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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 24, 2010

Elizabeth Anna (Kropp) Blodgett

WESTERLO — A lifelong resident of Westerlo, Elizabeth Blodgett, known to friends and family as “Betty,” was a hard worker and loving mother who valued small-town life. She chronicled her life at Thayers’ Corners and the activities at the Westerlo Baptist Church as a longtime correspondent for The Altamont Enterprise.

Mrs. Blodgett died on Thursday, June 17, surrounded by her loving family. She was 83.

“The love and joys of her life were filled with faith, family, and friends,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She always had a kind word and smile to share with all who knew her. She had a passion for her flower gardens, cats, and feathered friends. If there was a little piece of nature to be saved or loved, Betty was there to do what she could.”

The daughter of the late John and Margaret (Miller) Kropp, Mrs. Blodgett was born in Westerlo on Sept. 19, 1926, and was raised on the Kropp Farm.

 She worked for Duffy Mott Co. in Voorheesville, Montgomery Ward in Menands, Shepard’s Farm in Greenville, and The First Baptist Church of Westerlo.

“Although her life had many hardships, Betty always persevered and maintained her positive outlook,” her family wrote. “She was an example of beauty and courage to all that knew her. She discovered the joy of hot-air ballooning at the age of 75 when she took her first balloon ride. She gained her independence in her middle 60s when she received her driver’s license and her first car. These two events opened a whole new world to her.”

Mrs. Blodgett was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Westerlo and participated in a variety of church activities. She was the former president of Loudonville Christian Singles, and she was a member of the Westerlo Historical Club. She was also a multi-gallon blood donor with the Red Cross.

“Betty had a love for life,” her family wrote, “that will never be forgotten and will live on forever in the legacy of her family. She was a woman of strength, humor, love, devotion, and strong Christian faith.”


 Mrs. Blodgett is survived by her children, Lary Blodgett of Atlanta, Ga.; Karen (Mark) Robertson of Voorheesville; Donald (Barbara) Blodgett of Meridianville, Ala.; Dale Blodgett, of Albany; Barbara (Tuan) Razik of Cobleskill; Carol Blodgett of Westerlo; Susan Blodgett of Castleton, N.Y.; Michael Blodgett and Tess (Proper) of Watervliet, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren — Chris, Samantha, Amanda, Mareena, Imran, Kamel, Tyler, Steven, Ryan, Andrew, Braden, and Christa; a great-granddaughter, Lyndsey; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents died before her as did her son, Steven Blodgett; her sisters, Suzanne Knapp and Helen Margaret “Maggie” Way; and her brother, John Kropp.

 Her family sends thanks to “the wonderful staff” at Resurrection Nursing Home in Castleton, N.Y., and at Rensselaer County Hospice.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Westerlo with interment immediately following in the Westerlo Rural Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, Rensselaer County Hospice, Resurrection Nursing Home, or an animal shelter of the donor’s choice.

Minette Long Munson

Minette Long Munson, a teacher and traveler, died on June 14, 2010, close to family in Exeter, N.H. She was 90.

Mrs. Munson was born in Beijing, China, in 1919, to the late Austin O. Long and Helen Cox Long. Her parents served as YMCA representatives to China.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1940. She and her husband, Edward Dorn Munson, raised three children. She worked as a teacher at Guilderland High School until her retirement in 1984. She inspired students to pursue biology as their chosen career, wrote her family in a tribute.

After her retirement, Mrs. Munson traveled extensively; she visited many foreign countries, and returned to Beijing twice. She assisted in an archeology dig in Cyprus, following a life-long interest in archeology, her family wrote. “She was considered by her grandchildren to be a really cool grandmother for whitewater rafting down the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River, riding a tortoise in the Galapagos, befriending a python in Thailand, and, at age 82, exploring the temples of Angkor Wat,” wrote her family.

When not traveling, she volunteered as an escort for Planned Parenthood, participated in the community hospice program, and supported fund-raising for the renovation and restoration of the Schoolcraft House.

She also helped foreign crew members who were docked in the Port of Albany to navigate the United States Postal System, when they wanted to mail letters to friends and family. She welcomed Chinese foreign students into her home during the holidays, and made long-time friends in the process, her family wrote.

“Minette’s sense of humor endeared her to many, young and old, and endured to her final days,” wrote her family. She recently remembered, with some pride, her mischievous behavior as a young girl in China, which earned her the distinction of being referred to by her childhood caregiver as “jegga-hidza” or, “that child!”

In the last five years, she was fond of accompanying her Exeter family members to the local ice cream stand for “bing-jer-ling” — the rough Chinese translation for ice cream.

When asked if the family would have ice cream for dessert, she would quip, “Are you new around here?” her family wrote.

One of the nurse’s aids at Mrs. Munson’s nursing home confided, “Minette was one of her faves.”

“Always ready to share her knowledge, Mom had happily taught the young nurse’s aids how to say ‘I love you’ in Chinese, but cautioned that the phrase should be used selectively,” wrote her family in their tribute.


Mrs. Munson is survived by her three children, Philip Munson, and his wife, Judy, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Carol Huber, and her husband, Dick, of Exeter, N.H., and Chuck Munson, and his wife, Kate, of Annapolis, Md.; five grandchildren, Seana, Jeremy, Heidi, Damon, and Keith; and two great-grandchildren, Oliver and Haley Virginia.

Her husband, Edward Dorn Munson, died before her, as did her three brothers, Norman, Winthrop, and Bob.

In keeping with Mrs. Munson’s wishes and prior arrangements, her remains were donated to Albany Medical College as an anatomical gift.

A memorial service in her honor will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Aug. 7, to celebrate her birth date of Aug. 15, at the Altamont Reformed Church, at 129 Lincoln Ave., Altamont, NY 12009. Arrangements are made by the Dutch Reformed Church and the Fredendall Funeral Home, in Altamont. Memories may be shared at the funeral home website, http://fredendallfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Munson’s favorite organizations — Planned Parenthood; community hospice programs; the New York State Youth Theater; or the OMRF Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

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