Rensselaer County Obituaries
Surnames Beginning with "E"
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EHLE, Melissa (Carpenter). - FUNERAL FOR MRS. EHLE CIVIL WAR WIDOW - [has the year 1937 in handwriting written on the obit] Funeral services were held at the Wisconsin Veterans Home yesterday, for Mrs. Melissa Ehle, who died Sunday, one of the last of Civil War widows at the local home, and also one of the last of Wisconsin's pioneer women. Melissa Ann Carpenter was born in Rensselaer Co., New York, Nov. 11, 1841, which would have made her 96 years old had she lived another month. In 1867 with her parents she came to Wisconsin, the long trip through the Erie Canal, through the Great Lakes to Chicago and thence by rail to Milwaukee taking a week. And then began the long, arduous trip by ox team from Milwaukee to Fond du Lac. Locating at Dodgeville, Fond du Lac County, the family established a home in the country so recently wrested from Black Hawk and his warriors. When Edward A. Ehle was mustered out of Abraham Lincoln's army of the north, he returned to Wisconsin and wooed and won Melissa Carpenter, their marriage being Nov. 30, 1868. The young couple lived in familiar Fond du Lac County for a few years, but again the urge to move farther into the wilds, to homestead free land, to establish a new home among the white pine stumps left by the early timber barons - this urge prompted a move to Marathon County where the couple homesteaded a farm, built a home, raised their family. Expert with butter paddle or deer rifle, at helping "boil off" the maple sugar harvest and in spinning the wool from their little flock of sheep, at making [-?-] soap or teaching her little brood before the one-room log schoolhouse came to their community, Melissa Ehle lived the life of the pioneer wife and mother, a busy life but withal a happy one. Two sons and two daughters were born to the couple; the sons, Marshall and Edward both deceased. The daughters are Mrs. Matt Fisher of Iron Mountain, Mich. and Mrs. Edna Kaudy of Waupaca. A sister, Mrs. Adabelle Carpenter, still survives at Stevens Point [Wisconsin]. The aged lady also had nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Living in this city is one of the grandchildren Mrs. Miles Loberg. In 191[-?-] Edward [and] Mrs. Ehle celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with all their children and grandchildren present. Shortly after, on Dec. [could be 9], 1918, Mr. Ehle died. Both Mr. And Mrs. Ehle have been members of the home since 1904 and Mrs. Ehle was a past president of the Wisconsin Veterans Home chapter of the W. R. C. She was a helpful neighbor, eager to be of service in times of need, stimulating to others because of a mind which was constantly, keenly interested in all about her. From the time the family first subscribed to the old weekly Milwaukee Sentinel, upon their arrival in Wisconsin, until the past few months of Mrs. Ehle's illness, she followed state, national and foreign affairs in the newspaper, took an active interest in public affairs, voted at each election from the time women were given the franchise until this last fall. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Veterans Home, Rev. E. [-?-] B. Earle conducting the rites. Burial in the Home Cemetery. (name and date of newspaper not noted; unable to determine who the submitter was)

EHRLICH, Lee. - TROY - Lee Ehrlich of Brunswick Road died Saturday at his residence after a long illness. Born in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Max and Freida Ehrlich. He received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and attended New York University School of Retailing. Mr. Ehrlich was a real estate investor since 1973. Prior to that he was sales manager for WTRY and WTEN in the 1960s. He also founded and was president of the Champlain Cablevision Systems in the 1960s, establishing cable systems in the north country. He owned and operated the Jane Hewitt Shop in Troy in the 1950s. In the 1940s he worked for the General Electric Co. with radar testing equipment in Bridgeport, Conn., and in Dayton, Ohio, as a radar inspector. He was a longtime member of Temple Berith Sholom in Troy and was a member of the Troy Kiwanis and the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Troy. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason. He enjoyed skiing, traveling, reading, history, geography, and doing magic shows for charities. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Doris Rafferty Ehrlich; two daughters, Cynthia Ehrlich of New York City and Dorleen Ehrlich-Johnson of Troy; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2:15 p. m. Tuesday at Temple Berith Sholom. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. Following the service persons may call at the Ehrlich residence, 39 Brunswick Road. Arrangements are under the direction of the Levine Memorial Chapel in Albany. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Rd., Albany 12205, or Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer 12144. (from the Troy Record of Troy, NY, Monday, February 14, 2000; unable to determine who the submitter was)

ELDERS, Betty BARBER - Hoosick Falls Betty BARBER ELDERS, age 86, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the Community Hospice Inpatient Center in Vidalia, [Toombs County] GA. She was born April 17, 1923, in Hoosick Falls, [Rensselaer County] NY, to Harold and Kathryn BARBER. Betty attended Troy Business College in Troy, NY, and Georgia Teachers' College in Statesboro, GA. In February of 1944, Betty enlisted in the Navy WAVES and served in the 6th Naval District Intelligence Office at both NAS, Jacksonville, FL, and Ft. Sumter, Charleston, SC. After the war ended, she settled in Reidsville, GA, and worked many years for Nelson Sales Company. Betty then transferred to Ft. Stewart, where she retired in 1979 from the Comptroller's Office. In 1969 she married Telford ELDERS. After the Elders both retired, they purchased a Winnebago Motor Home and joined the Winnebago International Travelers' Club as Charter members. From then on, their life was one of travel all over North America all of the United States, the Canadian provinces and many Mexican states were visited. She was a Past Co-President of Georgia Winnie Rebels and the Bago Tribe. She organized the WIT Singer's Club in Forest City, IA. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, joining in 1944; Past Matron of the Rising Star Chapter 384 (no longer in existence); and a present emeritus member of Martha Washington #300 of Claxton, GA. In 1950, she joined the Reidsville United Methodist Church and its Chancel Choir. She was also a member of the Tommy Thomson Sunday school class and Wesleyan Service Guild. She was a Charter member of Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a Pink Lady Volunteer at the Tattnall Community Hospital and a Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer. She was also a member of NARFE, GSC Botanical Garden Society, Red Hat Society, and Tattnall County Historic Preservation Inc., and was a Past President of the Reidsville Garden Club and a member of Team Reidsville. She is preceded in death by her husband, Telford, and a son, Robert "Hal" Odum. She is survived by a daughter, D. Fleta WOOD; a son, T. Edwin ELDERS; grandchildren, Brittany JUAREZ, Sophia SCHMIDT, Solita HAYES, Telford WOOD, Thomas ELDERS and Teresa ELDERS-MCCUE; great-grandchildren, Haley, Kayla, Carlos, Stephen, Ashley, Regan, David, Layla, Esperanza, Rachel, Andrew, Katie and Alex; and one special niece, Dale SCOTT. Memorial services will be conducted at 4 pm, Saturday, April 10, from the Reidsville United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow in the Reidsville City Cemetery, with honors rendered by the US Navy. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 3 pm. Memorials may be given to the Reidsville United Methodist Church Food Pantry or the General Memorial Fund or Community Hospice Foundation or Humane Society or SPCA. "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but as long as we are here, we might as well dance." Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel is serving the Elders family. (published 9 April 2010 in The Eastwick Press newspaper of Petersburgh, Rensselaer County, NY; contributed to this website by Gillian Wilson)

ELMER, Bruce A. - SCHAGHTICOKE, NY - Bruce A. ELMER, 70, of East Street, Schaghticoke, died Saturday, January 17, 2009. Formerly of Ft. Covington, NY, he was born in Bombay, [Franklin County] NY, a son of the late Herman ELMER and Evelyn COLLETT. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and a member and past commander of the Charles F. Waldron Post # 721, Schaghticoke. He was also a member of the Troy Eagles Aerie. He was retired from the G. E. Silicone Plant in Waterford, retiring in 1999. He also worked many years in the construction field. He enjoyed classic cars and traveling. Survivors include his living companion, Rose MITCHELL; two sons, Curtis (Margaret) ELMER of Cohoes and Scott ELMER of New York City; one daughter, Wanda (Santo) DERICO of Canton, Mich.; one brother, David ELMER of Ballston Spa; one sister, Patricia MONICA of Constable, NY; four grandchildren, Joshua ELMER, Maria ELMER, Philip ELMER and Evelyn DERICO. Predeceased by siblings Phillip ELMER and Carol MILLERE; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call at the Chase Funeral Home Monday, January 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p. m. A funeral service will be held at 7:30 p. m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. George Fleming officiating. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144. (published 18 January 2009 in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; contributed to this website by Edie Emmi)

ELWOOD, Mary Christina. - Mary Christina, wife of Moses Elwood, and daughter of Jacob L. and Mary Springer, was born in Rensselaer County, New York, December 24, 1822. She joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1861, and was suddenly transferred to the Church triumphant, at her home in Stark, Herkimer County, New York, November 18, 1887. She was reared in the nurture and admonition of the Lord by Lutheran parents who, when she was a child, moved to Herkimer County, where she has since resided. She was an ideal wife and mother, and her bereaved husband with six of their eight children remain to mourn their loss, which is to them irreparable. Possessed of a remarkable kindness of disposition and beauty of character, the Christian graces shone in her life with an uncommon lustre. Her children rise up and call her blessed. She never spoke an unkind word, but commanded their affection and obedience by a mother's love. The late Rev. Isaac Newton Elwood, of the Detroit Conference, was her son, and he attributed much of the success he achieved in his heroic labors to the molding influence of his early training under the parental roof. His death, which occurred a few months before her departure, was the crushing grief under which she steadily declined in health until she went to meet the loved ones gone before, where God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Her noble Christian womanhood, her humble fidelity in the sphere of life to which under the providence of God she was called, her self-sacrificing devotion have left their indelible impression upon all who were members of her household, and these together with other Christ-like traits of character are today stars in the crown of her rejoicing. T. WEED. (from the Northern Christian Advocate, January 5, 1888; submitted by Mary Jane Haight-Eckert)

EVENSON, Catherine E. (Mrs. Ralph E. COONS Senior) - CATHERINE COONS, 84 - WATERFORD - Catherine E. EVENSON COONS, 84, formerly of Saratoga Avenue, died Sunday [2 June 1996] at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland [Albany County, NY] after a long illness. She was born and educated in Cohoes [Albany County, NY]. She had lived in Waterford for 61 years before entering the home six months ago. She was employed for 15 years as a clerk with Montgomery Ward in Menands. Mrs. Coons was a communicant of St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, Waterford, and was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She also was a member of Waterford Senior Citizens. She was the widow of Ralph E. COONS Sr. [1911-1987] [originally of Brunswick, Rensselaer County, NY]. Survivors include one daughter, Sister Mary COONS of Albany, a member of the Sisters of Mercy; one son, Ralph E. COONS Jr. of Cohoes; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 9 a. m. Thursday from the Finn-Thyrring Funeral [sic], 156 Saratoga Ave., Waterford, and at 9:30 a. m. at St. Mary's of the Assumption, Waterford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Waterford [Saratoga County, NY]. Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, Convent of Mercy, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, 12208. (published Tuesday, 4 June 1996 on page 88 of the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; submitted by Lin Van Buren.

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