Mary V. Chatlos Sauter, 93
North Greenbush, NY - Mary V. Chatlos Sauter, 93, died Friday February 28, 2003.
Born in Greenport, NY she the widow of Edward Sauter and had resided in Poughkeepsie for many years. Funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Bryce Funeral Home Inc. Troy.
Catherine Rapier Boblitt Ruether, 86
Troy - Catherine Rapier Boblitt Ruether, 86, of Troy, NY and Bardstown, KY, died March 22, 2003 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY. She was a resident of Beechwood Retirement Community in Troy.
Born in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1917, she was the last surviving offspring of Charles Peter (C. P.) Rapier and Frances Lula Cecil, of Nelson County, KY. She is survived by her beloved and devoted husband, Robert M. Ruether, Sr, three daughters, Janet Ruether Stasio of Slingerlands, NY, Catherine Ruether Kuzma (Dr. Gary) of Greensboro, NC, Madeline Ruether Kennedy (Dr. Brian) of Troy, NY, and one son, Robert M. Ruether, Jr. of Palo Alto, CA, and seven grandchildren. In addition, she leaves behind several loving nephews and nieces and sisters-in -law Eleanor Rapier and Louise Thompson. She was predeceased by her first husband, William Boblitt in 1972, and her siblings Cecil Rapier, Sylvia R. Smith, Charles Peter Rapier, Virginia R. Hite, Elmo Rapier, Ferdinand Rapier, Madeline R. Ruether, Augustine Rapier and Joseph Rapier.
Since her marriage in 1986, Catherine has maintained residences in both Troy, NY and Bardstown, KY. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy and of St. Joseph Basilica Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown.
Catherine was an honor graduate of both Bethlehem High School and of Nazareth College in Bardstown and a graduate of Spalding University in Louisville. She was a retired schoolteacher having taught elementary grades in Nelson County Schools for 45 years. Her career began in a one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s. She initiated and conducted an innovative tutorial summer school program for many years, which became a precursor to the Headstart Program. She received numerous commendations for innovations in teaching, including being selected as a "teacher -of-the -year". She was active in many religious and academic programs.
She was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers' Association, the National Education Association, the Mohawk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Troy Woman's Club, the Ilium Literary Club, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and Past President of the Altar Society of St. Joseph's Church.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass which will be held Tuesday at 9:30am at Our Lady of Victory Church North Lake Avenue Troy with Rev. Randall P. Patterson, Pastor, officiating. Interment Bardstown Cemetery in Bardstown.
Donations in Catherine's memory may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Boulevard, Rensselaer, NY 12144 or the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, 301 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY.
Joseph F. Rooney Sr., 87
Cohoes - Joseph F. Rooney Sr., 87, of Conliss Avenue, died Sunday at Hallmark Nursing Centre Troy, after a brief illness.
Born in Troy, he was son of the late Joseph T. and Bridget Condon Rooney and husband of Betty Carney Murray Rooney and the late Ann Owens Rooney . He had resided in Cohoes for the past 18 years and in Troy and Eagle Mills for many years and attended Troy schools.
For the past 15 years, Joe owned and operated Harmony Hill Gallery on River Street in Troy and prior to that worked for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad in Colonie for 37 years retiring in 1975 as Yardmaster in Colonie.
He was a member of the Arts Committee for the Albany International Airport and a former member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus and the Triune Club in Colonie. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Troy.
Survivors in addition to his wife of 25 years include three sons, Joseph F. Rooney Jr. (Sylvia) of Eagle Mills, John T. Rooney (Mary Ellen) of Anaheim Hills, CA and Thomas D. Rooney (Phyllis) of Troy; a daughter, Nancy A. Rooney of Troy; a step daughter Donna Williams (Douglas) of Wynantskill; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Rooney of Troy; a sister, Catherine Cramer (Charles) of Troy; 9 grandchildren, Louisa Sorriento, and Stephen, Michael, Jeffrey, David, Brian, Meeghan, Kevin and Lisa Rooney; three step grandchildren, Douglas Williams Jr. and Darcy Williams Kancyr and Derick Williams; 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son George M. Rooney and two brothers Thomas and Maurice Rooney and two sisters Agnes Rooney and Mary Nagle.
Funeral service will be held Thursday at 9:00am from the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. corner of Pawling at Maple Avenues in Troy and at 9:30am from St. Joseph's Church in Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9PM. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery in Troy.
Contributions may be made in memory of Joe Rooney to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital PO Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101-0050 or St. Joseph's Church Restoration 416 Third Street Troy, NY 12180.
John R. Allen
COLONIE - John R. Allen, 88, of Colonie, died peacefully December 10, 2009, at Albany Memorial Hospital.
Born in Troy on September 2, 1921, John was the son of the late Alexander S. and Sara (Lamphier) Allen.
He was raised in Cambridge. John met Carolyn Tomaino at Hedges Lake, and after many happy evenings at the Hedges Lake Pavilion, they married on February 21, 1942.
After military service in India during World War II, he returned to Troy and graduated from Siena College, later studying at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at UAlbany.
He held managerial positions at several New York state agencies and retired from the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in 1982.
John cared for nature and the environment and spent many happy hours planting literally thousands of trees on his land in Washington County and at Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland.
In addition to his beloved wife Carolyn, John is survived by his daughters Cynthia Abele of Delmar and Penny O’Connell of Jonestown, TX; his grandchildren Susan Kelley of Atlanta, GA, and Peter Abele of Troy; his sister Virginia (Harry) Taylor of Colonie and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Alexander S. Allen and his sisters Dorothy Durrin and Helen Champoux.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday December 15, 2009, at Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Association, Pinegrove United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
Margaret E. Ceresia
WYNANTSKILL - Margaret Elizabeth Dufrense Ceresia, 89, beloved wife of the late George B. Ceresia Sr., died on Friday, December 11, 2009, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Rose Houle Dufrense.
She attended Troy schools and was a graduate of Troy High School. Later in life after raising her family, Mrs. Ceresia went back to school receiving an associate’s degree in business administration from HVCC.
Mrs. Ceresia was a housewife and homemaker most of her life. She was a resident of Wynantskill for the past 55 years, a communicant of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill, a member of the church’s Rosary-Altar Society and a member of the Wynantskill Seniors.
Survivors include her children Margaret (John) Scarfi of Mahopac, Hon. George B. (Penny) Ceresia Jr., of North Greenbush, Mary Grace Ceresia of Coralville, Iowa, June (Emery) Strohm of Brookville, PA, Charles (Norma) Ceresia of Niskayuna, Richard (Karen) Ceresia and Thomas (Kathy) Ceresia, both of East Greenbush, Carol (Eric) Rosenberg of West Sand Lake, Gail (Timothy) McKenna of Lee, MA, and Michelle Ceresia of Holliston, MA; a sister, Viola (Arthur) Durivage of North Greenbush; 32 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by six sisters, Alma Oathout, Mary Surprise, Doris Berry, Helen Bloomfield, Grace Dhooge and Martha Turner and four brothers, Louis, Almond, Exaid and Robert Dufrense. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be from St. Jude the Apostle Church, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill, on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Ligato. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy. Calling hours will be at the church on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Contributions to St. Jude the Apostle Church’s Memorial Fund, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill, NY 12198, or a charity of one’s choice in memory of Mrs. Ceresia would be appreciated.
Arrangements are by the Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home in Wynantskill.
Edward D. Coonrad
TROY - Edward D. Coonrad, 70, of Lilac Lane, died Saturday, December 12, 2009, at Northwoods of Troy.
Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Howard Coonrad and Betsy Williams Coonrad and husband of Colene Teal Coonrad of Troy.
Raised and educated in Troy, he was a graduate of Troy High School. Ed proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
He worked in the maintenance department of the Cohoes Housing Authority for 15 years, retiring in 1997. He previously owned and operated the Juno Trucking Co. in Cropseyville.
Survivors in addition to his wife Colene include a daughter, Michele Ciccarelli (Vito) of Troy; stepdaughter Judith Blanchard (George) of Troy; four grandchildren, Lori Anne Seger of Eagle Mills, Norman Coonrad II of Virginia, Kris E. Surprenant and Vito A. Ciccarelli III, both of Troy; five great-grandchildren, Michael Russo, Brittany Smith, Nicholas Seger and Brandon and Eric Coonrad; and two brothers, Norman Coonrad Sr. of Texas and Peter Coonrad of Pittstown. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, December 14, 2009, at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, 109th Street and Third Avenue in Lansingburgh. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation will take place at the Gardner Earl Crematorium.
Memorial donations to the Lansingburgh Boy & Girls Club, 505 Fourth Ave., Troy, NY 12182; or the Veterans of Lansingburgh, 777 First Ave., Troy, NY 12182, would be appreciated.
Robert D. Foley
HALFMOON - Robert D. Foley, 85, of Halfmoon, and formerly from Lansingburgh, died peacefully on December 12, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Waterford, he was the son of the late Thomas and Bernadette Roberts Foley and the devoted husband of 62 years of Dorothy Olsen Foley of Halfmoon.
Mr. Foley was a graduate of Catholic Central High School, Class of 43, and attended Siena College.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II, and was awarded the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal while stationed in Europe and Asia. Bob was a proud member of the Honor Guard at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
He was a retired accountant for the state Department of Audit and Control.
Mr. Foley was a former Eucharistic minister at St. Monica’s Church and Our Lady of Good Counsel and was a parishioner of St. Augustine’s Church in Troy.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his sons Thomas Foley (Betty) of Upton, MA, Michael Foley of Ballston Spa, Robert Foley of Halfmoon and Daniel Foley (Michele) of Hooksett, NH; daughters Patricia Maloney (George) of Ballston Spa and Robin Storm (Judd) of Schaghticoke; 12 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his sisters Eleanor Hunter and Dolores Gamache.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from St. Augustine’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Internment will be in the Gerald BH Solomon National Cemetery, Schuylerville.
Friends are invited and may call at the Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, 870 Second Ave. between 124th and 125th streets in Lansingburgh, on Monday from 4 to 8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Augustine’s Church Restoration Fund, 25 115th St., Troy, NY 12182.