EAST BERNE — Mary Claire Bolton Liszanckie, a nurse and a mother of six, grandmother of 13, and great-grandmother of 17, died on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. She was 90.

She “went home to be with the Lord,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She was ‘Mom’ and ‘Mrs. L’ to many over the years,” they also wrote. 

BERNE — Fred C. Wukits, a veteran who worked as a manufacturing engineer, was a deeply religious man who enjoyed flying and woodworking.

Formerly of Berne, he died peacefully in his home in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, after a long illness. He was 83.

GUILDERLAND — Raymond H. Keys, a fireman and devoted husband, died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home. He was 88.

Mr. Keys was born in Hebron, the son of the late George and Emma Weaver Keys.

BERNE — Vernon G. Schanz Jr., a farmer who loved the outdoors, died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was 91.

Mr. Schanz was born in Berne on July 17, 1924, the son of the late Vernon and Mildred Josephine (née Proper) Schanz.

He graduated from the Berne-Knox-Westerlo schools in 1942.

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.

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