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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 29, 2007

John C. Crounse

ALTAMONT — John C. Crounse, a World War II veteran and a construction superintendent, died at his Altamont home on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. He was 89.

He was born on July 17, 1917 in Altamont, the son of William and Laura Crounse.

In his early years, he delivered milk for the Maple Shade Dairy in Altamont.

He married his wife, Eleanor, on April 4, 1942 at the Broadway Methodist Church in Schenectady. They lived together in the house he built on West Old State Road for 60 years, raising two children there. The couple would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on April 4. In his later years, Mrs. Crounse was her husband’s full-time caregiver.

Mr. Crounse was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. Crounse worked as a superintendent for the C. Roland and Oswald Construction Company, which later became the Canadian American Construction Company. He was a member of the Teamsters and the Laborers Union. He retired in 1979.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Crounse is survived by his daughter, Eileen Sebast, and her husband, David; his son, Gordon John Crounse; and his brother, Frederick Crounse.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dawn Pierone and her husband, John; Todd Sebast; Gordon Jeffrey Crounse and his wife, Alice; and Tracy Simmons, and her husband, Robert.

He is survived, too, by his great-grandchildren, Devon and Mackenzie Simmons, and many nieces and nephews.

His brother, Chester Crounse, died before him.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Calling hours are Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Schenectady Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, Post Office Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220 or to the Diabetes Association, Post Office Box 31160, Hartford, Connecticut 06150-1160 or to the Arthritis Foundation, 1717 Central Ave., Suite 105, Albany, NY 12205.

Clara Bernice Edgerton

Clara Bernice W. Edgerton, a model for the artist Norman Rockwell and a currier for the Rockwell family, died on Thursday evening, March 22, 2007, at The Prospect Nursing Home in North Bennington, Vt. She was 93.

She was the mother of four children, including Joy Freisatz of Altamont.

A long-time resident of West Arlington, Vt., Mrs. Edgerton was born in Sandgate on Aug. 9, 1913. She was the last surviving child of the late Willie O. and Addie (Morey) Wilcox. She attended schools in Sandgate and West Arlington.

She was married in East Arlington on Sept. 12, 1928 to James M. Edgerton. Mr. Edgerton died on March 19, 1979.

Throughout her life she enjoyed being in the out of doors, especially gardening, hunting and fishing, her family wrote in a tribute. "She will be remembered as a wonderful cook," they said.

Mrs. Edgerton was a long-time member and supporter of the Chapel on the Green in West Arlington, a member of the Battenkill Grange for more than 50 years and had owned and operated The Covered Bridge Antique Shop also in West Arlington.

Mrs. Edgerton is survived by her son James A. "Bud" Edgerton of South Burlington; three daughters, Edith Zindle, of Albany, Joy Freisatz of Altamont, and Ardis Clark of Ocala, Fla. and Ludlow; seven grandchildren — Marshall Clark, Miner Clark, Brenda Clark, Jim Edgerton, Deborah Joy Edgerton, Karen Freisatz White and Peter Freisatz; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband, her five brothers died before her — Orin Wilcox, Kenneth Wilcox, James Wilcox, Cecil Wilcox and Carroll Wilcox — as did her six sisters — Elva Morrison, Nina Crandall, Annis Heaney, Doris Wilcox, Elizabeth Hess, and Dora Belle Wilcox.

A funeral service was held on March 25, at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, with Rev. Jane Buswell presiding. Burial will take place in the Edgerton family lot in the West Arlington Cemetery later in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Chapel on the Green or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Post Office Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250.

To send personal e-mail condolences to the family of Clara B. Edgerton, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Joel Eisenhandler

ALBANY — Joel Eisenhandler, an active man who was committed to serving his community through volunteer organizations like the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at the Albany Medical Center Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

He was 60.

"Joel was a leader in our community and organization," said Howard Huth, chief of operations for the rescue squad. "Joel was an amazing man who had a special drive for helping others."

Mr. Eisenhandler was born in the Bronx and was the son of Frances Baranow Eisenhandler of Albany, and the late Sidney Eisenhandler. He was raised in the Albany area, graduating from Guilderland High School, and attending both the Junior College at Albany and the University at Albany.

Working in the computer field, Mr. Eisenhandler eventually started his own business, the Joel Eisenhandler Computer Consulting Company, which he ran until his death.

He was an active, life member of the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad for more than 15 years, having served as an Emergency Medical Technician, crew chief, and captain. Mr. Eisenhandler was also a former member of the North Bethlehem Fire Department in Albany, and Hoffman’s Fire Department in Glenville and an active member of Shiloh Church in Schenectady.

A life member in the rescue squad means that he has served more than 10 years, Huth said.

"He excelled in serving his community and would volunteer to staff our ambulances often when it meant sacrificing his own work hours and salary to do so," Huth said. "To put it simply, to have known Joel was to love, respect, and admire him."

In addition to his mother, Mr. Eisenhandler is survived by his son, Judah Eisenhandler, of Schenectady; a brother, Evan Eisenhandler, of Poestenkill; a sister, Rosanne Dawer of Montville, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Eisenhandler’s two sons, Joshua and Micah, died before him.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 27, at the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad conducted by Rev. Chester Gapczynski, pastor of Shiloh Church. Friends and family gathered together for an hour and a half at the rescue squad prior to the funeral service.

Arrangements were provided by Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home in Troy, and Mr. Eisenhandler was buried in the Parkview Cemetery in Schenectady on Wednesday, March 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Western Turnpike Rescue Squad, 200 Centre Dr., Albany, NY 12203.

— Jarrett Carroll

Peter Martin Kennedy

EAST BERNE — Peter Martin Kennedy died on March 23, 2007 at Albany Medical Center Hospital after a sudden illness. He was 27.

Mr. Kennedy was born on April 12, 1979, the son of Barbara A Kennedy of East Berne and Kevin C. Kennedy of Selkirk.

He was a graduate of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School and the State University at Cobleskill. He worked for Patriot Glass in Schenectady. Mr. Kennedy was a veteran of the United States Army.

He loved to ride his four-wheelers and loved Ford Mustangs, his mother, Barbara Kennedy, said. His pride and joy, she said, was his 1982 Ford Mustang.

Mr. Kennedy, she said, also loved John Deere tractors and had been rebuilding one up until his illness.

Mr. Kennedy, she said, often worked on cars, tractors, and four-wheelers in the garage with his buddies.

"He loved his music," Ms. Kennedy said.

Her son, Ms. Kennedy said, looked forward to weekend four-wheeler rides with his friends; he and his friends would leave early in the morning, with all of them packing their backpacks full of beer. "He would come home covered in mud," she said.

Her son didn’t vacation because he was a workaholic; he worked on the weekends to save money for his hobbies, his mother said.

Every Sunday, Ms. Kennedy said, her son and his girlfriend, Lisa Cole, watched The Simpsons and The Family Guy, and Peter would eat French onion soup.

Mr. Kennedy’s sister, Jamie, was his best friend. They hated each other as they grew up, but became best friends and cherished one another once they got into their teenage years.

"He was easy-going," Ms. Kennedy said of her son. "He wasn’t a fighter. He was a lover."


Mr. Kennedy is survived by his sister, Jamie Lynn; his fianée, Lisa Cole; his maternal grandmother, Shirley Roney Crews; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Kennedy; his great-aunt, Barbara A. Genter; his step-mother, Bonnie Kennedy; his step-brother, John A. Pelletier and step-sister, Jamie L. Pelletier. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, many special friends, and a very special adopted grandmother, Annie Dippolito.

A funeral service was held Tuesday. Arrangements are by the Fredendall Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to KeyBank in Altamont to help cover expenses or to the East Berne Fire Company, East Berne, NY 12059. A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held April 2 at the East Berne firehouse.

A memorial four-wheel ride from the Maple Inn in East Berne to High Point to scatter half of his ashes will be held April 21. The Kennedy family will privately scatter his ashes at Mr. Kennedy’s grandfather’s grave at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne.

— Tyler Schuling

Anna R. Lustenhouwer

ALTAMONT — Anna R. Lustenhouwer, a nurse’s aide and a mother, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a brief illness. She was 87.

Born in Soest, Netherlands, she was the daughter of the late Ryk and Sophia Van Den Heuval.

She was a nurse’s aide at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home for many years.

Her husband, Matthew, and her grandson, Mark Lustenhouwer, died before her.

Survivors include her children: Paul Lustenhouwer and his wife, Joyce, Dick Lustenhouwer and his wife, Donna, Yvonne Lustenhouwer, and Nancy Lustenhouwer and Bob Murdick; her brother, Richard Van Den Heuvel and his wife, Trudy, her sister-in-law, Rita Lustenhouwer; as well as her brothers and sisters in the Netherlands; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Monday at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Guilderland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, Post Office Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or to a charity of choice.

Philip Stewart

WESTERLO — Philip Stewart, a long-time farmer and deputy sheriff, died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on March 19, 2007. He was 92.

Mr. Stewart was born in Albany on March 1, 1915, the son of the late Clinton and Lottie Stewart (nee Sherman). He farmed the family farm (now the Boone Farm) until a farm accident caused him to retire from farming.

He joined the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and served as a deputy sheriff for 19 years.

A life-long member of the first Baptist Church of Westerlo, he served the church in several different positions. Mr. Stewart was a deacon for several years and a trustee for several years, said his daughter, JoAnn Garry.

"He enjoyed woodworking and made things for the church," Ms. Garry said. "Right up until the end," she said, "he was very active."

Her father, she said, lived independently; he cooked, baked, and cleaned.

"He had a lot of friends in the community," she said.


Mr. Stewart is survived by his daughter, JoAnn Garry; grandsons, Robert Garry, and his wife, Christine; Steven Garry, and his wife, Jenny; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Eve Garry.

His wife, Dellite Stewart (nee Mackey), and his sister, Rita Stewart, died before him.

A memorial service was held March 23 at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo.

Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, Post Office Box 130, Westerlo, NY 12193, or to the Westerlo Rescue Squad, Post Office Box 12, Westerlo, NY 12193.

— Tyler Schuling

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