Obituaries

Arthur Erickson

“My name is Arthur W. Erickson. I was born in Hoboken, N.J. on March 24, 1917.”


William Buckalew

William Buckalew, 87, of Margaretville, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at his granddaughter’s home.

He was born January 29, 1924, in Oneonta, the son of Thomas and Susie (Van Bramer) Buckalew.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. William worked on road construction for Local Union No. 17 out of Newburgh.


Mary Dobsa

Mary Dobsa, 89, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at the home of her son, John and Patty George in Halcott Center. She was a resident of Margaretville.

She was born August 30, 1922 in Brooklyn, the daughter of William and Tessie (Smorgovich) Kapitko.
She was married to Albert Dobsa on November 11, 1945 at the St. James Episcopal Church at Lake Delaware, Delhi. He died October 7, 1990.

Mary was employed at the Margaretville Central School from 1966 until retiring in November 1986. When she retired she was the secretary in the guidance office.


Thelma Osterhoudt

Thelma Osterhoudt, 91, formerly of Big Indian, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville. 

She was born April 19, 1920 in Arena, daughter of the late Stanley and Lillian (Jones) Osterhoudt.  A native and lifelong area resident, Thelma was involved in community activities for the good of all.  She was a member of the Big Indian-Oliverea Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and held several offices over the years.  She was formerly active in the Fleischmanns United Methodist Church and in many of the church’s activities. 


Karen Northrup

Karen Marie Northrup, 46, of Smith Dairy Rd., Columbus, NC passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC.

She was born in Margaretville, the daughter of Doris Mattice Hosier of New Kingston and the late Cornelius Hosier.

Mrs. Northrup moved to Polk County, NC in 1999 having come from upstate New York.


Glenn Miller

Glenn E. Miller, 68, of Rt. 28, Shandaken, died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at Kingston Hospital.
He was born January 19, 1943 in Kingston, the son of the late Harry and Ruth Kellerman Miller.
A lifelong resident, Glenn was a 1961 graduate of Onteora Central School.

Glenn owned and operated the Glenn E. Miller Insurance Agency for 35 years.


Bruce Schratwieser

Bruce Paul Schratwieser, 63, of Ronkonkoma, formerly of Arkville, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at the home of his mother from a short battle with cancer.

He was born in Nassau November 24, 1947, the son of Samuel and Delores (Demure) Schratwieser.
Bruce attended school in Central Islip where his love for fast cars started. He was later employed for many years by Corvettes Unlimited on Route 112 in Medford as the head mechanic.

Bruce was also known for his carpentry work after moving to the Arkville area in 1983. His other loves were an ice cold Bud and fishing.


Claire Rubin

Claire Rubin, 94, of Bonnie View Avenue in Pine Hill and Brooklyn, died on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.
She was born August 9, 1917 in Budapest, Hungary. She immigrated to New York City in 1921 at the age of four with her parents, Julius and Rose Fleishmann, and her brother, Robert. She married Leon Rubin on January 6, 1949. They shared a very happy life together until his passing on February 12, 1982.

She was trained as a pianist, and led an all-girls band during the late 1930s and early 1940s. She had been a part-time resident of Pine Hill since 1946.


Mary Woolheater

Mary Woolheater, 87, passed away at Mountainside Residential Care Center, Margaretville on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.

She was born October 29, 1923 in Margaretville, the daughter of Alfonso and Sarah Alice (Brizee) Mattino.

Mary was a woman of strong mind and determination, but was always ready for a story to make someone laugh.

She was a lifelong resident of Margaretville. Some of her interests were bird watching, crocheting and cooking.


Betty Kelly

Betty E. Todd Kelly, 77, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.

She was born November 28, 1933 in Hardenburgh, the daughter of the late Marshall Ney and Nellie Vredenburgh Todd.

Betty loved many things such as hunting, fishing and gardening but most of all spending time with her family. She was referred to by her grandchildren as the “Epic Grammy.”


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