ALTAMONT — Thomas E. Orsini, a devoted son, father, and grandfather, was a veteran who designed Thruway bridges. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, Aug. 9. He was 64.

FEURA BUSH — “Donja Ryan’s last week was mostly peaceful,” her family wrote in a tribute, “but she willed her middle finger to communicate for her a final time, defiantly directing it at the cancer she faced for 20 years (though it might have actually been meant for a relative — jury’s still out on that one).

WESTERLO — Albany Medical Center was a constant in the life of Anderson E. Smith, eldest son of Dr. George H. Smith and his wife, Jane Smith, of Slingerlands.

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Steven Herzog, an East Berne native and man of many passions, died on Friday, July 29, 2022. He was 72. 


GUILDERLAND — Ralph Leizer, a high school math and computer teacher, was quiet and kind, his family said. He and his wife circled the globe three times and visited every state in the United States.

He died peacefully at his Guilderland home on Sunday, July 17, 2022. He was 85.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — Nasser Navidar — avid mathematician, naturalist, film-lover, and exercise-enthusiast — died while visiting with his children in Guilderland on Sunday, July 3, 2022. He was 76 years old.

GUILDERLAND — Beverly Jane (née Trumble) Reeb, her husband said, was great fun, had a remarkable intellect, and created beauty in many ways. A social worker, she also helped children with special needs.

She died on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Albany. She was 79.

EAST BERNE — Marvin R. Sample, an Army veteran and town highway worker, died Monday, July 11, 2022, in his East Berne home. He was 83.

Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Stanley and Lulu Schaffer Sample. He had lived in East Berne for the past 50 years.

ALTAMONT —  John Pollard III had a fierce loyalty to Altamont.

Known to friends as “Jack,” Mr. Pollard died peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2022. He was 89.


GUILDERLAND — Leonard E. Friebel of Old State Road, a proud veteran, died on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. He was 73.


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