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Christopher Cobb

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Obituaries - 04/23/2013

Christopher Cobb
January 11, 2013


SPECULATOR--Christopher Cobb, 88, Speculator, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. He was born in Kingston, N.Y. to the late Percival and Lillian Cobb Aug. 5, 1924, one of 10 children.
Chris attended Massapequa public schools, before attending the SUNY-ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, where he earned his degree. Chris worked and settled in Speculator, where he met and married his late wife, Madeline Lawrence Cobb.
He was an active member in the community and enjoyed giving his time to the Lake Pleasant Historical Society and researching and bringing new things to the ladies at the local Soil and Water Conservation District and Cornell Cooperative Extension offices. He was a devoted Christian and attended Adirondack Bible Chapel.
Chris had a passion for the outdoors. He loved camping, hiking, boating, swimming and snowshoeing with his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and often went with his brothers, stepson and grandsons. He also enjoyed entertaining and frequently got together with friends to play music.
A memorial service for family and friends is planned at Adirondack Bible Chapel in Piseco for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Chris is survived by his sister, Estelle Cobb Weed; two brothers, Julius Cobb and Perry (Natalie) Cobb; his stepson, Dennis (Linda) Brooks Sr.; four grandchildren, Dennis (Lori) Brooks Jr., Debbie (Jason) Brooks-Bauer, Stacy Brooks-Warner and Ed Brooks; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Donald L. Rausch
April 20, 2013


Donald L. Rausch, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at his Speculator home on April 20, 2013 following a long illness.
Born August 11, 1938 in Jamaica, New York, he graduated from Mineola High School and was a graduate of Adelphi University. Don served in United States Navy until 1959. He married Georgine Breitsameter May 22, 1965.
He lived in Floral Park after starting his career with the Federal Aviation Administration following living in Japan for five years. He retired from a lifelong career with the FAA in 1999 after serving as facilities manager for the NY TRACON. Don moved to Speculator after building a home on Lake Pleasant in 2004 and owning a small cabin in Speculator since 1976.
Don especially loved to spend time with his friends, family and grandchildren at their Speculator home. He was an avid skier and golfer. Don was an engineer at heart and was constantly planning and doing innovative home improvement projects. He loved to travel having extensively visited Europe, Africa, Asia and North America with his wife, friends and family.
Don is survived by Georgine, his loving wife of 48 years; his sister Anita of La Jolla, Calif.; his three sons, Derick and his wife Anita of Harrington Park, NJ, Kris and his wife Angela of Sunnyvale, Caif., and Jonathan and his wife Linda of Townsend, Mass.; six grandchildren, Bryce, Kameron, Charles, Madison, Samuel and Deven; and his niece and nephews Donna, John and John.
A funeral Mass was held at St. James Major Roman Catholic Church in Lake Pleasant April 22, 2013. His remains will be laid to rest at a burial service at Fish Mountain Cemetery this summer.
Memorial contributions are welcome at the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinic Center, 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale CA 94085; St. James Major RC Church, POB 214, Speculator NY 12164; or Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps, POB 282, Speculator NY 12164.


Maude Halvorsen Lorentzen
April 12, 2013


Maude Halvorsen Lorentzen, 89, of Southampton, Pa. passed away April 12, 2013 at Southampton Estates in Southampton, Pa.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY February 17, 1924 to Thomas and Anna Halvorsen. With her husband, Lawrence DeWitt Lorentzen, she moved to Fanwood, NJ in 1952.
Maude was a graduate of Kean University in Union, NJ where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Maude worked as an elementary school teacher for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools system from 1968 until 1989, teaching second-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. With her colleague and team teaching partner, Marcia Lambek, she pioneered the team teaching/open classroom concept and program of teaching fifth grade students for two consecutive years, which was innovative at the time and which gained critical acclaim in educational circles. She and Mrs. Lambek published the definitive paper on the subject in Learning Magazine, entitled, “Putting the Puzzle Together,” and they were both adjunct professors at Kean University as well.
Maude was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Cranford, NJ for over 30 years and is credited with establishing the Cranford Child Care Center there. After Maude’s retirement, she and Lawrence moved to Speculator, NY. In the mid-1990s they moved to Boca Raton, Fla. and in 2009 they moved to Southampton Estates in Southampton, Pa.
Maude is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Susan Lorentzen of Hoboken, NJ; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Steve Mikels of Stroudsburg, Pa.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 S. Ave., Fanwood, NJ 07023 at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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