Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
February 2005


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February 10, 2005
 
GEORGE AUSTIN DUDLEY
Dudley, advocate of planning government land use, dies at 90
 
RENSSELAERVILLE - George Austin Dudley, an architect, author and artist whose career included pioneering work in urban planning, environmental administration and higher education, died of pneumonia on Sunday, February 6 at his home in Rensselaerville.  He was 90.
 
Dudley was born December 24, 1914 in Pittsburgh, PA.  He attended Hopkins Grammar School, and received a BA, BFA (architecture) and MFA (urban planning) degrees from Yale University.
 
As a young architect, he distinguished himself as an early proponent of coordinated government land use and planning from both a global and local perspective.  He organized Yale University’s first course in city planning and earned their first MFA in urban planning in 1941.
 
After college he joined Nelson A. Rockefeller and architect Wallace K. Harrison in the office of Inter-American Affairs in Washington, and in the years following was a secretary to the Board of International Consultations for Design of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  His notes and sketches from this period formed the basis of his book A Workshop for Peace --Designing the U.N. Headquarters.
 
In 1948, Dudley became president of IBEC Housing Corp., an early innovator in low-cost modular housing, which developed projects in Latin America, the Middle East and India.
 
In the late 1950s and ‘60s, Dudley turned his hand to government administration and education.  Under Rockefeller, he was trustee of the State University Construction Fund, overseeing the location, planning and design of campuses at Stony Brook, New Paltz, Buffalo, Oneonta and Plattsburgh.  He was coordinating architect for the Albany South Mall project (now called the Empire State Plaza).  He was the first director of the New York State Office of Regional Planning, the first chairman of the New York State Pure Waters Authority (the state’s first environmental protection agency, later called the Environmental Facilities Corporation) and the first chairman of the New York State Council on Architecture.
 
During this period he also served as Dean of Architecture at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was the founder and first Dean of the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
 
In the 1970’s and ‘80s, Dudley was professional adviser and planner for a number of major projects in the Middle East, including universities in Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, and in Iraq, the Abu Nuwas project in historic preservation and the national mosque competition.
 
In more recent years, Dudley’s energies were directed at preservation and planning in his adopted home of Rensselaerville.  His book of pencil renderings, Dudley’s Drawings, was published in 2001.
 
In July 2000, while sketching in the nearby hamlet of Medusa, he was the victim of a bizarre accident, suffering injuries from which he never fully recovered.
 
In addition to his wife, Barbara Cooley McNamee Dudley, he is survived by the children of his first marriage to Mary Bergin Dudley: his daughter Sally J. Dudley of Palo Alto, CA; and his sons, George B. Dudley of Woodmont, CT, John P. Dudley Short Beach, CT, Samuel W. Dudley III of Rensselaerville, and by Daniel V. McNamee III of Rensselaerville, George C. McNamee of Albany, Dardis McNamee of Vienna, Austria, Roger B. McNamee of Woodside, CA, and Giles W. McNamee of Boston, MA.  He had 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 
Funeral services are Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Albany.  Calling is at Dudley’s home in Rensselaerville from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 11.
 
Memorial donations my be made to the Yale University Library, Manuscripts and Archives, P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520, Attn. Richard V. Szary.


February 10, 2005
 
ERNEST ONDERDONK

Ernest P. Onderdonk, 84, formerly of South Cairo, died Sunday January 30 at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, FL.
 
Born in Coxsackie, he lived most of his life in Sandy Plains before moving to Vero Beach 20 years ago.
 
Onderdonk worked for Marquette Cement for 38 years.  He was a World War II veteran who served in Hawaii and Washington, D.C.
 
He was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Leeds and was a former Sunday school teacher.  He also was a member of the Cairo-Durham Elks.
 
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lois (Heath) Onderdonk; five daughters, Audrey and husband Curt Halsted of Sabastian, FL, Janice and husband Donald Jones of Genesco, Sharon and husband Douglas Dittmar of Wickliffe, OH, Bonnie Gray of Farmington and Darlene and husband August Freemann of Cairo; grandchildren Susan, Robin, Curt, Jennifer, Michael, Tammy, Dawn, Brenda, Leanne and August; and great-grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth, Joshua, Jeramie, Casey, Ben Dougie and Amber.
 
He was cremated at Indian River Creamation, Vero Beach.
 
Services will be scheduled in New York at a later date.

February 10, 2005
 
FRED J. MACK 
Mack defined community service
 
EAST DURHAM - Fred J. Mack of East Durham dedicated his entire adult life to serving his country and community.  He died at his home on Thursday, February 3 after a short illness.  He was 78.
 
He served in the Army during World War II and spent several years at the Army Depot in Voorheesville.
 
He became the East Durham postmaster in 1958 and retired in 1986.  Following his retirement, he turned his attention to town government and served as supervisor for five terms.
 
Mack’s community service was impressive.  He was a life member of the East Durham Volunteer Fire Co., with more than 50 years of active service.  He was a founding member of the Durham Rescue Squad.
 
He was a 50 year member and past master of Cascade Lodge #427 F&AM, and became a member of Kedemah Lodge #693 F&AM in Cairo.  He also was a member of the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church and the Durham Valley American Legion Post #1416.
 
Mack was born in East Durham on May 11, 1926, the son of the late Daniel and Marie (Renner) Mack.
 
Survivors include two sons, Alan L. Mack and wife Linda of East Durham and Jeffrey L. Mack and wife Cindy of Clifton Park; a daughter, Kristine Mirocco and husband Frank of Athens; two sisters, Catherine (Marie) Michaelsen and husband Fritz of East Durham and Caroline Rusack and husband John of Catskill; two brothers, George Mack and wife Thelma of Kingston and Philip Mack and wife Eva of Greenville; two grandchildren, Kimberly Jackson and husband Shawn of Kingston and Adam A. Mack of East Durham; a great-grandson, Tyler Frederick Jackson of Kingston; and several nieces and nephews.
 
Mack was predeceased by his wife Helen (Lawyer) Mack, and a granddaughter, Becky Mack.
 
Spring interment will be in the Winston Cemetery.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church Building Fund.
 
Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home of Greenville.

 
February 10, 2005
ANNEMARIE LYNCH
Annemarie Lynch, 61, of West Coxsackie, died Sunday, February 6 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
 
She was born in New York City November 30, 1943, the daughter of the late George and Susan (Gilmore) Lynch.  She had been a bookkeeper for Health Care Associates of New York State in Albany.
 
Survivors are a brother, Robert J. Lynch, and two nephews, Christopher and Ryan Lynch.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated Monday, February 14 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.
 
As to her wishes, cremation took place at the Albany Rural Cemetery.
 
Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

 
February 17, 2005
 
HAROLD WILLIAMS

Harold L. Williams of Maple Avenue, Greenville, husband of Tillie Williams, died on Tuesday morning, February 15.
 
Friends are invited to call at Cunningham’s Funeral Home on route 81 in Greenville on Friday, February 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.
 
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 19 at the United Methodist Church of Norton Hill.
 
Interment will be in the spring in the Greenville Cemetery.


February 17, 2005
 
MARY JANE BYRNES
 
Mary Jane “Jane” Byrnes, 82, of Greenville, died at her home on Wednesday, February 9.
 
She was born in Albany May 8, 1922, the daughter of the late George and Jennifer (Ray) McAllister.
 
Byrnes graduated from Albany Business College, where she played basketball and set scoring records.
 
She was a self-employed accountant and income tax preparer, preparing over 300 tax accounts annually, until her retirement in 1981.
 
She was an instructor for the Red Cross swimming program in Greenville.  She also played softball and was an avid golfer who won many seniors tournaments in the Ogdensburg area, where she and her family spent the summer.
 
Byrnes was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, where she and her husband devoted much time and talent.  She was a former Rosary Altar Society member.
 
Survivors include her son, James T. “Terry” Byrnes and his fiance, Diane Burke, of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, James E. “Jimmy”Byrnes, in 2000, and her two brothers and three sisters.
 
Burial will be in the spring in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Rescue Squad or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.
 
Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

 
February 17, 2005
 
RUTH JONES
 
Ruth B. Jones, 93, of Oak Hill, died Saturday, February 5, at Eden Park Nursing Home, Catskill.
 
She was born on November 10, 1912 in Little Falls, to the late John F. and Birtha (North) Kiley.
 
Jones grew up in Schenectady with her late brothers, Edward and Charles Kiley.  She made her living in Cohoes as a nurse and homemaker.  She was married to her late husband, Roland Jones, for over 30 years.
 
In later years, Jones, better known to most as “Aunt Ruth,” lived with her nephew Jack and his wife Velma.  Her hobbies included reading, Bible study, crocheting and playing card games, such as Old Maid, with her great-great-nieces and nephews.
 
Besides her husband and immediate family, she was predeceased by two nephews, Charles W. and Michael J. Kiley.
 
Survivors include nephews Jack E. Kiley of Oak Hills, James P. Kiley of Connecticut and William H. Kiley of Massachusetts and several generations of great-nieces and great-nephews.
 
Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium, Menands.
 
Burial will be in the spring in Waterford.
 
Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

 
February 17, 2005
 
LOUIS MAURIELLO
 
Louis Mauriello, 70, of Greenville, died Sunday, February 13 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.
 
He was born in New York City February 21, 1934, the son of the late Joseph and Delores (Sapponaro) Mauriello.
 
Mauriello had been a resident of Greene County since 1976.  He was very active in the Durham and Greenville rescue squads and was an emergency medical technician.
 
He also was active in the Freehold Volunteer Fire Co.
 
During his years of employment, Mauriello was a Nassau County Police Officer and an employee of the Columbia-Greene Hospital.
 
He was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.  During his years of playing baseball, he had offers from the Yankees and the Dodgers.
 
He loved woodworking, music and collecting antiques.
 
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Schmidt) Mauriello of Greenville; five children, Lori, Louis, Michael, Matthew and Anne Marie; 12 grand-children; and four great-grandchildren.
 
Besides his parents, a son Marc, and grandson, Louis, predeceased him.
 
Interment will take place in the spring in the Greenville Cemetery.
 
Arrangements were under the direction of Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

 
February 17, 2005
 
RICHARD E. H. VENABLE
 
Richard “Ed” Venable, 92, of Greenville, died at his home on Friday, February 11.
 
He was born in Louisville, KY on May 27, 1912, the son of the late Edward and Bertha (Weobker) Venable.
 
Venable was a former salesman for Drakes Bakers in Brooklyn.
 
He was devoted to the Boy Scouts of America, starting out as a Boy Scout himself, and then eventually a troop leader in Brooklyn, where he initiated sponsorship of scouting by the local Catholic parish.  In 1952 he founded Troop 332 at St. Raymond’s Church in East Rockaway, Long Island.
 
In 1974 he was named Man of the Year for developing Catholic ideals in the young men of St. Raymond’s parish.  In 1983 he was president of the Holy Name Society at St. Raymond’s.
 
He and his wife Margaret “Peg” retired 20 years to their beloved mountains in Greenville.  In 1992 he received a Certificate of Merit for his outstanding volunteer contributions to the people of Greene County.
 
Venable also was a member of Our Lady of Knock Council Knights of Columbus.
 
Besides his wife, survivors include his daughters, Kathleen Venable of Center Moriches, Long Island; three sons, Richard Venable and wife Judy of Windsor, CT, Gerard Venable and wife Mary Ellen of Portsmouth, RI, and Thomas Venable and wife Margaret of Walden; seven granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
 
He was predeceased by a sister, Olga Smith.
 
Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Troop 332 Boy Scouts of America or to Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208.
 
Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

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