Shirley M. Pendergast

KNOX — “Up up and away” is an expression that must have had special resonance for Shirley Pendergast.  She never tired, her family says, of attending hot air balloon festivals. One of her sons, Ronald Rue, says that but for his own nervousness on her behalf,  she would have gone up in one.

SCHOHARIE — Kenneth H. Skinner came very close to being a centenarian. The calm and “even-tempered” disposition that his son Douglas describes his father possessing must have helped.

Alan P. Rudzinskas

EAST BERNE — Alan P. Rudzinskas, a construction worker who raced motorcycles, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at home after a brief illness. His loving wife was by his side. He was 61.

KNOX — Alan Rudzinskas died peacefully at his Knox home on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

He is survived by his living wife, Dyan Rudzinskas.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stuart Allen Devenpeck

DUANESBURG — Stuart Allen Devenpeck, a lifelong resident of the area and proprietor of a local tavern, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. He was 45.

“He was very big-hearted,” said his wife, Joyce Fix-Devenpeck. “Very big-hearted and generous.”