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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 22, 2009

Lillian I. Butler

BERNE — Lillian Butler traveled the world but loved her home best.

She died at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady on Oct. 14, 2009. She was 100 years old.

“Family and friends are what have been most important to her,” wrote her family in a tribute.

She was born on Hemlock Street in Brooklyn on June 23, 1909, and graduated from Bay Ridge Girls High School in 1927. She went on to graduate from Hefly’s Business School and became a secretary at the National City Company. It was there that she met the man who would become her husband — John Butler.

“When the boss wasn’t in the office and my mother was happy about something, she might hum and do a few little dance steps, and my father just fell in love with the little secretary lady that did the little dance steps,” said their daughter, Jeannette Miller. “And he would wait down on the subway so he could take the same subway as she did. And he beat out the guy who was always around the water cooler waiting. A city romance, definitely.”

The couple married in White Plaines on Sept. 12, 1931.

While their courtship started with humming, it was after they were married they discovered a common love for opera. “She and Daddy listened to the Saturday afternoon operas when they were supposed to be cleaning their apartments,” said Mrs. Miller. “Each of their birthdays, they’d go to a musical show and to an opera. That was one of her favorite stories. ‘Weren’t we lucky to discover this common interest after we got married.’ Imagine that.”

“Lillian was a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed doing things with her children,” her family wrote.

“She was a mother who all the children in the neighborhood came and played in our backyard, and she gave us a snack every afternoon,” recalled her daughter. “Of course, in school, you had to wait till you got home from school and you got your apple and your milk. But, in the summertime, she brought out a glass of orange juice for every kid in the yard and a box of raisins, and we learned to share them equally. The kids in the neighborhood loved her, and Mom was always so happy we were there that it was never a problem.”

Mrs. Butler went back to work as secretary in the Valley Stream Central High School library and worked there until 1974. Upon the death of her husband, she became a resident of Berne, living with her daughter and son-in-law, Jeannette and Ralph Miller. She spent some of her time with her son John in New Jersey.

“A great advocate of education, when the town of Berne library needed more books in order to obtain a library grant, she brought boxes of discarded books from her high school library to Berne,” her family wrote. “She was a voracious reader and an avid bridge player.

“She has traveled on all continents except Antarctica and South America,” her family wrote. But she was always happy to return home.

“She loved it up here in Berne because people were so friendly,” said her daughter. “They’d stop in and visit her and she thought, if she was staying with one of her offspring, it would just be our friends that stopped in but she had many friends that stopped in to see her and that was the nicest thing.”


Lillian I. Butler is survived by her two children, Jeannette Miller and her husband, Ralph, and John T. Miller and his wife, Sandy; three grandchildren, Kathleen Putzig and her husband Bartholomew, Karen DeAngelo and her husband, Anthony, and Terence Butler; great-grandchildren Allen, Elias, Mollie, Irene, Nicholas, Rachel, and Bryce as well as her niece, Joan Dorn, who was like a daughter to her.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, followed by an interment in Knox Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Town of Berne Library, Post Office Box 42, Berne, NY 12023.

— Zach Simeone

Jeanette C. Hostash

RENSSELAERVILLE — Jeanette C. Hostash — described by her family as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who would help anyone in need — died on Oct. 15, 2009 in the Albany Medical Center. She was 84.

She was born in Guilderland on Jan. 31, 1925, the daughter of the late Henry and Iva (Riffle) Curless.

She graduated from the Greenville Central Schools in 1942.

Mrs. Hostash was a teller at the Key Bank in Delmar until her retirement; she was also a long-time Avon representative and drove a feeder line for the Rensselaerville school. She lived in Rensselaerville.

“She loved crossword puzzles and baking custom cakes,” her family wrote in a tribute.

Her husband, Frank Hostash Jr. died in 1981. And her three brothers — Howard, James and Eugene Curless — died before her.

Surviving are her two sons, Gregory F. Hostash and his wife, Cynthia, and Lynn E. Hostash and his wife, Margaret; and her two daughters, Dorothy A. Hostash and Suzanne Walters; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 20, at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville.

Burial was in the Rensselaerville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westerlo Ambulance Squad, Westerlo, NY 12193.

Mary K. Labanowicz

Mary K. Labanowicz, served during World War II in the Women’s Army Corps and went on to work, from 1941 to 1973, as a secretary for the Atomic Energy Commission.

She died at the Mountain View Center in Rutland, Vermont on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. She was 91.

She was born on April 18, 1918, in Paconic, N. Y. to the late John and Katherine Labanowicz. She was a 1935 graduate of Altamont High School.

She is survived by her cousin, Caprice Hover, of Rutland, Vt.

Her brother, Michael Labanowicz, and his wife, Millie, died before her as did her niece, Marilyn Labanowicz.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 22, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, followed by an interment in Fairview Cemetery, in Altamont. Friends may call prior, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA,) 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

Lyle Aldredge Newcomb

ALTAMONT — Lyle Aldrege Newcomb, an outdoor enthusiast, and loving husband and father, died on Oct. 9, 2009, at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, in Guilderland. He was 76.

Mr. Newcomb was born on July 14, 1933, in Prattsville, N.Y., the son of Aldredge and Mabel Newcomb, nee Tuttle.

Mr. Newcomb graduated from Cornell University with a master’s degree in agricultural economics. He was director of Dairy Industries Services, for New York’s State Department of Agriculture and Markets; he worked for the state for over 40 years,

He met his wife, Judith Newcomb, one summer while he was working for a dairy, and she was working for a boarding house. They were married for 53 years. Mrs. Newcomb said her husband loved hiking and backpacking, especially in the Adirondacks and the White Mountains. He also enjoyed skiing, reading, traveling, and hunting, and was a competitive pistol shooter as a member of the Helderberg Pistol League, she said.

The couple had three children, Mrs. Newcomb described her husband as “a good, honest father.”

“He was always courteous and helpful, and had a good sense of humor,” Mrs. Newcomb said.


Lyle Aldredge Newcomb is survived by his wife, Judith Newcomb, nee Barber; his daughters, Carla Stefan, and her husband, Doug, of Voorheesville, and Lori Walrath, and her husband, Stephen, of Altamont; his son, Lyle Thomas, and his wife, Rachelle, of Davis, Calif.; his grandchildren, Lesley and Robert Stefan, Lydia and James Walrath, and Juliana and Lyla Newcomb; his sister, Fay Haynes, of Grand Gorge, N.Y.; and a cousin, Roberta Zeigel, of Ashland, N.Y.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Altamont. Arrangements were made by Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, in Guilderland, for their excellent care and kindness.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Post Office box 770, Altamont, NY 12009, or to Community Caregivers, 2113 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY 12084. 

Ogden B. Saddlemire

SOUTH WESTERLO — Ogden B. Saddlemire, who was involved in many facets of his Hillotwn community, died unexpectedly in his South Westerlo home on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. He was 75.

“A friend to all he met, he will be sorely missed by his loving friends and family,” his family worte in a tribute.

He was born in Knox, on Jan. 7, 1934, the son of the late Claude and Myrtle (Tousan) Saddlemire.

“Very active in his community, Oggie was a Democratic Committeeman for the town of Westerlo, a lifetime member of the Town of Westerlo Fire Department, a member of: the Westerlo Rescue Squad, the Westerlo Zoning Board, the Air Force Association, the Rensselaerville Senior Citizens, the South Westerlo C.C. Church, the church consistory, and was also a church trustee,” his family wrote. “He was a former Little League coach and also assisted with the racehorses at the Saratoga harness track.”

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Raye Cooke Saddlemire; a son, Dennis Saddlemire; a daughter, Doreen Saddlemire, his step-children; Shelly Taylor and her husband, Michael, Nancy Barber and her husband, William, Laurie Scudder and her husband, Robert, Dara Buchy and her husband, John; granddaughter Naomi Saddlemire; step-grandchildren; Major Michael Taylor and his wife, Connie, Dayna Kinner and her husband, Rev. Chris, Allan Taylor and his wife, Tiffany, Dr. Daniel Barber and his wife, Erin, Julie Barber, Joshua Barber, Erin Scudder, Ashley Scudder, Kyle Scudder, Katelyn Wickham, Samantha Buchy, Aaron Buchy, Jacob Buchy and Sarah Buchy; step-grandchildren, Madison and Ella Taylor.

He is also survived by his sisters, Nellie Agosta, Martha Vass, Edna Saddlemire; his brother John Saddlemire and his wife, Diane; and several special nieces and nephews. Three brothers — Louis Agosta, Ernest Saddlemire, andGeorge Saddlemire — and two sisters, Jennie Cramer and Lillie Mae Saddlemire — died before him.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the South Westerlo C.C. Church in South Westerlo. Friends may call at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes, Inc., at 4898 Route 81, in Greenville, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Westerlo C.C. Church or to the Westerlo Rescue Squad.

Linda Ann Van Iderstine

BERNE — Linda Ann (Hildenbrandt) Van Iderstine, a devoted wife and mother, died on Friday, Oct. 16, in her East Berne home surrounded by her loving children, after a long and courageous battle with dermatomyositis and ovarian cancer. She was 63.

Mrs. Van Iderstine was born on April 8, 1946 in Albany, in Brady Maternity to Roland J. Hildenbrandt and the late Mary V. (Bryda) Hildenbrandt.

She graduated from Colonie Central High School in 1964.

“She married the love of her life, the late Richard L. Van Iderstine, Jr. on August 21, 1965,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She enjoyed her time working Friendly Home Parties. She was dedicated to raising her three children and loved her grandchildren dearly, with whom she spent countless hours.”

“She loved spending time at Myrtle Beach with her family and friends, collecting shells in the early morning light. Linda’s courage and determination to live was a testament to her love of life.”

She is survived by her three children, Richard L. Van Iderstine III and his wife, Lisa, Jeffrey S. Van Iderstine and his wife, Tina, and daughter Liddy A. Van Iderstine; her grandchildren, Richard IV, Samantha, Stephanie and Megan; and by her faithful feline companion Hobbes; her father Roland J. Hildenbrandt Sr. and his wife, Sandy, her brother James Hildenbrandt and his wife, Debbie; sisters Christine Hildenbrandt and Joan Burgess and her husband, Bob and their children, Chris, godson Nick and Melissa.

She is also survived by her precious sisters-in-law, Rise Van Iderstine and Sharon Van Iderstine and her husband, Paul, and brothers-in-law, Garry Van Iderstine and his wife, Tanya, Roger Van Iderstine and Willie Van Iderstine and his wife, Renee.

She is also survived by many, many cousins, nieces, nephews and a great-nephew Nolan, also special cousins Henry and Donata Klersy, and Joanne and Ralph Thompson.

Her mother Mary V. (Bryda) Hildenbrandt died before her as did, her beloved husband, Richard L. Van Iderstine Jr.; her brother Roland J. Hildenbrandt, Jr., sister-in-law Denise D. Irizarry-Barkley and her husband, John, and brother-in-law Darrin B. Van Iderstine.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Forrest, Dr. Cavaliere, Dr. Timmins, and especially her extended family on Albany Med’s E-8 and D-4 East and special friends Michelle andTara.

Services were held at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Interment will be at the Van Iderstine homestead at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Helderberg Rescue Squad or the Dormansville United Methodist Church.

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