WESTERLO — Dennis C. Smith, a husband and father who loved to travel and also a long-time New York University faculty member and criminal justice scholar credited with reducing crime in New York City, died on Monday, July 27, in Manhattan. He was 69.

WESTERLO — Brandy Lynn Riley, a woman who unearthed buried treasures and mined happiness from rocky ground, died on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. She was 31.

“God gained one angel,” her family wrote in a tribute.

EAST BERNE — Michael E. Smith, who was happiest at Warners Lake, died peacefully at Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, after a long illness. He was 62.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1952 to Norman C. and the late Mary Geier Smith, in Albany. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, he attended The College of Saint Rose.

ALTAMONT — Roberta Overbaugh Northrup, who was once an integral part of the Altamont Fair and a passionate country music singer, died on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at her home in Converse, Texas.

Mrs. Northrup, known as “Bobbi,” lived in Berne and Altamont for most of her life.

WESTMERE — Audrey F. Bentz, a woman who “never met a stranger,” according to her family, died  peacefully on Sunday, July 26, 2015, with her daughters by her side. She was 89.

Mrs. Bentz was born in Schenectady on April 26, 1926, the daughter of the late Harry and Mabel R. (née Shaver) Fitzpatrick.

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