Obituaries from the 
Greenville Local
November 2007

Transcribed by Sylvia Hasenkopf


November 1, 2007 

Norma Fleischer  

Norma Fleischer passed away at her home on Mile Hill, Valatie, New York on October 28, 2007 at the age of 92 years. Norma was the only child of Verge and Marcia Nickerson. She was born in Potter Hollow, New York on April 23, 1915.

She attended one room schools in Schoharie County and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1933. She attended Hartwick College and met her husband, Kenneth Fleischer there. They married in 1936 and moved to Kinderhook in 1946.  They were married for 59 years until his death in 1995.

Norma was active in the centralization of the Ichabod Crane Central School, a storyteller of her early life in the Catskills, an avid reader and supporter of the Kinderhook Memorial Library. She was a substitute school teacher, a 4-H leader and member of the Lindenwald Grange. She was active on the local and state level with the New York State Parent Teacher Association and a lobbyist of the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter. She was the first woman elected to the Town of Kinderhook Town Board and a life long member of the Democratic Party.

She is survived by her son David Fleischer and his wife Edyr of Brasilia, Brazil; her daughter Marcia Anderson and her husband Richard of Valatie; her grandchildren Maia (Geoff) Will of Bethesda, Maryland, Jessie Anderson of Brooklyn, New York, Sraya (Michael Swiokio) Resende Fleischer of Brasilia and David Ivan Fleischer of Brasilia, as well as three great-grandchildren, Jackson, Reed and Juliet Will.

Norma chose to make a donation to the Albany medical College Anatomical Gifts. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Please make donations in her name to the Kinderhook Memorial Library, Kinderhook, New York 12106 or Community Hospice, Rensselaer, New York 12144.


November 8, 2007

Frank C. Farrenkopf

Frank C. Farrenkopf, 84 years, of Durham, New York (formerly of Middle Village, New York) passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York. Frank was born in Ridgewood, New York on March 12, 1923, son of the 12, 1923, son of the late Frank W. and Theresa (Schlagmuller) Farrenkopf. He was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. 

Frank served his country during WWII in the US Army in North Apennines, Po Valley and Rome-Arno campaigns. 

He was employed by the New York Telephone Co. (Verizon) as a test desk tech until his retirement.

He was a member of the Tri Town Memorial VFW Post No. 7229, Durham Valley American Legion Post No. 1416, Catholic War Veterans in Queens, New York and was honored as Greene County Veteran of the Year 2006.

Frank was a communicant of Our Lady of Knock Shrine, a member of the choir and a lector. Frank was a Fourth Degree Knight, member of Our Lady of Knock Council No. 6439 Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer driver for the Dept. of Aging in Greene County and a trustee of the Cairo Library.

Frank was also a stained glass artist having made chandeliers for the family and conducting demonstrations in Cairo-Durham Schools. He will be remembered by his family as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Frank and his beloved wife, Marion celebrated 60 years of marriage this year.

Surviving are his wife, Marion (Tisch) Farrenkopf of Durham, New York; four daughters, Mary Jane McCartney and her husband George of Middle Village, New York, Ann Gorman and her husband Michael of Albany, New York, Joan Grothmann and her partner John Hendersen of East Northport, Long Island, New York, and Patricia Farrenkopf of Middle Village, New York; a son, Frank T. Farrenkopf and his wife Julie of Lake Oswego, New York, New York; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph Farrenkopf of Bayside, New York and Thomas Farrenkopf of Tigard, Oregon; a sister, Therese Basedow of Middle Village, New York; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11:15am Friday from the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham, New York. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

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


November 8, 2007 

Rita L. Polatty 

Greenville – Rita L. Polatty (61) of Baysfield, CO formerly if Greenville, NY passed away on November 1, 2007. She was born in Catskill, NY on Nov. 24, 1945 daughter of the late Waldo and Ella (Tyron) Powell. She enjoyed Beading and Photography and had been employed at the Wal-Mart Store in Durango before her illness. Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband John H. Polatty and her son Matthew Fenn.

Surviving are two step-daughters; Jameson Church (Darrin), Jessica Polatty, three grandsons, a sister Irene Powell, a brother Richard Powell, a brother Richard Powell (JoAnne) and a sister-in-law Pat Langley (Ronnie).

The family received friends at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on CR 41 in Greenville Center, NY on Saturday, November 3rd from 4 to 6pm.

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

Arrangements by the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY.


November 15, 2007

Joseph Cipolla

Joseph Cipolla, 87 years, of Greenville, New York, formerly of Yonkers, New York, passed away at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York on November 9, 2007. He was born in Yonkers, New York on November 12, 1919, son of the late Salvatore and Marie (Gillert) Cipolla.

Joe served his country during World War II serving in the US Army and receiving the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He retired after working for Sandoz Pharmaceutical in Andover, New Jersey where he was the warehouse manager.

He moved to Greenville in 1982. A friend to all, he delivered meals for the meals on Wheels program and would help anyone who needed a ride to where they had to go. He will be missed by his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara (Trondle) Cipolla; a daughter, Elaine Polowsky; and three brothers, George, Vincent and James Cipolla. Surviving are his son, Raymond J. Cipolla; a daughter, JoAnn Cipolla; a special niece, Annette DeLuccy; a special nephew, Ed Jones, a sister, Katherine Maresca; and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Thursday, 1pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, New York. Friends called at the funeral home on Thursday from 11am to 1pm prior to the service. Interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery.


November 15, 2007 and corrected November 22, 2007 (corrected version printed here)

Miriam E. Mabey

Greenville – Miriam E. Mabey (76) of Greenville, NY passed away suddenly at her home on November 8, 2007. She was born in Rochester, NY on March 21, 1931 daughter of the late Lloyd and Ruth (Hamm) Clark. Miriam was a former sales clerk at Von’s Dept. Store in Greenville, NY and loved helping out at the Day Care Center at the Greenville-Norton Hill U.M.C. An excellent seamstress she also raised and sold parakeets. She also loved to paint. A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother she will be missed by her loving family and her many friends. She was pre-deceased by her husband Edward Mabey.

Surviving are three daughters, Jill Holmberg (Peter) of Queensbury, NY, Penelope Henry of South Cairo, Terry Preisner (Richard) of Freehold, NY, a son William Mabey (Diane) of Greenville, NY, two step-sons, Kenneth Mabey (Charlene) of Windham, NY and Kenneth Mabey (Charlene) of Windham, NY, and Wayne Mabey (Yvonne) of Hyde Park, NY; 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, two brothers, Willis and Donald Clark, three sisters, Helen Hazzard, Willow Clark and Dorothy Moore and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, November 12, 10am at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, NY. Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greenville-Norton U.M.C. or to the American Lung Association.


November 15, 2007 

Marilyn Jean Hillicoss Rude 

Following a long illness, Marilyn Jean Hillicoss Rude, age 57, died November 3, 2007 in Evergreen Nursing and Hospice Center in Effingham, Illinois.

She was born in Coxsackie, October 2, 1950, the daughter of Martha Elpel Hillicoss of Greenville Center and the late Clifford Hillicoss. She was a graduate of Greenville Central School.

In addition of her mother, she is survived by her husband Ronald Rude of Flora, Illinois; four children, Charlene (Kevin) Shafer, Elizabeth (John) Clark, Joseph D. Schilling III, all of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Christopher Schilling of Effingham, Illinois; their father, Joseph D. Schilling II; and five grandchildren.

She is also survived by a sister, Joyce E. (Rory) VanDeusen of Cape Coral, Florida; sister-in-law Marie Hillicoss of Latham, aunts Gertrude (Carl) Smith of South Westerlo, Elizabeth (Frederick) Weber of Polson, Montana, Ingeborg Hillicoss of East Durham; uncles, Robert Elpel of Durham, Ronald Slingerland of Westboro, Massachusetts, and Gilbert Palmer of Mt. Morris; two nieces, three nephews and many cousins.

Besides her father, she was predeceased by her brother, Fred V. Hillicoss, her grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Marilyn loved needlework and sewing and made many items of clothing and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for her family.

Following cremation, memorial services were held Saturday evening, November 10 at Neil’s Funeral Home in Louisville, Illinois.


November 15, 2007

Alice L. Sutton

Alice l. Sutton, 92 years, of Cornwallville, New York, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 in the Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill, New York. She was born in Lambs Corners, New York on June 3, 1915, daughter of the late Frederick and Carrie (Bishop) Beaton.

Alice married Erik Sutton in 1934 and they operated the Sutton Farm throughout their entire life together. She loved feeding her family and running the farm. Alice was predeceased by her husband, Erik Sutton; a daughter, Edith Baumann; a great-grandson, Micah Allan; and a sister, Mary E. Beaton.

Surviving are her son, Thomas E. Sutton and his wife Linda of Cornwallville, New York; three daughters, Elsie Allan and her husband James of East Durham, New York, Emilie Sharkey and her husband Gerard of North Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, and Elizabeth Hendrick and her husband Alfred of Catskill, New York; a sister-in-law “Lady” Sutton; 10 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

The family received friends on Friday, November 9 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. As to her wishes Alice was cremated and the service was at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish to remember Alice may contribute in her memory to the Greenville Library, Town of Durham Ambulance or a favorite charity.


November 15, 2007

John Anthony Singer

Lauderdale Lakes – John Anthony Singer, 98, of Lauderdale Lakes, Passed away peacefully on November 7, 2007 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. John was born March 10, 1909 in the Bronx to Ida Smoker and August Singer.

John married Isabelle Stroell on November 0f 1936. The two of them loved to dance and won The Harvest Moon Ball for “All Around Champions” at Roseland in New York City.

He worked as a Senior Bookkeeper for The Consolidated Edison Company in Manhattan doe almost 20 years and on weekends worked as Senior Maitre’d at a popular Night Club, Henry’s Bay View Inn in the Bronx, where many of the NY Yankee Baseball players met for dinner.

John and Isabelle and their daughters, Jeannette and Linda moved to a farmhouse in the Catskills in 1950 and after many years of hard work and sacrifice turned the property into a beautiful resort. The Alberta Lodge and Hayloft, accommodating 120 guests per week. John and Isabelle loved the Greenville area and the many wonderful friends they had there but after 29 years of business decided to sell the resort and retire.

They spent their summers in Freehold and the rest of the year in their condo overlooking the ocean in Boca Raton, Florida.

On August 26, 1986, after 50 years of marriage, Isabelle died and John decided to live year-round in Florida. Six years later he married his second wife, Rosemary Talbert. Dancing was their passion and they enjoyed performing dance exhibitions and donated the money for these exhibitions to charities. They competed in the Florida Dance Championships at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach and won first place in all the categories they entered. John and Rosemary can be seen dancing in the movie, Wrestling Ernest Hemmingway, starring Robert Duval. Mr. Duval told John he was his idol and hoped to become as accomplished a dancer as he is!

John’s daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren would like to extend special thanks to Rosemary for being a devoted, loving and caring wife to their Dad and papa.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Mildred Singer; brother Henry Singer; first wife, Isabelle Stroell Singer; grandson, Carl J. Pfeifer; and great-granddaughter Ashley L. Presby. He is survived by his sister, Gertrude Daubenschmidt (100 years old), Old Lyme CT; second wife Rosemary Talbert Singer, Lauderhill Lakes, FL; daughters Jeanette (Robert) Rose, Freehold, NY; Linda (Murry) Berger. Boca Raton, FL, Wycoff, NJ; grandchildren; Denise (Abbott) Presby, Concord, NH; Jena 9Chuck) Boomhower, Franklin Lakes, NJ; John (Pauline) Rose, Schroon Lake, NY; Lori Pfeifer, Wycoff, NJ; great-grandchildren Austin Presby, Meredith Presby, Carl Boomhower, Katelyn Rose, Erica Boomhower, Robert Rose, Isabella Boomhower; and many loving nieces and nephews.

John lived spending time with his family, telling time with his family, telling stories about his life as a young boy working on his stepfather’s farm in the Bronx. He always had a few good jokes and magic tricks to keep everyone entertained.

He was always a kind, living, gentle man with a warm sense of humor. John had a true and good heart and family and friends were always his priority. Those people lucky enough to know him knew they had met someone really special in this world. John’s love of life and joyful spirit will continue to live on through those who love him.

A Memorial Service for John will be held at a later time in Florida. His funeral was held at AJ Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, New York on Wednesday, November 14th from 11am – 1pm with burial immediately following in the Greenville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requested donation be made in John’s name to: The Greene County Hospice, The Greene County Alzheimer’s Foundation, and The Columbia-Greene Humane Society.


November 29, 2007

Ruth E. Patton-Bergwall

Medusa – Ruth E. Patton-Bergwall, 83 years, of Medusa, NY passed away on Nov. 20, 2007 at the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany, NY. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on Dec. 10, 1923, daughter of the late Anders J. and Anna K. (Christensen) Lauersen. During WWII Ruth was one of the “Rosie the Riverters” workers in Republic Aviation assembling wingspans with hot rivets. Prior to moving to Medusa in Oct. 1964 she was a member of the Centerport Methodist Church where she was active in the choir and planning of the annual Strawberry Festivals. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rensselaerville, NY, Senior Citizens and VFW Tri Town Memorial Post #7229 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a past member of the Rensselaerville Rescue Squad where she was an E.M.T. Ruth was predeceased by her husbands George Patton, Jr. and Harding Bergwall; a son, Walter Lee Patton; a daughter, Ruth Ann Patton; a brother, Andrew Lauersen and two sisters, Esther Madsen and Eileen Palmer.

Surviving are her two sons, George Patton III and his wife Eleanor of Westerlo, NY and Richard Patton of Guilderland, NY; two daughters, Jeannette Rice and her husband William of Rensselaerville, NY and Barbara Ruff and her husband Gregory of Medusa, NY; a sister, Edith Wettingfeld of Coxsackie, NY, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Graveside funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at 2pm at the Rensselaerville Cemetery to which family and friends were invited. Friends were invited to call at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083 on Friday from 5 to 8pm.

Those who wish may contribute in Ruth’s memory to the Town of Rensselaerville  Rescue Squad, 87 Barger Rd., Medusa, NY 12120.


November 29, 2007

Stephen L. Fritz, Sr. 

Stephen L. Fritz, Sr., 59, of Rensselaerville, New York, passed away suddenly at his home on November 22, 2007. He was born in Albany, New York, on December 25, 1947, son of the late Joseph C. and Ruth C. (Spielmann) Fritz.

Steve was a GCS graduate, class of 1965; a graduate of Paul Smith’s College in 1967, and he also had attended the University of West Virginia. He had been a Quality Control Manager at GE in Selkirk, New York for over 25 years.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. Steve also enjoyed college football and was an avid University of West Virginia football fan.

Surviving is a daughter, Wendy Lanaro (Joseph) of Niskayuna, New York; a son, Stephen L. Fritz, Jr. (Jenny) of Renssealerville, New York; three grandchildren, Amanda and Andrew Mnich, Ryan Fritz; two step-grandchildren, Alexandra and Christian Lanaro; a brother, Joseph C. Fritz, Jr. (Janet); two nieces, Jennifer Fritz and Janeen Spencer; a nephew, Jeffrey Fritz; his former wife, Rose Picardi; special friends Rebecca and Raeleen Shufelt; also his extended family, lifelong friends and caregivers. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Judith Anne Fritz.

Funeral service was Wednesday, November 28 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Renssealerville, New York. Friends called at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York on Tuesday. Interment was in the Renssealerville Cemetery.


November 29, 2007

Raymond H. “Unc” Nethaway

Raymond H. “Unc” Nethaway, 71, of Freehold, New York, passed away at the Kaaterskill Care in Catskill, New York, on November 24, 2007. He was born in Potter Hollow, New York, on April 8, 1936, son of the late Leo and Helen (Van Tassel) Nethaway.

Ray was a meat cutter and operated Kusterer Meat Market and also drove a cement truck for Matter. Ray enjoyed playing golf and also enjoyed fishing for all types of fish. You always knew where you stood with Ray and he didn’t mince any words. His family and many friends will miss him.

He was predeceased by his wife Mildred (Millie) (German) in may of this year. He  was also predeceased by his brother, Lambert Nethaway.

Surviving are nephews, Gerald Payne and Glenn Payne (Denise); great-nieces, Stephanie and Ashley Payne; sister-in-law, Dorothy Nethaway; and nieces, Debbie Shoemaker and Donna Rhodes.

Funeral services will be Thursday, 11am at the Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 SR 81, Greenville, New York. Friends came to the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8pm. Interment will be in the Freehold Cemetery. Those who desire may contribute in his memory to the American Heart Association.


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