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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 29, 2006

Gladys M. Pierce

Gladys M. Pierce died Saturday, June 24, 2006 in Morristown, Tenn. S he was 81.

Mrs. Pierce lived in Berne for many years before recently moving to Tennessee.

She worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as a senior clerk for 17 years, retiring in 1985.

She was a member of the Altamont Senior Citizens and the Boyd Hilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary. She attended the Altamont Reformed Church for many years.

Her husband, Vernon Pierce, died in 1980.

She is survived by three children: Jeanne M. Casperson and her husband, Daniel, of Schenectady; Diana M. Binkowski and her husband, Robert, of Morristown, Tenn.; and Charles J. Pierce and his wife, Sue, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

She is also survived by two sisters, Esther M. Majewski of Stroudsburg, Pa., and Pauline A. Brown of Sharon Springs, N.Y.; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her sister, Elizabeth Aker, died in 1999.

A funeral service will be held today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Colonie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Altamont Senior Citizens, Post Office Box 212, Altamont, NY 12009.

Nancy A. Smith

Nancy A. Smith was exacting in her work as a transcriptionist and in her hobby as a cross-stitcher.

She died in Poughkeepsie, where she had lived for 34 years, on June 22, 2006. She was 54.

Born on Nov. 29, 1951, the daughter of Valentine and the late June Stephens Ciupek, she was raised in Altamont, where her father still lives.

"She had many friends in Altamont. She had a totally fun personality," said her brother, John Ciupek. "We had our little gang from Lincoln Avenue and Jay Street."

Mrs. Smith attended Altamont Elementary School and graduated from Guilderland High School in 1969.

She worked for the New York State Department of Corrections in Albany and Beacon, N.Y. as a transcriptionist.

Later, she worked for Hudson Valley Plastic Surgeons and Colon Business Services as a medical transcriptionist.

"She especially liked working for the two doctors," said her husband. "She would sit at the computer and type up what they dictated."

She met the man who was to be her husband, Keith E. Smith, on a double date with his sister-in-law.

"They were both fun-loving," said Mr. Ciupek of the couple.

For a recent anniversary, they took a cruise to Alaska.

"It was exciting; she talked about that cruise all the time," said her brother. Mrs. Smith set up a web page to display the pictures she had taken of Alaska, he said.

"They hoped to retire and live in a log cabin," said Mr. Ciupek.

He also described his sister as "a very good mother." She was recently excited about wedding plans for both her son and daughter, he said.

Mrs. Smith loved to garden and to do cross-stitch embroidery. Sometimes combining her two passions, she would make cross-stitched artwork of flowers. Lilacs and purple pansies were her favorite flowers, her brother said. Before their mother died two years ago, Mrs. Smith took her to a lilac festival in Rochester where they had a wonderful time, Mr. Ciupek said.

Mrs. Smith would also stitch pictures of places she had been to visit and she created special gifts for people with her cross-stitching. Mr. Ciupek and his wife received one such gift for their 25th wedding anniversary.

Her masterpiece, though, was a portrait she stitched of their mother, said Mr. Ciupek.

"It looks like a picture from a distance," he said. "When you get close, you can see it’s stitches — hundreds and hundreds of stitches. My mother is wearing a blue dress. There are probably 12 to 15 shades of blue in it. You have to see it to believe it."


Mrs. Smith is survived by her father, Valentine Ciupek of Altamont; her husband, Keith Smith, of Poughkeepsie; a son, Gregg, and his fiancée, Elizabeth Frank, of Poughkeepsie; a daughter, Casey, at home, and her fiancé, Eric Cook, of Fishkill; a brother, John Ciupek, and his wife, Sherry, of Schenectady and their three daughters, Erin, of Long Island, and Amy and Allison of Schenectady.

She is also survived by two aunts, Mary Walas and Nellie Ciupek of Voorheesville, and an uncle, Steve Ciupek, of California.

Her mother died in 1994, and several aunts and uncles died before her.

A funeral was held June 26 at the Delehanty Funeral Home in Wappingers Falls with burial in Wappingers Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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