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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 18, 2010

Beatrice M. Duell

KNOX — Beatrice Duell whistled to call the humming birds to her back porch and, just like everyone else, they gathered around.

Mrs. Duell, whose wide-open heart brought her family together, died on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. She was 82.

“She was just a jolly person,” said her son, Ronald Duell.

Born in Knox on June 2, 1928 to the late Edward and Marguerite Youngs, Mrs. Duell finished school through the 10th grade and then left to do housework in Middleburgh.

She met her husband, the late Paul Duell, while roller-skating, said her son.

After she was wed, Mrs. Duell stayed home and raised her children — she made the best chicken and biscuits, said her son. She also treated her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren fairly.

Mrs. Duell would routinely lie on the floor to play with children, said her granddaughter, Michele Loucks. “She was a part of them… She gave so much of herself to everyone,” said Mrs. Loucks.

Among her favorite things was camping — she loved being outdoors and in the company of her family. As a young woman, Mrs. Duell would often fish. She once caught an eel, though, and promptly threw down her pole.

For 20 years, she and her family went to the same campsite in Pottersville, her granddaughter said.

“She’d give her heart to anybody and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind,” Mrs. Loucks said assuredly, summing up her grandmother.

“She was kind of the glue of the family,” Mr. Duell said. “She held us all together.”


Mrs. Duell is survived by her son, Ronald P. Duell, and her grandchildren, Brett Klimek; Michele Loucks and her husband, Rich; and Kim Klimek and Shannon Parsons. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Joanne Klimek, Kayla Loucks, and Shawn Loucks and she is survived by her son-in-law, George Heath.

Her husband, Paul N. Duell, died before her, as did her daughter, Linda M. Heath; her grandson, Sean M. Klimek; and her sister, Marjorie Gifford.

A funeral service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont to be followed by interment in the Schenectady Memorial Park. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Post Office Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220.

— Saranac Hale Spencer

Timothy H. Easley

Timothy H. Easley left this life on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. He was 53.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Mr. Easley was the son of the late Jack H. and Joan R. Rhodes Easley. He moved to the Schenectady area in 1965.

Mr. Easley was a graduate of Linton High School and he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Bryant College in Rhode Island.

At the time of his death, Mr. Easley was the portfolio manager for Trustco Banks.

He was an avid golfer, a board member of the Guilderland Youth Lacrosse League, a coach for the league, a mentor, and a volunteer at many events and fund-raisers in the Capital District.

Mr. Easley is survived by his son, Jack, and his daughter, Cate, both of Holboken, N.J. and by his daughter, Emily, and his son, Jeffrey, both of Guilderland. He is also survived by his siblings, Jane Murley of Silver Springs, Md.; Rebecca Vojtisek and her husband, David, of Burnt Hills; Chris Easley and his wife, Kathy, of Cape Cod, Mass.; and Peter Easley and his husband, Tim Downing, of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by three nieces, Kathleen Murley of Silver Springs, Md., and Emma and Sophie Easley of Cape Cod, Mass.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life today, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home Inc. at 5216 Route 20 in Guilderland. Interment will be in Parkview Cemetery Schenectady at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Guilderland Youth Lacrosse League or to Easley’s children’s education fund at Trustco Bank.

John C. O’Mara

John C. O’Mara, formerly of Albany and Altamont, died on Friday. Nov. 12, 2010, at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland. He was 81.

Born on August 27, 1929 in Albany, he was the son of the late John and Ruth O’Mara. He owned and operated Guilderland Sanitation for 33 years from 1959 until 1992.

He was a member of the St. Boniface Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his children, Irene R. O’Mara of Westerlo; John P. O’Mara and his wife, Patricia, of Guilderland Center; and Michael W. O’Mara and his wife, Theresa, of Altamont.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Erin, Margaret, Sean, Kathleen, and Michael O’Mara; his sister, Ruth O’Mara, and many nieces and nephews.

His wife Mary M. (née Swint) O’Mara died on Oct. 8, 1994; their son Daniel O’Mara, also died before him as did a brother William O’Mara and a sister Rosalie O’Mara.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday morning at St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Guilderland, followed by an interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fredendall Funeral Home, in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mercy Care Center, Guadeloupe Unit, 12 Mercy Care Lane, Guilderland NY 12085.

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