Obituaries

WESTERLO — Ronald J. Bryan, a quiet man who was always there to serve his community, died on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, after a brief illness He was 77.

A quiet and generous man, Mr. Bryan was “always willing to help,” and volunteered everywhere, said his daughter, Stephanie Tapia.

NEW SCOTLAND — Arthur Charles Hamilton, a decorated World War II veteran who served on Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 980 during D-Day, continued to serve his country and community after he left the Navy.

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.

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.

WESTERLO — The call of country living was heard loud and clear by the young woman from the Bronx when she vacationed in the northern Catskills many years ago. And the call was amplified by happening to meet and fall in love with a fellow country-loving New Yorker who liked to visit the Wilderman-Kiefer farm in Westerlo.

ESPERANCE — Carolyn R. Roberts, a mother who worked as a secretary and who liked to knit, died peacefully at Evergreen Commons on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. She was 87.

GUILDERLAND — Walter E. Cieszynski was a lifelong hunter. And, despite being weak from a 34-year battle with cancer, he went hunting one last time this fall. “He didn’t go far from the house. I was worried, and he gave me a time he’d be back,” said his wife. “He got a big deer.”

KNOX — “You name it and my father probably drove it.”

Denise Peister said this in remembering her father, Peter Leslie Kolanchick, who died on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, just one week after his 62nd birthday.

GUILDERLAND — A hardworking man who put his family first, Charles “Jack” A. Jack Jr., retired at the age of 79.

An Army veteran, he worked in his family’s restaurant for 40 years, ran a pool business with his brother for a decade, and then worked as a trucker for another two decades.

WRIGHT — Richard E. Ogsbury was a tough man who rose to meet challenges.

“There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do,” said his wife, Florence Ogsbury. “He was a jack of all trades. He always liked a challenge. He had to prove to people he could do it.”

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