CLARKSVILLE — Alexander R. Grone, a physics professor at Hudson Valley Community College and an active freemason, died on Monday, May 4, 2015. He was 83. 

He was born in Danville, Pennsylvania on June 21, 1931, to Dr. Robert Y. and Ethyl (née Lloyd) Grone. 

GUILDERLAND CENTER — Violet A. Empie, a mother of three sons, loved to sing and to travel. She stepped up to fill her husband’s job as postmaster in Guilderland Center while he served in World War II, and after his death.

She died on Saturday, May 9, 2015. She was 102.

WRIGHT — A Marine and World War II veteran, Fred Osterman worked for and identified with the military all of his life.

KNOX — Mark Von Haugg worked in his career at trouble-shooting technology, but he had his domestic lifestyle figured out at a young age.

Mark Benedict Von Haugg died peacefully at his home in Knox on May 9, 2015. He was 74.

Mr. Von Haugg was born on Feb. 19, 1941 in Albany to Lothar and Bertha (née Hasse) Von Haugg.

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.

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