Kenneth R. Hamm, 77 current Columbia County Coroner, of Gallatin, New York died on Tuesday December 11, 2007 at his residence.

He was born on October 21, 1930 in Gallatin the son of Rossman J. and Marion O. (Bradley) Hamm.

Mr. Hamm was a graduate of Pine Plains Central School, class of 1948.

A corporal, he served with the United States Army from 1954 – 1956 stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Cadby – Shutts VFW Post #7552 in Hillsdale, N.Y. and the Shacameco American Legion Post in Pine Plains, N.Y.

After his military service he became employed by the Kimberly Clark Corporation in Ancram, N.Y. He retired as shift foreman in 1993 after 36 years.

Ken was also very active in community affairs. Along with his military affiliations he was also a longtime contributing member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram. He was an over 50 year member of the Ancram Fire Company and was a member and past president of the Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association.

He had served as the Ancram Town Clerk from 1962 – 1975 and served as town supervisor for Ancram from 1976 – 1981. From 1983 to the present he had served as Columbia County Coroner. Ken was also a member and treasurer of the New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners.

On August 25, 1957 in New York City he married Denise (Jones) Hamm who survives him at home.

Surviving besides his wife “Sis” is a son, Kenneth R. Hamm Jr. of Tracey, CA and a daughter, Mary Pepoon of Greenport, N.Y. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Gregory, Sarah and Jeremiah.

Friends are invited and may call on Saturday December 15, 2007 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Route 22 in Copake, N.Y.

A Memorial Service to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram during the springtime will be announced.

Interment will be in the Vedders Cemetery, Gallatin, N.Y.

WILLSBORO — Walton R. Huestis Jr., 72, of Willsboro, N.Y. died at CVPH Medical Center Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, from complications of long term diabetes.. He was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y. August 19, 1940, the older son of Walton and Rhesa (Spearman) Huestis. He graduated from Bordentown Military Academy, Paul Smiths College and Simmons School of Mortuary Science.. He was a member of the The Keeseville Elks, The Iroquois Lodge F&AM #715, The Willsboro Fish & Game Club, The NYS Coroners & Medical Examiners Association and the Willsboro United Methodist Church. He was an Essex County Coroner for 25 years. He owned and managed the Huestis Funeral Home in Willsboro for 39 years.. In 1970 he married Nancy (Hamilton) and together they raised 3 children, Todd of Raleigh N.C., Robb of Willsboro, N.Y., and Katie of Roslindale, Mass.. He is survived by one brother, Kirby of Venice, Fla.; a niece, Rebecca of N.J.; a nephew, David and wife Chris of Saratoga; an aunt, Helen Huestis Wright of Ga.; a sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Mike McDonald and their daughter, Katelyn; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Morano, all of Loudonville, N.Y.. Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m.. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 29, at the Willsboro United Methodist Church. A Masonic Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. with Reverend McPheeters officiating. A reception and fellowship time will follow the Funeral Service. A private burial will be at a future date.. At the request of the family in lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Willsboro Rescue, 3 Farrell Rd. Willsboro, NY 12996. Its dedicated members took great care of Bob over many years during his illness. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Dr. Blanche Borzell, of Watkins Glen, the first female Family Practice Physician in Schuyler County, passed away at Schuyler Hospital on February 9, 2019. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on October 14, 1945. The family moved to Alpine, then Watkins Glen where she attended high school. This was followed by Cornell University (B.A.) and Upstate Medical Center (M.D.). After a residency in Family Medicine, she opened her practice in Watkins Glen. This year would have marked 43 years of serving the community. She was also a coroner for the county.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Robertson; children, Blanche Robertson (Saif Agha) and James Robertson; grandchildren, Ali and James Agha, and Ryley, Maisie and Grayson Robertson; sisters, Kay (Amedio) Fraboni and Angeline (Christopher) Franzese; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins in Pennsylvania and New York. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Blanche (Karpovich) Borzell.

A special thanks and appreciation to the Staff of Schuyler Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 4-7 pm at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Schuyler Health Foundation, 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance”, please visit

BERGEN — Donald E. Coleman, 69, of Bergen, passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 3, 1949, in Oswego, the son of the late Harold F. and Lois Jean Harris Coleman.

A member of the Bergen United Methodist Church, Don was a former youth group leader and worked with the youth underground program at the church. A coroner for Genesee County since 1992, he was honored to serve the people of Genesee County and will be remembered for his professionalism and kindness. He was a life member of the Bergen Fire Department and Rescue Squad; he also served on the Genesee County Republican Committee. Above all else, Don loved being Papa to his 12 grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Debra L. Runner Coleman, whom he married July 15, 1972; his four daughters; Amy (Mike) Koziej of Akron, Sherry (Jim) Starowitz of Bergen, Carrie (Brian) Fair of Chesapeake, Virgina and Sandy (Colby) Owen of Bergen; twelve grandchildren; Jacob, Mary and Ashley Koziej; Jordan, Riley, Andrew and Cadence Fair; Emma, James, Libby and Collin Starowitz and Carson Owen; his sister; Linda Coleman of Brockport and cousins.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen. Services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Avenue with Rev. Dr. Wilson Jones officiating. He will be laid to rest in Mt. Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to to the youth underground program or the needy family fund at the Bergen United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 216, Bergen, New York 14416 as well as Reconciling Ministries Network, 123 West Madison Street, Suite 1450, Chicago, Illinois 60602. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Don’s memory, please visit

Michael E. Parrow Sr, 65 retired Troy PoliceDepartment Detective Sergeant, passed away on Sunday October 13,2019.

Born and raised in Troy, he was the son of the lateJames Parrow and Lois Evans Parrow and the loving husband of 40years to Susan Carpentier Parrow.

After graduating from LaSalle Institute in 1973Michael wasted no time starting his life as a public servant.Immediately enlisting in the United States Army in June of ’73Michael served in the Vietnam Conflict, and spent many years servinghis country in Europe, while there he attended University ofMaryland Europe. Michael return home in 1976 only leading him ontohis next calling in life with the Rensselaer County SheriffsDepartment after 7 proud years with the Sheriff’s department Michaeljoined the Troy Police Department in 1983. Mike’s accomplishmentsthroughout his tenure with the TPD were countless, he received theSilver Shield, the John J. Givney “Officer of the year” award. Heserved as everything from a patrolman, to evidence technician, waspromoted to sergeant in 2003 and assigned to detective bureau in2005 where he spent his career until his retirement in March of2018. Although Michael was retiring from the Police Department hedidn’t walk away from the life he loved and was so proud of, heremained actively employed with the Rensselaer County HealthDepartment as a Medicolegal Death Investigator where he was bestknown as “Doctor Death” right up until the day God called him home.

Mike didn’t just serve his community in lawenforcement, there wasn’t a field in Lansingburgh you couldn’t findhim on whether it be Little League or Pop Warner, Mike was there,coaching, running chains, administering, or simply giving kids aride to and from practice, he was there. Mike spent many yearsserving as the President of Capital District Pop Warner, and untilOctober 13th was an active member of the Eastern Region Staff. Throughout his time on region staff Mike made many lifelong friendsthat will forever occupy a special place in his heart.

In addition to his wife Susan, he is survived by hischildren Michael (Morgan) Parrow, of Orlando FL, Alison (Tim) Denninof Troy and Josh Parrow of Troy, and the Proud “Poppi” of Remi andMaddox Dennin.

Michael is also survived by his sister n law DianaMcClure, his nephews Michael (Adeline) Morris, Jeremiah (Jill)Morris and David (Kelly) McClure, and Michelle Bricker.

Michael was predeceased by his brother James Parrowand his niece Diana Morris.

Family and friends are invited and may call ThursdayOctober 17, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at McLoughlin & MasonFuneral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.Funeral mass 10:00 am on Friday October 18, 2019 at St. Augustine’sChurch, Troy. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’sCemetery