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Obituaries - 10/09/2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - Updated: 6:53 PM

Donald A. Pinkerton Sr.

October 3, 2013

SPECULATOR--Donald A. Pinkerton Sr., 71, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Gloversville.

Donald was born May 7, 1942 in Schenectady, the son of the late Alfred and Edith (Dunster) Pinkerton.

He was president and owner of DMW Repair Towing and Trucking in Speculator and a member of the Carman Fire Department, White Eagle Ambulance and IBEW Union of Electricians. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and making people laugh.

Donald is survived by his loving children, Donald A. Pinkerton Jr. (Kristine), Mary A. Reilly (Sean), Wayne A. Pinkerton (Pamela) and Barbara A. Pinkerton; his brother, Ronald Pinkerton (Gerry); his grandchildren, Donald A. Pinkerton III, Kelsey and Zachary Insogna, Sarah A. and Shannon L. Reilly and Leeanne B. Pinkerton; his stepchildren, Mary Elizabeth, James and Karl Abrams; his former spouse, Betty L. (Pike) Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alice “Molly” (Abrams) Pinkerton; his brothers, Charles Hughes and Alfred and Lewis Pinkerton; and grandson C.J. Insogna.

There will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace and Lake Pleasant United Methodist churches, POB 141, Speculator NY 12164 in memory of Donald.

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Jacqueline (Jacky) DeGraff Severinghaus

October 3, 2013

EDINBURG--Jacqueline (Jacky) DeGraff Severinghaus, 83, of Lakeside Avenue, Edinburg, passed from this world October 3, 2013. She was born September 27, 1930 in Amsterdam, the daughter of the late Lee S. DeGraff and Grace DeGraff. Jacky grew up in Fort Johnson.

She graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Class of 1948, Amsterdam; Mildred Elley School for Girls, Albany, 1949; and Empire State College, BPS Degree 1977. She was legal secretary to various local attorneys for eight years and 20 years with the office of William J. Stewart as estate administrator.

She was the former deputy clerk of Montgomery County Children's Court (1954-1958) and Village of Fort Johnson treasurer (1959-1962). She was a member of Voorheesville Methodist Church and a former member of the Administrative Board as well as Administrative Board of the former Grace Methodist Church of Fort Johnson.

In 1989 she started a business, Designs from Nature, and participated in craft shows throughout New York state until 2007. Her business remained open from her studio until 2013.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband of 36 years, C.W. Severinghaus; daughter Kim and son Randall Czerwiec; and brother Lee W. DeGraff.

Survivors are her son Mark Czerwiec and his wife Susan, Humble, Texas; nephew Lee S. DeGraff and his wife Gail, Ballston Lake; niece Christie L. DeGraff; nephew-in-law Davis Austin; stepchildren William Severinghaus, Charles L. Severinghaus and Jane Haff and their families.

She was a loving wife, mother and aunt to her family and a very special friend to all that knew her.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are by Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at


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