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Greenville Local
June 2006

Transcribed  by Colleen Maresca. Newspapers provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf


June 1, 2006

Mildred E. Reinhardt, 85 years, of Greenville, New York, passed away at her home on May 29, 2006. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 21, 1911, daughter of William and Alice Anderson, Sr.

She was a member and Past Matron on Maranatha Valley Chapter O.E.S. and the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church. She was well known for her paintings and loved her family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick G. Reinhardt; her son, Frederick W. Reinhardt; a sister, Gertrude Smith; and her brother, William Anderson, Jr.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Reinhardt of Greenville, New York; a nephew, Robert Smith of Niskayuna, New York; and a grandniece, Lorie Smith of San Francisco, California.

Funeral service will be Friday, 11 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York; Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. O.E.S. services will be Thursday evening. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greenville Rescue Squad or the Greenville Vol. Fire Co.


June 1, 2006 

Walton S. Jennings, 88 years, of Greenville, New York, passed away Friday, May 26, 2006 in the Stratton V.A. Medical Center in Albany, New York. He was born January 27, 1918 in Rensselaerville, New York, son of the late Aaron and Jean (Farquar) Jennings. He served during World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater.

Walt was a self-employed carpenter, well known in the Greenville area. He was a past commander and life member of the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291 and past commander and life member of the Tri-Town Memorial VFW Post No. 7229. He loved to hunt and fish. Walt loved his family dearly. He was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothea Mahoney and Wilhelmina Yeomans; a brother, John Jennings; and a sister-in-law, Ann Jennings.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Evelyn Shea Jennings of Greenville, New York; two daughters, Jean Ingoglia and Christine Haller and her husband, William, all of Greenville, New York; two stepdaughters, Mary Ellen Barkman and her husband, Randy, of Medusa and Kathleen Ann Shea of Greenville, New York; two brothers, Webster Jennings and his wife, Marie, and Russell Jennings; a sister-in-law, Roberta Jennings of Leeds, New York; 12 and ¾ grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

As to his wishes, Walt was cremated and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Sunday, June 11 at 12 p.m. at the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291, Maple Avenue, Greenville, New York, to which all are invited.

Those who wish may contribute in Walt’s memory to the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291, Driveway Fund, Maple Avenue, Greenville, NY, 12083 or the Greenville Rescue Squad, PO Box 332, Greenville, NY 12083.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, Inc., Greenville, New York.


June 1, 2006

John E. Albin, Sr., 77 years, of Freehold, New York, passed away at the Barnwell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Valatie, New York on May 28, 2006. He was born in New York City on June 14, 1928, son of the late George and Ella Mae (Cassidy) Albin.

He was a retired carpet installer having last worked for Broadway Carpet in Schenectady, New York. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict being discharged as a corporal. He was a member of the Carpenters Union and a former member of the Freehold Vol. Fire Co.

He will be remembered as an avid reader and enjoying his large family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Joan (Bigley) Albin; a son, Robert Albin; a daughter, Karen Yacobucci; two sisters, Gertrude VonBerg and Helen Loughran; and four brothers, Arthur, George, Fred and William Albin.

Surviving are his children, John Albin, Jr. (Elizabeth), Michele Weidman (Victor); Jayme Albin (Ann), Ellen Stevens (Orin), Michael Albin (Susan) and Raymond Albin (Stephanie); 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Albin; two sisters, Agnes Cafferelli, Midge Komerak; and several nieces and nephews; also a special “son”, Joe Savino, Jr. and a special friend, Frank Potter and his family.

As per his request, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Greenville Rescue Squad or to the American Red Cross.

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


June 1, 2006

Andrew P. Butterworth, 51 years, of Durham, New York, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, May 24, 2006. He was born  July 26, 1954 in Hudson, New York, son of Virginia (Hempstead) Butterworth and the late Andrew Butterworth. He was a shipping clerk, previously employed by U.S. Paper Counters.

Andy loved playing guitar, Jimmy Buffet and John Denver. He loved country music and played in a band with Claude Hattan and Gary Green. Andy enjoyed landscaping. He loved his family and friends and all his animals, especially his llama, “Paco”. Andy was predeceased by his daughter, Tiffany Johnson.

Surviving are his wife, Tamara (VanDyke) Butterworth of Durham, New York; two daughters, Tami Ann Lacy and her husband, James, of Catskill, New York, and Gloria Johnson of Cairo, New York; and two sons, Derek A. Butterworth of Durham, New York and Jason Johnson and his wife, Amy, of Round Top, new York; five grandchildren, Lucia Rivenburg, Dylan and Justyn Lacy, Gabriella Miller and Ryan Johnson; two sisters, Cynthia Hyde of Cairo, New York and Kathleen Liller of Potic Mountain, New York; an uncle, Floyd Hempstead; a nephew, Elwood Castle; a good friend, Gary Miller; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service was Tuesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, PO Box 146, Greenville, New York. Friends called prior to the service from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery on Wednesday at 11 a.m. those who wish may contribute in Andrew’s memory to The Butterworth Family Fund, c/o Casey Gentile of Jeff Martell, The Milk Run, 3552 SR 145, East Durham, NY  12423.


June 8, 2006

Tristan James Russell, infant son of Tadhg and Corbette (Kearney) Russell of East Durham, New York, passed away June 2, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York.

Surviving are his parents; two brothers, Peyton and Ryan Russell He was the grandson of Timothy Russell of Greenville, New York, Margaret Reidin of Palenville, New York, Claude and Katherine Kearney of East Durham, New York; great-grandson of Shela Evans, Palenville, New York, Doris Ormsbee of Catskill, New York and Irene Kearney of Catskill, New York. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland, New York.

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


June 8, 2006

Stephen Edward Laden, 99 years, of Lithia, Georgia, formerly of East Durham, New York, passed away on May 13, 2006. He was born in New Jersey on November 14, 1906.

Stephen was a millwright with Local Union 740 for many years and was predeceased by his wife, Alice (Leute) Laden. They spent many winters in Naples, Florida, but the place he always called home was East Durham, New York.

Surviving are a son, Robert Laden and his wife, Elizabeth, of Westbrookville, New York; a daughter, Nancy Stallard of Lithia Springs, Georgia; three grandchildren, Toni Stirtz and her husband, Timothy, Shane Laden and his wife, Frances, and Andrew Stallard; also four great-grandchildren, Casie and Codie Laden and Jonathan and Joshua Stirtz. He also leaves behind many other loving relatives and friends.

A graveside service was held on Friday, June 30, at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Route 81, Oak Hill, New York. Rev Reay Mahler officiated. Donations in Stephen’s memory may be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 66, Oak Hill, NY  12460.

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


June 15, 2006

Louis “Bud” Young passed away May 7, 2006. He was born in New York City on April 14, 1923, son of the late Louis and Florence (Sjogren) Young.

Bud will always be remembered for his humor, honesty, hard work and friendliness. He was a talented woodcarver and silversmith. He loved to fish in Lake Powell, Rocky Point and San Carlos, where he caught a sailfish. He was active in Southern Arizona Homebuilder’s Assn., Sertoma International and International Union of Operating Engineers.

Bud served in the US Navy during World War II as Motor Machinist Mate, First Class, on Destroyer Escort U.S.S. LCI (G) 467, in the Pacific, and participated in the recapture of Guam (1944). He was honorably discharged in November 1945 with several commendations.

After the war, he was a civilian crane operator for the US Army in Schenectady, New York. In 1952, he started an excavation and equipment rental business in Greenville, New York, building dams and dredging lakes, including Lake Loree at Sunny Hill Resort.

In 1956, he moved to Tucson and established Young & Deyo Excavating, which had a major impact on Tucson’s skyline. He demolished the Tucsonan Hotel and uncovered many artifacts of early Tucson history. He also demolished El Conquistador Hotel, site of the current mall and hotel, and dug missile silos on Mt. Lemon. He pursued other entrepreneurial interests in developing new construction technologies. In 1981, he created Young & Sons Contracting with sons Bryant and Michael Young, which remains a major excavating and contracting firm in Tucson.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Ann (Stall) Young; his children, Deborah Hanson, Bryant, Michael and Cody Young; stepsons Bill and Philip Blackerby; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; sister, Frances “SiSi” Winnie; a nephew, Kim Winnie; and brother-in-law, Alexander “Zan” Bryant. He was predeceased by his first wife, Thelma (Bryant) Young; sons Roger and Timothy Young; one grandchild; his brother-in-law, Harry Winnie; and nephew, Gary Winnie.

Memorial graveside service with military honors will be held Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. at the Greenville Cemetery.


June 15, 2006

Kaethe Pflanz, 77 years, of Freehold, New York, passed away at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York on June 5, 2006. She was born in Germany on March 21, 1929, daughter of the late Karl and Marie (Herrman) Pflanz. She had been employed for years at the Pleasant View Lodge in Freehold, New York.

Surviving are a brother, Kurt Pflanz; and a niece, Elvira Casader in Germany; two nephews, Ralph Schmollinger of Warwick, New York and Robert Schmollinger of Estero, Florida. She was predeceased by a sister, Ria (Pflanz) Schmollinger.

Funeral service will be 7:15 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to Columbia-Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY  12414.


June 15, 2006

Werner K. Stiefel, 85, died June 8, 2006 at VNA Hospice House near his home in Vero Beach, Florida.

Born on March 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, he grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and Preston Hollow, Albany County, New York, and later resided for many years in Oak Hill, Greene County, New York.

After his graduation from Yale University in 1942 with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, he founded the Stiefel Medicinal Soap Company, which later became Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. He remained president and CEO until his retirement in 2001. Under his leadership, Stiefel Laboratories became, and remains, the largest privately owned dermatological (skin product) company in the world, with over 2,500 employees and offices in over 100 countries worldwide.

Mr. Stiefel was a scientist and inventor who was granted nine United States patents. He was a retired member of the board of directors of Norstar Bank in Albany, New York, the Pioneer Insurance Company of Greenville, New York, and president of the board of education of the Durham Central School, where he was instrumental in bringing about its merger with Cairo Central School to create the Cairo-Durham School District in Greene County, New York.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville and a longtime Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 101, East Durham. He was a licensed ham radio operator under call letters W2HSK. Mr. Stiefel was an honorary life member of the North American Clinical Dermatological Society and also belonged to the prestigious Annenberg Circle of the Dermatology Foundation, which annually hosts the Werner K. Stiefel lectureship delivered by a world-known dermatologist.

Mr. Stiefel is survived by his wife, Marie (Caruso) Stiefel  and six children, John (Joyce) of Wethersfield, Connecticut, Edward (Deborah) of Naples, Florida, Charles (Daneen) of South Miami, Florida, Joan Stiefel Rodriguez (Ignacio) of Rockville, Maryland, Stephanie Stiefel Williams (Luke) of Guilford, Connecticut, and Lili Stiefel of Washington, DC. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, John David Stiefel, Kristen Stiefel Levithan (Josh), William Stiefel, Lisa Stiefel, Jeffrey Stiefel, Todd Stiefel (Diana), Brent Stiefel (Courtney), Melanie Rodriguez, Andrew Rodriguez, Marilyn Rodriguez, Valerie Williams, and Richard Williams; and three great-grandchildren, Cole, Amber and Sienna Stiefel. He was predeceased by a son, Richard, and his first wife, Catherine (Pierson) Stiefel.

Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Oak Hill, New York, with a private service following. The date of a public memorial service will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Werner K. Stiefel Scholarship Fund (for a Yale University engineering student) 331 Main St., Catskill, NY  12414.


GREENVILLE—A memorial service to celebrate the life of Werner K. Stiefel who died June 8, 2006, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Greenville Christian Life Center in Greenville, New York. The Christian Life Center is located one mile north of the Greenville traffic light on State Route 32. All attendees are invited to a reception immediately following the service at the Carriage House at the Freehold Country Inn, Freehold, New York.

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


June 29, 2006

Justin Novak, 16 years, died suddenly at his home in East Durham, New York on June 24, 2006. He was born in Athens, New York on November 14, 1989, son Ronald and Linda (Cook) Novak. Justin attended the Grapeville Christian School. An avid outdoors person, he loved snowboarding, hunting, fishing, biking, soccer and paint-balling. He was known as an excellent storyteller and was a good poet. He was a former member of the 4H Club and enjoyed showing at the Greene County Youth Fair.

Surviving are his parents, Ronald and Linda Novak; two grandmothers, Valerie Novak of Agawam, Massachussetts, Frances Partridge of East Durham, New York; a sister, Karen Ford and her husband, Charles II of Saratoga Springs, New York; three brothers, James Novak of Catskill, New York, Jonathan Novak and Jesse Novak of East Durham, New York; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Edward Novak and Oliver Cook; and his step-grandfather, Alfred Partridge.

Funeral service will be Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Greenville Christian Life Center, Route 32, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Potter Hollow Cemetery, Potter Hollow, New York. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Justin Novak Scholarship Fund for the Grapeville Christian School, c/o the National Bank of Coxsackie, PO Box 400, Coxsackie, NY  12051.


June 29, 2006

COXSACKIE---Barbara J. Barrett, age 46 years, of 5 Appleblossom Lane West, Coxsackie, NY, died June 20, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Albany, N.Y., Jan. 4, 1960, and was the daughter of Robert W. and Ann S. (Shumaker) Dagner of West Coxsackie.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 22, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. at The Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, N.Y., with the Rev. Paul Peters, Pastor of The First Reformed Church of West Coxsackie, officiating.

Private cremation took place on Friday, June 23, 2006, at The Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Barbara is a lifetime resident of Coxsackie, she loved to shop, loved to work with her husband at Barrett’s Auto Sales Unlimited, Route 9W, West Coxsackie, which she was Vice President of this firm. She also loved traveling, jet skiing, and motorcycle riding. She was very devoted to her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Edward L. Barrett and her son, Chad M. Barrett of West Coxsackie, and also Chad’s fiancée, Melissa Pena of Athens. Also survived by her sister, Mrs. Thomas (Debra) Rooney of Glenmont. Also surviving are her mother-in-law, Judy Pinheiro of N.J., and her father-in-law, Robert C. Barrett, Jr. of Cobelskill, and also survived by a niece, April M. Rooney of Glenmont.

Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend calling hours at The W.C. Brady’s Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion St., Coxsackie, on Thursday, from 3-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, New York, NY.


June 20, 2006

A friend of mine, was brought to despair,
By a doctor she knew, who truly did care.

Amaloid A was called….a disease to her heart,
A strickened and sickened…to fail…from the start.
So courageous was Barbara…determined to fight,
So Eddie and Chad…well they…aligned for her plight.
Preparing to travel…Sloan Kettering they would go,
In hopes for a cure…only the doctors would know.
Determined to give it all that they could,
Our community responded…as only they would!
With love and compassion, encouragement and fare,
Eddie and Barbara would know how we care!
Nothing could keep this community down,
To help our Dear Barbara proceed to..abound!
But…God…in His mercy…Looking down from above,
Could not see Barbara struggle so much.
Each breath she had taken was harder to breathe.
Each day that was given, could only conceive.
“Fear and confusion on what was ahead”,
Leaving her family was her only dread.
For Chad…she had wanted…a wedding day to give,
For Eddie…to love him…as long as they lived.
Her mom and her dad, her sister and niece,
Just a gift of her years, of her life to complete.
But for now, it was God, who controlled her tomorrow,
Truly, not wanting us all just to sorrow.
From high on His thone, His love to enthrall
He beckoned His Barbara, to come be His bride.
And promised Eddie I will stay by your side,
I’ll lead you and guide you as only I can.
Strengthening Chad, who’s become such a man!
And for you…my Dear Son, You’re never alone.
Deep within your heart, I abide to belong.
The day you asked me into your heart,
Was the day I began to abide and impart.
All you will need to continue therein,
And to show your Dear Sweetheart,
This isn’t the end.

A future and hope, in the “present” you’ll see,
A glimmer of Barbara in Chad there will be.
Imparted amongst all the hurt and despair,
Is your God named “Jesus”,
A Savior who cared.
For I come to save those who seek and are blind,
I’m “The God” in “Barb’s” presence “A gift so divine”!
So when all is so quiet,
And alone you’ve become,
The bed will be empty,
Your heart will be hung.
Remember that Barbara is waiting for you,
Saying “Heal” my dear husband, for everything’s new.
The beauty I see, will be her for us both.
But for now, cherish our memories and, my son, I love most!
The days will pass by…the years they will go,
But nonetheless, I’ll be waiting for you.
To give you a blessing on all you’ll pursue!

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