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Schoharie limo crash victim obituaries

Updated Friday with obituaries for Amanda Rivenburg, Amanda Halse, Matthew Coons and Michael Ukaj
Schoharie Central School Select Choir sings at a Community Gathering for Consolation and Hope Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Schoharie Central School Select Choir sings at a Community Gathering for Consolation and Hope Interfaith Prayer Vigil

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Links to the available obituaries for the 20 people killed in Saturday’s limo tragedy in Schoharie


Savannah D. Bursese, 24, of Johnstown

“Her life however, was anything but tragic. A passionate and determined young woman, Savannah knew exactly what she wanted out of life.” Read Savannah’s full obituary

Rachael K. Cavosie, 30, of Waterford

“She had recently been inducted into the (Catholic Central High School) Hall of Fame, was the 2006 NYS Champion for Shot Put, NYS Goalie of the Year, and was a member of the American Eagles AAU Girls Basketball Club, coached by her Grandfather.” Read Rachael’s full obituary 

Matthew W. Coons, 27, of Johnstown

“He will be remembered by his family and numerous friends as a true genuine young man, with a great heart and a beautiful smile that would light up the room, anywhere he went.” Read Matthew’s full obituary

Patrick K. Cushing, 31, of Halfmoon

“Patrick could walk into a crowded room and walk out later with three new friendships. Not acquaintances, friendships.” Read Patrick’s full obituary.

Mary E. Dyson, 33, of Watertown

“She served her country faithfully in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain and served in Iraq for one year while building schools in El Basra.” Read Mary’s full obituary

Robert J. Dyson, 34, of Watertown

“Robert loved spending time with his wife, beautiful son, and family.  He had a great personality and was always there to make you laugh.” Read Robert’s full obituary

Amanda D. Halse, 26, of Halfmoon

“Amanda was a vibrant and creative soul. She was spontaneous, witty, and her infectious energy and laughter drew in anyone who met her.” Read Amanda’s full obituary

Abigail M. Jackson, 34, of Amsterdam

“Abby enjoyed coaching her daughter Archer’s soccer team in Amsterdam, and was a devoted wife to Adam and a loving mother to her precious daughters Archer and Elle.” Read Amy’s full obituary


Tragedy: Collected coverage from The Daily Gazette and The New York Times


Adam G. Jackson, 34, of Amsterdam

“Adam was the most loving ‘Daddy’ and devoted husband.  He was most content at home surrounded by family and friends.” Read Adam’s full obituary

Allison King, 31, of Ballston Spa

“Allie and her fiancé Brian had two dogs, Bowie and Bear who were her ‘boys’, they were extensive organic gardeners and enjoyed raising chickens and ducks on their homestead in Galway, NY.” Read Allison’s full obituary

Erin R. McGowan, 34, of Amsterdam

“She married the love of her life, Shane McGowan on June 8, 2018. Together they enjoyed being with friends and family and traveling, especially to the ocean.” Read Erin’s full obituary

Shane T. McGowan, 30, of Amsterdam

Erin brought out the social butterfly in Shane and together they enjoyed going to baseball games, traveling, and spending all of their free time with friends and family. Read Shane’s full obituary

Amanda Rivenberg, 29, of Colonie

“An avid Mets fan, every birthday, Amanda and her dad, would go to a game together. Besides the Mets, Amanda was an avid football fan, always cheering on the NY Giants. Read Amanda’s full obituary

Amy L. Steenburg, 29, of Amsterdam

“At the time of her death Amy was working to obtain her Master’s Degree in Nursing Home Administration, … Amy was a proud “mommy” to her fur baby, Lady, and a devoted wife to her loving husband Axel.” Read Amy’s full obituary

Axel J. Steenburg, 29, of Amsterdam 

“Axel’s family wished to express who he was by sharing the story of the night of the crash, when they came home to pick up Axel and Amy’s dog, to find an unopened birthday card for Amy that they believe Axel snuck back in to the house to surprise her with.” Read Axel’s full obituary

Richard M. Steenburg, 34, of Johnstown

“Rich was a wonderful father and stepfather who always let his little girl paint his nails and have tea parties together.” Read Rich’s full obituary

Michael C. Ukaj, 33, of Johnstown

“He honorably served his country as a Combat veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Iraq War. He also worked in Security and also for GameStop. Michael also volunteered with Search & Research of Upstate New York. Michael loved to help people.” Read Michael’s full obituary


Scott T. Lisinicchia, 53, of Lake George

“He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but he cherished his time spent with his children.” Read Scott’s full obituary


Brian Hough, 46, of Moravia, Cayuga County

Brian was an Assistant Professor of Geology at SUNY Oswego and a professional beer-league hockey player. Read Brian’s full obituary

James Schnurr, 70, of Kerhonkson, Ulster County


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