KNOX — Raymond F. Shafer Sr. — a farmer, produce seller, and storyteller — died on Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was 101.

ALTAMONT — Margaret J. Rau, a devoted wife and mother, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn. She was 93.

She was born on April 29, 1923 in Schenectady, the daughter of Blanche L. Jeffords and Charles Vedder.

DELMAR — Harry M. Rarick, known to his family and friends as “Bud,” died unexpectedly at Albany Medical Center with his sister by his side on Friday, March 31, 2017. He was 83.

“He was a very devoted husband and father,” said his sister, Diane Saddlemire. “And he was a very hard worker.”

ALTAMONT — Raymond J. Martin, a devoted family man who loved history and designed armories, died peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2017. He was 89.

He was born in Albany, on Dec. 14, 1927 and grew up on Orange Street in the city. His mother worked as a telephone operator and his father was a railroad worker.

BERNE — Richard Earle Spensley was a musician, reader, survivor, and a caring father and grandfather. He died on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Florida, where he lived. He was 76.

“He was a really great man,” said his daughter, DiDi Spears. “With a good sense of humor and a good soul.”

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