Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
February 2007


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February 1, 2007

KAREN L. JAROZEWSKI

GREENVILLE—Karen L. Jarozewski, 79, of Greenville, NY passed away at the Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill, NY on January 6, 2007. She was born in Sweden on January 21, 1927. She was predeceased by her son, Peter Jarozewski, on September 7, 2006. 

Surviving are her husband, Ted Jarozewski and a son, Thomas, of Greenville, NY. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2007 at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville, NY. Interment with her son followed in the Greenville Cemetery. 

Arrangements were by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY.  


February 1, 2007

FREDERICK C. BROWN 

OAK HILL—Frederick C. Brown, 87, of Oak Hill, NY passed away suddenly at his home in Oak Hill, NY on January 22, 2007. He was born in Akron, Ohio on Nov. 13, 1919, son of the late William and Sara (Copenhaver) Brown.  

Fred was a veteran, serving thirty years of active and inactive duty in the U.S. Navy and was retired in 1974. He was also employed by the U.S. Post Office in Colonie, NY for several years. Fred was a member of the Durham Valley Post #1416 American Legion and the Durham Ambulance Squad.  

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn M. (Goeller) Brown; a daughter, Nancy J. Clark of Daytona Beach, FL; three grandchildren, Karen, David and Paul Clark; two sisters, Annie Wilson, Lavenia Lowey and a brother, Edmund Brown.  

Funeral and committal services were 1 p.m. Friday, January 26, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY. 

Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 11:30 to 1, prior to the service. Interment followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery.


February 1, 2007

LOUIS A. PALMER, JR.

EARLTON—Louis (Louie) A. Palmer, 58, died suddenly Thursday, January 25, 2007, at Rouge Valley Medical Center, Medford, Oregon.

He was born March 27, 1948, in Coeymans Hollow, husband of Verna Palmer of Oregon, son of Jean Palmer of Coxsackie, predeceased by his father, Louis Palmer, Sr. and Sandra L. Rizzi (wife) of Coeymans Hollow.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Local 197 for 20 years, worked many years as a self-employed mechanic in Coeymans Hollow, Ravena and Oregon before becoming a coast-to-coast truck driver with his wife, Verna.

Survivors include his 2 children, Kelly Palmer, of Climax, Louis III of Saratoga, NY; 4 sisters, Judy (Paul) Brandow of Hannacroix, Sally (Peter) Foronda of Coeymans Hollow, Peggy (Lester) McMullen of Selkirk, Jean Ellis of Coxsackie; and stepdaughter Becky Kucera of Central Point, Oregon; four grandchildren he loved dearly, Billy Ruilison, Steven Howard, Brennan Palmer, Jazmine Kucera and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Rouge Valley Funeral Alternatives in Medford, Oregon. Louie loved life to the fullest and had many friends and relatives in the Ravena area. In honor of his memory, there will be a “Memorial Celebration” of his life at the Strike Zone in Ravena, Saturday, February 3rd from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made to a charity of choice, or contributions may be made to the family at Strike Zone to help curtail funeral expenses.


February 8, 2007 

WEBSTER “WEBB” JENNINGS

EAST DURHAM—Webster “Webb” Jennings, 89, of East Durham, NY, formerly of Greenville, NY, passed away at his home on February 4, 2007 after a long illness. Webb was born in Norton Hill, NY on January 27, 1918, son of the late Aaron and Jean (Farquhar) Jennings. A life long carpenter retiring in 2005, he was also employed at Shepard Farm and he and his wife, Marie, had operated the “House on the Hill” resort. He was a former member and Past President of the Greenville Central School Board of Education and member of the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church. Webb was also a life member of the Westerlo Vol. Fire Co. and former member of the Westerlo Ambulance Squad and a former member and Past Master of the James Austin Lodge F. & A.M. An avid Yankee fan, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He would like to be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all he met.  

Surviving are his wife, Marie (Roe) Jennings; a daughter, Jane Crossett (James); a son, Wayne Jennings (Donna); 5 grandchildren, Kimberly Page (Charles), Mark Jennings (Maria) Michael Biskupich (Romi), Becky Riley (Stephen), and Zachary Crossett; 7 great-grandchildren, Michael, Morgan, Natalie, Abigail, Katie, Jack and Brooke; also surviving are a brother, Russell Jennings and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, John and Walton Jennings and two sisters, Dorothy Mahoney and Wilhelmina Yeomans.

Funeral service will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church in Norton Hill, NY. Friends were invited to call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY on Wed. 5 to 8 p.m. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church Building Fund.


February 8, 2007

DORIS FANCHER 

Doris “Nona” Fancher, 75 years, of Grand Gorge, New York, passed away on January 27, 2007 at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, New York. She was born in Conesville, New York on February 12, 1931, daughter of the late Chester and Beulah (Dodds) Germond.

She was a lifelong homemaker, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Doris loved doing puzzle books and taking care of family pictures. She was predeceased by a son, Randy Fancher; a granddaughter, Marcy Fancher; and a brother, Ira “Roger” Germond.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Robert Fancher of Grand Gorge, New York; a daughter, Diane Williams (James); two sons, Daniel Fancher (Tami), Douglas Fancher (Connie); 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Russell “Rusty” Germond (Shirley); and a sister-in-law, Helen Germond.

Funeral service was Saturday, February 3, at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, New York. Friends called Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service. Spring interment will be in the Manorkill Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Doris’ memory to Community Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY  13820.


February 15, 2007

TIMOTHY CANASTRA 

Timothy Canastra, 48, of Oak Hill, New York, passed away suddenly at St. Peter’s Hospital ER on February 9, 2007. He was born in Kingston, New York on February 1, 1959, son of the late Elmer and Patricia Canastra.

Tim was a real down to earth NY Giants fan, a fan of NASCAR, stock car racing, and was active in go-cart racing. He was also very active in the Durham Little League, having been a coach for over 25 years. A lover of hard rock music, he could be found listening to AC/DC. A friend to all, he will be missed by his loving family and the community he did so much for.

Surviving are his wife, Deborah (Lang) Canastra; two sons, Timothy Canastra, Jr., Michael Canastra; and a daughter, Caitlyn Canastra; also two brothers, Elmer, Jr., and Anthony Canastra; and two sisters, Michelle Post and Colleen Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home Tuesday. As to his request, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Durham Little League.


February 22, 2007

CLYDE L. FILKINS

WESTERLO—Clyde L. Filkins, 87, of Westerlo, NY passed away at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY on Feb. 17, 2007. He was born in the Town of Berne, NY on July 9, 1919, son of the late Fred H. and Nettie F. (Skinner) Filkins. Clyde was a retired Rural Postal Carrier having worked out of the Westerlo Post Office. He served his country during World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland & Central Europe, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon. Clyde was a POW from 1944-1945 and an active member of the American Ex-POW Assn. He was also a charter member of the Westerlo Vol. Fire Co. and a former member of the Town of Westerlo Rescue Squad.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Margaret (Peg) (nee Storm) Filkins and his loving nieces and nephews; Janice (Fred) Bassler, Berne, NY, Robert (Roberta) LeBuis, Barnefeld, NY, Marlene (Dennis) Boomhower, Westerlo, NY, Donald (Donna) LeBuis, Mokena, IL, Charles (Dennis) Cummings, Wilton, NY, Dennis LeBuis of Selkirk, NY, Lee Crosier of East Berne, NY, Richard (Wendy) Storm, of Clarksville, NY, Raymond (Karen) Storm, East Berne, NY; also several grand nieces and grand nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Doris LeBuis and a niece, Diane (Merritt) Chamberlain.

Funeral services were held Tues. 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY. Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Tues. from 4 to 7 p.m., prior to the service. Spring interment with Military Honors will be in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the South Berne C.C. Church, the Westerlo Reformed Church or to the Town of Westerlo Rescue Squad.


February 22, 2007

CAROLE L. WICKHAM

HANNACROIX—Carole L. Wickham, 72, of Hannacroix, NY, passed away at the Good Samaritan NH in Delmar, NY on February 19, 2007. She was born in the Bronx on Dec. 2, 1934, daughter of the late John and Catherine (Werner) O’Neill. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Wickham, and her significant other, Peter Coons.

Always on the go, she was a Charter Member of the Albany County Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Aux., a Charter Member of the Coeymans Hollow Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Aux., Vice-President of the Greenville Golden Years Club, a member of the Cairo Golden Age Group and a member of the Ravena Senior Bowling League. A loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed by all who knew her.

Surviving are a son, Gerald (Jerry) Wickham (Dona) of Hannacroix, NY; two daughters, Karen Ferguson (Michael) of Westerlo, NY, Denise Rainis (Paule) Duded, NY; also 6 grandchildren; two brothers, John O’Neill (Blanche) of Annapolis, MD, Robert O’Neill (Maryanne) of Greenville, NY; a sister, Patricia Caldwell (Roger) of AZ and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thurs. 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends were invited to call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY on Wed. 5 to 8 p.m. Spring interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Community Hospice of Albany or to the Coeymans Hollow Vol. Fire Co.


February 22, 2007

IRENE LEANZA

SOUTH WESTERLO—Irene Leanza, 79, of South Westerlo, NY, passed away at the Katerskill Care NH in Catskill, NY on Feb. 15, 2007. She was born in Queens, NY on Aug. 28, 1927, daughter of the late James and Frances (Becker) Brooks. Irene had many fond memories, especially of growing up on Hook Creek, which now lies beneath JFK Airport. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, she worked for the Brooklyn Museum until she became a full time housewife and mother. Her greatest joy in life was her family and friends, followed by her pets, gardening, nature watching, music and travel. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Leanza, her twins, Mary and Joseph, and a sister, Margaret Hall.

She was the mother of Robert, Kenneth and Audrey Leanza; the grandmother of Wendy, Christopher, Adam and Michael Leanza and sister of Lynn Wolf.

Funeral service were Tues. 10:30 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY with Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Mon, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Spring interment Greenville Cemetery.


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