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VOORHEESVILLE — Dr. Alan R. McCartney, Ed. D., a school leader, former football athlete and golfer who loved his grandchildren, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, May 8, 2015, after a brief illness. He was 67.

Born in Yonkers on July 30, 1947, he was the son of the late Alan J. and Marion (née Raymond) McCartney.

JEFFERSON — Joseph W. Merwin, who painted industrial equipment and loved the freedom of the wilderness, died on Monday, May 4, 2015, after a long illness, surrounded by family at his home. He was 68.

GUILDERLAND — John “Jack” Hauf Gade Jr., a farmer and entrepreneur, owner of the Gade Farm in Guilderland, died Friday, April 17, 2015, in Ellis Hospital after a long battle to recover following a stroke. He was 85.

RENSSELAERVILLE — William J McChesney Jr., once a longtime treasurer for the Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, spent his career with the same company and his summers in the same historic village.

SCHENECTADY — Darlene Sophie (née Michaels) Kretzler was a woman who “always considered others before herself; especially her family,” her family wrote in a tribute.

WESTERLO — Dancing, stylish clothes, and slot machines were all part of Helene Rossner’s fun, but what she ultimately lived for was people, as a mother, grandmother, and wife, and as a nurse who finished her career surveying assisted-living facilities across the state.

BERNE — Jean Elizabeth Goodfellow excelled in school and used her to nursing skills to look out for the needs of children.

She died on April 3, 2015, after a long illness. She was 89.

ALTAMONT — Esther M. (née Hubbard) Goodfellow, a teacher and active community member, died on Thursday, March 26, after a brief illness. She was 92.

Goodfellow taught at the Guilderland Central School District for more than 30 years before she retired in 1982.

KNOX — Whanda Shedina knew hard work not just as a means of getting by, but for its pleasure and beauty.

KNOX — Thomas Grippin had a skilled hand as a carpenter and a good heart as a family man.

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