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Greenville Press

September 2008

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

September 4, 2008 

Active senior 

Ethel Rapp, 94, of South Berne, died Monday, September 1 at her residence. 

Born March 8, 1914 in Schoharie, she was the daughter of the late John and Gladys (Shaver) Manchester. 

Ethel graduated from Schoharie High School and worked in the cafeteria at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School. 

She belonged to the Hilltowns Seniors, the Rensselaerville Seniors, and was the oldest living member of the South Berne Congregational Christian Church.  Ethel was instrumental in forming the Wednesday Seniors group at the church. 

She was an avid domino player and enjoyed taking long rides and stopping at garage sales along the way. Everyone loved her baked goods, especially her famous sugar cookies.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Patricia) Rapp and Robert (Rachel) Rapp; grandchildren Debora (Brian) Stalker, Randy (Beth) Rapp, Susan (Larry) Ragone and James (Carol Ann) Rapp; great-grandchildren Larry (Andrea) Ragone Jr., David Stalker, Amanda Stalker, Renee Rapp, Jessee Rapp, William (Billy) Rapp and Randy Rapp Jr.; a sister Helen Sisson; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Herman Rapp; grandsons Jeff and Joel (Jody) Rapp; and a brother, Albert (Ike) Manchester.

By Ethel’s request, there will be a memorial service held at the convenience of the family, the date and time to be announced.

Donations may be made in her memory to the South Berne Congregational Christian Church, 101 Church Road, Berne 12023.

Arrangements are with Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont.

September 4, 2008 


Myrtle C. Abrams, 81, of Medusa, died Tuesday, August 26 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, Albany.

She was born in Westerlo March 4, 1927, the daughter of the late Lafayette and Catherine (Lounsbury) Fancher.

Myrtle was a graduate of Greenville Central School.

A lifelong homemaker, she loved gardening, sewing and playing games such as checkers, cards and board games, with her family.

She was a member of the Clark White Post # 589 American Legion Auxiliary and a former member of the Hiawatha Grange.

Surviving are her three daughters, Karen McAll (Robert), Susan Downes (John) and Linda Dentice (Peter); a son, Edward Abrams (Sandy); her sister, Edith Ormsbee (Ray); seven grandchildren, Danielle Downes, Crystal Haring (Tom), William Oleksiw III, Drew Abrams, Catherine Gebe (Josh), Jonathan Downes (Kate) and Mary Dentice; four great-grandchildren, Cody, May, Adam, Daren and Beth; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, her husband, Ford H. Abrams, predeceased her in 1990.

Burial is in the Medusa Cemetery.

Those who desire may contribute to the Greenville FFA or to the volunteer ambulance squad or fire company of your choice.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 4, 2008

Former secretary

Helen (Gerling) Nordlund of Medusa died Monday, September 1, 10 days short of her 96th birthday.

She was born in Harlem September 10, 1912, the daughter of the late Earnest and Hulda (Carlson) Gerling.

Helen was a secretary for many years at the Pioneer Insurance Company in Greenville.

She was a 75-year member of the Eastern Star and also belonged to the Greenville American Legion Post # 291 Auxiliary.

Her last years were spent at the Whittier Nursing Home in Ghent.

Surviving are her niece and god-daughter, Carolyn (Robert) Millard; niece Laura Galloway; great nieces and great nephews Lance, Birgitta, Gordon, Jennifer and Erick, and Casie and Krya Brandstadter; and devoted helpmates Lisa and Courtney Murray.

Helen was the wife of Walton G. Nordlund, who predeceased her in 1997.  Besides her parents, she also was predeceased by her brother, Alfred Gerling, and a niece, Linda Nordlund.

Funeral services are Friday, September 5 at 2 p.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interment is in the Medusa Cemetery.

September 11, 2008 

Resort employee

Madlyn Mae Giacomino, 71, of Greenville, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson on Saturday, September 6.

She was born May 23, 1937, the daughter of the late Adelbert and Ethel (Softy) Butler.

Madlyn was a waitress and worked at several local resorts, including Sunny Hill Farm, Pine Springs and Baumann’s Brookside.

She was known for loving to have a good time and enjoying her friendships as much as her friends enjoyed her.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a son Robert Anspacher.

Surviving are two daughters, Doris Ludden and Laura Vitali; a son, Wayne Anspacher; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Kellie; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 11, 2008

Durham Elementary teacher

Gertrude (Duffy) Carr, died at her home in Cornwallville on Tuesday, September 2 after a long illness.

Gertrude was a college honors graduate who was elected to the Honor Society Kappa Delta Pi.  She received a master’s degree in education from Russell Sage College.

She resided on her horse farm while teaching third grade in the Durham Elementary School for 30 years.

Surviving are husband of 60 years, William; her daughter, Ellen; son William Jr.; a brother, attorney James Duffy of Clearwater, FL; and five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Carr.

A memorial service will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 11, 2008

Retired corrections officer

Alfred Joseph Dardani, 88, of Coxsackie, died Sunday, August 31 at his daughter’s home.

He was born in Coxsackie’s Upper Landing on September 17, 1919 to the late Alfredo and Anna (Cella) Dardani.

Affectionately known as “Gampy” by family, he was a retired corrections officer at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility, where he worked for close to 30 years.

He served in the Army in the Pacific Theatre from 1943 to 1946 during World War II.

During his lifetime he enjoyed gardening, fishing, rooting for the New York Yankees and spending countless hours with his family, including his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School, a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Coxsackie VFW Post # 10986 and a Coxsackie Little League coach during the 1960s.

Survivors include his daughter, Anne D’Arcangelis of Coxsackie; sons, David and wife Mary Dardani of Poughkeepsie, Alfred and wife Jane Dardani of Coxsackie and Stephen and wife Lorraine Dardani of Syracuse, nine grandchildren, Lisa, Teresa, Valerie, Antonio, Ross, Aaron, Molly, Ian and Celisia; great-grandchildren Lorenzo, Giovanna, Anna Maria, Leonardo, Silvio and Sofia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents and wife of 61 years Theresa Maria Tarallo, he was predeceased by his infant sons, Edward and Joseph, seven siblings and son-in-law Howard D’Arcangelis.

Interment with military honors was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Coxsackie.

In lieu of flowers, donation in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Memorial Society, 80 Mansion Street, Coxsackie 12051.

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

September 11, 2008


A memorial service for Elissa Ann Maxwell takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 13 at Brandow Park in Oak Hill.

Elissa died August 24, 2007.

September 18, 2008

Bronze Star recipient

Alfred A. Daoust, 89, of Bethany Village, West Coxsackie, died Wednesday, September 10 at Kaaterskill Care, Catskill.

He was born on April 28, 1919, in Albany, the son of the late Alfred G. and Yvonne (Lebuis) Daoust and stepmother Deneiges (Lauzon) Daoust.

Alfred served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 as a Tech 4 Sergeant, and was a Bronze Star recipient.

He was a contractor and built many homes in Coxsackie.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a carpenter for the state Department of Corrections in Coxsackie.

He was a lifelong resident of Coxsackie, a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, a past grand knight of the Coxsackie Knights of Columbus, a member and past chief of the Coxsackie Hose Company 3, a member of the Coxsackie American Legion Post 166, the Coxsackie VFW Post 10986, Coxsackie Senior organizations, Bethany Village Seniors, and an umpire for the Coxsackie Little League.

He is survived by two sons, Ronald (Kathleen) and Donald (Deborah); a daughter, Judee (Daoust Synakowski (Leo), all of Coxsackie; two brothers, Ernest and Ronald Daoust of FL., five sisters, Yvette Cusick of Westmore, Marie Ladouceur of North Greenbush, Yvonne Scully, Irene Coyne, Franklinette Motler, all of Renssalaer; six grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

His wife, Julia K. (Votta) Daoust, died July 29, 2007.

Interment with full military honors was in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Coxsackie.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Memorial Society, 80 Mansion Street, Coxsackie 12051; or Coxsackie Hose Co. 3, P.O. Box1301, West Coxsackie 12192.

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

September 18, 2008

Worked for Dean’s Mill

William M. Vedder, 23, of Greenville, died as the result of a motorcycle accident on Wednesday, September 10 in Durham.

He was born in Niskayuna, NY on May 25, 1985, son of Frank Vedder Sr. and Clementine (Judd) Mallard.

Will graduated from Greenville Central School and was employed at Dean’s Mill in Oak Hill.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and weight lifting.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Clementine and Clifford Mallard of Cobleskill; his father and stepmother, Frank Sr. and Heidi Vedder, and his grandmother Alberta Vedder, all of Greenville; three brothers, George, Gary and Frank Jr. Vedder (and his fiancée Kayla Fortin).

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 25, 2008

Devoted husband, father

Peter Andresen Jr., 87, of Englewood, FL, formerly of Greenville, died Tuesday, September 2 in Wilmington, NC, after an earnest attempt to fly to New York via a medical flight.

Born in Hamburg, Germany on October 1, 1920, Peter came to America with his father and sister in 1929.  He became a United States citizen and lived in New York City until his father purchased a farm in upstate New York.  His early years were spent working the family farm, located on Route 403, Greenville.

After his marriage to Helen D. Miletti on May 27, 1945, he sought employment with Bond Bread Baking Co. in Albany.  He became a union representative for Local 50 Bakery and Confectionery Workers of America, dedicating himself to improving the working conditions, benefits and wages of all union members.  His talents for communication and devotion to the union’s cause allowed him to rise to the rank of business agent.

He retired in 1981 and moved with Helen to Florida in 1984.

He served as president of the AARP in Rotunda West, Fl., and after moving to Englewood, he became a member of the Englewood Elks and the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his son, Kenneth P. Andresen; his daughters, Diane M. Gundersen and Linda M. Andresen; his son-in-law, Roy E. Gundersen; his daughter-in-law, Margueritte C. Andresen; and grandchildren Marie, Jennifer, Catherine and Stephen Andresen, Gina M. Blenis, Eric K. Gundersen, Jessica and Katie Albin, and Daniel Andresen.

Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Inga Schaefer.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4 at Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville.  Interment follows in the Greenville Cemetery.

September 25, 2008

Round Top resident

Florence M. Gonnoud, 86, of Round Top, died Wednesday, September 17 at Kaaterskill Care, Catskill.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Pahl, and several nieces and nephews.

Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Novitiate, with burial on the grounds.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

September 25, 2008

Ingalside employee

Irene M. Blenis-Butler, 92, of Greenville, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, September 16.

She was born in Grapeville August 17, 1916, the daughter of the late Raymond T. and Julia (Van Tassell) Clow.

Irene was a 1935 graduate of Greenville central school.

During World War II she worked at the Watervliet Arsenal.  She was a recreation hall operator and waitress at Ingalside Farm resort for 26 years.

Irene was a former member of the Maranatha Valley Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her husband, Clifford D. Butler; a son, Charles (Barbara) Blenis of Albany; a granddaughter, Valerie (Steve) Blenis-Pommer of Albany; a niece, Rosie Kiefer of Virginia and several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Besides her parents, Irene was predeceased by her husband, Donald Blenis, in 1991; her brother, E. Virgil Clow; her nephew, Everett Clow; and her niece, Judy Lomanto.

Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

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

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 25, 2008

Corrections officer

Dennis P. Byrne. 49, of Earlton, died suddenly on Saturday, September 20 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born in Catskill June 19, 1959, he was the son of Agnes Coleman Byrne and the late Lawrence J. Byrne.

Dennis was a corrections officer at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kaider Byrne; his sons, Stephen, Brian and Matthew Byrne; two sisters, Eileen and Kathleen Byrne; four brothers, Lawrence, Timothy, Michael and Christopher Byrne; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Besides his father, Dennis was predeceased by a brother, John Byrne.

Burial was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 25, 2008

Farm Family retiree

Nancy J. Biernacki, 64, of Selkirk, died Wednesday, September 17.

Nancy was born in Albany and lived in Selkirk all her life.

In June 2007, Nancy retired after 29 years of service with Farm Family Insurance.

Survivors include her husband, John C. Biernacki; children Teri. L. (Ken) Roberts of Florida, Stephen J. (Kristine) Biernacki and Scott J. (Jeanne) Biernacki of Coeymans Hollow; her brothers, James L. (Sue) Williams of Ravena and Robert J. (Stephanie) Hoose of Colorado; a sister, Bonnie S. (Larry) Conrad of Ravena; an aunt, Marion E. Klein of Connecticut; grandchildren Evan and Haley Roberts of Florida, and Kaey and Jake Biernacki and Tyler and Timothy Biernacki, all of Coeymans Hollow; and several nieces and nephews.

Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy J. Hoose and James H. Williams.

Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Selkirk.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, 38 Church Road, Selkirk 12158.

Arrangements were with Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.

September 25, 2008

Porto Insurance employee

Linda Ruocco, 63, of Freehold, born Linda Evelyn Turner to Dorothy and Elton Turner in Niskayuna on July 11, 1945, died Friday, September 12 at Albany Medical Center after courageously fighting a lengthy illness.

Her father made the ultimate sacrifice, dying in the waning days of World War II prior to meeting his daughter.  Her mother died from sudden illness in 1947. She was also predeceased by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Ruocco, in 2007.

Linda was raised by her maternal grandmother, Evelyn Teator (1895 to 1979) and her husband Norman Teator (1908 to 1999) of Durham, whom she called her “Pa.”

Linda was a loving and caring soul to all who knew her.  She bore the consummate “servant’s heart” extending her care to her many cousins, their children, their extended families and her own extended family of neighbors, co-workers and friends. Her care giving, compassion and strength made her the center of her family and her humility eternal optimism and giving heart drew all who came in contact with her closer.  Linda’s ability to give so much of herself in support of her loved ones even while facing her own challenges commanded deepest admiration and respect.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, all of God’s creatures and was a dedicated employee of the Porto Insurance Agency of Catskill.

Those who desire may contribute in her memory to the Oak Hill-Durham United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 25, 2008

Army veteran

Raymond K. “Buddy” Nordenberg, 76, of Cairo, died Sunday, September 21, at Community Hospice at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

He was born in Brooklyn May 15, 1932, the son of the late Edward H. and Anna Marie (Schew) Nordenberg.

Buddy had been an area resident for 60 years.  Prior to his retirement he was employed by Grand Union of Albany.

He served in the Army and received the Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, a Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was a member of the Cairo-Durham Elks and Cairo American Legion Post #983.

Survivors include his sons, Raymond K. Nordenberg II and Scott Michael Nordenberg, both of Cairo, two grandsons, Bradon (Ray) Warner and Kenneth Raymond Wert; and a dear friend, Jean Cechacki.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Anna Marie Warner.

Calling hours are Friday, September 26 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Richards Funeral Home, 29 Bross Street, Cairo.  The Elks Club and American Legion conduct services Friday evening at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian burial is celebrated Saturday, September 27 at noon at Sacred Heart church of Cairo by the Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, pastor.

Burial follows in the Round Top Cemetery with full military honors.

Contributions in Buddy’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, PO Box 7, East Syracuse 13057.

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