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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 5, 2012

Alma Metz Schultz

VOORHEESVILLE — Alma Metz Schultz, a resident of Voorheesville for 61 years, died on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Albany Medical Center. She was 92.

Mrs. Schultz was born in Glens Falls, but lived in Voorheesville for the past six decades.

She worked at the New York State Department of Workers’ Compensation before she retired in 1987. She went on to work as a companion to the late Elaine Chait at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home from 1996 to 2010.

Mrs. Schultz was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville.

Mrs. Schultz is survived by her children, Diane Sinnhold and her husband, Bill, of Lakewood, Colo., Linda “Sam” Lindgren of Cambridge, Mass., Judy Schultz, of Schenectady, Susan Frohlich, and her husband, Rich, of Voorheesville, and Edward Schultz Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Bennington, Vt.; her grandchildren, Kyla Frohlich Fell, and her husband, Sean, Autumn Countermine, Eric Lindgren, and Lucinda Schultz; and her great-grandchildren, Daniel and Elizabeth Countermine.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Albany Medical Center Hospital surgical intensive care unit for the remarkable care and compassion given to Mrs. Schultz and her family.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 4 at the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville. Arrangements were by the Reilly and Son Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, 68 Maple Ave., Voorheesville, NY 12186.

Charles W. Herendeen

VOORHEESVILLE — Charles Herendeen, a modest man who returned to his agricultural roots after a career in state government, died at home on Dec. 28, 2011 after a short but fierce battle with kidney cancer. He was 74.

In June, he proudly celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Emma Herendeen, his family wrote in a tribute.

Born the sixth of 10 children on a 1,000-acre farm in Farmington, N.Y., Mr. Herendeen learned how to work hard and how to help people to get along. He helped on the farm and with his father’s and uncle’s fur business, said his wife. They’d collect the pelts and stretch them before bringing them to New York City to sell on Wall Street, which was the fur trading district at the time.

Mr. Herendeen then studied at Cornell University and met his wife in 1958, during his senior year. He went on to get a Master of Business Administration degree from the university.

During his first job, he picked up a knowledge of carpentry, which he employed throughout his life, said his wife. He worked as an insurance adjuster, she said, and had to learn about the structure of the buildings that he was assessing.

When Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller began overhauling the state’s mental hygiene institutions, Mr. Herendeen changed tack. At first, his wife said, “He got less salary and we lost the company car,” but he spent 28 years with the state’s Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, retiring in 1995 as the director of capital services.

When he’d come home from work, Mrs. Herendeen said, he would throw himself into doing projects. After the family bought a camp on Sacandaga Lake one fall, he had built a boat by the spring, she said. “He was industrious in a quiet way,” she said.

He remodeled and expanded the camp, put new roofs on four houses, added a sunroom to his house, and made many improvements to his daughters’ houses, his family wrote.

About 20 years ago, he and his wife bought farmland where they boarded horses and Mr. Herendeen enjoyed sharing vegetables and raspberries from his abundant gardens, his family wrote.

Although he was raised as a Quaker, he and his wife attended the McKownville United Methodist Church, where he held a variety of leadership positions. “He would do remarkable things that he’d never tell you about,” Mrs. Herendeen said; he never bragged about what he did.

“He enjoyed golfing and deer hunting,” Mr. Herendeen’s family wrote. “He owned a variety of boats and taught many people to water ski. He traveled widely, visiting national parks during two cross-country camping trips, and took trips to 30 countries.”

He also served in the Army from 1960 to 1961 and was in the active reserves.

“Charlie had his first signs of illness in September, followed by a variety of tests in October, and was diagnosed with cancer in early November,” wrote his family. “He remained strong until shortly before Thanksgiving, but spent 17 days in Albany Medical Center in December, and lived his final week at home, with kind help from Hospice.”

Mr. Herendeen was always sincere and helpful, his wife said. He’d always lend a hand, she said, “sometimes, I thought, too readily.”

“He was a good, solid guy,” she concluded.


Mr. Herendeen is survived by his wife, Emma Herendeen, and daughters, Ann Herendeen of Silver Spring, Md. and Susan Herendeen of Glenmont, N.Y., and by his granddaughters Jessica Espinoza and Karen Espinoza, of Silver Spring, Md.

He also is survived by his siblings James Herendeen of El Paso, Texas; Margaret Hartsough of Farmington, N.Y.; Alice Brouse of Mifflintown, Pa.; Richard Herendeen of Macedon, N.Y.; Nathan Herendeen of Gasport, N.Y.; and Stanley Herendeen of Rochester, N.Y.

His brothers — Allen Herendeen of Farmington, N.Y.; George Herendeen of Farmington, N.Y.; and Clarence Herendeen of Fairport, N.Y. — died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the McKownville United Methodist Church at 1565 Western Ave. in Guilderland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Post Office Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or the McKownville United Methodist Church building fund, 1565 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.

— Saranac Hale Spencer

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