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Greenville Local
July 2005

Transcription by Lance Ware.
Newspapers courtesy of Sylvia Hasenkopf

July 7, 2005


James J. Reidy, 84, of Greenville, died Sunday, June 26, 2005 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

He was born in the Bronx on October 26, 1920, son of the late James and Ellen (Enright) Reidy.

Mr. Reidy served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy.

He was employed as an investigator with the New York State Department of Labor in Brooklyn until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Reidy of Greenville; a stepson, Peter Mastrangelo of Denver, Colorado; and a stepdaughter, Ann Mastrangelo of Long Island.

Mr. Reidy was predeceased by his brother, John Reidy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, June 30, at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville.

Interment followed in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

July 7, 2005


Robert Maben, 82, of North Lexington, died Monday, June 27, 2005 in Maplecrest.

He was born July 10, 1922 in Lexington to Milton Charles Maben and Blendena (Niece) Maben.

Mr. Maben was the owner of the Excelsior Dairy Farm in North Lexington. He was a pilot and the owner of the Maben Airport located in Lexington.

Survivors include his children, John Robert Maben, Glenn D. Maben, Wayne C. Maben, M.D., and Nancy Maben Federico; and 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Maben was predeceased by his wife Savella on September 10, 1993, and a sister, Violet Maben Spaulding.

Funeral service was conducted at Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham, on Saturday, July 2, with the Rev. Robert Johnson officiating.

Interment was in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville.

July 7, 2005


Marie H. Witt peacefully passed over to the other side on June 28, 2005. She did it her way - at home with her family nearby.

Born Anna Marie Hasbrouck to Ella [Lamar] Hasbrouck and John J. C. Hasbrouck in Manhattan, New York on September 7, 1917, she grew up in flushing, New York with two brothers John and Howard.

During World War II, Marie served her country in the United States Army as a nurse overseas in England and France. Being discharged as a 1st Lt. receiving the American Campaign Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. While in the USO line for Coca Cola in Reims, France, Marie met Bob Witt. Shortly thereafter they married and were blessed with five children achieving another life goal.

When Bob passed away in 1962, Marie started a new chapter in her life - while she finished raising her family, Marie moved to Greenville to help her brother run Hijopa Farm. Marie continued maintaining the farm until John’s death in 2000.

Marie was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291.

She is survived by her beloved children - Donna Tiffany and her husband Tim Miller, Lynda Witt, Barbara Witt and her husband Michael Gribben, Robert Witt and his wife Mary Ann, and Patricia Hamilton, her loving grandchildren - R. Martin Witt, Johanna Witt, Robert Witt, Maxwell Tiffany-Miller, Gabriel Tiffany-Miller, Samara Tiffany-Miller and Elizabeth Hamilton - a brother Howard Hasbrouck and his wife Ruth, three nieces - Joan Lucian, Patricia Hasbrouck and Barbara Renaud.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Columbia-Green Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, New York 12414. Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville.

July 7, 2005


Kurt DiStefano, 28, of Cary, North Carolina, and formerly of Cairo, died June 27, 2005.

Born May 3, 1977 in Catskill, he graduated with honors from Cairo-Durham High School and received a degree in computer technology while living in Cary, North Carolina.

He was an accomplished writer, musician and song-writer. He will always be remembered as a devoted son, brother, uncle, grandson and friend.

Survivors include his mother, JoAnn Marie Walther of Cary, North Carolina; father, James DiStefano of Catskill; sisters, Tamra Blake of Raleigh, North Carolina, MeAne DiStefano of Lynbrook, New York, and JeLan DiStefano of Oakdale, New York; brother, Daniel Blake of Stafford, Virginia; maternal grandparents, John and Josephine Johnson of Catskill; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth VenDriesco of Leeds; three nieces and three nephews.

Mr. DiStefano was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, John P. Walther.

A funeral service was conducted Thursday, June 30, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 S.E. Maynard Road, Cary, North Carolina.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 500 Morris Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081.

July 7, 2005


Abbey N. Brown, 20, of Cairo, died Monday, June 27, 2005 at her residence. She was born December 24, 1984 in Mount Kisco, New York.

She was a student at The Center for the Disabled in Albany. Abbey loved music, had a beautiful singing voice and loved to sing, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Survivors include her mother, Susan J. (Hoxsie) Brown and her fiancé Joe Ottato of Cairo; her father, James J. Brown of Catskill; her maternal grandparents, Donald and Sylvia Hoxsie of West Virginia; sister, Brooke L. Brown of Cairo; two uncles and their wives, Eric and Rae Hoxsie of East Aurora, New York, and John and Ruth Drullard of Hamburg, New York; an aunt and her husband, Sandra and Ziggy Ziolkowski of West Virginia; and many cousins.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents.

Private cremation services took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Memorial services took place Friday, July 1, at the Richard’s Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo, with Rev. David Overton, Chaplain of the Community Hospice of Greene and Columbia Counties officiating. Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Richard’s Funeral Home.

July 7, 2005


Allan F. King, 57, of Coxsackie, died suddenly Sunday, June 26, 2005, at his residence.

Born in the Bronx, August 10, 1947, he was the son of the late Lionel and Evelyn (Carter) King.

Mr. King served his country in the U.S. Army and had been an area resident of Coxsackie for two years. He loved to build model airplanes and model cars. He loved drag racing and also playing the guitar. He was employed by the state Transit Authority from which he retired.

Survivors include four brothers, Larry King of Colorado Springs, Bernard King of Coxsackie, Howard and Aaron King, both of the Bronx; four sisters, Vivian and Linda King, both of Coxsackie, Anita King (Jennings) of Coeymans, Eileen (King) Washington of Coxsackie; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, July 6, at the Chapel of the Saratoga National Cemetery. Interment followed in the Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church, West Coxsackie.

Arrangements were by the W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc., Funeral Home, Coxsackie.

July 7, 2005


Althea Randall Fletcher, 86, of Coxsackie, died December 16, 2004 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

She was born March 5, 1918 in Teaneck, New Jersey, and was the daughter of the late Ernest G. and Althea G. Randall Hansing. She was born and raised in Bergen County and lived there until her retirement in 1984.

She was a hairdresser in Closter, New Jersey. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Greenville. She was also a member of the Onteora Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of the Green County RVSP for many years.

Survivors include her children, Glenn Fletcher of Utah, Thomas Fletcher of Germany, and Virginia Brandow of Athens; a cousin, Herbert Holtje of Tenafly, New Jersey; and grandchildren, Georgianna Earl, Chris Fletcher, Michael Fletcher, Sherri Nelsen, Elizabeth McKeil, Lisa Fletcher, Joseph, Dean, Dwayne, and James Buchanan; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Winton Searle Fletcher in 1993, and her stepmother, Anna Lichtiner Hansing.

A memorial service was held Saturday, July 2, at the W. C. Brady’s Sons Inc., Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, with Wayne Marquit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating.

Contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

July 14, 2005


Robert D. Hannay, 64, of Westerlo, died Monday, July 11, 2005 at his home following a brief illness.

Born in Westerlo, April 10, 1941, son of the late Dwight C. Hannay and surviving mother, Doris E. (Velle) Hannay, he spent most of his life in Westerlo. Hannay was married June 29, 1963 to Marilyn J. (Stark) Hannay.

Hannay spent six years serving in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a member of the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Department, president of the Westerlo Rural Cemetery Board, Helderberg Medical Association board member, as well as a lifetime member of the NRA.

A 1963 graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University, Hannay worked as vice president of Marketing at Hannay Reels from 1963 to 1996. Hannay served as a deacon, trustee, Sunday School superintendent and leader of youth activities for many years at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn J. Hannay; his children, Scott R. Hannay and wife Beverly of Westerlo, Sherri L. (Hannay) Gerhardt and husband Stephen of Grand Ledge, Michigan, Shaun R. Hannay and wife Diane of Westerlo and Michael D. Hannay and wife Gayle, also of Westerlo. He is survived by eight grandchildren and predeceased by one grandson. Also surviving are his sister, Carol (Hannay) Guilzon, and husband David of Westerlo, along with several nieces and nephews.

Interment will take place at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. A memorial service will take place Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, PO Box 130, Westerlo, NY 12193.

Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 14, 2005


Beverly R. (McCauley) Miner, 65, of West Coxsackie, died Saturday, July 9, 2005 at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, she graduated from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School. Beverly had resided in West Coxsackie since 1970. She was a member of the Alcove Assembly of God, the New Baltimore American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Earlton Fish & Game Club. Beverly enjoyed sports and outdoor activities.

Beverly was the devoted wife of the late John H. Miner, Sr.; loving mother of Denise Wilsey (David) of West Coxsackie, John H. Miner Jr. (Charlene) of Catskill and the late Debora Ann Miner; proud grandmother of Kyle, Ryan and Megan Wilsey; loving daughter of Cleata Beers of Millerton; loving sister of Opal Rosas of Millerton, Catherine Auclaire of South Carolina and Samuel McCauley of Maine; also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, July 13 at Alcove Assembly of God with Pastor Frank Florez officiating, followed by burial in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.

If desired, a memorial contribution may be made to Alcove Assembly of God, 137 CR 111, Alcove, NY 12007.

Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Caswell Funeral Home, Ravena.

July 14, 2005


Brandon Adam Beechert, 9 years, of Catskill, New York passed away on July 10, 2005. He was born in Hudson, New York on March 2, 1996, son of Glenn E. Beechert and Kathleen (Perez) Beechert. Brandon was a student at Langdon School. He was “Heaven’s special child, an angel among us.”

Surviving are his mother, Kathleen Beechert of Catskill, New York; his father, Glenn Beechert of Maplecrest, New York; two brothers, Daniel J. and Andrew J. Verga of Catskill, New York; a sister, Elizbeth N. Beechert of Maplecrest, New York; his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service was Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York 12083. Friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Donations in Brandon’s memory may be made to the family.

July 14, 2005


Eileen Ida (Trabin) Snow, age 85 years, of Greenville, New York, passed away on July 11, 2005 at The Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York.

She was born February 20, 1920, in Yonkers, New York, and was the daughter of Paul Tarabini and Ella (Downey) Trabin.

Eileen lived in Earlton from 1961 to 1979. She and her late husband developed and operated The Earlton Hill Campsites. She lived in Greenville in recent years.

Survivors include two sons, Richard M. Snow and his wife Marilyn of Greenville, William D. Snow and his wife Patricia of Hannacroix; a daughter, Karen and Sifuentes and her husband Ramiro of Arizona; four grandchildren, Jeff Snow of Greenville, Kevin Snow of Virginia, Heather Ferrara of St. Johnsville, New York and Mark Ferrara of Sprakers, New York. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend calling hours at The W. C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie on Wednesday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 14 at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie, with Rev. Fr. J. Moyna, the celebrant, officiating.

Interment will follow in the family plot of St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie, next to her late husband, Donald M. Snow, who predeceased her on June 16, 1981.

Donations in her memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Center of Albany, Medical Center, Mail Code No. 65, 47 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208, or to the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home for your convenience.

July 21, 2005


Barbara A. Teator, 62, of Durham, New York, passed away July 18, 2005 at home after a courageous ten-year fight against cancer. Born in Catskill, New York on July 25, 1942, she was the daughter of George Kerr and the late Lorraine (Wallace) Kerr. A graduate of SUNY Potsdam Class of 1964, she was a schoolteacher for 28 years, including Cairo-Durham Central School District from 1975 to 1996.

Barbara embodied the Golden Rule always caring for others. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She cherished playing with and teaching her grandkids. In addition to focusing on her family and teaching, Barbara led a 4-H group, coached Durham youth soccer teams, was an advisor for the C-D cheerleading squads and tutored numerous children with their math.

Barbara also enjoyed decorating her home, reading, movies, and especially tending to her beautiful gardens. She will be dearly missed but always a guiding influence in the lives of her loved ones for her unconditional love, selflessness, kindness, humility, strength of will and character.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Teator; children, Sharon Hayner and husband Ken of Halfmoon, New York and William Teator and wife Kim of Falls Church, Virginia; four grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Hayner and Kendra and Alexander Teator; father, George Kerr of Catskill, New York; siblings, Ron Kerr of Poughquag, New York and Mary Susan Kerr Welter of New Paltz, New York; 10 nieces and nephews and many loving family and friends. Her death was preceded by her mother, Lorraine Kerr (1976), and brothers George J. (1991) and Robert W. Kerr (2000).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, New York. Interment will follow in the Potter Hollow Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Donation may be made in Barbara’s memory to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414 or the Town of Durham Volunteer Ambulance Squad, Box C, Oak Hill, NY 12460.

July 28, 2005


Wanda G. Ciccone, 51 years of Freehold, New York, died peacefully at home with her family by her side on July 25, 2005. She was born in Albany, New York on February 18, 1953, daughter of Robert and Harriet (Lounsbury) Peck. Wanda was a homemaker, a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her two daughters, Eressa Budz and her husband Casimir of Freehold, New York, Eowyn Pepitone and her husband Benedict of Stanley, North Carolina; and her son, Eric Ciccone and his wife Karen of Cardiff by the Sea, California; her parents, Robert and Harriett Peck of Westerlo; a brother, Robert Peck, Jr.; four sisters, Deborah Parker, Sharon Cimmis, Pamela Boehlke, and Susan Davis; a granddaughter, Haley Ciccone and a grandson, Adam Budz.

Funeral service will be Friday, July 29 at 12:30 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Onesquethaw Cemetery following the service.

Those who wish may contribute in Wanda’s memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.

July 28, 2005


WESTERLO – Flossie Ila (Wideman) Klersy, 93 years of Westerlo, New York passed away in Tampa, Florida on July 22, 2005. She was born in Westerlo, New York on June 3, 1912 daughter of the late Perrin and France (Brate) Wideman. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, was a AWANA leader and Sunday School teacher at People’s Baptist Church in Albany, New York for many years. She also participated with the Hill Town Seniors Group and served as a volunteer with the Red Cross and had worked for Stanley Home Products. A devoted wife and mother she will be missed by her loving family and all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry J. Klersy, Sr. on December 2, 1980.

Surviving are her five children; Henry J. Klersy, Jr. and his wife Donata, Wilhelmina Frances Ellermets and her husband Arno, Alida Caroline Ellermets and her husband Heiki, Darathy Jane Soto and her husband Robert and Perrin (PC) Klersy and his wife Linda; also a special nephew Richard VanIderstine and his family, 20 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Saturday, July 30 at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo in Westerlo, New York. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 to 11 AM prior to the service. Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, New Salem, New York. In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Westerlo Memorial Fund, PO Box 130, Westerlo, New York 12193.

Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York

July 28, 2005


Arthur P. Dynes, 69 years, of Greenville, New York, passed away July 25, 2005 at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He was born in County Tyronne, Ireland on April 20, 1936, son of the late Arthur and Annie (McGrath) Dynes.

Art came to America as a young man and worked for 20 years with the NYC Transit Authority (MASBSTOA) until he retired. He was a member of the Greenville Irish-American Club and The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre. Arthur was well known in the Greenville and East Durham community; a talented musician and vocalist playing for years at the Fern Cliff in East Durham, as well as dances for the Greenville Irish-American Club and many other engagements both here and in the city. He loved his home and could be seen working around the house and its grounds.

Arthur was predeceased by two brothers, Terrance and Vincent Dynes.

Surviving are his partner of many years, Linda VanWagenen of Greenville, New York; his wife, Philomena (Donnelly) Dynes of Yonkers, New York; his two sons, Kevin Dynes of New York City, New York, and Stephen Dynes of Yonkers, New York; his three daughters, Sioban Mussollino of Mahopac, New York, Dolores Hofhine of Stamford, Connecticut, and Sharon Durkin of the Bronx, New York; four grandchildren, Sydney and Christian Hofhine and Lauren and Caitlyn Musollino. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Hugh Dynes of Dobbs Ferry, New York, Michael Dynes, Peter Dynes and Ester Christman of Coal Island, Co. Tyronne, Ireland, Rose Brothers of Dungannon, Co. Tyronne, Ireland, and Maureen Everitt of England; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 29 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, New York. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

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

July 28, 2005


Marc L. Fraim, 21 yeas,  of Greenville, New York, passed away suddenly at his home on July 20, 2005. He was born in Troy, New York on June 30, 1984, son of Mark Fraim and Victoria (Lessard) O’Donnell.

He was a machine operator for Package Pavement in New Baltimore. Marc was an avid basketball fan loving the Lakers, and snowboarding. He will be remembered as a friend to all who knew him.

Surviving are his wife Erin (Palmer) Fraim; a daughter, Brooklynn Lael Fraim; a step-daughter, Madison Michelle Lyles; his mother, Victoria (Lessard) O’Donnell and his stepfather, William O’Donnell; his father, Mark Fraim; maternal grandparents, William Lessard and Mary Dinelle; paternal grandmother, June Sunkes; also four sisters, Jennifer Ogilvie, Danielle Mann, Kara and Angela Fraim; a brother, Justin Fraim; two stepbrothers, Joseph and Christopher O’Donnell; and his aunt and godmother, Valerie Grugan.

Funeral service was held Saturday, at the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church in Norton Hill, New York. Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family was requested that in lieu of flowers that donations in his memory be given to his daughter’s (Brooklynn Lael Fraim) college fund.

July 28, 2005


William R. Engler, Jr., 27 years, of Earlton, New York (formerly of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania) passed away suddenly on July 20, 2005 at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1978, son of William R. Engler, Sr. and Lucinda (Frable) Engler.

He was a 1996 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School. He received an Associates Degree in Accounting and was employed by MetLife in Albany, New York. He was an active member of the Medusa Fire Company. William was a member of the APA Pool League. He had a keen interest in tropical fish, loved hard rock music and was an avid reader with a love of books. William was a loving father to his daughter Siri.

He is survived by his mother, Lucinda Engler of Greensboro, North Carolina; his father and stepmother, William R. Engler, Sr. and Lynn Engler of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Siri Engler of Medusa, New York; a fiance, Melissa Katz of Earlton, New York; a sister, Sherie Church and her husband Curt of Independence, Indiana; two stepsisters, Jolynne Lane and Melissa Snyder; his maternal grandmother, Katherine Stratton; his paternal grandmother, Lorraine Engler; and two nieces, Tiffany and Alice Church.

A memorial service to commemorate William’s life was conducted on Saturday, July 23, at the Medusa Chapel on Camp Medusa Road, Medusa, New York.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to William’s family to help with expenses c/o Rev. Warren Beeman, 307 Camp Medusa Rd., Medusa, NY 12120.

Arrangements were by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

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