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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, September 24, 2009

Arthur D. Bradt

BERNE — Arthur D. Bradt, who had lived in the Hilltowns, died on Sept. 17, 2009 at Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach, N.Y. He was 67.

Born on March 11, 1942, he was the son of the late Henry and Florence Bradt and the brother of the late Henry C. Bradt, George Bradt, Helen Duell, and Marion Bradt. He is survived by his sister, Gladys Liddle, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont with the service conducted by Pastor Jay Francis. Interment will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in New Salem. Calling hours will be from noon to 1 p.m., before the service at the funeral home. 

Jeremiah Charles Overbaugh

RENSSELAERVILLE — Jerry Overbaugh, a farmer, excavator, and corrections officer, died at his home in Medusa on Sept. 18, 2009. “He was a hard worker, usually working two jobs at one time,” his family wrote in a tribute. He will be remembered for telling his stories of days gone by and being an honest businessman.” He was 87.

He was born at home in Kiskatom, N.Y. on Sept. 11, 1922.

He was graduated from Catskill High School in 1940. His first job was as a chicken inspector. He met his future bride, Dorothy Huested of Norton Hill, while inspecting chickens at Huested’s Hatchery. They were married on Palm Sunday, April 2, 1944 in the Norton Hill Methodist Church and were married for 65 years. They settled in Medusa and started Hickory Grove Farm.

Mr. Overbaugh, who was known to his friends and family as “Jerry,” also became a corrections officer for New York State, a job he held for 25 years. Most of those years were at the Coxsackie Correctional Institution.

In the early 1960s, while at Coxsackie, he bought his first used backhoe and began his second family business, Overbaugh Construction. His son continues to run both the farm and the excavating business.

Mr. Overbaugh was a member of the Greenville Norton Hill Methodist Church for 65 years and was a charter member of the Medusa Volunteer Fire Company. He continued to be an active member, serving on the board of directors until his death.

His parents, Harry and Ethel (Omerod) Overbaugh, died before him as did a sister, Shirley Overbaugh Black, and brother-in-law, Bob Black; a brother, Ted Overbaugh and sister-in-law Marge Overbaugh; a brother-in-law, Maurice Brandow; and a brother-in-law, Earl Walker.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (Huested) Overbaugh; a daughter, Cindy Alexander of Delmar, a son Mark Overbaugh and his wife, Maryanne, of Medusa; two grandsons, David Alexander of Glenmont and Jeremiah Overbaugh of Medusa; a sister, Catherine Brandow, of Leeds; and a sister-in-law, Clarice Walker, of Norton Hill; and many nieces and nephews.

Viewing hours for family and friends were held at the Medusa Fire House on Sept. 21. Funeral services were held on Sept. 22 at the Greenville Norton Hill United Methodist Church in Norton Hill, N.Y. Interment followed in the Medusa Cemetery. Arrangements were by the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes, Inc., in Greenville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Medusa Volunteer Fire Company or to the Greenville Norton Hill United Methodist Church Powell Store Restoration Fund.

Gwendolyn Aileen Scott

ALTAMONT — Gwendolyn Aileen Scott, dedicated nurse, wife, and mother, died on Sept. 17, 2009. She was 84.

Mrs. Scott was born in Buffalo Lake, Alberta, Canada, in 1926, to Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Bailey. She graduated from the University of Alberta School of Nursing, with a diploma in nursing, in 1950.

Mrs. Scott met her husband, Robert Foster Scott, when he studied at the University of Alberta. She moved with her husband when he did post-graduate studies in London, England, and later Vancouver, Canada and St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Scott continued to work as a nurse in the different cities where they lived.

“She said she worked until she was so pregnant she couldn’t fit behind the wheel of a car,” said Mrs. Scott’s daughter, Shannon Scott. Mrs. Scott had her first child in 1956, her daughter said.

In 1961, the Scott family moved to Altamont, where Mrs. Scott lived until 2008. The couple had three children, and they “took a great deal of care to give us the opportunity to make the best of ourselves,” said their daughter.

Shannon Scott described the family meals they enjoyed every evening. “There are not many families that sit down to dinner every night, but I can’t recall ever not having family meals,” she said.

Her mother took a great interest in gourmet cooking, she said. “I have only ever met one other home cook on the same level as she was,” said her daughter.

One of Mrs. Scott’s many other interests was bird-watching. She completed the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Course in Bird Biology, a home course she took in the 1970s, said her daughter. She participated annually in the Thanksgiving Day National Audubon Society and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Bird Count. She and her husband would often go out to the surrounding wetlands to watch the birds, her daughter said.

Mrs. Scott was a member of the Whisk Golf League and the Albany Curling Club. She competed in tournaments in both sports, according to her daughter.

Shannon Scott said her parents were dedicated to one another. “It was good, old-fashioned devotion,” she said, explaining that Mrs. Scott took care of her husband during the last three years of his life. “If the roles were reversed, I know he would have been the caretaker for her,” she said.

Robert Foster Scott died on July 2, 2009. They were married for 55 years.

Of her mother, Shannon Scott said, “She had a Canadian dry wit and an artistic spirit, combined with a strong work ethic.”


Gwendolyn Aileen Scott is survived by her son, Sean Scott J.D. and his wife, Rhett, of Colorado, and her daughters, Glynnis Scott, M.D. and her husband, Sam Crabb of Rochester, and Shannon Scott, D.M. and her husband, Leonard Garrison, of Idaho; her grandchildren, Ian, Arthur, and Samantha; and sister Edith Wilkins and Barbara Powell of Alberta, Canada.

Her remains were donated to the Anatomic Gift Foundation of Albany Medical College.

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