Obituaries

Hazel Rossman

Hazel Rossman, 85, of Margaretville, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at Mountainside Residential Care Center, Margaretville, where she was a resident since Jan. 8, 2003.
She was born in Grand Gorge, July 25, 1923, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary Rousch Mitchell.
She married Kenneth Rossman Nov. 27, 1941 in Allaben.


Harold E. Blake Jr.

Harold E. Blake Jr. of West Hempstead and Todd Mountain Road, Arkville, died on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.
He was a longtime member and Commissioner of West Hempstead Fire Department and a sheet metal worker for Local 28.
Harold was a devoted father of Julie, Christine, Nancy and Katy. He is also survived by six grandchildren.


Marcia Spencer

Marcia Spencer, 63, of Andes passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, with her beloved family by her side. She was born in Andes on December 26, 1944, the daughter of Robert and Mary (Bush) Brisbane.
She graduated in 1963 from Andes Central School.


Wasily Sawchenko

Wasily Sawchenko, 84, of Depot Street, Fleischmanns died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, Long Island. Wasily was born on Oct. 15, 1924 in Russia, son of the late Elia and Domna Krasnolocowa Sawchenko.
He immigrated to the New York City metropolitan area in 1954. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and was a machinist for GAL, a company that serviced elevators.


Elaine Williams

Elaine Cook Williams, 64, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, surrounded by her husband, Charlie Williams and her son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Leslie Harris. She was born in Greenville, S.C., on August 9, 1944, the daughter of Roy and Ruth Anne Glascoe.
Elaine graduated from the University of Georgia with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree and worked as a speech pathologist in Atlanta. In her spare time she was part of a theatre group that took the show “Red, White and Maddox” to Broadway. When the show closed, she chose to stay in New York and continue her career as speech pathologist.


Jane Bouton

Jane Bouton, 69, of Old Rte. 28, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at the Kingston Hospital. She was born on the farm in Halcott on December 12, 1938, the daughter of the late Alonzo and Margaret Cleveland Ballard. She was a native and lifelong area resident. She had many jobs locally and loved to help people. Most recently she had been the manager of a Fleischmanns motel.


Aasta Liddle

Aasta B. Liddle, 87, a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at Countryside Care Center, Delhi, where she had resided since April 7, 2004. She was born in Norway on September 9, 1921 the daughter of Edward and Anna (Pedersen) Berg. Aasta was a graduate of Andes School.


Elaine Margolies

Elaine Margolies, 76, of Saddle Brook, N.J. and Fleischmanns, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.
Surviving are a son, Mitchell, (Beverly); daughters, Bonnie (Victor) Constantine and Nina (Michael) Rosenbaum-Senak; brothers, Leonard and Morton (Florence) Kaplan; sister-in-law, Rickey Drobenare and grandchildren, Jillian, Amy, Devin, Robert, Margo, Tracey and Brenda.


Barbara Johnson

Barbara Converse Johnson, 53, of Halcottsville died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at her family’s home in Roxbury, and with her passing goes a loving, vibrant spirit. Born July 6, 1955 in Bronxville, she grew up in Rye, a daughter of Stephen Hardy and Mary Booth Johnson. A member of a family of nautical adventurers, Barbara was naturally drawn to boats and the sea, but found love and purpose in the Catskills where she lived with her partner, Carl Pickhardt, for the past 18 years.
Barbara attended Rye High School, Smith College, Cornell University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, earning an MBA which she put to exceptional use in the financial industry in New York City.


Charles Schafer

Charles Van Kirk Schafer, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. He was cared for at home by his loving family and with the help of the Catskill Area Hospice.
He was born in Fairfield, N.J. on May 2, 1925. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry during WWII in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946. He was awarded the Bronze Star and was a member of the American Legion.


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