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Greenville Press

September 2005

Transcribed by Melanie Citty
Obituaries provided by April Saccoccio

September 8, 2005 


Loretta M. Baldwin, 92, of Coxsackie, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson on Sunday, September 4. 

She was born in Madison, ME, on March 5, 1923, the daughter of the late Edmond and Carolyn (Dionne) Jacques.

A lifelong homemaker, Baldwin was a former member of the Helderberg Hilltoppers RV Club.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Baldwin; her stepchildren, Kenneth Baldwin Jr. and wife Patricia of Athens, Herman Reinhold and wife Susan of Virginia, Karen Page and husband Steve of Indiana, Vernon Baldwin and wife Kirsten of Coxsackie and Skyben and wife Diane of Coxsackie; her sisters, Lucille of Ridge, NH and Rita of Winchendon, MA; 19 step grandchildren; a niece, Patricia McMann of Tupper Lake; and sister-in-law, Sr. Mary Clotilde (Mary Barcomb) of Chicago, IL.

Funeral services are today, September 8, at 8 p.m. from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Calling precedes services from 7 to 8 p.m.

Interment will be in the Holy Name Church Cemetery, Tupper Lake.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to a rescue squad of their choice.

September 8, 2005


Leta Payne, 73, of Greenville Center, died at the Hospice Inn of St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Saturday, September 3. 

She was born in Durham May 10, 1932, the daughter of the late Harry and Minnie (Smith) German. 

A lifelong homemaker, she loved sewing and made all sorts of clothes for everyone, including several wedding gowns and suits. 

Payne was a member of the Greenville Center Baptist Church. 

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Francis “ Frank” Payne; two sons, Gerald Payne and Glenn Payne and wife Denise, all of Freehold; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Ashley Payne; and a sister, Mildred Nethaway and husband Raymond of Freehold.

 A sister, Murial German predeceased her.

 Interment was in the Freehold Cemetery.

 Contributions in her memory may be made to the Greenville Center Baptist Church.

 Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 8, 2005


A Mass of Christina Burial is celebrated for Frances Mennona of Greenville on Saturday, September 10 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, East Durham.

Interment follows in the Greenville Cemetery.

There are no calling hours. Services are under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mennona, 69, formerly of Norwalk, CT, died Friday, July 22 at Barnwell Nursing Home, Valatie. She was born in Catskill December 13, 1935, the daughter of the late Jesse O. and Marion Felter.

Mennona was office worker at MBI (Danbury Mint) in Norwalk, Ct.

September 8, 2005


Barbara A. Koenke, 64, of Cairo, died Wednesday, August 31 at her home. She was born August 1, 1941, in Merrick, Long Island, at the home of her late parents, Walter C. and Anna M. (Andersen) Andersen.

Koenke was a U. S. mail carrier for 17 years at the Cairo Post Office.  She enjoyed her co-workers and customers she delivered to.

Survivors include her husband, William Koenke Jr.; her daughters, Peggy Henne and husband Mark, and Lisa Spring and husband Tim; three grandchildren, Jessica South, Kristina Van Wife and Bill Spring; a brother, Walter Andersen and wife Terry of Wantagh; her aunt, Dorothy Andersen of Port Richie, FL; brothers-in-law Michael Koenke of Oneonta and Frank Parshley of Bellmae; many nieces and nephews; and extended family Kay and Danny Lannon.

Interment was in the Cairo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greene County Women's; League Cancer Patient Aid, P.O. Box 341, round Top 12473, Attn: Memorial Barbara Koenke.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

September 8, 2005


John “Jack” Archibald Smith, 80, of Palenville, died Wednesday, August 31 at his home follow a long illness.

He was born May 5, 1925, the son of the late Archibald and Hazel Margaret (Stanbrough) Smith.

Smith graduated from Catskill High School and enlisted in the Army in 1943. During World War II he as a twin-engine pilot earning the rank of first lieutenant. He earned the Amer5ican Theater Medal, Army of Occupation Medal of Japan, and World War II victory Medal upon his discharge in 1947.

He retired from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in 1974 and started his own business ventures, including selling and servicing Honda Motorcycles and
Aluminum siding and installation.

Smith was an avid fly fisherman who made his own poles and fly ties, as well as an active hunter. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Hunter Mountain and an active member of the American Legion in Palenville.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gertrude Stella Rothrock, whom he married on June 12, 1948; nine children, Sandra Lynn Burns of Pennsylvania, Judith Gail of Jensen, Co, Hazel Ann McGlynn of Malba, John A. Smith Jr. of Saranac, Dorothy Atkins of Saranac, Jamie Wilms and Mark Smith of Palenville, Gary Wayne Smith of Greenville and Mathew Smith of Kiskatom; a brother Douglas Smith of Palenville; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two nephews and two nieces.

Burial was in the Palenville Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Millspaugh-Camerato Funeral Home, Catskill.

September 29, 2005


Arthur E. Gustavson, 82, of Catskill, died Saturday, September 24 at the Albany Veterans Hospital after a long illness. 

Born November 5, 1922, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna C. (Stefanson) Gustavson. 

Gustavson’s family moved to Cairo when he was 7 years old. He graduated from Cairo Central School and joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

He was a New York State corrections officer and farm manager at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility for 37 years and was a security guard for Columbia-Greene Community College for 15 years.

He was an avid deer hunter and was known for his beautiful flowers and vegetable garden.

In early years he was a Boy Scout leader and Little League baseball coach in Catskill and Coxsackie, and one of the original builders of the Ricky Cramer baseball field in Jefferson Heights.

Gustavson was the first World War II veteran of Cairo American Legion Post #983 and a member of the Catskill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth “Betty” Abrams, whom he married on August 6, 1944 in Cairo United Methodist Church; a son, Mark Arthur Gustavson and wife Nancy of Mexico, NY; a brother, Carl Almer Gustavson and wife Enid of Lake Worth, FL; a niece, Barbara Ann Lucca of Pine Bush; nephews William Gustavson of Cornwallville, Gary Gustavson of Lake Worth, Brian Rasmussen of Greenville and Barry Rasmussen of Hartford, CT; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

He was buried with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Catskill, 40 Woodland Avenue, Catskill 12414.

Arrangements were with Richards Funeral Home, Cairo.

September 29, 2005


Rosella Elizabeth Simpkins, 89, formerly of Round Top, died Sunday, September 18 at the Golden Hill Health Care Facility in Kingston, where she had resided for the past year.

Born in Stuyvesant August 18, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Marjorie (Davidson) Teetsel.

Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth Ann) Friss of Kingston, Mrs. John (Linda) Amerson of Round Top, Mrs. Paul (Lois) Ferraro of Catskill and Claudia Powers of Las Vegas, NV; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Stanley Simpkins, predeceased her on July 19, 2003.

Private cremation took place at the Albany Rural Crematorium. A committal service will take place in the spring in the Town of Catskill Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, Catskill.

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