Rensselaer County Obituaries
Surnames Beginning with "O"
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OAKS, Orrin. - Mr Orrin Oaks, an old and generally known resident of this city [Rochester, Minnesota], suffered a sudden death on Monday, inst. He had been to Proctors Meat Market and was going from there to his home when at a quarter of 11 o'clock just after getting inside of his gate, he fell. His daughter, Miss Gussie, on going out a few minutes later was shocked by finding the form of her father lying there. By the assistance of some gentlemen who were in the vicinity, the body was carried into the house, but life was entirely gone, and he is supposed to have died almost instantly of heart disease. Mr Oaks was a venerable gentleman of over seventy-one years, having been born in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York, in February 1804. He removed to La Porte, Indiana, in 1835, and there married. He removed to this state [Minnesota] in 1856, settling as a farmer on Greenwood Prairie, in the town of Farmington, in this county [sic - Rochester, MN is in Olmsted County, and Farmington, MN is in Dakota County; perhaps there is a smaller Farmington in Olmsted County?]. In common with early settlers of this region he passed through the privations of the hard times. An incident that he told of the well-remembered hard winter, was that one time he went from his place nearly to Oronoco for a few potatoes, that being the nearest house at which there was any food to spare. In 1861 he moved into this city and has since lived here. In 1869 Mrs Oaks died. The funeral, which took place on Wednesday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church, was largely attended. The burial service of the Episcopal church was read by Rev J F Walker, and the sermon was preached by Rev H A Newell, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The remains were conveyed to the cemetery by the two lodges of Odd Fellows, of which order Mr Oaks was a prominent and honored member. (published 13 November 1875 in the Rochester Post newspaper of Rochester, MN; submitted to this website by Terry Biegert Schliewe, the decedent's great-great-great-granddaughter)

OFFENBACKER, Rita [Mrs. Jerome FLATLEY]. - Flatley, Rita - MECHANICVILLE [Hemstreet Park, Town of Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, NY] - Rita FLATLEY, 80, died November 25, 2006. Survived by two daughters, Donna (Bobby) JONES and Myra CUILLA; five granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. Wife of the late Jerome FLATLEY. Service Monday at 8 p. m. at DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville. Calling hours Monday 6-8 p. m. at the funeral home. (published 26 November 2006 in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; submitted to this website by Edith Emmi, who adds that the decedent was born 23 September 1926 in Mechanicville, Saratoga County, NY, a daughter of Frank and Fleta O. TINGLER OFFENBACKER)

OSTRANDER, Julia A. - OSTRANDER - In this city, April 2, 1903, Julia A. Ostrander, widow of Nicholas OSTRANDER, aged 75 years. Funeral private from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John T. GORMLEY, 11 Thirteenth Street, Saturday, April 4, at 2 P.M. (published 4 April 1903 in the Troy Record newspaper of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY; submitted to this website by Dottie Kakule)

OTT, Bernice. - Bertice OTT of Saratoga, NY, formerly of Mechanicville and Stillwater [both in Saratoga Co NY], died Thursday, May 25, 1995. She was 97 years old. She was born August 12, 1897 in Castleton [Rensselaer Co], NY, a daughter of John VAN BUREN and Minnie GAY. Her husband, John OTT, died before her. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Castleton. (date and name of newspaper not supplied; abstracted by Virginia Giguere)

OVEROCKER, Mary M. LESSON. - Mass Is Offered For Mary M. Overocker - STILLWATER - Mary M. LESSON OVEROCKER, 76, of North Hudson Avenue, died Tuesday, March 14 [1989] at Leonard Hospital, Troy, following a long illness. Mrs. Overocker was born in Schaghticoke, daughter of the late Fred and Mabel L. LESSON. She was educated in Schaghticoke schools. Mrs. Overocker had lived in Stillwater most of her life, and she was a homemaker. She was a communicant of St. Peter's Church and a member of the Rosary Society. Mrs. Overocker was the widow of Arthur OVEROCKER. Survivors include five sons, Arthur OVEROCKER Jr., William OVEROCKER and Thomas OVEROCKER, all of Stillwater, James OVEROCKER of Schuylerville, and Robert OVEROCKER of Colonie; two sisters, Mabel BEVIS and Elizabeth STODGELL, both of Schaghticoke; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were conducted on Friday, March 17 from the Dunn Funeral Home, 121 North Hudson Avenue, and from St. Peter's Church, where a Mass of Christian Death and Burial was celebrated. Interment was in St. Peter's Cemetery. Contributions in Mrs. Overocker's memory may be made to the Stillwater Ambulance Fund. (published on an unspecified date in The Express newspaper of Mechanicville, Saratoga County, NY; submitted to this website by Edith Emmi)

OVEROCKER, Thomas G. - Thomas G. Overocker, 51 - STILLWATER - Thomas G. OVEROCKER, 51, of North Hudson Avenue in Stillwater died at his residence [18 September 2002] after a short illness. Born in Troy [2 August 1951], he was a son of the late Arthur and Mary M. LESSON OVEROCKER. He was a graduate of Stillwater public schools. He was an Army veteran, serving from 1972 to 1975. Mr. Overocker was a communicant of St. Peter's Church in Stillwater and a member of Stillwater American Legion Post 490. He was employed by the Stillwater schools in the maintenance department. He also worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad in Mechanicville. Survivors include his significant other, Teri (Theresa) MAIELLO of Stillwater; and four brothers, Arthur J. OVEROCKER Jr. and William F. OVEROCKER both of Stillwater, James H. OVEROCKER of Mechanicville, and Robert F. OVEROCKER of Niskayuna. The funeral was held from St. Peter's Church. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery, Stillwater. Arrangements by the Dunn Funeral Home, 121 North Hudson Ave., Stillwater. Contributions may be made either to Capital District Cancer Resource Foundation, 1003 Loudon Road, PO Box 810, Latham 12110, or to the Stillwater Ambulance Fund, Box 584, Stillwater 12170. (published on an unspecified date in The Express newspaper of Mechanicville, Saratoga County, NY; submitted to this website by Edith Emmi)

OVEROCKER, William F., Sr. ("Billy") - William F. Overocker - STILLWATER - William F. "Billy" OVEROCKER, Sr., 60, of North Hudson Avenue, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2007 at St. Mary's Hospital, Troy, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with cancer. He was a son of the late Arthur and Mary LESSON OVEROCKER [born 27 November 1946 in Troy, NY] and was a lifelong resident of Stillwater, graduating from Stillwater Central High School, Class of 1965. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, stationed in Thailand and Hawaii. He was a pitcher for the Army AA US Army Team. He was employed by the US Postal Service for 25 years, retiring in 2004 from the Stillwater Post Office. Billy served on the Stillwater Central School Board of Education in the 1980s. He was a member of the American Legion, Earl J. Manning Post #490, and was a Past Commander of the Valley Falls VFW Post 1938. He was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. Billy was also an avid sports fan, especially of the New York Yankees. Survivors include his loving companion of 20 years, Carolyn HOSTIG; his son, William F. OVEROCKER, Jr. (Marcia SOARES) of Clifton Park; a daughter, Caitlin OVEROCKER of Guilderland; a brother, Arthur (Jane) OVEROCKER of Stillwater; a twin brother, Robert (Linda) OVEROCKER of Colonie; and his extended family Shannon (John) VALLEE, Emily VALLEE and Alex VALLEE of Wilton, and Kristy HOSTIG of Beverly, MA, as well as his loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Thomas OVEROCKER and James OVEROCKER. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday 4-8 p. m. at the Dunn Funeral Homes, Inc., 121 North Hudson Avenue, Stillwater. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:00 a. m. from Assumption St. Paul's, William Street, Mechanicville. Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Stillwater. Memorial contributions may be made to Stillwater American Legion, Lake Street, Stillwater, NY 12170; to the Valley Falls V. F. W. Post 1938, Valley Falls, NY 12185; or to a charity of one's choice. (published 10 April 2007 in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; submitted to this website by Edith Emmi)

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