Obituaries - 05/15/2013

William P. Christian

May 9, 2013

William P. Christian, 99, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, May 9, 2013 at his home, with his family by his side.

Born in Amsterdam, NY October 1, 1913, he was the son of the late Justin and Anna Vitulis Christian.

He received his education in Amsterdam and was also a graduate of Union College and St John’s University School of Law. He practiced in Amsterdam from 1941 to 2003.

William was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1941 to 1945. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and five battle stars.

William was a trustee of the former St. Casimir’s Roman Catholic Church, an officer of the Montgomery County Bar Association, chairman of the Amsterdam Civil Service Commission, Government Appeal Agent for Local Board No. 38 and past commander of the Henry F. Schotte Military Order of the Purple Heart from 1950 to 1951.

His wife, Eleanore A. Heffernan, to whom he was married November 18, 1944, predeceased Bill on March 29, 2003. He was also predeceased by two sons, William J. Christian and Dr. James H. Christian; his daughter-in-law, Dr. Maureen Mahar Christian; his son-in-law, Pieter Kien; three brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Charles Christian; and one sister, Bridget Morris.

He leaves his children, Dr. Kevin D. Christian (Susan) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mary Christian of Amsterdam, NY and Arlene M. Kien of Indian Lake, NY; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Amsterdam. There were no calling hours.

Interment was at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.

Memorial gifts in Bill’s name may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, POB 484, Amsterdam NY 12010.

Arrangements were by the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010. To send online condolences to the family go to www.rileymortuary.com.

Doris E. Benton

April 30, 2013

Doris E. Benton, 85, of Indian Lake, went peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday evening, April 30, 2013 at Glens Falls Hospital, with her loving family by her side.

Born December 3, 1927 in Indian Lake, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Bennett) Benton. Doris was the valedictorian of the Class of 1944 Indian Lake Central School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Plattsburgh State Teachers College, now known as SUNY Plattsburgh. Later in life she returned to school to become a paralegal.

Doris was very interested in elementary education and had taught school in Loudonville, Clayton, NY, Glens Falls, Hawaii and finally in Indian Lake, where she taught until her retirement. While teaching she was active with the high school students as a coach for softball, basketball and cheerleading. She received a plaque from Indian Lake Central School recognizing her 25 years as an educator.

Doris and her best friend, Barbara Day, were very actively involved in the First Baptist Church of Indian Lake and in many community activities in Indian Lake. She taught Sunday school to both children and adults for 49 years. She had been a member of the Indian Lake Ambulance Corps and Parker Benton American Legion Post 1392 Women’s Auxiliary.

She loved her nieces and nephews, her family and friends and her cats and dogs (who could do no wrong).

Doris was witty and fun. She had definite ideas of her own and expressed them often.

She was predeceased by her parents; four brothers, Edward at the age of 4, Donald at the age of 2-1/2, Frank and John; and one sister, Leona Ameden.

Survivors include one sister, Eileen Benton, and her wonderful nieces and nephews who took turns to be with Doris constantly in the hospital until she passed away.

The Tower 3 staff at Glens Falls Hospital has been extremely competent, kind, and helpful to the family. They deserve a tremendous Thank You.

Friends called from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, 6357 State Rte. 30, Indian Lake. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Indian Lake, with the Rev. E. Paul Miller, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Cedar River Cemetery, Indian Lake.

Contributions in Doris’ memory may be directed to First Baptist Church of Indian Lake, 18 Sabael Rd., Indian Lake, NY 12842 or to Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps, POB 39, Indian Lake NY 12842.

To express your condolences to Doris’ family please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.

Barbara Jean Wassmann

April 28, 2013

Barbara Jean Wassmann, 72, of Pomona, NY, died April 28, 2013. Barbara was a summertime resident of Speculator, buying a house on Lake Pleasant where her family visited her each summer for the past 10 years. She was active in the Twigs organization and also volunteered at Lake Pleasant Library.

She is survived by her brothers, Robert Prikkel of Rome, Ga., and Dennis Prikkel (Christy) of Chicago, Ill.; and her beloved nieces and nephews: Chris Prikkel (Brittany), John Prikkel, Karen Eberhard (Chris), Alicen Manus (Eric) and Tim Prikkel.

Memorials may be made to the Twigs organization.