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Greenville Local
September 2008

Transcription by Sylvia Hasenkopf.

September 4, 2008 

Myrtle C. Abrams 

Myrtle C. Abrams, 81 years, of Medusa, New York, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany, New York. She was born in Westerlo, New York on March 4, 1927, daughter of the late Lafayette and Catherine (Lounsbury) Fancher.

Myrtle was a graduate of the Greenville Central School. A lifelong homemaker, she loved gardening, sewing and playing games (checkers, cards and board games) with her family.

She was a member of the Clark White Post No. 589 American Legion Ladies Auxilliary and a former member of the Hiawatha Grange. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother and a friend to many. She will be greatly missed. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Ford H. Abrams in 1990.

Surviving are her three daughters, Karen McAll (Robert), Susan Downes (John), Linda Dentice (Peter); a son, Edward Abrams (Sandy); seven grandchildren, Danielle Downes, Crystal Haring (Tom), William Oleksiw III, Drew Abrams, Catherine Gebe (Josh), Jonathan Downes (Kate), and Mary Dentice; four great-grandchildren, Cody May, Adam, Daren and Beth; also a sister, Edith Ormsbee (Ray); and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Saturday, August 30 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the service. Interment was in the Medusa Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute to the Greenville FFA or to the Vol. Ambulance Squad or the Vol. Fire Company of your choice.

September 11, 2008

Memorial Service of Elissa Ann Maxwell

A memorial service will be held for Elissa Ann Maxwell on Saturday, September 13, 2pm at Brandow Park in Oak Hill, New York.

September 11, 2008

Helen (Gerling) Nordlund

Helen (Gerling) Nordlund, of Medusa, New York, 95, 10 days short of 96, passed away on September 1, 2008, in the Whittier Nursing Home in Ghent, New York. She was born in Harlem, New York on September 10, 1912, daughter of the late Earnest and Hulda (Carlson) Gerling.

Helen was a secretary for many years at the Pioneer Insurance Company in Greenville, New York. She was a 75-year member of the Eastern Star and also belonged to the Greenville American Legion Post No. 291 Ladies Auxiliary. Her last years were spent at the Whittier Nursing Home.

She was a loving aunt and godmother. Helen was the beloved wife of Walton G. Nordlund who predeceased her in 1997. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by a brother, Alfred Gerling, and a niece, Linda Nordlund.

Surviving are her niece and goddaughter, Carolyn (Robert) Millard and niece, Laura Galloway; great nieces and great nephews, Lance, Birgitta, Gordon, Jennifer and Erik; and great nieces Casie, and Kyra Brandstadter. Also surviving are her devoted helpmates Lisa and Courtney Murray.

Funeral service was Friday, September 5, at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment was in the Medusa Cemetery.

September 11, 2008

Kenneth E. Weeks

Earlton, NY – Kenneth E. Weeks, 65, died Saturday, August 30, 2008 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a long illness. Born and educated in Hudson, NY, he was the son of the late Alvin and Louise (Girard) Weeks.

Mr. Weeks worked as an electrical engineer with Smith Control Systems for many years. He was a US Navy Veteran serving from 1962-1965.

He is the husband of Marge (Marn) Weeks and the Barbara Weeks; father Matthew (Mandi) Weeks of Hannacroix; brother of Audrey Baker of Saugerties, Elizabeth Caparaso of New Windsor, NY, Alvin R. (Louise) Weeks of Castleton and James (Dawn) Weeks of Glenmont; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held Monday, September 15th at 5pm in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, Inc. 490 Delaware Ave., Albany. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Those who wish may send contributions to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

September 18, 2008

Thomas M. Brennan

Thomas M. Brennan, age 24, of Earlton, New York, passed away September 8, 2008, at St. Peter’s Hospice, Albany, New York.

Thomas was born in Catskill, New York on March 4, 1984, and was the son of Cheri Overbaugh and his stepfather, Harry Overbaugh of West Coxsackie; and his father Thomas F. Brennan of Earlton.

Thomas was a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School, class of 2003. He enjoyed motorcycling, fishing, hunting, and was an all around outdoorsman.

Besides his mother, stepfather, and father, he is survived by paternal grandparents, Evelyn and Thomas Brennan; maternal grandparents, Dianne and Charles Stone; an aunt Yvette Stafford; an uncle, Chuck Stone; an aunt, Pam Dolacky; an uncle, Andrew Stone; a brother, Sean Overbaugh; and a brother, Andrew Brennan; greatgrandparents, Mary Foster of Bethany Village, Coxsackie, Dominic Colello; many cousins and great friends.

Relatives and friends were invited to call at the W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, on Friday.

Funeral services took place Saturday, September 13, at The W.C. Brady’s Sins, inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, with Rev. Fr. J. Moyna, Pastor officiating.

Interment followed in the family plot of St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice and American Cancer Society. Flowers were accepted.

September 18, 2008

Lewis Wisenburn, Jr.

Lewis Wisenburn, Jr., 89, of Hannacroix, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care in Delmar, after a long illness.

Born in Dormansville on October 27, 1918, he was the son of the late Lewis and Grace Wisenburn Sr. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in Selkirk and was a graduate of Coeymans High School.

Lewis honorably served his country in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with the 34th Reconnaissance Squadron with the US Army during World War II and received several commendations.

A retired sheet metal worker from Local No. 83 in Albany, he worked for a number of years at the construction of the Empire State Plaza. Mr. Wisenburn enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish outdoors and loved to fish and hunt in his more active years.

He was predeceased by his wife, Edna (Russo) Wisenburn on January 4, 1999; and two sisters, Grace Hallenbeck and Edna Keim.

He is survived by a son, David Wisenburn, his wife Donna and their daughter Kara of Clifton Park; a sister, Mildred Elmore of Selkirk and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends were invited to call on Sunday at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar. A funeral service was held Monday at the funeral home. Burial service was in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.

September 25, 2008

Peter Andresen Jr.

Peter Andresen, Jr., 87, of Englewood, Florida, died Tuesday, September 2, 2008, in Wilmington, North Carolina, after an earnest attempt to fly to New York via a medical flight.

Born in Hamburg, Germany on October 1, 1920, Peter came to America with his father and sister in 1929. He became a United States citizen and lived in New York City until his father purchased a farm in Upstate New York.

His early years were spent working the family farm, located on Route 403, Greenville, New York. After his marriage to Helen D. Miletti on May 27, 1945 he sought employment with Bond Bread Making Company in Albany, New York. He became a Union representative for Local 50 Bakery & Confectionary Worker’s of America dedicating himself to improving the working conditions, benefits and wages of all union members. His talents for communication and devotion to the Union’s cause allowed him to rise to the rank of business agent. He retired in 1981 and moved with Helen to Florida in 1984. He served as president for the AARP Association in Rotunda West, Florida and after moving to Englewood he became a member of the Englewood Elks, and the Moose Lodge.

Besides his loving wife, a sister, Inga Schaefer, also predeceased him.

Survivors include his son Kenneth P. Andresen, his daughters, Diane M. Gundersen and Linda M. Andresen; his son-in-law, Roy E. Gundersen; daughter-in-law Marguerite C. Andresen; and grandchildren, Marie, Jennifer, Catherine and Stephen Andresen, Gina M. Blenis, Eric K. Gundersen, Jessica and Katie Albin, and Daniel Andresen.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on October 4 at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, NY 12083. Interment will follow immediately after the service in the Greenville Cemetery.

September 25, 2008

Irene M. Blenis-Butler

Irene M. Blenis-Butler, 92 years, of Greenville, New York, passed away peacefully at her home on September 16, 2008. She was born in Grapeville, New York on August 17, 1916; daughter of the late Raymond T. and Julia (Van Tassell) Clow. Irene was a graduate of Greenville Central School “Class of 1935.”

During WWII, Irene worked at the Watervliet Arsenal. She was a rec hall operator and waitress at Ingalside Farm Resort for 26 years. She was a former member of the Maranatha Valley Chapter of the OES. Irene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Besides her parents, Irene was predeceased by her husband, Donald Blenis in 1991; her brother, E. Virgil Clow; and her niece, Judy Lomanto.

Surviving is her husband Clifford D. Butler of Greenville, New York; a son, Charles (Barbara) Blenis of Albany, New York; a granddaughter, Valerie (Steve) Blenis-Pommer of Albany, New York; a niece, Rosie Kiefer of Virginia; several nieces, nephews and numerous dear friends.

Funeral service was Saturday, September 20 at the South Westerlo C.C. Church. Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, on Friday.

Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Irene’s may contribute in Irene’s memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.

September 25, 2008

Dennis P. Byrne

Dennis P. Byrne, 49 years, of Earlton, New York passed away suddenly on September 20, 2008, in the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York. He was born in Catskill, New York, on June 19, 1959, son of Agnes Coleman Byrne and the late Lawrence J. Byrne.

Dennis was employed as a corrections officer at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in Coxsackie New York. He will be remembered as a good husband and father and friend to all who knew him. Besides his father, Dennis was predeceased by a brother, John Byrne,

Surviving are his wife, Mary Kaider Byrne of Earlton, New York; his three sons, Stephen, Brian and Matthew Byrne; his two sisters, Eileen and Kathleen Byrne; his four brothers, Lawrence, Timothy, Michael and Christopher Byrne; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Funeral service was from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR81, Greenville, New York, on Wednesday, September 24, at 10:15am with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, New York. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Dennis’ memory to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Watertown, MA 02472.

September 25, 2008

Linda Ruocco

Linda Ruocco, 63, born Linda Evelyn Turner to Dorothy and Elton Turner in Niskayuna, New York on July 11, 1945, passed from this Earth on September 12, 2008, after courageously fighting a lengthy illness in the Albany Medical Center.

Her father made the ultimate sacrifice dying in the waning days of World War II prior to meeting his daughter, and her mother passed away from a sudden illness in 1947. Linda was predeceased by her husband Charles “Chuck” Ruocco in 2007 and resided in Freehold, New York. 

Linda was raised by her maternal Grandmother, Evelyn Teator (1895 to 1979) and her husband Norman Teator (1908 to 1999), of Durham, New York, who, she called her “Pa” She leaves her Aunt, Janet (Teator) Armstrong of Cornwallville, New York and her Uncle, Raymond Teator of Durham, New York. Her Aunt Shirley (Teator) Ritter, formerly of Coxsackie, and her Uncle Howard Teator, formerly of South Durham, predeceased her. Linda was considered by all as their “little sister” having been raised on the Teator farm starting before the age of two.

Linda was a loving and caring soul to all who knew her. She bore the consummate “servants heart” extending her care to her many cousins, their children, their extended families and her own extended family of neighbors, co-workers and friends. Her care giving, compassion and strength made her the center of her family and her humility, eternal optimism and giving heart drew all who came in contact with her closer. Linda’s ability to give so much of herself in support of her loved ones even while facing her own challenges commanded deepest admiration and respect. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, all at the Porto Insurance Agency of Catskill, New York.

Friends and family were invited to pay their respects and share in celebrating the gift Linda was to so many. Visitation was at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4894 SR81, Greenville, New York, on Tuesday, September 16. Funeral service was at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 17 at 11am with a graveside committal following at the family plot in the Potter Hollow Cemetery, Potter Hollow, New York.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Durham-Oak Hill U.M. Church or to the America Heart Association.

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