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Greenville Press

February 2008

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

February 7, 2008

No obituaries

February 14, 2008

Irish American Club member

Agnes J. Walsh, 73, of Freehold, formerly of Park Slope, Brooklyn, died Sunday, February 10 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s, Albany.

Agnes was born in Mayo Abbey, Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland on September 23, 1934, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Bodkin) Moran.

She was a member of the Greenville Irish American Club.

Surviving are her husband, Timothy “Joe” Walsh; two sisters, Anne Theresa “Nancy” (Moran) Glover of New Jersey and Delia Elizabeth “Della” (Moran) Kilkenny of Missouri; two brothers, Luke Moran of New Jersey and John Moran of Ireland; and several nieces, nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Agnes was predeceased by a brother, Michael Moran; a sister, Mary (Moran) Lynn; a niece, Kathleen Moran, who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; and Kathleen’s mother, Katie Moran, who died recently.

Funeral services are Saturday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  A Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated by the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenville.

Calling is Friday, February 15 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute in Agnes’ memory to the Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.

February 14, 2008

RCS bus driver

Betty M. Ackert Ferriero, 70, of New Baltimore, died Tuesday, January 22 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital with her family by her side.

 Betty was a bus driver for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District, retiring in 2007 after 30 years of service.

Survivors include her children, Sarine (Larry) Jones of Selkirk, Debbie Williams of New Baltimore, Lewis (Sandy) Ackert of Selkirk and Pamela Ackert of Florida; their father, Lewis Ackert of Florida; stepchildren Jeff and Chad Ferriero; grandchildren Robert and Ryan Williams, Lynsey and Megan Ackert, Christa Pugsley and Britney Gregory; and a brother, Harry Stannard Jr. of Berne.

Her husband, Anthony “Junie” Ferriero, parents Harry and Hazel Stannard, her brother Fred Stannard and stepson Chet Ferriero, predeceased her.

Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Selkirk.

Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Hwy., Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75344.

Arrangements were with Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

February 21, 2008

Marine, Guardsman

Bruce A. Cornwell, 43, of Athens, died Tuesday, February 12 at home surrounded by his family, having fought a tough battle with melanoma.

Born February 24, 1964 in Catskill, he was the son of Bruce D. and Frances (Reisner) Cornwell.

Bruce graduated from Greenville High School in 1983 and the following year joined the U.S. Marine Corps.  He received an honorable discharge after three years of active service.

On April 6, 1991, he married JoAnn Irwin and on March 21, 1995 they became the parents of triplet girls, Abigail, Sarah and Rebecca, now 12.

Bruce enjoyed being a husband and father, and participating in the girls’ extracurricular activities, including being a softball coach.  He also served the Athens Softball League as a vice president.  He was an avid New York Mets fan and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Coxsackie.

Throughout his life, Bruce enjoyed cars, bowling, hunting, cooking, gardening and telling jokes.  He laughed the hardest at his own jokes.

He was employed by the Steifel Laboratories Inc. in Oak Hill as a facilities manager.  He loved his job, but mostly loved “the guys” he worked with.

Besides his parents, wife and daughters, Bruce is survived by his sister, Donna Cornwell Huff and husband Christopher of Sycaway, and his twin sister, Diane Colletti and husband Steven of Earlton.

His grandparents, Arthur and Maude Cornwell, and Frank and Hermina Reisner predeceased him.

Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Memorial donations may be made to Bruce Cornwell’s Children’s Fund c/o Pioneer Savings Bank, 21 Second Street, Troy 12180.

Arrangements were with Sopris-Murray Funeral Home, Greenville.

February 21, 2008

Truck driver

Floyd O. “Lil General” Coons, 81, of New Baltimore, formerly of Medway, died at his home on Thursday, February 14.

He was born in Medway June 10, 1926, the son of the late Howard and Edith (Losee) Coons.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

Floyd operated Coons and Schoonmaker Block Mfg. until 1956 and then was a self-employed truck driver, driving for Callanan Industries, South Bethlehem, until his retirement.

He was an avid golfer and loved traveling and working with wood as a carpenter.  Floyd enjoyed people and was a friend to all he met. He spent his winters in Florida at Pompano Beach.

Surviving are his wife, Edith (Eisenhardt) Coons; a son, Thomas Coons (Donna) of Medway; two grandchildren, Chad Traeger and Stephanie Elwyn; and three great-grandchildren, Camryn Elwyn, Audrey Elwyn and Ylexzis Traeger.

He was predeceased by a wife, Jean (Best) Coons.

Interment was in the Medway Church Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Floyd’s memory to a Hospice of their choice.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

February 21, 2008


Dominick Pellicano, 72, formerly of the Bronx, died peacefully at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany on Monday, February 4.

Dom was born in Fordham in the Bronx, to Stefano and Maria Pellicano, who emigrated from Calabria, Italy.

Dom was an Army veteran, serving in Alaska after the Korean War.  He worked as a carpenter for the City of New York for 25 years until his retirement in 1996.

Dom bought a home in upstate New York in 1982 and he and his wife Joyce moved there full time in 2000.  His passions were home improvement, meticulous care of the grounds and enjoying the spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains from his home.

Dom was a lifetime golfer, and a New York Rangers fan, and also enjoyed going to the casino and to Saratoga Raceway with Joyce.  He was friendly and helpful to all, quick with a joke for every occasion and had a strong sense of responsibility.

Besides his wife, Dom is survived by their son, Stephen.

The youngest of three children, he was predeceased by his brother Al and sister Kay. As to his wishes Dom was cremated.

A memorial service took place at the Potter Hollow Church, with interment in the Potter Hollow Cemetery.  A military service takes place in the spring at Saratoga National Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

February 21, 2008

Former councilwoman

Barbara Bacon Valicenti, 76, of Norton Hill died Thursday, February 14.

She was born in Queens, the only child of Arnold and Emma Mowbray Bacon.

Barbara served for many years as a councilwoman for the Town of Greenville and was a charter member of the Greenville Republican Club.

She was an animal lover as well as an accomplished horsewoman, and was known for her ability to nurse and ailing dog or horse back to health.

She was an avid reader, persistent in her quest for knowledge, which she freely shared with all who would listen.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her husband, former State Police Senior Investigator Joseph Valicenti, on March 19, 1992.

She is survived by three children, Barbara A. Valicenti, Joseph J. Valicenti (Joy) and Belinda Waldron;  son-in-law Curtis Waldron; granddaughters Leah and Diana Waldron; grandson, Zachary Linhoff; and her beloved German Shepherd, Tristin.

Calling hours are Saturday, February 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., with a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane society, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson 12534, or to the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, 259 Lark Street, Albany 12210.

February 21, 2008

Telephone operator

Grace M. Wetmore, 79, of Oak Hill, died at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany on Saturday, February 16.   ***** (Either her age or her birth year is listed incorrectly.)

She was born in Passaic, NJ, January 4, 1911, the daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Van Dorn) Moreland.

Grace was a retired telephone operator, having started working in the telephone office on School House Hill Road in Oak Hill and then in Watervliet and Albany.

She was an active member of the Greenville Golden Years and was the oldest at the last two Greenville Old Timers parties that she attended.

Surviving are two stepsons, Stanley Wetmore of Oak Hill and Donald Wetmore (Debbie) of Concord, NC, and a niece, Ruth Sapp of Ocala, FL.

Her husband, Paul Wetmore; three brothers, Raymond, Russell and Winfield Moreland; and a niece, Margaret Pinte, died before her.

Interment was in the Cornwallville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 Karner Road, Albany 12205.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

February 28, 2008

Mushroom expert

John Boyle Jr., 57, of Durham died suddenly on Monday, February 11 at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

He was born January 4, 1951 in Catskill, the son of Ortrud Lutzi Shiefbalm Boyle and the late John Boyle Sr.

John was a graduate of Greenville High School.  He then went on to study math theory at SUNY New Paltz.

John worked with his father as an expert demolitions specialist for American Rock Excavation Inc. of Watertown.

An avid outdoorsman and self-taught mycologist, John was an instructor for his business, Home and Forest of Durham, for many mushroom symposiums and mushroom walks in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Columbia-Greene Community College and Mountain Top Arboretum, and enjoyed searching for various large fruitings of mushrooms, especially his favorite, Chanterelles.

John was a member of numerous mushroom clubs: MYMS, SVMS, Ct-NYMS, M-HMA and NEMS.

Besides his mother, surviving are his wife, Dawn Greco; his children, Joseph Greco of California, Loren Torio and husband Michael and children Lucas and Matthew of Gloversville, Michael Greco and girlfriend Andrea Tirums of Durham, Valerie Celentano and husband Richard and daughter Lillian of Middleburgh and Amanda Boyle of New Paltz; two sisters, Jackalyn Boyle and daughters Penny and Rebecca Boyle of Durham, and Jo-Ann Hassan and husband Khalid and children Ali and Jina of Chicago, IL; mother-in-law Nancy Kramer; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Private cremation was preformed at Park View Cemetery, Schenectady.

Arrangements were with Traver and McCurry Funeral Home, Catskill.

February 28, 2008

World War II veteran

Russell A. Jennings, 85, of Greenville, died at his home on Friday, February 22 with his family by his side.

He was born in Rensselaerville May 16, 1922, the son of the late Aaron and Jean (Farquhar) Jennings.

He was a graduate of Greenville Central School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  A nose gunner on a B24, he received an EAME with six Bronze Stars and was in air combat in the Rome-Arno, Northern Apennines, Po Valley and Rhineland campaigns.

A self-employed carpenter, Russell was a member and past commander of Greenville American Legion Post # 291.  He and his late brother Walt built the Legion Post building and pole pavilion.

An avid fisherman and hunter, Russell enjoyed his vegetable garden and traveling, having been to every state but Hawaii.  He also loved to ride with his son David in his large truck.

Survivors include his sons, David (Evelyn) and Robert (Jane); nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Anne (Lampman) Jennings in 1990, sisters Wilhelmina Yeomans and Dorothy Mahoney and, his brothers Webster, Walton and John Jennings.

Those who desire may contribute in Russell’s memory to Community Hospice, Greenville, Greenville American Legion Post #291 or the Greenville Rescue Squad.

Interment was in the Medusa Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

February 28, 2008

Bus driver

Sandra S. Lounsbury, 65, died Monday, February 25 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, Albany after a long illness.

She was born in Bayshore February 23, 1943, the daughter of the late Harry and Evelyn (Haps) Smith.

Sandy was a bus driver for the Greenville Central School District.   She also worked as a waitress and did housekeeping at Sunny Hill Farms, Shepard’s Farm and Pine Lake Manor.

She was devoted to her family and was a friend to all she met.

Surviving are her daughters, Kathy Goca and her husband Michael, and Eileen Bowen; five grandchildren, Michael V., Mariah Beth, and Phillip Goca, and Robert and Roy Barger; a great-grandchild, Chloe Goca; her longtime companion, Peter; three sisters, Evelyn Jasper, Karen Giardinello and Cheryl Young; two brothers, Harry and Thomas Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, John Smith.

Funeral services are at the convenience of the family and are under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

February 28, 2008

Farmer, laborer

John R. “Dick” Newell, 93, of Westerlo, died Sunday, February 24 at the Living Hills Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was born in Mattituck January 13, 1915, the son of the late George and Nancy (Boucher) Newell.

He was a farmer and laborer with the state Department of Transportation in Voorheesville until his retirement.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Dorothy (Clickman) Newell; sons John of Medusa and Edward and wife Elaine of Greenville; daughter Gloria Brown and husband Richard of Greenville; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia Woessner, and two brothers, George “Pete” Newell and Bob Newell

Services and interment are at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

February 28, 2008

Correction officer

Bruce H. Whitbeck, 52, of Freehold died at his home on Sunday, February 24.

He was born in Catskill February 13, 1956, the son of Emily (Byrne) Whitbeck of Freehold and the late W. Bruce Whitbeck.

Bruce served his country in the Army.  He was a correction officer with the state Department of Corrections, assigned to the Coxsackie Correctional Facility until his retirement.

Bruce loved spending time at the beach.

Besides his mother, surviving are his three children, William Whitbeck and wife Colleen, Daniel Whitbeck and Dyland Whitbeck; five brothers, Robert Whitbeck (Edelgart), William Whitbeck (Molly), Almon Whitbeck, Joseph Whitbeck (Debbie) and Luke Whitbeck (Charlotte); and a sister, Ellen Bartin (Kenneth).

Funeral services are Friday, February 29 at 10:30 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  A Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham.

Friends may call at the funeral home today, February 28, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Burial, weather permitting, is in the Freehold Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Bruce’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 125 Wolf Road, Albany 12205.

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