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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 13, 2007

William H. Hahn

William H. Hahn died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady. He was 56.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Hahn; his parents, Harold and Frances Hahn; his children, Elizabeth and Jefferson Hahn; his grandchildren, Jason and Shane; his brother, Robert Hahn; and his sister, Jane Chamberland.

Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Schenectady Cremation Service.

Wanda K. Hurley

ALTAMONT — Wanda K. Hurley, a woman who kept her door, and her heart, open, died on Dec. 6, 2007 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. She was 82.

Growing up in Connecticut, Mrs. Hurley was the daughter of Polish immigrants, the late Enoch and Julia Kosinski, said her daughter, Valerie Hurley. Later in her life, after she had moved to Altamont, she would use the Polish that she learned from them to help immigrants from Poland adjust to the area, said her daughter.

In the 1980’s, St. Lucy’s Church, just across the street from the Hurleys’ home, took in immigrants, Ms. Hurley said.

"She mentored those people, those families," said Ms. Hurley. "She took great joy in it."

Though she spent most of her life as a mother, sewing all of the dresses her three daughters wore, Mrs. Hurley had, after graduating from Manchester High, studied social work at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, her daughter said. "That kind of shaped her whole life," she said. Mrs. Hurley worked at the Connecticut General Insurance Company in Hartford and later at the New York State Division of Parole.

It was at college where her parents met, said Ms. Hurley. They were married for 57 years, 50 of which were spent in Altamont. "It was just perfect," Ms. Hurley said of her parents’ life in the village.

"She was a doer," she said of her mother. "She did for you to show you she loved you."

Mrs. Hurley did things for anybody who needed it. She was involved with charitable causes of all sorts, her daughter said. If somebody missed the food pantry hours at the church, he could surely find food at Mrs. Hurley’s house, she said.

There was once a man who needed a pair of work boots. "He had big, big feet, the same size as my father," said Ms. Hurley. So, she said, her mother gave him Mr. Hurley’s new pair, still in the box.

"She was always very respectful of people," said Ms. Hurley. And she "welcomed people into her home."


Mrs. Hurley is survived by her husband, James W. Hurley, and her daughters: Elizabeth Hurley, Janet Sicotte, and Valerie Hurley. She is also survived by her sons-in-law, Dana Sicotte and Michael Kilian, and by her grandchildren, Helen, Peter, and Thomas Kilian, and by several nieces and nephews and her sister, Alice Kosinski. Her brother, Edward Kosinski, died before her.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 10 at St. Lucy’s Church in Altamont, with arrangements by the Fredendall Funeral Home. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in North Windham, Conn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 or www.alz.org.

— Saranac Hale Spencer

Richard Silberman

VOORHEESVILLE — Richard Silberman is missed by his own 6-year-old son to whom he was devoted, and he is also missed by the children he knew as a bus driver for the Voorheesville schools.

"One of the mothers who came to the funeral said she never had time to read to her twins. When Rich got them to school 10 minutes early, he’d pull a book from their book bag and read to them," said his wife, Linda L. Keech Silberman. "They had gumballs on the wall because of him," she said, referring to a reward system for reading books.

"He really loved the kids. One boy misses the way they used to talk. Rich really got to their level," said Mrs. Silberman.

Her husband died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. He was 58.

He had acute leukemia, which was diagnosed just nine days before his death, said Mrs. Silberman. "We thought he was tired all the time because he worked so hard," she said.

In addition to working as a bus driver for Voorheesville, where he lived on Maple Road, Mr. Silberman commuted to Menands where he worked as a dispatcher for the police department there.

"He loved his work," said his wife.

He was appreciated by those he worked with. "He was fun. He was a little light-hearted," said Michael Goyer, the transportation supervisor at Voorheesville. "He was definitely safety conscious. He really knew and liked the kids he drove"When you go to look for a team member, you can only hope for someone like Ric".He’ll be missed," said his supervisor.

Sarita Winchell, a Voorheesville administrator, told the school board this week that Mr. Silberman’s death was "a real tragedy." She said, "The bus drivers are very upset"Our condolences go to his family."

Born in Kingston, N.Y., Mr. Silberman was the son of Phyllis Silberman and the late Roger Silberman. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Silberman served stateside as a medic, his wife said, and he was a member of the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post #1520. He was also a member of the Blue Knights, the Polish American Community Center, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

One of his best friends introduced him to Linda Keech, who would become his wife. "From our first date, we’ve been together," she said.

She described her husband as a caring man with a great sense of humor. "He liked to tell jokes," she said. "He’d break the ice that way."

He was devoted to his son, Robert James. He became a father rather late in life, said his wife, and so valued the experience all the more. "It was a turning point for him," said Mrs. Silberman. "He was so proud"He was a good father. He was always there for his son."

The two of them built blocks on the floor together and laid train tracks in the cellar, she said.

"We all miss him. His little guy misses him terribly much," said his wife, as she cried. "No one will replace him. That’s from the heart."


Richard Silberman is survived by his mother, Phyllis Silberman; his wife Linda L. Keech Silberman; and his son, Robert James Silberman. He is also survived by his aunt, Coralie Kaplan, and cousin, Lynda Kaplan, both of Kingston; and by his father- and mother-in-law, James and Theresa Keech of Albany.

He is survived, too, by his sister-in-law, Norma J. Decker, and her husband, Michael, of Colonie, and his brothers-in-law, James W. Keech Jr., and his wife, Linda, of Loundonville, and Stephan D. Keech and his wife, Annette, of Colonie. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

His family would like to thank the entire staff of the intensive care unit at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany for all of the care they gave him.

Funeral services were held Monday at the New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home in Colonie with interment in Memory’s Garden in Colonie.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the giver’s choice. Messages for the family maybe left on-line at www.NewcomerFamily.com.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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