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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 27, 2007


Ethel C. Bassler

Ethel C. Bassler, the beloved wife of the late Arthur V. Bassler, died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at her home in Rotterdam.
Born in Knox, she was the daughter of Frank and Katheryn Ostrander. She was a member of the Cobblestone Reformed Church in Rotterdam.

She is survived by one son, Ronald A. Bassler, of Cohoes; one daughter, Betty J. Bassler, of Schenectady; two granddaughters, Sherri Dornes of Pennsylvania and Gretchen Koch of Johnsonville, N.Y.; three great-ßgranddaughters; one sister, Florence Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Calling hours will be on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Schenectady Memorial Park in Rotterdam.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, NCICFUL, Post Office Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368-2454 or the Cobblestone Reformed Church, 118 Putnam Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306.


Nadine S. Crowe

Nadine S. Crowe, a World War II veteran and longtime school teacher, died on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, surrounded by her loving family. She was 88.

Mrs. Crowe was born on Oct. 5, 1919 in Altamont, the daughter of the late Edward and Hila Scott Sturges. She graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. and served in the United States Navy during World War II in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).

She married Gerald D. Crowe on Nov. 18, 1944; he died in 2000.

Mrs. Crowe taught elementary school for 25 years, first for the Duanesburg Central Schools, when she lived in Quaker Street, N.Y., and later, when she lived in Westbury, Long Island, for the East Meadow School District before retiring in 1979.

She was a member of the Mineola Choral Society, the Unitarian Universalist Societies on Long Island and in Albany, and several area square-dancing clubs. She enjoyed quilting, cross-stitching, needlework, and playing the piano and organ; was an avid reader, and did tai chi in her later years.

At the time of her death, she lived in Kingsway Village in Schenectady.

She is survived by her children, David S. Crowe, and his wife, Kathleen, of Charlotte, N.C.; Jeffrey G. Crowe, and his wife, April, of Williamsburg, W. Va.; and Melanie C. Finkle, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Albany; as well as five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders or The Nature Conservancy.

A graveside service will take place at the Grove Cemetery in the spring of 2008.

Arrangements are by the Newcomer-Cannon Family Funeral Home in Colonie. To leave a special message for the family on-line, visit www.NewcomerFamily.com.




VOORHEESVILLE — Larry W. Phinney, who traveled 1.5 million miles for his work in the building-material business, was an avid sports fan and devoted father.

"He was a wonderful person," said his wife of 51 years, Jean Phinney.

"He was the best proud and loving dad," said his son, Eric, wrote in a tribute.

Mr. Phinney died on Sunday evening, Dec. 16, 2007, at the Hospice Inn, St. Peters Hospital in Albany, N.Y. He was 72. Mr. Phinney was born in Port Henry, N.Y. on April 28, 1935. He was the son of the late Robert Phinney and Evelyn Winters Phinney. He was raised and educated in Port Henry, and was a four-year letterman in football and baseball at Port Henry High.

He married Jean Strieble of Moriah in 1956. In 1959, the couple moved to Voorheesville where they built their home and raised their children.

Mr. Phinney served in the United States Army Reserves with the 364th General Hospital Unit of Albany, from 1956 to 1964.

Since 1959, he made a career in various aspects of the wholesale building material business. "Larry was well known and respected by his colleagues and customers in the tri-state area," his family said in a tribute. "He estimated traveling 1.5 million miles encompassing an area from Westchester County to Clinton County."

After dedicating 41 years in sales and service, Mr. Phinney retired from ESCY, Spindle City Distributin, Inc. in Waterford, N.Y. in 2000.

Mr. Phinney was an avid sports fan, and passed his love of sports to his children, Eric and Sonja. He proudly took them to see great teams and players at the original Yankee Stadium, Giants Stadium, Fenway Park, Boston Garden and the trio made a yearly trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Mr. Phinney coached for many years in the New Scotland Babe Ruth baseball league.

For many years, he was active in various bowling leagues around the area. Additionally, he was an avid reader and he especially loved gathering knowledge about the Adirondacks and his ancestors. "He was a valued, concerned citizen of many local issues involving highway safety and public access," his family said. "His kindness and thoughtfulness were always appreciated by his neighbors and friends."

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean; his son, Eric Larry Phinney, and daughter, Sonja Jean Johnston, and her husband, Craig, and his two adored grandchildren, Peyton Alexander and Anjolie Marie Johnston.

He is also survived by his brother, Ned Phinney, and his wife, Debra, and one nephew, Barry Denton, his aunt, Audrey Masterson, and her husband, Allen, his uncle Gerald Phinney, and his wife, Charlene, and his aunt Lula Winters Ware. He is also survived my many cousins.

His only sister, Judy Phinney Denton, died before him.

Mr. Phinney chose to donate his body to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program. He believed his donation to medicine as a way of continuing to serve humanity, his family said. Internment of cremains will be in the South Moriah cemetery.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend his memorial service at the Moriah United Methodist Church in Moriah, N.Y. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 1 p.m. with Reverend Chilton McPheeters officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moriah United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 231, Moriah, N.Y. 12960 or to the Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.


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