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WESTERLO — In regular correspondence with her mother in New Jersey, Constance Teator included and received excerpted Bible verses that she pinned on her kitchen wall in Freehold, tucked into her Bible, and left out for her family to read.

EAST BERNE — A hardened farm worker in his youth and a dependable mechanic, Willard Dibble was tender with his family ties.

WEST BERNE — Gertrude Perue kept her home neat and her siblings in comfort.

She worked as a hostess at Borelli’s Restaurant in Howes Cave, in Schoharie County, and was a caregiver for many in her family throughout her life.

KNOX — Cecelia Shafer gave cards and conversation — for any occasion and anyone dear — and didn’t expect anything in return.

Her blue eyes and smile greeted customers of The Altamont Supermarket, acquaintances at the Knox Volunteer Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary, or members of St. Lucy’s Church in Altamont.

KNOX — Dedication to family didn’t deter Virginia Amundson’s travels and curiosity. It fueled it. She had a quick humor and extended her love to her deceased mother and to children who weren’t her own.

GUILDERLAND — Deloris E. Van Deusen-Heidenreich, a lifelong Girl Scout and a passionate skier, died on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

“She has left her earthly dwelling to join her beloved husband, Stanley Heidenreich, and her cat, Misty,” wrote her family in a tribute.

BERNE — By nature, Martha Salzer was more of a helper than a leader, sewing clothes and baking pies, but through her constant nurturing she was the grand matriarch of her family.

KNOX — Alec F. Saddlemire died in his sleep at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

“He was only 56 and will be missed by all who knew him,” his family wrote in a tribute. He was the son of the late Austin and Frieda (née Schultz) Saddlemire of Knox.

GUILDERLAND — In elementary school and in her senior year of high school, Caitlin Clancy drew pictures in chalk on neighborhood driveways, even during math class.

KNOX — A woman of brass and baked goods, Donna Ostrander fed grandchildren, neighbors, and friendly chipmunks.

She raised two daughters as a single mother after her husband, Donald, died; she worked as a clerk for the town and for the United States Postal Service.

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