Obituaries

Betty Chapman

Betty Bonnie (Bool) Chapman, 90, a long-time resident of Coon Rapids, MN, died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville where she had gone to live after four years with her daughter in Brooklyn.
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Joan Brower

Joan A. Brower, 79, a longtime resident of Albany, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
Joan was born in Roxbury on July 10, 1935, the daughter of David and Helen Elma (Moore) Brower. She graduated from Roxbury Central School. In Albany she worked many years for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance Company.
Joan enjoyed photography, doing crafts, and was a talented artist.
She is survived by a sister, Nancy Brower; a brother and sister-in-law, George and  Julia Brower; three nephews, and four nieces.
Joan was predeceased by a brother, Philip M. Brower in 1990.


Robert Socci

Robert P. Socci, 60, a resident of Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville for the past two years died at Mountainside on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.
He formerly lived in Jefferson.
Robert was born August 31, 1954 at Cooperstown, the son of Michael T. and Lillian M. (Jacobs) Socci. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Robert is survived by a daugh­ter, Mary Jane Manns of Frankfort, KY.
Services for Robert will take place in Frankfort, KY.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.


Naomi J. Weiss

Naomi J. Weiss of Margaretville died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at Mountainside Residential Care Center where she had resided for the past year and a half.
Born January 11, 1929 in Plainfield, NJ, she was the daughter of Dr. Edward A. and Naomi Wish Kircher. She was a 1946 graduate of Plainfield High School.


James Johnson, Jr.

James H. Johnson Jr., 54, a resident of Andes, died at his home on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.
Jim was born January 19, 1960 at Huntington, the son of James H. and Joyce P. (Peters) Johnson.
For the past several years, Jim enjoyed living on the family homestead in the Town of Andes.
He was employed as a sheet metal worker in Florida and was a member of the Sheet Metal Union. In Margaretville Jim worked at the Catskill Watershed Corporation.


Robert Brinley

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Robert M. Brinley, 87, of Andes died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.
He was born in New Jersey on November 11, 1927, the son of John and Helen Brinley.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Burge, six sons (one predeceased), one daughter, 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a sister.


Noah Olenych

Noah Richard Olenych of Arcadia, FL died unexpectedly on December 1, 2014. He was born in Buffalo on November 17, 1974.
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He is survived by his two sons, Owen and Neil Olenych of Arcadia, FL; his parents, Marcia and Brian Olenych of Bovina Center and a brother, Jake (Jess) Olenych of Arkville. Many loving relatives and dear friends also survive.


Sylvia O'Brien

Sylvia M. O’Brien, 72, of Coeymans Hollow, went home to the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. 
She was an avid sewer, quilter, and scrap booker who also enjoyed completing puzzles.  She retired as the supervisory bookkeeper at the Visiting Nurses Association of Albany after 33 years. More importantly was the unconditional love she taught and shared with her family. This was most evident during the holidays when she hosted large festive gatherings characterized by amazing food, games, camaraderie, and lots of laughter. 


Richard Purchell

Richard (Dick) Purchell, 91, of Roxbury passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
Richard was the son of G. Henry and Madeline Purchell, also of Roxbury, where he was born on March 10, 1923. He graduated from Roxbury High School and received his Associate’s Degree with honors in agriculture from Delhi College in 1941. Dick was a lifelong dairy farmer.


Jean MacConnell

Jean MacConnell

Jean C. MacConnell passed away on November 28, 2014 at her home in Roxbury, NY with her family by her side.

She was born October 17, 1939 in Biddeford, ME, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Kendall) Chadbourne. She was raised in Saco and South Portland, ME and graduated from South Portland High School in 1957. She was married to Robert H. Grant. In 1978, she married Robert S. MacConnell.


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