Leo O. Bartell Sr.

EAST BERNE — Leo O. Bartell Sr. of East Berne, who was recognized both for fostering children and serving the Hilltowns, died peacefully in his East Berne home on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He was 78.

VOORHEESVILLE — Matthew Ramsey was a man with a “wicked sense of humor,” but he was also someone who had deep compassion for others, and will be remembered as “caring,” “loving,” and “generous,” and as an artist whose imagination was “boundless.”

WESTERLO — Martin Gerard Duffy “shook hands with JFK and conducted himself with that man’s vision of public service and patriotism,” his family wrote in a tribute. He “entered Eternal Life” on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at his Westerlo home. He was 70.

ALTAMONT — Stanley L. Dean Jr. of Altamont, a dedicated family man, died at home on Thursday, June 3, 2021. He was 87.

Born in Delhi, New York on Sept. 18, 1933, he was the son of Dr. Stanley and Gertrude (née Wagner) Dean.

Rodney William Geel

BERNE — Rodney William Geel, a man who was passionate about his family, died peacefully at his Berne home on Monday, June 7, 2021. He was 67.

He was born on March 24, 1954 in Clarksville to Robert Geel and Shirley Martin. He attended Bethlehem School District and graduated in 1972.

ALTAMONT — Dick Howie met Ellen Ferry when they were in the Ramsey High School band. She was a freshman, playing the French horn; he was a junior who sat nearby, playing the trombone.

GUILDERLAND — Joseph J. Donohue, a patriot and family man, died peacefully at his Guilderland home on Monday, May 31, 2021. He was 86.

WESTERLO — James Thomas Croote Sr., a Korean War veteran and the father of four children, died on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Albany Medical Center. He was 90.

 He was born on April 17, 1931 in Guilderland, a son of the late Lawton and Marietta Lambert Croote. He lived most of his life in Westerlo.

EAST BERNE — Lisa Sperry “gained her angel wings at Albany Medical Center” on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, her family wrote in a tribute. She was 55.

Jean M. Wright, a retired kindergarten teacher of 32 years, died on Friday, May 21, 2021. She was 82.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1939 with her twin Janet (Salzer) to Raymond and Alberta Wright. They joined their older sister Ruth Elaine (DeWitt).