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Greenville Press

July 2006

Transcribed by Melanie Fisher Citty
Obituaries provided by April Saccoccio

July 6, 2006 

Oil Company Owner

Grace Hoyer Newell Day, 87, died Friday, June 30.

Born in Austerlitz, she was the daughter of the late Louis A. and Grace I. Goodrich Hoyer.

She was the former owner of Consumers Oil in Ravena.

Grace had been a member of the Ravena-Coeymans Yacht Club, the GFWC Williston Women’s Club in Florida, Zion Lutheran Church of Athens and Evangelical Lutheran Church Women.

She enjoyed golfing, bowling and boating. After turning 65, she traveled extensively by motor home to every state except Hawaii, and wintered in Florida.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-laws, Leslie R. and Judith Newell and Stewart A. and Joanne Newell; two sisters, Jean Westervelt and Lucille Fitzgerald; a step daughter-in-law, Barbara Day; eight grandchildren, Michael T. Newell, Susanne Koban, Candy Newell, Trevor Newell, Sean A. Newell, Robert S. Day Jr., Lisa Day and Denise Dragon; five great-grandchildren; and a  great-great-grand-daughter; and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her husband, Steven V. Day, and a stepson Robert S. Day.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the Ravena Rescue Squad.

Arrangements were with Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

July 6, 2006 

Dead at 26

Funeral services for Kalien Ernst, 26, of Westerlo, are at the convenience of the family.

She was the daughter of Thomas Ernst of Westerlo and Katherine (Mally) Paling of Middletown. She also is survived by her grandmother Flora Ernst of Westerlo; three sisters, Kerrin and Pegeen Daly and Katia Paling; two brothers, Liam and Morgan Paling; and two nieces, Zoe Prices and Rowan Daly.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 6, 2006

Korean Conflict Vet

William H. hillock, 78, of Preston Hollow, died suddenly on Saturday, July 1.

He was born in Medusa on October 17, 1927, the son of the late Lester and Lillian (Rivenburg) Hallock.

William Served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and received the Korean Service Medal with five Campaign Stars, ROK Presidential Unite Citation and the U.N. Service Medal.

A laborer and heavy equipment operator, he has worked at Henderson’s in Freehold. He loved to garden and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his son, William Hallock (Jennifer) of East Nassau; four daughters, Linda Blank (Jay) of Freehold, Sheila Finn of Catskill, Debbie Hallock of Margaretville and Gail Travers of Rensselaer; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (Teator) Hallock; a brother, Orson Hallock; and two sisters, Dorothy Cooke and Edna Goodfellow.

July 6, 2006


A memorial service for Gigi Kirwan takes place Saturday, July 8 at the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church on Route 81.

July 13, 2006

Past Legion member

Goldie Stevens De La Vergne died Saturday, July 1.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed needlework. She was a past member of the Greenville American Legion Post.

Surviving are her daughters, Geraldine Smith of Albany and Yvonne Mabey of Hyde Park; grandchildren Margaret Johannesen, Holly Williams, Joanna McNaughton, Erin Hawks, Michael Mabey and Sean Mabey; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were private.

Contributions in Goldie’s memory may be made to Homemedical Associates P.C., 1737 Union Street, Schenectady 12309.

Arrangements were with Meyers Funeral Home, Delmar.

July 13, 2006

Public Schools retiree

Paul F.X. Hearns, 94, formerly of Jersey City NJ, and Cornwallville, died Saturday, July 8 at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, NJ.

Born in Jersey City November 4, 191, he was the son of the late Timothy and Mary Crotty Hearns.

He served in the Army during World War II and retired with the rank of major.

Hearns attended Newark Art School and graduated from Pratt institute in Brooklyn. He received degrees from Rutgers and Columbia universities, completing his post graduate studies at the Teachers College of Columbia University.

He retired as a supervisor of art for the Jersey city Public Schools in 1976.

Hearns was a former member of the Durham Rescue Squad and the Durham Valley Post# 1416 American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Keegan Hearns; a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine M. and Thomas Adelman of West Baldwin, ME; two sons and daughters-in-laws. Timothy and Adriana Hearns of Wyckoff, NJ, and Joseph and Elizabeth Hearns of Bloomfield, NJ; and nine grandchildren.

Interment was in the Cornwallville Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 13, 2006

Boxing Fan

Robert “Bob” Corning Johnson, 67, of Norton Hill, formerly of Albany and Kingston, died suddenly at his home on Wednesday, July 5.

He was born in Albany April 19, 1939, the son of the late Arnold and Gladys (Pemberton) Johnson.

Bob was retired construction worker who worked out of Local 190 in Albany.

A graduate of the New York Military Academy, he had served for six years in New York National guard. He was a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

He was instrumental in the revitalization of the Strand in Kinston and the pond area in Norton Hill.

Bob will be remember as a lover of the arts and photography, and of being a friend to all who knew him and to all he met. His passions were boxing and his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Susanne (Finkle) Johnson; a son, Craig Johnson (Susanne) of Norton Hill; a daughter, Kay Rose (Dallas) of Olesmar, Fl and his grandchildren, David and Carly Johnson, and Libby and Grace Rose.

A son, Robert Corning Johnson II, and a sister, Diane Ward, predeceased him.

Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 13, 2006


Thomas A. Murphy, 63, of Greenville, died Monday, July 10 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, Albany.

He was born in Jamaica, Queens, November 8, 1942, the son of the late Andrew and Elsie (Sappeisa) Murphy.

Thomas was in sales with RDL, a lighting and fixtures business in Latham. He was a loving and devoted family man.

Surviving are his wife, Colleen (Kelly) Murphy; three daughters, Valerie Rhodes-Saati and husband Noam, Heather Murphy and Carline Pocorobba; and son, Michael Murphy; and two grandchildren Ryan and Catherine Pocorobba.

Services are at the convenience of the family and are under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 13, 2006

Farmer, Former Policeman

Walter J. Raskopf Jr., 77, of Greenville died Monday, July 10.

He was born February 8, 1929, the only child of Walter J. Raskopf Sr. and Marie V. Peckham.

He was raised in Queens Village and attended LaSalle High School. He met his wife Marguerite Re while attending Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute at Farmingdale. Together they raised six children.

Walter loved music and could often be heard playing his drums or whistling out in the fields.

He served many times as an officer in the Knights of Columbus, including as Grand Knight. He rose to the rank of captain in the New York Guard. He as a member of the Warwick Volunteer Fire Department. In his middle years, Walter was very active in politics and ran for a number of offices, including Congress.

He retired as a supervisor of the Farmers Home Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 1987.

In his retirement, Walter worked many years at St. John the Baptist Church in Grenville, helping to keep the physical plant running and was involved in many of the church’s volunteer activities.  Walter and his wife traveled at every opportunity. He loved to experience new places and interesting people.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Marge Raskopf; their children, Fred Raskopf (Kristine) and Elizabeth Hall (Charles) both of Greenville, MaryEllen Mangiamele of Middletown, Margaret Dodd (Stephen) of Aurora, IL, Barbara Shapiro (David) of Shokan, and Kathy Hadley of Seneca Falls; his grandchildren, Michael (Monica), Margaret, Christopher, Thomas, Jennifer, Mary, Jeffrey, Bryan, Evan, Matthew, Patricia, Katherine, James, Joshua, Brendon, David, Laura and Erick; and two very special aunts, Eileen and Dot.

He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Catherine.

Calling hours at Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville are tonight, July 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are at St. John the Baptist Church of Greenville on Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, American Parkinson Disease Foundation or Greene County Public Health Nursing Service (New York State Department of Health), 411 Main Street, Catskill 12414.

July 13, 2006

Union Worker

Justin M. Silvia, 27, of Westerlo, died Friday, July 7 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident on Route 308, New Scotland.

Born in Albany January 1, 1979, he was the son of Joseph and Joan Scott Silvia Jr.

Justin was a graduate of Greenville High School and had served in the Air Force. He was employed by Old Castle in Bethlehem and was a member of Local 190 Laborers Unions.

He enjoyed fishing.

Besides his parents, surviving  are six brothers and five sisters-in-laws, Joseph and Sherri Silvia III, John and Donna Silvia, James and Darcy Silvia, Jason and Adrienne Silvia, Jesse and Kari-Ann Silvia and Jeffrey Silvia; five aunts; three uncles; seven nieces; and four nephews

Funeral services are today, July 13, at 10:30a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. A mass of Christian Burial is celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church.

Interment is in the Grenville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

July 13, 2006

Memorial service set

Henry Vernon Sprague, 58, of Greenville, died Sunday, July 9.

Survivors include his fiancée, Linda Tanner; three sons, Henry Jr., David and Pvt. Jason Sprague, all of Greenville; four brothers, Paul Jr., John, Samuel and Barney; two sisters, Florence and Margaret; and a granddaughter, Melody Lynn Sprague.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium.

A memorial service is planned Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. from Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo.

Donations in his memory may be made to the savings, account established for David Sprague at the Bank of Green County, Greenville.

July 20, 2006

Former Cairo pastor

The Rev. Louis Herbert Launhardt, 74, died Sunday, July 16 at his home in Jackson, MO.

He was born in St. Louis, MO, on August 20, 1931, the son of Henry and Henrietta Launhardt.

Rev. Launhardt attended Holy Cross Lutheran grade school and Jennings High School in St. Louis, from which he graduated in 1949.

As a youth leader, he was active in water sports and safety at youth camps and served on the district Walther League Camp committee and staff for several years.

He married LouAnn Boehne on Jun 23, 1957.

He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with a masters in divinity after serving his vicarage year at Zion Lutheran Church in Schenectady. He was called in 1958 to be a missionary at large and served as the first pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church I Cairo. He accepted the call In August 1964 to serve St. Andrew Lutheran church in Missouri, which he did until his retirement in 1996.

Rev. Launhardt served the Lutheran Campus Center from 1964 to 1967 and was instrumental in calling the first full time pastor to serve the students at Southeast Missouri State University. He served as Circuit Counselor in New York and Missouri a number of years.

While at St. Andrew, he initiated the Kennedy Evangelism Program and the Stephen Ministry in 1985.

Rev. Launhardt served on the Southeast Missouri Hospital Ethics Committee and as chairman of the IRB Committee in St. Louis.

He was a volunteer probation officer and served on the Cape Girardeau Probation Board.

Rev. Launhardt was a past winner of the Southwestern Bell Volunteer of the Year award. In May 2001 he was awarded the “Walter” Award for his outstanding commitment and contributions to the Lutheran Family and Children’s service, where he served as chairman of the first board of directors and was instrumental in the opening of the Southeast Missouri office in Cape Girardeau.

Throughout his ministry he served as a group travel coordinator with specialty to the Biblical sites of the Middle East. He visited Israel five times, Greece twice and Asia Minor (Turkey)

After his retirement, Rev. Launhardt served as chaplain coordinator at the Missouri Veterans Home until his aortic dissection surgery in February 2000. He was instrumental in training and starting the Stephen Ministry Program for veteran residents. He also campaigned for state legislature monetary support for the spiritual needs of veterans.

Besides his wife, survivors include his three children, Lorie Launhardt of Cape Girardeau, MO, Greg Launhardt of Columbia, MO, and Krista Sanford and husband Ron of St. Louis; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Cindy Launhardt of St. Louis, MO: his mother-in-law, Lucille Boehne of Illinois; and any nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Entombment was in Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Resurrection Lutheran church, Cairo.

Arrangements were with ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home, Cape Girardeau, MO.

July 20, 2006

Retired accountant

Robert F. Lewis, 78, a resident of Athens since 1957, died Sunday, July 9 after a long illness.

He was born in Catskill March 11, 1928, the son of the late George M. and Mazie E. Simmons Lewis.

Lewis was a 1946 graduate of Catskill High School and served in the Army from 1950 to 1952.

He was an accountant with IBM in Poughkeepsie and Kingston prior to his retirement.

He enjoyed reading and sitting on the front porch, and devoted to his family.

Lewis coached Athens Little League and was very active in Boy Scout Troop 40.

Survivors include his wife of almost 51 years, Carleen J. Rizzi Lewis; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffery R. and Karen M. Lewis of Earlton and Mark A. and Suzanne V. Lewis of Coxsackie; a brother, Randall W. Lewis of Catskill; and three grandchildren, Ryan J. Lewis, Mark E. Lewis and Caroline J. Lewis.

A brother, Leroy, and three sisters, Almeda Custence, Elizabeth Lampman and Julia Bennett, predeceased him.

Interment, with full military honors, was in the Old Athens Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 145447, Cincinnati, OH 45250-5447.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Athens.

July 20, 2006

Pool Service worker

Roger W. Lounsbury Sr., 56, of Guilderland, died suddenly on Wednesday, July 12 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

He was born in Albany march 11, 1950, the son of Lena (fisher) Lounsbury and the late Theodore Lounsbury.

He was employed by Donna Pool Service in Albany.

Roger loved playing cards and visiting casinos. HE also enjoyed bonfires and family picnics.

Besides his mother, surviving are his wife, Donna (Svingala) Lounsbury; two sons, Clyde Lounsbury (Caroline Morris) and Roger Wesley Lounsbury (Jennifer Carrigan); a daughter, Wendy Jean Lounsbury (Tommie Kettles); a granddaughter, Keira Morris; four sisters, Harriet Peck, Janice Lounsbury, Betty Jean Mueller and Sandra Ross; and five brothers, John, Patrick, Dennis, Terrance and William Lounsbury.

Two sisters, Janet Berkhoffer and Marjorie White, and five brothers, Theodore, Clyde, Thomas, Harold and C. Lloyd Lounsbury, predeceased him.

As to his wishes, Roger was cremated.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Western Turn-pike Rescue Squad, 200 Center Drive, Albany 12203, or the Dormansville United Methodist church Memorial fund, Dormansville 12055.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral home, Greenville.

July 20, 2006


Joseph D. Fazziola, 26, of South Cairo, died Saturday, July 15 at home.

Born in Brooklyn April 29, 1980, he was the son of Rose Fazziola of South Cairo and the late Daniel Fazziola.

Joseph had been a resident of South Cairo since 1988 and was a 1998 graduate of Cairo-Durham High School. He also attended Hudson community College.

He had been pursuing a career in Sales.

Joseph enjoyed camping, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Besides his mother, surviving are his companion Stephanie Moore of south Cairo; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Susan and mark Ellis of Catskill, Jacqueline of New Hampshire and Geraldine and Edward Munno of Islip, Long Island; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Lisa Fazziola of Farmingville, Long island, and Michael and Kristi Moskowitz of Hoover, AL; and several nieces and nephews.

Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Catskill.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

July 20, 2006

Active in Church

Frances Emily Swart, 96, of Dormansville, died Sunday, July 16 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar.

She was born on March 16, 1910, the daughter of the late Channing and Ethel (Stanton) Swart, and lived her entire life in Dormansville.

Frances attended the one-room schoolhouse in Dormansville through the eighth grade, then attended Ravena High School, graduating in 1927. She attended New Paltz Normal School and graduated in 1930.

She began teaching in the one-room schoolhouse in Dormansville (grades 1 to 6), which she herself had attended and which had become part of the Greenville Central School District. 

In 1944 she left to teach middle grades in South Bethlehem as part of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District. She taught in Feura Bush fourth and fifth grades until the Becker Building was finished and taught the same grades until retiring in 1965.

Following her retirement, Frances was a substitute teacher for an additional 10 years.

She was a lifelong member of the Dormansville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, holding many offices in both. She was active in many phases of the church program, including Sunday school and Youth Group. For several years she was church organist.

Frances was a member of the Hiawatha Grange for 78 years and held several offices in the Grange.

Surviving are her sisters, Beatrice Stewart; a niece, Valerie Overcash and husband Wayne; grand-nieces Elizabeth Overcash and Victoria Montelongo; and grand-nephew Jonathan Rueda.

Funeral services are Friday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at the Dormansville United Methodist Church.

Interment is in the Greenville Cemetery.

Frances wished that, in her memory and in lieu of flowers, that friends would remember the Dormansville United Methodist Church, support it and attend it.

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

July 27, 2006

Enjoyed cooking

Anna Passalacqua, 84, of Round Top, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

She was born in New York City on October 3, 1921.

Anna had been an area resident for 21 years and enjoyed cooking and playing bingo.

Survivors include her son, Edward of Round Top, and grandchildren Edward III, Anthony and Vincent.

Private cremation took place July 17 at the Albany Rural Crematorium, Menands.

Interment of her cremations will take place in the Round Top Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements were under the direction of Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

July 27, 2006

Ran antique business

Harold E. Tumey, 87, of Greenville, died at St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albany on Thursday, July 20.

He was born in Elmhurst April 17, 1919, the son of the late Robert L. and Emily V. (Quillan) Tumey.

During his high school years he was president of his senior class and active on the track and soccer teams.

While on Long Island he was active in scouting as an excellent fund-raiser.  Harold served in the Army during World War II and was a former member of the American Legion.

Moving from Wantagh in 1972, Harold was very active in the Greenville community. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and its building committee, and a longtime member of the choir. He served on the Greenville Planning Board for 15 years.

Harold was a former member of the Greenville Irish American Club and was a grand marshal for one of the St. Patrick’s Day parades.

He had great pleasure in singing with the Catskill Glee Club for many years.

He was well known for his antique business in the Greenville area for more than 30 years.

A lover of nature and birds, he was a good friend to all he met and knew.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Ann (McKevitt) Tumey; two sons, Kevin Tumey of Bear, DE, and Dolin Tumey and wife Nancy of Greenville; three daughters, Maureen Nicolais of Lakewood, CO, Eileen Jackson and husband Rick of Annapolis, MD, and Lauren Thomas and husband Vinny of Greenville; 15 grandchildren; ; and two great-grandchildren.

A son, Brian Tumey, and three brothers, Lawrence, Robert and George Tumey, predeceased him.

Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family requests that donations in Harold’s memory be sent to St. Peter’s Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

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