Obituaries: Cornell, Van Wormer, Yerton, Setterlund, Steede

George Cornell (1918 – 2012)

HUDSON—George B. Cornell, Jr., 94, of Ghent, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Columbia Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 1, 1918 in Yonkers, he was the son of the late Eleanor (Lehrbach) and George B. Cornell, Sr.


Mr. Cornell was a self-employed local contractor and landlord. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a charter member and past president of the Philmont Rotary Club and past member and president of the Ockawamick School Board.

Mr. Cornell was an active member of the Hook Boat Club and enjoyed sailing on the Hudson River with his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Laura Jenkins Cornell; his devoted children, Donald Cornell (Carol Schour), Christopher Cornell (Amy), and Eleanor E. “Betsy” Cornell (James Finucane); his loving grandchildren, Mary Robin, Daniel Cornell, Ada Cornell and Sandra, Jeffrey and Zachary Finucane; his great-granddaughter, Lillian Robin; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Edward P. Cornell and his sisters, Eleanor Abbott and Isabelle Dickson.

Services were held Saturday, July 7 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the West Ghent Cemetery at a later date.

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Shirley Van Wormer (1958 – 2012)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Shirley A. Van Wormer, 44, of Henry Avenue, Pittsfield, formerly of New Lebanon died Thursday evening, July 5 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield after being stricken at her home.

Born in Pittsfield, MA, May 4, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Edward L. and Shirley Young Van Wormer.

Her parents both died tragically at a young age and she was raised by her aunt and uncle Ted and Dot Ryan of New Lebanon, whom she called mom and dad.

She has lived in the Pittsfield/Lanesboro area for the past five years after moving from New Lebanon. Ms. Van Wormer graduated in 1988 from New Lebanon Central High School and attended both Lyndon State College of Vermont and Mildred Elley Nursing School in Pittsfield. She attended the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Lebanon. Ms. Van Wormer worked at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA, and as a medical assistant for Pond View Pediatrics in Schodack and Berkshire OB/GYN in Pittsfield.

Survivors include: her mother, Dorothy A. Ryan of Denver, NC; siblings, Nicholas Van Wormer of Gloversville, Michael Van Wormer of Johnstown, Eric Van Wormer of Albany, Patrick Ryan of Mooresville, NC, Jane Ryan of Huntersville, NC, Susan Ryan of Old Chatham, Colleen Thurston of Denver, NC; many special nieces and nephews; a great-niece; cousins and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her dad, Edward “Ted” Ryan and a brother, Edward Van Wormer.

Graveside services will be held in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Lebanon Springs at a later date. Because of her love of animals, contributions in Ms. Van Wormer’s memory would be appreciated to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, 63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall & Higgins Funeral Home of Stephentown.

Charlotte Yerton (1929 – 2012)

BENNINGTON, VT—Charlotte M. Crandall Yerton, 83, of Hilltop Road, Berlin died Saturday evening, July 7 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Born January 9, 1929 in Hancock, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Pearl Goodell Crandall. She was the devoted wife of Donald A. Yerton, whom she married December 14, 1946 in East Poestenkill. Mrs. Yerton came to Berlin as a young child and attended Berlin schools and in early years the Berlin United Methodist Church. She worked in a factory Hoosick Falls, a shirt mill in Berlin and as an elementary teacher’s aide before opening Yerton’s Fruit and Vegetable Stand on Route 22 in Berlin, where she also sold homemade pies. Soon after, Mrs. Yerton operated one of the first convenience stores in the valley while helping her husband and son Chris with the daily operation of the Taconic Valley Garage on Route 22. She truly enjoyed dealing with the public on a daily basis and she will be dearly missed.

Survivors include: her husband of 65 years, Donald; her children, Betty Lou (Ross) Toromino of Savoy, MA, Allan (Karen) Yerton and Chris A. (Jessica Wright) Yerton, all of Berlin; siblings, Josie (Richard) Bentley of Berlin, Wanda (Harold) Stanley of Pownal, VT; grandchildren, Paul Tanner, Carrie Duda, John and Ross Toromino; great-grandchildren, Daniel Duda, Spenser Tanner, John Dewey and Kassidy Toromino; along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings Otis, Arthur, William and Walter Crandall; Ella Mae Oakes and Dorothy Ackner.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 12 at 11 a.m. in the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh, where the Reverend Matthew Olson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Berlin Community Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Berlin Rescue Squad in loving memory of Charlotte M. Yerton.

Dorothy Setterlund (1921 – 2012)

GERMANTOWN—On June 30, 2012, at the age of 91, Dorothy Setterlund embarked on a journey to join Douglas Setterlund, her husband of more than 65 years; her father William LaDue; mother Laura Pells LaDue; and brother Harry.

Prior to her travels, she had many conversations with her sister, Loretta Bender and spent her time with her daughter, Sharon Setterlund and Thomas Linguanti; son, Robert Setterlund and wife Lois; grandson, Jason Rosenfeld and wife Jane; grandson, Jay Setterlund and wife Debbie; great grandchildren, Christopher and Jonathan Setterlund; dear friend, Robert Altman and Tom’s children Erica and Matthew. She also spoke fondly of her nieces and nephews: Janet Singler, Raymond Bender, William Bender, Linda Werner and cousin, Kip Pells and their families.

Mrs. Setterlund was born May 26, 1921 in Germantown. After graduating from Germantown Central High School, she worked at Wallace Department Store and Veeder’s Pharmacy until she married on November 14, 1943 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Germantown. Before moving to Florida in 2007, she and her husband lived most of their lives in Poughkeepsie, where they both were active members of the Dutch Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Setterlund was a loving wife, a devoted mother, and an outstanding grandparent. She was an exceptional woman filled with unconditional love and concern for her family and friends. Her strength and wisdom can only be defined by the look of undeniable contentment on her face as she spoke the words, “My work here is done.” May we all grow to have her sense of satisfaction in the lives that we live.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Dutch Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie 12601. Any correspondence should be sent ATTN: Sharon Setterlund, 598 Coconut Street, Satellite Beach, FL 32937.

Dorothy Steede (1926 – 2012)

RHINEBECK—Dorothy I. Steede, 86, a resident of the Baptist Home of Rhinebeck formerly of Germantown, Livingston, Nassau and Albany died Sunday, July 8 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Born March 15, 1926 in Albany, she was the daughter of the late James and Catherine (Colen) Steede.

She was employed as a clerk with the New York Telephone Company of Albany for more than 36 years and retired in 1984.

She is survived by her niece, Carol Gabrielly of Poughquag.

There are no calling hours. Services will be private.


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