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Greenville Local
May 2004

Newspapers courtesy of the Cairo Public Library. Retyped by Judith Davison

May 6, 2004


James H. Carlin, 70 years, of Oak Hill, New York, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, passed away at the Stratton DVA Hospital in Albany, New York on April 26, 2004.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 25, 1933, son of the late James and Frances (Haggie) Carlin.

He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was employed at Brooklyn Union Gas for 37 years.  He was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291 and the Tri-Town Memorial Post No. 2229 V.F.W.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Evelyn (Bogdanowicz) Carlin; a niece, Eileen Stapf of Greenville; and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Friday, April 31 (sic), from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York.  Friends called at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  The Greenville American Legion conducted services at the funeral home on Thursday at 7 p.m. and the V.F.W. conducted services at 7:30 p.m.  Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Town of Durham Rescue Squad.

May 6, 2004


Interment for Richard G. Tanner of Middleburgh, New York, who passed away on March 2, 2004, will be on Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m. at the Rensselaerville Cemetery, Rensselaerville, New York.  Following the interment there will be a memorial service for Richard at the Lawyersville Reformed Church, Lawyersville, New York at 2 p.m.

May 13, 2004                                                                                     


Arline Smith, age 86 of Greenville, died Friday, May 7 at St. Peter's Hospital's Hospice Unit where she had been a patient for the past month.

Mrs. Smith was born in Leeds on July 22, 1917 to the late Julius Ray and Catherine Thorne Haner.  She was a graduate of Cairo High School and following her return from Southhampton, New York, she co-owned and operated the Scrap Basket Shop in South Westerlo with her niece, Raye Saddlemire, from 1979 to 1984 upon its closing.  She was employed by the Country Gentleman in South Westerlo from 1984 to 2002 and was a member of the Westerlo Historical Society.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Michael (Catherine) Lagala of Tenn Valley, California; three granddaughters, Mrs. Chris (Jennifer) Flohr of Sacramento, California, Stacey Lagala of San Francisco, and Jessica Lagala of Davis, California; as well as niece, Raye Saddlemire of South Westerlo.  She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Smith on September 2, 1963 in Southhampton; son, Peter Haner Smith on August 31, 1967, the victim of a military aircraft accident in Alaska; and sister, Marie Cooke on October 13, 2002.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 10 at 11 a.m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill, with William Balta, pastor of the Congregational Church of South Westerlo officiating.  Interment followed in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.  Friends and relatives called at the funeral home prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a local hospice of the contributor's choice.

May 13, 2004


Earl H. Cook Jr. died unexpectedly at his home on May 8, 2004.  Earl was born on January 30, 1943 in Saugerties, New York.  He was married to his surviving wife Barbara Cook for 41 years.  Their family includes Darin Cook of Glenville, New York, Nora and John Muller of Earlton, New York, Iaian and Dari (Cook) McGibbon of Hannacroix, New York and Christie and Jason Allen of Coxsackie, New York; and seven grandchildren, Nikki Muller, Anthony Praga, Jay Muller, Caitlin Cook, Connor Allen, Dana McGibbon and Fiona Allen.  Earl is also survived by his mother, Elnora Cook of Saugerties, New York; his aunts, Margaret Johnston of Saugerties and Thelma Felton of Lake Katrine, New York; also dear family friend, Lorraine Cain and many other family members.

He was a devoted husband, father, son and grandfather.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, boating and camping.  He enjoyed most of all, spending his time with his family; his whole life was about his wife and family.

Earl started off his work career as a lumberjack in West Shokan.  He went to work for Atlantic Cement in January of 1963 and attained 41 years of service.  He was an expert heavy equipment operator.

Earl was a very caring man to his family, friends and coworkers.  His friendly and congenial way will be missed by all who knew him.  He was truly a good person and a gentleman.

Relatives and friends were invited to call at the W.C. Brady's Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral service was Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment followed at Blue Mountain Cemetery, Saugerties, New York.

May 13, 2004


Friends and family are invited to a graveside service for Eloise VanHecke on Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at the Greenville Cemetery.  Eloise passed away on March 27, 2004.

May 13, 2004


Laura E. Hotaling, age 94 years, of Reservoir Road, West Coxsackie, died May 7, 2004, at the Barnwell Health Facility, Valatie, where she had been a resident since August 30, 2002.

Laura was born in New Baltimore, New York, March 15, 1910, and was the daughter of the late Clarence and Bertha (LaJeune) Albright.  She was a lifetime resident of the Coxsackie area, a member of the Medway Congregational Church, and a member of the National Historical Society.  She was a good cook and old-fashioned farmer.  She loved picking and packing apples.  When her late husband, Albertus, was the Town of New Baltimore town clerk, she was his official bookkeeper.

She is survived by a son, Richard E. Hotaling and wife Bonnie of West Coxsackie; a brother, Wilbur Albright of Hudson; a sister, Mrs. Stephen (Elsie) Batza of Hannacroix; two grandchildren, Gary and his wife Kathleen of Freehold, Sandra Peterson of West Coxsackie; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on May 11, 2004, at the W. D. Brady's Sons, Inc. Funeral Home in Coxsackie, with Reverend Stan Lemons of the Medway Congregational Church officiating.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

May 20, 2004


Dorothy S. Barger, 89, of Ravena, died Friday, May 14, 2004 at St. Peter's Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Brooklyn, she came to this area at age 19.  Dorothy was employed at the former Frangella Mushroom Company in Ravena and the former Edgemore Nursing Home in New Baltimore.  She enjoyed bowling and the activities of her family.

Dorothy was the wife of the late Ralph W. Barger Sr.; mother of Ralph W. (Diane) Barger of Coeymans Hollow, Doris T. (Ivan) Millett of Alcove and the late Frank N. Barger, whose wife Tealia of Creola, Alabama survives; dear friend of Teddy Irwin of Ravena; also survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dorothy was the daughter of the late Frank and Gaetana Pecora Sidoti, and was predeceased by all eight of her brothers and sisters.

The Funeral Mass was offered by Rev. Vincent J. Ciotoli on Monday, May 17 at St.  Patrick's Church, Ravena.  Burial followed in Alcove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Ravena Rescue Squad, PO Box 144, Ravena, NY 12143 will be appreciated.

Funeral service arrangements were made under the direction of Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena.

May 20, 2004


Long-time Ravena resident, Catherine (Powell) Fisher (Stewart-Magee), died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at New Perspective Home in Mequon, Wisconsin, after a 14-year battle with Alzheimer's.  Katy was 87 years old.

Katy was the wife of Gordon K. Fisher.  After Gordon's death, Katy married Sumner Stewart-Magee of Washington State, now deceased.

Katy was born November 4, 1916, to Edward and Ella (Zimmer) Powell of Hannacroix, New York.  She graduated from high school in Coxsackie in 1932.

Survivors include her daughters, Jacqueline (Mrs. David) Purcell of Port Washington, Wisconsin, and Sandra (Mrs. Robert) Moore of Greenville, New York; six grandchildren; many great-grandchildren in New York and Wisconsin; and one sister, Marguerite Schwori of Atlanta, Georgia.

Funeral services were held at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Mequon on May 12, 2004.  All are welcome to attend a graveside service for Katy, Friday, May 21, at 12:30 p.m. at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore, New York.

Contributions in memory of Katy may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 70 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, New York 12051.

May 20, 2004


All are welcome to attend a graveside service for Ralph E. Lindskoog who died on February 9, 2004.  The service will be conducted by Pastor Steven W. Peiffer at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22.  Arrangements are by Caswell Funeral Home, Ravena.

May 20, 2004


Goldie Wood, 82, of Coxsackie, formerly of Preston Hollow and Livingstonville, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 16, 2004 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Goldie was the wife of Donald Wood who predeceased her in 2002.  She was the daughter of Lorenzo Layman and Hazel Darby Layman.

She is survived by her six children, Walter and his wife Ruth, Donna and her husband Edward Blakeslee, Gerald and his wife Brenda, Lila and her husband Edward Tompkins, Stanley and his wife Marcella and Bruce and his wife Joanne.

Goldie leaves one sister Gertrude Van Tassell and her husband Leslie of Lewisbery, Pennsylvania and was predeceased by two brothers, George Layman and Louis Layman.

Goldie leaves 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by one grandson, Michael Tompkins, and one great-grandson, Sheldon Wood.

Before her retirement due to health reasons, Goldie worked over 20 years at Becker Electronics in East Durham, New York.  Her life's work was to be the best wife and mother to her family possible.  She will be forever missed.

Graveside services will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery on Route 81 in Oak Hill, New York on Friday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

Following the graveside service, friends and family are invited to the Tri-Village Fire Hall in Preston Hollow, New York for a time of fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Coxsackie Rescue Squad, Coxsackie, NY 12051.

May 20, 2004


John J. O'Leary, Sr., of East Durham, New York, formerly of the Bronx, passed away at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill, New York on May 15, 2004.  He was born in the Bronx on September 11, 1930, son of the late John J. and Margaret (Lynch) O'Leary.

Serving in the US Navy he served on the USS Roanoke and the USS Pittsburgh.  He was a retired ambulance attendant having worked at the Beth Israel Hospital in the Bronx.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are his wife, Lorraine (Smith) O'Leary; a daughter, Germaine Acker and her husband Tim of East Durham, New York; a son, John O'Leary, Jr. and his wife Christine of the Bronx; his grandchildren, Ethan Acker, John Dylan and Brinn O'Leary; also two sisters, Dorothy Rodman and Margaret Albin.  He was predeceased by a son, Andrew Klapatosk.

Funeral service was Tuesday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham, New York.  Friends called at the funeral home on Monday.  As to his wishes, cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

May 20, 2004


Carol L. Brate, 57 years, of Westerlo, New York, passed away suddenly at her home on May 15, 2004.  She was born in Berne, New York, daughter of Esther Lee Porter and the late Robert J. Porter.  She was a homemaker and worked for the New York State Dept. of Taxation and Finance as a mail clerk.  She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and a dear friend to many.

Surviving are her mother, Esther (Lee) Porter of Berne, New York; a son, Jeffrey Brate and his significant other Michelle Cornwell of Westerlo, New York; three daughters, Carol Rapp and her husband James of East Berne, New York, Katie Maurer and her husband Stephen of Berne, New York, Vicki Mackler and her husband Christopher of Selkirk, New York; two grandchildren, Jesse and William Rapp; also four brothers, Gary, Ronald, Dave and Dennis Porter; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York.  Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday.  Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Berne, New York.  There was a time of fellowship and remembrance at the South Berne Congregational Christian Church hall following the interment to which relatives and friends were invited.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the South Berne Congregational Christian Church.

May 27, 2004


Edwin G. Mutke, 79 years, of Freehold, New York, formerly of Williston Park, Long Island, passed away suddenly on May 22, 2004, at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York.  He was born in New York City on September 1, 1924, son of the late Joseph and Helen (Boretis) Mutke.  Edwin served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal.  He retired from UNISYS in Lake Success, New York, as a Supervisor.  He was also a Life Member of Albertson Post #5253 V.F.W.  He loved working outside and will be remembered as a faithful Met fan.

Surviving are his wife Rose (Heimbauer) Mutke, a daughter Joanne Albert and her husband, Keith, of Stony Point, New York, and a grandson Gregory Albert.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 25, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 2898 SR 81, Greenville, New York.  Interment in the Greenville Cemetery.

May 27, 2004


Louise Shirley Benigno died peacefully at the home of her daughter, Lisa, in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on May 20, 2004, at 72 years of age.  She was the wife of the late Santo (Sandy) Benigno, daughter of Mario and Rose Muccio, and companion to Al Mileti.  She is survived by her daughter Lisa Newmark, son-in-law Stephen, their children Douglas and Lauren; son Anthony Benigno, daughter-in-law Gisele, their children Alexander, Emilie and Danielle; daughter Amy Fothergill, son-in-law Alan, their child Santo; and sister Lorraine Alonge and her husband Frank.

Louise was a wonderful mother, and prominent member of the community, as well as St. John's the Baptist Church in Greenville, New York, where she lived since 1973.  She was a businesswoman who helped her husband run Concord Galleries for over 30 years.  Louise's kindness was felt truly by all that knew her.  Her home and table were the center of her life that was lovingly shared with her family and friends.  She was very thankful for those who surrounded her, especially her treasured grandchildren.

Services were held on Monday, May 24, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's the Baptist Church.  Interment followed in the Greenville Cemetery.

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