Obituaries

GUILDERLAND — Betty Marie Cropsey, a mother of five and grandmother of eight, was a champion speed skater and dedicated church volunteer. She died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, with her family at her side. She was 90.

NEW SCOTLAND — A man of principle and passion, Peter Henner worked for causes he believed in with the same logic and commitment he used when playing chess. He tackled his legal work as he tackled mountains on climbs with his wife — with a sense of adventure.

BERNE — This community lost a man important to its economy, its communal life, and its history when Paul Frank Giebitz died on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 as the result of a tractor accident. He was 89.

RENSSELAERVILLE — For Annette Kay Stephenson, treasured memories of childhood centered on the idyllic small town where her grandparents lived — Rensselaerville —  and where she considered herself  lucky to spend summers, holidays, and two whole school years when fate and family moves made her a happy little resident for what must have

ALTAMONT —  Penny Ann Wall, a loving mother who extended her care outside her family, too,  died on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at the Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. She was 50.

“She was a very outgoing person, a top-notch person,” said her husband, Kenneth A. Wall Jr.

A former boiler attendant from Plattsburgh, John C. Egan would go on to work in high-ranking positions for both his state and local government, making strides in public service.

One word describes Marjorie Carol Ogsbury Hilton: “That word is love,” says her husband.

GUILDERLAND — Louise Sanderson — widely known as “Ma” — “was one of the most fun-loving people you could be around, but didn’t take any guff from anybody,” said her son, Richard Sanderson.

She died on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at the age of 92.

BERNE — William Davis last saw his 90-year-old father, John I. “Jack” Davis,  when his father made one last trip from his home in  Pennsylvania to the annual July 4 family get-together in East Berne.

His father died on Friday, Aug.  19, 2016, at Heritage Valley Hospital in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Mark Stephen Torok traveled the world, visiting six continents for work or for fun, but was always grounded by his family.

“He was a very caring person,” said his mother, Margaret Nicholson Torok.

Mr. Torok died at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. He was 59.

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