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Greenville Press

July 2008

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

July 3, 2008 

Systems analyst

Diane M. Turon, 63, died at her home on Sunday, June 29. She was born in Hudson June 21, 1945. 

Diane was a systems analyst with IBM in Kingston until her retirement. 

She enjoyed shopping and traveling to flea markets and craft shows. 

Surviving are her husband, Leland Turon of Greenville; her four children, Wendi Merkel, Charles Jacobs, Nicole Jacobs, and Tara Turon; seven grandchildren, John and Jason Calderon, Kent Statlander, Jake, Jessica and Jordan Jacobs and Aaliyah Glover; three great-grandchildren; and a special aunt and uncle, Virgie and John Taylor. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Jane Soule. 

As to her wishes, Diane was cremated. 

A memorial service is planned at a later date at the convenience of the family. 

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 10, 2008 

Senate worker

Janice A. Cronk, 66, of Ravena, died Saturday, July 5 after a long illness.

Janice had worked many years for the state Senate in Albany and was a member of the Congregational Christian Church of Ravena.

Survivors include her son, Matthew (Melanie) Schwabrow of Ravena; a sister, Murilene Cronk of Greenville; grandsons Bryan and Tyler Schwabrow; a niece; two nephews; two great-nieces and two great-nephews.

Janice was predeceased by her parents, Murrell and Anna Cronk.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12 from Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial follows in the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.

Calling is Friday, July 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

July 10, 2008 

GCS cafeteria worker

Margaret S. Duffek, 84, of Greenville, formerly of Queens, died Wednesday, July 2 at Resurrection Nursing Home, Castleton.

She was born in Maspeth March 29, 1924, the daughter of the late Michael and Margaret (Wince) Larko.

Margaret had been employed by Greenville Central School, where she worked in the cafeteria.

Surviving are her daughter, Margaret (William) Lenart of Greenville; a sister, Anna Lane; a brother, Michael Larko; a grandson, Derek Lenart; a niece, and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles J. Duffek, in 1996.

Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Greene County Meals on Wheels Program.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 10, 2008 


Service Saturday

A memorial service for Virginia Mae Klimpel, 81, of Racine, WI, is Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. in the Greenville Cemetery.

She died at her home on April 22.

Virginia was born in South Westerlo September 27, 1926, the daughter of the later Reuben and Millicent  (Willsey) Swartout. 

She was the widow of Robert W. Klimpel, who she married on December 25, 1950. 

Surviving are her daughters, Karen Nelson and Pamela (Phillip) Rainwater, both of Racine, WI, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Cunningham, Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 10, 2008


Retired CO

Lawrence Joseph Byrne, 77, of East Durham, formerly of Queens, died Tuesday, July 8 at Columbia Memorial  Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Queens, September 8, 1930, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Helen (Ball) Byrne.

Lawrence was a corrections officer with the state Department of Corrections for 28 years.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Knock Shrine and a past grand knight of Our Lady of Knock Council #6439 Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Agnes Byrne; seven children, Eileen, Lawrence, Timothy,Kathleen, Dennis, Michael and Christopher Bryne; four sisters, Sr. Eileen Byrne, Helen Byrne, Emily Whitbeck and Kathleen Byrne; four brothers, Peter, Xavier, Enda and Patrick Byrne; 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant son and a son, John Byrne, brothers Joseph, Michael and John Bryne, and sisters Mary Lynch and Teresa Rouse.

Funeral services are today, July 10, at 9:15 a.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham.

Interment is in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in Lawrence’s memory to Our Lady of Knock Shrine.  

July 17, 2008 

USPS retiree

Shirley B. Ingalls, 77, of Norton Hill, died suddenly Saturday, July 12 with her loving husband by her side.

She was born in Oak Hill March 13, 1931, the daughter of the late Alfred and Elizabeth (Griffin) Burnett.

Shirley graduated from Greenville Central School in 1948 and received a degree from the Mildred Elley Business School.

She worked as a secretary for GNH Lumber for many years and for 30 hears with the U.S. Postal Service.  The last four years she was postmaster of the Norton Hill Post Office before her retirement in 1992.

Shirley also was very active in Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church. She loved singing in the church choir for more than 50 years.

She was a secretary-treasurer for the Greenville Fire District for many years.  She also served on the Greenville Library Board.

Shirley is survived by her childhood sweetheart and beloved husband of 58 years, Walter H. Ingalls; their children, Kaaren (Kurt) Haushalter, Kevin (Karen) Ingalls, Krista (Carl) Haushalter and Kay (Eric) Sutton; grandchildren Somer, Jason (Lisa), Jacob, Laura (Tim), Rebecca, Aubrey and Walter; great-grandson Jacob Richard; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, including Betty Gustavson and Sis Rasmussen.

A memorial service to celebrate Shirley’s life takes place Saturday July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Greenville Rescue Squad or the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 17, 2008

WWII Army veteran

Joseph J. Sapienza, 89, of Greenville, died Thursday, July 10 at Good Samaritan Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Delmar.

He was born in Brooklyn July 4, 1919, the son of the late Carmello and Marie Sapienza.

Joe served in the Army during World War II in Central Europe, Naples-Foggia, Rhineland, Rome-Arno, Sicily and Southern France.

He was a bus driver with the New York City Transit Authority until his retirement.

He was a member of the Greenville American Legion Post #291.  He also was an avid cook and liked to travel to Atlantic City and Foxwoods.

Surviving are his stepchildren, Elizabeth (Joe) Malanga of Albany and Anthony (Susan) Mastroianni of Ohio, nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Sapienza in 2006, brothers Michael and Anthony Sapienza, and sisters Grace Rappa and Lillian Pennsi.

Those who wish may contribute in Joe’s memory to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany 12205-3809.

Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 24, 2008 

County Highway retiree

John L.Walters, 79, of Westerlo, died at his home on Thursday, July 17.

He was born in Greenwich, CT, April 7, 1929, the son of the late Frederick and Elsie (Olson) Walters.

John served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy.  He was employed as a laborer with the Albany County Highway Department in Westerlo until his retirement.

He was a member of the VFW Post in Connecticut.

He loved hunting, fishing, his friends, country music and his “Lotto.” John also loved to fly and work on planes.

Surviving are two brothers, Charles and Roberts Walters; three sisters, Ethel Brower, Irene Scheck and Helen White; three stepsons, Wayne and Henry Lewandoski and Joseph Lewin; and several nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his companion of 26 years, Helen Lewandoski; four brothers, David, Richard, George and Fred Walters; and a sister, Elsie Nebel.

Interment was in the Rensselaerville Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

July 31, 2008 

Building contractor

Randy Gifford, 51, of Greenville, died suddenly in the Town of Durham.

He was born in Catskill October 23, 1956, the son of Richard Gifford (Mary Ann) of Greenville and Carolyn (Burnett) Bullinger of Williamsport, TN.

Randy was a well-known building contractor known for his excellent workmanship.

He attended the Greenville-Norton Hill Methodist Church.

He was a friend to all he met and would help anyone in need.

Besides his parents, surviving are his fiancée, Sally-Ann Asaro; two brothers, Andrew Gifford (Teresa) and Donald Gifford; three sisters, Deborah Boyd (Phil), Sandra Grigg (Gary) and Bonnie Ralston; Uncles Jack Gifford and Ogden Saddlemire; Aunt Shirley Fernandez; and several nieces and nephews.

His son, Jesse Ryan Gifford, predeceased him on July 14, 2002.

As to his request, Randy was cremated at the Albany Rural Cemetery. Interment is at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

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