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.
April 26, 1924 - September 8, 2014
Mrs. Westervelt was born April 26, 1924 in the Town of Schoharie and attended Schoharie School, graduating high school in 1942. She was a longtime resident on St. Route 7 until joining the residents of the Heritage Home for Women in Schenectady in 2012 where she was well cared for by staff. During WW II, she worked at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady and later, began her career with the NYS Division of State Police at Division Headquarters in Albany where she would later retire. Virginia was a devoted longtime member of the Central Bridge United Methodist Church where she also served on the Board of Trustees as a member and its Treasurer. She was also a former member of the Central Bridge Eccentric Club and the Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included singing, playing the organ, needlepoint and gardening.
She cherished nearly 60 years of marriage with her husband, Schuyler until his death on July 14, 2002. She was also predeceased by a son, Jon E. Westervelt on July 9, 1953.
Survivors include two sons; Terry E. (Gayle) Westervelt of Cobleskill and George A. (Sandra Tucker) Westervelt of Selkirk, a granddaughter Marisa G. Westervelt (John Keith) of Los Angels, CA, a grandson Wayne Tucker of Saugerties and a great-grandson John Terry Keith.
Calling hours will be held from 7-9 PM on Thursday September 11th at the Langan Funeral Home, 195 North Main St. Central Bridge where a funeral service will also be held at 10 AM on Friday September 12th with Pastor Brenda Tompkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Stone Fort Cemetery, Schoharie. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Virginia to the Central Bridge United Methodist Church, PO Box 274, Central Bridge, NY 12035 OR to the Heritage Home for Women, 1519 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12309.
December 16, 1931 - August 31, 2014
Helen was born December 16, 1931 in New York City, NY a daughter of Edward and Marie (Ziegele) Gustavson. She attended the Delanson School and later, graduated from the Berne High School in 1951. From 1952 to 1957 she worked at the General Electric Company in Schenectady as a clerk. She later devoted herself to raising her family at home and also worked as a recess aide at Schoharie Central. Helen was a longtime member and former Sundayschool Teacher at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Gallupville. She was married to John Pelepzuck on October 3, 1953. He predeceased her on June 5, 2006.
Survivors include her children; David (Debra) Pelepzuck of the Town of Wright, Marie (Bill) Dibble of Berne and Irene (the late Mark) Loucks of the Town of Wright, 6 grandchildren; Nichole (Keith) Cross, Travis (Kristin) Pelepzuck, Kathryn Crumb, Kristoffer Crumb, Danielle Loucks and Deanna Loucks and one great-grandson, Jacob Cross along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings; Alice Wood, Ruth Alexson, Beatrice Russell and John Gustavson.
Calling hours will be held from 6-8 PM on Tuesday September 2nd at the Langan Funeral Home, 327 Main St. Schoharie. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, September 3rd at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Gallupville, St. Rte. #443 Gallupville. Interment will follow in the Gallupville Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Pelepzuck to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 22, Gallupville, NY 12073.
December 3, 1932 - August 29, 2014
Mrs. Steinbeiser was born December 3, 1932 in Altoona, PA, a daughter of Donald J. and Josephine (Fischer) Kopp. She graduated from Altoona High School and later attended college. Patricia married her husband Robert G. Steinbeiser on June 18, 1955 and dedicated her life to raising her six children in the family home in Marcellus, NY. She and her husband also resided in Barefoot Bay, Florida before his death on February 17, 2011. She relocated to Schoharie in May of 2011 where she enjoyed her home in Driftwood Apartments. She enjoyed painting, but her greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately referred to her as Granny Pat.
Patricia was also known far and wide as the Wicker Witch after she turned her passion and knowledge of antique wicker furniture into a successful business for several years in Marcellus, NY.
Survivors include her six children: Robert G. (Diane) Steinbeiser, Jr. of Raleigh, NC; Patricia Haines of Naples, FL; Johanna (Lawrence) Ennist of Gallupville; Andrew (Terry) Steinbeiser of Harpswell, ME; Christian Steinbeiser of Epsom, NH, and Michael (Michelle) Steinbeiser of Clifton Park; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, William M. Kopp of Altoona, PA, and one sister, Donna Sharrar of King of Prussia, PA, along with several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church, Alexander Rd., Delanson, NY. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Steinbeiser to Catskill Area Hospice, 125 Granite Dr. Suite #1, Cobleskill, NY 12043.
March 16, 1937 - August 26, 2014
Ellie was born March 16, 1937 in Schenectady, NY a daughter of Adolph and Gladys (Bateholts) Polin. She retired from NYS Department of Tax and Finance in Albany, NY. She and her husband Edmund resided in Sloansville for many years and following his death, Ellie relocated to Trenton Florida where she made new acquaintances and was a charter member of Turning Point Ministries, proudly serving as Treasurer. She was also a member of the Charleston Historical Society and CSEA. Ellie enjoyed gardening, ceramics and needlework.
She is survived by one daughter, Kathy Wagner of Rotterdam, one grandson Patrick Foote (Annie) of Tarrytown, two great-grandsons Max and Alex, her siblings; Dorothy Casey of Saratoga Springs, Bonnie Sue (Peter) Connery of Queensbury, Edward Polin of Maple Grove, MN and Robert Polin of Amsterdam along with several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Tuesday September 2nd at the Langan Funeral Home, 327 Main Street Schoharie. Burial will follow in the Sloansville Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Turning Point Ministries, PO Box 2440, Chiefland, FL 32644.
March 25, 1943 - August 18, 2014
Mike was born March 25, 1943 in Schoharie, a son of Leland and Ardella (Lawyer) Diamond. He attended Schoharie School and later, enlisted in the US Army. He faithfully served his country until his honorable discharge in 1964 and returned to his hometown of Schoharie. Mr. Diamond worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady as a steel worker and welder before retiring in 1998. He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club and the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing softball and fixing cars.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Borst) Diamond whom he married March 6, 1965, two sons; Michael J. (Elaine) Diamond of Schoharie and Andy L. (Veronica) Diamond of Cobleskill, four grandchildren; Drew, Becky, Michael, and Kristin, his siblings; Alice (Richard) Self of Schoharie, Leland Bog (Mert) Diamond of Schoharie and Lorraine Rainy Loucks of Schoharie, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings; Alton Manny Diamond, Catherine Maggie Smart and Rodney Doc Diamond and a ½ brother Robert Lawyer.
There will be no services held and burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mike to Marathon-For-A-Better Life, PO Box 268, Warnerville, NY 12187 OR the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 24, Middleburgh, NY 12122. The Langan Funeral Home of Schoharie is assisting the family.
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