John J. Brophy

February 19, 2011

VOORHEESVILLE  – John J. Brophy, 85, of Voorheesville, died Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center in Delmar.  Mr. Brophy was born in Oneonta, and lived in Copiague, East Greenbush and Guilderland.  He was employed as a teacher at high schools in Amityville and Plainview before coming to Columbia High School in East Greenbush.  He then was employed by the New York State Education Department for twenty years, retiring as Supervisor of Business Education.  He also was a communicant of Christ the King Church in Guilderland.

Mr. Brophy was predeceased by his wife Mary Holmes Brophy, his wife Ellen Rochford Brophy, his son John R. Brophy, and his son in law John Quell.  He is survived by his children Mary Quell of Colonie, Regina Dunn (James) of Colonie, Thomas Brophy of Roswell, NM, and Daniel Brophy of Watervliet; his grandchildren Amber Dunn, and Shaun and Jennifer Quell; his brother Gerard Brophy (Patricia) of Troy; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was also predeceased by his sisters Margaret Brophy and Julia Cunningham; and his brothers James and William Brophy.

The Brophy family would like to thank the caring staff of the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care center for the wonderful care they provided to Mr. Brophy.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:00, and 10:00 in the Church of Christ the King, Sumter Ave., Guilderland.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-7 p.m.  The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather at 4:30 pm for a service of prayer and remembrance.  All are welcome.  Interment will be held privately at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christ the King Building Fund, 20 Sumpter Ave., Albany, NY 12203.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Carol J. George

February 18, 2011

NISKAYUNA – Carol George, 71, passed away peacefully on her birthday February 17, 2011  in her home with her family and pets;  her long courageous battle with cancer is now over.  Carol moved to Schenectady as a newlywed in June of 1962.  After a brief nursing career, she was devoted to raising her two children.  She performed volunteer work for schools as her children were growing up and then for various community organizations; the most rewarding being her fifteen year involvement with the patrons and members of the Schenectady Civic Players.  Carol was a loving and caring person who enjoyed reading, gardening, and traveling.

Carol is survived by her husband Raymond, son Tony George of Frederick, Maryland, daughter Suzanne George Gonsalves of Taunton, Massachusetts, and precious granddaughter Miriam Rose.

An Orthodox ceremony for the separation of the soul from the body was performed at her bedside by her beloved priest, Father Dennis Nagi, the day of her death.  Following the service, in a final act of total self-giving love, Carol donated her body for research via the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Forty Day Memorial service following the 9:30 am liturgy on March 27, 2011, at St. Sophia church on 440 Whitehall Road, in Albany.  The memorial portion of the worship will begin between 10:30-11:00am.  Family will receive mourners in the church hall following the service.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.  Donations may be made to either, the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211; or the Schenectady Civic Players, PO Box 927, Schenectady, NY 12301.

Helen M. Lennebecker

February 14, 2011

AMSTERDAM – Helen M. Haywood Lennebecker, 73, of Amsterdam, died on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Mrs. Lennebecker was born in Amsterdam, where she lived most of her life.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was also a member of the Ladies Sewing Circle and the Heralders.  She also was an avid bingo player.

Mrs. Lennebecker is survived by her husband of twenty three years, Richard Lennebecker; her children Kathy Copp, Brenda Drake (Richard), Cindy McNeil, Larry McNeil, and Rebecca Vosburgh; her sister Charlene Rodriguez (Raymond); her brother Robert Haywood; and by fourteen grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, Thursday morning at 11:00.  Relatives and friends are invited.  To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Dr. Paul J. Centi, PhD

February 13, 2011

ALBANY – Dr. Paul J. Centi, PhD, of Albany, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, February 11, 2011 at the Albany Medical Center.  Dr. Centi was born in Amsterdam on September 20, 1923 to Anthony and Mary (Agosta) Centi.  He was a veteran of service in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he first taught engineering at the University of Alabama before serving in France.  He was a 1948 graduate of Siena College and earned his doctorate at Fordham University. He held teaching positions at Mount St. Mary’s College and St. Peter’s College, and was Assistant Director of Psychological Services at Fordham. He was also director of the Counseling Center at Holy Cross College. Dr. Centi later served as Professor of Psychology and Director of the Counseling Center at Siena College. He retired Professor Emeritus from Siena in 1987.

A licensed psychologist he was a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Counseling and Development. He served as President of the American Catholic Psychological Association, President of Division 36 of the American Psychological Association and as a member of the Council of Representatives of the APA.  He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Education,” “American Men of Science,” “Who’s Who in the East,” “The National Register of Educational Researchers” and “The Dictionary of International Biography.”  He published many books, pamphlets and articles in his field.  He also was a lifetime member of the Italian American Community Center serving on several committees and as President of the Board from 1988-1989.

Dr. Centi is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Dorothy Infante Centi; his children Daniel (Rosemary) Centi, Mary (Jean) Nelson, Paul Centi, Dorothy Centi-Jones, and Elizabeth Centi-Grogan; his grandchildren Daniel A., Justin (Amanda) and Jacqueline Centi, Joseph, Jeffrey and Christopher Nelson, Paul and Micaela Jones, Alyssa and Daniel Grogan; his sister Clem (David) Brumley; his sisters in law Terry and Ruth Centi; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Joseph and Gabe.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:30, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany, at 9:30.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Amsterdam.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Siena College Foundation Fund for Special Projects, Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211.   To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Thelma M. Hallenbeck

February 9, 2011

BETHLEHEM – Thelma M. “Jill” Hallenbeck, 82, of North Bethlehem, died Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at her home.  Mrs. Hallenbeck was born and raised in Stillwater, moved to Albany after high school, and had lived in North Bethlehem for 51 years.  She was employed by Albany Savings Bank, St. Peter’s Hospital in Maternity Admitting, and by the New York State Dept. of Taxation & Finance for over twenty years.  She and her late husband enjoyed vacationing in York Beach, ME for thirty five years.

 Mrs Hallenbeck was predeceased by her husband Lawrence M. Hallenbeck in 2004.  She is survived by her son Gary S. Hallenbeck and his wife Maria of Colonie; her grandson Scott L. Hallenbeck; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family, there will be no calling hours.  Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter, 1650 South Avenue, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620.

Lucy A. Lomio

February 5, 2011

DELANSON – Lucy A. Lomio passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at her home. She was born in Gallupville on January 4, 1949, the daughter of Wilber and Gladys Zimmer. She attended school in Schoharie, and was employed as a secretary at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center in Albany for fifteen years. She also enjoyed baking, gardening, and knitting.
Lucy is survived by her husband of 27 years, Anthony J. Lomio; her brothers and sisters David Zimmer of Esperance, Mary Ann Unser of Schoharie, Peggy Day of Texas, Ruth Tubbs of Knox, Gideon Zimmer of Duanesburg, Nancy Oderonk of Fort Plain, Charles & Peter Zimmer of Schenectady.
The family would like to thank her sister Mary, Linda McDougall and Jacki Zimmer for caring for Lucy during her illness.
A memorial service will be held in the Duanesburg Florida Baptist Church, Route 30, Duanesburg on Sunday, February 13th at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, P.O. Box 40, 304 Howes Cave Rd, Howes Cave, NY 12092. To leave a message of condolence for the family or send a sympathy card please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .

Marjorie A. DuCharme

February 2, 2011

ALBANY – Marjorie A. Berney DuCharme, born May 3, 1934, died February 1, 2011 at her home.  The daughter of Benjamin and Mildred McKenna Berney, she grew up in the Bronx, New York.  She graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 1956 with a degree in education.  Marjorie loved art and enjoyed teaching art to elementary school children.  In her free time she took great pleasure in playing the piano, sewing, and painting.

Marjorie was a devoted mother and grandmother.  She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Francis C. DuCharme, and by her daughter in law Anne DuCharme.  She is survived by her children Jane Wingle (Ronald) of Albany, Mary Ann Matters (Rick) of East Greenbush, Peter DuCharme of Altamont, John DuCharme (Ann Marie McGuire DuCharme) of Rexford, Paul DuCharme (Marianne Franze DuCharme) of Los Gatos, CA, and Helen Matz (William) of Latham; her sister Cecelia Dougherty of Ormond Beach, FL; her grandchildren Amanda, Katrina, and Rebecca Wingle, Amber DuCharme, Gregory and Alexa DuCharme, Adam, Evan and Jake DuCharme, and William, Benjamin, and Joshua Matz; and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:15, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi (formerly St. Catherine of Siena Church), Hurst Ave., Albany at 9:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, 421 Columbia St., Cohoes, NY 12047; or Bright Horizons at Carondelet, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110; or Mater Christi School, 35 Hurst Ave., Albany, NY 12208.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

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    Dear Stephen: On behalf of my mother and family I would like to thank you and your staff for conducting a beautiful service for my father in June. All that was important to us, you professionally honored; all that we were unable to think of, you did. To have a loved one treated so respectfully at death means everything to the family. Our everlasting gratitude to you for your caring of my father and all of us. – BB

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    Dear Stephen: Thank you so much for all you did to make a sad time glorious in the Lord. Frances was a great friend and she must have enjoyed looking down on us and telling us that the “best is yet to come!” – EG