Obituaries

Diana Halpern

Diana Collins Halpern, 71, longtime resident of Roxbury and Margaretville, died Monday, Feb. 16, at her home in Anthony, New Mexico.


Gary Wickham

Gary Albert Wickham, 68, a native of Halcottsville, slipped away quietly from us on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. He leaves behind a loving wife, Gwendolyn and an ever growing and emerging family.


John Haney

John E. Haney, 78, of Grand Gorge died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.
He was born in Yuma, Az., and lived a life of travel, adventure and romance.
John first traveled, thanks to the Marine Corps, to Korea and Japan living two years in Hong Kong. John was a decorated Korean War Veteran having earned a purple heart.


Margaret Pickhardt

Margaret “Peggy” Nydia Yost Pickhardt, 89, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at Mountainside Residential Care Center, Margaretville. She was born in Kensington, Philadelphia September 1, 1919, the only child of Sheridan W. and Catherine Coffee Yost.


Leah Kirstein

Leah Kirstein, 87, passed away at Mountainside on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.
She was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of a tailor. Leah pursued fashion design as a young woman and worked in New York’s garment district.


Ellen Scheer

Ellen Ash Scheer, 90, of Roxbury, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, just two days before her 91st birthday. She was born in Cordell, Okla., the daughter of A.R. Ash, a lawyer and Gertrude Harlow Ash, a teacher of piano.


Anne McGrath

Anne P. McGrath, of Old Bridge, N.J., formerly of Esopus Road, Phoenicia, died on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. Surviving are her sons, Brian, and his wife, Georgie, of Spring Lake, NJ and Daniel McGrath, a brother Frank McLean and a sister Patricia O’Connor. Six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive.


Hazel Acampa

Hazel Acampa, 86, of Woodlands, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at her son’s home in Texas where she had made her home.
She was born Oct. 15, 1922 in Montreal, the daughter of the late Stephen and Louise Canadian Delisle.
She and her late husband Frank owned and operated a milk-fed veal farm in Bovina Center from 1978 through 1987.


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.


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