Obituaries

Berna Van Benschoten

Berna F. Van Benschoten passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.
Berna was born December 22, 1923 on a farm two miles from the former Village of Arena. Her parents were William A. Close and Emma G. Smith.

Berna lived all her life in the Margaretville area. In 1940 she married Robert A. Van Benschoten. She worked for 28 years at the Margaretville Post Office, retiring in December 1983.


Nancy Coscia

Nancy Coscia, 63, of Andes, formerly of Margaretville, passed away suddenly of heart failure on October 13, 2014 at her home.
A celebration of her life will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Andes Presbyterian Church, followed by a light luncheon from noon until 2 p.m. All are welcome, especially those who shared her friendship with Bill W.
Friends and relatives are invited to bring memories and photos to share.


Jo Aganos

Jo (Gabriel) Anagnos of Fort Lee, NJ and Halcott Center died peacefully in her sleep at her home in New Jersey on September 30, 2014.
Jo was born March 26, 1930 in Scranton, PA and was raised in New York City. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
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Ryder Spaulding

Ryder Chapman Spaulding, 71, of Margaretville passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 after battling a long illness.
Born in Manhattan on September 21, 1943 to Donald Spaulding and Antoinette Larabee, Ryder grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and Dobbs Ferry, New York before graduating from Dobbs Ferry High School in 1962.


Charles Vossler

Charles William Vossler died on October 18, 2014 from complications related to Alzheimer's at Riverwalk Village Nursing home in Noblesville IN.


Winifred Novak

Winifred (Nancy) Novak, resident of Andes for the past seven years, died at her residence on Monday October 13, 2014.
She was born on November 19, 1951 at Staten  Island, New York.
She is survived by two sons, Keith Zirpoli and Robert Smerina, and a daughter Michelle D’Antuono, five grandchildren and her former husband Ernest Coscia.
Funeral services will be held at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville on Friday, Oct.  17. Pastor Hiram Davis, officiating.


June Ford

June H. Smith Ford, 80, formerly of Roxbury, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at Robinson Terrace Living Center in Stamford where she had been a resident since 2011.
June was born July 6,1934 in Plattsburg to Ivan Herbert Smith and Doris (Disco) Smith. She moved with her family to Roxbury from Albany in 1945.
June graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1953. She enjoyed singing in the chorus. June loved animals, children, church, and most of all, her family.
She married John M. Ford of Shandaken in 1955 in the Roxbury Methodist Church.


Henry Miller

Henry G. Miller, 77, a resident of Fleischmanns since 1992, died at Margaretville Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
Henry was born June 10, 1937 in the Bronx, the son of Henry F. and Lillian (Bauer) Miller. He married Bernadine M. John on September 2, 1961 in New York City.
Henry served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959. He was then employed by the
U.S. Postal Service in New York City. After retiring, he moved to Fleischmanns. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, gardening, and riding his bike.


Donald Kellerhouse, Jr.

Donald E. Kellerhouse Jr., 58, a resident of North Blenheim, and formerly of Grand Gorge, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at Stamford.
He was born January 21, 1956 at Margaretville, the son of Don­ald E. and Shirley (Hinkley) Kellerhouse.
He was a food service manager in several institutions in the area, the last being St. Claire’s
Hospital in Schenectady.  He then changed employment to do trucking. Don enjoyed camping, traveling, doing home repairs, and most of all, he loved his family, especially his grandchildren.


Nellie Thorington

Nellie E. Thorington, a long-time resident of Grand Gorge, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.
Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at the Grand Gorge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dottie Morris, officiating.
Calling hours will be held at the church prior to the service. Committal will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Grand Gorge.
A complete obituary will be published later here and in the October 8 print edition.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.


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