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Greenville Press

May 2006

Transcribed by Melanie Fisher Citty
Obituaries provided by April Saccoccio

May 4, 2006 


Denise D. (Vanlderstine) Irizarry-Barkley, 50, of Greenville, died Thursday, April 27 at her home after a long, courageous battle with Cancer.

She was born in Albany January 26, 1956, the daughter of the late Richard and Bernice (Hotaling) Vanlderstine.

Irizarry-Barkley owned and operated Cleanique Cleaning Service from 1997 until she died.

Surviving are her husband of two years, John Barkley of Greenville; children Steen Irizarry and wife Jennifer of Hudson and Andrea Irizarry-Brown and husband Michael Brown of Albany; siblings Richard VanIderstine Jr. and wife Linda, Rise VanIderstine, Garry VanIderstine, Sharon VanIderstine, Roger VanIderstine, Willie VanIderstine and wife Renee and Kim Gewer; nieces and nephews Richard III and wife Lisa, Jeffrey and wife Tina, Linda, Alicia and Autumn VanIderstine and Rachel, Erica Huaser and Becky; and many cousins.  She was great-aunt of Richard IV, Samantha, Stephanie and Megan and the daughter-in-law of Jack and Pat Barkley.

Besides her parents, a brother, Darrin VanIderstine, predeceased her.

As to her wishes she was cremated at the Albany rural Cemetery and was to be interned in the Onesquethaw Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the Dormansville United Methodist Church, Dormansville, 12055.

Arrangements were with A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes Inc., Greenville.

May 4, 2006


Walter J. Boland, 80, of Preston Hollow, formerly of Rockaway Beach, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 28.

He was born October 1, 1925, the son of the late Patrick and Mary (McPolin) Boland.

Boland was a World War II Navy veteran. He retired as a sergeant from the New York Police Department after 30 years of service.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham. He also was an avid hunter and lover of nature.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Patricia; six children, Eileen (Donald) Waldman, Caryn (Charlie) Strining, Tina (Jeff) Neilson, Peter (Irene) Boland, Claire (David) Palmer and Terence (Dawn) Boland; and 12 grandchildren, Andrew Boland Wennerstrom, Lisa and Eric Waldman, Cristin and Ryan Strining, Paige Boland, Andrew and Eric Kaufer, Kiara, Patrick and Sean Neilsen, and Gavin Boland.

Funeral services are today, May 4 at 10:15 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine.

Interment is in the Potter Hollow Cemetery.

May 4, 2006


A memorial service for Junita Rose Britton, who died January 7, takes place Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Rensselaerville.  All are invited.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

May 4, 2006


Mildred F. Ferrera, 86, formerly of Cairo, died Monday, April 24 at Eden Park Health Care Center in Catskill after a long illness. 

She was born in State Island May 21, 1919, the daughter of the late Frederick and Sophie (Kohle) Osmer. 

Ferrera had been an area resident since the 1960’s. She was a bank teller for the State Bank of Albany in Cairo. 

She was a member of the Cairo Hose Company Auxiliary, Catskill Elks Lodge # 1341, the Cairo Democratic Party, the Greene County Cancer Women’s League, Purling Rod and Gun Club and the Golden Age Club.

A nephew, Frederick S. Somer of Hynesburg, VT, survives her.

Burial was in the Cairo Cemetery, next to her husband Joseph, who died in 1974.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

May 4, 2006


Marilyn Iona Ferro, 73, of Athens, died Thursday, April 27 at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Coxsackie July 12, 1932, the daughter of the late Clarence and Murial (Gritmon) Colwell.

Ferro was a graduate of Coxsackie High School and Albany Business College. She had been employed by Gifford and Wood in Hudson.  She and her husband Salvatore owned operated Ferro Scarp Iron and Metal Inc. of Catskill for more than 40 years with their sons Nick and Mike.

She loved flowers, nature and the great outdoors, and had enjoyed ceramics as a hobby.

She was active in the American Legion Drum Corps during the 1960’s.

She had been the wife of Salvatore Ferro for the past 58 years.

Surviving are her six children, Nice Ferro and wife Donna, Yvonne Logosso and husband Keith, and Michael Ferro and wife Diane, all of Catskill, Terry Yannone of Virginia, Diane Ferro of Athens and Anthony Ferro of Athens and fiancée Tina Benjamin of Catskill; a sister, Donna Ames and husband Earl of West Coxsackie, two brothers, Leroy Colwell and wife Marilyn of Athens and Clancy Colwell and wife Ann of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A sister, Barbara Shanks-Powers, predeceased her on July 29, 2005.

Interment was in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Memorial may be made to the American Lung Association.

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home Catskill.

May 4, 2006


Diane C. Herman, 64, of Largo, Fl, formerly of the Catskill area, died Wednesday, April 5 at the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Born in Catskill August 14, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Catherine (Jones) LaBuff.

Herman graduated from Catskill High School in 1959. She moved to Florida in 1988.

Herman was the dining room supervisor at Freedom Square nursing Home in Seminole, Fl.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, David Herman; a son, Scott Clearly of Cairo; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Catherine and Chad Counhian of Jacksonville, Fl, Christine and John Pilatich of Catskill and Annmarie Herman of Largo; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sudan LaBuff of Catskill; two sisters and brother-in-laws, Patricia and Frank Morelli of Largo and Linda and Frank Pocoroba of Cairo; six grandchildren, Joshua, Angela, Nikole, Peter, Tyler and Emily; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.

May 4, 2006


Alfred Hoffman, 77, of Hannacroix, died Sunday, April 30 at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany after a long illness.

Born in Chicago, IL, June 18, 1928, he was the son of the late Bessie Conklin Hoffman.

During his lifetime he was employed as a painter. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and all other sports.

Surviving are there Brothers John Salamak of Pennsylvania, Richard Salamak of Astoria and Peter Salamak of Hannacroix; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

His sister Frances Salamak, predeceased him in 2004.

Memorial services take place at later date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

May 4, 2006


A memorial service to celebrate the life of the Rev. Duncan Mackenzie, who died April 8, takes place Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill.

All are invited.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

May 18, 2006


Evelyn “Lyn” Breen, 81, of Midland TX, died Monday, May 8 in a local hospital.

She was born March 18, 1925 in Jordanville, NY, to Frank and Ana Katovitch, who were Polish immigrants who came through Ellis Island in the early 1900’s.

She attended Crain Corners Grade School and Jordanville Grade School, and graduated from Van Hornsville High School in New York.

During and after World War II (1943 to 1947) she attended South West Missouri State College in Missouri and graduated in 1947. She was a member of the PANOLA Sorority and was senior class president.  In 1946 she was crowned homecoming queen and rose of Sigma Tau fraternity.

She married Robert Cloud Booth in 1947 and moved to Rolla, Missouri, where he attended the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.

In 1949 she lived in Houston, TX, and in 1955 in Corpus Christi, TX. She and her family resided in Midland, TX, since 1957.

Breen served her community in many organizations, such as the Midland Odessa Symphony Guild, the Midland Opera Guild, the Green Thumb Garden Club, and as a member of the Republican Women’s Group. She also was a member of the Presbyterian Church and enjoyed weekly Bible study classes.

She married her darling, Dr. Paul B. Breen, in August 1978.  Shortly after marriage they moved to Houston, where she received her LVN degree in nursing and he completed his degree in chiropractics.  The then returned to Midland and she was her husband’s office manager and partner in his chiropractic practice.  They worked and played together for the next 22 years, enjoying a life dedicated to many fine patients and each other.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Paul Breen; sons Robert Cloud Booth Jr. of Kerrville, TX, and Dr. William Carroll Booth and wife Dr. Carol of San Marcos, TX: daughters Mary Anne Deaton and husband Fred of Ozona, TX, Patricia Lewis of Atlanta, GA, Addie Jeanne Woodard and husband Randy of San Marcos, TX, and Tamara Arnett and husband Paul of Kaaawa, HI; sister Harriett Gumport of Greenville and Elizabeth Hammond of Mohawk, NY.  Brother Walter Katovitch of Daytona Beach, FL; 14 grandchildren: two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX 79701.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland, TX.

May 18, 2006


Arelene Judith Hunter, 89, of Seattle, WA, died Tuesday, May 2.

She was born September 10, 1916 in Medusa. Her family called her Peggy Van Auken.

Hunter graduated from Greenville Central School in 9134 and from Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City.  She was one of the first stewardesses for American Airlines in the early 1940’s. She met her husband, Robert Hunter, on an American Airlines flight.  They were married in 1942. He died in April 1987.

The couple moved to San Francisco in 1950 and together operated a successful sales business in California, Portland, OR, and from 1960 until retirement in Settle, WA.

They enjoyed many friends, golf and traveling.

She was a championship golfer and a devoted fan of the Seattle Mariners.

Hunter is survived by eight nieces and nephews, Suzanne Van Auken Bird of Truckee, Ca, John and James Van Auken of Greenville, William, Paul and Gregory Caswell of Ravena, and Donald Van Auken and Charlene Van Auken Moore, both of Portland; tow stepsons, Greg and Teda Voss of Seattle and their children September and Greg, Rod and Sammie Voss of Florida and their daughter. Greg and Teda were very close to Judy, as she was known in Seattle and were with her when she passed away.

She was predeceased by her parents, Niles and Agnes Van Auken of Medusa; two brothers, Edward Van Auken of Greenville and Donald Van Auken of Portland, OR; and on April 8, by, by her sister, Muriel Pete Caswell of Ravena.

May 18, 2006


Mary Rose Nasso, 81, of Leeds, died Wednesday, May 10 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

She was born in Trenton, NJ, March 7, 1925, the daughter of the late Dominick and Catherine (Scarponi) DeAngelo.

Nasso was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Cairo and had been an area resident for the last 25 years.  She loved to cook and crochet.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Rocco E. Nasso of Leeds; a son, Richard E. Nasso of Cairo; a daughter, Jeanie Matiz of Staten Island; two brothers, Dominick and Richard DeAngelo,  both of New Jersey; three grandchildren, Richard Jr., Jennifer and Madeline; and two great-grandchildren, Rocco R. and Ella.

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

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

May 25, 2006


Howard “Jerry” Angle, 82, formerly of Newton, NJ, died Friday, May 12 at his home in Greenville.

He was the husband of Wilma (Stevens) Angle; the father of Linda Annucci(Anthony) and Barbara Yeck (Ronald); grandfather of Lisa Fensko, Deanna Marone and Michelle Ford: and Great-grandfather of Nicholas G. Fensko.

Thos who wish may contribute in his memory to Community Hospice of Columbia-Green, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

May 25, 2006


Leroy Duane Cleveland, 62, died on Sunday, May 21 at his home in Oak Hill with his family at his bedside.

He was born May 19, 1944 in his grandmother’s home in Conesville, the son of the late Grace (Crumb) and Leonard Cleveland.

Leroy worked with his father and brothers in the Cleveland Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Co. He served his country as a construction engineer in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 in the 83rd Engineers Battalion in Germany.

It was love at first sight when he met his wife Gail and then moved to New York City. He worked as superintendent of buildings and grounds as St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx from 1973 to 1979. He then returned to Greene County to build his own passive solar house in Oak Hill.

He worked as a maintenance supervisor for the Greenville School from 1981 until early retirement due to illness in 2004. He was the type of supervisor that could perform almost any task himself and this enabled him to properly guide and instruct hose who reported to him. Leroy could always be counted on to visit family and friends with a tool box in the truck to tackle even the hardest of jobs.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors, gardening and all sports. He also enjoyed traveling, loved to ski and took his golf game seriously.

Those who knew him remember the pride and pleasure he took accompanying his son Brook to freestyle ski competitions.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Gail (McGuire) Cleveland. His son, Brook Owen Cleveland; five siblings, Evalena Michaels of Castleton and Vero Beach, FL.  Leonard Cleveland of Santaquin, UT, Eugene Cleveland of Oak Hill, Richard Cleveland of Sun City, CA, and Dennis Cleveland of Preston Hollow and their families; many nieces, nephews and cousins, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kelly and Brian McKeon and their children Matthew, Caroline and Brain of Massapequa; his mother-in-law, Margaret Nelson of Booqueron, Puerto Rico; and sisters-in-law Maureen and Tara McGuire of South Amboy, NJ.

It was Leroy’s wish to be cremated with no calling hours. Instead, a celebration of his life takes place Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Greenville American Legion Post # 291 on Maple Avenue. A memorial service is led by the Chaplain, the Rev. Alan Babcock, and the Legion Color Guard. Prayers are led by the Rev. Thomas Carney of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

Following the service, friends, and family are invited to stay and refreshments are served.

Those who wish may contribute in the Leroy’s’ memory to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414, or to the American Legion Post # 291, Maple Avenue, Greenville 12083.

May 25, 2006


George Haley, 88, died Monday May 15 at Westchester County Hospital.

He was born in Yonkers July 30, 1917, the son of the late Andrew and Anna (Risko) Haley.

George was a sports fan and enjoyed hanging out with family and friends from Stewart’s occasionally he would hang out at the local
Freehold bar.

He also loved bowling and hooting pool. His favorite hobby was scratch-off tickets and hoping to win the Lottery some day.

He had been a Cairo area resident since 9159. He graduated from Saunders High School in Yonkers and went to work for Anaconda Cable. He was also employed by Yonkers Outdoor Advertising and as a maintenance man in the Town of Cairo prior to his retirement. He painted and constructed many signs in Cairo, and did roofing.

Surviving are his sons, George Haley and wife Mary of Tivoli and Alan Haley and wife Pam of Cairo; daughter Betty Ann Swanson and husband Walter of Malden; Brother Stephen Haley and wife Regina of Kingston; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth, on December 14, 1989, and his daughter Janice Bednar and her husband Joseph, who both died in 2004.

Interment was in Cairo Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made in Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

May 25, 2006


Franz “Frank” Jung, 84, of Cairo died Tuesday, May 16 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

He was born in Yugoslavia October 18, 1921, the son of the late Josef and Marianna (Lux) Jung.

Frank had been an area residence since 9157. He adored cats, loved to watch football and car racing and was a maintenance man and loved to work at the Green Lake Homestead in Catskill.

Surviving are four sons, Frank Jung of Catskill, Volker Jung of Albany, Alex Jung of North Carolina and Has Ronzka of Long Island; daughter Sigrid Dunn of Florida; brothers Jakob Jung of Coxsackie and Josef Jung of Michigan; sister Katherine Krauss of New Hampshire; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife.

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

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

May 25, 2006


Russell Karkheck, 84, an area businessman and veteran, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, May 16.

He was born in Rockaway Beach June 21, 1921, the son of the late Henry and Laura (Walsh) Karkheck.

Russell served in the Army during World War II with the 193rd Tank Battalion.

He was the owner of Russell’s’ Garage until his retirement in 1990.

Russell was a member of the Durham Valley American Legion Post # 1416 the Oak Hill-Durham volunteer Fire Co. and the Greene County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, a life member of the East Durham volunteer Fire Co. and a former member of the Greenville Rotary club. He also was a voting machine custodian for the Town of Durham.

Surviving are his longtime companion, Beverley Jennings of East Durham; his sons, Dr. Russell Karheck (Peri) of Nanuet, John Karkheck (Dorothy) of Jackson, MI, and James Karkheck (Wendy) of East Durham; daughter Marla Bednar (Thomas) of East Durham; and six grandchildren, Katie, Jesse John and Ian Karkheck, and Jordan and Justine Bednar.

Interment with military honors was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Russell’s memory to the Town of Duraham Ambulance.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

May 25, 2006


Chester V. Pawiak, 85, of Cairo, died Sunday, May 21 at the Samuel S. Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany after a long illness.

He was born in Bossville, PA, on January 7, 1921, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Telza Pawiak.

Chester served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. During his lifetime he was a hydraulic mechanic.

One of his hobbies included being ham radio operator.

Surviving are his wife, Irene Mucha Pawiak, and nephews Joseph and Jimmy and their families.

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

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

May 25, 2006


Zenna Rose died Saturday, May 20 at home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle against cancer.

She was the daughter of the late James and Mary (Sisinni) Beltrone and the sister of the late Peter Beltrone. She was the wife off 48 years to Robert V. Rose of Cairo.

Zenna was born in Brooklyn on March 21, 1937 and was a longtime Greene County resident.

She retired from the Greene County Planning Department. While Zenna enjoyed her career, her life revolved around her children and grandchildren.  She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Se was a member of the Happy Hookers Crochet Club of Cairo and was communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Cairo.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Robert and Debbie Rose, Mary Joe and Ronald Chunko, Christine and John Heffern, and Michael and Kate Rose; grandchildren Cayla and Emma Heffern, Abigail, Adam and Alli Rose, Cameron Chunko and Madison Rose; sister-in-law and brother –in-law Barbara (Rose) and Gerald Austin of Hudson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may cousins, nieces and nephews.

May 25, 2006


Carol Marie Ventura, 80 of Athens, died Sunday, May 14 after a short illness and with her family beside her.

She was born in Ellenville February 14, 1926, the daughter of Mary Schoonmaker Atkins and Bert Atkins.

Carol was a homemaker. Before marriage she worked at the Hercules Power Co, New York Telephone Co. and Central Hudson Gas and Electric, and was also a florist.

An avid singer and music lover, she was a member of church choirs in Kingston and Athens.  She was also and scapula singer and belonged to the Treble Choraliers for a time.  Most recently she was a member of the First Reformed Church of Athens choir.

She also was a member of the Catskill Elks Auxiliary.

Carol was an accomplished artist. She filled the walls of her family’s home with oil paintings that she created.

She and her husband Anthony enjoyed many years of camping and Lake Lucerne during their retirement.  Her husband do 52 years survives at home.

Besides her husband, surviving are her daughters and son-in-law, Deborah Ventrua and Robert Weisheit of Selkirk and Kathy Ventura of Coxsackie; a brother, Albert Akins of Hurley; two stepbrothers, Art and Bernard Heidcamp of Kingston; four grandchildren, Roseann Ruvolo of Alcove, Margarite Kennedy of Greenville and Lianne and Mathew Weisheit of Selkirk; and three great-grandchildren.

Her sister, Emily Osterhoudt, and Brother Roland, predeceased her.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church of Athens or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Athens.

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