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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 15, 2008


David J. Brown Sr.

David J. Brown, Sr., a machinist and antique dealer, died after a brief illness, on Thursday, May 8, 2008, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady. He was 87.

Mr. Brown was born in Highland, N.Y. on May 21, 1919. He spent part of his youth in Cragsmoor, N.Y. where he met his future bride. They lived together in Nanuet, N.Y. for 17 years and moved to Delanson in 1968.

Mr. Brown served in the Army infantry for seven years. He worked for many years as a machinist and owned the Grey Barn Antique Shop in Delanson for 18 years.

In 1974 he received his bachelor of arts degree from Siena College. He enjoyed playing cards, especially  Pinochle, and he was an avid bowler. He has been a resident of Schaffer Heights Senior Apartments since 1989 where he has enjoyed multiple social activities.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Annette (Koehn) Brown of Amsterdam; son David Jr. and his wife, Mary (Klayder) of Lawrence, Kan.; daughter Carolyn Towers and husband, Gerald, of Kirkville, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Monica (Towers) Defrancisco, Elia Brown-Davis, Anthony Brown-Davis; one great-grandchild, Justin Lee Ott; and his sister, Elsie Candito, of Deltona, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at Mt. Loretto Nursing Home, 302 Swart Hill Rd., in Amsterdam, on Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m., followed by a light luncheon for friends and family. Arrangement are by the Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Mt. Loretto Nursing Home or to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12308.


Willard G. Schanz

BERNE — Willard G. Schanz, a farmer and a family man, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. He was 78. “Willard was a man of few words; Mavis, his children and grandchildren were the love of his life,” his family wrote in a tribute.

Born in Middleburgh, he was the son of the late Vernon and Mildred Schanz.

He served in the United States Army as a tank commander during the Korean War.

He was a self-employed farmer and later in life became a general carpenter. He was a member of the Foxenkill Grange and the Hiawatha Grange, a charter member of the East Berne Fire Company, a member of the Mayfield Service Men’s Club, and past constable of the Town of Berne.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mavis Becker Schanz; his children, Debbie Schanz and Steve Baker of Knox, Duncan W. Schanz and his wife, Susan, of Knox, Dean Schanz and his wife, Dawn, of Knox, Darlene Kneebone and her husband, Ned, of Corinth, Denise Eardley of Westerlo, Dorie Cameron and her husband, Mark, of Westerlo, and Dennis Schanz of East Berne; his brothers, Vernon Schanz Jr. and Leonard Schanz; his sisters, Inez Keppler and Elaine Wilson; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

His brother, Melvin Schanz, died before him as did a son-in-law, Stanley Eardley, and a grandson, Brandon W. Kneebone.

A funeral service was held on Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo.

Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Berne Library Fund, Post Office Box 42, Berne, NY 12023.


James S. Slingerland

WESTERLO — James S. Slingerland, a mechanic who enjoyed rebuilding tractors and loved playing cards, died at his home on May 11, 2008.  He was 74.

Born in Albany on July 16, 1933, Mr. Slingerland was the son of the late Arthur J. and Mabel C. (Stewart) Slingerland. 

Until his retirement, he was a mechanic for Albany Asphalt, and he was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 294 in Albany. 

Mr. Slingerland loved to stop for coffee in the local coffee shops, said his family. 

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James S. Slingerland is survived by his wife, Shirley (Tallman) Slingerland of Westerlo; his six sons, James M. Slingerland; William J. Slingerland; Kenneth Slingerland; Scott Slingerland; Ronald Slingerland; and Michael Slingerland; his two daughters, Laura Casey and Tracey Lee; and 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his two sisters, Norma D’Alfonsi and Joan McDermott, and several nieces and nephews. 

His brother, Ronald Slingerland, died before him. 

A funeral service will be held today (Thursday) at 8 p.m. at the South Westerlo Christian Congregational Church.

The Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville is making the arrangements.

Friends may call at the church prior to the service from 6 to 8 p.m.


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