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Greenville Local
February 2006

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February 2, 2006 


SELKIRK---Alexander Ortiz, 76, entered into heaven on January 25, 2006.

Al was born in Puerto Rico on February 27, 1929, moved to New York at the age of 10 and, at the age of 18, Al moved to Blenheim where he met and married his wife, Betty, on November 18, 1948. Al and Betty moved to Selkirk, where he started his landscaping business, which he did most of his life. Al will always be remembered, loved, and missed dearly.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Warner Ortiz of Selkirk; children, Alexandro (Diana) Ortiz, Jr. of Hannacroix, Michael (Maryann) Ortiz of Selkirk, Juanita Ortiz of Selkirk, Lynda (Keith) Geraldsen of Ravena and Michelle (Scott) Sweet of Selkirk; grandchildren, Joey, Vanessa, Katie, Brenda, Tanya, Donita, Theresa, Chrissy, Bryan, Angie, Alex, Ashley, Keith, Krystal, Kailyn, Elissa, and Christopher; and several great-grandchildren. Al was predeceased by his children, Christopher and Kathy, and his grandson, Deven Sweet.

Relatives and friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Sunday, January 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Delmar. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Flowers are welcome.

February 2, 2006


ALBANY---Evelyn A. Lindskoog, 93, formerly of Coeymans Hollow, died peacefully Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at the Teresian House in Albany.

Born in Oneida County, she came to the Capital District in the early 1930’s. Evelyn worked as a receptionist at the former Albany Hardware & Iron Company, and at Henzel Powers Electric, retiring 30 years ago. She lived in Coeymans Hollow for over 25 years, in Latham for 10 years and in Albany for the last four years. Evelyn was a member of Dormansville United Methodist Church and the Order of the Pocahontas.

Wife of the late Olaf F. Lindskoog, who died April 25, 1993; mother of Donald L. Smith and his wife, Mary of Albany, and the late Shirley E. Biance; sister of Alma Wilfeard of Sodus, NY and Rita Weston of Rochester, NY; also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Private cremation has taken place. Spring burial will be in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Teresian House, 200 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, NY  12203 will be appreciated.

Arrangements by Caswell Funeral Home, 64 Martins Hill Road, Ravena.

February 2, 2006


Francis E. Barlow, 83 years, passed away suddenly on January 28, 2006. He was born in Cairo, New York on July 20, 1922, son of the late Frank and Anna (Snyder) Barlow. Francis served his country during WWII in the US Army serving in Central Europe and the Rhineland. He received the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

He was employed as an electronics technician with Sperry-Rand in Lake Success, New York prior to his retirement. Francis loved to bowl and was a member of several seniors groups. He was a kind, loving and generous man and will be greatly missed.

Francis was predeceased in 1999 by his beloved wife of over 50 years, Armilde (Arro) Barlow, a brother, Albert Barlow, and a sister, Pearl S. Booth.

Surviving are his son, Edgar Barlow and his wife, Juana, of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York; his daughter, Vaika “Vicky” Poole of Climax, New York; six grandchildren, Edward Barlow, Susan Brusp, Brian Poole, Robert Poole, Richard Poole, and Valerie Bernabo Poole and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Wednesday, Feb 1 at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home prior to the service from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment was in the Freehold Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Francis’ memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY.

February 2, 2006


John W. Van Wagenen, Jr., 32 years, of Maybrook, NY (formerly of Greenville, NY) passed away on Jan. 30, 2006 at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in December of 2005.  He was born in Goshen, NY on June 7, 1973; son of Linda (Thorp) Van Wagenen, Sr. John was a graduate of GCS, Class of 1993. He was employed as a Corrections Officer with the NYS Dept. of Corrections at Fishkill, NY. John was an avid sports fan, he loved NASCAR racing, shooting pool in his pool league, football and baseball. He also liked hunting. John loved his family and enjoyed all the family gatherings throughout the years. Besides his father, John was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Chauncey and Lunda Van Wagenen and two aunts, Shirley Manning and Bessie Van Wagenen.  

Surviving are his mother, Linda Van Wagenen; his sister, Janine Snyder and her husband, John; his brother, Mark Van Wagenen and his partner, Carolyn Perez; three nieces, Suzanne and Stephanie Snyder and Deanna Van Wagenen, all of Greenville, NY; maternal grandparents, Calvin and Margaret Thorp of Maybrook, NY; his uncle, Paul Thorp (Tina) of Sacketts Harbor, NY; his aunt, Kim Jordan (Randy) of Maybrook, NY; his aunt, Ginny Medley (Robert) of Walden, NY; his uncles, John Manning of Walden, NY, Beldon Van Wagenen (Barbara) of Middletown, NY and Neil Van Wagenen (Bonnie) of Gardner, NY. Also surviving are a great-uncle, Samuel Del Santo (Ruth) of Montgomery, a great-aunt, Rosanne Kearney (James) of Maybrook, NY, his godson, Trevor Lawrence and many cousins and dear friends.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. from the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, NY  12586 with a mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption in Maybrook, NY. Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083 on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

John will be laid to rest beside his father in the Walkill Valley Cemetery.

February 2, 2006


GREENVILLE---Alice M. Ferriolo, age 76, resident of Greenville since 1958 died peacefully Saturday, January 28, 2006 surrounded by her loving family. Born in the Bronx, NY, November 14, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Alice (Cullen) Hopkins.

Mrs. Ferriolo was an actuary for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in Manhattan, NY, and after moving to Greenville, she was a secretary for the Greenville Central School District, and later worked at Pine Lake Manor in Greenville.

She was the loving wife of Richard Ferriolo, cherished mother of Thomas Ferriolo of Dunedin, Florida, and Tracy and her husband, Bradley Boomhower of Greenville. She was adored by her grandchildren, Bradley and Elizabeth Boomhower.

She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas Hopkins, and sister, Nora Hopkins.

Calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, Inc., 4898 S.R. 81, Greenville, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at St. John the Baptist Church 5070 S.R. 81, Greenville, NY. Interment will follow in Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, NY. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

The family suggests memorial donations in Alice’s name be made to Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, or Greenville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 332, Greenville, NY  12083.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, Ravena, NY.

February 9, 2006


Geraldine V. Jones Bleau, 51, formerly a Ravena resident, died Tuesday, January 31, 2006 after a prolonged illness. She attended Greenville schools and graduated from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School.

Survivors include her beloved daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bleau of Cossayuna Lake, NY; sisters Marie Murevay and Rose Hunter; and brother Kenny Jones.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 3rd at the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, Selkirk. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Selkirk. Services were under the direction of the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

February 9, 2006


Raymond L. Jones, 77, of Coeymans Hollow, passed from this life to eternal life on Monday, February 6, 2006 at Kingston Hospital after a long illness.

Born on October 5, 1928 in Albany, he was the son of the late Frederick W. and Alma Jane Morse Jones. Ray was raised in Vermont and came to Coeymans Hollow after his Army service. He was employed as an operating engineer and retired from Callanan Industries in South Bethlehem. Ray played country music for many years in round and square dance bands. He was a bowler and enjoyed playing golf. Ray was an active member of American Legion Post 291 in Greenville. He loved being with his family, and described himself as “the richest man in the world who has no money.”

Ray is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Mary Ann O’Neill Jones; his children, Donna (Bill) Slingerland of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Gary (Peggy) Jones of Ravena, Linda (Monte) Klob of Greenville, Dennis (Georgina) Jones of Hannacroix, Sue (Dan) Flannery of Greenville, Shari (Ben) Underwood of Freehold, and Michael (Sheila) Jones of South Bethlehem; 20 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mae (Don) Duncan of Voorheesville; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were held at the Babcock Funeral Home, Inc., 19 Pulver Avenue, Ravena, on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena, with Rev. James D. O’Neill, Ray’s brother-in-law, officiating. Entombment will follow in St. Patrick’s Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions to American Legion Post 291, Maple Avenue, Greenville, NY 12083, will be appreciated.

Arrangements are with Caswell Funeral Home, Ravena.

February 9, 2006


Marion Blanche Emma (Hoover) Biegel passed away February 2, 2006, following a long illness at the Pavillion in Catskill, NY, where she resided with her beloved husband, Richard Roth Biegel, Sr. The couple had been residents of Ashland for almost sixty years. She was born to James Marion Hoover and Minnie Eloise (Decker) Hoover in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 22, 1918. In addition to her husband, Richard, she is survived by her loving children; daughter-in-law Joyce Trudell, Greenville, NY; daughter Barbara and husband, Gary Slutzky, Hunter, NY; daughter Roberta and husband, Dennis Shea, Cambridge, MA; son-in-law, Blaine Partridge, Ashland, NY; daughter Marion and husband, Frederick Quenzer, Red Hook, NY; son Richard Biegel, Jr., Prescott Valley, AZ daughter Margaret and husband Mike Bush, Lexington, NY; daughter Kathryn Swann, Castleton, NY; daughter Elizabeth and husband Robert Chura, Windham, NY; and daughter Jennifer and husband Robert Scaboo, Prescott Valley, AZ. Additionally, Marion is survived by sons-in-law Tom Hotaling of Castleton, NY and Charles Montalbano of Prescott Valley, AZ; one brother, Clarence Hoover of Granite Canyon, WY and sisters; Dorothy Nelson, Almond, WI; Diana Koklas, Greenfield, WI; Ilene Crisp, Milwaukee, WI; and Delores Walls of Glendale, AZ. Marion is also survived by a sister-in-law, Mabel Robinson of Olean, New York. Marion was predeceased by children, Edward Tudell, Greenville, NY; and Fern Partridge, Ashland, NY; sister, Roberta Moran, and brother James Hoover of Milwaukee, WI.

Marion, a loving wife, mother and devoted homemaker for over sixty years, will be deeply missed by family, which includes twenty-seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, in addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ashland Rescue Squad, Ashland, NY.

Visiting hours were Monday, Feb. 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Decker Funeral Home, Main Street, Windham, NY. The Funeral Services were held at the Decker Funeral Home, Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., followed by interment at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland, NY.

February 9, 2006


Darlene (Palmer) Stickel, 63 years of Greenville, NY passed away at her home on Feb. 1, 2006. She was born in Catskill, NY on Oct. 31, 1942, daughter of the late Sheldon and Allie )Parks) Palmer. Darlene worked at the VA Medical Center in Albany, NY dedicating 35 years to counseling and supporting troubled veterans. Upon retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and dog. Darlene loved helping others and making a difference in their lives. She will be greatly missed and loved by all that she touched.

A devoted mother to Frank Zibura and his wife, Denise, Lisa Koehler and her husband, Todd, Bryan Zibura and his wife, Amy, beloved grandmother to Lauren,. Zachary,. And Cody Zibura,. Erich and Katie Koehler, loving sister to Doug Palmer. Also surviving are Uncle Walter and Aunt Margie Parks of Akron, NY and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, Scott Zibura and a brother, Dale Palmer.

A memorial service will be held Sat. Feb. 11 at 12 noon at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 12 noon, prior to the service.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Northeast USA Vietnam Veterans Reunion Assn., PO Box 326, Freehold,. NY  12431, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Rd., Hudson. NY 12534, or to the American Cancer Society.

February 16, 2006


Maria Anna Kobertz (Mitzi), 86, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, February 9, 2006, in Jacksonville, Florida, with her loving family by her side. Maria was born October 18, 1919, in Pottendorf, Austria. She moved to New York from Germany with her family in 1951 and lived 34 years in the Greenville area until she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, with her daughter three years ago. Maria was predeceased in death by her husband, Josef Franz Kobertz.

A devoted homemaker, Maria enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, dancing and spending time with her family. She was an avid reader and loved following politics.  She treasured her frequent visits to family and friends in Germany and Austria. While living in Greenville, she was a member of the German Social Club and prior to that the German Singing Group in New York City where she performed many concerts including a performance in Washington, D.C.

A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, she leaves to cherish her memory three children; Franz Josef Kobertz of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Annamaria O’Connell and her husband, Daniel, of Brookville, Long Island, Leona Catalano and her husband, David, of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren William and Frank Kobertz, Daniel O’Connell, Alexandra Catalano; great-grandchildren, Dylan Kobertz and Qwynn Kobertz, and a host of extended family members and friends.

The family visitation to greet friends will be held on Friday, February 17, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, February 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to church services at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville, New York. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2006, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Maria’s interment will follow her funeral service with a processional to the Greenville Cemetery.

February 23, 2006


LIVERPOOL, NY---Emily Lusk Moore of Liverpool, New York, passed away at the Francis House in Syracuse, New York, on February 16, 2006. Emily graduated from Coeymans High School in 1935. She went to work as a secretary for Ed Uthe for 28 years. She worked at Blue Circle Cement Company for 15 years. She lived most of her life in Coeymans, 11 years at Sleepy Hollow Lake in Coxsackie and the last 6 years in Liverpool, New York. Survivors are her husband, Bill for 56 years, 7 nieces and nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews and 2 great nieces and nephews. Calling hours were at Sears Middleton & Jones Funeral Home from 12 to 2 p.m. at 209 North Main Street, North Syracuse on February 18, 2006 and burial is at North Syracuse Cemetery.

February 23, 2006


Ralph E. Ruland, 83 years, of West Coxsackie, New York, passed away on February 18, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. He was born in Sunside, New York on May 7, 1922, son of the late Ralph A. and Martha (Andrus) Ruland. Ralph served his country during WWII in the US Coast Guard.

Prior to his retirement Ralph was an equipment operator for the Town of Durham and an artificial inseminator with the NY Artificial Breeders and was a constable in the Town of Durham. He was a member of the Durham Valley American Legion Post No. 1416, East Durham Vol. Fire Co. and Cascade Lodge in Oak Hill, New York. Ralph was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Besides his parents, Ralph was predeceased by a sister, Beatrice Stewart.

Surviving are his wife, Gertrude (Osborne) Ruland of West Coxsackie, New York; a son, Ralph R. Ruland, III and his wife, Candace, of Greenville, New York; a daughter, Lynn Passaretti and her husband, Joseph, of Hannacroix, New York; four grandchildren, Travis Ruland and his wife, Jennifer,  Heather Ruland, Jami Passaretti and her significant other, George Babcock and Casi Passaretti and her significant other, Sam Stanley; a great-grandson, Dylan Babcock; and three sisters, Marion Jamieson and Lura McCarthy, both of Troy, New York and Vivian Simpson of Sunside, New York and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville, New  York.

Those who wish may contribute in Ralph’s memory to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY  12051.

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

February 23, 2006


Peter J. Tumminello, Sr., 85 years, of Westerlo, New York (formerly of Rensselaerville, New York), passed away on February 16, 2006 at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He was born April 10, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Joseph and Marie (Ciaccone) Tumminello.

Peter served his country during WWII in the US Army serving in the European Theater and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds suffered at Anzio, Italy. He was employed as a sanitation worker with the NYC Department of Sanitation for 25 years, until his retirement. Peter also ran a Flea Market at the Fox Creek Antique and Auction Center for many years. He was a member of the VFW on Long Island prior to moving upstate. Peter was predeceased by several sisters and brothers.

Surviving are his wife, Florence T. Tumminello of Westerlo, New York; two daughters, Marianne and Tara Tumminello, both of Westerlo; two sons, Peter J. Tumminello, Jr., of Rensselaerville, New York and Charles Tumminello and his wife, Joan, of Delmar, New York; two granddaughters, Noelle and Gina Tumminello, both of Delmar, New York; and a sister, Mary DaVanzo of Flushing, New York.

Funeral service was Monday, February 20, at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, New York. Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, on Sunday.

Spring interment will be in the Middleburgh Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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