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Greenville Local
December 2005

Newspapers courtesy of Sylvia Hasenkopf. Retyped by Colleen Maresca

December 1, 2005 


WESTERLO---Janet B. Elderd, 68 years, of Westerlo, New York, passed away at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital on November 17, 2005. She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on January 22, 1937 daughter of the late Burton and Mildred (Walkley) Lundberg. Janet was a former claim’s adjuster for Blue Cross-Blue Shield. She was the proprietor of the Idle Hour Kennel & Grooming Shop in Westerlo and co-owner of the Gin & Jan Boutique. She was also a member and past president of the Hudson Valley Poodle Club, a member of the American Sewing Guild, the First Baptist Church of Westerlo and the Rebecca Independent Order of the Odd Fellows. She loved traveling with her sister Ginny and her poodles. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and a friend to all who knew her. She was pre-deceased by her husband, George Elderd, Sr.,

Surviving are a daughter, Suzzanne Ives and her husband, Philip; two sons, George Elderd, Jr., and his wife Marcia, Stuart Elderd and his wife Crickett all of Westerlo; her grandchildren, David, Jay and Bradley Ives; Amanda, Ashley, Andrew, Joshua and Kaylynn Edlerd and Austin Kipp; a brother, Richard Lundberg; three sisters, Virginia Potter, Linda Stein and Nancy LeClerc and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Westerlo followed by interment at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Westerlo. Arrangements were made by the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

December 1, 2005


Selma Birgit Linden, 94 years, of Brooklyn, New York, passed away on November 24, 2005 at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She was born in northern Sweden on July 11, 1911, daughter of the late Per August and Selma O. (Neilsen) Linden.

Miss Linden arrived in the USA at the age of eight years. She attended Columbia College, was a member of Vasa Barnan, Swedish cultural group, earned prizes and scholarships to return to Sweden as a member and teacher of their singing groups. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, once known as the “Jenny Lind” of Brooklyn.

Miss Linden worked as an executive secretary/administrative assistant in a Wall Street brokerage firm. She was a member of a Vermont ski club and a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York. Besides her parents, Selma was predeceased by her two sisters, Charlotte Alice (Linden) Bostrom and Gertrude (Linden) Lunden; a brother, Holgar Linden; and a nephew, Carl Roger Lunden.

Miss Linden is survived by her five nieces, Anita (Lunden) Swann, Marcy (Bostrom) Hynes, Sharon (Linden) Tremain, Patti (Linden) Coopersmith and  Priscilla (Linden) D’Agostino; a nephew, Donald A. Bostrom; several grandnieces and grandnephews in the USA and several beloved cousins in Sweden and many good friends in Brooklyn and her friends and pastor in the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center where she spent the last two years of her life.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oak Hill, New York. Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

December 1, 2005


GREENVILLE---Daniel Joseph Mahoney, 82 years, of Greenville passed away on November 18, 2005 at the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany, New York. He was born May 29, 1923 in Rushy Park, Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland, son of the late Daniel and Catherine (Bunyan) Mahoney. Mr. Mahoney was a former Irish Footballer who played for County Kerry during the early 1950’s. He was employed by the NYNEX Telephone Co. for 35 years, retiring in June of 1985. Mr. Mahoney and his wife Marylyn were Foster parents for 35 years. Dan was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He had a terrific sense of humor, keen wit and a love of family and life that will be remembered by his family and all who knew him.

Daniel is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marylyn (Gray) Mahoney; a daughter, Mary Mahoney both of Greenville; a son, Thomas Mahoney and his wife, Patricia of Athens, New York; three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Daniel and Patrick Mahoney; foster son, Stanley Waldron; a sister Brenda Mahoney; brothers Timothy Mahoney and his wife Mary in Ireland; Richard Mahoney; sisters-in-law Lore (Michael) Mahoney; Patricia (Raymond) Gray; brothers-in-law, John Gray and his wife Judy; Robert Gray and Raymond Young. Many loved nieces and nephews, close and dear friends Patrick and Kay Culhane, the O’Connor family and James Layman.

Funeral services were held Monday from the Cunningham Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian burial at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville. Interment followed at the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Dan’s memory to the Greenville Food Pantry, St. Peter’s Hospice or the Greenville Rescue Squad.

December 1, 2005


WYNANTSKILL---Philip (Tom) Palmer, 57 of Wynantskill passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2005.

Born in Catskill, he was the son of the late Philip J. and Louella H. Palmer. He graduated from Greenville Central High School in 1966 and served his country from 1967 through 1970 in the U.S. Army. Tom worked for over 35 years with the New York State Department of Transportation, from where he retired. Mr. Palmer bowled at the Sunset rec. for over 10 years and enjoyed his Tuesday night poker game.

Tom is the beloved husband of Mary Ellen Palmer. He is the father of Kevin (Marie) Palmer of Westerlo, Craig Palmer of Westchester, Amy Palmer of Westerlo and Kelly (Charles) Lozensky of Catskill. He is the brother of Beverly (Reid) Condon of Westerlo. He is the grandfather of Krystle and Brooke LaTorte and Zachary Lozensky; and by his niece Cheryl (Jeff) Lee of Westerlo.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, New York, 12205 in memory of Philip T. Palmer.

December 8, 2005


Cornelius P. (Neil) Kraft, 88 years of Greenville, New York, passed away on December 2, 2005 at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on December 6, 1916, son of the late Herman and Dora (Gronemann) Kraft.

Neil served his country during World War II in the US Army Air Force in the European Theater. He continued to serve his country with a 20 year military career in the US Air Force and retired in 1963. Neil went on to Lockheed Aircraft working there for 10 years and as a custodian at the Greenville Central School for 10 more years.

Neil was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and sang in the church choir. He was also a member of the Coxsackie Senior Citizens and loved to travel. Besides his parents, Neil was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Kraft.

Surviving are his sister, Lillian (Mickey) Hauge of Greenville, New York; three nieces, Linda De Francisco, Arlene Valentine and Karen Haley; two nephews, Glenn Hauge and Robert Kraft; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral service was Monday, December 5 at the Cunningham Funeral Home 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home Sunday evening. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

December 8, 2005


John McAloon, 50, of South Westerlo, New York passed away on November 25, 2005 after a 17 month battle with cancer. He was born on January 2, 1955 in Taunton, Massachusetts to John and Mary McAloon. He leaves behind his loving wife of 22 years, Cynthia; three children, Rebecca 16, Patrick 15, Nola 11; three sisters, Elizabeth Whelden, Joan Meyers, Marianne Dyke and his dear friend Christopher Marston.

As a young boy, he attended St. Mary’s School, Taunton High School, and was an altar boy at St. Mary’s Church. He received a Veterinarian Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts. Throughout his college years he worked teaching handicapped children to ride horses. His love for children brought him into the field of education where he taught at Woodsville High School and Alvirne High School, both located in New Hampshire. He was awarded teacher of the year for the state of New Hampshire his first year teaching. He was also a logger in British Columbia, a real estate agent, owned his own landscaping business and construction company, K.C. Development.

In 1991, he moved to New York to work for Trans World Systems. He was the only person in the history of the company to become regional manager of the year two years in a row. Ending his career as a dedicated field advisor for Tremco Company out of Cleveland, Ohio.

While residing in New York he was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Patchogue. He served as a deacon, vice president of the Couples Club, Sunday school teacher, member of the Promise Keepers, Habitat for Humanity; Vacation Bible School ministry, and spent numerous hours putting together Thanksgiving baskets for the needy.

His strongest dedication in life was to his family. Those wishing to remember John and his family in a special way may send contributions to the children’s college fund: The Bank of Greene County, c/o Rebecca, Patrick and Nola McAloon, Attn: Mail Dept. PO Box 688, Greenville, NY  12083-0688.

In July, a church service will be held as a “Celebration of his Life” at South Westerlo Congregational Church in New York with a reception to follow at his family’s home in South Westerlo, New York.

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

December 8, 2005


Frances K. Dietz, age 88 died November 20, 2005 at The Pavilion in Catskill, New York. Mrs. Dietz was born in New Baltimore in 1917, the daughter of Arthur and Edna (Griffin) Kniffen. She was a 1937 graduate of the State College in Albany. She was the Editor of Publications for the research arm of the New York State Department of Health. She was an active member of the New Baltimore Reformed Church and of the Greene County Historical Society. A former New Baltimore historian, Mrs. Dietz served on the Bicentennial Committee for the town.

She was married on April 4, 1942 to Walter P. Dietz. Mr. Dietz died December 6, 2003. She is survived by two daughters, Margaret D. Meyer, Ph.D and her husband Robert Meyer, MD of Fort Pierce, Florida, and Ellen R. Dietz and her husband Walter Bourguignon of Glenmont, New York. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Robert Parsons of Middleburgh, New York and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Doris Kniffen Parsons.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 6 at the New Baltimore Reformed  Church. Rev. Susan Kerr officiated. There was no calling hours and burial was private at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorial donations in Mrs. Dietz’s name be made to either the New Baltimore Reformed Church or the Greene County Historical Society at the Bronck Museum. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 9 Main Street, Ravena, New York.

December 15, 2005


OAK HILL—Joyce Hull, 82, of Oak Hill, died peacefully on December 9, 2005 following a short illness.

She was born at home on January 31, 1923 in Bates Hollow, New York, the daughter of the late Howard and Mary (Engle) Poultney; and step daughter of Marie (Mackey) Poultney. On May 1, 1940, she married her beloved husband, Ralph Hull. They began farming on Pucker Street near Potter Hollow and moved to a farm between Oak Hill and Durham in 1944.

Joyce was very devoted to her family, especially to her son, Dwight, who had cerebral palsy and required a great deal of love, patience and care, She did her best to ensure that he received a good education despite his disability. Physical therapy requiring daily, bi-weekly and weekly trips to Albany for many years, which enabled him to gain independence to live a good life. Next to her family, Joyce loved the farm, especially the cows. She systematically named the cows and knew every one of them by name. She loved going to the barn, helping Ralph with the milking and feeding the calves and did so until the age of 75.

Joyce was a member of the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church and past member of the Bates Hollow Church. Joyce was a 62-year member and past treasurer of Potter Hollow Grange No. 1555 and relished each and every Grange friend she made. She was a certified foster parent and also had a number of foster children and foreign exchange students live with her family. She was the honorary “American” mother/grandmother of Alain Bouillon and family of Greenville. She was also an honorary member of the Greenville F.F.A.

Joyce had a knack of knowing named and dates. She could readily tell you when you were born, married, how many children you had, their names and birth dates. Joyce loved to chat on the phone with her many friends. She lovingly kept a descriptive diary since the age of 14, which was referred to often. These were her hobbies.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Ralph Hull; son, John Hull and wife, Charlene (Lutes) of Oak Hill; daughter, Janet Nelson and husband Erik Nelson, Jr. of Rensselaerville; seven grandchildren: Brian Hull and partner Alex Taylor or Albany, Darcy Hull and partner Audrey Buisson of France, Gloria Hull and husband, Justin Hilgendorff of Round Top, Christine and Carly Hull of Oak Hill, Stephen Nelson and wife, Patti (DiSalvo) of Cairo, Holly (Nelson) and husband, R. Chris Ullstrom of Preston Hollow; three great-grandchildren: Erika and Krista Ullstrom, Elliott Hull-Buisson; three step-great-grandchildren: Susan Gardiner, Karen Gardiner,  and Kathleen Gardiner; and three step-great-great-grandchildren: Dante and Dean DeRosa, and Ian Gardiner. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A loving son, Dwight Hull, and three sisters; Norma Armstrong, Violet Lorett and Viola Hazelton predeceased her.

Funeral services were held Monday from the Cunningham Funeral Home followed by interment at the Potter Hollow Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church.

December 15, 2005


OAK HILL---Vivian J. Theiss, 84 years, of Oak Hill, New York (formerly of Woodhaven, NY) passed away on December 9, 2005 at the Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Florida due to complications from the chronic illness scleroderma.

Vivian was born in New York City on June 13, 1921, daughter of the late Herbert and Mildred (Kley) Jelley. She was a homemaker and the ultimate hostess. Vivian will be remembered for her smile, enthusiasm and joy of life. She embraced each day with a powerful Christian faith and love of family and friends. She was a lifetime member of the Emanuel United Church of Christ in Woodhaven, New York and a member of the Eastern Star.

She was predeceased in 1983 by her loving husband, Henry A. Theiss, Sr.

Surviving are her two loving children, Henry A. Theiss, Jr., and his wife Linda of Claverack, New York; her daughter, Jayne Vadyak and her husband, Andrew; her granddaughters, Jill Dean and her husband, Tom; and Aimee Vadyak Montanye and her husband, Carl; her grandsons, Henry John Theiss and Andrew Michael Vadyak and his wife, Kimberly; great-granddaughters, Morgan and Olivia Dean; great-grandsons, Andrew Peter, Hadley and John Vadyak and William Montanye; brothers-in-law, Dan and Phil Theiss; sisters-in-law, Ruth Tobin and the late Eileen, Teddy and Freda Theiss. Vivian is also survived by her dear friend and companion, Dick Wallace.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Brookside Cemetery in Preston Hollow.

Those who wish may contribute in Vivian’s memory to the Emanuel United Church of Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue, Woodhaven, New York  11421.

December 22, 2005


EAST GREENBUSH—Michael Bodi, 93, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at his daughter’s home.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Irene (Molnar-Farkas) Bodi; three children, Michael (Patricia) Bodi of East Greenbush, Karen (Robert) Bolte of Rensselaerville and John (Barbara) Bodi of Springville; and five grandchildren.

Born and trained as a blacksmith in Hungary, Michael came to the United States in 1929. Through hard work and patriotism, he truly lived the American dream and was always willing to share his good fortune with others. A generous man in life, so was Michael in death. He donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College to help further medical science and education.

Michael was a member of the Hungarian Hall and an active member of his church, and had a great passion and talent for singing. Most of all, Michael will be remembered for the love he showed his family and friends and for his complete devotion to his wife, Irene.

A memorial service for Michael will be scheduled later. The family welcomes friends and family to join them in thanking Community Hospice of Albany for their wonderful support by sending contributions to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, New York 12205.

December 22, 2005


NORTON HILL---Doris M. Clickman, 83 years, of Norton Hill, New York passed away on December 14, 2005 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. She was born in Westerlo on October 11, 1922, daughter of the late Herman and Dora (Peck) Palmer.

Doris was a file clerk for the Pioneer Life Insurance Co. in Greenville until her retirement. She was a member of the Medusa Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. She loved bowling and her flowers. Doris was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church. Doris will be remembered by her family as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by a daughter, Lorraine Vancura, a great-grandson, Clifford Chase V and a brother, Earl Palmer.

Surviving are her husband, John Clickman of Norton Hill; two daughters, Janice Chase and her husband, Clifford, III and Karen Bell-Winans and her husband, David, all of Medusa; ten grandchildren: Sally Lounsbury, Clifford Chase IV, Robin Welsch, David Chase, Brian, Ryan and Randy Tryon, Kimberly Anderson, Kenneth Bell, Jr. and Kandice Sutton; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 17 at the Cunningham Funeral Home followed by interment at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Doris’ memory to the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church Building Fund, Route 81, Norton Hill, New York  12083.

December 22, 2005


Lynette Marie Pantori, 42 years, of Winnsboro, South Carolina, passed away suddenly at her home in Winnsboro, South Carolina on December 13, 2005. She was born in Bayshore, New York on August 17, 1963, daughter of Lawrence Pantori, Jr. and Lynda (Constantine) Proctor.

Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Lynda and William Proctor of East Durham, New York; her father, Lawrence Pantori, Sr., of East Islip, New York; her grandfather, Anthony Pantori, Sr., her four sisters, Annete McCrimmon, Christine Palumbo, Denise Pantori and Paula Gardner; her brother, Lawrence Pantori, Jr.; and several aunts, uncles nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral service was Monday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville. Interment was in the Potter Hollow Cemetery.

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