Obituaries

Cheryl Stetler

Cheryl R. Stelter of New Kingston passed away on April 30, 2013 after a lengthy illness and battle with cancer.

As Cheryl’s husband for 35 years, I struggled with how to summarize one’s life in a brief obituary and still do her justice.


Joan Naramore

Joan Naramore, veteran fashion industry sales professional, died in her apartment at 60 Riverside Drive in Manhattan on April 17, 2013.
She had enjoyed her home on Deer Run Road in Denver for nearly 33 years. 

She was born Joan Neuhaus in New York City on June 7, 1928.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Addy; her husband, Jim; her son, Michael Birmingham and his wife Katie; her grandchildren, Samantha Addy, Colin Addy, and Max Birmingham, and Roman Makarenko, her partner of almost 30 years. 


Sydney Smith Jr.

Sydney D. Smith Jr., 80, of Pine Hill, left this world behind on May 3, 2013 to join his beloved wife Alice in “Paradise.” Sydney was a deeply religious man who dedicated his life to God and church.
Sydney grew up in Ridgefield, NJ. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Sydney met and married Alice Heym, the love of his life, in 1954. They moved to Hillsdale, NJ where they raised their four children; Alyson Lundy, Susan Skowronski, Stacey Pender, and Mark Smith.


Richard VanValkenburgh

Richard E. VanValkenburgh, 67, of Halcott Center, and a longtime resident of Southington, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 after a brief illness at HCC at Bradley Memorial.

Dick was born on February 6, 1945 in a farmhouse in Halcott Center, the son of the late Franklin and Araminta VanValkenburgh. He served in the merchant marines for many years and traveled extensively throughout the east coast of the U.S.

Dick was a resident of Southington for over 40 years. He owned and operated All-Seasons Power Equipment in Milldale for 22 years until his retirement in 2003.


Clyde Kittle

Clyde E. “Denny” Kittle, 99, of Westfield, died Thursday morning, April 18, 2013, at Absolut Care in Westfield.

Clyde was born December 12, 1913, in Margaretville, the son of the late Edward J. and Lottie (Reside) Kittle.

Born and raised in Margaretville, Denny was a 1932 graduate of Margaretville High School.


Winston Bailey

Winston S. Bailey, 85, a resident of Fleischmanns, died Saturday April 13, 2013 at Rhinebeck.
He was born July 23, 1927 at Grenada, West Indies, the son of Joseph and Alice (Nash) Bailey.

In Grenada he was a accomplished cyclist and had learned the shoemaker trade from his father.


Donald Hadden Sr

Donald L. Hadden Sr., 91, a former resident of Roxbury, died Friday, April 12, 2013 in Stamford.
Don was born October 4, 1921, at Fishs Eddy, the son of Floyd T. and Sarah (Bevier) Hadden.
He married Pauline Vermilyea on June 23, 1944 at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury.

Don graduated from the Roxbury Central School in 1941. He worked on farms in New Berlin, West Exeter, Meridale, and on the family farm in Roxbury. Don was a well-known cattle dealer, working many years with Bill Baker. Don also sold cars and trucks for Hinkley Ford in Grand Gorge for several years.


Wanneta Finch

 Wanneta VanValkenburgh Finch, 84, of Elk Creek Road, Halcott Center died Wednesday April 10, 2013 after a very brief stay at the Victory Lake Nursing Home in Hyde Park. 

She was born at home in Halcott, a daughter of the late Franklin and Araminta (MacGreggor) VanValkenburgh.  Wanneta, and her late husband Paul, we very active in local politics, and her children figure that their parents had a combined political service to their community of approximately 40 years.  She had been on the Board of Elections for many years, and served Halcott as a town councilwoman.  


Anna Kelly

Anna Patricia (Mech) Kelly, 81, of Lishakill Road, Colonie passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.

Anna was born in New York City, the daughter of the late Karol and Antonina Figurski Mech. She resided in Colonie for the past 46 years, coming from Halcott Center, where she and her family ran a dairy farm. Prior to becoming a mother, Anna was a switchboard operator for New York Telephone. She was a member of St. Clare’s Church, Colonie.


Antointette Markulin

Toni was born Antoinette Marie Marengon on January 27, 1920 in Export, PA. She was the first of four daughters of Ippolito and Anna Pantalone Marengon. A lifelong resident of Delmont and Greensburg, PA, she died in Roxbury on Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Toni graduated from Franklin High School in 1938 and then went to work for the Department of the Navy during World War II. After the war she worked for the Pennsylvania Highway Department and subsequently for the Democratic Party of Westmoreland County.


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