Obituaries

Mabelle Russell

Mabelle P. Russell, nee Frances M. Taber, 88, of New Kingston, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.
She was born in Fulton on May 3, 1920, the daughter of W. Burton and Isabel Warren Taber.
Mabelle had worked in several secretarial and accountant positions over her lifetime, retiring from SUNY Delhi.


Donald Ballard

Donald G. Ballard, 78, of Margaretville and recently Robinson Terrace in Stamford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 31. 2009 at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born April 2, 1930 in Denver, NY, the son of Harris and Ruia (Avery) Ballard.


William Brew

William M. Brew, 41, of Roxbury, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2009 at Fox Hospital, Oneonta.
He was born Dec. 16, 1967 in Yonkers, the son of William Michael and Miriam (Sadak) Brew.
Bill had lived in Roxbury for the past eight years.


Bertha Engel

Bertha “Birdie” Engel, 78, of Arkville, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.
She was born July 3, 1930, in Manhattan, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Jiracek) Veselsky.
She married Frank Engel in Queens and celebrated 30 years of marriage.
Bertha was the owner-operator of a family operated candy store in Queens and moved to this area in March of 1996.


Clara Finch

Clara Maud Finch, 95, of Hog Mountain Road, Fleischmanns, died Wednesday, Jan. 28. 2009 at the A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.
She was born May 27, 1913 in Binghamton, the daughter of the late Herbert and Nancy St. John Schmidt.
Maud had been an area resident for over 65 years.


Dorothy Gasperini

Dorothy Gasperini, 87, of Herdman Road, Shandaken, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 with her family at her side.
She was born April 29, 1921 in Shandaken at the family homestead, the daughter of the late Amasa and Rose B. Hughes Herdman.


George Fusscas

George Fusscas, 95, of Andes, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 at Countryside Care Center, Delhi.
He was born October 14, 1913 in New York City the son of Peter and Angelica Fusscas.
George served in the U.S. Army in World War II.
He married Christina Vassileau July 14, 1951, in New York City.
He was the owner and operator of the Andel Inn, “The Greeks” of Andes from 1953-1986.


Gerald "Toadie" Wright

Gerald L. “Toadie” Wright, 67, of Roxbury, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at Margaretville Memorial Hospital in Margaretville.
Jerry was born June 9, 1941, in Morris, the son of Earl and Katherine Jacobi Wright.
He married Marlene Waterman on November 9, 1989, in Roxbury. They were married for 19 years.


Arthur Lee Jenkins

Arthur Lee Jenkins, 73, passed away peacefully at home in New Kingston Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on March 6, 1935 in Walton, the son of the late Carroll and Velma Finch Jenkins. Lee lived his entire life in the Catskill Mountains where he met and married his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Ann MacLean.


Matthew Beutel

Matthew Jacob Beutel, 10, of Margaretville, died at home Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
He was born in Walton March 10, 1998, the son of Kevin and Michelle Terwilliger Beutel.


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