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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 8, 2007


Eugene Charles Aubin

Eugene Charles Aubin, a proud father, and grandfather, and a devoted husband with a good sense of humor and a knack for gardening, died on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was 78.

Mr. Aubin was born on May 17, 1928 to the late Richard and Itha (Menard) Aubin. He attended a one-room schoolhouse through grade eight, and went on to graduate from Alburgh High School.

He met his "one true love," Anna Sheridan Aubin, at a dance in Grand Isle and, "It was love at first sight," he said. They married on May 15, 1948.

The Aubins spent many of their 58 years together running a dairy farm in Alburgh. Mr. Aubin had a small orchard of fruit trees and a large garden where he would grow various vegetables that would be enjoyed at family gatherings at the camp on Lake Champlain.

Mr. Aubin adored the tasty fruit pies, jams, and jellies that his wife would prepare from the garden harvests.

He also grew large pumpkins, and would always make a point of checking out the blue-ribbon pumpkin at the Champlain Valley Fair, to see if any of his pumpkins could have outweighed it.

He was an avid sports fan, and loved the Yankees, often referring to the team as his "beloveds."

He enjoyed reading and would often read a book, and hand it to his daughter, Kathy, and say, "You’ve got to read this," she said.

Mr. Aubin took great pride in his family camp on Lake Champlain. He would chauffeur his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews around the lake behind his boat. His family would joke that he was the captain of the lake.

His unique sense of humor and sharp wit will be dearly missed, along with his genuine smile and charming character. He was a loving family man and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

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Mr. Aubin is survived by his three children: Stephen Aubin, and his wife, Carolyn, of St. Albans; Kathleen Dutil, of Champlain, N.Y.; and Micheal Aubin, and his wife, Karen, of Jonesborough, Tenn. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Stephen Aubin Jr., and his companion, Shanna Sweeney, of Alburgh, Rachel Dutil, and her companion, Robert Guay, of Mooers, N.Y., Nathan and Adam Dutil, of Champlain N.Y.; and Justin and Tyler Aubin, of Jonesborough, Tenn.

Mr. Aubin is also survived by his sisters, Louise Baron, and her husband, Donald, of Colonie, N.Y.; Florence Aubin, of Alburgh; and his brother, Leon Aubin, and his wife, Shirley, of Vergennes.

His wife, Anna Aubin, his grandson, Kyle Aubin, and his son-in-law, Leon Dutil, died before him.

His brother, Emilien Aubin, and his sister Rita Chase also died before him.

— Rachel Dutil


Olive Orsini

KNOX — Olive Orsini, a loving mother and compassionate woman, died on Feb. 5, 2007. She was 85.

"Her whole life, she was a very considerate person," said Mrs. Orsini’s daughter, Helen Gerry. Born in Delanson, to Theresa Pickett and Foster Westfall, Mrs. Orsini grew up in the village there. She was the youngest in a large family and spoke of spending family vacations on her aunt’s farm, said her daughter.

As a young woman, Mrs. Orsini met her husband, Anthony P. Orsini, and the couple moved to his family’s homestead in Knox. Later, they lived on Township Road where they raised their children.

"She was truly a homemaker," said Mrs. Gerry. To supplement the family’s income, though, "My dad drove the big yellow bus and my mom drove the smaller station wagon style bus."

The couple drove for the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School District, where their children went to school.

She loved all the children who rode her bus, said Mrs. Gerry. She just loved people, really. "My mother loved people — a party or a gathering of any kind," her daughter said.

"She always loved a celebration and people," said Mrs. Gerry. When her great-grandson was sick, Mrs. Orsini sent him a get-well card with $5 in it every week for a year, said her daughter. "She was just a very caring person."

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Mrs. Orsini is survived by her daughters; Karen Terleckey and her husband, Stephen Sr., of Amsterdam and Helen J. Gerry of Niskayuna. She is also survived by her grandchildren, MaryBeth, Stephen Jr., Sherry, Deanna, Dean, Joyce, Christine, Kimberly and Michelle, 18 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She had three brothers who died before her, Clarence, Willard, and Carl Westfall, as did her three sisters, Agnes Putman, Hilda Muzzy, and Marion Waleski.

Her husband, Anthony P. Orsini also died before her.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Church in Altamont. Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Lucy’s Church, Post Office Box 678, Altamont NY 12009 or to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave., Mail Code #119, Albany NY 12208.

— Saranac Hale Spencer


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