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Lillian Walrath Farber


Obituaries -- 02/26/2014

Lillian Walrath Farber
February 18, 2014

PISECO -- Lillian Walrath Farber, 94, formerly of Piseco, passed away peacefully February 18, 2014 in the Presbyterian Home, New Hartford, where she had been a resident for the past two and a half years. She was born March 11, 1919 in Herkimer, the youngest of four children of the late Julia Ann (Matthews) and the late Byron Ward Walrath.
Lillian is survived by her sons, John (Jack) B. Oblak (wife Janiece), of Bushkill, Pa.; Ervin (Cap) J. Fuller (wife Carlotta), of Herkimer; and David W. Farber of Morehouseville. She is also survived by her grandchildren: James (Jeb) Bacon Oblak of Swarthmore, Pa.; Jonathan Bacon Oblak of Manhattan; Jolynn Bacon Oblak of Wappingers Falls; Jessica Oblak HoSang of Oviedo, Fla.; Brian James Fuller of Delmar; Cindy Hopkinson of Mohawk; Arthur Gallagher of Saratoga; and William Gallagher of Mohawk. Lillian is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Hannah, Phoebe, Maxwell and Lila Oblak of Manhattan; Dominic and Jasmine HoSang of Oviedo, Fla.; and Malcolm Oblak of Swarthmore, Pa. Her special nieces and nephews include Cathy Walrath Blackwell of Herkimer, Julie Spellman D’Egidio and Keith Cedro of N.J. and Daniel Cedro of Florida.
Lillian was pre-deceased by her son, James Francis Farber; sister, Gertrude Walrath Spellmen; sister, Margaret Walrath Fuller; and brother, Edward H. Walrath, late of Herkimer. She was also pre-deceased by a nephew, Byron James Walrath, and a niece, Beverly Spellman Cedro.
Lillian served as a Democratic Party Committeewoman and was an election commissioner for 25 years. As a member of the Henderson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, she was given a citation in 2011 commemorating her as the longest living member of the chapter, having maintained membership for 65 years.
She had been a talented player on the Herkimer High School Women’s Basketball Team and later in life became an avid bowler. Lillian was a strong supporter of education. In 1937 she had been accepted to what was then Oneonta Normal School but, because her mother was widowed when Lillian was only 11, there were no funds for college and so Lillian went to work instead. She worked at Remington Rand and in the Derby Dress Factory as inventory control specialist.
Lillian, like many women of her age, was the “head of her household” from 1942 through1945, while her first husband, the late Henry J. Oblak, served in the Army in England. She worked full-time while caring for her son Jack and even bought a house in her husband’s absence. When Henry returned from his service the marriage was dissolved. In 1950 Lillian married Stewart F. Farber and she continued to function as “head of household” for the next several years when she supported Stewart during his service in Korea. That marriage ended in divorce after 25 years. She then joined her son, Jim Farber, in Piseco and supported him in several businesses that he established. Lillian worked full-time into her early 80s.
Her family was especially important to Lillian. She enjoyed a long life and was always there for people in need. She will be missed by those close to her and by those whose lives she touched.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff at the Presbyterian Home including those in the Maple unit, who cared for her so diligently and lovingly during her stay there, especially during her last few days. Lillian also enjoyed the friends she made in the dining room at the Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John’s Church in Newport February 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Quy N. Vo, pastor, officiating. Spring interment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery, Newport. Calling hours were held at the Autenrith Funeral Home in Newport February 21, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either St. James Catholic Church in Lake Pleasant or the Presbyterian Home of CNY in New Hartford. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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Rodney J. Moulton
February 18, 2014

INDIAN LAKE -- Rodney J. Moulton, 88, of Chamberlain Rd., Indian Lake, died Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2014 at Glens Falls Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Born July 29, 1925 in Indian Lake, he was the son of Arvin and Beatrice (King) Moulton.
He attended Indian Lake Central School. He proudly served as a private in the United States Army Infantry during World War II.
He married Marion Lanphear October 9, 1949 in Indian Lake.
Rodney was employed by the Town of Indian Lake Highway Department for 36 years as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1988. He was a NY State licensed hunting and fishing guide.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as being with his family. He was a member of the Parker-Benton American Legion Post 1392, Indian Lake.
He was predeceased by his parents; two sons, Stanley J. Moulton and Ronnie Moulton; two sisters, Ramona Sabattis and Reta Moulton; a sister-in-law, Janet Moulton; a son-in-law, Joseph Lashway; and four brothers-in-law, Mack Rine, Duane Streeter, Leon Amell and Vick Sabattis.
Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Marion Moulton; three daughters, Elaine Lashway, Kathy Bird and her husband Jim and Kim Ameden and her husband David; one son, Dean Moulton; dear friends John and Irene Hutchins, whom he loved as his children; one daughter-in-law, Gail Moulton, all of Indian Lake; two sisters, Viola Rine of Dansville, Pa., and Hilda Streeter of North Creek; one brother, Wesley Moulton of Indian Lake; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins including a special cousin, Joe King of Indian Lake.
Friends called Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 6357 State Rte. 30, Indian Lake, where members of the Parker Benton American Legion Post 1392 conducted services at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services were conducted 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Jack Fitterer officiating. Spring burial will be in Cedar River Cemetery, Indian Lake.
Contributions in Rodney’s memory may be directed to Indian Lake Ambulance Corps, PO Box 39, Indian Lake, NY 12842 or Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 773, Indian Lake, NY 12842.
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Edith Mitchell
February 14, 2014

BALLSTON SPA -- Edith Mitchell, 87, our Mother, Nan, and Great Nan passed February 14 at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa after a brief illness.
Edith was born May 16, 1927 in Ossining. She resided in Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and with her long-time companion Walter Carstens lived in Tupper Lake. They enjoyed their later years in Cosby, Tenn.
Edith is well known for her beautiful quiltmaking and the time she spent managing and later owning Blue Mountain Designs in Blue Mountain Lake. Together Edith and Walter traveled throughout the United States as well as many countries abroad enjoying hiking, bird watching, and the beauty of their travels.
Edith is predeceased by Walter Carstens and her son, Anthony Mitchell.
She is survived by her son Stephen Mitchell (wife Susan); daughter Leslie (Leddie) Mitchell; grandchildren Tamara and Jonathan Mitchell, Michelle Ross, Amanda and Michael Whitby and Payton Mitchell; and six great-grandchildren.
Edith was very well loved and will be missed deeply.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Maplewood Manor for their compassion and care during her time there.


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