Edward M. Sutherland, 87, of Magnolia, Del.
and formerly of Colonie, died Monday, January 30, 2006
at his home. Mr. Sutherland was born on February 5,
1918 in Stephentown and was the son of the late Paul
and Anna Hill Sutherland. Mr. Sutherland worked in the
heating and air conditioning sheet metal trade. He was
a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union #83 in
Albany and became the person who did much of the
specialty projects that gained him much respect from
his fellow workers. He was a member of the Modern
Maturity Center in Dover and the Wyoming Methodist
Church in Wyoming, Del. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed
shooting pool at Modern Maturity, bowling at Dover
Rama on two leagues, landscaping around his home and
helping others. He was an avid reader and loved to
read about so many places around the world. He loved
the Adirondack Mountains, where he took his family
camping many times in his younger years. He loved
trout fishing and hunting in his early days. He was a
man of many talents and was a master of several. He
was a man who never would waste time in achieving his
goals. At 87 years old, his last adventure was a
cruise to Alaska with his daughter and son-in-law in
June of 2005. He will never, ever be forgotten by his
family and friends. Mr. Sutherland is survived by his
son, Jeal E. Sutherland and his wife Jenise of
Schenectady; his daughter, Donna L. Egerson and her
husband Stan of Camden, Del.; five grandchildren, ten
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Carole B. Taylor
Sutherland. Funeral services will be held on Saturday
at 1:00 p.m. at New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home,
343 New Karner Road, Colonie (Rt. 155 - south of
Central Ave). Interment will follow in Memory's Garden
in Colonie. Calling hours will be held one hour prior
to the service, 12-1 p.m.
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M. Jean Eckhardt
Stephentown - M. Jean Eckhardt, 75, wife of George
Eckhardt, Jr., died Wednesday January 25, 2006, at
Zephyrhills Hospital in Florida from complications
caused by Parkinsons disease.
Born November 14, 1930, to Irene Osborne MacDougall
and Albert MacDougall in Springfield West, Prince
Edward Island, Canada, Jean immigrated to the US in
1945 when her father died. She graduated from Norwell
High School, Norwell, MA, in 1949 and worked as a
secretary for Dun and Bradstreet in Boston. Jean
married George Eckhardt, Jr. on October 27, 1951, in
Norwell, MA, and spent several years living in various
locations in New England and at the Fort Benning Army
Base in Georgia. The Eckhardts moved to Stephentown in
May of 1959 to begin working on the farm they
Jean was active as a 4-H leader and in Farm Bureau.
She enjoyed painting, photography, bowling, traveling
and even spent time coon hunting with other area
enthusiasts. Most important, Jean spent a lifetime
caring for her husband, children, extended family,
farm employees and farm critters and tending her
beloved flower and vegetable gardens. Most recently,
Jean and George have spent the winter months enjoying
retirement in Florida and the warmer summer months
helping at the family farm in Stephentown. Although
Parkinsons may have slowed her both physically and
mentally, Jean kept her family close in her heart, and
her thoughts to the very end were always on their
lives and not hers.
Besides her husband of 54 years, she leaves five
children, Martin and his wife Kathy of Hempstead, NC,
Larry and his wife Heather at the family farm in
Stephentown, Alan and his wife Donna of Stephentown,
Elizabeth (Beth) Eckhardt of Lansingburgh, NY, and
Philip of Troy, NY, and five grandchildren. Jean also
leaves her siblings, Reginald MacDougall of Medina,
OH, Erma Giglio of Gloucester, MA, and Freda Milley of
Hingham, MA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. Cremation will take
place in Florida. A memorial service will be held
sometime in the spring in Stephentown. As were Jeans
wishes, burial will be in Bethel Community Cemetery
next to her father in OLeary, PEI, Canada. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The
Parkinsons Foundation or your local Association for
Retarded Citizens in care of Hall & Higgins Funeral
Home, PO Box 9, Stephentown, NY, 12168.
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Diadama Brown Persons
Elizabeth Williams Houghtling
Stephentown - May 18, 1990 - Funeral services for Joseph A. Face, Sr., 86, of South Stephentown Road, Stephentown, who died Friday at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, Mass., were today at 11am at the Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, Stephentown.
DALTON -- Elizabeth A. Houghtling, 92, died Friday at Craneville Place.
Born in New Lebanon, N.Y., on Aug. 25, 1911, daughter of Alexander H. and Gracia A. Hassan Williams, she was educated there. She had formerly resided on Third Avenue in Lansingburgh, N.Y.
Mrs. Houghtling was employed by Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., as supervisor of the laundry department for more than 49 years, retiring in 1991.
Her husband, Spencer Houghtling, is deceased.
She leaves her caregiver, Trudy Dingman of Pittsfield, and several nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL NOTICE -- The funeral for Elizabeth Houghtling, who died April 30, 2004, will be Wednesday at 1 at Garfield Cemetery in Garfield. There will be no public calling hours. She was predeceased by her siblings, Lottie Brown, Bessie Face, Joseph Williams, Clarence Delbert Williams, James Emerson Williams, Hamilton Williams, Cora Hughes and Emma Williams. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to LARKIN FUNERAL HOME, 8 Beach Lane, Averill Park, N.Y.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on 5/3/2004.
New Lebanon - Harold R. Sherman, Jr., 80, formerly of New Lebanon, died on Friday, July 7, 2006, at Columbia Memorial Hospital under the care of Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene.
Born December 6, 1925, in Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late Harold and Loretta Warner Sherman. He was the loving husband of the former Evelyn M. Walker whom he married on August 17, 1946.
Mr. Sherman was a United States Navy veteran serving during World War II. He was employed by Local No 7 Plumbers & Steamfitters in Albany for many years and also served as Deacon of the New Lebanon Congregational Church.
Survivors include his wife Evelyn, children, Harold “Sandy” Sherman of Saratoga, Evelyn “Tootsie” Kivlen of North Port, FL, and Roger Sherman of New Lebanon, and a sister, Dorothy Wilson of Peru, MA, along with four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by a son, Robert A. Sherman.
Funeral services and inurnment will be at the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Lebanon Springs on Saturday, July 15, at noon. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.
Berlin - Rosetta F. Sedgwick, 88, a resident of Convent Avenue, Bennington, VT, and New Smyrna Beach. FL, died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in East Nassau, NY, January 9, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Adolphus and Mary (Bartlett) Face. She received her early education in the East Nassau schools and was a graduate of New Lebanon High School. She later attended Canton Tech in Canton, NY, where she became a registered dietician before attending Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, where she obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Rosetta married George Oliver Sedgwick, Jr. on August 31, 1939, in Greenville, SC. Mr. Sedgwick died December 23, 1985.
For seventeen years Mrs. Sedgwick served as a special education teacher and coordinator for the Berlin Central School District. She had earned the “Teacher of the Year” award during her time there. Mr. and Mrs. Sedgwick also owned and operated the Ranch Tavern Inn in Berlin from 1956 until 1982.
Rosetta was a devout member of the Church of Our Savior in Lebanon Springs, NY, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington and Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Smyrna Beach. She was an avid reader, enjoyed golf and the company of her many friends. She was also active in the Berlin Garden Club in earlier years and was a long standing member of the Mt. Anthony Country Club in Bennington.
Survivors include four children, Philip Sedgwick and his wife Donna of Little Compton, RI, George O. Sedgwick III of Florida, Paula Sedgwick Stewart of Boynton Beach, FL, and Michael Sedgwick and his wife Lynn of Bennington, nine grandchildren, Leanne Sedgwick, Allison Alexander, Heidi Stewart, Carolyn Sedgwick, Nikki Johnston, Sarah Perna, Eric Sedgwick, Anne Stewart and Alice Sedgwick, nine great-grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Williams of New Smyrna Beach, FL, a brother, William Leon Face of Natural Bridge, NY, several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins. Mrs. Sedgwick was pre-deceased by two sisters and four brothers, Mary Flood, Sue Herrick, George Face, Floyd Face, Earlston Face and Joseph Face.
The funeral was held from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington on Wednesday, July 12, at 10 am where the Burial Office with Holy Eucharist was offered by Rev. Anita Schell Lambert, Rector.
Friends called at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm when the family was in attendance.
Private committal services will take place in Berlin Community Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Rosetta Sedgwick’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT, 05201.
The Rev. Richard Lewis of the Hancock Baptist Church, Hancock, Mass., and the Rev. Trygve C. Tomlinson, of the West Stephentown Baptist Church, officiated.
Internment was in East Nassau Cemetery.
Born Dec. 25, 1903 in East Nassau, he was the son of the late Adolphus and Mary Edith (Bartlett)Face.
He attended the one-roon Thomas Schoolhouse in Stephentown, and after leaving school worked at his father's sawmill in East Nassau. He was a foreman for the South Family Shakers from the late 1920's through 1934, and then moved to Kinderhook, where he worked as a farmer for the Van Alstyne family.
He later returned to East Nassau, where he owned and operated his own logging business. He moved to Stephentown in 1936 and worked as a teamster for the town highway department while also employed by the Wiljhum Turkey and Chicken business at the Mount Whitney Farm, Stephentown.
In 1955, he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., where he worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker until moving in 1961 to Indiana, Penn., where he and his wife helped their son, ElRoy L. Face, a Major League baseball pitcher, operate the ElRoy Face Motel until 1968.
He moved back to Stephentown in 1969 and was a self-employed carpenter and cabinetmaker until his retirement in 1984.
He was a square dance caller and fiddler from the early 1920's to the late 1950's, leading square dances in Williamstown, Mass., Hoosick Falls, Petersburg, Columbia County, and at the State Capital in Albany for then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Surviving are his wife, Bessie Rose (Williams) Face; three sons, Joseph Face, Jr. and Leonard A. Face, both of Stephentown, and ElRoy L. Face of Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Jacklyn R. Face of Stephentown; a brother, Leon Face of Natural Bridge; four sisters, Rosetta Sedgwick of Bennington, VT., Mary Flood of Chatham, Susibelle Herrick of East Nassau, and Dorothy Williams of West Stephetnown; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Three brothers, Floyd, George and Earl Face, died previously.
Joseph A. Williams, Sr.
Arvilla M. Wolcott
Arvilla M. Wolcott, 90 of Nassau, died Saturday at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after a long illness.
Born September 12, 1906, she was the daughter of the late Adelbert and Ada Williams Gardner.
Mrs. Wolcott attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Hoags Corners and worked in retail for a short time in Pittsfield.
She married Lloyd C. Wolcott on June 7, 1827 in Pittsfield. He died in 1973.
After her marriage, she was a homemaker.
She was a member of the West Stephentown Baptist Church and was a 4-H leader as well as a member of the Ladies Aide Society and the Eastern Star of New Lebanon.
She liked to square dance, bake and grow flowers.
Survivors include two sons, Fred. L. Wolcott of Dunham Hollow and Leonard A. Wolcott of Troy; one daughter, Phyllis A. Henry of Etowah, NC; many foster children; one brother, Edison Gardner of Chatham; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at the West Stephentown Baptist Church Saturday at 2pm.
There are no calling hours.
Funeral arrangements are with Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, Stephentown. (March 22, 1997)
Old Chatham Resident
Edison M. Gardner Sr., of Old Chatham, died December 7 at his residence.
Born in Stephentown, July 27, 1911, he was the son of the late Adalbert and Ada E. Williams Gardner. He was educated in Hoags Corners.
He has been employed by several Albany area auto businesses and more recently the former Marsh Hallman Chevrolet Agency, retiring in 1972. With his wife Marjorie, he operated the Old Chatham General Store from 1955 - 67. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Malden Bridge; The Stuyvesant, Scholdack, Chatham Horse Thieves Society; National Rifle Association; and was an avid horseman.
He is survived by his wife marjorie Traver Gardner; children Carol Hanson of NC; Edison M. Gardner, Jr. of Peru; and Barbara Sheffer of AZ; eight granddchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held December 10 at French, Gifford and Preiter Funeral Home in Chatham.
Sentiment may be expressed by a contribution to the Columbia Greene Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, 12414 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 9, Hudson, 12534. (1997)
Stephentown Native, 77
Watervliet - Private services will be held for James W. Williams, 77, of the Daniel P. Quinn Apartments, who died Wednesday in Samaritan Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. Williams, born in Stephentown, had been a maintenance worker for the Emma Willard School for 10 years before retiring in 1976.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Hamilton Williams; three sons, William M. Williams of Cochester, Conn., and Floyd J. and John S. Williams, both of Watervliet; three daughters, Barbara Evans of Lakeworth, Fla., Reba Schmitt of Greenwich and Cora Fray of Troy; a brother, Joseph Williams of Pittsfield, Mass.;three sisters, lottie Brown and Elizabeth Houghtling, both of Troy and Betty Face of Stephentown; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy
(June 19, 1991)
Watervliet - Mary L. Hamilton Williams of the Daniel P. Quinn Apartments died Tuesday, September 8, 1998 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
Born in Montreal, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Estelle Hamilton and widow of James W. Williams.
Mrs. Williams came to the United States at a young age and lived in this area for about 70 years.
Mrs. Williams was a technician for W. & L.E. Gurley Co., Troy.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Watervliet.
Survivors include three sons, William M. Williams of Colchester, Conn., John S. Williams of Watervliet and Floyd J. Williams; three daughters, Barbara Evans of Lake Worth, Fla.; Cora Fray of Troy; Reba Schmitt of Wilbur-by-the-Sea, Fla.; two sisters, Hazel Geiser of Keene and Ruth Eisel of Syracuse; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be private. Burial will be in Elmwood Hills Cemetery in Troy.
Carrie Belle Richmond, 93, of West Lebanon, died Tuesday, July 30 at Sweetbrook Nursing Home in Williamstown, Mass.
She was born June 20, 1898 in West Stephentown, the daughter of the late Chester and Ida Bradford Williams. She was the wife of the late Mile Wardner Richmond. They were married April 23, 1931 in Averill Park. He died in Pittsfield, Mass., on May 7, 1987.
A homemaker all of her life, she had attended a one-room schoolhouse in West Stephentown. Later she worked as a domestic for several prominent Troy and Albany families, and the Fairweather family in New Lebanon. Mrs. Richmond bagan working in 1918 for the General Electric Company in Pittsfield, Mass., for a few years.
She and her late husband maintained a bed and breakfast inn while living in Hoags Corners, and later after moving to their Route 20 home in West Lebanon. Together they also operated a vegetable stand at their home in West Lebanon. They raised chickens, pigs, beef and maintained a large garden.
A lifelong area resident, Mrs. Richmond cooked on a woodstove in her West Lebanon home until she was hospitalized in January, 1991.
She was a former member of the West Stephentown Baptist Church.
Survivors include a nephew, Henry Williams of Charleston, S.C.; two nieces, Rita Fedorka of East Arlington, Vermont and Shirley O'Dell of Millerton; several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was prececeased by three brothers, Edwin, Franklin and Nelson Williams.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2pm at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 318 Main Street, Stephentown where the Rev. Trygve C. Tomlinson, pastor of the West Stephentown Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will take place in Larkin Cemetery in Hoags Corners.
Hinsdale - Gloria J. Barnes, 59, of 140 Holmes Road died Thursday, March 9, 2000 at home.
Born in Stephentown, NY on August 12, 1940, daughter of Dennis W. and Hazel B. Woodward Williams, she was a 1958 graduate of New Lebanon, NY High School and moved to Hinsdale in 1959.
Mrs. Barnes was the owner of Gloria's Place Restaurant for the past eight years. She also owned and operated the Hinsdale Laundry Mat. She was also employed by the South Street Package Store for eight years.
She was a member of the East Nassau, NY Baptist Church and the First Congregational Church in Hinsdale.
She leaves her husband, Robert A. Barnes, whom she married April 26, 1959; a daughter, Patricia A. Fera of Hindale; two sons, Robert W. Barnes of Las Vegas, and Dennis A. Barnes of Hinsdale; three sister, Freda Druba of Castleton, NY, Myrtle Puzio of Brainard, NY and Alta Stalter of Mechanicsville, NY; two brothers, Leslie Williams of New Lebanon and Clifford Williams of East Nassau and eight grandchildren.
(Note: Anyone who has used the Rensselaer County Cemetery Records on the Rensselaer County site will recognize this name. The 93,000+ name data base was assembled by Don and Clare Radz and is an invaluable tool for researchers.)
RADZ, Don W. - RENSSELAER - Don W. RADZ, of Partridge Hill Apartments in Rensselaer, a longtime resident of the Averill Park area, passed into eternal rest at home, on February 4, 2007. The son of Harold "Pappy" Radz and Pauline Cook Radz, he was born and raised in Wynantskill. He was, from his youth, an avid outdoorsman and passed his love of the outdoors on to his children and grandchildren. He also had a great love of sports, especially golf, bowling, hunting, fishing and basketball. He graduated from Siena College with a bachelor's degree, then SUNY Albany with his master's in education. Don went on to teach 6th grade science and health for 25 years in the Averill Park School District, where his dedication as a teacher touched many lives. Don was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a longtime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) in Loudonville and had a great faith in the Lord. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Clare Leavenworth Radz; two sons, Jeffrey S. Radz and Mark P. Radz of Poestenkill; two daughters, Donna M. Radz of Schodack and Linda S. Herring (Mike) of Plattsburg. He is also survived by seven grandsons, two granddaughters, and six great-grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy Gummer; and his brother, Harold P. Radz Jr. He will be deeply missed and always remembered by those who knew him and loved him. A very special thank you to the wonderful people of Hospice for their caring and support. A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at 411 Loudon Rd. (Rt. 9.), Loudonville on February 8 at 1:00 p. m., followed by interment in the Evergreen Cemetery in Wynantskill. Donations may be made to the LDS Missionary fund, c/o Alan Hollister, 141 Edgewood Dr., Averill Park, NY 12018, or Rensselaer County Hospice, Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY. (published in the Albany Times Union newspaper of 6 February 2007)
At her residence in Hoboken, N.J., November 1, 1880, Mrs. Esther Tifft, aged 81 years. Interment took place at West Stephetown, NY on Wednesday, November 8th. (New York Times)
Rufus Sweet of Stephentown, Rensselaer County, a prominent Democratic politician in Northern New York, died Wednesday. He was 70 years old. Mr. Sweet served in the Assembly from 1882-1884. (New York Times, October 25, 1912)
Bateman, at West Stephentown, NY on Thursday, July 31, 1913, after a short illness, Mr. Horace R. Bateman, for many years a member of the firm of H. M. Smith & Co., Nassau, N.Y. Deceased is survived by his widow, Lucinda Sterling and one son, Sterling R. Bateman. (New York Times)
Sterling R. Bateman of 7101 Colonial Road, Brooklyn, beloved husband of Esther. Services at Fred Herbst Sons Memorial, Brooklyn, Monday, 8pm. Interment in West Stephentown. (New York Times, Feb. 1, 1957)
STEPHENTOWN - Virginia A. Wilt Atwater, 81, of Presbyterian Hill Road, died on Friday at Berkshire Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Hudson on May 15, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Caroline Bertram Wilt.
Ginny was the loving wife of Calvin B. Atwater, whom she married on March 6, 1947, in Hudson. She has been a resident of Stephentown since her marriage.
A 1944 graduate of New Lebanon High School, Mrs. Atwater also graduated from the Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
She worked as a private duty nurse and at Samaritan Hospital in Troy. For many years she was a nurse for the former Taconic Valley Medical Center in Stephentown under Dr. James Roe and Dr. Robert Roe. She retired in 1980.
In retirement, Ginny was a census taker at New Lebanon schools, worked at Hall & Higgins Funeral Home as a secretary, was a nurse at Lebanon Valley Speedway and a tax collector for the town of Stephentown.
She was a life member of the Stephentown Historical Society, the secretary-treasurer of the Garfield Cemetery for many years and a member of the Stephentown Federated Church. Within the church, she was a member of the Ladies Aide and elder and a member of the general committee.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Cal; her children and their spouses, Donald P. (Carol) Atwater of Dalton, MA, Judith E. (John) Harper of Iron Station, NC, Elizabeth A. (Rick) Hanlon of Richmond, VT, Karen S. (Rick) Lappi of Charlotte, NC, and Brian C. (Kim) Atwater of Los Angeles, CA; a brother, Peter Wilt of Clovis, NM; her grandchildren Riva Atwater, Erin Hanlon, Shaun Lappi, Ashley and Stacey Atwater, Daniel Wallace and Brandon Jones; and her great-grandchildren Brooke Gates and Melana Nataro.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY 43 in Stephentown, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. for visitation.
For directions and guest registry, please visit: www.hall-higgins.com.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday morning at 11 at the Stephentown Federated Church on Garfield Road with burial to follow in Garfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made to the Stephentown Historical Society or the Stephentown Federated Church.
The Atwater family would like to extend a special Thank You to Dr. Daniel Doyle and the staff of the ICU and RCU at Berkshire Medical Center for the care, love and devotion shown to our wife, mother and grandmother during her illness.
Lillian Hassan Batchelder
Stephentown – Lillian Hassan Bachelder, 96, of Peru, VT, died on Monday, March 13, 2006, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
Born July 4, 1909, in Stephentown, NY, Lillian was the daughter of Boughton Hassan and Carrie Rose (Kittle) Hassan. In 1925 she married Earle Hunt in Pittsfield, MA. He predeceased her in 1955. In 1939 she married George Batchelder in Pownal, VT who also predeceased her.
She is survived by two daughters, Bette Gillett and her husband David of Sebring, FL, and Rose Holcomb and her husband Louis of Cambridge, NY, a son James Hunt and his wife Lorraine of Manchester, VT, a brother in law, Kenneth Batchelder with whom she shared a home for the past 63 years, 22 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the United Church of Christ in Peru on Saturday, March 18, at 12 noon.
Adams & Kenney Funeral Homes in Chester, VT are assisting the family with arrangements
Stephentown – Dorothy Barnes Haley, 79, of Route 43, Stephentown, NY, died on Saturday, November 24, 2007, at her home surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.
Born in Westfield, MA, on May 5, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Sheldon and Edith Stannard Barnes. She was the loving and devoted wife of Wyatt J. Haley whom she married on March 26, 1950, in the Stephentown Federated Church. She has been a resident of this area since 1936 and was a 1946 graduate of New Lebanon High School.
Mrs. Haley graduated from the Austin Beauty School in Troy, NY and was a beautician for many years at the former Frear’s Beauty Shop in Troy. She was a self-employed hairdresser working out of her home for many years retiring in the 1980’s. She was a member of the Church of Our Saviour in Lebanon Springs and of the Taconic Valley Grange. She bowled in the “Idiots” bowling league at the former Lar-A-Bowl in New Lebanon for many years.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years Wyatt, two sons and their spouses, Frederick J. and Janet Haley and Neil H. and Joann Haley all of Stephentown, her siblings, Shirley Gette of Waterbury, CT, Gladys Jones of Colonie, NY, Norma Lasch of Dunham Hollow, NY, and Robert Barnes of New Smyrna, ME and her grandchildren Jesse, Elise and Alexander.
The Burial Office will be read by Rev. Canon Clinton Dugger at the Church of Our Saviour, Routes 20 & 22 in Lebanon Springs on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 7pm. Interment will be private in the Hillside Cemetery in West Stephentown.
Stephentown – Marie E. Johnson Saxby, 63, of Dunham Hollow Road, died suddenly on Monday, August 21, 2006, at her residence. Death was due to natural causes.
Born in Stephentown on June 25, 1943, she was the daughter of the late John Johnson and Alma Chittenden. A lifelong resident of the area, she attended West Stephentown Baptist Church and New Hope For Life Ministries. She was edducated in the Berlin Central School system and married at a young age.
Survivors include her four daughters, their husbands and children – Julie S. and Doug Overly and six children of St. Joseph, MO; Patty M. and Lyle Gallup and three children of Stephentown; Kathy C. and Todd Gordon and two children of Ridgefield, CT; Evelyn D. and Matt States and four children of Dannebrog, NE; a great granddaughter; two brothers, Arthur and Leo Roberts of Stephentown, along with her former husband, Thomas D. Saxby. She was predeceased by siblings, Donald, Doris Rowe and Harvey Roberts.
Interment in Garfield Cemetery.
Berlin – Harvey H. Roberts, 81, died on Monday June 26, 2006 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Born on January 14, 1925, in Berlin, NY, he was the son of the late George and Alma Chittenden Roberts. He was employed for many years as a truck driver for Prior & Williams Lumber Yard in North Chatham.
Survivors include his children, Betty Doty, George Roberts, Susan Blowers and Dawn Roberts, his siblings, Arthur and Leo Roberts and Marie Saxby, twelve grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Harvey was predeceased by his sons, Harvey Jur., David and Robert Roberts and his brother, Donald and sister Doris.
Interment was on Tuesday at Garfield Cemetery in Stephentown.
Stephentown – Emilia M. Schmich Burdick, 87, of Route 22, died on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at the Hoosick Falls Health Center.
Born in New York City on April 19, 1919, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Emilia Rothchild Schmich. She was the loving wife of the late Clarence Burdick, who died on May 2, 1973. They were married on March 12, 1938.
Mrs. Burdick was a resident of the Stephentown area since the age of four and was educated in Berlin schools. She and her late husband owned a farm in Stephentown on Garfield Road and also ran the Taconic Inn in North Stephentown until selling it in 1975. She was a member of the Stephentown Federated Church.
Survivors include her daughter Barbara Styczynski and son in law Jack of Stephentown; a brother Arthur W. and his wife Bernadette Schmich of Stephentown; sister in laws, Marjorie Schmich of Stephentown, Marion Schmich of Pittsfield, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William C. “Butch” Burdick and three brothers, Donald, Robert and George.
Funeral services were held May 20 in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home. Interment is in the Garfield Cemetery.
Stephentown – Arthur W. Schmich, 80, of Garfield Road, Stephentown died on Saturday morning, August 18, 2007 at his home surrounded by his loving family under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.
Born February 17, 1927 and a lifelong resident of Stephentown, he was the son of the late George and Amelia Rothschild Schmich. He was the husband of the former Bernadette Diamond whom he married on August 28, 1948 in the Immaculate Conception Church in New Lebanon, NY.
Educated in New Lebanon schools, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1945. He was employed by Larabee Fuels for 33 years as a delivery person and repairman. He retired in 1989 from the town of Stephentown Highway Department. Arthur attended the Stephentown Federated Church.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Bernadette, his children, Arthur A. of Stephentown; Debra A. Primett of Guilderland, NY and Donald M. Schmich of Stephentown. He was predeceased by brothers George, Robert and Donald and a sister Amelia Burdick.
Funeral services will be private at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Garfield Cemetery.
Jean E. LeClair
Stephentown – Jean E. Roach LeClair, 79, of Route 43, died on Monday March 5, 2007, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after a brief illness.
Born in Berlin, NY, on October 27, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Clara Connor Roach. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur R. LeClair who died on March 9, 1999. They were married in Notre Dame Church in Pittsfield, MA, on February 15, 1947.
Jean graduated from New Lebanon Central High School in 1945. She worked for General Electric in Pittsfield for over 40 years retiring in 1988 as the Administrator for Union Relations. She was a member of the Quarter Century Club of GE, a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Stephentown, the Secretary/Treasurer for the St. Joseph’s Cemetery Association and was very active in genealogy. She loved to travel, recently going on a cruise to the Easter Caribbean. Jean also loved casinos.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda J. Sullivan and her husband William of Stephentown; two granddaughters, Kimberly Buffa and Kelly McGivern, along with four great-grandchildren, Mikayla Buffa, Makenzie McGivern, Earl Buffa, Jr. and Kassidy McGivern.
Funeral services will be on Friday, March 9, at 9:15 am in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home and at 10 am in St. Joseph’s Church where a Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Evelyn W. Hewitt
Petersburgh – Evelyn W. Staples Hewitt, 69, of River Road, Petersburgh, NY, died Tuesday morning, February 19, 2008, at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, VT, after a five week battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Pittsfield, MA, on March 25, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Frances Rathbun Staples. She was the loving wife of Rolland L. Hewitt, whom she married on August 7, 1960, in the Stephentown Federated Church. She had lived in Petersburgh since her marriage.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Rollie, a daughter, Stephanie and her husband Todd Hover of Stephentown; a grandson, Dylan Hover, a brother Ronald Staples, Jr., of Stephentown; a niece, Jennifer and a nephew, Ron, Jr.
Funeral services are on Friday, February 22 at 2 pm in the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, Petersburgh. Burial follows in the Meadowlawn Cemetery, Petersburgh.
Hazel D. Barrett
Stephentown – Hazel D. Rathbun Barrett, 99, formerly of Route 43, Stephentown, died on Friday 29, 2008, at Berkshire Place in Pittsfield, MA, where she had resided for the last ten years.
Born in Stephentown on December 11, 1908, she was the daughter of the late Perry and Clovis Carr Rathbun. Hazel was the widow of Ralph T. Barrett whom she married on March 27, 1932. She attended school in Stephentown and was a member of the Stephentown Federated Church.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday evening at 7pm in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home. Spring interment will take place in the Hillside Cemetery in West Stephentown.
Elizabeth R. Geerholt
Stephentown – Elizabeth R. Geerholt, 88, of Maplewood Avenue in Alban died on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospital after a brief illness.
Born April 13, 1919 in Stephentown, NY, she was the daughter of Fred and Minnie Lapp Geerholt.
Survivors include her sister in law, Doris Geerholt of Berlin, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Ralph and a sister Margaret.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 4 in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home. Burial followed in the family plot in the Stephentown Cemetery.
Chauncey “John” Hammersmith
Cherry Plain – Chauncey “John” Hammersmith, 69, of Watson Road, Cherry Plain, NY, died Friday December 21, 2007 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, VT after a short illness.
Born June 13, 1938, and a lifelong resident of Watson Road, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alfreda Gagnon Hammersmith. He was the beloved husband of the former Carol A. Shuhart.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; a daughter and her husband Tarry A. and David Breads of Nassau, NY; stepchildren Kathy and her husband Joey Burdick of Berlin; and Kerri L. Teal of Cherry Plain; siblings Joseph and William Hammersmith both of Berlin and Theresa Williamson and David Hammersmith both of Stephentown, along with three step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters Alfreda Gardner and Mary Scholler.
Following Mr. Hammersmith’s wishes, a graveside service was held on Monday, December 24 at 11am in the Berlin Community Cemetery.
STEPHENTOWN- Marcella T. Love left us to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, Florida after a brief illness. Marcella was born July 9, 1923 in Berlin, NY. She is predeceased by her parents, Harry Teal and Margaret Goodermote of Berlin, NY, her husbands, Harold W. Hoffman and George S. Love. She leaves behind four children, James Hoffman of Stephentown, Lois Foland of Sharon Springs, Marcella (Penny) L'Heureux of Ocala, FL, Harold W. Hoffman, Jr. of Stephentown; step-children, Stephen A. Love of Saranac, NY and Cindy Martin of Richmond, TX, thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Marcella was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma. She enjoyed her life to the fullest. Marcella was a snow-bird who enjoyed living with her daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Bobby L'Heureux, during the winter months and like a bird, would migrate to Stephentown every spring to enjoy being with the rest of the family and her friends in there and in the surrounding communities.
Funeral services will be held at the Second Congregational Church in South Williamstown on Saturday, May 10th at 11 AM with the Rev. Penny Rich Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Hancock Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY 43, Stephentown on Friday May 9th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM for visitation.
Carr, Gerry M. COHOES Gerry M. Carr, age 52 years, of White Street, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy after a brief illness. He was born in Troy and lived many years in Watervliet before moving to Cohoes this past December. Gerry was employed in food preparation working as a chef at HVCC in Troy and in building maintenance with his brother. He was a member of Council #192 K of C in Cohoes. He was an avid bingo player and bowler. Gerry enjoyed his family and friends and was always there for everyone in need. Husband of the late Stephanie Foley Carr; father of Gerry M. Carr Jr. and Christina Carr, both of Cohoes, and Matthew Carr of Calif.; son of Margaret Elizabeth Carr of Stephentown and the late Reginald A. Carr; brother of Reginald S. Carr of Stephentown, William F. Carr of Albany, Richard P. Carr of Newtonville, Sandra Salisbury of Stillwater, Debora DuJack of Brunswick, Terry Carr of Fla., Elizabeth Dormandy of Johnsonville, David M. Carr of West Sand Lake and the late Margaret E. Carr. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who cherished him. Funeral will be from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer Monday afternoon at 2:00. All are welcome to attend. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 or to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.
STEPHENTOWN Dorothy I. Bruso Geerholt, 84, of Route 43, died on Sunday morning, April 27, 2008 at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield. Born July 19, 1923 in Malone, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Phoebe Russell Bruso. She was the loving wife of the late Elvin A. Geerholt, who died on August 26, 1995. Dorothy attended Malone schools and had been a resident of Stephen-town since 1951. She was in the housekeeping department at the Jericho Valley Inn in Hancock, Mass. for over 20 years, retiring in 1989. Mrs. Geerholt was a member of the Stephentown Evangelical Community Church and the Stephentown Senior Citizens. Survivors include her children, Brent Vaughan of Troy, Eric Geerholt of Stephentown, Eileen Wolcott of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Todd Geerholt and Craig Geerholt, both of Stephentown, and Robin Lancto of New Lebanon; a sister, Margaret Brooks of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; along with 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was prede-ceased by a son, Lance Geerholt. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY 43, Stephentown, where Rev. Alan G. Wolcott will officiate. Graveside services will be on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Stephentown Cemetery on Cemetery Road. Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home for visitation on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department in loving memory of Dorothy I. Geerholt.
TROY RECORD, FEBRUARY 24, 1944
Albert E. Smith, 75, lifelong resident of Stephentown, died yesterday at his home there following a short illness. He was a former assessor of the town and served on the election board for a number of years. Besides his widow, Mrs. Rosa Crowdery Smith, survivors include a son, Edward Smith of Stephentown, and a daughter, Mrs. Louella Wendling of Dalton, Mass.
ALTON TELEGRAM, TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1994
EAST ALTON- Edward Demick Jr., 33, formerly of Stephentown, N.Y. died unexpectedly Saturday, March 12, 1994, in East Alton. Born Oct. 20, 1960, in Pittsfield, Mass., he was the son of Edward J. and Veronica (Arcouet) Demick Sr. of Stephentown, N.Y. A champion wrestler of Berlin High School, he graduated in 1978. He moved to Louisiana and worked on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and was a welder for Cameron Steel Co. in Louisiana. He returned to Stephentown and went to work as a welder at Atlantis Fabricators. He later was employed by General Electric Co. in the Transformer Division in Pittsfield, Mass., moving to East Alton in 1991. He was employed as an environmental technician at Enclean Corp. in Mitchell. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving in addition to his parents are his companion of 15 years, Alice Moxey of East Alton; his grandmother, Helen Arcouet of Stephentown; a brother, Christopher Demick of Stephentown; and three sisters, Sandy Grisworld, Karen Deiana and Lisa Purdy, all of Stephentown. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm today at Hall and Higgins Funeral Home in Stephentown. Services will be at 10am Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in New Lebanon, NY. The Rev. Joseph L Halloran will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery in Stephentown. Memorials may be made to the Stephentown Memorial Library.
TROY RECORD, MONDAY, APRIL 3,1944
Funeral services for Charles H. Jones of West Stephentown who died yesterday at the House of Mercy Hospital, Pittsfield, Mass. will be held tomorrow at 2pm at the Avery G. Hall Funeral Home in Stephentown. Rev. Homer B. Silvernail will officiate and interment will be at Marine City, Michigan. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Margaret M. Jones, and a son, earl B Jones of Spokane, Wash. Mr. Jones was a marine engineer for many years.
BENNINGTON BANNER, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 1977
The funeral of George H. Manns, 84, a popular musician in the Berlin, NY and Stephentown, NY areas in the 1920's who died May 3 at his home in Clarendon after a short illness, was held May 5 at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Rutland, where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial was offered. Native of Stephentown, he was a son of Charles and Deborah (McGraw) Manns, and served with the anti-submarine forces in the Navy during World War I. He was employed in the grocery business in Hancock, Mass., and moved to Rutland in 1930 and operated a grocery store there. He also was owner and operator of Manns Motor Court in Rutland. A talented violinist and saxophonist, he played at functions in the Lebanon Valley, Stephentown, Berlin and Hancock, and continued his musical activities after moving to Vermont. He returned to the Stephentown area over the years to attend the annual reunion of descendants of Augustus Manns, who was born in Hesse, Germany, in 1824 and came to this country in 1851. In addition to his widow, Doris Armstrong Manns, he leaves a brother, Walter of Pittsfield. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Rutland.
BENNINGTON BANNER, TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1975
Mrs. Florence A. Stevens, 56, wife of Arthur J. Stevens of White Creek, NY, North Bennington, died Monday at Mary McClellan Hospital, Cambridge, after a short illness. Mrs. Stevens was born in Stephentown, May 30, 1918, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Schnier) Hofman. She was educated in Stephentown schools and had resided in White Creek for the past five years. survivors besides her husband include one son, Bruce of Syracuse; one daughter, Mrs. Darlene Brown of Graton, Vt., ; two brothers, Walter Hofman of Berlin, NY and Louis Hofman of Averill Park; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Jones of Florida, Mrs. Doris Hodges of Berlin and Mrs. Viola Libeneau of Stephentown, and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10am at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., Hoosick Falls. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm.
BENNINGTON BANNER, TUESDAY, AUG 30, 1955
Frank J. Thomas of Stephentown, NY, 61, died at his home Monday after a short illness. Born in Hoosick, he operated a farm at Stephentown for the last 29 years. Mr. Thomas was a member of Taconic Valley Grange and Rensselaer County Farm Bureau. Surviving are his widow, the former Rose Merritt; two sons, Ralph, of Stephentown, and Robert, of Yuma, Ariz., three daughters, Miss Jeanette Thomas of Stephentown, Mrs. Harry Willbrant of North Petersburg, and Mrs. Wesley Adams of Cherry Plain; a brother, Raymond Thomas of Stephentown; a sister, Mrs. Irving Carpenter of Pownal, and nine grandchildren.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 1962
CHERRY PLAIN, NY- Mrs. Lewis H. Goodermote, 55, died at her home Tuesday after a long illness, believed to have been aggrevated by the death of her 18 year old daughter, Mrs. John Brazie, who was one of the Berlin disaster victims. The former Addie M. Carr was born in Stephentown, the daughter of Byron Carr of Berlin and the late Hattie Bailey Carr. She had attended schools in the Berlin-Stephentown area and had resided in Cherry Plain since her marriage 36 years ago. Surviving besides her husband are four sons, Leo, Elmer, lloyd and Lewis Goodermote Jr. of Cherry Plain; five daughters, Mrs. Ouella Hoffman, the Misses Shirley and Joyce Goodermote, both of Cherry Plain; Mrs. Loretta Taylor of Bennington, Vt. and Mrs. Margaret Tanner of Center Berlin; a sister and three brothers. Funeral services were held on Thursday at Hall and Higgins Funeral Home in Stephentown, with the Rev. Frank Sparks, pastor of the Berlin Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Center Berlin cemetery.
Bennington Banner, Bennington, Vermont
August 3, 1962
Mrs. John Brazie, 18, the former Mary Jean Goodermote, who died at 8:20 am Thursday at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY from 3rd degree burns received in the explosion and fire at Berlin, July 25, was a lifelong resident of Berlin.
She was born May 29, 1944, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis (Addie) Goodermote. She attended Berlin Central High School and was a communicant of the Berlin Baptist Church.
Besides her parents and her husband, who is in serious condition at Samaritan Hospital, she leaves a child, John Brazie, Jr., aged 18 months, who remains in serious condition at the same hospital.
Other survivors include brothers Leo, Elmer, Lloyd and Lewis, Jr., all of Cherry Plain; 5 sisters, Mrs. Loretta Taylor of Bennington, Mrs. Luella Hoffman, Shirley & Joyce Goodermote of Cherry Plain and Mrs. Margaret Tanner of Center Berlin.
The funeral will be held at Hall & Higgins Funeral Home in Stephentown on Sunday at 2pm with the Rev. Frank S. Sparks, pastor of the Berlin Memorial Church officiating. Interment will be in Berlin Center Cemetery.