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Obituaries Archives The Altamont Enterprise, November 10, 2011
ALTAMONT Betty Crounse Lassi, a religious woman who loved to play the piano, died on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, surrounded by her devoted children. She was 83.
“With her loving heart and strong faith, she taught them to honor God,” her family wrote in a tribute.
Mrs. Lassi was born in Altamont on Sept. 3, 1928, the daughter of the late Albert and Vertie Crounse. She graduated from the old Altamont High School in 1946. Her beloved husband of 53 years, Paul, died on Sept. 17, 2000.
“She loved to play the piano, as she knew God gave her the talent, and enjoyed playing in church for over 60 years,” the tribute said. “Betty also taught piano for many years. She said God gave her the gift of playing the piano and always said, ‘God took her right hand and her beloved late husband, took her left.’ She also gave many concerts around the area.”
Mrs. Lassi also taught Sunday School and was director of Children’s Church for many years.
She is survived by her two children, whom she loved so dearly, Sharon Lachance and her husband, Bob, of New Hampshire and Dennis Lassi and his wife, Beth, of Guilderland. She is also survived by her dear grandchild, Bobby Lachance, of Austin, Texas; by a brother-in-law, Stanley Hiers, of Deland, Fla.; and by many nieces and nephews.
Her brother, Merlin Crounse, and his wife, Iola, died before her, as did her sister, Hazel Hiers, and her in-laws Edith and William Plass.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of St. Peter’s Community Care and The Community Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at the Schenectady Church of the Nazarene at 2535 Consaul Road in Schenectady at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice Foundation, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.
GUILDERLAND CENTER Ruth Lenehan, a devoted mother and strong woman, died on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home. She was 93.
Mrs. Lenehan was born on March 7, 1918, in Brooklyn, daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Baron. She was legally blind at birth, and suffered a bout of tuberculosis as a young child.
“She was remarkable in the things she was able to accomplish despite her handicap,” said her daughter, Marilyn Beth Lenehan.
Mrs. Lenehan was educated in Brooklyn, and raised her son and daughter there, in a neighborhood with frequent gang fights; yet, she kept them safe.
“She was very involved in our lives,” said her son, Richard J. Lenehan. He said his mother was a den leader when he was in the Boy Scouts, as well as being active in the church.
“Her children were her life,” he said. Though they grew up without much money, he said his mother made sure her children had the best education and health care they could get, and was very concerned that they have an appropriate upbringing.
“She very supportive, and sacrificial,” her daughter said.
Before Mrs. Lenehan stayed at home to raise her children, she worked as a seamstress in Brooklyn. After she moved to Guilderland in 1983, she took up ceramics.
She was a volunteer with the Community Caregivers, active in the Altamont Reformed Church, and participated with Senior Services.
“She was very loving, devoted, and strong,” her children agreed.
In addition to her son, Richard J. Lenehan, and her daughter, Marilyn Beth Lenehan, Mrs. Lenehan is survived by her sister, Marie Isaacs; a niece, Susan; a nephew, Richard; and several grandnieces and nephews.
Her husband, William J. Lenehan, died before her.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Altamont Reformed Church.
Arrangements are by the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Caregivers, 2021 Western Ave., Suite 104, Albany, NY 12203.
Kenneth D. Lee
WESTERLO Kenneth D. Lee, a loving father and husband died after a brief illness on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. He was 56.
Mr. Lee was born on March 25, 1955, in Schenectady, the son of Kenneth E. and Charlene Lee.
He was head mechanic at the Voorheesville School District.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deborah Wilkinson Lee; three children, Jennifer Burgess, Jarrod Lee, and his wife, Summer, and Kirstie Lee, and her husband, Keenan Hahn; two grandchildren, Julea and Jeffrey Burgess; a brother, Donald Lee, and his wife, Danielle; a sister-in-law, Rose Donato, and her husband, Joseph; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and several aunts and uncles.
His brother, Ricky Lee, died before him, as did his sister, Jennie Mae Lee.
A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Friends may call prior to the service, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Post Office Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 1718.