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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 22, 2010

Marie H. Flagler

BERNE — Loving, caring, and down to earth, Marie H. Flagler was a family-oriented woman.

She died on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. She was 85.

Mrs. Flagler was born on Nov. 5, 1924, in Berne, the daughter of the late Ethan and Emma Miller. She was a graduate of the Berne-Knox Central School.

On June 7, 1946, she married Walter Flagler, with whom she spent the next 49 years.

Mrs. Flagler was the postmaster of East Berne for more than 30 years, and was a member of the East Berne Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary. She was also active in the Civil Air Patrol.


Mrs. Flagler is survived by her son, Dennis W. Flagler of Glendale, Ariz.; her daughter, Debra M. Flagler of East Berne.

She is also survived by three granddaughters: Regina Flagler; Christina Flagler; and Tracy Williams, along with her great-granddaughter, Ryeleigh Flagler; and her brothers: Kenneth Miller of Albany and his wife, Patricia; and Robert Miller of East Berne and his wife, Linda.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and a close circle of friends, including Gary Wright of East Berne, “a special man whom she considered an adopted son,” her family said, as well as Mr. Wright’s wife, Sandy.

Her husband of 49 years, Walter Flagler, and her grandson, Michael Williams, died before her.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church, followed by interment in the Thompson’s Lake Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Helderberg Ambulance, Post Office Box 54, East Berne, NY 12059, or to the Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church, Post Office Box 94, East Berne, NY 12059.

— Zach Simeone

John Haley

WESTERLO — A jack-of-all-trades, John Haley was blunt but beloved.

He died on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. He was 71.

“He was a carpenter, a mechanic — anything to make a living, he could do,” said his wife, Carolyn J. Haley. He especially liked woodworking, she said, and re-did a kitchen for her.

“He made toy boxes for all the grandkids,” she said; Mr. Haley had six grandchildren.

He was born in New Scotland to Delbert and Ruth Haley, one of nine children. His family moved to Berne, and then to Westerlo where his father found odd jobs to do. His mother was known as “The Mitten Lady” for the literally thousands of mittens she made and distributed across the United States from her Hilltown home.

“He hung out with my brother and I hung out with his sister,” said his wife, describing how the two met. “I couldn’t stand him. He was a pain in the butt.” Still, she was talked into to going out with him, she recalled.

“It turned out he was a sweetheart,” Mrs. Haley said with a laugh. Their marriage of 51 years ended only with his death.

The couple raised three children — two sons, Robert and Rodney, and a daughter, Sandra.

“He was a strict father,” said Mrs. Haley.

“He was from the old school,” said his daughter, Sandra. “He wasn’t afraid to tell someone what he thought.”

Mr. Haley, known to his friends and family as Jack, used to lecture his grandchildren, telling them things they should do, said Mrs. Haley. “They didn’t like to be lectured by Grampa,” she said, “but now they’re going to miss it.”

Mr. Haley’s younger son, Rodney, described him as “blunt.”

“Sometimes you could hate him, but you loved him at the same time,” he said.

The family pets, both cats and dogs, came from the Schoharie Valley animal shelter. And Mr. Haley would buy supplies at garage sales to take to the shelter. “He couldn’t see people spending money on flowers at funerals,” said his wife, so the family is asking for donations to be made to the animal shelter in his name.

April 20 was Mr. Haley’s 71st birthday. “We were waiting for the ambulance to come,” said Mrs. Haley. “He said, ‘It’s my birthday. Where the hell is my cake?’” His daughter, Sandra, had made his favorite, a lemon meringue pie.

Mr. Haley ate some pie, and enjoyed it, Mrs. Haley reported, and then he said, “Now, I’m ready to go home.”

He died in the hospital the next day.


John Haley is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn J. Haley; his three children, Robert Haley and his wife, Laura, Sandra Willsey and her husband, William, and Rodney Haley and his wife, Nikki; his six grandchildren, Ben, Zack, Greg, and Jessie Haley, and Denise and Cassandra Willsey.

He is also survived by two sisters, Thelma Heldenbrandt and Joyce “Jo” Homeyer, and a brother and a sister out of state and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, Delbert and Ruth E. Haley, died before him as did two brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, in the South Berne Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, Post Office Box 40, 304 Howes Cave Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer 

Elaine F. Krouse

ALTAMONT — Elaine F. Krouse, an artist with a passion for the outdoors, died on Sunday, April 17. She was 80.

Mrs. Krouse was born on Jan. 19, 1930, in Jersey City, N.J. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth Della Volpe. She grew up in Ozone Park in Queens, N.Y.

Mrs. Krouse married her husband, the late Ernest N. Krouse, on May 25, 1952. In 1955, the couple moved to Altamont. They had one daughter, Patricia.

Mrs. Krouse worked for the New York State Bar Association for over 20 years. She worked her way up from the bottom to the top, ending up in a management position, her daughter said.

“She had wonderful business ethics. She was a great role model,” said her daughter. Mrs. Krouse also had a ceramics studio in her home, and taught ceramics for many years.

“She was quite the artist; she was very crafty,” said her daughter. Mrs. Krouse also enjoyed spending time outdoors, and was an avid hunter, golfer, and angler.

“She was the devoted matriarch of our family — generous, loyal, and strong,” said her daughter.


Elaine F. Krause is survived by her daughter, Patricia Dover, and her husband, Joseph; two grandchildren, Kelly Marie Dover, and Jeffrey S. Dover, and his wife, Melissa; four great-grandchildren, Dezmond, Addison, and Logan Dover, and Elijah Vyent; her sister, Joan Villano, and her husband, Vincent; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Ernest N. Krouse, died before her, as did her brother, Louis Volpe.

A funeral service will be held today, April 22, at 6 p.m., at the Fredendall Funeral Home, in Altamont. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m.

— Anne Hayden

Burial Notice — Martha E. Longacker

THOMPSONS LAKE — Martha E. Longacker, a former nutrition instructor for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and a very active consistory member of the Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church, died on Jan. 31, 2010. She was 89.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.
A spring burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010, in the Thompson’s Lake Rural Cemetery.

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