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Greenville Local
March 2008

Newspapers courtesy of Sylvia Hasenkopf. Transcribed by Diana Schnettler

March 6, 2008


Guy E. Faulkner, 69, of Preston Hollow, New York, passed away suddenly at his home in Preston Hollow, New York, on February 28, 2008.

He was born in Ossining, New York on May 21, 1938, son of the lat Guy and Lina (Swart) Faulkner.

Retired from the Lafarge Cement Company in Ravena, New York, he and his wife Katherine operated Kats Paw Collectibles in Preston Hollow, New York.

He served his country in the US Navy.

Surviving are his wife Katherine (Pellops) Faulkner; three sons, Douglas Faulkner (Donna), Duane Faulkner (Teresa), Gary Faulkner (Patricia); eight grandchildren; and his beloved cats Izzy Bee and Martin.

Funeral service was Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York.

Those who desire may remember him by contributing in his memory to the Rensselaerville Ambulance Squad.

March 6, 2008


Cherubin “Joe” Langenstein, 80, of Norton Hill, New York, passed away at the Albany Memorial Hospital in Albany, New York on February 28, 2008.

He was born in Switzerland on June 29, 1927.

Joe and his late wife Marie had operated the Hill Top Dairy farm in Norton Hill, New York.

A friend to all who met him, he will be missed.

Surviving are three children all in Switzerland, Margrit Gachter-Nussbaum, Esther Nussbaum and Rudolf Nussbaum.

Service was Tuesday, March 4, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York.

Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday prior to the service.

Spring interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

March 6, 2008


Sandra S. Lounsbury, 65 years, passed away following a long illness, on February 25, 2008 in St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany, New York.

She was born in Bayshore, New York on February 23, 1943, daughter of the late Harry and Evelyn (Haps) Smith.

Sandy was a bus driver for the Greenville Central School District.

She also worked as a waitress and did housekeeping at Sunny Hill Farms, Shepard’s Farm and Pine Lake Manor.

She was devoted to her family.

Sandy will be remembered as a very special mother and grandmother.

She was a friend to all she met and will be missed.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by a brother, John Smith.

Surviving are her two daughters, Kathy Goca and her husband Michael, and Eileen Bowen; five grandchildren, Michael V., Mariah Beth and Philip Goca, and Robert and Roy Barger; one great-grandchild, Chloe Goca, her long-time companion Peter; three sisters, Evelyn Jasper, Karen Giardinello and Cheryl Young; two brothers, Harry and Thomas Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was at the convenience of the family under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, NY 12083.

March 6, 2008


Christine Morrison, 60, of Route 32 North, Cairo, died suddenly February 29, 2008, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

Born in Germany, September 7, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Lisa Lottie (Raymonde) Feyerle.

She has been an area resident since 1991 and came to America 34 years ago.

She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo.

She loved gardening, golfing, helping people, and devoting her life to her family, especially her grandson.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, George R. Morrison of Cairo; a son, Thomas and wife Marion Vollweiler of Oneonta; a brother, Hartmut Feyerle and sister Ursula Heiss, both of Germany; a grandson, Kyle Morrison; and daughter-in-law Theresa Jablanski.

Memorial services and reception to be held at the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo will be announced.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo.

Contributions in h[er] memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

March 6, 2008


John R. “Dick” Newell, 93 years, of Westerlo, New York, passed away on February 24, 2008 in the Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Livingston, New York.

He was born in Mattituck, New York on January 13, 1915, son of the late George and Nancy (Boucher) Newell.

He was a farmer and laborer with the NYS Department of Transportation in Voorheesville, New York until his retirement.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia Woessner; and two brothers, George (Pete) Newell and Bob Newell.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Dorothy (Clickman) Newell; two sons, John Newell of Medusa, New York and Edward Newell and his wife Elaine of Greenville, New York; and a daughter, Gloria Brown and her husband Richard of Greenville, New York; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Service and interment were at the convenience of the family.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, NY 12083.

March 6, 2008


Bruce H. Whitbeck, 52 years, of Freehold, New York, passed away at his home on February 24, 2008.

He was born in Catskill, New York on February 13, 1956, son of Emily (Byrne) Whitbeck and the late W. Bruce Whitbeck.

Bruce served his country in the US Army.

He was a corrections officer with the NYS Department of Corrections, assigned at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility until his retirement.

Bruce loved spending time at the beach.

Surviving are his mother, Emily Whitbeck of Freehold, New York; his three children, William Whitbeck and his wife Colleen, Daniel and Dylan Whitbeck; his five brothers, Robert Whitbeck (Edelgart), William Whitbeck (Molly), Almon Whitbeck, Joseph Whitbeck (Debbie), Luke Whitbeck (Charlotte); and a sister, Ellen Bartin (Kenneth).

Funeral service was Friday, February 29 from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, New York.

Friends called at the funeral home on Thursday.

Interment, weather permitting, in the Freehold Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Bruce’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 125 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12205.

March 13, 2008


Teacher and creative spirit

CAIRO – Muriel Brown, 78, of Catskill passed away March 1, 2008 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born on Oct. 1, 1929 in Brooklyn, Muriel developed a passion for education and graduated in 1950 from the State Teachers College at New Paltz (now SUNY New Paltz), which at the time had developed a strong emphasis on art education.

After teaching elementary school in New Paltz, she moved to New York in the late 1950’s to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University where she met her husband, Amos, and began a family.

Fond of looking at knowledge and understanding in a visual sense, Muriel encouraged her own children and those she taught to use active, visual thinking.

Particular[ly] fond of visual approaches to the learning of science and mathematical concepts, she developed educational programs for the Ithaca Science Center during its startup years in the 1980’s

After retiring to Catskill, she continued to teach, conducting many paper folding workshops at the Catskill, Athens and Coxsackie Libraries, as well as the State Museum in Albany.

Muriel had a particular love for using origami and paper-folding arts to encourage appreciation of geometric concepts as well as scientific principles using paper helicopters and other flying forms.

In Catskill, she found time to pursue her drawing, painting, and sculpture interests and was an active member of local studio groups mentored by Jean Heighberg, Ruth Leonard, and Stanley Maltzman.

Muriel leaves behind her husband Amos, Jr., son Amos III, daughter Helaine, her longtime friend Lydia LaFleur, and members of the late art community with whom she enjoyed spending so much time in her later years.

She will be sadly missed.

An informal graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the town of Catskill Cemetery (Jefferson Heights, N. Jefferson Ave., entrance, first left).

Friends are welcome.

Arrangement[s] have been entrusted to Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, Inc.

March 13, 2008


Robert H. Peck, Jr., 56 years old of Greenville, New York passed away suddenly at his residence on March 5, 2008.

He was born in Albany, New York on October 24, 1951 son of Robert H. Peck, Sr. & the late Harriet (Lounsbury) Peck.

Bob was employed by Cason Trucking located in Duanesburg, New York.

He was a friend to many and loved his family and fishing with his granddaughters.

He was recently predeceased by his mother Harriet Peck & a sister Wanda Ciccone.

Surviving are his father Robert H. Peck, Sr., two sons Michael Peck (Deanna) & Brian Peck, three granddaughters, Ashlynn, Kaleigh & Emily Peck, four sisters Deborah Parker, Sharon Timmis, Pam Boehlke, Susan Davis, several nieces & nephews.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 8, 3 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home. 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Onesquethaw Cemetery at a later date.

Those who desire may contribute to the Community Hospice of their choice.

March 13, 2008


Michelle A. Seymour, 46 years, of Earlton, New York, passed away on March 6, 2008 in the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts, following a long illness.

She was born in Albany, New York on November 8, 1961, daughter of Sandra (Powell) Comer and the late Floyd Comer.

Michelle was a graduate of Rensselaer High School.

She was a Human Resource Coach for K-Mart.

Michelle was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, always putting the needs of others before her own.

She was an avid fan of the NY Yankees.

Michelle was predeceased by her father, Floyd Comer; and a brother, James Waldron.

Surviving in addition to her mother, are her husband and best friend, Joseph J. Seymour of Earlton, New York; a son, James Dwyer, II and his fiancé Samantha Williams of Albany, New York; a daughter Jeanine Riley (William); a stepdaughter, BetteJo Simon; a stepson, Joseph John Dwyer II; three step-granddaughters, Madison and Keeley Simon and Corey Seymour; and a sister, Tina Farr.

Funeral service was Monday, March 10 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York.

Friends called at the funeral home prior to the service.

March 20, 2008


Hilda M. (Power) Gough, 89 of Ravena, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center in Delmar.

Born in St. Joseph’s Newfoundland on August 11, 1918, she was the second youngest of Patrick and Ellen (Hanlon) Power’s seven children.

Hilda became a schoolteacher and taught in and around her hometown before marrying her childhood sweetheart, Gerard, on November 10, 1943.

In 1952 Hilda and Gerry moved their family to Ravena, New York, where they raised their seven children.

Hilda will be fondly remembered by her many students at St. Patrick’s School in Ravena where she taught for several years.

After they retired, Gerry and Hilda enjoyed many happy times with family and friends and traveled frequently to Newfoundland.

Hilda is survived by her son, Patrick (Janet) of Greenville; her three daughters, Annie Goff of Bethlehem, Cecile (Mike) Mulhern of Feura Bush and Geraldine (Richard) Duesberry of Pennsylvania.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Gerard, in 2007; her daughters Brigid (Roland) Eustace, Eleanor (Boyd) Walker of Florida and her son, Ted; and three sisters and three brothers.

Hilda is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families in Newfoundland.

Hilda especially loved extending hospitality to friends, tending her flowers, reading and knitting.

She will be lovingly remembered for her devotion to family and friends and strong faith.

Hilda’s family wishes to express their gratitude to her dear friend, Nancy Matulewizc, the staff at Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center who so dearly cared for her, Memorial Hospital Staff, Community Hospice of Albany and Dr. Frederick Fletcher.

A Mass of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena.

Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Coeymans.

After the burial on Wednesday the family will be gathering at the Babcock Funeral Home for calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center, 125 Rockefeller Road, Delmar, NY 12054.

March 20, 2008


WWII veteran

Greenville – Cairo-Durham retired school teacher John F. Breslin, 82, of Route 81, Greenville, died March 8, 2008 at his home.

He was born Oct. 20, 1925 in the Bronx and was the son of the late John and Jane (Lander) Breslin.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church, Cairo.

Interment will take place in the family plot of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

He has been an area resident since 1972 and taught for 10 years in the Cairo Durham School District.

During WWII he served in the US Navy.

He was a third degree Knight of Columbus, Our Lady of Knock Council and also a Fourth Degree.

He was a member of the Cairo American Legion, past exalted ruler of the Cairo-Durham Elks and donated much of his time to many other organizations.

John loved to read and do crossword puzzles in his spare time.

The above mentioned organizations will conduct services in his memory Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

He is survived by his son, John and wife Liz of Indiana; two daughters, Mrs. Merton (Joan) Tripp of Greenville, and Mrs. Ronald (Patricia) Lind of Texas.

Also surviving are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Mary in 1979.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

March 20, 2008


Retired tax collector

Cairo – Mildred Glen Albright Meddaugh Gersback as born Dec. 2, 1914 and passed away peacefully March 8, 2008, surrounded by her family, in the comfort of her home on Main Street, Cairo.

Except for short periods she was a lifelong resident of the township of Cairo.

Mildred resided on Main Street for the past 43 years.

She began life on a farm in South Cairo but the family moved to Jerome Avenue when Mildred was schoolage.

She graduated from Cairo High School near the top of her class in 1933.

Mildred worked at Earl’s Drug Store in her teens and early 20’s, where she met her co-worker and future husband, the father of her children, Leonard S. Meddaugh.

Mildred and Leonard moved to Washington, DC during the war years, where he worked for the government and she for Western Union.

Shortly after WWII they returned to Cairo.

In 1961 they bought the general store in Acra and following Leonard’s death later that year, Mildred operated it until 1965 when she moved into her home on Main Street.

She worked for the next 12 years in the business office at Cairo Central School and also served as Cairo tax collector.

After her retirement she lived seasonally in Venice, Fla., where she met and enjoyed a few short years with her second husband, Harry Gersback.

Mildred was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and a respected member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron and Point of Esther.

As all who knew her would readily tell you, she loved her home, her hometown, her family and her friends.

She was content that she had lived a full and rewarding life.

She created goodwill and happiness for all who crossed her path.

We will miss her and remember her always.

Mildred is survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Albright Couchman and Florence Albright Gloeckner and her brother, Edmund Albright, all of Florida; her sons, William L Meddaugh and wife Catherine, and John E. Meddaugh and wife Valerie and daughter Jane G. Obertubbesing; and great-grandchildren Andrew, Grant and William Moe.

She will also be missed by Thomas Baldwin and Christy Pedersen of Acra; Rosemarie Meddaugh of  California, and her numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Richard[s] Funeral Home, 29 Bross St., Cairo.

Funeral services will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Retta Lykens officiating.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

March 20, 2008


Catherine Marie Michaelsen, 83 years, of East Durham, New York, passed away on March 10, 2008 in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York following a short illness.

She was born in Astoria, New York on June 11, 1924; daughter of the late Daniel and Marie (Renner) Mack.

Marie, to all who knew her, graduated from Greenville Central School in 1941 and worked for many years as the office manager of Durham Central School.

She previously served as Town Clerk for the Town of Durham and was a former Girl Scout Leader.

An active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oak Hill, she also belonged to the Maranatha Valley Chapter No. 38 O.E.S. and the Grand Chapter of NY O.E.S., the American Legion Post No. 1416 Ladies Auxiliary and VFW Post no. 7229 Ladies Auxiliary and the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Besides her parents, Marie was predeceased by two brothers, Fred J. and Phillip Mack; a sister, Caroline Rusack; and a nephew, Alan Mack.

Surviving is her husband, Fritz G. Michaelsen of East Durham, New York; a son, Richard P. Michaelsen (Jean) of Sanborn, New York; two daughters, Karen M. Shelato (Duane) of Lewistown, Pennsylvania and Ruth A. Michaelsen of East Durham, New York; four grandchildren, Erik Michaelsen, Kelly Carvalho (Jeff), Mark Michaelsen and Kyle Shelato; two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Joseph Carvalho; a brother, George H. Mack (Thelma); several nieces and nephews; and a cousin, Marge Costello in Virginia.

Funeral service was Friday, March 14 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oak Hill, New York.

Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, on Thursday.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Winston Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Marie’s memory to either the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104-2396 or the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

March 20, 2008


Irene Myrtle Ross (nee Smith) of Coeymans Hollow, passed from this life Sunday, March 9, 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Irene was born in Kinderhook, New York, April 18, 1923.

Her younger years were spent in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties but the last 55 years of her life were spent in Coeymans Hollow, Albany County, where she and her husband Albert raised their family of five children.

A quiet and gentle woman, she nevertheless led a full life as a devoted wife and mother and was involved in such community things as the WSCS of the Coeymans Hollow Methodist Church to which she and Albert belonged.

Among other things, her family remembers how she instilled in them virtues such as respect for others and a love for reading, drawing, and learning in general.

She will be remembered by all who knew her for her kindness and her ability to see good in everyone.

Irene was predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Margaret (Brusie) Smith; her husband, Albert G.Ross; her sisters, Edna (William) Harrington, and Alice (James) Endres; her brothers, Alfred Smith Jr., Nathan (Nellie) Smith, Henry (Alice) Smith and John (Joan) Smith.

She is survived by a sister, Sylvia (Otis) Coleman of Albany; and a brother, Robert (Barbara) Smith of East Greenbush; and by her children, David (Starr) Ross of Coeymans, Margaret (Roy) Warner of East Greenbush, Martha (Wayne) Martin of Albany, Linda (Dave) Flansburg of Preston Hollow and Daniel (Sarah) Ross of Coeymans Hollow.

She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the United Methodist Church, Route 143, Coeymans Hollow on Saturday prior to the funeral service at noon.

Arrangements by Meyers Funeral Home, Delmar.

March 27, 2008


Funeral Service

A Funeral Mass for Margaret Deatrick will be celebrated on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, New York.

Friends may meet with the family, prior to the funeral, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York.

Interment will be in the Medusa Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Margaret’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211.

March 27, 2008


Nancy L. Degnen, 66, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 after a long courgeous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Nancy was born and raised in Greenville.

She has been a resident of Ravena for the past 40 years.

Nancy most enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She loved traveling, collecting antiques, reading and watching the Mets.

Nancy is survived and will be missed by her wonderful and loving husband, Dennis Degnen; her children, Craig (Terry) Morehouse, Paulette (Scott) Malagrida, Paul (Amanda) Morehouse, Susanne (Chris) Morehouse and Lynne (Ken) Rosimini; her sister Sally Reed; and brother Howard Adriance; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Nancy was predeceased by her daughter Sherry Morehouse.

A special thanks to friends and neighbors for all of your support.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 26, at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Selkirk.

Contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 700, El Segundo, CA 90245.

March 27, 2008


Lillian C. Dwyer, 86, of Delmar, formerly of Troy, passed into eternal life Wednesday evening, March 19, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Center.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late James and Lillian Dunn Bogue and wife of the late James G. Dwyer.

She was a homemaker and also worked at the Troy Public Library in the children’s room and also had worked at Hunter Mountain.

During WWII she was a volunteer in London, England with the American Red Cross.

Lillian loved traveling, was a cat lover and loved good food.

She was also an avid reader.

Lillian is survived by her two daughters, Denise O’Brien (Kevin) of Haines Falls, New York and Marilyn LaParl (Anthony Cassidy) of Watervliet.

She is also survived by her son, James Dwyer (Paula) of Freehold, New York; and her brother, James Bogue of Cambridge.

Lillian is also survived by her grandchildren, Brendan and Sean O’Brien, Shannon (Kevin) Edson, Justin and Jeremy LaParl, and Michael and Kristen Dwyer.

She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Brianna LaParl; and was predeceased by her very good friend Robert Wortendyke.

The funeral for Lillian was held on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. from the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home in Troy, and 9:30 at St. Joseph’s Church in Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated.

Relatives and friend[s] were invited to attend and called at the funeral home Monday.

Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Schenectady.

Contributions in Lillian’s memory to the American Kidney Foundation, c/o 6110 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD would be appreciated.

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