Obituaries from the

Greenville Press

November 2004


Obituaries supplied by April Saccoccio and transcribed by Jackie Towner


November 4, 2004

Carmen Gierisch

Carmen A. Gierisch, 89, of Cairo, died Saturday October 30 at her home.

Born in Tivoli November 1, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Marie Estelle and Jacob Frederick Althiser.

Gierisch graduated from Philmont High School and in 1936, from the Hudson River State Hospital School of Nursing. She retired from the latter, where she was employed as a registered nurse.

She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church of Cairo.

Gierisch also was a charter member of the Catskill Lioness Club, serving as secretary for 22 years. She also was secretary of the Columbia Greene Sight and Hearing Committee, and active member and past president of the Catskill Elks Auxiliary and a member of the Hudson River State Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.

In addition, she was very supportive of many local charities and was a Knight of the Blind. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling with her husband, Conrad Gierisch, who predeceased her in 1997.

Survivors include her sister, Kathryn Radewitz of Philmont; her daughters, Carmen Mulcahy and husband Wesley of County Cork, Ireland, Cathy Start and husband Robert of Cairo, and Carol Schreiner and her husband Curtis of Newark; four grandchildren, Beth Burton, Rebecca Maula, Amanda Falanga and Mathew Higgins; four great-grandchildren, Brandon and Brittany Falanga and Amira and Adel Maula; and her “like a daughter,” Patricia Schwenk.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Nellie Laraway.

Burial was in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery, Gardiner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cairo Public Library of the Catskill Lioness Club, c/o Patricia Schwenk, 151 Lockwood Road, Greenville 12083.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


November 4, 2004

Alice Bauer

Alice I. Bauer, 58, of Purling, died Thursday, October 28 at Albany Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born in New York City July 19, 1946, she was the daughter of Charlotte (Geiger) Wosch of Queens and the late Otto Wosch.

Bauer had been an area resident for the last 19 years. She was a member of the Round Top Fire Auxiliary and the Kiskatom Reformed Church.

She was employed by the state Thruway Authority and the Tomahawk Bookstore at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Bauer enjoyed all crafts, landscaping, painting and making floral arrangements. She was a gifted calligrapher and enjoyed drinking chamomile tea and dancing.

Besides her mother, survivors include her husband of 19 years, William K. Bauer Jr.; her son, John T. Fox of Hampton Bays, Long Island; a stepson, Christopher Bauer of Round Top; a daughter, Caroline A. Fox of Hampton Bays, Long Island; and several cousins.

Burial was in the Round Top Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Round Top Volunteer Fire Company, Round Top 12473.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


November 4, 2004

Emily Maxwell

Emily Maxwell, 90, of Norton Hill, died at Eden Park Nursing Home in Catskill, October 28.

She was born in County Galway, Ireland, on November 25, October 25, 1913, the daughter of the late William and Catherine (Morgan) Hynes.

Maxwell was member of the Greenville Irish American Club and Our Lady of Knock Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.

Survivors include her brother Michel Hynes and wife Mary of Greenville; and her friend, Bernard McGuirk of Greenville.

She was predeceased by her husband Hugh Pearse Maxwell in 2000, brothers Patrick, John and William Hynes, and sisters Cecelia, Mary, Ellen, and Catherine.

Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


November 4, 2004.

John Furyck

John Paul Furyck, 76, of Earlton, died Saturday, October 30 at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

He was born August 16, 1928, the son of the late Wasyl and Julia Furyck.

Furyck served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by St. Lawrence Cement Company for more than 52 years prior to his retirement.

He was a member of Boilermakers Local 50.

Survivors include a son, John L. Furyck and wife Linda of Catskill; a brother, Paul Furyck of Albany; five sisters, Mary Cotich, Carol Furyck, Veronica Whitbeck and Kate White, all of Catskill, and Julia Denniston of Kingston; a sister-in-law, Anne Furyck of Kiskatom; a granddaughter, Heather Furyck of Catskill; three great-granddaughters, Shaina, Nina, and Jenna; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine, siblings Wasyl C. Furyck, Peter Furyck and Anna Walsh, and grandson Derek J. Furyck.

Burial was in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


November 10, 2004

Anne Erickson

Anne Erickson, 76, of Greenville, formerly of Floral Park, died Sunday, November 7 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

Born April 17, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Nellie (Mercurio) Vitale.

Erickson had retired from the Michelin Tire Company in 1983. She moved to Greenville in 2001 after the death of her husband, Irving W. Erickson, in 2000.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Doherty and husband Kevin of New Paltz and Diane Kurylo and husband Richard of Westerlo; her sons, Kenneth C. Erickson and wife Valerie of Queens and Clifford J. Erickson and wife Norma of Troy; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A granddaughter, Tamara Erickson, and brothers Donald and Henry Vitale, predeceased her.

Funeral services are today, November 10, at 10:15 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. A mass of Christian Burial is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville.

As to her wishes, cremation will be at the Albany Rural Cemetery.


November 10, 2004

Angelina Ficalora

Angelina Ficalora, 98, formerly of Acra and New York City, died Sunday, October 31 at Eden Park Health Care Center, where she has resided for the past seven years.

Born in New York City April 13, 1906, she was the daughter of the late Vincenzio and Leboria (Mardracia) Verdi.

Ficalora was a seamstress for many years in the Garment District of New York City.

Survivors include her nephews, Vincent Verdi of Middle Village, Long Island, and Vincent Verdi of Spring Hills, FL; and a niece Leboria Freudenberger of Rochester, NH.

She was predeceased by her sister, Gracie Fiorenza, with whom she resided in Acra.

Burial was in Cairo Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, Catskill.


November 10, 2004

Eleanor Clara Lucente

Eleanor Lucente was buried this November in Greenville Cemetery. She died at Beth Israel Hospice, New York City, after a long recovery from heart surgery.

Lucente was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Bushwick. She lived in Highland Park before moving to Greenville 20 years ago.

While in Brooklyn she retired from North American Insurance Company. She also had been a records manager at the Greenville Family Health Center.

Lucente was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include her two children, Carol Machulski and Tony Falese, five grandchildren and a nephew John Greene.

Those who wish to make a memorial contribution in her name should call the American Stroke Association, Inc. at (888) 478-7653.


November 10, 2004

Ruth Kelly

Ruth Kelly, 82, of Freehold, died at the Craneville Place of Dalton Nursing Home in Dalton, MA, on Monday, November 8.

Born in West New York, NJ, on June 3, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Caroline (Lake) Perks.

Kelly had been employed by the Catskill Game Farm for several years.

Survivors include her daughter, Colleen Murphy and husband Thomas of Greenville; grandchildren Caroline Pocorobba, Valerie Rhodes, Heather Murphy and Michael Murphy; and great-grandchildren Ryan and Katie Pocorobba.

Her husband, Robert Kelly, predeceased her.

Graveside services are Thursday, November 11 at 10 a.m. in the Greenville Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

Arrangements with Cunningham Funeral Home.


November 18, 2004

Rose Adinolfi-Spaugh

Rose (Pizzo) Adinolfi-Spaugh, 89, of Coffeyville, KS, died Thursday, November 11 at Windsor Place in Chelsea Unit, Coffeyville.

Born in Cinisi, Sicily, Italy, on May 10, 1915, she was the daughter of Francesco and Concertta (Ruffino) Pizzo.

She was one of 13 children. She, along with her mother, three sisters and a brother, immigrated to the United States in 1919 and they became naturalized American citizens shortly thereafter. They took up residence in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she completed grade school and then went to work as a seamstress.

She married Jerry D. Adinolfi Sr. in June 1939 in Brooklyn. She was a housewife and mother and did miscellaneous jobs to keep the family going. She drove a feeder line for the school system, worked in a supermarket as a checkout clerk, worked in a bakery and more.

She also was very active in school and church activities, becoming president of the local PTA and serving on the Altar Guild and choir of the church, as well as teaching Sunday school.

After her husband died in 1971 she helped her son Jerry, whose wife Marsha was paralyzed from an early illness, raise their two children, Mark (married and living in Overland Park, KS with his two children) and Christina (married with three children and living in Coffeyville). She became an official Air Force dependent and traveled with her son’s family while they were in the military.

In 1980 she met Walter Spaugh while on pilgrimage in Israel and they married in 1981. They moved to Florida, where he died in 1991. In 1995 she moved to Ohio to live with her granddaughter Christina and shortly thereafter, had to be placed in a Nursing Home in Virginia due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. There she was cared for by her son John, who was a registered nurse at that facility. After he died in 2000 she was moved to Coffeyville to the Windsor Place Chelsea Unit near where her remaining son, the Rev. Jerry Adinolfi, lives.

She also is survived by a sister, Connie, in Lantana, FL; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Penwell-Gabel Graves Chapel, Coffeyville, KS.


November 18, 2004 

John Parks 

John W. Parks, 53, of Greenville, died at his home on Thursday, November 11 after a long illness.

Born in Catskill February 26, 1951, he was the son of the late Nelson and Myrtle (Moore) Parks.

Parks served in the Army from 1970 to 1973. Serving in Vietnam, he received the National Defense service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with /60 Device, the Army Commendation Medal and one Overseas Bar.

He was employed by Van Auken Express and previously worked for GNH Lumber Co.

He was a Greenville Fire Commissioner and a member of the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church and the Wheels of Time Car Club. One of his great loves was his ’66 Chevelle.

Parks enjoyed the outdoors, camping and riding his Honda motorcycle through the countryside. He also liked skydiving, skiing and drag racing. He especially enjoyed riding the hot air balloons at the Great Northern Catskills Balloon Festival in Greenville.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Wanda (Hansel) Parks; daughter Sarah Parks; son Corey Parks; brother Norman Parks of Guilderland; three sisters, Marilyn Bason of Smyrna, DE, Janet Moss of Manning SC, and Lois Tully of Sumner, WA; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial with military honors was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


November 18, 2004

Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer, 96, of South Westerlo died Tuesday, November 9 at her home.

Born in Freehold October 13, 1908, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Grace (Abeel) Slater.

Palmer began teaching in the Greenville Free Academy in 1927 and moved to the new Greenville Central School when it was built in 1932.

She married Leonard M. Palmer in 1935 and they move to Corning in 1936, where she also taught school. The Palmers returned to South Westerlo in 1945 and she went back to teaching at the Greenville Central School in 1951 until her retirement in 1968.

In her early years she played the organ at the Greenville Presbyterian and Christ Episcopal churches. She also was the choir director at the latter and served the church in many other ways. For a time she was the choir director for the South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church and her husband played the organ.

She was also a member of the Maranatha Valley Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

Palmer enjoyed playing bridge and enjoyed the old Bridge Club.

Survivors include her son, Galbreath Palmer of South Westerlo; a daughter, Priscilla Genne and husband Thomas of Corvallis, OR; and a grandson, William P. Genne of Corvallis.

Her husband, stepmother Manuella “Helen” (Feeney) Slater, and brothers Robert, Joseph and Bradley Slater died before her.

Burial was in the Locust Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or to the Greenville Public Library.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


November 18, 2004 

Ann-Marie Loscalzo 

Ann-Marie Loscalzo, 50, of South Cairo, died November 11 at St. Peter’s Community Hospice, Albany.

Born in Brooklyn May 16, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Marie (Pandone) Yerk.

Loscalzo had been an area resident since 1976 and was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church of Catskill.

She was a librarian’s assistant for Cairo-Durham High School and had been employed by the School District for 14 years.

She enjoyed crocheting, shopping…   

She was predeceased by a brother, Frank Yerk.   

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Hospice, 315 South Manning Blvd., Albany 12203, or to the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Society, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo 14263.


November 18, 2004

Stanley Court

Stanley R. Court, 81, of Cairo, died at his home on Thursday, November 11.

He was born and raised in Peabody, MA.

Court was transferred to New York by American Airlines, his employer of 21 years. The following 20 years he taught aviation mechanics at Aviation High School in New York City. After retirement he moved from Long Island to Cairo.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Court was a member of the Cairo Golden Age Club, the Rip Van Winkle Club and as a beekeeper, a member of the Catskill Mountain Bee Club.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Eileen; a daughter, Linda (James) Hladun of Voorheesville; a son, James of Babylon; six grandchildren, John, Erin, and Michael Court, Lara Bishop, Megan Bellinger and Mathew Hladun; and three great-grandchildren, Lauren and Jenna Bellinger and Bennett Hladun.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium, Menands

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


November 24, 2004

Sanford Britton

Sanford Britton, 88, of Delmar, died ay St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Wednesday, November 17.

He was born in South Westerlo on March 14, 1916, the son of the late William and Cora (Peck) Britton.

Britton was a lifelong employee of the railroads, having worked for Penn Central, New York Central and Conrail.

When able he enjoyed hunting, was a former member of Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Co. and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He had a lifelong love of trains and had a large collection of miniature trains.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita (Boughton) Britton; two sons, Donald Britton and wife Susan of Rensselaerville and Gerald Britton and wife Kathryn of Watervliet; a daughter Eleanor Velasquez and husband Arnulfo of Modesto, CA; his brother, Ralph Britton of Rensselaerville; grandchildren Randell Britton Jr., Todd Britton, Tamatha Keppler, Samantha Britton, Lisa Chrysler, Donald Britton Jr., Jeffery Britton, Gregory Britton, Regina Velasquez, Christopher Velasquez, Nanetta Velasquez and Arnulfo Velasquez Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

His son Randell Britton, sister Marjorie Moore and brother LeRoy Britton predeceased him.

Burial was in Rensselaerville Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity or organization of one’s choice.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.


November 24, 2004

Patricia Lane

Patricia Lane, 64, of Cairo, died Saturday, November  20 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a brief illness.

Born in Catskill September 13, 1940, she was the daughter of William Freeman and the late Eldora (Abrams) Freeman.

Lane was a member of Unit 983 American Legion Auxiliary and Resurrection Lutheran Church of Cairo.

She retired as head cook of the Greene County Jail.

Survivors include her children, Alison and husband Richard Goodwin of Seattle, WA; Edward Lane of Cairo and Brian Lane and fiancée Karen Sienkiewicz of Cairo; a sister, Roberta and husband Richard Lorenz of Cairo; brothers William and Lynn Freeman, August and Darlene Freeman, and Steven and Julie Freeman, all of Cairo; granddaughters Jennifer Rivenburgh of Seattle and Ashley Rivenburgh of Philadelphia, PA; great-granddaughter Keilan Homes of Seattle; family friend Katherine Trevaskis of Philadelphia; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her mother, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward Lane.

A private internment service was to be held at the family’s convenience.

Memorials may be made to the Resurrection Lutheran Church Building Fund, the Leukemia Society or the American Red Cross.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.


November 24, 2004

Joseph Morrissey

Joseph John Morrissey, 73, of Catskill, died Friday, November 19 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born April 4, 1931 in Clon Crane, County Offaly, Ireland, he was the son of the late Mathew and Rita Morrissey.

Morrissey served in the English Merchant Marines. He immigrated to the United States in 1962 and received citizenship in 1998.

Formerly of Flushing, Queens he was employed as a fleet service operator for Pan American Airlines at JFK Airport in New York City prior to his retirement in 1978. He was a member of the United Transit Workers Union.

He had been a Greene County resident since 1982 and was a communicant and head usher at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Catskill.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Celie E. (Connell) Morrissey of Cairo, a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Cynthia Morrissey of Cairo; two sisters, Bridget Byrnes of England and Theresa McCormick of County Offaly, Ireland; and three grandchildren, Sean, Stephen and Thomas Morrissey, all of Cairo.

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

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.


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