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Greenville Local
January 2006

Newspapers courtesy of Sylvia Hasenkopf. Retyped by Colleen Maresca.

January 5, 2006 


CAIRO---Donald R. Jack, 94, of Cairo, died Saturday, December 31, 2005 at Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home in Troy. Born May 25, 1911 in Ossining, Westchester County, he was the son of the late Hugh and Lillian Cronk Jack.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Jack, Jr., of Arkansas and Patrick Jack of Floral Park, Long Island; two daughters, Lorraine Scarpinati or Cairo and Ellen Pulice of Athens; a sister Lillian Malkus of Cairo; 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Richards Funeral Home, 383 Bross St., Cairo, with the Rev. J. Nunan Pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, officiating.

Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematory in Menands.

January 5, 2006


Grace E. Schneider, 100, of Purling, died December 29, 2005, at her residence after a long illness.

Born July 17, 1905 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Brennan) Meade.

Mrs. Schneider owned and operated The Schall Co. in Cairo, and also The Purling Roller Rink, which has been owned and operated by the family for 75 years. She was family oriented and was devoted to her grandchildren.

She had been an area resident for 30 years. She was a communicant of The Sacred Heart Church in Cairo.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Sally Schneider of Purling; seven grandchildren, William J. Schneider III of Purling, Sally and her husband Michael Sharkey of Purling, Dr. James Schneider M.D. of Albany, Patricia Schneider of Purling, Kathleen Schneider of Cairo, Dr. Robert Schneider M.D. of Tannersville, and Dr and Mrs. Stacey (Susan) Russell of Purling; and four great-grandchildren, Michael, Sarah, Madeline and Grace Sharkey, all of Purling.

She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Schneider, Sr., on April 1, 1996; and a son, William J. Schneider, Jr. five years ago.

Calling hours were Sunday at the Richards Funeral Home, Bross St., Cairo.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, with the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in the family plot next to her husband in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.

January 5, 2006


Elaine E. Swartout, 76, of Elm Ridge Road, Evans Mills, died Thursday, December 29, 2005, at her home under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Born June 18, 1929 in Albany, she was the daughter of Clifford and Margaret Lockwood Matthews.

She graduated from Greenville High School and married Douglas R. Swartout on June 29, 1947 in Greenville.

The couple lived in Clayton and in 1968 moved to their present home.

Mrs. Swartout worked at a speaker plant in Durham, prior to her marriage and once in the North Country, she started a band called “Elaine and the Moonlighters” which was popular for many years. She also was a district dealer for Tupperware for many years.

She was a founding member of Evans Mills Ambulance Squad, member of American Legion Auxiliary and African Violet Club of Watertown.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas; a son, Ronald Swartout of Carthage, Jefferson County; two daughters, Deborah Kennedy of Savannah, Wayne County and Judy Spitzer of Charlotte, North Carolina; a sister, Marilyn Zimmer of East Durham; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Calling hours were Saturday at the Johnson Funeral Home, 237 William Street, Dexter.

A funeral service followed at the funeral home with the Rev. Penni Farrington, pastor of Evans Mills United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial was in Evans Mills Cemetery.

January 12, 2006


GREENWOOD LAKE---Jeremiah A. O’Leary, 66 years, of Greenwood Lake, New York, passed away suddenly at his home on January 8, 2006. He was born in Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland on December 8, 1939, son of the late Jeremiah and Ellen (Buckley) O’Leary. Jeremiah was an Automotive Mechanic employed by Manhattan Ford in New York City. He was a member of the UAW in Manhattan. He was a loving husband and father.

Surviving are his wife, Ann O’Leary of Greenwood Lake, New York; his daughter, Ellen O’Leary of Middletown, New York; two sisters, Kitty O’Leary of Ireland and Noreen O’Connor of Greenville, New York; three brothers, Donnie O’Leary, William O’Leary and his wife Mary, James O’Leary and his wife Kathlene all of Ireland; sixteen nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, New York. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

January 12, 2006


Dorothy Rivenburg, 80 years, of Rensselaerville, New York, passed away on January 5, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center in Delmar, New York. She was born in Westerlo, New York on April 16, 1925, daughter of the late Winford and Blanche (Weinberger) Rivenburg.

Dorothy was a homemaker and lifelong resident of the Westerlo and Rensselaerville communities. Dorothy was “Miss Westerlo” of 1943. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Francis (Bud) Rivenburg in 1986; a brother, Earl Rivenburg; and a sister, Mildred Frederick.

Surviving are her daughter, Phyllis Fitzgerald of Westerlo, New York; her brother, Glenn Rivenburg of Selkirk, New York; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Saturday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York. There were no calling hours. Interment will be in the Rensselaerville Cemetery in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish may contribute in Dorothy’s memory to the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Co. or to the Rensselaerville Ladies Battalion, 4990 Delaware Turnpike, Rensselaerville, NY  12147.

January 12, 2006


Junita Rose (Boughton) Britton, 80 years, of Delmar, New York, passed away at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s in Albany, New York on January 7, 2006.

She was born at home in Rensselaerville, New York on June 12, 1925, daughter of the late Manley and Mable (Cole) Boughton. Junita was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Rensselaerville and a member of the Trinity Women’s Guild. She had also served as a member of the Ladies Home Bureau and the Rensselaerville Historical Society. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to many. She was predeceased by her husband, Sanford Britton; a son, Randall Britton; and her brother, Harley Boughton.

Surviving are two sons, Donald Britton and his wife, Susan, of Rensselaerville, New York, Gerald Britton and his wife, Kathryn of Latham, New York; a daughter, Eleanor Velasquez and her husband, Arnulfo of Modesto, California; a daughter-in-law, Paula Britton of Westerlo, New York; her grandchildren, Randall Britton,  Jr., Todd Britton, Tamatha Keppler, Samantha Britton, Lisa Chrysler, Donald Britton, Jr., Jeffrey Britton, Gregory Britton, Regina Velasquez, Christopher Velasquez, Nanetta Velasquez, and Arnulfo Velasquez, Jr.; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Palmer of Dormansville, New York.

At her request, she will be cremated and a memorial service held at a later date. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Town of Rensselaerville Ambulance Squad.

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

January 12, 2006


ALCOVE---Joan A. (Hanson) Ribley, 74, of Alcove, died peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2006 in the comfort of her home.

Born in Albany, she has resided in Alcove for 30 years. Joan was employed in the offices of the former Bond Bread Company for many years. Recently, she was a homemaker.

Joan is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harry E. Ribley; her children, Mark J. Ribley of Ravena, Julia K. Ribley of Schenectady, Stephen J. Ribley of Ravena and Melissa Apjohn of Delmar; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is the sister of Helen Mendleson of Albany; Sally Nesbit of Boulder, Colorado; James Hanson of Mission, Texas, Richard Hanson of Andersonville, Georgia, and the late Joseph Hanson, Mary Limmer and Fred Hanson; also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours were held at Caswell Funeral Home in Ravena on Monday, January 9. Funeral and burial services were private.

January 12, 2006


CLARKSVILLE---Patricia D. Van Natten, 70, on January 6, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital. She was the wife of the late William C. Van Natten, Sr. Mrs. Van Natten loved reading, crossword puzzles, genealogy and country music. She was also a member of the Dormansville Methodist Church.

Mrs. Van Nattenis the mother of Barbara Pielo and her husband Marty of West Sand Lake; James D. Daine and his wife Jackie of Salmond, Indiana; Melanie Pate and her husband Ben of Middletown, New Jersey; and John Van Natten and his wife Lisa of Plattsburgh, New York; stepmother of Laurie Cutting and her husband Richard of Elizabethtown, New York. She is the grandmother of Charles Pielo, Scott Thompson, Emily Rose Daine, Jesse Pate, Joshua, Cameron and Andrew Van Natten and Krista Cutting. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and her best friends, Tom and Beverly Gallup.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Dormansville Methodist Church, Dormansville. Spring interment will be in the Onesquethaw Cemetery, Clarksville. Contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to either the Dormansville Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Coeymans Hollow, New York  12046, or the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, New York  12205.

January 19, 2006


Frank E. Boehlke, Sr., age 93, of Hannacroix, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 10, 2006. Born on September 12, 1912 in Grey, Maine, Frank was the son of the late Paul and Alice Boehlke.

He spent most of his life in the Selkirk and Hannacroix area and was a self-employed mason contractor with Anthony Scott of Boehlke and Scott for 28 years. He was a communicate of St. Patrick’s Church of Ravena all his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mabel (Clark) Boehlke; four sons, Frank, Jr. (Judy), Darrell, Sr. (Nancy), Thomas (Doreen), and William, Sr., (Georgia); 21 grandchildren, Frank (Tammy) Boehlke, Lisa (Tim) Travis, Shelley (Lance) Benjamin, John Boehlke, Jim Boehlke, Darrell (Laurie) Boehlke, Jennifer (Dennis) Pollicino, Kimberly (Garrett) Wilcox, Thomas Beohlke, Patrick Boehlke, Bill Boehlke, Jr., Jared (Heather) Beohlke, David Boehlke, Chris Boehlke,

Nathan Boehlke, Joshua Boehlke, Paul Boehlke, Caleb Boehlke, Benjamin Boehlke; 12 great-grandchildren, Samantha and Justin, Ryan and Alysa Travis, Brandon and Chelsea Benjamin, Erika and Drew Boehlke, Dennis, Jacob and Emma Pollicino and Olivia Wilcox; two brothers, Jerry (Eleanor) Boehlke and Martin Boehlke. Frank was predeceased by his daughter Mabel, grandson Timothy Joel, brothers, Orville, Chet, Art, Paul, Louie, George, Pat and Lon and sisters Rita and Vina.

Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena on Monday, January 16 with Rev. Francis DuBois officiating.

Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Coeymans. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 21 Main Street, Ravena, New York  12143.

Funeral arrangements were conducted under the direction of the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

January 26, 2006


Lionel J. “Frenchy” Alix, 82 years of Surprise, New York, passed away at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Delmar, New York on January 23, 2006. He was born in Montreal, Canada on February 6, 1923, son of the late Joseph and Lumina (Berard) Alix. After serving in Europe during World War II, Frenchy was honorably discharged from the US Army Air Corps in April of 1946.

He worked at the Watervliet Arsenal until 1977. After working as a machinist and metallurgist, he retired as manager of the Officers Club. He also drove a school bus for the Greenville School District and he delivered fuel oil for C.A. Albright & Sons for 10 years.

Frenchy was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, New York and loved being a greeter and usher at the church. He loved sports and served as an umpire for the Greene County Softball League. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 0166 in Coxsackie. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, camping, making maple syrup, homemade wine, beer and sausage. He was also a member of the Lamplighters & Ridgerunners Social Club. He loved gathering with friends and family.

He was constantly surprised with the antics of his youngest granddaughter, Samantha, and great-granddaughter, Myah, both four; he loved teasing them.

Because he couldn’t remember names, most girls and women were called “Snoops” and most men he called George.

Surviving are his wife, Doris (Yannone) Alix; his children, Jeannene  Albright (Eugene) of Hannacroix, New York, Paul Alix (Julia) of Summerville, South Carolina, Debra Perino (Joseph) of Catskill, New York, David Alix (Jessica) of Earlton, New York; his nine grandchildren, Susan Stafford (David), Jeffrey Albright, John Paul Alix (Michelle), Thomas Alix (Allison), Sara Mae Smith, Brandon Perino (Karoliane), Lori Rausch (Max) and Brian Perino and Samantha Alix; eight great-grandchildren, Heather Albright, T.J. Moore, Meghan, Chelsea and Jonathan Alix, Ryan and Madison Alix, and Myah Perino; a brother, Norman Alix (Georgianna) of Grapeville, New York; a sister, Laurette Snyder (Richard) of Texas and several nieces and nephews; also three sisters-in-law, Evie, Loris and Marie Alix and a former daughter-in-law, Patti Young. He was predeceased by three brothers, Andrew, Guy and Jerry Alix and a sister Jeannene Alix.

Funeral services will be Thursday, 10:30 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York with a Christian Burial 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends called at the funeral home Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center, 125 Rockefeller Road, Delmar, New York  12154 or to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, New York  12208.

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