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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 20, 2007

Anthony T. DeLorenzo

VOORHEESVILLE — Anthony T. DeLorenzo, who worked at the Army depot for over 25 years and for the Galesi Group for 40 years, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. He was 89.

"His last day was spent doing what he loved to do — working," his family wrote in a tribute. "He started every morning with a cup of coffee from the Voorheesville Diner. Tony will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues."

In his leisure time, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in stock-car races and rodeos, his family said. His friends knew him as "The Duke" who traveled all over the world, his family said.

Mr. DeLorenzo was born on July 13, 1918 at Brady Maternity Hospital in Albany. He married Althea Dorr in 1941. The couple lived in Voorheesville for the last 64 years.

Mr. DeLorenzo worked at the United States Army depot for more than a quarter of a century and also opened clams at Picard’s Grove in New Scotland for many years. For the past 40 years, he worked for the Galesi Group, serving as the assistant to the chairman of the board.


Mr. DeLorenzo is survived by his wife, Althea DeLorenzo, of Voorheesville; his sons, Thomas DeLorenzo and his wife, Patti, of New Salem, and Robert DeLorenzo and his wife, Nancy, of Middle Grove.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michael DeLorenzo; Mark DeLorenzo and his wife, Staci; Matthew DeLorenzo and his wife, Jessica; Maria Crounse; Lara DeLorenzo; Dede Koryto and her husband, Kevin; Katie Zyskowski; and Trey Zyskowski. And he is survived by his great-grandchildren, Karly and Brandon DeLorenzo, Izabella DeLorenzo, and Travis Crounse.

Funeral services were Wednesday at the New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home in Colonie. Interment will be in the spring. To leave a message for the family on-line, visit www.NewcomerFamily.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Salem Volunteer Fire Company, 694 New Salem Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186, or to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

William H. Geary

VOORHEESVILLE — Bill Geary was a successful businessman who valued his family above all else. He died on Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, in his New Scotland home after a brief illness. He was 81.

"Even though he was a very accomplished businessman, his family always came first," said his daughter-in-law, Patricia Geary.

Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Homer and Jessie Geary, nee Gale. He graduated from Albany High School in 1944 and attended Cornell University before graduating in 1948 from Colgate University. He was a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve.

He met the woman who would become his wife, Dorothy Tritten, on a blind date, said his daughter-in-law. They were married for 60 years. "They were devoted to each other," said his daughter-in-law. Together, they raised three sons — James, Richard, and Daniel. "He took tremendous pride in his three sons and, later, his grandchildren," said Patricia Geary.

Mr. Geary worked for a number of different businesses, achieving success at each, she said. After graduating from Colgate, Mr. Geary worked for Lewis Equipment, a restaurant supply company, for three years. Then, from 1952 to 1968, he worked for Cromwell Business Forms, first as a salesman, and later as president.

In mid-career, Mr. Geary went to Albany Law School, graduating with his juris doctorate in 1971.

"He had three sons, when he went to law school full-time," said Patricia Geary. He sold real estate with Picotte Realty to support his family as he completed his degree.

"He always challenged himself to strive for the most he could be," said his daughter-in-law.

Mr. Geary went on to become vice president and general manager of AYCO Corporation. Then, in 1974, he founded, owned, and operated Rescom Security Services, a distributor for Dictograph Security Systems. Since 1995 until the time of his death, Mr. Geary owned and operated Checkwise Payroll, LLC.

"He worked up until the last three weeks of his life," said Patricia Geary. "He was always setting standards to achieve. Everything he did, he was successful at"He passed on his business expertise to my son." Her son, Bryan Geary, ran Checkwise Payroll with his grandfather.

Patricia Geary described her father-in-law as "very organized." She said, "He paid a lot of attention to details so he could fit a lot in." Among the many activities he "fit in" were: being president of the Sales and Marketing Executives Association; serving on the board of directors of the Child Guidance Center and Rehabilitation Support Services; being a member of the Printing Industries of America, the Albany Country Club, the University Club, Metroland Business Executives, the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts, and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.

"He had a wonderful memory," said his daughter-in-law. "He loved to tell stories and could tell you about anyone he met."

She went on, "He cared about the world around him. Anyone in the neighborhood that needed help, he would help."

She concluded, "He was a good citizen. He cared about the world he left behind him."


William H. Geary is survived by his wife, Dorothy Tritten Geary of Voorheesville; his children, James Geary and his wife, Patricia, of Voorheesville, Richard Geary and his wife, B. Lee, of Greenfield Center, and Daniel and his wife, Kathy, of Downingtown, Pa.; his grandchildren, Trisha, Bryan, Nicholas, Jennifer, Emily, Michael, Amanda, and Matthew; and his great-grandchildren, Trinity and Ella.

His sister, B. Gale Laut, died before him.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Stefan Swicker, staff, and Hospice for their care and support.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at noon in the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., in Albany. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Interment will be in Memory’s Garden in Colonie.

Memorial contributions to support pancreatic cancer research may be made to The Johns Hopkins University, care of Ralph H. Hruban, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 401 North Broadway, Weinberg 2242, Baltimore, MD 21231-2410.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

Adelaide M. Rupp

Adelaide M. Rupp, a secretary, wife, and mother, died on Dec. 18, 2007 at Albany Medical Center. She was 95.

At the time of her death, she was living in Delmar. She had lived in Westerlo and Callicoon Center, N.Y.

She was born in Brooklyn on April 8, 1912, the daughter of the late George and Harriet Freund (née Morrison). The family relocated to New Jersey where she was raised.

Following her primary education, she completed business school and became a secretary at the National Commercial Investment Co. in New York City.

Mrs. Rupp and her husband, William, resided in Westerlo for 32 years after moving from Sullivan County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Westerlo during that time.

Her husband, William J. Rupp, died before her as did her son, George Rupp.


Mrs. Rupp is survived by her daughter, Adelaide Devenpeck, and her husband, Edgar, of Delmar; three grandchildren, Daryl Devenpeck Drahos of Spring City, Pa.; Duane G. Devenpeck, and his wife, Diana, of Sullivan County; and Dorian Devenpeck of Ft. Meyers, Flor.; two great-grandchildren, Danielle and Amanda Drahos; and two sisters, Mildred Stewart of Westwood, N.J. and Ruth Tichenor of Venice, Flor. She is also survived by 22 nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville. Friends may call at the funeral home before the service from noon to 3 p.m. Interment will be in the Callicoon Center Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc., 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054.

Raymond H. Shultes

BERNE — Raymond H. Shultes, one-time Berne highway superintendent, lived to make others laugh and got great pleasure in doing so, said his family in a tribute. Mr. Shultes died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at his home in Berne. He was 76.

He was affectionately known as "Poppy" and "Unkie," said his family. He married his wife, Marjorie Lendrum Shultes, 50 years ago on Sept. 7, 1957.

Mr. Shultes worked as a farmer until 1962. He drove a milk truck for several years and then worked for the Albany County Highway Department. He worked as a substitute bus driver, drove a truck for GLF (Agway), and delivered oil and later drove a tractor trailer for Main Care.

Mr. Shultes also drove for Auto Placement in Guilderland Center. He then worked for the Berne Highway Department and later served as its highway superintendent. He retired in 1997.

Mr. Shultes was involved in his community. He was a lifelong member of the Beaverdam and Berne Reformed Churches, a member of the Foxenkill Grange, and a member of the Berne Volunteer Fire Department for 60 years, where he served in many different capacities.


Mr. Shultes is survived by his wife, Marjorie Lendrum Shultes; his daughter, Vickie J. Snyder, and her husband, Mike, of Berne; his son, Ronald W. Shultes, and his wife, Gabrielle, of Berne; two granddaughters, Nicole and Brittney Shultes; his brother, Arthur I. Shultes, and his wife, Margaret, of Berne; and his sister, Elizabeth A. Tedeschi, and her husband, Albert, of Lebanon, N.H.

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Friday at noon at the First Reformed Church of Berne. Relatives and friends may call today (Thursday) from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berne Reformed Church, 1663 Helderberg Trail, Berne, NY 12023, or to the Helderberg Ambulance Squad, Post Office Box 54, East Berne, NY 12059.

— Tyler Schuling

Allen C. Weis

BERNE — Allen C. Weis, a contractor and veteran of the Vietnam War, died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at his home in Berne. He was 61.

He served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He worked as a self-employed contractor for many years. He was a loving grandfather and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Pamela Rowe Weis; two sons, Michael A. Weis and his wife, Tina, of Schenectady and Joseph R. Weis and his wife, Lisa, of Berne; one daughter, Suzie S. Weis of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; one brother, Gerard Weis, of Massachusetts; five grandchildren, Michael Jr., Matthew and Nathan Weis, Joseph Cole, and Casey Weis.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the McKownville United Methodist Church in Guilderland. Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, 1 Mustang Dr., Cohoes, NY 12047 of to the McKownville United Methodist Church, 1565 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.

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