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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 8, 2009

Marlene Plant

GUILDERLAND — Marlene R. Plant — named the town’s Mother of the Year — was an avid volunteer and dedicated mother and grandmother. She died on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at Albany Memorial Hospital. She was 72.

Mrs. Plant was born in Schenectady to the late Robert and Louise Purtell. She worked as a clerk at Blue Cross/Blue Shield for many years.

Mrs. Plant’s daughter, Catherine Vivenzio, said her mother truly deserved the Mother-of-the-Year distinction she was awarded by the Guilderland Elks Club in 2004. Mrs. Vivenzio said she and her nine siblings look back on Mrs. Plant’s reception of the award as one of their fondest memories. 

“She was an amazing woman,” Mrs. Vivenzio said. “She became a single parent in her late 40s, got her driver’s license at that age, and later became a cancer survivor.”

Up until her death, Mrs. Plant worked at the Wal-Mart in Albany, and Mrs. Vivenzio said her mother’s boss had told her that she was a valued employee that would be sorely missed.

In addition to working, Mrs. Plant was a very active member of the Westmere Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for over 23 years. She was also heavily involved with Voorheesville Aqua Fitness, a water aerobics class held for members of the community every week at Clayton A. Bouton High School. She worked the polls for the Albany County Board of Elections for many years. She participated in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure for over a decade. These were all roles and activities that her mother loved, said her daughter.

“She was the kind of woman who walked into a room and brightened it up,” said Mrs. Vivenzio of her mother.


Marlene R. Plant is survived by daughters Charlene Plank, Patricia Fink, and her husband, Carl, and Catherine Vivenzio, and her husband, Walter; sons James Plant, and his wife, Georgine, Charles Plant Jr, Paul Plant, Raymond Plant, and his wife, Kathleen, Kenneth Plant, and his wife, Laura, Robert Plant, and his wife, Brandy, and Steven Plant, and his wife, Melissa.

She is also survived by her sisters, Carol Frederick, and her husband, Roy, Diane Hull, and her husband, Dave, Linda Hughes, and her husband, John, and Lisa Beretz; brother Roy Purtell, and his wife, Carol; Charles J. Plant Sr; and, 22 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Monday at NewComer Cannon Funeral Home, and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Christ the King Church. Interment was a Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marlene R. Plant’s name, to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Post Office Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 99 Troy Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

To leave a message for the Plant family online, visit www.NewcomerAlbany.com.

Margaret L. Spring

GUILDERLAND — Margaret L. Spring, a nurse and much-loved mother and wife, died on Oct. 6, 2009 at Ellis Hospital. She was 96.

Mrs. Spring was born on Nov. 11, 1912, to Jacob and Helen Clute in Charlton, NY. She attended Draper School, and was in the class of 1930. She graduated from Memorial Hospital Nursing School, and went on to work as a registered nurse at Memorial and Ellis hospitals, and as an office nurse for Dr. Rudolph Deutl, and a school nurse at Pinewood School in the Schalmont School District.

In addition to working, Mrs. Spring attended to all the details of a farmer’s wife, and was the mother of two much-loved children.

After she retired from Schalmont Schools, she volunteered at the experimental farm, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, in Fort Meyers, Fla, in the winter. She also volunteered for the Schenectady County Historical Society, and was a member of the Lynwood Reformed Church.


Mrs. Spring is survived by her son, Sam Spring, and his wife, Elaine; her daughter, Susan Spring Meggs; her son, John Spring; her brother, John Clute, and his wife, Doris; her sister, Barbara Murray; and, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Lynwood Reformed Church. Arrangements are by DeMarco Stone Funeral Home in Guilderland.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lynwood Reformed Church, 2714 Carman Road, Schenectady, NY 12303, or to Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, 17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Meyers, FL 33917.

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