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August 29, 2008

A. Shirley Hutchinson
Ret. NY Telephone Co., 89

A. Shirley Hutchinson of Saratoga Springs and formerly of Monticello, passed away Monday, August 25, 2008 at Saratoga Hospital after a brief illness. She was 89.
The daughter of the late William and Anna Huggler Abplanalp, she was born February 3, 1919 in Colchester.
Shirley was a retiree of New York Telephone Company, a member of the Telecom Pioneers, and the United Methodist Church of Monticello.
“Our Nanny was one of a kind. A gentle spirit with a heart of gold, she was always happy and encouraging. Even after losing her vision to macular degeneration, she never complained or had a negative word to say. She was blessed with many friends, all of whom meant the world to her. Her daughters were her best friends. If not spending time with them, she was ready with the telephone at her ear. There was a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were always entertained by her funny songs and comforted by her warm hugs. There never has been and never will be anyone as special as Nanny.”
She is survived by two daughters, Lorie and her husband, Harold Sturgis, of Monticello, and Linda and her husband, Douglas Smith, of Saratoga Springs; four grandchildren, Daniel and his wife, Barbara Zweck, of Liberty, James and wife, Dawn Zweck, of Durham, N.C., Laurie Lynne and husband, Dr. Todd Jorgensen, of Queensbury, and Brian and wife, Amanda Smith, of Summerville, S.C.; six great-grandchildren, Kristen, Ryan, Caitlyn and Meagan Zweck, Bryce and Troy Jorgensen; and several nieces and nephews.
Shirley was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Lois Evelyn, and son-in-law, Sheldon Zweck; five sisters, Lena Mae Day, Ellen Bishop, Grace Suslosky, Evelyn Nannby, and Sally Curtis; five brothers, Jacob, Frederick, Alfred, Edward and twin brother, Stanley Abplanalp.
The funeral service was held at the Harris Funeral Home, Liberty, on Thursday, August 28. Pastor John Thomason officiated. Burial will be private at Liberty Cemetery, Cold Spring Road, Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Monticello, 445 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Richard Guevrekian
Teacher, 52

Richard John Guevrekian of Callicoon Center, NY died Monday, August 25, 2008 at his home. He was 52. 
He was born August 10, 1956 in Queens, the son of Jack Guevrekian, now deceased, and Irma Guevrekian.
Surviving are his daughter, Samantha Guevrekian, and his sister, Nadine Tinger.
After 20 years in medical equipment sales, Richard left a lucrative career in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. He taught high school mathematics most recently at Livingston Manor Central School District. His students remarked on his ability to show you a concept “ten different ways” until you understood it.
Richard also served as a Scout Master for the town’s local Boy Scout troop. He was a loving father and dedicated teacher. He was a faithful and loyal friend.  He faced many obstacles in his life with courage and unfailing kindness, thus leaving the world a better place.
The wake was held at Frederick’s Funeral Home in Flushing, on Thursday, August 28.
The funeral will take place on Friday, August 29, at 10 a.m. at Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Bayside, New York.
Because of his love of nature, memorial donations can be sent to The Nature Conservancy. For complete address, call 1-800-628-6860.

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