Obituaries

Ruth Hansen

Ruth C. Hansen, 78, of Margaretville, passed away unexpectedly in her home.

Ruth was born July 18, 1932, and spent most of her childhood in Hoboken, NJ. She was the daughter of Joseph and Katie (Wagner) Novak. Ruth was married to John P. Hansen, who predeceased her in 1994. An active member of the Delaware County Republican Club for many years, Ruth was a registered nurse employed by various hospitals in the New Jersey area, including Revlon in Edison, NJ.


Christine Schultheis

Christine Kay Knapp Schultheis, 38, of Schenevus passed away peacefully with her loved ones at her side on Thursday, June 23, 2011 an Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown after a long battle with cancer.
Christine was born on August 6, 1972.

She was a very happy outgoing person. She would lend a helping hand at all times. She enjoyed writing poetry and listening to music. She is now a beautiful angel shinning in the sky.


Robert MacKay

Robert A. MacKay, 70, a resident of Margaretville, died Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Margaretville Hospital.
He was born June 24, 1941 in Pennsylvania, the son of Alan and Margaret (Walton) MacKay.
He married Louise Martire on October 25, 1975 in Lynbrook, Long Island.

Bob was a self-employed building contractor and in prior years had worked at Malone Construction Company in Merrick. After moving to Margaretville, he also worked for Al Mathis contractor.
Bob and Louise moved to Margaretville June 24, 1979 from Long Island.


Matthew Warner

Matthew Warner, 26, of Nesconset died suddenly on Sunday June 26, 2011 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Matt was born on September 8, 1984 the son of Jeffery and Marilyn (Cicalese) Warner. He was a graduate of Sachem High School and Farmingdale Community College.
Matthew was an avid soccer player and had been named a Suffolk County All-County goalie. He played on the All Long Island Team. He received a soccer scholarship to SUNY Brockport. Matt was scheduled to enter the New York City Police Academy in July.


Michael Giannelli

Michael A. Giannelli, 88, of Margaretville, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Margaretville Hospital.
Michael was born on October 10, 1922, in Brooklyn, the son of Ralph and Rosemarie (Cutrone) Giannelli.
He married Muriel Tietze in January 1954, at St. Thomas Apostle Church in Woodhaven, Queens. Mike and Muriel moved to Margaretville from Brooklyn and lived there for the past 28 years.
He served in the U.S. Army from December 4, 1942 to January 30, 1946. Michael was employed by the Long Island Railroad where he worked in the Research and Development Department.


Joette Evans

Joette Lynn Evans, 56, of the Oliverea Road, Big Indian, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Albany Medical Center.
She was born November 11, 1954 in Kingston, daughter of the late Harold and Alice Lewis Simms.
An area resident for over 36 years, she had been a life member of the Big Indian-Oliverea Fire Department where she had held various offices.


Nelson Gray

Nelson G. Gray, 87, a resident of New Kingston, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at Mountainside Residential Care Center, Margaretville.
He was born May 5, 1924, in Grand Gorge, the son of Leonard and Ruth (Edwards) Gray.
Nelson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eugenia C. (Soderlind) Gray.
He served his country in the U.S. Army from January 29, 1943 until January 15, 1946, some of that time being spent in the South Pacific.
He operated his dairy farm in New Kingston for 63 years and enjoyed working with his Holstein dairy.


Elwin Shultis

Elwin M. Shultis, 88, the son of Charles and Lula Shultis, was born July 22, 1922 in Lexington. He passed into eternity on Sunday, June 12, 2011, in St. George, UT.
He married Marguerite Clancy on December 18, 1943.
A renowned automobile historian and mechanic, Al was a source of endless technical information, specifications, fun stories and little facts on practically all American-made cars and some foreign cars as well as many early aircraft.


John Frasier

A memorial service for John R. “Jack” Frasier, formerly of Route 42 in Shandaken, who died at home on April 29, 2011, will be held at the Shandaken Methodist Church in Shandaken on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m.
All friends and family are invited to attend.


Benjamin Short

Benjamin Byron Short St., 71, of Highmount, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2011 at Kingston Hospital with complications from a long illness.

He was born July 14, 1939 in Highmount, the son of the late William and Evelyn Barley Short.
Ben was a lifelong resident.

He attended Fleischmanns High School and earned his GED in the United States Army. He was a lifelong resident of Ulster and Delaware counties. He served in the U.S. Army four years, stationed in the European Theatre. Ben married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Todd, on October 21, 1960.


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