Beulah M. Sweet

SOUTH WESTERLO — A longtime community volunteer, Beulah M. Sweet was one of the 1937 originators of the Catskill Valley Grange No. 1557 in East Durham.

Mrs. Sweet died on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a brief illness. She was 96.

Born in Cornwallville on April 19, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Gertrude Proper Treyer, and the wife of the late Glenroy W. Sweet, who died on March 1, 2005.  Mrs. Sweet was a graduate of Cairo Central School. 

She worked as a senior account clerk at the New York State Department of Health in Albany, retiring 31 years ago. 

Mrs. Sweet was a member of the South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church, the Helderberg Hilltoppers Campers Club, and the Westerlo Historical Society.  She was a life member of the Westerlo Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary, and the Oak Hill-Durham Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary, with more than 50 years of membership.

Mrs. Sweet is survived by her son, Kenneth Sweet, and his wife, Valerie; three grandchildren, Army Major Douglas Sweet and his wife, Vicki, Kyle Sweet, and Stephanie Sweet; two great-grandchildren, Peyton and Olivia Sweet; her sister, Beatrice Augstein; several nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville, with a service at 6:30 p.m. by the Oak Hill-Durham Ladies Auxiliary. 

The funeral will be Thursday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at South Westerlo Congregational Christian Church, 282 County Route 405, South Westerlo, followed by burial in Greenville Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the A. J. Cunningham Funeral Home in Greenville. Mourners may go online to

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westerlo Rescue Squad, Post Office Box 12, Westerlo, NY 12193. 

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