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Greenville Press

April 2007

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

April 5, 2007 

Teacher’s aide

Kathleen “Kay” Gombar, 79, of Greenville, formerly of Commack, died at

St. Peter’s Hospital on Monday, April 2.

She was born in the Bronx November 12, 1927, the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Bridget (Lyons) Bourke.

Kay moved to Norton Hill in 1968 and worked at the Greene County Department of Personnel in Catskill and retired in 1989.  She also worked at Greenville Central School as a teacher’s aide.

She was an avid golfer and bowler and bowled in the Golden Age Leagues I and II and assisted her husband Charles with the administration of the American Legion Golf League for 17 years.

She also was an active member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Auxiliary.

She loved reading and a friend to all she met.

Surviving are her husband of 21 years, Charles Gombar; stepsons Charles T. Gombar (Felice) of Westchester, PA, and Robert C. Gombar (Sally) of Annapolis, MD; a sister, Anne Meehan-Reilly; two brothers, Thomas J. and Ward E. Bourke; four step-grandchildren, Theresa, Julia, Robert and Jennifer Gombar; 21 nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Daniel McQuillan, in 1981; a step-grandson, Brian Gombar; a sister, Beatrice Renner; and two brothers, John and Patrick Bourke.

Funeral services are today, April 5, at 10:15 a.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, with a Liturgy of the Word and the Rite of Farewell at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.

Internment is in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in Kay’s memory to Greenville American Legion Post # 291 or to the Eddy Visiting Nurses Association, 159 Jefferson Heights, Catskill 12414-9903.

April 5, 2007

Mechanic, Drummer

Philip “Poppy” Mack, 78, of Greenville, died Monday, March 26 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in East Durham on December 15, 1928, the son of the late Daniel and Marie (Renner) Mack.

Philip was a mechanic at Marshall’s Garage in Ravena for17 years.

He loved to hunt and fish, and played drums in a band called The Polka Five.

Surviving are a son, Daniel Mack (Jane) of Ghent; daughters Phyllis Morehouse of Glenmont and Linda Mack of Delmar; stepchildren Carol (Goff) Wilsey of Latham, Sidney Goff of East Durham, Sandy Goff of Albany and Sharon Goff of Earlton; grandsons Jacob and Conner Mack; several step-grandchildren; a sister Marie Michaelson of East Durham; a brother, George Mack of Kingston; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Evah (Deyo) Mack; a sister, Caroline Rusack; a brother, Fred Mack; and a stepdaughter, Shirley Hillicoss.

Private funeral services are under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Women’s League, P.O. Box 341, Round Top 12473, or to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

April 5, 2007


Janet T. Moran, 66, of Cairo, died Saturday, March 31 at Peninsular Hospital in New York City.

She was born in New York City on September 5, 1940, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bessie (Desuab) Pelikan.

During her lifetime, Mrs. Moran was employed as a secretary for an architectural firm in New York City. 

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, James J. Moran Jr.

A prayer services is recited at 4 p.m. today, April 5, at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo, with the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor of Sacred Heart Church of Cairo, officiating.

Calling precedes the service from 2 to 5 p.m.

Interment takes place in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

April 5, 2007

oast Guard veteran

Brian L. Tourjee, 57, of Athens, died Monday, April 2 at home.

He was born in Catskill October 28, 1949, the son of the late Theodore and Jessie (Saunders) Tourjee.

Brian was a 1967 graduate of Coxsackie-Athens Central School and attended Clarkson University. He served in the Coast Guard from 1970 to 1974 and was honorably discharged.  He earned an associate’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Surviving are several cousins.

Cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematory, Menands.

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

April 12, 2007

Loving mother

Elizabeth Marie (Young) Boone died Sunday, April 8 in the presence of her children at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland.

Betty was born December 15, 1920 to the late Charley and Margarite “Peg” Young, Charley was a well-known sports editor for the former Knickerbocker News.

Betty graduated from Vincentian Institute in 1938 and Mildred Elley Secretarial School.

She was briefly employed at Capitol Forestry, where she met her husband, Charles Boone, and remained happily married until his death in 2000.  Betty was an only child who wanted six children before she was 30.  She got her wish and then some.

During the years the family in Delmar, Betty was a member of St. Thomas Parish and its Altar Rosary Society.  After moving to Westerlo she joined the parish of St. John the Baptist in Greenville and was an active member in the Altar Rosary Society as well as a Eucharistic minister.

She participated in the local Meals on Wheels, the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Auxiliary and the New York State Beef Cattlewomen’s Association.

Surviving are her children, Charles (Lynne) Boone of Clifton Park, Carole (Victor) Ballato of Delmar, Donald (Barbara) Boone of Edgewater, MD, Theresa (Patrick) Boyle of Farmington, NH, James (Susan) Boone of Fayetteville, Mary (John) Querques of Clifton Park, Gerard (Laura) Boone of Westerlo, Anne (Thomas) Bielawski of Duanesburg, John (Chris) Boone of New York City and Joseph (Taffey) Boone of Westerlo; a brother and sister-in-law, William (Joan) Boone of Las Vegas, NV; a sister-in-law, Ethel Woods of Palo Alto, CA; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two nephews; three nieces.

Her infant daughter, Martha, predeceased her.

A Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated today, April 12, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, Guilderland, or the Hilltowns Meals on Wheels.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 12, 2007


Edith Katherine (Sack) Delp,88, of Catskill, died Friday, April 6.

Born in Mount Vernon, October 21, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Fred Sack and Alma Liedtke.

She moved to Coxsackie with her family at the age of 6 and married at the age of 16.  She lived much of her life on Fares Road in Ravena and later moved to Haas Hill in New Baltimore.

Mrs. Delp worked as a secretary for Main Brothers Heating Company.

She was a former member of the Coeymans Hollow Fire Company Auxiliary.

Surviving are a son, Thomas Delp of Rensselaerville; a daughter, Karen Delp of Virginia; two granddaughters, Robin German of California and Lindsey Hotaling of Climax; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Wayne, son Ronald, brother William Sack and grandson David.

She was cremated privately and burial will take place at a later date.

Arrangements were with Caswell Funeral Home, Ravena.

April 12, 2007

High school teacher

Joseph Peter Errante, 64, of Cairo, died Sunday, April 8 after a struggle with multiple myeloma cancer.

Born in Brooklyn May 12, 1942, he was the son of the later Dr. Santi P. and Annette Errante.

He attended Grover Cleveland High School until moving to Cairo with his parents and sister, Mary Lou Eisenhardt.

He graduated from Cairo Central High School in 1960 and later from Ithaca College with a degree in social studies education.

He taught high school in Windham and Catskill, and was active at his family resort until his recent illness.

He had been active in his community as a past volunteer fireman, a founding member of the Cairo Rotary and other organizations, including the Greene County Resort and Hospitality Association.

Funeral services are today, April 12, at 10 a.m. at our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements are with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

April 12, 2007

RN supervisor

Helen Hulbert, 79, of Oak Hill, died Tuesday, April 10.

She was born in Oak Hill on July 7, 1927, the daughter of the late William and Mae (Lounsbury) Kellam Cook.

Helen lived in Oak Hill for most of her life and was a graduate of Hartwick College of Nursing.  She served in the Nurses Corps of the Department of War, post World War II. She retired as night shift registered nursing supervisor of the Greene County Memorial Hospital in Catskill. 

Helen was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, shopping and traveling with her good friend April Rivenburg, and the number one Yankees fan.

Surviving are her four sons, Richard (Colleen) Hulbert, Mark (Beth) Hulbert, Bradley (Shirley) Hulbert with whom she resided, and Sean (Melissa) Hulbert; two daughters, Cathy Hulbert and Charyle (Ed) Cox, her brother, Eugene Kellam; 10 grandchildren, Ian (Jocelyn) Hulbert, Erin Hulbert, Michael Lee and Michelle (Adam) Hunt,  Robert Hulbert, Roxanne Hulbert, Alec Hulbert, Hope Hulbert, Amanda Hulbert and Rachel Hulbert; two great-grandchildren, Miles Hulbert and Brendon Massa; and a good friend, Larry Smith.

Her husband, Llewellyn “Bud” Hulbert, predeceased her.

A graveside service takes place Saturday, May 5 at the Oak Hill Cemetery.  As to her wishes, there are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York City, NY 10018 or via the Internet at

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 12, 2007

Dairy farmer

Maria Langenstein, 97, of Norton Hill, died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Wednesday, April 4.

She was born in Germany February 10, 1910.

A lifelong dairy farmer, she purchased Hill Top Farm in 1945.  A lover of animals, she also enjoyed planting and taking care of her flower gardens.

Surviving are her husband, Cherubin “Joe” Langenstein; her nieces and nephews, Irmgard Quinn (Vincent) of Seaford, Elizabeth McCarthy (John) of Vashon, WA, Frank Kohlroser (Alica) of Astoria, Susan DeThomas (Alfred) of Cairo, Rudolph Kohlroser (Mary) of West Islip, Linda Peltier (Richard) of Setauket, and Lillian York (Gary) of Lynbrook; 13 great nieces and nephews; 22 great-great nieces and nephews; and her dear friends Ralph and Rosemary Sivillo, Kelly Albers, Janice Sivillo and Dorothy Austin.

Her first husband, Peter Mosksimov in 1959, an infant sister, Irmgard, and brothers Joseph Mayr and Franz and Rudolf Kohlroser, predeceased her.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudason 12534 or to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 12, 2007


Ronald J. Lee, 59, of Medusa, died suddenly on Thursday, April5 while fishing in the Town of Conesville.

He was born in Conesville on June 4, 1947, the son of the late Frank and Dorothy (Cleveland) Lee.

Ron was a retired employee of 35 years of the Albany County Highway Department.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and attending car shows.

Surviving are a son, Frank Lee (Mui Ho); a daughter, Sara Harper; three brothers, David Lee Sr., Charles Lee Sr., and Harold Lee Sr.; two grandchildren, Chloe Lee and Kiley Harper; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Lee Sr., and a sister, Ella Strother.

Funeral services are Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery with internment in the Manorkill Cemetery.

April 12, 2007

Secretary, Homemaker

Carol Siebert, 83, of Durham, died at the Kaaterskill Care Center in Catskill on Thursday, March 29.

She was born in Brooklyn on March 27, 1924, the daughter of the later Harry and Carol (Billhardt) Bachman.

She had been a secretary in Brooklyn until she retired and became a homemaker.

Surviving are her dear friend and caregiver Marcella Wood and her many friends.

Her husband, Paul W. Siebert, predeceased her.

As to her wishes, there are no public services and she will be interred with her husband at the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 12, 2007

Business owner

James Van Voorhis, 62, of Altamont, formerly of Preston Hollow, died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Tuesday, April 3.

He was born in Catskill September 29, 1944, the son of Evelyn (Sanford) Van Voorhis of Preston Hollow and the late Robert Van Voorhis.

Jim was the owner of Van Voorhis Trucking and Excavating in Altamont.  He was a member of the Operating and Engineers Local #106 for more than 4o years, and the Voorheesville Rod and Gun Club and the Preston Hollow Baptist Church.

He was an avid hunter who enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, NASCAR races and Harley Davidson motorcycles.  He was family oriented and enjoyed traveling.

Besides his mother, surviving are sons Jeffrey Van Voorhis (Susan) of New Freedom, PA, James Van Voorhis Jr. (Sherry) of Preston Hollow and Matthew Van Voorhis (Don Smith) of Westerlo; a brother Carl Van Voorhis (Carla) of Tannersville, PA; sister Sharon Chichester (Bruce) of Harriman; three grandchildren, Timothy, Amy and Kaci Van Voorhis; a niece, Danielle Van Voorhis; nephews Jason Van Voorhis and Michael, Brian and Shawn Chichester; and his partner and companion for 20 years, Betty Walk and his extended family, Timothy Lamitie (Amy), David Lamitie (Teri), Chuck Lamitie (Lisa), Nancy Lamitie and grandchildren Max, Langston, Alison and Dashiel.

Internment was in the Brookside Cemetery.

Those who wish may donate in his memory to the Preston Hollow Baptist Church or the Altamont Rescue Squad.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 12, 2007

Active in church

Margaret “Peg” Venable, 89, of Greenville, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, April 3 at the Maria Regina Residence in Brentwood.

She was the wife for 67 years and forever “Peg of My Heart” of Ed, who predeceased her in 2005.  Peg was born September 22, 1917 in Brooklyn, the second of six children of Mary McDermot and Joseph Kelly.  She attended Mercy High School and worked as a secretary until her retirement.

Peg and Ed raised their family and were loyal and active parishioners of St. Raymond Church in East Rockaway and then, after their retirement to the mountains, St. John the Baptist Church in Greenville, where they worked tirelessly and responded to every call for assistance in bringing Christ’s love to all.  She also was a member of the Rosary Society and Altar Society.

Despite being physically limited by Parkinson’s Disease in her last year’s, Peg’s beauty came from her heart and shone through her eyes and gentle smile.  She anticipated people’s needs, knew their wants and gave generously to everyone who asked and to every charity that begged.

Peg is survived by her sister, Dorothy Meuchner of Brooklyn; her daughter, Kathleen Venable of Center Moriches; sons Dick and wife Judy of East Windsor, CT, Gary and wife Maryellen of Portsmouth, RI, and Tom and wife Peg of Walden; seven granddaughters, Maria Loayza, Carolyn Albers, Michele Venable, Kathleen Venable, Colleen A. Venable, Colleen L. Venable and Kimberly Venable; and two great-grandchildren.

Her infant daughter Regina, sisters; Marian, Eileen and Therese, and brother James, predeceased her.

Interment was in St. Charles Cemetery

Those who wish may contribute in Peg’s memory to the Maria Regina Residence, 1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood 11717.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 19, 2007

Mayflower owner

Manuel J. Cominos, 86, of Catskill, died Monday, April 16 at Kaaterskill Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Catskill.

He was born in Smyrna, Turkey, on June 9, 1920, the son of the late Jonathan and Angela Cominos.

Known to one and all as Manny, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a World War II veteran.

He later owned and operated the Mayflower Sweet Shop in Catskill for more than 57 years prior to his retirement in 1990.

Manny was a former member of the Catskill Masonic Lodge No. 463.

He enjoyed reading, theater, film and spinning yarns.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia A. (Bone) Cominos of Catskill; brother George Cominos of Greece; cousins Alke Pittas of Leeds and George Pittas of Catskill; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his aunt and uncle who raised him, Charles and Stella Pittas.

Funeral services are today, April 19, at 11 a.m. from Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. The Rev. Richard Jacobs officiates.

Interment with full military honors follows in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Donations in Manny’s memory may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Greene 12414.

April 19, 2007

Navy veteran

Thomas G. Lynch, 86, LaGrange, GA, formerly of Cornwallville, died Tuesday, April 10 at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, GA.

He was born in Jersey City, NJ, on March 7, 1921, the son of the late George T. and Mary E. (Osterman) Lynch.

After graduating high school in New Jersey, Tom served his country in the Navy during World War II and in Korea as a fire controlman first class, and took part in the 1946  Bikini Bomb Experiment.

Tom was also proud that in 1951 he had an audience with the pope in Rome.

Tom and his wife Mary raised their family in the Riverdale, NJ area.  He was a master electrician for 40 years.  In 1983 they moved Cornwallville.  He became a locksmith after moving to his retirement home.

Tom belonged to several senior citizen organizations, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Greenville Irish American Club, Tri-Town Memorial VFW Post # 1416 and Our Lady of Knock Council Knights of Columbus.

Following the loss of his wife in 2003, he moved to LaGrange, GA, to be near family.

Surviving are two daughters, Maureen Struble and husband Jack of LaGrange, GA, and Eileen Lynch of San Diego, CA; four brothers, James Lynch of Bayville, NJ, Timothy Lynch of Anaheim, CA, William Lynch of Thorton, CO, and Peter Lynch of Fort Reading, NJ; and two grandchildren, Michelle Van Lenten of San Diego, CA, and Kelly Amsen of Debary, FL.

He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Mary E. (English) Lynch, son Brian Lynch, twin brother John Lynch and brother, George Lynch.

Internment was in the Cornwallville Cemtery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 26, 2007

Truck Driver

Charles George Bushnell Jr., 76, of South Cairo, died Sunday, April 22 at his home after a long illness.

He was born in Stamford August 20, 1930, the son of the late Olive (Little) and Charles G. Bushnell Sr.

Charles had been an area resident for more than 40 years.  He served in the Marines and the Navy.

He was a truck driver all of his life and was employed by the Tuscan Trucking Company.  He also was seen many times at Father and Sons.  At one time he was employed by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a member of the Cairo-Durham Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Shirley M. (Doney) Bushnell; a daughter, Susan Bushnell; three stepdaughters, Linda Magana of South Durham, Cynthia Abrahamsen of Gayhead and Tammy Frascello of Florida; a stepson, James Toranto of Athens; an aunt, Martha Bushnell of Fleischmans; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Robert Bushnell.

Graveside services with full military honors are today, April 26, at 11 a.m. in the Catskill Town Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

April 26, 2007

Grapeville student

Caitlin Justice Henry, 15, of Westerlo, died Monday, April 16 after a tragic accident with canoeing.

She was born September 9, 1991 in Concord, NH, the daughter of Jay M. and Jeanette J. (Esperon) Henry of Westerlo.

Caitlin was a sophomore at Grapeville Christian School and was a member of the Sodality of St. Joseph’s Convent.

She loved to play the piano, volleyball and writing poetry, and was devoted to the Blessed Virgin.

Besides her parents, surviving are four brothers, Patrick, Brendan, Bobby and John; four sisters, Maria, Brigid, Theresa and Isabella; her maternal grandmother, Helen Potthoff, and step-grandfather Thomas Potthoff of Florida; her maternal grandfather, John Esperon of Florida; and her paternal grandmother, Kay L. Henry of New Hampshire.

Burial was in the family plot of the St. Joseph’s Novitiate Cemetery, Round Top.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Caitlin’s memory may be made to the Society of St. John Bosco School Fund, P.O. Box 213, Round Top 12473.

Contributions to the Caitlin Henry Family Fund many be made to any branch of The Bank of Greene County.

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