Rensselaer County Obituaries
Surnames Beginning with "K"
This page was last updated 12 Sep 2011

KAKULE, George. - GEORGE KAKULE, 84 - TROY - George W. Kakule, 84, of Westfall Avenue, died in the Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Kakule was a lifelong Troy resident. He was a truck driver for the former Fitzgerald Brewing Co. for 29 years until it closed in 1962. He then worked for the Fitzgerald Brothers 7-Up Bottling Co. in Poestenkill and in the maintenance department in Samaritan Hospital for several years. He retired in 1974. Mr. Kakule was a World War II Army veteran and served in the European Theater. He was a former member of the Albany local of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He was the widower of Jennie Smyth Kakule. Survivors include a brother, John Kakule of Largo, Fla., and a sister, Agness Ginnett of Selkirk. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Daniel D. Purcell Funeral Home, 510 Pawling Ave., and at 9:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Funeral home. (published 9 May 1994 in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KAKULE, George A. - George A. Kakule - George A. KAKULE, a maintenance worker at Fitzgerald Bros. Brewing Co., died yesterday afternoon in St. Mary's Hospital. Born in Germany, Mr. Kakule had come to this country as a boy and had lived in Troy most of his life. He was a son of the late George and Mary HARRETT KAKULE and is survived by his wife, Amy SIMPKIN KAKULE; three sons, John W. KAKULE of Albany [Albany County, NY], George W. KAKULE and Carl H. KAKULE; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur BOEHLKE of Albany and Mrs. John GREGWARE; and ten grandchildren. He was the father of the late Edward W. KAKULE. Funeral services will take place from the residence, 11 Westfall Ave., Wednesday at 9 a. m., and from Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a. m., where a Solemn Requiem High Mass will be celebrated. Burial will be in St. Jean's Cemetery. (published 15 February 1954 in the Times Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KAKULE, Harriet. - KAKULE - Suddenly, July 5, 1951, Harriet Kakule, mother of Dorothea Emily Kakule; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Snyder; sister of Mrs. John O'Connor, Albert Snyder, Mrs. Walter Carolus. Funeral services strictly private at the convenience of the family from the John H. Lodge Funeral Home, 2243 Fifth Avenue. (published 6 July 1951 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KAKULE, John Albert. - KAKULE - Suddenly, in this city, June 19, 1939, John Albert Kakule, at the residence of 2809 Sixth Avenue; son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kakule and brother of Emmie Kakule and grandson of Mrs. John Teller of Watervliet, N. Y. Funeral services strictly private Tuesday afternoon from the residence of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Snyder, 662 Third Avenue, North Troy. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Schaghticoke. (published 20 June 1939 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KAKULE, John H. - KAKULE - John H., brother of Mrs. Luke Heagney of Troy, died yesterday morning at the residence of his brother, George A. Kakule, Pittstown, after a long illness. A former resident of White Plains [Westchester County, NY], Mr. Kakule is survived, in addition to his sister and brother, by one son, John Kakule, Watervliet; a daughter, Mrs. William Kline, Hanford, Cal., and two other sisters, Mrs. John Portman, Watervliet, and Mrs. William Miller, Newark, N. J. Funeral services will be conducted from the Pittstown residence Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m. from St. George's Church in Pittstown, where a requiem high mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Jean's Cemetery, Troy. (published 16 August 1943 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KAKULE, Margaret A. (Mrs. John T. GREGWARE) - GREGWARE - At St. Mary's Hospital, Oct. 6, 1968, Margaret A. KAKULE, wife of John T. GREGWARE; mother oh John H. GREGWARE; daughter of the late Amy SIMPKIN and George A. KAKULE; sister of John W. KAKULE of Albany, Mrs. Arthur (Agnes) BOEHLKE of Albany, George W. KAKULE, Carl H. KAKULE and the late Edward W. KAKULE. Also survived by one grandson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Wednesday morning at 8:15 o'clock from the Daniel D. Purcell & Son Funeral Home, 510 Pawling Ave., corner of Parkview Court. Thence to the Sacred Heart Church, where a Requiem High Mass will be celebrated at 9 o'clock. Friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon and evening. (published 7 October 1968 in the Times Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KAKULE, Mary, Mrs. - KAKULE - In this city, November 28, 1921, Mrs. Mary Kakule, mother of George and John Kakule, Mrs. William Miller, Mrs. John Portman and Mrs. Luke Hageny. Funeral from the residence, 11 Westfall Ave., Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, thence to St. Lawrence's Church, where a requiem high mass will be sung. Friends are invited. (published 29 November 1921 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KELLEY, Mrs. Emma GORMLY. - Mrs. Emma Kelley Dies At Her Home in Cropseyville - Mrs. Emma KELLEY of Cropseyville, widow of Harry R. KELLEY, a partner in Knowlson & Kelley of Troy, which manufactured boilers until the firm ceased operations in 1930, died last evening at the Acme Rest Home. Born in Troy, she resided here the greater part of her life before moving to Cropseyville. She was a member of the Gilead Lutheran Church. Mrs. Kelley is survived by a sister, Mrs. Alfred A. KELLOGG of Troy. The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a. m. from Morris and Stebbins Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick St., with Rev. John C. Schaertel, pastor of the Gilead Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. (published 20 April 1961 in the Times Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule, who adds that the decedent's maiden surname was GORMLY)

KELLOGG, Frances P. - Mrs. Frances P. Kellogg, vice-president of Parks and Parks, Inc., brush manufacturers of this city, died yesterday at the Wiltsey Nursing Home. Mrs. Kellogg, who also served as a member of the faculty at the Emma Willard School for a short time, was daughter of the late Rev. Stephen Parks, pastor of the former First Methodist Church of Lansingburgh and also of the State Street Methodist Church. Mrs. Kellogg was the widow of Francis P. Kellogg. She was born in Troy and was a lifelong resident of this city [Troy, NY]. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Lansingburgh. Mrs. Kellogg attended Emma Willard School and later returned to the school as a teacher on its faculty for a short period. She was a member of the Emma Willard Alumnae Association. She was also a member of the Thursday Morning Club and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Survivors include a nephew, several nieces and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Mason Funeral Chapel, 588 Second Avenue, with Rev. Seth N. Genung, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Lansingburg, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. (published 2 September 1952 on page 11 of the Times Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Elsie Saar)

KELLY, Agnes B. - At Samaritan Hospital, August 23, 1954, Agnes B. Kelly, wife of the late Patrick J. Kelly; mother of Mrs. William F. Rau of Troy and the late Joseph F. Kelly; grandmother of Mrs. Edward F. Wright, Sr. and Miss Kathleen Kelly; great-grandmother of Edward F. Wright Jr. Funeral Thursday morning at 8:45 o'clock from the McLoughlin Funeral Home, corner of Glen and 6th Avenue; thence to St. Francis Church where a solemn requiem mass will be offered. Friends are invited and may call Wednesday afternoon and evening. Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery. (name and date of newspaper not supplied; submitted to this website by Michelle Mavigliano)

KELLY, Louise LOCKROW. - Louise Lockrow at St. Mary's Hospital May 10, 1955, wife of the late Patrick F. Kelly; aunt of Mrs. William Lennon, Miss Nora and Miss Kathleen McCarthy, Mrs. Edward Dupree, Daniel and John McCarthy. Also survived by several cousins. Funeral at the McCarthy residence, 577 Fifth Avenue, Friday afternoon at two o'clock. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday evening. (name and date of newspaper not supplied; submitted to this website by Michelle Mavigliano)

KELONDIS, Esther LESSON. - KELONDIS - At St. Mary's Hospital, Troy, February 5, 1979, Esther LESSON KELONDIS of Schaghticoke, N. Y.; widow of Angelo KELONDIS; mother of Mrs. William (Irene) SAUNDERS of Schaghticoke, Mrs. Clinton (Alma) WISE of Hemstreet Park, Mrs. Clifford (Barbara) MYERS of Newport, Rhode Island, Robert KELONDIS of Schaghticoke and Mrs. Robert (Rita) RATELLE of Schaghticoke; sister of John LESSON of Speigletown, Mrs. Howard [Bernice] CARLO, Mrs. Robert [Elizabeth] STODGELL and Mrs. John [Mabel "Honey"] BEVIS, all of Schaghticoke, and Mrs. Arthur [Mary] OVEROCKER of Stillwater. Also survived by several grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral Thursday at 9:30 a. m. from the Charles F. White Funeral Home, Valley Falls, and at 10 a. m. from St. John's Roman Catholic Church of Schaghticoke, where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon and evening at their convenience. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hoosick Valley Rescue Squad. Interment in St. John's Cemetery, Schaghticoke, in the spring. (published on an unspecified date in the Times Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Edith Emmi, who adds that the decedent was born 9 September 1898 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, NY, a daughter of Frederick Palmer LESSON and Mabel Alice LESSON)

KELONDIS, Frederick J. - FREDERICK J. KELONDIS, RURAL MAIL CARRIER, DIES IN SCHAGHTICOKE - Frederick J. KELONDIS, 29, a lifelong Schaghticoke resident and a mail carrier in that vicinity, died this morning [13 September 1950] at his home there, after a long illness. Mr. Kelondis was a World War II veteran and had been wounded in action during that conflict. He was a member of the Rev. Francis A. Kelley Chapter, D. A. V. of Troy. He was a communicant of St. John's Church, Schaghticoke. Son of the late Angelo KELONDIS, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Esther [LESSON] KELONDIS; a brother, Robert KELONDIS of Schaghticoke, and four sisters, the Misses Irene KELONDIS and Rita KELONDIS both of Schaghticoke, Mrs. Clinton WISE of Mechanicville, and Mrs. Clifford MYERS of Newport, R.I. The funeral will be held at 9 a. m. Saturday from the home and at 9:30 a. m. from St. John's Church, Schaghticoke. Interment will take place in St. John's Cemetery, in that village. (published 13 September 1950 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Edith Emmi)

KENNEY, James J., Brigadier General (Retired) - Hoosick Falls Brigadier General (Ret.) James Joseph KENNEY, 83, of North Hoosick, NY, passed away peacefully Monday morning, July 25, 2011, at his residence with his loving wife at his bedside. Born in Hoosick Falls, NY, on December 6, 1927, he was the only son of the late James Simon KENNEY and Frances Mae MALEY. Jim married the love of his life, Leona JONES, on April 16, 1966, in Berlin, NY. "Skins," as he was known by his childhood friends, was a lifelong resident of Hoosick Falls. Active in the Boy Scouts of America as a youth, Jim was a man devoted to his family and his country starting at a very young age. At age 15, after a small fib regarding just how old he really was, he joined the New York Guard, starting a military career lasting over 45 years. A 1945 graduate of the former Walter A. Wood Memorial High School, Jim briefly attended Siena College. At age 17, with his father's assistance, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Rumor has it that it was weeks before his mother spoke to either of them after that. Honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1947, he enlisted as a Private in the National Guard three days later. Working for the State Division of Military and Naval Affairs in the Adjutant General's Office, he rose through the ranks to the level of Colonel. Between 1954 and 1977 he was the Assistant Director of Military Personnel and Administration and State Quartermaster responsible for 90 NYS armories and 11 air bases. He retired in 1977 from the New York Army National Guard and was later honored with a brevet promotion to Brigadier General. Jim then joined the Army Reserve, where he was assigned to a selective service unit as its commander. In addition to his military career, Jim also worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for more than 54 years, dating back to 1955 until the State dissolved his position as a Special Game Protector in 2009. Jim's patrol covered Rensselaer County, but his favorite work detail was patrolling the Tomhannock Reservoir. Jim was a former Assessor for the Town of Hoosick, a member of the NYS Assessors Association, a member and former Board Member of the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad, and he served on the Town of Hoosick Planning Board for many years. Jim was a member of the BPO Elks, American Legion and National Rifle Association as well as a Life Member of the US National Guard Association. A devout Catholic, Jim was a lifelong communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Leona, his children, Stacy L. and husband Michael Flynn of Hoosick Falls, Lt. Col. Kathleen F. Curran of the Army Nurses Corps at Ft. Eustis in Yorktown, VA, and James J. Kenney II and wife Lori of Cambridge, NY. Grandchildren Jonah Slagen, Sarah Flynn, Lane and Riley Curran and Shamus Kenney were the joys of their Poppy's life. A Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial was celebrated on Friday, July 29, at 10 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, Main Street, Hoosick Falls. Interment with full military honors is at 1 pm at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY. There were no calling hours. Memorial contributions in Jim's memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation online at http://www.jdrf.org. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home of Petersburgh, NY. (published 29 July 2011 by The Eastwick Press newspaper of Petersburgh, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Gillian Wilson)

KEPNER, B. Frank. - B. Frank KEPNER Sr., 94, of 23 Horton Ave., died Sunday in this city [Troy] after a short illness. Mr. Kepner, born in Pennsylvania, lived most of his life in Troy, where he was a member of the Millis Memorial Baptist Church. He was formerly employed as a salesman for Baker Supplies, Inc., of Troy, and then went into the oil business for himself. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Frank KROGEL of Florida and Mrs. Hugh O'BRIEN and Mrs. Arthur NITZ, both of Troy; five sons, B. Frank KEPNER Jr., Willard P. KEPNER, Robert L. KEPNER, Edward K. KEPNER, and Richard S. KEPNER, all of Troy; a brother, Howard S. KEPNER of Schenectady; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the Mason Funeral Home, 109th St. and Third Avenue, Thursday at 2 p. m., with Rev. Everett A. Sherwood, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Troy, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. (published 14 June 1966 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KEPNER, Hezekiah. - Hezekiah KEPNER, a well-known resident of Lansingburgh and a veteran of the Civil War, died yesterday afternoon at the residence, 551 Fourth Avenue, following an illness of two years. Mr. Kepner was born in Pennsylvania and enlisted August 18, 1861, in Company C., Forty-seventh Illinois infantry, serving until after the close of the war. He was wounded in the right leg at the battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3, 1862, after having been in several engagements. September 18, 1863, he was transferred to the Seventh Independent Company, Veteran Reserve Corps, and was assigned to duty with the Paymaster's Department. He served at New York and Albany until August 29, 1866, when he was mustered out. Mr. Kepner was with General Grant on his march through Mississippi in 1862. He moved in 1867 to Lansingburgh, where he resided until his death. He was a member of Post Holton, G.A.R., and had held several offices in the post, only a month ago having been elected Chaplain. He was also a member of the First Methodist Church. Mr. Kepner is survived by a widow; two sons, Frank KEPNER and Howard KEPNER of Lansingburgh; and two daughters, Mrs. Emily YOUNG of Altamont and Mrs. Albert WINDSOR of Lansingburgh. Post Bolton will have charge of the funeral services Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the house. Rev. J. Clark Simmons will officiate.
The funeral of Hezekiah Kepner was held this afternoon from the residence, 551 Fourth Avenue, and was largely attended. Rev. J. Clark Simmons officiated, and the services were in charge of Post Bolton, G.A.R., the members of which attended in a body. A. T. Seibert sang "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and "Face to Face." The members from the post accompanied the remains to the grave in the Waterford Rural Cemetery [in Saratoga County, NY]. At the grave, a firing squad from Camp King, Sons of Veterans, in charge of Commander Michael Sullivan, fired three volleys, and taps were sounded.... (published 25 January 1910 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KEPNER, Willard P. - Wynantskill Civic Leader Dies Sunday - Willard P. KEPNER of 15 Ashcroft Ave., Wynantskill, a display manager for Welles and Coverly, Inc., Troy, for 38 years, died Sunday at Samaritan Hospital [in Troy] after a short illness. Mr. Kepner was born in Troy and had lived in this area all his life. He was treasurer of North Greenbush School District #4 and was a member of the First Reformed Church of Wynantskill. He served as elder, treasurer, and clerk of the consistory of the church and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Navy. He was a member oh the Wynantskill American Legion Post and the Geerhold Rebn VFW Post of Wynantskill. He had also been active in the Wynantskill Boy Scouts for many years. Survivors include his wife, the former Julia MENNILLOM; three daughters, Mrs. Frank SCHEELS of Jonesville, Mrs. Paul SCHANTZ of Troy, and Mrs. Robert GALLO of Watervliet; three sisters, Mrs. Frank KROGEL and Mrs. Hugh O'BRYAN both of Troy, and Mrs. Arthur NITZ of Florida; four brothers, B. Frank KEPNER of Melrose, Robert KEPNER of Troy, Edward KEPNER of Johnsonville, and Richard KEPNER of Troy; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday from the Bryce Funeral Home, 276 Pawling Ave, with Rev. Russell E. Pater, pastor of the First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, officiating. Interment will be in Memory's Garden Cemetery, Colonie [Albany County, NY]. (published 17 April 1972 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KESTNER, Joseph A., Sr. - Troy Native, Former GE Worker, Dies - Joseph A. Kestner Sr., 75, a native Trojan who had been employed with the General Electric Co. in Schenectady for more than 43 years and risen to high positions, died yesterday at St. Clare's Hospital after a brief illness. At the time of his retirement ten years ago, Mr. Kestner was chief cost accountant and associated with the general manufacturing department at GE. He was a graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy and had lived in Schenectady for 48 years. His home was at 204 Elmer Street. Mr. Kestner was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and was a member of the General Electric Quarter Century Club and the Fourth degree Knights of Columbus. Surviving are his widow, the former Margaret Wilbert; two sons, Joseph A. Kestner Jr. of Troy and Ernest W. Kestner of West Springfield, Mass.; two sisters, Misses Dorothy and Theresa Kestner, both of Troy; and five grandchildren. The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 a. m. from the Kivlin and Campbell Funeral Home, Schenectady, and at 10 a. m. from St. John the Evangelist Church when a Solemn Requiem Mass will be celebrated. The burial will be in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Schenectady. (published Monday, 25 July 1955 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Michelle Mavigliano)

KIRKPATRICK, Elizabeth (Mrs. Albert K. WINDSOR) - WINDSOR - In this city, Mar. 8, 1943, Elizabeth KIRKPATRICK, wife of the late Albert K. WINDSOR; mother of Mrs. Richard WINNE, Mrs. John TELLER, and Mrs. Frederick RICHARDSON; sister of Frank B. KEPNER of Altamont and Howard S. KEPNER of Schenectady. Funeral strictly private, from the residence, 48 119th Street, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence Wednesday evening, 7 to 9 o'clock. (published 8 March 1943 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KLEIN, Richard W. - TROY - Richard W. KLEIN, 49, Semple Street, Troy, at St. Mary's Hospital Thursday, November 21, 1996 after a long illness. Born in Troy and educated in Latham, he was the son of Kay Kule Klein of Latham and the late William Klein. Mr. Klein was a Viet Nam Air Force veteran and a retired Cohoes firefighter. Survived by his wife, Gayle Peterson Klein of Troy; two daughters, Tammie Waldenmaier of Schaghticoke and Tara Klein of Troy; two sons, Todd Klein of Johnsonville and Chad Klein of Troy; a sister, Barbara Klein of Ct. Also survived by six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral Friday evening 8:00 o'clock p.m. at the Dufresne Funeral Home, Inc., 216 Columbia St., Cohoes, N.Y. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home today 4 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made in Richard's memory to the American Cancer Society. (published 22 November 1996 in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KLEIN, William J. - William J. KLEIN of 680 Shaker Rd., Latham, died Tuesday at Albany Memorial Hospital [in Albany, Albany County, NY]. Born in Troy [Rensselaer County, NY], son of Mrs. Maude KLEIN of Center Brunswick and the late Myron KLEIN, he was employed as an electrician by the General Electric Co. in Schenectady. He was a member of the Calvary Methodist Church, a member and past master of Phoenix Lodge, F&AM of Lansingburgh and a member of the Century Club of GE. He is survived by his wife, the former Betty KAKULE; a son, Richard W. KLEIN of Cohoes; his mother; and a grandchild. The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a. m. at the Mason Funeral Home, 109th St. and 3rd Ave., Troy, with Rev. Donald Brushett, pastor of Calvary Methodist Church of Latham, officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery. (published 14 October 1971 in the Times Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

KNIBBS, James. - The funeral of James Knibbs, late superintendent of the fire alarm telegraph system, was held this afternoon from the family residence of 34 Grand St., Rev. R. D. Williamson of the United Presbyterian Church officiating. The obsequies were largely attended, delegations from the Masonic bodies, the Odd Fellows and the Fire Department being present. There were beautiful floral tributes from friends and organizations. Apollo Commandery sent a facsimile of its badge. Mount Zion Lodge F. and A. M. gave a Masonic emblem floral piece. The Read Steamer Company presented a facsimile of its badge, and appropriate pieces [were] sent by Athenian Lodge and the Encampment. In addition to these pieces there were numerous floral tributes from many friends. The Empire Male Quartet, including Ben Franklin, Ed Humphrey, Fred C. Comstock and James Laing, sang at the house and at the grave. At the residence the selections were "Lead Kindly Light" and "Abide With Me". At the grave the quartet sang in the Masonic burial service "O Solemn Strikes the Funeral Chapel" and "My Heavenly Home". The bearers were Frank C. Morey and Melvin S. Marble, representing Mount Zion Lodge; Assistant Chief James H. Loyd and John N. Squires, representing the Fire Department; Charles F. Hilke and George L. Harger, representing Athenian Lodge; and W. W. Lee and George M. Payfer, representing the Encampment, I. O. O. F. The Masonic burial service was conducted at the grave in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Mr. Master Anton R. Thompson. Delegations from the Masonic and Odd Fellows bodies and from the companies of the fire department were present at the grave. The members of the Arba Read Steamer Company, of which the deceased was an organizer and its first engineer, attend the funeral. At a meeting of the company last evening a committee was named to draft resolutions of respect. The captains of the Fire Department met and decided to send delegations from each company to the funeral. (published 17 April 1901 in the Troy Daily Times newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by an unnamed contributor)

KNIBBS, James. - James Knibbs, Superintendent of the Troy (NY) fire alarm system and for many years engineer of the Arba Read Steamer Company in that city, died at his home there yesterday. He was stricken with paralysis a few days ago. Mr. Knibbs was born in England in 1828 and came to this country in 1840. He was twice married, his second wife surviving him. His only son died several years ago. Mr. Knibbs was very prominent in Masonic and Odd Fellows circles, but was best known throughout the country by his invention of what is known as the "Knibbs Run Around". This is an attachment to steam fire engines which prevents a waste of water and saves the hose and suction pipes. The "Run Around" was utilized almost everywhere, and by the advice of counsel he brought suits against many municipalities. Many of the latter settled for large sums, but the City of New York defended the action. Recently a verdict was given in the United States court for nearly $1,000,000 in the favor of the persons to whom Mr. Knibbs assigned his invention. One of these is ex-collector of customs Thomas Murphy of New York. (published 17 April 1901 in The New York Times newspaper of New York City, NY; submitted to this website by an unnamed contributor, who adds this note: "There is one inaccurate part to this. He had a second son named William H. alive at the time of his death.")

KNIBBS, Royal B. - Died on the 19th Royal B., youngest son of Ja's & Rhoda A. Knibbs, age 1 year & 2 mths, funeral today at 3:00 pm from the residence of its parents 47 Grand Division St. (published 20 August 1857 in column 6 of page 2 of the Troy Daily Whig newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by an unnamed contributor)

KNIBBS, Royal B. - Lines suggested by the death of the infant son of Ja's & Rhoda A, Harvey.

Dear Parents,

Wipe away your flowing tears,
Suppress each rising sigh,
And then, by faith, behold me here,
Beyond the bright blue sky.

In the dear Savior's loving arms
Reclining on his breast,
Your little one, from sorrow free
Shall here securely rest.

I'm sure you would not wish me back,
An heir to sin & pain,
When I am free from every care,
And with my Savior reign.

But you dear parents, you will come,
Your little one to see;
Look forward, then, with cheerful hope,
For soon you follow me.

But a few fleeting years at most,
Before your summons will come;
And then we'll meet, to part no more
In our eternal home.

I was not sent to the earth to dwell
And toil, & weep, and sigh,
But only lent you for awhile,
To lure you to the sky.

The little bud you loved so well
Just bursting into bloom,
Was sent to show how sweet a flow'r
In Paradise would bloom."

August 21st, C. D. J.

(published 24 August 1857 in column 5 on page 2 of the Troy Daily Whig newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by an unnamed contributor)

KOLB, John J., Sr. - RENSSELAER - John J. Kolb Sr., 96, of Harrison Avenue, died Sunday at the Anne Lee Home in Colonie. Born in Castleton, he was the widower of Sophie M. Buzzuski Kolb. Mr. Kolb was a master mechanic for 55 years for Tenly Livermore, Dick Smith and Denoyer Chevrolet in Colonie. A resident of Rensselaer since 1924, he was a communicant of St. John's Church for 76 years, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. Survivors include two sons, John J. Kolb Jr. of Rensselaer and William J. Kolb of Latham; a daughter, Mary Mooney of Albany; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be 9 a. m. Thursday from the W. J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, and at 10 a. m. at St. John's Church. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. (published Monday, 14 February 2000 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; unable to determine who the submitter was)

KOON, Delia (SHARP). - DIED. - KOON. - At Wynantskill Jan. 16, 1899 Delia Koon in the 87th year of her age. Funeral from her late residence Thursday Jan. 19 at 1 p. m. and at 1:30 from the 1st Reform Church. Interment at Oakwood 1-16th St. (published 16 January 1899 in an unnamed newspaper; unable to determine who the submitter was)

KYER, Harold - JOHNSONVILLE - Harold KYER, 86, of Northern Turnpike, longtime beloved companion of the late Barbara L. KETCHAM POST, died on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy [Rensselaer County, NY]. Born in West Hoosick [Rensselaer County, NY], he was a son of the late Lorens KYER and Harriet "Haddie" JACOBS. He was educated in the Troy schools. Harold had been employed at Wiley Brothers Inc. in Schaghticoke for 26 years and then became a self-employed contractor, building homes. He also served as the building inspector for the Town of Pittstown for over 20 years, retiring in 1989. He was a longtime racecar driver back in the 1950s in the famous car P61, winning numerous events at the State Line and Rutland speedways. Harold enjoyed watching NASCAR and Yankees baseball, and spending hours in his garage fixing stuff and visiting with friends and family. Father of Sandra (Terry) MALONE of Schaghticoke, Donald (Judy) KYER of Saratoga Springs, Gary (Edna Morris) KYER of Saratoga Springs, William (Laura) KYER of Saratoga Springs, Nancy (Bob) COUSER of Schaghticoke, Lynn (Rick) BARTIS of Florida, Lori (Larny) CHAPKO of Valley Falls and James (Lisa) KYER of Melrose; brother of Marion GARRAHAN of Albany, Helen BROWNELL of West Hoosick and the late Lorens KYER. Also survived by 19 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his companion. He will be sadly missed by his very special friend Michelle HOAG-TIZ. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a. m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Schaghticoke. Per Harold's wishes, there are no calling hours. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the White-Sanvidge Funeral Home, 58 Leversee Rd. (Route 40), Speigletown, NY 12182. Telephone 518-235-0952. (published 5 October 2009 in The Record newspaper of Troy, NY; contributed to this website by a person who prefers to remain anonymous)



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