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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 6, 2009

Jean M. Adams

ALTAMONT — A hard-working but fun-loving woman who put family first, Jean M. Adams is remembered by her children as generous and caring.

She died on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, after a long illness. She was 74.

“If there was something someone needed, she would give it to them or do it for them if she could,” said her older daughter, Carol Donato. “Although she loved pretty things and things that sparkled and shined, she loved the simple pleasures in life.”

“She raised us on good old-fashioned values,” said her younger daughter, Tammy Weiler. “She was a lot of fun.”

Describing some of that fun, her son, Arnold Adams Jr., said, “She loved my Elvis impersonation and she loved me playing ‘Wipe Out’ on the drums. She’d always beg me to do that for family get-togethers.”

Born on Feb. 13, 1935, Mrs. Adams was the daughter of the late Ralph and Bertha Carpenter.

She graduated from Albany High School in 1953 and married Arnold J. Adams Sr. on June 13, 1953. They were married for 51 years.

Thirteen was her mother’s lucky number, Mrs. Weiler said. “She and Dad dated 13 months before they got married. They got married on the 13th at the 13th hour.”

Her mother also had 13 letters in her name, Ms. Weiler said, and, in her later years, when she was in a nursing home, she would always insist on getting a bingo card that had the number 13 on it.

“Everybody else says that 13 is a bad number but it was lucky for her. She had 13 things with 13 in it,” said Mrs. Weiler. The family continued the tradition even after her death. “My Dad died in ‘04; she died in ‘09; that adds up to 13,” said Mrs. Weiler.

“My fondest memories growing up,” said Mrs. Donato, “were the quality family times we had.”

Through tears, she went on to list many of those family times: Our Sunday rides through the country, going to visit Grandma, family, and friends; packing up bologna and cheese sandwiches and going to drive-ins; swimming in the creek at the rifle range and driving the car in to wash it; picnics at Thacher Park; camping at Warner’s Lake; the Punkintown Fair and the Altamont Fair where we would celebrate Dad’s birthday; bowling at Weaver’s Lanes.”

Mrs. Adams had a varied career, working for the Fuller Brush Company, Guilderland High School, and the Guilderland Center Nursing Home.

Mrs. Donato said that her mother enjoyed her work but that she was centered on her family. She fondly remembered even the cold winters of her childhood. “We were bundled up so much to play in the snow, we could hardly move,” she said, recalling “the rubber boots that wouldn’t come off, hot chocolate and Maypo to warm us up, the days that sparkled and shined.”

In her later years, Mrs. Adams showed the same warmth and love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that she had for her own two daughters and son.

“She loved playing games, anything from Monopoly to Go Fish with me, and she did the same with my kids,” said Ms. Weiler. “She loved spending time and playing with the grandkids; she was fun to be around.”

“She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed telling them stories that she would make up as she went along,” said Mrs. Donato. “They would tentatively listen and want to hear more.

“Her favorite game to play with them was checkers, and her inner child would come out when she was with them. Mom and Dad would devotedly tend to them, bringing them to school, and coming to Pop Warner games, being there when they were born.”

Mrs. Donato described a favorite picture of her mother, photographed with her father. “She’s laughing hard and a curl fell in the middle of her forehead,” she said. “She was always joking and happy and trying not to take bad things too seriously.”


Jean M. Adams is survived by a son, Arnold Jr. Adams, and his wife, Diane; two daughters, Carol Donato an her husband, Joseph, and Tammy Weiler and her husband, Raymond Jr.; seven grandchildren, Apryl Ableman, JoJo Donato, Jessica Lieb and her husband, Joshua, Keith, Kyle, Mackenzie and Kolton Weiler; and four great-grandchildren, Brad Thomas Ableman, Rylee Starr Ableman, and Kody and Zoie Lieb.

She is also survived by her brother, Ralph Carpenter Jr.

Her husband, Arnold J. Adams Sr., died before her, as did her brother, Kenneth Carpenter.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, followed by interment in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 751, Altamont, NY 12009, or to the Altamont Rescue Squad, Post Office Box 56, Altamont, NY 12009.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer 

Robert Oddy Jr.

VOORHEESVILLE — The warmth of Bobby Oddy’s character was binding.

Always bringing together family and friends, Mr. Oddy was at the center of gatherings. At 33, the father of two died unexpectedly after a motorcycle accident on Aug. 1, 2009.

“When he told stories, you had to give him room,” said his sister, Jodi Oddy. He would tell them with the whole of his 6 foot, 4 inch frame to a rapt audience about everything from childhood explorations, and high school adventures to dirt biking.

The Voorheesville native was always open to trying something new, which is how he got into motorcycles. He loved riding his Harley Davidson, his family wrote in a tribute. On Saturday afternoon, while riding on Dunnsville Road, Mr. Oddy went off the pavement, hitting a tree, and was later pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center.

“He loved riding his Harley,” Ms. Oddy said, adding that he had ridden dirt bikes as a kid.

The two of them were close growing up, she said, remembering through tears their childhood. Summer days were spent building forts, playing football, and fishing in a nearby pond, which would freeze in winter, allowing for hours of ice-skating.

Mr. Oddy always loved football, his sister said. “My mom wouldn’t let him play in high school until senior year. He graduated from Voorheesville’s high school in 1994 and went on to play semi-pro football for the Glove City Colonials and the Amsterdam Zephyrs.

Growing up, he played all kinds of sports, Ms. Oddy said, concluding, “And he was always good at it.”

Asked what drew him to football above the others, she laughed and said, “The full contact.”

Football also brought Mr. Oddy his wife, Marcia Oddy, who sat in the stands at one of his Colonials games, his sister said.

He coached her daughter, Janaye, and was a proud and supportive father to both Janaye and the couple’s baby, Alandra, Ms. Oddy said. “He’s just so proud of his baby girls,” she said.

“He honestly was the best dad I could ask for and I couldn’t pick anyone better than he was,” Janaye wrote in a tribute. “He was always looking out for the best for me and wanted me to have more than the world. We had so many plans and so many things to do.”

Mr. Oddy followed in his father’s footsteps, working as a corrections officer at Albany County’s jail for 10 years. Although the job could be wearing, his sister said, he liked the people with whom he worked. And, she said, “He would even make the inmates laugh.”

Her brother was wild and daring, said Ms. Oddy, but what he really valued were good friends and family. “He lit the room when he walked in,” she said.


Mr. Oddy is survived by his wife, Marcia Oddy, and daughters Alandra and Janaye. He is also survived by his parents, Robert Oddy Sr. and Georgianna Ertel-Oddy, of Voorheesville, and by his sister and best friend, Jodi Oddy.

He is also survived by his grandmother, Theresa Ertel, of Slingerlands, and his in-laws, Michelle and Randy King and Mark Stegel, as well as many aunts and uncles and a large circle of friends that he shared with his sister.

His grandparents George Ertel and Kenneth and Evelyn Oddy died before him.

A funeral will be held today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. at the New Comer Cannon Funeral Home at 343 New Karner Rd. in Colonie with interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

— Saranac Hale Spencer 

Ronald George Tozer

WESTERLO — A die-hard car enthusiast who loved Native American culture, Ronald Tozer was fun to be around.

On Saturday, July 25, 2009, he died at his home in Wedowee, Ala. He was 63.

Tozer was born on Aug. 18, 1945, the son of the late George Tozer and Margaretta Britton Tozer. Though he was born in Catskill, N.Y., his family had always lived in Westerlo.

“He was cool — like, Elvis Presley kind of cool,” said his brother, Roland Tozer. “He had a lot of fun in his life, and did a lot of interesting things. Just a lot of fun to be around.”

He was a very gregarious guy, with a lot of friends in Westerlo, but his dream was always to move to the South, his brother said. In 2006, that dream became a reality.

“He always dreamed of getting out of New York State, because he didn’t like the high taxes, and he didn’t like the snow,” said his brother. “He hated cold weather, and so, he made up his mind that he was going to bail out of here and get to where it was warm.”

He wished to move far enough south that he would never see another snowflake, so he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for a while, but he didn’t like that, his brother said.

“Then, he met up with a friend from Alabama, and this friend told him he should check out Alabama, and that led him to a 90-acre piece that he liked, and he built a house on it. Last year, while he was down there, they had a real freaky snowstorm, and that was kind of a bummer for him,” his brother laughed.

When Mr. Tozer migrated south, he brought with him his business, Ron Tozer Custom Blueprints.

“He would basically work with the engineers and architects in the area and draw custom blueprints for people, and they would use them to build their houses,” said his brother. “He was held in high regard, and he especially liked to do solar homes. He didn’t have a degree, and he wasn’t licensed, so he would have to have someone else sign his blueprints.”

He had also worked for GNH Lumber in Norton Hill, N.Y., and had trained dogs professionally when he was in Florida.

Though he moved far from home, Mr. Tozer loved spending time with his family, his brother said. He also loved cars, and provided a wealth of knowledge to his brother in this hobby they shared.

“He was like a walking encyclopedia of old-car information,” said his brother. “He could tell you all the minute details about old Duesenbergs back from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s — a real cool guy in that respect. He was a lot of fun to go to car shows with, and he really appreciated old cars.”

He had an extensive library of books on both cars and motorcycles, and studied them ever since he was a kid.

“He had his own motorcycle that he rebuilt and fixed up, an old Harley Davidson,” his brother went on. “He was in a motorcycle group called the ‘Booze Fighters,’ and we would always ask, ‘Do they get drunk and fight, or are they against drinking?’ and he would always laugh.”

Mr. Tozer also enjoyed working on old cars, said his brother. “He could take a grumpy old car and make it look like a million bucks,” he said.

Mr. Tozer was also interested in boxing, and had a love for animals, his brother said.

“He was into eagles, wolves, birds of prey — hawks and so forth, and he just enjoyed the beauty of them,” said his brother.

Another common interest of the two brothers was their fascination with Native American culture.

“He was into the American Indian culture and just enjoyed being with American Indians,” said his brother. “He went out to the Iroquois museums and Howe Caverns, and, for a while, that’s all he could talk about; he loved their culture of preserving the earth. It’s kind of ironic, because my ancestors were some of the early settlers here in Westerlo, and were actually instrumental in fighting the Indians out of Westerlo. And yet, we were very much into them, and we often discussed how we always regretted what our ancestors did to the American Indians. They looked at them as a force to be overcome, and now we admire them.”

In addition to studying the culture, Mr. Tozer owned headdresses and sun catchers.

“I really miss him,” his brother concluded. “There’s a big emptiness in my heart.”


Tozer is survived by his long-time companion, Gail “Gere” Maugere of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; his brother, Roland Gilbert Tozer, and his brother’s partner, Janet Studnicki, both of Dormansville; and his niece, Rebecca Lynn Tozer Machlovitz and her husband, Marc, of Phillipsburg, N.J.

He is also survived by his cousins: Robert Brodner and his wife, Marie, of Rochester, N.Y.; Candice Beardsley and her husband, David, of Greece, N.Y.; Bradley Brodner and his wife, Demaris, of Ontario, N.Y.; James Tozer and his wife, Glenda, of Lithia, Fla.; Jack Tozer and his wife, Carol, of Millville, N.J.; and Carl “Butch” Tozer Sr. and his wife, Sharon, of Millville, N.J.

At Ronald Tozer’s request, there will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211, or to Wiregrass Hospice, 1825 Day Street, Oxford, AL 26203, or to any other charity.

— Zach Simeone 

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