Obituaries

Virginia Lavender

Virginia Joy Lavender, 86, of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Andes, died Friday, March 22, 2012. 
Virginia was born April 16, 1925 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Jacob and Gertrude (Sparkes) Davis and raised in Newfoundland, Canada.  She returned to Brooklyn in 1946.

Virginia worked as a telephone operator in the ’40s with the “girls.” She got married in 1948 and raised three boys, Robert, Gary, and Brian.


Audrey Tompkins

Audrey (McNair) Gould Tompkins, 74, of Schoharie Hill Road, Schoharie died Saturday March 17, 2012 at her daughter’s home after a long illness.  She had lived in Schoharie since 1998, having previously resided in Windham/Ashland and Garden City, Long Island.


Bruce Voorhees

Bruce Charles Voorhees, 90, of Roxbury died Saturday March 17, 2012 at Albany Medical Center.
Bruce was born on February 17, 1920 at Ashland, the son of Maurice and Inez (Roe) Voorhees.
He married Velma Irene Lane on May 17, 1942.

He worked for the Town of Roxbury Highway Department for 39 years, retiring at the age of 80. Bruce also had been a substitute bus driver for Roxbury Central School and for many years had driven a bread truck for United Bakery. He also had been a farmer. He enjoyed and was an avid


Joseph Fonte

Joseph D. Fonte, 83, of Fleischmanns passed away March 16, 2012, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Joseph was the son of Jose and Dolores (Diaz) Fonte, and was born in Galicia, Spain, on March 28, 1928.

Joseph was a farmer when he was in Halcott Center, and he was in the importing and exporting business in New York City.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Lucivania Fonte; stepson, Lucio Maciel; stepdaughters, Rita Gorman and Patricia Dowers; stepgrandchildren, Sarah Gorman, Ethan Valente, Christopher Valente, and Madison Dowers.


Arthur Beyers Jr.

Arthur L. Beyers Jr., 64, of Stamford died March 17, 2012 at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. 

Arthur was born April 11, 1947 in Nyack, the son of Arthur L. and Mary L. (Post) Beyers.
He was married to Katherine Maggio on November 13, 1966 at Haverstraw.

He had been resident of Stamford since 2000. He served in the U.S. Army
during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968.  Arthur was employed at Orange-
Rockland Utility Company in Haverstraw as a welder. He retired in 1991 after working there for 20 years.


Adrian and Ali Watters

Infant twin girls Adrian Marie and Ali Lyn Watters died at birth on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

The twins are the daughters of Jeffrey and Marlena (Whitbeck) Watters of New Kingston.


Richard Elliot

Richard Draffen Elliott, 74, of Vero Beach, FL died in Vero Beach on February 25, 2012.

He was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York and moved to Vero Beach in the late 1970s to form a company to provide city management-like services to newly-forming homeowner and condominium associations in Florida. Previously, he was a faculty member at Sturt College of Advanced Education, a teacher training college in Adelaide, South Australia.

He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Oneonta and a doctor of education degree from University of Massachusetts.


Audrey Dipadova

Audrey H. Dipadova, 87, of Margaretville died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Margaretville  Hospital. 
She was born on February 20, 1925 in Crosby, England, the daughter of Ivor and Elise  (Naylor) Ellis.
Audrey was married on September 9, 1973 to Anthony Dipadova at Stamford, Conn.


John Finch

John Owen Finch, 73, of Sherburne, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. After a five-week stay in the hospital with double pneumonia, he is now safe in the arms of Jesus.

He was born in Margaretville Hospital December 27, 1938, the son of George Owen Jr. and Gladys Roberts Owen. His mother died from childbirth complications. John remained in the hospital for six weeks when he was adopted by Leo and Carrie Finch of Denver.

Another brother, Robert Owen, at one-and-a-half years of age was also adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Bursie Knapp of Walton.


Mary Hummell

Mary Alice Hummell, 65, of Tremper Avenue, Phoenicia, died suddenly Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at the Kingston Hospital.

She was born June 10, 1946 in Margaretville, the daughter of Beatrice Brezee Moore and the late Warren Moore. She was a native and lifelong resident of the Catskills.

Mary Alice had been in retail management and had worked for London’s for many, many years.


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