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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 1, 2009

Harold E. Albright

BERNE — Harold E. Albright Sr., who worked hard as a logger, a trucker, and a builder, died unexpectedly on Sept. 25, 2009. He was 63.

“Dad had a heart of gold,” said his son Michael Albright. “And he was a hard worker.”

He was born on July 13, 1946 to Harold and Agnes Albright at their farmhouse on Johnston Road in Guilderland. He came by his work ethic honestly.

His father was a farmer who always kept cows and worked a number of other jobs over the years, at Alcove Locomotive and Tobin Meats.

“Grandma worked just as hard as Grandpa,” said Michael Albright. “When he was out harvesting, she was harvesting the garden and canning. She’d cook, baking 10 pies in a day. She sewed all the clothes for the family. And she knit a sweater for me.”

The Albrights were a church-going family. “They loved the Lord,” said Michael Albright. “They went to the Rock Road Chapel in Knox.” The chapel’s pastor, Rev. Jay Francis, conducted the funeral service for Mr. Albright Sr. on Monday evening.

In 1962, the Albrights sold their farm on the flats of Johnston Road and moved to Schoharie.

Mr. Albright held a variety of jobs, in construction work and driving 18-wheelers, his son said. “He loved driving the dump truck for Lawyer’s Excavating,” said Mr. Albright. “And he loved his Harleys.” Since he was a teenager, he owned a series of Harley- Davidson motorcycles.

Mr. Albright also liked hunting deer and turkey with his sons. “He loved working in the woods” and often logged with his brother, Bill Albright. “They were inseparable. Uncle Bill died two years ago. My Dad missed him incredibly,” said Michael Albright.

Mr. Albright lived in Florida from 1991 to 1999 where he worked with arts and crafts, making items like stools, paper-towel holders, and wagons. “He was proud of his wagons,” said his son.

Back in the Hilltowns, one of his later projects was working with his son, Harold, building a pond in Knox. “Harold was loading the dump truck and Dad was hauling it away,” said Michael Albright. They worked well together, he said.

 Mr. Albright enjoyed his home life. “My father’s significant other is Eileen Rapant…He was very fond of her daughter, Kathleen,” said Michael Albright. “She would call the house and he would say, ‘I can tell by the ring, that’s Kathy.’”

His father was someone who would speak his mind, said Mr. Albright. He concluded, “I love him and I miss him.”


Harold E. Albright Sr. is survived by his companion, Eileen M. Rapant; his sons Harold E. Albright Jr. and Michael J. Albright and his daughter-in-law Chelsea Albright as well as by his stepdaughter, Kathleen Zimmer.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Harold, Ryan, Morghan, Brody, Jenica, William, and Thomas Albright; and by his brother, Gary Albright, and his sister, Gail Reinhart.

His brother, Bill Albright, died before him.

A funeral service was held on Monday at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Edward F. Kleinke II

DELANSON — Edward F. Kleinke II, a lifelong farmer and the director of Soil and Water Conservation in Albany County for 13 years, died on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at his home. He was 92.

“Edward will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and humor as well as for his love for a weekly pinochle game,” his family wrote in a tribute.

Mr. Kleinke was born on March 11, 1917 in Bethlehem. He owned and operated a farm on Krumkill Road in the town of New Scotland for over 50 years. He was a Grange member since 1932, presently a member of the Foxenkill Grange and Pomona. He was a past member of the Albany County Farm Bureau.

Mr. Kleinke was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Berne.

He is survived by his three daughters, Carol Hayes and her husband, Jim, of Ballentine, Mont., Joan Willsey and her husband, Patrick, of Smyrna, Del., and Diane Dillenbeck and her husband, Larry, of Duanesburg; six grandchildren, Patricia Anderson, Renee Rhine, Steven and Kevin Willsey, and Brian and Gary Dillenbeck; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

His wife of over 50 years, Pauline Kleinke, died before him.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont followed by an interment in Memory’s Garden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, #301 Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

Melissa Hale-Spencer

Sherry L. Morey

COEYMANS — Sherry Morey, whose strength defined her, died on Aug. 23, 2009. She was 50.

Growing up in Albany, Mrs. Morey attended Catholic schools before graduating from Albany High and spending a year at the University at Albany, said her husband, Michael Morey.

Nearly a decade ago, when the pair had forged their own paths in life, they locked eyes. “When we met, that was it,” he said.

Mr. Morey owned a rental building next to a tavern and one day, he remembered, “I said, ‘To heck with it, I’ll have lunch here.’” Mrs. Morey had just taken a job waiting tables there a month earlier and saw him across the room. The couple was married less than a year later and shared eight years as constant companions.

They worked together, lived together, and played together, Mr. Morey said. They didn’t want to be apart.

The pair restored a 1796 house together for their home — they valued history, Mr. Morey said, and took pride in restoration. “If you’re happy with the one you’re with and you love what you do, does it get better than that?” he asked.

They traveled to Europe half a dozen times, where they visited Mr. Morey’s children in Copenhagen, where he lived from 1988 to 2000.

“She was kind and caring,” with his three children and her own daughter, Ciena Carter, with whom she was very close, Mr. Morey said. She and her 18-year-old daughter talked all the time, he said, and nothing could come between them.

Mrs. Morey liked walking and reading, so the couple walked through snow flurries in the winter and autumn’s falling leaves. The couple also spent time in Owl’s Head, Maine, where he went as a child, Mr. Morey said. They’d sip wine and listen to the waves.

“We always turned to each other first for everything,” Mr. Morey said. “It was that way from day one.”

She worked with him doing all manner of contracting, he said. “She was strong. Very strong,” he said, and “focused.”

“We always worked together,” said Mr. Morey. “We’re one.”


Mrs. Morey is survived by her husband, Michael Morey, and her children, Ciena and Nicolas Carter, as well as Mr. Morey’s children, Steen Morey, 20; Anna Morey, 17; and Kristian Morey, 14.

A funeral was held on Aug. 29 at St. Patrick’s Church in Ravena, with arraignments by the Babcock Funeral Home.

Saranac Hale Spencer

Committal Service — Alan L. St. John

A graveside committal service for longtime Altamont resident Alan L. St. John will take place on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

The family welcomes friends and neighbors to this service.

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