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Greenville Press

September 2007

Transcribed by Carol Golden
Obituaries provided by Sylvia Hasenkopf

September 6, 2007 

Avid scrap booker

Leila A. (Fitzpatrick) Wich, 69, of Earlton, died Wednesday, August 29 at St. Peter’s Hospice, Albany.

She was born August 12, 1938 in Pittsfield, MA, the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Fitch) Fitzpatrick.

Leila was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church of Coxsackie and was an avid scrap booker.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth F. Wich; three sons, Kenneth J. Wich of Maine and Steven C. and Gary M. Wich, both of Tennessee; four daughters, Susan M. Wich and Carole E. Glover, both of Pennsylvania, and Nancy J. Wich and Elaine B. Van Etten, both of New York; three sisters, Regina Furciniti, Mary Hayes and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, all of Massachusetts; 18 grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, John Fitzpatrick, and a sister, Patricia Fallon.

Burial was in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Community Hospice of Albany County, designated to the Hospice Inn,  315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany 12208, or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at

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

September 6, 2007

Graveside service

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service for Reginald Clapper, 83, of Lantana, FL, formerly of Durham, on Sunday, September 16 at 3 p.m. in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Route 81.

Reginald died July 22 at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, FL.

Funeral arrangements are with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 6, 2007

Photographer, artist

RuthAnn Patton, 61, of Medusa, died at her home on Friday, August 31.

She was born in Huntington July 24, 1946, the daughter of Ruth (Lauersen) Bergwall and the late George Patton.

RuthAnn, was a friend to all who had met her, was an avid photographer and artist.  She loved to go antiquing and was an excellent jewelry designer.  She will be remembered as one who had strong conviction in her faith and who was devoted to her daughter.

Besides her mother, surviving are a daughter, Naomi Saddlemire of Stone Ridge; two sisters, Jeannette Rice (William) and Barbara Ruff (Gregory); two brothers, George Patton (Eleanor)  and Richard A. Patton; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and a brother, Walter Lee Patton.

Graveside services were conducted in the Rensselaerville Cemetery.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the Town of Rensselaerville Rescue Squad, 87 Barger Road, Medusa 12120.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 13, 2007

Vietnam veteran

Steve Pecylak, 59, died peacefully at his home in Westerlo with his family by his side on Saturday, September 8 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Steven was born in Yonkers January 9, 1948, the son of Ksenia (Seredinsky) Pecylak of Hastings on Hudson and the late John Pecylak.

He grew up in Hastings-on- Hudson and joined the Marine Corps on July 30, 1966. He served in Vietnam and was wounded and honorably discharged with a Purple Heart on October 25, 1967.

In 1976 he moved to Westerlo, where he married his wife, Lorraine Scott in 1977.  Steve worked as a carpenter until 1981 and then worked 26 years as a corrections officer, retiring from the Greene Correctional Facility on August 2, 2007.

He also was a member of the Northern Catskill Racing Pigeon Club in Cairo for 22 years. Raising and racing pigeons was his love.

Besides his mother and his wife, Steve in survived by his son and daughter, David and Andrea, both of Westerlo; sisters Irene Hess and Mayann Pirozek, both of Hastings-on-Hudson; and many nieces, nephews and Godchildren.

Interment was in the Westerlo Central Cemetery.

Those who desire are requested to donate in his memory to the Community Hospice of their choice or to St. John the Baptist Church.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 13, 2007

Lifelong homemaker

Johanna M. Radnai, 86, of East Durham, formerly of Yorktown Heights, died at Kaaterskill Care in Catskill on Friday, September 7.

She was born in Germany on January 29, 1921.

A lifelong homemaker, she also was a volunteer for Community Action of Greene County for over five years and was named as a Senior Companion of the Month.  Because she was bilingual in German and English she was able to help clients who spoke German, but no English.

Surviving are her son, Gabor “Gabe” Radnai of East Durham, and relatives in Germany.

Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 20, 2007

Army veteran

Robert E. “Murphy” Vaughn, 83, of Durham, died at the Kaaterskill Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Catskill on Tuesday, September 18.

He was born in Greenville January 2, 1924, the son of the late Thurman and Mable (Elliott) Vaughn.

Murphy served in the Army during World War II in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France, and received the American Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He and his later brother William operated the IGA Market in Greenville and then he worked at Bryant’s Super in Greenville for many years.

He was a member of Greenville American Legion Post # 291.

Surviving are his daughters, Norma Marsilio (Michael) and Marsha Cance (Alessandro); grandchildren Erik and Kim Marsilio, Jessica Pril and Regina Cangelosi; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie (Foland) Vaughn, brothers, Everett, Virgil, William, Thurman and Thurston Vaughn, and stepmother Mildred (Stone) Vaughn.

Services are Friday, September 21 from Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville, with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. The Legion conducts services at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials maybe made to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414

September 27, 2007

Auxiliary charter member

Barbara Baron, 81, of Freehold, died at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany on Sunday, September 23.

She was born in Catskill March 5, 1926, the daughter of the late Henry and Mildred (Tunison) Mangold.

Barbara was very active in the community, teaching American Red Cross swimming lessons and as a charter member of the Freehold Volunteer Fire Auxiliary. She also was active in her church and was a member of the St. John’s Rosary Altar Society.

She enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening and knitting.

Surviving are two daughters, Eileen Fernandez (John) and Michelle Place (Phillip); son Edmund Baron II (Sherry); two brothers, Joseph and Robert Mangold; two sisters, Ruth Herrington and Frances Ayrey; seven grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica Fernandez, Eilis and Stephanie Baron, Philip Place Jr. and Leanne and Evan Place; and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Edmund S. Baron, and a sister, Theresa Notarnicola.

Interment was in the Freehold Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Community Hospice of their choice.

Arrangements were with Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville.

September 27, 2007

Longtime GNH employee

Leland Davis, 82, of Osteen, FL, died Saturday, September 8.

He was born in South Westerlo February 18, 1925, the son of Barney and Alice Gladys Davis.

At an early age the family moved to Kinderhook and he attended Martin Van Buren High School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball.

When the U.S. entered World War II, Lee enlisted in the Navy.  He served aboard the USS Augustus and the aircraft carrier Ranger CV4, which saw duty in the Mediterranean near North Africa, also north of the Arctic Circle close to Norway, in the Pacific to Hawaii and finally to California.  He was discharged at Lido Beach in 1946 and returned home to South Westerlo. 

He met and married his wife of 58 years, Florainne.

Lee was employed by GNH Lumber for 25 years.  He retired as manager of its Windham yard and also served as a member of the board of directors.

He was a member of the Greenville Rotary Club and a 60-year member of the Greenville American Legion Post 291.

Lee was an avid bowler who achieved the title of King of the Hill on local television.  He had also been bitten by the golf bug, playing in several leagues.

Surviving are his wife, Florainne Marie (Kraebel) Davis; son Barry J. Davis and wife Sandy (Shilling) of Osteen, FL; three grandchildren, Michael Cash and wife Laura of Deland, FL, Brian E. Davis and wife Catherine of Henderson, CO, and Amy Jo Davis of Bad Homburg, Germany; three great-grandchildren, Richard Thomas Cash of Florida and Samuel and Alexandra Davis of Colorado; and 28 nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Lee was predeceased by six brothers, Jesse, Charles and Clifford Bogardus, and Kenneth, Valmore and Maurice Davis.

September 27, 2007

Korean War veteran

Richard W. Fenoff, 72, of Ghent, died Thursday, September 20 at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson.

Born March 28, 1935 in Landaff, NH, he was the son of the late Willie and Gladys (Steerey) Fenoff.

He was a management information specialist and driver for the Columbia County Health Care Consortium.

Richard was a Korean War Navy veteran who served on the USS Taconic as a radioman.

He enjoyed coaching for the Ghent Little League and Hudson Pop Warner.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Eleanor “Bootie” (Wheeler) Fenoff; daughter Lori and husband Steve Mashaw of Ghent; son Ron and wife Lori Fenoff of Stuyvesant; four sisters, Kathleen “Kay” Dwyer (Ralph), Emma Duncan (Jerry), Beatrice Hickey (Leo) and Beverly Livingston (George) formerly of Coxsackie; five brothers, Theodore Fenoff, Eugene Fenoff (Sue), Harold Fenoff (Judith), Gerald Fenoff (Patricia) and Raymond (Linda); a brother-in-law, Edward Coon and wife Bev; four grandchildren, Tyler and Courtney Mashaw and Zachary and Derrick Fenoff; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Coon, and a brother, Earl Fenoff.

Burial was in the West Ghent Cemetery.

Contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the Columbia County Community Health Care Consortium, 325 Columbia Street, Hudson 12534.

Arrangements were with Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

September 27, 2007

Memorial service set

A graveside memorial service for Ann Lhotan, formerly of Coxsackie, who died Friday, August 31, takes place Saturday, September 29 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery Coxsackie.

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

September 27, 2007

Retired postmaster

Louise Seaburg, 95, of Alcove, died Sunday, September 23 at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home.

Born in Switzerland February 24, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Karl and Anna (Lammly) Flach.

She was a retired postmaster, having been postmaster in the Alcove Post Office for many years. She and her husband operated the Alcove Store.

Louise loved the Alcove Church, which she attended and supported, and also supported the Little Red School House. She was a past president of the Alcove Cemetery.

Surviving are a son, Curtis Seaburg (Donna) of Alcove; a daughter, Marion Leigh of Alcove; two sisters, Elizabeth Harris and Rose Klob; a brother, Fred Flack; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Seaburg, son Arthur Seaburg, sisters Ida Plass and Anna Lessmuller, and brothers Joseph Flach and the Rev. Charles Flach.

Funeral services are Friday, September 28 from Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81, Greenville. Calling is from 4 to 7pm.

Interment is Saturday, September 29 at 10am in the Alcove Cemetery.

September 27, 2007

World War II veteran

George Walter Snyder, 83, of Westerlo, died Wednesday, September 19 from complications related to Alzheimer's disease.

He was born June 21, 1924 in Westerlo, the son of Walter L. and Christina (Messer) Snyder.

Raised there on the family farm, he graduated from Greenville High School in 1941 and from the New York State Agricultural School (now SUNY) in Cobleskill in 1943. He played basketball at both schools.

George was very proud of his service to his country during world War II. He enlisted in the Army in March 1943 and was assigned as a tractor driver in the C Battery of the 116th Gun Battalion, pulling a 90mm anti-aircraft cannon.

On June 6, 1944 he landed on Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion and with his unit fought through France, Belgium and Germany, including the infamous Battle of the Bulge.

Among the citations he received are the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Service Arrowhead and recognition for participation in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns.

He was honorably discharged in November 1945. after the war he returned to Westerlo, where he began a small excavating business that eventually became George . Snyder and Son.

He married his wife, Mary Elizabeth Brennan, on September 17, 1950 and together they raised their family and operated the excavating business for many years, with George driving snowplow for the Town of Westerlo and working construction in New York City during the winters.

In 1967 he went to Uruguay, South America for three months, where he served as a consultant to the Agency for International Development, teaching native Uruguayans how to operate heavy equipment.

George eventually joined his brother Fred on the auto and grounds crew at Hannay Reels, where he worked for 17 years. He finished his career by serving as the Westerlo highway superintendent for 10 years.

in his retirement, George continued to enjoy snowmobiling, making maple syrup, operating his sawmill and generally puttering around the farm. He also traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

He was a member of Preston Hollow American Legion Post 589, the Westerlo Reformed Church, the Westerlo Democratic Social Club and the Westerlo Historical Society, and a past member of the Town of Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company, and the Westerlo Basic Valley Fish and Game Club and the New York State and Albany County Town Highway Superitendents Associations.

George is survived by his children, George R. "Robbie" Snyder and wife Gail; Peter Snyder and Mary Jane S. Araldi and husband Albert; his sisters, Anna Kuhar of Rensselaerville and Catherine (Alvin) Latham of Westerlo; brother Robert A. (Ruth) Snyder of Westerlo; and his grandchildren, Gregory, Sarah and Meghan Araldi, all of Westerlo.

He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mary, brothers John, Fred, Henry and Richard Snyder, and sisters Viola Hallenbeck and Mary Tompkins.

Interment was in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 85 Watervliet avenue, Albany 12206, or to the Tpwn of Westerlo Library, P.O. Box 148, Westerlo 12193.

September 27, 2007


Donald Fred Burger, 76, of Athens, died Sunday, September 23 at his home after a long illness.

Don was the proprietor of Catskill Valley Pharmacy. He served his community for more than 40 years.

He was a parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Athens and was an active member of the choir. He had a great passion for singing.

Don also was a sports fan who loved football, baseball and bowling.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Ann (Riescher) Burger; three sons, Donald P. Burger and Mark and Gloria Burger all of Athens, and William and Sarah Burger of Virginia; three daughters, Colleen Hollowa of Catskill, Kathleen Burger of Menands and Irene and Gene Speenburgh of Athens; a sister, Irene and Michael Scott of Coxsackie; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated today, September 27, at 10am at St. Patrick's Church in Athens. A gathering for family and friends follows at the church.

Arrangements are with Richards Funeral Home, Athens.

September 27, 2007

Finance Department retiree

Mildred E. Cameron, 101, formerly of Coxsackie and Home Sweet Home of Catskill, died Wednesday, September 19 at Eden Park Health Care Center, Catskill.

She was born in Oneonta October 7, 1905, the daughter of the late Edward H. and Ella J. (Thomson) Mead.

She was raised in the Athens area and lived most of her life in Coxsackie. She was a retiree of the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Coxsackie and its United Methodist Women, and the Kaksakee Chapter 873 Order of the Eastern Star, which held services for her.

Survivors include her dear friend, Dorothy Johnson; a niece, Judy Humphries of Florida; and a great-nephew, Keith Humphries of Florida.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Carol J. Cameron, and a brother, Floyd H. Mead.

Burial was in the Old Athens Rural Cemetery.

Contributions in Mildred's memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Coxsackie, 103 Mansion Street, Coxsackie 12051.

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

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