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Greenville Local
October 2003

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October 2, 2003
Gladys E. Haines

Miss Gladys E. Haines, 89, of Ravena, died Monday, September 29, 2003 at Good Samaritan Health Center in Delmar after a long illness. Born May 7, 1914 in Earlton, she was the daughter of the late Harold G. and Eva Dingman Haines.

Miss Haines was a graduate of Coxsackie High School, Hartwick College, Oneonta Normal School and received her Masterís Degree from Albany State Teachers College. She was a teacher in the Kingston Consolidate School District for many years, retiring in 1969. She resided in Ravena for almost 30 years before moving to Delmar last year. Miss Haines was a member of the Congregational Christian Church in Ravena and the New York State United Teachers.

Miss Haines is survived by a grandniece, Catherine Fish of Altamont; a grandnephew, Mark Haines of Mayfield; cousins Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kingsley; dear friends, Dorothy Roberts of Delmar, Dorothy Treadway of Saratoga, Mr. and Mrs. James Barton of Port Ewen, and Rev. and Mrs. William Hunter of Kingston.

All are invited to attend the graveside service on Friday, October 3 at 11 a.m. at  Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore, with Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Loux Jr. officiating. No calling hours are scheduled.

Memorial contributions to the Congregational Christian Church, PO Box 326, Ravena, NY 12143 will be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Caswell Funeral Home in Ravena.

October 2, 2003
William Biggs, Sr. 

William E. Biggs, Sr., 69 years of Greenville, New York, formerly of Hicksville, New York, passed a way on September 23, 2003 at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 14, 1934, son of the late Walter and May (Tobin) Biggs.  He served in the U. S. Navy as a HM2 aboard the USS Ponchatoula and USS Randolph, as well as the U. S. Naval Hospitals in Portsmouth, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida.  Returning to civilian life, he began his career as a fireman and rescue squad personnel with the Hicksville Fire Department in Hicksville, Long, Island, New York, a career which spanned 22 years. He was former member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291 and the DAV. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Walter Biggs.

Surviving are his wife, Anita (Pancino) Biggs of Greenville, New York; his son, William E. Biggs, Jr. and his wife, Diane of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Lori Dunseith and her husband, Robert, of Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren Kerri Biggs, Cage Biggs, Shawn Kline, Courtney Biggs, Garrett Kline, Tristen Biggs, Kevin and Christopher Dunseith; and three great-grandchildren, Sadie Biggs, Sarah Biggs, and Nathan Wyatt. He is also survive by a brother, James Biggs, of East Aurora, New York, and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements will be at the convenience of the family and under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Interment will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.

October 2, 2003
Rita Raso

Rita Raso, 77 years, formerly of Bethany Village and Freehold, New York, passed away at Robinson Terrace in Stamford, New York on September 26, 2003. She was born in New York City on May 28, 1926, daughter of the late Daniel and Anna Piettro.

Rita Raso was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.  Her husband George Raso predeceased her. Her pleasure in life was spoiling her granddaughters with her Italian food, homemade spaghetti sauce and tender love.  Her focus in life was on her family, her love of cooking and shopping.

Surviving are two sons, Daniel Raso and his wife Annette of Greenville, New York, and Michael Raso and his wife Marianne of Stamford, New York; also four grand children, Katie, Anne, Valerie and Diane Raso; a brother Daniel Piettro of Florida and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a brother Sebastian Piettro and a sister, Lucy Vignola.

Funeral service was Tuesday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family extends appreciation to the Catskill Area Hospice and staff at Robinson Terrace for their loving care and concern. Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Catskill Area Hospice, The Robinson Terrace Auxiliary, Stamford, NY 12167, or the Greenville Rescue Squad.

October 9, 2003
James Widmark

James Widmark, 73 years, of Freehold, New York, passed away on October 1, 2003, at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 2, 1930, son of the late John and Anna (Kvestad) Widmark. Jim served his country in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a computer operator for IBM until his retirement. He was a avid golfer and a member of the Thunderhart Golf Club. He was predeceased by a sister, Jeanette E. Simonsen, and a niece, Bonnie Carlson.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia (Horvers) Widmark of Freehold, New York, his step-daughters Deborah Coffin and Rebecca Davidson of Ormond Beach, Florida, his step-grandchildren Asia and Desiree Coffin, a sister Anna Marie Carlson, and her husband, John L. Carlson of Brooklyn, New York, and his dog and beloved pet, Candy.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, October 5, 2003, at 3:00 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Jimís nephew, Glen Simonsen, conducted the services for his uncle.

As to his wishes, Jim will be cremated and interment will be in the St. Augustine National Cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida.  Those who whish may contribute to Jimís memory to the American Heart Association or the Greenville Rescue Squad.

October 16, 2003
Ferris Teator

Ferris Teator, 73 years, of Saugerties, New York, passed away at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York, on October 7, 2003. He was born in Hobart, New York on March 12, 1930, son of the late Orlando and Glenna (Fitch) Teator.  Ferris was a life long farmer and trucker in the Albany and Greene Counties area and was a former member of the Potter Hollow Grange.

Surviving are his wife, Althia (Wolven) Teator, a son, Adam Teator of Greenville, New York, two daughters Glenna Ryan and her husband John of Schenectady, New York, Katherine Ceroalo and her husband Kevin of Duaneburg, New York; two grandchildren, Alexandra and Cassandra Ryan; a sister, Charlotte Rogers of Medusa, New York, two brothers, Roger Teator of Freehold, New York and Vincent Teator of San Pedro, California; also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Hallock, and a brother, Donald Teator, Sr.

Funeral services were held October 10, 2003 at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Interment and burial was held at the Brookside Cemetery in Preston Hollow, New York. Those who desire may contribute to his memory to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, New York or the Cavell Cancer Treatment Center, 69 Propsect Avenue, Hudson, New York 12534.

October 23, 2003
Donna M. Maxwell

Donna Marie Maxwell (nee Beattie), 40, of Westerlo, died on October 18, 2003. We had the best friend in the whole world.  She was a mom to Linda and an aunt to me.  Donna was the nicest person you could ever meet. She was kind to everyone.  Donna was the Captain of the Rescue Squad for five years. She was a bookkeeper for Heimburge Well Drilling and a medical assistant for Manzi Podiatrist.  Everyone in our family, and friends, loved her so much.  Butch Maxwell, her husband. Her daughter, Linda Beattie. Marion Irwin, her mom; adopted step-dad Charles Figel; her sister, DeEtte Hirsch and Cliff Hirsch, her brother-in-law, of Coeymans Hollow. Her brother, Kenny Beattie and Betty Kawceak, her sister-in-law of Westerlo. Sister of the late Deborah Beattie. Brittany Beattie, Ashley Beattie, Amber Hirsch and Marion Perez (Colbert), Donnaís nieces; Kenny (Buddy), her nephew; Denise Beck, her best friend; Ashley, Philip and Daniel Mackey though of her as their aunt.  Donna Was loved by everyone.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Meyers Funeral Home, 741 Delaware Avenue, in Delmar, New York. Friends are invited.

Contributions in Donnaís memory may be made to the Westerlo Rescue Squad, County Route 401, P. O. Box 12, Westerlo, New York 12193.

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