Deceased Staff Members
of Bethlehem Central School District,
Delmar, Albany County, New York
by Clifford Lamere January 31, 2005
Last Revised December 13, 2013
This webpage contains all of the obituaries I could find for deceased teachers, administrators, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, etc. who worked at one time at the High School or Middle School (formerly Junior High School) in the Bethlehem Central School District, Delmar, NY.
In addition, there are three other lists which only contain links to obituaries found online.
1) Staff members in any other part of BCSD (elementary schools, business office, bus garage)
2) Substitute teachers
3) Graduates of BC High School (over 50 are listed, but I am not trying to add more)
Please inform me of other deceased staff members if you know where the obituary can be found. For High School and Middle School staff, I will add a name to the list even if no obituary can be found. An exact or approximate date of death (and place) would be helpful if you know it. If the person collected Social Security benefits, I can retrieve their birth date and a partial or complete death date from an index of those persons.
If you have a copy of the obituary of a High School or Middle School staff member, I would appreciate receiving a photocopy, scanned image, or typed transcription of it. It will be added to the obituaries below.
The person's name in the lists below will usually be a link to their obituary. Concerning the job descriptions that I have used, please feel free to make suggestions or corrections.
Unless the name of a transcriber and/or contributor is listed, the obituary was usually copied by me from a newspaper website. Archived obituaries often are presented in one paragraph. In that case, I have created the paragraphs.
BCSD = Bethlehem Central School District
HS = High School,
MS = Middle School (formerly the Junior High School)
___ = unknown information
TU = Times Union (of Albany) 1993 to present
AE = Altamont Enterprise (Albany County) 1888 to 2008
L = Legacy (online source of obituaries). Selected newspapers from about 1934 to present.
Sp = Spotlight (of Delmar). Consult index (1983-present).
SSDI = Social Security Death Index - 1962 to present (not digitized prior to 1962)
= 18 persons who served in the Armed Forces of the United States. The lack of a flag does not mean that they didn't serve.
The names below are arranged alphabetically by surname. Click on a name to view that person's obituary. In cases where no obituary was found, the Social Security Death Index was consulted for date of death.
DECEASED STAFF AT THE HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL (85)
(obituaries for 73 of 85 staff members)
NAME DEATH DATE POSITION & SCHOOL COMMENTS
Adler, Helen Pollack 1 Aug 2006 English, HS Two obits
Atkinson, Thomas 17 Mar 2004 Science Supervisor, BCSD
Baxter, Janet T. 20 Mar 2012 French, MS Maiden name Moskwa
Bennett, Alice S. 1 Feb 2013 Mathematics 1939 & 1940 Photo with obituary
Blabey, Margaret 27 Dec 2005 Social Studies, HS Taught c. 1931-1938
8 Nov 1998 Guidance Counselor, HS
Brooks, Edward C. 11 Aug 2001 Social Studies, HS
Brown, Herman D. 16 Mar 1987 Social Studies, HS Article Memorial
Alfredo 22 Nov 1993 Violin Teacher
Camp, Donald M. obit2 27 Feb 1999 Physical Education, tennis coach, HS
Cleaves, Earle 31 May 1996 Science (Physics), HS Obit not TU, AE, L or Sp
Cocozza, Francis 23 Feb 2010 secretary to Principal, HS
Crummey, Betty 7 Dec 2012 English, HS
Warren 13 Aug
2006 Guidance Counselor, HS
D'Arcangelis, Howard 13 Feb 2002 English, MS
Dinova, Margaret A. 17 Aug 2004 English, HS Guestbook
Doherty, James 1 Feb 2006 Custodian 1957-1986, MS Head Custodian
Peter Louis 1 Mar 2009 Asst. Coach
varsity Baseball, HS 2004-2008
Duffy, Eugene F. 7 Sep 2005 English Supervisor, BCSD
Ellery, Barbara 21 Feb 2005 Social Studies, HS
Esmond, Irwin Brown 24 Apr 2009 Guidance Counselor, MS
Farrell, Donald 1 Apr 1984 Physical Education, HS Obit not in TU, AE, L., Sp
Frany, Rosemary A. 7 Jul 2008 Social Studies, HS
Gibbons, Philip E. 30 Dec 2007 Math supervisor, HS
Guerrera, Joseph Oct 1973 Physical Education director, HS Born 28 Jan 1910
Guertze, Donald J. 24 Jan 2008 supervisor of maintenance, HS
Gunner, Charles A. 13 Aug 2003 Principal, HS
Charles H. 29 Aug 2006
Hobbie, Helen E. 31 Jan 1995 Mathematics & Principal, HS
Gladys 20 Nov 1992
Hughes, Richard C. 11 Oct 2002 Science (Physics), HS
Hurd, Mary Ann 2 Oct 2009 Teacher's aide, MS & HS
Jackson, Florence 28 Feb 2003 Teacher, HS, then psychometrist
16 Jul 2013 Biology, HS
Johnson, Frances E. 19 Nov 1995 custodian, HS (b. 21 Apr 1934) Obit not TU, AE, L or Sp
Karp, Max 8 Jun 1995 Social Studies & Vice-Principal, MS
Kenny, Elizabeth R. 28 Jan 1995 Special Education, HS
Klugman, Jeremy S. 30 Mar 2007 Physical Education, MS Article
Sally Pinto 16 May 2005 English,
Kullman, Warren 21 Jun 2000 Science Supervisor, BCSD Webpage about Warren
Lephart, Clarence A. 31 Oct 2002 Physical Education & Swimming Coach 1955-1962
Long, Kenneth E. 31 Dec 2006 Physical Education & coach, HS Obit in AE
Meany, Lillian 20 Nov 2011 Guidance clerical staff, HS Born c. 1929
MacDonald, Webster 23 Aug 2008 Industrial Arts, HS Obit not TU, AE, L, Sp
McGibbon, Margaret A. 16 Mar 2011 Guidance Counselor, HS
Marta 9 Dec
Molyneux, Gordon W. 14 Jul 1987 Social Studies, HS
Mooney, Kathleen A. 18 Sep 2006 Secretary, MS Guidance Office
Morand, Mary Dorothy 9 Jun 1983 Guidance Counselor, HS Award Not TU, AE, L, Sp
Muntz, Mary Anna E. 8 Jul 2003 Social Studies, HS
Newell, Gladys E. 17 Mar 1995 Social Studies, HS
Prater, Larry 19 May 1981 sr. typist & main office mgr, HS Scholarship Not Sp
Preston, Thomas S. Sr. 15 Dec 2009 Social Studies, MS
Quinn, Doris Marie 9 Jan 2005 Mathematics, HS 2nd Obit Guestbook
Reissig, Harold J. 10 Apr 1997 Mathematics supervisor, BCSD born 10 Mar 1917
Alfred P. 5 Aug 2011
Ritchko, Arthur 13 Dec 2003 Physical Education & Football, HS Article
Robinson, Richard C. 19 Aug 2011 Chemistry & vice-principal, HS photo Article Guest Book
Robinson, Wayne F. 24 Feb 2010 Science, MS
Dorothy C. 18 Sep 2007 cafeteria,
Schelling, Mary S. 25 Feb 1998 Social Studies, HS Born 27 Apr 1909
Shaloum, Aaron 15 Feb 1994 Shop, MS
Shear, Bruce Earl 2 Nov 1995 Guidance Counselor, HS Born c1907
Skaskiw, Bernard 7 Dec 2013 Industrial Arts, MS
Skevington, Gladys __ Jun 1985 English, HS (1939-1963) Obit not in TU, AE, L or Sp
Glenn J. 9
Mar 2006 Chemistry,
Socarides, Christos 23 Jan 1982 English Supervisor, HS & MS photo SSDI. Not TU, AE, L or Sp
Stagnitta, George 12 Mar 2013 Chemistry, HS B. Albany, NY; d. FL
Stafford, Martha "Marcy" d.1980-85 Physical Education, HS (ret. 1980) Obit not TU, AE, L or Sp
Stander, Annette 15 Aug 2002 secretary, HS
Stephany, Doris 24 Mar 2003 Typing, Business Education, MS Retired 1974.
Sykes, Esther W. 17 Nov 1997 General Science, MS
Stephen F. 21 Apr 2005 Science
Supervisor, BCSD 2
obits, 2 photos
Textores, Elfrieda E. 1 Nov 2004 Social Studies, HS
Tomiko, M. Eleanor 15 Jan 2004 MS (subject unknown)
Trobridge, Ruth C. 4 Feb 2010 Secretary, HS
Rolland R. d. 1960s Music,
After BC, he taught in VT
Ungerman, Annette 9 Jan 1996 Social Studies, HS
Van Kempen, Elizabeth 28 Jan 2004 teacher's aide, HS 1977-1987
VanDemark, Paul H. 15 Nov 2011 Health, HS / Elementary Phys. Ed. Coach
Wadsworth, Bruce 10 Aug 2013 Earth Science, HS
Watthews, Thomas 11 Mar 2013 Biology, HS obit #2 with photo.
Wise, Madeline F. 4 Feb 2004 Business education, BCSD Age 98.
Yacobian, Richard 10 Oct 1976 Music, MS Obit not TU, AE, L or Sp
Magdalene 25 Jul
2010 Music director,
STAFF AT LOCATIONS OTHER THAN HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL (45)
NAME DEATH DATE POSITION & LOCATION COMMENTS
Betor, Michael A. Sr. 17 Oct 2010 Bus driver Obit
Boehm, Catherine 12 Jun 1996 Librarian in several schools Obit
Bookbinder, Harold E. 13 Oct 2006 District Curriculum Coordinator Obit
Bookhout, Hamilton H. __ Aug 1976 Superintendent, BCSD Obit
Carhart, Lynne (Carey) 11 Jul 2003 Reading & writing BCSD Obit
Clark, Dorothy M. 4 Jan 2000 (school? subject?) Obit
Collins, F. Ethel 23 Mar 2004 (school?) (reading? or English?) Obit
Conroe, Connie 25 Apr 2005 Elementary school Music Obit
Dale, Virginia C. 5 Nov 1994 Elementary school Music Obit
Doyle, Ruth M. 7 Nov 1998 Music & Elementary Obit 38 yrs.
End, Helen C. 15 Jan 2011 Slingerlands Elementary School Obit
Everett, Delmer E. 4 May 1978 Business Manager, BCSD 1908-1978, d. age 69
Felgentreff, Jane E. 4 Sep 2010 Cafeteria Obit Age 80
Fuller, Clara Y. 2 Mar 2006 Glenmont Elementary School Obit Age 85
Herrmann, Jeanne T. 6 Nov 2011 Elementary teacher Obit 88 photo
Hase, Edwina K. Winnie 20 Mar 2006 First Grade, Elsmere School Obit 1961-1982
Hughes, Margaret 24 May 2008 First Grade, Glenmont Elementary Obit
Hughes, Mildred A. 18 Oct 2006 Hamagrael Elementary, grades 1-2 Obit
Hughes, Mary Jane 29 Dec 2011 Elementary school Music Obit (photo) Obit
Keyes, Martha 22 Feb 1992 prob. Business (school unknown) Obit
Knighton, Lucille M. 27 Aug 2010 secretary BCSD Obit née Young
Kunz, Catherine 11 Apr 2011 Second Grade, Glenmont Elementary Obit not Times Union
Lephart, Tilda Rose 11 Nov 2009 secretary, Delmar & Elsmere Elem. Obit
McDonald, Dorothy 28 Sep 2010 Principal, Clarksville Elementary Obit Article
Miller, Constance B. 22 Feb 2007 Elsmere & Glenmont Elementary Obit
Nuzzo, Virginia P. 20 Jan 2007 Grades 1-2, Hamagrael Obit 1965-1985
Paddock, Eloise F. 7 Oct 2006 Music (school not stated) Obit
Pace, Jeanetter Helen 12 Dec 2001 Art (school not stated) Obit
Eloise F. 7 Oct 2006 Music
Perkins, Lona C. 1 Feb 2006 prob. secretary, location unknown Obit Age 87.
Phillips, Gail J. 4 Oct 1997 English (school unknown) Obit
Pittz, Seward J. 28 May 2010 maintenance BC school system Obit
Riggs, Veronika S. 21 Mar 2002 taught 1934-1942 (subject unknown) Obit
Rossman, Theron P. 14 Aug 1979 custodian, Delmar Elementary School Obit in AE (pdf)
Rowe, Elizabeth 25 Mar 2002 (school and subject unknown) Obit
Smith, Grace Hallagan 17 Jul 2001 Primary grades Obit
Solnick, Arlene M. 29 Oct 2005 Delmar & Slingerland Elementary Obit
Stadler, John 8 Oct 1971 groundkeeper BCSD Obit in AE (pdf)
Sutch, Jeanne 7 Aug 2000 Elem. at Bethlehem Center & Elsmere Obit
Tanner, Gardiner W. 26 Dec 2012 Superintendent of Transportation Obit
VanDemark, Paul H. 15 Nov 2011 Health, HS / Elementary Phys. Ed. Obit below with photo
Wormer, George A. 17 Apr 1998 bus driver
VanNatten, William C. 2 Feb 2004 bus driver Obit
Voorhees, Ruth S. 7 Jul 2005 secretary, Business Office Obit Photo
Williams, Susan W. 6 Dec 2001 Glenmont Elementary Obit née Almindo
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS (7)
NAME DEATH DATE POSITION & SCHOOL COMMENTS
Dering, Virginia Niven 6 Nov 1997 Substitute (school & subject?) Obit
Leonard, Agnes W. 25 Sep 2006 Music substitute Obit
Morosoff, Merna 3 Jun 1994 Substitute, English (school unknown) Obit
Newell, Florence 29 Jan 1995 Substitute, HS Business Age 80
Tice, Donna L. 15 Dec 2002 Substitute, HS (subject unknown) Maiden name Bulson
Tilaro, Elizabeth 27 Jun 2004 Elementary substitute Obit
Wenzl, Pauline 31 Dec 2005 Substitute (subject & school unknown) Obit Born 1910
DECEASED GRADUATES OF BETHLEHEM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (57)
(These were begun as part of a different obituary project that involved only 2006.
Others were added later. Females are listed under their maiden names. I am not
actively trying to expand this list. However, if you have someone you want added,
please send me a link to the online obituary. The Times Union (Albany) newspaper
has free access to obituries in their archives from 1993 to the present)
NAME DEATH DATE AGE COMMENTS
Bellizzi, Robert 7 May 2006 57 Graduated 1967 Obit
Betts, Richard H. 26 Sep 2005 82 Graduated c1940 Obit
Bohl, Daniel E. 19 Jan 2010 50 Graduated 1978 Obit
Bloomer, William 24 Dec 1999 69 Graduated c1947 Article
Buehler, Joseph E. 12 Apr 2001 48 Graduated 1970 Obit
Caswell, John Wm. Jr. 23 Jan 2006 46 Graduated 1978 Obit
Champlin, Phyllis 7 Nov 2004 83 Graduated c1938 Obit Mg. surname Flandreau
Collen, Robert F. "Boz" 20 Feb 2010 53 Graduated c1973 Obit
Davis, James E. Jr. 20 Dec 2009 46 Graduated? c1981 Obit Obit2 Born 1963.
Ferguson, Martin S. 1 Jun 2006 72 Graduated BCHS Obit
Fisher, Mark W. 28 May 2006 -- Graduate? Obit Attended BCHS
Gardner, Richard W. c. Jan 2006 55 Graduated 1969 Obit
Halsdorf, Rita Rose 4 Jun 2010 89 Graduated c1938 Obit
Halstead, Marjorie H. 12 Apr 2002 80 Graduated c1939 Obit Marriage surname Long
Hamblen, Gary W. 4 Mar 2006 68 Graduated c. 1954 Obit
Hasselbarth, Harold C. 6 Oct 2009 59 Graduated c. 1967 Obit
Hewitt, Lawrence J. 26 Mar 2010 53 Graduated c1973 Obit
Hodder, Constance M. 25 Jan 2006 47 Graduated c. 1976 Obit
Howarth, James A. 23 Oct 2006 82 Graduated 1942 Obit
Jerry, Philip C.R. 2 Aug 1996 41 Graduated 1972 Obit Obit2 ballet choreog.
Johnson, William E. 5 Jan 2010 71 Graduated c. 1955 Obit
Killough, Ruth K. 6 Aug 2008 83 Graduated 1943 Obit
Kinne, Remsen 22 Jan 2011 80 Graduated 1948 Obit
Kirkman, Janice 18 Jan 2007 66 Graduated 1958 Obit Marriage name Harvith
Langer, Robert R. 28 Oct 2009 63 Graduated c1963 Obit
Lattif, Bagha 4 Sep 2010 83 Graduated 1946 Obit Mg. surname Follett
Lierheimer, Christopher 18 Jul 2010 c46 Graduated 1981 Obit
Long, Marjorie H. 12 Apr 2002 80 Graduated c1939 Obit
Manley, Douglas L. 27 Jan 2005 84 Graduated c1938 Obit
Mantica, Elizabeth A. 6 Mar 1994 36 Graduated 1976 Obit Mg. surname Portanova
Martin, David W. 17 Sep 2007 80 Graduated c1944 Obit
Martin, Shawn P. 20 Jun 2007 30 Graduated c1994 Obit
McAndrews, Scott 6 Apr 2006 37 Graduated 1986 Obit
McClumpha, David 23 Mar 2010 69 Graduated 1957 Obit
McKenna, John IV 16 Aug 2006 30 Graduated Obit died a Captain in Iraq
Moshier, Timothy J. 1 Apr 2006 25 Graduated 1998 Obit died a Captain in Iraq
Odell, Susan 8 Oct 1997 44 Graduated 1972 Obit Mg. surname Taylor
Rankin, John M. 17 Jan 2006 69 Graduated c. 1954 Obit
Reeves, Charles W. Jr. 1 Oct 2009 c59 Graduated c. 1967 Obit
Robbins, Thomas 9 Feb 2004 27 Graduated 1994. Obit Sergeant, died in Iraq
Rockefeller, Edna R. 7 Jan 2010 89 Graduated 1939 Obit Mg. surname Dunston
Rossman, Peter F. 14 Mar 2007 -- Grad. 1968 or '69 Obit
Ryan, Scott Paul 3 Sep 1995 30 Graduated c1982 Obit
St. Lucia, Charles H. 29 Jun 2008 86 Graduated c1939 Obit
Shipp, Lawrence P. 30 Aug 2010 46 Graduated 1982 Obit
Smith, Walter F. 19 Mar 2011 c64 Graduated 1964 Obit
Snow, Faith Ann 12 Apr 2010 85 Graduated c1942 Obit Photo
Stander, Howard 2000 c23 Graduated 1977 Died in Virginia
Taplin, Carole 10 Oct 2010 -- Graduated c1962 Obit Obit2 Mg name Darling
Tinney, Robert 19 Jul 2007 67 Graduated 1958 Obit
Tomlinson, Karen L. 12 Oct 2010 51 Graduated c1976 Obit
Unright, Dolores M. 31 Aug 2010 84 Graduated c1942 Obit Mg. surname Clynes
Van Denburg, Ryan D. 13 May 2006 c17 a Junior Obit
Wait, Fletcher C. Jr. 18 Apr 2006 68 Graduated 1955 Obit
Webster, Karen 9 Jan 2006 46 Graduated c1978. Obit Mg. surname Prisley
Wiley, Jacqueline B. 15 Apt 2006 c77 Graduated 1946. Obit maiden name unknown
Yeomans, Clara Y. 2 Mar 2006 85 Graduated 1938 Obit Mg. surname Fuller
Adler, Helen Pollack
8/2/2006 in the Times Union,
DELMAR -- Helen P. Adler, teacher and visionary community leader died on August 1, after fiercely battling cancer for a year.
Helen Pollack was born in Rankin, Pa., on January 22, 1918, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants who raised three children upstairs from the family grocery store.
She attended Braddock High School, graduating at the top of her class, and winning every available honor. She believed that her father gave her the greatest gift he could, his permission to go to college. She worked through depth of the Depression earning both a bachelor's in English and history and a M.S. in library science from Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie Institute of Technology). In 1940, she married Frederic Adler, the top scholar in the class ahead of her at Braddock High and Carnegie Tech. Their first child was born in 1944, just before Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Pacific. After the war, they lived a few years of the post-war American dream, with Fred working at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, and Helen doing part-time library work. Then a shared passion for justice and freedom expressed during Spanish Civil War protests came back to haunt them in the McCarthy years. When Fred refused to sign a loyalty oath which would have meant possibly exposing friends to FBI investigations, Fred forfeited his job and was blacklisted. Seeking work, Helen and Fred moved to Delmar, N.Y. in 1956. Fred joined Delmar-based Hall & Co. as a general manager and Helen taught library science at Albany Teachers College, before making the transition to teaching English at Bethlehem Central High School. She was hired to develop the Advanced Placement (AP) English course. Through her passionate love of literature, good writing and belief in her students' potential, she influenced more than 1,000 students during her 25-year teaching career. Helen's refusal to accept anything but the best from her students earned her their undying respect. Her goal was to create life-long learners. In addition to creating the AP English course, Helen developed other courses including The Novel, and multi-disciplinary courses in conjunction with social studies and science colleagues. She founded The Creative Writing Club and its publication, The Thinking Reed. She scooped and served at the ice cream socials and spaghetti dinners that raised funds for the publication. Students were regular visitors to her home, showering her with letters long after graduation. From the top colleges in the country and beyond, they wrote to declare, You were the most important teacher I ever had. Demonstrating her passion for learning, Helen enrolled in continuing education programs throughout her career, notably in highly selective humanities programs at Yale University, Williams College and Wesleyan University. In recognition of her ability to objectively evaluate students' writing and her experience with the AP English curriculum, she was twice selected to grade AP English achievement tests for the Educational Testing Service. Helen was a working mother when those were rare, finding the time to write long letters and to send hand-made posters to her three daughters to ease the miles of separation when they were in college, on top of her 16-hour teaching days. She retired from BCHS in 1983 after a 24-year career. In retirement, Helen and Fred traveled to Europe and created a retreat in Schoharie County where they gardened, read and wrote. When their eldest daughter, Vicki was diagnosed with MS in 1977, Helen and Fred devoted themselves to her care. Retirement was temporary, however. Helen began her free Books in the Morning lecture series in Delmar shortly after leaving BCHS, but felt that the adults in the community would support weekday college-level courses taught in Delmar. She and Fred founded and guided the Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning (HILL), pouring their energies into recruiting the best teachers from area colleges and universities. Helen and Fred also secured venues, arranged chairs, took the roll-anything that needed to be done to bring continuing education to the community. After 13 years, HILL now attracts 1,000 enthusiastic participants annually, offers free lectures and concerts between semesters, and affords its faculty the luxury of mature and interested students who are motivated to learn. HILL was innovative, a concept on the leading edge of what has become an enormous industry. HILL and its founders were recognized by the New York State Chamber of Commerce for enriching the lives of Bethlehem's residents. HILL reflects a lifelong passion for learning that defined Helen. In fulfilling her personal mission, she left a legacy to the Town of Bethlehem that will be treasured for decades. Helen was a missionary for learning, in all its forms, to the last moment of her life. She believed that learning is the key to a full life. She epitomized the vision of immigrants like her parents who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century to give their children a life they could not have had in their native countries.
Helen was predeceased by her daughter Vicki in 2000 and husband in 2004. She is survived by daughters, Deborah of Delmar and Rachel Hayes of Arlington, Mass.; her grandchildren, Alexandra and Amelia Cole and Spencer Hayes, will also miss her greatly.
A memorial service is planned at Temple Beth Emeth in Albany. The date will be announced later in the Times Union. In lieu of flowers, Helen requested contributions in her name to the Bethlehem Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning (HILL), c/o the Bethlehem Central School District, Business Office, 90 Adams Place, Delmar, NY 12054 or the American Civil Liberties Union, 90 State St., Albany, NY 12207.
Adler, Helen Pollack [Published 8/2/2006 in the Times Union, Albany, NY; on this website with permission]
Helen Adler, a champion of learning, dies
Beloved English teacher, advocate for literature was 88 years old
By Paul Grondahl, Times Union Staff writer
Helen Adler, who taught English at Bethlehem High School and instilled a love of literature and lifelong learning in hundreds of senior citizens, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 88.
"She had a passion for learning and a passion for life and was incredibly selfless," said Jessica Scheckton, a communications specialist for Bethlehem Central School District who worked with Adler for several years.
Adler and her late husband, Fred, founded Bethlehem Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning in 1994, which was affiliated with the school district. The couple recruited local professors to teach college-level courses for seniors. The program draws more than 1,000 participants annually.
Adler also was widely known for "Books in the Morning," a monthly lecture on a literary work that she offered at the town library for more than a decade, until a year ago when she became ill.
"She had a mission to share her love of learning with others who wanted to continue to grow intellectually throughout their lives," said her daughter, Rachel Hayes.
The lectures grew out of her long career as an English teacher. Adler was hired in 1960 to develop the Advanced Placement English course at Bethlehem High School, where she also started a creative writing club that published a literary journal, "The Thinking Reed."
Former students wrote letters of gratitude years later to their beloved English teacher.
"Teaching was in every bone of her body," said her daughter, Deborah Adler.
She almost didn't get a chance to engage in a life of the mind. Born Helen Pollack in Rankin, Pa., she lived with her Hungarian immigrant parents and two brothers above the family grocery store.
She graduated with honors at the top of her high school class. This was during the Great Depression, though, and her parents expected her to help out in the store rather than attend college. Her fierce desire to continue her education finally convinced her father to relent and she attended Carnegie Mellon University, earning a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in library science.
During the height of McCarthyism, her husband was harassed by FBI agents and fired from his management job at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh.
He had been a member of a liberal group under surveillance by federal authorities. His employment was terminated after he refused to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and would not denounce Communism or inform on his friends. In 1954, he was blacklisted and unable to find a decent job. The family moved to the Albany area in 1957, and he worked for a small well-drilling company.
In retirement, the Adlers traveled and built a rural hideaway on a hillside overlooking the Schoharie Valley. She gardened, created quilts and read.
Fred Adler died in 2003 at age 86. The couple had known each other since they were 9 years old. They were married for 63 years.
In the past year, Helen Adler underwent chemotherapy treatments and became bedridden.
"She had such willpower even when she got really sick," her daughter Deborah said. "She'd sleep one hour and then stay awake reading for one hour. She wouldn't give up, in spite of the pain."
In addition to Deborah and Rachel (a third daughter, Vicki, died from multiple sclerosis on 2000), Adler is survived by three grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned at Temple Beth Emeth in Albany, with a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, Adler requested contributions in her name be made to: Bethlehem Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning c/o the Bethlehem Central School District, Business Office, 90 Adams Place, Delmar, NY 12054, or the American Civil Liberties Union, 90 State St., Albany, NY 12207.
Atkinson, Thomas -- [Published 3/25/2004 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
GILBERT, Ariz. -- Thomas Atkinson, 72, formerly of Latham, died March 17, 2004 in Gilbert after a long illness. He was the husband of Elizabeth Cook Atkinson.
Born in Green Island, son of the late Edward and Grace McDermott Atkinson, he resided in Latham from 1966 until moving to Arizona in 1995.
Dr. Atkinson was the district science supervisor at Bethlehem Central School from 1977 to 1989 and then was an associate professor at the Evening Division of Russell Sage College until 1994. He was a former communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Green Island and Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Edward W. Atkinson Jr.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass to be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church in Green Island on Friday, May 7 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy. Contributions, in memory of Tom, may be made to the St. Labre Indian School Scholarship Fund, Ashland, MT 59004. Local arrangements by McNulty Funeral Home, Green Island.
Baxter, Janet T. [Published in Albany Times Union from March 22 to March 23, 2012]
DELMAR -- Janet T. Baxter died suddenly on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Julian and Antonina Moskwa. She was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth Baxter. Janet was a retiree of the Bethlehem Central School District where she taught French for many years.
She will always be cherished by her children, Valerie Slattery, James Baxter and John Baxter as well as her grandchildren, John Slattery and Jessica Baxter and her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Anthony Paleczka and their family.
There will no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 16 Elsmere Ave., Delmar. A private interment will be held in Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution in Janet's memory direct their gifts to a charity of one's choice. (www.applebeefuneralhome.com)
Bennett, Alice S. [Published 2/3/2013 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
TROY -- Alice S. Bennett, 95, of Troy, died Friday, February 1, 2013 at Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center after a long illness. Alice was born in Rensselaer to the late Mary Hoyle and Samuel Bennett.
She graduated from Milne School and the New York State Teachers College. Alice retired from New York State Teachers Association. Prior to retirement, she worked in Bethlehem central schools and the East Greenbush central schools. She was active with Troy-area retired teachers and assisted retirees with income tax preparation with AARP. Alice was an avid traveler and traveled to every continent around the world.
Predeceased by her cousin, John H. Hodecker. Alice is survived by her cousin, Margaret Story. She is also survived by Carol Calcagni, Anne Story, John T. Hodecker and Barbara Larson.
The family wishes to thank the Eddy and Community Hospice for the care they provided during her illness. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Greenbush Cemetery, East Greenbush.
[photo from 1939 BCHS yearbook, provided by Joanne Lauster]
Blabey, Margaret [Published 1/1/2006 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
SLINGERLANDS -- Margaret Ellis Blabey, 95, of Beverwyck Retirement Community, Slingerlands, died December 27, 2005 following a brief illness.
Mrs. Blabey, a former teacher at Bethlehem Central High School, was the widow of the late Robert G. Blabey, counsel to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. She is the mother of Eugene H. Blabey II of Forestburgh, N.Y., the late Dr. Robert G. Blabey Jr. of New Canaan, Conn., David E. Blabey of Delmar, N.Y. and Richard J. Blabey of Alexandria, Va.
She is survived by a sister, Sarah E. Ward of Slingerlands; grandchildren, Nancy B. Bailey of Sebastopol, Calif., Eugene H. Blabey III of Lewisville, Texas, Robert G. Blabey III of Naples, Fla., Elizabeth B. Janiga of New York City, Sarah L. Blabey-Rossi of Delmar, N.Y., David E. Blabey Jr. of New York City, Virginia A. Blabey of Boston, Mass., Thomas B. Blabey of Goleta, Calif., Margaret H. Blabey of Anchorage, Alaska and Anna B. Blabey of Alexandria, Va.; also three nieces and five great-grandchildren.
She was born on February 3, 1910 to Sam and Margaret Ellis of Utica, N.Y. Her father was a Welsh author and a Bard of the Welsh National Eisteddfod. Growing up in a Welsh-speaking household inspired a lifelong interest in Welsh music and involvement with the St. David's Society, a Welsh cultural organization. After receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University in 1931, she accepted a position as a social studies teacher with Bethlehem Central School District. She taught in Delmar until her marriage in 1938. During 65 years as a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Albany, she participated in many aspects of congregational life including teaching Sunday school, singing in the church choir and serving as a trustee and moderator of the church. With her husband, she co-authored a history of Emmanuel Baptist Church on the occasion of its 125th anniversary and revised it for the church's 150th anniversary. In 1993, after moving to Beverwyck Retirement Center, she continued to manifest a devotion to Christian Worship by organizing Sunday ecumenical services for residents of the retirement center. She played the piano in the services until her recent illness. Other volunteer activities included the presidency of the PTA at School 16 in Albany and leading a Cub Scout pack. She organized the Call for Action problem referral service at station WROW and directed that program for ten years. In 1998, the Capitol Region Senior Housing Project recognized her service by presenting her with a Senior Lifetime Achievement Award.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2006 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St., Albany. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church or to Equinox, 95 Central Ave., NY 12207.
-- [Published 11/10/1998 in the Times Union,
Albany, NY - pg B6, Capital Region section]
ALBANY -- G. May Blackmore of Delmar, NY died Sunday November 8th at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.
Born in Omega, Saskatchewan, she was the daughter of the later Herbert and Jeannette Mead and sister of the late Kathleen Elliott. She was the beloved wife of Dr. William P. Blackmore for more than 50 years. Survivors in addition to her husband include, Gordon and Dorothy Blackmore of Calgary, Alberta, Fred and Beth Blackmore, Red Deer, Alberta, Mary and Joe Lund, Kelvington, Sask., Mrs. Ethel Wiebe, Regina, Sask., Mrs. Ether Wiebe, Regina Sask., Gladys and Jim Brindle, Regina Sask., and several nieces and nephews.
May Blackmore was a graduate of Regina Teachers College, Regina, Sask. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario and Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She began her teaching career in Willows, Sask., and taught in the Regina City School System and was the first female assistant superintendent in Southern Sask. She continued her teaching career as head of the English department at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, TX. She concluded her teaching career at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, NY, as a teacher and then guidance counselor. In addition, while living in Chicago, she became Executive Director for Girl Scouts for Du Page County for three years. Her achievements in community services were as follows, a member of the Delmar Progress Club serving as member and chairman of many committees, first vice president, club president, board of directors, and became Albany county chairman and district director. At the district level of the New York Federation of Women's Clubs, she was district director, district advisor, honorary director and education chairman (each for two years). At the State level, she served on the board of directors as district III director, sixth vice-president and 2nd vice president and revisions chairman. In 1994 she was elected New York State Federation `Woman of the Year`. Her community involvements also included Board of Directors of Hudson Valley Girl Scout Council, Bethlehem Park and Recreation Board, five years, Bethlehem Bicentennial Commission, Women's Council, Albany Institute of History and Art, (committee chairman `Festival of Trees`), Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, six years, Executive Committee, New York State Career Counselors, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Embroiderers Guild, Bethlehem Garden Club, Q.U.I.L.T., PEO Women's Philanthropic Organization and publicity chairman of Normanside Country Club.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the National American Diabetes, Assn., 1660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 or Wildwood Programs, 2995C Curry Road, Ext., Schenectady, NY 12303. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 14 at Speers Funeral Home, Regina, Sask. at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Regina. A Memorial Service will be held at a date to be announced at the First United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, NY.
Brooks, Edward C. -- [Published 8/13/2001 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR -- Edward C. Brooks, age 77, died suddenly on Saturday, August 11th. Born to William and Violet Brooks in Greece, NY on May 16, 1924, Ed was a World War II veteran. He served in the 103rd Infantry Regiment in France from 1943-1945, and was honorably discharged receiving a Purple Heart. Ed earned a Masters in Education from the University of Rochester, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned a John Hay Fellowship at Columbia University. An avid baseball fan, Ed was a member of SABR, specializing in Minor League history publishing articles in SABR journals. He enjoyed extensively researching in Cooperstown and in libraries around the USA and Canada. A long time ephemera dealer, Ed also enjoyed traveling with his wife and seeing America.
A well respected history teacher, Ed started his teaching career at Red Jacket Central in Canandaigua, NY in 1951 where he met his wife of 48 years. He taught at Bethlehem Central High School for 27 years where he developed the Advanced Placement Course. He retired in 1981. Ed also coached little league in the Town of Bethlehem.
Ed is survived by his wife, Mildred (Mickey) Brooks of Delmar; daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, Kevin Young of East Berne; son, William Brooks and his wife, Caroline of Scotia; and grandchildren Kirsten Young, Carly and Samantha Brooks.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 14, 10 a.m. at the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, Route 9W, Selkirk, NY. Relatives and friends may call Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem.
[transcribed by Clifford Lamere]
Brown, Herman D. -- [Published March 25, 1987 in the Spotlight, Delmar, NY]
Herman D. Brown, 58, of Delmar, a teacher at Bethlehem Central High School, died Monday, March 16, after a long illness at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
He was a 25-year resident of Delmar, and he was born in Salamanca.
He taught social studies at Bethlehem Central High School, and continued to teach one class after his retirement in 1986. He also taught in Randolph.
He was involved in the high school's Debating Club and the Explorers, and he was also an outdoorsman who enjoyed canoeing, skiing and mountain climbing.
His survivors include his wife, Doris Brown of Albany and Carolyn M. Brown of San Franscisco; a son, Keith D. Brown of Queens; a sister, June Harter of Salamanca; a brother Leland Brown of Kings Park; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Applebee Funeral Home of Delmar. Contributions can be made to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Brown, Herman -- [From 1987 Commencement notes, BCHS graduating class.]
IN MEMORIAM -- Mr. Herman Brown. beloved teacher and friend, passed away this year after a brief illness. Mr. Brown taught social studies in our school district for twenty five years and continued to teach on a part·time basis even after retirement. Mr. Brown was an outstanding teacher and scholar who had a deep and abiding interest in the welfare of our children, our school district, and our town. He volunteered his services to anyone who needed him and will be missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Camp, Donald M. -- [Published Sunday 2/28/1999 in the Times Union, Albany, NY - pg B6, Perspective section]
DELMAR -- Donald M. Camp, 81, died early Friday at St. Peter's Hospital.
Mr. Camp was born in Afton, (Chenango County) N.Y.
Mr. Camp was a graduate of Ithaca College and SUNY. He was a World War II Navy veteran. From 1946 to 1978 Mr. Camp taught English in the Bethlehem Central School District. He was the boys basketball coach from 1946 to 1950 and in 1950 was named by the Times Union as `Coach of the Year` Mr. Camp was a Professional tennis instructor, and pro at the Albany Country Club. Mr. Camp was the City, County, and Tri County Singles and Doubles Champion from 1946-1951. He also helped form the Bethlehem Tennis Association in the 1960's. Mr. Camp was an avid gardener, golfer, bowler and bridge player. He was a member of the First United Methodist of Delmar, and the Bethlehem Republican Club.
Mr. Camp is survived by his wife of 58 years Marion Thomson Camp, two daughters Linda Strebel of Rochester, NY and Patricia Owens of Kenduskeag, ME., a sister Kathleen Fant of Gaithersburg, MD. and five grandchildren Geoffrey and Jackie Strebel, Adam Akullian, Andrew Gingras and Ashley Owens. He was predeceased by a son Donald B. Camp.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday March 6, l999 at the First United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Ave. Delmar. There will be no calling hours. No flowers should be sent. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Rd. Albany 12205 would be appreciated.
[There are two obituaries for Mr. Camp]
Camp, Donald M. -- [Published 1999, source unknown]
Donald M. Camp, 81, of Delmar died Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.
Born in Delmar [he was actually born 10 Jun 1917 in Afton, Chenango County, NY according to Mrs. Camp], Mr. Camp was a graduate of Ithaca College and SUNY.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Camp was a teacher at Bethlehem Central High School. He was named Coach of the Year by the Times Union in 1950. He was a professional tennis instructor and pro doubles champion at Albany Country Club. He also helped found the Bethlehem Tennis Association.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Delmar and the Bethlehem Republican Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marion Thomson Camp; two daughters, Linda Strebel of Rochester and Patricia Owens of Kenduskeag, Maine; a sister, Kathleen Fant of Gaithersburg, Md.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be on Tuesday, March 6, at First United Methodist Church, 428 Delaware Ave., Delmar.
Arrangements were by the Applebee Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 N. Karner Road, Colonie 12205.
[contributed by Joanne M. (Salisbury) Lauster, class of '65; transcribed by Clifford Lamere] [There are two obituaries for Mr. Camp]
Cavalieri, Alfredo -- [Published 11/25/1993 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
ALBANY -- Alfredo
F. Cavalieri of Buckingham Drive, a noted area violinist and band leader, died
Monday in St. Peter's Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born in Tricase, Province DiLecce, Italy, and moved to this country as a youngster. He lived in Albany most of his life and attended Siena College and the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music in 1952.
Mr. Cavalieri was founder and director of the Al Cavalieri Orchestra, which
played tunes of the Big Band era for many years. He also trained many concert
violinists and taught in various local colleges and schools. He held a
headmaster's, or orchestra leader's, license in stringed musical instruments and
was president of the Violin, Viola and Violoncello Teachers Guild of New York
City. During the 1930s, he toured the state doing amateur night contests,
winning most of them. He was also a winner on the "Major Bowes Original
Amateur Hour" radio show which aired many years ago over CBS in New York
City. He was a concertmaster and soloist with the Kryl Symphony Orchestra in
Chicago. He also toured the U.S., Canada and Mexico as a recitalist at one time.
"Ever since I was a boy in the old country I used to sing, so my father
says," Cavalieri said in a 1954 Knickerbocker News story just before he
left on a recital tour. "May main ambition was to play cornet or trumpet
but my father did not like that so I turned to the violin," he said. He was
a Navy veteran of World War II and a featured soloist with the "On
Target" radio program in Chicago for the U.S. Treasury Department's War
Bond Drive. Mr. Cavalieri was founder and chairman of the board of the High
Society Dance Club and of the Virtuoso Society of America. He was a member of
the New York State Teachers Association, the Albany Federation of Musicians
Local 14, the Troy Federation of Musicians Local 13, the Italian American Center
of Albany and the Italian Community Center Charitable Foundation of Troy.
Survivors include his wife, Yolanda Portanova Cavalieri; a daughter, Elissa Cavalieri Michaniw of Selkirk; a son, Michael Cavalieri of Voorheesville; four sisters, Assunta Arduini of Selkirk, Irma Arduini of Albany, Ella Cazzato of Feura Bush, and Irene Pardo of Castleton; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., and at 9 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians Church. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. Calling hours will be 4-8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart A
Cocozza, Frances -- [Published 2/25/2010 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR -- Frances Anne (Kattar) Cocozza, 65, lost her battle with cancer Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital.
A resident of Bethlehem for 35 years, "Fran" was born and raised in Lawrence, Mass. She attended Sacred Heart High School there, and Northern Essex Community College, in Haverhill, Mass. She married Joseph J. Cocozza in 1966, in Lawrence. They relocated to Cleveland, Ohio for six years, finally moving to Bethlehem in 1974. Fran had two great passions. The first was her family: her husband, her four children, and six grandchildren. The second was her passion for dance. She began as a girl, studied under a prima ballerina as a young woman, and went on to teach dance throughout her life, including her beloved job of choreography of musical theater productions at both the middle and high schools in Bethlehem. Over the years, she held a number of positions. She ended her career as the secretary to the principal at Bethlehem Central High School, retiring just last month.
Fran is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Joe; her four children: Keith J. Cocozza, 42, and his wife Paula of Fairfield, Conn., Melissa J. (Cocozza) Faiola, 40, and her husband Lou Faiola of East Haddam, Conn., Peter A. Cocozza, 38, and his wife, Ruth of Greenwich, Conn. and Daniel J. Cocozza, 27, of New York, N.Y.; and her six cherished grandchildren. Survivors also include her two sisters, Donna Kattar and Christine Kattar, both of Lawrence, Mass. and her brother, Thomas Kattar and his wife, Deborah, of Dubai, UAE; her two nephews, Gavin Kattar and his wife Kate of London, England, and Nicholas Kattar of New York, N.Y. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Betty Cocozza of Lawrence, Mass. and two sisters-in-law, Camille Cocozza of Bensalem, Pa. and Patricia Cocozza of Feeding Hills, Mass.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Thomas Morrissey, Lisa, Barbara and Anne and the staff at St. Peter's Hospital Cancer Center and special thanks to the staff on 6 McAuley at St. Peter's Hospital. Friends may call at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar, N.Y. on Thursday, February 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 35 Adams Place, Delmar, N.Y. She will go home to Massachusetts for services and burial on Saturday, February 27, 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Methuen.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Fran Cocozza Memorial Scholarship, being established to honor her lifelong love of dance and theater. Checks should be made payable to Bethlehem Central Endowment Fund, c/o J. Davies, 31 Morningstar Lane, Feura Bush, NY 12067-9799.
[contributed by Robert Peters.]
Crummey, Betty (Bonpane) -- [Published 12/10-11/2012 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
LOUDONVILLE -- Betty B. Crummey, passed away peacefully at home, Friday, December 7, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the daughter of the late Judge Blase A. Bonpane and Florence Marco Bonpane. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, later moving to Los Angeles, Calif. She attended Mills College in Oakland, Calif., received a B.A. from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, Calif. and received her M.A. from Siena College in 1966 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Siena College in 1990.
As a child, she performed in the Cleveland Playhouse, Cain Park Theatre, Cleveland Symphony and the Cleveland Opera and Metropolitan Opera. During her married life, she was first employed by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, the State University of New York and subsequently at Bethlehem Central Senior High School where she served 20 years as an English teacher. Betty's life exemplified her devout faith and her belief in the significance of education and community service.
Betty was a founding member of the Saint Gregory's School for Boys in Loudonville, N.Y. She also served on the Catholic Charities Board of the Diocese of Albany, Red Cross Board as chairman of College Activities Committee; Albany Symphony as vice president, Vanguard Founders' Committee as secretary; Church of St. Pius X, Loudonville, Alter Rosary Society, Pastor's Project, Parish Council as secretary; Council of Community Service (later United Fund) panel member; St. Gregory's School for Boys serving as secretary to the Founders Committee, then returning to the board of trustees in 1995 and subsequently named to the Honorary Board; Saratoga Performing Arts Center, president of Action Council and chair of Renaissance Weekend; Pruyn House Board member, directing the move of the historic one-room schoolhouse from Verdoy to Pruyn House grounds; Albany Institute of History and Art Board member for 25 years serving as secretary, vice president, founding president of the Women's Council, chairman of Champagne Ball; Albany Ladies of Charity Founding Board; Junior League of Albany as president; Founding Board president, Northeastern New York Speech Center; Albany Tricentenial area-wide celebration, co-chaired, Task Force responsible for oversight of parade, gala ball, tall ships and Charter Day programs. She served Siena College as chair of the associate board of Trustees and founding chair of The Creative Arts Committee, writing music and shows for two large fundraisers. She also co- chaired the Town of Colonie Centennial Celebration. She served as a board member of Albany International Airport Art Advisory Committee, Albany Historical Society, Ten Broeck Mansion and Albany Civic Theatre. She also co-founded the Albany League of Arts, serving as president. She served as president of the Fort Orange Garden Club and was on the founding Committee of the Imagination Celebration. She authored the official song for The Albany Tulip Festival. Betty established the annual Imagination Celebration competition for Albany school children. She served on the Founder's committee of the Albany Medical Center Fund Raising committee, founding committee of Albany Aquatic Club (1st AAU swim club in area-later becoming Colonie Aquatic). She served as secretary for the Albany Youth Symphony; The Egg Board Program Committee; Kirkland College Board, (now part of Hamilton College); and as treasurer for the Citizens Planning Committee for Greater Albany (pre-curser to South Mall).
Betty received numerous honors for her work including: the Junior League of Albany-Silver Sustainer's Bowl for community and league service; Albany Tricentennial-Silver Medal for 3 1/2 years of planning of Celebration; Town of Colonie Co-Chairman of Centennial celebration, Steuben crystal bowl; Lifetime Achievement Award from National Society of Fundraising Activities and honorary recognition from the Little Sisters of the Poor. Betty was a member of The Schuyler Meadows Club for 58 years. She was a communicant of St. Pius X Church, Loudonville and was invested by the Knights of Malta as a Dame of Malta in 1994.
Betty leaves her husband of 64 years, Edward J. Crummey Jr; a daughter, Elizabeth C. O'Keeffe of New York City; two sons, Edward J. Crummey III of Studio City, Calif. and Peter G. Crummey of Loudonville, N.Y. She is survived by her brother, Blase Bonpane; and a sister, Sr. Mary Ann Bonpane. She also leaves grandchildren, Carol E. Crummey, Constance W. Crummey, Cathryn O. Crummey, Canon G. Crummey, Peter G. Crummey Jr. and Edward J. Crummey IV.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Thursday, December 13, 2012 at The Church of St. Pius X Church, 23 Crummitie Road, Loudonville. Relatives and friends are also invited to call Wednesday 3 to 7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty B. Crummey Scholarship Fund of St. Gregory's School for Boys, 121 Old Niskayuna Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. To leave the family an online condolence please visit www.sbfuneralhome.com
-- [Published 8/16-17/2006 in the Times Union,
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Warren D'Aprix, 85, of the Embury Apartments in Saratoga Springs, passed away peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on Sunday, August 13, 2006 after a brief illness.
Mr. D'Aprix was born in Utica, N.Y. to Mary (Freytag) and Charles D'Aprix.
He was graduated from Proctor High School in Utica in 1939. Mr. D'Aprix held several occupations, including a stint at Western Union as well as a position at Savage Arms. He joined the United States Army during World War II, where he served admirably in Miss., Utah, Ark. and ultimately in Panama, ere he was an anti-aircraft specialist. Mr. D'Aprix married Alice June Downer of Hubbardsville, N.Y. in 1946. Mrs. D'Aprix passed away in 2003. Upon his return from the armed forces, he entered Union College where he was graduated in 1949. He later received a master's degree from Syracuse University and studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Education.
Mr. D'Aprix is survived by five children, Jean D'Aprix of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Ruth D'Aprix (Ted) of Saratoga Springs, David D'Aprix (Sara) of Ithaca, Charles D'Aprix of Washington, D.C. and Amy D'Aprix of Saratoga Springs. He is also survived by a brother, Roger D'Aprix of Rochester. Mr. D'Aprix is further survived by five grandchildren, Greg Polak of Charleston, S.C., Jennifer Sincock of Charlotte, N.C., Jason Koebele of Winfield, Kan. and Carrie and Nicole D'Aprix of Ithaca; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers.
Mr. D'Aprix was a committed and successful educator. He began his career as a foreign language teacher in Frewsburg, N.Y. and later taught in New Berlin, N.Y. While in New Berlin, Mr. D'Aprix became a guidance counselor and later held counseling positions in Copiague, N.Y. and then at Bethlehem Central in Delmar where he was director of guidance. He then accepted a guidance position at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. He was an active member of the New York State School Guidance Association where he spent countless hours editing the organization's statewide news publication. He was officially honored by his peers for his efforts. In 1986, Mr. D'Aprix retired with his wife to Hendersonville, N.C. where they lived until their return to the Capital District in 1997 after Mrs. D'Aprix fell victim to a stroke. Mr. D'Aprix drew the admiration of his family and friends as well as the residents and staff of the Embury Apartments for the care and attention he paid to his wife following her illness. He served her with dignity and selflessness as her primary caregiver until her death. Mr. D'Aprix never lost his love of foreign language and was known as a grammarian of the first order, often amusing friends and family with the finer points of grammar and syntax. He was active in the Golden K Kiwanis and had countless friends at the Embury Apartments. While residing in Delmar, he was a parishioner of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and, in N.C., he was a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church and in Saratoga at Saint Clements.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Memorial donations can be to Evergreen Adult Day Care Services, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-5373 or: burkefuneralhome.com.
-- [Published 2/15/2002 in the Times Union,
COXSACKIE -- Howard J. D'Arcangelis, 58, died Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at Albany Medical Center Hospital, surrounded by his entire family and many friends.
Born in Fort Plain, NY, he was a graduate of Siena College in Loudonville and received a master's degree in English from The State University at Albany. He was an English teacher at Bethlehem Central Middle School for 33 years, retiring last January. He was a devoted family man and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Otesaga (Leatherstocking) Golf Club in Cooperstown where he enjoyed playing with friends and family. His hobbies also included carpentry, gardening, reading and bowling. He was predeceased by his father, Chancy Anthony D'Arcangelis.
Survivors include his mother, Caroline; his loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Anne Marie Dardani D'Arcangelis; his daughters Lisa Natalie and her husband, Carmen and their children, Lorenzo Anthony and Giovanna Rose of Ravena, Teresa D'Arcangelis and her husband, Dan Lappies of Coxsackie, Valerie Galante and her husband, Peter of Coxsackie; son, Antonio of Coxsackie; brothers, Edward of Stamford, CT, Raymond and his wife, Linda of Mariaville and Chancy of Latham; sisters, Jeannie and her husband, John of Schroon Lake, Annette and her husband, Faruk of Groton, CT, Mary Anne and husband, Gary of Albuquerque, NM and Carol Lynne of Toronto, Ontario. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend calling hours on Sunday from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the W.C Brady's Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Coxsackie, with Fr. J. Moyna, pastor, as the celebrant. Interment will follow in the family plot of the St. Mary's Cemetery, Coxsackie.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Polysystic [sic] Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD Foundation) at 4901 Main Street, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64112-2634 or to The Coxsackie Rescue Squad. [transcribed by Clifford Lamere]
Dinova, Margaret A.
-- [Published 8/19/2004 in the Times Union,
ALBANY -- Margaret A. Dinova at rest Tuesday, August 17, 2004.
Born in Albany, May 26, 1946, Miss Dinova was a daughter of the late Joseph F. and Alice DeBerri Dinova.
She is survived by her sister, Joann DiNova of Santa Rosa, Calif.; her aunt, Patricia DeBerri of Albany; her cousins, Edward DeBerri (Eileen) of Rensselaerville and Ann Mulvihill (Joseph) of New York City and their children.
A graduate of the former Vincentian Institute and Saint Louis University, Miss Dinova
taught English at Bethlehem Central High School for 23 years, when she left to begin MargaretTransit Mini-van Service, Inc.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 40 Hopewell Street at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2004. It was her wish that donations be made to either Saint Patrick's Food Pantry, 183 Central Ave., Albany 12206 or the Black Beauty Animal Rescue Ranch (established by Cleveland Amory), P.O. Box 367, Murchison, TX 75778.
Doherty, James -- [Published 2/3/2006 - 2/4/2006 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
GUILDERLAND -- James Doherty, 81, of Guilderland, N.Y., died February 1, 2006.
Born July 4, 1924, he was the son of the late James and Carolyn Smith Doherty.
He was a lifelong resident of Slingerlands and Delmar. Mr. Doherty graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1943. In 1957, he was employed by the Bethlehem Central School District's custodial department, where he served for many years as the head custodian at the middle school. Mr. Doherty retired after 29 years in July of 1986. He was a decorated Korean War veteran, serving as a field first sergeant in line infantry company and rotated to the United States in 1951.
Mr. Doherty leaves behind his wife, Dorothy Battibulli; stepsons, Everette La Plante of Wildwood, Fla., Victor La Plante (Gail) of Medusa, N.Y. and Richard (Deborah) Battibulli of Albany, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews including Betty Lynn Anderson of Ga., Mark Anderson of Va. and John and Peter Doherty of Johnstown, N.Y.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Jo Anne La Plante of East Greenbush, James (Susan) La Plante of Oneonta and John (Lisa) La Plante of East Greenbush. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian Van Eps Doherty; brother, Jack Doherty; and sisters, Margaret Doherty and Carolyn Doherty Anderson.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Frederick Funeral Home, 633 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2006. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church, 609 Central Ave., Albany at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2006. Interment, Bethlehem Cemetery, Delmar, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Support Our Troops, care of J.E. Zaloga Post 1520, American Legion, 4 Everett Rd. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.
Dorwaldt, Peter Louis -- [Published 3/2-4/2009 in the Albany Times Union, pg B5]
DELMAR, N.Y. -- Peter Louis Dorwaldt, 68, of Delmar, died early Sunday morning, March 1, 2009, in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. He was born on September 18, 1940, in Albany, N.Y.
He was the son of the late Louis Edward and Joan Dorwaldt. Peter was a 1958 graduate of the Albany Academy. He graduated from Cortland State University with a degree in physical education and returned to the Albany Academy in 1963 where he taught and coached for the next 39 years. During this time, he coached numerous teams. He was the varsity baseball coach for 35 years, recording over 400 wins. He retired in 2002. Peter was a dedicated teacher and coach and touched the lives of many people. Since retiring from the Albany Academy, Peter found fulfillment in spending time with his family, helping former students and volunteering in the community. He continued his coaching career at Bethlehem Central High School as an assistant coach with the varsity baseball team from 2004 through 2008. In the fall of 2006, he was an assistant coach with the Navy Sprint Football team at Annapolis. He was recently honored by being inducted into the Albany Academy Athletic Hall of Fame and was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his outstanding service to his profession, his community and the Albany Academy.
As a husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Peter showed steadfast loyalty and love for his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Virginia; their three children Lynn, Kate, and Michael (Jennifer); his grandsons, Thomas and Michael Jr.; his brother, Louis Jr. (Anne) and his sister, Linda Allanson (Lars).
The family would like to thank Dr. Lawrence Garbo and the nurses, especially Amy at NYOH for their care and compassion. Friends may call on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. Donations in his memory may be made to the Albany Academy, 135 Academy Rd., Albany, NY 12208 or to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211.
-- [Published 9/9/2005 in the Albany Times Union]
QUEENSBURY -- Eugene F. Duffy, formerly of Middletown, N.Y. and a resident of Queensbury, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at home. He was 73. Mr. Duffy was born October 21, 1931 in Carbondale, Pa. to Eugene Duffy and Katherine Campbell.
He was a retiree of the Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y, where he served as district supervisor of English/Language Arts, K-12 from 1971-1991. Mr. Duffy was a graduate of Middletown High School, Class of 1950. He graduated from Orange County Community College in Middletown, N.Y. in 1952. He received his B.A. in English from New York State Teachers College at Albany in 1954 and his M.A. in English in 1957. During 1969 and 1970, he took graduate courses in administration and supervision at New York University and SUNY New Paltz. He received his permanent certificate in administration and supervision in 1971.
Mr. Duffy began his teaching career at Pine Bush Central School in Pine Bush, N.Y. from 1954 to 1956. He worked as an English teacher in Newfield, N.Y. from 1956 to 1957. He then became an English teacher at Monroe-Woodbury Central School District in Central Valley, N.Y. and remained there from 1957 to 1971. He became the district coordinator of English from 1967 to 1971. He was also an instructor of English at Queen of the Apostles College in Harriman, N.Y. from 1966 to 1967. During this time, he also served as an associate professor of English, evening division at Orange County Community College in Middletown, N.Y.
During his tenure at Bethlehem Central, he also served as an adjunct professor in educational theory and practice at the State University of New York at Albany from 1984 to 1991. He served as a judge for the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards for Writing from 1971 to 1977. Mr. Duffy also served as a consultant for the New York State Education Department, Bureau of English Education in Albany, N.Y. from 1970 to 1991.
During his career, Mr. Duffy received awards for his outstanding achievements. In 1989, he received the New York State English Council Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1990, he received the Award of Honor from the National School Public Relations Association. During 1989 to 1990, he received the Who's Who in American Education Award. He was a member of the National Council of Teacher of English Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and was also a member of the National Education Association.
Mr. Duffy is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara Adams Duffy of Queensbury, N.Y. They married on December 26, 1959 at the Sacred Heart Church in Monroe, N.Y. Mr. Duffy is also survived by two sons, William J. and his wife Monica, and grandson Owen, of Queensbury and Thomas M. and his wife Jennifer, and grandson Jason, of Webster, N.Y. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas and his wife Janet of Circleville, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Duffy was predeceased by a son, Eugene, and his parents, Eugene and Katherine Duffy of Middletown.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2005 at Singleton-Healy Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury, N.Y. A memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2005 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, 448 Aviation Road, Queensbury, N.Y.
Contributions in Gene's memory can be made to High Peaks Hospice, 286 Glen Street, Glens Falls, N.Y. 12801.
Ellery, Barbara -- [Published 2/26/2005 in the Albany Times Union, pg B5]
DELAND, Fla. -- Dr. Barbara Ellery, age 80, a retired teacher of the Bethlehem Central School District, died February 21, 2005 in Deland.
Energetic and enthusiastic, she inspired her students both locally and abroad where she taught in the African countries of Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia. In her tireless endeavors to build democracy, she addressed the United Nations Committee on racism, organized seminars for the education of social studies teachers in the Capital District and was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement.
As a dedicated mother, aunt-sister to the Shover family, trusted life-companion of Bojana Jordan and sprightly Girl Scout troop leader, she will be lovingly remembered.
Donations may be sent to Hospice Care: Florida Hospital, Memorial Hospice Care, 875 Sterthaus Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
Esmond, Irwin Brown -- [Published 5/3/2009 in the Albany Times Union, pg D9]
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Irwin Brown Esmond, 94, died peacefully at Teresian House on Friday, April 24, 2009.
Born June 11, 1914 in Ballston Spa, he was raised in Albany and graduated from Albany High School. He enrolled in Union College to obtain a degree in engineering. After witnessing the joblessness of many engineers during the Great Depression, he transferred to New York State College for Teachers (SUNY Albany) to complete a degree in secondary education. Mr. Esmond later obtained a master's in education from Columbia University.
One of his first teaching assignments was in Walden, New York where he met his wife, Julia "Judy" Valentine, also a teacher. They were married in 1942. At the age of 17, Mr. Esmond began drilling with the U.S. Army National Guard at the former New Scotland Armory. He was activated in the early months of World War II, and served in the airborne artillery, participating in campaigns in the Philippines, New Guinea and the eventual occupation of the Japanese mainland, ultimately attaining the rank of captain. After the war, he continued to serve as an officer in the US Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of major. After resuming his teaching career, Mr. Esmond moved to Delmar in the mid-1950s with his wife and their two young sons.
He was a guidance counselor for the Bethlehem Central School system for nearly two decades. Upon his retirement, Mr. Esmond and his wife moved to Whitney Lake near Hawley, Pa., where they enjoyed a very active retirement, which saw them involved in a wide variety of church and community activities, always with the purpose of improving the lives of others. They traveled extensively within the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. Love of family was the central focus of their lives, and they devoted themselves to the preservation of family ties via annual family reunions and nurturing close relationships within a large extended family. Most of all, Mr. Esmond and his wife were devoted to their sons and their grandchildren whose lives were incalculably enriched by their loving attention. All of the Esmond children have wonderful memories of time spent with Grandma and Grandpa at their home in Pa. They will always remember the games, the swimming, the stories and the love they enjoyed there.
After the death of his wife, Mr. Esmond returned to Delmar to live with his sister, Maria Crysler and her husband Larry. There, he continued to participate in church and community activities, such as Literacy Volunteers and Meals on Wheels. A faithful Christian, Mr. Esmond was a member of Delmar Reformed Church, Selkirk Reformed Church, and later the Lakeville United Methodist Church in Lakeville, Pa. and First United Methodist Church of Delmar. For the last decade of his life, Mr. Esmond was a resident of Teresian House in Albany. Staff and visitors remember him for his optimism, and his outgoing and warm personality. A great lover of games, he was an active Bridge player and an enthusiastic participant in all aspects of the recreational program. He especially enjoyed participating in welcoming activities for incoming residents and assisting staff in the performance of their duties.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Esmond was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and Robert and his sister, Maria (Esmond) Crysler as well as his son, James Robert. He is survived by his son, David and daughter-in-law Alice (McDonald) of Delmar, as well as five grandchildren, John David Esmond of Albany, James Douglas (Meighan) Esmond of Albany, Paul Lane Esmond of Albany, Michael Brown Esmond of Boston and Stephanie Joelle (Michael) Attebery of Seattle, Wash. He is survived also by his son, James' long term partner, Renee Kasinsky of Boston, and her sons, Yuri Kasinsky of San Francisco and Daniel Kasinsky of Boston, both of whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Teresian House Chapel. The Esmond family wishes to thank the staff of Teresian House for the many years of loving care they provided to Mr. Esmond. Their kindness will never be forgotten. Those wishing to remember Mr. Esmond in a special way are invited to make a contribution in his name to the Activities Program at Teresian House, 200 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203.
Frany, Rosemary A. -- [Published 7/12/2008 in the Albany Times Union]
Frany, Rosemary A. -- ALBANY Rosemary A. Frany, 90, died suddenly July 7, 2008 at her home.
Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late James T. Sr. and Amelia (Weiss) Frany. She was a graduate of Albany High School, the College of Saint Rose and she earned a master's degree from the State Teacher's College of Albany (SUNY). Miss Frany also attended Albany Law School. She was a social studies teacher at Philip Schuyler and Bethlehem Central High School. She retired as the supervisor of social studies in Albany. She was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church. She loved grand opera and traveling.
Sister of the late James T. Frany Jr., George Frany and Kathryne Duva; aunt of Amelia (James) Kelley of E. Greenbush, Teresa (Kenneth) Weden of Latham, Geraldine (Kaveh) Govanlu of Delmar, George (Mary Ann) Frany Jr. of Loudonville and Anthony (Rosi) Duva of Albany; also survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Monday, July 14, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 40 Hopewell St., Albany. There will be no public calling hours. Interment will follow the Mass in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Gibbons, Philip E. -- [Published 1/2/2008 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg D5]
DELMAR -- Philip E. Gibbons, a longtime resident of Delmar, died December 30, 2007 in Albany, N.Y.
He was born on December 19, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. A graduate of Kings College (Pa.), he received a master's degree in mathe-matics from Boston College and completed his Ph.D in mathemat-ics education at Oklahoma State University. Teaching and inspiring students was his life's passion. He taught high school mathematics for nearly 40-years and during this time, served as math supervisor of Miami Dade County School System (1970-1978) and Bethlehem Central School System from (1978-1995). Known as "Doc" Gibbons by his high school students, he was a fixture in the Delmar community, fostering a love of math in countless students over his many years of teaching. He took great pride in the enduring connections and friendships he formed with his students, continuing relationships with many of them beyond graduation. He was also the co-author of three text books on elementary and high school mathematics education. After his retirement, he continued teaching courses at SUNY Albany, mentoring many students pursing degrees in education. He also worked tirelessly tutoring local high school students preparing for the SAT exam. Throughout his life, he was an avid sports fan. At Kings College, he was the starting forward on the varsity basketball team. He was a lifelong fan of the Yankees, Celtics, and Miami Dolphins and was greatly shocked that the Red Sox could actually win a World Series. He also greatly enjoyed supporting and following his student's sports teams at BCHS.
Philip met and married Judith Ann Perry in 1965, when she was his student teacher at SUNY Cortland, N.Y. They were married for 42 years and together raised three children. He was a devoted husband and father, and in his later years was a loving and adoring grandfather to his seven grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Ann (Perry) Gibbons; two sons, Mark Gibbons and wife Kate of Palo Alto, Calif. and Michael Gibbons and wife Catherine of Delmar; a daughter, Michelle Rocklein and husband Brad of Delmar; seven grandchildren, Maggie, Rogan, Charlie, Natalia and Marko Gibbons and Grace and Bodie Rocklein; a brother, Joseph Gibbons; and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Albany, NY 12211 or the Alzheimer's Assn., 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206
Geurtze, Donald J. -- [Published 1/26/2008 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg B5]
DELMAR -- Donald J. Geurtze, 82, died peacefully at home Thursday afternoon, January 24, 2008. He was born in 1925 in the South End of Albany and attended the Albany Public Schools.
He left Philip Schuyler High School in 1943 for military service. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 20 for 23 years serving as an explorer advisor and as Scoutmaster. He was an "Order of the Arrow" camper and a member of the "Fort Orange Council" Star, Life and Eagle Scout board of review. He had been a member of the "Veteran Scouts Association of America" and the charter organization representative for the Delmar American Legion Post for Troop 58, BSA of Elsmere, N.Y.
During World War II, he served with the 10th Mountain Division in the North Apennine and Po Valley Campaigns in Northern Italy earning two Battle Stars. Other citations include the Good Conduct Medal, the European, African, Middle East Campaign, the Victory Medal and the American Service Medal. Honorably discharged as a corporal in the field artillery, Mr. Geurtze was still a member of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division Inc., Northeast Chapter (alumni), and the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers.
He was a former church school teacher, choir member, and secretary of the Evangelical Protestant Church of Albany where he was confirmed into membership in 1939. He was currently a member of the Delmar Reformed Church since November 2001. His employment after World War II included 11 years service as a bus driver for the United Traction Company, including 8 years as a safety captain at the Quail Street Station. From 1957 until his retirement in 1986, he was employed by the Bethlehem Central School District and from 1962 until his retirement, he was supervisor of building maintenance and custodial services at the Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar. He was a member of the Blanchard Post 1040 American Legion, the V.F.W. Post 3185 and a Mason in Bethlehem Lodge #85 F&AM of Delmar. After 26 years service with the town of Bethlehem Reserve Police, he retired as chief in 1997. He was involved in many civic, social and religious groups in the town of Bethlehem and resided on Elsmere Ave. for over 40 years.
He and his wife Ruth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2004. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth Kinnicutt Geurtze; a daughter, Donna Lasher (Glenn) of Selkirk, and a son, Donald (Barbara) of Delmar. Along with four grandchildren, Kimberly (Rick) Edwards, Clifford (Antonia Lauria) Nelson, Robert (Kristine) Geurtze and David Geurtze; and six great-grandchildren, Jack and Madison Edwards, Abigail, Madilyn and Zachary Geurtze, and Benjamin Nelson. A memorial service will be held Monday, January 28, 10:30 a.m. at the Delmar Reformed Church. Friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday, January 27 from 4-8 p.m. Mr. Geurtze's cremains will be interred in the Bethlehem Cemetery, Delmar, N.Y. at a time appropriate for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Delmar Reformed Church or a charity of your choice.
Gunner, Charles A. -- [Published 8/15/2003 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
GLENMONT -- Charles A. Gunner ended his life on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 surrounded by his family.
Charles was a gentle, kind and caring man who touched the lives of every person he encountered. Charles was an athlete, scholar and educator, but his greatest love and accomplishment was his family.
Charles proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in World War II. Charlie began his career as teacher, coach and vice principal at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, N.J. His path led him to spend 15 years of his career as principal of Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar. Next to his family, his students were his life. He was a stellar educator and motivator. Any sports event, musical or theatrical production was sure to have Charlie in attendance offering his greatest support and enthusiasm. Charlie was always deeply appreciative of contributions of all his staff members.
Charlie was very involved in his community. He volunteered his time in many places, including the parish council of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Bethlehem Lions Club and Senior Citizens Center. He served two years as a Bethlehem Town Councilman. Whatever Charlie participated in was enhanced by his honesty, wisdom, kindness and fair-minded approach. The many successes and challenges of his life's work have been shared with all through his humility and grace that leaves a legacy of enduring love forever. The loving hand of God has touched us all for which we are eternally grateful.
The Gunner family wishes to express our sincere love and appreciation to the entire staff, residents and families of the Teresian House, who helped make this journey an amazing and loving experience.
Charlie is survived by the love of his life and devoted wife of 52 years, Patricia Gunner; his six children, Susan (Bill) McDermott, Scott Gunner, Patrick Gunner, Keith (Nancy) Gunner, Kerry (Claudia Murphy) Gunner, Maribeth (Kyle) Pulliam; nine cherished grandchildren, B.G., Timothy, Brian, Sarah, Jessica, Emily, Thomas, Julianne and Sean. His family carries his heart in them. He also leaves behind a sister, Florence Heffernan; many nieces, nephews; loving in-laws; and devoted loyal friends. Charles was a blessing to anyone who knew him.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 16, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE) at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Delmar. Friends may call Friday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Durant Funeral Home, 17 Languish Pl. (opposite the Stone Ends restaurant) Glenmont.
Contributions may be sent in Charlie's honor to the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203. [transcribed by Clifford Lamere]
Herber, Charles H.
-- [Published 9/1/2006 in the Times Union,
DELMAR -- Charles H. Herber, 85, August 29, 2006.
Husband of the late Alice Herber; father of Linda Jeanette Herber-Jackson of Fort Wayne, Ind.; grandfather of Jay Gariepy of Watervliet and great-grandfather of four. Good friend of Joy and George Seufert of Alcove and Jeannie and Mike Arnold of Glenmont.
Mr. Herber was a World War II veteran and worked for Pen-Central Railroad and for the Bethlehem School system. Charles was a member of the Bethlehem Memorial Post VFW #3185 , Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post American Legion #1040 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Delmar.
Funeral service Monday 11:30 a.m. at the Meyers Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Hobbie, Helen E. --
[Published 2/8/1995 in the Times Union,
Albany, NY - pg. B11, Capital Region section]
SELKIRK -- Helen Elisabeth Hobbie, 78, a former principal of Bethlehem Central High School and a teacher in the Bethlehem Central and Albany school systems, died Jan. 31 in Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Miss Hobbie was born in Glens Falls and graduated valedictorian from Glens Falls High School. In 1936, she graduated magna cum laude from New York State Teachers College, now the University at Albany, and was a member of Signum Laudis, the senior honor society, and Delta Kappa Gamma, the honorary society for women in education. She also earned a master's of arts degree from the University at Albany, in addition to doing extensive graduate work at Middlebury College, Vt., the University at Buffalo, the University of Colorado and UAlbany.
Miss Hobbie taught in Candor and Greenwich before coming to Albany to teach at Hackett Junior High School.
In 1943, she enlisted in the Navy as an apprentice seaman and achieved the rank of specialist first class. She was assigned to the naval air stations in Atlanta and Memphis, Tenn. The Navy trained her to teach instrument flying to Navy and Marine pilots during World War II. After her discharge from the Navy, she attended school at the Link Trainer Co. in Binghamton to qualify as an aviator instructor at the high school level.
She resumed teaching in Albany at Philip Schuyler High School. During her career, her teaching assignments included French, Latin, English, mathematics and aviation.
She gained national recognition when Gen. James Doolittle appointed her to the Aviation Education Committee in observance of the 50th anniversary of powered flight. She was president of the Albany Teachers Association and served on local and state education committees. From 1963 to 1966, she was a member of the Regents Advisory Board for Teacher Education, Certification and Practice. She received the Bertha E. Brimmer Award for Outstanding Teacher from the SUNYA Alumni Association in 1967 and was one of 125 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients in 1969.
Miss Hobbie entered the Bethlehem Central school system as a mathematics teacher in 1965 and was named the first female principal of the high school in 1970, retiring in 1973. In retirement, she taught reading to adults at the Whitney M. Young Health Center.
She was a 67-year member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Albany.
Survivors include a sister, Kathryn Lockwood of Vero Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Edward H. Hobbie of South Deerfield, Mass.
A memorial service will be held in May at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Albany. Burial will be in Greenwich Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Service, 1121 Route 9W, Selkirk, NY 12158; North Bethlehem Fire House, Box 589, Russell Road, Albany, NY 12203; or the Western Turnpike Volunteer Rescue Squad Station 1, 1853 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.
Arrangements are by the Tebbutt Funeral Home, Albany.
Hosey, Gladys -- [Published 11/25/1992 in the Spotlight, Delmar, NY]
A former school teacher, Gladys Vadney Hosey, 83, of Delmar died Friday, Nov. 20, at her home.
Born and educated in Albany, she graduated from the State University at Albany, formerly, Albany Teachers College.
Mrs. Hosey worked briefly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. before teaching in the Bethlehem school system. She retired in 1972.
She was a member of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Retired Teachers Association and the Albany State Teachers Association.
Survivors include a niece and two nephews.
Services were from Applebee Funeral Home in Delmar. Burial was in St. Matthew's Cemetery in Glenmont.
Contributions may be made to the Mohawk-Hudson River Humane Society, Oakland Ave., Menands 12204 or the Gladys Hosey Scholarship Fund, c/o Joann Davies at the Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar 12054. [transcribed by Clifford Lamere]
Hughes, Richard C. -- [Published 10/15/2002 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
TROY -- Richard C. Hughes, a remarkable man, a loving father and an outstanding educator, respected and admired by all, passed to eternity on October 11, 2002.
Born on February 26, 1943 and raised in Utica, N.Y., he received his bachelors in education from Cornell University and his masters in education from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He taught physics and science in the Bethlehem Central School District for over 25 years. Despite being stricken by kidney disease in his late 20s, he lived an active, generous and fulfilling life. Richard fought tirelessly for the Civil Rights of his fellow man during and following his years at Cornell University. He dedicated his energy to pushing the boundaries of creative thought, preserving our environment and improving the human condition, through his active participation in Families for the Future, Green Peace, Habitat for Humanity, Farm Land Trust and many others. He was deeply involved in the intellectual life of the community through his participation in writers and discussion groups, correspondence with scientific publications, and gatherings at the Unitarian Church. Rich never fell victim to self-pity or weakness, endlessly giving to his family, his friends, his students and humanity in kind.
Surviving Rich are his wife; his seven children; two stepchildren; and five grandchildren, for whom he was always an example and a source of support; his father, mother, three brothers, and two sisters.
Richard's endless knowledge, wisdom, endurance and love will continue to be a source of inspiration and reflection throughout many generations to follow.
Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live, and gladly die. And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you graved for me: "Here he lies, where he longed to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill." (Requiem by Robert Lewis Stevenson).
For details about the memorial service, please call Joshua M. Hughes at 518-446-6468. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498. [transcribed by Clifford Lamere]
Hurd, Mary Ann -- [Published 10/4/2009 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR -- Mary Ann Hurd, 73, of Delmar, died on Friday, October 2, 2009 at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Albany on August 8, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Garrett and Mary (Shevlin) Roche.
Mary Ann had worked as a teacher's aide at the Bethlehem Central Middle School and High School until her illness. She loved to read and enjoyed sports, especially the New York Mets and Giants. Mary Ann loved spending time with friends and family.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Frank A. Hurd and a brother, Garrett Roche. Mary Ann is survived by her children, Michael F. Hurd of Clifton Park, David P. Hurd (Natalia) of Marietta, Ga., Susan M. Grizzard (Patrick) of Cumming, Ga. and Garry C. Hurd of Delmar; a brother, Edward Roche (Carol) of Delmar; sister-in-law, Pat Roche of Hilton Head, S.C.; and five grandchildren, Alyssa, Nick and Eric Hurd and Ryan and Riley Grizzard.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Thursday, October 8 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Those who wish may send a remembrance in her name to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.
Jackson, Florence -- [Published 3/2/2003 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
ALBANY -- Florence (Flossie) Bennett Jackson, 87, of Glenmont, N.Y. died Friday, February 28, 2003 at St. Peter's Hospital.
Born on the Bennett Homestead in Delmar on January 3, 1916, she was the daughter of Daniel Albright and Leola Arnold Bennett. Mrs. Jackson graduated from Delmar (Bethlehem) High School, earned her B.A. from Syracuse University and master's from SUNY at Albany. She taught in Crown Point, N.Y. and in the Bethlehem Central High School followed by 12 years as a psychometrist in the Bethlehem School District. Flossie served as officer in several organizations including the Syracuse Alumnae Club, the Tawasentha Chapter where she was a 50 plus year member, National Society D.A.R. She was a life member of the Onesquethaw Chapter, O.E.S. and the Dutch Settlers Society. Her main focus of service was the Delmar Reformed Church of which she was a lifetime member and the Reformed Church of America. She was the first president of a wartime church Women's Junior League, president of Women's Guild, served as the first woman elder of the Delmar Reformed Church, superintendent of Sunday School and the representative to the Classis of Albany where, for several years, she was the only woman stated clerk in the RCA. She also served on the National Board of Reformed Church Women as a consultant for the Synod of Albany and as a leader of many workshops. Mrs. Jackson leaves behind her beloved husband of 64 years, Robert A. Jackson.
She is also survived by her loving children, Lorraine Richland and her husband Randall of Huntington, Vt., Louise Connelly and her husband Michael of Schenectady, Roberta Dismore and her husband Lawrence of Tully, N.Y., Gregory Bennett Jackson and his wife Laurie Schneider of Delmar and Kirk Roberts Jackson and his partner Oliver Wadsworth of New York City. Other survivors include her grandchildren, Alyson, Gwyn and Tyson McGinty, Michael, Patrick and Mariette Connelly, Mackenzie and Jessica Dismore and Leslie and Lindsay Jackson; and her sister, Evelyn B. Drake of Glenmont.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar. A reception will follow in the church narthex. Interment will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054-3298.
Joachim, Andrew George -- [Published 7/18/2013 in Adirondack Daily Enterprise]
Andrew George Joachim, 74, of Lake Placid, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2013 [July 16], at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Andy was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to Heinrich Joachim and Ilonka Breitenbach Joachim. He moved to White Plains as a boy. He served three years in the U.S. Army in Mannheim, Germany and graduated from Cornell University in 1966. Andy worked as a biology teacher at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar until his retirement, at which time he moved to Lake Placid.
Andy was a passionate man who described himself as a wildlife bio-cellist. He enjoyed doing research and presentations for the American Society of Mammalogists right up until his passing. Andy was often found playing cello in the pit orchestra for various Lake Placid community productions, and also enjoyed playing cello for the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley.
Andy is survived by his wife, Sallie Sook Joachim of Lake Placid and by his children, Janet Joachim Self of Catonsville, Md. and Eric Bentley Joachim of Schenectady and grandchildren Margaret and Anna Self.
The family would like to thank the ICU team at the Adirondack Medical Center for their compassion during Andy's final days.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 with an American Legion Prayer Service at 7:45 p.m. at the M. B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church.
Memorial donations may be made in Andy's name to the Keene Valley Congregational Church or the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, Wilmington.
Relatives and friends are invited to "light a candle" and share a memory or leave online condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.
Karp, Max -- [Published 6/9/1995 in the Times Union, Albany, NY - pg B11, Capital Region section]
DELMAR -- Max Karp, 78, of The Crossway died Thursday at his residence.
Mr. Karp was born in Altoona, Pa., and had been a Capital Region resident since 1955. He graduated from Altoona High School and Penn State University.
Mr. Karp taught social studies at the Bethlehem Central School for many years. He retired from the school eight years ago as assistant principal.
He also taught Sunday school at Temple Beth Emeth in Albany, and was a member of Temple Israel in Albany.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Rae Karp; three sons, Aaron Karp of Albuquerque, N.M., Dr. David Karp of Sarasota, Fla., and Dr. William Karp of Syracuse; one daughter, Zoe Ellen Karp of Latham; one brother, Albert Karp of Altoona, Pa.; one sister, Ida Shulman of Altoona, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
A service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday in Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Ave., Albany.
Burial will be in the Temple Israel Cemetery in Guilderland.
The period of mourning will commence Sunday at the Karp residence, 78 The Crossway.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to St. Peter's Hospice in Albany.
Arrangements are by the Levine Memorial Chapel in Albany.
Kenny, Elizabeth R. -- [Published 1/30/1995 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg B7]
BETHLEHEM -- Elizabeth Robbins Kenny, 87, died Saturday at Hallmark Nursing Center.
Mrs. Kenny was born in Birmingham, Ala. She lived in Delmar for 50 years. She attended Cornell University and graduated from University at Albany in 1957. She taught special education classes in Bethlehem Central Schools for 15 years before retiring in 1970. Mrs. Kenny was a former member of Delmar Progress Club, former member of the Gansevoort chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Alpha Omega Pi. She had also been active in the League of Women Voters.
She was the widow of George H. Kenny. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ann Austin of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a son, David G. Kenny of Schenectady; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Tebbutt Funeral Home, 420 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. Burial will be in Lake Mont Cemetery. Calling hours will be 5-8 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Klugman, Jeremy S. -- [Published 4/2-3/2007 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg B8]
ALBANY -- Jeremy S. Klugman, 37, died unexpectantly on Friday, March 30, 2007 at his home.
He was born and educated in Plattsburgh and graduated from Guilderland High School. He attended Bowling Green University, Ohio, graduated from Cortland State College with a degree in physical education and received his master's degree from SUNY Albany. Jeremy was employed by the Bethlehem School District as a physical education teacher in the middle school. Jeremy was the varsity boys' basketball coach for four years. Prior to that, he was the junior varsity boys' basketball coach for a number of years. He also coached boys JV tennis. Jeremy won the '04-'05 Suburban Council Coach of the Year award. He was a union representative for the school district. Jeremy was a communicant of St. Teresa's of Avila. His favorite pastimes were sports, music, being with his family, and watching his older son's baseball games. Jeremy was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and Saratoga Travers Stakes fan. Those who knew him loved him for his contagious smile, enthusiasm, wit and devotion to his family.
Jeremy is survived by Diane (McNulty), his loving wife of 11 years and by his sons, Billy and Patrick. Jeremy is survived by his father, Jack Klugman of Plattsburgh and mother, Mary Kay Klugman of Plattsburgh and his father in-law and mother in-law, Frank and Kathryn McNulty of Liverpool. He leaves behind his sister, Laurie (Gary) McCullouch of Black River; brothers, Michael (Amy) Klug-man of Delmar and Matthew Klugman of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Susan (Gary) Levine of Huntington Beach, Calif., Jean (David) Bonin of Cicero, Kathy (Dan) Robinson of Baldwinsville, Eileen (David) Dugan of Baldwinsville, and Nancy (Robert) Bennett of Endicott; uncle, Robert Durfey of Bayside; aunt, Madeline (Jerry) Itzkoff; paternal grandmother, Edith Klugman; family friend, Judi Poust; cousins, and many, many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave. in Albany on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Teresa of Avila, 435 New Scotland Ave. in Albany. Burial will follow the Mass in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Liverpool. Donations in Jeremy's memory may be made to an education fund which has been established for Jeremy's sons to Citizens Bank, c/o of Diane Klugman, 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054.
-- [Published 5/18-19/2005 in the Times Union,
DELMAR -- Sally Pinto Kraft, 82, died Monday, May 16, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Home after a long illness. Born in Italy, she was the daughter of the late James and Rose DiGesu Pinto.
Mrs. Kraft was raised and educated in W.Va. She taught English in the Bethlehem Central School District for over 30 years. After her retirement she worked at Albany Medical Center Hospital Library and Archives. Mrs. Kraft was an avid reader and gardener, a member of the Retired Teachers Association and a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
She is wife of 60 years of William Kraft; sister of the late Michael Pinto and Mae DeRenzo; aunt of Emil (Evan) DeRenzo of Rockville, Md.; sister-in-law of Joseph and Anna Welter of Albany and Joan Collen of Delmar; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday 10:00 a.m. in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. Burial will follow the service in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205 or Good Samaritan Lutheran Home, 141 Rockefeller Road, Delmar, NY 12054.
Kullman, Warren D. -- [Published 6/25/2000 in the Times Union, Albany, NY - pg 6, Capital Region section ]
NEWARK, OH -- Warren D. Kullman, age 78, of Selkirk, NY, died June 21, 2000 at the Selma Markowitz Care Center operated by Hospice of Central Ohio in Newark, Ohio.
Mr. Kullman was born in Albany, NY on June 18, 1922. Mr. Kullman was a high school math and science teacher in Ravena Coeymans and Bethlehem Central, retiring from Bethlehem Central Schools in Delmar, NY as science supervisor. Mr. Kullman received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Education from SUNY at Albany and attended several other post graduate studies. Mr. Kullman was a Naval Aviator in World War II and retired from the Naval Reserves. Mr. Kullman served several terms as elder and deacon of the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem. He was an active mason having served as Master of Russell Lodge No. 850, from which he also received the Dedicated Service Award. He was also a member of the York Rite Bodies. He served as a member of the Town of Bethlehem Planning Board, the Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance, was treasurer of the Bethlehem Grange, served on the Board of Directors of Selkirk Railroad YMCA and was a drummer in the Fort Crailo Marching Band. He was also active with the Boys Scouts of America, serving as a Scout Leader for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Aleta (Moyer) Kullman; sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Deborah Kullman, Newark, OH and John and Denise Kullman, Plano, TX; granddaughters, Sarah Kullman and Rachael Cox; brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Lucy Kullman; brother-in-law, Robert Mlyer; sister-in-law, Shirley (Kosbob) Kullman; cousin, Donald and Clara Kullman; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan E. Kullman, Sr. and Irene (Potter) Kullman; one brother, Nathan E. Kullman, Jr.
A memorial service will be held in Selkirk, NY at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kullman Kitchen Fund at the Second Presbyterian Church, 42 East Church Street, Newark, OH 43055; Hospice of Central Ohio, 1435-B West Main Street, Newark, OH 43055 or the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, Selkirk, NY 12158. HENDERSON, VAN ATTA AND JOHNSTON FUNERAL SERVICE 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, OH 43055
Lephart, Clarence A. -- [Published 11/2/2002 in the Times Union, Albany, NY., pg B5]
LATHAM -- Clarence A. `Lep` Lephart, 77, of Latham, beloved husband for 55 years of Tilda R. Pacific Lephart, died Thursday, October 31, 2002 at the Albany County Nursing Home.
Born in Watertown, N.Y., he was the son of the late Clarence A. and Catherine LaLonde Lephart. He was a 1943 graduate of Watertown High School. Mr. Lephart enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and was discharged in 1946. He received his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Cortland State Teachers College in 1953. He was the varsity swimming coach for over 25 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy where he coached 31 all-Americans and one collegiate champion. He was the former assistant track coach at R.P.I. from 1972 until 1975, during which his team received four I.C.A. Titles. Also at R.P.I., he served as the assistant lacrosse coach for four years. He was the director of physical education at R.P.I. for 12 years and retired in 1987. At R.P.I., he was named to the master coach level and was inducted into the R.P.I. Hall of Fame in 1996. Prior to R.P.I., Clarence was the physical education teacher and varsity swim coach at Bethlehem Central High School from 1955 until 1962. He served as the director of the Colonie Town Pool from 1966 until 1976. He was the president of U.N.Y.S.C.A. for two consecutive terms and also served as vice president of the N.Y.S. Track & Field Association. He had been a Latham resident for the last 39 years and resided in Delmar for seven years prior. He was a former member of the Colonie Elks Lodge #2192.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his loving children, Sharon L. and her husband Warin H. Dexter of Andover, Mass., Michael B. and his wife Linda L. Lephart of Niskayuna; his sister, Mary FitzPatrick of Schaumont, N.Y.; and his five cherished grandchildren, Kasey Dexter, Allison Dexter, Matthew Dexter, Michael Lephart and Scott Lephart. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday evening at 7:30 in the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Rd., Latham. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4-7:30 p.m. with the service starting at 7:30 p.m. Contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205, would be appreciated.
Long, Kenneth E. -- [Published 1/5/2006 in the Altamont Enterprise, Altamont, NY.]
McGibbon, Margaret Augst -- [Published 3/20/2011 in the Times Union, Albany, NY., pg D10]
CORTLANDVILLE -- Margaret Augst McGibbon, age 94, of Cortlandville, N.Y. died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Cortland Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Barron, Wis. on July 3, 1916, she moved with her family to the Ithaca, N.Y. area in 1921.
She attended grade and high school in Newfield, N.Y. and was a graduate of Cortland Normal School, New York University and Cornell. After nine years as a classroom teacher, she continued her 35 year career in New York Public School education as a counselor in East Greenbush, Shaker High, and Bethlehem Central, retiring from Bethlehem Central in 1973. Mrs. McGibbon was an active member and officer in the Capitol District Personnel and Guidance Association, as well as, the New York State and American Personnel and Guidance Associations. She was named Counselor of the Year by CDPGA in 1973. In 1975 she moved from Latham to Central New York with her husband, David J. McGibbon, a Schenectady CPA. Finally in 1981, they retired and became Florida residents. Mr. McGibbon predeceased his wife in 1991.
A family memorial service will be held at the convenience of her seven nieces and nephews. Burial will be in Tribes Hill, N.Y. Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.perkinsfuneralhome.com
Meacham, Marta -- [Published 12/16/2006 in the Times Union, Albany, NY., pg B6]
BETHESDA, Md. -- Marta Nuñez Meacham on Saturday, December 9, 2006, of Bethesda.
Beloved wife of Carl Elliott Meacham; mother of Carl Eduardo Meacham; mother-in- law of Karen Miller Meacham; grand-mother of Saul Miller Meacham and Sven Elliott Meacham; sister of Eduardo Nuñez Iribarnegaray, Graciela Nuñez Iribarnegaray and Maria Teresa Nuñez Iribarnegaray.
Memorial service will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Trenbath Hall, 3001 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. Interment private. Memorial contributions may be made to Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, 401 North Broadway, Room 1472, Baltimore, MD 21231-1146 or to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20850. Please view and sign family guest book at: pumphreyfuneralhome.com
Meany, Lillian A. [Published 11/24-25/2011 in the Albany Times Union]
DELMAR -- Lillian A. (Paulus) Meany, 82, died Sunday, November 20, 2011 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. Born in Albany she was the daughter of the late John and Lillian (Walker) Paulus.
Mrs. Meany was a graduate of Albany High School. She worked as a secretary for the Bethlehem School District for 20 years retiring in 1992. Mrs. Meany was a Communicant of the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle and volunteered as a pastoral care associate. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren.
Wife of 58 years of John B. "Jack" Meany; mother of Eileen (Bruce) Lombardo of Glenmont, Kathleen (Darwin) Meany of Altamont, Patricia (Gabriel) Deyo of Slingerlands and John (Linda) Meany of Delmar; grandmother of Jennifer, Emily, Patrick, Kerry, Allison and Colleen; sister of Rosemary (late Edwin) Zimmerman of Nassau; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services 9:45 a.m. Saturday, November 26, 2011 from the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany thence to the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar where a Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home Friday, November 25, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to The Eddy Alzheimer Services Care Team Program, 421 Columbia St., Cohoes, NY 12047. For online condolences please visit danielkeenanfuneralhome.com
Molyneux, Gordon W. -- [Published 7/18/1987 in the Times Union, Albany, NY.]
GORDON W. MOLYNEUX BETHLEHEM TEACHER, RIGHTS ACTIVIST, 53
A memorial service will be conducted Sunday for Gordon Watkins Molyneux, 53, of Marlboro Road, a Bethlehem Central High School teacher. He died Tuesday at his residence.
Mr. Molyneux, a native of White Plains, Westchester County, was a graduate of the State University at Albany. He was a Fulbright scholar in 1966-67. He was a social studies teacher at Bethlehem Central High School and had worked for the district since 1959. He was group adviser to the Bethlehem High School club, "Students for Peace and Survival." He was active in the Bethlehem Central Teachers Association, having been its president, chief negotiator since the 1970s, and spokesman. He had recently returned from a trip to Japan. Last year, he studied in the Middle East as one of 150 teachers from across the country to receive a scholarship from the Council for Basic Education. In 1979, he traveled to Iran as a member of the international goodwill association, "Islam and the West."
He was known for his acerbic wit regarding such issues as teachers' pay and working conditions. For example, he once compared special state aid to augment teachers' salaries, known as Excellence in Teaching Aid, to "dinner at McDonald's with all the trimmings - the big pack of McNuggets."
At the time of his death, he was president of the American/South African Peoples Friendship Association, an anti-apartheid and anti-racism organization. He succeeded Bojana Jordan, formerly of Albany, who is now serving as chief diplomatic representative for the Pan Africanist Congress in Lagos, Nigeria. Jordan's wife, Barbara Ellery, said her husband hoped to fly from Nigeria to Albany to attend a memorial service for Mr. Molyneux. "This was a brother among blacks and whites. He was a great anti- apartheid, anti-racism person. The Pan Africanist Congress salutes a gallant and honest companion of civil rights," Ellery said.
He was an Air Force veteran. [1954-62]
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Tanney Molyneux; a daughter, Lisa Ann Molyneux of Columbus, Ohio; and a son, Guy David Molyneux of Brooklyn.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. in the Unitarian Church of Albany. Burial will be in Albany Rural Cemetery [Crematory], Menands. Contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Central Teachers Association, Gordon Molyneux Scholarship Fund, c/o Bethlehem High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Arrangements are by the Meyers Funeral Home, Delmar.
[Remarks in square brackets were added from an almost identical copy of the same obituary in the same issue of the Times Union. One of them probably served as a news article.]
-- [Published 9/21/2006 in the
Times Union, Albany, NY.]
DELMAR -- Kathleen A. Mooney, 75, loving wife of Joseph A. Mooney for 54 years, died Monday, September 18, 2006 at Albany Medical Center.
Born in Olean, N.Y., she was daughter of the late Alexander and Florence McDonald.
Kathleen was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, class of 1949 and then attended R.I.T. in Rochester, N.Y. She retired as a secretary in the guidance office of the Bethlehem Middle School in 1991. Her warm and outgoing personality was a delight and a joy to everyone who knew her.
Beside her husband, she is survived by her children, Christine (Scott) Pollock, Mark (Patricia) Mooney, Maureen (Carl) Macri; 11 grandchildren; her sister, Jeanne (Ed) Craig; brothers, Bruce, James (Patricia), Alexander (Carol), Raymond (Rose) McDonald; sister-in-law, Mary (George) Bruda and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Michael M. Mooney. Special thanks to the caring staff of St. Peter's radiation unit and Dr. Kiehl. Also to the wonderful care she received from the oncology unit, Dr. Kolodziej, Kathe, Liz, Lisa and all the other loving people on the staff.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. from the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany, thence to St. Thomas the Apostle Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home Friday from 4-8 p.m. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Kathleen in a special way may send memorial contributions to Siena College or St. Francis Friends of the Poor, 115 W. 30th St., Rm. 500B, NY, NY 10117-2041 or charity of their choice.
Morand, Mary -- [Published May 8, 1981 in Altamont Enterprise (NY)]
Muntz, Mary Anna E. -- [Published 7/13/2003 in the Times Union, Albany, NY - pg B9]
VENICE -- Mary Anna Eads Muntz of Venice, 93, died peacefully at home on July 8, 2003.
A former resident of Delmar, N.Y., Mary Anna was born in Paris, Ill., December 15, 1909 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1930 with a bachelor's degree in history. She earned a master's in history from the University of Chicago in 1937. She married John A. Muntz of Newfoundland, N.J. that same year and was his devoted wife until his death in 1979 at the age of 68. A champion of human rights, Mary Anna was active in the United Nations Association, the Social Justice Center in Albany, N.Y., the League of Women Voters, and the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. She volunteered for the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s and 1990s to shelter Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees who were fleeing for their lives from their own governments. She worked to free South Africa from apartheid, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the United Nations and international understanding while teaching high school and raising a family. She was an active supporter of Common Cause, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Democratic Party. She taught history at Bethlehem Central High School from 1963 to 1972. Her warmth and caring were felt by all. In addition to working for human rights on many fronts, she cheered the lives of family, friends and strangers with an infectious joy and gratitude and an ongoing appreciation of life. Her eyes lit all they looked on. Her heart embraced the world.
She is survived by her two daughters, Johanna Laurie and Kindra Muntz; two grandchildren, Evan and Fiona Laurie; two great-grandsons, Tristen and Aiden Laurie; and her brother, James R. Eads of Paris, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206, August 10 at 2:30 p.m. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at 101 Redlands Road, E. Falmouth, MA 02536, or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice Building Fund, P.O. Box 183, Venice, FL 34284.
Newell, Florence -- [Published Sat. 1/31/1995 in the Times Union, Albany, NY - pg B7]
GLENMONT -- Florence Somerville Newell, 80, died Sunday at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar.
Mrs. Newell was born in Amsterdam and lived in Glenmont most of her life. She was a graduate of the Albany State Teachers College.
She taught business education in Homer, Cortland County, and Coxsackie high schools. Mrs. Newell was a substitute business teacher for the Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, and was also a tutor of disabled students. She operated the Sandy Creek Farm for 30 years with her late husband, Ernest A. Newell.
Mrs. Newell was a member of the Delmar Reformed Church for 56 years, and taught Sunday School there. She was also a board member of the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas E. Newell of Selkirk and James W. Newell of Philadelphia; one sister, Edith Foster of Colonie; one brother, John Somerville of Oswego; and two granddaughters.
A service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar.
Contributions may be made to the Delmar Reformed Church Endowment Fund, or the Bethlehem Public Library.
Newell, Gladys -- [Published Sat. 3/18/1995 in the Times Union, Albany, NY - pg B9]
GLADYS NEWELL, 86
TICONDEROGA -- Gladys E. Newell, 86, of John Street died Friday in the Moses Luddington Hospital.
Miss Newell was born in Ticonderoga.
She was a graduate of Ticonderoga High School, and received degrees from the New York State College for Teachers, now the University at Albany. She taught in Corinth for three years before moving to Delmar, where she was a social studies teacher in the Bethlehem Central School District. She retired in 1971 and returned to Ticonderoga.
Preston, Thomas S., Sr. -- [Published 12/16/2009 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR Thomas S. Preston Sr., 89, a longtime Delmar resident, died on Tuesday, December 15, 2009.
Mr. Preston was a teacher for many years with the Bethlehem Central School District. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary A. (O'Toole) Preston. Survivors include two sons, Thomas S. Preston Jr. of Averill Park and James L. Preston of Hummelstown, Pa.; two daughters, Mary Ann Garthner of Delmar and Margaret J. Styles of Roanoke, Va.; five grandchildren, one brother, six sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Delmar. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar, NY 12054 or to a charity of one's choice.
[contributed by Robert Peters]
Doris Marie -- [Published 1/11/2005 & 1/12/2005 in the Times Union,
SCOTIA -- Doris Marie Quinn, 78, died Sunday, January 9, 2005 at the Baptist Health Nursing Rehabilitation Center in Scotia where she had been a patient since 1998.
Doris was born in Elizabeth, N.J., the daughter of the late Harry T. and Marie R. Quinn.
She graduated from Cohoes High School and Albany State Teacher's College. She retired from the Bethlehem Central School District after serving 27 years as a mathematics teacher. After teaching, she worked in the Benet Lab at the Watervliet Arsenal. She lived in Latham for over 40 years and was a very active member of Our Lady of Assumption Church. Her passion was the outdoors. She was active in the Adirondack Mountain Club and took many trips with them, teaching orienteering and leading trips. She took her nieces and nephews on yearly camping adventures. Doris biked and hiked, canoed and skied and enjoyed many other outdoor activities.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret Ferraioli of Pattersonville, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Quinn Rodney of Weaverville, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. Those who wish may make contributions to the charity of their choice.
Restifo, Alfred P. -- [Published Sunday 8/7/2011 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg D11]
DELMAR -- Alfred P. Restifo, 83 of Fishkill, N.Y., passed away on Friday, August 5, 2011 after a prolonged illness. He was born on June 14, 1928 in Albany, N.Y., and was the son of the late Sebastian and Dorothy (Wilke) Restifo.
His family moved to Elsmere in 1931 and he spent the next 77 years in the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland. Al was a student of the Bethlehem Central School District from kindergarten through twelfth grade, graduating in 1945. He then spent a year at RPI before transferring to Siena College where he received a B.S. in chemistry in 1950. He subsequently earned a master's in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta. He then returned to Bethlehem Central School District as a teacher for 41 years - the first half at Clarksville Elementary School, the rest at Bethlehem Middle School. He was known as "Uncle Al" by many of his 3004 pupils who appreciated his passion for teaching and his sense of humor.
Al married Valerie Swirzcki in 1950 and they had seven children. He was an active parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar. Throughout his years there, he sang in the choir, was a lector and cantor, a Eucharistic minister, and taught religious education classes. Al loved local history and at varying times was a member of both the Bethlehem and New Scotland Historical Societies. He also loved classical music, reading, and theology. For many years, he participated in yearly retreats at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Mass.
He was predeceased by his parents and his stepmother, Anna (Anita) Restifo. He is survived by his brother, Joseph Restifo of Westerlo, N.Y.; his seven children and their spouses, Mark Restifo (Sherill) of Ghent, N.Y., Stephen VanDyke-Restifo (Edna) of Voorheesville, N.Y., Bernard Restifo of Sanford, N.C., Therese Hendricks (Walter) of Hopewell Jct., N.Y., David Restifo (Nancy) of Alexandria, Va., Christopher Restifo (Theresa) of Voorhees-ville, and Karen Coleman (Thomas) of Walden, N.Y. He is also survived by his former wife, Valerie Thompson; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 11, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, 481 Rt. 9W, Glenmont. The family would like to thank all of Al's "angels" who helped care for him during the last five years of his illness. Memorial donations may be made in Al's memory to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar, NY 12054, or to The Alzheimer's Association , 2 Jefferson Plaza, Ste. 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Reissig, Harold J.
-- [Published Sat. 4/12/1997 in the Times Union,
Albany, NY - pg B6, Capital Region section]
DELMAR -- Harold J. Reissig, 80 years old, died Thursday evening at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Center, Delmar.
He retired in 1976 as a Mathematics supervisor at Bethlehem Central School District. He was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Albany.
Survived by his wife May Marsch Reissig; two daughters, Karen Wang of Rexford, NY and Janice Reissig of Newark, Delaware; two granddaughters, Amanda and Betsy Wang; one brother, A. Richard Reissig of Delmar and one sister, Ida Anderson of North Carolina.
Funeral Services at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 75 Whitehall Road, Albany, Monday at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be Monday 10-11 a.m. at the church. Interment Bethlehem Cemetery, Delmar. Contributions may be made to St. Matthews Church or the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Center in Delmar. Arrangements by FRED L. DASCHER, JR Funeral Director.
Ritchko, Arthur -- [Published 12/15/2003 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
GLENMONT -- Arthur Ritchko, 82, of Glenmont died Saturday, December 13, 2003 at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
He was born in Oneonta on April 26, 1921, the son of Peter and Mary Ritchko and brother of five siblings now deceased.
Art served in the Marine Corps as a first lieutenant in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After landing in Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division 6th Marines, he spent one year with an occupation force in Japan. He played defensive end for Colgate University under legendary coach Andy Kurr, where Art earned an undergraduate degree in biology and his master's degree in physical education from Springfield College.
Art Ritchko had a highly successful 35-year career as teacher and coach in the physical education field. During his career, he coached football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and tennis.
At Bethlehem Central, he achieved an outstanding football record under his tutelage - 123 wins, 42 losses and 7 ties with over 40 shutouts. He had five Suburban Council Championships over a 21-year period. His players remember him as tough and demanding, but also supportive of them. His high standards for the game prepared his players for competition at Bethlehem Central High School and later at the college level. He taught at Gloversville and Bath High Schools before he came to coach Bethlehem for in 1958 [sic].
Excepted [sic] from a tribute written by his Suburban Champion players in '79: "Each member of this year's team is grateful for the time and effort he has placed into shaping us into young men. Although football is just a game, Coach Ritchko has taught us more than we could have learned in any classroom. He taught us sportsmanship, diligence, admiration, and what it takes to be a champion. He has shown us that through hard work and hours of practice a person can accomplish certain feats which might have seemed impossible."
Art was always very energetic in fund raising to support the football program. In his retirement, he studied his Russian heritage and pursued Russian language coursework at Siena. He traveled to Europe to find his relatives, and ensured the successful citizenship of one of his nephews. He was also an avid golfer and gardener.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Ann; and two children, Peter Ritchko and Cheryl Buley and her husband, Jeff; granddaughters, Rachael and Clare Buley; and nephew, Chris Marchewa, one of 30 nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 17 at the First United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Ave., Delmar.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a tax exempt fund dedicated in Coach Ritchko's honor to benefit Bethlehem Central football players. Please submit to John Sodergren, 22 Sheffield Dr., Delmar, NY 12054.
[transcribed by Clifford Lamere]
Robinson, Richard C. -- [Published August 21-22, 2011 in The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, NY]
MARCY -- Richard C. Robinson, 73, of Marcy, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2011, at Faxton St. Luke's Health Care in New Hartford, with his wife by his side on the day of their 33rd wedding anniversary.
He was born on August 1, 1938, in Gouverneur, NY, a son of the late Lester and Pauline (Carr) Robinson. He lived a life filled with courage, strength and love, freely giving these gifts to all with whom he came into contact. He was an example of determination in the face of adversity, always finding ways to live a full life after being stricken with polio at the age of three. On August 19, 1978, at St. Thomas Church in New Hartford, he was united in marriage to Helen Rose, a blessed union filled with much love, admiration and compatibility.
Dick had a devoted career in education and his life's motto was Is it good for the kids? He served as a high school science teacher, followed by a variety of administrative roles ranging from principal to superintendent. Throughout his tenure in education he was in numerous professional associations such as the NYS School Administrators Association and the NYS Council of School Superintendents. He retired from Whitesboro Central School District in 1993. In 2006, he was inducted into the Whitesboro CSD's Teacher Hall of Fame. Since his retirement, he has continued to share his teaching skills as a consultant at many local school districts, and most recently as a designer/facilitator of music appreciation courses at MVILR at SUNY Institute of Technology. With his "radio voice," he enjoyed being an emcee at local parties, reunions and retirement homes, sharing his charismatic personality and his crooning voice. His soul was filled with music and he expressed this love through his trumpet skills and his voice. He loved big band music and jazz and was Frank Sinatra's biggest fan. He was also an enthusiast of classic cars, attending car shows with his two antique cars and winning many trophies for them.
Dick was predeceased by his loving parents, Lester and Pauline (Carr) Robinson and his brother-in-law, Henry Trotter. He will be missed dearly by his wife, Helen; daughters, Beth Cain (Richard), Jill Spivak (Andrew) and Meghan; his sisters, Margaret Corbett (Patrick) and Marcia Trotter; his grandchildren, Anna and Nathan Cain and Claire and Raymond Spivak; his sisters-in-law, Carol Rose and Debra Walter, his brothers-in-law, Fr. John Rose and Charles Rose (Lynn); along with nieces, nephews and numerous friends and colleagues.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by his brother-in-law, Fr. John Rose. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Forty Main St., Whitesboro. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Whitesboro High School Music Dept., Memo: Richard C. Robinson, 6000 State Route 291, Marcy, NY 13403, Attn: Christopher ONeil. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. May we remember him by our joy for life, our optimism, our determination, and the way we fill our souls with song. For online expressions of sympathy please go to: www.dfwefh.com Richard Robinson
Robinson, Richard -- [Published August 21, 2011 in The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, NY. By Bryon Ackerman]
Richard Robinson, a longtime former administrator with the Whitesboro Central School District, woke up Friday to begin celebrating his 33rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Helen.
The two had a nice breakfast, did a lot of things around their Marcy home and talked about family memories and their four grandchildren, Helen Robinson said. They planned to go out to dinner the next day in Rochester and see one of his all-time favorites, Tony Bennett, in concert.
But Richard Robinson, 73, suffered a heart attack Friday and died in the hospital with his wife by his side.
“It was very, very difficult,” Helen Robinson said. “We had such a beautiful, beautiful day.”
Richard Robinson served as an administrator for the Whitesboro Central School District for more than 20 years – as high-school principal, then assistant superintendent and superintendent.
He went out of his way to make sure he talked to students and all school district employees – from teachers and administrators to bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers, Helen Robinson said.
His motto was, “Is it good for the kids?” she said.
“He really believed that’s what education is all about,” she said.
Colin Shepherd, a Whitesboro resident who served as assistant superintendent under Richard Robinson for several years, said Richard Robinson had that motto on his desk, and he lived it. Any proposals brought to him had to include answering that question, Shepherd said.
It also seemed like Richard Robinson knew information about the families of all the students and the names of every student and employee, Shepherd said.
“That’s very unusual when you’ve got 600 employees,” he said.
Shepherd called Richard Robinson a great, caring man who was “old school” and professional – only giving constructive criticism to his employees. The two collaborated to help the district through major building projects and curriculum changes, he said.
“I’ve never known anyone that worked any harder than Dick Robinson,” Shepherd said. “He was very dedicated to the school district.”
Helen Robinson, 60, said her husband often would do his paperwork at night because he would spend much of the day attending school events such as musical performances and sporting events.
Outside of school, Richard Robinson loved music. He could sing and play the trumpet, and he enjoyed big band style music, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, Helen Robinson said.
He had a collection of antique cars including a 1967 Corvette and a 1961 Chevy, and he often attended classic car shows, she said.
Having been diagnosed with polio at the age of 3, he always made sure to go to the doctor and take care of himself, so the heart attack was extra surprising, she said. He always planned ahead and had backup plans lined up, she said.
He also loved his three daughters – Beth Cain, Jill Spivak and Meghan Robinson – and his four grandchildren, Helen Robinson said.
“He’s just a true, true family man,” she said. “He’s just unbelievable.”
Meghan Robinson, 27, of Rochester, said she had a lot in common with her father, and nobody has ever understood her as well as he did. The support others have shown the family since his death has made her feel very loved, she said.
“He just was one of the most courageous people that I’ve known,” she said. “He’s gotten me through things in life that I never thought I could get through. He’s always stood right by me and always knew how to make me laugh.”
Robinson, Wayne F. -- [Published 3/1-2/2010 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
SLINGERSLANDS -- Wayne Francis Robinson, 76, born August 23, 1933, died February 24, 2010.
Husband of Francesca Botti Robinson; father of Gabrielle Robinson-Leggett of Sarasota, Fla. and Paul J. Robinson of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; grandfather of Ethan T. Leggett.
Mr. Robinson graduated in 1960 from SUNY Potsdam and was a science teacher at the Bethlehem Middle School. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Bethlehem Second Milers and was an avid gardener.
Friends may call Thursday, 11:00-12:30 p.m. Funeral service will be at 12:30 at the funeral home. Interment in the Saratoga National Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Wayne may be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 7247-0260, Philadelphia, PA 19170-0260, 1-800-4CANCER or to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, Division of Cardiac Surgery, 1111 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025 (212) 523-2798.
Rossman, Dorothy C. -- [Published 9/19/2007 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR -- Dorothy C. Rossman, 96, of Delmar died Tuesday September 18, 2007 at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home. She was born in Albany on May 18, 1911, the daughter of the late James J. and Anna (McManus) Connors.
Dorothy graduated from Mildred Elley with a secretarial degree. She had worked in the kitchen at the Bethlehem Central High School prior to retirement. She had been a member of the ladies auxiliaries of the American Legion, Blanchard Post #1040 and the Bethlehem Memorial Post # 3185, VFW. She was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Theron P. "Ted" Rossman; a son, Peter F. Rossman; and nine brothers and sisters. She is survived by a son, William Rossman (Brenda) of Delmar; a daughter, Marianne Riddle (Peter) of Calgary, Alberta; grandchildren, Steven, Nicole, Tara, Theresa, Daniel, Mary and Megan; eight great-grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Guilderland Center Nursing Home for the care Dorothy received during her stay. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Those who wish may send a remembrance in her name to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Pastoral Care, 35 Adams Pl., Delmar, NY 12054 or the Guilderland Center Nursing Home, 428 Rt. 146, PO Box 36, Guilderland Center, NY 12085.
Schelling, Mary S. -- [Published 2/27/1998 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR -- Mary Harriet Salisbury Schelling, nee White, died February 25, 1998.
Wife of the late Leslie R. Schelling and the late Lewis Salisbury. Mrs. Schelling graduated from Albany State Teachers College in 1913, received her masters from Albany State in 1945. Previously to attending college, she taught at the Munsville Teacher Training Class, 1927-1929. She taught at Castleton High School, 1933-1936; Milne High School, 1936-1937; Goshen High School, 1937-1938 and Bethlehem Central High School, 1938-1970. Mrs. Schelling was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Tawasentha NS Daughters of the American Revolution where she was vice-regent and corresponding secretary. She was a member of the Marvia Court of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Cyrene Temple Daughters of the Nile, Delmar Progress Club, NY State Retired Teachers Association, Albany Area Retired Teachers Association, the AARP and the Delta Kappa Gamma, Gamma Chapter Sorority.
Step-mother of the late Leslie R. Schelling, Jr.; step-grandmother of Leslie R. Schelling, III and family of Raleigh, NC; sister of Parker H. White of Syracuse and the late Edwin H. White; aunt of Mrs. Lyle (Eileen) Kneeskern of Tiffon, OH; Ms. Carol Courtwright of Syracuse; Mrs. Gary (Kathleen) Tambs of Belle Meade, NJ; Ms. Sandra Clark Everett of Scarboro, ME and David P. White of Syracuse. Also survived by grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass on Monday, 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Elsmere Ave. at Poplar Drive, Delmar. Friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Schelling may be made to the Memorial Fund at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Delmar, 12054.
Shaloum, Aaron, 67
[Published 2/17/1994 in the Times Union, Albany, NY - pg. B11, Capital Region section]
Aaron H. Shaloum, 67, of Pine Street, Delmar, died Tuesday in St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, after being stricken at home.
Mr. Shaloum was born in New York City and lived in Delmar for more than 30 years. He received his master's degree from the State University College at Oswego.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Shaloum taught industrial arts in Bethlehem Central schools for 35 years, retiring in 1983.
He served on the board of directors of the Albany Chapter of the National Audubon Society. As an officer in the U.S.-China People's Friendship Association, he traveled worldwide. He was also active in Jewish-Christian relations at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany and was a member of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America.
Survivors include his wife, Glenna Menard Shaloum; three sisters, Dora Cohen of Lakewood, N.J., and Bess Finkelman and Ester Goodman, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and two brothers, Solomon Shaloum of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., and David Shaloum of New York City.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar.
Spring burial will be in Garfield Cemetery, Stephentown.
Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Five Rivers Environmental Center, Delmar.
Shear, Bruce Earl -- [Published 11/4/1995 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
ALBANY -- Bruce Earl Shear, a pioneer educator who retired as director of personnel services at the state Education Department, died Thursday at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was 88.
Mr. Shear was born in Oneonta, and was a former resident of Delmar and Voorheesville, and more recently lived at Beachwood in Troy and at Nelson House.
He graduated from Cornell University, and continued graduate studies at the University at Albany, Syracuse, Columbia, Rutgers and Harvard. He also lectured at many of these schools.
Mr. Shear started as a teacher of mathematics in Liverpool, Onondaga County, and he later became a guidance counselor in Hancock, Delaware County, Port Washington, Nassau County, Cobleskill and Bethlehem Central High School. He then started his 25-year career at the state Education Department.
Mr. Shear was the founding director of Pupil Personnel Services of Northern Westchester County, providing counseling services to five schools in that area. The service was an early model for a statewide BOCES program.
Early in his counseling career, Mr. Shear concluded that a home visit each term to a student's family provided an appropriate foundation for individualized guidance. He worked with the state Department of Education to develop programs for counseling and shared services in schools across the state.
Mr. Shear served as a consultant to a number of state Departments of Education, the U.S. Office of Education and the Mennenger Foundation. He was a founding member and past president of the National Association of Guidance Supervisors.
After retiring, Mr. Shear served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, and he was president of the Beachwood Homeowners Association in Troy.
He was a lifelong gardener.
His wife of 62 years, Jean Marcy Scatchard Shear, died in 1992.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Meacham of Voorheesville and Laurel Mennen of Albany; two sons, George Shear of New York City and David Shear of Tokyo; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. Mr. Shear donated his remains to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College. Contributions may be made to the Garden Fund at the Nelson House, Samaritan Road, Albany, NY 12208.
Skaskiw, Bernard Harry -- [Published 12/11/2013 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR -- Bernard Harry Skaskiw, 89, died on December 7, 2013. He was the son of Michael and Barbara (Zahorvjko) Skaskiw, both of whom came to the United States from the Ukraine at the ages of 17.
"Bernie" was born in Little Falls, March 8, 1924. Bernie was a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of Oswego State University in Oswego. He accepted a teaching position with the Bethlehem School District in 1955, teaching industrial arts until his retirement in 1985. Bernie was a founder of the Bethlehem "Ski Club" and continued to support the organization well after his retirement, often accompanying students to Vermont on bus tours to ski.
Bernie will be remembered for his love and support of his family, whom he spoke to daily. Although he was approaching 90 years of age, he was still active, reaching out to family, friends and neighbors helping with anything he could. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving Bernie are his children, Will and his wife Christina of Umea, Sweden, Greg and his wife Sue of Bridgewater, Vt., Kevin and his wife Robin of Clifton Park, Lynne Skaskiw-Potter (Strait) of Delmar; grandchildren, Michael, Lauren and Bryant Skaskiw, Sean Skaskiw, Nicole and Justin Potter; and five great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A funeral service will be held at 1p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. A public memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to Save the Children, 54 Wilton Rd., Westport, CT 06880 (savethechildren.org). applebeefuneralhome.com
Snider, Glenn J.
-- [Published 3/14/2006 in the Times Union,
ALBANY -- Glenn J. Snider, 81, of Albany, N.Y. passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at the Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. He was born in Youngwood, Pa. the son of Pearl Clarke and Joseph Snider.
Glenn spent much of his career as a high school chemistry teacher. He was an Albany County Master Gardener and contributed his considerable talents to the Landis Arboretum and gardens at Ten Broeck Mansion. Glenn graduated from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. and went on to serve his nation during the Korean War. He returned to the United States where he earned postgraduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of New Hampshire. He taught in the Bethlehem Central School District until 1986 and served for many years as the president of the Teachers Union. Glenn was the lifelong friend of Dr. Ernest Beaudoin, who predeceased him in 2005.
Survivors include his brother, Ray Snider of Murrysville, Pa. and sisters, Claire Ebner and Lorraine Dvorcak of Delmont, Pa. He is also survived by his close and devoted friends who learned from Glenn in the classroom and continued their education with him as adults. Glenn touched countless lives and will be remembered for his quick wit, gregariousness and sense of humor. His memories will be cherished forever.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Master Garden Fund, Attn: Sara Biggs at the Ten Broeck Mansion, 9 Ten Broeck Place, Albany, NY 12210.
Socarides, Christos --
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Stagnitta, George -- [Published 3/20-22/2013 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
SELKIRK -- George Stagnitta of Selkirk, age 82, died suddenly in Sarasota, Fla. on March 12, 2013.
George was born in Albany on March 12, 1931 to the late Charles and Verena Stagnitta.
George attended Phillip Schuyler High School, and then Cornell University and the State University at Albany, after which he worked as an educator in the Shaker and Bethlehem school districts until his retirement. George served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at West Point during the Korean War. George enjoyed time spent with family and friends, a good laugh, good food, and watching baseball, often in that order. In recent years he enjoyed attending the Tampa Bay Rays spring training camp and the (memorable) friendships that evolved with fellow fans and staff.
He is survived by his wife, Dorann (Platel); sons, Glen (Sharron), Scott (Kerin), Charles, and Matthew (Christine) Quatraro; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie (Ralph) Vitillo. He was predeceased by his first wife, Martha (Saltzman) Stagnitta.
A memorial mass will be held at 3:00 p.m. March 23, 2013 at St.
Thomas Church in Delmar. Those wishing to remember George may make a
contribution in his name to the charity of their choice.
-- [Published 8/17/2002 in the Times Union,
DELMAR -- Annette Sanders Stander, age 69, of Montrose Drive in Delmar, NY, died Thursday, August 15, 2002 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. Mrs. Stander was born in Newark, NJ and had been a Capital District resident since 1963. She was employed as a secretary for many years for the Bethlehem Central School District and was later employed by Key Bank in Albany. She was a member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany and also sang with the Beth Emeth Choir. She was active with the Soup Kitchen in Albany and was a member of the Friends of Hope House. She was an avid mahjong player and enjoyed to travel. She was well known for volunteering her time and was active with several community charitable organizations in the area.
She was married to Herbert Stander until his passing in 1996. She is survived by her son, Edward Stander of Delmar, NY; and her daughter, Laurie (Stander) Spencer of Latham, NY; mother-in-law of Ning and Diana; sister of Alan Sanders of Whiting, NJ and Lila Cavadel of East Brunswick, NJ; and grandmother of Jonathan, Justin and Catherine.
Services at Congregation Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Road, Albany, NY on Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Beth Emeth Cemetery in Loudonville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Albany, NY 12211.
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Stephany, Doris W. -- [Published 3/26/2003 in the Albany Times Union, pg B7]
GUILDERLAND -- Doris Isabel (Weideman) Stephany, formerly of Delmar, died peacefully on Monday, March 24, 2003 with her beloved granddaughter Nikki at her bedside in Our Lady of Mercy Life Center. Doris had lived at Our Lady since July 1997, when the Alzheimer's disease and arthritis which had affected her life for many years necessitated her move there.
Born in Denver, Colo. on January 9, 1913, Doris received a bachelors degree from the College of the Ozarks and her masters in Education from Columbia University. She met her late husband, Ray Stephany, when they both worked at the New York State Association of the Blind in NY City. They relocated first to Pleasantville, N.Y. and in 1954 to Delmar where they both were employed by Bethlehem Central School District. Mrs. Stephany taught typing and Introduction to Business in the Bethlehem Junior High (later the Middle School), until her retirement in 1974. A talented craftswoman with an eye for beauty and design, she was a member and past president of the Delmar Home Crafts Club. Additionally, she received a certificate of appreciation for her 10 plus years of volunteering with literacy volunteers of America. She joined the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1977 and was a former deacon and member of the Westminster Service Guild. With her friend, Dorothy Haker, she bought and arranged the church flowers for over 10 years.
Survivors include her son, Robert C. (Tina) Stephany of Pleasanton, Calif.; her daughter, Terry (Ron) Royne of Delmar; her sister, Jessie Hoops; niece, Allison Weideman of Union, N.J.; grandchildren, Nora, Kate and Anne Stephany, Nikki and Andrew Royne.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Avenue with James L. Reisner, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church officiating. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. An evening of mourning will be held at the home of Terry and Ron Ryne, 13 Herber Avenue, Delmar on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 6 p.m. with a minyan service at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Stephany's daughter, Terry and son, Robert, thank the staff of Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, past and present, for nearly 6 years of loving and sensitive care of our mother. Those who wish may send contributions, in Mrs. Stephany's name, to the Mohawk Hudson Literacy Volunteers, P.O. Box 139, Schenectady, NY 12301 or Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, 2 Mercycare Lane, Guilderland, NY 12084 or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street, Albany, NY 12210.
Stephen F., Sr.
-- [Published 4/23/2005 in the Albany Times Union]
COLONIE -- Stephen F. Swinton Sr., 55, of Colonie, died Thursday, April 21, 2005 at the Albany Medical Center Hospital, after being stricken ill at his home that morning.
Born in Green Island, he resided there until moving to Colonie in 1994.
Steve had been employed by Heatly School in Green Island for many years, starting as a science teacher, then as principal and later as superintendent. He had been the science supervisor at the North Colonie School District from 1991 until retiring in 2004. In his retirement, Steve was an avid woodworker, creating many beautiful pieces of heirloom furniture for his family. He is the beloved husband of Anne McCallen Swinton; devoted father of Stephen (Nicole) Swinton Jr. of Niskayuna, Kristin (Christopher) La Chappelle of Green Island, Mark (Rikki Shaw) of Green Island and Carolyn (Steve Goodman) Cocca of Huntington; cherished Pa of Madelon Margaret La Chappelle and Jack Stephen Swinton; loving son of Bernice LeMay Swinton of Clifton Park; dear brother of Gary Swinton of Clifton Park; and loving nephew of Cassie Gleason of Clifton Park.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church, Green Island on Monday at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands. Calling hours will be held at the McNulty Funeral Home,147 Hudson Avenue, Green Island on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Because of Steve's dedication to education and his love for Heatly School, the family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Stephen F. Swinton Sr. Scholarship Fund in care of McNulty Funeral Home. [See article directly below.]
Stephen F., Sr.
-- Published 5/25/2005 in the The Colonie Spotlight, Delmar, NY,
This article is reproduced here with the kind permission of Susan Graves, Executive Editor of The Colonie Spotlight. It is in .pdf format. [See also obituary directly above.]
Sykes, Esther Weatherwax --
CLIFTON PARK -- Ester Weatherwax Sykes, 88, of Hawley Court Elsmere, died Monday at Schuyler Ridge Health Care in Clifton Park, after a long illness.
Born in Schaghticoke, she was daughter of the late Freeman C. and Edith Peer Weatherwax and wife of the late George E. Sykes. She was raised in Schaghticoke and had resided in Elsmere for many years. She was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School and obtained her advanced education from New York State College for Teachers at Albany, now part of State University of New York, graduating cum laude. She later recieved her master's degree (cum laude) from State College and continued with advanced studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and McGill University in Montreal. Mrs. Sykes taught at schools in Massachusetts and New York State. Upon becoming a resident of Delmar, she continued her teaching career for several years in the Bethlehem Central School System. She was active in educational matters and a member of the various teachers organizations, including New York State Retired Teachers Association, the Alumni Association of the State Univiersity of New York, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the First United Presbyterian Church of Troy.
She is survived by a sister, Louise W. Austin of Delmar. She was predeceased by her brother, John P. Weatherwax Esq.
Funeral service will be held Thursday at 12 noon from the Bryce Funeral Home Inc., 276 Pawling Avenue, Troy, with Rev. Dr. Barbara Anderson, Co-Pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Troy, officiating. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 11-12 noon prior to the service. Interment Elmwood Cemetery in Schaghticoke.
Elfrieda E. -- [Published 11/2/2004 & 11/3/2004 in the Times Union,
ALBANY -- Elfrieda E. Thiebe Textores, 73, died Monday, November 1, 2004 at her home.
Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Paula Gutman Thiebe.
She was a graduate of the Albany Academy for Girls and received her master's degree in education from the State University of New York at Albany.
Mrs. Textores was an area teacher for 33 years at Colonie High School and Bethlehem High School. She was very involved in area civic activities and was a member of the South End Improvement Corporation, the Albany Beautification Committee and the Weed and Seed Program. She was also a member of the German American Club of Albany. Wife of William O. Textores of Albany; mother of William O. Textores III of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; grandmother of Natalie and Nicholas Textores.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. Burial will follow in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont.
Tice, Donna L. -- [Published 12/17/2002 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg B7]
SLINGERLANDS -- Donna L. Tice, 56, died Sunday evening at St. Peter's Hospital.
Mrs. Tice was born in Albany and was the daughter of the late Stanton and Alice Bulson. She was a graduate of Bethlehem Central High School, SUNY Albany and St. Rose College. Mrs. Tice was a teacher at the W.K. Doyle Middle School in Troy for 20 years, retiring in September 2002. Previously, she taught at the St. Thomas Grade School in Delmar and was a substitute teacher at the Bethlehem Central High School. Mrs. Tice was a communicant of the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Delmar.
Mrs. Tice is survived by her son, Jason M. Tice of Slingerlands and many cousins and friends.
Relatives and friends may call at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 35 Adams Place, Delmar. Interment will be in Eagle Mills Cemetery, Brunswick, N.Y. Contributions in Mrs. Tice's memory may be sent to the W.K. Doyle Middle School, 1976 Burdett Ave., Troy, NY 12180 or the Delmar Rescue Squad, 145 Adams St., Delmar, NY 12054.
Tomiko, M. Eleanor -- [Published 1/18/2004 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
MERIDEN, Conn. -- M. (Maria) Eleanor Tomiko, 85, a resident of the Connecticut Baptist Home in Meriden, Conn., died in her sleep Thursday, January 15, 2004.
Mrs. Tomiko was born on December 10, 1918 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to John and Maria (Mattson) Holmberg. Eleanor moved from Fla. to Meriden six months ago upon the death of her beloved husband, Matthew.
The couple resided in Selkirk, N.Y. for most of their married life. Eleanor was a homemaker and volunteer with the 4-H and the Cooperative Extension before she entered college at age 50. She graduated with honors from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany five years later. Subsequently, she taught, first at the Bethlehem Central Middle School and then at Adult Education, before relocating to Fla. and working for H&R Block. Eleanor was a founding member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Delmar, N.Y.
Surviving are her children and their spouses, Lewis and Carol Tomiko of Brentwood, Tenn., James and Jane Tomiko of King George, Va., Sally Tomiko and David Taraskevich MD of Middletown, Conn., Marie Tomiko of Bethel, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.
Family and friends are invited to her calling hours on Friday, February 27, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Meyers Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 85 Elm Avenue, Delmar, N.Y. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Alzheimer Association, either to the Capital District Chapter, 85 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, NY 12206 or to the local chapter at 96 Oak Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
Trobridge, Ruth C. -- [Published 2/7&8/2010 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg B4]
STILLWATER, Pa. -- Ruth C. Trobridge, 92, a 50-year resident of Delmar, died on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the Bonham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stillwater. Mrs. Trobridge was born in Yonkers, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles William and Clara Amelia (Kohler) Chidgey.
Prior to her retirement, Ruth had worked for 18 years as the secretary to the principal at the Bethlehem Central High School and had previously worked for Travelers Insurance and Rose and Kiernan Insurance companies. She was predeceased by her husband, Reginald J. Trobridge, on September 19, 1984.
Ruth volunteered at Childs Hospital in Albany for nearly 25 years, at one time serving on the hospital's board of governors. For many years, Ruth enjoyed regular bridge games with a close circle of friends.
Ruth is survived by a son, Rex C. (Kathleen) Trobridge of Glenmont, N.Y.; a daughter, Judith (Lee) Steigerwald of Shickshinny Lake, Pa. She is also survived by grandchildren, Bruce (Elizabeth) Trobridge, Cherie Steigerwald (Tim) Fuller, Lance (Tammy) Trobridge, David (Lori) Steigerwald, great-grandsons, Scott and Andrew Trobridge, and Jesse Fuller, and a great-grandaughter to be born in March to Lance and Tammy; niece, Sandra Chidgey Johnson, and nephews, Robert and James Focht, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, corner of N. Main and Madison Aves., Albany on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery, Delmar.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bonham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 477 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater, PA 17878.
Ungerman, Annette -- [Published 2/20/1996 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg B9]
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Services were held for Annette Ungerman, 80, formerly of Albany, who died Jan. 9 in Hollywood.
Mrs. Ungerman was born in Rochester. She received her master's degree in
education from the University at Albany. She lived in Hollywood for the past 22
years. She was a teacher at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar. Mrs.
Ungerman was a former member of Temple Beth Emeth. She was a member of the
League of Women Voters, B'nai Brith and Phi Beta Kappa at the University of
She was the widow of Benjamin Ungerman. Survivors include a son, Michael Ungerman of Oviedo, Fla., two daughters, Karen Mangiamele of Clearwater, Fla., and Donna Friedman of North Hollywood, Calif.; a brother, Meyer Achter of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Lillian Gumor of Rochester; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Hollywood Memorial Gardens, Fla. Arrangements were by the Fred Hunter Funeral Home, Hollywood, Fla
VanDemark, Paul H. -- [Published 11/17-18/2011 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
DELMAR -- Paul H. VanDemark peacefully passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital.
Paul was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and best friend. He is survived by Phyllis, his loving wife of almost 53 years; his three children, June, Beth (James) Trimmer, and Thomas (Tyna) VanDemark; four wonderful grandchildren, Michael, Sam, Jason and Chloe and many close friends.
Paul was a veteran of the Korean War, serving from June 1955-June 1957. He was a member of the Bethlehem Lodge No. 85 F&AM. Paul was a long time educator and coach for Bethlehem Central School District, retiring in 1990 after over 35 years. After retirement Paul became a very active member of the NAWCC, RIP (Rip Van Winkle #40) - the local clock collectors group, and the Monday night clock group. His interest in antiquing, running estate sales, and clock collecting and repair became an integral part of his life. Family time was always "special" and the grandchildren always say "This is special."
Paul was an 11 year cancer survivor, and took pride in the fact that his road through treatment might help make it possible for others to have good quality of life. The family would like to extend their extreme thank you to Dr. Kolodziej, GerryAnn and Carrie.
A memorial service will be held, Saturday, November 19, 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. Contributions in memory of Paul may be made to the New York Oncology and Hematology, 400 Patroon Creek, Albany, NY 12206 or to Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205. [Veyers Funeral Home, 741 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY]
Van Kempen, Elizabeth -- [Published 1/29/2004 in the Times Union, Albany, NY, pg B12]
SELKIRK -- Elizabeth (Felci) Van Kempen, 72, of Selkirk died Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at St. Peter's Hospice.
She was born in Staten Island on March 17, 1931, the daughter of the late Gaetano and Elizabeth (Cora) Felci. A longtime area resident, she had worked as a teacher's aide from 1977-1987 at the Bethlehem Central High School. Mrs. Van Kempen was a member of the Glenmont Community Church and had been a foster mother for many years. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William S. Van Kempen and six brothers.
She is survived by a son, David W. Van Kempen and his wife Cynthia of Ravena; a daughter, Renee E. Geel and her husband Christian of Delmar; two foster sons, Anthony Curtis of Cairo, N.Y. and Anthony Sellars of Maine; two sisters, Lillian Smith of Pensacola, Fla. and Ida Fernandez of Albany; one brother, Thomas Felci of Pensacola; four grandchildren, Jessy Wilson, Tina Van Kempen, Amy Ricciardi and William Van Kempen; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Selkirk. Those who wish may send a remembrance in her name to the Glenmont Community Church, 1 Chapel Lane, Glenmont 12077 or Community Hospice of Albany, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany 12208.
[Published 7/10/2005 - 7/11/2005 in the Times Union, Albany,
SLINGERLANDS -- Ruth S. Voorhees, of Slingerlands, passed away July 7, 2005 at Camp Journey's End, her family's camp at Arnold Lake in Milford, N.Y.
Ruth was born in Albany on June 11, 1930, the daughter of the late Earl W. and Marian (Hoffman) Smith and attended Albany High School.
She worked as a secretary for the New York State Law Department, the Slingerlands United Methodist Church, the Bethlehem Youth Employment Service and retired as the secretary to the assistant superintendent of instruction for the Bethlehem Central School District. After retirement, she continued her education at HVCC and Russell Sage College. Her memberships included the Bethlehem Garden Club, the Delmar Progress Club, the Bethlehem Beautification Committee, the D.A.R., the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Slingerlands United Methodist Church. Ruth enjoyed gardening and her home, loved working with flowers and doing crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. She loved to write and had won several awards for her works.
She is survived by her husband, Henry V. Voorhees; a son, Jeffrey E. (Gail) Voorhees of Glenmont; a daughter, Alison V. (Nicholas) Kurtessis of Delmar; a sister, Marian S. (Albert) Davis of Slingerlands; four grandchildren, James Kurtessis of N.C., Katherine R. Kurtessis of Delmar and Robert H. and Katherine A. Voorhees, both of Glenmont; a special cousin, Nancy Hoffman of Delmar; many nieces, nephews, cousins and her beloved dog, Rosie.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Those who wish may send a remembrance in her name to the Bethlehem Garden Club, P.O. Box 485, Delmar, NY 12054.
[Published 8/12/2013 - Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac
Bruce Carley Wadsworth, the second son of G. Harry Wadsworth and Hazel Carley Wadsworth, was born July 7, 1938, in Utica. He spent his youth in the small hamlet of Clark Mills and in 1956 graduated from Clinton Central School. High school interests included playing the baritone, participation on high school athletic teams and being an avid Boy Scout. Bruce was a graduate of Alfred University, had a master's degree from Syracuse University and a university certificate from SUNY Albany. All of this education led him into a teaching career in the field of earth science. Over a period of 35 years, he taught in North Syracuse, East Aurora, the Manlius School and at Bethlehem High School in Delmar.
In 1968, Bruce had a summer National Science Foundation Grant in Star Lake. One of the summer activities was climbing Algonquin Mountain. He was hooked, and our entire family of four began climbing the High Peaks. We finished our 46th peak in 1975, and then had time to join the Schenectady Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.
His many interests included writing, and eventually an opportunity came along to prepare a guidebook for the Adirondack Mountain Club. "An Adirondack Sampler: Day Hikes for All Seasons" was an instant success.
Upon retirement from teaching, Bruce and his wife retired to life in Lake Placid. When the onset of foot problems forced retirement from hiking and climbing, Bruce pursued his interests in religion and became the deacon for St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. He simply lived within his limitations. Bruce continued his fairly active life until last week, when health problems began to close in.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty; two children: Barbara Carroll and her husband Philip Jr. of Amenia, and Peter Wadsworth of Brooklyn; three grandchildren: Ben and Zachary Carroll and Ethan Wadsworth; Bruce's sister JoAnn and her husband, Malcolm Desimone, of New Hartford; and brother-in-law Edward Blankman of Adams.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at M.B. Clark Funeral Home Inc., Lake Placid, with a Bible vigil prayer service at 8:45 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug, 14 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, with Father John Yonkovig officiating.
Relatives and friends are invited to "light a candle" and share a prayer, memory or leave online condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Adirondack Mountain Club, Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845-4117, or St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hillcrest Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946.
[Bruce died August 10, 2013.]
Watthews, Thomas Hastings (obituary #1) -- [Published 4/11/2013 in the Long Island Advance, Patchogue, NY]
Thomas H. Watthews of Voorheesbille, N.Y., passed away peacefully on March 12, 2013. He was the son of Jean Bowman Watthews and Thomas Watthews of Patchogue, and is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and John Belzak of Patchogue, and nieces and nephews, Bennett, John, Debbie, Gregory, Brooke and Jodi. Mr. Watthews’ extended family spans the United States, Canada and Scotland, where his ancestral relatives still reside.
Born in Patchogue on April 28, 1936, and educated in Patchogue public schools, Mr. Watthews earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the State University of NY at Albany and advanced studies at the University of Minnesota. He taught biology at Bethlehem Central Middle School and High School for 33 years while concurrently working as a research entomologist in the Adirondacks for the New York State Museum for 30 years, and for the past 25 years was employed as a consultant by the State Education Science Department, creating biology Regents exams.
His passions in life included 45 years of regular attendance at the Met Opera and in countries world-wide. Travel, coin collecting, gardening and cooking for his friends brought great pleasure. A dedicated actor, his 50-year stage career included performing, directing and technical involvement in such venues as Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Light Opera Company, The Village Stage, Slingerlands Players, Live at the Lakehouse, Cabaret Theater and Four Seasons Dinner Theater.
Mr. Watthews’ family and friends extend their sincere appreciation for the many kindnesses and tender care provided by Dr. David Shaffer and the staff of the Hematology/Oncology Department at Albany Medical Center.
Contributions in Mr. Watthews’ memory may be made to any institution or charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements will be private at the convenience of the family. According to his wishes there will be a celebration of Mr. Watthews’ life and memorial gathering of friends at a reception on a date to be announced.
Watthews, Thomas Hastings (obituary #2) -- [Published 5/12/2013 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
VOORHEESVILLE -- Thomas Hastings Watthews of Voorheesville, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2013.
He was the son of Jean Bowman Watthews and Thomas Watthews of Patchogue, N.Y., and is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and John Belzak of Patchogue, and nieces and nephews Bennett, John, Gregory, Deborah, Brooke and Jody.
Tom's extended family spans the United States, Canada, and Scotland where his ancestral relatives still reside. Born in Patchogue on April 28, 1936, and educated in Patchogue public schools, Tom earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the State University of New York at Albany and advanced studies at the University of Minnesota. He taught biology at Bethlehem Central middle and high schools for 33 years, working concurrently for 30 years as a research entomologist in the Adirondack's for the New York State Museum; for the past 25 years, Tom was employed as a consultant by the State Education Science Department, creating biology Regents exams. His passions in life included opera, with 45 years of regular attendance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and in countries worldwide.
Travel, coin collecting, gardening and cooking for his friends brought great pleasure to Tom. A dedicated actor, his 50-year stage career included performing, directing and technical involvement in such venues as Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Light Opera Company, The Village Stage, Slingerlands Players, Live at the Lakehouse, Cabaret Theater, and Four Seasons Dinner Theater.
Tom's family and friends extend their sincere appreciation for the many kindnesses and tender care provided by Dr. David Shaffer and the staff of the Hematology/ Oncology Department at Albany Medical Center.
A private interment service was held previously at Albany Rural Cemetery. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to: The Nature Conservancy, Albany Chapter, 195 New Karner Road #200, Albany, NY 12205; Albany Civic Theater, 235 Second Ave., Albany, NY 12209; Schenectady Light Opera Company, PO Box 1006, Schenectady, NY 12301.
Wise, Madeline F. -- [Published 2/6/2004 in the Times Union, Albany, NY]
SCHENECTADY -- Madeline (Mandy) Tietjen Wise, 98, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center.
Mrs. Wise was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and lived most of her life in Albany, N.Y. She was a graduate of Albany High School and SUNY Albany where she received her master's degree in education. Mrs. Wise taught business education at the former Philip Schuyler High School, Bethlehem Central and Albany High School from where she retired in 1964. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albany and was very active in the San Marcos, Calif. Women's Club and the SUNY Albany Alumni Association. Mrs. Wise had a tremendous love of life especially for her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Arnold Wise with whom she enjoyed 61 wonderful years. Mother of Lilla Wise of Annandale, Va., Robert Wise of Maple Glen, Pa., Hazel Kennedy of Cohoes, Nancy Wise of Selkirk and Joyce Foster of Ballston Spa; sister of Dr. John Tietjen of Petersberg, Va. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Norman E. Dascher Funeral home, 490 Delaware Avenue. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home on Friday from 5-7 p.m. Interment will follow the service in Graceland Cemetery, Albany. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Community Hospice of Schenectady Nursing Home Program, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308.
Dempsey, Magdalene (Murphy) -- [Published 7/28/2010 in the Times Union, Albany, NY. pg B7.]
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Magdalene Murphy Dempsey, 95, most recently of Bradenton, passed away July 25, 2010. She was born in Ripon, Wis. and was a longtime music teacher in the Bethlehem School System.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Dempsey; sons, Dick (Sally) York and Don (Anne) York; grandchildren, Todd York and Kristen Vasquez; great-grandchild, Eiley Vasquez. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Victor Murphy.
A Celebration of Her Life will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Village The Landings Phase 2, Bradenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral & Cremation Services handled arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Baptist Bible College for the Murphy Memorial Library, 538 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 or the charity of your choice. [contributed by Stephanie Rowen]
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