Obituaries from the Windham Journal

April 2002



The Windham Journal
, weekly newspaper published by Hudson Valley Newspapers at Windham, Greene County, NY - Issues of April 2002, Volume 145, Numbers 14-17. Typed by Patricia J. Morrow. Notations and corrections are in brackets.

Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 4, 2002, no obituaries published.
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Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 11, 2002, page B3 [two additional articles were published in the April 18, 2002 issue]

Wilfred C. Hitchcock


MAPLECREST - Wilfred C. Hitchcock, 82, of Maplecrest, died Monday, April 8, 2002 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 19, 1919, the son of William and Grace (nee Crandell) Hitchcock.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Iris Hitchcock, whom he married on Oct. 1, 1940, his sons, Wilfred C. Jr.; James W. and Dennis L.; and brother Elwood Hitchcock. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Calling hours were Wednesday, at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at the Maplecrest Free Methodist Church, Maplecrest, with Pastor Michael Jansen officiating.

Interment will follow at the Maplecrest Cemetery, Maplecrest.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maplecrest Free Methodist Church, Maplecrest, N.Y. 12454.

Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 11, 2002, page B3

Alfred L. Johnson

COBLESKILL - Alfred L. Johnson, 89, of Jay Ridge Apartments, Cobleskill, died Thursday, March 21 at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County, Cobleskill.

Mr. Johnson was born May 8, 1912, in Windham, the son of Edward and Lillian (Sheldon) Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a graduate of the Windham-Ashland-Jewett High school.

Mr. Johnson retired a[s] a machinist form [from] General Electric in Schenectady in 1975 and was a member of the Union Local 301. He was [a] charter member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #2040 in Cobleskill and a member of the Carlisle Senior Citizens. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Second Reformed Church of Howes Cave.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie Meade Johnson, who died in 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Ruland Dargie Johnson, whom he married in 1977; a daughter, Gail Johnson of Anchorage, AK; two stepdaughters, Harriet Kenyon of Cobleskill and Sally Atkins of Wilsons, VA; two stepsons, Donald Dargie of Sharon Springs and Leslie Dargie of Cobleskill; two grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; and nine step-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Monday at the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm Street, Cobleskill. Officiating was Rev. Jared VanWagenen IV of Lawyersville and Vena Ray of Barnerville. A service by the Elks was also given.

Burial will be [in the] Old Stone Fort Cemetery, Schoharie, at a later date.

Memorial contributions  may be made to the Second Reformed Church, Church Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092 or the American Cancer Society, 1450 Western Avenue, Room 1012, Albany, NY 12203-3572.


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 11, 2002, page B3

Anna Carlovich

WINDHAM - Anna Carlovich, 89, of Windham, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

Born in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Eleanor (Puccio) Morano.

Mrs. Carlovich was married to John V. Carlovich, who died May 7, 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Lenore Radelich; a son, Albert Carlovich; two brothers, John Morano and Frank Morano; grandchildren, Frank Morano, Stefan Radelich, Marianna Leman, Anna Diaz and John Carlovich; great-grandchildren, Mariam, Sebastian, Alexander, Annekerose and Justice.

Along with her husband, Mrs. Carlovich was predeceased by a sister, Rose Trovato, and brother Cosmo Morano.

Calling hours were Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, at the Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Windham.

Services were conducted Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment is at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland.

Contributions to Feed the Hungry or Compassion International may be mailed to Albergo Allegria, Attn.: Lesile, P.O. Box 267, Windham, N.Y. 12496.

The family will see that the contribution will be properly submitted.


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 11, 2002, page B3

Donald D. Griffin

TANNERSVILLE - Donald D. Griffin, 75, of Tannersville, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 19, 1926, son of the late Homer Griffin and Eva (O'Dell) Griffin, in East Jewett.

Mr. Griffin retired after 20 years of service in the U.S. Army, having served in World War II and Korea with military honors. He was a member of the Bunt Brewer Post No. 165 and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and D.A.V.

Survivors include his companion of 22 years, Lawana J. Gilman of Tannersville; a son, Steven Griffin of Martinez, Ga.; two brothers, Orliff Griffin of Radcliff, Ky. and Flavous Griffin of Union, N.J.; a sister, June Benson of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was predeceased by five sisters, Bessie Healy, Helen Rohl, Ruth Braun, Beatrice Hinch, and Charlotte Meigs.

A cremation was held at the Wiltwyck Rural Crematory in Kingston. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter. Officiating will be the Rev. Gregory Ferriss.

Donations may be made in Mr. Griffin's memory to the Tannersville Rescue Squad.


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 18, 2002, pages A1 & A14 [also see obituary in the April 11, 2002 issue]

Maplecrest's Wilfred Hitchcock dies at 82;
Passing of community member marks era

by Michael Ryan
Windham Journal Staff Writer

MAPLECREST - They are simple gestures, slightly homespun and genuinely respectful, which would also describe Wilfred Hitchcock to a "t".

Hitchcock passed away from natural causes a week ago after a lengthy heart condition, one that months ago forced him to surrender an even lengthier community committment [commitment].

He was a Councilman in the Town of Windham for thirty-plus years, and seemingly forever a reverent farmer, which is why the Town Board felt it fitting to remember him so perfectly plainly.

Last Thursday, the same day he was laid to rest in Maplecrest Cemetery, following a moving Free Methodist service and alongside so many of his ancestors, Town Board members set aside a blank page in the Year 2002 Minutes Book for their former colleague.

Speaking volumes about what they think of the man, Page 87 will always be empty, save for a brief notation marking Hitchcock's unwanted absence. Board members also quietly presented Iris, his wife of almost 62 years, with a flag from the Town.

And in February, without drawing attention to themselves, which is the way Wilfred would have preferred it as well, the Board passed a special resolution in his name.

It was offered by Councilman William MacGregor and read: "Whereas we as mankind are given the challenge to work to make the world a better place in which we live and there are those of us which strive a little harder than the norm and set an example for all of us to envy;"

"Now, therefore, be it resolved,…that we have been privileged to serve with a gentleman who has dedicated his life to exemplify this goal," the resolution read.

"Be it further resolved that those of us that have served with Mr. Wilfred Hitchcock are witnesses to a dedicated servant for the people of the Windham community. For those who follow Mr. Hitchcock, let the written record serve as a lesson in one man's dedication to unselfishly serve his fellow man."

"The Town of Windham shall always be proud that Councilman Wilfred Hitchcock chose to share a large part of himself and his family to preserve our town," the resolution stated.

MacGregor considers Hitchcock his political mentor. "He'd been on the Board for many years when I started, and he encouraged me not to just sit there like a bump on a log," MacGregor says. "If I ever had a problem, I could always go talk to him at his farm and he would give sage advice."

His was a wisdom sown in the familiar winds and fields of the Maplecrest Valley. "My father was born and raised here, and spent his whole life on the farm, like his father and his father's father before him," says Dennis Hitchcock, one of Wilfred and Iris’ three sons.

"He died in the very same house where he was born. Both his parents died in that house too," the son says, which is the way the Hitchcocks, like any deeply-rooted family, try to do things, watching over each other.

His leaving is more than the passage of a single lifetime, touching as it did the rural and modern, two ages that without decent, human folk like him, would otherwise remain disconnected. "Wilfred represents the last of the old days in a lot of ways," says a longtime friend.

"I honestly don't think he had an enemy," says his son. "He enjoyed life to the fullest and anything to do with farming."


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 18, 2002, page A4 [also see obituary in the April 11, 2002 issue]

The old way passeth

Wilfred C. Hitchcock of Maplecrest peacefully breathed his last breath at 10:45 a.m. last Monday, April 8, 2002. It was in the same home where he first saw the light of day nearly 83 years earlier on August 19, 1919, and where he lived his entire life as a devoted Christian farmer and business man.

It was in this same home where his Godly grandparents Platt and Emerett (Atwater) Hitchcock brought up their five children. Here, too, his parents, Will and Grace (Crandell) Hitchcock brought up their four children—Elwood, Edwin, Eva and Wilfred, their youngest. It was here, too, Wilfred and Iris brought up their three sons—Wilfred Jr., Jimmy and Dennis.

Wilfred's ancestry goes back to Lieutenant (Deacon) Lemuel Hitchcock, the first settler to Big Hollow (Maplecrest) in 1795. Lemuel's family consisted of five sons and five daughters, including Lucius who was the father of Platt.

Wilfred took over the ancestral farm in 1945 when he was 26 and Iris was 23. They were a young couple with enthusiasm and energy. He immediately made many changes. The four horses were replaced with tractors; hand milking, with a milking machine; and a truck was purchased for buying and selling cattle and other farm uses.

The farm prospered. The three sons helped with the work. Iris took advantage of the large house and boarded summer guests and hunters in season and also helped Wilfred with the farm work.

Wilfred was an active member of the Free Methodist Church where he taught an adult Sunday School class; was a member of the Official Board and a generous supporter.

For 31 years, Wilfred served the Town of Windham as a Town Councilman and Deputy Supervisor to T Patrick Meehan, Supervisor.

Wilfred's Christian character, love for people, his sense of humor and laughter made him countless friends. He was well-liked and admired by all who knew him.

Wilfred is survived by his most loving and devoted wife, Iris of 61 years; his sons—Wilfred, Jr. and fiancee Joy, Jimmy and wife Dawn, Dennis and wife Debbie; his eight grandchildren—Adam and Max Hitchcock; Sharri and husband Tim Cunningham, J. C. and wife Melanie, and Mark Hitchcock; and Billy and wife Stephanie, Kelly and Kristen Hitchcock; and seven great-grandchildren—Eva, Thomas and Matthew Cunningham; Courtney, Caleigh and Aaron Hitchcock; and William Andrew Hitchcock.

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. They shall rest from their labor and their works do follow them." Rev. 14:13.


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 18, 2002, page A9

Barbara Glueck

TANNERSVILLE - Barbara Glueck, 73, of Tannersville, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at St. Peters Hospital in Albany.

Mrs. Glueck was born on Dec. 1, 1928 to the late Bernhard Forde and Elizabeth Goedtel Forde in The Bronx.

She was a former employee of Bankers Trust Co. of Tannersville, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Tannersville Area Health, the Order of Easter[n] Star, Mt. Tabor Chapter No. 807; Greene County Woman's League, Neighborhood Watch in Elka Park, Colonial Golf Mixed League and Bowling Mixed Leagues.

Surviving are her husband, Albert Glueck, of Tannersville; a daughter, Lynn G. Cole and her husband, Edward Cole of Tannersville; and one granddaughter, Kimberly.

She was predeceased by a son, Albert J. Glueck Jr., and five sisters, Alice Arnold, Rita Russell, Irene Sauter, Ann Bush, and Edith Mae.

Calling hours were Wednesday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home, Main Street, Hunter. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gregory Ferriss. Interment will follow in the Tannersville Evergreen Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Glueck may be made to the Greene County Woman's League, Cancer Patient Aid, c/o Mary Lupoli, 467 Silver Spur Rd., West Purling, N.Y. 12470.


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 18, 2002, page A9

Gloria J. Remley

CATSKILL - Gloria J. Remley, 74, of Main Street, Leeds, died Sunday, April 7, 2002 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a long illness.

She was born Aug. 17, 1927, in Middleburgh, the daughter of the late Leon and Louise (Cartwright) Groff.

Mrs. Remley was predeceased by two husbands, Benjamin Remley in 1996 and Ernest Van Dyke in 1990, an infant daughter Denise Michelle Remley; and two grandchildren, Matthieu Damian Johnson and Tiffany Velyn Johnson.

Mrs. Remley is survived by five children, Tamara Butterworth of Durham, Ernest Van Dyke of Slingerlands, Patrice Schwarz of New Jersey, Benjamin J. Remley Jr. of Florida and Joseph B. Remley of Leeds; five sisters, Virginia Houle of Catskill, Alice Karlander of Cairo, Evelyn Helmedach of Catskill, Janet Groff of Cairo and Pauline Jaycox of Catskill; a brother, Charles Groff of Elka Park; 12 grandchildren, Tami Lacy of Catskill, Gloria and Jason Johnson, both of Catskill, Derek Butterworth of Durham, and Michael, Benjamin, Amy, Vanessa, Bryan, Joseph Jr., Robert and Michelle Remley; four great-grandchildren, Lucia Rivenburgh, Dylan and Justyn Lacy, and Gabriella Miller; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call at the Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Private cremation will be performed Friday at Park View Cemetery in Schenectady.


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 18, 2002, page A9

Florence Guth

Florence Guth, age 89, formerly of Hensonville, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2002 at the Eden Park Nursing Home, Catskill, NY.

She was born on Nov. 2, 1912 to John and Mary (nee Spingler) Kohler in the Bronx, NY.

Mrs. Guth was predeceased by her husband William in 1981 and her sister Madeline Lomoriello and brother Alfred Kohler. She is survived by her brother-in-law Vincent Lomoriello, nephew Vincent Lomoriello and niece Mary Rattendi, as well as nine grandnieces and nephews.

Mrs. Guth was the former owner of the Holiday Hill Resort on Route 296, Jewett. She operated the resort with her husband for many years. She was a past member of the Eastern Star Chapter as well as the Windham Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed knitting for the aged.

Calling hours were on Tuesday, April 16 at Decker Funeral Home, 134 Main Street, Windham. Funeral service was held at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Irene Pough officiating. Burial followed at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland.


Windham Journal - issue of Thursday, April 25, 2002, page B3

Katharine V. Avery

WINDHAM - Katharine V. Avery, 87, of Windham, died April 23, 2002.

Born July 8, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Harry T. and Effie Avery.

Katharine was a lifelong resident of Windham except for a 19 year portion when she lived in Santa Fe, NM. Like her father, she was a registered pharmacist graduating from the Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany, NY, in 1935 at the top of her class. Katharine was one of only two women graduating that year, a significant accomplishment for a 20 year old woman in 1935. She worked as a pharmacist in the Avery Drug Store from 1935 to 1955. Moving to Santa Fe, NM, Katharine was employed by the Press Department for the I AM Church. In 1974 she moved back to Windham to help take care of her father. Despite her hearing difficulty, Katharine could be seen daily walking on the streets of Windham, visiting the post office, the bank and local stores.

Survivors include a niece Karen Antikajian of Cheshire, OR, a nephew Lynden Albach of Albuquerque, NM, and two great nephews. She was predeceased by a sister Anne Marjorie Albach.

The[r]e will be no calling hours. Decker Funeral Home of Windham is handling funeral arrangements.


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