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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 14, 2010

Timothy Michael Godfrey

ALTAMONT — Timothy Michael Godfrey, son, brother, and friend to many, died unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. He was 29.

Mr. Godfrey was born on April 29, 1981, in Altamont.

“Despite his tough exterior, Tim had a warm and gentle heart,” wrote his family in a tribute. They described his tenderness toward animals, recalling a time when, as a teenager, he rescued a sick baby bird and nursed it back to health.

His father and stepfather both fondly remember times they spent with Mr. Godfrey fishing and walking in the woods, wrote his family.

“His father recalls a recent evening spent listening to the calls of a bobcat near their rural home,” the family wrote.

According to his family, Mr. Godfrey was an avid reader and enjoyed science fiction and fantasy. He also liked playing fantasy role-playing games, visiting with friends, playing paintball, and catching the occasional Gwar show. He was an enthusiastic fan of both the Mets and Jets. He had recently returned to school and was pursuing a degree in computer sciences.

“Tim’s sharp wit and intelligence were respected by all those fortunate enough to spend time with him. He will forever be remembered as a powerful force of strength and love,” his family wrote. In recent months, they said, he had taken steps to improve his life and relationships with his family, while he was living with his father, Daniel Godfrey, and stepmother, Judy McLaughlin, in Grovenors Corners, N.Y.

In addition to his father and stepmother, Mr. Godfrey is survived by his mother, Kristen Jones, and her husband, Sam Crosby; his grandmothers, Margaret Jones and Helen Godfrey; his step-grandmother, Shirley McLaughlin; his older sister, Jessica Jones, and her children, Andrew and Eliza; and his younger sister, Rebecca Godfrey.

He is also survived by his step-siblings, Erin, Ryan, and Briana Markle; and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins, who considered him a “favorite cousin.”

A funeral and remembrance service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m., at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. Friends may call prior to the service from noon to 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department, 2417 Route 20, Post Office Box Drawer B, Carlisle, NY 12031. 

Josephine R. Nacewicz

BERNE — Josephine Anna Rapp Nacewicz, of Eldersburg, Md., a homemaker who was dedicated to helping those with autism, died on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. She was 81.

Mrs. Nacewicz was born on Nov. 29, 1928, in South Berne, daughter of the late William and Anna Mayrhofer Rapp.

She was married to Richard Nacewicz of Eldersburg for 53 years.

She was a homemaker for most of her life, and was a manager at the National Society for Autistic Children Bookstore. She was also on the board of directors at the Linwood Children’s Center in Ellicott City, which is a center for autistic children and adults.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Mark and Carolyn Nacewicz, and Matthew Nacewicz, all of Eldersburg; her daughters, Mary Gunther, and her husband, Paul, of Germantown, and Martha Campion and her husband, David, of Bel Air; her brothers, Edward Rapp and Joseph Walter Rapp, both of the Albany-Schenectady area; her sister, Helen Rafferty, of Slingerlands; her grandchildren, William, Heather, Julie, Lauren, Don, Joe, and Sharon; and great-grandchildren, Sarah and Emma.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., at the Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, at 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Linwood Center, Inc., 3421 Martha Bush Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

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