Obituaries from the 
Greenville Press

March 2005

Transcribed by Al Story
Obituaries provided by April Saccoccio


March 3, 2005 

Albert J. Sasso 

Albert J. Sasso, 79, formerly of South Cairo, died Thursday, February 10 at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, of complications of open Heart surgery.

He was born in Catskill June 8, 1925, the son of Alexander and Ethel Sasso.

Sasso was a South Cairo resident until 2003, when he moved to St. Petersburg, FL. He worked for the New York Telephone Company until he retired in 1984.

He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Catskill Elks Lodge No. 1341 for 28 years. He also was a volunteer firefighter in Hunter for 19 years.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret; a son, Joseph A. Sasso and wife Sandra of Cullman, AL; a daughter, Jeannie M. Schrowang and husband Hugh J. of Durham, NC; four grandchildren, Allen J. Sasso and Jeanne I. Hudson of Alabama, Deidre M. Schrowang of New York City and Hugh Schrowang of Connecticut; and five great-grandchildren, Avery Hudson, James Hudson, Brandon Schrowang, Nellie Grace Sasso and Jillian.

Two brothers, Francis J. and Anthony P. Sasso, predeceased him.

Sasso was cremated. A memorial service will take place at a later date in Catskill.

Arrangements were with Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, St. Petersburg, FL.


March 3, 2005

Edwin Van Denburgh Sr.

Edwin Kenneth Van Denburgh Sr., 87, of Catskill, died Wednesday, February 9 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Climax October 2, 1917, he was the son of the late Manley and Clara (Tryon) Van Denburgh.

Van Denburgh was an employee of the state Thruway Authority prior to his retirement.

He was a member of the Catskill Senior Fellowship and the Rip Van Winkle Senior Citizens.

Survivors include two sisters, Agnes Lampman of Coxsackie and Marie Trombley of West Palm Beach, FL; a grandson, Edwin K. Van Denburgh III of Virginia Beach, VA; and a great-grandaughter, Madison Van Denburgh of Ravena; a dear friend, Sue B. Legg of West Coxsackie; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two wives, Virginia (Misuraca) Van Denburgh and Wilhelmina (Parks) Van Denburgh; a son, Edwin K. Van Denburgh Jr.; and three brothers, Robert, John and Walter Van Denburgh.

Burial was in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.


March 3, 2005

Gertrude Timmerman

Gertrude “Trudy” Timmerman, 77, of Round Top, died Tuesday, February 22 in Lantana, FL while vacationing.

She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Donald “Timmy” Timmerman; her daughter, Carla (Peter) Van Voorhis; two sisters, Enid Gustavson and Thea Worthingstun, both of Florida and their families and two grandchildren, Danielle and Jason.

 Arrangements were with the Dorsey-E Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL.


March 3, 2005

Zita Mulqueen

Zita Helane “Kitty” Mulqueen, 70, of Greenville, died at her home on Tuesday, March 1.

She was October 29, 1934 in Hempstead, L.I., the daughter of the late William J. and Mary Catherine (Flori) Byrne.

Mulqueen was a nurse at Bellevue Hospital before retiring.

She was an active member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291 Auxiliary, the ancient Order of Hibernians and the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre. She also was the equestrian aide to the grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, John J. Mulqueen; step-daughters, Joyce Imbrogno and husband Louis of Marco Island, FL, Margaret Samoyedny and husband William of Yonkers and Eileen Burns and husband Jim of Guilderland; son-in-law Thomas Melella of Chantilly, VA; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, Deborah and Jennifer Scambati; and nephew James Scambati.

Funeral services are Friday, March 4 at 9:30 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville. Burial is in Mount Carmel Calvary Cemetery, White Plains.

Calling is today, March 3, form 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


March 10, 2005 

Ethyl (Bone) Hoose 

Ethel Marie Hoose loved life and had a strong belief in God and the hereafter. She was kind, humble and non-judgmental, and had a great sense of humor.

Hoose, 64, who lived in Cairo and Athens for many years and, most recently was a winter resident of Orange City, FL, died Saturday, March 5 of cancer.

She was born in Ellenville December 10, 1940, the daughter of the late Russell and Rachel (Newman) Bone.

Hoose was raised in Cairo and was well know throughout the area.

“Her smile, good humor, strong spirit and unconditional love won over many hearts,” said youngest sister Patricia Cominos. “She was always a social butterfly. She loved being around large groups of people and entertaining them, and being entertained.”

Though Hoose never graduated from Cairo Central School, she was always welcomed to the alumni dinners. She made it many years, except last year, when something else came up, her sister said.

Hoose loved traveling, bingo, the New York Yankees and the television game show “Jeopardy.” She also was an Elvis Presley fan who at one time owned every one of his albums. Her biggest thrill was a trip to the King’s Memphis estate, Graceland.

Cominos said she had considered sending her sister a life-sized cutout of Elvis for her birthday last year, but instead opted for a poster, since space was limited at her sister’s Florida home. That poster was on the wall in the nursing home where Hoose spent her last days.

Hoose was a hard worker and was employed by American Thermostat in South Cairo for many years, while raising her five children. In later years, she worked for Community Action of Greene County, and after moving to Florida, she volunteered as a hospice worker at Deland Hospital.

While living in Athens, she became active in the Federated Church of Athens and was a member of the choir.

“She was spiritual. She believed in God very strongly,” Cominos said. “If you got right with God your life would be good, and if you didn’t get right with God your life would never be good.”

She said Hoose also was empathetic about other people’s problems and very giving. On Thanksgiving, she said, Hoose would welcome strangers to her table for a meal.

Cominos said older sister, nicknamed “Sissy,” was a pleasure to grow up with. “She’d always get herself into trouble somehow. Some days were like watching a Lucy show, only she wasn’t Ethel, she was Lucy.”

Young Patty and others would play with a neighbor’s geese and ducks on Jerome Avenue in Cairo and then pass on by. When Ethel would tag along, the geese got up their dander and would bite and chase her. “She’d run home screaming,” her sister said.

Cominos, six years younger, taught her sister a thing or two, including how to correctly tie her shoes. “She was doing it the shortcut way and they’d fall open all the time,” said Cominos. “She used to laugh when I reminded her of it.”

Hoose also taught her sister important life lessons. “…She was a teacher in her own way. Over the years she helped teach me to love people unconditionally, how to forgive and how to be your own person without sitting in judgment of others.”

Survivors include her children, John and Charles Hoose, Margaret Barker and Loretta McDonald, all of Florida, and Donna Fox of Utah; two sisters, Theresa “Tena” Morrison of Homosassa, FL, and Patricia Cominos of Catskill; two brothers, Gerald Bone of Knoxville, TN, and John Bone of Tucson, AZ; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; the Robinson family of Athens, with whom she made her home for many years; and a dear friend, John Hallenbeck of Athens.

A granddaughter, Sara Rachel Hoose, predeceased her.

A memorial service takes place today, March 10, at 6 p.m. at the Federated Church of Athens, 18 North Franklin Street. A service is planned in Florida on Saturday, March 12.

A Private service takes place in the spring in the Cairo Cemetery, where she will be buried near her mother and infant granddaughter .


March 10, 2005

John Flanagan

John Francis Flanagan, 57, of East Durham, died Friday, March 4 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx.

Born May 23, 1947 in Darkley, Keady, Country Armagh, North Ireland, he was the son of Margaret and late Francis Flanagan.

Flanagan served in the Army from 1968 to 1970 and was a member of the American Legion.

He was deeply involved in many social and charitable organizations, including serving as past president of the county Armagh Association and as a founding member of the Emerald Guild Society. He belonged to the New York Building Managers and Metropolitan Building Managers. He also was involved with the Three Hands Club and volunteered for the East Durham Fire Company.

Besides his mother, survivors include his wife, Peggy (Kiernan) Flanagan; his children, John J., Diane and Fintan Hogan; his sister Tessie Reilly; his sister-in-law, Nellie Flanagan; a brother-in-law, Jimmy Reilly; and many aunts, nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Calvary Fund, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx 10461.

Arrangements were with David J. Hodder and Son Funeral Home, Yonkers.


March 10, 2005 

Glenroy Sweet 

Glenroy W. Sweet, 87, of South Westerlo, died Tuesday, March 1 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center in Delmar.

Born in Greenville February 7, 1918, he was the son of the late Warren and Sarah (Scutt) Sweet.

Sweet graduated from Coxsackie-Athens High School. He was a welder at Walter Motor Truck in Voorheesville and also had worked as a mechanic at Hyatt Field’s Garage in Oak Hill and at Aerobilt in Athens. Upon his retirement from Walter’s, he worked for a time at Willig and Brown in Greenville.

He was actively involved in the Westerlo Historical Society, was a life member of the Oak Hill-Durham Volunteer Fire Co. and the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Co., a member of the Helderberg Hilltoppers Camping Club and a 55-year member of the Catskill Valley Grange. He was awarded the Golden Sheaf. He was a member of the South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah (Treyer) Sweet; a son, Kenneth Sweet of Catskill; and three grandchildren, Army Captain Douglas Sweet and wife Vicki and Kyle and Stephanie Sweet.

His sister, Marguerite Bush, predeceased him.

Spring interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westerlo Rescue Squad or to the Community Hospice of St. Peter’s, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


March 10, 2005

Margaret Irving

Margaret A. Irving, 89, of Climax, died Friday, March 4th at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

She was born January 25, 1916 in Athens, the daughter of the late Ralph W. and Mildred (Van Hoesen) Spoor.

Irving loved her garden and flowers, animals and especially her cocker spaniels. She enjoyed baking, cooking and caring for her family.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Athens and the Lutheran Church Women.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred Irving, whom she married April 12, 1940 at Zion Lutheran Church; her sons, Leon and wife Ruth Irving of Wilton and Mark and wife Eleanora Irving of Provincetown, MA; a sister, Irene Chatterton of Virginia; a brother, Irving Bardett Spoor of Florida; two grandchildren, Eric H. Irving of Wilton and Kira lin Irving of Provincetown; and several nieces and nephews.

Her brothers, Leon and John Kenneth Spoor, and sister, Nedra Herrle, predeceased her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Window Restoration Fund, 102 North Washington Street, Athens.

Arrangements were with Sopris Funeral Home, West Coxsackie.


March 10, 2005

Shirley Aggers

Shirley A. (Sahs) Aggers, 75, of Hannacroix, died Tuesday, March 1 at St. Peter’s Hospice, Albany.

She was born in Rochester June 24, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Norman and Viola (Huey) Sahs.

Formerly of Long Island, Aggers had been a resident of Hannacroix for the last 30 years.

She retired from the family business, Autocon Corp. of Hannacroix, where she and her husband Richard A. Aggers worked side by side prior to his death.

Aggers was very dedicated to and an active member of her church, the Medway Congregational Christian Church, serving as a Sunday school superintendent and teacher, and as a deacon. She was dedicated to Daily Devotions.

She was a volunteer at the Ephesian Shop in Ravena and was a member of the Medway Fire Auxiliary. She also served on the New Baltimore Planning Board.

She was an avid reader.

Survivors include her children, Daniel Aggers of Hannacroix and Carol Aggers Mangold and husband Michael of Port St. Lucie, FL.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium in Menands.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.

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


March 10, 2005

Everett Pearson

Everett A. Pearson, 82, of Berne, died at St. Peter’s Hospital on Thursday, March 3.

He was born in Preston Hollow August 12, 1922, the son of the late Maynard and Rosella (Lounsbury) Pearson.

Person was a self-employed painter and paperhanger and was well know in the Albany and Greene County area for his workmanship and his quick wit.

He was a life member of the Westerlo Volunteer Fire Co. and a member and former  trustee for 20 years of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie (Janis) Pearson; two daughters, Shirley Bryan and husband William of Rensselaerville and Arlene Lutz and husband William of Edgewater FL; a sister, Ellen Smith of Greenville; a brother, Philip Pearson and wife Lee of Rensselaerville and Loudonville; his grandchildren, William Bryan and wife Ruey, Dawn Hughes and husband Ron, Darcy Honsinger and husband Brian, Lowell Lutz and fiancé Michelle, and Richard, Karl and William Lutz; his great-grandchildren, Carley and Cody Bryan, Heather and Amy Blakeslee, Travis and Corey Hughes, Devon Lutz, Justice Honsinger, Jordan and Landon Lutz and Madison Lafferty; nieces Laurie Nickford and husband Marc and Beth Pearson; her nephews, Philip Pearson Jr. and wife Daphne, Christopher Pearson and wife Nadia and Timothy Stadler and wife Amy; great-nieces and nephews Alison and Sara Nickford, Alex and Hanna Bennett, and Jessica, Taylor and Kameron Pearson.

Spring interment will be in the Medusa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 599, Greenville 12083.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


March 10, 2005

Edward Loughman

Edward E. Loughman, 89, of Cairo died Friday, March 4 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.

Born in the Bronx July 17, 1915, he was the son of the late John H. and Margaret (McDonald) Loughman.

Loughman had been a resident of Cairo since 1974. Prior to his retirement, he was a New York City firefighter with Engine No. 88. While living in Cairo he operated Loughman’s Building Supply Co. on Route 145.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Loretta Loughman; six sons, Edward of Virginia, John of East Durham, Thomas of Connecticut, James of New Jersey, William of Georgia and Daniel of Acra; two daughters, Ann Loughman of Albany and Lore Brady of Virgina; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


March 24, 2005

Louise Lynch

Louise C. “Dolly” Lynch, 74, of South Cairo, died Thursday, March 17 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Manhattan July 24, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Lillian (Consalvo) Lynch.

Lynch was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo.

Survivors include her children, Joseph Marin, Vincent Lynch, Lillian Marin, Edward Marin, Tina Marin and Richard Marin; two brothers, David and Charles Lynch; 27 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Two sons, Victor and Ralph Lynch, and a brother, Edward “Sonny” Lynch predeceased her.

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

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.


March 24, 2005

Ralph Manucso Jr.

Ralph Mancuso Jr., 86, died Monday, March 14 at St. Peter’s Hospice.

He was a successful businessman with many hobbies and interests. He served in the U.S. Cavalry and was a member of the Catskill Lions Club and the Optimists’ Club of Georgia. He also served on the board of directors of the Catskill Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Ada; four children and their spouses, Judy and Paul Carpenter, Sandra and Michael Grosso, Ralph Mancuso III and Margaret “Peggy” and Hugh Quigley; 12 grandchildren, Paul and Matthew Carpenter, Nicole Carpenter Miller, Celeste Grosso, Nathan, Michael and Vincent Grosso, Judy Grosso Sickles, Wakon, Max and Mackenzie Mancuso, and Meghan and Daniel Quigley; nine great-grandchildren; and dear friends John Ferrele, Terry Kutrufis and Tim Reitz, all of St. Simons Island, GA.

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

A private memorial service will take place in Georgia at a later date.

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

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


March 24, 2005

Dorothy Brodner

Dorothy R. Brodner, 80, of Webster, formerly of Westerlo, died Wednesday, March 16.

Survivors include her sons, Bob (Marie) and Bradley (Demaris); a daughter, Candy (David) Beardsley; grandchildren Michael, Kimberly (Manuel), Rob (Theresa), Aaron, (Amy), Kirsten (John), Troy and Michelle; great-grandchildren Steven, Alexis, Kyle, Shane, Alec, Shawn and Ryan; nephews Ronald and Roland Tozer; and niece Gere Maugere.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl.

Interment was in White Haven Memorial Park, Perinton.

Memorials may be directed to a charity of choice.

Arrangements were with Willard H. Scott Funeral Home, Webster.


March 24, 2005

Galen Berg

Galen Berg, 53, of South Cairo, died Tuesday, March 15 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

Born in Catskill September 26, 1951, he was the son of the late William and Marietta (Rita) Berg.

Berg served in the Army from 1969 to 1973, including two tours in Vietnam. He received the Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device, Vietnam Service Medal W/4 Bronze Service Stars and two Overseas Bars.

He was employed by the Cairo Highway Department prior to his illness.

Survivors include his brothers, Raymond and Diane Berg and children, and Alan Berg, all of South Cairo, and William Berg of Cairo; a sister, Elaine Donnelly of Leesburg, FL; a son and daughter, LG and Elke Berg of Catskill; a grandson; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A brother, Robert Jordan, died before him.

Cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium, Menands.

Interment will take place at a later date in the Catskill Rural Cemetery.


March 24, 2005

Francis Mumby

Francis “Alvah” Mumby, 84, died Thursday, March 17.

He was born in England September 12, 1920, and came to the United States in 1956.

Mumby worked for Grumman Allied in Athens for many years.

In his younger years he enjoyed bowling and gardening. In recent years he enjoyed feeding birds and watching squirrels.

He made countless trips to his native England.

Survivors include his daughters, June Coratti of Catskill and Susan Munoz and husband Ike of Cairo; a son, John Mumby of Catskill; his grandchildren, Jackie Corratti and husband Ashley, and Tony Corratti, all of South Glens Falls, Tina Mulholland and husband John of New Rochelle, Valerie Ciccone and Husband Tony of West Chazy and Gary Mumby of Catskill; and great-grandchildren Matthew Cooper, Jessica Mulholland, Amanda Mumby and Kayla Ostrander.

His wife, Hilda Mumby, a son, Alec Mumby, and a daughter-in-law, Debra Mumby, predeceased him.

Private cremation will take place at the Albany Rural Crematorium, Menands. Interment of his cremains will take place at a later date in the Athens Rural Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Athens.


March 24, 2005

Robert Peck

Robert G. Peck, 88, of Freehold, died Tuesday, March 22 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in Coeymans Hollow on April 2, 1916, the son of the Late Sydney and Clara (Elmendorf) Peck.

Peck served in the Army during World War II. He was a bus mechanic for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District until retiring in 1983.

He was a member of the Greenville Club, the Cairo Club and Greenville American Legion Post #291, and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Regina (Linz) Peck; a son Joseph Powazi and wife Evelyn of Freehold; tow sisters, Marjorie Carpenter of Greenville and Emma Hunt and husband Raymond of Selkirk; a sister-in-law, Marion Peck of Glenmont; and two grandchildren, Kristen Powazi and fiancé Thomas Uhill and Joseph Powazi of Cornwallville; and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Lincoln and Donald Peck, and two sisters, Josephine Slingerland and Jeanette Cary, predeceased him

Funeral services are today, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. A Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist church.

As to his wishes, he will be cremated and burial will be in the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church.


March 24, 2005

Holly Mayfield

Holly Lynn R. Mayfield, 43, of Greenville died Friday, March 18 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, from injuries suffered while clearing land with her family.

Born in Flemington, NJ, January 8, 1962, she was the daughter of Bertram and Iris (Lumbiase) Randolph.

Mayfield and her family moved to Greenville in 2000 from Germantown.

She was a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, receiving a bachelor’s degree in math education.

Mayfield was a member o the Leah Home Schooling Organization, a co-director of the Creation Crafters 4H Club and a former Sunday school teacher.

Besides her parents, survivors include her husband Murray, pastor of the Greenville Center, Baptist Church; five children, Julie Ann, Joshua, Kyle, Heather and Daniel Mayfield; a brother, Drew Randolph and wife Melanie of Baldwinsville; and a sister, Lisa Daniels and husband the Rev. William Daniels of South Africa.

Memorial contributions my be made to the Greenville Center Baptist Church Missions Program, c/o Marie Shaw, 1920 County Route 41, Greenville 12083.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


March 24, 2005

Sarina Marchese

Sarina Marchese, 66, of Cairo, died Monday, March 21 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Brooklyn May 3, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Louise (Villarele) Lanzerotti.

Marchese had been a resident of Cairo for the past 2 1/2 years and was a member of the Cairo United Methodist Church.

She loved ceramics and collecting Precious Moments figurines.

During her early years of employment, she owned and operated Marchese Bakery in Staten Island. While living in Cairo she was employed as and aide for the Cairo Elementary School.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Albert Marchese; a son, Michael Marchese of Staten Island; a daughter, Christina Alfredo of Cairo; two sisters, Rosemary Lictro of Brooklyn and Stephanic LaVarco of New Jersey; and four grandchildren, Joseph, Tommy James, Michael and Nicole.

Calling hours are today, March 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Richards Funeral Home, Bross Street, Cairo.

Funeral services are Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. from the funeral home, with the Rev. Retta Lykens, pastor of the Cairo United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment follows in the Round Top Cemetery.


March 31, 2005

Rose Deming

Rose Hilder Deming, 52, who lived in Coxsackie Village since September 2004, formerly a longtime resident of Albany, died Sunday, March 20 at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Born in Hampton June 10, 1952, she was the daughter of Mary (Gilmore) Hilder of Albany and the late George Hilder.

Deming was a homemaker and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Wig and Post #8444 Auxiliary.

Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Robert Deming; her children, Paul Hilder, Mary Vazquez and Husband Juan and Vianna Hilder; stepchildren Laura Deming and Robert and wife Tammy Deming, all of Albany; her siblings, Mary Loftus, Katherine Rodriquez and husband William and Edward Hilder, all of Albany, and Linda Boodrow and husband Robert of Cohoes; sisters-in-law Helena Deming, Ida O’Dell and Marcia Ranalli; stepsister Mildred Deming; 15 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Sopris Funeral Home, Coxsackie.


March 31, 2005

Allard Sherman

Allard R. Sherman, 64, died Thursday, March 24 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Red Hook October 27, 1940.

Sherman served in the Navy in the Pacific Fleet aboard the U.S.S. Topeka.

Sherman lived in Windham and Ghent for many years. He was a general contractor. He and his family also ran a dairy farm in Cobleskill.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Ostrander) Sherman; two sons, Larry Sherman of Middleburgh and Scott Sherman of Cairo; a daughter, Heather Sherman of Cairo; his mother, Hazel McKay of Germantown; a sister, Karen Pratt of Germantown two nephews, Donald Eaton of Germantown and Justing Eaton of Philmont; a niece, Faith Pratt of Germantown; a nephew, Joel Sutch of Prattsville; and eight grandchildren.

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

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


March 31, 2005

Margaret Donovan

Margaret Mary Donovan, 90, died Tuesday, March 22 at her home in Coxsackie.

Born in New York City January 20, 1915, she was the daughter of the late James A. and Elizabeth Hoctor Hussey.

Prior to her retirement, she was a secretary to the head of the Physicians Department at Fordham University.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Marge Donovan of Virginia and Margaret Hussey of Coxsackie; and many nieces and nephews.

Her Husband, Joseph Donovan, and siblings Edwin, Frank and James Hussey and Elizabeth Hussey Cleary predeceased her.

Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Mansion Street, Coxsackie.

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


March 31, 2005

Seana Hazelton

Seana Marie Hazelton, 16 of Ravena, died Wednesday, March 23 after a short illness.

She was born in Albany and lived in Ravena all her life. She was a junior at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, played on the volleyball and softball teams, and participated in many school activities. She had many friends and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Hazelton-Lisa; her father, John Sickles; her stepfather, Jody Lisa; siblings Joseph and Zachary Lisa; grandmother Irene Hazelton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her grandparents Kendall Hazelton, Sonny and Rose Sickles and Virginia Pearson predeceased her.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Sports Association, c/o Ron Racey, 2053 Route 9W, Ravena 12143, or the Ronald McDonald House of Albany, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany 12208.

Arrangements were with Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.


March 31, 2005

Dorothy Ottaviano

Dorothy Ann Ottaviano, 71, of Hannacroix, died Saturday, March 26 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in the Town of Coeymans, she was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Greenville High School and worked in the textile industry in Ravena for many years. Ottaviano was a homemaker and was well know for her cooking and baking skills.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry a Ottaviano; a son, Richard (Pat) Bruno of Ravena; a grandson, Richard Bruno and friend Mary Newhart; a granddaughter, Darlene (David) Mergendahl; a great-grandson, Jonathan Mergendahl; a sister, Winifred (Herbert) Hewins of Hannacroix; nieces and nephews Robert, Kenneth and Dennis Beck, Edward Smith, Michael Ottaviano, Evelyn Ketterer, Tony Ottaviano Jr., and Rose Marie and Dorothy Ann Ottaviano; grandnieces and grandnephews; and her brothers and sister-in-law, Anthony Ottaviano Sr., and Philip (Glenda) Ottaviano.

Her mother, Nellie Beck, brother Joseph Beck, and nephew Dale Beck predeceased her.

Burial was in St. Patricks Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany 12205-3890.

Arrangements were with Caswell Funeral Home, Ravena.


March 31, 2005

Anthony Tarrazi

Anthony Tarrazi, 92, of Haines Falls and Brooklyn, died Sunday, March 13 at Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn.

The eighth of nine children, he was born on May 26, 1912 to Victor and Lydia Tarrazi.

He was retired from the City of New York as Inspector of Highways.

He married the former Josephine Shamah on August 25, 1936.

Survivors include his children, Barbara Hamrah of Elka Park, Frederick Tarrazi and wife Celeste of Staten Island, George Tarrazi and wife Kathleen of Central City, PA, Brenda Lucente and husband Michael of Haines Falls and Staten Island and Gregory Tarrazi and Virginia DeSario of Haines Falls and Hazlet, NJ; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, including Richard and Barbara Hamrah-Brandon, and their daughters, Alana and Alexa, of South Westerlo, and Jason and Valerie Hamrah-Kappel and their children, Madison, Jude and Melody, of East Durham.

He was predeceased by his wife and a son-in-law, Karim S. (Buck) Hamrah.

Burial will be at Tannersville Evergreen Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tannersville Rescue Squad, or the Haines Falls Volunteer Fire Company.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Casey Funeral Home, Staten Island.


March 31, 2005

Joan Woods

Joan Woods, 84, formerly of Greenville, died Saturday, March 26 at the home of her family in Garnerville.

She was born December 24, 1920 in New York City to John and Helen (Courtney) Doyle. She married John ”Jack” Woods at Annunciation Church in New York City on December 28, 1941.

Woods worked for many years as a receptionist at the Essex House and Plaza Hotel in New York City.

She was skilled with her hands, and her children and grandchildren have been the recipients of numerous projects that she knitted, sewed and crocheted with meticulous attention to details. She enjoyed cooking, playing the piano and singing, and was the family historian.

Upon retirement, she and her husband moved upstate to Greenville, where they lived for more than 25 years. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Knock Shrine.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Bodnar and husband James of Garnerville and Nora Naughton and Husband Michael of Delmar; a son, John Woods Jr. and wife Joyce of Pearl River; six grandchildren, Lisa Naughton and husband Kevin, John Bodnar and wife Valerie, Eileen Staker and husband Al, and Katie, Margaret and Elizabeth Naughton; and five great-grandchildren, Liam and Aileen Naughton, Delaney and Andrew Bodnar and Joey Naughton,.

She was predeceased by her husband, sisters Helen Prin and Betty Greeley, brother Patrick Doyle and grandson James Woods, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Arrangements were with T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home, Garnerville.


March 31, 2005

Nancy Gyssels

Nancy Lee Gyssels, 60, of Amherst, formerly of Coxsackie, died Friday, March 25 at the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Buffalo, after complications due to and auto accident.

She was born in Saugerties November 16, 1944, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Lucas) Forman of West Coxsackie.

At the time of her death, she was a teacher for 37 years at the Amherst School System. She had obtained her master’s degree.

Gyssels owned and operated a small gift shop in Amherst. When she resided in Coxsackie, she made her home on Route 9W and was a past member of the First Reformed Church of Coxsackie.

Besides her parents, she is survived b y her husband, Cornelius.

Private cremation took place in Buffalo.

A graveside service with her cremains is planned at a later date in the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.

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


March 31, 2005

John Scott

John Patrick Scott, 56, of Cairo, died suddenly on Easter Sunday, March 27, at his home.

He was born in Poughkeepsie February 19, 1948, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Scott.

Prior to his illness, he was the caretaker for the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Scott served in the Navy from 1958 to 1962.

Survivors include his two friends, Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Shook of Cairo.

Graveside serves take place today, March 31, in the veterans section of the Catskill Rural Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


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