Peter J.R. Buttner was a man who, by his own reckoning, worked to build a brighter future no matter how dark the present.

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.

ALTAMONT — Ever since he was a kid, Dick Spadaro had an interest in “wheels.” As a man, he had a business selling parts for early Fords and was known across the country and around the world for his expertise in antique car restoration.

Theodore “Ted” E. Theisen, a devoted husband and father, died at Memorial Medical Center, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Thursday, April 9, 2015. He was 88.

Mr. Theisen was born on Aug. 30, 1926, in Schenectady, to Mildred Dingman Theisen and Theodore Theisen.

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