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Obituaries Archives The Altamont Enterprise, January 15, 2009
Mildred S. Long
NEW SCOTLAND Mildred S. Long, a founder of Long Lumber, died at her home Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. She was 89 years old.
Mrs. Long, known as Mimi, was born in Brooklyn, but moved to New Scotland 60 years ago.
She and her late husband, Richard L. Long Sr., founded Long Lumber and Supply Company. Mrs. Long managed the office and showroom for 50 years.
She was dedicated to the family business, and to her loving family, who were with her when she died.
Mrs. Long was a 60-year member of New Scotland Presbyterian Church. She was a long-time member of the Opportunity Club, of Genetaska, and of Philanthropic Educational Organization-Chapter AB.
Mrs. Mildred S. Long is survived by her son, Richard L. Long Jr., and his wife, Kristin, of New Scotland; her son, Robert Long, and his wife, Leila, of East Berne; and her daughter, Judy Little, and her husband, John, of Ashland, Ore.
Mrs. Long is also survived by her grandchildren, Richard L. Long III, and his wife, Pam; Amy Quinn, and her husband, Tim; Lila Little; Chani Little; Michael Boni, and his wife, Denise; and James Boni, and his wife, Jen. Mrs. Long is also survived by her great-grandchildren Alexa, Joseph, Nicole, Lucas, Molly, and Jake; and her nephews and their families.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the New Scotland Presbyterian Church, 2010 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands. A reception will follow. Calling hours will be Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home, 9 Voorheesville Ave., Voorheesville. Burial will be in the spring at the New Scotland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Scotland Presbyterian Church or PEO-Chapter AB.
Robert C. Miller
ALBANY Robert C. Miller spent more than 40 years volunteering with the Altamont Fire Department.
He died on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Albany, after a brief illness.
Mr. Miller moved to Altamont before he began elementary school, said his son, David Miller.
“He always considered Altamont his home,” he said. Mr. Miller and his wife, Patricia, moved to Albany four years ago.
Mr. Miller held offices in the fire department, rising to assistant chief.
“He was a very active volunteer,” his son said. “He was a hard worker. He held two jobs consistently.”
Mr. Miller retired from the New York State Department of Transportation in 1988. He was a crane and shovel operator who did state highway maintenance in two or three locations in Albany County each week, working out of the Voorheesville “shop,” as the garage was called.
Mr. Miller’s expertise with large equipment was recognized when he went, twice, to Buffalo to help dig the city out from blizzards, his son recalled.
Mr. Miller’s second job was helping with Altamont fairgrounds’ maintenance, his son said.
“He was very handy. He did a lot of home remodeling,” his son said. Mrs. Miller “put up with it. With four kids three boys it needed remodeling,” their son said. “My brother fell through a wall when ‘somebody’ pushed him,” he said, coyly referring to himself.
The Millers married in 1961. Mr. Miller was stationed near Niagara Falls during his time in the United State Air Force. When his service time ended, the Millers moved next to Ron’s Service Station in Altamont. After that, they lived in an apartment just outside the village limits, finally moving to their home on Altamont Boulevard in 1965. They lived there for almost 40 years.
Mr. Miller was a member of the American Legion for more than a decade.
“He was a very humble man,” his son said. “The way he interacted with people was to tease them, and that’s how he would draw people out. Nobody was safe from that grandchildren, people on the street.”
Over the last decade, the Millers traveled frequently to their vacation home near Charleston, S.C. Before they purchased their South Carolina home, they traveled often to Florida.
Mr. Miller’s sons followed in his footsteps; his son, Paul, is the chief of the Altamont Fire Department. His son, Don, is a firefighter in South Carolina.
Pallbearers and a fire truck from the Altamont Fire Department will carry Mr. Miller to the Saratoga National Cemetery for interment.
Robert C. Miller is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son David, and his partner, Scott Boling; his son, Donald, and his wife, Lori; his daughter Susan Wegner, and her husband, Ralph; and, his son Paul Miller, and his wife, Kathleen Fitzgerald.
Mr. Miller is also survived by his brother, Walter Miller, and his wife, Barbara, and his sister-in-law, Patricia Miller. He is survived by seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Mr. Miller’s brother, William Miller, died before him.
A funeral service will be held today, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont. Interment will immediately follow at Saratoga National Cemetery. Calling hours were Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Altamont Fire Department, Post Office Box 642, Altamont, NY, 12009.
Jo E. Prout
Jeannie E. Yuhas
CENTRAL BRIDGE Jeannie E. Yuhas, an honored member of the Altamont Fire Department, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at her home in Central Bridge. She was 51.
Ms. Yuhas was born on Oct. 16, 1957, in Freeport on Long Island. She was the daughter of Jean Slater née Kurdt and Bernard S. Yuhas.
Ms. Yuhas was a longtime member of the Altamont Fire Department, and was honored as a Fireman of the Year. She lived in Altamont for many years before moving to Central Bridge (Schoharie Co.).
Ms. Yuhas was a high school graduate. She worked at Hannaford Supermarket in Guilderland as a customer service representative.
Ms. Yuhas enjoyed reading, gardening, computer-based book games, and cats. In her youth, Ms. Yuhas enjoyed horses. She was a fan of Harry Potter books.
“She loved laughing,” her family wrote in a tribute, “and reminiscing and spending time with family and friends, and celebrating her annual ‘21st’ birthday.”
Ms. Jeannie E. Yuhas is survived by her son, Lee F. Empie IV, and his wife, Rachel, of Guilderland Center; her mother, Jean Slater, of Central Bridge; her father, Bernard Yuhas, and his wife, Barbara, of West Berne; her sister, Cynthia Rupel, of North Carolina; her sister, Diane Yuhas, of Central Bridge; her sister, Barbara Errico, and her husband, Lenny, of West Babylon (Suffolk Co.); her brother, John Yuhas, of Darby, Mont.; her brother, Barney Yuhas, of Gallupville; and her brother, Thomas Yuhas, of Hampton, Va.
Calling hours were held Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at the Gallupville House in Gallupville. Cremation took place at Vale Crematory, in Schenectady.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, Inc., Post Office Box 40, Central Bridge, NY, 12092.
Funeral arrangements were made through the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home in Middleburgh, and the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home in Cobleskill. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmershaylorfuneralhome.com.