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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 27, 2008

Marilyn Knauss

GUILDERLAND — Marilyn “Lynn” Knauss, who took joy in teaching children, died on March 20, 2008.  She was 79.  She had struggled for three years against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to a school teacher and a lumber-yard worker, Mrs. Knauss went on to study early childhood education at Antioch College in Ohio, graduating in 1952.  It was there that she met her husband, Peter Knauss, with whom she spent 55 wedded years.

The couple moved to Guilderland and raised four children.  Mrs. Knauss always kept up to date on teaching techniques, her husband said. 

Most recently, she spent 19 years at Temple Beth Emeth nursery school, where she was the director and head teacher, retiring in 1993.  Before that, she had directed nursery schools at St. Boniface Episcopal Church and the Schenectady Jewish Community Center.

“She was very interested in art,” said Mr. Knauss of his wife.  “Modern art especially.”  She did some of her own painting, he said, and she always kept a flower garden.

Mrs. Knauss was a member of the St. Boniface church and an active member of its women’s group.  She also played bridge and enjoyed her grandchildren.

Mrs. Knauss is survived by her husband, Peter Knauss; her son, Tim Knauss and his wife, Bobbi, of Syracuse; her daughter, Lori Beary, and her husband, Jerry, of Knoxville, Iowa; her son, Jody Knauss, and his wife, Mary Bartholomew, of Madison, Wisc.; and her son, David Knauss, and his wife, Cindy, of Concord, Mass.  She is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held today, Thursday, at 3 p.m. at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5148 Western Turnpike, Guilderland, with arrangements by the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Church, Post Office Box 397, Guilderland, NY  12084 or to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY  12205.

— Saranac Hale Spencer

William Spratt

SCHOHARIE — William Spratt, whose friends called him Bill, was a dairy farmer who had come to America from Ireland as a young man. “Throughout his life, Bill loved and cared for many animals,” his family wrote in a tribute.

He died on Holy Saturday, March 22, 2008, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, after a brief illness. He was 87.

Born in Ballyclough, Ireland, he emigrated to the United States in 1949. Together with his longtime friend Maurice Lockwood, he owned and operated several dairy farms, the last located in Ghent.

He retired to Schoharie County, New York where he lived for many years before his last residence at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center.

He is survived by his sisters, Mary Spratt of Bayside, N.Y. and Sister Mary Bride Spratt of Garrison, N.Y.; his brother, Kevin Spratt of Buttevant, County Cork, Ireland; his niece, Mary Coumane of Flushing, N.Y. several grandnieces and nephews; and his friends Christine Galvin and Ray Rettig.

At his request, there will be no memorial service.

Leda Marion Van Wormer

Leda Marion Van Wormer, formerly of Altamont, died on March 21, 2008, in Holmes Beach, Fla., where she lived.

Services will be a memorial at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.

Survivors include her sons, David of Orlando, Fla. and Koert of Titusville, Fla., and a sister , Estelle Hawkins of Sarasota.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Kristina Smith of Titusville, Fla. and Keri Nightingale of Loveland, Colo.; one great-grandchild, Emily Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 248 South Harbor Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217.

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