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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 4, 2006


Allan J. Miller Jr.

GUILDERLAND — Allan J. Miller Jr. died Friday, April 28, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany following a long illness. He was 39.
He graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked at Capital Services in Colonie until his health forced him into retirement.

He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and watched them with passion until his death.

Survivors include his mother, Wilhelmina Miller of Guilderland; one sister, Lauren Miller Prezorski and her husband, Leonard, of Cobleskill and one aunt, Louise Gade of Guilderland.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday at noon at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland,

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Center, St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12203.

The family gives special thanks to many friends who were so supportive throughout his illness and especially to Rev. Robert Luidens for his many caring visits.

Robert Ostrander

Robert H. Ostrander, a World War II veteran and long-time service manager, formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, died at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Ill. on Thursday, April 27, 2006. He was 90.
He was born on Oct. 26, 1915 in Gallupville, the son of the late Jessie B. and Sarah (Martin) Ostrander. He married Ruth E. Boyle on July 4, 1937 in Schoharie. She survives him and resides in Metamora, Ill. at the Snyder Village Health Center.

Mr. Ostrander retired from Burroughs Corporation in 1978 where he was a service manager of the Business Forms Division. After retirement, he worked for International Mailing Systems for several years before moving to Illinois in 2000.

He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946.

He is survived by a brother, Ivan J. Ostrander, of Nevada, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

His son, Brian, died before him as did one brother and three sisters.

Burial will be in the Gallupville, Rural Cemetery.

Steven V. Passarelli

VOORHEESVILLE — Steven V. Passarelli, a sales executive, died unexpectedly on April 30, 2006 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was 49.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, he traveled as an "Army brat" to bases in New York City, Indiana, Maryland, Germany and Italy. He graduated from Voorheesville’s high school, where he enjoyed football and playing bass in the school band under the mentoring of Frank McDermott.

As a Siena College student, he continued playing bass with the dance band, "The Cordialaires" and the popular rock band, "Tapps."

"After graduation from Siena, he pursued a successful career as a sales executive, where he could travel and charm people with his friendly manner and humor," his family said in a tribute.

He lived in Minneapolis, Minn. from 1987 to 2005. He leaves his former wife, Carmen Petushin, and two daughters, Jackie and Madison.

He also leaves his fiancée, Marlina Gonzalez and her daughter, Diwa, with whom he shared a long-term supportive relationship.

He is also survived by his father, Richard E. Passarelli Sr., and stepmother, Mary, of Cohoes and his mother, Nancy Passarelli Farley and his stepfather, Vincent, of Voorheesville.

He is also survived by a loving family of three brothers who shared his love of music; Richard Jr. and his wife, Michal, of Massachusetts, Robert of Raleigh, N.C., and Thomas Passarelli and his wife, Jeanne, of Voorheesville; his special sister, Lynne Passarelli of Voorheesville; and a stepbrother, Michael Farley and his wife, Carol.

He is survived also by 11 nieces and three nephews; their activities and achievements were a source of great pride to him.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Scotland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville or the Epilepsy Foundation.

Donald J. White

A graveside memorial service for Donald J. White, who died Jan. 11, 2006 will be held Saturday, May 6, in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Scotland at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel in Sidney, N.Y.

Gladys M. Skinner

SCHOHARIE — Gladys Zimmer Skinner died Thursday, April 27, 2006 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. She was 86.

She was a member of the Gallupville Evangelical Lutheran Church.

"Gladys was an avid reader and bird watcher, but her true passion was her love of her family," said her family in a tribute.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Kenneth H. Skinner; four children, Howard "Skip" Skinner and his wife, Doris, of Gallupville, Leila Vinson and her husband, Bob, of Thompsons Lake, Douglas Skinner and his wife, Connie, of Gallupville, and Debra Stalker and her husband, Dick, of Central Bridge; two stepsisters, Marjorie Whittacker and her husband, Roscoe, of New Port Richey, Fla. and Whilma Willsey and her husband, Mike, of East Berne.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her parents, Marvin and Leila Zimmer, died before her as did her stepmother, Merta Zimmer, and a stepbrother, Herbert Wolford.

A funeral service was held on Monday at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial was in Old Stone Fort Cemetery in Schoharie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scho-Wright Ambulance, Schoharie, NY 12157.

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