We celebrate the lives of fellow 46ers who are now climbing the celestial hills, wishing them peace.
Kip Patnode Smith #1647
Ruth B. M. Robinson #3213
Friedel Schunk #1468
Dan Burks #5876
Gary Huse #277
Richard T. Furman #3269
Gordon “Vic” Parmelee #873
Gorden K. Skinner #815
Raymond Fortman #5142
Bob Zayhowski #2898W
Robert A Veino #2041W
John E Winkler #1279
Betty Lou Bailey #1712
Raymond B Held #2007WV
John R. Yuill #990
John Robertson Yuill, of Pittsfield, MA, passed away on March 21, 2023 at the age of 83.
John was born in Bridgeport, CT to Lillian Robertson and James Yuill. He graduated from North Syracuse High School, and entered the United States Navy, where he was an electrical technician aboard the USS Trigger (SS 564).
John married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Hines, and raised a family of three while residing in North Syracuse, NY. John attended Syracuse University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. John was employed at General Electric for 45 years.
He had a deep appreciation of nature, was a member of a Search and Rescue Team and was an avid hiker. In 1973, John received recognition for accomplishing his goal of climbing all 46 Adirondack Mountains and became a proud member of the “Adirondack 46-ers”. John was an avid bicyclist, clocking well over 50,000 miles and organizing many group rides, a long-standing member of the Berkshire Bike Path Council and enjoyed assisting with future path planning of the Ashuwillticook Trail. John was also a volunteer Little League coach and enjoyed practicing baseball with his sons in the backyard, which was often the gathering spot for neighborhood games.
John is survived by his children Michael John Yuill (Mary Larson Yuill), Lisa Yuill Ricketts (Kevin Ricketts), Stephen James Yuill as well as two granddaughters, Kelly Ann Ricketts and Jessica Elaine Ricketts. He also leaves behind his brother Richard Yuill (Jan) and six nieces. John was predeceased by his wife Shirley Yuill and his sister Mary Yuill.
Cherishing the memories he has made with his loved ones, John has requested no visiting or calling hours and a private funeral will take place at the convenience of the family.
Frank J. Traver #2341
Sarah (Sally) Louise Warner #1400
Richard J. Gaffney #4548
Nancy G. Slack #2738
Armond Spencer #3180
Charles D. McCarthy #2015
Roger S. Loud #125
Bob Sachs #9276
Constantine Gletsos #3082
Frank E. Guilfoil #3416
Fred A. Johnson #1788
Fredrick J. Schnettler #851
George Marshall #2
George P. Pilkey #1878
Gerhard W. Weber #2615
Henry J. Failer #4773
Herbert Clark #1
Ike Siskind #1702
J. Arthur Honeywell #2434
Jack Kirch #7308
Jacqueline C. Bave #4469
James F. Quigley #3334
Joan R. Burchenal #843
Johanna W. Parkes #2683
Joseph H. Burchenal #845
Len P. Erkila #4364
Linda H. Combs #1394
Lois S. Wells #2684
Margaret Keating #37
Maureen T. Dooley #2455
Peter Selig #1743
Phyllis D. Robens #1150
Richard L. Macklin #39
Elizabeth O. Greene #2789
Elaine Z. Montgomery #1555
Donald M. Burness #196
Chris Bord #ASP23319
Charlie Sabatine #4449
Charles G. Mallery #1885
Bruce O. Brown #1381
Brian T. Fovel #3714
William N. Robens #1152
Robert S. Karpeles #3609
Robert L. Wall #583
Robert B. Adams #4151
John Osterlitz #1243
E. Richard Holm #7672
William “Bill” Wilson #2299
William “Bill” Wilson died peacefully in his sleep on October 16th, 2022 at age 95. He was born in a two room tenement apartment in Glasgow Scotland on March 30, 1927 and emigrated to the US with his parents in 1928, passing through Ellis Island and settling with other relatives in Niagara Falls NY. Following graduation from high school as class president, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Taylor, based in San Diego. After his service, he attended and graduated from Sampson College, Hamilton College, and the University of Pennsylvania, with a Master’s in Education. With his bride, Lois, Bill moved to the North Country and began a teaching career in Croghan NY, where he met his Adirondack mentor, Jack Parsell ADK #863. Thus began Bill’s lifelong adventures in hiking, skiing, cycling, fishing, and camping in his beloved mountains. In addition to climbing the 46, he was a Northville-Lake Placid Trail finisher. He passed this love of the outdoors along to his three children, eight grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. After his teaching career, Bill worked as an Assistant Secretary of Admissions for Hamilton College, as a statistical engineering analyst for General Electric in Utica and Syracuse NY, and for the NY State Bureau of Tax Statistics in Albany NY, where he retired as Bureau Director. Bill and Lois made their home in Utica and then Schenectady for many years, where he was a member of the St. Andrews Society, the Tax Alumni Club, and local Swiss and German clubs. They enjoyed a long and happy retirement together, making numerous trips to explore their families’ roots in Scotland, England, Switzerland, and Germany. By far, his favorite outdoor activity was skiing. Accompanied by many friends and family, he traveled in pursuit of powder to 9 states, Europe, Canada, and New Zealand. With an enviably graceful style, he pointed ‘em downhill through his 90th year. Every week during ski season, he could be found at Gore Mountain, enjoying his favorite trails, followed by a beverage and camaraderie at the bar. He was predeceased by Lois, his wife of 71 years, in 2021.
Carl Holtz #4224
Donald N. McGregor #529
Robert C. Spencer #492
Leon Whitcomb Sr. #3688
Warren C. Baldwin #2612
Bruce Watson #974
Arlene Scholer #3270
Nancy Slack #2738
Joan Robertson #2233
I’ve just learned of the death of my dear friend and hiking mentor, Joan Robertson (#2233). She died in her sleep at her home in Queensbury on November 15th. Joan and her family have been very close to our family since the early 60s when she and her late husband Hammond got to know my parents. I was a preschooler at the time, and whenever we would visit their house, Joan would make sure to hide Hershey’s kisses in nooks and crannies of the old “candy tree” in their yard.
My family moved away from the Adirondacks in 1971, but always stayed in touch with Joan and Ham. They would visit us during our summer trips to our camp on Goodnow Flow in Newcomb, always sure to bring a fresh-baked treat and a bag of cheese puffs, my dad’s favorite. I can vividly see her sharing the bag with my dad while sitting around the picnic table as they talked and laughed.
In my 20s, I remember Joan telling stories about her hikes of the 46. This was back at a time when there were still legit trail-less peaks, and women were less common in the woods than they are today. She piqued my interest in the 46, even sending me a suggested list of how to tackle them most efficiently. I lived many hours away, and she knew that I needed to make the most of my brief time in the woods each year.
As I leaned more about the peaks, I would sometimes ask her, “Gosh, Joan, isn’t that a long hike?” or “Isn’t that a tough peak?” She would inevitably brush it off and say, “Oh it’s easy. All you need to do is scamper up this one, then run up that one quick, and you’ll be done in no time!” What an indomitable spirit. Joan was an avid lover of the outdoors, and was active in the Audubon Society, the Girl Scouts, and AAUW. She was a Commissioner on the Lake George Park Commission for many years.
Joan had an outsized impact on my life, and on the lives of so many others. She was an amazing ball of curiosity, energy, and enthusiasm. I would not have attempted, let alone finished my 46 without her in my life. She was my Grace. Thank you, Joan.
Richard B. Mallinson #782W
I am finally reporting the death of my beloved husband, Richard B. Mallinson #782W. He died on November 11, 2018 of a stroke.
Richard B. Mallinson started climbing ADK mountains in 1970, and climbed and worked as a trail crew member for more than three decades whenever his work schedule allowed him.
He held a PHD in Physics, was a brilliant mathematician, and a lover of classical music.
He was a passionate advocate of social justice and equity for especially those under-privileged.
His career includes working for the Apollo Moon Landing project, Flight Simulation and a consulting firm for Engineering Analysis & Design Development. He won many awards including the United States Patents for his inventions and National Merit Scholarship to study physics at Harvard University after being the valedictorian of his High School.
Danielle Papa #9561
Obituary of Danielle Amber Papa
1981 – 2022
Danielle Amber Papa of Fonda and Schaghticoke, passed away suddenly in New Hampshire Sept. 4, doing what she loved most; traveling to, and hiking the many area mountains.
Born December 17, 1981, she was the daughter of Diane D. Carpenter and Andrew F. Papa, Jr. of Fonda.
She was a Class of 2000 graduate of Fonda-Fultonville Central School. She attended Boston University where she received B.A.’s in Classical Civilizations and Philosophy; Northeastern University where she received an M.B.A; and The New England College of Business and Finance where she received an M.S. in Business Ethics and Compliance.
Dani was employed as a Management Specialist 2 at the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General in Albany since 2013. While there, she continued her education and was able to add “CPC-A, CPIP” to her signature.
While in Boston, Danielle volunteered her spare time to several of the local homeless shelters and food kitchens. After returning to the Albany area, she offered that time to local animal shelters and rescues, like Out-of-the-Pits.
Dani was member #9561 of the Adirondack 46ers Club, having climbed all 46 of the Adirondack’s highest peaks in her first year’s attempt in 2016. She has also hiked in Yellowstone, California, Vermont and New Hampshire; and had been an editor on the ADK Backcountry Hikers Facebook page.
She is survived by her longtime hiking partner and fiancé Ian Hamelin; her fur babies Emma and Max; her twin sister Desiree (Jeremy) Krizan and their children Jeremy Jr., Christopher and Isabella; her parents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Always the free spirit, Danielle loved a party; loved hiking; and loved being “Aunt Dani”.
The family would like to thank the Berlin Fire Department and EMS, the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, and the New Hampshire National Guard for their assistance in providing Dani aid.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Jackson & Betz Family Funeral Home, 15 Main Street, Fultonville, NY 12072, on Friday September 16, 2022, from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Donations in Dani’s honor can be made to 46Climbs Suicide Prevention Program, or to any of the above organizations.
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, September 16, 2022
Jackson & Betz Funeral Home
15 Main Street
Fultonville, New York, United States
John F. Moynihan #4538
Floyd Moore #93
FLOYD MOORE OBITUARY
Floyd G. Moore, 95, passed peacefully in Hudson, NY on August 20th, 2022. Born in Root, New York to his late parents, Floyd G. and Sarah (Franz) Moore. After graduating from Fonda-Fultonville High School, he was drafted into the United States Army. He was honorably discharged and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received his degree in accounting.
He worked at numerous firms as a public accountant, retiring after a long career with Winkler & Company in Rotterdam, NY. On August 3, 1963, he married the former Loretta E. Schelske. Together they raised their family in Alplaus, NY.
Floyd was mechanically talented, he enjoyed learning about engines and what they could do. His passion for mechanical power inspired his son, Michael, to lead him into his brilliant career as a development engineer. An avid sports car enthusiast, and faithful fan of racing, especially the Indy 500; Floyd always wanted to be a sports car driver. He enjoyed owning a Jaguar sports car to fit his dream.
In his spare time, Floyd would head to the mountains and the great outdoors. He was a proud Adirondack 46er, publicly listed as the 93rd person to achieve this title. During his ADK adventures, he photographed beautiful scenery and captured his memories. Floyd was also a talented woodworker; he crafted many tables and furniture over the years. He held a strong faith and was active in his church, King of Kings Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Loretta Moore, and his son, Daniel Moore. Floyd was predeceased by his loving son, Michael Moore, earlier this year.
Michael Klaus #8981
Elizabeth Wadsworth #1341
Gertrude Winifred Lamb #367
It is with sadness and love that we share Gertrude Winifred Lamb, Winnie, died on Wednesday, June 29 at Mercy Living Center with family and caring staff at her bedside. Winnie was born Dec. 6, 1928 and was raised in Clintonville, NY. When she was 16 years old, she finished high school and arrived in Lake Placid to begin earning a living. She took a position at Ryan’s Maple Leaf Boarding House on Hillcrest Avenue and was embraced by the Ryan/Fagan family. She was known to attend Rommer hockey games and travel to Nitze’s for a Michigan.
Winnie was courted by Vern Lamb and they married Jan. 19, 1952, spending almost 60 years together until Vern passed on the first day of 2012. Throughout their marriage, they were both dedicated volunteers for many local, regional, national and international organizations and shared their love of Lake Placid throughout the globe.
Winnie had four children, Carol, Joe, Tracy and Tom; nine grandchildren, Erin, Brian, Emelie, Erik, Tynan, Kaleigh, Colden, Jackson and India; and seven great-grandchildren, Orion, Blake, Aurora, Breckin, Breyer, Chloe and Forrest. She was generous with her time and really enjoyed sharing Christmas with all her family and a room overflowing with presents after ringing the bell for Salvation Army.
While her children were young and in school, many mornings were spent with neighbors and other friends around her kitchen table sharing chats and coffee. One will never know all the problems of our community or the world that were solved during these “coffee clatches.”
Winnie was a helper and a doer. At most local food sales, one could find her famous apple pies or her hearty baked beans to enjoy. She worked tirelessly for local causes and spent many evenings in meetings for various local committees. Her children’s love of sports and music meant that she was often found assisting with tasks to make sure performances or competitions came off without a hitch.
Winnie’s garden graced the family home on Hillcrest Avenue for decades. The bountiful summer blossoms served as a photo op for locals and visitors alike and even led to a few Lake Placid Garden Club awards. She loved flowers, especially gladiolus, phlox and roses, and made sure she had a vase in her home year round.
In the spring of 1966, when it became obvious that Vern, Joe and Tracy would complete climbing the 46 peaks in the Adirondacks in late August, Winnie took to the High Peaks and found a passion for hiking. On Aug. 20, atop Algonquin Mountain on a gorgeous bluebird day surrounded by other climbing partners, the four of them became Adirondack 46ers! This organization became near and dear to Winnie’s heart and she became an active supporter, attending meetings and work groups for decades and serving as president from 1968-1970.
During the 1974-75 school year, our family expanded to include a foreign exchange student. Ricardo Alvarez arrived from Mexico City to experience many firsts including attending a small, rural school, new sports, and snow and cold. Richardo has since visited Lake Placid numerous times and held Vern and Winnie in his heart.
Sunday morning breakfasts were enjoyed by family, friends and visitors for decades. Visiting relatives and friends met through organizations such as the Lions Club or the Nordic sports world would gather around the dining room table to spend an hour or two sharing a banquet of pancakes, crepes, bagels, muffins and all the fixings amid laughter and conversations, some with those who spoke other languages. These mornings were always grand affairs and anyone who has ever attended will have stories to share. Later in life, Vern and Winnie would attend a later Mass then walk around Mirror Lake stopping to enjoy lunch on Main Street. They may have been spotted in a store or two.
As their children aged and began their own families, travel and photography became activities Vern and Winnie thoroughly enjoyed. Travel opportunities initially revolved around Nordic competitions or Lions Club conventions, and life-long friends were made around the world. One summer, they were joined by Winnie’s sister, Betty, and her husband, Dave, and traveled by car to famous sites all over America. The photos from attractions large and small hold memories from this special journey.
When Winnie began showing signs of aging, a group of dedicated angels, also known as caregivers, joined our family to make Mom’s life easier. We are forever grateful to each of them for sharing their gifts as she continued to live at home. In December of 2019, her needs led to her moving to Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake. The staff fell in love with Winnie and cared for her with compassion. Thank you to each person who touched her life.
Please join Winnie’s family to celebrate a life well lived at M. B. Clark, Inc. Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 6 from 7 to 9 p.m., or her Funeral Mass at St. Agnes Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to High Peaks Hospice or a charity of your choice. A gathering to share memories will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Redneck Bistro on Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid. Come join us, donning a hat!
The M. B. Clark, Inc., Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com to share a memory or leave condolences.