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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 12, 2011


Ellen F. Graham

ALTAMONT — Ellen F. Graham, a lover of travel and music, died on April 20, 2011, in Port Orange, Fla. She was 67.

Mrs. Graham was formerly a resident of 163 Main St., in Altamont. She attended Altamont Elementary School, and graduated from Guilderland High School in 1961. She was a graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam.

After college, Mrs. Graham taught school for a number of years in San Francisco, Calif. For most of her working life, she was a property assessor in Volusia County, Fla. Mrs. Graham loved to travel, and her favorite travel companion, until the early 1990s, was her mother, Gertrude. She also enjoyed many kinds of music, jazz and classical being her special favorites.

“One of my most joyful recent memories is of Ellen dancing and laughing at the August 2010 wedding of my daughter Jennifer on a hill top in Marin County, California,” wrote her brother, Hugh Graham, in a tribute.

She is survived by her brothers, Joe Graham, and Hugh Graham, and his wife, Susan; her nieces, Jennifer Grishaver, Alicia Graham, and Veronica Graham; and her nephew, Sean Graham.

Her parents, Gertrude Lonsdale Graham and Joseph V. Graham died before her, as did her brother, Bruce Graham.

At her request, Mrs. Graham will be buried next to her mother in the Lonsdale family plot at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Post Office Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090.


Ida Mae Adams

BERNE — Ida Mae Adams had a lasting laugh. She died on Saturday, May 7, 2011, in St. Peter’s Hospital at the age of 81.

Born on June 30, 1929 in Berne, Ms. Adams was the daughter of the late Seth and Rose Adams.

She ran the family farm on Irish Hill for over 60 years and “greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing,” her family wrote in a tribute.

For years Ms. Adams was a bus driver for the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District.

Ms. Adams is survived by her companion of more than 42 years, Richard Furman. She will also be missed dearly by Bob Roe, Jim Green, and her niece, Brenda, and nephew, Clark Adams.

She will be cremated according to her wishes and her ashes will be buried with her mother in Woodlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.


Mary Lou Weinkauf

RENSSELAERVILLE — A Hilltown native turned southern belle, Mary Lou (Gifford) Weinkauf died on March 15, 2011, in Florissant, Missouri. She was 84.

Mrs. Weinkauf was born on June 17, 1926, to Charles D. Gifford and Cornelia (Tanner) Gifford of Rensselaerville.

“Before moving away to Missouri, she lived in the tiny little house that still stands at the intersection of Route 85 and Main Street, with her husband, Thomas Weinkauf, and her father, Charles Gifford, before the latter passed away, and until her husband’s National Guard work had him transfer to Missouri,” her nephew, Gifford Rector, wrote.

Mrs. Weinkauf is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Weinkauf; her daughter, Holly Jo Kurtz; and her, grandson Jonathan Kurtz.

She was one of five sisters, all four died before her: Dawn Marian Alban, Beryl Jean Miller, Charlotte “Jane” Rector Bennett, and Norma Ann Lois Gifford.

— Zach Simeone


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