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Obituaries: Woodward, Moore


Herbert Woodward, 92, WWII vet, photographer

AUSTERLITZ—Herbert Watson Woodward, known to all as “Woody,” passed away March 2 at home surrounded by his daughter, Janet and granddaughter, Lily.

Born June 19, 1919 in Globe, Arizona, he was the son of the late Herbert W. and Charlotte F. Smith Woodward. He was the husband of the late Eliza Little Woodward of Virginia, who passed away June 15, 2011.

Mr. Woodward grew up in Arizona and then moved to southern California. He attended Art Center School in Los Angeles, California, where he studied photography. He was a sergeant in the Army. He fought in World War II in the European Theatre and received the Bronze Star.

He lived for 50 years in New York City, where he pursued his career in commercial photography. He also enjoyed woodworking and loved to ski. He married Eliza Little in 1971. In 1985, they moved to Columbia County where they built their home. They resided there together for 27 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Janet Sweikert, his son-in-law, Robert and his three grandchildren, Lily, Emma and Ryan. He was cared for, until the end, by a wonderful group of ladies and with the assistance of the Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene Counties.

A memorial service will be held at the home in May. The date will be announced later.

Memorials in Mr. Woodward’s name may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. To send an online condolence visit

Sarah Moore, 101, receptionist, liked to knit

ALBANY—Sarah G. Moore, 101, a lifelong resident of Chatham died Sunday, March 4 at Hospice Inn at St Peter’s Hospital.

She was born March 13, 1910 in Chatham, the daughter of the late Franklin and Mabelle (Hand) Garner.

A graduate of Chatham High School, she was employed for many years as a receptionist for Dr. Marx and Dr. Chapman, optometrists in Chatham. Mrs. Moore was an avid knitter and enjoyed embroidery.

She is survived by: two sons, John L. Moore of Carmel, California and Thomas C. Moore of Valatie; a daughter, Margaret S. Smith of Parker, Colorado; 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis and brothers, Ralph and Claude.

A funeral service will be held Friday, March 9, 10 a.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. Private interment will be in Chatham Rural Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

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