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Obituaries Archives The Altamont Enterprise, April 12, 2012
Chester W. Warner
BERNE Chester W. Warner was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who worked in hotel management.
Marjorie Minnie • Gotha Nasholds
BERNE A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 14, for Marjorie Minnie Gotha Nasholds who died on March 4, 2012. She was a longtime church organist who moved around the country with her family, but never forgot her roots in Albany County.
“She was pleasant, determined, always looked on the bright side of everything, right till the end,” said her daughter, Gail Kirchner, soon after her death.
Mrs. Nasholds died at the Inn at Quail Haven Village, in Pinehurst, N.C. She was 97.
She was born on Oct. 28, 1914 in Albany to the late William Gotha and Bessie Hallenbeck Gotha. She is survived by two daughters: Gail Kirchner of Ocala, Fla. and Linda Reville of Mooresville, N.C.; five grandchildren: Robert, Molly, and Rebecca Reville; and Chad and Amy Goetz; and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service, with arrangements by the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne followed by an interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne.
Franklin Loucks, an outgoing man with a great sense of humor, died on Thursday April 5, 2012. He was 89.
A recent resident of Ruskin, Fla., and Hadley, N.Y., and formerly of Dormansville, Loucks was described by his niece, Roxanne Horlacher, as “just the nicest man.”
He was born on July 17, 1922, the son of the late Bryan and Pearl (Groesbeck) Loucks. He graduated from the Greenville Central School in 1940. He was employed by the Greenville Central School District, as a bus driver, and also worked at Agway, and Main Care, before he retired in 1988.
He was married to Shirley Udell, whom he called “the love of his life.”
The Louckses loved spending time at their camp in Sacandaga, said Ms. Horlacher.
“It was just quiet and peaceful where they were they started out with a little trailer and built it into a full-size camp,” she said. “They just enjoyed being up there.”
Ms. Horlacher said Mr. Loucks and his wife, Shirley, loved to have visitors at the camp, and she recalled having a meal, visiting, and sitting in front of the fire.
Mr. and Mrs. Loucks also enjoyed spending summers in Florida and going to the beach.
Mr. Loucks had a particular love for John Deere tractors and lighthouses, his niece said.
“He was pleasant and had a great sense of humor,” she said. “He was outgoing, caring, and loving.”
Mr. Loucks is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley (Udell) Loucks; his brother, Earl Loucks, and his wife, Lorraine, of Greenville Center; his brother-in-law, Albert Udell, of Delmar; his daughters, Janet Starker, of Clarksville, and Judith Hendrick, and her husband, Paul, of Castleton; and his son, James Louck, of Ravena.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michelle Case, and her husband, Jon, Daniel Loucks, and his wife, Lola, Lori Kolb, and her husband, Shawn, Paul Hendrick, and his wife, Heidi, Scott Starker, and Krista Starker; and his great-grandchildren, Jonathan III and Samantha Case, Jacqueline and Nathaniel Loucks, Dylan and Ashley Kolb, Brandon and Logan Hendrick, and Izaiah, Gladys, and Kayla Starker; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be no services at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westerlo Fire Company, Post Office Box 87, Westerlo, NY 12193.
Arrangements are by the National Cremation and Burial Society of Ruskin, Fla.
Douglas Arthur Jones
BERNE Douglas Arthur Jones, a kind and generous man, died at 4:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8. He was 73.
Mr. Arthur, a lifelong resident of Berne, is the son of the late Howard and Lillian Jones.
During his younger years, he worked for the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Albany County Highway Department.
In recent years, wrote his family in a tribute, his favorite pastimes included drinking coffee while sitting on the porch of his parents’ home on Route 143, waving to passersby; buying coffee for all of his friends at the Berne Store and the Duke Dairy Bar, in East Berne; and reliving wonderful memories of camping, fishing, and hunting trips with his parents and siblings.
Many of these memories were from Eighth Lake and Wells campgrounds in the Adirondacks, the St. Lawrence River, Canada, the Florida Keys, and the White River area of Arkansas.
Mr. Arthur is survived by his brothers, Edwin Jones, and Carol Lynn Coronios, of Chatham, N.Y., and Roy Jones, and his wife, Charlotte, of Berne; his sisters, Ruth and Hillery Thibodeaux, of Katy, Texas, and Marilyn Mayers, of Geneva, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
Visitation and a service will be held on Saturday, April 14, at the Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne, beginning at 9 a.m., with the service at 10 a.m. Following a brief gravesite service at Woodlawn Cemetery, a light luncheon will be offered to family and friends in the church fellowship hall. Arrangements are by the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont; the family would like to extend a special thank you to Farrell Virga for his assistance.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Helderberg Lutheran Church, 1728 Helderberg Trail, Berne, NY 12023.
Sandra A. Carl
“She was an awesome mom,” said her son, Andrew, one of three boys. “She would do anything to help her kids out.”
An only child, she was the daughter of the late William H. Leitch and Leila M. Boff, and she was the stepdaughter of the late Garrett Belles.
“She was close to her mother, a single mom,” said Andrew Carl’s wife, Katy. “She’d tell us lots of stories about growing up…She’d say how much the town had changed.”
Mrs. Carl was graduated from Bethlehem High School. She married Frederick Carl, after dating his best friend, said her daughter-in-law. “She loved sharing stories of her and Fred, and what a wonderful man he was…He had died before I came along,” said her daughter-in-law.
Together, the Carls ran the New Salem Garage.
“She was the office manager,” said her son. “When we were born, she stayed home to raise the children.”
Her husband and, later, her sons were volunteers in the fire department. Andrew Carl said of the ladies’ auxiliary, “They back us up when there’s a fire, feeding us and making sure we have water.”
Mrs. Carl also helped at the Punkintown Fair, the fire department’s annual fund-raiser.
Mrs. Carl had her own business, Brookhaven Studios, through which she sold scarves, shawls, and blankets she had woven. “She loved weaving,” said her son. “She had her own sheep and created her own yarn.”
“She had a large number of animals at the farm,” said her daughter-in-law. Sometimes, she would have baby lambs in her living room. “She had two looms in her loom room and made the most beautiful scarves,” said her daughter-in-law.
Mrs. Carl also enjoyed gardening, raising both flowers and vegetables, and she liked to read.
She loved refurbishing old furniture and often gave the restored pieces, including chairs she had caned, to her sons.
Mrs. Carl was an excellent cook, often trying new recipes she had learned from watching cooking shows on television. “She made awesome pork chops,” said her son. “Whatever she cooked, she made enough for the family.”
Katy Carl spent a lot of time with her mother-in-law. “We’d talk about cooking and recipes,” she said. “She loved the Cooking Channel…She loved any type of food and always wanted to try new things.”
Mrs. Carl lived in a house situated between houses owned by her sons. She’d ride a golf cart between the houses, sometimes with her grandkids aboard.
One of her greatest joys was being with her grandchildren. “She would paint with them, color, do arts and crafts anything they wanted,” said Andrew Carl.
Her grandchildren called her “Nonie.”
“She loved her grandchildren more than anything,” said her daughter-in-law. “She’d sit and visit with them, and that was the highlight of her day.”
Katy Carl went on, “She had a better memory than anyone.” A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. Carl “taught me etiquette, like how to set a table,” said her daughter-in-law. “She was very proper, very ladylike. She would send thank-you notes…It would bother her that that was a lost art.” Mrs. Carl would encourage her grandchildren to write thank-you notes, too.
“She was a great all-around lady,” said her son.
“She was the kind of person who would always try to make you laugh,” said her daughter-in-law, breaking into tears at the memory.
Her son concluded, “She just enjoyed life….She liked to make jokes. She was very humorous. She made light of bad situations. Up until the last day, she was full of herself and full of fun.”
Her husband, Frederick Carl, died before her as did her parents.
Funeral services will be this morning, April 12, at 11 a.m. at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home at 343 New Karner Rd. in Colonie, with a calling hour at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow the service in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Salem. Mourners may leave messages for the family online at www.newcomeralbany.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of New Scotland Senior Outreach Program, 2029 New Scotland Rd., Slingerlands, NY 12159-3633.