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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 7, 2010

Mildred E. Applebee

WESTERLO — A life-long Westerlo resident and homemaker, Mildred E. Applebee enjoyed seeing the world.

She died on Jan. 6, 2010 in her Dormansville home. She was 93.

She was born in the town of Westerlo on June 3, 1916, the daughter of the late Elmer and Henrietta Snyder.

“A life-long homemaker, she enjoyed traveling with her husband throughout the United States, England, and Scotland,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She also loved doing things around her home, baking and taking care of her family.”

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Lawrence Applebee; her daughter Janet Berry, and her husband James; her son, Gerald Applebee, and his wife, Mary Lynn; three grandchildren and a former daughter-in-law Pamela Jones, and her husband, Tommy.

Her son, Barry Aplebee, died before her.

 As to her wishes, all services will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery in New Baltimore, NY. Arrangements are by the Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville. Mourners may “light a candle” at ajcunninghamfh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westerlo Rescue Squad, Inc., Post Office Box 12, Westerlo, NY 12193. 

Patricia Ronan Marohn

Raised in Guilderland, artist Patricia Ronan Marohn came to love the Southwest and created abstract desert landscapes in watercolor and collage.

“She was amazing,” said her daughter-in-law, Kimberly Marohn, of her artwork. “We have it everywhere.”

Patty Marohn died on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, in a hospital in Tucson, Ariz. “with loved ones holding her hands,” said her family in a tribute. She died of heart failure and complications caused by pneumonia. She was 84.

She was born, with her twin brother, Newton Ronan of Altamont, on Sept. 19, 1925, in Albany to the late John and Irene Ronan. She grew up in McKownville, and graduated from Albany High School in 1943.

She attended the Pratt School of Art in Brooklyn, and graduated from the Syracuse University School of Art.

She married John Marohn of Albany in 1948, and moved to Tucson, Ariz. She worked as a commercial artist for many years, taught art classes at Pima College and later at The Drawing Studio in Tucson. She was president of the watercolor guild in Tucson and, for 13 years, she was the director of the Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, Ariz. She was also a displaying artist at the Otero Art Gallery in Tubac.

“She was a vivacious, feisty, and wonderful person,” said her daughter-in-law. “She loved teaching her grandkids to draw…If I could have ordered a mom, I would have ordered her.”

Kimberly Marohn went on to say how “very intelligent” her mother-in-law was. “She was always writing letters to the editor, fighting for the underdog,” she said. “She loved animals and was always rescuing dogs — and people, too, if they needed it. Everybody loved her. Her brother reminds me of her.”

Mrs. Marohn also loved classical music. “She was a ticket holder for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra,” said Kimberly Marohn. “We both had a crush on the conductor.”


Patricia Ronan Marohn’s husband, John Marohn, died before her as did five of her siblings.

She is survived by her son, Jonathon Marohn, and his wife, Kimberly, and by her grandchildren, Ronan and Samantha Marohn — all of Tuscon.

 She is also survived by her twin brother, Newton Ronan of Altamont.

A private remembrance was held for friends and family on Jan. 4 in Tucson. Arrangements were by the Bring Funeral Home in Tucson.

Condolences may be sent to Jonathan and Kimberly Marohn at 7230 East Rainbow Canyon, Tucson, AZ 85750.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at 2175 North Sixth Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705-5606; to The Drawing Studio, 33 South Sixth Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701-1805; or to the Humane Society, 3450 North Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716-1396.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer 

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