Peter M. VanDenburgh


Gloversville – Peter M. VanDenburgh died suddenly on October 13, 2022, at his home.
He was the son of Maurice VanDenburgh and Josephine Crane VanDenburgh, born in Gloversville on January 3, 1934.
Peter graduated from Johnstown High School in 1951 and received his bachelor degree from Cornell in 1955 and then took over the family dairy farm.
On June 12, 1958, he married Nancy Lighthall, his high school sweetheart. They have three children: Marylou, wife of Rea Jones, Paul and Celia, and Stephen and Carol.
Peter served on Cornell Cooperative Extension Board, was a founding member of the Johnstown Hospital Foundation, drove ambulance for JAVAC for 13 years, was a 65-year member of the Masonic Temple, St. Patrick’s Lodge, a Gideon, and an honorary member of Berkshire Fire Department where he served for 50 years. Peter also worked for many years at L.J. Hand Farm Supply. He was a very active elder in the Johnstown Reformed Church where he sang in choir. He was instrumental in restoring the Glove Theater. Peter’s hobbies were coin collecting, square and polka dancing, and working on HO model trains.
He took great pride in his grandchildren: Matthew Jones, Amelia Ellis and husband Grady, Dr. Katherine Rugen and husband Evan, Elizabeth and husband Nolan Reese, and Scott and Peter A. VanDenburgh. He is survived by his sister, Joyce Doty and her family.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Johnstown Reformed Church, 351 North Perry St. Johnstown, NY. A Masonic ritual will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the Berkshire volunteer Fire Department will be doing a last call at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., also at Johnstown Reformed Church.
Interment will be at the Broadalbin-Mayfield Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Johnstown Reformed Church, 351 N. Perry St. Johnstown, NY 12095 are appreciated.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown, NY.
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By LH Staff

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