Rensselaer County Obituaries
Surnames Beginning with "P"

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PARKER, George D. - George D. Parker died 9/5/1919 in Troy at the age of 76 years. He was the husband of Maria [VAN BUREN] Parker and a brother of Sewell M. Parker of Rochester, [Monroe Co] NY. The funeral will be from the residence, at 13 Glen Avenue in Troy. [and another notice the following day:] At the funeral of George D. Parker this afternoon, a quartette including Richard Reece, Mr and Mrs William MacLaughlin and Miss Esther MacLoughlin sang "Nearer My God To Thee", "Asleep in Jesus" and "Christians Goodnight." (name and exact date of newspapers not specified; abstracted by Virginia Giguere; decedent had been born in October 1842 in Vermont)

PARKER, Maria VAN BUREN (Mrs. George D. Parker). DIED. - PARKER - In this city [Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY], March 1, 1921, Maria Van Buren, wife of the late George D. Parker, aged 83 years, mother of Mrs. Robert Monroe, Mrs. Edward S. Charles, and Mrs. H. L. Spoon. Service at the residence, 3319 Sixth Ave., Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Friends are invited. Interment at Oakwood. (Wednesday evening, 2 March 1921 edition of The Troy Record; transcribed and submitted by Lin Van Buren, who adds that the decedent was the youngest daughter of Peter VAN BUREN (c1790-1842) and Lucretia DECKER (c1791-1863); the decedent's three daughters were all by the first of the decedent's three husbands and were Sarah Maria PLATT (1856-1935), wife of Robert H. MONROE of Troy; Catharine Amelia PLATT (1858-after 1945), wife of Edward S. CHARLES of Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Lydia Azelia PLATT (1860-1945), wife of Henry Leon SPOON of Waterford, Saratoga Co., NY; the decedent's three husbands had been Alexander PLATT, who died in the Civil War; William A. VAN ALSTYNE; and George D. PARKER (1842-1919) of Vermont)

PARKS, Charles White. - The funeral of Charles White Parks was held this afternoon from the residence, Sixteenth Street and First Avenue, with Rev. Albery D. Angell, pastor of the First Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. Dr. Charles H. Walker of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. The bearers were Paul Cook, Howard C. Robers, Henry H. Plumb, George F. Sawyer, C. E. Peabody and George Gillespie. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Parks, who ranked among Lansingburgh's most influential and best-known citizens, died Saturday noon. His death was a shock to many friends, as it was not generally known that he was seriously ill. For many years, however, Mr. Parks's life had been a struggle with ill health, and it was only by his strong will power and natural energy of disposition that he was enabled to accomplish what he did. He was the son of the late Rev. Stephen Parks, who in the early part of his life was a well-known minister of the Troy Methodist Conference. The elder Parks was born in Sussex, England, but came to this country while a youth. After retiring from the ministry he became prominent in the business circles of Troy as a member of the firm of Peck, Hillman & Parks, real estate dealers; Parks, Christie & Broadman, life insurance agents, and Parks, Ide & Holmes, collar manufacturers. Charles W. Parks was born in Gloversville in 1855 while his father was in the ministry and pastor of the Methodist Church of that place. The family came to Lansingburgh while Mr. Parks was a youth, his father having been assigned to the pulpit of the First Methodist Church, and he had resided there ever since. He was educated in the local schools, and ever since attaining his majority he had been identified prominently with the business affairs of the place. In 1885 Mr. Parks, with his father and brother-in-law, Charles E. Peabody, organized the firm of Peabody & Parks and engaged in the manufacturer of hardware specialities in a factory at 523 and 525 Fifth Avenue. With the retirement of Mr. Peabody the firm became Parks & Parks, and when the senior member died the son continued the business under that name. For many years Mr. Parks had rendered valuable public service. For twenty-two years he had been a member of the Lansingburgh Board of Education and at the time of his death was, and had been for eight years, President of the board. He devoted a large portion of his time to school affairs, and it is mainly through his efforts that the Lansingburgh educational department has steadily grown and attained the high position it now occupies. He was also a member of the First Methodist Church, having a place on the Official Board and taking an active interest in the affairs of the society. In both church and school he had been a mainstay many years, and they owe much to his clarity of judgment and his practical application of sound executive ability. Mr. Parks was also a member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Managers of the Leonard Hospital, an institution for which he had labored diligently and effectively. He was an excellent citizen, faithful in every trust imposed upon him, and leaves a record worthy of emulation. Mr. Parks in 1878 married Miss Helen F. Bates, daughter of the late John M. Bates, who many years ago was a flour dealer on a large scale in Lansingburgh. The survivors, besides his wife, are three daughters, Mrs. John Masterson of Yonkers, formerly Miss Marby B. Parks, and Misses Helen B. and Margaret B. Parks, and a sister Mrs. Frances M. Kellogg. (from the Troy Times of Troy, NY, September 7, 1915; submitted by Elsie Saar)

PARKS, Helen Bates. - Miss Helen Bates Parks, a native of Troy who served as secretary and treasurer of the former Parks and Parks, Inc., brush manufacturers, died last night at Samaritan Hospital. She had resided for the last three years at the Eddy Memorial Home. She attended Troy public schools and was an active member of St. Mark's Methodist Church. Miss Parks was a former member of the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p. m. from the Mason Funeral Home, 109th St. and 3rd Ave., with the Rev. S. Wilson Francis, pastor of the St. Mark's Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery. (from the Times Record of Troy, NY, December 5, 1962; submitted by Elsie Saar)

PARKS, Stephen. - The death of Rev. Stephen Parks, a superannuated member of the Troy Conference, occurred about 7:45 o'clock this morning at his home, No. 520 Second avenue. He had been in ill health for some time, but only seriously ill the past month. Rev. Mr. Parks was born in England in 1817, and came to this country when about thirteen years of age. He studied for the ministry when a very young man, and was licensed to preach sixty-three years ago. He located in this city [Troy, NY] in 1856, and had since been a resident. Rev. Mr. Parks was a man beloved by all who knew him. On account of ill health the deceased retired from the ministry in 1858 and entered business in this city. In the latter year he took a superannuated relation in the Troy Conference, which he held to the time of his death, his local relation being with the First Methodist Church. Rev. Mr. Parks while active in the ministry served the following churches: Herkimer Street, Albany, 1840; Johnstown and Gloversville circuit, 1841-42; Fonda Mission, 1843; Plattsburgh, 1844-45; Saratoga Springs, 1846-47; First Church, Lansingburgh, 1848-49; Pittsfield, Mass., 1850-51; Hudson Avenue, Albany, 1852-53; First Church, Gloversville, 1854-55; State Street, Troy, 1856-57. Upon retiring ministerial duties he became a member of the insurance firm of Parks, Christie & Boardman, one of the most prominent in that time of business in the city for many years, and amassed a competency of good proportions. At one time he was head of the collar firm of Parks, Ide & Holmes. Of late years he had been a member of the firm of Parks & Parks, in the manufacture of hardware and household specialities. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Frances M. Parks of this city and Mrs. C. E. Peabody of Brooklyn, and a son, C. W. Parks of this city. (from the Troy Daily Press of Troy, NY, July 20, 1905; submitted by Elsie Saar)

PAUL, Betty Drexler. - Betty Paul - JOHNSONVILLE - Mrs. Betty Drexler PAUL, 69, of School Street died Tuesday [14 January 1997] at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after a long illness. Born in Troy [1 September 1927], Mrs. Paul was a graduate of St. Augustine's School and Catholic Central High School. She was a secretary for the Rensselaer County Department of Health before retiring in 1990. For many years, she was a telephone company employee. Mrs. Paul was a communicant of St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church, where she also taught religious education for 18 years. Survivors include her husband, Michael R. PAUL, whom she married Oct. 3, 1948; a daughter, Mrs. Karen GLOKIER of Ballston Spa; three sisters, Ruth LESSON of Averill Park, Lorraine NEWLAND of Florida and Diane DANAHER of Schaghticoke; and three grandchildren. A service will be held at 6 p. m. Thursday at Dunn Funeral Home, 319 Park Ave., Mechanicville. Spring burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Schaghticoke. Calling hours will be 3 to 6 p. m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany unit of the American Cancer Society. (published 15 January 1997 in The Record newspaper of Troy, NY; submitted by Edith Emmi)

PERKINS, Mary J. - PITTSTOWN CORNERS - Mary J. (Burdick) Perkins, 71, of Birch Way, died peacefully, Saturday, November 3, 2001, at the Samaritan Hospital in Troy, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Berlin, December 4, 1929, Mrs. Perkins was the daughter of the late Jonathan H. and Christine (Cocuzza) Burdick and the wife of the late Rollin "Duff" Perkins who died in 1980. Mrs. Perkins attended Berlin High School and resided in Berlin until 1969. She moved to Pittstown, where she resided from 1969-1973, and then relocated to Clifton Park until returning to Pittstown in 1984. For more than 12 years she was self-employed as a private duty nurse and home health aide assisting many local families. She retired in 1997. Among her favorite hobbies was her love of needlepoint and handcrafts. Mrs. Perkins is survived by six children, Judith A. Hasselbach of Delmar, Mary Sullivan of San Diego, CA, Michael Jones of Melrose, Rick Jones of Whiteboro, Jonathan Jones of Malta and Melissa Lawson of Schaghticoke; two brothers, Harvey Burdick of Pennsylvania and Larry Burdick of Albany; 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Her daughter, Deborah Hoag, late residence, Raymertown, predeceased Mrs. Perkins. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2001, at 8 p. m. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in the Berlin Center Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p. m. prior to the memorial service. Contributions if desired may be made to the American Cancer Society, Rensselaer County Unit, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211, in memory of Mary J. Perkins. (from the Troy Record of Troy, NY, November 8, 2001; submitted by Pam Trudeau)

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PETRO, Lauretta Julia (Mrs Donald B. HARRIS). - Lauretta J. HARRIS - HARRIS, Lauretta J. - ALBANY - On March 17, 2009, Lauretta Julia Harris, daughter of the late Andrew and Sarah STACKMAN PETRO, passed away quietly at Albany Memorial Hospital after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in 1920 in Stuyvesant, [Columbia County] N. Y., Lauretta graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Kinderhook and from the Austin Beauty School. Lauretta was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Donald B. HARRIS. Lauretta was a hairdresser in Hudson for a brief period of time and then worked at General Aniline, Fort Orange Paper Company and the state of New York Veterans Bonus Bureau, finally joining the family-owned business, Bramhall Acres Apple Farm in Schodack Landing [Rensselaer County, NY]. Lauretta was a member of the Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill and of the Castleton Chapter 668 (now Van Rensselaer Star) Order of the Eastern Star, serving as worthy matron twice. She was a past district deputy grand matron of the Albany-Rensselaer-Schenectady District, the 1958 Grand Officers Association and Eda Chapter OES, Kinderhook. Lauretta was active in the Columbia County Historical Society and Esquatak Historical Society of Schodack. Lauretta P. Harris compiled a book, Vital Records of the Town of Schodack, Rensselaer County, New York, Prior to 1880 (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1970). Lauretta enjoyed researching genealogy on the early families of Schodack. One of her major accomplishments was to get New York state to retain the name of Schodack Island Park instead of Castleton Island Park. She loved to knit and crochet afghans for the Veterans Hospital in Albany as well as hats for underprivileged children at Christmas. She is survived by her son, David (Adele) Harris of Castleton; grandchildren Anthony (Nikki) Harris of Montpelier, Vt., David (Sarah) Harris Jr. of Castleton, and Angelina Harris (Justin Kennedy) of Centerville, Va.; and great-grandchildren Patryk and Caitlyn Harris of Montpelier. Interment will be in the Chatham Center Cemetery on March 21, 2009 at 12 noon, and a memorial service at the Muitzeskill Reformed Church is to follow at 1:30 p. m. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook, Valatie [Columbia County], NY 12184. Members of the Eastern Star will gather at 1:30 p. m. at the church for services. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the OES Educational Assistance Fund, 71 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010; to Capital District Masonic Charities, 8 Holly Lane, Castleton, NY 12033; or to the Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill, Schodack Landing, NY 12156. (published 19 March 2009 in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; submitted by Lin Van Buren)

PFEIL, Elizabeth. Wynantskill, NY - 4/27/1920 - Elizabeth PFEIL, wife of George LANSING, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John FILM, at the age of 65. She was the mother of Stephen LANSING, Henry LANSING, Mrs John FILM and Mrs Anson FILM. Burial will be in Blooming Grove Rural Cemetery. (name and exact date of newspaper not specified; abstracted by Virginia Giguere)

PHELPS, Charles. - Charles Phelps, an old citizen of the tenth ward, died yesterday. Mr. Phelps was president of the Republican club of that ward in 1860 when the attack was made in Fourth street, near Adams, upon the Republican procession returning from South Troy, and was knocked down by a stone and severely injured. Indeed, he never fully recovered from the treatment he then received. Mr. Phelps was 76 years of age, and his long life was usefully and honorably spent. (from The Troy Daily Times of Troy, NY, November 28, 1879; submitted by Carla Johnson)

PHILLIPS, David [Junior]. East Greenbush. This town lost one of its eldest and most prominent residents in the person of David PHILLIPS, who died Monday [27 December 1908]. He was 91 years old and since reaching his maturity had been engaged in farming. He accumulated a comfortable fortune and was well known to all grangers in southern Rensselaer county. He represented the town of East Greenbush in the Board of Supervisors for several terms. He was a member of the East Greenbush M. E. church. The funeral interment was in the Greenbush cemetery. Undertaker William J. Rockefeller of Rensselaer, had charge of the funeral arrangements." (Rensselaer Eagle newspaper, the first week of January 1909; transcribed and submitted by Lin Van Buren, who is the decedent's great-great-great-granddaughter)

PIERRE, Marie (Mrs. Robert E. GILMAN, Sr.). - HALFMOON - Mrs. Marie PIERRE GILMAN, 78, of Werner Rd., died Friday, November 28, 2008 at St. Mary's Hospital, Troy [Rensselaer County, NY], after an extended illness. Born in Cohoes [Albany County, NY] June 20, 1930, daughter of the late George PIERRE and Mabel DORSEY, she lived in Cohoes most of her life and attended St. Marie's Parochial School. An inspector for Barclays Home Products of Cohoes for over 20 years, Marie enjoyed bingo and casinos and loved raising her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and their families. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Cohoes. Sadly, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert E. GILMAN Sr., two weeks ago; sons, Kenneth GILMAN and Kevin GILMAN; a grandson, Alan CARKNARD, Jr.; and brothers, George PIERRE and Leo PIERRE. Survivors include her children, Theresa ALESCHUS of Wynantskill, Robert E. GILMAN, Jr. of Halfmoon, Tina (Alan) CARKNARD of Buskirk and Bernadette (Robert) MUELLER of North Carolina; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; also her siblings, Ken PIERRE of Cohoes, Armond PIERRE of Colonie, Donald PIERRE and Leon PIERRE of Wynantskill, Lorraine HULETT of Schenectady, Shirley DAME and Jeannette GILMAN, both of Halfmoon, and Robert PIERRE of Cohoes, along with their families; and her lifelong friend, Theresa QUINTAL of Clifton Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 2 at 9 a. m. at Holy Trinity Church, Vliet Blvd., Cohoes. Burial in Saratoga National Cemetery. Calling hours at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville on Monday, 4-7 p. m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made either to the Dana Farber Cancer Inst., 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 or to the Rubin Dialysis Ctr., 1850 Peoples Ave., Troy, 12180, in loving memory of Marie Pierre Gilman. (published 30 November 2008 in the Times Union newspaper of Albany, Albany County, NY; contributed to this website by Edie Emmi)

PLUE, Mary Frances. - SCHODACK. Mary Frances Plue, 80, of Brookview Rd., Schodack died Saturday at home after a long illness. Born in Ticonderoga, she lived in the Capital District most of her life. She retired in 1982 as an executive secretary for BASF, formerly GAF, in Rensselaer after 40 years. She was owner operator of Mary Frances Ceramics from 1969-1976 in her home. She was the wife of the late Douglas A. Plue. Survivors include dear friends Joseph and Lois Cioffi of East Greenbush and health aids Doreen Hilmer, Cindy Hilstro and Betty Heidelmark. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Wednesday 9:00 from the Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Ticonderoga. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8. Contributions may be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield MA 01104. (from The Times-Union of Albany, NY, Monday, August 28, 2000)

POST, Elizabeth GUILE. - Stillwater - Mrs. Elizabeth Guile Post died at 10:30 o'clock this morning following a stroke which she suffered Friday night. Mrs. Post was found unconscious by her daughter, Miss Sylvia Post, with whom she lived, Friday night shortly after 10 o'clock when Miss Post returned from work. Mrs. Post was born in Johnsonville, living there for a good many years. She had been a resident of this place [Stillwater, Saratoga County, NY] for eleven years. The survivors are two daughters, Miss Helen Post of Utica and Miss Sylvia Post of this place; two sons, Jay Post of Mechanicville and Floyd Shorter of this place; one brother, Elmer Guile of Brooklyn; and two grandchildren, Floyd Bradt Shorter and Helena Post. Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Post will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the residence. The Rev. W. C. Cansdale will officiate. Burial will be made in the Millertown cemetery. (from The Saratogian of Saratoga Springs, NY, Monday & Tuesday, February 5 & 6, 1934; submitted to this website by Alice Zetterstrom)

POTTER, Daniel. - "In Berlin on the 4th instant [4 January 1834], Mr. Daniel Potter, aged 91 years." (from the Protestant Sentinel of January 15, 1834, page 159, 4:40; submitted by Susan (Irish) Nahas, whose website is

POTTER, David. - "In Berlin, Rensselaer Co., NY, March 21st, 1865, of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of two weeks, DAVID POTTER, aged 57 years. Bro. Potter was an esteemed member of the Seventh-day Baptist Church of Berlin, and of the community in which he lived. In his death, a chord has been touched which vibrates through a large circle of friends, but more sensibly through the hearts of the members of his own family and numerous relatives. Prostrated at the first attack, he was convinced that the time of his departure was at hand. And, having set his house in order, he often spoke confidently of what was about to take place, in the impressive language of going home." (from the Sabbath Recorder of April 6, 1865, page 55; submitted by Susan (Irish) Nahas, whose website is

POTTER, Lois. - "In Berlin, NY, Oct 20th, 1869 after a long and painful affliction of cancer which she bore with Christian patience, Mrs. Lois Potter, relict of David Potter, deceased, aged 60 years." (from the Sabbath Recorder of December 9, 1869, page 199; submitted by Susan (Irish) Nahas, whose website is

POWERS, Amiziah Palmer. - Obituary. - A. P. Powers departed this life at his home in Hartley, Iowa, April 3, 1898 aged nearly seventy-eight years. The deceased was born in Petersburgh, New York, where he resided until nearly thirty years old when he married Miss Kate Chase, of the same place and who is left to mourn his departure. Their wedded life was a happy one. There were born to them seven children all of whom are still living. In 1853 the parents moved to Illinois, a few years later to Wisconsin, later on to Minnesota and finally to O'Brien County, Iowa, over twenty years ago and have resided here ever since. Mr. Powers was a very energetic man and quite successful as a farmer and fine stock raiser. He was a great lover of a fine horse and on the trotting course his horses carried off many a premium. As a neighbor, Mr. Powers was like a good Samaritan, relieving the oppressed and cheering the discouraged and the afflicted. He delighted to pay his honest debts and was happiest when he owed no man a cent. Those who knew him best esteemed him most highly and so far as we can learn he died without an enemy. He was a resident of Hartley the past two years. He was a faithful and loving husband, and a kind and indulgent father. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church, Wednesday, April 5, Rev. D. A. McBurney officiating. It was a very impressive service and largely attended. The body was laid to rest in the Hartley cemetery. The surviving relatives have the sincere sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement. But death comes to all, the sickle of time is a sure harvester and we should all become reconciled to our inevitable fate. (from an unnamed newspaper published in O'Brien County, Iowa, in April 1898; submitted by Colleen Boose)

POWERS, Amiziah Palmer. - Died: - Amiziah Palmer Powers was born Aug. 15, 1823 at Petersburg, Rensselaer County, N. Y. and died April 3, at 5 a. m. at his home in Hartley, O'Brien County, Iowa, aged 76 years, 7 months, 12 days. In his early boyhood he had instilled into his nature the patience, benevolence, and habits of industry that formed the background of his entire life. Much of his principle and character were inculcated into him by his loving mother who was also a great sufferer, and yet who found time to rear her children after the teachings of the church of which she was a faithful member. The subject of this sketch was raised a Methodist, and during the prime of life he joined the I. O. O. F.; but fifty years of continued sickness had kept him from any active public work. On Nov. 17, 1853, he was united in marriage to Katie Chase, and the next year they moved from New York to Janesville, Wis., then to Willow Creek, Wis. At the close of the [Civil] war, he moved with his family to Hastings, Minn., where they resided till 1877 when they moved to O'Brien County and have continued living here till the day his Maker called him home. Two years ago he moved into Hartley, retiring from the farm where he has spent his entire life [sic]. His children, all of whom are living, are settled in their homes near where his remains will take up their silent rest awaiting the great day of the Lord. He leaves an aged companion who has shared in his life's victories and helped to bear his pains and sufferings. He was a great reader and a lover of the beautiful, philanthropic in spirit, mature in judgment, a good neighbor, an upright citizen, a tender husband, and a loving father. His mind was not shaken, but was strong and active till death's chill caught him in his grasp. During his long sickness of fifty years he was patient and never murmured against circumstances. At times his sufferings were excruciating. In the twilight of his earthly day he realized the sun was sinking. He said: "I must leave you, children - I have lived longer now than many fathers, and now I'm going home. My course is run, my life is finished. The irrevocable Hand that opens the year's fair gate doth open and shut the portals of our earthly destinies; we walk through, and the noiseless doors close after us forever." The funeral services were held at the M. E. church at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Rev. McBurney in charge, and the remains laid at rest in the Hartley cemetery. (from an unnamed newspaper published in O'Brien County, Iowa, in April 1898; submitted by Colleen Boose)

POWERS, Anna. - In this city, June 3, 1935, at the residence, 430 First Street, Anna Wheeler, wife of the late John P. Powers, mother of Mary A., Harry E. and John F. Powers, sister of Mrs. M. G. Fitzgerald. Funeral strictly private from the above residence Wednesday morning at 9:00 thence to St. Joseph's Church where a solemn requiem high mass will be sung. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. (from the Troy Times of Troy, NY, Monday evening, June 3, 1935; submitted by Pam Trudeau)

POWERS, Catherine M. (Taft). - Grandma Powers Is Called Home. - Saturday afternoon at 3 p. m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eva Smith, Hartley lost one of its most beloved and respected citizens. The beautiful life of Grandma Powers passed away. All was done that loving hands could do to keep this dear one still amongst her children, grand- and great-grandchildren and her many, yes, very many friends. But, all in vain - the time had come when she was wanted in her heavenly home. As the end grew near her faith in God and happiness was wonderful - knowing she was soon to enter her heavenly home. Almost to the very last in a dear sweet voice like the voice of her younger days, she sang hymns of praise for her Savior. Then she quietly passed out from this life patiently and cheerfully the same as all her work on earth was done. In her maiden days she was known as Catherine M. Taft and was born September 23, 1825 in Hoosic Falls, N. Y. At the age of 18 years she gave her heart to God and was united with the Methodist Church. November 17, 1853, she was united in marriage to Amiziah Palmer Powers and to this union five children were born - Mrs. Mary Duff who preceded her to her heavenly home Oct. 1910; the others Pendleton, Reynolds, Washington and Mrs. Eva Smith are left to mourn her loss. Besides these are two step-children, Renton Powers of Primghar and Mrs. Lucy Powell of Sheldon. Mrs. Powell passing away in February 1913 [sic]. Twelve grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In the year 1878 she moved with her husband and family to a farm south of Hartley where she lived until the year 1897 and then she and her husband retired from active life and moved to Hartley. Two years afterward her husband passed away and for the past seven years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Eva Smith of Hartley. The ancestors of Grandma Powers are a pride to all her descendants as she was able to trace them back to the landing of the Mayflower and her great-grandfather was an officer in the Revolutionary War. (from an unnamed newspaper published in O'Brien County, Iowa, in January 1917; submitted by Colleen Boose)

POWERS, Edward. - Edward Powers, a resident of the southern part of the city [Troy, NY] for many years, died this morning at the residence, 538 First Street, after a short illness. Mr. Powers was born in Ireland. He came to this country when a young man and took up his residence in this city. For many years, he was employed as foreman of bridge construction by the Delaware and Hudson Company. Mr. Powers is an uncle of Nicholas J. Powers, Custodian of Records at the Court House. Several other nephews and nieces survive. The funeral will be held from St. Joseph's Church, where the deceased was a communicant, Friday morning. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. (from the Troy Times of Troy, NY, September 28, 1923; submitted by Pam Trudeau)

POWERS, John P. - The death of John P. Powers, one of the best-known residents of this section, occurred last night at the residence, 430 First Street. Mr. Powers was born in the southern section and lived here [Troy, NY] all his life. He was an attendant at St. Joseph's Club and Married Men's Society. His father, Edward Powers, his wife, formerly Anna Wheeler, and two sons, Harry E. and John P. Powers, survive him. The funeral will be held Monday morning from St. Joseph's Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. (from the Troy Times of Troy, NY, Friday Evening, September 17, 1920, page 24; submitted by Pam Trudeau)

POWERS, Nicholas J. - POWERS - In this city [Troy, NY], January 2, at the residence, 430 First Street, Nicholas J. husband of the late Elizabeth Rosney. Funeral strictly private from the residence, 430 First Street at 9 a. m. thence to St. Joseph's Church where a solemn requiem high mass will be celebrated. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery. (from the Times Record of Troy, NY, Saturday Evening, January 2, 1943; submitted by Pam Trudeau)

POWERS, Nicholas J. - The funeral of Nicholas J. Powers, Custodian of records in the Rensselaer County Court House for about 25 years, who died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday, was held this morning from his residence, 430 First Street, and later from St. Joseph's Church where a requiem high mass was celebrated by the Pastor, Rev. Edmund J. Burns. (from the Times Record of Troy, NY, Monday, January 4, 1943; submitted by Pam Trudeau)

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