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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 24, 2006


Dale A. Catellier

FEURA BUSH – Dale A. Catellier, a family man who enjoyed collecting antique beer cans and coins, died on Saturday, Aug. 19, after a short illness. He was 71.

Mr. Catellier had been retired from the Owens Corning Fiberglass Company for about 10 years, said his daughter, Kelli Moore of Altamont.

He had also worked for Albany International Billiard Ball Division, one of three billiard-ball manufacturing plants in the world, Ms.Moore said. The plant has since closed, but Mr. Cantellier spent 16 years there.

He and his wife, Marjorie, both grew up in rural Washington County. They met in a bar when she was 17 and he was about 20, said Ms. Moore. They were married a year later, and moved to Albany.

The Catelliers moved to Clarksville to raise their five children – four daughters, and a son. They lived there for 16 years before moving to Feura Bush in 1978.

Mr. Catellier really enjoyed his retirement, his daughter said. He had a huge collection of antique beer cans. He corresponded with other collectors, and occasionally spoke with them on the phone, she said.

He was also an avid sports fan. "He spent a lot of time watching all kinds of sports," said Ms. Moore. Among his favorites were baseball, football, basketball, National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), and horse racing, said his daughter, Kelli.

"He was quite a jokester and a prankster," said Ms. Moore. "He had a great sense of humor," she said.

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Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Catellier; daughters, Kelli Moore, and her husband, Mark; Robin Porter, and her husband, David; Violet Writer, and her companion, John McIntyer; Staci Fecura, and her husband, Robert; a son, Dale Catellier; and grandsons, Andrew Writer, and John David McIntyer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.

— Rachel Dutil


Diane LeBuis Chamberlain

The family and friends of Diane LeBuis Chamberlain are invited to join in a celebration of her life on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Berne Town Park.

Beginning at 2 p.m., a quiet time of reflection and meditation will be observed. All are invited to share in this time of remembrance.

Those who wish to do so may bring a candle to light during the afternoon gathering.

Those unable to attend are invited to light a candle that day in remembrance.


James E. Fidler

ALTAMONT — James E. Fidler, a long-time bus driver and avid outdoorsman, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006. He was 72.

Mr. Fidler, a Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School graduate, drove for Adirondack Trailways until his death. He was recognized in 2005 for two million safe-driving miles.

Among other outdoor activities, he loved ice fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Alice; his children, Russ Fidler, of Ballston Lake, Lisa Rittner and her husband, Chris, of Guilderland, and Brian Fidler of Stamford, Conn.; his grandchildren, Liz, Doug, and Jack Fidler and Karsen Rittner; and his sisters, Jeanne Stewart, of Rexford, N.Y., and Thelma Finch, of Alabama.

His daughter, Judy Fidler, died before him, as did several siblings.

Arrangements are being provided by Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, and relatives and friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, Post Office Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.


Laurence E. Knapp

GUILDERLAND — Laurence E. Knapp, a decorated soldier, an established educator and gardener, and a frequent Enterprise columnist, died on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006.

He was 84.

Mr. Knapp, the son of the late Harriet and Glenn Knapp, was born in Auburn, N.Y., and lived in Port Byron, N.Y., until he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, where he served in the European Theater during World War II.

He was a tail gunner on a B26 Bomber, completing 65 missions, and was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his courage.

Mr. Knapp graduated from Cornell University before teaching physiology and anatomy at Guilderland High School, Ellis Hospital, and St Agnes School. He established a nursery and landscaping business and spent his later years as an author and historian.

"Before Memorial Day, I have made my rounds with flowers or flags for the deserving friends or relatives whose graves I can reach," Mr. Knapp wrote in his final column for The Enterprise which ran this May. "On the day itself, I spend time remembering the men who died or were wounded in service to the United States. While many served and survived in the past, I think of them as well."

In his Memorial Day column, Mr. Knapp wrote, as he often did, with knowledge informed by personal experiences. He wrote, with both wit and passion, about the men he had served with and then went back through the generations to memorialize his grandfather’s brother, a Civil War soldier, and finally, of Uzal Knapp, a relative who served as a body guard for General George Washington.

"Among the first to be remembered is Sergeant John Joseph Patrick Farrell — a Boston Irishman who was nicknamed J.J.," wrote Mr. Knapp. "I first met J.J. in January of 1944 when he became the occupant of the lower bunk in our barracks at the Lake Charles Army Airbase. After we finished our training at Lake Charles, our crews were sent overseas to Toome Field in Northern Ireland. Here our training continued and we saw each other daily. I kidded him how good it must be for him to be back on the ‘aulde sodde’ and he would lapse into an outrageous brogue in response. He shared his concern with me about the ability of his pilot."A few weeks later I learned that J.J. and his crew had been killed in a crash on an Irish hillside."

"On Memorial Day, I also think of my grandfather’s brother, Eugene Knapp, who, at the age of 20, enlisted into Company A of the New York Heavy Artillery at Auburn, N.Y. He had joined up in January of 1864 and had fought in the area south of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. He died of his wounds in September of that year," he said in his Memorial Day column.

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Mr. Knapp is survived by his sons, William and Stuart Knapp; his daughters — Martha Mohr, Suzanne Smith, and Priscilla Warren; and 13 grandchildren.

His daughter Laurie Miller died before him.

Friends are invited to join the Knapp family at the Home Front Café today (Thursday) on Main Street in Altamont, from 4 to 7 p.m. A burial service will take place on Saturday in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Port Byron, N.Y. Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montezuma Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Port Byron, at 550 Erie St., Montezuma, NY 13117, or to the Federated Church of Port Byron, 35 Tex Pultz Pkwy, Port Byron, NY 13140.

— Jarrett Carroll


John J. Reed

BERNE — John J. Reed, an operating engineer, died on Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 at his friends’ home in Cohoes. He was 59.

Mr. Reed was born in Troy, the son of the late Albert Reed and Naomi Green.

He was an operating engineer for the International Union of Operating Engineers until his retirement in 2003.

He was a member of Rock Road Chapel in Berne.

Survivors include three sons; John J. Miner and his wife, Angela, of Gansevoort, Lloyd A. Miner and his wife, Lakee, of Troy, James F. Graziane and his wife, Sara, of Cohoes; two sisters, Jane Landry and her husband, Dick, of Troy, Michelle McGaughnea and her husband, Thomas, of Loudonville; a brother, Jay P. Esposito and his wife, Rhonda, of Troy; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his very special friends, Jim and Grace Graziane and family.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Rock Road Chapel, 96 Rock Rd., Berne, NY 12023. Calling hours will also be at the Rock Road Chapel on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Beaverdam Cemetery in Berne.

Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rock Road Chapel.


Alexander Edgar Tolmie

ALTAMONT — Alex E. Tolmie "loved anything that pushed the envelope," said his father, Edgar Tolmie.

"No father ever had a son whom he could take greater pride in than my son," said Mr. Tolmie. "I will love him eternally"I am so lucky to be his father."

Alex Tolmie of Altamont died on Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, as a result of injuries which he received during an accident. He was 19.

In a tribute, his family described him as "a loving free spirit," who enjoyed working as a mechanic at Northeast Accura in Latham and excelled in BMX biking; he also loved to engage in extreme activities such as cliff-jumping.

Edgar Tolmie said his son was very fond of his girlfriend, Lisa.

"Alex enriched the lives of those for whom he cared, and was, in turn, enriched by those who cared for him. His legacy is ours forever," the Tolmie family said in a tribute.

Mr. Tolmie was born on Nov. 30, 1986, and was a 2004 graduate of Guilderland High School. He completed a certificate in auto mechanics at Hudson Valley Community College and attained the rank of Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his parents, Susan and Edgar Tolmie, of Altamont; his brothers, Zachary and Abraham Tolmie, of Altamont; his uncles, Eric and Charles Tolmie, and James and Robert Sewall; and his aunts, Kathy Sewall and Mary (Sewall) Lopas.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont and calling hours will be today [Thursday] from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, 200 Center Dr., Albany, NY 12203.

— Jarrett Carroll


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