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Greenville Press

September 2006

Transcribed by Melanie Citty-Fisher
Obituaries provided by April Saccoccio

September 7, 2006 


Frederick William Janz jr., 76, of Catskill, died Wednesday, August 30 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in Brooklyn August 19, 1930.

Frederick served in the Navy and Army during the Korean War.

He was employed by W.B. McGuire in Hudson prior to his retirement and was a member of the American Legion.

Surviving are his sons, Frederick Janz III of Connecticut and Bruce Janz of Hunter; three daughters Cathy Goodrich of Hunter, LouAnn Janz of Palenville and Patricia Pilaar of Cairo; two stepsons, Charles DiStasio of Atlanta, GA, and Mark Wormuth of Florida; two stepdaughters, Andrea Daisernia and Alana Durkee of North Carolina; eight grandchildren, a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial was in the Catskill Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.

September 7, 2006 

Army Veteran

Ronald Johnson Sr. 70, of South Cairo, died Wednesday, August 30 at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, after a long bout with cancer.

He was born in Catskill October 8, 1935, the son of the late Coley and Doris (Bush) Johnson.

Ronald was a lifetime resident of Cairo. Before his retirement, he was employed by Jackie Graham, who owned and operated Empire Masonry.

He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.

Surviving are his wife, Caroline M. (Poole) Jones of South Cairo; four sons, James Poole of  Florida, Roger Poole of Leeds, Ronald Johnson Jr. of South Cairo and Donald Johnson Sr. of Catskill; three daughters, Melissa Weisenger of Kiskatom, Bonnie Lackie of Athens and Charlene Ralph of Albany; a sister, Joyce Cioffi of Leeds; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his daughter, Ronda, and a brother, Alwyn Poole.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

September 7, 2006

WWII Army veteran

Herbert G. Lien, 86, of Saugerties, formerly of Norton Hill and Greenville, died at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston on Monday, August 28.

He was born in Staten Island on August 2, 1920, the son of the late Mathias and Ella (Gabrielsen) Lien.

Herb served in the Army during World War II and received the American Theater of Operations Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was retired carpenter and millwright.

Herb was a member of the James Austin Lodge # 557 F&AM and a former member of the Greenville Volunteers Fire Co. He enjoyed gardening and was known for his love of animals and his pets.

Surviving are his daughters, Diane Zarcone and husband Raymond, Beverly Zarcone and husband Leslie and Barbara Hulbert and husband Gary; sons Mark and Kevin Lien;  sisters Ruth Jones, Myrtle Hurst and Vivian Ahern; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Carolyn (Scott) Lien, and sister Irene Long.

Burial, with military honors, was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Herb’s memory to the Loving Care Pet Sanctuary, P.O. Box 52, Oak Hill 12460.

Arrangements wee with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 7, 2006

School Teacher 

Donna Elizabeth “Bette” Moree, 66, of Saugerties, died Saturday, August 26 at Kingston City Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Buffalo July 14, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Wilber and Elizabeth Paige Snyder.

A graduate of the Park School of Buffalo and Bryant and Stratton Business School, Bette was a former school teacher in the Newburgh City Schools Consolidated.

A Saugerties area resident for more than 35 years, she became the office manager of the Lezette, Lachmann and Moree Insurance company for a several years. Later she became a field inspector for Moree Business Services for approximately 10 years.

Bette assisted in the early formation of the Saugerties Kiwanis Club in 1979.

Survivors include her husband John H. Moree, with whom she recently celebrated her 46th wedding anniversary; two sons, John H. Moree of Athens and Peter W. Moree of Cairo: two grandsons, Keith and Shawn Moree, both of Glasco; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services, under the direction of the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Saugerties, are at the convenience of the family, with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saugerties Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 443, and Saugerties.

September 14, 2006 

Telephone retiree

Duane C. Eastgate, 80, died Thursday, September 7 at Redlands Community Hospital in California from congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease.

He was the son of Sanford and Ada Nichol Eastgate of Cairo, formerly of North Dakota,

Duane attended schools in Catskill and was in the Navy for two years as an electrician. Upon his discharge he went to work for New York Telephone for 31 years, then moved to California and worked for GTE Telephone Co. until his retirement.

He enjoyed some years of traveling in his motor home around the western states and a trip to Alaska. Gardening and his workshop gave him much enjoyment.

He married Lois M. Duncan of South Cairo at the Catskill Presbyterian Church.  She, a wife of 53 years, and their son Jeffrey C. and wife Janet M. Abshire, and grandchildren Cody E. and Shana E. Eastgate of Wasilla, AK, survive him.

Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s’ Association Inland Imperial Empire Regional Office, 104 East State Street, Redlands, CA 92373.

September 14, 2006

Enjoyed Skiing

Peter K. Jarozewski, 54, of Greenville died suddenly at his home Thursday, September 7.

He was born in Sweden on November 17, 1951, the son of Ted and Karen (Roos) Jarozewski of Greenville.

Peter enjoyed skiing, both down hill and cross-country.

Besides his parents, a brother, Thomas J. Jarozewski of Greenville, survives him.

As to his wishes, he was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery.  Interment will be in Greenville Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 14, 2006

LIRR Employee

Kevin R. Fitzgerald, 48, of Athens, died suddenly on Friday, September 8 in Jamaica on Long Island.

Born in the Bronx, he was the son of James and Marie (Jacobson) Fitzgerald.

Kevin had been a resident of Athens for three years and had been an employee of the Long Island Railroad for more than 25 years.

He enjoyed golfing and NASCAR racing.

Survivors include a son, James Fitzgerald of Athens; a daughter, Cecily Fitzgerald of Athens; two brothers, James Fitzgerald of Fishkill and Stanley Fitzgerald of Huntington, Long Island; a sister, Patricia Hillicoss of Athens; three nieces; and three nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

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

September 14, 2006


Catherine Marie Hertz Klein of Coxsackie, formerly of Glenmont, died Saturday, September 9.

Born in Albany December 20, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Magdalena (Heinrichs) Hertz.

Raised in Glenmont, she attended Bethlehem Central and was the class president of Holy Names in 1937. She excelled academically as well as in piano, organ and sports, including becoming captain of the basketball team. She was an active member of the 4-H, frequently winning prizes for dress design. She was a graduate of Mildred Elley School.

As a young woman, Mrs. Klein worked at St. Peter’s Hospital, raised African violets for sale, ran a chair caning business and volunteered at Hope House in Glenmont.

She attended St. Thomas Church in Delmar for most of her life, which her father helped found. She also enjoyed the Adirondacks.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Terence and Gail Klein, mark and Elaine Klein and Paul and Theresa Klein; six grandchildren, Natalie Klein Cavanagh, and Joel, Sarah, Erika, Stefan and Jacqueline; a great-grandson; a cousin; a nephew; and niece.

She predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years, Allan Richard Klein, who died in 1993.

September 14, 2006 

Correctional facility worker

Joan Marie Olivett, 74, of Constantine, CT, died at ST. Peter’s Hospital on Sunday, September 10 following a brief illness.

She was born in Troy November 30, 1931, the daughter of the late Herman and Helena Willi.

Joan worked at both the Coxsackie and Hudson Correctional Facilities.

She enjoyed baseball, crossword puzzles and visiting with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of nearly 30 years, Joseph C. Olviett Jr.; children Dale Tuttle of Binghamton; Debra (Wayne) Butterworth of Hudson, Donna (Michael) Siciliano of Athens, Denise (Louis) Tomaso of Guilderland, Diane (Raymond) Swota of Canyon City, CO, and Dean Tuttle of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren Wayne Butterworth Jr. and Michael, Dominic and Spencer Siciliano of Athens, Shawn Butterworth of Cairo, Alexandra Tomaso of Guilderland, Loadonna Allen of Menands, Nicholas Swota of Canyon City, CO, and Kennedy Tuttle of Shreveport, LA; sisters Marilyn Carmody of Troy, Geri Carmody of Latham and Shirley Willi of Menands; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her brother, Jack Willi, predeceased her.

A private graveside service will be held, with arrangements by Richards Funeral Home, Athens.

A buffet luncheon takes place Friday, September 15 at noon at Hagar’s Harbor in Athens.

September 21, 2006

Former Cairo Resident

Harriett L. Mattice, 74, of Florida, formerly of Cairo, died Thursday, September 14 at her home.

Born in Cairo May 1, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Grant and Ethel Winters Pulis.

She was a member of the Calvary Episcopal Church in Cairo.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Gordon “Mac” Mattice of Holiday, FL; three daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Mattice of Preston Hollow, Debra Kamecke of Catskill and Janet and Steven Espel of Holiday, FL; two sisters, Joline Erceg and Margaret Abrams both of Cairo; two granddaughters, Alexandra von Kamecke and Heather Auer; two great-grandsons; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Interment was in the Cairo Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.

September 21, 2006

Insurance Agent

Ralph Arthur Phoenix Jr., 91 of Catskill, died Wednesday, September 13 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in Boston February 6, 1915, the son of the late Ralph and Josephine (Noll) Phoenix Sr.

Ralph served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Co. in Catskill for many years prior to his retirement.

Ralph was a member of the Catskill Senior Fellowship, St. Patrick’s Church in Catskill, Honeyford Memorial American Legion Post 110 and RIPS.

Survivors include his children, James (Melly) Phoenix of Corpus Christi, TX, Robert (Phyllis) Phoenix of Round Top, Susan (Thomas) McCullough of South Cairo and Nancy (Fred) Bittner of Mansfield, MA; grandchildren Steven and Jennifer Phoenix, Melissa McCullough and fiancé Sarah Grover, Terry Weed, Timothy McCullough, Kelly and Amanda Miller, and Andy and Jane Bittner; and great-grandchildren Evron Phoenix and Ashley Miller.

He was predeceased by a son, Thomas R. Phoenix on August 5, 1978, and by his wife, Jane H. Phoenix on July 17, 1984.

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

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.

September 21, 2006

Cared for Children

Lulu Rosalie Seaburg, 66, of Coxsackie, died Wednesday, September 13 at Albany Medical Center, with her family surrounding her, after a long, courageous fight with cancer.

She was born in Coxsackie to the late Evelyn Hosford of Athens and Carol “Dusty” Cary Sr. of Coxsackie.

She graduated from Coxsackie-Athens High School in 1957.

Lulu fulfilled her passion of motherhood. As a stay-at-home mom, she provided a loving and nurturing environment for her seven children.

She also left a lasting legacy in the greater Coxsackie community by providing compassionate, caring and secure day care a significant number of local children and families.

Surviving are her husband of 34 years, Stewart Seaburg Jr.; her sons, Alexander (Renee) “Sandy” Mathes Jr., Jeffrey (Amy )Mathes and Craig (Missy) Seaburg; her daughters, Sheryl Mathes, Tammy (Mike) Sutherland, Elizabeth Bakerian and Diana (Matt) Heckman; stepsons Stewart W. (Holly) Seaburg and John Seaburg; a brother, Car (Judy) “skip” Cary Jr.; sisters Joan (Fred Donovan and Priscilla Eldred; grandchildren Kent, Amanda, Adam and Philip Sopris, John and Evan Bakerian, Thomas, Molly and Grace Mathes, Jarett and Kyle Mathes, Joseph and Alexandra Sutherland, Kelly Vandyke, Katie and Nathan Seaburg, Marci and Genevieve Seaburg, and Jessica and Sarah Seaburg; great-grandson Aaron Vandyke; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a stepson, Kevin (Ann Marie) Seaburg.

The family suggests that contributions in Lulu’s memory be considered to the American Cancer Society or the Heermance Library kids summer reading program.

Burial was in the Athens Rural Cemetery.

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

September 28, 2006

Professional drummer

Car Anderson, 84, of Greenville, died Sunday, September 24 at Eden Park Nursing Home.

Born in Sodermanland, Sweden, January 23, 1922, the son of the late Gustav and Thyra Eckstrom Anderson.

Anderson was a graduate of New Town High School in Elmhurst, Queens County, and the Alexander Hamilton Institute in New York City. 

He served in the Army during World War II in the Naples Foggia, North Apennines and the Rome Arno campaigns. He received the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Anderson was a professional drummer and was well known as a Scandinavian drummer.

He was a past commander and life member of VFW Post 455 and a Mason for more than 40 years in the Valley Stream Lodge F & AM. He was treasurer of his local church in Valley Stream and donated his time at Christmas by playing Santa Claus throughout Nassau County.

He also enjoyed baseball and coached and managed several teams.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-laws, Richard and Sandra Anderson of Southhampton, Long Island, and Carl E. and Ann Marie Anderson of Greenville; four grandchildren; and five great-grand-children.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Viola Thornquist Anderson.

As to his wishes, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery, with interment in the Greenville Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 28, 2006

Restaurant hostess

Catherine Chiesa, 87, formerly of New Baltimore, died Friday, September 22 at the Albany County Nursing Home.

She was born in the Bronx March 4, 1919, the daughter of the late Inazio and Louise Gazzale.

She was married in the Bronx to Albert Chiesa, who died in 1991.

Catherine was the hostess at Reds Restaurant and the former Tick Tock in West Coxsackie for many years.

She was a member of the Ravena Seniors, the Senior Companion Program and St. Mary’s Church in Coxsackie, and a former Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include two sons, Paul W. Chiesa and wife Barbara of West Coxsackie and Robert A. Chiesa and wife Susan of Latham; a brother, Andrew Gazzale and wife Anita of West Coxsackie; grandchildren Paul R., Michael. (Joanna), Kenneth A. Matthew R. (Holly) and Christopher J. (Theresa) Chiesa; step-grandchildren Norman (Paula) Mueller and Warren (Karen) Mueller; and great- grandchildren Paul, Andrew, Nicholas, Jamie, Amanda, Amy, Jenna, Sarah, William, Isabella, Anthony, Samuel, and Natalie.

The family suggests memorial donation to St. Mary’s Church or the First Reformed Church of West Coxsackie youth programs.

Arrangements were with Sopris-Murray funeral Home, Catskill.

September 28, 2006

Animal lover

Darcy L. Correia, 55, of Freehold, died suddenly at her home on Wednesday, September 20.

She was born in Catskill October 31, 1950, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Lounsbury) Griffin of Greenville.

Darcy was a lifelong resident of Greenville. She loved animals, especially birds, and was a member of the Audubon Society.

Besides her parents, surviving are her husband, James Correia; a daughter, Vangie Van Auken and husband James of Medusa; her grandchildren, Alexandria, Elizabeth, Edward and Samuel Van Auken of Medusa; her grandfather, Brudett Griffin; her sister, Jyl De Giovine and husband Leonard of Greenville; her nephews Ian, Aaron and Noel De Giovine; and several other nieces nephews.

As to Darcy’s wishes she was cremated and will be interred in the Greenville Cemetery at the convenience of the family, all under the direction of the Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

Those who wish may contribute in Darcy’s memory to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534, or the Greenville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 332, Greenville 12083.

September 28, 2006

Dress factory worker

Suzanne M. Moore, 53, of Coxsackie, died Wednesday, September20 at her home after a long illness.

Born in East Meadow March 4, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Edward and IIene (Maurer) Peectsh.

Suzanne had been an area resident for most of her life, She was employed at Betty Jean’s Dress Factory and Laidlaw School Bus transportation as a bus aide.

She loved to embroider and do needlepoint. She was an avid shopper and was dedicated to her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa R. Moore of Coxsackie; a brother, Ralph Heinz of Selkirk; five sisters, Eilene Holmes of South Carolina, Barbara Van Tassel of West Athens, Brenda Heinz of North Carolina, Linda Heinz of Georgia and Wilhelmina Salamak of Hannacroix; and three grandchildren, Kolby, Makayla and Reba.

Beside her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Rich, in 2003.

Cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematory, Menands. Interment of her remains will take place at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.

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

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