Archive » April 2023 » Obituaries

Arthur Frederick Button

ALTAMONT — Arthur Frederick Button, owner of Button Electric, contributed to the community as a scoutmaster and volunteer firefighter.

Known to his family and friends as Art, he died on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at the age of 70.

He was born on April 29, 1952, in Rome, New York, the son of Charles and Eleanor Button.

Beverly A. Bushnell

ALTAMONT — Beverly A. Bushnell, who above all else enjoyed her family, died suddenly on Monday, April 24, 2023. She was 61.

She was born on March 22, 1962, and grew up in Westerlo. She was married on June 20, 1981, and was a stay-at-home mother to her children for many years.

Family and friends are invited to the graveside service for Robert B. Traina — who was born in Queens, New York on April 13, 1945 and died on Dec. 5, 2022 — at the Knox Cemetery in Knox on May 6 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception.

VOORHEESVILLE — Joseph Carmine Sapienza Sr. died peacefully in his home, surrounded by pictures and mementos of his loving family, on Thursday, April 20, 2023. He was 83.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1940, in Yonkers, New York, the loving son of Carmine and Ruth Ackerman Sapienza.

Patricia M. Zaremski, who dedicated her life to her family, died peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center in Albany. She was 89.

Born on June 9, 1933, in Albany, to the late Benjamin and Blanche Kross of Colonie, she was the youngest of eight children — five sisters and two brothers.

Matthew S. Von Haugg

KNOX — Matthew S. Von Haugg was a loving, caring, and hardworking family man. He died unexpectedly at his home in Knox on Friday, April 21, 2023. He was 55.

He was born on March 28, 1968 in Albany to Mark and Patricia Von Haugg.

Robert B. Traina, a Vietnam veteran, died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 77.

Mr. Traina was born in Queens, New York on April 13, 1945, the only child of the late Caroline Traina.

SLINGERLANDS — Kenneth E. Hallenbeck worked many different jobs and lived in many different places but was rooted in the love of his wife and their six children and in his lifelong love of music.

He died on Friday, April 21, 2023. He was 87.

LOUDONVILLE — Therese Rita Dansereau was “a multi-tasking dynamo,” her family wrote, who showed by example how to be kind and give to others.

She died peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2023. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Alexandrine and Joseph Blanchard, she grew up in Claremont, New Hampshire.

VOORHEESVILLE — Virginia “Ginny” Fisher of Voorheesville, a loving mother and Nanny who loved her babies, died on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. Virginia was 11 days shy of turning 90.  

Mrs. Fisher was born in Medusa, New York on April 26, 1933.  She loved her grandchildren.

Dr. John Harold Lonnstrom Jr.

Dr. John Harold Lonnstrom Jr. was a dentist whom his family described as amiable and exacting — “a brilliant guy who could figure anything out.”

He died suddenly on Thursday, April 13, 2023.  

WESTERLO — Elton Crounse Jr. was a tough dad with a heart of gold, and a recluse who made it to every party he was invited to.

He died at home on Friday, April 7, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was 76. 

GUILDERLAND — James “Jim” Bruce was a tireless worker, providing for his family, and was also active in community affairs, helping to found the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and serving as its first president.

Born on Sept. 6, 1936, he was the son of Ada and James Bruce. He died on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023. He was 86.

ALTAMONT — Mary Rickard Hughes, of Altamont, had a lifelong passion for sports and always helped her neighbors.

She died peacefully, following a brief illness, at Kingsway Manor, in Schenectady, on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. She was 94.

GUILDERLAND — Thomas Martin Reimer died on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at home surrounded by family in Guilderland. “Inspired by the Japanese poet Basho,” his family wrote in a tribute, “he met death ‘gracefully.’