Alice S. Foster, 89, of Goldy Road, Clemons-Huletts, died peacefully in her sleep on April 18, 2009 at the Rutland Regional Medical Center, after a short illness.
Born on September 7, 1919 in Putnam on the Schwerdtfeger family farm, she was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Ethel (Powers) Schwerdtfeger .
Her love of the farm and her family were forever in her heart. On May 26, 1940 in the Clemons Baptist Church, she married Francis " Zeke" Foster. They bought their first home in Clemons where they lived and raised their family for 20 years. When he retired, they built a house in Huletts Landing, where she continued to live after Zeke’s death until 2007. Her last years were spent with a daughter in Clemons. No matter where she lived, she always enjoyed visits from her family and friends.
Alice was always generous to her family and neighbors and often put the welfare of others ahead of herself. When she was young, she preferred the outdoors and loved to work with her rock gardens, flowers, and vegetables. She enjoyed ice-fishing with her husband and Jean Cooper after Zeke’s death. She loved animals and especially loved horses. In her later years, she liked to nap with her dog on her lap and to play with her cat. She also enjoyed trading stories with Babe Gregory and Frances Hebert about bygone days of delivering milk to people in Glenburnie and Huletts Landing.
Alice was a member of the Eastern Star and Dresden Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She also volunteered her time and contributions to the Clemons 4-H Club, Clemons Baptist Church and Whitehall PTA. She especially loved going to functions in Putnam.
Besides her parents, Alice was predeceased by her husband, Francis "Zeke" Foster, who was the former town of Dresden Supervisor; a daughter, Mary Elsie Foster, a son, Grant Richard Foster, a grandson, Grant R. Foster II, two brothers, Oscar Schwerdtfeger, of Putnam, and Charles R. Schwerdtfeger, of Ticonderoga, and three sisters, Lillian "Jimmy" Bain of Putnam, Elsie Breed of Crown Point and Marie Lowell of Lake Bomoseen, Vt.
She is survived and will be greatly missed by family including her daughter, Gerry Moore of Granville, her son Gordon Foster and his wife, Geraldine Calvi Foster of Fair Haven, Vt., her daughter, former Dresden Supervisor Susan Foster-Ives and her husband, Mark Ives of Clemons, her daughter, Lillian Smithling and her husband, Leslie Smithling, of Havana, Fla., her son, Allen Foster, of Huletts, her son Frank C. Foster and his wife, Joanne Grady Foster of Clemons, her daughter-in-law, Angela DeVecchi Foster of Granville, her son Roger Foster and his friend Dean Kennedy of East Point, Ga., her son Walter D. Foster and his wife Tina Hayes Foster of Granville, and her grandchildren, Stacey Trevellyan, Wendy Wollny, X. James Foster, Justin Foster, Daniel Foster, Leah Foster, Katy Foster, Walter Foster and step-grandchildren Amanda Drinkwine, Erika Harrington, Jeff Ives and their families and many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Family and friends were invited to call at the Jillson’s Funeral Home, 46 Williams Street, Whitehall, from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Daniel McGhee, Pastor of the Grace Baptist Church officiating.
Interment will be at a later date and at the convenience of the family.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department, 14092 State Route 22, Clemons, NY or the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Department, 905 Route 6, Huletts Landing NY 12841.