Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
October 2007


Transcribed by Sylvia Hasenkopf


October 4, 2007

Edward R. Waldron 

Middleburgh – Edward R. Waldron (85) of Middleburgh, NY formerly of Medusa, NY passed away at the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hosp. In Schenectady, NY on September 25, 2007. He was born in Freehold, NY on February 2, 1922, son of the late Reuben and Elsie (Powell) Waldron. He graduated from G.C.S. and attended Cornell University. He was pre-deceased by his two wives Marion (Snyder) Waldron and Gladys (Poole) Waldron. Ed had operated a farm in Medusa, NY for several years and then moved to Middleburgh in 1968 and ran the family farm until his retirement. A very active and community minded person he was a member and Past Chief of the Medusa Vol. Fire Co., a member of the James Austin Lodge A&A.M. he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Mutual Ins. Co. for 50 years and was Chairman of the Board for 17 years, he was also a member of the Schoharie Holstein Club and a honorary member of the Dairy Shrine.

Surviving are a daughter Carole Bates (Alberts) of Medusa, NY, a son John Waldron (Dianna) of Middleburgh, NY his grandchildren, Kevin Bates, Glenn Waldron (Marguerite), Neil Waldron and Joy Waldron, great grandchildren, Ciara and Brenden O’Brien, Matthew and Alaura Lischek and great-great grandchild Zaina Lischek. He was also pre-deceased by his two brothers, James and Howard Waldron.

Funeral service was Saturday 3pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, NY. Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 12 to 3pm prior to the service. The Medus Vol. Fire Co. conducted a service on Saturday at 2:30pm. Interment will be in the Medusa Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the American Cancer Society or to the Bleeding Disorders of NENY.


October 4, 2007

Lisa  Farnham 

Preston Hollow – Lisa Farnham (42) of Preston Hollow, NY passed away suddenly at her home on September 30, 2007. She was born in Albany, NY on January 28, 1965 daughter of Thurman and Lois Gile.

A homemaker, she loved doing arts and crafts and was a loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her mother Lois Gile, companion Frank Mitchell, her children, Toshua Mazal, Brian and Ryan Farnham, Julie and Tiffany Rivera, her grandchildren, Gavin and Aidan Mazal; also surviving are her brothers and sisters, Rose, Tammie, Barbara, Denise, T.J., Bethany, Rosemary, Charlie and Paula. She was pre-deceased by a son Jacob Farnham and a brother Vinnie Gile.

Funeral service will be 8am Sunday, October 7 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY. Friends may  call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 8pm prior to the service.


October 4, 2007

Victoria J. Palmer 

Acra – Victoria J. Palmer (45) of Acra, NY passed away suddenly at her home on September 25, 2007. She was born in Oradel, New Jersey on April 14, 1962 daughter of Carol (Fisher) Davie and late Kenneth Davie. She was a graduate of G.C.S. class of 1980 and attended school to become a hairdresser. She also worked at Pine Springs as a waitress, at Story’s Nursery at Freehold, NY and at Bryant’s Super in the gas station booth. She loved being a mother to her kids and will be missed by her family and friends.

Surviving are her mother Carol Davie of Acra, NY, a daughter Nicole Radler (Robert) of Westerlo, NY a son Adam R. Palmer of Acra, NY, two brothers, Patrick and Kenneth Davie and a sister Pamela Hess.

Funeral service will be Sunday, 8pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 6 to 8pm prior to the service.


October 4, 2007

Diane “Cookie” Kowalsky 

Greenville – Diane “Cookie” Kowalsky, 62 years, of Greenville, NY passed away September 30, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY, She was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 4, 1945, daughter of the late John and Josephine (Weiland) Kowalsky. Cookie was the manager of the Cumberland Farms Store in Greenville for 10 years, until her retirement due to illness. She was the devoted companion, for 40 years, of Pat (Pasquale) Fevola. She worked with Pat at Pat’s Italian Restaurant in Greenville, NY. Cookie loved her cats, Mutt and Jeff. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Surviving are her companion Pat (Pasquale) Fevola of Greenville, NY, a sister Patricia Sleling of Palm Harbor, FL and a brother John Kowalsky of Maspeth, NY.

Funeral service will be Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 11am at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8pm. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.


October 11, 2007 

Irene Francis 

Athens – Irene Francis, 87, of 33 Third St., Athens, died October 4, 2007, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

She was a former resident of Kaaterskill Care, Catskill.

She was born September 29, 1920, in South Cairo, and was the daughter of the late Nelson and Henrietta (Georgina) Rouse.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, at 11am at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, with Rev. Bruce K. Benander, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church in Athens, officiating.

Interment will take place next to her late husband, Kenneth, who predeceased her on March 6, 1983, in the Old Athens Rural Cemetery.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, the Rivertown Senior Citizens and the Athens Senior Citizens. She was an area resident of Athens since 1959 and she loved to read and play Bingo. She also volunteered at the Greene County Memorial Hospital and Kaaterskill Care in Catskill.

She is survived by her daughter Lois Krieg and son-in-law Harry Charles of South Cairo, and Kenneth Krieg and wife Betty-Anne of Athens, four great-grandchildren Christopher Krieg of South Cairo, Gregory Krieg of Greenville, South Carolina, Kenny Krieg, Jr., of Athens and Crystal Berger of Catskill, also many nieces and nephews.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Athens Senior Citizens.

Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend calling hours at the Richards Funeral Home, 28 North Vernon St., Athens, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm.


October 11, 2007 

Eldon “Jeff” Stanger

Greenville – Eldon “Jeff” Stanger (77) died at home on October 4, 2007, with his adoring family by his side. He was born on November 6, 1929 in American Falls, Idaho. He was the 10th of 12 children born to the late John and Alta (Hunt) Stanger. He grew up on the family farm in Neeley. He later moved to Boise and then graduated from high school in Salt Lake City before enlisting in the Air Force.  While stationed at Mitchell Field on Long Island he met and later married Pauline Wrobbel.  After moving his family upstate to Greenville, he joined the Carpenter’s Local 370 and Boilermaker’s Union until his retirement in 1992. Jeff was known far and wide for his unique sense of humor. He enjoyed reading, watching movies and Giants football. Before his illness, he walked the fields behind their home in all four seasons. He loved to dance and always kept everyone laughing.

In addition to his beloved wife of 53 years, survivors include his seven children; Linda Kulle, Theresa (Bud) Bear, Barbara (Mark) Lamb, Dr. Craig (Charlene) Stanger all of Greenville; Michael Stanger of Lancaster, PA, Paule (Bud) Malone of Delmar and Eileen (Paul) Clifton of Glendale, AZ; thirteen grandchildren and one great grandson. His brother, Conover (Donna) Stanger, sisters MaeVonnie Beyrooty and Pearl Larrison all residing in CA; a special niece Gwen (Gordy) Wallace of Salt Lake City and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Also a dear family friend and “daughter”, Diane Leonard of Whitney Point.

The family sincerely thanks Dr. Donald Pasquale, Amy Jackson and all of the Infusion Suite nurses for their patience and humor with Jeff and his “entourage”. They also thank Dr. Walt Gibson for his friendship and spiritual support.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, October 7th at 4pm at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville, NY. Friends and relatives were invited to call at the church Hall from 2 to 4pm prior to the service.

Arrangements were with the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY.


October 11, 2007

Myrtle Lein Hurst

Myrtle Lein Hurst, 85, of Indiatlantic, Florida, entered into eternal life on Monday, September 10 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her loving daughter and son-in-law Joanne and John Barbour; granddaughter Stacy Meyers; and great-granddaughter Mandy Meyers were at her side.

Myrtle was born on Staten Island, the daughter of the late Mathias and Ella Lie of Norton Hill. After leaving the farm in Norton Hill, she and her family returned to Staten Island before retiring in Florida. 

Myrtle was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Sons of Norway.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; daughter, Dorothy Liga; sister Irene Long; and brothers, Herbert and Warren Lien.

In addition to her family in Florida, she is survived by three other daughters, Ingrid Mulvey of Colorado, Ruth DeSantis of Mississippi and Linda (George) Thompson of Cairo; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Myrtle is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Jones of Greenville and Vivian (Fred) Ahern of Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews. Myrtle will be greatly missed by all who knew her for she died as she lived, everyone’s friend.

A celebration of her life takes place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oak Hill on Sunday, October 14 at 2pm. Interment of her cremains will be on Stated Island.

Donations in Myrtle’s memory may be made to VITAS Healthcare Corporation, 4450 West Eau Gallie Boulevard, Suite 280, Melbourne, Florida, 32934.


October 11, 2008

Mildred A. McMurry

Hannacroix – Mildred A. McMurry, age 82, of Hannacroix, NY died peacefully in the presence of her daughter and granddaughter at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, joining her husband John Dewey McMurry, who died September 25, 2007, in the presence of the Lord.

Born, January 23, 1925 in North Hempstead, LI she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Helen (Knapka) Pozar. She was married to John Dewey McMurry.

She was an executive secretary for Carol Nissof, Esq., and Michael DuBrinn, Esq., at the New York State Teacher’s Retirement System in Albany prior to her retirement.

Mildred was a former President of the Coxsackie Garden Club, a graduate of the Mildred Elly Secretarial School, a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Medway-Grapeville Fire Company and a devout communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie, where she served Fr. Paul Tartaglia as his secretary. Among her favorite pastimes was her gardening. She enjoyed working in her gardens and horticultural interests.

She is survived by her loving daughter Cassandra Lee Channing, her grandchildren Cassandra Lynn Hughes of Saratoga Springs, Charles John Long and great grandchildren  Olivia Lynn Hughes  and Carter John Long.

Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to call 5-8pm Friday, October 5, 2007 at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes, 4898 SR 81, Greenville. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for both John Dewey and Mildred A. McMurry 9:00am Saturday, October 6, 2007 at St. Mary’s Church, Mansion Street, Coxsackie by Rev. Fr. Paul Tartaglia. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The morning of the funeral all were invited to gather at St. Mary’s.

The family suggests memorial donations in Mildred and John’s memory be made to the Town of Coxsackie Ambulance, Town of Catskill Ambulance or Diabetes Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, Greenville, NY.


October 11, 2007

John Dewey McMurry

Hannacroix – John Dewey McMurry, age 83 of Hannacroix, NY, died peacefully in the arms of his living daughter, Cassandra Channing, Tuesday morning, September 25, 2007, at home.

Born in Plainview, Texas, December 6, 1922 he was the son of the late Charles Dewey and Juanita (Latham) McMurry. He was married to the former Mildred (Pozner) McMurry for over 60 years. Mrs. McMurry survives at home.

He was a First Class Radio Operator for American Transport Airlines, based in New York City, during World War II, Mr. Murry flew non combat missions overseas with supplies for the military.

He attended Radio School in Kansas City, Mo; and Flight School in Flushings, Queens and graduated from Queens College. He was a former member of the Medway-Grapeville Fire Dept. They have lived in Hannacroix since 1950moving here from Great Neck, L.I.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Cassandra Lee Channing of Hannacroix, his sister Margaret Ruth Brisbee of Ft. Worth, TX, a granddaughter Cassandra Lynn Hughes of Saratoga Springs, his great grandchildren Carter John Long and Kaylie Marie Long.

He was pre-deceased by his brothers Jack and Harold McMurry.

Funeral services will be private and burial will be at a later date in Texas.

The family suggests Memorial Donations in his memory to be made to the Coxsackie Town Ambulance, Town of Catskill Ambulance or the Diabetes foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Sopris-McMurray Funeral Home, Greenville, NY.


October 11, 2007

Ethel I. VanWormer

Ethel I. Williams VanWormer, 91, entered eternal life Monday, October 8, 2007 at her residence. Ethel was born and lived all her life in New Baltimore. She was the daughter of the late Luke and Grace Houghton Williams.

Ethel enjoyed reading, watching birds and watching the boats on the river. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald (Donna) VanWormer, Dennis VanWormer, Gary (Elaina) VanWormer and Raymond VanWormer, Jr., brother, Francis (Daryl) Williams; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Ethel was predeceased by her sister Marian Seeberger and brothers, David and Herb Williams.

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, October 11 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 8pm. Contributions in memory of Ethel may be made to New Baltimore First Responders, Ravena Rescue Squad, Community Hospice of Albany or Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.


October 18, 2007 

Alberta A. DeFlumer 

Albert “Brother George” A. DeFlumer entered eternal rest Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Albert was born and lived all his life in Coeymans. He was the son of the late  Joseph and Antoinette DeFlumer. 

Brother George was an Army veteran serving during WWII. In 1981 he retired after many years of service with the Powell & Minnock Brick Yard. He was an avid bowler, golfer, and enjoyed the outdoors. He especially enjoyed all types of dancing. 

 Brother George was predeceased by his wife Mary Mastriano. Survivors include his daughters, Anne (George) McHugh of Coeymans and Rose (George) Carman of Coxsackie; sisters, Hattie (Wallace) Bean and Betty (Angus) Doyle, both of Coeymans; grandchildren George, Joseph (Amy) and Albert (Candy) McHugh; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers John, Paul, twin brother Nicholas and Joseph DeFlumer and sister Mary DeFumeri, Carie Macarilla and Elsie Morrell.  

Services were held at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena, on Sunday, October 14. All other services private at the convenience of the family. Contributions in memory of Brother George may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena or the Ravena Resue Squad. 


October 18, 2007

John F. Kropp

Albany – John F. Kropp, 66 years, a resident of De Paul House in Albany, NY passed away in his sleep on Monday, October 8, 2007. John was born in Wilkes Barre, PA on September 1, 1941, son of the late Edward J. and Mary (O’Neill) Kropp. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a Draftsman for the City of New York. John moved to the Albany area in 1976 and has resided at DePaul House for the past 15 years. John was a devoted brother and uncle and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving are his sister, Eileen Volmer (Eberhard) of Greenville, NY (Hannacroix, NY), a nephew Keith Volmer of Chapel Hill, NC, three nieces, Karen (Kirby) Volmer of State College, PA, Kerry Houlihan (Michael) of Tarrytown, NY and Kirsten (Kevin) Dougherty of Washington, DC and a grand niece, Isabel Kirby of State College, PA.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at the convenience of the family. All under the direction of the Cunningham, Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083.

Those who wish may contribute in John’s memory to Catholic Charities, 40 No. Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203.


October 18, 2007

Herta Lenz

Cairo - Herta Lenz, 91, of Cedar Street, Cairo, died October 13, 2007 at Albany Medical Center.

She was born in the Ukraine August 2, 1916 and was the daughter of the late Albert and Olga (Janke) Mantai.

Funeral services were held 10:30am Wednesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cairo, with Rev. Victor Nelson officiating.

Interment followed in the Round Top Cemetery.

Herta had been a Greene County resident since 1980. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, music and reading.

She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1964 and son Leo.

Survivors are her children, Erwin, Herta Giles, Herbert, Helga Planthaber, Margaret Lenz and Ingeit Cassimore; grandchildren, Leo, Diana, Doreen, Alan, Teri, Frank, David, Michael, Steven and Helga; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were 7-9pm Tuesday at the Richards Funeral home, 20 Bross St., Cairo.


October 18, 2007

Gail E. McFarland-Benedict

Rensselaerville – Gail E. McFarland-Benedict, 65 years, of Rensselaerville, NY (formerly of East Hampton, L.I.), passed away on October 12, 2007 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. She was born in Queens, NY on April 4, 1942, daughter of the late Allen and Florence (Cohn) Frankel. Gail graduated from Great Neck High School in June of 1959 and Hofstra University in June of 1963 with a B.A. in Social Sciences. She received a Masters Degree in Public Policy from SUNY Albany. Gail was involved in the political area of East Hampton, NY in the early 1970’s. She subsequently moved to Albany, NY and worked for the NYS Assembly for seventeen years as a Researcher on environmental issues and wrote many bills that became laws in New York State. She then worked for CSEA writing curriculum and manuals for workplace safety. Prior to retirement, she worked as a real estate agent. Gail enjoyed being politically active. Her main source of joy was her family & she also loved boating, music and wildlife. Besides her parents Gail was pre-deceased by her first husband, Gary McFarland and a son, Milo McFarland.

Surviving are her husband, Michael Benedict, two daughters, Kerry McFarland and Darby Benedict, tow grandchildren, Aretha and Taku Okuyama, two brothers, Noel Frankel (Sharon) and Perry Frankel, a special sister-in-law, Deborah Donnelly and a niece Nicole Frankel.

A family service was on Sunday, October 14, 2007, 2:30pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083.  Friends were invited to call at the funeral home from 12 noon to 2:30pm prior to the service. Interment will be in the Rensselaerville Cemetery.


October 25, 2007 

Elsie Slocum

Cairo – Elsie Slocum, 90, known as Nanny, passed away October 19, 2007 with her family by her side.

Elsie was born August 19, 1917 in Kent Cliffs. Elsie married Claude Slocum and lived in Carmel. Together they operated Clay’s Gas Station for many years.  Claude Slocum predeceased her in June 1970.

Elsie married Perry Slocum. Elsie and Perry moved to South Cairo in 1979. Perry passed away in 1986.

Elsie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going out for lunch on Tuesdays with her friends, going to the Golden Age Club meetings and day trips were some of her favorite past times. She enjoyed flowers and gardening and music. Elsie is survived by her children, Sandra Lawton and son-in-law Jack, Coleman Slocum and daughter-in-law Nancy, Claude Slocum and daughter-in-law Carol; sister-in-law, Lois Williams; grandchildren, Trisha Lamb and her husband Bruce, Jack Lawton and wife Beverly, Lindsay Hendrickson and husband Keith, Bret Lawton and girlfriend Suzette and her son Pedro, Coleman Slocum, Jr. and wife Kelly, Cheryl Ann Justvig and husband Jim, Dennis Melamed and wife Lillian, Jennifer Lewis and husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Emily, Mackenzie, Riley, Travis, Lauren Julia and Brianna; her very dear family members, Ed and Mary Lawton, and many nieces and nephews.

Elsie loved living with her daughter, Sandra, and son-in-law, Jack, in her little house in South Cairo. 

Funeral services were 11am Wednesday at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., with Rev. Retta Lykens officiating. Interment will be in Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel. Calling hours were 2-4 and 6-8pm Tuesday.


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