Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
May 2003


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Blanche Johnson 

Blanche Johnson, age 93, died Saturday morning, April 26, 2003, at Columbia-Greene Long Term Care in Catskill. She was born June 5, 1909 in Kinston, North Caroline, the daughter of the late William  and Julia Speights Smith.  She was married February 26, 1931 in Manhattan, New York to the late Charles Johnson.

She was  an area resident moving here from Teaneck, New Jersey. Mrs. Johnson had been employed as a lab supervisor for Madison Square Garden from where she retired.  In addition, she was a self-employed licensed cosmetologist.  She was a member of the Eastern Star and several other charitable organizations. Blanche enjoyed and loved to sing Gospel music.

She is survived by her sister, Dr. Annie Barrow and her husband William of Earlton, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and friends.  She was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, April 29 at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. There were no calling hours.

Special appreciation to the staff of Columbia-Greene Long Term Care for their care and compassion.

Memorial donations, in Blanche’s name may be made to the Columbia-Greene Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.l

Arrangements by Sopris Funeral Home, Inc., Coxsackie.


May 1, 2003 

Francis (Frank) C. McCarty, Jr. 

Francis, Jr., age 68 years of age of Naples, Florida, formerly of Ravena and Hannacroix, New York passed away suddenly at his home in Naples, Florida on April 23, 2003. 

He was born in New York City in June, 26, 1934 and is the son of Elizabeth Gordian McCarty and the late Francis C. McCarty Sr.

Frank was an area contractor and artist of Falling Waters. He will fondly be remembered as always laughing and helping someone.  Survivors include his wife Adele, his mother Elizabeth Gordian McCarty, two daughters April and her  husband Peter Koska of Pleasanton, California and Kathy and her husband Daniel Hildebrandt of New Baltimore, a son Frank and his wife Roxanne McCarty of Hannacroix. Also surviving are his sister Irene Scott, and two brothers Douglas and Eugene McCarty and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday April 30, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie.

Calling hours will take place at the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street. Coxsackie, on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Relative and friends are cordially invited to attend.

Interment will take place in the family plot of the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


May 1, 2003

Barbara E. Millett

Barbara E. Millet, age 59 years, of Hollister Street, Coxsackie, passed away suddenly in Georgia on Thursday, April 24, 2003.

She was born in Coxsackie, New York on June 22, 1943 and is the daughter of Ruby (Stevens) Jump of Glens Falls, New York and the late Harold Jump.  Barbara recently retired in September of 2002 from the NYS Department of Economic Development in Albany.  She was a lifetime resident of Coxsackie and she also loved knitting.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Eugene A. Millett of Coxsackie; a son, Eugene H. and wife Candi Millett of West Coxsackie; a brother Frank Jump of Glens Falls, New York; a sister Donna LaMerte of Coxsackie; two grandchildren, Andrew M. Millett and Ashley R. Millet of West Coxsackie; also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place at W. C. Brandy’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home on Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m. Rev. Wendy Steed of The First United Methodist Church of Coxsackie will officiate.

Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend calling hours at the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie on Wednesday, April 30. from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will take place in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.


May 1, 2003

Mildred M. McCafferty

Mildred M. McCafferty, 79 years, of Medusa, New York, passed away April 29, 2003 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York. She was born March 30, 1924 in New Baltimore, New York daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Mae (Hotaling) Mosley.  She was employed as a file clerk for the Pioneer Insurance Company for 25 years, prior to her retirement.  She was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Medusa and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Medusa Fire Company. Mildred was a devoted mother, grandmother and wife.  She and her beloved husband Roy shared 55 loving years of marriage together.

Surviving are her beloved husband Roy McCafferty of Medusa, New York; three daughters Sheila Hillicoss and her husband James of Coxsackie, New York, Colleen Scott and her husband William III of Westerlo, New York, and Kathleen Solonaro and her husband Salvatore III of Westerlo, New York; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law may Mosley of Elsmere, New York.  Mildred was predeceased by her brother Arthur Mosley and two sisters, Loretta Rose and Orvilla “Biddy” Rapp.

Funeral service will be Friday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Interment will be in the Medusa Cemetery, Medusa.

Those who wish may contribute in Mildred’s memory to Medusa Volunteer Fire Co.  or Town of Rensselaerville Ambulance Squad.


May 8, 2003 

Milton “Lefty” Cook              Lifelong Truck Driver 

Milton “Lefty” Coo, 62 years, of Preston Hollow, New York, passed away at the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany, New York on May 2, 2003. He was born in Potter Hollow, New York, on April 10, 1941, son of Vera (Faulkner) Cook and the late DeWitt Cook.  Milton was a graduate of Middleburgh Central School and a lifelong truck driver. 

He was a member of the Tri-Village Vol. Fire Co. and an avid fisherman. 

Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, Irene (Garner) Cook, a son Milton Cook Jr., and his wife Kristine of East Durham, New York; two daughters Melissa Hulbert and her husband Sean of Oak Hill, New York, Doreen Pricolo and her husband Vincent of Berne, New York; six grandchildren, Jarred, Nick, Erika, Rachel, Amanda, and Vinny; his mother, Vera Cook of Potter Hollow; two sisters, Bonnie Bates and her husband Phil, Barbara Wood and her husband Steven, both of  Preston Hollow; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father DeWitt Cook.

Funeral service was Tuesday, 11 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville. the Tri-Village Vol. Fire Co. conducted services a the funeral home on Monday evening.  Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Town of Rensselaerville Ambulance, PO box 182, Rensselaerville, NY 12147, or The Community Hospice Inn, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany NY 12205.


May 15, 2003

Amy W. MacTavish

Amy W. MacTavish, 78 years, of Freehold, New York, passed away at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn on May 11, 2003. She was born in Albany, New York on May 8, 1925, daughter of the late Moses T. and Margaret Williams. Amy had formerly worked at the State Attorney General’s Office in Albany, New York and retired in 1956. She was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church and had taught Sunday School there for 13 years.  She would like to be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many.

Surviving are her husband, James A. MacTavish; her children, Bruce MacTavish and his wife Cindy of Seymour, Indiana, Keith MacTavish and his wife Valerie of South Westerlo, New York, Megan MacTavish of Delmar, New York, Ross MacTavish and his wife Kirsten of Selkirk, New York; and her grandchildren, Zachary, Symon, Brian, Kali Jo, Bailey and Evan MacTavish.

Funeral service was Wednesday, 2 p.m. from the Greenville-Norton Hill U. M. C., Norton Hill, New York. Friends called at the church on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service.  As to her wishes she was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the United Methodist Women of Greenville-Norton Hill U. M. C., at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, the Greenville Rescue Squad or to the Greenville Library.

The arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York.


May 22, 2003 

Michael B. Niechwadowicz, Sr. 

Michael B. Niechwadowicz, 85 years, of Preston Hollow, New York, formerly of Randolph, New York, passed away at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.  He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 20, 1917, son of the late Justin and Suzanna Niechwadowicz. 

Mike served his country in World War II, serving in the US Army Air Corps in the air offensive in Japan, the Central Pacific and Ryukyus and he received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars.  He was discharged as a sergeant. An excellent carpenter, he was employed by the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Local No. 246 in New York City and he was also a member of the NRA.

Mike and his wife moved to Preston Hollow from Randolph, New Jersey in 1985. He was predeceased by his wife Helen (Stodolski) Niechwadowicz in 1993.

Surviving are his children, Dorothy Niechwadowicz-Walsh and her husband John of  Westbrough, Massachusetts, Eileen Borer and her husband Thomas of Cairo, New York, Barbara Niechwadowicz of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Michael Niechwadowicz, Jr. and his wife Ann of West Milford, New Jersey; also his grandchildren, Cassandra and Ryan Walsh, Amy and Nicholas Borer.

Funeral service will be Friday, 9:20 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York with a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Church in Cairo, New York. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.   Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.


May 29, 2003 

 Dolores R. Soldner 

Dolores R. Soldner, 69 years, of Greenville, New York passed away suddenly at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York on May 20, 2003. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 1, 1933 daughter of the late Walter and Augusta (Goeller) Broderick.   Dolores was a former Home Care Aid having worked in the Bay Shore, New York area.  She was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are her husband George Soldner, Sr., her children, George Soldner, Jr., and his wife Linda of Greenville, New York, Dolores Rogers of Greenville, New York, Donald Soldner and his wife Maryanne of Hopewell Junction, New York, Michael Soldner of Rotterdam, New York and James Soldner of Providence, Rhode Island; also nine grandchildren and a brother Walter Broderick of Port Jefferson Station, New York. She was predeceased by a sister Joan Broderick and a brother Donald Broderick.

Funeral service was from the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, New York and interment at the Greenville Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Ladies Auxiliary.


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