Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
October 2002


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Greenville Local
Oct. 3, 2002

Irene Busch 

Irene Busch, 76 years, of Catskill, New York passed away at Eden Park Nursing Home in Hudson, New York on September 22, 2002. She was born April 21, 1926, daughter of the late Sheridan and Ruth Bryan. She was a loving mother and enjoyed attending St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, New York with her grand-daughter Iva Gay.

Surviving are her children, Mary Bell of Altamont, New York, Howard Richardson of Leesburg, Florida, Henry Curless of Delhi, New York, Jimmy Curless of Catskill, New York, Edith Haas of Middletown, New York, Colleen Osorio of Altamont, New York, Irving Curless of El Paso, Texas, and Linda Curless of Athens, New York. Also surviving are her sisters, Marjorie Taylor, Marion Bryan, Ruth Benson, Grace Cain, Patsy Courtright, and Sandra Brooker; and her brothers, John Bryan, Ward Bryan and Irving Bryan; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Irene was predeceased by a son, Eugene Curless, Jr. who died serving his country in Vietnam; a sister, Alice Smith; and a brother, Harry Bryan.

Funeral service will be Thursday evening 7 p.m. from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.  As to her wishes, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in Irene’s memory to the Catskill Ambulance Squad.


Greenville Local
Oct. 17, 2002

Evelyn Hunt

Evelyn Hunt, 81 years, of Oak Hill, New York, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2002 at the Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill, New York. Evelyn was born August 31, 1921, daughter of the late LeRoy and Elizabeth (Haskins) Hunt.

She was a housekeeper for the resort business until she retired. Beside her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Leland Hunt, and a sister, Marjorie Baitsholts.

Surviving are her brother, Raymond Hunt, and his wife Emma of Selkirk; and sister-in-law Margaret Hunt of Oak Hill, New York; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services was at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, Tuesday, October 15. Relatives and friends called prior to the service. Interment followed in the Potter Hollow Cemetery in Potter Hollow, New York.


Greenville Local
Oct. 17, 2002

Marie H. Cooke

Marie H. Cooke, 90 years, of Westerlo, New York, passed away on October 13, 2002 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Nursing Home in Delmar, New York, where she was a resident for a number of years. Marie was born in Leeds, New York on August 30, 1912, daughter of Ray and Catherine (Thorne) Haner.

Marie was a member of the Westerlo Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, former member of the Town of Westerlo Rescue Squad and the Westerlo Historical Society. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Westerlo. She was a saleslady at the Blue Churn County Store in South Westerlo and a homemaker. Marie was predeceased by her husband Clayton R. Cooke in 1985 and a son, C. Reid Cooke.

Surviving are her daughter Raye Saddlemire and her husband Ogden of South Westerlo, New York; her grandchildren, Shelly Taylor, Nancy Barber, Laurel Scudder, Reid Cooke, Bryan Cooke, Dara Barden, Katrina Long, Kimberly Mashburn and two step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and two-step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a sister Arline Smith of Greenville; and three nieces.

Funeral service will be from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York, on Thursday, October 17, at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.   Interment will be in the Town of Catskill Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in Marie’s memory to the Town of Westerlo Rescue Squad or the First Baptist Church of Westerlo.


Greenville Local
Oct. 24,2002

Donald S. Van Derzee

Donald S. Van Derzee, 85, of Van Derzee Road, Ravena, died Thursday, October 17, 2002 in the Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Born June 17, 1917 in Ravena, he was the son of the late John Jay Van Derzee and Jennie (Jane) Fuller Springstead Van Derzee.

Don was a lifelong resident of Ravena. He graduated from Ravena High School and Cobleskill Agricultural & Technical Institute.  He was employed as DHI Supervisor of Montgomery, Schenectady and Columbia counties for four years. Don was sixth-generation dairy farmer on the family farm, which was started by Cornelius Van Derzee in 1773 and is still in operation today. He was a director of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and was the Farm Bureau representative of the Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Don was on the Executive Service and served on the board of Chatham Auction., He was a 70-year member of the Ravena Grange and was a member of the Coeymans Reformed Church and the Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Company.

Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Christie and her husband Harry, of Charlton; granddaughter, Beth Lucas and her husband Richard of Rockland, MA; sister, Carol Van  Buren and her husband Myers of New Port Richey, FL; several nieces and nephews. Don was the husband for 55 years of the late M. Jane Keller Van Derzee, who died February 45, 2000.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, October 21, 2002 at the Caswell Funeral Home, Ravena with Reverend John s. Williams officiating. Burial followed in Grove Cemetery in Coeymans.

Memorial contributions to the Community Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany N. Y. 12208, or the Trinity United Methodist Church, PO Box 8, Coeymans, Hollow, NY 12046 will be appreciated.


Greenville Local
Oct. 24, 2002

Gerloa L. Suess

Gerloa L. Suess, 61 of New Baltimore, died Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at her residence. Gerloa was born in Minnesota and has lived in New Baltimore since 1986. She attended Northwestern University, graduated from Hope College and SUNY New Paltz. She worked for the Saugerties School System as a remedial reading and math teacher for 22 years.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. LeRoy Suess of New Baltimore; two children, Susheela Suess of Brookfield, Connecticut and Alexander Suess of Hopewell Junction, New York; her father, Milton Bonnema of Minnesota; sister, Carla Coon of Denison, Iowa; a brother Lowell Bonnema of Minnesota.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 Saturday afternoon, October 26 at the First Church in Albany Reformed, 110 N. Pearl St., Albany with a reception to follow. Arrangements under the direction of Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.


Greenville Local
Oct. 31, 2002

Gustav Loring Rice

Gustav Loring Rice, 73, of Port St. Lucie, FL, died Thursday, October 17, 2002 in the St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie, FL. A native of Rensselaerville, NY, he resided many years in Slingerlands, NY before moving to West Palm Beach and then on to Port Lucie where he resided for the last 10 years.

Before retirement, he was in plant service with New York Telephone Albany, NY for 33 years. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Port St. Lucie.  He served in the Army Air Corps. He was of the Episcopal faith.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Concetta “Connie” Rice of Port Lucie, a daughter, Lorraine Seiffert and her husband Bruce of Florence, SC, a son, Greg Rice of Albany, NY, a stepson, Timothy Moore and his wife Lynne of Pinehurst, NC, a step-daughter, Joanne Wickstrand and her husband Don of Baltimore, MD, a sister, Betty Roth of Bradenton, FL, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rensselaerville, NY, to which relatives and friends are invited to attend.  Interment will follow in the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the American Cancer Association, 1695 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34994 or to the Trinity Episcopal Church, Albany Hill Rd., Rensselaerville, NY

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY.


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