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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 25, 2011

Richard M. Byrnes

GUILDERLAND — Richard (Dick) M. Byrnes, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.

Mr. Byrnes was born in Herkimer, the son of the late Henry and Julia (Murphy) Byrnes. He was a resident of the capital district for 55 years.

He graduated from Herkimer High School, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Albany.

He taught mathematics in the Guilderland Central School District for 30 years, before he retired in 1991.

Mr. Byrnes is survived by his wife, Joan (Murray) Byrnes, whom he married in 1957 in Saranac Lake; his children, Kathleen Fiero, and her husband, Alan, of Voorheesville, Lynda Pelichowski, and her husband, James, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Daniel Byrnes, and his wife, Jennifer, of Glenmont; and his sister, Marion Bates, of Lakeland, Fla.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sarina, Caitriona, and Alana Fiero; Austin and Shannon Pelichowski; and Molly, Liam, Maggie, and Maeve Byrnes. He is survived, too, by his sisters-in-law, Margaret Greenier of Saranac Lake, and Linda Wagner, of Voorheesville, and their families; his brother-in-law, Raymond Baldwin, of Mohawk; Mary Murray, of Saranac Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Fruiterman and Dr. Robert Kelleher and staff for their exceptional care and compassion throughout the years; the emergency room and fourth floor pavilion staff of St. Peter’s Hospital; and “The Friday Morning Breakfast Club” at Mike’s Diner for their unwavering friendship and support.

Services will be private. Arrangements are by the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, The Endocrine Group Tour de Cure, 2 Pine West Plaza, Suite 204, Albany, NY 12205.

Bessie G. Bryan

WESTERLO — A lover of good food, Bessie G. Bryan was also a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.

“As I told the minister, her favorite words were, ‘I love you,’” said her daughter, Eldeen Gifford. “But she also had three other favorite words: Let’s eat out.”

Mrs. Bryan died at St. Peter’s Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. She was 92.

She was born in Huntersland on Oct. 1, 1918, the daughter of the late Morgan and Grace (Zeh) Decker.

“She was a character,” her daughter said. “She loved kids — I mean anybody’s kids. We always said she took in stray kids,” Mrs. Gifford said with a laugh.

And Mrs. Bryan enjoyed a variety of activities with her friends and family.

“Towards the end, she liked putting puzzles together,” said Mrs. Gifford. “She liked word-search puzzles, going to yard sales, eating fried dough, and playing cards; they had two card nights during the week with my brothers and sisters-in-law.”

She was fond of her cat, Muffin, and she enjoyed feeding the birds.

“She loved birds,” said her daughter, “especially hummingbirds, and her favorite birds were cardinals.”

“She was a friend to all she met,” her family wrote in a tribute.


Mrs. Bryan is survived by her children: Lawrence Bryan and his wife, Marion; William Bryan and his wife, Shirley; Ronald Bryan and his wife, Marie; Eldeen Gifford and her husband, James; and Maggie Tallman, a neighbor’s daughter whom she thought of as a daughter.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren, and some of her neighbors’ children, whom she raised as her own: Roger Chrysler, Robert Baitsholts, and the late Wade Chrysler.

Also surviving is Mrs. Bryan’s very dear friend, Ann Panting.

Her husband, Harry W. Bryan, died before her, as did a son, Paul “Tater” Bryan; a granddaughter, Dodie Bryan; a brother, Kenneth Decker; and a sister, Catherine Lewis.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 22, at the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville, with interment in the Rensselaerville Cemetery. Mourners may leave comments online at ajcunninghamfh.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Westerlo Rescue Squad, or to the Rensselaerville Rod and Gun Club.
— Zach Simeone

Joseph P. McCormick

BERNE — Joseph P. McCormick, a United States Air Force veteran and automobile enthusiast, died unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at the Cobleskill Regional Hospital. He was 79.

Mr. McCormick was born on Jan. 10, 1932, in Queens, the son of Joseph P. and Margaret (Ihne) McCormick. He was a 1950 graduate of Schoharie High School, and later enlisted in the United States Air Force.

He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956 in active duty, and served another four years in the reserves.

He worked in administration with the Capital District Psychiatric Center for 25 years, retiring in 1995.

“He was an antique automobile enthusiast for many years, and was a member of numerous car clubs throughout the region, locally and nationally,” wrote his family in a tribute.

He is survived by his wife, Anna May (Brooks) McCormick, whom he married on May 31, 1958; his sister, Marie Garner, of Schenectady; and one nephew, Gary Garner, of Schenectady.

His parents died before him, as did his sister, Margie Haskin.

A funeral service was held on Aug. 23 at the Langan Funeral Home in Schoharie. Burial followed in the Lutheran Cemetery in Schoharie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heldeberg Ambulance, 978 Cole Road, Berne, NY 12023.

Marjorie Jane Catellier

Marjorie Jane Catellier, a dedicated mother and friend, died on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.

Mrs. Catellier was devoted to making a home and to raising her five children. She also worked in various jobs, spending several years working at Houghtaling’s Market in Feura Bush in the deli and ice-cream store.

She spent the last several years at the Good Samaritan Senior Apartments in Delmar, “enjoying her life in the community of seniors,” her family wrote in a tribute.

“Marjorie’s life work mainly consisted of being a dedicated mother to five children and a mother figure to many of their friends,” her family wrote.

Mrs. Catellier is survived by her five children, Kelli Moore and her husband, Mark; Robin Porter and her husband, David; Dale Catellier II; Violet Writer and her partner, John McIntyre; and Staci Fecura and her husband, Robert. She is also survived by her grandsons, Andrew Writer and John David McIntyre, and her special “extra” daughter Elizabeth Smith and her husband, Robert.

Her husband, Dale Catellier, died before her, as did her grandson, Randy Dale Catellier.

Services will be private at the request of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the town of Bethlehem Senior Services Projects, 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054.

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