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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 7, 2011

Mildred Katerine Spadaro

ALTAMONT –– A woman who would give the entire world to her children, Mildred Katherine Spadaro, of Altamont, died at the age of 91 on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home.
“She was all about giving,” said Mrs. Spadaro’s daughter, Linda Miller. “She would give you whatever you needed. She tied the family together.”

Mrs. Spadaro was born in Schenectady on Aug. 31, 1919, to a musical family. Growing up, she played the piano while her brothers played their musical instruments. She graduated from Draper High School and Mildred Elley business school before being employed at General Electric during World War II.

Mrs. Spadaro met her husband, Frank, while square-dancing at Pat’s Ranch in Altamont. They continued to dance there throughout their marriage, which lasted 58 years, ending only with the death of her beloved husband.
“A lot of people new her name,” her daughter said. “She had many friends.”

Homemaking took up a lot of Mrs. Spadaro’s time, but she did work at Guilderland Central Schools and Royal Globe Insurance Company until retiring at age 65. She was an accomplished seamstress, making everything from drapes, to slipcovers, to entire wardrobes.

“She could make anything, including most of our clothes,” said Mrs. Miller. “She didn’t do it for money, but she was wonderful at making her own patterns. She could make a dress in 30 minutes.”

Mr. Spadaro raised Ponies and Mrs. Miller remembers her mother making a racing jacket for her father. “It was amazing,” Linda said. “It was pink and gray.”
She concluded, “People enjoyed her. She had a great sense of humor –– especially in her late years –– making people laugh. She was fun to be around.”


Mrs. Spadaro is survived by her son, Frank Spadaro, and his wife, Susan, of Ballston Lake; her daughter, Linda Miller, and her husband, Charlie, of Delmar; her four grandsons and three great-grandchildren; her sister Emily Pudvah; and her brothers Arnold and Richard Loeber.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 9, at noon at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, followed by an interment at Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call prior to the service from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Spadaro family thanks all the caring and compassionate staff at Millview Assisted Living, Beacon Pointe Memory Care, and Daughters of Sarah, who attended to Mrs. Spadaro during her later years. Also, to Dr. Chava and his staff at Capital Health Care in Troy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Captain Youth and Family Services, Clifton Park.

–– Jordan J. Michael

William C. Lounsbury

BERNE — William Craig Lounsbury loved spending time with his sons, hunting, fishing, and camping.

He died on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at his home in Berne. He was 55.

“Bill Lounsbury, father of Little Bill and Jeremy, father figure to Brian, and great friend to so many, will be sadly missed,” said close friend Michele Segerberg in a tribute. “He was known for his sense of humor and wanting to have a great time. He spent many hours with his buddy Dale, keeping him company in the garage — one of his most favorite places to be. He was a wonderful dad, making sure his boys did the right thing. Bill was a special man and touched all who knew him. Our lives will never be the same.”

Friends Lillian Welsh and Trish Magin wrote, “Our friend Big Bill has left many lasting memories in our hearts. We will never forget all his kind words, laughter, encouragement, and especially his awesome hugs…Till we see you again and toast our mason jars together. We love you.”

Born May 19, 1955 in Albany, Mr. Lounsbury grew up in Dormansville. Son of the late Theodore Lounsbury and Lena Bealah Fisher Lounsbury, Mr. Lounsbury was from a family of 17 children — 11 boys and six girls. A graduate of Greenville Central School, he later worked in construction, remodeling homes and pools.

Mr. Lounsbury is survived by two sons: William Chester Jr., 16, and Jerame Travis, 14.

He is also survived by his four brothers: Patrick and his wife, Helen Marie, of Berne; John and his wife, Diane, of Westerlo; Dennis of Westerlo; Terrance Lee and his wife, Eva, of Delanson.
Also surviving are three of his sisters: Janice Lounsbury of Hannacroix; Bettejean Muller and her husband, William, of Alcove; and Sandra Jane Ross of Westerlo.

Mr. Lounsbury is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Six of his brothers died before him: Theodore Seward; Harold Fisher; Clifton Lloyd; Clyde; Roger Wesely; and Thomas Paul, as did three of his sisters: Harriet Mae Peck; Marjorie Gloria White; and Janet Berkhoffer.

Calling hours will be Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 Route 81 in Greenville. A memorial service will be at noon with Rev. Phyllis Skidmore officiating. Burial of his ashes will follow in Onesquethaw Cemetery in Clarksville. Friends and family may light a candle at www.ajcunninghamfh.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dormansville United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 162, Westerlo, NY 12193.

— Zach Simeone

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