GUILDERLAND — Bernice Carol (née Abare) Hauser of Guilderland, a devoted mother who was also devoted to her country, went to clown school so she could entertain veterans.

She died peacefully Saturday, May 18, 2019 at her residence with her family by her side following a short illness. She was 82.

ALTAMONT — James V. Canavan, a leader throughout his school years in Altamont, Guilderland, and college in Vermont, went on to become an Air Force captain, then raised a family and had a career working for Mohasco Industries.

He died peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 81.

David Earnest Picard

VOORHEESVILLE — David Picard was caring man who was “dedicated to his family,” his brother Buddy Picard said.

David Earnest Picard died on Saturday, May 11, 2019. He was 79.

ALTAMONT — Rev. Hilton’s son and daughter both said their father was more like Jesus than any person they knew.

As the pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont for 29 years, he shepherded his flock through the worst and best times of their lives.

Charles Patrick Arthur

VOORHEESVILLE — Charles Patrick Arthur did the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink.

“He never had to write over,” said his wife of more than 61 years, Fran Arthur. “He was an extremely bright man; there was not a thing he did not know. He was well read, well-versed in the classics.”

Neil A. Taber

ALTAMONT — Neil A. Taber, a man whose capacity to serve his community was seemingly endless, died on Sunday, May 5. He was 92.

Mr. Taber was born on April 9, 1927, to Albertus and Edith Taber; his father was a mason and his mother was a homemaker. He grew up in Knox, one of seven boys.

EAST BERNE — James and Ruth Geier Roemer, a devoted couple, married for 75 years, both died last January. On May 18, their lives will be celebrated together.

QUEENSBURY — Jeanette W. Holmberg of Queensbury, New York left behind a legacy of love and family, her daughter said. She died on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Glens Falls Hospital. She was 94.

ALBANY — Eileen J. Callahan was a dedicated school teacher and a devout Catholic. She served for many years as president of Thompsons Lake Improvement Association.

RENSSELAERVILLE — William Howard Moore lived most of his life in Medusa. His son, Dennison, called him “a man of the community.”

He created a museum to preserve Medusa’s history, wrote a column about the hamlet’s happenings, played the organ in its church, and served in its volunteer fire company.