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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 10, 2007

Edward R. Arnold

GUILDERLAND — Edward R. Arnold, an Army veteran and a truck driver, died Wednesday, May 9,2007 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albany. He was 64.

Born to the late Clifford and Bessie Arnold, Mr. Arnold was a Guilderland High School graduate who joined the United States Army. After serving in Vietnam, he worked as a truck driver for many years for Spector Freight Services in Albany.

Mr. Arnold was a member of the Ausable Forks American Legion and the National Rifle Association, his family said in a tribute.

He is survived by his sister, Fern E. Arnold and her husband, John Weber, of Guilderland; a niece, Fern Weber and her husband, Michael Sr., of Central Bridge; four grand-nephews, Michael Jr., Jeremy, Andrew, and Jonathon Weber; two grand-nieces, Rhianna and Sarah Weber; and his fiancé and best friend, Susan O’Rourke of Guilderland. He is also survived by many cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Burial with military honors will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the town of Guilderland Animal Shelter, Post Office Box 339, Guilderland, N.Y. 12084.

Joseph J. Ferraioli

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a graveside service for Joseph J. Ferraioli to be held at Fairview Cemetery in Altamont on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

Olive E. VanPatten

GUILDERLAND — Olive E. VanPatten, a life-long area resident who loved the Mets and fast cars, died on Saturday, May 5, 2007, at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in Albany. She was 84.

"She’s been here all 84 years," said her niece, Joan Healey. "She was a bowler; she kind of led a quiet life."

When it came to speed, though, said Mrs. Healey, whether it was a fastball or a fast car, Ms. VanPatten loved it.

"She really liked fast cars," Mrs. Healey said. "She went to Hawaii and saw a red Mustang there. She liked it so much, she came home and bought one"She also liked the Mets, she was a big fan."

Born in Guilderland, Ms. VanPatten worked for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany for over 40 years and was a lifetime member of the Helderberg Reformed Church in Guilderland Center.

Ms. VanPatten is survived by one brother, Emerson VanPatten, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Guilderland. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

Her sister, Ruth E. Lawlor, died before her.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at the Helderberg Reformed Church in Guilderland Center and burial took place at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland. Arrangements were by Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Helderberg Reformed Church, Post Office Box 196, Guilderland Center, NY 12085, or the Daughters of Sarah Palliative Care Program, 180 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203.

— Jarrett Carroll

Theodore J. Vickery

Theodore J. Vickery was a caring teacher and father who pushed his kids and himself, always striving for the ideal.
A long-time Guilderland drafting teacher, Mr. Vickery, known to his friends as "Ted," died Sunday morning, May 6, at his home in Thousand Island Park, N.Y. He was 74.

"Ted was one of the first people I met when I started at Guilderland," said Fred Heitkamp, who taught English at Guilderland High School for 30 years and, like Mr. Vickery, was a founder of the Guilderland Players.

"He taught drafting and mechanical drawing in the art department at the high school and middle school," said Mr. Heitkamp. "Many, many students remember him greatly.

"He was a strict teacher but very caring. He really worked with people, putting in extra time."

Mr. Vickery did a lot of the scenery design and set building for the Guilderland Players. "He just loved working with the kids," said Mr. Heitkamp, recalling what a sacrifice it was for him because it meant time away from his own two kids — his son and namesake and his daughter, Susan.

Mr. Vickery pushed the limits to do what he thought was important for his students and his own children.

"When his kids were quite young, he went out and bought a 30-some-foot cruiser and everybody thought he was kind of crazy," said Mr. Heitkamp. "His philosophy was, ‘I love the water and I want my kids to know boats. I need to do it now because there is no other time,’" said Mr. Heitkamp, indicating that his friend was right to make the purchase when it seemed impossible because children grow up fast.

"They spent two summers, cruising the canals and the St. Lawrence," recalled Mr. Heitkamp. "They had a great time and then he sold the boat."

With the same spirit, Mr. Heitkamp said his friend "bought a big, old house at Thousand Islands." He said, "It became a place for people to enjoy." His friends flocked to the old house, which he and his wife, Ellie, made "very hospitable," said Mr. Heitkamp.
Mr. Vickery was born on Feb. 17, 1933 in Medina, the son of James S. and Emily L. Chamberlain Vickery. He graduated from Lockport High School in 1951 and went on to attend Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

Mr. Vickery served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957 during the Korean War. While serving on reserve duty, he attended Erie County Technical Institute, graduating in August of 1959 with an associate’s degree. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1961.

He married Elna Cady on Aug. 22, 1959, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Schenectady with Reverend Dow Clute officiating.

Mr. Vickery received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1962 and his master’s degree from the University at Albany in 1971. He taught at Guilderland for 29 years, until his retirement in 1991.

He was a member of the American Legion, the WDS Society, and the Thousand Islands Sportsman’s Club.

He enjoyed fishing, boating, golf, woodworking, and spending time with his family and close friends.

"He was easy to talk to," said his friend, Mr. Heitkamp, "and had a great sense of humor."

Mr. Vickery is survived by his wife, Ellie; a son, Theodore J. Jr. and his wife, Susan M. Learner, of Niskayuna; a daughter, Susan V. Rapant, and her husband, Timothy, of Alexandria Bay; a sister and her husband, Shirley and Charles Bernhardt, of Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren; and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Costello Funeral Home in Alexandria Bay. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Thousand Island Park Chapel with Reverend Don Briant officiating.

Another memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church at 811 North Brandywine Ave. in Schenectady with the Reverend Pam Mikel Hayes officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellesley Island Volunteer Fire Department, Post Office Box 1125, Thousand Island Park, NY 13692, or to the Hospice of Jefferson County Inc., 425 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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