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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 24, 2008

OBITUARY NOTICES — January 24, 2008

Paul G. Keppler Sr.

WESTERLO — Paul G. Keppler Sr., a farmer and outdoorsman who was active in his church, died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008. He was 69.

Born in Manhattan in 1938 to the late Fred Keppler and Mary Gesko, Mr. Keppler’s family moved to Westerlo in 1941.

He worked on his family’s dairy farm in Knox and later worked for Agway as a truck driver, before retiring.

"He loved hunting. He liked trapping and going ’coon hunting with his son, Pat, and his grandson, Patrick," said his daughter-in-law, Tami Keppler. He enjoyed being outdoors and did a lot of logging, she said.

After he retired, in the 1990s, Mr. Keppler became very involved with his church, the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, where he worked with the Stockade, a Christian Boy Scouts of America group, and also drove the bus for senior outings, Mrs. Keppler said.

He became a trustee of the church, met with a group of men who studied the Bible on Wednesdays, and shuttled seniors to appointments and visits, she said, sometimes using his own car. Each morning, Mr. Keppler met his friends at a restaurant in Rensselaerville for breakfast, she said.

Mr. Keppler performed tasks at the church at least once each day, if not three times, she said.

"The church was very big for him," Mrs. Keppler said.


Mr. Keppler is survived by his daughter, Diane Chrysler, and her husband, Don; and by his sons, Dale Keppler, and his wife, Dawn; Paul Keppler Jr., and his wife, Carolyn; and Patrick Keppler, and his wife, Tami. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Colleen, Heather, Donald, Nicole, Patrick Jr., Jessica, Matthew, Cheyenne, and Danielle; and four great-grandchildren, Amia, Jeremia, Ashlee, and Katie; three brothers, John, Edmund, and Tom Keppler; and two sisters, Louise Conway and Dorothy Leicht.

His wife, Letha (Faas) Keppler, died before him as did his brother, Freddie Keppler, and his brother-in-law, Larry Conway.

Calling hours will be held today (Thursday) from 4 to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, followed by a service at 6 p.m. A private burial will be held in the spring. The Fredendall Funeral Home of Altamont made the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, 618 Route 143, Westerlo, NY 12193.

— Tyler Schuling

David M. Militello

ALTAMONT — David M. Militello, who took care of children, died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. He was 37.

David worked various jobs throughout his life, but his most accomplished career was that of a child caregiver, his family wrote in a tribute. "He loved all children but most especially his three nieces and one nephew." He was affectionately referred to as, Uncle Dave, by countless numbers of people. David was a humble person with a heart of gold and the kindest person anyone could ever meet. He enjoyed camping, playing tennis with his father, and playing cards and games. His whole life revolved around his beloved nieces and nephew.

He was born in Utica, N.Y. and moved to Guilderland in 1981. He graduated from Guilderland High School, attended Mohawk Valley Community College, and graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with a degree in sociology.

David is survived by his loving father, Anthony J Militello, and his companion, JoAn Cardamone, of Utica; his stepfather, John V. Fatta, of Athens, N.Y.; his most cherished sister, Tamara L. VanGarderen and her husband, John, of Altamont; his three beloved nieces, Kelly V. Thomas, Heather D. Thomas, and Catherine VanGarderen; his nephew, John VanGarderen; and his brother-in-law, Jeffrey N. Thomas of Knox. His mother, Sharon S. Fatta, died before him.

He is also survived by his aunts, Jeanne Osborne, Angeline Perta and Mary Paratore; his uncles, Scott Slocum and his wife, Sue, Rev. Ignatius Militello, Joseph Militello, John Militello and his wife, Kathie, and Anthony Basilio. He is also survived by his most cherished friends, the McCabe family and the Noakes.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ the King on Sumpter Ave. in Guilderland. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Friday prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to LaSalette Shrine, care of Rev. Jeffrey Larche, Post Office Box 680, Leesome Lane, Altamont, N.Y. 12009.

Raymond J. O’Malley

VOORHEESVILLE — Raymond J. O’Malley, a banker and dedicated volunteer firefighter, died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at his Voorheesville home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 65.

Born in the Bronx, Mr. O’Malley was the son of the late James and Anne Humphreys O’Malley. He was a 1961 graduate of Berne-Knox High School.

Mr. O’Malley was employed in banking for many years, most recently as Property Manager for KeyBank. For the past five years, he was Property Manager for the Equinox Companies.

He was a life member and past chief of the Voorheesville Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Rural Fire Chiefs Association, the Voorheesville Fire Department Golf League, and the KeyBank Quarter Century Club.


Mr. O’Malley is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol Farrigan O’Malley; his children, Deborah O’Malley of Voorheesville, and Heather Andres, and her husband, Stephen. He is also survived by his grandson, Tyler Andres; his brothers and sister, Gerald O’Malley, and his wife, Frances, of East Berne; Thomas O’Malley, and his wife, Avis, of Berne; and Barbara Clinton of New Paltz; and several nieces and nephews.

His brother, Robert J. O’Malley, died before him.

Friends and relatives attended the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar. Calling hours were held on Monday. The Newcomer-Cannon Family Funeral Home in Colonie made the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Voorheesville Volunteer Fire Department, Post Office Box 525, 12 Altamont Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186; or to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205. To leave a special message for the family online, visit NewcomerFamily.com.

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