Obituaries

Phillip Finch

Phillip R. (Flipper) Finch, 81, of Roxbury, died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at his residence with his family by his side.

Phil was born January 6, 1931, at Oneonta, the son of LeRoy and Beatrice (Hamm) Finch. He married Barbara Krieger on November 11, 1949, in Roxbury.

Graduating from Roxbury Central School in 1948, Phil served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Ralph S. Ives Jr. American Legion Post 1785 and an honorary member of the Roxbury Fire Department.


Claude Neilson

Claude Neilson, 84, died at his home in Margaretville on June 8, 2012.

Claude was born in Crawhills, Scotland on October 17, 1927. He and his bride Agnes, who he married on March 26, 1948, immigrated to the United States on the Queen Mary in 1950. Before moving to Margaretville, which he called God’s country, he lived for many years in Kearney, NJ.
Claude was a self-employed butcher for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes (Hamilton) Neilson; his children, Robert Neilson, Elizabeth and Arlindo Texiera and Andrew Neilson; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


Emily Babcock

Emily V. Babcock, 66, of Granby died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.
Born in Margaretville, she was a 31-year resident of Granby. She retired from Granby Town Court in 2007 after 15 years as the court clerk. Emily previously had a ceramics business in Long Island for many years.

She was a member of the Granby Center Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed camping, arts, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Edna Squires

Edna Mary Squires, 68, of Sun City Center, FL passed away at 8 p.m. on May 27, 2012 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born on April 13, 1944 to Edward and Edna Zebrowski on Staten Island. Following her parents up to the Catskills in 1979, Edna met the love of her life and husband of 32 years, Stanley L Squires. They lived in Margaretville where Edna worked as a legal secretary. In July of 2000 Stan and Edna moved to Sun City Center, FL, fulfilling her dream of living under palm trees and dancing on white sand beaches.


Betty Lou tobin

Betty Lou Tobin, 82, a life-long resident of Roxbury, died Saturday June 9, 2012 at the Albany Medical Center.

Betty Lou was born  March 9, 1930 at Roxbury, the daughter of William and Rita (Ploutz) Mattice.  She married James Tobin on October 13, 1946 in Roxbury. She graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1948. She was well known for her singing and for playing the piano and the organ.


Elizabeth Nichols

Elizabeth M. Nichols, 88, of Fleischmanns passed away June 9, 2012 at Margaretville Hospital.
Elizabeth was born in Freeport on April 15, 1924 to Florence Knapp and Harry Thompson (both deceased) from New Kingston. Elizabeth married John G. Hoffman Jr. during WW II.  They raised six children in Bolton Landing,


Joseph Doroski

Joseph P. Doroski, 84, a resident of Grand Gorge, died Friday May 25, 2012 at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

Joe was born on September 29, 1927 in Stamford. He was the son of Joseph and Blanche (Swantak) Doroski. He married Shirley A. Dunham on November 8, 1953 in Prattsville.

He attended Stamford Central School. He joined the U.S. Army on June 27, 1946. Joe retired from the Department of Water Resources for New York City, now known as the Department of Environmental Protection, in 1990. He also had worked for Catskill Craftsman of Stamford and McBride Trucking.


Marie Mead

Marie Cammer Mead of Clarkesville, Georgia passed away on Thursday May 31, 2012 at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, GA from a sudden illness.

Marie was born in Roxbury on May 25, 1935 to the late Lynn and Bertha Cammer.


Joyce Purchell

Joyce Elizabeth (Newman) Purchell, 88, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012 (Memorial Day) at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville where she resided for the past three years.


John Orban Jr.

John Orban Jr., 100, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of Garden City and Roxbury, passed away on March 7, 2012. John was born in 1912 in Jersey City, NJ.

John was the son of Elizabeth Safner Orban and John Orban, both immigrants from Hungary in the early 1900s.  While he was young, his family moved to the Bronx. 
John was one of four children.  His sister Mary and his sister Helen predeceased him. 
He is survived by his sister Rose Orban Schneck of Paramus, NJ.


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