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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 21, 2010

Gertrude E. Case

GUILDERLAND — Gertrude E. Case, a dedicated volunteer and mother, died on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 at her Guilderland home. She was 89.

She was born in Middletown, N.Y., the daughter of the late John and Kathryn Smith. She was a graduate of the Middletown High School and then went to work for the F. W. Woolworth Company.

In 1940, she married the late Russell C. Case Jr. and moved to Guilderland, where she resided for the rest of her life as a homemaker. She was an active member in the Voorheesville American Legion Post 1493 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a dedicated volunteer putting in thousands of hours at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She and her husband were also active in antique car clubs.

She is survived by her son, Russell C. Case III and his wife, Sandra, of Michigan; her brother, John F. Smith, of Middletown; a granddaughter, Melissa J. Lund and her husband, Dale, of Iowa; a grandson, Scott R. Case, and his wife, Kedrin, of Toronto; three great-granddaughters, Lily Case, and Hanna and Olivia Lund; and two great-grandsons, Jack and Sam Case.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, followed by an interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.

Robert J. Chrysler Sr.

KNOX — Robert J. Chrysler Sr., an Army veteran and a machinist, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 at his home on Knox Road. He was 73.

Mr. Chrysler was born on March 30, 1936, in Albany, to Jesse and Bessie (Hazelton) Chrysler. He lived on Knox Road since 1960, and had previously lived in Berne and elsewhere in Knox. He attended Berne-Knox Central School, after which he served in the United States Army.

While in the military, he was a mechanic stationed in Germany from 1955 to 1958.

He then returned to the Hilltowns and married Normadean Delligan on May 28, 1960, with whom he raised five children. Mr. Chrysler worked as a machinist at Bobbitt’s in Albany, General Electric in Schenectady, and for HARVA Co. in Schoharie for 30 years. He retired in 2000.

Mr. Chrysler was also a member of the American Legion Post 1261 in Schoharie. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and puttering in his garage.

Mr. Chrysler is survived by his wife of 49 years, Normadean (Delligan) Chrysler.

He is survived, too, by his daughters: Bonnie Chrysler and Gerald Schager; Dawn Schanz and her husband, Dean; and Pam Blyth and Tom Mitchell, all of Gallupville, as well as his sons: Robert J. Chrysler and Jesse W. Chrysler, both of Berne.

He is also survived by his sister, Janet Furman of Dormansville and her husband, Ralph; 11 grandchildren: Jesse, Michael, Becky, Steven, Amanda, Matthew, Ashley, David, Jesse, Brendon, and Elizabeth; five great-grandchildren: Kirstin, Brandon, Connor, Kaylee, and Cooper; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Langan Funeral Home, at 327 Main St. in Schoharie. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. He will be buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Scho-Wright Ambulance Service, Post Office Box 325, Schoharie, New York 12157.

Bertha A. Hallenbeck

RENSSELAERVILLE — Bertha A. Hallenbeck , a homemaker who warmed her family and those in need with her creations, died at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N.Y. on Jan. 15, 2010. She was 91.

She was born in West Hoboken, N.J. on Sept. 11, 1918, the daughter of the late Jacob and Bertha (Koppel) Danner. At the age of nine months, she moved with her family back to Switzerland. And, at the age of 11, her family returned to the United States.

At the age of 16, she moved with her family to Rensselaerville where she met Frank Hallenbeck; they married and raised their family in Rensselaerville.

“She was a homemaker, and loved to grow plants and cherished her time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She kept herself busy making blankets and hats for premature babies and lap blankets for the mission. She also spent the last year teaching her granddaughters, Morgan and Lavern, how to crochet.”

She was a member of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Battalion, the Clark White Unit 589 American Legion Auxiliary, the Episcopal Church Women of Trinity, and the Rensselaerville and Berne Senior Citizens groups.

Her husband, Frank, died before her as did her sister Pauline Kawalski.

She is survived by her daughter Jean Barrett, and her husband, Raymond, her son, Frank Hallenbeck and his wife, Kathleen; her grandchildren, Raymond Barrett, and his wife, Terry, Robert Barrett and his wife, Barbara, Ronald Barrett, and his wife, Julie Ann, Cynthia Cordoza and her husband, David, Kathleen Hallenbeck, William Hallenbeck and his wife, Jene, and Jennifer Isgy and her husband, Kevin; her great-grandchildren, Nicholas Cordoza, Robert, Megan, Emily, Riley & Marissa Barrett, Morgan and Lauren Hallenbeck, Eugene Somers, and Seth Spaargaren.

 As to her wishes, all services will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rensselaerville Ambulance Squad, Post Office Box 182, Rensselaerville, NY 12147, or to the Community Hospice of Columbia/ Greene, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.

Arrangements are by the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Homes in Greenville. Mourners may light a candle at ajcunninghamfh.com. 

Raymond E. Haverly

Raymond E. Haverly, formerly of South Glens Falls, died on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. He was 81.

Born in Schoharie, on July 2, 1928, Mr. Haverly was the son of the late Clyde and Fanny (Wilbur) Haverly. Raised in Schoharie, he attended school and graduated from Schoharie High. Mr. Haverly was employed as an inspector for the General Electric Company in Schenectady. He retired in 1988.

On Nov. 24, 1949, he married Sophie Janssen in Knox. She died on Feb. 18, 1984. Mr. Haverly married his second wife, Wanda Washer, on April 20, 1985 in Glens Falls.

He was a member of the Knox Reformed Church, of the Westerlo Baptist Church, and more recently of the First Baptist Church of Glens Falls. He enjoyed playing board games and cards, and also loved to listen to Christian music.

His parents and first wife died before him as did his son, Ronald Haverly; a son-in-law, Michael Rogers; three brothers, Walter Haverly, Robert Haverly, and Wilbur Haverly; four sisters, Dorothy (Haverly) Miller, Marion (Haverly) Roney, Catherine (Haverly) Zimmer, and Deloras (Haverly) Jerome.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Wanda Haverly; his daughters, Katherine (Haverly) Bartley and her husband, Stephen, Margaret (Haverly) Sevrie, and Valley (Haverly) Rogers; two step-daughters, Karen Curtis and her husband, Edward, and Carol Brown and her husband, Colin; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and, his brother, George Haverly. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls. To view the Book of Memories or to send an online condolence, go to www.kilmerfuneralhome.com.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted in the spring at a time to be announced at the Knoxville Knox Cemetery in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Capital City Rescue Mission, Post Office Box 1999, Albany, NY 12201; The First Baptist Church of Glens Falls, 100 Maple St., Glens Falls, NY 12801, or to a charity of one’s choice. 

Carl Harvey

VOORHEESVILLE — Carlton E. Harvey Jr., a World War II veteran and long-time village resident, died on Jan. 18, 2010. He was 90.

Born in Whitehall, Mr. Harvey later joined the United States Army and served in the Second World War, his family wrote in a tribute.

Returning from the service, Mr. Harvey settled in Voorheesville in 1946, living on Pleasant Street. He worked as a heating repairman for Wilklow and Walter Motors in the village, retiring in the early 1980s, his family wrote.

Mr. Harvey was a member of the Voorheesville First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Harvey is survived by his children: Joyce Daniels and her husband, William, of Goshen, Conn.; Virginia Vanderwood, of Whitehall; and Carolyn Lassonde and her husband, Maynard, of Altamont.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrew Daniels, Rachel Cooper, Beth Mattot, Ricky Vanderwood, Carl Vanderwood, Cody Lassonde, and Connor Lassonde. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Tyler Vanderwood and Odin Cooper.

His wife, Rachael Lee Harvey, died before him. He was the brother of the late Lillian Bristol and Dorothy Knapp.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family with arrangements by the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Voorheesville Area Ambulance or the Voorheesville Public Library.

Edward Franklin Renshaw

HANOVER, N.H. — Edward Franklin Renshaw, an economics professor who loved to debate and to walk, died on Jan. 14, 2010 at the Hanover Terrace Healthcare after a brief illness.

He was born on a farm in Armour, S.D. on April 27, 1933, the eldest of six children. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1958 and was a professor of economics at State University of New York at Albany for over 30 years.

He wrote three books Toward Responsible Government, An End to Progress, and A Practical Forecaster’s Almanac — and over 300 professional articles. His main career interests were natural resource economics, stock market investment, and mentoring his numerous Ph.D. students. He served as a consultant to the Saudi Arabia Finance Ministry for two years under the auspices of the United States Treasury.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Patricia; their four sons, Perry, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah; Andy, a pathologist in Miami; Tony, a research director at a financial software company in New York; and Carl, a professor of earth sciences at Dartmouth; and by nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 Bedford Drive, Bedford, NH 03110-6524.

To view an online memorial or send a message of condolence, visit www.rand-wilson.com.

Arrangements were by the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, N.H. 

Joseph David “Jody” Schiltz

Joseph David “Jody” Schiltz, a deeply religious and musically gifted man, is remembered by his family as a prodigy.

After a long illness, he died on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was 49.

Born in Albany, Mr. Schiltz grew up in a large family — the third of six siblings — on Gun Club Road in Altamont. Their father was a plumber and electrician, and their mother was a homemaker.

His sister, Donna Schadow, has a boyhood picture of Jody Schiltz as “Mr. Altamont.”

“He won a trophy,” she said.

As a child, he took piano lessons in Altamont until, Mrs. Schadow said, “The teacher said, ‘I can’t teach you anymore.’”

Before he was 12, he was playing the organ at St. Lucy’s Church, where he had been christened.

“He was amazing,” said his brother, Doug Schiltz. “As I look at it, he was a child prodigy…People came from miles away just to hear him play.”

Doug Schiltz went on, “As a teen, he’d help the elderly with odd jobs and he’d play the piano in their homes.”

Jody Schiltz was also a collector at a very young age and had extensive collections, ranging from coins to baseball cards. He was a lifetime Yankees’ fan — Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Don Mattingly were his favorites.

“His standard was straight A’s in school,” said his brother. “He told me that it was important to him that Dad and Mom were pleased. His extracurricular activities were many as a child. From sports and antiques to piano and history. Jody even wrote and bound a small collection of books with his brothers.”

After graduating from Guilderland High School, Mr. Schiltz went to Eastern New Mexico University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

He was a percussionist in both his high school and college bands. In college, he played with a jazz band on a club circuit near the university, and he also enjoyed playing with the school band at basketball games. And, while at college, he composed his own songs on the piano.

Jody Schiltz had been an altar boy at St. Lucy’s in his youth and, said his brother, “He came out of college a heavy Bible reader.”

“His multifaceted excellence as a youth polished with a deep understanding of God’s words would do any family proud,” Doug Schiltz wrote in a tribute.

“He was a major collector and spent his time studying,” said Doug Schiltz of his brother’s life as an adult. He grew cacti from seeds and described himself as “an astro-scanner,” watching the sky for stars and unidentified flying objects.

Mr. Schiltz liked cooking and was famous for his chili and Mexican rice, his brother said. He also enjoyed science fiction, particularly books by Isaac Asimov and had an extensive collection.

“He was a history buff,” said his brother, and he made over 50 videotapes on World War II.

He also listened to late-night radio, and especially liked a program on strange phenomena called “Coast to Coast AM.”

Mr. Schiltz corresponded with a friend from school and 4-H who lives in Alaska with her family. “She was very special to him,” said Donna Schadow.

Doug Schiltz described his brother as a “Godly person” who had read the entire Bible many times. He read the Gospels every day.

“Jody had my back,” he said. “He was always looking out for me, his kid brother.” Jody Schiltz lived in Schenectady, in an apartment on Broadway, and his brother also lives in Schenectady. “Because I lived closest to him, I consider myself the lucky one, and, because of who Jody was, I feel blessed.

“The knowledge that came from his lips was daunting to the impatient, humorous to those who didn’t get it, and pure love to those who did get it. Jody’s caring ways consumed his every moment, and the pouring out of his love came in the form of answers — long, intricate, and precise answers…Jody had the answers to the world’s problems, and I think he called ‘em up on it a few times.”

Doug Schiltz also said that his brother made long speeches not to hear himself talk but, rather, “to give the best advice and information with care and love.” He conceded, “Many people didn’t understand that, and Jody’s heart seemed to always be on the mend.”

He went on about his brother’s speeches, “He was a little laid up and a little weak and worn. This is where his heart was….I loved my brother dearly. I learned many things from him, not the least of which is patience.”

He concluded, “Jody had a few favorite treasures from his lifetime’s work of hunting them down though I think Jody will receive crowns in heaven from his lifetime’s work of hunting them down. He will always be with me.”


Joseph David Schiltz is survived by his parents, Betty and Joe Spadaro of Henderson, Nev., and Sylvester and Beth Schiltz of Altamont; one sister, Donna Schadow and her husband, Al, of Burnt Hills, and four brothers, Steve Schiltz and his wife, Lisa, of Swanton, Vt., Chuck Schiltz of Glens Falls, Jim Schiltz and his wife, Suzanne, of Glenville, and Doug Schiltz of Schenectady.

He is also survived by three nieces and two nephews, Jessica and Kristen Schadow, and Devon, Stephen, and Andy Schiltz; by many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and by his dear friend and pen pal, Christine.

He is survived, too, by a stepsister, Jennifer Cary, and her husband, Justin, of Nashville, Tenn; and by two stepbrothers, Jeff Gregory and his wife, Jackie, of Altamont, and Ron Spadaro of Albany.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer 

Memorial Service — Martha Bridge Blum

GUILDERLAND — A memorial service will be held for Martha Bridge Blum on Jan. 30, 2010.

A wife and mother, a nurse and school monitor, she died on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at the age of 91.

Martha Blum’s family would like to invite all of her friends and family to commemorate her life at a 2 p.m. session at the Lynnwood Reformed Church at 3714 Carman Road in Guilderland. Information is available on line at www. LynnwoodReformed.org.

A reception with refreshments will follow in the church fellowship hall. 

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