Obituaries

KNOX — Thomas R. Filkins, a gentle and friendly man who was a tank mechanic during World War II and a postal carrier for most of his career, relished the role of public servant.

GUILDERLAND — Betty R. Van Hoesen kept her hands busy with crafts and her heart filled with generosity. She died on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. She was 88.

“She was always smiling, always happy,” said her son, Ron Wallace. “She would do anything for you. She was a very nice person.

VOORHEESVILLE — Roger Spencer had no blood relatives but he had a family of admirers, many of who knew him as the cowboy at the village laundry.

GUILDERLAND CENTER — Donna LaGrange, a woman known for always having a smile on her face, died on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at her home. She was 50.

Ms. LaGrange was born in Cobleskill on Oct. 28, 1964, the daughter of James “Butch” and Gloria LaGrange.

She graduated from Guilderland High School in 1984.

SCHENECTADY — Michael Hayes, of lower Broadway in Schenectady, died on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. He was 57.

Mr. Hayes was born in Albany and attended the Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools. He moved to Schenectady, where he lived most of his adult life.

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