Prentiss, Marlene W.
Voorheesville, N.Y. --
Marlene Windelspecht Prentiss, 73, of 191 Helderberg Pkwy., Voorheesville, died August 9, 2010 at Kingston (N.Y.) Hospital after many years of battling lupus and suffering from a leg amputation and two recent brain aneurysm operations. She was born Sept. 29, 1936, the daughter of the late Marvin and Ruth (Scrafford) Windelspecht of Colonie where she had lived all of her life on McNutt Avenue until moving to Voorheesville in 2008. She served as an Albany County Legislator representing Colonie eight years (2000-2007); was co-owner and co-manager with her husband of three Snelling & Snelling employment agencies in Colonie and Troy for 25 years; graduated from Colonie High School in 1955; and belonged to the Fuller Road Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Weininger VFW Post 8692 Auxiliary, and Colonie Kiwanis Club. In Voorheesville, she was an active member of the New Scotland Kiwanis Club; belonged to the New Scotland Historical Society, the Helderberg Garden Club, and Friends of the Voorheesville Library; and was a parishioner at St. Matthew's Church. She was the first cousin of the late Olive (Windelspecht) Kling (also of 191 Helderberg Pkwy.), whose ancestry in Voorheesville dates back to the mid-1800's, and spent her summers as a child living on her cousin's sheep farm and the old Windelspecht Beach Grove along the Vly Creek. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Robert G. Prentiss, former State Assemblyman; their children, Lisa Galasso (Leonard) of Cohoes and Roger Prentiss of Colonie; and four grandchildren: Adriana, Anthony, Donald and Dylan. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Jean.