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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 3, 2008

Dorothy A. Carpenter

Dorothy A. Carpenter, who lived in Westmere most of her life, died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, in Melbourne, Fla., where she lived in her later years. She was 88.

"Always an active person, Dorothy had a variety of interests and hobbies, ranging from travel and boating to playing the piano and going to dog shows," her family wrote in a tribute. "She was most fond of Sheba, a Lhasa Apso, who successfully competed in dog shows but passed away several years after she moved to Florida."

Mrs. Carpenter was born in Albany on Nov. 6, 1919, to Daniel and Bertha Willey, nee Fitzpatrick. Her father owned and operated Willey’s General Store at the corner of Western Avenue and Gipp Road, where she worked for many years in her youth.

She later worked for 22 years as a clerk at IBM in Albany before retiring and moving to Florida in 1979.

Her beloved husband, Frederick T. Carpenter, died before her. And her favorite niece, Irene R. Macaulay, died in 2007.

Mrs. Carpenter is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Boyd Willey; her nephew, Charles R. Willey; her grand-nephews, Richard Rosenberry, Douglas Rosenberry and his wife, Elise, Jeffrey Willey and his wife, Leah Johnson, C.R. Willey and his wife, Kelly; and her grand-nieces, Melanie Hiris, and Lori Hiris and Ninia Baehr.

A graveside service will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland in the spring of 2008.

FEURA BUSH — Irma Elizabeth Hoose, a caring nurse with an outgoing personality, died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. She was 83.
She lived in Feura Bush and died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany after a short illness.

"She was a nurse for many, many years"" said Doris Vanderbilt, her friend for more than half a century. "Her favorite job was working in labor and delivery where she was the charge nurse," said Ms. Vanderbilt. "She loved bringing babies into the world, including her own grandchildren. Her favorite pastime was holding babies."

After Mrs. Hoose retired, said Ms. Vanderbilt, she became active in Community Caregivers, an organization, based in Altamont, that harnesses the energy and talents of volunteers to help those in need live independently. "She was honored for her work with the Community Caregivers in 2004," said Ms. Vanderbilt.

"She was very outgoing and just loved helping others," her friend concluded. "She had a radiant personality; that’s for sure."

Mrs. Hoose is survived by her four children, Howard G. Hoose Jr. and his fiance, Heather Pikna, of Feura Bush; Steven J. Hoose and his wife, Joann, of Feura Bush; Nancy L. Whitehouse and her husband, Jon, of Dover, N.H.; and Wendy A. Hoose and her husband, Jim Gibbs, of Locke, N.Y.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jaime S. Hoose, Jesse J. Hoose, Harley G. Hoose, Harlen G. Hoose, Tifanie Cook, Ashlee E. Whitehouse, and Brittany M. Whitehouse.

And, she is survived by her sisters, Florence McKie of Delanson, Helen Tognetti of Amherst, N.H., and Thelma Cummins of Andrews, Texas, and by her brother, Bruce Secor, of Amherst, N.Y.

A memorial service was held at the Unionville Reformed Church, with arrangements by the Applebee Funeral Home in Delmar.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Unionville Reformed Church, 1134 Delaware Turnpike, Delmar, NY 12054.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

Keith Saddlemire

SCHOHARIE — Keith Saddlemire, a lifelong Schoharie resident who worked most of his life as a dairy farmer and truck driver, died on Dec. 25, 2007 at his home on Westfall Road after a brief illness.

He was 88.

Born on June 3, 1919, Mr. Saddlemire was the son of Harry and Hazel (Wright) Saddlemire.

He lived in the Schoharie area throughout his life and graduated from Schoharie High School in 1938. On Aug. 10, 1940, he married Alice Elizabeth Dillenbeck. She died on March 19, 1984.

Mr. Saddlemire was a life member of the Gallupville Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Old Men of the Mountain, the National Farmers Organization, the Farm Bureau, and Dairymen’s League.


Mr. Saddlemire is survived by six children, Donald A. Saddlemire of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; Cheryl A. Brooks of Colonie; Kathryn M. Saddlemire of Schoharie; Frank W. Saddlemire of Atlantic, Iowa; David L. Saddlemire of Schoharie; and James W. Saddlemire of Schoharie. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one nephew. His sister, Marjorie "Marge" Bohringer, and one nephew died before him as did his infant daughter, Joyce Saddlemire.

Calling hours were held on Friday, Dec. 28, and a funeral service was held the following day. Arrangements were by the Langan Funeral Home in Schoharie. Burial will be at a later date in the Old Stone Fort Cemetery in Schoharie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 327 W. Main St., Suite #3, Cobleskill, NY 12043. Further information is available at www.langanfuneralhome.com.

— Tyler Schuling

KNOX — Robert Alan Wormer, a devout Catholic and World War II veteran, died on Dec. 27, 2007 at his daughter’s home in Knox.
He was 81.
"He could walk up to a complete stranger, and they’d be good friends by the time they parted," said his daughter, Deborah Kryzak.

Born on Sept. 25, 1926 at Fullers in Guilderland, Mr. Wormer was the son of Stanley C. and Lolita A. (Wolford) Wormer. He was raised and educated in Guilderland and lived there before moving to Chesterfield, N.H., where he lived for the past 38 years.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Wormer served in the United States Army in the Military Police. He was stationed in the Philippines and later served in Japan.

"He didn’t talk about it at all when we were younger," said Ms. Kryzak. In the last couple of years, she said, Mr. Wormer related his war experiences more; she recalled her father telling her about traveling by boat overseas in rough waters and open ships and how a lot of the young men, who were almost like children, got sick.

On Sept. 2, 1950, Mr. Wormer married Elizabeth M. "Min" Scanlan. They were married for 51 years before Mrs. Wormer died in February of 2001.

Mr. Wormer retired in the early 1990s after working at Miniature Precision Ball Bearing in Keene, N.H. He worked at the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro and owned a home repair business.
While living in New York, Mr. Wormer worked for the New York State Thruway.

He enjoyed playing pool, reading, and bowling and was active in his church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.

Mr. Wormer was a longtime member and a commander for two years of the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 in Brattleboro, where he also served as quartermaster for District II. He was a recipient of the National Aide to Camp award through the V.F.W.

A member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post 5, Mr. Wormer was a member of the Legion Honor Guard and Memorial Unit. He was also a member of the Chesterfield American Legion Post #86, where he served as a past commander.
He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499, where he served as a trustee. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Wormer was a communicant of Saint Michaels’ Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro and was a fourth-degree knight of the Knights of Columbus Leo Assembly #1154.


Mr. Wormer is survived by one son, Robert Wormer of Monroe, N.H.; and three daughters, Deborah Kryzak, of Knox; Elizabeth West of Conway, Mass.; and Mary Richardson, of Colton (Saint Lawrence County). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

His four brothers — Leslie, Lester, Stanley, and William Wormer — died before him.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated yesterday (Wednesday) at Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro. Burial with full military honors will be held in the spring in Freidsam Cemetery in Chesterfield. Atamaniuk Funeral Home made the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Michael R.C. School, 48 Walnut St., Brattleboro, VT 05301; or to Silver Towers Camp, c/o B.P.O. Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499, Post Office Box 771, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

Messages of condolence may be made to the Wormer family at www.atamaniuk.com.

— Tyler Schuling

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