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Greenville Press

April 2008

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

April 3, 2008 


Helen M. Furmanek, 98, of West Coxsackie, formerly of Surprise died on Wednesday, March 26 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson. 

She was born in New York City of June 20, 1909, the daughter of the late George and Elsa (Holster) Kaiser. 

Helen was a lifelong homemaker who devoted her life to loving and caring for her family. She loved to knit and crochet. 

Helen was a life member of the Maranatha Valley Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her two sons, Randall Furmanek and wife Arlene of Greenville and Charles G. Furmanek Sr. and wife Roseanne of Albany; her daughter, Yvonne Miner of North Carolina; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles H. Furmanek, grandson Charles G. Furmanek Jr., granddaughter Rebecca Miner, her sister and brothers.

As to her wishes, Helen was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, Route 81, Greenville.

Those who wish may contribute in Helen’s memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220; or the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Albany, 12211.

April 10, 2008

Services Sunday

Funeral services for Dale E. Bates, who died December 12, 2007 at his home in Climax, are Sunday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

April 10, 2008

Spruce Grove Farm owner

Grace Blanche Lampman Schaffner, 103, died Saturday, April 5.

She was born to George and Anna Belle Lampman on October 28, 1904 and married Frederick “Fred” Schaffner III on November 15, 1926 in Greenville.  He preceded her in death on January 29, 1975.  Also preceding her in death were her two brothers, Frank and Charles, and three sisters, Gertrude, Edna and Alathea.

One sister survives her, Marilla “Millie” Klose of Long Island.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Grace was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and upstate New York, mostly Greenville, until her move to Bartonville, IL, in 1995, where she resided with her nephew Charles “Jackie” “Chuck” Lampman.  Grace returned to her home in Greenville for several weeks every year until she was unable to travel two years ago.

Grace worked at Pine Crest Farm/Resort for several years and then was a housewife.  Grace and her husband owned the Spruce Grove Farm in Greenville.  Their good friend, Phil Kohl, helped them manage the farm.  He preceded her in death.

Funeral services are Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m. from W.C. Brady’s Sons Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie.   The Rev. Jerry Bean and her nephew, the Rev. Ronald Klose officiate.

Interment follows in the Greenville Cemetery.

Calling hours are today, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

April 17, 2008

Active in hilltowns

Janice Irene (LeBuis) Bassler, 72, of Berne, died Thursday, April 10, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn with her family by her side, after a sudden collapse at home on Saturday, April 5.

Janice was the eldest daughter of the late Doris and Leo LeBuis.

She was an enthusiast for family and social life, and an active member of the hilltowns community.

Survivors include her husband of almost 53 years, Fred “Pete” Bassler; daughters Terrice Bassler of Altamont and partner Brad deYoung, Debra Bajouwa and husband Haytham of Berne and Sharon Forman and husband Scott of Altamont; granddaughters Sarah and Abigail Forman of Altamont; five siblings, Robert LeBuis and wife Roberta of Barneveld, Marlene Boomhower and husband Dennis of Westerlo, Donald LeBuis and wife Donna of Mokena, Il.,  Charis Cummings and husband Dennis of Wilton and Dennis LeBuis of Selkirk; an aunt, Margaret Filkins of Westerlo; brother-in-law Merritt Chamberlain of Scottsdale, AZ; 19 nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great grandnephews and cousins.

Janice was predeceased by a granddaughter, Clea Bassler, a sister Diane Chamberlain, grandmother Nettie S. Filkins, and uncle Clyde Filkins.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Berne.

Donations in Janice’s memory may be made to the Friends of the Berne Library Capital Fund, c/o C. Anderson, P.O. Box 42, Berne 12023 for a new renovated building.

Arrangements were with Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont.

April 17, 2008


Helen E. Crono, 88, of Greenville, formerly of Staten Island, died at the home of her daughter on Thursday, April 10.

She was born on Staten Island April 11, 1919, the daughter of the Felize and Angiolina (Celardo) Gabriele.

Helen was a lifelong homemaker, devoted to her family.

Surviving are her daughters, Elizabeth Bivona and husband Gary of Greenville and Nancy Mazza and husband Anthony of California; three grandchildren, Nicholas Bivona, Anthony Mazza Jr. and Olivia Mazza; a great-grandson, Nicholas Bivona; and a brother, Albert Gabriele.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jerry Crono, and nine of her brothers and sisters.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 17, 2008

Cairo businesswoman

Eileen Lamanec, 65, died Monday, April 14 in the company of close friends and family at her Rotterdam home, ending a long battle with cancer.

Born October 7, 1942 in Troy to William and Florence (Reil) Horan, she was a 1960 graduate of Catholic Central High School, a 1962 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College and the New York Regents degree program.

Eileen married Tracy Lamanec June 22, 1963 and spent her early career as a devoted homemaker.  She tackled everything from gardening, to cooking, canning, sewing, ironing and raising chickens, to gathering firewood, deer hunting, siding and painting the house, and reshingling the roof.

Her city friends called her their mountain woman.  While raising two children and completing a bachelor’s degree, she held temporary jobs as a laboratory technician at Albany Medical College, Schenectady Chemical GE, and inventory clerk with RGIS in order to earn money for an IRA.

With family grown, Eileen and her husband took on renovation of houses in Greene County, where he had grown up.  She served on the Cairo Main Street Revitalization Task Force, the Cairo Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Resort Association.

For 16 years, she and her sister-in-law Judy ran a seasonal antique and gift shop in the old grist mill at Shinglekill Falls in Purling.  After renovating the miller’s house, Eileen made that her residence, where until recently she operated a bed and breakfast.  The waterfall has long been a tourist attraction and the source of many friendships.

Eileen had many close friends and was proud of her Irish heritage.  They held parties to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but in true Irish tradition, found many other excuses to hold a party such as Ground Hog’s Day, Flag Day and “it looks like a good day for a Bailey’s Irish Cream.”

Eileen developed an affection for North Myrtle Beach, where she vacationed for a few weeks each fall for the past several years.  She loved to travel and would drive anywhere despite a reputation for getting lost, but had to be sedated to board a plane.

She enjoyed going to the outings of the New York Outdoor Writers Association, Outdoor Writers of America and the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills.

Eileen got to visit Ireland with two of her closest friends three years ago.  It was with the monumental help of those friends, along with her family and neighbors that she got to spend her last days at home with the help of hospice.

Her biggest regret was not getting to spend her savings on travel and mill restoration.  It was her wish that she be buried in the Round Top Cemetery, where she could watch the summer Thursday night fireworks display and that she not have a traditional funeral, but that some of her nest egg be spent on a bit party for her friends.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Tracy Lamanec of Rotterdam and Purling; a daughter, Stephanie of Rotterdam; a son Michael, his wife Jill and grandsons Jules and Spencer of Acra; a brother, William Horan, and nephew Liam Horan, who live near San Francisco; sister-in-law Judy Lamanec of Purling; nephew Larry Lamanec and family of Ashland; and niece Laura (Lamanec) Bryan and family in Florida.

Friends and family are asked to meet at Richard Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo, at 11 a.m. today, April 17. Interment follows in the Round Top Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Greene County Women’s Cancer Patient Fund, c/c Mary Lupoli, 467 Silver Spur Road, Purling 12470, or to the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills,

Friends who would like to participate in a celebration of Eileen’s life are asked to collect photos and stories to be shared and to keep a date open for some time in June, tentatively Flag Day.

April 24, 2008

Newspaper publisher

Richard G. Bleezarde, 56, the owner and publisher of a local newspaper company, died Tuesday, April 15 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Richard, known to many as Dick, was raised in Ravena, the son of the late George Beatrice Bleezarde.

He was the owner and publisher of the Ravena News Herald, Greenville Local, Coxsackie-Athens Courier and Mid-Hudson Valley Health.

Dick was a member of the New York Press Association and at present had served as a director for the Hudson Valley region.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He graduated from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School in 1970 and the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1974.

He was a former member and past president of the Greater Ravena Lions Club.  He also was a member of the Congregational Christian Church and served on its board of deacons and finance committee, and chaired various fundraisers.

Dick enjoyed bowling, golf the New York Yankees and Giants, and gardening.  He had a passion for photography.  He also coached his daughter’s basketball team.

Survivors include his wife, Debra A. Johns Bleezarde and daughter Lauren E. Bleezarde, both of Glenmont; sisters, Joanne (Tom Buchner) Vilaghy of Philmont and Linda (Richard) Carpenter of New Jersey; mother-in-law Fran Johns; sisters-in-law Michele (Kevin) Grady and Donna Johns; brother-in-law Jim Johns; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father-in-law, James Johns.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont.

Contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to the Congregational Christian Church, 175 Main Street, Ravena 12143; to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Eagle Street, Albany 12202-1797; or to Community Hospice of Albany/Hospice Inn, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.

Arrangements were with Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

April 24,2008

Lived on farm

Doris E. Winans, 85, of Cairo, formerly of Potter Hollow, died Monday, April 14 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

She was born in New York City June 7, 1922, the daughter of the late George and Rose (Hartmann) Speckman.

She lived on the Winans farm with her husband Charles Winans at Potter Hollow Mountain for 33 years.  She moved to Cairo in 1980.

Surviving are her son, Jay C. Winans of Syracuse, and her grandchildren, Megan Walsh of Providence, RI, Jessica Jewitt of Syracuse and Evan Wenzler of Fresno, CA.

Her husband Charles, son Roy Winans and daughter Rosemarie Wenzler predeceased her.

Those who desire are requested to donate in her memory to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 24, 2008

Retired teacher

Margaret Ester (Dingman) Hunt, 84, died Tuesday, April 15 at Eddy-Ford Nursing Home, Cohoes.

She was born in Oswego January 15, 1924; the only child of Robert and Mary (Mitchell) Dingman.  They moved to a farm just outside of Oak Hill and later moved into the village of Oak Hill to the house where she lived most of her life.

Margaret graduated from Greenville central school and continued her education at Oneonta State College for Teachers, achieving a master’s in teaching.  She started teaching at Cairo Central School and later in Durham Elementary school, where she finished up her career of 37 years, retiring in 1986.

She was a lifelong member of the Oak Hill-Durham Volunteer Fire Auxiliary and served as a secretary.  She also was a member of the Ladies Aid in the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church.

Margaret bowled in many leagues in Cairo, Ravena and Catskill.  She was a member of the Pleasant View Ladies Golf League as well.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers and as of late, dominos and watching the Yankees.

Her love for teaching first grade triumphed over all, followed by her love for shopping on QVC.

Surviving are her children, Gregory Lee Hunt (Mary) of Londonderry, NH, and Rhonda Jean Smith (Brian) of Latham; grandchildren Ryan C., Kelly M. and Leah C. Hunt; and step-grandchildren Marisa and Anthony Smith.

Her husband, Leland Hunt, whom she married on July 15, 1950, predeceased her.

Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 24, 2008

Longtime Oak Hill resident

Helen G. Layman, 85, died Thursday, April 17.

Born in Brooklyn March 9, 1923, she had been a resident of Oak Hill for more than 60 years.

She will always be remembered as a beautiful, fun-loving and witty woman with a loving heart.  Talented in cooking and baking, she shared her special recipes with her son Jim and shared her favorite pastime with her daughter Linda.

Her children, her proudest achievement, also share her love of animals, especially dogs.

Helen was well known and respected as a longtime waitress at the Breezy Knoll Acres resort in Greenville. Her hard work ethic, softened with her caring spirit, was experienced and enjoyed by many who knew her and came to love being in her company.

Surviving are her son, James Layman of Oak Hill; daughter Linda Javier (Mariano) of Los Angeles, CA; granddaughter Christina Delizo of Sacramento, CA; and great-grandchildren Christy and Marcus.

Her husband, Lewis, and son Ken, predeceased her.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414 

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

April 24, 2008

Owned Motor Court

Donald E. “Timmy” Timmerman, 80 of Round Top, died Saturday, April 19 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, surrounded by his family.

He was born January 9, 1928 in Cairo, the son of the late Sidney and Emma (Puffer) Timmerman.

Donald was a World War II Navy veteran. He was an avid aircraft pilot, golfer and mechanical tinkerer.

Born in Cairo, he owned the Sunset Motor Court on Route 145 there and had lived in Round Top since 1980.

He was a member of the AOPA, a life member of the Round Top Volunteer Fire Co. and Elks Club Chapter 146, and a member of Local 106 of the Operating Engineers, the Teamsters, Free Masons Loge #0085, the Federal Aviation Administration and AmVets.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Carl VanVoorhis; granddaughter Danielle and husband John Rothe; grandson Jason VanVoorhis; dear friend Shirley Mower and her family; sister-in-law Enid Gustavson; and a large, loving extended family.

Besides his parents, Donald was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude Timmerman, in 2005.

Private cremation takes place at a later date at the Albany Rural Crematorium, Menands. Interment is in the Round Top Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

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