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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 21, 2006

Dorothy A. Bailey

GUILDERLAND CENTER — Dorothy A Bailey, who lived in Guilderland Center for 51 years, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at the Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

She was a former member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas K. Bailey; one son, Avery Ingle and his wife, Donna, of Guilderland Center; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Guilderland. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Alice C. Cornwell

WEST BERNE — Alice C. Cornwell, a long-time postal clerk, was well-liked by all and family-oriented, said her son, Douglas A. Cornwell.
Mrs. Cornwell died on Nov. 29, 2006, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
She was 91.

Mrs. Cornwell was born May 11, 1915 in Dunnsville to Lester and Ella Crounse. She had lived in the town of Wright since 1943 and was a clerk at the former West Berne Post Office for 29 years.

Mrs. Cornwell was a member of the Gallupville United Methodist Church and served on many committees. She was head of the ladies’ aid for many years, raised money for the church, and helped with suppers, Mr. Cornwell said.

Mrs. Cornwell married Welton S. Cornwell on Sept. 4, 1943. Her husband died on May 15, 1993, just shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Cornwell enjoyed collecting antique buttons, making scrapbooks, and clipping newspapers, her son said. "She read The Altamont Enterprise every week. She cut clippings from them for the last 60 or 70 years," he said.

"She was well-liked by all," Mr. Cornwell said, adding that Mrs. Cornwell was family-oriented, and most of her family lived nearby.

Mrs. Cornwell’s father, Lester Crounse, owned the Meadowdale Farm, Douglas Cornwell said. He also recalled going to the Altamont Elementary School, where his grandmother, Ella Crounse, worked in the cafeteria.

"I’m going to be 60 in a couple of days," Mr. Cornwell said. It was important to his mother, he said, for the family to get together for birthdays and Christmases.

"Her record of health was very good. She lived at home, and took care of herself. She was very proud of that," Mr. Cornwell said, adding that Mrs. Cornwell hadn’t been to the hospital in many years until 10 days prior to her death.

"The last time she was in the hospital was when I was born 60 years ago," Mr. Cornwell said.


Mrs. Cornwell is survived by her sons, Alan R. Cornwell of Wright, and Douglas A. Cornwell, and his wife, Harriet, of Schoharie; her sister, Janet Marvin, of North Carolina; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 2 at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

The Langan Funeral Home of Schoharie and Central Bridge made the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gallupville United Methodist Church, care of Dorothy Underwood, Treasurer, Gallupville, NY 12073.

— Tyler Schuling

Agnes Jadwiga Loyek Rochon

Agnes Jadwiga Loyek Rochon, a long-time Guilderland resident, died in Everett, Wash. on Dec. 15, 2006. She was 99.

She was born in Poland to the late John and Caroline Budzinski Loyek on St. Agnes Day, Jan. 21, 1907. She came to this country as a young child. She grew up in Scranton, Pa.

She was married to Walter J. Rochon in Scranton, Pa. They moved to Albany in 1931. They had celebrated their 60th anniversary in 1983.

Mrs. Rochon lived in Guilderland for almost 50 years before moving to join two daughters in the Seattle area. While in Guilderland, she was a long-time member of the Guilderland Home Bureau and the Guilderland Seniors. She has also been a long-time member of her church.

She moved to Everett, Wash. in 1999 and was a resident of Bethany at Silver Crest for three years before moving to Bethany of Silver Lake in Everett, Wash.

Her husband, Walter, died before her, in July, 1985, as did three of her children. Her son, Thomas Rochon, was a World War II casualty in 1944. Daughters Agnes McRedmond of Caroga Lake, N.Y. died in July, 1975; daughter Jennie Wahl of Colonie, N.Y. died in September of 2003.

Five brothers — Anthony, Albert, Frank, Valentine and Joseph Loyek — died before her as did her sister Mary, who died as an infant.

She is survived by her daughters and their families: Ruth Schaible and her husband, Howard, of Port Ludlow, Wash.; Marion Hickey of Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; and Barbara Soares of Seattle, Wash., who was part of the family for many years and was considered a daughter.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Thomas Wahl and his wife, Janet, of Eagle Bridge, N.Y.; Peggy Axthelm, and her husband, Helmut, of Hamilton, Ontario; Patricia Jarosz of Santa Clara, Calif.; Penny Singley of Cohoes, N.Y.; Jeffrey Schaible, of Woodinville, Wash.; Jennifer Davis of Snohomish, Wash.; Gregory Schaible and his wife, Virginia, of Bellevue, Wash.; and Curtis Karch.

She is also survived by great-grandchildren Jason and Kristi Schaible and Amanda and Barrett Axthelm, and by her sister-in-law, Josephine Loyek, of Scranton, Pa., and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany of Silver Lake, 2235 Lake Heights Drive, Everett, WA 98208.

Private interment will be at Memory’s Garden in Colonie at a later date. Arrangements are by Purdy & Walters with Cassidy Funeral Directors of Everett, Wash.

Kathryn B. Yezzi

GUILDERLAND — Kathryn B. Yezzi, a devoted caretaker, a loving mother, and an accomplished actress, died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at Albany Medical Center Hospital with her family at her side.

She was 63.

Born in Albany on Sept. 25, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Michael and Kathryn (Macri) Blase. Mrs. Yezzi was a graduate of Kenwood Academy in Albany and Manhattanville College in Westchester County.

"She was deeply intelligent and thoughtful and loving, and completely dedicated to her children," said her son, David Yezzi. "She was a mom who saw four of her children graduate college and marry"and she had eight wonderful grandchildren."

A former board member and president of the alumni association at The Doane Stuart School, Mrs. Yezzi was deeply involved with the school since its inception in 1975. The 30-year-old Doane Stuart School was merged from the much older Roman Catholic Kenwood Academy and the Episcopalian St. Agnes School.

She was also a one time chair of the Imagine Auction and the mother of four alumni.

Mrs. Yezzi worked at the University Heights Nursing Home for many years and was an active member of the Junior League of Albany. In addition, she served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at the Church of Christ the King in Guilderland.

Mrs. Yezzi was a noted figure in the Capital District theater community, serving on the board of directors of the Schenectady Civic Players, where she also chaired the box office, and as the box office manager of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, from which she retired earlier this year.

"She ran the box office there," said her son, Mr. Yezzi. "That was a job that she enjoyed and she found it very exciting to work there with all of the shows and everything." She retired only after "she was too sick to work anymore," he said.

Mrs. Yezzi had studied acting at the New York State Theatre Institute, among other places, and she performed for the Capital Repertory Theatre in Our Town and Inherit the Wind. She also performed at other theaters in the area, playing Kate in All My Sons, Annie Nations in Foxfire, Mrs. Shandig in The Runner Stumbles, and Mrs. Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You.

Mr. Yezzi said that his mother discovered her passion for acting when she took him and his three siblings to theater classes.

"That was a life-long evolution for her. It turned out to be something very important to her from then on," said Mr. Yezzi. "It was a real passion of hers and she took it very seriously and was quite good at it."

Kathryn Yezzi was loved by the staff of every production she was a part of, said her son.

"She had a ton of cards and letters that said she was their angel during this production or that," Mr. Yezzi said. "She was terrific and really valued by the people she came in contact with."


Mrs. Yezzi is survived by her husband, C. David Yezzi, of Guilderland; her sister, Mary Ann Howard of Loudonville; and her brother, Michael Blase, and his wife, Kim, of Guilderland.

She is also survived by her four children, David Yezzi, and his wife, Sarah Smith, of Manhattan; Michael Yezzi, and his wife, Jennifer Small, of Shushan (Washington County); Sarah Lonergan, and her husband, Mark, of Boston, Mass.; and Kathryn R. Cotton, and her husband, Daniel, of Delmar; as well as eight grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Hans Funeral Home in Albany. A funeral service will take place today (Thursday) at the Church of Christ the King on Sumpter Avenue in Guilderland.

Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Memorial contributions may be made to The Doane Stuart School, 799 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202.

— Jarrett Carroll

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