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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 8, 2007

Charles C. Dederick

GUILDERLAND — Charles C. Dederick, a family man and postal worker, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady following a brief illness. He was 56.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 10 years as at truck driver. He was a member of the West Albany Rod and Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Debra Castagna Dederick; his beloved children, Marcy A. Dederick and Brandon C. Dederick, both of Guilderland; and two brothers, Floyd Dederick of Guilderland Center and Ronnie Dederick of Guilderland. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Guilderland Center Fire Department in Guilderland Center.

Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Raymond E. Johnson

GUILDERLAND — Raymond E. Johnson, a lab assistant, died Monday, March 5, 2007, at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home. He was 76.

He worked for 40 years as a lab assistant at the Griffin Laboratories, a division of the New York State Health Department in Guilderland.

He was the son of the late Ruth D. Johnson and husband of the late Mabel A. Johnson.

He is survived by his step-daughters, Eileen Davis and her husband, Robert, of Delmar and Barbara Wells and her husband, William, of Glenville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His sister, Dorothy De Cocco, died before him.

Services are private. Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

Richard A. King

NEW SCOTLAND – Richard A. King, who loved Irish music, playing the piano, and antiques died last week at his New Scotland home. He was 89.

"He lived the way he wanted," said his cousin, Mark King.

Mr. King was born on Oct. 1, 1917, to the late John and Virginia Arnold King. He was an only child.

A life-long resident of New Scotland, he "was a well-known gentleman farmer," said his cousin.

Mr. King had an egg-delivery route as a kid, and later in life, "He did what he wanted, and had no concerns," Mark King said.
His family home on New Scotland Road became a spectacle in town, attracting artists and photographers, as it gradually transformed from a beautiful, old Victorian mansion to a ramshackle ruin, which was torn down a few years ago.

The porch of the old house was often the resting spot for Mr. King’s friend, a well-known bull named Clarence.

"He had a lot of adventures and exploits," said his cousin of Mr. King.

Mr. King would distribute his business cards with a chuckle; they read: "Richard A. King, Expert," Mark King said. "He was a jokingly, self-proclaimed expert on many topics."

Mr. King was passionate about many things, and "did have an opinion and knowledge of most everything," his cousin said.

Mr. King was a familiar face in town, enjoying long walks around New Scotland, and he was "a fixture at the Stonewell," Mark said.

Mr. King had an old barn on his property that someone drove "an old Cadillac or something" through, Mark King recalled. Mr. King told the culprit that he would let him have his car back, if he fixed the barn.

"I’m not sure that the car was removed before the barn fell in," Mark King said.

Mr. King had a superb memory, his cousin said. Mark King said he will miss hearing his cousin’s voice. "He was an entertaining speaker," he said.

"Many who passed his way found a friendly voice, always willing to share his thoughts and opinions on a wide range of topics," Mark King said.


Mr. King is survived by several cousins, dear friends, and his beloved cats.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem Cemetery on Kenwood Avenue, in Delmar. An informal gathering to remember Mr. King will follow at J.J. Maddens on New Scotland Road from noon to 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to The New Scotland Historical Association, Post Office Box 541, Voorheesville, N.Y. 12186; or to the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, N.Y. 12204

— Rachel Dutil

Verne Harold King

GUILDERLAND — Verne Harold King, an avid athlete who was on the track and cross country teams at Guilderland High School, died on Thursday, March 1, 2007. He was 18 and a junior at the school.
Mr. King was born on Jan. 18, 1989, in Niskayuna to Stephen J. and Kim M. Tybush King. In addition to school sports he played on Pinebush Little League and Babe Ruth teams and bowled with the Altamont Junior Bowlers as well as with the Westlawn Jr. Program.

Mr. King also enjoyed camping at Indian Lake, watching movies, playing video games, being an active Yankees fan and Cowboys fan, and he loved animals, especially "Rocky."
"Verne was a kind-hearted, sweet and loving person," his family said in a tribute.

In addition to his parents, Mr. King is survived by his sister, Katherine A. King, and her fiancee, Jeff Wells; his brother, Ryan T. King; his paternal grandmother, Kathleen T. King; his maternal grandmother, Vicky Dickson-Brignola; his aunt, Sandra J. Felthousen, and her husband, William, and her children, Kristen and Laurel.

He is also survived by his aunt, Donna M. King-Royal, and her husband, John, and her children, Cara C. Remmert; Lucas E. Remmert, and his wife, Lindsay; Christopher B. Remmert, and his wife, Stephanie; Jonta T. Royal; Davon M. Royal; Helena T. Royal; and Vashan Z. Collins; and his extended family from Indian Lake, N.Y.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday at Christ the King Church in Guilderland and interment followed at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna. New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home in Colonie provided the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westlawn Junior Program at Westlawn Lanes, 1975 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.

Lionel L. Lumbra

Lionel L. Lumbra — a skier, a fisherman, and a sailor — died on March 5, 2007. He was 76.

Born in Waterbury, Vt., Mr. Lumbra grew up in Stowe, Vt. where he spent his summer days catching speckled trout in Diggin’s Hole and passed the winters on the ski slopes, his daughter Jenny said. When he joined the Navy at the age of 17, he was stationed in Alaska for a few years, where he taught others to ski, she said.

During his 20 years in the Navy, he was a first-class petty officer. Stationed on the USS Iowa, he served in the Korean War and during the Cuban crisis, his daughter said.

"Mom was a waitress at a restaurant and he walked through the door," Jenny said of how Mr. Lumbra met his wife. "They just hit it off." The couple settled in Rotterdam around 1965 and raised five daughters, she said.

Later, Mr. Lumbra worked at Blue Spruce Farms in Altamont.

An avid Giants and Red Sox fan, Mr. Lumbra had many good friends and a great sense of humor, his family said in a tribute. He had a way of making people feel special, they said.

Mr. Lumbra is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret E. Lumbra and his five daughters: Laurie, Mary, Julie, Jenny, and Anne. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David, Darren, Jon, Darby, Josiah, Jared, Emily, Jenny, Sarah, Rebecca, Mark, and Rachel, and one great-granddaughter, Kiley. He is survived by his sister, Freda, and nieces and nephews in Vermont, Lynn, Larry, Sandra, Lionel, and their families.

His sister, Rena, and brother, Mert, died before him.

Calling hours will be on March 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home at 1605 Helderberg Ave. in Rotterdam. Other services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

— Saranac Hale Spencer

John S. Stempel, Jr.

John S. Stempel Jr. was "just a good old-fashioned man," said his daughter. He worked for the Berne highway department and was a volunteer firefighter. He died on March 1, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn in Albany. He was 89.

Mr. Stempel was born in Newark, N.J. on Jan. 8, 1918, the son of the late John and Teriza Stempel. He lived in East Berne for many years before moving to Greenville.

Mr. Stempel owned a dairy farm and was employed by the Berne Highway Department for 37 years. He was elected the department’s highway superintendent.

Mr. Stempel was also a member of the East Berne Volunteer Fire Company for 44 years. He donated part of his farmland to the fire company for the ball field, his daughter, Dorothy Fisher said.

He retired from his highway job in 1989. Once retiring, said Mrs. Fisher, he got remarried. He and his wife, Mamie, bought a motor home and traveled, spending their winters in Florida.

"He started his life all over again at 72," said Mrs. Fisher, adding that her father had a good life after retiring.

He loved to work in his garage and was known as "Mr. Fix It," and enjoyed working on small engines. Mr. Stempel loved his orange tractor and his bulldozer, said Mrs. Fisher. Even in his old age, she said, he would turn his head to look at tractors when driving by.

"Everybody loved him," she said. "The people at the fire company really loved him."

Her father, she said, was very generous, funny, fair, sweet, and hard-working. He also loved food, especially seafood.

"His quick wit and one-liners will be missed," Mrs. Fisher said.

"He really cared about people," she said. "He was just a good old-fashioned man."


Mr. Stempel is survived by his wife, Mamie Stempel (nee Weis); five children, Dorothy Fisher, and her husband, Doug; Mary Stempel; Robert Stempel, and his wife, Audra; Virginia Krug, and her husband, Robert; Sheri Cucuruto, and her husband, Lance; his stepchildren, Shirley Bryan, and her husband, William; Arlene Lutz, and her husband, William; Vicki Palmer, and her husband, John; Lori Manning, and her husband, Jerry; and Randolph Mahne, and his wife, Michelle.

He is also survived by two brothers, Rudolph and Patrick Stempel; nine grandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

His sister, Veronica Stempel, died before him.

The East Berne Volunteer Fire Company conducted services at the Cunningham Funeral Home on Sunday, and a graveside service will be held in the spring at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Potter Hollow Union Church, Post Office Box 576, Preston Hollow, NY 12469, or to the East Berne Volunteer Fire Company, East Berne, NY.

— Tyler Schuling

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