July 13, 2012
John (Jack) Ball, age 75 of Old Forge, died July 13, at Gilchrist Hospice in Columbia, Maryland after a courageous battle with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, an autoimmune disease.
He was born March 12, 1937, in Old Forge, son of Harry and Evelyn Ball. Jack was educated at the State University of N.Y. at Delhi where he received his Associates Degree in Building Construction.
He served in the U.S. Army and then Reserves from 1960-1966.
He married Barbara Greenfield in 1961 in Old Forge.
Jack was a well known homebuilder, owning Ball Construction for 36 years. Jack built many homes in the Fulton Chain of Lakes area. He was also a caretaker at the Adirondack League Club. Jack retired in 1999 to enjoy the Adirondacks with his wife Barb.
He was a member of St. Bartholomew Church in Old Forge, served on the board of the Thendara Golf Club, was on the Old Forge Planning Board, a member of the American Legion Color Guard and was with the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years.
Jack loved the Adirondacks and spent many years water skiing on the lakes, boating, hunting and camping with family and friends. He was an avid snow skier and snowmobiler. Jack loved sharing stories of the early Adirondacks and his family’s involvement in the settlement of the Fulton Chain of Lakes region. He was involved in the preservation of the Adirondacks, including the recent Bald Mountain Fire Tower restoration. During his retirement, Jack enjoyed touring through Canada, Mexico and the U.S. with his wife Barb in their RV, sharing many adventures. Jack had a great sense of humor and enjoyed good laughs with friends and family.
Jack is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara of Old Forge; son Jim and fiance Jennifer Norman of Vermontville, N.Y.; daughter Debbie and husband Tim McNally and grandson Connor of Saratoga, Calif.; sister June Rodzinski of Englewood, Fla.; niece Cathy Benz of Woodgate, N.Y.; and nephew Ed Rodzinki of Northport, Fla.
The family would like to thank the many friends and health care professionals for their compassion and support during the past six years as Jack battled with the health complications from Wegener’s.
They reach out with a special thanks to Barbara’s brother Jim Greenfield, his wife Michele and their families for their incredible support.
The funeral will be Thursday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Church in Old Forge with Father Shane M. Lynch officiating.
Following the service, the family welcomes all to join them for lunch at the Knotty Pine Restaurant in Old Forge.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 5-8 p.m. at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home in Old Forge.
Friends may consider donations to the Town of Webb Historical Society or the Old Forge Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Messages of sympathy can be sent to the Ball Family, Box 454, Old Forge, NY 13420.
Richard E. Brader
July 18, 2012
Richard E. Brader, 74, of Raquette Lake, and formerly of Middletown, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on July 18.
He was born December 20, 1937, in Middletown, a son of the late Fred Brader and the late Myra (Martin) and Charles Baldwin. A United States Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Brader proudly served from 1957-1960 on active duty and in the reserves from 1960 until his Honorable Discharge in 1963, with the rank of Corporal.
On April 24, 1960 he married Audrey Katherine Reichert at the Holy Name of Mary Church in Montgomery, N.Y. Mrs. Brader died July 4, 2003. He was the owner of Dick Brader Plumbing and Heating, and Dick’s Luncheonette, both in Montgomery, N.Y. Dick was currently employed by NY State DEC as a Caretaker at Tioga Point, in Raquette Lake, a job which he truly loved with his whole heart and soul. Mr. Brader was a former member of the Raquette Lake School Board, and Town Councilman. He was also a member of the Raquette Lake Fire Department. He enjoyed spending his winters in Venice, Fla.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen Score and husband Kip of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Nancy Youngberg and husband Robert of Forestport, N.Y.; four grandchildren, David, Ryan, Kira and Rob; two sisters, Beverly Butan of N.C., and Dawn “Susie” Della Gatta of Middletown; several nieces and nephews; and his companion Claudia Parker. He was predeceased by a brother Carl Dahllquist.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the Raquette Lake Fire Department and Ambulance crew for their care and efforts.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, at 128 Fern Avenue in Old Forge.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral. Following the funeral, relatives and friends are invited to join the family at the Raquette Lake Fire Department for refreshments. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Raquette Lake Fire Department and Ambulance.
A memorial service and burial will take place in Middletown at a later date.
Online expressions of sympathy may be left at www.dfwefh.com.
Judy J. Hitchcock
July 21, 2012
Judy J. Hitchcock, 64, of Inlet, died on Saturday, July 21, at her home with her family by her side.
She was born on June 28, 1948, in Duncan, Okla., daughter of the late James Fender and Marella Morris Bowers. Judy married Tim Hitchcock on April 22, 1967 in Moore, Okla. She worked alongside her husband and family at Tim’s Super Duper in Eagle Bay, later known as Dan’s Big M.
Judy had many interests and pleasures. As a member of the Inlet Golf Club, Judy enjoyed playing golf with her friends and husband, whom she often outplayed. She loved traveling and seeing different places, meeting new people and visiting family and friends around the country. Judy spent winters in Florida and enjoyed quality time with her husband and having fun and socializing with her many good “southern” friends. She loved theater and, at different times in her life, was actively involved in local productions. Her love for old movies was unmatched, Elvis was truly the “King” to her and Judy unleashed her creative side through crafting.
Ultimately, however, the most important thing to Judy was her family. She was a very beautiful, loving, and caring woman that would do anything for her family’s happiness. She dedicated her life to her four children, attending every event, always being available for them when they needed her and gently guiding when necessary. She adored her grandchildren and cherished all the time she spent with them.
She is survived by her husband, Tim of Inlet; children, Lori Hitchcock of Albany, Jennifer Gaffney of Inlet, Daniel Hitchcock and his wife, Heidi, of Eagle Bay and Dianna Ste-Marie and her husband, Ron of Inlet; grandchildren, Kyle and Bailey Hitchcock-Powers, Jamie Gaffney, Bryce Ste-Marie, Addison, Courtney and Natalie Hitchcock; two sisters, and a brother all of Oklahoma, several nieces, nephews and many special friends.
The family would like to thank all of their friends for the support they have shown through cards, flowers, food and well wishes. They would also like to thank Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services (IVES) and the Hamilton County Hospice for all the support. The family would like to extend special thank you to Harold Hitchcock for all of his nursing skills and guidance.
Family and friends are invited to an informal gathering to celebrate Judy’s life on Thursday, July 26, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Hitchcock’s home at 500 North Route 28, Inlet. A blessing will be offered at 5 p.m. and then food and refreshments will follow. Arrangements are with the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Old Forge.
In lieu of flowers, please consider American Cancer Society, Hamilton County Hospice or IVES in memory of Judy.
For online expression of sympathy go to www.dfwefh.com.