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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 5, 2009

Arnold L. Crounse

GUILDERLAND — Arnold Crounse, a veteran, dedicated fireman, and devoted husband and father, died on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Firemen’s Home in Hudson, N.Y. He was 90.

Mr. Crounse was born on June 19, 1919, in Schenectady, to the late Walter and Ethel (Wood) Crounse. He was raised by his grandparents, the late Edward P. and Ida Crounse. His daughter, Beverly Harrington, said her father always considered Guilderland Center his home, and loved working in the fields and apple orchard on the land where he grew up.

Mr. Crounse graduated from Altamont High School in 1939. He served in the United States Army Air Corps, in the 20th Air Force, during World War II. While being involved in battle was stressful, Mrs. Harrington said her father really enjoyed his time in the service.

Just before he enlisted in the U.S. Army, Mr. Crounse married his long-time sweetheart, Hazel Janis Dawes. The couple was married for 59 years.

“They were so devoted to each other. They went everywhere together. There was a definite partnership between them,” said Mrs. Harrington. She said as a father, Mr. Crounse was “firm but fair,” and made a concerted effort to support his children in their activities despite leading a busy life. He was an avid Little League coach, she said.

Mr. Crounse was employed by General Electric until his retirement in 1981. He worked in the office, and genuinely valued the friendships he developed there, according to his daughter.

He was a member of the Guilderland Center Volunteer Fire Department for 71 years; he joined in 1938. Over the years, he served as commissioner, treasurer of the district, and twice as chief. He was also a past president for the Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Fire Association, the Hudson Valley Volunteer Fire Association, and the Albany County Volunteer Fire Association. He was also a member of the Past Chiefs’ Association and various other firematic organizations.

“He paid strict attention to detail, and was a completely dedicated fireman,” Mrs. Harrington said. “Wherever a fire was, he would be there.”

In addition to his fire department memberships, Mr. Crounse was a charter member of the Boyd Hilton Veterans of Foreign Wars post, the Altamont American Legion, the Noah Lodge 754 of the Free and Accepted Masons, and a 57-year member of the Helderberg Reformed Church. He was also a member of the Young at Heart Association, and the Altamont Senior Citizens.


Arnold Crounse is survived by his two daughters, Beverly A. Harrington, and her husband, Steven, Janis E. Berschwinger, and her husband, Bud; a son, John A. Crounse, and his wife, Kim H.; five grandchildren, Melody A. Goetz, and her husband, Paul Jr., Brian R. Crounse, and his wife, Nicole, Stacy L. Hover, G.J. Jones, and Stephanie M. Harrington; four great-grandchildren, Allison and Paul Goetz III, Jeremy A. Hover, and Olivia H. Hanks;three nephews, Ronald Crounse, and his wife, Sharon, Donald Crounse, and his wife, Pat, and Dennis Crounse, and his wife, Susan; and many other grandnieces and grandnewphews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

He is also survived by his close friend Charles Witherwax, whom he called a “bloodbrother,” and Bea C. Crounse.

His wife, Hazel Janis Hawes, died before him, as did his granddaughter, Kimberly Salle Jones, his brothers, Kenneth E. Crounse, and his wife, Elsie, and Harold E. Crounse, and his wife, Helen, as well as Garry Fuller, and his wife, Lelah.

His dog, Mikey, was his constant companion for over 15 years.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at noon, at the Helderberg Reformed Church in Guilderland Center. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Helderberg Reformed Church. Arrangements are made by Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534; the Guilderland Center Fire Department, Post Office Box 112, Guilderland Center, NY 12085; Helderburg Reformed Church, Post Office Box 196, Guilderland Center, NY 12085; Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill, NY 12414; or, the Masonic Brotherhood Fund, care of William Korn of Noah Lodge, 5934 Johnson Road, Slingerlands, NY 12159. 

Daryl E. Farley

VOORHEESVILLE — Daryl Farley, a teacher from the very start, died on Oct. 31. She was 49.

As a child herself, Miss Farley played school with her sister, Patricia Thompson, and always took the role of teacher. She was good at it, Mrs. Thompson said.

Miss Farley loved teaching, said her sister, and she always knew was what she wanted to do. After graduating from Voorheesville’s high school in 1978, she finished a degree at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh magna cum laude in 1984 and then went on to earn a master’s degree at the University at Albany.

“She loved teaching kids to read,” said Mrs. Thompson. And that was something she was able to do for more than 20 years at the Westmere Elementary School in Guilderland.

“Miss Farley taught at Westmere for 21 years and was loved and respected by all who knew her, children and adults alike,” wrote Westmere’s principal, Beth Bini, in a letter sent home with students.

The kids made it all worthwhile, Mrs. Thompson remembered her sister often saying.

A reader herself, Miss Farley had so many books that her sister couldn’t venture to say even what her favorite genre was.

Also a baseball fan, Miss Farley would routinely go to see Yankees games, sometimes bringing along her nephew or niece.

“She was the most honest, loving person,” said Mrs. Thompson. “She always put other people ahead of herself. Always.”


Miss Farley is survived by her sister, Patricia M. Thompson and her husband, Kelly, and her brother, William P. Farley and his wife, Mary. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Jessica Thompson; Christopher Thompson; Eileen Thompson; Shawn Farley and his wife, Kate; Trevor Farley; Devin Farley; Patrick Farley; Erin Farley; Kerri Farley; Brian Farley; Matthew Farley; and Tristan Farley. She is also survived by her aunt, Marge Brasher; her cousins, Dorothy Borher, Thomas Brasher, and Mary Brasher; and her beloved friends, Lori Tapper, Deb LePietro, and Margaret Ewart.

A funeral service was held at Christ the King Church in Guilderland on Wednesday with arrangements by the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SUNY Albany Masters Degree, Reading Teacher Program.

— Saranac Hale Spencer 

Richard E. Spawn

Richard E. Spawn, a veteran who devoted years as a volunteer fire fighter, died unexpectedly on Nov. 1, 2009. He was 67.

Mr. Spawn was born on Nov. 24, 1941, to Leslie and Ellen Spawn, in Albany. He was a United States Army veteran, and he served his country from 1960 to 1962.

He was a member, and the past chief, of the Fort Hunter Fire Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

Richard E. Spawn is survived by his sons, Garrick Spawn, and his wife, Robin, and Neil Spawn, and his wife, Pam; his former wife, Ardelle Spawn; his grandson, Jeremy White; and his dear friends, Ken and Debbie Kryzak.

A funeral service was held on Nov. 3, 2009. Interment was in the Prospect Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Fredendall Funeral Home, in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Richard M. Throneburg, Jr.

GUILDERLAND — Richard M. Throneburg Jr., an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed family and friends, died on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. He was 39.

Mr. Throneburg was born on May 24, 1970, to Richard Throneburg Sr., and the late Dee Throneburg. He grew up in Jensen Beach, Fla.

Mr. Throneburg spent his adulthood in both Guilderland and Saugerties. “Rick enjoyed the beach, the outdoors, music, and his family and friends,” his family wrote in a tribute.

Mr. Throneburg is survived by his father, Richard Throneburg Sr.; his stepmother, Susan Martinelli; his son, Cody Franze-Throneburg; his brother, Shawn Throneburg, and his wife, Jennifer; two sisters, Melissa Lounello, and her husband, Jeremy, and Crystal Throneburg, and her husband, Dean; a niece, Harley; two nephews, Dillon and Shawn; and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His mother, Dee Throneburg, died before him, as did his younger brother, Todd Throneburg.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Memory’s Garden in Colonie. Arrangements are by the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

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