GUILDERLAND — Howard F. Jacobson, an engineer who was committed to religious service, died at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 77.

Mr. Jacobson was a 1955 graduate of Guilderland High School and a 1962 graduate of Union College. 

NEW SCOTLAND — Arthur N. Applebee, a husband, father, and grandfather, was a leading scholar of literacy and language learning and earned international renown for his seminal work on how students become literate thinkers. He died on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in New York. He was 69.

WESTERLO — Virginia A. Diederich, a local radio company co-owner with a strong sense of humor, died at her home on Friday, Sept. 20, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. She was 66.

Mrs. Diederich was born in Albany in March of 1949. She married Tom Diederich in 1976; they were married for 39 years.

ALTAMONT — Carol Ann Bruce of Altamont died peacefully at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Carol was a tremendous wife, mother, grandmother and friend and a well-loved resident of Altamont for over 40 years,” her family wrote in a tribute.

Dripping Springs, TEXAS — Michael Robert Quay, who loved film and song, died on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. He was 28. 

Michael was born to Susan Elizabeth Quay and Michael Edwin Shaffer, of Schenectady, in 1986.