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Greenville Press

December 2007

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

December 6, 2007 

Died suddenly

Joshua E. Gerry, 24, of Round Top, died suddenly on Thursday, November 29.

He was born in Catskill January 30, 1983, the son of Thomas and Brenda Gerry of Round Top and the brother of Dylan T. and Kaitlyn S. Gerry, both of Round Top.

Interment was in the Round Top Cemetery.

Donations in Joshua’s memory may be made to the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation, 4400 Route 23, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

December 6, 2007

Photographer, painter

Ted Jaroszewski, 88, of Greenville, died at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill on Sunday, December 2.

He was born in Warsaw, Poland, March 12, 1919.

Ted served in the Polish Army during World War II.

He was employed by Goody Hair Products as a tool and die maker, working in Manhattan and Kearney, NJ.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed skiing and tennis.  He also was an excellent photographer and painter, painting portraits and landscapes.  Ted will be remembered as a loving family man.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Jaroszewski, of Greenville, and many old time friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Karen (Roos) Jaroszewski, and his son, Peter.

Services under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home of Greenville will be held at a later date.

December 6, 2007

Stiefel Labs retiree

Beverly Ann Cross, 66, of West Coxsackie, died at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill on Saturday, December 1.

She was born in Catskill October 5, 1941, the daughter of the late Leslie and Marjorie (Britton) Moore.

Beverly had retired from Stiefel Labs in 2003.  She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, and completing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Beverly was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Greenville, a church she had helped build.  She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend.

Surviving are two sons. Philip Cross of Montpelier, VT, and Brian Cross (Diana) of Earlton; a daughter, Suzanne Lane (Ronald) of West Coxsackie; four grandchildren, Jarred, Leigha, Heather and Martina of Barton, VT; three brothers, William Moore, Robert Moore (Betty) and Larry Moore; an aunt; one nephew; three nieces; and several cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leo H. Cross; and her daughter, Michelle Cross.

Services are at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 9, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Route 81, Greenville.

Those who desire may contribute in Beverly’s memory to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, P.O. Box 256, Greenville 12083.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

December 6, 2007

DOC engineer

Orville T. Mateer, 46, Hudson, died Wednesday, November 28 at home.

Born in Hudson February 25, 1961, he was the son of the late Orville and Marilyn Mateer.

He was employed as an engineer by the state Department of Corrections in Coxsackie.

Orville was an active member of H.W. Rogers Hose Co. # 2, the Federation of Polish Sportsmen, the Blue Vests and Hudson Elks Lodge 787.

He was a past chief of the Hudson Fire Department and a past Columbia County deputy fire coordinator.

Surviving are his wife, Janet (Gay) Mateer of Coxsackie; a daughter, Marcella A. Mateer of Coxsackie; a sister, Barbara Mac-Cormack of Columbiaville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, LaRoy H. Mateer.

Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Bates and Anderson-Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, Hudson.

December 13, 2007

World War II veteran

Joseph J. Capone, 92, of Greenville, died at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital on Wednesday, December 5.

He was born in Brooklyn November 29, 1915, the son of the late Clemens and Albina (Pecoraro) Capone.

Joe served in the Army during World War II and was discharged as a staff sergeant.  He and his family moved to Greenville from Brooklyn in 1952 and he worked for Perini Bros. as a road supervisor, for the New York State Thruway, the Berkshire Turnpike and the Northway.

He was a life member of the Greenville Volunteer Fire Co. with more than 50 years of service.

Retiring in 1977, Joe and his wife spent the winter months in Naples, FL.  He enjoyed woodworking and made birdhouses and wall clocks.

Surviving are his loving wife Pearl (Puleo) Capone; two sons, John Capone of Naples, FL, and Robert Capone (Jackie Peluso) of Greenville; and a sister, Florence Luglio, age 100 years, of Hicksville.

The Greenville Volunteer Fire Co. conducted services.

Interment with military honors was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in his memory to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

December 13, 2007

Services Friday

William H. Ferrier Jr., 56, of Earlton, died Sunday, December 9 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in Catskill December 2, 1951, the son of the late William H. and Gloria (Parisi) Ferrier Sr.

Surviving are his sister, Debra “Debbie” Borrelli and husband Douglas of West Babylon, and a niece, Lauren Tocaben.

Besides his parents, his brother, Ronald Ferrier, predeceased him.

Funeral services are Friday, December 14 at 10:15 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  A Mass of Christian Burial follows at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Cairo.

Friends may call at the funeral home today, December 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Interment is in the Cairo Cemetery.

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

December 13, 2007

Service Saturday

A memorial service for Tadeusz “Ted” Jaroszewski is conducted by Deacon Peter Sedlmeir on Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville.

All are invited to attend.

Ted died March 12 in Catskill.  (This is probably  incorrect, as his obit on December 6th said he died December 2 in Catskill, having been born on March 12, 1919).

His son, Thomas Jaroszewski of Greenville, and many old time friends survive him.

He was predeceased by his wife, Karen (Roos) Jaroszewski, and a son, Peter Jaroszewski.

Services are under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

December 13, 2007

Dental hygienist, teacher

Dorothy E. Lovelock, 87, died Friday, December 7 at Ten Broeck Commons in Lake Katrine.

Born in Brooklyn March 2, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Lillian and Edward Lovelock.

Her family moved to Happy Hill Farm in Earlton in her early teens.  She graduated from Coxsackie High School and attended the Thomas Evans Dental School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating as a licensed dental hygienist.

She was a member of the staff at the Montefiore’s Bedford Hills Sanatorium in Bedford Hills.

With the outbreak of war in 1941, Dorothy moved to the dental clinic at Scott Field, IL.  While there she was accepted in the Women’s Air Force Service Program.  After that she returned to work in a private dental office in New York City.

After 10 years Dorothy learned there was an opening for a dental hygiene teacher at Coxsackie-Athens Central School.  Dorothy spent the next 30 years there.

During her stay at Coxsackie-Athens, she completed her degree in elementary education and spent the next six years teaching sixth grade students, enjoying every minute of it.

After completing her master’s in library science at SUNY, she became the librarian for the Coxsackie and Athens elementary schools.

During her teaching years she was a member of the Columbia-Greene Reading Council, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the Coeymans-Ravena Women’s Club, serving as president of all three.

Dorothy also was a member and president of the Greene County Retired Teachers Association.

Once retired, Dorothy enjoyed serving the public at the Lincoln Hill Book Store in Delmar, after which she worked part time at both the Ravena Free Library and the Bethlehem Public Library.

Dorothy was the sister-in-law of Virginia Lovelock and Aunt Dorrie of Karen (Edward) Romagnano, Diane (Martin) Kelly, Kathy (Patrick) Donovan, Janet (Stephen) Reilly and Edward (Melissa) Lovelock. Also surviving are many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her brother, Edward, predeceased her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Earlton Fire Department.

Arrangements are with W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, Coxsackie.

December 27, 2007

Fire auxilian

Elizabeth “Peggy” L. (Rathbun) Govel, 68, of Coxsackie, died Wednesday, December 12 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born September 12, 1939 in Syracuse.

Peggy was a past officer and member of the Coxsackie Hose 3 Auxiliary, past president and member of the Greene County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Auxiliary, a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie and its Altar Rosary Society, and a member of the Coxsackie Republican Club.

She was also an avid bingo player, and loved the Yankees, NASCAR and trips to Foxwoods casino.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Leonard J. Govel; her son, Lawrence B. Govel and wife Lisa of Catskill; two daughters, Elizabeth “Lee” A. Miller and husband Dan of Coxsackie and Diana L. Scandaliato and husband Charles of Jacksonville, FL; a brother, William “Dave” Rathbun of Delmar; six grandchildren, Megan and Alison Govel of Catskill, Dana and Robert Miller of Coxsackie; and Lacy and Katelyn Scandaliato of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Robert Rathbun.

Interment is in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to her niece, Debra Lee Children’s Fund.  Make checks payable to the Duanesburg PTSO.  On the memo line fill in “for Lee’s family” and send them to Duanesburg Central School District, c/o PTSO, 133 School Drive, Delanson 12053.

Arrangements were with W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, Coxsackie.

December 27, 2007

GCS retiree

Althea A. Kummer, 90, of Greenville, died Monday, December 10 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

She was born in Grapeville April 1, 1917, the daughter of the late Manley and Grace (Ryder) Burgess.

Althea was a graduate of Greenville Central School and Mildred Elly.  She was employed by GCS for several years until her retirement.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice Tranberg (David) of Laurel, DE; two sons, Craig Kummer and his friend Diane of Greenville and Bruce Kummer and wife Janet of Owings Mills, MD; a sister, Kathryn More; three sisters-in-law, Martha Burgess, Alice Schubert and Kate Reed; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, in 1960, and siblings Charles Burgess and Mary Smith.

Burial is in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Those who wish many contribute in Althea’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

December 27, 2007


Marguerite M. Martin, 70, of Ravena, died Monday, December 10 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in the Bronx, Marguerite moved to Albany in 1969 and to Ravena in 2005.

She was employed as a biscuit baker at Popeye’s in Troy and Albany, retiring in 2000.

Marguerite is survived by her husband, Richard G. “Rick” Martin; children Peggy Rozonewski of New Orleans, LA, John  (Sharon) O’Donnell and Dorothy Decker of Florida, William (Cynthia) O’Donnell of New Baltimore and Raymond (Nadine) O’Donnell of Ravena; siblings Irene Kavanough, Richard “Bosco” Roland and Virginia Tambasco, all of Florida; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many friends.

She was predeceased by her first husband, John T. O’Donnell, and brothers, Frederick and Raymond Roland.

Arrangements were with Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

December 27, 2007

Rescue squad volunteer

Jane Turon, 75, a longtime resident of Greenville, died Thursday, December 13.

She was born in Albany February 7, 1932, the daughter of the late William and Loretta (Mullen) Pierce.

She was a 1950 graduate of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School.

Jane devoted her life to raising her four children after the untimely passing of her husband.  She also served the community as a Greenville Rescue Squad volunteer, as well as being an active member and past president of the Greenville American Legion Post # 291 Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Laurie Sudds (Peter), Kathleen Kieffer (Donald) and Nathan Turon (Kristin); sister Veronica Veltri; sisters-in-law Catherine Pierce, Mary Pierce, Elsie Turon, Helen Koch, Ruth Birmann and Martha Turon; brother-in-law John Turon; grandchildren Scott Richard Sudds, Kira Jane Sudds, Kevin Charles Sudds, Quinn Avery Turon and Hudson Charles Turon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles Turon; eldest son John Joseph Turon; twin brother Franklin Pierce; brothers Donald, Gerald and Charles Pierce; brothers-in-law Joseph Veltri, George Turon Sr., Joseph Turon, Walter Birmann and George Koch; sisters-in-law Mary Turon, Lydia Pierce, Marge Pierce and Mary (Kudlack) Turon; nephews Gary Turon, Kenny Turon and Joseph Veltri Jr.; and a niece, Janis Donovan.

Spring interment is in the Greenville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 291, the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church or Community Hospice of Schenectady.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

December 27, 2007

Navy veteran

Dale E. Bates, 67, of Climax, died at home on Tuesday, December 11 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born in Keyserkill April 13, 1940, the son of Doris (Hammonds) Bates of Cobleskill and the late Rudolph Bates.

Dale was a graduate of Middleburgh Central School, after which he served three years in the Navy.  He then worked for 37 years as parts manager for Bud Kearney Ford in Ravena.  He was currently employed by Agar Auto Parts in Albany.

Besides his mother, surviving are his wife, Elaine (Ives) Bates; his children, Michele Bates and her fiancé Brian Bender, and Tim and David Bates; his stepchildren, Devlin Foster, Daniele Foster and her fiancé Brandon Conner and Dawn Foster Herwick and family; grandchildren Kaylee Conner and Paige and Jacob Bender; a brother, George Bates (Barbara); two sisters, Bunny and Bobby Bates, and his nieces and nephews.

As to his wishes he was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Those who wish may contribute in Dale’s memory to the Mohawk Ambulance Service, 290-292 Quail Street, Albany 12414 or Oncology at Albany Medical Center Hospital, 47 New Scotland Avenue, Albany 12208.

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