Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
August 2007


Transcribed  by Sylvia Hasenkopf


August 2, 2007

Reginald G. Clapper 

Lake Worth, Fl. – Reginald G. Clapper, 83, of Lake Worth, formerly of Greenville, NY, died Sunday, July 22, 2007 after a long illness. Born in Potter Hollow, NY Reggie worked for the Cunningham Funeral Home, in Greenville, and was self employed in other businesses and was the owner and operator of the CCCR Laundromat in Greenville before retiring to FL 30 years ago.  He moved into the View Street Retirement Community where he had many good friends and neighbors.

Reggie was predeceased by his wife Gladys LaBarr.

Survivors include one son Michael (Joan) Clapper, of Lake Worth, Fl, two daughters Dorinda Chatserton of Rotterdam, Connie Favreau (JoAnne) of Schenectady, NY, granddaughters Spring (Terry) Seeley, Amy (Danny) Kiester, of Fl and several great grandchildren, a sister Lodema (Don) Connors of AZ, and very dear friends Karen (Chet) Waddell, Ralph (Jacque) Chalmers.

Donations in his memory may be sent to East Durham Fire Department, East Durham, NY 12424.

A graveside service will be planned at a later date.


August 2, 2007

Mary Gulisane

Greenville – Mary Gulisane (78) died Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Manhattan, NY on July 18, 1929, daughter of the late Joseph and Nicoletta (Macchia) Lomuscio. Mary and her husband, John took up residence in Greenville shortly after marrying in 1949 and there they stayed. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She loved to serve others and true to her Italian heritage, showed that love through her excellent culinary skills. Pasta with the family on Sunday afternoons was a much beloved tradition.

She was pre-deceased by her husband John V. Gulisane, her brothers Joseph and Frank and sister Katherine. She is survived by two daughters; Loretta Gulisane of Catskill, Maria Marquit (Wayne) of Greenville, a son John V. Galisane, Jr. (Katherine) of Valtie, eight grandchildren, Daniel, Jared, Joseph, Jacob and Angela Gulisane and Matthew and Joshua Marquit and Corrina Marquit-Phillips, and one great-grandchild, Gavon Marquit also a sister Antoinette (Toni) Ambrosio of Poughquag, NY.

Mary as an incredibly kind and generous soul who lived humbly and cared very little for the material pleasures of this world. Instead, her treasures included her family, friends and faith. She was an active member of St. John’s the Baptist Church Parish where she offered many hours of Christian service and helped with the local food pantry. Her friendly, out-going personality and kindness won the admiration of all who knew her.

A Memorial Service was held on Monday, July 30, 2007 at 10am at the Greenville Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, CR 41, Greenville, NY. Friends were invited to call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, NY on Sunday, July 29, from 4 to 7pm. Interment was Monday 1pm at the Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY.


August 2, 2007

Ann Mary Teresa Moynihan

Ann Mary Teresa Moynihan, born May 11, 1947, beloved daughter of Eugene and Mary Moynihan, loving sister of Nora, survived by many other family members, friends and colleagues. Ann lived a full and happy life and worked tirelessly in the public interest and particularly for the benefit of the underprivileged. We will all miss her terribly.

Services were Tuesday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends called at the funeral home Monday. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Coalition for the Homeless New York City, New York.


August 2, 2007

Sandra J. Ray

Cairo – Sandra J. Ray, 71, of 67 Roosevelt Ave., Cairo, NY., died July 25,2007, at the residence.

She was born in Gutherie Center, Iowa, May 31, 1936, and was the daughter of the late Michael F. and Dorothy (Roe) Markham.

Funeral services took place Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 6pm, at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, with Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, officiating.

Private cremation followed at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years Robert L. Ray Sr. of Cairo, three sons Robert Jr., Joseph and John all of Cairo, two daughters Lisa Stubbs of Jupiter, Fl., and Lynn Jones of the Bronx, two sisters Mary Lou and Loretta Markham of Hornell, NY.

Also, surviving are 11 grandchildren, also one great-grandchildren. Sandra has been an area resident since 1968 and a communicant of the Sacred Heart Church, also Sandra has thirty dedicated years as a nursing assistant at the Columbia-Greene Long Term Care, Catskill, NY. She is very devoted to her family and she and her husband have been married 49 years.

Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo, on Saturday, July 28, 2007, from 3 to 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY or to the Cavell Cancer Treatment Program, 69 Prospect Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.

Envelopes are available at the funeral home for your convenience.

There was a celebration of Sandra’s life  for family and friends in Sunday, July 29, 2007, from 2 to 5 pm at the Catskill Elk’s Lodge, Catskill, NY.


August 2, 2007

Doris C. Sullivan

Coxsackie – Doris C. Sullivan, age 88, of Coxsackie, NY., died Friday, July 27, 2007 at the Schuyler Ridge Health Care Center in Clifton Park.

She was born in New Baltimore, NY., November 24, 1918, and was the daughter of Arthur Hotaling and Lillian Vermilyea Hotaling Ames. She retied from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles in Catskill, NY. She also worked for Dr. William A. Lambertson for over 20 years in Coxsackie. In 1942, she worked at the Watervliet Arsenal and later for General Electric in Coxsackie.

Doris was a gold star wife, she was an avid reader and loved to mow her lawn and plant flowers. She will be remembered for her love of her home town community of Coxsackie.

Doris is survived by her daughter Terrie Hallenbeck of Glenmont; three nieces Joan Mathes, Judith (Jerome) Misuraca and Jean Hathaway of Coxsackie; two grandchildren Michael H. Miller of Cincinnati, Ohio and Stacey (Mark) Patton of Dallas, Texas; three great-grandchildren Nicholas, Sydney and Olivia; two nephews James (Michele) Misuraca and Mark Hathaway.

Besides her parents Doris was predeceased by her  first husband flight officer, William Harding who died in World War II and is interred in the Florence, Italy American Military Cemetery; second husband Nicholas R. Sullivan; sister Emily Marie Hotaling Schermerhorn; brother Frank Bertram Hotaling; stepfather Leonard “Pa” Ames.

Funeral Service was held Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at the Second Reformed Church in Coxsackie with Rev. Carolyn Lewis officiating. Interment followed in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery in Coxsackie. Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W.C. Brady’s Son Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY 12051on Tuesday from 4-7pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association North East Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.


August 9, 2007

Rose Klob

Rose Klob, 75, of Englewood, Florida, died on August 2, 2007, at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Albany, New York on April 5, 1932, daughter of Rose (Flack) Klob and the late Fred Klob.

She graduated from high school in New York City and continued on to Zion Bible Institute for three years, where she received her license as Reverend. Her calling was to be a missionary to Africa. Before leaving the US at 23 years of age, she entered nursing in Quebec, Canada for one year of training to bush nursing. At a later time she received her LPN degree from Albany Medical Center.

In 1956 Rose boarded a plane and flew to Central Africa. She spent 42 years on the mission field serving in Liberia and Malawi. As a missionary Rose pastured and built churches, taught in the bible schools, translated literature into the native language and built clinics where she not only delivered babies but also pulled teeth. Rose served under the Assemblies of God Missions and retired in 1998 in Hannacroix, New York. After two years she moved to Englewood, Florida, with her mother and two sisters. Rose’s home church was Alcove Assembly of God in New York and later she became a member of West Coast Assembly of God Church in Englewood. Rose was in service to the Lord all her life and was loved and will be missed by all.

She is survived by her mother, Rose M. Klob; a brother, Fred Klob (Lois); two sisters, Martha Markel (Clarence), and Mary Marshall (David); sister-in-law Loretta Langdon; special aunt Elizabeth Harris; also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Fred Klob, Sr., and a brother, Paul Klob.

Funeral service was Tuesday at the South Westerlo C.C. Church in South Westerlo, New York. Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home on Monday. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the General Counsel of Assemblies of God, Africa Foreign Mission Dept., 1445 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802-1894 or to Tidwell Hospice, 12034 N. Access Rd. Port Charlotte, FL 33981.


August 9, 2007

Elmer C. Beck, Jr.

Elmer C. beck, Jr., 83 of Ravena, entered eternal life Friday, August 3, 2007 with his living family by his side in the home he lived in all his life.

Elmer was an Air Force veteran serving in the Korean War. In 1994 he retired after 32 years of service with Callanan Industries. Elmer loved gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Ann Beck of Ravena; children, Elizabeth (Robert) Evans, Robert (Denise) Beck and Sandra LaPlante, all of Westerlo; stepchildren, David Dudley of Freehold, Michael (Julie) Dudley of Ravena, Laurie (Marty) McDonald of Hannacroix and Harry B. Dudley, Jr. of Ravena; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 7pm Thursday, August 9 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service starting at 4pm. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Elmer may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene or the American cancer Society.


August 16, 2007

Thelma Bell

Durham, NY – Thelma Bell, 99 years, of Durham, NY passed away August 9, 2007 at the Whittier Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center in Ghent. Thelma was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 13, 1906, daughter of the late George B. and Elise (Torressen) Dahl. At age three, Thelma and her family began spending summers in Durham, NY, commuting between New York City and back for several years. In 1928 Thelma Dahl married Marshall Bell and they were joined later by their beloved daughter “Teddy”. Thelma’s four year old niece, Eve, joined the family in 1941. In 1945, Thelma, Marshall and family purchased the Durham General Store and became permanent residents of Durham. Together, Marshall and Thelma enjoyed a lifetime of wonderful memories in their 57 years of marriage. Thelma was a gifted pianist. In early years she teamed up with her life-long friend Marion and played regularly on a Saturday morning radio show, they were affectionately dubbed the “Piano Twins”. Thelma also played with the Philbob Quarter at many of the area resorts for years. She was also a piano teacher.

Writing was another one of Thelma’s gifts. She was a contributing writer to local area papers, a poet and the author of Reflections, A Lifetime of Memories, a “biography not written in date order, rather written in the order of a wandering mind, ever which she had no control.” Her sense of humor paralleled her deep affection for her family and friends.

Recently crowned Queen of the Prom at her assisted living residence in Ghent, Thelma reflected during her sudden illness that she was “simply an ordinary woman who led an extraordinary life”. Blessed with a sharp mind, Thelma (at 99) looked forward to visits from friends and family, especially her cousin Marge. She could recant a century of historic events and often enjoyed the challenge of a good game of cards or tiles.

She was a member of the Greenville – Norton Hill U.M. Church and joyfully accompanied the Children’s Cherub Choir and played in the Church Bell Choir. Thelma’s philosophy outlook at her 99th birthday celebration was that “she just enjoyed life”. She was greatful for her many friends and extended family who “looked after her:, including Mary O’Rourke, Bonnie Kearney and Debbie Magee.

Thelma was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Marshall Bell in 1985 and beloved daughter Teddy in 2004.

A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Thelma’s life on Friday, August 17, 2007 at 1:00pm. at the Greenville – Norton Hill U.M. Church. As to her wished Thelma was cremated and will be interred with her husband Marshall in the Oak Hill Cemetery. All under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083.

Those who wish may contribute in Thelma’s memory to the Greenville – Norton Hill U.M. Church Building Fund.


August 16, 2007

Erika Elisabeth Head

Greenville – Erika Elisabeth Head, lovingly known by everyone as Oma, of Plattekill Road, Greenville passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, August 9th, 2007 at Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Born in a small farm town, Hemslinglen, Germany August 13, 1925, she immigrated to the USA when she was 25 years old and purchased Pine Ridge Farm in Greenville in 1951 where she ran it as a bed and breakfast and a working farm for many years. In 1962 she moved to California where she owned and operated the Twin Peaks Health Center in San Francisco as a licensed massage therapist for 18 years. She retired and came back to Greenville where she loved it most. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading, knitting and cooking. She was most content while watching the birds and wildlife.

Beloved wife of the late Robert Patrick Head. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Mike Gioja of Greenville. Grandmother to Elizabeth Gioja, residing in Reno, Nevada, and Michael Gioja in Greenville. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in Erika’s memory may be made to the Greenville Rescue Squad at PO Box 332 Greenville, NY, 12083. Funeral service and interment will be Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 1:00pm in the Greenville Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited.

Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY.


August 23, 2007

Helen Flagler 

Helen Flagler, 86, of Westerlo, New York, passed away on August 19, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. She was born on October 6, 1920, daughter of the late George P. and Hazel (Stewart) Messer. 

A lifelong homemaker she helped her husband in running their farm in Westerlo. Helen was an avid bowler and also enjoyed fishing, watching sports on TV and crocheting. She also attended the Westerlo Reformed Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clifton F. Flagler and a granddaughter, D. Rachel Flagler.

Surviving is a son, Duwane C. Flagler (Hazel) of Westerlo, New York; her grandchildren, D. Renee Fisher (Timothy), D. Robin Smith (James), D. Cameron Flagler, Devin S. Flagler; her great-grandchildren, Jessica and Justin Fisher, Aaron and MacKenzie Smith, Austin, Kaitlyn, Kya and Alyssia Flagler. 

Service and interment in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were by the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, New York.


August 23, 2007

Nelson John Periard

Coxsackie – Nelson John Periard, 66, of Cedar Lane, entered into eternal rest on August 10, 2007. Nelson was born, December 19, 1940 in Victory Mills, NY., the son of the late Joseph R. and Susan L. Havlik Periard.

Nelson was employed for over 20 years as a carpenter, for the former Linindoll’s Pest Control and later when it became Rent to Kill Pest Control in Albany, retiring in 2000. In addition to his parents Nelson is pre-deceased by two brothers Joseph and Kenneth Periard.

Survivors include his loving wife if 44 years Margaret A. Coonrad Periard, five children and a foster daughter and their spouses, Timothy (Kim) Periard of Nanuet, NY., Susan (Scott) Cooper of Leeds, NY., Steven Periard of Ithaca, NY., Gunnery Sgt. Jason Periard USMC, Carlsbad, CA., Pamela (Jim) Nolan of Athens, NY., Lucretia (Brett) Paulson of Waterford, NY. For grandchildren Timothy Periard, Jr., Tal Periard, Eric Periard and Brendan Periard. One brother Melvin Periard, many nieces and nephews. “HAVE SOME”, CAPTAIN HOIBY!!!”

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer 295 Valley View Blvd. Rensselaer, NY, 12144.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, inc., 565 Fourth Avenue (corner of 115th Street and 4th Ave.), Troy, NY, 12182. (518) 235-0952.


August 23, 2007

Karl Heinz Volmar

Karl Heinz Volmar, 88, a resident of Greenville (Hannacroix), New York, passed away on August 19, 2007 in his sleep at the Kaaterskill Long Term Care & Rehab. Center in Catskill, New York, where he had been a resident for the past two years.

Karl was born in Nurnburg, Germany on August 12, 1919. In 1955 with his wife and two

Children, he emigrated to the United States to begin a new life. During his first few years  in this country he worked as a machinist for General Dynamics in Waterbury, Connecticut.

In 1961 he purchased a dairy farm on Hillcrest Road in the Town of Greenville and milked cows until his semi-retirement in 1985. While in the dairy business he was a member of many agricultural related groups and organizations. He was also the guiding force behind the creation of the Greenville Ag-District.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Ruth Irene (Schubert) Volmar; two children, Monika Blasco (Andrew) of Kensington, Connecticut and Eberhard Volmar (Eileen) of Greenville, New York; his grandchildren, Benjamin, Hilary and Molly Blasco, Dr. Keith Volmar, Karen Kirby (Eric), Kerry Houlihan (Michael), Kristin Dougherty (Kevin); one great-granddaughter, Isabel Kirby; and two sisters in Germany.

As to his wishes Karl was cremated and his remains will be put to rest on the farm he loved. At a future date, there will be a private family memorial service to celebrate his life. He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather and he will be greatly missed.

Arrangements were by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York.


August 30, 2007

Henry S. Elwyn, Jr.

Freehold – Henry S. Elwyn, Jr., (82) of Freehold, NY passed away on August 20, 2007 at the Albany Medical Center. He was born in Norwhich, NY on February 23, 1925, son of the late Henry S. and Gladys (Babcock) Elwyn, Sr.

A Veteran of WWII, he served in the US Navy in the South Pacific. He was a resident of Harriman, NY for 28 years. He and his wife have been residents of Freehold for the last 13 years. He was the owner and operator of Elwyn Bros. Drywall in the 1960’s employing thirty people. He was also a contractor, remodeler and homebuilder in the 1950’s-1960’s. He was also a dairy farmer.

An avid old bottle collector and cat lover, he was also a hunter, fisherman, scuba diver, water skier, poet and writer.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth (Tice) Elwyn at home, two daughters, Kathleen Cook of Yulan, NY, Betty Charleston of Harriman, NY, three sons; Henry Elwyn III of Middletown, NY, Stanley Elwyn of Leeds, NY, Gary Elwyn, of Freehold, NY; a brother Charles Elwyn of Lake Clear Junction, NY; 3 sisters, Mildred Wolfe of South Cairo, NY, Betty Thomas of Copperas Cove, TX and Doris Bailey of Bainbridge, NY; twelve grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother Robert Elwyn.

Funeral service was Thursday, 11am at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY. Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 to 11am prior to the service. Interment followed in the Medusa Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory at their local Animal Shelter.


August 30, 2007

Elissa A. Maxwell

Catskill – Elissa A. Maxwell, 50, of Catskill, NY, passed away in her sleep on Aug. 24, 2007. She was born in Roseville, CA on January 29, 1957. Formerly of Greenville, NY she graduated from G.C.S. and the Institute of Culinary Arts on Cape Cod. She worked as a chef on Cape Cod and also at the Greene Memorial Hospital until it closed.

She is survived by her beloved son Alex Maxwell, her mother Barbara (Temperly) Woodworth, step-father William Woolworth of Cornwallville, NY, three brothers, Chris Maxwell (Linda) of Greenville, NY, David Maxwell (Dianne) of New Hampshire and Arnold Maxwell (Lisa) of Greenville, NY.

All her family and friends will dearly miss her. The family will hold a memorial service in the future.

Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY.


August 30, 2007

Dennis M. Rooney 

Dennis M. Rooney, 51, of Oak Hill, New York, passed away on August 26, 2007 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York. He was born in Kingston, New York on May 26, 1956, son of the late Patrick and Amble (Bedell) Rooney. A hard worker all his life, he would help anyone in need. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting.

Surviving are four children Tim, Sarah, Kayla and Heather Rooney, all of Preston Hollow; two brothers, Patrick Rooney of Preston Hollow, John Rooney of Greenville; two sisters, Nora R. Rooney of Orlando, Florida and Barbara Frimalino of Wilmington, North Carolina; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 1, at 1pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York. Friends may call from 12 noon to 1pm prior to the service. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Town of Durham Ambulance Squad.


August 30, 2007

Ruth Elizabeth Whitbeck

Preston Hollow – Ruth Elizabeth Whitbeck, 95 years, of Preston Hollow, NY passed away at her home on August 21, 2007. She was born in Charleston Four Corners, NY on March 19, 1912, daughter of the late Myron and Jennie (Montayne) Whiting and grew up on the family farm. After completing her elementary education she attended Cobleskill High School. Ruth married William Joseph Whitbeck on March 25, 1934 and had two sons, John Whiting and Peter William Whitbeck. In 1947 they opened and operated Whitbeck’s Service Station in Cooksburg, NY and it is still in operation today, a third generation business. Ruth was predeceased by her husband William Joseph Whitbeck in 1985.

Surviving are her two sons, John W. Whitbeck of Preston Hollow, NY and Peter W. Whitbeck of Greenville, NY, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

As to her wishes Ruth was cremated and a Memorial Service was held Friday, August 24, 2007 at 8pm to celebrate her life. Friends were invited to call at the Cunningham Funeral Home prior to the service from 7 to 8pm. She will be interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery with her husband.

Those who wish may contribute in Ruth’s memory to the Community Hospice of Albany, NY 12205.


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