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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, May 31, 2007

Jason A. Landauer

KNOX — Jason A. Landauer was a man of many talents who pushed himself to the limit, said his father, Jeff Landauer.

"I was proud of him in every way, shape, and form," said his father. "Jason was a well-liked individual."

He died unexpectedly and tragically doing one of the many things that he loved on May 27, 2007. He was 36.

Mr. Landauer was born May 23, 1971 in Albany, and lived in Knox his whole life. He was employed as a glazier at Patriot Glass in Rotterdam.

Mr. Landauer did everything to the best of his ability, said his father. He recalled how well his son could drill a hole and fly an airplane. He took snowmobile rides to the plateau in Booneville and Spectator, his father said, and broke many of his own records. His son also had a good sense of humor.

"Jason lived his life with a"zeal to excel in whatever he set his mind to," said his family in a tribute.

"Whether it be snowmobiling, camping, motorcycling, flying, or his trade, he did his best to achieve the ultimate results. Jason also enjoyed his many friends with whom he shared his many passions. He was always willing to help someone that needed a hand and to give a quick jerk of his head and a smirk to help pick up the spirit of someone who might be down," said his family.

The family also said his brother, Justin, "will miss him with his whole heart."

"Jason would not want anyone to mourn his passing," his family wrote, "but to merely remember him with perhaps a smile or a thought of the things he has done in his life to brighten up someone else’s life."

"Flying’s my hobby," said Jeff Landauer, adding that he taught his son to fly. "He was a better pilot than I am, and I’ve been flying for 20 years."

His son had excellent balance and speed, and "picked things up quickly," said Jeff Landauer. "He got right into things and was intense until moving on to the next thing," he said.

"He was a good kid," said his father. Mr. Landauer was also a good friend, he said, adding that his son lived next door and often came over to his house to help him and to drink coffee.

Rarely did he need my help, his father said.


Mr. Landauer is survived by his mother, Lona I. Landauer, and her friend, Roger Nickel; his father, Jeff Landauer, and his wife, Debbie; his younger brother, Justin Landauer; his nephew, Cadan Landauer, and Cadan’s mother, Erika Bengtson; his grandmother, Shirley Landauer; his grandfather, Jim Stroud; and his best friends, Kelli, Tracey, Matt, and Kipper. He is also survived by his step-brothers, Jesse Brozowski, and his wife, Renee; and Shawn Brozowski, and his wife, Jodi Lee; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Friends may call today (Thursday) from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Frontier Snow Riders Inc., Post Office Box 133, Duanesburg, NY 12056.

— Tyler Schuling

DORMANSVILLE — Harriet Mae Peck — a beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother — died on May 25, 2007 after a long, courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 77.

Mrs. Peck’s family meant everything to her, said her daughter, Susan Davis. One of her favorite sayings was "If you don’t have family, you have nothing at all."

Mrs. Peck was born in Dormansville on May 14, 1930, the daughter of the late Theodore and Lena Lounsbury (nee Fisher). She was the second eldest child of 17 children.

She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Dormansville, at the firehouse, until the Greenville Central School was built. Mrs. Peck was a member of the Greenville school’s second graduating class, said Mrs. Davis.

Right out of high school, Mrs. Peck worked at Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland, she said.

She was married to her husband, Robert Peck, for 56 years, and the couple had only known each other six weeks before they were married, said her daughter.

Mrs. Peck stayed at home with her family, Mrs. Davis said, adding that she worked at Shepard’s Farm, a resort in Westerlo near Greenville, when she was in her 50s, and her children were older.

"She could tell you many stories of her childhood — from her grandfather’s two oxen that were used to plow the fields to riding a horse and buggy," said her family.

In the late 1930s, Mrs. Peck was a member of the Pinwheels, a group of four or five girls who dressed up as black children and went around to area churches and sang, Mrs. Davis said. "Nowadays, you would never hear of such a thing," she said of minstrel shows.

Also in the late 1930s, for extra income, Mrs. Peck’s mother and father rented out a room in their house to travelers, who would sit at the family’s kitchen table to eat during their stay, she said.

Mrs. Peck arranged many gatherings, and the family — children and grandchildren — "even now, as big as it is," got together for all holidays, said Mrs. Davis.

She was also concerned about her great-grandchildren — what they would be like when they grew up and what values they would have — because of all that time had changed, her family said.

Mrs. Davis said her mother was concerned about how the times have changed with family values. She was concerned about families not sitting together at the dinner table and the many divorces in today’s society, Mrs. Davis said.

Mrs. Peck’s 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren were "the apple of her eye," said her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends because of the love that she shared with all, they said.


Mrs. Peck is survived by her husband, Robert Peck; her son, Robert Peck Jr.; her daughters, Deborah Parker, and her husband, Bill; Sharon Timmis, and her husband, Harry; Susan Davis, and her husband, Joseph; and Pamela Boehlke. She is also survived by her sisters, Janice Lounsbury, Betty Jean Mueller, and Sandra Ross; and her brothers, Patrick, John, William, Dennis, and Terry Lounsbury.

Mrs. Peck is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Her daughter, Wanda Ciccone, and her granddaughter, Dana Bushnell, died before her as did her two sisters, Janet Berkhofer and Marjorie White, and six brothers, Theodore, Harold, Lloyd, Clyde, Thomas, and Roger Lounsbury.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment was held in the Onesquethaw Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dormansville United Methodist Church, 923 CR 401, Westerlo, NY 12193.

— Tyler Schuling

ALBANY — Victor K. Pickard, died on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany.

He is survived by his wife, Donna C. Pickard Jr.; two sons, Victor K. Picard, Jr. of Waterford and Donald T. Pickard and his wife, Maryanne, of Albany; one stepson, Lawrence E. Fournier, of Feura Bush; one stepdaughter, Jenet R. Behan and her husband, Thomas, of Averill Park; one brother, Thomas B. Pickard, of Albany; and three grandchildren, John, Alyssa Kay, and Jack.

A funeral service will be held Monday, June 4, at noon at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Friends may call on Monday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Saratoga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Post Office Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160.

Clyde L. Filkins

The interment for Clyde L. Filkins, who died on Feb. 17, 2007, will be Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. All relatives and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home of Greenville.

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