Obituaries - 11/06/2013

Francis John “Frank” Fleming

October 30, 2013

INDIAN LAKE--Francis John “Frank” Fleming, Indian Lake, N.Y., died surrounded by his family on October 30, 2013 after a four-year battle with cancer and a courageous 50-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Frank was born on April 1, 1930 to Anna (Hannon) and Thomas Francis Fleming in North Tarrytown, N.Y. He graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Manhattan College in 1952.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He retired from a career in publishing as the marketing director for the Catholic Hospital Association in St. Louis, Mo.

Among Frank’s many accomplishments in life, none gave him greater joy than his family. With Margaret and the boys he organized vacations and trips pursuing his love of history, culture and the outdoors. Despite his illness, he coached many of his son’s athletic teams and instilled in them his innate sense of hard work and fair play.

His wit, knowledge and storytelling capabilities were surpassed only by his genuine interest and compassion for others. He was at ease in his role as a devoted husband, caring father and loyal friend. He leaves this world a finer place having shared these gifts with those he loved.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Margaret “Peggy;” his six sons and their families, Frank (Carolin), Paul (Mary), Thomas (Julie), John (Gemma), David (Gina) and Peter (Kristin); 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He lived a faith-based life as a devout Catholic and was an active member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Indian Lake. He was a member of Parker Benton American Legion Post 1392 and prized his “Bleeding Heart” Citation awarded by the IL Bottle and Can Brigade.

A funeral mass was held at St. Mary’s in Indian Lake Saturday, November 2, 2013. There was a visitation Friday, November 1, at Miller Funeral Home, 6357 State Rt. 30, Indian Lake.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be directed to the Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Avenue, Hawthorne NY 10532 or Indian Lake Ambulance Corps, POB 39, Indian Lake NY 12842.

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Dr. Robert A. Breault

October 31, 2013

SCHENECTADY--Dr. Robert A. Breault passed away October 31, 2013 after a brief illness with his loving family by his side. He was 90 years old.

He was born March 9, 1923 in Cohoes, N.Y., the son of Dr. Anathol and Grace Breault.

He attended Christian Brothers Academy and then Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Second World War and was a 1947 graduate of The Albany Medical College of Albany Medical Center, serving his internship at Ellis Hospital. He trained in surgery at Ellis Hospital and in San Antonio, Texas where he served as Chief, Section of Surgery at Lackland Air Force Base Hospital during the Korean War from 1949 until 1953.

Robert entered the private practice of general surgery in 1953 in the Schenectady area, retiring in 1985. During his professional career he served as Chief of Surgery and Director of the General Surgical Residency Program at Ellis Hospital. He was also Chief of Staff of the Ellis Medical Dental Staff and was an attending surgeon at Ellis and St. Clare’s hospitals, along with being a consultant to Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. He also served as a trustee on the Ellis Board of Directors for many years and was a founding member and served on the board of The Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company.

He was a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery and the Surgical Section, Pan American Surgical Society. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Gastroenterology, the American Society of Abdominal Surgery and a member of the Medical Society of Schenectady County and the New York State Medical Society.

Bob’s true passion outside the medical field included hunting and fishing, especially in his beloved Adirondacks where he maintained a picturesque cabin. On weekends he could always be found pursuing his outdoor interests with a great passion among the high peaks of the North Country, especially when accompanied by his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanne Fitzgerald Breault; his son, Dr. Michael Breault and wife Linda; his daughter Patricia Breault Fetcho, RN and her husband, Ronald Fetcho; four grandchildren, David Breault of Delmar, Nicholas Breault of New York City, Elizabeth Fetcho Frear and her husband Matthew Frear of Glenville and Sarah Fetcho Kalinkewicz and her husband Justin Kalinkewicz, also of Glenville; and his brother, Dr. Richard Breault and his wife Marlene, along with their three children.

The family thanks the excellent caregivers that attended to Robert in his final days, including Dr. John Nolan and Cardiology Associates of Schenectady, Dr. Benoit Tonneau and Capital Care Associates and Dr. George Giokas, along with Community Hospice of Schenectady, N.Y.

Relatives and friends were invited to a Mass of Christian burial celebrated Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist Church. There were no calling hours. Burial will be private for family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that any contributions made in Robert’s name be given to The Foundation For Ellis Medicine or The Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

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Thomas W. O’Brien Sr.

October 27, 2013

INDIAN LAKE--Thomas W. O’Brien Sr., 70, of Indian Lake and Pittsburgh, Pa., passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Born January 24, 1943 in Glens Falls, he was the son of Ethel Wakely O’Brien Fletcher and the late David O’Brien. He was a 1960 graduate of Indian Lake Central School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Oswego State University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Education from Trenton State University. He earned a PhD. from Ohio State University

On July 9, 1966 he married Phyllis Braswell in Ozone Park, N.Y.

Tom retired in 2008 from a long and distinguished career as Director of Vocational Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. degree program that he began within the university.

He enjoyed anything that had to do with heavy equipment. He had a lifelong passion for Wakely Lodge, the family business in Indian Lake and the Adirondack Mountains.

Tom was predeceased by his father, David O’Brien; and his stepfather, Richard Fletcher.

Survivors include his beloved wife of over 47 years, Phyllis O’Brien; his mother Ethel Fletcher; his loving son, Thomas O’Brien Jr. and his girlfriend Amy Reece; his siblings, Cory, Sylvia, Peggy and Ruby; many nieces nephews; other family and close friends. He will truly be missed.

At Tom’s request, there are no calling hours or funeral services scheduled.

Private burial will be in Cedar River Cemetery, Indian Lake.

Contributions in Tom’s memory may be directed to either St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,, or the Make A Wish Foundation,

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Margaret Edwards (Steck) Jakway

October 27, 2013

LANCASTER, Pa.--Margaret Steck Jakway slipped away October 27, 2013 after complications from bladder cancer at the Mt. Joy Hospice Center in Mt. Joy, Pa. Born in Camden, N.J. in 1924, she was daughter of the late Malcolm M. Steck Sr. and the late Sarah (Graham) Steck. She celebrated 57 years of marriage to her beloved husband, Edward M. Jakway, before his passing in 2008. She was devoted to and took such loving care of Ed during the last years of his life.

Margaret divided her time between her home in Lancaster, Pa. and her cabin in Long Lake, N.Y. in the Adirondacks that she built with Ed over 30 years ago.

Margaret graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Sociology. She was active in the League of Women Voters while residing in West Caldwell, N.J. As a newlywed, she worked for RCA in Camden, N.J. as an interviewer in the Human Resources department.

Margaret was a true renaissance woman with many interests including gardening, history, opera, fine arts, travel, cooking, weaving, hiking and playing her violin. She was equally happy sitting in the orchestra section of the Metropolitan Opera and on her deck at her cabin in the Adirondacks.

Margaret will be greatly missed by her sister, Mary Steck Weiford, of Riverton, N.J.; her sister, Sarah Steck Rogers and her husband, George, of Arlington, Mass.; her brother, Malcolm M. Steck Jr. and his wife, Trudi, of Palmyra, Va.; and her brother, Duncan G. Steck of Lancaster, Pa.

Her loss is profoundly felt by her loving nieces and nephews: Caleb C. Rogers, Leslie Weiford Wise, Mary M. Rogers, Julia Weiford Umbehauer, Sara Weiford Palladino, Richard P. Weiford Jr., Susan E. Steck, Kenneth L. Steck, Erika S. Steck and Tania Steck Hineline and their families. Margaret’s nieces and nephews will miss her warmth, spirit, generosity, her ability to make each one feel special and in sharing her passions with us. We had so much more to learn from her.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks for the loving care provided to Margaret by the Mt. Joy Hospice Center. She was blessed to spend her final days in their tender care.

If you wish to remember Margaret, memorial donations may be made in her memory to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster PA 17604-4125.

A memorial service will be planned at a later time.

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Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory


Harriet Stephenson Limpert

November 1, 2013

PISECO--Mrs. Harriet Stephenson Limpert, 92, passed on Friday, November 1, 2013, All Saints’ Day, at the Masonic Care Community.

Harriet was born in Bloomingdale, NY, one of seven children.

She graduated from high school there and was an aide at a Saranac Lake TB sanitarium. During World War II she moved to Frankfort, N.Y. and worked inspecting shells in an Ilion factory. A blind date with Robert “Bud” Limpert led to their marriage in 1944, before Bud went to war in Europe. Son Robert was born upon Bud’s return and two years later daughter Patsy was born.

Harriet is survived by her children; two brothers, Roger and James Stephenson; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Harriet was mom first. She also worked in Frankfort as a secretary for J. Brady Thomas Insurance Co., then as a teller at Citizen’s First National Bank. Lastly she was secretary for the guidance counselor and then for the principal at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School.

Harriet retired in 1970, Bud retired in 1981 and they moved to the home Bud built at Piseco Lake. There Harriet joined the Piseco Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, Piseco Women’s Club, The Piseco Fish and Game Club and Piseco Historical Society. She was among the founders of TWIGS. Harriet faithfully attended St. Hubert’s of the Lakes Episcopal Church in Lake Pleasant.

Her funeral will be Saturday, November 9, at 11:30 a.m. at St Hubert’s. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Hubert’s Church, POB 158, Lake Pleasant NY 12108.