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Obituaries: Melnyk, Greene, Burdick


Sophie Melnyk (1925 – 2012)

PHILMONT—Sophie Melnyk, 86, formerly of Worth Avenue, Hudson and recently of Philmont, died Saturday, July 14 at Pine Haven Nursing Home.

Born in the Ukraine, December 1, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Dmytro and Anna (Ozhakoska) Sawicka.

Mrs. Melnyk was a seamstress for several local textile manufacturing companies. She was a member and communicant of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hudson for more than 50 years. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting. She liked to make afghans for her family

She loved cats and dogs, especially two special dogs, Scarlet Marie and Sadie.

Mrs. Melnyk was the widow of Dmytro Melnyk, who died in December 2000.

Survivors include: two sons, Steve (Stef) and his wife Terri of Claverack, Michael and his wife Susan of Copake Lake; two daughters, Anna Marie Vogel of Hudson and Kathy and her husband Daniel Keyser of Claverack; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her beloved “Big Sister,” Maria Kulyniak and her dear friend Brenda Bermel.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three sisters, Katherine, Stephanie and Marie.

Panakhyda (funeral) services were Wednesday, July 18 at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, with Fr. John Jedrychowski officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 207 Union Street, Hudson 12534.

Irene Greene (1921 – 2012)

HOOSICK FALLS—Irene Brownell Greene, 91, of Greenes Brook Road, Berlin passed away Friday, July 13 at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born March 29, 1921 in Groveside, she was the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Sadie Lebarron Brownell.

She was the loving wife of Arlie L. Greene, whom she married on March 2, 1946 in Groveside.

A 1939 graduate of Hoosick Falls High School, Mrs. Greene was a devoted housewife, caring for her family and was actively involved in the family farm.

She was the librarian at the Berlin Town Library for 26 years and an active member of the Berlin Seventh Day Baptist Church. Her joy was serving God, her family, her church family and her community.

Survivors include: her husband of 66 years, Arlie; her children, Althea (Dale) Rood, Paul (Gerri) Greene and Wesley (Martha) Greene; her brother, Wesley (Helen) Brownell; grandchildren, Kristin (Andrew) Camenga, Jeffrey (Heather) Rood, John (Damian) Greene, Carl (Cindy) Greene, Brett (Jennifer) Greene, Aubrey Greene, Kyle Greene and Damian Greene; 10 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings, Clark Brownell, Pauline Swart, Gordon Brownell and Jessie Stuart.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 7, 11 a.m. in the Berlin Seventh Day Baptist Church, North Main Street, where the Reverend Matthew Olson will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Berlin Seventh Day Baptist Church or to the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, c/o Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, P.O. Box 361, Petersburgh 12138.

Harold Burdick (1935 – 2012)

SCHENECTADY—Harold H. Burdick, 77, of Brunswick Road, Troy died Monday, July 16 at Ellis Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Berlin, February 23, 1935, he was the son of the late Loren and Julia Jones Burdick.

He lived on Brunswick Road in Troy since 1999, when he moved from the Berlin/Petersburgh area.

Mr. Burdick attended Berlin schools. He worked for Rynard Gundrum crushing cars and as a lathe operator for W. J. Cowee, Co., Inc. in Berlin. He retired in 2001. He loved going to tag sales and was a practical joker; always playing jokes on his family and friends.

Survivors include: his loving companion of 30 years, Betty Baker; his children, Judy (Robert) Yerdon of Grafton, Nancy Burdick of Bennington, Robin (Mike) Crowe of Cropseyville, Vicki (late William) Rose and Harold (David) Burdick, Jr., all of Petersburgh, Cinda Burdick of Bennington, Loren (Karen) Burdick of North Hoosick, Carolyn and Brian Burdick both of Troy, Augusta Baker of Berlin; siblings, Lloyd (Mabel) Burdick of Petersburgh, Marie Tefoe of Moriah; 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Robert Burdick and Hazel Stanley.

There will be no formal religious services. Relatives and friends are invited to the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh, Thursday, July 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. for visitation. Cremation will follow.


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