Obituaries from the Windham Journal February 2011

Obituaries from the Windham Journal

February 2011

Transcribed by Mignon Matthews

February 3, 2011  


Marion Young Holcomb, age 88, of Robinson Terrace, Stamford, NY, and formerly of Oneonta and Prattsville, NY died on January 28, 2011. 

Mrs. Holcomb was born in the Town of Oneonta on Jan. 15, 1923, daughter of Albert and Martha Young.  She married James Holcomb on May 29, 1941. 

She was predeceased by her parents Albert and Martha Young of Oneonta, three sisters, Dorothy Hendrickson, Charlotte Hanvey, Bernice Kane and one brother Gerald Young.

She is survived by her husband, James; daughter Carol Constable and husband Alden of West Kill, NY; son Ronald Holcomb and wife Debbie of Slingerlands, NY; three grandsons, Michael Constable and wife Connie of Glenmont, NY, Brandon Holcomb of Albany, NY, Adam Holcomb of Charlotte, NC; granddaughter Brittney Holcomb of Albany, NY; two great-granddaughters Cassandra and MacKenzie Constable of Glenmont, NY and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements are by Decker Funeral Home, Windham, NY.  Burial will be in the spring in the West Kill Community Cemetery in West Kill, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Robinson Terrace Nursing Home, Stamford, NY. 

February 3, 2011   


Elizabeth Lee Jaeckel, 73, died Jan. 22, 2011, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY, following a long illness. 

Born on Aug. 8, 1937, in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of Frances Zeidler and Leo McGreevey. 

Mrs. Jaeckel was employed as Operations Manager at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, MD, before retiring in 1971.  She was a devoted parishioner of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Haines Falls, NY. 

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Christopher Jaeckel of Hunter, NY; her son Garrett O. Billmire of Cecil County, MD, and grandchildren Alliston and Garrett John. 

Calling hours were held Jan. 29, at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter, NY.  A Memorial Service will be held late in the spring at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Haines Falls, NY. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-State Scleroderma Foundation, 59 Front Street Binghamton, NY  13905.

February 10, 2011 


PRATTSVILLE – Linda L. Jaeger, 69, of Prattsville, NY, died on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Peters Hospital, Albany, NY.  She was born on Jan. 22, 1942, the daughter of Clifford and Agnes (nee Mead) Rappleyea.  She was predeceased by her husband, Herman, her son, Michael and her sister, Anita Maben.  She is survived by her children Herman (Charlotte) Jaeger, Tammy (Kevin) Jaeger, Julie Jaeger and Melinda (Donald) Andrews.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Kaitlin and Kimberly Jaeger, Cassie Curtis,
Alaina Poehmel, Zane Michael Cornell, Jacob Cornell and Taylor and Logan Andrews.  She is also survived by her three brothers, Robert, Carl and Richard Rappleyea.

Calling hours were held at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, NY, on Mon. Feb. 7, 2011, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  A funeral service was conducted at the funeral home on Tues., Feb. 8, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, NY. 

February 10, 2011 


Robert Elmer Pearsall, 84, of The Villages, FL, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011.  Mr. Pearsall was born in Jamaica, NY, and moved to The Villages in 1994 from Old Lyme, CT. 

He served in the US Navy during WWII, the Korean War and the Cold War.  He was an ordained United Methodist Minister, serving churches in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  He retired as a technical writer, producing material for early manned space flight programs, Trident nuclear Submarines and Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters.  Mr. Pearsall was a former member of The Village Voices, a volunteer fireman from the age of 17, EMT, and a volunteer for the Sumter County Sheriff’s office.  He also enjoyed reading. 

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Gwen; son, Robert of Folsom, CA; daughters, Gail Enslen of New Brighton, MN, Joan Pearsall of Milbury, MA; stepdaughters Kim Millspaugh of Houston, TX, Karen Morrison of Palatine Bridge, NY; brothers Jim of Centerville, GA, Clyde of East Hampton, LI, NY; sisters Virginia Sheehan of Northport, LI, NY, Marion Corcoran of Hartwick, NY; and 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. 

Memorial services for Mr. Pearsall were held Mnday, January 24, 2011, in the Banks/Page-Theus Chapel in Wildwood, FL.  Interment followed at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.  Memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL  32159 or the Volunteer Fire Department of your choice. 

Online condolences may be shared by visiting

Arrangements are entrusted to Bans/Page-Theus Funeral Home, Wildwood.

February 10, 2011  


Shirley C. Truesdell, 92, of Prattsville, NY, passed away at her home on Friday, February 4, 2011.  She was born in Lexington, NY, on March 26, 1918, to Elton B. and Blanche (Park) Cross. Shirley graduated from Gilboa-Conesville Central School in 1936.  After marriage and during the years of raising her family, she returned to Gilboa as a member of the custodial staff and for many years was the cafeteria manager.  This position delighted her grandchildren as Grandma was always there to supply extra helpings and an occasional “ice cream” dessert. 

Shirley was the leader of the Prattsville Wildcat’s 4-H Program for many years.  She shared her cooking and sewing skills with many local boys and girls.  She taught Sunday School at the United Methodist Church.  Shirley was Prattsville Town Clerk for over 20 years.  She was a charter member of the Prattville Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary and a life member of the same.  She was also a life member of the Greene County Ladies Auxiliary and served as President of that organization.  She retired in 1981 and soon after, Shirley and her husband David moved to Summerfield, FL.  They spent the next 23 years there returning to New York to be close to family in November 2004.


Shirley would be the first to tell you that those 23 years were some of the happiest in her life.  They shared wonderful times entertaining family and friends during those years and Shirley could knit, crochet and bake at her leisure.  Shirley and her son-in-law Arnold shared a special “Carrot Craze” causing the family to give them the special title of “Carrot Queen and Carrot King.”  She was loved by many and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, David C. Turesdell; daughters, Virginia Kennedy, Margaret (C.W.) Warren, Diana (Arnold) Jaeger, Donna (Ron Gutierrez) Ramundo; and her sister Norma (Paul) Ellis.  She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband Elwin Moseman and daughters Ruth (David) Kishpaugh, Janet Moseman and Mary (David) Duncan. 

Friends and family are invited to call at Decker’s Funeral Home in Windham, NY, on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at which time a funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Greg and Pastor Rebecca Town of the Prattsville Reformed Church.  A graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in the spring, 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Gilboa-Conesville Scholarship Fund, 132 Wyckoff  Road, Gilboa, NY  12076.

February 17, 2011 


DAVENPORT CENTER – Marvin B. Howard, 85, of Davenport Center, passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Robinson Terrace, Stamford. 

Marvin was born April 8, 1925, in Lexington.  His parents were Levi H. and Elsie (Plankenhorn) Howard. 

Marvin married Florence Haines on April 21, 1946, at the Westkill Baptist Church.  She died July 17, 2007. 

Marvin was a dairy farmer in Little Westkill.  He was a painter, a carpenter and a logger.  He worked as a meat cutter for 32 years at Greendell Meat Packaging Co., in Prattsville.  He also worked at Provini Veal Co., in Bloomville.  He later worked for the Greene County Highway Department.   

Marvin played Town Team Baseball for a Lexington team.  He also bowled in Prattsville. 

Marvin was a member of the Packing House Workers Union Local 5, New York. 

He was a trustee at the Lexington Methodist Church, and a 75 year member.  He was active in the Methodist Youth Fellowship.  He was also a Sunday School teacher 

He was a member of the Windham Mt. Masonic Lodge No. 592, the Lexington Fire Department for 55 years, the Senior Citizens Club of Davenport and he volunteered for the Meals on Wheels Program. 

Survivors are two daughters, Marilyn and her husband John M. Got and Barbara Howard and her son Joseph; one son, Mark and his wife Susan Howard; four grandchildren, Shanna Got, Christopher and his wife, Carin Got, Justin and his wife, Amy Howard and Lucas Howard; seven great grandsons, Brighton, Lachlan and Thayer Got, Josiah, Simeon, Judah and Elijah Howard; and one special niece, Renee Duchene. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Orlin and Lyle Howard; and one sister, Rita Hull. 

Funeral services were held Feb. 15, 2011, at the United Methodist Church, Lexington, with the Rev. Justin Howard and the Rev. Elliott Oakes, officiating. 

Marvin will be buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, at a later date. 

Calling hours were held Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at the Miller funeral Home, Roxbury. 

Contributions in memory of Marvin B. Howard may be made to the Robinson Terrace, Stamford or to a charity of one’s choice. 

February 17, 2011  


MAPLECREST – James A. Jaeger, 71, of Maplecrest, NY, died on Feb. 11, 2011, at Albany Medical Center.  He was born on April 12, 1939, the son of Herman and Margaret (nee Multer) Jaeger in Little Westkill, NY.  He is survived by his wife Maxine; his children James (Elaine) Jaeger, David (Casey) Jaeger, Scott Jaeger, Cindy (David) Drum and Eric (Kate) Jaeger.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kevin Hoyt, Shelby Jaeger, Jessie Jaeger, Travis Jaeger, Alyssa Jaeger, Sheena Jaeger, Tyler Hoyt and Brianna Jaeger.  He is also survived by his sisters, Carol Sutton, Barbara Rion, Linda Hoagland and Debbie Keneally; and his brother Karl (Barbara) Jaeger.  He was predeceased by his sister Joan Gonzalez and Herman Jaeger. 

Jim was a truck driver who worked for JA Carman Trucking, Albany, NY, for over 32 years.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  A funeral service was held at the Living Faith Community Church, Maplecrest, NY, on Feb. 14, 2011, at 11 a.m.  Interment will take place in the spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his memory to the Living Faith Community Church, Maplecrest, NY  12454.

February 17, 2011  


Emily June Nicholls, 89, of Hunter, NY, died on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Ten Broeck Commons, Lake Katrine, NY. 

She was born in East Jewett, NY, on June 8, 1921, to William and Jeannie (Johnson) Petersen.  She was predeceased by her husband Charles “Don” Nicholls, Sr. and sisters Marion Radcliffe, Jeanette Young and Sylvia Pierce. 

She is survived by her son Charles Donald Nicholls, Jr., and wife Linda of Hunter; her grandchildren Jody Nicholls Murphy and husband John of Hunter, Rebecca Nicholls Hoagland and husband William of Hunter; four great granddaughters Hannah Hoagland, Ellie Hoagland, Eden Murphy and Tess Murphy; her sister Martha Bonestell and husband John of East Jewett; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

Emily graduated from Hunter Tannersville Central School in 1940.  Shortly after marrying, Emily worked at Pratt and Whitney, Hartford CT, helping the war effort.  After WWII, Emily and her husband Don returned and operated Don’s Arrow Cleaners in Hunter for over 30 years. 

Friends and family were invited to call at Decker’s Funeral Home in Windham, NY, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.  A service was conducted by Pastor Karen Monk of the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church, Tannersville, NY, or the East Jewett Methodist Church.  A Memorial Service will be held in the spring.

February 17, 2011   


MAPLECREST – Joseph M. O’Mahoney, 88, of Maplecrest, NY, died at home surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 8, 2011.  He was born on June 2, 1922, the son of Peter and Mary (nee Sullivan) O’Mahoney in Bayonne, NJ.  He is survived by his loving wife, Justine (nee Malici); his children Rose Marie Drum, Joan O’Mahoney, Pattricia O’Mahoney, Damon, Peter and daughter-in-law Marybeth O’Mahoney, Ellen O’Mahoney Mudge and Michael O’Mahoney.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several step grandchildren.   He was predeceased by his seven brothers and sisters as well as his grandson Christopher Drum. 

Mr. O’Mahoney was a WWII veteran of the US Army.  He was a vice president of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., retiring in 1982.  He was a past director of the Greene Room Players theater group and a long time member of St. Theresa R. C. Church, Windham, NY.   

Calling hours were held at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, and a Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Feb. 12, at St. Theresa’s R. C. Church.  Burial will take place in the spring. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name o the Columbia Greene Hospice, 47 Liberty St. Catskill, NY  12414.

February 17, 2011    


EAST DURHAM – John T. Schiefer, Sr., of East Durham, NY, formerly of Maplecrest, NY, died at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, NY, on Feb. 13, 2011.  He was born on September 17, 1942 in Norristown, PA, the son of Francis and Dorothy Schiefer.  He is survived by his wife Carol; his children John T. Jr. (Sharyl), Joseph (Jawea) and Carol (Timothy) Decker.  He is also survived by his 9 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and his buddy “Cooper.” 

Calling hours were held on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Decker Funeral Home, Windham, NY.  A funeral service followed at 8 p.m.  Interment will follow in the spring. 

 February 17, 2011   


Otto F. Wiesler, 86, formerly of Prattville and Ridgewood, Queens, died on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. 

Born in Germany on January 21, 1925, he was the son of karl and Grete Wiesler.  He was employed as a tool and die maker for Frisby in Freeport and was a member of the German Engineers Club. 

Otto was predeceased by his wife, Lieselotte “Lottie” Prepens who died on January 31, 2003.  He is survived by his daughter, Evelyn Wuytack and her husband, Claude of Hopewell Junction and his grandsons, Gregory and Jason Wuytack. 

A memorial service will be held in the future.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895, Route 82, Hopewell Junction.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA  02241-7005 or American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD  20852 

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February 24, 2011  


Virginia Jeanette Adams, lifetime resident of Windham, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the age of 75.  Born on Sept. 8, 1935, to Russell and
Flossie Vining, she graduated from WAJ Central School in Windham in 1954.  Virginia was a talented artist and craft person.  She loved nature and gardening and possessed an extraordinary knowledge of both.  She fearlessly tackled challenges throughout her life, including kayaking for the first time at age 74.

She was predeceased by her brother, Foster C. Vining.  She is survived by her sister, June E. Brown of Livonia, MI; her husband of 57 years, Paul Van Hoesen Adams; her children Dave Adams, Scott R. Adams and Cindy R. Adams-Kornmeyer; her granddaughter, Crystal R. Burnell; and her great grandchildren, Caleb Austin Adams Burnell, Kaliana Jasmine Burnell and Cayden Foster Burnell. 

February 24, 2011  


Victor A. Dolan, Jr., 66, of Coventry, RI, died Tuesday at Hospice Inpatient Center in Providence. 

He was the husband of Joan C. (Andronik) Dolan.  They were married for 40 years. 

He was the son of the late Victor A. Dolan and Beatrice (Griffin) Hinch. 

He is also survived by his daughters, Kimberly A. Charron of Coventry and Jennifer R. Masiello of Glocester; four grandchildren, Cameron, Mason, Myles and Madelyn; and, two sisters, Beverly Hinton of Boonville, GA and Victoria Kappel, East Jewett, NY. 

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in the Anderson-Windfield Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville, RI. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI  02904.  For online condolences and directions, visit

February 24, 2011    


John James Decker II, 84, of Montainview Ave., died at The Kingston Hospital, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. 

He was born April 23, 1926, in Newburgh, NY, the son of the late John James and Agnes Sweeney Decker. 

Mr. Decker was a graduate of Kingston High School, playing varsity football. 

He served his country in WWII as a United States Marine, participating in action in Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands.  He was wounded June 21, 1945 and was decorated with the Purple Heart, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action and Sharp Shooter Medal. 

Employed by IBM in Poughkeepsie and Kingston for 34 years until his retirement, he was a member of The IBM Quarter Century Club.  An active community volunteer, he joined the Hurley Fire Department in 1965 and is presently a life member.

As a veteran of his country, he is a continuous member of John F. Jordan Memorial Post, Post 506 VFW, where he served for over 15 years as Poppy Chairman and Officer of the Day.  He was a proud member of the Post Color Guard, obtaining first place in NY State competition 1996 and 1997.  He served the Color Guard as Assistant Captain and First Lieutenant.  Mr. Decker was an avid hunter and fisherman; and, long time parishioner of Saint Joseph’s Church, Kingston. 

Surviving is his wife Teresa M. (O’Brien) Decker.  They were married at The Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls, NY, Aug. 30, 1958.  Also surviving are his children; John J. Decker III, and his wife Lori of Kingston, Rosemary Buchalski and her husband Perry of Lake Katrine, Maureen Garro and her husband Rocco of Utica, Paul Decker and his wife Lisa of Town of Ulster, Teresa Grubiak and her husband Robert of Silver Lake WI, Vincent Decker and his wife Deana of Hurley; grandchildren George Hill, Robert Grubiak, Jr., Kelly and Patrick Buchalski, Lucia Garro, Megan, Thomas, Sean, Travis Decker; great grandchildren Austen, Gaven, Tristen Hill and Cole Grubiak. 

A sister, Yvonne Lester and a brother James K. Decker predeceased him. 

Friends were received at The Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Smith Ave., Monday.  VFW Ritual took place at 6:30 p.m.  A funeral procession formed Tuesday at the funeral home and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church.  Burial followed in Hurley Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hurley Fire Department, PO Box 181, Hurley, NY or John Jordan Memorial Post 5086, PO Box 419, Hurley, NY 12443.

 February 24, 2011   


HUDSON – Olav Reme, 84, of the Fireman’s Home, Hudson, NY, formerly of Hunter, NY, died on Feb. 20, 2011.  He was born on Oct. 11, 1926, in Spangereib, Norway, the son of Thorbjorn and Marie Reme.  He was predeceased by his wife Beatrice on Jan 11, 2010.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Olav G. and Mary Reme.  He is also survived by three grandchildren.  Mr. Reme was a carpenter during his lifetime and a member of the Hunter Fire Co. 

Calling hours were held at the Decker Funeral Home, Windham, NY on Wed., Feb. 23, 2011.  Interment will take place at Maplewood Cemetery, Jewett, NY, in the spring.

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