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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 26, 2006

Neale E. Dunston

SLINGERLANDS – Neale E. Dunston, owner and operator of Neale Dunston Body and Fender for 45 years, died on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. He was 69.
Mr. Dunston was born in Albany to Elsie Hutchings and William Dunston. He lived most of his life in New Scotland and Voorheesville.

He attended Voorheesville’s high school, and met his wife, Joan, when the two were teenagers. She was a student at Albany High School. They met through mutual friends at a party. They have been married for 48 years.

"We never were separated, until now," his wife said. "He was a terrific husband."

Mr. Dunston served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1960-62.

In his younger days, Mr. Dunston enjoyed stock-car racing. He was well known in the local racing community. He built his own car and raced as number 23, remembered Barbara Maples, a good friend.

Maples has been friends with the Dunstons since they were all teenagers, she said.

Mr. Dunston worked with cars his whole life, running his own car shop for nearly a half century. "He was a Chevy man," Maples said.

He became well known and trusted by being an honest businessman.

"He would never take a penny more than what he thought a job was worth," Maples said. "Neale was a very kind person," she said.

He was always willing to help, even if it was the middle of the night and someone was stuck in the snow, Maples said.

"He would never say no to anyone, even if they had no money," she added.

People came from all over because of his expertise in painting cars, Maples said.

Mr. Dunston had three children and eight grandchildren, with whom he spent his free time. He loved his family, his wife said.

"He was loved by everyone that met him," Mrs. Dunston concluded.

Mr. Dunston is survived by his wife, Joan Tymoski Dunston; a son, Todd, and his wife, Kim, of East Berne; daughters Debra LaBelle, and her husband, Steven, of Duanesburg, and Cheryl Reilly, and her husband, David, of Delmar.

He is also survived by his mother, Elsie Hutchings, of Delmar, and four brothers, Sydney Dunston of Slingerlands; William Dunston, and his wife, Alicia, of Monterey, Cal.; Robert Dunston, and his wife, Kathy, of Voorheesville; and Sam Dunston, and his wife, Donna, of Carlisle.

Mr. Dunston is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Melissa and Neale Dunston; Kyle and Brett LaBelle; and Evan, Paige, Olivia and Noelle Reilly.

Calling hours were held Sunday afternoon at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville. A funeral mass was held Monday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar. Burial was at the Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, Upstate New York Chapter, 6 Automation Ln., Albany, N.Y. 12206.

— Rachel Dutil

Anna Glendora (Ebert) Jacobson

GUILDERLAND — Anna Glendora (Ebert) Jacobson, a long-standing active member of the community, died on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, with her daughter at her side. Known as Glendora, Mrs. Jacobson lived with her daughter, Betty, and son-in-law, Gary, in St. Albans, Vt., for the past two years.

She was 88.

"Ma, as she was known to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many others, will be remembered as a kind, gentle, and loving person who never complained and always put others’ needs before her own," according to a tribute by her family. "She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they were truly blessed for having had her in their lives."

Born in Cohoes, Mrs. Jacobson was the daughter of the late Gertrude B. (Frederick) and Albert W. Ebert. She moved to Guilderland in the early 1920’s, where her father bought a dairy farm. She lived in town most of her life, raising her four children in Guilderland with her husband, Howard.

Graduating from Altamont High School in 1935 as valedictorian, Mrs. Jacobson also graduated from the Albany Business School a year later as valedictorian. She worked at Union College in Schenectady and at the University at Albany before ending her employment at Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland.

One of the longest-tenured members of Hamilton Union Church, Mrs. Jacobson was also a member of the Eastern Star and the Albany County Grange, a life member of the Guilderland Fire Department Auxiliary, and a member of the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church Women’s Association.

Her husband, Howard Jacobson Jr. died in 1997. Her son, Robert W. Jacobson, died in May of 2006.

Mrs. Jacobson is survived by a son, Howard F. Jacobson, and his wife, Lynda, of Guilderland; two daughters, Elizabeth G. Bluto, and her husband, Gary, of St. Albans, Vt., and Marilyn J. Kaddaras, and her husband, Michael, of Chandler, Ariz.; and a brother, Albert W. Ebert, Jr., and his wife, Andrea. Her brother, Frederick Ebert, died in 1926.

She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Jane Jacobson, of Shelburne, Vt.; a brother-in-law, Ernest Jacobson, and his wife, Sandra; a sister-in-law, Marguerite (Jacobson) Miller; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Shirley Irwin, as well as other cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 12 noon with a memorial service immediately following, officiated by Rev. Stewart E. Pattison of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church.

Interment will be at the Jacobson family plot in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 2291 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY 12084, or to an organization of your choice.

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