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Greenville Local
October 2004

Newspapers courtesy of the Cairo Public Library. Retyped by Scott Wichmann

October 7, 2004

Of Westerlo

Eleanor L. Davis, 74 years of age, of Westerlo, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 26, 2004. She was born on March 12, 1930 in Cairo, New York, daughter of the late John and Silvia (Dollan) Butts.

Eleanor was a lifelong homemaker and caregiver to many elderly people in the community. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Sanford Davis; three daughters: Tammy Davis, Bonnie Davis and Laura Terry and a brother, Wesley Butts and a sister Agnes Kirk.

Surviving are her children: Linda Stanley, Jerry Davis, Joseph Davis and his wife, Susan, Frank Davis and his wife Donna, Betty Sill and  her husband, Jim, Todd Davis and his wife Valerie, Eric Davis and his wife, Holly, Theresa Davis, Timothy Davis and his wife, Lauri, 21 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 10 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville. Internment will be in the Westerlo Central Cemetery in Westerlo.

Those who wish may contribute in Eleanor’s memory to Theresa Davis.

October 14, 2004

Of Medusa

Richard J. Jardine, 73 years, of Medusa, New York, passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York on October 10, 2004. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 23, 1931, son of the late Oscar and Barbara (Thamm) Jardine.

Richard served his country serving in the U.S. Army. He was a proud member of the 82nd Airborne Division (paratroopers) and was discharged as a Corporal. Richard and his wife, Rose, owned and operated Rich’s Floor Covering in Greenville, New York. They retired in 1993. He was also a former member of the Greenville Rotary Club and the Greenville American Legion. He enjoyed flying and for a time owned a plane with Len Gardiner who passed away in July of this year.

Surviving are his wife, the former Rose Lynch; two sons: Michael Jardine and his wife, Anna, of Medusa, New York and Thomas Jardine and his wife, Patti, of Medusa, New York; a daughter, Ann Jardine and her partner in life, Greg Magdalenski, of Nassau, New York; also four grandchildren: Shannon, Michael, Samuel and Kelsey; and a great grandson, Austin Reid; also a sister, Barbara Bryan and  her husband Kenneth of Kingston, Tennessee. He would like to be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, 10:30 a.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville.

Friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Medusa Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the American Lung Association.

October 14, 2004

Of Cairo

Mairead E. Feeney, infant daughter of Sean and Mary (O’Grady) Feeney, passed away at  her home on Half Moon Drive in Cairo on October 9 with her loving family by her side. She was born on January 22, 2003.

Surviving are her parents, Sean and Mary Feeney; her maternal grandparents, Kathleen (O’Hara) and Patrick O’Grady of Baysde, New York; her paternal grandmother, Mary (McHugh) Feeney of Cairo; a brother, Sean Patrick Feeney; two sisters: Erin and Katie Feeney and also several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her paternal grandfather, John J. Feeney, passed away last year.

A funeral service was held from the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville followed by a Mass of Christian burial from Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham. Interment is at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

October 21, 2004

Of Bethlehem

Elsie L. Zolko, 80, died Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Good Samaritan Health Center in Delmar.

Born in Indian Fields, Coeymans on March 21, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Anna Buthosky Zolko. Elsie was a graduate of the former Ravena High School. She moved to New York City in 1943 and worked as a secretary for many years. She also did missionary work in South America. Elsie was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, the Christian Business Women’s Association and the Republican Club all in New York City.

She returned to South Bethlehem in 1993 and attended South Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

Elsie is survived by five sisters: Anna Zolko of Glenmont, Mrs. Fred (Helen) Parker of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, Mrs. William (Agnes) Doberstein of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Harriet Zolko of South Bethlehem and Mrs. John R. (Joan) Joslin, Jr. of Voorheesville; many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Her siblings, John, Andrew, Mary Ann, Alfred and Rosemary Zolko predeceased her.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, October 18 at the Caswell Funeral Home in Ravena with Rev. Charles E. Hayes officiating. Burial followed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in South Bethlehem.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to South Bethlehem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 98, South Bethlehem, New York 12161 will be appreciated.

October 21, 2004

            Of Leeds

Walter F. Kramer, 91 years, of Leeds, New York, formerly of Norton Hill, New York, passed away at his home on October 13, 2004.

He was born in Germany on December 26, 1912. He served in the US Army during World War II and had retired from the New York State Department of Transportation having worked out of the old Greenville Department.

He was a former member of the Norton Hill Wildlife Club and a very active member of the Greenville Democratic Club, serving as Treasurer for many years. He enjoyed his hunting and fishing and will be remembered as a friend to all who knew him. His wife, Anna Heidbreder, predeceased him in 1987.

Walter is survived by his significant other, Hilde Binas and his many friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. As to his wishes cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

October 21, 2004

Of Greenville

Frederick E. Gleason, 81 years, of Greenville, New York passed away at the Julie Blair Nursing and Rehab Center in Albany, New York on October 16, 2004.

He was born in Lynbrook, New York on August 9, 1923. Fred served his country proudly during World War II serving in the U.S. Navy and being discharged as a Coxswain (T) V6 USNR. He was a truck driver for Gulf Oil Company in Albany, New York and upon his retirement worked at Shepard Farm Resort in Greenville, New York, being in charge of maintenance. He was also a member of the Greenville American Legion Post 291. He was pre-deceased by his wife Helen (Higgins) Gleason and his seven brothers and sisters.

Surviving are three daughters: Tara Lioi of Canton, Michigan; Indy Jaycox of Schoharie, New York; and Leah Ipsen of Palm Bay, Florida; two sons: Frederick R. Gleason of New Baltimore, New York and Joseph Gleason of Greenville, New York; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial took place at St. John the Baptist Church followed by the internment with military honors at the Greenville Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

October 21, 2004

Of Greenville

Doris M. Ross, 93 years, of Greenville, New York, passed away at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home HCC in Delmar, New York on October 16, 2004.

She was born in Waterloo, New York on April 24, 1911, daughter of the late Sharon and Jessie (Ackerman) Bird. Doris could always find work to do. She had been a cook at Balsam Shade Farm, a chambermaid at the Colonial Manor, a floor clerk at Albany Medical Center and always could be found in the kitchen cooking for the senior meals at the Hiawatha Grange. Her great love other than her family was being a dedicated member of the Hiawatha Grange.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Leroy F. Ross, Sr., three grandsons and a brother, Robert Bird. Surviving are two daughters: Peggy Bishop of Westerlo, New York and Nancy Snyder of Coxsackie, New York; two sons: Leroy (Roy) Ross, Jr. of Greenville, New York and Harold Ross and his longtime companion, Marilyn, also of Greenville, New York; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Road 81, Greenville, New York. The Hiawatha Grange will conduct a service at the funeral home prior to the funeral. As to her wishes, cremation was at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company or to the Town of Westerlo Ambulance.

October 28, 2004

Of Hannacroix

David E. Leonard, 63, of Hannacroix died Saturday, October 23, 2004 at his residence. David was born in Albany and has lived in Hannacroix for 25 years. David retired in 1988 from the Albany Police Department after 25 years of service and in 2003 from the RCS School where he was a bus driver for 15 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Greenville American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Geel Leonard; sons, Douglas R. (Bonnie) Keyer, Donald E. (Stephanie) Keyer, and David E. (Leah) Leonard Jr.; grandchildren: Kacey, Samantha, , Dylan, Brittany, Madison, Jacob, Brianna and Ryan; brother, Paul (Diane) Leonard; and many nieces and nephews. He was also survived by daughters Cathleen, Deborah and Laura. David was predeceased by his parents, John T. and Lillian McCormack Leonard and his brother and sister-in-law, John T. and Carol Leonard.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 27 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena, with Rev. Alan R. Baumback officiating. Burial was in Onesquethaw Cemetery.

October 28, 2004

Of Round Top

Gladys Tornabene, age 78 years of Maple Lawn Road, Round Top, died October 21, 2004 at her residence.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 2, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Irving and Edna (Albrock) Cohen.

Gladys had been an area resident since 1984, was a member of the Catskill Ladies Elks No. 1341, the Greenville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and The Order of the Purple Heart. She wrote a weekly column in The Greenville Local called “On the Go With Gladys Tornabene”. She loved dancing with her husband Sal. She was also a bookkeeper for The Sutphin Lumber Company of Queens.

She is survived by her husband, Salvatore J. Tornabene of Round Top; a son, Joseph Tornabene of Queens; a sister, Rita Savage of New Jersey; two grandchildren: Joseph and Christian and is also survived by two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street in Cairo.

There were no calling hours.

Private cremation took place on Friday, October 22 at The Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

October 28, 2004

Of Greenville

Annemarie R. Lobb of Greenville passed away October 25, 2004 at her home after a brief illness.

Annemarie was born in Berlin, Germany in 1917, daughter of the late Adolf and Karoline (Walther) Hilpert. She has resided in Greenville for the past 25 years. Annemarie and her husband, Retired Colonel Anthony W. Lobb, who predeceased her on October 24, 2000, both served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador prior to moving to Greenville. Annemarie was an avid reader and a frequent patron of the Greenville Public Library. She was a member of the Friends of the Library. She also had prepared crossword puzzles for the New York Times including the Sunday Edition. She had a tax preparation service for many years.

Annemarie leaves behind three sons: Jens G. Lobb and his wife Marilyn of Greenville, and grandsons Jens Jr., William and Andrew Lobb; Wayne A. and his wife Barbara Stevens Lobb of Sudbury, Massachusetts and William A. Lobb II and his wife Maureen O’Hagan Lobb of Atlanta, Georgia and grandsons, William and Anthony H. Lobb. She also leaves a brother, Herman Hilpert of Mainz, Germany. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Adolf and Karl Hilpert.

The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to the Columbia Greene Hospice and caregivers Janice Lounsbury, Betty Jean Mueller and Gail Bose for their kindness and care provided to Annemarie during her illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Library or to Columbia-Greene Hospice in memory of Annemarie Lobb.

Services and interment will be a the convenience of the family under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home,4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York 12083. As to Annemarie’s wishes, she will be cremated and buried with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery.

October 28, 2004


Mary Regensburger, 83 years, of South Cairo, New York, formerly of Masspequa, New York, passed away suddenly at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York on October 22, 2004. She was born in the Bronx on April 10, 1921, daughter of the late William and Hannah (Moylan) Diehl. She was a member of the Cairo Golden Age Group and a member of the Lady Elks No.1341 in Catskill, New York. She was pre-deceased by her husband Herman Regensburger in 2000 and also by a sister and four brothers.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ann Bear and  her husband Leroy of Greenville; four sons, Richard Regensburger and his wife Suzanne of Hannacroix; Edward Regensburger and his wife, Barbara of Key West, Florida; Thomas Regensburger and his wife Mary of North Potomac, Maryland and William Regensburger of Georgia. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and one great grand-child.

Funeral services were held from the Cunningham Funeral Home  in Greenville followed by the internment at the Freehold Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to Sacred Heart Church, Cairo, New York.

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