Langan Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Schoharie, NY 12157
195 North Main Street
Central Bridge, NY 12035
108 Chapel Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043
As of Friday, September 5th, 2008, the Langan Funeral Home is pleased to announce the purchase of the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home of 108 Chapel Street, Cobleskill. The Langan Funeral Home is fortunate to have been successful in acquiring this historic building in the village of Cobleskill. We will strive to carry on the traditions and quality service that Mr. Robert Guffin has provided the greater Cobleskill area since 1963. The untimely death of Mr. Guffin and, most recently his wife, Betty in November of 2007 prompted this purchase. As we look to the future of serving a greater area than before, we are committed to providing quality funeral service with respect and dignity.
Thank you for visiting our site, and as always, please feel free to contact any of our locations about services that we provide. We are always available and look forward to meeting new friends in the Cobleskill area.
May 9, 1957 - December 8, 2013
Town of Rensselaerville (Albany County): Raymond P. Ward 56, of County Rte. 353, Rensselaerville died suddenly Sunday December 8th at his home.
Ray was born May 9, 1957 in Bridgeport, Connecticut a son of Raymond and Anna (Chavar) Ward. He graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, CT in 1975 and later, completed several courses relating to his tool and die making trade. He was currently employed by Duravent in Albany and had previously worked for Super Power in Schenectady and the Albany County Highway Department. Ray was a member and supporter of the NRA, enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing his drums, driving around in his Vets and enjoying his beer however he was most proud of his son and grandchildren. Ray will be remembered for loving life and living it to its fullest.
Survivors include his cherished son Raymond J. Ward (Christina Lasko) and Raymond J.s mom Debi Benak both of Schoharie, three grandchildren RaeAnna Lynn Ward, Vanessa Lawyer and Justin Lawyer, two brothers Steven Kabee Ward of W. Redding, CT and David Bump Ward of Fairfield, CT, his uncle Emil Trent and a cousin Peter Trent bother of Thornwood, NY and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a cousin, Douglas Trent.
A period of visitation and celebration of the life of Raymond P. Ward will be held from 3-7 PM on Saturday December 14th at the Langan Funeral Home, 327 Main Street, Schoharie. Burial will be private. A memorial will be held at a later date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ray for a college education fund for his grandchildren C/O NBT Bank, PO Box 688, Schoharie, NY 12157.
May 22, 1953 - December 5, 2013
Schoharie (Schoharie County): Rebecca H. Coughtry passed unexpectedly on the evening of December 5, 2013 at home with her husband at her side. Born May 22, 1953 in Lewiston, ME, Becky was the devoted daughter of R. Hugh and Rowena F. Hewitt.
A graduate of Bethlehem Central HS, Becky received both her B.A. and M.A. from the College of St. Rose in Albany.
She began her teaching career at St. Anne Institute in Albany, and in 1986 started at the Schoharie Central Elementary School. As an incredibly gifted teacher of Special Education, Becky was an ardent, inspired and loving teacher and advocate for her often disenfranchised and forgotten young students.
Becky was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Delmar, and throughout her life served tirelessly and joyfully as a Trustee, Sunday School teacher, Clerk and Reader. She was also a valued member of her C.S. Association for many years.
Becky is remembered by her devoted husband of 37 years, Dean; her dear boys, Jordan (Nisi) and Lindsay (Bethany); her sisters Roxanne (Janet) and Ruth; her nephews and niece Ryland, Caleb, Hannah and Jess; her cherished cousin Laurie; her family, loved ones, and friends stretching from Maine to Oregon.
There will be a public memorial service held at the United Methodist Church in Middleburgh, NY at 7:30 on Tuesday, December 10. Please consider making memorial donations to SALT at P.O. Box 777, Schoharie, NY 12157 or call (518) 702-5017 to support the community she loved. The Langan Funeral Home of Schoharie is assisting Beckys family.
July 13, 1934 - December 5, 2013
Esperance (Schoharie County) Beverly J. Graham 79, of Miiller Lane, Esperance, died Thursday December 5th at her home following a long illness.
Mrs. Graham was born July 13, 1934 in Cobleskill, NY a daughter of Eli and Ruth (Slater) Adair and attended Cobleskill School. She later married Donald Graham and devoted herself to her family as a homemaker, wife, and mother. Beverly enjoyed Bingo, creating arts and crafts and country music. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Graham in 2009 after 54 years of marriage.
Survivors include her children; Richard (Vicky) Graham, Sr. of Howes Cave, Brenda Graham of Esperance, Terry Morelli (Larry Macejka) of Rotterdam and Gerald Graham of Rotterdam, eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, two sisters Alice (Allen) Remsburger of Duanesburg and Joanne (Phil) Rivenburg of South Carolina, two sisters-in-law; Shirley Merwin and Thelma Nolette along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Steven in 2012, a daughter Cathy Fogg in 2001, an infant son, Andrew in 1967 and a brother Eli (Ruth) Adair, Jr.
Calling hours will be held from 10AM to 12 Noon on Wednesday December 11th at the Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home, 108 Chapel Street Cobleskill followed by a funeral service at 12. Burial will be in the East Worcester Cemetery, Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Graham to the Esperance Volunteer Ambulance Squad, PO Box 84, Esperance, NY 12066.
November 24, 1943 - December 3, 2013
Town of Knox: Willard Skip B. Hellwig, Jr. 70, of Zimmer Road, Town of Knox died Tuesday December 3rd at the Albany Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Skip was born November 24, 1943 in Albany, the son of Willard B. and Ella Marjorie (Kelley) Hellwig, Sr. He graduated from Colonie High School in 1962 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1963. He served his country until his honorable discharge in 1965 after which he attended classes at Hudson Valley Community College. Skip was employed for 39 years as an Electrical Technician and then a Power Plant Operator with General Electric in Selkirk, where he retired. He was a member of the Schoharie Valley Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Central Bridge, where he also served as Bishop. He was active in Mormon Helping Hands as well as providing service to family and friends. He enjoyed working in the forest, photography, collecting clocks, family history, his John Deer tractor, motorcycles, road trips and doting on his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn (Nordstrom) Hellwig whom he married on June 22, 1968, his children - Willard J. (Stacey Jo) Hellwig of S. Jordan, UT; Eric M. (Lisa K.) Hellwig of Knox; Angela J. Hellwig-Kuhne (Darrell) of Middletown, CT; and Amanda S. (Fernando) Vallejos of Richmond Hill, Ontario; nine grandchildren - Alexis, Hailey, Matthew, Skyler, Natalya, Saige, Gabriel, Ethan, and Logan; one sister Marjorie (Miner) Stevens of Knox along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews. Skip was predeceased by his parents and an infant daughter, Thera J.
A funeral service will be held at 10AM on Saturday, December 7th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Street, Central Bridge, where a viewing will also begin at 9AM. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Hellwig to the Schoharie Valley Ward, Humanitarian Aid Fund, C/O Bishop Rafael Antillon, 215 Pannis Road, Delanson, NY 12053. The Langan Funeral Home is assisting the family.
February 18, 1923 - December 1, 2013
Middleburgh: Daniel M. Marsh 90 of Palatine Nursing Home died Sunday December 1st with his loving family by his side.
Mr. Marsh was born February 18, 1923 in Schoharie, a son of Arthur and Beatrice (Borst) Marsh. He attended Schoharie School and later, enlisted in the US Army. Daniel served his country during WWII as a rifleman and ammunition handler in the European, African and Middle Eastern regions before his honorable discharge in 1945. Upon returning to Schoharie County, he worked as a mechanic and also did landscaping for Guernseys Nurseries in Schoharie until retiring in 2000. Mr. Marsh enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cherished his family. He and his wife Margaret lived in Middleburgh for many years and later, Driftwood Apartments in Schoharie, Marchand Manor in Sharon Springs, and since May of this year at Palatine Nursing Home.
He was married to Margaret Grace (Hoyt) Marsh on May 2, 1945 until her death May 25, 2002.
Survivors include his daughters Gloria (Pete) Coppolo of Middleburgh, Fawn (Kenny) Armlin of Middleburgh and Audumn (Randy) Keller of Delanson, his sons Paul (Laura) Marsh of Esperance, Melvin (Bonnie) Marsh of Ohio and Jody (Laurie) Marsh of Esperance, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, a son Daniel M. Marsh, Jr. in 1962, his sisters Cecil and Esther and brothers Manley and Peter.
Calling hours will be held from 6-8 PM on Wednesday December 4th at the Langan Funeral Home, 327 Main Street Schoharie where a funeral service will begin at 8PM. Burial with military honors will be held at 10 AM Friday December 6th at the Lutheran Cemetery Schoharie. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Marsh to the Valley Alliance Church, 85 E. Main St. Palatine Bridge, NY 13428.
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at 518/295-8175 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
Please call us at 518/295-8175 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.
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Langan Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Schoharie, NY 12157