Norma H. (Gillis) McReynolds

Norma H. (Gillis) McReynolds

GREENWICH – Norma H. (Gillis) McReynolds passed away peacefully
after a long illness on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, with her family by
her side.

Born May 16, 1939, in Middle Falls, N.Y., she was the daughter of
Earl and Maybelle (Welden) Gillis.

At the age of 18, she was joined in marriage to James “Jim”
McReynolds Jr. on Aug. 31, 1957, at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich.

Norma loved to watch wildlife, reading, cooking and was an avid
collector of knick knacks, especially chickens, ducks, deer and
moose. She also enjoyed traveling with family and friends, as well as
watching her grandchildren grow throughout the years. She was a
loving mother, sister and friend.

In addition to her husband Jim of 48 years, Norma was predeceased by
her father, Earl, two brothers, Howard and Robert Gillis, and one
granddaughter, Kaytlyn McReynolds.

Norma is survived by her daughter, JoAnn and her husband, Daniel
Marchaland; son, James McReynolds III; daughter, Karen and her
husband, Steve Lewis; daughter, Colleen Mattison; son, Patrick and
his wife, Michelle McReynolds; daughter, Sandy McReynolds; nine
grandchildren: James and Lucas McReynolds, Thomas Worth, Meghan,
Hillary, and Maxx Mattison, Travis, Sara, and Avery McReynolds; her
mother, Maybelle Gillis; two sisters, Pauline Wood and Dorothy
Harrington; three brothers: Edward, William and Donald Gillis; and
numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials can be made in her memory to the Kaytlyn McReynolds
Scholarship Fund, c/o Greenwich Central School, 28 Gray Ave.
Greenwich, NY 12834.

Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral
Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich, NY 12834.

Online remembrances can be made at


Cathy C. Besanceney

Cathy C. Besanceney

ARGYLE – Cathy C. Besanceney, 54, passed away at the Glens Falls
Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2009, after a long and courageous
battle with cancer.

Born in Glens Falls on Aug. 4, 1954, she was the daughter of Robert
and Shirley (McKernon) Coon.

Cathy graduated from Greenwich High School, Class of 1972. She went
to work almost immediately at Washington County Real Property Tax
Service Department where she worked until her retirement in 2007. She
enjoyed her job and the people she worked with for those years.

On Sept. 17, 1988, she married Robert Besanceney Jr. in Jackson and
they moved to Burgoyne Avenue in Fort Edward. On July 16, 1997, they
were blessed with the birth of their son, Nathaniel and in 2000 they
moved to Argyle.

Cathy enjoyed the Hot Air Balloon Festivals and rarely missed a
festival. One year they took a balloon ride for their Anniversary
gift to each other and thoroughly enjoyed it. She loved spending time
gardening and had a special talent for crocheting and working with
plastic canvas. But her favorite times were spent with Nathaniel and

Cathy was predeceased by her father.

Survivors besides her mother, Shirley Coon of Greenwich, her husband,
Bob and their son, Nathaniel of Argyle are her sisters and brother:
Roxanne Thomas and her husband, Leroy, of Jackson; Darleen Wilson and
her husband, Alan, of Greenwich; Valerie Linnett and her husband,
Brandon, of Greenwich and Russell “Rusty” Coon and his wife, Vickie,
of Rockingham, Vt. and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and
many friends.

Friends and family may call from4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21,
2009, at the M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 123 Main St., Argyle, N.Y.
Online condolences and the Book of Memories may be reached at

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in Cathy’s memory to C.R. Wood Cancer Center,
c/o Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, 12 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY
12801 or the J. A. Barkley Hose Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 263, Argyle, NY

Mary L. Salls

Mary L. Salls

SCHUYLERVILLE – Mary L. Salls, 76, a resident of Broad Street, passed
away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Saratoga Hospital.

Born Dec. 24, 1932, in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late
Ernest and Margaret (Welch) Weeks.

Mary was a former employee of the United Board and Carton Corp. in
Victory Mills where she had worked for over 20 years.

Surviving are her children: Leonard Salls and his wife, Lorraine, of
Greenwich, Lorraine Petralia and her companion, Robert Donisthorpe,
of Schuylerville, Larry Salls and his wife, Donna, of Jacksonville,
Fla., Lee Salls of Schuylerville and Lori Jo Cook and her husband,
Kenny, of Schuylerville. She is also survived by many grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

It was Mary’s wishes that there be no calling hours or services.

The family suggests memorials in her name be made to the General
Schuyler Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 111, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros., Inc. Funeral
Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville, NY.

Online remembrances can be sent to

David F. Callahan

David F. Callahan

GREENWICH, N.Y. – David F. Callahan, 80, a resident of Greenwich,
died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at the Indian River Nursing Home in

Born in New York City on July 27, 1928, Mr. Callahan was an Army
veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was a retired New York City police officer in the motorcycle
division, and following his retirement, he ran a liquor store in
Northport, NY.

Surviving are his children: Kathleen Yurschak (John) of Gansevoort,
David Callahan (Laura) of California, Patricia Riley (Robert) of East
Greenwich, Thomas Callahan (Patricia) of Cold Spring Harbor, and
Michael Callahan (Kari) of Northport; his grandchildren: Lynnie and
Christine Yurschak, Jamie, Sean and Kate Callahan, Shane, Kelly and
Patrick Callahan, Caitlin, Meghan and Robert Riley, Alexandra and
Ashley Callahan; his great-granddaughter, Lauryn Youngblood; also,
two sisters, Claire Duckett and Marylou Blander (Bill); and a
brother, Thomas Callahan.

He was predeceased by a sister, Janet Davis.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009,
at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich, with the Rev. Martin Fisher

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 16, at Flynn
Bros., Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich, N.Y.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the waitresses at the
former Wallies Restaurant, Anvil Inn, and Beth’s Cafe.

Online remembrances can be sent to

Wilma S. Jilek

Wilma S. Jilek

CAMBRIDGE – Wilma S. Jilek, 80, of Spring Street, died in the early
morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at the Centers for Living
and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt., where she had been a patient
since suffering a stroke on Jan. 11, 2009. She was the widow of
Richard C. Jilek who died in 1993.

Wilma was born at Mary McClellan Hospital on Saturday, June 23, 1928,
the daughter of Walter and Bertha (Hutchens) Skellie.

She attended Greenwich High School and then graduated from
Vanderheyden Hall School for Children’s Nurses, Troy in March, 1947.

On May 19, 1951, she and Richard were married at the East Greenwich
United Presbyterian Church. They lived in Greenwich until 1969, when
they moved to Ware, Mass. After their retirements, they returned to
Cambridge in 1990.

While living in Greenwich, Wilma worked at Sherwood Medical in
Argyle. After moving to Ware, she was a secretary for the Ware Public
School system.

Wilma was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Salem
and a former member of the East Greenwich United Presbyterian Church.

She was the current Regent for the Ondawa-Cambridge Daughters of the
American Revolution. In Ware, she had been a member of the Oasis
Rebekahs (associated with The Odd Fellows) and served on the state
board. She had a lot of fun being a member of The Battenkill Broads
Chapter of the Red Hat Society.

Wilma was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed reading. She loved
visiting with her friends at Dunkin’ Donuts and Stewart’s.

A brother, Warren Skellie, died before her.

Survivors include five children: R. Douglas Jilek and wife, Mary, of
Clarkston, Wash., Thomas Jilek and wife, Diane, of East Greenwich,
Carol Blackmer and husband, Mark, of Ware, Mass., Paul A. Jilek and
wife, Lissa, of Catskill and Cathy Robertson and husband, Stewart, of
Salem; an aunt, Regina Rowe of Saratoga; three brothers: Donald
Skellie and wife, Donna, W. Kenneth Skellie and wife, Judy, and
Richard Skellie and wife, Sherry, all of Greenwich; a sister, Dorothy
Vanweele and husband, Jan, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lake
Lauderdale; a sister-in-law, Norma Skellie of Salem; 10 grandchildren
and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009,
from 3 to 6 p.m. at Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St.,
Cambridge. There will be a DAR service at 3:30 p.m.

A funeral service conducted by the Rev. Donna Frishknecht will be
held on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the First United
Presbyterian Church, West Broadway, Salem.

Burial will be in the spring at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the First United
Presbyterian Church, Salem, NY 12865.

Wilma was a wonderful woman with a “gift of gab” and a delightful
sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.

Margaret “Peggy” Hawks

Margaret “Peggy” Hawks
Margaret “Peggy” Hawks 1944 – 2009 WHITE CREEK, NY Margaret
J. “Peggy” Hawks, 64, a resident of Shaftsbury Hollow Road died on
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in
Bennington. Peggy was born in Cambridge on Aug. 16, 1944, daughter of
the late William and Elizabeth Hammond Gardner. She grew up in
Hoosick Falls where she was a 1962 graduate of Hoosick Falls High
School. It was in Hoosick Falls that Peggy was married to Richard
Hawks on March 7, 1971, they made their home for several years in
White Creek. Peggy had been employed at the Eveready Battery Company
in Bennington for more than 30 years, retiring in 2003. She enjoyed
50’s music and was a devoted Elvis fan, she liked to gamble and also
enjoyed going to the casinos with her daughter Maxine, she was an
animal lover and in earlier years had enjoyed camping and
snowmobiling with her family. Peggy leaves her husband Richard Hawks
of White Creek, her sons; William, and wife Laurie Bartolotta, of
Hoosick Falls, Brian Hawks, and his fiancé Lee Ann Lykstad, of
Dorset, Vt., a daughter Maxine, and husband Thomas Brandalik, of
Hoosick Falls, a brother William Gardner of North Hoosick, and a
sister Betty Slocum of Greenwich, her grandchildren; Jennifer, Ann,
Sara, Heather, Christopher, Nicholas and Krislyn. FUNERAL NOTICE:
Services will be held at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME on Friday,
Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. with the Reverend Michael A. DeMasi, officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
when the family will be present. Should friends desire memorial gifts
may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center Patient Fund in
care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street,
Bennington, VT 05201. To send condolences to the family please visit

Beverly Skiff Lyttle

Beverly Skiff Lyttle
Beverly Skiff Lyttle, 76, died Thursday, February 5, 2009, at
Silverado Senior Living, Encididas, Ca., after a long illness.
Services will be at the convenience of the family.
She was born at the Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, the
daughter of Chester and Dorothy Skiff of Greenwich, NY.
Beverly graduated from Greenwich Central School; (class of 1950)
attended Mount Holyoke College and earned her Bachelor of Science
degree from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Survivors include her husband, John Lyttle, of Cornonado, Ca; a
daughter, Stephanie (Stephen) Colodny of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a son, John
(Janice) Lyttle of Huntington Beach, Ca; four grandchildren, Lauren
Colodny, Aaron Colodny, Mackenzie Lyttle; a sister, Shirley (Bill)
Murphy; and a brother, Bud (Beth) Skiff.
The Greenwich Journal and Salem Press; February 12, 2009; page 2