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Obituaries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 8, 2012

Elmer E. Becker

KNOX — Elmer R. Becker, a longtime member of the Knox Reformed Church and the Knox Volunteer Fire Company, died on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at home. He was 89.

Mr. Becker was born on April 12, 1922, in Wright, N.Y. He was the son of the late John and Altina Becker.

He worked for the New York State Thruway Authority for 27 years as a mechanic.

Mr. Becker was a member of the Knox Volunteer Fire Company for over 50 years, and served as a past chief and president. He was a Knox town councilman for four years; a longtime member of the Knox Reformed Church; and the president and superintendent of the Knox Cemetery for over 40 years.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m., at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont. A spring burial will be held in Knox Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox Reformed Church, Post Office Box 86, Knox, NY 12107.

Marjorie Minnie Gotha Nasholds

BERNE — Marjorie Minnie Gotha Nasholds was a longtime church organist who moved around the country with her family, but never forgot her roots in Albany County.

“She was pleasant, determined, always looked on the bright side of everything, right till the end,” said her daughter, Gail Kirchner.

Mrs. Nasholds died on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Inn at Quail Haven Village, in Pinehurst, N.C. She was 97.

She was born on Oct. 28, 1914 in Albany, daughter of the late William Gotha and Bessie Hallenbeck Gotha.

“When she was young, during the Depression, she went to work to help support the family in Albany, and her mom baked bread to earn money,” Mr. Kirchner said of her mother. “Her father was an iron worker in Albany during the day, and took the trolley in at night to play the saxophone at the speakeasies.”

Religion brought Mrs. Nasholds together with her late husband, Russell Nasholds, when they met at church in Albany.

They were married on Oct. 8, 1938. Their marriage of more than 65 years ended only with his death.

Mrs. Kirchner said her parents bought their farm in Berne when she was only a few years old.

“We spent most of our lives growing up in Berne,” she said. “They stayed there till about 1963. They left Berne and went to Oneonta because Dad started college. My mom moved wherever Dad went to school.”

This led Mrs. Nasholds to take secretarial jobs at Hartwick College in Oneonta; American University in Washington, D.C.; and George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

“They both retired from George Mason University and moved to Cooperstown,” Mrs. Kirchner said, “and then, to Pinehurst, North Carolina, in 2002.”

Mrs. Nasholds loved gardening and was passionate about music. In addition to being a church pianist and organist, she had been the church choir director at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Berne, as well as the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milford. She was also a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Southern Pines, N.C.
“She played this humongous pipe organ in Cooperstown,” her daughter said. “It was absolutely huge. You could see this little gray head playing this gigantic pipe organ,” she said with a laugh.

Mrs. Kirchner remembers her mother’s resilience.

With a laugh, she recalled, “She was the oldest person in her yoga class.”


She is survived by two daughters: Gail Kirchner of Ocala, Fla., and Linda Reville of Mooresville, NC; five grandchildren: Robert, Molly, and Rebecca Reville; and Chad and Amy Goetz; and seven great-grandchildren, who called her “Gigi.”

She was the oldest of four children. Her siblings, now deceased, were William Gotha, Russell Gotha, and Millicent Boni.

Her husband of more than 65 years, Russell Nasholds, died in 2004. Her daughter, Joan Ellen Nasholds, died when she was 12.

Burial will be at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne.

Memorial contributions may be made to: FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.

— Zach Simeone

William E. Loetterle III
BERNE — William E. Loetterle III, a United States Navy Veteran, active member of the Berne community, and longtime county coroner, died on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at his home. He was 67.

Mr. Loetterle was born in Catskill on Aug. 8, 1944, the son of Katherine Salisbury Loetterle and the late William E. Loetterle Jr.

He was raised on the family farm in Westerlo, and graduated from Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School, the Junior College of Albany, and Russell Sage College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Mr. Loetterle served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1965.

He worked for General Electric in Schenectady from 1966 to 1988, and continued as a consultant until 2000.

He also worked as an Albany County coroner from 1978 to 2002, then as a confidential secretary in the coroner’s office until he retired in 2010. He was a member of the New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners.

“He was very dedicated to the coroner’s office, and performed the job with empathy,” said Mr. Loetterle’s son, William E. Loetterle IV.

Mr. Loetterle was a longtime member of both the Berne and Rensselaerville fire companies, and served as assistant chief in Berne in 1985, and chief in Berne from 1986 to 1989. He also served as chief in Rensselaerville from 1992 to 2001.

He was a member of the Albany County Rural Chiefs Association and the Clark White Post 589 American Legion in Rensselaerville; he served as a coach for Berne Little League; he served as Democratic town chairman in Rensselaerville; and was a member of the Berne and Rensselaerville social democratic clubs.

He was a longtime Mason and member of the Noah Lodge in Altamont, and the Cyprus Shrine Temple in Albany, where he served as Jester and was on the director’s staff.

He was a past member of the Westerlo Reformed Church and attended the First Reformed Church of Berne.

Mr. Loetterle was an avid motorcyclist, and took pride in the fact that, around his 50th birthday, he took a motorcycle trip around the country with his best friend, said his son.

He and his wife, Susanne, also loved going on cruises with their friends. Mr. Loetterle enjoyed deer hunting and watching Western and action movies.

“He had a pretty comical nature, and loved to laugh, but he was very hardworking,” his son said.


Mr. Loetterle is survived by his mother, Katherine Salisbury Loetterle; his wife, Susanne “Sue” Rice Loetterle; his sons, William E. Loetterle and Jonathan James Loetterle; his brother, Richard Loetterle and his wife, Anne; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law William and Jeanette Rice; and his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at A. J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. and a combined fire company service at 7:30 p.m. Mourners may express their condolences at ajcunninghamfh.com.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 9, at the funeral home. A spring interment will take place in the Rensselaerville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berne Fire Company, Post Office Box 187, Berne, NY 12023; the Rensselaerville Fire Company, 4990 Delaware Turnpike, Rensselaerville, NY 12147; or the National Kidney Foundation.

— Anne Hayden

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