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Obituaries: Jackson, Hoffman, Friedman, Crawley


Florence Jackson, 93, owned the Old Chatham House

HUDSON—Florence Helen Jackson passed away November 24, 2011 at the Fireman’s Home.

Born December 3, 1917 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Julianna Spiesz Kaht.

She was educated in Brooklyn and later married William Wynn Jackson. With their then three children, they moved to Old Chatham in 1945, where they purchased the Old Chatham House.

Mrs. Jackson ran the business while her husband was in the service. She loved the business and worked very hard to make it successful. She enjoyed all the people she came in contact with. She also enjoyed playing in the Minstrel Show at the Grange Hall in Old Chatham.

She is survived by: her four children, Louise Marcy, William Wynn, Jr. (Linda), Linda Harlow and Lee Jackson; daughter-in-law, Sandra Russell Jackson; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Wynn Jackson, Sr.; son, Arthur Jackson; grandson, Jasson Jackson and great grandson, Alan.

Family will receive friends Sunday, November 27 from 4 to 8 pm at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. A funeral service will be celebrated, Monday, November 28 at Saint James Church, 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Old Chatham Cemetery.

Memorials in Mrs. Jackson’s name may be made to the Fireman’s Home or to the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene. For directions or to send an online condolence visit

Phyllis E. Hoffman, 83, teacher assistant, Phillies fan

PITTSFIELD, MA—Phyllis E. “Curly” Hoffman, 83, of Route 43, Stephentown passed away peacefully Thursday, November 22, 2011 at the Berkshire Medical Center.

Born October 29, 1928 in Stephentown, she graduated from New Lebanon High School.

As a teacher’s assistant, she encouraged and assisted many students at the Stephentown Elementary School.

Mrs. Hoffman served the community in the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department as a “Fire Belle.” She was a longtime fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.  She enjoyed many camping trips with her family to the ocean and gave loving encouragement and support to all of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Charles E. Hoffman; her daughter, Nancy Gabriel of East Greenbush; son, Danny Hoffman and his wife, Nancy of Stephentown; grandchildren, Danny Hoffman II of Stephentown, Nathan Hoffman of Troy, Tara Bouchard and her husband Eric of Stephentown, Elizabeth Gabriel, Alison Gabriel, Nicholas Gabriel and Jaclyn Gabriel all of East Greenbush; great grandchildren, Makaylah Harrington, Bryant Bouchard and Devon Hoffman; her brothers, Ulysses Sweener, Jr. and Lawrence Sweener and her sisters, Ruth Rieger and Stella Hoffman, all of Stephentown.

Her parents were the late Ulysses Pascal Sweener and Elizabeth Matilda Traveis Sweener of Stephentown. She was predeceased by her brothers, Leo Sweener of Hancock, MA, and Donald Sweener of Stephentown and her sister, Blanche Toolan of Lenox, MA.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 15 Tech Valley Drive, Suite 4, East Greenbush 12061. Calling hours are Monday, November 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hall and Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown. The funeral will be Tuesday, November 29 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. There will be a reception at the Stephentown Fire Pavilion on Grange Hall Road following the service beginning at about 12:30 p.m.

Morton Friedman, 89, bridge columnist

HUDSON—Morton Friedman died Thursday, November 24, 2011 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Evelyn (Chaikin) Friedman.

Born in Brooklyn October 13, 1922, to Simon and Mary (Traub) Friedman, he joined the US Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in the Pacific

during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he attended New York University and graduated with a teaching degree in mathematics. He joined his brother at Filmotype Corp. as head of sales, manufacturing premier phototypesetting equipment.

Together they took the company international, where it was soon listed as Alphatype/Filmotype Corp. (ALTP) on the OTC exchange.

Mr. Friedman was an avid bridge and guitar player, fisherman, skier and golfer throughout his life. It was on the golf course where he met his wife-to-be, Evelyn. The couple celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in November.

They moved to Baldwin, Long Island, where they raised their three children. They also spent time at Copake Lake in the heart of the southern

Berkshires. To deal with the terminal illness of their oldest son, Sy Roger, they moved to Redding, CT, where Mr. Friedman became a member of the

Redding Country Club.

After his retirement from the business world, he began a second career teaching bridge classes at the local community college. During winter months in Long Boat Key, Florida, he established bridge classes at local colleges and community centers. He won many bridge tournaments, which led to his achievement as a Gold Life Master. In his later years, he split his time between Sarasota and Copake Lake, writing a column for local papers in Florida, New York and Connecticut called, Bridging the Gap.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Friedman is survived by a daughter, Roberta Lee Dixon of Ithaca; son, Glenn Mitchell Friedman and his wife Pamela

(Segal) of Redding, CT; six grandchildren: Ursula Schindler, Casey and Natanya Stryhas, Lillian, Hadley and Jacob Friedman; and two great

grandchildren, Nikita and Jackson.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 27 at Bates & Anderson Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson, 10 a.m. Burial will be held at Beth David Cemetery, 300 Elmont Road, Elmont at 2 p.m.

Adam Crawley, 30, father, outdoorsman

NEW LEBANON—Adam D. Crawley, 30, of New Lebanon, died suddenly November 23, 2011.

The son of Daniel and Robin (Goodermote) Crawley, he was born October 9, 1981 in Troy.

He was raised in East Nassau and was a graduate of New Lebanon High School. He lived in New Lebanon for 10 years and was employed by Darcy Construction.

Mr. Crawley had three beautiful children, whom he loved spending time with. When he wasn’t spending time with his family, he was an avid hunter, when he wasn’t chasing deer—they were chasing him. He also enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and dirt bike riding with his family.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Crawley is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Tara Darcy; sons, Kayden, 7, and Dominic Crawley, 6, and daughter, McKenna Crawley 4; brother, Shaun Crawley and his grandfather, Kenneth Goodermote.

He was predeceased by his brother, Mark A. Crawley and his grandparents, Erica Goodermote and Francis and Elizabeth Crawley.

Also in Mr. Crawley’s daily life were: his brother-in law and best friend, Andrew Darcy; Chuck Bingham and all of the rest of his brothers- and sisters-in-law. Mr. Crawley was loved and cherished by his entire extended family and co-workers.

The funeral was from the Immaculate Conception Church, New Lebanon, Monday, November 28, where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Interment was in East Nassau Cemetery.

Donations in Mr. Crawley’s memory may be made to the Adam D. Crawley’s Children Fund, First Niagara Bank, 25 McClellan Drive, Nassau 12123. Donations may also be sent c/o Robert Crawley, 253 Hanky Mull Road, East Nassau 12062.

Arrangements were with the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm Street, Nassau.


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