Obituaries from the
"Hamilton County News"

Reprinted with permission from the
Hamilton County News!
Transcribed by Annie Weaver

Note: These obits were reprinted in the newspaper in the 1970s and are taken from the later papers.

Mrs. David (Donna M.) Arnold died March 17, 1980 in Glens Falls Hospital. She was born September 10, 1942 in Glens Falls, member of First Baptist Church of South Glens Falls. Survivors include her husband David Arnold, Sr. of West Glens Falls; 2 sons, [private]; daughter [private] all of Glens Falls. Her parents, Mr. And Mrs. William (Roy) Seymour; two brothers, [private] of Indian Lake; sister [private] of Warrensburg, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
    Memorial service was conducted at the family home by the Rev. Chuck Hall, interim pastor of South Glens Falls Baptist Church.

Walter A. Batease, 66, of Indian Lake, died Monday, April 21, 1980 in Glens Falls Hospital. Mr. Batease was born Nov. 15, 1913 in Vermont and had been a resident of Indian Lake for the past 20 years. He had been employed as head sawyer for Frulla Lumber Co. in Indian Lake until his retirement 4 years ago. His wife, Deborah Batease of Indian Lake and aunt in Granville survive him. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. in the United Methodist Church of Indian Lake by Rev. Arthur P. Wyman, pastor. Interment was in Cedar River Cemetery, Indian Lake.

Walter R. Bihr, 64, died unexpectantly at his home Friday afternoon after having attended the Nutrition luncheon at the Town Hall, after suffering a coronary seizure at his home on Deerland Rd., Long Lake.
    He was brought in the Richie Ambulance where he arrived shortly before 6 p. m. and was pronounced dead at the Mercy General Hospital. Born May 31, 1915, in New York City, the son of John and Annie Holzhamir Bihr and had resided in Long Lake about 35 years.
    He worked as an outboard mechanic until he retired. He never married. His closest survivor is a cousin, Mrs. Valerie Morton of Stuart, Florida; two sisters predeceased him, Miss Flossie Bihr, 1972 and Miss Helen Bihr, 1976. He was a dear loving man and a faithful friend of which his many friends will miss him very much.
    Walter was a member of the United Calvary Methodist Church at Long Lake, where he attended regularly; also took part in all our Bible classes. He was a member of the Masonic Order and the Masons held their memorial services for Walt at the Richie Funeral Home in Tupper Lake Sunday evening.
    Rev. Alan Baumbock, pastor of the United Calvary Methodist Church, officiated at the services Monday afternoon. Interment was at the Long Lake Cemetery.

Norman H. Campney, 80, died March 13, 1980 at Glens Falls Hospital. Mr. Champney was born August 27, 1899 in Fort Ann and has resided in Indian Lake for 65 years. For many years he was employed by Indian Lake Central School as a bus driver. He also worked for 20 years for Conservation Department at campsites around Indian Lake. Survivors include his wife, Nulia (King) Campney, two daughters, [private] of Ballston Spa and [private] of Indian Lake, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church by Rev. Arthur P. Wyman. Burial will be from Cedar River Cemetery in the Spring.

Mrs. Elizabeth Chartier, 89, of 165 Van Rennselear Blvd., Menands and 1264 Chartier Rd., Benson passed away Sunday morning April 20, 1980 at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville. She had been in failing health for the past year.
    Born Oct. 20, 1890 in Patterson New Jersey she was the daughter of Jacob and Emma Pollion Schiner. She was a graduate of Grove City College, Ps., and was married to Harold Chartier June 30, 1922 in Gloversville. She was a member of the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany and a 19-year member of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband and several nieces and nephews.
    At the families request there will be no calling hours. Interment will be made in Benson Cemetery. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 26, 1980 at the Claude A. Lipe Funeral Home, Northville with Rev. David Ball officiating.

"Uncle Carl" [Carl Hutchins] known to many passed away March 15, 1980 at his residence on Big Brook Road. He was life resident of Indian Lake and member of the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. He was maintenance man at Sate Campsite for many years and recently worked as a guide at Blue Mountain Lake Museum for 15 years.
    Survivors include a sister Clara McCane of Galway, 5 stepdaughters [private] of Indian Lake with whom he resided, [private], [private], all of Indian Lake, [private] of Adirondack, [private] of North Creek; a stepson, [private] of Indian Lake; 13 stepgrandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Body was placed at Cedar River Cemetery vault by spring interment.

Edwin T. Lynt, 40, of Piseco, a teacher in the Piseco Elementary School and an active member of the community, died unexpectedly at his home on January 12, 1980. Death was attributed to natural causes.
    Mr. Lynt was born on March 22, 1939 in Yonkers, the son of Edwin M. and Nora Flemming Lynt. He graduated from Groton High School in Yonkers, and Manhattan College, Riverdale, N. Y. He also attended Syracuse University graduate school. At the time of his death, he had been a teacher at the Piseco Elementary School for some years.
    A member of the Piseco Volunteer Fire Department and the Piseco Volunteer ambulance squad. He was also active in the Lake Pleasant Golf Association and the New York State Teacher's Association. He was a communicant of St. James Church, Lake Pleasant.
    Survivors include his widow, [private]; a son, [private]; a daughter, [private], one aunt and several cousins.
    A Mass of Christian burial was held on January 15, at St. James Church in Lake Pleasant, with Rev. Jude Schmeider presiding. Interment was in Higgins Cemetery.
    Bearers were John Simons, Obie Burger, Sr., Henry Rogers, Donald Rhodes, Edward Blessing, Robert Diedrich, William Edwards and Gordon Parslow.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Piseco Ambulance Squad were requested.

Funeral services for Mrs. Asenith E. Morrison, age 54, were held from the Yates and Cline Funeral Home, Northville. The Rev. Keith L. Koch, pastor of the Northville Presbyterian Church, officiated. Spring burial will take place in the Wells Cemetery.
    Mrs. Morrison died at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. Death followed a 6-month illness. She was born in Northville on Oct. 21, 1925, the daughter of Clyde and Agnes Rhodes Dunn. She attended schools in Northville and Gloversville.
    For the past 30 years she resided in Northville and prior to that lived in the Town of Hope, being a lifelong resident. She was a former glove maker and had delivered the Leader Herald Newspapers in Wells for 8 years.
    She was a 30-year member of the Northville Presbyterian Church. Served 8 yrs. as a Girl Scout leader.
    On Aug. 27, 1949, she married Abram M. Morrison of Lake Pleasant. She is survived by husband, her mother, Mrs. Agnes Dunn of Northville, a sister, Mrs. Carl Turkington of Enfield, Conn. and Mrs. Joanne Raymond of Peru and Miss Sandra Morrison of Northville and one son, Richard Morrison of California.

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura B. Nolan age 82 were held on Friday, February 15 from the Yates and Cline Funeral Home, Northville. The Rev. Donald Samuelson, pastor of the Grace Methodist Church, Speculator, officiated. The body was placed in a vault to await spring burial in the Speculator Cemetery.
    Mrs. Nolan was born August 31, 1897, in Speculator the daughter of Alvah and Bertha Schuyler Buyce. She attended schools in Wells and Speculator. She was a graduate of the former Gloversville Business College in 1918 and did clerical work at Albany medical Hospital til she was married on December 27, 1927 to Henry Nolan in Speculator. Mr. Nolan died in August of 1975.
    Mrs. Nolan also a graduate of Beautician School in Gloversville and operated Laura's Salon for 27 years from her home in Speculator.
    She worked for Glen Telephone Company in her home just prior to the self-telephone. Mrs. Nolan officially retired some years ago.
    She died Feb. 13th at the Nathan Littaur Hospital, Gloversville where she had been a patient for 2 months. Her death followed a long illness.
    She was a member of the Grace Methodist Church since 1913 where she had been a teacher and Stewardess in the church. Survived by one sister, Mrs. Clara B. Cole of Esperdido, Calf.

The Supervisor of the Town of Benson, Donald M. Skiff, 53, died on the morning of April 23, 1980, after a long illness at the Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, where he had been a patient since April 18.
    Mr. Skiff was born February 16, 1927 in Northville, the son of Jay and Harriet Brown Skiff. He was a graduate of Northville Central School, Class of 1945. He was married to Ermina Craig Pincombe of Benson, who survives, on November 14, 1977.
    Mr. Skiff served for 18 months in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was employed by the Department of Environmental Conservation for eleven years, after which he worked on road and pipeline construction. Prior to taking office as supervisor in 1978, he was employed by the Highway Department in Benson.
    Mr. Skiff's father, who was born in Bleeker, ran a milk business for many years out of Northville, and the son worked for the father until 1957, following which he ran the business himself for two years.
    He was a member of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, the State Association of Supervisors and County Legislators, and the State Association of Towns. He was also a member of the Fish House Masonic Lodge, Sir William Johnson Foresters, Northville Fish and Game Club, and the State Sheriffs' Association.
    Survivor, in addition to his wife, include one step-son, [private] of Wells; one sister, Mrs. Betty Kieb of Castorland in Lewis County; and several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Interment was in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Northville.

Mrs. Beryl E. Sorel, 62, of Wells, passed away at 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 17, 1980 at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville. She was admitted on March 14.
    Born in Moira on May 27, 1917, she was the daughter of George and Eliza Sweet. Educated in area schools, she was employed by the N. Y. State Dept. of Tax and Finance, Albany, until her retirement in 1976. She then moved from Schenectady to her Wells home.
    Married to Paul Sorel who survives. Other survivors include 2 daughters, [private], Oswego; [private], Poughkeepsie; 1 brother, Howard Sweet, Saranac Lake; 2 sisters, Mrs. Phoebe Bombard, Tupper Lake and Mrs. Rachel Clookey, Saranac Lake; 5 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Sorel was placed in the Algonquin Vault, Wells to await burial in St. Ann's Cemetery, Wells in the spring.

Funeral services for Mr. Clinton D. Travis, age 71, were held on Friday, January 11 at 2 p.m. from the Yates and Cline Funeral Home, Northville. The Rev. Harry Lindley, pastor of the Northville United Methodist Church officiated. Interment took place in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville.
    Mr. Travis was born Jan. 6, 1909 in Hope Falls, the son of Delbert and Minnie Burgess Travis. He resided in Northville area all his life and attended Northville area schools. Presently he was residing at 521 Division St., Northville with his wife, the former Gladys Flewelling, who he married in Northville 39 years ago. She survives at home.
    Mr. Travis had been ill for one year and died at the Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville after being stricken at home.
    Mr. Travis worked for 12 years with the former Mosher Brothers Store in Northville and then worked for 18 years with the General Electric Company in Schenectady as a packer. In 1975 he officially retired after also having worked with his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Tuccio and his wife in the operation of the Sugar Bowl Restaurant in Northville. He attended the Northville Methodist Church.
    Besides his wife he is survived by one daughter, [private] of Northville; one brother, Mr. Ralph Travis of Mayfield; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps in his memory. Mr. Travis was an Honorary member of the Northville Volunteer Fire Dept. and served with the department for 25 years earlier in his life.

Mrs. Jeanette Warner, 86, of Hobart, N. Y. passed away at Cobleskill community Hospital evening April 17, 1980 after a long illness.
    Born July 4, 1893 in Gloversville, N. Y., she was a daughter of James and Mary Rudes Higgins. She attended area school and was married to John Warner who died January 17, 1963. A resident of Hobart since 1964 prior to that she resided in Higgins Bay, Hamilton Co.
    Survivors include: 1 son, [private], Speculator, 1 brother, Richard Higgins, Higgins Bay; 2 sisters, Nellie Rudes, Speculator, Marie Adams, Denver, Colorado; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
    A mass of resurrection was celebrated Monday, April 21, 1980 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jude Schmeider at St. James Catholic Church, Lake Pleasant. Interment in Higgins Bay Cemetery, Piseco. Bearers were Thomas Dorr, Jack Rudes, Wilson Wagner and George Page.


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