Obituaries

Donald Broekema

Donald Broekema, 52, of Roxbury passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Albany Medical Center following a brief illness.
Don was the son of John and Barbara Broekema, born on October 19, 1961 just a few minutes after his twin brother John (Jay). They were later joined by his little sister Deborah. He grew up in Mt. Tremper, and graduated from Onteora Central School.


Hazel Crosby

Hazel T. Crosby, 96, of West Settlement Road, Halcott Center died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 Margaretville Hospital. 
A native and lifelong resident of the Catskill Mountains, Hazel was the daughter of Andrew and Virginia (Bryant) Thompson. She was born November 1, 1917 in a home her father built next to the Big Indian Firehouse.  She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Big Indian, and graduated from Fleischmanns High School in the Class of 1937. 


Elizabeth Van Buren

Elizabeth R. Van Buren, 88, of Canajoharie, and formerly of St. Johnsville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at her home.
She was born March 15, 1925 in Roxbury, the daughter of the late Henry and Beulah (Roberts) Morse and was a graduate of Roxbury Central School.
Her marriage to Stewart B. Van Buren took place on March 15, 1946 in Denver. The couple shared a blessed union of 67 years until the passing of Stewart on July 19, 2013.
Mrs. Van Buren was last employed at Margaretville Hospital as a food service supervisor.


Helen Aulino

Helen Marie Aulino, a resident of Cobleskill, and formerly of Roxbury, died Sunday, Dec.  22, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.
Helen was born on April 18, 1935 at Paterson, NJ, the daughter of Cornelius and Helen (Garry) Tanis. She married Joseph T. Aulino Sr. on September 20, 1959 at Paterson, NJ. Joe died on October 31, 2010.
Helen was employed as an office assistant for Bright Star Battery in New Jersey and after moving to Roxbury she assisted her husband in operating Bates Real Estate. Helen lived in New Jersey before moving to Roxbury and had also lived in Florida and Cobleskill.


Lawrence O’Brien

Lawrence O’Brien, 82, a resident of Mountainside Residential Care Center since November 28, 2005, died at Margaretville on December 20, 2013.
Lawrence was born February 12, 1931, the son of James and Mildred (Ives) O’Brien at Bainbridge.
He never married and was employed as a farm laborer around the Walton area.
A brother Otis predeceased him.
Graveside services will be held in the spring of 2014.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.


Larry Baker Jr.

Larry “Butch” Baker Jr., 56, of Kearneysville, WV passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.
Born June 9, 1957, he was the son of Elizabeth (Garrison) Baker of Dry Brook and the late Larry Baker Sr.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Air National Guard.
Larry was employed at the Firestone Store in Martinsburg, WV for 20-plus years and was currently working for the Loudon County Public School in Virginia as a mechanic in the bus garage. He was an avid outdoorsman, excellent mechanic, and all around “Jack-of-all-Trades.”


Ronald Archibald

Ronald J. Archibald, 75, died peacefully on December 20, 2013 at his home in Margaretville surrounded by his family.
He was born in Margaretville on February 4, 1938 to Ralph and Mildred (Ackerley) Archibald. He married Carol Fredenburgh in 1961 in Margaretville.
Ron was a lifelong area resident working for the Delaware County Highway Department, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as a watershed inspector and electrician’s assistant.


Bob Ackershoek

By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury is never going to sound the same again. The big booming voice of Bob Ackershoek has fallen silent.
Ackershoek died Friday, several days after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 62.
Ackershoek was vacationing in South Carolina when he was stricken. He had brought with him the things he loved most, Cassie Grabowski, his companion of more than 30 years, his golf clubs, and plenty of rock and roll music, undoubtedly some of it by “The Beach Boys.”

In his radio element


Martha Bushnell

Martha Bushnell, 98, of Kirkside Adult Home, Roxbury died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at the Margaretville Hospital where she was a patient for two days. 


Bessie Jensen

Bessie V.  Jensen, 92, a resident of Margaretville, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at
Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville where she had lived since March 23, 2011.
She was born in the  Town of Roxbury on December 10, 1920, the daughter of Harris and Ruia (Avery) Ballard.
She married Cecil Woolheater on March 2, 1943. He died on July 26, 1964. Her second marriage was to George Jensen whom she wed on October 9, 1976. He died on May 22, 1980.
Bessie was a rural mailer carrier at the Kelly Corners Post Office for 25 years.


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