Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
September 2005


Newspapers courtesy of Sylvia Hasenkopf. Retyped by Cheryl Whissel


September 1, 2005 

ROBERT W. COOPER 

Robert W. Cooper, 79 years, of Westerlo, New York, passed away suddenly at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York on August 23, 2005.  He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 10, 1926, son of the late Henry and Alice (Risen) Cooper.

Robert was a retired manager for A & P Supermarkets having managed stores in Elsmere, Coxsackie and Ravena.

Serving his country during World War II in the US Army he was a highly decorated veteran.  Serving in Central Europe and in the Rhineland, he received the Bronze Star Medal, the European Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.  His unit, CO A 778th Tank BN received a Citation for their part in repelling the German 82nd Corps offensive to retain vital ground near Lampaden.  To quote the Citation:  “On 6 March 1945 to 7 March 1945, these units, exhibiting unwavering fortitude and indomitable tenacity, successfully protected the division bridgehead in the face of overwhelming odds.”

Bob will also be remembered as the Hilltown TV Repairman and an active Republican Party member.  He was also a member of the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Marion (Dunbar) Cooper; two sons, Robert H. Cooper and his wife Carol of Westerlo, New York, Richard J. Cooper of Westerlo, New York; a daughter, Gail Bushnell; also six great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Cooper of Virginia and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers, George and John Cooper.

Funeral service was Saturday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York.  Friends called at the funeral home on Friday.  Interment was in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Westerlo Rescue Squad, Inc., POB 12, Westerlo, NY 12193.


September 1, 2005

JAMES W. WEST, JR.

James W. West, Jr., 63 years, of Medusa, New York, passed away suddenly on August 29, 2005 at St Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York.  He was born in Albany, New York on January 20, 1942, son of the late James W., Sr. and Margaret (Buddenhagan) West.

James was in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany.  He was employed as a laborer with Old Castle Pre-Stressed Concrete until his retirement in January of 2005.  He was a member of the Clark White American Legion Post No. 589.  James enjoyed bowling and golfing.  He also loved gardening and was particularly proud of the gladiolus he raised in his garden.

Surviving are his wife Sandra L. (Brandow) west of Medusa, New York; his son, Curtis West and his wife Rose of Dunn, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Nicole, Stephanie, Theodore, Veronica, Alexis and Christina West; and a sister, Margaret Pearson and her husband John of Indianola, Iowa.

Funeral service will be Thursday, September 1 at 8 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York.  Friends my call at the funeral home prior to the service from 5 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in the Medusa Cemetery Friday at 10 a.m.

Those who wish may contribute in James’ memory to the Rensselaerville Ambulance Squad.


September 8, 2005

ELIZABETH “BETTY” O’CONNELL

YONKERS NY--- Elizabeth “Betty” O’Connell, 65 years of Yonkers, New York, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers, New York on September 2, 2005.  She was born in Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland on November 3, 1939 daughter to the late Christopher and Bridget (Tobin) McDonald.  A lifelong homemaker she was a friend to all who knew her, loving her family very much, and treating her several nieces and nephews as her children.

Surviving are two sisters, Ann Hackett of East Durham, New York; Bea Yeager of Levittown, Pennsylvania; two brothers Andrew McDonald also of Levittown; Jack McDonald of England and her several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Thursday, 10:15 AM from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville with a Mass of Christian burial at 11 AM at our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham, New York.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday 7 to 9 PM.  Internment will be in the Winston Cemetery, East Durham.


September 8, 2005

MARION E. DUDLEY

Marion E. Dudley, 51 years of Freehold, New York, passed away on August 31, 2005 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York.  She was born in Albany, New York on July 6, 1954, daughter of Marion (VanAlstyne) Kudlack and the late Charles Otten.  Marion was a lifelong homemaker.  She loved music and was an avid reader.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  Besides her father Marion was predeceased by her stepfather John Kudlack.

Surviving are her husband, Harry Dudley of Freehold, New York; her children, Michelle Deyo and her husband Michael, Matthew Dudley and his wife Rachel and Amanda Dudley; her stepchildren, David Dudley, Michael Dudley and his wife Julia, Laura McDonald and her husband Martin and Harry Dudley Jr.; three grandchildren, Michael and Mariah Deyo and Daisy Mae Dudley; and four step-grandchildren, Kayley McDonald and Courtney, Camile and Sidney Dudley; her brothers, Raymond, Charles and Donald Otten; her sisters, Sharon Dinelle and Patty Otten; and her stepbrothers, John Kudlack and Edward Kudlack and his wife Connie.

Funeral service was Sunday, September 4 at the South Bethlehem United Methodist Church in South Bethlehem, New York.  Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York on Saturday.  Interment was at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish may contribute in Marion’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate NY Chapter, 421 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.


September 8, 2005

LETA M. PAYNE

GREENVILLE CENTER, NY --- Leta M. Payne, 73 years of Greenville Center, New York passed away at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York on September 3, 2005.  She was born in Durham, New York on May 10, 1932 daughter of the late Harry and Minnie (Smith) German.  A lifelong homemaker, she loved sewing and made all sorts of clothes for everyone including several wedding gowns and suits.  Leta was a faithful member of the Greenville Center Baptist Church.

Surviving are her loving husband of 52 years, Francis (Frank) Payne, two sons Gerald Payne and Freehold, New York; Glenn Payne and his wife Denise of Freehold; two grandchildren Stephanie and Ashley Payne and a sister Mildred Nethaway and her husband Raymond also of Freehold.  She was predeceased by a sister Murial German.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 7 at 11 AM at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.  Internment will be in the Freehold Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greenville Center Baptist Church.


September 8, 2005

LORETTA M. BALDWIN

COXSACKIE, NY --- Loretta M Baldwin, 82 years, of Coxsackie, New York passed away at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York on September 4, 2005.  She was born in Madison, Maine on March 5, 1923 daughter of the late Edmond and Carolyn (Dionne) Jacques.  A lifelong homemaker, she was a former member of the Helderberg Hilltoppers RV Club.  She was pre-deceased by a son, Leo Barcomb.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Baldwin, her step-children Kenneth Baldwin Jr. and his wife Patricia of Athens, New York; Herman Reinhold and his wife Susan of Virginia; Karen Page and her husband Steve of Indiana; Vernon Baldwin and his wife Kirsten of Coxsackie; Skyben and his wife Diane of Coxsackie, also 19 step-grandchildren; her sisters Lucille of Ridge, New Hampshire; Rita of Winchendon, Mass., a niece Patricia McMann of Tupper Lake, New York; a nephew Michael Lanthier of Tupper Lake; and a sister-in-law SR. Mary Clotilde (Mary Barcomb) of Chicago, Illinois.

Funeral service will be Thursday evening at 8 PM at the Cunningham Funeral Home , 4898 State Route 81, Greenville, New York.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7 to 8 PM prior to the service.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Rescue Squad of their choice.  Interment will be in the Holy Name Church Cemetery, Tupper Lake, New York.


September 8, 2005

RALPH BRITTON, SR.

Ralph Britton, Sr. 86 years, of Rensselaerville, New York passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital on August 25, 2005.  He was born in the town of Westerlo on April 1, 1919, son of the late William and Cora (Peck) Britton.

Ralph served in the US Army from January 1941 through May 1945 and was a Corporal in Company E 106th Infantry, 27th Division.  He served three years in the Pacific, Majuro in the Marshall Islands, Battle of Saipan in the Marianas and Espirito Santo, New Hebrides.  He received the Bronze Star and was given an award for Conspicuous Service by the State of New York.

Following his Military service, Ralph worked at the Huyck Mill in Rensselaer, New York, as a weaver.  Ralph and his wife Magdalena, operated Britton’s Soda Fountain Rensselaerville, New York for nearly 20 years.  He was postmaster in Rensselaerville, New York for 26 years.  Ralph was a Charter Member of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Co., serving as treasurer for 37 years.  He was also a member of the Clark White Post American Legion for 57 years and a member of the 27th Div. Assn., Post 11 for many years.

He enjoyed woodworking, caning chairs, refinishing furniture and bird watching.  Family and friends were very important to him and he was always ready to lend a helping hand.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 59 years, Magdalena (Preisner) Britton; his loving children, Ralph Britton, Jr. and his wife Patricia of Ravena, New York, Eileen Britton of Oak Hill, New York, Diana Fritz and her husband Kenneth of Rensselaerville, New York; his dear grandchildren, Brian and Michael Britton, Kimberly Henlin and her husband David, John Kotuc, Stephanie Stepp, Seth and Daniel Fritz.  He was predeceased by his brothers Leroy Britton, Sanford Britton and a sister, Marjorie Moore.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was Monday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York.  Friends called at the funeral home on Sunday.  Interment was in the Westerlo Central Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Town of Rensselaerville Rescue Squad or the Rensselaerville Vol. Fire Co.


September 15, 2005

ROBIN LEE BOOMER

Robin Lee Woodworth Boomer, age 46, died at home on Tuesday morning, September 13, 2005 after a long bout with brain cancer.  Robin grew up in East Jewett, New York, graduated from Hunter Tannersville Central and attended Columbia-Greene Community College.

She worked as a rural mail carrier with the United States Postal Service at Westerlo and Hannacroix for 15 years.  She was a fantastic wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband Dan, five children, Nathan (Kari), Akra, Katy, Meagan and Madalyne; three grandchildren, Travis, Hailey, and Olivia; her parents, Ruth Mary and Gerry Woodworth; one sister, three brothers, and many nieces and nephews.  She was a friend and strength to all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 17 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Contributions in memory of Robin may be made to the Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.


September 15, 2005

DAVID MATTHEW TRYON

David Matthew Tryon, 9, died Sunday, September 11, 2005 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital following an accident at home.  David was a former student at the Helderberg Christian School and was currently attending Berne Knox Westerlo schools.  Included in his many interests was his love of sports, his cat Angel and his many friends.

David is survived by his parents, Timothy and Laurie Owens Tryon; his sister, Grace C. Tryon; his grandparents, Gerald and Lois Tryon of Feura Bush, Robert Owens of South Bethleham and Carol March of Stuyvesant Falls; his aunts and uncles, Ernest and Lisa Appleby of Coeymans Hollow, Debbie and Paul Hartnagel of Feura Bush, Beth and Kevin Hunter of Coeymans Hollow and John and Karen Wyatt of Austin, Texas.  He is also survived by many great aunts, great uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo.  Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont.  Burial will be in Rensselaerville Cemetery.  Those who wish may make contributions in David’s memory to the Helderberg Christian School, P.O. Box 164, Westerlo, NY 12193.


September 15, 2005

HELEN MCNAUGHTON

Helen McNaughton, 83 years of Brookside Court, Kingston, died Saturday, July 23, 2005 at Kingston Hospital.

Born in Manhattan on July 5, 1922, she was the daughter of the late James and Anna Hicks McGrath.

McNaughton was co-owner of McNaughton Farms, a summer resort in Greenville, with her sister-in-law.  They operated the resort in Greenville for 30 years, retiring in 1975.

After retirement, she was employed by Colony Liquor.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville and it Rosary Society, St. Catherine Laboure Church in Lake Katrine, and its Rosary Society, and the Halcyon Women’s Club.

Her husband, Donald McNaughton, died in 1973.

Surviving are one daughter, Betty Bartolotta of Dover, New Hampshire; two sons, John H. McNaughton of Nappa, California, and Donald J. McNaughton of Lake Katrine; two sisters, Betty Cullen of St. Remy, and Anne McGrath of Kingston.  Six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral procession formed Tuesday at The Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Smith Avenue.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Saint Catherine Laboure Church.  Burial was in the St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery in Barclay Heights.


September 15, 2005

WILLIAM KUHAR

RENSSELAERVILLE --- William Kuhar, 84 years of Rensselaerville, New York passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York on September 8, 2005.  He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 7, 1921 son of the late John and Susan (Casper) Kuhar.  Bill served in the United States Navy during World War II, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific, Philp. Lib., American Theatre & the Victory Medals and the Bronze Star.  He had retired from General Electric where he had been a welder and was a member of the Clark White American Legion Post #589 and a Charter Member of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Co.

Surviving is his wife of 57 years Edith (VonLinden) Kuhar, his daughter Jane Coutant and her husband Malcom, his son Michael Kuhar and a sister Marie Bogue also several nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by two brothers James and Thomas Kuhar.

Funeral services were from the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rensselaerville with internment at the Rensselaerville Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Rensselaerville  Library. 


September 15, 2005

FRANCES MENNONA

Frances Mennona, 69 years of Greenville, New York (formerly of Norwalk, Connecticut), passed away July 22, 2005 at the Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie, New York.  She was born in Catskill, New York on December 13, 1935, daughter of the late Jesse O. and Marion Felter.  She was an office worker at MBI (Danbury Mint) in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Frances is survived by her loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, September 10, at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.  Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery following the mass.  There was no calling hours.  Services were under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083.


September 22, 2005

RICHARD ALBRIGHT

Mr. Richard Albright, 83, farmer and retired partner of Albright Brother Farm of Athens, died Sunday, September 11 at the Community Hospice of Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born January 27, 1922 in Athens, he was the son of the late Marion C. and Edith (Van-Heusen) Albright.

He was a member of Catskill Lodge 468, Free and Accepted Masons, longtime member of the Farm Bureau, Town of Athens Zoning Board of Appeals, member of the Agricultural Extension Service Executive Committee, as well as a former member of the W.C. Brady Hook and Ladder Company.  Richard and his late wife Jean also enjoyed dealing in antiques as the Olde Board Antiques.

Survivors include his two sons, Richard of Athens and Roger (Anne) of Saugerties; his granddaughter, Melissa Albright, stepdaughters, Linda (Carlton) Wilkinson, Donna Newton, Janet (George) Guilzon, Cheryl (Neil) Morrison, and Debra Betor; three nieces, Linda Bypper of Wappinger Falls, Joy Albright of Athens and Sara Cutler of Schenectady; three nephews, Timothy of Athens and Harry and William of Earlton; his sister-in-law, Ruth Hotaling; 15 grandchildren and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jean C. two brothers, Tom and William; his sister, Eleanor and his stepdaughter, Sandy Chalk.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, September 16 at Richard’s Funeral Home, 26 North Vernon Street, Athens.

Committal services were at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414.


September 22, 2005

RUTH W. KEARNEY
Memorial Service

A memorial for Ruth W. Kearney, 86, wife of the late John N. (Bud) Kearney of Ravena, will be held at two o’clock on Saturday, October1, 2005 at the Dutch Reformed Church, Route 144 and Church Street, New Baltimore, New York.


September 22, 2005

HELEN LAWYER
Long time East Durham Resident

EAST DURHAM, NY--- Helen Orutt Lawyer, 91, died suddenly on Thursday, September 15, 2005.  Born in Oneonta, New York, she was pre-deceased by one sister and three brothers.

Helen was a graduate of Oneonta Normal School where she received certification as an elementary school teacher.  She moved to East Durham in 1940.  As well as being a homemaker, she also was alongside her husband Stanley Lawyer, the proprietor of the Lawyer’s General Store for many years until the couple retired in 1984.  Stanley predeceased her in 1994.

Helen was a life member of the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in East Durham.

Survivors include her five children, Robert Stansfield of Voorheesville, New York; David Lowe of Atlanta, Georgia; Douglas Lowe of Newark, New York; Katherine Lawyer of East Durham, New York and Harry Lawyer also of East Durham.  Five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive her, as well as three generations of nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, September 19 at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, New York followed by internment in the Winston Cemetery in East Durham, New York.  Donations I Helen’s memory may be made to the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company.

The 1935 yearbook for Oneonta Normal School indicated that Helen was kind and cheerful, and “always the same to everyone.”  This remained true throughout her life.


September 22, 2005

DANIEL G. GERMAN

PRESTON HOLLOW --- Daniel German, 60 years of Preston Hollow, New York passed away at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital on September 17, 2005.  He was born in Catskill, New York on March 31, 1945 son of Helen (Potter) German and the late Gordon German.  Daniel served in the United States Army for 20 years being discharged as a S/Sgt.  Serving in Vietnam, he received the Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation: Army Commendation Medal [2 Oak Leaf Clusters], Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp [5 loops]; NCO Professional Development Ribbon [3]; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; Army Service Ribbon; Humanitarian Service Medal; Expert Badge Rifle M14; Overseas Service Ribbon [2]; Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal [Unit Citation] and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Surviving are his mother, Helen German; a daughter Heather German; two sisters, Ann Hanford and Helen Gooden; a brother, Kenneth German; nieces, Sharrie, Lori, Shelby and Elizabeth; nephews, Lee and Kenneth.  He was pre-deceased by his father Gordon German and a nephew Fred Koerner.  Also a special friend and care giver Karen O’Leary.

Funeral services were held at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery.  Those who desire, may contribute in his memory to the Tri-Village Volunteer Fire Company or to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.


September 22, 2005

HELEN W. THOMSON

SAUGERTIES, NY --- Helen W. Thomson, 82 years, formerly of Coxsackie and Freehold, New York passed away at her home in Saugerties, New York on September 17, 2005 after a long illness.  She was born in New Baltimore, New York on November 9, 1922 daughter of the late Fred and Helen (Hoffman) Kaiser.  She served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was discharged as a Corporal.  She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville, New York and a former member of the Women’s Marine Association, the Maranatha Valley Chapter No. 764; O.E.S., the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291,  Ladies Auxiliary, the Freehold Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Freehold C.C. Church Ladies Aid.

A life-long homemaker, she was predeceased by her husband Lawrence Thomson and a brother Fred Kaiser.  

Surviving are her son, Charles Thomson and his wife Bonnie of Saugerties, New York; a daughter, Susan Thomson of Las Vegas, Nevada; two grandchildren, Aubree Thomson and Charles M. Lawrence; a sister Mildred Spinner of Freehold, New York; a brother Harold Kaiser of Elmira, New York and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday from Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville followed by internment at the Greenville Cemetery.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Red Cross or the Ulster County Hospice.


September 22, 2005

WINIFRED W. JENNINGS

Winifred W. Jennings, 88 years of East Durham, New York, passed away at the Good Samaritan Home in Delmar, New York on September 19, 2005.  She was born in South Bethlehem on August 26, 1917, daughter of the late Ernest and Emma (Gimlick) Wisenburn.

Winnie was the postmistress at the Cornwallville, Preston Hollow, Durham and East Durham Post Offices.  She was also a waitress at the Fern Cliff House in East Durham and the Elm Rest in Oak Hill, New York.  She also drove a feeder school bus for the Durham Central School.  She was a member of the State and National Grange for over 70 years, the East Durham Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Aux. For over 50 years and a member of the Catskill Valley Grange No. 1557.  She was predeceased by her husband Edgar Jennings.

Surviving are a son, David Jennings and his wife Laurie of Cairo, New York; two daughters, Sandy Swann and her husband Brian of Feura Bush, New York, Shirley Eck and her husband Harold of Summerfield, Florida; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard Wisenburn of Feura Bush, New York; two special nieces, Debbie Wilder of Escondido, California, Nancy Wisenburn of Feura Bush, New York; and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Sunday, September 25, 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.  Interment will be Monday, 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, South Bethlehem, New York.  Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Community Hospice of Albany County or to the Good Samaritan Home.


September 22, 2005

PRISCILLA PALMER
Memorial Service

A memorial service for Priscilla Palmer, who passed away on August 11, 2005, will be held at the South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church in South Westerlo, New York on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m.  Relatives and friends are all invited.


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