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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 31, 2011

Thelma Skinner

ROTTERDAM — Thelma “Peg” Skinner, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, died on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 92.

Mrs. Skinner was born on June 3, 1918, the daughter of the late Harold and Bessie Rivenburgh.

She was a lifelong homemaker and a longtime member of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Duanesburg, according to a tribute written by her family.

She enjoyed arts, crafts, and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her son, Allyn R. Skinner, and his wife, Jennifer; her grandson, Michael A. Skinner; her granddaughter, Nicole Graudons, and her husband, James; and their soon-to-be-born child, her great-grandchild.
Her husband of 55 years, Allyn F. Skinner, died before her, in 2008.

A funeral service is being held today, March 31, at 3 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. An interment will be held in the South Berne Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
The family thanks the staff of Baptist Health on 3N for the care, concern, and friendship to Thelma Skinner and her family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady, 53 Maple Ave., Scotia, NY 12303.

Mary Jane Jones

BERNE — Mary Jane Jones of Berne was a woman who loved to travel, and loved dogs.
She died on March 7, 2011, in Zephyrhills, Fla. She was 69.

Mrs. Jones was a life member of three dog clubs: the Albany Obedience Club, the Southern Adirondack Dog Club, and the Poodle Club of Mohawk Valley, where she will be remembered by her many lifelong associates.

A graduate of Duanesburg Central School, she was retired from the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company at the time of her death.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Ralph R. Jones; her mother, Celia Lane; her brother, James A. Lane and his wife, Liz; her sister, Judith Hammond and her husband, Douglas; and several nieces and nephews.
Her father, James W. Lane, died before her.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Whitfield Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Zephyrhills, Fla.

— Zach Simeone

Marcia B. Levesque

ALTAMONT — A loving, wife, mother, and grandmother, Marcia B. Levesque devoted her life to caring for others.
“She was the best,” said her husband, Donald G. Levesque, describing Mrs. Levesque as a wife, mother, and grandmother. “They all loved her and she loved them.”

Mrs. Levesque died on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after a brief illness. She was 61.
She was born on June 1, 1949 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Keith and Jeanette Twitchell. Her mother worked in a bank and her father had a small flooring business, said Mr. Levesque. “It was a good family life,” he said. “She was brought up right.”

The couple met in 1967 when they were both students in Boston. Their marriage lasted 41 years, ending only with her death.

The Levesques moved to Altamont 16 years ago this week because of Mr. Levesque’s job transfer, he said. They had a chance to move back to New Hampshire later but she liked living in Altamont so much that she wanted to stay, he said.
Mrs. Levesque, whose life centered on her family, enjoyed activities in every season, including skiing and ice-skating in the winter, said her husband. Her three grandchildren adored her and called her “Mema”
“She was very easy-going,” said Mr. Levesque. “She seldom got upset. She got along with anybody.”


Besides her husband, Donald G. Levesque, Marcia B. Levesque is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Buschmann, and her husband, Richard Buschmann II; her son, Michael Levesque; and her grandchildren, Alaina, Brooke, and Adele.
She is also survived by two sisters, Ann Twitchell and Camille Bailey as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church at 30 Church Street in Laconia, N.H.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

Angelo M. Stanco

GUILDERLAND — Angelo M. Stanco, a dedicated family man and longtime employee of General Electric, died on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Ellis Health Center in Schenectady, with his loving family by his side. He was 95.
Mr. Stanco was born in Schenectady on March 26, 1915. He was the last surviving son of the late Giuseppe and Consiglia Famiglietti Stanco.

A lifelong Schenectady resident, he attended Siena College and majored in accounting.

He began working for the General Electric Company in 1934 in the refrigerator department, and he worked later in the aeronautical department, during World War II.

Mr. Stanco retired from the large-steam-turbine department in 1975, after becoming a member of the Quarter Century Club. While working at GE, he made several employee suggestions, particularly during World War II, that contributed to efficiency, wrote his family in a tribute.

He was also a partner in R. Stanco Builders, after World War II, building new homes in the Capital District, using proven construction techniques that still meet the tastes and lifestyles of occupants today, his family wrote.
At one time, he was associated with the family business of Marinello and Stanco Construction, which built several commercial buildings in the Albany area.

Mr. Stanco was also a communicant of St. Helen’s Church.

“He remained active and sharp of mind into his 95th year and enjoyed being with his family,” his family wrote.


He is survived by his wife, Florence (Jones) Stanco, of Schenectady, whom he married in 1947.

He is also survived by his son, Joseph Stanco, and his wife, Diane, of Guilderland; his grandchildren, Paul Stanco, and his wife, Julie, of Niskayuna, Lisa Stanco of Schenectady, Laura Decker, and her husband, John, of Windsor, Conn., and Mark Stanco, of Guilderland; two great-grandchildren, Mia Decker and Mason Stanco; and several nieces and nephews.

His siblings — Beatrice (Stanco) Cornell, Michael A. Stanco, Anthony Stanco, James R. Stanco, Inglanata (Inge) Tagliaferro, Rosario Stanco, Pat Stanco, and Rose Higgins — died before him.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Ellis Medicine and Community Hospice of Schenectady.

Arrangements are by DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, in Guilderland. Funeral services were held on March 28 at St. Helen’s Church in Niskayuna. Burial followed at Parkview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Helen’s Church, 1803 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12309.

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