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Greenville Local
June 2005

Transcribed  by Sharon DePuy. Newspapers provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

June 2, 2005 


SURPRISE - Former Staten Islander, avid sports fan and history buff. Bernard Clancy retired checker/clerk from Howland Hook, Sea Land and Pier 7 in Brooklyn where he spent most of his career died Wednesday in St. Peter's Hospice Center in Albany, New York.

Born in Brooklyn in 1932, he moved to Port Richmond, Staten Island in 1939. He then moved to Surprise, New York in October of 2000 where he enjoyed golfing, playing cards and was an avid Frank Sinatra fan.

For years Mr. Clancy played basketball and softball for various establishments such as Ligreci's Deninos, St. Peter's and Port Richmond High.

During his summer months, he enjoyed vacationing upstate in Surprise, New York where he moved permanently after retiring in 1998 from the International Longshoreman's Association and Local Number One.

He also enjoyed trips to Saratoga Racetrack and golfing with his wife, Nancy and longtime friend, Kenny Elsbree of Surprise.

In addition to his wife, Nancy of 44 years, Mr. Clancy is survived by four daughters, Kathleen Rineiro, Christine Anger, Carol and Kerry Clancy; four grandchildren and two son-in-laws, Jose Rineiro and Moose Anger.

Funeral service will be Saturday, 10:30 AM from the Harmon Funeral Home, Forest Avenue, Staten Island, New York with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM at St. Roch's Church in Staten Island. Friends may call on Thursday at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville from 5 to 8 PM and Staten Island, New York on Friday from 2 to 4 PM and from 7 to 9 PM. Internment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Staten Island following the Mass on Saturday.

June 2, 2005


PRESTON HOLLOW - Richard C. VanTassell, 83 years of Colonie, New York formerly of Albany and Cooksburg, New York passed away at the Ann Lee Home on May 18, 2005. He was born in Cooksburg, New York on June 28, 1921 son of the late Elmer and Ruth [Hulbert] VanTassell. A graduate of Middleburg Central School in 1939, Richard had been employed by the New York State Department of Transportation having worked out of Preston Hollow, New York. He will be remembered for always being seen riding his bicycle all over Albany and Greene counties.

He was the beloved brother of Edith Place of Cohoes, New York; uncle of Kathleen Alvarez of Cincinnati, Ohio; William Place of Holden, Massachusetts; Terrance Place of Troy, New York; Kevin Place of Latham, New York; Timothy Place of Alpharetta, George; also several grand nieces and nephews.

As to his wishes cremation will be in the Albany Rural Cemetery. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the organization or charity of their own choice.

Arrangements were by the Cunningham Funeral Home, 488 State Route 81, Greenville, New York.

June 2, 2005


GREENVILLE - Tillie Williams, 85 years of Greenville, New York passed away at the Nyack Hospital in Nyack, New York on May 30, 2005. She was born in Nyack, on December 2, 1919 daughter of the late Herman and Anna [Jaekel] Branath. A graduate of Nyack High School she was employed at the Empire National Bank in Pearl River, New York. She was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church, a member of the Women's Society and she also worked at the G.N.H.U.M.C. Thrift Shop. She was predeceased by her first husband James T. Keegan in 1963; a daughter Alice who died in 1987; a brother Albert who died in 1997; and her second husband Harold Williams who passed away on February 15, 2005.

Surviving are two step-sons, Scot Williams and his wife Shirley of Cashiers, North Carolina; Keither Williams and his wife Becky of Cape Coral, Florida; also six step-grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; a brother Herman Branath and his wife Marilynn of West Jordan, Utah; two sisters, Katherine Shank and her husband Donald of Little River, South Carolina; Freda McEwah and her husband Wini of Florence, South Carolina also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Saturday 9 AM from the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M. Church, Norton Hill. Friends may call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville on Friday from 5 to 8 PM. Internment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

June 9, 2005


May 14, 2005 William Saurer Sr. 75, of Whiting NJ, formerly of Baldwinsville, NY, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at Community Medical Center, Tom's River, NJ. Born in NYC. He lived in New York City, NY for 31 years and in Baldwinsville for 14 years before coming to Country Walk, Whiting, NJ, in Oct. 2004. He was employed as VP of Purchasing for Dellwood Foods in Yonkers, NY, for 31 years, until his retirement in 1990. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post in Baldwinsville. He was a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church, Liverpool, NY and a member of the American Dairy Science Association of NY.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Adrienne Mackey Saurer, a son, William Jr. of Holmdel, NJ; three daughters and a son-in-law: Kathy Osborn of Brewerton, NY, Donna and Pat O'Carroll of Pomona, NY, and Liesl Saurer, of Suffern, NY; a brother, Paul Saurer of Sag Harbor, NY; four grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick, Leah and Katrin.

A memorial service was held May 21, 2005, at 1 p.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 8278 Oswego Road, Liverpool. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the church would be appreciated.

June 16, 2005


Dolores May Finley, age 74 of Coxsackie, New York, died at the Community Hospice at 315 S. Manning Boulevard, St. Peter=s Hospital on Sunday, June 12, 2005. She was born May 9, 1931 in Coeymans, New York, the daughter of the late Frank and Ella (Quintana) Southard. She was married November 19, 1950 in Coeymans to Randall Finley, who survives at home.

Mrs. Finley was a member of the Second Reformed Church of Coxsackie, and a former member of the Coxsackie Yacht Club Auxiliary.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she also enjoyed her garden and traveling.

In addition to her loving husband she is survived by her two sons, Randy K. (Louise) Finley of Coxsackie and Leonard L. (Jo Halleck-Finley) Finley of East Nassau; her four grandchildren, Jennifer (Seth) Weinstein of Coxsackie, Erin Finley of Coxsackie, Joseph Finley and Thomas Finley, both of East Nassau; her sister Louise Messinger of Coxsackie; her great-granddaughter, Sydney Weinstein, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death of her sister, June Austin.

Calling hours were Tuesday, June 14 at the Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, 11877 Route 9W, Coxsackie, New York. Funeral services were conducted 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, at the funeral home. Internment followed in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore, New York. Rev. Carol Lewis officiated. Relative and friends were respectfully invited to attend. The family suggests memorial donations in Mrs. Finley's name be sent to either Coxsackie Rescue Squad or the Community Hospice at St. Peter's Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

June 16, 2005


Eleanor Tega, 83 years, of Delmar, New York passed away on June 4, 2005 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, New York. Eleanor was born in Lynbrook, New York on May 29, 1922 daughter of the late Vincent and Carmela (Motta) Grandinetti. She loved the beach at Montauk and considered it her second home.

Eleanor and her husband Peter moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina from Massapequa, Long Island, New York in 1985 when they retired. She enjoyed bowling and golfing. A member of the Albany Italian-American Club, VFW Post 9010 and 7277 Ladies Auxiliary, Winston-Salem Booster Club, St. Leo's Seniors Club, Vantage Marshall at the Senior Classic Golf Tournaments, Tanglewood Park, Clemmens, North Carolina and a volunteer worker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Eleanor was predeceased by her beloved husband of 57 years, Peter V. Tega Sr. In 1999 and two brothers, Eugene and Vincent Grandinetti.

Surviving are her children, Tina Dombroski and her husband David of Greenville, New York, Peter V. Tega, Jr and his wife Joan of Drums, Pennsylvania and Donna Soper and her husband Ronald of Sprakers, New York; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Friday, June 17 at 12 p.m. at the Gerald B. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York to which all are invited. There are no calling hours prior to the service.

Arrangements by Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York.

June 16, 2005


Philip Hanafin, Sr., 78 years, of Durham, New York, passed away on June 12, 2005 at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill, New York. He was born on February 26, 1927 in Ireland, son of the late Dennis and Bridget (Lyons) Hanafin.

Mr. Hanafin was employed as a painter by A.T.&T. In New York City until his retirement. Philip traveled with his wife and children back to Ireland on many occasions. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Julia "Nancy" (Foley) Hanafin in 2003.

Surviving are his two sons, Philip Hanafin, Jr. and his wife Eileen of East Greenbush, New York, and John Hanafin and his wife Julie of Long Valley, New Jersey; and a daughter, Bridget Tatnell of Putnam Valley, New York; two granddaughters, Brianne and Dana; and a grandson, Ryan.

Funeral service was Wednesday, 2 p.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, New York. Friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment followed in the Greenville Cemetery.

June 16, 2005


Andrew Jackson Liebenau, age 59 of Pembroke Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, passed away June 3, 2005 in Florida Hospital Celebation, Celebation, Florida.

He was born in the Bronx, New York, January 6 1946, and moved to this area in 2001 from Vero Beach.

Andrew was a long haul trucker. He was in the U.S. Navy. He was interested in NASCAR, RC cars, boating and the ocean.

Andrew is survived by daughters, V. Christine Liebenau of Rensselaer, New York, Diane Sorros of New Baltimore, New York, Danielle Liebenau of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; son, Jason Liebenau of Athens, New York; a brother Fred Liebenau of Boise, Idaho; sisters, Joan Brunner of Deltona, Florida and Grace Bodle of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Altman-Long Funeral Home and Crematory in DeBary, Florida.

June 16, 2005


A Memorial Mass for Helen D. Andresen, who passed away on April 18, 2005 will be celebrated on June 18, 2005, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, New York. All are invited to attend. Interment will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. 

Arrangements by Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

June 23, 2005


Andrew J. Liebenau, 59, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, longtime resident of Greenville, New York, passed away suddenly on June 3, 2005.

Andrew was the general/assistant district manager of a major storage facility in Florida. While in New York, he owned the Mobil Gas/Service station on Route 32, and drove for Allied Trucking.

He was a member of the Westerlo Fire and Rescue Squad, Teamsters Local 294, Kiwanis, and a veteran of the US Navy.

Survivors include four children, Christine of East Greenbush, Diane Sorros of New Baltimore, Jason of Athens and Danielle of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and three grandchildren, Katherine and Christopher Sorros, and Jacob Liebenau. He is also survived by three siblings, Joan Brunner of Deltona, Florida, Grace Bodle of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Fred of Boise, Indiana; and many nieces, nephews, friends and last, but not least, "Babe", his beloved Conure.

Condolences may be sent to Christine Liebenau, 17 Neptune St., Rensselaer, NY 12144. Interment will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery on July 14 at 1 p.m.

June 23, 2005


John E. Dumpierres, 56 years, of Acra, New York, passed away suddenly on June 17, 2005 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 16, 1948, son of Adeline (Senger) Dumpierres and the late Juan Dumpierres.

John served his country in the US Air Force. He was employed as a stevedore by CSX Railway in Selkirk, New York. He was a member of the Durham Valley American Legion Post No. 1416. John was a man who loved his job and the great outdoors, especially fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Dumpierres of Acra, New York; mother, Adeline Dumpierres of Ann Arbor, Michigan; daughters, Crystal Marie and Chelsie Dumpierres of Nicholasville, Kentucky; stepdaughter, Ashley Adams of Kinsport, Tennessee; a sister, Arlene Stien of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and one grandchild.

Funeral service will be Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York 12083. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 5 to 8 p.m.

As to his wishes John will be cremated and interred in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.

June 30, 2005


AMITYVILLE, NY - Edward G. Hefke, resident of Dominican Village in Amityville, New York and formerly of East Durham, passed away at age 94 on June 25, 2005. Beloved husband of the late Eleanor Hefke, devoted father of Bert Hefke and father-in-law of Bernadette Hefke. Loving Grandfather of Lauren Hefke and Jennifer McSparron and great-grandfather of Ryan McSparron.

Reposing at the Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons West Islip Funeral Home, 1225 Montauk-Highway [1/4 mile west of the Robert Moses Causeway]. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 9:30 AM at the funeral home followed by the internment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Oak Hill, New York.

Donations in Edward's name may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of New York City, 405 East 73rd Street, New York, New York 10021.

June 30, 2005


GREENVILLE - James J. Reidy, 84 years, of Greenville, New York passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2005 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, New York. He was born in Bronx, New York on October 26, 1920, son of the late James and Ellen [Enright] Reidy. James served his country during WWII in the United States Navy. He was employed as an Investigator with the New York Sate Department of Labor in Brooklyn until his retirement. James was predeceased by his brother John Reidy.

Surviving is his wife, Dorothy Reidy of Greenville, a stepson, Peter Mastrangelo of Denver, Colorado and a stepdaughter, Ann Mastrangelo of Long Island.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 AM on Thursday, June 30, 2005 at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville. Internment will follow at 12:30 PM in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.

June 30, 2005


LeRoy Mattice, age 80 years, of West Coxsackie, New York, died June 26, 2005 at Columbia Memorial Hospital Hudson, where he had been a patient since June 22, 2005.

He was born in Ravena, New York March 29, 1925, and was the son of the late Addison and Mary (Pelton) Mattice.

LeRoy had been an area resident since 1946. During World War II he served with the U.S. Navy, he also was a member of The American Legion Post No. 166 in Coxsackie, and VFW Post No. 10986 of Coxsackie.

He was employed as a yardmaster for 37 years by Conrail in Selkirk.

He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Jean B. (Carrington) Mattice of West Coxsackie; two sons, Nelson Mattice of Cairo, Neal Mattice of Coxsackie; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Nancy) Crewell of Coxsackie, Mrs. Matteo (Norean) Frenza of Catskill; a brother, James Mattice of Huma, Arizona; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by a daughter, Nadine Mattice in 1976. He was also predeceased by six brother and eight sisters.

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, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. 

The VFW Post No. 10986 of Coxsackie held services in his memory at 7 p.m. at the funeral home and American Legion Post No.166 held services in his memory at 7:15 p.m.

The day of the funeral everyone was asked to meet at the church.

Funeral service will take place Thursday, at 11 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church of Coxsackie with Rev. Wendy Steed, Pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow with full military honors in the family plot of the Riverside Cemetery.

June 30, 2005


Amelia C. Parker, 108, of Westerlo, passed away on June 23, 2005 at the Schuyler Ridge Residential and Adult Day Health Care. Mrs. Parker was born on March 7, 1897 to the late Charles and Lucy Rock Thebodo.

She was the wife of the late Mahlon Parker. Mrs. Parker devoted most of her life in caring for her family. She was an avid reader. She was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

She was the mother of Robert Marshall and his wife Elizabeth of Quieda, Florida, Patricia C. Fisher and her husband Walter of Westerlo, Judith A. Dyndor and her husband Gordon or Watervliet. She is the sister of Francis Thebodo of Holyoke, Massachusetts and Lucille Farnham of Florida; grandmother of Dorothy (Peter) Meister, Robert (Mary) Marshall, Michael (Vaunda) Snyder, Lori (Bruce) Curtiss, Robert (Caitlin) Fisher. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, June 27 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar. Friends called Sunday at the Durant Funeral Home, 17 Languish Place, Glenmont. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Contributions in Mrs. Parker's memory may be sent to the Schuyler Ridge Residential and Adult Day Health Care, 1 Abele Blvd., Clifton Park NY 12065.

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