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Frances G. Halsdorf

Frances (Aldershoff) Halsdorf of Guilderland passed away peacefully April 7, 2014, just 3 days after celebrating her 99th birthday. Born in Rotterdam April 4, 1915 to immigrant parents Henry D. Aldershoff and Anna (Zderadicka) Aldershoff, she attended Draper School. On June 9, 1935 she married Frederick S. Halsdorf and together they enjoyed 48 years of marriage until his death in 1983. Aunt Frankie or Aunt Fran as she was adoringly known by all that knew her led a full and rewarding life. It was filled with family and friends alike. She was an all season’s person. In spring she was planting her garden. On any summer day you could find her fishing in the creek behind her house for her famous eels or on the Great Sacandaga Lake for her Walleye’s. Fall found her picking apples on the Aldershoff farm. Winter would have her bringing out her skis and skates well into her 80’s. She also had a great love for bowling, having been on several leagues. In between she always had time to care for ill family and friends to keep the household going. Holidays were always filled with homemade canned goods that were second to none and grown in her garden. Flowers were also very promonate at all functions, as she took great pride in growing them in her garden. She enjoyed attending events with the Guilderland Senior Citizens and was a member of the Altamont VFW Auxiliary Post 8692 and the Guilderland Historical Society. She is survived by her sister Mary J. Relyea and her brother Garrett J. Aldershoff, both of Rotterdam, and a cousin Adeline Dyczko of Guilderland. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sisters Elsie Hansen, Anna Adams and Brothers Henry F. Aldershoff and John K. Aldershoff and several brothers and sisters-in-law. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home and a special thanks to the staff on B wing for their compassionate care. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Saturday April 12, 2014 from 3 to 6 PM at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont, NY. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Guilderland Senior Center or the Guilderland Center Nursing Home.


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