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Greenville Local
September 2007

Transcription by Sylvia Hasenkopf.

September 6, 2007 

Eileen E. LaPlante 

Eileen E. LaPlante, 70, of White Lake Road, Forestport, formerly of the Town of New Baltimore, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica, surrounded by her loved ones. 

Eileen was born July 11, 1937 in the Town of New Baltimore, daughter of Hiram and Rose Hluboky Robinson. She grew up in Grapeville on the family farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse in the Grapeville area. After graduating from Greenville High School with the Class of 1955 she was employed at the New York State Office Building, Albany, as a secretary. On March 23, 1957 she was united in marriage with Everette E. “Bud” LaPlante at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville. Through the years Eileen had been employed in various secretarial and aide positions. In 2002 she moved to Forestport from the Town of New Baltimore and was employed at Sunset Nursing Home, Boonville, and lastly at Eckerd Pharmacy, Barneveld.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Forestport.

“Faith and Family” was her motto, he life was centered around her children and grandchildren, and she always gave the best of herself and her love to everyone. Others always came first with Eileen. She loved the time that she worked and volunteered at Sunset. Eileen enjoyed praying the Rosary, taking in God’s beauty from her front porch, reading, camping, gardening, flowers, and most of all, walks and endless conversations with her family.

Eileen is survived by her former husband and lifelong love, Everett “Bud” LaPlante of Wildwood, Florida; three sons, Mark and wife Chris LaPlante of Remsen, Vic and wife Alice LaPlante of Perry, Maine, and Ken and wife Jacqui LaPlante of Remsen; one daughter, Dawn and husband Jamie Ray of Raleigh, North Carolina; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Trudell of Kirk Hardenburg of Gloversville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, Forestport. Interment followed in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Forestport. Calling hours were held Friday at the Trainor Funeral Home, Boonville. Memorial contributions maybe made to St. Patrick’s Church, PO Box 1, Forestport, NY 13338.

September 6, 2007

Memorial Mass celebrated for Father Bauer

Greenville – Father William Bauer dies Tuesday, August 21. He was the pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Greenville for more than 16 years.  A memorial mass celebrating the entrance into eternal life for Father William Bauer was conducted on Sunday, September 2.

Father Bauer was a member of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Greenville area.

September 6, 2007

Graveside Service for Reginald Clapper

Durham – Reginald Clapper, 83, of Lantana, Florida, formerly of Durham, New York, passed away at the Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida on July 22, 2007. Graveside service to which relatives and friends are invited will be Sunday, September 16 at 3pm at the Oak Hill Cemetery, SR81, in Oak Hill, New York.

Arrangements were by the Cunningham Funeral home, 4898 SR1, Greenville, New York.

September 6, 2007

Hubert Lee

Hubert Lee, 91, of Oak Hill, New York, passed away at the Albany Medical Center on August 28, 2007. He was born in the Town of Gilboa on February 20, 1916, son of the late Harry and Flossie (Becker) Lee. Hubert was manager of Dean’s Mills for 21 years.

A community-minded person, he was instrumental in helping the Town of Durham Ambulance get its start. He was also a former town justice for the Town of Durham and a member of the Oak Hill-Durham Vol. Fire Co. serving as a secretary and a fire policeman. Hubert also loved his Great Danes and raised champions; and also loved playing cards and farming.

He was predeceased by his wife Alfreda (Wells) Lee and a brother, Roderick Lee. A friend to all he met, he will be missed by his loving family and his community.

Surviving are his daughter, Sandy Rasso (Everett) of Oak Hill, New York; three grandchildren, Melissa Payton, Celina Rasso and Everett Rasso II; two great-grandchildren, Thomas Payton, and Hogan Byrne; also a great-nephew, Michael Lee; and a great-niece, Michelle Hunt.

Funeral service was Friday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York. Friend s called at the funeral home on Thursday. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Town of Durham Ambulance.

September 6, 2007

RuthAnn Patton

RuthAnn Patton, 61, of Medusa, New York, passed away at her home on August 31, 2007. She was born in Huntington, New York on July 24, 1946, daughter of Ruth (Lauersen) Bergwall and the late George Patton.

RuthAnn, a friend to all who met her, was an avid photographer and artist. She loved to go antiquing and was an excellent jewelry designer. She will be remembered as one who had a strong conviction in her faith and was faithfully devoted to her daughter. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. She was predeceased by her loving family and friends. She was predeceased by her father, George Patton, and a brother, Walter Lee Patton.

Surviving are her mother, Ruth Bergwall; a daughter, Naomi Saddlemire of Stone Ridge, New York; two sisters, Jeannette Rice (William), Barbara Ruff (Gregory); two brothers, George Patton (Eleanor) and Richard A. Patton; also several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Graveside service was Tuesday at the Rensselaerville Cemetery on Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville, New York. Those who desire may contribute to her memory to the Town of Rensselaerville Rescue Squad, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY 12120.

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

September 13, 2007

Johanna M. Radnai

Johanna M. Radnai, 86, of East Durham, New York, formerly of Yorktown Heights, New York, passed away at the Katterskill Care in Catskill, New York on September 7, 2007. She was born in Germany on January 29, 1921.

A lifelong homemaker, she also was a volunteer for the Community Action of Greene County for over five years and was named as a Senior Companion of the Month. Because she was bilingual in German and English she was able to help clients who spoke German but no English. Devoted to her son Gabor she will be missed by her family and friends.

Surviving is a son, Gabor (Gabe) Radnai of East Durham, New York; and relatives in Germany.

Funeral service was Tuesday, September 11, at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home on Monday. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

September 13, 2007

Sylvia M. Cutright

Sylvia M. Dinelle Cutright, 64, entered eternal life Thursday, September 6, 2007 at Albany Medical Center. Sylvia was born in Keene Valley, New York and has lived in Ravena for 47 years.

In 2004 Sylvia retired after 23 years of service as a bus driver for the RCS School District. She was a member of a quilting club, Senior Projects of Ravena and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Wilson R. Cutright of Ravena; children, Pamela (Donald) Otten of Greenville and Mark R. (Sherri Cardin) Cutright of Selkirk; siblings, Kevin LaBounty and Gail Edick; grandchildren, Ashley Otten, Kyle Cutright and Jenna Cardin; and many nieces and nephews. Sylvia was predeceased by her son Stephen M. Cutright, parents Richard Dinelle and Celia LaBounty, and sister Shirley VanAlstyne.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 11 at St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena under the direction of the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Sylvia may be made to Senior Projects of Ravena or the American Cancer Society.

September 13, 2007

Steve Pecylak

Steve Pecylak, 59, passed away peacefully at his home in Westerlo, New York after a courageous battle with cancer on September 8, 2007, with his loving family by his side.

Steve was born in Yonkers, New York on January 9, 1948, son of Ksenia (Seredinsky) Pecylak and the late John Pecylak. He grew up in Hastings on Hudson, New York. He joined the US Marine Corps on July 30, 1966 and served in Vietnam. He was wounded and honorably discharged with a Purple Heart on October 25, 1967.

In 1976 he moved to Westerlo, New York where he married his wife Lorraine Scott in 1977. Steve worked as a carpenter until 1981 and then worked 26 years as a corrections officer, retiring from Green Correctional Facility on August 2, 2007.

He was also a member of the Northern Catskill Racing Pigeon Club in Cairo, New York for 22 years. Raising and racing pigeons was his love.

Steve is survived by his wife Lorraine; son, David; and daughter, Andrea, all of Westerlo, New York. Also his mother Ksenia; two sisters, Irene Hess and Maryann Pirozek, all of Hastings on Hudson, New York; and many nieces, nephews and Godchildren.

Funeral service was Wednesday, 10:30am from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York with a Mass of Christian Burial, 11am at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday. Interment was in the Westerlo Central Cemetery.

Those who desire are requested to donate in his memory to the Community Hospice of their choice or to St. John the Baptist Church.

September 27, 2007

Ben S. Salvesen

Ben S. Salvesen, 84, died Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at his home in South Bethlehem. Born in Mandal, Norway, he was the son of the late Stian and Hilma (Hansen) Salvesen.

Mr. Salvesen was a graduate of Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn. He served in WWII in the 8th USAF from December 1942 to September 1945, stationed in England.

He was a lifetime member of the carpenter’s union. He attended New York University, City College of New York and Oswego to become certified as an industrial arts teacher. Mr. Salvesen taught for 27 years in the Cohoes City School system retiring in 1985 and taught ceramics and woodworking at the Jewish Community Center in Albany, New York. 

He was an active member of his community as the charter treasurer of the South Bethlehem Fire Company and a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he served as a member of the administrative council, worship committee and finance committee. He also was on the Board of Trustees where he served as president as well as chair of various trustee committees. He was a head usher for many years. He and his wife won the Community Service Award and they were recipients of an award for founding the Bargain Shed Ministry at Grace Church were a bronze plaque rests on the building in their honor.

Beloved and devoted husband of Roberta J. Salvesen; loving and proud father of Bonnie (Sam) Persico an Betsey (Gordon) Blunsdon; beloved grandfather of Salvatore Persico, Lena Persico and Courtney Frances Blunsdon. He is also survived by a nephew, Arthur Salvesen. Mr. Salvesen was predeceased by two brothers, Hans and Sam Salvesen.

A celebration of his life was held on Monday, September 24 at Grace United Methodist Church, Hillcrest Drive, Ravena, New York. Relatives and friends called at Grace United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 23. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery, Selkirk. Those who wish may send contributions to Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 16 Hillcrest Drive, Ravena, NY 12143 or South Bethlehem United Methodist Church memorial Fund, 65 Willowbrook Ave., South Bethlehem, NY 12161.

Arrangements were by the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, Albany.

September 27, 2007

George Walter Snyder

George Walter Snyder, 83 years of Westerlo, New York, passed away on September 19, 2007 from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born on June 21, 1924, in Westerlo, the son of Walter L. and Christina (Messer) Snyder. Raised there on the family farm, he graduated from Greenville High School in 1941 and from the NYS Agricultural School  (now SUNY) in Cobleskill in 1943. He played basketball at both schools.

George was very proud of his service to his country during World War II. He enlisted in the US Army in March of 1943, and was assigned as a tractor driver in the C Battery of the 116th Gun Battalion, pulling a 90mm anti-aircraft cannon. On June 6, 1944, he landed on Utah Beach during the D-Day Invasion of Europe, and with his unit fought through France, Belgium and Germany, including the infamous Battle of the bulge. Among the citations he received are the World War Two Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Service Arrowhead, and recognition for participation in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945. After the war he returned to Westerlo, where he began a small excavating business, which eventually became George W. Snyder & Son.

He married his beloved wife Mary Elizabeth Brennan on September 17, 1950, and together they raised their family and operated the excavating business for many years, with George driving snowplow for the Town of Westerlo and working construction in New York City during the winters. In 1967, he went to Uruguay, South America for three months, where he served as a consultant to the Agency for International Development, teaching native Uruguayans how to operate heavy equipment.

George eventually joined his brother Fred in the Auto Grounds Crew at Hannay Reels, where he worked for 17 years. He finished his career by serving as the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Westerlo for 10 years.

In his retirement George continued to enjoy snowmobiling, making maple syrup, operating his sawmill, and generally puttering around the farm. He also traveled extensively in the United States and Europe. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 0589 of Preston Hollow, New York, the Westerlo Reformed Church, the Westerlo Democratic Social Club, the Westerlo Historical Society, and was past member of the Town of Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company and the Westerlo Basic Valley fish and Game Club and the New York State and Albany County Town Highway Superintendent Associations.

George is survived by his children, George R. “Robbie” Snyder and his wife Gail, Peter Snyder, and Mary Jane S. Araldi and her husband Albert; and his grandchildren, Gregory, Sarah and Meghan Araldi, all of Westerlo. He is also survived by his sisters Anna Huhar of Rensselaerville, Catharine (Alvin) Latham of Westerlo, and his brother Robert A. (Ruth) Snyder of Westerlo.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Mary; his brothers, John, Fred, Henry and Richard Snyder; and his sisters, Viola Hallenbeck and Mary Tompkins.

Funeral service was Monday, September 24, from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home on Sunday, September 23. Interment was in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206, or Town of Westerlo Library, PO Box 148, Westerlo, NY 12193.

September 27, 2007

Wilfred H. Daoust

Zamora, Calif. – Wilfred H. “Will” Daoust passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 25, 2007, at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, surrounded by family members at the age of 73.

He lived in Yolo County for 31 years. Will was born in March 12, 1934 in Grenville, NY to Alfred G. and Denelges S. (Louzon) Daoust, who have predeceased him. Mr. Daoust graduated from St. John’s Academy in Rensselaer and then joined the US Air Force, serving in Greenland, Germany, Japan, and two tours of duty in Vietnam, retiring after 22 years. While serving in the military as an aircraft maintenance technician he earned several commendations and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

After his military career, Will went to complete his college education and worked for the US Post Office, where he retired after 25 years of service. Wanting to continue with an active lifestyle, Mr. Daoust worked for Wal-Mart Corp., for the last three years. An active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland, Calif., he served as an usher for many years and was a “Big Brother” for the youth program. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge and served as “past” governor.

Surviving Mr. Daoust is his wife of 28 years, Patricia Ann (Watson) Daoust of Zamora, Calif.; his daughters, Michelle Eck and spouse Ron of Sacramento, Calif., Darlene Terrel and spouse J.T. of North Highland, Calif., and sons, Andrew Daoust and spouse Barbara of Anchorage, Alaska and Matthew Daoust and spouse Nolana of North Highland, Calif.; stepfather of Ronald McMartin, Gayle McMartin-Marston and Michelle Comfort-Gross; brother of Alfred Daoust of Coxsackie, Yvette (Don) Cusick of Albany, Marie (Guy) Ladouceur of Rensselaer, Yvonne Scully of Rensselaer, Irene (William) Daoust-Coyne of Rensselaer, Annette Braman of Rensselaer, Ernest (Pat) Daoust of East Greenbush, Franklinette Motler of Rensselaer, Ronald (Jayne) Daoust of Valatie, and the late Rita Bigelow, Edward, Gerard, John, Theresa, Raymond, Herbert, Roger and Bernard Daoust; also survived by 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A months mind Memorial was held on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at St. John’s the Evangelist Church, 50 Herrick St., Rensselaer NY 12144 at 7pm. Memorial donations can be made to St. John’s the Evangelist Church, 50 Herrick Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

September 27, 2007

Robert E. Vaughn

Robert E. Vaughn “Murphy”, 83 of Durham, New York, passed away at the Kaaterskill Care Nursing & Rehab Center in Catskill, New York on September 18, 2007. He was born in Greenville, New York on January 2, 1924, son of the late Thurman and Mable (Elliot) Vaughn.

Murphy served in the US Army during World War II serving in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France and received the American Service medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He and his late brother William Vaughn had operated the IGA Market in Greenville and then he worked at Bryant’s Super in Greenville for many years. He was a member of the Greenville American legion Post No. 291.

Surviving are daughters, Norma Marsilio (Michael), Marsha Cance (Alessandro); grandchildren, Erik and Kim Marsilo, Jessica Pril and Regina Cangelosi; also six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and great nieces, and great nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Marjorie (Foland) Vaughn; and his five brothers, Everett, Virgil, William, Thurman and Thurston Vaughn; also his stepmother Mildred (Stone) Vaughn.

Funeral service was Friday at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home on Friday prior to the service. The Greenville American Legion conducted services at the funeral home on Friday evening. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the Columbia/Greene Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.

September 27, 2007

Barbara M. Baron

Freehold, NY – Barbara M. Baron (81) of Freehold passed away at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany, NY on September 23, 2007. She was born in Catskill, NY on March 5, 1926 daughter of the late Henry and Mildred (Tunison) Mangold. Barbara was very active in her community; teaching Red Cross Swimming, being a Charter Member of the Freehold Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Aux., enjoying golfing, bowling, gardening and knitting. Also active in her church she was a member of the St. John’s Rosary Altar Society. She also loved her family and was friend of all she met. She was pre-deceased by her husband Edmund S. Baron and a sister Theresa Notarnicola.

Surviving are two daughters, Eileen Fernandez (John), Michelle Place (Philip) and a son Edmund Baron, II (Sherry), also seven grandchildren,, Christopher and Jessica Fernandez, Eilis and Stephanie Baron, Philip Place, Jr., Leanne and Evan Place, two brothers Joseph and Robert Mangold and two sisters, Ruth Herrington, Frances Ayrey and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, 10:00am from the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY with a Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am at St. John the Baptist Church. Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm.Interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Community Hospice of their choice.

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