARP.

When he was able, he enjoyed going fishing.

Survivors include his mother, Helen German; a daughter, Heather German; two sisters, Ann Hanford and Helen Gooden; a brother, Kenneth German; nieces, Sharrie, Lori, Shelby and Elizabeth; and nephews Lee and Kenneth.

Mr. German was predeceased by his father, Gordon German, and a nephew, Fred Koerner.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Calling hours will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company or to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.


September 19, 2005

HELEN W. THOMSON
World War II veteran

SAUGERTIES---Helen W. Thomson, 82, formerly of Coxsackie and Freehold, died at her home in Saugerties on Sept. 17, 2005 after a long illness.

She was born in New Baltimore on Nov. 9, 1922, daughter of the late Fred and Helen (Hoffman) Kaiser.

Mrs. Thomson served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was discharged as a corporal.

She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville and a former member of the Women’s Marine Association, the Maranatha Valley Chapter 764 OES, the Greenville American Legion Post 291 Ladies Auxiliary, Freehold Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, and the Freehold C.C. Church Ladies Aid.

A lifelong homemaker, she was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Thomson, and a brother, Fred Kaiser.

Survivors include her son, Charles Thomson and his wife Bonnie of Saugerties; a daughter, Susan Thomson of Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandchildren, Aubree Thomson and Charles M. Lawrence; a sister, Mildred Spinner of Freehold; a brother, Harold Kaiser of Elmira; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross or to the Ulster County Hospice.


September 20, 2005

KYLE PATRICK BERRY
Beloved son

CATSKILL---Kyle Patrick Berry, 22, of Catskill, died suddenly Sept. 18, at home.

He was born June 2, 1983 and was a 2001 graduate of Catskill High School, an Honor art graduate of Columbia-Greene Community College, and was looking forward to attending the University of Massachusetts near his cousins.  Kyle was a loving son who most of all loved family holidays.  He was a great dirt bike rider, snowboarder, rock climber, and tennis player.  At work with his dad, he was a natural craftsman and fine carpenter, who was way ahead of his age and experience.

Mr. Berry loved his car, music, artwork, photography, family and friends.

Survivors include his parents:  Kevin Berry and Deborah Rockefeller Berry of Catskill; grandparents:  Ellen Berry of Catskill, Lois Rockefeller of East Durham, and “Papa Fred” Heller; three aunts:  Maureen Berry Bliss of Catskill, Brenda Rockefeller Wagengbaugh of Catskill, and Jennifer Berry of Evergreen, Colo.; two uncles:  Michael Bliss of Catskill and Michael Berry of Evergreen, Colo.; 11 cousins:  Annika and Tate Berry, Jed and Krista Berry, Sean, Caitlin, and Kellin Bliss, Lacey and Jessica Wagengbaugh, Jennifer and Dawn Metzler; as well as his faithful companion, Mick.

He was predeceased by his grandparents:  Franklin M. Berry and James J. Rockefeller; in addition to his aunt, Donna Rockefeller Metzler.

Calling hours will be conducted 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in funeral home.

Interment will follow in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sprouts Program of the Greene County Council of the Arts, P.O. Box 463 (398 Main St.) Catskill, N.Y., 12414.


September 20, 2005

DANIEL GERMAN
20-year U.S. Army veteran

PRESTON HOLLOW---Daniel German, 60, of Preston Hollow, died Sept. 17, 2005 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

He was born March 31, 1945 in Catskill, son of Helen (Potter) German and the late Gordon German.

Mr. German served in the U.S. Army for 20 years being discharged as a S.Sgt.

Serving in Vietnam, he received the Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp (five Loops), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Army Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Expert Badge Rifle M14, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal (Unit Citation) and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He was a former Boy Scout being a member of Troup 51 in Livingston, N.Y., a former member of the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company in Preston Hollow and a member of the AARP.

When he was able, he enjoyed going fishing.

Survivors include his mother, Helen German; a daughter, Heather German; two sisters, Ann Hanford and Helen Gooden; a brother, Kenneth German; nieces, Sharrie, Lori, Shelby and Elizabeth; and nephews Lee and Kenneth; and a special friend and caregiver, Karen O’Leary.

Mr. German was predeceased by his father, Gordon German, and a nephew, Fred Koerner.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. today at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Calling hours will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company or to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.


September 20, 2005

LAURA LEE GIORDIANO
Free spirit loved by all

KINGSTON---Laura Lee Giordiano, 45, of Kingston died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005 from breast cancer.

She was born April 5, 1960 in Kingston.

She was a free spirit who was loved by all who had the blessing to know her.  She filled many shoes – daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, cousin, friend, girlfriend and correction officer.

Survivors include her sister, Kathy Messina of Sicily; her brothers, Ralph Anthony Giordiano of Coxsackie, Frederick Giordiano of Coopersburg, Pa., Timmy Fitzgerald of Raynham, Mass., and Michael Giordiano of Smith’s Landing; her boyfriend of six years, Michael Bertone of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank her cousin Kathleen Selluce, her sisters-in-law Amy Fitzgerald and Joyce Giordiano and Catherine Giordiano and her friend Sue Sapunarich for being by her side during her time of need.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Sept. 20 at the W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Private cremation will follow.


September 20, 2005

CHARLES J. HAVLICK
Classical music lover

CATSKILL---Charles Joseph Havlick, 79, of High Hill Road, Catskill died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 at his home after an illness.

Born July 18, 1926, in Manhattan, he grew up in the Czech immigrant community in Astoria and Woodside, Queens.  He went to Brooklyn Technical High School and was awarded a War Diploma in November 1944.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy two days before his 18th birthday and served in the Pacific Fleet as an electrician mate First Class.  Upon honorable discharge in 1947, he joined New York Telephone where he was employed for 34 years, first as an installer and later as an engineer and foreman.

After retiring in 1981, he moved to Athens and worked as a security guard at Columbia-Greene Community College.  Interested in foreign languages and cultures, he studied Spanish, Polish, Czech and Russian.  At an evening course at the college, he met his future wife, Helen Luzeckis Possehl of Catskill.  They were married in 1991 and spent much of their 14 years together traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Known as “Buddy” to many and adored by children for his jokes, stories and song, he was a classical music lover, a gardener and an amateur radio enthusiast.  He also volunteered as a tour guide aboard the USS Slater in Albany.

He is survived by his wire, Helen Havlick; his sisters, Marjorie Hein of Chestertown and Rosemarie LaMotte of Commack, L.I.; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two stepdaughters and step-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his daughter, Carol, and two previous wives.

A private ceremony was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 at his home.


September 20, 2005

WINIFRED W. JENNINGS
Retired postmaster

EAST DURHAM---Winifred W. Jennings, 88, of East Durham, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Home in Delmar.

Born in South Bethlehem Aug. 26, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Emma (Gimlick) Wisenburn.

Mrs. Jennings was the post mistress for the Cornwallville, Preston Hollow, Durham and East Durham Post Offices.  She was also a waitress at the Fern Cliff House in East Durham and the Elm Rest in Oak Hill.  She drove a feeder school bus for the Durham Central Schools.  She was a member of the state and national Grange for more than 70 years, the East Durham Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Aux. For more than 50 years and a member of the Catskill Valley Grange #1557.

Survivors include her son, David Jennings and his wife Laurie of Cairo; two daughters, Sandy Swann and her husband Brian of Feura Bush, NY, Shirley Eck and her husband Harold of Summerfield, Fla.; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, Howard Wisenburn of Feura Bush, NY; two special nieces, Debbie Wilder of Escondido, CA., and Nancy Wisenburn of Feura Bush; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edgar Jennings.

Calling hours were Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville.

Services were on Sunday, 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment was Monday, 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, South Bethlehem.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the community Hospice of Albany County or to the Good Samaritan Home.


September 20, 2005

PRISCILLA PALMER
Memorial service announced

SOUTH WESTERLO---A memorial service for Priscilla Palmer, who died Aug. 11, 2005, will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday at the Westerlo Congregational Christian Church in South Westerlo.  Relatives and friends are invited.


September 20-22, 2005

ROSELLA SIMPKINS
Beloved mother

ROUND TOP---Rosella Elizabeth Simpkins, 89, formerly of Heart’s Content Road, Round Top, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at the Golden Hill Health Care Facility in Kingston where she had resided for the past year.

Born in Stuyvesant Aug. 18, 1916 she was the daughter of the late Claude and Marjorie Davidson Teetsel.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth Ann) Friss of Kingston, Mrs. John (Linda) Amerson of Round Top, Mrs. Paul (Lois) Ferraro of Catskill, and Claudia Simpkins of Las Vegas; nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Simpkins on July 19, 2003. 

Private cremation was conducted at the Albany Rural Crematorium under the direction of the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill.

A committal service will be held in the spring at the Town of Catskill Cemetery.


September 21, 2005

WINIFRED W. JENNINGS
Retired post mistress

EAST DURHAM---Winifred W. Jennings, 88, of East Durham, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Home in Delmar.

Born in South Bethlehem Aug. 26, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Emma (Gimlick) Wisenburn.

Mrs. Jennings was the post mistress for the Cornwallville, Preston Hollow, Durham and East Durham Post Offices.  She was also a waitress at the Fern Cliff House in East Durham and the Elm Rest in Oak Hill.  She drove a feeder school bus for the Durham Central Schools.  She was a member of the state and national Grange for more than 70 years, the East Durham Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Aux. For more than 50 years and a member of the Catskill Valley Grange #1557.

Survivors include her son, David Jennings and his wife Laurie of Cairo; two daughters, Sandy Swann and her husband Brian of Feura Bush, NY, Shirley Eck and her husband Harold of Summerfield, Fla.; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, Howard Wisenburn of Feura Bush, NY; two special nieces, Debbie Wilder of Escondido, CA., and Nancy Wisenburn of Feura Bush; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edgar Jennings.

Calling hours are Sunday, Sept. 25, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will follow on Sunday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be Monday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, South Bethlehem.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the community Hospice of Albany County or to the Good Samaritan Home.


September 21, 2005

CAROLYN O. HARRING
Beloved wife 

GREENPORT---Carolyn O. Harring, 71, of Christy Street, Greenport, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born Aug. 15, 1934 in Stottville, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Norma J. (Oles) Knott.

Mrs. Harring was a homemaker and lifelong area resident.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Harring Sr. of Greenport; two sons, and a daughter-in-law, Robert L. Harring Jr., and wife, Beth (Myers) Harring, and Mark Harring, all of Greenport; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Ralph Hursty of Conn.; a sister, Arlene Ravish of Greenport; three grandchildren, Carrie Harring and Brian Harring, both of Greenport, and Karen Hursty of Conn., and several cousins.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bates and Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.

Services will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Hudson.


September 22, 2005

LOUIS J. GORLICH
World War II veteran

WINDHAM---Louis J. Gorlich passed away peacefully Monday, September 19, 2005.

He was born in Teaneck, New Jersey and lived in Windham, with his wife, Dorothy before moving to Florida.

He was previously deceased by his wife who passed away July 21, 2004. 

Mr. Gorlich was retired since 1969 and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

After his retirement, he found many ways to keep busy, including chef at the Windham Ski Club, the Underprivileged Boys Camp on Route 23 and the Catskill Game Farm, along with snowmaking and removal.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling around the country in their motorhome.

Mr. Gorlich will be remembered for his wonderful outlook on life, his sense of humor and a true friend for those who were lucky enough to have gotten to know him.  He was a wonderful Father and Grandfather.  His stories and laughter will be missed very much by his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Raymer of Branchburg, N.J. and her husband, Gary, as well as his Grandson, Eric; and his devoted brother, Weldon, of Florida.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Villages for Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, Florida 32162.


September 22, 2005

ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ LESLIE
Beloved wife and mother.

WINDHAM---Elizabeth “Betty” Leslie, 73, of Windham died Monday, September 19, 2005 at Albany Medical Center, Albany, with her family at her bedside.

Born Sept. 14, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Edmond and Martha Tucker in Mohawk, NY.

Survivors include her loving husband Kenneth Leslie; her children, Jeannine Lacombe, Gerald Lacombe, Michelle and Thomas Palumbo, Lance Lacombe, and Matthew and Frances Lacombe; sisters, Jane and her husband Mo Rishel, Eleanor Greenfield; brother Frederick and his wife Mary Tucker; and six grandchildren, Christopher and Carrie Flynn, Michael and Jake Lacombe; Madison and Raegan Lacombe.

She was predeceased by her brother Walter and his wife Sophie Tucker, and her brother-in-law Robert Greenfield.

Funeral services will be held at the Decker Funeral Home on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James Schiffer officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.


September 22, 2005

MARTIN J. STRAND
Mechanic at Thorpe Pontiac

HAINES FALLS---Martin J. Strand, 68, of Cabbage Patch Road, Haines Falls, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005 at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson.

Born March 10, 1937 in Haines Falls, he was the son of the late Joseph and Winnifred (Schoonmaker) strand.

Mr. Strand was employed as a mechanic at Thorpe Pontiac in Tannersville before retiring.

He was a life member of the Haines Falls Volunteer Fire Company and fire Police, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and the New York Yankees.

Survivors include four children, Marcy Strand of Saugerties, Kirk Strand of Kingston, Erika Ferriss of Tannersville and Monica Mowry of Clifton Park; a sister, Linda Hoyt of Las Vegas, New., two grandchildren, Joseph and Christopher, both of Saugerties; a niece, Bonnie of Ravena, and Lucy and Bernice, the mother of his children.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Firemen’s Home Chapel, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson.

Services will be conducted 1 p.m. in the chapel.

Burial will be in the Firemen’s Home Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green St., Hudson.


September 22, 2005

GUY KENNETH TRAFFORD
7-Up distributor

HUDSON---Guy Kenneth Trafford, 66, of Hudson, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, under the thoughtful care of the hospice, after a long illness.

Born on Jan. 21, 1939 in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, he was the son of Thomas A. and Mina Metzler Trafford.

For many years, Mr. Trafford was a distributor for Jack Joyce 7-Up.  He later relocated to Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, where he owned a Pepperidge Farm franchise.

He was a member of the Axel Snappers car club, and managed and coached various sports leagues and organizations.

In retirement, he resided at Providence Hall in Hudson for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Myrna Trafford; three sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Margaret Trafford, Glen and Christine Trafford and Debbie and Guy Trafford Jr.; a daughter Diane Trafford Schmitt; seven grandchildren, Evan, Megan, Christopher, Cassandra, Wade, Sean and Kerry; and a sister, Mina Trafford Lusk.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Alan and Peter Trafford; two sisters, Marie Thompson and Ruth Quinn; and numerous nieces and nephews;

Private cremation will take place at the family’s discretion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill.

Arrangements are with M. Grimaldi Funeral Home, Greenport.


September 24, 2005

MYRTIS S. MAHARAY
Elementary school teacher

LEESBURG, FL---Myrtis S. Maharay, 94, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005 at Ruleme Center in Eustis, Florida.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, she moved to Hawthorne at Leesburg in 1974 with her husband, the late J. Earl Maharay from Catskill, who served as a hospital administrator at Catskill Hospital.

Mrs. Maharay was a retired elementary school teacher and a member of Morrison United Methodist Church in Leesburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila (Braden) Topmiller of Zellwood, Florida; two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

There will be no local services, and inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor, NY.

Page-Theus Funeral Home of Leesburg, Florida is handling the arrangements.


September 24, 2005

SARAH L. SICKLES
Beauty parlor operator

ATHENS---Sarah L. Sickles, 98, formerly of Second Street, Athens, and The Pavilion, Catskill, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 at Eden Park Health Care Center, Catskill, after a long illness.

Born in Athens, Feb. 16, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Richard A. and Bessie K. (Emmick) Holmes.

While living in Athens, Sarah operated her own beauty parlor and was a life time member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Athens.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend a graveside service on Monday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m. at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Athens.  Relatives and friends are invited and asked to meet at the cemetery.  Officiating the graveside service will be Rev. Diana Freeman and Deacon Henry Verdaasonk of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Catskill.

Interment will take place next to her late husband, Valoris Sickles.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richard’s Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens.

There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. 


September 24, 2005

KATHERINE ZWOBODA
Beloved mother and grandmother

CATSKILL---Mrs. Katherine Zwoboda, 92, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 at the Pavilion in Catskill.

Born April 27, 1913 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Mae (Popp) Coughlin.

Katherine was a communicant at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill.  She was a graduate of the Catherine Gibbs Business School in New York City and worked for the Catskill Savings Bank and later as a secretary for attorney Rosemary Byron.

She loved to read and do crossword puzzles.

Survivors include three sons, William S. Zwoboda and wife Mary Anne of Catskill, Thomas C. Zwoboda and wife Josephine of Catskill and Donald F. Zwoboda and wife Kathleen of South Cairo; five grandchildren, Karl Zwoboda, Kurt Zwoboda, Cheryl Zwoboda, Christopher Zwoboda, and Stephen Zwoboda; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Zwoboda, on July 3, 1978; two brothers, Stephen Coughlin and Charles Coughlin; and a sister, Rita McElroy.

Relatives and friends may call at Traver & McCurry Funeral home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.  The Rev. John J. Murphy will be officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care and compassion she received from the staff at the Pavilion, and the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene.


September 25, 2005

STANLEY L. SCHEPP
“Stanley the Clown”

PURLING---Stanley L. Schepp, 80, of 581 Mountain Ave., Purling, died on Sept. 24, 2005 at his residence with his loving family by his side after a long illness.

Born in Albany on Sept. 12, 1925, he was the son of the late LeRoy and Ferdina (Lock) Schepp.

Stanley served in the U.S. military from 1946 to 1947.  He was employed by the NYS Department of Transportation form 1953 to 1986 as a heavy equipment operator.  He was also known as the “Old Timer Clown,” with his sidekick donkey, “Spitball”.  Stanley worked throughout the northeast, including Carson City and the Ramuda Ranch in Round Top.

He was also a member of the C.S.E.A.

He is survived by his wife of almost 29 years, Joan L. (Cross) Schepp of Purling; a daughter, Deborah Schepp of Round Top; step daughter, Mrs. Douglas (Deborah) Lane of Catskill; a brother, Kenneth Schepp of Spring Water, NY; and two grandchildren, Brian and Michelle Kozlowski of Catskill.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, 29-283 Bross Street, Cairo, on Monday, Sept. 26 form 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor of the United Methodist Parish Church officiating.  Interment will follow in the family ploy of the Round Top Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society.  Envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.


September 26, 2005

ARTHUR E. GUSTAVSON
Coxsackie Corrections Officer

CATSKILL---Arthur E. Gustavson, 82, of 3 North Jefferson Avenue, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at Albany Veterans Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 5, 1922 and was the son of the late Joseph and Anna C. (Stefanson) Gustavson.

Mr. Gustavson’s family moved to Cairo when he was only 7 years old.  He graduated from Cairo Central School and then joined the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Mr. Gustavson married Elizabeth (Abrams) Gustavson Aug. 6, 1944 in the Cairo United Methodist Church.

He was a New York State Corrections Officer and farm manager at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility for 37 years, and was also a security guard for Columbia-Greene Community College for 15 years.

He was an avid deer hunter and also known for his beautiful flowers and vegetable garden.

In early years he was a Boy Scout leader and Little League baseball coach in Catskill and Coxsackie, and one of the original builders of the Ricky Cramer baseball field in Jefferson Heights.

Mr. Gustavson was the first World War II veteran of Cairo American Legion Post 983 and a member of the Catskill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Abrams Gustavson of Catskill, a son, Mark Arthur Gustavson and wife Nancy of Mexico, N.Y., a brother, Carl Almer Gustavson and wife Enid of Lake Worth, Fla., and  a niece Barbara Ann Lucca of Pine Bush, N.Y., nephews, William Gustavson of Cornwallville, Gary Gustavson of Lake Worth, Brian Rasmussen of Hartford Conn., and Barry Rasmussen of Greenville, and eight great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gustavson was predeceased by a brother, Arnold Gustavson, a sister, Anna Cleveland, and aunt and uncle Harry and Elin Swanlund, and several aunts and uncles in Sweden.

Calling hours will be 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 27 at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St.  Cairo Legion will be conducting services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be conducted with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Catskill, 40 Woodland Ave., Catskill, N.Y., 12414.  For your convenience envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home.


September 26, 2005

FRANCES LASKOWSKI
Beloved mother

WINDHAM---Frances Laskowski, 86, of Windham, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born in Brooklyn on March 6, 1919, to Birdgues Massey and Lucille Walker.  She moved to the Lynbrook/East Rockaway area in the 1950’s.  She worked in administration at Mobile Oil in Garden City, and later at St. Anthony’s School in Oceanside, N.Y.

She was a longtime parishioner of St. Raymond’s Church and was also a greeter at the Church of Nazarene, both located in East Rockaway.  Her life revolved around her family as well as the church.

She retired to Windham in early 2002 and resided with her daughter Susan and grandsons Jimmy and John Kowalski.  She was an inspiration, well loved and will be missed by all.

Survivors include her five children:  Robert and wife Judy, Charles and wife Sandi, Jeff and wife Mardella, Susan, Elizabeth and husband Vincent, grandchildren, Wade, Anne Marie, Maria, Bob Jr., Meagan, Kevin, Frances, Bonnie, Charlie, Jimmy, and John, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Laskowski was predeceased by her husband Charles Joseph Laskowski in 1965.

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

Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Theresa of The Child Jesus Church, Main St., Windham with the Rev. James Schiffer as Celebrant.

Interment immediately following at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Theresa’s Church, Windham to be used for the benefit of orphans.


September 27, 2005

KEVIN F. BRENNAN
Briarcliff HS teacher

CATSKILL---Kevin F. Brennan Sr., 82, of Catskill and formerly of Mohegan Lake, N.Y., died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, at Albany Medical Center in Albany.

He was born April 20, 1923 in Manhattan, the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Walsh) Brennan.

Mr. Brennan served in the United States Army during World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart.  He was a teacher and coach at Briarcliff High School in Briarcliff Manor before his retirement in 1979.

Survivors include two sons, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Brennan Jr. of Virginia, and Edward Brennan of Albany; two daughters, Cecilia Chlyston of Red Hook and Therese Rowcroft of Catskill; a brother, James Brennan of the Bronx; seven grandchildren, U.S. Army Capt. Brian Brennan, Kate Brennan, Nicholas Chlystun, Jeffrey Chlystun, Patrick Brennan, Kelsey Brennan, and Karrie Brennan; one great-grandson, Liam Brennan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Brennan was predeceased by his wife, Therese (Platt) Brennan on July 4, 2004.

There are no calling hours.

A Memorial mass will be celebrated 8:45 a.m. Oct. 25, at Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington, Virginia, with burial following at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to Living Resources, Carriage House Art Center, 30 Pine West Plaza, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, 12205.

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


September 27, 2005

ARTHUR E. GUSTAVSON
Coxsackie Corrections Officer

CATSKILL---Arthur E. Gustavson, 82, of 3 North Jefferson Avenue, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at Albany Veterans Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 5, 1922 and was the son of the late Joseph and Anna C. (Stefanson) Gustavson.

Mr. Gustavson’s family moved to Cairo when he was only 7 years old.  He graduated from Cairo Central School and then joined the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Mr. Gustavson married Elizabeth (Abrams) Gustavson Aug. 6, 1944 in the Cairo United Methodist Church.

He was a New York State Corrections Officer and farm manager at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility for 37 years, and was also a security guard for Columbia-Greene Community College for 15 years.

He was an avid deer hunter and also known for his beautiful flowers and vegetable garden.

In early years he was a Boy Scout leader and Little League baseball coach in Catskill and Coxsackie, and one of the original builders of the Ricky Cramer baseball field in Jefferson Heights.

Mr. Gustavson was the first World War II veteran of Cairo American Legion Post 983 and a member of the Catskill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Abrams Gustavson of Catskill, a son, Mark Arthur Gustavson and wife Nancy of Mexico, N.Y., a brother, Carl Almer Gustavson and wife Enid of Lake Worth, Fla., and  a niece Barbara Ann Lucca of Pine Bush, N.Y., nephews, William Gustavson of Cornwallville, Gary Gustavson of Lake Worth, Brian Rasmussen of Hartford Conn., and Barry Rasmussen of Greenville, and eight great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gustavson was predeceased by a brother, Arnold Gustavson, a sister, Anna Cleveland, and aunt and uncle Harry and Elin Swanlund, and several aunts and uncles in Sweden.

Calling hours will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St.  Cairo Legion will be conducting services today at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Joyce Wilkerson, pastor of the Catskill United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot at the Catskill Rural Cemetery and  will be conducted with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Catskill, 40 Woodland Ave., Catskill, N.Y., 12414.  For your convenience envelopes can be obtained at the funeral home.


September 30, 2005

HARRINGTON J. CONRAD
Korean War veteran

GREENVILLE---Harrington J. Conrad, 74, of Greenville, died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005.

Mr. Conrad was born in Coeymans Hollow and had lived in the Ravena area for most of his life.

He was a veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Korean War.

Mr. Conrad had worked for J.H. Maloy for 20 years, the former Atlantic Cement Company before retiring in 1981.  He then worked for 13 years for the Village of Ravena.

He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 146.

Survivors include his devoted friend Jeanette R. Hagen of Greenville; children, Laverne (Bonnie) Conrad of Ravena, Karen (Bob) Flynn of Copake Falls, Gail (Ron) Burns of New Baltimore, James Conrad of Arizona, Mary Lou Conrad of Ravena, Barbara Conrad of Ravena, Paul Conrad of Troy, and Nancy Beck of Albany; 12 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Mr. Conrad was predeceased by his parents Harry and Paula Conrad and brother Hyland Conrad.

Graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alcove Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heldeberg Senior Service Inc., Hiawatha Grange, Route 32, Dormansville, N.Y., 12055.


September 30, 2005

JOHN K. O’TOOLE
Retired AT&T employee

EAST DURHAM---John “Jack” K. O’Toole, 64, of East Durham, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born Sept. 6, 1941 in New Rochelle, NY, he was the son of the late Francis and Margaret (Collins) O’Toole.

Mr. O’Toole served his country in the US Army.  He had retired from AT&T after 30 years of employment.  He was a member of the Durham Valley Post American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Knock Council, and was a former member of the New Rochelle Irish Ben. Society.

Survivors include his wife, Marueen (Fiddy) O’Toole; two daughters, Stacy Kilts and her husband Karl of West Coxsackie, Tara Steelman and her husband Gary of Raleigh, NC; a son, S/Sgt. Michael O’Toole of McGuire Air Force Base in NJ; three grandchildren Robert and Margaret kilts and Anastasia Steelman; two step-grandchildren, Kyle and Kelly Kilts; two brothers, Francis and James O’Toole; a sister-in-law, Pamela Hawkes and her husband Les; also nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Patrick O’Toole.

Calling hours are Saturday, 6 to 8 .m. and Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 state Route 81, Greenville.

Funeral services will be Monday, 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Winston Cemetery, East Durham.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company or to the Town of Durham Ambulance.


September 30, 2005 

MARILYN I. SCHMIDT
Veterinarian

RAVENA---Marilyn I. Schmidt, DVM, 52, of Ravena, died suddenly, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005.

Mrs. Schmidt was the daughter of the late George and Irene Schmidt.

She partook and rejoiced in her family’s life and activities, including their farm (horses and livestock), sports, (soccer, skiing, swimming and sailing) as well as school, church, 4-H and scouting activities.

Mrs. Schmidt was a leader in the field of equine veterinary medicine.  As the owner of the Equine Clinic at Oaken Croft she tirelessly served the needs of horses and horseman throughout upstate New York for 27 years.

Survivors include her husband F. Richard Lesser; daughter, Taryn Schmidt Lesser; and brothers Michael Schmidt of Boston and Robert Schmidt of Rocheser.

Calling hours will be conducted 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena.

Memorial contributions may be made to support equine programs at Cornell university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. S2 005 Schurnan Hall, Ithaca, N.Y., 14853.


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