ALTAMONT — Mojmir Frinta wrote this memoir before his death on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

VOORHEESVILLE — Marie D. Hallenbeck, a woman whose smile lit up a room, died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, with her family around her. She was 61.

ALTAMONT — Ellen P. Abbruzzese, a founder of the Altamont Orchards, died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. She was 92.

MIDDLEBURGH — Patricia A. Porter of Middleburgh, an environmentalist who liked to travel and loved her grandchildren, died peacefully with her loving family by her side at Albany Medical Center on Jan. 21, 2015. She was 62.

Howard D. Salsburg Jr. of Schenectady, a loving husband and father, died on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at the Hospice of the Upstate Rainey House in Anderson, South Carolina after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and lung disease. He was 80.