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

GUILDERLAND — Blanche M. Pratt, the former owner of Candy Kraft Candies, died on Sunday, March 22, 2015. She was 96.

Mrs. Pratt was born in New Jersey, but grew up on a working farm on Curry Road. She graduated from Draper High School in Rotterdam.

ALTAMONT — Eleanor (née Morell) Patnode, described by her family as a devoted mother and homemaker, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland following an extended illness. She was 93.

VOORHEESVILLE — Ruth Vincent, a small woman with a large personality, died in the home she had built, the home where she had lived most of her life.

She died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  She was 92.

“She was a teeny, tiny little firecracker of a person,” said her granddaughter, Rhonda Doherty.

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

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