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RENSSELAERVILLE — Like a friend, when Paula M. Britton spoke to her grandchildren about their personal lives, she gave them her attention and earnest advice.

Mrs. Britton died peacefully at her home in her sleep on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. She was 64.

ALTAMONT — Monday morning, Bette Cowley had a lifetime of treasures spread out on the bed she and her husband had shared for decades. Ed Cowley died on Saturday morning, Oct. 11, 2014. He was 89.

GUILDERLAND — Worthy C. Cox Jr., a quick-witted man who was dedicated to his family and his fire department, died on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. He was 79.

He went “into the Arms of Our Lord,” wrote his family in a tribute.

Mr. Cox was born in Albany, the son of the late Worthy and Clara (née Bischoff) Cox.

ALTAMONT — A lifelong Altamont resident, long known as “Anthony the Washerman,” Kenneth M. Anthony died on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, after suffering a heart attack.

Born on Aug. 12, 1930, Mr. Anthony was the son of the late Merwin J. Anthony and Anna Blessing Anthony, and graduated from Draper High School.

RICHMONDVILLE — Grace Stott could be outgoing and enjoyed a good laugh, but she was mostly a gentle conversationalist who was focused on her two sons.

Ms. Stott died on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Evergreen Commons nursing home in East Greenbush, following several years with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 95.

EUGENE — Baisel Elmer Spencer was tough as nails and soft as clay. He loved his family and molded himself to support them.

“He always loved to look at things from the historic perspective,” said Mr. Persico's wife, Sylvia LaVista Persico, this week. “He liked the investigative work involved in being a historian.”

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SCHENECTADY — A socially active man who loved to travel, Lawrence “Larry” Leonard Pisarski, Sr., was a storyteller.

Mr. Pisarski died on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at the Stratton Veterans Hospital in Albany, with his family by his side following a battle with kidney cancer. He was 78.

GALLUPVILLE — Helen Pelepzuck devoted herself to raising her family at home and worked as a recess aide at Schoharie Central School District.

Mrs. Pelepzuck died on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a heart attack. She was 82.

MEDUSA — Described by his family as a loving father and adoring grandfather, Arthur C. Pizzigati was an Army veteran who worked as a craftsman and salesman. He died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

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